I wanted to be that family. I was sucked into living the farm life dream.
Then another commercial came on and I bonked myself back to reality.
Because I already live on a farm.
|Yes, true view from our deck - although the barn belongs to the neighbors - it looks better than ours.|
With the red barn and pastures.
With the family surrounding me (literally, inlaws to the north of me and uncle to the east).
With the chickens in the back yard.
|These are our chickens. For egg laying purposes only.|
(No grandkids, though.)
And none of my life is like that commercial!
(I will put a disclaimer here: I am NOT complaining - I'm just explaining. And that phrase would make a cool commercial tagline so message me for rights :) ).
My chicken comes from Costco already cut up, boned, skinned, and placed in little one pound packages ready for cooking.
The red barn looks fantastic from three sides, but don't go around to the West side (sorry neighbors) because the front part is caving onto itself. In order to fix it, we will have to shore it up with an interior brace, realign the exterior planks and then pop a few extra boards into the gap we will have created on the north side.
|This one IS our barn. Not a picturesque as the previous one.|
The pasture surrounding the house needs to be mowed every three weeks in the summer to keep it down for a fire hazard prevention. Yes, we could get a cow out there, or some other farm critter that eats grass, but that would mean ordering, having delivered, and installing about $3000 worth of fencing and gates. Which doesn't sound like that big of a deal until I see an ad for the Fijian Islands which sounds better than pounding in fence posts.
Plus then I would need to get cows. Then I would need to find someone to "cow sit" while I'm in Fiji (when then I couldn't afford because I will have gotten fencing). Is "cow sit" a phrase?
It is now.
By the time I am done with the mowing, the fence installing, the barn shoring up, (oh, and the working at a school in order to afford this lifestyle) I am too damn tired to
Yes, I love my farm life (most days) but it isn't exactly like the TV says.
Most things aren't. Don't get sucked in.