Sunday’s Sunshine #16.

Good morning everyone and Happy Sunday! It is a beautiful summer morning again, but also very smoky still. There were 115 forest fires burning as of last night, the number keeps climbing. Several new fires have started up about 25 to 30 miles away from our town, but they are all small fires though only one is under control. The largest is 75 acres now which is still in the small category. But because it’s not under control it’s a fire to watch.


The largest fire in our northwest region is now nearly 300,000 acres, with others over 200,000 acres as well. And a lot of the fires are between 50,000 and 150,000 acres in size. Once they get that big, they grow quickly. One thing that has helped is having no wind at night and only a light wind during the day. The gulls were late for their breakfast this morning, I was beginning to wonder if they would come at all, but they finally showed up just a short time ago.

The chipmunks have been very busy, and Slim has been here too. Once I was outside while a chipmunk was getting his peanuts and Slim showed up, but I pointed my finger at Slim and said no, so he stayed still and didn’t chase the chipmunk. After the chipmunk left I told Slim he could come and get a peanut, which he did and ran off with it. Another time I just spoke through the window and Slim stopped so the chipmunk was able to leave without being chased.


Poor Slim, he was looking around to see where I was. But just hearing my voice stopped him anyway. The crows have their young ones around now, just two this year. They lost their first nest to the ravens so had to try again, that’s why only two babies this year. Those little guys, well not so little, are certainly noisy, constantly squawking for food as they sit up in the birch tree. It’s a beautiful summer morning! Have a wonderful day everyone and God bless!

Steve and Muffin. (top featured image is the wild white onion beginning to bloom)

ยฉ2021 Steve McLeod.

50 Comments on “Sunday’s Sunshine #16.

  1. Zinnia & Ageratum both are looking equally tremendously beautiful๐Ÿ˜ Beautiful shot done Uncle Steve ๐Ÿค— Why do you think gulls won’t come ๐Ÿค” Slim is listening to you ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Thats good โœจ Ravens lost their homes, that’s sadly unfortunate. Hope everything will come back normal soon. Have a Great Sunday ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ

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    • Thanks so much Simon!๐Ÿ˜„ Sometimes the gulls leave early once their babies are flying like they are now, they sometimes start flocking and going out further on the lake for the rest of the summer.๐Ÿค” It has happened before, but fortunately they did come so that is good. Have a nice Monday Simon!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜บ๐ŸŒžโ˜•โ˜•๐Ÿ“ท


      • that means, maybe they got their flights cancelled and changed their dates, maybe because ๐Ÿค” they must be thinking๐Ÿ˜‰ to eat more foods served by you โ˜บ๏ธHope you had a great Monday Start ๐Ÿ˜

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      • Hi Simon! Yep, it’s a good Monday, had a busy morning so couldn’t even get my post out today! Maybe I should do today tomorrow!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ™€๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿคฏ


      • Means a busy day,don’t tell me Muffin woke u up ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘‰ Have a peaceful night now ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

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      • Say hi ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚ that’s right, accurately say Meowhi ๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น Good Night Uncle Steve๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

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      • Good night Simon!๐ŸŒ™ No, wait,๐Ÿคฏ good morning Simon!๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒž No, wait,๐Ÿ™„ good evening Simon!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น๐ŸŒ™


  2. What beautiful flowers ! …so Slim seems to be learning not to chase the chipmunks…keep on teaching him Steve ! โ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿฅœ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒธ

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    • Yes, at least when he sees or hears me then he won’t chase the chipmunks. so that’s a good start! Have a great day!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ป๐ŸŒžโ˜•โ˜•


  3. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ stay safe up there ๐Ÿ‘†

    Yikes ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™ hopefully contained and put out quickly!! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

