I Might Finish Paying For It By the Time I’m Dead


I might learn to drive it by then, too.

I looked under the hood. Like I had any idea what I was looking at.

I looked at the steering wheel, too. Like I was ever gonna touch it.

I brought Georgia with me because she’s a tractor expert.

And she was thinking about buying one, too.

Okay, I brought her with me because I was taking her to an eye doctor appointment in Charleston yesterday.

But she enjoyed looking at the tractors. Georgia loves an outing. She climbed right on the tractor and went crazy doing doughnuts in the parking lot. Okay, not really. She’s scared of tractors. Like me. I bought one anyway. Somebody has to mow the meadow and dig a duck pond and clear brush! I bought the tractor. Do I have to do everything?

The merry woodland creatures heard about the tractor.

The scampering bunny said, “Tractor? I’ll drive the tractor!”

The deer said, “No, I will drive the tractor!”

Coco said, “Pick me! I’ll drive the tractor!”

Then the chickens got wind of it.

And this one said, “I will drive the tractor.”

Or prepare to die!”


  1. Kathryn says:

    That tractor is totally cool! We are looking at tractors, too. Looking. All the time. Looking. There are only so many little tractors to see in our area. So, we go look at them. Again and again.

    So help me Hannah, we are going to be dead before we have one here. I am no help. I like the little one that is the same color as my pick-up because it is cute. That is not the answer Himself wants from me. But, they look good together in the parking lot of tractor store number four. I do not like any at tractor store number one because they are huge, and have too many levers, gauges, buttons, and pedals. Stores two and three are okay, I guess. Nothing really that makes me want to get it home. Oh, get a sunshade for your pretty new tractor. They are cute!

  2. Shirley says:

    Every sensible country woman needs a bright shiny red tractor. And there’s no reason for you not to learn to drive it. YOU GO GIRL!!!! And let everyone stay out of your way.

  3. happyathome says:

    I love my Massey Furguson tractor, driving it around the yard with the big mower deck behind clearing the field in half the time of our little cub cadet garden tractor. You will not regret it! Especially if you got the front bucket, helps with all of those projects you described! We just got a woodchipper attachment this summer to work off the PTO, that is awesome since the tractor carries it around, shoots fine wood chips where you want. That would be my suggestion to you for an add on. See if there are any farm equipement auctions near you and buy that way. We have gotten most of our add ons from them at a fraction of the cost. Have fun! Oh, and keep the animals off of the tractors, they may have other ideas in mind with it! :mrgreen:

  4. M says:

    We have two really old tractors, a Farmall Cub and an old John Deere. Very handy.

    Get some instruction on how to properly attach/detach your addons … AND … learn the proper way to drive in hilly W.Va. Turnovers are Not To Be Laughed At! Also , some info on how to do a bit of your own PM.


  5. Robin G. says:

    It’s a lovely tractor, but… what are you going to be using it for?

  6. Heidi says:

    OMG!! You are a farm girl for sure now!! Good for you! but, ya know green and yellow IS the farmers choice – at least on our farm!! LOL You are formally invited to come up here and visit so I can teach you how to drive that bugger!! You will never want to get off of it!! Your gonna feel like wonder woman on it!! LOL as far as Sparticus – you better get a chicken seat that sits on the fender so he doesnt feel left out or you will need to ‘prepare to die’! LOL

    I love Georgia, spunk is what keeps her going.

    p.s. I posted if your curious… its about pigs! πŸ™‚

  7. Kim A. says:

    Somehow I think 52 will be driving the tractor….

    -Kim A.

  8. Jan says:

    Great tractor! I’m not allowed to drive ours or our zero turn mower!!! Guess it has to do with the fact that I conk a stick shift out, and when allowed to test out the zero turn, I had it going round and round in vicious circles while laughing my head off!!!! Hmmmm, that’s not fair, you get your very own, get to pick it out AND get to drive it if you want!

    Hey, have I missed something along the way, or does 52 seem to be out of the picture these days? I have searched and searched, but can’t even find a mention… ???? You know, you bare your soul to the world and inquiring minds are gonna wanna know!!!

