Apple (Big)

“Headed to New York today?” says Admin.

“Yup,” says Spence.

“Speaking at BEA?”

“Briefly. On a panel. Plus another event or two.”

“Taking the laptop?”

“Yup.”

“Working on the you-know-what in your spare time?”

“Yup.”

“Just remember – bend every note.”

“Yup.”

Welcome Susie.


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  1. Rose
    9:31 am on May 23rd, 2011

    Good Morning All!:

    I’m glad the world did not end this weekend, and that I am here with the rest of you guys posting today! :)

    Wondering where in the Big Apple Spence will be today.

    What “you-know-what?” Admin. you’re torturing me with all these little hints of things to come you’ve dropped recently.

  2. OleyHowlers
    9:38 am on May 23rd, 2011

    Working on the “you know what” ??? what ?????
    and what does “bend every note” mean?

    As for his activities at Book Expo America:

    12:15–1:45 p.m.
    BEA Librarians Author Lunch, cohosted by AAP & EarlyWord (Rm. 1A21–1A22)
    Hosted by EarlyWord’s Nora Rawlinson, this invitation-only treat will include Chuck Palahniuk, Spencer Quinn, Julie Kagawa, David Baldacci, Diana Abu-Jaber, and Tom Perrotta. Contact Tina Jordan, tjordan@publishers.org, for more information.

  3. Melanie
    9:40 am on May 23rd, 2011

    Cool . . . YSAS went to that last year as a scout. He had a good time and he said it was HUGE!

    “Bend every note” HUH?

  4. Melanie
    9:46 am on May 23rd, 2011

    Hi Rose and OleyHowlers, I hurried away to see if I could find what that phrase meant. I now know it has to do with Blues guitar. Other than that ????

  5. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:46 am on May 23rd, 2011

    Bending!….Does “Bend every note” mean to make stuff up?…snort!…Like, bending the truth?…heh!…That’s my new motto now…gruffle!

  6. Barb & Maggie
    9:49 am on May 23rd, 2011

    Yeah, we don’t get the not think either. But the you-know-whats? Think he is talking about frisbees?

    Barb is taking off, has to deliver those last 3 baby chicks to Kim, check out her new raised gardens, then deliver some tomato plants to the drug store. Oh, also deliver some rhubarb pie to her sometimes-office, go to the bank, and stop by another grocery for poppy seeds. BBL

  7. OleyHowlers
    9:54 am on May 23rd, 2011

    Blues guitar eh? Is admin playing somewhere? or who?

    Good morning to all. Mom is letting us use the computer today :-)

  8. B.Stover
    9:57 am on May 23rd, 2011

    I’m not at all curious about what the you-know-what is. Grump.
    Let’s see….bend every note…could it refer to notes on note cards? So you bend each card after you’ve used it in your talk?

    I’d like some rhubarb pie also Barb.

    Good morning all.

  9. OleyHowlers
    10:03 am on May 23rd, 2011

    Lets all start dropping mysterious hints in this blog that only WE know about….we hate these secrets…we want to KNOW !

  10. B.Stover
    10:05 am on May 23rd, 2011

    One of the tag lines for today’s post is “Enid’s laws.” If you type that in the search box above right, you get one post: “No Post Today” from May 28, 2010. It contains the list of the seven rules for good fiction writing.

  11. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:08 am on May 23rd, 2011

    Bending!…Taking into consideration Enid’s laws, I think it means make the most out of your ideas when you are writing. Leave no stone unturned…snort!

  12. OleyHowlers
    10:09 am on May 23rd, 2011

    We think Admin is trying to start an epic war…ha ha ha

  13. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:11 am on May 23rd, 2011

    Talking!…. This will probably be one point he will try to get across to all the hacks out there listening to him…heh! …I just hope they give him a chair tall enough so he can reach the microphone…snort!

  14. Jasper the Poodle
    10:37 am on May 23rd, 2011

    Huh! Three-word philosophy. Climb every mountain. Ford every stream.

  15. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:43 am on May 23rd, 2011

    Philosophy!… Here are some of my favorite…snort!…. Pick every pocket. Eat every donut. Mark every flower. Chew every thing.

  16. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:47 am on May 23rd, 2011

    Good morning, y’all! Mom was sick this weekend so she didn’t feel like turning the computer on for me. Dagnabbit! And just to add to my misery, now she and Dad are going away for a few days, so I have to depend on my boy to remember to turn the computer on for me. We’ll just have to see if that happens! By the way, they’re not heading to any Apple, Big or otherwise, so they won’t be seeing Spence.

    I wonder if they’ll bring me back a present. Pondering….

