Saturday’s Solitude #8.

Good morning and Happy Saturday everyone! It’s a beautiful, sunny morning here, though a bit chilly, it was just 50F (10C) earlier, but it is starting to warm up a bit. Had to wear my jacket sitting on the deck this morning. And it’s going to be cool for a few days but warm up again by mid week. I certainly hope so, otherwise some plans will be disrupted. Oh well. It was perfectly still this morning, that strong wind of the last couple of days was finally gone. There are quite a few different species of birds singing this morning too which is nice.

Looking at the river from my bench.

My vireo is still singing, plus some warblers, the chestnut-sided warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, a phoebe, chickadees, goldfinches. Those last 2 were probably looking for some food too. The gulls were here for their breakfast. A loon flew overhead while another loon called from the lake and another answered from the river. Can’t get better wilderness pleasures than that. I hear them almost daily calling from the river, but I have only seen a loon down there once this year so far. Guess I’m just going at the wrong time of day. But going early is not the best idea with the bears around.

A ‘common loon’ swimming past me at the river.

There is one bear, a big one, that is here nearly every night now. He comes up on the deck each time and looks around, then leaves without finding food. I keep hoping that will discourage him, but it doesn’t seem to be working. Bears have a great memory, and he remembers finding food here before, so he keeps coming. He was even sleeping out here Thursday morning, just on the ground below the deck. And he has been around right during the day a couple of times, while I was out for a walk. At least if he’s here, it’s safe for me out walking. If it stays sunny I will head down to the river later.

A nice spot to sit by the river.

There are so many places to sit down there that are quiet and so peaceful. Aside from the 2 benches, there are many rocky areas with perfect places to sit and enjoy the calm solitude of the moment. Or sitting higher on a hill where the moss is thick and soft, or having a thick layer of pine needles to sit on and overlook the river. Truly beautiful wilderness solitude. I’m going to introduce a few other wilderness solitude locations in the coming weeks as well. The squirrels and chipmunks are here for their breakfast too, and getting a bit noisy. Only the chipmunks were here earlier. Some fun times to share on Tuesday. Have a beautiful weekend everyone and God bless! (๐Ÿ˜บ4 days.)

Steve and Muffin.

ยฉ2021 Steve McLeod.

49 Comments on “Saturday’s Solitude #8.

  1. I always like seeing what your weather is since it often seems to head our way a couple of days later ๐Ÿ™‚

    that bear situation is scary. I guess you can’t wait till they hibernate. And it must be lovely to find that place of solitude down by the river…

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  2. That’s safer you walk out, if the bear keeps coming at day time, it’s not good. Lovely day it is, enjoying the spring ๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ˜ Stay safe and careful as always.. Have a good day Uncle Steve ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

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  3. Burt! Lol

    Hmm ๐Ÿค”

    My thought is to get a fog horn? But neighbors might not appreciate much ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธโœŒ๏ธ

    You could always let fish and game know? Maybe they move him somewhere else if he โ€œtoo comfortableโ€ with civilization- that can be dangerous for them.

    Maybe he will tire after time? ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™

    Thatโ€™s scary! Be careful up there โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜

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    • This bear isn’t Bert, he’s the small one. This bear is about 400 lbs,๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™€ not sure why he has started to come around again. I hadn’t seen him for a long time.
      Our DNR won’t do anything about him unless he is being aggressive or damaging property. Personally I would prefer not to wait until he gets aggressive, that could be dangerous.๐Ÿ˜ฒ I’m hoping he will give up after a while when he realizes there is no food here for him.๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿค”
      One evening he came up on the deck and looked in my screen door. I had just finished eating and I guess he could smell food.๐Ÿป๐ŸŒญ I didn’t like that, a screen won’t stop a big bear!๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
      Yep, trying to be careful. Thanks!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜บ

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      • Lol โ€ฆ I would be nervous sitting on deck also โ€ฆ I would be ready to run inside lol

        You must be way in the wilderness lol

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      • It seems like it sometimes, but I live right in town. However, the town is carved out of the wild northern boreal forest.๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒณ

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      • Hahaha lol โ€ฆ well yeah that would also be wilderness if carved out of wilderness lol

        You took their spot so they come to see โœŒ๏ธ

        Maine is like that

        Even here – my foothills will have mountain lions and bobcats ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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      • We have lots of bobcats and lynx here, and we do get some mountain lions too, I have seen a couple of them.๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿˆ
        I guess we did kinda take their spot, but still, it’s not my fault!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น

