Dear Deer

Helllllloooo Everyone!! Hope you are having a great day today and those of you in Florida....stay safe and blow that rain right on up here 'cause we sure need it. Everything is drying up. My deck garden looks bad. I water everyday, twice a day, and everything still looks weary. I pulled the cucumber plant and squash plants out and replaced with spinach seed. So hopefully when the weather cools down there will be new spinach to pick. The herb planter looks good and I think I have enough sage for every single one of you to use at Thanksgiving. Let me know and I will be happy to send you some fresh leaves. Note to Sherie: it's okay for sage to dry out but not the basil (grin). I snapped this photo a couple of days ago of the dear "deer" family in the back yard. It's why my veggie garden is on my deck.

Worked in the gardens a little this past weekend, mostly pulling the weeds that seem to grow prolifically even with no rain. I am still enjoying what summer flowers I have and hadn't noticed that Autumn has started to creep in. Shot a photo of the red berries on the dogwood tree that the birds will devour later on. The second photo is just one I took because I loved the play of the dogwood leaf shadows on the umbrella.

I was recently given this Blogging Friends Forever Award. I now have my very own gold card. Isn't that something? :) Thank you so much Lynne Laura for thinking of me. Lynne Laura of A Romantic Home is so sweet and makes the prettiest pin cushion cupcakes all decorated with pearls and old jewelery. Won't you give her a visit and a hello.

Another nice blogger tagged me recently. I must learn to run faster. :) Colby of Acorn Cottage Crafts wants me tell a few (weird) things about myself that you might find interesting ( or not). I did this once but it was a long time ago so let's see......hmmmm.

  • I have been on the road to Hana.
  • In college I worked for the grandson of President Tyler ( President of the United States). He was an assistant Attorney General who worked at the Virginia State Supreme Court building. He was the sweetest man and I dearly loved that summer job.
  • I never owned a Barbie doll.
  • I have never used an ATM.
  • I once toilet papered my neighbor's house. I was in my forties at the time. Bad Girl!
  • I don't like public transportation.
  • While shopping at the grocery store I sometimes slip a weird grocery item in someone else's cart and then watch them when they get to the check-out counter while they ponder how the artichokes got in their basket. BAD GIRL!

Many of you asked for the asparagus guacamole recipe that I talked about in the "Dump Breakfast" post. I had no idea so many people cannot eat avocados. I just got the recipe from my neighbor's weekend guest chef. It's a recipe from the Canyon Ranch Spa and they serve it with fat-free baked tortilla chips. I understand it's quite popular.

Canyon Ranch Guacamole

2 cups (12 oz.) chopped lightly steamed asparagus. (if using frozen spears, it is not necessary to steam them. Just thaw them to room temperature)
2-1/4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons chopped onion
1 large tomato, chopped
3/4 teaspoon salt, (optional)
1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, pressed or minced
dash tobasco sauce
1/3 cup light sour cream

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to bowl, cover tightly and refrigerate several hours or overnight before serving.

Find of the Week: Found this in a charming French Garden House shop in a little town/village last week. I had gone there to look at a new sewing machine I am thinking about buying. If you consider yourself a girly girl then you better sit down, be calm and don't forget to breathe. My find of the week will send you into a frenzy of femininity. I am only showing you a tiny peek as I haven't gotten it listed in the boutique yet. It's a vintage
pink Italian silky brocade bed coverlet. And the best part...... be still my heart..... it has CUPIDS on it!!! Don't ya' just love that fringe?

There is a fun day coming up. Ms. Brenda of The Brenda Blog is hosting a "show us your creating spot or blogging spot day(s)", starting this Sunday August 24th. So stop in at her place for a list of participating bloggers or better yet join us. Mine will be included in all it's glory or not so glory. I told Brenda I was not going to do one thing to spruce it up or clean it up. (Okay...I lied...I did vacuum the glitter up this past weekend). Isn't this a great badge she had made to promote it? Everyday Women in Everyday Spaces.

Okay...it's at this point in my ramblings today you may want to quit reading if you are squeamish. The other night I was watching the Martha Stewart show (rerun) and she and her guest was talking about the pollinators and how all important they are. It was National Pollinators week and there was lots of discussion on our missing bees. But they also talked about the other pollinators...... bats, butterflies and birds. I know it's good to have bats around. My son just put up a bat house at his home. Out here on the lake they help control the mosquito population. But I hadn't thought of them as pollinators. That's a good thing. :) Unfortunately this little bat was skimming for bugs over the pool and took a noise dive I guess. We found him in the skimmer. Oh dear!

