Admin Calls Rebecca and AJ up in Alaska

“You called them on the phone?” Spence says.

“Simple as that,” Admin says. “They were taking it easy – and so were the dogs, outside playing in the yard, totally fresh already.  The dogs being fresh, I mean. It hit me that humans take longer to recover. Rebecca and AJ were great – a pleasure to talk to them. He told me a funny story about how the dogs, going through a less than enthusiastic climb on the trail, suddenly got energized by the sight of a fox, unfortunately not quite in the right direction. I think we can expect some great photos fairly soon. And I told them how proud of them we all were.”

“And now, ” Spence says, “here’s a follow-up from the human companion of a Friend of Chet from yesterday – Terri, it turns out – explaining the ear thing, together with Terri in no-ear mode.”

Thanks for the welcome!Terri: ear-thing dude” ??? What’s that all about … perhaps you know the breed (Belgian Shepherd – Tervuren) and are aware that they can move their ears around like a cat. Chet is 100 lbs. The pictures on the first two books look like a possible Belgian Shepherd – Groenendael … or perhaps a mix of GSD and Groenendael, given his weight is high for a Groenendael.


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119 Responses to “Admin Calls Rebecca and AJ up in Alaska”

  1. Jasper the Poodle
    7:36 am on March 22nd, 2012

    First! Hah, that never happens. Still holding down the fort here in the middle of the mitten as mom is still sick. For a virus, this thing has really taken her out. Me? I’m tip top.

    Hope others are enjoying this amazing weather. Mom’s been enjoying the view of the weather from the couch.

  2. Princess Sam
    8:14 am on March 22nd, 2012

    Today is a big day for me. I have to go to the v-e-t and that means a weigh-in. Uh oh. My family has been making threats to me about a strict diet. If my weight number starts with an 8 I could be in trouble. I am not plump, I’m fluffy.

  3. Rose
    8:20 am on March 22nd, 2012

    Good Morning Jasper and Princess Sam!

    Jasper, Keep snuggling up with your mom. Hope she’s tip-top soon!

    Sammie, I’m a little fluffy myself…..

    Greetings all!

  4. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:21 am on March 22nd, 2012

    Sam, regardless of what the scales say, you are perfect.

  5. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:30 am on March 22nd, 2012

    I am not quite following the ear thing.

    It looks like Terri and ear-thing dude are different dogs, right? I do not see the connection.

    She is a beautiful dog, isn’t she?

  6. B.Stover
    8:43 am on March 22nd, 2012

    I’m not following the ear thing either. Terri’s ears can move like a cats, but why does that necessitate the ear thing? Terri, you are lovely without the ear thing.

    Good morning all.

  7. Barb & Maggie
    8:49 am on March 22nd, 2012

    Good morning. Barb is at work, even though she feels like something the cat drug in. Sorry, kats, no insult intended.
    Barb has a terrible cold/cough this morning, but had to work anyway. It actually hurts to cough. Is that how Jasper’s mom feels?

    Have to investigate the Groenendael reference a little more.

  8. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:50 am on March 22nd, 2012

    Mom is a genius!

    She just figured out that we can watch an Iditarod documentary of the 2008 race on Netflix instant streaming.

    (Iditarod. The Toughest Race in the World)

    Whoa, is it ever exciting! Lance M was complaining about his dogs back then too.

    Anyway, it is wonderful. It takes you on the race and man, are the Steps scary!

  9. B.Stover
    8:54 am on March 22nd, 2012

    There are three pictures of Terri on yesterday’s blog–last post.

  10. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:55 am on March 22nd, 2012

    Phone!….Wow! Admin phoned Rebecca and AJ???….snort!….That is great!great!great!…grunt!… I would have called them but my little Go-Phone doesn’t reach to Alaska…sniff!….If Admin ever called me I think I would huffle and puffle and then fall over from sheer shock…heh!

  11. Rose
    9:31 am on March 22nd, 2012

    Rio, I am also impressed that Admin phone our beloved AJ and Rebecca. Wonder if he talked to any of the team?

  12. OleyHowlers
    9:34 am on March 22nd, 2012

    Good morning! Mom is home today (working ??)
    Terri and the ear-thing were 2 different FOC yesterday, right? Anyways, we went back and looked at the 3 pics at the end of yesterday’s blog. Terri, WELCOME and you are one beautiful member of the Nation.

    Thats great that Admin called Rebecca and AJ. Do you think he offered to sponsor them like the really big sponsors do? heh!

  13. OleyHowlers
    9:39 am on March 22nd, 2012

    Jasper, take good care of your mom. Hope she gets feeling better soon.

    Maggie, couldn’t you steal Barb’s keys? She needs to be home in bed with you.