  17. Tupper and Gilly
    10:52 am on May 23rd, 2011

    Rio. You forgot “Snort, grumble, sniff”!
    Tee hee

  18. BearSpiritDog
    10:52 am on May 23rd, 2011

    Good Morning Everyone!
    First off, a big congrats to Liz for her success in making the toffee!
    Thanks to the Howlers we know exactly where Spence will be today. But, as usual, haven’t a clue what he is talking about. B & Rio think it has something to do with Enid and proper writing techniques. I sure don’t know and am more interested in that B.C. cartoon. It was a great start to the day!
    Barb: Your rhubarb pie sounds yummy! Gram made the best rhubarb pie too. Oops, I’m drooling on the paper, sorry about that!
    Taking a look again at that picture from yesterday, it’s beginning to look like a real safari. Zoe looks absolutely dwarfed by the Newf pack. Thank Dog they are Gentle Giants.

  19. BearSpiritDog
    10:56 am on May 23rd, 2011

    Hey, Kirby & Jasper!

    Guys did you see that Harley Dog at the top of the page? Funny!

  20. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:06 am on May 23rd, 2011

    Hey, Bear! After your comment to Liz I had to go back and look at yesterday’s comments — I was on earlier this morning, so I missed Liz’s toffee report. Congratulations, Liz! Shall I send you my address? Mom doesn’t “do” nuts, so she doesn’t like toffee, but Dad and I do!

  21. OleyHowlers
    11:10 am on May 23rd, 2011

    We saw yesterday’s picture of Zoe and The Pack this morning..too late to post on yesterday’s blog and too early for today’s. So we forgot when today’s became available. Melanie…we LOVE LOVE LOVE that picture! If we didn’t know any better, we’d swear those were bears. Should seem intimidating, but we love Neufs and know they are not intimidating at all (unless you are in water the they think they must rescue you from).

  22. Rose
    11:28 am on May 23rd, 2011

    OH: Like the cartoon!

    RIO: LOL!

  23. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:35 am on May 23rd, 2011

    I’ve gotta say TTFN! Mom’s off to work, so she’s shutting everything down. I’ll try to get back on when she comes home tonight! Have a great day, all youse y’alls!

  24. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:44 am on May 23rd, 2011

    Kirby!…heh!snort!heh!…”all youse y’alls!”…chorkle!

  25. BearSpiritDog
    11:45 am on May 23rd, 2011

    On a more serious note – Has anyone been following the tornado story in Joplin, MO? Estimating 30% of the city wiped out. Six miles long and almost a mile wide! They say it was so loud many people probably didn’t hear the sirens.

  26. Melanie
    11:45 am on May 23rd, 2011

    Hi Bye KirbyT!

    I love that picture of Zoë and her Pack! I also took some pretty funny ones of Rose.

    Friend of ours (they have one of our puppies named Merlin) lives 50 miles away from Joplin, MO. They spent the evening in their “safe room”. She says that the storm headed their way but passed over them instead of coming down.

    I asked her what a “safe room” was. It’s a Missouri Storm Shelter. Metal, grounded and bolted down. It’s in the house. The door opens in, incase of debris. Built in vents and such.

    During the storm they had the two two legged, their three Newfs, chairs, dog leashes, gallons of water and a crank operated emergency radio.

    Wow. Here’s a picture of one of them. You really have to be a close knit Pack to get inside!

    Thank Dog they were safe.

  27. Melanie
    11:47 am on May 23rd, 2011

    BSD: not only were our minds attuned, we posted at the same time!

  28. OleyHowlers
    11:54 am on May 23rd, 2011

    We have not been following that news..but saw the Pres and FLOTUS put out condolences to the folks in Joplin, MO. There seems to be so many horrendous storms and other “natural” events this year. We dread looking at the news pages these days.

    Cannot imagine spending the evening in what looks like a fridge or freezer. Let alone spending it there with 2 neufs. wow.

  29. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:54 am on May 23rd, 2011

    Spencer!….Well, it’s almost time to start the panel discussion…snort!….I wonder if Spencer gets nervous before and during these types of things……heh!…Do you think he sneaks in the same old stories he tells while on book tours?…. wuffle!

  30. BearSpiritDog
    11:59 am on May 23rd, 2011

    Melanie: The ‘safe room’ looks like an excellent idea for inside the house, but it looks like it might be expensive. Years ago didn’t people have storm cellars as the go to place in case of emergencies?

    O.Howlers: Yes, Bears! I’ve been trying to think what the newfs look like in that picture and that’s it, bears.

  31. B.Stover
    12:02 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    I’ve been wondering where Kirby was. We haven’t heard from Bluecat for ages either.

    Enid’s Laws are on the paperback edition of Reality Check by the way.

  32. OleyHowlers
    12:07 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    We think that one of the original Chet the Dog bloggers needs to put together a document telling who everyone is, how (if) they are connected to someone else, what section of the country they live in, etc. Its hard to get everyone straight. It would be something like a family tree diagram, or book synopsis or something.

  33. OleyHowlers
    12:12 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Bear: We went over to MSNBC and found this clip of a guy who says his dogs warned him and that is what saved him in the tornado in Joplin.
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/43133508#43133508

  34. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:19 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Oley!… What? What the hell? …snort!… Figure it out yourself or go back and do some reading up….grump!choke!cough!

