Wednesday, March 9, 2011

10 Things I've Learned in Two Weeks of Country Living

1.    If my son goes outside, expect him to return muddy.
2.    Each person in my family should own a pair of rubber boots.
3.    Weeding and bike riding are perfect activities before dinner.
4.    Trips into town take precise planning--especially with the rise in gas prices.
5.    If Husband wants to show me his latest yard accomplishments, and insists that I come now, there is no need to hesitate, even if I am in my towel. 
6.    The words "I'm bored," are not allowed in this home.
7.    Windows without blinds are not frightening.
8.    Skylights are refreshing, and so is the rain when it hits their panes.
9.    Husband is the ultimate fixer, and possesses skills that I am sure I still don't know about.  He is truly awesome.
10.  There are plenty of natural resources for projects on this piece of property.
And one more...
11.   The noise of life is drastically reduced with a little country living.

You may have noticed less and less of me lately.  I've been soaking in what it means to be not of the city or the suburbs, but one living in the country.  I've been keeping my electronics at bay, and it seems appropriate and natural. The sensations that come with this new life have me taking into account many of my past everyday movements, and have me filtering them either in or out of this new life. This transition is precious to me, and I find myself wanting to protect it, to plant positive seed and to cultivate what has already been given in this new space. I feel renewed, yet I'm thirsting for more of the quiet that stands around me. 
It's been a good new beginning.  So, so good.



Nicole Jeannette March 9, 2011 at 8:40 PM  

Cheers to you! I hope that it continues to go well!

Britt March 9, 2011 at 9:31 PM  

I am so happy for you C. So so happy.

Connie March 9, 2011 at 11:15 PM  

I had to laugh AND LAUGH out loud, just picturing Nate needing you to run outside and see his accomplishment, even if you're in your towel--and you can DO it there! Too funny! The whole post is beautifully writtn, Cass! I never tire of seeing how you put words together.

Wanda Metcalf March 9, 2011 at 11:16 PM  

It also means don't forget what is on your list, and stock up while in town. A little hint milk does freeze we found this out because it goes fast and that trip has to wait sometimes. You will need to shake it because it will separate and taste a bit watery. Another tip I have done is to mix in a bit of dry milk to make it last longer and to absolutely use dry milk in cooking when the taste isn't so noticed.

Oh how you are going to L O V E Summer!!

Happy Trails

Ana* March 10, 2011 at 5:48 AM  

it sounds like the country brings a relaxing lifestyle with it. I can only imagine how fun it would be to live in a place like that during the summer. I am glad you're loving it.

Sorry I have been a little MIA on the commenting, blame it school.

Janet Fonoimoana March 10, 2011 at 7:07 AM  

You delight me Cassie! I'm so glad you're loving country life.

Erin March 10, 2011 at 11:14 AM  

Love it! Sounds absolutely divine!

Kimbirdy March 10, 2011 at 12:03 PM  

it all sounds so lovely! i grew up in the country and the woods were my playground - trees, sticks, mud, rocks, creeks - all were the best childhood toys. while i'm a total city girl now, the peace of the country definitely still appeals to me. maybe someday we'll have a cabin in the woods or along the coast somewhere.

Shantel S. March 10, 2011 at 1:01 PM  

It sounds as though you have found a great space to enjoy life and your family. Live it up!

Loredana March 10, 2011 at 5:59 PM  

You inspire me to make the move with my family to the country. We keep looking for homes far away from here so that we too can block out the noise of this constant moving city. I'm sure I will miss it but it isn't going any where. I want quiet days with my daughter and to have windows without blinds. Good luck to you guys!

a little bit biased March 10, 2011 at 8:13 PM  

I'm excited for you Cass. I think you'll do wonderfully in the country. Can't wait to hear about all of your little adventures out there. It really is a beautiful property you've got there. I loved it when you showed me last summer.

Libbie March 11, 2011 at 6:26 AM  

Cassie this sounds heavenly!!! Your blog title is perfect for your new life !!! :) It is just so relaxing even reading your posts! & the sooner you all get your rubber boots the better :) Glad you are enjoying your new life so much!!!!That makes me smile!!!

Shelley March 11, 2011 at 9:07 AM  

I am really enjoying reading about your transition into a new way of life. I'm so happy to hear that you're loving it.

mme. bookling March 11, 2011 at 10:44 AM  

I found so much of my inner quiet in the country - it feels beyond good to see you finding yours.

Princess and the Pea March 13, 2011 at 4:04 AM  

I'm so happy everything is going well and it's all you hoped for!

There is nothing better than the silence and the pitch black of the country at night to give you a brilliant nights sleep, with or without blinds on the window! X

“You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury
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