This week for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop I chose prompt #2.) Show us where you live. Not on a map (security please), but take a picture of the view out your front door, back door, or neighborhood.(inspired by Randi from S Club Mama)
I love where we live. I love our house, our neighborhood, our county and our state. I am a Virginian by birth and I will always consider myself a Virginian but I am now a Georgian by choice. It’s still the South so it’s all good. We’ve been in Georgia off and on for over 25 years. We moved here literally a week after our second child was born. We moved out of the state for two years when #3 was a couple of weeks old and back when she was two so I’ve lived in Georgia longer than anywhere else in my life.
This is a picture of our house that was taken last winter on one of our seldom snow days. I think it looks lovely. We bought this house as our retirement home meaning that we aren’t planning on moving anywhere else. It has everything we need in our retirement years. We’re just planning a little ahead. It’s one floor which is great for hubby’s knees. The only steps in the whole house is one step down to our sunken living room and one step down to the back patio or one step down into the garage. I think we should be able to handle one step.
We also bought this house because it has a commercial Wolf stove in the kitchen. That is the single item that sold hubby on this house. He loves to cook and having that stove and then the extra oven was all it took to push him over the edge to the yes column.
When we bought the house and moved here it also had an open (but not public) golf course, tennis courts and swimming pool. The golf course has since closed (when the builder filed bankruptcy) but we still (for now) have the tennis courts and swimming pool. At least with the golf course closed, we don’t have to pick up golf balls out of our yard several times a week like we used to. Our house backs up to the driving range so we were forever getting golfers with horrible swings banging their balls into our yard (golf balls – get your minds out of the gutter!). We even have a couple of dings on the back of the house from a couple of really terrible golfers.
When the golf course was open there were no trees between our house and the driving range so there was no barrier to deter the balls from hitting our house. There is now a little line of small pine trees that have sprouted up since it closed. Here is a picture from our bedroom. Notice the line of trees at the top of the little ridge.
Here is a picture from the side of our bedroom:
Here is a picture from the bathroom on the other side of the house:
Here is a picture from the front of the house looking across the street:
Do you notice anything that all these views have in common? NO houses. We do have one neighbor at the bottom of our cul de sac but from our house, you really can’t even see their house and they are the only other house on our street. In fact, our subdivision is divided by a main road and our side of the neighborhood is the side with the “amenities” (pool, golf course, tennis courts, etc.) therefore, it is sparsely populated. Especially with the closed golf course.
There are only two streets on our side and the other street only has three houses. So there are only five houses total on this side of the neighborhood. I love it. No kids running around screaming and yelling. No teens running around screaming and yelling or getting into mischief. Really no screaming or yelling period. Just nice and peaceful and quiet. Which is perfect for two old boring fogies like us.
The only ones we have to look out for are the critters and we do see plenty of those. Since we have lived here within a few block radius (and mostly from our yard) we have seen armadillo, geese, cranes, hawks, turkeys, deer, mice, rabbits, foxes, beavers, coyotes, snakes, moles, squirrels, ducks, chipmunks, and even a cougar! We have our own little wild kingdom going on and get to enjoy lots of creatures from the comfort of our own home. It doesn’t get much better than that.
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