Friday, October 30, 2009

Leaf Update and Seasonal Picture

Just a quick update, the rain held off today and I got my rider out and mulched the fallen (so far)leaves. I won't be bagging 28 bags of leaves his year like last year. There are many more to fall but two of the silver maples are almost bare. The bigger leaves on the other maples are always the last to fall, and eventually I may be raking and bagging some of those.

Anyway, in view of the season I am posting this picture I took earlier this fall of an old mill that is falling apart. I thought this was a really neat picture and while I do not "celebrate" Halloween or believe in ghosts, I thought I would post this picture at this time.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Leafy DOT to You All

Hi fellow dogs on thursday. MaggieMae here. You won't believe what I stepped into in my back yard this morning. Uh, no not that, I'm careful. Although with all those leaves on the ground now I might do that accidentally! But my beautiful green yard has turned yellow! Then I heard a rustling under the leaves, so I went to investigate.

Was it here?

Hmm... maybe here?

Ooh! Ooh! Is that it?

Darn it! Where did it go?

Sure seems like it should be here somewhere!

I guess I'll just sit here and wait till it shows itself! Boy mom sure has a lot of work ahead of her! And from the looks of those trees, there's more to come!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Really Neat Giveaway!

I found this lady on my sister's blog and she is doing a a really neat giveaway which will end soon... so stop on by and take a chance to get in on it. Incidentally, she seems like a very sweet lady.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Checking Out the Border Between the US and Canada

Had another opportunity today to get some Fall pictures. My daughter informed me they were taking the girls to the Niagara Power Project for "Spooktacular" and asked if I'd like to go along. So I did. It was quite a sight with all the kids in costume. But also we got some good shots from the overlook of the Power Project. You can click on the pictures to enlarge them and see more detail.

This first one is the drive through the reservation on Upper Mountain Road, and got this shot while driving. (OOPS!)

The next is looking at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge from the USA to Canada.

This is looking at the Canadian side of the Niagara River Gorge.

Looking at the American side of the Niagara River Gorge.

Also looking across the river to the Canadian side.

This really is a beautiful time of year.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Old Fence is Finally Out!

Hooray!! The old fence is finally out! My son-in-law came on monday and started ripping out the old fence. He also tied my fence into the kennel fence. We got about half the old fence out then and I was feeling it that night. The fence had so much root and grass around the base and was so old and rusty that it was a struggle pulling it out of the ground in places. He cautioned me to be careful if it suddenly let go, I might end up on my derriere... which I almost did at one point. Anyway, yesterday morning I went out and got the rest of the fence out by myself. A few of the old posts would not come out. (They can wait till later.) One I tried to get out broke off above ground (about an inch) and I had to ask my neighbor if he had a sledge hammer. He came and pounded it down into the ground for me so Maggie won't cut her feet on it, and I covered that spot with a lot of dirt. He said I should have asked his help ripping the rest of the fence out, but I told him I needed to "keep active". I believe if you keep active it's better for you. So I do what I am capable of doing and ask for help with things I can't do. This I could do!

So the following are pictures of the old fence out at the curb for garbage pickup, the new storage area for my lawn roller and wheelbarrow (with neighbors stuff beyond my fence) and a few pics of MaggieMae hunting mice along the kennel fence, in the grassy area where they like to hide. Incidentally, she got caught and killed two field mice this week! (They got cremated with my branches I cleaned up and burned.) She is a very happy Dog on this Thursday!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Happy DOT--A Peek at MaggieMae's Character

Well, my dear doggie managed to find another way to escape the other night. I had let her out for the last time at night and when I went to let her in I could hear her tags rattling but did not see her anywhere in the yard. So I got my flashlight and put on my jacket (it's been unseasonally cold here since I got back from KY). I finally saw her on the other side of the fence between the fence and my neighbors pine trees. The only thing I could figure out was she'd climbed on my lawn roller and managed to get over the fence somehow!
Needless to say I then moved the lawn roller away from the fence!! Got to watch those intelligent dogs!! (And she did come right in when I opened the gate for her.)
For some time I have thought of trying to video Maggie because she is such a character. It has taken a few attempts to actually get her in the line of the camera. Outside she has been too fast for me. Inside she is camera shy. But I was finally successful the other day when I got her playing first. The only problem is I can't seem to get it completely uploaded to blogger! Sorry about that!!
I was asked if Maggie had a favorite toy. The video I had was of her playing with her newest toy. It was a dinosaur that has a rattle and squeaker in it which I'd gotten for my grandkids to play with as babies. Now that the youngest is 3 and there will be no more gk, I decided to put it in the Salvation Army, and it was in a bag of other things going there, but it was on top. One day I heard the rattle and looked up. Maggie had it in her mouth. I guess she was telling me she was keeping it for herself! However I think her favorite is a polar bear given to her by my niece Tina as a gift when Maggie and I first got together. It has had a good run, losing it's rope ears and tail along the way. It has a squeaker in it and she totally delights in just "squeaking it".

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

DOT Apology

I am sorry, I have no pictures to post today. I was on vacation for the last two thursdays. I went to visit my sister in KY. (See previous post.) I have been tired since returning and have not taken any pictures of MaggieMae since getting home. She was happy to see me when I picked her up from the kennel. They told me she did quite well. She was fine when playing with calmer dogs, but not with ones who were excitable, because then she would also be excited. And that led to too much "rucus". She did eat well, which was a concern of mine as my last dog would not eat when we went away. She was groomed while there, which I'd asked for.

Her reaction to coming home was to run the back yard as if she were set free in it for the first time! Inside she got on the trunk to see what she'd been missing out the front window. I tried to get her to sit on the recliner or the couch with me but she would have none of that. Well her "mood" has passed and now in the house she is my "shadow" once again. Dogs! Gotta love them!!

Oh, and last night she caught another rabbit while I was taking the garbage out. I got her to let it go and dragged her into the house by her collar. I took her out later on her leash for her to do her "business" but she was too excited sniffing all over... so she just had to wait till this morning... and rabbit found a way out of the yard fortunately!

It was a good vacation, and I will definitely try to go back, but it is good to be home!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Vacation Ended Too Soon

Just back on friday from a wonderful vacation visiting my sister in Kentucky. It is so peaceful there and so nice. Of course there are advantages to vacations, and disadvantages (the end of them). Since I could not take MaggieMae with me, it was certainly good to come home again. She follows me all over the house and I hardly have a minute to myself now... for the time being anyway.
But back to my vacation. My sister lives in an Amish built house that is incredible inside. But one of my favorite spots is the front porch. So inviting to just "sit a spell" in one of the rocking chairs she has on it.

One of the best things about sitting there in the early morning was this... seeing the wonderful sunrise that God paints each morning!