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Bears in the neighborhood

October 24th, 2019 at 03:44 pm

There have been a growing number of bear sightings in my immediate neighborhood. They have been in town for years now, but most often they seem to be on the other side of town, in an area abutting a state park.

I walk around the block often in the morning, and a neighbor driving by slowed down to warn me to "be careful" as he'd just seen a bear in his yard that morning.

I've also talked to a woman I often see walking her beagle and she has seen the bear also as she walked home, her neighbors on their enclosed back porch suddenly shouted "Bear, bear! Go away! Go away!" She did, and as soon as the neighbors began yelling, the bear took off.

So now I need to avoid walking too early in the morning. They will be hibernating soon. And I think I want to buy a mini fog horn thingy.

My father and I had a really nice day today. It was a beautiful warm day in the 60s here and all the leaves are already past peak, I think. We took a drive northwest to a small town just over the New York state line to Harney & Sons tea company.



They have a cute little tea tasting room where, like a fine wine, you can taste a variety of teas. We tried 4 of them and I decided to buy an organic sencha Japanese tea called Bancha and an Indian assam tea, also organic.


The young man shown here was very knowledgeable about teas.


Here's what I bought. I couldn't resist this cute little mug.

Down the road we stopped at a very large organic farm and had a great lunch in their little cafe. Dad bought some of their purple sweet potatoes and a cluster of mushrooms from another local farm.

Another new-to-me cousin contacted me on Ancestry. Our DNA says we're cousins but we haven't yet figured out how, except that it's likely on my paternal grandmother's side. This person grew up in London but has lived the past 30 years in Germany, making her the first living ancestor I've discovered outside the US!

9 Responses to “Bears in the neighborhood”

  1. Wink Says:

    Sounds like a really nice day with your dad! I miss those kinds of outings with my mom.

  2. crazyliblady Says:

    You new teas sound delightful.

    I have not visited your blog in awhile. I am so sorry you are unemployed. What is your field?

  3. Fern Says:

    I am not unemployed, crazyliblady. You are probably looking at old posts from the past.

  4. crazyliblady Says:

    No, not old posts. I was looking at the text on the left side of screen here:

    "What began here as an online journal chronicling my progress as I pursued a variety of financial goals has morphed into a blog devoted to the concerns and challenges of the unemployed.

    A communicator by profession, I cannot sit on my hands, even while temporarily out of work....."

  5. Fern Says:

    This is an older blog I kept. I haven't had a chance to change all that, sorry.

  6. GoodLiving Says:

    I just got to say, I'm glad that you've stayed with us, I would miss you. At one point, I went back and read all your posts because....well, you know, you write so well. :-)

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Sounds like an enjoyable way to spend the day.

  8. rob62521 Says:

    What an excellent way to spend the day and I'm a bit jealous of you finding a place to try teas. Any of the places I've been to may sell teas, but you don't get to sit down and try them.

  9. Dido Says:

    Sounds like a great day. I'm so glad your father is up to traveling with you!

    The mini fog horn sounds like a good idea, given the bears!

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