October 23, 2009 – Fall felt like winter to me in North Dakota during the month of October. The weather influenced daily life more than I was accustomed to and I soon learned that best laid plans for getting lots of work hours in that month was dependent on how dry the ground stayed from rain and snow. Yet the pace kept on with shoveling, leveling and tying rebar through days of mostly light sleet and rain and wind-chill factors that had me reminding myself of how fortunate I was to not be in the hot and muggy south. The orange tubing in the photo is for hot water that will circulate throughout the whole 50′ x 50′ slab, making for a nice warm floor and a more efficient heating system throughout the home. Finally towards the end of the month on the 10th or 12th workable day, the soil on the property dried out enough to get a concrete pumper to the site where the magic took place in all of just 4 hours.
The combine has been around since the early 1800’s and would cut about 100 acres in a day. It’s no doubt they became popular by the 1900’s. The innovations in just the last 20 years have made these machines faster and more efficient. With multiple rigs at work in the fields, I imagine that it’s still a race against time during the harvest season.
The combines change the landscape one pass at a time but the beauty remains as winter will soon completely change this scenery here in North Dakota.