Friend of the Month Reminder!

“Second last day of the month,” Admin says. “How about an April Friend of the Month reminder?”

“Good idea,” says Spence.

“All right, everybody. Look over at the right of the screen. See Winky? He’s Chet’s March Friend of the Month. And just below him, by the way, are two friends who rotate through every time the screen is refreshed. But that’s a side issue.”

“Literally.”

“Question is: how did Winky get there? Answer: Winky’s human companion sent in a photo of Winky to the Friends of Chet gallery. It’s easy!”

“Although yesterday someone named Fifo Ramm seems to have had trouble – please retry.”

“The random number generator, pictured below, East German army surplus, circa 1956, does the rest! And don’t forget the human companion gets a signed – “

” – and paw-printed – “

” – copy of the latest Chet and Bernie mystery, in this case A Fistful of Collars.”

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109 Responses to “Friend of the Month Reminder!”

  1. OleyHowlers
    7:59 am on March 30th, 2013

    Good morning. It seems like only yesterday that Winky became FOM,
    Today, Mom and Pop say they are going to start prepping the garden beds so potatoes, onions, and lettuce can soon be planted. We are not allowed to help.

  2. B. Stover
    8:29 am on March 30th, 2013

    Thanks Spence and Admin. March flew by. It’s sunny here and supposed to get to 57.

    Howlers: I think you should be allowed to help with the garden.

    Where is Sharon’s Herd of Hounds?

    Good morning all.

  3. Barb & Maggie
    8:42 am on March 30th, 2013

    Good morning all. We still think the RNG looks like some sort of grinder. Maybe a sausage maker, since it is from Germany.

    Oley, Barb is chomping at the bit to get to the garden. This year she has to wait for the beds to be constructed and then filled. Josh is so busy, but hope he can get to it within the next couple of weeks. Are you planting garlic, shallots or arugula? Those are all fun to grow.

  4. BearSpiritDog
    8:59 am on March 30th, 2013

    Remember that errand from yesterday? Why do it then when you can Wait Until Now…which is truly the Very Last Day before the deadline?
    Good Morning & WBBML
    (will be back much later)

  5. OleyHowlers
    9:46 am on March 30th, 2013

    Barb, not sure about those. We’ll have to see what is available at our local garden place, if/when we ever get those beds ready. We do a very bad job putting our beds to sleep at the end of the year, and that makes it hard work at the beginning of the year.

  6. OleyHowlers
    9:59 am on March 30th, 2013

    Thoughzt this was interesting: ” Analysis of DNA extracted from a fossil tooth recovered in southern Siberia confirms that the tooth belonged to one of the oldest known ancestors of the modern dog…”
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130306221139.htm

  7. Wose
    10:11 am on March 30th, 2013

    Greetings!

    A nice Saturday morning here on Ceoton-on-Hudson.

    I laughed out loud at Bella’s joke last night! :)

    Every time I see the RNG, I laugh too. It does look like its better purpose would be served grinding hamburger. Reminds me of my first job while I was in high school. I worked in a supermarket deli.

  8. B. Stover
    10:49 am on March 30th, 2013

    The birds pictured on Staff’s Facebook page (actually Alice’s page) yesterday are Bearded Tits.

  9. Melanie
    10:54 am on March 30th, 2013

    B.Stover, good detective work. Where did you find the info?

    I haven’t heard from Sharon’s Herd of Hounds. I hope all is okay.

  10. Barb & Maggie
    11:08 am on March 30th, 2013

    Wookie’s Dad and Mom, If you read this today we have a question for you. What did you think of the quality of the plants that you had shipped from White Flower Farms last year? Their tomato plants are expensive, but we would consider ordering a few if we can not find the varieties around here.

  11. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:08 am on March 30th, 2013

    Food!….And lots of it!…snort!…Someone just returned from an early morning grocery shopping extravaganza. All the food for the big dinner is now close at paw…Woooooo!…Menu will be forthcoming once someone makes a few decisions – dessert is still unknown…grunt!

  12. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:09 am on March 30th, 2013

    Floral!…Next on the list is the making of a nice floral arrangement to go on the big dinner table…wheeze!sneeze!…It will be made out of artificial things I’m sure….heh!cough!

  13. Siber-H
    11:10 am on March 30th, 2013

    Good Morning All

    Fellow Sibers, That article is interesting. This is the second time I have read about dogs originating in Siberia instead of Asia or the Middle East.

