Chetspeak On Sunday

The next time I opened my eyes, the sky was just starting to lighten in a milky sort of way, too soon for telling whether it was clear or cloudy. I looked across at Bernie. Sometimes I think you only see humans the way they really are from the side. Actually I’d never thought that before and wished I hadn’t now. I mean, what comes next? All I knew was I really liked Bernie’s face from the side; and the front, of course, goes without mentioning. As for what I could see? First, Bernie was real tired, his face pale except for dark patches under his eyes. Second, the eyes themselves were intense, like Bernie was wired about something. I sat right up. When Bernie’s wired, I’m wired.

He glanced over at me. “Sleeve of care all knitted back up, big guy?” he said, pretty much losing me from the get-go. I checked the sleeves of his shirt, saw nothing unusual.

– from PAW AND ORDER.

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  1. Herd of Hounds
    7:36 am on August 17th, 2014

    Good morning, everyone! Early Egg Day and Chetspeak. Gotta love it.
    Have a super Sunday and have a sundae with it.

  2. Barb & Maggie
    8:02 am on August 17th, 2014

    Good morning all. Happy Chetspeak, Happy Sunday and Happy Egg Day. We are going to have eggs, but think we will have to pass on the sundae this time.

    Grass cutting on the schedule later this morning, and maybe some tomato freezing.

    Spence is early this morning!

  3. Herd of Hounds
    8:05 am on August 17th, 2014

    B&M, speaking of early… Good to hear from y,all.

  4. O'Howlers
    8:13 am on August 17th, 2014

    Good morning, and Happy Chetspeak! There is doom and gloom in the air here. Both the ‘rents are sad, because today is their last day home with us us us.

    Barb, now that vaca is over, Mom is going to try your first diet tip. Does that mean not even a glass of wine with dinner? Even Will Clower was on board with wine with dinner. As for walking, we can help there. But the problem is, they always have a ton of work to do on this here farm so getting a walk in every day is not always possible. And then there is that little matter of decreasing daylight. Sob.
    On the processed food front: you know we hardly ever have any of that stuff around here.

  5. Diane C.
    8:17 am on August 17th, 2014

    Incredibly early! Happy Sunday, Egg Day, and the start of the last two weeks before school recommences (for me, anyway). (Yesterday was the feast of St. Roch–one of the patron saints of dogs. I’m a day late in observing, but it is now duly noted.)
    I love the Chet-style photo of the kitty to my right.
    Have a wonderful day, everyone.

  6. Diane C.
    8:21 am on August 17th, 2014

    Oops! Greeting to early-rising HOH, B and M, and O’H.
    (If the diet tip involves cutting out alcohol, please allow me to add my few cents–that really is a magic bullet. And you don’t have to give it up completely, but if you limit to once a month, or every two weeks or so it can be quite effective.)

  7. Barb & Maggie
    8:49 am on August 17th, 2014

    Howlers, If you are doing chores around the farm you are getting in some exercise there too. Grass cutting here helps a lot.

    Wine with dinner – if Barb could have one glass and stop that would be fine and probably beneficial. Problem is that she doesn’t stop at one and then that leads to late night snacking. That is her weakness, so it is easier to just not start. Next occasion for wine will be her birthday in 3 weeks, then she can splurge.

    Diane, looked up Christine Keeler, and you are right – she has not aged well at all!

  8. O'Howlers
    8:58 am on August 17th, 2014

    Diane, this really is early for you on the West Coast!
    Barb, we have to keep up with tons of grass, which we know you remember from your farm days. Unfortunately, while it takes out one whole evening, it means no excercise since all they do is ride around on those noisy tractors. Mom likes the idea of a glass of wine with dinner. Unfortunately, Pop thinks that means a bottle with dinner, so we think it is best that they put the Kibash to that for a while.
    Today is the last vacation day, and they still have two days of vacation ice cream treats around.
    When they went to the beach and also the bay, they rode bikes for many many hours. If they can ever manage time for that at home, Mom says that will be even better. But those horses don’t ride themselves, so that time needs to be worked in too. This would be so easy if those long work days with long commutes could be eliminated.

