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Rural life
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mary    Posted 05-16-2002 at 00:49:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
what makes rural life so great?


Redneck    Posted 05-18-2002 at 03:57:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bought all done been said,ain't it nice?

Yall are my kind of people.



Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-16-2002 at 21:59:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Doing pretty much what I want to and when I want to do it and not worring what the neibors think because they can't hear or see what I am doing. Also living off the land being self sufiant and having fun while doing it. PS also playing on the tractor!!! Mark H.


TimC    Posted 05-16-2002 at 20:50:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Today it was cultivating my garden and my neighbors garden with dad's old Allis Chalmers
G and watching a group of deer graze on clover about 70 yards away and they could care less about me.

You don't have to go inside to take a leak.

They smell of honeysuckle.

You can walk 2 minutes from the house and pick
the sweetest black berrys that Kroger has never seen.


Burrhead    Posted 05-16-2002 at 18:22:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
What makes rural life so great??????

To me it's that you get back exactly what you put into it.

Then the other thing is that 1st my kids and now grandkids can play anywhere anytime and we don't have to worry about preverts stealing them.

The DPS and county cops look yonder way when they see the kiddoes on the highway with tractors, 3 and 4 wheelers.

Outside of that ever body gets to tend each others bizness without hurting feelings or range wars jumping up.


Pastoralism    Posted 05-16-2002 at 15:45:02       [Reply]  [No Email]

Rural life...A literature term best describes it. Pasroalism is the belief that self-reliance and the keen sense of natural wonders will lead one to a better life. With this comes new spring pastures, and the shepherd that tends his flock of sheep. Although rural life for some may not include sheep, and green pastures, it is the representation of those that makes it beautiful and amazing. The pastures can represent your farm fields, or rolling woods, while you, the shepherd, tends to his or her daily duties...feeding the cows, milking, ploughing the field, or just simply enjoying God's great gift. Self reliance comes into the role beause you are out of societies chain. You broke through the bounds, and entered your own pastoral adventure. Along with this comes the term of transcendentalism. Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson believed this action would lead one to the better life. Thoreau experienced it first hand when he ventured into Walden Pond. Transcendentalism is the search for goodness, and with rural life, it is as if you are already there. One is born good, becomes corrupt, and if the person has a strong enough heart to break through societies addicting ways, will search for goodness. Goodness is what God handed to us, and humans turned it into more of a circus if anything. Those humans who appreciate Gods gift will be introduced to pastoralism...rural life...the good life.


Manitoba    Posted 05-16-2002 at 14:21:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
What makes it so great.... Its saturday afternoon, you have about 200 bales left of fresh (no rain) hay lying on the ground...you started early this morning with a 1,000...you feel a few spits of rain and look towards the west and see a black monster cloud bearing down on you. You here a horn honk behind you...you turn...

There in the front of the old pick-up is your two closest neighbours holding a box of cold beer...in the back their four strappin boys, plus two of their buddies...

Comment from neighbour number one.." come in out of the rain oldtimer..let the kids finish up"

Barely got the bottle half drunk and the hay was stacked in the shed. Need I say more..?


One of the downsides...Greg VT    Posted 05-16-2002 at 14:09:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
of rural living is that if ya ain't careful ya can get a little to isolated. Then ya starts to lose some perspective. Ya might start to forget that there's a whole big world out there and there's a whole lotta different takes on things and just cause you think it's the way it should be don't make it so. Ya gotta be careful about that...


mary, i'd like to hear your opinion    Posted 05-16-2002 at 12:26:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
?????

This thread has got me thinking a lot!


Mama Bear    Posted 05-16-2002 at 11:57:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I love the quietness and being able to have farm animals all around you. You look up at the sky on clear nights and actually see a sky Full of stars.
You may have a neighbor, but they are far enough away that ya don't bother each other but just close enough to visit once in a while.
I feel alot more relaxed with not having the hustle of living in a city. Life is usually slower paced.

Rural life is for me!


F14...Here's a visual...    Posted 05-16-2002 at 10:22:13       [Reply]  [No Email]

In 12-14 weeks, these will be 5-6 pound freezer birds...


Jim(MO)    Posted 05-16-2002 at 10:06:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It's quiet, clean, smells good and I'm pretty sure if I can get back to it full time I'll live longer. At least better.


Farmer wantabe    Posted 05-16-2002 at 09:55:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
The attraction for me is the peacefull life among similar thinken folks I guess. Sure aint because it is easier thats for sure. I was raised on a farm and couldn't wait to graduate, get a job and live in the 'burbs spending my time off lounging around. 10 years of that and now I am trying to get back to the rural life on my 53 acre wantabe farm. Now I spend my "free" time fixing the barns, trimming the fence rows etc.


DeadCarp    Posted 05-16-2002 at 09:19:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Solitude. We have a cabin on the lake and maybe 4 cars/day go by. Wouldn't be so much traffic but the neighbor works out. I go sometimes 2 weeks before i clean out the mailbox. 2 weeks without junk mail is more like my speed. Really, i guess they only send bills every month so maybe i'm working too hard. I'll have to sit on my stump, light my pipe, feed the chipmunks, listen to the birds & think about that. heh heh




Scott Hansen    Posted 05-16-2002 at 09:39:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Where you at?


