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Adirondack Lifestyle ™: Aug 7, 2009

Friday, August 07, 2009

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner - a la Adirondacks!

My friend the beautiful doe joined us for dinner this evening on the deck at the homestead. I know it might seem weird to you folks in the 'burbs that I am so excited about having a deer friend hang around my house. Deer are not a nuisance in the Adirondacks. As a matter of fact, I am giddy about having my quadruped guest because I have barely caught a glimpse of a deer in our yard in the twenty-two years I have lived here. Having hunted deer, I know they are extremely skittish. My doe friend, however, does not seem to mind us humans and I think she really likes the music.

Adirondack Guest House Phenomenon

If you live in the Adirondacks, you are familiar with the Adirondack guest house phenomenon. Friends of your child show up and need a place to stay while they hike all 46 Adirondack peaks, for example. Or a long lost cousin calls and says, "I'm in Lake Clear, don't you guys live near there?" Most of us are genuinely happy to have friends and family visit. We quickly acclimate to operating an Adirondack guest house; the "Adirondack" part gives you a lot of leeway when it comes to formal entertaining. The challenging visitors are those unexpected guests you really like. You want to spend time visiting with them, but because they are unexpected, you might have already made other commitments. And I am sure many readers can relate to how difficult it is to get somewhere on time just as these guests pop in to say "Hi." It was today's blog star who caused my punctuality problems yesterday. This insouciant and surprise house guest stopped by just as I was ready to walk out the door for an appointment. I could not resist taking a moment to enjoy her visit while she enjoyed her snack. After all, the best pleasures in life are the unexpected.