Chetspeak on Sunday

“Hello and goodbye,” said Ramon.

He was leaving? I had just enough time to think: good news. And then Ramon had a knife in his hand. There are all sorts of knives – for butter, for steak, for carving the turkey on Thanksgiving. This particular kind of knife – all steel, thin and flat, with a round hole at the top of the grip – was a kind I’d seen before – and seen in action – on a visit to Otis DeWayne, our weapons expert. What Ramon had in his hand was a throwing knife, which he now drew back behind his ear with the same soft easy grip Otis had used before letting it go and popping a pink balloon hanging from a branch in his yard. Pop went the balloon, shriveling down to nothing, and the knife sank deep and quivering into the tree. Those liquidy dark eyes locked on Bernie. Shriveling down to nothing? No!


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102 Responses to “Chetspeak on Sunday”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:47 am on November 16th, 2014

    Good morning, everyone! Love Chetspeak and this one is one of the scary ones.
    Egg Day, and we made a dent in some eggs, amigos. Sunday but grey and gloomy here inside and out. Hope everyone has a sunny Sunday.

  2. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:53 am on November 16th, 2014

    Is it Sunday again already? Time is flying by.

    Happy Sunday and Chetspeak to everyone.

    Did my babysitting stint last night – had dinner with them, then watched a new Hallmark movie. Not a bad evening, and the pay was good (just kidding).

    Lyla was excessively bossing Jack around at bed time and he finally got tired of it. I told her to knock it off. She went thru an elaborate scenario of how when she is 18 and Jack 15 she would need to know how to take charge if her parents went out of town. Bottom line, she was getting experience. Gotta give her an A for effort!

  3. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:05 am on November 16th, 2014

    Good morning Sharon and pack and flock.

    Lovely snowflakes coming down. Pretty to watch from our warm spot in front of the bay window. 26 degrees outside. Brrr.

    Christmas ornaments coming up shortly. Last year we had a table top tree, but this year we went big, 7-ft slim line. Had way too many bird ornaments for the little tree.

    I know, a real tree is better and more festive. However, this is easier and I can keep the tree up for 6 weeks and not worry about it.

  4. O'Howlers
    9:07 am on November 16th, 2014

    Good morning. Selfish Mom did not give us eggs. She is saving the 4 available eggs for her and Pop. We are getting more food than normal though, as Mom has been mixing two different brands of kibble to get us used to the new kind.

    Pop is joining a CSA for the Fall. It is convenient as he can pick up his shares. At his workplace. This is new for us, and we are anxious to see what veggies will be included in Fall. We have not experimented with many root veggies. We hope there are no potatoes, because we have way more of those than we need already. But we ran out of our onions already. Store-bought onions aren’t even close. So do you think a Fall CSA will include onions? This place is all organic, so they would be sweet and strong like ours were. We definitely need to plant even more onions next Spring. They go fast here.

    We love Chetspeak but that knife always scares us. All of the shooting outdoors this time of year scares us too.

  5. Tupper's Mama
    9:30 am on November 16th, 2014

    Good morning all.
    Ooo_- fall onions. We love ’em baked with butter, salt and pepper. We also love turnips, parsnips, Brussels sprouts, carrots, all that lovely stuff.
    And for now, back on the merry-go-round of life.
    Have a grand day, everyone.

  6. Wose-the Small and Meek
    9:30 am on November 16th, 2014

    Greetings to all youse early risers and Happy Egg Day!

    B,M, & L: There is nothing wrong with having an artificial Christmas tree. Since Grizz is allergic to life, we have an artificial tree too. Seven feet….Wow, it must be a beauty! Would love to see pictures!

    Enjoy your day!

  7. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:34 am on November 16th, 2014

    Howlers, we ran out of onions too. We plant 200 around the outsides of the two beds, but we use most for green onions. Your CSA might have turnips, beets, carrots, brussels sprouts, and a number of winter squash.

    We thought we got away from the crazy deer hunters when we moved back from the country, but noooo. The guy next door is a regular Rambo. He and his buddies dress in camo, put black stuff on their faces and go out and hunt the poor defenseless deer. They even use spray that smells like a doe in heat. Sit up in their tree and wait for the buck to check it out. Makes me sick. I wish the deer carried guns, then there might be fewer of these macho assholes out there.

