Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Monday Musing . . . Country Girl at Heart

Okay, so . . . I've been pondering and pondering on what I will share with you this week . . . so much so, that I'm a day late with my Monday Musing. My photos won't upload, but I'll muse anyway.
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I am a country girl at heart. I'm not sure if I'd survive in a big city.
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We moved here almost nine years ago. It's a small city where everyone sits on their front porches in the evening and chats. The traffic here is non-existent after 8 pm. Everywhere you go, you see someone you know. It's a quiet, peaceful, sleepy little town.
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We live on the edge of town inside the city limits. On a quiet street. On a hair over 2/3 of an acre. We grow a 1200+ square foot organic garden every year. When we were looking to buy a house, I knew this was the one because it had a clothesline out back.
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Even living within the city limits, I feel, in a way, that we live in the country.
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We've got two outdoor cats, and at one time had two ducks. We wanted egg-laying chickens awhile back . . . but were informed that we hadn't enough land to own chickens. Instead, we buy eggs from local farmers whose chickens run around eating bugs and grains in the warm sunshine.
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Life is fairly simple for us. When we have warm days, I always hang the laundry. My hubby, kids and I all work at the garden every summer. We grill out, eat homemade strawberry shortcake {with beautiful strawberries from our garden}, and picnic at least once a week in summer. Our kids build forts, explore the adjoining woods together, collect bugs and play "ghosts in the graveyard" at night {a night-time version of tag}.
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We take walks around the neighborhood and through parks and on country dirt roads. My kids bring me bouquets of wildflowers, flowers from the garden, and many, many dandelions. :)
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We read together, laugh together, play games together, lie on our backs and look at clouds together, and drive through Amish countryside together.
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I can't imagine a more perfect place to be and a more pleasant way to live.
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Well, even though I haven't been able to upload my photos, I hope I've painted enough of a lovely picture for you. Living here has taught me that the simple things in life are worth more than gold.
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Sunshine and happiness to you all! {Especially now that spring is here!}
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Fondly, Kate

2 comments:

  1. Oh, how I miss home! I love the gorgeous picture you painted in my mind. I feel like I'm in the country here in my new city home too! I'm sandwiched in between railroad tracks and the Interstate in my own little piece of heaven. There are fields on the north and the south. There are sheep folded in the south pasture. We now have a borrowed nanny goat in our small yard and 11 little chicks that are nearly ready to venture out to the wide world of our small yard and their very own coop (which is in the middle of receiving a face-lift of barn red and white paint). If you travel back beyond the commercial storage units to the south of us, you find several exotic species of animals, including the prehistoric Cassowary bird. I miss the woods but an grateful to have found such a "country" spot right in the midst of a very large metropolis! Here's to country life!

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  2. Oh, yes, what a lovely word picture!

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