A Thing Of Beauty

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141 Responses to “A Thing Of Beauty”

  1. Rose
    8:32 am on June 30th, 2011

    Good Morning All!

    I couldn’t agree more! It will be an honor to wear it!

    Wishing everyone a wonderful day…It is sunny with beautiful blues skies here in Westchester!

  2. Barb & Maggie
    8:34 am on June 30th, 2011

    Wow! I think Barb is going to get a new jacket just for the patch. What an honor to wear it!

    Good morning, Rose and everyone.

  3. dawson
    8:42 am on June 30th, 2011

    Good morning early-birds.

    The patch is a thing of beauty and I have many jackets that want a patch – one of which I will be wearing this morning…the raincoat.

    G’night LizF: Mango cheesecake…yummers. Sneak that in the cookbook.

  4. Melanie
    9:04 am on June 30th, 2011

    I do have to say that I’m very glad that it turned out so fantastically. We did this as a group. We are amazing.

    That said, the mango cheesecake!!! Please the recipe Liz!

    Also Macy, I went to the site for the lighted collars and fell in love with their video! Beautifully done.

    The next part needs it’s own comment . . .

  5. BearSpiritDog
    9:12 am on June 30th, 2011

    I am AWESTRUCK!!!

  6. Melanie
    9:19 am on June 30th, 2011

    Happy Birthday Wöökie!

  7. Sam
    9:30 am on June 30th, 2011

    Happy Birthday to the Wookster!

  8. Rose
    9:32 am on June 30th, 2011

    Melanie: What a great cake!

    Wookie: Wishing you the happiest of birthdays!! XOXO

  9. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:33 am on June 30th, 2011

    Wow!…. I don’t know what is more amazing, the Patch or the Wookie Cake!….WOOOOOO!…I still have a photo of the cake Melanie made for me!…WOW! Wookie’s cake is amazing!

    Happy Birthday Wookie!…snort!snort!

  10. BearSpiritDog
    9:35 am on June 30th, 2011

    Dear Wookie:

    Happy Birthday to Our Dear Fellow Plunderer!
    Have a Day as Wonderful as You Are!


  11. Melanie
    9:42 am on June 30th, 2011

    Wöökie, Please understand that I TRIED to get the Pack to pick a different present for you. It did not work.

    So it’s sort of melted by being in Franklin’s someone’s mouth but the Pack thought if they put it on a plate, you would love it.

    Love the Pack!

  12. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:43 am on June 30th, 2011

    Golly — I am kind of barkless at all this. Thanks everybody for the birthday wishes. And what a yummy cake to boot. Having the final version of the patch — a true thing of beauty — to commemorate my birthday; it just can’t get any better than that. I am a very lucky guy to have so many special friends here at Chet’s blog. It’s been a tough few months, but with all of your support and with my chemo now behind me, I am looking forward to enjoying every day ahead the best that I can. And with friends like you, I know just how special that will be. Wookie the humble but very lucky

  13. Masquers
    9:47 am on June 30th, 2011

    Wookie on your 10th Birthday:

    Best B-Cake to be had
    Made by Melanie just for you
    So you can have your cake
    And eat it too!

  14. bluecat
    9:54 am on June 30th, 2011

    Wookie – best wishes from a Kat on your special day – may you have many, many more.

    head butts and XOXOXO

  15. dawson
    10:02 am on June 30th, 2011

    Happy Birthday Wookie: And many, many more.

    Melanie: The cake is wonderful, the present…hmmmm, the patch, priceless

  16. Masquers
    10:03 am on June 30th, 2011

    Rose & Macy:

    Mom was watching a movie last night called Cape of Good Hope and thinks she saw the Pug and Mr.Redbone in it. Could they be moonlighting? I know they’re partial to the shine…..

  17. Masquers
    10:11 am on June 30th, 2011

    Wookie: Oh yes, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY too!

    Melanie: Nice presentation for the “present” from the pack! snicker

  18. Melanie
    10:11 am on June 30th, 2011

    I am NOT to be blamed for the present!

    It is also OTAS’s birthday!

    Such a big week!

    Oh and Riö, I think you guys have done a grand job on the rules of the auction. Just add the one where the Plunderers always win.

  19. BearSpiritDog
    10:16 am on June 30th, 2011

    Melanie: Happy Birthday to OTAS too! My, you have many cakes to bake today. By the way, what is Wookie’s cake made of?

  20. BearSpiritDog
    10:21 am on June 30th, 2011

    Melanie: And hey! Isn’t this the day Dan is leaving on his vacation? Have a terrific time Dan!

