Friday, August 5, 2011

This Is Where I Live

This is a shot of the irrigation canal that's directly behind our house. I walk here nearly every day. One thing I love about living here~we have room. Space. It's peaceful most of the time, too. I can walk 2 miles and usually not see another person. It's a good time to think. To notice things.  
 Like the grass that grows at the edge of the water. It's just a weed, but I think it's pretty. 
I love it when the milk weed is in bloom. It's my absolute favorite weed. Isn't it beautiful? 
I love that pink color.
(It's a useful plant, too. The sap will remove warts. Just apply it every day for about 2 weeks; the wart will fall off.)

I might gripe a lot about where we live. Rural areas do have their drawbacks. We only have one grocery store. Very little variety when it comes to restaurants. There aren't any really great shopping areas. (No Home Depot or Lowes)
But we also don't have to deal with heavy traffic, constant noise and the feeling of being hemmed in. I can breathe here.
It's nice.


What do you like about where you live?


32 comments:

Finding Home said...

Ooh, so pretty, thanks for sharing! I ran this morning on our road, double yellow line so when cars come, it is a get out of the way kind of thing. Would love to run on a road like that! Take care, Laura

Red Gate Farm said...

The quiet, my smaller - yet just the right sized house, the friendly neighbors and the slower pace! Although we have a "larger" city in our county that has pretty much everything (including Lowe's and Home Depot) it's still way smaller than Seattle which is 1 1/2 hours away.

~Chris

gail said...

I think where you live would be a great place to visit, but not to live. :) It looks beautiful and PEACEFUL.
What I like? Everything I need is within 1/2 mile of my house. Target, $$$ tree, Meijer, so many restaurants. I'm very spoiled. Drawbacks? I live 1 block from a 4 lane highway, think sirens, motorcycles, etc. Right on the other side of that highway-train tracks. Although I have to admit, when the windows are open at night, I like to hear the sound of the train and the whistle.
Thanks for sharing your neck of the woods with us, love the milkweed. I've never seen it before.
gail

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it's so funny you wrote about this right now. first of all it is stunning... and i love milk weed, too. i love the pods! they bring back childhood memories because we had them in the area behind our house.
but i have been househunting and taking all these things into consideration... one house i loved had a little acreage and was beautiful and rural, but then because our kids are so oyung we ended up deciding on an area where they will be able to have more to do and friends that they can safely walk or bike to. but i think i crave the farther out country house when my kids are out of the house!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

I think it's wise to choose to enjoy what we have ;-) So I am within a mile or so of lots of restaurants, shopping, etc. But I would *love* to have more space, and beautiful views. Trying to bloom where I'm planted, though!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Where our home is situated we are in the woods, a long driveway away from the small town that we live in! I enjoy the privacy so much and the nights when we have a full moon are just beautiful! I don't think I could ever go back to sidewalks or street lights again!
Your area is beautiful!

The Painted Parlor said...

That is gorgeous!! I'm with Cassie, I want to be a little further out when my kids are are all grown up and shipped out! Hehe. Right now we literally have 28 kids on out street of 10 houses! My kids play from the moment they get up to the moment they go to bed, and THEN they wanna do nightgames, jeesh! But I love how beautiful and serene your home is, someday I'll get there ;)

Julie

Dagmar said...

How lovely it is where you live Suzanne...there is always a compromise...lots of space...the beauty...the quiet...or closer in...the beauty and sometimes the not so quiet....your milkweed photos are beautiful...why did some botanist call them a weed? go figure!

gina3 said...

It's beautiful and peaceful and there's water and greenery. As much as I love where I live, we're having a severe drought so things are not as green as they should be and lakes are drying up a bit. I'll have to do a post sometime like this because I'm sure people wonder why one would choose to live in a place where houses are fairly close together, it's ridiculously hot, traffic is bad, etc. Your piece of the world is wonderful.

Anonymous said...

I am pretty sure there is a home depot and lowes close to you... you live in Meridian Idaho right? Or am I mistaken? Although a rural area, Boise is literally right next door and Meridian Road is just one freeway exit from Eagle Road.....

Caroline said...

Suzanne your surroundings are beautiful. I long for the country life almost daily. I grew up in a hamlet that had only a tiny general store...nodda thing else!...and when I was young I couldn't wait to get out of there now I crave that life once again.

laxsupermom said...