  14. Mollypop's Mom
    9:55 am on March 22nd, 2012

    I think Melanie said Dan uses Nu-Salt which is potassium instead of sodium.There’s too much in the American diet. Our manufactured food-like substances are doing us in.

    About four years ago I listened to a Michael Pollan lecture on NPR. He said the McD’s puts the whole chicken in the grinder to make a slurry and then shapes it into nuggets. Gak! I bought Pollan’s books and then Dr. Will Clower’s. The Real Food diet – meaning no faux food – is what O Howlers’ folks are doing now.

    Surprisingly, Real Food doesn’t contain much salt, or none at all. You add seasoning to suit your taste. A real chicken, some potatoes, vegetable and a salad.

  15. OleyHowlers
    10:05 am on March 22nd, 2012

    Mollys Mom, We love Will Clower’s diet! We have one more week of online session to go. The book of his that we are using is called “The French Don’t Diet Plan”.

    Mom has been trying to eat more real food for a long time, but was still surprised to see how much of the food contained chemicals when she went thru the pantry and fridge. Those foods were all tossed or given away. But she does use salt when cooking things like a chicken. Her blood pressure is on the low side so we don’t think that hurts.

    She has lost weight and so far she is one size down (2 or 3 to go). The best part is that she doesn’t feel like she is on a diet at all.

    Pop lost even more weight than Mom (naturally) and he is enjoying the food also.

  16. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:10 am on March 22nd, 2012

    Mac-D!….We never get to eat at McDonalds…sniff!… She will get the occasional order of Fries at a fast-food place, but nothing that is supposed to be meat…grunt!…Have youse guys heard about the “pink-slime” they put into hamburger?…gah!…Her mother was going on about this the other day and now will only buy hamburger at Safeways because they grind their own there…gurgle!

  17. Siber-H
    10:13 am on March 22nd, 2012

    Welcome Terri’s pal! Cute photos from last night.
    I am not even going to try to figure out the ear bling thing.

    Sam, let us know how your visit to the vet went. You tell him/her in no uncertain terms that you may be slightly fluffy but never fat.

    Jaspr’s mom and Barb, Hope your colds get better soon. Colds really seem to be going around right now.

  18. Barb & Maggie
    10:15 am on March 22nd, 2012

    We checked into the Groenendael, which is known as the Belgian Sheepdog in the US. It looks a lot like the Belgian Tervuren, except all black. They are related to BSD too.

    A chicken slurry! OMD, that sound disgusting!

    Yes, Barb shoud be home today, but she wanted to be a martyr.

  19. Barb & Maggie
    10:17 am on March 22nd, 2012

    We saw a headline about Pink Slim but didn’t get a chance to read it? What is it, and why do they use it?

  20. Mollypop's Mom
    10:18 am on March 22nd, 2012

    Oleys – I love the part of “The French Don’t Diet Plan” where it is explained what each of those chemicals does. Of course I recognize them all since they’re on our food labels.

    I do have to confess that while I was so sick over the winter, some faux food sneaked into the house. Now it’s gone.

  21. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:19 am on March 22nd, 2012

    Slime!…I don’t know what it is and I don’t want to learn about it…wheeze!…My friend covered her ears when her mother was explaining the process…groan!

  22. Siber-H
    10:26 am on March 22nd, 2012

    I’ve heard of the “pink slime” thing. It is horrible that they have been allowed to manufacture that junk.

    The Iditarod Documentary that Wolfie mentioned. I would recommend it. I believe that one was done by the Discovery Channel. They had the money for a helicopter so you get to see much more of the trail than the Insider can show us. The Discovery Channel must have let the Insider go along on the helicpter because that year the Insider’s videos they put up on their website were incrediable…shots of mushers on the trail, all the sections of the trail, and even video of wildlife. All those videos have disappeared from their website and they can only afford to show us mushers arriving and leaving checkpoints.
    This year we did get one airplane ride, which was fun.

  23. OleyHowlers
    10:28 am on March 22nd, 2012

    Molly’s Mom, how about when he tells us what exactly sodas do to us? We never had much soda around here, but now Mom and Pop swore off soda forever.

  24. dawson
    10:37 am on March 22nd, 2012

    A phone call from Admin wrings a story out of AJ about Snowhook doggies chasing a fox…the wrong way! I wonder if that was when he was going 9.9 mph on the tracker.

    Welcome to Terri: I’ll have to go back and read last night’s posts to see pictures.

    Put me with the sickees. I’m sore all over, major headache, throat ache and snot. Lots of snot.

    Chicken slurries and pink slime. Ugh! I’ve lost my appetite. I’m going to check out that Will Clower’s non-diet real food.