  21. Barb & Maggie
    10:22 am on June 30th, 2011

    Happy Birthday to both of you wonderful guys. Melanie, great cake and also hoping you get to see your boys on this long holiday weekend. Happy vacation to Dan!

    Rose, I didn’t mean to copy your earlier post. Should have read better.

  22. Melanie
    10:26 am on June 30th, 2011

    Wöökie’s cake is a bacon chicken layer cake. It has two layers. In between the layers is smooth organic peanut butter and the top is vanilla yogurt with the details in peanut butter and bacon bits!

  23. Melanie
    10:27 am on June 30th, 2011

    Dan and my sister have left the building! They have been gone for 2 hours. They are probably getting near where Rt. 2 goes to 495!

    Awesome . . .

  24. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:33 am on June 30th, 2011
  25. Rose
    10:44 am on June 30th, 2011

    B&M: No worries about the post. All that means is great minds think alike! 🙂

  26. Rose
    10:48 am on June 30th, 2011

    Masquers: I was not familiar with the film, so naturally, I had to look it up on IMDB. I would say that if there was any shine involved, could be Mr. Redbone and Rio had cameo appearances.

  27. Melanie
    10:56 am on June 30th, 2011

    Riö, what a wonderful card. (I thought I was going to have to bring in the fire extinguishers, but it got handled. whew)

    MagPie, could you ask Barb to send me the potato salad recipe by SDD? Methinks we are going to have that on the 4th!

  28. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:08 am on June 30th, 2011

    Salad!…My friend just emailed me and said that she wants the Potato Salad recipe as well….grunt!… Why don’t you just post it out here for everyone, or as a gift to Wookie…heh!heh!…I think he likes Potato Salad with a nice glass of white wine…snuffle!

  29. Siber-H
    11:10 am on June 30th, 2011

    Happy Birthday Wookie!!! May you have many, many more. You are a special guy.
    That is a great cake, Melanie.
    Franklin was just trying to help.

    Happy Birthday to OTAS!!

    Woo Woo The Patch on the front page of the blog! You guys did such a fantastic job on it.

  30. dawson
    11:17 am on June 30th, 2011

    Happy Birthday OTAS and enjoy your vacation Melanie. What a day this is starting out to be.
    The sun is shining now.

  31. BearSpiritDog
    11:21 am on June 30th, 2011

    Barb: We are also planning to have your wonderful potato salad on the 4th. Good idea, Rio, to post it on the blog. More talk of food…now I am hungry again. Did you notice? we all seem to be “putting on the pounds” these days.

  32. Melanie
    11:26 am on June 30th, 2011

    Hopefully, BSD, they are virtual pounds!

    Riö, I asked http://www.winedin.com/pair_food_wine.php what kind of wine goes with potato salad.

    The closest potato salad they had was German, and they suggested a Merlot.

    Not being a wine partaker, I do not know if this is a good choice!

  33. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:26 am on June 30th, 2011

    Pounds!…Not me Bear…sniff!… I am slim and trim as ever ….snort!

  34. Siber-H
    11:33 am on June 30th, 2011

    I am so happy for Dan that he is getting to go on this vacation.
    Melanie, I like your rule that only plunderers win.
    Rio, You did an excellent job on the rules. If I can understand them, it is a good job.
    Barb, Mom is thinking the same thing about a new jacket and the patch.
    Rio, Love Wookie’s card!
    I want a glow doggie necklace in blue.

  35. BearSpiritDog
    11:35 am on June 30th, 2011

    Melanie: Merlot is said to be a good compliment to most dishes and especially for those who prefer red wine to white. (where is B when we need her…)

  36. Melanie
    11:46 am on June 30th, 2011

    B. Stover has relatives over. She had to get up for an early breakfast so she might be taking a nap!

  37. Tyb
    11:49 am on June 30th, 2011

    Hope your birthday is the first great day of a wonderful year. All the best.

  38. Masquers
    11:54 am on June 30th, 2011

    Rose: We thought it was a really good movie. Many of the characters having accents similar to those in The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, which we loved. And, there really wasn’t any shine, per say, in the movie (just lots of dogs) except for the “shine” in moon(lighting) heh,heh

  39. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:58 am on June 30th, 2011

    Mr. Tibbs!….Are you all caught up on the Auction stuff?…snort!…It’s going to start this Saturday afternoon, you know. I hope you have saved up some big bucks to bid with…wooooo!

  40. Barb & Maggie
    11:59 am on June 30th, 2011

    Great card, Rio.

