A Guest in the Parsons’s House

Something you might not know about me is how fast I can ramp up to full speed. It’s like this: Boom! Or even quicker than that! But no time for thinking now. In fact, that’s one of my core beliefs. You can take it to the bank, although maybe not our bank, where we’re having a little problem with Ms. Oxley, the manager. I tore across the back hall of the Parsons house, through the kitchen, past Iggy’s water bowl, just about full to the top, into the front hall, then – with no warning at all, caught completely by surprise! – stopping on a dime, the kind of stop where the whole rug comes loose and for a moment you’re surfing, the way Bernie and I did on our trip to San Diego – a story I’ll try to go into later – and the next thing I knew I was back at Iggy’s bowl, lapping of every single drop of his water, except what might have gotten spilled. Then came a pivot so fast I almost puked – hey! no almost about it! – and I was back in the front hall, where I caught a glimpse of the rug – Persian, was that the name? – sort of crumpled under a big plant that had somehow tipped over, scattering a surprising amount of dirt all over the – But that was all I glimpsed. You can only glimpse so much.

– from The Iggy Chronicles, Volume 1, now available from all the usual sources for $.99.


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118 Responses to “A Guest in the Parsons’s House”

  1. B. Stover
    8:41 am on August 17th, 2013

    Way to go Chet!

    Good morning all.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    8:50 am on August 17th, 2013

    Gooood morning, everyone! Almost a Chetspeak…mmm…pondering. Ya gotta love Chet and Iggy 🙂

    looks like a salubrious Saturday.

  3. Melanie
    9:15 am on August 17th, 2013

    The more glimpes of Chet, the more he reminds me of a young YSAS.

    I believe that I had block a great deal of YSAS’s youth from my mind. Of course, that blocking is what kept him from being locked in his room for years.

    HOH, what I would like is a simple Saturday.


  4. Herd of Hounds
    9:20 am on August 17th, 2013

    Melanie: Go for it…any help mom’s tired old brain can get AND you deserve one.

  5. Melanie
    9:24 am on August 17th, 2013

    I have found a clock for my weekend . .

  6. B. Stover
    9:49 am on August 17th, 2013

    Love the clock Melanie.

  7. Barb & Maggie
    10:07 am on August 17th, 2013

    Good morning all. Love the glimpse of Iggy Chronicles.

    Barb is having morning coffee and making a list for shopping. She is babysitting at 3:30 and then having dinner with Josh again, as Jessica is working. Going to have steak tacos and corn salad.

    Jess said last night that if she has #3 kiddo she will save money by having it at home in a tub full of water. Barb said she has no words. Home birthing can be a wonderful experience if done properly, but we are having trouble picturing Jessica in that situation. Maybe she was kidding!

  8. Melanie
    10:11 am on August 17th, 2013

    Our hospital offers that childbirth experience. I’m just glad that part of my life is over.

    Dear Members of the Best Dam Internet Book Club . . snicker

    I receive emails from “Anonymous Bloggers” – a group of Alaskan (usually Native) writers – and this email talked about two books that sound great.

    First one of the AB’s Aunties have this book out. . .


  9. BearSpiritDog
    10:15 am on August 17th, 2013

    Chet! Way to Start the Day!

    Rollicking Raccoons (w)Recking Tomato Plants (the strange one) in the nighttime.

    Hounds: Salubrious Saturday? Sounds Stupendous!

    Good Day to Everyone.

  10. Tupper and Gilly
    10:16 am on August 17th, 2013

    Good morning all
    Today is Pack the Truck Day. Not looking forward to it.
    But we feel very ready for the Really Long Shew. We got a new, much better booth location this year – right at the front of the first exhibit hall instead of being the last booth near the exit to the midway. There was a game booth right outside where the object is to pop a balloon using a water pistol. For the entire show, that sudden “POP!” made us jump. So glad to not have that this year.
    Now we are just steps away from a gourmet bakery and coffee stand. Hmmmm. Not sure if that is really gonna be good either.

  11. Melanie
    10:16 am on August 17th, 2013

    The second is actually the web site of the Native American poet Joy Harjo.

    The AB from the email put part one of Harjo’s poems to help describe her Auntie’s book.

    Here’s part of the poem . .

    “We have given birth on this table, and have prepared our parents for burial here.
    At this table we sing with joy, with sorrow. We pray of suffering and remorse. We give thanks.
    Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table, while we are laughing and crying, eating of the last sweet bite.”

    And here is Harjo’s website . .


