Monday, August 22, 2011

Forest sounds, red trucks, and a link...

My neighbor's red pickup truck (photo 2009?)
As I sit here in my "new" room writing and thinking, both windows are open and the sounds of the forest (an interesting symphony of birds and insects and frogs) are joined together with music playing in my computer.

It is a CD I came across while cleaning out Christopher's closet... one I forgot I even owned... a music CD which accompanied a Wilderness Family video long ago.  It plays the sounds of acoustic guitar music and is quite peaceful... although what it has to do with wilderness is beyond me.

I have lived in a city surrounded by millions of people and while an interesting place to live for a couple of years, my heart belongs to the country.  I miss the forest sounds in the quietness that comes with snowfall on winter mornings.  The earliest signs of spring around here each year is when one awakens to the sound of bird songs... lovely... and the occasional noise of a car badly needing a new exhaust system on the county road... but such is life.

This morning I drove the mini-van (which Stephanie and her hubby gave us) on the scenic route into town... watching as farms and cornfields passed by the window... well, technically I was passing them!  It is still a new feel for me to drive so I was going a little slower than usual but realizing how much fun it was to sit higher than in the Buick.

Then I remembered how my "dream car" has always been a really big red pickup truck.  So... here I was driving down country roads really high up in my big red minivan.  I had to laugh when I thought of it... the homeschool mom emeritus version of the big red pickup?  :)

Speaking of said daughter, she has a lovely new blog post (am I the least bit biased?)... here.  

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh Brenda! It had been a long time since I went to your daughter's blog...why had I waited?? ! She writes so well. And those little faces!!!!!!! They are sooooo cute!!!! Thanks for reminding me to stop by! Sarah

Anonymous said...

My people were all country people. My heart is still there. We live now in a semi rural area but the houses are too close for my comfort. Yes there are animals around but not in our yard it's too small. Ours is one of the smaller lots. Yet I can have a bit of a garden and I am able to work it. I may always wish to be in more of a country area but I am here and will remain here so I best learn to be content! :) I love your home and the space you have on your grounds too. I am so glad God provided you with your home on it's country lane. Thank you for sharing it with us. Sarah

Debbie said...

Brenda, I'm with you on the country living. I live in the middle of 50 acres, and I can water outside in my pj's, sing at the top of my lungs, yell, or listen to the "symphony" (I say cacophony) of the animals in surround-sound. I love it! Enjoy!

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Lovely post. I miss being high up in my mini-van.......We had one from about 93 to 2001 and it didn't seem right to buy another at that point because the kids were all grown up. But it was a lot of fun...Now a red pick up truck. That would be interesting!

Loved your daughter's post. I always felt that my year began in September, not January.

Heather @ Mrs. Southern Bride said...

I really love long drives in the country. Espeically when I can roll down the windows and enjoy a fresh breeze!

Vee said...

Pretty cool that you are sitting higher up in red. Love it!

Bess said...

So happy for you, Brenda, that you have a "new to you" vehicle. Like mother, like daughter! You both are such gifted writers. Bess

Mrs.Rabe said...

Red, YES!!! Great color!

I read Stephanie's post other day and I smiled and understood....I've been at it 17 years now, with 12 to go...unless I fast track Kyle he will graduate when I am 60 years old! What a great thing to do with ones life, as I know you know!

Deanna