Busman’s Holiday

“What are you doing here, Tulip?” Bernie said.

“Stripping, basically,” she said, still patting me. She was an expert! We were in the dressing room at Club Utopia, which I should probably remind everybody about.

“Um,” said Bernie, “uh. I meant are you still with Livia, or … “

“Oh, yes! I’m learning so much from her. This is just something extra, sort of a busman’s holiday, Livia says.” Maybe I should also remind everybody that Livia Moon runs a place in Pottsdale called Livia’s Friendly Coffee and More. Tulip works in the more part. “But can I ask you the same thing?” Tulip said. “What are you doing here?”

“Looking for Astrid Jason,” Bernie said. “Do you know her?”

Tulip nodded. “I hope she comes back soon. Not that I mind storing her stuff. But it’s a big responsibility.”

“You’re storing her stuff?”

“Just a couple suitcases,” Tulip said.

“Can we see them?” Bernie said.

“Well, I don’t know,” Tulip said. “I promised I’d take good care of them.”

“Then we’re on the same side,” Bernie said.

Admin to Staff: If Staff will send an address to spence.quinn@gmail.com an arc of To Fetch A Thief will be on its way, a little recovery-period reading material.

Here’s a little more Rosie Gray. If link doesn’t work, maybe cut and paste: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/archives/2010/07/chelsea_clinton_2.php

Tomorrow 10-noon, Spencer Quinn at Brewster Books, 2648 Main Street, Brewster, MA 02631

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108 Responses to “Busman’s Holiday”

  1. dawson
    3:53 am on July 29th, 2010

    Wow!

    I'd give a kidney for an ARC of To Fetch a Thief.

  2. dawson
    3:57 am on July 29th, 2010

    Don't Cry Staff: If anyone deserves an Arc it is you. Woe is I.

    Oh Boy! Astrid's suitcases should give us some interesting clues.

  3. dawson
    4:08 am on July 29th, 2010

    Hey! Come to think of it.

    Staff: You are my favoritest sister in the whole world. With whipped cream and a cherry on top. If you need ANYTHING please let me know. I will not hesitate to do your every bidding. Heh heh.

  4. abbiethekitty
    4:09 am on July 29th, 2010

    Spence. the address is in the mail.

    Ha Ha RiO ! Staff is skipping. Skipping I tell you! (very slowly and carefully you understand)

    wheeeeeeee!

    Dawson! NOW you tell me! Heh heh

  5. B. Stover
    4:17 am on July 29th, 2010

    How wonderful! Staff you deserve it.

    Things to ponder: Did Astrid give the cases to Tulip? How long ago? What is in them?

  6. alice johnson
    4:24 am on July 29th, 2010

    Ooo this looks like a good clue. Stuff in cases. I wonder what is in there.

    Alice Johnson

  7. B. Stover
    4:30 am on July 29th, 2010

    I wonder if Rosie Gray of the Village Voice Blogs is the daughter of PA. I love her style.

  8. Riö - The Evil
    5:15 am on July 29th, 2010

    Stover! …. We established that yesterday!…snort!… Rosie is the daughter of our beloved author who apparently is giving away ARC’s left and right these days!…. sob!sob!sob!… First Wookie and now Staff will read the book before I get my paws on it!… sob!sob!sob!

  9. alice johnson
    5:17 am on July 29th, 2010

    Heh,

    I knew you would sob, Rio.

  10. alice johnson
    5:17 am on July 29th, 2010

    I thought you would snorkle too.

  11. alice johnson
    5:18 am on July 29th, 2010

    Nap time for nc

    Later guys

  12. B. Stover
    5:33 am on July 29th, 2010

    Rio: I know that what was stated yesterday regarding Rosie, but no one put that together with Rosie Gray. Just clarifying. Isn't she a gutsy gal!

    And you will be getting your copy of TFAT before I get mine. I should be the one sobbing.

    How far did you read into Dixie?

  13. Riö - The Evil
    5:39 am on July 29th, 2010

    Nite-nite!…. Staff I hope you have sweet dreams of that ARC!…sob!sob!sob!…Alice mind your own business and, and… go to your box and stay there!….sniff! sob!

  14. Melanie
    6:09 am on July 29th, 2010

    Whew, cleaning house, cleaning puppy room, cleaning puppies, fixing a deli lunch (fix your own sandwiches) the Jonah, the stud's, owner and breeder are coming to see the pups.

