Thursday, September 29, 2016

No Winter Yet!

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

We've been having some cooler weather around here lately, and the days are getting shorter. It's dark by 8pm. In Western NY, cooler weather brings to mind this: 

I wouldn't worry about snow and ice yet, but ghostwriter and Dad had their annual discussion about snow tires. Ghostwriter says, "Well you don't have to drive ten miles through a blizzard on unplowed country roads at twelve o'clock at night to get home after work!" Dad says the tires on her car are still all right. Ghostwriter then points out that we had such a mild winter last year that this year is sure to be a bad one. They both agreed to postpone their snow tire decision until they get a better idea about what this winter actually shapes up to be. 

I happen to look forward to some nice deep snow to romp around in! But in the meantime, I suggest we take a look at what's going  on now, despite the cooling temperatures.

Ghostwriter found this little birdie egg on the grass. She wondered which birdie is laying eggs this time of year. She  picked it up and it had a hole in it, and a little lump of something inside. She  rinsed it out in the sink. It turned out the little lump was a slug who was using the egg shell as his house. 

Here's a beautiful preying mantis ghostwriter found in the parking lot at the nursing home. She picked it up and put it on the bushes so it wouldn't get flattened by cars as everyone fled for home at the end of their shifts. 

There are two milkweed bugs hiding among the milkweed fuzz. Can you see them? 

The clemitis vine is sending out its feathery seeds. 

Garden Buddha is waiting for some of those yummy tomatoes.

There aren't many spiders this year, and the ones we have are small ones, but this one is doing an excellent job of camouflage in the compost pile. Do you see him? He just caught an ant. 

This little spider has her web full of dew drops.

The trees haven't changed colors yet, but the fields look beautiful. 

There was a red dragon fly resting on the rock in our front yard. 

Our favorite miniature human, Ryan, got a new intergalactic transportation vehicle. Look at him go! 

We've had brilliant blue skies, and white clouds! 

Beautiful sunsets too!

Good night.


  1. And right now its pouring rain...BOL! At ;east its isn't snow that needs shoveling. We are contemplating getting a snow thrower this yer. We've had it with the over the fence throwing of our shovelfuls of that heavy white stuff...and we have heard it may well be a bad snowy winter.

    We have seen a few of those big pretty green mantises here too.

  2. Oh No!! We don't want to think about snow yet.. but yes, it's official. Summer is over! Looks like autume offers many beautiful things at your backyard. These are very neat pictures!! We think a slug having a little house is very cute!

    Momo & Pinot xo

  3. Chester...please tell GW that we absolutely love how she writes and the pictures she shows. we're off to read it again.

    We don't have to use snow tires way down here in the South. Dad retired in 1999. If it snowed when mom was still work, (she retired in 2011 from NCSU) dad would either take her or she would use vacation time and wait until it warmed up around Noon and go to work then. Our biggest worry here is ICE and sleet. Now that they are both retired. We 3 seniors hunker down.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  4. Eek...I hope I don't have to deal with snow soon! BOL!

  5. We are not looking forward to cold and snow. Mom has saved 3 praying mantis's from the jaws of Mabel!
    Mr bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  6. I am pretty sure we won't be seeing any snow in our area - although we did reports about there being 3 flakes here last year :)

  7. We are glad that fall has finally arrived and aren't too anxious for winter yet. Can you believe we got a call from our plow contractor already? BTW our pawrents have snow tires for both of their cars. Even though they are both 4 wheel drive and they are both retired they like to be safe if they have to go out in the snow. We vote for snow tires for your mom.

    P.S. Why is it that every time we try to type "snow" the fingers automatically type "snot"? BOL!

  8. OMD! I cannot imagine that much snow! Our days are getting shorter and we actually are getting into the 60's at night. Hallelujah!

  9. Wowsa! I would loves to gets some snow here!!! No such luck. You'll have to do some snow zoomies for me when the time comes. I hopes your winter isn't that bad, and you peeps are gonna be safe drivin' on the roads! That must be super scary!
    Loved the pics!
    Ruby ♥

  10. We have the cooler temps here too, Chester, and it sure feels good! We love all of the neat stuffs ghostwriter finds in the garden!

  11. OMD,
    GW must be one brave lady, we don't like to drive in snow.

    xo Astro

  12. BOL, Chester, your mommy really likes bugs! Mine, not so much! She says it's because we're city folk. As fur snow, the only kind I've evfur seen comes in truckloads down from the mountains when someone here wants to hold a spawcial event. It's hard and wet and cold. Mommy says the real stuff is a lot softer.

  13. We just love the little slug and his eggy home!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo