The scariest story ever from the broom closet.

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by Shari, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. Shari

    Shari IsItFridayYet?

    Sorry, its kinda long.
    So, last week, husband says he's got to cut hay for his dad over the weekend. With all the rain, its grown too tall to leave it til next year, but he doesn't really want all that hay. A few acres were really good - he wanted that, but the rest, he just needed cut so it wouldn't be too wooly for next year.
    So I suggested running an electric fence and grazing it for a couple months. Will get rid of the overgrown grass, father in law won't have to spend money to bale hay he doesn't want, and will give their overgrazed pasture a break. Now, keep in mind that husband was adamantly against EVER grazing a hayfield when he first moved in here with me. For whatever reason, that was something you just don't do. Ever. It wasn't until he had almost killed the pasture that he allowed me to return to the practice of grazing the hayfield in the fall and winter, even though that's how I'd successfully done things for the 10 years prior to his arrival... So I never in a million years thought he'd pass my suggestion on. In fact, he'd told me it just wouldn't work, anyway. A) You don't graze hayfields. B) The cows won't stay in, they won't know the boundaries (uh...duh...its called a fence) C) The deer will trample the fence (that why I suggested high visibility tape...the deer won't run into what they can see....). D) There's no water in that field (we have an empty stock tank they could borrow). But you get the idea. He was killing the suggestion.
    So imagine my surprise on Saturday when he called and asked me to stop at the store and pick up a roll of fencing tape. They were fencing the hayfield. So he not only passed along my suggestion to father in law, father in law liked it and decided to do it.
    O M G
    So I stopped and bought the tape and when I got home, I helped them finish the fence. Came home and gathered our stock tank and a hose, etc, and took that out. Got it all set up. father in law repeatedly made comments about it being a good idea. I was still absolutely shocked that they were doing this, and silently praying nothing went wrong, or I'd be further down the evil ladder than ever before...
    On Sunday, we moved the cows across the road from the old pasture to the new pasture. husband used good old fashioned wire to make a "runway" to move the cows across the road. His theory? They will see the wire and think its an electric fence wire and will stay away from it and go straight across the road. OK. I can buy that. IF they are allowed to meander thru it at their own pace, so they CAN see the wire...
    But husband is a manly man, and you don't "ask" animals to do things, you "TELL" them. So instead of letting the cows work themselves thru this new area that, for all of their lives, has been off limits, husband pushed them. And they went right thru the single strand of non-electric now we have cows everywhere. He got on the 4wheeler and started chasing them. What hadn't already made it to the "new" pasture in the hay field eventually ran "home" to the old pasture. husband was really ticked because now those cows were upset and there's no way we'd get them back up to the barn to get them moved and we'd have to "waste time" on Monday trying to get them across the road.
    So I picked up a bucket and a little sweet feed and WALKED to the back of the pasture where the cows were. father in law has them pretty tame, so I thought what the heck. I sat down with my bucket and spent 30 minutes tossing them feed. They settled right in, and calmed right down, and I WALKED back to the barn with my bucket of feed and 2 cows, 2 calves, and a bull in tow. When husband saw me coming, he jumped on the 4wheeler and ran up behind them to push, which, of course, made them nervous all over again - after all, that machine had just chased them for the previous hour.... father in law, of all people, yelled at him to turn that *&^(#^ off and stop pushing them. After being yelled at a couple of times by father in law to leave me alone, husband shut it down.
    And I very quietly and very slowly walked those cows straight into the pen. husband got jumpy and moved to push them a few times, but father in law made him back off, and they went in without incident. Since they were still a bit nervious, I then suggested we load them thru the chute onto the trailer and drive them across the road. father in law thought that was a great idea.
    So 20 minutes later, everything was across the road, happily grazing in the tall, fresh grass, and my new BFF, father in law, was standing there smiling.
    On Monday, we raked and baled the hay that father in law did want. About halfway through, he said that it would make really good horse hay, and asked if I wanted it. I said sure. He GAVE me 100 bales of lespadeeza hay for my horses. When I said I'd go get my truck to haul it home, he said not to bother, his was hooked up, we'd just use it.
    Again. O M G
    And THEN...a couple of bales got stuck in the baler and we needed the hay hook to get it cleaned out, so I went to his haybarn on the 4wheeler to get the hook. The haybarn is in the middle of the pasture. I left the 4wheeler running and got the hook and as I was leaving, thought I heard a moo from the wrong I shut off the 4 wheeler and listened. I heard a bit of rustling down a steep hill past the barn, and went to look, and there was a tiny newborn calf that laid down in the grass out of site just as peeked over the hill. They didn't even know they had a new calf, and we'd moved all the cows and left it behind 30 hours before! I'd guess he was 2 days old. Maybe 3.
    I figured Two Brooms would be in an uproar. My dumb idea nearly cost them a calf. Yup, my good graces would be over when they found this out... So I snuck up on the little guy and caught him (thinking he would be somewhat weak - hahahaha) and packed him up the hill. Got him back to the other cows and reunited with mama.
    Instead of being mad, Two Brooms and father in law were almost adoring. They were sure "glad it was me that went back there", and "they or husband don't hear well enough to have heard that baby", and etc etc etc. It was non-stop. 10 hours later, they were still thanking me. And I was sure they'd be mad cause this whole "moving the cows" thing that left a baby behind was my idea.
    Holy moly.
    Then they invited us to stay for supper. TWICE!
    I don't know what happened, but it might just be the scariest thing to come from the broom closet yet....They spent the weekend liking me. OMG.
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2010
  2. busywend

    busywend Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Are you still in shock?? LOL!!