    Everyone at the dog park this morning thought Rebecca’s joke was funny. Mom says that some of the two-legged girls that live in Alaska might say there is some truth to the joke.

  14. Siber-H
    11:12 am on March 30th, 2013

    Rio, The day after the big dinner…Baseball!!
    It doesn’t get any better than this.

  15. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:13 am on March 30th, 2013

    Giant!…I’m pretty sure our Giant is the best looking guy in Alaska…snort!…And speaking of him, is he still naked? Or have we fully funded the Clothe The Giant campaign?…sniff!…Where do we stand on this miss Rose?

  16. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:18 am on March 30th, 2013

    Asparagus!….Who on this here blog has a recipe for Asparagus?…snort!….Someone bought a bundle because they looked so perfect…wheeze!ugh!

  17. Tupper and Gilly
    11:20 am on March 30th, 2013

    Wonderful sun baked weather here today. We are sitting outside getting our spring shed-out combing. It’s a little awkward since Mama only has one paw. But trust us when we say every bird’s nest in the county will be comfort lines with Corgi fur.

  18. B. Stover
    11:20 am on March 30th, 2013

    Melanie: I went to the nature page on FB (it’s where the picture originated) and saw the name in one of the comments. Then I went to Wikipedia to learn more. Apparently the birds do not reside in North America but in Europe and Asia. I can’t find the bird in any of my bird books.

  19. Tupper and Gilly
    11:24 am on March 30th, 2013

    Rio – asparagus is a BIG favorite around here. We snap off the tough end, then lay the stalks on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle the top with breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese, a little salt and fresh ground pepper. Top with slivers of butter here and there and put into hot oven. 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Or until cooked as much as you personally like it.

  20. dawson
    11:24 am on March 30th, 2013

    The Random Number Generator is ready to pick my name.

    Winky: Your time is almost up so I want to tell you that you have a lovely face to look at each morning…and all day long.

    Fifo Ramm: Interesting name.

    Bearded Tits: I think I’ve seen a couple of those around here. :-)

    Odd goods: Seen a few of these too.

    Big dinner today at s i l’s house. I’m making pecan tartlets.

  21. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:27 am on March 30th, 2013

    Tupper!…That sounds delish and very easy. I’m pretty sure she is going to make your recipe…heh!heh!

  22. B. Stover
    11:28 am on March 30th, 2013

    Rio: For asparagus I cut them in about one-inch pieces (they are easier to cut when raw; I don’t use the bottom one inch of the stems because they are usually very tough), put them in the steamer and steam for about ten minutes. (Test them at that point anyway. I don’t like them mushy.) I put them in a bowl and put butter and garlic salt on top.

    Has anyone noticed while typing a comment that we now get a red underline (as with Microsoft Word) if a word is misspelled?

  23. Tupper and Gilly
    11:36 am on March 30th, 2013

    How do you know it’s time for a Big Family Holiday Dinner?

    Gramp starts washing the kitchen floor at the worst possible, most inconvenient time.

    sigh

  24. Rose
    11:47 am on March 30th, 2013

    RIO! We are stalled at the halfway mark on Giant Clothes. Rebecca’s estimated budget was $1000, we have donations so far totaling $500. sniff

  25. Rose
    11:49 am on March 30th, 2013

    T&G: Is your mum feeling any better?

    We have not heard from Kirby T. or the middle of the mitten, either.

  26. Tupper and Gilly
    11:54 am on March 30th, 2013

    Rose – Mama is feeling much better overall since she stopped taking silly pills. Her paw still hurts, but not like before – no more white hot stars of pain. Her thumb still doesn’t move, but at least it doesn’t scream anymore.

    Wonder if the Herd of Hounds is busy hiding Easter Eggs?

  27. Barb & Maggie
    12:06 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Barb does her asparagus plain too. However she likes the spears whole. Lightly cooked in a skillet with in a little water. They should not get to the mushy stage. Top with butter. Barb prefers hers plain without garlic.
    If you buy the asparagus in a larger qunity, put it upright in the fridg in a glass with some water in the bottom. Do not keep the spears stored in the plastic bag. They will keep for a week or more like that.

  28. Rose
    12:12 pm on March 30th, 2013

    T&G: Glad your mum is on the road to feeling better. Will be twirling here when she is tip-top. No more splorting and purple giraffes is a very good thing.

  29. Rose
    12:19 pm on March 30th, 2013

    RIO! I was just reading that some people wrap their asapargus in bacon. Yummy!