    Barb will post the potato salad recipe in a bit. Glad you guys are going to make it. It is the best one Barb has made, and it seems to be better the 2nd or 3rd day than it is the first.

  41. Tupper and Gilly
    12:02 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Wookie – HAPPY BARKDAY!!!

    OTAS – Happy Birthday from your Spiritual Mom and Company

    Melanie – Happy Day! Breathe!

    Mama is doing her twirling, dancing thing. Not only did she have her ice cream and ate it too, but she lost 2 pounds anyway. And the sun is out and the sky is blue. And she doesn’t have to go back to Crazy Lady Land til Tuesday! And tonight, she gets to go play with clay with her new teacher! Life is Grand!
    Twirling and spinning.

  42. BearSpiritDog
    12:08 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Dog! Staff wasn’t kidding last night. Dawson, you ARE the smart one! Every time Nana sees that patch she could weep for being so cheap. Patch futures anyone? Bernie? As Chet says, you are the smartest guy in the room. Hey! you could bet on a sure thing for a change!

  43. B.Stover
    12:18 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Everyone seems to be tip-top today…excellent! The patch is breath-takingly beautiful.

    Happy birthday Wookie and OTAS.

    Merlot is an excellent wine. With Barb’s potato salad I’d recommend a liebfraumilch (German white, semi-sweet).

    My brother and sister-in-law just left to stay with her father. We’re going to the Italian Club for dinner tonight–her family is Italian.

    Now I have to get back to the cookbook. (Sorry it’s taking so long.)

  44. Mollypop
    12:30 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Wookie and OTAS – Happy Birthday!

  45. Barb & Maggie
    12:42 pm on June 30th, 2011

    OK here is the recipe. You can adjust the brine and salt to your own taste. More brine makes it more salty.


    2 1/2 lbs. red or gold potatoes, unpeeled

    1 med. onion, chopped

    6 hard boiled eggs, peeled and chopped (save 1 or 2 for the topping)

    1 cup chopped dill pickles

    1 cup light Mayo (I use the one made with olive oil)

    1-2 tablespoons brine from dilll pickles

    3/4-1 tsp salt to taste

    1/4 tsp black pepper

    2 tablesspoons chopped fresh dill

    Place potatoes in a large pot of lightly salted water. Boil 20 min. or till fork tender. Drain and cool. Cut potatoes into salad-size cubes, place in large bowl. Add eggs, onion and chopped pickles. Toss gently.

    In a small bowl, whisk mayo, brine, salt, peppper and dill. Spoon mixture into potato mixture and toss gently.

    Top with hard boiled egg slices. Cover, chill 4 hours or overnight. Serves 8-12.

  46. BearSpiritDog
    12:49 pm on June 30th, 2011

    B: Oh, oh…Nana has always pronounced it liebfrauminer or liebfraumicher. No one ever corrected her, so she just kept on ordering it that way. lol But, however you say it, it is a very good wine!

  47. BearSpiritDog
    12:51 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Say…is it lunchtime yet?

  48. Rose
    1:07 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Masquers: I can be sooo dense sometimes!

    OTAS: Many happy returns of the day!

  49. Wölfie
    1:54 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Happy Birthday Wookie!

    And many, many more!!!

    And you too, OTAS!

  50. Masquers
    2:04 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Rose: I believe you are right in your theory of how the boys came to make their cameo appearances in the movie. Could be they thought there was a certain bonus involved.

  51. Melanie
    2:08 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Thanks Barb&MagPie,
    I have printed out the recipe.

    We now have an automatic pool cleaner. We are working on the pool while Dan is gone.

    Did you know if your water is soft nothing works to balance it?

    Also the pool people have yet to send the cover. Dang blasted Snigglefritzers!

  52. Melanie
    2:25 pm on June 30th, 2011

    A friend of mine in Tucson wrote:
    WunderMap shows rain clouds moving S->N over the Horseshoe 2 area.
    Monsoon weather pattern direction.
    Wunderground say 10% chance of rain at our house (okay, zip code) for the next two days with 30% tomorrow night.
    Oh, pleeze, oh, pleeze, oh, pleeze!

  53. B.Stover
    2:38 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Did we miss Wolfie’s mom’s birthday?

  54. OleyHowlers
    2:39 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Happy Birthday to Wookie! Hope this is your best year EVER.

    And also Happy Birthday to OTAS.

    Barb, thanks for the potato salad recipe. We are going to try this.

  55. Buddy
    2:40 pm on June 30th, 2011

    And Good Luck to whomever takes the place of the 2 Buddy’s for July!