  9. Diane C.
    9:10 am on August 17th, 2014

    B and M, O’H–If you can stand to hear any more on this: two years ago a misguided MD decided my liver was enlarged, that I had early onset cirrhosis(!!!) and needed to immediately quite alcohol FOREVER and get a bunch elaborate scans.
    Three other MDs and a machine scan later, the verdict was that my liver was normal, no sign of any problem of any kind (including cirrhosis) and I was back to my old PCP. However–having given up drinking anything but water and soda out of sheer terror, I found that I had lost 5% of my body weight without trying over the course of about 6 weeks. This was the only change I had made–exercise and eating patterns otherwise the same (except for beer-fueled snacking, which, as you note, is part of the overall problem). Sorry to go on at such length, but it was an amazing and gratifying discovery for me. (Also the occasional beer/glass of wine is now much more cost-effective as a single serving will keep me feeling floaty for hours…)

  10. Diane C.
    9:11 am on August 17th, 2014

    …that was “quit” not “quite”, above…

  11. Barb & Maggie
    9:16 am on August 17th, 2014

    Howlers, even a bottle isn’t all that bad if you are splitting it. That is about 2 glasses each, but double that if Barb opens a bottle. She apparently doesn’t think a bottle can be recorked. Snicker.

    We remember cutting the grass while riding the lawn tractor. Peaceful, but not many calories burned. Now we have a push mower, which makes a big difference.

    Barb likes a late night snack so instead of ice cream at about 250 calories, she has a yogurt bar or a w.w. ice cream bar. Those are 80-100 calories and still satisfy the craving.

    Now time for the morning walks. BBL

  12. Diane C.
    9:20 am on August 17th, 2014

    C. Hobbit and B and M–I just read what y’all posted yesterday. It sounds to me like you’ve already achieved great things, so you know what you can do (the hard part is to keep doing it–especially in the face of discouraging factors). I’m in awe of what you’ve accomplished.
    ML–That sounds like an incredibly distressing tratment, but if it works, OK. Adding to the pawrayer list…
    HOH–Is Darah otherwise “normal”? Comforting to know that Edgar isn’t unique, but do you know if this is OK for dogs?
    C. Hobbit–Do I have your SDD information? I will look up Santa Paula on a map…
    OK, now I really will go meditate…

  13. Herd of Hounds
    9:49 am on August 17th, 2014

    DianeC. Darah, other than being a “goofy newfie” is quite normal and healthy, all 130 lbs of her. Mom thinks she has no taste buds :)

  14. Barb & Maggie
    9:59 am on August 17th, 2014

    I don’t think alcohol has any different effect on canines than it does on people. Nothing toxic like chocolate. Just keep in mind their body weight – a glass of beer might have a really bad effect on a 10 lb. dog, but not so much on a 130 lb. Newfie.

  15. Herd of Hounds
    10:02 am on August 17th, 2014

    B&M Darah tries to steal beer or wine, but she is not allowed to have it, just a lick off of a finger.

  16. BearSpiritDog
    10:13 am on August 17th, 2014

    Perhaps I’m not quite awake yet, but like Chet, Bernie lost me on that one.

    Elliot: That was an Amazing Video you posted last night!

    Like the O’Howlers, We Here are lamenting the dwindling Last Daze of Summer.
    Fall is in the air and it’s only the middle of August. Sob.

    One Glass of Wine is Fine…But can Anyone do it?

    ML’s Mom is in our Pawyers.
    Also thinking about Wose & sending Bear Hugs.

    Good Morning Everyone.

  17. O'Howlers
    10:18 am on August 17th, 2014
  18. Herd of Hounds
    10:20 am on August 17th, 2014

    BSD, mornin’ back at ya. OFA was up and at the blog really early this a.m. We are considering a nap soon. We need to do something, even if it is wrong :)

  19. Barb & Maggie
    10:25 am on August 17th, 2014

    Howlers, we actually got one of those for a gift. It just didn’t get much use, for some reason.

