Thursday, November 3, 2011

Heightened Emotions!

         A man of courage is full of faith.

                                    Cicero


 Yes I know I am getting to sound like a broken record but it appears My Hero did not get the memo about stressing his wife.
 There is still a leak in the roof of the barn so this means my brave/crazy husband pulls out his trusty ladder, and climbs to the clouds. I mean this literally; he was closer to the clouds than the ground beneath.
 He is very close to the peak now; the ladder is extended one length higher. This time I decide not to engage in the token job of holding the darn ladder. I am standing in my living room with the door wide open, the cordless phone in my hand. The ladder is braced on the tractor bucket, I am sure that is safe, or so I am told. My nervousness of the other day apparently does not help him. I can assure him it is no fun for me either.
 He is now on the second to the top rung, he leans carefully (yeah right) to the left and screws the screw into the tin. He shuffles the ladder, this I cannot explain; just know I have my eyes tightly shut. The banging, and shuffle sound scares me, at this point my heightened emotions kick in.
 I eventually stand, and stare; all of a sudden I am a little more relaxed, maybe because I know I cannot change him, and he knows he cannot change my emotions. I am imagining there is an invisible rope holding him from somewhere in the sky. I know, sounds silly but it works for me.
 Later I go back to feed the cows, I look back to the barn; the girls and I agree at least it is not the back of the barn, yet.


 I await the ice and snow, a time when I know that darn ladder will be packed up, at least till the spring.

Later.

17 comments:

  1. Once again, my stomach is in knots reading this! I know they've got to do these things, but oh........thankfully he's finished!

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  2. Ugh! I get weak in the knees just reading this! I hope that's the end of that.

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  3. I think they just want to scare us to death. My hubby and sons cut down a tree in our yard. Standing on a ladder with a chain saw I am so glad I wasn't there for the whole thing. Have a great day love your cows.

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  4. That shot puts butterflies in my stomach just watching with you!!

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  5. I know all to well about the ladder shuffle and using the tractor bucket for height!
    Oh the stress.
    Would love to see more of your barn :)

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  6. Scary for you and he is amazing BRAVE! Working on a perch like that takes stainless steel--uh--you know whats.

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  7. can't blame you for feeling fearful! ugh!

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  8. This is not good. I won't do a sermon, but....

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  9. I'm with you on this matter. Going up on a roof that high is very scary.

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  10. Ditto...to every comment above me..SCARY!
    ~~HUGS~~

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  11. That would scare the bejeepers out of me too!

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  12. Herefords! You have Herefords? How wonderful. I am so tired of looking at Black Angus.

    I think you better stay in the house, I am not sure you are helping him and he is certainly not helping you.
    Better yet - hide the ladder.

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  13. If his legs shake. Tell him to come down. If they don't shake, he will be ok.

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  14. Ugh. My hubby did this on the back of the barn w.o. saying anything until after. Guess I can't worry that way!!!

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  15. Your photographs are masterpieces! That heightened adrenalin had a good effect, even if at the time you were only conscious of an all-consuming fear. Another beautifully written piece...I love the mental image of the rope attached to the sky holding your hubby securely in place on his ladder.

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  16. Pretend it's like Rapunzel...............

    ;)

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  17. Oh gosh, that scene repeated itself at my house last weekend. One ladder in the tractor trailer and the hook ladder on the roof. The chimney had started to fall down. GULP. I was so happy that my FIL showed up to stand at the bottom. I always have 911 on speed dial. Does it make a difference?

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