  25. Barb & Maggie
    10:45 am on March 22nd, 2012

    Just Googled pink slim, otherwise knows as Finely Textured Beef. Gee, which one sounds better? Guess it a filler made from small pieces of beef that are more or less scraps. I believe it is also treated with some chemical. We have not been eating it since our beef comes from a custom order at the local meat store. Jeeze, what next!

  26. Mollypop's Mom
    10:48 am on March 22nd, 2012

    Dawson – I recommend Will Clower’s book over Michael Pollan’s. It’s way better.

  27. Siber-H
    10:55 am on March 22nd, 2012

    Barb, I didn’t pay much attention to the article I read about pink slime, but those filler pieces of beef are made from pieces of fat. The chemical treatement supposedly removes the fat and magically turns it into ground beef.

  28. Barb & Maggie
    11:01 am on March 22nd, 2012

    Chemical magic, Eweeeh! No thank you.

  29. Mollypop's Mom
    11:10 am on March 22nd, 2012

    Better living through chemistry!

  30. Melanie
    11:28 am on March 22nd, 2012

    Howdy Terri! I have met some of your sibs during an event for Newfs. The owner had two of your sibs and two Newfs. Besides being beautiful your sibs were very well behaved, very nice and hardly drooled.

    Interested in how you got more than one picture on a comment!

    Food. Yikes. We’re pretty well covered here considering that we have to read all the labels anyway because of the gluten. I’ve discovered that the fewer ingredients there are the better.

    Went to this morning and ordered chestnut flour. They had a good looking recipe for Gluten free crepes. Yumm. Let’s see I also got some raw pumpkin seeds for salads. Chocolate filling and jelly beans. ALL GLUTEN FREE! YES!

    How my losing weight is going … Pretty good. Not on a particular diet except for two days. Because of my chronic illness and because of my knee surgery and because I have arthritis I had become insulin resistant. Which meant that no matter how much I didn’t eat no weight lost.

    Did research and found that a diet of protein two days a week breaks up the insulin resistant leaving me wanting the food that is good for me and not much of it. And it’s working. My doc is pleased. I’m pleased.

  31. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:33 am on March 22nd, 2012

    Clower!…Will has a blog…snort!…Beau and I scrolled down and watched his segment on Dr. Oz…sniff!…My friend needs to get this book I think. I don’t want her to die of any of those diseases…wuffle! …I wonder what Clower would say if I asked him about pink slime….gurgle!

  32. Barb & Maggie
    11:48 am on March 22nd, 2012

    BTW, Terri’s Pal is a very good looking and photogenic dawg! Welcome.

    Today the lettuce is up! Lots going on out in the gardens for March!

  33. BearSpiritDog
    12:08 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Gah! Pink slime? Yuck!!! This is not a good way to start my day.

    Barb&Magpie, you are so right. Finely Textured Beef sounds so much better. Until you read the fine print that is.

    Terri and Pal: Welcome to the blog! With a special mention by Chet no less. You posted so late last night, or early this morning I should say, we are thinking you are either a Night Owl or from somewhere else in the world. A different Time Zone maybe?
    Very talented with the ears you are…presto chango & you look like a different guy. This is a talent that could come in handy working a case. No wonder Spence and Admin took notice.

    Will Clower’s book and blog look very interesting. Barb&Magpie and the O.Howlers have been following the diet for some time.

  34. Tupper and Gilly
    12:25 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Ok you “real food” experts. You have our ears up when you were talking about how bad soda is for you. Mama drinks lots of seltzer water. Its her favorite beverage and she usually has a bottle open. Does seltzer water come under the heading of soda? And exactly why is soda so bad for you?

  35. Melanie
    12:39 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Here’s a web site that doesn’t like coke and says that drinking it is like drinking contaminated water.

  36. Melanie
    12:41 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Here’s their pie chart on Zero Coke (too bad it’s not March 14th) for those of you who don’t feel like reading …

  37. Tupper and Gilly
    12:41 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Oh – and we forgot to say Hi Terri! Welcome to the blog. Hope you will jump in and tell us more about yourself.

  38. Melanie
    12:45 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Here’s for Polar Seltzer Water:
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 8 fl oz.
    Servings Per Container 4
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 0Calories from Fat 0
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 0g0%
    Saturated Fat 0g0%
    Trans Fat 0g
    Cholesterol 0mg0%
    Sodium 0mg0%
    Total Carbohydrate 0g0%
    Dietary Fiber 0g0%
    Sugars 0g
    Protein 0g
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

  39. B.Stover
    12:48 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    T&G: Here’s an article on seltzer water containing a section on “health effects.” It’s not as bad as “soft drinks” (which I’ve always called “pop”) because they contain so much sugar. It actually sounds as though seltzer water has good effects. I don’t know what everyone means by “soda” unless that means “pop.”