    Look up a man named Mark Rober – Squirrel maze

    The guy used to work for NASA – brilliant man

    Is cute to watch the squirrels go through his maze lol

    Happy Sunday to you also ๐Ÿ™Œโค๏ธ be careful and safe ๐Ÿ™

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    • Hi Trisha! Yes, I have seen his squirrel maze, it’s fantastic!๐Ÿ˜‚ I don’t think my squirrels are that smart!๐Ÿ™„ And I don’t think I’m smart enough to come up with such a maze!๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‚
      The fires are bad and getting worse.๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ They have had to pull ground crews away from many fires because they became too dangerous.๐Ÿ˜ฒ They create their own winds and can blow burning debris miles ahead of the fire trapping wildfire crews.๐Ÿ˜ณ One firefighter just died from the heat of the fire he was working on.๐Ÿ˜Ÿ One fire west of our town is starting to grow rather fast even though they are hitting it hard right now.
      But some showers are moving in for a couple days,๐Ÿ˜ƒ then back to hot and dry.๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜ฌ
      Thanks Trisha! Have a great week!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ˜ป๐ŸŒžโ˜•โ˜•

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      • Haha they are probably used to his mazes and they want those nuts

        Maybe the rain will put out the fires for now? ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

        Our fires have not begun to burn yet ๐Ÿ˜ฎ but we so hot and dry!! We donโ€™t get summer rain ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

        Well listen to them if they say evacuate โ€ฆ be safe!! Hopefully rain comes fast!

        Yes definitely have a great week!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ

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      • We’re not getting enough rain to put out those fires,๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ”ฅ but it might help to slow the smaller ones.๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŒฒ I hope so.๐Ÿ˜ฌ The smoke is so thick today, hurts my eyes and throat.๐Ÿ˜ณ
        Wow, no fires yet in your area, that’s a good thing, maybe they won’t be bad this year.
        Yes, if they say evacuate I sure will.๐Ÿ˜ Some people stay too long and end up dying, that’s happened already this year.๐Ÿ˜ณ

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      • Well I have fires around – but none really to close (knock on wood) nothing like Armageddon last year ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

        Although this morning when I went to get in my car for work – there was ash remnants on my car ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

        There is a fire near my Lake Tahoe

        Lake Tahoe is about hour and a half from me.

        So enough distance and I am south of Lake Tahoe so smoke blows East lol

        But I am getting ash from something?? No smoke smell or orange brown skies.

        Nothing in my direct vicinity that I am aware of

        Yes I have a friend who is like that – doesnโ€™t want to leave his property so if fire or floods come he refuses to evacuate ๐Ÿ˜ฎ some people just donโ€™t want toโ€ฆ like a captain going down with ship kinda?

        But yes it is the smarter thing to do – listen to authorities and do what they say!! Your life could depend on it

        I am glad you are smart โค๏ธ

        Hopefully wonโ€™t get to that point though!!

        Stay safe โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ™

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      • Yes, I hope we don’t have to evacuate at any point, it’s just too hard.๐Ÿค” And like most people with pets, I would likely have to leave Muffin behind which would be extra hard.๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ™€ But it depends which way we could go in an evacuation. We have two fires now that are 300,000 acres,๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ”ฅ and several that are 150,000 to 200,000 acres,๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ”ฅ dozens that are 25,000 to 100,000 acres.๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿ”ฅ Fortunately the biggest one that is close to us is only 185 acres, but out of control still.๐Ÿ˜ณ
        Thanks Trisha, enjoy your evening!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜บ๐ŸŒ™

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      • Omg ๐Ÿ˜ณ ๐Ÿ˜ฑ you have so many fires ๐Ÿ”ฅ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

        Is like how WE were last year ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

        We are in fire season but my area really starts with that at end of July beginning of august up through October ๐Ÿ˜ฎ right up to the rain!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

        Hopefully not bad like last year – oh it was so awful!

        You take care โค๏ธโœŒ๏ธ

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      • Thanks Trisha! We did have a bit of rain, not enough to stop the fires,๐Ÿ˜Ÿ but might slow them down a bit anyway.๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ”ฅ
        And it’s cooler which also helps. But the hot dry weather is returning on the weekend. I do like the heat, but not the fires.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ”ฅ
        This is our worst fire season since 2006. However, we have had worse years.๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ
        Have a good day Trisha!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜บโ˜•โ˜•

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      • I like the heatโ€ฆ maybe not so much the extreme heat ๐Ÿฅต because I am older lol โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜„โ€ฆ but I do love being warm NOT cold ๐Ÿฅถ

        I also do not like fires ๐Ÿ˜ฎ when I was little girl I always had nightmares about fires โ€ฆ and also ants lol โ€ฆ I watched a movie I wasnโ€™t supposed to watch, because I was too youngโ€ฆ and had nightmares for years lol โ€ฆ years and years lol

        So far we are ok here in my area at this particular moment ๐Ÿ˜ณ I think ๐Ÿ˜ณ no smoke or smoke smell.

