You are not a farm widow.

Since social media and blogging has become a big scene, I have noticed a trend. Farm wives jokingly calling themselves ‘farm widows’. In this context farm widow refers to somebody (generally the wife) who spends long days and nights alone while the spouse (usually the husband) is busy farming.

Since planting season is in full swing in Iowa, I just wanted to take a moment to say: you are NOT a farm widow. Your husband will come home tonight and climb into bed with you. Your children will get to play with daddy again. You are not a widow. You have a hard working farmer husband, be thankful for that.

As a farm wife every time my husband leaves to run a tractor or climb a grain bin I can feel a little pang of anxiety deep down inside. Farming is one of the most dangerous occupation worldwide, killing thousands each year. Every year thousands of spouses and children never make it home. Thousands of women never get to kiss their husbands again. They are farm widows.

My husband works long hard hours to provide for not only us but for you. For the world. Be thankful for your farmer and don’t call yourself a farm widow as a joke.

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Daylight Savings Time: The World Catered to Farmers.

This is a video of Pete Holmes comedic act that aired on November 4th.

The idea of daylight savings time was first introduced by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. As you know electricity wasn’t exactly widespread, so this was an idea to not waste daylight and get the most out of the hours that were light. Therefore the clocks would need to be set back/forth depending on the season. Sure, these days farmers probably get the most of this extra hour, because you know it takes all 6 of us longer than 20 minutes to get our daily work done. And all for that darn wheat, because it’s not important AT ALL. I love being portrayed as a uneducated, slow, hillbilly, don’t you? And damn straight we control the food. He’s a novel idea; only eat what you grow & take care of. Thanks. 8 hour work days for farmers? LOL, no. I’ll take my rural paradise over your city life ANY DAY.

And seriously, who is the writer for this show? Barely anything they said was factual. They should probably be fired, for incompetency.

I know this is a comedy and it’s just for fun. But it’s not funny, it’s not right. And even though it angered me, it more so made me sad. This is how people portray farmers. This is what they’re teaching their children; to not appreciate and to mock the very people that feed them and fuel their vehicles.

And the rain continues.

Can you believe that this time last year Iowa was facing one of the greatest droughts in recent history? It surpassed 1988; in fact you would have to go back until 1936 to find a summer that dry. It’s hard to think that 1 year, just 365 days later, Iowa would be drowning in rain. Crop planting isn’t finished and probably won’t be until well into June. If a field doesn’t have large pools of standing water, it’s a big soupy mess.

We are fortunate to live on high ground, no doubt water runs rampant in our ditches and surrounding fields are still drench. Just two miles away roads are closed, with a good possibility of being washed out. I’m sitting here watching a movie on TV and it keeps getting interrupted with severe thunderstorm warnings that keep getting closer county by county. Throughout the day I’ve also been getting emergency alerts on my phone that flash floods are occurring in our county.

My intentions were to post this last night but some things came up! We did get hit hard with rain. It poured and poured on and off the whole evening. The news said we had gotten over 3 inches of rain just last night! We went to town to run errands while it was raining so when there is a nice day Kyle can get things done outside. Our field had a lot of water in it and the ditch was filled with water. A mile down the road, right by the repair shop, water was actually of the road due to a plugged culvert. On the way to town we checked out the fields that the operation farms and so many had standing water, one looked like a lake rather than a field.

When we got home I went downstairs to do some laundry and well the basement had started to flood. The first 10-15 ft. was dry but then there was anywhere from 1 inch on the edge to 6-8 inches by the drain. The bad thing is that the man who lived here before us had the foundation spray foam, so we are unable to open the basement windows, so we have no way to use a sump pump to get the water out. Unless we ran it all the way across the basement, up the stairs, and out the front door or window in the mud room, that would be A LOT of hose. But this morning when I went down to check on the water in the basement most of the water had gone down (for now at least), luckily we do live on a hill!

Its seasons like this that remind everyone that Mother Nature gets to call the shots.

Rain, rain, go away.

Rain, rain, go away. We need some sun! The farming operation has only been in the field a little over a week total! And bad news, there’s a chance of rain every day for the next 10 days. More than likely we won’t get any planting time in until mid-June. We leave for Vegas & the Grand Canyon on June 13th so hopefully the fields have dried out and all the planting is done by them! There is talk of a possibility of having to switch to beans instead of corn because of time limitations. Since planting has been pushed back so far, when they are able to plant there will be some VERY long days & nights. Kyle will have to work at the shop all day and probably help with farming all night. It’ll be a long couple of days. The farming operation has about 75% of the crops in leaving about 1500 acres. So if everything goes good it should take 2-3 of planting to get everything in and done. There is still standing water in local field, they are a muddy mess. Roads are closed because water is rushing over them, and the ditches have water rushing through them with a current equivalent to the Mississippi. The next field drive down from our house is actually washed out.