Wednesday, December 13, 2017

In The Sticks Country Club

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

I'm out in the snow checking out the newest, most swanky, up-and-coming club in town: The Sparrows Inc. In The Sticks Country Club. It's a combination dance club, casino, and sparrow kick-boxing arena, with high-end luxury hotel suites. As an added attraction for a limited time only, it has ample snow cover, making it an ideal cozy hide-out for those cold winter nights. Anytime you want a snack, simply zoom over to the drive through window box birdie feeder where you'll find an assortment of delectable seeds, suet cake, and sometimes even peanuts, and pieces of bread. 

It doesn't look like much from the outside. In fact, it's downright rustic!

Even the side entrance is unassuming. Hmm. I wonder if it has spa services too?

I decided to give this place a closer look and see if I could talk with the owner, Mr. Mortimer Seedcruncher, CEO of Sparrows Incorporated.

As you can see, a few sparrows flew out, sat on the fence, and gave me the stink eye.

Um, hello birdies. Sorry to bother you, but is Mr. Seedcruncher there? I'd like to interview him for The Daily Bone.

No! He's out checking his other properties! Come back in a week or so!

Sheesh! This really is an exclusive place! I guess I interrupted their poker game. 

Oh, in case you're wondering, I did not see the Evil Squirrel Cartel all day today. I did a bit of research and found out they've been visiting another yard where they've been feasting on fermented crab apples. 


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.