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Simplify: living on a ranch in Texas

Updated on April 14, 2011
my morning view
my morning view

green acres

Maybe you're stuck in a rut. Maybe you've accumulated 6 weeks of roll-over vacation days because the company has downsized and you're doing the work of 4 people. So maybe you oughta use some of those days before they call you in to the boss's office at 4:45 on a Friday after your email mysteriously went blank. Hey, waitaminnit.....

So maybe take a lil time off. Or alotta time.

A vacation? Are you nuts? Go to Dizzknee Land and come back to 1,256 emails?

Or just downsize.

Insert quote from the song Luckenbach, Texas here.

Do you need two sinks in the master bedroom? Do you need that guest room where the Soloflex sits sadly draped in acid-washed jeans that don't fit y'all anymore?

Downsize. Off the grid. "Goodbye, city life!" Just do it. I did it. Big whoop.

So it's hike time. Sometimes I can't believe I've gone from a high-rise NYC penthouse, to a little brownstone farther out of the city, to Austin, to a small town in Texas, to here. In a couple of years. My friends in New York said i'd be back in a week. Anyway, I'm listening to birds chirp, I just fed the outdoor kitties. The fog is lifting, and I'm going for a walk. Dogs are asleep so I can probably sneak out without them, which makes for a more vigorous walk and less sniffing and peeing and stopping. Not me, them.

Jack the donkey is doing his morning donkey sounds. I got up at 6, which of course means I'm turning ( have turned) into an old lady. Crow bars and cranes couldn't get me moving before 9:30 am not long along ago.

Anyway, when I was twenty, I was probably coming home at this hour, doing the "walk of shame" and then a few years later I was sleeping till 11 on Sunday to make up for 6-day 14-hour stints at the ol' salt mine advertising agency.

Anyway, getting out of the rat-trace? I'd highly recommend it. I used to think it was "giving up" on success, and just being lazy and walking away from ambition. I guess I had to get older to see that isn't true. I had the corner office and all that goes with it, which I suppose I needed to prove to myself that I could have.

But did it make me happy? I suppose so. Do the little bird chirps and sunsets make me happy now? Sure thing. Am I still sarcastic and cynical? You bet. Do I fracking miss good pizza? Hells yes.

What a long strange trip it's been.

I think going green, cheap, and on the down-low is where people are headed, at least alot (there, I said it again,Katharella!) of the people I know. New York City ain't the kind of place to raise your kids; in fact it's cold as hell-- to paraphrase Elton John. All my girlfriends who became mommies left New York soon after Jr. was born. And kept putting more miles bewtween them and good ol' Times Square. I don't blame 'em. I can't even imagine having a kid without being a bazillionaire there. Subway+stroller=nervous breakdown.

I envy those hubbers hubbing about off the grid, and I think it's a great idea for so many reasons. You guys are an inspiration, I mean it.


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      Katharella 7 years ago from Lost in America

      I really wish I had of kept her lyrics to it, it was hysterical! She's full of wit! I've tried to get her on here to write, she's a fantastic writer! She could write about a pile of dirt and draw tons of attention LOL! Ah, maybe she'll try it someday.. I HOPE :)

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      Taylorwise 7 years ago from Austin, TX

      you're awesome! i hear the green acres theme song all of the time,,,,so random,,,but it fits!

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      Katharella 7 years ago from Lost in America

      Hey I gave you a vote up and an awesome! I moved from the Metro Detroit area to the middle of nowhere NC! JUST TO GET AWAY FROM THE EVILNESS of the city! (and snow, it's only pretty in pictures!!!!) lol.

      I've had some of my friends from Michigan say they wish they could just pack up and move, that I have "nerve" to do it! Well, it didn't take nerve, it took NERVE RACKING lol, to get me outta there!

      Like you I LOVE LOVE the sounds of.. birds, LACK of cars, LACK of buildings ugh! I don't even want to think about it! Sometimes, I just go sit on my porch swing, and listen to NOTHING! And I LOVE IT! Mom & dad have passed on, so I've only me to worry over. So I'll only go back to MI to visit my friend when she gets her own place! But I'm in the middle of the whole mortgage, closing etc. of my house, which IS WAAAAY totally affordable here! I'd rather have SILENCE and hear kids PLAY (not scream for help lol) and the church bells in the distance than all the racket of the city! I have a friend in NYC and she said she'd never leave, she loves it. Liked the pictures of my house, but she put her own words to Green Acres to apply to us! It was hysterical! "Kathy I love you, but I'm stayin' on Park Avenue" LOL

      I'm really glad to know you're loving Texas, I was there a couple of months up in Temple. But I loved going into Austin for my "city" fix lol, there's always something going on, so there's a mixture, and you don't get totally bored!

      I bet your dogs really love the room to run around! I didn't get a dog until I moved and knew I was stable in a place to not worry about her. Now I call the back yard HER backyard, because it's fenced in, and I keep things fixed basically for her benefit except my firepit! Ah, NO RULES! Sitting outside when the weather permits with a fire going, and my dog sits there and just relaxes. I tell you, I LOVE IT here in the south, and I'd NEVER EVER go back to the city to live again! My current bf wants me to move closer to a bigger city because he's working on opening an art gallery, so if anything he's just going to be stuck hiring someone else to be the manager or he'll be doing a 2 hour commute! But I told him I'm just stubborn like always and nothing is gonna drag me out of the country! I love my little town, the people are super sweet, all we have is a general store, a post office and, believe it or not segregated churches! But we all get along great, and this is how we like it! People are just nice! I'm glad you like Texas, I don't know how long you've been there, or have ever been there before, but my two pieces of advice are:

      1. Don't buy a candy bar if you've parked far away from the door, it will melt before you can get to your car LOL.

      2. The put SAND on the roads in the events you do get snow, not salt! Sand makes it MORE slippery! But they don't understand that because they've never dealt with snow. So be careful if you go out when it snows, but you'll have the hang of it when you get snow to not rush to the store to buy all the milk and bread, because it'll go fast as it came there! LOL. When we get an announcement of snow, I just ride it out for 2 WHOLE DAYS! lol. And all goes back to normal! Although you get days off... even if you can drive in the snow! :)