Some days nothing goes right; and other days everything seems to go exactly as expected and then something else pops up to smack me in the head and mess up my day! I was having one of the latter days early this week--getting cattle fed quickly, all cattle looked healthy and happy, and things were going well. As I fed the last group of cows I thought that I might actually get some Christmas decorations up and a batch of cookies in the oven before the kids got home from school, when "Splash"--my truck broke through the ice bridged up over the snow drift I had been driving on for a week and I was unable to get it to budge even in 4-wheel drive.
Soon kids started pouring out of the school. Many saw me and recognized me yelling their greetings, "Hi Mrs. Blythe!" "What's up, Mrs. B?" My boys soon came out and I caught them. Since I just have one extra seat in the tractor, they decided that one of them would come help me and the other would stay at school and wait for the 4:00 basketball game to start (their older siblings are playing). As we walked to the tractor, he asked "where's the truck?" I said "at home.....we're in the tractor." He grinned and said, "REALLY? The kids will love this!" And they did...as we opened the door and started climbing in, a bus passed us with all the kids at the windows yelling and waving; cars passed smiling and looking and a few kids walking home ran to catch us as we drove down the block! My son decided the next day at school was going to be fun explaining the situation!
So, to make a long blog-story short, we had no trouble pulling the feed truck out of the hole. It was not damaged at all, and we both now have a good story to tell. We finished chores, and cleaned ourselves up to head to the high school basketball game in time to see both of our teams get beat (one badly, and one in a close game). I never got the Christmas decorations up, or cookies baked. I may have to get the kids to help me tonight. I don't think that they will mind that the decorations aren't up early this year, but they will always remember how Mom came to school in a tractor to pick up kids!