Thursday, February 6, 2014

Tidbit Thursday

Nothing but tidbits today.

Lessons Learned (so far this week):

#1). If someone in the house cannot make this shot in an open basket:


Chances are very high that replacing it (the bottom on the wicker one broke) with a basket that has a lid, is not a good idea.

I'm spending a lot of time taking off the lid to put clothes in that have been carelessly thrown on the floor.


Lesson #2). If you throw apples out in the yard, the deer are going to find them and eat them.


The next day they're going to come back and sleep in your yard (hunting for more apples? Or just a coincidence?).

One of the two babies, just after a day-long nap

The mama stayed awake all day long while her two babies slept close by. When they woke up and started moving around a bit, mama got up, and away they went.

I like the deer. No matter how many times they show up in the yard, I get excited. Silly, since it happens quite often, but still true.  They've been coming up in the front yard now, looking for food in our planters, so we threw some apples that were getting past their prime in the backyard to tempt them away from the front.  It worked, but it was a one-time thing. I know the many potentially negative consequences of feeding the deer (for you and for them).

#3). When the schools in Michigan are teetering on the edge of alloted snow days (one more and we're having to make up time when school is out), they will send the kids to school in terrible weather conditions.  Good gravy!

The highway on the way to school yesterday morning.

Yesterday the highway to the schools looked like the picture above. Yep, that's the highway.  Some of you on Facebook know I spun out on black ice last week and had to be towed out of a ditch...SUV on its side in a snow bank, coming home from a school run on that very highway. I'm literally on pins and needles now when I'm driving because I know how fast the unthinkable can happen.

The highway on the way back from school yesterday morning.

Just this morning there was a big accident on that highway, and we had to detour to get to the school. Gee, I wonder why?  The unplowed side roads were fun to navigate on the detour, for sure. Not.  Everyone who says they are so over winter, has my instant vote yes.

The child is a singing fool, even when we're visiting
friends, which is where we were in the picture above.

#4). The best lesson I've learned thus far this week is that when you are 6 yrs. old, you are delightfully flexible.  To pass the time on the detour this morning, my son and I began to belt out Alicia Keys' 'Girl on Fire.' The song is one of my teen daughter's faves, so we hear it all of the time.  We knew the chorus just fine, but the rest of the words we didn't know in full, so we skimmed over with hums and fake words. He was perfectly content with that, he just wanted to get back to the parts of the song he knew. :)  Have I mentioned that child is a huge heart's delight? :)

Finishing up the Chapter 4 re-do on my dissertation. It's so s-l-o-w going, mostly because the school makes it slow going with a bunch of red tape and unnecessary junk (just my opinion), but it's moving along.  You'll hear me singing (oh, I'll be dancing too, and believe me, I can't dance) when the whole thing is done and complete. I've always loved school but I've been in far too long with this last degree (I whine about it on here sometimes, but it doesn't make it move along any faster).  I'm ready to get the job done and say sayonara. Or sing sayonara. Whatever. :)

117 comments:

  1. So the deer eat your apples.... When we lived on our 100 acres, we would throw store bought apples out. The deer wouldn't touch them,... so we gathered apples in the fall from trees in my Daughters yard. They would eat the homegrown apples. Picky deer.

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    1. Ours were store bought. Ha! That's funny that your deer were picky eaters.

      And 100 acres?!?!? Terry, that must have been gorgeous (and a lot of hard work!).

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    2. Didn't Poo Bear live on a hundred acre or 100 A woods. Loong time sonce I read it.

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    3. that word is supposed to be "since."

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    4. Indeed! Pooh Bear did have a hundred acre wood on which to roam around.

      “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?”
      ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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  2. Yes on the Deer, they love when the apples get fermented. I think they like to feel giddy ;-) Maybe keeps em warm during the cold seasons. LOL

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    1. They didn't seem to mind that the apples were getting old, that's for sure. :)

      It's amazing to me that they can sleep in the snow like that...for so long!

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  3. So glad you are ok after that incident. I somehow missed that on FB!!

    I love the picture of the deer laying down in the snow.

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    1. I love the video of you today over at Pat's, hahahahaahahahahahaha!!! :)

      Thanks for the well wishes.

      I like the deer pic too, but they were so far back in the yard it was hard to get good ones w/the zoom. Plus, I was inside, hahahaa, too chicken to brave the cold, and not wanting to scare them away.

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  4. I, too, am forever picking up clothes that miss the mark of the basket. Oi vey. Those deer are gorgeous!

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    1. It's a kid/guy thing in my house. Except for the little guy, he'll pick the clothes up and put them in the basket, lol, (hope he keeps that habit). :)

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  5. No wonder there are accidents with roads looking like that. Glad you avoided it

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    1. The way they take care of the roads here is ridiculous. No joke.

