Posted by: raisingmustardseeds | August 27, 2009

City Folk in the Country

Sorry for the long silence….we’ve been busy packing, moving, and unpacking.

The BIG move happened last Friday – we’re still recuperating.  I’ll post more in detail when time permits.

In the meantime, here are the top 10 things we city folk are experiencing (good & bad) in the country:

10.  Mosquitoes, moths, and all manners of bugs are everywhere….including the pool

9.  It gets pitch black in the night

8.  The air seems to be fresher up here.

7.  There is not a stitch of drapery in this home – mainly because there’s no need for privacy since our nearest neighbour is about 300 feet away – and there are trees all around us.  But it’s still disconcerting, especially in the night.

6.  There’s a resident chameleon frog hanging around the house.  We were watching him on our deck railing the other day – and I (much to my dismay) screamed horribly & ran away when it fell off the railing towards me.  So much for being brave. 

5.  We’re on well water now.  And some days it smells like rotten eggs.  Even though we’ve been told that it’s drinkable, we’ve been buying bottled water for drinking.  

4.  Showering in rotten egg water is….interesting.

3.  There’s no air conditioning in the house.  But the house has stayed cool even on the few hot days we’ve had. Natural AC. Cool.  It’ll be interesting to find out what happens in winter.

2.  Our flushables (to be polite) don’t go into a big sewer pipe – it goes into a big septic tank and into a portion of our backyard. Nice.  And in order not to over tax our septic system, we’ve instituted this rule – “If it’s yellow, let it mellow.  If it’s brown, flush it down.” 🙂 Something we learnt from some friends who live out on a farm an hour north of us.

1.  Yesterday was my first foray into the pool with the children.  And the welcome mat was rolled out by who or what you ask?  A mouse rigor mortis floating in the pool. EEEEEEEEKKS!! My 5 year old matter-of-factly stated that since I was the biggest one around, I should have the priviledge of fishing it out.  Right.  I. don’t. think. so.  I wasn’t that desperate to go swimming.  Besides, the water is freezing.  In the end, Megalos offered to fish it out with the skimmer and toss it into the garbage bag.  And rightly so, since she’s most eager beaver to get into the pool anyway.  

And this is only day 6.  🙂


  1. Sounds exciting enough for 6 days. enough to keep one and all busy!
    Frank asks if you have a water pump that delivers water from the well. If you do, you may want to consider filtering the drinking water to minimize any unnecessary pollutants that may be harmful. Gee…
    a city dweller giving advice?

  2. Okay now I know for a Fact, I am a city dweller through and through. All I could think of as I read this was, why do that to yourself? Pathetic huh? Me that is.

    You have my utmost admiration. I’ll be back to read more about your country adventures!

  3. Hey Janet,
    Yes – I believe there is a water pump. We’re looking at our options and what to do with that smell. In the meantime, we only use the water to cook and wash. But lugging in bottled water is getting mighty expensive.

    Mommy-fied – Just last night I asked hubby if we made a colossal mistake moving up here! So the city girl in me is having a tough time. I have to remind myself of the reasons we had for coming up. I’ll post about it another time.

  4. wow, what can I say, you guys are super brave! We are looking forward to one day coming to visit n showering in rotten egg water…ha ha

  5. hang in there dear girl, there will be much to adjust to and we have faith and confidence in both of you. He who have made it possible will carry you through.will be praying for you! go find the kids their sweaters before they catch a cold.

  6. The Jews went around in the desert for 40 years living in tents and eating manna everyday while frustrating God and Moses with their complaints. So better not complain.

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