The Ups and Downs of Rural Life

| 2/13/2012 12:07:47 PM

Marie James head shotI titled this blog “Adventures in Rural Living” because for our family, rural living has truly been an adventure.

We’ve lived on three rural properties and in several suburban and urban settings. By far, country living has offered the most challenges, as well as the most laughs for us and for our neighbors. Surprises — good and bad — seem to abound.

As time goes by, I’ll be sharing some of those highs and lows with you in detail, but today I’ll offer a brief glimpse at what I mean by the adventures of rural living.

   Jim and dogs in snow 

• A cold morning displays a beautiful sunrise with long rays of sparkle glistening on fields of snow.
• A phone call from a neighbor informs you that your cows are in her yard — again.

• A bird’s nest with three delicate blue-green eggs is found on the tongue of your horse trailer.
• A piece of equipment breaks, requiring expensive repairs, and it turns out to be your own fault.

2/14/2012 10:28:18 PM

Marie, country life does seem to be a little more extreme. Doesn't it? Animals always make life a lot more interesting. Confining animals just has a destiny of escape. It's one of the reasons I don't have animals. Plants are a little easier to keep in one spot. :0) Well, that is unless the local wildlife decide it's buffet time in Old Dave's garden. I don't mind if they want some but when they get greedy and want it all, that's when conflict begins. There is one thing about country living and that is it's never boring. Have a great time experiencing the country life.

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