Saturday, August 6, 2005

Green Acres is the place for me...

Farm living is the life for me. Land spreading out so far and wide, Keep Manhattan just give me that countryside. Remember the TV show, "Green Acres"? Eddie Albert and Zsa Zsa (Eva?) Gabor were a big city couple that moved to the country... (he wanted to go, she didn't) His name was Oliver Wendell ("darling") Douglas, her name was Lisa. (Thank you Rubies!) He wanted nothing more then to move to the country, and bought a run-down old farm (in Haneyville?) where he bumbled his way through each half-hour episode...
It's time for me to fess up.. I'm Oliver Wendell Douglas.

I've wanted to live in the country for a long time... I've yearned to be able to look out my window and see something beside my next door neighbor's house. I love watching the wildlife, and the way the kids can play outside without me worrying that something is going to happen to them (speeding cars, bad guys, etc.)

But, I'm really a city girl, and sometimes I'm just clueless about this living in the country stuff.

There are grasshoppers as big as small rodents in my front yard, rabbits as big as small dogs in my garden, and this morning R found a bird in the swimming pool. (a BIRD?!) I felt terrible as I fished the poor thing out... as though I'd somehow murdered it because I hadn't covered the pool last night. (luckily it wasn't one of "my" hawks!) Needless to say the kids are refusing to go anywhere near the pool, for fear of finding another "victim".

Mouse droppings keep appearing on my front porch, and I wonder.. Do they run up there for some reason when they have to go? Has my front porch been designated as a mousy latrine? Why my front porch?

Isn't there enough open land surrounding my house for that kind of thing?

Really, I'm not complaining... I honestly do love it out here, and know we are very lucky to be living in such a beautiful place... But, I sometimes have the unsettled feeling that if I leave my front door open too long, my house will be inhabited by critters... and we'll be living out in the gully!