Some of you may remember last summer when I took a class called Annie’s Project. It is a class offered through our 4-H extension office, designed to help women learn how to manage the financial aspects of farming. It was all about crop marketing and balance sheets and FSA loans and so on. I called it my “Farm Wife” class, and I learned a LOT.
But apparently, there are a few things I still need to learn. After reading yesterday’s post about the swingset, Kate offered to teach me how to pull a trailer. But then, I had to confess that I couldn’t drive the 3/4 ton farm truck anyway, because it’s a manual transmission.
(My dad tried to teach me how to drive a stick once, only he didn’t explain that there were 3 pedals instead of 2, so I was pressing the brake instead of the clutch. Failure.)
So then, Kate suggested we start a series of lessons. Here are some of the topics I’d like her to cover:
1. Manual transmission
2. Pulling something – trailer, manure spreader, whatever needs pulled. (My main goal here is that I can take the trailer to the big Highway 141 garage sales. Just kidding. Not really.)
3. Drive a tractor…I’ve been taught this several times but it just never “sticks.” I think I should read about how it all works, and then maybe I’d remember more. Seems like I learn things more easily if I know the WHY behind it.
4. Memorize the names and locations of father-in-law’s fields. Not very often, but occasionally, I’m asked to pick up or drop someone or something off in the field. It’d be nice if I knew where I was going.
5. Freezing grocery staples – I’ll never forget the time Bart said, “Don’t you have some in the freezer? My mom always had ____ in the freezer.” I think, in that case, the food in question was butter. So a lesson on “What can be frozen and how” would be great.
6. Removing stains – Kate said this is important. Does this mean I’d have to wash Bart’s clothes? Isn’t he supposed to do that?
7. Make a good cup of black coffee. Our hired man doesn’t like the flavored, weak stuff I make. sigh. I like my coffee to taste like candy!
8. Cook. ‘Nuff said.
Maybe I should just take Home Ec at the high school again, instead.