Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Hour and a Half from Town!
One of the biggest misconceptions I've seen is that country life is slower... What?!?!?!!!
We work from sunup to sundown 7 days a week, and on holidays. There is always something to be done. My city friends are always going to functions or parties or even coming out here for fun... Fun? Who has time for that?
It's rush to get the hay done, rush to get the garden in and out, rush to get enough wood chopped, and on and on!
Being so far out one has to always be prepared. Most city folk wouldn't know what to do if the trucks stopped rolling in...
I could easily survive if the world went to pot.
Most of my city girlfriends can't cook... Even proclaim it proudly! HA! I cook three GOOD meals a day, that there's braggin rights in these here hills! You never know when someone's going to show up for dinner, and if they do you know they'll be hungry. They're probably coming to help you out by doing some kind of physical labor.
Clean houses... I have to sweep three times a day, clean the kitchen three times a day...
I've also had almost every kind of animal on the farm live inside at one point... Baby deer, chickens, dogs, baby goats, LOL!!!
When my female city friends visit they "just don't see how I do it..." They'd be terrified to live out here, especially stay overnight alone. Heck I'm more scared of people than I am a snake or a bear.
That's TREASURE not JUNK! Although my yard is spotless, I truly appreciate other people's junky yards. There is just so much useful STUFF in theirs. It's all I can do not to pull over and ask to "shop", lol!
Jack of all trades...
Country folk have to be plumbers, electricians, vets, builders, mechanics, you name it. It costs a bloody fortune to get people out here to do work. A person also had to be able to rig stuff to "make it" until they get to town.
"Make it" is our mantra out here!
How are you doing? "Makin it".
Don't say you cant, just "make it" happen.
Lets get that patched so we can "make it" for another month.
Neighbors out here are priceless. When I lived in town they were nuisances. Bad kids, bad dogs, property line issues, no privacy, drama drama drama... We all get together here several times a year to drink/party/canoe etc. if someone has a grudge it's easily forgotten over a bottle of moonshine! ;)
Like you guys said, in the country everyone waves, smiles, and is generally ready to offer a helping hand. We live in a scenic area where city folk come to gawk at the breathtaking mountains. They drive 10-20 miles an hour on the hwy and NEVER EVER pull over to let a faster car go by. This drives us insane! Especially because we all pull off for the sports cars who want to enjoy the winding road or for each other because we know people have to get places and speed limits are optional... Only one county officer on duty, and he's usually tied up in town.
There are also daily wrecks out here due to inexperienced motorcyclists attempting one of the most dangerous scenic highways in the country, and idiots going TOO fast. You think the city people stop to offer help? Nope. I've watched several cars in front of me gawk, but they never stop. All of us out here have helped save a life or two, and stopped to comfort a new widow and get them help.
Help is at least an hour away, usually involving a helicopter.
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Last edited by FlyGap; 02-18-2014 at 11:51 AM.