“New” Recycled Feeder Wagon

Being frugal, often involves creativity and the help of good friends.

We have been in need of a feeder wagon to store feed for our laying hens and
pasture poultry. It is exciting to have our new recycled feeder wagon.

The tank is originally a water tank that has not been used at the ranch for
many years. The tank was then welded onto set of running gears. Inside the tank is an auger attached to the outside wheel for augering the feed into the awaiting buckets. The top of the tank has welded tire rims for a water tight seal and worn rubber tubs to cover the top and hinged with rubber hooks. The feed wagon can be easily moved using a four wheeler.

Many thanks to neighbors and friends, R and B for helping locate recycled
materials and welding expertise!

Perspective

PERSPECTIVE

One day the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On the return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”

“It was great Dad.”

“Did you see how poor people live?”, the father asked.

“Oh yeah,”, said the son.

“So tell me, what did you learn from the trip”, asked the father.

The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.”

“We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.”

“Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.”

“We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.”

“We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.”

“We buy our food, but they grow theirs.”

“We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.”

The boy’s father was speechless.

Then his son added, “Thanks Dad, for showing me how poor we are.”

I snipped this story out of our local agricultural paper a few years ago. The paper is now yellowed but I continue to keep it hanging on the bulletin board in our kitchen. It serves as a reminder to George and I that when times are hard and stressful that we are very rich indeed in the things that are important in life. It is important to always count the blessings and not worry about the things we don’t have.