Chetspeak on Sunday

We were in a conference room at a hotel near the airport, and everyone in the audience – maybe not quite as big as it had been at the beginning, when Bernie had tapped the microphone, a painful sound for me, pounding like drums right next to my ears, although no one else seemed to mind, cleared his throat and said, “Can, uh, you hear me all right?” a terrific start, in my opinion – was a private eye, on account of this was the Great Western Private Eye Convention. We’re partners in the Little Detective Agency, me and Bernie, Bernie’s last name being Little. I’m Chet, pure and simple, and we’d been in business for almost as long as I could remember, although we’d never been to a convention before. “Not our thing,” Bernie said, so that was that, until Georgie Malhouf, president of the Great Western Private Eye Association, offered Bernie five hundred bucks to give a speech.

“A speech?” Bernie had said.

“Twenty minutes, tops,” Georgie Malhouf told him. “Plus questions.”

“I’ve never given a speech in my life.”

“So what?” said Georgie Malhouf. “There was also a time in your life when you hadn’t had sex. Did that stop you?”

That one zipped right by me, but the point was: five hundred bucks.

– from The Dog Who Knew Too Much.

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147 Responses to “Chetspeak on Sunday”

  1. Wolfe
    9:46 am on February 23rd, 2014



  2. Wolfe
    9:47 am on February 23rd, 2014


  3. Wolfe
    9:50 am on February 23rd, 2014

    Mim’s nightly prayers are getting longer and longer. It seems as if each of us is carrying their set of burdens, and I am so thankful that we are here for each other to lighten the load.

  4. Wolfe
    9:51 am on February 23rd, 2014

    Dang that otter correct.

  5. Herd of Hounds
    9:52 am on February 23rd, 2014

    Good morning, everyone! Hey Wolfie, good day and yes you were early. Did Jace awke you up? Ahhhhhhh, Chetspeak (missed it last week 🙁 ) Egg Day and Fern is laying. Life seems good 🙂

    Have a sun filled sunday. (If it is overcast in your place, you be the sun)

  6. O'Howlers
    9:53 am on February 23rd, 2014

    Happy Egg Day. Wolfie, what happened to your “i”?
    Laughing thru tears is the way we roll.

  7. Wolfe
    9:56 am on February 23rd, 2014

    Let’s see if this works.

  8. Wolfman
    9:59 am on February 23rd, 2014

    OH, I am feeling studly today.

    It happens now and again.

  9. Barb & Maggie
    10:00 am on February 23rd, 2014

    Good morning all you early birds. Wolfie, get your i back, big guy.

    Poor Bernie, we remember that scene. He was putting half the room to sleep.

    HOH, We have plenty of sunshine today.

    Melanie, hope you are having a good morning and keeping warm and toasty in your new wobe.

  10. Wolfman
    10:00 am on February 23rd, 2014

    Rats. One more attempt.

  11. Wolfie Wigglybutt
    10:02 am on February 23rd, 2014

    I am trying to upload a photo. Grump.

    Let’s face it, I am not a stud muffin. I am just me.

  12. Meashka
    10:04 am on February 23rd, 2014

    You look like a stud muffin to me, Wolfie.

  13. Barb & Maggie
    10:14 am on February 23rd, 2014

    Wolfie, We have to use Google Chrome to upload pictures.

  14. B. Stover
    10:16 am on February 23rd, 2014

    I love that scene in Dog Who.

    Good morning all.

  15. bluecat
    10:21 am on February 23rd, 2014

    Wolfie – you must have been awake at zero dark thirty. Hi!

    We think it’s special that some of the Plunderer family will be together in AK and some of the Plunderer family will be together on the East coast – and the rest of us will be together in Siber-Space. Dog’s timing.

    Good morning all.

  16. Herd of Hounds
    10:25 am on February 23rd, 2014

    For your Sunday groaning, er, pleasure.

    How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it. 🙂

  17. Wose
    10:30 am on February 23rd, 2014


    Really fun pictures coming from ML. She’s a natural out there! Makes me thing about last year, and all the fun Grizz and I had.

    Pixie, Would love to see your hairstyling talents on the Giants, but I respect his dignity. (whispering) No matter what you do, he is still a handsome guy!

    Wolfie, I miss your “I”.

    Melanie, I hope the wobe of many colors is keeping you nice and comfy. I hope you feel all the love from us Plunderers in that robe.

    Staff: Focus! You must get better! YOU MUST!

    Hobbit: Are you still shoveling snow?

