Getting to Know Us

| 2/8/2010 9:10:51 AM

A photo of Mountain WomanHow did I find myself on Red Pine Mountain? For years, I was a Navy wife, moving from duty station to duty station, never staying long enough in one place to put down roots. I have no regrets. It’s wonderful to serve our country and the friends I have made and the places I’ve lived have enriched my life beyond measure. But my husband was killed, and after a while, I knew I wanted another relationship. But how to find someone when you’re middle aged and not interested in the dating scene? The answer was Eharmony, and when I read the profile of my Mountain Man, I knew he was the one for me.

Mountain Man has lived in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont on a 300 acre mountaintop farm for the past 30 years. Divorced many years ago, he was also searching for someone who shared his love of rural life. You would think that would be easy, but it wasn’t. Most women turned and ran as soon as they found themselves miles from the blacktop road and even farther from a city with the requisite shopping mall. But not me. I was entranced. And now I find myself married to an incredible man and living my dreams of raising animals, riding horses and learning to garden.

But what about my Mountain Man? He’s a logger and a craftsman. And one of the things I love about him is his great respect for the land. He knows we do not really own our farm but are stewards of the land responsible to the generations after us.

And with the timber he so carefully logs, he builds timber framed structures, and at the moment, he’s building a barn for me and my hay burners (his name for horses).

I thought you might enjoy watching the flooring made.

The red pine logs at the log landing. They will become the flooring for my barn.

Mountain Woman
2/16/2010 11:47:37 AM

Nebraska Dave, Hurray!!! I have to tell you that you ARE most definitely a writer and an eloquent one at that and I look forward to all your stories. I'm so glad you are taking such a worthwhile and important trip. Yes, I loved what you said about simplicity and luxury. The rural lifestyle isn't for everyone and I appreciate people who recognize that they aren't cut out for this way of life but for those of us who can embrace it, there is no existence any better. I'm rich beyond luxuries. I live in nature, surrounded by beauty, animals and hard work and I wouldn't have it any other way. Thanks Nebraska Dave for saying it so beautifully.

Nebraska Dave
2/16/2010 10:11:53 AM

MW, Ok, you talked me into it. I applied for a blog here on Grit. I guess it was time. I’ve been floating around on the Grit blogs for about a year. If I’m accepted, it should appear while I’m gone. I’m just a couple hours away from leaving for a trip like I’ve not been on ever in my life. A friend of mine bought a van to give to a mission church and school in Nicaragua. We will be driving the van through Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and into Nicaragua to our destination. So I might not be around to respond to any comments for a couple weeks. All the writers here on the Grit website have a much higher level of talent than I have but I’m a work in progress. I’m better than I was but not as good as I could be. I’m more of a story teller than a polished writer. I play around with words; make up words; use words in unorthodox ways; but it’s always about fun times. If I can lighten the load and put a little joy in the heart of the reader of my stories, then I’ve accomplished my goal for writing. I definitely do envy your life away from black top roads and city malls. The hard work and soothing country sounds have a way for making a restful night like no sleeping pill can. I believe it was intended for us humans to live that way. Work to live in simplicity and not to work for luxury, in my humble opinion, should be the goal in life. Enjoy every day for the day that it is.

Mountain Woman
2/10/2010 7:01:40 AM

Lori, It's so exciting to meet someone who has experience in the process. There is so much craftsmanship and work that goes into logging. Mountain Man used to build furniture and we have several pieces but his shop isn't climate controlled enough at the moment to produce fine furniture but what an art that is. I would love to see your Dad's work. I don't like shopping either. Can't stand to be in stores looking at stuff when I could be home on the mountain with the animals so you are a woman after my heart. Yes, Nebraska Dave should have a blog. He's such a talented writer. What an interesting life you lead. I'm trying to learn more about photography but right now I'm at point and click. I admire beautiful photographs and the artistry it takes to produce them. Thanks so much for stopping by!!

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