Monday, July 27, 2015

Around My Home & A Misty Memory

Due to Kennel Cough and Canine Influenza in Cincinnati several kennels and doggie daycares have shut down temporarily being as this is so contagious, Wills and I stayed home this past week.
Can you guess what has my attention?
Clue look closely at the carpet particularly to the left of me.
I have two little prize packs to give away.
Bloggers ask me, Sweet William The Scot, since you live in the city do you ever see much wildlife.
Why yes I do.  Last year a black bear was in the hood.
This year we are seeing red foxes.
We have birds all around our home nesting.
I told Kismet I could send her the blue eggs.
The little babies born on July 3rd, 4th, 5th.
We watched them every evening as we sat on the porch and the Momma and Papa birds were only feeding the ones who had their mouth up the highest.  Sadly the little one died.
Then a week of terrible storms, we watched over them.  The Momma flipped them on their backs and both parents sat on the nest tight.  Sadly they smothered one.
But the biggest one made it to fly off.
 Lovely butterflies, but the odd thing we have noticed several with just half a wing.
A friend who lives in Ely, Nevada, Noodle Dog, sent us a picture of a butterfly just like this one and it also had a half of one wing.  Noodle Dog well her name is Nessa and she does not have a blog but e-mails us and has become a friend.  Nessa has a vestibular problem just like Lee.
Spotted twins walking down my street.
Their Mama was killed on highway but another Mama deer with just one younger baby took them on.
We have another nest of baby birds in the ivy on the other side of our home.
One speckled egg.  Turns up we have three babies again.
All the birds are nesting low.  This nest is just three feet up in the ivy on our foundation.
Guess they knew we were going to have strong storms this year.
Have you read this is the hottest year ever recorded.
Hummingbirds, we have three varieties.   One little one will land on Lee's shoulder and does he ever scold Lee when the feeders are low.  We hang several feeders in our trumpet vine next to the porch so we can watch them.  Why they come right up to my face and chatter away.  I am a dog and I have no idea what they are saying.
No I have not seen any lions YET!
Big guy don't take a tinkle splash till I get down okie dokie!
Well now I have one little thing to give away.
It is a bar of lovely peppermint goat milk soap with a molded scottie on top and a mini magnet in a different color.
So everybody who wished my Lee a happy birthday last week and everybody who guesses correctly what I am seeing in the first photo will have a chance to win.  We will pick two names in a random draw.
 Now let me tell you why Lee loves goat milk soap. 
Meet Jenny on the right and Lucy on the left.
They were loaded in the truck to show at the fair.
The picture was taken early early morning.
These were Lee's Purebred Mini-Toggenburg AAA Goats.
Jenny was a dark chocolate and Lucy light fawn.
They are called Toggs.  They were the most loving kind animals. They are at the bridge now because this picture was taken twenty seven years ago.  Lee's first Scot Wee Robbie knew these goats.
Lee use to make goat milk soap.  Goat's milk has plenty of extra vitamins and proteins that are great for the skin. Soap made with goat's milk will turn out very creamy and have a great lather.
Thanks for being a  friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of  mine
Signing Off 
Sweet William The  Scot

