We’re normally very Pollyannaish about country living as regular readers of this blog are well aware. We more or less constantly sing the praises of the neighbors, the views, the weather, the outdoor challenges…
Wait – not all the outdoor challenges are praise-worthy. We’re currently in the process of harassing a colony of moles that has gotten too close for comfort. See May 25 post on this subject. The battle isn’t over by any means – we’re finding more and more tunnel doors. One new piece of information picked up this noon: the mole(s) cover up the entrances to the tunnels at some point each day. This may explain why we couldn’t find any entrances until recently.
There are other downsides to life in the country:
* You have to open the garage door, get the car out, and DRIVE somewhere to exercise! Silly, eh? Our meadows are so lumpy that it’s hard to get a brisk walk out here. The roadside shoulder is too narrow to walk safely, to say the least. There is a nice, steep, gravel road leading uphill that makes for an excellent workout, but the downhill trip is a bit scary due to moving gravel – so, again, no brisk walk.
The good part of this is that the steepness gives us an excellent fitness barometer – if our breath ever comes easily the entire way up and our legs stop trembling on the way down, we’ll know we’ve achieved enough strength to face our friends and relatives in Europe, all of whom adore walking all over the countryside.
* The vaunted country road is too noisy for walking with a lecture playing on our portable CD player. That’s one reason we have to go up that steep gravel road, which has only one or two cars a day driving up at regular and predictable times.
* Finally, we have to drive everywhere, not just to exercise. In our previous abode, we could walk to everything – grocery store, post office, courthouse, gym, cafe, book store, etc. Admittedly, that walking was all on concrete and everything was very close – we hardly covered a 1/2 mile to do every errand we needed to do. But still, we did get out nearly every day. Now, we only get the car out when we have at least three errands to do, or it isn’t worth it. This means all activity is indoor or within a short radius.
Investment lesson: no situation is perfect, some are just less bad than others.