Like every farm family, we lose things. We look around for awhile in hopes of finding the lost items. When they don't turn up, we write them off as lost forever.
So it brought us a good chuckle this week when one of the lost sippy cups was found — in the manure pit.
We emptied the manure pit onto our fields this week and as the last of the manure was pumped out, one of the pumping crew members pointed out a small purple object floating in the corner of the pit.
Glen crawled down the pit wall, retrieved the completely undamaged sippy cup, and crawled back up laughing.
The crew member, laughing with him, said, "I wouldn't drink that!"
Glen thought maybe we could clean the cup up and put it back in the rotation, but I thought otherwise. The sippy cup went into dumpster.
The sippy cup wasn't the only thing that turned up in the pit this spring. The small red gas jug that we keep in the back of the barn for the straw chopper, which had mysteriously disappeared this winter, was found in bits and pieces floating in the pit. Apparently, it didn't go through the manure pump as easily as the sippy cup.
Unfortunately, I'm sure the shovel won't be the last thing lost to the manure pump.