    BSD, It is from Macbeth, by Shakespeare, but other than that, we got nothin. Hey, Bee…….

  20. BearSpiritDog
    10:31 am on August 17th, 2014

    Hounds: I will join you in one of those two suggestions:
    Getting into Mischief.
    A Nap.

  21. B.Stover
    10:40 am on August 17th, 2014

    The reference is to the scene in Macbeth when he’s telling Lady Macbeth that he has killed King Duncan: “Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care.” (Sleep helps to knit up the worries of life.) Sleep is the “balm” and “chief nourisher” of life but Macbeth will sleep no more because he has “murdered sleep” (Act 2, Scene 1, Line 35). Anyway, I laughed out loud when Chet checked Bernie’s sleeves.

    Good morning all.

  22. Masquers
    10:41 am on August 17th, 2014

    B&M: We haven’t found much use for those little gadgets either.
    But how about this one…with this ingenious disguise no one will ever know how much vino is left in the container…presenting whiney chicken, a wine (box) camouflage made in Norway:

  23. BearSpiritDog
    10:46 am on August 17th, 2014

    Good Morning, B. Thanks for the Information on the Shakespeare Reference.
    And, Kudos to Barb&Magpie for Recognizing it.

  24. B.Stover
    10:49 am on August 17th, 2014

    Also, “sleave” which refers to fine thread and isn’t really used any more, is derived from Middle English “sleven” which means to disentangle.

  25. Mollypop's Mom
    10:57 am on August 17th, 2014

    O’Howlers, I see your wine stopper page is from Amazon. There is an Amazon site called smile.Amazon.com where you can designate a charity to receive a percentage of what you buy. There is a list of charities that you can choose from.

  26. Masquers
    10:59 am on August 17th, 2014

    So “sleave” is gone and YOLO (You-Only-Live-Once) has recently been added to the Urban dictionary.
    Time marches on…I guess.
    MPM: We saw that too and have recently added St. Jude as a charity benefit.

  27. Staff
    11:09 am on August 17th, 2014

    That little wine gadget is Mr.Staff’s favorite tool. (If you don’t count his pocket knife) He carefully packs it and takes it to Minneapolis every winter and just as carefully brings it back in the spring.
    We now own two of them because one year he forgot his and had to order another one. Since he is the only one who drinks alcohol in this house he needs it. It is in the fridge on a bottle right now.

    Personal note. If you use one of those thingy’s on a liter bottle of soda pop it makes it scrunch up and then it won’t sit on the shelf right anymore…snigglefritz!

  28. Staff
    11:10 am on August 17th, 2014

    I am a smile Amazon person also. I designated the American Friends Service Committee.

  29. BearSpiritDog
    11:17 am on August 17th, 2014

    Staff: We didn’t know Dawson was on Facebookie.
    If you speak with her please let her know her Chet Pawtographed Book is en route to the northern Province in which she resides.

  30. Siber-H
    11:52 am on August 17th, 2014

    Congratulations to Spence!
    Paw and Order has gone in at #22 on the New York Times Best Seller list.

  31. Siber-H
    11:55 am on August 17th, 2014

    Rio, I am sure your friend knows this already but the Rockies will play two games today because last night’s game was postponed because of a water main break.

  32. BearSpiritDog
    12:19 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Siber-H: #22! SQ Moving on up! Do you happen to know the Highest Ranking for a Chet & Bernie Mystery on the New York Times Best Seller List?

  33. Siber-H
    12:36 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Bear, I believe the highest for a Chet and Bernie book was the first one. It landed somewhere in the top 10…maybe #7.
    (don’t bet money on my memory)
    Dog On It was displayed on a special table at Barnes and Noble and that is how so many of us found it. This is my guess why it landed so high up on the best seller list.
    I do not check out the mystery section in bookstores so who knows how long it would have taken me to find the Chet and Bernie series without that special display.

