Wordless Wednesday…An Unexpected Delight

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Wordless Wednesday…An Unexpected Delight


Larry and I love our walks. Besides being a great way to get some exercise in and to have daily social interaction, it’s also fun exploring the animal life around us. 

We’ve seen snakes, birds, armadillos, rabbits, raccoons, and coyotes but never a bear!


Coming upon these unexpected treasures, always brightens our day. 


Be open to the unexpected.  Keep your eyes and ears alert to what may pop up next. Make sure that your heart is prepared to always enjoy the moment. 


Be patient. The best things happen unexpectedly. 



The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.
Robert Doisneau

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Comments (20)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. Be patient. The best things happen unexpectedly is a mantra for many things, even a bear sighting. Enjoy your day. 

Feb 01, 2023 04:21 AM
Kathy Streib

Wayne Martin that said, I would be happy not to run into a bear on our walks. 

Feb 01, 2023 06:35 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - it wasn't exactly a Goldilocks moment but I have seen at least three bears while out and about but never an armadillo.  

Feb 01, 2023 04:26 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael Jacobs was this in L.A.???   

Feb 01, 2023 06:36 PM
Michael Jacobs

Kathy Streib - in the foothill communities of Los Angeles County.

Feb 01, 2023 06:39 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Good Morning Kathy, Birds...Yes - Armadillo...No - Coyotes...NEVER - Bears...Only if they are as cute like the one you came upon!

Feb 01, 2023 04:35 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 I cannot imagine what I'd do if we saw a bear on our walks. I am definitely not crazy about snakes. 

Feb 01, 2023 06:39 PM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

It's the very simple things in life that are so interesting.

Walks, talking with people, enjoying nature and real life is just way more interesting than dulling the senses on a phone.



Feb 01, 2023 04:36 AM
Kathy Streib

I agree faye schubert We went out this morning even though it was drizzling and 37 degrees out. Of course, we did not last as long as we normally do. 

Feb 01, 2023 06:41 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I would definitely be happier to see a bear like that in the woods than would that would chase after me, haha.

Feb 01, 2023 04:42 AM
Kathy Streib

Brian England  I don't think we have bears here but I would not be happy to see one. 

Feb 01, 2023 06:43 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

What a wonderful thing to come apon. Thank you for the great information in your blog today to share with us here on the Rain.  Make it a terrific day! bill


Feb 01, 2023 05:39 AM
Kathy Streib

Bill Salvatore - East Valley at least your bears are the ones you see in the zoo. 

Feb 01, 2023 06:44 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kathy... now that's the kind of bear I don't mind running into. Meantime, hopefully you are staying safe and warm. The weather reports for Texas at my end are not sounding good.

Feb 01, 2023 05:40 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker I'm not sure we ever got above 40 and since it has been cloudy and rainy off and on, it seems much worse. Dorie Dillard Austin TX in Austin had the ice storm as did Dallas. Our walk today lasted  all of 10 minutes, I think. The winds made it bad. 

Feb 01, 2023 06:46 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Kathy Streib glad to hear your area avoided the worst of the storm.

Feb 02, 2023 06:16 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Lions and tigers and bears, Oh My.  Thanks for the chuckle.

Feb 01, 2023 06:05 AM
Kathy Streib

Leanne Smith you are very welcome!!! LOL

Feb 01, 2023 06:52 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

One of the pleasures when you walk ..so many unexpected delights you might find as long as you keep your eyes open and senses freed up to soak up your surroundings. I see some talking on the phone when walking and they miss the very reason they are out walking.

Feb 01, 2023 06:58 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX I see the same thing when we're out. And I see moms with toddlers in their strollers  and eyes glued to their tablets. Look what they're missing!

Feb 01, 2023 06:53 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Too funny Kathy Streib . Who ever placed the bear there had to have had a good sense of humor. My post today was about bears as well.

Feb 01, 2023 07:32 AM
Kathy Streib

Bob "RealMan" Timm I will check it out. And I love people with that kind of humor or kindness. 

Feb 01, 2023 06:54 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

I love the quotes, being mindful is hard to do all the time and we miss so many things that are right in front of us. Glad you got to meet your bear.

Feb 01, 2023 08:06 AM
Kathy Streib

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 I am too...at least I didn't mind getting close to this one. 

Feb 01, 2023 06:55 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy,  I was listing a house in Littleton back in 199 and there was a bear sleeping in the backyard of my client.  We call animal protection and within 10 mins, we had 3 news helicopters flying around and woke him up.  He climb down the tree and jump the fence and get going till the animal protection guy got him.

Feb 01, 2023 08:56 AM
Kathy Streib

Oh my gosh Will Hamm that's quite a story!!! I can't imagine seeing that in a backyard. 

Feb 01, 2023 06:56 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

coyotes are the only ones that scare me. They will go after the dogs they see. 

Feb 01, 2023 09:58 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty when I was on Larry's hunting lease many years ago, the coyotes were rabid. I was scared. 

Feb 01, 2023 06:58 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Oh now that's a cute little bear!  I hope a little kid didn't lose it Kathy!  And you're so right - always be open to the unexpected.  Reminds me of our winter painting with the red path but only for 20 minutes or so a day!  Happy Wednesday!

Feb 01, 2023 11:11 AM
Kathy Streib

Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker that's what makes it so special!!!

Feb 01, 2023 06:59 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That is such a delightful discovery to see, Kathy.  On one of the trails along the American River Parkway that I frequent is an old fallen Oak tree.  This fall, it had several pumpkins on it.  

Feb 01, 2023 01:19 PM
Kathy Streib

I love it Myrl Jeffcoat Would love to meet the people who share these fun finds with the rest of us. 

Feb 01, 2023 07:03 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, Oh that is almost sad, probably a young kid now is missing their bear!  

Feb 01, 2023 01:43 PM
Kathy Streib

Joan Cox I have no idea. I've seen one shoe left behind and other toys as well. 

Feb 01, 2023 07:06 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy that is the only kid of bear I would want to run into in the woods ..... LOL

Feb 01, 2023 04:24 PM
Kathy Streib

George Souto same here!  I'm also not crazy about running into snakes. 

Feb 01, 2023 07:07 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Wise words for sure. Life is full of so many unexpected incidents. Keeping our eyes open to them is critical.

Feb 01, 2023 06:29 PM
Kathy Streib

Dr. Paula McDonald We can't just walk through life...we'll miss out on a lot if we're not open to what's out there. 

Feb 01, 2023 07:11 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - The only time I saw a bear besides in the zoo was a visit to Alaska.  It was a grizzly bear.  We do get an occasional bear in Sedona, in fact, there was one in my neighbor's backyard.  But I didn't see it!  

Feb 01, 2023 07:03 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

that is an adorable thing to come across! I love how you see your walks as daily opportunities for the unexpected 

Feb 02, 2023 08:38 AM