Solitude On My Deck. #8

Good morning everyone! It is a nice, warm morning here, but cloudy today. The sun does peek out once and a while though which makes everything glow so nicely. That heavy rain and little bit of hail we got the other day certainly knocked my flowers down and they are struggling to bloom again. It might take a while I guess. Summer is short here and we are at about the half way point now.

The river path is not well used this year.

Often there is a major change in the weather about mid August bringing in more fall like weather. I hope that does not happen this year. The chipmunks are busy this morning, at least 8 of them. Chester and Crunchy are gone from the group, I have not seen them for a long time now. But there is a new one, I called him GPS after a former chipmunk friend from 6 years ago.

Getting close to Scramble’s territory in the deep dark forest.

He always knows when I put fresh peanuts out and he will be there first most of the time. He is very small though compared to the other chipmunks, so he gets chased by everyone. But he keeps coming back. Two of the squirrels were here as well, fighting as usual. Those 2 always come at the same time. And always fight. Amazing really. Skamper was out here first thing this morning, waiting for me to come out with the peanuts.

Getting past Scramble’s territory.

I nearly stepped on him going out the door. He is the most friendly of the chipmunks. Choco, Coffee, Skitter and Pocket are next. Scooter is the least friendly, but she is getting better. GPS is getting friendly fast. He learned quickly that I provide the peanuts so he comes running over when he sees me. But he won’t take a peanut from my hand yet, though he gets close.

The beauty of the river, that is solitude.

I am sure he will be on my lap soon. I need to get some new pics of the chipmunks and squirrels to share with you. So strange, it was supposed to be sunny today and instead it is cloudy. I prefer sunny day pics, colors show up so much better and the pics just look so much more cheerful. But perhaps I will sit out there with the chipmunks for a while anyway.

More of the river beauty, more of its solitude.

Having chipmunks on my lap is a true country pleasure, and, that is solitude. Sitting and relaxing on the deck with a cup of coffee is also a true country pleasure and also, solitude. Except, there is always the possibility of the bear showing up suddenly. That makes it a bit hard to relax. Oh well, time to sit with the chipmunks. Pictures are from my recent walk to the river. Have a most wonderful weekend everyone and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

ยฉ2022 Steve McLeod.

34 Comments on “Solitude On My Deck. #8

  1. GREAT pics of your walk and the edges of the lake! Wondering how long chipmunks live, and if you really know them by name? Can you tell the difference from one to another?
    โค๏ธ&๐Ÿ™, c.a.

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    • Actually, that is all the river in those pics. Big question, I could do a whole post on chipmunks. Short answer, about 2 to 3 years but can live to 8 or 9. Yes, by name, most of them know their name quite well and because I see them up close I can pick out some subtle differences in each one. Have a great weekend!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜บ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿฟ๏ธ

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    • Thank you so much John! Having a bit of trouble with my health lately which is slowing me down some, but otherwise doing great! Hope you are doing well also. Have a great weekend John!

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  2. That’s nice, to have new little friend’s and your creative names๐Ÿคฉ we love that. Muffin might get jealous of you praising so much about your little friends๐Ÿคช. Hope your weekend began with lot of fun๐Ÿ’ have a good day๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒธ

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    • Yep, fun with the chipmunks early this morning,๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฟ๏ธ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ but it got stormy later so stayed insideโ›ˆ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ฌ. Muffin doesn’t get jealous, she knows who is the top cat around here!๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜ป Have a great weekend Simon! Maybe you can get some extra sleep!๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿฅฑ๐Ÿ™„

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      • I wish uncle Steve, i wish, i truly madly deeply desperately wanted an 8 hours sleep ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’. ๐Ÿคช My bed time is now at 2 am ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™„ is this why my right eye keeps twitching ๐Ÿค” may be๐Ÿคฃ

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      • Aha! That’s it, your eye twitches because it wants to sleep. I think. Or not. Wow, 2 am, you get up early!๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ป๐ŸŒœโ˜•โ˜•

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      • What ๐Ÿค”get up early? ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜’ Joking right? I’m yet to sleep๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜…

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      • I do Uncle Steve ๐Ÿ˜ต, last night I had to sleep because something just happened to my throat and i couldn’t speak for 2 days in a row. Having hard time swallowing ๐Ÿค” someone stuck a stone on my throat while asleep ๐Ÿคชnot sure what happened to my throat, feels like it is in strike ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ‘ฝ ๐Ÿ˜…

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      • Hmm, that doesn’t sound good. If it doesn’t clear up quickly go and get it checked, something like that is nothing to fool around with.๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค•๐Ÿค’

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      • Uhhhh you are scaring me ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™„ actually I am getting this infection after a long time. Wondering if my thyroid levels are okay. Have to do a checkup on that one. I have a home remedy for this one, which I’m working on it. Soon, i hope it will be solved. ๐Ÿ‘ฝ๐Ÿค—

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      • Thyroid, hmm, not eating right? Worry too much? Not sleeping enough? Hmm. Good idea, get it checked.๐Ÿคจ Good idea, get it checked.๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿค•

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      • Not checking anything for now ๐Ÿ˜‡. Throat is not that bad, stilll bad condition but not as worse as yesterday so thought of taking a break today ๐Ÿ‘ฝ

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      • It was a nice day, why nobody understands that I needed a long sleep ๐Ÿ˜’. I’m awake from mrng, regretting the off today ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„

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      • You should definitely have a long sleep Simon, you need to catch up a little bit!๐Ÿฅฑ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿคจ It is important, you need sleep, even at your young age!๐Ÿค”

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      • Urghhh you can understand my feelings ๐Ÿ˜ but no one here is๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ™„ I slept like 1 am to 6 am.. feeling okay ๐Ÿ˜. Have to start the day๐Ÿ˜€ and it’s coffee time ewhah ha ha ha๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ˜ˆ I’m running high ๐Ÿ˜

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      • What? That’s not sleeping, that’s only napping!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜น Hope you have a nice big coffee pot!๐Ÿ˜ƒโ˜•๐Ÿ˜„โ˜•

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      • I’m having just the right amount of black coffee maker , my MIL ,๐Ÿคช. Must tell ya, coffee is addictive ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  3. Picture of quietness ! We are able to tell the squirrels apart by colour, size , the shape of the ears , battle scars and those who come to our door…oh…the older squirrels take two peanuts at a time…the young ones only one peanut…at least here at my place…๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜ป

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    • Yes, each squirrel and chipmunk has their own uniqueness for sure! Our little red squirrels can only carry one peanut. Have a wonderful evening!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜ป๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒœ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ๐Ÿฟ๏ธ

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  4. So nice to be peaceful and enjoy nature. ๐ŸŒบ ๐ŸŒธ ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒฒ ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ€ ๐Ÿฟ ๐Ÿฆ”โ˜•๏ธโ˜•๏ธ

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