Welcoming the Arrival of Cooler Weather

GUARDING DADDY’S PUMPKIN

Ah, sleeping at night with the windows open is so nice!  Giving the air conditioner a little break for awhile is always a good thing, and good for your pocket too.  It is just nice that I can now sit in front of the window and feel that nice cool breeze blow on my face, not to mention all of the good smells I take in on a daily basis.  Barking at people passing by our house or doggies that I don’t like through a closed window does not make me sound fierce, but with an open window, I can protect the homestead with some deep growls & barks and everyone can hear me really well. 

 
Sometimes I think that I am nosey, as I watch EVERYONE and everything!  I run from window to window to keep up with the neighbors arrivals & departures and when I see them I run from the front window to the back window to catch a glimpse of them getting out of their car, I watch trash blowing down the street from the car wash that blows by on a daily basis and it always makes me growl at it, I growl and bark at garbage cans (have done that since I was a puppy and tall enough to see out the window), but it always amazes Daddy & Mommy “who” I bark at.  It’s strange that some dogs can walk by our house and all I do I watch them, while other dogs can go by and I go absolutely crazy.  What makes me bark at them and yet leave the others alone?  Not sure why I do this, it will remain a mystery. 
 
One of my all time favorite things to do is, waiting for Daddy to come home.  Mommy always alerts me that “it’s time” to watch for Daddy’s arrival and I put down any toy that I am playing with (or bring it to the front window with me) and I run to the window, sit down, and look back and forth for Daddy’s car.  Almost 100% of the time, I can catch his car coming down the road and my tail starts wagging and I get all excited.  I watch him pull into the driveway and then I run to the back door to catch him driving by (he always stops right by the door and waves at me – awww!) and then I run like a bat out of hell to the back window to watch him get out of his car.  As soon as I see him walking towards the house, I jump off the window sill and tear down the hallway to the back door again (I always beat him to the back door too) and I await the glimpse of him opening the door.  YEAH, Daddy’s home!  I jump all over him and give him kisses and he gives them right back!  I love this time of day because I love my Daddy!  Mommy is there too, waiting for Daddy and always makes sure she has his favorite glass of wine waiting for him and the smell of a good home cooked meal is just about to come out of the oven. 
 
Cooler weather, lots of love, and a pumpkin patch are all the favorite things that are consuming my days! 

Growing Pumpkins – Our Adventure

5-27-11 It all starts from this

In the whole fun of Halloween, Daddy had a dream and wanted to try growing some pumpkins for us for Halloween.  We started our first planting back in May, but the downpours we had and the water that saturated quite everything, we had a slow start, as our first batch of seeds rotted from all the water.

So, Daddy re-planted another batch, and waited, and waited, and finally, we saw some little pumpkin sprouts starting to emerge – YIPPEE!  We thought we were on our way to watching our pumpkins grow, until we ran into another snag – deer & chipmunks!  Those buggers ate the little sprouts as fast as they came out of the ground, one by one.  We were so disappointed.  We even tried that smelly deer spray on the sprouts, but to our surprise, they ate the sprouts anyways.  Geez, now what?  So, we waited a little longer, and some new sprouts came up. 
 
We were finally happy to see that we had a few plants that looked like they were actually going to make it, and for some reason, nothing was eating them, this time. (keep your fingers crossed!)
 
It seems like it has been an eternity since we planted these seeds, as we watch them every day, make sure they are watered properly, and remove all the weeds from the flower beds they are planted in.   With each new passing day, we do see improvement.  We did lose one little pumpkin (the first one that started to grow) because it turned yellow.  Since then, we now have two pumpkins that are growing!  We did not know what to expect when we started this adventure in pumpkin growing, but it has been fun checking each day on the status of the little “kins”. 

Our pumpkin vine is almost covering our whole backyard from one end to the other, and we are going to have to turn it soon to start running next to the side of the garage.  Not sure what we are going to do when it grows all the way up to the house! 

We hope that by Halloween, we will have something to carve!  Stay tuned…