        I hope we be fine – not like last year ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™ last year was awful!

        Have a great night Steve lol ๐Ÿ™ŒโœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜ beautiful evening here โค๏ธ

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      • Thank you so much Trisha! Things keep getting worse up here. We now have 165 fires, 125 are not under control. And they keep getting bigger.๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
        But it’s cooler this week with some showers possible, so that will help a little, except on the larger fires.๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ”ฅ
        Have a great day Trisha!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜ป๐ŸŒžโ˜•โ˜•

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      • Thatโ€™s how we were last year โ€ฆ one night we had 11,000 (not a typo) lightening strikes ๐Ÿ˜ฎ that touched off tons of fires ๐Ÿ”ฅ and then oh good it was sooo bad!!

        I have posts about it last year lol ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎโ€ฆ Armageddon ๐Ÿ˜ณ

        Are you Smokey and ashy? Ash was raining down like snow last year. ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

        I hope they get your fires under control or outโ€ฆ are we helping you? We must?

        You be safe! ๐Ÿ™ hope Bert is ok ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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      • Yep, ash falls a lot, covers my plants and my deck. Smoke gets so thick it’s hard to see across the street.๐Ÿ˜ณ Hurts my eyes and throat, gets me coughing steadily.๐Ÿ˜ฒ Very hard to breathe sometimes.
        Mexico sent us 100 firefighters, Wisconsin sent us 9.๐Ÿ™‚
        Smoke from our fires now covers half of Canada and down into the northeast US.๐Ÿ˜ฌ
        More than 1,100,000 acres is burning here right now.๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ Fortunately nothing too close to us though. But that could change quickly.๐Ÿ™„
        125 fires are not under control right now.๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ”ฅ
        Have a good night Trisha!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜บ

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      • Thatโ€™s it??? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ no one else helps ??

        ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ wow – totally like us last year Yikes โ€ฆ that is sad and also scary!!

        I will pray they get handled safely and quickly – I also hope you get more help!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ that is little help!!

        God bless fire fighters โค๏ธ

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      • Normally we would get help from other western provinces, but this year all 5 of us are having a severe fire season so we can’t help each other.๐Ÿ˜• One eastern province did send us 4 CL 415 water bombers, so that gives us 8 of them now.
        We also have dozens of our own helicopters and 500 of our own fire rangers. 1 fire ranger died so far. But our firefighters are getting worn out, they have been at it for so long already.๐Ÿ˜Ÿ
        We have been getting thunderstorms here since 2am, so that is helping this area where I live, but I don’t know if they are getting this rain where the fires are burning, I hope so. But thunderstorms only hit small areas, and they also start a lot of fires with lightning strikes.๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŒฒ
        God bless fire fighters for sure.๐Ÿ˜ They have a hot and hard job to do.๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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      • Our people fighting fires too โ€ฆ I smell smoke todayโ€ฆ but is still clear (knock on ๐Ÿšช wood)

        Where is Australia? We need you Australia lol โ€ฆ come to Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ and the US ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

        Isnโ€™t it winter for them currently?

        See now is the moments we pray for winter ๐Ÿคจ

        All you can do is hope they can catch a grip of it ๐Ÿ”ฅ ๐ŸŒฒ

        I know and very dangerous job also!! They put their life on the line to save hundreds, if not thousands, of others!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎโค๏ธ๐Ÿ™ god bless them โค๏ธ thank you to them

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      • Hmm, I can honestly say I have never prayed for winter!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿฅถ Rain yes,๐Ÿ˜ƒโ˜” winter no!๐ŸงŠ๐Ÿคญ
        Well, we have had some rain which has stopped some of the smaller fires, and slowed down the larger ones.๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜€ But warm dry weather returns tomorrow. We have actually had a lot of rain right here where I live. So I’m ready to dry out a bit. The fires need the rain now, not us.๐Ÿ™‚โ˜”
        I hope you don’t get a bad fire season this year. Canada is burning up, that’s enough.๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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