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(This Farm Wife is overloaded right now and can use all the help she can get – hence, cheating and posting another re-run.  But it is still very useful information.  Hope it makes for a good refresher course!)

 

Some of these you may already know, some you may not.  I just hope they’re helpful to you!

1)  If you have water for pets outside, add a little Apple Cider vinegar to their water.  It will help keep the green algae at bay during hot summer months and is good for their health, as well.

2)  Take care of yourself.  Life is hard; money is tight; time is fleeting.  Find something you love and treat yourself on a regular basis.  I don’t mean going out and buying that luxury car you’ve been drooling over, but something simple.  Do you love a good cup of hot tea?  Buy yourself a special mug, your favorite flavor and a package of Biscotti or a box of chocolates, and savor not only the moment, but your accomplishments for the day as well.

3)  Think outside the box.  Do you love teapots and don’t have anywhere to store them?  Try making a lamp out of one.  Tired of looking at hubby’s prized deer head over your mantel?  Start a collection of hats, and show them off on the antlers.  I saw a precious picture where someone mounted an old doll house on the wall and used it to store bath towels.  How cute is that???? 4)  Can’t afford to redecorate?  Try rearranging.  Pick a room and go in armed with cleaning supplies.  Remove all knickknacks, wash them and leave them to dry in the kitchen.  Pull out furniture, dust them and vacuum behind them.  Wash down the walls and baseboards.   Rearrange the furniture.  Instead of replacing all the knickknacks, either go through the house and choose other items from different rooms or search the attic for items you still love but didn’t have room for. Your ‘old’ room will be refreshed and different!

5)  Do your pet blankets and pillows smell rank?  First, take them outside and shake as much hair off of it as possible.   Then put it in the washer with 1 cup of white vinegar and the recommended amount of laundry detergent.   Add liquid fabric softener during the rinse cycle.  Then hang outside on the line to dry.  The smell should be gone.

6) After you wash your sheets, towels and bedding, hang them outside on the line on a sunny day. Not only do they smell better than any dryer sheet, but the towels are also more absorbent. ‘Snap’ your towels a couple of times before you hang them up and they won’t be so stiff. In addition to fresh smelling laundry, you’ll save a little money, too!

7)  Keep a calendar for scheduling.  My list is posted on the refrigerator so I can see what my day entails at a glance.  I know routines get boring sometimes, so on occasion, I add something that’s fun.   It may be a junking venture or just something simple like a picnic by the pond – just as long as it’s out of routine and something fun!

8)  Keep good records, especially when it comes to money.  We have a calendar for each month, and on it we post any farm sales on it, whether it is for eggs, vegetables or craft items.  At the first of the month, we change out the calendar and take the old one to the office to post our income.  Our expenses are kept in a folder, and right after we post income we post expenses into the proper categories.  At tax time, all we have to do is print out our spreadsheet and half our work is done!  We also have a notebook where we keeps records on the farm animals, including dates of births, vaccinations, etc.   We also keeps track of parentage, dates that eggs go into the incubator and the results.  A smart Farm Wife is one who keeps scrupulous records.

9)  Don’t fret the mistakes and setbacks.   Celebrate them!  You only make mistakes when you are actively engaged in a project, and setbacks are just another form of learning.  Instead, pat yourself on the back for trying, and dig in and try again.  Take me for instance.  When I pick hornworms off my tomatoes, it’s a definite setback for me, but treat time for the chickens!  See, even they celebrate my setbacks!

10)   Take time to celebrate your accomplishments.  Don’t just come in the house, tired, dirty and exhausted from working your fingers to the bone. Stroll around outside and see everything you accomplished; walk through every room in the house and embrace the great job you did making your home a clean place to live.  Smile, tell yourself ‘Good Job’, and then go take a shower and indulge in a cup of hot tea or even a piece of chocolate.  After all the hard work you did today, you deserve it!