Thursday, December 31, 2009

Thursday's Tip: A Paws for Politeness

A "Paws for Politeness" Tip: by Gizzy's Mom:

If you see a sign that reads "Dogs on leash only", this means ALL DOGS including yours .. and not just everybuddy else's dog.

I was in the park one day taking pictures but it was a bit disconcerting as a playful golden retriever was off leash. This pup's Dad wasn't paying enough attention to what his pup was doing and what he was doing was running into the reservoir chasing the wood ducks. . .then he'd run to people and shake the water all over them. Frankly Dad didn't seem care that others might not be thrilled to have water shaken on them. Plus Dad was encouraging "playful puppy" to keep chasing the wood ducks.

I'm not THAT much of a stinker and there are well behaved dogs that walk up the trail with their people and I'm not concerned about those dogs being off leash when they are well behaved and listen to commands..... even though it IS against the law.

Gizzy being the type of dog he is...who doesn't listen to Mom...will always be found on leash in the park.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sunday Dinner

This titmouse was more interested in Sunday Dinner than me. He didn't even bother to leave when I crossed the yard.

PS: The hook and eye keeps the roof shut. The raccoons used to come at night, climb the pole, open the roof, and eat all the seed. We were going broke trying to keep the feeder filled. So far, they haven't figured out how to unhook it.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tunnels in the snow

Now that the rain and warm temps have melted the top layer of snow, we have a visual picture of the method of movement used by the chipmunks that live in the stone walls. Tunnels. As you can see .. there are more than a few false starts. The path on the right is the path to the bird feeder and the many seeds dropped on the ground by the birds.

chipmunk tunels

Monday, December 28, 2009

Wet Weekend and A Pause for Politeness

The spillway has been roaring with all the rain we had on Saturday. But at least the sun has come out and it was almost 50 degrees today.

overflow Splishing and Splashing over the rocks.

splish splash

A "Paws for Politeness" Tip: by Gizzy's Mom:

If someone is nice enough to hold a door for you .. as opposed to letting it slam in your face .. you should ALWAYS say "Thank You" .. you know .. as opposed to sashaying past like the door holder was .. you know .. invisible.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

After Christmas Poem by the Gizmeister

Two days after Christmas.
It's rainy n' all.
Yet so many people.
Headed out to the mall.

Not me says Gizzy!
For I'm headed to see.
My favorite fence posts.
Where I'll run wild and pee.
(Tee hee)

Saturday, December 26, 2009


And the only footprints were mine....................

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Snowy Birch

My favorite birch tree after the snowfall.

snowy birch

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

To skate or not to skate

That is the question......

There is a "no skating" sign by the park's driveway.

But-t-t-t ... I believe the hockey players have selective vision.
They diligently cleared a spot Sunday morning so they could play.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sunday Night Sunset

There was a most spectacular sunset Sunday night and I did get some very colorful shots. Unfortunately, I am have no tripod and... I guess .. I'm not exactly steady-handed because my most colorful shots were also my most blurry shots. Think "impressionism".

Clearly, I need practice or a tripod. That said, I did get a pretty good shot of the color. Here is:
"Sunday Night Sunset"

Monday, December 21, 2009

Puppy Love

My Pawpa is the BESTEST Pawpa. When it snows too high, he shovels a path to to the park for me so I can take my walk and not gets my belly all cold and wet.

Thru the yard..

And to the park..

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Snow? No!

There is no Sunday snow pic.
For on Saturday we got not a lick.

(while it was light out)

It was cloudy! It was gray!
Just a cold (23 degrees) gloomy day.

(Update: The snow started around 9:45pm Saturday night.)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Happy Weather Weekend (or not)

The weatherman says "A winter storm watch remains in effect from Saturday morning through Sunday morning. Deepening low pressure over the Atlantic Saturday and Saturday night will result in the potential for a period of heavy snow and gusty winds across region. Snowfall accumulations of 5 to 10 inches with wind gusts of up to 35 mph are possible."

These people will be happy if that is true.
Me? Not so much.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Brrrrr......frosty day

It was 17 degrees yesterday. It looks like it, doesn't it?
Won't be long before the ice gets thicker.

Thursday, December 17, 2009


It's been so windy lately.
The branches are almost bare.
There are a few dried leaves left on them .. here and there.
The reservoir has a coating of ice but it's still thin.
There is no ice where the stream comes in.

(This is not a black and white picture)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Break Time

It's not easy to snap pictures of "The Giz" awake and such is the case today. Sleeping AGAIN. Or still. You choose which it is. Actually he is sleeping on the job.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Z is for

Ze leest ees fini. Dieu Merci!

I'm just gonna lie here on Pawpa's sock and rest.
This has been exhausting!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Y is for

Yippin' and Yelpin'
It's MY way of saying:
"Could we get going on my walk.....NOW?"

Sunday, December 13, 2009

X is for

eXcruciating list!

When will it END?

Now I know...long lasting "themes" are not for me. Since you have visited and I am NOT yet done with the alphabet (OK, technically these are not "X's"), here is an eXtraordinarily beautiful beach. It's 29 degrees here and I wish I was there.

Horseshoe Beach in Bermuda

Saturday, December 12, 2009

W is for

Wet White Lhasa Apso

Friday, December 11, 2009

V is for

Valiant? Um .... nope
Victorious...probably not.
Versatile .. that'll do

No packages under the tree? No problem.
Fill up the space with the family dog.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

U is for

Undesirable Unbelievably Wet Underfoot

I apologize for missing the "money shot" today. The look on Giz's face when he was assisted out the door was priceless.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

T is for

This is mine. I wear it when it's very cold outside.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

S is for


That's what I do best!

