Thursday, June 14, 2012

Oh Deer...Another Amazing Adventure!

It is hard to become a "regular blogger" as words cannot keep up with our grab a beverage ~ depending on what time of day you are reading, tea, beer, wine or water - and sit down and is a long one!  We were all bursting with a secret.   Everyone but Ellen! We have brought her to our friend's farm and little does she know it, but she is about to become the proud owner of a baby deer!

Ellen has begged for a baby goat for the past two years, and we just couldn't go there...neither Gary or I could get excited about a goat, and I know many folks who got goats and ended up giving them away because of the trouble they caused.  Many of you who have read my blog remember our"Goat-sitting adventures" (click on adventures if you don't) with Fred! When one of our friends that professionally raises deer heard about this, he told Gary that he wanted to give Ellen a baby deer.  We thought about it for some time, and finally decided to go for only live once, right?

Here is Ellen, thinking that she is going to look at their baby deer.  She has been out here before so she still has no idea that she is about to be given her very own baby deer! 

I captured her expressions perfectly ~ Gary said, "Ellen they are are going to give you one of these babies"...and she looked at Gary and laughed like he was joking..."HA, HA DAD!"

Gary said, "No, really Ellen ~ I mean it....they are giving you a baby deer and we are going to let you have it"......she is still looking at Gary's face to see if this is a joke here....not quite sure what to believe! 

And now you can see that reality has set in....oh, how I love surprises! So fun! 

Ellen immediately got a lesson in how to feed her baby is not all fun and games.  You have to continually wipe their "booty" to make them go to the bathroom at this young age.  The Mama usually licks them while they are nursing, so this simulates what happens in nature.  You do this this every time you bottle feed them and they eat every four hours.  This is the summer that Ellen will carry a huge responsibility, and be up every four hours...around the clock! After two days of this, she looked at me one morning with bleary, sleepy eyes and said "Mama ~ is raising a baby this hard?" I chuckled and answered..."baby, this is merely a stepping stone to taking care of a
child, but a good start!"

All the work ahead of her didn't phase her ~ not one little bit....Clove (we kept her name) was
  coming home with us! 

The folks that gave us Clove have an amazing array of animals...this is a flying squirrel that Peggy rescued and keeps in her living room.....he is cute as a button and not much bigger than one, but was fairly shy so that is about all I could photograph of him.

As I was trying to coax the squirrel out of his house, look who strutted up to the window and said "take my picture"!  This photo doesn't do him justice, as it is through a window, but seriously, what a showoff! 

After he was satisfied that he had been thoroughly documented for the blog, he
proudly strutted off! 

 My eye was then drawn to the other albino peacock with babies was running by! I moved fast and got the photo, (a little blurry but you get the idea).  She actually had three babies and when they hatched, mama peacock took off and left two eggs.  Peggy took the two remaining eggs, incubated them, hatched them and is raising them in her bathroom!  She said that she can't re-introduce the babies she hatched to the Mama, so now Peggy is the Mama!

Right outside the front door is a goose that is steadfastly sitting on eggs...unfortunately, there is no male goose around - but she is a nesting Mama so she is determined to sit on eggs, unfertilized or not. 

So Peggy and Wayne have taken their duck eggs and put them under her! Every time they find duck eggs, they just stick them under her and she will be their incubator this summer! Nothing disturbs her...not their dog, not me with a camera in her face, not a thousand strangers walking all over, it is truly amazing. 

Here is a little better photo of the white female peacock and her chick.

If you think outside is amazing...inside is just as spectacular!  The tree you see inside has stuffed turkeys mounted like they are roosting in it.  I need another whole post for the house, so we will move back to Clove now! 

Here is Ellen, with her two new best friends, and their precious grand-daughter! Besides taking care of all the wildlife, you will always find these grandparents with anywhere from two to five grandchildren hanging out at this oasis of fun. 

We took Clove to visit GranMona - my ninety-five year old Grandmother who still lives at home  and LOVES animals.  I had been promising to bring Maisy to visit her, but decided that surprising her with a visit from Clove would be even better! 

