Friday, January 31, 2014

The Unexpected!

We have had an unexpected visit from our Texas kids and grandkids this week, so not much is happening in the fiber world here.   I did however have a very unexpected call from my neighbor yesterday afternoon.  He wanted to know if I had ever seen a steer in a septic tank?  I of course told him no.  I could see him in his field, and I told him I would be right over!

We had a small discussion about how to get the poor thing out, which ended with him going to get a canvas strap about the size of a fire hose, and another one of smaller diameter.  I in the mean time went to my camping supplies and got an extendable pole with a hook on the top of it.

I got back to the steer before he did, and I saw that it could get it's forelegs up on the rim, but it could not get any further.  Soon my neighbor got there, and we took advantage of one of these attempts to get the smaller strap under the steer, and then he tied the larger strap to the smaller one and I pulled it through.  He passed one loop of the large strap through the loop on the other end, making a noose around the steers middle.  I held onto the strap as he pulled his tractor into place, then he fastened the strap to the tractor, and started her up.

I took a movie of what happened next, (I do hope you turn your sound off, I don't know why I thought he was going to be able to hear me over the tractor noise!)

I had wondered how we were going to get the strap off the steer, but I shouldn't have, it slipped right off his back side to his feet and he was soon free of it!  I am not sure how long he was down in that hole, it wasn't much bigger than he is.  He wandered around for awhile, and soon his other steer buddies were around him checking him out, we will keep a close eye on him.  This morning, he still seemed a little disoriented, but there were a couple of the other steers, that are staying close by him, which I thought was mighty sweet!

The kiddos will be heading back home on Saturday, and I know once we are back into our normal patterns of living, that I will be getting into something fiber related one way or another, so maybe next week I will have something to show for it!

Until next time, Happy Spinning and Weaving, Tina


LA said...

I'm so glad you were able to help out! A little excitement for your day!

Maggie said...

I don't think that would possibly happen to any of the rest of us, Tina! That is pretty funny!

Roxie said...

Steer in a septic tank? Stinky!! And probably didn't do the septic tank any good either. What adventures you have!!

Thanks for sharing. I love happy endings!