I know I’ve been an absentee blogger lately, I am knee-deep in projects, but today I’m inspired to share three things about moving to the country that you might not have thought of. Enjoy 😊
Trees. You need to know how to cut ‘em down.
One huge thing that we never really thought about when we first purchased this property is that there are a lot of trees here. And SURPRISE -a lot of trees equates to a LOT of tree work. Our property is mostly oak woodland with a scattering of ponderosa pine trees. When we first arrived, we had three really tall pine trees pretty close to our house. They were just fine when we moved in, but a year later they were completely dead. Our area has suffered a bark beetle infestation brought on by the drought and there are dead pine trees everywhere.
Naturally, we got out the yellow pages and called around to have them taken care of before they could fall on the house. I called every place in the book but only one place called back because, not so surprisingly, everyone in this county has dead trees on their property.
We were quoted TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS PER TREE to have them cut down.
Whhhaaaaatttt! Who in this county is paying TWO THOUSAND dollars per tree????
I guess we looked like money to the tree guy. Luckily for me, I have a man with a can-do attitude and a library card. After reading a book on tree falling, my husband spent a thousand dollars on a big chainsaw and an Alaskan sawmill. He cut those suckers down like nobody’s business and then made me raised garden beds and benches with the wood.
I’m not saying everyone should just go out and attempt to cut down trees. It’s dangerous work and there has been more than one fatality caused by falling trees in the area, but my point is; Tree work – know how to do it, or know someone who knows how to do it!
Well water is a lot different than city water.
I love our well water! I have never lived in a house with well water before, and I don’t know how I could ever go back. I never really used to smell the chlorine in the city water system because it was all I ever knew, but now it feels like showering and brushing my teeth with pool water when I visit the city.
There are a few drawbacks to using well water though. Well water makes mineral rings in the toilet. And did you know that chlorinated city water will keep your toilet from smelling bad in between cleanings? I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why the toilets in this house smell so bad! It didn’t make any difference how often the toilets were cleaned, they’d smell bad the next day. Once I started using chlorine toilet bowl disks the bad smells went away. It is amazing to think that city water could be potent enough to keep a toilet clean.
Critters and Bugs. They’re everywhere.
I never considered myself “citified” because even though I was born in a big city, I preferred to live in more rural settings. We moved here from a redwood forest and I didn’t think it would be such a big adjustment – exchanging a rain forest for an oak forest. Wrong.
Critters and bugs and dust and trees falling down. It’s non-stop! Nature wants into my house!
Before we moved up here permanently, there were a few weeks when the house was furnished and unoccupied. When we came back I found one dainty acorn on my pillow – and straight up out of a cartoon, I pulled down the bed spread and the HUNDREDS of acorns that were stowed in-between the sheets began raining down onto the floor! I wish I had taken a photo. I’m still not sure if it was a squirrel or a chipmunk that did it, but they were sure busy for a while.
I’ve already told you about the wasp situation in the attic, but we also have lizards and ants and scorpions that can sometimes find their way into our house. We had a bear visit the compost bin, coyotes chasing our chickens, skunks and racoons in the garden and woodpeckers pecking away the siding on the house.
There is a flock of wild turkeys that roam the front yard and occasionally rest on our front porch, owls calling to each other through the trees and a symphony of frogs that fill the night with incessant noise.
I’m not complaining at all! I think it’s lovely – it’s just a whole new way of life out here on the homestead, one that I could never have envisioned before we moved out here. I feel lucky to be able to experience it.