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Today We Have Internet!

We've just been connected and once again I've had a happy reminder that we're back home in the South. Where people who install your Internet or fix your plumbing are also friends in the acquaintance list right on meeting them and it's appropriate to invite them in for coffee if they've got the time.

We had help from a couple in their seventies getting everything off the truck and into the honking big two-car garage yesterday. It was amazing how Miss Barbara (yes she is a married lady but that's Southern for you, "Miss" never goes away) bounced around with the kind of energy five year old Sascha does, but more usefully. Her husband Old Paul is a bit hard of hearing and a little less talkative but he's a great guy too.

Miss Barbara fixed us a big crock pot of beef vegetable soup that was so thick and rich I would've called it Beef Stew actually, it was tremendously yummy and that's what all of us ate last night.

We are back in the land of Y'all and friendliness and good weather and stunning natural beauty. I am so happy here that I can hardly describe it. I feel as if I belong.

More later -- we're off to the beer store!
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May. 28th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
It's like that up this way, too, actually. It's freaking amazing, we actually talk and visit with our neighbors. Back east, while we tried to be friendly, they were really not interested. We got invited over to the neighbor's for a BBQ bonfire party -- much fun! :)

So glad you guys are there safe and are getting everything set up! There will be pics at some point, right??
May. 28th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)

Sounds like a great new life for you!

If you can come on by for the Thursday Nite Jam at myartistdate for a celebration.

I'm drawing a Sothern Belle in a shimmery crinolin(?) dress. I have to go look that up. This was written in a rush.

Diana Mae
May. 29th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
Oh coolness! I'll definitely come read, still don't have my scanner set up so don't know if I can draw something but I'll come read. Purrrrr...
May. 29th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
Sounds fun! That is wonderful for you. I love it here.
May. 29th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
I think you meant this to be in myartistdate. Thanks anyway. I'm glad you like it there.

May. 29th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
I was replying to your comment mentioning the jam in myartistdate, which next week I can fully participate since I will also have a scanner available to post stages! I love that idea.
May. 28th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
Yay internet and southern hospitality. :)
May. 29th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
Prrr thanks. It goes deeper than I ever expected growing up. I'm beginning to understand how much idiocy I got fed while I was growing up -- another whole layer of it. Ari purrs at you too.
May. 28th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
I think it would just baffled me if I lived in an area where so many people knew each other and such hospitality was par for the course. Not that I have a problem with being hospitable, but especially when strangers are friendly with them, my first reaction is to wonder what they want from me, because here there's such a separation between people that such open friendliness isn't usual. It's only been very recently that I've become comfortable with saying hello to the man who lives in the apartment next door to me; I can't imagine strangers cooking me dinner just to be friendly like that!

It's like a different world!
May. 29th, 2009 01:21 am (UTC)
They're not total strangers. Dinner and helping move in were the relatives of the man that Kitten works with. It works like that. If you know someone, you will suddenly acquire all of their relatives as connections too and then their friends of friends and inlaws and so on and be woven seamlessly into the community.

Miss Barbara's brother is a serious artist. When they were first getting to know Kitten, she told him about me and he's been looking at my site and my blog, he thinks my stuff is good. I can't wait to meet him and see his -- the chance of that plein air thing is getting better all the time.

Not to mention more good news next entry.
May. 29th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
Even that kind of weirds me out, but at least it makes more sense than having complete strangers insinuate themselves into your life.

Of course, that may relate back to spending half my life being known as "Melanie's daughter" rather than as an actual person. I have something of an aversion to acquiring connections through other people like that, probably because of such incidents. I'd rather choose my own connections, I think.

But that might also be a cultural difference shining through. The concept of Southern Hospitality tends to strike a lot of northerners as hokey, I think, and so there's more of a culture of separation here, keeping onself to oneself.

It's cool that you've already made another artist connection, though. :D
May. 29th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
When we first moved in, our neighbor across the street brought over cookies. :) Our town is friendly like yours--West Texas is definitely "the Land of Y'all and friendliness and good weather". We don't score too high on stunning natural beauty, though. Unless you like lots of dirt and lots and LOTS of sky.
May. 29th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC)
LOL yeah, I have been there and I know what you mean about the area. Some artists love it because you can do wonderful things with Lots and Lots of Sky and the Rockies make them interesting skies. I had too much trouble breathing, because I do not function well in arid environments.

Way cool about neighborly friendliness! This part of the world beats the North for me so much. I just fit in much better around here.
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