Chetspeak on Sunday

(We’re doing beginnings. This is from TO FETCH A THIEF.)

“I smell trouble,” Bernie said.

Better stop right there. Not that I doubt Bernie. The truth is I believe everything he says. And he has a nice big nose for a human. But what’s that saying? Not much.

It’s a fact that trouble has a smell – human trouble especially, sour and penetrating – but Bernie had never smelled trouble before, or if so he hadn’t mentioned it, and Bernie mentioned all kinds of things to me. We’re partners in the Little Detective Agency, me and Bernie, Bernie’s last name being Little. I’m Chet, pure and simple.

I took a quick sniff, smelled no trouble whatsoever, just as I’d expected, but did smell lots of other stuff, including burgers cooking on a grill. I looked around: no grill in sight, and this wasn’t the time to go searching, although all at once I was a bit hungry, maybe even more than a bit. We were on the job, trailing some woman whose name I’d forgotten. She’d led us out of the Valley to a motel in a flea-bitten desert town. That was what Bernie called it – flea-bitten – but I felt no fleas at all, hadn’t been bothered by them in ages, not since I started on the drops. But the funny thing was, even though I didn’t have fleas, just the thought of them suddenly made me itchy. I started scratching, first behind my ear, soon along my side, then both at once, really digging in with my claws, faster and –


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28 Responses to “Chetspeak on Sunday”

  1. Wose-The Small and Meek
    8:33 am on October 8th, 2017


    I am laughing at today’s post!

    A rainy, humid day here in this neck of the woods. Fall weather should return by Thursday.

    Good day to all!

    Still have to enter and sign in…

  2. Herd of Hounds
    8:49 am on October 8th, 2017

    Good morning Wose and everyone! We are ROFL, too. Raining here,too. Buddy and all are in our prayers.
    Enjoy Sunday.

  3. Anonymous
    9:35 am on October 8th, 2017

    Funny, can just picture Chet scratching like crazy! Happy Sunday everyone!

    Wose, Besides the King/Riggs movie, I also want to see Goodbye Christopher Robin. I read a little about the author’s family life, and sadly they were estranged from Christopher later in life. He did not see his mother for the last 15 years of her lfe. Seems like the problem was more on her part. Sad, and he was her only child.

    Today Josh, Jess and the kids are picking me up and we are heading downtown to the Lincoln Park Zoo. Then we are having an early dinner at Barbareeba, one of their favorite restaurants. Tapas, or small plate venue, and the food is said to be top notch. I have never been, so this is a special treat for me.

    And the day looks perfect for walking around the zoo. The Chicago Marathon is going on downtown, but I think we will be far enough away to not be bothered by the crowds.

  4. BMALS
    9:36 am on October 8th, 2017

    That was me, I forgot to sign in. LOL

  5. Wose-The Small and Meek
    9:45 am on October 8th, 2017

    BMALS: One of the trailers Grizz and I saw yesterday was “Goodbye, Christopher Robin.” It does look like an interesting story. Very sad about the estrangement. Your day sounds like lots of fun…Enjoy!

  6. B.Stover
    10:08 am on October 8th, 2017

    I had to look at TFAT to see what happens next and now I’m really laughing!

    Good morning all. (I typed in my info before typing this comment.)

  7. Herd of Hounds
    10:57 am on October 8th, 2017

    Our Awesome one was right. Entering and reentering is the new norm. Chet is a hoot even if he is called an unreliable narrator.

  8. BearSpiritDog
    10:58 am on October 8th, 2017

    Hurray for Chetspeak! Chet, How we have Missed your Sunday Morning Musings.

    Good Morning to All.

  9. Buddy, Etc.
    12:13 pm on October 8th, 2017

    Sleep. Must.

  10. Anonymous
    3:27 pm on October 8th, 2017

    I’ve enjoyed lurking and watching all the anonymous postings!

    Thanks for the laugh, Chet. Ala BStover, I will have to find this passage in the book and read the next page or two, heh!

    Had a cookbook exchange yesterday – a handful of people attended so I guess it was worth it. Now I am making pumpkin soup from one of my new cookbooks. How do you peel a pumpkin?

    Buddy, etc. Rest now. Know that every Plunderer has spent some time in the room with Melanie, saying our so-longs and trying to take some of the pain and sadness away, leaving room for gentle love and peace.