  8. O'Howlers
    9:45 am on November 16th, 2014

    Brussel Sprouts? Yuck!!!
    Barb, regarding hunters: you eat meat, and the animals who live a good life running free before being hunted are better off than those poor animals raised on factory farms, from where most consumer and restaurant meat comes. So what the hunters are doing is really not bad, though we Howlers hate hearing guns boom, and Mom hates those who treat this as a “sport” and the deer they kill as trophies.

  9. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:10 am on November 16th, 2014

    Howlers, I know the deer are over populated, due to human issues, mostly. I do eat meat, but I try to buy from humane growing practices, and not large factory farms. We are getting a beef from a small, local pasture fed operation next month.

    What we are opposed to is the mentality of killing animals for fun. Somehow it seems wrong to me to treat this as entertainment. I know Native Americans killed animals, but they used every part of the animal and it was a necessary part of their survival and lifestyle.
    This is not a true sport in my mind and it is not a fair fight.

    Here is the custom sign I saw that reminded me of Staff:

    Lookin’ for larvae
    in all
    the right places!

  10. B.Stover
    10:16 am on November 16th, 2014

    There is an interesting part in this scene that shows dogs are more humane than humans: “And Outlaw [Ramon’s dog] stopped struggling, stilled himself, lay defenseless down on the floor in the back of the car, throat exposed. In short, he submitted. That was something we have in the nation within. My role now was to call a halt to the neck biting thing” (301).

    Good morning all.

  11. B.Stover
    10:20 am on November 16th, 2014

    What is CSA?

  12. Wose-the Small and Meek
    10:24 am on November 16th, 2014

    Same question as HRH, B.

  13. Wose-the Small and Meek
    10:28 am on November 16th, 2014

    Howlers: Growing up, my mom did not make things like Brussel Sprouts. I actually did not have them until a few years ago, when dining out. They were grilled, and delish. I make them using the Italian bachelor method, and Grizz even likes them.

  14. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:29 am on November 16th, 2014


  15. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:33 am on November 16th, 2014

    Missed the A up above.

    Brussel Sprouts – they are delicious roasted with olive oil, kosher salt, pecans & crumbled bacon on top. With or w/o garlic.

  16. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:39 am on November 16th, 2014

    The way most CSAs work is that you pay a set fee to pick up seasonal veggies every week. Some have a price for all 3 seasons, some let you buy either spring, summer or fall. You pick up a box once a week, and it will include an assortment of veggies grown in that season. Almost always organically grown, and some CSAs include eggs.

  17. Diane C.
    11:01 am on November 16th, 2014

    B,M and L–thanks for the toffee info.Good morning to everyone.
    Not that anyone asked, but I prefer my turnips raw, can’t get my head around parsnips (no–not entirely true, I’ve been eating some julienned and baked with carrots and potatoes–also julienned), and Brussels sprouts are fine in moderation. Will no one champion the noble beet–edible and tasty at both root and stem ends?
    B, M and L–If you give me your hunters’ names I will cheerfully put a spell on them–nothing big–just something to keep them from hunting and maybe re-direct their energies toward aggressively recycling plastic bags or something.
    It’s Santa Ana time here in So. Cal, which means warm weather with high winds. Fun when I was a child, somewhat invigorating to the dogs, and nice clean air until fire season kicks in as it usually shortly does.
    Also the acid test of my most recent haircut–if it moves in the wind, it’s too long (and it does, and is).
    Have a super Sunday, everyone

  18. B.Stover
    11:09 am on November 16th, 2014

    Thank you for the explanation Barb.

  19. Wose-the Small and Meek
    11:27 am on November 16th, 2014

    B,M,&L: Thanks for explaining. I prepare my Brussels sprouts with olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper. NOW, I am going to add the bacon and pecans! Sounds De-Lish!

  20. Staff
    11:29 am on November 16th, 2014

    Working on stuff but my cousin, who now lives in Debuque sent me this link on Facebookie

  21. Diane C.
    11:36 am on November 16th, 2014

    Just got the “lookin’ for larvae” reference. (Groan)

  22. Masquers
    11:38 am on November 16th, 2014

    Not to start the day out with a criticism, but I’m curious. Shouldn’t there be a comma in that long sentence up above?
    B: You would know.
    I like your reference to the submissive pose…although kats really don’t understand this dog-type of gesture when the claws come out.

  23. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    11:39 am on November 16th, 2014

    Wose, Walnuts will work, too. I precook the bacon, and add it when sprouts are done. Nuts are roasted with the sprouts.

