Confessions of a Farmwife: Vol. 1

My Generation

Drum roll please: It's our first farmwife podcast! We're talking corn, cattle, kids, frozen ham, harvest and the UPS man. But not in that order.

Published on: October 18, 2013

It is with fear and trepidation that I roll this out: our first farmwives podcast!

I mentioned it yesterday and here she is, in all her glory. Beautiful, right?! This is me, Emily Webel and DeAnna Thomas - three central Illinois farmwives - just shooting the breeze. We're talking about harvest, corn prices, frozen ham, funerals, popcorn and the UPS man. And some other stuff. Because those are all things that totally make sense together. And if we have, purely by happenstance, managed to share something that adds to your body of knowledge, then by golly, that will be great, too.

Holly, Emily and DeAnna, and Emilys kitchen.
Holly, Emily and DeAnna, and Emily's kitchen.

But more than anything, we hope you enjoy the company. After we left the other day, Emily wrote about farmwife isolation during harvest. So well said.

So. Crank this up during your walk/run, or when you're in the car or the kitchen or whenever. May you feel less alone. Especially if you drive a minivan, 'cause we talked about that, too.

And I know what you're thinking: so fancy with all their podcasting fanciness! Well. Let me just offer up our first farmwife confession: we don't really know what we're doing. None of us have ever "podcast" anything before. But it's become our new favorite word. Podcast, podcast, podcast. We may have had to start over twice because I couldn't say, "I'm Holly," without choking and DeAnna couldn't decide whether it was October 15 or 16. Also, I hate my voice. And, we did this with DeAnna holding her cool farm broadcaster recorder and gathered around Emily's kitchen counter. Maybe that's all for the best. Because what we do know: kitchen counters, talking, women, harvest and corn and kids. And writing. And radio.

So, DeAnna worked her production magic and you can listen to the podcast by playing the little gizmo below. Or you can also click here and listen. Or you can download the SoundCloud app on your phone or tablet, sign in with your email and then use the above link to follow "Confessions of a Farmwife." Then, theoretically, it should show up in your SoundCloud stream. We're working on getting it on iTunes but again: we don't really know what we're doing. We'll keep you posted though.

Let us know what you think! Or what we should talk about next. Because, except for my voice, we feel like this may need to become a regular event. And we can't lie: it's an excellent excuse to get together.

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  1. Jacqueline "Jack" says:

    Loved it! Keep going! You guys were the greatest! I am soon to be a new farm wife soon, I have learned so much in the past 3 years and its nice to know I am not completely alone..We farm North of I-80 which is a different "weather" of its own sometimes, but I love to Can and Maybe sometime I can come as a "Guest" on your Podcast to share farm stories from the north :) ( the north witch on the Wizard of Oz was nice..ha ha)I also have a great "quick" (anyone can make it)Apple Butter recipe, which makes for great Holiday Gifts and it makes the whole house smell great this time of year..better than Candles! :) Thanks for sharing..it makes this Harvest Season not so lonely! :) :) Cant wait for the next one!

  2. Dana L says:

    We call ourselves "harvest widows" here in the Oklahoma panhandle! ??

    • Holly Spangler says:

      Dana, for sure! I've used that one before, too! And planting widow, and...well, that's mostly it. Spraying gets intense but is more weather-dependent, so it's not as if he disappears for such long stretches like in planting and harvest. :)

  3. Bobette of vonbergens.com says:

    Love it!

    • Holly Spangler says:

      Thanks, Bobette!!

  4. Shelia says:

    Holly, it was fun to listen to this podcast, my first ever to listen to! You three talked about some great topics for rural women. Keep up the great work!

    • Holly Spangler says:

      Thanks, Shelia! I've just started listening to podcasts, too, on my morning walk/run. Always open to topic ideas, too...

  5. Lydia says:

    Love, love, love this! Hope you gals keep it up! As a soon-to-be farmwife myself, would love to hear some of your favorite field meals/recipes sometime! :)

    • Holly Spangler says:

      Aw, thanks Lydia! You will be an expert in no time at all...trial by fire, right?! We should do something on recipes - it's hard to find the right thing that stays warm, that travels well, that makes everyone happy...but we all have a few standbys.