Daizee: Another Story From The Nation Within

“Isn’t there something a little like this in book 5?” says Admin.

“A very little,” Spence says. “It’s more of a tangential hit, one of those scene-exiting frissons.”

“Sounds not uninteresting,” says Admin.



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77 Responses to “Daizee: Another Story From The Nation Within”

  1. Melanie
    7:58 am on November 8th, 2011

    That is cool. I know a certain dog who does just that!

    Sorry, Riö, I’m going to have to wait for my body to catch up with the “youngsters”.

    BearSpiritDog: Let me know how that creating more Time goes. I could use some of that. I’ve always loved the idea of the hourglass that is used in book 3 of Harry Potter to turn back time.

    Staff: I looked it up in some of my many books, and Oh My Dog! We are related! Just wanted you to know! snickering

    That is one fantasical beautiful quilt!

    HI DAWSON!!!

  2. Tyb
    8:03 am on November 8th, 2011

    Good Morning,
    When I opened the blog the last time, I also opened a can of worms. I’m sure that my post today will not anger anyone. Rebecca and I have discussed the pictures that I submitted to her store. They have had some favorable comments, but none have been sold. The listed price is what I’ve been selling them for in my gallery for a long time, but since there is no gallery overhead in this situation and all of the money will go to Snowhook, we’ve decided to drop the price by 20% to $40.00 each or two for $75.00 for those of you who can’t decide which one of two you like better. If any of you want to combine your orders the reduction will apply to multiples shipped to one address, and the purchasers will be responsible for the additional shipping after the order is split.

  3. Tyb
    8:08 am on November 8th, 2011

    Dog bless Daizee-Grace and Sydney.

  4. Tyb
    8:20 am on November 8th, 2011

    I forgot to mention the fact that in order to avoid confusion at the Mercantile, any orders placed for my photographs at the new price should be placed by email to Rebecca. That way she doesn’t have to modify her boutique page.

  5. B.Stover
    8:40 am on November 8th, 2011

    “Not uninteresting.” I love that phrase.

    I’m on a tenure committee and we’re interviewing the candidate today so I have to go to school.

    Staff: I love th quilt…especially the colors. (Is Dawson’s bedroom really purple?)

    Good morning all.

  6. Rose
    9:07 am on November 8th, 2011

    Top of the Morning All!

    Where is this quilt of which everyone speaks?

    Pete: You are one handsome doggie! Welcome!

  7. BearSpiritDog
    9:11 am on November 8th, 2011

    Still “out there” on the blog exploring.
    Just wanted to say Good Morning Everyone.
    Will be back in a few:)

  8. Melanie
    9:13 am on November 8th, 2011

    I love purple. In fact, I’ve ordered two of Bella’s gaiters to be lined with “true purple”.

    YSAS just called. His fingers don’t want to work. He’s not used to all that yard work that F, OTAS and he did over the weekend.

    All of them are very proud of what they accomplished. As well they should be! Most of the pictures I received yesterday were of brush piles. They still haven’t completely cleared the land of all the downed limbs. The back back yard still has limbs down. I told them they could call that part a wildlife sanctuary! The birds, bunnies and chipmunks will enjoy the area.

    They had so much downed wood they ended with way more than they could use and found out that they could put piles for the town to pick up.

    Proud mom here!

  9. Melanie
    9:14 am on November 8th, 2011

    Rose: Find a comment by Staff and click on her name. It will take you to her blog!

  10. B.Stover
    9:16 am on November 8th, 2011

    Rose: If you click on Staff’s name in blue on this blog, it will take you to her blog and the quilt that she’s making for Dawson is pictured there.

  11. B.Stover
    9:17 am on November 8th, 2011

    Hey Melanie! That’s funny. Now Rose knows exactly where to click!

  12. Masquers
    9:20 am on November 8th, 2011

    Good Morning!!!
    to the ones up so far:
    Melanie, B, Tyb & Rose!
    and to everyone else too
    Good morning – Happy Tuesday!

