I'm with you on that muggy buggy stuff, Dawg
. Since Himself got Lyme disease I've been paranoid about ticks ever since. Thankfully, he's had no long-term effect since it was caught right away.
Our son is a city mouse, our daughter a country mouse. We prefer the spaces between, so I guess you could call us suburb mice.
Current house is in a town of just over 11,000. Our previous home was in a suburb of about 32,000, but in spite of its larger size it seemed cozier. Except for the original owners of the houses on our street (because most of us were transplants from somewhere else and we HAD to bond), most people right by us are indifferent to forming neighborhood friendships.
What I really like up here:
- Cheaper grocery prices than "back home". I'll miss that whenif we move.
- If we want to head to a shore, we can get to the coast of CT in about an hour. Even though it's about the same distance, traffic makes getting to the east coast of MA a longer trip.
- Real mountains are about a 3-4 hour trip up to parts of VT or NH.
What I don't like:
- We're too far from our kids.
- I wish our neighbors with the barking dogs would move. Or train their dogs.
- Our current house in in a town of just over 11,000. Our last home was in a suburb of 32,000. In spite of that, the area we live in now just doesn't seem as cozy as the old digs did.
- More often than not, people can be stand-offish up here. If you smile at strangers, most of them act like you have two heads. I liked it better when you could make a new best friend by the time you checked out of a long grocery line!
- Driving up here! The roads are narrow, winding, and unmarked. The drivers are all in a hurry and will stop at nothing to be first in line. One of these day's I'm afraid I'll get shot, though. When I pull up to a red light and the car on my left is the one who went through all sorts of antics to get ahead of me, I just glance their way and smile. Got a lot further, eh buddy?