Calvin Today, Hobbes Tomorrow

“You know the way you can be studying a flow chart,” Spence says, “and then all of a sudden you get this irresistible desire to find out all about the history of flow charts?”

“Yeah, I know that one,” says Admin. “That’s how work doesn’t get done. It’s the opposite of what made this country great.”

“The Calvinist side of you! How refreshing.”

“All right, all right. What did you find out?”

“Flow charts,” says Spence, “or something called flow process charts, were first introduced by Frank Gilbreth in 1921. He was one of  the time motion guys, probably also responsible for all the repetitive stress injuries that came after.”

“My elbow?” says Admin.

“Your elbow,” says Spence, “is due to your insistence on still using that stupid kick serve. It doesn’t fool anybody anyway. Gilbreth was also the father in the original real life Cheaper By The Dozen family.”

“You mean the flow chart guy ended up being played by Steve Martin?”

“Kind of fits, in my opinion.”



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123 Responses to “Calvin Today, Hobbes Tomorrow”

  1. Melanie
    3:53 am on November 18th, 2010

    Banging my head on the keyboard, here!!

    Chet, did Bernie, Admin, Peter and Spence not get the NEW flow chart, done by Kirby T. Penworthy the Eighteenth put it up early this morning.

    Jeez. My hopes are dashed again. But I will post Kirby's flow chart once again.

    Hope springs eternal!

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  2. Melanie
    3:56 am on November 18th, 2010

    Siber-H: go to the hospital and sit next to your Dad. I bet the hospital staff will then pay attention and give him their best work.

    If it works, it will be that eyeliner that you have on!

    LizF: The more the Pugnacious Pug bugs you, the more he likes you.

  3. Melanie
    3:59 am on November 18th, 2010

    Please excuse the English grammar mistakes. English is my second language. I have not figured out what my first language might be.

  4. Melanie
    4:27 am on November 18th, 2010

    So . . . obviously, I seem to be the only one awake this morning.

    There was a whole bunch of barking outside. Considering the beavers being around, I went out to the dog room to see what was going on.

    No Beavers. No Arguments. Just Grace and her slightly strange sense of humor.

    Now her father, Mac, has done this but . .

    Grace was lying down in front of the dog door. This means that no dog can get in or out. Mac was outside, and being a fantastic couch potato, wanted to come in. He couldn't.

    Grace was just watching him bark and thrust his head in and bark and try to pull his head back out, and then bark. Grace was wagging her tail. She thought it was great!

    When I told her to move, she said, "Ahh, do I have to?"

  5. Staff
    4:37 am on November 18th, 2010

    Good Morning Melanie,

    I too am up early. I have to go up to the local lab and have a poke. Too bad I have to do it without any Astrid.

    PS, I love Calvin and Hobbes. Several of their cartoon books are the 'entertainment' in our Spare bedroom.

    Our farmer is also up. Two tractors have gone by. One is digging in a field close to the house and I don't know where the other one is going.

  6. Mollypop
    4:40 am on November 18th, 2010

    Melanie – Don't bang your head on the keyboard. You are probably still stuffy from the head cold and that would make a headache.

  7. Mollypop
    4:41 am on November 18th, 2010

    Staff – Those pictures from last night are great. Awww – Baby Abbie.

  8. Sam
    4:47 am on November 18th, 2010

    I think our flow chart needs a secret code. That's why this is such a great blog.

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  9. Staff
    4:53 am on November 18th, 2010

    Oflay artchay

    Secret code for the flow chart.


    (thanks Mollypop)

  10. Melanie
    5:19 am on November 18th, 2010

    Still can't do English and now pig Latin??

    YSAS always said, "English is my second language, dyslexia is my first."

  11. Riö - The Evil
    5:26 am on November 18th, 2010

    Kick!…Isn’t the Kick Serve one of those nasty topspin serves that hardly anyone can return, if done properly? Impressive Admin!!…heh!

    Chart!…Seems Spencer doesn’t like flow charts the way we do…snort!…Probably because his mind works in an entirely different fashion than ours….sneeze!…Which is why he will somehow twist the Astrid story in a direction none of us will have thought of….grunt! …Remember that song, Killing Me Softly?…cough!… He is killing me softly with his words, or lack of them regarding the Astrid Case….arghh!

  12. Melanie
    5:29 am on November 18th, 2010

    MollyPop: The radar is showing some snow your way. How are the ski slopes doing?

