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  • Writer's pictureMary Pellerito

Settling In

I think we all have some thing we want to create, attain, experience. Sometimes our dreams change and we know it it is time to start along a new path.

I wanted a horse farm for most of my adult life. Once the kids were on their own, my husband and I purchased a small gentlemen's farm where we kept two horses. The property was lovely with gorgeous gardens; nice stalls and paddocks for the horses; and a pond full of frogs, turtles, and visiting water fowl.

But when my husband took early retirement, we decided to follow a different path. The horses have new homes and we found a new home in Northern Michigan on the edge of a forest preserve, which abuts to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. We replaced farm life with something a bit more remote and wild.

We moved in just before Thanksgiving and apropos to the season, a flock of turkeys made their way through the property. We have seen deer tracks in the snow but that is about it for wildlife sightings in the short time we have been here.

The property is hilly and mostly wooded. And quiet. And dark. The lights of Traverse City are a good 20 minutes drive east of here and Lake Michigan is two miles west of here. To experience a wide open clear sky is why we moved here. To be part of the Northwoods is why we moved here. To live in a quiet place where we can think, dream, and create is why we moved here.

So I will be spending the winter settling in and learning more about this land that we now call home.

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