I went for a long walk yesterday evening with Fletcher and Sammi and stuck mostly to Main Street. It's something I promised myself I'd start doing once we got here. For one, I really need the exercise. For two, I'm trying to force myself to get out more and be more social. This is a good start, and in the end, I made a new friend! More on that later. Let's go, okay? Come on!
Isn't the Community Garden wonderful? I have no idea how it works. Can just anybody walk in and plant and tend to things? I need to stop by again when I see someone out here and find out. No one was there today.
This is a cute little bed & breakfast on the main drag, the Matteson House
I wish I knew more about it. I'm sure I'll find out. There's nothing on their website about the history of it or anything really, which is weird.
One thing there is no shortage of in this little town is churches. There are many of them of many different denominations. Aren't the hydrangeas pretty? (Look in the background of the picture and you can see the side of my house. See it just down the sidewalk?)
The Library, apparently. Ha.
Another church a few doors down.
A pretty house for sale.
These pretty flower boxes are all around town.
This one was in front of a Yoga Center.
The Community Connections Center where you can go and use the free WiFi, for one thing. I'm not sure what else goes on there yet. There was one lone teenage boy sitting outside with earphones in listening to something on his iphone. I don't even know if it was open, but this was on the door...
A real estate office. Let's take a closer look.
Pretty. That lady mannequin was kind of creepy, but just a little.
I love that ray of sunshine I captured. I didn't see it with my naked eye.
And another, the Catholic Church.
I wonder if there's a bell up there? Do you reckon it tolls?
I haven't heard it if it does.
Someone's prettily landscaped yard.
A cool house and location.
The local tavern that's been around since the beginning of time here. It used to be closer to the river, but they moved it up many years ago by rolling it on logs up the hill. I heard that from a girl I met named Wendy who runs the little coffee shop drive-up window in town. She also said the owner, Marion, is a stickler about no cussing inside this establishment. If you are heard uttering a curse word, you must contribute to the money jar. I'd better watch myself. I could be in trouble here! Heh.
There are weird mannequins in those side windows.
I wonder if it was a brothel at one time back in the old days?
Gosh, I find myself having to cut my posts shorter than I want them to be. There's just so much to show you. I wanted to include some pictures of things I bought earlier this day. Once a year, the whole town has a yard sale and Saturday was the day. We went all around town this morning meeting people and buying a few things. I'll show you what tomorrow.
Also while on my walk, I saw a lady hosing down the sidewalk in front of her house that looked about my age. I boldly walked on over, something I would never normally do, to introduce myself. She was so friendly and seemed happy that I had stopped. Her name was Susan. As I introduced myself and told her I had just moved into town and where, she got a shocked look on here face. Seems she thought I was coming over to welcome her to town because she and her husband just moved into town two days before we did! Isn't that weird? Well, maybe it's not weird in a big town, but it sure is around here. New people are rare. It seems maybe Susan's life path and mine were meant to come together at this point?
We chatted for a long time about where we came from and why we came here. Her husband is Terry, and he retired from Honeywell just prior to them moving here. We plan to meet up next Tuesday night at Kuk's Tavern for Taco Night. Yay! A new friend! It was shocked at how happy it made me to meet her and find out how similar our circumstances are.
Oh my. How fun this has all been so far! Our big leap of faith seems to be working out great so far. I can't remember when I had this much excitement for life and for what the future holds. And you know what? I deserve it. There, I said it.
More to come, friends!
If your life isn't what you wanted it to be or all you wanted it to be, go change it!
Stop waiting for it to come knock on your door and make the change for you.
It won't happen.