Summing it Up...

Now, that I'm way on the wrong side of sixty, I feel that being true to self is important. "I yam, what I yam." Kindness and smiles are to be given away. Women are strong. Men are more vulnerable than we believe. Husbands may come and go...but one thing I know for sure is that I will NEVAH live without a corgi or coffee in my life if I can prevent it. Come piles of dog fur or hot water!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Snowy, but not sleepy here.

This is a tiny town, but it always seems to be a bustle. Josh and I got up early to go Squirrel Creek, an Amish-type bulk food shop, way out in the country where one can stock up. We always get our spices there, salad fixin's, cheeses, etc. It's a cool place and we love to go. When folks visit, we always make a trip out there. It's fifteen minutes from our door.
Today we saw four, young white-tailed deer hop across the ditches and head across an open field, tails up. A beautiful sight on a blowy morning. The country roads were drifting, so I shifted to four wheel drive.

I dropped Josh off at the library upon our return to town, and drove past the town park across the street from it. Parents and young children all dressed in snow gear were sliding down the hills to the gazebo; making the most of our "local slopes."

Just down a half block from that happy place, I noticed that the old pool building built in 1962, has been completely demolished, making room for the new six million dollar complex soon to be built. We're still $500K short, but this community works wonders, and I have no doubt that the money will come from somewhere.
The town library was a gift to the town from several generous benefactors. It's a fantastic building, and a real community asset.
Things happen here. I don't know if it's the combination of it being home to a small liberal arts college, the educated retirement communities, but the people here are civic minded, caring, and things get done. We have a community owned coffee house which bakes rustic bread daily, and during summer/fall months, hosts live bands on Friday nights on the front porch of the restored l880's brick home.

We have our problems. Not everyone is nice. We have a drug problem. Troubles get swept under the rug sometimes. For the most part, I'm extremely satisfied with living in small town USA. If we had a local hospital, I'd be thrilled.

We stopped at the high school before going home,so the corgis could do their sniffs and bunny hops in the snow. Corgi people never tire of that silly sight. Corgis and snow are a natural combination.

10 comments:

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Your town sounds wonderful, much like, but so different from our little town of Wesson, it is a small Community College town also, at one time it was a large textile mill town back in the late 1800 and early 1900s. First town between Memphis and New Orleans to have electric lights. But when that went bust, it became a small close knit community who didn't allow outsiders in, In the early 1900's a small college was built on the Copiah- Lincoln county line and the hate begin...even though DH and I have lived outside of town, just a mile, for 42 yrs, we live in Lincoln county, we are still considered outsiders. But in the last 30 yrs are so it has started opening up and has started to grow.
I really enjoyed reading about your trip. I wish we had an Amish type store around here.
Molly

LADY JANE'S EMPORIUM said...

Ok...When I get to your place can we go to the Amish store? I loved going to Shipshawanna...and all the little Amish towns! Dear lord NOW I have a taste for Apple butter...and OMG the peanut butter! Ok...that is it...NOW lookwhat you'vedone! I also feelwith this STRONG urge for apple butter that I should leave NOW before the spring that so that I can see a Corgi Babe do a bunny hop in the snow....What a great little trip this is going to be!

Buttercup said...

Your town sounds lovely and lots going on. I went to college in two different small towns and I found that if I took advantage of all that went on I had a very rich life. Probably went to more classical music events than I do now in New York City. Have a wonderful Sunday and a great week.

JeanMac said...

your town sounds great -i always love knowing people

tattytiara said...

Corgis are snow lovers? I had no idea! I can just imagine what a priceless sight it must be watching them navigate the deeper drifts, though!

In the Light of the Moon said...

Today I had some time to read a bit of Mary Oliver's "Evidence" and your words today made me feel the same way.I feel thankful and alive and happy and emotional.You like M.O gave me the chance to visit your world today.Even for a moment,I too shopped at Squirrel Creek,and watched in delight at the white tailed deer,and smiled at the kids sliding down the hill.
Thank you,Cat

Chatty Crone said...

I think I know why the town is so successful - you love it and I am sure others do too! sandie

Mevely317 said...

When I lived in a small city I longed for the bright lights; but now ... you guessed it!
I'm intrigued by that coffee house!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Small town USA works for me! I grew up in one and I'm still living in a little bit bigger small town but still the same!
BIG HUGS for a great weekend. Furry hugs for the dogs!
Coralie

ocmist said...

I've always lived in a a small town, too. From the age of 7 to 37 I lived in a town like yours, and then we moved out here where the nearest town has 350 people and is about 2 miles away. We have one neighbor that's across their 40 acres from us. I'm terribly old fashioned and HATE all the changes and things they are tearing down in the town I was raised in. I'm very happy living out here with our dogs and horses and listening to a radio station that plays "Nostalgia" music... from the 40's - 60's.

By the way, Hubby just got us a 26 ft. trailer with a "pull-out" and he says I will be able to go fishing!!! AND we can take the corgis when we go places! HURRAY!!! Linda

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