Monday, February 06, 2012

Living The Old Way

Wow, have we been quiet or what? I don't think I mentioned here that my mom arrived on January 9th, and we've been hanging out with her for the month. It's been a great visit. She got to see her first bobcat walking down the road, and this very fine juvenile Cooper's Hawk that was hunting our yard.
She's also been watching the deer come and go and enjoying their sudden interest in being my friend. While I do scatter sunflower seeds and millet for our ground feeders, I don't really consciously toss anything for the deer (or squirrels) to eat. I expected the squirrels to come and munch, but the deer were a total surprise. The other day I went out in the early morning to scatter seed under the big cedar tree, and I scared the momma deer and her twin yearlings. But instead of high-tailing it down the hill, they stopped and looked at me. I said "hello" and momma started walking toward me. I was shocked. I moved away, and she came over to the tree and started eating the birdseed. She blew my mind. And then, she did it again Sunday morning. I surprised her when I came out the little garage door, and instead of running away from me, she watched me go to the cedar tree and scatter seed. She walked over. I walked away. It is not my intention to be her human friend. I don't think that's a good thing for a deer. Her behavior is entirely her own initiative. I suspect there must be other humans feeding her.

Other than that, the sun continues to shine day after day in these clear mountain skies. The word now is that we are entering into a critically dry period. We're hoping for rain, but it is unlikely we'll get anything that could make up our deficit. It'll be interesting to see what the summer will be like after such a warm and mild winter.

We're taking my mom to the airport on Thursday. She's going home with her brand new Kindle Touch. We've stocked it full of good books for her to read. She's planning on moving up here to live with us as soon as her condo sells. We're looking forward to it. Multi-generational living is like living the old ways. We're glad to turn the clock back a few hundred years on human relationships. Modern life can be so silly.

So, how are you?

18 comments:

  1. Great that your Mom could come hang out with you. Love that deer in the window shot!

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  2. Lovely post and pictures, Robin. I'm pleased your mom enjoyed her stay.

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  3. Your mom saw the bobcat! Yay! The deer perhaps is finding food near other houses. Wild things do become acclimated so easily. If the human race chose to live in peace with other species, how much richer our world would be!

    I am all for multi-generational living. Nuclear families are a boon for capitalism, aren't they? More houses, more stuff, nothing shared, little passed down from generation to generation.

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  4. I am still basking in the glow of my visit with you and your mom. It's going to be great to have her there with you full time!

    Love the story about the deer...

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  5. wonderful post! glad your mom enjoyed the visit; sounds like a great plan for the future!

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  6. Doing okay. No big problems to complain about (but I usually do).

    I want to come live with you too (will you adopt me?) so I can see a bobcat.

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  7. Your words and photos warmed my heart this cold coastal Pacific Northwest early morning. Echoes of Gary Snyder and The Old Ways. Thanks so much!

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  8. You really know how to entertain. Goodness, your Mom must have been so thrilled.
    I love that she is coming to live with you. I grew up with one grandparent or another living with us. It was how things used to be done.

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  9. Looking and joy and beauty through your window! am says it all! :)

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  10. My grandmother and an aunt and two uncles lived with my family off and on until I was around five years old, and I loved it. It is a wonderful thing. It should be a lovely spring for your family. ♥

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  11. Me, I'm doing well. The sky is blue.

    It's so lovely that you can look forward with pleasure to living with your ma.

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  12. Interesting--perhaps a little disturbing--with the deer. I'd like to think it's the good vibes you project, that attract her... Apparently, you're not fearsome!

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  13. I hope your mom enjoyed her stay. It sounds like it was great!

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  14. i love the idea that the deer recognizes her safety in the presence of your gentle spirit. so happy to learn your mom will be living with you and wish i could have had similar time with mine. it sounds like she had a very good visit to the wilds of CA!

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  15. A year or so ago in the spring a newly born fawn came up to me and licked my hand. Sometimes we are blessed.

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  16. I know what you're headed into, and it's not all rainbows and unicorns. Still, it was an informative human experience. At one time, we had 3 generations living here. It can get a little claustrophobic.

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  17. The old way is the best way. Hope the condo sells quickly!

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  18. Great that your Mom could come hang out with you. Love that deer in the window shot!

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