I recently finished reading Black Heels to Tire Wheels by Ree Drummond, of Pioneer Woman fame. This week's farmer's wife, from Morgan County, Alabama, reminded me of Ree. "Pioneer Woman" was all set to move to Chicago for her career. But during a visit home, she met and "lost her heart to a farmer" and now she works cattle. Okay, and then she started a blog. And became famous. And wrote some books and has a show on the Food Network. Anyway...
This week's wife was determined to have a life other than farming. She "pursued an education ...and became well established in a large city." And then fell in love with a farmer. She hated everything about farm life, except her husband.
#12 Broken Sugar Bowl.
But then she made a list of pros and cons, and together they tackled the items on the cons list. I'm sure it was somewhat of a puzzle trying to tackle some of the items on her list: mud, inconvenience, lack of money, water, society, beauty, monotonous diet, etc.
#33 Farmer's Puzzle. This block presented some problems to me, and because I never learn my lesson of starting to work on these blocks earlier in the week, I kept looking at the clock and getting frustrated. It's a teensy shy of 6 1/2 inches. And I could almost guarantee that Carla came up with an easier way of making this block, probably involving something simple like rectangles and squares, rather than my parallelogram and triangle piecing. But it's done and I'm moving on.
So this farmer's wife and her husband tackled the "cons" with a definite plan. They added hens, cream, asparagus and fruit as "side lines to give some monthly income to supplement the main crops," which also gave variety to their diet.
#45 Grape Basket. My basket has green grapes rather than red.
Instead of dwelling on all the negative aspects of farm life that she despised, this wife did what she could to make her life happy, and in the end she could "wish no greater blessing for my daughter than the love of a farmer like 'Dad.'" Her letter is a testament to the power of positive thinking.
Carla has to say about this week's farmer's wife.