    I will try to get a picture of the tree later and if it looks good I will upload it. 7 foot doesn’t seem very big to me, as my kids always have 12-14 foot trees. Josh and Kelly both have rooms with cathedral ceilings, so they buy BIG fresh trees.

    Diane, Rambo is named Mike Cummings and his two buddies are Greg and Chris, but last names are unknown. They remind me of the hunters from the Lord of the Flies movie (dating myself here). Even wife Jamie dressing in camo and joins them with her own bow. She has absolutely no experience, so can only imagine the pain she will inflict if she happens to get off a shot.

  24. O'Howlers
    11:53 am on November 16th, 2014

    Barb, we agree with what you said about the mentality of a lot of the hunters, at least around here. We know you are careful about where your meat comes from, as are we. But most folks are not.
    Youse have convinced us to give Brussels sprouts a try, when we get them. Diane, we absolutely love beets.
    We just got done supervising the horses with the ‘rents on their backs. Off for a hike in Nolde Forest!

  25. B.Stover
    11:59 am on November 16th, 2014

    Masquers: Do you mean a comma between “soft” and “easy”? They are coordinate adjectives so I would say yes. I think number 6 at this link answers your question:

  26. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    12:02 pm on November 16th, 2014

    That was Craig not Greg. Sorry.

    We grew beets this year and they were fantastic. Picked them all season long, and they were not tough or woody, even last week. They are one of the earliest seeds to be planted. Here, April 1st. Cold does not bother the young plants at all.

  27. Diane C.
    12:05 pm on November 16th, 2014

    B, M and L–thanks, I’m on it. Beet-lovers, good to hear from you! And now I’m off to mediate and pray for ALL of us.

  28. Masquers
    12:45 pm on November 16th, 2014

    B: I was thinking a comma is needed between “before” & “letting” as it makes the sentence clearer to me (kind of like taking a breath) But, now that you mention it, another comma is clearly needed there also.
    Not that anyone here is an expert on commas…far from it.

  29. Masquers
    12:53 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Today on Twitter: Comet lander shuts down as batteries go flat after sending data.
    It is obvious the Energizer bunny was not a part of this mission.

  30. B.Stover
    1:04 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Masquers: I think that part of the sentence is supposed to read “before letting it go and popping….” So, no I don’t think that needs a comma.

  31. c.hobbit
    1:05 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Speaking of Christmas trees….I had a small 4′ tree on top of my table downstairs and at some point the kittens could get on the table. It was so cute with them laying under the tree until I discovered that someone had chewed through the wiring on the lights (It wasn’t plugged in). Question: the two branch wires are very thin. Is the tree toast or can I try and reconnect the pieces? Has anyone ever had a similar problem? The tree is currently in my garage.

    Morning everyone

  32. c.hobbit
    1:08 pm on November 16th, 2014

    If Rio thinks Sadie is eating too much (hence the “deposits”), I am now going through 9 little cans of Fancy Feasts for the kittens, 3 large cans of Fancy Feasts for the mamas and unlimited kitten kibble–per day. I am also constantly cleaning 6 kitty litters. GAH!

  33. BearSpiritDog
    1:12 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Nana tells me when she was young and living in the North Woods, the Deer Knew Exactly when it was time to go. The large herd that had been in the field the night before hunting season had Mysteriously Vanished the morning of it.

    Barb,Magpie,Lucy: We Agree. Hunting for Food is one thing and for Sport quite another.
    Deer with guns…an Interesting Thought.
    How old are Lyla and Jack now?

    Staff: City Lights is one of our Favorite Book Stores.

    Brussel Sprouts are NOT a big favorite here…although we have not tried the recipes youse have used.

    C.Hobbit: Regarding the tree…sounds Dangerous…it doesn’t seem worth it. The Consulting of an Expert would be our advice.

    Diane: That was a Cute Wegman Christmas Card last night.
    Your Prayers are much Appreciated. Dog knows they are needed.

  34. BooBear
    1:14 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Happy Sunday, all! Mom was gone to a huge Christmas craft show yesterday where she walked all day and spent way too much money! But she had a lot of of fun. She loves decorating for Christmas. Wonder how she will do these holidays without dad.

    This particular craft show benefits the Houston ballet and has become a very upscale and large show. Mom and her friends got very lucky. They got there early and had a wonderful parking spot. That was a good thing since she had to go unload her purchases several times.

