Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pardonez Moi ..

Whatever do you mean, Monsieur Gizzy?
Not fit for man or beast?

It is perfect for the Mrs. and me.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Heck No, I Still Won't Go

If I look cute enough, do you think Pawpa will let me stay in?

It's pouring outside and, really, it's not fit for man nor beast.

Monday, March 29, 2010

A frequent visitor

This little guy stops by everyday .. alone.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday Serenity

Cabot Trail
Cape Breton

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Hints for the auction buyer

Giz checks the Antiques and the Arts Weekly newspaper for the current auction items at the Saturday night auction so he can tell Pawpa which items look good that he might be interested in. A good puppy should ALWAYS be prepared to discuss current events.

Friday, March 26, 2010

I snapped

He moved.

The finch is back looking for thistle.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

With a peck peck here

And a peck peck there ....

Ms W is starting to look a bit .. er .. puffy
She may need to step away from the suet.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Are you down there?
Should I come down?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

House Hunters

Hon? There's one over here.

Taking a look.

So .. honey .. what do YOU think?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Gizzy: 1, Mom: 0

Mom got out the dustmop.

I told her to take it somewhere else.


(Note from Mom: It didn't take much to convince me.)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Hey Pawpa...where are you?

Sometimes when Pawpa works outside, he takes me with him. I like that. But when he goes back inside for something, I don't always get to go and I don't like THAT.

Hey, will somebody get this leaf off my butt?

Saturday, March 20, 2010

I Am Curious Giz

There's SOMETHING out there.
I know it!

Giz spent about 15 minutes in that spot just staring off into the brush. Obviously, something was there but WE never saw what it was.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Signs of Spring: Part 2

In reading this morning's Hartford Courant newspaper, Mom learned of a different harbinger of spring that she'd like to share.

The Timberdoodle Courtship Dance

We've never seen this dance nor heard of it but, evidently, the Bolton Land Trust is organizing a hike called The Timberdoodle Tramp to search out timberdoodles. They are hoping to see the timberdoodle's courtship sky dance. The dance starts with a nasal mating call followed by the male spiraling up hundreds of feet into the sky. He then plummets straight down to the ground making a twittering sound all the way down in an effort to attract a mate. (The timberdoodle is a woodcock and looks like this picture I found on

Hmmmm .... Mom thought it sounded interesting but it sounds like it uses way too much energy for me!

See you soon! Your furend Gizzy.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Waiting for Sun

Sitting around waiting for the rain to stop.
He had a long wait!

The sun FINALLY arrived yesterday.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Yesterday my heart sang ...

And I did the "happy dance"
We had new visitors at the feeder!

Mr. Bluebird

Mrs. Bluebird takes a turn at the suet

They brought another couple but I didn't get pictures of them.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Monday's Muffin by Gizzy's Mom

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins with Walnuts
It was almost a disaster. I did not buy chocolate chips because I "knew" I had some. Unfortunately many of the chocolate chips had disappeared. As it later turned out, I had enough but it was a little unnerving. When I was almost ready to pop them into the oven, I discovered I'd not added the sugar so I needed to put the batter back into the bowl and add it. What a pain! I liked the muffins that started out as Barb's Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins from

I made a few changes to the recipe because I didn't want 24 muffins; I only wanted 6 big ones so I halved the recipe ingredients to change the measurements to be appropriate for 12 small muffins. (There is an option on the Allrecipe site to do this.) Although the revised recipe called for 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, I added 1 cup of mini-chocolate chips and 1 cup of chopped walnuts. Then I used my 6 muffin popover pan to make bigger muffins and baked them for 50 minutes .

I would have been happier with less chocolate chips but Pawpa has pronounced that these muffins were "THE BEST MUFFINS EVER".

Sunday, March 14, 2010

More Spring Visitors

Mr. and Mrs. Mallard also returned on Friday.
Welcome Back!

Although there are mallards that live on the pond next door, this pair leads a solitary life up on the small reservoir. They stop by the feeder a few times a day to dine on whatever has been thrown down to the ground.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Spring has sprung

Sunning on a non-sunny day.

(Taken from a 2nd story window.)

Friday, March 12, 2010


GIVE .... ME .... SOME!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

No catamounts in CT

There are no mountain lions (catamounts) in CT. The CT Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) describes them on their website but it says there are none here. If anyone sends a picture, they will one there are no mountain lions in CT. This is a picture of a mountain lion.