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      • Hahaha well I dunno – who could be scarier? Lol

        Not sure that would work well lolโ€ฆ unless it was Yogi Bear and Boo Boo โค๏ธโœŒ๏ธ

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      • Hahaha right? Lol share a picnic ๐Ÿงบ lol โค๏ธ hey boo boo lol โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

        Yeah I think the bears win in the scary department โ€ฆ

        I donโ€™t think they like to share? And you certainly do not wanna look like a tasty meal lol

        I think bears win lol

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      • Our bears are just not so civilized as that.๐Ÿ™„ Yep, they are more scary, except maybe first thing in the morning when I look in the mirror, now that’s a scary sight!๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ
        They definitely don’t like to share. Yep, the bears win. We need nice bears like you have. Yours go around putting out fires and stuff, what’s his name, Pokey the bear. No, that’s not it. Mikey the bear? Doesn’t sound right either. Oh well, you know who I mean.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿป
        It’s cold today, right now it’s 54F and might reach to 60F later. That’s cold even for us!๐Ÿฅถ
        Have a great Monday Trisha!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜บ๐ŸŒžโ˜•โ˜•

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      • Hahaha – well me too!! Especially yesterday lol

        Ohhhh Smokie โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ only you can prevent forest fires โค๏ธ I love Smokie โค๏ธ

        We are in high 80โ€™s for 3 days then we rise again ๐Ÿคจ enjoying the moment ๐Ÿ™Œ

        Have a great Tuesday lol โœŒ๏ธ

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      • That’s him, Smokie the bear! We need civilized bears like that.
        Well, it was 54 yesterday,๐Ÿฅถ it’s already 57 so maybe we’ll get into the low 60s today, then we get into the 80s starting Thursday. That will be nice.๐Ÿ™‚ This is just too cold for summer!๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿฅถ
        Thanks Trisha, I am enjoying the day, baking my birthday cake for tomorrow so Muffin and I can have our birthday party together. She likes the cake too, blueberry maple!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ธ๐ŸŽ‚
        Have a great day!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜บ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜Ž

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      • We in 80โ€™s currently โ€ฆ Friday we go to 95โ€ฆ and then Saturday the 100โ€™s start back up โ€ฆ Sunday currently scheduled to be 108 ๐Ÿ˜ฎ โ€ฆ we are too hot for summer lol โœŒ๏ธ

        I have never tried blueberry maple cake – but sounds delicious โค๏ธ

        Have a very Happy Birthday!! ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽˆ

        Although I bet I am still older lol โœŒ๏ธ

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      • We hit 85 today, wheeeeeeeeee!!! It should stay in the 80s until next week which is good for us.๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜บ
        Blueberry maple cake is theeeeeeeee most delicious cake around. At least Muffin and I think so anyway!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ธ
        Thank you, no, I’m older. hehe.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น

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      • Hahaha hmm โ€ฆ that sounds like a challenge lol โค๏ธ

        You had a beautiful day – it was beautiful here too! ๐Ÿ™Œโค๏ธ

        The air and skies were smiling because it was your birthday ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽŠโ˜€๏ธ

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      • Today is even nicer, so I had a continuation of my birthday activities today! It was fantastical!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ“ท๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜ธ
        Nice to hear is was beautiful there too! Too dry here though, won’t take much to get a fire started and with all the wind we have had this month, that would be serious. Hopefully people are careful, most of our fires are caused by careless people.๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜พ
        Have a wonderful evening Trisha!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜บ๐ŸŒž

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      • Careless people and power companies ๐Ÿ˜ 

        I am glad you got to continue your birthday celebrations- you should just do the rest of June.

        I take the whole month of July lol ๐Ÿ™Œโค๏ธโœŒ๏ธ I have a story – I will tell you later lol

        Enjoy the WHOLE birthday month ๐Ÿ™Œ

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      • The whole month?๐Ÿค” That’s a great idea!๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ You should have told me the beginning of June.๐Ÿ™„ Hmm, I could take part of July instead.๐Ÿ˜„ Look forward to the story!๐Ÿ˜
        Continuing the birthday!!๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ

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      • No you canโ€™t have July – I own that lol ๐Ÿ˜˜โœŒ๏ธ

        I will try to share my story this weekend โค๏ธ itโ€™s very funny โ€ฆ at least to me ๐Ÿ™Œโค๏ธ

        Happy Birthmonth ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ

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      • Thanks Trisha! I’m going to remember that for next year, a whole month, fantastic!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ
        Hmm, I’m still taking part of July since I missed the first half of June.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น

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      • Well my celebration starts on the 4th then I claim July.