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  6. I love seeing deer, too! Also, my husband notoriously collects dirty clothes by his side of the bed. I have to tease him that he's saving them up for the apocalypse....

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    1. Hubby's side of the bed gets a pair of socks nightly over here. I guess the apocalypse IS a good reason to keep them close (my husband's socks, and your husband's clothes). :)

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  7. There is such a thing as a clothes basket?

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    1. Apparently only known to very young children and women. Teens (regardless of gender, and men, seem to not to notice them). ;)

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  8. I like your tidbits posts. I was in a near-miss accident on roads that were perfectly clear. I will have to write a post about it once I get past Valentine's Day. I can't imagine driving on those roads. In this sort of weather I would be voting for them to just make up the school that is missed. It is a sad thing for people to die on bad roads because they don't want to make up snow days. ::something wrong with that picture::

    Your little boy is as cute as can be!!!

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    1. He was singing the 'Goofy Goober' song in that picture, which believe me is oh, so appropriate. ;)

      I'm glad you were safe!! A near-miss is awful, but better than the real deal!!!

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  9. I would love for deer to come sleep in our yard, I would probably gaze at them all day long. That being said, my dog would probably HATE if the deer came in slept in the yard lol.

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    1. I do keep peeking out at them to see if they're still there when they happen around. And I'm guessing you're right that your dog wouldn't be overly enthused with the newfound company. :)

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  10. super fun post i really enjoyed this! maybe i should try do something like this

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    1. Thanks, Veronica. And thanks for visiting too. :)

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  11. We had that with birds. We had swarms of them in the yard by just throwing out old chicken bones ONCE.

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    1. There used to be a department store when I was a kid, that popped popcorn in the hallway on the way out. The parking lot had so many seagulls it was hard to find a parking spot there. Guess they loved the popcorn. :)

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  12. I love your tidbits! We feed the birds and deer a lot here too. And we hum and make up words to songs when we aren't quite sure of the lyrics. :) Have a great day.

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  13. Deer love apples indeed. They sure are majestic creatures. I can remember seeing them often when I was growing up on a farm. Dawn and dusk mostly.

    Great post on tidbits.

    Have a fabulous day and stay safe. ☺

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  14. Great tidbits always and will say for my girls it is Katy Perry's, "Roar" that ends up finding them singing in the backseat of the car. But seriously, this weather has been crazy and just glad you are ok. Skidding on ice can be so scary.

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  15. I really wanted to live in a wooded area so we would get deer passing though our yard. Didn't happen though. Like you, they excite me every time I see them.

    And your dd and I share a love of Girl On Fire. I love that song. I like to listen to it as I am working out. Gives me a boost of motivation!

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  16. My goodness? So what happens if the weather conditions worsen and it because and issue of how the kids get home? Wow. So our schools were closed four days last week and none of those days looked like the picture above. It's just how the south handles snow days. I know main roads were eventually plowed. There was one terrible terrible accident "after the plowing" and everything was somewhat over so that just goes to show you here it is better to be safe than sorry.

    You know I never ever see you on FB. I wonder what's up with that.

    Lastly, I want to go leave an apple in the yard by accident and see what happens ;-) So are you advising against that even if it's only once. Okay you did say lesson. I need to listen.

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    1. I see you on Facebook sometimes. If I do, I like your post. :)

      They say not to feed the deer...I have seen/heard that a lot, so it's probably for a very good reason (or a bunch of very good reasons). ;)

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  17. That's pretty cool about the deer! I wish I lived somewhere more rural so this could happen in my yard!

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  18. I can never capture deers in our yard I think I make too much noise. I am so tired of the snow though

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  19. We have a family of them in our back yard... they hang out everynight. Thinking I should start tossing apples out back!

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  20. You have deer in your yard? That is so cool. I would love to see wild deer in real. So, is your yard not fenced off? They can just wonder in and stay for as long as they want too?

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    1. No one has fences here, the yards are too big...and the deer go from yard to yard. In the summer you can sit outside and see them walking across them all, it's really cool, actually. :)

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  21. Just glad to know you were able to make it safely today, no thanks to the highway department.
    Absolutely nothing wrong with getting excited by seeing the deer in your yard; I grew up on a farm that hosted lots of deer and I still get excited when I see them!

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    1. Just something about them that's really, really cool. :)

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  22. Haha! Great tidbits! I have the exact same white hamper!

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    1. I hope you're not the only one in your house using it. ;)

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  23. I hate how bad the roads are here too!
    I wish I lived close to where I used to, I used to get deer and turkeys in my yard!

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    1. We get deer sometimes, and cranes too. :)

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  24. I may have to go back and re-read this, or maybe paste it somewhere. Oh, Rosie, despite the snow, you are one lucky lady!

