Chetspeak on Sunday: C&B Meet Princess, the Show Dog

The huge dark eyes shifted over to Bernie. For the first time that I’d seen, Princess began to move under her own power. Hard to describe it, exactly. Her little legs were going quite fast, a quick trot, you might call it, or even running, but she was hardly getting anywhere. She reached the edge of the tarmac –

“Not on the ground, Princess,” said Adelina. “It’s dirty.”

– and kept on, around a dusty thick-leaved plant – where I’d have lifted my leg, for sure, and almost to the Porsche. Princess gazed at it, then trotted back, her legs almost a blur. And her eyes: was that an anxious look I saw? I was almost feeling sorry for her – how crazy was that? – when she regained the tarmac and stopped near Bernie. Then, eyes right on him, but expressionless now, at least as far as I could tell – she squatted.

“Good girl,” Adelina said.

A yellowish pool began to spread across the tarmac. It got bigger and bigger, shockingly so. The smell was – I’ll admit it – fascinating. But that wasn’t the important part. The important part was the fact of the yellowish pool expanding quickly, the lead edge closing in on Bernie’s shoes, black leather lace-ups with an interesting smell of their own, speaking of smells. We’ll save that for later. The point now was that growing lake on the tarmac and the way Princess kept her eyes on Bernie the whole time.

“A long flight,” Bernie said, stepping away.

– from Thereby Hangs A Tail.

Welcome New Year celebrant, go-getting dude.

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136 Responses to “Chetspeak on Sunday: C&B Meet Princess, the Show Dog”

  1. O'Howlers
    9:10 am on January 5th, 2014

    Good morning, and Happy Egg Day! Chet the Jet! Meeting Princess for the very first time. Sammy’s opening debut! What could be better?

  2. B. Stover
    9:19 am on January 5th, 2014

    I’d say that Princess’ human leaves a lot to be desired.

    Good morning all.

  3. Herd of Hounds
    9:19 am on January 5th, 2014

    Good morning, everyone! Life is better than good :) Chetspeak and Egg Day, nice. Foggy, rainy and relatively balmy here today, 40F right now. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday won’t go above freezing; unusual for here.
    Have a slowed down, special Sunday. (Oh, oh. 2 descriptors. We’d better pace ourselves or use Macy’s suggestion.)

  4. Melanie
    9:36 am on January 5th, 2014

    Love getting my Sunday Chet Chuckle!

    Sun is out, going to be relatively warm. At least until this afternoon.
    Time to open a few windows.

  5. Barb & Maggie
    9:57 am on January 5th, 2014

    Love Chetspeak Sundays, and Good morning to all.

    Cold here and we are sitting at the computer watching the 70-something lady across the street try to shovel her way to the mailbox. She said the cold air helps her breath better with her COPD. Would have thought it was the opposite.

    We are going to be lazy and stay inside till Josh comes and plows us out. Seems to have stopped snowing for now, thank Dog.

    Melanie, why are you opening windows?

  6. Diane C.
    10:03 am on January 5th, 2014

    Good Morning all–Two fairly peaceful nights in a row for all three dogs. Not best friends yet, but mutual tolerance.
    Tonight is Twelfth Night, tomorrow is Epiphany (I was wrong before) two excuses for party food! I’m hoping we all awaken to improved teeth, noses, eyes, and prospects. Be well.

  7. Princess Sam
    10:06 am on January 5th, 2014

    I love reading about Princess! I’m ready for my audition.

  8. Kat
    10:12 am on January 5th, 2014

    Your highness Sammy, you don’t need no stinkin’ audition. You are already a princess in my book.
    It is supposed to be a bit warmer here today too, with freezing rain. Then it gets brutally cold Monday night and Tuesday, with Tuesday’s HIGH only 11 ! Yikes!
    I also would like to know why melanie is opening windows.

  9. Staff
    10:21 am on January 5th, 2014

    The reason we dwellers in the cold states open windows is to let a little fresh air in and some of the old stale air out. When your house is all closed up for months at a time it gets sort of… ahhh… well what you want is some fresh air. So you open a few windows.

  10. Kat
    10:23 am on January 5th, 2014

    We here can’t even open windows once our storm windows are on. I just step outside for some fresh air.

  11. Barb & Maggie
    10:25 am on January 5th, 2014

    We are going to take the tree down today. Josh is out plowing and will be here around noon to do our driveway. He said we are supposed to get blizzard like conditions later today, so will make a quick dash out for supplies, then hunker down.

  12. BearSpiritDog
    10:29 am on January 5th, 2014

    Good Morning Everyone! A slowed down Sunday sure sounds Special to us!
    Hounds: Your Photo last night came through Right-Side-Up and it’s a good one.

    Diane-C: Saw your photo of Hvorostovsky, the Russian Singer, early this morning but we weren’t quite sure what the connection was/is. That is Great News about everyone getting along. Thank Dog for that. And, thank you for the Reminder that this is the day before King’s Feast Day (Epiphany).
    Time to get that tree and decorations down! I’m talking to you, Herd of Hounds! NO waiting until tomorrow. Heh.

