Sunday, June 24, 2018

Running Behind

Greetings loyal readers! This is The Daily Bone and I'm your faithful doggie reporter
Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

My ghostwriter has been working hard all week. Saturday she slept until 10am to catch up on her sleep. Her back hurts and her knees hurt. I don't know if I should be worried or not. 

We missed posting on the first day of summer, and Flower Friday. But here are a few pictures.

Another amazing sunset.

The moon behind the lilac bush.

A tiny, little moth the size of a fingertip.

I spent much of the last few days watching the news with Dad. 

(The humans are crazy … )

Somebody has been eating the hosta leaves.  We haven't caught the culprit yet. Slugs usually eat holes in the middle of the leaf. We think it's the work of some kind of caterpillar.

The daisies are blooming.

Here's the first tiger lily.

The garden Buddha is surrounded by greenery.

I found a ball of bunny fur in my back yard. No sign of the bunny, though. I wonder if our local Cooper's hawk caught it! I haven't seen Mr. C. B. (Cool Beans) Cooper in a while, but I'm sure he's around somewhere. I sure wish he'd catch some squirrels! 

Oh, and as you can see, I got a new chewy bone! Yum!

Meanwhile, at the nursing home, ghostwriter has been watching for chipmunks. She says they scamper all around the little garden and snarf up birdie seeds. Here's one:

A couple days ago, ghostwriter spotted two little twin baby deer eating grass by the back door.

I've sniffed a stinky chipmunk making tracks through my yard lately. Last night I found a mousie. I didn't catch it, though. But I've never seen any deer!

Ryan and Lily came to visit today.

I ran around in the back yard with Ryan, and we found some bugs, and filled the birdie feeders, and checked out the wood pile, and the flowers, and ran and barked and ran some more.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz …

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Sky's On Fire

This is a TDB Special Report and I'm your doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

Last night we saw a spectacular sunset!  It started out as just some clouds moving in.

But look what happened next:


Of course my ghostwriter has a scientific explanation for why the clouds looked like they were on fire. The fine feathery appearance of the cloud bases is actually something called virga. That is, rain that's falling from the clouds, but evaporating before it hits the ground. In this case, it's being lit up by the red rays of the setting sun.

It seems there's a scientific explanation for everything. Harumph!

Does anybody see a pair of eyes in this picture of the clouds?

Monday, June 18, 2018

Head in the Clouds

Greetings loyal readers. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your earnest doggie reporter 
Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

She did it again! My ghostwriter worked until 3am last night and didn't get home until almost 4am. I'm worried she going to get brain damage from all that lack of sleep! But now she has two days off and nothing else planned, so that's good. In the meantime, I'm going to write The Daily Bone myself.

First of all, it's very steamy, windy, hot outside, kind of like standing in front of a hair dryer! Blah! Many of our beautiful flowers have finished blooming, but some nice new ones are starting to open. 

Some pink roses and milkweed flowers.

Here's an update on the ducklings in the courtyard at Oma's nursing home.

They're getting bigger, and mama duck has been flying up to the roof to watch them. I bet she hopes that they'll soon grow their flight feathers and be able to fly away with her.

And now for the creepy crawly portion of my report. 

No, they're not spiders! 

These are box elder bugs. We saw the mature ones busily working on creating even more babies! 

With a little research, we found out that they're completely harmless and are probably feeding on the big piles of silver maple seeds.

They may be harmless, but doggies and kitties beware: they can get really stinky if you mess with them!

Here's a quick check on what my kitty cat cousins have been doing. 

Xerxes is waiting for attention.

Tibie has a new house mate named Echo.

Hello Echo!

Maddie got groomed. She was not happy.

And now it's time for the science geek portion of my post. These are some interesting clouds we saw a couple days ago. We're pretty sure these are called cirrocumulus strataformis undulatus.

I found a big article about clouds and put a link to it at the end of this post. 

And since ghostwriter always has her head in the clouds, especially when she's sleep deprived, I thought this was an appropriate video:

I Woke Up as a Shlummutz

Here's that link to the clouds article:


Wednesday, June 13, 2018


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

My ghostwriter has been working too much lately. I always know when she's going to work because she wears the white pants. When I see the white pants, I give her the cold shoulder because I know she's going to be gone for a long time. Yesterday she left at 1:30pm to go to a meeting at work, and then worked a 12-hour shift. She didn't come home until almost 4am! She didn't do the regular routine of playing with me, having a snack and a glass of wine, after which she lets me out for the last business of the day. Nope. This time she came home, hardly said hello to me, and went right to bed.

I think she should retire.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Flowers and More

Greetings and welcome to The Daily Bone. I'm your faithful doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. I have a few stories to report today.

Last week we showed you pictures of ghostwriter's irises in the garden. Almost all of them bloomed by then, except for her absolute favorite one that's named Hello Darkness. It's so dark purple it's almost black! 

The peonies are also starting to bloom this week. 

Here's a surprise picture. A dragonfly decided to perch on an iris bud. 

We have a clemetis vine that comes up every year, and climbs up the fence. It has gigantic, amazing purple flowers! 

My next story is from the nursing home where our Oma  lives.

In the courtyard a mother mallard decided to make a nest, and is now raising eleven ducklings! Wow! Ghostwriter couldn't get all eleven into one picture. One or two were always hiding somewhere. The nursing home staff got them a little swimming pool and some bowls of food. 

I wonder how all those ducklings are going to get out of the courtyard that has buildings all around it? Maybe they'll have to wait until they grow up and are able to fly out.

Aunty Linda is bringing Oma to my house to visit me today. I can't wait to see them! They're going to stay here for two days. On Saturday everyone else is coming for a visit too.

Ghostwriter is planning on cooking lots of delicious food. She was out shopping for groceries almost all day yesterday. Now the fridge is packed. I'll be sure to get samples! Yum! 

For my next story, here's a picture of the garden at the nursing home where ghostwriter works.
Do you see what I see there? 

No, it's not the doggie statue. It's not the flowers or the nice white arch or picket fence. Look at the lower left corner of the picture. Do you see it now? It's a dastardly chipmunk! Ghostwriter says he's always out there whenever she looks! Wednesday evening she saw three of them scampering around and stealing birdie seeds from the feeders!

I think there's a chipmunk living near my yard too, and he hides in the wood pile. I can smell his stinky little footy prints! 

And finally, my last story is about my Florida associate Miss Charlee. She's entered in a doggie sleeping beauty contest called Pooped Pooches to win three days of free doggie day care at TLC Animal Hospital and Doggie Daycare.

Please go to this address below and scroll down until you see this picture and then click on "like."

That's it for today. I'll be sure to give you a full report on the big family get-together, and the yum yum food we're going to get.