Often when I’m coming back from Abilene by myself, I’ll talk to my friend, Sarah. There are several spots along the highway where there’s no cell service so she knows I’m going to disappear and she won’t be able to call me back for a while. Well, she can call me but my phone won’t ring! She always laughs and says “you must really be out in the middle of nowhere!” She says that every time! I laugh because I think how many people who have spent their lives in cities or even small towns . . they just don’t comprehend how much wide open space there is out here. No grocery stores. No gas stations. No bathrooms. No cell towers.
Yesterday evening Vince and I were going back to town and Sarah had texted me to ask if it was raining here. It was not but I took this picture (Vince was driving). This is the highway we live on.
There aren’t many houses out here. A funny thing is that in the six years that we’ve lived here, we’ve never seen a school bus on our highway. Just no school age children on this road. Several ranches that are 5,000+ acres, lots of retired folks. In fact, I think that from the intersection to the county line a few miles past us, Vince may be the only who isn’t retired on our side of the highway.
I miss Addie. I miss Chad. I miss Nicole but . . I’m not ready to leave here. I love it out here . . snakes and all. This is pretty much the life I’ve always dreamed of having . . living in the country with no close neighbors and not being able to see my house from the road. Nope . . not ready to leave Texas just yet.