  12. Barb & Maggie
    10:19 am on August 17th, 2013

    Melanie, Growing Down sounds like something we will check out at the library. Looks interesting. Story line reminds me a little of Jump Off Creek by Molly Gloss. Did anyone read that?

  13. Herd of Hounds
    10:20 am on August 17th, 2013

    Does sound intereting. As far as kids go…mom repeats. “I’d rather eat worms”. Don’t get her wrong, she loves the grands and developes great relationship once they : wipe their butts, tie their shoes and hold a semi-intelligent conversations,”. In other words, you see why she spent 28 years in middle/junior hi education.

  14. Herd of Hounds
    10:23 am on August 17th, 2013

    Does sound intereting. As far as kids go…mom repeats. “I’d rather eat worms”. Don’t get her wrong, she loves the grands and developes great relationship once they : wipe themselves, tie their shoes and hold a semi-intelligent conversations,”. In other words, you see why she spent 28 years in middle/junior hi education.

  15. Herd of Hounds
    10:30 am on August 17th, 2013

    Melanie: love the clock.

    my comments on little children are being moderated so let’s just say, I prefer older kiddos,

  16. BearSpiritDog
    10:32 am on August 17th, 2013

    Melanie: Cool Clock!
    The Alaskan novel, Growing Down, looks to be Very Interesting. We would bet our own resident Alaskan Pioneers at Snowhook could write their own Adventure Story.
    Love the Sampling of Joy Harjo’s Poem!

    Royal Mum: Wonderful to Hear you have this Excellent Location for the Really Big Shew. May your cup runneth over with Many Sales.
    btw: Loved your comment last night: Stagg you are a deer. Chortle.

    Barb&Magpie: Noting the Continuing Comments from DIL about adding to the family and thinking she is trying to prepare you?

  17. Tupper and Gilly
    10:37 am on August 17th, 2013

    Barb – your DIL…..sigh….

    BSD – thanks for the blessing wishes. We are truly hoping for a great show – especially since we have no choice but to replace our furnace.

    Melanie – by George, we think we got it. Please check your SDD.

  18. Barb & Maggie
    10:40 am on August 17th, 2013

    BSD, Good play on words about deer Stagg. I think she, like her sister, will have more than one name on this here blog.

    Thank Dog Jessica was drinking wine last night, otherwise we would be sweating bullets. If she had said, “No, just water for me” oh my, oh my.

    Now, off to the library to see if we can order that book.

  19. Masquers
    10:54 am on August 17th, 2013

    Riö: Youse don’t have a the latest Kindle and you can post to the blog? Tell me more. This could very well solve my katty konundrum.
    Now off to the market lickety split to pickup a supply of trash bags…presently filled with groceries…of course.
    B: Isn’t Saturday your market day (Farmer’s Market) also?

  20. Siber-H
    11:31 am on August 17th, 2013

    We love the e-story!

    Man, What a party last night! What a mess this morning, but not to worry because I called in a maid service using mom’s credit card.

    Royals, Best of luck at the show. We think it will be a good one.

    Good Morning All

  21. BearSpiritDog
    12:07 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Barb&Magpie: The Repetition of the Subject is what is Worrisome. We Here are in your corner.
    After all, these are supposed to be the Golden Years…not the babysitting ones. This should be Our Choice, not an obligation.

    Siber-H: Partee Clean-ups are the Worst! Good thing your mom lets you use her credit card. Snicker.

  22. B. Stover
    12:10 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Masquers: Yes, today is Farmer’s Market here. I bought some lovely tomatoes.

    BTW: You can get to the internet on any Kindle. I think that there are directions at the Kindle store a Amazon.

  23. BooBear
    12:45 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Barb, it seems like you have some form of babysitting duty every day! And they want to add another baby to the mix? Our neighbor has 2 daughters with young children. One daughter is a stay at home Mom, the other works. Neighbor babysits for the working daughter, but if she wants to go out of town for fun, stay at home daughter sits for her sister giving neighbor time off. Now stay at home daughter is making noises about going back to work and wants neighbor to babysit her kids too. Double the work and no relief. Problem is, how do you tell 2nd daughter no when you have been doing it for 1st daughter?

    Gus ate some on his own this morning. WooHoo!!! Mom syringed fed him the rest so he got a full can. He is pretty shaky on his feet still. Glad it’s the weekend and Mom can feed him small meals throughout the next 2 days.


  24. Siber-H
    1:27 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Gus, Keep up the good work!! We are pulling for you.

