“The new-mowed hay sends all its fragrance, from the fields I used to roam.”
– Back Home Again In Indiana
Well, guys? This is my last week of staying out here in the country. It’s funny, looking back on the days leading up to my two week stay in Indiana – I’d had it all planned out. It would be relaxing and I’d get in so much alone time (which I love) and I’d be so inspired by the beauty of the countryside that I’d just write and write and write – I’d have like months worth of blog posts written for future use.
Yeah, that’s not how things went down… I mean, clearly. While being out in the middle of nowhere and waking up in the country DOES typically put me in the writing mood – it has really just felt like something out of a horror movie. Dramatic?
Perhaps. Not at all.
I wasn’t going to bore you all with another “tales from the
crypt country” but then Sunday happened and it was just too good NOT to share. Let me paint you a picture, mkay? It’s 6am, about 40 degrees outside, and I sleepily walk out to the barn to feed the horses. I went to give one of the horses her hay and noticed electrical tape hanging out of the metal thing that the hay goes in. Immediately I realized how dangerous this was (and weird that there would be electrical tape in her hay bin?!) so I grabbed it to throw it away… and it occurred to me juuuust as I had the tape firmly in my hand and out of the hay holder that no, no this was not electrical tape. THIS WAS A DEAD SNAKE. (I’ll give you a minute to breathe.) I’M NOT KIDDING YOU! I literally screamed at the top of my lungs and dropped it in the horse’s stall. While gagging and totally crying and swearing, I took a pitch fork, picked it back up and then tossed it into the woods. I mean, just call me Norma Rae and get me a pair of cowgirl boots – I think I’ve earned my country medal after all of this.
Honestly though, I have really enjoyed the scenery – as I always do when I’m here. Indiana will always hold a special place in my heart – Indiana will always be home. The skies seem a bit bluer, the clouds a bit fluffier, and the corn a bit sweeter… and I’ve tried to savor every moment. (Well, minus the snake moment… that one can just go straight to you know where.) (GAH! I’m still shuddering!)
My parents get back tomorrow, thank the LORD! I’m seriously so excited – I cannot wait to give them the biggest hugs and to hear all about their time in Kenya (and the safari! Fingers are still crossed for an elephant.) My wish for today is that they have a safe trip back. (And thanks again to all of you who kept them in your thoughts and prayers!)
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