Monday, November 5, 2012

My Crock Pot and His Backhoe!

Think wrongly if you please,
but in all cases think for yourself.
                     Lessing



 I blame the crock pot for getting me started in the first place. Don’t get me wrong I love my crock pot I love chopping the vegetables and turkey and adding the spices and filling with water while smiling and thinking of the finished product but it turned into more than I had bargained for.

It started early Friday morning; I had everything in this said crock pot and was giving myself a pat on the back for having such a great idea. I could imagine coming home from town after running errands later, I would be enjoying the aroma coming from my kitchen, and we would eat the soup with a nice crusty bread once My Hero got home from work. I was getting hungry while envisioning this. There would be plenty of leftovers for Saturday and all I had to do was warm it up after we came home from the auction. The days are getting cold so this would be perfect. I plugged the pot in put the lid on and then headed downstairs to the wood stove.

I opened up the wood stove door and luckily there were plenty of coals left so I just had to go and pull some wood out of the wood box. I walk over to get and armful……Empty. I started thinking I could wait till My Hero came home in the dark after a long day, tired and hungry for that soup in the crock pot OR I could go and get a load of wood in the tractor bucket myself.



Since I have been going to the Chiropractor twice a week the last appointment being just Thursday morning I was a little hesitant about undoing all his great work not to mention the wasting of money spent on “aligning my spine”. After mulling it over I decided it was going to be very cold tonight and My Hero would be very tired and frankly I wanted to keep the house warm and not let the coals die down and then cooling down the house. I would take it slow and easy.

I slipped my coveralls on over my flannels and headed to the barn yard to get the tractor. There was no bucket on the tractor, My Hero must have used it for something else, and the backhoe was parked in front of the wood in the drive shed. I am not a big fan of driving the backhoe, there is too much “shake, rattle and roll” going on for me but I decided this would be the best option. I decided I would try one of the backhoe tricks I have seen My Hero do while getting wood.

My Hero can scoop the wood into the bucket without having to throw one darn piece into that bucket, leaving only the physical labour of unloading the bucket at the house. Half the work sounded good to me and worth a try. Oh I knew I could do this if he could. I climbed into the backhoe and started it up, there goes that “shake, rattle and roll” I was talking about, but I was still going to do this. I dropped the bucket and slid it across the ground and into the huge pile of wood thinking that would work. I parked, put on the parking brake and jumped out to see how much wood was in the bucket. Maybe five pieces, disappointed I climbed back into the backhoe, I backed up the backhoe and lowered the bucket a little more and angled it downward, I shifted into forward, hit the gas and slammed into that pile of wood, thinking that had to have done it.



I backed up and put the parking brake on and hopped out to see. Half a bucket, not too bad, I thought to myself one more slamming into the pile should do it. I climbed back into the backhoe one more time I hope. Slam, lift and tilt the bucket, and then drop bucket and slam again just for good measure. I lifted the bucket and backed up; I put the parking brake on and jumped out to look again. Success!  I climbed back into the backhoe with a smile on my face and drove to the backdoor to unload.

I endured the “shake rattle and roll” backhoe to the back door and parked, I opened the basement door and threw one piece at a time in and filled that empty wood box. I did it with no problems at all. I took the backhoe back down and parked it in front of the wood pile; My Hero could use it this weekend to get more wood.



I walked back into the house and I could now smell the aroma of simmering soup coming from my kitchen. I threw some wood in the wood stove then go to get ready to run those errands in town. There is nothing like sitting at the table with a nice bowl of homemade soup from the crock pot with a roaring fire and wood box full of wood with your Hero by your side. I could hardly wait for supper.

I want to apologize to all those people standing in the line with me at the grocery store, yes that menthol (peppermint) smell was coming from me. It is an analgesic rub that the Chiropractor sold me which seems to really work, and yes its enticing smell made me crave those peppermint candy canes too.



Ps. Let us keep that whole “slamming” the backhoe into the wood pile thing just between us OK My Hero may not see it the same way and I don’t want him to know I figured out his trick.

Later.

