I'm now in a small, rural town of under 1000 people, and I live on half of the upstairs portion of a four-plex. I have to admit that I was a little leery of this, since I have two dogs (a small one that barks and a huge one that has heavy footsteps when excited.), but I'm actually pretty happy so far.
1. I have a great view out my office window.
2. The place is almost 2/3 smaller than the other house.
This is great because it's easier for me to manage. Too big is... well... too big. You know?
Yeah, I know. That explains so very little. It's a truth, though. Things escape you in a big house, and too much room means too much opportunity for things to go wrong.
And the dogs agree. Even though this four-plex is on a main thoroughfare of this tiny town, their stress levels have decreased. They know where I am at all times, which makes them feel secure.
3. We live three minutes (walking) away from a gigantic park.
With a river.
And a dam.
And two playground areas.
And water birds!!!
|That's a heron, in case you didn't know... I sure didn't!|
I mean, how cool is that?!
I even watched a fish jump up, out of the river at one point. I squealed and got wildly excited, which naturally amused a local that was standing near me.
I explained that I'm originally from the desert, where these things don't happen, and he nodded in understanding, then let me know that you see that happen quite a bit around here.
So I think I'll be experiencing quite a few new things here, and I'm looking forward to it. I have a feeling that the next few weeks are going to be pretty interesting for me!
Who knew that moving a distance of only 8 miles could make such a big difference?