Living The Life

I was out in the front yard this morning, walking the dog.

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Well, if I’m truly honest, the dog runs around the yard while I stand there taking in the stillness of the morning. It was early, around 6:30am, but was already light outside. I spotted one of the neighbors jogging by on the road, with his dog. My dog barked a good morning greeting. The killdeer (noisy birds) are up and at it. The geese honked at the “pond” across the road. The llamas grazed. The rooster crowed, and I heard someone driving on the road a few miles away. It is amazing how much one can hear out in the country.

 

 

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Last night I was outside (once again, the dog and I) around 10pm. It was completely dark, and still fairly warm. I heard cows bawling. I figured it was the neighbors cows at the end of the road, or maybe the ones owned by the neighbor over the hill. I enjoy watching the black and white cows graze in the field beyond our back property. I find it peaceful. Cows don’t really get in a hurry. They mosey around, chewing their cud, meditating on the things of life…like whether or not they will walk over to the other side of the field, or just lay down where they are. Deep stuff.

 

 

I love this cow that wanted her photo taken.

I love this cow that wanted her photo taken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday (and most days, really) I throw open the back doors of the barn and let Jazz into her stall. After I get her situated with her food and water, I go back to the open doors and stare out across the pasture. I can see clear back to the end of our property where it butts up against the fence of the farmer who lives behind us. Fence posts, against a blue sky with white fluffy clouds. Space. Breathing it all in (yes, even the farm smells!).

 

 

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It’s just so beautiful to me.

I am blessed.

 

Spring Is Here!

 

Spring is in the air!

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Mud season begins… April showers bring MUD.

 

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Beautiful blooms…a sign of new life.

 

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Tractor Supply’s CHICK DAYS…I can’t help myself, they are so cute!

 

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Is there anything more peaceful than watching a horse graze in the field?

Even the dandelions are pretty!

 

A Saturday In Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good morning, sunshine!

The view from my kitchen window always makes me smile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The start of a new day…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love to watch the neighbor’s llamas, across the road.

Shortly, there will be babies running around, that resemble cotton balls with legs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salem kitty is on the prowl.

She doesn’t like her picture taken, but she tolerates me chasing her around the yard until I get one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ace, you goober head!

You cannot lay in what will soon be my flower bed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jazz watches me from afar.

She’s usually curious about what is going on around the house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are the newest members of our family.

Ten chicks. Typical babies…they eat, sleep, and poop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The neighbor’s barn. Doesn’t it look picturesque?

My family’s barn is metal and doesn’t have quite the same “Norman Rockwell” appeal to me, as this one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring is busting out all over!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Necessary during the spring months, around here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

….and I took the one less traveled by….and it has made all the difference.

 

Country Livin’

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Image by cindy47452 via Flickr

I found this quote online and well…..it just summed things up for me on this July day in the country. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Thank you Adine Cathey for your thoughts…

“A MOTHER’S SMILE…RAIN ON A TIN ROOF…MARSHMALLOWS IN A CUP OF COCOA…FLYING GEESE IN OCTOBER…WILDFLOWERS ON A COUNTRY LANE…STRAWBERRY JAM…DADDY’S LAP…PICNIC…CORN SHELLER…LEMONADE…FIREPLACE…POPCORN…PURPLE VIOLETS…SUNSHINE ON DEW DROPS…PEPPERMINT CANDY…SANDBOX…BUBBLE BATH…A HOMEMADE QUILT…AN ATTIC…GRANDMA’S APRON…A GREETING CARD…FLANNEL SHIRT…A SPARE TIRE…AFTERNOON NAP…FINDING SOME BABY ANIMALS…SOME ONE TO SAY I LOVE YOU…CHOCOLATE CAKE…A LITTLE BOY’S ARMS FULL OF BOUNCING PUPPIES…A LITTLE GIRL’S HAIR IN BRAIDS AND A FRONT TOOTH MISSING…GRANDPARENTS LIVING ON A FARM…A RUSTY OLD TRACTOR…AN OLD PICK-UP TRUCK…PEACE ON EARTH…A RAINBOW…TOOTH FAIRY…PRAYER…MORNING SUNRISE…DUSTY CROOKED PATH IN THE WOODS…WILLOW TREE BY A CREEK…DADDY’S LUNCHBOX…FRESH APPLE PIE…A PICTURE STORY BOOK…LISTENING TO A BANJO…COUNTRY CHURCH…COWS IN A PASTURE FIELD…SEMI-TRUCK…FREIGHT TRAIN…SIPPING TEA WITH THE GRANDCHILDREN…STUFFING CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS…BROWN BISCUITS HOT FROM A WOOD BURNING STOVE…A RUSTY BARB-WIRE FENCE…A WOODEN FENCE POST…FEEDING THE BIRDS…A SOFT WHITE SNOW FALLING…GRANDDAUGHTER HITTING THE BASKET IN A BALL GAME…A BENT CROOKED NAIL FOUND IN THE BARN…FRESH HAY BALES… CATCHING LIGHTENING BUGS…WHIP-POOR-WILL CALLING AT DUSK…TIME SPENT WITH FRIENDS…FRESH CHURNED BUTTER…BABY CHICKS…COLORING EGGS AT EASTER…A BUTTERFLY ON A BEAUTIFUL FLOWER…BUMBLE BEES COVERED WITH POLLEN… Written 1991-1992….Happy Thoughts by Adine .”

Author: ADINE CATHEY

Breathe Deeply

I had letters to take to the mailbox today. I walked down the driveway, deposited the letters into the mailbox, stuck the flag up and turned around. I stopped. Before me lay a scene, straight out of Farm and Ranch magazine. A bright blue sky dotted with cottony clouds. Green grass in our yard, with the “prairie grass” blowing in the distance. The back of our property where we butt up against the farm behind us, was alive with the sounds of farming. The tractor was coming over the hill, just as I turned. It was quiet except for the tractor sounds and the birds chirping in the field. I closed my eyes for a second and just took a deep breath……….

I love living in the country. I love it for so many reasons, not the least of which is that there is not the congestion here that one finds in the city. Do I miss the convenience of having everything nearby? Do I miss the wide variety of things that living in the city offers? Yes, to an extent. Those things are nice…..but, for the peace and joy that living here, in the rural midwest, gives me….it is worth it.

There is something to be said for life at a slower pace. When I lived in an urban area in the south, I don’t remember stopping to close my eyes and just breathe in the air. I don’t remember being able to drive for quite a distance without seeing another living creature except for an occasional ground hog or deer, plus I have a renewed appreciation for the farmers that provide us with our weekly groceries.

I guess no matter where one chooses to live there are things that are given up, for other things that are savored.

As for me, I think I might spend some time on the deck this evening……enjoying the sunset.