  13. B.Stover
    5:34 am on November 18th, 2010

    It's called procrastination.

  14. Mollypop
    5:40 am on November 18th, 2010

    Melanie – There were some snowflakes in the forecast, but nothing yet. Today will be in the 40's so nothing would stay on the ground.

    Starting last weekend, the daily snow report now comes out automatically. How funny. We need colder weather and then they can start the snow making. This is starting to make Mom very unhappy.

  15. Melanie
    5:48 am on November 18th, 2010

    Yes, Riö, that is the serve of which you speak.

    Not sure if it causes tennis elbow.

  16. Riö - The Evil
    5:48 am on November 18th, 2010

    Melanie!… I think Staff was speaking Kat Latin up there… snort!

  17. Melanie
    5:58 am on November 18th, 2010

    Oh jeez, Riö, another language?

  18. Riö - The Evil
    6:06 am on November 18th, 2010

    Liz!…When you finally wake up on Friday…snort!…I just want you to know I made it a point to go back and read the posts made after I went off to my warm soft bed…grunt!… I’m sorry if I jumped the gun and growled at you last night. I thought you were implying that I only read certain Plunderer’s posts and didn’t bother reading others…wheeze!…I’m sorry I didn’t see it as a joke which of course I should have….grunt!… As I get to know your sense of humor better I will know when you are joking around … snuff!…But for now please accept my apology…cough!…This is very rare so you may want to print this comment out and frame it, because you will probably never hear it from me again,….snorkel!

  19. Wölfie
    6:07 am on November 18th, 2010

    Good Morning all!

    We like Calvin and Hobbes also. Chad and Cody are definately Calvin prototypes. And by the way, C and H now have their own postage stamps.

    There must be something weird going on in the universe, what with all the ailments and my Boys relapse. (They are home now, and doing better. I think four days of Not Eating and smoking Bad Things did them some good. They have counseling almost every day now and hopefully they learned a thing or two.)

  20. Mollie (a black pood
    6:12 am on November 18th, 2010

    Wolfie: Glad your boys are doing better.

    Siber-H: I am so sorry re your Dad. Hope he will recover soon. I can't believe so many are having health problems at once on the blog. I know about ER rooms, I had to go back as my nose started to bleed and I got left in a room for (it seemed like) hours.

    No Astrid yet…Should we have a contest about when we get the conclusion of the case??? I would guess next year…

  21. Mollypop
    6:15 am on November 18th, 2010

    Wolfie – You had mentioned the number of days until your boys turn 18. Are they doing the countdown too? Do they have plans?

  22. Melanie
    6:40 am on November 18th, 2010

    Glad to see you B. Stover. Usually you are the first poster and I was getting worried that you might have had to gone back to the doctor.

    Wölfie: Perhaps if you spent some close time with your boys, considering your muskie like odor right now, that will help bring them to their senses.

  23. dawson
    7:11 am on November 18th, 2010

    LizF: I once suggested to Rio that an apology would be in order. He said that would never happen. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then and that (and possibly his promise to Lexi to lay off the sauce) has mellowed Rio a teensy bit. He did apologise one other time – I know because I was so shocked that I wrote down the date and time of that post on a slip of paper that I put…somewhere in a safe place. Rio was wrong last night to fly off the handle and he has admitted it. This is great progress. Rio has made us develop a thick skin (like armadillo thick), for better or for worse. I would print that apology out.

  24. Riö - The Evil
    7:13 am on November 18th, 2010

    Tennis!… I wonder if Admin uses the Andre Agassi kick serve? … wow!

    Wolfie!… Maybe you should lock yourself and the boys up in a small closet until they turn 18!…snort!

  25. B.Stover
    7:16 am on November 18th, 2010

    Spence and Admin as Calvin and Hobbes….interesting. Or is the reference to theologian John Calvin and the philosopher Thomas Hobbes? Watterson named his characters after them. Perhaps the reference is to both? Pondering.

    There is a squirrel and a chipmunk fighting in circles in my garden. They sort of remind me of Spence and Admin….

  26. B.Stover
    7:20 am on November 18th, 2010

    Thank you Melanie for your concern. I'm just very slow today.

    Hey Dawson! Hi Wolfie!

    Kirby: Excellent flow chart.

  27. B.Stover
    7:22 am on November 18th, 2010

    A chipmunk moves much faster than a squirrel by the way.

