The Rest of the Story

Growing up, I often would hear Paul Harvey's radio program The Rest of the Story while helping dad around the farm. Mostly it was during harvest time. The Rest of the Story consisted of stories presented as little-known or forgotten facts on a variety of subjects with some key element of the story (usually the name of some well-known person) held back until the end. The broadcasts always concluded with a variation on the tag line "And now you know the rest of the story."

The rest of the storyThis past Saturday, I posted a photo of a dusty old Plymouth on a trailer with the status "So we went to the barn to get the tiller." This blog post is to tell you the rest of the story or maybe just the whole story.

Saturday morning my dad asked if I had time to help him pull the tiller out of the barn. We, or rather I, am going to put in a small garden at my parents house and we (oops, I) need to till up the ground for planting.

The tiller was stored in the center part of our rather well sized barn. That part of the barn also happens to hold a lot of the items that dad would like to pull out and relocate to his newly built shop. Are you seeing where this is going?

View inside barnDue to the location of the tiller in the barn, we had to move some larger items from the area by the door. One of the items was a barrel of treated wheat that also contained a large family of mice. The mice had what could appear to be the perfect situation, a well projected place to live with an endless supply of food. Their only problem is that they were never getting back out of that barrel. I don't think I need to tell you that the barrel went back in the barn when we were done, but the mice did not.

Moving on with my story. We moved out the anhydrous ammonia tank, three barrels of old treated wheat and the various items used in the mountain for elk camp. A few of the items required the use of the tractor with the fork-lift on the front. Seemed like a waste to put in all that effort to just pull out the little 'ole tiller. We had a clear shot at the old Plymouth that is one of my dad's projects.

View inside the barnSo we pulled out the Plymouth and hauled it over to be stored in the new shop. Then went back and pulled out an old military WWII trailer. I think dad said it had been used during the war to transport missiles. He reads my blog so perhaps he will post in the comments section if that's right. I could get up and go ask. Anyway, dad bought it several years ago from an army surplus sale. I didn't get a chance to snap a photo, but he does want to sell it.

The whole process took us two hours. But we cleared a lot of space out for my brother in law to use for storage and mom and I scored the following list of items to upcycle in our garden and for other plants:

Large Rendering pot
Several old wooden produce boxes
Antique Chamber Pot
Antique Hand Plow

More to come on those fun items! But now you know The Rest of the Story.

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