  35. Rose
    12:38 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    OH: Excellent idea!

  36. BearSpiritDog
    12:41 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    O.Howlers! That footage of the storm was chilling! Strange how tornadoes will hit one side of the street and not the other. One house, but not the neighboring one. Fires behave in this manner also. Re the Plunderers History: GusBooBear made a map of where everyone lives and is supposed to be updating it (GBB: By the way where are you?) and a while back Rio sent s synopsis to Rebecca. Don’t mind the grumpy pug – he jumped down our throats too when we suggested something similar. Our story does need telling and story tellers do dwell among us.

  37. BearSpiritDog
    12:45 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Rio: The going back and reading up on everything is not so easy. Like where does one start and which blog entries contain the information we are seeking? Just say’n.

  38. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:00 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Newcomers!….bah! …Make yer own history right now, that’s what I say. Quite dwelling on the past of others…snort!…You newcomers are here at a very exciting time, what with the cook book, Snowhook and the Silent Auction. …wheeze!… If you want to know something about someone just ask ‘em. …sniff!….Most of these guys will tell you their whole life stories if you let them…heh!

  39. BearSpiritDog
    1:22 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Stories! The O.Howlers, Rose & I will be taking notes. Does anyone care to begin?

  40. Siber-H
    1:48 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Hey everyone!

    Staff, I’m a little late, but thanks for finding the reason there wasn’t a Rockies game Sat. night. Rio and I were afraid the Rockies were gone for good…like poof. I had a dream that night that the Rockies were forever gone so I had to become a Giants fan…very strange.

    Melanie, love the photo of Zoe and the Newfs.

  41. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:09 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    SiberH!… I missed you Where the hell where you yesterday?…sniff!

  42. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:10 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Where?….Were you yesterday?…grunt!

  43. Melanie
    2:52 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    (whispering) Riö slipped up and let his soft heart show!!

  44. B.Stover
    2:55 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    I’ll post a list of the original bloggers, where they are from and who connected to. Since I’m not good with geography, someone will have to correct errors. Also, I’m basing this on memory, so please make additions and corrections.

  45. Siber-H
    3:10 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Thanks for missing me, Rio. Mom had to go to the adoption event both days. Dad won’t turn the computer on for me, but we did watch the Rockies game.

    I can try to help you with geogaphy, Stover.

  46. Rose
    3:16 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Bear: I’m with you on the note taking!

  47. BearSpiritDog
    3:21 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Siber-H: How was the Rescue Mission this weekend?

    B, Thank you so much! That would really be appreciated by us newbies. Would our yahoo address be a good place for information safe keeping, or would you rather put it here. What do you think?

    Yes, Melanie. All bark and no bite is what we think.

  48. Gus and BooBear
    3:21 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    We have the map updated but to time keeps getting away from us. Mom posted 2 recipes for the cookbook under draft section of dighlickers. Hope Barb saw them. No pictures yet though. She needs to send her pictures of the auction jacket to Melanie(?) for picture enhancement and who is she supposed to send the pictures of us to for the cookbook?

    That’s supposed to say dishlickers up there but don’t know how to correct on the iPhone w/out erasing everything!

  49. B.Stover
    3:23 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Here’s the start of the list. Please add things.

    MELANIE: Lives in Mass. with the Newf pack and Zoe and Dan. She has two sons: an artist (OTAS) and an actor (YSAS). Her friend is the mom of Tupper, Gilly Basil and Sage.

    GUS AND BOOBEAR: Live in Texas. Their mom went to one of Spence’s book signings.

    MOLLYPOP: Lives in ski country in New York. Her sister is the mother of…..SAM who lives in Boston.

    SAM: aka Princess. She is going to be in the film version of THAT.

    DEBBIE LM: Lives in Maryland and is the mom of WOOKIE OF CHEVY CHASE whose dad is a lawyer who likes martinis. They give grand dinner parties. (See picture of lovely table setting.)

    LIZ: Lives in Australia and is the mom of Cricket. She is a very talented artist.

    SIBER HUSKY: Lives in New Mexico and loves baseball and snow….hates water.

    RIO: Lives in Colorado with his friend who works at a sometimes-busy-place. He loves baseball and floor buffets.

    BLUECAT who lives in ?? and posts occasionally.

    WOLFIE WIGGLEBUTT: Lives in California and his mom makes the best toffee in the world. He is known for blurring.

    MACY THE MIN PIN: Lives in Texas. Her mom also went to see Spence at a book signing and met Gus and BooBear’s mom.

    KIRBY T. PENTWORTHY: Lives in ?? and whose mom was the first Plunderer to meet Spence. He wrote a superb Sestina about Chet and Bernie and Spence posted it on the blog on October 2, 2010.

    JASPER: Who lives in Michigan and whose mom has a wonderful sense of humor.

    BSTOVER: Is a professor of literature and lives in Michigan.

  50. OleyHowlers
    3:34 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Oh Thanks B. We cut/pasted that to save.

  51. Cupcake
    3:39 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    I wish I could be on the list, even though I don’t post every day. I’m a Jack Russell mix from NJ with my very own blog. My mom writes children’s picture books and poetry that sometimes actually get published.

