Check out the site - http://farmfolly.com/ - They too have had the same issues as we have, including the bees, the overgrown trash heaps, and Chickens! Perhaps there should be a support group for crazy people like us.
I am a fourty-something who used to work full time, went back to college, graduated, and now I'm a part-time substitute teacher, trying to raise two kids (13 and 8), and married over 15 years to my high-school sweetheart. Eight years ago, I moved from an urban apartment to a rural house that needs lots of improvement. So all my spare time is spent adjusting to this new lifestyle and working on the house.