Saturday’s Solitude #23.

Good morning everyone and welcome back to Saturday’s Solitude! Hard to believe that this has been going for 23 weeks already, almost half a year. Solitude can be found no matter where we are, in our own yard, on the deck, walking in the park, sitting beside a river or lake, or being off somewhere alone in the forest. It’s a good idea to have someplace to go and enjoy the natural beauty around us, if we possibly can do it. It doesn’t need to be a place we go every day, but perhaps once a week would be a good idea. It helps to relieve stress, which we all seem to have now and then.

It helps to renew our energy levels too. Just sitting out on the deck with a cup of coffee and watching the birds and chipmunks is great solitude. Of course, it does work better if there are no bears around. Bears tend to add a bit of stress which is opposite to what should be done. One day I was out at our cottage, which was off in the forest with no close neighbors, no phones, just nice and quiet. Perfect place of solitude. Anyway, I was sitting outside enjoying my morning coffee, listening to all the different birds singing. It was a great place for thrushes and I love their songs. They would sing in early morning and late evening until well after dark.

Betty looking at me.

But there were many different warblers too, a pair of phoebes, least flycatcher, flickers, evening grosbeaks, purple finches and so many, many more. It was a real joy to sit there and listen to them. Of course there were squirrels around too, but no chipmunks, which I thought was kind of odd. But I fixed that situation. Although chipmunks live in areas where there is no rocky areas like we have, yet the chipmunks around here love rocks. We had no rocks on the property anywhere. So every trip out there I brought rocks and put them in piles around the property.

The next year there was a couple of chipmunks playing around one of the rock piles. The following year there were quite a few chipmunks and they were using other rock piles. The rocks give them a safe place to hide and a good spot to dig their underground tunnels and homes, the entrance being under this rock pile. That’s all they needed. Obviously there must have been some chipmunks fairly close by to find these rocks so fast, but they were still a help in getting the chipmunks to set up home close by. I found out later I could have gotten a government grant of $1,000 to do this. So I signed up anyway to get it for putting up brush piles around for rabbits.

Another blue jay, not named yet.

We didn’t have any rabbits, but I got the money and put brush piles around the property and sure enough rabbits moved in. Then foxes moved in and owls. The wildlife increased quite a bit just with those brush piles. All of this just adds to the solitude of a place, the enjoyment that the wildlife brings to us. It’s a cloudy, cooler morning. Smoke from a forest fire covered our town once again yesterday, that hasn’t been a problem for a long time. Unfortunately it messed up my pictures of our fall colors. I did get some that were okay. Must be time for more coffee, anyone agree? Have a terrific Saturday everyone and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

Β©2021 Steve McLeod.

29 Comments on “Saturday’s Solitude #23.

  1. Betty 😍 looks beautiful, and the new blue Jay looks awesome, waiting for his new name, it’s him rightπŸ€” is the fire came under control? πŸ€” Wear double masks so the fire doesn’t impact your breathing. stay safe and have a fantastic SaturdayπŸ₯³πŸ₯³πŸ₯³

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    • Yes, the new blue jay is a male.πŸ˜„ Yes, the fire is now under control,πŸ₯³ hope it stays that way,πŸ™„ and not smoke for us today which was nice. It was a fantastic Saturday!πŸ€Έβ€β™‚οΈπŸ₯³πŸŒž Have a good night Simon!πŸŒ™πŸ˜΄ Or is it morning now?πŸ€” I guess it’s morning.πŸ˜πŸŒžβ˜•β˜•

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      • It was morning Uncle Steve☺️ The time I checked your notification was 12 pm πŸ˜… so it is now officially noon, no I didn’t wake up late, but checked my phone late😁 Hope you must be in midnight sleepπŸ˜… Have a wonderful warm Sunday ahead πŸŽ‰πŸ₯³

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      • It’s actually a very cool and cloudy day, even though they did say it would be sunny and warm.πŸ™„πŸ€― Very odd indeed. Have a good night Simon!πŸ˜πŸŒžπŸŒ™πŸ˜΄

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      • Weather Predictors are like whether predictors? πŸ˜‚ odd predictions sometimes πŸ€ͺ Hope the oddness did t affect your day 😁 Have a wonderful week ahead πŸ₯‚

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  2. We have smoke from the east…can’t sit outside…mind you, it is rather cool still…will warm up…starting a shelter for chipmunks is a great idea ! Great pics of the Blue Jays and the lake ! Coffee sounds good to me ! β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ˜€πŸ˜»β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ

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    • It was strange getting the smoke suddenly like that, unfortunate, but that’s what happens sometimes. Thanks so much Sharon! Have a nice evening!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜»πŸŒžβ˜•β˜•

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  3. Beautiful photos of the birds! Enjoy the Autumn and weekend. Trust the fires will burn themselves out. It has been snowing the past week, where I live and we won’t see the dirt on the ground, until April.

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    • 2 weeks ago they said we would have a cold Oct and an early winter. Now they say it will be warmer than normal in Oct and a late start to winter. Guess we’ll see what happens. I hope we don’t get snow just yet anyway! Does it always snow this early?
      Thanks so much! The remaining fires might keep going until winter hits. Have a great week!πŸ˜πŸŒžβ˜•β˜•πŸ˜Ί

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      • There are some years that the snow comes in the first week of September, We usually have snow by second week in October. Winter is our main season.
        Enjoy your week and autumn.πŸ˜»πŸ˜ŠπŸπŸ‚

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      • We normally have snow arrive around the first of Nov. But it has come as early as the first week of Oct like it did in 2017 and 2018. And it’s quite normal to last until near the end of April now. Before the snow would always be gone by the first week of April, like it did this year. We won’t be getting the colorful show this year like normal due to the stress on the trees because of our dry summer. The leaves are changing color and dropping off right away. Have a wonderful week!πŸ˜πŸ˜»πŸŒžβ˜•β˜•πŸπŸ‚

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    • I don’t anymore, but I used to sit outside at my cabin after dark to listen to the birds singing. I even would walk through the forest at night if it was good moonlight. But I certainly don’t suggest people do that, unless in a group. Even two people are safe from attack, but being alone can be dangerous. Have a great week Wael!πŸ˜πŸŒžβ˜•β˜•πŸ˜Ί

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  4. Wandering in a forest and enjoying nature is delightful, as long as it is safe. IMO, nature brings solitude and healing! Give Muffin an extra hug from Callie! πŸ˜»β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ

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