From my teeny little city lot in Ohio...
to expansive views that stretch for miles in Kansas.
Next week will mark 3 years since I left my city life behind for a very rural existence in south central Kansas. Any regrets, you ask? My answer: None whatsoever!! Who in the world wouldn't want to trade a postage stamp sized city lot for 27 acres of rural life?! Three years later, I can't imagine living in the city ever again.
I traded my view of the neighbor's house to views like this...
Three years later, I'm still mesmerized by our "forever" views out here on the Kansas prairie.
No tall buildings to block my view of spectacular sunsets and sunrises that make me want to pinch myself - is this for real?
Do I really live here?
In Ohio, we got lots and lots (and lots) of lake-effect snow.
Snowed in! -Ohio city lot.
Kansas snow storms create fantastically beautiful landscape vistas, unlike any my city neighborhood could deliver.
A serene snowy sunrise in Kansas.
A frosty mare.
A snowy chocolate lab.
A frosty tree break.
And I've seen creatures out here I would NEVER have seen in Ohio...
This young barn owl snuck into our shop and became entangled in fly tape.
It was quite an adventure for us to get a blanket over him and untangle the fly tape off him!
Large bull snake in back yard - it's best to wear your Muck boots out here.
A large wolf spider reminds me again - wear my Muck boots and not my flip-flops.
My first experience with ticks - they are truly disgusting!
Barn swallows guard their babies.
A mama starling feeds her babies.
I never tire of watching our neighbor's longhorn cattle and checking out the new babies each year.
And finally, the view from our back yard.
So my 3 year retrospective just reminds me how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful landscape. It would truly be difficult for me to ever return to city living again. I am content to live the rest of my days here in the country.