Since moving to upstate New York, I have been getting used to living in the country again.
I have to say...there's nothing like it.
After living in California for five years and in Glen Burnie and Baltimore, MD for two years, I am SO happy to be in upstate New York now. I have no problem with California or Maryland, but in the three cities I lived in while living there, there was always some feeling of threat or fear. I wouldn't have thought of going for a jog in Baltimore where I lived because of the violence and gangs nearby.
The feeling that I always had to be careful how I looked at people (or didn't look at people) in Baltimore for fear of being labeled in some way was SCARY.
Upstate New York (I am clear about saying "upstate" because it is nothing like NYC) is nothing like that. In fact, I take our dog for a walk every morning and go running or bicycling each day too.
The people in this area know everything about everyone else. The people are easy-going and friendly in a casual, neighborly way. I love that. I've missed that the past few years.
When we first arrived in New York, one of the kind members of the church here gave Dan and I tickets to ride the Minne-Ha-Ha, a steam boat on Lake George. It was fun to tour the lake on the boat!
We love the house where we live now. In this picture, our dog Chula is running around. She LOVES the open space. It's much better to play fetch in the country than in the small city plot we had before.
About a month ago, I was really wishing that I could have a rabbit, so I found one for sale on ebay and we bought him. I named him Duffy.
Chula really likes Duffy, but I don't think Duffy feels the same about her.
Dan made a nice hutch for him.
We're loving life up here!