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    1. I count my blessings every single day (even with the snow). :)

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  25. I think the only way my 16 year old would actually get his clothes in the basket is if I paid him $5 per item. Since that isn't going to happen any time soon, I guess I'll be picking up socks for a few years!

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    1. My husband is 49 and I'm still picking them up. ;)

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  26. We have had a ton of snow this year too. I am so sick of the snow and so are my kids :) Love the deer photos!!!

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  27. Cute about the Alecia Keys song! I think all of the North East just needs to stay off the roads for the next week! ;) Its snowing here today, but nothing like what is going on in the other half of the country! Stay safe!

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  28. I see you're enjoying the snow too. I'm glad you at least get to enjoy watching to deer though!

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  29. Yuck to all of that snow, we had deer in our old backyard too, coyotes as well. Made for some interesting times.

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    1. I've never seen coyote in our yard, but we saw one along the highway last summer!! I bet the deer are not happy to see them, yikes!

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  30. Your son is a doll. And I would get excited to see deer in my yard too. That is A LOT of snow.

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  31. LOVE reading this post!! I cant choose a favorite one...deer or your son :) Drive Safe! @dapperhouse

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  32. Wow, you look like you're having crazy weather too. It seems like the whole country is having a terrible winter!

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  33. I hope the deer don't pester your garden plants (if you garden)! Interesting thought that they might like the feeling of giddiness as a result of eating fermented apples. :)

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  34. Are you ready for the snow to melt too?

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  35. We had our very first snow day yesterday. And I live in Maine! Very weird for us. They clear the roads pretty quickly here. But it doesn't take much to spin out. Glad you're okay!

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    1. No Way!! I'm totally surprised it was your first snow this late in the year. When I think of Maine, I think of snow!!

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  36. The whole driving around in horrid conditions scare me too... I got a drive home yesterday and what normally takes 15-20 minutes with traffic took 45 minutes. .. I wish the schools stopped risking lives... there is still quite a bit of the nasty winter left... even though I agree I have had enough :)

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    1. Driving in that stuff is bad for my nerves, makes me so happy to pull into the driveway!

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  37. That is great random tidbits.. but for me if the roads were like that i would have just stayed home!

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    1. I would have loved to have stayed home. If we did though, we'd be in a world of trouble with the schools. ;)

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  38. we have an old apple tree in our yard- deer LOVE to visit. they are such peaceful creatures to watch

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  39. Love the deer. The roads/schools situation? NOT COOL. I'm in NC, so we're obviously out a lot right now for very little snow. We have no snow days built into the year, and the decision has been made that the next snow day will be made up on a Saturday. (Good Friday and two days in June have been used, as well. They'll take Memorial Day, if they have to!)

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  40. Oh my drive safe! I would be so scared to drive in such heavy snow.. the deers are so lovely though. I would get very excited if they came so close too!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  41. Lol. I know how you feel about the basket. My little players also have a bad aim :)

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  42. It really worries me when they have school just because they don't want to make up days. Our school system is now at about 7 days to make up and they are trying to get the kids to school every day. The whole state is pretty much in the same boat. I think the state should just waive a few days instead of trying to get the kids to school and risking lives.

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    1. I'd sign that petition (for my state and yours!).

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  43. Crazy photos! Reminds me of where I grew up in Northwest Ontario. Glad I don't live there anymore...I'll take the warmth over the blizzards, any day. =D

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  44. Yikes! That highway picture scares me...I hate driving in bad weather.

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  45. My back alley neighbor has 4 apple trees in his back yard. No wonder there are always so mamy deer
    hanging there in the fall.

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  46. Oh geez, it makes me think of I-94 which I actually call Die-94 because it has sooooooooo many accidents on it. I hate that highway!

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  47. Great pictures of the deer and the snow. We have a lot of snow like that here too.

    Michelle F.

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  48. I'd love to see deer but seriously could not drive in the snow. Girl on fire is a great song!

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  49. Oh I'd be excited if a deer was in my yard, that's so cool!

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  50. Wow, I would go crazy with excitement if I saw a deer in my yard! I saw a Hawk land on my telephone pole a few months ago and it was all I talked about for days. LOL!

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    1. We saw a hawk in town once and got uber excited, lol

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  51. Wow, what awful weather conditions. Makes me feel like a big wimp for complaining about my GA snow and icy roads. Glad you did not get hurt. I love it when the deer wander into our yard too. We live on 150 acres and we come across them often.

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  52. oh, the laundry baskets. at my house both boys have hampers in their rooms but i find clothes spread from the basement play room up to their rooms on the second floor. grrrrrrr

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  53. Thank you for a great post! Nice photos and I like your list! You're son knows how to have fun!

