I'm Grateful for where I live…

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First, we live in our own single-family home on acreage, with the nearest neighbor ¼ mile away. While I can see one roof, I never look out my window into someone else’s home. Land to the north and south of us is State Forest. To the east and west it’s neighbor’s trees and meadows.

We have no restrictions on how many or what kind of critters can reside here with us. I rainbow over the meadowcould have 14 dogs if I wanted. (No, we only have 2 dogs and one elderly horse at the moment.)

If we want to paint the house hot pink, we can. If we want to remodel the bathrooms, or build an addition, we can. And we don’t have to ask permission or buy a permit. I read about the restrictions and the outlandish permit fees that others live with and think “We are so fortunate.”

While many would shudder at our dirt roads, our lack of cell service and high-speed Internet, and the absence of any good restaurants or shopping venues within 40 miles, I do love where I live.

I’m grateful for what we don’t have.

Part of why I love it is the absence of a few other, far less desirable things. Things like gangs, drive-by shootings, and riots.

We also don’t have poisonous spiders and snakes, and no alligators will show up in our back yards. Yes, there are a few wild animals that can be dangerous, but they do their best to avoid humans. I’m grateful for their fear of us.

We have snow and ice, but most years it’s manageable. There’s generally not more than a foot or two on the ground at any one time because it snows, then melts before starting over. The ice can still be troublesome, so I’m grateful that I now work at home and can simply choose not to go out when the roads are bad.

Since we're surrounded by trees, we do worry about fire and did have one only a mile from here last summer. The firefighters jumped on it immediately and the fire was history within 2 hours – burning only about 2 acres. While fire did rage around us in 2017, the last major fire within 30 miles of here was in 1967. It’s nothing like California, where the fires seem to go on and on – and just keep coming year after year.

We don’t have flooding that causes major damage. We don’t have hurricanes or tornados.

Our temperatures seldom drop below zero or rise above 100.

We don’t have traffic congestion. We might have to wait a few minutes to get out onto the street when in town, but we never end up waiting in traffic for an hour or two.

At our house there’s almost no traffic. When our elderly neighbor passed away, his son inherited the property, which is a quarter mile past us. At first he came twice a week and now he and his wife show up to spend the day perhaps 2 or 3 times a month. They keep the gate locked, so in winter the snow plow turns around at our place. Once in a while someone following GPS comes in past the “Dead End” sign, thinking this is a through-road, but that doesn’t happen often.

Otherwise, the mail lady and people coming to see us are the only cars on our road.

All that is what we don’t have.

What we do have:

  • Clean air and clean water. Our water comes from a mountain spring and there are no factories, mines, landfills, septic tanks, or other sources of contamination within many miles.
  • Room to roam – for humans and our dogs.elk outside our windows
  • The occasional sight of wildlife in our meadows.
  • Quiet, except for the sound of frogs singing and water rushing over the rocks in the creek - and an occasional coyote’s howl (my dogs do not consider coyotes howling a pleasant sound, however).
  • The summer smell of new-mown hay.
  • A view of meadows and mountains that changes with the seasons.
  • A few good neighbors whose company we enjoy.

My roots here run deep.

My Great-Grandparents homesteaded a few miles from here back in the 1890’s, and I’m grateful to them.

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Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
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A perfect place for you. I am country all the way through and it sounds delightful.  I also live in the country.

Nov 30, 2019 12:51 PM #1
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Marte - it sounds as if you have found the ideal fit for you, your family and your lifestyle.  Finding that right spot is so important.  Congratulations.  

Nov 30, 2019 07:02 PM #2
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Raymond Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
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When I was a painting contractor, our company did paint one house hot pink on every interior surface.  It was something!  Glad you live in an area that you can be who you want to be.  It does sound wonderful!

Nov 30, 2019 07:30 PM #3
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Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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Rose Mary Justice - It is the perfect place for me - and it sounds like you'd like it here too.

Michael Jacobs We didn't look far to find it. I grew up just over the mountain from here, and my husband's Grandfather bought this property back in the 1930's. The roots run deep.

Nov 30, 2019 07:37 PM #4
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Marte Cliff
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Raymond Henson Oh my! I cannot imagine hot pink on even one wall. I once wrote the listing comments for an agent who had listed what I called the turquoise house, but even it wasn't that bad. It was just turquoise outside - with yellow trim - and all of the cabinetry inside was turquoise. It was awful, but someone bought it!

But - I do appreciate the fact that we could do that if we so chose!

Nov 30, 2019 07:39 PM #5
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Raymond Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
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It was every wall, door and piece of trim throughout.   It was new home construction too.  Can you imagine our paint crew walking down the street covered in pink?  We were definitely under the spotlight that day!

Dec 01, 2019 04:50 AM #6
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
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Hi Marte... your roots do run deep... as an immigrant to this country in the early 1950's, I can only imagine what that's like. At the end of the day, there's nothing quite like loving where you live. I was raised in the concret jungle of NYC and to me that's perfect!

Dec 01, 2019 04:54 AM #7
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Marte Cliff
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Raymond Henson What I can't imagine is anyone wanting to live in an entirely hot pink house. I think I'd get a headache after the first hour. I can imagine your crew having a good laugh over it.

Nina Hollander It's a very good thing that we don't all want to live in the same place. I'm sure I'd be entertained by the city for a week or two, then I'd want to get back to the space and quiet. Other people come here to enjoy the outdoors, then can't wait to get back to all the city amenities. Unfortunately, some of them buy homes here before they realize that country life isn't for them.

 

Dec 01, 2019 10:01 AM #8
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