December 3rd 2013 6:34 pm
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Today while Coco, momma and me were taking our afternoon nap, daddy went out and cut down a Christmas tree for us. Momma asked him where he got it and he said from our front yard – Yeah, sure...I'm doubtful because daddy really likes his pine trees and we just can't see him sacrificing one for the holiday season especially since he had been scouting out the areas around our property for Christmas trees. Momma told him that he couldn't just cut down someone else property but daddy can be so bull headed most of the time.
So we woke from our nap and went into the kitchen and there was a beautiful 8 foot tree in the corner. Our kitchen is huge so we have plenty of space in there for it besides daddy has been using our small living room for a “staging area” where he has boxes of bookcases that need to be assemble.
We think having the Christmas tree in the kitchen is a wonderful idea.
December 2nd 2013 5:26 pm
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When momma allows us to go out front to do our business, Coco hurries around to the side of the house and of course I follow her. We are only allowed out front during the day time and when momma knows we are not expecting any deliveries. We are supposed to do our business in our courtyard but because it is all muddy momma sometimes lets us go out front so we can either use the sidewalk or gravel in the driveway.
Momma noticed that we were hanging out at the side of the house but thought nothing of it because we were quite close to the main house and nothing dangerous has been noted over in that area. So today after the humans got home from town, we were allowed out front but when momma called us to come back in, I was the only good pup who came – HeHeHeHe. Coco ignored momma so she had to go outside and see what Coco was up to. It turns out that momma had been scooping out Simba's kitty box and tossing the kitty nuggets out the laundry room door so that Coco wouldn't go and take them out of Simba's box. Momma figured they would decompose and add nutrients to the ground. Turns out Coco had discovered the kitty nuggets and has been helping herself to them – BOL, BOL.
Maybe Santa could bring Coco a stocking full of kitty nuggets...
November 30th 2013 5:36 pm
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Daddy has been working on both of momma's laptop computers trying to rid the virus they mysteriously contracted. The older HP computer is slower than normal because it is refusing to close one, or more, background programs, but he had to stop working on that one because he needs some necessary software disk and he isn't sure where that might be hiding at so that computer can't be used right now.
The newer and much faster Fijitsu computer has been restored, well sort of, as the built-in mouse pad isn't working, but that's okay because daddy bought momma a wireless mouse to use with the computer so all is not lost.
Anyhow, there is nothing much going on down our way right now so I thought I would do something different and write about the view from our bedroom window. As most of my pals know, we live in a steel building that daddy has put a lot of effort into converting into a house. In our nice bedroom we have a 4 foot by 7 foot window that looks out into the back of our property. About 20 feet away from our window is a clump of Juniper and pine trees. Because these trees are over 30 feet tall we can assume they have been growing for many, many years.
Momma has put out one large bird feeder, two suet baskets and two squirrel feeders for the local birds and critters to enjoy. This clump of trees, right outside our bedroom window, has become quite popular with the local residents.
We have a bunch of mid-size blue colored birds that hang out here all the time. The dark blue birds with navy or black Mohawks are very entertaining as they like to grab onto the suet baskets and swing around on them, twirling around as they snag some of the treats inside the baskets. Daddy thinks the blue birds with the Mohawks are males and the lighter colored blue birds without are females but who knows, neither human are bird experts and Coco and I haven't gotten close enough to any of them to see for ourselves.
There are also two different types of Woodpeckers that call this clump of trees their diner. There are some small ones that are about the size of a Sparrow and the larger, mid-sized ones, with different markings from the smaller ones, that run up and down the tree trunks and occasionally stop to peck at the bark on the trees. If you have never seen a Woodpecker run up and down a tree you are missing quite a show. It's amazing how they can cling onto the tree trunks and limbs to climb vertically on them. One of the smaller woodpeckers doesn't fly away when momma goes outside to re-fill the feeders, instead it hangs around to be the first to sample the days offerings.
There are also two HUGE crows that patrol the outer area of the clump of trees, hardly ever venturing into the actual inner area. These two crows stand proud and very erect as they march about and hunt for their own dinner without taking any of the seeds that are scattered about. Sometimes they will take a pretzel or piece of bread, but they are quick to return to the outer perimeter to continue with their marching while they eat whatever it is that they took.
Now if birds aren't your idea of entertainment, then maybe you would like to watch the chipmunks. It started out with one lone chipmunk but now we are at five. Yup, word has gotten out that there is a free cafe on our property and more have decided to come for a visit. Three of the chipmunks are believed to be family members and the other two “outsiders” as there have been some disagreements between them. The chipmunks clamber on top, or even climb inside, the feeders with squirrel food and stuff their little cheeks full, then they jump down and run off to stash their bounty someplace else on our property before returning for more.