    Staff! take lots of naps, with purring engines around you, and enjoy the ARC. Wow. That's great.

    In the suitcases: well, we know it isn't Albie, but perhaps something that Astrid "borrowed" from Albie. With our luck it will be tin futures.

    So Chet, our dogs love, behind the ears, on the chest, gently over their eyes and most of all belly rubs. What's your favorite?

    I'm glad that the Rosie isn't our Rosie. There are times we think she's got static between her ears. And that would not fit with knowing how to work the computer.

  15. Melanie
    6:13 am on July 29th, 2010

    Love Rosie Gray's writing style!

  16. Riö - The Evil
    6:35 am on July 29th, 2010

    Stover!… I will be starting chapter five of Dixie today (hopefully!). They seem to be short chapters…. snort!….

  17. Riö - The Evil
    6:36 am on July 29th, 2010

    Rosie!… She is absolutely hilarious!…Heh!heh!… Like father, like daughter or whatever that saying is… snort!…

  18. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    6:58 am on July 29th, 2010

    That was extremely nice of Admin to agree to send an ARC to Staff. My dad had contacted his lawyers (Dewey, Cheatam and Howe — just a little legal humor there) to see if we could somehow use the force majeure clause in the 47 page contract (something about Alice Johnson hypnotizing me to send the book to Staff) as a means for us being legally ble to send our copy to her, but that no longer appears necessary.

    Note to Macy and Wolfie. My mom would be very pleased to make your blocks for you. Wolfie — we do need a photograph of you, so please post one. Macy — you have actually posted a number of photos, so please let us know which one (or which ones) to use, or post a new one for her to use. If you want, she can probably combine multiple photos into a single block (although each may be a bit smaller)if you prefer, again just let us know.

    It does seem as though the entire Abrahams clan, including siblings and offspring, is incredibly talented.

    Wookie

  19. Mollie (a black pood
    7:05 am on July 29th, 2010

    Debbie LM: Just saw the quilt square pictures. They are just very very unique and beautiful. I guess this quilt is real, not virtual? I would like a square but no one here is crafty at all. You take the pictures & Staff puts them in a quilt? Anyway, sounds like it will be really wonderful.

  20. FattyKitty
    7:12 am on July 29th, 2010

    The Librarian is huffing and puffing her way to the kitchen, so I will remind Dawson & Staff that she's been taking a memoir-writing class. I believe she's planning to change all the good things she wrote about you. "They have just proved once again that the youngest was always left out of things." Then she does a "Rio:" sob!sob!sob!

    She's a little whiny today due to having a mammogram first thing this morning. And they didn't let her drink coffee before. She's brewing some strong stuff right now.

    As to getting the book soon…I enjoy the anticipation. It's like Christmas – after you've opened the catnip toys and licked them to death it's all over.

  21. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    7:37 am on July 29th, 2010

    Mollie. Yes, the quilt is very real. My mom (Debbie LM) would be very pleased to make a block for you; we just need a picture. I think you have posted one previously, which she can use if you like, or if you want her to use another one, then just post it on the blog. Wookie

  22. Melanie
    7:59 am on July 29th, 2010

    I always thought that a busman holiday was doing the same thing you do for your job on your day off. As go for a drive if you were a busman.

    Alternative theories: Busman was the cab driver (with horses) and would spy on his relief driver by pretending to be a passenger.

    OR a Buzman Holiday, a buzman being a pickpocket and never being on vacation.

    I'd rather go on a long drive without a regular schedule for my day off instead of spying on people or picking people's pockets.

  23. Mollie (a black pood
    8:06 am on July 29th, 2010

    Wookie: Tell your Mom thank you! Just use the picture I posted. If you need me to post it again or send it email let me know. How exciting to see all the handsome faces of everyone on one quilt. The "Charming Mr. Abrahams" will be so impressed and grateful. Maybe he will be so happy to receive it he will send everyone a copy of TFAT.

  24. B. Stover
    8:27 am on July 29th, 2010

    Depending how we define "more" in Livia's Friendly Coffee and More, Tulip may be taking a busman's holiday at Club Utopia.

    There was a Dorothy Sayer's Lord Peter Wimsey novel titled Busman's Honeymoon.

