I get a lot of google hits for 'when city people move to the country'. Most of those hits land on the cute little possum/lost kitty poster. Yeah, it's funny, but not all of us former city people really think a possum is a cat. :P
If you're a regular reader, then you know that I lived in the country before. Ok, it was a loooong time ago; I was just a kid. We had only a kitchen sink as far as indoor plumbing. I hated it. I swore I'd never live in the country again. And yet, here I am, but with full indoor plumbing.
For some reason, DH and I always pictured ourselves in a secluded cabin in the woods. It just suits us. We tried city life. I'd always wanted a Victorian home, so DH bought one for my birthday. Ok, not a turreted Victorian, but still, it was an Arts and Crafts era home, which could be considered late Victorian. I loved it, and it showed. By the time we were done rehabbing, it was perfect.
Our search for the perfect country home took, literally, years. We finally settled here, a place that most people ran screaming from, because we knew it just needed a little love. Oh, and a lot of money, but that epiphany came too late. Remember that movie, "The Money Pit"? Yep. That bad.
I'm not sure what most people are looking for when they google 'when city people move to the country'. Maybe they want to know why we left the convenience of drive by shootings and door to door sales? Maybe they want to know how we can stand the quiet, or the noisy bugs/frogs/birds, or the smell of cow poo? Or maybe, like so many of us, they want to get away from the insanity and find peace in the woods. If you found my blog via a google search of 'city people move to the country' or something similar, leave a comment and let me know.
Our country lifestyle is a bit different than the average farmer. We don't own a tractor. I don't think I really even want one. I enjoy doing things by hand and it keeps me in shape. Sure, there are days I think I'd sell my soul for a four wheeler to haul wood, but then I remember DH already owns my soul, so that doesn't leave anything to trade.
I've mentioned before that country life isn't for everyone. Don't move to the country if you are afraid of the dark and think that the entire neighborhood needs to be lit by your mega watt security light on a 50 ft pole.
Don't move to the country if you are afraid of animals or don't like animal smells. I could go on and on. I actually know people that moved to the country, but didn't like all the noise the frogs in their little pond were making, so they had them exterminated. Sheesh.
I'd planned to list all of the ways that we have changed since moving to the country, but as I typed, I realized that not everyone will live the same way. I have neighbors with far more acreage but less time to spend outside. Living in the country is different for everyone, just like living in the city.
I can tell you that we are stronger, physically, than ever before, thanks to our lifestyle. We are healthier...and happier. We are more complete, spiritually.
To those google hits, I hope this has helped, and I hope you find your place, be it city or country.