September 9, 2013

Ten Things I've Learned Living in the Country

This month we celebrated our nine-year anniversary of moving to Oak Hill. This is the longest I've ever lived in one place, even as a child. I married a military man, and we moved every 18-24 months from one side of the country to the other and occasionally overseas. When he retired from the military he pastored several small churches, so we moved around the middle of the U.S. a few more times, and we finally settled here in Oklahoma.

Ten things I've learned living in the country.

In the past nine years I've learned a lot from living in one place, way out in the middle of rural nowhere, such as:

1. Kitchen cupboards and drawers need maintenance and deep cleaning. I've never stayed somewhere long enough to have to do this, we always just cleaned them when we moved. Likewise, you have to move the couch occasionally.

2. We have the best neighbors in the world.

3. The weather changes from year to year. I love the fact that we've been here long enough that I know what to expect and what will bloom next, and yet I've learned that the weather is different every year and we often get surprises.

What I've learned from living in the country.

4. The landscape changes from year to year. Trees grow, trees die, trees are blown over by storms. Wind and birds bring in seeds for new plants. Goats eat plants and can wipe out a patch of herbs.

5. Horses are hard on fences: the grass is always greener on the other side.

The heavens declare the glory of God.

6. The heavens declare the Glory of God, and there's no better place to view the night sky than in the country where there is little ambient light. The myriad of stars in the heavens is humbling.

7. Dirt roads produce a lot of dust; dogs shed lots of hair. Daily sweeping and dusting are a necessity here.

8. Dirt roads are hard on little cars. Now I drive a pickup.

9. It's hard to find a white pickup in a parking lot, because everyone drives a white pickup.

Love with all your heart.

10. How to love with all my heart. It's a sad fact that animals die, and in the nine years we've lived here we've lost a lot of them. Some to old age, such as the dogs we brought with us and our old horse Easter, others to illness or injury or other causes. Still, I'd rather love an animal than miss out on laughter and companionship because I'm afraid I'll lose them someday. This applies to people too: love them with all your heart, even though they might break it, because you never know what tomorrow will hold.



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30 comments:

  1. What a lovely post, mam! I can relate so much to all ten myself. I had to laugh about the dirt road, dust and dog hair.
    Thanks for the reminders of all the wonderful things about living in the country.
    blessings,
    Shan
    www.The-How-to-Guru.com

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  2. Oh, Kathi. You nailed it in the last paragraph - to love no matter what. I dearly miss all of the pets I have had in my life, but I would never give up the time I had with them just to save myself from a broken heart! I also loved the fact that you can anticipate the rhythms of nature once you are able to observe for more than just a few years. I loved this post! Thanks

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  3. So true. When I lost my first kitty to old age, I was so heartbroken I thought I'd never have another...and we've rescued many since. Although we've had more heartbreaks and loss, we still find comfort and joy with our other furred family members and will always share our hearts with others in the future.

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  4. Great post! I've only lived in the country for a couple years, but most of these ring true for me as well. I have noticed how weather changes from year to year - it has been so drastically different these past few years. Or maybe I'm just paying more attention and realize it now. We also got rid of my little sedan and got an SUV because of the gravel roads! And the last one really resonated with me. I have loved and lost so much these past few years, and even though at the time I didn't want to keep animals anymore, I know I could never live without them. Even with all the pain that comes along with losing them.

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  5. Thank you, everyone. I remember my dad telling me, when his last dog died, that he wouldn't have another, it was just too hard when they died. I wonder sometimes if he was also thinking about his own passing, and what would become of his pet...

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  6. Hi Kathi,

    My name is also Kathi :) not very many of us with an 'i'. I found your blog via Black Fox Homestead Hop. Plan to visit offen.

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  7. Hi Kathi! Yes, there aren't many of us with an "i" so it's nice to meet you! Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you will come back often.
    Kathi

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  8. Great read! Saw this on the Homesteaders blog hop.... keep doin' what you do!

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  9. Thank you, Tauna. I'm glad you stopped by!

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  10. You are so right about these - love living in the country - although we're technically 'in town'. Do you get the washboard effect on the dirt road - they are hard on cars, most drive trucks or suvs here. Loved the post! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  11. Yes, Kathy, we do get that washboard effect on the roads, as well as potholes, rocks and more! It's all about ground clearance, isn't it?

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  12. Hi! I gave you a shout out on the Farmgirl Friday Bloghop as a fav of mine. http://farmgirl-unleashed.com/2013/09/farmgirl-friday-blog-hop-126-giveaway/
    Love this blog! I can relate to many of them.

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  13. Our oldest kids are just starting out their lives in the military. I hope they get to put down roots as deep and solid and wonderful as yours. As for my cabinets...ewwwww! Stopping in from the Blog Hop!

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    1. Jennifer, I hope your children will have the opportunity to put down roots someday, but also that they will enjoy their opportunities to experience life in many places while in the military. I'm glad you stopped by!

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  14. Looks like this is a little older post - so now you've been there 12 yrs - or theres about? Oh yes, those dirt roads. I'm so glad to have a paved road where I'm at now. Easier on tires too! Used to have a revolving account at the tire shop. And one more tid-bit of info. is white paint is the cheapest so a better deal is usually made on white rigs. Same is true for house paint - or at least used to be that way. I'm getting old, it might have changed.

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    1. Yes, Lady Locust, we've been here for 12 years now. I have so enjoyed being in one place for awhile! Hubby also told me that white vehicles are cheaper, that's why fleet vehicles are always white. :-)

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  15. Loved your post! Happy Anniversary!
    You made lots of good points but number 5 made me burst out laughing!
    Thanks for sharing on the homesteader hop friend!

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    1. Thank you, Jamie. Really, horses are very hard on fences!

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  16. This was a great on the spot share.i miss living in the country with animals and driving a truck on gravel roads. Living in the country can be peaceful and adventurous

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    1. Thank you. It sounds like you have some great memories!

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  17. That's why my pickup is red! But that isn't to say that I didn't try to get into another red pickup that was parked a couple of spaces away from mine! LOL!

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    1. How funny, Kris! LOL!

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  18. There is something peacefully magical about living in the country. Pets. Oh, pets how they tug at our heart strings but what would we do without them?

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    1. It's so hard to lose our pets, isn't it, Stacey?

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  19. AH I love this!! And I love that you LOVE animals. I grew up on a farm with about 10 dogs, one cat, three horses and a parrot LOL!

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    1. A parrot is a rather unusual pet. :-)

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  20. Loved this! Especially #6. People who live in the city have no idea what they are missing!

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    1. I know, Deborah. Unfortunately though if that's all they've ever seen, they really don't know.

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  21. Amen, Sister! I can relate to all of that. I, too, have moved around a lot in life. We've been on our homestead for nine years now and that's the longest I've lived in one place. I was really wanting to put down roots and discover some of these things for myself. I love country life!

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    1. It's the best, isn't it Michelle?

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