Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Pain in the Neck!

Good-humor is goodness and wisdom combined.
                                                        Edward R. Bulwer 

            
Sitting here with my head kinked slightly to the right and trying to read this, hope to be story I think of all the times I have heard that saying “You are a pain in the neck” or “What a pain in the neck” the first one I apparently must be because as of late I have heard that directed at me or mumbled under someone’s breath a few times. I was thinking it was a good thing, a term of endearment if you will until I woke up this early morning with this darn pain in my neck.

After I finish this story I will go and research this old saying because as we all know Google leaves nothing to our imagination, if you want to know anything instantly you will know. I do love a little mystery so will try to refrain from doing that search, at least till I finish this story. Kinda like the old days where you possibly would never ever know and would be a little disappointed with that but knew eventually this burning question may come to light.


Yesterday the fuel man came and as he filled the tanks for the tractor we had a nice little chat. I noticed he had turkey feathers stuck in the window of his truck and asked him about them since I have them jammed in my window of my tractor too as I am sure you all know. He explained how he picked them up on Rice Lake and was so excited when he found them, I know how that feels. 

I still search the ground while back in the bush hoping to find one again. We chatted about the weather, the season and farming of course. When he finally handed me the bill I looked at it he smiled a half smile knowing it had spiked in price and there was nothing either one of us could do about it. He was a young farmer too. I thought to myself “What a pain in the neck” those darn oil companies. We bid goodbye and I told him I would start saving my money for his return visit in the spring and he smiled and we both laughed. Keep gathering those feathers OK. "I will". He drove slowly up the laneway to make someone else’s day with his good nature and then would have to hand another happy customer a bill that would have them muttering “What a pain in the neck” I am sure.


This morning the snow is all melting and it looks very sloppy and messy, this probably means I will not be going snowshoeing but that does not mean I will not be going to the bush with my Pink Cadillac’s on. The bush continues to call me and I cannot resist. The weather man is calling for snow all this week. Oh I love this weatherman and until he is possibly proven wrong once again he will not be referred to as “A pain in the neck”.

Well I better be off and feed those cows so I can find that block of time to walk through the bush before I am to rush to finish a job with my sister/sisters where I will without a doubt be hearing “What a pain in the neck”  in a muffled voice under their breath as we all smile. Another few saying’s come to mind “Grin and bear it”, “This too shall pass.” “You can pick your friends but…..” I honestly do love my family regardless of what you may now think after reading this story. Oh yes I am a “Pain in the neck” but so are they and I know they love me too. A “term of endearment”, oh yes that is what it is indeed.


So now I wonder how many of you are going to Google the meaning of the saying "Pain in the neck" or should we just leave it as a mystery? I am off so I have no time, maybe later.


Later

41 comments:

  1. Nothing worse than a real pain in the neck. Enjoy the bush sans snow.

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  2. Nah, I'll leave the mystery. I did google passenger pigeons yesterday...the topic came up and I was curious as to what year they officially went extinct. Hope your neck feels better :-)

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  3. Hope your neck feels better soon.
    ps. I've been a pain in the neck myself at times.

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  4. I like leaving it to mystery. I have always considered that phrase to be kind of a reluctant compliment :)

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  5. Actually, "A pain in the neck," is what my mother used to say. The men would say, "You're a pain in the a___s!" and grin. I did't look it up on Google cause I know where it came from. LOL

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  6. I would take a pain in the neck over the pain in my wallet! OY!

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  7. I am just back from Alderville Native Reserve with my furnace oil ( our furnace is deemed too old to fill!)and tanks of diesel as well. Going there means not paying tax plus it is .20/l cheaper for home oil. Its a nice drive and slows me done.But really its a pain in the neck!!

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  8. that's a pain that will impact your entire day! hope you can work out the kink soon!

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  9. I've been and have had a pain in the neck in my lifetime .... hope you feel better!

    diane @ aug's blog

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  10. I hope you had that chance to walk in the bush!

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  11. That's quite a fuel bill! I use a "magic bag" Thermotherapeutic Pack for my neck pain, works wonders. Google it and get one. You won't regret it!

