Chez Nous

What I wanted to do, and pretty badly, was grab Foster by the pant leg. It was pretty clear to me by now that he had to be a perp, but if he was an FBI dude, then how was that possible? One idea was to just grab him by the pant leg anyway and let things get sorted out later. I couldn’t think of another idea. But sometimes all it takes is one idea, or not even. This is all happening at our place on Mesquite Road, in case anybody needs reminding. I know I would.

“You’re saying all that about you having worked for Albie for years was just a lot of blowing smoke?” Bernie said.

“Albie was a hooked fish,” Foster said. “He said what he was told to say.”

“And what did you hook him for?” Bernie said.

“That’s a long story,” Foster said. He turned to Ray. “Which maybe the kid shouldn’t hear. Not unless I take him in, and this may not be the time.

Ray started backing toward the door.

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131 Responses to “Chez Nous”

  1. Tyb
    9:32 am on December 14th, 2010

    I was just spilling out ideas for a post when something happened to it. I don’t want to repeat what I had written lest I double barrel the entry. In essence what I was saying is that among all the suggestions as to what Spence do with Chet, Bernie, and Suzie, I feel there were some good ones, others not so. I don’t know how long the blog has existed, but I doubt that it predated his first or secong book and he did a good job on them without our help

  2. Tyb
    9:33 am on December 14th, 2010

    Sorry for the typo; that should be second not secong. I’ve lived too long with a teacher to ignore the mistake.

  3. B.Stover
    9:33 am on December 14th, 2010

    What did the FBI hook Albie for? And why shouldn’t Ray hear it? Chet, don’t grab Foster by the pant leg yet. Get answers first. For example, why is Foster at Chez Nous?

  4. B.Stover
    9:43 am on December 14th, 2010

    Good morning TYB and everyone. Chet’s blog began on January 26, 2009 (“Inauguration Day”), so it predates THAT by a year. If you type “inauguration” in the search area you should be able to find that post. And I would never suggest that Spence needs our help. He’s a genius and we love him. (It is fun offering suggestions though!)

  5. Tyb
    9:52 am on December 14th, 2010

    B
    Thanks for the info. I’ll check it out right away. It’s a good day to stay in and do such things. When we walked early this morning the temperature was 7 degrees and the wind chill factor made it feel like double digit negative temperatures.

  6. B.Stover
    9:52 am on December 14th, 2010

    That should be January 20, 2009.

  7. B.Stover
    9:58 am on December 14th, 2010

    It’s minus 7 wind chill here but the sun is shining brightly. I’m staying in my lazyboy! (I am going to do more prep to salve my conscience.)

  8. Mollypop
    10:39 am on December 14th, 2010

    B – Chez Nous is the name of many restaurants but it really means “Our House” – and this is all happening at Mesquite Rd.

  9. Barb & Maggie
    10:50 am on December 14th, 2010

    Good morning everyone. Cold here, too. Single digits, but no wind, so it isn’t awful. Did our outside duties-chicken house and bird feeder, so eveyone is happy.

    Ordered some gifts on line, wrapped a couple of presents, and may work on some cookies later.

    Bought some recipe cards and a recipe file box for d-i-l, and am going to copy down some favorite family dishes for her. Example: Stewing chicken–put the chicken IN the water, NOT suspended above it and cook!)

    Molly, Thanks for telling us what Chez Nous means, French is a little rusty.

  10. B.Stover
    10:52 am on December 14th, 2010

    Mollypop: I know. I was asking Chet why Foster is at their house. What is it he’s looking for? Pondering…

  11. B.Stover
    10:56 am on December 14th, 2010

    Barb: I have the recipe book in which my mom wrote out all of her favorite recipes. It’s one of my prized possessions. Your daughter-in-law should appreciate it.

  12. Barb & Maggie
    11:01 am on December 14th, 2010

    Bee, My d-i-l asked for my gravy recipe, too, and I don’t have one, I just make it. Had to do some research to find out how much flour to use per cup of liquid. Reminds me of a recipe of my grandmother’s years ago – “add flour till it feels right”. Snicker!

  13. dawson
    11:21 am on December 14th, 2010

    Yikes!
    I would never presume to think Spence would take me seriously if I told him what, how, why, where or when to write. But I wish he would get to work right now because I want to read another book soon, and I would like Suzie to be in it.

