An Abbynormal Thought..."This looks like Oregon"
I was in the passenger seat as we were driving back from town the other day. As I was enjoying the scenery a thought popped into my head. This looks like Oregon. Really?!?!, that thought again!
I have been back living in Oregon going on 7 years now, ever since I became a mail-order bride, aka product of 2 weeks on an online Christian dating site.
The last time I lived in Oregon I was 6 years old living on a small farm with my family in the Pleasant Hill area. I loved it. I spent much of my time hunting frogs in the slough between our place and my cousins place.
|This internet photo could have been me.|
I also like playing with my pet hen and gathering the chicken eggs or eating strawberries out of our garden and climbing our fruit trees. But, one of my most favorite things was hanging out at my grandma and grandpa's farm....across the street. She had lots of flower beds, a very large garden, fruit trees, bird houses, chickens, ducks.....and a two story house with wooden stairs (lots of fun to play on)! I would help my grandma weed her flowers, but really I was "kinda" weeding, but mostly hunting for garter snakes. It was the prefect place to grow up.
But then the summer of my 7th birthday my father took a job in Las Vegas and that is how we ended up in this desert city. So there we were driving across the desert, without air conditioning in our car in the summer heat. It was so hot our cat was panting! It was so hot that is took more then 2 weeks before the moving company found someone who would drive our furniture and stuff across the desert!
I hated it in the dry lack of much green desert. Plus there were no frogs around and the snakes were poisnous!
So here started my 40 years in the desert.
Every home that we lived in became a mini Oregon. With lots of flowers and some trees planted. As I grew up and had my own homes this flower-tree planting continued. But then I added ponds.
The first house we bought I added a small pond, which was more like an in ground bird bath within the ever growing flower beds. We also planted lots of trees. Each year we would buy a live Christmas tree to then plant in the yard.
|The front yard|
Then I stared work on back yard again and I had a large 6 sided, 127 square foot bird avairy built in the center of the yard. I had decided a few years back that if I owned birds that they must have a flight cage. There were doves, cockatiels, parakeets and button quail within the aviary. Their sounds were awesome!
After the aviary I put in another pond with a waterfall. It was stocked with koi, goldfish, turtles and of course bullfrog tadpoles!
|A one year old bull frog|
To add to my weirdness, while on vacation in Northern California I found some moss on a piece of bark. I brought it home and put it in a terrarium. I kept it alive for about a year. Oh how I loved moss, a rareity in the Nevada desert.
I never dreamed I would end up back in Oregon. But I did.
I met Daniel on a Christian dating site.
So after Daniel and I married we bought a farm in the corner of NW Oregon.
So here I am driving through beautiful Oregon and still after 7 years my mind says, This looks like Oregon! Maybe that is because it is Oregon....silly girl!
Well, um, after all this "paradise and moss on earth time" God told us to go. Time is short, He says, we need to be busy with people, not property. So we put the farm up to sell, and now WE have a buyer. We will be leaving Oregon soon, stopping along the way to visit kids and grandkids then headed to training Texas. I wonder how many times I will think, "This looks like Oregon" in Texas?