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Guess What I Got To See In My BFF’s Backyard?

I received a text from my BFF exclaiming the birth of twin fawns in her backyard and the fact that, “MY CAMERA WON’T WORK!!!”  Damn! What a bummer!

It is really rather strange because she has a corner lot (streets on two sides) and her next door neighbors have two dogs.  There are plenty of trees and shrubs running all the property lines, however.  And her shed in the back corner of her small yard is not up against the property line fence, so there is a sheltered spot along side of the shed that provides privacy.  Apparently enough that her yard was deemed good enough for a fawn nursery. (I should note that the line fences are not well-kept and there are gaps the deer can use to move around the neighborhood.)

This past weekend, though lacking a party spirit, I decided to celebrate my birthday with a trip to the Aviary.  This is up near where my BFF lives so we stopped by to drop off the puppy and pick her up. Ryder is not old enough to stay in the crate for long periods of time, so bringing him to her house means only a quick interrupt to the day, if necessary, rather than ending it early to get all the way back home to let him out.

As I was bringing him into the backyard, my BFF hissed from the back door, “NO, NO, the fawn is out there!” I got all excited.  Ryder was steered back to the front yard to pee and I grabbed my camera and headed for the backyard.  It took some time as I was looking for the fawn AND making sure I didn’t surprise Momma.  Deer may be cute but they are nasty little buggers that bite, strike, and kick. And I had zero desire to tangle with a mother protecting her young. Eventually I found a baby.

I had to get really close to see this little guy tucked away in the weeds.

I had to get really close to see this little guy tucked away in the weeds.

I was very careful to be slow and quiet and not get too close.  I didn’t want to scare the fawn into taking off.  After some careful maneuvering and constant checking for Momma, I got this:

Isn't he just the cutest?  And sooo tiny!

Isn’t he just the cutest? And sooo tiny!  No, we weren’t able to find the second fawn.  Deer stash their babies away from one another so if one baby gets taken by a predator the other will survive.

.  It was a wonderful experience to be able to get that close to such a young deer!

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Note: I have been having to get up waaay too early to ferry my son back and forth to work (we are car challenged).  It has been hard to adjust to the hours (have I mentioned I have sleep issues? 🙂 ) and the scheduling has put a crimp in my day. But we’re slowly adjusting and getting back into a rhythm.   Dealing with this and my brother’s cancer has made ‘normal’ a challenge. However, in keeping with trying to do as much ‘life as usual’; I will try to get back to posting.  My current goal is a twice a week minimum.  Fingers crossed!

Evening Visitors to the Yard

My cat Raven got all excited this evening.  Mrowing and making a squeaky noise, he pressed his nose to the glass.

Two yearlings gazing carefully around.

Two yearlings gazing carefully around.

Eventually they decided it was safe to come eat up the bird seed that had been knocked to the ground.

Eventually they decided it was safe to come eat up the bird seed that had been knocked to the ground.

Mom showed up and didn't like me standing in the window taking pictures.  A stomp of a hoof and everyone was gone.

Mom showed up and didn’t like me standing in the window taking pictures. A stomp of a hoof and everyone was gone.

 

I’m Baaaack

Random Thoughts

Wow.  Amazing how fast time can pass when you’re not having fun.  My monthly friend came along like 3 all at once and I felt like I got run over by a 100 car coal train.  (TMI?)  My days and nights are now screwed as I was getting up every 2 to 3 hours.  Thus my eating has been hit and miss and I’m down to 122 lbs. which is Bad.  As soon as I hit 120 or below I start getting sick.  So got to start piling on the calories.  Cranky and tired are the words for the day.

I did make it out to our local Farmer’s Market and bought myself some comfort food – Butter Toffee Peanuts.  I deserve them.  I sucked down half the bag on the trip home.  🙂  (Oh, and I also bought ‘real’ food, kohlrabi, tomatoes, plums, mmmm – just picked raspberries.)

I still haven’t decided what to do about apportioning time for the blog (here I am at 10 pm again!), I’ve been brain fried for the last week.  And I still have to do bills!  I’m also currently wrangling my husband to get him to decide what in the heck he wants to do for Father’s Day and his Birthday (the 20th).  He is being uncooperative. *Sigh* (with a slight growl)

Sitting in the grass late yesterday with my baby lizard, I was eating and looking at life in the grass and realized that in our hustle and bustle we forget how much goes on around us unnoticed.  It made me think of this quote and it’s one I need to put up somewhere where I can see it regularly.

“The only difference between an extraordinary life and an ordinary one is the extraordinary pleasures you find in ordinary things.”  — Veronique Vienne

Life at Our House

We had a pop-up thunderstorm that made me smile.  It was over our house pouring down the rain and in the back part of our yard the sun was shining.

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School is out and Spider Bait is now home for the summer.  He doesn’t know it yet, but he’s going to be working his butt off helping his mother get Shtuff done.

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Okay, Saver of Bugs, here is the sourdough bread recipe leaving out proofing times and temps, just doing it the way I do it at home.

