Wayzata, Minnesota

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Alphabe-Thursday Malpighiaceous, It's Not

Jenny's Letter for our assignment today is M.


My idea for today's post came while driving home this afternoon.  I took a direction I've been avoiding.

My Letter M is for
MALPIGHIACEOUS  - It's not, only because the greenery is here, it's just not tropical.  Although, let me express this land is fertile, with lush, whispering amber fields of grain, zigzagging corn fields and cows.   There's always a scent of fresh mowed grass during the mowing season.  Not to ignore the occasional manure odor every now and then.

Was I misleading on my letter today?  Possibly, since I'm feeling a tad bit mawkish in a way, as are a few dear neighbors.  Yes, they built lovely houses to raise their happy families, far from the concrete edges and blowing sirens, to live among grassy fields and horses, forever.

As if it would be happily ever after.

Scene from our own "unmalpighiaceous" property, just last fall.

Mr. Happy Scare Crow.

Since we moved here in the spring of 1989, many more hobby farms, along with some McMansions have sprung up around us.

But life raising a family in the country was still a success, and often the houses were built behind greenery.

In many ways we/our land is protected out here, (in the boonies) by living within a township, instead of the city.  Our township discourages anything too enterprising.  Agriculture yes, but big box stores, or other such monopolizing trades or other business is banned.

Another scene from our property.

Yes, most of us still can play in the dirt and run through the grassy fields.

Even in our pajamas! 


MADDING is that a few of our newest neighbors, some that built their beloved McMansions, and other standard house designs, have been faced with quite an ugly eyesore, right smack in the center of their property.

If I remember right, this family has four of these running right in front of their property.  Maybe it's five.

Special Note- My post is merely a brief answer to those folks driving by that are lost in the dark and unaware of- "Just what are those big-old-rusty-poles that suddenly popped up doing out here?"

So I'm closing with MOVED as my letter for today.

Yes, this family was one of the first to be bought out from the big power company.

Malpighiaceous, or not, the moral to my story, buyers be-aware of what might possibly be coming to your new residence in the upcoming years.

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TexWisGirl said...

*sigh* 'progress...'

i remember those manure smells when the dairy farmers would start spreading their piles all over the fields in the spring melt. :)

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I hope I can keep my little spot free of invaders, at least for a few years...

I can't understand why people move to an agricultural area and then complain about agriculture...

Eden House News and views said...

Blight on the landscape

carol l mckenna said...

So they are power poles? Lovely post and photos for M ~ hope you can keep the McMansions away ~ such adorable children ~ thanks ^_^

thanks, carol and artmusedog

Cloudia said...

ALOHA from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Even worse things are happening to some farmers and other happy wilderness-dwellers in Pa and WV...fracking!

Your neighbor sells his "mineral rights", and next thing you know, there are huge trucks and noise all night and your water getting polluted.

Nothing like that is happening near our place in Berkeley Springs, happily.

But can you imagine???

Judie said...

Our little subdivision in Memphis was just so sweet! We were on a golf course but there were wonderful trees that kept intruders out. Then one day, there erupted a huge 9000 sq. ft. house down the street. We called it "the anchor store." Then up came a huge "dish" that was forbidden by our HOA. We demanded that it be taken down or we would sue. The homeowner, president of AutoZone, informed us that we had better have deep pockets. He was such an ass, and naturally, I told him so.

JJ said...

I sympathize. I have stories I can tell about our paradise in New Hampshire. We lived in splendid isolation, until "they" came. They went north from Massachusetts and invaded the surrounding area with progress(the locals irreverently referred to them as Massholes). They paved the roads, built McEverythings, and showed up only on weekends and holidays.

bettyl-NZ said...

Interesting post. Lots of great 'M's for the meme.

Lola said...

Absolutely - a blight on the landscape.

Great post!

fredamans said...

Magnificent post!
I live in a booming metropolis and can understand why you would not want booming operations taking over.

Betty said...

There are neighborhoods here where they tear down these adorable old houses and put up McMansions. Personally, I think the McMansions ruin the neighborhoods. At least where you are they're spread out and maybe not as noticeable.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Malpighiaceous... wow! A magnificent mouthful! (I had to look that word up :o) My parents' home is in the northern, northern woods of Wisconsin...on a lake...built by my great uncle. Beautiful and neighbors spaced out, but my dad says it's gotten "crowded" over the past 40 years.

Beautiful photos, but goodness those huge poles surely cannot be missed!

Blessings & Aloha!
...trying to catch up with last week and this week's M and N posts!