Deductive And Inductive Reasoning At A Picnic: From The Dog Who Knew Too Much

Soon after that, we took a lunch break. Bernie parked by a long flat-topped rock at the side of the road, just like a bench. Peanut butter for Bernie; egg salad for Anya; tuna for me – the chunky kind, my favorite. Mountains rose, not too far away, greener than the mountains I was used to.

“Tell me about your ex-husband,” Bernie said.

“What do you want to know?” Anya said.

“Start with the investment business.”

Anya gazed at the distant green mountains. A cloud or two hung over them, not dark clouds, but the fat, golden kind.

“This used to happen to me a lot as a kid,” Anya said.

“What’s that?” said Bernie.

“Wishing that time would stop.”

Whoa. She was wishing time would stop right now, leaving us with the crusts of one egg salad sandwich? At that moment I knew one thing for sure: Anya was a risk-taker.

She turned to Bernie. “Do you ever think that?”

“No,” said Bernie. Phew. We were on the same page, meaning dinner was still in the plans, and possibly a snack before that.

Anya’s face flushed. That’s something I look for. You see it in kids and in women, hardly ever in men. It has something to do with feelings inside; I haven’t gotten farther than that – every time I try I come up against the thought: does that mean kids and women have more feelings than men? And stop right there, on account of knowing Bernie the way I do.

Welcome River, Kiva, Zelda the gentle giant, Sadie, and Zooey the intellectual.


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124 Responses to “Deductive And Inductive Reasoning At A Picnic: From The Dog Who Knew Too Much”

  1. Melanie
    9:04 am on January 3rd, 2012

    I received a note from a certain someone and her friend to create something special. Happy Birthday Macy’s Mom!

  2. Snowhook Bella
    9:12 am on January 3rd, 2012

    Happy birthday, Macy’s mom!

    Melanie: Great cake!

  3. Sam
    9:15 am on January 3rd, 2012

    Happy birthday, Macy’s Mom!

    That cake is beautiful!

  4. B.Stover
    9:43 am on January 3rd, 2012

    I’m pondering which of Chet’s reasoning methods is inductive and which is deductive.

    Happy birthday Macy’s mom. Melanie, as usual, baker extraordinaire!

    It’s 18 degrees F here and with the windchill it’s 4.

    Good morning all.

  5. Barb & Maggie
    9:46 am on January 3rd, 2012

    Happy Birthday Macy’s Mom!

    Melanie, you always astound us with your originality!

    Barb is off to do some shopping. BBL

  6. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:51 am on January 3rd, 2012

    Happy Birthday! Let this be the year of jobs, jobs jobs! Whoo-hoo!

  7. Tupper and GillyMönster
    10:12 am on January 3rd, 2012

    Macy’s Mom-

    Hippo Birdie 2 Ewe
    Hippo Birdie 2 Ewe
    Hippo Birdie Deer MaryLou
    Hippo Birdie 2 Ewe!!!

    Hope you have a grand day – from the whole herd!

    (Melanie – great cake!. We love merangue!)

  8. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:18 am on January 3rd, 2012

    Inductive!….I think the Inductive reasoning part is when Chet was comparing the emotional feelings in kids and women compared to men in general, and then in Bernie in particular…grunt!

    Birtday!…Happy B’day to M&M. Not MollysMom, but Macy’s Mom!….snort!

  9. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:20 am on January 3rd, 2012

    Cake!….That looks like a Birthday Pie to me…sniff!sniff!… I wonder when the Zingers are going to come out this morning…wheeze!….Beau is already in his begging position..heh!

  10. Mollypop's Mom
    10:28 am on January 3rd, 2012

    Macy’s Mom – Have a very happy birthday!

    Rio – Last night I forgot the most important items for cold-weather dressing: hand warmers. My ski gloves are big mittens with a zipper on the back where the hand warmer is inserted. The gloves get all toasty inside and the warmers last for hours.

  11. OleyHowlers
    10:43 am on January 3rd, 2012

    Happy Birthday to Macy’s Mom!!!! And that is a super-looking cake, with Macy and her beau (as opposed to io’s beau.. Ha ha! )

    And we want to make one thing perfectly clear: Wolfie’s toffee is the best food…ever…period…bar none.