  40. Siber-H
    12:49 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    hmmm I read that as seltzer water not having anything good for you in it, but not having anything bad either…just like water.

  41. Siber-H
    12:51 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Soda and pop are the same thing. It was pop where mom grew up and it is soda here in NM.

  42. B.Stover
    12:52 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Have to mention this: In France the waiters always ask if you want water with “gas” or without. (They mean carbonated water of course.) The first time I heard it I was too stunned to answer and started laughing instead.

  43. B.Stover
    12:57 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Thanks SH.

    I’ve always found the term “soft drink” interesting and one time asked someone why “soft”? I was told that it is the opposite of a “hard drink” meaning one that contains alcohol.

  44. OleyHowlers
    1:06 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    T&G, seltzer water is not bad for you. That question was asked at our seminar on Tuesday.
    The reason soda is so bad is that whatever they put in (I forget but it is in the book) actually leech the calcium from your bones. Mom has all of the things that most commonly lead to osteoporosis, so she cannot afford to lose any calcium.

    Mom just got back from seeing The Sacred Oak. This is a very famous tree here in our township. It is the oldest oak tree in North America. It is unbelievable that she lived here this long without seeing it, and even more unbelievable that she didn’t take any of us with her to see it.

    On her way back home, she stopped and mailed a special package to someone way out west. She said she triple-checked that she was not being followed by any goats.

  45. OleyHowlers
    1:11 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    The Will Clower plan stresses not eating any “low-fat” or “low-carb” things. Why? Because they sweeten up the low-fat foods with high-fructose corn syrup to make them edible. And low-carb uses other “unnatural” (i.e. chemical) ingredients.

    With seltzer water, be careful if you use the flavored varieties, because most of them add artificial sweetener.

  46. Masquers
    1:19 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    B: According to the Wiki article sparkling water was known as soda until WWII because of the sodium salts it contained. Since the natural seltzer water from the German town of Selters contains no sodium…it may have health benefits…at least no harmful effects.
    T&G: Is this the one your mama drinks? Mom likes Perrier, but hasn’t done any research on it.
    Howlers: Thanks for the low fat/carb info. Probably best to stay away from processed food altogether. Too much stuff added for “our nutritional benefit”.
    Someone here will be watching the mail closely.

    MollysMom: Living better with chemistry…funny but also very sad.

    Wolfie: Thanks for the Iditarod Documentary tip!

  47. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:20 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Package!…Is there a package coming out here to the Wild Wild West for Me!Me!Me!????….woooooo!….Who else could it be for if not for me!?…heh!

    Seltzer!…Thats what my friend drinks after our brutal walks and even before our brutal walks…sniff!…She drinks it a lot because pop doesn’t taste good to her…grunt!…Now beer, thats another story altogether…burp!

  48. Tupper and Gilly
    1:23 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Thanks for all the info on seltzer water. We know Mama does seltzer as opposed to “club soda” (there’s another wierd nomenclature for you Bee) because club soda has sodium and seltzer doesn’t

    We refuse to even think about pink slime unless is is the feminist monster in a new sic-fi movie.

  49. Masquers
    1:35 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Siber: or a combination of the two…soda pop.

    Rose: Did you see that Tebow has been traded to the Jets?

    Terri: There seems to be some confusion here. You are one of the Nation Within and your Pal is the two-legged, right?

  50. Masquers
    1:39 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Never mind Terri. Spence’s post explains it (as did your post of yesterday now that I’ve reread it in the light of morning (afternoon).

  51. Basil and Sage
    1:40 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    bark, bark, bark, bark, bark.
    That’s all those dam Corgis do!
    The two of them just took off into the woods. Gilly was yelling something to Tupper about “herd him over this way”. Tupper was yelling something about the proper way to herd a bear.
    Looks like they figured it out….

  52. Melanie
    1:41 pm on March 22nd, 2012
  53. Barb & Maggie
    1:46 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Bee, Soda and pop are the same thing, just called differenly in different areas. When Kelly was in college her best friend was from Birmingham, Alabama. She used to call it all Coke, but then would specify 7-Up, Pepsi, etc. Coke was the generic name for all soda/pop.

    Josh and Jess’s bike shop is doing unbelievably well! They took in 39 bikes for tune-ups last weekend, plus did almost $10,000 in sales! Wally, the old grump who sold it to them, did around $90,000 his last year in business. Did you guys know that service was such a big part of the bike business? We had no idea. They have tune-up packages ranging from $15 to $225.00!
    Who would have thunk it!

  54. Tupper and Gilly
    1:48 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Guess we got some ‘splainin’ to do.

    Mama entered an art competition for a local BearFest. She had to submit a detailed plan and sketch of what she would do with a fiberglass bear statue if she was selected. The bears will be displayed around the city all summer. Anyway, she was one of the 40 selected artists and this is her bear. He is going to be a tribute to the local farm community and his name is “Bear-ing the Fruits of Harvest”.
    We will post pictures now and then during the process of building the bear if you like.