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  54. I think the deer know we have a dog that's nearly their size, so they stay away-lol! As pretty as they are, I'm thankful they stay at a distance...I'm sure my summer garden wouldn't fare well with nightly visits from deer ;-)

    So thankful you're okay after spinning out!!! God was definitely watching over you :-)

    Did you schools let out early Wednesday? I decided to go back and get my kids at 11am and the school ended up letting out at 12:30...I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to make it back down our road by 3:00, it was snowing and drifting so bad. Crazy thing is we were only suppose to get 1-3 inches (being further north and away from the worst of the storm) and we ended up with over 6.

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    1. I wish they'd have closed but they did not.

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  55. I didn't know about your car sliding off the highway....geeze....sorry to hear it and glad you are ok. I am WICKED scared to drive on the highway in a blizzard like that.....The deer are so cute, what great photos. Good luck with your dissertation. I don't think I could do that and blog at the same time. My hat is off to you! :)

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  56. Oh I love deer! I wish they would come to my yard!

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  57. #1 is cracking me up because that's how it is at my house with my husband! So funny! Looks like you guys got so much snow! David has been out of school all this week. They have missed so much school this winter.

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  58. You are hilarious!!! And if you move to the south, a hint of snow and everything shuts down....in case you were looking to move ;)

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    1. I lived in Palm Beach for a long time (18 years), we never had snow. Not once. :)

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  59. I LOVE tidbit posts...
    Mine are so random though, so I never post them... ha ha ha
    be careful on that road, remember marc ended UP ON a pole, so we know how scary it can be....

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    1. I do remember! And you should totally post your random tidbits. I bet people would love them. :)

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  60. Wow it looks like you got just as much snow as we did!!

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  61. I think that's cool you have a deer in your yard!

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  62. You must live in my neck of the woods... w have similar stories to share. I'm still laughing at #1

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  63. Yes, I know snow is dangerous and people get hurt, but it is soooo pretty. I just want enough to close school a day or two. In Memphis, an inch would do that job. They are predicting a chance of snow tonight, but I don't want to waste it on a weekend! Your photos are amazing, especially the deer. Where in Michigan do you live? I have a daughter in Ann Arbor.

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  64. Look at all that snow! Stay safe :)

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  65. Very cool that the deer come right into your backyard. And I love that your little guy belts out the tunes. So does mine! Makes dance parties that much more fun.

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  66. We've had some crazy winter weather here in GA too. I'll be happy when spring is here.

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    1. Georgia is getting the weird weather this year!!!

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  67. Our kids have been home for the past 3 days because of snow. I am sooo over winter. As for those deers, they are too cute! We see them every once in a while crossing the street depending on where we are. Not where we live though, we're too much in the city. Wish they would come to visit us. Instead we have a skunk who comes to visit at nights. :)

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  68. That is horrible about the school forcing the kids out and parents out in that type of weather...we are fortunate enough that our school has online make up day classes...we're three days over already!

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  69. Most of the population will be celebrating the arrival of spring this year, and the sooner the better!

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  70. We used to have deer come into our yard all the time where I grew up. I miss that!! I absolutely loved seeing them come through our property.

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  71. The laundry thing made me laugh. The deer thing is cool though! i'd keep throwing apples in the yard just to see them!

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  72. These are some great and super valuable lessons! Thank you so much for sharing! loved reading the post!

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  73. What a great idea for a post-- It's fun to see other people's titbits from their lifes

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  74. Loved to read this and you really have learned great things this week :) That road looks just like Finland on winter. I'm so glad I'm not there right now.

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    1. I think Finland would be awesome to visit in the snow...but the driving part I would not like. ;)

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  75. It's a never ending cycle with the kids to get them to keep putting dirty laundry in the basket.

    I'm glad the husband puts his away.

    I've always wanted to throw apples or old veggies outside in my yard for birds and so on. Dh says no.

    But that is so interesting about the deer :)

    Shakes my head at all that snow. Maybe one day I'll learn to drive on the stuff. But alas I can't even imagine it.

    Your son is just too fun! I love when kids have fun. We usually make up words or mumble over the parts we don't know either, but the fun begins at the parts we really know ! ;)

    I hope you get some extra oomph to get through this dissertation.

    Take a sip of tea and get at it some more! :)

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    1. Oh Colette, that dissertation!

      Going to go get some tea....

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  76. I can totally relate to the laundry ordeal. I'm the ONLY one in my house that knows how to put clothes in the hamper. We've had a lot of snow days here too. Thank God the schools have been smart enough to cancel when needed, even going past the allotted days.

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    1. Glad I'm in good company on the basket...it appears from some of the comments above that we're not alone. ;)

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