In the past nine years I've learned a lot from living in one place, way out in the middle of rural nowhere, such as:
1. Kitchen cupboards and drawers need maintenance and deep cleaning. I've never stayed somewhere long enough to have to do this, we always just cleaned them when we moved. Likewise, you have to move the couch occasionally.
2. We have the best neighbors in the world.
3. The weather changes from year to year. I love the fact that we've been here long enough that I know what to expect and what will bloom next, and yet I've learned that the weather is different every year and we often get surprises.
5. Horses are hard on fences: the grass is always greener on the other side.
7. Dirt roads produce a lot of dust; dogs shed lots of hair. Daily sweeping and dusting are a necessity here.
8. Dirt roads are hard on little cars. Now I drive a pickup.
9. It's hard to find a white pickup in a parking lot, because everyone drives a white pickup.
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