Anybody else humming that Counting Crows song now? No? Then you probably didn’t read the title of today’s post.
Okay, how about now? Good. Now we’re all going to have the same song stuck in our heads all day. Won’t that be fun?
Lots of likes…on a rather fuzzy cell phone shot.
Of course, something in my soul goes, “Aaaaah,” every time I see it, so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that you guys liked it too. It’s my favorite view on the return trip from the gym, partly because it means we’re almost home and partly because…I don’t know. There’s something moody and haunting and mysterious about it.
And it got me thinking you might like to see a little more of where I live. I’ve told you before that we live in the boonies, and the inevitable comment I hear whenever someone first visits us is: “How did you guys find this place?? It’s in the middle of nowhere! But, dang, that drive sure is pretty!”
It really is. But I’m usually so focused on getting somewhere or getting back to finish dinner that I forget to appreciate all the natural beauty that is bursting into bloom at every bend and crook of the road.
So, for my sake and yours, here are five things you would see ‘round here if you rode with me to “town.”
Deserted back-roads lined with pine trees that carpet the ground with their needles and reach out friendly hands toward each other overhead to form a canopy of gauzy green.
There’s definitely a reason that East Texas is called the Piney Woods.
Trees, tress, and more trees, all jumbled together in a profusion of variegated shades of chartreuse and lemon and ivory.
The dogwoods are blooming just in time for Easter like they always do. They’re my favorite at the moment.
Hilly vistas like this one. We certainly don’t live in the “hill country,” but if your impression of Texas is flat and brown, you’re definitely not thinking about my side of Texas. Especially near where we live, the views can go on for miles but change every few hundred yards.
Yes, that’s my same beloved “home-stretch” curve from above.
Of course, then, every now and then, there’s the unexpected treasure on the side of the road.
You better believe I pulled over for this little girl. She’s pretty rough around the edges at the moment. But you just wait. She’s going to be gorgeous!
So, what do you think of my “neighborhood?” Pretty, huh?
Yes, it takes me at least 13 minutes of solid driving before I’m anywhere close to a gallon of milk, but I’ll trade city amenities for the road less traveled any day.
I’m pretty sure it’s this one, in case you were wondering.
What are your favorite views on your drive home? (Even the little things, like a sign that makes you smile, or a favorite restaurant, count).
Oh, and which do you prefer? City or country living?