Â I am finding that Illinois is very different from West Virginia.Â I can't count the times someone has said "You are not in West Virginia" any more.Â The sales tax is higher here.Â The vehicle license is higher.Â It seems everything is higher and yet the state is bankrupt.Â
Just when I feel comfortable to walk around the community, I hear of some crime.Â Then I go back indoors until I get my nerve up again.Â I took Wiley outside the other night and there was a coyote in the neighbors yard.Â I wasted no time getting him back in the house.Â I have never seen so many birds in one place in my life.Â The fields are full of them. I kid you not.Â My husband said the men he worked with were commenting that they had never seen this many birds flocked together as they have this winter.Â
Not everything is bad here.Â There are some amazing folks that are wonderful in so many ways.Â The library is largest than I have ever been in.Â The sunrise is amazing with all this open sky.Â The squirrel keeps me entertained as they chase each other in theÂ early hours of daylight.Â
I remember thinking as we traveled cross country many times, that each state has it's own unique beauty.Â I find that that thought is still true.Â Illinois is proving to be a beautiful state and I can't wait for spring so I can go bike riding and hiking to find all the hidden beauty that this state has in store for me.
What do you like about the state you live in?
What do you dislike about the state you live in?
Are you concentrating on the good or the bad about your state?
If you could move, what state would you like to move to? Why?
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