    IMHO All the books in the Chet and Bernie series should go in at #1.

  34. Riö -The Evil Pug
    12:47 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Game-Day!…Wooooo!…Someone here is trying to get ready for the big game-day…snort!….The Rocks may be playing 2 games, but she only has tickets for the first game where they are going to retire Tod Helton’s jersey…sniffle!…Blast-off in about an hour…snort!

    Rose!…This time she remembered to pack her camera…chuffle!

  35. Masquers
    12:58 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Riö: It is a bitter sweet day for your friend, but at least she will be at the game. sniff.

  36. Siber-H
    1:01 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Paws crossed the Rockies win this one for both Todd Helton and Rio’s friend.

  37. Mollypop's Mom
    1:02 pm on August 17th, 2014

    If anyone wants to use Amazon smile and doesn’t have their favorite charity listed, you can always use the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter. They rescue dogs from the dogfighting rings in the city and it’s not just the fighting dogs, it’s the small bait dogs too.

  38. Diane C.
    3:48 pm on August 17th, 2014

    B and M, HOH–I appreciate the reassurance. Now Edgar and I can indulge together every three weeks or so…
    MPM–thanks for the tip–I didn’t know about Amazon.smile but will use it.
    HOH–“We need to do something, even if it is wrong.” Beautifully put, and strangely resonant (I know how that sentiment feels), yet somehow morally ambiguous…It also reminds me of a favorite quote (would be memorialized if I were ever to have a grave and headstone) from T. Jefferson Parker: “…felt an overwhelming desire to do something, but the feeling passed”
    Whoa!!! I just went to smile. Amazon and was able to add my own local shelter!!! I guess I need to spend now…

  39. Herd of Hounds
    4:29 pm on August 17th, 2014

    DianeC. We love it when the feeling passes :)

  40. dawson
    5:12 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Yes, yes, I am lurking. ‘Tis a sad day, indeed, when I am outed by my own sister. :-) I was going to try to catch up on everything before I posted but that seems impossible so…
    Happy Chetspeak Day!
    Congratulations to youse who were lucky enough to have attended a book talk with OFA. Are you sworn to secrecy about the questions for the pop quizzes?
    Rio: I love, love, love the carved book covers you gave to Spencer. I hope you got a picture of his big paws around you and his little pointy head sticking out! Yeep!
    BooBear: Hooray that both your ma and pa got to go see OFA and had a great time. Nice to see the picture of those sweet Chet the Dog blocks again and thanks for the pictures you posted. You look great!
    Masquers: Thanks for the pictures of book signings and vacation.
    And most of all thank you for getting Paw and Order, having it signed and sending it to me, me, me! I owe you big time!
    T&G: Hope the crowd is in a buying mood this week! Enjoy a great show.
    ML: Your mum’s treatment sounds ghastly! Y’all are in my prayers.

  41. dawson
    5:15 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Oh yeah!
    Barb&Maggie: Barb, I think you look fantastic!

  42. Herd of Hounds
    5:18 pm on August 17th, 2014

    DAwson, welcome home…soooooooo gooooooood to have you back!

  43. dawson
    5:29 pm on August 17th, 2014

    HOH: I expect life is not quite as exciting for you without the g-son around. I could easily picture you doing the munchkin (and other voices) from the Wizard of Oz.

  44. Herd of Hounds
    5:31 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Picture it and hear it, Dawson. Our mom loves to do voices :)

  45. Herd of Hounds
    5:32 pm on August 17th, 2014

    She just doesn’t do tunnels :(

  46. Diane C.
    5:49 pm on August 17th, 2014

    HOH–Yes, we like it when the feeling passes, too. (Tunnels? Wha’?)
    Dawson!!! Nice to hear from you! I hope your Sunday is unfolding well.
    Does anyone here know anything about buying real estate at auction? (Specifically, what questions to ask and what to look for? I’m planning on visiting one in a non-bidding capacity soon, but the more I can learn, the happier I’ll be…)

  47. dawson
    5:55 pm on August 17th, 2014

    I’m off to “do” some weeds. Sow thistle, in particular, seems to have infested the yard and gardens. It’s almost as if someone let hundreds of sow thistle plants go to seed right in the yard. For 2 or 3 summers. Grr!

