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24 February 2011 @ 11:50 pm
Did I ever tell you the story of the bear?  
Okay, I know I hadn't since I had not updated my journal since July. So before I begin to relay the story, here's a pic of Piper:


Why? Because I want to.

So, here I was, 9 months pregnant (just turned 9 months) and I had just spent the past 24 hours passing gall stones.

Now, don't know if you've ever had gall stones, but if you have, they're pretty fucking painful. It feels as if someone is sitting on your chest, while someone, I don't know how because someone is sitting on your chest, but anyway, someone else is continually stabbing you in the back, somewhere around your kidneys.

It's a real bitch.

Now if you're in this kind of pain, you can take about 6 Motrin and then crash into bed and sleep the whole thing off. Even if you don't crash, you still won't feel the pain - not after 6 Motrin, let me tell you.

But i couldn't do that because, hello! Pregnant!

So yeah. Pain for a few days.

And on top of all that, Piper was an active baby. She did flips and kicks and those arms and legs never stopped moving for like, 5 months. :P

I was pretty wiped one night in October as I was just starting to feel better because the gall stones had finally passed. But I still wasn't 100% and tired and not right.

I think you get the picture.

So Joe goes to close the shop and it's just me, Megan, Griffon, Rowan and Donovan.

Okay, it's never just me. LOL!

So Megan and I were talking to each other in the living room and the kids were watching something on tv and we hear something.

Kinda like a bellow of some sort.

I look around and ask Megan if she heard that and she said yeah. I'm just about to call Griffon from his room when he comes out, looks out the dining room window and informs us all that there's a bear in the backyard.

A bear!

In our backyard!

And what's worse, is that she's turned our garbage can over and there's trash lying around.

I should have known something was up when we started to smell something foul.

So here I am, in my last month of pregnancy, getting over gallstone passing and there's a bear in the backyard.

I'll get to how I knew it was a she in a minute.

So I start to go to my room to get the shotgun, just in case, even thugh I'm feeling anything but ready to handle this and Griffon beats me to it.

I turn around and there he is standing there, looking like Reese from Terminator, sans the trench coat, ready for bear.


Joe picks that moment to call and I tell him the trash is all over the backyard and do you know why the trash is all over the backyard?

Because of the bear.

So he tells us all to stay inside (like we're going to run out there and wave our hands around calling attention to ourselves) until he gets home.

But Griffon is still standing guard with the shotgun until dad gets home.

That was when we noticed the other garbage can move and then we see a small head poke out.

You got it.

It's Boo Boo.

Yep, you got Mama Bear and Baby Bear.

And it's the cutest thing, except for the fact that there's now2 two bears in our backyard.

And they seem to be hungry. :(

We hear Joe's car drive up the and he's honking the horn. Then he comes in the house saying he honked the horn so he could scare teh bear off. We look out the window and the bears are still there.

Apparently Mama and Boo Boo have a pair on them.

So Joe takes Griffon outside with him (after Joe gets his shotgun) and Joe stares down Mama Bear and she's just about to head away when another bear comes out of nowhere!

Oh yes, Mama Bear's been busy. I'm thinking, is this the bear equivalent of Octomom? Are there 6 more in the bushes?

But the best is yet to come because lo and behold! Mama charges after Joe!

Joe has to fire but he purposely misses her as you know, he doesn't want to kill the bear, just scare it.

It does and she runs, along with the two little scamps.

But it was certainly a scary moment when Griffon relayed the sheer terror of being charged by a big bear.

And I don't think I ever remembered seeing Griffon's pupils that dilated. LOL!

Well, just thought I'd relay that little tidbit onto you.

And yeah, we had a few more bears in our backyard after that. I'm not sure if it was the same one (probably not - they don't like being shot at apparently according to the game warden).

But I will tell you. I was so not ready for that on that particular night. I was quite pleased that my 13 year old son was willing to step up to the plate.

Makes me all kinds of happy. :):)

Current Mood: shockedshocked
Rena: Cat Facepawsrainbow1907 on February 25th, 2011 08:17 am (UTC)
Okay, that was scary to imagine... fun to read but, yes, scary! So I guess you live someplace with lots of wilderness around. And the pic of Piper - she's so adorable!!! Absolute sweetness ♥ Thanks for sharing that! Rena :)
Maria: House - animatedslave_o_spike on March 5th, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! (About Piper).

