Goodness – 3 blog posts in less than 24 hours? Sorry about that!
Here’s my entry – Adam and his Gramma O
Last week in Annie’s Project (Farm Management for Women Class), I learned some new vocabulary:
“If a guy is in farming with his dad, and the son dies, what does the Ugly Daughter-in-Law get?”
“Ugly Daughter-in-Law?” I asked.
“Yeah, you know – the daughter in law from the city, didn’t grow up on the farm, who knows nothing about farming, and doesn’t understand the CULTURE of agriCULTURE. She thinks the sofa comes before the tractors. It’s a common term that the Good Old German Boys used.” He said this as if this was prerequisite knowledge before taking the course.
I guess I’m the Ugly Daughter-in-Law.
My husband’s family is German.
I did not grow up on a farm.
I knew very little about farming when we began.
I want a new couch.
Oh, and I’m a democrat. Apparently farmers are supposed to be republican. (My Father in Law declared that I would have to “become a republican now that you’re a farmer!”)
So really, have you heard this term before? Am I an ugly daughter-in-law? My father in law says (with a grin) that he’s heard of the situation, but not the terminology. I googled it, and the only place I could find it was in a Chinese proverb literally translated to English, and a paper written by, guess who? The Annie’s Project instructor.
Warning – Picture Heavy Post
After a little hiatus, I just did 15 scrapbook pages in less than 90 minutes. I love digital scrapbooking.
You’ve seen a lot of these pictures, but some are new, and will need more explanation in future posts. :)
I’m posting small versions so you can see the two page layouts, but click on them if you want to see a larger version!
I know ya’ll pretended not to notice, but I need a weed whacker. The one my hubby got me for $1 at a farm auction doesn’t work. Surprise, surprise.
See? (Or maybe I should forget about the weeds and save some $ for the siding instead…then I could put pretty plants around the house instead….but really, I’m just posting these pictures so you’ll feel sorry for me and comment.)
But I’m pretty sure if I don’t take care of the weeds soon, the neighbors are going to think I’m crazy.
Oh wait, they already think that because I’m outside taking pictures of my house (weeds) while they are cutting and baling my pasture. And I decorated my front porch when roughly 1/4 of my house has no siding. Whatev.
Anyway, any recommendations? Lightweight would be really good since I’ll be doing the weed whacking. I’m thinking battery operated?
My neighbors will thank you!
Last week in Annie’s Project, we used a super cool website that shows aerial images of Iowa (more up-to-date than Google Earth is for our rural area) and you can see my farm! Here it is!
How cool is that? The trees are surrounding Squaw Creek. You can see both sets of “finishers” for the older turkeys, and the brooder house.
See the dark gray, square roof at the bottom of the photo? That’s our house. A the top of the photo is the brooder. The two gray buildings in the middle are OLD turkey buildings.
I earned a $500 Marriott gift card for my Creative Memories sales this spring (in addition to my commission! Woot!) and I am going to use it in Chicago. We are going the 3rd weekend in August to a wedding, and my parents, siblings and I are going a few days earlier to vacation while my husband stays home with his turkeys.
We want to see the Shedd Aquarium. (According to my dad, that Shedd guy was from Iowa.)
Dad likes history and tractors, Mom and I like antiques and junking, little sister likes shopping and little brother likes…um, I dunno. I also like gardens and historic homes.
How many days should we plan to spend there?
Anyone been to the Children’s Museum? Is it good for a 2 year old?
Any other suggestions?
If I wasn’t such a procrastinator, I could have made these printable and shared them BEFORE Father’s Day. But, I was standing at Walmart last night, looking at ridiculously priced cards and I found this adorable line of jungle themed ones. I took pictures on my cell phone, and came home and made them in StoryBook Creator Plus using the Discover Zoo Additions and Color Me Happy Digital Kit.
(These pics show the outside on the left and inside on the right…not exactly how I printed them.)
(And I guess I should mention, Adam calls his grandpas, “Bompa, Bompa O, Beeg Bompa, and the last two are Gate Bompa.”
I love how super-simple they are. And I thought about printing the words, letting Adam color all over the card, and then cutting out the picture to put it on top of the coloring, but SOMEONE isn’t cooperating this morning.
I think I’ll go ahead and schedule this post to publish AGAIN in early June, 2011. :)
(Oh, and I guess I should say something nice about my husband, father, father-in-law and grandpas – they’re the best! Adam is so blessed to have such great male role models in his life, and I LOVE watching them become kids again with him. We are truly blessed!)
Yeah, I know it’s supposed to be Turkey Tuesday, but we’ve been busy!
This week, I want to tell you about Annie’s Project.
Annie’s Project is a 6 week class designed to “empower farm women.” It focuses on problem solving, record keeping, and decision-making skills for farm women. It is currently offered in 23 states.
Annie was a woman who grew up in a small town in Northern Illinois. Her goal was to marry a farmer and she did. Annie spent her lifetime learning how to be an involved business partner with her farm husband. Together they did great things, but it wasn’t easy. This is Annie’s Project – to take her experiences and share it with farm women living and working in a complex business.
I call it my “Farm Wife Class” and it’s pretty awesome so far. It costs $50, but you get a really nice leather binder (I’m a dork, I know) and snacks and drinks during class! And it’s good for other reasons, too…
Week 1 was heavy on the “wife” part. We talked about “Real Colors” (Personality Instrument) and how to communicate with our hubbies and other partners in the farm. Totally interesting stuff. (I’m green, by the way, and now everything I do seems to be a “green” thing.)
Week 2 focused on household finances, including life insurance, retirement, and DISABILITY. Disability coverage is SOOO important for farmers, and we need more. (Kate, let Lucas know, would you? We have an appt. next week.)
Week 3 (last night) we talked about farm finance. This is why I signed up for the course. We learned how to a make a balance sheet, income statement, figure our “working capital,” and equity to asset percentage. Now, these are all things I’ve heard of before, and our banker has helped us figure them out. But you know when you’re sitting in the bank VP’s office for hours hammering out ag loans and you don’t want to ask too many stupid questions? Oh, you’ve never been in that situation? Lucky you!
The presenter last night is a farm wife who is also a former high school business teacher turned ag lender. She was my computer teacher in high school. And she yelled at me because I never took a business course. Oops!
Then, another presenter talked to us about GPS in tractors, and all the soil mapping stuff that goes on now. Amazing stuff! But since I have NO grain, I facebooked during that time. Until he said that there is a movement towards giving each animal an ID number, like a SSN, so that if a disease breaks out (think Mad Cow) we can find out where the animal came from. Great idea. UNLESS YOU HAVE 20,000 TURKEYS AT ONCE! Sheesh! Can you imagine?
And after last night, let me just say that I am SERIOUSLY glad I don’t have to market grain. Sounds stressful. It’s like playing the stock market, people. With your entire livelihood at risk. Yikes!
Okay, so if you’re not a farm wife, you may be bored to death. If you are a farm wife, find out if you can take the class! It will be so worth it!