Saturday, June 15, 2024

Meanwhile in the Garden

 The two strawberry plants I put in last year are now about twenty.  Not wanting to share with the many birds and assorted omnivores around here, I encircled the strawberry patch with chicken wire.

Then I saw a baby bunny in the strawberry patch!

I let him off with a warning.

As for the potato bugs- 

no leniency.

A Spring in His Step

Early spring was, well, eventful.

The Handsome One had been having some troubling symptoms.  Eventually it was discovered that his aortic valve was not working properly.  Thus, they opened up his chest and put in a nice sturdy cow valve.

Some two months later, he is feeling better but is also feeling a bit antsy.  

Here he is doing some cardio rehab.


He wants to get back to pumping iron.  His pecs took quite a hit.

Monday, March 18, 2024

Spring is in the Air

Well, springish.  It is snowing right now.  March is what you might call a diverse month.

Still, birds are whooping it up out there.

  Soon there will be youngsters and green grass.  

'Tis a time to ponder...

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

The Perils of Updating

 Rant Alert!

I got a new email address.  Therefore, I have been updating it in various places.


You'd think this would not be a big deal.  It is though.

Some places just won't allow you to go to their site, find your personal information and edit your email.  So then, you must call.

Calling any business these days requires a major time commitment.  It starts with the heartless computer voice that answers the phone and asks you for information about who you are and what right you have to be calling at all.  Ten minutes later, you're done with that and find yourself on hold.  

Maybe five, maybe forty-five minutes later a human being answers.  They ask you the same questions the computer voice did.  You know, just to verify.  

You tell them you want to change your email.  They tell you they can't do that.  You ask why.  They say something vague, or their accent is so thick you are not quite sure what they said.  You are transferred to someone else.  You ask them if they can help you change your email.  They won't answer until you give them the same information you gave the computer voice and the first person you spoke to...  

Then there's updating your email for your blog.  Stupid technophobe that I am; I did it wrong.  Thinking I'm changing the email a "new improved format" appeared and the blog is gone.  It's a whole new account, a clean slate.  If I hadn't failed to erase my old email or account or whatever, I would not be typing this rant.

For crying out loud, I just thought it was a good idea to update my email.  

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Meanwhile, at Bad Dog Ranch

Deer Season is Over

Don't get me wrong, I love the taste of venison but unless we slide into an apocalypse scenario, I am not likely to eat any of the deer that live in my nice big backyard.  

However, many of my neighbors hunt.  Therefore, during hunting season, I wear an orange vest when I walk my dogs.

                         She's wearing that vest again.                            She's so silly.                                

Those dogs have no idea how dangerous it is out here!

Michigan Deer Season:

July 15 – Aug. 15: Antlerless deer hunting access permit application period (mid-U.P. DMUs only)
July 15 – Aug. 15: Reserved deer hunt permit application period

  • Liberty hunt: Sept. 14 – 15, 2024      
  • Early antlerless firearm: Sept. 21 – 22, 2024
  • Independence hunt: Oct. 19 – 22, 2023  
  • Archery: Oct. 1 – Nov. 14 and Dec. 1 – Jan. 1, 2023
  • Regular firearm: Nov. 15 – 30, 2023
  • Muzzleloading (Zones 1, 2 and 3): Dec. 1 – 10, 2023
  • Late antlerless firearm: Dec. 11, 2023 – Jan. 1, 2024

It's a bit safer now, I think.

Yeah, but we ate all the apples off the apple tree...

It's not easy being a deer.

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Pop Culture Frenzy, Round 90

 Welcome once again to Pop Culture Frenzy.   Eight days till Christmas, it's forty some degrees outside and raining.

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas.  What say you? 


The White Christmas trope is so full of aggression,

 it makes me physically ill.  It is loaded with intolerance, exclusion,

 white privilege and white supremacy.

   Cyndi is a bimbo loaded with leftist cliches and moronic sanctimony.  

She should get implants.

  Cyndi's Pebbles hairdo screams Neanderthal.

 Can't we all just get along?

   You are all evil.

 Uh huh.  I don't particularly like snow.  

Many humans seem to find it pretty 

when they aren't complaining about driving in it.

   I like a good snowball fight.

 Of course you do.  You are full of hostility toward 

anyone who isn't exactly like you.

 Not really.  She throws a lot of snowballs at me.

 I like the way my pee melts a tunnel in the snow.

 You are a dirty dog.

Thank you.

I like snow.  

Christmas is about Jesus our brother kind and good.  

Thank you, Molly.  

Merry Christmas everyone.

Monday, December 11, 2023

Big Anniversary Gift this Year

The Handsome One and I continue to celebrate our anniversary with a gift for us.  This year we went EXPENSIVE, not because we are flamboyant or because it's our 29th.  Necessity stepped in.


See, the furnace was making strange noises.  We consulted a Heating and Cooling guy who assured us that the old furnace was about to blow.


 Well, he didn't express it quite so dramatically.  He did tell us that it was IMPORTANT that we get a carbon monoxide detector because the likelihood that the ailing furnace would try to kill us was real.

Some members of the household were unconcerned.

Others took it less well.  Indeed, for some, stress set in.  Even to the point of frequent checks on CO levels.  Just because the CO detector gadget kept reading zero, didn't mean it would remain zero. 

Clearly, this was a Canary in the Mineshaft scenario.  With a wait of some three weeks before the new furnace was to be installed, hyper vigilance set in.  Someone even turned the furnace down to 59 so it would run less.

Finally, the big day came.  It took several hours to install.  The installer guy said the new furnace would be quieter.  Technically, that is true.  However, there is a distinct and high-pitched hum present in the quiet.

The jury is still out on whether the new high-pitched hum is less pleasant than that three weeklong high pitch of somebody's I'm Afraid of the Furnace whine.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Breed Profile: Pumi

 The Pumi is a small/medium sized herding dog from Hungary.

In the 17th-18th centuries, the Pumi was likely developed by crossing Pulis, Pomeranians (and other spitz), Briards and assorted terriers.

The Pumi was originally used as a drover of cattle.  His work ethic gained him other jobs around the farm- herder, hunter, vermin killer and guard.  The Pumi herds/droves by close contact, rapid movement, barking and nipping.

Ever the active dog, the Pumi is also known to participate in obedience, dancing and agility...

Lifespan:  12-14 years

Height:  15-19 inches at the shoulder

Weight:  18-33 pounds

The coat is curly and grows constantly, similar to a Poodle coat. It must be trimmed every 2-4 months.  Coat colors: black, white, cream, red, grey

The Pumi personality is affectionate, independent, lively, bold, expressive, suspicious of strangers, intelligent, highly inclined to bark and possesses a playfulness that is maintained into adulthood.