We live in a rather rural location, farm county at its finest. Our home in set in what used to be a corn field and is now CRP land; beyond that mostly more corn. Our place is 33 acres (28 in CRP) and most plots around us are larger, but ours is not farmed. There are places in this country far more rural than us, but we are rural enough driving 30 plus miles to any heath care provider and as many to any grocery store beyond a simply (small) IGA with high prices, and limited selection. I have several dear cherished friends that live in big bustling cities, or in the ‘burbs of them. Detroit,Chicago, Shanghni,Philadelphia; to name a few.
It is to those dear friends that I dedicate today’s blog. Full of open country and typical life.
First I encountered yet another traffic jam on the way to the store this morning.
This year we are doubling the size of our garden. It is SMALL, yes, by local standards and compared to many of my friends. However you must remember I have a black thumb and no experience. Look back at last year, it did not go well. Hoping this year is better, starting a bit sooner too so maybe that is going to help. Honestly all I really want is a few good pumpkins for the boys. We did not get ANY last year (and only 3 baseball sized watermelons) and that vas sad. Pumpkins that grow, that is my hope for this year. Daddy has tilled up a good part of the new garden area, we burned it first. The boys love digging.
Molly found us a snake. She brought it to us dead, I can not testify to how she FOUND it. The snake, however, was stiff.
This afternoon, to enjoy the sunshine and let little boys be little boys, the 3 of us tramped across the front field to our “small creek”. We have a BIG creek (like that needs a bridge and all) at the back of our land, but that is too far to walk (of it is too far for Momma to want to carry the 3.5 year-old home) and it is bigger creek, and the approach to it is steep. I have yet to take the boys there on my own and we have only taken them a couple of times together. It is just not a playing creek; the sides are too steep and it is a big deep and fast moving (at least in the spring). It does sport a full beaver dam; so it is worth the trip as a family. The “small creek” is I supposed not technically a creek. The big pond on the other side of the private road we (and 2 other families) live on “over flows” through a culvert and that culvert dumps into the “small creek” and that runs to a 2nd pond. It is very small, but just perfect for two little boys and a puppy.