  28. Riö - The Evil
    7:23 am on November 18th, 2010

    NOSWAD!… You are back!…snort!snort!….I did miss you a teensy tiny little bitty bit….grunt!… Tell us all about the adventures you’ve had in the last month….gruff! ….I do not recall apologizing to anyone ever before, I think you are imagining all that… wheeze!

  29. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:39 am on November 18th, 2010

    Hi guys,

    Mom has been too sick to even care about the blog, but we are feeling tip-top now.

    We haven't had time to read everything, but as far as Clipper goes, I think he was last spotted near the grassy knoll, whatever that is.

  30. Mollypop
    7:40 am on November 18th, 2010

    Good Ol' Nose Wad! We missed you.

    B. – Why are the squirrel and chipmunk fighting? That seems odd.

  31. Melanie
    7:41 am on November 18th, 2010

    I, also, remember the apology. Not sure when, who or why, but was shocked!

    It did happen, Riö.

    This makes two.

  32. dawson
    7:42 am on November 18th, 2010


    As soon as I posted, I was cut off again. Dad said he has fixed this machine, but not really.

    Rio: You also have told me I have "no imagination". Do I or don't I?

    I've had an exciting couple of weeks cleaning out the refrigerator shelves, the freezer, the lower cabinets filled with mouse turds (gross), the upper cabinets filled with spilt spices etc., taking old folks to doctors appointments and shopping, helping blind people go through the stacks of paperwork that seem to have sprouted up like weeds throughout the house and going on chilly bike rides around the lakes to see the dogs walking (no pugs yet this fall).

  33. Riö - The Evil
    7:50 am on November 18th, 2010

    Melanie!… You, like Dawson, are imagining this whole apology thing…grunt!… It never happened until today….snuff!… I probably did tell Dawson she had no imagination…heh!…But since then she has developed an extremely funny sense of humor which she likes to spring on us at the most unexpected times … snort!

  34. dawson
    7:53 am on November 18th, 2010

    Yikes! Been catching up and there seems to be medical issues abounding on this blog. Hope everyone starts recovering and feeling tip-top for Thanksgiving.

  35. bluecat
    7:53 am on November 18th, 2010

    Join The Blog!

    Discover New And Exciting Health Issues!

    Dad's recovering from minor surgery. He always says: it's minor surgery when it's done to someone else. It's major surgery when it's done to Me. (Rio – I think I hear an echo – me, me, me…)

  36. B.Stover
    8:00 am on November 18th, 2010

    Rio: You apologized to Kirby.

    Mollypop: The chipmunk and squirrel are so funny. They're fighting over cookies that I threw out. The squirrel marks his territory and crawls up on the fence to watch the chipmunk. It's usually the chipmunk starting the "attack." What they're really doing is chasing one another out of the garden. Then they each sneak back in one going to one pine tree and the other to another pine tree. (The trees are small since the garden was designed as a Japanese garden ages ago. It's evolved since then.)

    Then they each grab a piece of cookie and go to their respective corners (pine trees) until one of them squeals and the chase starts all over again. They're wasting so much energy.

    Macy: I'm glad you back…and better. I was worried about you.

  37. Melanie
    8:04 am on November 18th, 2010

    This was sent to us by a good friend

    And we are sending all kinds of healing thoughts to all of you.

    May your noses not sniff,

    May your lungs not cough.

    May your joints not ache.

    May your pillows feel soft.

    Lots of tea with honey, chicken soup (with gluten free noodles of course) and chocolate. Lots of chocolate. It heals everything, including headaches from Dementors.

    I think the whole blog could use it.

  38. B.Stover
    8:05 am on November 18th, 2010

    Bluecat: Your dad is very humorous…and very correct!

  39. Riö - The Evil
    8:05 am on November 18th, 2010

    MinPin!… heh!snort!heh!….Good one….cough!

  40. B.Stover
    8:06 am on November 18th, 2010

    Thanks Melanie! Is that "dementors" as in Harry Potter?

  41. Riö - The Evil
    8:07 am on November 18th, 2010

    Stover!…I don't think so…grunt!…It wasn't Kirby who "reported" on the Spencer/Admin book signing…snort!…It was his gal….heh!

  42. dawson
    8:09 am on November 18th, 2010

    Melanie: I had some chocolate for dessert after breakfast. Delish. Staff doesn't eat chocolate because of her taste disorder. It tastes bad to her.