    Sammie: What’s this? An Audition? Finally.
    Good News about Your Girl. It’s no fun having a Gluten Intolerance and having to watch one’s diet like a hawk, but we are just relieved it wasn’t anything serious.

    I’m off to an Early Sunday Brunch – Bear

  13. Melanie
    10:36 am on January 5th, 2014

    Not capable of taking Kat’s example for fresh air . . snicker . . the windows are open per Staff’s reasoning.

    Diane, mutual tolerance can’t go a long way. It is how I made it through the teen years with my guys.

    Deb is here today so our tree went out of the house. It is now a Christmas tree out front! It is right next to the bird feeder giving shelter. What better way for a Christmas tree to move on?

  14. Herd of Hounds
    10:58 am on January 5th, 2014

    BSD: outside decor is down and 2 trees are coming down (slowly). We are a BIG help in this process.

  15. Masquers
    11:02 am on January 5th, 2014

    Chetspeak Sunday. Love the excerpt from THAT, one of our favorite Chet books. But hey, let’s face it. They are all our favorites.
    Sammie: You will definitely be ready for the Princess role since you are getting in shape with your girl…those little legs a blur running down the sidewalk with her.
    Chilly this am with a temp of 33…frosty. We won’t be opening any windows in this house today.
    Where is the Pug? Don’t remember seeing him yesterday. Hope all is well.
    Wondering how T&G’s mama and our pixie are feeling this morning.

  16. Kat
    11:30 am on January 5th, 2014

    Masquers, it is all a matter of perspective. It is 24 here which feels balmy after the past several days and nights, and what we have in store for Tuesday. Horses and chickes are out. It goes without saying that Meashka and I are out. Dima? His belly is so bare, he stays indoors a lot. His special doc made a solemn oath that everyone will be given orders not to shave him again, even if they do an ultrasound.
    Diane, I am happy that your 3-dog household is a peaceful one. I wish I could say the same but Mama Meash is so darn hard on me. However, she does make for a very good wrassling buddy in this snow!
    All of you taking down your trees and other decorations: be sure to eat plenty of treats while working so hard. Momma does not want me to tell youse this, but our stuff was put away on New Years Day, and today is one of total relaxation (and French toast).

  17. Melanie
    11:31 am on January 5th, 2014

    Sorry, Diane, that should be “can” go a long way. Not “can’t”.

    Princess Sam, about that nasty gluten. Yuckers. Been there, doing that. I have found two sites that I can’t get anything from now because of blood sugar levels, but there is gluten free baklava and Belgium chocolates out there!

    Speaking of making errors.

    Has anyone here had a fast weight loss that has complicated either the thyroid or blood pressure medication you were on? Have an email into my doc, but not sure when I can get to her. The cancer stuff comes first.

  18. Barb & Maggie
    11:38 am on January 5th, 2014

    Bear, the connection to that hunky Russian singer is that his first name is Dimitri, and the nickname is Dima. Diane thought our Dima might be named for him.

    Don’t know anything about those meds, so no help there.

    Barb says we get enough fresh air every time she opens the sliding door for me to go out back.

    Taking the Christmas tree down as we speak.

  19. Dima
    11:49 am on January 5th, 2014

    I did not see Linda’s posts on the end of yesterday’s blog. Thanks for letting me know, Bear. That other Dima is very handsome. Mom thinks he is almost, but not quite, as handsome as me. And I doubt he could sing better than me. I love to sing.
    Melanie, Mom says fast weight loss can definitely have an effect on thyroids, but she has no clue how to combat the effects on the medications you are taking. Sorry.

  20. Siber-H
    11:58 am on January 5th, 2014

    Chetspeak…This is one of the many funny parts of THAT.

    Masquers, Rio was here yesterday.

    From last night:
    You guys have my word on it that is not Natasha in the picture. She has better fashion sense than that, but not good sense…wearing heels to do the Iditarod..sigh

    Mom thinks the Russian singer is rather Hot. Maybe he has some videos on youtube.

  21. Herd of Hounds
    12:00 pm on January 5th, 2014

    OK, trees, cards, nativity, candles, train, snow globe, tree skirt all put away. Mom hunted for the “surprise ” decoration (isn’t there always 1?) but didn’t find it. We b Christmas free b4 Epiphany.

  22. Masquers
    12:17 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Siber: Thanx for the heads up about our pal, Riö. It’s only me reading every other word again.
    Kat: We know what you mean about perspective. When living in the Midwest, if it got above freezing and the sun was out it felt like a heat wave.
    Melanie: Weight loss has caused problems for Mom taking medication too. Is your blood sugar high or low?

