Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Falling Off the Grid


Today I called the satellite company to tell them that we are moving, and we need our service transferred. "Mam, What's your new address?" I tried to explain to her that our house is in a really rural area and that our address is not "normal". Our address actually reads something like on E. 1290 rd. between 1370 rd. and 1380 rd.....not anything like 4253 Maple st..

"Mam, I need your address in order to transfer your service!" The woman was irritable.

"I know that this is frustrating for you, because it is frustrating for me. That is our address! I know that someone from your company has been there before because there is a satellite on the house." It took some time for her to believe that the crazy series of streets and numbers I was giving her was a location.

This is the beginning of falling off of the grid. We have to put in an application to even receive mail. Yes...we are isolated! There are nice things about being isolated, though. On Sunday we did some work on the house, and I sat and nursed Barrett on the porch without even worrying that a car might pass. I watched as four red-tailed hawks spent the evening diving into the neighboring fields. I could see so far that I saw a storm brew on the horizon and then dance around us. It is very lovely there, and so quiet. The coyotes howl at night, which is eerie and beautiful at once. I'm actually looking forward to our isolation. Dan can howl his head off twenty four hours a day for weeks straight and it won't bother a soul, except me.
*That picture is the google-earth image of our house. You can see that the barn (the structure to the rear) is actually much larger than our house. There are also some little chicken houses and such, which I am going to fill with laying hens!
Oh..and I have to mention that the biggest bobcat ever (I could prove that this is true if only I could convince him to step on a scale, which is unlikely) regularly pisses in our garage. We saw him leaving the premises as we pulled up on Sunday morning. Jason is convinced that the bobcat is part mountain lion, which I seriously doubt. That mofo is huge, though.
BOBCAT
Our bobcat would eat this bobcat for a snack.

11 comments:

Alabaster Mom said...

I think you can forget about me shipping ya'll any Christmas gifts this year. Your address just sounds waaaaaay too iffy. I have to agree with the satellite company on this one.

Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails said...

Wow you are isolated. How far are you from the nearest town? I grew up on a ranch about 20 minutes from the neares town and I thought that was bad enough. Although we never had a wacky address like that one. Carry a big stick if your bobcat is that big.

Mainegirl/Pauline said...

Wow that looks AWESOME!!! I come from ME, pretty rural so I think that it is going to be really neat for you. I was always afraid of bears so you have to watch out for bobcats, seriously when I go back I make the girls play right where I can see them even though I was always in the woods when I was their age.

EthansMommy said...

I am so so so JEALOUS! Can Ethan and I move in? I would love to live in such an isolated area.

Mainegirl/Pauline said...

We are missing you on bbc!!!

Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails said...

Hey where are you? That bobcat didn't eat you did he? Maybe that is how he got so big, he at the previous tenents.

Alabaster Mom said...

Hoo, long time no post! I think my sister *has* fallen off the grid now, which may be why she hasn't posted (also, her brain doesn't really process time in a linear way). I know they are moving into the new house. And I don't think you can get internet access in a home that doesn't have an actual address, but we'll see. I'm sure she'll post soon!

Mainegirl/Pauline said...

See Audrey, how many people miss you!!! DH needs to get his act together and build you a tower so you can get the best internet access. By now if you've been bird watching you've named them all and know where they are living too.

Kira said...

Great blog, girl! I'm updating my links - you're now officially connected to moi - and I'm totally hooked on yours now! BTW, your house/area looks amazing, can I come visit? ;) See you on BBC!

EthansMommy said...

WHERE ARE YOU????? Come back to us!

nicole said...

We miss you, Audrey!