  43. dawson
    8:11 am on November 18th, 2010

    I knew my imagination wasn't that good – to imagine Rio apologising. That's three of us that do remember an apology. Admit it Rio…you're just an old softy. On occasion.

  44. Melanie
    8:12 am on November 18th, 2010

    B.Stover: Yes, the dementors in Harry Potter.

  45. Riö - The Evil
    8:15 am on November 18th, 2010

    Stover!…After reading about the squirrel and the chipmunk, they also remind me of Spencer and Admin….snort!….Which one is the chipmunk and which one is the squirrel?….heh!

  46. B.Stover
    8:27 am on November 18th, 2010

    That's a good question Rio. In some ways Spence is the chipmunk and Admin the squirrel…

  47. dawson
    8:37 am on November 18th, 2010

    Melanie: It took 4 tries to see the video you posted for me many days ago about the blue screen of death. I can really relate to that guy but luckily – being very low tech – I do not try to do anything to actually fix the computer beyond whining about it.

  48. Riö - The Evil
    8:45 am on November 18th, 2010

    Stover!… If we are looking at this in relation to size, I’d say yes Spence is the chipmunk, because he is the smaller pointy headed one…heh!…Admin is the larger more athletic of the two, just like the squirrel…snort! …Is one of those guys in your garden getting more cookie pieces than the other?…grunt!

  49. B.Stover
    8:55 am on November 18th, 2010

    I think they're getting equal amounts of cookie. The chipmunk is quicker and noisier but the squirrel is determined. If they'd both just eat peacefully they wouldn't waste so much energy. There must be some kind of message here about life. Cooperation rather than competition?

  50. dawson
    9:06 am on November 18th, 2010

    B.Stover: Tell that to the politicians.

  51. Riö - The Evil
    9:14 am on November 18th, 2010

    Interesting!…. Do you think Spence and Admin are competing with each other or do they just have a hard time getting along…heh!

  52. dawson
    9:21 am on November 18th, 2010

    Oh no!

    Here comes Dad, hellbent on going through another stack of paper – the one I have been dreading – the pile of receipts, six inches tall that occupies the right side of his desk. He wants me to read off the numbers for him while he tap, tap, taps them into their rightful place on this legacy computer, which undoubtably will seize up halfway through the process – ten different times – so that I will have the numbers indelibly printed on my brain long before they ever make their way onto said legacy computer. Heeeeeeeeeelp Meeeeeee!

  53. B.Stover
    9:23 am on November 18th, 2010

    I think Spence and Admin are stand-up comedians and they take turns being the straight guy.

  54. Riö - The Evil
    9:25 am on November 18th, 2010

    Comedians!…Speaking of comedy….heh!snort!heh!…Dawson is in for some fun this afternoon… snorkel!

  55. Mollypop
    11:23 am on November 18th, 2010

    B. – Mom puts out the finch feeder and I just sit back and laugh. Those dumb birds keep fighting with each other – and there are a lot of perches for everyone. I don't know how they ever get any seeds.

  56. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:32 am on November 18th, 2010

    Rio, I should have known it would be you who would pick up on the grassy knoll reference. OOOooo, I would like to roll around on a grassy knoll, if it is a good thing. It sounds like a good thing, but maybe not. Since Kennedy was like, a zillion dog years ago, I am not quite up to speed on the whole thing, except Dallas was involved, and that is a place I will NEVER be found. NEVER! Oh, did I mention that we are not big fans of Dallas. Well, we are not!!

  57. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:39 am on November 18th, 2010

    Fort Worth, however, is tip-top in our book. Mom was born there and never moved very far, much to her dismay. But Grandmother was born in Big D eal, to bad for her.

    The dog park in Cowtown is Fort Woof! How cute is that!! I have never been there, something about if won't socialize at the local park why would Mom want to drive across town to watch me be persnickety about other Canines. Just because I won't be stereotyped by catching and fetching and all doesn't mean I can't enjoy a good romp in the park, in my own section, with no one sniffing my posterior. And it is not just me. The Others, except Holly, prefer to sit with mom and dad rather than playing with strangers. Stranger Danger, that is my motto.

  58. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:50 am on November 18th, 2010

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  59. Riö - The Evil
    11:50 am on November 18th, 2010

    MinPin!…Take comfort in the fact that the Dallas Cowboys are not doing so well this 2-7 season …heh!

