Monday, October 15, 2012
October 15th. 2012.
It has been a bad week. Death won't wait because I'm busy harvesting.
Lost two very special friends and two acquaintance .
Might have mentioned Jack before, was 90. Gave me my start in farming as a 21 year old, about to be married. always wanted to farm, heard he was managing a farm that might be for rent. Stopped by his office to see if it was available. Only contact I had ever had with him was when he subbed as Agriculture teacher when I was a student. Was really surprised when he said I could have it, almost to good to believe. Told me, look around, all the farmers are getting old, we need some young ones like you to carry on. About a month went by and first one neighbor said he had it rented then another. Made me nervous. Went to see him again and mentioned all the rumors and he replied, I told you you had it rented and his handshake was good. Not long after he called and had me sign a lease, still have it today, 54 years later and live on the same farm.
Uncle Bud was another special guy in my life. Very outspoken,generous, caring in many ways. He and I traded jabs all the time, really loved that guy. He suffered so much pain the last few years. Sure wish I could have helped him more. So sad, just couldn't handle the constant pain anymore.
Many years ago I and all my boys and in later years as the G K's came along refereed to him as "Uncle Bud", he actually was a first cousin to my FIL. All started as a joke I told him because we were related I should be in his will. He would always bark back "Warner, while shaking his fist at me, and say all your going to get is one dollar", and then we would laugh. Just for the record the last time he saw me he was all the way up to $5.00, sure never wanted to collect that inheritance. GS's 8 and 11 upon hearing of his death were overheard saying "oh no, not Uncle Bud I really liked him, he was awesome, I want to go to his funeral".
When I was a much younger man, I had this neighbor farmer who thought I went out of my way to do him a favor. was the type that didn't give out too many compliments. He told me people usually wait until the casket is in front of the church and tell them what a great guy he was, he said I'm telling you now, while your alive, your a good one. Never forgot. Have only gave this compliment to 2 people, am sure many more are deserving, and they died a day apart.
I have always done fundraisers for various events through the years and both were VERY generous, both always saying, don't tell anyone where it came from, always wanted to be anonymous .
Life goes on and is for the living but somehow our little village will not be the same.
RIP "Uncle Bud" and "Jack"!
The Ole Farmer Skeeter
Sunday, May 06, 2012
Sittin' on a bench at the West Town Mall, He sat down in his overalls and asked me "You waitin' on a woman?"
Great Country song that fit's right in with the 25 days we spent at the hospital 87 miles from home.
GLBH had total hip replacement April 2nd. at 6:AM , thought things were going O K then two days later had a very severe heart attack, Heart Sp. said she had had a silent one in the recovery room and was not noticed. Not real good prospect since she just had hip replacement. Did surgery and put two stints in one of the 4 main attreies, all her body could stand at the time. Family started coming from N C, Ind. and Il..
Spent Easter and 13 days in the ICU wing, then moved her to regular room. I got a call at 4:30 AM, her heart had stopped and they were giving her shock treatments, 4 in all plus mouth to mouth 8+ minutes, that strong will came through, she made it past another hurdle. Of course back in ICU.
Watin on a Women!
Decision was made to implant a defibrillator and pacemaker, that was scheduled 5 days later. In surgery over 3 hrs., starting to worry, supposed to be only a couple hours. Finally she made it through. Spent 3 more days in ICU then out to private room. Did well there then moved her to Rehab floor for last 4 days and did so well they said she could come home. Thank you Lord!
On the long 87 mile trip home keep asking her if she wanted to go back yet? I would get "that" look.
Did good for a few days and went to her own Dr. at 10:00 A M to get all drugs right. Such a nice man. Watching the news before going to bed and found out he had a boating accident and drowned, but his young son was saved by a fisherman. Took it REAL hard, he was a really good one. Next day at noon I noticed she looking bad at the kitchen table, trying to faint. Called 911, took her to Rochelle Il. ICU, after much checking, one of her meds that she just started taking was not mixing with the rest. Was there only 8 hours and we all felt safe to come home with her. Life is Good. So far today, very good, even stirred up some of her famous baked beans for dinner tonight.
Many more Dr. appointments ahead and I'm sure glad I have a Womin to wait on.
Thank you all for your many prayers and concerns, She's One Strong Fighter!
I Love Waitin On A Woman!
The Pest Skeeter
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Couldn't find help anywhere else so thought I would try here. When I try to type in a change status it won't take, if I do it automatic from a "spin" it works. but not if I try to change it. Any ideas, tried the help center with no success.
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