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.
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?