Congratulations, Laika!

The random number generator has spoken! And if not actual words, then it did smoke and rumble a lot. Here’s Laika, Chet’s friend of the month for December. Her picture will be displayed over on the right until 2012! And her human companion will receive a copy of The Dog Who Knew Too Much, signed by Spencer Quinn. So, human companion, please send a mailing address to

And welcome to today’s new FOC’s: Max in California, Beau (Rio’s new pal – how’s that working out, Rio?), flying dude, Tessa Marie-Marie, Oscar, Kylie.


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91 Responses to “Congratulations, Laika!”

  1. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:40 am on December 1st, 2011

    Laila is gorgeous, and she looks a lot like Chet. I wonder if they are related!

  2. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:42 am on December 1st, 2011

    Laika. Darn that auto correct.

  3. Melanie
    8:52 am on December 1st, 2011

    Good Morning Wolfie and All. I do not consider it an “auto correct”, I consider this as “confusion software”.

    Doesn’t Laika look great hanging out the window? Newfs can’t do that without goggles. They have too much loose skin.

    Acupuncture today! Woo Hoo!

  4. bluecat
    8:55 am on December 1st, 2011

    Congratulations Laika. You’re beautiful. Sorry, Rio.

    Mom has no self-discipline. She read the ARC last night and loved it. It’s a rich text with:
    ~ strong characters
    ~ lots of action, sometimes perilous
    ~ humor and social commentary (classic PSQA)
    ~ a touch of the paranormal (you’ll see)
    ~ a DOG!

    Barb, I’m sending it on to you and if you will, send it on to Wookie. You both bid on it. Anyone else?

    I voted for A.J. today. Hoping that SK sees an advertising opportunity in sponsoring Snowhook, even if A.J. doesn’t win their competition.

    Have a good day, Everybody.

  5. OleyHowlers
    9:05 am on December 1st, 2011

    Congratulations, Laika. Your picture on the blog all month will have us thinking its the new C&B book cover! But then we’ll wonder how Chet got demoted from shotgun.

    You can turn off auto-correct, but then you won’t have spellcheck and run the risk of many typos like us.

  6. B.Stover
    9:25 am on December 1st, 2011

    I love the picture of Laika out the window. (Sorry guys but I don’t picture Chet looking like that.) Congratulations!!

    Bluecat: Thank you for the summary. I bid on the ARC also but can wait for the hardcover since I’m busy winding up the semester anyway. (What does an ARC look like?) It’s very nice of you to share.

    Good morning all.

  7. Sam
    9:39 am on December 1st, 2011

    Rio, you got a mention up top, but only secondary to Beau. He’s stealing the limelight. Tee hee.

  8. B.Stover
    9:50 am on December 1st, 2011

    Congratulations to Willow also.

  9. Tyb
    10:03 am on December 1st, 2011

    I’m late with the reminder today because I had to go in to work very early and the posting hadn’t started. Thanks to Bluecat, though, she mentioned voting in her post and that should jog some memories. If you need another reminder, here it is.

  10. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:04 am on December 1st, 2011

    Grumble!….Great! Just great! ..snort!… Beau gets mentioned twice in one week and I get squat….grump! ….Then some foreigner won the FOM. This year is ending badly for me….sniff!

    Roads!… The roads are horrendous and it was a slow white knuckle ride in to the busy place for my friend this morning….snort! …She especially loves icy freakin’ roundabouts….sniff!

    10:13 am on December 1st, 2011

    Good morning all. Busy blog this morning.

    Congrats to Laika, not bad looking for a B.C. English Shepherd would have been better, tho!

    Rio, Sorry you are not FOM, but at least you got mentioned up above. And that Beau is a good lookin fellow!

    Bee, Special favor, please. Can you tell me what punctuation this sentence needs? It needs something after register I think, but is is a comma or semi-colon? “You do not need to pre-register just show up and enjoy the ride with a great group.”
    YFS (Younger favorite son) has a website for which they paid beacoup bucks to a web designer, and Barb caught several glaring errors. This website for his new bike shop.

  12. Tyb
    10:49 am on December 1st, 2011

    For what it’s worth, I think you need a semi colon after register. Let’s see if B agrees.

    11:03 am on December 1st, 2011

    TYB, Thanks for the input. I think you are right.