  14. Tyb
    11:27 am on December 14th, 2010

    Yikes again,
    I didn’t think anyone would take me seriously either. I was looking for reactions to get something going again. I guess Rio hasn’t gotten up and checked in yet this morning.

  15. Barb & Maggie
    11:27 am on December 14th, 2010

    Barb agrees with Missie Moose, we want Suzie in the next book.

  16. Jasper the Poodle
    11:38 am on December 14th, 2010

    Hack! Gag! Cough!

    The dust in this house is out of control! Mom continues to sort through papers and clean out this house. Can’t believe the crap she has kept forever. Trash bag after trash bag of junk hauled out. Me? Time for a little nap on the arm of the chair.

    Sun is shining.

  17. Siber-H
    12:05 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Spence is smart enough to ignore us and just go on writing the great books he always does. Thank goodness he doesn’t pay any attention to us. I know we can be pretty opinionated, but it is all in fun. I’ll leave the actual writing up to Spence and know that it will be an interesting and perfect book to read. (Stover, I constructed that last sentence just for you cause I like you).

    Just in case Spence is paying attention to us, I see two votes up there for Suzie…here is a vote for not so much Suzie.

  18. Siber-H
    12:10 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Maggie, I am still laughing about the suspended chicken.

    Jasper, this is exciting because you and your mom are going to start a new life. It is a lot of work and dust, but it will be worth it. Just be sure to please keep in touch with us.

    We are going to have a high of 62 degress here today. Since it is me, Siber-H, telling you this, you know I am not bragging. I am complaining.

  19. B.Stover
    12:15 pm on December 14th, 2010

    SH: Thank you! I truly appreciate it. (And I give another vote for not too much Suzie.)

    How is Sam doing today?

  20. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:15 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Astrid!… I’ve been working on a project this morning and forgot to post on Chet’s page…heh!…You will all be very interested in the finished project….grunt!… It is very close to being completed…sniff!

  21. Siber-H
    12:21 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Rio, Don’t keep us in suspense too long.

    Me too, I’m wondering about Sam.

  22. B.Stover
    12:36 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Rio: I hope you haven’t been getting into your friend’s quill material.

  23. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:54 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Testing!…This is a test. As Wookie would say, nothing to fear…..snort!

    http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Testing.docx

  24. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:00 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Grump!… It doesn’t seem possible to attach Word documents to this here blog…grunt!… What I have done is combine all of Chet’s posts starting from January up through today that had anything to do with the Astrid case….snort!… It’s very long, 33 pages and 16,000 words!…wheeze!…Can you guys believe that? …cough!

  25. Mollypop
    1:03 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Rio – Your test worked fine. What do you have up your little Puggy sleeve?

  26. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:10 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Molly!… You can open the document?…snort!… And read it?…grunt! For some reason, I can’t….sniff!

  27. Mollypop
    1:11 pm on December 14th, 2010

    A report on Sam – she’s better. She has eaten small amounts of boiled chicken and rice and no throwing up or pooping all over the place. She’s resting.

    It’s always scary when a little 6-pound Princess gets sick. She’s so little.

  28. Mollypop
    1:12 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Rio – I saved it to my desktop, opened it, and it said ‘Test.’

  29. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:17 pm on December 14th, 2010

    File!…Can everyone else open the test file?…snort!

  30. Barb & Maggie
    1:31 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Siber, We were wondering about the Huskey digging ability. Does it have anything to do with them digging into the snow and creating a warm hollow to sleep in? If so, it might be a genetic thing. We always find that interesting.

    Years ago, Barb had an Airedale Terrier (terra=earth) named Lexie. One time she sat and calming watched Barb plant about 50 beautiful annuals in the flower bed. Barb went inside and came back out about 10 minutes later and Lexie had unearthed all 50 plants, and they were flung all over the place. She had digging down to a science. She sat and wagged her tail and waited for her praise for doing such a great job. Genetics!

  31. Wölfie
    1:39 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Hi everyone, Mary here. My home computer is acting up so I’m writing this from my busy place.

    Just wanted to let everyone know that the toffee is safely in the mail and unless those goats do us in, you should have toffee in the next 2-3 days. Merry Christmas!!

  32. B.Stover
    1:42 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Rio: I can open the file but it’s all encoded.

  33. B.Stover
    1:45 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Thank you Mary. How are things going?

    When I refresh while on the first page, I’m either left at the top of the blog or in the middle.

