June 9, 2014

The good, the bad, and the ticks.

We're adjusting to small town life rather well, thank you for asking. We have our days -- days where we wonder how we're expecting to live like this. Like, am I really supposed to drive an hour to get to Target? But for the most part Hamilton is a mighty fine place to live. For example:

A few weeks ago we went to a "Barn Sale", which is exactly that -- things for sale in a barn. Cool things. And pie. So we wandered, I ended up buying a washboard to hang on the wall in our laundry room and a slice of lemon crumb pie, and then we couldn't leave because I had locked the keys in the car. We asked the owner of the barn if they knew of any locksmiths nearby and she said her son had a "car un-locking kit" and that he would be there in 5 minutes to help. He showed up 5 minutes later and unlocked our car and just like that we were off. This is the stuff that small towns are made of. Neighbors helping neighbors, or in this case neighbors helping strangers. It's down right endearing, is what it is.

Last week at work a co-worker popped her head into the office/room/corner where I sit and asked if we wanted eggs. I handed her $2 and 2 minutes later I had farm fresh eggs. And then I walked home with my eggs because I live 500 feet from the building that I work in. Are you jealous yet?

But then there's the ticks. OH MY H-E-L-L, THE TICKS! Chad planned a backpacking trip for last weekend, bless is heart. We drove almost 4 hours to a state park in southern Missouri and about 1 mile into our 7 mile hike we were covered in ticks (I could not brush them off fast enough) and the humidity was really getting to us. Hiking in Utah is not the same as hiking in Missouri. We had the dogs with us and once Nala starting vomiting at about the 3 mile mark we'd had enough. So then we hiked 3 miles back to the car. I'll spare you the details about my thighs, except for I won't because you guys, I picked 20 ticks off of my thighs! When we got home we spent 3 hours in the bathroom removing literally hundreds of ticks off both our dogs. They're never going outside again. At least not near a bush. It's paved, short hikes from here on out!

Everyone keeps warning me about the chiggers. I haven't experienced them yet and I don't even want to know. I don't!

The thunder storms here are amazing. The lighting lights up the sky almost non-stop for what seems like forever. I've never experienced a thunder storm that even comes close to these. This is a picture from a video I took around midnight. That's how bright the lightening was.

I could not fully enjoy the thunderstorm after my phone told me to "Take shelter now." Not cool, Missouri. 

So we're surviving, you could even say thriving. Maybe not thriving to the full extent of the word, but you get what I mean.

In closing, here's some random pictures. Just because.