Country Living

Posted by mrssmythe on October 5, 2015 in Family, Travel |

I had meant to take more pictures while on vacation in Idaho. I had meant to blog about the things we did and the sights we saw, but, in the end, I never got around to it.

And, I can’t blame it on the wild excitement of travel. My parents live in a small town in southwest Idaho. We spent a lot of time just hanging around the “old homestead” doing things like looking at my mother’s garden – a patch of land she’s been working on for about eight years now.


Every time I visit, it’s changed. I always enjoy seeing what has taken off. This year, it was blanket flowers and milkweed.

And, it was just fun being in a farming community again – somewhere where seeing tractors on the road is an everyday thing.


Onion harvest was in full swing, and we saw a lot of trucks piled high with onions thundering down the roads. Often, the trucks were so full, they’d spill onions when they rounded corners or ran over bumps.


Of course, you can’t just leave onions on the side of the road to rot….

We also enjoyed seeing all of the farm animals. My parents have cows on their land.


And, across the street, there are chickens and goats. The goats are hilarious. They scream. They sound human. They don’t sound at all like you’d expect goats to sound.


My mother says that one night, she and my father thought they heard someone outside calling, “Help me! Help me!” They rushed out the door…and then doubled over laughing when they realized it was just one of the goats.

When we weren’t watching livestock, we were watching sunrises and sunsets.


Ginger tried to get outside to see them all. Where we live in Massachusetts, trees obscure the horizon in most places, so it’s rare to see the sun come up or go down. Not so in southwest Idaho.

That clear horizon made for good moon viewing, too. Here you see the moon (though tiny) just as it was coming up on the night of the eclipse.


My father brought out binoculars and spotting scopes, my mother put on some music, and we all settled in for a nice couple of hours.


Pepper was even able to get a shot of the moon with my phone camera – taken through one of the spotting scopes.


And though southwest Idaho isn’t a location many people would describe as a top vacation spot, for us, it really was. We had a wonderful time. There was peace and quiet. There were people we hadn’t seen in far too long. There was so much love and a ton of laughter. So, for us, it was the perfect place to be. We’ll treasure the memories for years to come.

From the dining room table, realizing it’s awfully easy to get used to having your mother cook for you again,

Mrs. Smythe


  • Tea Lady says:

    So many wonderful memories of your visit…….

  • mooshie says:

    These pictures brought back some wonderful memories
    of 2 weeks ago. Loved every single minute that we
    spent with you all. It went by too fast, but I am
    so thankful that we had it to share.

    • mrssmythe says:

      Moosh – it was wonderful to see you and Marshall again! We had a lot of fun, didn’t we? Thank you for making that long drive to come and see us. It meant a lot! 🙂

  • Jenn M says:

    It’s always nice to get away (and have your Mum cook for you!)
    I grew up in the prairies and every time I go back I am always amazed at how big the sky is. While I love my trees here, sometimes they do seem to get in the way just a bit for important things like watching the moonrise or the July 1 fireworks.
    Happy Days!

    • mrssmythe says:

      You are so right about the sky. I love being able to see for miles and miles (though I’ve grown to love the trees, now, too). I’m glad that I’ve gotten to live in both kinds of areas. There’s definitely beauty in both.

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