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.


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.

Country living

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 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.

Country living

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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  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.

  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

  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.

  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.

  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...

  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.

  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.

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

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

  11. 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,

  12. 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?

  13. Hi! I gave you a shout out on the Farmgirl Friday Bloghop as a fav of mine.
    Love this blog! I can relate to many of them.


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