Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Amazing sky

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The other day as we headed to see Lorelei and her mom and dad, this is the sky.  Only you are only getting a hint of it.  There was roll after roll of clouds just like this one.  Well, at least 4 or 5 but my lens was not wide enough to capture it.
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 It is rainy and wet outside this  morn.  The cats still ran outside when I opened the door for them.  I don't know what they think they will find when they get out.  Maybe they are just taking advantage of the few 'warm' days that remain.  When we had the cold snap, they were content to be inside with us.  With it being in the 50's the past couple of days, they have about ran us ragged wanting in an out. 

I am not sure what this day is going to hold for us...Roger won't be hunting in the rain.  I can't help thinking about all the tales he can tell about deer hunting...things that have happened to him and his friends.  But the funniest is always the cat/tree stand tail  The one posted here. Most of you have seen it, but you might enjoy it again.

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Another time, back when money was hard to come by, Roger built his own tree-stand.  It was heavy...and did not fold down, making it hard to carry through the woods.  Then he had to find a tree big enough, yet not too big.  He would place the platform against the tree.  There was two pieces of angle iron that reached back past the tree. One side had another piece of angle iron that was hinged.  He would swing it to the other piece that portruded past the tree and fasten it.  I do not remember how it fastened.

Now, he had this webbing, something really strong.  He attached two 'loops' to the platform.  That is the best term I can think of to describe it.  He slid each foot into a loop and  he was ready.  He would reach up as high as he could...I don't recall if he just used his arms/hands or if he had something else that helped grip the tree, he would reach up as high as he could and then lift the tree stand with his feet.  This tipped it enough till the bar across the back did not bite into he tree any more, and he could pull the tree stand up a bit at a time.  Then when he stood on it to reach up again, his weight on the tree stand made the bar across the back bite into the tree and it could not slide down...

One time, he came home and told me he had about tore  his arm out of its socket!  I don't remember if it occurred when he was climbing up, or coming down the tree, but the webbing his feet were in....one side pulled loose...or one of his feet came out of the loop..he happened to have hold a tree limb with one hand.  There he was hanging by one arm....all his weight plus the weight of the tree stand.  And the tree stand was heavy.  It  was hanging from the one foot all cockeyed. 

I remember he talked about hanging there with one arm and trying to flip the tree stand with the one foot till he could get some kind of hold with his other foot.  I don't remember much else, but remember it was not so funny at the time, but later it is one of the tales that brings much laughter.



15 comments:

Sandra said...

i use to love to listen to stories from all the things like this that daddy and his brothers did when growing up together. that sky is really fascinating... rolls and rolls, very interesting formations.

Montanagirl said...

Love the tree stand story. Your rolling clouds are marvelous!

Susan said...

Sounds like a very close call. It's amazing how we can laugh at the past. So good for us isn't it!

Small City Scenes said...

Those low low clouds with the dark underbelly are incredible and probably will bring lots of rain. Interesting looking.
Hunting over at the ranch does not involve any tree stands because there are very few trees. We do just a lot of walking and looking at the outcropping of rock to find the deer. I am sure You all have many more stories that weren't funny then but are now. LOL
MB

don said...

A good update about the weather. The Roper story was a great addition.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Fascinating clouds! I have always had a bit of a fear about tree stands. Some are just so narrow and I worry too much about my son or hubby falling. Yep, I'm a worrier. I've read too many tragic stories. I'm glad Roger's story turned out okay!

Betsy Adams said...

Oh how I love to hear old stories from our past… There are SO many --when laughter can just pour out of me!!! Funny story about Roger….

We had some rain this morning --but it's clear now with LOTS of wind. It is raining LEAVES today….

Hugs,
Betsy

Ginny said...

How did he finally get free? That is scary, glad he didn't break a shoulder or arm. That thing sounds like the most complicated cadangus I have ever heard of!! The cloud is amazing, I can just picture it like that all the way across the sky!

barbara l. hale said...

Yikes! I had no idea that hunting was so much work. Or that there were dangers outside of a rare stray bullet. I can see where this would get funnier the further you get away from it.

Michelle said...

Beautiful rolling clouds! Tree stands can be treacherous!

Carletta said...

I always worried about my Dad and brothers going hunting. It was something I just still don't get over.
My brother hunts a lot. I like now that if he's in a fairly close place he has a cell phone just in case. He has been sitting in a tree standing wanting and just sent a text to say hello.
Massive cloud formation!

CDH said...

Cool clouds. Looks like a roll of cotton. Oh sheesh, the deer stories! LOL! They guys always have to one up each other. Its so funny and mostly full of BS!

EG CameraGirl said...

WHOA! I'm glad Roger was all right and can laugh about it now!

Nature in the Burbs said...

Beautiful clouds.

Ida said...

Those are gorgeous clouds. I just love seeing fluffy clouds like that. I read the story of your hubby and the kitty in the tree stand, very cute.
My dad & brothers were hunters but not the kind who sit in tree stands. They actually walked the hills searching for the deer. I went once but didn't like it and was never invited back because as soon as I spotted a deer I yelled, "There's one." and of course the deer ran off. I could Never shoot an animal so hunting was useless for me.

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