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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Country Adaptation


I have been living "out in the country" for 4 years now.
And I am just beginning to adapt.


Wish I knew why it has been so difficult~
when there are moments and sights like these that surround me.

I don't think I am a "city-girl".....nor am I a "farm-girl".
Just what I am ~I am not too sure.

But upon reflection {along with that Grand old saying...
"Home is Where the Heart Is"}

....I'm glad I am here in this moment of time.


~There really is No Place Like Home.~


37 comments:

Naturedigital said...

It takes time to adapt to living in the country..
But it is so beautiful living there...
So unlike to modern and hectic living in a big city.
Costas

Ola said...

This is ineteresting, I do not know if I could personally live outside a big city, maybe it is simly a question of defining yourself

Allison said...

Your adaptation rings a bell in terms of my own. I have wondered ... if home is where the heart is... where is the heart? Mine is in so many places. For family, it is here. But for that real, dig your heels in, put your roots down feeling, it is 5,000 miles away.

Like you, I am glad to be in this place for this season. I am trying to let that be enough. :D (though I balk at times). Thank you for such a lovely post!

Tracy said...

Dawn, I grew up a 'country' girl but as an adult, I like the 'burbs' because I dont like wasting time looking for the conveniences in life such as running to the store 5 min. away when I need something for a recipe or I forgot to pick up a gift, etc...but you are most certainly right; home IS where the heart is...

Joe said...

The last pic with the horses reflection in the water is great. I was born and still live in the country so I never had to adapt. I know the times I've been in the big city I was soon longing to get back to the country.

Jayne said...

Well, we live in a rural end of the county too, and I suppose the only thing that stings is the fact that I now have almost 45,000 miles on my not yet two year old car? Takes me a half hour to get anywhere. But, I love the peace and quiet and all my birds and wouldn't trade it right now.

varunner said...

I moved from the middle of Houston to way in the boonies some 13 years ago. I take the country any day :-)

Liesl said...

I lived in a town for more or less 10 years and almost lost my mind,making the move to a farm was a big step with lots of lessons to be learnt,but worth it in the end...I could never be a towny again! Lovely pictures,must be awesome going out for a ride in the snow..

Deb said...

beautiful photos...

ruthy ann said...

there are things about the country that just meld with my soul...i think if I lived there though I might not appreciate the great escape that it is

Hope said...

you know, if we ever get a chance to sit down for tea together, this is a conversation we could really understand each other in. so...i hear you, Dawn!

great photo's!

Leah J. Utas said...

I'm a farm girl living in town. We can adjust to anything if we are motivated.

texwisgirl said...

I'm glad after 4 years (maybe) you're settling in. I adore the country life and after spending 10 years in Dallas and surrounding suburbs, I never ever want to go back... I hope you will eventually feel the same. :)

Lynette said...

Happiness is something you carry inside of you and where you live makes no difference. You live in a stunning part of the world.

Out on the prairie said...

I like being able to rove and be that only one. I lived next to a river until 2 years ago when I had 2 ft of water in my yard.I bought the house I live in now and do like that I can go to any store quick ,even walk to get a cup of coffee.I miss the eagles in my yard, but have more variety at my feeders surprisingily. I do have neighbors all around and did like my solitude and freedom to do what ever I wanted.

fourwilkies said...

That's funny. We have been in the country 4 years too. Well, 4-1/2 now. Sometimes my city-slicker ways seep through though.

Hi Kooky said...

Beautiful photos. I think the ideal arrangement would be for me to own a great apartment in a city, and to own a great rambling home in the country. And go where I want when I feel like it. :)

Farm Girl said...

It took me awhile too. Everything gets dirtier and there are animals that want to eat you and life seems so much harsher. I have been here 10 years now, and I think I have finally adapted.
I remember when we first moved here our then six year old was playing in the front yard when this huge hog, comes chasing him through the front yard.He was running for his life. He ran and jumped in the tree house and all I had was a broom.
I chased it away with the broom, but at that moment, I did wonder, about this country living. I love the horse. You do have beautiful views.

