We’ve lived in our neighborhood for almost two years now and it’s been a great experience for the boys. They ride bikes and skateboards throughout the neighborhood with other kids or they all hang out here watching movies, playing video games, or having Nerf wars. This was the main reason for moving and I’m more than happy it’s worked out for them, but at the same time I bristle at the lack of privacy and the neighborhood rules.
Last week we received the typical neighborhood group email. I’m sure you know the one. It tells you to hide your trampoline behind the house because it’s an eye sore and that you need to have approval before adding on a patio or building a fence. And let’s not forget about the ruckus over a builder using “cheap” vinyl clad windows which were going to devalue everyone else’s properties.
Seriously, do these folks not have better things to do with their time? As you can tell, these first world “problems” were on my last nerve and it was way past time for me to unplug and enjoy nature for a little while.
Over the weekend we went out to the farm to work on the fence, but more importantly to get away from it all.
After having two glorious days of sunshine, we woke up to a completely overcast sky with no hint of the sun in sight. The temps were in the high 50s and it sprinkled on the drive out, but that didn’t dampen our mood or desire to get outdoors.
As soon as we parked, the boys hopped out of the car and ran straight to the pond. Happens every single time. Water of any kind seems to be a magnet for our boys and it doesn’t matter how cold the day is. The dog followed close by and then ran loops, sniffing to see who had come to visit while she had been away. Stew went straight to work on the fence while I took some time to enjoy the peace and quiet, although quiet might be a relative term. The noise from the frogs was almost deafening at times, but I’ll take that any day over being in the ‘burbs.
A few deep breaths in and a quick look around me and I could feel the tension leaving me. Isn’t that amazing what a change in scenery can do for you?
After the boys took turns shooting their Air Soft guns, the youngest and I went for a walk through the woods in order to retrieve an old deer skull we had come across before.
We fought our way through brambles and dead cedar trees that had cropped up under the larger canopy of trees. All of these need to be cut down and hauled out of the woods at some point so that we can actually get through the woods without being hunched over and scratched to death. It’s impossible to ignore the amount of work that needs to be done on every inch of this property, but at the same time it’s obvious how pretty it will be once it’s cleaned up. And one day I’m sure we’ll look back and say, “remember when you couldn’t even get through the woods without a struggle? remember when it was all briars and weeds?” Yep, one day we will, but as for Saturday, we just fought our way through.
While we were having fun, Stew put up our house numbers…you know, so AAA can find us easier when we need to be towed out. Did I mention a couple of weeks ago, we got stuck in the mud? Again. Even 4 wheel drives can get stuck in the mud, but we rescued ourselves that day.
And here’s a picture of our neighbor’s old barn. I still love it. Wonder if we could just move it across the road?
And our very own blue lagoon…
No worries. It’s eco-friendly dye that will dissipate with time. I hope.
We all came home a little happier and little more tired than when we had left. I loved watching the boys do things without a phone or iPad in their hands and they enjoyed doing boy things.
I’m looking forward to better weather, the grass greening up, and the flowers starting to bloom. A fire pit and a swing by the pond sound like some good projects to me. After all, we need a place to relax after putting in some hard work.