Chetspeak on Sunday

Part of what came next happened very slowly. Nevins’s hands, big and bony, curled into fists. He dropped one of them way down, turned his body, crouching a bit, and launched what’s called a haymaker in this business. And while that was going on my only thought was faster, Nevins, faster! Not because I wanted to see Bernie hurt – nothing worse than that – but even if Nevins was capable of hurting Bernie, here I was right on the scene to put a dead stop to any of that. No, what I hoped for was just a little action before it was all over. Don’t you get in those moods?

Next came the fast part. Nevins’s fist was still on the way when Bernie’s shot right past it, kind of a blur. Loved that jab of Bernie’s. Hook off the jab, Bernie, hook off the jab! And then step inside with the uppercut! Sweetest uppercut in the whole wide world, but it didn’t happen. Neither did the hook, the jab being enough, which I knew from how Nevins was lying on the hall floor, out cold. Did he have a glass jaw? I hadn’t heard anything shatter – and my hearing is pretty good, probably better than yours – but how could I rule it out? Poor Nevins. Bernie often said that glass-jaw dudes shouldn’t get into fistfights, but there’d been no time for a warning.



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96 Responses to “Chetspeak on Sunday”

  1. O'Howlers
    8:33 am on January 4th, 2015

    Good morning. Happy Egg Day. We love those action scenes. Bernie is the Greatest!

  2. Herd of Hounds
    8:39 am on January 4th, 2015

    Good morning OH and all! What a great Chetspeak, we can really see it. Rio and friend, thanks for a yummy sounding recipe. Egg Day yessiree! Hope all under the quilt are feeling better, we know our mom is…finally.
    Thinking of Staff’s flannel shirt so have a sartorial Sunday.

  3. Diane C.
    8:49 am on January 4th, 2015

    Wow! I really thught I’d be first today! Happy Sunday and Egg Day HOH and O’H. Delighted to hear HOH’s Mom is feeling better. I have to assume the green chili recipe finally made an appearance, so I’m off to check yesterday’s blog.
    I was able to dig out my ancient LA Times recipe page with fat-free (or nearly) cake recipes! Rejoice with me, all!
    Nana–I hope you’re feeling MUCH better…

  4. Billy's Buddy
    9:24 am on January 4th, 2015

    Rio: That recipe sounds Delish!

    Happy that some are feeling better.

    “Don’t you get in those moods?” Yes, I do, Chet!

    Good snowy, cold morning all.

  5. B.Stover
    9:54 am on January 4th, 2015

    Good morning Chet and all.

  6. O'Howlers
    10:14 am on January 4th, 2015

    Billy’s Bud: we are so envious. Our day is all rain, all day long. Yuck.
    Later this week, we are going into the deep freeze. Hope all this water dries up before that.

  7. B.Stover
    10:16 am on January 4th, 2015

    Barb is correct. I did not watch any football last night. How can pork ribs be “boneless”? (Staff’s comment of 10:36 last night.) Real question.

  8. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:16 am on January 4th, 2015

    Love that scene. Happy Egg Day and Chetspeak Sunday.

    Going to have an egg in the form of a pancake this morning, and not a fat free one. Barb received a Stonewall Kitchen pancake mix for Christmas, which might be the world’s best mix. Pancakes are not normally on the menu around here, so this is a rare treat.

    Tree is coming down this morning, Barb is taking off all the bird and bird house ornaments (probably 50-60 of them) and then Josh will carry the tree back to the basement. Its been up for six weeks, but still hate to see it go.

  9. Staff
    10:17 am on January 4th, 2015

    O’Howlers, Barb, Queen B and all the others downstream from us. The cold is real. I will be wearing my flannel shirt with the fleece lining today. I will be wearing it under my winter coat.


  10. B.Stover
    10:18 am on January 4th, 2015

    Forgot: I’ve been watching Foyle’s War which I have on dvd because a new series is coming out next month. (I love Michael Kitchen. He’s one of the best actors I’ve ever seen.)

