"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman


Day 2 -The Cloven Hooves War 2007

One of the benefits of living in the wilds of north Idaho is you get to see beautiful and amazing wildlife in your back yard-literally. But, at the same time, one of the drawbacks of living in the wilds of north Idaho is you get to see beautiful and amazing wildlife in your back yard.

August is when things get dicey around here. The woods get dry and crunchy, the weather is hot and sunny. The fire danger soars through the roof. The animals get a lot more daring in the search for water and green food. We are invaded.

Over the course of the 14 years we've lived in this house, I've seen porcupines, skunks, squirrels, chipmunks, mice, moles, coyotes, turkeys, pheasants, grouse, cougars, raccoons, deer, elk, bear, and moose-just to name a few. It's quite a thrill. However, I've also had-- my cats and sheep attacked and/or killed by coyotes, my garbage raided by 'coons and bears, to stop a racoon's attempt to get in the house, to chase a coyote out of the house with a broom, to catch squirrels running around my living room, been trapped in my car by a moose in the driveway, Morgan kicked by a deer requiring surgery last year, Tommy mauled by a coyote, my children stalked by cougars, and my landscaping attempts destroyed by the deer and moose.

Most of the time I love living here, but there are times when I hate it. In August I stop feeling safe. I'm not complaining. I'm just saying, with the good there is a bit of bad to put up with.

Last night the moose returned after we went to bed and demolished half of my very large rose bush (well over 8 feet tall and 6 feet wide), and have nearly finished off the Yellow Twig Dogwood. They tasted the Japanese Willow. I wouldn't mind this, but every year something gets eaten to death. I lost 2 young trees last year (trees aren't cheap!). Sigh.

During the day, while I was beading away at Cindy's shop, my daughter Ruth caught these pics of a deer and her fawns, mowing the lawn for us. (Click on the pics to enlarge)

Mmmm.....so tasty.

Cute little ones.

Don't they make a nice family?

Time to go, kids!


Have a great day!


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