Little Bear's Adventure's
Beth found me a friend in the kitchen. I'm not sure how he got there.
She put him in a bowl and took it outside. I climbed in.
He didn't notice me at first, but then he got curious and came over.
I tried to introduce myself, but he climbed over my mouth.
I watched him, when he wasn't looing.
He came closer and I sort of got nervous.
We made eye contact and then we both looked away.
Making new friends is so complicated.
Flags and Cake
No fireworks this year. They were cancelled.
So Beth made a cake and I climbed on top. Beth placed a tiny piece of waxed paper on top, so I didn't have to sit on sticky icing.
Then I played with my friends. Beth said we didn't have to social distance, because we've been quarantining in the same house for months.
Yay for cake and friends!
Beth and Don say we are staying home. No trips or outings. They are very cautious.
I told them I miss getting out and doing fun things. Beth left the room and came back with this Summertime Girl. I've been having fun!
Beth didn't take me to her doctor's appointment, but she took my friend. She was actually breaking rules, because you weren't allowed to bring anyone else with you.
I was a little jealous. Then, Beth reminded me that Ms. Donkey was her "mascot" 4 years ago, when she was being treated for cancer.
Years ago, Beth took Ms. Donkey with her, to kick Cancer's bootie! Beth said that today, she needed Ms. Donkey in the medical building, to kick Coronavirus' bootie!
Me and Ms. Donkey
Ms. Donkey and Beth seemed to be fine after the appointment, but I don't know if they're contaminated or not.
I told Ms. Donkey, she needs to stay 6 inches away from me for 2 weeks. It's 6 feet for humans... but we are very small.
No Eggs or Chocolate
There are no colored eggs or chocolate bunnies in this house. This year everyone is Sheltering in Place, because of Coronavirus.
Luckily Beth bought jellybeans the very last time she walked in a store. That was on March 15.
Yay for that! Happy Easter!
This April, I've been "Staying At Home" with Beth and Don. Most Schools, stores and restaurants are closed all over the country. People are staying home.
But Beth wanted a picnic for her birthday. She and Don packed up food and chairs and went to their neighborhood park. I came out of the camera bag and smelled the fried chicken.
The lake was pretty. The food was good. The people, far away on walking paths didn't bother them. But, I heard Beth say. "This doesn't seem very relaxing."
Our peaceful, pandemic picnic didn't last very long.
No Parties No Parades
This year all parades and parties were cancelled. We had to play at home, with green things.
Actually, we usually stay at home on St. Patrick's Day. It really wasn't that different.
But it was just weird and sad to know why people were staying home. I do not like this Coronavirus stuff at all.
Sending Green Kisses to everyone!
When on a walk in Montgomery, Beth stopped to look at two dog statues. She posed me, right between the dog's ears.
I kind of like posing on statures. It gives me a different perspective. I get to see what the statue sees.
At first, the dog statues looked peaceful and relaxed. But I think they were really on guard, ready to pounce on anyone approaching the grand mansion. Beth and I decided not to hang around.
A Friendlier Statue
In another part of town I found a statue that I liked better
This statue had a kind face and a fun little handbag. I climbed right up and looked around.
I looked down the street, just like Rosa Parks would have 65 years ago. When she waited for the bus, what was she thinking?
Rosa Parks was not a large or loud person. But people took notice, when Ms. Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus. I felt lucky to spend a little time with the First Lady of the Civil Rights! She helped me feel a little braver and stronger!
I Love the Colors of Mardi Gras!
Who doesn't love a little purple, green and gold?
Beth didn't let me out of the camera bag, when we went to the parades. Those flying beads are dangerous! But I had fun with them later.
After playing in the beads, I met a friend.
I spotted the little baby in the King Cake! I had to help my friend climb out of the sugary treat and then we played.
I love celebrations!
It's always more fun to watch the Red Carpet and the Awards, with some champagne and a friend.
It's extra fun, when your friend's name is Oscar! Good luck to everyone tonight!
Take Down the Tree?
I was angry when Beth said it was time to take down the tree. I like climbing in the branches and smelling the pine.
Beth said it was time. Real trees are a lot of work, she said.
They fall over... and they lose their needles. The ornaments slide off the droopy branches and break.
But it won't be cozy anymore, I reminded her.
It will be boring and it will smell like couches and tables.
Beth got all excited when she saw how many pine needles had fallen from the tree. She said she could stuff a large pillow.
She's really good with that positive distraction stuff. Next thing you know, I was playing in a mountain of pine needles and having a pretty good time.
But I still don't like it, when holidays end.
Today is the start of a new year!
I'm ready for some new adventures! I'm also ready to enjoy my new musician friends.