  23. C.hobbit
    12:20 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Melanie, I had a fast weight loss that did not affect my thyroid. I was surprised. My blood pressure, which was normal, did go down to 106/70 from 120/80. After three months I was able to stop taking my chlorestrial medicine. When I worked as a weight coach for a year, we always advised our clients on blood pressure medicine to have it checked as their weight went down especially if they experienced any light-headeness. Ditto if they had any blood sugar issues.

  24. Melanie
    12:28 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Blood sugar is fluctuating. Have to eat small portions every two hours. It’s a drag, Masquers.

    C. Hobbit, I was wondering about the thyroid but to me the blood pressure med made more sense. Will have it checked ASAP.

    Going for a walk in the SUNSHINE! Down the block and back.

  25. Herd of Hounds
    12:36 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Enjoy the walk Melanie. What was that strange word you used? s u n s h i n e?

  26. O'Howlers
    12:47 pm on January 5th, 2014

    No sunshine here. The rain has arrived, and it is landing as ice. Tons of accidents already. We aren’t going anywhere.

  27. BooBear
    12:57 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Good Sunday Morning, all. We are having a relaxing day after the weekend of delayed family Christmas celebration. Mom is washing sheets and remaking beds in the extra bedrooms. It’s always easier to do it right after company leaves than waiting for the next overnight guest to come and have to hurry up and get the rooms ready.

    Happy belated birthday, Macy’s Mom. Hope you had a great day even if you didn’t get to pluck a duck!!

    Mom had all 4 of her wisdom teeth removed at the same time. She was a little fluffy at the time (like always) and hoped that her mouth would swell and she couldn’t eat for a while. Her surgery lasted about 15 minutes. Dad thought something was wrong when they came to the waiting room to get him. No swelling and no pain at all. Mom and Dad went out for Mexican food the next day.

  28. B. Stover
    1:09 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Siber-H: I sent you an email with an article about Alaska.

  29. Masquers
    1:22 pm on January 5th, 2014

    HOH: What’s this about “surprise decorations”? Just when we thought every contingent was covered. Gulp.
    BooBear: Your mom is the lucky one with her extraordinary wisdom tooth extraction experience. Or was it a great dentist?
    Howlers: Good idea to stay put today.
    Melanie: Eating every couple of hours may be a solution for Mom too. She is going to try it. Looks like the sun is coming out here too. Yay!

  30. O'Howlers
    1:22 pm on January 5th, 2014

    BooBear, Mom had the same sort of experience when her wisdom (teeth) were removed. She was about 20 then, so maybe the body heals quicker.
    How is your dad, BooBear?
    She just went up to give hay to the horses, and had trouble staying up on her feet thru the brick patio. It must be very slippery out there!

  31. O'Howlers
    1:24 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Bear, get Nana to eat every time you eat! That ought to do it. heh heh!

  32. dawson
    1:26 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Chetspeak: Princess Sam will get a big laugh when she plays this scene!

  33. Herd of Hounds
    1:30 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Masquers, mom just meant that there is always one little bit of Christmas cheer that gets overlooked, repeatedly. Then,du, du, du, du, du, du, like the great white shark, there it is, around August :)

  34. Siber-H
    1:35 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Stover, Thank You. I just read the article. That would be a great trip to take.

  35. BearSpiritDog
    1:36 pm on January 5th, 2014

    O’Howlers: Despite my seemingly constant snacking, I’m one of the few guys of the Nation Within that can be trusted with an open food bowl. The Trick is eating small amounts frequently as Melanie is doing. Nana must Remember to Eat every couple of hours. I will make sure she does this.

  36. Masquers
    1:41 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Or, as in Bear’s case, we should say access to the refrigerator. Heh.
    BooBear: Yes, how is your dad doing?
    HOH: Forgetting that “one little thing”…hence the bad luck?

  37. Melanie
    2:06 pm on January 5th, 2014

    About to NAP! I did things today. So proud of myself. Made it to the corner and back. Took a picture of the river next to the house. Will attach. Then I covered the Honda with a tarp blankie.

    Amazing. So I finally get over the sedatives they give me last week and will have more coming up. Carpola.

    Zoë has decided we WILL NOT have an ice storm. We will see how that decision does . . snicker

    About the Hilltowns and outside lights. I don’t know if anyone else does this, but many of us live the ouside Christmas lights on through February. It is a long dark hall up the windy roads in the pitch black. The lights are cheerful and you can tell where you are.

    BBL

  38. Siber-H
    2:06 pm on January 5th, 2014

    I hope we her from the Royals’ Mum today. I am afraid she really does have the flu.

  39. Masquers
    2:30 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Siber: I hope she only has the “regular” flu and not the swine variety. Scott came over last Friday, with remnants of some kind of bug, carrying hand sanitizer. So far, so good. Mom has not caught it…yet…but is taking Airborne just in case.
    Note to Riö: we do listen.
    Melanie: The river looks frozen. Brrr!
    We think it is a great idea to keep the outside lights up. Some folks do it around here as well.

