ARC

“The ARCs of The Dog Who Knew Too Much arrived?” says Spence.

“Yup,” says Admin. “But the cover art isn’t the cover art that’ll be on the actual book.”

“Better explain ARCs.”

“Advance Reader Copies. Really just bound uncorrected galley proofs. In fact, weren’t there a number of changes after the first-pass galleys?”

“Mostly little ones,” says Spence. “Now our challenge is going to be getting a photo of it and sending it to Melanie by deadline time for the  auction.”

“Good luck.”

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  1. Mollypop
    8:07 am on June 8th, 2011

    Spence and Chet – What a great auction item! Thank you.

    Mom caught up on last night’s blog. A lot went on. Too much to comment on – except to say that Mom is a small part Native American!

  2. Barb & Maggie
    9:09 am on June 8th, 2011

    We have to go read last night’s posts. Our computer went down (local problem), and we lost touch.

    ARC? Does it sound like there will just be 1 auctioned? He says copies have arrived, then says he needs to get a copy of “it” to Melanie. Great auction item! We are going to run out of money with so many great choices!

    BTW, We have put the recipes into categories and we have BY FAR more desserts and baked goods. Very few casserole/main dish and veggies or salads. If anyone has any family treasures that they have been considering sending, please do so.

  3. Melanie
    9:18 am on June 8th, 2011

    Now Barb & MagPie: Everyone knows that you should have desserts first and often!

    Somehow I think I’m getting a photo and not the ARC. Bummer!

    Good Morning! I googled pictures of Arizona Fire and found this website. Scary looking!

    http://wildfiretoday.com

    I also looked up Melanie Gould to see the latest news. From yesterday, 2 fixed-wing aircraft and 20 people searching the ground.

    I think they should call Search and Rescue K-9, but that is just me.

  4. Melanie
    9:28 am on June 8th, 2011

    Someone mentioned in the last week or so, that they Cyber Dog Puppies were a year old! They are! Here’s a picture of George and Gertie. One Year Ole!

  5. Barb & Maggie
    9:28 am on June 8th, 2011

    Melanie, They said last night on the Rockford news that the haze over the city was a result of the smoke from the fires out west. Unbelievable!

    And on a lighter note, you are right. You can never have too many desserts, or too much chocolate!

  6. Barb & Maggie
    9:30 am on June 8th, 2011

    Those were the Irish Spotted. Love those dogs!

  7. B.Stover
    9:33 am on June 8th, 2011

    What a wonderfully interesting post! First-pass galleys and then ARCs. What fun! That is a wonderful auction piece. Thank you Spence.

    Good morning all.

  8. B.Stover
    9:39 am on June 8th, 2011

    Barb: I will send an email to my brother asking for his eggplant bake and for my sister-in-law’s lasagne. (She’s Italian and it’s the best I’ve ever tasted.) Even if I don’t get them in time to send to you, I can include them while I’m proofreading. I also have a Waldorf salad recipe that my mom always made.

    Liz: I’m not clear about what format you want me to send this in. Do you want my corrected proofs (sent snail mail), or do you want me to type them out and send them as an attachment via email?

  9. B.Stover
    9:42 am on June 8th, 2011

    Wonderful picture Melanie. They look very happy!

  10. Basil and Sage
    9:51 am on June 8th, 2011

    Good morning everyone –
    Melanie-RiverBear does produce some of the cutest Newfs ever.
    Barb – Mama is going to send some recipes ….today????

    On a sadder note – Lillian Jackson Braun, author of the “Cat Who..” books has passed away. She was 97.
    We all enjoyed her books – especially the earlier ones. We think anyone who is intelligent enough to realize that Kats are supernatural beings who can communicate with humans(if only they were bright enought to get it) and write about it in lighthearted mystery novels deserves to be remembered and thanked for her entertaining contributions.
    Signed –
    The Kats Who Will Miss Qwill and Koko

  11. OleyHowlers
    9:52 am on June 8th, 2011

    Good morning to all. When we brought up this page, there was BearSpiritDog and Mollypop side by side !

    Great auction item, Spence. And good to know all that writer lingo…ARCs, galley proofs..

    Mom didn’t put the computer on for us all day yesterday, but she said she snuck a peak at her away-office. The last she read was about Masquers complaining about Redbone not having an avatar, and Masquers had no avatar !! LOL

    We will go see what all we missed.

  12. Barb & Maggie
    9:52 am on June 8th, 2011

    Bee, Those 3 additions sound wondrful. My mom used to make Waldorf salad, too. Haven’t thought of it in years.

  13. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:57 am on June 8th, 2011

    Luck!…Good luck indeed!…grunt!…Remember the deadline to have your Description and your Enhanced Photo to Rebecca is June 25th (as early as possible)…snort!

  14. Masquers
    10:11 am on June 8th, 2011

    A moment of silence for Lillian Jackson Braun. Kat Detectives, Koko and Qwill we will miss your adventures.

  15. BearSpiritDog
    10:22 am on June 8th, 2011

    Good Morning to All!

    ARC! It’s official, it’s a auction item! We are checking on that bank loan. heh,heh.

    Rebecca: We love your stories and cannot wait for the day when you are a published author! (not too far in the future we believe)

    Any news on Melanie Gould this morning? We were wondering also, why they haven’t used her dog, Jane at the location where her truck was found.

  16. B.Stover
    10:26 am on June 8th, 2011

    I enjoy the Braun’s Cat Who series–Quill, Koko and Yum Yum “400 miles north of everywhere.” She used to live in Michigan and wrote for the Detroit Free Press. Farewell…

  17. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:30 am on June 8th, 2011

    Hi everyone. Sorry for being incommunicado for the past couple of days but it’s been busy here (mom’s almost done with the auction quilt) and the second chemo treatment in the series, which I had on Monday, does take a bit out of me,but I’m much better today. Just two more treatments to go.
    Lots going on on the blog. Rebecca, I’m not sure why you need a writing class, your writing/story telling is beautifully lyrical already.
    Great news about the ARC. For those privileged few of us to have experienced an ARC in the past, I can tell you they are really neat, even without cover art.
    As for summer music, although its not totally politically correct, my dad actually kind of likes Jerry Mungo, In the Summertime. And boy is it summertime here today; we are forecasted to hit 99 degrees. Not great for us with double fur coats, but thank dog for air conditioning.
    Wookie
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zc9wIzi96_E

  18. OleyHowlers
    10:36 am on June 8th, 2011

    Wow! There sure was a lot going on yesterday/last night.

