You Know You Live in the Boonies When….

To my friends and acquaintances who literally live in the desert or other remote places, trying to recover from MCS:   I know it is a VERY hard life, and I do not at all mean to make light of your struggles.  In fact, I almost didn’t post this simply because of not wanting to hurt you.  I feel so horrible for you, my desert and wilderness friends.  If you are reading this and not in the mood for humor, I understand, and know that I am praying for you.

 

You know You Live in the Boonies When….

  • Three cars meeting at an intersection is a “traffic jam.”
  • You sit outside and literally the only thing you can hear is the tapping of a woodpecker.
  • You hear a gunshot and know it’s not a matter for the police, but local deer might want to watch out!
  • You have satellite internet.
  • Your neighbors are fantastic!
  • You see more turkey tracks and bunny tracks in the snow than people tracks.
  • You can take a picture of the sunset with almost nothing man-made in the picture.
  • You miss being able to walk to the Post Office.
  • The UPS guy can’t find you.  (Actually, our UPS guy is really great.  :))
  • The county that you live in is different from the county of your mailing address and is different still from the county of the closest library to you!  (Yep, that’s really true where we are living now!)
  • The closest town to you is in a different state.
  • Other nearby towns have signs that read something like:   Population 7.
  • Your house number has five digits.
  • You miss being able to order pizza delivery.
  • When you consider the awesome view out your window, you remember you like homemade pizza almost as well.  LOL
  • You see sheep (or cows or horses) grazing, across the road.
  • The deer eat your mulch pile before it can turn to mulch.
  • You start naming the wild animals that come by often.   (“Scraps” is the deer that comes to eat our mulch pile most often.  :))
  • You see more pick-up trucks around than mini-vans or cars.
  • The only thing you can smell outside is grass and plants.

 

Christa Upton   Black Hills Picture Books    PO Box 293   Custer, SD 57730

About Christa Upton

I am a wife and mother of three children ages 8, 11, and 15. I used to be a stay-at-home mom (teaching piano & dance, volunteering, etc. on the side). From 2007 to 2010, I suffered accidental Toxic Injury (also called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS). MCS has had major impact on our family, but the forced time in bed has given me time to write. So far, I have written nine children's books and numerous short stories. The one book I have in print includes numerous photographs taken by my own dear, sweet children and husband. That's how Black Hills Picture Books was born!
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6 Responses to You Know You Live in the Boonies When….

  1. WE HAVE LIVED IN THE BOONIES MORE THEN WE HAVE NOT!!!!!! :) WE NOW LIVE ON A RESORT IN A TOWN THAT OVER 8 MILLION PEOPLE VISIT EACH YEAR– BUT WHERE WE LIVE ON THE RESORT & ON THE LAKE IS REALLY QUITE PRIVATE– SO WE STILL KIND OF LIVE IN THE BOONIES!!!!! :)

    • Christa Upton says:

      That is WONDERFUL!!! Sounds like you have the best of both worlds–lots of people and good town, but some privacy and the same “feel” of being in the boonies!!! :)

  2. MCS Gal says:

    We name our wildlife – Chanel the skunk, Woody the groundhog, Geico Squirrels, etc.

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  4. Colleen says:

    Thanks for the laugh. What always amazes me is when I wake up and look out to see deer tracks inches from my house and I never heard a thing. :D

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