  11. B.Stover
    10:19 am on January 4th, 2015

    It’s 39 here right now and we’ve been getting snow/rain off and on. However, it is supposed to go down to 9 later this week so I believe you staff!

  12. Billy's Buddy
    10:33 am on January 4th, 2015

    The temp here is going down. It was 4 degrees above zero and now it is down to 2 above. The wind chill is -20 and predicted to go to -40 today and tonight. Family 120 miles north of us report -9 degrees with even a colder wind chill.

    I like Weather Kat’s weather reports better than mine.

  13. Staff
    10:37 am on January 4th, 2015

    That reminds me. I have to check the luminaries before they freeze solid.


  14. Joshua
    10:49 am on January 4th, 2015

    Its freezing cold here, typical Christmas weather

  15. Tupper's Mama
    10:50 am on January 4th, 2015

    Bee – a new series of Foyle’s War? Really – twirling with anticipation here. We love that show.

    And our market regularly carries what they label as “boneless country pork ribs”. What we have no hope in h*ll of finding is frozen green chilis. New Englanders tend to be rather agrocentric in their eating habits. (Is agrocentric a word? Doubt it)

  16. Tupper's Mama
    10:55 am on January 4th, 2015

    And we bet that Joshua is not Barb’s Josh, hmmmmm?
    Not clicking on your link, Joshua. Oh no we are not.

  17. Staff
    11:07 am on January 4th, 2015

    Amalia, If agrocentric was not a word it is now. And the luminaries were perfectly frozen. About 2 inches thick.

  18. Mollypop's Mom
    11:10 am on January 4th, 2015

    Staff, it looks like you are sending that deep freeze weather to a lot of people. So kind of you. It’s 50 degrees here and raining but not for long.

  19. dawson
    11:29 am on January 4th, 2015

    Brrr! Youse guys are making me cold!

    I am, like Mr. Fireslippers and BStover, wondering how ribs can be boneless.

  20. Siber-H
    11:36 am on January 4th, 2015

    They are boneless. They are called country style spare ribs here. Mom has cooked them in the oven with barbecue sauce.

    Happy Chetspeak Day!!

    Bear? How is Nana? She is in our thoughts and prayers, and we want her to feel better soon.

  21. B.Stover
    11:42 am on January 4th, 2015

    Tupper’s Mama: Foyle’s War will be shown Feb. 2, 9 and 16 on Acorn TV which is a streaming service. I’m not a member but I’m including a link to the site. It comes out on dvd on March 3.

  22. B.Stover
    11:50 am on January 4th, 2015

    “Agro” is a prefix meaning field or soil so “agrocentric” is a good word…though not in the dictionary.

  23. B.Stover
    12:03 pm on January 4th, 2015

    The release of Foyle’s War Set 8 dvd will be available on Amazon May 5.

  24. dawson
    12:11 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Cardinals in the apple tree!
    Last Fall I could not reach all the apples in the tree (due to a big pile of clay that was part of the dug out foundation) so many were left on the tree. The cardinals have been loving those apples. I’ll have to make sure I leave some apples on the tree every year.

  25. Herd of Hounds
    12:24 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Dawson, good for you. The birds are greatful, I’m sure. Tough making a living in the winter.

  26. Tupper's Mama
    12:26 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Bee – we do have Acorn. We really like Midsomer Murders, Pie in the Sky, Miss Fisher’s Mysteries and Foyle’s War to name but a few. While some are on Netflix, there are usually more seasons available on Acorn.
    But we also admit – some of English tv leaves us baffled.

  27. B.Stover
    12:32 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Tupper’s Mama: I have all of the shows that you’ve named on dvd. I don’t know why but I don’t like “streaming.” I’m also no longer a member of Netflix since I can get the same things on Amazon. Do you have an example of what has baffled you on English tv?

