One of the many small projects I need to do at Highlands is figure out a way to store tools. Currently they are in a 50 gallon drum, as a sort of over-sized kitchen utensils holder (and I don't have a pic of that right now), but ideally, they should be hanging. I want them easy to get to, easy to store, and NOT, I repeat, NOT a place where scorpions and giant spiders can build an empire. Also, the gloves have to be sealed in a giant zip locs because apparently their cozy dark spaces are very attractive hiding places. When we were recently up there erecting a pergola, it gave me the willies to have to pick up each glove and shake it out. Because that small garden tools tote is the very place that a rather large scorpion was hanging out last time I used my gloves. Like my husband said "It is the country, after all." It's not like I'm afraid of every. little. thing. out there. But I am so not a fan of creepy crawlies and things that sting or bite. Nor snakes, of which there was a large snake skin wrapped around another 50 gallon drum located just a couple feet from Mabel's steps. At least the snakes will likely slither away as fast as they can, but the scorpion will say "come at me" as it waves it's tiny pinchers at you.
In addition, there are mice that poop on every flat surface, every type of spider you can imagine, wasps, deer, coyotes, squirrels, something else that leaves scat in front of the barn, owls and wild turkeys. Plus, I am sure there are other creatures that I just haven't discovered yet...
Someone recently told me they thought I would hate it out there. But it didn't have anything to do with things like scorpions or snakes. They assumed I would be bored out my mind with no theaters, no restaurants, no neighbors, and no exciting nightlife. But those aren't important things to me now, so I don't know why that's going to be a big deal later. And, come to think of it, we WILL have neighbors and we DO own vehicles that can take us a short drive down the road to anything we will need. What it won't be is crowded and loud with major traffic snarls, expensive with higher than average cost of living, and big-city unfriendly. That person also told me that a septic system is going to be a pain, but having working potties is a non-negotiable condition for me.
I can learn to live with with all of that.
It is the country, after all.