  25. Barb & Maggie
    1:31 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Actually Barb has not been doing much babysitting. Yesterday was just a dinner invite. Fall schedule they have requested is Wed. and Fri, from 11:15 till 4:00, Jack only. That is OK with Barb, but she has already said she will not be starting over with another infant. Barb says she would much rather pick up dog poop than change diapers.

    Checked on the Growing Down book at the library. Bad news – according to the reference gal, it is a POD book, which means Print on demand. Evidently libraries don’t usually order POD books. She said it is not that the story is not good, but rather that the printing quality is such that they usually don’t purchase them. So most likely we will need to purchase it if we want to read it.

    Barb did see a new book that looked interesting – it is the 4th and last of a series called the Abercrombie Trail series by Candace Simar. Fictional account of early Scandavian settlers in Minnesota. Sounds like something Staff might have read. Anybody read this series?

  26. Barb & Maggie
    1:38 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Boobear, Tell Gus to keep up the good work. Baby steps.

    Speaking of babies, does your neighbor get paid for babysitting, or is she doing it as a free favor? Maybe she should tell both daughters she will only be available part time. Our next door neighbor, who is a stay-at-home mom with 2 little boys is babysitting for a 12 month old. She gets $225 for 5 days, and they are going to increase her to $300 when they add a second child. She says she makes more than she would if she went back to work and had to pay for child care, plus she is raising her own kids. Win, win.

  27. Melanie
    1:48 pm on August 17th, 2013


    C. Hobbit, please check your SDD.
    Golinka, please check your SDD.

    Gus! Good to hear you ate some food on your own! Yippee!

    Now I get to help Zoë bring in the BAGS and BAGS of groceries.
    She was just going in for a few items.

  28. Melanie
    1:57 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Jasper from the Middle of the Mitten posted this on that Faceboooky thing . .

  29. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:13 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Pieces!…My friend has all her pieces and parts made for the Auction Project…wheeze!…Now she just has to put it all together in some sort of designee thing…grunt!…Right after she goes and gets us all some lunch that is…heh!heh!…I would like some hot wings with extra hot sauce…snort!

  30. Tenzing
    2:59 pm on August 17th, 2013

    It’s been a long week for my Lady. Her shortest day was a sixteeen hour work day. Last night she arrived home, gave me a tummy or two, crawled into bed and was asleep before she knew it. I allowed her to sleep in this morning until 7:30 at which time I made it understood that my belly wasn’t going to rub itself. Next week she’ll be working at the top of the world. It seems like I hardly see her these days. I hope I don’t start to forget what she smells like.

    Dima: It’s been great hanging out with you under the quilt, but why the long face?—You won the first five paws of poker. 🙂

    Gus: You stay close by, bud. We’re all pulling for you to eat and regain your strength.

    Auction items! There are so many auction items coming in fast and furious along with SDDs from Rio about Junior, his little cabin in the woods, hotwings, and burping.

  31. Barb & Maggie
    3:13 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Tenzing, Get those tummies while you can. Sounds like your lady has more travel coming up soon.

    Here are two environmental issues that we worry about (or at least Barb does, me, I live in the moment!) Fracking and bees dying off. I know fracking will reduce our dependency on foreign oil, but what are the long term effects on our lands, water supply, etc? Secondly, bees have been dying off for several years, but there is new evidency that it might be connected to both pesticides and GMO crops. They say that humans may not be able to survive if we lose all the bees. Wouldn’t it be ironic if we are killed off by the developement of GMOs? Mother Nature can be a female dog, dontcha know!

  32. Herd of Hounds
    3:44 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Hopefully humans are intelligent but…to every thing, turn tun, turn.

  33. Melanie
    4:00 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Tenzing, don’t worry, you will not forget what she smells like. Puppies remember Zoë after years.

    Time for a heating pad. Yes . .

  34. Barb & Maggie
    4:00 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Melanie, Is that a Dogue du Bordeux puppy?

  35. Tenzing
    4:03 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Melanie: Do you think she’ll forget what I smell like? It’s no secret the sniffers of two-leggeds is somehwat, er, lacking.

  36. Barb & Maggie
    4:04 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Forgot to mention, Barb bought a beautiful October Glory maple tree today. It will be delivered and planted the first part of September. It turns a glorious (thus the name) red, tinged with orange, during the “leaf season”. We were going to get an Autumn Blaze, but this one got even better reports, and we got a large tree on sale. Barb loves her sales!

    Off for fun and games!

  37. Pancho & Lefty
    4:14 pm on August 17th, 2013

    B&M: If you need our assistance marking, er, we mean making that new tree feel at home just say the word.

