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Unpredictability in farming can be humorous

One of my favorite things about farming and ranching, is the unpredictability of any given day. One day during seeding, we needed to move some vehicles from field to field. On days when no one else is around to help and we're only moving a short ...

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Discovering a wood tick crawling on you can always lead to humorous moments (Shauna Farver/Special to Agweek)

One of my favorite things about farming and ranching, is the unpredictability of any given day.

One day during seeding, we needed to move some vehicles from field to field. On days when no one else is around to help and we're only moving a short distance, someone is going to be taking a walk.

This particular day was sunny, an ideal 80 degrees, perfectly breezy (enough to keep the bugs away but not blow my hat off), and the sky was brilliantly blue. My legs needed a stretch from sitting in the tractor anyway, so I jumped at the chance for a little stroll.

The walk itself was uneventful. I left my farmer in the tractor and set out with our puppy, Kona, for the quick mile-plus trip across the pasture bottom separating the two fields, then down the length of the last seeded field.

I reached the pickup, and as I opened the door, a bird sitting on the ledge flew in the window my farmer had so thoughtfully left rolled down so it wouldn't get so hot inside. Kona and the bird spotted each other simultaneously, and I think Jeff Foxworthy would have been awed at the pandelerium that ensued.

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Kona leapt into the pickup, chasing the bird, who naturally headed for the opposite window. The bird splatted against the glass, leaving a perfect outline on the window and a sizeable deposit on the window sill below, bounced and retreated to the back seat with Kona hot on its feathers.

Between the seats they went, knocking over a leftover cold cup of coffee and stomping on my lunch bag. The bird splatted against the back window this time, then fell behind the seat - but not before leaving several more sizeable deposits. Kona, intent on her pursuit, stepped in the bird's deposits and smeared them around the rest of the back seat and window ledges as she ran back and forth, trying to find a way to her prey.

The bird recovered from its stupor, freed itself from behind the seat, flew into the front of the pickup and out the driver's side window where I was now sitting, trying to roll down more windows. Kona landed solidly in my lap on her way out the window after the bird, knocking the wind out of me.

I was able to catch her by her back hocks as she went over the window ledge, at the same time noticing an unwelcomed visitor climbing on the front of my tee shirt. I threw open the pickup door and bailed out, still gasping for breath, and brushed the tick off. It's a good thing I was alone in that field, because I did a pretty thorough search, turning up 2 more ticks that had apparently climbed aboard during my walk.

Feeling confident that I was free from the creepy critters, I retrieved a now exhausted and panting puppy, loaded her in the pickup, mopped up the spilled coffee, salvaged what was left of my mashed peanut butter sandwich and shared it and the last few swallows of coffee with said puppy on the way to meet up with my farmer on the tractor. When I arrived, he surveyed my appearance and the state of affairs in the pickup and wisely chose not to ask what had taken so long. He's a smart man.

I'm still a fan of unpredictability and love the adventure in each new day. I'm far less a fan, though, of scraping dried bird poop off leather seats.

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Remnants from a puppy chasing a bird inside of a pickup. (Shauna Farver/Special to Agweek)

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