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Bear in kitchen & bedroom = new exercises

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Just call me "Goldilocks"! Upon arrival home from a lengthy trip, we discovered a torn screendoor, a ravished pantry, cupboards and freezer and a face-on-the floor, 53" (very heavy) dresser in the bedroom! Since it's been so cold that no grass is growing & the bears haven't eaten in months, the intruder especially relished the Splenda brown sugar, chips, frozen berries, cookie mixes, etc. Sadly, he dropped the margarine on the deck as he departed. Aw, shucks!

But we sure burned some calories scrubbing up the now-thawed frozen food, hot chocolate mix (and his pawprints) off the floor, pushing the refrig and dresser back into place & cleaning up the broken seashells, glass & rocks and lifting the dresser. I found 1 coarse black hair in the drawer under the oven and my loaf pan for baking bread has one giant hole made by a tooth.....yikes!

The Div. of Wildlife says bears'paws are very sensitive and advised building a 2" grid of protruding nails covering a 4'x8' sheet of plywood in front of each entry to the house. Do the math...it's over 1,000 nails/sheet of plywood.

So I'm trying to find "pounding nails, drilling in screws, hauling lumber" on the fitness page. And since bears religiously return where they've successfully found food, we've pulled all-night vigils to prevent their re-entry. The first night home we had 2 visits from bears on the deck. We succeeded in shooing them away before they entered the house. Bears aren't aggressive...they're just very hungry.

Talk about heartbeats per minute....I could hear my heart pounding in my ears & it felt like it would jump out of my throat each time the motion light turned on from 11 pm until 5 am. (At least hourly and often 4-5 times/hour).

"Cardio" is defined as heightened heart rate, right?
I. Got. Cardio!

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    And to think I get upset over a mouse in my kitchen!!
    3783 days ago

    Your bears are grizzlies, too, aren't they?? We have black bears here that can get up to 500 pounds. Occasionally, they break into houses. One time last year, the woman was inside, and she got slightly mauled. She was even pregnant, but she and the baby were OK.

    Wow. I'm so glad you weren't home when that happened. You should post some pictures of what your nailed plywood looks like. My goodness!

    You'd better be careful not to get between any moms and their cubs while you're doing all your wood-hauling these days!

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    3784 days ago
    Wow! Totally puts my troubles in perspective! Somehow shin splints seem a small price to pay for my cardio! Stay safe.
    3816 days ago
    LOl!!! How Histerical!!! I am laughing so hard....WOW! is al I can say!

    Yes!! {{{ Fitness Minutes!! }}} ....for sure! ~ Laura
    3817 days ago
    OMG...can you leave food somewhere else, a distance from the house? I wouldn't know what to do, so I can't really offer advice, but that's probably what I would do just to keep them away! How do you shoo a bear away?
    3817 days ago
    OMG... What a welcome home, Goldi!

    I hate seeing a spider in my house... the neighbours can hear my screams! From someone who lives in a megacity.. yes we see the occasional raccoon and I've hear of the odd fox showing up in the suburbs... by a bear? Are you kidding!

    But I've got to admire your attitude... always the silver lining... the glass half full! You lost all your food, your house was all messed up, you have noctural visits from dangerous bears... but you're burning calories.

    You really do need to get those barricades with nails up and maybe some kind of loud sirens around the perimeter of your house... maybe land mines. But seriously, it could be dangerous, right? Be careful!

    3818 days ago
  • KYANN402
    OMG!! And I thought a flooded basement was trouble! You lead an exciting life up there in the mountains. I'm glad you weren't home when the break in occured. How long does it take for the bears give up?
    3818 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4519295
    Oh the joys of living in the mountains of Colorado! What a mess to return to. I am certain the bears are not happy you are home.
    They probably thought they could return to eat what they'd left last time. Maybe they'll give up soon. It is sad that they are hungry, but they also need to leave your food alone.
    I hope your heart rate will be able to slow down and that tonight you'll get some rest.
    3818 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7296616
    Great story but I'm afraid I would be so frightened that I would be shedding some calories while moving!
    3818 days ago
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