I work at the university. I've worked at the university in this town for four years. Prior to that, I worked at another university for eight years. I'm an office girl. My current position is in a highly professional office. I can dress it up. I put on my make-up every day. I even wear mascara. I color my hair. When I became a Grandma I thought for about five minutes "should I let my hair go gray?" Then I quickly thought "no!" For now, I like to color and highlight and go red and change it up. I always wear jewelry including necklace, earrings, watch and rings, usually on both hands.
When I get home to our little farm, all of this changes. I shed the jewelry. I change into comfy clothes- often times, lounge wear a.k.a. pajamas. As I write this I am wearing flannel pajama pants printed with dog bones, a purple v-neck t-top and over that, an old flannel c.p.o. jacket. On my feet I wear my pink "life is good" fleece socks and my fur lined Bear Trap clogs. There is a frost warning tonight here in southern Indiana and I am prepared. There is an orange cat lounging on the kitchen table behind my laptop. (This is where my real-life friends say to themselves "note to self, don't eat anything that Cheryl prepares.") We joke that this orange cat will die on the kitchen table.
I think people would be surprised to see how simply I live in what I consider to be my "real" life. I eshew the dishwasher and for the most part, the television set. If we watch t.v., it is usually a movie on dvd. In the summer I like to hang the laundry out on the line to dry (love the smell when I bring the clothes in off the line) and garden. We sit by the fire in the house by winter and in summer, have fires out back. I love to walk my Corgi and read. We walk the rails to trails trail or hike. We tend to our chickens and gather eggs. We recycle.
By a lot of people's standards we might be considered backward. Or boring.
I tend to think this simple life is just about right.
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