Greetings from MassacCounty. Harvest was slow, to say the least, this past week. Some corn got harvested, but very few beans were. The rains are keeping things just on the borderline of too wet. Some wheat has been planted and cover crops, but not as much as people would like to have done. The first good killing frost of the year has arrived, helping double-crop and replant beans dry down. After the rains, I’ve heard yields took a hit, but haven’t heard any numbers of how hard.

This past week, with the cooler temperatures and wet conditions, we were back in the shop. This time there wasn’t much to repair, so we set into cleaning it out. It was once again a walk down memory lane, not just for me, but my father also. We found his old 4-H rope making kit, his brother’s fertilizer show and tell project, parts and pieces to things that were long gone and even something’s no one knew exactly what they were.

As we were sorting through things, the common question was “Do we keep it or let it go?” There were some things that were a “for sure” and went on the “to go” pile. You know the basics: trash, collection of rusted broken bolts, old bearings, busted pipes and worn-out planter blades that would have worked in a pinch, if we still had that planter. Then there was the “keep pile.” All the stuff that goes to current equipment, bolts that were good, things we thought we’d need the moment we threw them out and treasures we just couldn’t do without. The hardest pile is the “maybe pile.” For some reason, it’s usually the largest of the piles also.

As we sorted through the pile asking different questions trying to figure out what to do what with, it dawned on me that I probably should do the same with myself. It kind of caught me off guard, but it was true. So, the first question I had to answer before I could figure out what to keep and what to let go of was “Does it support what I want to remembered for or what I believe in?” So, as I took some time and slowly went through things, I found things sorted out a lot like the stuff in the shop. There were some things that definitely needed to stay and some that really needed to be let go of and a lot that I needed to take a hard look at and question. So, here’s to happy cleaning and dealing with the “maybe pile.” It’s usually the catch-all pile, but someday someone will have to deal with it. May as well be you.

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