Friday, March 15, 2013

Looks are Deceiving so BE Careful!

Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors.
                            Aldous Leonard Huxley


I am lying on my side; I could feel the extremely cold water running into my Pink Cadillac Boot, not around my Pink Cadillac Boot, my first thought and main thought was how to keep Leo dry and get her on that snow covered bank of the creek. My very next thought believe it or not was since I just came from the Chiropractor was that  I just wasted $35 on getting an adjustment and now feeling the pain in my hip I knew I may have to go again hoping I did not damage something. The third thought was keep your head above the water. Strange order of thoughts I know but unfortunately that is how my brain works. So how did I get here you ask.

I walked back to take photos of the now melted snow and the puddles it created from the pounding rain the night before. It was a little cloudy out and I could hear the roar of racing water near the pump house as I made my way slowly down the lane admiring the fields dotted with colours of muddy brown grass and patches of white snow. I remember thinking this was to be a better year than last year as far as moisture goes. I must admit I truly enjoyed the early Spring and those double digit temperatures a year ago but we surely did pay for that when it came time to take our hay off finding ourselves short and having to make decisions on what cows would stay and which ones had to leave. This year looks like it is at least starting out the way it is supposed to.


I saw the cows wandering up the lane curious as to what had been lying under all that snow just as I was. I know they were hoping for green shoots of grass I think they are going to have to wait awhile. I made my way over to the pile of logs My Hero had hauled from the bush in the Fall I could see the cows licking the bark; I have no idea why, sometimes cows make me wonder what they are thinking. I took a bunch of cute shots and pet Red who you can clearly see is a Calf who will be staying here because she is very friendly, curious, and photogenic and she now has a name picked by My Hero. Yes some Cows are just born like that, I am sure her and Annie will be great friends.


I loved watching the Cows waiting for Spring kicking up their heels in anticipation. Even “Mean Cow” was watching me with a twinkle not that too familiar rage in her eye and it appears to me that as I was staring at her and  keeping a close eye I was not afraid, we have obviously come to terms as they say. I do believe she will not bother me again but when she has another calf I will not be able to trust her after “the incident”, I have to think of my safety.


Speaking about safety, after I played with the Cows for a bit, I had wandered back to the pump house and was standing on the side of the creek, the water was flowing fast but at the most it could only be about a six to eight inches deep, I watched as the water splashed and bounced around the rocks that My Hero had placed there for me, making this beautiful water spot of peace where I come often to listen to the trickling or in the case of today rushing water. I was standing on what I thought was a solid patch of snow and ice my feet firmly planted and taking shots of the water. The next thing I know I was lying in the water as I was telling you above, it happened so quick I have no idea how I ended up there.


 I immediately grabbed Leo who was high in the air (thank goodness) from around my neck and tried to place her up on the snow. I stretched my arm as far as it could go, she was safe. I now had to figure out how to get out of this mess I had created for myself. Since I was lying on my right side I thought I should try to keep my left side dry if I could so I tried to wiggle back to the bank. I could feel sharp stones under my hip and then came a sharp pain and my wondering and worrying if I had actually done something very stupid this time. I grabbed hold of another rock on the side of the bank and pulled myself out luckily keeping my left side dry. I remember looking towards NDF’s house and wondering if she could see me and if she could what she could possibly be thinking.  I lay on the bank for a moment wondering if I should stand, remembering I did have my cell phone in my pocket on the left dry side (thank goodness again) I could feel the cold water inside my Pink Cadillac Boot, it appears they not only keep water out but keep it in as well. Even though it was a nice warm day out I could feel the icy cold numbness creeping through my body. I picked up Leo and hung her carefully around my neck she was just fine. I pushed myself to my feet. Standing there for just one minute I could tell nothing was broken but the Chiropractor may be getting another visit. I hobbled to the house.

Back in the basement absorbing the warmth of the woodstove I pulled off my Pink Cadillac Boots I walked over to the sink and poured out that cold water from my right boot. I pulled off those wet socks, jeans, coat, and sweater dripping with water and I made my way up those stairs all the time thinking just how dumb that was. I pulled on a warm fuzzy housecoat, put a heat bag in the microwave and went and sat in front of my big window and looked out to see that pump house.