  9. Tina L says:

    We have an old red tractor. My husband would be drooling over those shiny new ones. I have driven it once. I had all the instructions and I made it move. Today? I have no idea how to even start that thing. Good luck learning to drive it. I’m sure practice is what it takes. You didn’t show pictures of them but I’ll bet those boys of yours cant wait to get behind the wheel of that thing

  10. Shelley says:

    :clap: Congratulations on your new tractor! I can’t wait to see what your first project will be! (And which of your animals will take the first ride- Coco or Spartacus?!!)

  11. jane says:

    Thank you for following up on the horse. Sometimes you have to really make a fuss about this to the authorities or those who can help. I hope they seize the horse to evaluate and if necessary prosecute the owners and get the word out – this is not to be tolerated.

  12. Beckynsc says:

    Yeah, for you, getting a shiny new tractor!
    I wish I could have a new one. Ours has the motor out of it. It’s in the shop, who knows when we’ll get it back.
    It’s old. Don’t need a key to start it. A screwdriver will do. ha ha
    Can’t wait to see pictures of farm girl Suzanne up top of that shiny new tractor!

  13. Jyl says:

    Love the tractor! If you need practice you are welcome to bring it to my house and you can practice all you want. I have tons that needs to be done

  14. Bertie says:

    Alas, I have no tractor. :no: Guess I’ll just have to live vicariously through you to fulfill all my tractor desires! You’re one lucky woman. :yes:

  15. Suzanne McMinn says:

    No, no, 52 is not out of the picture! (Well, he doesn’t like to be pictured, LOL, so he’s out of the picture from that perspective! Though he has almost agreed to let me post his picture sometime soon…) I think he is the one most likely to drive the tractor! Until I learn….. Maybe I’ll like it??

    We looked and looked for a used one, but couldn’t find a decent one, so finally gave up. My cousin does have several of the tractor add-on implements, so I can borrow. All that came with this one was the front-loader thingy.

  16. Stephanie says:

    Coco always makes me smile. What a darling little face… I’m having a hard time fighting my surging ‘puppy lust’.

    BTW, tractors ROCK my world!

  17. Amy says:

    I was in an Amish/Mennonite community yesterday. A woman drove up to the little general store on her great big John Deere tractor with the bed of a pickup truck attached as a wagon. In the wagon were the most beautiful children, in Amish clothing. I wanted to take a picture, but didn’t, out of respect for their privacy. I know the Amish do not use cars, but I guess some use tractors! I can just see you driving your bright red tractor with a wagon attached and Coco peeking out!

  18. Claudia W says:

    I wanna tractor! Although I don’t know that it would fit in my backyard. But it would drive my neighbors nuts if I started that thing up every once in a while. What fun! Be careful!

  19. Shimmy Mom says:

    That is one beautiful tractor! Congrats on your new toy. They’re fun to drive and not as hard as they look. Have FUN!

  20. Treasia says:

    You go girl! Now you just need the bonnet and an apron on when you do finally drive it.

  21. RDT says:

    I’m sure you disabled comments on the previous post to prevent people like me doing this, but 17’s a hottie. How come you never mentioned it before?

  22. Julie Andrea in Englehart, ON says:

    Wooo hooo! What a pretty pretty tractor! Love the red. πŸ™‚ Good for you.

    Oh .. and Coco .. a real big AWWWWWWWW, you get the best photos!! I swear that puppy is posing for you. More Coco, please. :woof:

  23. Kathy R says:

    I wanted a tractor with all the attachments. We looked for used ones, and before I could decide, my significant other bought one at an auction for $200. (He loves auctions.) The $200 John Deere is from the early 70’s and is missing a few things (tires, gas tank, etc.) He isn’t mechnically inclines. Now I have to figure out how I can get someone to come out and haul it away.

