Wednesday, January 31, 2007

At last, I'm back.


Here is our new home. It sits on two acres just outside the city limits of Washington KS. A couple days after we moved our furniture in, we had a lovely snow. The move was two weeks ago today. My new internet provider was activated yesterday so this is my first blog in my new home. On clear nights I can see the stars. We're still adjusting to the quiet that surrounds us. No trains, no barking dogs, no screaming neighbors. The donkey across the road brays occasionally, or a passing vehicle breaks the silence. Most sounds are softened by the thick shelter belt of pine trees that grow north of the house. Birds of every kind and color flit from tree to tree. North and east of the house and garage are wide, open fields. I wonder if the peace and quiet will inspire me?
If I were a tourist, Washington County Kansas and the small towns therein would be my preferred destination. Washington is the county seat with a courthouse presiding over the town square. Good food and plenty of it can be found in numerous restaurants, cafes and taverns. So far I've eaten at the Longhorn Bar and Grill in Washington, Our Daily Bread in Barnes KS, and Ricky's Cafe in Hanover KS. All serve generous portions of food like Grandma used to make. Northeastern Kansas is a tapestry of rivers, riparian shelter belts, rolling prairies and pastures, rocky outcroppings, and grain fields, not the flat featureless landscape tourists imagine it to be. The air is fresh, and no bluer skies exist anywhere else I know of. Meadowlark songs sound suddenly from fields. The scent of sweet clover in summer stirs on the wind. The people are friendly and open because they live, work, and thrive in clean, safe surroundings.
I was born and raised in a town twenty miles from here and my brother's family lives here, so Washington is a familiar place to me. Our new home is clean and comfortable, a very pleasant place to be so far. I'm happy to be here and back online. I switched to ATT/SBC Global DSL as my internet provider. Everyone associated with ATT/SBC -- from the folks at the other end of my telephone to the workers who came to my house -- has been helpful and kind. Life has been very good lately. May that continue.

6 comments:

Andrew said...

That sounds wonderful. Your new home matches the note in your side bar -- now you have a less hectic place to be. I hope you find that inspiration.

Andrew (To Love, Honor, and Dismay)

Josh said...

Looks like a beautiful place. I'll stop by sometime and visit :o)

Lynn Barry said...

Hey Laurel,
Found you!
Looks like a lovely place to be. Hey, we have moved fifteen times in 35 years...how about that. No wonder we like each other, we are both gypsies.
Look forward to visiting often to see what you are up to.
Love ya,
Lynnster

AstonWest said...

Having a couple of acres all to yourself would be much preferred to having to deal with a neighborhood association...

donyockey said...

Welcome back or maybe forward by coming back ? Hope your new home is all & more than you wanted, Don

Matthew said...

Hi Laurel,
This is Matthew Griffin. I attempted to send you an email but it bounced. Drop me an email so I know your new email address and will send the updated info.

Wow, over 7500 hits in 14 months.

/Matthew

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