There are bobcats in CT. A bobcat is larger than a housecat but smaller than a mountain lion. A bobcat has a stub for a tail. That's why it's called a bobcat. One visited our yard last year but I did not have my new camera and did not get a picture of it. Here's one I found on the web.

Yesterday our neighbor gave us a call to tell us of a surprising sighting by a neighbor up the road. The neighbor caught sight of a very large cat..the size of a coyote and a very, very long tail. It crossed the road in front of her car and she got a real good look at the long tail as it passed in front of her headlights. She called the DEP. They asked if she got a picture. It was dark. She was driving. The cat was running. Nope! No picture. They told her she must have seen a bobcat or a coyote. There are NO mountains lions in CT. Yeah, right.

Sadly, these pictures are not my pictures. I got them on the web. As much as I'd like to SEE a mountain lion, I DO NOT want it to be when I am walking alone in the park. Gizzy and Pawpa agree. Hopefully, it was just passing through.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Reflections on the water

I thank You God for this most amazing
day; for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Oh what a day!

While spring may not yet have sprung, it's getting close. The pond in the woods is starting to melt and most of the snow has melted. 57 degrees! What a day!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Pawpa's Surprise

Message from Gizzy:
Mom was feeling a wee bit better yesterday. She woke up early and made these for Pawpa. Yummy Strawberry Nut Muffins! Well, Pawpa said Yummy.
I don't like strawberries so I got a little bite of chicken. You all know I love chicken. I had Mom put the recipe below the picture.

  • 1/4 Cup Canola Oil
  • 1/2 Cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 Cup white sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Cup chopped strawberries (fresh or slightly thawed frozen)
  • 1/2 Cup chopped walnuts

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Oil a 6 cup POPOVER muffin tin. (Mom used Pam for baking.)
  2. In a small bowl, combine oil, milk, and egg.
  3. Beat lightly.In a large bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar. (Mom didn't sift the flour. She just spooned it lightly into the measuring cups and leveled it with the flat side of a knife.)
  4. Toss in chopped strawberries and stir to coat with flour. Pour in milk mixture and stir together.
  5. Fill muffin cups. (1/2 cup of batter in each one of the 6 cups worked for me.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes or until the tops bounce back from the touch. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pan.

** This will make 8 average size muffins or 6 muffins made with a larger popover muffin tin. Mom bought a silicone popover pan and loved, loved, loved it. (Mom used a recipe from and adapted it for the larger pan.)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Favorite Foto Day

Mom's been feeling a little yucky and she is hunkering down with soothing chicken soup so she is not available to be my photographer today. Here is one of her pictures from a vacation trip to the Maritimes. It was very peaceful and deserted on this beach.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Sign of Spring

The ice is melting at the duck pond next door and the mallards are back. There is just one little peninsula of ice left on the water. (There were a LOT more ducks there but they took off when I started down our hill to the pond. The closer I got, the fewer there were.)

Friday, March 5, 2010

Pawpa Please?

Would you come out here please and set this woman straight? She has my bowl and my lunch on the counter and she won't give it to me unless I look at her.


All she does is put her eye to the flashy box and call "Giz", "Giz", "Giz".....

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Sitter

Pawpa has gone off to the antique co-op in Old Saybrook and left me home with Mom. It is my firm belief that IF I sit and watch the door, he will come home quicker and release me from the onerous task of guarding Mom. WHY does he always say "you're in charge" when he leaves me alone with her??? Why can't SHE be "in charge" just once?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Resting the Eyes

Mom got Pawpa up REAL EARLY this morning to drive her somewhere. I waited here. I helped him rest his eyes for a while after they got back.

(I let him have the chair to himself and I stretched out on the carpet.)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Story Time Tuesday

The weather has been bad and Mom says she is just not in the mood to leave the house and take pictures. And .. and .. she says there are a limited number of pictures of me sleeping that she can foist on an unsuspecting public. I think she's nuts. Who would EVER be tired of looking at me?? Seriously..she gots a couple problems and I am NOT one of them. Oh, the stories I could tell. Since we are almost alone, I guess I can tell you one.

She is a BIG fraidy pants? HEIGHTS! She is not a fan of high places, her knees shake and she feels a little jiggly inside. Once, she went to this place on the Fundy Trail where there is a really neat waterfall that she thought would make a nice picture. She could NOT get down the stairs to the viewing platform so what she got was a neat picture of the stairs ... going down, down, down.

Me? I'd have run right down those stairs!

What? No, I'm not doing nothing Mom.
Really. Shhhh! Don't tell her I told you!

Monday, March 1, 2010

This is a sunbeam

It came by yesterday for 5 minutes.