A lot of people are shocked when I say we moved just outside the city to an acreage. It feels so natural for me to be here… as in, “of course I live out here”. We’re close to a modern town with every amenity you can think of and less than 20 minutes from the perimeter of the city. Our commute to work isn’t much longer than it was driving in the city. However, living out here is definitely different and I can understand why it has an appeal to certain types of people over others. Personally, I absolutely love it (of course). It’s hard for me to imagine moving into a condo like so many people are, but we all have our personal preferences and lifestyles to accommodate.
Here are but a few examples of how I knew we’d do well in a country setting.
1. We are not big on eating out. Rarely will we ever go to a restaurant. I enjoy trying new recipes for home cooked meals. I find myself steering away from processed foods as much as possible, to use fresh and natural ingredients. Now that we’re settled in, it’s been refreshing to get back to cooking in a functional kitchen.
2. Having said that, I love to garden and have grown a huge appreciation for having fresh veggies outside my back door. I really want to expand gardening, with a much larger garden to grow fruit and veggies. I also want to get into canning next year. While I wasn’t able to have a garden this year with our move, I've been able to assess the land and see where I'll plant next spring. I'll just have to make sure I deer-proof it.
3. We enjoy being outdoors and aren't afraid of getting dirty. I don't think hubby has one pair of jeans that don't have work-related marks on them. I swear, he goes outside for 10 minutes and has some form of dirt on him! I, for one, am not the average city gal... I rarely use a blow dryer, letting my natural beach waves (I like to call them), flow freely! I actually just found my blow dryer in a box last week after moving in over a month and a half ago, which really showed me that I never use it. I probably used my hair straightener twice this past year (for those many fancy occasions we attend), and wear minimal makeup. I prefer comfort over fashion and enjoy diving into the elements. I never wear heels.
4. I’m an animal lover. Hubby loves animals too and makes me smile when he plays with little Daisy, or talks about what he’ll do with the chicken coop to make sure the chickens are safe and comfortable. Aside from my dog obsession in particular, I have a passion for just about every other animal as well - domesticated or wild. Introducing horse back riding has opened up my animal-loving world to a whole new level.
5. I enjoy being creative with hands-on work. A former art school graduate, my favourite studio was ceramics. I loved mixing, molding, building with, and glazing clay. My best pieces from art school are my ceramics (my major was art history). While I'd love to start that up again, I now transfer that energy to things like cooking, sewing, gardening, working with animals, etc.
6. I’m extremely fortunate that hubby is a handyman and takes on any project with full enthusiasm. Pretty essential for living somewhere that has a full list of renovation work along with outdoor projects. Having construction knowledge goes a long way! Growing up on a dairy farm doesn't hurt either.
7. One thing I didn’t know how I would handle… the bugs! You have to be able to deal with them. They’re everywhere - and I mean everywhere! I used to fear spiders, but could care less about those now (unless they’re really big). Now it’s bugs I’ve never seen before. Aside from the insane amount of mosquitos we endured when we first moved in (luckily they’ve subsided tremendously), there were weird flying bugs and lots and lots of ground beetles - they’re big! Luckily they don’t damage anything, but I’m hoping as it gets colder they’ll disappear. I amaze myself at how well I’ve been dealing with that.
8. The desire to live in the country. This is most important. While the idea of country living can be appealing, the reality is that it’s work. We knew we wouldn’t get a picture-perfect house, but that’s something we can create. The dirty work won’t be done for you - you have to do it yourself! This is something both hubby and I knew going in. But I can say the pay-offs are worth it even in the short amount of time we’ve been here. The fresh air, the space and privacy, the sky chock full of stars on a clear night…!
The fact that we’re here and living it proves that dreams are always something worth going after.