Tuesday, June 21, 2022

It's Summer!

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

I'm reporting from inside the house because it's really hot outside today. With the wind blowing the 90ยบ heat around, it feels like I'm standing in front of a hair dryer! No thank you! 

First I want to say, yes we're still here! My ghostwriter has been very busy with her job, and with the gardening and so hasn't had a lot of time on her computer. But there are a lot of things we have to show you from the past week or so. I'll start with the critters. 

Here's the big, brave bunny who has been visiting the yard in broad daylight to eat seeds that the birdies drop from the feeders. I wonder if he's also been after the good stuff in the compost pile, and the pears growing on the pear tree. 

Then there are squirrels and a little striped chipmunk too!

I especially hate chipmunks because they always get me in trouble. Instead of running straight up the nearest tree, like the squirrels do, chipmunks go sneaking through the plants and bushes in the garden. I try to follow their stinky footprints and end up stomping on ghostwriter's flowers. Yesterday, I chased one up the drainpipe! I barked and barked at it, but it wouldn't come out! It just stayed in there chirping and scuttling in the pipe with his scratchy little feet! I had to be dragged away from it or else I would have barked all day long and flattened all of the flowers around it! Harumph! At the end of this post, there are a couple links to some of my chipmunk problems stories

Besides the furry visitors, there have been all kinds of birdies, including this colorful blue jay.

The irises are all finished blooming. Here are the very last ones:

Now it's time for daisies, milkweed, roses, clemetis, and even foxglove.

On the 15th, we watched a big storm come rolling through WNY. Although we didn't get any rain, some areas to the south and west of us got blasted with high winds, heavy rain, and even a tornado watch. We did, however, get an amazing sunset as we watched the storm clouds pass us. 

After dark, we saw some lightning flash purple through the clouds to the south.

Nope. I'm not scared of thunder and lightning, and storms in general. Are you? 

We hope you have a great first day of summer! 

Oh, and my ghostwriter has been saying something about retiring this summer. I'm not sure what that means, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't have anything to do with putting new tires on the cars. Do any of you know?