Wednesday, February 3, 2016

What’s really out there?

Nature is commanded by obeying her.
                    Francis Bacon


You know it is going to be one of those days, when the sound of loud pounding rain bounces off your bedroom window. Loud enough, to wake you up from that dream you really wanted to finish. This may not seem like a big deal to some of you. But, it is winter here in Ontario Canada. That sound should really be silent. Snow is silent.

What a winter this has been. Unpredictable, from the day to day happenings which, with its rain, snow, freezing rain, thaw, freeze again, ice and mud seems to always have us guessing. Sitting here in my kitchen, cup of coffee in hand, with my fingers perched on the keyboard, I listen to the rain. It is hypnotic. I find myself soothed, drifting into a state of peace and tranquility. Beyond this rain-spotted window, the pounding suddenly turns more intense. 

The sound, much like a drum set given to a child by a grandparent, to the dismay of the parents, quickly becomes something you wished came with a volume button, to turn it off. Now, with that peace and tranquility completely shattered, my thoughts question what is out there, beyond my window.

You see, this is important information for any farmer to know. There is no way you can just curl up, stay in bed and listen to the rain. No way that you can wait till the sun decides to return. There is stuff to do, always lots of stuff to do. There is much to consider, long before you even think about exiting your comfortable abode. For one thing, you need to think about what you will need to wear.

In my estimation, it is a fairly short sprint to the tractor, about 100/150 feet. Quick, but you can still get “soaked to the bone” during that sprint, at least on days like today. This is still doable. I am getting faster, unless there are some obstacles thrown in my way. Those lined coveralls do a good job of keeping you dry, for a little while. Well, let me clarify that. The lined part stays dry, if you sprint fast enough. The heater on the tractor on high will partially dry you fairly quickly, when you aim the vent down.

A ringing phone interrupts my thought. There is only one person who would phone this early in the morning. After all it is still dark out. It is My Hero, of course.

“Just to let you know, there are still big patches ice, be careful”. I know what that means. “OK, I will, don’t worry”. The rain on the window is so loud now I cannot hear the rest of his conversation so I tell him I will call him later. “Be careful wet ice is slippery” was all I heard. “OK, I will” I hung up the phone.

You see, that quick sprint which I do every day, twice a day, and sometimes three times a day, seems to have become routine. My auto pilot seems to have kicked in after a time. Sometimes you are in a hurry and never think that there may be an obstacle waiting, or should I say lurking, under that layer of fresh snow by the gate. Oh yes, I know you know where I am going with this.


It was my last day to do the chores because My Hero was off the next day. It was the weekend. This always makes me happy, a little time to do what I wanted. I pulled on my coveralls, my Pink Cadillac boots, a toque and gloves and went to do the last check before dark. My Hero would be home in an hour or so. It was snowing lightly and I remember thinking how pretty it was.

I sprinted through the snow and down the lane to the barnyard. DOWN would be the word. Just before the gate I found myself lying on the snow. It happened so quickly I was not sure what had happened. Then a shooting pain shot up my arm and into my neck and head. I lie there, wondering if I broke something. My right hand and arm were now useless. The ice beneath me I swear was laughing, as if to say “Got You”. I considered my options. Wait, or go do the check of the cows. I crawled towards the house. Guilt and concern filled my head. There was one cow very close to having a calf, so I had to go check. It would be dark soon. My Hero could never make it home in time. I turned myself back around.

Well, I pulled myself up with my left hand, slipped the chain off the gate. I pulled myself into the tractor all with my left hand. I have to tell you my left hand does not listen as well as my right hand. It took some convincing. I drove down to check the cows. Walked around them while holding my arm and they were all fine, thank goodness. Climbed back in the tractor and drove back to the house.

Somehow I made it past the spot where the snow looked like a moving ugly snow angel, where a girl had crawled towards the house then changed her mind. Into the house I went, slipped off the somewhat protective gear and headed up stairs.

 My Hero walked into the door. My arm in a sling, an ice pack on my elbow and shoulder he knew what had happened right away. I decided to wait it out, over- night after all, I could move my arm.


Now you know why going outside now gives me pause, and more thought. With cleats on my boots and rain gear I will be heading out this morning. It is finally light out, but it is still pouring rain. That quick sprint to the tractor will now be more like a careful shuffle. My Chiropractor Dr. Scott was sympathetic but agreed that I should really be more careful. All is well and thankfully the only thing broken in that fall was my pride.


Later

44 comments:

  1. I hate to fall anyway. Sorry, this sounds like a bad one! Glad to hear nothing was broke. Be careful and have a good day.

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  2. I'm glad you're ok! It would be so nice if we would have cameras on our cows! I guess you won't be slipping on ice any time soon, but remember that mud is slippery too! :)

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  3. Oh my . . .
    Happy there were no breaks . . .
    Except the PRIDE . . .
    I had my Yaktracs on this morning . . .
    Ice storm late yesterday/last night . . .
    Thunder and lightening too . . .
    First time in many moons I guess that there has been a thunder storm on Ground Hog Day.
    Lightening strikes caused some fires too.
    What's with this weather . . .
    Listen to hubby, BE CAREFUL, I hope your shoulder/arm/wrist will be okay . . .

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  4. Oh OUCH ! glad you didn't break any thing . Yes our weather down here in southwestern Ontario has been more like spring with warm temps hitting 10C no snow left and rain we even had a thunderstorm with the rain last night . I even saw and heard a robin or two this morning when Miggs and were walking . Oh be careful out there . Hope your arm mends well and soon ! Have a good day !