    Rebecca, so cool that you are taking that class! You are a fantastic writer, and this will help you with confidence (and resume).

    Its supposed to be 96 here today. And we still have not blown out our winter undercoats. And air conditioning…what air conditioning? Is that what the cool air in the barn is called?

    We are also wondering why Melanie Gould’s dogs are not able to search for her. Surely they could find her better than anyone.

  19. Masquers
    10:37 am on June 8th, 2011

    Those birthday dogs are very cute! (for dogs) They look like they are wearing socks.

  20. Tupper and Gilly
    10:39 am on June 8th, 2011

    Hi Wookie – glad to know that you are doing better after chemo day. You are a very brave doggie!
    Air conditioning is good – Frosty Paws is GREAT!
    Rio – the Weather Channel was just talking about the Colorado River flooding very quickly and unexpectedly. We hope you aren’t too near that.
    Siber – STAY INSIDE! More smoke coming.

  21. OleyHowlers
    10:41 am on June 8th, 2011

    Siber: Come up here to visit us at Howling Arabians. No smoke here..only hot.

  22. Staff
    10:43 am on June 8th, 2011

    No no no Wookie. This is the link. Not those hairy guys. These guys. Trekkie guys.

    http://youtu.be/uBCxe5bXlKE

    hehhehehehehehe

  23. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:44 am on June 8th, 2011

    Flooding!… I’ve got my inflatable life jacket and my surf board all ready packed in my little knapsack for the big flood…snort! …. Don’t worry too much about me….sniff! …We here did not have time to build an ARC….heh!

  24. Tupper and Gilly
    10:49 am on June 8th, 2011

    Staff -tee hee!

  25. Barb & Maggie
    10:55 am on June 8th, 2011

    Have to admit we did not get the musical connection to Redbone, just the doggy one. Guess that is cuz Barb is more into dogs than music. We did watch the video from 1971. Those were some sexy dudes (Barb say’n)! Where are they today, 30 years later?

  26. Alice M. Johnson
    11:00 am on June 8th, 2011

    Oh Rio (rolling her eyes)

    Now Staff has a hobo spider trapped under a glass on the kitchen counter and wants to know how to kill it without getting anywhere near it. She is deathly afraid of spiders.

  27. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:01 am on June 8th, 2011

    Staff — what a great video, and brought back wonderful memories of the Trouble With Tribbles — one of the best episodes ever. There were actually some other videos there of ST scenes set to song. I had no idea . . . . Life long and prosper, Wookie

  28. Siber-H
    11:02 am on June 8th, 2011

    The air quality is improved today, but the smoke is still here. I feel like I am living in a horror movie because just like “The Mist” or “The Fog”, the smoke will return.

    Great story last night, Rebecca.

    Back in the day, mom bought Buffy’s albums.

    Cute Newfies

    Rio, I am not worried about you because you live some distance from the Colorado River. The game starts at 4:35 today.

    Fellow Siberians, thanks for your invite…the four of us could have a blast together.

  29. Tupper and Gilly
    11:04 am on June 8th, 2011

    Barb- the last member of the band passed away last winter. Mama had such a crush on all of them when she was younger. She remembers driving to Albuquerque with her cousins (about a 5 hour drive) to see them when they were openers for a really well known group – maybe Earth Wind and Fire(?) – and leaving after RedBone performed. Went backstage, with all the other Native groupies. The guy with the fu manchu mustache was quite a character, and the two Vegas brothers, leaders and founders of the group were very modest and reserved.

  30. Tupper and Gilly
    11:07 am on June 8th, 2011

    Staff – please do not kill spiders. If she is in the upside down glass, slide an index card or magazine insert under the rim of the glass. Then take her outside, move the index card, leave the glass on its side, and let her wander off.
    Please.

  31. OleyHowlers
    11:11 am on June 8th, 2011

    Siber, we got 16 whole acres all ours to do whatever we want…you would love it. We hunt, we rassle, we herd horses. Mostly we sleep. alot.

  32. Siber-H
    11:14 am on June 8th, 2011

    Hi Wookie and glad you are feeling better today.
    Alice, get that spider for Staff.

    Another busy day today, I’m sending mom off to get the oil changed in my truck and the stucco guys are re-stuccoing (sp?)one wall of my house and the neighbors entire house. I have to supervise. tee hee I stuck my head around the side of the house yesterday to have a look and I scared the guys to death.
    BBL

  33. Masquers
    11:16 am on June 8th, 2011

    B: How could we have forgotten to mention Yum Yum!

  34. Barb & Maggie
    11:17 am on June 8th, 2011

    OMG, we were just getting ready to post the same exact thing as T & G, except we were going to say paper. Index card is even better. PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT KILL IT! Spidies are good creatures. They eat lots of bad bugs.

  35. Siber-H
    11:17 am on June 8th, 2011

    me too, fellow Siberians, I am into those naps.
    Mom says that is so neat, that T&G’s mom got to meet Redbone.

  36. Barb & Maggie
    11:20 am on June 8th, 2011

    T & G, Those guys are too young to have passed. They couldn’t have been more than in their 50s. What happened to them?

  37. BearSpiritDog
    11:23 am on June 8th, 2011

    Staff: We agree with T&G. Do NOT kill that spider. We use the method she suggested to safely transfer many little critters to the great-out-of-doors. Mom says to think of yourself as that tiny someone. Life is precious to all.

  38. Melanie
    11:31 am on June 8th, 2011

    Uhhh, I just looked up Hobo Spiders. Their bite is considered “medically significant.”
    venom causes considerable local pain and necrosis.

    YIKES! Not something you want in the house OR out in the yard for Kats or dogs or humans.

    I have to say that I would end it’s life. Not usually my line on life, but that one is dangerous.

