Chetspeak on Sunday

Is there such a thing as being too brilliant? That’s the story of the Hawaiian pants. Bernie’s a big fan of Hawaiian shirts, the one he was wearing at the moment – with a pattern of hula-dancing mules – not one of my favorites. And this was in the early days with Bernie, before I’d even met a mule, namely Rummy, about whom more some other time, or never. Where I’m going with this is … is … right! The Hawaiian pants! One night, after a bourbon or two – or maybe more, but I don’t go past two, the perfect number to my way of thinking – Bernie suddenly slammed his hand down on the table real hard and said, “Hawaiian pants! We’re rich!” At which point I’d taken off, running all over the house, darting into and out of every room, meaning the kitchen, Bernie’s bedroom, Charlie’s bedroom, the office, the front hall, the living room, not necessarily in that order – or any order! Who needs order? Especially when Bernie’s on top of the world. If Bernie’s on top of the world, I’m on top of the world. And when he’s not I still am! Or close. So round and round and round I flew, zigging and zagging, claws digging in deep, leaning into the turns so sharply that I almost –


– from TAIL OF VENGEANCE, the most recent C&B e-short story (you don’t need a Kindle to read it – there are many ways).

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73 Responses to “Chetspeak on Sunday”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:40 am on October 19th, 2014

    Good morning, everyone! Except for the bourbon, that’s what we’ve been doing this morning. Yummy breakfast of kibble, yogurt and egg 🙂 48*F outside and sunny for a change, we are tip top and living the good life, amigos.
    Saw a facebookie post of Emily Dickenson, one lucky dog!
    Have a smooth-sailing Sunday (even if no water is involved).

  2. Wose-the Small and Meek
    9:10 am on October 19th, 2014


    Under the quilt, as I am not feeling tip-top. I am also sad. But that is a story for another time.

    My friend Fran did not have an opportunity to tape “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” Taping ran over. So, she had a scenic (hopefully) drive into Connecticut, and breakfast with friends.

    Certain packages will be slowly winging there way out from my neck of the woods beginning this week.

    Happy Egg Day and enjoy the day!

  3. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:45 am on October 19th, 2014

    Good morning and Happy Egg Day/Sunday!

    Rose, I hope you are soon feeling tip top.

    Beautiful and sunny here, but we had a heavy frost last night. Should have a little warm up this week and back to mid 60s by next weekend.

    We saw Emily D. yesterday on Chet’s FB. Must have been at the parade. She was a very cute dog!

  4. B.Stover
    9:55 am on October 19th, 2014

    I love it when Bernie has to say, “CHET!”

    Good morning all.

  5. O'Howlers
    10:03 am on October 19th, 2014

    Good morning. Happy. Sunday, and Happy. Chetspeak, but alas! No Egg Day for us us us. Those #*%# hens are not producing.
    We are wondering if Bernie says CHET! In the same tone of voice as the ‘rents say ZEUS! Heh!
    It is super windy and very cold here. Meashka is happy.

  6. O'Howlers
    10:04 am on October 19th, 2014

    Groan. What is with those extra periods that keep showing up in our posts?

  7. BearSpiritDog
    10:37 am on October 19th, 2014

    Heh. O’Howlers, Didn’t notice until youse pointed them out.

    Smooth-Sail’n Sunday? That’s the way to roll!

    Good Morning Everyone.

  8. Billy's Buddy
    10:45 am on October 19th, 2014

    I love Chet.

    Good morning all.

  9. Tupper and Gilly
    11:11 am on October 19th, 2014

    We love it when Bernie says “Che -ettt?” When it kind of goes up in a question at the end. We forget the first book we saw that in, but it made us laugh out loud.

    Morning(almost afternoon) everyone.

  10. snowhookshake your bootie
    11:16 am on October 19th, 2014

    Dear Rose, we are hoping your body adjusts to the new meds soon. We all want you to be happy. Stay warm under the quilt.

    Going to check if there is anything happening at bootie headquarters. Back soon.

