Summer Fun (by Puppy Cody)

It was the bestest summer day ever!

My city cousins, Rocket and Astro, came to visit so they could play in my big backyard.  Living in the city, they get walks but not a lot of off-leash time, so their mom, Cordelia, thought it would be fun for all of us.

And it was!

I had met Astro a couple of weeks ago:

(These photos of Astro were taken awhile ago; he wouldn’t stay still long enough to photograph outdoors yesterday.)

But this was my first time seeing Rocket:


It was a little awkward at first.  Rocket had been rescued from a puppy mill, where he might have been used for breeding.  It seemed he may have had some residual memories of his earlier youth because several times Cordelia had to reprimand him for, um, inappropriate sniffing.  Since I’ve never been around boy dogs, I had no idea what was going on; I just knew I didn’t like it.

Once past that, however, we all enjoyed our outdoor time.  At one point a squirrel ran down the fence into the yard, and all three of us chased it!  That was so awesome!  That squirrel was nearly as big as my cousins, but that didn’t stop either one of them from chasing it right back up the fence to the other side.

Later, Rocket and I patriolled, while Astro relaxed on Cordelia’s lap:

Finally, we were all a little tired, and it was time for the humans to have dinner, so we went inside.

Dad was a little worried about having three dogs in the house, but Mom assured him we’d all behave.

And we did.  Mostly.

I even allowed my cousins (and Cordelia) to use my couch:

Cordelia was a little surprised when I decided to join her and Astro while Rocket went exploring:

All in all, it was a very good day.  Today I am tired and a little sore in my muscles – after all I am 9 years old and considered a senior dog (even though I still feel and act like a puppy sometimes).

But it was worth it.  Every little muscle twinge reminds me of the great time I had with my cousins, and I hope we can do it again soon.


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Just Some Awesome Photos Today

Can’t think of much to say today, so enjoy these recent photos.

Yesterday’s double rainbow over Western New York (unfortunately, the camera lens misted up so there’s a slight smudge in the first photo – bad camera!):

Puppy Cody enjoying the Dog Days of Summer, a few days ago:

And finally, some views from Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park, New York, taken today:

The Buffalo skyline, taken from the top of the tobaggan slope (approximately 18 miles away):

The front view of the Lodge:

And there was a storm coming in from Lake Erie over Buffalo and the southtowns.  10 minutes later it had passed – was that good timing for me, or what? You may or may not agree, but I think it’s an awesome shot :

Yes, I seem to be renewing my interest in photography, at least a little bit – or at least when inspired by certain views or events.  We’ll see how long it lasts this time.

Hugs, all.


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Like a Delicate Hot-House Flower

These days, I find that photography and writing go hand-in-hand.

If I don’t have any new photos, I’m unable to think of a post story.  At the same time, if I don’t have any story ideas, I have no reason to go out looking for photographic opportunities.

I know you’ve all missed me.

Mother Nature helped out a bit recently.  The orchid plant in my office has begun to bloom (see photo above, isn’t it gorgeous?) and it’s been warm and sunny outside.

So … backyard photos.  Not as gorgeous as  the orchid, but at least they’re green:

“Double Barrier”

Tracking the bunny.

Hmm, maybe it went under the fence into the other yard …

I’m going to try to get out more before the weather changes back to winter – which, here in Western New York, could be any time.  Admittedly, it’s going to be slow going as I tire easily these days.  Most days I consider it a good job if I can make it to the end of my own driveway to bring the trash cans in.  (Yes, I do make it to work three days a week, but that doesn’t count because it’s not “fun”).

Speaking of tired, Puppy Cody did manage to chase a couple of squirrels and bunnies.  She’s getting old[er] too; crashing on the couch is a good option after returning to  the house:

Hugs, everyone.  If I get my motivation back, maybe I’ll start posting a bit more regularly.  A lot has been going on; maybe I’ll share.

Assuming you’re all still here with me …


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Yes It’s a Big One

 I suppose I should be happy that I’ve made it to my 70th birthday.

Much better than the alternative, right?

Having taken the day off from work (no one should have to work on their 70th birthday!), I planned to spend a quiet day adjusting to my further advancement into [much] old[er] age.

Mother Nature and the electric company had other plans.  I woke up to a power outage.  No big deal, this happens a lot on my street.  So much, in fact, that I’m trying to talk hubby into installing a whole house generator.  Power outages are tolerable when it’s warm, like today, but in the winter it’s really annoying to drag the portable generator out of the garage and hook it up if the outage lasts more than a couple of hours.  Eventually, hubby will get tired of doing that and agree to let me spend the money for the whole house generator.

But I was really looking forward to a leisurely hot breakfast this morning – and my stove, the microwave and the toaster over all run on electricity.  I resigned my self to bottled water and nibbling on baked goods my neighbors had brought over from the church’s bake sale.

I have the best neighbors ever!  Because I couldn’t cook up scrambled eggs, they brought over some hard-boiled Easter eggs for me to enjoy on my birthday.  It definitely has brightened up my day knowing I now live on a street where people watch out for each other.  So glad we made that move 4 years ago!

As for the rest of the day, now that power is back on it’s time to put in a DVD and bring out the crochet work.  My baby and toddler afghans have become quite popular, but I’m between orders at the moment.  I find I need to keep my fingers busy while watching DVDs, so I will continue to make afghans and hats until I get new orders, and whatever I complete now will likely be donated.  There are lots of local charities that can use handmade hats and blankets, and it makes me feel special to know people are enjoying my work.


It’s a gorgeous day here in Western New York and I really need a haircut, so I guess I’ll go take care of that.  Maybe on the way back I can stop and buy myself a nice takeout dinner.

Not such a bad birthday after all.

Soon these will appear again. I can hardly wait.

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