  56. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:49 pm on June 30th, 2011

    OMG!…Saturday I could be the new Friend of the Month guy!!…Yeep!Yeep!….With all the excitement over the Patch and the Silent Auction, I completely forgot about the Contest Lucky Dawg Drawing….heh!

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:03 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Friend!…. If it turns out that Wookie wins, I won’t be too upset. …snort!…But if Wookie and I both win it would be even better…heh!heh!

  58. Siber-H
    3:06 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Melanie, We are starting to have some cloud buildup in the afternoon, our humidity has risen a little, and the state is getting some “dry” thunderstorms. This could mean the monsoon is on the horizon. This is the good news.
    The bad news: Wildfires are now being started by lightening from the dry thunderstorms instead of just human caused.
    Yesterday they said that in the past 24 hours 24 new fires started. Most of those fires were put out quickly, but a few are causing problems in different parts of the state.

    Los Alamos and the Lab appear to be out of danger now. They worked really hard to protect the city and the Lab. The Los Alamos fire is still very active even though the city is safe. The Forest Service officials are saying that they have never seen fire behavior like this before. It has become the biggest fire in the history of the state. The fire is burning up a mountain now that is sacred to Santa Clara Pueblo and where they have religious ceremonies.

    We probably won’t be hearing as much about this fire on the national media because the nukes at the Lab are out of harms way.
    So they say.

  59. Melanie
    3:30 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Siber-H, After raising two guys, one with ADD and the other with ADHD, I can tell you that without a doubt that ALL media has Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder.

  60. Barb & Maggie
    3:37 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Siber, At least you have some good news. Glad to hear about the nukes, but so sad about Santa Clara Pueblo.

    Have you read all the Hillerman books? We usually check them out from the library, but we have a couple that we bought at a book fair. We can send to you if you want. These are a couple of his last ones.

  61. BearSpiritDog
    3:39 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Okay. This is quite upsetting. Our last post is gone, gone, gone. And, we hesitate to post again as it may show up eventually, as they sometimes do. Dawson & Siber-H: It may not be your mice to blame after all.

    Siber-H: I cannot repeat it too many times – May rain come your way very, very soon! A monsoon in June would be very welcome.

    B: When is it?

  62. B.Stover
    3:47 pm on June 30th, 2011

    I think Wolfie’s mom’s birthday is around the time as Spence’s and Wookie’s.

  63. Masquers
    3:50 pm on June 30th, 2011


    We are all so proud, my friend
    a reigning champion to the end
    You are quite the gallant kat
    passing on the crown like that


  64. BearSpiritDog
    3:54 pm on June 30th, 2011

    B!(whispering) I think it’s tomorrow!

  65. Siber-H
    3:55 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Barb, I have read all of Hillerman books, but thank you very much for your offer to send them. I still miss Hillerman. So many authors have tried to copy him, and it is just not the same.

    Bear, I’m betting that your post doesn’t show up. Mine never did yesterday.

  66. BearSpiritDog
    4:01 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Barb&Magpie: We are interesting in reading the Hillerman books. Do they have to be read in order?

  67. BearSpiritDog
    4:06 pm on June 30th, 2011

    er…interested that is.

  68. Barb & Maggie
    4:06 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Bear, Ask Siber his opinion, but I like to read them that way. At least all the Leaphorn-Chee series. He wrote those in mid 90s to 2006, right Siber? The mysteries are each separate, but he refers back to thing in prior stories, plus the romantic personal relationships are in sequence.

  69. Melanie
    4:08 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Just looked it up, B. Stover is correct. It’s tomorrow!

  70. Siber-H
    4:31 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Bear, I agree with Barb that they should be read in order. The main characters have changes in their lives that affect the stories. I think the changes and relationsips are very realistic.
    umm Barb. I don’t remember when exactly he wrote the Leaphorn-Chee series.

  71. B.Stover
    4:31 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Thanks Melanie and Bear.

  72. B.Stover
    4:40 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Congratulations Tiny Tina….FB Friend of the Month.

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:42 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Supper!…. Oh boy, oh boy…sniff!… My friend is not going to be happy when she finally gets home tonight..heh!…First she has to take her car into the Garage to be looked at. It has been making a lot of noise lately…grunt! … When she gets done with that she is in for a real treat!…snort!…. Her mother’s neighbor, who is a notoriously Bad Cook, has offered to bring supper over tonight…heh!heh!….Oh my. This is going to be fun because the neighbor is going to stay and eat too. So my friend won’t be able to make something else instead. She will have to eat the bad icky food and pretend to like it….chorkel! choke!

