For a tank of diesel fuel, I'll trade you this goat!
What?! Why not?!
I'd better leave the bartering to my hubby.
As it turns out, so much of our subsistence is owed to his horse-trading abilities. The most recent of these amazing trades was found by Miracle Worker on Craig's List. MW found this ad for a Case Backhoe. He had pretty much talked himself out of even trying to get his hands on one, but figured it wouldn't hurt to dream. So, he clicked on it and began reading. For the backhoe this gentleman wanted to trade for a pickup truck! Didn't matter if it was a Ford, Chevy, or Dodge. MW called him up and they got to talking. After discussing the value of each item, they agreed for the backhoe we would give him the truck and a solar system. Both parties were very satisfied and agreed right then and there they would do the deal.
As is common around here, it takes a lot of time to get from here to anywhere. My favorite movie line sums it up, "Well, aint this a geographical oddity! Two weeks from everywhere!" Yep, that's us. Actually it just feels that way! We packed up the family and hit the road within an hour with title in hand and solar system in tow. We borrowed a rancher friend's one ton pickup truck and heavy equipment trailer, which added a few extra hours to our trip even before the three hours it would take to get to our destination. In other words, it took all day to get there.
MW explained the solar system to the man and showed him the truck. Then MW got to operate the backhoe a bit and look it over. With everyone happy, we headed out. Deal done!
We spent the night in a motel there in town. We really didn't want to drive a heavy load home in the dark. Besides, we were tuckered out!
The next day, yesterday, we headed home. Instead of taking the risk of getting this load stuck in the wet Big Sandy, we off-loaded the backhoe and we caravaned up the mountain.
It took an hour and a half to drive it to our care-taking home!
This wasn't the end of our day. We needed to return the rancher's truck and trailer. To do that we had to go back into and through town to drop them off. Before getting onto the interstate, the rear drive shaft fell out! MW took it out, put the trailer on my truck, put the rancher's truck into 4-wheel drive and we got everything delivered. Looking at the condition of the drive shaft and u-joint, it wasn't our fault, it had been in bad shape a long time. But since it happened on our watch, MW offered to fix it for him.
We didn't get home last night until nine. We all went to sleep rather quickly. And today the kids got to ride in it and learn to operate the backhoe arm. They loved it!
It's amazing what can be done with a small dream actuated on the barter system!
I left so much out of this condensed story. There is another story within this one that I want to tell. It's about how dreams really do have a way of coming true. We've got so many examples to prove it. Now I'm wondering if another dream seed has been planted....
Come back soon and I'll tell you all about it!!!
This post is linked to the Prairie Homestead Barn Hop #6
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