The Country Life  

secret_lade 47F
14007 posts
10/21/2021 1:36 am
The Country Life

Yesterday marked the one month date.

One month ago yesterday I spent my first night in the new house.....

It's been quite a change.

As I was pulling up into my driveway after work last night, I could see the bunny who lives in my backyard hopping around, checking it out to see who was in the driveway before he hopped back in the underbrush and out of sight.

I'm a little worried about this guy....

Winter is coming soon, what happens to these little guys when the snow flies?

I got out of my car and circled around to the passenger side, I'd picked up a few things after work and had to grab my purse, when I heard some rustling from behind me. Turning, expecting to see Bugs again, I was surprised to see a deer standing back there, looking me over with her head cocked.

I certainly wasn't very quiet as I maneuvered into my purse with an arm full of plastic grocery bags to grab my cell phone and snap a pic, but she just stood right there, moving her head around to get a better look at me.

I'd venture to guess, this would be one of my late night visitors when I first moved in.....

She was still standing there when I headed into the house, depositing my bags on the counter, and writing a note for myself to text my garbage guy about the packing boxes in my shed.

Yah, you read that correctly!

I went with the local garbage company and you literally text the owner directly with your wants or needs.

How crazy is that??

I think that has been the biggest change for me, the fact that everything is done on such a personal level. When the Spawn's bus is running late, I get a text from the bus driver. When I need a container to haul away my packing boxes, I text the garbage guy to see what my options are. When I'm out in my yard and one of the neighbor ladies drive past, they beep and wave Hi.

Not going to lie, I'm still getting used to seeing the random bugs from time to time, and the noises that go bump in the night still freak me out until I can figure out where they're coming from, but I'm really glad I made this change.

Happy Thursday!





LadiesR2B1rst 58M  
1728 posts
11/12/2021 2:09 pm

"Country Folks can Survive". Thanks for sharing.


Sakwes77 67M
141 posts
10/27/2021 12:05 am

I've lived in the country most of my life. I tried city life, it's not for me.

I have bird feeders so I have tons of birds around all the time and every so often a Deer, or a few Deer drop by to see if there is anything good to eat in my yard and a few Bears have come in the yard to see what mischief they can get into.

I'll take that over city traffic, sirens and crowds of people looking for someone to blame for their unhappiness.


69ereatwetpussy 59M
6196 posts
10/22/2021 5:40 am

Only Hares (they have longer ears) turn white to blend in with snow. Shoe show rabbit turn white and brown sometime its their camo to hide.
Regular Cotton tails stay brown year round. You could throw out some not a lot veggies carrots, greens, corn or bird seed into the entrance if the hole where every it is. If it eats it there continue if not stop. Don't want any other creters around


secret_lade 47F
8762 posts
10/22/2021 1:51 am

    Quoting Paulxx001:
    It sounds like typical country's living. And it's so much LESS personal than city living.
    Bunnies burrow underground and stay warm. They usually wait for the landlord to bring them scraps of food.
    She hasn't texted you yet? 🤔
Nope, no texts from the bunny yet. LOL I'll keep my eyes peeled for it though.


secret_lade 47F
8762 posts
10/22/2021 1:48 am

    Quoting MrWrong4RghtNow:
    I'm humming Green Acres now...
    Very cool that you're enjoying the new surroundings. A change can be good and for you, it looks like it was sorely needed. Hugs
I needed this change, it was time for me to move on. It's actually helped me quite a bit with accepting my son's leaving. I needed new surroundings, to make new memories.


secret_lade 47F
8762 posts
10/22/2021 1:44 am

    Quoting mc_justmc:
    I remember moving just outside of city limits in a wooded area and seeing more bugs and mostly large spiders than I ever had seen before. I stocked up on 20 ft spray Raid.
another comment had mentioned the bug spray thing.... I hadn't even thought about it, but I'm picking some up this weekend. I haven't seen any spiders, just the stinkbugs and earwigs.


secret_lade 47F
8762 posts
10/22/2021 1:40 am

    Quoting scoupe42:
    Country living is OK, as long as the Snakes don't show up
Yikes! You had to bring up the 'S' word.... LOL


secret_lade 47F
8762 posts
10/22/2021 1:40 am

    Quoting spunkycumfun:
    I wish my neighbours were wild animals - they wouldn't complain!
The only neighbors I have that live near me are my landlords. I definitely don't want them complaining. LOL


secret_lade 47F
8762 posts
10/22/2021 1:38 am

    Quoting flannel_light:
    I miss living in the Country I may live in the City but you will never take the Country out of the girl.
For the past 10 years, I lived in town, but before that I'd always lived out in the country. I enjoyed living in town and the convenience of it all, but I didn't realize how much I missed the peace and quiet. And seeing animals.