    Rio! Aw, come on, let’s Skype. I could talk to all youse. Your friend could talk off kamera. I hate being on kamera myself!

  18. Wose
    10:31 am on February 23rd, 2014

    HOHs: Ahem. What a silly joke, but I laughed anyway!

  19. Meashka
    10:33 am on February 23rd, 2014

    Pop said he will help the Hobbit shovel, if she just shows him where the John Deere with snowblower is.
    That Pop…funniest guy in the room.

  20. Wose
    10:33 am on February 23rd, 2014

    (whispering) hey youse guys, have you seen the new Snowhook patch? It really rocks!

  21. Tupper and Gilly
    10:56 am on February 23rd, 2014

    Greetings all.
    Ohhhhh Staff. – paws crossed that you feel better VERY soon. Please do whatever it is you need to do to live healthy.

    Wolfie – we are just glad to see you on this here blog, no natter how you are spelled!

    Rio – ha! Remember how you laughed at Mama when she used to cuss windows 8? So there, you Evil Pug – now you know how she felt. And we bet your cussing is a LOT more colorful. tee hee

  22. O'Howlers
    10:59 am on February 23rd, 2014

    Wose, Thanks for calling our attention to Snowhook’s patches. They are very nice.
    Our Plunderer patches, both the 2012 and the Furever ones, are on coats that Mom and Pop are not taking Way Up North. Bummer.

  23. Melanie
    11:12 am on February 23rd, 2014

    I love Chetspeak on Sunday!

    Good morning all. Change of Sons Day.

    YSAS and LLL have left for the train station. They will come back next weekend.

    OTAS is on his way here. He leaves Tuesday afternoon.

    Time for a nap!

  24. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:15 am on February 23rd, 2014

    MELANIE!!…snorkel!….Very good to hear from youse…wuffle!

    Organizing!….Someone is in organizing mode today….snort!….I will be supervising and right in the way at all times…heh!

  25. Dawson
    11:20 am on February 23rd, 2014

    Up and at ’em in Bellingham. It has snowed which thrills these snow-deprived folks, especially the 4 year old who woke me to tell me.
    I am thrilled to be on my way to Melanie’s I Iditarod (the IPAw is insisting that is 2 words).
    We are going out for breakfast and hockey game.

  26. O'Howlers
    11:20 am on February 23rd, 2014

    Melanie, your sons are wonderful!

    Here is a nice video about the great effects wolves have had on the environment and geology (!) in Yellowstone.

  27. Barb & Maggie
    11:30 am on February 23rd, 2014

    Melanie, enjoy your Sunday and your visits with the boys. Looking forward to the start of Melanie’s Race.

    Barb’s wonderful son stopped by last evening and salted the driveway. Barb drove her car from the garage to the end of the driveway, got out, got the mail, and drove back into the garage. Her neighbors must think she is nuts, but didn’t want to risk another slip and fall!

  28. BearSpiritDog
    11:43 am on February 23rd, 2014

    WeatherKat was right (I hate it when that happens!) The Snow yesterday disappeared before evening.

    Wolfie: Your earlier posts as Wolf & Wolfman were right-on.
    You are one of the strong ones.

    O’Howlers: We Here Love the Wolves! Thank you for that link.

    Melanie: Will be joining you later for that Nap.
    Lots of Bear Hugs to give you.

    Wishing all of youse a Good Sun-Day.

  29. Tupper and Gilly
    11:44 am on February 23rd, 2014

    It was suggested to us by a Very Wise (Blue)Cat that Dishlickers is a good, safe place to share thoughts with each other.
    What a smart kitty. (Unlike certain Wrotten Kats that WE know)

  30. O'Howlers
    11:46 am on February 23rd, 2014

    Barb, The ‘rents got Winter Trax, which are inexpensive and slip over your shoes to keep you from sliding. They are wonderful, and very necessary here with all of our ice.
    Speaking of winter trax, Hobbit or Bella or Snowhook Dogs, how icy is it up there? Mom and Pop are thinking about thorowing those winter trax in their bags.

  31. O'Howlers
    11:47 am on February 23rd, 2014

    Trying this again:

    Barb, The ‘rents got Winter Trax, which are inexpensive and slip over your shews to keep you from sliding. They are wonderful, and very necessary here with all of our ice.
    Speaking of winter trax, Hobbit or Bella or Snowhook Dogs, how icy is it up there? Mom and Pop are thinking about thorowing those winter trax in their bags.

