Expectations & Moving to Country

What are your expectations for moving to the country? Often what we see as an 

What are your expectations for moving to the country? Often what we see as an advantage or disadvantage can be two sides to the same coin.

For example when moving to a small town many like the “everyone knows everyone” but dislike the “nosy people” – especially when you’re not in the “in” crowd. Being different may be passed off in some crowds but not so much in others.

Many also find they purchase five acres to have a “homestead” growing their own food and find as a subdivision there are restrictions against having chickens or pigs – even a dozen chickens for eggs or raising a couple of pigs in the barn for freezer meat. Many real estate folks show these places that “accept livestock” (the exclusions are in the small print) and only when called on it admit chickens or pigs aren’t allowed. This can happen even on ag zoned land.

Many also find the image of ‘simplicity’ is a great deal of work maintaining a garden, flock of poultry, small and large livestock, handling or arranging butchering, predators and a host of other aspects that they weren’t aware of.

Have realistic expectations when planning a move to a rural area. Don’t assume that neighbors who farm will be willing to work for you for free. If they bring their tractor to till your garden offer a reasonable payment for their time and fuel. If they turn it down at least plan on sharing the harvest with them with occasional breads and other treats.

An example is a retired farmer who allows someone to hunt on his farm for occasional maintenance help of a few hours here or there. The hunter appreciates it and brings an occasional venison roast or other ‘benefit’ as a thank you. Although it isn’t expected it is a tasty incentive that has made a workable situation into a friendship.

Research, common sense and a reasonable expectation based on reality goes a long ways towards making a difference in a positive way for your lifestyle rather than disappointment.

advantage or disadvantage can be two sides to the same coin. For example when moving to a small town many like the “everyone knows everyone” but dislike the “nosy people” – especially when you’re not in the “in” crowd. Being different may be passed off in some crowds but not so much in others.

Many also find they purchase five acres to have a “homestead” growing their own food and find as a subdivision there are restrictions against having chickens or pigs – even a dozen chickens for eggs or raising a couple of pigs in the barn for freezer meat. Many real estate folks show these places that “accept livestock” (the exclusions are in the small print) and only when called on it admit chickens or pigs aren’t allowed. This can happen even on ag zoned land. Many also find the image of ‘simplicity’ is a great deal of work maintaining a garden, flock of poultry, small and large livestock, handling or arranging butchering, predators and a host of other aspects that they weren’t aware of. Have realistic expectations when planning a move to a rural area. Don’t assume that neighbors who farm will be willing to work for you for free. If they bring their tractor to till your garden offer a reasonable payment for their time and fuel. If they turn it down at least plan on sharing the harvest with them with occasional breads and other treats. An example is a retired farmer who allows someone to hunt on his farm for occasional maintenance help of a few hours here or there. The hunter appreciates it and brings an occasional venison roast or other ‘benefit’ as a thank you. Although it isn’t expected it is a tasty incentive that has made a workable situation into a friendship. Research, common sense and a reasonable expectation based on reality goes a long ways towards making a difference in a positive way for your lifestyle rather than disappointment.

Farm Show magazine

If you like making “something from nothing” and finding original ways to use “wasted” items then there’s a magazine you need to look up. It will show dozens of ways to use old busses and make use of things others might discard.

Farm Show Magazine is a newspaper print magazine that does just this. There’s ideas on new farm related equipment, a “best & worst” that includes public feedback on everything from machinery and vehicles to computers and other equipment.

You might find a new (or old) type of animal that you’ve been unaware of. Or you may find a made-at-home solution to a problem you’ve been trying to solve. There are “made it myself” tractors and other around-the-farm solutions.

A website online and available on Twitter, this is a great resource and idea generator.

Getting Political – or Not

Darryl Worley once spoke for many Americans saying “I hate politics. I’m PATRIOTIC!” The difference between patriotic and politics gets blurred for many. Today we see politicians thumb their nose at us. They say they understand the plight of the people then jump on the personal jet for another trip to Europe – something many Americans never get to do. And they do it on our money!

This is but one way politicians disregard what we the people say. They pay more attention to lobbyists and organizations and making deals for themselves than what we the people want done. It’s easy for Americans to get turned off and wave off the whole thing. The problem with that is it enables them to continue. The more people who distance themselves from politics the less likely they are to get fired next election!

This is a prime reason to pay attention. It’s time to get angry and do something. They take our tax dollars and spend them in a manner you or I would be jailed for. If you or I spend all our money and just go print more it’s called counterfeiting. If you or I don’t pay our bills we’re cut off! Quickly and without sympathy.

It comes to mind the man in the USA last winter who couldn’t pay his power bill, for whatever reason. The power company shut off his service and he froze to death. Yet when politicians in DC run out of money they don’t get shut off. They just reach in our pockets and take a little more.

Businesses are nervous about hiring in an environment they’ll be penalized for being ‘rich’. I’ve yet to see someone who says they’re for equal distribution ready to give up their own wealth. After all, politicians aren’t getting in coach class but on private planes. They don’t deal with the same airport security we do. They are far wealthier than most of us and although many worked hard for it many others simply find ways to get it from others.

Many of us support our soldiers but the politicians don’t. They may say they do but the inexcusable treatment of our veterans says otherwise. They would never allow an imprisoned terrorist to do without medical treatment but have no qualms telling a veteran – directly or indirectly – they aren’t worth that treatment or sorry that deal has been taken away.

Politicians vote themselves a pay raise whenever they want, but don’t want you to have a job if it means relying on those rich businessmen! They think it’s better to take from the businessman and hand to someone who has less than you so you’re out either way.

Many move to the country on a spot of land and just withdraw from it. They can’t take what you don’t have and there’s no point trying to succeed as it’s taken to give to others who think we’re not smart enough to think for ourselves.

We’re outlawed in some areas from eating transfats but the same area in NY has instruction manuals for shooting up heroin!

Insanity runs rampant and a few people can’t do enough alone to lock the insanity out – it takes more people getting mad. It’s pitiful that when half the country doesn’t vote it’s deemed a success because half did. Lives were lost to give you that right! Who are you to say those lives don’t matter?

Get mad, take an opinion. Withdrawing is no longer enough as criminals will keep taking from you until you have nothing left. It’s time to stop enabling criminal actions. Unethical actions. Passing legislation against the wishes of the people then taking from the people is theft. It would be if you told someone “no you can’t have my car” and they take it!

And it’s wrong to enable it by inaction. Like Darryl, I hate politics. But I do love America and it’s time to band with others and stop enabling the alcoholics at the bar of the general public. Don’t fool yourself into thinking if you have nothing there’s nothing to lose.

There is life. Freedom. America. Hate it, but take action. The solution to stopping a drunk from driving is stop serving him and take the keys away. It’s time to close the bar enabling politicians.

Back On Earth

There’s a song from Mark Wills that talks about being busy with life and career “I’m up here in space wondering if it’s worth everything I’m missing back on earth”.

It’s about people changing how they react with success. Although written from an entertainer’s standpoint I can’t help but think this is many people today who people treat as if they’re from Mars. “Back on Earth there’s a woman who’s wishin’ an ordinary man was sitting in the kitchen drinking his coffee after loving her all night long…Back on Earth there’s a brown eyed baby who’s old enough now to tell me all the ways she’s missing her daddy and wonderin’ when I’m coming home.”

Part of the reason many want to shift to living in the country is a quest for those very things. What’s your reasons?