Baseball Notes

“Philip Humber pitched a perfect game for the White Sox yesterday,” Admin says.

“Very exciting,” says Spence. “Only the 21st time in the whole history of the game.”

“What do you think is more rare – the perfect game or the unassisted triple play?”

“Let’s go with the latter.”

“Correct. Only fifteen times.”

“And how different they are in terms of dramatic structure. In a perfect game the suspense just builds and builds, so you’re holding your breath on every pitch. An unassisted triple play happens so fast you’re not sure what you saw.”

“Just part of the endless fascination of baseball.”

“No doubt about it. But how much sense do you think this conversation would make to someone in say, Slovenia?”

“What are you saying? No baseball in Slovenia?”

Welcome Tiki the wonder dog, Daisy, bog-loving dude.

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  1. B.Stover
    8:45 am on April 22nd, 2012

    Yeah, endless fascination….

    Good morning all.

  2. BearSpiritDog
    9:23 am on April 22nd, 2012

    Good Morning!
    B, For some reason I was just thinking of you.
    Heh, hen.

  3. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:28 am on April 22nd, 2012

    Yes, but the real question is whether baseball is a metaphor for life or is life a metaphor for baseball. Pondering . . . . And of course it may depend on whether or not you are a Red Sox fan, or possibly a Chicago Cubs fan. Pondering some more. . . .
    Wookie

  4. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:36 am on April 22nd, 2012

    On a more serious note, us guys are batching it this morning, as mom is off for the day. They are having A Day of the Book festival in Kensington (the next town over) and mom’s quilt guild has a booth there to promote the guild. The only problem is that it is suppose to rain Herbs and Royals later in the day here, so not sure how it will all turn out. But at least this afternoon we can watch the Caps (our hockey team) beat the Boston Bruins in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs (sorry Spence and Admin).
    Wookie

  5. B.Stover
    9:42 am on April 22nd, 2012

    Baseball, like all other sports, is a substitute for war. As with the tournaments held for knights during the Middle Ages, it keeps the boys occupied. I guess we should be greatful.

  6. B.Stover
    9:52 am on April 22nd, 2012

    An American goldfinch (male and bright yellow) was just in my garden on a branch chattering away. Beautiful.

  7. OleyHowlers
    9:58 am on April 22nd, 2012

    A perfect game…now that is exciting! Sorry Bee.

    Good Sunday all! It is a gloomy day here, with lots of rain in the forecast, thank dog. There is a possibility of snow showers on Tuesday. Dear dog.

    We were kept busy all day yesterday. Mom and Pop had to go to a meeting in the morning, and then mowed grass all afternoon, get ahead of the expected rain. Last evening, we had the house to ourselves (party!) while they went to their favorite restaurant with friends. They spent 3-1/2 hours in the restaurant!!!

    Today, we are all sprawled about the living room, catching up on our rest. We hope all under the quilt are feeling fine and just taking advantage of the extra warmth and leftover snacks.

  8. Barb & Maggie
    10:05 am on April 22nd, 2012

    Good morning all. We are in Bee’s corner with of ball of bases analogy.

    Cold this morning but should be warming up later. No snow or rain forecasted here, thank Dog.

  9. Princess Sam
    10:08 am on April 22nd, 2012

    B., I hear chattering too, and it’s my teeth chattering. The temp is in the 30’s. There are warnings all over on the TV about the foot of snow we might get starting tonight through Tuesday. The trees have leaves and heavy wet snow will cause branches to break and take down power lines. After our disaster five years ago my family had an automatic generator put in but if we lose cable then I will be without my favorite Animal Planet shows and no Internet.

  10. B.Stover
    10:22 am on April 22nd, 2012

    Poor Sam. I hope the bad weather passes you by.

  11. B.Stover
    10:53 am on April 22nd, 2012

    We haven’t heard from Rose lately.

  12. BearSpiritDog
    10:59 am on April 22nd, 2012

    B: Rose checked in yesterday.
    Remember, she’s in good hands with the Smoochers.

    One we haven’t heard from in a while is C.Hobbit.

  13. B.Stover
    11:02 am on April 22nd, 2012

    Bear: Right. Thanks for reminding me.

  14. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:09 am on April 22nd, 2012

    Well, we survived the birthday party last night. For mom, it was torture……35 people in a basement room, blisteringly loud pounding music, an open bar, and everyone shouting to talk over the music. It is interesting what some people find enjoyable. (At one point, mom told dad that she would rather get a root canal.) Finally Mom found a chair in the corner and spent the evening people watching.