  55. Siber-H
    2:08 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Yes, We would like pictures whenever you get the chance. Congratulations on being selected, but that doesn’t surprise us one little bit.

  56. OleyHowlers
    2:23 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Masquers, we here are still confused. Is Terri one of our guys? or is that our guy’s human?

    That bear is cool! The town close to us has mascot bears. There are bears all over town, in different themes. Here is their website, where you can see pictures of all of the different bears.

  57. C.Harris
    2:24 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    In today’s Fairbanks newspaper: a story of a guided mushing trip that started as a dream trip and became anything but…mistakes were made all along the way–Rescue-in-White-Mountains-raises-questions-about-“guided”-mushing-trip?instance=home_news_window_left_top_4

  58. Melanie
    2:30 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    What the Royals’ Mum hasn’t mentioned was she also had a bear int this festival when they did it two years ago. Her bear? She made him a letter sweater made completely out of buttons! totally awesome

    Riö: Regarding you falling down faint if you received a certain phone call. A picture came right up to me! You on your back with your feet twirling as you dreamed!

    OleyHowlers: I think your mom should have let you place your mark on that tree.

    Hmmm. There was something else. OH! B. Stover! That is a funny story!

  59. Melanie
    2:32 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Whoops, just got sent an email by a friend. Look what this guy does to his daughter’s iPaw.

  60. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:38 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Weight!….Speaking of all this faux food reminded me that I needed to set Beau up on his Food Journal…snort!….He’s been packing on the pounds lately, probably because of his new Zinger Diet…grunt!…Anyways, if any of youse need to lose a few pounds here is a good tool to start using. And it’s FREE!

  61. Melanie
    2:44 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    C.Harris: That was the vacation from HELL! Jeez Louise.

  62. BearSpiritDog
    2:55 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Congrats to the Royal Mum! Good Job Tupper & Gilly.
    We would Love to see Building the Bear “photos in progress”.
    Melanie: We seem to remember you posted a photo of that bear wearing the buttons here on the blog.

    Maggie: That is Great News about the bike shop’s sales and services. So nice to be doing something you love and making lots of $$$ in the process. I know Barb is so looking forward to the day when she can join them and have a fun job for a change.

    C.Harris: Good Dog! That is some scary mushing story!!! Goes to show ya…Do Your Research First.

  63. Masquers
    3:11 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Melanie: The iPaw video. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Howlers: Here’s how we figured it. In the post from yesterday Terri’s Pal wrote about “Terri’s” photos at FOC, which Chet in turn commented on as “Terri: ear-thing dude”. It’s all about the trick Terri does with his ears. Conclusion: Terri, the 4-legged, Pal, the 2-legged.
    Rio: I don’t need the diet info, but Bear might take a look.

  64. Princess Sam
    3:17 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Im back from my weigh-in and I weigh 7.5 pounds. My family says I still have to eat only kibble. That wasn’t the deal.

    Melanie, do you eat the protein-only diet for two consecutive days each week?

  65. Melanie
    3:19 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Yes Princess Sam. Do you think your mom and dad and girl would let you have all protein for two days?

  66. B.Stover
    3:21 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Yes, I’d like to see pictures of the bear-building-process. Congratulations T&G’s mum.

    Barb: Thanks for the info. Great news about the bike shop.

    Now I have to look at all of the links everyone posted.

  67. OleyHowlers
    3:24 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    C.Harris: jeez! And here we thought we would love to take a mushing trip. Now…maybe not so much.

    Barb: We are very happy the bike shop is doing so well. What sort of tune-ups are done for the variuos price levels?

    Melanie, we are dying (B?) here over that iPad mess-up. The daughter’s expression is priceless.

    Rio: That looks like a great website/journal. Thanks for letting us know. For now, we are trying not to worry about calories and just stick to real food in smaller portions, and only 3 meals (no snacks) a day. So far so good.

  68. B.Stover
    3:34 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    If anyone did that to my iPad it would probably be the last thing he did.

  69. B.Stover
    3:38 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Howlers: Yes, “dying” is correct. I have no idea why the “ie” changes to a “y” when adding the “ing.” (We do afterall have the word “skiing.”)

    The story confirmed my belief that I’m not cut out to be a musher.

    That’s a clever device Rio.

  70. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    3:45 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Terri is the member of the nation within, and Teri’s pal is, well, Teri’s pal.

    I hope she posts again. She seems very nice!

  71. Barb & Maggie
    3:45 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    We thought that Terri was the two legged. The name next to the avatar last night said Terri’s Pal, so we thought they were referring to the 4 legged as Terri’s friend. Maybe they will clear this up for us.

