Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Catch Up Tuesday

Greetings doggies and kitties, ladies and gentlemen. 
This is The Daily Bone and I'm your diligent doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel.

Ghostwriter finally has a day off! She says she feels like she's been run over by a bus after working all those long hours. We doggies, on the other hand, are quite well rested. 

But no napping now. We have a lot to report. I happened to notice that a neighbor had all of his fallen leaves neatly stuffed into plastic bags. What's wrong with that, you might ask? 

Leaves are some of the most biodegradable substances on Earth! And you're wrapping them in plastic and sending them to a dump somewhere? Why not compost them? Here's our resident compost pile inspector, Joseph (Joey dog) Spaniel standing on top of the heap.

Thanks Chester. As you can see, we have a wonderful and great pile of leaves here, topped by our Halloween pumpkin. Every year Dad runs the noisy roaring monster scary machine grass mower thing over the leaves. They get mulched up and sucked into the mower bag. He then empties it on the compost pile and on other spots along the east side of the yard to cover the muddy spots. Our observations show that by mid June almost all of these leaves are broken down and have become one with the soil, and Chester tracks in 50% less mud. 

Here's Chester checking out the compost buckets full of yard waste, like wilted hosta leaves, milkweed plants, tomato and morning glory vines, and other plants ghostwriter cut down for the winter. All of this will go into the compost pile too. 

Garden Buddha approves! 

Now, here's a quick creepy crawlie report. We've been finding ladybugs in our house! They're looking for a nice warm place to spend the winter. We love ladybugs! 

Sometimes we find a lethargic wasp clinging to the side of the house. The cold weather will probably be this one's demise soon. We think she looks kind of sad.

The spiders have largely disappeared except for an occasional daddy-long-legs. This one is missing one leg. He declined to comment on this. 

We have some great news from Florida! A couple of our good friends had a beautiful Irish Setter named The Lady Galadriel. But she passed away a couple years ago. Her owners were devastated! But now a new doggie has come into their lives. Meet Peanut! She's a pit bull/gray hound mix, and we hear she's a very sweet girl. (We think she's adorable!) Welcome to The Daily Bone, Peanut! 

If you'll excuse me now, it's time for me to check my drive-through barking window for squirrels. But it looks like it's starting to rain. 

So I think we'll be taking another nap. 


We interrupt this program for a fast breaking news story. This is your culinary expert Joseph (Joey dog) Spaniel reporting. 

Look at all this stuff! 

Do you know what this means? 

Escarole soup! 


We now return you to your regularly scheduled program. 



  1. My momma wouldn't be sad to see da demise of da wasps round here, one got her last week.

  2. Keep your eyes on the skies - we have huge winds coming in tomorrow and maybe that wind will blow all our leaves to your compost pile:)

    Mom thinks that soup looks wonderful - enjoy.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  3. Our city requires that leaves be put in compostable bags. The City landfill has it's own compost pile and they sell the compost for about $35 a ton
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  4. Yuppers, we just leave our leaves on the side of the street and big jaws come and take them away to the city compost pile! We've been doin' that for more than a decade, I guess it might be different in snowy regions...harder to do in the winter fursure! Anyhu, looks like you guys have the foodables situation all under control...Ma would like 87 bowls please!
    Ruby ♥

  5. Hiya Peanut, very pleased to meet you, looking forward to hearing your reports
    We haf a wheelie bin here fur all the garden refuse (taken away by the council to their HUGE compost heap!), all our leafs go in there....after I haf finished chasing thems!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  6. Your leafy yard with the pumpkin on top looks just like our compost heap, Chester! Welcome, Peanut! You sure are a cutie!
    Your soup sure does look yummy.

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  7. Our Mom believes in mulching and composting too. Thanks for the Simon's Cat video!

  8. Wow, your peeps are busy! No wonder you need to nap. :)

  9. Lots more going on at your den than mine, BOL! Simon is so funny! BOL!