Chetspeak on Sunday

– and came to another brick house, much smaller than the first. Bernie gave it a careful look. “Urbane?” he said, stepping up to the door. “Would that be the word?” He was on his own. I waited for the answer. Bernie froze and said, “Oh, my God! Flowers!” “Flowers” was the answer, not “urbane”? That was as far as I could take it. Meanwhile Bernie was glancing around wildly. He spotted some yellow flowers growing in a window box, sprang over and snatched them out, then returned to the door, the flowers in one hand and a surprising amount of that moist black potting soil on his shirt. Bernie’s other hand was in knocking position when the door began to open from the inside. A lovely big smile spread across Bernie’s face and then just hung there in the strangest way when a man stepped outside. The man wore a suit, had a neatly trimmed little beard but no mustache, a look that always bothered me, no telling why, and carried a briefcase made of fine, lovely-smelling leather that aroused a funny feeling in my teeth right away, a feeling that only gnawing can satisfy, as you may or may not know. He paused, rocking back slightly on his heels. We’ve seen that before. Bernie’s a pretty big dude and I’m not exactly a midget myself, in fact, a hundred-plus pounder, as I’d heard Bernie say more than once.



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82 Responses to “Chetspeak on Sunday”

  1. O'Howlers
    8:21 am on September 14th, 2014

    Good morning! Happy Chetspeak and Happy No-Egg–But-Got-A-Can-Instead Day!
    That Bernie! What a card. Kat does the same thing: picks Mom’s flowers to give to her, and lets dark, wet dirt everywhere. Mom is never happy about that.
    Bluecat! That game was a little too close for comfort, at least in the first half!

  2. Herd of Hounds
    8:23 am on September 14th, 2014

    Goodness, gracious…Chetspeak, Egg Day, Sunday (even though it isn’t sunny here) and COOL this a.m. Love the Chetspeak. Mom is rereading Paw and Order for some reason, we forget what she said. OFA is up early and we made sure mom was so she could catch Chet (and feed us).
    Have a superbly end of summer Sunday 🙂

  3. Herd of Hounds
    8:26 am on September 14th, 2014

    OH, how can your mom be so fast on Egg Day? Our mom is a lazy lump and wouldn’t even feed us unless we barked her out of bed. You must be the luckiest dogs in the world! Hoping Barb survived all the celebrating yesterday!

  4. Tupper's Mama
    8:46 am on September 14th, 2014

    Good morning all. We love that scene….Bernie is such a doofus at times.

    Egg Day takes on a whole new connotation when you are talking about hospital food. We did finally get “real” coffee instead of decaf.

    The anticipation was better than the reality

  5. Herd of Hounds
    8:50 am on September 14th, 2014

    Anticipation is making us wait…or something like that! Wish club med could make okay cawfee but maybe it is an incentive to get better and get home!

  6. Billy's Buddy
    9:04 am on September 14th, 2014

    Good morning!

    Feel better soon, Tupper’s Mom.

    Good morning OH and HOH. We love Chetspeak here.

    Cool and sunny today.

  7. B.Stover
    9:09 am on September 14th, 2014

    Tupper’s Mom: Hope you start feeling better.

    I turned the furnace on this morning.

    Good morning Chet and all.

  8. bluecat
    9:18 am on September 14th, 2014

    Good morning Everybody.

    Bee – mom turned the heat on too. I’m looking for sun.

    Howlers – the boy was happy and they all had a good time. Next game – 2020. What will college football look like in 6 years? Gah.

    Warm thoughts to all. Take care and be well!

  9. T.C.
    9:28 am on September 14th, 2014

    Daddy cranked up the wood pellet stove yesterday. Sigh. I am back in paradise.
    Basil and Sage, if you need help sneaking your mom out of that hotel, just say the word.

  10. B.Stover
    9:29 am on September 14th, 2014

    Diane: It’s been so long since I read Pynchon’s “V” that I don’t remember it. I haven’t read Mason & Dixon, Against the Day or Inherent Vice and I probably won’t read them.

  11. Barb & Maggie
    9:48 am on September 14th, 2014

    Good morning all, and Happy Sunday.

    Good pictures from Rio last night, and we agree with him that Suzie is a little annoying this time around. We like her more than some do, but feel like she is being too off-putting with Bernie. She could say more to put him at ease.

