Pioneer Potluck: About more bears in the neighborhood

  • By Grannie Annie
  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014 4:24pm
  • LifeFood

North Nikiski, Turnbull Residence

 

AUGUST 2014 John and Nikki live on the top of a hill that over looks a beautiful lake. They live in a dome house – yes, it’s round. John and his friends built it a long time ago. It had to be painted this year. John did get it painted between rain and more rain.

He cleaned out his paint bucket and sloshed the residue beside his big shop that he also built with help from friends. On Mondays and Thursdays Bob stops to see him on his way home from working at M&M market. The meeting place is in the back part of the big shop, next to a monster stove – you guessed it – that John built. He has a chair beside the stove and that is where John does his “pondering.” With the help of his friends, Bob and Dan, they do a great job!!

Thursday, John was positioned on his chair beside the big stove, pondering the universe, when around the corner of the shop came a little bear. The bear had stepped in the residue paint and made tracks into the shop – looking for goodies. Before John could decide what to do with his intruder – mom bear came around the corner, also stepping in the residue paint – looking for baby bear and maybe goodies inside the shop.

Well, John designed the shop – John has been very happy with everything in his shop – but he forgot ONE thing – a back door!! Or an escape window!

Nowhere to get away from the curious bears, and not knowing what else to do–John jumped up – picked up that chair that he was pondering on – and started waving the chair like he was a lion tamer! He let out a couple of “:get out of here – go – go – get gone” – waving his chair high above his head..YUP they left. Wouldn’t YOU?

Now John has something else to ponder – an escape door in the back of his shop!!

PS Sunday one of the bears showed up in his yard again.

I think the bear was just checking to see if John still had his chair in his hands – shouting at the top of his lungs. Nope! John was sitting on his chair in the back of the shop – pondering!

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