Sunday, November 28, 2010

there was a deer in my yard last night!

I know, you're all thinking, hello? Of course, there was a deer in your yard. You live in Maine! But the truth is I've only had a deer in my yard once before and I usually only see them briefly leaping away across the road or along the path ahead. I might live in Maine but I don't necessarily see the wild animals you might think I would. Two moose, once, many years ago, which I mistook for horses at first until I realized they were way too big to be horses, a coyote pup my brother found injured, which recovered amazingly fast in the entry way of the house we shared (and yes, he was effing cute as hell), and a Fisher walking up my drive one winter night (looked like a big raccoon with a long bushy black tail). I kept my cats in for a month after. My neighbor lost his. Anyway, back to the deer in my yard. It was a buck, young I'd guess, and he was just standing there, hanging out. My son and I watched him from the porch and he watched us, eyes glowing in the dark. Strangely, he didn't seem afraid and we wondered if he might have been injured - it is hunting season - but by morning he was gone and we were both glad.

Meanwhile, I'm in the midst of revisions and winter is fast appoaching. It's cold outside and we've had a couple of dustings and while I am looking forward to Christmas - it's pretty! - I am not looking forward to nothing but cold until Spring. It's going to take everything I've got to make myself get out and walk and do some damn thing so I don't turn into a butterball between now and then.

What are you working on? Inquiring minds want to know :)


  1. It's cool to see deer. The most I see is the neighbour's cat...or a dead possom. (I usually hear the possoms not see them). It's getting warmer too here in Oz. It's harder to stay indoors to write ;)

  2. I'm surprised you don't see more deer in Maine!

    The last wild critter I got a really good look at was a possum who walked up onto my deck and peered through the sliding glass door at me, as I stared wild-eyed at him. He sauntered off. I shrieked.

  3. I know what you mean about not looking forward to the cold. We've already had one really cold week. I'm not sure I can wait until spring.

    It's always great to see nature that close up, especially deers.

  4. Hi. Just joined your blog. My name is Ivy, nice to meet you. I live in Crittersville. Lots of little critters and animals about our place.

    I do like winter though. Love putting on my iPod and shoveling some snow.

    Happy Writing and Happy Eating :-)

  5. Winter is just...cold. Loved the white snow before I had to drive in it. Now, I cringe and beg my boss to let me work from home. LOL.

    I do love putting up decorations. I will be doing that this weekend. Oh, and I'm going to be having some teen boys over for my son's 14th birthday party. It's a gaming party. That is going to be interesting.

  6. seeing deer in the wild is such a magical thing. I remember once when I was riding my bike, I heard a cracking noise, looked over to the side and saw a serious flock of dear running through the forest just off the road side. It was nuts.


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