    Disgusted with the search for a used tractor, I decided there was some real doubt whether (1) I could live long enough to pay for a tractor, and (2) whether I wanted to try using it on our hilltop. At least 52 is a capable farmer type – My 66 sold waterbeds for 37 years. Not a qualification for using a shiny red tractor. Need a waterbed, he’s your man. Need a pond, yell for help. Can I borrow 52??

    Answer to my mowing problem? I bought a shiny new John Deere “Lawn Tractor” — it’s green like the big ones, it mows, pulls a cart, and can be fitted with a snow blade. That’s all I’ll usually need. When it’s time for a pond I’ll hire someone who has a tractor or a backhoe, and knows what to do with it.

    Good luck. But I wouldn’t let the chicken drive… :mrgreen:

  24. Suzanne McMinn says:

    Re 17–I don’t have comments enabled on my photoblog, so that wasn’t particular to that photo. Should I take more pictures of him? (LOL) I’m his mother, so I guess I don’t think of him that way!

  25. Diane says:

    Ooh, a shiny red tractor–How cute!!! Wish I had one but my neighbors in the city probably wouldn’t like it. Know what you need now? Cute Farmer clothes– like overalls, work boots and a big brimmed straw hat! Now that would be the ultimate in cool, at least in my opinion.

  26. Kacey says:

    Well, it’s RED. Always a good thing for a tractor! I’m sure you’ll learn to drive it… I’m sure of it… :whip:

  27. Wendy says:

    I bet 17 will be driving the tractor.

  28. April says:

    Very cool, Suzanne! My husband designs these for a rival company and I KNOW that is a big expenditure! I hope it works wonderfully for you!

  29. Crystal B. says:

    Congratulations on your new tractor. It will be very useful on your farm. πŸ™‚

  30. Karen Erickson says:

    The tractor is adorable! And I don’t think of them as adorable – my husband’s is big and yellow and scary. I would never drive it, too intimidating.

    I think a daily photo of Coco would do me just fine BTW. So precious. :snoopy:

  31. SuzieQ says:

    Love the post today. Helped me quit obsessing about the horse. I will be glad to drive your tractor for you until you learn how..it’s so empowering.

  32. Sharon Elkins says:

    Man, you could ford the stream with that one. You’re going to have so much fun.

  33. Donna says:

    and what a PRETTY tractor that is!!!! I know it’ll get alot of good use and be of good use! Ohh, I love the “critters”..we have a bunny like that in our backyard, in Spring. Isn’t nature beautiful? I can’t imagine living in a big city all your life and NEVER get to see the country. I was in PR for two weeks and just got so excited to see a YARD (I was by water)…I never missed seeing a yard so much in my life! LOL :mrgreen: Hug that COCO puff for me..she is ADORABLE!

  34. Joanne says:

    you crack me up with the chickens@ I keep asking my husband if we can have one…i’m still working on it. Love, love, love your place and am excited for you and the new tractor.


  35. Brandy says:

    Now that is a nice looking tractor. Not that I know anything about them. But, it’s the same color as my Jeep. *G* I want to learn to drive one, one of these days.

  36. Kim A. says:

    Yeah, I just saw the pic of 17 and thought I’d like one of those…only about 40 – 48 years old. πŸ˜†

    Are there ANY hotties in my age group? You know, no beer belly or butt crack?

    -Kim A.

  37. Tori Lennox says:

    Y’know I was trying to figure out when 17 turned into such a good-looking young man! Seems like yesterday he was still a little kid. *g*

    I think some bright tractor company should come up with a line of pink farm machines for farmer girls. πŸ™‚

  38. Estella says:

    Great looking tractor. Are the boys going to learn to drive it and do the mowing and etc?

  39. Amy Addison says:

    You know, I think Spartacus is going to be a trouble maker for all time.

    Just saying.

    The tractor is lovely.

    If you drive it, please have someone take pictures. I want to watch you mow a meadow and dig a duck pond. That is so cool.

  40. Susan says:

    Between 53, 17, 15 and Princess I don’t think you will have to worry about having to work the tractor yourself! πŸ˜†

  41. Bayou Woman says:

    Nice tractor! I’m duly impressed. Did you win the lottery?

