Good morning everyone! It’s a nice cool morning, partly cloudy and seems to be some smoke in the air. I can’t smell it, but it’s noticeable when the sun shines, it gets to be an odd glowing color outside. As of yesterday afternoon there were two fires close to our town, one is 32 km (20 miles) east of us and another is 15 km (9miles) west of us. Both are small and out of control. There have been 465 forest fires in our province so far this year and conditions are getting drier in the forest every day. None of the current fires are very large though, with the biggest at around 3,000 acres and in the far north. Poor Jasper, he likes to sit on the one hanging bird feeder and eat the sunflower seeds. He seems to like them more than peanuts.
Anyway, he was having problems yesterday. He would jump over to the feeder like normal, the first time was a perfect jump and he held on, but needed to position himself to eat, so he tried to move but the feeder was swinging quite a lot and…down he went…plop! He came back up and tried again. This time he missed and…down he went…flump, belly flop! Up he comes and jumps again, made it! Oops, he slipped…down he went…flomp! I could just imagine the look on his face as he went down that time. But up he came and jumped once more and…he missed…down he went with a louder plop this time. Each drop is 8 feet, poor Jasper. Must be getting a sore stomach by now. Up he came. By the way, squirrels can fall like this without getting hurt, their light weight and practice helps them.
This time I managed to coax him over for a peanut instead. He ended up eating 6 peanuts. All that activity made him hungry. I wonder if he will give up now? The featured image at the top is Jasper, I just had to include a picture of him after all he went through.
And in the photo above is a petunia, they are a very popular annual garden flower and provide wonderful color all summer long. I hope you all have a great day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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