    Did you know that Sue Henry also wrote a book, Murder on The Yukon Quest? Have you read it?

  30. B. Stover
    12:35 pm on March 30th, 2013

    I store asparagus as Barb stated, upright in a glass with a bit of water in the frig.

  31. OleyHowlers
    12:50 pm on March 30th, 2013

    We have never heard about storing asparagus that way. Thanks for the tip, Barb and Bee. We will be doing that from now on.
    We make our asparagus in the oven. Lay flat on a shallow baking pan. Coat with olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper and fresh thyme. 12 mins at 450.
    3 out of 4 beds ready…came inside for a lunch break.

  32. OleyHowlers
    12:56 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Here is the plan for our 4 beds:
    1 bed of potatoes and onions.
    1 bed of loose leaf lettuce.
    1 bed of peppers (bell and hot).
    1 bed of tomatoes…only 2 plants this year because they get so big and unwieldy.
    Can anyone give advise on which tomato to plant? One will likely be Brandywine.
    Barb, can we plant our lettuce now when we plant potatoes? Mom forgets. Also, she knows it is best to plant baby plants at a certain time of day, but she can’t remember if it’s morning or evening. We think it was evening.

  33. Rose
    1:05 pm on March 30th, 2013

    I believe asparagus should be stored in water, in an upright position because it is part of the lilac family. At least that is what Produce Pete on Channel 4’s Saturday Today in New York said.

  34. Herd of Hounds
    1:42 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Yeah! Wow! And Wowser! Mom is up. She caught a bug. We don’t know why because she dislikes anything with more than 4 legs. She went to bed on Wed., stayed on Thurs. and half of Fri. Then she bundled on couch and watched Bones. Today she made our breakfast and has been giving us lots of lovers & rubbers. Thank dawg that the Daddy Dawg (aka the old fart) isn’t on duty. He’s ok, but he’s not mom.

  35. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:12 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Menu!….snort!….She has finally decided on the menu. It sounds very familiar only with stuff we’ve never had before….chuffle!

    Honey Baked Ham

    Scalloped Potatoes – the recipe in Dishlickers Cookbook! – trying it with Havarti and Smoked Gouda cheese this time

    Steamed Broccoli w/Cheese Sauce

    Baked Asparagus – Golinka’s recipe

    Mixed Spring Salad – courtesy of her mother

    Cottage and Green!! – someones favorite

    Dried Out Tasteless Dinner Rolls – made by our guest and neighbor who always has to bring something (gah!)

    Dessert – Berry Delight! – Made with a graham cracker crust, a layer of cream cheese, sugar and whip cream, a healthy layer of fresh strawberries, then a layer of vanilla pudding, and finally a layer of whip cream.

    Sparkling Wine – a bottle for my friend to drink while cooking, eating and cleaning up.

  36. Siber-H
    2:18 pm on March 30th, 2013

    What time is dinner, Rio?

    Sharon, Good to hear from you!

  37. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:21 pm on March 30th, 2013

    SiberH!…Come on over! The floor buffet should be outstanding this year…heh!heh!

  38. Barb & Maggie
    2:24 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Rio, Your menu sounds wonderful, well, except for the dry tasteless dinner rolls.

    Oley, we usually plant in the morning, but no idea if that is right or not. Yes, any of the cold weather plants can go in now – lettuce, mesculin mix, spinach, swiss chard, all cole family plants. How big is the bed where you are putting in the tomatoes? If you stake and tie them or use a strong tomato cage, you should be able to put one every 2.5 to 3 feet.

  39. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:28 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Barb!…The rolls actually crumble in your paws, that is how dry they are…sniff!…She does not believe in “taste” so they have no flavor at all. My friend was aghast when her mother told her that she had invited this neighbor and she was bringing her rolls once again…grump!…Seems my friend had something altogether different in mind for the bread dish…wuffle!

  40. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    2:29 pm on March 30th, 2013

    We here cannot wait until tomorrow, a most special day indeed!

  41. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    2:30 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Rio, your menu sounds lovely! The dinner rolls are making me laugh.

  42. Herd of Hounds
    2:38 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Rio’s dinner menu sounds great. Oh, garden time…we quit after living in TN 3 years. Too many *&%^)* trees, too much shade. Now we grow lots of herbs. We hounds miss the vine ripened tomatoes, right off the vine :(

  43. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:40 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Wolfie!…It is a most special day. Beau is buffing up on all his favorite Bible verses for the occasion….chuffle!