Monday, July 20, 2015

All Star Game In Nati City

 Cincinnati hosted the All-Star Game last week.
Yep my home town got to see the National League go down at the Great American Ball Park.
And it seemed like Lee and I, Sweet William The Scot, kept going down in getting pictures because of the bad storms, fifty mile an hour winds and ninety degree sauna heat we have had. 
But we got a few pictures taken from the comfort of our AC car.
Decorations were everywhere, from cookies to flower pots to buildings to trash from the storms. 
 We support hometown favorites with Iced All-Star Pack cookies, including our "We Believe In Pete!" cookie where each cookie sold counts as a vote of support for our very own Charlie Hustle.
Even signed boxes.
As Cincinnati cleans up and recovers from the MLB All-Star Game, the Cincinnati Parks’ potted plants that lined the entrance and parts of the streets leading to the ballpark need new homes.
So pots are now being sold. 
 Each pot is decorated with a different MLB team logo and color palette. There are 60 pots total – two for each of the 30 MLB teams.
Cincinnati was home to America's first professional baseball team in 1869 and has hosted the All-Star Game four times in the past.
Cincinnati had twenty massive mustache statues throughout Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
A reference to the styles of 1869, featuring artwork unique to the Reds and Cincinnati's history hosting the game.
Each is about two-and-a-half feet high, eight feet wide and weighs about 850 pounds.
 Another storm moving in for this shot. Can you say hazy, hot and humid.
 A Mr. Redlegs style pillbox hat and mustache were installed atop the Scripps Center, a 36-story skyscraper in downtown Cincinnati overlooking the Great American Ball Park. 
It cost about $100,000 to install and for removal from the Scripps Center they have said. 
 Now my Lee worked in the next building on the 45th floor for many years.
So she thought this was the neatest thing.
The Carew Tower was lit with an image of a vintage Red Stockings player every night for two weeks.  And getting a night picture was the darnedest thing with our crap camera. So we drove round and round so we could get a shot from our car.
 Using two 12,000-lumen projectors ~ on loan from Walt Disney World ~ that drew enough electricity to power four homes. Maybe that is why we have been having a lot of brown outs.  At Disney, they're used to light up Cinderella Castle.  Guess Cinderella's Castle has been dark of late.
The baseball player was 20 stories high.
Oh and Todd Frazier a Cincinnati Red won the Homerun Derby and now the locals are calling him the Todd Father.  We are seeing people wearing tee shirts with Todd Father on them.
Thanks for being a  friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of  mine
Signing Off 
Sweet William The  Scot

Monday, July 13, 2015

Dog Day Of Summer Event

Our Rodeo post last week did not go out to our reader's feeder.
We hope you all get this one!
The 8th Annual Dog Day of Summer Event was held at Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum.
 A unique 733-acre combination cemetery, park, outdoor museum, and arboretum that welcomes visitors and guests to experience over 44 miles of winding roads, 15 serene lakes, a 10-acre woodland preserve, and an amazing collection of architecture, sculpture, and horticulture. 
It is recognized as a US National Historic Landmark.
The Norman Chapel at Spring Grove Cemetery was constructed in 1880. It is fashioned in the Romanesque revival style and boasts several beautiful stained glass windows.
Lee has attended several services here for people who have donated their body to science.
The chapel sits by the entrance. 
 Oh the dogs are arriving and I had to meet and greet everybody.

We were setup in the nice shade with watering stations and pools. 

I liked sitting here because the television stations that were at the event kept taking my picture.
Sadly it was this pretty sheltie's owner who got badly bitten over and over which I talked about in my post two weeks ago.
Lee has searched the news stations and papers and like so many news storys they never cover the end of the story.

Come on over and see me.  I love everybody.

Fifteen serene lakes.

This section of the cemetery is dedicated to veterans.
This section is dedicated to the little ones who only had a few minutes or days on earth.

The Dexter Mausoleum is a private, family mausoleum, often mistaken for one of Spring Grove's three chapels. Dexter was a English immigrant - a "whiskey baron." His mausoleum was intended to resemble a Gothic Revival "funerary monument." Designed in 1869, it boasts the only two symmetrical buttresses in Cincinnati. It is registered as a historical landmark.
This is a unique 733-acre combination cemetery, park, outdoor museum, and arboretum.

Now Lee wants to talk about the dog fight that happened.  
The more she replays the event  in her mind and thinks about the dog we called a Husky, we think it was a hybrid dog.  We have several breeders close to Cincinnati.  We had met one at Julip Park and Sweet William had the same reaction of sniffing the wind and jumping into Lee's arms.  Our friend Janet knew a family who had a hybrid and sadly they had to put it down at age six when it became aggressive to its family just like this dog was.  This dog's fur was more wolf like and it had a smaller than normal rib cage and a slanted hind quarters.