World Bread

  • 1/2 cup cold sponge culture
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 6 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Bake at 375

Mix the 1/2 cup of sourdough with 1 1/2 cups flour and 1 cup of water.  Cover bowl and sit on top of the refrigerator.  Do this right before you go to bed. (Note:  In the summer it should be warm enough in your room that you don’t have to do this downstairs.  Out of curiosity, you should check the temps on your dorm fridge every 15 min.  for about an hour and a half.  You might be able to raise the loaves on it.)

When you get up, add 1 cup flour and 1/4 cup water and mix well.  Cover and put up on the fridge (or in your room – you’re looking for min. 72 degrees, no more than 85).  Let it work no less than 4 hours.  Depending on how warm your room is or on top of the fridge, the culture will start to go down at about 8 hrs.  At 12 hours it is flat.  I generally like to set up the loaves at about 6 hours.  But I’ve done it all along the time frame at one time or another.

Bread time.  Grease both bread pans and make sure you have enough space to knead bread.  Get your small saucepan out and toss 2 tbsp butter in it at medium heat.  With my old nasty pans, you should probably do it at a notch or so below medium.  When the butter is melted, put in the 1 cup milk and heat till lukewarm.  Remove from heat and add 2 tsp. salt and 2 tbsp. sugar and mix till dissolved.  Pour into sourdough mixture and mix well.  Begin adding flour 1 cup at a time till it gets too hard to stir well.  This is usually at about 5 cups for me.  Dust kneading surface with flour and tip sourdough out of bowl and start kneading and adding the rest of the flour.  Knead till smooth and elastic.  Depending on how humid it is and how dry the flour, you may need less than the 6 cups or more.  This is the part you learn to do by feel.  You want the dough as moist as possible and still workable and elastic.  Not gummy gooey.  Not stiff as a brick.

Divide the dough into 2 loaves, knead into shape and drop into the pans.  As wide as those bread pans are moosh the dough to cover the bottom.  Cover and let raise in a warm spot till the tops are just barely below the top of the pans.  About 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours.  If you forget and the dough gets above the pan sides, use a fork or the tip of a knife to burst the bubbles or the top of the crust will come off when you cut it.  Spray or brush with water and cut the tops of the loaves.  Bake at 375 for 40 to 45 minutes.  Remove from pans and cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting.

(You are feeding your sourdough at least once a week – riiiight?)

Fur Babies and Other Friends

This poor baby deer, just out of his spots, was apparently hit by a car.  That front leg is barely moveable.  And it clearly didn’t learn much from the experience, ’cause my husband almost hit him the next night coming home!

Will someone please explain to me how in the heck this is comfortable?  He didn’t even wake up when I turned the light on to take the picture!

Out In The Yard

Our header for today is one of my daughter’s Dianthus.

My lizard with no name* is also part of the yard stuff today, or should I say –  last night.  They need sun to manufacture Vit D to process calcium and I don’t have a UV bulb up yet so I take him outside.  While sitting there, I started watching life in the grass.  It was sooo relaxing.  There is so much going on right beneath our feet.  I managed to get a couple of pictures of my lizard and a couple of the lawn’s occupants living their lives around my feet.

The Jungle

Naw, I don’t let him run free.

I’m so cute!

Busy, busy, busy, Bee. It was really hard to get a picture of one of these guys!

One of my fav’s, the Preying Mantis. That clover flower next to him is about the size of a pea.

(*What to name this lizard?  I keep calling him Squirt, but he won’t be a Squirt forever.  More on that in my next post.  I kinda liked Willow but everyone’s running away screaming on that one.  Then Cooper kinda hit me, but Spider Bait sneered at that one too.  And apparently my hair dresser says it has to have a lizardish name or a dragon name. [Spider Bait got his haircut today and was discussing my lizard.]  Suggestions?)

Movement

Also while I was miserable this past week, I had problems with my right knee.  A reminder that I need to find my ankle weights and start back on my old knee exercises.  Horseback riding in the number of hours that I was putting in back in the day plus running created a muscle imbalance that will always be with me.  When I was working and running it wasn’t so much a problem because I was also doing weight work to keep my body evened up.  It was during the off-season when the muscles began to atrophy that my knees would give me the most trouble.  At one point the imbalance pulled my kneecaps sideways, which was less than fun and had one doctor wanting to cut the muscles off the sides of my kneecaps.  Well, you know that ain’t happening.  I eventually found a doctor and runner who realized what was going on and gave me exercises to do to save my knees and keep me moving.  The catch?  It will always be there and require exercises to keep my parts where they belong.  So gotta get back to it.

Things did straighten up enough that I started walking again yesterday.  NO sore muscles!  I’m excited.  I’ll walk a couple more times and if I still have no soreness I’m going to go from 20 min. to 25 min. and see what happens.  Squee!

Mug of the Day

I really need to bake some homemade ones.   Mmmmm…