“Green Acres is the place to be, farm living is the life for me”!
By, Eve Culley
My retired life is best described as a never ending episode of Green Acres. For those of you too young to remember the story line goes something like this. Edie Albert, New York City attorney and his wife, Eva Gabor, move to a small farm to begin the slower paced life style. The change of moving to a very small town, livestock, and lack of 24/7 conveniences bring drastic changes to their life.
OK, so maybe the changes in our life are not that drastic but there are days when literally there is a pig, goat, or chicken in our house. In addition to this our 17 year old grandson lives with us. Some days the stress of dealing with hubby and the boy are through the roof - then add in the grumpy goat buck, loud geese, complaining ducks, and noisy chickens. There are other days when the pace is much slower - the temperament of the animals and people are calm as the gentle rain falls. In the midst of all this, I write or rather I try to write.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. I am in the zone. Words are flowing like water down the spillway and then, you guessed it, cat fight, dog fight, goats get out, well, you get the picture.
Now I am very sure, having read many of your posts on Facebook, that I am not the only one with this type of problem. So, what do I do about this interruption? Simple, 1 - stop what I am doing. 2 - Ask hubby oh so very nicely to please make the noise stop. 3 – Listen to his litany of reasons why he shouldn’t go and do this or that. 4 – Wait for the noise to abate to a level somewhere south of a freight train going through town and 5 – start writing again. So, I write all hours of the day and night, in fits and starts like an old diesel single cylinder water pump.
Of course to be completely honest, I pick hubby’s brain for ideas of “will this work” or “is that too weird?” He is my greatest ally and my dearest friend. He is very supportive and gives me lots of latitude to be a “writer” and we all know that covers a lot of ground. I am also very sure that this is true for other writers as well.
I know from messenger, posts, texts and such that there are lots of writers out there that make the impossible work every day to do what we do out of love which is write.
We are the born story-tellers who have ink for blood and a compulsion to share our tales. I commend each and every one of you whether you live in Green Acres, New York City or somewhere in-between. Keep on writing!
Meet the Author
My hubby and I were missionaries in the 70’s and 80’s raising money for Bibles, New Testaments, Book of John, paper, ink and helped set up a couple of print shops in churches. We traveled with our 2 small boys with our base here in Texas.
With our family grown and grand-children galore, we live in west-central Texas with a barn full of critters enjoying the country life.
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