Good morning everyone! Here we are with our long weekend Monday, called Labor Day, an extra day to relax, at least for some people. But some people still have to work today. I don’t know if other countries have a holiday today or not, but it’s something we have here. It is a nice sunny morning, it’s so beautiful to see the sun bouncing off the leaves still. But it’s chilly. Only 43F (6C) this morning but going all the way up to 50F (10C) today. And there is a strong north wind which makes it feel a bit cooler. But lots of people enjoy this kind of weather. At one time it didn’t bother me either. I still preferred warm weather, but cold weather wasn’t a problem. But things change. Now cold weather bothers me. A lot. Oh well, that’s the way it goes sometimes. But it does look so beautiful out there. However, I decided to enjoy my coffee indoors this morning so I wasn’t able to watch what was going on with Jasper and the chipmunks today. They were out there and the few times I looked things seemed to be quite normal. Amazing really. Maybe this cold weather is making them get along better. It’s a common enemy, so time to share the food! I just saw a blue jay and a chipmunk side by side getting peanuts. So maybe that idea is true. Interesting anyway.
A grackle has joined the group this morning as well, though he’s not quite so brave, but he did come down and get a peanut after watching the blue jays and chipmunks do it. He’s the blue headed variety grackle. I never did get a picture of the purple headed ones that were here earlier this summer. I certainly tried enough times, but none ever turned out. Guess I will have to wait until next year now. Poor Jasper. Yesterday he gets a peanut and runs off to hide it. He went onto the rock hill out here and buried it. I told him that wasn’t very smart. Shortly after he left a little head popped up in the grass…a chipmunk. He starts sniffing around where Jasper hid his peanut and found it, happily carrying it off to his own little home. Another time he hid his peanut, again burying it while a blue jay was watching. After Jasper left the blue jay came and dug it up and flew off. Jasper saw it that time and went off chasing that blue jay, running up the tree. The blue jay, of course, just flew to another tree leaving Jasper to chatter angrily from a branch. He does have his fun.
Well, today we have two more different colors of the zinnia to enjoy, a lighter purple than the other one we saw before, there’s an even lighter one yet. And a nice golden yellow, or dark yellow, very different than the last yellow we saw. I hope you all have a very Happy Monday and God bless!
Steve and Muffin (😺 that me!)
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