    Because mom was a telephone operator for 15 years, her ears are damaged and she is sensitive to load noise. It literally hurts her ears. Does anyone get irratated by loud “background” music at restaurants, or by the unnecessarily loud volume in movie theaters, or by blaring commercials on TV?

    Or is mom just getting old?

  15. Siber-H
    11:12 am on April 22nd, 2012

    BASEBALL again!! Congratulations to Humbler on his perfect game. Wish we could have watched it.
    Spence really knows how to write about baseball. HINT HINT

    When men go to war, they still play games if at all possbible. (soccer, football, baseball, ect.) Baseball also helps keep girls occupied. During an exciting baseball game, mom might forget for awhile that I’m outside unsupervised after dark (think skunks and feral kats)

    Sam, I’ll trade places with you. We are going to have a high of 85 degress today.

  16. Siber-H
    11:17 am on April 22nd, 2012

    Wolfie, It could be that our moms are getting older

    Rio, Thanks for the red Bob last night. It is my favorite, except for what it represents.
    I replied to your SDD first thing this morning.

    Rio gets his new computer today!! This is exciting.

  17. BearSpiritDog
    11:23 am on April 22nd, 2012

    Wolfie: Nana says your mom is not alone.

    Hey! Happy Earth Day!

  18. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:30 am on April 22nd, 2012

    The Smoochers. I love it!

  19. Rose
    11:33 am on April 22nd, 2012

    Good morning all!

    The Prof, Smoochers, and I slept late, snuggled up, nice and warm. It is extremely hard getting up on the weekend! I’m concerned about this severe weather….We are expecting rain, but I know snow is expected in the higher elevations. I don’ t want the Smoochers traveling in bad weather, but they are insisting that I still am not my tip-top self.

    Wolfe: How is your mom and Chad? The Prof and I don’t like any of that background music in restaurants either. You can’t have a conversation, and forget if there are babies crying……

  20. Rose
    11:35 am on April 22nd, 2012

    SiberH: I hope you win that contest!

  21. B.Stover
    11:57 am on April 22nd, 2012

    Wolfie: I don’t like loud noises either. Of course, I’m older than your mom. I don’t think it has anything to do with age though.

  22. Tupper and Gilly
    12:23 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Hi everyone – hope all are feeling tip top today.
    Mama and Dad slept really late this morning – something about a conference they were at and a hotel with a bed of nails…
    But they are home now and we are snuggling with them, so what are they complaining about?
    And Mama says that baseball is indeed a metaphor for, or maybe an imitation of life…just one adjustment after another.

  23. BearSpiritDog
    12:33 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Siber-H: Ditto to what Rose said!

    Weather!
    Expect the unexpected
    I always say
    And don’t plant
    Before Memorial Day!

    Snow. Terri, that means you too. Forecast for Ontario and Quebec the same.

    Hi Tupper&Gilly. Sorry Mama and Dad had to sleep “on a bed of nails”

  24. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:40 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Hey, y’all! We had a bad storm last night, and no Internet this morning. Wonder if the two were connected? But luckily, things are fixed now. Mom went on the website on yesterday’s blog and typed in our address, and it said we were OK. Or was that the evil bad guys taking over our computer and just tricking us into thinking we’re OK? I guess we’ll know in July! Maybe we should have a great big party in July, just in case some of us don’t make it!!!

  25. BearSpiritDog
    12:55 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Kirby: If the evil bad guys are the government, then you may be right.

  26. Snowhook Bella
    1:10 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    I can’t prove it, but I think the Smoochers including Masquers, blurred to the Kennel last night. I woke up in the middle of the night and it looked as though Belle Starr was laying on AJ’s pillow. He didn’t seem to notice as he slept through it. Like I said, I can’t prove it. Maybe I was dreaming because they weren’t here when we woke up this morning.

    Rio gets his new pugtop today. I bet he is warming up his paws for a bit of tip-tap-typing on this here blog.

  27. BearSpiritDog
    1:46 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    SnowBella: Funny you should mention the strange visit. I had the same “Dream” last night.

  28. BearSpiritDog
    1:50 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Text just received from M advises the Smoochers never left Rose’s side.

  29. Snowhook Bella
    2:02 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    BSD: Must just be a very real dream I had last night. I’ve had worse.

