Monday, December 11, 2017

Pretty Pictures On Monday

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

It's been snowing lightly almost all day today. As much as ghostwriter doesn't like snow and cold, she says it does make for some pretty pictures.

Flying jay.


Two jays.



Cone flower seed heads.

Woodpile and hawthorn barries.


Hey! No squirrels allowed!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Here It Comes!

Greetings friends and fans. I'm your energetic doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel and this is a
 special edition of The Daily Bone. 

The other day I did a report on lake effect snow in Western NY. Well, today we have the chance to show you some! As you can see in the picture above, there is no snow. This picture was taken earlier today around 11 AM. It was even sunny out! But over the next couple hours snow clouds rolled in.

It's been snowing steadily since then! 

Dad turned on the TV to watch his favorite football team, the Buffalo Bills. Look what it looks like where they are! (Buffalo is only about 40 miles west of us.) 

FYI: The letters at the top of the screen are the closed captions. Dad uses these because he's hard of hearing.

What a mess! It looks more like a hockey rink than a football field!They had to stop about every ten or fifteen minutes so guys with blowers could clear the lines on the field. Dad says the people in the stadium were throwing snowballs at each other! 

Here's a picture of the lake effect snow that's coming off Lakes Erie and Ontario. The blue areas are where it's snowing. 

I'm going to keep watching to see how much snow we get. I'll provide updates as the day goes on.

4 PM. Check it out!

Here I am outside at 6 PM. Looks like the snow is really piling up! 

8PM. It's deep enough for schnoodling!

Hmmm. I smell squirrel footy prints.

OK. Here's my final photo. It's 11 PM. The snow seems to have stopped for the time being. The weather report says it's supposed to keep snowing like this every day this week. 

I think I'd better be getting some shut-eye. I'll need all my energy to deal with the cold snow tomorrow! Good night pups, kitties, and humans too.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Lake Effect

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

When you live in Western New York, December means just one thing. No, not Christmas. 

It's time for Lake effect snow! Wooooohoooo! In the map above, you can see that WNY is bordered on the North by Lake Ontario, and on the west by Lake Erie. As long as the Great Lakes are not frozen, cold winds from the north and west blow over them and pick up moisture. When these winds hit land, that moisture gets dropped as snow.  

Lake effect snow can be very regional, depending on exactly which way the wind is blowing. Ghostwriter and Dad had to drive to Buffalo today on a business trip. As soon as they hit the Buffalo region, the roads became covered with slush and snow. Here's a picture from inside the building where they had to go: 

Everything covered with snow!

The wind was blowing directly west off Lake Erie, so it dumped snow on the Buffalo area and on areas south, but not on us in Rochester, which is more to the north.

Here are a few more pictures from their drive home:

Driving past the University of Buffalo, Dad's alma mater! 

More snow and slush.

Here's the NYS Thruway just east of Buffalo. Notice, less snow!

Still driving on the NYS Thruway, east of Batavia. Even less snow. Oh, all that slop and splatter on the windshield is from the road salt that gets put down by the snow plows to help melt the ice. Everybody that drives on wet winter roads in WNY get covered with road salt haze.

Heading home down Middle Road just after exiting the Thruway. No snow at all! 

All clear and sunny here! It's plenty cold out, though.

Sunshine is one of those things you really appreciate here in WNY.  Even if there is no snow, we still usually have tons of clouds!

Yup! I'm squinting in the sun! 

Trying to get those last rays before it sets! 

It's only 4 o'clock and it'll be totally dark in an hour! 

Maybe the wind will shift and send some of that lake effect snow to us tomorrow! 

Ghostwriter says, be careful what you wish for. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Shelf Elf

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

It's that time of year again. You know, when I post my annual shelf elf shredding service. So without further ado, here it is!


Has your house been invaded by an annoying little alien called a shelf elf? Does it sit and spy on you day in and day out? Does it show up in the most unlikely places and stare at you whenever you eat an extra cookie? Well worry no more! The Double Doggie Homeland Security System is offering a fantastic, limited, one time only deal!


Yes, you heard that right! Simply bring your despicable shelf elf to my workshop. I will personally inspect it for bombs and listening devices, and give it a good slobbering. I will then shred it! I have been developing and perfecting my squeaky toy un-stuffing, de-squeaking, and fragmentation skills for nine years now, and am thus uniquely qualified for this dangerous and tricky procedure.


The destruction and disposal of your devious shelf elf will be done in strict confidentiality.

You will never have to worry about crime scene evidence. I will render the plastic head part into tiny bits, and the cloth parts into shreds, which my humans will discreetly scatter into random trash bags.

We are sure Santa will never be able to keep track of the millions of shelf elf entities out there spying and tattling. They all look pretty much alike. In fact, we heard from a reliable source that many of these things are really just mindless clones, mass produced by some big foreign manufacturing company, and not connected to Santa at all! Who would perpetrate such a devious spy campaign? Besides passing along personal information about your behavior and eating habits, shelf elf puts you at risk for identity theft, security breach, and hackers!

Like your social security number and computer passwords.

Just imagine! Your life will finally be free of that annoying shelf elf with its prying eyes, leering smirk, bulbous cheekbones, and long, gangly limbs! You will be able to enjoy your illicit cookies, candy canes, hot chocolate with extra marshmallows, eggnog, and holiday fruit cake without guilt or worry about that tattletale elf!

But remember, this is a limited time offer. You must act fast! This offer will only be available until December 25, 2017*.

As an extra bonus, we will also shred Santa hats and fake antlers for the first five callers! 

Oh, thank goodness! I hate this hat! 




(Donations of yum yum doggie treats are gratefully accepted.)

* After December 25, 2017, if you do not use our shredding service, for your safety, we suggest you put your shelf elf into a hermetically sealed plastic bag, and then store it in a large plastic bin in your basement or attic, where it will be temporarily deactivated. Other suggestions: bon fire, trash can, your nearest deep body of water, or burial under six feet of dirt. The Double Doggie Homeland Security System will not be responsible for harmful side-effects. 

This ad is dedicated to my esteemed and late colleague Joseph (Joey dog) Spaniel, founder of the Double Doggie Homeland Security System. Here we are patrolling the back yard in 2015.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Super Moon

Greetings fellow Earthlings. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your scientific doggie reporter 
Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

Today I'm putting on my science geek hat in order to tell you about an important astronomical phenomenon that will occur Sunday night, December 3, 2017. If we don't get thick cloud cover, we will be able to witness a Super Moon! As some of you fellow science fans out there will know, our moon orbits the Earth in an elliptical path. This means sometimes it's closer to Earth and sometimes it's farther away. When it's closer to the Earth, it's called perigee. When it's farther from Earth it's called apogee. If the moon is full during perigee, it will look slightly bigger than usual. This is called a Super Moon. If you wish to learn more about this phenomenon, please check out the link at the end of this report. 

My ghostwriter loves to take pictures of the moon even though she doesn't have any special cameras or equipment. If you try to take a picture of the moon in a perfectly clear dark sky, using your standard i-phone camera, all you'll get is a little bright spot. But when there are clouds and trees and jet vapor trails, the pictures actually come out more interesting.

I don't know about you, but I plan on being outside Sunday night howling at that Super Moon! 

I hope my dearest Princess Leah will be watching too.

In honor of the Super Moon we have put together a play list to enjoy while you see it Sunday night.

Are we done?

I actually like those 2 Cello guys better when they do crazy stuff …

Oh, and don't forget to check out this site too: