A few weeks ago our phone started ringing in the middle of the night. You see, farmers don’t have set working hours. We work until the work is done or it gets too cold or dark to keep working. Even after farmers decide to call it a day and quit working doesn’t really mean the work actually ends. You see, our milking bar runs 24 hours a day and often has little “break downs” in the night time. Cows don’t schedule the births of their babies during the day time either. When things like this happen the “grave yard shift” employees call Justin or his Dad for assistance.
One night we had just drifted off to sleep when the phone rang. No big deal. This happens all of the time. I handed the phone to Justin because I knew there was nothing I could do. (I like the fact that I can’t fix any of these problems!) It was only a few seconds after Justin answered the phone he was out of bed and had is long underwear on. The fact that he was moving so much quicker than usual piqued my curiosity.
Justin mentioned something about a fire and headed out the door. FAST! My 13 year old heard the phone ring too. He thinks he is manly enough for all of the night action so he slipped his long underwear on and headed out the door too.
Apparently our skid steer experienced spontaneous combustion. The whole thing was on fire. We have some amazing employees who were scooping water from the cow water troughs and trying to put the fire out. After realizing there was no way of saving the skid steer it was decided to try and save the brand new tires. As luck would have it the tires were only a few weeks old and costed $250 a piece! Thank goodness all of the bucket dousing worked and all four tires were salvaged. The skid steer was declared as totaled.
This particular night was a little more eventful than most nights. If I was a more dedicated blogger I would have taken pictures of the equipment on fire. It was cold though. Everybody went back to bed grateful the fire didn’t spread to anything else. We got a new skid steer and night life is back to more normal types of calls. Whatever normal is! I hope you and me enjoy our sleep tonight without having to put any fires out! Pun intended!