Doesn't this look like a comfy bed of straw for tired cows to sleep on? From another favorite book of mine, here's a little wisdom on chores from Little Heathens. Have you read it? If you love books about growing up on the farm, you'll like this one.
Though certain work was usually thought of as a man's work, on our farm, everyone, male, female, and kids lent a hand to get the job done. Women, if circumstances required, could be counted on to help load hay into the haymow, shock oats or wheat, and done a corn-husker and work gloves to handpick a field of corn that had become too rain-soaked to accommodate the heavy McCormick Deering mechanical picker. The same was true of "women's work." There were times when men helped women can meat, assisted in an extra-heavy wash, lent a hand at making apple or plum butter, and took a turn at the churn. When work needed to be done, it didn't matter whether the worker wore pants or a skirt.~Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression by Mildred Armstrong Kalish
"...and make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands..." ~I Thessalonians 4:11