    Oley, Have no idea what is done for the different prices. $15 is just a basic once over, and I am sure the guys who spend the big bucks are the serious cyclists who have mega expensive bikes. There are about 10 different options for tune-ups. One guy, a local naprapath, came in and dropped $600 on parts for his bike last week! Wowza!

  72. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    3:46 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Nice work on the bear! I also heard that the Royasl mum makes nice pots too!

    Where is TYB?

    And where is Dawson?

  73. Melanie
    3:53 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Here’s The Royals’ auction page for the bear. Has four pictures. The bears were auctioned off for charity.

  74. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    4:17 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    All this talk about food products brings back memories of one of many classic scenes from National Lampoon’s Vacation (one of the funniest movies ever made) in which Randy Quaid (as counsin Eddie) comments that hamburger helper is really good even without the hamburger. Yuck. Wookie

  75. Masquers
    4:28 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Wolfie: Dawson posted this morning.

    B & Wookie: There was an interesting side bar to one of the Wiki links from this morning…a quote by Thomas Jefferon…”If people let government decide what food they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny”.

    Melanie: Good background on Amalia and Leonard and their wonderful creations. Thank you.

  76. OleyHowlers
    4:40 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Thanks for posting the Bear, Melanie. There is no limit to The Royal Mum’s talents.

    Wookie, Vacation is one of our favorite movies, and that line is one we use often. “don’t know why they call this stuff Hamburger Helper. It does just fine by itself.”

  77. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:53 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Recipe!….snort!…Here is an interesting and easy recipe that Beau spotted on his fitness pal account…heh!heh!

    Chicken Cordon Bleu in the Slow Cooker

    5-6 Chicken Breasts
    1 cup milk
    1 can condensed healthy request Cream of Chicken Soup
    4 ounces sliced deli ham
    4 ounces sliced low fat swiss cheese
    1 box Stove Top Chicken Stuffing
    2 tbsp Butter

    Place chicken in bottom of crock evenly. Mix soup and milk together and pour half over chicken. Lay ham and then cheese overtop of chicken and sauce and then pour remaining sauce over top of the entire mixture. Pour dry stuffing mix evenly on top and drizzle melted butter spread over stuffing. Cook on low for 5-6 hours.

  78. Rose
    5:24 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Masquers: Yes, I did hear about Tim Tebow coming to the Jets. It’s big news here in NY.

    Royal Mum, your auction bear is amazing! I am a big fan of your work!

    Rio: Opening day is just 2 weeks away! WhoooHooo!

  79. Melanie
    6:03 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    I’ve been having trouble with my blood pressure and got put on medication. It started coming down. Then my health insurance said that the stuff I take for ulcers (don’t have any anymore) isn’t covered by their “formulary”. So they switched me. Not my doc.

    This was two weeks ago. Started not feeling to great. Went in for my blood pressure check and it’s HIGHER than it was!

    The only thing I had changed was that medicine so I googled it. Before I even finished writing the med in the google box it was linked with high blood pressure.

    Wrote an email to my doc and I’m taking myself off that MED starting tonight!

  80. Siber-H
    6:20 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    CHarris, Thanks for the link to the in-depth article. I hope those people are put out of the commercial guiding business.
    Poor dogs, poor dogs…Can’t you guys just see Snowhook letting someone who knew nothing about dog mushing take their dogs out like that.

    The iPaw link is very funny. It could happen.
    Another thumbs up for the “Vacation” movie.

  81. Siber-H
    6:29 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Barb, I hope you get to move soon closer to the bike shop. It sounds like fun and a good business.

    Melanie, Something is wrong with health care in this country when we have to google the side effects of the meds the insurance companies dictate that we take.

  82. B.Stover
    6:31 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Melanie: I think you should tell that to your health insurance company.

    Thank you for the recipe Rio. I’ve copied it.

  83. Melanie
    6:47 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    B.Stover, going to talk to the doctor first and then have her talk to the insurance company. THEN I’m going to write a letter of complaint.

    Barb and MagPie, I’ve been trying to remember to write CONGRATULATIONS to your family on BIKE SHOP! That is wonderful. Now the house needs to sell.

  84. BearSpiritDog
    7:02 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Food. Did someone mention Food? Cordon Bleu one my very favorite dishes. What could be better. A recipe that is tasty and easy to make.