  34. Mollypop
    1:46 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Maybe Rio’s file is Secret Mission stuff for Agent’s eyes only.

  35. B.Stover
    1:46 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Thanks Mollypop. I’m so glad that Sam is feeling better.

  36. Staff
    1:47 pm on December 14th, 2010

    I can’t but my versions of word are very old. I have 2003 and have converted it to be compatible with 2007. Sometimes I have problems with docx documents.

  37. Staff
    1:50 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Hah!
    I went to my desktop and it was there so I clicked on it and told it to open with Word and it did. It took a little while as it said it was converting…converting… and then, there it was!

  38. Barb & Maggie
    1:58 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Glad to know Sam is better. A little Wonder Fluff might help, too!

    Barb just made 4 doz. pecan drops that get rolled in powdered sugar, and addressed a few Christmas cards. Now her arms are tired, as well as the rest of her. I think nappy time is here. BBL

  39. Mollypop
    2:02 pm on December 14th, 2010
  40. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:05 pm on December 14th, 2010
  41. Mollypop
    2:05 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Now I can’t open that one.

  42. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    2:09 pm on December 14th, 2010

    I can open both Mollypop’s and Rio’s last efforts just fine, although I think they just say test and nothing else. I think Rio’s first effort was written in Pug, and while I can bark multi-lingually I was never very good at reading Pug. Sorry, Wookie

  43. B.Stover
    2:10 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Mollypop’s show “testing” and Rio’s shows “another test.”

  44. Siber-H
    2:12 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Barb, yes I’m pretty sure that the Huskies’ digging has to do with genetics just like you said. We dig a hole in the snow to keep warm and in hot weather we dig a hole to keep cool. We also dig for the fun of it. The Iditarod mushers put down straw for the dogs to sleep on but the dogs fluff up the straw to their own liking.

    I am so glad Sam is better. It sounds like she is on her way to a full recovery. Thank dog.

    Wolfie’s mom, Good to hear from you. I was wondering if everything was okay.

  45. Mollypop
    2:14 pm on December 14th, 2010

    I can see the problem that Rio and I are having. Our stupid software thinks the document is in use because we were working with it.

    Another test:
    http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Test.htm

  46. Siber-H
    2:16 pm on December 14th, 2010

    I’m getting the same thing as Stover. Rio, it is pretty amazing that you did all of this.

  47. Mollypop
    2:16 pm on December 14th, 2010

    I like that last test – the html doc. How about everyone else?

  48. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:20 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Hey!… I can open it if it is in a .doc file type…snort!… Molly was right!….Okay, now it is 33 pages long, so who knows how long it will take to open from this link….grunt!… It is the TOTAL Astrid case so far. Maybe, some clue will stand out for someone knowing what we now know about Foster…heh!

    Astrid 1!… First link is for older versions of Microsoft Word.

    http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Where is Astrid.doc

    Astrid 2!…Second link is for newer versions Microsoft Word.

    http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Where is Astrid.docx

  49. Siber-H
    2:23 pm on December 14th, 2010

    umm I am still getting testing, but as we all know, I am easily confused.

  50. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:23 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Oops!…I put two links in one comment!…snort!… I know, I know! I should know better than that…grunt!…The Full Astrid Case is being moderated…drat!

  51. Siber-H
    2:25 pm on December 14th, 2010

    We have to be gone for a little while now.

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:25 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Crap!…Check back here for the 2:20 o’clock post…. Grump!

  53. Gus and BooBear
    2:30 pm on December 14th, 2010

    We don’t mind Suzie in the book and don’t worry that there will be mushy love scenes. Chet is the narrator and he wouldn’t waste his time on that nonsense. But Suzie bringing treats is another story. We must trust SQ to stay true to form with this great series. Just write faster, please.

    We’ve been keeping up with the posts, but are so busy with Christmas things Mom hasn’t had time to post. Goodness, another English teacher (Tyb’s friend). We wonder when our grammar will improve by osmosis.

    Last night, Dad woke up to one of brothers, Linus, crying in panic! He jumped out of bed and Mom followed. Linus, a very hefty fellow with no coordination at all, had managed to squeeze under their sleigh bed and then got scared when he couldn’t get out. He squeezed himself into a spot and got completely stuck! Dad had to lift the corner of the bed ( a very heavy bed, by the way) and Mom was able to pull him free. Linus is a very likable fellow but obviously noy the brightest bulb in the tree. Oh well, we watched the whole drama from the safety of the mattress. Wonder if he’ll try that again??

