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Archive for May 4th, 2015

Well, it seems that any hope of having Spring gradually become Summer has gone the way of the snow on Kilimanjaro: vanished. Today we’ll be in the 80s F / 30s C. Anything above 72 F / 22 C is too warm for me, especially since my cancer medication induces hot flash after hot flash 24 hours a day.

I’ve been checking the gardens and we’ve lost some plants to the glacial winter. We haven’t, however lost any weeds. In fact, the weeds are back stronger and more prolific than ever. I am seriously considering letting them have their way and call it my native plant garden.

In addition to the weeds, the coyotes are also abundant. But the surprise guests at the dinner table this year are black bears. I noticed signs of bears last year and The Skipper, whose feet have never touched anything but concrete, mowed lawns and beach sand, blew me off with “Of course there are no bears around here.” He said the deep, wide claw marks on the wooden garbage bin was raccoons. I know raccoon claw marks and these were not those. When I found the huge wasp nest clawed open, he admitted that the only animal he could think of that would do that was a bear, but there were no bears here. He blamed the raccoons again.

So yesterday when the police car with siren and lights going like a disco joint came roaring into the area, The Skipper toddled over to see what was up. Seems there was a black bear sighting by one of the neighbors. And disco cop didn’t want to come face to face with it, hence the blare of lights and sound. I assured him after that noisy entrance, any black bear within 5 miles was heading in another direction. Yuck, yuck, yuck.

The Skipper still doesn’t believe the neighbor saw a black bear. “I know”, I said. “It was just the bigfoot version of a raccoon.” We have a compost area that I am going to do my best to make unattractive to bears. The Skipper says all that work is unnecessary. I can feel it in my bones, and it’s not my cancer medication doing it this time. Sometime this summer the bear is going to make a believer out of The Skipper. I only hope that it’s a he and not a she bear with cubs.

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