Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Auctions, a Barn, Ladders and a Teenager .......Oh My!

Character is the result of two things:
Mental attitude and the way we spend our time.
                         Elbert Green Hubbard


It is early Saturday morning and fifteen year old Akira is still sleeping, I finally knock on the door to wake her up and tell her it is time. We had discussed going to this farm auction days before and she was excited, well maybe not excited but curious, I do know she loves spending time with her old Aunt and Uncle and I am grateful for that. She has grownup helping on the farm by bottle feeding calves, feeding cows, driving tractor and everything in between including attending auctions. Akira has always loved the farm and this will probably never change, well that may never change but I had completely forgotten about the prep work involved for teenage girls before they can go anywhere even a farm auction.

My Hero and I are sitting in the kitchen waiting patiently while remembering having teenage girls long ago and reminiscing about those days and smiling, he does not understand it but living with our own two teenage girls he had  learned the art of waiting. I was looking forward to the photo opportunities waiting for us at this auction, something Akira and I have always shared.


 My Hero while reading the paper and waiting patiently reads an ad for a ladder (yes another ladder) he phones the man and agrees to stop to see it on the way to the auction. My Hero assures me if it is the ladder he thinks it is it will be the last one we need for his big plan to make climbing and repairing our barn roof easier; I am happy about that but still fear the whole up on the roof dangling from any ladder thing. Let us hope it is what he wants. While still waiting for Akira I busy myself packing snacks and drinks for the auction sale. Finally she emerges and asks “Is this OK”…. “Perfect let’s go” My Hero bolts for the door.

As we head to the ladder man’s house we talk about what would be the best route to get to the auction. The radio blares “Alternative” music I remember this music, my memories have me driving Kat to work before she passed her driving test and my listening to the same music long ago, I do miss those days, it is so nice to share this with Akira. Funny the songs are the same and I know the words and sing along quietly while realizing good music and lyrics do have staying power.


I now find myself watching My Hero in front of the truck shaking the hand of the ladder man, (a gentleman’s agreement) he hops back into the truck. He informs me it is the right ladder, then assures me no more ladders, I am a little skeptical but smile. We will pick the ladder up on the way back home. Now after all this waiting we are on our way down the highway. I found it very funny My Hero was waiting for Akira and now Akira was waiting for My Hero, both questioning what was taking so long, and my trying to explain.

This auction proved to be a little harder to find than we thought as a road was closed requiring pulling out the road map and finding a different route. I found myself reading the map while tapping my foot to the music blaring from the radio. After many turns and hills we finally see cars and trucks parked on both sides of a very narrow dirt road.


As My Hero finds a spot to park I find myself staring at a magnificent barn, a barn that has lost its battle and was struggling to survive.  I thought about all those times My Hero has been up on our barn roof dangling from a ladder, and all those constant repairs that are required to keep any barn standing. This makes me sad but I understand why this one was left to die. It is not all about neglect as some people think, there are so many more reasons. I could see off in the distance that this auction had an assortment of tired worn old equipment that may have been top of the line in their day but now will go for scrap prices. I imagine a lot of sweat, hard work and pain have gone into this farm at one time. This is very sad but a true fact of life in this day and age.

We finally hop out of that truck and are off to see what we can see. My Hero heads to the wagon load of things and Akira and I head to explore, my first stop was to document as much of this barn as I could before it was gone. I could see that it was probably the foundation that gave up first and then a hole not fixed on the roof or in the wall which allowed the wind and elements to take care of the rest of this disappearing act. I could see that there were hay bales still inside and I know that there had been many hours of toil and hopes and dreams covered in this barn at one time. We take lots of photos and continue on.


We found old cars parked in fence lines and I found myself loving the 1957 Chevy and marvelled at how great a shape it was in. Akira and I enjoyed our photo opportunity and My Hero did come away with a couple of boxes of things he “needed.” 

I took one last shot of the poor barn and off we went heading to pick up that ladder that will be used multiple times I am sure to keep our barn standing for as long as we can manage. I found my foot tapping to the music while enjoying the ride and listening to Akira and My Hero talking about life. Some things never change.

Later


44 comments:

  1. Ahhhhhh Teens!! You will wait on them till you are blue in the face and all they are doing is fixing their hair. Good thing there are no teens in this house because my patience went out the window.

    What a beautiful name Akira is and how nice she want to spend time with you.

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  2. An interesting day. My first car a 57 blue Chevy that burned oil like crazy. Sad about all the abandoned farmsteads here and there too....

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  3. Old Cars... My husband loves old cars. That is where he would have been "looking" around!
    Sounds like a good time :)
    Have a good day!

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  4. Teenage Girls...Our daughter was never much of an issue but my sister...ob boy, that was another story altogether lol.

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  5. Always an adventure when following Buttons and her Hero on the auction trail. xo

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  6. It all sounds very exciting. I am glad you had a good time!

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  7. Jim would have enjoyed seeing that old car too! Sounds like a fun day with your niece. Hope that new ladder is nice and sturdy! :)

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  8. How nice that your teenaged niece likes photography and wanted to attend the auction with you!

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  9. I love the barn shot with all that Sumac in it! Gorgeous.

    Glad you had a good time at the auction, and that Hero got his ladder.

    Vic303

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  10. Sounds like a fun day! So glad you niece likes to go to auctions and explore photo ops with you.
    Great photos of the old barn, car, and hay rake.

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  11. I had to laugh at the waiting for teens part. I know it all too well and have learned to get my 16 year old going at least 30 minutes before the rest of us so we can all be ready at the same time.

    Lovely times and lovely pictures.