  54. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:31 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Idea!…Because I am impatient I am going to post the links to the Astrid case separately, hopefully this way they won’t be moderated…grunt!

    Astrid 1!… For older versions of Microsoft Word!….sniff!

    http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Where is Astrid-1.doc

  55. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:34 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Astrid 2!… For newer versions of Microsoft Word!….sniff!

    http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Where is Astrid-1.docx

  56. Gus and BooBear
    2:38 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Thank you, Wolfie’s mom! We will watch for it in the mail.

    Rio, we will have to check your file this evening. Too much for the iPhone at work.

    Sam, feel better soon!

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:40 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Whew!… I’m exhausted!…grunt!wheeze!sniff!…I hope you all enjoy reading it this way. It’s amazing how much material he wrote for us over this last year!…snort!

  58. B.Stover
    2:44 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Rio: Excellent. I have all 33 pages. Thank you for all of this work.

  59. B.Stover
    2:46 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Regarding Suzie and mushy love scenes: Chet narrates what he sees and hears. Look at the last paragraph of TFAT. That is mushy enough.

  60. Mollypop
    2:57 pm on December 14th, 2010

    G&BB – Your brother Linus sounds like a cutie pie.

  61. Mollypop
    3:10 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Rio – Kudos! I have Astrid 2 (24 pages) and that was a lot of work for you. You had better take a nap now.

  62. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:18 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Molly!…Are you sure you got the whole document? I show 33 pages….snort!… Is the last line “Ray started backing toward the door”??….grunt!

  63. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:22 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Ray!…Why would Ray start backing for the door unless he is guilty of something?…. snort!

  64. B.Stover
    3:27 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Rio: It’s 33 pages double spaced. Mine is single spaced and 23 pages.

    It seems to me that Ray would back away because he’s scared.

  65. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    3:36 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Rio. Thanks for the great job. Astrid 1 worked just fine, although with Astrid 2 I get some sort of zipped file. Anyway, I’ve printed it off and will study it carefully. Wookie

  66. Melanie
    3:44 pm on December 14th, 2010

    I’m back. I hate all doctors and hospitals.
    Not that this group wasn’t nice, they were.
    This is just on principle.

    Need to read. Foster, hmmm, what is he up to?

  67. Melanie
    3:49 pm on December 14th, 2010

    I think I better rest. My dyslexia kicked in.

    I read that Barb and MagPie “grilled some gifts on line”

    No, I’m not tired.

    Oh wait, did this yesterday. You guys are an experiment. I want to see how this altered photo of the Newfs comes out. It’s taken through the windshield of the van.

  68. B.Stover
    3:52 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Melanie: I was just wondering how you were doing. I like that photo–it’s mysterious.

  69. Barb & Maggie
    4:13 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Bee, We liked the last line of TFAT, and didn’t think it was too mushy, just sweet.

    When we talk about SQ changing his writing, it reminded us of when that goofy radio guy asked if he might change it and not have Chet be the narrator. There was this long pause before SQ said he wouldn’t change what was working. Remember?

  70. B.Stover
    4:35 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Barb: I didn’t remember that. Thanks for the reminder. But “sweet”…shudder. (Sorry.)

    I just received my first Netflix dvd. It came in an envelope not a box (and I’m supposed to return it in an envelope) and it didn’t break. MMMMMM. It’s the new (2009) version of Dorian Gray with Colin Firth. I shall start watching it.

  71. bluecat
    4:41 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Rio – awesome job, babe. Many kat thanks.

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:50 pm on December 14th, 2010

    NetFlix!… You will return the movie with the pre-addressed envelope provided…. Snort!… It’s really very convenient!…sniff!

    Hey!… I just set up my little Go Phone!…sneeze!… Now if I do ever Go anywhere I can call my friend to come pick me up…heh!

  73. Mollypop
    5:19 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Rio – Where do you think you might go – out of your yard.

  74. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:36 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Go!… I’d really like to go across the street to our neighbors trash can and sniff around….snort!…I’d leave a little something to let them know I was there….snorkel!

  75. Barb & Maggie
    5:59 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Bee, When we return the Netflix envelope we alway insert the white case so the bar code is showing in the little opening. Don’t know if that is necessary or not, but that is the way we always do it.