    How to donate to Snowhook

    On the Chetthedog blog…To donate to checkpoints, you notify Dawson at snowhookcheckpoints at

    To donate to the Shake your bootie campaign you notify Staff at snowhookshakeyourbootie at

    When you donate, first you let Dawson or Staff know your donation amount so we can note it on our tally sheets. Then we will know when we reach our goals. Next you send the money directly to Snowhook, by check or paypal.

    Donations should be sent to:
    Justin & Rebecca Savidis
    P.O. Box 1179
    Willow, Alaska 99688

    More information about Snowhook can be found at their blog:
    or by searching for Snowhook Kennel on Facebook and also by directly emailing the team at: snowhookkennel at gee male dot com

  11. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    11:36 am on October 19th, 2014

    Staff, Do you still have matching funds?

  12. Masquers
    11:41 am on October 19th, 2014

    Staff: Our question too.

  13. snowhookshake your bootie
    12:28 pm on October 19th, 2014

    There are still 148 bootie bucks available for matching. AND by the time they are all matched there will be two more winners of beautiful prizes from Amalia.

    The next prize in line is the fabulous necklace of Chet (the one white eared detective and dog) on it.

  14. snowhookshake your bootie
    12:29 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Remember that the donor or the matcher might be the winner. It’s a c rap shoot out there folks. (Hoping to not be moderated)

  15. Martha
    12:33 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Well, wasn’t I getting all snippy because I donated, sent mail, and got no acknowledgement. However, one must send mail to
    snowhookshakeyourbootie, not just shakeyourbootie! Someone, somewhere, is shaking his or her head wondering just what this donation was for! Anyway, I donated at the snowhook website, so I know that the money arrived where it needed to!
    So remember!! Read the directions!

  16. snowhookshake your bootie
    12:44 pm on October 19th, 2014


    I am sorry you were feeling snippy. snicker.

    And if you want your donation to count towards the bootie prizes please let me know the amount.

    or ncdrew at gee male dot com

  17. BearSpiritDog
    1:02 pm on October 19th, 2014

    The Chet Necklace is Beautiful!

  18. Riö -The Evil Pug
    1:02 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Matching!…Are there any matching funds left for the Checkpoints?….snort!

  19. Siber-H
    1:06 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Happy Chetspeak Day Everyone!

    Wose, I hope you feel better soon. Take care of yourself.

    Staff, Thank you for your reminders about how to donate to Snowhook. Please keep up the good work.

  20. BearSpiritDog
    1:39 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Time Out to Watch the Game! Beau, Will you join me?

  21. dawson
    2:32 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Rio, et al: All matching funds for Checkpoints are used up.

    Staff & ACattyLibrarian: Thanks to ACatty for letting us know that the directions for donating to Snowhook Kennels were less than clear. And to Staff for posting clear(er) directions for donating. Snowhook is trying a new way of collecting and tracking donations and feedback is welcomed.

    Martha: Did you receive my acknowledgement of your donation to Melanie’s checkpoint at the beginning of October? I hope so. We do appreciate your donations and your feed back.

    There have been only two new contributors to checkpoints this year (Martha and Trisha) and I think that confusion on how to donate is part of the reason.

  22. Wose-the Small and Meek
    3:51 pm on October 19th, 2014

    The Chet necklace is lovely.

  23. BearSpiritDog
    3:59 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Beau? Are You There?

  24. Riö -The Evil Pug
    4:43 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Beau!…He is upstairs sleeping in his favorite place. Right in front of the front door in the sunshine….wheeze!…His team does not play till 6:30 tonight…heh!…Little does he know we will know be watching it, no. No. No…gruffle!

  25. Riö -The Evil Pug
    4:45 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Poirot!….Thirteen At Dinner. For the life of me I cannot remember who did it…grunt!…I have read this book several times a long time ago. This is what we are watching before my friend makes supper tonight. OOooooooo it is going to be good!…snorkel!