  14. B.Stover
    11:28 am on December 1st, 2011

    Barb: I would use a period after “pre-register” but you could also use a semi-colon. (A comma would make it a “comma splice”–meaning you “splice” two sentences with a common. That is not good. A semi-colon can be used between two sentences that are closely related as in your example.)

    11:34 am on December 1st, 2011

    Thanks a bunch!

  16. B.Stover
    11:39 am on December 1st, 2011

    Barb: The reason that I think a period should be used rather than a semi-colon is that a short sentence (You do not need to pre-register) is more effective for directions which this seems to be. People don’t always read every word if there seem to be “too many words” and on a website semi-colons don’t always register with the reader.

  17. Masquers
    11:41 am on December 1st, 2011

    Rio: Two things: First – why didn’t your friend listen to you and stay home from work? Dam. Now we’ll worry until she is home safe and sound tonight. Second – sorry about the FOC passover once again (but you did get an honorable mention) And, Beau got his wish (sort of) and is in close proximity, at least, to the 3 Pugitos.

    Siber: Speaking of snow – along with the wind – looks like you may be getting a dusting of the white stuff also. Woo Hoo. Did your mom take you to the dog park this morning? Any power outages?

    Tyb: Heh! I remembered to vote early this morning. You have us trained well.

    Interesting that the new FOC is a border collie. Mom was up until almost one am finishing the Jon Katz book she just picked up from the library – Rose in a Storm. Sobbing through much of it, I might add. The first fiction book she has read written by Katz and, I believe, the first he has written.

  18. Melanie
    12:06 pm on December 1st, 2011

    I LOVE Staff’s pendulum waves. I sent it to OTAS and F and said they should make a big one for their yard.

    Quilt’s beautiful. Sending the MG’s over to the border to waylay that suitcase and bring it here.

    Time to work for YSAS.

    12:08 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Boo, double boo Jon Katz!

  20. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:09 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Honorable!….Maskers, pardon me but the post up above sounds like Spencer and/or Admin is making fun of me and my new unfavorable situation….snort! ….Honorable mention did not cross my mind when I read it…sniff!

  21. Siber-H
    12:12 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Congratulations Laikia! We are happy a Border Collie won.

    I like Bluecat’s review of the new book. We are really looking forward to it.

    Masquers, We did make it to the dog park this morning. It was a beautiful spring like morning, but the wind is just starting up now. Snow is predicted, (yeah, right) but not for today.
    We are totally prepared in case the power goes out.

    I hope the roads are okay when Rio’s friend drives home from the busy place.

  22. Siber-H
    12:27 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Barb, Are you going to explain your double boo on Jon Katz? I think I know, but I am not going to say anything.

    The store on the Iditarod’s website has stuffed Huskies on sale. I might get mom a couple for Christmas.

  23. Melanie
    12:40 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Siber-H, I like the stuffed Huskies. They are cute. Did you see the sock? They are also nice. I’m thinking of a patch or a pin to wear with another Patch!

  24. Melanie
    12:44 pm on December 1st, 2011

    After Beauty Day. . .

  25. Siber-H
    12:49 pm on December 1st, 2011

    I just found the socks, Melanie. Very cute…could be worn with sandals. (in this climate)

  26. Siber-H
    12:51 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Tell Patsy from me she looks stunning.

  27. B.Stover
    12:55 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Patsy is beautiful.

  28. Tupper and Gilly
    1:24 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Patsy is truly lovely – but then again, she always is.

    Howlers – Mama said to tell you that we all went to the post office today. We’re not sure why she thinks you would care where we went, but she seemed to think it was important. She thought Siber and Barb would want to know too. Huh? What’s up with that?
    And she said she had made a little adjustment to something too.
    Sometimes we don’t understand her at all.

    All we know is that we saw the dreaded suitcases come out again. sigh. That means they are going to abandon us again. Which means we will have to sleep in Granpa’s easy chair instead of our own beds. And we will probably get extra snacks if we give him our “pitiful abandoned Corgi” look.
    On the other hand it might be a great opportunity for us to do some holiday shipping… kitty, kitty, kitty. Come see what’s in the nice big box
    tee hee

  29. Masquers
    1:40 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Okay, B&M, what’s with the double boo for Katz? Siber knows, but I don’t get it.

  30. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:36 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Kats!….Who the hell is John Kats?…snort! …And why are we boo-hooing him…sniff!

  31. OleyHowlers
    2:42 pm on December 1st, 2011

    T&G We think we know why your mama wants us to know that she visited the post office. O boy O boy P boy!!!!
    And about that adjustment….will it make a certain Kat happy?

