Monday, June 18, 2018

Head in the Clouds

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

She did it again! My ghostwriter worked until 3am last night and didn't get home until almost 4am. I'm worried she going to get brain damage from all that lack of sleep! But now she has two days off and nothing else planned, so that's good. In the meantime, I'm going to write The Daily Bone myself.

First of all, it's very steamy, windy, hot outside, kind of like standing in front of a hair dryer! Blah! Many of our beautiful flowers have finished blooming, but some nice new ones are starting to open. 

Some pink roses and milkweed flowers.

Here's an update on the ducklings in the courtyard at Oma's nursing home.

They're getting bigger, and mama duck has been flying up to the roof to watch them. I bet she hopes that they'll soon grow their flight feathers and be able to fly away with her.

And now for the creepy crawly portion of my report. 

No, they're not spiders! 

These are box elder bugs. We saw the mature ones busily working on creating even more babies! 

With a little research, we found out that they're completely harmless and are probably feeding on the big piles of silver maple seeds.

They may be harmless, but doggies and kitties beware: they can get really stinky if you mess with them!

Here's a quick check on what my kitty cat cousins have been doing. 

Xerxes is waiting for attention.

Tibie has a new house mate named Echo.

Hello Echo!

Maddie got groomed. She was not happy.

And now it's time for the science geek portion of my post. These are some interesting clouds we saw a couple days ago. We're pretty sure these are called cirrocumulus strataformis undulatus.

I found a big article about clouds and put a link to it at the end of this post. 

And since ghostwriter always has her head in the clouds, especially when she's sleep deprived, I thought this was an appropriate video:

I Woke Up as a Shlummutz

Here's that link to the clouds article:



  1. We have the same steamy, windy, hot outside, kind of like standing in front of a hair dryer kinda day that you have, Chester. Those red box elder bugs are kinda pretty. Thanks for letting us know to keep our distance!

  2. WE loved those pictures. it has been super hot and steamy here also, mom goes out a lot and gives the animals fresh water all the time, mom loved those roses, she said she could smell them through the computer...we have box elder bugs also but not till the fall. mags and gus

  3. Chester we have the very same weather and it is just gonna get worse as the week progresses they say tomorrow could be 97 feels like 106. We 3 seniors will stay inside Well I always stay inside I'm the smartest of the 3.
    Another fine post we hope GW gets her mind, body and soul rested over the next 3 days.
    OCMs Echo the bird living with a cat. That should make for some fun stories. Your kitty cousins are very nice looking and Maddie musta lost 2 oz after the grooming
    Hugs madi your bfff

  4. Pawsome reporting dearest Chester, its wonderful to catch up on all your news. Aren't those baby ducks adorable! Mrs Duck has her flippers full with that lot
    You have a lot of kitties in your family, I bet Echo rules the roost in his house, hehe
    Those clouds are very pretty BUTT, they do play havoc with the moon phone, *sigh*
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  5. You are a good reporter, Chester!Hope we don't see any stinkbugs!

  6. Hope you made mom a pot of coffee. Those ducklings are soooo cute
    Lily & Edward

  7. It sure has been a crazy weather day here today. It's going to be quite a while before those little ducks can fly. Has the people running Oma's nursing home contacted a wildlife rehabber? Those ducks might need help getting out of the courtyard.

  8. So good to see you today, Chester!!! We are going to let Mom skip right over those bugs that give her the creepy crawlie feelings all over, and move on to how beautiful your pink roses and milkweed flowers are!!! We hope Ghostwriter gets some good rest.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  9. WOWZERZ Chester - u iz such a great reporter. You covered such a variety of stuff. Mom sed u can keep all thoze stinkbugz where u r - she sez she knowz Miss Maizie wood play with'em f-4 tryin'to eat'em.
    Lady Shasta'n Miss Maizie

  10. Those are very unusual clouds. Mom was a commercial pilot for 23 years and she knows her clouds.

    Beautiful photos.

    Abby Lab

  11. Maybe brain damage from lack of sleep explains my momma, BOL!

  12. Those clouds look like water! We get those box elder bugs too
    Hazel & Mabel

  13. You did a pawsome job reporting, Chester! We loved seeing the duckies, and the clouds. (Maybe not so much the bugs, BOL!!) Mom wants to know, what's a Shlummutz? But the video is furrific!

  14. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! I think your person works too much. I think your person must be tired all the time! I hope you have naps together! Also, those clouds look very cool!

  15. We always learn something new when we visit, thanks Chester!
    We hope GW gets some quality sleep soon!!
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  16. We tip our tails to your mom for getting home so late and then still being able to post a blog with such lovely pictures. And you always teach us something. That is special