Dueling Daisy Deer vs. Slippery Sheex Sheets

Daisy is checking out her new and interesting opponent!

The Oklahoma weather has been unusually warm for the month of April.  Even March seemed a little on the toasty side, but I have not minded the warmer temperatures.  I love the spring months, and look forward to the heat of summer.  I am a cold-blooded creature, and feel my best when Mr. Sun is beaming down on me.  When the weather warms up enough to green the landscape, one can find me outdoors from early morning until almost dark in the evening.  So it is that I have been in my element lately, planting my two vegetable gardens, weeding and cleaning up my herb beds all around the outside of the house (where they are handy to pick while I’m cooking) and grooming flowers and shrubs that surround the house and yard. I also can be found running the mower over the four acres immediately surrounding our house.  Already, I have logged about 25 hours of mowing in the month of March.  It is the reason my blog writing has taken a backseat lately.

The flapping and billowing sheets make Miss Daisy a little feisty!

Monday morning a stiff breeze blew and I decided it would be a great day to wash and hang bedding on the clothesline. The particular bedding I speak of is the expensive Sheex brand.  FD insisted on trying them since he tends to be on the warm side and radiates heat all night long.  These Sheex sheets are supposed to wick away moisture, breathe 50% better than cotton,  and transfer body heat better than any other fabric – having a cooling effect.  Made of 87% polyester and 13% spandex fabric blend, they are wrinkle-free, stretch to fit any mattress, and are soft to the touch.  FD loves them.  I, on the other hand, hate them.  Oh, they do feel lovely on the skin and keep one cool, but they also have a few negative aspects in my opinion.  For one, they don’t look great on the bed.  They do not smooth out nicely, rather the stretchiness makes them a bit difficult to get to lay just right while making the bed in the morning. Admittedly, this is not really a viable complaint, since the quilt on top of the bed covers up the Sheex so no one sees them anyway, but bear with me here.  Another gripe is that the fabric conforms, no – it CLINGS, to one’s body. Being a toss-and-turn-all-night-long person, I frequently find myself tangled up in them in the middle of the night.  Also, I usually wear a pair of socks to bed since my feet are constantly cold.  Socks and Sheex do not play well together at all, so my feet become entangled as well.  But my biggest complaint about the lovely Sheex sheets is with my hands.  I work outdoors all day, and I cook and bake a lot, so I have “working” hands, not smooth, supple “lady” hands.  I do wear gloves to garden and sometimes I remember to use gloves when I wash dishes, but most of the time my hands take a beating.  Rough and dry much of the time, my chapped hands catch as they rub along the Sheex, feeling scratchy and gross.  So to combat this, I slather a good dose of night cream on my hands and wear cotton gloves to bed.  But, alas, like with the socks, my gloved hands become tangled with the Sheex in no time.  Lastly, my dryer has a sensor to determine when clothes are dry but, for some reason, can never sense when the blasted Sheex sheets are dry. Consequently, I have found it is easiest just to dry the darn things outdoors on the clothesline after laundering where, on a nice breezy, sunny day, they take little time to dry. Thus was my mission this windy Monday morning.

And the bout begins! Are you ready to RUMBLE?!

Daisy deer had been down at the corn feeder early at first daylight.  I fed her a pear and did my usual grooming on her, picking off ticks and brushing her to remove some of her shedding hair.  As was becoming the usual, she suddenly turned and headed to the woods for the day.  I laughed a little at how independent she had become lately.  Anymore, Daisy doesn’t seem to care much about her morning fruit snack, but she did stop for a little corn at the feeder before taking off for the woods.  With Daisy gone, I felt it safe to hang the bedding out to dry in the morning breeze.

A lull in the breeze and not much action from the fitted sheet.