  44. Barb & Maggie
    2:45 pm on March 30th, 2013

    You have so much other good food that you could probably just pass on the rolls.

    Oley, Our new bed will be 5′ x 12′ and we are planning to put in 8 tomotoes – 2 across and placed at 1.5′, 4.5′,7.5′ and 10.5′. Afterall, Barb is a Virgo, so she likes an orderly garden! We have some sturdy cages that are about 5′ high. Expensive but you only have to buy them once. Cheaper way to do it is to us a 8′ 2″x2″ and pound it 2′ into the ground next to the tomato. Then as it grows, keep tying it to the stake using torn pieces of bed sheet. They hold up well and won’t hurt the plant.

    If you follow planting by the moon, there is supposed to be one time for root veggies and another for above ground veggies. Has anyone ever done that?

  45. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:51 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Garden!…This year someone says she is planting the hot chili pepper plants herself because someone else planted them willy-nilly and no one knew what was growing last year…grunt!…This year fur will fly if that happens again..heh!…Just hot chilis and a few tomatoes in big pots on the patio. This big ole yard is too much work and her mother over-does it on the watering all the time…sniff!…My friend is hoping to cut down on all the work and have just enought to keep someone busy during the day, but not enough to over-do-it…grunt!

  46. Barb & Maggie
    2:57 pm on March 30th, 2013

    OK, looked up Moon planting and it is interesting (at least to some).

    New moon and Full moon, don’t plant.
    New moon to first Quarter – above ground leafy plants, spinach, lettuce, cabbage.
    1st Quarter to Full moon – above ground crops with seeds inside, such as tomatoe, peppers, beans, squash, etc.
    Full moon to last Quarter – root crops.
    Last Quarter to new moon, don’t plant.

  47. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:11 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Barb!…heh!snort!heh!…Right…Someone here will plant when she has the time and energy..snort!

  48. Mollypop's Mom
    3:32 pm on March 30th, 2013

    When daylight savings time changed in 2007, it added two weeks in the fall and two in the spring. Tomorrow would be when our blog timestamp becomes correct. The old rule is the first Sunday in April which tomorrow is not. We may have to wait a third week. We’ll see.

  49. BearSpiritDog
    3:35 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Nana has finally returned home and with her purse $500 lighter. New Car Tabs led to New License Plates (required every 7 years here in WA). Trip to the Place of Discounted Tires led to 4 New Tires plus Hub Caps (one had fallen off). On the way home the high school was having a Car Wash (great idea!) Now with the clean car best to wax it, right? So the next stop was to the auto parts store for some car polish and a chamois.
    Lastly, after filling up the tank she treated herself to a Triple Grande White Chocolate Mocha.
    Our friend always tells us…back out of the driveway and you can plan on spending a $100…easy.

    Everything we ever wanted to know about Asparagus…storing, cooking, steaming, baking…and more.
    We Love Asparagus!

    Good Looking Menu, Rio. I suppose youse are obligated to Eat at least One of the dry, tasteless dinner rolls…being as a guest brought them. What’s a dawg to do.

    Planting according to the different Stages of the Moon sounds like wise advice out of the old Farmer’s Almanac.

    Herd of Hounds: Glad your mom is feeling tip top once again.
    We were getting concerned as to your where-a-bouts.

  50. Masquers
    3:56 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Hmm…seems to me that money could have been put to good use elsewhere…sniff.

    Bella! Still chuckling over your very funny remark about dating in Alaska.

    Golinka: Your paw will continue to improve day by day and you will soon be back working with your beloved clay. Heh.

  51. Tupper and Gilly
    4:00 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Mama’s One-Paw, No-Help from Clueless Men Menu

    1 Spiral Ham, prebaked, just warm and glaze at 350
    Butter Baked Sweet potato halves (same oven as ham)at 350
    Baked Asparagus – second oven at 425
    Pineapple upside down spice cupcakes – being made tonight

    That’s it. No frills. No fancies. If it can’t be baked, it ain’t bein’ ate.

  52. Siber-H
    4:06 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Bear, What are Car Tabs?

  53. Wookie's Dad
    4:19 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Tomatoes. New favorite is Cherokee Purple. Yummmmmmmm. Better than Brandywines (our old fav). Loved the quality of plants from White Flower Farm. But read the descriptions carefully to be sure you will like the variety. We got one last year that produced well etc but we never really liked it that much

  54. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:27 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Forot!…One menu item…ahem!…Canned Sweet Potatoes in syrup – just for her mother. No one else goes near them…gah!…She is laying off the marshmellows this year for some reason…sniff!