  32. O'Howlers
    11:48 am on February 23rd, 2014

    And just in case those of us going Way Up North are not excited enough:

  33. Siber-H
    11:49 am on February 23rd, 2014

    Good Morning All

    Staff, We are sorry to learn you are not feeling well. Take care of yourself. We hope you feel better soon.

    Dawson, Congratulations! Canada won the Hockey Gold!

    Melanie, It is so good to to hear from you and to know your sons are visiting. They are two fine lads.

    Barb, That is a smart move. Mom has decided not to walk down our long driveway anymore if it is icy. We only had one day this winter of ice on the driveway but a man in this city slipped and is still in critical condition in the hospital. (head injury)

    Rio found the Charms Bar!

  34. Tyb
    11:53 am on February 23rd, 2014

    Barb’s a smart lady. Who cares what the neighbors think.

  35. Barb & Maggie
    12:07 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Howlers, Barb had something similar to the Winter Trax when she lived in the country. They had a bunch of spikes on the bottom and cut into the ice so you had traction. She has not replaced them since the move, but maybe she should. The back yard is too icy to do poop patrol and no one is volunteering.

  36. Masquers
    12:07 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Blukat! Kats rule!
    T&G: See above. Heh, heh.
    Rose: My dear friend…how would you Skype with Riö when he hates having his picture taken and so do you?…it is a paradox.
    Riö: WhoooHooo on getting the new computer! Now if you could only figure out that tricky Windows 8. Bear always tells us that when one gets anything new you have to allow time to “make friends with it”.
    Tyb: I agree with you…Barb’s the smart one…look what happened to that guy Siber just told us about.

  37. Mollypop's Mom
    12:34 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Staff, I didn’t cancel going to Alaska, I just postponed it. I plan to check the vacancies in the Hobbit Hotel (I near it’s a 5 Star) after all the Iditarod hoopla is over. Then instead of taking an 8-day trip, I’ll make it 4 or 5 days. That would be 2 days on an airplane and 2 or 3 days in Anchorage. I can pack enough backup food for that amount of time. Maybe we could do that together.

  38. Basil and Sage
    12:38 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Kats Rule
    Dawgs drool
    Alice is cool
    Rio needs school
    TC’s a jewel
    Newfs swim in a pool
    Corgis need a stool
    And Siber is part Kat, so we like him.

  39. B. Stover
    12:40 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    A Cat Was Involved is out as an audio book now.

  40. Siber-H
    12:41 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Herbs, I like you too. You are pretty kats, but I will never live this part Kat business down.

  41. Herd of Hounds
    1:00 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    B&M: Drive for mail? Heck the Daddy Dawg fires up the Cub Cadet and rides down the steep driveway.
    Staff: Get better.
    Dawson: Hockey gold, loved watching the team sing Oh! Canada.
    OH: Thank you for the wonder, pawsitive wolf video. Mom’s first member of the nation within was a wolf/husky named Sonja. She’s the one at the back in the foto. In front is Kahlua a G. Shepherd/husky mix. The truly original Herd of Hounds.

  42. ML
    1:04 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Howlers, ice will sneak up on you here. Mostly in parking lots and driveways where the traffic has compacted it. The time to be extra careful is when you are trying to get out of a Ford 4×4 that is way up off the ground I was hanging from the door handle as my feet did a little cartoon roadrunner action.

    Mt Mc Kinley from nearly 200 miles away.

  43. Herd of Hounds
    1:10 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    ML: Ooooo, Ahhhhh. Looks like postcard quality 🙂
    O.K. one other Sunday funny. How do you make holy water? You boil the hell out of it. (pa dum dum)

  44. ML
    1:10 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    A couple of recruits for the small dog team. The guy in blue is wearing long johns with the flap in an awkward place.

    I am off to church with the auntie and mom and then a VSP is coming to get me and take to the 5 star Hobbit Hotel for the afternoon. First Plunderer meet and greet. So excited.

  45. BearSpiritDog
    1:11 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    B: We only wish A Cat Was Involved was also out as a paperback, instead of only the Promotional Offering, Audio & Kindle versions.
    OFA himself signed Nana’s copy and now it Appears Lost in last year’s shuffle from hospital to rehab. Sob,sob,sob.

    Hounds: That is a Great Photo of the original pack members Sonja and Kahlua.

  46. Thieves!
    1:31 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    What a night, what a night. We spent most of it under the Quilt staring down Melanie, Staff and MPM and all others under the Quilt and demanding them to ‘HEAL!’ The theory in the kennel is that we have one too many marks in the misdeed column to make our demands for miracles to work. Beau—a little help?