There was a fat brown squirrel that had been coming by for breakfast, lunch and dinner but it disappeared. Sadly we don't know what happened to it but this is a very rural area with critters roaming about that would love to make a fat squirrel their dinner. We now have a different brown squirrel stopping by and also a dark gray squirrel. These squirrels are very different as they do not socialize together, in fact, they don't even look the same and I'm not referring to just the color. The brown squirrels have very small, round ears that are close to their head and their tails are about as long as it's body. Their tails lay flat on the ground thus making their bodies look longer than they actually are. The brown squirrels get along with everyone and don't fight for any of the food. It's like one big party with the birds, chipmunks and squirrels hanging out together. However, that all changes when the dark gray squirrel comes for food as it chases everything else off in it's quest to stake it's spot at the diner. This little squirrel is the same size as the brown on but has several differences besides it's personality. It's ears stand erect and look like little rabbit ears as they are much larger than the brown squirrel's ears and it's pretty, bushy tail is curved, which is held up against it's body not dragging against the ground. Momma has named this squirrel “Coco 2” because it hogs up the food – BOL, BOL. When momma ran out of squirrel food she thought they might like to have some Honey Nut Cheerios so she filled the feeders up with them but guess what, everyone at the diner refused to even taste one. The birds, chipmunks and squirrels rejected the offer - heck, who doesn't like Honey Nut Cheerios?
We have occasionally seen some rabbits and once or twice a jack rabbit coming by to see what all the commotion was about but they, like the crows, prefer to stay away from our cluster of trees.
Daily we watch the social gathering out at the trees and marvel at how different each visitor is. They have brought us some entertainment that we enjoy but momma has been complaining that they are costing a fortune to feed. The squirrels and chipmunks especially go through bags of food like there is no tomorrow, and maybe there isn't for some of them. They sit on or in the feeders stuffing their cheeks full and still want more. All feeders have to be filled early in the morning or late at night when the dirt once again freezes as the temperatures lower enough to set the mud back into solid masses (momma made the mistake of trying to fill the feeders later in the day and discovered mud and Crocks do not go together even those Crocks are made for gardening).
Aside from the Coyote that took a short cut through the back portion of our yard beyond our cluster of trees, we have not seen anything else: no deer, elks, bears, bobcats, mountains lions or other critters. We know they are out there, and have seen some behind our fence, but none at our trees. Maybe these other neighbors only come out during the night to scout for treats.
So, this is what we see when we look outside our bedroom window. I hope you enjoyed our narrative and are lucky enough to have a similar view outside your window.
November 23rd 2013 6:10 pm
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As my pals know, daddy fenced in the area between the garage/workshop and our house thus making a courtyard for Coco and I to do our business in where we will be safe from critters that would like to make us the "guest of honor" at their dinner table. The only problem is that the courtyard is all dirt that turns to mud when it rains and snow melts. The humans just didn't have enough time to make a nice yard out there for us this year before the snows arrived.
Coco doesn't like stepping in the mud, but heck, I kind of like how it squishes between my toes so I have no issues real issues with it. However, momma doesn't like having to wash our feetsies every time we come back inside so daddy took a huge plastic tarp and anchored it outside our French door.
Coco took to the tarp right away but the one downside is that when either one of us piddle on the tarp, there is no place for the piddle to go so we now end up walking in our piddle so we still have to have our feetsies washed - BOL, BOL.
November 2nd 2013 6:36 pm
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Coco and I had a nice relaxing day supervising momma as she hurried to finish the work required around the exterior tiles that are around our French doors. Momma needed to sand the wood down because she had used silicone on the wood door frame because water was damaging it and she didn't have time to fix it like it should have been done. Everything was going okay until daddy wanted to know why momma needed to sand the wood and since she didn't want to confess that she had used silicone on it she told him that the wood was peeling so she was just taking off the lifting stuff - BOL. Once all of the silicone was removed, it was patched with the appropriate filler and then painted. Too bad momma got paint on some of the grout so tomorrow she is going to do some grout touch-up. Everything has to be done and dry before the snows come in as expected on Monday.
While momma worked fixing the door frame wood, daddy ruined our courtyard. He took dirt and filled in all areas where Coco and I have been wiggling under the new fence. Neither Coco or I are very pleased with the results because we haven't found a place to escape at. Right now our courtyard is not very nice as it is all dirt and there is a huge area where water doesn't drain so it stays either muddy or wet but momma says that it is much better than being eaten by some animal that would like to make us the guest of honor at their dinner table. She says that hopefully by this time next year we will have a very nice courtyard to roam around in but it is too late to do anything with it this year.
