Happy National Agriculture Day! So what does this day mean to you personally? Have you ever given it any thought? For us working and living on the ranch it seems to mean more. Every day there are a myriad of tasks that need to be done to insure that we will be able to provide food not only for ourselves but for others. Their are no holidays, days off, weekends when it comes to farming and ranching. There is always something to be done, the main job being feeding. Just as we need to eat so don’t the animals! Trust me they will let you know if they are hungry too! Between the baaing of the sheep, mooing of the cows, and all the other assorted sounds of those hungry animals… we could almost start an Old MacDonald soundtrack! It can be a very thankless job and makes you wonder at times why are we doing this? As we look at the newborn calves, the lambs frolicking in the grass, the wide open spaces, breathing the fresh air… it comes to us.. we do it because it’s in us. We know that when we sit done and eat that steak, fresh salad, and a baked potato it has come from our hands and we can take pride in knowing we have done our job well!
Working on a ranch and trying to be a cowgirl, one of the things I learned is that contrary to popular belief I am not wearing what you see portrayed in pictures of what cowgirls look like! We have had a warming in temperatures the last few days and even hit 60 degrees on Sunday! I’m not going to get technical , but when you have had snow and it melts and gets on dry ground.. yep ,everything turns to mud! Of course for a gal raised in the south I am also still chilled even with the warmer temperatures. So today I look down at myself, as I am preparing to go feed the ranch animals and realize that I am definitely not going to be on the cover or modeling for any cowgirl magazines looking the way I was. Seriously I was wearing brown mud boots, BDU pants in digital camouflage, a blue windbreaker over a black turtleneck, a bright red down vest and a cute pink hat that says Princess on it! Yes, I really do have some fashion sense, but this outfit..what was I thinking! That’s when it dawned on me I really only cared about three things… being warm, keeping dry, and keeping as much mud off me as possible! Besides the animals really don’t care if I look good as long as they get food! I sure hope that the next time I go into town I remember some style sense and make cowgirls everywhere proud!