When you ask my Cowboy what his biggest achievements are, he’ll tell you his kids and moving me out to 4G. I am not a country girl… I love the city! The bigger the better…Los Angeles, Manhattan, I’m there!
Wrangler man already knew that so no surprise there. After we had been married several years, he would often say, “Let’s go for a ride and look for some land, 100 acres is all I need and I’ll be happy”. My response was always NOPE, NOT INTERESTED! I don’t like snakes, I don’t like varments and critters are out of the question!. I like living where things are close just in case I need to make an emergency run for milk, bread or a cheetah print pair of heels, don’t judge!
One day Cowboy caught me at a weak moment and said the same thing, “Let’s go look for some land”. To his surprise I said, “Ok, fine, let’s go look”. (I literally thought he would drop dead of a heart attack, right then and there). I’ve heard him say to others that a good piece of land is hard to come by, so my thinking was it’ll take years to find that perfect piece of happiness. So no need in getting in a hurry to pack, right? My cowboy came home from work and said, “Let’s go for a ride, I want to show you something.” The last time he told me that we were living on a couple of acres in a 16×40 mobile home which was a temporary situation until we started building our forever home. Still with me? Good!
I hop in the truck and he drives me to an abandoned house out on Stillhouse Water lake. The weeds were so tall that he held them back so I could walk thru (no joke). We then got inside via a broken window (I’m thinking this couldn’t get any worse). He said…”Keep an open mind.” I should have known what was coming next but when he said “How do you like our new house?” I almost fainted. Cowboy had pre-purchased, yes that means ALREADY BOUGHT this mess of a house. He says to me, “I know with your decorating skills that this will be a show home and look out that window over there! We can see the lake from our living room!” I said, “the only thing this house needs is a bulldozer and I do not know how to operate one!” But after years of painting, tearing out and decorating, he was ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! It was definitely a beautiful house and a great place to start our family.
So I’m sure you can understand my apprehension whenever those words come out of his mouth. But off we go on that ride. We had driven so long that I actually thought we were in another state (ok that’s a little exaggerated, but it we did put some miles on his jeep)! We finally pull off the paved road and onto a dirt road. After opening 3 gates he finally says we’re here! I said to him “Where is here and why are we here?” Cowboy says “It’s our 100 acres and we’re in Pidcoke”! My response, “Wait, what”?!
…to be continued next Sunday y’all- Tammy