It's funny how many people said to us 'I can't wait to see how you survive your first winter in the snow'. Maybe this was just a mild winter, but I don't get what is so bad about living where it snows. I get that we don't have to drive and work in it. That would make a big difference. I admit, I was really nervous driving when there was snow and ice on the roads. Overall, we thought winter was great, and a little too short. We just bought a small SUV from friends,( shout out to Lance and Stacey Noble!), so next winter, I will feel more comfortable driving in weather.
I wasn't looking forward to the snow melting and making everything muddy. That seemed to pass fast too. The pond, that was dry when we bought the property, is now full of water. I don't know where the frogs went when it was dry, or covered in snow, but they are here now! They start up their nightly serenade just before sundown and go all night. Since it's been warming up, 50's & 60's, we have been leaving the windows open for a few hours at night. I love falling asleep to what sounds like hundreds of frogs. They are so loud, I can still hear them when we close the window.
The other day a turtle came from the river, up to the house, then headed straight for the pond. It seems like he or she knew right where it was going. Maybe the frogs tipped it off. During the day it gets up an a log and enjoys the sunshine.
After the snow melted, you could see all the fallen limbs and trees that needed to be picked up. This past summer and fall, the weeds and grass were so tall, you couldn't see them. We bought a little farm wagon to haul stuff around, and we have been making slash piles to burn. On one hand, it seems like it's never ending, then I look around and realize how much we have gotten done in the short amount of time we have had. Looking back at photos from when we first bought the house really shows how much progress we've made. Picking up natures mess doesn't bother me. What I hate is picking up trash that someone thought was a good idea to just push off into a gully. The whole time we are picking up that stuff, I'm cussing the sorry sons of bitches in my head! Luckily, there is a dump transfer station really close by, for stuff we can't burn.
As soon as the weather warmed up, the grass and weeds took off. At first, we thought we could just rent a riding mower once in a while to keep it maintained. It's not like it's ever going to be a manicured lawn; but realized it's going to need more maintenance than that. We bought a lawn tractor and are getting a trailer that pulls behind it this week. As of now, we are using the little farm wagon. It's nice to not have to tow it by hand anymore. Those logs are heavy!
We are settling into the community. I have a great yoga class I attend twice a week, where I've met some really nice people. I have gone to a couple painting classes and even played bingo at the library with a local off-roading club. Also, once a month, we get together with a group of people for dinner at the local bar. For the most part, we enjoy the peace and quiet of being at home. It's starting to warm up, and we can sit on the porch in the afternoons and soak it all up. I just got a stand up paddle board and ordered another. We took it for a spin on the river on a particularly warm day. It was so peaceful out on the water. The water is still super cold, 49 degrees, so I'm glad we didn't fall in!
Locals have said most people wait to put their boats in the water until "break up" where stuff breaks loose and floats down the river. I guess there is a lot of debris in the spring. I didn't really get what they meant until last evening when I looked out the window and saw someones dock floating by.