During their rehabilitation, we kept our little orphaned deer Daisy, and the injured deer Holly, in the deer pen just east of our home. I discovered early on that hanging laundry outside on the clothesline north of the house was a bad idea.  The flapping of clothes and sometimes erratic movement of the clothesline scared our girls badly.  However, once the deer were free after hunting season ended, I felt I could get back to enjoying my air-dried sheets and towels again, as long as I made sure Daisy was gone for the day before starting my laundry task.  So, after she headed to the woods Monday morning I pinned up the Sheex bedding and headed back in the house to start a load of towels.

The Sheex fights back prompting Daisy to close her eyes… just in case!!

Heading back out with my newly washed basket of towels in hand, I came around the corner of the house to find Daisy snooping around the clothesline, inspecting the Sheex bedding.  Seeing this, I quickly dropped the clothes basket and ran back inside for my camera.  On my return, I watched Daisy discover the new-found joy of these peculiar, flapping objects.  She seemed to delight in this new friend who was willing to play-fight with her, teasing her by flapping at her, then shifting and moving away and flying upward.  Hooves flailing wildly, she played back. In part, I was horrified to think she might shred the expensive Sheex sheets with her sharp little hooves.  But the other part of me that did not really like these sheets said, “Aw, just let it happen… you can always tell FD it was too late when you discovered Daisy hoofing the sheets”.  After a short time I could see the Sheex were not going to be shredded, and only wound up dirty from Daisy’s hoofing and the morning dew from the grass.  The sheets would have to be rewashed.

Aha!! Gotcha!

I took my towels back inside and put them in the dryer.  I rewashed the load of bedding and opted to run it through the dryer 2 or 3 times to get it dry.  Now that I know Daisy is no longer afraid of laundry flapping on the clothesline, I wonder just how often I will be able to enjoy my air and sun-dried clothing?  Will I have to wait until NEXT summer when Daisy will likely have her own baby and be a mother with other responsibilities?  Or will I try again, knowing I’ll have to monitor the clothesline more closely?  I am a little tempted to hang out an old bed sheet and see if Daisy might not just enjoy a little play with the dancing fabric!  Don’t we all get a little bit bored sometimes?  Aren’t we all a little bit curious about the oddity across the way and wonder what it is?  It did look like a lot of fun.

Doesn’t curiosity get the best of you sometimes?

Hmm… I wonder if the makers of Sheex would be interested to know their product can boast the durability feature of being hoof-proof?


26 thoughts on “Dueling Daisy Deer vs. Slippery Sheex Sheets

  1. The fun and games shown here are worth a second wash anytime! It will be interesting to see if she explores other drying items ( but it’s not me going to be chasing after her if she gets wrapped up in them!)
    I loved this: ” Socks and Sheex do not play well together at all,” – just giggle at the thought of you “tangled” hand and foot in those sheets.
    As always thanks for letting us play in your world

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    1. Oh I’m so happy for you to enjoy Daisy’s antics with me. I sometimes feel like the luckiest mamma in the world! I only wish I had more time to write about her. It seems every day Daisy presents me with a new story to write about.

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  2. This is so gorgeous and hilarious. I can’t help it, she reminds me of my boy cat, a big marmy goof oscillating between independence and the extreme sillies. I bet if Daisy could caterwaul loud Siamese-y strings of vowels, she would, whenever she came looking for you, mama deer.

    Thank you for the wonderful post.

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    1. I think you are right!! I have always wondered if Daisy has something wrong with her vocals. She never did cry out like fawns do. She only made “mewing” noises when she was little, and now she makes a small, deep grunting noise that I like to call a “buzz”. She only does this when she sees me and comes running after me. I think if she could be vocal, she would be. Oh, she’s such a delight. I wish you and your boy cat were here… Daisy is fascinated with the feral cats around here! It’s funny to watch her investigate them!