I live in a rural area outside of Seattle (about 30 miles out) that just touches the vast wilderness of Washington state. There is a reason that the nearest suburb is called Wilderness Rim. LOL!

It was scary, but for some reason, I just wasn't that scared that night. *shrugs*
critic75critic75 on February 25th, 2011 09:17 am (UTC)
Now that was a time when you could have really used that chainsaw that you wanted to buy to carve a bear, and a perfect example of Murphy's other law. The one that says 'at the worst possible moment.'
You've fallen in love. I can certainly understand. She's beautiful.
Maria: waving bearslave_o_spike on March 5th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
I have fallen in love. Every time I look at her, I positively beam.

And chainsaw?! That's a bit overkill. LOL! Sort of a Scarface for the Pacific Northwest. How would I explain using the chainsaw on the bear?

'I was carving a tree out of the bear. You know, art imitating life kind of thing.' :P
Still want him in your pack?_alicesprings on February 25th, 2011 09:27 am (UTC)
Maria: Dean - slave_o_spike on March 5th, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC)
I know!!!
bodleianbodleian on February 25th, 2011 10:59 am (UTC)
Staying inside definitely seems to be a good idea. Congratulations on surviving and having a daughter. I don't know what I would do if I had that sort of wildlife in the backyard - especially considering I freak out at the sight of a spider.
You did well!
Maria: Orlando sighingslave_o_spike on March 5th, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
Staying inside is good - until the bear could learn to use a door knob.

You just get used to all the wildlife around here - bears, elk, deer, cougars...
Dorian: A skulltdorian on February 25th, 2011 11:21 am (UTC)
I read this and thought "I've missed her So much". Nio one makes laugh, spurts my tea everywhere like you do. :D
Maria: BJ Guh Showerslave_o_spike on March 5th, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC)
LOL! I knew everyone would get a kick out of this.

Maria with a shotgun...*shudders*
furribootsfurriboots on February 25th, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC)
Oh my, you do have exciting adventures. I think you should write a book!

Piper is beautiful. Even though your time is limited (how couldn't it be with a new baby to care for?) I am so glad that you are back sharing your stories and pics with us on LJ.
Maria: Piperslave_o_spike on March 5th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of writing a book someday.

No one would believe it though. LOL!

My time is limited but not the way one would think. I do spend a lot of time just watching tv because I'm breastfeeding but hey! That's fine with me. :)
rosy5000: Brian & Gusrosy5000 on February 25th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
Awww! Piper is such an adorable and happy baby! :D

Yikes! You certainly do have some adventures, don't you. :P Glad those bears ran away. Scary that more have been coming around though. *hugs*
Maria: blinking owlslave_o_spike on March 5th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
She is so happy! She always has a smile for everyone. :)

Because no one is allowed to hunt the bears, the bears are no longer afraid of humans and so there are more bears around. Humans, believe it or not, can be too humane for their own good sometimes.
charlie_jae on February 25th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
Holy crap, I don't think I would have reacted with anything but frozen fear. Which is strange cause reading it I was smiling going, oh no, no way.
Maria: Baby!Orlislave_o_spike on March 5th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
I can't afford to be frozen with fear at a time like that - too many kids to think about.

We have to be more aggressive about these things now. Bears aren't afraid of us anymore. :(

But yeah, it was kind of funny too. LOL!
Amyamygirl on February 25th, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
Oh man you guys are braver then I am...I would not be running around outside in front of a mother bear and her cubs. *shudders*

Piper is absolutely beautiful by the way just gorgeous.
Maria: SPN Jensen :Dslave_o_spike on March 5th, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
Well, now, we weren't out running in front of them. But we had to scare them off the property. They need to know we're not afraid of them.

Thank you about Piper. She is a cutie alright. :)
girloftheburbs: Galaxy Quest - Oh?girloftheburbs on March 3rd, 2011 11:25 am (UTC)
Wow, now that is scary!! I'm glad you and your family came through it okay. And here I thought I was brave facing down spiders and opossum, LOL.
Maria: Sean Bean slave_o_spike on March 5th, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC)
Spiders can be scary. But yeah, I would rather face down 10 spiders than 1 bear. LOL!

We came through okay but we still have to be careful when going out at night. It kind of sucks (well not right now as the bears are hibernating).
Jude: A-Eggplantflashfly on May 19th, 2011 05:10 am (UTC)
Piper is gorgeous. Really. Some babies aren't.

Nine months pregnant with a shotgun - now there's a picture.