We have lived in our area for more than 8 years. The first few years we worked 7 days a week as small business owners, and didn’t get out to see or do anything but run our independent toy store.
Even with all the small town events and gatherings that happen every year, I have not attended any of these before. Why? I have a bit of social-anxiety, so it has been challenging for me to get myself out there among the people and enjoy it. Added to that, I often did not feel well, which I have now discovered is due to an average American diet high in Whole Wheat and Sugar, which I have mostly removed from my diet, starting back in January of 2013. That lifestyle change has helped both challenges immensely. Still don’t like socializing that much, but it does not cause the extreme anxiety it once did.
So, as the months of 2013 waxed on, I decided to try and have some extra fun by enjoying the local culture. These photos show a few of the things my husband and I have done this year, right within our own locale.
Next up is ScarecrowFest (the town will be full of scarecrows made by the small business owners), a visit to one of our local museums, then it’s holiday time already! We have Julefest in December and a big Christmas tree burn in January. Here is last year’s 2012 Scarecrowfest blog post and photos. I did more walking and hiking this year too (more energy on that grain-sugar-free diet I mentioned!)
Arts and Crafts faires, fountains and waterfalls, vineyards and mighty oak trees, ranchers and horses, Danish and Vikings, Pirates and Fairies (faeries), scarecrows and pumpkins, pow-wows and windmills, twinkling lights and Christmas trees. My year of finding fun in our local culture in a nutshell!
Oh! I can’t leave without sharing a photo of one of our several windmills:
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