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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

Cheryl in Texas head shotWe've all heard the old adage that good fences make good neighbors. Well, we can attest to that after last week. To make a long story short, we discovered the neighbor's cows on our property last week. When we let them know about it, we did not get the response we would have thought. Not only was the wife miffed that we were there to tell them about the trespassing, or want to be bothered to move them back (she actually asked if they could just stay so she didn't have to call her husband), they had known about the huge breach in the fence line for at least a week. I guess it's good to know what kind of folks you're dealing with for future reference. They are nothing like every other person we have met out there! And seems like no matter who you talk to, everyone has a "bad neighbor" story - and some of them are really bad. So if this is the worst of it, we'll be okay. Especially since we have met so many other people that are what you think of when you think of "country neighbors" - kind, generous, considerate.

At least we ended the evening by capturing this positively gorgeous sunset reflecting off the tank (pond)! And this is looking towards our super wonderful neighbors that I've mentioned previously.  :)

 sunset 

So this past weekend, we changed directions and instead of trenching our water lines, we repaired the fence between our properties. May not win any prizes for pretty fence, but it's functional and will keep the neighbor's cows out, especially since he doesn't seem too concerned with keeping his (registered) cows in. It was a beautiful weekend, and we also managed to chop down hundreds (seemed like much more!) of thistle weeds just as they were starting to flower so that they will not have the chance to seed again (!), burn down the last two stumps in the home site area, and till our new garden space. All our seedlings are started back at the house.

Spring is here in central Texas! The trees are all leafing out. Even the ones close to the home site that we were so worried we may have lost in last year's severe drought. Hip hip hooray! We have grass over a foot tall in several places. The rye grass we planted last fall is going to seed and wild flowers are starting to pop up. Life in the country is just awesome!

Next weekend is definitely water line weekend. We have four weeks before the house arrives. Yikes! There's so much going on, the time is going to fly by. We are so excited about the life we are living - living with intention.

Until next time, worms rock and bees rule.

nebraska dave
3/7/2012 3:06:58 AM

Cheryl, I'm glad to hear you have mended your fences so to speak. I'm surprised that the neighbor was so lax with his registered cows. Usually folks with registered cows are pretty picky about who they associate with. Animals and fences are one of the plagues of farming. Animals are just destined to get out on occasion. I guess if I was fenced in my dream would be to escape too. It just natural for animal and human to think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. :0) Have a great fence barrier day.


wendy slatt
3/6/2012 11:14:41 PM

Cheryl, that view is simply gorgeous...love it! You're right, everyone's got a bad neighbor story, but I think it helps us appreciate the good ones that much more. Good job on getting the fences up. You've got so much going on, and every day gets you one step closer. I'm so excited for you!