    3:16 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Masquers, Sorry for the delayed response. Barb is working today, so has limited time. Not sure what we can say here, but here goes. IMO, JK is not a dog lover, like our favorite author, who definitely is. He has been known to use his dogs for a story line, then have at least one, if not more, put down when they became inconvenient for him. Also, his 2 Labs, that he talks about so much in his books, both died in mid life, due to very bad feeding habits on JK’s part. He does not take good care of his companions and is irresponsible. I believe he is self centered and egotistical. This might be hearsay, but I have read it on different websites, including reviews of his books. I will not buy or read him every again!!! Siber may want to jump in here and add his two-cents worth.

  33. Melanie
    3:19 pm on December 1st, 2011

    The Questions are: Are Newfoundlands Strong? And do they like water?

    The answer comes from The Netherlands!

  34. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:21 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Authors!….snort! ….Aren’t all Authors self centered and egotistical?….grunt!…. Never mind, I am probably on the SOL List already…sniff!

  35. C.Harris
    3:37 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Aw Rio, you may not be Chet’s FOM but you’re our FOY (friend of the year). 🙂

    I just finished paying $1,000 for a new water pump installation. I’ve always thought it was neat that I never had a water bill since I’ve always had well water but I guess the periodic maintenance and the cost of disasters are a trade off.

  36. Siber-H
    3:39 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Barb, I have read and heard the same things. I will not buy or read his books either.

  37. Masquers
    3:45 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Barb: That is something we had not heard about Jon Katz. Mom says his latest story about the Border Collie is very good. As stated previously, unlike his previous books, it is a work of fiction. Most of it is told from the working dog’s point of view. If not for your dislike of the author, I think you would like it very much.

    Beautiful Patsy!!!

  38. Siber-H
    3:50 pm on December 1st, 2011

    That’s a neat video, Melanie. There is another video of a Newf pulling a little fishing boat to shore and a comment below it saying that is cruel. That person so ignorant. The Newf is having FUN!

    3:55 pm on December 1st, 2011

    OK, now I’m on a roll. Also heard that when JK moved to the country he let his dogs run loose, and was very inconsiderate of neighbors and townspeople. Guess he figured that if he was in the country, he could do what he wanted. Another boo!

    3:59 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Masquers, Actually Barb did read a couple of his books several years ago, and thought they were very good. But now, just can’t get past this strong dislike of him as a person. Maybe she is being narrow-minded, but just don’t like the guy! Sorry!

  41. Melanie
    4:00 pm on December 1st, 2011

    I took the three things that I won from our first auction and framed them. They look great. I would put them up to share, but the people receiving them sometimes sneak peaks at the blog.

    Believe me. They look GREAT!

    Thanks Rebecca and TYB.

    Also, thanks Wölfie, the envelope arrived!

  42. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:18 pm on December 1st, 2011

    I liked Jon Katz until he had one of his dogs put to sleep for bad behavior. And his books are always sad. I think he’s a good writer but I steer clear of him.

    I agree with Bee. I would use a period and make two sentences.

  43. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:19 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Okay, Melanie, its time for you to work your magic!

  44. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:20 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Oh, and Patsy looks stunning!

  45. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:21 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Rio, you got mentioned Up Above. How cool is that!!!!!

  46. Tyb
    4:26 pm on December 1st, 2011

    We are not lovers of JK either. I don’t remember which is his first, but
    after I rescued Blou, my border collie, friends showered me with his books. I remember in one of the early ones he tells about giving up on a dog and putting him down. I have heard and read since that it’ s really all about Jon. The dogs are his vehicle. I felt when I was reading his work that he was self-centered and very selfish.

  47. Tyb
    4:31 pm on December 1st, 2011

    I don’t mean to be argumentative and agree with you and B to a point about the period.
    There is no question about whether it can be used correctly after pre-register. I agree with B, too, that the way people read on the internet makes short sentences preferable.
    I went for the semi-colon because I just don’t like short, choppy sentences and wasn’t thinking “internet reader”. Actually I think it’s a coin toss.

  48. BearSpiritDog
    4:34 pm on December 1st, 2011

    C.Harris: Thank you for the background on the Birch Vase & Fur Flowers. This is a very unique item.
    Sorry about the unexpected expense. Thank dog you don’t have a monthly water bill. As you said, this certainly makes up for it and unfortunately all at once.