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  12. Poor old barn, but I guess it did what it was supposed to for a long time. Is there something sad about country auctions? I enjoyed your description of waiting for a teenager a lot and I'm glad you Hero got the ladder he needed. Have a good day, dear Buttons and thanks for your support during my A to Z.

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  13. loved the first shot of the barn with the pretty weeds/wildflowers in front. it's a beauty.

    and liked both of your feet shots. :) too cute.

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  14. I like the ladder shot. Presently living with teenagers - I find it so very challenging. It will be nice to someday look back.

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  15. B-I find myself smiling when I see teenagers listening to music that I loved as a teen, and sporting their wild hair cuts and clothes-all the while trying to look tough and intimidating. I just want to ask them who they think originally paved the way, years ago! Us, that's who! ;)

    Glad your Hero found a good ladder!! xx

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  16. I love that old barn! Teenagers...why I am glad I only had one girl!

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  17. it's always an adventure when you add a teenage girl to the mix!!

    at this point, i think i would recognize your feet anywhere!!

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  18. Isn't it lovely that your niece wants to spend time with you, no matter how long it takes her to get ready. I can't blame her, I think it would be great fun to follow along behind you at an auction.

    The poor old barn, it's worked hard and now it deserves a rest; snuggled down amongst all the sumac.

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  19. I think I would let my mind wander as well.. Thinking all the work done at this barn and what happen in the past to make it what it is today. I enjoyed seeing the photos of your day. Thanks..

    Hugs~

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  20. Woderful story, B! I love adventuring in the wake of you and your Hero.

    It is sad to see old barns, and old houses, too, go downhill. Sometimes there's just no one left to take care of things.

    I worry about my husband up on the ladder, too. I try to get him to stay off of it if I'm not home, but I'm not always successful.

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  21. Aww, so fun! I love that you were listening to alternative music and remembered the lyrics :) So neat that you and Akira both love photography!

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  22. it is sad to think about, but all that rust and worn wood sure make for some gorgeous photos.

    hope warmer temps and green pastures are coming your way! HUGS!

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  23. This sounds like a fun day - and what a fantastic barn. Maybe the barn boards will be used for different things and the barn will live n.

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  24. Ahhhh....teenage girls. I have one just on the verge.

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  25. B,

    Our kids grow up so fast, it's nice to have younger ones that come and visit. It sounds like you have a beautiful day with your niece. I love the pictures you posted today, the barn tells a wonderful story.
    I can tell how happy you're about your man finding his last ladder.
    Mine has only collected one ladder, I'm happy :-)

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  26. Sad story about the barn, but great photos. It looks monstrous from the back. Glad you had fun with your niece. I look forward to doing things like that with my nieces. Happy to hear you had a good day and thankful that there are people out there keeping those old barns on the mend.

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  27. Ah, what a wonderful day. Thanks for including us!

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  28. once again, you put us right there - youre such a story teller ;)

    You need to come down here to these auction things - hero could have as many ladders as he wants, and theres plenty of odds and ends that you can watch me bid against myself on....

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  29. Ah yes, living with teenage girls ... we raised 3; good thing there was always an extra bathroom !

    Looks like an interesting place to poke around, although it sounds like there's a sad story behind it.

    Nicely written.

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  30. What a delightful outing! And I really lover that quote at the beginning of your post.

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  31. Thank you for taking me along - I enjoyed the entire adventure - I'm sure glad you are handy with a camera as well as all the farm equipment -

    love & love,
    -g-

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  32. There is something about the Classic songs that span enjoyment across generations. We would listen to a Roger Miller tape (yes I said tape!) with Mom when going to steer and sheep shows. All 3 of us girls singing loudly.

    Love the quote you started this post with, Miss B.

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  33. Oh barns! Love of my English heart! Love this country so much :)

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  34. I'm visualizing Akira coming out of her room in a strapless short dress and your Hero saying...Yup you look great! That was funny.

    Even though it's scary him climbing on the ladder, it's good he keeps the barn in good condition.

    And you do know...when summer gets here, you are going to have to give up those cadillac boots right?!?!!

    Cindy Bee

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  35. That sounds fun. And I'm glad you finally found the right ladder!

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  36. I remember the first auction I ever went to when I was about 15.....I purchased (with help) an antique/stove top curling iron.....I was thrilled.

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  37. Your writing draws us into everyday moments and makes them feel as if we are part of a wonderful event.

    Evocative....my heart goes out to that barn, it's sad when they reach their end of days...I know it happens, and the reasons, but still.

    They just removed the oldest barn in the area, it's like missing a great friend.

    Jen

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  38. That barn sure is coming from together...
    My favourite image in this lot is the middle one, with that snazzy sneaker kicking the tires (not that this thing has tires...)

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  39. what a great way to spend the day (well except the waiting) I was one of those teens that would have been waiting for you ! quick shower ,hail in a pony and away we go !

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  40. Young and old...and an appreciation for both. Love this post B.

    hugs
    Andrea

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  41. That's neat that Akira likes to "hang out" with you guys! I hope that ladder in the first picture is NOT the one your Hero purchased! ;)

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  42. I love the way I am immersed into your posts between the photos and the wonderful writing.

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  43. Good to have company whilst you browse. Take care, Hugs M xox

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  44. Sounds like a fun tradition - going to farm auctions and looking for ladders and waiting for girls to get ready and husbands to decide. So nice that your niece spends time with you. My hubby climbs a tall ladder to clean the chimney - 3o feet up. Of course he only does it when I am not home! No matter how many times I beg him to wait. Men! xx

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