  38. SnowBella
    4:55 pm on August 17th, 2013

    There is a certain curly tail commander up top right now. I love it when that happens.

  39. BearSpiritDog
    5:15 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Barb&Magpie: The Repetition of the Subject is what is Worrisome. We Here are in your corner. After all, these are supposed to be the Golden Years…not the babysitting ones. This should be Our Choice, not an obligation. Good for you standing up for your rights! $225 a week? Yowsers, that’s a tidy sum, but Worth every penny. This is Not an easy job.
    The books you mentioned…The Abercrombie Travel Series…I believe Nana would find interesting, what with her Scandinavian background.
    Looking forward to the pictures of you new Maple Tree.

    Siber-H: Partee Clean-ups are the Worst! Good thing your mom lets you use her credit card. Snicker.

    BooBear: Love the report on Gus! He may be a little unsteady on his feet right now, but we’re behind him every step of the way.

  40. B. Stover
    5:20 pm on August 17th, 2013

    I bought a new Malbec called Volupte. (The name amuses me as does the description on the label. The picture on the front label has bare legs and feet crushing grapes.) The wine is lovely. I think I’ll raise a glass to the bees, long may they survive.

  41. Herd of Hounds
    5:24 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Hear, hear, here’s to our HRH B!

  42. Masquers
    5:42 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Back from the market and I am happy to report we were Not swayed by the many enticing yard sale signs along the way. Not when we should have our own garage sale. Besides…we here are saving our treatie money for the upcoming Snowhook auction.
    Lots of traffic…everyone on the Island is out enjoying the day.
    Funny story: Our local animal shelter, C.A.S.A. is having a a fund-raising event today. Mom saw the signs saying Dog Wash and interpreted it to mean car wash. It turned out to be wishful thinking. The sign meant exactly what it said…dog wash. She jokenly told the lady she gave the donation to that, well at least now it wouldn’t rain.
    Melanie: We can sympathize…Zoe went in for “a few things”…so did we. One hundred dollars later, and the resulting countless trips from the car, and we realized it had happened again.
    Our friend always says: When you leave your driveway you can plan on spending $100. How true, how true.
    B: We’ll check on Amazon later for instructions for using our Kindle to post via the internet.

  43. Belle Starr
    5:53 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Treatie money! I have been told by my Two-legged that I am not to spend any of my treatie money at the auction. This is difficult because the items are really something special! Something about it really being her money and defeating the purpose, whatever that means. My Two-legged got her hackles up a couple of months ago when she was alerted that another musher was doing a fund raising auction. This isn’t what got her riled up because there are other mushers that do auctions. No biggie. What got her upset was the fact that the rules were copied word for word from our auction. She grumbled around Auction Central headquarters for a while until she reminded herself that stealing words they might, but they don’t have the Plunderers. Snort! Let me tell youse, the items coming in for the auction go above and beyond. Thank you to all youse for making the auction possible in the first place.

    Yeep! More delivery trucks are beep, beep, beeping backing up. I better go supervise my Two-legged.

  44. Masquers
    6:11 pm on August 17th, 2013

    B: We will be joining you and HOH later for a toast to our friends the bees. They are very fond of our lavender so no shortage of them around here.
    Speaking of which, B&M, you are right, GMOs and pesticides are doing them in big time. If this is killing the bees, imagine what it is doing to us.
    Belle: I am so looking forward to this (charging up a storm on Mom’s credit card. Heh.)

  45. Charlie
    6:12 pm on August 17th, 2013

    B: Do you need company? I can make sure your easy chair doesn’t float away.

  46. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:18 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Close!…It was close but she did it!…snort!snort!…My friend finished my Auction Item project just now!now!now!…heh!…She says tomorrow she will pick little bits of glue off of it – this has to be done very, very carefully as to not pull the whole thing apart…yeep!…Then she will photograph it and get that damned photo off to Miz Melanie…whuffle!sneeze!

    Melanie!….Be prepared to be shocked and amazed at what she has created by the seat of her pants…chorkel!

  47. Masquers
    6:21 pm on August 17th, 2013

    B: We have been known to sample a different wines simply because of the interesting label.

  48. Masquers
    6:25 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Not for the first time, I wish the blog had an edit button similar to facebookie.
    Riö: Your friend always does amazing work…and she is getting better and better. The last piece we bought was exquisite.

  49. B. Stover
    6:28 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Charlie, you’re making me laugh. Yes, please come over. I’m watching Broadchurch. I know that you’d like it.

