Meandering Monday

I can’t remember what the hell I was gonna write about today, but I had a thing. It’s hangin around my head, silently taunting me now. Likely not available to me because I failed to cultivate sleep last night. I did, however, do better than The Mister, because in a rare turn of events, it was I who suggested we go to bed.

That thing I was gonna write about will come back, prolly when I’m tryin to remember what kid goes where when, or on my way to pee at 7am, or some other truly inopportune time. So I just think I’ll tell you some random stuff.

This weekend was a fine one.

I painted my toenails a deep wine color.

I started the seventh season of The Walking Dead.

I made two lasagnas and one is in the freezer for another day.

A deer walked down our street. Oh hey! That’s the thing I was gonna write about. See, that’s why it’s important to sit down and write.

Our old neighbor Jim — I mean old in two ways, one, he was in his late nineties and every time I spoke to him he said God had given him another day, so he reckoned he’d take it, and also, old neighbor cause he’s no longer our neighbor cause God stopped giving him days. Anyway, Our old neighbor Jim had lived here since the 50s and told us the back forty usta get deer now and again, but it’d been years since he’d seen any.
But yesterday, The Mister just happened to see a deer walking down our street.
I like venison as much as anyone, but when ya live in the city and you see a deer walkin down the street, you do not think, “DINNER!” You think “OOH!” and also, you think of Jim and wish he’d seen this deer.
The deer trotted back and forth for a bit and then it leapt off into the back forty. It was MAJESTIC.
We all attempted to photograph the deer. The Mister got the best shot.

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Although it’s a sad sorta day, calendar-wise, it’s been a better Monday than most.

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I have iced coffee. I got freaky and tried the Columbian instead of the French Roast, and while I do not prefer the Columbian brewed hot, it makes a good cold coffee.
I took three girls to two schools and not a single parent in the carlines pissed me off. It was remarkably smooth. When I returned home, I had a text from my mother; she’dΒ returned to her home and found it in good enough condition to stay.

Gonna be hard to bring me down after such a great start!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a date with toasted pbj and a tall glass of milk.
I hope your Monday makes for pleasant meanderings.

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69 Responses to Meandering Monday

  1. eschudel says:

    Sounds like a Monday off to a good start! Hope it continues πŸ™‚

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  2. scr4pl80 says:

    Three girls to two schools is a bonus right there. I used to have to take three kids to three schools for two years. Took me an hour to meander through one end of the city to the other. Happy Monday.

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  3. ghostmmnc says:

    How wonderful to see the deer. They say the deer is a symbol of peace and serenity. You seeing the deer, then getting the message from your mother was probably a sign that all was well. There are lots of articles about animal symbolism, and seeing a deer is a good one. Glad your weekend was good. πŸ™‚

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  4. Benson says:

    Meander is such a lovely word, isn’t it? It would have been a great Carlin piece. “I think I will just mee-annn- derr over here , and then… mee-annn-derr back… ” I know what you mean about things hanging around your head. I hate that, it is like an itch in your brain you can’t quite get to. That is a lovely flower. About 35 years ago on the far east side roaming deer was pretty common I miss that about the city. I am glad your week is off to such a great start. I am sure it is an omen. Or something.

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    • joey says:

      It is, I like meander. And morning glory baskin in the sun. And Monday mornings that make me smile πŸ™‚
      I bout never see deer over here. Now, a bit north, round Shadeland and Fall Creek, I see them, but rarely.
      You have a good week, too!

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  5. I had a pleasant Monday too, Joey, well at least i did when the bloody internet came back on after being off all weekend!! Mr Grump has just made me a lasagne with aubergine and courgettes instead of pasta and it was luscious!!! Problem was, it was so good, I had seconds!!!

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  6. We’ve had deer – and I immediately worry that they might leave deer ticks in my garden for me to pick up. We’ve had a fox. And what I think was a chicken hawk. This is suburban NJ, so exciting. Usually at an odd time. I’ll miss some of this. The weather has been less hot and less humid – almost makes me want to stay. I does that for a couple of days every year. In Mexico City, it does that almost EVERY day.

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    • joey says:

      It’s been remarkably cool here, too. My friend in Mexico City is not enjoying the weather at present. Power outage because of the quake, QUITE toasty for hours on end an overnight, etc. She says the power should be back up this evening.
      I understand your concern about the deer ticks :/
      I almost never see foxes here, although I saw them all the time in Georgia. Do get chicken hawks here. Not a fan, cause you know, birds.