I guess I'm supposed to reflect on the past year, as I move into this new one. But, that would take so long...
Let me just say, the year was good and December was nice. I had a good Christmas. We spent it in New Orleans and Beth decorated the hotel room with a tiny Cajun Nativity Set. She read Cajun Night Before Christmas.
I got to join in. I didn't have a French name-tag like the others, but Beth called me Petit Ours. I think that's French for Little Bear. I felt rather LARGE for a change.
2019 ended nicely. Now I'm ready for 2020!
Happy New Year!
Make A Wish Time
My favorite part of Thanksgiving comes after the feasting! Today after the meal was done, I got the wishbone.
Ms. Donkey and I made wishes and had some fun pulling. Guess what? We couldn't break it. I think that means, both our wishes will come true!
Toys at Big Cedar Lodge
Who would have guessed our hotel lobby would have a table, filled with Lincoln Logs?
I got to rest right up against a nice Lincoln Log cabin.
This is how the table looked when we checked in. No one was playing at the table. The little stools were empty.
But there were all sorts of building creations, left behind!
It wasn't until we were checking out that Beth noticed 2 parents and their kids, gathered around the table.
Beth was pretty cautious when she approached the table. She says you have to be careful or people will think you're crazy, when you pull out a tiny bear and start taking photos.
I guess she did okay, because suddenly the family was oohing and aahing over me. That was kind of fun.
Next thing you know, the kids were posing me all over the place. One little boy put me right in the river he'd made. I was lost very briefly, but then found.
The kids decided the best place for me was high on the green roof. Oh, I hated to leave. The family was having such a good time, including me in their fun.
We only stayed a few minutes. Beth says she knows just how long to intrude.
What does that even mean?
Autumn in the Wine Country
In October, Beth and the Fam were in Napa. I got to spend some time climbing in the vines. The leaves were changing!
But these vines were not growing out in the vineyards.
These vines were growing up a wall. See me?
Inglenook Winery has more than wine. It has the most fabulous old building. I just sat on the red leaves and imagined living there.
Now that it's November and I'm back in Texas, I'm just sitting around imagining those fall colors. I miss them!
Treasures at the Beach
I've posed on beaches with all kinds of sand and coral and seaweed and shells.
This is the first time I've posed on a beach with pieces of sea glass.
Sea glass is a really nice name for stuff that started out as trash. This beach area near Fort Bragg, was a dump for about 60 years. The yucky stuff is gone and the smooth little treasures remain.
Beth hunted for glass pieces and then she let me pick out my favorite. The round green piece was tiny and smooth, like a little jewel.
I love it.
Near Fort Bragg, California
Beth doesn't always pull me out of the camera bag when we visit a beach. I've been in too many beach photos already.
But the beach at Fort Bragg had funny succulent grass stuff. I don't know what you call it, but it was sturdy and I climbed all over it.
I had a wonderful time and then Beth gasped. She looked behind me and I figured a seagull was about to swoop down and grab me. That almost happened a few years ago.
But it wasn't a flying friend, it was a furry one. He was just enjoying the moist grassy stuff like me.
I begged Beth to wait it out. Maybe the odd little squirrel would come closer and we could pose together in a photo. I've posed with a few animals in my time.
But Beth snatched me up and tucked me away. "That squirrel is hungry!" She insisted. "I'm not taking any chances."
Moss and Ferns
Last month, Beth took me on a hike to Multnomah Falls.
It was cool and moist and Beth posed me on some moss covered rocks, next to some cool plants.
On a Stump
I wanted to pose with the waterfall, but Beth put me on a stump.
The grain and bark was so smooth. It felt like the fake wood of a log flume ride, at an amusement park.
But I actually really liked my spot on the stump. The Columbia River was rolling on, right behind me!
I like Oregon.
Earlier in October I was in California. We went to a huge pumpkin patch on "Apple Hill" with Beth's family.
But there were too many kids and puppies posing with the pumpkins. I waited until the next day, when we found a quieter setting with pumpkins.
There were no puppies or kids at this winery in Napa. If there had been, they would have had a tricky time posing with the pumpkins in the pond.
What a peaceful and crazy scene! Pumpkins, sitting on cinderblocks, with a view of the vineyards beyond!
I was happy to be the only one who was able to climb on a pumpkin! Luckily Beth's arm was long enough to reach!
Yay for pumpkins!
Near Saugatuck, Michigan
Here I am on a summer day in Michigan.
I was snuggled up against some sun-warmed bark.
The tree was dead, but the view was lovely.
Except Beth posed me, facing away from Lake Michigan! But I smiled for the camera. Can you see me?
My mom gave me this tiny bear over 25 years ago... because I like small things.