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Blue Skies Smiling at Me

A few weeks ago, I wrote about all the new critters I've been exposed to each time we've moved from one place to the other. Our new duty station wasn't on my top ten list of places I would like to live, but I'm finding it does have its benefits, and they're pretty remarkable.

We moved from Washington, DC to a sleepy little town a few states over. Truth be told, I miss the Washington area. There's always something interesting, and free, going on in our nation's capital. There are a million restaurant choices, fantastic shopping, countless festivals and lots of hustle and bustle. Life in the big city was good.

However, there are some advantages to living in an area where the pace is much slower. I love that my husband and I can walk to a local diner for breakfast on the weekends. I love that I've been here for two and a half months and filled my gas tank up only three times because everything I need is within five miles from my house. There are rarely long lines at the post office, bank and grocery store.

My husband and I grill out almost every evening. Often, we sit on the back patio while we're grilling and we can't help but notice that the sunsets here are absolutely stunning. The sky seems so much more dramatic in these parts, it actually takes my breath away. Each morning when I go outside to put the flag out, I pause for a moment and gaze at the sky. It's simply gorgeous.

The fog and smog in the big city must cast a permanent haze over the sky there. Here, the view is pure and crisp and clear. The best part of all is that it doesn't cost a penny to view this magnificent work of art. When I want to clear my head, it's only 27 steps from my office to the great outdoors where a big, beautiful sky is waiting to greet me.

What's your blue sky where you are?

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