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The sky is pitch black, there are no streetlights, and there is no full moon tonight, so you need to turn on your brights if you live in the country. This is just one piece of advice that I have learned living in the country the past couple months and one of a few pieces of advice I have given my kids.

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The change from the city to the country has been fun, but it has not been without some challenges. During our first month, one of my daughters and I both drove a vehicle in the ditch on the same road we live. On both occasions, we received help from our new neighbors. I felt rather stupid because of my decision that led me to get stuck in the ditch, but was grateful that our neighbors have big hearts and look out for one another. Internet, phone and television options are not as plentiful, but you learn to adjust. The county does such a good job clearing the snow from the roads early in the morning to allow school buses to complete their routes and people to get to work. I am still glad one of my vehicles is a four-wheel drive to lessen the chances of getting stuck in my own driveway.

Walks are so enjoyable with nothing but fresh air beautiful scenery and wildlife. There are deer everywhere! I am looking forward to future walks as the seasons change. My neighbors also enjoy the outdoors by snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and kick sledding, despite the brutally cold winter.

I must admit that I am ready for spring to start now. Biking, golfing, and more walks are on the horizon outdoors in the country!

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