Ranch Wife Update

It’s been just over a month since I became a full-time at home Ranch Wife.  In my opinion, things are going good.

When we were in Las Vegas we got 5″ of snow and have been feeding cows in addition, to calf chores and our TLC bunch.  We sort off the First Calf Heifers and cows coming with their 2nd calf to give them a little extra care.  Yesterday, we ran the First Calf Heifers through the chute.

Most days, after chores J has a project.  Some tasks are big and roll over to be completed the next day.  Some days we get several projects done.  The next day we do chores and attack the next thing.  Sometimes, I am amazed at all the stuff we get done in a day.

Last week J came down with a cold.  Yes, a pending trip and an ill feeling Husband.  Yea, for Clorox wipes!  J is getting better about taking it easy so his body can recover when he catches something.  With J lying low I had plenty of time to clean house before we left.  As I was packing for our trip I remembered why ironing shirts is a job for special occasions only!

In case you are wondering, the hardy Ranch Wife did not get sick!

Even though I grew up on a ranch and am good with cattle, there are a lot of things I don’t know and have never done before.  Part of that is being a kid vs. now doing ranch work as an adult.  I am learing new skills, observing more and gaining confidence in my abilities.  This week I noticed J assigning me tasks, not asking if I think I can do it.  I am discovering my true potential and The Rancher is recognizing my strengths and helping me gain confidence.  Team work!

I am amazed at the amount of energy I have.  I am an early riser.  Once I have a cup of coffee and a chance to wake up, I start pecking away at house stuff.  J tends to stay up later and wake up, grab a mug of coffee and head out the door.  I have been scolded a few times for “banging around” in the kitchen way too early. 

Dec 13

A Ranch Wife works outside and still has a household to maintain.  The housework is frequently done around the needs of outside work.  Early in the morning and after dark are defaulted to cooking, cleaning and laundry.  When J gives me a hard time I tend to remind him that he will have a good hot meal at noon, goodies to eat and clean underwear.  I try to squeeze in some fun stuff too as we all need a creative outlet.

What is your favorite thing about being a Ranch Wife?

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8 Responses to Ranch Wife Update

  1. janetwilsonbirky says:

    Glad it is going well, unknown is always a little scary, Thanks for the card. Bill and I can’t believe it’s been 2 years. We enjoy our time together and with our families.

  2. Wow, you are a busy, busy girl. But you sound happy with your life and nothing beats a contentment with life.

  3. Kim says:

    I’m glad things are going well. You are right: I grew up on a farm, too, but being a farm partner is much different than being the blissfully unaware child. Mom and Dad do the worrying about rain or lack thereof and all the multitude of factors farmers/ranchers can control AND can’t control. I’m glad you got some moisture. We are hoping this weather system will bring us some rain.

    (My favorite photo this time is the sepia-toned quote!) Enjoy your weekend, Robyn! Of course, these days, it’s probably not much different than your work week!

    • Robyn says:


      It ‘s kind of funny J and I frequently ask what day it is! We are working first calf heifers at Cousin T’s tomorrow.

      The Rancher is good about taking Sunday off. I am glad as it gives me a chance to get an afternoon nap, rest, catch up or recharge a little.

  4. Emily says:

    You are one busy lady! I’m sure he appreciates the clean undies and the sweet treats more than he realizes 🙂

  5. J. Rhoades says:

    So glad it’s going well for you! It’s so true that there are a lot of things around a ranch or farm that come naturally to someone who has been doing it all their life, but takes a little practice for the rest of us. Dustin always seems to know how to do everything all the time but I’m learning – slowly but surely!

  6. Candy C. says:

    I’m glad things are going well! There are always chores for a Ranch Wife to do, mine seems to be the never-ending pile of laundry!! 😉

  7. Buttons says:

    Oh Robyn I remember this well I had quit my job to be a full time farmer 32 years ago WOW I cannot believe it had been that long.
    I found that I worked harder here than I ever did at work. I do know how hard it is to juggle both let hubby help in the house some if you can. I can do just about everything well maybe everything around here now I just do not let hubby know as I do not have time for everything.:) He need not know that:) Farming and being a caring housewife make two very full time occupations indeed.
    Take care of yourself Robyn I do know it is sometimes very easy to give ALL you have and have nothing left.
    Laugh and love; it will work out, I would not change to much well maybe I wished I had not done so much of the heavy lifting take that one from me. Be careful HUGS B

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