Hello everyone; once again it is I, Chess the purebred border collie, here to bring you the latest news from our garden. You may remember me from such excellent and informative posts as “A Post Featuring Me” (obviously a good one) and “Before Dawn”, among so many others.
Here I am in a characteristic pose. Since you can see how blindingly bright the sun is behind me, streaming through the living room window, you may be able to guess what the weather is like today. You would probably be right.The guy I live with says this is extremely boring, though he does realize that plants need the rest. And, no, they don’t get any moisture from the snow like some people think. Snow is frozen water, according to the guy I live with, who knows everything. That’s what he told my mommy all the time. Anyway, it does make for excellent walking weather, though I did get ice in my paws four times, and had to stop so he could make my paws all better.
You may indeed wonder what it is we do on days like this. The guy I live with has gotten into the hot sauce, and that’s one thing that’s going on.He says, by the way, that if you have to ask how hot this is, it’s not for you. My grandpa Flurry liked stuff like this, but not me.
Sometimes he reads books. With the really good ones, he used to read passages out loud to my mommy, who sometimes paid attention, which I never do. He says this one is really good, and he’s read it all the way through three times. It’s out of print now, which is sad.The search for Maihuenia poeppigii includes going through forests of monkey-puzzle trees, Araucaria araucana, and the guy I live with says this is cool and to quote it. “Plants evolved from the oceans about 420 million years ago, and araucarias have been around for more than half that period, about 300 million years. Is there a way to comprehend the length of Araucaria‘s existence? Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is a large spiral galaxy with huge arms that consist of billions of stars all rotating around the center of the galaxy. It takes the Milky Way 250 million years to complete a single rotation. Araucarias have been in existence since before our galaxy made its most recent turn. No individual tree lives longer than a few hundred years, of course, but each tree we see here is heir to an awe-inspiring, long-lived, and successful legacy.”
And the bird book. The guy I live with mostly just feeds birds, but this is a special bird book, also well written, and, he thinks, out of print, too.There’s another reason that makes this book special, even to me.
Oh, what else? You know how extra pathetic I can look, when it seems necessary; well, it was especially annoying to see someone else pouring it on in the pathetic department. I admit this is pretty pathetic looking.The guy I live with put out a whole bunch of shelled peanuts for the squirrels, and dried ears of corn, so they wouldn’t be completely miserable.
Until next time, then.