  52. Siber-H
    3:43 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Bear, Thanks for asking. Husky rescue adopted out 2 or 3, but the people have to fill out an application and have a home check first. That is about the normal amout for us to adopt out at those adoption events. Husky Rescue is very particular about the homes the dogs go to. All total, 407 dogs and cats found new homes, which is pretty good, but last year it was 507. New Mexico has a pet over-population problem.

    That is excellent, Stover.

    Bkuecat lives in Indiana
    Kirby lives in South Carolina

  53. OleyHowlers
    3:44 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Great, Cupcake. We added your info to our notes also!

  54. B.Stover
    3:45 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    List continued:

    BARB AND MAGGIE: Live on a farm in ?? and have chickens and goats. Barb knows everything about tin futures and Roth funds.

    STAFF: Lives in ?? and makes breathtaking quilts. She made the quilt that the Plunderers gave to Spence with the squares made by Plundered or friends. She is sister to DAWSON.

    DAWSON: Lives in Canada. She takes long bike rides and makes very funny jokes on the blog. The other sister is CATTY LIBRARIAN

  55. B.Stover
    3:45 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    List continued:

    BARB AND MAGGIE: Live on a farm in ?? and have chickens and goats. Barb knows everything about tin futures and Roth funds.

    STAFF: Lives in ?? and makes breathtaking quilts. She made the quilt that the Plunderers gave to Spence with the squares made by Plundered or friends. She is sister to DAWSON.

    DAWSON: Lives in Canada. She takes long bike rides and makes very funny jokes on the blog. The other sister is CATTY LIBRARIAN who lives in ?? and posts occasionally.

  56. B.Stover
    3:47 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    I’m laughing so hard. I just pulled a Dawson and have no idea how I did it!

  57. Siber-H
    3:47 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Fellow Siberians, You need to put yourselves on the list.
    Bear needs to do the same.

  58. B.Stover
    3:50 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Yes, everyone please. Post your info and I’ll add it to my Word document. After everyone posts and we make all necessary corrections and changes I’ll post it to dishlickers. Okay?

  59. Siber-H
    3:51 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Barb and Maggie live in Indiana.
    Staff lives both in North Dakota and Minnsota.
    Chet and Bernie live in southern Arizona.
    Catty Librarian lives in Montana

  60. Sam
    3:53 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Hi B, I live in Buffalo. Thank you for putting about Princessy moi.

  61. Mollypop
    3:56 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    B. – You have an incredible memory. Boy, I bet your students can’t get away with a thing!

  62. B.Stover
    4:01 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    I’ve added Chet and Bernie to the top of the list; put in the states; changed Sam’s city; added Abby and Alice to Staff’s entry.

  63. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:04 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    List!…I don’t appreciate anybody giving out information about me to strangers….grump!

  64. B.Stover
    4:08 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Mollypop: Snicker!

    G&BB: You should send the photos to Melanie.

  65. BearSpiritDog
    4:08 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    GusBooBear: No worries – I know we are all busy – post it when you can.

    B! This is great – Thank you for taking the time!

  66. AbbietheKitty
    4:09 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Jasper the Poodle,
    My ending to the Climb every Mountain, Ford every stream….
    Follow every Rainbow, Till you find Ice Cream. 😀

    And to add to the list

    Staff who normally lives in North Dakota with Alice M. Johnson and AbbietheKitty and Mr.Staff
    Her sisters are:
    Dawson who lives in Northern British Columbia and
    A Catty Librarian who lives in Montana with Elliot her new cat.
    Staff, Alice and Abbie are in Minneapolis right now helping the parents. Dawson is visiting.

  67. B.Stover
    4:12 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Rio: Define “information.”

  68. AbbietheKitty
    4:12 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Rio, Are you afraid the herbs will come and pester you?

    :-DD

  69. OleyHowlers
    4:17 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Sasha, Dima, and Meashka are Sibes who live in Pennsylvania. Dima is a boy, the others are girls. Altho their mom works for a fund company, she is a computer geek and knows nothing about tin futures or Roth funds. Their pop is also a computer geek but works at a hospital. They live with Buddy and T.C. the cats, on a farm with 4 horses.

  70. B.Stover
    4:18 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Abbey: I put Staff’s entry in as you have it above.

  71. B.Stover
    4:22 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Howlers: I put your entry in.

  72. BearSpiritDog
    4:23 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    BearSpiritDog lives on an island in the Pacific NW off the coast of Washington. Members of the household include feline friend Masquerade (aka: Masquers) and Nana, a two-legged. A Belgian Malinois, Bear has been called a “Canine Houdini” who can escape from any enclosure and is able to leap tall fences in a single bound. He is a Master of the Art of Time Travel & there has been some speculation as to his present Energy form.

  73. Mollypop
    4:24 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Now as we approach the dinner hour, the politcal ads are almost constant, if that’s possible. Tomorrow, Tuesday, is election day!

