Monday, January 15, 2018

Do You See What I See?

Hello. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your diligent doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

I was checking out the window today and look what I saw: 

It's an evil squirrel! As soon as he saw me, he took off. Look! There he goes along the path that I made in the snow.

What a wimp! He obviously doesn't want to run through the snow if he can help it! 

So I went out to see if that squirrel needed any more motivation to stay out of my yard.

He's gone! I'm coming back in now! 

You can never be too careful about the Evil Squirrel Cartel. 

Dog Eat Doug

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Tons of Snow on Saturday

Hello. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your reputable doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

As predicted, we got a ton of snow. Dad measured 10-12 inches in our yard. Check it out! It's up to my chest! I was a little nervous about going out into it. 

Dad didn't have any problems, though. He stomped right out the door and got the roaring dragon scary noisy snow blower machine monster thing started. 


It made short work of all that snow and pretty soon the driveway was cleared.

Did I say it was very noisy?

The little birdies were very hungry today. See them all lined up on the back of the glider?

They took turns flying back and forth to the feeder. 

We had to fill up the window feeder twice!

Sometimes they'd sit in the pear tree to wait their turn. See the little chickadee on the left?

I still haven't seen that cowbird! 

But his friend the starling showed up this afternoon for a snack. 


Nope. I haven't seen that dude in a week!

Hmmmm. Are you sure you haven't seen him?

Nope! He's gone, man! But hey, I'm here!

What am I? Chopped liver?

Friday, January 12, 2018

Ready For The Storm

Greetings friends and fans. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your trustworthy doggie reporter 
Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

Yup! That's me in the bathtub! It's a good thing I like to play in the water. The reason for this impromptu bath is because the back yard was like a swamp today! All the snow melted last night and it rained almost all night too. What a mess! I got mud all over my feet and splashed on my belly too.

In the meantime, we're aware that it's Flower Friday. However, there are absolutely NO flowers blooming in our yard at this time. Not even a dandelion. But, ghostwriter thought up a solution to this problem. Here's a big flower picture she embroidered many years ago.

We're all ready for that big storm that's coming our way! Ghostwriter went shopping twice. The second time was because she forgot something. But now we're all stocked up. 

Uh oh!

In other news, I found another stink bug. With all the weather changes, these pesky, malodorous insects are totally confused, and coming out of their hiding places thinking spring has arrived.

Yes, it's a stink bug.

No epic battle today! I finally learned that stink bugs are called that for a reason! Ghostwriter tossed it out the door. 

No. I'm not messing with it. Too stinky!

Well, it's now 6:30pm and it sounds like the rain is turning to ice. The Rochester local news reported that the City and towns are getting ready for the snowfall tonight.

But that's OK. Ghostwriter made a big pot of soup for dinner.

Yum! Escarole soup with sausage, gnocci, and white beans, with fresh bread and butter on the side. Of course I got to try some!

We're just going to sit and relax and wait for the snow now.

I'll be sure to report on our snowfall tomorrow. Hope you're all safe and warm, wherever you are!



10:25pm: Look look look lookie look! We're getting lots of snow now!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bye Bye Blackbird

This is The Daily Bone and I'm your diligent doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. Welcome.

I've been watching out for that cowbird who's been sitting on the window feeder all the time.

This picture is from last Saturday.

He didn't show up in the last couple days, and I haven't seen him today either. Maybe he finally flew south to escape the frigid temperatures. Hopefully he didn't succumb to the arctic chill.

Several years ago, we had a cowbird who would attack his reflection in the window birdie feeder one-way mirror. We named him Dummybird! He was so persistent that he started damaging his feathers. His tail was literally in tatters, and he was knocking bits out of the mirror surface too. We had to take the feeder out of the window for about two weeks before he finally moved on. 

Crazy bird!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Dirty Birdies and Pretty Angels

Hello everybody. This is the Daily Bone and I'm your diligent doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

We continue to have very cold weather here in Western New York. I went out yesterday morning when it was 1ºF, and got smacked in the face with -20ºF wind chill and blowing snow! But don't worry. I only stay outside for five minutes or so. Today it was -3º when I went out. Fortunately, the wind has died down now.


The birdies are eating tons of food in order to stay alive in this arctic cold. We have to refill the window box feeder two times a day! We do have fun watching them, though. 

Here comes a starling. 

And here comes that cowbird again!

There's Debbie Dove flying around.

The gang at Sparrows Incorporated Country Club in the Sticks are very funny to watch. They all line up on the top of the wooden glider. More sit in the sticks on the left side. When they get spooked, the whole bunch dive into the snow covered stick pile and disappear. Oh, and the wind carved the snow to look like angels on the seat of the glider. Very classy!

A lot of the birdies sit on the bottom part of the glider. They often zoom in and out of that spot.

I went out to pay them another visit and see if they've been cleaning up after themselves. 

It was pretty smelly back there!

Check it out! Yes, all that stuff on the snow is birdie poop! 

I'm going to have to lodge a complaint if this keeps up! But I couldn't find the Sparrows Inc. CEO Mr. Seedcruncher today. I'm sure he'd tell his huge extended family to stop making such a mess.

I'm sorry to say, ghostwriter was a bit worried about me catching some kind of parasites from all that birdie poop. I think Dad is going to grind up that entire stick pile when the weather warms up. 

Meanwhile, the cowbird sat on the feeder, showing off his shiny feathers, and eating snow. And then he made a big slimy poop on the window! (We're not going to show you that!)

Good grief! Well, I hope all the birdies survive this bitter cold. But I do think the smorgasboard will end as soon as it warms up. That should be about next Wednesday. We'll probably be out of seeds by then too.

Wait a minute … what's that?

You had a 40 pound bag of birdie seeds and now it's almost gone? Holy moley! That means there's probably 40 pounds of birdie poop in the stick pile! Yipes! 

One of our readers, foleymonsterandpocket, was wondering if that cowbird is maybe an angel coming to visit us. Well, Miss Ginger had lovely glossy black furs with tan points. But I don't think she'd be so rude as to poop on the window. We think the little chickadees are the angels.