We're down to just a few chickens, the 4 horses, 5 dogs and an ever changing population of barn cats. I've cut my garden down by more then half.
I have to agree with everyone else about the "getting away". It's also tough keep up the older we get. We like to keep our horses ridden. Every morning starts with a ride, weather permitting. Many times that's it for the day
I'm wore out.
My father in law is terminally ill and a 2 hour drive away. My husband goes, just about every weekend, to visit with him for the day while I stay home to do chores. I finally made it to see him this last weekend but it was a rush trip.
I love the country life and hope to stay here forever, but I can see a future where our own old age and poor health will make it tough to keep up.