It’s Tuesday!! Today my brother headed out to drill the vine holes with bobcat in tow. I am laughing a little as I write this, just thinking of our naïve thoughts on how long it may take to punch or drill 1,500 holes. Today he headed out anticipating that it would take 2 days… 3 AT THE MOST to get the job done. We never thought to stop and calculate it – I guess we’re usually pretty good at estimating? Usually.
He arrived early morning to get started and got about 13 to 14 holes drilled when a hydraulic hose thing-a-ma-jigger started leaking. No choice but to fix it since it would be a long couple of days with constant hydraulic splatter. So off he goes, surely there is a place with bobcat/hydraulic parts somewhere in the greater Prescott metroplex? Surely? After striking out with the common establishments, he went to the heavy construction dealers, their service departments, a number of one man shops…nothing. Really? Maybe we should be considering a Bobcat dealer instead of a vineyard?!
After chasing a part all day, it turns out the part he needs is about 5 miles up the road from our farm (100 miles from him). I give him a ton of credit for his patience and attitude, just another day for him. For ease of part/need explanation he had my other brother picked it up (smart boys), who then handed it off to me and away we went to deliver the part. I arrived about 6:30 with part in hand to find him sitting on his tailgate with his dog Missy. Later on I find out he had weeded all around the house & courtyard, cleaned up the creek, tested out the 4wd on Ranger 😉 and had dinner made… just waiting on me. Saaweet dear brother!
He grabbed the part, took about 10 minutes…heck maybe 5 minutes to fix the bob cat, started it up and parked it so it is ready for tomorrow.
Lucky be me – to have such wonderful brothers! I don’t always enjoy the cantankerous, opinionated and hackling of each other (or keeping each other in check)…well maybe some days I do – but I always appreciate that I’m guaranteed they’ll do the right thing, work hard and we’re always there for each other. We are who we are. I’m a lucky sister for sure!
AND…..Day 27 ended with about 14 holes dug (small round of applause). Only 1486 more to go.