  74. Buddy and T.C.
    4:24 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    O No. T.C. just strolled out to the breezeway, and there sits 2 cat carriers!!!!!! That is never good news. Need to find a place to hide…she will never ever catch us. No Vet for this boy and girl.

  75. OleyHowlers
    4:26 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    LOL Bear always keeps us guessing !! :-)

  76. Rose
    4:27 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Hi B:

    Rose: Lives in Croton-on-Hudson, NY in Westchester County. Is a sometime artist, and likes to write stories. Was once a mom to an awesome cat named Kelly. Married to the Prof for 23 years.

    Thanks for your effort!

  77. Rose
    4:29 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Oops, I forgot…

    I LOVE to read, especially Chet and Bernie mysteries! :)

  78. Snowhook Bella
    4:35 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Rio: Check your secret decoder device, and (whispering) as I’m thinking of the silent auction, do you think there would be any interest in Whitey-Lance’s red and white jacket he wore at the cermonial start?

  79. OleyHowlers
    4:35 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    B and everyone: Thanks for this great list. Mom wants us to help get horses in now, (whisper) so she can round up the cats for you-know-what.
    We will check back later for any more updates.

  80. OleyHowlers
    4:36 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    O! O! O! We WANT THAT JACKET!!!! That will surely fetch a supremely high price.

  81. Alice M. Johnson
    4:37 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    We knew that you liked to read, Rose. Somehow we could tell. ((Snicker))

  82. Siber-H
    4:48 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    AHaaa….THE LIST!!!

    Snowhook Bella…lives in Alaska! Rebecca and AJ are mom and pop to Iditarod Dogs!!
    C.Harris…lives in Alaska above the Artic Circle and is a teacher.

    Yes, Rebecca, the jacket will bring a good price at the auction. WOO WOO

  83. BearSpiritDog
    4:48 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Wolfie, Proficient Blurrer, at the top!

    CupCake, Consider yourself a Plunderer! You are on our list!

    Rebecca: WOULD WE BE INTERESTED? BOY WOULD WE! Why it could bring in as much as that famous hat we heard about yesterday. WOOOHOO!

  84. Siber-H
    4:49 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    typo on Arctic

  85. B.Stover
    4:50 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    I have Bear and Roses’s entries.

  86. B.Stover
    4:54 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    I have Snowhook Bella and C. Harris’ entries.

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:55 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Wha!?….. “ … a ‘Canine Houdini’ who can escape from any enclosure and is able to leap tall fences in a single bound.”….snort!….I thought Bear was D-E-A-D?….grunt! ….What a bunch of malarkey…grump!

    Rebecca!… Stop it!…snort!snort!….You will start and Auction Riot soon!….chuffle!

  88. BearSpiritDog
    4:58 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    But…Wait! What will Whitey wear next year? Or, has he told you his wandering days are over?

  89. BearSpiritDog
    5:04 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Well, Rio, now you’ve gone and hurt my feelings AGAIN!. You old party pooper! Careful or I’ll haunt your nights – you know I can do it..WAAHAHA.

  90. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:04 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Rebecca!…ixnay on the essagemay – please esendray. ….grunt!

  91. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:09 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Bear!…I’m pretty sure if you were really D-E-A-D I would not be able to hurt your feelings again!….yeesh!

  92. Melanie
    5:21 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Laughing here!

    T&G’s and The Herb’s Mum is a well recognized artist.

  93. Barb & Maggie
    5:26 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Knowing what state we live in is really not too personal for us. It’s a pretty well populated state, ILLINOIS by the way, and not Indiana. Also Maggie is the world’s best spy, no, that’s Natasha. Maggie is the world’s best ratter.

  94. B.Stover
    5:27 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Melanie: I don’t have a separate entry yet for T&G and the herbs. Do you think they’ll be posting one? Otherwise I’ll make one up and add your sentence about well recognized artist.

  95. B.Stover
    5:30 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    B&M: I’ve entered the addition and correction.

    Natasha needs to put in her info.

  96. Barb & Maggie
    5:31 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Bee is an English Professor from Michigan, and the go-to person for any punctuation or grammar needs. She has her own blog. She likes good coffee and liked good wine.

    Melanie is a great photographer.

  97. Sam
    5:45 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Well, I’m great at being fluffy.

  98. Siber-H
    6:04 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    sorry, Maggie,, I goofed on your state

    The Borzoi should be on the list…she is very entertaining, at times. We don’t know where she lives now, but we know where she is from.

    I am a great civil engineer. The Army Corps of Enineers should hire me.

  99. Melanie
    6:10 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    The Royal Mum has had to work two shifts today at the Crazy Ladies Place. I imagine she’ll put her own up when she gets in!

    Sam is very good at being FLUFFY.

    And I agree with Siber-H. The Army Corps of Engineers should hire him!

