Time to Change the Oil. (New Tractor)

After two hundred hours, it was recommended to change the oil in my new Kioti Tractor. I decided to purchase the filter from the dealer and replace the oil for the first time. I have changed the oil on my vehicles for years and figured the tractor would be just as easy; besides some crowding of space, it was.

I couldn’t plan a better day to change the oil.  The weather was perfect.  The yellow jackets and insect population was at a low, so I wasn’t constantly bombarded.  It was overall a nice serene day on the property.


For the video, I used 2 cameras for the shot, a lapel mic, and our Zoom H4.  I realized the lapel mic was not of very good quality, which explains the sound in the beginning.  I also used the Zoom’s auto levels and that proved to be a terrible idea.  The Zoom couldn’t adjust sound level fast enough to keep it level, so the best sound came from the video on my camera phone and the camcorder I had with me.

I am still using Blender to edit the video.  It is nice to sync the two cameras together

Get in line… Even the cat loves the tractor.

and switch the view back and forth, something you can’t do in Movie Maker.  If you create YouTube videos by yourself, this is extremely helpful because you can roll both cameras and not have to stop and change angles for every specific shot.  I did the same thing on my  “electric  v. gas powered chainsaw” video, except with a few more change ups and added complexity.   This video also predates the firewood and frustration with YouTube  video I created a couple weeks ago.

I am still debating on whether to drop YouTube or not, and just rewind the clock and continue with blogging. I have noticed traffic on our website has increased on search engine results, possible Facebook friends who have no other way to find me since I left the platform.  It is interesting all Facebook visitors to this website are now gone as that platform works through the final deletion of my profile and living a sustainable page as it rapidly approaches the final 90 days.  I admit I do miss contacting friends on Facebook that chose not to follow me to this platform, but it also puts FB into more perspective as well.

As I check my WordPress reader, I noticed many of the channels I follow on WP are also not posting as often.  My wife is seeing the same trend on her Instagram and is almost done using that platform as well.  It seems that our society is waking up to the corporate manipulation of social media.  As we transition into fall, I wonder if social media is going through the same transition.  What was once seen as vibrant and alive is slowing losing energy and preparing for hibernation and a long winter, until it is re-birthed; hopefully, into something new and less manipulative with the expected arrival of spring.

The Tractor has Arrived

Our new tractor has arrived and we’ve already made some use of it by moving several dead rooted up stumps and a large burned up log left by the previous owner.  What would have taken days and several weeks of back and knee recovery was done in a matter of a few minutes.  Just yesterday morning, it was time to swap out the snow tires. I put our large Suburban tires onto a pallet, moved them to our Suburban, and fork lift them to a height easy enough to slide the tires into the back. On a different day last week, I took the tractor to the west side of our home and smoothed out the weeded rough area to extend the yard.  What would take me days, is taking me minutes, and my back doesn’t hurt at the end of each day.

The video I created has nothing to do with the work I did.  Instead, I created a short 2 minute film celebrating that we finally purchased a tractor for our homestead.  I keyed it up to some inspirational music that I liked and filmed a typical “sunny” morning, waking up to a new homestead tractor.  I enjoyed doing all the cuts and film editing while placing “orange” everyday items throughout the film to lead up to the reveal at the end.   It was our only full sunny day this week.  It truly was a beautiful morning and was lots of fun to shoot.


I am so far very happy with our decision, I just wish the weather this week cooperated more, so I could begin gathering firewood.  It looks like the last few months of the school year I will be working two jobs full-time before summer break, one as a teacher and the other as a forest manager on the property.  During my sleep or shower time, I will have to plan the pole barn we are building.

So far, our name suggestions are: Surely, Klyde, and Wiley. There is still time to chime in and my wife and I are now split of 2 different names, our son may have to be the tie-breaker.