  39. Melanie
    11:35 am on June 8th, 2011

    Oops just wrote “it’s” oh, well.

    Zoë just got a bump and cut on her head. A tall board that was leaning up against the wall fell. She had pushed a platform in and that caused a chain reaction.

    Did you know that scalp wounds bleed ALOT! I got it stopped, then looked. There’s a bump, but no stitches needed. I used some butterfly bandages. Luckily, Dan was sitting outside through all of this.

    This was, of course, right after we got the news that the van needs a complete rear end. Have no idea what is meant by that, but I don’t think we’ll be bidding on the ARC!

  40. Melanie
    11:35 am on June 8th, 2011

    Oops just wrote “it’s” oh, well.

    Zoë just got a bump and cut on her head. A tall board that was leaning up against the wall fell. She had pushed a platform in and that caused a chain reaction.

    Did you know that scalp wounds bleed ALOT! I got it stopped, then looked. There’s a bump, but no stitches needed. I used some butterfly bandages. Luckily, Dan was sitting outside through all of this.

    This was, of course, right after we got the news that the van needs a complete rear end. Have no idea what is meant by that, but I don’t think we’ll be bidding on the ARC!

  41. Melanie
    11:36 am on June 8th, 2011

    Huh, pulled a “Dawson”. Didn’t click twice it just went up twice. Weird.

    Hi Dawson!

  42. BearSpiritDog
    11:37 am on June 8th, 2011


    A Friend of a Friend

  43. Melanie
    11:44 am on June 8th, 2011

    Bear, that is one cute FofF!

  44. Tupper and Gilly
    11:46 am on June 8th, 2011

    Barb – we stand corrected – Pat Vegas the younger brother is still alive. Lolly died last year at the age of 70. The other guy passed away a few years ago at the age of 69.
    We agree – too young no matter what.

    Melanie – tsk, tsk….even bees can cause necrosis and significant pain…if you are affected by them. You know our Mama is terrified of spiders too, but she was always taught never to kill them. She usually tries to get Dad to take them outside, but if she is “trapped” in the house alone with one, she tells it that it is scaring her, and asks it to leave – they usually do.

  45. Tupper and Gilly
    11:50 am on June 8th, 2011

    Melanie – yikes! Do you need any help up there?

    BSD – OMD – IMHO, what cute FOaF!
    LOL,
    T&G

  46. Mollypop
    11:52 am on June 8th, 2011

    Melanie – You pulled a genuine Double Dawson!

  47. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:59 am on June 8th, 2011

    Mini-Siber!….Heh!…Don’t let my friend see that photo of the wee little SiberH…snort!…She will want to bring one home….grunt! … That’s pretty funny how the big SiberH’s mascara scared those workmen….honk!snort!

  48. Melanie
    12:03 pm on June 8th, 2011

    I understand where you’re coming from, but after Patsy has bit last summer by a Brown (I think) spider and had to have her nose done. I’m not friendly with those dudes.

    We’re okay, spiderless (except for the one in the downstairs bathroom, he’s there to eat mosquitos). Zoë wishes it hadn’t happened, but she’s okay.

  49. B.Stover
    12:16 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Bear: What a cute friend! I wonder what s/he is staring at.

  50. dawson
    12:31 pm on June 8th, 2011

    I’m afraid of most spiders too although I do not like to kill them. Last year I had one in a jar with a card and starting to take it outside when I thought the card slipped. I freaked, screamed, threw the jar away from me and the spider was never seen again. I regularly take wasps and bees out of the house in a jar, but those spiders…

  51. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:34 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Wasps!….Don’t get me started….growl! … She has hung up 3 wasp traps and they are all plenty full already over at my other house. Serves ‘em right, the mean bastards!….grump!

  52. dawson
    12:40 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Happy birthday to the Newfs.
    Today there is 11 hours more daylight than there was on December 21st. Which makes me think of C.Harris and hope all is well with her.
    An Arc at the Auction: Poses a dilema for me. I would really like that Arc but if I bid on it I won’t have enough to bid on all the other cool things because I know that Arc is not going to go cheap. I may have to pass on the Arc. Sob, sniffle, sniffle.
    SpiritBear: Huskies are the cutest puppies ever.

  53. Barb & Maggie
    12:47 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Barb is taking off to a pizza birthday party. BBL

  54. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:53 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Wookie!… The free mlb.com TV Game of the day is Rockies vs Those Damned Padres at 6:35 your time….snort!…I don’t think you need a login to watch it. At least that’s what I think Free means…heh!

    http://mlb.mlb.com

  55. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:54 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Twins!….The Twins are ahead by one in the bottom of the 3rd…heh! ….Alice are you watching it?…snort!

  56. dawson
    1:08 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Wookie: Your musical link got the man in this house dancing. Heh, heh. Me too. I’m looking forward to seeing your mom’s auction quilt. We all know she has talent out the wazoo so it will be spectacular, no doubt. Glad you have another treatment done and are shaking off the ill effects without much trouble. I’m reading Until Tuesday and feeling very grateful for the healing properties your kind can give to 2 leggeds.

  57. BearSpiritDog
    1:32 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Wookie: Only 2 treatments more to go – Thank Dog! Great Mungo Jerry link – thanks. Summertime is the song we remember best.

    Dawson: I like what you said about 11 more hours of daylight. Quite amazing when you think about it. We must all take advantage of it while we can.

  58. Melanie
    1:49 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Glad you’re doing well Wöökie!

    Another spider story. Most spiders I don’t care about. So when one showed up above my bed, creeping down his line, I got up and prepared to move it into the window sill.

    The silk broke sending the little dude into my covers. I STRIPPED that bed, looking for it and never found it.

    But I felt creepy crawler things all night!

  59. Snowhook Bella
    1:49 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Update on missing musher: Melanie’s status remains the same: missing. From my understanding search and rescue teams including K-9 teams are putting in long hours looking for her; her scent was found by her abandoned truck, but I guess could not be found past the immediate area. Could her best girl, Jane help in the search?— I think search dogs are specially trained to track and while Jane might recognize her human’s scent if she is led to it, it is unlikely should could track.