  12. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:49 am on January 3rd, 2012

    Warmers!….She got a few of those for Christmas…snort!… I think she is going to buy a lot more though. We never heard of them until just recently…heh!

    Liner!….MollysMom, last night you mentioned a “liner.” What do you mean exactly? And what kind of outer coat should my friend get? ….grunt!

  13. B.Stover
    10:56 am on January 3rd, 2012

    Deductive reasoning goes from the general to the specific. (The conclusion is valid only if the premises are valid.) Inductive reasoning (or generalization) goes from the specific to the general. (The truth of the conclusion can only be verified in terms of future experience.)

    Still pondering.

  14. Mollypop's Mom
    11:16 am on January 3rd, 2012

    Rio – The hand warmer package will have an expiration date on it. Make sure they are fresh. If not so fresh, they won’t get as warm or last as long as the fresh ones. Always have an extra pack in a pocket just in case.

    Glove liners are thin gloves that go inside mittens. They add a little warmth but their function is to wick moisture away.

    Rebecca’s parka sounds perfect. The hood can be pulled up as needed.

  15. Siber-H
    11:16 am on January 3rd, 2012

    Happy Birthday Macy’s Mom! We are wishing the best for you this year.
    Another super great cake from Melanie. Macy and Redbone are adorable on it.

    Chet, you should see those same mountains in winter when they are covered with snow. They look like the Alps.

  16. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:38 am on January 3rd, 2012

    Parka!….Oh, so my friend should just wear her regular old cold coat on the trip up there and then wear Rebeccer’s parka while she is visiting. Rebeccer is a lot taller than my friend – I wonder if that parka will fit her…sniff! ….What about me? What am I going to wear? ..grump!

  17. BearSpiritDog
    11:44 am on January 3rd, 2012

    Chet is right – Time standing still – not a good thing.

    Macy’s Mom: Happy Birthday from Bear! We hope this year will bring all your good wishes come true.
    Melanie: You never fail to astound us with your baking skills. That cake is wonderful!

  18. Tupper and Gilly
    11:45 am on January 3rd, 2012

    Rio – we think you should just take Siber along and wear him like a, if you will excuse the expression, fur coat.

  19. OleyHowlers
    11:57 am on January 3rd, 2012

    Welcome to Rose’s friend Zelda, and to Kiva, one of our type, and also to River, Sadie, and Zoey. They are a great-looking bunch!

  20. B.Stover
    11:59 am on January 3rd, 2012

    Because Bernie doesn’t agree with Anya (he doesn’t want time to stop), Chet concludes that he will have dinner that night. That is inductive reasoning.

    This is fun.

  21. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:01 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Fur!… I sure wish SiberH was going to go up there too…sniff!….We could pal around and he could keep me warm. I bet AJ would even let him pull the sled with the A-Team. Or at least with Junior and his crowd….heh!

  22. Snowhook Bella
    12:04 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Rio: We will have plenty of hand Warner’s so no need to BYOHW.

  23. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:13 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Shopping!….Hey, her shopping list is getting smaller by the minute. This is great!…snort! ….Although, she has decided to take those boots she bought back. She thinks they are too big after-all…sniff!…Brother!

  24. Snowhook Bella
    12:48 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Rio: Please check your SDD! And, as far as what you’ll wear on your trip north to Alaska, I like the idea of staying close to Siber-H, but I think you better have a plan B—no relation to Stover.

  25. Barb & Maggie
    12:55 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Bear, Did you finish the book?

    Back from shopping. Barb was looking for a Marjolein Bastin day planner that Hallmark carries. She gets one every year. She asked for it for Christmas, but everyone forgot. Now the stores are sold out. She went on line to Lang, and guess what? They also are sold out for the year. Is there a lesson here? I know, in the grand scheme of things it is not a big deal, yadda, yadda, but it still Pisses Her Off!!!

  26. Snowhook Bella
    12:58 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    B&M: Is it possible to ask the store you went to if they can check inventory of other stores and purchase it over the phone?

  27. Siber-H
    1:30 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Rio, It will work if Rebecca’s parka is a little long on your friend. That means more warmth. Mom wears a man’s down jacket to the dog park in the winter for just that reason and so she can layer stuff under it.
    Of course, It does not matter what mom looks like when she goes to the dog park. The dogs don’t care.

