Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

October 22, 2014

Update on the Big Move!

It's hard to believe that Elaine and I have been off the Acreage for almost a year!
 I am happy to report that her heath has improved a lot! Praise God! Elaine is now walking without a cane, or walker and is back to work 2 to 3 days a week helping other people cope with their problems.

There are some pros and cons to the move.

The first thing is that the work load for both of us is way down. On the other hand, I still miss my horses. A lot!

When I go and police the yard I end up with 2 grocery bags of land mines (from the dogs) instead of 5 wheelbarrows from the horses. (Per week)

It's far easier to get to town for groceries and stuff. The downside is we go shopping more often and spend more money.

The costs of maintaining the house and property are way down. No tractor to repair. No fences to fix from the moose. No off road events due to icy roads etc. On the other hand, see shopping above.

In both places there are photography opportunities galore. The town critters seem to be a lot smaller. I miss my resident moose and deer though.

The BIG bonfire was an annual event. In town, I took out the fire pit as it was too close to the buildings and it was not the same.

We miss seeing people we got to know well, but we have met others to fill in. There are good people in both places.

It's a lot easier to go for coffee when it's only a kilometer to go instead of eight. Nothing has really changed though as the acceptance by the good-old-boys (Rednecks) is still marginal even though we have been in the area for 14 years.

The Millar Center is real close and they have a hot tub and steam room, plus a lot of things I don't use such as the weight room, the running track, the exercise machines all of which could take the place of the work around the Acreage, tree cutting, poop scooping , snow plowing root popping etc. It's free to me as a "Super Senior". Gee, I don't feel that old! It's easier to grab a coffee then head over for a soak.

Instead of exercising the dogs by taking them horse back riding, I get to do it by walking which is probably good for me. At times I "walked" up to 9 dogs at a time on the Acreage.

All in all, it's been a good move, but did I mention that I miss my horses, a lot?
The End
for now!


Bethany Carson said...

Your horses were certainly good-looking! I know what you mean about living in a place for many years and the locals still being hesitant to took several years for our place to be changed to our name on the plat map, and some of our neighbors we didn't meet for years. Now the same traits have rubbed off on us...we're waiting a few years to see if our new neighbors will stick around before meeting them. Takes a special breed to make it out here in the country. ;)

TexWisGirl said...

i know you do. and i'm sorry for that trade-off. but i'm so glad elaine is doing better!!! and i'm also glad brooklyn and boots adapted well to their town life, too.

alpine is still gracing my wall with incredible beauty. thank you for that. :)

Gail said...

I am so glad Elaine is improving.

I hear you. No horses is hard for me, too.

Terri said...

Oh I would miss them too- they are beautiful animals. I'm glad that Elaine is improving and that things are easier for both of you.

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Yes there are pros and cons to every way of life, now I wouldn't miss the horses but only because horses scare me shitless and it would be me you would have to clean up

Mary Ann said...

I miss your horses, I miss your moose and deer. I'm glad life is easier for you... but I did the same thing, and I know the "missing" feeling.

Michelle said...

Glad to hear that Elaine is doing well. The move sounds positive, but I know you still miss the country!

4RRanch said...

Can't imagine having to give up my horses but I guess I would do anything for my husband's health. Glad your wife is doing better, that is a blessing.

4RRanch said...

Can't imagine having to give up my horses but I guess I would do anything for my husband's health. Glad your wife is doing better, that's a blessing.