Mud

And lots of it!

Last weekend we went to a mud bog.

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I’m told this farm hosts a mud bog 3 times per year.

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There were 3 seperate pits. One for ATV’s, one for the big trucks and one for the kids to play in.

You can see by the tell tale signs that this truck is supposed to be white.

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They came by the car loads. They came by the truck loads. There were thousands of people there. Early in the day we heard there was approximately 3,000 people in attendence. I would guess that number only grew as the day wore on due to a steady stream of vehicles moving in/out all throughout the day.

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And at $10 per person, I’d say those people raked in some money that day.

We ran into several friends while there. I don’t know why that surprised me, we were only about 45 minutes from home.

The picture below is of a friend who was making steady progress through the muddy trenches until the Jeep finally bottomed out.

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Early in the day the bog was easy to travel through. But as the day wore on the ruts became deeper and more difficult to maneuver.  One problem being that if you get caught in the wrong rut it just drives you further into the pit and deeper into the mud.

By the time we left the vehicle below was the only vehicle that could travel through any part of the bog without getting stuck.

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It was also the only vehicle that could pull any other vehicle from their bottomed out, spun out, knee deep mud bog final resting place.

And of course there’s always the guy that succumbs to the pit and becomes one with the mud.

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In case you’re wondering…..yes he’s doing the back stroke.

I wonder how many showers he had to take to wash away all that mud????

I have heard of mud bogs but had never witnessed one. And let me tell you it was all I expected and more. I told my husband it was a South Carolina redneck convention!

Have you ever been to a mud bog?

If so, did you participate?

I did not participate. It was my first mud bog experience and personally I like to check things out before I go jumping in.

Will I participate next time?

Maybe. It just depends on whether I get to drive or not!!!

Will I become one with the mud and do the mud pit backstroke?

Not on your life!

We did have fun watching and anticipating which 4×4 truck/Jeep/ATV/SUV…..would make it completely through without needing assistance from a chain/tow strap and an additional 4×4.

The only thing I did not like about the whole experience is that it seemed to be total chaos everywhere with big trucks, Jeeps, ATV’s, sidebysides, etc. in constant motion. I felt like I had to be in constant motion to make sure I did not get flattened. I finally backed myself up to a very large tree and enjoyed the show.

My husband and son are already discussing how they can come up with the money to prepare either “The Moose” (old Dodge Power Wagon) or the Bronco, both 4×4’s, for the next mud bog frenzy.

So, again, have you experienced a mud bog? I would love to know your thoughts about the whole total chaotic experience.

Happy Saturday!

TFP 🙂

Sunshine and Other Things

Hello there from sunny South Carolina! We’ve had a mild summer this year. Very unusual for the Carolinas. We are used to July temps staying in the 90’s for weeks. This year our hotest day of the season was in late August and it was 93F I think. And only for one day. Also unusual for my corner of the world is the amount of rain we’ve had this summer. Normally, by July we are in drought conditions. Not the case this year. Makes me wonder if we’re in store for a hard winter this year. The last couple of winters have been very mild. I’ll let you know next spring.

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We all have that daily stress from work, bills, etc. But recently I’ve had excessive stress or unnecessary stress as I call it.

From little things to big things, it seems they keep adding up and just won’t go away. It’s frustrating to say the very least.

For instance, walked up on the porch one Sunday after church to find a snake on the banister right at the top of the steps. Yeah, didn’t take long to remove myself from the porch. Unnecessary stress.

Then one day my son texts me from home (I was at work) telling me that when I arrived home to be very careful because there was a snake in his bathroom making himself at home in the sink. My son was just inches away when he noticed it and only then did he notice because he heard a hissing noise. I mean who is alert enough inside the house that we would expect to find a snake in the bathroom or anywhere else inside the house for that matter. How many of us get up in the dark of night to visit the bathroom, get a drink of water or midnight snack?

My son shut the bathroom door and stuffed a towel under the door in hopes to keep it trapped inside there. Well, when I got home it was gone. So my delimma is… did it come in from inside the bathroom and exit the same way it came in? Or did it somehow find its way past the towel and into the main house? It’s been over a week and we haven’t seen it again. I’m living on faith that it exited the same way it came in. More unnecessary stress.

I will tell you this, I presently do not walk around the house in the dark.

And if that’s not enough my truck began having issues. I’ve talked about my truck here before and those of you who read Twisted Fencepost know how much I love my truck. But that love is quickly deminishing. To begin with it has that 6.0 Turbo Diesel engine. The one that Ford has had continuous issues with because of the EGR system. Also the engine that Ford quickly discontinued production of in their trucks.

Well now it seems to have a transmission problem. Uggh…..

Over the past few months I have been considering trading or selling it. Just letting the thought tumble around in my head a bit. The thing that holds me back is the fact that I haven’t had a car payment in a very long time and I’m not so sure that I want one. So I’ve put off trading or selling it. By the time I get finished paying for the transmission repairs I’ll need to keep it awhile longer. ****sniff****

All of this unnecessary stress is dragging me down.***sigh***

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(not the snake I’ve been talking about, but could very well be a relative)

On a lighter note, one funny thing did happen during all of this….

When my son walked up on the snake in the bathroom, the snake was facing away from him and was striking at my son’s reflection in the mirror. 😆

I have really missed all of you but when all I do is work, cook, clean, sleep…..I really can’t find much to write about. Unless you are interested in my present mundane existence.

Yeah, me neither. 🙄

Hope everyone is having a fabulous and…..

Happy Saturday!

TFP 😉

2012 Fall Update 3

Something new here on the farm is that my youngest has retained his driver’s license.

We have been working to get this vehicle…

Ole Blue

road ready for him.

That truck has been tossed around among the family for several years now. And I think everyone has driven it but me. It has been owned my my father and my father-in-law and now it is ours. It has a lot of sentimental value for us especially now that my dad is no longer with us. He named her Ole Blue and the name has stuck with her. Boo has spent a lot time cleaning and fixing up that truck and he and the Captain have future plans for it, but for now it will be getting my youngest back and forth to school.

Right now as I write this they are off to get a couple of other things needed for her like a fan belt and windshield wipers. And tomorrow morning I’ll be walking the floor and wringing my hands. ***sigh***

Happy Tuesday!

TFP 🙂