DeadCarp    Posted 05-16-2002 at 17:32:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
In the middle of Minnesota. Our place is on a strip of land between a lake and a river. Main part of the cabin is 100 years old, and we're along an old stage line. Where the livery used to be, you can take a shovel and gather a bucket of rusty horseshoes. They spent a month getting from Fargo to Duluth, then turned around and zigzagged their way back. Brought the mail and city goods (mostly sugar, salt, flour, yard goods) with them. That would have been a different way to see country, ay? :)


Salmoneye    Posted 05-16-2002 at 09:10:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If ya have to ask...
You'll never get it...


WallSal55    Posted 05-16-2002 at 08:54:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Peace and quiet. The stars at night are my best friends. My move to the country proved
to be eye-opening--What they don't teach you in
high school! (My father fixed everything in the country growing up. He had a real self-sufficient way of life.) I wish I had more skills to fix, repair, and build things. Husband can a little more than I, but has to punch the time clock.


Greg VT    Posted 05-16-2002 at 08:14:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Being able to take a pee of the back steps iffin ya feel like it...

Having the Owl across the hollow finally answer ya back...



LH    Posted 05-16-2002 at 05:53:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
A lot of these folks gave great answers and I agree with all of them. But in addition for me it's just the warm fuzzy feeling you have in your heart once you are satisfied with your life in the country, and are at peace with the world.


jamo    Posted 05-16-2002 at 05:49:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We are just beginning our rural life and already I can name several things. Have you ever smelled the soil as a farmer tills his field, or been awakened by a roosters crow instead of a blaring alarm. My kids and I take a short walk to the river to fish. Or maybe we'll take the horses instead. When is the last time that you looked out of your living room window to see 7 or 8 deer leaping through your front yard? And being surrounded by farm animals supplies a neverending amount of unconditional love from God's most innocent creatures.


kraig WY    Posted 05-16-2002 at 05:33:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I think watching baby critters goes pretty close to the top of the list. Taking your morning coffee on the back poarch watching baby calves dancing in the pastures or baby pigs scurring around. Saddling a horse and riding up in the hills, just you, a good horse, dog if he wants to come, being alone with your maker. Getting good clean dirt all over you crawling around a tractor that was new 50 years ago. Maybe this farum isn't long enough to answer that question.


EIEIO    Posted 05-16-2002 at 04:39:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Getting up early in the morning and seeing a beautiful sunrise, going to feed the critters and feeling as if you are the only one on the earth. You can smell the newness of the day, as you walk through the grass sprinkled with dew. The pigs are already saying "snort snort" to you, the dog is glad to see you and all the other little critters are saying their welcome to you. No cars, no noise, no pollution, just you and God's creatures. I would rather hear a rooster crowing than cars racing down the streets with that "boomBoom" music blaring. You can even drive into town, 30 miles away, and the few drivers you see wave at you and you know you are home!

Toni


Sammie    Posted 05-16-2002 at 04:11:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
No neighbors in my armpits or looking through their windows into mine, the sound of frogs at night, room for my garden, the horses in my pasture, little if any crime rate, fresher air, less noise, people aren't so grumpy as a rule, different kind of work than in town but much more rewarding, less headaches as a result!! I just love it here, even more than I thought I would. Since I moved to the country, I am doing things I would have never thought of when I lived in town. More independent things like remodeling my house including moving the bathroom to a storage room and building my own kitchen, being a single woman I find that people who know more than I do are more willing to help me with what I can't do alone, joining the County Sheriffs Search and Rescue team and going places and doing things to help others, pulled out my hand quilting frame for the first time in 15 years. It's a different way of life for me and now I would never be happy living in the city again.


F14    Posted 05-16-2002 at 04:23:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Add to that: Cleaner air, less noise, less light pollution (the sky was GORGEOUS last night), much greater liklihood of getting to actually know your neighbors.

I have a small hobby farm, and I was just thinking yesterday, as I was attending to some small task, "What would I do if I lived in an apartment in the city? I'd go NUTS with nothing to do."

If ya got critters, there's most always something that needs doing. I find it MUCH more rewarding to stay busy with the 1001 small tasks that make up a farmer's life than piddling away my time watching the mindless garbage that passes for entertainment on TV, or hanging out at Starbucks or the 7-11 or any of the other city attractions that some folks can't understand how us hayseeds can live without.


MikeH-Tx amen!    Posted 05-16-2002 at 17:35:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
F14, you eloquent thing you! I am more of a yuppie than a farmer (don't shoot, don't shoot), but riding the fence in between. There is no way I could remain sane if I had to live away from the country.

The country sky is wonderful. A telescope actually does some good here. Critters are much better than therapy. A garden: ditto. Restore an old tractor and you have friends for life, not to mention satisfaction for helping to preserve history. Then paying your dues by helping folks do the same on ytmag.com.

Now if I could just figure out how to survive without the day job...


Whizz    Posted 05-16-2002 at 05:31:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Count me as one of the "hayseeds" also. No close neighbors, lots of critters, fresh air and night skies lit up by millions of stars instead of city lights. I spend many late afternoons/early evenings sitting on my deck with a tall glass of iced tea just watching my hosses graze peacfully in the pasture and listening to the quietness around me. Wouldn't want it any other way.


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