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  7. meANXIETYme says:

    I’m glad you heard from your Mom and that all was well enough for her to stay home once she got there. I hope that luck continues.

    I have also heard that seeing deer is a good sign. I hope so, as we have them all over our back treed area and we see them often. One time I saw a baby deer grazing (out in the open!) right up against my Sweet Pea’s grave and T told me that was a good sign from SP to me.

    Happy Monday. I had hellatious PT this morning, so I’m glad someone is enjoying the day. πŸ˜›

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  8. Jad says:

    I always think there is something so majestical about deer.
    Sounds like a great start to the week for you, mine started with bugs ewww!!

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  9. Sounds like a good start to a Monday, Joey. I’ve had that same thing happen, where I have something I was going to do or write and by the time I get to somewhere where that could happen, I’ve forgotten what it is. When I was spending a lot of time on the road, I used to make up haikus or think of something I wanted to write on my blog and I’d keep saying it over and over (oral tradition being born). Then I put a notebook in the center compartment of my van and jotted things down, although sometimes, because I was keeping on hand and both eyes (more or less) on the road, I couldn’t tell what the chicken crossing the road/notebook had scratched there. πŸ™‚

    I do agree that when you see deer in the city, you don’t think (venison), although I sometimes think “There go my flowers.”

    janet

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  10. Carrie Rubin says:

    I saw a deer the other night on one of my evening walks too. A family of them, actually. I walked slowly past them, taking photos. I could’ve reached out and touched the one I passed on the sidewalk! But simple eye contact was all we made. And that was more than enough. So sweet. 😊

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  11. I love the line about God stopped giving him days. It’s so accurate, but it cracked me up. I like urban wildlife, and you don’t think “dinner” under those circumstances. You just enjoy it.

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  12. JT Twissel says:

    I sitting here watching a gang of Mexicans tear down our back deck. A frightful thing to witness but necessary. Seems the darned thing was rotten to the core and a danger to walk on. We have a lot of deer in our area. Unfortunately we also have mountain lions… wild kingdom! Have a nice week.

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  13. Luanne says:

    Good Monday! I saw a deer in our neighborhood once in Michigan and wrote a poem about it. I’ve never forgotten that dang deer.

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  14. Dan Antion says:

    I enjoyed following this twisted path, and I loved the photo with the light and the flower. That’s amazing. It’s funny how our brain eventually brings us back to where we were.

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  15. bikerchick57 says:

    That was quite the here and there and everywhere, Joey. I’m glad your mom is safe and that she still has a home in which to meander herself.

    Last year, I was walking the trail by the office and saw a buck sauntering along in the wild foliage that runs between the trail and the embankment leading up to the highway. He was headed toward a busy road, across from which is probably his home (lots of trees). I kept listening, hoping I didn’t hear car tires squeal and a loud thud as he crossed the road. I didn’t hear anything, so I think he made it home safe and sound.

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  16. loisajay says:

    I hope you didn’t hear me laugh about God not giving Jim any more days…..just the way you wrote it cracked me up. So glad to hear your mom is OK. Ugh…school car lines. Glad those days are long gone.

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  17. pluviolover says:

    A few days ago, driving past a field near Snoqualmie, WA, wife asks, “What’s wrong with all those cows?” I look and say, “They’re Elk.” She giggles, “Oh, I’ve heard about that herd.”

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  18. Hahaha! Monday madness at its best! Cracked me up. πŸ™‚

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  19. I have an ice tray filled with coffee cubes for when I make ice coffee. It’s been a game changer.

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  20. So sweet to read a positive post, and today/yesterday…one that does not mention 9/11. With all the storm stuff, even NBC did not repeat their minute by minute coverage of the day, and I was glad…I always feel compelled to watch, then regret it afterwards. Jim had a great outlook, glad that he was given so many days, and that you noticed.
    Also happy for you for that deer sighting, it was surely a sign. Your mother made her way back home, and you must be so relieved.
    Great post, especially on a day when you “forgot” what you were to write about…

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    • joey says:

      Thanks so much, I’m glad you liked it.
      Jim was a great guy, and I can picture exactly how he’d smile if I told him about a deer walking down the street. πŸ™‚
      I am SO relieved my mother’s home!

