This was once in a lifetime moment we both were able to enjoy. Last summer we had an orphaned baby deer visit us almost daily. It got to the point that he trusted us enough to come right up to us and eat berries or animal crackers from our hands. Casper, our white cat, was sitting in the garden sunning one day so the baby had to investigate. He knew this wasn't another deer - but what could it be? They both sniffed each other for a few minutes until Casper decided the deer was a nuisance and gave him a swat. The startled baby shook it off and came back for more crackers. If you look closely, you can see Hubs' in the right upper corner of the photo just in case this moment turned ugly. His visits continued until fall and then winter set in. It was awesome to see him grow up. Eventually he joined another group of deer and brought them by the share my Hosta buffet! I didn't mind at the moment. Here he is the last time I took a photo of him this year....
Of course we're not sure he is the same deer - but as friendly as he was we'd like to think so.
If you follow my blog you know that I received a pond form for my birthday. Well, it was truly a labor of love!
And it turned out to be a lot bigger job than we planned on. After my dear Hubs starting digging and getting the pond in place (Yes, I worked right along with him) we realized we could really use some more dirt to level out the area more since it was on a slight slope.
So a load of dirt it is.. delivered the next day...
And then we decided to add a french drain along side the patio and out into the yard in case we had severe rain that could potentially overflow into the pond. Like I said, it turned out to be a way bigger job than planned! And all this during the hotest days of summer this year.
But oh so WORTH IT!
Do you see all the flagstone walkways around the pond? Well, let me just brag and say I did that all myself!
I went to a stone center and hand picked each one of those stones, loaded them myself and brought them home and laid it out the way I wanted. All 680 pounds of them! Yep, they weigh the truck before and after you "shop". Hubs was golfing and boy was he surprised when he got home!
Variegated Sweet Flag
Cyperus - Umbrella Palm
And fish of course! Much bigger than they appear next to the lily pads.
August was a special month for this sweet, sweet niece of mine...
My youngest niece, Michelle married her true love.
My brother Dan, her father was so proud!
Of course I cried...
The happy couple with me and my brother Dan.
Funny how when we were growing up we had so many fights over games, the radio, even the bathroom.
Poor guy, when I was really young I slammed the door on his hand in the hinge side. Yep he lost the tip of his finger... and to think now he is a dentist!
I love them with all my heart.