    BlueCat: What a generous offer! Bear was also a bidder on that coveted ARC. It must be a very good book if you have already finished reading it.

    Melanie: We loved the Newfie Strong video!

    Tupper&Gilly: Are Mum and Dad off to another show? I know you miss them, but sounds like you have it pretty darn good with Gramp at the helm. Literally in the lap of luxury and living up to your name The Royals.

    Well…we are trying to get something accomplished on our 2DO List. As usual the day seems to be galloping by.

  49. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:43 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Dragging!….My day is dragging….sigh!…I can only sleep in so many places before I just get bored. I hate cold snowy days…sniff! … Now Beau, he sleeps on his back with his feet straight up in the air…heh!…My friend finally saw him in this position this morning. She couldn’t quit laughing….chorkel!…His other favorite position is flat out on his stomach with all his legs spread out….grunt! …No wander he snores so loud and often…sniff!

    4:49 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Well, sounds like we are not off base with our opinion of Jon.

    As far as the period vs semi-colon, Barb told her daughter-in- law that either would be ok, and let her decide. I think she went with ; instead of 2 sentences.

    Bluecat, not sure what to tell you about the ARC. Sort of feel that since we were not top bidder, we should have to wait till publish date. It was a wonderful, most generous offer on your part, but I think only one winner should get the thrill of holding the ARC in their hands (or paws). You are very kind.

  51. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:51 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Patsy!…She looks like a movie star…snort!

  52. BearSpiritDog
    5:22 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Beau’s picture was just at the top!

  53. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:32 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Grunt!…Oh brother!..grumble!

    5:37 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Don’t worry my little puggie-poo, no one will ever ursurp your position on this blog. Even if you haven’t heard of Jon Katz or 11-22-63!

  55. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:46 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Heard-of!….As far as I can tell I’ve heard way too much about both of those things within the last two days…grump!….Seems like we need a big group project to work on….sniff!

    5:51 pm on December 1st, 2011

    We meant usurp not ursurp. Sounds sorta like a burp doesn’t it?

    OK, we won’t mention either of those subjects again….

  57. dawson
    6:00 pm on December 1st, 2011

    BearSpiritDog: What is the background on the fur flowers and vase that I did not win? Whimper, whine.
    I am almost done packing. My plane leaves at 6 in the morning so I have to be at the airport at 4. Ugh!
    Melanie: Staff made me take a break from packing to watch the Newf’s loving the water. That guy being pulled into the water reminds me of a goat that took me for a ride once. Don’t even think about using the MG’s to waylay the suitcase with the quilt. Dog! What if the airlines loses it? Arrrrgh! Heads will roll!

  58. Melanie
    6:27 pm on December 1st, 2011

    What me talk to MG’s? Never. Good speed, Dawson. Fly right.
    YSAS will also be in the air. He leaves at 10 am and is headed to Texas.

    If he happens to find the quilt because your airline misplaces it, I’m sure that I won’t let you know.

    whispering: Staff, what happened with Dawson and the goat?

  59. bluecat
    6:28 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Barb. Sorry. It’s on its way to you UPS. Wookie suggested you get it first, then to Wookie, and then to Bear, if there’s still time before pub date. It is a very good book on many levels.

  60. OleyHowlers
    6:47 pm on December 1st, 2011

    That video looks like utter chaos! What a hoot! And Patsy looks gorgeous.

  61. Melanie
    6:49 pm on December 1st, 2011

    What Mac wants for Christmas . . .

  62. Mollypop's Mom
    6:54 pm on December 1st, 2011

    A table that pees on the rug?

  63. Melanie
    7:00 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Oh yeah, he really wants that. Because then it would be new and he could mark it while it was marking the floor.

    Mac has a weird sense of humor.

  64. BearSpiritDog
    7:09 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Dawson: Back to the cold tundra with your beautiful warm quilt. Don’t worry about TMGs. I don’t think they mess around with airline baggage. What am I saying? Of course they do! Why you little so and sos – where is that suitcase from the last trip I took. Heh, heh. Just kidding, Dawson. Although, we try to travel with carry-on only whenever possible. There are places that will mail suitcases for you – kind of expensive though. Let’s face it…air travel just isn’t what it used to be.
    C.Harris posted the particulars on the vase last night. She said it is made from authentic materials. Also, that she bought it didn’t make it.
    Have a safe, uneventful trip.

