The ranch style house I call home sits perched on a hill offering spectacular views of the valley and the river. To one side I have neighbors and the other pine tress that are several decades old. My house is one of the last houses on the hill so the street is incredibly quiet. I've lived in the same neighborhood since I was a child. My mother and neighbors are avid gardeners so there are always plenty of flowers blooming in the warmer months. One of my absolute favorite places is the swing that sits overlooking a little pond my stepdad dug several years ago. In the evenings I can be found sitting with a cold beverage, reading or just talking the days events over with my mom or a friend. Swinging while listening to the water from the pond usually helps calm my frazzled nerves.
In addition to the swing and pond area, my other favorite place to hang out is on the back deck. When a few friends are over, this is where we congregate. In the hot, sweltering months of summer nothing beats deck drinking. We play cards or board games until the early hours of the mornings, have long talks about life while star gazing and sometimes I just choose to sit with the dog while lost in thought. On Sunday mornings its where I gather with my mom, stepdad and brother for morning brunch while reading through the morning newspapers. Some evenings its where I have dinner with my grandparents when they are down or help my grandfather crush fruit for our latest attempt at making wine. My brother, a talented craftsman, made the bench and side tables. From the deck I can see the river and a few miles in all directions.
The downtown area of my small town is a basically two blocks long and two, maybe three blocks wide. There are a few hardware stores, a video rental shop (No Redbox in town yet!), a jewelry store, a dollar store, a big independent toy store and a few other little mom and pop type places that have been run by the same families for generations. There's a well known (well at least in the valley its well known) tattoo shop where many go to get inked or pierced (including yours truly). There's a Subway, an Asian restaurant and a few other fast food joints though you won't find a Starbucks on any of the corners. A furniture store, the post office, library some insurance offices, a bar, and the town paper offices pretty much round out the downtown shopping district.
Hopefully you enjoyed the few snapshots of my home area and little town. Pop on over to Nilsa's site to see some pictures of her home, neighborhood and way of life in the big city!
What does your home/neighborhood look like?