    I don’t know how big your friend’s boots are on her, but human feet stay warmer in boots that are a bit big rather than snug.

  28. Barb & Maggie
    1:36 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Rebecca, The lady are Hallmark checked inventory at other stores in n.w. Il, and none were to be found. She said they usually sell out over the holidays. Barb’s kids always say, Isn’t there anything you want? So she told them she wanted this planner. I think next year, she will just get it herself.

  29. B.Stover
    1:36 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Barb: Did you check at

  30. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:36 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Feet!….The boots she bought are size 8….snort!… Her regular shoe size is 5 1/2. Everything in that store seemed really small for the sizes. She says she had a thin sock and a wool sock on when she tried them on. There is still room for one more layer of sock. They look really honking big on her, that’s all…sniff!

  31. Tupper and Gilly
    1:36 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Barb and Maggie – we love this kind of challenge. We went to the yahoo search engine and plugged in Marjolein Bastin day planner 2012. All kinds of results popped up, but we don’t know for sure which kind you are looking for. It might be worth your time to try that search and see if you can find what you want.

    We can’t have you being disappointed!

  32. Tupper and Gilly
    1:39 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Rio – Size 5 1/2 feet???? Mama is laughing her a s s off here with her big old “gunboats”

  33. Siber-H
    1:45 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Rio, That is a big difference in size from what she wears to what she came home with. Just don’t let her get any boots that are too snug on her.

    The temperature in Anchorage is now -4 with a projected high of 9 today. Then, they will have a warming trend for the next 5 days.

  34. Tyb
    1:46 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Barb and Maggie,
    I read your plight about the day planner and got on the phone to Hallmark stores in the area. After 4 calls to PA stores and 6 calls to NY state stores, I was about to give up. I decided I’d make one more call and found the day planner in Buffalo. The gal I talked to agreed to hold it for me for one week. Would you like me to get it for you or have you found one elsewhere?

  35. B.Stover
    1:51 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    TYB: You are wonderful!

  36. Tyb
    1:53 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    B & M,
    After I sent you the previous message, I went back to catch up on what I missed while on the phone and read that T & G found the choices on Amazon. I didn’t realize that there would be multiples. All I asked for was the MB Day planner and the clerk told me that it was very popular and that they have only one left. I asked her to save it for me.
    I’ll do nothing until I hear from you. You can post your answer here or get to me at I have a few friends that travel back and forth between here and Buffalo regularly. It will be no problem to pick up the planner.

  37. B.Stover
    2:02 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    I just received the ARC for Robbie Forester and the Outlaws of Sherwood St. I’m twirling!

  38. Snowhook Bella
    2:03 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Rio: “I wear a size 6, but a 7 feels so good that I buy a size 8.”—Steel Magnolias. The things about insulated boots is that they eventually pack out, so what feels just right or maybe even a bit big when new can be very sloppy after wearing them a few times.

    Tyb: You deserve an ear scritch for your pop’s work today on finding the planner for Barb—I’m sure you supervised his efforts.

    T&G: Belly rubs for you for your mum’s efforts. I’m sure you refrained from trying to box up the Herbs while she surfed the net.

  39. Rose
    2:12 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    May you have the Happiest of Birthday’s Miss Macy’s Mom!

    Melanie, another work of art on the cake. Miss Macy and Mr. Redbone make a handsome couple!!!

  40. Tupper and Gilly
    2:18 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    We didn’t dare take the opportunity to try to pack the Kats – the whole time Mama has been online, she has also been on hold with a mega-company, and she is NOT in a good mood. She just walked by muttering something about “hate, despise, loathe, abhor, scorn and detest such odious, diabolical and abominable and impersonal corporations”
    We think we are just going to find a sun spot on the rug to hang out in – Kats and Dogs together….just in case.

  41. Snowhook Bella
    2:22 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    T&G: There is safety in numbers.

  42. Melanie
    2:49 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Jeez Louise! Went to the vet for medications (not for me) and had to talk, saw a Turner and Hootch dog. Patsy thought he was a puppy and started cleaning him up! Turns out he was a puppy. She is such a mama.

    Then the grocery store . . . I hate to shop. All of this took me THREE hours. rolling eyes.