    One of my favorite lines (and I don’t really think this needs a Spoiler Alert) is when Suzie calls Chet a “big ball of Id”. For some reason that cracked me up!

    Hobbit, I also agree that Sadie is probably more accepting with a younger dog. There is a phrase called “puppy license” that means, basically, adult dogs will tolerate much more from dogs under 4 months of age. After that, they are less tolerant.

  12. Herd of Hounds
    10:07 am on September 14th, 2014

    (Blondie here) Yep We will go with that. The HOH loved me when I arrived but now we are having issues.

  13. BearSpiritDog
    11:11 am on September 14th, 2014

    Good Morning Plunderers!
    Chet you crack us up. What a nice way to Greet the Day 🙂

  14. Tupper and Gilly
    11:13 am on September 14th, 2014

    Woooo hooooo! Mama is coming home! She has to stay at the hospital for one more if, then she comes home to us, us, us.

    And then she is packing for the beach, cuz the doctor said she could. Woo hoo hooo!
    Wait a minute – what are WE cheering for? We aren’t being taken to the beach this year. We are going to be abandoned all alone (except for Gramp).

    We hope the hospital sticks a big old needle in her butt!

  15. Wose- the small and meek
    11:15 am on September 14th, 2014


    Great Chetspeak! I loved that scene!

    Happy happy to all!

    Royal Mum, I think you might need some 4 legged assistance to bust you out of Club Med.

    T.C., I am glad you are nice and toasty again!

    MTMP, A very good friend from my schools days came over last night, and she, Grizz and I laughed our heads off until 1:00 this morning.

    I am fretting about Tenzing’s message yesterday …

    I am grexing over the fact that when I enlarge photos here, they are still too big!

    Enjoy the day!

  16. Masquers
    11:30 am on September 14th, 2014

    Rose, You are right about the fotoz…better than before but some still too large (whatz up with that? they seemed okay late yesterday)
    Max/Quill: Have a happy life in your new furever home. We loved meeting you.
    And…Sadie…it goes w/o saying…you are the best!
    Another beautiful sunny day here. We intend to enjoy it to the max.

  17. Barb & Maggie
    11:37 am on September 14th, 2014

    Thrilled to hear that Amalia is busting out and soon will be on her way to the beach. Can almost taste those lobsters.

    Yard work now, and then one more evening of celebrating the b-day. Tonight it is dinner at Kelly’s house with the whole gang attending. Marinated flank steaks on the grill, potatoes, salad, green beans and roasted beets. Hopefully, no cake!

  18. BearSpiritDog
    11:39 am on September 14th, 2014

    Tupper&Gilly: This is the Best of News!!! The part about your Mama being sprung from Club Med…the part about youse not going to the Beach…we understand your frustration over being left behind.
    But think how nice it will be for your folks…Long Walks on the Beach, the Sound of the Surf, and Lobster! Can’t forget the Lobster!!

  19. B.Stover
    11:51 am on September 14th, 2014

    T&G are making me laugh (about the needle).

  20. Wose- the small and meek
    11:57 am on September 14th, 2014

    May Quill be loved to the Max in his new furever home!

    Who’s a good dog…..Sadie!

  21. Scout
    12:25 pm on September 14th, 2014

    T and G, practice sucking in your bellies while your mom and dad are on vacation. Then when they get home, suck in those bellies and shiver. Works for me!

  22. BearSpiritDog
    12:31 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Wose: Love Your Last Post!

    Scout: Don’t you be Teaching those Corgis anymore Tricks now!

    O’Howlers: Isn’t “That Wedding” coming up soonish?

  23. dawson
    12:39 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Chet: When women are involved, I question whether Bernie is the smartest man in the room (unless he is the only man in the room).
    I am back reading Paw and Order too, not quite as far along as Rio. I cannot believe Suzie doesn’t reward Chet with a Slim Jim for his good detective work. That woman is slipping!

    Hooray for Quill getting a furever home!

    Sadie: Who’s the best dog? You!

    Tupper&Gilly: Ouch! Take that needle remark back! Won’t Grampa give you some extra treats while the ‘rents are gone?

    It’s a nice Fall day and I will be in the yard getting ready for the next season, which could come any time but I hope it holds off for at least a month.