  100. BearSpiritDog
    6:15 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Slip sliding away…..into the DARK SIDE!

  101. Barb & Maggie
    6:30 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    We are going to go catch the latest news on Missouri (Mazura). Barb was born in Springfield, which is about an hour from Joplin. Still has relatives in Springfield, and some cousins in Joplin, but they are all safe.

  102. B.Stover
    6:41 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Sam and SH–I added your comments in quotation marks to show that you are saying that about yourselves.

  103. B.Stover
    7:06 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    B&M: I added the info to my entry.

  104. Barb & Maggie
    7:07 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Barb’s cousin was in Kansas City on business, but his wife and kids were at home in Joplin. They were about 2 miles away from the heavy damage. All we have heard so far is that they are ok.

  105. Buddy and T.C.
    7:09 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Hey Guys,
    We just got back from the Vet. Mom totally tricked us with that little trip. I was actually my usual sociable, loveable self. T.C. was her normal evil spooky self. Mom seems much relieve that we are back home.
    Looks like a big thunder storm may be coming, so we are very happy to be in back home too.

  106. OleyHowlers
    7:12 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    We are so enjoying learning all of these facts about our new friends. Thanks so much for doing this. We are taking copious notes…o.k. cutting and pasting.
    Mom is making us log off so we can keep her company while she makes dinner for Pop, who is still in a cast and on crutches.
    Good night…we will catch up on any more details much later or in the morning.

  107. Sam
    7:37 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    B, you’re putting my fluffy stuff in quotes? Don’t you think I’m fluffy? Melanie just said I’m fluffy.

  108. Melanie
    7:42 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Just finished watching the Masterpiece Theater production of
    “Murder of the Orient Express”.
    WELL DONE! Gave gravitas to Poirot’s character and his decision.

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/watch/poirot_orientexpress.html

  109. Siber-H
    7:49 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Melanie said that the Corps of Engineers should hire me. Sam and I aren’t dreaming this stuff up.

  110. B.Stover
    8:00 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Sam and SH: I don’t think you two are dreaming it up. I thought it was neat to have quotations from you. I’ll change them if you want me to and just make them statements.

  111. Siber-H
    8:04 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Awww I like the quotations. They are classy.

  112. Melanie
    8:27 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Laughing here. I am getting ready to sleep! Yea!

    Dan is on the correct anti-biotic. He gets very confused when he has an infection. It’s really how we tell when there is a problem. So far we’re hitting 3 for 3 and the doc, at first, didn’t think we could tell.

    Hmmm. She doesn’t live with him.

    Unfortunately, he’s been having infection after infection. Tomorrow he sees the Infectious Disease doc.

    His lungs are clear! So that is a good thing. . .

    Tomorrow is also the day the bulldozer comes. Since it’s raining right now, I’m hoping the bulldozer just doesn’t sink into the lawn never to be seen again.

  113. BearSpiritDog
    8:45 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Sleep time here too. See you on the sunny side – Bear

  114. B.Stover
    8:48 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Can a bulldozer sink or would it doze itself out? This is a real question. I hope Dan starts feeling better.

  115. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:55 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Dan!….Are you guys sure Dan the Man doesn’t have allergies???…snort!…I mean, Melanie, you are the one who clued me in, then I clued my friend in, who then finally moved us away from the dastardly trees and now feels 100% better these days…grunt!… Maybe Dan has allergies?…huh?

  116. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:05 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    I do think that I deserve a separate entry from my mom. Agent 00Wookie (aka Wookie of Chevy Chase), formerly of her Majesty’s Secret Service, is now lead agent for reconnaissance missions for Commander Rio. He lives in Chevy Chase, MD, with his dad, mom (Debbie LM) and grandpa, who is the world’s best tummies giver. He drives the Wookiemobile and in his spare time is a certified quilt tester.

  117. Rio’s Friend
    9:07 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Hi guys! I think keeping track of where everyone is from is a great idea. Even though a certain smelly, suddenly very plump pug doesn’t think so. Spencer might especially find it interesting to find out what part of the country or world his fans are from. Especially those special few who are involved enough in his books to post on Chet’s blog and become part of the growing community. Someone might want to email the final document to him actually. Well, that’s my two cents worth. Bye!

  118. Siber-H
    9:18 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Wookie most certainly deserves his own special entry…he is a special guy.

    Rio’s friend., I think that is a good idea to email the final document to Spence. We are truly a diverse group.

    Stover, I will get you an answer to your bulldozer question from my dad, the civil engineer. He is gone now, so Melanie might have us the answer before I can ask him, but I will still ask him.

  119. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:20 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    I agree with Rio’s friend — not the pug himself! I think it’s great to know where everyone is. Sometimes I get confused about who’s where — especially with Wolfie and Wookie — different sides of the country, but lots of the same letters! I’m thinking that when this is all put together, I may just print it out and keep it handy for future reference. By the way, whoever added to Bee’s description that I live in South Carolina is correct.

    Oh, and Bee, you made me blush. Imagine — a real live college professor called my sestina “superb”!

