Up Way Too Early!This has not been a good winter for Bears. Much too short and much too mild. We were coming out of hibernation in mid-March — as much as two months early! (While some are still in the dead of winter, like the Black Bears in the eastern part of Canada, I believe they are the exceptions.)
I have no idea what this event might mean for food production this year, but I'm watching for signs. Meantime, as in many springs, I've been reduced to eating grass. Fortunately, the supply isn't too bad. (Despite what you may have heard, we Bears actually eat anything and everything, depending on what we find. We may prefer meat, but nuts, honey, and grass are all fine, if that's all we have around us.)
Doing DrugsA while ago, when I first crawled out, a friend asked how I was doing. And, well, the best I can say is that I'm still here.
Most of your know I have two chronic problems: depression and pain.
DepressionThere is really good news here. I am doing much better! Thanks, God, and friends who have stood by me!
The human side of me has found a really interesting book called Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life. It has been written by psychologist named Martin Seligman, and it leads to a real breakthrough.
I've had no change in my drug regimen, but I may be able to decrease one of them. Perhaps sooner than later.
PainThe not-so-good part of the story is my continuing experience with chronic pain. It is showing up in different ways; ways I had not expected. So, I'm living with something called Hydromorphone; it is a new challenge. "Steady as she goes."
Thanks for all your visits; I hope to be back next week.
Blessings and Bear hugs, everyone!
Today's Weather Report
It is 10°C in the land of the Bear (but it only feels like about 7°C). But 10 C is one of those "benchmark" numbers to hold for mental reference; 10C is 50°F.
Tomorrow, the day will start at about the freezing point, before rising to 17C (in the mid-60s F) under mostly sunny skies.