  50. Charlie
    6:30 pm on August 17th, 2013

    B: If you like it then I like it. Those are my rules.

  51. Tupper and Gilly
    6:38 pm on August 17th, 2013

    We just wanted to share a part of our dinner with you.

    Of course now that we are leaving for a week, they are ripening.

  52. Tupper and Gilly
    6:42 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Rebecca – we think we have sent you pics and scripts for 8 items. However, Yahoo email is in the middle of a hissy fit, and we aren’t sure that the emails actually have gone through. If you have a second (in your leisurely life of laying about, eating bonbons and flipping through fashion magazines) would you be good enough to count items and let us know if you have them all.

  53. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:50 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Maskers!…I’m glad you got whatever you got. To tell you the truth I cannot remember what she sent you but she said she wondered if you had gotten it…sniff! ….Since I never heard anything on this here blog and I lost my tracking number…grunt!

  54. Masquers
    6:57 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Riö: We did tell you on this here blog that your friend’s package had arrived…and pronto…in 2 days. Next time we will email you the information as well.

  55. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:02 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Maskers!….Oh! I do remember…snort!… Thanks pal. I remember being amazed at how quick it got there…heh!heh!…Glad your maw is happy with it…sniff!… This thing she pulled out of her you-know-what is pretty good too. Even her mother likes it and she doesn’t like anything…grunt!

  56. B. Stover
    7:04 pm on August 17th, 2013

    T&G: Your tomatoes look wonderful.

  57. Pancho & Lefty
    7:12 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Golinka: Our Lady says she counts eight items received from you. Take this with the knowledge that math is not her strength. She assures us she can be trusted to count to eight. She tells us that eight is greater than two—Show off.

  58. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:14 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Tomaters!…Those big red tomatoes are something in my friends dreams…heh!heh!sneeze!

    Eight!…Wow! Someone here slaved over one Item…wheeze!…I wonder if she can make more by tomorrow night?…grunt!

  59. BearSpiritDog
    7:14 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Tupper&Gilly: If youse have Too Many Tomatoes you can always send some our way. Or better yet…I’ll just blurr over and sample some of that goodness for myself.
    With the Truckloads of Items arriving for the auction this is shaping up to be a Big One. 8 items from Golinka alone.

  60. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:16 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Pancho!…How is Rebecca these days??…sniff!…I hope she is sleeping or eating. Or both at the same time…wheeze!…Sounds like she is going to go up to Moose Head Stew territory next week…gah!

  61. Herd of Hounds
    7:25 pm on August 17th, 2013

    T&G: Vine ripe maters, wow, looking gooood!

  62. Pancho & Lefty
    7:36 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Rio: Our Lady slept last night longer than she’s slept Tuesday through Thursday nights combined. She is eating now because later this week she won’t be able to eat so well. She is scheduled to have her wisdom teeth out on Thursday. She is heading further north past moose head stew territory and into muktuk territory. We’ve been trying to behave ourselves while she is so busy, but truth be told, it’s not been easy.

  63. Dima
    7:39 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Sorry that I haven’t posted, but Mom has these weird vacation rules. I am doing well. If not tip top, not far from it. I ate a lot today, and even played with Kat. Last night I went upstairs and slept in my own bed. Bliss.

  64. Melanie
    7:46 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Look it’s the OH gang!

    Okay . . Everyone who has sent me a picture should have it back.

    If you have not gotten it back, email me.

    After I sniffle here and there, wipe my eyes, I will work on the item and send it on to you.

    Peaches! They are getting ripe. Woo Hoo!

    Tenzing, your two legged will always be able to tell you. It is not a smell for us. It is a filling of a hole in our heart that we didn’t even know was there.

    Time to watch something.

  65. c.hobbit
    7:48 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Oh boy…I just sent in the last of 25 photos to Rebecca after they had been “Melanized.” Thanks Melanie! With the way things are shaping up, I am leaving it up to Rebecca as to what to put in the auction and what to hold out until the next boutique or auction. A lot of great stuff and much of it direct from Nome (good memories). I will try and resist bidding on my own stuff. heh, heh.

  66. Princess Sam
    7:55 pm on August 17th, 2013

    I googled muktuk and gak! It’s frozen whale skin and blubber. Can Rebecca get a good peanut and butter sandwich?

  67. Melanie
    7:59 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Princess Sam, when both Zoë and I are exhausted PB&J is our go-to dinner!