  30. BearSpiritDog
    2:17 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    SnowBella: I have heard of such things…being in two places at the same time…especially when sleeping. Perhaps it was not a dream. As Hamlet says: There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

  31. Tupper and Gilly
    2:28 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    We just want to know one thing – if Rio gets a new pugtop computer will it have a flat screen to match his head?

  32. Rio - The Evil Pug
    2:37 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Computer!…Its HERE!…snort!…She just came home with it and I am already using it!….WOOOOO!!!…FAST!FAST!FAST!….wheeze!…I even have my email open at the same time…heh!…I bet I could even open one more application without it freezing up…chuffle!

  33. Snowhook Bella
    2:38 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    T&G: I don’t see how it couldn’t match his head.

  34. Rio - The Evil Pug
    2:40 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Screen!…The screen is as flat as my head and as shiny black as Beau’s…heh!heh!…He is not coming any where near this baby!…Wooooo!

  35. Rio - The Evil Pug
    2:42 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Stuff!….There is a lot of new stuff I am going to have to learn how to use…heh!heh!

  36. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:44 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Rio: Is your friend going to be able to use her your new computer?

  37. Rio - The Evil Pug
    2:50 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Questions!…Its asking me a million questions…heh!….So I just hit the OK button each time…chorkel!…I’ve already added updates to an existing Book application that I know nuthing about yet…snort!…I finally found the Refresh Button…wooo!

    Kirby!…My friend is busy working on her big, big, big quilling project. She swears she is going to finish it today…heh!…No way!

  38. B.Stover
    2:50 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Excellent Rio.

  39. Rio - The Evil Pug
    2:55 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Photo!…Someone will take a Photo ofit for me so I can show youse guys how black and shiny it is…sniff!

  40. BearSpiritDog
    2:57 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Rio: Very exciting for you and your Friend!!! New computers are the Best. With all the applications running simultaneously, it really is like Mission Control. Wooooo!

  41. Rio - The Evil Pug
    2:59 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Software!…Someone says I need to load the Camera software and the printer software onto it…grunt!…I think I will let her do that…heh!…I’m going to go check out the games!….WOOOOO!

  42. Jasper the Poodle
    3:02 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Mom says she has no tolerance for loud music, crying/screaming children, cigarette smoke and crowds. She says it’s because she’s 50+ but she’s forgotten that she has always hated those things, even in her 20s.

  43. Macy the Min-pin
    4:16 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    What was bad was back in the day, a packed movie theater, with people smoking and babies crying.

  44. Melanie
    4:16 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    So the DSL went out. On the phone with Verizon. First try to find a phone number to get help!! Yeah right, they kept saying to go to their website.

    Anyhoo, it’s back. I’m back. I have no brain.

    BELLA! Check your SDD please.

  45. Rose
    4:19 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Rio: Good luck and enjoy your new computer!

    The Smoochers will have dinner with the Prof and I, and will be on their way. The Prof and I both want them all to arrive home safely.

    Rebecca: Belle and I did some on-line Coach looking, but no buying. Something about the look Luna gave us both….

  46. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:27 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Steak!…Wow! We had Grilled Steak for lunch!…snort!…Today is like having my birthday all over again!…snort!…I got my share and Beau found out what it tastes like. Now he is a fan of steak and peanut butter….heh!heh!

  47. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:36 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    SiberH!…Are you watching the game?…sniff!…Someone is taking a quilling break so we are downstairs catching the last few innings…snort!…Game is still tied!…grunt!

  48. Barb & Maggie
    4:41 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Macy, Barb said that she thought people used to be able to smoke in movie theaters, but no one agrees with her. One had to sit on the isleway, and then they would flick ashes on the floor, right?

    Rio, We are so happy for you and your friend. Enjoy!

    We just watched a little indie movie from Netflix, called The First Grader. Powerful, upsetting, but yet inspirational at the same time. True story of a Kenyan man who wanted to learn to read at the age of 84. Gives a lot of history of Kenya’s independence from the British in the early 50’s and the horrific things that happened to the tribal people. Not for the faint of heart.

  49. Riö –The Evil Pug
    4:43 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Double!…By Cuddyer! Love that guy!…Woooo!…This made Giambi run like hell and he doesn’t like to do that…heh!heh!