November 1st 2013 9:23 pm
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Today, momma finished grouting the tile that surrounds the exterior or our French doors of our bedroom. Daddy completed building the second gate to our courtyard and installed it, thus creating a “safe” place for Coco and I to be when we have to go outside and do our business. I again showed my appreciation for building this enclosure by shimming under the front gate to say “hello” to both daddy and momma as they stood talking on the other side of the fence – BOL. They continued talking to see if Coco was going to follow me under the fence but she didn’t.
Daddy says he is going to fix it so I can’t be going under the gate but guess what happened tonight…the little Princess was put outside by herself and she went AWOL by scooting under the back gate which is much closer to the ground than the front gate – BOL. She got busted when she wiggled back under the gate to get into the courtyard but found momma waiting at the door watching to see where she went under – BOL. Now daddy says he is going to fix areas so there isn’t as much of an opening from the dirt to the bottom of the gate.
He better get busy and do it tomorrow because there is another chance of snow coming our way on Monday.
October 24th 2013 6:24 pm
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Most of the day it rained a steady but light rain making outdoor visits unpleasant. I noticed even the fat squirrel that has been hanging around didn't come by today. On the other hand, it didn't stop the chipmunks from visiting, in fact instead of one, there were three - BOL.
Daddy stayed in bed most of the day keeping his weight off his injured toe which is a lovely shade of purple right now. The center joint on the toe is no longer flush with the rest of his toe bones as it is sticking up a bit most likely because it is dislocated but not broken. Momma wanted to put a splint on it but he said it would be better to tape it so that's what they did.
Since it was raining momma grouted the tile counter top on the cabinet in the laundry room. This is going to be where momma cuts our hair and attempts to groom us - BOL. If you ask me she is wasting her time because I know Coco isn't going to stand still for grooming, me, I do just about anything momma wants me to do except allow her to trim the hair on my toes or even worse, trim my nails - YUCK!!!
October 21st 2013 8:38 am
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I was lucky enough to have the camera handy to snap a photo of the very talented Scooter sitting on a tree branch right next to the surprised squirrel. Of course Scooter fell out of the tree shortly thereafter, but that's another story altogether.
The photo has been posted on my page.
October 19th 2013 7:46 pm
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We have been having different "neighbors" stop by to feast at our house. There have been woodpeckers who are very entertaining the way they run up and down the trunks of the trees; finches, ravens, Western Tanager, sparrows, Hawks, a pretty blue bird and some other bird with bright red feather on it's chest but gray on it's back. Today I saw the fat squirrel, two Chipmunks and one mouse. When the humans went to town today momma bought some bird seeds and will be putting some out tomorrow. I'm still watching for the flock of wild turkeys in hope that they come onto our property because there is room for several of them in our freezer - BOL, BOL.
We still haven't seen the skunk that left it's calling card the other day but I guess that's good because I really don't want a bath right now anyways.
Momma is concerned about the wide gap under the gate on the fence that daddy just put up. It is wide enough to allow a coyote access into our courtyard and that defeats the whole purpose of having the area fenced.
I'm still limping around after my ole knee cap popped out again (don't send me any POTP as this is a recurring owie that I'm just going to have to learn to live with). When my knee is hurting I don't play with my stuffies and growl at Coco to tell her that I don't want to play with her either, but she ignores me and so I have to resort to running to momma to get away from crazy Coco. I tell you she is so bossy but I love her anyways.
October 17th 2013 8:49 am
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Yes pals, momma is getting out the envelopes and addressing them so that they will be ready for mailings come the day after Thanksgiving. What you ask is momma addressing…why our holiday cards of course.
For those of you, who have been receiving these yearly cards from us, if you would prefer NOT to have them or have moved, please paw mail momma and she will make the necessary changes otherwise you will be getting one as you are already on the list.
Now for new pals or pals who have not given us your mailing address, we would really love to send you one of our holiday cards so if you would like to receive one, please paw mail momma with your full name (last name included) and address so momma can pick out a holiday card just for you.
We promise not to give out your personal information to anyone and should you desire NOT to receive cards from us at any time, a simple paw mail to momma asking her to remove you from our card list will stop further mailings.
And what do you have to do in return to get a card? Well Puffy would love a truck load of new stuffies and of course I would be more than happy with different cookies, but momma says the cards are sent with love and we do NOT expect or require anything from you so forget about the stuffies and cookies. All we want is to put a smile on your face and let you know that we are very happy to have you as a pal.
Hugs and kisses,
Coco Rose and Puffy