  40. Macy's mom
    2:35 pm on January 5th, 2014

    N1H1 is the prevalent bad bug in Texas right now. It was included in this year’s vaccine.

    Mr. just came in from the porch and found something he ordered for our anniversary next Friday. Has anyone ever had Harry and David pears? Nom, nom, nom….

  41. Herd of Hounds
    2:46 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Henry and David pears are yummy!

  42. Masquers
    2:48 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Macy’s Mom: No pears, but one year we received a Harry & David’s chicken pot pie for Christmas. It was delish!
    Funny note, and thinking of B when writing this, our friend who sent the gift said she was bombarded with H&D emails for a long time after that.
    Does the current vaccination include protection against all known strains of the virus? My mom has opted not to get the shot after coming down with a very bad case of the flu in spite of it. That was back in her twenties and she has not regretted doing so.

  43. Masquers
    2:50 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Speaking of the swine flu…Riö mentioned yesterday that it is a big problem in Utah at the Olympic trials…not a good thing.

  44. Herd of Hounds
    2:54 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Melanie’s foto looks like she was “walking in a winter wonderland”.

  45. O'Howlers
    3:03 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Melanie’s photo is beautiful, and is making Mom feel cold cold cold.
    We never heard of Harry and David.
    Mom and Pop always get the flu shot. Pop has no choice, since he works at a hospital, but Mom is a big believer. However, every year is a crap shoot if those who develop it guessed correctly on the strain that will be hitting that year.

  46. Barb & Maggie
    3:27 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Harry and David is a big catalog company that sells fruit, nuts, candy. Good stuff!

  47. Pancho & Lefty
    3:30 pm on January 5th, 2014

    We are thinking of opening our own catalog company that sells good stuff like beer and hot wings. Our first customer will be a certain pug. We will give him the Friends and Burps discount.

  48. Melanie
    3:32 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Flu, nasty stuff.
    Ice storm, then rain. Tomorrow in the upper 30s. Tuesday 7 degrees.

    Riö, we have pictures of your friend’s quilling on the screensaver. Deb saw on of your friend’s early ones and thought that was wonderful. I told her how YF started out with easy patterns and then showed her the latest. The shadow box of flowers.

    YF has inspired her to try some easy patterns. She doesn’t have someone like you to help. She has two parrots. That should be interesting.

    OTAS and GLAD re taking pictures of the beach, drinks with little umbrellas in them and lots of sushi.

    Here is GLAD.

  49. Siber-H
    3:32 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Melanie, Pretty picture.

    Yes, Harry and David have good stuff.

    Masquers, I do not want your mom to get the flu.

  50. Masquers
    4:17 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Siber: Don’t worry, Mom will NOT catch that nasty flu bug.
    GLAD is smiling. She must be winning.

  51. Diane C.
    4:20 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Melanie–It loks likie you are accomplishing great things with ease. Well done (and a lovely photo). Take it easy, don’t overdo, and don’t forget to eat on schedule. (Recent stressors may also be a factor, so positive thinking is also in order.)
    BSD, Melanie and Kat–A thousand thanks for the encouragement. Edgar still isn’t much of a host, but we’re all about to go out again, which may help.

  52. Barb & Maggie
    4:22 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Just watched The Way Way Back. Didn’t get around to it last night. It was good, but not what we would describe as a comedy after watching it.

    Good picture of GLAD. She is a cutie.

  53. Herd of Hounds
    4:31 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Melanie, we are ecstatic that today was a good, productive day. Here’s hoping you didn’t OVER do.

  54. BearSpiritDog
    4:32 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Diane-C: We applaud you for fostering. This is a Good Thing you are doing.

    Barb&Magpie: So…would you recommend The Way Way Back? We started watched The Way Back yesterday, but didn’t finish it. Since it is better in HD we will continue to watch it online later today.

    We are the proud owners of a Very Special quilling that Riö’s Friend made for Nana that she Treasures. It is our hope that his Friend will be able to work full-time on her beautiful projects someday. At least with the new job, and boss which she likes, this is not quite so urgent.

    Everyone: Don’t Forget. Season 4 of Downton Abbey is on tonight!

  55. Diane C.
    4:40 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Melanie–It looks like you are accomplishing great things with ease. Well done (and a lovely photo). Take it easy, don’t overdo, and don’t forget to eat on schedule. (Recent stressors may also be a factor, so positive thinking is also in order.)
    BSD, Melanie and Kat–A thousand thanks for the encouragement. Edgar still isn’t much of a host, but we’re all about to go out again, which may help.

  56. Diane C.
    4:43 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Dima–I agree that you are MUCH handsome than the Russian guy (and miss Pretty, who also sings) thinks you are also probably a better singer.
    Siber-H–Hvorostovsky is all over YouTube, but you might especially enjoy this duet with the Korean soprano Sumi Jo since they’re both singing in German (but you’ll recognize the tune).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2yH7LY5SMw&list=RDRJfIV7C2t9s
    You can also find the two of them doing “Tonight from West Side Story” on YouTube in English.

