Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Time Flies!



Gosh, I can’t believe how time flies. We’ve moved and have been in our new house for several weeks.  The moving process has kept all of us pretty busy, most of the boxes have been unloaded, and our 3 bedroom house is starting to look like a real house.

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While preparing to move our son, Tank found himself a nice welding job with an oil company closer to our new home.  One morning (4:30 AM) while commuting to his job on an old country highway going the speed limit, which was 65 MPH, this herd of wild boar ran out in front of him.  He hit his brakes, and turned his wheels; the herd of approximately 15 pigs, passed directly in front of him. Tank thought he was safe to continue on; when out of the blue, 2 straggler pigs ran directly into front of his truck.  The bumper threw one pig under his truck and immediately the pig rolled out the back of the truck and under the vehicle behind our son’s truck.  The second pig was pushed under the truck from the bumper and run over by our son’s dually tires, which caused the pig to go air borne; approximately 100 feet up over the opposing lane, and embankment.  The scene looked like something from the “Walking Dead”.  Body parts everywhere. I’ve refrained from sharing with you the video, but have attached a few pictures of the pigs.  Warning, one picture is bad, don’t look if you can’t handle blood!!!! Tank’s truck could not be controlled by the steering wheel because the tie rods were broke and bent.  Tank tried to maintain control of the vehicle and was able to get his truck off the highway on the downward slopped embankment without flipping it
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The vehicle behind our son’s truck was that of another employee who worked at the same location as Tank.  Tank made sure this guy was okay, and helped him pull the pig out from under his vehicle.  This vehicle was drivable, he lost only a bumper.  The guy offered our son a ride to work since Tank’s vehicle was not drivable.    At 4:45AM Bulldog Man and I get a phone call from Tank explaining the situation.  Since his vehicle needed towing, and he had no functioning vehicle we came to his rescue.  

Bulldog Man and I arrived to the scene of the accident with our car and truck.  We made sure our sons vehicle was secure, took pictures of the scene for insurance, and then drove to our sons work site to drop off my car for him to use, and we returned to the accident to wait for a tow truck.

While waiting for the tow truck, two separate vehicles, at different times, drove by and turned around, not looking to help; they were looking to steal our son’s tools and equipment.   Each vehicle didn’t see our truck across the highway, parked in the ditch, next to a tree, until they went past our son’s truck and turned around. Each subject nearly crapped their pants when they saw two people sitting in a truck watching our son’s broken down flatbed loaded with tools.  Little did they know, we were prepared to provide lead poisoning if something were too happened.

Both vehicles, after spotting us, took off like a bat out of hell.  We took pictures of each vehicle along with their vehicle license number. 
Approximately 2 hours later, our son’s truck was picked up by a tow truck and brought to a dealership for work.  Both pigs caused nearly $3,000 worth of damage to the underside of Tanks truck.  There was no body damage at all to his vehicle. His truck has been fixed and is back up on the road.

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Our first project on our new home is to put up rain gutters. We’ve taken complete measurements of the exterior of the house, and gone into town to one of the big box stores and purchased all the gutter material needed to frame the house along with the down spouts, connections, screws, and glue.    We’re hoping to have this project complete in the next two weeks.
 
Gutter Parts and New Ladders for Project.

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Here are a few pictures of some more critters living on our property. 
I will say living out in the country has been very peaceful and exciting, never a dull moment. 














I will say living out in the country has been very peaceful and exciting, never a dull moment. 



21 comments:

  1. Yikes! So blessed it wasn't worse. And glad he had a big truck. I was driving back from the farm once and there is a wooded area with a. bridge and I was driving over it when out of the blue, 5 or 6 deer darted across the road. It's so dangerous driving these back roads. Y'all be careful! (love the Walking Dead reference, one of our favorite shows, we can relate, ha).

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    1. 1st Man,

      We're very blessed! It's very dangerous driving the back roads. You almost have to have eye's all around your head....LOL! OMG, the scene was just as if it came off the program. Bloody gruesome!

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  2. That must have been scary with the pigs. Glad everyone was ok, but yikes, what a repair bill!

    And also need to say, isn't it lousy how many crappy people are out there lurking and waiting for an opportunity to steal! What a world!

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    1. Sue,

      You never expect to literally run into wild boar on the highway. It was very expensive, luckily for me our son paid for it. You just never know what to expect with people now a days. The world has changed so much, it's always good to be prepared.

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  3. Firstly, it's great that Tank was able to get a job so close, but those wild pigs, oh my!!! I'm glad he wasn't hurt, but that kind of damage is always a shame.

    Great wildlife photos. I have to say that the only think I lament about our property is that it's so close to town, with a lot of local traffic on our street. Enjoy your peace, privacy, and quiet!