    Come home and you guys are having a blast on the blog. A regular Blog Blast.

    So here is my contribution . . .

  43. Melanie
    2:54 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Snigglefritz! Wind chill is negative 2! No wonder we’re cold!

    Not only that, our old wooden office desk has decided to lock the 2 top drawers on the right side. What’s up with that?

    Since I would have to get on the floor to look at what’s going on, it’s not getting looked at until tomorrow morning.

  44. BearSpiritDog
    2:57 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Not only a pug, but a
    Pug in a Pink Parka!

  45. Mollypop's Mom
    3:01 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    I like the Pug in a Parka’s little pink boots.

  46. BearSpiritDog
    3:07 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Barb&Magpie: Have not finished the book yet. Hope to do so by tonight so we can watch the movie.
    We looked on Amazon, but couldn’t find the planner. offered Marjolein Baslin planners, but not the one you were looking for. Great job at hunting it down TYB. Redbone Hound would be proud.

    Royals: Wonder who the mum was talking to that had her in such mood.

    B: Yark! Happy to hear you finally received the ARC. We wanted you to have it before the holiday. Darn P.O. is falling down on the job these days.

  47. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:26 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Pink!…Why does it have to be a Pink Parka? Couldn’t it have been a Brown Parka….grumble! ….And why do some Pugs sell-out and let themselves be photographed….grunt!

  48. Melanie
    3:36 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    I bet that Parka and boots come in blue!

    I get to do some book shopping!! Has anyone read and liked Carol Goodman? Some of hers include “The Drwning Tree”, “the Lake of Dead Languages”, and “Arcadia Falls”.

    Heard a review on her work and it sounded intriguing.

    Also ‘The Thirteen Hallows” by Michael Scott and Colette Freedman. Myths, murders beginning of a series. Anyone?

  49. Melanie
    3:40 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Okay, one more . . . “The House of Silk” A Sherlock Homes Novel. The guy who wrote it, Anthony Horowitz, was given the okay by Dole’s estate. I thought that was cool. He has also written for “Foyle’s War” which I thought was a great BBC series. He’s been writing YA novels. Alex Rider is the main character but I don’t know about those.

    Can’t wait until “Robbie” comes out!

  50. B.Stover
    3:43 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Wondering here. I did find the Marjolein Baslin planners on Amazon. There was a pocket size, a wall calendar, an engagement planner and a monthly planner.

  51. B.Stover
    3:47 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Melanie: I have a House of Silk on my Kindle but haven’t gotten to it yet. I know I’ve read Carol Goodman but can’t remember what. I’m going to check out Thirteen Hallows at Amazon…sounds interesting.

  52. Barb & Maggie
    3:53 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Wow, we left the blog for 2 hours and look at what happened! I never thought my complaining would have such results. I feel honored!

    The one I want is called an engagement planner. It has each of the months on a 2 page spread in the front, then a weekly section behind that.

    Let me look on Amazon and see what I find, then I will report back. Thank you for checking and especially TYB for making those calls. You guys are amazing.

  53. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    3:55 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Very happy birthday to Macy’s mom and wishing you all the best for 2012, a better year by far than 2011.
    It’s pretty cold here in the nation’s capitol too. I guess with all the Congresspersons gone, there is no hot air to keep us warm. I don’t mind though (I prefer it this way) but my mom and dad seemed pretty chilly during our morning walk. Wookie

  54. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:16 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    I am so glad that Rio and his friend are heading up north. We have a “Dog on a Street” reporter! This is very exciting!

    Not to keep harping on the Patagonia thing, but their website has a link to ebay. Gently used jackets and stuff are up for bid. That is what I would do. The prices look very reasonable!

    The Living Legend will be annouced on Monday.

  55. Barb & Maggie
    4:22 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Bee, I did check Amazon, and it looks like they have sources for the planner. I didn’t even think about checking there!

    TYB, I sent you an email, so check your SDD. Thanks again!

  56. dawson
    4:45 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Happy Birthday to Macy’s Mom! May all your wishes come true. Cake, please (a masterpiece, Melanie).

    Rio: I think you should have a coat to wear up North. And boots too!

    Melanie: We spent hours in (2 different) grocery stores today. 10 percent off day is a social affair for the townspeople.