Thanks for being a  friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of  mine
Signing Off 
Sweet William The  Scot

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Rodeo Announcer Sugar Billy At The Microphone

Helloooo Blogville
I'm your DJ Rockin Wills The Music Professor on the scene.
Usually I am down at the HOWL radio station live on the air spinning the vinyl. That is Non Serious Radio Station Howl at 469.5 on your dial.
But today I'm here at the thing they call, rodeo.  I am your announcer for this event.  Why since they roped me into this gig yesterday and being around this arena they have  given me the name Sugar Billy.    It's the roar of a Thursday crowd you hear in the background.
Madi is making sure all riders are safe.  Why she is "Down Like a Rodeo Clown"! 
Yes folks we have a Rodeo going on.
Coming into the arena first we have the Barrel Racing hosted by the Doods.
Lets see you ride a 1200 pound muscle machine at full speed turning barrels on a dime and still keeping your balance. 
Generally, you ain't learnin' nothing when your mouth's a-jawin' so stop talking and turns your eyes to this event.
Oh we are going to be seeing a lot of Cowdogs and Cowkitteneste landing flat in this next event.
I see they are hearding the bulls into the pens for the Bull Riding Event and Casey is down in the area.
I, Sugar Billy, say never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear or a fool from any direction.
Well, it's bulls and blood ~ It's dust and mud ~ I can see white in his knuckles.
It's this damned old rodeo.

Whitley has her Saloon open now for those who want to toss back a few.  Sugar Billy says if you are not drinking at Whitley's 
remember to drink up stream after this event because a herd of animals branded by Sarge is leaving Blogville.
 Up next we are going to see the kitties and pupsters
having some fun. It is the Mutton Brushing Event with Mabelene.  Wait Mabelene is yelling something.  Mabelene is saying it is Mutton Busting, well why would you want to bust a mutton?
Those riders are going to be busting their britches I say.
Well we all got pieces of crazy in us, some bigger pieces than others. Just Sayin Frankie and Ernie fit the bill because they are down with the Broncos.  Talking about bills did you know the quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back into your pocket.
If you get thrown from a horse, you have to get up and get back on, unless you landed on a cactus; then you have to roll around and scream in pain.  Yep the horses stop with a jerk-- and the jerks are falling off!
Sugar Billy sees the Chuck Wagon rolling in Ziggy and Angel Sasha are stirring the
 biggest pot of beans I have seen. 
Always take a good look at what you’re about to eat.
 It’s not so important to know what it is, but it’s critical
 to know what it was.  They always serve the best vittles.
They are yelling in my ear that Jack is down by the riders in the Trick Riding Event.  They are saying it's boots and chaps, it's cowboy hats it's spurs and latigo, it's the ropes and the reins that is going to keep these riders sane. Don’t squat with your spurs on!
 It's the squirrels and the blood
It's the steers and the mud
And they call the thing rodeo.
I see some dust coming from behind the grandstand and I have just been handed a note telling me Ruby has let go a big bag of squirrels for the Squirrel Roping Event.
Every pupster and kitteneste be careful leaving the grandstand and remember Dory is forming a line for the line dancing that is going to become a square dance and maybe we will get fancy and even do a Scottish Triangle. 
 Now don't forget over on the big stage YAM-aunty has those pupsters and kittenestas want- to- be cowpokes singing their woeful country songs and reading poetry.  I heard Bertie has a filibuster. 
  Oh and I, Sugar Billy, have one last thing to say before we close the barn door on this event ~
"Do what you want, dig what you do, 'cause that's what life is all about"
Signing Off
Sugar Billy aka
Sweet William The Scot

Next time I will show you pictures of all the dogs at the 8th Annual Dog Day of Summer.