    Rio: I only went to chapter four. I'll just keep reading today…only a few chapters.

  25. Wölfie Wigglebu
    8:34 am on July 29th, 2010

    I'm going to ask my mom to take a picture of me looking out my "winder". We do have some nice photos of me with my boys, but they have been in the dog house ever since they stole mom's car last week. Sometimes it's best not to bug mom, if you know what I mean.

  26. Siberian Husky
    8:38 am on July 29th, 2010

    We are extrememly happy that staff is getting a copy of To Fetch a Thief…thank you Chet and Spence for doing this. We know it will help in her recovery, and after all she has been through, we think she deserves it.

    It is so neat that the daughter of PA is also a writer. We love her sense of humor. Keep up the good work Rosie!

  27. Siberian Husky
    8:45 am on July 29th, 2010

    What is a busman's holiday? I have heard it used before, but never knew until now that I didn't know what it means.

  28. Siberian Husky
    8:49 am on July 29th, 2010

    Rio! The Rockies game starts at 1:10 this afternoon. Jimenez is pitching.

  29. Riö - The Evil
    9:04 am on July 29th, 2010

    Ubaldo!… If they lose again today I am going to throw myself right off this here blog!….grunt! … Have they lost 8 or is it 10 games in a row now?… sniffle!

  30. B. Stover
    9:10 am on July 29th, 2010

    SH: A busman's holiday means doing the same kind of work when you're on holiday that you do everyday. It would be me teaching literature each day even though I'm on the long vac.

    Rio: What do you mean you'll throw yourself off this blog? It's not our fault if the Rockies don't do well.

  31. Siberian Husky
    9:14 am on July 29th, 2010

    Thank you Stover!

    Rio,I think it is 8 games in a row now. You are ging to have to think of something else to do other than throw yourself off the blog, because we'd miss you.

  32. Riö - The Evil
    9:23 am on July 29th, 2010

    Speech!… It was just a figure of speech….snort!… If I had said “..throw myself off a bridge” Min Pin and Alice would have expected me to really do it….grunt!

  33. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:32 am on July 29th, 2010

    Rio, don't jump! Somebody *might* miss you.

    Wookie, we are going to get a better pic of me this afternoon. If not the one of me in the snow is fine. If the others want a block, then they should get on here themselves..

  34. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:40 am on July 29th, 2010

    Oh and Wookie, we loved your rendition of "Our Dogs"

  35. Mollypop
    10:47 am on July 29th, 2010

    Yesterday's blog was so moving in just ao many, many ways. People, dogs and Kats, just overwhelming.

    Rio – You will still be getting your book before the rest of us so stop your blubbering, just like your Grandma says.

    Mom has pre-ordered her book for her Kindle so it will fly in the air during the night and be ready for her when she wakes up on the morning of the release.

    A new Kindle announced today, using WiFi instead of 3G, is $139.

  36. Melanie
    10:52 am on July 29th, 2010

    Jonah's owner and breeder just left. You all should be proud to be the cyber Godparents of these pups. Only one will be taken, but as of yet, they can't decide out of three. Two of the three are the Irish Spotted!

    Whew, we'd take a break, but it's time to feed the pups, pick up the van from where they did NOT fix the air conditioner.

    Have to find new place to fix the van.

  37. B. Stover
    10:53 am on July 29th, 2010

    I finished my quilt square. I know that I said this earlier, but I decided that I didn't like the cross stitching so I changed it to chain stitching. Now I'll send Staff and email at the address previously given.

  38. B. Stover
    10:56 am on July 29th, 2010

    Mollypop: I looked at the new Kindle on Amazon. The one for $189 has 3G (I think that's what it's called) and the other does not but both can connect to wi fi. Does that mean that one could go our easily on the internet? I know my current Kindle can do that and also check email but I haven't used that feature much. Which new Kindle would be best? If the new ones are really just for reading books, then my current Kindle is fine.

  39. Siberian Husky
    11:03 am on July 29th, 2010

    We are proud Siber godparents, Melanie, but mom is going to miss the puppies. I keep telling her that the puppies are across the country, for crying out loud, but it does no good.

  40. B. Stover
    11:08 am on July 29th, 2010

    Wookie: My copy of Woe is I came today. Haven't had a chance to look at it but will let you know when I do.

