Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

The Good, Crazy, & Adorable Life of One Havachon Puppy

Back at long last! :)

I know, I know. I’m ashamed of myself. I knew I wouldn’t be able to blog for a couple weeks, but that turned into many weeks. 😦

But I have good reason for my absence – besides my regular work, I was finishing a book I started writing some time ago! It’s a cozy mystery with a twist – it’s got a special appeal for dog lovers. I’ll reveal more as soon as it’s published, hopefully this fall. (Emphasis on “hopefully”!) 🙂 I’m going through my second round of edits, then I’ll send it off to my editor in August.

We’ve only been able to visit a few blogs here and there, but we’ve missed everyone tremendously. We haven’t gone on vacation, but we’ve been busy with lots of things.

I haven’t done too much outdoorsy stuff – it’s been way too hot and humid. Summer is my least favorite time of year and my countdown to fall is well underway! (You can throw tomatoes at me for disliking summer – I’ll just put them into a salad LOL)

It's so hot, this squirrel flattened himself out under our patio table!

It’s so hot, this squirrel flattened himself out under our patio table!

He can't get any flatter than that! LOL

He can’t get any flatter than that! LOL

But at least we’ve gotten some wonderful rainbow chard from our garden:

Fresh rainbow chard!

Fresh rainbow chard! Garden to table in half an hour. 🙂

And our flowers are blooming beautifully as long as I water them twice a day:

summer flowers

summer flowers

And we’ve had a steady stream of flying visitors:

Hummingbirds!

Hummingbirds!

A rare instance where one hummingbird actually stopped flitting at warp speed!

A rare instance where one hummingbird actually stopped flitting at warp speed!

Daisy’s been pretty patient, though she does want to know how her blog buddies are. She doesn’t like the hot weather at all and wants to come in as soon as she takes care of business outside.

I'm so DONE with this heat! I'm pooped!

I’m so DONE with this heat! I’m pooped!

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Professor Squirrel, the Acrobat

I love squirrels, but they’re quite the little piggies. They always want the birds’ food stash. And they’ll do whatever it takes to get it – you have to admire their ingenuity!

There’s plenty of bird seed on the ground for them, but they want first dibs. They want ALL dibs.

At first they climbed up the metal pole, so we put a squirrel baffle up. They laughed and climbed over it.

Next we greased several inches of the pole beneath the baffle as well as the top of the baffle. That worked well.

For a while.

Until one very limber college-educated squirrel with a double degree in physics and calculus realized that he could figure the distance from the flower pot to the pole, allowing for the upward trajectory of the baffle to calculate the perfect launch angle. (Who says colleges aren’t what they used to be?!)

He bested us poor fools with simple degrees in literature and business.

There he is, sitting on the edge of the planter, making his calculations...

There he is, sitting on the edge of the planter, making his calculations…

...and he takes off!

…and he takes off! Look at that mid-air form! 😀

He nails the landing and goes for the gold (food, that is!)

He nails the landing and goes for the gold (food, that is!)

The food is always yummier on the other side of the feeder!

The food is always yummier on the other side of the feeder!

He brought along his spotter, a less adventurous type without a math degree. :)

He brought along his spotter, a less adventurous type without a math degree who got his food the easy way.

Sorry for the screen in the first two pictures, I was shooting through a window and was just anxious to get pictures of this little scenario that had played out a number of times. He didn’t actually make it the first four times he jumped, but he was rewarded for his tenacity at long last. You have to admire that! 🙂

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Mischief Monday: THIEF!

The heat wave here in the northeast has us indoors more than any winter weather we can remember (not counting the hurricane, of course!). Temps in our area are over 100 and the humidity is so high that the heat index registers 115. That’s just not right. Florida has been cooler than this!

We’re only about half an hour from the beach, but people on the beach are actually burning their feet on the sand and ending up going to area hospitals with blisters on the soles of their feet. It’s crazy!

Daisy wants no part of the heat. She doesn’t even like temps in the 80s, let alone this steam bath we’re in. When I open the door to take her out and that blast of heat hits her, she balks like a stubborn mule and I can’t budge her. Now she’s upped the ante and runs under the bed when she sees me getting her harness and leash out! We have a walking date with a friend and her dog next week, which I made for 9 AM so hopefully we won’t melt. Also hopefully this heat wave will break and Daisy will drop her stubborn routine. Whoever heard of a dog not wanting to go out?!