    SiberH: I’m glad you liked the story. I was so impressed with the dog last night and the caregiver role he assumed for his friend. I was equally impressed with his use of the word yonder. The rest of the story:

    I watched the pair as I began to exit the parking lot with thoughts of visiting Chet’s, dog chores and AJ on my mind. Manners once again in tact, the dog resumed his post at the side of his human, sitting straight and on the look out allowing his human time to focus on food. “I told you someone would stop.”

    The wrapper of a second granola bar was peeled halfway down stopping a the top of index knuckle and thumb.

    “Are you going to eat that?”

  60. OleyHowlers
    1:50 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Wow. 11 more hours of daylight…isn’t that incredible when you think about it?

    Ditto that Sibe puppies are the cutest (IOHO)

    Question on the auction form: What is “Starting Bid” vs. “Minimum Bid”?

  61. Staff
    1:51 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Once, years ago, Staff had a fat Kat called Emily the cat. Staff and Mr.Staff were fixing up the farmhouse and had an electrician working in the ceiling crawl space. They went off to lunch and while they were gone Emily climbed up the latter and jumped into the crawl space and then didn’t want to jump down onto that tiny ladder to get back down.

    The guys came back from lunch and started up the ladder. They met Emily as they started up. I don’t know who was more surprised but I know the electricians came down and said there was a huge wild cat in the attic. they were not going to go up there with that nasty cat up there. (I think she hissed at them) I had to climb the ladder and pull her down. She is, so far, the only ladder climbing cat I have been staff for.

  62. dawson
    1:57 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Melanie: If Spence just sent you the Arc he would not have to worry about taking a photo. He could have you, a professional, photograph it and it would be a win-win situation. Heh.

  63. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    2:01 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Rio. Thanks, I’ll definitely try to catch the game. BTW, while I’m glad your safe and, if necessary, I’d zoom by in the Wookiemobile to rescue you and your friend, the Colorado River situation does remind me of a great line from the Bill Cosby routine on Noah — “How long can you tread water?”

    Dawson. My dad is about half-way through Until Tuesday. He says that not only is it a compelling story, but it is incredibly well written. He thinks it is one of the best books of that kind (or for that matter of any kind) that he has ever read. Also, for some reason, he has been hugging me even more than usual for the last couple of days. What’s up with that?

    Wookie

    Macy — I liked your comment about the song that your mom and dad remember from when they were first dating. For my mom and dad, it would be Danny’s Song, as then recorded by Loggins and Messina. I have also heard some great stories about their first date, to see Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. P.S. — be sure to tell your mom how proud we are of her for going back to school.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FDcTyyXQb8

  64. Melanie
    2:09 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Wookie: RRRIIIGGGGHHHTTTT!

    It must be nice to have a brain. By the time I get down to the end of the comments I have forgotten what I was going to say about the first ones!

    So bouncing off of Wookie’s brain: Macy, tell your mom she’s wonderful. Bella, I loved the story, told Zoë and then forgot to tell you.

    Staff I like the hissing cat story. And so on and so on.

    The first time Dan and Zoë went out the Northern Lights were over Lake Michigan! That’s when Dan decided he was going to marry her. He didn’t ask her until they had been on a few more dates.

    I checked on the eaglets . . . Snicker

  65. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:11 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Question!…. On the Description Format I did not include a spot for the Name of the one who Donated the Item….grunt!…. Do you all think we need to include that or should it be anonymous for those who do not read this blog? ….sniff!….We here all ready know who is offering up which Item, and it probably doesn’t matter to any others who might be inclined to bid. That’s why I left it off….wheeze!

  66. Melanie
    2:14 pm on June 8th, 2011

    For hot dogs.

    There’s a Dog Cooling Pad on http://www.keepdoggiesafe.com

    Looks pretty good. Not going to get it for here, but some one of ya’ll might need it!

  67. Melanie
    2:17 pm on June 8th, 2011

    OKAY THEN, I told you I was brainless.
    The last two posting I was going to put up a picture. Have forgotten why I’ve gotten on EACH TIME!

    So, (shaking head at myself), I first googled “The Dog Who Knew Too Much” and hit images, and there was a picture of RIO!!

    So then I googled “Dog Who Knew Too Much” and then images and this is what I found. . .

  68. Snowhook Bella
    2:26 pm on June 8th, 2011

    AJ is away again this week and true to nature calls to check on me and remind me to be careful several times a day. Last night I told him all was well as my guard dog was at on duty. Tenzing learned his guard-dogging techniques via home school; his self taught courses included sleeping with your eyes open…keeps ’em guessing.

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:27 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Melanie!…heh!snort!heh!….funny!…heh!

    Photo!….I personally would like to see a photo of the Real ARC….grunt!… It will probably be as close as I ever get to one of them….sob!sob!sob!

  70. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:30 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Tenzing!…I would sleep like that if I could….snort!….But I can’t quite get myself into that position without rolling all the way over…grunt!

  71. Staff
    2:36 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Bear! That is the cutest little puppy. If Staff ever meets one she might fall hard. And she knows from reading the New Mexico Husky Rescue site that she and Mr.Staff would NOT make good Husky owners. We are too slow and quiet. Heh.

    Well, at great personal risk and with fear, I took the spider outside. Then I read the stuff from Melanie, which I already knew, and thought I should have killed it. However it is done now and I don’t know how I could have killed it anyway. That is what Mr.Staff is for. At home we have lots of spiders, drat, but none of them are hobo spiders. I have racers and hoppers usually. I don’t know their real names but one is really fast and one jumps.
    I leave them alone as long as they leave me alone. But this hobo was right up on the kitchen counter. I suspect it was looking for water in this hot hot weather.
    Ish
    I always remove bees and wasps and other critters including Daddy longlegs. But spiders scare me. I have trouble moving them.

    Usually I catch them under a glass and Mr.Staff does the dirty work with a Kleenex. Unless he sees a glass on the floor and picks it up and puts it away. He never ever associates a glass in a weird place with a spider. Never.

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:49 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Oley!…. Question on the auction form: What is “Starting Bid” vs. “Minimum Bid”?

