Coffee With Our Friends #9.

Hi everyone and welcome back to our coffee series! But this time it is going to be a bit different than normal and we hope you will enjoy coffee with us today. Plus we have tea, hot and cold, pink lemonade (which always seems to be popular). It is a nice warm day, above average for this time of year which is certainly a nice treat. There are several benches to sit on and a nice grassy area as well, so sit back and relax as we look and see all the amazing beauty around us.

Hi Sheree, I see you arrived first today, always nice to have you join us. Hi Jeanne, nice that you could make it out. Hi John, glad you could make it today. And here comes James and Joshua, nice to see both of you. Hi Ribana, thanks for coming today. And here is Tiffany, Renee and Virginia, so nice that you could come and join us. Hi Rossana and Mila, Muffin is happy to see one of her friends come out too. And here is Eugenia with Callie and Nina with Mr. Cat. Muffin is right here to say hi and get her friends together for treats and a fun time playing together. And here comes Correne and Teddy, I see Teddy didn’t waste any time getting over to the other cats. Nice to see them all getting along so well together.

This is Sir Henry.

As I mentioned above, I just wanted to share some of the wonderful beauty we can all find around us. It may not be exactly the same kind of beauty, but it’s there if we want to look for it. People like to complain a lot and I’m sure if we were honest, we would have to agree that we all complain or grumble at times because things don’t go right or whatever. I have learned that complaining and grumbling only causes more stress in our lives and it can raise our blood pressure and cause many other health problems. So why bother with that? It’s so much better to smile and look for the good things around us that will reduce stress in our lives.

Try going to a park, even a small one, or some kind of green space that can be found in most towns and cities these days. If there is nothing then try going for a walk down the street, stop to admire someone’s garden, flowers in the front yard, perhaps even some unexpected flowers growing in odd spaces. A dandelion pushing it’s way through a crack in the cement, other little wildflowers growing next to the sidewalk. The beauty of trees growing along the street or in the park. A robin singing from the topmost branches of a tree.

Around here we would expect to see fawns running alongside their mothers down the sidewalk or eating grass on someone’s lawn.

There are butterflies to see everywhere, like this harvester butterfly on a daisy, a giant sulphur on some tansy flowers, or a silver bordered fritillary on a clover.

There are so many birds to see, a male grackle with it’s blue head, a female mallard duck swimming peacefully on the river, and some white pelicans soaring magnificently overhead.

Perhaps a field full of different flowers, a Turk’s cap lily, a bee pushing it’s way into a bi-colored monk’s flower.

Then there is the beautiful scenery looking out across the lake on a sunny, summer morning.

And going the other way, the wonderful scenery along the river on a warm summer afternoon. These are what I call country pleasures, and things that we can be thankful for each day. Things to bring a smile to our face and take away all that stress. Perhaps it will even get rid of that complaining we like to do. After all, how can we complain when we look at all that beauty surrounding us.

A family of Canada geese on the lake.

Last fall I injured myself and although that has healed, I’m not the same as I was. I have to walk with a cane now and I can’t walk as far as last year. But I’m so thankful I can still get out and walk to the river and enjoy all the beauty around me. Then I got this Covid-19 virus which has really slowed me down this summer. I’m over that now, but there are lasting effects that are still with me. But I can still get out and enjoy the summer beauty, though many days it’s just sitting on the deck watching all the fun around me with the squirrels, chipmunks and birds.

So much beauty that brings such happiness and always puts a smile on my face each day. Like I said, a different coffee time today, but I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the beauty around here. I’m sure you have much beauty around where you live as well, we just have to look for it. And it’s worth looking that’s for sure! I hope you all have a most wonderful day today and Friday, as many of you are already into Friday, and God bless! See you all next time! Meow, meow!=Me too!

Steve and Muffin.

ยฉ2020 Steve McLeod.

73 Comments on “Coffee With Our Friends #9.

    • I don’t believe it, someone else takes pics of picnic tables! I thought I was the only one. Usually people stare at me kind of crazy like when I’m spotted taking pics of them. Thanks for the offer, but they wouldn’t be from around here so they wouldn’t fit. Have a wonderful evening Hilary! And thanks so much for stopping by for coffee today!๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜บ๐ŸŒžโ˜•โ˜•

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      • I took the photos hoping to use them in a blog post but never did. If you donโ€™t want them, thatโ€™s okay. I might still use them in a future blog post. There was a moral to the story as strange as that sounds. ๐Ÿ˜Œ

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      • It would have made more sense had I actually uploaded them last summer. I havenโ€™t even written it yet and wasnโ€™t sure if I am still going to. Itโ€™s a shame I couldnโ€™t go on any road trips this summer due to the pandemic.

