It has been far too long since I last posted here! Life often gets the best of us and any "busyness" that comes up can quickly take over. That being said, our Daisy is a busy bee herself, keeping us active and reigning us in when things start to feel overwhelming.
Aside from various events at work to throw us a bit off balance (nothing to panic about, just some different stresses lately), we are embarking on a new chapter in our lives... looking for a new home! We enjoy our house and have essentially "flipped" it since moving in 2 years ago, but we are ready to move again. Once you get settled you realize what you like, what you don't, and what's involved in changing your current situation. For us, we now want a place outside the city with a slightly bigger home and acreage... at least 4 acres to do the things we are growing to love more and more in our lives. This will allow us to garden (which I have grown to love and want to do on a larger scale), have a workshop (for all of Steve's handyman projects), perhaps some livestock in the future for a more sustainable way of life... all in the midst of more space and privacy... and less noise! While the market has slowed down, we anticipate more listings after Christmas.
I enjoy being away from it all (a bit of an introvert to put it lightly), and while I enjoy spending time with family and friends, I am most content with my family of three cozy at home and enjoying each other - spending time outdoors, surrounded by nature and just "being". I think that's why Daisy and I work well together... she's not fond of and a bit untrusting of other dogs to begin with, and I'm similar with people!! We are most comfortable being with each other and with those we can truly be ourselves with!
What will country living mean to Daisy? I don't really know, but I do know she absolutely loves being at my in-law's farm; not minding the cats, wanting to chase the goats, and indifferent to the cows. She's such a funny little girl! While I couldn't bear to simply let her loose to the dangers outdoors, I already know she'll be kept on a retractable leash when let outdoors (just like at the farm) until we can fence an area... probably with chain link fence so no view is lost but she can run freely, with my supervision as always. I seriously think that wherever we end up moving to, we'll be the weird country people with the chihuahua! Do people in the country own chihuahuas? I always see big dogs running loose... all the more reason to have a fenced area to me.
Perhaps one day we can endeavour into getting some chickens or goats, but I'd like to focus on gardening first - everything else can make its way into our lives when we're ready. Hubby and I are very fortunate to be on the same page when it comes to these decisions. Perhaps Daisy can take some chicks "under her wing" one day... if she's not scared of them!
In the meantime we celebrated Halloween with our new adventure in mind and made Daisy our 'country girl' . She was very funny, and when I took her to work in her outfit everyone lost it! She even had an honorary mention in the costume contest!
What a trooper she is!!