  74. staff
    4:48 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Gosh, So much to catch up on.
    Happy Birthday Wookie and OTAS. Great looking cake there, Wookster…
    Happy vacation to Dan
    Happy Birthday tomorrow to Wolfie’s Mom
    Happy Birthday on Saturday to my Mr.Staff
    Thanks to Buddy the kat for a wonderful month!
    Good luck for rain down south. And enough to make a difference.
    Thanks Barb for the potato salad recipe. (Dill pickle brine used to be my secret ingredient in potato salad and chili.)
    Dawson has always been very smart.

    And welcome to the two new monthly friends of Chet whoever you are. (but we hope it is a kat) ;-D

  75. Melanie
    5:02 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Riö, how do you like the neighbor’s cooking?

    Staff, Wow, what a Birthday Week!

  76. B.Stover
    5:07 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Off for Italian dinner….

  77. Tyb
    5:27 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Yes, Rio, we’re ready for the auction. Maybe rather than buy something we’ll just have to send a donation. My dad says he’s at the age where he should be getting rid of things rather than accumulating them. He’ll probably weaken and end up with something though. When are we going to learn when and how we log in for the auction? Does anyone know yet?

  78. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    5:31 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Bear — SiberH is right in that there is some degree of continuity to the stories and character evolution, so if you can read them in order, it is better, although not necessarily essential. The first three books that Hillerman wrote were with Joe Leaphorn and the second three were with Jim Chee (he somehow gave up the rights to use Leaphorn as a character in connection with a deal either for movie for television rights, so he had to create a new character which became Jim Chee). He brought the two together for the first time in Skinwalkers (having gotten the rights to use Leaphorn back), and both characters were in all subsequent books. Sequencing is less important in the first six books, but certainly from Skinwalkers on, it it of somewhat greater importance. Hillerman also wrote a couple of stand-alone novels as well that are also good — The Fly on the Wall and Finding Moon, and a couple of children’s books as well, as well as an autobiography. The list of the Leaphorn/Chee series is below in sequence.

    Blessing Way (1970) ISBN 0-06-011896-2
    Dance Hall of the Dead (1973) ISBN 0-06-011898-9
    Listening Woman (1978) ISBN 0-06-011901-2
    People Of Darkness (1980) ISBN 0-06-011907-1
    The Dark Wind (1982) ISBN 0-06-014936-1
    The Ghostway (1984) ISBN 0-06-015396-2
    Skinwalkers (1986) ISBN 0-06-015695-3
    A Thief of Time (1988) ISBN 0-06-015938-3
    Talking God (1989) ISBN 0-06-016118-3
    Coyote Waits (1990) ISBN 0-06-016370-4
    Sacred Clowns (1993) ISBN 0-06-016767-X
    The Fallen Man (1996) ISBN 0-06-017773-X
    The First Eagle (1998) ISBN 0-06-017581-8
    Hunting Badger (1999) ISBN 0-06-019289-5
    The Wailing Wind (2002) ISBN 0-06-019444-8
    The Sinister Pig (2003) ISBN 0-06-019443-X
    Skeleton Man (2004) ISBN 0-06-056344-3
    The Shape Shifter (2006) ISBN 978-0-06-056345-5


  79. Snowhook Bella
    5:42 pm on June 30th, 2011


  80. Barb & Maggie
    5:46 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Wow, Wookie (or his Dad) thanks for that list. I think Barb started with Coyote Waits, and then read in sequence after that. We are now on Skeleton Man. The last 2 are the ones we bought, plus Coyote Waits. If you decide you like them, remind us again and we can mail them to you. Mailing can be expensive, but we found a book rate which is cheaper (and you have to ask the post office for it). Does everyone know about that special rate?

  81. Melanie
    5:49 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Wow, I didn’t realize that I had read all of those!

    Have a good dinner B!

    Good luck with dinner Rio!

  82. Siber-H
    5:53 pm on June 30th, 2011

    TYB, Rio told me yesterday that Rebecca will let us know when it is time to look at the items. She is doing the all the work on it.

    Wookie, I didn’t know that about Hillerman losing the rights to Leaphorn for awhile His first book was published in 1970. Wow

  83. BearSpiritDog
    5:59 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Wookie: WOW! THANKS! Looks like I have some reading to do.

  84. BearSpiritDog
    6:04 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Barb&Magpie: The Media rate is good to know about when sending books, DVDs, CDs and the like. I always recommend it. The Post Office usually doesn’t go out of their way to tell you about it.

