We couldn't believe our eyes

There's something special about living in the country.
Early Tuesday morning I realized once more why we enjoy retirement life in the country so much. The clock showed 1:50 a.m., when I awoke from a sound sleep.
Crawling out of bed and looking out our bedroom windows, I rubbed my eyes, paused and stared at the lone blue spruce in the snow in our backyard.
In front of the tree was a large black image laying in the snow. I took a couple of steps toward the windows and noticed another image even closer. Their dark silhouettes stood out easily in the snow.
I backed away slowly, tip-toed into our study and then into our great room, peering out those windows each time.
The two images were of deer, bedded down less than 20 yards from our home. I snatched my camera from the study desk, then tip-toed back into the bedroom. By now my better half was awake.
"What are you doing?" she said, wiping her eyes.
"There are two deer bedded down right outside - one by the tree and the other one even closer," I whispered.
Needless to say, Kathy couldn't believe her eyes either.
"Nobody will believe this," she whispered.
"That's why I'm going to take a couple of photos and hope the flash doesn't go off," I whispered back.
I nestled the camera lens against the window and snapped two quick photos without any camera flash. The deer didn't move. They didn't even turn their heads toward us.
We watched them for the next 20 minutes. It was a sight to behold below the cloudy skies.
Laying motionless in the snow, they only moved their heads, cautiously looking for humans or predators.
We crawled back into bed at 2:20 whispering back and forth how long we thought the deer had been there or how long they would stay.
Kathy leaned up from bed just after 2:30. The show was over. No curtain call. The deer had disappeared.
We muttered a few words about how surprised we were that they would bed down on our snow-covered lawn. We have watched many deer walk or run through our backyard, front yard and between our home and the neighbor's condo in the last six years. Never did we expect to see deer bed down so close to our home.
That's why we enjoy living in the country, whether it's watching pheasants, coyotes, turkeys, rabbits, squirrels, garter snakes and deer.
That's why I always tell people where we live is like fishing the Mississippi River. You never know what you're going to catch on any given day.