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Aug 25 2008

What I did this summer

Mom says that teachers sometimes make kids write about what they did over the summer when they go back to school every year. I don’t go to school anymore – I graduated from obedience school a long time ago – but since I haven’t posted much this summer, I thought I’d do a recap of what I did during the warm times.

Guarding the Yard

Guarding the Yard

First – I sat. Oh, no, wait. I wasn’t sitting. I was guarding. Yeah, that’s the ticket. I like to guard my yard and that requires constant vigilance. I stay at my post and keep watching those roads to make sure no hoardes of Hottentots invade us from the camp road or the noisy road. So far, I haven’t seen even one Hottentot so I think I’m doing a pretty good job, doncha think?

This guarding requires that I face a certain way and Mom and Dad were always trying to get me to sit with them. I tried to tell them that it just isn’t cool to sit with your parents when you’re guarding the grass but they never did get the message.

Not Poisoned

Not Poisoned

When I wasn’t guarding, I was supervising all the cooking that was going on. When it’s warm out, Daddy likes to bring lots of meat outside and cook it. I tried to tell him that I need to taste test every piece of meat for his own safety but that only worked every once in a while. He’s lucky he wasn’t poisoned by a Hottentot!

I also liked to explore my field. It’s always a favorite thing for me to do, even when it’s cold outside. There’s always lots of things going on out there, but that’s especially true in the summer. There are field mice, rabbits and lots of bugs. Most of the bugs I don’t like, but there are a few that are pretty nifty. The bees are okay – if I leave them alone they leave me alone – and the butterflies are fun to watch fly around. They seem a little silly though – I watched one fly up and then down and then in a circle and then do it all over again. It never did get anywhere.

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Dragonflies are the best, though. They eat all the nasty bugs that I hate and they have those nifty double wings. Mom kept chasing them around with her camera and got a few good shots. This is her best. She never did catch that black and white one on camera. Maybe next year.

There were a lot of pretty flowers in the field this year, too. Gray ones, gray ones, white ones, oh and some more gray ones, like these.

Pink Flowers

Pink Flowers

But, it’s coming to an end. I can feel Fall coming. I like the Fall – especially if it doesn’t rain. It’s lots of fun to run around outside in the cool air and the sunshine and watch the trees lose their hair. A couple of weeks ago Mom saw the first bit of what she calls ‘red’ in the big tree in the backyard and that always means the cool times are almost here.

Fall's on it's way

Fall's on it's way

There’s lots more red now (we don’t have pictures yet) and tomorrow Mom says it’s only gonna get to 68 degrees! It’ll be sunny too so it’s going to be a perfect day for me – as long as I guilt Daddy into giving me lots of outdoor time. That’s usually pretty easy. I mean, look at this mug. Who can say no to this?

Tell me no...I dare you

Tell me no...I dare you

1 comment

  1. Kathryn and Ari

    We can’t say ‘no’ to that face, and we know better than to even try!

    What a great summer you had, China. And, as an English teacher who grades a LOT of compositions, I can say without hesitation that yours gets an A+. Ari agrees: she was particularly impressed with your guarding technique, which she she says is first rate (she should know–she spends as much time in that position as I do grading essays!).

    Maybe someday we’ll catch you at Lake St. George. Do you like John’s Ice Cream, too?

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