        You know the saying – you snooze you lose lol โœŒ๏ธ

        But next year you got 30 days lol โœŒ๏ธ

        There was a guy here in the United States recently who had a winning lotto ticket but didnโ€™t realize that until it expired ๐Ÿ˜ฎ he got nothing ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

        So no snoozing in life lol โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜

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      • Aha! That gives me 3 days!๐Ÿ˜„ I’ll take it!
        Who’s snoozing?๐Ÿค” I didn’t know the rules. Oh well. That’s okay. I get more days than you anyway. I get 33 days, since I get 30 for June and 3 in July. Not bad.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™„
        I don’t snooze, I sleep. Then everything goes racing past me and I don’t even know it.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น

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      • Only for this year โ€ฆ lol next year June only so remember lol โ€ฆ I am sharing lol โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜„ only because you didnโ€™t know the birthday rules but then could just be my rules lol โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ’‹

        ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„ I know all the old sayings thanks to my mom and grandfather lol โœŒ๏ธ

        lol โ€ฆ well donโ€™t snooze because then you lose โ€ฆ with sleep you are at peace at least lol

        The world races anyway. โœŒ๏ธ

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      • EEEEEEK!!! Don’t say “sleep” and “at peace” in the same sentence.๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น Let’s go back to snoozing.๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ด
        Thanks for sharing July this year, I’ll remember next time. Good rules though.๐Ÿ˜ƒ
        Yep, always racing,๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ why can’t we just walk slowly?๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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      • Hahaha ok I wonโ€™t โ€ฆ well I rest my eyes a lot lol

        Because everyone wants to be first lol โ€ฆand bestโ€ฆ and whatever โ€ฆ and time slows for no oneโ€ฆ tick tock lol โœŒ๏ธ

        Ps I also drag my feet and be slow a lot โœŒ๏ธ when able

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      • I could smell smoke earlier this evening,๐Ÿค” then a forestry helicopter flew past with a water bucket coming from the lake,๐Ÿš making several trips, dropping it on a wildfire that started up only about half a mile from where I live.๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŒณ It stopped now so I hope they put it out. The fire rangers are likely there now making sure it’s out.๐Ÿ˜ณ That’s too close! I’m glad those guys race around!๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿš๐Ÿš

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      • Oh wow ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Iโ€™m glad they got that out!! That is too close for comfort ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

        Hahaha yeah you donโ€™t want THEM dragging their feet โœŒ๏ธglad they have hustle also lol โค๏ธโœŒ๏ธ

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      • Yes, they do move fast when it’s so close to a town.๐Ÿš๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿš’๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿš’๐Ÿ”ฅ
        We have lots of smoke now from other fires further north. None are too big though, the smallest is 10,000 acres,๐Ÿ”ฅ the largest is 15,000 acres.๐Ÿ”ฅ But that can change fast.๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŒฒ

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      • Yikes ๐Ÿ˜ฎ we do not have any major fires yet.

        Yes they do move massively fast and can change in an instant ๐Ÿ˜ฎ which makes them really scary!!!

        Only the weather has massive heat currently

        Stay safe ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜˜โœŒ๏ธ

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      • I’m definitely watching the weather and the fire situation right now.๐Ÿ˜ฌ Supposed to be getting up in the 90s this week,๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ™€ that will make it worse for fires.๐Ÿ˜ณ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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      • Iโ€™m so hot and sweaty right now omg ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I am dripping wet from fricken sweat – yuk!! Omg sooo hot ๐Ÿฅต

        I donโ€™t know what temp was today – it was hot!! It is still hot – I just got home

        Stay safe up there!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ™

        We do not have fires yet – but we have the heat!! ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿฅต


  4. We are in for some cold weather too…one day next week will be 30 cel….too hot for me ! Having a bear sleeping by or under your deck is too close for comfort…take care ! โ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ด

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    • Not getting quite that warm here unfortunately. Yes, that is too close for sure. Terrible to always be on the look out whenever I go out!๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™€


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