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:55 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Patagonia!… I did see the link to the “gently” used clothing…cough!… She likes to try stuff on before buying it. Sending for clothing through the mail is okay if you already know what size you wear in that brand…grunt!

  58. Barb & Maggie
    5:02 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Engagement planners, warm clothing, this blog is a font of knowledge! Just ask, and the help is there.

    I did check Amazon and think I will order it thru one of their sources. Bee and Tyb, thanks again!

  59. Macy's Mom
    5:06 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Thank you all for the birthday wishes. I found out that now I can take classes at the community college for $20 so I guess experience (age) does have its privileges.

    Melanie, the cake is too cool. It looks at though a couple of doggies have been up to no good! May I post it on my facebookie? One nice thing about facebookie is that people you forgot you were even friends with wish you a happy birthday.

  60. Macy's Mom
    5:07 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Dawson, is 10% off day for everyone, or “people of a certain age”?

  61. dawson
    5:21 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    10 percent off for everybody. I keep forgetting that I am a person of old enough age so that I can shop every Tuesday for 10 percent off…not just the first Tuesday of the month.

  62. Barb & Maggie
    5:38 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    OK guys and gals, got it ordered!

    T & G, I forgot to thank your special mama too. Sorry for the over-sight. Youse are the best!

  63. Tupper and Gilly
    5:56 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Macy – that Kat picture was too funny. If you only knew how much that looked like Sage…we have teasing material for DAYS!

    Mama is (kinda) over her mad. She was dealing with the cable company. Too long a story for this here blog, but you probably get the jist of it from her reaction.

    Melanie – this may sound over simplified, but did you try opening the top middle drawer of the desk? Sometimes that gets jiggled just so and it locks the other drawers.

    And now for today’s CLL story. CL is babysitting in Vermont. Regular morning person probably won’t be in. Neither of the two people who can usually cover are in town. Another has said flat out she will not cover. And Mama is already scheduled for the afternoon to evening double shift. Results. – no one is scheduled to open and be here in the morning. And there are 4 customers scheduled in the morning hours. CL knew all of this the other day and said she would “think about a solution”. Then she left town.

    Is Mama losing sleep over this? Is she planning to work all three shifts tomorrow? H E L L NO

  64. Rose
    5:57 pm on January 3rd, 2012


    I think this would be a little less mortifying. It has a hood too. I’m searching for boots you can wear.

  65. Rose
    6:00 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Royal Mum: YOU GO , GIRL!!!!

  66. Rose
    6:02 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    OOO, Rio, I like this one. You would look way cool…

  67. Barb & Maggie
    6:12 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Stick to your guns, Amalia.

    Rio, Is your friend finally going to consent to having her picture taken when she is up north? We have to see her all decked out in her warm clothing.

  68. Tupper and Gilly
    6:47 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Aren’t Rio’s Friend and Rebecca going to go pose on that live cam corner in town and wave to us? Pleeeezzzzz???

  69. Masquers
    7:02 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    B: Everything but a daily planner.

    We were making Split Pea Soup for supper and added too much water…rats, now have to start over.

    For you folks on the East Coast – meteor shower tonight through Wednesday.

  70. Melanie
    7:13 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Maszuers:: Saw that meteor shower coming, but it’s early in the morning and it’s going to be 0 degrees with WIND! I might look out the window though. Around 100 an hour for just around 2 hours.

    Love the snow suit, but I also like the yellow. Decisions, decisions. . .

    Tupper and Gillymönster Tell your mom that the desk is “fixed”. guess what? It actually started working, as in locking, for the first time we’ve had it! Many, Many, Many years.

    I took the drawers I could out and using a tool called a hammer, I whacked the singglefritz out of the metal mechanism! Now it REALLY won’t work! Problem solved.

    Macy’s Mom Please post on Facebook!

  71. Masquers
    7:20 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    That last one Rose showed us does look good in blue. More your color I think.

    Melanie: The list of books to read is very long in this house. Next up is SK. Same goes for shows available on streaming video. There are so many series we haven’t seen.

    This was a mild day temp-wise. Mom talked to Grampa in California earlier. He said it is supposed to be 93 there tomorrow.

  72. Masquers
    7:24 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Melanie! Did I understand you correctly? 100+ WINDS?!!!