    Sorry back at you, but we don’t think a tiny bit of sweet hurts the story line. After all, Bernie is human, although a little clue less at times. We also liked Rio’s idea about Bernie’s mom showing up at some point for a visit, because Chet seems to have some issues with her in the past. That could be fun.

    It’s not all mystery, which is why they are so appealing. Personally, the mystery aspect is secondary to the canine/human relationships, and Chet’s take on all of it. That is just us.

  76. Barb & Maggie
    6:09 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Bee, Also, on mailing back to Netflix, many post offices have a separate slot for flat mail and Nexflix envelopes, so check that out.

  77. Siber-H
    6:24 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Ok. I will add our vote on the last line of TFAT …mushy and as Stover said…shudder.

    As Barb said, that is just us. We set dry eyed at the end of the movie, Titanic. When Chet was in such serious trouble in the first book…sob, sob.

  78. Barb & Maggie
    6:31 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Siber, We are in partial agreement. There is never a dry eye here when it’s an animal sad moment. People, that’s sometimes not the case.

  79. Barb & Maggie
    6:35 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Besides, Bernie is a nice guy and he deserves some happiness. How can you go wrong with Suzie? She even carries dog treats in her car, and apparently does not have a dog of her own. We want to see that relationship stay into the next book, but it doesn’t have to be in a big mushy way.

  80. Mollypop
    6:58 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Cliff Lee just signed with the … Phillies!

  81. B.Stover
    7:01 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Suzie is fine. I just don’t want any more of her than we already have.

    Thanks for the advice on returning the Netflix dvd.

  82. Melanie
    7:02 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Hello Everyone: Whew, feeling better. Nothing like having an appointment that is supposed to last for 20 minutes and it lasting 2 hours. Turns out that all the anesthesiologists were up in the maternity ward. All the mothers decided to have their babies at the same time!

    Linus sounds like a hoot. We had two litters of kittens when the guys were young. The guys were always saving the kittens from behind doors and between the wall and sofa. It takes awhile to learn to go backwards. Not sure Linus has learned that.

    More power to Riö. Lots and lots and lots of stuff to read (even though I have a Mac, I can get it.)

  83. Melanie
    7:07 pm on December 14th, 2010

    NOW TO THE CASE!

    Fascinating as Mr. Spock would say.

    Here are some random thoughts (all I’m capable of today.)

    Are we sure that Foster is the person who wired Ray?

    If he is, where is the listening device? Why would he need it?

    If Foster is aware of Ray being wired, is that the reason he is sending Ray out?
    Is Foster going to say something that he does NOT want the person at the other end of the wire to hear?

    Are we back to a reverse sting on Foster? Where most of the planning happened when Chet was napping?

    Oh, the questions, the questions.
    I LOVE IT!

  84. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:02 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Molly!… My friend heard that today too in the bathroom of all places!…heh!…She said Cliff Lee turned down big money from the Yankees and the Rangers to go with the Phillies!…Wow!….I have not verified this information yet, but if it is true, what a great guy Lee is…snort!…I can’t wait till baseball starts again…sniff!….Boy is that a long time from now….sob!

    Foster!… I was also pondering if Foster was actually the guy who wired Ray up or not…grunt!…It just doesn’t seem likely for some reason. I like Melanie’s logic about Foster not talking about Albie while Ray is there with his wire on in case someone else is listening….snort!

  85. Gus & BooBear
    8:02 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Another opinion on the Suzie/Bernie romance angle. Mom does read romance novels, as well as suspense and mystery. Because almost all of the Chet & Bernie storyline is about Chet and Bernie with other characters on the side (Lt.Stine, Suzie, Leda, etc. sorry, B) the relationship between Bernie and Suzie is also a side story. We also feel that some of the story is okay, such as them watching a movie, eating popcorn, camping in the backyard with Charlie. That part feels good. The whole angle of the story would have to change for the mushy stuff to “feel good”. We felt the “I love you” at the end of the last book felt odd and out of place. Not that it couldn’t or shouldn’t happen, we just didn’t care that he told her. We care alot more about Chet’s perspective and the case they are working on at the time.

    Did that make sense? We are going to print out Rio’s file on the Astrid case and review it shortly.

  86. B.Stover
    8:19 pm on December 14th, 2010

    G&BB: It makes sense.