  41. abbiethekitty
    11:12 am on July 29th, 2010

    I am sitting on a pillow on staff's lap. I insisted. I have had enough of this arms length thing. Alice Johnson just came in and saw me and turned around to leave. Jealous!

    For a while there I laid on her arm so she couldn't scroll the blog. Oops I have to go watch Alice J.leave.

    ~DebbieLM, Staff is thinking of doing a 4 patch with Alice and Abbie so that would certainly be a possibility if anyone wants two pictures. Or any creative, Rio like, structure too. We don't have to be traditional do we? Heh. NO!

    ~Dawson, A very hairy brown dog with upstanding ears will be photographed soon so you can see it. Do you want black eyes or black centers over white eyes? These are choices. We will photo both ways. (Once Jim gets back and finds staff her camera)

    Abbie

  42. B. Stover
    11:51 am on July 29th, 2010

    I just read the rest of yesterday's blog. Rio your square is wonderful! You need to give your friend some pug kisses. I liked all of the photos also.

    Staff: I just sent you an email.

  43. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    12:02 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Macy. Thanks, we'll wait and see if you post something or otherwise use the one of you in the snow (which was quite nice). Also, I think it was actually Wolfie who posted the "Our Dogs" rendition, not me (I think we are confused with each other from time to time, given the similarities of our names); I thought it was terrrific too. Wookie

  44. Riö - The Evil
    12:18 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Stover!… Thank you very much!… snort!… I seriously didn’t know if the square was going to work or not… sniff!… I have to admit someone did work very hard on it and I do appreciate it…grunt!…I probably won’t be letting her know that though… snorkel!

  45. Riö - The Evil
    12:21 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Rock N Rolling!….Snort!… The Rockies are up 8 – 1 end of the Sixth!… wooooo! [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1280438484-happydance.gif[/img]

  46. staff
    12:30 pm on July 29th, 2010

    choices for dawson. We are looking at eyes here. So, black eyes…..

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1280438960-small dawson 1.jpg[/img]

    Or wild eyes?

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1280438989-small dawson 2.jpg[/img]

    Let me know,

    Staff

  47. staff
    12:32 pm on July 29th, 2010

    And now, Alice and Abbie's quilt squares. The black and white borders are not attached yet. Alice is purple and Abbie is orange. what can I say, They are cats and like bright colors.

    Staff

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1280439098-small alice quilt.jpg[/img]

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1280439120-small abbie quilt.jpg[/img]

  48. staff
    12:35 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Quilt squares awaiting moderation. Come on back to the 5:30 time to look at them.

    ~Dawson, you 'have some choosin' to do'.

    BTW I really like that Fatty Kitty is posting. Since I am older there are lots of things you did after I flew the coop that a younger sister may remember. heh. We can double team you.

    OH NO!

    You can double team ME!

  49. staff
    12:36 pm on July 29th, 2010

    BStover, got you email.

  50. staff
    12:37 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Got youR email. That 'r' has been getting lost lately.

  51. Barb & Maggie
    12:47 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Well, we are back. I thought WE were going to a party yesterday, but only Barb went to the party, and I got dumped off at the Bed and Biscuit. Barb said only 2 legged grownups were invited. Probably wasn't any fun anyhow. Kids drop a lot more goodies under the table than big people do. This was a party for Barb' daughter Kelly (the Newfie girl) and it was a big surprise. I had fun visiting with the other guys at the B&B.

    Staff, Wow that is great about you getting an ARC. SQ/PA is a pretty nice guy.

    Saw lots of beautiful quilt squares and some great dog pictures also. Kirby, I am not sure about you, more research needed. And is Buford a biological brother? You guys look totally diferent, but both handsome.

    Rio, your friend did an awesome jub on your square. It really brings out your personality and interests in a nice way.

  52. Riö - The Evil
    1:00 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Whew!…The long losing streak is over!… snort!….Rockies winnit 9-3 today!… whoooooo! [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1280440824-clapping.gif[/img]

  53. Mollypop
    1:00 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Well, Mom has had it with me about wanting the pre-signed copies of the book. She went out to Facebook to see what's going on and it's bad news for us on the blog:

    "Spencer Quinn – No problem. Right now Nick is still busy working on it. We should have a list of the stores that will have the signed copies soon. As for the signing itself – all done!"

    Stores? Maybe located somewhere that I'm not? Oh ohhh.