  73. Gus and BooBear
    7:26 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Happy Birthday, Macy’s Mom!! We’re all just youngsters. Not a day over 39! For the nth time, maybe, but who’s counting? Have a great day.

    Rio, your friend bought size 8 boots for size 5 1/2 feet? 7 should be the absolute biggest she should buy unless she wants to walk right out of them! Has she bought a Stormy Kromer hat yet? And one for you, too! Beau will have to stay home and keep her mom company. What an adventure. When Mom and Dad win the lottery, that’s one trip they will make.

  74. Barb & Maggie
    7:42 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Masquers, It sounds like she is saying 100 mph but is that right? When we have 50-60mph here it is very damaging.

  75. Melanie
    7:47 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    No and yes Masquers. That is what I said but not what I meant! 100 meteor per hour . . rolling eyes here.

  76. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:47 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Photos!… If my friend is caught in a photo youse all will probably never see it…heh!heh!…Rebeccer will have to swear not to post any photos. I’ve learned this could be a real deal breaker…sniff!

    Boots!…The boots didn’t feel all that big, but they “look” really big…snort!…She’s never been able to wear size 8 boots in her life. Like I said before, every thing in this store seemed to be over-sized….wuffle! ….The women’s parkas looked like they were made for children or anorexic models or both…sniff!

    Tub!….Beau’s got a date with a tub on Saturday afternoon…heh!heh!…Poor bastard. He’s even going to have to endure getting his toenails cut…snort!

  77. Snowhook Bella
    7:51 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Melanie: Please tie yourself to Franklin or Mac so you don’t blow away. Zoe, too—she doesn’t look like more than a wisp of a thing.

    T&G: That is the plan, but I think Rio wants his friend’s identity hidden to pugtect the innocent and somewhat evil. We will have to come up with a most convincing disguise.

    I’ve done some thinking about acheiving that all elusive independent wealth thing, and global domination thereafter so we can have a gathering of Plunderers. Since B graciously declined our offers to help her become the next President, I think we should start playing the lottery. 🙂

    Rio: Coach said he would gladly lend you his snow bibs. Yeep and yip!

  78. Melanie
    7:53 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Tub date. . . The only date I want with a tub is a hot tub!

    FOTAS got the Berks! She is getting them blinded out! This is awesome. Can’t wait to see them.

  79. Snowhook Bella
    7:55 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Rio: Cross my paws and hope to snort, I won’t post any picture of you without permission, and since I suspect said permission is not forthcoming it is likely I’ll have to go to plan B. Blur your friend out or find other pictures.

  80. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:56 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Bibs!….Rebeccer, you will have to get your thread and needle out and do a little bit of alteration on Coaches Bibs before I can step into them….sniff! ….That’s really nice of him though…heh!

    Disguise!…Now you’ve got someone thinking of disguises…chuffle!

  81. Masquers
    8:00 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Hot tub sounds good about now! And, before you say it, we know what you mean Melanie. snicker

  82. Masquers
    8:08 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Rio: We must have pictures! Your friend in disguise would be acceptable.
    A funny story about boots (actually they were shows, but we can’t say so or we’ll be mocerated) Years ago mom tried on pair after pair to find a comfortable fit…they kept getting larger and larger. After commenting she NEVER wears them that big, she ended up not buying any rather than going home with an unheard of size nine.

  83. Melanie
    8:10 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Blinded out. sigh . .
    Blinged out. That’s the ticket!

  84. Melanie
    8:21 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Going to turn on the mattress heater.
    Get Patsy on the bed.
    Get my jammie fleeces on.
    Get a wool hat on,
    and go to bed!


  85. Snowhook Bella
    8:27 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Rio: I don’t have my needle and thread out yet, but I think I have figured out how to make one pair of bibs fit someone who is shrinking for 6 feet tall to someone who, to date has never been 6 feet tall. I’m very excited about this idea!

    Melanie: AJ may have worn berks at our wedding, but it was me that had sparkly high-heeled flip flops. Can you post pictures of FOTAS’ blinged out berks, or is there some superstition that showing a Plunderer wedding shows before the wedding is bad luck?