    That was weird!
  3. Mattsmom277

    Mattsmom277 Active Member

    Isn't it hilarious when you get killed with kindness from the most unlikely places?? lol

    Me thinks perchance they are learning to recognize, admire and respect the real you!
  4. gcvmom

    gcvmom Here we go again!



    What is it about some men who have to control EVERYTHING (talking about your husband here...)???
  5. Jody

    Jody Active Member

    Okay that was crazy. i'de still be wating to wake up. lol.
  6. DaisyFace

    DaisyFace Love me...Love me not

    Ummm.....and then you woke up???

    Seriously, though...what a great story! I'm glad to hear you have a new BFF in your father in law.
  7. JJJ

    JJJ Active Member

    OMG...I kept waiting for a punchline. I'm glad you wrote this all down. You'll probably need to look at it later when they are driving you crazy!
  8. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It


    Do you remember a while back when you were talking with father in law and told him about nephews drug problem and he was upset because he had been lied to? Methinks that MAYBE he has been putting pressure on mother in law to see the light of reality and stop trying to feed him, and live by, the rumors and lies she prefers. So now, when you are able to use common sense to help them, and then you are able to do what their idiot son cannot, and persevere even though he is idiot enough to try to mess up your work, your stock raised with father in law at least.

    father in law may have been content to let mother in law and her cobrooms do as they would until he had proof that they were lieing to him. That likely did NOT sit well, and he likely made that crystal clear to mother in law. So now that FIlL likes you, he has probably been pointing out good things you do/have done. mother in law may not have joined him in praise of you, but she likely knows not to go against him. It is the way that quite a few of the older people I know/have known run their marriages.

    Now that mother in law has had father in law explain your good ideas, accomplishments, etc... , she may be far more likely to recognize the good things you do and appreciate them.

    It IS a shocking change, so try to enjoy it while it lasts.

    At least father in law can see your worth. I would bet that if he has any idea how unhappy you are with husband and the way he doesn't do stuff around the house, father in law may make husband very aware of how it will hurt to have you leave him - esp as you will likely kick him out and they will lose access to your property and skills!

    Either way, GOOD JOB!! Kudos on finding and rescuing the calf - I am glad he was not harmed!
  9. Shari

    Shari IsItFridayYet?

    I am still pretty much in shock with the whole deal. It was such an about face to go from a blubbering idiot barely worth the air I breathe to having a brain and it being at least worth considering my thoughts. I'm still shocked husband even told them the idea in the first place.

    Susie, I hadn't even thought of that, but maybe you are right! Wow, wouldn't that just be the cat's meow? I guess I can hope!
  10. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Well, your actions were stellar so I am glad you are being rewarded.
    I'm still kind of with-JJJ and you, waiting for the other shoe to drop.
    Still, they can't help but see what a hard worker you are and how gracefully you act under pressure. I love the idea of sitting down and throwing grain so the cows come to you. :)
  11. Shari

    Shari IsItFridayYet?

    The more I think about it, Susie, you could be right on. I know that conversation was a light bulb moment for me...their lack of reaction makes more sense when you find out they didn't know the depth of what nephew was doing...

    So maybe vice versa...what seemed harsh before, doesn't seem quite so harsh now that father in law knows why I/we did what we did.

    I doubt it will last, but who knows. I can always hope! I don't always have great ideas that work. Sometimes they flop. Sometimes miserably. But its frustrating to be totally tuned out all the time...'cause my ideas aren't always worthless. So it was nice and I'll enjoy it while its lasts.
  12. mstang67chic

    mstang67chic Going Green

    Huh. I THOUGHT my feet felt a bit chilly on the ground. Guess there must be some ice somewhere!
  13. tawnya

    tawnya New Member

    I'm really happy for you Shari, but again, I'm scared, LOL!

    Any time I do something "right" on mother in law's farm, it becomes my job from here on out. No good deed goes unpunished. LOL

    Good for you, anyway! Maybe you need a broom so you can just fly away!
  14. Marguerite

    Marguerite Active Member

    Shari, just take what you can get and enjoy it while it lasts. If it doesn't last, just shrug and get on with things. It's what I have done over the years.

    When I first started going out with husband, mother in law didn't like me. Not necessarily me, perhaps, but I was the first one looking likely to "take away one of the children". She doesn't like change, either, and I represented change. I know she did her best to warn husband off me, to fill his head with scary stories about my health problems and the likely problems I would have having children, for example. All sorts of stuff. Over the years I have worked hard to get on with her; not because I craved her approval, but because I knew it would help husband. When there are times that mother in law is being more difficult than usual, I keep my distance. When sis-in-law is visiting I keep my distance, because I don't want her to feel like I'm usurping her mother's affections. But I also do other stuff for mother in law unasked, because I know it makes her life easier, and making her life easier also makes husband's life easier. And over the years, she has come to appreciate me, I think, and we get on well.

    I'm not saying that you and TwoBrooms will ever be best buddies, but if you play it cool and calm, then any faults in the relationships can be laid at her feet and not yours.

  15. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    Wow! What's going on in your corner of the world? Wee's had a good start to school, you have new broom buddies...I'm impressed!
  16. Shari

    Shari IsItFridayYet?

    Frightening, isn't it???