Well, it is the Thanksgiving Holiday, so work takes a back seat to turkey, dressing, pumpkin pie, and our dysfunctional families. Just kidding!
Returning home from a pre-Thanksgiving dinner, guess who was enjoying their own dinner in the front yard of my lovely Alpine rental home? These mule deer are frequent visitors, usually early in the morning, just at dusk, or late at night when the moon is full and illuminates the night. Mostly does and yearlings, with the occasional 4-or-6-point buck. They eat leaves and grass. At night sometimes, when I head out to the deck to get away from the stuffy heat of the house, I cannot even see them. But I can hear them! Munch, munch, munch. Sorry these pics are so blurry. I will do better next time.
On the house front, you can see how the forms are being supported by smaller wood pieces (there is probably a technical term for these little reinforcers, but I have no idea what it is. Note: Steve tells me these are called “shims”). Steel stakes and wooden wedges are used to reinforce them, as well.
The building pictures were taken the day after Thanksgiving. A cold front had blown in and it was very cold and quite windy up on the mountain that day. Bella, being a short-haired lady, needed a sweater, and since she loves to stalk around like the hunter she is, I decided a Camo sweater was appropriate for her. Camo Bella! The building site was so neat and tidy that she felt quite comfortable jumping over the footings and walking around the interior of the house. I think she is ready to live there. I know I am!
And where is little Niles, you ask? Niles loves to run down the road and explore. Bella seems more of a homebody and usually sticks near me during these visits. Also, I think she likes to have her picture taken…