  54. Riö - The Evil
    1:09 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Wow!… He sure signed a lot of books very quickly!… snort!…He must write quicker than he types I wander what Spencer’s autograph looks like anyway?…. grunt!… I hope it’s not just an “X”…. heh! …Course that would explain the speediness… cough!

  55. Siberian Husky
    1:12 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Good Game today!!! Jimenez and the Rockies won!

    I wouldn't want to sign 400 books. No way is my attention span that long…even doing a few at a time. All those books will probably be in MA bookstores.

  56. staff
    1:27 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Hmmm. I have ordered signed copies from Uncle Edgar's. They are an 'indie' bookstore in Minneapolis. I am going to email them and find out if they will get a TFAT for me. They have lots of signed copies available. Maybe they will even have a hard copy of Dog On It for me since I got that one from the library.

    Last time Elizabeth Peters did an Amelia Peabody they got me a signed copy. Any good indie bookstore would do that for you.

  57. Melanie
    1:34 pm on July 29th, 2010

    I don't know how I missed the squares yesterday!!!!

    And more today!!!

    WONDERFUL!!

    This is going to be one dognabed fantastical quilt!

  58. Barb & Maggie
    1:36 pm on July 29th, 2010

    What is an indie bookstore? Is that individual, rather than something like Borders or B&N?

  59. Mollypop
    1:37 pm on July 29th, 2010

    B. – The new Kindle has only 2 features that Mom would like to have: screen with greater contrast and smaller body, lighter weight. Mom say if she didn't already have a Kindle, she would get the $139 one, but she sees no need to upgrade.

    Go to amazon.com to see the other upgrades. It is clearly a nifty device.

  60. Sam
    1:54 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Aunt Mollysmom is not happy with me because of my quilt square. I am Princess so it does entail a bit more work, but I'm worth it, right?

    I know her Woe is I book arrived so I hope she's not reading when she should be sewing.

  61. staff
    2:09 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Indie is independent. Not a Barnes and Noble for instance. Not a chain. There are a lot of Indie's that specialize in mysteries. Minneapolis has two!

    Once upon a Crime:
    http://www.onceuponacrimebooks.com/
    and Uncle Edgar's, which is part of Uncle Hugo's (Sci Fi)
    http://www.unclehugo.com/prod/
    Rio has a wonderful Indie mystery bookstore in Denver too, but I forget it's name.

    I just use Uncle Edgar's. My Mom started me going there back in the 1970's.

    Staff

  62. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:10 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Wolfie: My mom just got home from work, and she says thanks a lot (and I don't think she meant that in a good way) because she always starts the day by checking yesterday's blog to see if anyone posted anything after we turned off the computer. She liked your song, but she spent the whole day with "Our House" going through her mind the whole time!

    Staff: We love your quilt squares, and we think it's great that Spence is giving you an ARC. However, I did hear my mom grumbling that maybe you just said you got a kidney transplant so you could get Spence to send you a sympathy ARC, and maybe you should have to show your scar before anyone sends you anything! (Except the quilt squares, of course. Everyone can still send you those!)Don't listen to Mom, though. She's still upset that they snag all the good ARCs at the library downtown.

  63. staff
    2:11 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Sam,

    Dear Princess, When I was at quilt market I got some very good glitter (lots of colors) that could add a little pizzazz to your block. Only if you want of course.

    Staff

  64. Sam
    2:20 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Staff, I would love glitter. My square is black velveteen as suggested by Wookie's Mom. Then it is getting pearls and crystals by Aunt Mollysmom, but she is quite pokey. I have a pink heart and tiara to add. Your final touch of fairy dust will be beautiful.

    Ooh, I will be such a beautiful Princess!

  65. Barb & Maggie
    2:28 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Siber H, Thanks for all that good info. We will check with our local bookstore, and, for right now, I will concentrate on rats rather than skunks.

  66. B. Stover
    2:32 pm on July 29th, 2010

    I think the "indie" in bookstore means independent.

  67. Melanie
    2:36 pm on July 29th, 2010

    I even missed Wölfie's song. I have got to get some rest!

    Wonderful song.

  68. staff
    2:39 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Maggie and BlueCat,

    Your photo's are printed out on the fabric and tomorrow I have planned a border party. (After I drive into Fargo and get stuck with needles some more.)

    I also plan on buying about 6 more pairs of pj's. They are very comfy right now.