    Bids!… The “Starting Bid” is the amount the bidding will start at. It is the very minimum value you would place on your Item…..snort!

    Bids!….The “Minimum Bid” is the smallest increment that a person can bid on the Item. So, let’s say the Starting Bid is $20.00 and the Minimum Bid is $2.50. A bid for 2.50 or higher will be accepted raising the cost of the Item to 22.50 or more. If someone bids 2.00 their bid will be rejected. You can bid higher than the minimum bid, but not lower…..sneeze!

  73. Buddy and T.C.
    2:52 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Staff, we really love the story of Emily. Reminded us of one of our own. When I (Buddy) first came to live here, T.C. was terrified of me or hated my guts or both. So I had to be in a crate for awhile. Mommy & Daddy had a contractor come in to plan a house renovation project. He was walking around taking measurements. He walked into the room my crate was in. I don’t take kindly to strangers. I jumped all the way to the top of the crate in my fright, and the contractor jumped out of the house in his!

  74. OleyHowlers
    2:55 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Thanks Rio, we think we get it now. Minimum Bid is the minimum increment you can bid over the previous bid.

    Rebecca, please do not take A.J.’s caution lightly. As we see by Melanie’s disappearance.

  75. Barb & Maggie
    3:35 pm on June 8th, 2011

    If the SAR dogs are not picking up scent beyond the immediate area, it sounds like she might have been put into another vehicle.

  76. dawson
    3:40 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Snowhook Bella: Hilarious photo of Tenzing.
    Rio: I think it would be nice to have the name of the donater to 1. give them credit and 2. some of you are very important and there are those who will pay dearly for anything a very important person has touched and 3. some might like a certain type of dog (for example, Pug or Newfoundland) and pay dearly for anything said dog has breathed on. One never knows. However, if the donater wants to remain anonymous, that should be allowed.
    Oley Howlers: The starting bid is just what it says. The minimum bid is the least amount you can raise the bid in order to submit a higher bid. So that some of us frugal people don’t bid in one cent increments.

  77. dawson
    3:46 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Oops!
    I must’ve skipped over Rio’s posting. I see he already explained the minimum bid.
    Blooming flowers: Lilac, lily of the valley and bluebells. And now: Siesta time.

  78. BearSpiritDog
    3:47 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Dawson: .01 increments ha,ha we can relate. Question: Rio, is the minimum bid set by the seller or the auctioneer?

  79. Masquers
    3:55 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Dawson: We love lilacs (although they don’t last very long) and Lily of the Valley toilet water is Mom’s favorite.

  80. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    3:57 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Since we seem to be on a roll in terms of summer tunes, there is at least one more that needs to be added to the collection — Hot Time/Summer in the City, by The Lovin’ Spoonful, one of the great bands of the 1960s. Wookie

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWXcjYNZais

  81. OleyHowlers
    3:58 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Masquers! Toilet water is something we like as well. heh heh

  82. B.Stover
    4:02 pm on June 8th, 2011

    The 2011 Orange Prize for fiction has been won by Tea Obreht for The Tiger’s Wife.

  83. Melanie
    4:03 pm on June 8th, 2011

    We’ve just gotten out of the pool. We have four regulars now. They get in, swim and in Gracie’s case gather toys to take OUT of the pool.

    Rose is getting better. Mac is doing well, but he prefers to swim alone. Franklin is a surprise! He can now dog paddle. He was a terrible swimmer before. Mattie delights in the water. Katie goes in and out and in and out and in and out.

    Rosalyn has not gone in since Rose decided to save her. Patsy won’t go in and get her hair wet. We were going to work on them, but Zoë’s head started hurting.

    They are nicely cooled now.

    Barb, I fear you are right about the SAR dogs. Still thinking positive thoughts.

    Bella: Wonderful picture!

    YsuccesfulAS (going to keep doing that until it is ingrained in my head) is working background today. They are doing a winter shot. Then they changed it to a warm winter day, but he’s still wearing long pants and a sweatshirt and it’s 95 and humid where they are working.

  84. Masquers
    4:19 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Melanie: What’s up with that anyway? Winter shots in summertime and summer shots in wintertime. Hard to understand the biz. Maybe YsuccessfulS can fill us in?

    O.Howlers: Toilet Water, not quite what we had in mind, lol

  85. Siber-H
    4:20 pm on June 8th, 2011

    That is one cute puppy, Bear! We are really cute puppies, people buy us, we grow a little, and then we are too much for most people to tolerate.

    Rebecca, we love the picture of Tenzing. I don’t know where you got the name, Tenzing, but that was the name of the Sherpa that first climbed Mt. Everest with Ed Hillary in l953. It is an honorable name.
    AJ is right about being careful.

  86. BearSpiritDog
    4:45 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Rebecca: More and more we are understanding AJ’s concern for your safety. Still a mystery why Melanie left the house so abruptly without cell phone and dogs.

    Siber-H: We were a handful for Mom, but she never gave up on us no matter what. She would have rather been homeless in the street than give us away.

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:57 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Question!…. “Is the minimum bid set by the seller or the auctioneer?”…snort! ….. The “Starting Bid” and the “Minimum Bid” are to be set by the one Donating the Item….sniff! …They are in a position to know what’s reasonable for their item and they will be specifying this on the Decription. …grunt!

    Name!….In reply to Dawson’s suggestions that the Donor state his name or be Anonymous. …snort!… I agree. If you want to be named as the Donor you can add your Name to the Description Format….wuffle!

    Format!… I will post an updated Description Format tonight after I find my file…heh!

  88. Masquers
    5:03 pm on June 8th, 2011

    B: Have you read A Tiger’s Wife? I put it on my reading list. Just started reading When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson.

  89. Snowhook Bella
    5:33 pm on June 8th, 2011

    I read that inability of the tracking dogs to find Melanie’s scent beyond the immediate area can simply be due to the passage of time. Time passes and the scent fades. More search teams have been added to the effort.

  90. Mollypop
    5:36 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Okay, Mom hates to even talk abouy spiders, but here goes: before we sold our house, Mom had a problem with little red spiders. They were red because they were filled with Mom’s blood. They attached thenselves to her while she was sleeping.

