Good morning everyone and Happy Saturday! Do you ever get one of those days? Or perhaps a whole week? You know, when things just do not go quite right. Like finally getting a couple of extra days off and you end up getting the flu on those days. Or other plans that you had made needed to be canceled at the last minute due to circumstances, whatever they might be.
Perhaps just a bunch of little things keep going wrong day after day and you are almost ready to bang your head on the wall in frustration. Or, no matter what you do, people complain. Then there is solitude. Sitting on my deck enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning without worrying about the bear. I think my new neighbor’s dog is helping to keep the bear away, which is nice.
If he would obey me a bit more than he does I would take him with me for walks to the river. Unfortunately he does not like being on a leash. That stops things right there. Too bad really. He would be good company on my walks and I would be able to go more often. Oh well. Walks to the river. Just the thought brings solitude. Walking along that winding path, up and down hills. Walking through tall green grass, and across granite “sidewalks”. Hillsides strewn with boulders of all sizes.
Thick underbrush and more open areas under towering pines. Some parts of the trail are packed with mud, other parts are covered with a thick mat of pine needles. Along the way the birds are singing, mostly high in the trees, but some are lower in smaller trees and bushes. Squirrels scampering across the path in different locations, sometimes getting too close to another squirrels territory and the chattering begins. All along the way are many different insects, especially dragonflies and butterflies.
Some dragonflies, like the chalk-fronted corporal, are very friendly and often sit on my shoulder as I walk along, then quickly dart after a fly or mosquito and back onto my shoulder to munch lunch. I love to look up at the tall pines overhead, what a view it would be from up there. But I enjoy the view just looking up.
Sometimes, here and there along the path, there are spruce trees that are actually taller than the pines. They are huge trees. I can just imagine an excited squirrel at the top of one, eyes popping out as he sees all the spruce cones which will provide it with a lot of seeds for the winter. Then there is my little friend Scramble, I like to give him treats of peanuts whenever I go past his place, which is not very often this year.
Then finally getting to the river to watch the ducks and pelicans and whatever else might be around. All of this is true solitude. Beautiful solitude. Monday will be our next sunny day, so hopefully I can get down to the river again. I never get tired of that walk, always something new to see or hear. Have a most wonderful Saturday everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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