The Houseguest

And the Perils of Rural Living

An Unsplash image by Archie Carlson

When my husband and I first moved to the country, I figured I was a natural. It was my true calling. I would watch my sons grow healthy and strong from consuming homegrown fresh vegetables and chasing snakes all over our 2-acre property. I would spend cold January nights by the woodstove, knitting heavy shaker-style sweaters, and create festive wreaths from corn husks and salal sprigs…