    ‘Nuf said. Panic time.

  91. B.Stover
    5:49 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Masquers: I downloaded Tiger’s Wife to my Kindle but haven’t read it. I have Atkinson’s Case Histories on the Kindle also but haven’t read it. (The “pile” gets higher and higher.)

  92. Mollypop
    5:51 pm on June 8th, 2011

    B. – We read Case Histories and loved it!

  93. Melanie
    6:22 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Now that is interesting Siber-H. From what I’ve read and talked to S&R units (there’s one here in the area, I can’t keep up with them, but they are cool dogs and humans) weather has a great deal to do with the smell.

    Also it depends on the type of training the dog receives.
    Area Search Dog is looking for any air borne human scent.
    Tracking Dog follows the human track towards the freshest scent.
    And Trailing dog might not follow the track exactly because it is following where the scent has ended up. It might pool or drift. This type dog follows that towards the freshest scent.

    There are also dogs who can follow a specific person scent. Discriminating Search Dog.

    Hope she is okay.

  94. Melanie
    6:24 pm on June 8th, 2011

    I met an Area Search Dog. HIGH LEVEL of activity. He’s trained to go out and search for human scent. When he finds the human, he runs back to his handler and then back to the human and then back to the handler and then back to the human.

    His human had a GPS tracker on the dog!

  95. B.Stover
    6:28 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Thanks Mollypop. I’ll try to get to Case Histories next.

  96. Snowhook Bella
    6:31 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Melanie: The idea of a picture of Commander Rio coming up when searching for “The Dog Who Knew Too Much” seemed fitting and made me laugh.

    SiberH: You are correct about the inspiration for Tenz’s name. When I first brought him home, I couldn’t think of a name. I just knew he was mine, or is that I was his? In any event, I picked him up, he peed and that was it for he and I. As I tried different names, nothing seemed to fit, and then I said, “Tenzing?” His head cocked to one side–“Yes?” I said the name again, his head cocked again this time to the other side, “Yes, I heard you the first time.”

  97. Siber-H
    6:31 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Melanie, I bet you mean Rebecca instead of me.
    If a person wanted to see the country, they could put a GPS on a Siber.

    I read that Melanie’s truck was found 100 miles from where she lives. We are praying and hoping.

  98. Barb & Maggie
    6:31 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Barb was going to take a shower earlier, and when she opened the shower curtain there was the biggest spider she has ever seen in this house. He was HUGE! If Barb hadn’t just given Staff such a hard time, I am not sure what would have happened. She felt compelled to catch and release, even though it scared her s***less, to to speak. She got a big plastic container and got him in there, then took him way far from the house before she let him go. Yikes!

    Love the couch potato, can identify with that pose my self.

  99. Siber-H
    6:39 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Rebecca, mom named her first Siberian the same way. When the girl came to live here, her name was Brandy, but she wouldn’t answer to it. So, mom named her after a mountain in the Himalayas, Nanda Devi, (Devi for short) and she acted like that was the perfect name for her.

    Rio gave me the name Siber-H and I make all the dogs at the dog park call me that now.

  100. Macy the Min-pin
    6:41 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Just to add to the bidding situation, I think what is needed is “minimum amount to raise bid”. This keeps people from upping the bid a penny at a time. At least a dollar I would think.

    Instead of “minimum bid $25”, I would say “estimated value, $25”, then the minimum bid $2.50, and THEN the minimum to raise.
    This is mom by the way. Macy does not bid, just pleads with her eyes and gets what she wanted.

  101. Macy the Min-pin
    6:49 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Well rats, I see that Dawson already said what I said, but I got it off my mind, which is the main thing.

    So long, Qwill, Koko and Yum-Yum. I think that Koko must be about 30 years old by now.

    Thanks for all the support on going back to school. Today, the third day, I did not finish any classes at all! I had to punch out all these little cards from the back of the record management book and put them in order. Yea! I got a sticker. Seriously. Then I turned in 2 Excel assignments, 2 more stickers. I think I should take my sticker card to school tomorrow so I collect all these beauties. Top Job, Super, Way to Go. I can hardly wait to see what I get tomorrow.
    MM (Macy’s Mom)

    BTW T&G, dnt ovrdos on shortcut wrds!

  102. BearSpiritDog
    6:57 pm on June 8th, 2011

    OMG! i just saw IAN at Friends of Chet! Deja Vuuuuuu!

  103. Macy the Min-pin
    7:01 pm on June 8th, 2011

    All these songs are causing mom to go into memory overload. Danny’s song = early boyfriend
    Summer in the City = babysitter’s daughter who was way cool and always had the latest ’45. She also spent a lot of time practicing “The Jerk”, “The Monkey”, “The Watusi” and all the others. The kids on American Bandstand had nothing on her.

  104. Macy the Min-pin
    7:06 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Melanie, why not get Patsy a swim cap?

  105. Snowhook Bella
    7:20 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Macy: I’m glad it is your mother that is in charge of the money even though you’re the one orchestrating the purchase. Belle Starr gave AJ hockey tape for Christmas to be used on Iditarod with the promise she would pay me back. I’ve yet to see a dime for the pink camo patterened hockey tape.

    Melanie: I did not know there were so many types of SAR dogs. I was going by what I read in a response of one of the rescuers searching for Melanie. I don’t know what type of training their dogs have received—impressive all around.

    SiberH: Mountaineer, Willie Unsoled named his daughter Devi after that great mountain. I thought I might name a girl pup Devi at some point, but so far the name hasn’t fit any of the girls.

    AJ is coming home for the night before he heads back out. I’m excited to see him though I’m not going to tell him about talking to the dog and man last night—it will just make him worry. A few months ago a man tried to get into my car as I was at a stop sign one night. There are some strange folks out there.

  106. LizF
    7:34 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Alaska is sounding like a strange and creepy place…

    I’ve been sick so unable to spend time catching up here, just skimming. B, if you could retype everything and send it as a Word document, that would be great. Also, I have a salad recipe I can add but not til the weekend probably. Melanie, I’ll take my own photos of things so there are a couple more to add. I’ve also got a pic of Rio’s friend’s (The Hand’s) strawberries with cream cheese – was that on your list? All that food sounds great!

