We moved out of the suburbs a few months ago. I didn't think I would ever move out of the suburbs because I love things being convenient and after having lived in LA and Vegas the idea of things being twenty minutes away did not appeal to me.
But as the stress of "normal" life began to get to me I decided living in pecan orchards in a sleepy town sounded great. So we live outside the city in the Town of Mesilla. If you go to Mesilla it is known for it's little plaza and it's church which is an old Basilica. The favorite restaurant for everyone is La Posta which is a place I would go to as a child and has exotic birds in the lobby. There isn't anything outside the plaza though except for a handful of small homes and than farms. Total is less than 1000 real residents.
The problem with being in such a small town is that the main source of revenue is traffic stops and to maintain the quiet atmosphere almost the whole town has a 20 to 25 mph speed limit. So far I've not gotten a ticket but Chris, a babysitter, and poor Miriam our nanny has gotten one. My brother teases me that he tries to set the car on cruise control to make sure he isn't speeding but the car tells him "hey, I don't drive this slow!" It is nice though because I don't worry too much when we do walks at night.
The other funny thing is that I don't get mail service. No one does. So we have a bustling little post office because EVERYONE has to come there to get the mail. It is fun because everyone is so sweet and I've gotten to know many of the residents. Our house is on a narrow street where you have to take turns driving down because it is so narrow 2 cars can not be on it at once. Most of the streets are that way and I think it is funny because I've only once been on the street and the other car didn't try to pull off the road to let me go.
It is a small town and it is a pain that I'm 20 minutes to Target these days but I must admit, I finally have my own little Mayberry!