Friday, August 10, 2018

Flower Friday and Mathematics

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

Today is Flower Friday. So I have some pictures of the amazing hydrangea bush in the front yard. This huge plant was once a little stick that one of the siblings bought at a flea market around 20 years ago. 

Since then, it's grown into a massive bush that produces hundreds of white flowers that all kinds of insects just love. Everything from flies, and bees, to wasps, and butterflies buzz around it all day long. I imagine moths visit it at night too. 

As the summer progresses, the flowers on this bush slowly turn color from white to pink and then purple. We'll show you more photos later in the season. 

Now for something totally perplexing: my ghostwriter stumbled across a video that's based on mathematics, fractals to be precise, and a special equation that results in amazingly beautiful patterns when the solution is put on a graph and then loaded into a computer. But after watching it a few times, we thought it kind of looked like endless flowers. 

(I think the best thing about it is that it's set to Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. Hi Princess.)  

For the best effect, watch this video in a dark room, and set it on full screen. 

If you want a scientific explanation, please check out this video: 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Lighthouse Day

Hello. This is The Daily Bone Happy Lighthouse Day edition, and I'm your doggie reporter 
Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

Neither I nor my ghostwriter have ever been to a lighthouse, even though we live not far south of Lake Ontario. I was beginning to think I would not be able to participate in today's Blogville Lighthouse Day blog hop. But then, to my surprise, I found a great picture from my archives. 

My Jason human playing his trumpet near the Oswego Lighthouse. 

There is a lot of history to this lighthouse, and it is well summed up on this site below: 

Lake Ontario can get dangerously stormy at times. Because of one big winter storm that caused the death of six men in December 1942, this lighthouse is said to be haunted, as the whispering voices of these men can sometimes be heard in and around the site. (I hope they enjoyed Jason's trumpet playing!) 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Road Construction Season

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

As you may know, here in Western NY there are only two seasons: winter and road construction. The other day my ghostwriter had to see a new dentist that was located right near some major construction. She couldn't exit on the correct road because the exit ramp was closed for construction. So were the next two exits! She had to take the fourth exit and then back track back to the correct road. Then she had to creep along in a big line of backed up traffic before she could get to the place she wanted. She said she was glad she headed out an hour before the appointment!

But as she crept along, she was able to take a few pictures of the construction equipment and the guys working in the heat.

Look look look lookie look! It's my favorite super hero, Ironing Board Man! 

I bet he's working hard this summer! 

Oh, and ghostwriter got home pretty fast after her appointment. Even though all the exit ramps from the main highway were closed, the entrance ramps weren't. You can get on, but you can never get off!!!! Bu-waaaaahahahaha! 

Well, there's one good thing about this time of year: 

Yummy! Grilled steak, fresh tomatoes, and corn on the cob!!!! 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Cool Beans Cooper Strikes Again!

This is a TDB Fast Breaking News Flash. I'm your doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel live and on location in my back yard. 

Loyal readers may remember me talking about our resident Cooper's Hawk, Mr. C. B. Cooper who's been living somewhere in our neighborhood for the past several years. This morning I found clumps of feathers scattered all over one section of the yard.

Naturally I did a careful investigation of the evidence.

Sniff sniff sniff sniff …

Sniff sniff sniff …

No, I am NOT eating the birdie feathers!

After painstakingly examining all the feathery evidence, I can say the victim was a mourning dove, but hopefully not one of Debbie Dove's close relatives. I can also say without doubt that the perpetrator was Mr. C. B. Cooper. He must get up pretty early in the morning because we never actually see him make the kill or pluck the feathers before carrying off his victim. Most likely, he has a family of his own to feed at this time of the summer. We find this kind of evidence every so often through out the spring and summer months. Here's a link to a previous find from July of last year:

That's it for this report. If we happen to see Mr. C. B. Cooper, we'll try to get an interview. However, he tends to do a good job of hiding. I will say, I wish he'd catch some of those crummy squirrels or chipmunks instead of the nice birdies! 

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Hello Again

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

My ghostwriter had a day off Thursday, after a long stretch of working. She's been trying to catch up on the posts from our wonderful Blogville friends. Some may note, a few of our comments were sent at around 2am Monday night (or Tuesday morning you might say) when she had a bit of quiet time on the job. There is such a staff shortage right now, that she never knows when she'll have to pick up more overtime. Hopefully things will get better and more staff will be hired soon.

But summer marches on in my back yard! We had a couple days of rain, and guess what happened? Lots and lots of little mushrooms popped up in the compost! Wow!

The mid-summer flowers are starting to bloom.

I received a post card from my dearest Princess Leah. She says she wishes I could be with her as she explores the beautiful gardens at Chatsworth. I wish I could be there too, but I have to be at home to keep Dad company and watch over the house while ghostwriter is working so much. Seems like she's hardly ever home lately. Thank you Princess and your humans for thinking about me and sending the lovely post card!

I hope you got to see the great big full moon last night.

So now, ghostwriter has to go to work yet again! 

We hope everyone has a good weekend!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Blogville Friends

This is  Public Service Announcement from The Daily Bone. 
I'm your diligent doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

Due to my ghostwriter's insane work schedule, we have gotten behind on reading the posts from all my good Blogville friends. We expect this to go on at least until the end of this month, maybe more. Hopefully we'll be able to catch up by then. Thank you for your understanding.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Flowers and the Moon

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

My ghostwriter is going to do a crazy feat and work three different shifts within three days! Indeed last night she didn't get home until almost 4am. Tomorrow she goes into work at 7am. (She hasn't worked day shift in ages! I hope she wakes up on time!) Then Sunday she'll do an evening shift. (And this is supposed to be her weekend off!) It makes me yawn just to think about it!

But enough about this insanity. We would like to take a few moments to show you some of the flowers we have growing right now. 

It's been very hot and windy out lately. All those flowers would be dried out if not for diligent watering by Dad and ghostwriter. Unlike some doggies, I'm not too fond of water shooting out of a hose, so I usually stay indoors during these watering sessions.

One good thing about the weather lately is that the sky has been fairly clear most of the time. The moon happens to be rising in the middle of the day. Here's  a picture from around 2pm today. (See the wind blowing the tree branches?)

Here is the moon this evening at 9:30pm. Notice the bright dot underneath it. 
That's the planet Jupiter. 

Of course, ghostwriter has provided a link to a scholarly treatise about the night sky on this date: 

I, however, prefer to view the moon with my dearest Princess Leah in mind. She's staying at her Summer Tower home right now, and should have a grand view of the moon from there! On that note, I'm going back outside to make a call. The moon will be out until 1:27am my dear. I hope you had a nice nap today. We have lots to catch up on!