Sunday, December 21, 2008

Really Out There

Nick says he'll be updating soon. He hated the ribbons I had up, so I put up some pretty pink and white flowers instead, lol.

People around here keep saying we are really "out there." I think that's funny when these people are just 5 miles from where we live. It's only 11-12 minutes to Target from our house, only 20 to 30 minutes to the center of town. Yes, we live in the country, but we aren't that remote.

We've seen remote. We lived in New Mexico. There are parts of the state where you can drive and drive before you have found a gas station, let alone a store. We've got a lot of stores at our fingertips. If we want to do the crazy mega shopping, Richmond is an hour drive away. We love it here, though there are parts of me that could very well become a hermit and never leave. It's just so peaceful here and with no neighbors to peer through your windows it's nice to run around not dressed at all.

The few neighbors we have are very friendly. One of our neighbors across the street used to come over but I guess when I didn't answer the door the first few times she has stopped bothering, though I explained that my kids were napping each time she came by. When we first moved in, the house was a wreck, I had a newborn and a terrible two toddler. When they slept, my butt was in the bed too. I was barely getting by in the sanity department. There was so much to put away, hang up, etc. and really no time to do it. I guess I'm a jerk. Though I've since reached back out, I've had no visits from the same neighbor.

Anyway, we love how connected we are to the land here. Our little county has an amazing recycling program. When living in Albuquerque (a city full of a million people), they didn't even recycle glass. We have gone from about 2 bags of trash a week to not even 1 full bag of trash a week. We are also saving our vegetable scraps now. We are working on the compost pile in preparation for our garden. It looks a little bit more progressed then this but I don't have a newer picture. We were hoping it would actually have some compost in it come spring, but I don't think we'll have enough vegetable scraps to really have that much by then.


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Blogger Aliceson said...

You're about as far out of town as we are, not bad and totally worth it for all of the privacy. We also compost but we use an enclosed plastic barrel that spins for house waste. Really great, and I throw almost all of our veg. scraps in, also eggshells and coffee grounds complete with the filter make for great garden compost.

I asked Jesse about the smoke detectors and he said to first check the batteries and then blow them out with an air compressor or you can use that canned computer duster. The dust mimics smoke (I guess). If that doesn't fix it, he suggests to replace the smoke detectors. He thinks that the manufacturers suggest to replace them every 5 years. Let me know if this doesn't help.

December 21, 2008 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger Sidhe said...

I'm actually a little bit jealous of your proximity to Target...oh, those were the days! We have been living in the "sticks" for about a year and a half now and the one beautiful thing about it is that it has brought our family together in a way I never imagined possible!

I gotta recycle and the food scraps (except meat) all go to the piggies. Hmmm, garden...after all the snow this year, I cannot wait for summer to roll around again!

Cheers to rural living!

December 24, 2008 at 9:19 PM  

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