  86. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:28 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Size!… I’ve heard my friend say many times that she wished her feet were larger because it is so damned hard to find a decent looking shoe in size 5 or 5 ½….grunt!…She’s even been known to wear kids shoes…heh!…She was actually hoping they had a size 7 because that probably would be perfect in that boot…snort!….Alas, she will be taking back the books and continue the search….wuffle!

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:33 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Shoot!…I forgot about you-know-what so my last comment is being Moderated….grump!….Here it is in edited form:

    Size!… I’ve heard my friend say many times that she wished her f-e-e-t were larger because it is so damned hard to find a decent looking s-h-o-e in size 5 or 5 ½….grunt!…She’s even been known to wear kids s-h-o-e-s…heh!…She was actually hoping they had a size 7 because that probably would be perfect in that b-o-o-t…snort!….Alas, she will be taking back the b-o-o-t-s and continue the search especially after Rebeccer says they might get even bigger after being w-o-r-n a few times….wuffle!

  88. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:37 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Losers!….Hey guess what!? …snort!….A brand new batch of Biggest Losers is starting tonight….Wooooo!….Does anybody want to watch this show with me this season?…snuffle!…Its pretty amazing to see these people who are incredibly out of shape get into really good shape – after a lot of pain and sweat of course….chuffle!

  89. Snowhook Bella
    8:40 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Speaking of pain and sweat, I’m off to hot yoga with my brother. Last night, I about passed out—room spinning, noises fading passed out. The teacher said she would catch me, but I don’t think so…

  90. dawson
    8:45 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    There is a brand new pair of insulated Carhartts, size medium, that I would be willing to donate to the keep-Rio’s-friend-warm-in-Alaska cause. I got them at an garage sale. They would be wonderful to wear while greeting all the doggies. They do seem awfully long though, which is why I never wore them. They are in a closet in Minneapolis. Want them?

  91. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:51 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Dawson!….That’s awfully nice of you Dawson! If I find out that my friend wants them does this mean that Staff will have to stand in line at the Post Office again?…heh!heh!…Maybe Alice will post a photo of the boots with a s-h-o-e of a known size beside them….snorkel!

  92. dawson
    9:02 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Rio: These are coveralls…not boots. You will look like a construction worker or something. Google Carhartt insulated coveralls. Heh. I, too, want pictures.

  93. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:04 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Pain!….The pain starts Now!….Woooo! ….The Losing Begins….snort!

  94. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:10 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Coveralls!….Hmmm. I must be on a one boot-track-mind tonight thinking they were snow boots…sniff!…If the coveralls are long then I know they will not fit. Drat it all!…grumble!

  95. Barb & Maggie
    9:20 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Rio, Carharts are those overalls and matching coats that outdoors or construction guys wear. They are very durable and warm. Could you roll them up a bit?

    I am still overwhelmed by my friends here on the blog. When I had told my sister about my problem with finding the planner, she just said oh that’s too bad. Next year buy it yourself instead of asking for it for Christmas. Never once said she would look around in St. Louis. That just shows you what a great bunch you are.

  96. dawson
    9:21 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Rio: I thought maybe Rebecca could work some magic with her needle and thread.
    It takes a lot of guts to be on the big loser show. Heh. heh. Excuse me, I couldn’t resist.

  97. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:29 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Guts!…heh!snort!heh!….They have already sent one team home in the very first show…sniff!…This is gonna be a brutal season….grunt!…Last season, me and her didn’t really care about those people and the guy who wonnit was our least favorite of all…wheeze!…I think this season will be better because Santa and his Wife are on the show!!!….heh!

  98. Masquers
    9:38 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    No! not Santa! Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without the BIG guy. sniff

  99. Barb & Maggie
    9:40 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Does anyone else watch Parenthood? It seems like Bear or the Howlers maybe watch it. New show is on next, so we are watching that instead of Losers. Good one Dawson.

    Signing offf till tomorrow. Sweet dreams.

  100. Abbiethekitty
    9:43 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    I have been reading about all the snowy owls being seen in the U.S. this year and am jealous of my friends in North Dakota who have had chances to see them. I emailed them to ask that they tell me if they see one so I can live vicariously through their stories. My friend who lives in Moorhead sent me back this photo taken last week South of Fargo.

    I am sooooo jealous!

