Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Dark Days

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

So now we're into the depressing days of the late Fall here in WNY. The snow has mostly melted, and we have mud. Instead of sun and pretty leaves, we have dark clouds and bare trees. 

Canada geese fly over every day, sometimes in huge flocks, but usually in small family groups like these below. They're still foraging the harvested fields during the day, and then going to find the ponds and small lakes that aren't frozen over yet at night. Once we get a big freeze, they'll finally leave for warmer places.

Those geese are pretty noisy, and you can hear them coming from a long way off.

Oh oh oh oh! I treed that dummy squirrel again! Hehehe! This time he went up the linden tree.

The only snow left is what has been shoveled into piles along the streets and our driveway.

There is still a bit of color left in the fallen hawthorn berries among the oak leaves and last of the tiny mushrooms on the grass. Thank goodness the grass is still green!

We spied a tiny spider, crawling lethargically in the doorway to outside. 

Don't be afraid! It's only a little spider! It was so cold it could hardly move. Ghostwriter tried to brush it gently aside so it wouldn't get smushed by the door, and it just rolled up into a ball and fell to the garage floor. We hope it finds a safe place to spend the winter months. 

By five o'clock it was almost dark! 

We did get a bit of brightness in that our friend Sunny sent us a few amazing pictures of her incredible artwork characters.

Hmmmm … I wonder if Sunny would do a picture of me?

We have also been watching an animated series on youtube called "No Evil." Here is a link to the first episode below. It's a good idea to watch these with the closed captions on so you can understand some of the unusual character names from Aztec mythology, like Chalchiutlicue or Calamity the lizard spirit (our favorite character.) It also mixes in all kinds of American folklore stories and wonderful folk music. Most of the episodes are only five to ten minutes long.

If, by the tenth episode you're completely lost, watch this video that gives a critique and an explanation of the plot. But don't forget to go back to the rest of the episodes!  

Have fun!


  1. We had a cloudy dark day down here too.

  2. We always call November - grey November. Your hawthorn berries among the oak leaves are so pretty.

  3. We get depressed when the sun goes away but thank you for such an upbeat post and for not hurting the spider.

    1. We never kill spiders. They are amazing creatures!

  4. Mom doesn't like the month of November at all - it always seems so gray, dark, and cold. We also see those geese flying overhead. We just hope they don't deposit any of their goop on our heads as they pass by.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  5. Bravo Chester for yet another packed full of fun, even w/o sun, post. I love the drawings and have always wished I could draw but I can't draw a straight line with a ruler.
    Hugs cecilia

  6. We're so glad that we are getting one day of sun today! The weather peeps have been calling this month "No-sun-vember" and they are right. Just think we are only 1 month away from the shortest day and then it all starts to turn around. We think you would make a great character for your friend to draw.

  7. We have the same weather. At least you found a touch of color in the grey

  8. We gots LOTS of geese here...they've taken over our local park and leave lots of poopies all overs! ☺
    I'm not sure they migrate, since it's warm here, we see some squawkin' over head, maybe some are makin' the trip up north, butts I thinks our Canadian Geese stay pretty much all year.
    Anyhu, that spider freaked Ma out ~ it doesn't look small to her!!!! the only ones she doesn't mind are the Daddy Long legs.
    That is some super cool art work!!! I told Ma i wanted to check out the series, thanks for the heads up!
    Ruby ♥

  9. We have lots of geese fly right over our house. We had a grey day today and maybe snow coming in a few days
    Mabel & Hilda

  10. We are just now getting the fall foliage but it is beautiful. Thankfully, our cold weather usually only lasts a couple of days then goes back to the low 70's. I love to see pictures of snow but not fan in real life.

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  12. We are not liking these really short days but in less than a month they will start getting longer.