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:21 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Susie!… I actually really liked the fact that Bernie, who acts like a fumbling teenage boy when it comes to love, said “I love you” to Susie at the end of TFAT. ….snort!… My friend was crying, but I was whooping and hollering…heh!…By the way, Susie is the name of my friends older sister who did not live very long on this earth…sigh…We love the name of Susie and want to continue seeing it in the Chet and Bernie Mysteries!…snuffle!

    Puss N’ Boots!… Linus is hilarious!…snort!… I hope you guys enjoy reading the Whole Astrid Case in a nutshell….heh!

  88. Melanie
    8:30 pm on December 14th, 2010

    I will have to catch up with not only tonight’s comments but also most of tomorrow’s because bed is calling.

    5:30 am should not actually be a time to wake up.

    With the MRI tomorrow . . .
    I am walking out if:
    they don’t get my name right.
    they think I’m having a CAT scan.
    they think I have diabetes.

    That’s just ONE of out the three!

    Today’s hospital wanted blood. I asked what they wanted and it was a CBC. Just had one a week ago. Told them so and GOT OUT OF IT!

    YEA ME!

    I’m also printing out the results of the last blood tests to take tomorrow.
    DON’T THESE PEOPLE EVERY TALK TO EACH OTHER?

    Snicker. What a foolish question.
    Night all.

  89. Mollie (a black poodle)
    8:37 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Re Suzie: I want her to be in the books. I love the Chet and Bernie relationship and the mysteries they solve and she just makes the books more interesting. I don’t think the books will ever get “mushy romantic”. I think he is doing a perfect job with all the characters in the books.

  90. B.Stover
    8:38 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Good luck tomorrow Melanie.

  91. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:38 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Melanie!…Goodnight my dear….sniff!… I will, of course, be praying for you tonight and tomorrow….sniffle!…Mostly that the hospital gets your test “right”…snort!

  92. B.Stover
    8:39 pm on December 14th, 2010

    MollieABP is back!

  93. Mollie (a black poodle)
    8:53 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Mom’s arm has been too sore to do much, but it is getting better. We are very excited…my boy just won $500 on something called Fantasy Football. I guess he has to guess who wins the football games for the week or something. I am so glad for him as he is working 3 jobs,mostly to pay his rent. Everything is very expensive these days. And Christmas is a good time to win something.

  94. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:56 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Mollie!… How are you feeling?… snort!… It’s been a long time, but I seem to remember that you were hurting there for awhile….sniff!… I hope you are better!…snort!…I agree with you that Ole Pointy Head is taking good care of his characters and not letting one or the other stray too far!…heh!

  95. C. Harris
    8:59 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Siber-H: I am the same way. I will see a “chick flick” with women friends and they will be crying at the end….while I am sitting dry eyed and saying, “where does everyone want to go eat?” However, if it looks like a dog is is trouble or is going to die at the end, I go to pieces.

    Voting: I like Suzie but it would only work if the relationship is problematic rather than mushy PLUS I’d like to see more of Bernie’s son if possible.

    Heading into -40 territory…down to -50 this weekend. {{{{{shiver}}}}}

  96. B.Stover
    8:59 pm on December 14th, 2010

    I’m glad you’re better Mollie.

  97. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:02 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Stover!… If Liz does not show up today, could you please send her the Astrid Case In a Nutshell?…snort!… I think this will bring her up to date with the rest of us…heh!…If she reads it of course. Artists!…You never know what they are up to….grunt!

  98. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:04 pm on December 14th, 2010

    C.Harris!… Please come live with us for the winter!…grunt!…I just can’t bear to think of you in that Arctic environment…{{{{groan}}}}!

  99. Mollie (a black poodle)
    9:05 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Thanks Rio & B. Mom is going to Physical Therapy to hopefully get her arm in better shape. I forgot to say that I would like SQ to put Bernie’s mother in a book. From what little we read about her I think it would be very interesting.

  100. B.Stover
    9:13 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Rio: When Liz shows up we should let her know about the mss that you put together…if she hasn’t seen your link.

    Hi C. Harris.

    Can’t stay awake any longer. Night all.

  101. B.Stover
    9:14 pm on December 14th, 2010

    By the way, mss is short for manuscripts…just in case.

  102. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:14 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Losers!… We are both sitting on our fat butts watching the final Biggest Loser episode….sniff!…This show is absolutely amazing and inspiring…snort!… These people are incredible!…grunt!… My friend says I was the biggest loser this summer. I’m not sure if she meant the weight loss or not…..hmmm!

