Well, with a deep breath, we are jumping into country life. As I rapidly approach 50, and my husband already hitting that mark, we have sold our big house in the city and are moving to a lovely little 20-acre parcel an hour away in order to try to live a simpler (ha!) life and support our daughter's love of everything horse. We'll somewhat regretfully say goodbye to cable tv, quick trips to the grocery store, public transit, a spacious house and a semi-walking lifestyle in order to have a small house (less cleaning!), spacious land, horse neighbours, chickens, donkey, our horses with us, stars at night, peace & quiet, and a long (but gorgeous) commute to work (for hubby). I am giving up my business (I had a Pilates studio - hence my monikker) which happily will give me more time with the beasties and more time to train for my beloved triathlons. At least I think I'll have more time ...
Oldest daughter (almost 20) will stay in the city. Youngest daughter (almost 12) is determined to live in the barn and wants to move yesterday. Maybe we could have gotten an even smaller house??
We embarked on horse ownership just over a year ago. We now have two horses (boarded right now), two cats and a dog. I'm looking into getting a mini donk (to keep my horse company when my daughter has hers at competitions), chickens for me (eggs) and my husband wants bees. It's going to be an adventure, for sure. The ridiculously steep learning curve I've been on for the past few years is going to increase exponentially, I suspect. Scared witless? Yes. Excited? Absolutely.
So please forgive me if I ask some really dumb questions, and feel free to point out how stupid they are. I have a pretty realistic view of my own shortcomings And now that I've given up Facebook for Lent, I suddenly find I have more time to read the posts on this forum (hmmm ... don't think that was supposed to be the point).