Good morning everyone! It’s a beautiful, sunny (and smoky), summer morning. Everything is once more covered with that orange/yellow glow from the smoke of forest fires that are getting more active again now that the hot, dry weather has returned. However, according to the forecast, there is a fair amount of rain coming by the weekend. Hopefully that rain will hit the areas where the fires are worst. A lot of new fires have started recently. There are 110 forest fires burning at the moment, 20 are either under control or being held, and 90 are not under control. One of the new fires is 30 miles (50km) from our town, but is being held, which means it is not growing in size.
Two of my gulls were here for their breakfast, the chickadees were also here and a couple of blue jays. But they don’t stay long. The chipmunks are certainly busy however! It’s just non stop coming and going of the various chipmunks these days. Slim hasn’t been around for a while now, neither has any other squirrel. I thought maybe some of the other squirrels might have checked things out and discovered that Slim was gone. I guess they are just too scared to come back. I’m sure that eventually a squirrel will come back again, hopefully it will be Jasper.
I just went to put more sunflower seeds and peanuts out for the chipmunks and Scooter managed to get in the door. That’s why I like to really pay attention to the chipmunks, so that doesn’t happen. Anyway, I stomped my foot right in front of Scooter which scared him and he ran back out with Muffin right behind him. Good thing the chair was right there, Muffin has to duck a bit to go under the rungs of the chair, so it slows her down just a bit. That gave me time to grab her and get the door closed. But it was very close, almost lost a chipmunk, that wouldn’t be good.
Oh well, everyone is safe, so that’s a good thing. And I praised Muffin for chasing the chipmunk back outside, even though that’s not really what she had in mind. Sitting inside enjoying my morning coffee is not quite the same as being outside, so it’s back outside for me. Can’t waste all this nice weather sitting inside with the doors locked. I do that all winter. Summer is for being outside, and summer is almost gone. Not really much happening these days. I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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