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sunshine blogger award

It’s hard to believe, it really is. I never actually expected to get even one award. And now, here it is again!  Thank you to for nominating me for this award! It was totally unexpected and certainly greatly appreciated that you would consider me for this award.  Hey everyone, go check out her blog for some interesting reading!


The Sunshine Blogger Award is peer recognition for bloggers that inspire positivity and joy.


  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/or on your blog.

11 Questions that my Nominees will Answer:

  1. Why are you blogging?

That’s a good question really.  It was suggested to me by a few people that I should start a blog because I enjoy writing, even though I really don’t know anything about writing properly.  But it turned out to be fun and I have enjoyed meeting a lot of great people along the way.

2. Any person that you wish reading your blog?

I only wish that people will read and get some enjoyment from my blog and maybe that it will bring a smile into their day as well.😄

3. Where’s your happy place?

I guess I don’t really have one anymore, I did at one time, but it’s no longer accessible. But I suppose I could say, in summer it’s outside with my animal friends and in winter it’s inside with Muffin curled up on my lap purring.😸

4. What superpower would you like to have? Just one. 🙂

The ability to fly!

5. Favorite sweets?

Tough questions here. I really don’t eat sweet things anymore, guess I’m sweet enough.😂

6. Something that you wished you’ll have, but you can’t have it for now?

Yes, there is something, but I can’t say what it is. Sorry.😁

7. Favorite Classic Song?

To be honest, I don’t have one.😕

8. Greatest Fear?

Another one of these tough questions. Let’s forget the greatest fear and go with second greatest fear, and that would be having one of these huge 4 inch spiders crawl across me while I’m in bed. If it happened I certainly wouldn’t be in bed for very long!😲

9. What’s the most played song in your playlist?

I don’t really have one, I’m not a very musical person I guess.😏

10. Beauty or Brain?

Well, I certainly don’t have any beauty and my brain went on a hike a long time ago and didn’t come back.😂😹

11. What motivates you?

I’m glad you said what and not who.  It depends on what I need motivation for. For example, Muffin sinking her teeth into my foot will really motivate me to fill her food dish.😹  A large spider in my bed will motivate me to get out of bed. In a hurry.🕷🛌🏃‍♂️ Friends can be good for motivation, especially when they whack me on the head to get my attention ( happened recently, not actually hitting, but with words, worked too).😀

Now I need to nominate 11 blogs for this award, so, here goes;

Okay, now for the 11 tough questions;

  1. What is your favorite color and why?
  2. What is your favorite food and why?
  3. Why do you read my blog? Told you it would be tough.
  4. Would you rather read or watch TV? Okay, that one’s easy.
  5. If you had an all expense paid vacation to one of these 3 countries, which would you choose and why? Canada, Switzerland, Iceland.
  6. If you had to move to one of these 3 countries, which would you choose and why? From question 5.
  7. Would you prefer to live in the country or city?
  8. If you were offered $5 million dollars for your home, would you sell?
  9. What one book do you remember from your childhood?
  10. Could you survive 1 month with no TV?
  11. Could you stay inside your house for 1 month without ever stepping outside?

Okay folks, there you have it! I hope you have enjoyed today’s read and I look forward to seeing you back here tomorrow with more of Steve’s Country! God bless!

Steve and Muffin.



It’s That Feeling Again.

Welcome everyone! I hope all of you are having a wonderful day.  Here it is a beautiful spring day.  It’s mainly sunny, some clouds around too, but it is warm.  There is a freshness in the air that says ‘spring’.  The snow has gone. The leaf buds on the trees are really getting swollen now giving a rather fuzzy look to some of the trees, especially the aspens and maples.  The ground is drying nicely in the sun.  The grass is beginning to turn that nice emerald green.  Insects are flying around, including bees, butterflies and oddly I even saw a dragonfly a few minutes ago while I was sitting on the deck.

A common grackle, there are a lot of these birds back now, not exactly a thrilling bird perhaps, but their colors are quite nice, and how often do you see one standing on one foot?

I love spring.  New life sprouting all over.  The daylilies have begun to grow.  So have many other plants.  Daisies, daffodils, iris, not blooming yet, but they are growing.  Wild strawberries are growing also and will soon be in bloom.  The violas and forget-me-nots are growing nicely and their bright flowers will soon be filling the area back here.

This here is Whitey, I’m sure you can see why, only squirrel I have ever seen with a white tail.