  47. Herd of Hounds
    1:31 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    BDS: Thanks.Those 2 were quite an introduction for mom into the Nation within.
    Now she MUST go and prune a crape myrtle and 3 rose of Sharons or they will begin to grow before she comes home. Here’s why…

    Keep the faith. Spring really is coming 🙂

  48. Masquers
    1:36 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    HOH: Your mom is right to prune those plants. Yes, spring is coming, but we don’t want it to come too soon, especially in Alaska.
    Siber: Being called part kat wouldn’t be so bad would it? For instance, I take great pride in Belle Starr’s nickname of Katdog. and…if you will recall…Dima, your fellow Siber, loved hanging out with Buddy, the kat who thought he was a dog ^..^
    ML: So beautiful! Keep ’em coming and have a wonderful afternoon visiting at the Hobbit Hotel.
    Yark! Just saw Kirby T. Penworthy at the top. We miss that guy.

  49. Siber-H
    1:52 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Masquers, sigh…maybe it isn’t so bad. I like my kat friends here on the blog.

  50. Tenzing
    2:20 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    The first night my Lady brought me home and gave me a bath her first words were, “Uh, AJ, I think we got a cat!” I was on the small side and a bit sickly and my snout hadn’t developed into the fine specimen it is today. Later, I was taking Coach, the father not the dog on a walk. He was stopped and someone asked why he was walking a kat. I think the Thieves get their slight of paw skills from my kat heritage.

  51. Rio - The Evil Pug
    2:34 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Staff!….What’s this about Staff and Mr. Staff not going??….wheeze!…I will have to read last nights posts after our brutal walk…sniff!…This makes me very very sad indeed..wuffle!

  52. c.hobbit
    2:48 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Those coming to Alaska: don’t forget sunglasses. The sun can be really, really bright especially with the snow glare. This morning’s sun reminded me to tell you this. It is not icy now but with the warm weather coming, there will be melting during the day and freezing at night. I do have a couple of pair of those ice trekkers. I’ve never used them as my boots have good grip. Some people get their outdoor boots and shoes studded locally.

    O’Howlers: yes there are extra hair blow dryers. Also check your SDD in a few minutes.
    HOH: I decided to drive past your hotel but the road was blocked off for the Fur Rondy dog sled races. You will be close to the action but if I remember correctly, there is a steep sidewalk to climb up to 4th Avenue.
    Mollypop’s Mom (and Staff): you are welcome at the Hobbit Hotel whenever you can come. I do have one major trip coming up Ap 20- May 3 (to Turkey on a Walking Adventures trip). That is if my passport arrives in time. Even if I am gone, you are welcome to stay in the house but it may not be as much fun 🙂

    I dreamed of Newfs last night.

  53. Tenzing
    3:00 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Rio: We here at the kennel are holding out hope and praying with all our sled dog hearts that Staff will be able to make the trip north to Alask!

    Staff: HEAL!

  54. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:11 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Caught-Up!…Oh dear! Oh Dear! OH DEAR!…snort!…I so wanted The Staffs to be able to go to Alaska…sniffle!…But there is still Hope, right?…wheeze!

    Printer!…Okay, someone is going to tackle setting up the new printer…gasp!….I know from past experience she never has any luck setting up printers…grunt!

  55. Wose
    3:16 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Masquers, If Rio would make the great sacrifice for Skye, well, dammit, so will I!

  56. O'Howlers
    3:20 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Whew! All their farm cleaning and prepping is done done done. And our substitute mom/playmate received all of her instructions. It’s time to relax…the firepit is lit. The beer is cold.

    Oh, ML and HOH, great photos. Thanks!
    Oh again, we had to get a new printer cartridge so pop could print his Plunderer ID.

  57. c.hobbit
    3:23 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Gasp! I forgot all about the Plunderer IDs. I don’t have one. 🙁

    One more hour to clean house and then go meet ML!!!

  58. Herd of Hounds
    3:28 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Mom doesn’t have a Plunderer ID either…sob, sob sob. Is she not a Plunderer? She thought so. Be good to her or she will make us post another stupid pun.

  59. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:29 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    CHobbit!…What!?…sniff!…I can’t believe you do not have a Plunderer ID…gasp!….Wait! Neither do I. It was blown away with my hard-drive….sob!sob!sob!

  60. c.hobbit
    3:31 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    For Siber-H:

  61. O'Howlers
    3:42 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Staff is the Plunder ID maker.

  62. Siber-H
    3:43 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    What is wrong with that dog!! GAH!

    Mom just pointed out to me that he must be a peaceful dude…whatever

  63. BearSpiritDog
    3:47 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Plunderer ID! Thank youse for the Reminder (now where did I put mine….)Staff is the Master of the Plunderer ID, but she is not feeling tip-top right now. sniff.
    Lots of Good Thoughts & Prayers going East.