  57. Diane C.
    4:50 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Everyone–Sorry to get carried away with the opera stuff, but you migth also want to know about Luca Pisaroni (another baritone) who has an entire section on his website devoted to pictures of the dogs Tristan and Lenny who travel with him. This is a singer with his priorities in order.
    http://www.lucapisaroni.com/

  58. Siber-H
    4:59 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Thanks Diane, We watched both links. Dima is still the best looking, but opera singers, guys at least, are getting better looking.

  59. dawson
    5:10 pm on January 5th, 2014

    DianeC: Congratulations on your first Double Dawson (At 4:20 and 4;40)!

  60. Diane C.
    5:30 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Dawson–Thanks–that means posting the same thing twice, right? It doesn’t disappear once you click the little button, which is confusing (especially if your brain cells are deserting the ship, like mine).
    You’re also in a cold place, right? (I’m still having trouble keeping everyone straight, plus I think there are multiple voices posting from the same household for some of this group–am I right?)
    Or could just be the brain cells again…

  61. Melanie
    5:49 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Diane, Join the club!

  62. Siber-H
    5:51 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Diane, You are correct.
    Masquers and Bear–one house
    The Howlers…Meashka (The Hot One), Dima, Kat, TC(their kat)—one house
    Tupper and Gully, Basil and Sage, (kats)…one house
    Rio and Beau—one house

    Who did I forget?

  63. Siber-H
    5:55 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Oh yeah, And there are all the Snowhook dogs.
    How is Rebecca doing today?

    Me, I am an only dog and have no plans to change that.

  64. Barb & Maggie
    5:57 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Alice, Abbie and Staff, one house.

    Bear, Barb definitely enjoyed the movie, and you seem to have similar taste, so we think you would like it. It was described as a comedy/drama, but it isn’t a funny movie. It is sweet, endearing and the acting is good, but not funny.

  65. Masquers
    6:02 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Multiple voices? We don’t know what you’re talking about. sniff.

  66. dawson
    6:02 pm on January 5th, 2014

    BearSpiritDog: I’ll be watching Downton Abbey tonight.

    DianeC. I live in Northern British Columbia, Canada. Yes, it is cold.

  67. Barb & Maggie
    6:12 pm on January 5th, 2014

    I need to correct my last post. Abbie, Alice and Staff actually have two houses. They live in N.D. in the summer, and they winter in Minneapolis. Staff and Dawson are sisters.

  68. Kat
    6:17 pm on January 5th, 2014

    I got me a possum!!!!! Momma was so worried that i wasn’t coming in with all of the ice. She thought i was scared to walk on it. Huh! Little did she know!

    We are all planning to watch DA tonight.
    Diane, I will watch the videos after I help get the quiche in the oven.

  69. Barb & Maggie
    6:18 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Diane, HRH (B Stover) gets carried away with grammar, so you can get carried away with opera. We gotta lot of class on this here blog!

    Oh, and the only thing we don’t discuss is politics. We have some strongly opinionated folks here, so we find it best to not go there.

  70. Barb & Maggie
    6:21 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Kat, Do you have kitchen duty tonight?

    They are closing most schools tomorrow due to winds and dangerous temps. They are also ordering people off some of the expressways right now, due to dangerous conditions.

  71. Belle Starr
    6:24 pm on January 5th, 2014

    I may get in trouble with that damn pixie who stole my sparkles for voicing my political views on this here blog, but I don’t care. I vote pug. For everything.

  72. Pancho & Lefty
    6:27 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Speaking of pugs—where is Rio? These hot wings are not going to eat themselves.

  73. Melanie
    6:43 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Kat, is it possum quiche?

    BelleStar, distract her with some of you tantalizing sparkles.

    I am in my warm and cozy bed. I might have over done just a tad. snicker
    I will check in here and there, maybe, if I don’t fall asleep.

    HOH, forgot to mention that lovely picture of the Canadians.

    Now to watch something and try not to fall asleep.

  74. Riö - The Evil Pug...
    6:51 pm on January 5th, 2014

    OoooooOOOooMelanie!….My friend told me I had to tell you that she thinks you made up the whole story about her inspiring anybody….sniff!…Who the hell is D-e-b anyways?…grunt!

    Thieves!…sniff!sniff!… Those wings are long gone, aren’t they?….grump!

  75. Pancho & Lefty
    7:03 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Rio: The first batch of beer and wings have come and gone. Burp! Luckily, we planned ahead and brought extras. Meet us in your backyard. Follow the smell of deliciousness.

  76. Riö - The Evil Pug...
    7:03 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Sniff!….sniff!sniff!

  77. Pancho & Lefty
    7:07 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Rio: Hey! There you are! Would you like to do the honor of the first cannonball into the car of beer tonight?

