morning wake up

“There are two ways of waking up in the morning.
One is to say, ‘Good morning, God,’
and the other is to say,
‘Good God, morning’!”

― Fulton J. Sheen

(a deer who uses my flowerbed as a mattress / Julie Cook / 2016)

I don’t know who was more surprised…
me or the deer.

Come each morning, as I roll out of bed,
I immediately head to the laundry room in order to grab the cats their food.
It never fails, as soon as my feet hit the floor, the cats make certain that I don’t do a single thing other than feed them.
It is as if they will immediately perish if I fail to fill their food bowls the nanosecond I’m up.

As I make my way to get the cat food, bypassing my sacred cup of coffee, the ritualistic trip to the loo,
I instinctively open the shutters, casting the welcomed morning light into what was my nightly shuttered world of darkness.

On this particular morning, as I routinely pull open the shutters…
imagine my surprise… when, what do I spy sitting directly outside the window… in my flower bed,
a deer who had obviously decided to bed down…on top of my daylilies no less!


The signs have been there for weeks.

Bushes and plants nipped down to the nubs.
Most of which have had to have been dug up and now replaced with “deer” resistant plants…..
while allowing other plants and bushes to simply fend for themselves…

I knew that the deer had been enjoying themselves in the middle of the night…
using my yard as a giant salad bowl…
but here before my bleary eyes was one of the nonplused culprits.
One who took her own sweet time readying herself for the day.

Eventually she and her baby fawn roused themselves from bed, as they made their way to the edge of the woods where they would no doubt spend the heat of the day, simply waiting to come back to feast at night in my yard….

As I’m off to Atlanta to take Dad for his pre-op before Friday’s surgery…

A happy Monday to deer and all…..

“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what he has done,
and proclaim that his name is exalted.
Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things;
let this be known to all the world.
Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion,
for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”

Isaiah 12:4-6

22 comments on “morning wake up

  1. David says:

    Safe travels Julie and may your sanity remain intact while in Atlanta.

    • I finally got home David—just now, at almost 8PM—never leave Atlanta at or around 6….
      back on Friday for his surgery—looking on getting a hotel room most likely for friday night as there is no telling how long the surgery will be or if he’ll get to come home or have to stay—the tumor sounds quite large—and sounds as if it is cancerous— he doesn’t think he can remove it but he will biopsy it and remove what he can in order to control the bleeding….so we shall see….

      • David says:

        I have driven in Atlanta during visits to the US so I do understand. Sorry to hear about the medical problems. Praying.

  2. Lynda says:

    Ditto to David’s comment! I love that you quoted Bishop Fulton Sheen – as a little Protestant child I loved to watch him on TV as he was such a charismatic person but his love for our Lord shone brightly. Interestingly, my parents never steered me to a Protestant evangelist!! Blessings on your day.

  3. marijo1245 says:

    What a blessing! I will be praying as you head toward the ATL…prayers for your dad as well!

  4. Tricia says:

    What a lovely post. As a former cat owner I can totally relate to the first morning’s duty being their feeding!

    Safe travels and best of luck to your dad.

  5. Wally Fry says:

    Cats? I thought it was just Percy!!!

    Best in Atlanta my friend.

  6. What a lovely surprise other than the smashed daylilies of course. 🙂 ❤

  7. ColorStorm says:

    Love that deer pic J. No evolution there! God made that creature rather well. And she must feel completely comfortable biding so close to ya.

    (@ trish- I think you may have a visitor in your spam basement. lol)

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