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Monday, September 12, 2011

Rainy Daze Bento & Our Black Bear

 
You may have heard about the outrageous flooding around PA and Maryland. Thursday we woke to find emergency alerts all over the local news. I saw right away C's school was closed, as well as every school in the surrounding boroughs and townships. I broke the news to C and she was so upset but I had to explain we had no where to go. By this time the roads around us where closed or in the process of.  The Susquehanna river was rising with no sign letting up and the flooding was reacting historic levels.

It had been raining for 5 days straight, and in those 5 days we received 3 months worth of rain. I called hubby as soon as I saw the area in which his unit is was taking on water and the levels were rising. He had only enough time to tell me they were evacuating all gear and armory from the Unit and moving to higher ground. Then I hear the whole surrounding area was under a 4pm evacuation time. I watched the for two days nonstop in amazement. Homes floating down the river and being crushed under bridges, someone's refrigerator floating down the street which was now a water way. People sloshing through almost waist deep water. What just happened? 

So to keep my troops entertained since there was no school and we were basically confined to the house since most roads we would travel were closed, we decided to make a bento for the day. C thought of the umbrella sami and I added the carrot rain drops and cheesy clouds. As much as I tried to explain to them what was going on, I do not think it totally clicked, maybe because we weren't affected like everyone around us. School is back in session for us today while so many are still closed and trying to rebuild.

Not only people were miss placed by the flooding.......






My neighbor called at 3 pm to notify me our neighborhood black bear was walking back and forth in the tree line between our property. WHAT? it's 3 in the afternoon, so rare. Normally he comes by in the middle of the night and takes a few bird feeders with him from their yard.

I grabbed my camera, and my telephoto lens (I wasn't getting to close) and went out looking for him. For a moment he disappeared and then I turned around and hello! I saw him strolling through the back of my property. Sniffing around, taking his time, then he came upon our apple tree and decided he was hungry. I watch in awe. He had to have known I as there as I am standing in the middle of an open yard maybe about 100 feet away. It didn't seem to bother him, he went on snacking then calmly walked into the woods and poof......he was gone.

8 comments:

Glory said...

Wow, cool bear photos.

Amber said...

Wow!! That bear is pretty cool (ok, and scary too!)

carma said...

sorry about all the flooding, but that bear rocks!!!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I would love a rainy day lunch. You can keep the bear.

Veronica Lee said...

A rainy day lunch sounds cool! But the bear.......yikes!!!!

EasyLunchboxes (Kelly Lester) said...

Oh my gosh Steph. What a story! Glad you're inside and safe.

MySweetCreations said...

A bear? Wow, stay safe with all of the rain. Those umbrella sandwiches are cute! How many cookie cutters do you have?

Jenni Price illustration said...

Oh my! You are sooo brave being that close to the bear!

I like your little carrot raindrops-so cute!

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