  24. dawson
    12:43 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Scout: Your sucking in bellies remark reminds me of this hilarious short video:

    I loved DDD’s advice from last night, but if I followed it, I would probably be arrested.

  25. Tupper and Gilly
    12:53 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Dawson – that video was funny. But sshhhhhh – don’t tell about Gramp giving us treats. When Mama isn’t there to keep an eye on Gramp he gives us cottage cheese, and toast and eggs and crackers and….. We really don’t suffer all that much.

    Scout – thanks for the hints. We always plan to treat the ‘rents with disdain when they come back from abandoning us, but somehow our plans only last until they put the suitcases down and hold their arms out to us. Somehow we just can’t stop our tails from wiggling.

  26. Masquers
    12:57 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Dawson: That video is so funny!

  27. Siber-H
    1:03 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Happy Chetspeak Day All!

    I am glad the Royal Mum is feeling better and will be going home and then to the beach. My mom would like to go to the beach. That is not happening on my watch.

    Paws crossed that Max/Quill has a forever home.
    Bless you CHobbit and Sadie for taking care of him.

  28. Kat
    1:26 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Hurray for Max/Quill. And I love the way Wose put it.
    What’s this about no Corgis at the beach???? Hrmph
    I know the answer to “who’s a good dog?”! Sadie!

  29. Barb & Maggie
    1:26 pm on September 14th, 2014

    We are also crossing paws for Max/Quill.

    Wose, are you feeling better with the new meds yet, or does it take awhile for them to kick in?

    Yard work is done and now time for a smallish lunch and nap.

    Dawson, we agree – no cold weather for at least another month. Still picking stuff from the garden, and not ready to pack it in yet.

  30. Riö -The Evil Pug
    1:48 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Lunch!…We are going to have a big lunch and then go to bed hungry tonight….grunt!…She is baking her kick-ass jalapeno meatloaf along with some scalloped potatoes…slurp!slobber!…Beau is watching football. Me not so much…zzzzz!

  31. Riö -The Evil Pug
    1:58 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Frost!…We had frost the other morning…sniff!…My friend said she had to get some photoz of Staff’s zinnias before they died for good….grunt!

  32. Riö -The Evil Pug
    1:58 pm on September 14th, 2014
  33. Riö -The Evil Pug
    2:00 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Seeds!…Great seeds Staff!…snort!…I believe we have a bunch left for next season…chuffle!

  34. BearSpiritDog
    2:09 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Love the Zinnia Photos, Rio.
    Meatloaf! Save Some for me!

  35. Siber-H
    2:20 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Pretty Flowers!

  36. Herd of Hounds
    2:31 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Dawson, your video looks like around here 🙂 Don’t tell the DDD and we will hide it.
    Those zinnias look great!

  37. B.Stover
    2:46 pm on September 14th, 2014

    I especially like the picture of the zinnia with the bee inside.

  38. Staff
    3:20 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Rio, Now you can save your own seeds. Wait until the flower head is brown and dry and then pull off the petals. At the end of the petals are the seeds. Put them in a paper bag and save in a dry place until next spring.

    I am thinking of the zinnia seeds I sent to Melanie.

    Snigglefritz. sniff sniff sniff

  39. Lefty the Well-Mannered Gentledog
    3:40 pm on September 14th, 2014

    I’ve had a great start to the day. This morning when my Lady was doing chores—feed, water, scoop, and love—she gave extra loves to each of us. When it was my turn for snuggles and soft words, I was nose to nose with my Lady. She said, “Who’s manners did you steal?” I was being so good with nary a misdeed in sight. Then it happened. My tongue was out of my mouth before either of us knew it and I licked her nose. She laughed and said, “That’s my Lefty.”

  40. B.Stover
    3:51 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Way to go Lefty!

  41. Masquers
    4:07 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Lefty rules!

  42. Wose- the small and meek
    4:11 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Bear and Kat, I know somewhere deep inside, a frustrated writer lurks. : )

    B&M, My new doctor has so far only switched my anti-depressant. This is my second day taking it. I still feel a bit weepy. My new doctor is planning on replacing the three other medications I take with (if I understood correctly) , one other new medication.

    Rio! Beautiful pictures of a beautiful flower.

    Who’s a good well mannered gentledog? Lefty! And cute, too.

    Ahem. I will be ending my mediocre working career the same way I started it….in a supermarket delicatessen…….

