Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Oh Deer - A Terrible Day

How many of you see a deer and admire it's beauty? I know I do. I'm an animal lover.

And I've never hit an animal. Until now.

Last Friday, on my way to work, I was driving on the Interstate. I noticed the car ahead of me in the middle lane start to move to my lane, nearly hitting the car in front of me. We were already traveling at a low speed because of traffic, but I slowed just a little more - thankfully. It was at that moment I saw the doe come from behind that car and right into the front of mine. I swerved to the shoulder but there was nothing I could do. I hit it.

I pulled over to the side about 20 yards ahead and sobbed. I couldn't stop. I called 911 because I didn't know if there would be traffic issues, although everything behind me seemed to be moving fine.

When the police officer came to the side of my door, I was still crying. She said the deer was no where in site and most likely had been able to run away. They are pretty tough critters. And, if I had hurt it seriously, my car would have had more damage. That made me feel a little better.

But wait - damage to my car? That hadn't occurred to me. It didn't feel that hard and the airbags didn't deploy. I couldn't be that bad.

It was an experience I never want to repeat. My heart broke and, even though she most likely is OK, I'll never forget those eyes. Every time I look at my car I almost cry. Not for the car, but for the creature I almost killed. For all the creatures that are moving into our "civilized" areas because their wild areas are getting smaller. For all those creatures just trying to survive.

But I am also grateful that this little deer has another chance.

Our wildlife is our responsibility to protect. If they are moving in on us, it's because we've moved in on them. They simply need to survive.




Friday, November 23, 2018

10 Things to do on Black Friday that Aren't in the Mall

I know some people absolutely love going shopping on black Friday, getting shoved and pushed by the crowds and coming home with deals on things they needed and didn't. But I am not one of them.

The first black Friday sale (called an after Thanksgiving sale back then) I went to was at a fabric store. They had lace for a penny a yard!! What a deal. I got there about 10 minutes before the store opened and saw a line starting to form. I got out of my car and got in line. When the door opened I had no choice but move - I was literally sucked through with the masses!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Out with the Old and In with the New

Every year I pick a word to be my annual "word". I chose Adventure for 2018 and yesterday I started a huge, new adventure.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Time Flies...

Yikes - it's been almost a month since I wrote anything here. I've been so busy getting Early Learning Tools going, preparing to change jobs, looking for medical insurance, taking care of medical things while I still have insurance, getting things done at the old job so the new person isn't overwhelmed...(breath)...And trying to enjoy the start of the holiday season. Can you believe it's Halloween today?

With everything going on and all the craziness around me, I intend to spend this evening with my husband, passing out candy and treats (I give non-food items too) and sipping wine and allowing myself to relax for a moment.

What will you be doing?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


I'm stretching my comfort zone. The job I do today is comfortable. I know what is expected of me. I have established relationships and understand the flow. And I'm changing jobs.

I'm moving to a new place - but still a little familiar. I'm moving to a place I worked before, more than 10 years ago. I hired some of the people that work there. But there is a new owner - new expectations - new relationships to build. There will be new ways of doing things and new things to learn. And I'm up for it!