  48. dawson
    6:04 pm on August 17th, 2014

    HOH was part of the Plunderers who went up to Anchorage for Melanie’s Iditarod last Feb/March. While there the O’Howlers and ML wanted to visit Whittier (a whole town lives in one building) and that involved going through a long tunnel. HOH is very, very scared of tunnels but she was out-voted and we all survived and lived to tell the story!

  49. Herd of Hounds
    6:08 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Thanks a lot DAwson

  50. Herd of Hounds
    6:12 pm on August 17th, 2014

    You big blabber mouth!

  51. BearSpiritDog
    6:17 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Welcome Back, Dawson!!!

  52. Diane C.
    6:17 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Dawson–A whole town in the same building. A very long tunnel. I gather you all found that the benefits outweighed to costs, but that wouldn’t have been my immediate impression either. Tunnels. Not natural. Kind of creepy.

  53. BearSpiritDog
    6:19 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Hounds: Meant to ask youse earlier…is that Your Pookie in the Friends of Chet this morning?

    Diane: Don’t know much about Auctions except to come with Lots of Money. Probably not helpful as you already knew that.

  54. Herd of Hounds
    6:23 pm on August 17th, 2014

    BSD, not out Pookey. A bit of a spelling difference and our blonde girl is a tripaw thanks to an encounter with a rackety coon.

  55. Trisha in UK
    6:23 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Didn’t expect to cause so much excitement! Sorry to disappoint you all but I wasn’t invited to the Royal Wedding. Or to babysit for little George.

    Diane: ‘phowaar’ is a verbal wolf whistle. What Profumo might have said on seeing CK. But not something that a nice boy would say – I sound like my mother now!

    As for ‘picallilli’ – think I must have been influenced by all the other food references. But talking of the desert, what is ‘mesquite’?

    I live in Lincolnshire, very flat, but lovely big skies – a bit like Arizona? No light pollution so we can see lots of stars.

    It’s 11.25 here in UK. I’m a night owl (no good in the mornings) but bedtime now. Goodnight.

  56. Herd of Hounds
    6:29 pm on August 17th, 2014

    TRiisha, so glad you checked back in with us. Mesquite is a desert plant, a bush that can be invasive and take over from disturbed native plants. Very pungent smell.

  57. Masquers
    6:31 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Hi, Trisha! Another night owl, aye? We have lots on the blog.

  58. BearSpiritDog
    6:35 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Trisha: Quite a Time Difference between here and Lincolnshire where you live.
    It is now 3:33 in the Pacific NW (give or take a minute)

  59. BearSpiritDog
    6:38 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Hounds: How could we ever mistake your Pookey. Lovely Photo of her.

  60. Siber-H
    6:45 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Trisha, Mesquite is a smallish, scrubby tree that grows wild in
    the American Southwest and northern Mexico. The leaves on it are sparse.

  61. Herd of Hounds
    6:46 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Some of us have insomnia, some of us just don’t sleep well, some of us are night owls.

  62. Siber-H
    6:47 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Welcome back, Dawson!!!

    It isn’t looking good for the Rockies this afternoon.

  63. Masquers
    7:25 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Siber: Please tell me this is the second game.

  64. dawson
    7:33 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Snigglefritz!
    HOH: I’m in trouble already!?

    Back to the sow thistle! It seems to be winning the battle. I would much prefer to have a mutant squash. I do have a squash growing in the compost pile, but it is not mutant.

