I would rather be on my farm, than be emperor of the world." - George Washington
Every day on the ranch is a new experience, and with experience comes wisdom. Some of the wisdom gained is learned through a period of trial and error. Choosing to live a country lifestyle teaches you lessons in many shapes, sizes and varieties. Some of these lessons are welcomed with open arms, others are great stories later on. We have learned so much from our farm, and want to share 10 quick lessons learned on the ranch.
The 10 Lessons
1: Put the light in the chicken coop before it freezes, or you'll have frozen eggs for breakfast
This last year didn't get too cold at the ranch until late December. We had just upgraded our chicken coop and honestly didn't even think anything of the colder weather. One morning after it first snowed, Ellie (8) came in from collecting eggs. She wanted some eggs for breakfast, so she cracked on a freshly gathered egg to find it a little frozen. Needless to say if you don't have a heat light in your coop your eggs might freeze and breakfast takes twice as long.
2: Don’t wait for the hose. Fill your buckets and carry them to water the horses. It makes strong muscles and good kids
Momma didn't raise no sissys. Being in a large family we all had animals to take care of and sometimes one hose wasn't enough. We kids got "farmer" strong from hauling water to different animals and getting our work done.
3: Always remember to chain the gate shut.—Otherwise mom gets to catch the horses all by herself while the kids are at school.
How many times has this happened in your family? During the school year all the kids are at school and there have been multiple times horses, dogs, goats... you name it have gotten out. Luckily they are all pretty good to catch, but we always get an earful when we get home. :)
4: Play hard, work Hard! Go ahead and eat the dirt, the doctor says it keeps you healthy!
A couple years ago, Cam, told one of her friends the reason she wasn't allergic to anything was because she ate dirt as a kid. There is a lot of dirt involved in ranch life and a little dirt never hurt anyone. Whether it's working hard or playing hard dirt is always involved somehow, even if its a little mud wrestling.
5: When dad says we have a half days work that means 12 hours, remember there are 24 hours in a day