Fall

Country Dreaming

The wind is powerful today, and it would be perfect for throwing open all of the windows were it not for the insane loudness of the trees being trimmed and thrown into a wood chipper right across the street. Add that to the many reasons I want to buy a house on a property with no bordering neighbors. Quiet. I want true quiet.

There are so many reasons I do love being in the suburbs and lucky for us all of our neighbors are really nice; but our neighborhood has an HOA and even though that means it looks really good and is well manicured, it also means people are constantly doing yard maintenance and house repairs that make noise. It’s a small price to pay to live in a beautiful and safe hood, but it has taught me how much I value quiet and privacy. I guess you can’t really take the witch out of the woods.

There are even more reasons I want to be in the semi-country. I say semi because I don’t want to have to drive an hour to get to a grocery store or a hospital (or a thrift store!!), so you know, a good few miles outside of a town will do. Amongst the myriad ideas I have, I would like to build one of those cool outdoor showers, which wouldn’t be possible with our neighbors on all sides. I also dream about a pool and sunbathing in the buff. I want to garden in solitude and dance wildly around a bonfire on the solstices without breaking fire burning rules. I want views void of other houses and power grid wires, instead I’d like a clothes line. When I go out to see the stars at night I’d like to hear crickets, not the sounds of traffic. Luckily, we live in a place where this won’t be hard to pull off when we find a house we like.

One of the positives that has come from the lockdowns earlier this year is we learned that Mark can work from home, Fox can homeschool and we actually prefer it. Removing the stress of having to be at work or school at a certain time every day makes such a huge impact to the way our family operates. I’ve realized it is now more than a daydream that we could do almost everything we need from our home and only leave when we want to and not because we have to.

When I think about farming before the industrial revolution (and the ancestors on my father’s side who came here when the country was being founded were farmers) I envy that they could work hard on their own land and it was to directly support their family. I always hated all of my years working in restaurants and retail, busting my tail for meager wages while ultimately I was working for someone else’s family. All of those years of fantasizing about being a homemaker and having my husband home too, have become a reality. What else can we manifest? Why stop there? I’ve learned that what you set you mind’s eye on can become your reality if you are a vibrational match to that which you desire. I watch as each year more of what I dream up becomes my life.

I’m so excited for our quiet country home.

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