    Tyb: Thank You, Thank you, Thank you!!!
    my problems are solved. (at least the ones involving indecision, heh,heh)

    Rose: Your avatar is back! Hurray! As to your question: Click on the link by Staff’s name which will take you to her blog, where Dawson’s quilt will be displayed.

  13. Samantha
    9:21 am on November 8th, 2011

    I’ve been thinking about something in the books( this is kinda random). The last book it was kinda implied that Chet had puppies, which means he’s not neutered. I have a heard time believing Bernie who loves animals and is so concerned about the water wouldn’t get his dog neutered.

    Just wanted to get that off my chest.

  14. BearSpiritDog
    10:21 am on November 8th, 2011

    Nooooooo! My last comment is gone. This is just cruel, Blog Moderator! Especially since it came without warning. Ahem…I will try again without the link.

    Samantha: A good question – one which Spence or Bernie no doubt will have an answer.

  15. BearSpiritDog
    10:44 am on November 8th, 2011

    Hmm…still not working…there’s something about the link.

    Then I shall quote a line or two (there’s more than one way to ____ a kat. On second thought…that may not be a good analogy)

    Ahem…To Dawson, Melanie, Nana and all those who like Purple…a few lines from the famous poem:

    When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
    With a red hat which doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me
    And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
    And satin sandals, and say we have no money for butter.

    I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
    And pick the flowers in other peoples’ gardens
    And learn to spit.

    But, maybe I ought to practice a little now?
    So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
    When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

    Sorry, folks, the blog would not accept the link, so about 3 stanzas are missing (sigh)

  16. BearSpiritDog
    10:56 am on November 8th, 2011

    Or, how about this: The web address in worldwideweb dot netmender dot net forward slash glenna forward slash Purple dot htm

    Hopefully the poem will be displayed in it’s entirety.

  17. dawson
    11:03 am on November 8th, 2011

    Daizee Grace is a cutie.
    My bedroom is indeed a lovely shade of purple. I had a can of pink that I was going to paint a room with but when I got it home it just seemed too pink. I mixed it with some blue I’d gotten at a clearance sale and voila! Purple! I was a bit scared to do it but I knew I could always paint it with the cantaloupe color I have left over if I really hated it. It turned out wonderful. I still have to paint the trim, so I’m not quite done. Purple was grandma’s favorite color and it is mine too.
    I will go shopping at the MMS once I’m settled in and the grocery shopping is done. I see several things I would like…

  18. Melanie
    11:05 am on November 8th, 2011

    Samantha and BearSpiritDog: About Chet and being intact. cough cough.

    Pulling out my soap box.

    First: (AND I WILL NEVER REPEAT THIS AGAIN, I’VE NEVER SAID IT AND IF YOU SAY I DID YOU ARE LYING) Chet and Bernie are fictional characters.

    Second: Bernie is a guy. I have noticed that “guys” can be unwilling to have their dogs neutered. Though when our puppy owners realize what having an intact male Newfoundland dog can do (mayhem, in a purely loving way) being 160 pounds, the “guys” become more willing to let their male pets be neutered.,

    Third: Chet is an all male detective! This means, as in our Noir Detective background in the US, that Chet is a hit among ladies. To do this he must be intact.

    Fourth: Having Chet intact only adds to the story lines of the books. Oh, the trouble he can get into!

    Fifth: Chet, as narrator, brings an interesting counterpoint of The Nation Within The Nation’s view vs Bernies and Susie’s relationship.

    So no, Chet should not be neutered.

    Do I think that if you are a responsible pet owner you should have both males and females fixed. Without doubt.

    As responsible breeders we tell what it is like to have intact pets. And we tell the truth! Puppies are grand and loving and wonderful and sweet and joys from Heaven. Their parents? Love them to bits! But since we have had both of our males neutered after having many pups each (if we had kept them intact, there would have been inbreeding) the house is a LOT calmer.

    We still have two females out of our nine dogs that are intact. Twice a year it is an “interesting time” here.

