My Neighborhood Is Changing Daily

This neighborhood used to be rural. The guy on the property to the left raised black angus cattle. The guy across the street raised cattle. We had hogs, sheep, and the calf that grew until it was freezer sized. The folks a long way down at the end of the road had cattle.

Times change. The man across the street died, as did the man who owned the property to the left. Land values had escalated, and the pastures were converted to empty lots and then houses with swimming pools and manicured lawns. The landscape started looking suburban.

A funny thing has been happening at those lovely houses with manicured lawns recently. I’ve started noticing chickens in yards. One house recently sported a fenced in garden on the front lawn, then I noticed a young horse grazing, the next week there was a second horse, and this week there were also four head of cattle. I was just reacting to that, asking myself “how in the heck are they gonna keep that many cows on that lil’ bit of grass”, when I noted that the next house has a small herd of goats in their front yard.

You think that my redneck ways have rubbed off on the neighborhood? Perhaps the neighbors had a discussion like “Maybe WE should consider having some livestock like that crazy woman with the shotgun that lives down the road”.

6 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Robert D said,

    Nope, they’re starving and all their money is going for the mortgage. Nobody changes that quick. Lock up your valuables.

  2. 2

    swampie said,

    Could very well be. The houses are new.

  3. 3

    kae said,

    If’n ya caint beat ’em….

  4. 4

    smartyjones said,

    That ain’t stupid, that’s letting survival kick in.

  5. 5

    swampie said,

    I figure a lot of people are getting the **** scared out of ’em by government shenanigans.

  6. 6

    MaggieW said,

    Well it’s a start, growing veggies and meat. We have a tremendous
    garden this year, and it’s sure cut our grocery bill.


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