Friday, 13 January 2012

A Black Cat Just Crossed My Path!

Today I was putting the new roofing sheets on the tractor shed, when it suddenly occurred to me that it was Friday the 13th. Now I am fortunate in that, I am not in any way superstitious. But just in case anything nasty should happen I got down from my lofty perch, and made doubly sure that the ladder was securely fastened at the top, and was unable to slip at the bottom.

Now as I say, I am not in any way superstitious, but I was careful not to pass under the ladder, just in case anything untoward should happen.

Before I went back on the roof I made myself a 'nice cup of tea' as they say, and while drinking it I took a glance at my horoscope. It said that a casual chat could lead to a serious work offer, so naturally I decided that it would be best if I avoided any casual chat for the day. Not that I believe in horoscopes. A lot of nonsense if you ask me! Except when it says I might win money, or meet the woman of my dreams! Which is why I never read them. Unless the paper just happens to fall open on that page and my eyes are unavoidably drawn to them.

Anyway there was no mention of me having a fall from a great height so I crossed my fingers and climbed back onto the roof. Not that I'm superstitious you understand, but I thought it best to keep my fingers crossed, just in case anything should happen.

One of my work gloves fell from my pocket as I climbed the ladder, which was a bit awkward, because there was no one around to pick it up for me, not that I'm superstitious, but I have heard that it is bad luck to pick your own glove up from the ground. Not to worry though, I managed to get by with one glove.

Apparently if a bird happens to shit on you, as it flies past, that is very lucky. So naturally when it happened today, hitting me on the side of my head and dribbling down my neck, I counted my blessings and considered myself extremely fortunate. Not that I'm superstitious, but I do think it makes good sense to accept any good luck that comes your way. Especially when it is Friday the 13th! Not that I'm superstitious!

I gave up being superstitious when I was a very young boy. I can clearly recall the Vicar telling a bunch of us kids, that having superstitions was silly, because Jesus would always be there to protect us from all evil, and that the devil was responsible for making us have superstitions. I still kind of believe this. Not that I'm very religious. But the thought is still a comforting one. Anyway, it works for me. That's why I'm not superstitious.

So that's it for now. The day seems to have gone off without a hitch so far. Touch wood!


  1. I was spared the worry of Friday 13th simply because I didn't know was the 13th. So glad you got through it all right. You're doing well with the roof. You must be a fast

  2. Is that a rabbit's foot sticking out of your jacket pocket?
    Jane x

  3. This is funny...glad you got by with one glove:)

  4. Hahah! That was funny!

    I love this bit -

    "It said that a casual chat could lead to a serious work offer, so naturally I decided that it would be best if I avoided any casual chat for the day. "

    Naturally!! LOL!

  5. It never hurts to play along with the whole superstition thing, just in case.

  6. So where is the black cat? Remind me to tell the stort of why mt mother was not allowed to drive on Friday the 13th.

  7. John, Funny post....glad you didn't fall off the roof.:)

  8. I'm glad no harm came your way! Sounds like you had it all under control! Just as well I'm not superstitious sa I could have had a lousy birthday!

  9. Like Valerie, I also didn't realize the significance of this past Friday, and there ae at least 2 more to follow in 2012, just a forewarning John. How did you ever manage to climb the ladder with your fingers crossed. Not that I'm curious or anything.

  10. What a coincidence, I just wrote a post about Chinese superstitious on Chinese New Year day. Hope you have a great week ahead. Enjoy reading your post

  11. Glad you had no dangerous encounters with 13ish omens or demons.