  43. Barb & Maggie
    4:15 pm on September 14th, 2014

    I think zinnias make one of the best flowers for cutting. Those are a lovely color. We just saved some marigold seeds for next year.
    And Staff, the Roma bean seeds you sent to us grew extremely well, and the beans were delish!

    Also saved a few seeds from a day lily. Has anyone ever grown those from seed?

  44. Herd of Hounds
    4:26 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Lefty, WE admire you…quite the guy!

  45. c.hobbit
    4:27 pm on September 14th, 2014

    More great fotos from Rio’s friend.
    Wose: are you talking about working in a supermarket deli? I use supermarket deli’s a lot.
    A decent day: sunny this morning so Sadie and I took a walk. She was happy getting tummies on the bed this morning sans competition. Now it is clouding up (supposed to rain all week). Off to do yard stuff.

  46. Wose- the small and meek
    4:37 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Hobbit, Yeppers. I guess I will have to wear one of those funny paper hats. I will ask if I can wear my Snowhook Stormy Kromer instead.

  47. Diane C.
    4:39 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Good Morning All–Actually afternoon and at or near 100 farenheit here.
    While I enjoy flower photos and tips n tricks to get treats, we are all huddled inside for the protective AC. this will end soon as I have a commitment to go to an event for our county’s homeless, many of whom share their homelessness with companion animals. It’s a really thoughtful idea (providing information, water bottles, showers and haircuts, food for animal companions, etc.). too bad it comes on a day when the heat really may keep many away (or possibly harm them).
    Glad to hear T and G’s Mom is coming home, and loving the flower pics (also Lefty–Edgar has the same stealth tongue maneuver and, fortunately, really nice breath).
    Wose–Did your new doc say anything about how long it would take before you’d start feeling effects from new meds? Would a kiss from a three-legged carin terrier help in the meantime?

  48. Diane C.
    4:40 pm on September 14th, 2014

    OK–Off to drive in the heat. If you don’t hear anything further from me watch for a natural dehydrated mummy found in a Sentra on the evening news.

  49. c.hobbit
    4:44 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Wose: you get to get out of the house, interact with people, represent a company (maybe a employee discount thrown in?). Not bad.

    Remember our motto: alert and professional. 🙂

  50. Wose- the small and meek
    4:55 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Diane, No, the doctor did not say how quickly I might be feeling better. But Grizz is also being treated by depression, and his doctor switched his anti-depressant to the same one I am taking. Grizz said he felt better in a few days. Please take care of yourself in that heat.

  51. Wose- the small and meek
    4:56 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Hobbit, Alert and professional beginning Tuesday!

  52. Wose- the small and meek
    4:58 pm on September 14th, 2014

    I think slurpy kisses and dainty licks would help a lot . I know a sparkly kiss would feel good too.

  53. Barb & Maggie
    5:00 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Wose, it might be sorta fun, and I wouldn’t think very stressful. Plus maybe some free lunch.

    Taking off now for the last Paaarrty. Later gators.

  54. Staff
    5:04 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Dear Wose,
    Plunder pawrayers going to you for the new prescription and the new job.

    I know it is hard adjusting to the new prescription. I sure hope it is a good change for you.

  55. Riö -The Evil Pug
    5:15 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Deli!…Who wouldn’t want to work in a Deli?…snort!snort!…Rose you got the best job in the whole wide world…chuffle!

  56. Mollypop's Mom
    5:16 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Wose, Sammie’s girl works in the meat department at Wegmans. She loves her job.

  57. Lefty the Well-Mannered Gentledog
    5:19 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Wose: Working in a deli surrounded by all that meat is a dream job. You are living the dream! Congrats on your new gig.

  58. Masquers
    5:26 pm on September 14th, 2014

    DianeC: That heat sounds brutal! Thank Kat for air-conditioned casas and cars. Stay kool as a kucumber (if you can).

  59. Barb & Maggie
    5:26 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Wose, good luck, we will be thinking about you on Tuesday as you start this new adventure. Now I’m outa here.

  60. Masquers
    5:28 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Rose: We here are pawsitive you will excel at your new job…as you do at everything ^..^

  61. Herd of Hounds
    5:50 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Wose, go girl 🙂

  62. Tupper and Gilly
    5:55 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Diane – you need a wet Newf to drape around your neck.