    Hobbit: That is a Funny Photo!

  64. Tenzing
    3:47 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    My Lady suggests Trax especially if you’re not accustomed to walking on ice. They can be purchased locally. Parts of the kennel are icy. Even if you don’t need them, they might be good to have on paw if your boots don’t have good grip.

  65. Masquers
    3:52 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Staff: Paws crossed here.
    That dog in the photo is no dummy.
    Riö: Please check your SDD.

  66. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:21 pm on February 23rd, 2014


  67. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:24 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Printer!…Well it has taken a goodly amount of time, but my friend has successfully set-up the new wireless printer without having a USB cord…chuffle!…That takes talent!…Wooooo!….The instructions recommended using a USB cord, but of course the printer did not come with one and all the other USB cords we have do not “fit”…sniff!….Apparently you cannot use a Kindle cord either…grump!

    Kamera!…Onto the Kamera set-up….Wooooo!…Should be easy after that WiFi printer…heh!heh!

  68. Masquers
    4:53 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Riö: Congrats to your friend on successfully setting up the new printer!…best of luck with the data/photo transfer via flash-drive.
    When someone here attempted this very same thing, way back when, it ended in cries of frustration and a call to a computer nerd friend (whispering) tech-no-kat was of no help.

  69. Dawson
    4:56 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Oh no!
    Staff: I finally saw your last night’s post about stomach problems. I am sad you are not feeling well and hoping for a miraculous recovery. Will Mr. Staff come even if you can’t?
    I am trying to catch up on this morning’s blog but I have a 4 year old demanding attention.
    SiberH: Canada won gold in the hockey game!

  70. O'Howlers
    5:10 pm on February 23rd, 2014
  71. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:19 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Canada!….Oh brother! How long will we have to endure ‘Oh Canada’s’ cry of victory…wheeze!

  72. Diane C.
    5:22 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Hi Everyone–

    Q: Why does it take a Buddhist so long to vacuum a sofa?

    A: Because he doesn’t have any attachments!

    As you can see, it’s been a long weekend, and I’ve missed following up witchall. There will be another brief hiatus now as I go to a concert…
    I hope you’re ALL having a good Sunday.

  73. Herd of Hounds
    5:47 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Diane, enjoy! Joke as sick as the ones mom postd.
    OH: check your SDD.

  74. Basil and Sage
    5:50 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Ok -dum da da dum.
    Here are the very first photos of the big remodel. This is just the dining room area, and the new small table is not here yet, but you will be able to see the difference.
    First – the “before” picture

  75. Basil and Sage
    5:52 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    And now

  76. O'Howlers
    6:06 pm on February 23rd, 2014
  77. O'Howlers
    6:09 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Gah! Does anyone know if we need actual tickets to get on the airplane. All we have is the latest Expedia email about our flight changes. Gah!

  78. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:10 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Golinka!…My friend and I think that is a room we would love to eat a big batch of lasagna in one day…snorkel!…Really remarkable make-over…chuffle!

  79. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:11 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Howlers!…I do not fly, but don’t you at least need a boarding pass??…sneeze! and yeep!

  80. Barb & Maggie
    6:18 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    T & G, That is a truly remarkable make over. We absolutely love it. It is so fresh and light looking. Makes the room seem much bigger too. Does your dad love it? And the floors are gorgeous. You didn’t even have to have them refinished! Can’t wait to be there in person.

  81. Herd of Hounds
    6:26 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    OH: you can print a boarding pass at home from your info but NO MORE than 24 hours before departure OR there are kiosks at airports to print your info. This from the techno-challenged one so double check. Mom usually looks helpless at the airport and someone does it for her 🙂

    T&G Lovely light room!

  82. Basil and Sage
    6:28 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Rio – alas, the lasagna is ready, but you are not allowed to leave your backyard.


  83. O'Howlers
    6:29 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    The seats all say taken! Gah!

  84. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:32 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Howlers!…I’m sure two of those seats are yours….snort!…What a dilemma!

  85. Barb & Maggie
    6:42 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    T & G, We are doing Italian tonight too. Spaghetti with meat balls, sour dough rolls and caesar salad.

  86. O'Howlers
    6:46 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Rio, It is hell to be so naive about airline travel. We are trying to tell them to just BREATHE. We think tomorrow, the magic email will arrive, and everything will be clear. Or else pop will low his lid. Heh!