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  21. Joanne Sisco says:

    A deer walking down your street?!!! Like, WOW!
    It seems like everyone I know has seen deer here in the various green spaces in the city – except me. I LONG to see a deer in the city. You’re so lucky!! I would definitely be wearing a smile for a long while after that … and that everything is well with your mom and she’s returned home. Happy news, indeed.

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  22. Nice to see deer in person and I am glad you had good news about your mother.

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  23. April says:

    Good to hear your mom is fine.

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  24. JoAnna says:

    Since my dad died, we’ve seen at least three deer in his suburban backyard. The yard has an overgrown patch way in the back, like mine but with a fence so old it’s almost gone and the deer can get in easily. I know my dad would have liked to have seen them. My dad’s name was Jim, too. Maybe both Jims saw the deer. Looking down and smiling.

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  25. Matt Roberts says:

    Ah, deer in the city. We get them so often here it’s not even a thing anymore. And I don’t just live in the city, it’s also sorta ghetto. These deers might get shot, and not because they’re being hunted.

    I used to not be a coffee drinker, but I’m falling in love with it now. I have been drinking the regular stuff at Speedway, but recently tried the regular stuff at UDF (which I know you don’t have there). It was amazing. Now I see how coffee people can love coffee. So I went back to Speedway to see if one of their flavors matches it. I tried their dark roast and it was a little much for me, but today I had the Columbian and it was marvelous. YAY!

    Oh, I stopped drinking iced coffee after I saw McDonald’s make one for me.

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    • joey says:

      I hope if the deer in your hood get shot up, someone will bread and fry …

      I’m glad you’re on to coffee πŸ™‚
      What the hell did McD’s do to your iced coffee?!? Do I even wanna know? I don’t drink coffee there. Of any kind. But Moo, she likes a frap there sometimes.

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      • Matt Roberts says:

        I don’t want extras, I want coffee with a tiny bit of flavor. I should blog about it cause it’s a story, but I’ll give you the jist. The other night I got an iced coffee and the lady was making it in front of me. It was a large, so she filled it completely up with ice. I knew then that I’d get three, maybe four good drinks and that’d be it. She started with the flavoring syrup, which was about a third of the cup. Then she put in the creamer which was another third of the cup. Then the coffee. I got MAYBE a cup’s worth of coffee in a large iced coffee. I wasn’t happy with it. So I’m going to stick with regular coffee I make myself at the gas stations.

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  26. Erika says:

    No assholes in the car rider line? That’s about as rare as a newborn that sleeps through the night. Mostly deer are just a nuisance around here, but earlier this year we had five together cross in front of us. Beautiful. Couldn’t get a decent picture though.

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    • joey says:

      We saw deer all the time in Georgia and never got a shot half as good as The Mister got last weekend.
      Sometimes I like when my kids have befores and afters, because I avoid all the carline drama!

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  27. Monday was one of those days where I read things and thought I responded and later realized maybe I hadn’t responded. So… if I didn’t say it…I’m glad your mother found her home in good condition. My brain is slowly returning to its semi-normal functionalities, although I am still the go-between of info because my parents have no power and spotty cell service.

    It’s so special when something like that deer comes along and reminds us of a story we’ve been told. ❀

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    • joey says:

      That’s understandable. She texts me in the evening, when they’re about to turn in, tells me all the things they did and how kindly the neighbors are — makes me feel good.
      I hope your parents are making good progress with their repairs as well.

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      • Thanks! My parents can’t get texts through, but they are now getting spotty cell reception at the house. The debris is steadily getting cleared. My brother will need to replace his roof, but they were able to find tarps. I love reading about all the goodness happening through all the Facebook people I still know back home.

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        • joey says:

          I love hearing about the kindnesses, too. My parents are enjoying evening meals with their neighbors. Strange, makeshift meals, but still, so nice.
          There’s power on the other side of their street, but they don’t have power. The neighbors let them plug into theirs at night for fans. It’s nice. Lots of generosity of spirit and teamwork. It restores me.

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  28. Glad your Mom and her house is okay. πŸ™‚ Deer are beautiful creatures, but when I see my neighbor feeding them on her patio I know I will be seeing haircuts on plants and shrubs. Ticks bother me a lot, but be sure you check my post tomorrow, Joey. I’m sitting here in a lot of discomfort and thinking of you. πŸ™‚

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