The Downside

There are downsides to everything, I suppose, and there are certainly downsides to living in the country. Here's my list:

- We're a good 25 minutes from any decent-sized grocery store or restaurant.

- We're about half an hour from our church. Previously we were five minutes from our church.

- Since everyone out in the country is responsible to take care of their own septic system, it's not uncommon to periodically catch a whiff of someone's septic problem. (Most systems need to be pumped every three to five years.)

- Bugs! We have no shortage of creepy critters out here. There are even larger, "super" versions of bugs we'd see around our old place in town. Bugs aren't a problem in the house, but we do occasionally get flying insects who get sucked into the house when we open and close the doors. Of course, our ranging chickens help out tremendously with the bug population.

- Dogs. When you don't have a city ordinance enforcing a leash law, dogs often roam freely. Thankfully, most of the dogs around here are used to human interaction. We haven't heard of any real problems with them.

- Our soil is sandy, which apparently is great for gardening, but it fosters the growth of sand burrs. Frequent mowing keeps the burrs to a minimum, so they're not really a big deal, but when we first moved in I went two or three weeks without mowing and there were burrs all over the place. Ouch!

- Snakes, scorpions, coyotes, et cetera. (We actually haven't seen any snakes or scorpions, but they're definitely around. We can often hear the coyotes howling in the forest behind our house.)

That's all I've got for now. Despite all those challenges, we love it out here.

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