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

Monday, September 14, 2015

Mass Organization Against Insurmountable Odds

My day began simply enough, helping Hubby hunt for another lost tool.  He has hot pink paint and will paint this the same color as his tongs if we ever find it.  I suspect after he sharpened his blades he drove away to Bush Hog with tools on the deck and they are some where on this farm. I looked in a garden cart sorting tools from trash...Hubby is infamous for tossing with talent.
The wagon was full of ants and eggs.  They did not like me disturbing their nests and were frantically hauling eggs to their imagined safety.  I had to find a new job until they settled down.
I stupidly picked this one to help Hubby get organized.
So I began...one square foot at a time.
First job was to empty the left corner, 
move an oil barrel and find what Dad had stored inside.
I dredged with a stick and hung oily items to drain into the barrel.  We had steel traps, log chains, and truck chains.  I still have something I can't quite remove.  It will be a hard earned surprise.
Remind me that I said Dirty hands are happy hands.
This was totally disgusting.
The barrel is probably more valuable than the items I rescued.
I had company.
Four square feet of stuff sorted
and many, many feet to go.
I know I will regret saying this but
Dirty feet are Happy feet.

23 comments:

Jo said...

Well done on getting the first four feet square sorted. I love your handsome frog!

Buttons Thoughts said...

Well I do know a well oiled chain is of great value on a farm:) Happy limbs I see:) Hug B

Sandra said...

yuck yuck and yuck, ants, oil and hands in oil. you are right, the barrel is probably worth a good bit. all that stuff in there is amazing.. maybe he put it there to keep the rust off? i love your permanent oil thongs, you can wear them and be barefoot at the same time

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Wow, that is a lot of hard work! But every job well done has to start somewhere :) I love the company you had. Cute little frog.

eileeninmd said...

Good morning, I guess you had to start somewhere. Congrats on getting the 4 sq feet done. I like the frog. Have a happy day and new week ahead!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That does look disgusting.
You have a lot of patience. I'd be tempted to just burn it to the ground.

Sandy said...

Gail,

What's that old saying, oh yeah.....you're not cleaning until you have dirty hands :-)

Did hubby find the missing tool?

Linda Kay said...

Sometimes fun to really get into your work, but be careful you don't get that muck on your rug!

Debbie said...

it's a messy job but someone has to do it. the hubs is doing ours as i type!!!!

Linda Wildenstein said...

Oh happy feet and hands.....I love to get dirty. Makes my inner self so squishafied. Good job darling, good company too.

gld said...

I can see you have a 'little' work still ahead!

Good job with the oily stuff.

Our experience is if it is lost in the fields, it will never be seen again.............unless, of course, you mow over it sometime in the future.

LindaG said...

Is that an old grinding stone?
I guess your dad put stuff in there to keep it from rusting?
Hubby is the same way. While mowing last week, I found two separate pieces of chain with hooks, and a length of cargo strap with hook attached. There is a nail puller we still haven't found, but did find a pair of fencing pliers last year.
You are braver than me. Whenever I try to organize hubby, it only works until he needs something. Good luck! :-)

Arkansas Patti said...

Are you ever a dedicated searcher!! Not sure I would have tackled the oil barrel but at least those tools won't rust and your hands should be soft from all that oil. Spa day on the farm.
Hope he found his lost ones.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Bill has plans to reorganize his work bench and garage. I am not looking forward to it. Ha!

Farm Girl said...

Treasure every square foot of that place!!! You are so brave putting your hands in that. But I bet now your hands are nice and clean. You have a big job ahead of you. I know why those chains were in that can, but have they been in there all of that time?

Lowcarb team member said...

Goodness, when you showed the photograph I thought what a lot of stuff to be sorted, but well done on what you have achieved so far ...

Dirty hands, dirty feet soon become clean and you deserve a sit down.
Love that frog

All the best Jan

Gorges Smythe said...

That would be fascinating work to an oddball like me!

Susan Kane said...

Oil is an effect hand cream? Looking at four square feet just exhausts me!
Go, frog!!

T. Powell Coltrin said...

That did look like a dirty job, but kind of fun at the same time.

Lux G. said...

Oh, but I agree. Dirty feet are happy feet. I've got photos to prove that too. :)

Lynne said...

Persistence is certainly rewarding you in grand style . . .
(At least I hope you are feeling that way!)

Karen S. said...

You sure know how to make hard work look fun! Love the Happy Feet! Too funny. I really like that stone wall in the one photo too, now that is old!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Looks like some good "stuff"...have fun! :)

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