  26. BearSpiritDog
    5:01 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Poirot! I love Agatha Christie!

  27. Herd of Hounds
    5:08 pm on October 19th, 2014

    You and us, too, BSD 🙂 Oops, need to guard the kitchen, meatloaf in the works. Maybe some will hit the floor 🙂

  28. BearSpiritDog
    5:14 pm on October 19th, 2014

    HOunds: Yowzer! I’m there!

  29. Riö -The Evil Pug
    5:16 pm on October 19th, 2014

    HoHo!…Do you put Hatch hot-as-hell green chilis in your meatloaf like my friend does?….wheeze!cough!

  30. Herd of Hounds
    5:20 pm on October 19th, 2014

    BSD, come on by, made.
    Rio, no hatch chilis but use an east coast spice (Old Bay) Which is a bit spicy. Developed for clam bakes etc.

  31. Zoe
    5:26 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Rose, hope you are feeling better soon. My medications aren’t quite up to the job either! Stay quilted. Love Zoe

  32. O'Howlers
    5:31 pm on October 19th, 2014

    We had a wonderful Fall hike today. After we got home, we were ready to zonk lut, but what do you know? Mom invited a little girl here just for us us us!! We got lots of love, and then we showed her all around our farm. She didn’t want to leave, but she said she will come back soon. The three of us are arguing over whick one of us is her favorite.
    The last of the bell peppers have been harvested. All beds were raked and manure was applied, both horse and chickie. Lastly, leaves were gathered and put on top of those beds. That’s the end of that for the year. But we got so many peppers, we will be having Mom’s favorite meal of Italian sausage, peppers, and onions all winter long!

  33. O'Howlers
    5:51 pm on October 19th, 2014

    We are so sorry for all of our typos on our iPaw. We told Mom we need a real keyboard.

  34. Herd of Hounds
    5:56 pm on October 19th, 2014

    OH, we have a folio keyboard on our ipaw but large paws still hit 2 or 3 keys.Also, do y ‘all ever stuff those green peppers? WE put a plant in a pot this year and got 2 bell peppers.

  35. O'Howlers
    6:16 pm on October 19th, 2014

    We don’t like stuffed peppers nearly as much as the sautéed peppers and onions with our great Italian (spicy) sausage. It is the go-to meal of late. Unfortunately, this last batch of peppers are all green, but we have frozen red and orange ones that we harvested during the season.
    We are also having couscous tonight.

  36. Riö -The Evil Pug
    6:21 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Suppper!…In the oven. Mother protecting and watching…chorkel!…Not really – the timer is set and my friend and I will be up there in a flash to check on it. Beau is still sleeping in front of the front door…grunt! …That guy.

  37. O'Howlers
    6:24 pm on October 19th, 2014
  38. BearSpiritDog
    6:47 pm on October 19th, 2014

    O’Howlers: Heh, heh. It took me a minute.

    Beau! Wake Up! the Game!

  39. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    6:55 pm on October 19th, 2014

    All that dinner talk is making me hungry. Barb went to a football game for Lyla’s school because she cheers. It was fun. Then we made Sloppy Joes for lunch.

    Now we have a chicken roasting in the oven. Nothing fancy – just a baked sweet potato and a small salad.

    Rio’s meatloaf sounds good, not so sure how Old Bay seasoning goes with a meatloaf. We have used it with shrimp but that is all. Our meatloaf is the traditional – onion, bread crumbs, egg, salt and pepper added to ground meat, with catsup & brown sugar on top. Sometimes we add a little green pepper and diced fresh tomatoes.

  40. Herd of Hounds
    6:58 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Burp! Thanks to those who blurred by to help with the meatloaf. It was delish! Just enough left for 2 sandwiches and puppy tastes tomorrow 🙂
    Mom likes Couscous, so easy to fix.

  41. Siber-H
    7:00 pm on October 19th, 2014

    It took me even longer, but I get it.

  42. Herd of Hounds
    7:01 pm on October 19th, 2014

    B&M&L, mom doesn’t eat mammal so she uses ground poutry (sorry Fern) and the Old Bay works well with it. Also a touch of horseradish sauce but other wise, similar.

