Saturday, December 23, 2017


If there were dreams to sell,
Merry and sad to tell,
And the crier rang the bell,
What would you buy?
        T.L Beddoes

Yesterday, My Hero and I watched as two very large coyotes casually strolled across the snowy field. They paid no mind to anything that was going on around them. Their heads were down, and they were in search of something. They stopped by our pump house and drank water that trickles this time of year below the ice.

 We watched. I thought about their surroundings, and why they did not look about to see anything. They were focused on what they sought.

The day before yesterday, and just before dusk, six deer were in the field not far from where those two coyotes wandered. Three of those deer were snuggled in the long grass that was left over in the hay field that did not get harvested because of rain. Three of the deer stood on guard. I had watched them and took great pleasure in their beauty.

 Suddenly, two of the "guard deer" seemed agitated and seemed to sense something. They looked from left to right and then they took off “like a shot”. One of the "guard deer" did not run. The three deer that were snuggled in the long grass stood up, after a few minutes.

I was positive that since the two "guard deer" were by that time sailing over a rail fence that the rest would surely follow. The four deer stood there and looked all around. They were more cautious and were not going to run until they knew what was going on. The last "guard deer" took off. Those three deer that had obviously found a spot for the night did not move. They stayed put. They saw no threat and were not going to follow the others.

Those three frightened ones were soon out of sight and the other three stood there for about fifteen minutes. One of them lay back down. Since I was in the middle of something I turned my attention back to the stove and the oven where cookies were baking. When I did turn back around, the field was empty. I had missed everything. The deer had all left. A threat that may have been real, or perceived, must have scared them off. I went about my evening and had honestly given it no more thought.

Those coyotes were still drinking from the stream. My Hero and I watched. It is no secret that farmers get very nervous when they see two very large coyotes, only a small distance away from their cows. My imagination went to a place I did not want it to go. I imagined the worse with calving season to be upon us before we know it. My first thoughts were of doom and gloom. Why did I assume the worst case scenario?

Well, those coyotes must have finally had their fill of that cool water. I assumed they were to head straight back to bother our cows. They did not. The threat I thought was there, was not. Much like the deer who had been the first to bolt, I was obviously like them. I wanted to be the stood my ground until I know for sure deer, but alas I was not.

So, this year I am not going to jump to conclusions and worry as to what others deem to be the right way. I am going to listen and to observe and live my life. I want to be like those deer that waited and enjoyed the long grass in the hay field. The deer, who took their time to enjoy “the here and now” and not worry and run because others thought they should, I am going to try to be like the coyote that did their own thing, and pay no mind to what others thought.

Yes indeed, I still believe that the wildlife can teach us a thing or two about life. Dare to be who you are meant to be. There is no reason not to.

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year. Thank you so much for your love and support. See you in the New Year.



  1. Coyotes would make me very nervous too. Lets hope that your little ones will be safe from those predators this Spring.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
    Hugs Julia

  2. Thank you. You are so right - we can indeed learn from the birds and animals around us. I hope that you, your hero, and all of your family (regardless of how many legs they own) have a truly wonderful Christmas.

  3. A great post. Love the photo of you. From what I can see, you have lovely eyes.

    Have a happy Christmas and a wonderful 2018.

    Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

  4. All I can say is this...Following Mother Nature, I've been taking her advice for several years now. She has never steered me wrong. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!...:)JP

  5. Those were wonderful pictures of the deer. I can see where coyotes would bother those with cattle. I still think they are pretty animals. Wishing you & your family a beautiful Christmas. Looking forward to blogging with you in 2018. God Bless.

  6. It's so wonderful when we get a chance to observe nature. But you are right, you can't look away for a moment. Things change so fast. Our coyotes are relatively small, smaller than those on the East coast. I don't think they would bother a calf, not with the momma cow close by anyway. Wishing you, your Hero, and the rest of your family a Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year.

  7. Merry Christmas Buttons . . .

  8. A good lesson learned. Hope you had a nice Christmas Day and have a Happy New Year.

  9. A good plan...not easy....but good. Merry Christmas.

  10. Trust you had a good Christmas G.
    Have a wonderful New Year...Love M xoxox

  11. A good story and conclusion, Buttons. Still not wanting to frighten this Midwestern guy has read that some eastern wolves have successfully interbreed with coyotes. I don't know if that's true our not. Our many coyotes here in southern Minnesota are twenty pounds on average bigger than the scrawny ones out West..:)


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