  60. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:50 am on November 18th, 2010

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  61. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:51 am on November 18th, 2010

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  62. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:52 am on November 18th, 2010

    What do you mean, Rio? We are on a winning streak!

  63. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:54 am on November 18th, 2010

    We like the 'boys ok, because they play in Arlington, no matter what their name is. Before the new stadium, they played in Irving. It has been over 40 years since they played in Dallas, so we try not to hold the name thing against them.

  64. Mollypop
    11:54 am on November 18th, 2010

    How about the Buffalo Bills? On their way to a ZERO season they accidentally won a game.

  65. Riö - The Evil
    12:07 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Buffalo!… Have the Bills ever played this badly before?….snort!

  66. Mollypop
    12:27 pm on November 18th, 2010

    The Bills have been bad for a long time. This bad, I really don't know. I want them to go to Toronto.

  67. Riö - The Evil
    12:30 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Traveling!…My friend told me she won’t be flying anywhere real soon because of the new full body scanners….heh!…and the “Pat Down”…sniff!…I think the pat down sounds like a good time!…snort!

  68. LizF
    12:31 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Thank you Melanie, kind words and chicken soup, very soothing.

    Dawson – hello to you and all those lovely canadians, how is the pile of receipts going? Why doesn't Canada play cricket?

    Rio – i finally woke up and have now copied, printed and framed the apology, also taken a screenshot for future reference. Apology accepted, and I definitely didn't mean to imply you don't read certain posts! Personally I blame Mercury, it's nearly retrograde… I now have my armadillo coat on too, so growl away.

    B i hope you're feeling better today. I'm so enjoying TFAT!!

  69. Riö - The Evil
    12:42 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Liz!…Do you enjoy watching Cricket?…snort!… My friend does. She has spent hours upon hours out there watching that game when she was visiting friends in England.…grunt!….That won’t happen again very soon, see above post….wheeze!

  70. LizF
    12:46 pm on November 18th, 2010

    I do but I usually don't have the time, those games go on forever. I'm with your friend on the full body scanners.

  71. Melanie
    1:07 pm on November 18th, 2010

    I've been tryinb to read the blog without my glasses. Need to find them. Missing some references here.

    Okay, back from the MRI on my knee!.. No Contrasting Dyes! No feeling sick for Thanksgiving.

    The nice tech person said, "Did you fall and hurt your knee?"

    I said that I hadn't. It was some rare disease with lots of Latin sylables and what it meant is that one joint in the body, the joint fluid makes up tiny thingys that float around. I don't think he trusted me because he looked it up!!

    He then said it correctly and said that it was totally weird. I thanked him.

    Also I only had to go 3/4 of the way into the noise tube. Thank goodness.

    I'm thinking about posting the worst thing that ever happened to me during Thanksgiving on Wednesday.

    Thought Chet and Bernie might want a rival to the firetrucks and deep fried turkey. Which should I choose though?

  72. dawson
    1:18 pm on November 18th, 2010

    3 out of 5 receipt stacks done – 2 to go, but not today.

    LizF: Is that why your dog is named Cricket? I've only been a Canadian for 6 years. That's my excuse for not knowing why they (we) don't play cricket.

    Melanie: Oh boy. A Thanksgiving horror story.

  73. LizF
    1:30 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Oh you're back, that's great, you got out from under the paperwork for the day!

    Cricket is named after the insect, actually. When she was little she had very looong legs and she chirped all the time. Bark bark bark. But a little bark, not loud back then.

    Melanie, can we have a hint about the horror?

  74. Melanie
    2:05 pm on November 18th, 2010

    I'm not kidding when I say I have to think about it. There have been so many. The Chinese dude who came up with the curse "May you live in interesting times" could have been talking about our family.

    Don't you guys have one?

    Okay, I'm beat and tired. . . I give up. . .

    Where's the grassy knoll reference?

  75. dawson
    2:25 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Melanie 12:39 posted by Macy referring to Clipper the unaccounted-for Kennedy dog being found on the grassy knoll. You know, THE grassy knoll.

  76. Debbie LM
    2:33 pm on November 18th, 2010

    No Admin – the best Cheaper By The Dozen was the original in 1950 starring Clifton Webb! Now that was a funny movie. Interesting that Steve Martin played 2 parts originally played by Webb. Hummm Cause to ponder.