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      • Yeah, day and overnight trips as well. Usually we go to BC and I tag along for Nickโ€™s business trips. Sometimes we go to the states too. Iโ€™ve had a boring summer since most plans got cancelled. We had wanted to go to Singapore this year โ˜น๏ธ

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      • Iโ€™ve survived the plane trip to Singapore so Australia wouldnโ€™t be an issue for me. The flight to Singapore is the longest I think. Australia would be a cool place to visit. Nick has family that live in Singapore and Australia.

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      • Flying to France was almost too much for me, so I know a longer flight would be out of the question unfortunately. That’s nice having family in both places.

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      • Iโ€™ve only been to France once, in grade 9 for a school trip. I was very homesick and didnโ€™t know anyone in the group. And I sprained my ankle on that trip… all I remember is that I didnโ€™t enjoy the trip. However, France is a beautiful country. The traffic and drivers are crazy though. I would not want to drive in France.

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      • I know what you mean about driving, especially in the cities, I never saw anything quite like that! But it is such a beautiful country, I would like to take a month to look around better. Not only great scenery, but great history too!


  1. So nice of everyone to come out and hang out with you and Muffin. โค Lovely photos as always, and though I'd raise my hand for a cold tea, I'm drooling at the pink lemonade haha ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • I’m so glad you could come Jessica! Always nice to have you here with us. Hey, no drooling in the pink lemonade!๐Ÿ˜ฒ And Muffin is so very happy to see you again too, she would have been so disappointed if you had not come!๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜ป
      Thanks Jessica, hope you have a fantastic Friday!๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜บ๐ŸŒžโ˜•โ˜•

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  2. Hello to everyone โ˜€๏ธ Can I have some pink lemonade please? ๐Ÿ˜‹
    You are perfectly right Steve, as human beings we complain way to much…we’ll always find something to complain about…instead we should just be grateful of this wonderful nature! Going for a walk can really improve our mood very much! You are surrounded by beautiful nature and very cute animals ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿคฉ
    I like all the pictures but the last one is way too funny ๐Ÿฟ
    Hope you’re feeling better Steve!
    Wish to everyone a wonderful day! Including you dear Muffin ๐Ÿ˜ป Make your human laugh a little bit as only you know ๐Ÿ˜ผ๐Ÿ˜ธ

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    • Hi Ribana! Pink lemonade coming up, nice fresh batch too. I think someone was drooling in the last pitcher of pink lemonade. But I won’t mention who it was.
      Yes, it really doesn’t take much, enjoying a single flower, or the magnificence of a tall tree, or one bird singing from a nearby tree. These things can change our mood quickly, if we really stop to enjoy them.๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿฆ†๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ‰
      Yep, those chipmunks with peanuts in their cheeks make such wonderful pics, I have quite a few different ones now.๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿฟ
      Every day gets a bit better, thanks Ribana!๐Ÿ˜
      Meow, meow!=Oh good, exercise time coming up! Thank you Ribana, have meowvelous day!๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ˜ป

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      • hahaha…better to not mention who it was ๐Ÿ˜ผ๐Ÿ˜ธ
        True, we need to stop and enjoy them, which we often forget…I’m trying these days to remember to do it and pay more attention to the nature around me…is really better ๐Ÿ˜‰๐ŸŒธ ๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿฟ
        I’m glad you’re feeling better! Need patience to get stronger ๐Ÿ˜‰
        Wish you both a lovely week ahead! ๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿคฉ

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      • Yes, we get busy and forget these little things. But they really can help to relieve stress, help with depression and just generally make us feel better and happier, which leads to better health overall.๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜ธ
        Yes, I have to admit I’m not the best with patience,๐Ÿ™„ as soon as I start to feel a little better I overdo it and set myself further back it seems.๐Ÿ˜‚
        Thanks Ribana, I hope your week is a great one too!๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ˜ป


  3. Hi, everyone! Just let me pass around my cookies, Iโ€™ll have a black coffee please. Youโ€™re fortunate to live in an area with so much wonderful flora and fauna, we really appreciate it. This will set me up nicely for the weekend.

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  4. I love having coffee with friends and it gives Callie a chance to make friends too. Your scenery and friendly critters make for a delightful post, Steve! ๐Ÿ˜ธ๐Ÿน ๐Ÿฐ ๐ŸฆŠ๐Ÿƒ ๐Ÿ‚ ๐Ÿโ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธ

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  5. Wow ! What an array of pics Steve ! Loved them all ! And especially the cookies and coffee ! โ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿช

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    • Thank you so much Suni! And it’s so nice that you could come and join us for our little coffee time. I think everyone had a good time!๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜บ๐ŸŒžโ˜•โ˜•

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