We didn’t use an ATV or diesel powered “Mule” to check on livestock or water gaps. We walked. When we dug post holes for cedar posts, we did it with hand “post hole diggers” and a digging bar. We shoveled sand and gravel into the bed of the pickup and mixed it with Portland cement with a hoe when we needed concrete. It would be many years before the “Easy Button” would be invented.
When Helen and I first married, she was always exercising. I convinced her that she needed to combine garden work with exercise---no wasted effort that way. I suggested perhaps she could harvest onions by getting over the row and doing squat thrusts. Each time she came upright, bring an onion with her. She actually tried it for about 20 minutes. The next day she could hardly get out of bed, and it was at least one more day before she would speak to me.
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy Commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County.