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The “Farm Wife”

I used to think I wanted to be a farm wife. I always thought I would follow my Mom’s example. Working unpaid for the ranch. Doing the same work as the men, plus the books, the cooking, cleaning and taking care of me, the kid AND having a full-time off the ranch job for health insurance and financial security. I thought I’d marry, and my husband would take over for my Dad and I would continue my Mom’s role.

See the woman in the center. That "farm wife" is the reason there is a farm in the first place.

See the woman in the center? That “farm wife” is the reason there is a farm in the first place.

Then I grew up. I realized just how much work it was to be a farm wife. I realized they did the heavy lifting. They were the unappreciated glue that held everything together. I finally understood I am not tough or smart enough for the “farm wife” label. Nope. I can handle being a rancHER. That’s easy. But farm wife? I simply don’t have the balls for it. Major props to you Farm Wives! Thank you for running this industry we call agriculture! We all know what you do, but we don’t vocally ever recognize and appreciate you in a way where you get to hear or see it. I hope that starts to change, and after what I’ve witnessed over the past few days, I think it will. We need to respect, praise and appreciate the women that keep us going.

 

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Wordless Wednesday: I Got the Fence Fixin’ Blues

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Repairing Fences

Remember a few months back when the Ranch caught on fire? They did catch the guy and he did have some insurance, but not enough to fix all the fence he destroyed. Over my Thanksgiving break I was able to help my Dad fix that fence so we can put our cattle back in their fields. I took this opportunity to take a few pictures of our fence fixing. Since I was trying to keep up with Dad (I know sometimes I drive my family insane with all my picture taking but, hey, that is what happens when you have a blog!), I didn’t get to document the whole process. As any cattleperson will tell you though, there is no end to fence building, so at some point expect a blog about fence building.

This was one of the worst ranch days recently. SO scary!

This was one of the worst ranch days recently. SO scary!

The accident took out many wooden posts. The posts are redwood hearts and have been there longer than my Dad has been alive. We replaced the wooden posts with metal t-posts.

The metal t-posts have to be pounded in by hand.

The metal t-posts have to be pounded in by hand.

The soil on this ranch is basically rock. Imagine pounding a metal post into almost solid rock - it makes my teeth and boobs hurt, I simply can't do it.

The soil on this ranch is basically rock. Imagine pounding a metal post into almost solid rock – it makes my teeth and boobs hurt, I simply can’t do it.

I am the official ranch fence clipper. I can clip like it’s my job (oh hey it is!). My little hands are perfect for getting into the small places in-between the wires. I also use a big nail instead of pliers – it’s just easier for my little hands.

I start by putting the clip around the post and wire.

I start by putting the clip around the post and wire.

I use the nail to wrap the clip around the wire...

I use the nail to wrap the clip around the wire…

Like so ....

Like so ….

When repairing your fence you want your wires to be close together so a cow can't stick her head through the wires and break them.

When repairing your fence you want your wires to be close together so a cow can’t stick her head through the wires and break them.

A great way to make your fence last a little longer is to get it off the ground. That way the wire won't sit in mud/water/moisture and rust.

A great way to make your fence last a little longer is to get it off the ground. That way the wire won’t sit in mud/water/moisture and rust.

Look, all fixed!!!!! Until the next bull fight or car accident!

Look, all fixed!!!!! Until the next bull fight or car accident!

Unlike my job in town, production agriculture does not give days off. I spent my Thanksgiving fixing fence, cutting wood and picking pecans with my family, while my friends watched parades and football games. I am incredibly thankful that I have a lifestyle that enables me to work with animals, nature and my family. I hope this blog is able to convey that to you out there in consumerland. Happy Holidays Friends!

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