WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND A BABY DEER…

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RUPERT – Photo by Jeff Moore.

This time last year….I FOUND A BABY DEER. NO,  NOT the deer above, the baby deer above is a deer named “Rupert” that was delivered via c section, 3 weeks early, after his Mother was hit by a car.

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I was driving down the street, and standing right at he edge of the road, was the tiniest baby deer I had ever seen..like the size of a skinny cat…he was so very tiny and wobbly…I immediately stopped and all kinds of things ran through my head…”Where is his Momma?” Is she the deer I saw get hit the other night?” “Are we going to have a baby deer for a pet?” “What should I name him?”

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My “Fantasy” Pet…I could name him…”Bambi?” from: Thingsmakemehappy.tumblr.com

I stepped out of the car, and he just stood there…like a deer NOT in the headlights…just stunned and probably too tiny to even know what to do…slowly..very slowly…like still photographs connected into one movement..he began to turn away…and then he stumbled into the tall grass. Instinct told me to leave him alone….and so that is exactly what I did.

Later that day, when the kids got home from school, I said “Lets go see if MY baby deer is still there!!!” Phoebe did some googling, to find out how we should proceed and what we learned was fascinating…

Baby deer are born in the late Spring, when the weather is milder. When they are born, they have NO scent. NONE. ALL of their predators have poor vision and see only in black and white and rely on scent to find their prey. The Mommy deer DO have a scent and so they have the babies and then leave them, and ONLY come back to feed them and even consume their waste, as it has nutritive components for the new Mother. The babies mostly sleep and grow. This goes on for weeks, until the babies are strong enough to keep up and run away from their prey.

SO IF YOU see a baby deer, ABSOLUTELY DO NOT TOUCH IT! Not unless you know for certain the mother is not coming back. YOUR scent will alert predators and be a death sentence for the deer. One article said if you see a baby, leave it, and come back to the spot the next day..if you come back and the baby is crying, then probably the mother is not coming back and you can take the baby to the proper wildlife refuge…otherwise…let nature do her thing…

I was sad to find out that Rupert,  the tiny deer above, did not survive…he was just too tiny. But last week, I saw my baby deer with his Momma, hanging out in the tall grass, playing with the lightening bugs in the warm summer evening air…

Hmmm.learn something new everyday!!!

Leslie

CHECKING IN

Every week I think

“Maybe this will be the week I can get back to blogging”

But I guess it is just not the time yet. Those of you with kids in school know that this time of year takes the meaning of “hectic” and “busy” to new levels…compound my business with the schedules the kids are keeping and all I can think is “Summer cannot get here fast enough!!!”

I do not want to wish time away…not a second of it…so I will be away a while longer but I just wanted you, my dear followers to know that I am here, and I will be back…Thank you for hanging in there with me.

In the meantime here is a list of a few things going on:

1. I got the New Sarah McLaughlan CD and has memorized almost every word! GET IT!

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2. I rearranged the Living room

3. Charlie is past the 8 week post surgery milestone and we are both back to sleeping upstairs in my bed!

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4. Two of the three kids have summer jobs already!

5. I still have not found my iPhone which I lost my last night in NYC. It had pictures of Phoebe and Katie Couric. Insert very Sad face.

6. I got a hair cut!

7. I am RE- reading my favorite book (AND MOVIE)  of all time

“To Kill a Mockingbird” along with Phoebe who is reading it for school.

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8. I had a wonderful Mother’s day. I told my family that ALL I wanted was for them to help me “WHINE free” to clean out the OLD sleeping porch and that is want I got! I also was spoiled silly with new Tory Burch wedge sandals which are to die for – Maura turned me on to TORY and she would be proud!!! !

 CHECKING IN9. The Party for my currently running ART show is tomorrow night at PATINA in Charlottesville.

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10. My Darling niece NINA got into my Alma Mater FSU – GO NOLES AND GO NINA!!!

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I will return, xoxoxoxoxoxo I miss you!

Leslie

YOU WOULD HAVE LOVED MY MOM

LIFE IS A BLUR OF BUSY.

and then you are gone.

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You would have loved my Mom.

She was a kick. Funny, quirky, always in motion. Most of my childhood memories are of her teaching me how to do things and flying by carrying a basket of laundry.  The hand she was dealt was not always an easy one. Rough upbringing, good too, but rough, as it was for many people who grew up during WWII. She married young and  immediately had a family ….and of her 4 children – two had disabilities, in a day and age when there were not the services and support there are today. But like most scrappy women of her generation, she never expected a rose garden and so instead she planted them!

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Growing up, our flat Nebraska yard played host to 100 or so Rose bushes. Can you imagine? Raising 4 kids and 100 rose bushes? (Maybe that will be then name of my book.- “Four Kids and 100 Rose Bushes”)!! But My Mom did raise them, and nurture and care for them, and they were her pride and joy, the thing that was all hers,  and she would drive from our modest home in Lincoln, Nebraska to the big Capital metropolis – Omaha , to enter “Rose Shows”. My Mom  always came home with an armload of ribbons.  Once she even allowed me to enter what I have since found out was a new hybrid rose of the day called “Little Darling”. My tiny roses were displayed in a precious porcelain baby carriage, carefully placed by my 6-year-old hand with her help and I too came home with a trophy as long as my arm…the only trophy I ever won. I cherished it and still have it.

