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Monday, July 20, 2015

We Saved a Fawn But Ouch!

Sitting outside during dinner hearing a strange cry we think is some odd bird noise.  But after at least an hour, I went in and looked out the laundry room window and saw one of the twin fawns stuck inside the arena with his mom and sibling on the other side of the wire fence.  He was pacing, trying to find an opening and crying.  Then the doe and her fawn walked off leaving him.
 We had opened the gate last time we were here to allow for animals to get in, but never dreaming it would trap a young one since the opening is on the opposite side from where he was.  I took off running with our friends Randy and Alisa and we marched through the tall brush to move him towards the open gate.  It worked!  However...we were now all covered in stickers from the dried bushes.

     Normal response?  To brush them off, of course.  Apparently each sticker has a sharp little needle-like barbs that burrows into your skin so we ended up not only with these things stuck to our shoes, socks, pants, tops, but also a part of them in our hands.  A few even went through my top and into my bra.  It's now 24 hours later and my hands are finally back to normal and not hurting every time I touch something.
  I hope to get someone to eradicate those very soon...needless to say.

 This was just off the laces...rubber gloves worked!

 I'd like to say this story has a happy ending, but I'm still hoping the mother doe returns to fetch her youngster.  He bounded off into our hillside last night, literally jumping and leaping straight up as he ran, but his mother was in the opposite direction and they haven't yet reunited.  Sorry, Alisa...I'm watching him right now eating near the tree.   He just saw another female approaching and did his leaping run towards her, but when he got close, realized it wasn't Mom, so he's back on his own.   He isn't crying and doesn't seem afraid (or thirsty), so I assume he's okay for now.

Last night's dinner:

Mushroom, sausage, and mild chili

Prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, pancetta, and lemon zest
Glad we found out how good pizza on the grill is since we don't have the wood stove here (yet).

    The night before we -- he -- roasted a turkey bought at the Diestel turkey ranch about 25 min. from here.  They had 7 lb frozen turkeys there, so we indulged and kept it in our freezer waiting for a group larger than the two of us.  It was quite good and now that Matthew's leaving for the week, I have leftover turkey, pizza, and whatever.  I won't starve...not that I was worried.  I did prove myself able to handle the kitchen for 5 weeks after his surgery.  
 I hope you didn't think I was going to say we had venison.....


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Deer Family

  I'm glad I have a new family to watch since my human one is spreading to all parts of the US.  Steven with fiance Elise has made his home in Hawaii and Jeff and family are moving to Michigan at the end of next month.  Today I woke to a family of deer--3 adults and 3 fawns-- in the backyard today.  I haven't been here in 5 weeks and I think they've moved in and I'm just a guest on the property.    You have to look closely at the photo because now that the grass has died, it's the same color as the deer.
  I'm so happy--this is what I wanted a year ago when I bought 4 1/2 acres in view of people, visible wildlife, and no fog.  Oh, and the ability to eat meals outside, though we're so used to sitting inside because it's so cool in El Granada, that we forgot to sit outside last night.  It might have still been too warm, however.  When we arrived around 3, it was about 97 here and over 100 a few miles away.
 Weather is a boring topic, but if you live on the SF coast, summer is gray and depressing.  Some people love it and I admit, I'm not loving hot weather like I did when I was younger, but I do prefer waking up to sun.
  I'm ready to work on art projects here.  I brought yarn for Saori weaving, beads for several jewelry ideas, and white silk scarves to dye.   I'll have 4-5 days of alone time to work on everything, so hope to show what I've done (good personal challenge to keep a pictorial on new things and blog about them).
 I finished my part of the art installation this past week, which was called yarn bombing, though wasn't actually bombing, which is guerilla art done in public places without permission.  I had originally hoped to do most outside the gallery with something inside, but this changed along the way, and I had to go with what the curator wanted.
  Several of us are being honored for the altruistic work we've done for the community and arts, and my part is about Colony of Coastside Artists which I started 5 + years ago.  Yarn bombing doesn't tie into it in any way, other than it's a collaborative effort and CoCA has brought together many artists sharing what they do.

  I had great help--thank goodness because it took us 6 hours to sew those pieces onto that 9' column!  It started with 9" squares--some a little larger and some a little smaller--that were sewn together ahead of time in strips.  Because yarn stretches, we had to remove one on many of the strips, which were then used for the part connecting the pole to the wall at the top.  I had such awesome help on this project--eighteen local knitters from several groups helped knit the squares and some of them and one non-knitter came to my house to either knit or sew one afternoon.  The project started in March with me asking people to start knitting or crocheting squares without telling them where or what we were "bombing"...and they took a leap of faith and did it.
  I still want to do a real yarn bombing and maybe I have a head-start with all those strips of yarn squares.  The show is up for a we'll have lots of time to think about it.