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  5. ooooooo b, you are lucky to be ok!! our weather has been so "all over the place"!! 60's in december, no jacket required on christmas...2 feet of snow, 60 again today and heavy rain!!

    i like storms, rain and snow....did you know that!!!! hehehehe

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  6. Oh that must have hurt so much and also scared you! I am glad that you didn't break anything but I'm sure you are still quite sore from your fall. Ice under snow is so dangerous. Take care of yourself.

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  7. Part of the course. I fell twice yesterday ad well. Second time in a puddle over ice and I just layer there in a cold bath of wster. Bruised but okay. I prefer snow too.

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  8. So glad you were okay. Falls are scary. I went up to check on my neighbor yesterday (he has cancer and hasn't been doing well) and take him and his wife some pumpkin bread. He told me that he had fallen trying to shovel snow and no one found him for hours. He was okay, but he must have been terrified.

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  9. I am so sorry, and so glad that pride was the biggest casualty. Bruises hurt though.

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  10. Happy to hear that you are alright. Pride will soon heal or be forgotten, except by hubby.

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  11. Sorry to hear about this tumble Buttons! Pride is over-rated ... I'm glad you're fine. That's the main thing. That first cow picture is so fun!

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  12. Get well and as a farmer I know those moments of inevitability when you know its not going to end well. I slipped off my tractor step one winter and my overall leg hung up on the differential lock....so I was gracefully upside down. The cows came to look and I had to undress to get right way up. I had looked at the lock lever and often though jeans or pants could get hooked on that! :)

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  13. There is absolutely nothing better than a sprained dignity for teaching one a lesson... just wish yours hadn't been accompanied by pain. Still, I'm glad nothing was broken! Sending hugs and a jar of 'Sprained Dignity Liniment'.

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  14. Buttons!! You silly thing. Oh but I have had my fair share of bruised body parts and bruised dignity in these cold icy winters we have.

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  15. I'm thankful your arm is not broken, but gosh! what a hard way to learn to take it a little slower.

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  16. I am glad you are ok. It has been super icy here also. A person can be as careful as they want, but ice and rain will get you every time. I hope you heal quickly and that the weather gets back to normal.

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  17. Great description of your unfortunate adventure. Just remember, it could have been worse! Aren't I cheerful?

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  18. There's nothing like that feeling of all of a sudden being on the ground when you should be upright. And even dirt is softer than ice. Hope you are ok.

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  19. B,

    Good to hear you didn't break your arm. Any injury from falling on ice can be serious.
    I'm happy to hear you put ice o the injury. Take care.

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  20. Be careful. Take it slow. You're important.

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  21. I'm glad it wasn't broken but i bet you were in agony. You sure do have a hard job to do. Take care. Love your stories and photos .

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  22. Bad bruises can take a while to heal...take care lady!...:)JP

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  23. I'm so glad nothing was broken, but bruising takes time to heal and I pray your healing be swift and smooth.

    FlowerLady

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  24. Glad it didn't turn out worse than it did, Buttons. Maybe it was all the winter padding we wear that saved you from further harm. I hope the bruises hel quickly!

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  25. Thank God, Grace, the only thing broken was your pride. Although, not sure why that should be broken as that's why they're called 'accidents'...we can be safe but stuff happens. It's been balmy here, yesterday was 58! This, after below zero wind chill temps of the blizzard about 10 days ago. Tomorrow, sunny and almost 40 so a 16 year old boy is coming to help me. God bless him! It's turned to mud season here, sometimes icy mud season, and the Ranger is still being parked at the house to, safely, carry me to the barn. Whatever it takes to be safe, eh?
    You're on my prayer list for continued healing.

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  26. Ouch! I blew my knee out once on ice in the parking lot at work the winter I got married. Glad you didn't bruise much more than pride.

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  27. Even after he warned you? Oh Buttons......take care now and don't add insult to injury by falling again.

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  28. Good grief girl! Is there anyone out there who doesn't think farming is a dangerous occupation? These things happen so fast. Glad you didn't break anything, but of course sometimes that's worse. Love the first photo especially!

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  29. That is just how these things happen - suddenly, in the blink of an eye! I would much rather have snow than rain, because there's a very thin line between rain and ice. I am glad you didn't break anything, but that must have hurt like heck! Take care...

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  30. I am so glad you didn't break anything. It happens so fast sometimes, you never even have time to think.
    I am so glad your hubby was home the next day. I hope you are better now.

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  31. That must have been a shock. Glad you escaped without anything broken!
    Lynne x

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  32. This is what happens when we hurry! I hope you are feeling better.

    When I was around 40-45...my kids had a rabbit that was sick. We had moved our cage to the basement. I took off from work in order to take her to the vet. Rushed home, was flying down in the basement to get her...broke my leg! All because I was rushing.

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  33. I hope you are feeling better since your fall.

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  34. Do care care in your unpredictable weather there this winter.
    Hugs M xox

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  35. Glad your pride is all that was broken!

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  36. Ouch! Hope you are healing well.

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  37. Thank goodness no break! I wear Yaktrax on my trail shoes whenever I go out now. I think they'd hold on anything but black ice. I'm still careful, but they give me peace of mind.

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  38. Yes, I could definitely see what was coming and sure enough, it happened. So glad it was a strain and not a break or even a dislocation. Hope all the ache will soon be good and I know you have learned a precious lesson too.
    I wish I could hear rain on the roof no matter how loud. We are in the throes of a heatwave with temps of 40 and 42 due in the next few days and not a drop of rain in sight for weeks. Just to keep you in the loop 40C is 104F and 42C is 108F. Not good for a winter loving person.

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  39. Oh dear... And yes, the sound of rain in the winter is not a good sound.

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  40. Oh my gosh... so glad you didn't break anything, but sometimes soft tissue injuries can be just as bad and talk a while to heal... do take care!

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  41. Glad you are okay! Ice can be so treacherous.

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