My husband, B, loves tools and heavy equipment. It all started way before I knew him, but his collection since we married over twenty years ago, has expanded to the point of: “Seriously, you really need that”?
When someone heard he had an old tractor he might want to sell, they offered to trade B an old backhoe. He couldn’t resist and there went the tractor faster than i could blink or spit. He still has his grandpa’s, an old Farmall.
Then, early last year, after being tired of messing with the old one, we agreed to replace it with a new one. And though it was expensive, it has turned into a very resourceful tool. Just about every neighbor of ours has benefited on more than one occasion.
After about a year of being pestered by a neighbor to clean up that dying row of photinias ( see my post on them: Photinias ) between our two properties, B started in down at the back and started working his way forward. Vines, dead plants, young tree saplings and the like had to be cut out, removed and run through the brush chipper. It was slow going, but he was making progress.
And then we got a massive amount of rain. Due to the grade of our yard, all the runoff settles right at the base of the photinia hedgerow. And, i was wondering why they were dying off……DUH! All these years of runoff, no wonder they had finally had enough.
Back to the clearing project, B was working on it the other day and our neighbor asked B to bring the hoe over to his side of the property and clear out some debris over there. B obliged, of course.
Did i mention it had rained? A lot? Anyway, it wasn’t but a few minutes later and the hoe got stuck in some muck. Not evident to B when he drove over there, it became very clear that uh-oh, we have a problem. As B tried to drive clear, the hoe started to sink. Fast.
Several hours went by as B and another equipment experienced neighbor attempted every trick they knew to get the hoe unstuck. And it wasn’t happening and the more they tried, the more it sunk. Oh boy. It started to get dark, so they had to close up shop for the night and wait until the next day.
I’ll tell you what. I sent a lot of prayers up that night!
Early the following morning, after it was late enough so as not to annoy any sleeping neighbors, he went back to work on getting the hoe unstuck. He was very creative as he used the backhoe part to dig into the ground and push down and lift the front end up. Then he would use the bucket flat on the ground and push it down to lift the other end up. As each end was lifting he would slowly turn the wheels. It took a lot of attempts on each end but he finally got the wheels up and out of the mud enough. I didn’t get to actually watch what he did but as he described everything to me I could picture it quite well in my mind.
The hoe was finally back on solid ground. With all the caked and hardened mud on the entire machine he had to get his pressure washer out to get it all off. It didn’t look exactly brand new because after all it’s a machine that does a lot of hard work but it looked mighty good when he was done.
The next thing to do was to fill all the holes in the ground where the hoe had been stuck. Fortunately we have a giant mound of dirt in our yard that we use for a variety of purposes. He filled in all the holes and then used the bucket to scrape and smooth everything out. Now, all our neighbor has to do is get some grass seed and everything should be back to the way it was.
You know the old saying if something can go wrong it will. Fortunately, B knows his equipment very well. His proven ability to figure things out and “gitter done” attitude showed itself again.
I am so proud. And I am so thankful to the Lord for making all this happen. A lot of times things don’t go the way you plan. A lot of times things can go very wrong. But if you have faith and perseverance and keep on trying you can get unstuck and out of the muck.