Peevish Pen

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I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Bears Watching

The flora around here bears watching. All the rain this spring has caused the grass and weeds to really jump up. Last week, the weeds were about to take over the stop sign at the intersection across from my driveway.

The stop sign is in profile—on the post with the route number.

The aggressive weeds obscure the view of on-coming traffic from the right. On Monday, a big VDOT (Virginia Department of Transportation) machine, accompanied by a truck, came to mow. I watched the machine make one pass and continue on its way.

Somehow, VDOT's attempt at mowing didn't make much difference. The weeds still grow. The view is still mostly obscured. But at least VDOT did something. And our tax dollars helped.

At least VDOT didn't rip apart habitat like they did in April. But still they bear watching.

Speaking of bear watching, or maybe it's watching a bear, on April 28 a bear almost attacked a Penhook girl who walked with her dogs on Smith Mountain. One of her dogs fought the bear and sustained injuries. This story originally appeared in the Franklin News-Post. Today's FNP reports that the dog has died.

Today's Smith Mountain Eagle reported a bear in someone's yard in Scruggs (15 miles from me). The bear had no fear of humans and was aggressive.

Meanwhile, less than two miles from me as the crow flies, a bear walks the same woods that my dogs and I have walked with Claudia and her dogs. (Claudia e-mailed me this video earlier today.)

So far, I've never seen a bear in my wanderings. I'd like to keep it that way.



Blogger Amy Tate said...

We get them all the time up our way. Be careful!

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We haven't seen any... most sightings seem to be to our north, but that's not to say they don't ever wander our area.. just that we have not seen any. Not sure I would walk in these woods.

The Blue RIdge Gal

10:38 PM  
Blogger Becky Mushko said...

If you do go walking, don't forget to take your camera. No telling what you might get pictures of.

10:42 PM  
Blogger Debi Kelly Van Cleave said...

Becky, that's my next door neighbor whose dog tangled with the bear. Sadly, she had to be put to sleep.

10:25 PM  

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