• November 12, 2008

    I am the same….drives my husband nuts.
    Like a dog with a bone.
    First it was a Greyhound, then the mutt, then the kittens…, vacations, and now houses…

  • Jessica
    November 12, 2008

    I’d love me a turquoise barn.

  • November 12, 2008

    I harbor a secret urge to escape to the country with a barn of my own. Complete with cows to milk… And chickens to lay eggs. And alpacas to spin yarn from their soft locks. And, I do have a fat girl-crush on Ree… but still.  I am too lazy to live the farm life.  Sad, but true.  There are days (like today) I can’t even manage to shower, and load the dishwasher.

    I hope yoy find your true happiness, Les… Just remember, there ain’t a Bucks or DSL for miles whereever there be turquoise barns!! wink

  • November 13, 2008

    I’ve turned our little suburban lot into a little mini-farm - no barn, but a cute little shed.  If you had a backyard you could get creative (but I don’t think you have much space to play with - my sister just bought a small 500sf apt in Ballard for double what we paid for our 2180sf house on 1/4 acre).

    Or if I grow the balls and can handle the poo, you can come visit if/when we get chickens in our yard or the neighbor’s yard (but I’ll put your kids to work with the Squeezo during harvest time).  A slower pace to life is certainly fun - you even get used to and prefer putting down the 25mph main drag rather than the highway a few blocks over.  Plus then you can drop everything for a day of huckleberry picking when you want to.  smile

    Hey, you have a coop or CSA or something you guys could hang out at and get a farm fix?  Or I could offer up my aunt and uncle in Everett - they’ve got goats and everything.  smile

  • Katie Kat
    November 13, 2008

    Yep… I do this too.  Usually I end up saying to my hubby “I want to go DANCING!” Or “I want another dog!”  We don’t do either, by the way.

    We did go through the “Maybe we should live in the country and learn to live off the land and give B a chance to experience the natural side of life,” but everyone we talked to that had lived “in the country” was vehement about how much work it is, and how the commute sucks, yadda, yadda, yadda.  So, we stick to car trips and picnics to satisfy that urge!

    Oh, and as for being the most ADD person ever?  People say I have ADD, but they don’t know what they’re talking… oh LOOK!  A chicken!

  • Christy
    November 13, 2008

    As a country girl, and former farm girl, I understand your yearnings.  To make you feel better, there a quite a few homes & parcels of land for sale in our part of TX where people who desperately wanted to live in the country got there, then realized it wasnt’ all they thought it would be. You have to be willing to spend most of your spare time maintaining it - mowing, fencing, etc. If you have cows, you have to worry about feeding them through the winter & getting up at all hours to fix fence when they get out. The only decent internet service you get is via satellite & it usually doesn’t support streaming video & it completely fizzes out on stormy days. Land & space costs money & time, and it doesn’t mesh well with the soccer practice/dancing/little league rigor of modern children’s activities. Is it worth it?  To me, defintely.  But to most of the people I’ve seen move out to the country, it doesn’t (unless you’re weathy enough to hire people to take care of all that other stuff). Maybe this will make you feel better about your suburban life.  smile

  • November 13, 2008

    Ironically, I think mine is a skyscraper.

  • November 13, 2008

    Bellingham is my favorite city, and part of me wishes I could live there (Mallard, Fiama Burger, BBB&B;, the water, Fairhaven), but M’ville will have to do for now. I do get the travel urge though. I like to think it’s because I moved every year as a kid, so every three years or so we just have to get out and go.

  • November 13, 2008

    Damn, you too girl?  I thought I was the only one cursing at Ree about making me wanting to move to an even teenier town than I already do.

  • November 13, 2008

    You write so beautifully and make it sound so appealing.

    I spent my childhood in a small town yearning for the excitement of the city - I wonder if it’s just in our makeup to yearn for what we don’t have…?

  • November 13, 2008

    Hubs are I have always talked about moving to the country.  And just this week, more seriously than ever.  Though the thought of trying to sell a behemouth 5 bedroom 4 bath house in this economy - AHHHHHHHHH!

    But the thought of a turquoise barn melts me.

  • November 13, 2008

    i could definitely get in on that idea.

    i’m all about the desire to have a private place to be outdoors and in the quiet. simple sounds so good lately.

  • November 13, 2008

    I love the city. I really do.  But I live in the country.  Only an acre, but every morning I hear donkeys braying and a rooster crowing. 

    My barn, though, is red.

  • November 13, 2008

    gorgeous photo.

  • November 13, 2008

    I crave the same thing… and as a result we now have 17 chickens living in the back yard.

  • MariaV
    November 14, 2008

    You’re in good company.

    The more turbulent the times the more I crave a simple, quiet life.

  • November 14, 2008

    I’ve been craving the same thing lately.  Maybe for the open spaces, for the kids to be free and explore, for the fresh air… But mostly so I can take beautiful photos like yours.

  • November 14, 2008

    I want a barn too.

  • November 14, 2008

    We rent a house at our duty station rather then live on base and the perk is we have a beautiful barn, five cows, a beefalo, three horses, and one deranged chicken. And the best part? we get to run around on the open land, play with the animals, and yet someone else cares for them. Its a sweet deal (if I could just get them to take my kids!).

    Your right about farm life, even though we just rent ours its a slightly different pace of life. And watching the sun hit the barn is a great part of the day. Even if we occasionally do have a stray cow on the porch.

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