  69. staff
    2:42 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Dear Sam,

    You might send the heart and tiara unattached, but with directions as to where, so I can add them after quilting. It is hard quilting around 'things', you understand. The dogs and cats will not get eyes until they are quilted. They get 'underfoot'.

  70. Sam
    2:51 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Staff, I forgot to add that Wookie's Mom is putting my picture in the middle and she warned us not to get near the edges with the pearls and crystals.

  71. dawson
    3:00 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Staff: Funny about your cats quilt squares. I was going to order a purple dog but after seeing those beautiful squares Wookie did, I thought it would be too crazy. However I do not want those crazy eyes. But could my dog have purple eyes? Or black is fine.

    FattyKitty: You should know you are really my most favoritest sister. Now what about that ARC of To Fetch a Thief? Does your library get them? By the way, if you have a boob-squishing test up here they do not make you stop drinking coffee. I asked about that and they'd never heard of stopping caffeine. Don't ask me why.

  72. Melanie
    3:02 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Is Kindle Amazon? Right now, Random House & Macmillan (publishers) are mad at the Wylie Agency (literary agency) for developing an ebook deal for the back copies of their authors' list. Wylie would sell the ebook back copies to Amazon ONLY.

    This would bypass the publisher. For some reason this is really upsetting the publishing companies.

    Interesting. So is Kindle Amazon?

    Will READ the rest of Chet's blog tomorrow. Still need to know about the suitcases, but eyes are slowing closing. I would try to find a dog to curl up in my lap while I sleep (like Abbie) but I think I would just get smooshed.

  73. Melanie
    3:04 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Dawson and FatKitty, you have heard how to get ready for your mammogram, correct?

    It involves a refrigerator door.

    I MUST turn the computer off.

    Slapping hands. Off, Off I say!

  74. staff
    3:08 pm on July 29th, 2010

    ~OK Sam,

    I will work around them. Sounds like you know what you are doing. ~Dawson,

    I will look for some purple eyes when I am out and about tomorrow. Otherwise the black ones.

    Coming together! Yes!

  75. B. Stover
    3:17 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Melanie: Yes, Kindle is from Amazon.

  76. bluecat
    3:27 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Hi, everybody. Rio – how goes the Dixie reading? I said it freaked me out. It was my first PA book and I didn't expect…if you don't know yet, you will. I liked it.

    Admin – very nice gesture, sending Staff the ARC. You make Chet proud.

    Staff – many thanks for helping. Your quilts are gorgeous and you're mega-talented. Glad you're mending :-)

    Happy weekend, everybody, especially you, Chet.

  77. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:32 pm on July 29th, 2010

    I was just doing my Elvis impression and Mom tried to take a picture, only I ended up with crazy eyes, and when Mom tried to do the "red-eye" fix, it didn't work. So she's going to try to get a better picture next time, but for now here's me doing my Elvis impression with crazy eyes!

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1280449924-100_1325.JPG[/img]

  78. Mollypop
    3:33 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Staff – Don't let Sam fool you. She is good at giving orders but it is my Mom who is doing the square. Mom is a no-talent and has never done quilting. She is in awe of you quilters and just hopes that she doesn't do something that you can't work with.

  79. dawson
    3:36 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Melanie: Wait! What? I don't know anything about a refrigerator door. Fatty Kitty, do you?

  80. Wölfie Wigglebu
    3:38 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Admin

    You are so sweet to give Staff an ARC. She has been though a lot.

    I just thought I might mention that my mom has been through a lot, too, with my rascally boys. Sometimes she cries and me and Baxter and Claudie and Maggie climb into her lap and give her snuggles and cuddles.

    (I know, I am laying it on a bit thick, but it's all TRUE. And not can I blurrrrrr, but I can grovel for books, too. Is it working? How am I doing?)

    Sigh. Mom, I did my best…..

    hums the la la part of Our House in a very fine, blurry sort of fashion.

    We are off now for a couseling appoint with the rascally ones, only I think they are off awol again.

  81. dawson
    3:39 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Oh. I just googled that mammogram + refrigerator door. Hilarious.

    I'm always the last to know these things.

  82. Wölfie Wigglebu
    3:40 pm on July 29th, 2010

    OH OH

    Kirby has Alice Johnson eyes!!! We are doomed!!!

