Category Archives: Nature

Did You Know?

Well here’s some fun facts for today. January 21st is National Squirrel Appreciation Day,


National Hugging Day


and National Granola Bar Day


So, enjoy your evening appreciating a squirrel, hugging a loved one and eating some granola! Let me know how it goes 😉!



Baby Deer Update!

If you have been following me since before August 16, 2014, you’ve seen updates about a baby deer born in our backyard sometime between July 14 – 16, 2014! Here are the other updates I’ve given during that time here, here and here!

If you don’t want to “click” down memory lane, here’s one of the first pictures of the cute little girl (which of course we didn’t know at that time) and her momma!

New fawn and Momma!
New fawn and Momma!

I haven’t given an update in a long time so without further ado…

Baby deer
Baby deer

I also have a short little video, but I can’t get it to work right. So, I’ll post it later, (keep your fingers crossed)!

As you can tell ( I hope) she’s gotten a lot bigger. That bunch of things that looks like branches sticking up out of the ground (there in the background). Are  actually the Forsythia bush in the two pictures below that are from the very first post “She Chose Our Yard!”

Forsythia bush in backyard! Do you see the brown spot under it?
Forsythia bush in backyard! You can’t see the brown spot under it can you?
New fawn's new spot!
Fawn’s new spot!

She can’t quite curl up under there like that any more! She can hide really good though. Her coloring makes great camouflage with all the winter foliage. So no plans of playing hide and seek with her…she’d be the sure winner!

We’re not sure about her Momma. What we’ve read, says that fawns will stay with their moms for as long as two years. This little girl will be 6 months around the 15th. We haven’t seen the mom in a few weeks. Of course she still could be sneaking in at night.

Any way, baby girl is doing fine. It’s snowing here now and she has a good warm “cubby” at the far corner of the yard (so hubby says).

So hope this tides you over until the next “Deer Update”. I’ll try not let it be so long between updates.

I Am Heart Broken

Eleven years ago a tiny black stray kitten joined our family! We found him next door to our church at the time! Audrey had asked a couple of times if we could take him home. On this specific day Rudy brought him inside to me and said “Don’t sit him down, he’s going with us!”

We were all excited, but especially Audrey! She held him most of the 40 min. ride home! With a discussion on a names minimal, Audrey came up with “Oliver” it seems appropriate! So with that, Oliver became our next fur baby!

Once home our four dogs and two cats had to get use to the new little family member! Within just a couple days they all loved the him! Oliver was right at home!

During the years since, our fur baby numbers have fluctuated. A year later we added another stray kitten, Patch. We’ve lost many during those eleven years too! Each one breaking our hearts. We never completely get over that loss but the sharp edges seem to dull just a little. At least until it happens again!

After countless joy, 1000’s of adorable pictures, one being a 4 or 5 year old Audrey pushing Oliver around in her baby stroller, many laughs and hugs. Oliver our sweet little “baby” has died. 

I couldn’t bring myself to talk before now, and even now it’s really unbearable but therapeutic!

Over the past few years Oliver has been in and out of the veterinary hospital with bladder and urinary tract problems. He has always done very well to treatments after just a few days and came home fine ready to go. This past Monday Rudy took Oliver to the vet, thinking it was just another reoccurrence. Wrong Tuesday afternoon after talking with the doctor, Rudy calls me at my parents with the horrible news.

Oliver’s kidney’s were failing and his temp. was low. He wasn’t going to live long. Instantly in tears I have to now go tell Audrey that her “baby” was dieing. Never something you want to tell someone, but especially not your dear sweet daughter.

She wanted to leave immediately to go see him and say our goodbyes. We went home to get Rudy and then on to the vets.

I can’t and won’t go into the details of our last time with Oliver. To hard to talk about and to precious to share. And now since Tues. afternoon Rudy, Audrey and I have been crying and remembering our little Oliver!

If you have ever had pets that are actually members of your family you know the great loss that is felt.

Thanks for letting me share mybroken heart! I didn’t want to ever make any of my readers sad, but I had to share to help my heart!

I would appreciate your prayers of comfort, Thank you! God bless!

View from Britainy’s porch!

Audrey and I have been “four- legged” great nephew sitting this week while my niece and her family are on vacation! (I’ll post some more pictures later but…) I wanted to share the view from her front door!

View from Britainy’s front porch!

Love it! The perfect neighbor!

A Quick Deer Update!

The top photo shows one of the first pictures of the baby deer born in our yard! The bottom one was taken yesterday afternoon! As you can see, the baby is getting bigger, and running all over the yard!

Baby deer comparison!
Baby deer comparison!

If you missed the first story or other updates you can find them here, here and here!