January 25, 2016

Weekend snow recap

So this winter storm Jonas guy...he wasn't very nice. He came through and left a LOT of snow in lots of places.

For us, it all started Saturday morning. When Mom, Dad and I all woke up and looked outside this is the sight that we were met with:

According to the info from the camera, mom took this photo at 8:25am.

A inch or two of snow first thing in the morning...with plenty more falling down! Mom wanted to do pictures throughout the day, but was very wary of taking her camera out into that to get all wet. 

The next time she took the camera outside with us was about 1:30pm.

The snow hadn't let up, and Mom wanted to go re-shovel the path from the sliding glass door over to the driveway again. (If there's lots of snow, instead of waiting for the end she likes to go out multiple times so she's only moving so much at once.)

Honey and I went over to check out Mom's shoveling job.

Hey, mom...you missed a spot over here!

Though Honey is getting to be an old lady - she's 8 years old - you'd never guess it. She likes to run around and rough house more then I do!

At this point in time, I could still trudge through the snow, even the un-shoveled parts, I just had to sort of hop.

You still want to play around Honey? 



HA! That's right Honey, you run away!

Hehe...the picture Mom posted yesterday of me busting through the snow took place right after this one...I was chasing Honey at the time!

Now...one of the ways my Mom likes to watch and judge the snowfall is the birdbath in Donna's garden.

This is what it was looking like at 1:30pm.

And this is what I was looking like, when I was all ready to head back inside where it was dry and warm.

Mom took her camera out one more time on Saturday, at 4pm.

This is what the birdbath looked like:

Yup! It's one of our B&W pictures from yesterday!

Dad came out with us this time to help shovel some of the snow, and it's a good thing too...cause he has long legs...which came in handy.

Me being the big dog I am...I thought I could forge my OWN path through the snow when mom and dad weren't looking. What I failed to realize is that...well...it was a bit deeper then the last time...

And after three hops it pretty much swallowed me whole...

A little help, please? Despite all my shaggy fur...this stuff is still cold!

Dad to the rescue!

Thanks, Dad.

After my rescue I got put inside, Honey too, while Mom and Dad finished up the shoveling. 

The only other times we went out were for quick potty breaks, and then we didn't go beyond the porch! BOL 

It stopped snowing at about 8pm that night, leaving Sparta covered in about 18in/45.72cm.

Where Mom lives in PA, only about a 45 minute drive away?


Mom was excited about all the snow because she wanted to take her camera out...and on Sunday that's what she did...WITHOUT ME! 

She claimed that it was because there was NO WAY I could walk the unplowed/shoveled paths, and she couldn't carry me because she'd be carrying her camera and bag. 

Well...I guess she may have a point there, actually...

ANYWAY...despite her neglecting to take me, I told her I'd allow her to show some of the pictures she took that day on my blog.

Come back tomorrow if you'd like to see them! 

January 24, 2016

Black and White Sunday

Yesterday we got LOTS of snow from winter storm Jonas. 

Mom took this picture of me blasting through it at..about 2:30 yesterday afternoon.

It was high, but I could still plow through it! 

BUT that was at mid-afternoon...we continued to get snow all the rest of the day until about 8pm.

Mom took this picture of the birdbath two hours later. 

That's a lot of snow! 

Tomorrow Mom'll post up some more pictures!

These two pictures today are in black and white...because it's Sunday!

And Sunday's are always black and white thanks to the Black and White Sunday blog hop, hosted by Dachshund Nola and Sugar the Golden Retriever!

January 23, 2016

Snowy Saturday

Well...we're getting it now! Our first real snowstorm of this winter...winter storm Jonas has arrived!

After waking up our first order of business is always bathroom business...so I went to look out the door...

Woo look at it all already!

Mom opened the door and out I went.

Ok...this is far enough.

Right now it's still snowing, and Mom has been out once to clear a nice path for Honey and me. She's hoping that it stops sometime later so we can get some really fun snow pictures! 

January 19, 2016


Good morning friends! Seems no matter what I do there are just some times where my mom gets super neglectful of MY blog and it doesn't get updated. 

