1. You can call your neighbors anytime, rain or shine, or at 4am in the morning. Whether you need help with a cesarean on a heifer, OR you’ve buried your tractor and pickup in the mud or a snowbank, or you need some support with a wiley colt, someone will come help you! It doesn’t really matter what it is, folks around here will support you and help you out of a bind.
2. If you call for propane and you’re out and the driver knows it, they’ll likely light the pilot on your hot water heater for you if you’re not home when they come fill up the tank.
3. No one locks their doors – which means goodie baskets sometimes just show up on your kitchen counter or in your porch when you get home.
4. Neighbors will drop by with a 12 pack of bud-light and visit occasionally. Then you invite them to stay for supper. Because, well, they’re your neighbor and it’s the neighborly thing to do.
5. Friends and neighbors, as mentioned above, will stop in to visit, unannounced, and no one will say anything about the state of your almost always messy kitchen table. Come during calving and it may be covered in ear tags. Come during tax season and there’ll be papers everywhere. Come the day I went to the mailbox to get the mail for the first time in a week, and, well, you get the idea!
6. Need to borrow a trailer or piece of equipment? Chances are it may just “show” up, or you may have to go get it, but if your neighbor isn’t using it, you’ll likely get to borrow it.
7. You wake up every morning and get to do something you love!
8. Baby animals, duh.
9. There is no pressure or need to feel like you’ve got to keep up with Joneses’. The rat race really doesn’t exist out here. Can I get an “amen”?
10. Branding season!
Do you have anything you’d add to this list? Do you love ranch life as much as me?