  28. B.Stover
    12:35 pm on January 4th, 2015

    I just looked up boneless pork ribs and it refers to the end cut of pork loin. Apparently, “country style” are cut to make them look like boneless ribs. Interesting. (My mom made them and they are good. She also made chili but I never liked it…sorry.)

  29. O'Howlers
    12:57 pm on January 4th, 2015

    We can get “country style” ribs here, but they do have bones. We do not understand how a rib would not have a bone.

    It is going down to 9 later this week, so we are working on putting up heat lamps in the chickie coops.

  30. Tupper's Mama
    1:53 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Bee – it seems that most of the mysteries featured on English tv rely heavily on a “damaged” main character. Therefore, you are contending not only with the mystery itself, but with the character flaws and backstory drama of the detective. So many of the descriptions talk about how the detective is “brooding” or “depressed”, “obsessive” or “troubled”. I don’t care about the backstory – this is why I like Midsomer and Miss Fisher and Foyle. The show is about the story, not the flawed detective.
    And most of the shows tend to be “dark”. We don’t watch dark American tv either, i.e. Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds. We like to be entertained, not depressed or terrified. But that’s just us.

  31. B.Stover
    2:06 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Tupper’s Mama: I understand. I think that you would like Morse, Endeavour (the young Morse and that’s his first name), and Inspector Lewis series. (Three separate series.) You’d probably also like Maigret starring Michael Gambon and based on the Georges Simenon novels. (Set in Paris.) That’s assuming that you haven’t already seen them.

  32. Herd of Hounds
    2:10 pm on January 4th, 2015

    1) Tupper’s Mama, our mom loves Midsommer Murders!
    2) O.K. Cold? Look at the “mid” south next week 🙁

  33. Tupper's Mama
    2:11 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Bee – thanks. We hasve seen Inspector Morse, but didn’t know about Endeavor. And have seen the offering of Naigret, but hadn’t tried it.

    We also think Michael Kitchen is wonderful. Interestingly, he plays the antagonist criminal mastermind who sets off the entire precept of the series Pie In The Sky

  34. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:14 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Pork!…Pork chops can be used in that recipe too…snort!….I think the key word is “Pork”….grunt!

  35. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:14 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Golinka!…Is there anyway I can send you some green chilies?…sniff!

  36. Tupper's Mama
    2:35 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Rio – probably not. But you could send us the blur coordinates for your Friend’s house, and we could pick up some frozen chilis before we blur back home.
    Plane tickets would probably work well too.

    tee hee

  37. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:49 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Mean!…Green!…snort!…Here is a photo of a small portion of the finished chili – to give those of you who can actually find the ingredients and are brave enough to make this recipe an idea of how it looks at the end….heh!heh!

    Color!…When you first put the chilies and tomatoes in the colors will be bright green and red, as it cooks and cooks the color changes to a less bright version of green…gurgle!

  38. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:54 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Tree!…sob!sob!sob!…My little Christmas tree has been un-decorated and put away till next season….sniffle!…Beau had to pose one last time in front of the it and the pillows…grunt!…What a poser!

  39. Herd of Hounds
    2:57 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Ah, but Rio you still have those lovely pillows.

  40. B.Stover
    3:00 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Michael Kitchen played a real creep (the husband) in Reckless.

  41. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:13 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Creap!…I cannot imagine Michael Kitchen as a creep…sniff!…He was in the movie “Out of Africa” a long time ago, wasn’t he?…snort!

  42. B.Stover
    3:18 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Rio: Yes, Michael Kitchen played the friend of the Robert Redford character in Out of Africa. And believe me, he is a creep in Reckless. Your chili looks very good….I wish I liked spicy food.

  43. Tupper's Mama
    3:19 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Awww – poor Beau. And red really is his color.

  44. B.Stover
    3:33 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Tupper’s Mama: I forgot–The Inspector Lewis series is the Lewis who was with Morse. He’s played by the same actor–Kevin Whately and his partner is played by Laurence Fox, who I also like.

