We are all back together once again.

We left Santa Rosa, California this morning. First stop was back to the Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Vacaville, California to be reunited with our pickup.

Gladys was still in the parking lot and unmolested.


Joe took his front truck off of his trailer and parked it out of the way.


Next was to prepare the trailer for Gladys to be driven up.


Normally I drive the pickup onto the trailer but since it has been getting a bit unpredictable Joe decided he would do it. He has a way with us girls that have a habit of acting out once in a while 🙂


We got the ramps put away and made the trailer ready to have Joe’s truck hook back up.


It is good to have everyone back together 🙂


When we first drove onto the Lowe’s lot there was a truck and driver there filling bags with sand. I had to find out how this thing worked. The driver, Dale, wasn’t shoveling the sand from the truck into the bags. The truck, itself, was making it happen. Dale had to make sure the bags were lined up properly.



MSU Bulk is the name of the company. This conveyor system and only one other are it for the whole US.



This trailer is a “Live Floor” because the conveyor belt runs the length of the trailer bed. As the rubber conveyor belt turns the sand, gravel, and stone are delivered via the tail gate at the back.


Each bag holds 1,000 pounds of sand. Dale delivers to Home Depot and Lowe’s. The “ears” on each bag allow a forklift to move them around. The bags are delivered to a home owner or to a construction site where the buyer does the hard work of shoveling the contents where needed.

MSU Bulk also has bags with a covered hole in the bottom that can be easily opened releasing the contents in particular areas to be spread around.

It is fascinating for me when I find genius ideas someone has created to make a job easier and faster to do.

Hope you enjoyed this new bit of information. The weekend is nearly here and the weather seems to be holding good for outdoor family fun.

Enjoy your Friday.


p.s. I forgot to put the picture in of the bags of sand 😦


Now you can get ready for Friday and the weekend 🙂


About Message In A Fold

I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

4 responses to “We are all back together once again.

  • Pati Mishler

    Isn’t it amazing all the job’s people have and how they do it all? And with the work you both have, you see so many people in the world that do their own particular job’s and the interesting way’s they do it, AWESOME!! Take care, be careful, waiting to see more interesting pic’s. luv u both.

    Glad you are all together again, and Glady’s is safe and sound.

    • Message In A Fold

      The poor guy, Dale, wasn’t sure what to think when I trotted over and began asking questions :-). It is fun finding new things once in a while.

      Yes, Gladys is back where she belongs and doesn’t have to worry any longer about being abandoned 🙂 I know. I’m crazy 🙂

      Hope all is going great in your work and Les’. I hope Les still enjoys his work and the people over him aren’t being a$$es like Tribune was.

      Love you Sis

  • gardenpinks

    And those darn bags are a pain to shovel sand or gravel out of especially when you get about half way down…the sides of the bag get in the way or you catch them just as you lift a full shovel out and the stuff gets knocked all ways.
    Quite often grassland fertiliser is put in the bags with holes in the bottom, a farmer then uses a fork lift, usually one attached to a tractor, to lift the bag over a fertiliser spreader’s hopper, empty the bag into the hopper, back the tractor up to the hopper and off the farmer goes around the grassland spreading fertiliser or, more usually, crushed lime/nitrates to counteract the build up of acidity on the grass. Full of useless information 🙂 One day I am going to have a clear out in my brain cells and fill it with ‘stuff’ that would be most useful 😀

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      How awesome you know about those bags!

      I can well imagine the frustration that ensues while shoveling the contents out. I can also imagine the bag would be way too heavy to tip over. Even at a quarter full would be over 200 pounds!

      Your head is full of very interesting information. Maybe not to you but I find the things you know very fascinating!

      Love you – Leslie

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