  65. Barb & Maggie
    7:12 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Bluecat, Well thank you. We won’t be able to resist reading and admiring it once it is here. We just didn’t think we DESERVED it. We will treasure the time it is in our custody, and promise to keep the goaties away from it. We have never actually touched an ARC before! Is it a corrected copy, or are ARCs sort of a almost-final draft?

  66. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:07 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Bummed!…grump!… My friend made it home okay – the roads were really pretty dry. Totally different from this morning…sniff!…Here’s a medical question for all youse guys.
    She had a blood test taken yesterday for potassium. She was not required to Fast for this test. But the idiot who took the blood sent it in for cholesterol also….sniff!…The doctors office called tonight and the cholesterol readings were really high compared to what they had been 2 months ago. Would the “Not Fasting” for the test cause the adverse results? …grump!

  67. Siber-H
    8:35 pm on December 1st, 2011

    I think it would, Rio.

    When the doctors office called her, did she tell them she wasn’t fasting for the cholesterol test?

  68. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:50 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Call!…SiberH, no she was shocked that that test had been done first off, then she was shocked that the readings were high, so she forgot to tell them she had not Fasted. She couldn’t believe that jerk lab tech sent it in even after she had told him that it was not due till end of Feb.…snort!…The idiot sent it even knowing she had not Fasted…sniff!…These freakin’ blood tests are not Cheap….dammit!…Now they are putting her on medicine again which she was trying so hard to get off of …crap! …Its all screwed up….Pissed!…Is how I would describe her tonight….wuffle!

  69. B.Stover
    8:54 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Rio: I don’t the know answer but I think your friend should talk with her doctor.

    What does “cover your six” or “on your six” mean?

  70. Melanie
    8:57 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Hey Riö, did a fast search and yes, you need to fast before the test. Other things can also effect the tests. The time when the tests are taken. If she took the first test in the morning because she was fasting, and had blood taken later in the day for the second, that can affect the test. So can posture (lying down vs sitting up), one arm being more difficult to get blood out, exercising vigorously before the blood was taken AND a meal like Thanksgiving can also upset the results.

    Weird. If the doc went all bonkers, I’d just take the test again and fast before hand.

  71. Melanie
    9:00 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Whoops, your friend is paying for these tests and the guy did one he wasn’t supposed to do . . .. . . . .

    Tell her not to pay it. Tell the doc she’ll do it again in February.

  72. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:00 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Six shooter gun, perhaps?

  73. Mollypop's Mom
    9:04 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Rio – The test was not done correctly so the results are invalid. There should be NO medication based on this. Like Melanie said – do it again.

  74. Siber-H
    9:04 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Rio, She needs to put a call into her doctors office and let him know what happened. I don’t know how it is where you live, but it might take a few days to get an answer from the doctor (probably through the nurse).

    The doctor make want her to take a fasting test for cholesterol again or he may want her to wait until Feb. as orginally planned.

    I don’t know what the lab tech thought he was doing by sending it in. He knows better than that. Us lay people know better than that.

    I don’t want your friend to have to go on any meds she doesn’t need and if her cholesterol was good two months ago I suspect it still is.

  75. Melanie
    9:17 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Riö, tell your friend to cuddle and give you some tummies.


  76. Siber-H
    9:18 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Rio, another thought…If your friend talks to her doctor’s office, she should let them know she wasn’t fasting and she should also remind them that the doctor never ordered a cholesterol test.

    Mom’s own personal experience is that they have to be reminded of a lot of things all the time.

  77. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:27 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Meds!….She is NOT going to take the medication and she IS going to call the Doctor tomorrow and say that she WILL take the test again as Planned at the end of February…grump!… Going from a 145 reading to really High when she has been eating good and exercising is ridiculous. The day of the test was a day the company had brought lunch in and it was food she would not normally eat and the test was done late in the afternoon…grrrrrr!

    Santa!….We are watching Santa Clause is Coming To Town, this is helping to calm everyone down…snort!…Beau is so calm that he is sleeping on her lap….Gah!…That pisses me off to know end…sniff!

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:37 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Cheers!….Someone here HATES the fact that a stinking Insurance Company is using the original theme song from the show Cheers in their commercial…grunt!… That just reeks big time….wuffle! …Lets see what else pisses her off tonight…heh! …Not Santa!

  79. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:45 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Melanie!….I do not understand the peeing table…sniff!…Or why Mac (or anyone) would want one….wuffle!

