Old Dog With New Tricks To Learn

We’ve had several days of rain, mixed with sleet and snow.  It’s an icy, muddy, sloppy mess around here these days.

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On a different subject, it seems there’s always something broken down on the farm.  The RTV is out of commission with some problem I can’t diagnose and I haven’t been able to get it to the shop.  With the RTV out of service I’ve been using the tractor a lot more, and now it’s overheating and I can’t figure out why.

Farmers have to know how to fix things.  It comes with the job.  It’s just too expensive and time-consuming to take things to the shop every time they break down.

I had plenty of opportunities to learn mechanical skills as I was growing up.  My grandfather was a farmer who could fix just about anything that broke down on the farm.  My father was an excellent mechanic.  They both tried to teach me, but it just didn’t take.  I just did what I was told and hurried back to my books as soon as I could.  I really regret now that I didn’t pay better attention back then.  So now I’m an old dog trying to learn new tricks.

But hopefully not yet too old to still learn a new trick or two.

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