A true animal lover, GranMona was we all are, by Clove.  She said in all of her ninety-five years, she has never had a deer in her living room! It was fun, and she really enjoyed our visit...what a cool grandmother I have! 

Ellen just listened to GranMona's stories and hung out with Clove as Clove nuzzled and licked.  Deer are the most lovable, kissable, snuggy little creatures ever.  All they want to do is bury their little faces in your neck and lick you all over.  Sweet, Sweet, Sweet....

This is my Uncle Ray - as soon as he got wind of the deer in the living room, he ran right over to see this too....I guess this opportunity doesn't present 
itself too often - It took GranMona ninety-five years! 

Here I am, with Clove and GranMona.....I am so close to my grandmother.  My father died when I was twelve, and I really treasure our relationship as it is a special part of that connection with my Dad.  I chose to go to college in  Louisiana and because my grandparents and uncle/aunt lived here and I wanted to really get to know them well. And I was the best decision I ever made as it led me to my  husband, then my children, and my life "Only in Louisiana"! 

and now CLOVE! 

Speaking of wonderful grandmothers...I feel she is truly like my mother after 23 (days away from 24)  years of marriage .  My gardening pal and life in general pal, she is an animal lover too! Mother of seven children, it didn't take long for her to
scoop Clove up and hold her like a baby! 

Sara and Brett - Brett's comment was "Geez ~ I have just been  trying to convince my mother to let me get a puppy!"

Even Dad got into the action! 

My favorite thing to do is to walk her in the woods......our woods are so beautiful and she loves to go poking through them, quietly and gingerly exploring. 

I am usually walking through the woods, on a mission to go somewhere ~ and now, we sometimes spend five minutes in one spot with her sniffing and tasting all the tidbits on the ground.  The sights and sounds of the woods have come alive in a whole new way for me. We have all gained our share of bug bites and chiggers, as we can't put on bug spray now....she licks and nuzzles all of us so much that we are worried it would make her sick, so we have to brave the woods "Au naturalle", and I have the chiggers to prove it.  I have started putting my rubber boots on in hopes that will deter some of the little fellas from finding their way to my most embarrassing areas! 

You can see Ellen scratching here! Yesterday, we ran to Target for supplies, and I wasn't thinking and scratched in a place that a chigger should not be....(let's just leave it at that) and I heard "Hey Layne" of my good freinds was right there! I immediately turned red all over and couldn't decide if I should explain or not, but in the end just let it go! 

Adorable - worth every chigger, and mosquito bite, and lets not
 forget the fire-ant piles that we step in either!

It was my birthday....and a very nice friend brought me these beautiful roses...the girls cooked a wonderful dinner and had some of my closest friends over for a relaxing and easy celebration of my (shhh) 48th birthday. They worked hard to give me a great party and it was perfect! It means a lot that they care enough to plan a party to help me welcome  another new year.  
But, I think Ellen might have received the best present of the day! 

The next day, some of Ellen's friends came to spend the night and hang with Clove...

 Reagan discovered that Clove has a passion...a very
  big passion....for earlobes! 
 In particular,  Reagan's earlobe...she will suck on any one's earlobe, but if she has her choice ~ she will always go to Reagans.  And, being the good sport that she is, Reagan let her suck, and suck ...and suck until I think there was no feeling or blood left in her ear...Clove just couldn't get enough of that earlobe.  I think we need a pacifier for her (or a rubber model of Reagan's ear!) Or, maybe Reagan can come live with us and give Clove her earlobe on a daily basis?

Switching gears for one minute  - you can take a break and refresh your beverage because we still have a ways to go with this long post of mine!  Look at this Zucchini! Remember when I said Gary's mother was my gardening pal?  Well, I am green with envy now because she is way out gardening me in the zucchini area...she had already grown one mammoth one that I didn't get to photograph but here is a second ginormous least eighteen inches long! The other one was probably two feet long....I wish we had a fair to enter them into because we would certainly bring home a blue ribbon. 

 I gave her this little, bitty ole plant for Mother's day ~ won't make that mistake again :) ~ and look what it has become...that is one zucchini plant that is producing Guiness World record sized zucchinis!

