Grab a coffee and join me for another look at some beautiful country pleasures. And really, many of these are pleasures that can be enjoyed by everyone, no matter where you live. What ever country you live in, whether you are a country dweller, or live in a town or city, many of these pleasures can be enjoyed by everyone. So, let’s pull up a chair on the deck and take a look at some of these things. Not only are they country pleasures but they are things we can truly be thankful for as well.
It’s spring once again. And after such a long, cold winter, spring is a very welcome country pleasure. The snow is gone. The birds are returning. The leaf buds on the trees are beginning to swell already. There is green grass starting to grow. Other greenery is pushing it’s way out of the ground. My landlord’s daylilies are growing. Those new shoots poking their way out of the ground are a brilliant, almost glowing, green. Watching that new life beginning to return is a real country pleasure.
As I mentioned already, so many birds are returning now. And one of my favorites ( I know, I have a lot of favorites), is the fox sparrow. They are the biggest sparrow we have in this area and are often mistaken for a thrush due to it’s size. I got a few pictures last year but all were a bit disappointing. This morning patience paid off and I was able to get several very nice pictures of this very shy bird, and from every angle as well. I like to get pictures of the whole bird, or other animal, instead of just one side. These are hard birds to photograph because of being so shy. So it was a joy this morning to finally get what I wanted. Another real country pleasure.
Watching the gulls soaring above, their brilliant white against the pure blue of the sky. That’s a country pleasure. While sitting on the deck a little junco comes hopping along right around my hand, he stops, looks up at me, so I talk to him. He seems satisfied that I’m no danger to him so he continues with his search for seeds. That’s a country pleasure.
This morning both Rusty and Sylvester, two of my chipmunks, came looking for peanuts. That didn’t work out too good. They can get a bit territorial, so the chase is on. They run all around me. And over me. Back and forth. Finally they stop, an even match I guess. Rusty sits on my knee taking peanuts out of the cup. Sylvester sits on my shoulder and I hand the peanuts to him. Peace. These little critters are a joy and a country pleasure. Chester was around a bit but now doesn’t come, probably because of all the squirrels. I haven’t seen GPS at all, nor have I seen my favorite chipmunk, Skamper. I also haven’t seen Checker yet. Hard to believe losing 3 in one year.
There is such a chorus of different bird songs outside right now. But they all blend together so beautifully. A true country pleasure. Now that spring is here and it’s warmer again there is nothing quite like an early morning walk. Everything is so still, quiet, calm. Except for the singing of the birds in the background. Just as it gets light. A beautiful time indeed. Geese and ducks flying overhead. Robins singing from the tops of the tallest pines. They are actually the first birds to start singing in the morning. About an hour before the slightest bit of light arrives. A real country pleasure. Mind you, around here, that’s a good time to meet a bear. But hey, I have my camera with me just in case. Might be my final pictures though. But as the saying goes, “gluing leaves on a tree on a windy day won’t help you cross a river if you don’t have a boat.”
Friends. Now there is a true country pleasure. All too often people take friendship for granted. Don’t. Friendship is special. Friends are a treasure. Don’t forget that. A true friend is always there for you, will help you to move forward, but remember, friendship works two ways. If you want a friend, you need to be a friend. Friends are the best of country pleasures. And friendship can be experienced everywhere, not just in the country.
I am very thankful for my friends, and that includes all my friends here as well. Thank you for sharing my journey through Steve’s Country. I would like to thank all of you personally on here but that would take a while. But a special thank you to some of you who have been a great help to me in my blogging journey; Ilona; Huguette; Lydia; Lillian;
Hey, I’m old fashioned, it’s ladies first, your time will come guys. But please check out their blogs. Well, that’s all for today, thank you so much for stopping by for a cup of coffee, and enjoying some true country pleasures with me. Until tomorrow, enjoy the rest of your day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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