From practically the first day that we moved here and ESPECIALLY once I started gardening, I have longed for a vehicle to assist me. I love our Kubota, but hooking up a little trailer and loading it up each time to garden is a time sucker frankly! And if hubby is bush hogging, I can’t use the Kubota. If I am cutting grass and hubby wants to haul something he cannot. Once we got bees and started adding boxes, hauling out gallons of water and sugar bags along with smokers and gear, we agreed that sooner rather than later was the answer!
While I was out of town enjoying our new grandbaby, hubby found a Kubota Diesel RTV on eBay of all things. It was from a dealer that has great ratings on eBay and he is in the tractor biz and has a couple stores dealing in them. After placing a pretty low bid and email communications with the owner, hubby felt like this was a great deal for us. Our bid was low though and we had a couple of days to wait and frankly with my obsession with the grand baby, I forgot about it.
The hour came and we won the bid! So exciting! I could not wait to see this wonderful orange vehicle. “Where do we pick it up and when?” was my question. And that was the challenge. It was in southern Georgia. Now you might recall that grandbaby was born outside of Atlanta, so unless you are familiar with Georgia, you might think that is perfect! But the location of our new family member and our new equipment were 6 hours apart from one another. 🙂
It was too good to not figure out though, so instead of flying home as planned, hubby drove down to Atlanta. ( I am lucky that I was to fly SW Airlines, because I have a full refund to use on another flight.) He arrived on Saturday and Sunday we headed down to pick up a trailer to haul her and our new orange buddy. We arrived late on Sunday and the guy was so nice; he met us late and we finalized everything. An added bonus was the fact that he used to work for UHaul and hooked our new RTV up for us on our rented car trailer.
As we drove to our hotel for the night, I shared with hubby that I wanted to name her. I did not want to just call her the Kubota (already taken) or the RTV or the little car or the whatever. She and I were going to spend a lot of time together and I felt names were more appropriate for our budding relationship.
We were in southern, hot, humid Georgia where Tupelo grows readily. We were headed to Asheville for an overnight where Tupelo Honey is a great restaurant. We had just gotten our bees so honey is on our brain and hearts. So it seemed like a natural fit for our new orange friend to be called Ms. Tupelo.
It fits her great as she is sweet, sweet, sweet. She is a work horse just like a little bee and Ms. Tupelo has such a nice, polite feel to it that it seems a great fit around the flowers and veggies.
I got letters last week at TSC and made if official. Isn’t this great?
So do you name your equipment? I cannot be the only one here. Confessions please. 🙂