Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

I don't ever want to give the impression that my life in the country is perfect. In fact, there are many things that make it far from that. I know that on our blogs it is easy to show only the pretty pictures and share the parts of our life that make every one wish they could live that way; however, to me, it is very important to be real. (My kids are reading this and they know the truth!)

There are parts of my day that I just love: the morning walks around the yard, the quite moments studying God's word in the sunroom, and the evenings spent on the pier or the porch with my love.

Then, there are the parts that I would rather not mention, but I will: constantly cleaning up the dirt tracked through the house, smelling the neighbor's freshly spread manure, and washing the dogs who love to roll around in stinky stuff.

Today my pictures represent some of the good, some of the bad, and some of the down right ugly stuff that I have seen this week.

Good: one of my snowball bushes that is starting to get its blooms

Good: one of my peonies that is growing nicely in the cage that my dad made

Bad: Mo, after getting very dirty during her afternoon romp yesterday

Down right Ugly: The pollen that is covering everything in sight

As you can imagine, the pollen is even getting tracked into the house on every foot that enters my door. (And that can be a lot of feet over the course of a day!) I am just praying for the rains to come soon to wash it all away.

So, before you pack your bags to move out of the city, or your beautiful suburban neighborhood; remember, the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. But I think I will stay here. There is much more good than bad or ugly.

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4: 11-13


Roses and Lilacs said...

I am very allergic to pollens so I would be suffering if I lived there.

LOL, who gets to give Mo a bath?

Glenda said...

Oh, Carla, I love this honest post, and I can so identify with it!! And I agree wholeheartedly: the good outweighs the bad! The bad makes us appreciate the good, doesn't it?

It rained here last night, so the pollen is washed away for a little while. Everything looks so fresh, but it is much cooler - which will slow down plant growth. (The good with the bad!)

I always enjoy your pictures of your not-perfect, but good life in the country!

tina said...

It is always good to be real. Blogging helps me to realize others go thru the exact same things as me and I'm not all alone in my feelings about certain. Odd huh? Hope the pollen clears up soon.

P.S. Yes, I do remember your vole post. I hate those things. They'd be fine if they'd just leave my plants alone.

sweet bay said...

Having a farm is hard work, but I wouldn't want to live in a town or suburb again!

There are advantages and disadvantages to living anywhere -- I think where you're happiest just depends on what you want.

*Ulrike* said...

I'll take the country any day even if the city is starting to move in at least we have some trees next to us and not box houses! But that's just me. The pollen is bad even in the city this year, and everywhere.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Next week I will show you the pollen around here at the moment from the pine cones but finishing my B&Ws first. As for yuk bits in the garden ... my blog is totally deceptive, there is lots of yuk I don't show.