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Barn Hazards - or - Why Garden Tools do Not Belong in the Barn!

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  • Barn Hazards - or - Why Garden Tools do Not Belong in the Barn!

    So this morning I went out to the barn to throw hay to the herd at 7:15. I walked into the grain room/stall and felt something hit me in the head HARD. I kindof tripped and felt it hit me again....HARD. I bent over from the pain and checked to be sure my nose wasn't bleeding and tried not to cry. No blood, so I looked down to see what got me - it was one of those four-tined garden rakes - you know, the long-tined ones that get a lot of momentum when you step on them just right and they SMACK you in the HEAD!

    Fortunately for me, I have a great sense of humor about these things and started to giggle when I realized I had just done my best impression of "Sideshow Bob" from The Simpsons. Then I stopped for a second to look at my self in the truck's sideview mirror and could not believe the HUGE swelling and shiner! Then I really started laughing thinking what a STOOPID way to hurt yourself. I quickly took a pic with my cell phone and sent it to hubby.

    Good news is that the Dr. said I'd be fine. Bad news is that it will look much worse before it gets better.

    So PLEASE, garden tools have NO PLACE in the horse barn!
    I would like to think I will die an heroic death...

    But it's more likely I'll trip over my dog and choke on a spoonful of frosting.

  • #2
    Ah, the mental picture was perfect! Maybe you should change the story, though, to something more exciting!

    Sorry about the boo-boos but you've reminded yourself of a valuable lesson: Always put your tools away (in bin, hung up, etc.) because someone WILL whack themselves in the face with the handle.
    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


    • #3
      roflmao! I had a similar experience, thankfully the handle was ver short and just gave me a good thump in the chest.

      Tom and Jerry would be proud of you!


      • #4
        My uncle was helping to rebuild a church, and was walking across the new floor deck when he got K.O.ed by a board. He had stepped on a board that wasn't nailed down, and the lever action nailed him the length of his body. He came home, took his shirt off and showed my aunt and I the damage-he had a huge welt that went from his waist, up his chest, and his face looked awful. So you are in good company, and it's a good thing the rake tines weren't up or you could have had a severe puncture wound or two.
        You can't fix stupid-Ron White


        • #5
          You do understand that with a story like this a picture is a necessity right?


          • #6
            I think this is more a moral of-

            Slobs who leave their tools laying around have no place in a barn!

            I second, let's see that pic of your face so we can tease you mercilessly!

            I suggest that when the bruising is at its worst, you go to the mall and get a picture with Santa for your Christmas card!! How redneck would that be!
            ...don't sh** where you eat...


            • Original Poster

              Hey Choc! Yup, I went back out yesterday and put everything where it belongs.

              Alagirl - My son told me he did the same thing a while back and because he's shorter it just bonked him on the forehead.

              And to you others - no WAY am I posting a picture of this ugly thing on the interweb.

              It's looking okay this morning. I was lucky and it didn't spread much. But it's a lovely dark purple right under the eye and the cheekbone is still swollen. It was fun going out Christmas shopping yesterday with my battered wife face on. I can only imagine what people think when they see me.
              I would like to think I will die an heroic death...

              But it's more likely I'll trip over my dog and choke on a spoonful of frosting.


              • #8
                LOL, your poor husband!


                • #9
                  In my experience, barn tools also do not belong in the barn, if we are talking solely about the level of danger.

                  Yes, they have their own "place", and yes, they can be put away neatly and out of harm's way... but I can even injure myself while USING said tool:
                  - put down pitchfork
                  - take wheelbarrow to manure pile
                  - return to stall
                  - thwack self with pitchfork
                  - sigh
                  Shall I tell you what I find beautiful about you? You are at your very best when things are worst.


                  • #10
                    Well, I don't know about the rest of you, but I put everything away EVERY single time. However, just yesterday, the hammer grew legs and ran out in front of me and tripped me on the steps to the loft. Then the shovel, sauntered out from behind the post in the tractor shed to try and take my eye out. I've just about had it with these dangerous tools, because I KNOW that I put everything away right after using them.......
                    R.I.P. my sweet boy Tristan
                    36 years old, but I was hoping you'd live forever


                    • #11
                      lol, i did this when i was a teen. but it was just a few minutes after i tried my first ever doobie, and i walked into my friend's kitchen where her parents and grandma were sitting down to dinner, and walked right into the push broom--ouch--i not only shrieked, but cursed too. classy, that's me.


                      • #12
                        I thought this and the flipping board thing only happened in cartoons!
                        The armchair saddler
                        Politically Pro-Cat


                        • #13
                          When we were little we would play in our bank barn hay loft after the hay was stacked. Like most farm kids, we spent the summer barefoot. Brother stepped on a metal tine pitchfork that was buried in the hay chaff. Tine went right thru his toe. I remember it distinctly because he screamed like a little girl! Still tease him 35 years later...
                          ...don't sh** where you eat...