Thursday, February 25, 2021

February in WNY

 Hi everyone! This is The Daily Bone and I'm your persevering doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. Sorry we have not been around lately. My ghostwriter is working way too much and is getting stressed out, especially when it comes to driving home from work at night in a snow storm! 

On Feb. 15, the snow deluge began. I know it doesn't look like much, but I'm actually walking on the crusty surface that's on top of about six inches of soft snow. (I don't like walking on this kind of snow. You never know when your next step will crunch through the surface!)

The night of this snow storm, my ghostwriter had to work late. When she finally got out of work at 2am, she hoped the roads had been plowed. She inched along Route 5&20, which was not plowed at all. She continued on, thinking Route 15 would be in better shape. But it wasn't.

Then she crept along at 15-20 mph along Route 15, praying that just maybe it would get better when she crossed the County line. No such luck! At several points she wondered if she should turn around. But she didn't dare stop because she was afraid she'd never be able to get going again. 

Finally, after 40 minutes of white-knuckle driving, she turned into our neighborhood. The roads there were perfectly plowed. Seems the Town of Henrietta did their job keeping the local side-streets plowed, while the State and the Counties should be ashamed of themselves! 

Meanwhile, Sid Starling continues to have his own problems, namely his annoying relatives. At first he did the happy dance because he had the feeder all to himself. Well, that didn't last!

"Happy happy! Joy joy!"

"Hey, now what? Augh! It's cousin Gwendolyn!"

"Sod off Gwen! This is MY suet cake!"

"Oh yeah? Who made you king of the bird feeder? You'd better share or else I'll call the rest of the family to come over here and pester you!"

"Cripes! Well, I'll just move over to the suet cake on the other side of the feeder! Hey, who's this now? Aunt Sylvia?"

"Move over you whipper-snapper! Your elders get to eat first!"

 I'm glad I don't have a quarrelsome family like that! 
Speaking of family, we have a lot going on this month. Ryan's eighth birthday!

Jessy and Dan's fourth wedding anniversary!

On Valentine's Day, Oma got some flowers!

Next is Joanna's birthday.


So today, the snow is melting, and we saw more of Sid Starling's family antics.

Then Debbie Dove decided to pay us a surprise visit.

"Chester, you need to chase those rude starlings away!"

Um, OK. I think.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Sid Starling is Back!

Hi everyone! This is The Daily Bone, and I'm your watchful doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

As you can see, we've got plenty of snow. Lots of hungry birdies have been coming to our feeders, including Gordy Whitebeak and his team of juncos from Canada, Sparrows Incorporated, a cadre of cheerful chickadees, the occasional nuthatch, a cardinal pair, Debby Dove's extended family of Mournng Doves, and three big marauding crows. We even had a brief guest appearance of Mr. Cool Beans Cooper, our local Cooper's hawk, as he swooped across the yard. 

We put out some suet so we can attract that red belly woodpecker we've been seeing for the past week. Here's a not so good picture of him as he clung to the pear tree.

But look who discovered it first: Sid Starling!

"Ta-da! Yes, it is I, Sid Starling, and I claim this delectable suet cake for myself!"

Hello Sid! I see you're back from your winter activities.

"Ah, yes. I spent the past few months flying around with thousands of my compatriots in huge, gyrating flocks, looking for grain in the farmers' fields, wild grapes in the woods, and whatever we could scrounge in the dumpsters behind McDonalds. But now, I've decided to do some foraging on my own.  Hopefully when Spring comes, the wife and I will again take up residence in our old summer apartment located conveniently inside your neighbor's dryer vent, and raise several fine young offspring." 

"Hey, who's this? Oh no, it's cousin Marty the freeloader!"

"Get lost, Marty! This is my suet cake!" 

"Be gone, or I shall peck your beady little eyes out!" 

"That's right. Scram!" 

"I poop in your general direction!"

Sheesh! He sure is a surly character! I wonder what he's going to do about his other three cousins, Lucinda, George, and Carl?

Maybe I should sell tickets for that fight! Hehehehe!

Sunday, January 31, 2021

The Infamous Second Shot

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

… so, this happened …

This was last Thursday, my ghostwriter's day off. She had to drive to work anyway, through this beautiful WNY snow squall, just to get her second Covid-19 shot. 

But she wasn't too worried! After all, she didn't have any side effects from her first shot, other than a sore arm for a few days.

She felt OK for a few hours after that second shot, so she went out shopping for groceries. 

It was all down-hill after that.

I'm tempted to say, "sick as a dog," but that expression is no longer politically correct. Anyway, she had a fever, chills, all over aches and pain, and fatigue. She couldn't go to work Friday because she could hardly get out of bed. 

But don't worry. After 24 hours, she was all better and went to work Saturday. And now she's immune to that evil virus!

All's well that ends well. 

Time for snow zoomies!

But seriously …

Just so you know, all the nursing home patients got their second shots Thursday too. Ghostwriter says that none of them, including our Oma, had any bad side effects other than a bit of tiredness. 

DO NOT let this deter you from getting your Covid-19 immunizations if it's available for you.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Blogger Question

 This is a question for my blogger friends on blogspot.

Have you ever had Google Domains tell you to pay for your blog domain? Besides The Daily Bone, I've been working on some short stories on blogspot for the past several months, which I have not published yet. Now Google is telling me they were unable to update them. In order to update them, they say I have to pay a fee for the domain, or else they'll delete it. I have the text saved on my writing programs in my computer, so I don't care if they delete these. I have never seen anything like that of The Daily Bone. By the way, I have not had The Daily Bone updated either. I thought it would happen automatically, and it never did. Or did I miss something? 

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Magic Memories

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

We finally have some snow! It started Monday night after my ghostwriter had to work until 3am. She couldn't drive more than 30mph because of the icy roads and white-out conditions. Last night she only had to work until 9pm, but it snowed again, and she had to creep along, maybe hitting 40mph. She wonders, why is it that every time she drives anywhere on a snowy night, there's always some idiot in a pick-up truck tailgating with his high beams on? That's just rude! 

Well, that's all we have to say about that. So now, I'll get onto the main subject of today's report. 

As loyal long-time readers know, my ghostwriter is a nurse who works at a nursing home on evening shift. Many of her patients have different types of dementia. People with Alzheimer's disease lose their short term memory, but can still remember things from their lives in the past. They also sometimes get really agitated and confused in the evening, something that's called "Sundowner Syndrome." GW found that if she takes a little time, sits down with the confused person, and shows pictures of doggies and kitties, they start to remember all the good times they had with their own pets. This can usually make the person calm down and relax. One lady absolutely adores Westies. Another has happy memories of her childhood friend, Laddy the Collie. One other lady remembers her German shepherd named Flip. Several others just love doggies or kitties in general. Almost everyone can come up with some wonderful story about their childhood pets. Even people who have lost their ability to communicate, will still smile at funny pictures of me and my friends. (Don't worry. She only shows the pictures, and not any other information.) We just wanted our blogger friends know that some of their pet photos have made a lot of people very happy. Please keep those pictures coming!

Happy memories are something everyone needs to keep them going through these difficult times. 

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