  50. Riö –The Evil Pug
    4:45 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Barb!…Did you see my note last night? Something about quilling chickens…sniff!…I don’t remember now I’m busy watching our team WIN!…Wooooo!

  51. Riö –The Evil Pug
    4:51 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Admin!…Love Admin’s post today!…snort!…I consider it Admin’s post because he starts the conversation off…wuffle!…I do believe Tulo, one of my Rockies players, has an unassisted triple play…snort!…He actually did it early in his career…chuffle!

  52. Siber-H
    5:00 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    I’m watching the game, Rio. The Rockies are now ahead.

    Thank You Rose and Bear for your good wishes about the contest. I am THE Rockies fan in NM.

  53. Riö –The Evil Pug
    5:05 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Contest!…SiberH! You have to win that contest!…snort!…You just have to!…wheeze!

  54. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:05 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Mom’s almost finished with a book she’s reading for work. For their new evaluation program, they all have to choose a goal to work towards. Because of a mother-son duo she had helped awhile back, Mom decided her goal was to become more familiar with children’s book series, and to read at least the first book in each series, so that she could recommend them to chidren. The book Mom is reading right now is the first book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series, which Mom says reminds her a little of Harry Potter — only set in medieval times. Other than Bitsy-Tacy, do any of you have any juvenile series you, your children or grandchildren have read and really enjoyed?

  55. Siber-H
    5:09 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Rio, You are corredt. Tulo had an unassisted triple play in April of 2007.
    I looked it up.

  56. Snowhook Bella
    5:10 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Melanie: SDD checked and I’m still oh-mying! Response sent.

    Rose: We await the return of Belle Starr and ‘her’ dog, Luna.

  57. B.Stover
    5:10 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Yawn!

  58. Siber-H
    5:12 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Rio? Stover couldn’t possibly be yawning at us, could she?

  59. B.Stover
    5:13 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Kirby: Who wrote the Ranger’s Apprentice series?

  60. Riö –The Evil Pug
    5:21 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Yawn!…I’m yawning too!…snort!….I could use a good nap but the game is still on…heh!heh!

    Frustrated!…Someone here is frustrated because she made those new peonie flowers…sneeze!…Well she can’t place them the way she wants in her project because they stick up too high to fit in the frame…grunt!…So the whole thing is not coming out like she wants it to. To make things worse, she already glued them down “accidentally!”…heh!heh!

  61. Riö –The Evil Pug
    5:23 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Gah!…Itchy-Twitchy is pitching…snort!…That guy makes me want to scratch all over….wheeze!

  62. Riö –The Evil Pug
    5:31 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Game!…Over!…Rockies Winnit!…WOOOOOOO!….This is great because they take the series on the road!…snort!…I don’t have any of my little winning yellow men icons on this new computer yet…grunt!

  63. BearSpiritDog
    5:31 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Barb&Maggie: There was a time when smoking was commonplace everywhere! Talk about being in close proximity. Remember when it was allowed on planes? The smoking vs nonsmoking seats were barely separated. Nana can’t say if it was the same in movie theaters, but no doubt was as Barb describes. She does remember a “crying booth” in a small neighborhood theater…a sound proof room with large glass window for mothers and babies.
    Our movie for tonight is Tinker,Tailor,Soldier,Spy.

    Rio: Will your Friend’s project be for the Spring Boutique?

  64. Riö –The Evil Pug
    5:37 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Bear!…Alas, no!…snort!…This is why she wants so desperately to finish it today, because she has only made one thing for the Spring Boutique….grunt!….She wants to make the project she has in mind for the thing she found at a yard sale yesterday…sniff!…This will be for the Spring Boutique.

  65. Snowhook Bella
    5:37 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    I’m sending Tenzing to the quilt for a while. Given that he still has his winter coat, he will take the over, not the under approach to the quilt. Tenz has a rare auto-immune disease and isn’t feeling tip-top today. He’ll have a stash of Slim Jims with him and has been instructed to share with anyone else under or over the quilt.

  66. Barb & Maggie
    5:42 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Rio, We will go back and check the post that we missed last night about chicken culling.

    Kirby, It is Betsy-Tacy. Barb’s granddaughter who is almost 13 didn’t like it. We are going to see if Lily will give it a go. The interesting thing about Betsy-Tacy is that the reading becomes harder as the girls get older. They are 5 in the first book, then 8, 10, 12 in the 4 books we have. They eventually go thru the teenage years, and the last book is Betsy getting married.

