Thursday, October 02, 2008

Working with Gary

Several people have asked what it is that Gary and I are doing up at work late at night. So I thought, since I've not had a great deal to blog about lately that I might blog on this. Gary works for a company that sells chemicals and fertilizer to local farmers. Their biggest season is Strawberry Season, which starts the day after labor day when the farmers start laying plastic and continues until California berries start coming in, either in late March or early April. He is an incredibly busy bee this time of year, he has to be at work at 7:30 and works until 5:30 or 6 without a lunch break most days. In another week or two they will start working half a day on Saturday as well as the regular work week. During this time other than the days right around Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, he can't take time off. (Obviously though they will be letting him leave when I call and say Britt is on his way now.)




Needless to say that my hubby is a very hard worker. In addition to all of this, to make some extra money, starting last season he offered to mix some of the products that they have locally come up with. This saves Charlie money cause it can be done quickly without shipping it off somewhere and it makes us money, pretty good deal all the way around. However, it also means that some nights Gary continues to work after closing time until late into the night. I bring him up supper and we eat and he continues working.
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He has a handy dandy little book to record all of his hours in and to keep up with all the mix sheets. Then he gets to work, either pouring different things into 250 gallon containers or into the mixer/sprayer. He measures the stuff out with a really big scale and turns on the mixer. After everything is put in and mixed well then he has to store it. Some products are stored in the 250 gallon containers, others are stored in the 30 gallon drums, and still others are put into 2.5 gallon jugs. So what do I do most nights?



I either play with Batman, the warehouse kitten, or I cross-stitch. On the occasions when Gary has product to go into the jugs, I label the jugs and the boxes that they go in, and after he pours the chemicals in I screw the lids on and tape the boxes shut. He piles them all back up on the pallet and back into the warehouse they go. All ready for customers to come and buy.

3 comments:

Owl of the Desert said...

Woah, that's a lot of work! That's sweet, though, that you get to bring him dinner and eat together.

Jeremy Sarber said...

This really takes me back to my factory days. It might seem strange, but I kind of miss it.

Dani said...

I can understand that. Gary often says that a good hard day's physical labor is often more rewarding to him than the mental labor.