Cat said...

good morning Dawn..love you new profile pic, you look so joy filled!
Adaptation! A tough one that I have encountered was when I started working from home. I have a gypsy spirit, love to move around, new experiences, new challenges...but to stay in one place day after day after day.....that was hard. I knew the benefits, but my heart ached to get out into the world. I took it day by day, some I won, some I didn't but after about 3 years I surrendered to the season. I realized it would not be forever and the pay back was more than worth it and most importantly I grew in a way that no other experience would have caused me to grow.
your pictures are gorgeous...you are very blessed

love and light

Nancy said...

I grew up in the suburbs, but always longed to live in the country and now I have for almost 11 years.

But I think what really matters is -- if you are content with yourself and the one you are with, if you are with someone, then it really doesn't matter where you are.

Country Mouse Studio said...

It takes a long time to adjust to a new environment no matter how convenient or who you are sharing it with. I went from country to city and it took years.

Eyeliquor said...

I think you are living on pretty cool grounds! :)
Stay Easy!

Hilary said...

It sure looks like a wonderful place to be.

GardenofDaisies said...

I'ts absolutely beautiful there!!! What a view! I suppose you will always feel like you have one foot in each place, and that because of your life experiences, you can never be completely one or the other. Btw, that is not a bad thing.

Penny said...

Wow it is beautiful! But it always take longer than expected to adapt to new places doesn't it.
I've never lived in the country, maybe one day I will

Jen (emeraldsunshine.org) said...

I live in a small town and would like to live in the country, but I will not know until I do it if I'll actually enjoy it.

Your photos are gorgeous.

Tiggeriffic said...

I love living in the country.. the best thing is you can go to the city and do what you have to do and then drive back out to the country and enjoy the beauty and quietness.. I lived in the city and frankly I just like to visit now and not live there..
You can't get on a horse in the city unless you are a policeman...
ta ta for now from Iowa

Val said...

Wow, those photos are so gorgeous. I live in the city and the country would be so peaceful and lovely!!!!

darlin said...

I hear ya Dawn, I'm definitely not a city girl, I love the country but if I had to milk a cow to save my life, well I'd be doomed. You are blessed to have horses, I want horses on the farm but I'd most likely be scared to get on them, at first anyways. They say it's like riding a bike, maybe I'll try the bike first, I want a Harley! lol

I love the photos, they go with the Cowboy Christmas poem in their own way.

Susan said...

You have such a wonderful place. The horses are beautiful. I'm definately a country girl, but I do enjoy a BIG trip to the city now and then!
Blessings!

Rick said...

I've done a few short stints in the city due to circumstances (read: finances). But I wouldn't trade our spot in the country for one in the city if they were giving the houses away ! I think it was also a great benefit for our kids who didn't have ready access to some of the temptations of the city.

Love your photos. You'd never have a view like that in the city !

Jimmy said...

I prefer living in the country myself, the quiet and beauty is a lot and I do appreciate it, it looks like you are in a beautiful place and City Girl or Country Girl you are home right where God intends you to be :)

lakeviewer said...

Sometimes, you just have to be in a place and let it soak into your skin, slowly, as you begin to breathe in and live in its rhythm.
Happy Holidays.

Sheree said...

Dawn, it really is beautiful where you are. Always makes me smile...:)

Pat Tillett said...

I live in a semi-rural area and I'm drawn both ways. I'll tell you what I do love, I love your photos!

In My Tennis Shoes said...

oh friend! how i long to be out in the wide open spaces right now! i was born and raised out there and while i don't live in a huge city currently, this neighborhood with all the close houses on all sides sometimes smothers me! Soak it in for me! :D

Lynne H. said...

About 6 years ago we moved from the city and right near a big college to the semi-country.. At first I did not like driving 3 miles for gas or even further for malls and such. Now,I love it. Close enough for the things we enjoy, yet peaceful rides (once I get off the interstate)home.
You are mighty blessed Missy Dawnie -Girl!!!!