My Present

Look what Harland got me for Valentine’s Day:


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.



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.



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 are going to have a ball..

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