Despite the unknown, I knew that I needed to be challenged more as a nurse. North Carolina has indeed been a long-time dream of mine. D.C. was brand-new at one point and as such, so is North Carolina. So here I am-months later and two drives with my little trailer. Again I went shopping on Craig's List and again God provided. I won't bore with details, I will save that for my miracles book, but God provided a place on a farm with people who are Christians and very much like my own family. They have already been completely hospitable and provided for my needs often before I even identify them.
My first day exploring the area was yesterday. Things I notice that are different than D.C.? Well, first of all there is free parking EVERYWHERE! Also, "traffic" down here is a joke. Plastic or paper bags at the store-FREE! People make eye contact and smile more. People stop to help you and let you go first at the stop sign. The left lane of the road is more of a "desiring to pass" lane and the right is more for actually passing. There are a ton of discount stores and lots of places to get good biscuits and good coffee. The weather so far has just been rainy, but supposedly they have very mild winters.
I live in a barn. Very Roadhouse (Patrick Swayze) style with horses below and my kitchen in one wing. The upstairs is a bedroom, living area, and bathroom. It has beautiful cedar floors and overlooks pastures and the house. Talk about quiet and dreamy. Much writing will be done here and hopefully a few guitar lessons.
The people I rent from live in the house on the property. She is a NP, originally from Niagara Falls who was recruited by Duke for a year, fell in love with the place, and ended up staying to get her NP. Strangely familiar story. He is one of those all around handy guys who also has a real job. I haven't yet figured out what that is. Both have been extremely welcoming and I feel so blessed to be here.
This morning was my first breakfast in the new place with the new kitchen. I drink well water and have fresh ground coffee (Matthew McLarty taught me about coffee burrs). Nancy provided fresh eggs from the neighbor. Talk about an exceptional place. Did I mention it was peaceful. A little chunk of heaven. I miss Walter Reed and my friends and family there, but I think I'm going to like this place just fine.