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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Getting ready for the holidays and a small problem



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.

15 comments:

Sherry said...

I don't remember how you got the long term Grandchildren assignment but it looks like you have enjoyed it. Will you take it up again after the holidays? Interesting that the deer are so tame. Are they out of habitat with a lot of building around? Bears in my backyard would be "very" interesting.

Laura Skjenna said...

That is a dilemma. Sometimes we get them around here, and I worry for the dogs, and for that matter us, as they are carries of ticks that carry lyme disease... But I do like to see them.

where's weaver said...

We have deer in our yard in Ohio also. They are such lovely graceful animals. So far...no damage to the grass. We have lots is snow right now also. We can see where they dig. In my garden...now that isn't good.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

For what it's worth, one of the workampers here told me that shredded Irish Spring soap is a good deer repellant. Don't know if it works or if it's an old wives tail.

Peter + Beatrix said...

Beautiful animal. It sure makes up for some grass damage, if any.

Nan Talley said...

Deer would be fine. A bear, not so fine.

Gypsy said...

Deer are fascinating to watch, but I can see where they would pose a problem for the lawn. I would prefer to put up with the deer, but it's a personal choice.

Luci & Loree said...

Lovely looking, healthy deer!! and I don't believe for a minute that you desire to be here, with frozen water and ice everywhere :) Oh, Luci thinks that deer poop is jelly beans :) ice, huh?

Erin Erkun said...

A dilemma indeed. We enjoy watching deer when they come into campgrounds or when we are out and about; not sure how I would feel about them if they were in my yard. Most likely, we'd let them go about their business.

Gail Houle said...

I feel for you. Deer and grass. Hope you find a solution.

Big EZ Travels said...

We had frequent deer in our yard in Oregon and never had a problem with the grass. They sure did like the rose bushes though. Lots of neighbors put up deer fences around their yards or gardens.

Wanderin' said...

I love the deer but probably wouldn't be too happy if they did damage. On the other hand, I wouldn't like the black bears anywhere close.

Rick Doyle said...

Those deer obviously have no fear of humans which is probably not good for them in the long run.

Great pics of your beautiful grandchildren. You are both in for some well-deserved rest and recuperation.

Bob and Jo said...

Kids, cookies and Christmas doesn't get any better for grandparents.

Randy Warner said...

Maybe if you had a salt lick in the woods, they wouldn't eat the grass? I have no idea. Strange when these 'wild' animals get so close. Merry Christmas and all the best in 2014.