"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Thankful Thursday! May 28, 2020

Before we moved to Vancouver Washington about
18 months ago we lived for 6 years on 10 and 1/2 acres
outside of Mt Shasta California. We were surrounded
not only by mountains, but also by all sorts of
wild animals such as deer, bear, cougar, coyotes,
foxes, bobcats, squirrels, wild turkeys and jack rabbits.  
So when we moved up north I knew I would really miss
all the wild animals that we would see every day.

So when we moved here we made sure that
we found a home that we could look out
our windows and not see a fence, but would
observe birds, bunnies and squirrels in
the protected green space next to our home.  
And obviously we did!
We are so grateful and thankful that we
found this tiny peaceful paradise to live 
next to and enjoy.

There is even not far from us a large pasture
where cows graze. Just a few minutes to walk there.

Some of our neighbors would just as soon
not have the bunnies in their gardens, 
but I learned to be ambivalent about the
wildlife eating my plants while living
in the mountains. If they ate something...
guess what ? I didn't plant it again.
I learned what they didn't like and that is
what I used for landscaping 
and also what I planted in pots.
And that is what I do here.
Bunnies do not like herbs such as thyme,
lavender, rosemary, oregano and even basil.
Instead of growing tomatoes etc I go
to the lovely Farmers Market here that is
open even now with the virus situation.
They have rules and I am thankful they do
so we can go shopping and support our farmers!
Have a wonderful day, stay safe and be happy!
Thanks Brian for Thankful Thursday!


  1. We loved seeing your wildlife. Mom thinks she saw a fox the other day when she was coming home from the store, she only caught a glimpse of it, but it got her all excited.

  2. It is nice to see the animals. We love watching the squirrels and bunnies, but we love hunting them more. We have tons of both to keep us busy.

  3. Such wonderful neighbor critters you have and they like your kindness too. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  4. What a wonderful thankful. Yes learning to co-mingle with our wildlife is the right thing to do. I'm not surprised by this one bit.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday. Big hug to you both and and extra treat to Miss Lucy. ♥♥♥

  5. I simply cannot believe you lived in CA for six years, seems like yesterday you moved there. I love your room with a view now!

  6. Smart! I would never have thought about weeding out the plants they will eat and not eat, good advice.

  7. We have all kinds of forest furiends where we live in North Idaho, bears, deer,squirrels, skunks and even a moose in the driveway last week. There's so much to see out of our windows!
    Purrs & Head Bonks,

  8. How wonderful that you still have all the wonderful 'critters' to see from your home ~ love the bunny ~ Beautiful photos ^_^

    Be Safe, Be Well,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  9. I enjoy seeing wildlife. My hubby is not a fan of rabbits or squirrels in our yard though.

  10. My goodness me what a way to start a day with nature all around you. I love the critters and the wide open spaces.
    Thank you for sharing this lovely view
    Hugs Cecilia

  11. What a lovely philosophy, plant what the wildlife doesn't eat. Hope you had a great Thursday!

  12. Dear Kathe,

    I'm so glad you stopped by my blog for Thankful Thursday and I came back to visit you, only to find this incredibly heart warming post.

    That is a paradise you live in. I would love to live in a place surrounded by nature and wildlife someday. I know dreams come true. :)

    And how lovely to co-exsit with the bunnies and also support the farmers.

    In response to your question on my blog about using plastic bottles to water, I've shared a few tips and a link. Do check it out whenever you can.

    Here goes:


    Have a blessed rest of the week. :)
    Love and light!


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