Angel Jake at the RBC (Rainbow Broadcasting Corporation)

Angel Jake at the RBC (Rainbow Broadcasting Corporation)

Monday, May 26, 2008

Grillin' 'n Chillin' (at 90 Degrees Fahrenheit?)

First of all, a moment of silence for all the brave men and women who have given their lives in so many battles over the years. We hope everyone has a meaningful Memorial Day.


Yesterday, Mom and Dogdad decided to inaugurate our new backyard/garden with a lunch for our Grandad, who is 96 1/2. Our new furniture is in place and the planting is just about complete.Dogdad made the bench and painted the sides Mom's favorite shade of blue.Grandad served in World War II, as a physician with an Army hospital. Just Harry and I were eager to greet him -- you might say we were all over him before we even got a chance to go outside. But once outside, we kept a close eye on the table -- sure that some yummy things would come our way: knockwurst, cole slaw, corn, potato salad, baked beans. We had to keep everything covered, because -- even though we never see flies on an ordinary day -- whenever we grill, it's as though they get a separate secret invitation!!
As usual, I was at the table and JH was underneath... Does he know something I don't know? Maybe he's not such a goofball after all.
And he always finds a way to be on Mom's lap.

This is our gardener extraordinaire, chief griller, and all around pawsome Dogdad!!
And Granddad enjoying a sunny afternoon with us canines -- and humans too, I spose

We were so entranced by all the good smells coming from the grill that we almost forgot our usual mission: Escape!!!
Notice how our "stealth fence" is getting stealthier every day with those hard-working hibiscuses!

The flowers are doing their job -- helped no doubt by what Dogdad calls a "frog flusher" on Saturday afternoon: rain and high winds. Mom and Dogdad had been grocery shopping when the storm came and -- even though they got drenched on their way to the car and then into the house -- they rushed home knowing that we'd be scared of the thunder boomers. And yep, instead of our usual stoic greeting from the stairs, we poured out the door into their arms as soon as they opened it!!

This is Jatropha. The yellow vine is Mandeville -- she's doing her best to cover the arbor as quickly as possible. You can almost watch her grow, she is so speedy.

New Mussenda (seen over Granddad's shoulder above) is doing fine too.

So, it was a delicious -- if a bit warm -- day -- and we thought of all our doggie pals and their loved ones!!



Asta said...

You and Just Harry have the loveliest yawd..What a gwand day wif youw wondewful must be vewy pwoud of him and also of youw gawdening and gwilling dogmom and dogdad..all of you look gweat!!!
I wish Icould have dwopped by and joined in the feast
smoochie kisses,ASTA

Pippa said...

Wow your grandad does not look old at all. He must be so fit. Perhaps it is your love and attention, or the fine looking food, or the beautiful garden that keep him looking so well.

What a lovely post.


Molly the Airedale said...

Your grampa sure does look good for 96 1/2!
We're drooling over all the delicious holiday food and mom is drooling over your beautiful yard!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Peanut said...

96 1/2 wow your grandad is amazingly good looking for his age. Please tell him thank you for his service from our family. Did you get any of the good food?

Lorenza said...

Hi, friends!
So glad you had a great day sharing with your Grandad!
That food looks delicious!
Kisses and hugs

Patience-please said...

Oh my dogness, your yard is so magnificently beautiful!Your mom must not have needed help like our servant did. What a wonderful Grampa you guys have!
It's good on a day like today to recognize how very very fortunate we are.

wags from the whippets

Joe Stains said...

what a wonderful day, your grandpa looks like he is great fun. your mom and dad did a great job with the garden and the meal. Mom loves all the red on the table!

Kyanite said...

What a lovely garden you have so neat, with pretty flowers.
Envy you your w/e weather too.
Grandpa looks a very young 96 1/2, so good he could spend Memorial Day with you.
Wish I could have joined you all for that fun afternoon.

Love, pats & pets

Simba and Jazzi said...

What a beautiful garden you have. Looks like you all had a great weekend.

Simba x

The Zoo Crew said...

That is such a beautiful garden!! My mama says she wishes ours looked so wonderful! Hats off to your granddad for his service in WWII!!! Our great granddad served in WWII also...he was in the Bataan Death March and a POW in Japan. All the humans like ours that served are to be thanked :)


Jackson's J1 and J2 said...

Hey pals, how pawsome to spend the day with your Grandpa! J1 is SO jealous of your beautiful garden. Jx

Eric said...

Hey Pals,

You had the pawfect time on Memorial day. Your Grandad looks just amazing, I bet he had lots of interesting tails to tell you? That's a great day to remember.

The garden looks lovely and me and Mom are jealous of your cooking outside in the sunshine!

Wiry wags, Eric x