    Wolfie, please include us in the toffee order and add the extra order and Mom will make a donation to Snowhook.

    Love to all you guys! LOL….we really are like a big family!

  35. Masquers
    1:16 pm on November 16th, 2014

    B: The link to the Purdue University online writing lab was very helpful. Thank you.

  36. Masquers
    1:18 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Hi, BooBear!

  37. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    1:20 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Wolfie, How much are the extra orders? We are thinking it was $10 last year, but don’t remember for sure.

    Hobbit, I think I would get a new tree. Could be a fire hazard if it is the electric wires of which you speak.

    Here is our tree. Not sure if the bird and bird house ornaments can be seen clearly.

  38. BearSpiritDog
    1:43 pm on November 16th, 2014

    BarbMagpieLucy: That is a Beautiful Tree!
    The Ornaments cannot be seen up-close due to the Blog Enlargement Problem.
    Now Nana is feeling behind in Holiday Preparations.
    I reminded her it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet, but she says it is Always Good to get a head start on things. Before one knows it the Holiday Season is upon us and, once again, we are frantically attending to last minute details.
    Procrastinator might be the Word of the Day here. Barb is obviously not one of those kinds of people.

  39. BooBear
    2:00 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Mom’s best friend is a decorator supreme. Her house should be showcased in a tour or a magazine. She has a very large house so she does theme trees in several of the rooms. Last year she had 7. Each one unique.

    Mom’s tree is very traditional. Hallmark and animal related ornaments. No tinsel because we LOVE shiny stuff. Because Dad got so sick last year at Christmas, the tree didn’t get put up or cards sent. Our tree is 9 foot so she will either invest in a new tree or get some help assembling it. She decorates starting Thanksgiving weekend but saves the tree for the weekend before Christmas….something about keeping it decorated with all of us here.

  40. Masquers
    2:08 pm on November 16th, 2014

    HOH: Yay! It is indeed a sunny Sunday here. Unfortunately, sunny means freezing cold. Looking forward to next Tuesday when the temps are set to rise by 20 degrees.
    Hoping these polar type digits are not an example of things to come in the months ahead.
    B&M&L: Your tree looks tall from here and if I save the photo it can be pulled up in the gallery and viewed closer-up.
    BooBear: Does your mom keep the tree up until January 6th?

    Missing Riö & Beau.

  41. BooBear
    2:18 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Masquers, usually until New Years Day.

  42. Herd of Hounds
    2:38 pm on November 16th, 2014

    An open letter to my virtual family:

    In the past 2 days, a fracture has happened in the Chet the Dog blog family.

    Just over 2 years ago I found people who are more family than biological family members.

    Family is family; right, wrong, good or bad.

    Please, let us all be together again soon, for the sake of Snowhook and all of us.

    Love from the whole kit and caboodle in Tennessee.

  43. C.hobbiti
    2:51 pm on November 16th, 2014

    HOH: stay calm and carry on.

  44. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    4:05 pm on November 16th, 2014


    BSD, Lyla is 8, Jack is 5.

  45. Wose-the Small and Meek
    4:15 pm on November 16th, 2014

    B,M&L: What a lovely tree!

    Wolfie: We can not wait for your mom’s toffee! She should go into business. Grizz and I already have the commercial all planned out….

  46. O'Howlers
    4:20 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Mom just shared a very intersting article on facebook, about the real problem with today’s wheat harvests. It is not gluten. She tried to paste it here, but thanks to that last iOS upgrade, cut/paste no longer works on the iPaw. MPM and others, please look for that article on Mom’s facebook.

    We all had a great hike in Nolde Forest today.

  47. O'Howlers
    4:21 pm on November 16th, 2014
  48. Herd of Hounds
    4:36 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Since 2:50 the blog has been wonky. Any ideas?

  49. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    4:54 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Howlers, I went on to your F B page and read that article. SCARY!
    I had no idea, and always assumed it would be a GMO problem. What is wrong with the EPA and other government agencies that they allow such horrible practices?

  50. Herd of Hounds
    4:56 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Love the SIBER fotos. Meashka and Kat.

  51. BooBear
    5:14 pm on November 16th, 2014

    OH’s mom, the diet must be working! Eating right and all that exercise! You are barely big as a minute!

  52. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    5:17 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Are Howlers pics upside down for you?

