Thursday, April 22, 2021

Earth Day!

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

Today is one of my favorite days of the year: Earth Day!

I'm going to wander around my yard and try to find some earthworms, and roots, and plants that are all living in the nice dirt and mud. Unfortunately, it's a very cold, windy day and there's still some snow on the ground in some spots. (More about the snow later.) Most of the yard was still quite mushy and muddy.

But we managed to find a couple small, pink earthworms underneath some rocks.

YESTERDAY, we awoke to find snow everywhere and still falling!

Hey, who ordered this snow?

This is the pear tree, which had just started to bloom:

The Great Grackle Flying PTA (Poop Tossers Association) spent most of that wintry day sitting on the oak tree in a disgruntled group, freezing their tail feathers off! 


More photos: 

Don't worry. The flowers are all right. The snow melted by the end of the day.

Later in the afternoon, we had a surprise visit by none other than Mr. Cool Beans Cooper, our friendly neighborhood Cooper's Hawk. The picture is not so good, because it was taken through the screen on the window of my ghostwriter's office.

Hey, Mr. C. B. Cooper, when are you going to catch those crummy, rotten, despicable squirrels? 

OK, back to today: it's been snowing on and off all day with little accumulation, and now it's getting even more windy!

The weatherman says by tomorrow, things will warm up again.

I'm hoping it will get warm enough for the little bees to come and pollinate the pear blossoms so we can have some yummy pears this summer! 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

And I Got a Bone!

 Hello everyone. This is The Daily Bone and I'm your steadfast doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. And I got a super yummy bone today! Here is a picture of me with my bone after I chewed off all of the bits of meat and marrow. 

My ghostwriter made some vegetable soup today. Here's the recipe in case you're interested:
1 beef shank
3 carrots 
3 stalks celery
1 small onion
1 big can of crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup barley
1/4 cup frozen corn
1/4 cup frozen green beans
Chop the vegies and put them in a big pot along with the beef shank, the tomatoes, and the frozen vegies. Add enough water to cover, and bring to a boil. Add the barley and simmer for about a 40 minutes. Stir frequently. Add more water if necessary. Remove from heat, and let sit for about 30 more minutes. Remove the beef shank and cut up the meat into little pieces and return to the soup pot. Add salt as desired. Give the soup bone to your doggie. 

That last step is the most important! 

Oh, and here's what the soup looks like when it's done:

But don't forget, I got a bone!

Friday, April 16, 2021

Spring Flowers and Criminal Activity

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

The flowers around my house are really starting to bloom! There are grape hyacinths everywhere!

Wait a minute …

Say what?????

You've GOT to be kidding me!

Well, that's sad!

Ladies and gentlemen, doggies and kitties, we interrupt your regularly scheduled flowers and spring stuff program for this fast-breaking news story.

We will now take you on location to investigate a heinous crime! Somebody or something has gotten into the yew bushes in the front yard and destroyed Patricia Dove's nest and her two eggs!

As you can see, the nest is a wreck! 

Even though the front yard is out of my regular jurisdiction, I was brought there because of my extraordinary sense of smell. And I'm giving it my best sniff!

I discovered some broken egg shells.

In my professional doggie opinion this crime was committed by the Evil Squirrel Cartel! 
My ghostwriter concurs for this reason: she's seen a particular squirrel going into bushes all over the neighborhood while angry birdies screech and dive bomb him.  

This was the work of none other than Einstein Dingaling! 

Nyah! You got nothin' on me, dog face!

Harumph! What a rude little brat!

We now return you to your regularly scheduled program, now in progress. 
A beautiful spring sunset!

I'll be on the look out for that dastardly varmint. 

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Einstein Dingaling Etc.

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

In the last few weeks, we have not been filling up the birdie feeders so that those noisy, messy grackles would go away. But we felt sorry for the little chickadees and sparrows, so we put seeds into the window feeder. But now, an evil squirrel, named Einstein Dingaling has figured out how to jump up into it! Here's a picture of him sitting inside the window box feeder, helping himself to the birdie seeds:

Whenever my ghostwriter sees him, she raps on the window, and he goes flying out to the lawn below. You would think he'd take off towards the nearest big tree. But I think he's related to the notorious alias Twinkletoes, a very rude and obnoxious squirrel who was around a few years ago, and who insisted that we owed him a peanut butter sandwich. Anyway, rather than running away, Dingaling turns around and looks back at us as if to say, "OK, since I can't have the birdie seeds, then certainly you have something better to give me!"

 How's about that peanut butter sandwich you owe my grampa?

I usually have to go out and personally chase him away!


We finally removed all the rest of the birdie seeds and the suet cakes too. We haven't seen him in a few days now. 

In other news, we've noticed a mourning dove flapping in and out of the yew bushes that are growing in front of our living room window. She was obviously busy with something. So yesterday my ghostwriter carefully looked through the bushes and found a nest with two eggs in it!

It seems like every year we get some kind of birdie nest in those bushes. Last year we had robins. In 2017 we had chipping sparrows. My local Sparrows Incorporated spokesbirdie, Winifred Seedcruncher, told me that the mourning dove in the yew bushes is one of Debbie Dove's grand nieces, and her name is Patricia Dove.

We'll be sure to keep you posted on Patricia Dove's nest. 

Meanwhile, here are some other amazing things we found in our own yard simply by taking the time to look up, and look down.

If you would like to see some of our posts with pictures of birdies nesting in our yew bushes, and about those rude, idiotic squirrels, please go to these links:


Chipping Sparrow Nest


alias-twinkletoes (featuring good ol' Joey dog)

The Double Doggie Homeland Security System