Monday, October 10, 2011

A Toronto Bug and Sick Days on the Farm!

The toad beneath the harrow knows
Exactly where each tooth-point goes;
The butterfly upon the road
Teaches contentment to that toad.

                  Rudyard Kipling

 I had a great time in Toronto I had many adventures, and came away with many things, one of which was a flu bug. I will spare you the details but I am pretty sure I will be more vigilant about sanitizing my hands after being on the subway. I am always careful but this time I guess I was not thinking. The subway is a breeding ground for many germs. I was jammed on the train standing holding the post with many, many people before holding the same post.
 I wandered around Toronto the last day with my back pack for about four hours. I took two subway cars and was feeling pretty tired by the end. When I finally caught my bus I was so happy to be sitting. The bus took longer than it should have because of Friday long weekend traffic. When I stepped off the bus and seen My Hero I was so happy. This was the start of our Thanksgiving weekend without our girls.
 The next morning I could hardly get out of bed yes I was positive I had  brought an unwanted gift from Toronto.
 Well anyone that knows anything about farming knows there are just some things that have to get done before the winter. My Hero was going to split wood and asked if I could come help, I said yes because it was not a hard job and he would be done much faster, there are no sick days in farming.

 As you can see this was not a hard job, I had to push the lever back and forth, My Hero did all the lifting and throwing into the tractor bucket. I then drove the tractor over to the dump wagon and dumped it in. It was not a hard job but you would think I had run a marathon. I came back into the house and collapsed in bed. This was going to be a great Thanksgiving weekend.

  I lay in bed thinking about the girls in Toronto and My Hero being here on Thanksgiving alone with no dinner and a sick person to look at. I guess I was feeling a bit down. The phone rings; my neighbor asks have you eaten? Not yet. She showed up on our doorstep  with two plates of Thanksgiving turkey, dressing and all the fixings, oh yes and cheesecake. It is like she knew we would be opening a can of something.
 This Thanksgiving weekend did not turn out to be what I planned but I am the luckiest girl in the world to live where I do. I have much to be thankful for.
 I am going to lay down now; I can't believe I ate the whole thing. Feed a cold? Starve a fever? I have both so I will never know what works.

 Happy Thanksgiving  and Happy Columbus Day.



  1. Any job is tough if you have the flu! Take rest when you can. And what a wonderful neighbour; only in the country are they that thoughtful. : )

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Oh I'm sorry you are feeling poorly. I hate feeling ill! What a wonderful neighbour you have - so thoughtful. Get well soon.

  3. I am so sorry you are ill and hope you are back to your old self very soon!

    Thank heaven for good neighbors!

  4. Just take care of yourself and get better before trying to get back in the swing of things.

  5. oh, i just want to hug that sweet, dear neighbor of yours! (on your behalf so you don't spread your germs!) THAT is such an inspiration for gratitude. God bless her!!!

  6. Feel that butterfly! ;)

  7. You're right--no sick days for farmers, or mothers for that matter. Running a log splitter may be easy for the one at the handle but that machine scared me plenty. Too much random flying chunks of wood even when you're careful. and yet it's still so much easier and faster than the splitting maul which has its own dangers. Hope you are on the mend.

  8. I'm glad you got Thanksgiving dinner and that you were able to eat it. I know what you mean about the sick thing -- I still remember a winter morning many years ago when I had a high fever and Brett was out of town. I had to do the barn chores -- in sleety rain that turned to hail. And then I went to back to bed.

  9. It's a different life when you live on a farm. We have been here for 30 years with animals. There has been no such thing as sleeping in or taking a sick day. You just have to get the job done and then catch a little down time. Hope you are feeling better.

  10. I do hoipe you feel better real soon. My sister-in-law got the Flu earlier this Fall and she was so ill. Be sure to rest a lot and drink lots of water to flush it out.

  11. Oh..poor Buttons. Sending you a big hug and hoping you rcover quickly. I always take hand sanitiser with me. Even after pushing a trolley in the supermarket...I wash my hands! I have one in the in my bag and one near the back door as a reminder not to bring a bug in. I think I may have a little phobia, but after Petals cancer I have become more vigilant.
    Take care of you. Maa

  12. Wonderful neighbor!! Get rest and get better - the work will wait.

  13. Aren't good neighbors just priceless???

    I'm sooo sorry to hear you're ill but soo happy to know your surrounded by great friends who'll take care of ya.

    Happy Thanksgiving and Columbus Day northern neighbor.

    God bless ya and I'm sendin' some healin' prayers your way.

    BTW: True statement...No sick days in farming!!! :o)

  14. I'm glad you had a great time in Toronto, but so sorry you're sick! You're a dedicated farm wife...and what a WONDERFUL neighbor you have!

  15. I hope you are over the flu now, Buttons! I'm so sorry you brought it home with you!

  16. hahhaha.... and the city folk think there are too many bugs in the country!!


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