  43. Herd of Hounds
    7:02 pm on October 19th, 2014

    OH, we hope no one else gets it but we “got it”.

  44. Alice M. Johnson
    7:20 pm on October 19th, 2014

    I won’t get it but I got it….snicker

  45. Wose-the Small and Meek
    7:21 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Staff and Siber-H: Thank you for your concern.

    Zoe: Thank you for thinking of me. It is terrible to take medications that really don’t seem to work. Bi hugs and love to you, my friend.

  46. Wose-the Small and Meek
    7:27 pm on October 19th, 2014

    A pot roast with noodles was on the menu tonight. It is the only meal that I make that I truly enjoy eating. It is a nice cold weather comfort food. Enough for leftovers tomorrow.

    RIO! I am wondering if you have seen your friend Pepper lately. I always look at the picture of you, Beau, and Pepper before I snuggle under the Rose quilt. That is my favorite picture of youse. And speaking of that picture, would you mind SDDing that picture to me if you can? I know I have asked for it before, but I had it on my computer at my old job (the flying tissue box one), and since my departure was so hasty, I could not clear my personal pictures from it.

  47. Tupper and Gilly
    8:03 pm on October 19th, 2014

    We had a nice roast beef today too. And we got some of the green beans and taters. Come to think of it – we got a LOT more green beans than beef…..hey, wait a minute…..

    Anyway, Mama has been at her work table today. She said something about an upcoming auction, and mercantile. And there was also something about snowflake earrings. That’s the problem with short legs – we can’t see much over the table.

    But we know she has some plans for tempting Plunderers and Lurkers alike.

  48. BearSpiritDog
    8:23 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Tupper&Gilly: Sounds like Wonderful Things are being created!

    Wose: Wish I could help. All I can do is sent Big Bear Hugs.

  49. snowhookshake your bootie
    8:31 pm on October 19th, 2014

    OK we have had another donation to the bootie fund and it was matched making our bootie bucks 749!!!!!!

    We are soooo close to the next (Chet the Dog necklace) prize from wonderful Golinka! We also have 123 bootie bucks left to be matched by someone’s donation. WHHOOOOOoHOOOOOOOOOooo


  50. Billy's Buddy
    8:32 pm on October 19th, 2014

    T and G: Ah, snowflake earrings!

    We had roast beef, carrots, and mashed taters here, too.

    Sunday: pretzels were involved.

  51. BearSpiritDog
    8:38 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Pretzels! Billy’sBuddy slaving over a hot stove on a Sunday. We are Grateful.

  52. Billy's Buddy
    8:52 pm on October 19th, 2014

    BSD: Have to be honest. No hot stove was involved!

  53. Riö -The Evil Pug
    9:10 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Pretzels!…Were Involved!…Yeeeep!…This is good news!…snort!

  54. Billy's Buddy
    9:15 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Rio, you had me at snort!

  55. Billy's Buddy
    9:19 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Or was it yeeeep? I think it is time for bed.

  56. Herd of Hounds
    9:33 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Mom just finished John Straley’s “Cold Storage, Alaskla”. She thinks she enjoued it overall but what a rollercoaster of emotions. She will try ine more to see if she fascinated or repulsed.
    We’ve been barking at deer (well, Darah sort of HONKS) and they honk back. Don’t know why the peeps are upset, we’re just talking to the neighbors! Nighty night.

  57. Elliot the Massage Kat
    9:47 pm on October 19th, 2014

    A. Catty’s been in and out all day. She’s pooped now, but almost has the plot at the community garden put to bed for the winter. She wanted to get that done before Dawson comes to visit.
    Hope all under the quilt have sweet dreams and wake up feeling better tomorrow.

  58. Beau - The Black Pug
    9:53 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Football!…sneeze!sneeze!…Finally I got deeze guyz ta change da channel ta dat Broncos football game…cough!…Just in time ta see Peyton throw dat historical touchdown…eh!heh!heh!…Who would have thought it possible?…chuffle!guffle!sneeze!

