I'm sure I thought at one time or another I would be too sophisticated to live in a rural area. That I couldn't live without all the "things" a city has to offer.
At one time I imagined I would die without a mall in my town. But somehow I've survived the last five years without one.
In the very near future I will be living in an area where places like Target and Costco are 30-50 miles away. I no longer care.
Movie theaters, yeah right.
Gas stations...it will require planning.
Restaurants? Not so many.
The UPS driver will be one of my most welcomed visitors.
But what I have found, is so much better than all of those things.
First, I think some of the nicest people who inhabit this planet are living in Oregon. No offense to anyone living anywhere else!
Some are simple people who have hearts of gold.
Others are new neighbors undertaking the same vineyard plunge we are. They are wonderful. I can't tell you how nice it is to interact with individuals who share the same passion and drive for something.
But the people who live here in the Oregon countryside are not unsophisticated at all. They are educated and helpful and inspiring. They are friendly, so unbelievably friendly and solid individuals. Their kindness really amazes me.
For instance, this is Willie. Oh my gawd we love Willie. We met him today and he will be clearing our land and doing tree stump removal for the vineyard. He is, hands down one of the nicest guys we have ever met. We love him and my boys adore him. Willie has lots and lots of tractors and heavy equipment required for vineyard establishment. The Wild Boar is in heaven having someone to talk tractor with.
It's funny because as the saying goes, "the grass is always greener on the other side" no longer holds true for me. I have found there is nothing "greener" than doing exactly what I'm doing. For that I am so grateful, and it's a good place to be.