    Not having muktuk and gak. Though the Pack is already drooling. Ewwwwe

    Looked at the pool video stats. Over 32,000 views. Weird.

    NOW I’m going to read. Don’t like anything on TV.

  68. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:04 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Oooh Melanie!….Sorry to tell you that is just Beau…snort!…He has been watching the Newfie Video over and over and over again for some strange reason…grunt!

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:07 pm on August 17th, 2013

    MukTuk!…gah!…Here was me thinking MukTuk was a special piece of clothing or boots worn up there in the far North…gurgle!spit!

  70. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:15 pm on August 17th, 2013

    CHobbit!…TWENTY-FIVE items?…gasp!…I am not sure but we may or may not have to have a second Auction….sniff!…I know there is a limit to the amount of Items we can have without blowing up Snowhook’s blog…grunt!…I will have to confer with the Auction Central Power’s That BE…sniff!wheeze!…This is so awesome!…zow!

  71. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:18 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Auction!…Central! Please check your SDD’s and be sneaky about it…grunt!

  72. Pancho & Lefty
    8:20 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Our Lady likes muktuk quite a bit. Sprinkled with a little salt—delish! Mukluks are boots.

    Our Lady is holding off some items from Snowhook because there are so many wonderful items. She says some of those items may show up in the MMSB or future auctions, too.

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:26 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Pancho!…Great! I will not worry about it and let Rebecca handle the building of the Auction House…heh!…I hope she can find enough chairs for all the guys who will be attending this really really big event…wheeze!…I think we will need food and a super-duper band too!…heh!heh!

  74. Tupper and Gilly
    8:27 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Tell you what – those ‘maters were just wonderful. The very best ones were from that patio tomato plant that someone had given us as a joke.
    Guess the joke is on them!

    Can’t wait for the auction!

    Bella – wisdom teeth out at a ti8me like this? Poor girl. Are you really supposed to fly after you have had oral surgery?

    Melanie – a thousand thanks for all your photo retouch/resize magic. You’re the best.

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:28 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Flying!…Is never a good idea, but flying after major surgery is a really bad idea….sniff!…Rebecca, be very careful. Do not get those dry-socks they talk about….grunt!

  76. BearSpiritDog
    8:32 pm on August 17th, 2013

    C.Hobbit: How is Sadie doing? Any New Solutions looking good for future Road Trips? On the up-side, as soon your house sells the long travel days will be in the past.

    Melanie: Watching TV can be a challenge when you are exhausted. Don’t like missing parts of the show and having to watch it over.
    The Kevin Spacey series on Netflix is very good. We just started the second season of House of Cards.

    Sammie: You can’t beat Peanut Butter, Jelly and Banana Sandwiches in my opinion. It reminds us of bicycle trips and picnics in the park.

    Dima: That is a Wonderful Photo of youse O’Howlers.

    Please Stop talking about the Strange Northern Cuisine. You are Ruining My Supper. Gah.

  77. Pancho & Lefty
    8:33 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Rio: Cloak and daggar! Our Lady checked the you-know-what and responded.

    Golinka: Our Lady will have her smarty pants teeth taken out the day after she returns home.

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:42 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Pancho!…Will Rebecca be home during the Big Blow-Out Labor Day Auction of 2013?…snort!

  79. Herd of Hounds
    8:48 pm on August 17th, 2013

    T&G: Vine ripe “maters are out fave, delish!
    CHobbit: 25? Who are you, J.C. Penney?
    Dima: Looking Gooood.
    Rebecca: Be careful with your smart teeth holes. We know you don’t need those teeth.
    Melanie: Relax if you can.
    Muktak and gak sound like a borscht belt commedian team and mom is glad it is no where near her 🙁

  80. Pancho & Lefty
    8:50 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Rio: Our Lady made sure not to be on the road during the Big Blow-Out Labor Day Auction of 2013. She says her job is to make sure that those taking shifts at AC are sustained with enough hot wings and Slim Jims. She also says the Bid-O-Matic 3000 has been smoking and sputtering a bit so she wants to be close in case it requires being hit with a hammer.

  81. BearSpiritDog
    8:55 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Wisdom Teeth! One left here for some strange reason.
    Pancho&Lefty: Thank Dog the appointment is After her Northern Trip. When does she return home?
    Someone Here is delaying that inevitable appointment to have a Root Canal…another Fun Procedure.

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:56 pm on August 17th, 2013

    NOOO!…We are not still using the old Bid-O-Matic 3000, are we??? ….wheeze!….That thing is so spastic and unreliable…grunt!…Made by the same folks who brought us the Random Number Generator….gah!