And on that note I will close for today. Have a great week and I'll see you on Pink Saturday.
xo Lynn


Tara said...


I am so glad you posted the asparagus guacamole recipe---thanks!
I have to try, sounds so delish (and if they serve it at the SPA it must be good!)


Pink Slippers said...

I love the bed cover- WOW!

Pink Slippers said...

I love the bed cover- WOW!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful dear deer photos, Lynn.

Thank you for the recipe. I didn't know some cannot eat avocado's, either!

Interesting bat story. I've not seen them around here. I'm sure they're around, just don't see them!

That pink coverlet looks so pretty. Can't wait to see more of it.

My Arts Desire said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH for the guacamole recipe!!! That was so kind and thoughtful of you.

You always put together such a nice post. Your photos are great...and the dear deer pic is especially wonderful. I even liked the bat! I've found a snake before in ours...pretty much a tie between that and a bat, don'tcha think?

And I'm with you, we could use some rain in my neck of the woods as well.

Thanks again for posting the dip recipe!

Anonymous said...

Oh, how sad for the bat! I know they eat oodles of bugs to help us out. Didn't know the other. It seems to me the men I know just don't like avocado. I can't imagine why. Guacamole is one of my all-time favorite foods if it is made right. I so admire your view; the lake right there. Looks like heaven on earth...

TinaJewel said...

I had to laugh about what you mentioned about putting things in other peoples carts! My hubby put condoms once in an old lady's cart! He said she was stuttering!
I am glad I wasn't there! Totally not me!

Thanks for the yummy looking recipe!

raccoonlover1963/Lisa Myers said...

Great post Lynn. Love the shot of the deer. I haven't gotten to see but a couple of deer this year. Poor little bat should have taken swimming lessons! lol

Unknown said...

Hi Lynn,

Thank you dear friend for saying such nice things about me on your blog.

Lovely post but not the bat! That would have freaked me a bit. A robin was in our pool last summer and I just happened to be going in the pool and saw the poor thing flopping about trying to get out. I made a dash (as if you can in a pool) for the bird and swished him out and he landed on the ground, dried off and flew away. I was so happy he was saved.

Kindredly, Lynne Laura

Unknown said...

Wow Lynn,
The grandson of President Tyler, how cool! Let's see, my only claim to fame is my brother. David is a lawyer, and he wrote a bill and got it passed by both parties in California to reform the time share laws. He was a partner in the same firm with Bela Lugosi's son who is 6"7" tall. Which brings us to bats (some segue hunh, lol). They used to dive bomb us from the salt trees at twilight, but I don't think they had pollination in mind. All we ever find in our pool filter are frogs. And they keep us hoppin', lol. You know I love your blog, you sweetie!!
Hugs, Theresa @ Cottage Violets

Anonymous said...

Well aren't you full of mischief.... I wouldn't call you a bad girl... just a tad mischievous.... how funny... poor little bat...

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Gorgeous coverlet ! Your deer are so pretty too . I love to watch them .
Have a blessed day .

Unknown said...

Dearest Lynn
As usual, so many treats here. I read deers roam around many people's home..the only ones we see are at the zoo. CONGRATS on the awards, definitely well deserved! wow..you are a naughty girl..definitely not a goody two shoes but a fun one, I think hahah.

ah..the bat, havent seen one before, he does look kinda scarry..or maybe he's just scarred of us. my son would love it..he's into batman, what else.

Nola said...

Thanks a million for the recipe. Tomorrow morning I'll head to the store and have some made by lunch!

Louise said...

The coverlet is fabulous!!

And I LOVE that you put things in other people's shopping cart! I would love to go shopping cart and watch!

Lisa said...

Thanks so much for the recipe, can't wait to try it! Thanks for letting me know it was here too. That is a shame about the bat, guess you have to put out water wings for the night visitors too! Shame on me, with all the bugs around here I could use a few bats. Have a great week and thanks for sharing!

Michelle said...

Hi Lynn,

What a fun-filled post! I am going to try that little trick in the grocery store - how funny!

Hey, love the pink cupid bed coverlet. I have a pink cupid coverlet that belonged to my (Italian)grandmother.


Unknown said...

Summer has really gotten to me, lazy days, sleeping in, having my girls around. I have been away from blogging and visiting everyone. I stopped by to say hello and WOW, thanks for the recipe...my daughter's favorite. Thanks for the link about Where Bloggers Create. What a great idea, I surely dropped Brenda a note to say I would like to join the fun.

You are always filled with inspiration.


Sugar Bear said...

You have quite the naughty side! Very interesting to read these facts about you!

