Blogger Challenge #2 is “Home”.
An interesting thing about the word home is that it can refer, on an intimate level, to the building in which one resides, or in a more formal since to the town, state, or country where you from. The farther away you are from home, the broader the definition tends to become. Usually.
There are occasions when I meet someone from far, far away, who knows my home town or neighborhood. I love these reminders that it really is a small world. Knowledge of the same places builds instant camaraderie and fun storytelling often comes into play.
For this challenge, I’ll introduce you to my home from a local standpoint and work my way out.
Me casa es su casa! My home is a little white farm-style house built in 1920. It has lots of quirks such as slanted floors, which give it personality. Some of the closet doors are shorter than me….and that’s saying something!
This is my first spring here and I’m excited to see what will pop-up in the yard. We plan to plant tomatoes, hops, lavender, sunflowers (for Nana) and hollyhocks (for me) to add to the current mystery flowers. Yeah for a place to garden!
My home town: I live in the city of Madras, in central Oregon. With a population of 6,500, Madras is just the right size…big enough to have options, but small enough not to overwhelm my small-town-girl self. One of the best parts about my location is that I can walk nearly anywhere in downtown.
My home state: When people think of Oregon, lush forest and hipster cities tend to come to mind. What most people don’t realize is that over 2/3’s of the state is high and dry. Central Oregon is mostly high-desert agricultural land, so a nice half-way between the wet coastal region and the dry, dry, dry lands on the east side. What that means for me is that there is a huge variety of climates just a short drive away. We’ve got it all!
Here is something interesting you may not know about Oregon; it is illegal to pump your own gas here. In the 6 weeks that I’ve lived in the state I’ve not stepped into a gas station convenience store once. Oddly enough, in that time I haven’t bought any bottles of iced tea, vitamin water, packs of gun, or crappy gas station coffee. Coincidence?
I could continue on this path of describing my home….Pacific Northwest….United States….North America….Western Hemisphere…..Planet Earth, 3rd rock from the sun. But I’m feeling long winded and I think you get the idea of where I live. Stop by for a visit sometime!
Happy Trails, Holli P