Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Word of the Day


Gentle readers, the word of the day is manure.  

You read that right.  

Manure seems to have a different texture when the temperature is in the single digits as opposed to, let's say, in the twenties.  One wouldn't think so, but it does.  

Take, for example, my barn chores this morning.  With the temps in the twenties I was expecting those frozen dinner plate sized patties that are easily pitchforked into the manure pile,  Oh, but no.....instead there were fresh patties hidden underneath straw that stuck to my muck boots like bubble gum in the dog days of summer.  

As I left the barn my partner in chores, my dutiful Aussie Shepherd, waited while I found a stick to unclog my boots.  

This took several minutes......



The Lady of the Yard


As I ventured up to the porch I needed to take off my muck boots.  In doing so I ended up with manure on my coveralls and gloves.....if it had ended up on my face, I might have passed out on the spot.  

I ended up disrobing on the front porch, thankful that our nearest neighbor isn't even the slightest bit visible from our house.  It wasn't time for the mailman and only the Lady of the Yard was witness to this catastrophe.  

I bet you thought the word of the day was going to be snow.









45 comments:

  1. Oh Michelle . . . . I was laughing myself silly over this one.
    Good job your neighbours are not closer . . . lol
    Wish I had have been a fly on the wall . . . lol
    You do say on your profile you are a 'lot of chick' . . . rofl
    I have similar problems sometimes changing my grandson's over filled diapers sometimes. all by myself . . . . lol

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    1. I read your email, Eddie. No worries about your comment! It is all in good fun!

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    2. ok . . . .thanks Michelle . . . . . :)

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  2. I was definitely thinking the word of the day was going to be snow! I don't mean to laugh,(but I am) because this happens to me all the time when I feed the horses, and I know exactly how that poo got all over you from just your boots.

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  3. Oh the joys of country life! I remember those days well!!!

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  4. You are a wealth of information today! :-) Living in the country away from neighbor's eyes does have lots of benefits as well.

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  5. Lol! Sounds like something that would happen to me. And I thought the word of the day was going to be "warmth", since The Lady is wearing her scarf.

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  6. I did indeed. Silly me! Sorry for your mess. I can understand although my mess is much smaller with the chickens. My girls started standing on the edge of the heated water dish and pooping in it. Holy cow that smells awful. I figured out a way around this by putting a metal bucket in the heated dish and they can't stand on that. Thank heavens.

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  7. hehehe, the life of a farmer!!! i would have done the same thing, but didn't you freeze?!?!

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  8. Pardon is I laugh a little. We used to live on a 30 acre farm and we would do similar things like undressing on the porch and so on. Your day brought back good memories for me.

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  9. Sorry I smiled, Michelle. I'm sure it was very unpleasant for you. And I couldn't help smiling because it wasn't me. ;)

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  10. Oh, what a day!! I had to laugh, though... When I think of manure I think of the stuff I'm spreading in my vegetable and flower beds... believe it or not, I actually like the smell. It symbolizes growth and food for me as well as healthy plants.
    I love your Lady of the Yard.

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  11. haha. i'm often grateful for well-placed treelines and neighbors' barn buildings to shield eyes from viewing this-a-way. :)

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  12. Ha! Now you are a real hardy farm woman! We don't have cattle, so I get out of that unpleasant task...but cleaning out the chicken coop and shovelling grain in dusty bins can almost reach that level of fun. ;)
    Keep up the good work.

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  13. Well, right there is a good reason I'm glad we don't have cows. Cow manure is really goopy. We raised Nubian dairy goats, and they drop tidy little pellets.. much nice to walk across. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  14. Well I did chuckle, your doing good small town girl. Francine.

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  15. Yes, you did have me fooled, but it would have been much more pleasant if it had been snow you had stepped in.

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  16. Well now, Eddie sure enjoyed that! Tell him a fly would have been stuck on the you-know-what and not the wall.

    I love your Lady....I wonder if she's related to my Garden Girl! :) Maybe I should get mine a scarf!

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  17. Oh dear hope it wasn't too chilly.
    Merle..............

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  18. I hope the lady in the yard didn't blush, that sounds like one hell of a job

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  19. I enjoyed your word-of-the-day first hand in the equine form. I fed our friends' horses and the path to the barn was downright mucky. I left a nice brown trail in the snow as I tried to wear some of it off before getting back into my car. : )

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  20. I needed this good laugh this evening......Not at you, oh no....never! At the thought of seeing all this happening
    Have a good evening.

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  21. If you love Seinfeld---
    George Costanza: "Horse manure's not that bad. I don't even mind the word “manure.” You know, it's, it's “nure,” which is good. and a “ma” in front of it. MA-NURE. When you consider the other choices, “manure” is actually pretty refreshing."
    btw- face is one thing I could handle... my mouth is another though. Yuk! GRIN.

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  22. i don't think i have ever heard any one say disrobing on a blog. that is too funny!! you make me blush. ha. ha!! ( :
    thank you for making me laugh today. i hope you can laugh too.

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  23. Funny post! I am sure the Lady of the Yard is not talking..She does not seem the type to gossip! Enjoy your day!

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  24. I'm sorry but this made me chuckle a little bit...

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  25. Michelle,
    You described the scene so eloquently and a brought a smile to my face as well!
    Jemma

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  26. hahaha! thank you for that laugh. really. It is not yet noon and I'm thinking about hitting the liquor cabinet, "if my five year old with the high pitched voice sings that song one more time..." and I love that you began this piece with "gentle readers" perfect. I'm glad the Lady of the Yard has a scarf to keep her warm.

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  27. Tragic and funny at the same time...

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  28. Ooh! That was extremely descriptive!

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  29. Love your post...
    Have a happy week and take care!
    Warm hug,
    Titti

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  30. I love people who can keep there sense of humor through the most trying of experiences, he says laughing....;)

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  31. Thanks for the chuckle. You're right - I did think the word of the day was snow.

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  32. oh no! i'm sorry but i am laughing at you....hope you can too now! and i love your lady of the yard!

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  33. "Manure happens", thank goodness for gumboots... Great recounting of your days misadventure!

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  34. You have me rolling on the floor....and you thought I'd say I was rolling in manure? No. But it was a stinkin' thought, now, right?

    Lovin' this.

    Hope the mailman didn't have a set a binoculars in his postal vehicle.

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