I think I’ve mentioned before that we gave up our city life for that of the quiet solitude of the country. We decided last summer to rent our house out and find a place to rent ourselves in the country to see if it would work for us. We had talked about living in the country many times, but because my husband is the only one that drives, we didn’t think about it seriously really, which is why we are renting for now.
Since living out here, I have not felt any more isolated than I did before in the city. In fact, I feel more free out here. We’re on a little eover two acres, which gives us plenty of room to compost, garden, and even raise chickens.
I have found composting to be extremely rewarding. This sounds strange, I’m sure but the sweet smell of getting it right is rewarding. Adding dark, rich soil to my garden bed that was made by our leftovers is exciting!
My garden bed is just about ready for me to plant seeds. We have corn, beans, onions, bell pepper, tomatoes, cilantro, etc. I planted wildflowers in the front of the house last fall, which should start to bloom any day now.
And of course, we had to get some baby chicks. I did a little research and found that buff orpingtons are a good chicken for beginners so we got five of those. They lay a decent amount of eggs and they’re friendly. We’ve had the five chicks for almost two weeks now. They were a day old when we got them. Wow, they’re cute and fun.
As a visually impaired person, there is nothing greater than putting something in your hands to ‘see’. Holding the baby chicks and touching their softness is amazing. I can really see them well when I put pictures of them on the computer and use Zoomtext to magnify them. I am so glad to live in a time when this is a possibility. I think my kids do without things that other kids may have but because of our choice to move out here, they get to experience things that others would not so it’s a fair trade off I would say.
The one thing I am unsure about is my garden. I have seeds. I have a plot ready mostly. I also have the fear of spiders and other creepy crawly things. Of course no one likes these things, but I wont see them until I touch them. Plant differentiation is also a worry. I am thinking of ways to mark where each plant is. I’m thinking plastic ware could be placed where each seed is planted. Maybe forks for beans, knives for bell pepper, etc. I am also thinking of painting wooden stakes with neon colors to mark the rows. I just need to be sure I can decipher between weeds and plants. Anyway, there’s no sense in stressing over it. I can get out there and give it a shot or sit here believing it’s impossible. I don’t think anything is impossible so I’ll type at ya later.