Friday, March 18, 2011

Man Hands

So, here in the next couple of weeks we have a calf, or ten, coming to live at the farmette. Secret Agent Man has been getting ready by fencing a new pasture area. And, as you can see, he does a lot of his farming in a pair of Merrells.
I am glad our son is his designated helper. This does not seem like fun to me. I was ever so glad to be busy painting the wicker furniture.

But, he did do a fine job on the new gate. And in red...my favorite color.

And, he still relied on his hand operated post hole digger for this project. Seriously.

When you are outside doing this kind of work you end up with a pair of dry and leathery man hands. Even lotion can't fix this people.


32 comments:

  1. he must be one of those men who don't like to wear gloves...i can't stand them either!

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  2. And of course men NEVER wear gloves (I have a hard time doing it too!)

    Congrats on getting cattle!!! I know you said you had considered the dutch belted breed. What did you decide on?

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  3. Whoop,whoop! Farm animals for Farmchick! What kind of cattle are you getting? Good for Secret Agent Man on a job well done.

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  4. love the merrells - the hand photos are great and kinda funny - I think I too would be glad he had someone else to help him :) good luck with the calves

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  5. lol "man hands" are okay... its when "man hands" on our ladies hands...not so ok!!!


    Oooo! Cattle! What kind? and are you going to call them "phillip and phyllis?" (fill up, fill us...lol!)

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  6. Love the shot of your pasture and all that green grass, sigh. Spring is here. whoohoo! I prefer to just dig in bare handed. I think there's something therapeutic about playing in the dirt. Have a great weekend!

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  7. Ooooh cattle - can't wait to see them. We're planning on a couple sometime too, so I really look forward to seeing how you get on.

    And these are "men's hands" good an' proper.... ;)

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  8. You will love having the calves. They are so funny to watch when they play.

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  9. When I read the title of your post, I automatically thought of my Dad, who passed in 2001. No one ever talks about Dad without mentioning his hands. They would always say,I remember Arvel's hands. He had the biggest hands.He was a big man.Tall,dark,and strong. It's strange how something like a person's hands will stand out in the memories of others,but then they were the tools of his trade.

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  10. Lots of times people say my hands are smoother than a new baby butt. lol. They have had some scars and blisters in the past but those days are behind me. Sometimes I think, "fortunately" when I remember the work they went through in the past. Electric fence I suppose. A shocker. I have also been zapped a couple - three times.

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  11. Bravo to SAM! That's tough work and it looks like he and his assistant did a nice job. Looking forward to some cattle pics soon.

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  12. My husband using those post hole diggers too.....(when needed)
    I buy him lotion, after lotion but he hates the feeling of them....sometimes I just get some in my hands and apply....to the sound of "yuck, now I'm greasy"! ha

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  13. You are so right!!
    And I am so glad that my son is old enough to help The Captain. And does so willingly, he would rather be outside "working" than inside. And now that spring is "almost" here, he will be happily outside "working" more.

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  14. don't you love a man's hardworking hands...we are lucky to have them aren't we...

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  15. Mountain Mamma - He rarely wears gloves. Actually, it has to be pretty cold before he does.

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  16. Ladies and Gentlemen - Our calves will be of the Angus breed. Would like some Belted Galloways, but maybe next year.

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  17. I'd like to help, just my kind of work and not many occasion to do it lately!

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  18. I msut admit, I too, work in the yard without gloves, like your husband, and it IS brutal. I need to learn to bring the gloves along.
    Can't waint to see those 10 or so calves coming soon!

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  19. Work like this is still a month away for me. You saw my last day of winter shot this morning. Sheeeesh! Will it ever end?

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  20. And a permanent tan on the back of the neck. At least all my farming uncles did... :)

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  21. You've got you a hard working man there.. I have one of those too...Growing thousands of pecan trees and fruit trees...This is a job that is hard on the hands...

    I have to say that I truly admire men that don't mind getting out there and working with their hands..
    Blessings.
    Shug

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  22. We have hands like that in our family too. They tell many stories! Now please tell us more about the cows...
    Katie

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  23. Great shots and he did do a great job. I really like that red gate too. So where is your handy work?

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  24. It is said that humankind is only intelligent because of having fingers; in order to do an honest and real work, guess that gloves wouldn't work...concratulations upon this achievement.
    May time and life continue to treat you all kind.

    daily athens

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  25. Visit me at ETSY. www.ribbonsnrags.etsy.com

    Have a great weekend.

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  26. Ha ha - I doubt Secret Agent Man even considered lotion ! LOTION ???

    Nice job on the gate - working with your hands produces a fine sense of accomplishment !

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  27. Not only do I enjoy seeing what's going on on your farmette, but there is a real story in the hands of a working man. My hubby is a carpenter and I love every rough spot. I encourage the use of lotion...but oh no, a real man doesn't touch the stuff.
    Love that red gate too.

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  28. I'll take the fence building over painting the wick every day ;). lol.

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  29. Go ahead and challenge my masculinity and embarrass me. I have always worked in offices. Callouses? My hands are as soft as babies' bottoms. My biggest physical risk is papercuts.

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  30. Jack - soft hands or not, I just know you'll be bigger than me, so I sure aint challenging you! Oh, and paper-cuts are sooooo sore. Does that make you tough?!

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  31. SAM and Flyboy used to crack their knuckles when we were kids...and they both knew that the sound of it was enough to make my skin nearly crawl off my body. Of course, once they figured this out, they did it ALL THE TIME! That's what I thought of as I read this entry; that, and all of the mild electrical shocks I got growing up from going over the electric fences on our farm...

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  32. My hubby's hands are terrible!! I always tell them they look like their dead. Then never look clean, he's lost feeling in the tips of them, and when we have pigs they smell like pig poop. Talk about a turn off!!

    However I'm reminded those are the most precious tools he has, and thankfully they still function! ;)

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