  77. Siber-H
    2:35 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Siber-H reporting in: My dad is doing better today than he was yesterday, but we have no idea when he is coming home. They might send him for a short period of PT after he gets discharged from the hospital. We are pleased with the care he is getting, but, yes, they have lost something. When mom called the ambulance yesterday, the dispatcher told her to get my dad's prescriptions and give them to the paramedics to take to the hospital. The paramedics took them into my dad's room in the ER, and left them on a chair. Mom talked to the paramedic on the phone who did this. She believes him. Guess what, the hospital has totally lost them. It is no big deal because there weren't many of them and they were't expensive ones, but mom has learned a lesson. She will never let prescription drugs out of her paws again.

  78. Melanie
    2:45 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Must have missed that one because of concern of the procedure.

    Stupid procedure.


    I was just going to ask if we had heard from Siber-H and there he is.

  79. Jasper the Poodle
    2:47 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Medical stuff: mom went to the people doctor today for her once-a-year visit. She is down 16 lbs from last years' visit. However, her blood pressure is still high in spite of 2 meds, so she needs to take a stronger dose. I seem to remember something about gods being good about lowering blood pressure. I work very hard at this because I lay all over my mom all the time and she pets me so much I groan out loud in bliss. I think I am doing a good job being a best friend to my mom. She tells me every day that I am the best dog in the world!

    Job stuff: mom is done with something called Tier 2 unemployment extention of 13 weeks. A paper came in the box that she opens with a funny key thingy that says she gets 6 more weeks on a Tier 3 extension. Mom says we'll have kibble and bones through mid January. That works for me. I always have kibble and yummy bones every day. I don't care about January. I just take one day at a time.

  80. Melanie
    2:48 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Siber-H: I tell you the GPS people are going to make a mint out of people going to the hospital. Now not only the patients will have to have GPS thingys but everything they take in!!


    Glad to hear he's doing well. Umm. What kind of PT does he have to do for a UTI? I mean there are a lot of ideas coming to mind. LOL

  81. Siber-H
    3:00 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Gus&Boobear, No, my mom doesn't have a smart phone. Not My Mom.

    All she has is a primitive phone that you can talk on and take pictures with. I want her to get me a phone with internet so I can visit with you guys and keep up with the baseball games, but she won't do it. She is keeping me in the Dark Ages, I tell you.

    Miss Macy, I am glad you showed up because I was getting worried about you. Mollie(ABP) ended up back in the ER and Bluecat's dad has surgery. Many of us have had our problems, but it will get better. Melanie will get her knee fixed, and I hope Stover is feeling better. Isn't it tomorrow that Barb and Maggie get to go home?

  82. Siber-H
    3:02 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Melanie, I"m not sure, but the whole thing has made him weak, and things like low potassium also occured…an inbalance in general and a blood infection.

  83. Siber-H
    3:10 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Jasper, One Day at a Time is all any of us can do. You just keep on being good to your mom as I know you are. My dad told a nurse today that I was a good dog. My mom has to chime in with, "Yeah, for a male Siberian."

  84. Mollypop
    3:10 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Siber-H – I think Barb and MagPie! go home on Sunday. She's doing well.

    It's good that your Dad is doing well.

    I think everyone with all of these dratted medical problems is improving. Hopefully I haven't missed anything.

  85. B.Stover
    3:16 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Yes Barb and Maggie come home on Sunday.

    Hi SH. I'm glad things are going well. I think you deserve your own new phone.

  86. Siber-H
    3:19 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Thanks for the news on Barb, Molly and Stover. I am showing Stover's post about the phone to my mom RIGHT NOW!

  87. Riö - The Evil
    3:28 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Molly!…If you missed anyone, Liz will let you know!…heh! snort!…I’m so relieved Siberh has updated us and I’m very glad to know that Jasper will have food in his bowl for another couple of months…gruff! …My friend is making comfort food tonight, I don’t know what that is all about but I LIKE IT!…Woooo!

  88. Riö - The Evil
    3:30 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Stover!…We are watching the latest ep of The Event inbetween visits to the kitchen…snort!… This show is turning out to be pretty damned good!…heh!

  89. B.Stover
    3:35 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Rio: I have two episodes of The Event to watch probably tomorrow. It is good.

  90. Melanie
    3:47 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Jasper: All 40 paws and 30 fingers are crossed for you and your mom. The two legged tried crossing their toes but it just didn't work.

    You keep telling her to pet you.