42 comments:

  1. Haha! Good for you B! What a time and back saver, sure beats my wheelbarrow, or toboggan once there is snow on the ground. I am very impressed, I know I would never have had the guts to try the backhoe. : )

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  2. Oh well done you B, I have no idea what a backhoe is but I'm very impressed :))
    I can just about smell your soup as well, that has made me think I will need to get my slow cooker (I think that might the same as a crockpot!) and make something tomorrow so that when I come home from work I just have to dish it up. Ideal!!! Thanks for the idea :)))
    You take care now!!

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  3. You are a clever hard working lady.
    As I was reading your post I thought, oh no she has done her back in...thank goodness you didn't.
    Soup..hope you enjoyed, my friend..Hugs M xoxox

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  4. Good for you ya did a great job with the backhoe ! I to love my crock pot, just throw everything in and let cook for the day , between the smell of that and the wood stove here Oh my how lovely and cozy . I bakes Apple crisp yesterday and that smell mixed with the wood stove was awesome ! Have a good day .

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  5. I must tell you, Buttons, you had me intrigued with that post title. :) You are indeed a true farm woman...you can figure it out and get the job done! I hope your and your Hero enjoyed the roaring fire and that yummy soup. The crusty bread makes my mouth water!

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  6. Well done, I would have been glad too to only throw the wood once! Keep warm and I'll be that soup and a warm house were much appreciated by your hero... xo

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  7. Good for you!! And the soup was ready and the house was warm when your hero came home. Wonderful story!

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  8. Ha! I have been banned from the back hoe...something to do with slamming the bucket into...and it wasn't wood!!...now the crockpot is another story..use it almost every other day!

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  9. That reminds me. I've got a ham bone in the fridge and a bag of split peas the in the cupboard.

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  10. Warm soup, warm house, what more could a man ask for. Oh yea, a wife whose love is so strong she would do anything for him. Lucky man, of course I know this man and know the love goes back just as strong.

    Love You BA

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  11. Turkey soup sounds really good. It was freezing this morning!

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  12. wow!! now THAT'S a pile of split wood. makes my back hurt just looking at it!! aaaaaah, the things we do for love! =)
    mmmmmmmm, i LOVE my crock pot...i can just see you, relaxing with a steamy bowl-ful, after all that hard work!!

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  13. Your secret is safe with me! I'm impressed too. My neighbor has a backhoe. She's been trying to use it to move dirt, but the only thing I saw her slam it into was a parked truck:0

    That soup of yours sounds delish!!

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  14. i kept waiting for the bad part of this story to come up. glad it was all a success!

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  15. Great post! You are a sweet, sweet wife! And, calling him "My Hero" well, I want to steal that from you, because that's the way I see my hubby, too. I hope you don't mind! :-)

    Thank you so much for your uplifting comments on my Fear post. God is truly good! We have to look to Him for all our needs. I hope and pray you are doing well (and not too pepperminty!:-) )

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  16. I had to giggle a bit when I read this.. I always say that if my hubby can do it, so can I.. NOT ALWAYS TRUE! At least for me. That soup sounds yummy my friend..

    Hugs~

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  17. I agree with Tex -- I was waiting for the punchline -- glad you were able to do this by yourself with no problems. :)

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  18. As I am writing you. My hubby has made two soups. One vegeatable and the other is simmering. Pea soup with pork hogs. Yummier. We love Crock pots. Seeing he is in. He is going the old fashion way. Chop,chop, plunk, plunk on stove.

    Your soup looks so yummy as well Buttons.

    Today he cut up al the veggies like you. I asked if he needed help to chop, chop. Oh no Dear he said. You go ahead and comment on your blogger friends.

    Oh are you doing well. I would say you and my friend Christel in N.B. Know how to work that backhoe. Your a clever lady as well. When you got the equipment. Why not. You did a thumbs up job Sweetie.Come on Winter.