    Beautiful zinnias.

    And Rose – good for you! We are really proud of you getting out there and taking this job. That deli just moved up three stars to a real class establishment. ( they DO have cheesecake, right?)

  63. c.hobbit
    6:22 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Rose: I was always told that it could sometimes take up to 3 weeks to be able to evaluate the new meds especially if your body is going off the old meds. Sometimes new meds don’t work. I once took new meds for a month without any change, I stopped them for 2 weeks still with no change and went back to my doctor. He prescribed something else within the same “family” of drugs and it worked like a charm.

    Any job is cause for good cheer so we will be sending you our best wishes on Tuesday–and you will have to check in with us with a report on how it went. Keep in mind the first few days you are being overloaded with lots of new things to absorb and you might feel both energized and tired–and all thumbs. Hang in there and take care of yourself.

  64. Herd of Hounds
    6:50 pm on September 14th, 2014

    DianeC. (Darah Thea here). I’ll be glad to bring you 5 to 7 gallons of wet to cool you and your tiny herd down. Just give me the word! I’m good at blurring 🙂 I’m good at wet 🙂

  65. MTMP
    7:13 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Way to go Rose. I admire your ability to get out there and attack the working world. I want to do that soon. Fingers crossed.

    Still cool enough to leave off the AC today, which is just as well as all my $$ will be going to a plumber tomorrow to deal with this sewer issue. I am tired of being a single homeowner. I am impressed by those of youse who have done it for years, but I am just not cut out for it.

    Happy week to all. Go Amalia!

  66. O'Howlers
    7:16 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Here’s to Wose…living the dream! Congratulations on your new job. It will do you good to be put and about. We do agree with Hobbit, though, that the first few days at any job are a bit stressful. Just hang in, and tell us all about it. We expect some good, funny stories. Heh!
    Rio, your friend is a wonderful photographer, and the zinneas are lovely.

  67. O'Howlers
    7:19 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Umm…that would be OUT and about. Darn paws

  68. BearSpiritDog
    7:25 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Thinking of Wolfie! Please check in.

  69. O'Howlers
    7:52 pm on September 14th, 2014

    The dinner tonight smelled amazing. Pop sauteed fresh-picked yellow and red bell pepper, along with a big onion from our garden. Then he cooked them with our Hot Italian Sausage, from Bendybrook Farm. All mouths were watering.

  70. Tupper and Gilly
    7:55 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Our mouths are watering from here.

    All WE got was stinkin’ dry kibble.

    And speaking of which – how is Princess Sammie?

  71. O'Howlers
    8:01 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Watching Ken Burns’ Roosevelts now. Good night.

  72. Masquers
    8:41 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Howlers: Thanks for the reminder.
    over and out.

  73. dawson
    8:52 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Have a yummy supper, Barb!

    Wose: Congratulations! Of all the deli’s in the world, New York has the best. A New Yorker told me so. This deli obviously knows quality when they see it. I think it’ll be fun and you never know who you’ll meet. Plus, cheesecake!

  74. Riö -The Evil Pug
    9:01 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Rose!…If anyone famous come into your deli please get their pawtograph for me!…wheeze!…Even big stars on Broadway have to eat sometimes…heh!heh!

  75. Lefty the Well-Mannered Gentledog
    9:04 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Commander Rio: What about a field trip to a certain deli?

  76. dawson
    9:31 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Wose: Especially if it is YSAS!

  77. Lefty the Well-Mannered Gentledog
    10:07 pm on September 14th, 2014

    If my day started out good with the nose licking incident, it is going to end great and may or may not involve more nose licking. My Lady has informed us that the Giant will be coming home tonight from his job that has taking him away throughout the summer. This makes her happy. This makes us happy.

  78. Wolfie Wagglebutt
    11:04 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Another day, another wildfire.

  79. Tenzing
    11:23 pm on September 14th, 2014

    Wagglebutt: Please keep you and your family safe.

  80. Staff
    11:24 pm on September 14th, 2014

    ohhh Wolfie Wugglebutt, that fire looks awful!

    Ok I talked about Bookbub earlier but here is a link explaining it better. I LOVE it.

  81. Wolfie Wagglebutt
    11:54 pm on September 14th, 2014

    We here love Bookbub!

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    12:52 pm on September 16th, 2014

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