She tells me things like 'but there's nothing going on.' Or 'I don't have time today, Wes.'

But REALLY I know the truth - she's lazy.

What's a poodle to do? 

Our wonderful mayorz suggested to bring her up on charges...but I just don't know. When she saw the comment she said something about not biting the hands that feed me...

Maybe to be safe, I'll do what F&E suggest and give her a good dose of cold shoulder. 

And speaking of cold...

WHEW has it ever been these days!

Mom and I went for a little walk around the lake this morning, and since the ground is cold and we do travel on the roads (which have been dosed with salt) Mom pulled out my doggy shoes.

My muttluks are pretty stylin', don't you think?

I'm never sure of these things for the first few minutes and Mom just laughs at me...but soon as we get outside I am glad for them covering my little paws! I can run like the wind in these and they keep my feet nice and warm against the cold snowy ground.


It was a good morning for running along the path, and for doing some kick-back stretches in the cold sun.

Annnnnd stretch....

It was so cold (12*F...yeesh!) that Mom was able to catch this photo of me breathing smoke like a dragon!

Smoke-breathing like a dragon!

Now...mom also admits that part of why she hasn't been active on my blog OR my Instagram is that she's been working more on her photography - specifically nature-y stuff like birds and whatnot - and posting things on HER Instagram.

Ever since she got a  new lens....

Introducing Mom's new Tamron SP 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Telephoto lens.
...anyone know what any of the means?

As I ran around checking out the smells around the lake, she spent a lot of time watching the tree branches for birds - mainly what she called Black Capped Chickadees.

We weren't out there too long. It being a whole 12 degrees out her fingers soon got cold, and I could only smell and run so much in the area. 

Before long I started laying down, and since Mom took that as a sign off we went back to the house to warm up. 

She did say we would go back out again...and I think its about time that we do! 

Time to bundle up again and get out there!

January 17, 2016

Black and White Sunday

Mom's been super lax once again with my blog. 

How on earth do I get through to that woman that I have important things to to share with all my friends?! 

Ok...so maybe not so much this week...it's been quiet with nothing happening. 

Anyway...it's Black and White Sunday, a blog hop hosted by Dachshund Nola and Sugar the Golden Retriever

Hop along below!

January 7, 2016

Away it all goes

When mom put up the Christmas tree in Dad's house last month, one of the first things dad asked was 

"So your going to take it down later too, right?"

What a party pooper.

Well...it's now later. Later then later, even. Mom had wanted to get it down before 2016 came around...a fresh start and all...but...well...

As you can see behind me it didn't happen and the tree has still been in the TV room.

So she drug up all these boxes and things from down in the basement and brought them into where the tree was.

...and then off came all the candy canes, lights, and ornaments.

All back into all the boxes.

Of course I helped.

It didn't take long before the tree was all naked again.

And this is what Christmas looks like for all the decorations for the better part of the year. 

See you again in another 12 months, Christmas stuff,

January 5, 2016

The difference a week makes..

Well, the difference a week and the COLD makes.

Up until just recently we've been super lucky with our 'winter' weather and it hadn't felt like winter AT ALL. Everyone was joking that maybe we had skipped the season and just jumped right into spring. 

Well...winter has finally shown his cold, unpleasant face!

Do you remember the swans and all the pretty ducks that we on the lake across from Dad's house just last week?

There were these two:

And all these guys?

And mom's favorite, this guy?

Well...a little less then a week later and no waterbirds of any type are swimming around anymore!

It's been cold enough in just the past few days that the lake is already covered in a layer of ice.

Mom says she doesn't think anyone will be venturing out onto it for skating or anything just yet...but if these 20*F temps keep on, it won't be long until we can walk across the lake and not just around it.

January 4, 2016

January 1, 2016

Welcome 2016!

 Hope everyone had a good time ushering out 2015 and welcoming in 2016!

As I said last year in 2015 (BOL!) mom, dad and I just slept through it. 

Not that that's bad...sleep is a good thing!

Just so you know...all my wishes for everyone still say they same as they did last night:

A wish for good health;
a wish for love (in all it's forms!);
a wish for plenty of fun and laughter!

Happy 2016 to everyone!!