A Lonely Farm

| 5/10/2010 4:25:02 PM

Tags: Mountain Woman, Mountain Man, Farm, Boiler, Love,

Wood shed and outdoor boiler

Red Pine Mountain logoThis winter, I found myself constantly slipping on the ice. One day, after watching me fall for the umpteenth time, my pragmatic Mountain Man said, “You’ve always got your head up in the clouds. You’re looking at the mountains, at the sky, at everything except where you’re going. That’s wonderful. That’s you; but why don’t you just watch your feet so you can see the ice and then you won’t fall as much?”

“No,“ I answered. “I might miss something and I’d rather fall.”

“I knew you’d say that.” Mountain Man replied.

That conversation in a nutshell sums up the difference between Mountain Man and me. While I’m off in the clouds thinking, dreaming, writing, falling and picking myself back up again, Mountain Man is steadily focused on the task at hand.

Last week, Mountain Man left Red Pine Mountain towing a horse trailer and taking two of the youngest and overly exuberant dogs. I was left alone on Red Pine Mountain and the responsibility of keeping the farm running rested solely in my hands. Mountain Man’s final words to me were “Don’t burn the place down.” To which I responded haughtily, “Of course I won’t.”

george boothe
7/17/2010 9:18:16 PM

Hello mountain man and mountain woman. Love your place. looks really pretty there. I have one big question. How did you guys decide to give up city life for the country. See right now I want to move out like you folks and live off the land. I used to farm every summer with my grandparents on their farms. I loved it, and would love to share that experience with my kids and maybe teach them so skills for their life. My wife... not so thrilled... and very hesitant. some times she's like yeah lets go.. and other times she's like ... I'm not sure what i want to do. Any ideas on how to convince her it's the right thing to do? thanks, Big G

mountain woman
5/14/2010 10:06:54 AM

Samantha, Thank you. I do feel very blessed to have Mountain Man in my life.

5/14/2010 8:47:56 AM

Love this! What a blessing your life and your mountain man is!

mountain woman
5/13/2010 3:48:20 PM

Susan, Thank you for visiting. I know what you mean about a quiet house after a while. I also love my alone time to read and spend more time on the computer but after a couple of days, it really gets much too quiet.

5/13/2010 10:48:59 AM

Mountain Woman--what an awesome man you've got there! I had to chuckle as I read your responses to his concerns. I do the same thing when my hubby goes away--"quit worrying, I'll be fine, I can handle it." Inevitably some appliance goes kaput right after he leaves and I have to call his friend up the hill. And although I like having the house to myself for a bit, it does get awfully quiet. Susan

mountain woman
5/12/2010 7:23:13 PM

Oz Girl, Thank you so much for your kind words. I never know if I should send in posts such as this one that are more of me from my heart or just stick to technical stuff so thank you. I'm sitting here waiting for darkness to fall and the bear to hopefully not arrive and your cookies are keeping me well fed. I really appreciate your visiting me.

oz girl
5/12/2010 6:49:46 PM

You have a wonderful life in your northeast kingdom, with a wonderful man and sweet, sweet animal companions. As much as you feel that MM keeps your farm running (and I'm sure he does!) you are a team. I am sure that he would feel the emptiness of the farm were it you that were gone for a few days. I cannot express in words, adequately, how wonderful your writing is. This blog post was exceptional...keep up the good work! :)

mountain woman
5/12/2010 5:23:57 AM

Shannon, Thank you. I do feel very fortunate to have MM in my life. Cindy, I'm so glad someone else can relate to the toaster incident :-) Thanks to both of you for visiting me.

s.m.r. saia
5/11/2010 8:37:33 AM

What a beautiful post. That's a good man you've got yourself there. :0)

cindy murphy
5/11/2010 6:44:29 AM

Awww, Mountain Woman, what a beautiful post, and a lovely tribute to your Mountain Man. I have to admit, I got a bit choked up near the end. And psst...I have to admit also, I can totally relate to the toaster oven incident.

mountain woman
5/11/2010 5:31:21 AM

Andrew, Thank you. Yes, I agree that a relationship built and sustained over a dear piece of land is certainly unique. I loved the way you put it too "One's dreaming is complimented only by ones rationale and ones steadfastness is augmented only by one's fancy." That's just beautiful. Yes, we are a team. Hard to imagine we've been together only a number of years. Right now, he's away again and I'm coping with a black bear intrusion and as if he could do anything about it from miles away, I called him as the bear was trying to break in. Sure enough though he sent a friend out to help me. Thanks so much for visiting me!!

mountain woman
5/11/2010 5:25:12 AM

Rodeo, Thank you so much! Nebraska Dave, Yes, I totally agree with you about home and the heart. It's a special place that always calls to us. Mountain Man does try to prepare for every detail but this time my adventure with the bear is something he didn't anticipate because they have never come up to the door before. He did have his friend board up my windows and while the bear is wandering our farm, he's not come back to the house. I'm slowly calming down and getting some sleep but I'll be glad when MM is back again. I'm off to read Lori's post. Thank you for sharing the link and thanks so much for visiting.

5/10/2010 8:06:19 PM

Thank you so much for sharing this post. It truly is a unique relationship between two people when a farm is anywhere in the mix. One's dreaming is complimented only by ones rationale and ones steadfastness is augmented only by one's fancy. I am glad to hear nothing came of that toaster fire. What a great dog and companion! Seems to me Red Pine Mountain is a team!

nebraska dave
5/10/2010 7:58:57 PM

MW, my perspective comes from the other side. During my married years I was required to attend training schools in Ohio, Illinois, Texas, and California. Many weeks at a time I would be gone with only school, TV, and restaurant food. Now some folks enjoyed thoroughly the time away from the family and kids. I was usually miserable and couldn’t wait to get back home to family. Restaurant food was good for about a day or two then I yearned for home cooking. There’s really no place like home. In my opinion home is NOT where the hat is but where the heart yearns to be. I was always glad to get back home even if it was just for a weekend. I have to admire Mountain Man for preparing everything for his absence even down to the meals. It gladdens my heart to know that there are still men like MM that know how to take care of home even when they are gone. Oh, Yeah, and he can sooth a frantic wife from long distance even when a bear comes knocking. I would have never thought about ammonia, but even I don’t that smell. I think you are correct in thinking a Mountain Women should learn to shoot a gun. Lori one of our bloggers here on Grit had an encounter with two black bears while bow hunting last fall. http://www.grit.com/News-from-the-Nest-in-Rural-Pennsylvania/Bow-Hunting-Adventures.aspx I hope your bear and his sensitive nose stays away from your house until more drastic measures can be taken to assure the safety of you, your animals and the bear.

rodeo princess
5/10/2010 6:28:05 PM

oh my. I am so happy for you.

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