  53. Staff
    5:23 pm on November 16th, 2014

    As much as I hate the use of Roundup that article is a load of bull. Gluten is the problem for many people. And as much as I would like to blame all gluten sensitivity to Roundup that is not true. The farmers do not put Roundup on the wheat to dry it out. The fields that Roundup is spread on use a Roundup resistan strain of wheat that is not affected (much) by Roundup. So the person writing that does not know what they are talking about.

    However farmers often put Roundup on the wheat fields to dry up the weeds that are in the fields (those weeds that have started to become resistant to roundup) It would not surprise me that Roundup is causing problems but to but the blame for all the many problems people have with gluten on Roundup is wrong.

    That said I would personally try to eat as much Organic food as I could find to keep from ingesting any type of pesticide and herbicide that are used routinely by US agriculture. THe EU is way ahead of us on this practice of oulawing chemicals.

    The Shop Smart magazine put out by Consumer Reports had an article about GMO altered corn which, so far, has not been approved for human consumption. Many foods they tested that were mostly corn contained lots of GMO corn even when it said on the label “No GMO corn” THe only ones that did not contain GMO corn were the ones labeled Organic.

  54. Herd of Hounds
    5:27 pm on November 16th, 2014

    B&M&il …sorry you are right side up for us ,!

  55. c.hobbit
    5:34 pm on November 16th, 2014

    O’Howlers: Here is the link for those not on FB. I had read this earlier and it made sense to me why I spent much of my life in intestinal pain until I went on a restrictive diet and eliminated all flour products. I had thought it was an undiagnosed gluten sensitivity. It makes me want to live and eat in another country that bans this type of thing.

  56. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    5:48 pm on November 16th, 2014

    HOH, I was not asking about the tree pic. Howlers and their mama is upside down for me.

  57. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    5:48 pm on November 16th, 2014

    ARE upside down.

  58. O'Howlers
    5:50 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Staff, we don’t know how much is valid in the article, but it does make sense to us. There are people with gluten sensitivity, but why is it so prevalent today? We think the same way about allergies, especially allergies to our kind, and to anything outdoors. There have always been people with allergies, but Mom says it was never so prevalent as it is today. When she was growing up, she did not know one single kid or adult with allergies. Now, she is hard-pressed to find many without an allergy to animals or pollen or hay, or all of those. What is up with that? What has changed? Mom has an opinion on it, and she thinks it has to do with the lack of exposure. People hide indoors, and keep animals away from their children. What do you all think?

  59. c.hobbit
    5:57 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Food fight. Ha, ha

    If I had had snow on the ground as usual at Halloween, I would have had a fun time doing this for all the Trick or Treaters:

  60. O'Howlers
    6:00 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Barb, you are not the first person to tell Mom that she is upside down! But not us Sibes!!! And HOH, why did you only mention The Reds? Zeus’ feelings are hurt. Heh!
    BooBear, Mom did lose a lot of weight, but we don’t think it shows in her big winter clothes. She still has a lot she wants to lose. She is almost to 3/4 to her goal. She has lost 3 clothing sizes so far, with 1 more to go.

  61. O'Howlers
    6:01 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Hobbit! That’s great!

  62. Herd of Hounds,c
    6:16 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Zeus, where are you?

  63. Herd of Hounds
    6:18 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Zeus, where are you?

  64. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    6:20 pm on November 16th, 2014

    I totally agree with you about the rampant problem with allergies. I also didn’t know a single person that had food allergies, especially the peanut problem, while growing up. I think our lifestyle in general causes the problems: eating mostly processed foods including GMOs, over use of antibiotics and antibacterial soaps. Over 50% c-section rate, bottle feeding infants, giving shots for all the common childhood illnesses. All these practices create a less healthy child. And not letting them play outside and come in contact with animals and Dog forbid, Germs! Many of the chemicals we ingest and breath affect our auto-immune systems.
    All of my grandchildren were nursed for at least a year, fed organic baby food, and exposed to dogs from the time they could crawl. None of them have a single allergy.
    Getting off the soap box.

  65. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    6:23 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Oh, and only 1% of the population has celiac disease, but 1 out of 3 people complain of gluten sensitivity .

  66. Herd of Hounds
    6:34 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Zeus, where are you?


  67. Staff
    6:34 pm on November 16th, 2014

    O’Howlers and Barb,
    I agree with you on many points, although I did know people with allergies when I was growing up. I think we hear about them more now because we hear about everything more now. Remember our talk about PTSD?