  65. Herd of Hounds
    7:35 pm on August 17th, 2014

    No, Dawson, not in trouble. Just giving you a hard time. I SDD’ed Diane the Whittier story just as you posted :)

  66. Siber-H
    7:52 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Masquers, It is the first game. There was a rain delay. It is the top of the ninth and the Rockies are behind by 3 runs.

  67. Staff
    7:58 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Oh my Dog the Rockies are falling completely apart! I bet Rio’s friend is beside herself!

  68. ML
    8:11 pm on August 17th, 2014

    I feel somehow shamed for causing hoh’s mum distress for the tunnel incident. Hope there is no PTSD caused. (post tunnel stress disorder). I would apologize, but it would only be half-hearted. I AM sorry for the distress, however.

  69. Siber-H
    8:16 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Bottom of the ninth. The Rockies are behind by 4 runs now.

  70. Tupper's Mama
    8:17 pm on August 17th, 2014

    So – we got to the show grounds, bullied our way up to the unloading zone and started the Big Set Up. Took most of the day.
    We then followed our map quest directions to the hotel we reserved. Off the beaten path, but half the price of the ones close to the show.
    Funny little hotel. Clean and neat, but a real mom and pop shop. But we have a fridge and microwave, a comfortable bed and peace and quiet. That’s all we need after a 13 hour show day.
    Tomorrow the security staff will be in-house, so we can set up the jewelry etc. The gates open Tuesday – hope for good weather for the week.
    Heading for bed – been a loooong day.

  71. Siber-H
    8:35 pm on August 17th, 2014

    UNBELIEVEABLE!!!

    The Rockies got 5 runs in the bottom of the ninth and won the game!!!!

    WOO WOO

  72. Mollypop's Mom
    8:38 pm on August 17th, 2014

    That’s because Rio’s friend was there. They always win when she is there.

  73. Staff
    8:39 pm on August 17th, 2014

    SiberH. Mr.Staff just told me! Unbelievable is right. I wonder what Rio’s friend will say when she is able to post? What a great game to attend! WhooooHooooo!

  74. Herd of Hounds
    8:39 pm on August 17th, 2014

    ML, mom says if she has PTSD, let it be on your head, you tunnel-maniac. Good to hear from you and hope your camp and shrunken head are AOK.

  75. Staff
    8:39 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Yes, Rio’s friend streak is still going strong. I was sure it was going to end today. But that was in the top of the 9th…heh heh heh. Never ever give up!

  76. BearSpiritDog
    9:02 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Oh My Dog!!! We KNEW IT! Rio’s Friend Did It Again! WooooHooo!!!

  77. dawson
    9:03 pm on August 17th, 2014

    The Rockies saw Rio’s friend in the stands and rallied.

  78. Masquers
    9:05 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Riö: Unbelievable! Your friend continues to be an inspiration to us all. I’m sure there are contract negotiations as we speak.

  79. O'Howlers
    9:06 pm on August 17th, 2014

    MPM, We do use Amazon.smile when purchasing from the web; however, we just use the app most of the time. When using Smile, we target MAPAW, the Sibe Rescue where we found Zeus.
    HOH, we also should feel guilty for causing you so much anxiety all those months ago, but instead, we will make sure we get the rental we ordered next time around.
    Vacation time is reaching its end. We all are very depressed. Next time off is the rents’ actual 30-year anniversary (Alaska was supposed to be the celebration), but that weekend has been co-opted by a nephew’s wedding. Whiney? Us? You betcha!

  80. Herd of Hounds
    9:16 pm on August 17th, 2014

    OH, hope we can be together again, in Alaska, or Penn or ??? You should feel guilty torturing a poor defenseless old woman :)

  81. dawson
    9:27 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Regarding Whittier: I feel no guilt at all. We did the right thing and plundered on!

  82. Herd of Hounds
    9:39 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Yes, Dawson. Plunder on!

  83. BearSpiritDog
    10:12 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Tupper&Gilly: Your Mama & Dad have a Very Busy Week ahead.
    Really cool they found that Comfy Hotel to rest their weary feet at the end of the day(s).
    Paws crossed for Huge Crowds & Big Sales.