I debated writing this as it looks like I am pretty incompetent as far as taking care of myself and thinking of only the photos I could get, in my defense I was almost positive that bank was solid and I guess I should have paid more attention to how long the water had been rushing under it and eroding the ice away. It just goes to show you everyone has moments of thinking they are safe and find out very quickly just how fast things happen to prove you wrong.


I am fine there was no need for the Chiropractor and the only bruise was the one on my ego when I told My Hero what had happened. I will probably not stop doing stupid things but you can be sure I will check it out more thoroughly. Be safe.

I now know that saying “The majority of all accidents happen close to home” is very true
Me thinks acting my age may be something I will have to ponder.

Later



54 comments:

  1. Scary moments -- glad you are okay!

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  2. I am so glad you are okay...and Leo.
    Also grateful this was not a raging river instead of a swollen stream.

    Stuff happens...to all of us. Maybe SOME of us are just not brave enough to tell on ourselves.

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  3. oh no buttons, i am glad you and leo are a-ok! scary!!

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  4. Accidents so happen. I am so relieved you are ok!

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  5. Take a walking stick next time. They are very handing for testing the firmness of snow banks. So glad you didn't injure yourself (or Leo).

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  6. Glad it was only pride, not body parts that were injured! And Red is quite an attractive bovine, too.

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  7. I'm glad you (and Leo) are ok! I think Red is adorable. Good move to keep her!

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  8. Thank you for the entire adventure - I am Grateful for the Good Outcome -

    You were just sharing about keeping Leo Safe - Now that you've out-pictured your true intentions to keep her safe, protected, out of harm (at least you did NOT actually break an arm) - I hope you will imagine adventures that keep YOU Safe as well.

    love & love,
    -g-

    ps - awesome photos

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  9. You are never going to act your age, and I love you for that.
    HOWEVER, perhaps you could be a little more careful, don't ever stop exploring and enjoying nature, just please, please, take care of yourself.

    Love You, BA

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  10. Still frigid and cold, I see, like here. Spring will soon come!

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  11. Oh, no! I hope you don't have any lingering side effects. Please be careful and take care of yourself!

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  12. really glad you and your camera were safe. the boot can dry. :)

    love little red!

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  13. I am very happy that you are safe Buttons!

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  14. Well, it's a good thing you were close to home and not way back in the woods- glad the only damage was to your ego.
    That's pretty sweet that your husband put those rocks in the stream for your enjoyment.

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  15. Oh, my goodness, I am so glad that you're OK! You're right--these things can happen so fast. You kept your head, though, and worked it out. Glad you were close to home. Take care!

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  16. My oh my...like that Ever Ready Rabbit...still going!

    Take better care...ok?

    Hugs
    Auntie M

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  17. Accidents are so unpredicable. Glad to hear you are okay! I agree with a previous poster, take a walking stick.

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  18. Yikes, I'm glad you are okay. I know just what you mean about how quick something like this can happen!

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  19. i'm glad you and leo are safe! i think you should consider taking a walking stick with you out in the bush. it may help to keep your balance and maybe poke around with in the ice. :)

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  20. So glad you and Leo are ok ! Few that was scary and darn cold BRR ! I am the same I do silly things not thinking just to get a photo or two . That's the way it is even the pro photographers do silly things to get that shot ! Wonderful photos though ! Stay safe and warm and have a good weekend !

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  21. You are fortunate to have only a bruised ego for now, and hopefully not your death of a cold. You must have been scared by yourself and so cold. Happy you carry your cell phone close with you. x

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  22. Oh B, those things just happen sometimes-careful or not! I'm glad you are ok, and that no permanent damage was done to you or Leo. Hugs, and have a great weekend my dear!

    And Red is beautiful!!

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  23. I'm SO glad that you are okay. Be careful out there...