    Bowing and stepping off my soap box.

  19. Staff
    11:06 am on November 8th, 2011

    It took me a while to figure out why you thought you were related to me. Slow this morning I guess. It could be though. Way back the Elliot’s (Maggie’s family) came from New England.

  20. Melanie
    11:28 am on November 8th, 2011

    Laughing here Staff! I was sort of awake this morning. Hoping I remain awake today. It would be nice.

    That really is a very beautiful quilt. I showed it to Zoë and she was amazed.

    Our ancestors from Dan’s family (two brothers) had been through New England and then went to other areas. One went south to Virginia. Quite near where we ended up for awhile. Another went through to Hadley, MA quite near where we are now.


    Zoë’s side of the family came from Ireland to Iowa.

    Dan’s ancestors were prolific, Zoë’s not so much. 🙂

  21. BearSpiritDog
    11:28 am on November 8th, 2011

    Melanie: Nana here. I know of what (cough) Mayhem you speak; sadly, by personal experience. If I had only known you years ago…but then again…what great Adventures we would have been deprived of. As to the male viewpoint (ie: the opinion of the dad in the family) need we add this was the reason for the decision to keep a certain someone intact?

  22. Siber-H
    11:35 am on November 8th, 2011

    Melanie just explained the intact thing very well.
    Since this is fiction and there is going to be a puppy in the next book, Chet needs to be, well, Chet. This is one of the joys of fiction We can get really excited about a new puppy in the book.

    I don’t think Chet being an uneutered male is going to influence readers of the books to not spay and neuter their pets. I don’t know how to say this kindly, but the irresponsible pet owners I have run across in my life (they are legion) don’t read books. I’m only speaking about my experiences in NM. Many, many, responsible pet owners don’t read books either, but they do know how to do the right thing by their animals.

  23. Siber-H
    11:45 am on November 8th, 2011

    That is a neat story about the lab and the little girl. I hope this medical help from dogs will be happening more and more. I think it will.

  24. BearSpiritDog
    12:14 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Siber-h: Someone here discovered too late the wisdom of this. Nana was convinced to do otherwise by an adamant male member of the family when still in my puppy stage. My dad convinced her it changes the dog’s personality and they lose their spunk. (Strange coming from one whose family had raised Irish Setters when he was growing up) Those comments and seeing a picture of one looking very familiar in a v-e-t’s office. (it was supposed to be an advertisement for being a responsible pet owner, but she took one look at the uncanny resemblance to this guy and said no thanks) Now, of course, she knows better. Guess we will never know how many little Bears are running around out there. Heh.

  25. Rose
    12:18 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Melanie and B: Thanks for the info!

    Masquers: Thank you, too. I’m sneaking in some blog time at work, so my avatar shows up here….

  26. Rose
    12:21 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Staff: Dawson’s quilt is lovely. Purple, it is the color of my birthstone.

  27. Tupper and Gilly
    12:40 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Ahem – excuse me -Gilly here, being serious for once.
    I’m not usually the one to do the talking here, but Tupper is very modest. So I am borrowing Melanie’s soap box for a minute.

    We love the story about Daizee-Grace because Tupper is a DAD herself. She came to live with Mama after Mama’s beloved Peabody (also a Corgi DAD) went for a stroll over the Rainbow Bridge. And yes, she has saved Mama’s life a couple of times. We are just so pleased to see more people learning about DAD dogs because they can do such important things.
    Ok- getting down off the soap box now – there are fuzzbutts out there that need herding!

    And Staff – as Native Americans, we have an expression “We are ALL Related”. Just sayin, in case, you know, you were looking for your next project….tee hee.

  28. Siber-H
    12:42 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Bear, Mom has had intact males herself. Back in the day, no one was advising dog owners to neuter their males…just spay the females. Now, she looks back in awe and wonders how she managed with those males as family members. After publicity started coming out about neuter the males, my folks got a male puppy and mom informed dad that the puppy was going be neutered.
    Dad had a small adjustment period to go through but he did handle it pretty well.

