Thursday, October 7, 2010

The, not that one!

This is a view from my FIL's house overlooking part of his farm.  That is a soybean crop down the hill behind the old hay barn across the road.  The picture was taken by my son just a day or so after the funeral.  The house is just behind him and has a big window looking out at this view where my FIL loved to sit in his later years gazing out the window.  It is also a good view at night because you can see the nearby city lights twinkling just a short distance away.

There are other nice views on this farm, but this is a favorite.  We will miss this farm when it is sold, but not as much as we will miss the people who lived hubby's parents.

I remember well when my father sold his farm and how big an adjustment it was not to get to go there anymore...not to get to fish in the ponds, ride the horses, hunt for deer and the hundred and one other things one does on a farm.  There's just something about the country life that really grabs your heart strings and never lets go.

Life goes on with many changes.  And speaking of changes, I resigned from my job this week.  Next week will be my last.  I have been saying that I will retire before winter, so I did it...but not without mixed feelings.  I will miss my friends there and I guess I feel like I'm getting "old" when I say I'm retiring.  Oh wait...I am getting old!  Okay, I'm getting older.  Whew, that sounds better.  Soon, I'll finally have more time for blogging and there will be no excuse for my house to be dirty, right?  And I can't wait to get started on that stack of books I've been wanting to read! 

As you can see by the photo above, the trees in my part of the country haven't turned much yet.  I've seen some color beginning in a few trees here in town.  Fall has definitely arrived, tho, in the much cooler temps.    Last Sunday night, my kids were here so we made a fire in the fire pit out back on the patio and sat around it talking and making S'Mores.  It was really chilly and the fire felt good! The S'Mores weren't bad, either.  ;)

Are you enjoying the fall season, too?

Until next time....


  1. Congratulations on your retirement! Your friends will always be your friends. Now you will be free to do so many things that you had not dreamed of. Enjoy it all...

    Yes, losing the old family homes is always a challenge. We feel as if those homes are always ours. Still, even if we are "allowed" to return, it's never the same.

    Beautiful view that can't be lost with that wonderful photo...

  2. Sometimes this kind of adjustment is difficult.
    My brother and I have gone back to the grandparents farm just to look and recall the days we visited there.
    There just isn't anything better than a campfire. Happy for you that you got to have one.

  3. I hate to hear you have to sell the farm. I wish it could stay in the family. Beautiful photo, I can see why it was his favorite view!

  4. That would have been my favorite viw too. It is a shame the farm couldn't have stayed in the family, but sometimes that just isn't possible.

    Congratulations on your retirement. You will find you are busier than ever once you retire. Your time will be spent doing things you WANT to do, not things you HAVE to do.

    I've been loving these cooler temperatures too. It looks like we have a couple days of 80's coming and then back to cool. We are trying to watch the changing colors and plan our Missouri Fall trip accordingly.


  5. HI, Sorry to hear that your father-in-law died --but he obviously did live a very good life. God Bless ALL of you.

    Congrats on retirement. I retired in 2003 --and am busier now than I've ever been. I love retirement --and I hope you do also.

    I've missed your posts and comments.. Hope your computer holds up until you can get a new one.


  6. Congrats on your retirement! You truly will be busier than ever, but it will be to do fun things. You will love it!
    Thanks for the picture of the farm.

  7. What a beautiful farmer, Cheryl!! Are you sure you and family wanna sell it??
    And congrats for your retirement... Hope you can more enjoy the time..

    happy Friday to you and your loved family!

  8. Oh my gosh Cheryl! You retired! Congratultions! You will love it! I quit working in '01 and CH retired a second time in '07, it is wonderful!!

    I too am sorry the farm can't stay in the family but what can you do? That is a beautiful view :)

    I love a Fall fire and we are enjoying as much time outside as possible. Glad you are enjoying the Fall season, the best season in MissouREE as far as I am concerned!

  9. Congratulations on your retirement! I sooooo want to retire, but must work for at least 15 months more.

    This is certainly a beautiful view, and I'm sure all will miss it when it's gone. So, so sorry you lost your FIL; this aging thing is hard in many different ways, isn't it?

  10. Hi Cheryl,

    I have been absent too - I was so sorry to hear about your FIL. I know how hard it is - may God's gentle and abiding love comfort you and your family.

    You have made some real life changes! It's hard to leave behind all those things you love - the farm, your friends, your job...but it will be so worth it!
    Good luck to you!

    The farm is beautiful - I'm sure you have some wonderful memories that you will always keep very close to your heart...

    Gentle hugs,