Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Hey there, it's Yogi Bear

Over Thanksgiving weekend, we packed up the family (and a 20 pound bird) and headed to the Washington Coast. We have a favorite spot in the quaint town of Seabrook. It's lovely, just lovely! This was our 4th visit but our first time staying in a house that backs up to the woods. On Saturday night, our last night there, the Mr. and I put the boys to bed and readied ourselves for the last dip in the hot tub before our departure. Bathing suit, check. Wine, check. Towels, check.

We headed out for our dip and left the back door open since our oldest was still awake in his room. The jets were roaring and as I was readjusting my short self, I stood up looking over Mr. Papercourt's shoulder toward the woods and staring back was a bear. Like a GINORMOUS bear! He was on all fours but staring right at me only 5 feet away from the edge of the hot tub. I don't camp in Washington for good reason, people.

I slowly sat down staring at my husband with my eyes literally popping out of my head. Mr. Papercourt kept asking me what was wrong and all I could do was whisper, "bear, bear, bear". I considered throwing my wine glass. Luckily, the Mr. had read up on his bear scaring techniques and made him self big and scary. Off went the bear into the woods.

What if he'd gone into the house? Two tasty boys inside. The door was wide open right next to the hot tub.

We believe he weighed at least 300 lbs. Apparently, he and a buddy have been hangin' around those parts for a while. So there will be no camping trips on the calendar this summer. I can mark "get up close and personal with a bear" off my bucket list.

(the photo above was taken at Cabela's the day after the bear looked just like that)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Gorgeous (and environmentally friendly)

A couple from our supper club just launched a handbag line that is to die for! I mean look at the petals on that bag. Gorgeous....just gorgeous!

Here's a blurb from their website:

Muratori Designs, an environmentally friendly luxury handbag line, is proudly designed in the USA, and Made in Italy by master craftsman. The brand produces high-quality handbags with the most supple, chrome-free, vegetable-tanned leathers, each hand-stitched with beautiful details.

Check out Muratori Designs. You won't be sorry!