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A Field Trip to the Field December 6, 2011

Filed under: Country Life,Musings,Uncategorized — Piper Long @ 10:05 am
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Sunday was my thirty *gulp* second birthday. My husband and I needed to complete the second 1/2 of the first 1/3 of the barbed wire fence we’d been working on, as well as begin the first 1/2 of the second 1/3, so we sent the boys to church with their grandparents. They gladly went because this was the Sunday that the church would be having their all-church dinner. I, on the other hand, worked through dinner without a break because anyone who has ever worked with my husband knows that he doesn’t even know the B-word (break) exists.

Even if he would have offered a lunch break, I probably would have declined. I didn’t want to be out in the woods any longer than needed, being that it was the final day of rifle season.

The only thing keeping me going was the fact that my Mother was preparing a birthday supper of beef tenderloin peppercorn with brown gravy, mixed herb pesto with homemade pasta, baked potatoes, fresh green beans and pumpkin bars with a gingerbread crust. I think I ate 4 servings worth of each. Then I went home and fell asleep at 7:00p.m. and slept for the next 12 hours straight.

I was awakened by my 7-year-old, dressed in head-to-toe camo, gun in hand and whispering, “Mom? I’m going out to get you a birthday present. I’ll be back soon.”

Next thing I knew I was frying up a squirrel for breakfast. The last time I received a squirrel for my birthday was back in the 1800’s when I was a teenager and it was in the form of a bikini. My brothers thought this was hilarious.

By 9:00a.m., we were all packed in the truck ready for our field trip to the field to work on the second 1/2 of the second 1/3 of the never-ending barbed wire fence that has no road access and can only be reached by foot with a pack of T-posts in hand, winding through trees and rocks.

The boys built a fire while my husband and I stretched the barbed wire.

They helped for a bit, carrying T-posts and handing out clips.

But they soon tired of behaving and took to wrestling by the fire and barbed wire fence.

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13 Responses to “A Field Trip to the Field”

  1. Happy late birthday!
    Sounds like it is *never* a dull moment in your family!
    ~d.

  2. First, happy birthday to you!

    Second, you are one tough lady; building fence, wow!

  3. Piper — this post is amazing! And Happy Birthday to you!!

    I swear, this line of yours could be the opening line to a book you must write, “I was awakened by my 7-year-old, dressed in head-to-toe camo, gun in hand and whispering, ‘Mom? I’m going out to get you a birthday present. I’ll be back soon.’”

    I would read it cover-to-cover.

    Great story!

  4. Happy Birthday! 32 sounds sooo young to me as I’ll be entering another decade in 2012! And squirrel for breadkfast? Definitely something to celebrate as you probably don’t get that every day. I’m glad to know another adventurous eater besides myself!

  5. Happy birthday! Is it ok to say I thought you were 26? I know that means you would have been a teenager when starting a family, but that’s what I thought by your picture. Good genes!

  6. Happy happy birthday to you! Hope you enjoyed the breakfast squirrel! 😀

  7. americaneedsmoms Says:

    I don’t remember the last time I slept 12 hours straight – how nice that would be. Even if I had the chance to, I would probably choice to do something else I have been wanting to do within those 12 hours (even though I really, truely do enjoy sleeping more than anyone else! ) Us moms do deserve the retreat of sleep.

    Happy belated Birthday. Hey you are younger than me – always remember, the older you get, there is always someone older than you!

  8. Belated birthday wishes. Your mom’s beef tenderloin sounds delicious.

  9. michaeltuuk Says:

    Love seeing the boys at work! My younger boys beg for work like this but being on a little less than 2 acres there’s only so much I can come up with 🙂


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