By Karin Glendenning
Community News Writer
Last October Donna and Rick Padgett and their two boys, Jake and Lex, moved to the country from Brow Estates. It was an adjustment for the family, but there hasn’t been a moment when they have regretted their new “Green Acres” status.
“Rick says the stress leaves him when he turns down this road,” said Mrs. Padgett.
“It’s still very convenient,” Mr. Padgett said. “You can go from urban life to rural in just 10 minutes. The only downside is that there’s always something that needs to be done, but I don’t mind it. I love my tractor. Every man should have one.”
The Padgetts said that one of the reasons they moved to Sequatchie County was that their sons, Jake, 16, and Lex, 13, are into motor cross racing. They wanted to have a place where the boys could ride their bikes and have built a motor cross track on part of their 20 acres.
The Padgetts’ sons have taken well to living in the country and have overnight guests frequently, their mother said. “Their friends love to come over here,” Mr. Padgett said. Mrs. Padgett’s daughter Shannon Knox, who lives on the mountain, also loves to visit with her two sons Tanner and Trent.
Another reason for moving was that Mrs. Padgett wanted to have horses. “I have always loved animals,” she said. They now have five horses, one mule, a burro, a pony and two miniature horses. Mrs. Padgett said at first they bought young horses, but soon learned that older ones would be easier to manage and replaced the colts and fillies with more mature mounts.
Mrs. Padgett is learning to ride and to care for the animals. “I traded in my Cosmopolitan for horse magazines,” she said, adding that she reads lots of books about horses and has found good information on the Internet.
“I used to be a shopper, but my shopping now is at Tractor Supply and the Co-op in Dunlap,” she said.
The Padgetts have fenced pastures for the animals and have two barns. There is a large pond, stocked with bream and bass, that is connected to all the paddocks so that the animals can always get to water. A fire pit, near the pond, is a favorite spot for the boys to entertain friends.
“Next we want to build a barn with stalls for the horses,” she said. She envisions a large barn, paneled inside with old doors and hung with antique chandeliers.
Though smaller than the house they had in Brow Estates, the Padgetts’ new home is more than big enough for their family. Before moving in, they redid the kitchen and family room, giving them a French Country look, Mrs. Padgett’s favorite style.
Marsha Yessick helped Mrs. Padgett with colors and fabrics and the result is a cheery, comfortable and roomy space that lends itself to entertaining and family gatherings. Primary colors of red, yellow and gold are used in the window treatments and upholstered furniture, and the kitchen has new black cabinets and a large island painted a rich yellow with a dark stained butcher block top.
On the main floor are the family room, breakfast room and kitchen, a master bedroom, an office/guest bedroom and a parlor, once the home’s formal dining room. Upstairs are two more bedrooms and a bonus room that Mrs. Padgett plans to make into a guest room and furnish with old family pieces.
A porch wraps around one side and across the back of the house and is connected to a big deck that the Padgetts added. Lots of windows let in light and afford views of the rolling pastures and animals. “I love to look out my bedroom window and see my horses,” Mrs. Padgett said.
With plans to add goats to their menagerie and someday have a big garden, the Padgetts are finding that they spend more time together now that they have adopted country living. From the smiles on their faces and their relaxed, laid-back manner, it seems to suit them very well.
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