Dandelions have begun to bloom.  Not exactly an exotic flower, but it is nice to see their bright yellow flowers after such a long bitter winter.  They do tend to become a pest for peoples lawns.  Not sure why though.  They are actually amazing plants.  The entire plant can be eaten. They are easy to grow.  They make a good coffee substitute. Leaves are healthier than lettuce and taste good too.  The flowers can really brighten a spring or summer salad.

Here is Rusty once again coming for his daily fill of peanuts. Such a dangerous looking animal.

There certainly isn’t much bird activity today though.  Quite surprising.  There was a phoebe out here this morning, but it was too early to get a picture, just not enough light. And their color makes them blend in nicely with the background.  So brighter light is needed.  Or getting up nice and close, which isn’t easy.  It is definitely more of a challenge this year to get pictures.  But it will get a bit easier as more birds arrive.

Some of you will remember that last summer someone threatened to shoot me.  Why?  Just because he wanted to.  A prank?  Perhaps.  The police figured it was just a prank.  And I’m still here.  I didn’t know the man.  But he knew things about me.  Things that someone shouldn’t know, unless they were around here at some time.  Before that happened I got a lot of strange phone calls.  Odd times of the day.  It’s happening again.

Another fox sparrow. Yes, that is a hole he is digging. They scratch like chickens and will often dig a hole deep  enough to bury themselves.

Now, this apartment is not well known.  It looks like part of the main house.  But it is completely separate.  Even people that have lived in the area for 20 years didn’t know there was an apartment here.  So how do others know?  And how do they know what I have inside.  In places that cannot be seen from the outside.  It gives me an uneasy feeling sometimes.  I admit, I don’t like that kind of feeling.  I’m out for a walk.  Someone stops me on the street.  I have never seen this person before.  He proceeds to tell me things about my apartment that no one should know about.  But he did.  I just laughed and kept on going.

Another look at Baxter, my friendliest blue jay.

The police have his description, but know nothing about him.  This is an odd neighborhood.  I would rather put up with all these dangerous animals.  Like the squirrels and chipmunks.  Oh well.  I really think I would like to move.  Actually, what I need is a vacation.  Get away for a while.  Relax.  Get rid of some of this stress.  One of these days.  A nice warm place.  Palm trees.  Ocean view.  That’s what I call a vacation destination.

Well everyone, I guess another day is done.  Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit to Steve’s Country.  I hope your visit was enjoyable, keep looking ahead and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

© 2019 Steve McLeod.


He’s After Me…

Hello everyone on this another beautiful spring day.  The sun is still shining a bit, but the clouds are quickly taking over.  Still, it is nice out there so I just had to spend time with all the dangerous animals for a while.  Speaking of dangerous animals, this one is actually not on the list, but…as far as I am concerned, it should be.  I am referring to my friendly night visitor, that 8 foot (about 2.5 meter) long bear.🐻

At least this robin was sitting in the sun.

I was sleeping, and heard a large bang outside.  I was tired, but decided I better see what was going on.  Poor Muffin. She was terrified. 🙀 The bear was standing up against the window pawing at it with his massive feet.  But he was down and gone off the deck before I could get out there for a picture.  Sigh.  And he made a mess of all the boxes of stuff I have out there too.  That was the noise I heard.  If I hadn’t been so tired I probably would have been able to go out and get his picture. A friend of mine wants a picture of this bear, so I will have to go outside to get a decent picture. Oh well.

Another male goldfinch from last spring, they don’t usually show up until May. Here he is singing.

The authorities in charge will only do something if the bear is posing a serious risk to humans.  I’m not human, I guess.😂  Sigh.  So…I decided to spend time with the other dangerous animals, the chipmunks.  Yes, they are classed as dangerous animals.  Amazing really.  At least they cooperate better than the bear.  And they come out during the day which is nice, because I don’t sleep during the day.  So that makes it easier.

Just look at this dangerous animal ready to attack. This is Rusty again this morning.

Oddly, there is not as many birds around today.  Even the fox sparrows are not here today.  I’m glad I got those pictures yesterday,📷 might not be another chance this year. They go much further north for nesting, so the only time to see them is spring, and sometimes in the fall as they head back south.  Spring is the best time though.  The loons are back now, there was one fly over the house today laughing as he went.  Yes, that one call sounds similar to a laugh.  But they are well known for their lonely, haunting call, often done at night.  Really, it sounds just beautiful. I could listen to it all night.IMG_2299

Just something short for today.  I was planning something else actually, but it didn’t work out for today.  I will try again for next Tuesday.  I need to get better organized! 🙄 Muffin is sleeping a lot today, not good.  That means she will want to be up tonight again.  It’s hard when she gets her days/nights mixed up.  Hard for me.  Not her.😹

Muffin has that annoyed look, like I would actually dare to take her picture when she is trying to sleep.

