Silke, it sounds as though you have the best of both worlds! I am 90 minutes to 2 hours out of Seattle. Even local stores take a half hour to get to if you go at 60 miles an hour.
My neighborhood is way different than my NY neighborhood. We were literally inches from the house next door in NY. I could have walked to the mall if I wasn’t so spoiled. Getting the mail meant putting your hand out of the front door. Now my mailbox is 1/3 mile away, one way, which means a 45 minute hike with the dogs stopping to smell everything If I want pizza…forget about it! We have to go to MURPHY’s and bring one home and bake it ourselves..no delivery for us
But, when I go back to NY I am glad it is only for a week. My husband thinks I become one of ‘them’ when in NY..It’s true, I do get very stressed hurrying and waiting on lines in the store, at the traffic light, everywhere. But, IMO, I think New Yorker’s get a bad rep because I actually think they are nicer to strangers than people in the Pacific Northwest. In NY, people will joke with and greet just about anybody. In the PNW, people aren’t really friendly until they get to know you
Here, too, people raise their own livestock. I have had to try my father-in-law’s fried rabbit and steaks from a pet steer. I personally could never raise livestock to eat..they would all become my pets.
I never heard of happy meat until I read it on this forum. I’m really glad to see people taking action against animal abuse.
I hope your husband does well..it sounds as though you are doing the right things.