Monday, November 30, 2015

The Bleak Days

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

Ghostwriter has been working and working and working lately. It seems like she's hardly ever home! 

The weather has been monotonous, cold, and gray! These are the bleak days typical of late November, early December in Western NY. 

The yard is ready for winter. The leaves are all raked up. 

My shaggy colleague Joseph (Joey dog) Spaniel and I have been doing a lot of sleeping! But that doesn't mean we are devoid of any news at all. Our friend Tibi learned how to walk on a leash. His human is convinced that he is really a doggie and not a kitty cat. 

Ghostwriter found a few little flowers still alive in the yard, like these yellow snapdragons.

Milkweed seeds are everywhere! 

The bare trees and bushes look elegant against the stark gray sky. 

Flocks of geese fly by daily. 

We found clumps of feathers in the back yard. We think probably a hawk caught a small birdie like a chickadee or a junco. Ghostwriter says that years ago, it was like a miracle to see a hawk. Everybody dropped what they were doing and ran to take a look. But these days hawks are everywhere, and they're hunting right in our own neighborhood! 

What's that you say? You have to work tomorrow too? 

Wake us up when you get home. 


  1. Mom telly-worked today, but she has to go into the office tomorrow. This job is so different. She used to leave in the middle of the night sometimes and would come home all smelly and stressed out. Now, she leaves each morning at the same time wearing some horrible contraption she calls a "SUIT" and mostly comes home at the same time. I'm not sure she likes it as much it as much but it helps her pay for her Dad's care and she is home with me every single night, which is PAW-some for both of us.

    Abby Lab

  2. Our Dad went to law school at Cornell in Ithaca. Mom says it has to be one of the dreariest places to be from November until April - does the sun ever come out? Hard to believe you still have flowers blooming - so pretty too.

    Have a good week. We are hoping for sun tomorrow after five days of rain.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  3. We are super cold - it makes it hard to spend any time outside
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  4. We got da bleak skies here too. But we's got pretty leaves on da trees, so dere are some colors.

  5. We did get to see *some* sunny breaks in the thick cloud cover...and the other days over the weekend it was clear and frosty, , it was 18F one night when growlmy left the nursing home, and she had to scrape all the frost off the windshield, wowee!
    Today was a bit warmer, but rain is in the forecast....the radio announcer says the forecast is cloudy and cold...until April, BOL! I hope he was kidding...

  6. You haf snapping dragons in your garden?????? You stay clear of them my darling Chester, don't want no snapping dragons hurting you!
    Take care Ghostwriter, try not to work too hard
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  7. The snapdragons are bringing smiles to our faces! There isn't a whole lot of color out there this time of year, is there. Enjoy your naps, Chester and Joey!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  8. those are pretty little snap dragons and yes - tibi does look like the kitty we saw the other day

  9. Here in Denmark we had a hurricane and the wind was so cold, but snow we had last week is melted again. Thank God mom say :)

  10. We call those November and December Dreary days.... PERMA GRAY... UGH...

  11. It's SO grey in Toronto lately, too. We'll join you to take a long nap! Ah, your yellow flower looks very pretty. It brighten our dark room. ;) ;)

    Momo & Pinot xo