Slim and Franke

Slim and Franke

Friday, October 02, 2009

A TRACTOR A TRACTOR MY KINGDOM FOR A TRACTOR

I was quietly watching television last night while Ron was on the computer. He entered the den with a look of surprise on his face and mentioned that he just bought a tractor. "Do we have to pick it up?" I casually inquire. He responds, "Yes." and when I want to know where we have to go to get this prize he responds, "Chicago -- next week."

Now may I remind everyone that we are grounded to our home place because of this blood clot Ron has in his Inferior Vena Cava. We have cancelled ship reunions and family visits because we're not supposed to be traveling. Now, suddenly, we're going to hitch our son-in-law's trailer to our 1997 Ford 150 and head for Illinois. Two old people heading to pick up a tractor because my husband made an offer he was sure would be refused. Instead it was accepted!

Ron and I met eleven years ago. For the first couple of months we maintained a long distance relationship. We corresponded via email and snail mail. We exchanged family pictures. The very first picture Ron sent me was NOT of his beautiful daughter or his grandchildren but of his 1947 Farmall Cub. I think there was a song out then about "She thinks my tractor's sexy" and I didn't then but I have learned.

I cannot even list the various tractors that have come and gone from our lives since we have been together. Plus we currently have a Case backhoe, John Deere, Ferguson, the Cub, and our Kubota. This latest prize is an Allis G. He has been looking and bidding and missing acquiring one of these forever. Now he has this sh*t eating grin on his face since he got over the shock of winning the bid. Look at Ron and you will believe Christmas is tomorrow.

While he is in utopia I get to figure out how to get the next CT scan scheduled quickly and make arrangements for the dog, cats and chickens, and find out if his brother and Sil in East Peoria will be able to put up with us next week, etc., etc. He does not worry. That is my job alone. He calls me his Executive Secretary. Oh well, we've needed to get out of here, so we shall soon be on our way. Besides who can resist such happiness on the face of their beloved?

23 comments:

  1. This is such a sweet post...you guys are so good for each other!!! I can't wait to hear about all the adventures on the trip.

    And thanks for letting me know what title I should call myself...I had no idea you and I had the same job title "Executive Secretary" how much does it pay again??? LOL

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  2. Congratulations on the tractor! Let's pray your trip is without incident and you bring it home safely!

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  3. Have a safe trip! Neither one of you sounds old to me.

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  4. Loved the post, loved the title.
    Hope you return with your tractor safely.

    Yvonne.

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  5. Aww, who would have thought that a tractor and it's new owners could make such a great love story? :D

    And age is just a number. :)

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  6. Now I know how you keep yourselves young. Who can feel old with all that adventure and excitement?

    Have a safe and happy trip!!

    PS - I'd love to hear more stories about you and Ron...the beginning.

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  7. Brown English Muffin -- I'm happy to share my title. I had a feeling I wasn't the only one out here wearing that Executive Secretary hat! I'm surprised my spouse even knows his own social security number.

    Oh Great One -- We too pray that the trip will go smoothly and without incident. We'll just have to look out very carefully for texters.

    Riot Kitty -- We don't think we are old either until we say our ages out loud.

    Yvonne -- We shall be posting photos of the tractor when we return. Thanks for the well wishes.

    LL Cool Joe -- Thanks for you well wishes also. Yep age is just a number but we could sure use some slightly lower numbers:)

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  8. First gifts and photos are a big clue in a relationship. One of my first gifts after a year of marriage was a fishing pole!

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  9. Y'all be careful out there on the road. Can't wait to see the pics.

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  10. Why does he collect tractors? Does he need them or is it just his 'thing'?

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  11. Tabor -- Actually Ron gave me the backhoe for Valentines Day seven years ago.

    Dani -- We do plan to be careful and thanks for the good thoughts.

    Ubermouth -- Some he uses, some he sells at a profit (and some at a loss)and some he just sits around and looks at. I guess it's just his "thing". Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  12. Fun. Enjoy, Merry Christmas, Ron:)
    Picture please when you get back.

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  13. JeanMac -- Yes, it's Merry Christmas AND Happy Birthday Ron! LOL It's all okay because I had my living room remodeled for my Christmas.

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  14. DARN! I was expecting to see a photo of him grinning his ass off.....bummer.

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  15. This is large news indeed. Congrats. Drive it like ya stole it.

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  16. Have a wonderful,safe trip. I know you are going to be nervous for Ron, but as happy as he is about this, he'll be just fine. So will you. Enjoy the trip.

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  17. If you Love tractors you'll LOVE this" http://fschnell.net/WordPress/?p=1094 There's a GREAT U-tube video on 3 guitars and a tractor... You'll be on the floor and then tapping your toes... Amazing!

    Good luck with the drive. All I will say is Move around a lot, get out and walk a lot, and make sure his levels are good. DVT's and Blood clots are nothing to fool with. (Just concerned)

    My thoughts and prayers for a safe and fun trip. Blessings to you and yours. Love and Light, Nina P

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  18. CHICAGO?!?!

    you're coming my way! make sure to get some pizza while you're here!!! it's the best in the world. have a great trip!

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  19. Granny Annie...just became a follower of your blog :)

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  20. How exciting! I'm glad you are able to roll with the flow, so to speak!! Sounds like this tractor will fit in perfect and be right at home!

    Have a safe trip and looking forward to his latest win!! :)

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  21. How precious!! When I read about that ---- grin on his face I had to laugh! It reminded me of when my dad brougt home a boat. A big boat. It leaked and was in hideous state of unrepair but he loved it and planned to 'fix it up' and use it. That old thing rotted in the field. But Dad sure grinned a lot when he talked about all the fun he was going to have in it one day.
    Your post is so sweet. I love it.

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  22. I suppose he could have worse habits to support. ;o)

    Hope the trip went well and you have a great Friday and weekend.

    Hugs,

    Diane

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  23. I met my husband nine years ago so you and Ron have two on us. I do understand guys and their tractors. Bob had a golf course at one time and his eyes still light up when he sees a good looking tractor.

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