Sunday, February 16, 2014

What is Country



Years ago, before I moved to the country, I had some preconceived notions about living in the back woods.  I think most of those thoughts were fueled by magazine articles that depicted country life as clean, robust, and not a speck of dirt anywhere.  

Whoever wrote/photographed those articles had no idea what they were doing.  




Living in the country means that your Jack Russell Terrier will bring in the corn cob, that you put into the compost pile, and hide it in a blanket.  The precise blanket that you use while reading in front of the wood stove........

Living in the country means that your daughter will invite a friend over who will regale you with the tale of her dad, who works for a local vet, that went to a farm to inseminate some cows and spilled the tank of, "material", in the back of his truck.....

Living in the country means that on Valentine's Day you might think that when your husband tells you he picked out a great gift, there is a donkey waiting in the barn......

Those magazine people.......what do they know?      





45 comments:

  1. The biggest they to come to grips with is that dirt isn't dirty but instead is a good thing.

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  2. I have a feeling you nailed this!! I have always want to be a country girl, live on a farm, ride hores and milk cows!! I know I would not last five minutes on a farm!!

    I do however, enjoy reading about it. ;)

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  3. There is always the ideal picture and then the reality. For example I see that wonderful image of the barn you posted and it makes me want to visit and take some photos myself, but I don't really think about the work that goes into having a barn, animals, etc. :)
    Have a great rest of the weekend.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  4. You have me giggling this a.m. You guys enjoy the day!

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  5. Great post and so true!!! Thanks for making me smile...:)

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  6. Great post . . . thanks for the smiles and giggles. Brings new meaning to COUNTRY!

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  7. Lots of great stories reside in country-livin.

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  8. Hi Michelle, Ha ha, What a great post. Thanks for the truth about living in the country. Either way, in the country, or here in my urban community, it's not always what folks make it out to be. For example, here, I see all the ads in the paper about how great it is to live in downtown Seattle. They never seem to mention the noise, how dirty it can be, or how you can see things you wish you hadn't. :-) Thank you for stopping by my blog and your kind comments. Take care and be well. John

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  9. Thought of you yesterday when Stan and I passed a farm with a few burros. I know--not the same as mules but close enough ;)

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  10. so now you've got me wondering if he caved on the donkey or not! :)

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  11. Soooo, what did you name the donkey? LMAO

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  12. I grew up on a farm so I know about country living. It still beats city living. :) Thanks for the morning laugh!

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  13. I was hoping for a donkey too. Oh, there's plenty of dirt in the country, alright! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  14. If you don't want that donkey you got for Valentines Day ~ I'll trade ya my Carnations ;)

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  15. You eat a peck of dirt before you die. You come in the back door, your wet over boots stay outside after you have moved the sprinkler pipe. Your indoor boots stay inside the back door. The front door is for a fire escape. Great on the donkey.

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  16. Lol, so true. I sometimes think life was so much easier 150 years ago and then I think, hey, no electricity? No washing machines? No tap water? Really? :-)

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  17. Kind of like when my hubby told me to go out and pick out any rock I wanted for my birthday present......He was pointing to the field when he said that, and the one I chose did weigh over 7000 pounds...... :-) Trying to get my behind back on the blog track! LOVE your barn picture!

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  18. WHAT! Donkeys aren't great Valentines gifts??? :)

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  19. I can only imagine the fun that comes your way from living in the Country.... I think it is wonderful!!! What prompted the move to the great Country Land.....I'd love to do it myself..

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  20. I still can't wait until we get there. I suppose there's good and bad everywhere, but I can't wait to see a dark night and stars.

    I'm so thrilled to have found your blog!

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  21. i have never lived in the city ... so i have only country dreams or memories ... i would not change a thing. unless you ... well, that is another story. ha. ha!! ( :

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  22. Always enjoy visiting you Michelle, loved the post, Francine.

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  23. Funny! What a sweet husband you have. ;)

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  24. This made me smile a real big smile Michelle. When we visit my father-in-law's farming roots in North Dakota, we kind of feel like those dumb city mice versus the country mice. Now that's a great gift from your husband. I would love a donkey but couldn't get it passed the home owner's association. Dumb city HOA - lol!

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  25. The mag's just have a difficult time understanding what the farm is truly all about.-- barbara

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  26. You are so funny! Loved the tales of the corn cob and the spill, but I'm going to pin the tail on the donkey tale.

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  27. Wonderful post! So was it a Donkey?

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  28. magazines do paint a different picture don't they....I understand the dog part...you never know what one of our crazies will bring in...

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  29. Country life is a beautiful life! I'll take it anyday! And the donkey.....Blessings~~~Roxie

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  30. Time you set them big city folk straight and write a story based on reality.

    So what's the latest on the donkey?

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  31. so funny, you gotta love your JR Terrier :-), oh dear that was a lot of 'no babies spill'. Beautiful barn photo...

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  32. Estupenda imagene..muy bonita...un beso desde Murcia...

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  33. Ha. You are so right! Our farm is nothing but dirt!

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  34. Oh no he didn't! Can't wait to see. xo

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  35. Ha haa , cute story , that's the living in the country .

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  36. wow! A donkey. How marvellous. Can't wait to see it. Must have been hard to parcel up!!!!

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  37. OMGosh did you get a Donkey??!!!! So excited for you. We adopted a donkey last month and am so in love with her. I think everyone should have one.... Photo please :)

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  38. OK, for a moment you made me appreciate living in a dirty and noisy city...

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  39. I love this! I never would have thought years ago that a goat or some chickens would have been what I wished for on my birthday haha!

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  40. That barn shot is so lovely. I enjoyed this post. I'm dying to know if your really got a donkey for V-Day!

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  41. yes! i remember living with my aunt & uncle in rural California . . such a different way of being . . there IS a difference between the city and country cousins.

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  42. Those magazine folks don't know what they are missing!

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  43. Ha ha, yes - not sure what those people had in their pipe when they wrote articles like that. But despite all the 'surprises' of country living, I wouldn't trade it for a free mansion in the city !

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