Browns Diary #LOTSAbandonedBeauty {living outside the stacks}

We’ve been in Georgia for a year now. I can’t believe it. In some ways it feels soooo much longer and in other ways it feels like I’ve only just arrived.

I’m still adjusting to things here. The people here are so incredibly polite. Every time someone says “Yes, Ma’am” to me, I have to resist the urge to spin around and look for my mom. I’m so used to everyone calling me by my first name, kids included. And don’t get me started on the whole “Miss Dani” thing. Everyone calls me that. Adults included.

Actually, let’s just start at the beginning. People greet you here. I’m so used to just walking into a room and saying whatever I need to say. You know, getting down to business. Down here, it’s like all pleasantries all the time. A year later and I still have to remember to start every conversation with the appropriate greeting {“Good morning,” “good afternoon”, “good evening”. Never “hi”.}.

Another thing I have to get used to are the gnats. Oh. My. Word. It’s like walking outside into a screen. A screen that goes up your nose, down your throat, in your eyes, around your ears… Those things are annoying.

The heat doesn’t bother me. I’m cold blooded {haha} so it takes a lot to get me to the point where I’m complaining about the heat. Now I do complain about the AC. Seriously, folks, why does it have to be set to arctic?

When I was in Missouri I spent a lot of time taking pictures of the Mississippi River and the surrounding areas; I haven’t found one particular spot where I like to shoot here. But I have started taking pictures of abandoned buildings. This is something that I’ve started doing since moving to Georgia.

I think it has to do with the history of the area and the abundance of old buildings that dot the side of the roads. I’d love to be able to write the histories of these places as well. You know, get it all down before everything has faded from memory…

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Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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