  103. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:22 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Stover!… heh! You were 100 tonight, but I’ve already slobbered you up but good…snort!…So you get a pass, as long as you make sure Liz will be up to date on the Astrid story for me…snorkel!…Love you girl!..sniff!…But you still can’t pull my tail…grunt!

  104. B.Stover
    9:28 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Since I was 100 my prize is that I can pull your tail Rio. Yes!!

  105. dawson
    9:30 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Wow!
    Rio, thank you for the Colonel Bob case in a nutshell. Unfortunately, I’ll have to wait until I get home on Saturday to print it out and study it, but I appreciate all the effort. Now if Spence takes another year to finish the story, we will be able to remember all the details.
    Good Luck tomorrow Melanie. So smart to have avoided the repeat blood test. Hello to Dan and Zoe.
    Just said goodbye to mom and dad because I am leaving very early in the morning. I always cry when I leave them. I bawl like a baby when I read or watch bad or sad things happen to animals.
    Jasper: Are you taking all your books? I do have a hard time getting rid of books.
    My eyelids are getting heavy.

  106. B.Stover
    9:32 pm on December 14th, 2010

    TYB hasn’t been back since this morning.

    Rio: I’ve pulled your tail thrice and you didn’t even notice. It pinged right back into a curl. Heh!

    Now…good night all.

  107. B.Stover
    9:34 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Have a safe trip Dawson.

  108. dawson
    9:37 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Oh Dog!
    Check out Eleanor Roofsevelt on Friends of Chet. That is funny.
    B.Stover: Thank you I will.
    Goodnight All.

  109. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:53 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Stover!… When visitors or neighbor kids try to straighten my tail, I twirl around very quickly out of their reach! …snort!… Then I gruff grumble and woof wooffle to let them know that is unacceptable behavior….grunt!…You should know better than to pull a Pugs tail!…wheeze!

  110. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:58 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Dawson!… Missy Moose is leaving her family to North to Alaska!…snort!… I do hope you have a very safe journey my dear…sniffle!… You know I just adore you and can’t wait to hear from you again once you are home safe and sound where the weather is probably warmer than where you are now…heh!… Safe Trip, my dear!…grunt!

  111. Siber-H
    10:07 pm on December 14th, 2010

    G&BB, What you said makes perfect sense and you said it very well.
    C.Harris, I’ll trade places with you. Yippie!!
    Dawson, I know your folks will miss you, and you’ll miss them. That is always hard.

    I am going to answer Melanie’s question…NO, THOSE PEOPLE NEVER TALK TO ONE ANOTHER, and in my part of the country, their computers don’t know how to talk to one another either. Good luck tomorrow, Melanie.

  112. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:34 pm on December 14th, 2010

    SiberH!…Did you hear that Cliff Lee signed with the Phillies?…heh!…Not the Yankees as we all feared or the Rangers as some of us were dreading…grunt!…Good news and best of everything to Cliff Lee!…wheeze!

  113. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:55 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Blogged!… Is it just me, or after we hit the 100 mark, the blog is very unfriendly to post on…grunt!… Once I refresh, I am taken back to page 1, then I have to go to page 2 but it seems to take forever!….wheeze!…Granted I have an older computer, so I am wondering if any of you guys are experiencing the same time lag once we hit 100 and are on page 2?… sniff!… Or do you just give up after 100 because that’s enough for one blog!…heh! sneeze!

  114. Barb & Maggie
    11:06 pm on December 14th, 2010

    We were watching Biggest Loser, too. Glad Patrick won. What an inspiration those guys and gals are!

    Dawson, have a safe trip back home. Let us know when you arrive.

    Getting sleepy. See everyone tomorrow….

  115. Siber-H
    11:14 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Rio, I did read that in the paper today about Cliff Lee. I was surprised, and he gave up a lot of money that the Yankees were offering him in order to go with the Phillies.

    I have the same blog experience you are describing. When I refresh, I am back on page 1, which takes a long time to load so I can then go to page 2. I go very quickly to page 2, though, once page 1 loads. Maybe this is a bit different than what you are talking about.
    Quest, of course, would like me to subscribe to higher speed internet than what I do. Sometimes, I think Quest is up to no good.

  116. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:19 pm on December 14th, 2010

    MagPie!…There is another whole week yet to see who wins the Biggest Loser…heh!… I too thought tonight was it, but the final, final will be next week….grunt!

