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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