Load Of Grain, Woodpecker, Wrestling Practice - Thursday
Super early yesterday morning I was headed into town to pick up a bunch of grain. The first brewery I was dropping a single empty but found 2 1/2 full barrels waiting for me which got loaded onto the trailer and into the bed of the truck along with the other pair of empties.
Next was the stop at the Steam Plant where I found 4 1/2 barrels which got condensed into 4 and loaded onto the trailer.
A quick stop at the third brewery to drop the couple of empty barrels before heading for home.
The drive home now is in the light but the stream of headlights heading the opposite direction into the city is still just as constant.
It took a bit longer to get home than normal, only about 10 minutes due to the 3 stops.
As I was walking out to let the birds out I heard a thumping on the tree and looked up to see a different type of woodpecker attacking the tree. It was much smaller than the pileated and had black wings, white body, and bits of red on its head.
The ice has melted enough but the ground is still frozen enough in the garden that I was able to back the trailer all the way up to the upper most rows and coat the area that I had missed in early Winter.
I then dumped the rest of the barrels into the sheep pen for them and the birds to work on.
Practiced on my mandolin for a while mid day, picked J up from school, picked up in the yard some more, and pulled my bike out of the shed and checked it over quick. I had dinner ready a little later than I wanted but the boys both ate and we made it to practice at the normal time.
After the warm ups they all paired off for some work on escapes then a lot of the practice was training for the refs for tomorrow. Half the kids on each side of the gym in circles and paired. When their turn they went through a couple rounds of wrestling and the kids who will be refs worked with the coaches on proper refereeing. J got paired with one of the best kids in his age group whose 7 older brothers all wrestle. The kid is super strong and J was no match for him.
R was going it at it with another kid for the first half of the practice and they ended up paired for their rounds. He defended fairly well but did not get take downs, only a couple of escapes. He landed on his belly each time he was taken down though so he has that dialed.
The other kid is bigger than R since he is one of the smallest kids at practice. I'm hoping that it will get him a bit more determined to learn to wrestle so he can defend himself against the larger kids.
They did 2 rounds and R chose the bottom position for the second which he got an escape from but then got taken down again.
He came out of the experience a little sore and a little annoyed with the other kid, but overall seemed fine with the practice. The tournament is tomorrow morning and thankfully it is 7 minutes from the farm so after they weigh in we will come home and feed them a good breakfast before going back for warmups.
We all hit the tub for the evening and the boys got themselves to bed on time.
Today starts our warmup from the cold snap, I need to get things together for the tournament tomorrow, sweep off a couple of roofs around the farm, pickup garbage, get R's bike out and going for the year, practice mandolin, and put away the snow toys.
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