Inevitable Truths…

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Excuse me while my brain works in overdrive: random today…

Inevitable Truths exist in our life.  I am just starting to realize that and tracks those inevitable truths in an effort to always be prepared….

A few Inevitable Truths that I have gathered lately:

  • If you clean it, they will come.  Who is they?  The gremlins (or your husband and dog) that come into a perfectly clean house and throw it a tailspin of dirty in a matter of minutes.
  • If you clean it, they won’t come.  Who is they?  Anyone you would actually want to see your clean house.  Mother in laws, mothers, great aunts, nosey neighbors.  They will NEVER show up when your house is clean.  The second you are knee deep in a dirty disaster…ding dong…
  • Go ahead, make a list, but what’s the point?  Going to the grocery store with or without a list, it doesn’t matter.  You will still come home missing some curious thing and will have spent at least an hour mazing your way through the store, going aisle to aisle then back tracking 5 or so aisles.
  • If you shampoo the carpet, the dog will puke on clean carpet a short time later.
  • Plan for 15 and 5 will show up.
  • Plan for 3 and 22 will show up.
  • Kraft macaroni and cheese is only good when you don’t yet have all of your adult teeth.  I can’t break it down to a more exact time than that.  Somehow I always crave it and think, “gah, that sounds great!”  Buy it (because I actually remembered that at the store), make it, regret it.  What am I doing wrong here people?!
  • Spend $2.00 on that Sunday paper, spend 2 hours clipping all those coupons, still spend the $2.00 extra dollars when you are at the grocery store because you are never going to remember to bring those darn things along.
  • Plan on being late….just plan on it.
  • Tequila on a Tuesday night is always a bad idea.

What are some inevitable truths in your life?

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What is agriculture doing for you…

I worked in a bank for most of my college years.  I loved it.  I would go back today, if everything was guaranteed to be exactly the same.  I was a teller and really admired the cashier who was our boss.  In a small town, you know everyone, of course, so I knew the cashier and always thought a lot of him.

We had occasional, personal meetings with the cashier, kind of like a review.  I will never forget my first meeting with him.  I was nervous.  Who am I kidding, I’m always nervous.  But, I really admired this guy and hated to disappoint him. I remember sitting down and going over transaction numbers.  At the time, I had no idea what was good or bad so I sat there hoping to gauge how good or bad I was doing by his delivery.  As it would be, I wasn’t doing too bad, according to him, and he really appreciated how I interacted with customers.  He went on to talk about what he thought I was offering the bank and some things I could work on.  I was finally breathing a sigh of relief, this little meeting was wrapping itself up…that is…until he said this,

“Now that you know what we think you are doing for the bank, tell me what we are doing for you or what we could be doing for you.”

Granted, I was a newbie in the working world.  My resume to this point was filled with less than stellar jobs.  You know, those high school jobs that you just have and aren’t exactly super proud of.  But here I was in what a felt was an unusual situation.  My employer was asking me what the bank was doing for me.

Obviously, this stuck with me, my employer reaching out like that.  I have never forgot that and probably never will.

This brings me to today’s topic: It’s National Ag Week!  To celebrate, I thought we would talk about what Agriculture is doing for you…

So, we already know that a lot of what we all do from the foods we eat to the clothes we wear to the homes we live in are sourced mostly through agriculture.  No surprises there but maybe you’ll be surprised to know:

  • Nearly 97% of US farms are operated by families.  Everyone loves small business, farming is the first small business!
  • Farmers and ranchers account for only 2% of the US population.
  • Farmers today are producing 262% more food with 2% fewer inputs compared to farmers of 1950.  Holy technology!
  • The US has a positive agriculture trade balance meaning that we push more agriculture goods into the world markets than do we import.  Translate that into acres and we are planting 1 of every 3 acres to export.
  • Farmers and ranchers see only $0.16 of every dollar spent on food.  The rest of that dollar?  Well, it goes to labor, inputs, processing, marketing, transportation, and distribution.  A few decades back, in the 1980s, farmers and ranchers were putting $0.31 of every dollar in their pocket.
  • And, my favorite…the farmers of the US provide one of the safest, most affordable, and abundant food supplies in all of the world.  Yes, the ENTIRE world!

So, what is agriculture doing for you?  A whole heck of a lot, in my opinion.  If you have a farmer in your life (or a farmer’s wife or a farmer’s daughter or a farmer’s son) take time out this week to thank them for all they do!

**facts with the help of www.fb.org**

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Hello all you lucky folks who happened upon Real Life Rural Wife.  Let me take a moment to introduce myself.

I am the wanna be Pioneer Woman, Ree Drumond.  Except, well, my name is Christa, I don’t have gorgeous red hair, a budding photography and blogging career, a pack of handsome children, any adorable basset hounds, and, oh yeah, no TV show on food network or brand to call my own.  Small details, really.

Suffice it to say, Ree and I don’t really have much in common (but if you’re out there Food Network rep, and want to really roll the dice on someone, I’m your gal!).

ImageSo, I’m Christa.  A gal originally from rural America that relocated to a new area of rural America after meeting my husband and falling in love (awww…sweet, right?).  I am happy to have a corner of the internet to share my day to day life, spend countless hours talking about my love of running, cooking, and craft beer, and maybe shedding a little light on what really happens in those small agricultural corners of the world.

My husband and I have been married for nearly 5 years and both work in the field of agriculture.  Our work lives intersect more than either of us ever imagined they would, making it interesting to see the common ground that has created for us.  We are the strange married folk in this part of the world that have yet to have children.  We currently dote over our boxer/American bulldog named Axle who has the personality of a human.

While I can’t always say that life in rural America is exciting (in the fast pace, news crews, lights and cameras kind of way), it is definitely different.  I hope you will stick around to catch a glimpse of what this little life is all about.