  67. Barb & Maggie
    5:52 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Rio, we went back and read your post – q’s look like c’s on our screen, so we thought you said chicken culling not chicken quilling! Those two things are quite different! We thought you wanted us to get rid of some of our chickens!

  68. Snowhook Bella
    6:02 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    B&M: When I read your culling post, I had to go back and re-read Rio’s post from last night with the thought in my head, “Either that’s a typo or Rio has picked up a new and strange hobby.” I’m glad it was a typo.

  69. Melanie
    6:21 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Moon waxing crescent
    Attraction time
    HEY MOON! Need some energy

    Interesting weekend. Dan was seeing and hearing things that weren’t around. The Pack tore down the pantry door, and ate all the dog food in there. Mattie had a very full stomach. Spent a lot of time staying awake checking on Dan and Mattie. Both are better.

    Zoë and I? That’s a different tail. snicker Walk / run was good. Wet but good.

    Background noise. I find that if there is background noise I don’t here anything else. That could be selective hearing though.

    CONGRATS on the new computer Riö!

    Got to catch up on yesterday. BBL

  70. Barb & Maggie
    6:23 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Bella, Yes, when you cull your flock it means you get rid of the older less productive hens, and that just doesn’t happen around here. The chickens are happy about that too. Some of them are 6 years old this spring!

  71. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:26 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Bee: Ranger’s Apprentice was written by John Flanagan, who lives in a place called Manly, Australia. How’s that for a name?! (Do you know it, Liz?) The first book is called “The Ruins of Gorlan,” and it reminds Mom of HP because the main character, Will, is an orphan whose father died a hero of the kingdom. Will and his friends grew up as wards of Baron Arald. There’s a villan, Morgarath, who tried to overthrow the kingdom but was defeated and sent to exile. Now he’s staging a comeback, complete with an army of strange creatures. On Choosing Day, Will hopes to be selected for Battleschool, as he is sure his father was. But not only is he rejected, he is turned down as an apprentice by all the craftspeople of the castle. He seems doomed to a life as a farm laborer. But then Halt, a member of the mysterious Rangers — with their rumored ability to become invisible — steps forward…

  72. B.Stover
    6:41 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Thank you Kirby. It sounds interesting.

  73. Melanie
    6:41 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    ooooh, that sounds good, KirbyT.

    Hmmmm, Bruins won!

    coughcoughcough, a beribboned hammer. Love it.

  74. Mollypop's Mom
    6:54 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Those Bruins came from behind, tied the game, and then won in overtime. The Penguins lost and my favorite, Sydney Crosby, took a hard hit in the beginning of the game.

  75. BearSpiritDog
    7:01 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Tenzing: Paws in prayer mode for you to feel tip top very soon!

    Barb&Maggie: Your Farm is the talk of four-leggeds and two (don’t forget the chickens) far and wide. Many are those that envy the good fortune of those who reside there. All living without fear, with the kind mistress who watches over them.

  76. Rose
    7:13 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    The Prof, Smoochers, and I enjoyed a delish steak dinner tonight, and for Masquers, a special salmon steak. The rain has let up for now, and after another tearful good-bye, the Smoochers blurred their way home. I thought I heard something about stopping at Rio’s to check out the new computer….

    Bear: Please let me know when Masquers arrives home.

    Rebecca: Ditto. Sorry to hear about Tenzig. I hope he is tip-top soon. BTW-Swedish fish, and peanut M&M’s have been left under the quilt.

  77. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:26 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Kirby, are you looking for new children’s books or old! We don’t know anything about new books, but when mom was little she loved reading all the Laura Engells Wilder books, Edgar Edgar, A Wrinkle in Time et al, the Chronicles of Narnia, The Borrowers, Stuart Little, and the Black Stallion books. Also, The Secret Garden and a Little Princess.

  78. Snowhook Bella
    7:26 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    “Have any suggestions, bud?” I asked as I stroked Junior’s ears. Silence—I wasn’t surprised. Junior, named after a certain evil pug has always been short on words, but long on enthusiasm. His tail wagged.

    “Nothing?” His tail wagged faster.

    Finally, a suggestion. It’s nothing concrete, but at least now we have some names on the table for the four new dogs that were welcomed to the kennel moments before. What names did he put forward? He had a theme—like I usually do when naming—I’ll give him that: Rio One, Rio Squared, Rio Trio and Girl Rio.