  42. Lis says:

    Love the tractor! Looks very cool :cattail:

  43. Carolyn A. says:

    I got this picture in my head of Georgia driving the tractor and doing wheelies. I cracked myself up!

    Lovely tractor, hope it does what you bought it for. How is it on gas/diesel? You are really getting into this farming thing. You go girl! xxoo

  44. Julie Andrea in Englehart, ON says:

    Okay, I was being polite by not commenting on 17. But since someone else has already started it .. hee hee … 17?? Are you SURE he’s only 17??? 17?? Oh my, there must be something good in the water where you live! :thumbsup:

  45. Kalin says:

    Oh cool! I just learned how to drive our tractor. It was nerve racking (so many levers!), and then it died dramatically in the middle of my lesson. According to my teachers (aka my dad and grandpa), that’s just something it does sometimes.

    I should try to convince them to get one of those nice new ones that don’t die at inopportune moments!

  46. Jodie says:

    the goats thought that would be their function… to eat the grass in the meadow… or do you need sheep for that? :sheepjump:
    way cool tractor, way cute puppy. I’m getting puppy fever, but don’t know if my only cat and 18 yr old dog would be too crazy about a young-un.

  47. catslady says:

    I don’t know a darn thing about tractors but it sure is a pretty one.

  48. Heidi says:

    Anymore on the horse? I was wondering if you had heard anything good or bad? πŸ™‚

    Is coco getting along with all the kitties ok? LOL πŸ™‚

  49. Suzanne McMinn says:

    I haven’t heard anything more on the horse. I’m a little scared to get involved more than I have because I don’t want the people to get mad at me, and I think it’s better if I leave it to the authorities. Coco is doing good with the kitties. She just doesn’t understand why they don’t want to play with her, LOL.

  50. tillie says:

    coco gets my vote! :woof:

  51. Granny Sue says:

    A new tractor! Whoa. Way cool.

    Be careful on those hills. We’ve lost several friends to tractor roll-overs–it’s tricky here, especially in wet weather, or on a hillside where a groundhog has dug holes that can tip a tractor.

    We have a Massey Ferguson, 1970 model, I believe. It’s still worth the same amount as we paid for it in 1980. Tractors don’t lose value if they’re in running condition.

    I never learned to drive it, on purpose. Because if I did, I’d be expected to do all sorts of things I don’t want to be my job to do. I have a very bi job already, taking care of gardens and critters and house and family and putting up food–not to mention the fulltime and part-time jobs I hold.

    I leave tractoring to the guys, very contented to watch ’em work!

  52. Heidi says:

    That was why I was wondering. :)The Milk Man and I were talking about it and he said that he was concerned that the owners my ‘black ball’ you if its a community like ours. πŸ™‚ A smart idea to let it be – now we just have to trust that the right thing was done for him. πŸ™‚ BTW – I think I am in love with coco, do you blame me! LOL

  53. Donna says:

    Suzanne, I think you are right about the horse, because I thought about it later and thought “ummm, you have to be careful..you don’t want any of the people to get mad at you, thinking you turned them in/meddled”. I mean naturally, we all want to save an animal and do the right thing, but I also have heard stories (like in Naomi Judd’s biography) of how people can be…scarey anywhere, nowadays.

  54. TeresaH says:

    I want to drive the tractor! :flying:

  55. Chic says:

    Yeay…we ended up getting the same pretty red tractor!!!! WE love ours…it has the bucket thingy and a back hoe….we’re planning on digging LOTS on our little farm. You’ve got to learn to drive it Suzanne…once the rain quits here I’m going to give ours a try…then we’ll be ‘real’ farmgirls! I’m so enjoying reading all your old posts…I’m working my way to the top of your list…or at least until I reach the first post I read on here. My hubby loves hearing about your adventures too…I’m always passing along something funny from your blog. I think he loves the recipes the best though. Since these pictures were taken over a year ago…are there any newer ones with the tractor on your farm? If so…I haven’t got that far yet. Anyway…thanks for the great entertainment Suzanne…you make my day. :hungry2:

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