In Eastern Idaho the wind can really blow, and when the wind blows bad things can happen. Of course they always happen around quitting time!
The other day I went on a field trip with Branson. It was fun because I didn’t have to ride the bus! As I was driving home the wind was blowing and it was raining so hard. I wasn’t very happy about it either because I had just washed my car. The rain made my car wet and the wind blew dirt which stuck all over my car. Actually it was only on the upside of the wind, side of my car. I told you when the wind blows bad things happen!
As soon as I got home the wind really started blowing. It was blowing from the East, it never blows from that direction. Weird. Payson was supposed to be getting off the bus anytime and I was a little worried about him getting off in the wind. I was watching for the bus so I could help him but the wind was blowing dirt and I couldn’t even see my mailbox. Crazy!
Shortly after the huge wind storm stopped Justin called me and asked me to go take pictures of the commodity shed for the insurance company. Yup, the wind picked the roof up and blew it right off the shed.
Of course the boys had to go with me to look at the destruction. They like things like that because…they don’t have to pay for it, and they don’t have to clean it up. The wind left the roof intact on one of the “bays” on the commodity shed. This is what they all used to look like.
And…this is what they look like after the wind ripped them apart. I’m so glad nobody was in there. The commodity shed is where we store our commodities. We feed commodities to our cows like corn, silage, a mineral mix and a bunch of other expensive stuff! One of these days I will post on how we actually get the food from the commodity bay to the cows.
Can you believe the roof is still almost intact behind the commodity shed. The wind picked it up and set it right behind the shed.
Okay, see this hammer, I circled it in red. Apparently my father in law bough this hammer when he was building the commodity shed about 10 years ago. He couldn’t find it anywhere after the building project was over. He bought two new ones since then. When the wind blew the roof off, the hammer was found. It must have been sitting up there all of these years. One side still looks pretty good and the other side is sun rotted. At least this is the way Carson told the story to me. I guess the lost is found!
These pieces of tin blew right up next to the manger of the corral. We had just finished adding a pen to this corral. It’s a little extension allowing the cows a little more room. The tin knocked one fence post over and knocked the wires down. Somebody has another job to do!
This manger is where the cows are fed. Yes, the dog came to look at the damage too!
Oh my goodness. Part of the roof actually blew into the cows pen. Cows are very curious animals and were really checking out this new “thing”. They probably thought martians were invading. I can’t believe with all of this “roof” blowing around that nobody was hurt. No cows. No people. No equipment.
Of course my boys sat on the manger and hashed the whole situation out. My favorite part of farming is my kids. I love them being out and seeing these things happen. This happened late on a busy day. Everyone was tired and ready to go home. You know what, when you have a roof in your corral you don’t get to go home. Instead, you go get a loader and dump truck and get the roof out of the corral. Having unexpected things happen late at night isn’t one of my favorite things about farming. Having my boys learn sometimes you have to finish the job even though it is late, is one of my favorites!