Susan C. Willett

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It’s Not All Butterflies and Rainbows

It’s Not All Butterflies and Rainbows

A few weeks back, my post featured butterflies, those soaring flowers of the sky. Gorgeous creatures, all. But I have many other visitors to my yard and garden, who might not have the glitz and glory of those pretty insects. Below are some other garden guests, including some butterflies who were late arrivals this summer, […]

By September 28, 2011 Read More →
Twinkle: the Devilish Dog of My Childhood

Twinkle: the Devilish Dog of My Childhood

Twinkle The first dog I shared my life with was a beagle poodle mix, back before there were such things as designer mutts. Her fur was mostly black, with single white hairs stippled throughout. Kind of a salt-and-pepper look, though mostly pepper. She had a beagle-shaped body, with wavy not-quite curly poodle fur, and a […]

By September 20, 2011 Read More →
After Irene

After Irene

Hurricane Irene rained and raged and stormed and blew. By the next morning, the rain had let up a bit and by early afternoon, all that was left was the wind.

By September 13, 2011 Read More →
Battening Down the Hatches, Hunkering Down and Dodging Bullets

Battening Down the Hatches, Hunkering Down and Dodging Bullets

After living through Hurricane Irene, I swear I will never again use the terms “Batten Down the Hatches,” “Hunker Down” or “Dodging Bullets.”

By September 2, 2011 Read More →
Nightlife on the Ridge

Nightlife on the Ridge

Moths, mice and flying squirrels visit on a summer’s night.

By August 24, 2011 Read More →
It’s Not A Pack; it’s a Family

It’s Not A Pack; it’s a Family

The human-dog bond is universal. This is my dad, about 80 years ago, with his best friend Ruby, an Airedale. Tucker sleeps all night in a crate at the foot of our bed. When I open the crate door in the morning, it would seem obvious that he would come charging out, ready to face […]

By August 16, 2011 Read More →
Great Spangled Fritillary!

Great Spangled Fritillary!

One of the great pleasures of having a garden is the many visitors it attracts–and I’m talking about the non-mammalian kind. Along with flowers come pollinators, including butterflies, moths and bees. When I take my camera into the garden, I find I am more likely to slow down and look closely at the petals, stems […]

By August 5, 2011 Read More →
Found and Lost

Found and Lost

All of my dogs are good Finders.For example, every one of them can find a microscopic speck of food on the floor. Jasper, in particular, excels at this. He could be running at full speed through the kitchen and pull up short as his big nose catches the scent of Something Good. In my mind, […]

By July 29, 2011 Read More →
Places Everyone Part II

Places Everyone Part II

In my previous post, I began by introducing Pasha lying awkwardly at the bottom of our basement stairs. Like Pasha, our Lilah also likes to sleep at the bottom of the stairs, though in her case, we’re talking about our carpeted center staircase in our current home, with her head resting ever so gently on […]

By June 16, 2011 Read More →
Places, Everyone, Part I

Places, Everyone, Part I

Years ago, when I lived in my previous house, my Keeshond mix Pasha liked to lie at the bottom of the basement stairs, sprawling in the tiny four foot by four foot space. With his legs sticking out and his head tilted back, he did a pretty fair impression of a dog with a broken […]