Hello everyone on this beautiful Monday morning! I do hope it is a nice day where you live as well. So nice to see that spring is finally here and looks like it will actually stay this time. I like spring. Everything just seems so fresh. As the snow melts away the birds begin to return bringing with them there many different musical talents. Some can be very colorful and others look rather dull. But some of those dull colored birds can really sing beautifully, like the song sparrow in the picture below. It is definitely one of my favorite spring and summer songs and a true country pleasure.
Almost forgot to mention Sir George, he is in the featured image at the top. That’s his favorite pole to sit on. The pole is on a hill so he can see quite far. But mostly he just wants to see when I come out with the food. He then flies all around me while I put the food on the feeder for him and he is down at that food so fast. His mate, Lady Pearl, is usually with him. And at least 3 others have joined in now, though they have to wait their turn. This also is a wonderful country pleasure.
But perhaps one of the best country pleasures is to have a chipmunk sitting on my knee. A couple of them will even come running to me when they see danger in the area. They know where to find a safe place. They have learned to trust me. My present squirrels are not quite so brave yet. I had several very friendly squirrels last year, but they were all chased away by a very aggressive young male squirrel. However, he found a mate and she finally chased him away. Now there are two different female squirrels and one other male that I call Whitey. That’s because about a third of his tail is pure white. Last year that one would sit on my shoulder and eat peanuts. Another country pleasure.
Then there is the country pleasure of getting alone beside a lake, sitting, enjoying all the sights and sounds of summer. That is a true joy and a great way to relieve stress. Just sitting still, listening to the waves lapping against the shore, the beautifully eerie call of the loon echoing across the lake. Song sparrows singing their joyous song from small bushes along the shore. The melodious chorus of many different warblers sitting in the pine trees behind me. The gentle ripple of the leaves from the aspens nearby. Hard to be stressed in a place like that. But you don’t need to be in the country to enjoy that. Even city parks can be a great place to enjoy some simple country pleasures.
Going for an early morning walk, whether in the country, town (like where I live) or city can be a real country pleasure. Early morning is so ideal. It’s much more quiet. The air is often more still. Watching a nice summer sunrise. And listening to the chorus of bird songs which can be heard everywhere. Early morning is even best if jogging is more what you enjoy. It’s just a more calm part of the day which can help us get a good start to our day, giving us a fresh beginning and more energy to meet the challenges of the day.
When the weather is warmer I like to take my coffee out on the deck and sit, enjoy all the sights and sounds of spring and summer. There is always something to enjoy. From all the birds to little chipmunks to the deer that come by to say hello. Going up to a large animal like a deer and rubbing around their ears or antlers which they so enjoy, truly a country pleasure. Then there is little Muffin. She is my indoor country pleasure. Always willing to look cute and have fun.
Well everyone, I guess I should stop for today and let you go do other things. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing these country pleasures with me. I hope you all have a great day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
© 2019 Steve McLeod.