Macho Deer, Calzones, Aggressive Squirrels, and Fallen Trees…

Here, for your Wednesday reading pleasure, are some random happenings from my weekend:

1. My landlord and I had a fun discussion about our gardens on Friday when he came to collect the rent.  He told me that he had paid $1500 to install a solar-powered electric fence to keep the deer out of his, but that the bucks had recently started breaching security.  “I don’t know if they’re proving their manhood…they twitch a little when they go through, but do it anyway!”  It made me giggle to see his impression of the bucks as they passed through the current.  He said they had taken a bite out of every one of his beloved squash (he told me he was boiling them anyway)…I invited him to come and help himself to some of our “unused” squash!

2. A new bird has joined the flock which comes to feast at Jim’s Bird Feeder Smorgasbord: it’s quite shy, and just flits onto the deck and picks up the seeds the greedy goldfinches spill.  It’s a white-breasted nuthatch.

White-breasted nuthatch...

The Smorgasbord has been closed for the last couple of days as it had been raining most of last week, and the water had gotten into the feeders, causing the bird seed to sprout.  Not wanting to hurt our fine feathered friends, Jim has been washing the feeders out with bleach and soapy water, and will refill them shortly (he buys so much nyger seed at Bulk Barn, I think we should own stock there by now!).

3. It was a gorgeous day on Saturday…who would have thought I’d be sitting on our deck shelling orca beans in a T-shirt and bare feet on October 2nd (in case you’re wondering, I was also wearing jeans!)?

4. I’m liking this “give Mom a break” thing we started with cooking.  On Saturday, Jim made an amazing pot roast with potatoes, onions, carrots, turnip, rutabaga (from our garden), peas, corn, and homemade gravy.  Last night, Anna and Hope made Chinese food…it was awesome!  The kids are cooking again Friday night…can’t wait to see what they have planned!

5. Anna was taking pictures of one of our resident grey squirrels through a window the other day…when it saw her, it started launching itself towards the window!  It did it at least twice…

6. Saturday night, Jim and I went to see the new movie, “The Social Network.”  In case you haven’t heard, it’s about how Facebook got started.  It was quite an interesting social study…Jim liked that the technical parts were accurate!  The writing is very good, but it’s definitely not an “easy” movie…the teenagers talking behind us made it somewhat difficult to follow sometimes!  The way Mark Zuckerburg’s character talked was sometimes reminiscent of “Rain Man.”  Jim had to go for a pit stop in the middle of the movie…while moving my knees out of his way, I managed to dump half my box of Raisinets on the floor (glad I bought them at the Dollar Store and not the theatre – that would have been an expensive accident!).

7.  Sunday morning, I started boiling down tomatoes from the garden for pizza sauce.  Jim wanted me to make calzones similar to what we’d had last week at a local restaurant.  There were quite a few tomatoes, and it took them several hours to get thick enough for sauce.  I added minced onion and garlic, chili powder, parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and sugar.  It was delicious!  Then I made the calzones, which while easy, take time to shape and fill (I used pepperoni, fresh mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese, along with the sauce).  We ate late that night, but they were good!  I had a whole bag of pizza sauce left, which I put in the freezer for another time.

Two of the finished calzones...yes, that's a dinner-sized plate! Yummy!

8. In the afternoon, we went over to Jim’s parents to pick up some firewood.  While they were away visiting relatives last week, a big maple tree in their back yard had fallen down during a windstorm, narrowly missing their carport!  They offered us the wood.  We filled up the back of the van…we went back to get the rest last night.  It should be close to a cord…that will save us some money next year!

9. Sunday night, Jim and I went to the Blue Olive to see Rose Cousins, one of our favourite folk singers.  She was her usual, funny, charming self, although she was fighting a cold…she joked that a Canada Goose had gotten into her nose.  Rose introduced us to a couple of other singers who are just starting out: Heather Green and Ria Mae.  We liked them both, and especially enjoyed the end where everyone sang together!   There had been a mixup with our tickets, and our seats had been given to someone else…to compensate, the hostess paid our tab for the night (which would have been higher had we not been drinking pop – Jim did get a nice Greek salad, though).  We sat with our friend, Stephen Webb, from CBC.  Jim grew up with him.

Rose Cousins...

10. I was out picking tomatoes Monday night, and got into a mild disagreement with a doe.  There was a whole group of deer out there, quite close to the fence, and I waved my arms and yelled at them to make them move away (Dad is terrified that they’ll get into the garden some day!).  They did move, but one stubborn female stayed closer than the others…she stomped her foot and snorted at me.  I waved my arms and told her to “Git!”  She stared at me like my kids do when I’ve told them to do something they have no intention of doing…she snorted and stomped again.  We repeated this exchange for about five minutes before she and her posse hightailed it into the woods.  I win!

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12 responses to “Macho Deer, Calzones, Aggressive Squirrels, and Fallen Trees…

  1. What a lovely journey through your weekend. Where you live sounds so beautiful, and your food all sounds delicious. When can we book?
    I’m also interested to see Social Network – it seems like an amazing story. We watched Blind Side last night – loved it.
    Sunshine xx

    • Hi Sunshine:

      You and hubby are welcome to pop in any time!

      I haven’t seen “Blind Side” yet, although I’ve wanted to see it for a while…will have to speak to my tech guy to see about downloading it…

      Hugs,

      Wendy

  2. You did all of this in one weekend??? Does a New Brunswick day have 48 hours rather than the standard 24? 🙂

    Those calzones look incredible. I’ll take two, please.

    Sunshine’s right–your home sounds beautiful. 🙂

  3. I like the idea of macho deer!

    Coincidentally, I was watching a movie the other day called “The Rookie,” and it’s the true story of this high school baseball coach who tries out for Tampa Bay on a dare and actually makes the team. (This isn’t a spoiler. After all, the movie isn’t called “The Washout.”) Anyway, he’s having trouble getting grass to grow on the high school baseball field, so they spread human hair around the perimeter. Supposedly, the deer avoid the smell of people. Just passing it along for what it’s worth.

    • Hi Todd:

      Thanks for the tip…we’ve always had a lot of deer where we live, and I’ve definitely heard the human hair tip before…I just hope that people complaining about the deer don’t lead to something crazy like a cull! We like our deer…

      Wendy

  4. planejaner

    you had me at calzones…
    🙂
    jane

  5. Like Jane, I’m stuck on those calzones! Actually, I’m always in awe of your (and now your family’s) cooking abilities when I read your posts. I wish had some of that intrinsic know-how. I’m a disaster in the kitchen.

  6. That nuthatch is gorgeous as is your picture!! I tried having a bird feeder in our garden here, but the crows are so aggressive – they frighten away all the other birds 😦

    And I’m glad you won with the doe! Some comfort for when you next lose to the kids 😉

    • Hi Harsha:

      I grabbed that photo of the nuthatch off the Net…Anna had taken one, but I couldn’t find it! We’ve got a bunch of blue jays, who don’t play well with others, but there are so many feeders going, that usually everybody gets a turn!

      Wendy

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