We are in our final few days of caring for out two grandchildren and are shifting our focus to getting everything ready for the arrival of family. This has been a fun but tiring few months and a great way to have real quality time with the kids. Caring for them certainly brought memories of when our girls were young . Victoria was heavily involved in making some Christmas cookies and Nico has enjoyed his second home during these final days.
The small problem seems to be related to the winter season. We have a large wooded area behind our house and the area is well known for a variety of wild animals. The largest are the black bear and white tailed deer. We have not had any problems with the bears, as we do not leave our trash containers outside. Neighbors who choose to do so, will occasionally find their containers overturned and everything not deemed edible by the bears scattered everywhere.
Since we back up to such a large woods, we have had the occasional deer in the yard. The last few weeks it has been apparent that the deer were in the yard often overnight, as the piles of deer poop were growing all the time. Now the last week or so, we have seen deer boldly walking around the yard during the day eating the grass. That is my small problem. When we moved in the house, the lawn had been neglected by the builder and the first owner who lived here only a short time. We have made real effort to bring the yard back and it is just starting to pay off. Deer tend to eat the grass right to the roots, often pulling the roots up, as well. I spotted one enter the yard while I was out walking Halley without a leash. I quickly scooped of the dog and put her in the house before she disappeared in to the woods on the heels of the deer. Amazingly, while all this was going on the deer remained in the yard. Then Victoria wanted to go out and see the deer. Even with us standing in plain sight, talking in a normal voice the deer continued to enjoy my grass. After taking pictures and talking with Victoria about deer, she just kept eating. Even when I left the patio, approaching her, she became more alert but kept on eating. You would think she must have known I had given up deer hunting years ago.
Since we enjoy watching the deer, we will just have to live with the damage to the grass.