    Nite All…back to our book! – Bear

  84. Masquers
    10:16 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Howlers: So sorry about the end of your vaca. Drown your sorrows in one last glass.

  85. Riö -The Evil Pug
    10:17 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Wow!…The Rockies Wonnit!…snort!snort!…My friend says they were shooshing people out of the ballpark at the top of the ninth because of the second game and other people lined up outside waiting to get in….sniff!…..So her and her friend were walking out when they heard the excitement out on the field…chuffle!…I guess you could say she was still at the ballpark when they actually wonnit, but she was not able to see it happen with her own two eyes….gruffle!…Oh well!! A win is a WIN especially a WIN for Tod Helton come-back style!…WOOOO!HOOOO!

    Moving!…What an incredibly moving tribute to Todd today…sob!sob!sob!….My friend said she was sobbing during the last part of it….sniffle!

  86. Diane C.
    10:18 pm on August 17th, 2014

    BSD–Every bit of information helps, so thanks.
    Tisha–Thanks for the trans. I’m going to assume something rendered in Brit Young Adult books as “ooo-er” is similar (am I correct?) Everyone else has covered mesquite thoroughly.
    Tupper’s Mama–Courage! The hard part is over. Now may you be blessed with free-spending folks for the rest of your time there.
    Rio and the Rockies–Victory! Yes! (This is baseball, right?)

  87. Barb & Maggie
    10:19 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Tunnels don’t bother me, but heights? That is a different matter! DIL just took her mom and Jack and Lyla downtown for mom’s b-day. They took pictures out on the glass ledge at the top of the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower). It almost makes me sick to just look at the pictures. Can’t imagine ever doing that!

    Now saying goodnight. Working four days in a row this week. Haven’t done that in years!

  88. Riö -The Evil Pug
    10:21 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Home!…Now that she is home we are downstairs watching the second game…heh!heh!…Is this great or WHAT??…snorkel! …She says there is no way she will be able to stay up and see the end of this game. A day at the ole ball park takes its toll sometimes…chuffle!…But what a GREAT DAY!…Photos might be forthcoming tomorrow night…maybe.

  89. Staff
    10:52 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Rio, I was wondering if you would be able to stay to the end of the game. I knew you would want to no matter what! When I saw the almost empty ballpark on the TV I was worried. It never crossed my mind that they would try to shoo you out early! Dognabbit. You paid for a whole game and they (grumble grump) shouldn’t be able to do that shooing stuff.

  90. Riö -The Evil Pug
    11:03 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Gnome!…The really bad part is she did not get there early enough to get a Todd Helton Gnome….sniff!…I wanted that gnome for my collection of bed toys…grump!…She said they would have had to have left for the game 2 hours earlier to be the lucky ones who got one…grumble!…But all in all, it was one of the best days she has ever had at the ballpark. ..snort!…The tribute to Todd was amazing and the weather was wonderful (after the rain delay which caused the stress for the park management at the end there)…grunt!

  91. Riö -The Evil Pug
    11:24 pm on August 17th, 2014

    WEEK!…What an unbelievable WEEK my friend has had…wheeze!…Meeting Spence. WOW!WOW!WOW!…snort!…Getting to go to the Todd Helton Retirement ceremony….WOWSER!(sob!)…Sometimes you live life day to day and nothing ever happens. Then suddenly you have a week like my friend has had and all you can do is thank the good Lord for his grace upon youse…sniffle!…What a great life. What great friends to share it with…snorkel! …Does it get any better? …Stay tuned.

  92. Staff
    11:46 pm on August 17th, 2014

    I don’t know how it could get better Rio, You have had a wonderful week. Especially that you were out of the room when Beau had his breakdown. heh heh heh

  93. c.hobbit
    11:54 pm on August 17th, 2014

    Rio: Things can always get better. Dream Big! I know you can do it!

  94. Staff
    12:10 am on August 18th, 2014

    nighty mutant squash

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