  120. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:26 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    A couple of other thoughts. We may want to mention certain connections too, like in addition to SiberH living in New Mexico, both my dad and T&G’s mom are also from New Mexico. We also do need an entry as well for Rocky, the undercover squirrel. And a disparaging word about certain orange box stores would not go amiss either. Wookie

  121. B.Stover
    9:27 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Wookie: I put your entry just above DebbieLM’s as you have stated it.

    Rio’s Friend: I will put the final document on dishlickers and I will also email it to Spence.

    SH: Thanks for getting the answer to my bulldozer question.

  122. Rio’s Friend
    9:31 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    OUT!…. I was outside snuffling along part of the whole long huge wood fence her mother owns…wheeze!… I love this yard! I will never get to the end of it if I live to be 100 human years old…huffle!

  123. B.Stover
    9:32 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Wookie: I’ll add the info about your dad being from NM. I’m waiting to T&G and Basil and Sage to write up their blurb. I’m also waiting for Macy to add things to hers.

    Someone will have to write the blurb on Rocky.

  124. Mollypop
    9:35 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    I know I’m getting in trouble but it’s Mom’s fault – she wrote down the dishlicker’s password and put in a safe place. Of course, now we don;t know what or where it is. So could someone please tell Mom again.

  125. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:37 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Hmmm!…How come her name is up there?…YEEP!YEEP!YEEP!…What has she been up too?….growl!grrrrruffff!

  126. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:39 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    MOLLY!…if if was anyone but you I would scoff and huffle…snort!… “slurp4real”…..commit it to memory Agent!…grump!

  127. OleyHowlers
    9:43 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    We have a nice doc I cut/pasted from all of this, altho we still want to see what B has put together when it is done.

    We would like to add that we had an older brother Boris. And there was Misha (Sasha’s husband). Boris and Misha are no longer with us physically, but very much with us in spirit. And our farm is called “Howling Arabians.

    Good nite all. And thanks.

  128. OleyHowlers
    9:44 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    O and Kirby, we loved your Sestina so much that we also cut/pasted it at the bother of the doc we made.

  129. Tupper and Gilly
    10:00 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Hi everyone – thanks for waiting for us Bee – Mama had to work late, so we are just getting on line now.
    We are two tri-color Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Even though we came from separate rescues in different years, we look like we are related by birth. We love each other and cuddle together all the time. Our Mama likes to play with clay and read and play with clay and cook and play with clay and…well you get the picture.
    We live here in Western Massachusetts, with our Dad, and those two Wrotten Kats, Basil and Sage, just down the mountainside from Melanie and the pack. Mama is from New Mexico, and misses it a lot -esecially the green chili. Daddy is from Canada, so this seemed like a pretty fair compromise.

  130. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:00 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Missions!…Oley will never get to see all the Missions we’ve been on….heh!…They are filed under “Top Secret” at Headquarters…gruffle!

  131. Tupper and Gilly
    10:01 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Hi everyone – thanks for waiting for us Bee – Mama had to work late, so we are just getting on line now.
    We are two tri-color Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Even though we came from separate rescues in different years, we look like we are related by birth. Tuppern acts very royal, and is Mama’s Medical Alert dog. Gilly is goofy and tries to herd ANYTHING that moves. We love each other and cuddle together all the time. Our Mama likes to play with clay and read and play with clay and cook and play with clay and…well you get the picture.
    We live here in Western Massachusetts, with our Dad, and those two Wrotten Kats, Basil and Sage, just down the mountainside from Melanie and the pack. Mama is from New Mexico, and misses it a lot -esecially the green chili. Daddy is from Canada, so this seemed like a pretty fair compromise.

  132. B.Stover
    10:02 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Howlers: I fixed your entry.

    Good night all. I’ll make whatever changes everyone comes up with and put the document on dishlickers tomorrow.

  133. Basil and Sage
    10:04 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Wait just a kattin pickin minute! We demand…um request…um require….um respectfully ask for….oh, hell – lets face it – we DEMAND our own entry in the blog notes.
    Dang it – WE are the HERBAL KATS – the Mighty Mousers – the Creators of the Honorific “PugButt”.
    We sass and harass and entertain.
    (ok, so we run like lemmings and hide when a stranger comes to our house – we just do that cuz we’re too good to socialize, NOT cuz we’re scared)
    So, it should be noted that we come from rescue and live happily in our forever home in beautiful, green Western Massachusetts.

  134. B.Stover
    10:06 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    T&G: I copied and pasted your entry.

  135. Siber-H
    10:08 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Stover, I talked to Dad on the phone…he says wait until it dries to dig the hole with the bulldozer. He says that the bulldozer could sink into the mud and/or the walls could cave in if it is too wet…even on a shallow swimming pool. There comes a point where the bulldozer can’t bulldoze its way out, and he kept mumbling about walls caving in. It may not be that wet at Melanie’s house.

    Dad may be over cautious. They have to be when doing roads and highways. I am sure everything will go fine for the Newfs tomorrow. They need their pool.

