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, but now I'm a full-time student, trying to raise two kids (12 and 7), and married over 15 years to my high-school sweetheart. I have recently 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.