    I think what upset me most about that article is that it is full of bogus science. The person writing it took something he or she heard and twisted it and called it fact. The thing that annoys me is that it will be very easy for the Monsanto people to dismiss those of us who are serious about this because it is blatant fearmongering.

    And if I can tell it is a crock then it is a pretty easy crock to spot.

  68. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    6:52 pm on November 16th, 2014

    On a less controversial subject, I am on the hunt for Aplets and Cotlets from Liberty Orchards in Washington. That candy was a part of my Christmases when I was growing up. They are available on line, but I am going to attempt to find them locally. I would rather not pay $10 for shipping for $30 of product.
    Has anyone else had them? They are sooo good!

  69. O'Howlers
    6:53 pm on November 16th, 2014

    We never heard of those, Barb. What are they?

  70. Mollypop's Mom
    7:04 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Barb, they’re on I have Amazon prime shipping and I can have them sent to you With no shipping charge.

  71. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    7:08 pm on November 16th, 2014

    I bet BSD has had them. They are a fruit and nut candy made by Liberty Orchards in Cashmere, WA. The company is almost 100 years old and was originally founded by two Armenian men who started an apple orchard and then created this candy from an old Armenian recipe, using a base of apple or apricot juice. It is sort of jellied, with walnuts and covered in powdered sugar. They make a bunch of different flavors now but Aplets and Cotlets are the originals and the best, IMHO.

    Oh my, Leslie Stahl is interviewing someone about aquifers and ground water.

  72. Herd of Hounds
    7:10 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Loved to get Applets and Cottlets for folks in the 70’s

  73. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    7:17 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Bernie is going to freak out. They said the aquifer water levels are at historic lows, and that water is the new oil. Alarming stuff!

    MPM, before I inconvenience you I will check with them tomorrow to see who has it locally. Supposedly many large retailers carry it during the holidays.

  74. BooBear
    7:21 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Wow, OH’s Mom! That’s fantastic! Mom had lost 25 pounds during the stressful summer and had gotten down into her size 8s (she has clothes from 6-12 in her closet) but now that she is eating again, she has gained 5 back. She is hoping she can re-lose the 5 and and additional 10 or 15. But she is not as dedicated as you have been. Maybe you can be her inspiration to each healthier.

  75. BooBear
    7:22 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Um…”eat healthy.”

  76. Herd of Hounds
    7:23 pm on November 16th, 2014

    ZEUS,we wouldn’t leave you out. Not intentionally.
    RIo, please come home.

  77. O'Howlers
    7:28 pm on November 16th, 2014

    BooBear! Our mom and your mom are truly twins. Mom has those size dividers like in clothing stores. Her sizes go from 6 to 14. We think Mom’s way to lose weight has been a lot more fun than what you went thru, but we are happy that you are on the road to healing. Never forgetting, but healing such that you take care of yourself, and find fulfillment. The holidays will be so difficult for you. We wish we could help you. <3

  78. Herd of Hounds
    7:35 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Good night 🙁

  79. Staff
    7:38 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Ihave never heard of aplets and cotlets. They sound delish. I meant to say that the comment about a ‘food fight’ made earlier made me laugh!

    ASnd speaking of food I had better let Wolfie know that I need some of that Toffee. Yum!

  80. BooBear
    7:39 pm on November 16th, 2014

    OH’s mom, I think Mom has passed through the guilt stage of grief. The one of ” did she do enough, did she do right?” Now she is facing the adjustment of living alone and the fact that this is permanent. He’ s really gone and not coming back.
    Going back to work has really helped. She has a routine that gets her involved again.

    Regarding the diet, if she could give up candy like you gave up alcohol during the diet, it would go alot smoother.

  81. O'Howlers
    7:52 pm on November 16th, 2014

    BooBear, giving up alcohol was easy because Mom still had her best friend who gave it up too. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
    Closing in on bedtime here. Pop got so little sleep last night. G’night all.

  82. Riö -The Evil Pug
    7:56 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Stover!….You have been on my mind tonight. A lot of things and a lot of people are on my mind tonight, but you popped to the top of the list because I wanted to tell you about an extremely good story (so far) I found called “The Missing”. …wheeze!…It is OnDemand right now. James Nesbitt, the awesome Irish actor, is the main character. He is always perfect in every character he portrays…grunt! …We are watching the first episode, the pilot, right now. Really well done.

