Successful New York lawyer, Oliver Wendell Douglas (Eddie Albert) longs to leave behind the rat race and complications of modern society to fulfill his dream of living the life of a farmer. His glamorous, boa-wearing, city-loving wife, Lisa (Eva Gabor), is not one bit happy about leaving her socialite life in the city to move to the country. Oliver buys a farm and the couple says goodbye to city life to take up residence in Hooterville, USA. The farm Oliver has purchased is a shambles and the farmhouse in an advanced state of disrepair.
Watch this short video intro to the show if you want a chuckle but beware…the theme song gets stuck in your head! I’ve been humming it for a couple days now (and laughing). :)
So why am I mentioning this old show, you ask?
My husband’s and my life has just taken a drastic turn.
I feel like we have just stepped into this old TV sitcom from the 1960’s. We are mirroring Oliver and Lisa.
My husband isn’t a lawyer…
but he is in law enforcement.
I am not the least bit glamorous. A tee-shirt, shorts and flip-flops are more my style than a boa and evening gown…
but I am a city-loving girl…through and through.
Like Oliver and Lisa, my husband and I have just successfully negotiated a deal to purchase a farm.
A 28+ acre horse farm, to be exact.
It looks like we will be saying good-bye to city life and living the country life…just like Oliver and Lisa.
Uhhhh…. let’s call the new town where we will be living “Hooterville.” Yes, eventually this city girl will be leaving “My Cottage of Bliss” for Hooterville, Florida.
Hooterville is about 1 hour away from the CITY where I have lived my entire life…except for the first two years of it. Trust me, that’s a loooong time in one place!
In 2007, the population of the only CITY I have ever really called home was 249,079. The population of Hooterville was 3,275.
3,275. I wish I could say that is a typographical error but it isn’t.
After we move to Hooterville, my favorite grocery store, Publix, will no longer be a convenient 8 blocks away.
I’m pretty sure there are no Goodwill stores in Hooterville…and probably no thrift shops either. No Wal-Mart or Target. Certainly not a mall.
I’m willing to bet there is a feed store in Hooterville though. For you city people who might not know, a feed store is where you “grocery shop” for the farm animals’ food, and farm supplies.
My husband is beyond thrilled and excited. He wants a BIG tractor. With a BIG scoop on the front. And a BIG manure spreader on the back.
Our daughter is thrilled and excited too. She’s going to Hooterville with us to manage the barns and the horses. She wasn’t “born in a barn” but she would have felt right at home if she had been. This is a dream come true for her. Horses are what she lives and breathes for.
I am a little excited. But the city girl in me is a lot more reluctant, nervous and starting to feel a bit over-whelmed.
The house on the property is not quite in the state of advanced disrepair like Oliver and Lisa’s farmhouse, thank goodness! But it is going to require a lot of work inside.
“A lot of work” is actually an understatement. It’s twice the size of my house and every room needs updating.
Four bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, formal dining and living rooms, family room, kitchen, breakfast room, sun porch, office, and laundry room. Whew! It wears me out just to think about it.
On the positive side, I’ll probably have enough decorating/remodeling projects to post on this blog for the next 5 years…or more!
If all the decorating decisions and DIY projects don’t kill me first.
I’m sure I will adjust to this huge change in our lives.
Who knows…maybe I’ll love living in the country so much I might end up renaming this blog…
I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 40 years. We have one beautiful and precious daughter, age 30. My husband and I share our home with one aloof, antisocial, calico cat. After more than 37 years in the workforce, I was fortunate enough to be able to quit my job in 2007 and stay home. As a natural born homebody and "nester," this opportunity to be a full-time homemaker has brought me immeasurable contentment and happiness. I thoroughly enjoy spending each and every day in the cozy comfort of "My Cottage of Bliss."
About the "House in Hooterville": In October 2009, we bought a 30 acre horse farm in a small country town approximately 45 miles from the city where I have lived my whole life. Join me, a city girl through and through, as I try to simultaneously adapt to country life in "Hooterville" and redecorate the 1978 brick ranch-style house on the property into My (new) Cottage of Bliss.