I am two weeks in from driving in from DE to TN (longest DRIVE EVER) so I started thinking about the surprising things about Tennessee I have discovered so far!
- It is so green and pretty here. Even if it is hot as F. There are green fields, green yards, green everything. Which is pretty amazing when the heat index yesterday was 112. Yikes. But to be fair East Coast has been slammed with heat too. So nice of you East Coast peeps to join me in the heat wave! HA We continue to get at least a shower every few days (even when the sun is out) and the dew is very heavy so that must help keep things green.
- Speaking of green. EVERYONE is proud of their yards here (or fields, or pastures). Even the most basic shack has a good well tended yard. These people value their lawns and keep them trimmed and neat. I haven’t seen one overgrown yard yet that I have noticed. It makes everything look even prettier!
- Everyone is nice here (I know, I know that is a generalization). Every restaurant we have eaten at, every store I have shopped at, people I pass in the parking lots. Everyone pretty much smiles and says hi or something. The people in the Kroger or Tractor Supply or whatever go out of your way to help you find whatever it is you need. It is pretty nice here that way. As Mark says, I could talk to a brick wall and get an answer but is nice not to have to make that much of an effort!
- The frogs are loud. I definitely have to get a recording of the night life outside this house. The frogs in the pond chorus with every other animal out in the night making noise. It is almost overwhelming in the complete darkness hearing so much noise. I am still not used to it and it still gives me the willies a bit. I am sure I will get better about it.
- Even though the roads are busy (hello I-40) and the driving is crazy, there are no real backups like on the East Coast. The other day I missed a green light because of the amount of cars going through and I realized that was the first time since moving here that happened. That was a daily occurrence in Newark DE and really frustrating when you had to sit thru two or three or more cycles of a light. Yes it is busy down here, and don’t get in the fast lane unless you mean it but the traffic is so easy it is laughable compared to 95 up in DE or even my close by streets…. I am sure it gets busy at times and I don’t have to go that close to Memphis but I will take this kind of traffic any day! Maybe I am just used to the crazy ass drivers up on the East Coast but I haven’t seen any real aggressive drivers really except for the fact NO ONE HERE seems to know how to merge onto and off a ramp into the highway! LOL They all stop dead. I am like MERGE means keep going. It is funny but that is the only thing I have noticed that is odd. And of course there is the odd person going 105 in a 55 that zips in and out of traffic but overall. Not bad!
Fingers crossed it works out for Remus to come this week. I think it is all lining up. Now I need recommendations for bedding and grain/pellets. He is on a ten percent pellet now. I don’t think he will need much grain here. I have put him on Purina Well Solve before and like that for keeping the weight off him. The local tractor supply carries Safe Choice too and they have a lot of options there now. We started cleaning up the stalls this weekend and knocking the wasp nests down (most are the dirt daubers or whatever they are called, but there are still some nasty looking orange wasps that I keep seeing but I can’t find their nest. UGH). I have to call the fence/hay guy to see if he can come out and look at fences AND what hay he has so I can get some in. Luckily shouldn’t need a lot of hay yet.
The hay stall is pretty nasty with moldy old hay down around there. I think I will put a pallet on the concrete to the left for now until I can clean that up. And we found a huge snake skin outside the back barn door. Yeah it was at least four feet. Shudder.
I need to go meet Tate (the black retired show pony) this week and figure that out if we can borrow him for a friend for Remus. Never a dull moment down here….never. Later this week I should be doing a road trip to Lexington!