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  12. i heard that expression all my growing up years...I think it's "given" only to someone whom you actually care about, but when you are "up to your teeth" frustrated with them!! LOL! Now, a "pain in the a--" is a definitely NOT a term of endearment! Have a great day! Laurel

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  13. Better to be a pain in the neck than other nether regions we won't mention! :) I hate having a stiff neck - it really makes it difficult to drive. Your fuel bill is terrible - but we all know those oil executives need their bonuses.....I love that the delivery driver collects feathers like you. I have little vases of them everywhere - they say if you find a feather, someone on the other side is thinking of you. It does seem that whenever I am thinking of my parents, I find a beautiful feather. Hope your neck feels better soon. Hugs xo Karen

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  14. That bill from the fuel man would definitely put a kink in my neck. Yikers! Hope you can go snowshoeing soon and enjoy the fluffy stuff. :)

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  15. Bloggers quite often send me to Google to look things up. Pain in the neck, pain in the butt...all the same thing!

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  16. that bill is impressively high!!
    My fingers are crossed so that you get snow. I have been known to be a pain in the neck and-or-.... plus I like to know where sayings come from so I'll probably go look..

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  17. That last photo is so pretty! I'd be excited too if I found turkey feathers. I gather all the molted feathers from my chickens and guineas :)

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  18. Gahhh, there is nothing worse than a bad neck, I get that sometimes. Hope you feel better soon.
    Lynne

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  19. Hurts like the dickens those sore necks. Yep, going to search for the meaning behind that expression. Great post and images.

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  20. I hope your neck feels better soon. I know how that can hurt with every move you make.

    I've been known to be a pain the neck. :-) But I hope it's just sometimes.

    Send us some snow in Virginia! I want to get some snowshoes. :-)

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  21. I might have to Google it...I'm not good at waiting for mysteries to be solved! :) Hope your "pain in the neck" is soon gone!

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  22. Darn. Let's try that again. Your family must really love you, as my family often refers to me as a pain in the someplace lower than the neck. I was born in the south and they often used a term of endearment when referring to me that I have taken to heart - "Darlin, you are just a MESS!"

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  23. Well I have most often heard the term pain in the rear (notice my nice language). But I know how a true pain in the neck can really spoil a day.

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  24. Hope your pain in the neck is better by now. Hey, family has got to be a pain in the neck now and then. Nothing new there. But finding turkey feathers? Definitely not a pain in the neck.

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  25. we call that mud season!!

    awwww, pain in the neck...sometimes it's better to "know" a pain in the neck the to "have" pain in ones neck" ;)

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  26. Nope, I'm going to Google pain in the leg, the shin bone, because that's what I've got. I may Google "it's always something" but that may not be a saying even though I have heard it countless times. I mean a saying one can Google. Hope your snow didn't melt and that you are well and happy dear Buttons. Hugs!

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  27. Having lived, off and won, with significant neck pain, I feel very sorry for you. It really is "a pain in the neck" that affects just about everything you do. Hope you are well soon.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  28. Sending good vibes your way for a speedy recovery!

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  29. Feel better Buttons.
    Iv'e been a pain in the neck, had a pain in the neck and know a pain in the neck .

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  30. Feel better soon, nothing worse then a pain in the neck, well maybe a pain in the ahem..!

    That bill is a pain in the um...ahem.

    Jen

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  31. I know what I believe a pain in the neck is, hmmmm, wonder if google agrees with me :)

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  32. I get a pinched nerve in my neck about twice a year. I don't need to look it up. I hope yours gets better.

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  33. that last photo belongs on CANVAS!

    One day too you will be somewhere being dignitaries with your sisters...:) better get a head start on that...

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  34. Ouch - I can see what's in store for my wallet as soon as the oil man comes up the driveway. We're using the woodstove as much as possible - might give me a pain in the back but not the neck !

    A stiff upper will help you endure that stiff neck ;-)

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  35. Pain in the neck will be very critical to do work.
    I used to twist my head to get a bit relief from the pain.

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  36. Haha I am familiar with a pain in the next in both context :) Hope your neck feels better and enjoy your time outdoors before the snow is back.

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  37. Those neck pains have been the bain of my existence for years. My chiropractor says it is part of my fibro issue. Do you see a chiro, sorry I can't remember.
    I have been working this week and it's dark when I get home so no walks in the bush for this farm girl. I am really hoping we can get out and about tomorrow! Not enough for snowshoes yet and the liners of my bush boots are soaking wet, but I'll figure something out!

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  38. Yikes! That's some fuel bill! I hope that putting some heat on your neck will make it feel better.

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  39. off to google it! and yup fuel prices and oil companies are for sure a pain somewhere!

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  40. I'm sure your sisters don't REALLY think you're a pain in the neck... but that bill sure is!

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  41. love your frosty pic! hope santa brings you a masseuse this year! (he's welcome to drop him/her off here too.)
    ;)

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