  85. dawson
    7:11 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Congratulations to the Royal’s mum for being selected to create a Big Bear. That’s quite an honor. Vancouver has Spirit Bears hanging around the city.
    Rio: I heard that calories don’t matter anymore (I say while daintily eating a butter laden graham cracker).
    Wolfie: I’m around but I have a zillion things to do before I head South in two weeks! Don’t be alarmed if I turn into a Lurker, mostly. Today taxes were done, applications were filled out, phone calls were made and a couple more things went in the suitcase.
    Hamburger Helper – what a rip off! All’s it is, is a little bit of pasta and a packet of spices (probably MSG too – yikes!). You have to add the meat and for that they charge a premium when the only useful thing is the box!

  86. Siber-H
    7:14 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    People have probably been unknowingly making hamburger helper with pink slime.

  87. Melanie
    7:15 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Dawson, let’s see. Butter, graham cracker, hmmm. You need just one more food group. Chocolate!

  88. BearSpiritDog
    7:19 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    A little late on the uptake, but looks like Terri and “ear-thing dude” are two different Friends-Of-Chet.
    Interesting the different varieties of my breed…the Belgian Shepard. You will note…ahem…that Malinoises are used as Police Dogs.
    Good Grief! It’s after five already…eight o’clock for some of youse. Not much accomplished here today…sorry to say.

  89. Alice M. Johnson
    7:45 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Hi all. I have been sort of not busy at the soon to be very busy place. I have been able to read a little blog twice this week. Not a lot, but it helps because when I come home I don’t have to sit and read it all. Just a bit.

    T&G, Congrats on the bear award. It will be fun to see what you make of it.

    Hmmm Spence called AJ and Rebecca. Wow. Maybe he was looking for background information on book Six. The name… IditaRock and Roll. Heh. Chet the Jet goes undercover in a sled dog team to find a…hmmmm I KNOW! A stolen Siberian Husky (who can sing) from New Mexico. Yup. That’s the plot I just know it. I can’t wait!

  90. Barb & Maggie
    7:47 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Siber, You are right about the bike shop being fun. Generally, when people are in stores, they just walk around with a serious, business look about them. When people walk into that bike shop, they all walk in smiling. There is just an positive aura in there that I can’t quite describe.

    When we looked at pictures of Amalia’s sweater bear, we tried enlarging him to find some of those hidden images.

    Rio’s Cordon Bleu sounds very good. We will be trying it.

    May be going to be early, maybe extra sleep will help this cold.

  91. Staff
    7:47 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Oops, That damn Alice left her name on the sign up place again. I wish she would clean up after herself.

  92. Melanie
    7:48 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    That’s IT! Good thinking Alice!


  93. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:24 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Alice!…Now she is an Accountant…grunt!…Guess what we are watching?…snort!…Baseball! Red Sox vs The Yankees. We happened upon it while surfing. I’m thinking its time to watch some more Damages…heh!

  94. Siber-H
    8:44 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Alice, great title and plot for Chet’s next book!

    Fenway park in Boston is celebrating its 100th year birthday this season.

  95. OleyHowlers
    9:04 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    We worked hard shedding horses and clipping them all evening. This hot weather is making them sweat bad, and also the bugs have been terrible…already. Jeez! It is only March 22nd.
    Mom and Pop pulled 4 ticks off of us just now. What on earth will summer be bringing?

  96. Buddy
    9:07 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Say Goodnight, Howlers.

    Goodnight all. Time to go up to bed so I can cuddle Mommy and make her warm. I don’t know why she doesn’t seem to like that anymore.

  97. C.Hobbit Harris
    9:14 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    OleyHowlers: My relatives always ask me why I live in the arctic. I tell the, “no snakes, no ticks” and they go “ahhh”

  98. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:23 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Hey!…snort!…Look! C.Harris if finally using her full name on her posts…chorkel!

  99. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:29 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Good on you, CHobbit!

    Now we need to get you fixed up with an avatar!

  100. Masquers
    9:30 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    C.Hobbit Harris! Now you’re talk’n.

  101. Staff
    9:46 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    CHobbit. Once you start you can never go back!
    Goodnight all.

  102. Siber-H
    9:55 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    CHobbit, That is true. I haven’t always been Siber-H

  103. Tupper and Gilly
    9:57 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    CHobbitHarris – don’t you let them give you a hard time for being short. Being short is a GOOD thing. We know.

    Mama has had another one of those busy days. She has been having a lot of fun since she has been getting lots of messages on her SDD from friends all over the place.
    But she did get her bear all sanded and prepped, and then she was doing something very strange with fiberglass screen material. Hmmm…we’ll have to show you a picture when that step is done.

    Wolfie – Mama asked us to ask you to check your SDD.

    And now we are going to go sit in front of her and look impossibly cute and HUNGRY. You see, she is eating some ice cream…..

  104. dawson
    10:01 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    C.HobbittHarris: Yes, but you have mosquitoes as big as snakes that can suck as much blood as a tick! So 6 of 1, half a dozen of the other.

