March 26, last night our trash barrel got hit by the bear. The bear is up from a short winter hibernation and is hungry! It pushed through a big pile of rose trimmings piled where the bear usually comes on a trail out of the forest behind the houses on our street. I guess we will have to be more careful about tying down the lid with heavy duty bungee cord...as if it was summer already.
March 28, they told me at the hardware store the bear had torn the door off my friend's chicken coop and got all her chickens. There were raccoon tracks in the snow next to the car this morning. By afternoon the clouds parted and glorious sun shone down. Bruce and I walked up the street, a little farther this time.
March 29, while searching online, I got hacked by a fake redirect "ATT" web pop up. Suddenly everything slowed down, Norton was jammed. I had to turn it off by removing the battery and took it to Acme Computer in Mt Shasta for cleaning.
April 1, a pile of broken promises, like a pile of rusting bicycles in Beijing. On today's news Larry Gagosian is the bedouin of the Miami Art Fair.
April 2, the phone rings, a voice from India asks a series of personal questions about my computer. I hang up when he directs me to sit in front of the computer and follow his login instructions. When I pick up my little netbook at Acme they tell me this was a complex malware hack using the phone, several people had already reported.
April 3, the soil temperature is 60-degrees F (15-celsius) so I planted peas. Transplanted two big pinus parvifolia bonsai/penjing.
April 10, rain again, fat fuzzy white clouds float in the canyon all day with chi rain, pink and white cherry blossoms. The apricot has been blooming for weeks, surely we will have a big crop of golden sweetness like fat old gold doubloons.
Got some lettuce and kale starts in Redding while we were there for Bruce's check up, doing very well. Now he accompanies me in the big loop from our house up to the bottling company at Hedge Creek Falls Park and then down the other side of the freeway on Dunsmuir avenue past the city park and historic Babe Riuth Ball Park and old train engine, municipal swimming pool before looping around at the old caboose, crossing I-5 and ending up back at our house. Total 1.8 miles (3km).
This week's picture album ends with beautiful spring greetings from Eunice in Beijing: "It's Yu Yuan Tan Park（玉渊潭公园）.It's very near the Beijing West Train Station,I attach the map below,the green one is East Gate of Tsing Hua,the red one is the park.It's famous for the cherry blossoms.This year they have the 24th Cherry Blossoms Festival.The tower is the old CCTV tower,the new one is in Chaoyang district（朝阳区）,I also attach the new one below."
See you later