  83. Princess Sam
    8:57 pm on August 17th, 2013

    I don’t think that Teddy should be having hot wings and a slim Jim’s while he’s starting to work at auction Central. He’s just too young for all that stuff. Maybe a little kibble.

  84. Pancho & Lefty
    8:58 pm on August 17th, 2013

    BSD: She gets back in Wednesday and has her teeth pulled on Thursday. She is seriously considering cancelling the appointment.

  85. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:00 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Sammie!….What you don’t know won’t hurt Ruff-Rider Teddy…heh!heh!…Stomach-Ache, I think he is up for it…snort!

  86. Herd of Hounds
    9:06 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Rio: The Bid-o-matic came from East Germany too?

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:13 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Sharon!…I’m pretty sure it came from somewhere that does not exist any more…grunt!

  88. c.hobbit
    9:32 pm on August 17th, 2013

    BSD: no word back yet from the vet about Sadie. My next road trip is Thursday.
    HOH: 25 items because there were too many neat things in Nome. Plus I am an overachiever 🙂 Some things might be better for the boutique or an auction leading into the season of gift-giving in December. At least it will be fully stocked.

  89. Tupper and Gilly
    9:39 pm on August 17th, 2013

    We are going to say goodnight to you all. Tomorrow is set up day at the Really Ling Shew, so we will be off early to get to the show grounds.

    Rose – maybe we will see you and Grizz standing in line for the fried pickles?

  90. Herd of Hounds
    9:49 pm on August 17th, 2013

    CHobbit: If you found them, they must be gooood.
    T&G: Hope your mama has success out the ying yang.
    And now we say nighty night too.

  91. SnowBella
    9:51 pm on August 17th, 2013

    We are still using the Bid-O-Matic 3000. We had to make cut backs to make up for overs spending on hotwings and Slim Jims during the last auction. Rio is correct, that its origins are from a place that no longer exists. It came to Auction Central by way of Pancho and Lefty. Over the years, I’ve learned not to question the heads of AC’s Procurement Department.

  92. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:11 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Patio!…We went on a slow walk about because of Beau being disabled right now…sniff!…Then we ended up sitting out back on the patio, sprayed down with bug spray…sneeze!….She even had some candles burning in hopes of keeping the skeeters away…grunt!… It is still hot out. Hot August Nights. Nothing like ’em…heh!…A little Shine would have been nice, but my latest shipment is very late…grunt!

  93. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:13 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Procurement!…I fill out all the right forms for Pancho and Lefty, but they never procure what I ask for…grunt!….Where the hell is my swivel chair and my new Auction Central Lap-Top. Nowhere I can see…sniff!…I’ve filled those forms out every year and nothing…grunt!

  94. c.hobbit
    10:27 pm on August 17th, 2013

    When is Beau going to be off the disabled list? My walks with Sadie are paying off and she has lost 8 pounds since the beginning of summer.

  95. Melanie
    10:32 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Riö, maybe Beau thinks he’s going to grow up to be the size of a Newf.

    Bella, wisdom teeth. Yikes. Hope they just slip out of your mouth unlike YSAS’s.
    Just remember you might have to take some days off. Or at least work from home.the giraffe pils helped him a bit, but when he started moving around and exercising? Well, that is a story for another time.

    Panco & Lefty, make sure there is a crowbar around. I have always found crowbars to be a help with cranky machinery.

    BSD, i remember reading a “Cat Who . .” Book when I was tired. When I got to the end the murderer was someoneI didn’t even remember.

    HOH, i am now going to try to rest. Hopefully, Zombie Melanie will not show up.

  96. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:34 pm on August 17th, 2013


    CHobbit!…Hard to say when he will be off the DL…grunt!…He keeps doing stuff he is not supposed to do. She had to go get him some more pain-pills…sniff!..But I do hear he only gets one half a pill after our little walks so that he can sleep and let everyone else sleep too…grumble!…He better ship-up or shape-out…sniff!

  97. Masquers
    10:56 pm on August 17th, 2013

    CHobbit: Is there a trusted friend or canine condo you can leave Sadie Bear with while you are in Anchorage? Or does she have separation anxiety too? I don’t know if the Rescue Remedy is going to work but you might try it.
    I hope your house sells soon.

  98. Pancho & Lefty
    11:01 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Procurement! We’re not so much for forms. They don’t taste as delish as we’ve been led to believe. For us, procurement is about getting stuff and having fun. Not forms. We’re purists. It’s never been about forms.

