Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Saturday.......my Day Off!

The world is moving so fast these days that
the man who says it can’t be done is
generally interrupted by someone doing it.
                        Elbert Green Hubbard


As most of you have come to know I feed the girls most every day of the week come rain or shine and do not mind one little bit. My Hero is off working his full-time off-farm job in the city and I have always considered this to be my full-time job. I am proud of my job title, Farm Woman.

This past Saturday My Hero was feeling a little under the weather, which was gorgeous I must point out, cold, but gorgeous, he had a special project to work on with brother Dios about twenty minutes away so I offered to feed the cows so he could get an early start and hopefully in turn he would get home early to rest and spend time with the Doctor, Dr. Who of course.

Yes that was the plan, off he went. Since it was Saturday my day off I took my time getting outside. Well to be honest here, I forgot to plug the tractor in on Friday, something My Hero pointed out before he left. This meant it would not start, yes it is that cold. This meant I had some time to putter around the house before I had to go feed the girls; they always have lots to eat so no worries.


After an hour I headed out to go feed the girls just like every other day of the week, and it honestly felt like any other day of the week. I drove down the lane and noticed all the tire tracks that were left behind from my trip down yesterday had completely disappeared after yet another snowstorm last night. No problem, as of late this is beginning to be my new normal so I just kept driving. The snow was getting deeper. I could not see the rail fence as the snow has now drifted over top in many sections.

Suddenly as I tried to make my way through the two gates about halfway down the lane the tractor stopped moving and the tires just kept spinning, this was not like every other day of the week but once in a while this year it has happened and I knew how to keep moving, a skill I am learning well or so I thought.


I have usually rocked the tractor back and forth much like a stuck car and this has usually worked and I would then head down the lane on my merry way with a song in my head but not today. The more I rocked the more I became surrounded by snow, hard snow, the tractor bottomed out and then I knew I was not going anywhere. I tried the differential lock on the tractor. The differential lock is a handy little device on the tractor….. by the flip of a button the huge back tires will turn at the same time and usually this will get you out of any situation, this I knew. Not today, it did not work for me.

I shifted out of gear, turned the tractor off,  I knew I was now finished, all that would happen from this point on was I would break something or make things worse. Defeated, I opened the door and climbed down the step. On reaching the bottom step I walked on the snow, not that little hop down to the snow as per usual. Yes indeed the snow was completely packed under the tractor and the front wheels were solid packed with snow. Drat.

I stood there for a bit trying to figure out a plan but knowing there was only one thing to do I hiked through the deep snow up the lane. I walked into the house and grabbed my keys and purse then reluctantly drove the twenty minutes to get help.

Howdy Boys; I have a little problem.


My Hero and his brother Dios are now dancing with two tractors moving mountains of snow after rescuing my tractor from the wall of snow where I had parked it. They are clearing the lane out so there will be no more problems for me in the future, well that is the plan. I stand here watching the dance through the big kitchen window while making a nice lunch, snapping photos and preparing a pot of tea.


When they are finished the dance, the lunch, the tea and the little project that is twenty minutes away I do know I am never going to hear the end of this little incident and the laughter that will always come from this tale that will no doubt get bigger and bigger, like the fish that got away.
In my defense, Saturday…. is my day off. Thank you boys.


Later

48 comments:

  1. You all have such a wonderful sense of humor! I'm glad you got your tractor unstuck and had a nice lunch together!

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  2. I never would think a tractor could get stuck...glad the boys saved the day!...:)JP

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  3. I really must stop envying people having snow in winter. As Phil says "it is lovely on Christmas card". I'd not realised the problems people could have because of all that 'beauty'.
    Glad everything ended well though.
    These little things are sent to try us and if we can smile through these trying events then we are doing very well. xx

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  4. i have gotten a jeep stuck - so i know how to goes. you are too cute. i am giggling. glad it worked out ok in the end that is. giggles. is it ok that i am giggling still? maybe i am just snow giggling. see i am so jealous of all your white stuff. ha. ha!! no so sad actually. ( :

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  5. Glad the tractor got unstuck. My friend Lisa came to visit last summer and got her little compact car stuck in the driveway. Paul was out of town, so I had to call on the neighbor. And her car was STUCK. He wasn't sure he was going to get it out with his Jeep. Luckily, he finally did pull it out - but it sure made for a story!

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  6. Ooops! So you high-centered the tractor, eh? I did that to my truck once years ago in Kansas where I used to live. Was way out in the county by the lake at night, and had to dig it out with my shovel.

    Glad you had tractors to help dig yours out of the snowbank. Hope the guys enjoyed the lunch as payment for their help!

    That's a lot of snow!

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  7. No point on getting mad that doesn't solve anything and besides there is a funny side to farming . My dad always carried small planks of wood in his tractor to put under the tires in mud or snow for traction when he got stuck and it worked pretty good ! Glad all are un stuck . Thanks for sharing great post and photos !

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  8. Buttons, if that was the depth of the snow, then no wonder you got stuck!!! Days like that, I am glad to let Mr. Bus Driver do the driving, while I catch up on my reading, or have a nap...
    But I still wish I had a car!!!

