My Present

Look what Harland got me for Valentine’s Day:

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Well, it’s not really my gift for Valentine’s Day, but that’s the way he broke it to me that he had bought it.

It’s a bucket truck. He bought it from a telecommunications company up in Nebraska. It was getting older and a little rusty so they upgraded. Harland bought in via an online auction. He had driven up to take a look at it before he placed a bid and ended up paying less than it was worth.

I said, “What are we going to do with a bucket truck?”

And he said, “I’m going to use it to trim trees that are hanging over the pasture fence. And I can use it to take pictures – to get up off the ground for a higher angle.”

Oh. Ok. That makes sense.

So I came home one day this week from work, and there he was up in the air. He was testing it out.

He came down and asked if I wanted to go up.

I’m afraid of heights, but what the heck. I asked him to take my picture with my cellphone.

So I climbed in and Harland worked the controls from the ground. It was really jerky, and I screamed and sat down on the bottom of the bucket as he hoisted me up into the air. I screamed with each movement of the bucket.

Finally it stopped and I heard Harland yell, “Hey, you’re going to have to stand up for me to take your picture! All I can see is your hands!”

I was still sitting and gripping the top edge of the bucket.

I slowly stood up. I was looking down on the grain bin. Harland took a few pics while I tried to smile.

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Then I sat back down and Harland lowered me to the ground.

“Bet you didn’t go up in a bucket truck before you met me.” he said with a smile as I climbed out safely to the ground.

“No dear.” I replied.

Life is an endless adventure with Harland. My life was kinda boring before, but not now.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

oxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

Suzanne

Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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14 Responses

  1. Kathy S. says:

    You are a brave one. I’m terrified of heights too. I hope you didn’t look down.

  2. That is a Valentine’s Gift I’ve never considered. Just keep having fun!

  3. Rebecca says:

    He is very adventurious in his gift giving!!

  4. Alica says:

    I am terrified of heights too, Suzanne. I’m sure Harland will find lots of use for his new truck!

  5. Dianna says:

    Sounds like life with my Motor Man; I agree: I wouldn’t have it any other way! You’re a brave girl!

  6. Nancy Weatherford says:

    Way to go Suzanne! Never a dull moment on your prairie!

  7. Doe in Mi says:

    If you have an upstairs you can wash windows up there now!!! Ya, I’m not to fond of height either. As a teeny bopper I used to climb my Dad’s 75ft. windmill tho. Yikes!

  8. I think you are in for a LOT of unusual adventures over the next 50 years. 🙂 Happy Valentine’s day!

  9. Lynda M O says:

    Aren’t gear-heads just the perfect life-mates !~! They think of activities and adventures we would never dream up on our own !~! I suspect the truck will come in handy for a number of as-yet-undetermined chores and fun. The pic advantage idea is a great one-how’d he think of that so quickly !~!

  10. Aren’t you excited about the new perspective you’ll be able to get on your pictures?? You’ll be a pro with that thing in no time, I bet.

  11. ahhh, the things we do for love ( or loved ones) ;-))

  12. Becky L says:

    At least Harland had good reasons to buy the bucket truck. I’ve been on the fire truck’s ladder a few years ago at their open house. Oh, a bit of tummy jitters but no different than a ferris wheel ride. Glad you didn’t faint….you are good!

  13. Glenda says:

    He needs to drive it over to my house since I have a few trees that I need trimmed back. Count on Harland to have a different perspective on gift giving!

  14. Beth R says:

    i am scared of heights too.. i can see tho you have one gem of a husband..thats cool.. taking pictures, trimming trees, yup makes sense to me..you are going to have a ball..

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