06-13-15 Adapting to life in the country

As with any older home, especially one that has been through several remodels and then sat empty for a bit…you are bound to move in and then find problems just from living there and using everything. The first major problem we had was a water leak on the part of the water main that comes into the property.  Here we have city water AND a private well. The city water goes to the house and the well provides water to several water spigots throughout the property. In the future I’d like to have the well on the house as well to get rid of city water to try to go as off grid as possible BUT prior to that happening, the well will feed into a large irrigation system I plan to setup for our garden, fruit trees and many plants. But back to this story, we had a leak. I am an avid Do It Yourself-er so I began researching. I found numerous videos and articles online telling what this problem was and how to fix it.


The dogs liked the water leak, although it made a mud puddle they would still run over there everyday to lap it up.


After going to the store and buying a couple of different wrenches I couldn’t even get the damn nut off of it. It was so tight and I was afraid if I used all my force I might break or crack something since it is aged metal that has been in the sun…for forever. Not to say that I have he man strength but when you’re pushing something so hard that the whole thing is moving…I’d rather leave a problem then make a problem worse. So I relented and after a week and a half and 4 failed attempts to fix it myself, I called the seller. Within a week or so he had someone out who promptly fixed it…awesome! #thatwaseasy At least I tried!


Riley made fun of me when I bought a little Home Depot apron like this for him and me because in our adventures to try to fix that water main and work on the front gate we’d get all the way out there with the tools in our hands and if I wasn’t wearing jeans to stuff my pockets full…one or both of us would end up having to walk back to the house or shop just to get 1 tool we had forgotten or didn’t have room to carry. So, these did serve as useful and I snapped up 1 quick shot of him wearing his because he said “You better not tell anyone I ever wore this thing!” hahahahaha!


Our dogs! Our fur babies and the loves of our lives! Max is on the left, he’s our baby boy. Although he’s older than Bella and almost 5 or 6, we call him baby boy because he is scarred of everything and he’s smaller than Bella. He is a mix between Pitbul and Calhouta Leopard dog…which is a breed I had never even heard of prior to adopting him. He basically is built like a pit but has shorter legs, has a hunting dogs tail (like a pointer) and his coat looks like gray camo! He also has grayish eyes! He’s gorgeous!!!!


Bella Marie is our golden lab that my ex and I adopted while together because he wanted a female dog and one he could train to go hunting with him. So we found her and rescued her and she is THE love of MY life! I call her big girl just because she’s bigger than Max and probably the biggest dog I’ve had since I was a kid because small dogs have seemed to find their way into my life although I much prefer larger breeds. She is the most gorgeous color of blonde and also has these yellow or honey colored eyes that just…melt my heart. Her looks wouldn’t be so stunning if it weren’t for her personality of being the sweetest, most gentle dog. She listens well, is very grateful for being rescued,  absolutely adores affection and she likes to “slap hands” and give you her paw…all the time! <3 Some days she even wakes me up by giving me a “slap hands” on my face, haha! But most, this big girl loves to be outside! She’s a true lab at heart with that love of the outdoors and she’ll just run and run and run and run until she can’t breath anymore and sometimes even then we have to make her come in so she will lay down. She is my girl and sleeps on her camo bed at the foot of my bed although I do invite her in my bed when I just feel like it because…why not.


Max is Riley’s BFF and has been from Day 1. We got Max maybe about 6 months after my younger son Konnor moved to his Dad’s in Arkansas so Riley was really needing some sort of companion around because he wasn’t used to be without that little brother that followed him around everywhere and got into everything he was doing. So Mr. Max sleeps IN bed with Riley, EVERY night, without fail. It can be 8pm or 10pm and I tell Max “Time to go to bed” and he will run to Riley’s room and jump on the edge of the bed. Riley has a twin size bed now and he himself is almost as tall as me, although he’s only 11. He is about 5 foot 2 inches and so that twin bed WITH  Max in it…they are close to running out of room, lol!


My lovely Bella!



One way I began adapting or reverting back to country life is that I knew I had to start stocking up on tools, all varieties. This jig saw I found at a yard sale and once I got home I realized I had just bought MY FIRST POWER TOOL, EVER!!!! I immediately told my Mom, because I knew she’d be proud of her baby girl. Then I took this ADORABLE selfie and posted it on facebook! My Facebook friends were just as happy for me, haha! I’ve yet to use this for any project but I have several in mind where I’ll need it so I’m so glad I got it!



One thing I realized about myself a couple of years ago was just how much I enjoy doing things myself. Sometimes I’ll do something because it is cheaper than buying it or paying someone but other times I do it just because it makes me feel good. It is something about feeling capable and able to do something that really makes me feel like the most useful human being. It was one Christmas maybe 4 years ago when my Mom and I were discovering Pinterest and found a homemade facial sugar scrub and that, with the help of Pinterest, led to endless ideas of DIY heaven!!! So, after we were settled in the new house I had been wanting to try this DIY homemade Febreeze! First, let me say, I love Febreeze. It is probably a daily ritual with a son and 2 dogs for me to go through the house every morning and spray the furniture, bedding, dog beds and curtains. So…when I found this recipe I just had to try it. Honestly it is so super easy, that after the first time I didn’t even need the instructions to make it again. I will share the link to the blog with the instructions I followed:


In pulling up recipes of my homemade sugar facial scrub to send to a friend who had asked for it I came across a recipe for a DIY Sugar Shave Cream. It is all the same stuff you use for the sugar scrub but a different consistency and  you use this in place of shaving cream or soap and it is great to shave with while also giving you a light exfoliation! So of course, you skin feels amazing after! And FYI, you can never have too many mason jars on a farm or homestead! 


And here is a shot of the shave cream on the left and the facial scrub on the right, you can see how the consistency is different. These two I didn’t even put any scents or essential oils in because I didn’t have any at the time and smell is more for aromatherapy benefits. But typically I’ll do a coconut scent and then around the holidays I’ll do a peppermint scent because I love peppermint! But if you have certain things that you use aromatherapy for go with that. For example, citrus smells are mood boosters and help to reduce anxiety and the blues. If you need calming and relaxation, go with lavender. Just research which one would be best for you. Here is the link to the sugar scrub that I use most often:


In case you don’t know yet, you will soon learn I am a lover of Coconut Oil! It is one of the very few things I’ll use on my face. In fact all I put on my face is make-up, sugar scrub, coconut oil and Shea butter. I don’t buy any make-up remover, face wash, face scrub, moisturizer, etc. I use all natural and people often compliment me on my complexion and I’m quick to tell them how easy, cheap and simple it is to go all natural on your face. I think it really is the “secret” to youthful skin! Here is a good article!


So in June that is where we were on adapting to life in the country! And finding it pretty splendid, if I do say so myself! =)

XoXo,
Elizabeth
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