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  9. If this becomes the new (old) norm for winters you'll need a snowmobile.

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  10. There are 2 sayings in Canada that country folk should know- Never say Whoa in a mud hole, and Never say Whoa in the snow. Diff lock and speed may have saved the day if applied earlier, but then you wouldn't have had your day off! And it's always a pleasure watching the men work especially when they are rescuing!

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  11. Ha , loving a good tractor dance !

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  12. My husband did that exact same thing last year! It took us forever to get it out. Even our dog helped us dig!

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  13. You held up admirably, my friend, and I'm impressed with all you tried. I'm so glad they were there to help you out!

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  14. No one could fully appreciate your life, without living it...

    Take care my Dear. The Girls are relying on you. :-))))

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  15. That is a nice story, I am glad they could dig you out. I can imagine the tale this will be.
    So glad to know there is another Dr. Who fan. We love it around here. We are always asking who is your favorite Doctor?
    Well have a nice rest of the week. Gosh that looks cold and it is just so much snow.

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  16. glad help was just 20 min. away. :)

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  17. hehe...oh buttons it will be a great story for family get togethers, for years to come!!

    you will barely recognize the story, once it becomes embellished!! i talked about this yesterday with gowestferal woman, "never let the truth get in the way of a good story" i have a feeling when they get done with this one it will be hilarious!!

    you are a brave one b!!

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  18. Glad they were only twenty minutes away!

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  19. Good luck to you and your endeavours.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  20. I am sure they loved being your rescuers :)

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  21. What a gifted story teller you are!

    You make even the bad things beautiful.

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  22. Oh, yes, this story will be told for a long time! :-) I'm glad the men were pretty close by so you could get some help. And I'm sure they appreciated the nice lunch and tea!

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  23. Oh, dear. Buttons and her adventures! Glad all worked out well. :)

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  24. Gosh you are funny, though I don't imagine in that cold situation you felt funny, and I am so glad you had your Hero and his brother Dios to help, all is well that ends well...and the girls would have been so happy to see you-some days off are just like that especially on a farm.

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  25. I'm glad help was so close by! No, they probably won't let you live it down and the tale will grow and grow. Don't get me started on the barbecued ribs story!

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  26. B,

    I think the snow realized you were suppose to be off and Saturday :-)

    I'm happy to here your Hero and his brother were outside digging the tractor out, and removing snow.

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  27. Well thank goodness at least you had those big tire tracks to walk back in. Seeing how you didn't bring your snow shoes.

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  28. How fortunate to be able to have such capable help with loosening the tractor!:) That is really a LOT of snow, Buttons!

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  29. Way to go Farm Girl! You do have some pretty deep snow up there.

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  30. So glad your hero was close by, Buttons! And to have a hero's brother, too - that is wonderful. Glad your lane is clear for you now. Hoping you don't get much more snow. Don't forget to plug in the tractor tonight! You are a brave Farm Girl. xo Karen

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  31. Oh No! Ugh! Been in those situations. Such a helpless feeling. And on your day off!

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  32. Uh-oh! I'm glad they were able to rescue you! That's just tooo much snow!

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  33. Glad to see everything turned out well in the end. I did not know that tractors get stuck, thought they were mighty machines. Great images!

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  34. I backed up our truck into "Big Bertha".. Broke the tail light. Stuff happens.. Our Hero's fix it. Life is good.. Love your story my friend.

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  35. Amazing you drove into the snow so deep, thank goodness you were able to get out with help.
    Keep warm, Hugs M xx

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  36. It's all too easy to get stuck, even with 4-wheel drive. I'm glad it made for a good story, that means y'all have a great sense of humor!

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  37. Glad that you got dug out -- :)

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  38. i am sure you have pulled them out of their share of hot water as well....what goes around comes around. and the girls must be fed

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  39. Oh dear! Well, the story made a great blog post! ;) I hate it when I have the best of intentions and it all goes wrong. Thank goodness your husband and brother were only 20 minute away.

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  40. I like your defense...it was indeed your day off!

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  41. Hehe. I hope you were able to enjoy the rest of your day off. :-) Funny lady.

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  42. When the very tractor that is supposed to save the day gets stuck, you just know it's going to be a tale of a fish that got away...

    Girl you had us there, stuck with you, rocking, and a rolling...so glad you got out, and got pictures to prove it.

    Jen

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  43. I love this post! It reminds me of every time we get one of the vehicles stuck - snow packed underneath, ice under the tires, pushing snow when you open the door to try shoveling the snow out from under the transmission and oil pan.

    Hope the rest of your day off was delightfully uneventful!

    Hugs!!
    Mandi

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  44. So sorry to hear that your day off turned out to be a very off day. But everybody survived. Fortunately. It could have been much worse.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  45. "uhmmm. i think i'll exit now...we'll just leave this here until later...like spring"

    LOL two heros? now thats a real FANCY damsel in distress!

    xoxo

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  46. Glad help wasn't to far away!

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  47. Oh dear. Where is that cricket when you need him? Glad things got worked out. Some day off--you will have to pay for that for some time to come, it seems. ;)

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  48. So funny! The tractor dance!i. Think Luke would be grumpy with me, you Doha be a wonderful hero there!

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