  136. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:10 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Hmmmphf!…Oh brother…grump!….Demanding Kats!…huffle!

  137. B.Stover
    10:11 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Basil and Sage: I copied and pasted your entry.

  138. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:13 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    SiberH!…On the phone?….yark!heh!yark!…That one I need a photo of…sniff!

  139. B.Stover
    10:14 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Based on SH’s dad’s info, perhaps Melanie should not let the bulldozer do its thing tomorrow.

  140. Alice M. Johnson
    10:16 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    I am sure the dozer operator will be experienced enough to know if he can do it safely or not.

    I hope so anyway.

  141. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:30 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Alice!…What do you know about bull dozer operators…heh!…Do you have a secret life we do not know about??…eh?

  142. Siber-H
    10:33 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    I also think so, Staff. The pool is not going to be deep enough to put the bulldozer operator at risk.

  143. Siber-H
    10:36 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Oh, you are right, Rio. That was Alice I was replying to instead of Staff. Yark!

  144. Alice M. Johnson
    10:40 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    I know just as much about dozers as you, pugbutt. (High fives with Basil and Sage)

    Heh heh heh

  145. Alice M. Johnson
    10:41 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Must go play cards with Dawson and Staff. Will be back to see what insults are coming my way soon. 😀

  146. Basil and Sage
    10:42 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Rats! (sorry Maggie – false alarm)
    Mama says we have to go to bed already! She is going to see the bulldozer at Melanie’s tomorrow, so she says that’s all for tonight.
    It’s been fun catching up with everyone.
    Good night all.
    Good night PugButt
    (giggle)

  147. Barb & Maggie
    10:43 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Molly we sent you a secret message. Good night all.

    We are going to read a little bit and then lights off. That Gingerbread Cookie Murder book has some delicious cookie recipes in it, too. Has anyone read it?

  148. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:43 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    OMG!….I thought for sure the Red Sox would keep the Indians at bay…heh!…The Indians have the lead. They are the Leading team in the whole nation…snort!snort!…Lets just see how this plays out shall we?…yes!…If it doesn’t last too long that is…sniff!

  149. Liz
    10:47 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Thanks KTP and PSD! I think the toffee cooked slightly too long though, note for next time…

    Nice summarising of the group, B.

  150. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:48 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Alice!…One day she is making popovers the next she is playing cards and spouting off about bull dozer operators…heh!…Quite a Kat, quite a knowledgeable Kat for being house-bound…grunt!

  151. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:50 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Liz!…I knew you would burn the toffee!…heh!

  152. Siber-H
    10:58 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    I’m calling it a night…going outside before sleep time

    Oh Rio, My mom is now using two words you invented in her general vocabulary…Facebookie and Sibers (instead of Sibes)

    Night All

  153. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:59 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Wow!Wow!….We got to watch the Cleveland Indians tonight…snort!…Along with those Red Sox guys…sniff!… Well the Indians wonnit right at the end. Those guys are scary good….gruff!

  154. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:00 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Night!…SiberH!…And all of youse other guys….heh!

  155. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:20 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    B&M. My mom has read all the Joanna Fluke books and really likes them a lot, including the recipes. My dad has even read some of the more recent ones (or at least read them aloud as part of their nighttime reading sessions). Wookie

  156. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:24 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Rio: In Liz’s defense, a slight overcooking does not mean burnt!

    Goodnight, y’all! I’ve gotta go help Mom pack!

  157. Alice M. Johnson
    11:27 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    goodnight Rio. We are glad your computer is online now. It was sort of dull and boring without you to spar with.

    Goodnight Wookie and Mr.Husky and Barb and Maggie and LizF and all the rest of you.

  158. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:29 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    Oh, and B&M: Mom has read all the Fluke books, too. She likes them for the most part, but she’s getting a little tired of the “love triangle.” She also thinks the ending of the last book was very, very strange — totally out of character! As for the recipes, she made the pumpkin cookies with white chocolate chips that was in one of the books — she can’t remember which one! — which had everyone at the library trying to get ahold of the book so they could get the recipe! She says they were yummy — but I wouldn’t know because she never gave me any. Snort!!! Grump!!! Etc!!!

  159. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    11:48 pm on May 23rd, 2011

    So – Commander BStover – you vish to compile dossier on Natasha, hmm. Vill not be so easy as you think. Natasha is vell trained to vithstand vigorous interrogation by experts.
    So you vill never find vhere Natasha is living. Ve have friends all over vorld vith many mansions and castles ve can call home. Natasha is expert in disquise and can appear to be anyvon, anyvhere. So, can only be said that Natasha is very beautiful Borzoi and is World’s Best Undercover Spy. (It vould be ok to mention that Rio, SiberH, Mac and Franklin are all mad in love vith Natasha – poor little dogs – they cannot help themselves)

  160. Liz
    12:41 am on May 24th, 2011

    Thank you very much Kirby!! indeed it was NOT burnt, we’ve been munching on it all morning (we had a birthday morning tea today).

    Burnt indeed…

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