  29. Siber-H
    12:48 pm on November 8th, 2011

    T&G That reminds me…There was an article in the newspaper about how in the Melscalero schools they are teaching the kids the Melscalero Apache language. That is a very good thing.

  30. BearSpiritDog
    12:57 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Siber-H: Thanks for that. In my dad’s defense he did mention, as a valid point in his argument, that they might want me to be a proud papa one day. Gulp. I just remembered I owe you a SSD message. Give me a minute.

  31. Melanie
    1:07 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Laughing here! There was a reason we had six foot fences with double gauge wire! Mac chewed through a fence once. Luckily, he was still too young to understand what was going on. The six feet? Think Frank!

    This also reminds me of F’s sister who decided to have two intact GREAT DANES. Not related. She decided to keep the male in the finished basement while the female was in heat. Yeah, right.

    The male BROKE DOWN THE DOOR! Then they asked for advice from OTAS who explained nicely that they were nuts. They ended up with puppies.

    Ah yes, the good old days. Glad they are in the past. The last few litters have been from males not in the household. They met at the vet’s office and things happened there.

  32. Snowhook Bella
    1:22 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Hello Plunderers!

    Just a quick check-in. I’m off to a staff retreat for the next two days and we will check our cell phones and laptops at the door until tonight sometime. But before I go…

    Staff: I think you are going to have family coming out of the woodwork now that they’ve seen Dawson’s awesome quilt.

    Tyb: Your pop came up with a great idea for Plunderers who can’t decide between two or more of the photographs. They are are beautiful. Please just email me your orders for Jay’s work.

    MMCS Update: I have started sending shipping addresses to the shippers. I have a few outstanding ones that I will try to email tonight.

    More MMCS: We have new inventory. Three new DreamCatchers have been added as well as a necklace from Natasha, Vorld’s Best Spy.

    Even More MMCS: There were many 1 inventory items that sold and sold quickly. There were also items that had multiples available that also sold out like Stinky Mama’s Dream Catchers and Rio’s Gift Cards. There are a couple of DreamCatchers available, yet if Plunderers are interested in either Stinky Mama’s work or Rio’s cards you can place orders with them directly. No need to feel like you missed out on these great items.

    Take care!

  33. Samantha
    2:36 pm on November 8th, 2011

    I always I love the opinions. I get annoyed when people read into fiction too much too. i guess I couldn’t see the forrest through the trees.

    I am hoping to do my senior thesis next year on how socioeconomic status effects views on spay and neutering.

  34. Melanie
    2:45 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Glad I didn’t scare you off Samatha!

    Polar Bear pic of the day . . . This morning they were very active and then when I was able to sit down and grab some screenshots they call disappeared.

    I’m going to try this without changing it to a jpeg. Wait . . .

  35. Samantha
    3:03 pm on November 8th, 2011

    You could never scare me off. I am a dual major in sociology and political science. I argue all day, every day just for fun. HAHA And I just got an internship in Tennessee’s State Legislature.

  36. Siber-H
    3:43 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Samantha, I hope you do get to do your senior thesis on that subject. This country has come a long way in the past half century when it comes to awareness of spaying and neutring their pets, but there is still so much to be done. Our shelters here in NM are overflowing with dogs and cats that need homes.

  37. Macy the Min-Pin
    4:24 pm on November 8th, 2011

    As you all know, my previous people were not concerned about my reproductive capabilities. However, when Annie and Biddie were old enough we all went in for the no-more-family plan. Annie and Biddie are glad that I did not do it sooner!

  38. BearSpiritDog
    4:49 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Siber-H: A new SDD message from me and an apology (kind of) from M.

    Samantha: That is great news about the internship in the State Legislature. Nana’s nephew who is in his last year of Law School in New York, spent last summer interning at The United Nations. He also studied one semester in Egypt and when the school term ended, enjoyed traveling throughout Europe.