  78. BearSpiritDog
    7:15 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Rio & SnowBella: Youse are Grimm fans, right? Just finished watching Friday’s episode with NO COMMERCIALS. Of course I may have entered another realm…one that is commercial free…Heh.
    Pass around some of those hot wings & brew. I could go for a snack.

  79. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:17 pm on January 5th, 2014

    We here in California are hoping for some real weather but youse guys in the northeast are hogging it all. Harumph!

    63* and sunny. No fun at all.

    (Excuse me while I duck and run!)

  80. Kat
    7:19 pm on January 5th, 2014

    I can bring home the bacon possum
    Fry it up in a (quiche) pan

  81. Macy's mom
    7:20 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Kat, that was nice of you mom to make a quiche out of your catch. Hope you get a nice big piece.

  82. Kat
    7:20 pm on January 5th, 2014

    snigglefrits, this darn blog does not like my posting of music note.
    Her is another try:

    I can bring home the bacon possum
    Fry it up in a (quiche) pan
    And never let you forget
    You’re not me.
    I am Woman-Kat

  83. Howlers' Mom
    7:22 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Wolfie! Not funny!

  84. Melanie
    7:40 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Snickering here . .

    I did look up possum quiche, and yes people make it. But the recipe starts: first catch a possum. YUCK!
    No offence, Kat. (British spelling)

    Riö, after your snack and drinks you tell your friend I am not kidding. Deb, a friend that cleans our house in the spare time from her two other jobs, loves your friend’s work.

    Shall I watch another Hercule Piorot? Yes, why not?

  85. Riö - The Evil Pug...
    7:51 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Melanie!…We watch Hercule Poirot all the time….snort!…He is on the Netflix orders every 2 or three dvds…heh!heh!…Those little gray cells are always welcome here…chuffle!…Do you think Deb would clean our house?…sniff!

  86. Barb & Maggie
    7:53 pm on January 5th, 2014

    I am fairly certain that we will not be making Opossum quiche.

    I told this story before, but one time I caught a baby possum, shook it till I thought it was a goner, then left it for Barb to admire. She noticed that the light had not gone out of its eyes, so she picked it up and put it on the other side of the fence. Half hour later it wandered away.

  87. BearSpiritDog
    8:04 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Barb&Magpie: Sounds like Something Nana would do. She never appreciates the Gifts my feline friend brings home. They are such Softies.

  88. Herd of Hounds
    8:14 pm on January 5th, 2014

    (Lucy Lou here) Kat, proud of you but be careful of the 40 sharp teeth! I’ve never caught a possum, just moles, voles, snakes, birds and sushi, oh, hey, mom has a recipe for creamed possum with sweet potatoes in coon fat gravy. Mom also became an honorary Tennessean by chucking a possum over the back fence by its tail.

  89. Herd of Hounds
    8:18 pm on January 5th, 2014

    This is mom’s honorary possum!

  90. Wose
    8:18 pm on January 5th, 2014

    RIO! There you are! Every person who I have given your friend’s art to all have commented on how beautiful and intricate the work is, and want to know how your friend does this amazing art. I gave my psych the red roses your friend made for me. Her EXACT words…..”Oh, this is exquisite!” I am always proud to talk to the receiver about your friends art.

  91. Howlers' Mom
    8:22 pm on January 5th, 2014

    (Whispering) Kat thought she killed that possum but he was playing possum. He wasn’t looking too healthy, though, so we took him down the creek path. We had spinach quiche. It was yummy, but we are eating too many eggs.

  92. Wose
    8:23 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Belle Starr: Such language! Be careful or the Pixie or Mama Luna may have to wash your mouth out with soap.

    (Whispering) My mouth has been washed a few times….

  93. Princess Sam
    8:31 pm on January 5th, 2014

    O’Howlers, Molly’s Mom and my Mommy eat a lot of eggs. We think they are nature’s perfect food. Ours are expensive because they’re not from the factory type of eggs. They come from walking around chickens and they cost much more. You are getting them sort of for free.

  94. BearSpiritDog
    8:32 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Wose: And, there YOU are!
    We quite agree about Rio’s Friend’s Art. Our problem here is we will buy a piece to give away as a Gift, then when the time comes Cannot bear to part with it.

  95. BearSpiritDog
    8:35 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Howler’s Mom: No such thing as Too Many eggs. With all those Different Colors we do envy you come Easter Bunny time.

  96. Melanie
    8:38 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Rose, I had my mouth washed out with soap once. My older cousin said for me to go in the house and say this word. I don’t remember the word, but I do remember the taste of the soap. I never trusted that cousin again!

    My feet have finally gotten warm.

    I sent an SSD to Golinka. She is NOT well. She can’t talk, breathe and has many symptoms of the flu I won’t go into. She has a Corgi and Kat blanket. She can not move. Which is excellent.

    Riö, I think the travel might be a bit much for Deb. maybe Alice could bring her over in the jet.