  45. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    3:57 pm on January 4th, 2015

    I can practically see the steam coming off that chili. It does look good though.

    T & G, We agree with you about Criminal Minds. Good cast, but too violent for our taste. Blue Bloods is another matter. One of our favorites, and it is not overly violent, IMHO.

    Speaking of real words, I finally told Jessica the other day that “conversate” is not a real word. I Googled it, and they actually said it is used so much that it might become one.

    No, I would bet that is not our Josh.

  46. Diane C.
    4:10 pm on January 4th, 2015

    B. Stover–thanks for the breakdown on the agro prefix. But doesn’t that then imply vegan as well?

  47. B.Stover
    4:49 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Diane: That is an excellent question but I don’t know the answer.

    Tupper’s Mama: Were you referring to “vegan” when you mentioned agrocentric?

  48. O'Howlers
    5:03 pm on January 4th, 2015

    The ‘rents just had a beet salad. They don’t think there is anything as good as that. Pop just signed up for the winter CSA.

    Rio, that chili looks wonderful. We won’t be allowed to eat it, but Mom and Pop will love it. They love hot.

  49. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:08 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Reports!…I cannot wait to read all of your Mission Notes on the making and eating of the Hot Green Chili ….Woooooo!….Photos would be nice too…snort!snort!

  50. Billy's Buddy
    5:21 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Wind is freshening here and the sun is going down. Air temp is -2 with a wind chill of -24. We have a beef roast, carrots, and potatoes in the oven. (And Rio, we are watching the Detroit Lions playing the Dallas Cowboys while I knit.)

    Especially on my mind today are all of earth’s creatures — two and four-legged — who don’t have enough shelter. Please bless that they are safe or cross quickly. Sorry! Horse rescues are at an all time high this year and sometimes it gets to me!

  51. O'Howlers
    5:31 pm on January 4th, 2015

    B’sB, does that mean that the number of horses who are rescued (good thing) is high? Or the number who need rescuing (low) is high. I suspect it is the second. Very,very sad. The economy caused a big hit on horses.

  52. Tupper's Mama
    5:33 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Bee – when we mentioned agrocentric, we simply meant that folks around here tend to be suspicious of things grown outside the region. They think things like chili peppers are weird.

    But then they will eat things like tripe and never bat an eye.

    Go figure.

  53. O'Howlers
    5:40 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Hey everybody! Downon Abby Season 5 starts tonight!

  54. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    6:11 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Tupper’s Mama — we are with you completely on Brit mystery preferences. There is one other though that I would like to throw into the mix — its called Death in Paradise and is set on the fictional Caribbean island of St. Marie. The mysteries are fine, and it is hilarious as heck as well. Very well acted. And of course, in addition to the others, we cannot forget the little grey cells of Hercule Poirot.

  55. Mollypop's Mom
    6:16 pm on January 4th, 2015

    L the L, we’re freezing and I share your feelings. I moved to downtown buffalo a month ago. The first time Sammie’s mom came to visit there was a guy a few streets away holding a homeless sign. She stopped and even made phone calls to find him a place to stay. Well, it now appears that’s his corner. He’s there every day. We pass him all the time. He probably has a nice warm home too.

  56. Mollypop's Mom
    6:26 pm on January 4th, 2015

    O’Howlers, thanks for letting me know about Downton Abbey.

  57. Billy's Buddy
    6:45 pm on January 4th, 2015

    O’Howlers, the number who need rescuing is high because of the economy. You are correct.

    MPM, we have that same thing happening here. Actually, people from out of town come and stake corners to panhandle. They make quite a profit. These folks are different than the ones who are truly homeless and have to survive on the streets or in one of our shelters. In our town of 68,000, we have one shelter for men, one for women, one for families, one for victims of domestic abuse, and one which opened last year for couples and singles. All of them are full with waiting lists.

