Four years ago, we moved here, back to the community that I spent most of my life in. There were many reasons that we made this choice, and a benefit was that this life had been a dream for both of us.
This time of year is one of my favorites, there is a smell that fills the air when cotton is harvested. It is the smell of my childhood and brings happy memories to mind. It is a smell that my husband has come to love. My husband grew up in town, and wanted to experience country living.
Every life choice offers challenges, and country living is no different. There are also incredible benefits to this life.
There is a television in our home, but we have found that the entertainment offered by the animals that live here more informative, educational and entertaining than anything we could watch on that television. The antics of the animals have caused us to laugh many times! We have spent more time together as a couple in this life. We have been entertained together, and worked together on the many projects that are a part of this life. We may not always agree, but we do not regret the decision to come here. This life is not perfect, no life is, but it is satisfying.
The meanest rooster alive offered challenges ! He was a learning experience, notice the word "was", he is only a memory now. Is he glaring at me in the above picture? No need to be scared, he can't hurt anyone now!
Clover moved in a couple of years ago. The plan was to have 2 does, their names would be Crimson and Clover. This spoiled cantankerous goat has been amazing. Clover watches over the animals, she has her favorites, and carefully watches them. Clover has a purpose, and that purpose is cheese! We have been trying to arrange for Clover to have a mate. She is old enough now. If Clover is as attentive to her own kid as she is to the chickens and ducks, she will be an excellent mother.
The food that this life offers can't be beat! Duck eggs are used in baking, brownies and breads are delicious when duck eggs are used. The chickens produce wonderful eggs. The yolks are golden and the whites are clear, I know what the girls have eaten and feel good about eating the eggs and sharing the eggs with my parents.
This life has had its challenges, but it has also had rewards and those rewards have been worth it. A challenge for me has been to have a blog, and learn how to use that blog. Sounds simple, but there has been much to learn. It is a challenge that this life has offered, and a challenge that I have chosen to meet and conquer.
At the end of each day, I am tired but satisfied. A satisfaction that can't be found anywhere else, but in this life that we have chosen for ourselves.
Joining in on Farmgirl Friday blog hop at Deborah Jean's Dandelion House.