Country Life…Silence Of Time…It’s Time To Write!

Country life brings times of a silent hush across the land…I call it a Godly hush…a revered silence that softly fills your heart with the solitude of peace. It fills the air around you with the sounds of nothingness…memories drift back into my thoughts and I pick up my pen and write, hearing the old times and the memories playing in my head as the golden words begin to fall onto my paper from my pen.

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Tonight as I lay my head down on my pillow and close my eyes, quietly reflecting my day…I hear the sound of nothing but stillness and a peace of holy silence fills my heart with peaceful rest…memories of life past and memories of life to come. And then the ultimate gift…rain drops began softly falling…on this century old farm house…falling on the same roof that has covered me all my life…a serene serenade of silence begins to play…as I close my eyes and let my ears hear…the words in my heart begin to paint a picture in my mind as my vision flows freely. Nothing can take the place of silence and the stillness of life…only silence…if the rain was not falling tonight, my windows would be open and I would hear a different sound of silence filled with the crescendos of crickets and the soft ribbet croaking of the occasional frog….or I would hear the soft knicker/sigh of my horses as they shift their weight on a quiet country night.

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With all the crazy noise we have today…radios blaring satellite stations from all over 24/7, news, sports, music, church, talk shows…smart phones and dumb phones…trucks and cars with airplanes overhead and TV’s hooked to satellite stations with anything and everything…noise pollution has gotten out of hand. I love going to the big city to shop for clothes and fun stuff…to experience culture and the life of the city spinning fast…seeing a musical or a play but after a week or so let me come home to solitude…silence…rest.

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The silence and the quiet glory of my world through the seasons begins with the first snow falling in a hushed silence, falling on all creation, both man and animal, with a holy pristine beauty full of God’s grace on the landscape. The sounds of life are muffled as the white flakes fall silently, beautiful with glistening sparkles as they cleanse the landscape with purity, peace and holiness…silence becomes a very different silence when it snows here…I do not know how to describe it for sure…but life stops…the world stops…no cars drive by…it is a holy silence filled with incredible quietness.

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Spring months Spring upon us…we often have soft gentle showers to water the crops, my horse pastures and our yard etc. Everything turns from dried up dead weeds and landscape to a beautiful carpet of green…with all the different hues of colors! I love sitting up on the hill behind our house gazing out at the vast emptiness of the land and the ever so quiet gentle kiss of a breeze stirs the grasses and the trees…I am the only one who can hear it as I am alone up there…and it truly is beautiful to hear. New life is everywhere…the birds come back…I hear my turtle-doves every day and night…the robins are hopping around my yard looking for worms and bugs…quail families are nesting and raising their babies and we see deer out and about too and the sage brush begins to bloom along with everything else…all in the silence of miracles and holiness.

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I love early summer evenings as you begin to smell the heads of wheat drying and it smells wonderful! Knowing that we planted a tiny seed last fall to grow wheat and now the first of June it has quietly grown, filling out the heads with kernels of wheat…slowly the colors begin to change from green to a soft golden-yellow. Harvest begins and once again the sounds of silence change somewhat as all the farmers now use big semi’s to haul their wheat from the field to either the elevator or down to the Columbia River loading it on a barge to feed the world. Still if you go out in the field and listen quietly you can hear the history of your family harvesting from the days of old.

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And then by mid August or so the sounds of silence begin to change…the crickets sound different and the air feels caught between summer heat and cooler fall days. There is always a grief in my heart as the seasons go so quickly. I love each season and each year. Life brings good stuff if you look for it…and yeah I know it also can bring horrible stuff…bad stuff…hard stuff…but we take steps of faith and strength from God above…and we keep on a going.

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I have weathered
Colder winters; Longer summers
Without a drop of rain
Push me in a corner
And I’ll come out fighting
I may lose but I ‘ll always keep my faith

Cause I’m country strong
Hard to break
Like the ground I grew up on
You may fool me
And I’ll fall
But I won’t stay down long
Cause I’m country strong

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. singleworkingmomswm
    Apr 23, 2013 @ 14:59:34

    Howdy, HRCG! I love the seasons as you describe them. Here, we don’t have the drastic changes, but we do have seasons (despite what non-Cali’s think, lol). I love the warmth that Spring brings, and it also means more saddle time. 🙂 I’ve been hanging down south every other weekend as I help my daughter re-acclimate to being at her dad’s for his visits (she was diagnosed with Childhood Anxiety Disorder about 2 months ago and has been with me 100% of the time since), and while I enjoy being with my family, who all live there, I can’t wait to get home to where it is a little slower, cooler, and quieter on the Central Coast! Lovely photos and great song! XOXO-SWM

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    • Hot Rod Cowgirl
      Apr 25, 2013 @ 14:28:55

      Hi SWM:) Thank you much for you support and always for stopping by to say Hi:) I am behind this week as time seems to fly by me and the office keeps me over whelmed most days:( Yes I love the seasons too….I am not crazy about the cold weather or foggy days…I love Spring as everything grows and new life is every where and I love summer as I love the heat and harvest….fall is striking too with the incredible colors….and snow is always nice for Christmas:) I think your area sounds beautiful and would love to see the CA.Central Coast! Sending you big hugs and hugs for your daughter too:) Prayers always:)HRCG

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  2. onespoiledcat
    Apr 21, 2013 @ 03:44:54

    Spring’s feeling of renewal…..it’s just what we needed isn’t it?!

    Hugs, Pam (and of course Sam!)

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  3. JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing
    Apr 21, 2013 @ 01:13:52

    Reblogged this on lost creek publishing.

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  4. greenlightlady
    Apr 20, 2013 @ 22:55:47

    Beautiful pictures and words. I like how you acknowledge that falling is possible, but you focus on the swift return to a standing position.

    Blessings ~ Wendy

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  5. Teepee12
    Apr 20, 2013 @ 22:25:49

    I have had people complain that it’s too quiet in the country. Can you imagine needing noise to be comfortable? How odd 🙂 Thank you for another beautiful post!

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