Hello deer!

Instead of feeling like I’m caught within a ‘waking dream’, lately I think I’ve been stuck in a ‘sleeping life’. I seem to be doing *just* enough to get myself through the day, and I’ve been more absent than present in a lot of different ways – none of which makes for a very happy or satisfying existence. So this week I’m going to wake myself out of that mood, and shall start by saying a big ‘HELLO’ to Monday (and hopefully beat it at its own wicked game).

At the same time I thought I’d give you the opportunity to say hello to this lovely little deer which has joined my desk menagerie. With all the kittens, rabbits and squirrels I’ve been talking about recently, it seems to be all about the animals in my world (though I’m sure you’ll know that’s no great surprise).

Mr Deer ... before he is released

He is a lovely fellow and is making friends with all the other local inhabitants in his new home. He has a wonderful view of the outside world through the window, and I think he enjoys catching the strong breeze which sails past the curtains. Hello deer!

Mr Deer ... after his release

Do you need to do a little waking up too? Shall we all shout a really big ‘HELLO’ to the world and wake each other up? If on the other hand you need to catch up on some sleep, I shall have to send apologies your way – we promise to keep the noise down (eventually). HELLO!


  1. Kylie

    I am going to do my very best to join you in getting out of this ‘mood’. I know that most of what is happening in my (work) life is entirely beyond my control, but that doesn’t stop it getting far too overwhelming at times. So, I will just be content with the fact that I get a mini break over Easter soon!

    Your deer fellow is gorgrous. Where did he come from? And seeing a cute little animal reminds me – will you be around over Easter? If so, I think we should have a little rendezvous on Easter Monday (which is also Anzac Day, I think?).

    Oh, and this may help you get through the week – endless random cuteness at http://www.cuteroulette.com. You’re welcome.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kylie – I say a very big HURRAH for Easter break!! It can not come quickly enough. Here’s hoping that a break away from the madness of work will set much right in our worlds. 🙂
      I will most definitely be around over Easter, and I’m looking forward to a little rendezvous (or two). 😉

      My little deer fellow is from ‘O-Check’ … I bought him from the Notemaker online store! 🙂
      (I’ve been eyeing him off for a very long time).

      Oh my goodness. Thanks so much for cute roulette – I’ve been missing out on this site and so shall have to make up for lost time!! 😀

  2. fairchildstreet

    So cute. I am wide awake. School holidays here in Melbourne so have been for my run early before my husband left for work. Now I have to make donuts for my son and his friend. Enjoy your day. Don’t get bogged down in unpleasant thoughts. Charmaine

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Charmaine – You know me and how I can’t resist cuteness in the form of a deer! 🙂
      Gosh, I can imagine how ‘wide awake’ school holidays must make you feel … I wouldn’t think there’s much down time during those.

      I love that you make your own donuts … I hope you share your recipe (provided they aren’t *too* hard to make) – I’d love to give them a go.

      I’m slowly getting myself out of my moody blues … so will keep myself busy with playing catch-up. Have a lovely weekend. xx

  3. Erika Lee Sears

    HAHA HELLO! Tracey!

    Love that little deer 🙂 You have a lot of little forest creatures at your desk .

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – Hello!! I know there is quite a forest of little animals building up on my desk … I’ll have a whole ecosystem before too long!! 🙂

      I really will have to stop adding more critters soon, otherwise I’ll run out of space. 😉

  4. Valerie

    Hello! I love that you have a menagerie on your desk. I’ve been a bit discombobulated lately too. Which is why I’m taking a whole week of blog holiday this week. So I’m saying “Hello” before I go off to tend to my baser needs such as a clean home, home cooked meals, pedicures, and book reading.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Valerie – Hello there!! It seems that while I really try my best to curb adding more things to my collection of ‘stuff’, I never can resist the lure of a beautiful little animal (I figure there are worse things to be addicted to).

