Over the weekend I drove up to the St. Cloud area and visited my cousins. I went to a 25th surprise birthday party for one of my cousins and it was great! We had snacks and I got to catch up with a lot of my mom’s side of the family. I also played with two baby cousins for a few hours. Who could go wrong with that?
So, I stayed overnight at my cousin’s farm on Friday night. I woke up at 6 a.m. for chores! That’s a big deal for me since I usually sleep until 10 or 11 a.m. on weekends (don’t judge). My cousin did her business milking the cows, but I helped with sweeping hay.
I mostly stayed busy keeping her puppy, Hatchet, and barn cat, Merle, away from each other. Those two are ruthless! Hatchet actually put his mouth around Merle’s tail and yanked. It was hilarious but also terrifying.
Hatchet the puppy.
Merle the barn cat.
I loved visiting the farm for a night. Sometimes surrounding yourself with family is all you need to clear your head. I warned you I was a country girl wannabe, didn’t I?
OK, so let’s be real here. I’m a total country girl wannabe. I’ve lived in cities my whole life and now I’m a resident of Minneapolis, which means I’m the farthest thing from a real country girl. I do, however, appreciate country living and hope to move to the quiet country someday. I’ve loved country music since kindergarten (back when Alan Jackson and Tim McGraw were just gettin’ started) and have always loved visiting my cousins’ farms. I used to tag along for rodeos, attend 4-H meetings and run around the farm helping with chores.
I’m not saying I’d fair well on a farm, I honestly have no idea how I’d do. When push comes to shove, I don’t know if I’d be able to handle the (sometimes) harsh weather conditions and physical labor day after day. What I do know is that my farmhouse would be decorated absolutely beautifully.
So, here are a few of my favorite country-inspired pins from Pinterest.
So at this point in my life, I’ll continue to appreciate all things country.