  85. Redbone Hound
    6:51 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Those Hillerman books were great (well maybe Sinister Pig was a little lame). But after finishing those -R I P ,T H – I found James D Doss and the Charlie Moon series. I get a kick out of his grandmother Daisy. I know some mean ole ladies like that. And I always thought that Charlie and Jim Chee would get along real fine

  86. Buddy the Plunderer
    7:03 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Masquers, thanks for the great poem.

    Did they already replace me as Friend of the Month? Its still June for Cats sake.

  87. Masquers
    7:16 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Yeah, Buddy, what’s up with that? Chet’s a little too quick on draw I’d say.

  88. Masquers
    7:17 pm on June 30th, 2011

    “on the draw”…jeez

  89. Buddy the Plunderer
    7:22 pm on June 30th, 2011

    I think Chet was ashamed to have a cat as his Best Friend.

  90. Snowhook Bella
    7:23 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Apparently, my phone’s existence on life support (it died at the beginning of my travels) means that it doesn’t believe in inserting spaces when I post on Chet’s. Wookie: my birthday wishes to you are just as sincere with and without appropriate spacing.

    Tyb: Please check your secret decoder device.

    Princess Sam: I was sorry to have missed the party on Tuesday night as was Whitey-Lance. W.L. was hoping to see you again. He asked all sorts of question: would you remember him, would it be too forward to ask you to dance, and did I think you like the adventurous type? Alas, he had to work and wasn’t able to attend, yet you were no doubt on his mind.

  91. Masquers
    7:45 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Buddy: Well! That’s just not acceptable is all I have to say about that!

  92. Barb & Maggie
    7:46 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Bear, Re the Media rate–we were going to send a small book and it was going to be around 5.00. Media rate was closer to $2.40. They said “Are you sure this is just a book?”

    Mr Rebone, We liked Sinister Pig, but it was slightly different from most of the others. Is that why you didn’t like it?

  93. BearSpiritDog
    7:53 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Barb&Magpie: I know. They act like you’re trying to put something over on them by asking for the cheaper rate.

  94. OleyHowlers
    7:57 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Buddy, get over yourself. Its a matter of hours until July. We will give you a special snuggle tonite. How’s that?

  95. Barb & Maggie
    7:58 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Bear, I think Coyote Waits was 1990, and his last book was 2006. He passed away in 2008, at 83 I believe. I read that he and his wife had 1 biological child, then adopted 5 more. Wookster, I bet you knew that little bit of trivia!

  96. Liz
    8:01 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Happy birthday Wookie!!

    Brine? do you get that in a bottle??

    I”ll sneak the mango cheesecake in the book! (B, i’ll send it to you over the weekend). Or would you rather I post it here? (both?)

  97. Melanie
    8:03 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Ahhh, a day without too much worry. That was nice. It also showed Zoë and I just how exhausted we are . . .

    Tomorrow is another pool day. We are getting there.

    B.Stover, I hope your family dinner was great.
    Wookie! Happy Birthday again.

    OTAS and F are going to a local team baseball game. He’s having a good birthday.
    YSAS is going there tomorrow to spend the weekend. They will be grilling every night!

    Dan is having a blast.


  98. Siber-H
    8:03 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Awww, Buddy, jeez, I’m sure Chet was proud to have you as a best friend for the month.

  99. dawson
    8:12 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Hey! I just saw SQPA, Wookie and Rio eating some chicken wings. Three very handsome chunks hunks. Maybe we should get some group photos of the Plunderers done up and saturate Chet’s friends with them. Then when that phot is chosen for the friend of the month we all get a paw-printed copy of the book.

  100. dawson
    8:15 pm on June 30th, 2011

    I mean “photo”.

  101. Liz
    8:30 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Dawson, that’s a brilliant idea!

  102. B.Stover
    8:33 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Liz: Regarding the mango cheesecake–send the recipe in whatever way is easiest for you.

    Melanie: Thanks. The dinner was great….and I’m extremely full. Italians always have fun especially when eating, listening to music and dancing. (I left early…twirling off the dance floor.)

  103. Sam
    8:37 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Whitey-Lance, I was looking for you all evening. I wanted some cuddles. Now at least I know why you weren’t there, so I can hope for next time.

  104. BearSpiritDog
    8:41 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Liz: post it on the blog! mango cheesecake – post it on the blog!

  105. BearSpiritDog
    8:43 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Hi Liz!

  106. Gus and BooBear
    8:48 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Happy B-Day to all the birthday guys today and especially, to Wookie. We are so glad you have triumphed over a really tough year. We hope the next year is full of walks and tummies!!

