Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Sunday, May 29, 2016

If I Could

If I could, I would find a bored extrovert to entertain Bob a few hours a week.

If I could, I'd find a park or nature setting to watch the creatures while Bob and his extrovert are doing their thing.

I'm not much of a country girl and have no desire to move to the country to stake my claim. I'm also getting too old to move too far from doctors and civilization.

You remember my recent attempt at attracting birds, crows in particular, and my request for one squirrel? That experiment didn't turn out so well, the crows never came, and three squirrels came rather than the one I requested. The squirrels proceeded to eat everything I'd put out for the birds, and crows in particular. While waiting for another handout the squirrels entertained themselves scampering across my upholstered patio furniture, and in general wreaking havoc with my pot plants.

If I could, I would live near a natural wooded area. There are lots of those around here and a lot of parks. Either would work. I just need to live close enough I could spend time watching birds and creatures of the forest in their natural habitat.

I've always been fascinated by crows. Crows are sometimes hard to love but they are entertaining. This morning I read about this crow, who interfered with a crime scene. Crows are very smart.


What would you do 'if you could?'

23 comments:

  1. If I could - I think I would clean my house my way. I can't, so I live in a straightened up, dirty house.

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    1. Bless your heart, that must be frustrating. Never thought about wishing I could clean house but sometimes health makes that something to long for.

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  2. Where I live you could actually sign up to a non-profit to get Bob a friendly visit once a week to talk or play cards. It's designed to give family caregivers a chance to get off by her/his self for an hour or two.

    If I could I'd move closer to my family but take my very active senior hall with me. I can't have both so as long as I can still get out and about I have to pick staying put where I'm at so least have somewhat of a social life.

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    1. We have a community arts center in Hillsboro that I'd love to live closer to and attend many of their events. At one time we considered moving into an apartment downtown and would have been only two blocks away. That was one of the pros I put down for that move. Unfortunately there were too many cons.

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  3. Yes , walking in the woods, sitting beside a stream. These I would Do. I would stay away from malls forever.

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    1. I hear you. My sentiments exactly.

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  4. If I could, I would live in the mountains and close to the beach. The best of both worlds!

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    1. You just described the Willamette Valley, Oregon where I live. It's wonderful.

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    2. YES!!! Perhaps I will visit there someday! I have been there before! And I loved it!!

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  5. I think I live where I wish I could. It's not a fancy neighborhood, but in our half acre we have birds and squirrels and raccoons and who knows what. We have a lot of privacy, but we are four blocks from our Safeway grocery store, a mile or so from all major shopping, a mile from the airport for travel, and maybe two miles from the I-5 freeway access. We have a light rail station quite close for going downtown, and a neighborhood park for walking about a half mile away. The waters of Puget sound are several miles to the west, and the Cascade Mountains are not far to the east.
    I think I'll stay here as long as i can.

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    1. That sounds about as ideal as it's possible to be. I'd stay put too if I were you.

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  6. Ha, I'll have to tell you about the time I broke my toe chasing squirrels off our bird feeder! If I could I'd live in a quaint little town where I could walk to the library, post office, church, coffee shop...that would be heaven.

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    1. I think about that sometimes. Sounds wonderful, but these days it's probably best if we stay close to the medical world. Often it's a drive to get to doctors from small towns. I'm a native Texan and if I lived in a small town I'd just about have to do the church thing again and I don't want to do that. I sometimes think it would be fun to live on property owned by some of our ancestors but our days of building houses and living in the country are over.

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  7. I'm pretty happy with where we live, as long as we can continue to escape the brutal winters.

    Crows drive my husband crazy! We have many, many crows living in the trees behind our house. I like the little house wrens, who always nest each spring in my geranium plants on my front step. I also enjoy watching my little hummers.

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    1. As a child there was a pet crow in our community. Big windows at school and no air conditioning the crow would fly in the window to be near the boy who'd taken it for a pet. I never forgot that crow.

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  8. If I could I would move my grand children closer so i could see them more often and help my daughter more.
    Have you read Mind of the Raven by Bernd Heinrich? Kind of a crow on steroids, ravens, the book is a nonfiction look at the intelligence of the birds. I think a lot of it applies to crows as well.

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    1. I've not read the raven book but I will. I just ordered it from Amazon.

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  9. As long as I can still drive, I live in the perfect spot. Tiny town (city limit sign posts one block apart), cattle ranch behind me and in front of me with deer and various wild life to enjoy. However, the time will come when I will probably move into town where everything is close and a car is not needed. Live is one adjustment after another.

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    1. Absolutely, best to try to bloom where we're planted. Never know how long it will be before we're transplanted.

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  10. I would have a little place of my own in Vancouver, WA so I could at least be close to some of my family.

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    1. I believe the first step to reaching a goal is to write it down and start planning. You'd be surprised how many times things don't happen simply because we have no vision for making the dream come true.

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    2. Yes, and that is why I try to work hard toward my goals.

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