    Where is our SuperBowl Party this year? Got to make plans to be there.

    I am signing off to the sounds of the plows sanding the roads. They are determined to get the kids back in school.

    TTFN

  97. O'Howlers
    8:48 pm on January 5th, 2014

    It is supposed to be 40 tomorrow morning, 30 by noon, and in the teens when Mom and pop drive home from their work places. Then it will be in the negatives again tomorrow night. What does this mean? Flash freeze of all the wetness out there.
    Poor Golinka. We hate to think of her being so sick. Has she gone to a doctor? Probably not, since this is the weekend, and she is probably too sick to go out.

  98. O'Howlers
    8:56 pm on January 5th, 2014

    It is almost DA time. ttfn

  99. Macy's mom
    8:58 pm on January 5th, 2014

    DOWNTON ABBEY TIME!! BBL

    Poor Amalia, sniff

  100. Masquers
    9:02 pm on January 5th, 2014

    HOH: Fierce looking possum!
    Howlers: It doesn’t come on until 9 pm here. We will wait until tomorrow to watch it online.
    No spoilers please.

  101. Siber-H
    9:05 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Melanie, Thanks for checking on Golinka. Perhaps she should see a doctor tomorrow. We are sorry she is so sick.

  102. Siber-H
    9:07 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Beau? What big city is the Super Bowl going to be played in this year?

  103. BearSpiritDog
    9:12 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Poor Golinka! Stay under the Quilt. There is a call in to the Smoochers. And if Bear Hugs will help I’m sending a truckload of them.

  104. Barb & Maggie
    9:24 pm on January 5th, 2014

    We would not go to the doc. Once you have the flu, there is not much they can do for you. Unless it goes into pneumonia, or something more serious.

    When we signed on guess who was up above? Teddy RR scampering towards the camera and Bear and Masquers side by side.

    It is so cold sitting by the computer that we are going to have to sign off. Fingers and paws are becoming numb!

  105. Princess Sam
    9:28 pm on January 5th, 2014

    MagPie, is your computer in the back yard?

  106. Herd of Hounds
    9:29 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Golinka, you are in everyone’s thoughts.Take care of yourself, you are a very special 2 legger. Pawsitive thoughts and pawrayers for you.
    B&M: No cold fingers or toes with the ipaw, we all jump on mom’s bed and make it a 3 dawg night. Daddy Dawg disapproves :(

  107. Siber-H
    9:48 pm on January 5th, 2014

    I just googled it. The Superbowl 2014 is going to take place in New Jersey….hmmmm

  108. Herd of Hounds
    10:08 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Siber Mr. H, is there some significance to the game being played on Groundhog Day?

  109. Diane C.
    10:11 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Is the egg discussion here anything to do with “Egg Day” (which is still a mystery to me)?
    Miss Pretty intimidated a possum on two different occasions, and they were the same size. She backed the possum into a corner while s/he sat and snarled. Pretty seemed content to go no farther plus I created a diversion (with a bucket of water) and the possum escaped. It’s too bad the teeth make them so unattractive, as they only have that subterfuge thing to protect themselves…

  110. Diane C.
    10:12 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Melanie–Sadly, a fairly graphic illustration of an ongoing condition, but good to know I’m not the only one…

  111. Herd of Hounds
    10:21 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Diane, we believe that Egg Day came from the Oley Howlers. It is their word for Sunday because special breakfasts with eggs appear. Some of us have taken it to heart and “spoil” our 4 legged partners with some type of egg each Sunday. There might be more but we don’t know.

  112. Siber-H
    10:34 pm on January 5th, 2014

    HOH, Ground Hog Day…I doubt if the NFL even gave it any thought.

    I suppose I am the only dog on this blog that lives where there are no possums.

    Diane, The eggs discussed on the blog have nothing to do with Egg Day, which is Sunday and a seperate issue. Of course, now that the Howlers folks have their own chickens, they are eating some of their own home grown eggs on Egg Day You should have been around for the lengthy and detailed discussions about chickens. (I’m joking. You did’t miss anything unless you are really into chickens)

  113. Herd of Hounds
    10:38 pm on January 5th, 2014

    We have learned more about chickens than we ever wanted to know, but it has been interesting.

  114. Herd of Hounds
    10:45 pm on January 5th, 2014

    We just read that Jerry Coleman, “the voice of the San Diego Padres” passed away today at 89. He will be missed. (And yes, Rio, mom was a pads fan since 1979 when they couldn’t win a plug nickle),

  115. Siber-H
    10:46 pm on January 5th, 2014

    and tomatoes

  116. Herd of Hounds
    10:48 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Heh, heh, heh. Getting late and eyelids are getting heavy. Will catch up with all the news tomorrow. Nighty night.

  117. Barb & Maggie
    10:51 pm on January 5th, 2014

    There can NEVER be too much talk about chickens. OK, good night again.

