I joined Carole and her posse in the Ten on Tuesday movement. This week you get ten things I like about where I live.
- I live on a lake. It is the cleanest lake in the county. ::smug::
- In the woods.
- We designed the remodel of the house ourselves so, as much as was possible, it suits us. (Except that if we had it to do over we would make it a bit smaller. Hindsight, 20/20, etc.)
- Wildlife: deer, bear, otters, raccoons, porcupines, loons, turtles, eagles, hummingbirds. Also skunks and turkey vultures.
- Mosquitoes and deerflies and ticks. Yes, they suck (heh, I crack myself up)
but they are way better than chiggers or rattlesnakes or hurricanes or
earthquakes or tsunamis. Or oil spills. And it is highly unlikely that a
tornado — the only really awful thing to which the upper Midwest is
susceptible — will ever find its way down onto our property; they
prefer flat land.
- This is Wisconsin, folks. Not Mississippi (the fattest state) or Texas (home of W) or Florida (never saw a developer it didn't like) or California (bankrupt, crowded, smoggy, and full of Californians (Cookie and Carrie K. and Crazy Aunt Purl, you are okay; the rest are nuts)). Great schools, one of the best library systems on the planet, (relatively) honest politics, a world-class university extension system, and a beautiful and bounteous landscape.
- There is a substantial tree hugging, friendly-to-the-earth, locavore, pro-sustainability, yeah-we're-old-hippies-get-over-it population here in Polk County. There are also a not-insignificant number of those from the other end of the spectrum, but diversity is what makes horse races, right?
- Seasons. Yeah, we cuss the snow and cold in the winter and the heat and bugs in the summer, but [see #7]. Could be a lot worse.
- This is the United States. I live in one of the richest countries ever, and because I am white, middle-class, [relatively] healthy, financially stable, and intelligent, there are practically no barriers to my enjoyment. Would that everyone could be so lucky.
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We are home from vacation. Soon I will upload all the photos from my camera to my computer; then I shall be able to regale you with Tales from the Road and Campground. Until then, I will be occupied with unpacking the mini-mini-motorhome, putting away a mountain of crappe, laundry (at the laundromat), washing dishes (by hand; dishwasher broken, just like washing machine), attending to my duties at the county (financing, 2011 budget, new windows, hiring new department head, 2011 budget, wrangling, 2011 budget; did I mention that the budget cycle is starting again?), and general mischief.