      Taking a whole week blog holiday is a great idea to try and recharge the batteries … I hope it treated you well and that you were able to tend to those very important activities like reading, cooking and pedicur-ing … that cleaning I always put much lower on my priority list! 😉

  5. Krystal/Village

    aw the deer is so cute. i know how you feel about just getting through the day, I’ve been like that the last few days. It’s definitely time to step it up a notch..tomorrow 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Krystal – Glad you like my new little deer friend … he’s the perfect size and fits right in with my other animal friends.
      I hope things are coming together better for you now … as you can see I’m still playing catch-up with most things. Next stop is my google reader which I fear will be horribly out of control.
      Take care.

      1. Krystal/Village

        I’m a little caught up…monday is the day though, where I reorganize life. it will be good times 🙂 hope you are well!!

  6. Gabrielle Bryden

    I know exactly what you mean – I so need waking up 😉 That deer is adorable and reminds me of something from my childhood (I had a real sense of dejavue on seeing the antlers – must have had a toy like that or something). HELLO 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Or should I say HELLO?!? 😉
      I hope you’ve woken up … I think I’m slowly getting myself there, but sometimes it feels like very hard work.
      I’m glad you like my deer friend, he is rather lovely (though I am biased). How lovely that you have a memory of a deer related toy from childhood … I love little triggers like that.

      PS. I’ll catch up with you soon, I’m very behind with blog friends.

  7. caren

    I like to say HELLO to Monday; I usually start it with an early morning breakfast out with a girl friend of mine (a 4+ year tradition!). But, if I can’t do my breakfast outing, then I’ll do something else to start the week off on a positive note. I actually love Mondays, though … I’m strange that way!
    I adore your little deer, and that you have lots of animal friends to join you at your desk. I have a flock of owls who keep my company where I work, and possibly a deer & a beaver & an elephant, too. (robots are always nearby!)

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Caren – Saying a loud and happy hello to Monday sounds like a great idea, it’s far better to try for a positive start to the working week rather than meet it with ‘blahness’ (which is often my approach).

      I love the way you start your Monday – an early morning breakfast with a friend is a lovely idea. I know lots of people that love Mondays too … I really envy that optimism!! 😀

      He is a lovely little deer … I’ve recently moved things around on my desk so that my ‘animals’ have more space – the books were previously taking up too much room (they’ve since moved back to the bookcase).
      How wonderful that you have a flock of owls at work … oh a deer, beaver and elephant sound rather delightful too. That is quite the little zoo you have yourself there!! 😀

  8. Studio MME

    Hello! I started Monday like you but already I’ve turned a 180 thanks to my part-time job closing and me being about to spend all the time I want drawing new pen and ink illustrations! I love your deer. He’s adorable. And yes, I’m sure he enjoys the spot by the window. It’s wonderful to meet someone who loves woodland creatures as much as I do. I grew up near the forests of Minnesota so that probably explains it, and also explains why I draw deer so much. Haha.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Megan – Hello!! While no longer having your part-time job must have felt a bit challenging, it’s wonderful that you’ve taken that as the push you needed to spend more time drawing and illustrating. From every negative there surely comes a positive? 🙂

      I’m glad you like my little deer … I’ve been after one just like him for a long time, and finally had to give in to temptation. Oh yes, I’m a big lover of woodland animals … there’s just something about them that draws me in. At least you have an explanation for your obsession – living near a forest would definitely do that! 🙂

  9. caz

    Your little woodland folk are just lovely. I’m a bit sleep deprived at the moment. Little son has decided that the non-daylight savings hour to wake and get up is 5am! So I’m a bit of a sleepwalker at the moment and like you I’m just doing the bare minimum to get through the day. I put it all down to the change of seasons and the beginning of the big hibenation…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Caz – It’s quite a little woodland family I’m building! (and I couldn’t be happier) 🙂
      I hope you’ve managed to catch up on at least a little bit of sleep … getting up at 5am is no fun at all! Unless you’re heading away on holidays of course! 😉

      Perhaps you’re right about this current ‘sleepwalking’ feeling being about the change of seasons and the cool weather being upon us … I really do love this time of year though.

