Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Summer Time Report

Greetings friends and fans! This is The Daily Bone and I'm your diligent, wide awake, observant, and scientific doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel.

As my good friend Cobi said in her comment on my last post, it's been 11 (now 12) days since I wrote anything. (Sorry, my ghostwriter has been extremely busy lately.) So today I have a comprehensive report on everything happening in my yard.

This is a great time of year in Western New York! Summer is in full bloom and noisy bugs are making a racket. There's a cricket symphony every night. The katydids are starting to make noise too. In the daytime, cicadas are singing in the tree tops. The other day, ghostwriter was doing a little gardening when one flew out of the tree, swooped down, binged her on the head, and then landed on a flower. She caught it and brought it inside for a photo session. 

Wow! That's a big bug, but it's completely harmless.

Now here's an evil looking bug that we should be sure to stay away from. This horsefly was on the outside of the window, thank goodness!

Here's a nice moth sitting on a leaf:

My ghostwriter found these two beautiful bumblebees on the pear tree after a heavy rain.

She says there aren't enough bumblebees around this summer. I wonder where they went?

The gigantic hydrangea bush is still blooming. Now the flowers are starting to turn pink.

With all the rain we've been having, mushrooms are popping up everywhere.

The garden Buddha has been getting showered with flowers.

Baby sparrows have been visiting our window birdie feeder. This one said his name is Mortimer Seedcruncher IV. Maybe he'll grow up and take over Sparrows Inc. like his namesake. But he has an army of cousins to compete with for that title!

You'd better be careful, birdies. We saw Cool Beans Cooper the hawk zoom by this morning!

Birdies are always up to some kind of drama!

We've had some very changeable weather lately with thunderstorms, and flood warnings. But most of the time, the sky is filled with big puffy clouds that sometimes look kind of like our angel doggies and kitties checking in on us. Do you see any of your angels in these pictures?

Sometimes it's hazy too. This is actually a picture of the sun going down.

Of course we have a scientific explanation regarding the haziness in our sky lately.


The days have been getting shorter, and the nights are getting cooler. Now here's the moon!
(Hello Princess!)

My crazy ghostwriter let someone talk her into working from 11pm until 3am tonight. I could never do that. Nope! No way! I need my 16 or 17 hours of sleep. Good night!


  1. Oh Chester, you are lookin' FABulous! PL must be all floofy over you right nows! heheheee
    Anyhu, thanks for the update on your estate. I knew that Ghostwriter has been super duper busy, butts thank her for all the pics and the update on the garden. Your flowers are amazin'!
    Ruby ♥
    pees: if Ghostwriter needs some margaritas after her shift, I can gets the margarita truck fired up! lets me know.....

  2. you have a very busy yard! We haven't seen many bugs at our new house. Probably because we don't have a gazillion tress! BOL! Horseflies are wicked. (Shudder)

  3. Nice to hear from you. You have a great yard. I love to hear the crickets sing.

  4. Your gigantic hydrangea is so pretty! Mom found ground bees one day while she was weeding and they stung her and chased her right into the garage and out the door. She was NOT happy but she feels fortunate that they stung her and not me.

  5. We're glad to hear all is well in your corner of our county. Most of our nesting birds have left our yard and all we hear are all the noisy bugs like you have. We hope Ghostwriter is doing well despite her late (or is it early morning) shifts.

  6. Giddy up that horse fly is big enough to pick me up and dump me. Dang never seen one quite that big.
    We love your sky photos and all the purrty things in your garden. Hugs to you and GW
    Madi your bfff

  7. BOL - we love to catch those cicadas and crunch them, then spit them out. They make a lot of noise around here at night. And Mom is in love with your beautiful hydrangeas.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  8. Pretty huge report, C. I am always amazed about how brave your ghostwriter is about bugs and creatures. Mom like to destroy the house a couple of weeks ago in an effort to kill a fly. It took about 5 minutes to get the intruder and an hour to clean up the mess she made.

    Love and licks,

  9. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! It's my turn to say HI! (So hi! Hi hi!) We are glad your ghostwriter is back! That work shift she is doing sounds yucky! At least you will be asleep? I don't like those bugs! I really don't like the flying sky raisins! What did you call them, horseflies? I get very, very mad when they buzz around! The bird war must have come to my yard too, because there were a ton of feathers this morning! Someone got murdered last night! How do I report a bird crime? My person likes your Buddha! Happy snoozing, friend!!

  10. Do you mean to woof me that you're getting smoke from our wildfires all the way out there in New York???? Be careful not to pant, and you'd better stay indoors a little more. Let those nasty horseflies and grackles breathe all that dirty air!

  11.'ve been pretty busy Chester!
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  12. Nice to see you Chester. We have doves nesting in our tree! we are excited about that.
    Hazel & Mabel

  13. Thanks for catching us up with all the action. Those are some big bugs! As for bumblebees, Mom didn't have many around until Dad planted some purple coneflowers. The Bumbles LOVE the coneflowers and there's always a bunch around them.

    Abby Lab

  14. We also have loads of bees. They love the catnip that petcretary neglected and now its all flowery. They like our nicotania, and the balm plants too. And even petunias.

    We are missing all the hummingbirds this season, though the feeders have been out the whole time.

    Those sure are pretty clouds.
    Our nights are not cooler yet...right now its just past 11pm, and the temp is still 81 and very humid. Not a good night for open window sleeping...sigh...more like set the fans up!

  15. We enjoyed the pictures and update. We esp. liked meeting Mortimer Seedcruncher IV. My sisters and I totally agree about needing 16-17 hours of sleep. ~nose nudges Bonnie Pup