Thursday, March 24, 2011

I've Officially Joined the "Country" Club!


My transformation began almost four years ago when we we traded Atlanta traffic:


...For country roads:


Traded our big house:


...For a much smaller farmhouse:


We traded playing in the city (Piedmont Park):


...For "playing" with chickens (meaning gathering eggs and cleaning up chicken poo!):


I traded my daily routine of "corporate" hair, high heels, makeup and suits:


...For chapstick, sunscreen, pony tails and cotton frocks:


Over the weekend we sold my beloved Thunderbird:


...And now I'm driving a pickup truck!  I've officially joined the "country" club!


This latest step in my conversion was painful.  I LOVED my Tbird!  I've never had a car that made me smile like this one did.  It was soooooo pretty!  And fast!  Nothing like a V8 in a little sports car.  For the record, I was never ticketed for speeding - ha!

(Dramatically hugging my tbird goodbye at the car dealership)

Sadly, I accepted the fact that a Thunderbird is not the ideal vehicle for navigating country roads, and it certainly didn't accommodate all of my Retro Revival show supplies, with only two seats and a tiny trunk. 

So now that my transformation from "city gal" to "country gal" is complete, I'm gonna try and learn to love this truck!


Think I've got the makings for a country song here...A gal, her dog and truck.  Ha!  All that's playing in my head though is Marc Cohn's "Silver Thunderbird:"

Don't gimme no Buick
Son you must take my word
If there's a God in heaven
He's got a Silver Thunderbird
You can keep your Eldorados
And the foreign car's absurd
Me I wanna go down
In a Silver Thunderbird

Have YOU joined the "country" club?

Share your experiences or comment on mine here for a chance to win this month's giveaway, this adorable "sewing machine" birdfeeder! 


Drawing is March 31st ~ good luck!

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

I grew up city, bought a city house, then married a country boy at age 33. After the birth of our first child, he convinced me to move to the country. We now live on 6 acres, with 7 chickens and an ever-expanding vegetable garden. Over the years I've learned to live with snakes and various other invading wildlife, how to freeze and can vegetables, and been through 2 pickups, now driving a Jeep Wrangler. It's an adjustment, but love it!
Christy
toddlermom2001 @ yahoo.com

Retro Farm Wife said...

You're living in my dream house! What a wonderful trade-off!

~Angela

Anonymous said...

I love what you have done and commend you for taking the road less traveled!! It isn't always easy to do but well worth it. We've moved in that direction and are still going there..You should share more about it with us. I love your blog!!! We just got our chickens and are loving it. Who knew they would be so entertaining.

Becky said...

Woman! I was born in the "country club." But Mommie Dearest aspired to have us in THE Country Club. BLEH!!

The day I donated all my bank suits and dry clean only wardrobe to the Goodwill was one of the happiest days of my life.

We have one vehicle and it's a Ford Ranger. Sweet little truck with just enough room for us.

Tonya said...

haha, loved this.....I was born in the country club...we live in the sticks on top of a mountain with a beautiful view....

retrorevival.biz said...

Thanks for stopping by, Christy:) I'm loving country life too and I enjoy hearing from former city gals who have made the adjustment!

Donna said...

I have always been a member of the "country club"! I have never been a city girl. I have always been a country girl. I worked in the city for 10 years and "dressed" everyday. Now most days I wear my sweat pants and a big "ole tee shirt and I love it!
My hubby has always had a truck (now an Avalanche) and I still have my car. I needed a car for my daughter Amber and her wheelchair. It was always easier for me to load her and the chair in a car. The truck was too high to lift her.
Isn't country living the best! I am going to work in my garden later today and get it ready for seeds soon!
Hugs,
Donna

Missy said...

I love your house!

retrorevival.biz said...

@Angela ~ you're absolutely right; I agree!

retrorevival.biz said...

@ Becky ~ Hahaha! I hear ya;)

retrorevival.biz said...

@Donna ~ I'm happy to be part of the "club!" Lucky you that you're working in your garden today:)

Melinda said...

It sounds like a very sensible transformation. Good luck.

donna said...

Sounds like we have alot in common. We moved to the country about 8 years ago. I have always lived in the city until now. We love the quite. And you can even see the stars at night. But I still have to drive to the city to go work. I am loving your house.
Hugs
donna

retrorevival.biz said...

@ Donna (Donna's Lavender Nest) ~ yes we do! We love the clear sky, bright stars and ah-mazing moon shadows at night ~ beautiful!

retrorevival.biz said...

Welcome to my blog, CruisinOverSixty.com! Hope you enjoyed your visit:)

Mrs Chronic-Shock said...

I am originally from Texas, and now living in the DC Metro area. I didn't appreciate the slow pace of Texas until I moved here. Luckily, we'll be moving to Austin when I finish my degree in December! I'm looking forward to some country living on the lake :)

We know the feeling of letting a beautiful sports car go....the hubby had an orange convertible 350z (which he let me drive over 100mph on our first date) that we got rid of once we knew a baby was on the way. We both cried a little tear when we dropped her off at the dealership.

Holly Days Closet said...

Hey Cindy Thanks for dropping my blog. We live out in the middle of no where we moved out here 3 years ago after living in the city for 15 years. It's not exactly country but it's more than I've had in a long time. I think this is Gods way of preparing hubby for a bigger change of being totally country. I look forward to getting to know you on your journey.
Holly

Christine said...

Thanks for finding me! I love you blog it's great and I love your story and of course your adorable beagle!
I grew up in the country but my husband managed to drag me to the city because is a city boy. But I'm working on him and am going to get him into the country or at least semi country. I love your new farm house. I'm excited to see all your projects and your farm life!
Christine

retrorevival.biz said...

Welcome to my blog, Mrs Chronic-Shock. We have lots in common. And I grew up in the DC area! Kinda miss it too:(

retrorevival.biz said...

Thanks for following, Holly:)

retrorevival.biz said...

@Fabric Junkie ~ welcome to my blog! Glad you're following. When I need a little "city" I'll head over to your blog:) This will probably happen frequently ~ ha!

Gayle @ Life on the Lane said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog, I just checked out yours and I love it! So fresh and colorful! I was born and raised in the country but did "the city thing" for a while... I was so glad when we left it all behind for a place where I can see the stars at night!
I'll be following your journey from now on :)

yippeevintage said...

Cindy ~ thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I'm so flattered that you'll be 'following' me... I'll be following you too :) I'm a country girl living in the city... I miss my chickens and my garden and all that great stuff that I plan to have in my life again one day. Meanwhile, I will be enjoying the country life vicariously through the experiences of other country girls! Thank you :) Oh, and your new home is adorable!!

retrorevival.biz said...

Welcome to my blog, YippeeVintage! Hope to make you smile:)

retrorevival.biz said...

@Gayle (Life on the Lane) ~ thanks for stopping by and visiting:)

Yujin Cho said...

Your Corp style pic is very impressive, professional! - love it! you are much more beautiful as you are now tho - love it!

The Colassards said...

Lovin that birdfeeder!

Lesa said...

I just had to comment, even at this late date, because I saw "you might like" one about giving up your Thunderbird. I, too, had to give up my 'Bird and I loved that car soooo much! Just wasn't practical to have a low-slung car on our dirt road. The last summer, I had to leave the Thunderbird at home for three weeks because the road was so bad. Now I've got a Jeep. The Jeep is fine, but that Thunderbird was loved. I understand your pain, Girlfriend!