  87. Masquers
    6:53 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Howlers: We always wait to print our ticket at the airport kiosk. That way there are no complications. Just enter your confirmation number and the little machine spits out the boarding pass. And, Riö’s right, two of those seats are yours.
    Loved your picture.

  88. Dawson
    6:53 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    O’Howlers: Each airlines is different but the ones I travel on do not need a ticket. You DO need a boarding pass and if you do not print it at home then allow yourself even more extra time at the airport. Also a good idea to go early if the flight is sold out.

  89. O'Howlers
    6:58 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    ML and hobbit are eating out right now! Woo!

  90. Barb & Maggie
    6:58 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Dawson, Hope your sis can join you up north, and she MUST be better by March 11th. No ifs ands or butts! We are going on our big adventure!

  91. Dawson
    6:59 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    T&G: What an amazing difference in those two rooms! The wood floor is a super bonus. You are inspiring me to gat busy re-doing my kitchen once I get home.

  92. Kat
    7:11 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    The After picture is very pretty, but the Befor epicture has my VBF Callie in it. Hmmmm…I gotta go with Callie.

  93. Basil and Sage
    7:15 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Howlers – no matter what else you do or don’t pack, make sure you have your license or passport.

    And do just breathe. Believe us, you will NOT be the only people in the airport who don’t know how all this stuff works. Just think, on your way home, you can be the seasoned travelers who help the clueless newbies.

  94. BearSpiritDog
    7:24 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    HerbKats: Who needs old knotty pine when your mama has uncovered those beautiful wood floors. What a Spectacular Transformation!
    Hi Callie! I just noticed a familiar looking feline in the after photo. He must have slyly blurred out of here to get a preview of the finished project.

    Maggie: Tell Barb that Bear thinks she should open her Own Restaurant. What wonderful smells must be coming out of your kitchen every night.

    Is it Suppertime yet?

  95. O'Howlers
    7:35 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    The ‘rents never go anywhere without their shades. Check.
    They have their licenses and both passports (Plunderer and U.S.) packed. Check.

  96. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:50 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Whew!…The Howlers seem to be calming down now thank goodness…wheeze!…I had to go upstairs and help my friend finish the spaghetti sauce, cook the fetticine perfectly aldente and all the other stuff…sniff!sniff!…Her mother, after getting her plate full of everything, promptly put it all in the microwave…gasp!…My friend said, “Isn’t it hot enough for you?”…She said, “It’s not done! The noodles are hard!”…wheeze!…This coming from someone who has no idea how to cook pasta. Her pasta side dishes are clumped together noodles and uncooked by anyone’s standard….grunt!…I know because someone tries to pawn this crap off on me and Beau afterwards…grump!…So once again my friend will never ever cook supper…sniff! bummer!….And by the way her noodles were just right…gurgle!

  97. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:53 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Midsomer Murders!…Back to the show to calm down. Murder mysteries always help me calm down…sneeze!….Beau is to afraid to attempt posting on this new computer, but one day he will I betcha…heh!heh!

  98. c.hobbit
    7:58 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    ML and Sadie! ML is ambidextrous : playiing with the dog on one and catching up on the blog with the other. At the Hobbit Hotel.

  99. Dawson
    7:59 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    I can’t believe this! There is 6 inches of wet snow on the ground. At least. Still coming down heavy. Bellingham sold their snow plots a few years back as they were rarely needed. Sheesh!

  100. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:07 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Dawson!…Get to Alaska quick!…snort!….There will for sure be enough snow then…heh!heh!

    ML!….Woooooo!….How cool is this? The first Plunderer to arrive at the Hobbit Hotel and feed and or play with Sadie…snorkel!…Very Exciting stuff!…chuffle!

  101. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:09 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    CHobbit!….She has a Mac!…snort!…No wander she was aghast when my friend came home with this stinking Windows 8.1…grump!

  102. O'Howlers
    8:10 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    ML and Sadie! How kool is that!!! 🙂

  103. Dawson
    8:13 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    ML: I’m enjoying all the pictures you and CHobbit have been posting. Say, that looks like a great hotel!

  104. Herd of Hounds
    8:14 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Hobbit: great foto! Sounds like y’all are having a good time.

  105. Barb & Maggie
    8:15 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Anyone watching the Olympics right now? What do you think about the Kerrigan/Harding saga? We think Harding definitely had more to do with it than she has ever admitted. She doesn’t seem to take much personal responsibility for anything that went wrong in her life.

