The culprit has been found!  And trust me.  I will be waiting patiently for paybacks.  And the next time the Country Boy goes for feed, I WILL be riding along.  Just to be safe!

It seems that Randy went to Castor to pick up feed and mineral blocks yesterday.  While waiting in line, he noticed one of the clerks unloading a box of none other than plastic flamingoes.  He quickly asked, “How much?”  She said she didn’t know, as they had just arrived.  So, he asked her to please find out, as he was going to be the first one to buy a set.  Secretly, he left them in his truck overnight, and as he was leaving in the wee hours of Friday morning to go to work, he quickly assembled them and put them in place.  So…you know what they say about paybacks.  Now I just have to figure out exactly what I am going to do to retaliate!

I love practical jokes.  As you can tell by the last post, my friend Rebecca and I were notorious in our younger years for just that.  I would tell you more about the ones we pulled, but I was sworn to secrecy – and I really think I am too old and set in my ways to spend time in jail.  No, really.  In all honesty, we did have our own Code of Ethics when it came to practical jokes.  1)  It had to be funny.  2)  It couldn’t be mean-spirited or illegal.  3)  It had to be easy to clean up.  4) It could not be cost-prohibitive.  5)  It could not (and would not) be destructive to anyone or anything.  I will admit that there were a couple of them we pulled that could have resided in the gray area of those rules,(even though I won’t confess which code that affected) but for the most part, we not only kept those ethics, but also helped with the clean-up.

One of my goals for 2017 is to laugh more.  To have more fun.  2016 put a lot of heavy weight on our shoulders.   We spent most of our time diligently trying to fit in new responsibilities with those we already had.  Many of those adjustments were trial and error, so we spent more time finding what would work for us.  Consequently, our time for fun and laughter was few and far between.  I am one that will tell you in a heartbeat that if your workload is too heavy and you cannot find at least some enjoyment out of it, you really need to rethink things.  This past year, it was very difficult to live by my own words. 

Fortunately for me, The Country Boy agrees with that sentiment.  Unfortunately for me, he got a jump on things and was the first to implement our new goal.  Of course, he did cheat, as he did this in 2016.  But tomorrow is a new year, with plenty of time for fun and games.  And practical jokes.

Now.  Paybacks for the Country Boy.  I am open for suggestions.  Are there any practical jokers out there that can give me some ideas?  Rebecca?  You are the true Mastermind of Practical Jokes.  I could sure use your expertise on this one.  I hope you are willing to come out of retirement to help me!

In the meantime – the Country Boy, Critters, and the Farm Wife are wishing you a wonderful, safe, fun and very happy New Year!  And place nice with those practical jokes!

 Disclaimer:  For those of you who are considering entering the arena of Practical Joking, please understand.  Not everyone appreciates them, and they could cost you more than you are willing to pay.  If you still want to do it, you may want to follow Rebecca’s and my Code of Ethics.  Please, keep it light and fun.  Do not do anything that can harm you or someone else.  Take into consideration that some jokes can just go too far – make sure yours doesn’t start out that way or end that way.  And if clean-up is necessary, then be front and center to pick up after yourself.

Julie Murphree is a blogger, newspaper columnist, and speaker on all things ‘Living a Simple Life on the Farm’. She is the author of \\\'The Farm Wife – Living a Simple Life on the Farm. She and her husband have 60 acres in NW Louisiana where they actively work on living as sustainable as possible.

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