  39. BearSpiritDog
    4:55 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Do you ever wish you could go back and correct your typos? I guess you could, but then it would no doubt be a Double Dawson.

  40. Siber-H
    4:55 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Bear, I’ll reply to the SSD in a short while.

  41. Siber-H
    5:59 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Bear, Check your SSD
    I hope Barb is doing okay.
    Where is Rio?

  42. Mollypop's Mom
    6:41 pm on November 8th, 2011

    I finished reading White Wings – and wow! – that is a great story. I didn’t want it to end.

    I’m passing the book on to Tyb’s Dad since he’s here in Ellicottville on Friday. When he’s finished reading the book, who gets it next?

  43. B.Stover
    7:32 pm on November 8th, 2011

    I hope Barb is okay.

  44. Barb & Maggie
    7:35 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Just a quick hi-bye from us. Barb got back home a little after noon, but is mostly laying on the sofa sleeping. Got a little sick from the anesthesia, but will be back to normal tomorrow. Test went fine. Just very tired.

    Molly’s Mom, I know Barb was one of the next on the list, but there could be someone else before her. You have our address, I believe. If not, will email it to you. Back in the morning.

  45. Melanie
    7:55 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Magpie, I hope Barb feels better soon!

    Have to tell you about the morning bark. We have shut the large gate between the Stockade and the Puppy Play yard. Now there is just a human (and large dog) door.

    In the morning Zoë goes out with the Pack for Poop Patrol. A very important time. Mac goes out and barks at the others in the Pack to PAY ATTENTION, it is time for the fence barking game.

    Mac goes through the door over to the Puppy Play Yard and the barking begins! Mac barks at the Pack through the fence. The Pack barks back at Mac through the fence. Then a portion of the Pack breaks off and goes to Mac’s side of the fence and barks at the others, and then they switch sides.

    Oh, did I mention this happens at 700 am??

    Love this Pack.

  46. BearSpiritDog
    7:58 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Hi B: Wasn’t Barb talking about going out to dinner tonight? Either that or she is home resting.

    We, too, were wondering where Rio is. He hasn’t been see or heard of today. His friend is probably frantically making more gift cards since they have all sold out.

  47. Melanie
    8:07 pm on November 8th, 2011

    BearSpiritDog: You’re right. Rio hasn’t commented today . . . I thought he had because I had read his comments about Thanksgiving this morning. But as I go back I see that he hasn’t.

    I hope all is well.

  48. Melanie
    8:10 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Samantha: That is great about your internship. You love to argue. Laughing here: seems that arguing will help you in that job!

    YSAS never really argued. He could just negotiate me to exhaustion.

  49. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:34 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Today!… My friend came home after spending over 9 hours in a large cold dimly lit room listening to very boring people talk about very boring things…grunt!…At least that’s what she told me. Tonight she walked in the door and her mother had a Grimm look on her grizzled face and immediately informed her that the drugstore called and her insurance refused to let the pharmacy fill her prescription….wheeze!… So instead of getting a “hello how are you?” which come to think of it she never gets, she was made to feel that something she did caused some sort of insurance problem…grump!… After an unplanned trip to the drugstore and finding out nothing is wrong she came home again and had to listen to some other nonsensical news about something ridiculous….sneeze!… I don’t think she’s had a very good day today….sniff!….Even the lunch that was served at that place she was at gave her a horrific stomach ache which she still has….gurgle!burp!

  50. BearSpiritDog
    8:37 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Having problems with posting – Time to sign-off.
    G’nite all. Will be back in the morning – Bear

  51. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:37 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Grump!… I just explained what happened to my friend today and my comment is awaiting moderation.…grump!…Time 8:34pm EST….grumble!

  52. Masquers
    8:45 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Rio! There you are. We’ve been having problems posting today also.

  53. Melanie
    8:53 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Glad to see you Riö. Hmmm, trouble posting must be why the count is so low. I have not had any trouble. Knocking on wood.