secret_lade 47F
8762 posts
10/22/2021 1:35 am

    Quoting WyoCowboy7751:
    AAHHH !!! The Country Life !!! Isn't it Grand !!! I still miss the Mountain Life and waking in the morning too the Elk lying out in the apartment complex lawn !!! 😍🤠
Holy cow, elk on the lawn?? We have them here, I've seen them, but they are way out in the sticks.


secret_lade 47F
8762 posts
10/22/2021 1:33 am

    Quoting Starsearch1965:
    I like my country life, seeing deer,turkeys,rabbits and squirrels daily. I hope you enjoy your new home and country life.
You know... I haven't really seen any squirrels since I've been here. Chipmunks either, now that I think of it. How weird is that??


secret_lade 47F
8762 posts
10/22/2021 1:32 am

    Quoting Jules1590:
    There seems to be a better tone to your blog. I think this change is going to be really good for you. I see a sense of well being in your future. Very happy for you my dear. You've more than earned it.
Thank you... I feel better. More at peace.


secret_lade 47F
8762 posts
10/22/2021 1:31 am

    Quoting Erogedyne:
    I'm really glad you are enjoying your new digs! You don't need to worry about the bunnies & the deer. Mother Nature has that stuff all worked out. You could set up a feeding area near where the bunny lives. Get it used to it now and you may see it on warm days during the winter. You could also set up a place to leave whole corn out for the deer. I do that here at my place, along with multiple bird feeders. You might want to consider spraying your door & window sills with "Home Defense" spray to keep most of the insects from coming in to enjoy the warmth. You can find it in gallon spray jugs at most hardware stores. I spray mine in the spring & fall, plus a time or two during the summer, as needed.

    Good luck & enjoy!
Oh, never thought of the spray.... I don't recall having this many bug issues anywhere else that I've lived. I'm going to check that out this weekend. I'm a little hesitant to feed the animals, partly because I don't want to draw in any bears. Partly because they say it makes the animals dependent upon humans and you will never be able to stop feeding them.


secret_lade 47F
8762 posts
10/22/2021 1:21 am

    Quoting pagancountrygirl:
    You do know that bunnies have fur coats...right? lol They're pretty hardy little critters, and as Paul said, they burrow underground to stay safe and warm.
    How great is it to have neighbors waving Hi rather than listening to neighbors scream and yell and wake you at all hours? It's amazing what some peace and quiet can do for a person. Oh...and that personal touch, where you actually deal with a real person rather than an automated system that couldn't care less. Nice!
    Time to start working on the Christmas card list...
It is SO nice..... Not having neighbors on all 4 sides of me. Being able to get up in the middle of the night and not having to tip toe around and worry about waking up neighbors when I flush the toilet. Or smell cigarette smoke in the hallway from other apartments. Or hear dogs barking from everywhere.


secret_lade 47F
8762 posts
10/22/2021 1:15 am

    Quoting citizen4722:
    I'd love to live out in the country but I doubt we'd get such personal service? Thankfully, we don't get that many bugs here that are bigger than a hand!
I woke up to 2 stink bugs in the sink and one on the floor in the bathroom today. I have no idea how they're getting in here!


secret_lade 47F
8762 posts
10/22/2021 1:14 am

    Quoting lok4fun500:
    we have bush bunnies here and deer!!!...they survive the cold...Fish & Wildlife tell us "DO NOT" feed them. We live right within the city!
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The only thing I've ever fed has been birds, but I'm reluctant to put a bird feeder out here because of bears. I figure, they're probably out there too. I would put suit out for the birds when I lived in the apartments but refrained from the seeds there , too, because it was such a mess. I might just stick with the suit.


secret_lade 47F
8762 posts
10/22/2021 1:10 am

    Quoting CL_Love:
    We've had hoof marks from deer right up to the bedroom windows. Little peepers! And we are on the edge of town, but hardly "in the country". LOL I'm glad you are settling in and getting more comfortable with the change. I've never really been a big city person.
I miss the street lights, but I'm loving the privacy. I've always been afraid of the dark, the street lights helped. When I was growing up, my grandparents had the light company install an outside light at both their house up here in Gaylord and the one we lived in downstate as well.


secret_lade 47F
8762 posts
10/22/2021 1:07 am

    Quoting benard69:
    Love that country life...
Aside from the noises that go bump in the night and the stink bugs I find, I'm really enjoying the new scenery.