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  24. Glad you are safe Miss Buttons! We all get ourselves in to these situations, especially us farmers :)

    Hugs!
    Mandi

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  25. good Lord, I am so glad you are OKAY!
    Yes, now you know why i take breaks from my camera - getting lost in the shot can happen literally and im so glad that you didnt DROWN. No wonder you could feel my pain this week...

    but on the otherside of things you really did get some nice shots ;p

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  26. I'm glad your only injuring was to Ego. Water moves Mountains ya know? I'm glad the thaw has begun and that they IS water around your farm.

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  27. B! You are somethin'. I'm so glad you are ok. Nice pictures in spite of yourself.

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  28. Oh my gosh B... so glad you are okay. those rocks in the water can get pretty slick and take you down in no time.

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  29. I am so glad you are ok. I don't think you are incompetent. Unfortunatly life is full of little surprises. Take it easy for a few days.

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  30. Good that you survived with just a good soaking. Funny how we can innocently get ourselves into trouble.

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  31. Oh my gosh, I bet that was really scary. I am so glad you are ok. Oh and that the camera is ok. Be careful!

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  32. Not a pleasant adventure at all but so glad you are OK and thanks for some lovely photos. I often wish for snow but perhaps not after all!!

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  33. So glad to hear you didn't break anything, but I have a feeling you may have a couple extra sore places in the morning.

    As for acting your age? I say, act the age you are at heart. Your body will automatically keep some things under control, but a young spirit is a happy one.

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  34. Oh my gosh, how scary! I'm so happy you are ok. The water looks so pretty in your photos!

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  35. That is another life lesson and a great reminder for all. So yes, I'm glad you cared enough to share your experience.

    A walking stick to poke at snow (whatever is under-foot) might be a useful tool.

    The bonus is you're okay!

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  36. As you get older you do have to stop more often and think..."could I fall here?" because we don't bounce as easily as we used to and things easily get broken and take longer to mend. That is a hard way to learn a lesson. I bet it never happens again. Keep safe.

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  37. Oh noes, luv!
    Glad you are ok because those pics are STELLAR! ;)

    huggies to you!

    xoxo
    Mimi
    The Goat Borrower

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  38. Great photography. I was sure this was a raging river... Still falling flat out in ice cold run off is not good. I did something similar this past spring tripping over an unseen rock in the middle of a trout stream. My wait high neoprene wader keep the lower half dry but the upper half not so much. Since it was a half hour back to the truck hypothermia is always a risk. Aging means less agility and balance. Slowly I'm learning to pick my spots better and be more careful....:)

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  39. I am glad you are ok, Miss B. When I was working in town I always worried about J here alone. If something happened it could be hours before I knew something was wrong.

    We all do silly things. Life is fuller on the edge vs. always playing it safe.

    The pump house picture is my favorite.

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  40. It's not very hard to make a mistake, that's for sure. I'm glad you're all right and that only your ego is hurt.

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  41. Oh, heck. It was an accident. And thank goodness you're okay. But, DON'T give up the good stuff in the pursuit of safety. Its an illusion, I do believe. I love your stories and your photos.

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  42. Luck arrives after an accident.

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  43. You were not, are not, stupid! Stop saying that, you had an accident, and, as we all know, they do happen. To all of us. I'm just so glad that you are OK.

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  44. oh my Buttons!!! how scary, just glad you are ok.

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  45. Yikes....at least you're okay. I hate cold wet feet at the best of times let alone half of me.

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  46. Really glad that you were able to get out of that awkward situation fairly quickly. Oh how comforting that heat pack must have been, and to be inside your warm house once again.
    Never mind Dear B, I think we all, at some time or other, have cause to regret some of our actions. Heck, who can tell the future eh!!! Life happens doesn't it. You'll be a little wary in future, but keep on enjoying your lovely patch of earth.
    I like the way your mind works too... lol, those random thoughts would've gone through my mind as well!
    Cheers now, Susan xx

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  47. sure glad that our guardian angels are watching over. I enjoy your blogs,it touches my heart,

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  48. Very nice pictures! And good to know that you're ok!

    Greetings from the Netherlands,
    DzjieDzjee

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  49. Thank God you're, mostly, all right! Accidents are so frightening and happen so quickly. Daddy said at his work, one time, they had a sign that said, "Prevent Accidents" and he said, "how?" They were not amused.

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  50. extreme photography...is that a sport??

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