She also finds seeds of wild flowers, transplants them and they grow into these beautiful, blossoming, amazing works of art.....sigh...all I can do
 is learn from the master ~ and take photos! 
This is a wild hibiscus.

Another dragon fly photo on the wild hibiscus - I have a "thing" for dragon flies. 
I just think they are so pretty.

Back to Clove  - This past weekend....the rain moved in.....rarely do we have heavey torrents of rain that come with little to no breaks...but that is how this weekend was.  

Clove wanted to go out, but we could barely find any time that it wasn't downright pouring.  Then, even worse then the constant rain, we saw a flash, ~ and boom ~ no power.  Our house had been struck by lighning. When we have no power, we have no water as we have a now we are out in the woods, in the rain, in the dark, with no power....and the girls were never happier! 

Estatic that they could check being struck by lighting off their bucket list, they made up a lightning dance.  Here they are in their "lightning pose"!

Clove was the only one that wanted to go out! 

All the games were brought out and played.

I put my thinking cap on to figure out how to heat Clove's next bottle...and came up with this!  A chafing dish and sterno....along with the bottle, we heated my
 morning coffee and a little pesto pasta for lunch.
I had to laugh when i heard one of the girls beg their mother to let them stay another night, in a house with no a/c, power or runnimg water!

Around two o'clock, the skies cleared, the power came back on, and Clove
 went back out for her well deserved walk. 

She is getting to be fairly good on the leash...mostly she walks us! 

Wait, that is not Clove ~ but it was such a pretty photo of Doc that I had to share it. 

Here is how you will find Ellen at night, curled up with Clove in her kennel! 

or letting her suck on her earlobe - the next best thing to Reagan's ear when she is not around.

Clove also likes to must be the salt because she will wash you down if you let her. That is why we can't wear bug spray, and are careful about what we are putting on our bodies now! 

Ellen discovered that clover flowers are her very favorite treat to eat.  She gobbles them up and will come to you when you have them in front of her. 

She is still trying to figure out what she liked and what she doesn't like..and just like a baby, wants to put everything in her mouth and taste it. 


We taught the dogs to stay a good distance from Clove and they are actually respecting our wishes. Clove would love to interact with them, but for now, until she is bigger, we decided that they have to stay back.  All we say is back and they hang fifteen to twenty feet back and 
watch with great interest. 

One happy girl ~ and one happy deer! 

Always looking for that earlobe! 

Ellen was trying to train her to come by holding out clover and saying come...

 Enticing....but not quite enough.

Now that's more like it....the earlobe will get her every time! ,


  1. Your daughter looks so happy with her surprise! I bet she will never ever forget that day. I also love Grand Mona!!! I could sit and talk to her for hours and never be bored :) Nice seeing you !!

    1. My Grand Mona is the sweetest person on this wise and loving. And sharp as a tack...she doesn't miss a trick ~ you would never know she is ninety-five....she is amazing. I just wish you could meet her!

  2. I always love catching up with you. Oh the fawn is adorable. I had no idea they were lickers. Your daughter looks smitten and happy. The post was not too long at all. Bonnie

    1. Thanks Bonnie, I always feel like I have the longest posts is because I only manage to post twice a month and I have to cram it all day I will be better!

  3. Did I already tell you that we raised a baby deer when I was a teenager...I'll have to find some of those pictures...we brought him into the house too...and I have pictures of my little dog with Bimbo...yes that was his poor name...and of course we had no idea of any negative connotations...I think we thought it was a more masculine variation of Bambi...who was also male...but I think we thought he was funny...but you're right about how sweet they are...totally...

    Have a lovely day!

    1. No, you did not tell me that you raised a deer...I welcome any suggestions or tips from anyone....please! I will give you my email address on your blog as I would love to see the pictures! We are really having a ball with Clove...she is a trip!

  4. I love that the deer has a leash. So adorable. And the pictures with GranMona are wonderful. I'm so happy you brought such a thrill into that living room of hers. Her 95th has been an eventful year. Maybe she'll play a little piano for baby Clove... Enjoyed catching up on the blog posts and seeing my beautiful nieces.


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