  11. Anonymous
    5:52 pm on October 8th, 2017

    Ohhh,,,this is going to be fun! Maybe we can all post anonymously and play a game trying to figure out the author! Somehow I don’t think Rio would approve though.

  12. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:06 pm on October 8th, 2017


  13. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:11 pm on October 8th, 2017

    News!….Maura, the Opera Singer has raised $905 of $1,568 goal! …snort!….This is great news! If there is anyone out there who could contribute just a little towards her goal that would be awesome. I believe People with talent should be helped along the way. Who knows what kind of reward will bestow you if you help this young women out early in her career….wheeze!….The skies the limit my friends!…chuffle!

  14. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:14 pm on October 8th, 2017

    Link!…Here is the link to her GoFundMe site….snort!…”not allergic to cupcakes”….heh!heh!

  15. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:20 pm on October 8th, 2017

    Fleas!….YEEP!….Don’t get me started. This is a new dilemma for me and my friend here in this new climate….scratch!scratch!scratch!…grump!

    Baker!…Boy still on vacation?…gruffle!

  16. Anonymous
    6:20 pm on October 8th, 2017

    Not allergic to cupcakes…heh,heh,heh.

  17. Anonymousie
    6:32 pm on October 8th, 2017

    I had to roast the pumpkin before peeling. A potato peeler on a raw pumpkin was useless. I found the soup a little on the gentle side so, made a separate small pot of “North African pumpkin soup” with considerably more spices. Ha-cha-cha!

    I have a new cupcake cookbook too!

  18. Herd of Hounds
    7:11 pm on October 8th, 2017

    All of the “anony” comments are cracking us up. Who knew a technical oops could turn into fun?

  19. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:17 pm on October 8th, 2017

    Bellie!…From Bellie and Bella and The Thieves too. They want to thank all of youse who have so far donated to Maura’s fund to get to a competition…snort!…The problem is they are unable to post any comments at all…grump!…So the Bug may be funny Anonymous-Wise but it is completely frustrating for those who cannot post at all…grump!

    Fund!…I say we start a new GoFundMe website to raise money to get another company to oversee this here website….wheeze!…We will name it, “Baker Boy Be Gone!Gone!Gone!”…grump!

  20. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:20 pm on October 8th, 2017

    Yeeep!….Oh my Dawg! Maura’s fund has risen to 955…snort!…Thank you so much from Snowhook and I’m sure Maura is thanking youse big time too! In fact I am very sure of it…wheeze!

  21. Anonymystery
    7:30 pm on October 8th, 2017

    Staff made me donate last night. I saw and recognized the name just before mine. Heh. I have been cleaning canning jars that were in the basement and then in the quonset and are now going into the lovely garage storage area. And they are so clean and shiny.
    They will be covered so they won’t get dirty again. Even though we still have to wash them before we use them again.

    Rio, Do you get the Asian Lady Beetles in your new area? They are invading our farmhouse in record numbers. They live in the soybean fields and then when the soybeans are harvested the lady beetles decide to migrate into homes. SOB. Our little farmhouse was surrounded by soybeans this year. GRUMP.


  22. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:40 pm on October 8th, 2017

    Dawson!….Check your SDD as soon as you can throw a frying pan into the air and catch it while making pancakes…snort!…This is an important Mission so don’t burn the pancakes!….grunt!

  23. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:43 pm on October 8th, 2017

    Staff!…My friend was sitting out in her little covered patio area today and there was on “lady bug” like beetle crawling on the ceiling…sniff!…She could not remember how to tell if it was a fake or not. Can you please tell us the difference so we can spray or not-spray…yeeep!

  24. Anonymous
    9:37 pm on October 8th, 2017

    They are stinky, they bite and I think they are a lighter orange color.

  25. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:41 pm on October 8th, 2017

    Quit!…With this Anonymous bull…grump!…Fill in your info like you have been doing for weeks upon weeks and post…growl!

  26. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:44 pm on October 8th, 2017

    OMDawg!…$1,005 of $1,568 goal for Maura has been reached because of friends of Snowhook!…yeep!…Youse guys are soooo awesome!…sob!

  27. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:08 pm on October 8th, 2017

    Dawson!…Where are youse? Please check your SDD. Snowhook has an important message to relay to you…grunt!

  28. dawson
    10:56 pm on October 8th, 2017

    Rio: Ok, Okay! Just trying for a little nap!

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