    And our computer is not outside, but it is right in front of a big window, so tonight it feels like it is outside.

  118. Barb & Maggie
    10:53 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Siber, Gah! See what remarks you make when you think we are gone!!!

  119. Pancho & Lefty
    11:04 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Is is safe to say there will be a blur-trip to Jersey sometime soon?

  120. Macy's mom
    11:04 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Here is what happened on Downton Abbey.

    Somebody was rude.
    Somebody did something they shouldn’t have.
    Somebody got sacked.
    Somebody got hired.
    Somebody was sneaky.
    Somebody did something kind.
    Everybody got dressed up and ate dinner, more than once.

  121. O'Howlers
    11:07 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Maggie is right, there can never be too much discussion of chickens, or tomatoes!
    Diane, we always get an egg on top of our kibble on Sunday mornings. We love Sunday mornings. Mom finally got tired of having to find new places to get her eggs, because every time she found a new source, those chickies would stop producing or get pounced on by a fox. So she got us our very own chickies. Only now there are so many eggs, and these eggs are so good, that she and Pop keep eating them (and feeding them to us us us).
    DA is over, so we are off to beddy bye.

  122. O'Howlers
    11:09 pm on January 5th, 2014

    And don’t forget, Macy…someone got strong.

  123. Siber-H
    11:09 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Barb, I did think I was all alone.
    Mom says I have to go out and then to sleep before I get in more trouble.

    Pancho and Lefty, I reckon we will all be going to Jersey.

    night all

  124. Pancho & Lefty
    11:12 pm on January 5th, 2014

    SiberH: Start thinking about how we can get Rio out of his yard without his Friend suspecting a thing. Luna says we could as his friend for permission for him to go to the Super Bowl instead of breaking him out, but that doesn’t seem nearly as fun.

    Out lady is headed to the top of the world again first thing tomorrow morning.

    Nighty nutter butters.

  125. Staff
    11:23 pm on January 5th, 2014

    The whole state of Minnesota has no school tomorrow per our governor. Sniff. I remember going to the University when the wind chill was 68 degrees below zero. Sometime in the late 1960’s. They didn’t close the U. then and they say they won’t tomorrow also.

    Here is tonight’s forecast.
    “Bitterly cold.
    Partly to mostly cloudy.
    Dangerous wind chills as low as -50F. High -13F. Winds WNW at 20 to 30 mph”

    They still are only saying ‘cold’ although it is bitter cold. But not frigid. snicker.

    Night all.

    Golinka I would get under the quilt with you but I think my measly cold doesn’t rate up there with your nasty flu. I hope everyone with aches and pains gets a good nights sleep.

  126. Barb & Maggie
    11:24 pm on January 5th, 2014

    What, the chipmunk girl is traveling? Be safe, please.

    We agree about those eggs being so good. Barb never believed that eggs are bad for you. They are nature’s perfect food, so don’t worry about eating them. Worry about sugar and white flour and processed foods instead.

    Siber, think about this. We took some of our discussions on tomatoes and chickens to SDD, so we wouldn’t bore you. haahaahaahaahaa

    Good night and we really mean it this time.

  127. Macy's mom
    11:31 pm on January 5th, 2014

    Howlers, right, that was the most important thing that happened.

    Rick goes back to school tomorrow (yea!) but the building has been without heat for two weeks and he is the second one in the door. Should be frosty!

  128. Tupper and Gilly
    11:53 pm on January 5th, 2014

    News from the Quilt:
    Thanks to the many visits of Smoochers, some bearing hot wings, and having had Tenzing, the Ultimate Pillow, we are pleased to announce that Mama’s fever broke tonight. She says that she will most likely need to whine about feeling tired for a few more days, but since she has been sleeping so much for the last four, we don’t see how.
    Her ribs hurt from sneezing so much, and she has no voice at all, but now she is on the “getting over it” side of things instead of the “coming down with it”, so we think she will be fine.

    She does look like carp though.

  129. Tenzing
    3:16 am on January 6th, 2014

    Staff: I’m brewing up a fresh batch of nyquil floats. Don’t be shy…

    Golinka: Lay your head. There is no judgement here about how you may or may not look.

    My Lady may not have access to this here blog this upcoming week, but she will be thinking about all youse.

  130. O'Howlers
    5:14 am on January 6th, 2014

    Happy Golinka is on the right side of sick. But, please take things very slow.

  131. Diane C.
    11:03 am on January 6th, 2014

    Everyone–thanks for the Egg Day insights–they help.
    Siber-H–Actually, I do find chickens wildly interesting (this isn’t one of the species on which Chet has commented, is it? Just birds in general…)
    Macy’s mom and O’H–Doesn’t that pretty much sum up every episode (and yet, one keeps watching). I caught a brief glimpse of an unattractively-dressed nanny having a contretemps with someone and decided I was too tired last night.
    T and G and others–“Carp” and “carpola” are deliberate transpositions, right?

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