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I was born in Washington DC and then lived in the suburbs of Maryland and Virginia all my life until a few years ago when we left the city and moved out here to the country.  And not just the country...we now live on top of a mountain.  Yes, there is definitely an elevation because even now, my ears sometimes still pop when I drive up our winding country road.

Being from the city, I’m used to everything being close, including our neighbors.  Not out here...the house are not right next to each other as I’m accustomed.  I could scream at the top of my lungs and none of my neighbors would be able to hear me because of the distance between houses.

The grocery stores are a good 20 minutes away.  We have to drive into town to go grocery shopping because there really isn’t anything here in Linden except a very small country store at the bottom of the hill.

There are no sidewalks, no street lights, and no power lines in the streets.  At night, it is pitch dark.  We don’t have trash service...my husband has to take our trash to the dump every week.

But boy is it peaceful!!  And there are some amazing views.  I saw my first bear, first groundhog, first possum, all out here!  The country folk are also very friendly and kind of laid back, not in a big rush like it seemed when I lived in the city.

I love my little country Methodist church.  It looks like the churches you see on Christmas cards or in books.  Nothing fancy but still a nice place to gather for worship.

I never thought I would live out in the country but it’s been a good experience so far.  This October it will be three years.

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      Anne E wrote Jul 24, 2011
    • Wow-I’ve never lived out in the country.  I’m glad it is working out for you and your family.  It sounds beautiful-I just wouldn’t be able to be all lazy like I am now and order pizza whenever I want!  What does your husband do for a living out there?



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      Vikki Hall wrote Jul 25, 2011
    • It sounds tranquil! I couldn’t do it ohhhh my hubz would love it if I could.  

      I am happy that you enjoy it heart



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      Cathie Beck wrote Jul 25, 2011
    • It’s very similar to where I live now, Diane. ;oD  Yesterday I spotted bats in the end of the porch rafters. Just 2. Years ago there used to be up to 30.  

      Cathie



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      Tamra wrote Jul 25, 2011
    • Sounds heavenly!  (And being on top of a mountain puts you ever closer to heaven, too!  estatic)  What I wouldn’t give for a spectacular view!

      I have never lived in "the city."  The town where I grew up had less than 1000 residents, and my high school class totaled a whopping 27.  When I was younger, I would have never  even considered living in a city at all, period.  Even today, I still live in the country, just outside a rather small town, although a huge city is only 30 miles away.  So I understand very well how wonderful your country existence can be.

      If you’d like to share, I’d love to see a pic of your view from the mountaintop!  estatic



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      Tuliplady wrote Jul 25, 2011
    • Like Tamra, I would never have considered living in a city either.  I now live on the edge of a town of 108 people and some days that’s just too crowded.  I’m 35 miles from the grocery store and I like it that way.  Our little Lutheran church is right out my back door.  

      I’m glad you‘re liking the country Dianne!



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      Tamra wrote Jul 25, 2011
    • My mother-in-law put it in perspective for me once while she was visiting us at our home in the Texas countryside.  I noticed she was always sitting outside when I awoke in the mornings, even in the hot summertime.  So I asked her why.  She said it gave her an opportunity to “hear the birds.”

      “Don’t you have birds in beautiful San Diego?” I inquired.  

      She said, “Yes, of course, but I can’t hear them because of the all the noise in the city—cars, sirens, beepers, etc.  I love being here to listen to them sing in the mornings.”

      And, ya know, she was right.  Birds do make beautiful music!  If you can hear them.



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      Tuliplady wrote Jul 25, 2011
    • Yep, it’s all relative Annie.  To me, what a lot of people call “country living” is just suburbs.

      There are only four and a half homes on my whole block, I’m guessing some people would call that country living.



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      Stelyani1 wrote Jul 25, 2011
    • I lived on an extemely busy street in the burbs, 40 min from NYC. Where i live now is the country to me, a dairy farm is a quarter mile away on our road just far enough so we don’t smell the unpleasant odor, if ya know what i mean. Goats are kept by the people at one end of the road, horses on the other end,  chickens too.

      They put in a supermarket a yr. after we moved here that is 2 miles away,
      (before that it was about 20 min. away).  Country living is great! (providing you have dependable vehicles).

       The birds are wonderful to listen to with their various songs, coyotes at night well-not so  much,as long as they‘re at a distance thats ok...someones horse got loose and he made his way to our backyard...bats,coons and bunnies (my cuz has them in her surburban yard too though,) this is my idea of country and its lonely sometimes but oh- soooo peaceful.

       Mountain living sounds beautiful, i wish we would’ve moved there, hubs hates snow, so thats out...

      hearthappy



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      Marya1961 wrote Jul 25, 2011
    • It all sounds heavenly, Diane, and I would give anything to have a beautiful view like that.  Luckily, my parents have a little summer home in the mountains of New York state, so we are able to enjoy that when we can.

      I love peace and tranquility!

      estaticheart



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      Lazylola wrote Jul 27, 2011
    • I like quietness of country living but like the convenience of city living.



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      Diane17 wrote Jul 28, 2011
    • Lola,

      Yes, I do miss the proximity of the stores!  Not to mention, stores like Party Depot and Michaels are all the way in Winchester!  That is a good 45 minutes from us!

      Diane



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      Allinet48 wrote Jul 28, 2011
    • Yes, I’m a country lady too. We are surrounded by farmland and have a small river/slough about 300 yds from house. 8 miles out of a small city. The High Speed Rail route seems quite close to house and several fields of crops. Waiting to see what happens.ohhhh



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      Butterflyrose wrote Sep 12, 2011
    • Enjoy your country life Diane.  It sounds wonderful!

      I live in the suburbs. This is country living for me considering I was born, raised and lived in the BIG CITY for most of my life. I wanted out of the BIG CITY lifestyle.  When I need it, I travel the 22 miles to get there.

      There was very little in the way of stores when we moved to the burbs.  Over the years, it has built up and store heaven is very nearby.  I can even hear the crickets at night.  The best of both worlds-quiet and peaceful, yet there is accessibility to your wants and needs.  

      An act of kindness is a gift given
      Butterflyrose



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