Thank you for joining me once again, I hope you will enjoy the rest of your day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

© 2019 Steve McLeod.






Grab A Coffee And…

Grab a coffee and join me for another look at some beautiful country pleasures.  And really, many of these are pleasures that can be enjoyed by everyone, no matter where you live.  What ever country you live in, whether you are a country dweller, or live in a town or city, many of these pleasures can be enjoyed by everyone.  So, let’s pull up a chair on the deck and take a look at some of these things.  Not only are they country pleasures but they are things we can truly be thankful for as well.

Here is Rusty this morning, filling his cheeks with peanuts, he can carry 3 of them.

It’s spring once again.  And after such a long, cold winter, spring is a very welcome country pleasure.  The snow is gone.  The birds are returning.  The leaf buds on the trees are beginning to swell already.  There is green grass starting to grow.  Other greenery is pushing it’s way out of the ground.  My landlord’s daylilies are growing. Those new shoots poking their way out of the ground are a brilliant, almost glowing, green.  Watching that new life beginning to return is a real country pleasure.

This is Sylvester, he was also busy this morning, but he can only carry 2 peanuts, he hasn’t stretched his cheeks enough yet.

As I mentioned already, so many birds are returning now.  And one of my favorites ( I know, I have a lot of favorites), is the fox sparrow.  They are the biggest sparrow we have in this area and are often mistaken for a thrush due to it’s size.  I got a few pictures last year but all were a bit disappointing.  This morning patience paid off and I was able to get several very nice pictures of this very shy bird, and from every angle as well.  I like to get pictures of the whole bird, or other animal, instead of just one side.  These are hard birds to photograph because of being so shy.  So it was a joy this morning to finally get what I wanted.  Another real country pleasure.

A beautiful fox sparrow out here this morning.

Watching the gulls soaring above, their brilliant white against the pure blue of the sky. That’s a country pleasure.  While sitting on the deck a little junco comes hopping along right around my hand, he stops, looks up at me, so I talk to him.  He seems satisfied that I’m no danger to him so he continues with his search for seeds. That’s a country pleasure.

This morning both Rusty and Sylvester, two of my chipmunks, came looking for peanuts. That didn’t work out too good.  They can get a bit territorial, so the chase is on.  They run all around me.  And over me.  Back and forth.  Finally they stop, an even match I guess.  Rusty sits on my knee taking peanuts out of the cup.  Sylvester sits on my shoulder and I hand the peanuts to him.  Peace.  These little critters are a joy and a country pleasure.  Chester was around a bit but now doesn’t come, probably because of all the squirrels.  I haven’t seen GPS at all, nor have I seen my favorite chipmunk, Skamper.  I also haven’t seen Checker yet.  Hard to believe losing 3 in one year.

A male and female purple finch at my landlord’s bird feeder.

There is such a chorus of different bird songs outside right now. But they all blend together so beautifully.  A true country pleasure. Now that spring is here and it’s warmer again there is nothing quite like an early morning walk.  Everything is so still, quiet, calm. Except for the singing of the birds in the background.  Just as it gets light. A beautiful time indeed.  Geese and ducks flying overhead.  Robins singing from the tops of the tallest pines.  They are actually the first birds to start singing in the morning. About an hour before the slightest bit of light arrives.  A real country pleasure.  Mind you, around here, that’s a good time to meet a bear.  But hey, I have my camera with me just in case.  Might be my final pictures though.  But as the saying goes, “gluing leaves on a tree on a windy day won’t help you cross a river if you don’t have a boat.”

A nice male robin showed up this morning too, but unfortunately he stayed out of the sun.

Friends.  Now there is a true country pleasure.  All too often people take friendship for granted.  Don’t.  Friendship is special.  Friends are a treasure.  Don’t forget that.  A true friend is always there for you, will help you to move forward, but remember, friendship works two ways.  If you want a friend, you need to be a friend.  Friends are the best of country pleasures.  And friendship can be experienced everywhere, not just in the country.

A friendly little junco.

I am very thankful for my friends, and that includes all my friends here as well.  Thank you for sharing my journey through Steve’s Country.  I would like to thank all of you personally on here but that would take a while.  But a special thank you to some of you who have been a great help to me in my blogging journey; Ilona; Huguette; Lydia; Lillian;

Hey, I’m old fashioned, it’s ladies first, your time will come guys. But please check out their blogs.  Well, that’s all for today, thank you so much for stopping by for a cup of coffee, and enjoying some true country pleasures with me. Until tomorrow, enjoy the rest of your day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

© 2019 Steve McLeod.



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