  54. Siber-H
    8:58 pm on November 8th, 2011

    I was getting worried about you Rio so I am glad you showed up and hope your friend is okay.
    I haven’t had any trouble posting, yet.

  55. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:03 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Moderation!… My frist post is being moderated, I’m not having toruble posting…grunt!…The blog count is probably low because you guys spent the whole day talking about unsavory subjects…sniff!

  56. Jasper the Poodle
    9:08 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Howdy Plunderers! Wayland is about 15 minutes south of where I used to live in Grand Rapids. And speaking about GRR, there’s quite a bit of a hullabaloo about a restaurant in the furniture city who asked a patron to keep his service dog on the entry of the restaurant. The patron left the business, but the local news did a story, and all sorts of people are complaining because the Federal ADA law allows for service dogs in restaurants, but the penalty for those who refuse to abide by the law is virtually nonexistant. Check my mom’s Facebookie for more deets. Here’s the link to the story.


  57. Melanie
    9:10 pm on November 8th, 2011

    I read that Jasper. That is unconscionable. Idiots.

  58. Tupper and Gilly
    9:25 pm on November 8th, 2011

    I am a Service Dog. I go where my Mama goes. No one tells MY Mama where I can go and where I can’t. If they do, I’ll bite the heck out of their ankles.

    And THEN – I’ll let Mama at ’em.

  59. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:26 pm on November 8th, 2011

    We’ve had lots going on here but I am proud to announce that mom canned 15 half pint jars of pomegranate jelly on Sunday. Now all she needs to do is send Melanie the photos. The Kat potholders are coming along nicely plus mom also has a patriotic quilt that she is donating.

    Then she is going shopping at the Mushers Mall!

  60. Melanie
    9:29 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Wow Wölfie, your mom has been busy!

    T&G, I would rather have you bite my ankles than deal with Mum on a Mission!

    Headed to bed. TTFN

  61. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:31 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Mr. Tibbs!… I’m happy to hear of the discount even though I think your photos are worth 50 bucks a piece.….sniff!… My friend wants one specific one really badly but cannot justify a Christmas present to herself this year….grunt! …I’m absolutely sure they will all sell. In fact I need to go out to the Store and see what is left. If anything!…snort!

  62. Tupper and Gilly
    9:58 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Its been a long day here. Mama and Dad worked at the polls this morning – getting there at 6:30 am.
    Then we had to go to the groomers for our pedicures. Gilly is never going to be great about that, but at least today she didn’t scream bloody blue murder like she used to. Oh, it was awful to hear her when she first came here. She would scream and sob and whimper for an hour after one single nail was clipped. Poor baby girl.

    Then it was off to CLL for Mama. She says she is going to bed now because she has a lot to do tomorrow – something about having to ship off some things that were purchased in some boutigue somewhere…..

    G’night all. See you all tomorrow.

  63. Masquers
    10:00 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Since Rebecca is on retreat for a couple of days the store inventory may not be accurate. She did promise to check her emails.

    I, for one, have been shopping today. There are 8 of Jay’s photos
    on my wish list. Finally made a final decision on one & sent off an email to Bella. I can always come back later for another. (providing any are remaining at that time)

    Staff: Look for a special SDD message soon.

  64. Siber-H
    10:14 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Wolfie, Good to hear from you and we will be ordering some jelly.

  65. dawson
    10:15 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Snafu Day. Finally I am up in my room and getting ready to read a little before bed.
    Rio: I want to order a set of your friend’s quilled cards. Can you let her know for me?
    Wookie: I missed your Dad’s birthday. Please accept belated Happy Birthday wishes. I know he had a great one because I read the reports. Your mom knows a really good present when she sees one!

  66. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:26 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Dawson!… grunt!…Don’t you have enough of her twirled paper already?….sniff!… Oh alright, I’ll tell her…sniff!… It could be awhile before you get the little cards though, there are two guys ahead of you….wuffle!

  67. dawson
    10:30 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Rio: Some things are worth waiting for.