  55. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:34 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Tomatoes!…What kind do you tomatoe connoisseurs suggest for growing in pot on the patio?…sniff!…My friend does not want huge tomatoes, just medium to small will do…grunt!…But they should be tasty…heh!

  56. Mollypop's Mom
    4:35 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Rio, I have a needlepoint that could be a possible auction item. It’s a pillow that I bought last summer when I was waiting for my cataract surgery to happen so I could finish the needlepoint for the bench. This one is 12 in. square and the materials cost $165. It would still require finishing like the place i use in California and then could be made into a pillow or put in a picture frame. Do you think something like this would be appropriate for the auction?

  57. BearSpiritDog
    4:39 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Siber-H: Car tabs are little stickers put on the rear license plate to show you have Paid Your Dues to the State.
    How do you do it where youse live?

  58. Masquers
    4:40 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Last Saturday…..

  59. Masquers
    4:41 pm on March 30th, 2013

    and today…..

  60. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:43 pm on March 30th, 2013

    MollysMom!…Ooooohhh! Absolutely! I think it will be wonderful…snort!snort!…Remember everyone, it is not too early to be thinking about, working on and creating things for the Auction…sniff!…We have a big job ahead of us this year. Snowhook needs our help very badly in so many ways…wuffle!…Lets all step up and donate something to either the Auction or the Boutiques please. Everyone has something unique to offer. Do not think that because you cannot make something you cannot donate. There are other ways and things that can be donated….chuffle!…Just think about it, please!…wheeze!

  61. Barb & Maggie
    4:46 pm on March 30th, 2013

    BSD, We do the same here, we just call them stickers. They are around $100 yearly.

    Wookie’s Dad, You are right, Cherokee Purple is on of the best and one we were going to sugest to Oleys. Our other personal fav is Paul Robeson.

    Rio, Heirlooms don’t do well in patio pots, they are just too big. You might be better off with one of the smaller grape or cherry tomatoes that are recommended for container growing.

  62. Siber-H
    4:48 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Bear, We call them stickers in this state. We buy them and apply them once a year. This state probably never thought of using the term, car tabs. We never get new license plates as long as the car is our possession.

    This is not good news, but we have a friend who lives in Everett, WA, and he pays Wasted Management in two months what we pay for 6 months. That isn’t fair.

  63. Herd of Hounds
    4:48 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Grief! It took me 3 hours to catch up on my “Chet” reading today, and I find the HOH are blabbermouths when I left the computer to “see a man about a horse” as Granny Hound used to say. Missed soooooo much :( The more artistic things I see and hear about, the more I feel like the definition of a teacher. (No disrespect to B. Stover as I taught too and know that many teachers are very talented, just not this old one.)

  64. Mollypop's Mom
    4:50 pm on March 30th, 2013

    I forgot the picture.

  65. Herd of Hounds
    4:52 pm on March 30th, 2013

    TN calls them tags. Plain old car is $24 a year. Oh, no state income tax unless you have stocks.

  66. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:53 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Barb!…Everyone here hates cherry tomatoes…grunt!…Including Beau and I. Oh he will carry one around for hours, but never really eat it…sniff!…We want to know about a nice meaty medium one with a lot of flavor…snort!

  67. c.hobbit
    5:26 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Rio: one of the two envelopes I mailed to you was returned to me today with an “undeliverable, no forwarding address” sticker on it. Darn those marauding goats!

  68. OleyHowlers
    5:26 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Thanks for the suggestions, Wookie and Barb. We will look for those varieties when it is time for tomato planting. Barb, we always use cages and tie them and tie them. This year, we are thinking less is more. We bought our lettuce, potatoes, and o ions today, but we are waiting until the end of the week because they are calling for some more cold weather.

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:30 pm on March 30th, 2013

    CHobbit!…Gah!Gah! and Gah!….Please meet me at the SDD water-cooler…grunt!

  70. OleyHowlers
    5:34 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Masquers, We here had the same weather change and corresponding landscape change in a week. It is amazing, isn’t it?

  71. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:38 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Weather!…Maskers has also represented our weather turn-about in one week as well…heh!….Thank dawg the weather is nice this weekend and all the guests for the big big Easter Dinner will be able to arrive with no stress regarding sliding off the highway…sniff!

