Saturday, September 22, 2018


How is it that this happy confident gal suddenly became afraid of thunder?

It is a real head scratcher.  After all, Lily is accustomed to booming sounds.  Here at the homestead we hear large gravel trucks thunder down the road at regular intervals.  We also hear assorted gunfire pretty much every day.

These things never did, nor do they now, disturb this three year old beast.  Why then, has the sound of thunder rumbling in the sky suddenly become a concern to her?

Did she have a bad dream involving thunder and calamity?

Oh.  Wait.  That's not an example of calamity- only photographer incompetence.

Lily's best friend, Clover offers no answers.  She remains unconcerned about thunder.  On the other hand, Clover's reliability is in question.  See, Clover has developed some quirks of her own.  For example, one minute she might be lying on the living room floor looking as restful as one can possibly look, then she'll leap up and run down the hall and into her crate.  She'll remain there for anywhere from two to 20 minutes before she returns to the living room as if nothing happened.

Lily's housemate, Henry has no answers either.  Of course, he's always been so self absorbed that it is highly unlikely that he would have even noticed Lily's angst, let alone have formulated a theory explaining the reason for it.

What's to be done about this fresh problem?

  We'll think of something.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Overly Verdure

The people who lived on this property before we moved here planted many trees and shrubs of various types both deciduous and evergreen.  Bless their hearts.

Trees, give me trees, lots of trees, fence me in with trees..

When placing young plants it is vitally important to consider how big they will be when full grown.  Failure in this area becomes especially noticeable when greenery is planted near the house.

When you look out the window to this view, you know it's time to do something about it.

Happily, Captain Sawzall is on hand to tame the overly verdure.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Pop Culture Frenzy, Round 71

Welcome once again to Pop Culture Frenzy.  Our question involves an recent nighttime incident at a fancy Colorado hotel.

A trespasser entered the lobby.  Who or what was this trespasser?

Scary clown sightings 
have started up again?

Hostmaster:  incorrect.

Somebody drove a truck
through the front window?

Hostmaster:  incorrect.


Hostmaster:  incorrect.

A guest at the hotel was

Hostmaster:  incorrect.

Was it a wild boar?

Hostmaster:  close.  It was a wild animal.

Perhaps it was a different sort of
wild bore.  PETA?

Hostmaster: incorrect.  I can't bear anymore!

A bear?

Hostmaster:  correct.

That's not fair!  You gave 
her a hint!

 I decide what's fair, honey.
 This round is over.
See footage of the trespasser here.

Round 71
Fluffy/Molly   35
Bryan/Cyndi    33

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

August Flora

Rose of Sharon.   Pretty.  Such a pretty little tree.

Meanwhile, this pretty flower has exciting possibilities.

Roasted sunflower seeds!  My hope is that by November, when baseball is all over, I can spit sunflower husks on my living room floor like the ball players do in the dugout.

Speaking of foodstuffs.  This is a fig tree.  (Well, the one on the left is a fig tree the other is oregano.) Anyway.  No figs yet but maybe  - if the tree survives under a blanket in the garage over the winter and bears fruit next year- we will have figs!

Let us return to the pretty.  This is what a poinsettia plant looks like in August!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Evolution of Duck Eggs

Here at the homestead, the youngsters born this spring are now laying eggs, just like the grown ups.

It takes a few tries to pull off the perfect egg, however.

 Start small, work your way up is one method.

For scale: a small Kong and an extra large Kong. 

Another method, somewhat unnerving to observe, is an egg that looks like a regular egg in every way except the shell is soft and almost translucent.

 There will be no photos taken of these egg monstrosities for their appearance is, well, icky.  There is often a tail of white material hanging from the egg like the umbilical cord of an alien creature.  Happily, the Freakish Eggs are much more rare than the Mini Eggs.

Before long, the ducks start laying nice uniform eggs that are pretty as wild flowers.

You done with those Kongs yet?

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Pop Culture Frenzy, Round 70

Welcome once again to Pop Culture Frenzy.  Let's get on with it.

It seems that a California billionaire has developed a vegan dog food.  He claims it's full
 of a special very excellent protein and will feed hungry dogs the world over. 

What is this vegan protein?


Hostmaster:  incorrect.  Bryan?

Dogs are not vegans! 

Hostmaster:  uh huh.  You want to answer the question?


Vegans don't eat any animal products. 
 They only eat plant based food.

Don't some vegans eat eggs as long as the 
chickens are free range or something?

If they do, they aren't vegans.
 It's cruel to eat animals and anything they produce
 no matter how ideal their environment may be.

Hmm, maybe I'll stop using milk on my morning Grape Nuts
 and use gin instead.  It's plant based and cruelty free!

Hostmaster:  good thinking.  Now back to the matter of the protein in the billionaire dog food.

The only vegans I know are squirrels.
So, nuts?

Hostmaster:  incorrect.


Hostmaster:  correct.  The company says that koji fungus has more amino acids that are beneficial to dogs than steak does.

What are they calling this vegan nightmare food? 
 Fungi Feast?  Moldy Mangia?  Koji Krap?

Hostmaster:  I don't know.  The company is called Wild Earth.  It's a curious name choice since their product is created in a biolab.

Ah, the wonder of marketing. 
Next they'll say that  9 out of 10 dogs
 prefer slime pellets to steak!

Hostmaster:  Wild Earth has plans for a cat food.  The protein for the cat food will be made from lab cultured mouse meat.

That doesn't sound vegan friendly.

"Lab cultured"?  
Maybe they're test tube mice.

Maybe they're free range
clone mice!

At least they're not pretending that
 cats are vegans. 

This round is over.  Who's
up for some koji?  I'm buying!  

If this koji protein is so great, why
isn't the billionaire guy feeding it to
 hungry people the world over?

Read about the super fungus dog food here.  *****Sorry folks.  This link was allowed when this was first posted.  Now it is not.  The article is in July 30, 2018  title:  Billionaire Peter Thiel backs vegan pet food start up developing lab-grown mouse meat.

Round 70
Fluffy/Molly  34
Bryan/Cyndi   33