    One of Dan's new docs (nice hematologist) has her dog, a miniature Australian sheepdog, in the office with her. He is a great help to all her patients. He likes to go in and check on the patients if no one has been in to see them yet.

    So take care of your mom. Sometimes it's not one day at a time, but one minute at a time. Make her laugh a lot.

    Perhaps she could join me in posting on Wednesday of a Thanksgiving dinner horror story?

  91. Riö - The Evil
    3:54 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Siberh!…You are a good guy!…snort!…But you can’t deny your nature!…heh!…Just try to be on your best behaviour for a while when your Pa does come home eventually…wheeze!

  92. Riö - The Evil
    3:59 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Stover!….When you get to the latest episode, watch the Ending very closely…snort!…I think you and I will have the same idea about what is going on (sort of)…heh!

  93. Staff
    4:00 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Dear Dawson,

    I am so glad you are getting all that paperwork out of the way before I get there on Sunday evening. Heh heh heh

    I am glad everyone seems to be improving. Let's be careful out there. And remember, if you have an infection or a cold stay home and away from anybody with a transplant.

  94. Staff
    4:02 pm on November 18th, 2010


    Can I post a Christmas Horror Story or does that one have to wait?

  95. Riö - The Evil
    4:09 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Staff!…As I understand the Rules of Engagement, we can only post Thanksgiving Horror stories….snort!…We have One! Surprise, surprise!…heh!

  96. Riö - The Evil
    4:13 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Staff!…As I understand the Rules of Engagement, we can only post Thanksgiving Horror stories….snort!…We have One! Surprise, surprise!…heh!

    Dawson!… I laughed all day thinking of her reciting numbers over and over only to be thwarted by The Legacy System…heh!… I could even imagine her tiny head in her tiny hands crying out for help!…snort!…Which of course will not be coming till next week when her elder sisters with their lap-tops join her ….grunt!…Hey! Where has Fattie or the Librarian been lately….wheeze!…Don’t tell me they are down and sick too!…sneeze! …cripes!

  97. Riö - The Evil
    4:14 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Whoops!…I double dipped!…snicker!

  98. Staff
    4:33 pm on November 18th, 2010


    I talked to A Catty yesterday and she and 'the old Bear' plan on driving in from the west on Sunday.

    We were going to drive on Sunday too but see that they are saying there will be snow Saturday eve and Sunday so have just moved our travel up one day.

    Mr Staff thinks he could part with his little netbook for a week so Dawson will not be offline when we return to North Dakota to get ready for the real move.

    Alice Johnson and AbbietheKitty are traveling too. They don't want to be left behind in a snowstorm.

  99. B.Stover
    4:41 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Staff: What is the "real move"?

  100. Riö - The Evil
    4:45 pm on November 18th, 2010

    MagPie!…She is still in Lock-Down…sniff!…I hope she doesn’t get all Poodled Up about Barb missing!…snort!….We are kind of worried tonight because we have not heard from Barb today at all…grunt!…Wasn’t she going to her son’s home for a few days?…sniff!sniff!…I wonder what has happened to her… Not The Goats! Yeep!

    Staff!…Okay we know Fattie and Librarian are okay and hopefully will be safely on their way to Thanksgiving Dinner on Sunday!…snort!… You guys better get there soon to rescue Dawson, that’s all I can say!…heh!heh!

  101. Melanie
    4:48 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Staff: I think we for this time we should have Thanksgiving Horror Stories.

    YSAS, OTAS and OTAS'F are all coming up Thursday. Friday will be the "family" dinner. My sister and her family and YSAS'SO will becoming then. That would be thirteen for dinner! Oh NO! But don't worry, we can add the Pack and it will be 23 for dinner.

    On Thursday we will be having Clams and champagne (I'm having cider) in honor of OTAS and OTAS'F engagement!

    Well, I'm off to bed. I had to buy new rubber cane tips for the two canes (one pretty, one I use around the house) and as I was putting one on and whacked it against the floor, freaking out Zoë who thought I'd fallen.

    Really must be time for bed if I'm waking up the household.

  102. Staff
    4:56 pm on November 18th, 2010


    The 'real' move lasts for several months. This is just the going down for Thanksgiving move which is only for a week.

  103. Riö - The Evil
    5:03 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Stover!…The Real Move is clear as a bell now, right?…snort!

