Saturday, October 29, 2011

What price victory

(Or, One not-so-tough farmgirl)

So this morning I was hurrying through chores so I could get ready for church. After opening the pop-door into the run for the hens, I noticed someone had laid an egg on the floor of the coop, so I shut the coop door behind me and went over to retrieve it. When I turned around, the door was drifting open and a Speckled Sussex was about to escape. I dove for her, knowing I did not have time to play chicken round-up. I succeeded in grabbing her in a move that would have made an NFL right tackle proud - my left shoulder crashing into the door frame and my right middle finger pile-driving into the ground, breaking the nail off deep into the nail bed. My shoulder was already turning color by the time I returned to the house. Tonight, it looks like this:

Country life has its hazards at . . .

20 comments:

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

ouch ouch ouch....maybe you should wear some shoulder pads!

Doniene said...

Ouch! Hope you are healed quickly!!

Kanisha said...

Ouch that looks painful. I hope you're feeling better soon!

Anonymous said...

Oh, sis, I'm sorry. But why, oh why, am I remembering a similar dive-and-tackle incident in Sisters, OR with Billy that involved a head wound? Huh? :) Hope you heal quickly!

Voni said...

All I can say is Ouch!

Laura said...

I thought we (and I use the term loosely) were too old for that stuff!!

I'm sure you have arnica - that's great for bruises, and there's always ice...

Christine said...

Ouch! This life isn't for sissies that's for sure.

Tombstone Livestock said...

hmm new farm attire ......... helmet and shoulder pads.

Mary Ann said...

Ow Ow Ow!!!! That looks awful!

Farming is the most dangerous occupation!

dr momi said...

Ouch...but I bet your finger hurts more! :-)

Michelle said...

You're right, Dr. Momi! My shoulder looks horrendous today but it doesn't hurt unless touched.

Kristine, thanks for reminding me that I've done this kind of thing before. :-/ At least I didn't break anything; Brian's violin teacher broke his leg dashing after HIS escaped dog!

Laura, I FEEL too old for this kind of thing. :-(

Kim said...

What we do for chickens! Hope it heals fast.

Karen B. said...

Did you look around at the people in church and wonder what they went through to get ready? :) Sorry for the bruise, but this made me smile, mostly because people without farm chores to do don't realize what we go through on a daily basis!

seashells said...

Yeowch! At least you caught the hen...

Kelly Bartels said...

I'm on pins and needles waiting to hear if you actually caught the chicken or not after all that.
I wish I could say I haven't done the same sort of thing a dozen times a year....heal quickly.

A :-) said...

Ouch! :-(

Theresa said...

Oh OUCH! I feel for you. I get dents and dings and cuts and scrapes and I don't even know when...
Take care of that nail. It will bother you long after the shoulder has finished with it's special rainbow. :)

Leigh said...

Double ouch! Glad it's feeling better but what a way to get a bruise.

Anonymous said...

Your grandmother said it was "better to be a live dog, than a dead lion". You know that she had a lot of courage, but I think a translation of that might be in order here! A loose chicken may be better than a broken arm? (Even if a panther gets it) Love, Mom

fiberjoy said...

While you may be sporting a grand bruise and a painful fingernail there must be a part of you that is very proud of your agility, timing and toughness. :)You did good!