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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. We’ve just finished a crazy week (or so). Let’s catch you up.

It all started last Wednesday night, March 8th. Our area in Rochester, NY was experiencing a very nasty wind storm. The gusts were predicted to be around 60 mph but the highest gust registered that day was 84 mph! Needless to say by 7:30 pm we lost power. Mom and dad gathered some lights and candles and we all settled down in the bedroom hoping the power would come back soon.

Hooking by Headlamp

It was too early to go to bed so mom did some crochet with the help of her headlamp. We finally turned off the lights and went to bed around 9:30 pm. By 7 am we were awake and cold. Thanks to our gas fireplace we didn’t stay cold for long. Mom was worried about the food in the fridge and freezer so she got our generator going and then we had some lights too. Luckily our power came back on by about 3 pm.

Our Oma wasn’t so lucky she lost power the same day as us and after spending a couple nights with friends came to our house on Saturday since her house was still without power.

Oma you give good pats

We enjoyed having an extra pair of hands around to pet us and one more plate to lick clean after each meal. Oma was lucky to get her power back late the next day so she went home after dinner Sunday.

All was calm around here for about 24 hours and then Snow Storm Stella made her way to us. It snowed for about 48 hours straight and when it was all done we had over 26 inches (about 66 cm) of new snow on the ground! That’s 3rd on the all time list for continuous snow in March for our area.

Look at the snow drifts on our patio and roof!

We didn’t let a little snow stop us from enjoying a our time outside though. Dad had to clean some snow off the roofs below our skylights.

The snow was over mom’s knees.

And mom had to fill up the suet feeder for the birds. It was still snowing and blowing so hard it was coming down sideways.

I’m going to catch you Millie

We did what we usually do and had a blast dashing through the snow.

I have to break a trail to the big tree

You can see how deep the snow is but that didn’t slow us down at all.

Good work on the roof dad

Here is a video of some of our action.


If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

I love to just sit in the snow

Millie just loves to sit in the snow waiting for Walter to come out and play with her but sometimes she would just take off behind the plantings to explore.

Where did she go?

We didn’t let Stella slow us down and had a great time playing. It was quite cold at around 15° F (-9° C) so the snow was a very fine, dry powder.

Will this be our last storm of the season?

As you can see we made the most of a crazy week. It’s been a couple of days since all that snow fell and our temps have climbed to the upper 30’s (3-4° C). All that snow has started to melt and the snow pack has shrunk to about 6-8″.

This might not be our last snow of the season but we sure don’t expect to get that much again until next year. After such a mild February this March has been quite wild so far.

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Hi everyone! Today we are joining Madi and Angel Easy to show their friend Sammy our favorite place in our home town.

Little Black Dog in Big Snow

Little Black Dog in Big Snow

Whether it’s right after a winter snow storm where we love to plow through the fluffy white stuff and wrestle until we look like abominable snow dogs or…

walter - little dog in big yard

Little tan dog under big tree

…it’s early spring when the trees and shrubs are just starting to bud out and the grass has started to green up or…

Walter - with toy under Katsura tree

Happy tan dog in shade of big tree

… it’s the heat of the summer where you can cool off in the shade of the Katsura tree during a game of fetch or…

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Two dogs playing on a cool fall day

…it’s a wonderfully cool fall day to play fetch and search the yard for hidden treasures (maybe a mouse, mole or vole to dig up) there is no better place than home.

We love our back yard and are sure Sammy would enjoy visiting us here any time of the year.

sammy-forever

Even with this celebration for Sammy we are sad to report that today he crossed the rainbow bridge. He was in poor health and that is why Madi and Easy wanted to let him travel the world with this blog hop today. As many of you already know our dear friend Easy didn’t win his battle with bloat and crossed the rainbow bridge a few days ago. We know Easy and Sammy are having a great time meeting up with all their friends that have gone to the bridge before them.

rainbow - starling flock in back yard

Here is a beautiful fall rainbow from our back yard to share with all our rainbow friends and the Angel sisters that lived here before us.

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In addition to the pain from loosing Easy his pawrents have been left with a hefty vet bill that their insurance won’t cover. To help them donations are being accepted through PayPal. You can learn more about how you can help by visiting Murphy & Stanley’s blog. We made sure to get out our mom’s plastic card to send some money to Easy’s family.

It’s been a tough week in Blogville but we hope this tour of our back yard brought a smile to your face.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie here.

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This was just a few days ago when I was outside helping dad get the last of the leaves out of our yard. Today it looks like a winter wonderland. We got about 8 inches of snow the past couple of days and boy did I have fun doing zoomies in the white fluffy stuff! The temps are going to be above freezing for the next few days so all the white stuff should melt soon.

I’m sorry we haven’t been around to comment much the past few days. Our grandma had a minor operation (of course nothing is minor when you are in your 80’s) so our mom has been busy helping her and being with her at the hospital the past few days. Don’t worry too much because our grandma is home now and doing well but since she can’t drive for a few weeks our mom will be her taxi and personal shopper for a while.

I heard that we aren’t having a big bird for Thanksgiving but we are having a pork roast with all the usual trimmings so there will be plenty of left overs for us too.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie here.

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I’m hanging out under what my dad likes to call…

The Best Seat in the Yard

The Best Seat in the Yard

Our beautiful Katsura tree is looking the best it ever has in fall this year. It’s full of beautiful yellow leaves. We have lots of color in our yard and last week Walter showed you the Japanese maple trees. This week I’ll show some of the other trees and shrubs that are showing some lovely colors.

The Stewartia tree shows off its beautiful orange and yellow leaves.

