Monday, September 29, 2008

Not If, But When

They say not if, but when it happens. At least in some parts of the country, this is true. But it can happen almost anywhere in the United States, including heavily populated areas. It unfortunately (finally???) "happened" to us shortly before sunset, yesterday.

We were driving home from Wisconsin Rapids after a family reunion when suddenly, out of no where (as is usually the case), a deer ran out in front of us. Hubby started to break, but already a second doe had dashed out. This one we hit, but it was both a merciful and miraculous moment. Upon impact, my first thought was, "That's it?!!" We had barely even felt it!!!

After inspecting the van, we understood why. Hoof marks could be seen by the grill of our vehicle, and no where else. The doe's back legs were up in the air as she tried to leap to safety. When we hit her, she pivoted on her front legs and rolled out of harms way. Our son had then seen her get up and run away into the woods, for which were were all grateful. We gave thanks for the tender mercies of the Lord toward us and prayed for the little doe's recovery. No doubt she'll be sore for a while!

It's interesting: the day before, I had grabbed a freebie magazine called "Around the Kitchen". Timely advice about dealing with deer was on page 37 in their October issue. Here are some things to keep in mind:

1) Feeding times for deer are before and after sunrise.
2) Deer are also more active from sunset to midnight.
3) Bucks are more active October through December.
4) How fast you are driving can and will effect stopping time as well as the force of impact.
5) If you see one deer, expect to see more.
6) DON'T SWERVE!!! I think this is the hardest advice for anyone to take. Instead, honk your horn while you're breaking, but stay in your lane. To quote the article, "Serious crashes happen when drivers swerve to avoid a deer, only to hit other vehicles or lose control of their cars."
7) Everyone should be doing this anyway, but make sure you're wearing your seatbelt so you are not injured should you unfortunately hit a deer.

Some very good, timely advice, I thought. After we got back on the road, I shared what I had read with my children, one of whom will be getting her driver's permit in the very near future. I hope this will positively impact your life! --LKR


Sarah said...

Thanks for the deer tips. I've been fortunate enough to have never hit one... yet.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes, I think quinoa flour would work well in my brownie recipe and other recipes. My mom does use that as it is a great source of protein.

Unfortunately, around here they only sell organic quinoa, which is over $7.00 a bag! So, needless to say, I do not get the opportunity to use it that often.

Leza said...

Hi, Sarah!

Is there anyone at your grocery store that can find a cheaper brand /supplier of quinoa?

I don't remember how much quinoa flour costs, but the organic 12 oz. box (Ancient Grain) I just bought was for 3.79. We used to buy it in bulk from Whole Foods when we lived in the Chicago area, but I don't remember if it was any cheaper. I love this grain in soups--we just had it, tonight to replace barley. It doesn't taste the same, but you develop a taste for it. :-)

On the box of quinoa flakes they also have recipes. Even my finicky kids love it when I make the muffins with that. I also use it in meatloaf instead of oatmeal or bread, and eat it for breakfast like oatmeal. It's wonderful with maple syrup! :-)

If I didn't need to eat alternative grains, though, I doubt I'd be buying it because of the price! But when you're celiac or gluten intolerant, you don't have much of a choice! You are soooo sweet to invent recipes for your mom! She's fortunate to have you! :-)

nina said...

I like reminder #5, especially!

So often we see them, standing at the edge, some on one side of the road, more on the other.
And I usually, if able to, stop and wait for the herd to assemble itself, knowing they'll eventually all get together.
A flash of the headlights to an oncoming driver is a helpful action, too. In my rural area, deer/car accidents are all too common.

Leza said...

Hi, Nina!

Yes--if you're fortunate to be able to see them beforehand! We're out in the country, too, and I drive a little slower at night because of the deer we see often, especially on one road by us. I'm always surprised to see someone zooming up behind me and want to pass. Most people get it, though.

We have to do that with the turkeys, too, who very obviously (and nervously) are torn whether to stay in the field, or run *or* fly across the road!