Good morning to everyone on this beautiful summer Friday! There isn’t much smoke in the air this morning, likely due to the wind direction. There was some small thunderstorms move through the area last night, so that will likely start more forest fires. Right now there are 96 fires, most are not under control. The two largest fires are now 222,725 acres and 293,400 acres in size, and growing larger all the time. And with hot dry weather in the forecast for the next few days, that won’t help those fighting these fires. The closest ones to this town are still about 25 miles (40km) away, and the largest is only 30 acres but is not under control. That fire went from 1 acre yesterday morning to 30 acres by evening.
Slim is out here this morning, still chasing chipmunks. Training him might take a while. But the chipmunks are helping with that, just like with the other squirrels. Slim spotted Skamper coming for his peanuts and the chase was on! Down to the ground they went with Skamper having a small lead. Into a large clump of daylilies they go, Slim is gaining. Slim comes out the other side of the clump of daylilies and continues past the fence and into the bushes beyond. Meanwhile, Skamper comes out and returns to get his peanuts and leaves, just before Slim returns. I’m sure Slim was a bit confused about losing Skamper.
He came and sat by the peanuts, looking around, then took one and ran off. Pocket had been waiting in one of the boxes, came and filled up with peanuts and left before Slim got back again. Slim took his peanut and Coffee came and got his and left. Scooter came, but Slim spotted him and the chase was on! Scooter jumped and made it past the raspberry patch. Slim wasn’t so lucky, he landed in the raspberry patch and came back up scratching. He will likely learn that it’s just not worth chasing these chipmunks. While he chased Scooter, Choco came and got his peanut and left. Now Slim looked around again, grabbed a peanut and left. Pocket was waiting again and came out right away, filled up and was gone.
Then Skamper was back for more. Slim returned, looked around, guess he’s checking to see if there’s any chipmunks, then took a peanut and left. Coffee then came, plus Pocket again, before Slim got back. I am still amazed at how Skamper, who is barely ahead of Slim, can stop in that clump of daylilies and not be found by Slim. Skamper has done this with other squirrels too. I mean, that squirrel isn’t far behind, how come he doesn’t see the chipmunk stop? But it is a good self defense technique anyway so I’m glad it works. I haven’t seen the other chipmunks do this. Guess I should put more peanuts out there, and get some more coffee. I hope you all have a fantastical Friday and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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