    I’m not saying no to the names, but I’m not saying yes either.

    Welcome home.

  79. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:29 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    FOUR NEW DOGS!!!!!!!!!

    Bella, do tell!

    This is very exciting?

  80. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:30 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    FOUR NEW DOGS!!!!!!!!!

    Bella, do tell!

    This is very exciting!

  81. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:31 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Oops.

  82. Snowhook Bella
    7:36 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Wolfie: We only have one round of four new dogs, not eight. :) With the passing of Younger and Rory and Annabelle’s retirement—which she is enjoying, by the way—we need to restock and add some depth to the team. The four new dogs come from, Lance (not Mackey), my mushing mentor and the same kennel that Rio, the sled dog, not the pug, and Gomez originated. These dogs come from a leader of Lance’s that trained me when I first started running dogs; she was a good girl. Two of the four have signs of becoming lead dogs.

    Have I mentioned how loud it is in the kennel right now. Everyone is excited to meet everyone else.

  83. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:38 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Wolfie: New…old…makes no difference! Mom hadn’t even thought about some of the ones you named. In fact, Mom’s ashamed to admit that she never even read any of the Little House books, even though those were some of my girl’s favorites! She’s going to add one of those to her “must read” list!

  84. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:39 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Rebecca: Congratulations on the new arrivals! Are you passing out cigars???

  85. Snowhook Bella
    7:46 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    KirbyT: Close, but no cigar (pun intended). It’s celebratory Slim Jims all around.

  86. Barb & Maggie
    7:52 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    We also loved Little House series, and Charlotte’s Web was an all time favorite. Heidi was a good old-time favorite. Barb received Heidi and Secret Garden for her 9th birthday from one of her favorite relatives who helped instill the love of reading in her. Black Stallion, Black Beauty and the Lassie books were also good.

  87. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:54 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Oh my goodness, mom loved, loved, loved The Little Hose books! She hated the TV series, but loved the books. Oh, and what about Little Women? I know that there were several books with the same characters. She also loved all the Beverly Cleary books.

  88. Snowhook Bella
    7:57 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    I remember Bev reading Heidi and Little Women to me when I was younger. I always loved Josephine. Josephine, the dog lives up to the character’s spirit.

  89. Princess Sam
    7:59 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Rose said the rain left her house. This storm is coming counter clockwise and will start here soon. Then it will hang around for a day or so. Temps are cold so rain becomes snow (those pesky rules of physics) and the counter clockwise motion will pick up water from Lake Erie.

    This winter was so mild the school kids didn’t get a single snow day. The kids are praying.

    We’re sitting in front of the fire.

  90. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:00 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Rebecca, mom’s girl Paddy (of the Finger Lake sponsorshi) also had an autoimmune disease. It manifested itself in two ways: extreme fatigue and boils on her neck that would not heal. The only thing that helped her was predisone. That always made her feel tip top and she lived until age 15.

  91. OleyHowlers
    8:06 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Loving licks going out to Tenzing.
    We hope the Smoochers made it home safe and sound. The weather is bad, at least in the East.
    Rio, congrats on the new laptop! Busy paws make happy pugs.
    Hurray for our Fly Boys, who put away the Penguins and advance to the next round.
    Four new dogs! Wow! How old are they, and what do they look like? Pictures pleeze.

  92. BearSpiritDog
    8:15 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Rose: Masquers arrived home and is already talking about coming back. Says the chats with the Prof while you and Belle Starr windowsurfed the web for bargains were most enjoyable. No need to reveal the dinner menu, the salmon breath was a telltale sign.

    Kirby: Childhood favorites around here were Heidi, Black Beauty, Lassie, and the Nancy Drew Mysteries (she read almost a book a night going through that series!)

    Celebratory Slim Jims…I like it!

  93. Rose
    8:17 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Rebecca: Congratulations on the addition to Snowhook!

    B&M: Charlotte’s Web is my all-time favorite children’s book! I also have a special place in my heart for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

  94. Melanie
    8:20 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Oh Jeez Louise … I made the mistake of reading OUTLOUD about the four new dogs coming into the Pack. WELL, that had everyone going … When they finally understood it was not our Pack, did it calm down?

    Noooooooo

    Now everyone wants one of the new dogs named for them! Except for Frank … He’s hiding his head and disappearing. He still thinks that Zoe is going to make him leave if she brings a new dog in. (rolling eyes here) AS IF

    Hope Tenzing feels better. I’m joining him at the quilt. I plan to stick my feet under him so I get all nice and toasty. That’s because The Royals’ Mum said I was toast.