    I had to laugh about that ointment from your Chiropractor. That helps you. And you standing in line. (Whiff, whiff)


    I was wearing once that perfume that came out years ago. The Red Door. it did have a strong odor. My daughter modeled itin fashion walkway with promoting. Everyone got a free sample. Me too. . Anyhow, a lady at the grocery store line up so nicely said to me as she tapped me on the shoulder. What God awful perfume are you wearing lady. I shrunk about 10 feet.

    So I had to laugh at what you wrote. Not at you. Just reminds me of The Red Door perfume scene I had.

    Did you ever wear it or hear of it. My daughter modeled back then for Elizabeth Arden.Promotions.

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  19. You always amaze with your strength and determination. But I have to say I thought you were going to tell us that the crock pot failed or something. I'm looking for healthy recipes this week, so the crock pot might have to get in the rotation! I always forget I have it. Thanks for the reminder. Hope you enjoy the week!

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  20. Although it has to do with slamming and backhoes and woodsheds, to me this is such a sweet post. So full of love and care for your Hero. Loved it!

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  21. Haha, great job! I love hearing about your adventures. I am loving my crock pot right now, too. :)

    Glad you are getting help from the chiropractor. Don't worry about the smell of the rub if it works!

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  22. Great Job! I loved reading your story. Women can and do work hard!

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  23. Yes, it's crockpot season now! I have a roast with veggies in mine today. It smells so good already :-)

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  24. Hahahaha... you are one great lady who thinks of her Hero. I will never tell him you slammed the backhoe into that wood pile... never!!

    I have been cooking in my crock quite often lately. I love just throwing the stuff in and having a great meal come out of it.

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  25. Good for you Buttons! I enjoy operating heavy equipment, there is something about it that makes me feel independent. Hope the shake, rattle & roll didn't make your back too sore.

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  26. Ha- thanks for the idea- I was wondering how I was going to use up the left over Thanksgiving turkey taking up space in my freezer. Crock pot stew!
    My husband (who is also My Hero!) has nearly finished building a log splitter- I'll post photos when it's done- It is one tough looking machine, completely hand built from the ground up.

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  27. Great job, Buttons!!! I'm glad you and your back survived the backhoe and the woodpile. I made soup in the slow cooker yesterday too - chicken and wild rice :)

    Hugs,
    Mandi

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  28. I won't tell, if you don't! Of course, he might figure it out from the tire tracks, but you can always blame them on the raccoons that are rampaging around...

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  29. I like your pretty crockpot, Buttons. Your'e also very welcome to come and move some wood for us anytime you like! Good for you, girl!
    Sue

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  30. Good for you, B!

    Pearl.

    p.s. LOVE that opening quote.

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  31. Your braver than I - I can't even drive stick shift... too much to do AND drive. A Backhoe would be a complete puzzlement to me.

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  32. You go girl! Dinner AND a full wood box!! :)

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  33. Oh how your story made me laugh. We may not be as smooth, but we girls can get the job done when we have to. I cleared the snow from the driveway last winter, while my husband fretted on the porch with his broken ankle. It wasn't pretty and it wasn't smooth, but it was done in the end. Oh how I can smell your soup. How about I bring over some cider and we settle in for the winter?

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  34. Now that he knows you know how, it's over. That's your new chore along with cooking a mean soup!

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  35. I'm so glad it worked out! I thought for sure something was going to go wrong. You make me want to go out and learn to drive our backhoe. We've had it almost 15 years and I confess I've never even sat in the seat!

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  36. oh my gosh..that is funny. love your spirit!!! and your work ethnic!

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  37. you had me worried there! the way the story began, i half expected you to say you forgot the turn the crock pot on! but that's more like something i would do. :D

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  38. Well done with the backhoe!
    I love that menthol rub, I use it every weekend on all my arthritic joints, so that I can front up to work again on Mondays.

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  39. I'm glad you were able to get the wood without hurting yourself!

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  40. A BACKHOE!!!??? I AM SOOOOOO JEALOUS!!!!


    when you come to visit - bring that thang' because then we can dig up paleo things in my backyard!!!!

    and Im thinking that you are one heck of a farmwoman and your hero is the luckiest bloke on the block for having you!!!!

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