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Bear Under the Deck

A bumping outside the window woke me this morning around 4:00. Edging over to the open window, I listened to the bump and then heard the snort.

Bear.

Our garbage cans are kept under the deck. Only one had trash — one bag — but the full-grown black bear was in the process of knocking them all over to be sure there wasn’t anything more than what he was able to drag out and spread all over the ground.

I shined my small flashlight out the window and caught the shadowy outline of our woodland visitor. Padding across the carpeted floor, I gently shook a sleeping Mr. Mitchell.

“Hmm?” he responded, groggily. Guys sleep through anything.

“There’s a bear in the trash,” I whispered. I wasn’t sure what he could do about it but it seemed only reasonable that I should share this pre-dawn moment by disrupting his sleep.

He stumbled out of bed and disappeared into his man cave, coming back with a handheld spotlight. Did I hear him say it was a million watts? Whatever it was, it was bright.

Positioning himself at the widow, he pointed the spotlight in the direction of the bumping and snorting. There it was … a full-grown black bear pawing through our discarded water bottles, empty cans, used paper towels, and all the other assorted odds and ends found in the family trash.

With iPhone in hand, I snapped some photos but the combination of darkness, the screen on the window, and distance made it difficult to get a clear picture. The bear ate. I took pics. The bear pawed through the pile. More pics. More pawing and eating.

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Spring Creeps Into Shenandoah National Park

May 2017 … green is creeping up the ridges in Shenandoah National Park. It was a road trip along Skyline Drive to see the shades of green, wildflowers, and even ridges where winter was still clinging in the form of leafless trees….

Route 33 east of Harrisonburg as it approaches Shenandoah National Park.

Swift Run Gap entrance station.

Blackened trees are a reminder of the April 2016 Rocky Mount forest fire that burned thousands of acres in the southern section of Skyline Drive.


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It’s Spring … Get Your Hands In the Dirt Part 2

??????????Hands in the dirt … time to plant spring flowers and garden vegetables.

Dirt … spring planting sunshine … outdoors.

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Get Your Hands in the Dirt

Plants from Milmont Nursery wait to be potted … Hanging baskets look skimpy now but will be overflowing in a couple of months …

Working in the potting shed under the deck …

Lawn furniture is in place along with the hammock for summer lounging …

Terra cotta pots wait for flowers….

Dirt … spring planting sunshine … outdoors.

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The wisteria is blooming

By Lynn R. Mitchell

1Wisteria. Beautiful purple grape-like clusters of fragrant blooms on vines that drape across the house and briefly showcase our front porch every spring. The cold winter affected the vine this year, producing less flowers, but still a source of floral delight.

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A gift, the homeschool blooming cherry tree grows and thrives

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????My memories go back 20 years every time I look at this blooming cherry tree in my yard, remembering a group of homeschool friends in North Carolina who were special in my life. The tree was a gift from them when we were transferred back home to Virginia with SWAC Husband’s job, a thank you and a token of the love that had grown between us during the years we educated our children and socialized together. This is our ICHE tree — ICHE being an acronym for Iredell County Home Educators. When presented to us, it was about 2-3 feet tall. It obviously loves the Virginia soil because it now towers over my head. This tree makes me smile.

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Spring blooming trees

??????????The yard is a riot of spring colors with blooming trees and flowers. This is the flowering plum looking toward the woods that still look wintry and bare.

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell
April 9, 2015

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Will snow usher in first day of spring?

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March snow 2014

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Friday marks the first day of spring and Mother Nature must have thought it would be humorous to usher it in with a bit of snow. Forecasters have predicted an inch or so of the white stuff in the Shenandoah Valley and a couple of inches at higher elevations.

An inch? Just enough to dust the emerging spring flowers. I think we can handle it….

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell

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