secret_lade 47F
8762 posts
10/22/2021 1:05 am

    Quoting 69ereatwetpussy:
    your little bunny will do just fine. rabbits are cold weather animals
    but of course they are other animals that will hunt them also to stay alive.
    Foxes, coyotes hawks and eagles cars too,
    they will eat branches and twigs and grass they find
I hope I get to see him this winter, too. He's a cute little guy, he doesn't venture far from the house. With all the trees around, there should be lots of branches and twigs for him to eat. I wonder if he'll turn white also?


secret_lade 47F
8762 posts
10/22/2021 1:01 am

    Quoting allgud69xxx:
    So, wait, you’re saying Bambi and Thumper (or maybe Bambi’s mom) came to visit you? We have jackrabbits that live in the neighbourhood, and while you don’t see them much in winter proper, they’re always back in spring. Don’t worry, they can take care of themselves. A few weeks ago, saw four coyotes roaming the neighbourhood at night, which is more than have ever been seen together before, but the week after, every night when I got home after work, the doe was munching on some grass near the carport. Obviously, the coyotes didn’t find her. We haven’t seen any deer in over a decade, though. Keep in mind that this is all in a slightly more wooded area of a city with about a half-million residents. I predict in a couple more months, you will be really chill, bein’ all country ‘n stuff.
Wow.... That's a lot of people. And a lot of coyotes, I don't really care for them, I hate the way they howl off in the distance. I never thought about the Bambi / Thumper connection until you mentioned it. LOL


secret_lade 47F
8762 posts
10/22/2021 12:55 am

    Quoting exsquid46:
    Ms. secret_lade,

    Glad to see that you are adapting to life in the country. It is more peaceful than the city.

    One thing you need to remember is all those critters you see, they have been living outdoors without human help for ages. They know how to survive winter when the snow flies, and please do not feed them. When you feed them they become dependent on humans for food and could seek out others that want to do them harm.

    Enjoy the country life as there is nothing else like it.
I have not fed anything, I definitely don't want that gang of rogue turkeys hanging out in my yard. They look like they could kick my ass! LOL I have read,though, that once you start feeding the animals you can't stop. It interferes with their natural migrating patterns because they know they have a source of food.


exsquid46 62M
579 posts
10/21/2021 11:45 pm

Ms. secret_lade,

Glad to see that you are adapting to life in the country. It is more peaceful than the city.

One thing you need to remember is all those critters you see, they have been living outdoors without human help for ages. They know how to survive winter when the snow flies, and please do not feed them. When you feed them they become dependent on humans for food and could seek out others that want to do them harm.

Enjoy the country life as there is nothing else like it.


allgud69xxx 48M
468 posts
10/21/2021 11:30 pm

So, wait, you’re saying Bambi and Thumper (or maybe Bambi’s mom) came to visit you? We have jackrabbits that live in the neighbourhood, and while you don’t see them much in winter proper, they’re always back in spring. Don’t worry, they can take care of themselves. A few weeks ago, saw four coyotes roaming the neighbourhood at night, which is more than have ever been seen together before, but the week after, every night when I got home after work, the doe was munching on some grass near the carport. Obviously, the coyotes didn’t find her. We haven’t seen any deer in over a decade, though. Keep in mind that this is all in a slightly more wooded area of a city with about a half-million residents. I predict in a couple more months, you will be really chill, bein’ all country ‘n stuff.

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69ereatwetpussy 59M
6196 posts
10/21/2021 6:38 pm

your little bunny will do just fine. rabbits are cold weather animals
but of course they are other animals that will hunt them also to stay alive.
Foxes, coyotes hawks and eagles cars too,
they will eat branches and twigs and grass they find


benard69 63M/63F  
6206 posts
10/21/2021 12:31 pm

Love that country life...


CL_Love 49M/48F
371 posts
10/21/2021 11:52 am

We've had hoof marks from deer right up to the bedroom windows. Little peepers! And we are on the edge of town, but hardly "in the country". LOL I'm glad you are settling in and getting more comfortable with the change. I've never really been a big city person.


lok4fun500 111M  
50933 posts
10/21/2021 9:41 am

we have bush bunnies here and deer!!!...they survive the cold...Fish & Wildlife tell us "DO NOT" feed them. We live right within the city!
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citizen4722 63M  
73480 posts
10/21/2021 9:20 am

I'd love to live out in the country but I doubt we'd get such personal service? Thankfully, we don't get that many bugs here that are bigger than a hand!


pagancountrygirl 64F
6211 posts
10/21/2021 8:40 am

You do know that bunnies have fur coats...right? lol They're pretty hardy little critters, and as Paul said, they burrow underground to stay safe and warm.
How great is it to have neighbors waving Hi rather than listening to neighbors scream and yell and wake you at all hours? It's amazing what some peace and quiet can do for a person. Oh...and that personal touch, where you actually deal with a real person rather than an automated system that couldn't care less. Nice!
Time to start working on the Christmas card list...