  106. Barb & Maggie
    8:17 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    We love the picture of ML and Sadie.

    And al dente is the way to go with pasta.

  107. c.hobbit
    8:41 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    ML and I are still visiting and talking NON STOP!

  108. O'Howlers
    8:41 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Downton Abbey season ender coming up.

  109. Masquers
    8:45 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Dawson! What? snow in Bellingham? Not a flake here…yesterday’s sampling is gone, gone, gone.
    Gasp. Weatherkat had better check the forecast and pronto.

  110. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:46 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    CHobbit!…My friend wants me to ask you to give ML a big ole hug for her…chuffle!….Seems my friend thinks she is a very brave person traveling all the way to Alaska. And we both are so very glad she is having a grand time!…wheeze!….Even more fun is in store when the other Plunderers get their butts the heck on up there….Woooo!

  111. Wose
    8:55 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    B&M , How do you spell guilty? T-O-N-Y-A

    HerbKats, What a beautiful renovation!!

    ML, this is so exciting! You with our favorite Hobbit, at the Hobbit hotel!! What a cutie Sadie is!

    I want to go to the Plunderfest in Alaska too! 🙁

  112. Masquers
    8:58 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Yes…here it is…a winter storm warning for this area until tomorrow 4am.
    Don’t worry, Dawson, warmer temps & sunny days are on the way for Seattle beginning Tuesday.
    Looks like you brought some of that cold air with you down from Canada.

  113. Masquers
    9:08 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Rose: Plunderfest! Love it.
    Riö: Earlier message received…now working on flight info.
    Over and out.

  114. Dawson
    9:13 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    This is the front yard in Bellingham. The snow is supposed to turn to rain early tomorrow morning.

  115. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:17 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Tonya!…sniff!…My friend remembers when ALL that was on the news was Tonya-trailer-trash-Harding and Nancy…grunt!…Just hearing about it again tonight makes her sick of it all over again….wheeze!

  116. Herd of Hounds
    9:23 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    All the talk of snow made mom nervous so she looked up the Tues. weather for the airports involved in north to AK. Relief, all are predicting partly cloudy.

  117. BearSpiritDog
    9:23 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    For Staff.

  118. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:26 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Bear!…You got that right!…snort!snort!…heh!….I wonder how ole Staffie is doing tonight…wuffle!

  119. Staff
    9:31 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Oooo Bear Spirit, A Model 99 Handcrank. See the cute wooden handle? It is just like mine. sniff. I love that machine.

    Here you go Rio…

  120. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:33 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Staff!….WOOOOO!HOOOOOO!….I am official again!…snorkel!

  121. Dawson
    9:38 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Staff: How are you feeling? What do I have to do to get an ID card?

  122. Herd of Hounds
    9:39 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Dawson, did you take that foto with you new I PAW? Did you post it with the new I Paw? Are you catching on or what?

  123. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:46 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Staff!…I bet she is feeling better. She is appreciating old sewing machines and making ID Cards…snort!snort!

  124. Dawson
    9:47 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    HOH: You noticed!

  125. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:47 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Olympics!…We are watching the closing and the teams are coming out now….chuffle!….Hard to believe it is over already. We did not see one Luge or Curling event…grump!…Someone says we can watch On Demand, but after tonight it just won’t feel the same…sniffle!

  126. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:48 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Upside-down!….So why don’t you IPaw guys post the photo upside down so it will be right-side up when the rest of us see it?…grunt!

  127. Tupper and Gilly
    9:53 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Woo Hooo for The Hobbit and the Texican. We are so happy for you, getting to meet and visit. The pictures are wonderful and make us feel like we are there with you.

    Only we are warm.

    As to the Olympics, we are just so very relieved that there were no tragedies, no terrorist activities and that all those young athletes are safe and on their way homes soon. whew.

    And of course that Harding chick did it. Who else? Whatawacko!

  128. Staff
    10:00 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Dawson, you have to send me a photo or post it on this blog.

  129. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:12 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Wacko!…heh!….Pretty scary seeing her (Harding) with a chainsaw in her hands…shudder!….Total Sociopath…sniff!

    HEY!..My friend ordered my “Stamp” for the Passport Books and it arrived…sniff!…She took one look at it and was very disappointed because it looked like it would come out as a big ole blog of black ink. But tonight she actually tried it with the ink pad on paper and it is Awesome!….WHOW!…All the detail she was hoping for is there! Now I just need to go somewhere to meet some Plunderers and stamp some passports… grunt!…But I can’t leave my yard! …groan!…And I have not learned how to stamp stamps yet…sniffle!