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  3. This was a really funny post, I loved reading about Daisy playing with the sheets and the photos are amazing! Your inspiration has made me decide to work towards getting certified in wildlife rehabilitation someday. And I would totally buy Hoof Proof sheets! What a fantastic idea for a tv commercial – send it in! 🙂

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    1. Oklahoma has made it fairly easy to become licensed to rehabilitate wildlife. I filled out an application and mailed it in to the Dept. of Wildlife Conservation. They sent back an inspection form along with the local game warden’s contact information. He arrived a few days later and I showed him the various cages, shelters, and pens we have. We discussed what mammals and birds I was willing to take on, and we discussed “what if” scenarios. Basically, there were no wrong answers. I think he just wanted to know more about what experience I had and if I had thought this through. He signed the inspection form and made notations. I mailed that in to the Dept. of Wildlife Conservation and in about a week I had a permit and license. Helping wildlife is highly rewarding, but it is time consuming and somewhat expensive. Here, even people living in town can provide help to small mammals or birds if they are set up for it and can provide a release area when the animal/bird is ready to be freed. I do know that some states require more training and certification. Migratory birds require federal licensing, so I am unable to help them legally without a lot of training. Even so, I had successfully raised many doves (a migratory bird) in the past, before I knew this!

      Get online to discover what your state requires. You’ll find numerous articles online for each species about raising orphans and caring for the injured. There are also a few good books out on rehabilitation. Good luck!!

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  4. Lori, In the picture with her eyes closed she seems to say: “Mmmm… so soft!”
    Darling post! And I am with you about being out in the garden all day… just such a wonderful time to be had with the birds, bees, and posies. ~ Lynda

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    1. Daisy was entirely enjoying herself! I almost hated to take the sheets down! Yes, these lovely days outside have done a world of good for me. I really flourish with sun, and wild things… my dogs love it too! Now, if we could just get rid of the mosquitoes!

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  5. My VERY favorite post of yours so far about Daisy! How truly wonderful to have such a semi-domesticaled doe around to entertain you! And I would say you should collect some cash from Sheex company for showing how durable their product is!

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    1. Isn’t Daisy a comedian? I laughed when I saw her mouth open in a few of the photos. She had a look of bedevilment for sure! Those Sheex sheets didn’t stand a chance! Daisy continues to amaze me with her antics.

      I’m not sure Sheex would appreciate how much I dislike their sheets, but they sure would find it comical to know they took a good “hoofing”, eh?

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    1. These critters are what keeps me from being productive. I find myself enjoying a lot of belly laughs watching the antics of wildlife around here. Natures entertainment!

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  6. Your story made me laugh, since they were not my sheets! Thank goodness, by the way, my husband and I both prefer all cotton. I don’t like the sound of the Sheex, either.

    I remember one time when I was young, (also in Oklahoma) seeing my mother tear out the back door, with her broom. She was also yelling, so I looked to see what was going on outdoors. Two of my father’s coon dog puppies were swinging back and forth on a sheet. One actually had his teeth hooked on a hole he made in the sheet and couldn’t get down. After that day, the puppies were tied on wash day. Daisy’s gentle fun was a lot easier on the sheets!

    I hope you write more about your gardens!

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    1. I hope to find more time to write, but gosh, it’s great being outdoors this time of year when the temperatures are so pleasant. I have so much to write about! Unfortunately, the call of the outdoors manages to have me sidetracked from the computer! We have also been entertaining family a bit and will continue to this spring and summer. That is always a lot of fun and keeps us busy.

      What a funny story about your Dad’s coon dogs! I suppose sheets and all clothes flapping in the breeze is a bit of a temptation for birds and animals and piquing curiosity! I’ve had numerous occasions where I had to rewash items that birds managed to drop doo-doo on while perched on the clothesline. Now that is just plain rude!! Ha!

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    1. Oh thank you!! How wonderful… and I am so glad you enjoy my blog and reading about Daisy deer. I’ll be sure to tell Daisy about this, but I have a feeling she’ll just give me the “crazy head” maneuver and take off running! I love you too, my dear, deer friend!

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