Winter has flown by, and it is hard to believe that planting is just a few short weeks away. Winter is our time to recharge and spend extra time with family since the rest of the year requires long, hard hours. It is also the time where we do maintenance work on our equipment and prepare fields for the coming spring.
The relaxed pace of winter gives us the ability to soak up family time. We aren’t working late in the fields during this time of the year, so I am able to spend my afternoons at home playing outside with the boys and helping with homework and other odds and ends. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s make this season even more special. This year we took a vacation to Disney World, and it was wonderful to leave all of the work behind and focus on having fun together as a family. Our favorite meal was the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review; the show was hilarious and well done, and the food was good too. Watching our boys’ faces light up and laughing together as a family is a memory we will forever cherish. Planning for this trip was super easy thanks to Cara at Love the Mouse Travel. Not only are her services free, she is very knowledgeable and responds quickly. We can’t wait to see the Mouse again soon.
Hunting is one of my favorite activities this time of year. I enjoy deer hunting, but my favorite is duck hunting. Sitting in a duck blind with my boys and hunting buddies is a great way to spend a cold winter morning. My wife always has a hot breakfast ready after our big hunts, and her pancakes are the best way to warm up afterward (click here for the Southern Living recipe she uses). The woods are free of the plagues of summer (poison ivy, mosquitoes, and snakes), so the boys and I go for regular walks in the woods. Often, we find old bottles and shed antlers on our treks.
Equipment requires quite a bit of upkeep, and we use the winter season to complete work that is hard to fit in during the regular season. We service tractors, planters, and irrigation power units that are all used around the farm. Sometimes maintenance is as simple as changing the oil, or it can be as complex as tearing down a grain drill and rebuilding it.
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David Arant, Jr