  72. Barb & Maggie
    6:04 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Oleys, A week or two delay will not hurt a thing. Still pretty iffy the first week of April.

    Barb is going over to Josh’s tomorrow for a mid afternoon dinner. Same menu – ham, asparagus, sweet potatoes, salad, etc.
    Gus is going home later tomorrow. Good thing, as it is supposed to rain tomight. Barb bought grass seed to redo the little backyard.

  73. SnowBella
    6:10 pm on March 30th, 2013

    MPM: Your needlepoint work is beautiful!

    B: Please check your SDD.

  74. Wookie's dad
    6:15 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Rio — for cherry tomatoes, we like a varietal called Sweet One Hundreds. They are sort of large cherry tomatoes (but still relatively small) and very, very flavorful. FYI, Wookie was not a big fan of tomatoes though, his garden favorite being asparagus.

  75. Melanie
    6:28 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Hi HOHs! Tell your mom not to eat the bugs. When I was little someone dared me to eat a worm. I did after wrapping it in lettuce. I got a whole buck for doing that.
    I have since learned that is not a good idea.

    OHs, Golinka (I think it was Golinka, but might have been my sister) gave us some cherry tomatoes called Golden somethings. They were fantastic. If I can find out exactly what they are called I am doing those this year. Up here The large tomatoes just don’t have enough growing season.

    I have finished dying the eggs for the Packs dinner tomorrow.

    Zoe and I will be going to my sister’s for brunch.

  76. Melanie
    6:33 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Wookie’s Dad, I remember you telling us about the destruction of the asparagus bed. It is the reason I planted mine away from the Pack.

    I know we are supposed to wait until the third year to harvest, but I don’t think one small portion cut will hurt the growth.

  77. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:35 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Walk!…grump!

  78. Tupper and Gilly
    6:37 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Sun-gold Cherry tomatoes are lovely. But we are going to look for the Sweet 100s too. We have to lime and lime and lime our soil since we are surrounded by pine and oak trees. We found out about liming after last year when we had gigantic, leafy bushes and precious few tomatoes.
    And this year -we are NOT going to let Gramp put in too many plants for the bed. No matter what sad-puppy-dog-eyes he gives us!

  79. Melanie
    6:38 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Sun Gold Cherry Tomato

  80. OleyHowlers
    6:38 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Mom is getting ready to take a bath inher big tub. Pop is next sounds like an early night for all of us. Nighty night.
    HOH, sorry your mom was not feeling well, but glad she is getting better now.

  81. B. Stover
    6:45 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Rebecca: Thank you. Checked.

    Rose: Please check your email when you get a chance.

  82. BearSpiritDog
    6:53 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Our tabs cost about half of what Barb pays and twice as much as what Sharon does. This includes a Donation to the State Parks if you so choose.
    In addition most places require emissions testing prior to renewing your license tabs. Island County, where we live, does not.
    WA State has announced all Vehicle Emissions Testing will cease in 2020.
    Nana says WooHoo…she’ll probably be over the Bridge by then.

    Those Cherry Tomatoes sound delish. We may try them this year.

    We don’t have to Cook Dinner tomorrow…but most likely will be helping with the Clean-up…a small price to pay.
    A bottle of nice wine will be our Contribution to the Feast.

  83. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:53 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Walk!…Aborted!…heh!heh!…Cold, windy and now sprinkling..sniff!

    Commandments!…Good thing too! The “Ten Commandments” will be starting soon and Beau is all excited to sit still and watch for 4 plus hours….bliss!

  84. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:56 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Nana!…Bear, shame on you for talking about Nana’s lifespan like that!…sniffle!

  85. Rose
    6:59 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Hi B: Done!

  86. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:02 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Tickets!…I just got an email saying all the raffle tickets are sold out…heh!heh!…That is really good news for the Iditarod because it is one of their biggest money making ventures….sniff!spit!

    Commandments!…ARE STARTING!….WoooooHoooo!…Beau is right down in front…chuffle!

  87. BearSpiritDog
    7:03 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Rio: You’re right! 2020 Isn’t THAT Far away.
    It Sounded So Futuristic somehow.

  88. Rose
    7:10 pm on March 30th, 2013

    ******************** GIANT CLOTHES ANNOUNCEMENT******************

    The Clothe the Giant fund now stands at $800. We are $200 away from the $1000 total.
    Thanks everyone for their generous donations!

