A Few Thoughts

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My house sits on what used to be farm land.  Well, it was farm land 20 odd years or so ago.  I’m not the original owner of my home but the couple that it was purchased from had it built.  I bought this place because it was in the south metro and it was kinda quiet here.

And then they expanded the north/south runways at MSP.  That’s OK by me because I did spend 20 years in the Air Force and what’s a little plane noise?  I mean it’s hard for me to sleep without a little plane noise at night.

And then the Gen X couples decided that they wanted to move to the burbs to raise their families.  The other areas of the metro area were pretty well expanded and this south metro area offered all sorts of room to build new houses on.  So I watched the farm land to my west and to my south and to my east be sold off and turned into new housing areas.  It amused me when I heard people complain about “the farm smell” from the two dairy farms south of me.  They’re century farms that have milk cows.  Milk cows eat and poop and pee.  What did you expect?  I’ll hate the day that they close the farms and sell.

Little by little civilization has creeped in and taken over this area.  But nature resists as much as it can and it tries to return this place back to nature.  Every once in a while the planes aren’t flying overhead and I get a lull in traffic going by.  I can hear the birds singing even in the dead of winter and I get a sense of what this land used to once be.  It takes me back to when I was a kid growing up in southern Iowa and when I explored the wooded area and fields close to our home.

I feel sorry for the kids growing up around my place.  They’ll never know what it feels like to try to walk quietly thru the woods and try to sneak up on some squirrels or deer as they feed.  They’ll never know what it feels like to walk thru the tall grass and then having to pull the cockleburs off of your clothes.  They’ll never know what it feels, smells like and sounds like to walk thru the leaves in the woods.  Even my grands associate all of that with “getting dirty“.  They haven’t learned that “getting dirty” is a part of growing and having fun.

I’ll have to get my grands out more this coming year to explore more.  In the meanwhile I have to sit back and watch civilization encroach more and more in my area.  I can’t say that I like it.

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22 thoughts on “A Few Thoughts

    Anna said:
    February 26, 2017 at 1:19 AM

    I totally understand. It’s sad when things get too big and nature disappear. It’s the same here. We could walk out in nature from our doorstep before, now nature is getting further and further away. It’s all about houses and noicy traffic nowadays. Sad. “Pling”

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      Jim responded:
      February 26, 2017 at 8:25 AM

      yeh. it’s getting crowded here right now. “pling”

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        Anna said:
        February 26, 2017 at 10:08 AM

        Here too. But it’s still a very little town, so maybe I can’t complain, it could be worse. “Pling”

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        Jim responded:
        February 26, 2017 at 11:22 AM

        you have a nice movement going on to preserve there. all they want to do here is build, build, build. “pling”

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        Anna said:
        February 26, 2017 at 12:15 PM

        Yes, I hope we can get them to understand that we need to preserve nature. The politicians says -move to Trosa, then you live near nature. But they build so much that the nature are about to disappear. “Pling”

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        Jim responded:
        February 26, 2017 at 12:20 PM

        yes. “move here for nature” and then they build over nature. very short sighted. “pling”

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        Anna said:
        February 26, 2017 at 2:11 PM

        I will try to do a painting or drawing of that phenomenon. “Pling”

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        Jim responded:
        February 26, 2017 at 7:18 PM

        that should be interesting. “pling”

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        Anna said:
        February 27, 2017 at 12:04 PM

        I just have to figure out a way to do it. “Pling”

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        Jim responded:
        February 27, 2017 at 12:53 PM

        I’m sure you will come up with an approach. 🙂 “pling”

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        Anna said:
        February 28, 2017 at 12:29 PM

        I will. I just have to find time to start drawing. “Pling”

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        Jim responded:
        February 28, 2017 at 2:19 PM

        time is often hard to find. “pling”

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        Anna said:
        March 1, 2017 at 11:54 AM

        I should do a drawing about that too. Finding time. “Pling”

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        Jim responded:
        March 1, 2017 at 1:02 PM

        more inspiration for you “pling”

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        Anna said:
        March 2, 2017 at 11:53 AM

        Yes indeed 😀 “pling”

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        Jim responded:
        March 2, 2017 at 1:14 PM

        🙂 “pling”

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    dewyplace said:
    February 25, 2017 at 10:58 PM

    Yes and with it comes unrests . I know people at my hidey hole are not too impressed. More people means more crazy people. There’s been quite a few break ins etc I’ve had to install a security door just to feel safe. It’s sad when it can’t stay the way it is. Roads widening , trees removal in the name of progress .

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    Mon ☠ said:
    February 24, 2017 at 9:06 PM

    This is a lovely post. I feel sad too if I think my village is going to be turned into a city soon too, with a ridiculously increasing population.

    On 24 February 2017 at 23:58, Random Writings on the Bathroom Wall wrote:

    > Jim posted: ” My house sits on what used to be farm land. Well, it was > farm land 20 odd years or so ago. I’m not the original owner of my home > but the couple that it was purchased from had it built. I bought this > place because it was in the south metro and it was k” >

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      Jim responded:
      February 25, 2017 at 7:51 AM

      it loses the personal touch when it gets too big. my opinion at least.

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    Fourth Generation Farmgirl said:
    February 24, 2017 at 5:18 PM

    The countryside gives a sense of peacefulness. It’s sad that more and more of it is being lost.

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    saywhatumean2say said:
    February 24, 2017 at 1:51 PM

    At least you have neighbors Jim, it is parking structures that are encroaching on my nearly 100 year old neighborhood. ~~dru~~

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      Jim responded:
      February 24, 2017 at 2:29 PM

      ugh! parking ramps suck!

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