It's a good place to live, especially if you like being close to nature. I like to sit on my front porch and read. My house is on a rise, with a road coming up from a valley to the south and halfway circling my house on a spiral upward. The hilly nature of the area is such that my front porch faces an even higher rise, beyond the road, to the NE. Yet higher (and more distant) hilltops are visible to the north and west. And there's woods covering most of the hills.selfAdjoint said:Sounds like a beautiful life. Are you anywhere near Spencer? That's where my father grew up. He used to spend summers on his uncle's farm and had a bunch of stories just like yours that he used to tell me.
On a windy day, the leaves make a very nice susurration, which is a kind of leafy "white noise," during which the trees seem to oscillate between dark green (when you see the tops of the leaves) and very light greenish white (when the wind shows you the lighter flip side of the leaves). And on top of that, there's cloud-play alternately shadowing the foreground, then the background, etc.
But the best thing about this area is that it is smack in the middle of a demographic safe-zone. When fossil fuels become, in 20 years or so, too expensive for government subsidies to keep mechanized agriculture going, there's going to be famine along the coast and in urban areas generally, which means that the same people who will rob you now for the money in your wallet will be breaking into homes looking for cans of beans or sacks of rice.
These "safe-zones" I refer to are areas with low population density, especially in regard to demographic groups that have an elevated statistical propensity for causing crime. Pardon the circumlocution. We'll have a food shortage here, but we have a chance at maintaining ourselves with our own efforts, and there will be fewer bandits to contend with.
Spencer is west of me. It's in western West Virginia, over by Ohio. I'm in eastern West Virginia, over by Virginia.