  59. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:55 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Elliott, We did the same thing, putting the garden to bed. Have it mostly done. Too bad Dawson isn’t coming to visit us!

    Night all. Rose, get some quality sleep tonight.

  60. BearSpiritDog
    9:59 pm on October 19th, 2014

    The Awesome One is coming South?

  61. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:16 pm on October 19th, 2014

    South!…If you can call Montana The South…heh!heh!

  62. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:20 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Football!…Beau gets to watch the rest of tonight’s game because once the World Series starts he is SOL…grunt!

  63. MTMP
    10:21 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Beau, we here are all watching your Broncos, don’t know why, just background noise I guess, but they are are doing quite well. Peyton set a record. You should really demand your own TV so you can watch what you want. Whoa!! Another TD woo hoo. 28 -10 (sorry Wolfie)

  64. MTMP
    10:23 pm on October 19th, 2014

    I know, I know…refresh, read, post. At least Beau is getting to watch the game.

  65. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:23 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Dawson!…When you get a chance can you give me a run down on exactly what is left to sponsor Checkpoint-wise….sniff!..How many checkpoints and how many $$’s is still needed?…grunt!

  66. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:25 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Beau!…This is the most wide-awake he has been all day….heh!heh!

  67. Staff
    10:30 pm on October 19th, 2014

    I have to admit to sort of wanting the Giants to win. I like that team. But I won’t mind too much if Kansas City wins. They have been playing well also.

    We spent much of the day outside also. We had to do a little shoring up and filling in around the foundation. Woodchucks have been digging, and they are very good at digging. I wonder if Siber-H would protect our foundation from Woodchucks or if he would just join in?

    MrStaff says I have complained about his poor dishwashing too many times and it is now my job to wash the pots and pans. Grump.
    I have to learn to keep my mouth shut but the bottoms of the pans were all greasy and then the stove top would get greasy and then it would burn on. double grump. I even cleaned the oven today too. It is sure nice to look in there and not see the black ugly dirty stuff anymore.

    Housekeeping is not high on my priority list. I only mind when we have visitors.

  68. Diane C.
    10:32 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Wose–I hope you had a restorative day under the quilt and will be feeling tip-top soon.
    Martha–Thank you for mentioning. I sent some bootie money last time around and was never acknowledged, which was disheartening. this year, directions will be followed.
    Nice to see Beau back with us too…
    I ate sensibly all day today. Cooked carrots as an antipasto seem to help with that–not sure why, but I’ll take it.
    I have to review an Exam and send it to be printed, then get ready for tomorrow’s commute, so I’ll wish everyone a pleasant evening.

  69. BearSpiritDog
    10:56 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Goodnight, Diane & All.

  70. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:59 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Pleasant!…It is not pleasant around here what with Beau kicking around whooping and farting it up because his team is rolling over the 49’ers…grunt!…I do not want the Giants to win another World Series, although I guess if they do they will deserve it….snort!…But come on. I would LOVE to see a team who has not even been in the Series since the 80’s to have a chance at glory…chuffle!

  71. Siber-H
    11:24 pm on October 19th, 2014

    Staff, I have never seen a woodchuck. I don’t know what they are but they sure sound like fun. I could eliminate the woodchucks for you and then do the digging the right way…the Siber way. I am very experienced in digging around foundations…just ask my mom.

    Night All

  72. dawson
    11:27 pm on October 19th, 2014

    It will be a good Series. I like the Giants but I like underdogs too and since the Royals haven’t won in years and years it would be nice to see them win. I’ll root for both teams.

    I will update checkpoints tomorrow, though nothing has changed.

  73. mlaiuppa
    3:18 pm on October 21st, 2014

    Just finished reading Tail of Vengeance and The Iggy Chronicles. (I had already read A Cat was Involved)

    Got my first smartphone (iPhone 5s) last month and am still learning how to use it. Took the opportunity to read the ebooks I had already purchased in anticipation.

    Love them both.

    Want MORE!.

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