Monday, December 7, 2009

R is for


This is what you call 3-5 inches of snow Mr. Weatherman?

(We wuz robbed!)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Q is for


Put away your stuff Dad and find the shovel.
The warm weather is over. It's gonna SNOW.

Hope it isn't THIS much like last year.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

P is for

PeeMail. I leave it all the time.

(P is also for Privacy and a little would be nice once in a while!)

Friday, December 4, 2009

O is for


What do you mean he's got a list?
And he's checking it twice?
I gotta be GOOD or I get charcoal in my stocking?

Is protecting the feeder from marauding squirrels "good enough"?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

N is for


I heard there is this guy...n' he gots claws .. n' a red suit .. n' a white beard .. n' he's goin' to everydogs house this month.

I'm gonna lie here and think about this for a while.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

M is for

Mallards that live at the pond next door.
Once in a while they come for breakfast.
Sometimes they bring the kids.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

L is for


I just love walking on the trail with my Pawpa.

Monday, November 30, 2009

K is for

Kicking my fuzzy feets in the air!

To those who don't know, this provides momentum to propel me around so I can do my own backscratching.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

J is for


Joy is visiting my "sister's" house for Thanksgiving and meeting a new friend who lets me share his water bowl....even though he is big enough to EAT me up with one gulp if he wanted to.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Alphabet Suspension Saturday

Awards? Oh boy! We've gotten 2 awards so the Alphabet has been suspended for today. Last week we got an award from Dory and Bilbo's Mama who also has a blog called Thru My Looking Glass. (Bilbo is a lot like Giz I think. Small and a little cranky-pants) Our friend, Kit, over at Dog Daze just gave us one too. I'd like to take the time to thank them for being our friends. After I started reading Kit's blog, I came to Blogspot and used the template to write a couple of pages "just to see if I could" but I didn't publish them. I was just about finished with chemo when I wrote the first page about the bear's visit to our backyard. It's because of Kit's encouragement (and her little push) that I actually put my blog online. Some days I'm still not sure of my direction but I know that I am enjoying this .. even tho "The Giz" is not always cooperative. Having to take pictures has given me the incentive to get out and "do something" on days when I wasn't sure I really wanted to exert that much energy.

Thanks to Dory and Bilbo's Mom, Beth, over at Thru My Looking Glass for the first award.

Here are the Rules for this award:

1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people may not know.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they've been nominated.

7 Things you may not know about me:
1. I go to an antiques auction every weekend.
2. I am a cancer survivor.
3. I love the movie "Sixteen Candles" and don't care that it's a teen flick.
4. I am always waiting for Diana Gabaldon's next book. I get the "next one" as soon as it's out and since it usually takes her a while to complete "the next one", I do a lot of waiting.
5. I have never been to Hawaii.
6. I hate cold weather but would love to go to the Iditarod.
7. I like crafts but I am more the "jack of all trades and master of none" kind of crafter.

Now...I need to nominate seven other Kreativ Bloggers....some of them may have the award already. If I name someone who does have this award, I'd just like them to know I think they are ARE very creative bloggers.

1. Guinness and Sage at The 'splorin Wolfies from Nova Scotia. I check in every day to see where they have been. Sometimes their friend Groucho shows up. He is handsome too.
2. Martha and Bailey who are Bassets in Scotland. They remind me of a Basset named Axelrod who lived in my house 24 years ago.
3. Riley and Star - My Maltese Kids who have danced their way into my heart. I wish they could teach Giz a few moves.
4. Madi at Potpourri in NC. That cat is a DIVA and her Mom makes me chuckle!
5. Tank of Tank's Two Cents - Tank is the founder of Operation Whack a Squirrel and is truly an inspiration to those dedicated to squirrel control.
6. Jack of Daily Dose of Jack - I know TG needs vacations but I dunno, I think he should take you too. It would be VERY interesting.
7. Billy at Hood's Happenings - he is just a cutie and I love his shirts.

This next award was given to us by our friends Sassy, Zack, and Buddy over at Dog Daze. Their friendship has meant the world to us. I am passing this award to the seven friends - furry and otherwise - listed above. (Not all of them have known they were my friend but having discovered their blogs, I feel friendly towards them.)

Here are the rules:
  1. Publish it on your blog, referring to the furiend(s) who passed it on to you.
  2. Share five things you like to do.
  3. Pass it along to keep the circle growing.

Five things Gizzy likes to do:
  1. Help Dad drive the car.
  2. Eat Chicken.
  3. Walk in the park with Mom or Dad. (Preferably Dad)
  4. Protect Dad from the nefarious designs of the woman who lives with us.
  5. Sleep.

Friday, November 27, 2009

I is for

The Iris that grows along the brick walk in the springtime.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

H is for

The holly bush full of berries in the front yard.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

G is for

I think this may be my favorite picture.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

F is for

Fantastical and .. really .. kinda freaky!
The rose out back by the arbor is still blooming.
It's almost December.

Monday, November 23, 2009

E is for...

What? You thought I might actually HAVE an "E" picture. I guess I do .. sort of.

E is for Energetically flowing stream in my backyard after the recent rains.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

D is for Dog

A dog with an Agenda

And.....the agenda

Saturday, November 21, 2009

C is for Chipmunk

If one is good.............

Two is better.