Winter on the Farm.

Winter on the Farm.

Winter on the farm.
It’s pretty. It means Christmas will soon be here. It means snowmobiling. It means the New Year will be here soon.
But it also means: cold.
Really, really cold.
The corn has been harvested and now the wind blows like crazy. We don’t have many trees (well actually we just have one) but we have a lot of really big buildings. This blocks a lot of the wind but it still whips around. Snow blows and drifts easily in the country. And anytime there is a major snowfall there’s no doubt the gravel roads will drift shut. When we have a blizzard the snow drifts right up by our front door, last year we had a couple of 3-4ft. drifts right outside the door. Such a nice surprise to open the door and get a face full of freezing cold snow. Wakes you right up! Thank God for tractors & buckets. Because a shovel ain’t going to cut it! We don’t have that much snow yet, maybe 6 inches so far, but it’ll come.
You would think that since gravel roads have loose gravel and have texture that they would be easier to drive on and less slick. That’s not always the case. Gravel roads are going to be the last ones the county comes out to clean, they also don’t get salt or deicer put on them before the storm or after for that matter. Last year when we had that big ice storm the gravel roads were 10x as bad as the paved roads. 4×4 is pretty much a requirement of living in the country. Well not necessarily a requirement, I know a lot of people that have cars that live in the country, but 4×4 makes your life so much easier. Just use your head, and drive safe!
The weather has been very cold this last week, and that makes everything harder. As I sit here typing this it is -1 outside, but with the windchill feels like -20. Working outside is harder, working in unheated buildings is harder, checking the mail is harder (ahem, I drive 😉 – too far to walk, may freeze to death), bringing in groceries is harder, just being outside doing anything is harder. In fact when it feels double digits below zero, it makes leaving the house harder. If you have to be outside a lot in the cold I suggest investing in a pair of Carhartt bibs, the nice insulated ones. They have nice coats that match them also, I have one and I’m happy with it. But seriously, the one thing I could not live without is my Polaris snowmobile coat. They keep you SO warm. But if you’re working or going to get dirty/greasy don’t wear this. $300 is too much for a work coat, at least for me! But for being out and about in town or obviously for snowmobiling this coat is a must.

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The pros outweigh the cons.

Since moving to the country people always tell me things like “I can’t believe you like living out there.”, “I hated living on the farm and being home alone all the time.”, and “You’re so far from everything, I’d hate that”. I love everything about living out here! I always tell people the pros such as no traffic, nicer people, safer living, wide open spaces, sunsets, clean air, fields, etc. To be honest though there are about only two negative aspects that I can think of.

1. The closest hospital (with a decent trauma center/ER) is about half hour away. (Hey, I’m a nurse this is the sort of stuff I think about.)
2. No restaurant will deliver. That means you’ll be driving 15+ minutes for take-out. (Don’t judge me sometimes I just don’t feel like cooking!)

But to quote Jason Aldean, “I wouldn’t trade one single day here in smalltown USA“.

Real farm girl.

Does this whole country fad bother anybody else?

I mean boys from the newest housing development in town using daddy’s money to buy a diesel truck & jacking it up and the girls wearing super tight cutoff jeans and flannel shirts.

Have you ever typed farm girl into a search engine? Go ahead and type it into Google Images. It’s appalling really. They are making a mockery of farmers and country life. They know nothing about fieldwork, equipment, or animals. They use tractors as photo props and slaughter farming terminology.

Sorry for subjecting you to  this picture.

Sorry for subjecting you to this picture.

It’s sad though because people are buying it. They think the girls that come up in those images are what a real farm girl is.

Take it from someone who is living it every day; that is not what a farm girl is.

Being a farm girl isn’t about:
Buying every pair of cowboy boots that arrive at the local TSC, then wearing them everywhere.
Making sure you’re at least 50% covered in camo while you go to school, shopping, sit at home, etc.
Cutting off your jeans into Daisy Duke’s.
Taking pictures next to your daddy’s truck.
Telling everyone who will listen (or just within listening distance) how country you are.
Only wearing flannel and Wrangler’s.
Never leaving home without your cowboy hat or Elly May Clampett pigtails.

It’s about hard work, dedication, and a passion for life & agriculture.