    Can’t wait for the auction!! We want some Whitey-Lance stuff!! SiberH, we may have to come to some kind of understanding.

  107. Liz
    8:59 pm on June 30th, 2011

    HI Bear!! Okay, will post it here – tomorrow, or late tonight.

  108. dawson
    9:07 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Buddy the Plunderer: Unceremoniously booted off early. Yet, we still have Buddy-Boy. That seems a bit fishy.
    Hey Gus and BooBear: I keep seeing you two at the top of the blog. Yesterday I saw you three times…I had the feeling you were the next friend of the Month.
    But today, when I saw Wookie, Rio and SQPA all together with the plate of chicken wings…
    Oh…I just saw Alice Johnson up there. Go Alice!

  109. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:07 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Sinister!….At first I thought you guys were talking about me, the Sinister Pug…heh!snort!

    Iditarod!… Auction stuff, somehow I think SiberH is going to Yark away with all that stuff…heh!…So bid High and make him really pay for it…snort!

    Supper!… My friend says she has a stomach ache now…grunt!…She is seriously in a very bad mood over her car and the food was just the straw that broke her down totally….snort!… $2000.00 worth of repairs are needed for our old Subaru…sniffle!… Most of it will come out of my treat budget I bet…sob!sob!sob!

  110. staff
    9:11 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Oh poor Rio! Two steps forward and one step back is what Maggie (Mom) used to say in the rehab place.
    What kind of food did the neighbor bring?

  111. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:18 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Melanie. My mouth was so stuffed with birthday cake and tummies that I forgot to wish my fellow birthday mate happy birthday, so please extend my best birthday wishes to OTAS from me. Wookie

  112. B.Stover
    9:39 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Good night all.

  113. Barb & Maggie
    9:40 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Signing off, everyone have a good evening and Sweet Dreams. Be back early in the morning.

  114. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:46 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Staff!…. You’ll enjoy this…heh!… The neighbor brought over a bowl of Chicken Pasta Salad that had been sitting out all afternoon at another Potluck…heh!…If my friend lives through the night it will be a miracle…snort!! …I keep hearing her mumble, “Never again…never ever again.”….wuffle!

  115. Liz
    10:02 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Oh no, Rio, your poor friend 🙁

  116. Buddy and T.C.
    10:04 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Mom got a call from work and there went our evening. O well, it was beautiful out anyway.

    Good nite to all. Happy last day of Chet being Best Friends with me.

    Happy Happy Birthday to Wookie!

  117. OleyHowlers
    10:06 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Poor Rio’s Friend. We hope for the best.

    Good nite to all. Tomorrow is July 1. and then 4th of July weekend. Wow ! So much fun.

    Siber, we will dream of rain down your way.

  118. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:09 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Liz!… Yes, it seems my friend will die tonight, a pauper….sniff! …She was so looking forward to the Auction. I guess I will have to handle my part all by myself…snuffle!

  119. Liz
    10:19 pm on June 30th, 2011

    That’s very brave of you, to carry on alone.

  120. BearSpiritDog
    10:23 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Now that I have Barb’s famous Potato Salad recipe, Liz’s promise to post the Mango Cheesecake one, and Wookie’s list of Hillerman books; I can go to bed a happy dog.

    Wookie: We hope you had a @1 day. Talk to you all tomorrow.


  121. dawson
    10:23 pm on June 30th, 2011

    (whispering)…I wonder if this means I have a chance at getting YSuccessfulAS’s signed 8 X 10 color glossy photograph in the auction.

  122. dawson
    10:26 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Oh yeah.
    Wookie: Thank you for that list of Hillerman’s books. I’ve read 3 in the middle of the list. Now I will start at the beginning.

  123. BearSpiritDog
    10:27 pm on June 30th, 2011

    What the Hey? That was supposed to be #1 Day, as in No. 1.
    Good Grief!

  124. dawson
    10:31 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Oh and by the way everyone:
    I’m not as think as you smart I am.
    Melanie: With Dan gone, did you and Zoe get some naps with the Newfs today?

  125. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:31 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Moon!… I was gazing at the Patch on todays post from Chet, and I noticed that the Dot in between the words “Iditarod” and “2012” looks like a Full Moon in the sky…heh!… The purple sky makes me think it is an evening setting and the Full Moon is lighting up the way for the sled team….snort! …Very cool, very cool indeed! …heh!