    MagPie!…Do you ever Refresh before you post?? …snuff!…Just wondering.

  117. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:25 pm on December 14th, 2010

    SiberH!…It just has been painfully slow every time we get to page 2…grunt!…I’m pissed off about it tonight!….growl! …Mike Baker should do better work for the Publisher and for The Charming Mr. Abrahams in my opinion…wheeze!

  118. Siber-H
    11:31 pm on December 14th, 2010

    I have no experience with any other blog like this…I don’t know if it is normal to be thrown back to page one when we refresh or should we be on page 2 after we refresh if page 2 is where we started from.
    It is somewhere in the middle of page 1 that I find myself after refreshing on page 2.

  119. LizF
    11:33 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Rio – top work, you good pug. This is great! I get totally bamboozled by snippets of Astrid, so this is perrfect. THANKS! (i was here, but back at the office now so i’m mostly lurking).

  120. Barb & Maggie
    11:34 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Rio, we too have a lot of trouble after we go to page 2. When we hit refresh it takes us back to mid page 1. Yes, usually we refresh before posting.

    I am not sure what you were watching, but the final, final BL was on tonight-2 hour final. They won’t be back on for 3 weeks, til Jan 4th. Didn’t you see all the confetti at the end when they announced the winner?

  121. Siber-H
    11:34 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Then there is the issue of having to refresh to get our comments out of the comment box once we have hit the submit button and posted.

  122. Staff
    11:41 pm on December 14th, 2010

    I had a meeting tonight (and will tomorrow night) but Dawson came out of her bedroom to hug me goodbye. sniff sob sniff She will be leaving tomorrow at 4:00 in the morning to get to the airport at 4:30.
    Horrible time and we both know that I won’t be up unless Alice has just brought me a mousie. She did it again last night but it was wounded and I easily captured it in a bowl and put a lid on it and threw it out into the snow. (I think something (an owl?)found it for supper cause there was a stain in the snow this morning.)
    I am going to get ready for bed now.

    Night all.

  123. Siber-H
    11:41 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Mom is making me go to sleep now. I don’t know why because I can nap tomorrow.
    Night All!

  124. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:51 pm on December 14th, 2010

    Liz! … I am so glad you were able to see one of the Astrid documents!…heh!…I want you to be tip-top caught up with all of us and any other lurkers out there who were behind in the story…snort!…Now, my dear after reading and absorbing the story you can put forth your own theories and questions while we all sleep!…snuffle!

  125. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:54 pm on December 14th, 2010

    MagPie!…ha! No, I guess I did not see the final, final tonight…grunt!… I only watch it ON DEMAND and they must be behind in the programs…snort!…So please do NOT TELL me who wins the final prize!!!…heh!…I still have one week to catch up on…sniff!

  126. LizF
    12:13 am on December 15th, 2010

    Good thinking. I hope there’s a prize for coming up with the solution! We saw your frozen weather on the news last night – yikes! I don’t know how you stand it.

  127. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:15 am on December 15th, 2010

    Note!… On a goodnight note, the latest Quilling project will not be photographed until this weekend….snort!… Natural light is the only way to get a good shot says my friend!…grunt… She now has another project in mind, but has slim hope of it being sent in time for a Christmas present… sneeze!

    Bed!…Off to bed I go!….sniff!…I will say my Pug Prayers for all those in need and especially those in the hospital, and those who are going to the hospital and of course Dan!!…. wheeze!… I better go to bed now or I will be up all night praying for all of youse!…grunt

  128. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:21 am on December 15th, 2010

    Good night!..Liz! How’s that sketch of me coming along?….snorke!

  129. C. Harris
    12:26 am on December 15th, 2010

    Rio: in addition to my dogs I have 2 cats and 2 birds who would have to come with me. Plus I know I’d pet you too much and make my dogs jealous. You are way too cute. Also, to be completely frank, your farting and reverse sneezing would pretty quickly have me thinking that I had made a BIG MISTAKE. But thank you for thinking of me.

  130. LizF
    12:35 am on December 15th, 2010

    CH, glad you aren’t frozen solid!

    Sketch coming along sloooowly Rio, i might have to put it on hold and sketch Claude (next door puppy) instead, he is TOO cute.

  131. Adina Standiford
    8:33 pm on April 9th, 2011

    Thanks for the info.

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