Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Plumb tuckered out!

Labor, even the most humble and the most obscure,
if it is well done,
tends to beautify and embellish the world.
                   Gabriele D’Annunzio


As promised, this was the final weekend I had agreed to go help My Hero haul wood to the house from the bush. The woodshed is pretty full now and there is a huge pile of logs lying in front of it waiting for the buzz saw. After the changing of tires on the Jeep on Saturday I was thinking we would not bother doing the wood. I was wrong. Off we went bright and early the next day.


I have to admit I had to drag myself out of bed that morning. Made a breakfast of eggs and toast for My Hero and I, then he went to feed the cows. He also loaded up extra hay to make my week easier. I sat in a chair looking out the window thinking about my grandmother and her words “Plum tuckered out” oh yes I had no idea what it meant back then, but it stayed with me. That bright early morning I think I knew what she meant. I did feel “Plumb tuckered out” like an old lady, a tired old lady. Have I worn myself out? Was I now my grandmother or my own mother, someone who also used that same line time after time?


It is no secret, I do work hard, physically hard, and I guess it is also no secret I am no longer “A Spring chicken. “Have I reached the end of “All my gumption?” Oh yes, there are a lot of sayings that those “Plumb tuckered out” ones I love and loved, used to say and now that I think of it, they said them a lot. These strong, busy, and hard working women had many words to throw around skirting the issue at hand. They worked too hard and it finally caught up with them. I know this to be true, at least this is the way I felt that bright early morning.

Now, long story short, I did go down to help My Hero as promised in the bush logging out those trees. It is much easier if two people tackle this job and obviously safer when one of them will be dropping trees with, or without a spotter. I was pretty sure he figured out that I was not having a very good day. “Plumb tuckered out” I assume must show on your face, and he picked that up right away. It may have been the dragging of my feet or the silence, the painful silence. Oh yes if you only knew me, that is usually not me at all, quiet I mean. I will ramble on about any subject, always filling his head with stories spilling from mine. This poor guy of mine was missing that, I do believe.


My Hero convinced me he did not need my help and that I should go sit in the warm tractor. I knew what he was doing. He was taking care of me. I watched him drop trees, saw trees, load trees and smile with those twinkling eyes of his and through his own exhaustion. Smiling at the “Plumb tuckered out girl” watching from high atop the tractor seat in a cab full of turkey feathers she had collected all year.


The wood made it to the woodshed, the “Plumb tuckered out” girl made it back to her chair. Sharing Netflix with her Hero they rested up for the next big project. Her camera was filled with beautiful images of feathers, of trees and a Hero she could share with her friends. Not a bad day after all.

Pardon me, I need to rest.


Later.

27 comments:

  1. I am happy that "plumb tuckered out" had a high top seat in the tractor for a bit of a reprieve . . .
    "Hero Man " is perceptive . . .
    (I hope each of you get some rest . . . until the next project comes along!)

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  2. Now don't you ever do it my girl :) Nice to have the wood done though, and I know you really enjoy it. Hugs M xox

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  3. Some days are just like that. I'm feeling that this week because of a virus our daughter and granddaughter generously shared with us. Hope that evening in the chair was just what you needed!

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  4. We saw what happened to those hard working women....there has to be a happy medium somewhere.

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  5. That is definitely very hard work and you are blessed with a good man to see that your gumption was running out and he let you rest. I haven't heard or used the word gumption in years but it was heard around our house growing up. And I'm plumb tuckered out a lot too. Take care.

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  6. Your hero was heroic indeed, but isn't that what people who love one another do: watch out for one another?

    Plumb tuckered out, yup, I know that one. I also grew up hearing things like "My got up and go just got up and went" and " I just can't cut the mustard today." Take care of you. *hugs*

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  7. Know how you feel. My hub and I keep asking each other "how much longer will we be able to do our own yardwork?" And we don't have the kind of jobs you and your "Hero" have! Now to get this house cleaned! No one wants to do it for me. Hugs, Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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  8. It has been a long time since I've heard "Plumb tuckered out!" You work hard, Buttons, and I'd think you've good reason to have that feeling! xo Nellie

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  9. Ahhh yes, I remember "Plumb tuckered out"!!! It comes in handy, that's for sure. :-)

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  10. honestly. I feel your pain. most nights I sleep like the dead due to the physical activity during the day. big snow storm now, not much accumulation but cold and strong wind. been up since 5 and am seriously thinking of a nap right now.
    be safe, Grace.

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  11. Hope you are having a rest! Sounds like it was hard work and your hero will want your stories back!

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  12. Hey Buttons ... have a nice rest, and thanks for reminding me of those cool old sayings. Enjoy Netflix. A nice way to recharge.

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  13. Enjoy the rest:) we need to cut more wood...

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  14. Your guy does what my guy does..."Honey, park it"...:)JP

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  15. So B, do you have any Netflix recommendations?

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  16. With the size of those logs, now wonder you're plum tuckered out!

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  17. Hard work - and then rest. What could be better?

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  18. Fabulous images! My favorite is the feathers and in your header, the cow with the hat on its head. I have been watching quite a bit of Netflix lately. You need to take it easy.

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  19. Seems like sometimes the hard work never ends. Rest up B..... tomorrow is another day and you never know .... you may just be having one of those good days again. Thinking of you. hope you got my card. Sue xx

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  20. I hope you get your feet back under you. Always rough when one gets wore out. Glad your woodshed is full. Hopefully, it will be a quiet easy winter.

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  21. You work so hard, B! Sometimes we do need to rest. Your Hero is so thoughtful. I agree with Tex--you two take care of each other. :-)

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  22. you do work hard! I am glad your hero takes care of you , Hope you have time to rest and enjoy your efforts

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  23. What a loving pair you are - got each others' back all the time. Enjoy your rest up, you deserve it no doubt about that. Hugs :D)

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  24. Oh, Buttons! How you do speak to my soul. I'm sure we were bosom buddies in a previous life. xo

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  25. B,

    Partners in everything!!!! You both work very hard there on your farm.
    You both deserve a good rest, and relaxation.
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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