Meanwhile, our container veggies didn’t do so well this year. I think it was either the brand of seeds we used or that too many seeds took and the overcrowding didn’t allow them to produce fruit, but this thief – who clearly thinks he’s a rabbit – didn’t know there weren’t any carrots beneath the lush greenery and was sizing up his attack:

squirrel carrot thief

Those carrot tops are over a foot tall now, and still no carrots can be found beneath the surface. Just roots. Oh well, hopefully next year’s crop with a different brand of seeds and more spacing will be better (though this was never a problem before). Now that the trees are gone and our yard is sunny – TOO sunny, in fact, because with this intense heat I have to keep all the blinds closed in the back of the house since we have no shade anymore – we’ll probably try to put in a real veggie patch next year.

I'll just stay in here and watch everyone else sweat, thank you very much.

I’ll just stay in here and watch everyone else sweat, thank you very much.

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Monday Mischief – Lunatic Squirrel!

Is it the unseasonably warm weather that’s driven this squirrel crazy?? Is he climbing fruitlessly trying to find cooler weather for his thick winter coat? There’s no “nut rainbow” at the top of the screen outside our sliding door, so what are you looking for, Mr. Squirrel?

I was on the phone when I saw and heard this nutty visitor, so I hurriedly took less-than-great pictures with one hand.

What are you doing at the top of the screen, silly squirrel?

Didn’t find what you were looking for, eh?

Well that was a fruitless endeavor!

And where was Daisy, our Great Protector, during all this? Snuggled up on Big Blue, right in front of the screen and not even noticing what was going on right over her head!

I'm too comfy on Big Blue to watch for squirrels!

We’re part of the Monday Mischief Blog Hop! Join in and see what mischief other animals are up to!

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Northeast Ice Storm

Today’s a day when a picture is worth a thousand words – I took these photos this morning of our ice-covered world here in the northeast:

Icicles hanging from the bird feeder look like holiday decorations

Ice encased car

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iced tree branches

 

 

Icicles even hang from the planters!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think I'll stay warm and cozy.

 

 

Daisy watches her squirrel buddy under the bird feeder

 

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Daisy’s “Nutty” Squirrel Buddy

(Sorry for the pun in the title, I just couldn’t resist!)

Our back yard is filled with squirrels, rabbits, and birds – many more birds since we put up a bird feeder – and Daisy seems to delight in  watching their antics from her Window on the World; it’s like having her own TV set that’s always tuned to the Nature Channel.

All’s golden, except when it comes to one particular squirrel who just loves to taunt Daisy. Either that or he’s overly curious…and we know what curiosity did to the proverbial cat!

Daisy enjoys assuming her “sphinx” pose in front of the sliding glass doors in our kitchen, watching the world of nature flitting through the yard and listening to all the lovely tweets and twitters (the REAL kind, not the cyber kind!). This keeps her wonderfully (and quietly) occupied and gives me a chance to get some work done undisturbed….until that squirrel zeroes in on her for his daily taunt.

I know what’s coming even before the first shrill yap – that particularly deafening shriek reserved for such outwardly bold offenders – because it’s preceded by frantically scraping nails on the hardwood floor (::shudder::) as Daisy scrambles to her feet, every muscle tight, ears starchly erect. That’s followed by the inevitable sound of nails clawing at glass, which is only somewhat overridden by the now streaming shrieks that completely blot out my yells of “QUIET!! NO!!”

Good thing we don’t live in an apartment.

This brazen squirrel no longer runs from these insane barks, I guess he’s learned that she can’t harm him. It’s like a Garfield-and-the-spider comic strip watching him look at her, trot up to the window, staring her in the face while she freaks out beyond control, and then taking his sweet time moving away casually as if to say, “HAH! All this is mine, I can go where I please. YOU have to stay in THERE. Nah-nah-nahnah-nah!” All that’s missing is the mocking raspberry.

I hope to get a picture of the squirrel sitting up on the outdoor table in front of the door, staring Daisy in the eye….it’s like watching a bad Western….

The offender approaches for his daily taunt....

The Confrontation: dog and squirrel face-off

Nah-nah you can't catch me!

Where you going? We just got started!

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