    Soo TTFN

  95. BearSpiritDog
    8:31 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Rose: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn…had forgotten that one!

    The Velveteen Rabbit was probably her all time favorite when younger. Oh, & The Wind in the Willows featuring Mr. Toad, Esq of Toad Hall. Heh.

  96. Barb & Maggie
    8:42 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Rose, We are definitely on the same page with that one. Barb loved Charlotte’s Web so much when she read it at age 12 that she vowed she would name her first girl child Charlotte. She backed down on that one, but did read it to the girls (and cried at the end) then 10 years later to Josh (and sobbed thru it again). She did not read it to the Grands.

    Bear, Thank you for the compliments on Kindred Spirits Farm. Everyone is safe here.

  97. Snowhook Bella
    8:51 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    B&M: I didn’t know that was the name of your farm? How did I miss that? It is a great name. Years ago, I thought of naming the kennel ‘Broke, Hungry and Happy Kennels’ after an old kayaking video I saw long ago.

    Belle Starr may have had a rough landing on her return blur. I asked her as much to which she responded in the negative. Luna, however, licked the mud from Belle Starr’s nose and the top of her head.

  98. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:04 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    I think all the new dogs should be called Wolfie Wigglebutt 1,2,3 and/or 4.

    What about the Giving Tree?

    And Winnie the Pooh and the House at Pooh Corner!

  99. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:17 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Books!…My friend read lots of books when she was young, mostly all of those youse guys have mentioned already…heh!

    Weird!….This season of The Biggest Loser is the worst and the strangest ever…grump!….Two guys just quit the show because they did not agree with the rules ….heh!….Quitters! Losers – in a different way!….snort!…Not to mention DUMB! I mean there is a lot of money at stake here…wheeze!…..Good riddance I say.

  100. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:48 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Oooh! Spence…or Admin…or someone in a baseball hat is up top with a couple of you guys!!!

    Mom says thanks for all the suggestions — she’s making note of all of them.

    Rio: Speaking of not agreeing with the rules, Mom and Dad just watched “Cupcake Wars.” Don’t know if you watch that show or not, but Round 2 is always judged 50 percent on taste and 50 percent on presentation, meaning decorations that go along with whatever that week’s theme is. Several times — including tonight — bakers have said, “We just don’t do decorations — that’s just not us!” Huh? Have you watched the show?! If you don’t think decorations are “your thing” why the heck do you bother coming on the show? And can’t you bend your principles just a little to earn $10,000!!!

  101. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:58 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Reality!….heh!…At my friends busy-place a former contestant of the Biggest Loser is running a program called “Boot Camp Challenge” or sumthing like that….heh!….She had the opportunity to listen to him speak, although she had no intention of signing up for his expensive workouts…snort!…In the talk he said, “You have to be a little crazy to even go on a Reality Show in the first place. And there is very little “reality” in a Realtiy Show…wheeze!…So who knows if every little hiccup is already orchestrated by the directors and producers of these shows…grunt!

  102. Snowhook Bella
    10:08 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Did someone mention cupcakes?

  103. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:12 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Rebecca!…Did you smell the word cupcake coming from this here blog?…heh!…Also, is the rumor true that you guys have 4 more guys?…snort!….Are they potential A-Team leader type guys like my Junior?…snorkel!

  104. Snowhook Bella
    10:26 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Rio: I did get the hankering for a cupcake from KirbyT’s earlier post on this here blog. The rumors is true. We are Snowhook +4. Our hope is that they will be part of the A-team in future seasons. They are all black, yet one has one brown eye and one blue eye—he, like Elim seems to enjoy singing.

  105. Barb & Maggie
    10:31 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Barb said she just never could get into the Pooh stories. Some people even decorate their kid’s rooms with Winnie characters they like them so much, but they never did ring her chimes.

    She did like the Beatrix Potter stories when she was little. Now Potter characters we could see on kid’s walls and bedding, as well as on their book shelves.

