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Friday, May 27, 2011

Floodwaters Rising!

The buzz word around here has been "river" for sure, with all the cresting going on here. It all started a couple of weeks back when we had a streak of warm sunshine for a day or two. It melted up in mountains and soon torrents of water had overtaken the riverbanks........

After that, a lot of rain has been keeping it high. Back when we lived on the other side of the river, when I was pregnant with Super Catman, the flood waters overtook our road. The only way to get in and out was by boat. My mother called 911 to tell them I was expecting. It wasn't for 4 more months, but she wanted to be sure that they knew about me :-) Anyhow, this year, we're living wayyyy up on top of a tall hill and I don't have anymore dreams about floating away in my bed while I'm asleep.

After the first rising, the kids, giddy to explore took off with the neighbors kayak and a trolling motor. The Sock Fashion Expert delivered cream pie to one of the neighbors who could only boat in and out. After that every few days somebody wanted to go out and see what was new with the flooding. I even got crazy enough to try taking my little kayak down river. My sense of adventure overtook me and I just had to see our old place. Once I hit Mr. Narley's bridge wires I knew I'd made a mistake. The river was fast and I had to curl down in the bed of the tippy thing just to let it pass by without getting close lined by the thick cable. For a few short seconds time stopped and I felt gravity calling me under. I knew once I tipped the kayak would be gone for sure and I'd have to pull myself down the wires to his house with horrible embarrassment if the river didn't carry me away. Oh I'd have eventually drug myself out, but it would be minus my kayak. Anyhow, with gritted teeth, I barely made it through the harrowing experience and questioned my sanity once I was free floating on the other side. On the way back, not having a motor, I had to work hard against the current. I figured I could always pull her out at a neighbors if it was too hard, but I liked the challenge. There was no going back through the fast moving current with the guide wires, so I kayaked through his yard hoping it wasn't too rude.

In other news, The Archer is working a lot for the building crew. He loves learning all he can. I got to go to a women's conference last weekend with my good friend "The Ruthster" She's awesome and so much fun! The Sock Fashion Expert spent the weekend with her friends in the city. She had a great time. Moonbeam some how survived that weekend, but seems even more partial to us girls ;-) The boys have been building forts and playing video games along with motorcycles and building boomerangs...... My dear husband has gotten a lot of mechanical projects from locals lately which has kept him busy. He also decided to find me a good bike. After 4-6 hours on the Internet, I suggested he look at some pawn shops hoping he'd find a better deal. The other day, he was happy to find one at a used sporting equipment store that fit the criteria he had in mind for me. I was excited, but I tried to stay cool "why don't you think about it and we'll come back?" I asked nonchalantly. Then we checked out a sporting goods store and saw it was a $500 bike for only $100. Thrilled, we went off and bought a bike rack to haul it home. When we got back to the shop, it was gone....... Oh the agony. We've both been regretting not buying it right away ever since! My dear husband was back at the ol' puter looken again for another hour that night...... The dear man - at least he is dedicated to finding me one.

Oh, and i almost forgot some really exciting buzz.... a big ol' grizzley bear barged into some peoples chicken coops a couple of weeks ago as well. It got ALL of The Archers Bosses chickens, it got half another persons chickens AND it left a deer back of somebodies garden. The wildlife people tried trapping it unsuccessfully so it is still roaming around as far as anybody hears. Hopefully he has moved on.

Monday, May 16, 2011

My Son's Grizzly Bear Encounter

Art Dog's Fort

Silly Miss Moona

Sock Fashion Expert checking out the progress, while she sips tea in her favorite cup...

On Monday (a week ago), it was a beautiful day. The mild weather accompanied by sunshine beckoned our children outdoors. A soft wind played through the trees and everything seemed alive and good. As we awaken from our winter slumber and find new life outdoors in Gods country, markedly, so do the other creatures. Namely, the bears awaken from their slumber, and they wander off in search of food sporting voracious appetites...........

On Monday, in another state, far from here, my mother saw something bad..... She felt a burden to pray...... She prayed for a certain child in the wilds of Montana, her own grandchild whom she dearly loved..........

On Monday, mom and dad felt it necessary to make a trip to the city. I put on a pretty dress and fixed my hair to have an outing with my dear husband. While we were frolicking without kids, shopping and even dining out at a restaurant I had long awaited eating at, our kids were finishing up their schoolwork at home. We had told them it would be okay to go outdoors as long as they said where they were going and when they would return. We have worked with them in establishing safety rules and they do always obey them.

On Monday, a certain boy screen named "Art Dog", after finishing his school work and chores excitedly headed out to one of his favorite shed finding places. The sunshine kissed his face and he felt glad for the freedom. He marched along the beautiful day in all his youthful glory..... Here is his account :

"I was walking along an old logging road, heading to a place where I was going to look for sheds. Suddenly I heard a "jump crash"! I put my hand on my pistol and I slowly walked up a couple of steps to see over the brush. I saw a gigantic brown head looking at me, with a shoulder hump behind it. It was only 20 yards away! First I thought it might be a cinnamon black bear, and then I thought "darn I didn't bring my bear tag or gun or orange". Then I saw how big it was and that it didn't look much like a black bear. So I slowly walked backwards loading my .22. Once I couldn't see it because it was behind the brush I heard it running. I hoped it wasn't running towards me. Then I heard it getting quieter so I knew it was running away. Then I realized I was shaking and I walked back home looking behind me every once in a while. The grizzly bear delayed my shed hunt. On the way back i thanked God I got to see a grizzly bear that close without getting eaten. "

On Monday, when I got the call, I thanked God for His marvelous protection. He is so good, and it isn't all He did this past week. He worked other miracles too. Yesterday, I talked to my mom on the phone and she and specifically asked "okay what happened to one of the kids this week?" Then she explained and so did i.........

Tuesday, May 3, 2011