We're Never Too Old to Move to the Country!

| 2/22/2012 12:46:04 PM

Tags: Rural Life, Rural Living, Country Life, Country Living, Homesteading, Senior, Middle Age, Late Start, Marie James,

Marie James head shotWhen Jim and I bought our first acreage, we were just shy of 30 years old. We both dug in and worked hard to make that land into a small farm for our family. We had all the energy in the world!

Jim was working full time in the city, and on weekends he was building fences, mending fences, planting fruit trees, tilling garden plots. I was a stay-at-home mom with three young kids, making our house a home, growing some of our food, and doing lots of domestic things “the old fashioned way.”

 Senior Pumpkin Head 

After that, life took us here and there for a few decades, and flash forward to today — we are now just shy of 60 years old. We are both digging in and working hard to make this land into a farm for our family. But guess what? We no longer have all the energy in the world!

We have enough, though. We are putterers and we like to stay busy — it seems to be in our genes. Neither of us lacks for ideas for more things to do around here. We just have to remember to pace ourselves and leave some tasks to our younger family members.

 Senior Farmer Overalls 

marie james
2/28/2012 3:37:51 PM

Dave, you are the poster boy for urban homesteading! Your place sounds awesome. What a great life for your grandson too.

marie james
2/28/2012 3:35:31 PM

Mary, kudos to you for exploring such a variety of interests! Sounds like gardening and writing about it balance out the seriousness of your day job. Spare time can be elusive sometimes and we just have to make it!

mary carton
2/24/2012 3:54:07 AM

I belong to a laboratory forum, and one of the other members started asking what other blood bankers did in their spare time. I chipped in that I did 3 blogs in my spare time, one with GRIT, one personal gardening and just started a gardening column on an on-line newspaper and work 3.5 acres. At work I was over blood bank, microbiology, our LIS sytem. A member from England just said SPARE TIME?????????? in about a 72 font size.

nebraska dave
2/23/2012 5:55:38 PM

Marie, from the closing credits of your blog, it certainly sounds like you have a lot more going on than relaxing on the farm. I must agree with you that life and dreams can begin at any age. My life long dream of serious gardening started after retirement two years ago at age 62. Things have really started to roll with the purchase of a sizeable city lot in the inner city of where I live. My backyard became the playground of the neighborhood since my grandson came to live here with his Mom. I do have five raised beds in the backyard but with the purchase of a foreclosed property my gardening space went from 150 square feet to 3750 square feet. Yikes!! I now finally have space for the crops that can't be grown in small areas such as sweet corn. I might even get an ear or two if I can fight off the birds, squirrels, wild turkeys, raccoons, and rabbits. It will be a great challenge. So I lift my coffee cup high with a toast to starting out at any age. Have a great day enjoying each other's company.

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