My friend Heidi hosts a weekly blog meme called Three Things Thursday. Because my poor blog is all sad and neglected, I thought I'd join in. So while I totally LOVE our new locale, I'm going to make this a list of
3 quirky things about our new hometown
1) In our new hometown, there is a strict leash law, essentially meaning outdoor cats are illegal, unless yours happens to never, ever stray from your yard (amazingly, our neighbor's never does). ALL pets must have a tag that they wear all the time, and all yearly pet vaccine must be up-to-date, or there are stiff penalties...they take animal control very seriously around here. It's not an issue for us- our lease agreement stated we couldn't have any animals- but our neighbors illegal cat has apparently caused some issue with a "concerned citizen" on the street behind us (who because of zoning live in the county and not the town, so the law doesn't apply to them).
2) In our new hometown, "(a) No person shall fire or otherwise discharge any type of firearm, air gun, gun or pistol, or any spring gun, pistol, or other similar device which impels with force any projectile, shot or pellet of any kind within the corporate limits, unless:
(1) Such firing or discharge is made pursuant to an approved recreational or instructional program supervised by competent authority acceptable to either the director of parks and recreation or the chief of police; or
(2) When lawfully used in defense of person or property or pursuant to lawful directions of law enforcement officers." In other words, no airsoft guns. In fact, technically Nerf guns are illegal. That made us parents of the year when we gave 3 of our kids airsoft guns for Christmas only to find out they can't shoot them legally within the town limits and the "concerned citizen" who lives behind us is only too happy to call the police about that too. But this house is only a rental, and now we know.
3) In our new home county, there is not a single movie or piece of music in the whole county library system. And our county contains the state capital! The former library director decided libraries were for books and books alone. Sadly, as a homeschool mom, that cuts out all sorts of documentaries and old movies and History channel specials, etc. that we use to go along with our learning. SIGH. That one is going to take some getting used to...and planning...and scouring Youtube and Netflix.
So there's there things. I hate that they seem so "downer"-ish. We really love it here. There just always is an adjustment, and sometimes it's crazy the things you never would have even thought of being an issue. Maybe next week's list will be 3 things I love...like the chocolate place I found today...