Passions of an Odd Chick

Friday, October 9, 2009

A Very Scarey, Very Bad Day

Okay I like being scared. But I don't like nightmares.

I had one yesterday.

Regulars here know how much I love driving my Caterpillar Challenger winnower (cuts hay and small grains). Well, this is what happens when you leave an $80,000 machine sitting on the edge of a circular field with a large pivot sprinkler worth $100,000 going around the field.

This is after they stood the large sprinkler back up because it crawled up the side of my winnower and then toppled over. Breaking the last section. Sweet Farmer found it first and called me. Now this is a man that has not ever (I'm not exaggerating) been angry with me for 11 years. He was very angry! I could tell by the way he just kept asking me, "WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?""

I cried until we couldn't talk anymore. He came home completely over it while I cried every time I thought about it. Then we spent the rest of the evening talking about what's really important, telling me stories of how many other people in this valley have made the same mistake, and thanking God we have insurance on everything!!
It turned out not to be as bad as first thought -less than a $1000 mistake. (GAG) And you know what is funny (like sad, boo-hoo, ha-ha crazy funny). Just 10 minutes BEFORE Sweet Farmer called me with the nightmare call, he had called me to tell me that he had been paid on some odd jobs and gotten some checks out of nowhere. Then he said," I'm just going to give them to you so that you can have - what do you call it, ""guilt-free"" (luxury items) money to spend for Christmas or whatever you want to do with it. I told him I didn't really need it, but he insisted that I should have this nice little sum just for non-discretionary spending, which I do anyway, but sometimes with a little guilt. (I can hear my father grinning)

Later that night - I said, "I sure am glad you gave me that "guilt-free" money and we both just laughed and hugged.

Yes, Sweet Farmer still loves me after all this. And I can still call him Sweet after scolding me like a child when it was just an accident.

"No blood was flowing, no flesh was burning" as I heard King Henry VIII tell his last wife on my IPOD today while I cut hay again in my sadly, dented Catepillar winnower and spoke with insurance adjusters from my cell phone.


Shelley said...

What a "Sweet Farmer"... I am sure my "sweet husband" would not have handled the situation so sweetly :) He's a HALE you know?

linda said...

I'm superstitious and thus, would not be asking to be scared if it were me ;)

but that's me...

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I'm just glad none of you was hurt. (And yes, i know that horrible feeling of making a mistake that costs needless money. But sweet farmer is right about his priorities.)

Sorrow said...

I am so glad this had a "happy "ending..
and that no one was hurt!

Odd Chick said...

Yeah, Shelley, I know, I am a Hale! I have the same sudden temper. I have been really mad at Sweet Farmer several times in the last 11 years.
And Linda- ouuuuu.... i don't want to think about superstitions.. xoxoxo to you too!
and Ruth and Sorrow thanks about caring... sometimes we totally forget about the human aspect when dealing with these big ole expensive machines!

Poetic Artist said...

Wonderful story, because the ending was so sweet and things turned out good.. Not because of the accident and sweet Farmer got a little angry..Every thing has a way of working out.

Ed Winkle said...

What a great story! You know how to end it, too! So many people do not...

Renee Howell said...

What a wonderful story! Thank you so much for sharing it. Those silly things we do. Wouldn't you have loved to SEE the accident happening? See the sprinkler crawling up over the tractor? This could me used in a movie! Glad it all ended well-enough!