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Tracy: Harvest Time

Manley, Nebraska – It’s Harvest Time…NOT harvest time.

I was laying in bed the other morning and almost got a bit giddy thinking about harvest. This was not because we’ll be escaping home or because of the adventures we’re surely going to experience or because of the first swath made, marking the beginning of harvest 2017. Nope, it was the idea of escaping the clock and the schedules of home.

This is THE most difficult part about coming home in the fall. Most people haven’t a clue what the heck I’m even talking about (and this is unfortunate).

We have clocks all over the house to keep us on schedule, to remind us what time our appointment is, to tell us what time the news comes on, what time to get up and what time to go to bed. It’s what keeps most people rolling through their day. It rules the world and doesn’t even know it.

Z crew: because it's what harvesters do.

The oldest clock in our house. I purchased this at an antique shop quite a few years ago. It has a pendulum and a beautiful tune that plays on the hour and half hour…but it doesn’t work. One of these days, I will actually get it fixed.

Z crew: because it's what harvesters do.If you come to my house, you’ll find this one in our bathroom – right above the sink and the mirror. It’s always staring at you…tick, tick, ticking away…reminding you that you’ve got five more minutes before you’re late (or LATE). I can’t remember if it was Jamie or Jenna who made this one for me in shop class – they each made one.

There’s time…and then there’s
harvest time. Harvest time is based on whether the sun is shining, if it’s raining, dew or no dew and what the moisture level (of the grain) is. Very rarely do we check the time. Very rarely do we even know what day of the week it is. It’s sort of like getting to experience the last day of school all over again.

Z crew: because it's what harvesters do.

This one can be found in my kitchen, and it’s my very favorite! It was a birthday present from some pretty darn special friends – harvest friends (family).

And speaking of the last day of school…tomorrow is my last bus drive for the school year. So, I can wipe this alarm from my phone until we get home again this fall. For all you clock watchers…sorry (not sorry)! IT’S HARVEST TIME!
Z crew: because it's what harvesters do.
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  • Roxie Timbrook
    Posted at 08:06h, 25 May

    This is beautiful. Makes me look at things differently. . . no wonder harvest time is so wonderful. Thank you for sharing!

    • Z Crew
      Posted at 15:48h, 25 May

      Thank you, Roxie!
      It is wonderful…once you are about 100 miles from home. I really am not looking forward to saying goodbye to the rest of the family for such a long period of time. That’s one that will be difficult – very difficult – for me!

  • Laura Haffner
    Posted at 10:42h, 26 May

    Truth. Harvest time IS a thing and is tough to explain.

    • Z Crew
      Posted at 14:05h, 26 May


  • nancy eberts
    Posted at 15:01h, 26 May

    Harvest time means don’t forget to pack more of that awesome NEB. wine you had in the camper last year, so when we come visit (when time permits ;)) we can be refresehed!

    • Z Crew
      Posted at 23:00h, 26 May

      Oh…believe me…I’ll have more this year! 🙂

  • Dan McGrew
    Posted at 08:40h, 28 May

    If I was 60 to 65 years younger, I’d apply for a job with that crew of beautiful Husker women.
    Can’t help but miss that world of 90% blue sky, punctuated with thunderheads and near-bold wheat all around.
    Don’t miss squeezing combines through narrow bridge railings, gates which required angling the header in(Or removing it — such fun at 3 p.m. in July and August), turning hard to move the rear through.
    Almost as much fun as late season dry times, starting an hour after full dawn, having to lube two and three times daily. You learn to get a good grease gun of your own and not getting an empty crew gun to have to fill up every time.

    • Z Crew
      Posted at 22:08h, 29 May

      Sounds like you know the industry pretty darn well! As far as the girls go, I wish they were still along with us. I miss them so much when we’re away. Thanks for taking the time to leave a note!