a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Monday, June 22, 2009

...Here's Your Sign!

I was not going to post two today but I must! I have no pictures but hopefully I can describe this well enough so you can see it in your mind.

My husband has many creative ideas, some are good, while others...

We are having trouble with water weeds and moss in the big pond. Den's idea was to take the horse drawn rake, chain it to the tractor, place it in the bucket, drop it into the water, let it roll out and then pull it out with the tractor, raking the water grass and moss out with it.

It was working well and he stopped by to tell me what he was doing. Not my horse drawn rake? Yes, it is chained to the tractor and locked so it will not come loose. I like my rake, do not break it. Oh, I won't break it, it is working great. I said do not mess up my rake, it is valuable. We have two. I don't care, I want to keep two.

Two hours later, a dripping wet, frustrated hubby returns to the house, minus one horse drawn rake. I got the story from Andrew, hubby was not talking.

The grass was coming out wonderfully until they reach the deep water. He drops the rake and it won't pull out, the chain comes off. Now, he knows better than telling me this without trying the great rake rescue first.

He fashions some hooks to the lariat ropes and tries to snag it and drag it out...the ropes break. So now, not only is my horse drawn rake in the deep end, so are two hooks and my lariats are broken. He knows by now this is serious and he better not come tell me til he tries something else.

Next thing is dive in with the chain and attach it to the rake and pull it out....no good. Now he has a life jacket on and is trying to feel the rake with his feet as he is bobbing in the water...no good. This water is at least fifteen feet deep and all his tugging and pulling has buried the rake in the pond bottom, the tines have dug in and they are not moving.

He quietly returns to the house and Andrew gives the report while hubby is hiding. Andrew says Papa is afraid you will be mad! Me, mad???? Why would I be mad just because I told someone to be careful? Why would I be mad, just because my hundred year old horse drawn rake is on the bottom of the deep end of a pond???

I get no reports from hubby. I ask today if he has a plan for recovery. Yes, he does but he has to have three people, two in a boat and one on land....I can't wait to see this! I will be present this time, with my camera.

7 comments:

DesertHen said...

Oh dear...why do men always have "brilliant" ideas!! I hope hubby gets your rake out of the deep end of the pond or I fear he will be in deep do-do.....=)

Stand at the ready with your camera....I have a feeling you are in for some good photo opts.

Silliyak said...

A camera and a lifeline and a cellphone to call 911 and a day late father's day gift of forgiveness.

Rudee said...

Maybe he should call the regional dive team to attempt a rescue. It would be good training...

Gramma Ann said...

It's a material thing and did I understand you have another one, But, you only have one hubby and he is irreplaceable. Just make sure he doesn't lose his life over a 100 year old rake. He is much more precious than the rake. I know, easier said than done.

Jeannelle said...

Oh, my. I'm sorry about the rake and will be hoping that it can be retrieved in a safe fashion for everyone involved.

The Green Stone Woman said...

Don't let him lose his life over a rake. That sounds dangerous.

C-ingspots said...

Oh Gail, don't you just love men and their hairbrained ideas?...sometimes they work and sometimes you just gotta get yourself a long, cool drink and take a seat in the shade with your camera of course, and watch things unfold. hee heee...I'm sure he'll figure something out. Life is just so dadgummed entertaining at times!!

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