The Stewartia tree shows off its beautiful orange and yellow leaves.

Oak leaf hydrangea (burgundy) against climbing hydrangea (yellow)

Oak leaf hydrangea (burgundy) against climbing hydrangea (yellow)

Multi-colored Spirea leaves

Multi-colored Spirea leaves

Parrotia Persica tree leaves

Parrotia Persica tree leaves

I love to see the beautiful colored leaves against our evergreens too.

Blueberry against a pine shrub

Blueberry against a pine shrub

Four colors and textures

Four colors and textures

Fallen Japanese maple leaves on blue spruce

Fallen Japanese maple leaves on blue spruce

Sometimes the leaves fall on the rocks our dad “planted” in the garden and that makes a pretty picture too.

Red maple leaves on moss covered rock

Red maple leaves on moss covered rock

Grape leaf Japanese maple leaf

Grape leaf Japanese maple leaf

Another view of "The best seat in the yard".

Another view of “The best seat in the yard”.

I’ll sign off with this picture of our yard. It was just a perfect fall day and Walter and I enjoyed our time outside. I hope you enjoyed seeing our beautiful fall colors. Sadly as of the writing of this post most of the leaves are down. At least we have these beautiful pictures to look back on.

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Hi everyone! Today we are joining Dory for her Flower Friday Blog Hop. We are playing catch up this week as we took the past couple of weeks off to be in the Pawlympics.

We showed you many of our daylilies already so here are the rest of them.

Daylily - Yellow 2

Daylily - rose colored - with beetle

Daylily - Large Pale Yellow

Daylily - Large Yellow with rust center

Daylily - Large Yellow

It seems that many of the flowers in bloom are yellow. Maybe it is just the color of the hot time of year.

Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan

Yellow Crocosmia

Yellow Crocosmia

We do have some flowers of other colors in bloom now too.

Red Crocosmia

Red Crocosmia

The final flower in the perennial garden in bloom now is the Joe Pye weed. It is so tall that it almost falls over from the weight of the flowers.

joe pye weed

The rugosa rose is on its second bloom and the bumble bees and other bugs are enjoying the pollen.

rugosa rose with bumble bee

The last flowers are on another hydrangea.

hydrangea

We hope you enjoyed this trip around our yard.

Be sure to pop over to Dory’s Blog to see who else is participating.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie here. Today we are joining Dory for her Flower Friday Blog Hop. The other day I was out in the yard while mom took pictures of our flowers.

Is that the chipmunk I see?

Is that the chipmunk I see?

I was keeping my eye on all the rodents in the yard in case my mom needing protecting from those pesky chipmunks. Let’s take a look at what is blooming in our yard right now.

Veronica

Veronica

Yet another variety of Campanula

Yet another variety of Campanula

Coreopsis

Coreopsis

Monarda aka Bee Balm

Monarda aka Bee Balm

A yellow Red Hot Poker

A yellow Red Hot Poker

Our hummingbirds are happy to have those last two around. They are favorites of the bees too.

Hey mom are you done yet?

Hey mom are you done yet?

We still have a few more flowers to show you. Our daylilies are in bloom now so here are a few of them. Not all had started blooming when we took these pictures so we will show you more at a later date.

Daylily - Red Yellow center - perennial garden

Daylily - Pink Yellow center - perennial garden

Daylily - Red Yellow center Large - patio

Daylily - Pink two tone

Daylily - Pink - Front yard

This is our mom's favorite.

This is our mom’s favorite.

These are actually a very small flower compared to most daylilies.

These are actually a very small flower compared to most daylilies

We hope you enjoyed this trip around our yard. Check back next week for more flowers.

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Hi everyone! Today we are joining Dory for her Flower Friday Blog Hop. As our title indicates we have been having a heat wave this summer. The weather peeps tell us that we have had more 90+ degree (32 C) days than the past 3 years combined! In addition to that we are experiencing a drought. Our daddy has been working hard to keep all our plants happily hydrated. We haven’t been spending much time in the yard because of the heat but lets take a look and see what is blooming.

Hosta - variegated - back mound 4

First up are our hosta. You can’t see much blooming in this picture but we also like our hosta just for its colorful foliage.

Hosta - variegated - back mound 2

Hosta - variegated - back mound

When they do bloom they have these nice bell shaped flowers that the hummingbirds just love.

Hosta - Perennial garden - Flowering - Linden Tree debris

Next up we will show you some of our hydrangea. We have this great climbing hydrangea and smooth hydrangea on the side of our garage.

Hydrangea - Climbing - Smooth White - Garage

The climbing hydrangea flowers aren’t much to look at but the plant itself is a great place to raise a family. We have had robins nesting in it almost every year. Here is a closer look at the smooth hydrangea and its big white mophead flowers

Hydrangea - Smooth White - Garage

Also next to the garage is one of our oak leaf hydrangea.

Hydrangea - Oak learf - Garage

Many of our hydrangea have only white flowers but a few also bring a bit of color to the yard. Here are some pictures of another type of mophead hydrangea.

Hydrangea - Mophead - preziosa - Back Corner

They start out a pale greenish white color and change color over the course of the summer. You can just see a hint of pinkish purple in them now.

Hydrangea - Mophead - preziosa - Back Corner 2

Last but not least is our mom’s favorite hydrangea the lacecap variety.

Hydrangea - Lacecap - pink - back gate

These are a beautiful pink color. Let’s take a closer look so you can see how they get their name.

Hydrangea - Lacecap - single flower - pink - back gate

They sure are a beautifully delicate flower.

We hope you enjoyed this edition of Flower Friday. Be sure to pop over to Dory’s Blog to see who else is participating.

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