    Dawson!… Geeze! If you have to be at the airport by 4am, what time are you going to have to get up and get ready?…..snort!…. Is Alice going to drive you to the airport? Maybe you should just stay up tonight and sleep on the plane with your Quilt….wuffle!

  80. Snowhook Bella
    9:52 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Rio: When your friend feels calmer can you ask her to check her SDD? It is about her trip north to Alaska which is only a few months away!

  81. BearSpiritDog
    10:10 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Rio: I don’t blame your friend for being upset. We’re fuming here just hearing about it. Doctors are so quick to prescribe medication. Grrrr. Don’t get me started…

    Wolfie: Will get back to you tomorrow. Right now we’re in a brain fog.

    Going to call it a night. Watching Super 8 on DVD.

  82. Barb & Maggie
    10:19 pm on December 1st, 2011

    We agree with all the other good advice you have gotten, Rio. Don’t pay for the test, don’t get upset about it, and don’t take the meds. The results were all flawed. Wait till Feb. She couldn’t have gone from 145 to high, in just a few months.

    Snowing here. Night all.

  83. Tupper and Gilly
    10:28 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Hi everyone – quick note before bed.

    Bee – “on your six” comes from military slang, especially from airforce target shooting. If 12 o’clock is directly in front of you, 6 o’clock is directly behind you. So, “watch your six” means watch your butt…”on your six” means someone is coming along right behind you, covering your butt.

    Off to show time again. Mama does like this season for the show income, but its a very hard season too with shows every weekend and working for the CL in between.

    Saying good night all – we probably won’t be back on til Monday. We do love staying with Gramp since he spoils us, but he doesn’t even know where the computer “on” switch is – he stays as far away from ‘puters as possible.

  84. Siber-H
    10:46 pm on December 1st, 2011

    night everyone

  85. Staff
    11:26 pm on December 1st, 2011

    I also agree that you should complain to the doctor (through a nurse) that the test was not requested, not due, invalid because it was not done fasting and you are not paying it. Because it was not a fasting test I would refuse any change in the medication. I would request that they note this on your account and just in case have them notify the billing office.

    PS You will probably still have to call the billing office but having it in your notes should help.

  86. Gus & BooBear
    11:28 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Patsy, gorgeous, girlfriend!! You look marvelous!

    Read last night’s blog, but missed CHarris’s explanation of fur flowers creation. We will go back to that now as well as peek at Staff’s blog to see the purple quilt.

    When Mom and her sisters were clearing out Grandma’s house, they kept finding antique quilts in the strangest places. They pulled an old roll-away bed (REALLY old) out of the attic. When they opened it up, there were several quilts tucked up between the folded up mattress. They all ended up with several to keep.
    Only 1 or 2 showed any damage.

    Tomorrow is Friday!! This weekend is slated to finish with the Christmas decorating. Lots to do.

  87. Gus & BooBear
    11:33 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Staff, Grandma also had an old Featherweight sewing machine with case. One of mom’s sisters took it because she really really really wanted it. But then she really really really wanted alot of the old things. Luckily, they all divided things up peacefully. Mom did end up with GreatGrandma’s old Singer with the treadle (it had been modified to electric). Grandma used to tell Mom ALL the time that it would sew through harness even though Mom didn’t plan on sewing any harnesses.

  88. Staff
    11:39 pm on December 1st, 2011

    If they give you any flack tell them you wish to talk to the patient advocate. And if they give you more flack hire ‘McKey’ to talk to them.

  89. Staff
    11:47 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Gus and BooBear, Yes those old Singers are really tough machines although if you do sew through leather regularly, except ‘glove’ leather, you can hurt the machine. Even the old cast iron ones. Even then they had special (not household) machines for doing the industrial type sewing.

    OOOO a Featherweight. I have two so I have one to use and one for display. The one I use is cosmetically challenged so I don’t care if I scrape it with a pin or the scissors. The other one, that Dawson found for me, is in perfect shape so the poor thing has to live in it’s box. Sniff sniff sniff..

  90. Staff
    11:48 pm on December 1st, 2011

    It is a mystery to us what happened to Dawson and the goat. I do know that years ago she had a few. But I wasn’t around then, so I never heard this story.

  91. Gus & BooBear
    11:56 pm on December 1st, 2011

    Staff, what is the best way to store the old quilts? For the last several years, Mom has had them in a cedar chest, except for the one on the bed. But someone told us they should be stored in a pillow case in a regular closet.

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