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My Mom and my brother Ford…notice the Ciggy in my Mom’s hand
and the bandaid on Ford’s toe.

My Mom died 6 1/2 years ago. I miss her every day. Especially I miss talking about the kids with her. Only the one who loved YOU that much can listen for hours on end about the ones you love THAT much and never tire of the stories and the antics. I wish she could see how grown up the kids are, how Tate is tall and handsome like her brothers and Cooper looks to be following in his footsteps. And Phoebe, I wish she could see how beautiful she is, inside and out. I wish I could ask her how she managed 4 teens…and thank her for putting up with me during my rough teen years when I rebelled and pulled away…. I wish she were here.

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This was our last Mother’s day … (My Mom despised having her photo taken)

….and I wish my Mom could see my paintings…all which come from the place inside me that she helped grow.

You never stop needing a Mom, even when you are way too old and they are long gone. There is something she gave me that no other person on earth can ever touch. … and I miss that so much.

Happy Mother’s day.

Leslie

ODE TO BURGER AND HALE NAVY

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Congratulations to Laura Ferbrache…

The winner of $500 toward any Lesli DeVito Artwork on UGallery! 

Happy shopping Laura!

 

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I was so honored and flattered when my friends John and Sherry asked me if I would paint a portrait of their beloved little pooch BURGER…as a  cheeky nod to their adorable little Chihuahua. The “BURGER”   (remember the “KRAMER” from Seinfeld) figures prominently in the Living room decor. It sits above the fireplace where a television will eventually live.

SHOLiving Fireplace Angle ODE TO BURGER AND HALE NAVYThe wall above and around the fireplace is painted a Benjamin Moore color called HALE NAVY.

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I have used HALE NAVY a great deal…in my art work and other projects. It is a deep navy…which goes in the direction ever so very slightly towards green than purple if you know what I mean….and so far I have found few colors which do not soar in the presence of NAVY…think about it…

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and my new favorite….

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BENJAMIN MOORE HALE NAVY AND MINT GREEN

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NAVY is a one of my favorite colors to decorate with…I  am even a tad obsessed with it…and in my experience…a LITTLE goes a LONG way…I tend toward using navy as an ACCENT or as a pop of color, or like John and Sherry did here to offset other colors, help ART WORK shine or direct focus towards a spectacular piece of furniture…like Phoebe’s twin beds…

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PHOEBES ROOM – BENJAMIN MOORE DOWNPOUR BLUE.

Stay tuned for more SHOWHOUSE HIGHLIGHTS…I have a  more not yet seen PAINTINGS in the house that I cannot wait to share with you.  In the meantime…lets take one more look at the Showhouse Living Room our Buddy Burger!

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Leslie

New York Getaway

Phoebe and I are in NYC celebrating her 16th birthday.

She and I have been taking Mother/Daughter trips here since she was 7…and I used to push her petite little self around in a stroller when her little legs would run out of gas.She is the best travel companion and I love introducing her to my past and my people.

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the 10th Birthday NYC trip…where did that time go?

WE spent the weekend reuniting with a neighbor friend who has also just turned 16 and her Mom. They moved to Boston when the girls were in the middle of the 5th grade. And it warms my heart when the girls pick up…right where they left off…everytime…as I do with my friend Emma…and it does a body good to have such effortless fun.

 

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Phoebe and Vivian

Yesterday a lovely friend of mine from College threw a Birthday party for another college friend ….

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Happy Birthday to my dear dear friend Marc

and a bit of a reunion ensued and I LOVED seeing everyone. Phoebe said to me on the Subway ride home…”At home, you are always my Mom….I love being here and being YOUR daughter”.

Today we have an “extra day”…which is a gift. Every time I visit NYC ….my time is taken, down to the minute…but this time, Phoebe is missing some school and we are going to just play…I will let you know what we do!….Tomorrow is going to be a blast! WE are attending the Katie Couric show…then going to a Book Sighing Party for The Decorate Fearlessly Book Phoebe’s room is in…and to a Broadway show!

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I know this is all just our stuff…but I never want to forget this weekend…It has been a trip of a lifetime…and I love my Phoebe so much.

Leslie

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SO YOUR SAVINGS WILL BE HUGE!!!

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AND A HEARTFELT

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BROTHER MALLORY!

Leslie

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LONG TIME NO SEE!!! But I have been a painting machine! 

and THIS WEEK I AM PARTNERING WITH

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Leslie

“BRINKS” CUSTOM PET PORTRAIT WINNER AND A GIVEAWAY!

Hi lovely friends….just checking in…

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MY SWEET SAVANNAH Blog

had a GIVEAWAY of one of my Custom Pet Portraits…

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The winner was “BRINKS”…a sweet sweet Golden Retriever who passed away three months ago. His owners miss him so much and I  will miss seeing his happy face everyday while I paint…I may just have to paint him again!!!

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stay tuned..next week I am doing a

VERY EXCITING GIVEAWAY IN CONJUNCTION WITH

UGALLERY!!!! 

YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS THIS ONE!!!

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After disappearing on a hike through the woods…9 months ago…

HARLEY IS BACK!!!!!…READ THIS AMAZING STORY ON

MY SWEET SAVANNAH’S BLOG !!!!HERE!!!!

 

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