    Rio: You did receive your swirly, spinny chair and laptop some time ago. You may not remember it on account of Redbone stopping by with some of his shine. If we recall correctly—keep in mind we also sampled some shine—the swirly, spinny chair was damaged in the final heat of the Last Great Office Chair races. We can’t remember who one, but we think many of us were disqualified for eating too many Slim Jims. As for the laptop, let’s just say drool was involved.

  99. Pancho & Lefty
    11:03 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Melanie: We’ve also found a well placed curse word can come in handy.

  100. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:06 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Races!….I do have a vague memory of some pre-Auction races, and a big left-over flat-head-ache…grunt!…Maybe Teddy is a bit young for Auction Central….Naw!!!!

  101. Pancho & Lefty
    11:11 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Won not one—gah!

    Rio: Luna says she might stop by AC when Teddy is traing just to make sure things don’t get out of paw. If Teddy’s maw and paw are around, she doesn’t feel the need to drop by AC.

  102. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:14 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Training!….I have trained lots of greenies…sniff!…You are insinuating that I will mislead young Teddy…grunt!…I will train him up to be the best damned 002-Agent there ever was on this here blog…grump!

  103. Luna
    11:17 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Rio: It is nothing against your training abilities. You are the finest Commander to train any agents. I’ve seen your training manual and it speaks for itself. My concern is about Teddy racing office chairs under the influence of shine and Slim Jims at such a young age.

  104. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:21 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Legal!…I am nothing if not a legal-eagle-pug…snort!…No under-age drinking or slim jim indulging will be allowed on my watch…sniff!…Just keep Pancho and Lefty away and all will be smooth Auction Sailing…heh!heh!…No unexpected visits from Brother Red Bone, just because he is happens to be in the neighborhood, either….chuffle!

  105. BearSpiritDog
    11:24 pm on August 17th, 2013

    C.Hobbit: We are thinking the Separation Anxiety might be on your side. I happen to know that is the case here in this household.

    Little Teddy will do just fine at Auction Central. He’s not called Ruff Rider for nothing.

  106. BearSpiritDog
    11:27 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Is it too Late for a Snack? I’m Hungry as a Bear.

  107. Luna
    11:33 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Bear: It’s never too late for a snack.

    Rio: I will do my best to keep Pancho and Lefty away, but I can’t promise anything about Mr. Redbone. Maybe Miss Macy can assist on that front.

  108. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:34 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Snack!…I second the vote for a snack…snort!…What kind of snack? I would love some Cheetos right now. Do you know how long it has been since there were Cheetos in this house?…grunt!…Way too long, that’s for damned sure.

  109. Pancho & Lefty
    11:40 pm on August 17th, 2013

    What’s this? No pre-auction races this year while our Lady works on shining paddles and repairing the gavel? We could bring some Cheetos by AC if anyone was interested. Think about it.

  110. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:41 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Bed!…Is calling me…snort!….My cool August bed with all my baseball toys in all the right places…snort!…I am heading there right now…wheeze! …. Goodnight all youse Online Book Club Members…chuffle!

  111. Staff
    11:41 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Mr.Staff sent me this. Now I must go read the whole blog to catch up. The internet was not working at the quilt store today…sniff.


  112. Melanie
    11:59 pm on August 17th, 2013

    Staff, I believe Mr. Staff’s list was correct. I would add “When you find an author new to you, read all of the books on the series at one stretch and then have to wait the year for the new book” problem.

    Oh no, I feel it coming upon me . .

    Zombie Melanie . .

  113. Pancho & Lefty
    12:09 am on August 18th, 2013

    Deer Stagg: Our Lady laughed because it’s all true.

  114. Zombie Melanie
    2:03 am on August 18th, 2013

    Sooo, here it is 2 am, and I’m still awake. This makes like a vacuum cleaner. sigh.
    I have to eat more protein. I was thinking of getting grass feed, gluten free jerky. The Pack and I could fight over it.

    Then, because my brain won’t shut up, I wondered if they made dried shrimp. I like shrimp. I could eat it like popcorn. I looked it up. So far, dried shrimp seems to be the staple diet of fish and reptiles. Hmmm . . Might have to rethink that one.

    Going to try to sleep one more time . .

  115. Tenzing
    2:07 am on August 18th, 2013

    Melanie: Have I mentioned that I make a great pillow? My Lady says something about the way I breath and the thump, thump, thump of my heart is very comforting. Lay your head, dear friend and may sleep come quickly to you.

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