Category Archives: Farm Life 101

Things I’ve learned since marrying the rancher’s son.

Letting go of a piece where it all began: Farm Life 101

When I married my husband almost fourteen years ago there was this cute little puppy on my in-laws ranch.  The runt of his litter, Dude was the smallest Blue Healer I’d ever seen.  The little bugger couldn’t keep up with … Continue reading

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“Just Desserts” Farm Life 101

On farms gates are pretty important things.  You know, since it keeps the animals where you want them. A few weeks ago, my mother-in-law, in her desire to be helpful, went out in the snow and fed all the animals … Continue reading

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“Buffalo fence” Farm Life 101: Thing I’ve learned since marrying the rancher’s son.

To me “a buffalo fence” is a very funny farm term.  The first time I heard it, I thought it meant building an extraordinarily strong fence to contain the cows.  My father-in-law chuckled.  He seems to do that a lot … Continue reading

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Four-year-old advice from the farm.

Farms are full of hazards that could maim or kill you.  Don’t play on or around haystacks, they can tip over without notice.  Stay clear of resting farm equipment, they have sharp features that can impale you.  The animals are … Continue reading

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What a farmer does on vacation.

After only a few short months of marriage, I went on a trip with my husband (rancher’s son) and his family to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  A consummate workout-a-holic, with no children yet, I was in the best physical shape of … Continue reading

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Ya bunch of softies—Farm Life 101

With vice grips for hands and sheer strength of will, I’ve seen my husband and his family subdue many wiggly farm critters.  One might think they are a cruel bunch—especially while watching them forcibly squash a calf into the ground.  Nothing … Continue reading

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The recipe for a perfect bale of hay. Farm Life 101: Things I’ve learned since marrying the rancher’s son.

Across the street where I grew up was a softball field complex.  One of my father’s many side jobs was to care for these fields.  This of course translated into our entire family spending many hours working on these fields … Continue reading

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