Saturday, October 10, 2009

Country Living and Birthday Gifts

I am a pretty old-fashioned person; I have often been called an "old soul". I think this is probably due to the fact that I usually enjoy things that only soccer moms and grandmothers like. Some examples are: seasonal decorating (my whole attic is devoted to Christmas decor storage), baking, yard saling/estate saling, and redoing old furniture. I appreciate places where mom-and-pop stores abound, neighbors sit on their porches and wave, and there are wide open spaces. Unfortunately, my career will probably never allow me to be in such a place. Atlanta doesn't fit into that description for sure. But I can dream, right?

However, I did get a chance to visit home, which would fit the term "country living" very well, and it was fantastic. The Harvest Festival never disappoints. The whol
e town shows up for the hundreds of arts-and-crafts booths, Greek food, funnel cakes, fried Twinkies and Snickers, and local entertainment. It also happens that I received my birthday gift from my husband while there. We were in an antique shop, and I saw this beautiful etched glass cake pedestal and dome. I knew I had to have it, but it was a little on the pricey side. Since my birthday was coming up, JC got it for my birthday present. Definitely the best present I have gotten in a while.

This isn't the exact one (mine doesn't have as much design on it)--since it isn't quite my birthday, I haven't actually been able to open my gift yet--but it is similar. I have also recently discovered my love for baking, so I can't wait to use my new present!

Back to the original post about loving the country, I ran across the following recently, which I think perfectly describes my feelings about the city vs. the country.

Why I Love Country Living

By Rick Rouse

As someone who has lived in both places, I can tell you that country living certainly beats the hustle and bustle of city life! Living in a rural area has advantages that simply can't be bought at any price.

In the city I was bombarded with the sounds of horns blowing and sirens blaring. In the country I'm soothed by a chorus of whippoorwills, bullfrogs and crickets, along with the pleasant sound of a cool breeze flowing through the trees.

On congested city streets I had to deal with frustrated drivers and careless pedestrians. On winding country roads I have to try my best to ignore the postcard-like beauty of the farmland and forests so I can keep my eyes on the road.

Yes, country living is the lifestyle that I, like most people who have had the opportunity to experience it, prefer. Instead of pushy salespeople knocking on my door hoping to leave with some of my money, I have warm, friendly neighbors dropping by with baskets of fresh vegetables from their gardens. Not to sell of course - they simply enjoy sharing the rewards of their country lifestyles with others.

Living in the country means that I can get up at 8:00 in the morning and enjoy a leisurely jog down a deserted lane or simply sit on a riverbank under a huge shade tree with a fishing pole in my hand.

City folks have the convenience of a store on every corner. I get to enjoy the tranquility and peace of mind that results from watching colorful birds flitter around my lawn or deer grazing in my neighbor's pasture field.

Yes, I do enjoy my country lifestyle very much! Having spent much of my life living in various cities around the world, I can now enjoy the peace and tranquility of my country home. For me, a country lifestyle makes it easy to look forward to the next day!

For more about country living, check out one of my favorite blogs, "The Pioneer Woman". She has tons of great recipes, incredible photography, and other things that are generally enjoyable.

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