    Also, the coils in our electric oven just malfunctioned, so the stove is unplugged and we will be finishing cooking our dinner in the microwave! I see appliance shopping in my future!

    Ah, time for a strengthening cocktail! (Well, a glass of wine.)

  58. Tupper's Mama
    6:46 pm on January 4th, 2015

    W&T’s Dad – we will look for Death in Paradise. Thanks for the recommendation.

    MPM – sounds like Sammie’s mom is as big hearted as LouLou’s mom

  59. Herd of Hounds
    6:57 pm on January 4th, 2015

    OH and T&W’s dad. Thanks from our mom as well. She can watch on the ipaw with us whike the DDD watches shoot’em up, bang bangs.

  60. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    7:13 pm on January 4th, 2015

    B & B, We love our GE Profile gas stove. Is yours a built in oven or a free standing stove?

  61. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:14 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Paradise!…I for one will be trying to order the Paradise mysteries on netflix – I need something warm to look at…grump!

  62. dawson
    7:16 pm on January 4th, 2015

    BearSpiritDog: I’m ready to join you in howling at the Wolf moon tonight. I hope Nana is feeling well enough to join in with us.

    Lots of big hearts on this blog.


  63. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    7:19 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Forgot to mention that I watched the last of Broadchurch a few days ago. I think I liked the ending better in the American version.

  64. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    7:24 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Dawson, AaRoooo is the name of the rescue organization where we found Lucy. Very appropriate!

  65. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:38 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Early!…I like eating at anytime food is available to me…snort!…But my friend finds eating at 5 or 5:30pm to be a little early…sniff!…Is this unusual?

  66. Herd of Hounds
    7:43 pm on January 4th, 2015

    The POP, sushi and we eat 5. The peeps usually eat around 6.

  67. O'Howlers
    7:45 pm on January 4th, 2015

    We like to eat early too, but Mom thinks anytime before 7:00 is too early. Very often, they don’t eat until 9:00! We Howlers have atrict rule. We get fed immediatly after the horses, who sometimes eat as early as 3:00.

    It is still raining here. There will be no howling tonight. Sob!

    We are getting worrit about Nana.

  68. Staff
    7:45 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Hey Dawson, I bought some macadamia nuts at the co-op. Did you roast the ones you were giving Dad? How long at what temp? These seem awfully pale.


  69. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    7:49 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Rio – is not civilized to be eat at 5 or even 5:30. Vhat vill you do vith rest of morning?

  70. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    7:49 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Maggie and Lucy like to eat around 4-4:30. Barb likes to wait till closer to 7:00. 5:00 is for early bird senior citizens. Barb doesn’t think she is one of those! LOL

  71. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:50 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Early!…My friend likes to eat around 7:00pm….sniff!…This is outrageous according to the very oldest one who lives here and is easily offended if whatever she cooks up is not consumed by 5:15pm promptly…grunt!…It is an ongoing dilemma that will never be resolved in this household…grumble!

  72. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:52 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Natasha!…Someone here has to get to work and actually work till about 9:00am or 10:00am before she can reasonably take a break and eat breakfast….grunt!…Outrageous!

  73. O'Howlers
    7:53 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Senior citizens! Heh! When Mom and Pop bought tickets to the movies on Friday night, the kid asked them if they were senior citizens! Heh! Heh!

  74. Riö – The Evil Pug
    7:54 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Howlers!…I am so sorry!….yeeep!

  75. Diane C.
    8:00 pm on January 4th, 2015

    “The wind is `freshening'” I love that phrase–it means icy, right?

  76. Staff
    8:05 pm on January 4th, 2015

    DianeC, To me it means the wind it starting to blow more strongly. I will be interested to see what the Prof says.

  77. Billy's Buddy
    8:08 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Barb, ours is a free standing stove. The gas line is at the back of our lot line, which means we would need to pay for it to have it brought in through our back yard. We are looking at other, newer, on one level houses, so it would not pay to have a gas line installed at this time. I grew up with a gas stove and loved it.

