Purse Girl is my 19 year old cousin who, after spending a year in college out East, has come to a sort of crossroads and is trying to figure out where she wants to go from here. She really enjoyed college last year but has decided she needs to choose a different career path and needs to figure out where to go now. What started off as a week long visit to Kansas though has quickly turned into a busy part time job!
During harvest DR hires extra people at the elevator to take care of weighing and probing trucks and all the computer work that it takes to keep track of all the farmers and product that converges on the elevator this time of year. And since he has had trouble finding part time help, DR offered PG a job helping during harvest, for roughly two months, we hope! Any harvest shorter and longer than two months just makes life miserable.
Purse Gurl's first day on the job started at 7:30 am and lasted till 8:00 pm...yep, that's a normal harvest day. That same day DR worked form 6:30 am to 9:30 pm. We took dinner to Purse Gurl and the rest of the office the other day. Yahoo loves to watch the semis drive by! And of course it was a treat for Purse Gurl and Yahoo to play together too.
Farmers drive their trucks full of grain onto a scale at the grain elevator where it is weighed and then probed. After they dump the grain then the truck gets weighed again to get an accurate measure of how much grain they brought in.
See that yellow inverted V shaped thing above the truck? That probe will go down deep into the bed of truck and take a sample of the grain; corn, beans, wheat, milo..whatever the farmer is hauling in.
The grain sample is put through a machine that tests for moisture, damage or foreign material. If the corn is too wet or has too much dirt in it for example then the farmer is docked money from the price of his grain. (DR brought home two samples of wheat for me the other day which I ground into flour....but more on that later.)
During harvest this is the women at the scale are kept busy practically all day probing and testing grain over and over again. There can be lines of semis waiting to dump grain for a mile or longer during the busiest part of harvest!
Even though she is working most of the time, I love having Purse Gurl around! She has style. I mean, check out those glasses and pink shirt she's wearing! My normal attire is a baseball hat and old tank top. I don't have style, not a bit. But PG is a girly girl, though it's hard to be a girly girl at an elevator. She has this awesome pink purse and a cute Victoria Secrets waterbottle she carries around! (Yahoo can't get enough of that waterbottle by the way.) My waterbottle? A left over Diet Pepsi bottle I fill from the tap and throw in the fridge. PG makes me want to put on makeup and do my hair in the morning. And you know, if I didn't have three kids wailin' at me from outside the bathroom door I would totally do it. Maybe I'll just buy a new water bottle.
Purse Gurl reminds me of all the wonderful things about being 19 that I miss (and don't miss). Having the freedom to pick up and take a road trip across the country, not being tied down, not having any money, the responsibility of finally having to make your own decisions, not knowing which way to turn, the ability for your personality to shine without the influence of others. Ah, to be 19 again!
I'm happy to have Purse Gurl here for a while. It sure is nice to see family when we are so far away (800+ miles) from most of them. Good luck with harvest Purse Gurl! I hope it isn't too rough on you!