Beautiful pics! Love milkweed, because it ensures seeing monarch butterflies. Plus the flowers are so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

Sara @ thesherlockshome said...

AFter spending most of my childhood in rural Idaho, I love being in a city with access to so many things...plus Boise isn't to big compared to other cities I've visited (San Diego, Chicago, DC...). I do miss the quiet sometimes though, and it always amazes me just how many stars I can see when I'm at my mother's and there aren't competing lights from town.

Gorgeous photos! The colors are so vivid!

poindextr said...

oh my goodness Suzanne your pictures are so pretty! I totally get what you're saying about the space. And about loving the space where you are. Texas is in my heart.

The Boston Lady said...

Suzanne, you have MUCH nicer milkweed than we do in FL!! That is just beautiful as are all your pictures. What I like best about where I live is having very good friends. Ann

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

I love the rural areas and dream of living there one day...however this dream is just mine since the hubs and the big kid don't share it. We live between DC and Baltimore, close enough to take a night trip to see all the lights shinning in the Inner Harbour, or just take a day trip to the many free museums. Also we are close enough to see our NY family if need be

Olde Tyme Marketplace said...

Love your photos and wart tips!!

Stella Pearl Photography said...

Those are great pictures! I miss those Idaho country sunsets...

time worn interiors said...

Wow! What a lovely path to walk on!
tot

Jodi said...

Love the milkweed. Living in Hidden Springs is wonderful. We never hear a siren, only the coyotes, yet only 4 miles down the hill to town. Life is good...

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures. I know Meridian as I grew up in Boise. You have the best of all worlds; while living in a rural area you are close enough to Boise and Nampa to have it all. And Meridian has alot more than it did in the 60's. The walk along the irrigation ditch must be wonderful. And be sure to look for Monarch Butterly catepillers on the Milkweed. They are very colorful and Milkweed is the source of food for them. You should see the butterflies around milkweed laying their eggs. If you see this cyle going on you will be obsessed with them :-) I grow a different variety of milkweed in my yard for the butterflies. If you would like to see some pictures of the phases of their development just let me know. Suprising I live in a rural area of San Diego county, hard to believe but true. But on a small lot not an acreage. Walmart is 11 miles and HD or Lowes around 20 miles away. I love it.
I'm happy to find your blog again, I really enjoy it.
Thanks,
Dee

June said...

Hi Suzanne,
These photos are gorgeous. This is so funny because I was going to do a post about where I live too this week. I have been snapping pictures of the area and thinking about how really beautiful it is here.
I so love living rural. I don't think I am suited for anything else. So I really relate to you and the fact that you also live in a rural area. We are blessed!
sending hugs...

Linda said...

Beautiful...I love the feeling of peace that open spaces give!

Ellen said...

A new follower to your blog. I live in a great older neighborhood in a bigger city so I definitely love the convenience of having anything from grocery stores to museums close by - some easily within walking distance... But there are times that I would love to have a night or two where I hear coyotes instead of sirens... LOL Your pictures are lovely!

Rosie said...

This is so beautiful, Suzanne, thanks so much for sharing! What I love about where I live is that I have a good combination - fast in the city for working and shopping but also fast outside to enjoy the rural areas! :-)

Roseanna said...

Lovely, Suzanne I envy your wide open spaces. I love our neighborhood, but I am ready for a change. Now that the last child has graduated, we are looking at moving...

bahar006 said...

So beautiful, I love the photos:)

Shabby Vintage Junk said...

Suzanne I was born & raised a country girl in a small rural town in the Southern Riverina MIA in NSW....This looks like HEAVEN to me....You KNOW I'm gonna drop in on you one day right 'cause I can see myself walkin' this path admiring the pretty weeds & the quiet.... :o) !!!!!

Barbara said...

It's beautiful. I live in a rural area - it's worth the trade-off, I believe.

hilary @ the upcycle furniture co. said...

it looks beautiful suzanne.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Those pictures are gorgeous Suzanne! I love the sunset and the milk weed. I don't think I've ever seen that before. I thought our town was small but I don't think it's anything like where you are. I would have to say being near the water is the best part of where I live now :)

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

I love your pictures! I do envy your space. I wish we had more of it where I live. Even with it's drawbacks, I think it's great that you find the good things in your area. Best way to be is with a glass half full if you ask me.

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