    Remember!…Today is the deadline to send in your Photoz and Descriptions of your Auction and Boutique Items to Luna at Snowhook. Put Auction Item in the subject line or else….grunt!…If you have a note from your parents as to why you are tardy Snowhook will take that into consideration when considering taking your late Items….sneeze!…Carry on.

  83. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:11 pm on November 16th, 2014

    We are near the top of the waiting list at the library for Gone Girl. Want to read the book before watching the movie, which is getting all kinds of awards buzz. Has anyone here read the book or seen the movie?

  84. Billy's Buddy
    8:19 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Beets! Diane C., I love beets (especially pickles)!

    Rio, do you like beets? Snort!

  85. Billy's Buddy
    8:20 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Barb: the other buddy and I saw the film, and I know it was good. But I found it distasteful and didn’t like it.

  86. Thieves!
    9:00 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Diane: When you said you were praying for ALL of us, did you include us as well? We are currently considering a couple of capers and would like the extra security for our forthcoming shenanigans.

    Luna looked up from her clipboard long enough to place the order for hotwings, beer and kawfee for Auction Central. She also cleaned the vat o’ beer so Rio can swim in fresh beer.

  87. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:09 pm on November 16th, 2014

    BB, Not sure why it is distasteful, since I know nothing about the story line. Can you explain without spoilers?

  88. Luna
    9:21 pm on November 16th, 2014

    I had to revise my order with the caterer for Auction Central. Rio sent me a message from his go-phone. He requested an order of spicy black bean nachos on account of the additional rudder power it gives him the vat o’ beer. I’ve also placed an order for a case of scented candles. I better make that two cases.

  89. BearSpiritDog
    9:25 pm on November 16th, 2014

    B & Rio: Guess what we are watching? The Gilmore Girls!
    It’s now on Netflix and available for Binge-Watching.

    Barb,Magpie&Lucy: Sad to say we have not had the Aplets and Cotlets you speak of, but they Sound Tasty.

    Luna: Auction/Boutique Item coming right up!

  90. Tupper's Mama
    9:32 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Luna – we recommend diapers with charcoal filter vents. And yes, we are guilty of tardiness. Does that mean no hot wings for us?

    And Diane – parsnips, grated raw on a salad are delightful and sweet.

    Howler’s Mom and BooBear’s Mom – your closet starts at size 6? Good grief. Now we really are depressed. 😉

  91. Tupper's Mama
    9:36 pm on November 16th, 2014

    We forgot to say, we LOVE Aplets and Cotlets. Unfortunately, we can’t eat nuts anymore, or we would devour a whole boxful.

  92. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:49 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Karen, Seems like you are doing well. We are happy to hear that, And you never needed to feel guilty. You are the best!

  93. Luna
    9:52 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Golinka: If you include a note from the Storyteller giving a good reason for tardiness, I will consider smudging on the deadline. Please keep in mind that points are given for adding color, including humor, and begging or not begging. In fact, you could probably leave all of those elements out of the note and I’d smudge the deadline. I can’t say no to the StoryTeller.

  94. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:56 pm on November 16th, 2014

    We have done more than our share of hogging the blog today, so will say good night now. Sweet dreams all.

  95. Billy's Buddy
    10:02 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Barb: sociopathology? psychopathology? really bloody violence? really graphic sex? lots of smutty language? hatefulness toward one’s mate? (I am not a prude, by the way.)

  96. Tupper's Mama
    10:13 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Luna – check and double check. The Storyteller specializes in good cover stories.

    It seems that a certain Golinka tends towards tardiness….

  97. Masquers
    10:21 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Golinka, And you are not alone.

  98. Herd of Hounds
    11:32 pm on November 16th, 2014

    Not alone and loved, nighty night!

  99. Thieves!
    12:00 am on November 17th, 2014

    StoryTeller: What with good cover stories being a specialty of your’s, we are curious if her services are available for hire? Not for us, of course. We, er, asking for a friend.

  100. Thieves!
    12:01 am on November 17th, 2014

    Yer not her! Gah!

  101. Luna
    12:03 am on November 17th, 2014

    Beau must have gotten his paws on Rio’s go-phone. I just got a text requesting that the candles be bible scented.

    Nighty nutter butters.

  102. Staff
    12:08 am on November 17th, 2014

    Rio is back and the blog picks up immediately. Don’t go off and scare us like that Rio. I was worrit about you.

    I am done done done with my stuff. Sent it in a few days ago. Good stuff if we I say so myself. None of it is food though. Hopefully there will be cookies and toffee in my future.

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