  106. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:32 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Rebecca: If I could send you a cupcake I would! Mom likes to make cupcakes. In fact, she made cupcakes for a wedding last fall. She was all set to make a cake for her co-worker’s daughter’s wedding, but then the daughter went to a wedding show where she learned cupcakes were the new thing, so she asked for cupcakes instead. There were 150 cupcakes in five different flavors. The bad thing was that Mom got sick the day before, so she had to stay up all night baking in order to get them finished on time. She finished right on time — but she had to miss the wedding to do it. :(

  107. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:35 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Black!…Where did you get these guys anyways?…sniff!…Are they real young or older than Junior?…snort!…How come they don’t have names?…wuffle!

  108. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:39 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Rebecca!…I found the post where you explained where these guys came from…heh!…No need to explain twice. Good news for Snowhook then. Some depth and maybe some new leaders…yippee!

  109. Snowhook Bella
    10:41 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    KirbyT: I think I remember your mom falling ill right before the Great Cupcake Bake of 2011.

    Rio: We got these from my mushing mentor. He is changing his focus from long distance mushing to sprint mushing. The dogs are different for the types of mushing as is the approach to training and the equipment. The four new dogs are some of his distance dogs. I believe all four are older than Rio, but they are related. Rio is still a yearling, bless him. He’s not even two yet. They come from Buser lines which will probably only mean anything to SiberH. So far, ear scritches seems to be a favorite of the four-pack.

  110. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:47 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Martin!…Buser?…sniff!…I have no idea who that is its just a name that was at the tip of my tongue…cough!

  111. Snowhook Bella
    10:49 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Rio: The loss of Annabelle and Rory as leaders really dented the A-team. Annabelle, well, we expected her retirement. She’d lead AJ in all of his qualifying races and previous Iditarods, yet this season she opted to run swing—the position behind lead—and seemed content to let the up-and-comers to, well, up and come. Between Safety and Nome, she decided she was going to lead to the finish line and she let AJ know as much. She ran, side by side with her daughter, Twig up Front Street to the burled arch. Rory, was his main leader for this team, and her death was unexpected. It was because of her absence, that he ran from Unalakleet wihtout a front end. He served as lead dogs several times to give Twig, Quig, Elim and Louisa Mae respite, to take the stress from them. We’re hopeful that at least two of the dogs will run lead. Major was a petite thing and one of the first lead dogs that trained me; I remember when she was pregnant with the father of this dogs.

  112. Snowhook Bella
    10:52 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Rio: You got the name correct. He is a four-time champion of the Race.

  113. Riö –The Evil Pug
    11:04 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Interesting!…I really hope these guys will fit in with all the others and become teammates and pals…snorkel!…It must still be hard on you and AJ missing Rory and Younger…sniff!…Has everyone healed up from the ill-timed fight that Lefty instigated…grunt!

  114. Snowhook Bella
    11:08 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Rio: In hindsight, Charlie probably would have been okay to run, but we didn’t want to risk it. Coach’s fur is growing back following his surgery to put his head back together. Now, according to Coach, rubbing the fuzzy part of his head is good luck. Who am I to question?

    More to Rio: How is new pugtop, day 1?

  115. Barb & Maggie
    11:09 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    We will be saying good night now.

  116. Riö –The Evil Pug
    11:16 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Sign!…I think it is a good sign that I finally after all these years got a brand new black shiny laptop the same day that Snowhook gets new black additions to the team….snort-o!…My old laptop was Silver and we had it for over 7 years…sniff!…We still have it of course. Lots of stuff needs to be transferred from it to this new one…grunt!…Not that you will catch me doing any of that sort of thing…sniff!

  117. Snowhook Bella
    11:20 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Rio: Your new laptop and the new dogs will match AJ’s mushing gear perfectly. You’re right—I must be a good sign.

    Time for dinner for the dogs then dinner for us. Good night all—probably.

  118. Riö –The Evil Pug
    11:27 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Goodnight!…Beau is causing trouble, so we have to go sort him out and get him in the right bed…grump!….Weekend over!

  119. Basil and Sage
    11:42 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Yo Rio – congrats on the new ‘puter. Now maybe, just maybe you can keep up with us…HA!

    Hey Bella – good news about your 4 new kids – even if they are just dawgs. Since you got them to add a little spice to your team, you should name then like us – maybe Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (if there is a girl in the group). But heck -you have a whole spice rack to pick from.

  120. Alice M. Johnson
    11:52 pm on April 22nd, 2012

    Ooooo. I like the idea of an herbal team. snicker.

    Staff says Mr.Staff is yawning and yawning and making her tired. She must go get ready for bed and FEED ME!

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