Sunday, September 30, 2007

Sunday Breakfast

As we were enjoying our Sunday breakfast, I looked out and near the shed was my nemesis, Silverback. Silverback (named after his silver streak) is the oldest, largest and craftiest of the woodchucks in our neighborhood. Due to his extra large size, he inflicts the most damage on our garden. Silverback had not been spotted in the last month, so I was hopeful that he had moved on.

Jeff commented, "I'm not surprised to see him, the Montauk daisies are looking a little bare". I raced to the front window and looked out. 2 days ago the daisies were getting ready to flower, today there are just a few bare stalks!

I sat back at the table and out trots the fox! The fox walks under the bird feeder and all the birds scatter. The fox continues across the yard and into the woods. Unlike the woodchuck, I truly enjoy seeing the fox with his beautiful dark red coat.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Why Aunt Dottie is my favorite Aunt...

Did you ever notice that when you are down to your last Milk Bone, one just finds it's way to you? Well the same thing happens with tennis balls!

I'm down to my last two tennis balls, and lets just say they're a little gamey. Mommy loves to throw them with the ChuckIt, but when they get lost she refuses to go look for them. For some strange reason, she expects me to go find them. Imagine that? I'm a retriever, not a pointer for pete's sake.

So when the tennis balls lose their bounce, my Aunt Dottie freecyles them and gives them to a well deserved puppy. Me, Danny.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Um, I'm trying to sleep here

My Latest Find

While mowing the grass the other day, I came upon a shiny spot in the yard.

"Most likely more broken glass", I though to myself. Most of the time I find broken shards of glass or metal while mowing the lawn and I dig them out so the dog doesn't get hurt. But every once in a while, I dig out a whole bottle. To my surprise, this one came out whole!

This is one of the more decorated bottles that I have dug out so far. On the front it says:


And on the back, it says:
8 FL. OZ.

There are a couple marks on the bottom, but are indistinguishable. And here we thought the spring water craze was something new....

Monday, September 17, 2007

Birding season

As the annuals die in our garden, the hanging baskets are slowly being replaced with bird feeders. The first day the first feeder was out, we had cardinals, blue jays, tufted titmice and chickadees. I thought that it would take longer to attract the birds which we stopped feeding in March.

The second, third and fourth feeders went up this weekend and I realized it was time to buy more bird seed. I bought 40 lbs. which should last a few weeks.

When I saw the downy headed woodpeckers trying to feed, I realized it was time to hang the suet.

What is odd is that our sunflower is bursting with seeds, but the birds show no interest.

In the late afternoon, I often hear the hawks screeching for minutes at a time, but with the leaves still on the trees, they are difficult to spot.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Wilton Center

In the evenings, we often take Danny for a walk at the Wilton Center. Wilton Center has nice wide sidewalk and interesting stores to window shop.

There are some beautiful flowers here. Obviously, there are no woodchucks living near by.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Winter Predictions

If woolly caterpillars can be used to predict a harsh or mild winter, what about a Golden Retriever ?

I'm asking this question, because Danny has already started to grow in his winter coat. It is only September and Danny's coat is full and fluffy. Someone commented that he looks like a fuzzy bear.
Instead of his normal outer coat, Danny is developing a soft thick undercoat across his body. Whenever I look at Danny I wonder if he knows something we don't.

With a coat like this, I predict a long cold winter.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Very Addictive

Only start if you've got plenty of time.