    GO SNOWHOOK!

  89. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:18 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Wow!Wow!…snort!….The Giant is still missing his trousers, but this is great progress!…Woooooo!Hoooo!

  90. Barb & Maggie
    7:45 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Nighty noodles all!

  91. Melanie
    7:52 pm on March 30th, 2013

    The Eggs:

  92. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:26 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Six!…Six Little Indians…sniff!

  93. Alice M. Johnson
    8:35 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Rio, About tomatoes. Mr.Staff took the suggestion of one of his clients a couple of years ago and got Super Fantastic tomatoes. He loves them. Not too big a tomato (like those honking Brandywines) but not small. About baseball sized. The plants are big and sprawling like most tomato plants.

  94. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:36 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Wow, Melanie!

  95. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:38 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Alice!…What is the name of these Super Fantastic tomatoes anyways?…sniff!

  96. Staff
    8:39 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Rose,
    Check your SDD. I will donate 10% of the amount left.

  97. Staff
    8:39 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Hey?

  98. Staff
    8:42 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Rio, Snicker. The name of the super fantastic tomatoes is Super Fantastic…

    http://www.smartgardener.com/plants/1931-tomato-super-fantastic/guide/overview

  99. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:47 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Staff!…snort!…Those look like just what we need…sniff!…Now the trick is finding them around here…grunt!

  100. Staff
    8:54 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Masquers. We are jealous of your snowless landscape. I had high hopes for mush less snow this week because it was supposed to RAIN all today. However it only sprinkled this morning from around 4a.m. to 8 a.m. and then it got sunny and hardly any snow melted. It did edge back from the sidewalks a little; maybe 6 inches. But the snow pack is still more than a foot deep where it isn’t piled higher. sobsobsob.

  101. Melanie
    9:27 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Staff, I feel your pain.

    Now to bed.

  102. Whitey-Lance
    9:51 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Update! My Lady forgot to update all youse on your back, but first, she wanted me to thank you for all your good thoughts, SDDs of concern, and you friendship. She wasn’t able to get an appointment with her surgeon because he is booked for several weeks. She was able to see his Physcians Assistant yesterday. Four x-rays and an examiniation, the PA concluded she did an ample job of spraining her back. Anything worth doing, is worth doing well. He said it should take six to eight weeks to heal. This is much better that loose hardware like the doctors she saw last week suspected. Good news! He did give her different feeling-good-in-no-time pills to treat the sprain.

    Other good news comes from the Smoochers. Youse all know the Royals’ mum left the dance show before the finale, but what you don’t know is Bev is home from the hospital. She walked a mile and half the night she had surgery with Coach at her side, and then got up the next morning and did a mile. She is very fit. Hope, hope, hope!

    Wose: The Giant is only partially nekkid now! Wow! The Giant found himself without his trousers on the trail before, but perhaps that’s a story for another time. My Lady knows all the details.

  103. c.hobbit
    9:56 pm on March 30th, 2013

    W-L: that is good news about Snowbella and MaBella. I have been thinking of both today and am glad for the update. This blog has been filled with good news and warm weather just like I wanted. I hope it continues.

  104. Staff
    10:36 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Yay for the good news. Yay for you all feeling better. And yay for the spring time weather for most of the blog. sniff.

    We had a good day today although Mr.Staff whupped us at cards. He has been lucky lately. Hopefully it will wear off before Dawson gets here. She loves to win.

    Nighty noodle everyone.

  105. Whitey-Lance
    11:27 pm on March 30th, 2013

    Oley’s Pop made a funny on yesterday’s post. Hi Oley Pop! It still makes me laugh. The same could be said of Pancho and his tail. His tail is so long it almost needs its own house. At the pre-race vet checks, each dog is held on the table while his or her heart is monitored. My Lady holds the head and talks softly to each dog. A vet tech holds the front and back legs of each dog. Pancho hold the vet tech. Each year, his tail has wrapped around the arm of the vet tech. Who is holding who? You tell me.

  106. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:45 am on March 31st, 2013

    Excellant news, Bella.

  107. Lauren
    1:14 pm on March 31st, 2013

    Thank you for making Winky Chet’s Friend of the Month. Now all Winky’s friends in the nation within know about Chet. Did I mention Chet is very popular? No time for that now. Looking forward to the next Chet & Bernie book. And more about the Teitelbaum divorce.

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