  101. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:54 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    AbbyTheKat!…..Let me get this straight. You are jealous of a brown empty field?….sniff!… Please tell Alice she needs to take a photo of those coveralls with some object for length comparison….grunt!….An empty field? Really??…wuffle!

  102. Alice M. Johnson
    10:07 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Oh for pete’s sake, you are such a dog. click on the photo. If you use a magnifying glass you can see the owl you whiner you.

    heh heh heh.

    Staff is going to search for the Carharts. Maybe Mr. Staff can take a photo

  103. Alice M. Johnson
    10:17 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    OK Staff is 5 ft 4 inches and her inseam is 30″. These carharts have a 30 inch inseam but they are about 6 inches longer from the waist up than Staff. They say size 40, Men’s medium.
    I know you will love this photo Rio.

  104. Alice M. Johnson
    10:28 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    unfortunately Staff won’t let me post the one of her inside (mostly) the Carharts. Something about that extra kidney and not being able to zip up over the bulge. I don’t understand it being very svelte myself.

  105. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:29 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Overhalls!….I love the photo Staff!…heh!…You are about one+ inch taller than my friend so those Carharts probably should stay in the closet….snuffle!….Something like that would be great to meet Pancho and Lefty and of course Junior and all the others though…heh!….Thanks for the photo Alice or Mr. Staff as the case may be…wuffle!

  106. Alice M. Johnson
    10:35 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    I think they would be hard to shorten also as the zipper on the legs…huge brass zippers, go all the way down the sides and would have to be removed and then shorter zippers inset. Not fun work!
    However they are the only way staff got into the darn things and it was darn hard for her to zip them up.

  107. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:38 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Zipped!….Good thing Staff didn’t get stuck in those big ole Overalls…heh!

  108. dawson
    10:48 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    I would love a picture of Staff in those Carhartts.

    Inductive reasoning: I forgot to mention earlier that I thought Chet was reasoning inductively when he deduced Anya was a risk taker because she wanted time to stand still even though they only had the crusts of one eggs salad sandwich to eat.

  109. dawson
    10:52 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Two days off over already?
    I’d better get some sleep.
    Goodnight all.

  110. Barb & Maggie
    10:52 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    We’re back briefly. Those Carharts are just charming!

    Staff, Barb just read a book that had a snowy owl featured in it and a raptor rehabber. Very interesting, but she can’t remember the name. Woman author. Has been racking her brain, so tomorrow will stop at the library and see if she can figure it out. You might find it interesting, if she can ever figure out the name of the book.

  111. Masquers
    10:54 pm on January 3rd, 2012
  112. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:54 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Caucus!….Well gee. It’s a 3 way tie in Iowa tonight…grunt!… They had to pre-empt the end of the biggest loser to tell me that…gruffle!…Thanks news guys!…poop! …And on that note, Goodnight all!

  113. Masquers
    10:56 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Good night here too!

  114. Alice M. Johnson
    11:30 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    From Mr.Staff

  115. AbbietheKitty
    11:32 pm on January 3rd, 2012
  116. Snowhook Bella
    11:42 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    AJ and I wear Carharts for chores (different that training dogs) and they are great for standing up to the wear and tear caused by the Outlaws and Junior. They do shrink in length, but not as much as they probably need to for Rio’s friend. Staff called it correctly, they would be difficuts to alter because of the zippers. Zip!

  117. Staff
    11:45 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Barb, I probably would like to read the book about the owls and the rehabber. I met one once years ago when I rescued a juvenile Red Tailed Hawk from the side of a country road. The rehabber said he had probably hit a farm implement while diving for food. He had a concussion.

    My kat Emily was fascinated by him and we had to shut him in the spare bedroom in his box. She was just a pest at the door too.

    I found the hawk in the fall and he stayed with the rehabber all winter and was set free in the spring. I wish I could have seen it, but I still feel good knowing he made it through his first year.

  118. Staff
    11:46 pm on January 3rd, 2012

    Oh yeah, And Masquers, love the owl Calendar! Thanks

  119. Macy's Mom
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    A couple of years ago, a hawk crashed into our front window. It laid there a few minutes so Mr. called animal control. By the time they got here it was walking around the yard, then shook itself out and took off. I don’t know if it had a concussion, as it declined to have a “cat scan”. har har, I crack myself up.

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