  83. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:43 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Forget my eyes, look at my Elvis impression! My eyes are fine, really they are. I AM NOT ALICE JOHNSON, NOR DO I HAVE HER EYES! I'm a nice doggy, really I am. People tell me that all the time. You're not doomed, I promise!

  84. Riö - The Evil
    3:44 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Heh!… You guys are amazing! … snort!snort!…All this talk about your quilt squares and working together to get this very important project done on time!… wheeze!… I think we all agree we want the quilt to be in the Charming Mr. Abrahams lap by To Fetch A Thief’s pub date! …snort! …That would be very awesome indeed!…grunt!…Does everyone think this is possible?… wheeze!

    Staff!… Is this on the same time-line you had in mind?…snort!…Let me know if I am sticking my paw in my mouth and asking too much of you… sneeze!

  85. Wölfie Wigglebu
    3:45 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Okay, so who is this Nick guy?

    I wonder if he will accept bribes?

    Remember, we took up a donation for the missing WWII DVD's. So we have lots of loot (chew toys, jerkey strips, salmon bon bons, etc) that would be excellant!!

    oooooo, I am shameless.

    **turns blurry pink with embarrassment***

  86. Wölfie Wigglebu
    3:47 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Staff

    Are you going to machine quilt the quilt yourself?

    Or are you sending it out?

    Let us know so that we can pass the kitty (not Alice or AK, I promise) for you! Plus we need to send $$ for the backing fabric and the batting.

  87. dawson
    3:48 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Admin: You are very kind to hand out an ARC to Staff.

    Wolfie: I add my thanks for your song last night. So true for me as well. It is hard for your Mom right now and I'm sure glad she has you, Baxter, Claudie and Maggie to give her some loving. I would agree you could use an ARC to help you deal with those rascally, reckless boys.

  88. Riö - The Evil
    4:10 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Rosie!… I’ve been giving it some thought and my thought is this….snort!… I am going to make Rosie’s blog part of my morning ritual and see what that talented girl gets up to out there on the Village Voice every day… grunt!… I read some of the other bloggers posts today and she has a lot more talent and humor in her writing by far… snuff!…Although, she does tend to use the “F” word quite a bit(might be a NYC type of thing). That of course is just my opinion…sniff!… Her dad is my favorite ever, and believe me when I say I will not take time to read her blog because of him… wheeze!… I’m just happy he introduced me to her stuff! …sneeze!…If she sucked big time, I would definitely say so (and then cringe from the wrath of you-know-who!)…gasp!… But I will not have to do that because she deserves to be read, everyday! ….heh!heh! … That’s my soap box of the day!…yeep!yup!yip!

  89. Riö - The Evil
    4:11 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Oh!… I hope Rosie doesn't mind if a dog comments on her posts!…heh!heh!

  90. dawson
    4:29 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Kirby! Love your Elvis impression! And your baby blue eyes.

  91. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:32 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Thanks, Dawson! They're really brown, but I'll settle for baby blue, just as long as you don't think they're Alice Johnson eyes!

  92. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:38 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Oh, and I meant to say that in this morning's post, I liked how Bernie asks Tulip if "we" can see Astrid's suitcases. Of course, it could be the royal "we," or Bernie could mean he and Tulip, or maybe he and Ray (if he ever gets out of the car, although I thought at one point I proved he had). But I like to think Bernie means he and Chet!

  93. Barb & Maggie
    4:42 pm on July 29th, 2010

    We are still trying to catch up on things around here after being gone. Will try to be more active on the blog tomorrow.

    Staff, thank you for everyting and we are very willing to send $$ to help with costs of materials. Let us know. Thanks again, Maggie and Barb

  94. Riö - The Evil
    5:11 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Dollars and Scents! …. We will have to let Staff figure out her costs and then divide it by the count of our squares… snort!… She will lets us all know how much to give her per square. Since we all should have her address by then, we can send it ASAP after she lets us know the bottom line. ….wheeze!…And please remember to think of the cost that Wookie’s friend is incurring for your photo squares….sneeze!… We will need feedback from Debbie on this….cough!…I can tell you that the Fabric Photo paper she uses is not cheap by all means!…snuffle!… My friend bought some last weekend to get the good quality and it was pricey! …snort!