  126. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:42 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Dead!… If my friend does not actually die dead tonight and she still needs to get her car fixed….huffle!…this will mean that we will not have any extra money to bid on ANYTHING…grunt!… This really is starting to piss me off because it actually affects my future happiness..sob!sob!sob!

  127. Tupper and Gilly
    10:48 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Ah, was there ever such a day for twirling and spinning?

    Mama just got home from her lesson with Andrew (AQ from now on). She brought one of the pieces she had done that was broken by the other person who was firing for her. AQ said that too many hours had gone into the piece to just toss it. So, he had her do a temporary repair, just ot hold it together on a flat surface and then he cast it! He took the time to cast one of Mama’s pieces! So now now only will she be able to recreate that piece, but AQ thought it was worthy of casting.

    And THEN – AQ asked Mama to come to his Open Studio this weekend and demonstrate HER technique for the students and tourists.

    Oh my dawg!

    Mama is never going to get to sleep tonight…..
    She may even start Yeeping….

  128. Liz
    10:53 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Wow, T&G, that’s fantastic! good on you!

  129. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:59 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Mama!… You go Mama! You go girl!….heh!… Twirl and twirl till you throw-up, that’s what I do…snort!….I always feel better afterwards too….sniff!… My friend says she wishes there was a Quilling Expert in town (as if). All this town is interested in is cattle and we are supposed to think that strong smell, although interesting but not very pleasant, is the smell of money….sniff!sniff!

  130. Tupper and Gilly
    11:09 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Oh Rio – we are soooooo sorry that your friend is having car trouble and had to eat icky chicken salad. Maybe she should try twirling til she does throw up – maybe it would actually help.

    (and we think there IS a Quilling Expert in your town….we just recently saw an incredible Spanish Fan done by the Expert)

  131. Macy the Min-pin
    11:31 pm on June 30th, 2011

    I have only read half of the blog, but we are so angry that we just had to vent. A local K-9 officer was left in the squad car and died from the heat. What kind of officer leaves his dog behind when he goes home? Grrrrrr. I sure hope they don’t let this idiot have another K-9. Thanks for letting me explode. Grrrr again.

  132. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:32 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Tuppence!… I will tell my friend about twirling and throwing-up…snort!…Although, she is very familiar with the concept living with me…heh!… I will also tell her about your very complimentary and far too generous remark about the you-know-what Fan…heh!!

    Lord!…Have mercy!…snort!…The Rockies and the White Sox are once again going into extra innings…grunt!…We are watching the re-play of the game and may not make it to the end of this thing…grumble!yeep!

  133. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:35 pm on June 30th, 2011

    MinPin!…,No way! That is just unbelievable…sob!sob!sob!…I just can’t believe a K-9 guy was neglected in that way…sniffle!

  134. Macy the Min-pin
    11:45 pm on June 30th, 2011

    This coming week we have three (3) birthdays to celebrate at once. To the best our knowledge Belle will be 5, Holly will be 6, and I will be…younger than those 2. We party down on the 5th of July. Annie and Biddie we know for sure were born on January 29th, and I should know!

  135. Tupper and Gilly
    11:48 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Macy – that is truly unbelievable! We are sure that officer should never have another K-9.but we also think he should be very severely reprimanded!
    How can ANYONE be so stupid when there are constant reminders about summer heat and dogs/pets/kids in cars??
    Ooo – we are just as mad as you.

  136. Macy the Min-pin
    11:48 pm on June 30th, 2011

    The department should at least have a funeral for her, as they would for any other officer who died in the line of duty. Grrrrrr I just can’t stop growling, and I am not much of a growler ordinarily.

  137. Liz
    11:48 pm on June 30th, 2011

    Macy, that is AWFUL news about the K9 officer. The human officer should be thrown off the force.

  138. dawson
    11:52 pm on June 30th, 2011


    T&G: That is such wonderful news. What an honor for you.

    Rio: That does look like a full moon on the Patch. So beautiful. Every time I look at that Patch, it looks better than it did before. I really am sorry about your friend’s car. I do hope that once she spends all that money the car lasts forever. I have heard that about Subaru’s.

    LizF: Brine from pickles is just the spicy water that dill pickles are packed in.

  139. Tupper and Gilly
    12:12 am on July 1st, 2011

    Dawson! You are still up?

    Keeping our paws crossed that one of the Plunderers wins the Friend of the Month posting tomorrow….
    Corgis make especially good friends. Just sayin’

    Good night all – talk to you tomorrow!

  140. Liz
    1:23 am on July 1st, 2011

    Aaaaaaah – thanks Dawson!! Great, I’ll go and copy the recipe properly.

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