    And incidentally, having lots of pics will only increase the file size so we don’t need masses of them. Better to keep the PDF to a smaller, more speedy size for downloading.

  107. Siber-H
    7:35 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Rebecca, Mom read a really great book about Willie Unsoled and his daughter, Devi, on Nanda Devi. Nanda Devi must be a beautiful mountain. Of course, the book was sad.

    Rebecca, you do drive around with all your doors locked, don’t you. Mom does.

  108. Siber-H
    7:38 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Staff, The news is saying that the haze from the Arizona wildfire has reached Minnesota. Yikes!

    Hi Liz! Hope you feel better soon.

  109. Melanie
    7:45 pm on June 8th, 2011

    I have sized the pics from
    Rio
    BSD
    Dawson
    Staff
    TYB
    OleyHowlers
    MollyPop

    Gus & BooBear are sending
    T & G is sending

    Thats where we stand now on the Cookbook pics!

  110. Melanie
    7:46 pm on June 8th, 2011

    That’s an interesting idea Macy.

    But I don’t think a cap would even cover her huge head!

  111. B.Stover
    7:49 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Liz: Okay. That’s what I’ll do–retype as I’m proofreading. Tomorrow I’m going to send you a test attachment via email to make sure you can open it. I have Windows Office 2003 on my laptop. If you can’t open it, I think I have the most recent Windows Office software on my school laptop. We’ll see.

  112. B.Stover
    7:51 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Melanie: I sent you a picture of the sour cream coffee cake.

  113. Snowhook Bella
    7:59 pm on June 8th, 2011

    SiberH: Was it Ascent that you read? I read that several years ago—perhaps it deserves a re-read. It just so happens that night I was driving our vehicle that has automatically locking doors once a gear is engaged. I was leaving a gas station and only had driven a few feet, but the doors locked. The man had a baby-sized stuffed teddy bear in his arms. By the time I got home I was so shaken that I thought I imagined the stuffed bear and started to question my sanity. Each time I tried to sleep that night, I saw that damn stuffed bear. The next day AJ drove me into Anchorage for work; as we were headed home I was looking out the window near where it happened and there he was with the stuffed animal. To this day, I can’t figure out why a grown man had a stuffed animal. Now, I always make sure my doors are locked.

    Wookie: Perhaps you could grab the keys and pick up SiberH and Rio and bring them to the kennel until the fires and floods subside. We have plenty of room.

  114. Mollypop
    8:03 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Rebecca – You don’t need to worry AJ, you can talk to us. However, you must be careful no matter where you live. Here in Western New York we have women missing. Sam’s Mom has had a friend missing for many years. These things are hard to accept, but they do happen.

  115. Staff
    8:19 pm on June 8th, 2011

    HA! Barb! Love the Spider story. Heh heh. What comes around goes around. And it makes me think maybe your spider was after water too. You have had very hot weather too. I didn’t like Mollypop’s story though. Yikes!

    Hey BStover, Where did that “going around phrase come from?

  116. Siber-H
    8:26 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Rebecca, It was, “Nanda Devi, The Tragic Expedition,” that mom read. Have you ever read, “Touching the Void” by Joe Simpson?
    That is a mountaineering classic.

    I don’t like to be this suspicious, but maybe that dude with the teddy bear had it to help put womens’ minds at ease about him.

  117. Staff
    8:29 pm on June 8th, 2011

    HA! Barb! Love the Spider story. Heh heh. What comes around goes around. And it makes me think maybe your spider was after water too. You have had very hot weather too. I didn’t like Mollypop’s story though. Yikes!

    Hey BStover, Where did that “going around phrase come from?

    Just out of curiosity I also googled The Dog Who Knew too Much and then hit images. heh heh I saw two Newfs, two Abbies, Wookie with Rio and one of Sam.
    I didn’t get to the bottom of the page yet. One thing I have recently learned is that search engines give you what they think you want. In other words, liberals get liberal news and conservatives get conservative news because that is their online history.

    And we get pictures from Chet’s Blog because that is in our online history.

  118. B.Stover
    8:34 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Staff: It’s an English proverb.

  119. Staff
    8:43 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Thanks B!

  120. Siber-H
    8:45 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Rebecca, We just found the Ascent of Nanda Devi on the bookshelf, so mom has also read that one. The copyright on it is 1937.

  121. Snowhook Bella
    8:47 pm on June 8th, 2011

    AJ is home!

  122. dawson
    8:59 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Heh. We may have to rename the Double Dawson if Staff keeps double posting. 😉

  123. Snowhook Bella
    9:06 pm on June 8th, 2011

    SiberH: I remember now that I read The Tragic Expedition years ago as well. Seems both deserve a re-read.

    AJ, Luna and Belle Starr arrived home, all exhausted, but only two wearing bear bells. Said two now napping on the couch.

  124. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:10 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Darkside!….I simply can’t believe you guys are already on the darkside….grunt!….Just because some well known author is donating his ARC to a good cause, and there are too many spiders…snuffle!….Maybe Rockie and his Hillbilly friend should branch out…hmmm!

    Story!…Sounds like I have to go back to yesterday and read Rebeccers story…heh!…OH NO! It sounds like chunky rain here if you know what I mean…ack!

  125. LizF
    9:28 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Thanks Siber!

    B that sounds great, I’m sure the attachment will work.

  126. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:33 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Description!….Updated format with Name added…grunt!…I also changed “Starting Bid” to “Starting Value”….sniff!

    ITEM #: To be added by Rebecca

    Title: Spanish Fan.

    Donated By: Anonymous Or Name of Donor.

    Description: A work made entirely out of paper with a little added bling using a technique called ‘quilling’. The frame is a shadow box type frame.

    Size: 15” x 12” x 1 ½” deep.

    Starting Value: $25.00

    Minimum Bid: $2.50

  127. Snowhook Bella
    9:40 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Please specify if you want your name to appear in the “Donated By” section. If you want to remain anonymous, please let me know.

    I am getting excited for the auction! I’ve been telling everyone about it including the ARC. I’ve started building the auction page that will be found on our blog.

