OH what a feeling! At last, I used our metal glue gun. Much thanks to Brent for holding the baby and pushing me out the door so I could spend a few hours with some very, very nice people who taught me how to get started welding as well as cow milking. Result: cow milking == hard, welding == FUN!
I still would like to get a house dairy cow, but there ain’t no way I will be milking by hand. It was great at first, but after awhile both the cow and me were thinking “are we done yet?” The woman whose cow I milked was fast, fast, fast at it. She made it look so easy. She milks twice a day and it takes her somewhere between twenty to fifty minutes. I’ll look into milking machines for one cow and see where that goes. The milk is amazing. I made some ice cream. One of the best ice creams I’ve ever made. I’m forever working on my recipe, but I think that fresh, creamy, fat milk made a huge improvement.
Then, I welded. I must admit, I squealed a few times when I first made that spark. Brent said, “people who weld don’t squeal.” After a couple goes, I got used to the spark and learned quickly to love it. Yes, yes, the welds aren’t perfect. I played a bit with little steel rivers to work on my rod-to-metal distance. It takes a little getting used to because the rod of steel shortens as you go and you need to maintain that perfect little weld bead. But, I stuck shit together with steel! I have a lot of practicing to do. Thankfully, I have a lot of metal. I feel much more comfortable returning to our book on “Farm Welding.” Last year when I started it, I hit way number ten (of twenty) on how I was going to kill myself, then gently put the book down. I haven’t picked it up since. Today helped me get past safety and general “this works like this.” Now I’m excited to learn the rest of the story.
And with that, I leave you this: