Monday Morning Pleasures.

Hello dear readers on this Monday morning here at Steve’s Country. Oh my, our summer is going by so fast. Summers here are very short. So it’s nice to get out and enjoy summer as much as possible. For me I would get out and enjoy it even if we had long summers. That is a pleasure that I treasure. It’s amazing how quick we are to complain about things and yet there are so many things around us each day, so many pleasures that we can treasure. Monday is a day that always seems to bring a lot of complaints from people. But think of all the little pleasures that we can treasure.

On my first trip down to the river.


It doesn’t matter where you live, there are always pleasures around. I like to talk about country pleasures a lot since I live in a small town which is close to country living. But pleasures can be found everywhere. Ever walk past a house with beautiful flowers? That is a wonderful pleasure. Have you seen the bees going from flower to flower collecting nectar to bring back to their hive? Often those bees are covered with pollen. That is a real pleasure to see and watch.

A bee collecting nectar on a nice red hollyhock.


What about a brilliantly colored butterfly flitting about? There it goes across the lawn, it stops to rest on a leaf or goes to a flower for something to eat. That is a beautiful pleasure and a real treasure. How about walking across the grass with bare feet on a hot summer day? What a beautiful feeling that is, another pleasure that we can treasure. Or sitting in the shade of a large tree on a sunny, hot afternoon? Perhaps a gentle summer shower and the amazing fresh smell afterwards? How about the smell of freshly cut grass? These are all wonderful pleasures that we can treasure.

A nice brightly colored fritillary (butterfly)


If you are an early morning person like me, there is the beauty of a summer sunrise. As the sun peeks over the treetops and shines its golden rays on the still green leaves. Like turning on a switch, those trees just begin to glow. Or if you prefer a time later in the day, there are the amazing summer sunsets with multiple colors of red, pink, purple and gold. Those colors keep changing as the sun sinks deeper under the horizon, until there is just a faint glow. Both of these are true pleasures that we can really treasure.

An early morning sunrise, disturbed a bit by all the overhead wires we still have in this town.


Then we have the many varied songs of the birds. Some can be very plain without any real melody to them. Others are very musical with long, loud songs that carry for long distances. Any time of day birds can be heard. Each seems to have their favorite time of day for singing however. Some will sing any time, day or night, like our robins.

A male robin looking for worms and bugs on the lawn.


Some, like owls, reserve their calling for the night portion of the day. Our loons will call anytime of the day/night, but they can really get active with their long incredible calls at night. Those calls can carry for kilometers across the water. They are an absolutely amazing water bird. And bird songs/calls are a definite pleasure that can be enjoyed everywhere.

A common loon enjoying a morning on the lake.


How about walking across the hot sand at the beach? Going for a swim on a hot day. Perhaps going for a walk on a nice country or park path. Sitting on a thick mat of pine needles shaded by the giant trees while looking out across a river or lake. Watching a squirrel high in one of those pine trees cutting down the pine cones which he later gathers up and chews them open to eat the tiny seeds within. A lot of work for just such tiny seeds. But the squirrel doesn’t complain about it. Another bunch of pleasures that we can treasure. We can learn a lot from some of these little critters too.

One of my spoiled squirrels, she doesn’t have to work so hard for her food.


Well, I hope you have enjoyed our little look at pleasures we can treasure. And notice these are all free pleasures. But they are also amazing treasures. It’s Monday, I hope you will enjoy this start to your week and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

Β© 2019 Steve McLeod.


57 Comments on “Monday Morning Pleasures.

  1. Happy Monday!
    Love those pictures, the sunrise is beautiful! πŸ’ž
    You are lucky to start off your Monday like this, here in Cape Town the drizzles aren’t stopping! β˜”οΈ

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  2. So true! Summer feels very short in countries with four season and that’s what makes it so lovable. And as you said enjoy it as much as possible and create joy we can treasure.
    And soon you won’t be able to make me envy you cause I’ll be in a country similar to yours! 😜
    Summer morning is beautiful but there’s more beauty in sunset! haha πŸ˜€
    Have a great Monday Steve!

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    • Hi Jessica! Yes, we do get 4 seasons, but one of those seasons takes up half the year! The joys of living in northern Canada.πŸ˜‚But you are right, it makes summer very enjoyable indeed. You’re moving?πŸ€” Where are you headed? Sunrise and sunset are both beautiful in their own way,πŸ˜€ but I’ll stick with sunrise!!πŸ˜‚πŸŒžThank you Jessica, hope your day is going well also!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜Ί


      • So true! The cold takes up more than half a year!
        We’ll drive up to Norway… a Canada with fjords πŸ˜†
        If you love sunrise you can take mine too in exchange for sunsets πŸ˜‚

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      • My goodness, why would you want to head north?πŸ€” Sounds like you’re in a good spot now!😁😸


      • It’s my husband’s country. My mother in law is turning 100 soon and we miss her. That’s one. Another is that summer there is more beautiful. πŸ˜„

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      • Wow, 100, that’s great! Summer would be beautiful and winter cold and long, though I think on average winter is milder than here. Hope you enjoy the move, there will be spectacular scenery anyway!πŸ˜ƒπŸŒžπŸ˜ΊπŸŒ³


  3. Hi Steve! Lovely pictures, Those nature’s gift and the pleasure seeing it, oh! you are gifted and at the right placeβœ¨πŸ˜‰ Look at the Beautiful butterfly 😍 and the early morning sunshine, when the faint glow is so bright and eye catching πŸ₯°, Look at Robin so cute posing for Steve☺️ and the noon and waters perfect picture βœ¨πŸ‘ oh a lot of work by the squirel✨πŸ’ͺ That was fun, Had a great fun. Wish you a great week Steve βœ¨πŸ€—

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    • Thank you very much for reading and leaving such a great and encouraging comment Simon!!πŸ˜ƒ You certainly made my day!πŸ€Έβ€β™‚οΈπŸ˜Έ I truly appreciate your continued support, it helps to keep Steve’s Country going! I hope you also have a great week Simon!😁🌞😺🌳

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  4. Good morning Steve and thank you for the reminder and the coffee break as well 🌞😸 we really need to focus on these little pleasures around us and stop complaining, we need to enjoy the moment whether we were morning persons or night owls πŸ™‚ There’s beauty everywhere as you are showing us constantly with these beautiful pictures and animals and birds 😊
    Summer is so short indeed especially at your end so using each moment is necessary to not waste time πŸ™‚
    Have a great day and enjoy the nature beauty and sun 🌞😊

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    • Thanks for reading Huguette! We all too often ignore all this beauty and just say everything is terrible so we moan and groan. I have to remind myself of that lately too. But these pleasures to treasure are indeed all around, we just need to open our eyes to see them. Late for you, hope tomorrow is a great day!πŸ˜ƒπŸŒžπŸ˜ΊπŸŒ³

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  5. Great photos. I’ve planted a lot of native grass on my lot. I haven’t mowed them this year and have only watered twice. Like you said, you can find beauty anywhere.

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