  128. Siber-H
    9:47 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Rockies Won!!! WOO WOO

  129. Barb & Maggie
    9:48 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Rebecca’s story about the guy with the teddy bear reminded Barb of a story from about 6 years ago back in the burbs. She was driving on a busy main road and saw a little fluffy dog tied to the guard rail. Being Super Rescue Woman, she stopped and was looking around for the person who should have been attached to the dog’s leash. The poor dog was scared and panting and crying. These 2 ladies on the other side of the highway said a man just tied the dog there and left it.

    Barb put the dog in her car and took off. About 5 minutes later she saw the guy walking rapidly up the road. She slowed down and said “Hey, did you just leave this poor little tdog tied to the guard rail?” He said yea and kept walking. Barb caught up with him again and screamed “What’s wrong with you, are you effen nuts?” He started yelling, “Call Maymay, call Maymay”. Well bottom line, he was mentally off, and Barb was probably lucky he didn’t have a gun! He took the dog from his frantic mother and left it there when he got tired of walking it. Guess he had gone off his meds and had some sort of break.

  130. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:57 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Game!….Rockies win with Helton and Tulo bringing it home!…heh! WOOOOO!

  131. Barb & Maggie
    10:01 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Last week someone said they wanted to watch Men of a Certain Age. It is coming on now, if you want to watch or record it.

  132. Macy the Min-pin
    10:24 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Sorry pugster, that still doesn’t look right. Starting value doesn’t mean anything. Value is value, it doesn’t change. Value, starting bid, minimum raise.

  133. Alice M. Johnson
    10:29 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Hey Rio,
    I keep thinking your are going to change it but it looks like your auction item added bling by quilling. I don’t think that is what you wanted to say….heh heh heh

    I can’t believe it. The Twins won in the 10th!

  134. Alice M. Johnson
    10:38 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Here is a picture that A Catty Librarian is sending to Melanie to be put in the cookbook. She is getting her butt in gear and sending some recipes to the dishlickers. :-)

  135. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:44 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Rebeccer!…I finally got to read the “whole” story from yesterday and the finish today…snort!… I love what you did. My friend, she thinks about those kind of people all the time and wonders what she can do. Anyone standing on a corner at a stop light with a sign will get all the cash in her pocket, whether this is good or bad, she does not care. She hopes they go and get some food somewhere….sniff!

  136. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:56 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Critisism!… I have no clue what Min Pin is trying to say, but I don’t like “Starting Value” either…grunt!…I’m going back to “Starting Bid”, just like what an Auctioneer would do…heh!…”Do I hear 25? 25? 25?..do I hear 25?”

    YEEP!….THUNDER right over my head!!!!…..YEEEP! …GAH!

    ITEM #: To be added by Rebecca

    Title: Spanish Fan.

    Donated By: Anonymous Or Name of Donor.

    Description: A work made entirely out of paper using a technique called ‘quilling’. The frame is a shadow box type frame.

    Size: 15” x 12” x 1 ½” deep.

    Starting Bid: $25.00

    Minimum Bid: $2.50

    YEEP!…I’m outta here!…grunt!

  137. Siber-H
    11:19 pm on June 8th, 2011

    The smoke has returned.
    night all

  138. Alice M. Johnson
    11:22 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Good job Rio,
    The description is very understandable now. Abbie is no longer confused. I am looking forward to a picture of it. Sleep well oh baseball fan and brother to Redbone Hound.

  139. Alice M. Johnson
    11:25 pm on June 8th, 2011

    I have to admit I don’t think we need to put a value on the Auction items. The value is something for the bidder to decide.

    A starting bid tells us a price we don’t want to go below and hints at value. The minimum bid tells us we have to go over the previous bid by that much. The rest is up to the bidder.

    I better get Staff into bed soon. She didn’t go to sleep until 1 o’clock last night, er this morning. Bad Staff!

  140. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:54 pm on June 8th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! Another late night for me! Every time I read the blog to catch up on what everyone has written all day, I think of things I want to add. But by the time I get all the way to the bottom I’ve forgotten everything! Especially today — lots of entries equals lots of reading time and more chances to forget! I think I was going to say something about the summertime songs, but that’s gone. And then I was going to say something about something else, but I can’t even remember the topic, so I guess that’s gone, too.

    The one thing I do remember was when somebody — who? — said something about a spider falling into their bed, something similar happened to Mom and Dad, only it was a bat. We used to have lots of bats living in the attic, and one night a noise woke Mom and Dad. They turned on the light and saw a baby bat crawling on their bedroom floor — it went right under their bed. They pulled the mattress and box springs all the way off the bed, then removed the stuff they had stored there. No bat. The thing had totally disappeared! So Mom and Dad put the bed back together and tried to go back to sleep. Needless to say, neither one of them got much shut-eye that night!!!

  141. Snowhook Bella
    12:00 am on June 9th, 2011

    Hey KirbyT: I’m certain to think of bats tonight when I go to bed. Bats and mosquitoes…

  142. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:18 am on June 9th, 2011

    Rebecca: Hey! I just remembered one of the things I was going to mention! Good for you taking that writing class! Before Mom started working at the library she wrote for several different newspapers. Every once in a while she really misses it and gets the writing bug again. But writing fiction is a lot different than writing for a newspaper. She’s got about ten different books floating around in her head at any given time. The trick is to get one of them to come down her neck, through her shoulders and arms and into her fingers. When she tries she gets frustrated because the sentences sound so much better in her head than they look on her computer screen. The thing is, you really have to work at it. Maybe one of these days….

  143. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:32 am on June 9th, 2011

    Macy: I’ve been meaning to say good for your mom, too! When my boy was having trouble finding a job, he decided the best thing to do was to go back to school to make himself more marketable. I hope it works for him — and for your mom, too! It sounds like she’s doing really well — I hope she gets lots more stickers!

    By the way, Mom found out the other day that the person that got the job my boy had really high hopes for was an intern who was already working in that office. If they were just going to hire someone who was already working there, why did they make my boy go through so many interviews and wait week after week to hear that he hadn’t gotten the job? Some bosses are really inconsiderate!!!

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