Friday, May 22, 2020

Friday Funnies and Forget-Me-Nots

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

My ghostwriter has been working a lot this week filling in for short staffing at the nursing home. When she comes home after battling the evil virus, she's extra tired. I've been trying not to bug her too much. (So I bug Dad instead!)


Seems we could all use a bit of levity lately, so for today's TDB  I decided to post some funnies that I found on the internet.

That last one is totally me when it comes to chasing a tennis ball.

Here's a flashback from May 24, 2015 featuring me and my esteemed late colleague 
Joseph (Joey dog) Spaniel.

Hey Joey, what's Dad watching?

Just some boring news show. Go back to sleep.

What? They're saying the term "pet owner" is no longer politically correct!

The correct term is "pet guardian."

Bwahahahahahaha! We always thought it was the other way around!

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz … 


I hope everyone stays safe and this awful virus thing goes away real soon! From the residents in nursing homes everywhere: forget-me-not! We're still here under strict quarantine. We're lonely and bored and depressed. We are grieving over a room mate or next-door neighbor who has died of covid, and scared it will come to us next. The staff here is super busy trying to save our lives and have less time to just sit and have a normal conversation with us. You can help! Please send us pictures, cards, and letters so we can feel like we're part of a real family again. Some pretty flowers or a box of chocolates would be nice. We would love to see some artwork by kids, or receive some colorful magazines. It would cheer us up so much!


Monday, May 18, 2020

Rain Rain Go Away

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

A few days ago I reported that it felt like summer had arrived. But later that day, a thunder storm rolled in and it's been cloudy and cool since. 

From sunny to blah in two hours!

So today I'm standing in the wet grass and tiny raindrops are tickling my nose.

The rain knocked off most of the pear blossom petals.

Many other flowers are still blooming.

The robins are pulling lots of big slimy worms out of the wet lawn. That baby robin certainly can't complain of being hungry! He gets bigger every day!

Worms! Yuck!

Oh, and those noisy grackles are still shouting at me! 

Hush up over there!

Time to go back inside before it starts raining harder. One good thing about rainy weather: it's good for napping!

Friday, May 15, 2020

Guess What?

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

Guess what? It's actually warm out! I mean summer-day warm! Almost 80ยบ! My ghostwriter put her warm coat on when she got ready to go out in the yard. But as soon as she stepped outside, she turned around and threw her coat back into the house. Wow!

The pear tree is in full bloom. As we gazed up into the blossoms, we saw this: 

A baby grackle! These little gargoyles have the ugliest faces, and continuously make an annoying sound, like "chark chark chark chark chark chark …" so their parents don't forget where they are. As soon as I got near, the parent grackles started dive bombing me and calling me a jerk jerk jerk jerk jerk jerk jerk jerk, as I sniffed around the yard. 

Sheesh! What rude birdies!

As you might know, grackles make gigantic slimy poops, usually all over the cars, lawn furniture, windows, and anything your humans might like to have outside. Dad just got our doggie statues of Old Charisma and Miss Ginger out of storage. By the next day, they were covered with grackle goop! We'll all be glad when those nasty grackles move on! 

Earlier today, we spotted a baby robin in the birch tree. (It's not a good shot since we had to look up through the window screen.) But he sat there for a long time waiting as the mother would come and go with juicy worms to feed him. This is probably Romeo Feathersworth from the nest in the yew bushes. By the way, there is still that one unhatched egg in there. So I think it's safe, or sad, to say Romeo is an only child.  

We'll be sure to keep you posted on our local birdie drama!

Meanwhile, here are a few pictures of our flowers:

The tiny light blue flowers are called forget-me-nots. They are biannual plants. They start as a seed that grows into a small leafy plant during the first summer. The next year, they grow real bushy and have lots of flowers. These then go to seed and die. When ghostwriter pulls up the dead plants, she is sure to shake out all the seeds for the next crop to grow. We have them growing all over the yard.  

In other news, I got a new chewy bone! Hooray!

Oh, here's a bit of news from the nursing home where ghostwriter works. Oma is still covid negative, and she's doing well. As you might  know, my ghostwriter has been working a lot of extra days lately. She says that whenever she goes in, there are presents from people in the community in appreciation of the hard work the nursing home staff is doing right now. One day a local catering service provided delicious boxed lunches. Other days there was pizza, or gift bags full of little snacks and treats, or trays of cookies, donuts, or fruit from scout troops, businesses, church groups, and even the residents' families. On the bulletin board are lots of cards and letters from families and friends saying thank you too. Isn't that nice?

We hope that this terrible virus goes away real soon! Please stay safe!

Here are some links to some older posts of The Daily Bone about grackles.




Tuesday, May 12, 2020


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

As you can see, we FINALLY have a sunny day! It's even a little warm out too. 

We saw in the news yesterday that this has been the coldest month of May in over 100 years! While we in WNY never get our hopes up for nice weather at least until Mother's Day, this is getting to be ridiculous! This picture is our front yard during a squall:

Below is the view from my ghostwriter's car on her drive to work on May 9th. There was rain, snow, graupel, sleet, and hail all coming down at the same time, blown on a fierce wind! 

It looks more like early March, than May!

At least Dad finally got a chance to mow the lawn. Our funny neighbor was mowing his lawn last Sunday, when it started to snow yet again! He finally gave up and went inside.

Despite the cold weather, the pear tree is blooming like crazy! 

That's all for our report because my ghostwriter has to get ready for work soon. She's been working way too much as far as I'm concerned! But the rest of the staff at the nursing home are working very hard too!  

We hope everyone can stay safe!