  130. c.hobbit
    10:26 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Melanie: HI!
    Meashka: You are funny
    T&G: Wow, love the room. Looks filled with grace.
    O’Howlers: Love the quote. Print off boarding pass at home or at the gate; you probably have been assigned seats already OR some of the ones claimed as booked haven’t yet been “released” by the airline for booking. I wouldn’t worry
    Wose: Wish you were here too for Plunderfest. A returning Plunderer would be cool.
    Staff: I will be in a VBM if I don’t get an ID. Sniff.
    Mr. Redbone: ML read your message about Macy the other day but said she had been too busy to reply. I don’t know if that is a good or bad thing.

    GAH: I stamped ML’s passport and got mine out but we were so busy talking that I never got a stamp from her!!!! She is back at her aunt’s safe and sound (for now)

  131. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:29 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    CHobbit!…Oh brother. You did not get a stamp from ML?…sniff!…Hopefully, you will see her again. Did you give her that hug? (hoping against all hope)…sniff!

  132. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:33 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Discombobbling!…It must be very dis-comb-bobbling to meet up with say, Spencer or other Plunderers….snort!…Cause youse guys totally forget your brains and we here are the ones to suffer…gruffle!

    STOVER!..Say, has Ms Stover even posted in the last couple of days?…sniff!…I do not recall reading her posts and now I have this strange word hanging out there (discombobbling)…wheeze!

  133. Herd of Hounds
    10:34 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Very nice closing ceremony. Thinking about closing our eyes for the nighty night.

  134. Barb & Maggie
    10:35 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    We agree, after 20 years, it is time to let that old stuff go.

    Flipping between Downton and the Olympics.

    We are so happy that ML and Hobbit are there and having fun! Night all.

  135. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:37 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Research!…Well Stover did post once this morning…snuff!…But I remember her saying she was having trouble posting before. I really hope she is not having computer issues right before the Big Big Race…wheeze!

  136. c.hobbit
    11:05 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Rio: ML was delighted to hear from you. Of course I hugged her. Fun fact: I am short and ML isn’t. She bent her knees to make herself shorter so her mom could take a photo of us. But the picture taking was taking so long her knees started hurting. So I said that it was ok for her to be tall and me to be hobbit-sized.

    Do you think this could be one of ML’s gang at home?

  137. c.hobbit
    11:09 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Belle Starr: I don’t know what this is but I am pretty sure you could use one. If you like ice cream, he would be your go-to thief while you act innocent (and sparkly)

  138. Tupper and Gilly
    11:17 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Hobbit – GAHHHHHH!!! That is the dam otter that keeps corking us!

  139. Belle Starr
    11:18 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Hobbit: I need dat or I am going to be in a very bad mood.

    More to Hobbit: That-Damn-pixie-who-is-stealing-the-attention-I-want-from-the-Gaint-because-she-is-sick says that creature is the little miscreant that lives in my heart if hearts. Is she being mean or truthful? I don’t know. I do like ice cream and that creature is adorable so therefore…

  140. c.hobbit
    11:20 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    T&G: I think you are right! So we have the TMGs to worry about and now we know who the Otter Cork is (OC for short)

  141. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:26 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Need!…That seal-faced thing actually reminds me of Beau…sniff!…He is ruthless when he can see what he wants…chorkel!…He did get his claws cut this weekend, so he does not skid on the kitchen floor like before during Kat-Watch….heh!heh!

  142. OC
    11:31 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Heh heh heh

  143. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:33 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Crap!…Just when Bellie decides to post we have to try and log off this new computer!…sniff!….Goodnight all!..Tomorrow will be an exciting travel day (I think) for a lot of youse…chuffle!..I will be saying pug-travel-prayers so all goes well…wheeze!…I am very excited for all youse traveler guys!…WOOOO!

  144. Macy the min pin
    11:47 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    In case anyone wants to do any ice climbing , I know just the place.

    All tuckered out, talk, talking with our Hobbit. Hobbit Hotel will be rocking once all travelers arrive.

  145. Macy the min pin
    11:52 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    Chocolate waterfall , anyone?

    Melanie and Zoe were lifted up in prayer this morning by the congregation of First United Methodist Church of Chugiak Alaska .

  146. ML
    11:54 pm on February 23rd, 2014

    How did that dog get on my iPaw ?

  147. Tupper and Gilly
    12:01 am on February 24th, 2014

    ML – So glad you are having a grand time. And how kind of the people of the Chugiak UMC.

    Going to bed – at last. G’night all.

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