Riggins with little brother Charlie and little sister Sadie.


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wednesday Musings.

Was up at 04:30AM and had coffee with my bride. Then she was off to the truck company and then to the restaurant.
I then went out about 10:00AM and picked up all the wood that Rigg’s had stolen of the wood rack over the winter and left all over the yard so I wouldn’t hit them with the blades on the tractor.  I then started to cut the back yard, As I was about 3/4ths of the way done, down by where the dumpster had been parked the grass was pretty thick since it is a low lying area and is usually one of my wet spots. Anyway as I made a pass there was a loud “Kablam” under the deck and I felt something hit me elbow and it was all of a sudden wet. I stopped and saw that I had hit a can of spray paint(black) and it had exploded when the blades ripped into it. I checked my elbow but it was just paint and no cuts from the pieces of can, John had paint in his back wheel, the seat, and fender. but the sturdy deck kept all the metal from flying up or hitting me. I cannot believe the force of the explosion from something that we all take for granted, now I see why they have warnings printed all over them.
Maybe some day when we are all telling war stories around a campfire, I can tell how I survived an IED on my John Deere.
Now besides a little black spot, the back is looking good and I am done for the day. besides the fact it took forever to get the black paint off me. I decided the best way to fix John is to get a can of John Deere Green and Yellow and touch up where the black paint is. I had planned on a new seat this summer since his old one is wearing out and his tears in the vinyl . Farmer Charlie’s carries the yellow tractor seats in stock. Nobody was here to take any pictures so I just scrubbed and scrubbed getting the paint off.
For once something worth blogging about here at the ranch.
Another just gorgeous day in the 80’s and not a cloud in the sky. I wish I had a nice pool to just sit in and soak now.
By now The Cave Dwellers must be home in Sandwich Il., I think them flying by the St Louis area is what pulled all the clouds east of us into Illinois. Sure wish they could have stopped for a few days, I know Rigg’s would have loved seeing the both of them again. We may try to meet up again this summer at a campground near them.
Now that the back is cut Rigg’s is out surveying his domain and making sure his Dad did a good job on His yard.
That’s about it for now, be safe out there. Sam & Donna…..


  1. butterbean carpenterMarch 28, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Howdy Chief,
    You can get the seat a whole lot better and CHEAPER than at the JD house.. My JD replacement lasted 3 months, made in Chinko!! I bet you were surprised to see black when you expected red!!! At least it didn't hit you in the eyes!!! Greg White
    (our RV adventures) had pics on his blog with his 20 mo g-son 'mowing' with his daddy!! Scared me !!! IT MITE LOOK CUTE BUT ITZ DEADLY!!!

  2. Yep, we got home today about noon..Stopped at Hope, Ar to see Clinton's home..very worth it and it is free..Tues we did 474 miles and I felt like someone had beat me when we arrived at Rend Lake, IL..Drove from there today...and got most of it unpacked...We would love to come see you, but this time we needed to get home..Dennis has some medical stuff he needed to get done Friday...

  3. Glad ya didn't get any shrapnel hits in the bomb blast!!!!

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard

  4. That was a close call,,,,a black Bomb..... Glad your OK..Be safe out there big guy!!!

  5. That's a bit more excitement than you need!! Glad you weren't hit by any shrapnel.