  68. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:46 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Dawson!…Just so you know, your Canadian dollars will be the first money my friend will make on her Quilling…heh!…Maybe one day she will be able to buy some new supplies…chuffle!… She told me to tell you “Thanks for the order! Please send American Money.”…grunt!

  69. C. Harris
    11:04 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Well, our night temps are now in the -25 to -30 range but it is still close around zero during the day. Soon it won’t be warming up during the day. So far I have shoveled the driveway 4x this winter and was too tired to shovel it today after work.

    I’ve always had my dogs fixed; if one adopts from the pound, that is part of the deal. Life is much easier–although I think puppies are the cutest things on the planet.

    I’ve sent Melanie my contribution to the MMCS which she has kindly agreed to photograph. It is a birch bark vase and fur roses.

  70. Masquers
    11:07 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Wolfie: That pomegranate jelly is sounding mighty good.
    Where are the Howlers today? Buying out the store no doubt.
    Okay, I’m outa here until tomorrow. All I hear around here lately is: It’s really one hour ahead. No. No it’s not. This IS the real time. Get used to it – until next April that is.
    Good night everyone.

  71. Masquers
    11:14 pm on November 8th, 2011

    pssst I didn’t mean you guys – I meant complaining here on the home-front
    Hi C.Harris. We can’t wait to see it!
    Good nite again…..

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:20 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Brrrrrr!….Charris, I don’t know how you survive in those temperatures….grunt!… I’m sure someone’s car would not start if we had temperatures like that over-night here…sniff!….Her car sits out now that we live over here. This is very annoying because every morning she has to scrape ice off the windshields…huffle!

    Fur!….What are Fur Flowers?…snort!…I’ve never ever heard of those before!

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:23 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Answer!… I will have to read your answer tomorrow CHarris!…snort!…We are going to our warm soft beds now…sneeze!…Tomorrow will suck as bad as today did for my friend but only till about 10:30am…heh!heh!

  74. C. Harris
    11:59 pm on November 8th, 2011

    Rio: I feel for your friend. I used to start the day in a bad mood because I’d spend 20 minutes scraping ice off the windows and warming up the car. I saved my pennies until I could build a garage.

    Fur roses–you’ll have to see the photos when Melanie takes them. I sent her plenty so that some can go in the birch bark vase and others be sold separately.

    I’m good weatherwise until it hits -35 and lower. At those temperatures you just aren’t going to be warm (at least not on the gear I buy on my salary). Those are the times that I am outdoors just to walk from the parking lot into the school and then back to the car at the end of the day. I do have auto-start for my car but it seems to be too fancy for me in terms of it *actually* starting the car.

  75. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    12:05 am on November 9th, 2011

    So- Natasha arrives and finds everyvon already sleeping. Bah! And you call yourself Plunderers!

    Rebecca – is vith pleasure ve give our necklace. But ve are little concerned vith AJ. You say he takes it personal vhen the snow is coming.

    You may vant to mention to Mr AJ Giant that you LIVE IN ALASKA!! This means is going to snow! It VILL be cold. Vould be hard to run the sled dogs if not cold. They are Huskies, not Chivavas after all.

    Have you been keeping this secret from him, like new stray doggie?
    Tsk tsk.

  76. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:05 am on November 9th, 2011

    Hi Nattie!

    We are still up but not for long. Mom spent the day in the big city and she is plum tuckered out. It has been chilly here so she is leaving me and Gus inside the house with the door open between the house and the garage. Then we can come and go through the doggie dog in the garage. She is the best!!!

    That necklace brings back some great memories of the Royal Vedding! You were stunning! Still are, for that matter!

  77. Gus & BooBear
    1:49 am on November 9th, 2011

    Rebecca, the MMCS shows that the 2 items we have donated (so far…we have 1 more coming as soon as we get the picture done)have sold but have not received shipping instructions. Can’t wait to see the new items people are mentioning. Mom is also going back and forth between 2 of Jay’s pictures. Thinking, thinking……

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