Lessons Learned

In honor of a new school year beginning, here are a few lessons I have learned this week. Moving back to the South has been a bit of a culture shock, and living in a rural area has brought some unexpected surprises…

  • Never go thrift store shopping on move-in weekend in a town with two universities. Nothing will be left.
  • Check your local country gas station for pastured ground beef. Yup. The one around the corner from us sells it for much less than we have been paying.
  • A 4 ft. fence will probably not discourage the local deer family from roaming around the garden.
  • Dave’s Killer Bread is only sold in 10 Western states and Guam 🙁
  • Watch out for crickets and grasshoppers randomly roaming around the school book shelf or checking out your clothes closet.
  • Cell phone reception is a luxury.
  • Chick-fil-a still tastes good even when the thought of eating fast food is usually repulsive.
  • Two pairs of shorts is enough in Washington, but it is definitely not enough in the South.
  • If you live in a rural area so that you can have chickens, you may find that your neighbor also has a 200 lb goat.
  • Well water pressure fluctuates after a power outage. Be sure to close the lid on the toilet before flushing.
  • Don’t feed your one-year-old his birthday cake 10 minutes before bed. He may or may not be awake all night…

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6 Responses to Lessons Learned

  1. amy says:

    Fun list… I’m sure it’ll take some readjusting during the next few months. 🙂

    About Dave’s Killer bread (our favorite too), Stefanie just figured out how to make sprouted grain bread and it tastes so amazing… let me know if you want a recipe/tips (I’m not sure if she uses a strict recipe).

    Keep us posted… miss you all!


  2. Tiana says:

    This was fun to read! I’ve never had Dave’s Killer Bread, but we do have a 100% whole wheat recipe we really like, as well, if you’re interested!

    Have fun being re-Southernized!:)

  3. Ashlen Capes says:

    HAHA! Too bad about the Killer Bread, but amazing that you can find good beef so close to you 🙂 I love hearing updates about how you guys are doing. Do you already have your backyard chickens going? I’d love to hear about what kinds you have, their laying ‘performance’ etc. Maybe a chicken blog post?

    • Sara says:

      Still researching the chickens, but we’ll probably get whatever is available from people selling them locally. Our coop needs a little fixing up, but we’d like to let them wander around the garden plot through the winter so that it will be ready for spring planting.