Life Changes: Country Style

| 8/11/2008 8:25:37 AM

Tags: garden, pond, Illinois, farm,

Slowing down in a fast paced world is not easy for those of us who have been programmed all their lives to achieve and become successful.  You become wrapped so tight, you forget how to loosen up and enjoy.  Nature’s beauty goes unnoticed and you can easily become a robot in a make believe world.

Country Home

But then … you reach milestones in your life and they scream for your attention.  Ours came when we prepared to send our first child to college and we realized that the status of becoming empty nesters was only a few years down the road.  Our second child leaves for college next year; we have taken notice.

As we prepare our children for independence, we are also preparing ourselves for the same.  How ironic that as the next generation heads into the high-pressure world, we are preparing to leave it all behind.

Our children face many challenges as they enter this new phase of their lives; so do we.  The children will have many trained teachers to show them the path. We will have one – a piece of land, in the country.

We purchased our country home last year and we are slowly learning to adjust.  Although Stan has already proven that the pond is full of healthy fish! The pond has also taught us a tough lesson: ponds don’t maintain themselves! This fact was recently proven over the course of a weekend when we pulled 3,000 lbs. of algae and weeds from the pond – Stan in the canoe with me on land, rake in hand.  We prevented our pond from becoming a swamp, and have since purchased an aerator to oxygenate and circulate the water (not yet installed).  Our country property consists of 18 acres, 8 of which a local farmer plants for us – this year soybeans. 

8/21/2008 8:35:32 PM

Thank you for the wonderful welcome Lori! I love fishing also - before the kids arrived we fished ALL the time, then they filled up our lives ... now we are getting back to it and my son is a Real Expert! Just sent him off to college today for his second year .. I will miss him, BUT I guess I can go fish! :-)))

8/20/2008 6:57:20 AM

Hi Debbie! How exciting for you to have such a gorgeous place! I can just imagine the beautiful view looking out over that pond! I love to fish! Some of my fondest memories are fishing with my pap when I was little. He's the one that got me "hooked" on it! I haven't had time to go much in the past couple of years, but my husband and I were just discussing that we need to go fishing again. I look forward to hearing about all your great experiences with your new place! Welcome to the GRIT community, Lori

8/17/2008 5:34:38 PM

Thank you Cindy and Lacy ... nice to meet you both!! We just returned from another trip down south (that car ride wipes ya out!) or maybe it's all the hard work we try to accomplish while we are down there. This time we did install the pond aerator and WHAT a project - I will post this week with pictures. Guess what I caught a few hours after the aerator was actually running ... TWO of those scary looking catfish! Thanks for the very nice welcomes and I look forward to learning from you both! Debbie :-)

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