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    1. Leigh,

      Thank you Leigh, I'm happy Tank wasn't hurt. The truck, can always be fixed it's just a thing.

      I love watching the wildlife out here. My only worry, there's a cougar roaming the property. I don't want to walk up on him/her and have issues.

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  4. So glad Tank is ok. Someone ought to teach those stupid pigs to look before crossing the road! I know that wildlife crossing the roads can cause a lot of havok (& worse). Glad you are enjoying living in the country. Our wildlife lately, has been of the reptilian sort. Not fun!

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    1. DFW,

      Thank you! I think pigs are going to do what they want whether they're taught traffic etiquette or not. They're stubborn that way, LOL!!! I remember those days with lizards roaming all over the place. Have you come across some real big reptile?

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    2. Not real big Sandy, but deadly & one would hurt you if you tried to pick him up. Will be posting this week.

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  5. Never a dull moment, is right! I am glad he and the fellow behind him were okay. We don't have wild boars (thank goodness) to watch out for, but we have deer and moose. They are bad enough. And I am so glad you were on point with his truck and tools. Sounds like you are going great-guns with the new place. Can't wait to see pics!

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    1. Susan,

      You're so right, it's never boring around here. Thank you, I'm happy Tank and the other guy was okay. I can ship you some boar if you would like some. Can you say BACON!!! Actually, we didn't take the pigs for food. We left them there for the critters. It's a good thing hubby and I were able to watch over our son's truck while waiting for the tow truck, otherwise I'm sure there would missing tools and equipment.

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  6. Glad all are unhurt, but what a way to start a day!

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    1. Rev. Paul,

      Me too! It was a true wake up call early in the morning.

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  7. I'm really sorry your son had that experience and that his vehicle was damaged. At least you two were able to come help him out. Isn't it just one more blow, that you have to guard a disabled vehicle so people won't steal from it? Things like that get to be the straw that broke the camels back.

    I might get one of those cameras. My brother had one when he lived in the Sierra Nevadas and he always said he would catch Big Foot on it, but all he ever got were bears, mountain lions, Bobcats, etc.

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    1. Harry,

      Thank you! I'm glad we were there to help our son because if we weren't the truck would have become a target for thieves.

      We enjoy looking at the pictures of all the wildlife roaming on our property. We've seen the deer, a mole or two, turkeys, and the eagles. Everything else ventures up by the house when we're sleeping. You should get a camera, you'll enjoy seeing what's walking through your property. You will also be able to see if they're 2 legged creatures walking through as well.

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  8. Lucky it wasn't a herd of deer with one coming through the windshield! At least now Tank will have the perfect excuse to raise his truck! :-)

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    1. Mike,

      Yes, Tank was very lucky. It's a good thing Tank welded a large bumper on the front of his truck, this is what saved him. Don't give him any ideas about raising his vehicle.......because he'll try :-)

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  9. Oh, gosh, a true blessing Tank wasn't hurt . . . or anyone else. We have so many moose and deer in our area and you can hardly encounter a single person who hasn't had a collision with one. I'm sure Tank's eyes will now be peeled for wild boars dashing across roadways!

    So glad you're enjoying your new home. Lots you want to do, I'm sure, but I know you'll make it your own little haven. Looking forward to all the exciting new projects you'll post about.

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    1. Mama Pea,
      Most definitely.....Tank has his eye's peeled for boars or anything else running. It is so true living up north most people have at least one encounter.

      There's so much we want to do however, we have to slow down and prioritize. One of the main projects is to place a French drain out in the back yard area to direct rain water down into one of the ponds.
      Hugs,
      Sandy

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  10. Hey Gurlie...No living in the country is never dull. Always something fun going on. Yall have a nice heard of deer, I think ours have moved on for the time being, or been hit out on the highway. I love our tail camera its always fun to see what pops up on it.

    Still very thankful Tank was not hurt.. But now it might be time for some wild hog hunting...you could really stock your freezer. I keep hoping nowt hat we have pigs some will wonder up into the garden so we can take a shot.
    I remember Senior doing our run gutters...No fun there..lol

    Much love to all you guys..ttyl

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    1. JUGM,

      It's never dull living in the country!!! Some day's you just wish things would slow down, LOL.....
      We love the herd of deer and look forward to drawing more in. We've started setting out apple corn, and fresh apples to attract. There will be more deer coming out your way, just give it some time. You may want to set out some corn to attract.

      Thank you, we're very happy our boy wasn't hurt as well. Wild hog is very strong, it doesn't taste as good as the domestic ones.

      Hugs and love to you and your family,
      Sandy

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