  10. Debby

    Your new arrival is so cute.
    I’m with you on the needing to wake up thing….coffee doesn’t seem to work I still feel like I’m going around in a bit of a daze at the moment….I blame it on the seasons changing…hopefully we’ll all have a big gush of energy today…:o)

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Debby – He is a darling little deer … he has the most wonderful expression on his face.
      I think I’ve drunk so much coffee over the years that it has ceased having any ‘wake up’ impact. I’m thinking that there may just be something to this change of season idea … goodness knows, I need some reason for feeling all out of sorts and dazed! I hope you have a wonderfully energetic weekend!! 😀

  11. bobbi

    I’m pretending to be awake and it works. Only I know I am actually sleeping (ok, and you and all your readers ).
    I love that deer. It could never fit on my desk. It is usually posessed by nine cats.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – Oh that’s a great idea, just pretending to be awake may be the answer for me too! 🙂
      Your secret is safe with us!

      He is a sweet little deer … I wonder if there is ever going to be any end to this woodland obsession of mine (I hope not). Haha, I love that your desk is most often possessed by nine cats … I can imagine they wouldn’t want any other visitors stopping by and taking precious space away from them.

  12. Jan

    The little deer is gorgeous and a lovely addition to your menagerie. I thought it was just me but it sounds as if everybody is feeling a bit out of sorts lately – I feel as if every working day is groundhog day! Arrive, turn on computer and get the feeling that I never even left the office! So have a whole week off for Easter which will be a fantastic and much needed break. I am going to attempt to make Easter buns for the first time in my life. There was a kids recipe in the Courier Mail and I thought, gee if it’s a kid’s recipe, surely I can do it as I have had another recipe for many, many years but have not been game to try it (or had the time)! Also just found another recipe for chocolate and walnut brownies in the paper today so that my be my Easter cooking. Although I do have this beautiful recipe for chocolate brownies and you press a caramel or peppermint Easter egg into each section before you cook it – divine!! Oh, oh, I will have to watch my calorie intake with too many goodies on hand, still it is Easter and it is holidays. Hope you and your readers have a very happy and safe Easter.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jan – Thanks for your lovely comment, and I’m happy to hear you like my deer too! 🙂
      As for feeling out of sorts, it just seems to be that kind of start to the year, doesn’t it? There is so much going on and never quite enough time to get everything done … let alone actually find the motivation to do anything much in the first place! So I very much have that same groundhog day kind of feeling … I’m hoping I can shake that off over the Easter long weekend, and get things back to feeling a little more normal. It sounds like the same thing is on the horizon for you too! 😀

      Speaking of Easter buns, I just made my very first batch yesterday … and I was quite happy with how they turned out … not perfect, but fine. I was surprised at how much time and effort goes into making them to be honest. Those chocolate and walnut brownies you mentioned sound divine … YUM!! 😀

      Don’t give a second thought to calories and unhealthy food at this time of year … there’s plenty of other months in the year to worry about that kind of thing!! 😉
      Have a wonderful Easter Jan!! 😀

      1. Jan

        Well the Easter buns turned out fine, but boy, I won’t be making them again – the amount of work involved!! It took a few hours from whoa to go!! So I’ve had my share of buns and Easter eggs, can already feel the muffin top developing!!!

  13. Linda @ Heartfire At Home

    Hi Tracey!! I have been a bit ‘lost and foggy’ lately…. too much to do! I’ve been flat out at work, and in the midst of performing in a musical at night, so the blog and my other creative bits have had to take a little less attention (well, a lot less). Thanks for waking me up a bit!

    Love the deer… I’m with you on the whole woodland animal thing as you know! 🙂

    Off to read some more of your posts that I’ve missed lately.

    Linda. xox

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Linda – That fogginess has been going around I think … there always seems to be far too much happening, doesn’t there? You’ve certainly been keeping yourself super busy with all the things you have on at the moment. If only all we had to do was focus on the fun, extra-curricular stuff! 🙂

      I love that you love woodland animals as much as I do … we both must share the most excellent of tastes! 😉

      PS. Thanks for catching up with me here, I’ve now fallen behind on visiting my favourite blogs, so that’s next up for me. xx

  14. woolf

    well, héllo, deer and hello (festive) monday.
    dear, you have just made me discover your lovely blog. a treasure. thank you.
    i will be back to read more.
    x n♥

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