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Erogedyne 69M
895 posts
10/21/2021 7:52 am

I'm really glad you are enjoying your new digs! You don't need to worry about the bunnies & the deer. Mother Nature has that stuff all worked out. You could set up a feeding area near where the bunny lives. Get it used to it now and you may see it on warm days during the winter. You could also set up a place to leave whole corn out for the deer. I do that here at my place, along with multiple bird feeders. You might want to consider spraying your door & window sills with "Home Defense" spray to keep most of the insects from coming in to enjoy the warmth. You can find it in gallon spray jugs at most hardware stores. I spray mine in the spring & fall, plus a time or two during the summer, as needed.

Good luck & enjoy!

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Jules1590 53F
7941 posts
10/21/2021 6:41 am

There seems to be a better tone to your blog. I think this change is going to be really good for you. I see a sense of well being in your future. Very happy for you my dear. You've more than earned it.


Starsearch1965 56M
2054 posts
10/21/2021 6:03 am

I like my country life, seeing deer,turkeys,rabbits and squirrels daily. I hope you enjoy your new home and country life.


alwaysthinking57 57M  
22 posts
10/21/2021 5:31 am

yes country life is the best you just need to import your playmates for extended time no problem


WyoCowboy7751 68M
2338 posts
10/21/2021 5:24 am

AAHHH !!! The Country Life !!! Isn't it Grand !!! I still miss the Mountain Life and waking in the morning too the Elk lying out in the apartment complex lawn !!! 😍🤠


flannel_light 59F  
4197 posts
10/21/2021 5:00 am

I miss living in the Country I may live in the City but you will never take the Country out of the girl.

The Light is shinning and she is lonely and waiting in the darkness.


spunkycumfun 61M/66F
39326 posts
10/21/2021 4:37 am

I wish my neighbours were wild animals - they wouldn't complain!


scoupe42 58M  
12843 posts
10/21/2021 4:31 am

Country living is OK, as long as the Snakes don't show up


mc_justmc 61M  
6840 posts
10/21/2021 4:12 am

I remember moving just outside of city limits in a wooded area and seeing more bugs and mostly large spiders than I ever had seen before. I stocked up on 20 ft spray Raid.


sweetpete919 73M
3001 posts
10/21/2021 2:45 am

Country Life is Great, you will love it


MrWrong4RghtNow 55M  
2207 posts
10/21/2021 2:01 am

I'm humming Green Acres now...
Very cool that you're enjoying the new surroundings. A change can be good and for you, it looks like it was sorely needed. Hugs

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Paulxx001 64M
21907 posts
10/21/2021 1:50 am

It sounds like typical country's living. And it's so much LESS personal than city living.
Bunnies burrow underground and stay warm. They usually wait for the landlord to bring them scraps of food.
She hasn't texted you yet? 🤔


secret_lade 47F
8762 posts
10/21/2021 1:43 am

You can barely see her in the pic, standing by the tree line, but she was there.


secret_lade 47F
8762 posts
10/21/2021 1:40 am

Yesterday marked the one month date.

One month ago yesterday I spent my first night in the new house.....

It's been quite a change.

As I was pulling up into my driveway after work last night, I could see the bunny who lives in my backyard hopping around, checking it out to see who was in the driveway before he hopped back in the underbrush and out of sight.

I'm a little worried about this guy....

Winter is coming soon, what happens to these little guys when the snow flies?

I got out of my car and circled around to the passenger side, I'd picked up a few things after work and had to grab my purse, when I heard some rustling from behind me. Turning, expecting to see Bugs again, I was surprised to see a deer standing back there, looking me over with her head cocked.

I certainly wasn't very quiet as I maneuvered into my purse with an arm full of plastic grocery bags to grab my cell phone and snap a pic, but she just stood right there, moving her head around to get a better look at me.

I'd venture to guess, this would be one of my late night visitors when I first moved in.....

She was still standing there when I headed into the house, depositing my bags on the counter, and writing a note for myself to text my garbage guy about the packing boxes in my shed.

Yah, you read that correctly!

I went with the local garbage company and you literally text the owner directly with your wants or needs.

How crazy is that??

I think that has been the biggest change for me, the fact that everything is done on such a personal level. When the Spawn's bus is running late, I get a text from the bus driver. When I need a container to haul away my packing boxes, I text the garbage guy to see what my options are. When I'm out in my yard and one of the neighbor ladies drive past, they beep and wave Hi.

Not going to lie, I'm still getting used to seeing the random bugs from time to time, and the noises that go bump in the night still freak me out until I can figure out where they're coming from, but I'm really glad I made this change.

Happy Thursday!


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