  105. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:07 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Disturbing!…Damages – season 3 is especially disturbing so far….grunt!…So much of this I do not remember seeing before for some reason…sneeze! …Anyways, someone is tired and she says her sinus’ are bothering her, so we are all off to bed…snort!…Beau is already in his cold hard bed. That guy can’t seem to stay up past 8:30…wuffle!…It’s because he doesn’t take time to sleep most of the day away like I do…heh!

  106. Siber-H
    10:16 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    night all

  107. Snowhook Bella
    10:28 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Dawson: Add me to the sickie list, too. Blah!

    Chobbit: Where to start? That trip went wrong on many levels.

  108. Gus & BooBear
    10:29 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    We know you guys are all health nuts, but we have a confesstion. Mom is NEVER without a diet coke. We think she has cast iron innards!

  109. Masquers
    10:55 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Rio: We are waiting (patiently) for Damages Season 4. Apparently Direct TV has the exclusive rights to this showing. I don’t know what that means for those of us without cable. John Goodman and Judd Hirsch joined the cast this season.
    Gus&BooBear: I’m not saying anything.
    Oh, Bella! Not you too. The quilt is getting a workout lately.
    Everyone with this nasty bug: Feel better soon

    Time to hit the books. See ya’all on the flip side.

  110. Nata-ah-ah-choo the Sniffling Borzoi
    10:55 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Please- you vill move over a little Dawson, Barb, Bella and Jasper’s Mom. Ve have terrible cold in head.
    High heel boots vere very fashionable on race, but not very practical. Not only hurt precious liitle paws, but also vere not very varm.
    Is hard to be undercover spy vhen sneeze keeps exploding from poor red nose.
    Is NOT funny Rio – Natasha is not happy to look like silly reindeer.

  111. dawson
    11:01 pm on March 22nd, 2012

    Me too! My nose is a wee bit rosy. ((sniff))
    Lots of water, lots of rest…like the latter is going to happen.
    Goodnight all.

  112. Snowhook Bella
    12:35 am on March 23rd, 2012

    Natasha: Can I interest you in a Nutter Butter? For medicinal purposes only, of course.

  113. Terri's Pal
    1:06 am on March 23rd, 2012

    “a diet of protein two days a week breaks up the insulin resistant leaving me wanting the food that is good for me and not much of it” – Melanie

    * That’s interesting, Melaine! I must try that … at least eat more protein a couple of days a week. As for pink slime — luckily there’s a butcher shop on my way to the local library where I can get locally produced beef (eastern Ontario). They give me a good price for organ meat for Terri.

    “we are thinking you are either a Night Owl or from somewhere else in the world. A different Time Zone maybe?” – BearSpiritDog

    * Ha ha – The Twilight Zone, perhaps. Yes, right now I’m in Night Owl mode which is stupid because the weather is so great these days (warm and sunny). I’m trying to get back into normal daytime mode but the trouble is that I found Thereby Hangs a Tail this week in the local Giant Tiger. Of course, I had to start reading it right away and, of course, I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. (That’s how I found the URL for ChetTheDog.) I’d already read Dog on It from the local library.

    “There seems to be some confusion here. You are one of the Nation Within and your Pal is the two-legged, right? ” – Masquers

    * RIGHT, You are. Terri is the talented 4 legged one and Terri’s Pal is her human companion Dorothy. Maybe I(D) was confused when I added the name. Maybe I’m still confused ; not sure if I was meant to use my or Terri’s name while joining group. {}

    Thanks for the warm welcomes from Wolfie Wigglebutt, B. Stover, OleyHowlers, Siber-H, Barb & Maggie, Dawson, Melanie [“Interested in how you got more than one picture on a comment!” … I just followed the directions :-)], BearSpiritDog, Tupper&Gilly, Masquers!

  114. Terri's Pal
    1:15 am on March 23rd, 2012

    Re: Soft drinks vs plain water

    I got the following via Facebook in which somebody had added a picture of a glass of water and one of Coke. (Sadly for me, the Coke picture made me want to drink some!) I shouldn’t be drinking anything that can leach calcium because I have low density bones 🙁 I don’t know how true any of the following is but it’s enough to make one think.

    BTW, COKE #1 “used to remove blood” has been tried and disputed by one of my FB friends.
    #1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (also applies to half the world population)
    … #2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.
    #3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as 3%.
    #4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
    #5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
    #6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
    #7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
    #8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79% and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water you should drink every day?

    #1. In many states the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.
    #2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and it will be gone in two days.
    #3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the ‘real thing’ sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.
    #4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.
    #5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion. Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
    #7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.
    #8. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.

    #1. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric acid also leaches
    calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.
    #2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the commercial trucks must use a hazardous Material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.
    #3. The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean engines of the trucks for about 20 years!

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