Good morning everyone! It is a beautiful, sunny day. However, it is also very windy and cool. It has been a very windy year, right from early January. Wind is quite normal around here, but not this kind of strong wind. Originally the forecast for this week was for sunshine every day, from Monday to Saturday. They changed that just a bit. And the temp is cooler than originally forecast as well, instead of temps in the 80s (28C), we are getting temps in the mid 70s (24C).
Except for maybe 5 days, it has not been a hot summer, which a lot of people like. I prefer having some hot weather in the summer, after all, we do not get hot weather in January. Oh well. That is just me. I am showing some pics of a squirrel today, his name was LB, that is short for “little brat”. Mainly because he was. A brat. He was quite mean actually.
But he had amazing perseverance. He just would not give up easily, no matter how long it took. We can learn a lot from these little critters sometimes. He would try to jump onto one of my hanging bird feeders, because he wanted those sunflower seeds. He would jump…and miss…and fall to the ground which was about 8 feet down. He would climb back up to the railing, jump again, miss, and fall to the ground. I watched him, for days. Same routine.
That feeder would swing wildly at times and he would not account for that. So he jumped when it swung close, but it moved away and he did not jump hard enough so he would just fall down. More than once he jumped when it was just swinging back and it hit him on the head, knocking him to the ground. But he came right back and tried again. Sometimes he would make it, and hold on, but once he moved to try and get the seeds, he lost his balance, and down he would go.
He finally got quite good at it, even though he still missed sometimes. They say that most accidents happen at home. I am living proof of that theory. Just ask Muffin. And my toes. At any given time at least one of my toes is bruised from kicking the furniture, mostly the table legs. Sigh. Anyway, so that would mean it is safer to be somewhere else.
Makes sense to me. I am not walking to the river much because it could be dangerous, so I stay home and wander around the yard taking pictures of insects that few people want to see. Somehow I already see a problem with this scenario. Anyway, there is a rock hill in the back yard, which is where I spend most of my time, because that is where most of the insects are located. That is fine. But, it is a hill, a rock hill, which is not like walking on something flat.
The inevitable is bound to happen. And it did. Yesterday. Down fell Steve, right from the top. Sigh. I will admit, unashamedly, that it hurt my back enough to make me scream. Quite loud. That finished my day. My back is still sore today, but doing better. Sigh. I could mention other things too, but I will perhaps leave that to Muffin. Speaking of insects. Wait, this is getting long, I will leave that thought for another time. I hope you all have a most wonderful Wednesday and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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