Jim and Willy, having served hardship duty at ridecamp, stayed home and slept in for a change! And then...
trumpets and drumroll please
...the tractor arrived!
One of the good things about the current economy is that you can hire Real People to do stuff like deliver a tractor to your house, rather than having to hire a company. The fellow who brought our tractor just lost his job, and is picking up work doing whatever needs to be done. I'm much happier to give him cash to feed his family than to hand the same amount to some national company.
I wasn't around when the tractor was delivered, so when I got home I found Jim happily tootling around the yard with it.
tootle tootle tootle. Hmmm. Is the name of the tractor "Tootles"? Hmmmmmmmmm. Tootles was the hard-working member of the band of Lost Boys in Peter Pan's Neverland...he did all the chores while the other kids went off to fight pirates. Hmmmmm.....
A man and his tractor. It's a beautiful thing.
Later in the afternoon, my friend Megan brought her son Henry over to meet the peeps and tour the new farm. She also brought a bike for Willy! That's a very welcome thing.
Willy and Henry played catch in the pasture for nearly an hour while the adults burned the brushpile down so we could roast hot dogs and marshmellows for dinner. Henry has his own method for using the loppers to procure a hot dog stick.
Sitting around the fire, oh yeah.
Life is good.