Farm report (WARNING! Long rambling post ahead!): I had to spend extra time in the cow barn last night cleaning up the accumulated poop from the last couple days the cows were shut inside, so I didn't make it around to the other barn to help Rich finish up with the chickens and stuff. He has a hard time lifting and lowering the hydrant handle in that barn, so he has this awful habit of only pushing it down halfway to mostly shut the water off as he takes each bucket to dump in the trough.
I usually do the water in there, but since I was still picking up poop next door, he did it, and forgot to push the handle all the way down to "off" before he left. So it's 4 hours later and I'm in the bathroom getting ready to go to bed, and I can hear the water pump running. Except I'm not running any water yet, and Rich is downstairs on his computer. I thought maybe he'd flushed the toilet down there and the pump was just refilling the pressure tank, so I waited a couple minutes, but no, it was just running and running, non-stop.
I called down the stairs to him to tell him it was on, and could he go check the hydrants outside (he was still dressed, I was in my robe), but he didn't want to go back outside, so he said, "I can't hear it." Well, of course not, because he's DEAF. A discussion ensued, and rather than give in, I insisted he put his boots and coat on and go out and check. I had visions of the hydrant in the barn running full speed (prescience, anyone?). Finally, he said he'd go check, so he grabbed a flashlight and headed out. Meanwhile, I stood in the bathroom and listened, and sure enough, the pump finally cut off as he was coming back out of the barn (I was peeking out the window).
He got back, and to my utter shock and surprise, he thanked me for making him go out (he NEVER says thank you for ANYTHING), because the hydrant in the barn WAS running full speed, and now the barn is flooded. When the handle is in that half-off position, it's really easy for the water pressure to push the stopper up and the handle pops up and blammo, the water starts pouring out FAST. Anyway, he's going to have to do the water in there until the flood waters subside, because it's ICE now, but once it's back to dirt floor (or mud), he's off water duty, too. I have nagged him about that hydrant handle until I'm blue in the face, but he refuses to shut it off between buckets, so now I'll be doing that chore, too.
The silly thing is, we have a hose that we can run over to the trough from the hydrant, but we hardly ever use it in winter because even with careful draining, we often end up with a blocked hose when it freezes because we missed just that little bit of water. And then we have to use the bucket anyway. I'm gonna try the hose for a while in any case, and just make sure to be extra careful draining it afterward. Maybe THAT will work.
This is some kind of guy thing, isn't it? To do something so crappy that your wife takes the duty away from you? Both my exes were experts in this tactic, but Rich has always seemed different. But lately, I think he's tired, and he's resorting to the old stand-by "Do a bad job and the wife will do it herself." Hey, I guess it works, huh?