Learning By Living

In an effort to convince myself that I am really am on the mend, I spent the day out with the family. A beautiful day of driving to and fro observing the colors and wildlife, although are cows and horses wildlife? For this purpose, as we drove past, yes they can.

I think I have mentioned how having a home, not an apartment, is a constant learning experience for us. I am hoping that by the second go-around with the seasons we will be ready, for example having gone through one winter here I know the following:

  • Get the windows sealed in October
  • Purchase at least 150 pounds of salt before the first snow fall, we have a HUGE driveway
  • Purchase a snow blower, but allow the snow to compact a bit before blowing the driveway
  • Purchase a third shovel, because three people shoveling is much faster
  • Put at least 70 pounds of sand in the trunk of the car for the ice rink that the driveway can become

We moved in at the very tail end of summer last year, thus have no frame of reference. All I know from last year is mow the lawn in stages to avoid collapsing from exhaustion. However, since the warm-up began we have learned the following:

  • We should purchase some form of riding lawn mower, not because we are lazy, but because almost 2 acres is a lot and instead of having to mow for a month and a half or so, going to have to mow for at least four months
  • A hose is a necessity
  • A second rake is a necessity
  • Lots of charcoal for grilling, lots
  • Opening one window does nothing to improve the internal temperature, however opening a second window on the opposite side creates optimal air flow, fans are not a necessity
  • Outdoors is fun when you don’t have to share your backdoors with neighbors less than twenty feet away, thus lawn furniture is a must

I know we are missing out on several other things, I watch the neighbors do “stuff” and I know we are not doing what they are doing, so I wonder what do they know that we don’t know…I guess we will find out over the next few months.

So while we learn we continue to enjoy our time here, the kids attempted to fly kites, mostly running around dragging kites, and we cooked out. Both of these things are activities we have not had an opportunity to do or see and both, especially the kids playing outside, make us smile…even if the kites crashed into trees, were drug along the ground, or in one bizarre case ended up wrapped around one child’s neck…don’t ask us how and we were watching.

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2 thoughts on “Learning By Living

  1. Loved hearing about the daily things you need to be aware of living in a colder climate. I live on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland – the mountains above the coast just off the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Our winter here requires a light cardigan… Even up here on the mountain in the rainforest. It was fascinating to hear about the perils of living with snow and ice; which I’ve only seen once on a ski trip when I was still in primary school. We are mostly moving our large property because anything and everything grows with a drop of a hat, and we’d be stuck under a mountain of weeds and vines if not.
    It’s amazing the diversity of places where people live…
    Thanks for sharing your post 🙂

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    1. Ankoku1331

      Glad you enjoyed reading about our experiences with winter weather. For the past five years we have lived on a college campus where most of the weather related mess was handled by the grounds crew, although that is a whole other story, so this has been a learning experience. Fun, but learning. 🙂

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