    Diane, I think “freshening” means the wind is increasing. But it certainly is icy right now.

  78. Billy's Buddy
    8:16 pm on January 4th, 2015

    freshening: of wind: to increase in strength. (Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.)

  79. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    8:19 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Diane. Is nautical term. Sailors talk of vind freshening.
    Ve love sailors.

  80. O'Howlers
    8:23 pm on January 4th, 2015

    GAH! Mom just told us that she and Pop must go back to their jobs tomorrow! We thought they had left those old jobs far behind. This means that we will all be awoken at the crack of dawn, and 2 hours later, we will be locked in our house for hours and hours. At least two hours.

  81. B.Stover
    8:25 pm on January 4th, 2015

    A “freshening” wind means that the wind is increasing, becoming brisk…meaning it’s cold.

  82. Martha
    8:29 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Bee, you have made my day with the news of Foyle’s War, I have very much enjoyed that show. Another series I enjoyed was Anzac Girls.

  83. Tupper and Gilly
    8:38 pm on January 4th, 2015

    We are watching the new 4 part series “Galavant”. Supposed to be kind of like Spamalot.

    So far, we are just kind of shaking our heads.

  84. O'Howlers
    8:41 pm on January 4th, 2015

    We are watching Galavant too. The preview looked funny. We are shaking our heads also.

  85. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:16 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Dowton!..Abby!…snort!…We are watching the last episode of last season, and fear we will only be able to watch the first half hour of the new season before going up to bed…grump!…I hate that someone here has to go to the busy-place everyday for months on end starting tomorrow…grumle!spit!

  86. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:16 pm on January 4th, 2015

    We are avoiding that show and watching Downton Abbey.

  87. Tupper and Gilly
    9:27 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Well, at least we know not to waste time on Gallavant next week. That recurring music theme was making us crazy.

  88. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:10 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Night all.

    Hope Nana is OK.

  89. O'Howlers
    10:20 pm on January 4th, 2015

    That music theme drove us all nutz, T&G.
    Downtown Abbey was very good. We thought it was going downhill last season, but it looks like they are stepping it back up this season.
    Good night.

  90. Herd of Hounds
    10:28 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Nighty night.

  91. Tupper and Gilly
    10:31 pm on January 4th, 2015

    There is so much fog here we can’t see our paws. So, we are heading for bed too. G’night, family.

  92. bluecatr
    10:31 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Barb – we also preferred the Broadchurch ending.

    We miss Homeland but liked tonight’s Downton. The Dowager Countess is up to mischief.

    ‘Night all.

  93. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:52 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Downton!…sniff!..It’s on so late here we will probably hope to see it tomorrow OnDemand…grunt!

    Blu-Kat!…Our football teams go head to paw next weekend in the Play-offs!…snort!snort!

  94. Wyatt
    11:01 pm on January 4th, 2015

    Where are my manners? I kept forgetting all day to wish ML a Happy Birthday. ML, extra birthday dainty licks are heading your way because I’m late.

  95. Staff
    8:10 am on January 5th, 2015

    GAH! I hate it when the smoke detector (in our little sitting room) goes off. Thankfully no fire or smoke. Just too many days without an open window and since the outside temp is minus 10 I am not opening a window. Waving a pillow at it stopped it once but then Mr.Fireslippers had had enough and he took out the battery.

    The ones in the bedrooms and downstairs continue to function correctly so this one will be off for a while.

    Now I am wide awake.

  96. Diane C.
    10:15 am on January 5th, 2015

    Tupper’s Mama–Tripe! Some folks around hear eat that in the form of menudo (tripe stew containing other stuff and allegedly delicious). Another supposed delicacy is huitlacoche–corn smut used as a filling and supposedly delicious. Part of me wants to try it, but I find the visuals off-putting (as with some mushrooms, I suspect).

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