  95. Siberian Husky
    5:30 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Mom and I want to send our share of the costs also! We are just so appreciative of the work the talents are doing for us no talents and want to do everything we can to help.

  96. B. Stover
    6:31 pm on July 29th, 2010

    That is disappointing about the pre-signed books.

  97. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:42 pm on July 29th, 2010

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  98. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:44 pm on July 29th, 2010

    OOPS sorry about that. We will have to have the addresses to send the money for the creators. Thanks to those who are doing the work.

    Macy out

  99. Riö - The Evil
    6:05 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Grump!… Now I have to be a messenger of sorts because “someone” is not living up to her commitment about reading and discussing the “Last of The Dixie Heroes” novel… snort!… Stover, “Where the hell are you?” my friend wanted me to ask you this!… grunt!…She has been out on the Discussion Place that Molly so graciously set up for us… sneeze!… and you have not visited there once so far!…wheeze!…What are we to believe at this point 5+ chapters into the story???… sniff!

  100. Riö - The Evil
    6:11 pm on July 29th, 2010

    BlueKat!… We have a spot on facebook where my friend is “trying” to discuss it with no luck at all yet.. snort!…She is very Exasperated at this point and that is not a good thing at all, especially during Busy Season!…gasp!.. So if you want to follow a one person conversation with herself at this point, please go to the Chet Appreciation Page and look for the Discussion *ha* on Last of the Dixie Heroes. …Grump!

  101. alice johnson
    6:17 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Kirby,

    I want to know what is so awful about Alice Johnson eyes. And of course Bernie meant Chet in his 'we'.

    Alice Johnson

    Dear Maggie and Barb, I got your card while in the hospital. Takes me forever to thank you. Thank you.

    While I am sitting up here in the messy quilt/computer room my windows are open and I can hear the loud cries of the barn owl. I bet it is a fledgling (or three). Everything else is fledging. Goodness they are noisy.

    Well I see you are all conspiring to send me money. I will think on it. Who knows what will happen. I might find the perfect doggy backing on the sale racks at Faye's. And yes, as long as it doesn't get too big I am planning on quilting it myself on my vintage Bernina 831 from 1971. (Otherwise it gets too expensive.)

    I have to go to bed now. I stayed up too late last night. Sleep is the best thing for me now. Thank you for all of your good wishes. You keep me cheerful and busy and that is the very best thing for me now.

    Thank you Admin, I will defend you from that trash talking Rio anytime you need it! You are the best too.

    Staff

    Staff

  102. Siberian Husky
    7:22 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Those quilt squares are perfect for Alice and Abbie!

    Barb, yes an indie bookstore is owned by an individual rather than a corporation like B&N…locally owned usually.

    Also to Barb since she and Maggie live in the country: Mom talked to a groomer friend of hers who lives in another state. The groomer said that if a dog gets skunked, you need to start de-skunking it immediately in order to get the best results. Mom doesn’t do that. Mom now knows better.

  103. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:31 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Alice Johnson: I think you have very nice eyes, as long as you don't turn them on me. You see, in case you haven't noticed, some of the folks here think your eyes are hypnotic and that you sometimes use them for not-so-nice purposes. I'm not saying that I buy into that theory. I'm just saying that I don't want anyone confusing the two of us!

  104. Riö - The Evil
    6:41 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Goodnight All!… Someone is exhausted tonight because of the Busy Season place!…heh!… So we are off to bed now.

    Kirby!.. You will have to go way back to late January and then read on to figure out the real power of Alice’s Eyes… heh! History my friend, lots and lots of history has been compiled at this here blog. Snorkel!

  105. dawson
    6:48 pm on July 29th, 2010

    That Staff! First she says the best thing is to sleep, then it is to keep busy. Then she signs her name twice. I do think it was a long exciting day for her and she should rest. And that is what I'm going to do as well.

    Kirby: Alice's eyes are yellow. Those that confuse her eyes with yours are color-blind.

    See you on the morrow.

  106. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:53 pm on July 29th, 2010

    (Rio: I know what AJ does with those eyes. I've been lurking here for a long time so I've seen the danger. I was just trying to placate her, because I sure as heck don't want her turning those lasers on me!)

  107. alice johnson
    7:29 pm on July 29th, 2010
  108. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:44 pm on July 29th, 2010

    Alice Johnson: Is Staff resting yet? Or are you bothering her and keeping her awake with your typing?

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