Broken China Treasures said...

Great deer photo! I love wildlife. There have been owls lurking around our house (we have a multitude of frogs) ~ I really ought to try to get some pics.

Regarding Miss Fay (the storm) ~ if the stormwatchers are correct, it's coming right over us!!! Yippee, we need the rain also. If I can convince the powers that be, I'll try to send some of the rain your way.

Keep up the great posts and congrats on the award!

~~ Tanya

Kim's Treasures said...

Hi Lynn! The bed coverlet is beautiful! It will sell quickly! Hope you are having a great day!

Michele said...

I absolutely love your bed cover!!!

Yuck...I know bats eat skeeters, but they're disgusting looking!!!


Sandi McBride said...

Oh poor little bat...I have a bat house, too...I love the Deer Family! And yes, that picture I sent was true! I thought it awfully sweet...I'm going to go check out Brenda's new adventure, lol...

Judy said...

What a fun post. I deer are so beautiful and so is the bed cover. I can hardly wait to see more of it. Oh the poor bat!!!

Anonymous said...

you always have fun stuff to share!!
where to start?!..the view with the deer is wonderful..
ahh..miss the dogwoods! {fAB pic by the way..}
OHMYGOODNESS! that coverlet is awesome!
and I've had my share of 'bat' buddies... eeek! One was in my house one time on my curtains! NOOOTHANK YOU!LOL..
Happy Wed! Friend!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Lynn, Love to read your post, you naughty little girl and your picture looks so innocent. I could watch the deer all day....

Amber Cargile said...

The deer are beautiful, Lynn! What a great shot!

I cannot believe you haven't used an ATM! Last year I had to show my dad (who is on e-mail every day) how to use Pay at the Pump. He has always paid cash inside. I was like, "Hell-o!" :-)

We have bats around here in Arizona, too, but usually in April timeframe. They migrate into the States from their winter homes in Mexico, following the saguaro cactus blooms.

I hate finding critters in our pool skimmer. But once, about a year ago, we got lucky. Mike was outside piddling and just happened to notice a very slight ripple in the pool. Looked over and it was a baby rabbit, barely twitching. He got it out, wrapped it in a towel. We tucked it back inside one of our rosemary bushes and it lived and hopped away a few hours later. Hopefully a hawk didn't eat it for lunch! :-P

pammiejo said...

I stumbled upon your blog - you know how that can happen! I really enjoyed reading it. I love your location - a girl after my own heart. Will mark you on "My Favorites" and check in every once in a while.

Screaming Meme said...

I'm having a "faux" class that is starting come join in the fun! Screaming Meme

Anonymous said...

OMGosh you TPed someone's house in your 40's LOL! Your are wild!
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Christie said...

Hey Lynn! Oh girl, you have got me laughing so hard....I think I am crying now! I love what you sometimes do in the grocery store. Bad girl... putting things in other people's buggies and then watching them take it out at the check out, Oh, I love it. Thanks for sharing that...woo, that was good....(wiping my eyes). LOL! Now, that's hilarious! You are a hoot and I love it! Have a great night sweetie!


Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Hi Lynn!
So fun learning more about you! I too have never owned a Barbie Doll. I really don't remember owning any doll. I was such a tomboy!

Your deer are adorable...And your lake view beautiful.

Bristol said...

What a sweet deer family. The bat not so sweet~

Linda said...

Hi Lynne, I loved the picture of the deer family...it would be so wonderful to sit in one of the lake chairs and just soak in all the beauty.

You are too funny...artichokes in someone else's basket....I like your spirit. Hugs, Linda

CatHerder said...

I have been on the road to Hana too...wonder if there is still only 1 stop light lol. AWWWW poor bat...i love those little guys.

raccoonlover1963/Lisa Myers said...

Hello again Lynn. I know I already visited this post, but I wanted to let you know there is an award waiting at my blog for you. I posted it yesterday, but my mother called me away before I could let any of the recipients know about it.

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Lynn ~
I love your deer family ! They are so pretty ~ I know they aren't so fun when around your plants though ~ my mom and dad have deer in their yard too ~
That bat is really gross ~ I have heard they are good for keeping down the mosquitos though ~

Ruth Welter said...

Hey there Lynn...ow, yuck...BATS!!! I find bats to be so frightening. I've had them in the house several times, flying around my rooms and the terror was horrible. I ran screaming, locking myself up in a room while husband dealt with the bat. Yuck!!

Lovely deer photos!! And yes, I do really love your bathroom tile from the above post. That light blue is one of my favorite colors. Have a great weekend.


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