This is one of those days when little bits and pieces are coming to mind rather than a post about "something." So get ready for a patchwork quilt!
A few days ago I decided to remove the word verification here on this blog, thinking that it is probably time again to let the guard down. W.R.O.N.G!!! Within two hours there was a "canned" comment with sexual content to an old post back in 2009. Damnation, anyway. Why can't people leave our blogs alone???
I've had a couple close calls recently in my truck, both at low speed, under 25 MPH. When I was driving home a couple days ago, and I got just 30 yards or so from my driveway, a deer jumped out in front of me! Scared the bejeebers outta me!! I slammed on my brakes, and didn't hit her, but barely. Stopping suddenly on a gravel road is iffy and rather scary, as the vehicle just skids all over the place! Even at <25 mph, it is not a good thing. I was glad I was almost home, 'cause my knees were shaking after that.
Then this morning as I was driving out toward the highway, everything was fine until I came to a sharp curve just before I got to the highway, and as I rounded it, I had a vision of my truck being purple. There was a red pickup truck coming toward me, IN MY LANE!!! Of course, "in my lane" is relative on a gravel country road, but he was certainly not hugging the right side of the road, as is wise! Once again, I braked and pulled as far to my right as I could and the vehicles did not touch, but I don't know how! I looked in my rear view mirror, as I was now stopped, and he was still driving down the middle of the road!! All I could think was "WTF!!!" which I said out loud.! Several times!!
On the funny side, this evening I was driving across the gravel road, and I saw a doe elk in the field ahead of me. She was probably 20-30 yards off the road and at least that much ahead of me. I don't often see the elk, as they tend to stay away from us humans during the day, so it was a treat. I was admiring her coloring and size, and the thought crossed my mind that she was thankfully far enough away from the road to not worry about her. Almost as if she heard my thoughts and knew that I've been having, uhmmm, incidents, she suddenly jumped almost straight up in the air and barreled away in the opposite direction!! It's a small community and word gets around!!
My neighbor had a strange incident this week, too. They heard a little commotion in the night, but didn't think much of it. They have a small fenced area for their dog, and when they got up in the morning, there was a deer doe in the little fenced yard, unfortunately already dead. They don't know if she couldn't jump back out for some reason or what. To make it sadder, she was pregnant, leaving us wondering if she got in the small yard (looking for water or food?) and couldn't jump back out because of her awkward size? because she might have been in labor and couldn't make it over the fence? Also sadly, I think it might be the momma deer that has produced several sets of twins since I moved in here, raised the babies under our watchful eyes in the neighborhood. It made us all very sad to hear about it. If it was Our Girl, I will miss her greatly. She is the one who brought her babies right up to our decks and porches and fences, almost as if she was showing them off. She is the one who slept under a tree just off my back steps for a good part of one winter, watching the house and my pups every night. Ahh, the cycle of life. It is just hard to see an end when we are the ones left to hold together the pieces.
There has been another doe hanging around lately. She is younger, but is already very comfortable with my noisy little mutts. She comes right up the the fence, munching on grass while being only a couple feet from the noses of My Kids without being intimidated. I'm hoping that she will take over where the other sweet lady left off, raising babies here.
So there you go, the hodge-podge. Go forth and unscramble!!