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!