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We moved out to the country 10 years ago. Some necessaries: a compressor, a chainsaw, a battery drill, a dog, some rat traps, one large and one small live trap, high rubber boots, a big farm jack, three 5-gal. gas cans. Done it so far without a gun. Buying a used Kawasaki Mule early on was one of our best purchases, as was a 1972 Ford tractor. Our lawn is big, so we have a 48″ zturn mower. The soil here took about 2 years to amend before we could grow things reliably. Warning: don’t use manure on your garden, unless you know for absolute certain that the animals producing it were not fed hay laced with herbicides. Oh yeah, two standup freezers to put veggies and meat away in.  Hospital? Heck, make sure there’s a good mechanic within a few miles. We waited out an illicit-drug delivery operation nearby, and when the law caught up with them one by one over several years, the drugs left. Sometimes you make your peace with things you’re not happy about. We left the local kingpin church because it was a tad too old-testament, if you know what I mean. We attend monthly town meetings regularly and are reliable listeners there. We feel free to speak up in favor of Arbor Day, but If there is a critical point we want to make, we speak to one or two of the council members offline. We are heavy volunteers at the local annual fish festival, and that has helped us to know and be known in a good way.

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We moved out to the country 10 years ago. Some necessaries: a compressor, a chainsaw, a battery drill, a dog, some rat traps, one large and one small live trap, high rubber boots, a big farm jack, three 5-gal. gas cans. Done it so far without a gun. Buying a used Kawasaki Mule early on was one of our best purchases, as was a 1972 Ford tractor. Our lawn is big, so we have a 48″ zturn mower. The soil here took about 2 years to amend before we could grow things reliably. Warning: don’t use manure on your garden, unless you know for absolute certain that the animals producing it were not fed hay laced with herbicides. Oh yeah, two standup freezers to put veggies and meat away in.  Hospital? Heck, make sure there’s a good mechanic within a few miles. We waited out an illicit-drug delivery operation nearby, and when the law caught up with them one by one over several years, the drugs left. Sometimes you make your peace with things you’re not happy about. We left the local kingpin church because it was a tad too old-testament, if you know what I mean. We attend monthly town meetings regularly and are reliable listeners there. We feel free to speak up in favor of Arbor Day, but If there is a critical point we want to make, we speak to one or two of the council members offline. We are heavy volunteers at the local annual fish festival, and that has helped us to know and be known in a good way.