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?