In ranch terminology an "easy keeper" is usually referred to as a cow or heifer who requires little or no attention. She has a calf each year, calves on her own, takes good care of it, is a good milker, is healthy, maintains her flesh (doesn't get thin) in winter, etc. She's not a fence crawler or wild. Just an all around "easy keeper" for the rancher. This isn't an exhaustive list, but just a few of her characteristics. Cattlemen admire the easy keepers in their herds, and believe me they know them by sight.
Sometimes wives in agriculture get put into that category as well. (Please don't misunderstand - not all cows are easy keepers and not all farm/ranch wives are easy keepers either. They can be few and far between.) The one who are easy keepers are generally low maintenance women who are content with the simple things in life and don't need or particularly even want roses, jewelry, or chocolates from her man. This is a story of one such woman.
My husband came in today and said he heard on our rural ag radio about a husband in Iowa who filled up his manure spreader with... what else...manure, headed out to a frozen stretch of ground and spelled out "Happy Birthday" in honor of his wife. They interviewed him on the radio. He said explained that it takes just the right layer of manure to melt the snow to get good, clear letters. They interviewed the wife as well and she was THRILLED with his gift! She was very sincere. She laughed and said she'd have to do some thinking to top that one for his birthday.
So when you are disappointed in something your hubby gave you (or didn't give you) for your birthday, just think. He could have spelled out your name and happy birthday in crap! It just might put things into perspective...