  104. Riö - The Evil
    5:06 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Melanie!…She must be feeling a lot better, this is the latest I’ve seen her up in a long time…snorkel!…I agree about just telling Thanksgiving horror stories the night before Thanksgiving!…heh!…That will be fun since the horror is over already!..sniff!

  105. Riö - The Evil
    5:09 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Staff!…I know you like to answer cryptically, but is the “Old Bear” the Sailor Man?…snort!

  106. B.Stover
    5:09 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Rio: LOL

    I think I remember that Staff et al go to her parents' house over the winter.

  107. B.Stover
    5:11 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Rio: You were 100 tonight. The other night Alice was but I forgot to post it.

  108. Riö - The Evil
    5:15 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Stover!…Thank gawd!…snort!…There is NO WAY I could get that close to Alice without some bodily damage being done…grunt!…To me!

  109. Riö - The Evil
    5:40 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Melanie!…Next Friday sounds like a really fun day for you, Dan, Zoe and the Newf Troop!…heh!…Guests beware of drool in the dinner!…gag!

  110. Alice Johnson
    5:46 pm on November 18th, 2010

    BStover, Yes the 'old Bear' is the Sailor Man.


    I waited and waited. I sent little smack-smack-smacky sounds to you, but you didn't come give me a slobbery kiss.

    I even posted this very enticing picture, but not a word!

    You claimed you were going to bed. Huh!

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    I called you a scaredy pug too.

  111. Alice Johnson
    5:47 pm on November 18th, 2010
  112. Alice Johnson
    5:49 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Maybe I should have posted this one….

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    We need more pictures on this blog.

  113. Riö - The Evil
    6:03 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Alice!… You will never blind and conquer me with your Katty wiles!…snort!… I knew if I licked your fur I would have been immediately drugged and taken away to a Pug Rescue where I would never be heard from again…grunt!…I restrained myself and focused on Liz and tormented her for the evening…heh!…New comers are always the most fun!…sneeze!… You were out there lurking and I felt your evil smack smacking presence, but I was able to resist your hypnotic lure…heh!…Not this time Alice!!!!

  114. LizF
    6:25 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Alice, that's a gorgeous picture! I like the idea of drugged fur…

  115. Riö - The Evil
    6:33 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Liz!…Are you busy working? You do have several commissions to finish, you know!…snort!…Alice and I have a long history…snuff!…She never wins…sneeze!…Drugged fur or Not!…heh!

  116. Riö - The Evil
    6:54 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Goodnight All!…. It is just one week away from our beloved food, and tons of thanksgiving for all we have Holiday,…snort!… Thanksgiving!…Wooooo!…Whoever came up with this idea, I want in office again and again!…Yes!

  117. LizF
    6:54 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Well, I'm at work – at the office that is. I have a full time job and art is in my spare time, that's why all those commissions get held up for so long.

  118. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:59 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Hey y'all! Just a quick note before Mom turns off the computer and heads to bed. I'm glad the flowchart finally loaded, and I hope I remembered to get all the latest developments in there. Actually, I hope there are more developments soon! Poor Chet and Bernie have been in limbo for many days now — not to mention Astrid and Col. Bob and Ray, et al. I would go along with the contest to see who can guess the date the whole thing will wrap up, but I think Spence is just contrary enough to stretch it WAY beyond the last date just to aggravate us all!!!

    Gotta go!

  119. Alice Johnson
    7:13 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Did anyone watch CSI tonight? I don't want to give away the ending if they did. Heh heh heh

    **********SPOILER ALERT FOR CSI TONIGHT*************

    the cat did it.

  120. Alice Johnson
    8:00 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Goodnight LizE, oops, I mean good afternoon….

    Thank you for the compliment.

    OTAS'F said she wanted to draw me. I would love that, but can't pay her, unless she wants Salmon treats. I could do that. I have a few to spare.

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  121. Alice Johnson
    8:01 pm on November 18th, 2010

    My fav is Beachside Crunch.


  122. LizF
    8:22 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Haha! You do have a few to spare, and i bet Cricket would like Beachside Crunch.

    Hey Rio the cavalry won their first home game last night, maybe their only win, 5-2 i think.

  123. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:14 pm on November 18th, 2010

    Melanie, thanks for your acknowledgement of our grassy knoll reference. We crack ourselves up sometimes, but most "people" don't get our sense of humor.

    late night,

    sleep tight,

    don't let the beeeeeeedbugs bite.

    You have to imagine this being sung. Mom sang it to our girls when they were little, way before my time.

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