From Thereby Hangs A Tail

Charlie went to a private school – meaning you have to pay money to go there even if you live two blocks from the best public school in the Valley, where you don’t have to pay a dime – a big long thing I’d heard Bernie say more than once, in fact every time he cut the check. He saw us and came running across the school’s beautiful broad lawn, mowed like a putting green – for some reason, whenever I get on a putting green, and it hasn’t happened often, the urge to run around hits me, crazy running with lots of sharp back-and-forthing – and gave Bernie a big hug. Then a big hug for me, and soon after that I was taking him for a ride on my back. Hey! He’d grown a bit, but still nothing for me; I could have carried him all day.

“Is that your dog?” said a kid.

“His name’s Chet,” said Charlie. “I call him Chet the Jet ‘cause he’s so fast.”

“Can I pat him?”


Kids patted me. Were we having fun or what? It was a nice school, worth every penny.

Back home, Charlie was hungry, so we had a little snack: milk and cookies for Charlie, a biscuit for me, and then another, since I turned out to be hungry, too, and a beer and some pretzels for Bernie, me helping out by finishing off what was left in the pack.

After snack time, Bernie said, “Got any homework?”

“Nope,” said Charlie.

“Then how come your backpack’s so heavy?”

“It’s a mystery,” Charlie said.

Bernie laughed.

“That’s what you do, right?” Charlie said. “Solve mysteries?”

“Sometimes,” Bernie said.

“How many bad guys have you killed?”

Bernie was silent for a moment. “What makes you think I’ve killed any?”

“Mom says so.”

Bernie nodded, took a deep breath. “In this job, solving mysteries, we’ve sent some bad guys to jail, Chet and I, but I’ve never killed anybody.”

“But Mom – “

Bernie held up his hand and Charlie went quiet right away. “In the war, that’s another story.”

“You killed bad guys in the war?”


“How many?”

Bernie licked his lips. I’d seen plenty of humans do that, including just about every single one Bernie’d ever interviewed, but I’d never seen him do it himself till now. “I don’t know, exactly.”


“More than two.”


“Less than nine.”

“Somewhere in between?”


There was a silence. Then Charlie said, “That’s not too many, Dad.”

Bernie looked away, out the window. Charlie drained the last of his milk, leaving one of those white mustaches behind. I loved those!

“What was the war about?” he said.

“I’m not sure,” Bernie said. “I don’t think anyone is.”

“But it happened anyway?”

“Some wars are like that – the real reasons come later,” Bernie said. “How about we go outside and play catch?”

“Teach me how to throw the curve ball,” said Charlie.

“You’re too young to throw the curve ball.”

“But I need an off-speed pitch.”

“I’ll teach you the cutter.”

“Like Rivera?”

“Just like Rivera.”

Or something like that: I couldn’t hear too well on account of I was already at the front door, waiting as patiently as I could.

Paperback edition of Thereby Hangs A Tail: on sale today.



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144 Responses to “From Thereby Hangs A Tail”

  1. Mollypop
    3:19 am on September 7th, 2010

    Yesterday was a very exciting day – wowie! Mom made me go to bed early so I just finished reading the millions of posts that I missed.

    Happy! Happy!

  2. Barb & Maggie
    3:26 am on September 7th, 2010

    How many did we end up with? I know if was way over 200.

    And it was a very exciting day on the blog!!!

  3. Melanie
    3:28 am on September 7th, 2010

    Thanks again Kirby's mom. Don't let any little pugs one guilt trip you into thinking you didn't do a superb job!

    Thanks Chet and Bernie! Thanks to Admin, PSQA and his entourage!

    Staff you are amazing. Can't wait to see the finished project!

    Zoë has gone down to see Dan EARLY this morning. He's not as sedated then and she needs to see and talk to him.

    Then we need to find a place to walk/run the Pack where they will NOT be mistaken for bear. Bear Bow season has started.

    This morning one of my jobs is to find their red vests.

    (Good Morning, MollyPop!)

  4. Melanie
    3:29 am on September 7th, 2010

    Good Morning Barb & MagPie!

  5. Melanie
    3:39 am on September 7th, 2010

    For FattyKitty: Found this on Mudflats (another blog). It was taken at the Alaskan State Fair.

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  6. Melanie
    3:44 am on September 7th, 2010
  7. Bluecat
    3:52 am on September 7th, 2010

    Thanks also to Mrs. A 'cause she married a writer who: "needs a lot of attention, is difficult and has trouble following directions", in the words of his own mother! In addition she reared 4 kids (not your goats, Rio). Loved her comment about PA maybe reverting to writing waterproof books.

    Have a good week everybody, especially you, Chet.

  8. Sam
    4:04 am on September 7th, 2010

    Kirby, your Mom is a good observer and then a good reporter. And she did all that reporting yesterday under the stress of criticism from a small chubby dog.

  9. Barb & Maggie
    4:08 am on September 7th, 2010

    Melanie, Barb and I like our bacon straight up. Covered with chocolate sounds weird. Barb said she heard of a bacon martini and she didn't think that sounded good either.

  10. Melanie
    4:22 am on September 7th, 2010

    MagPie, I think that State Fairs just try to see what is the most yucky stuff they can get people to eat.

    Bluecat: I agree with the Thanks to Mrs. A!!!


  11. B. Stover
    4:33 am on September 7th, 2010

    Chet and Charlie and Bernie…you are great!

    Good morning everyone. Problem: I have not had coffee yet (late start) and everyone is talking about chocolate bacon and bacon martinis….ewwwwwww.

    I have to finish reading yesterday's comments. We did more than 200 comments? Wow. That is because of the superb reporting skills of Kirby and Co….and the photos were an extra treat.

  12. Mollypop
    4:42 am on September 7th, 2010

    B. – Mom has now passed the 5 million mark playing Bookworm. This is the same game that she has been playing for over a month. She's using all of your hints, like getting rid of fire tiles right away, and playing a little bit and stopping if she's not getting big words.

    Mom thinks the game is about to end because she has a letter V on fire and no vowels around it.

  13. B. Stover
    4:55 am on September 7th, 2010

    Mollypop: What letters are around the V?

    We had 221 comments posted yesterday. (And Rio: Most of what Kirby posted in that one comment to you, and you said she should have posted it earlier….she had posted it earlier. Talk about reading every other word….Jeeeezzze!)

  14. FattyKitty
    4:57 am on September 7th, 2010

    Good Morning! We got up nice and early because the Librarian joined a walking group. But when she arrived at 6 am before the crack of dawn (what the Librarian's child calls "the butt-crack of dawn"), no one was there. L. wonders if they canceled but forgot to tell her? She went for a walk anyway and saw a murder of crows – 54 – practically a double murder.

    Anyway, the post today is one of the really best parts of Thereby Hangs a Tail, don't you agree?

  15. Gus and BooBear
    4:58 am on September 7th, 2010

    Yesterday was a fun day!! Thanks again to Kirby's mom for the excellent info. Y'all don't expect as thorough a job from our Mom. But she will try to let you know what happens in Houston. Maybe Macy's mom will come down from Fort Worth for extra ears and eyes.

    Again, in case Staff doesn't check last nights late posts, BooBear is the little yellow tabby and Gus is the dark tabby.

    Rio, are you safe from the fires in Colorado?

  16. Mollypop
    5:05 am on September 7th, 2010
  17. Barb & Maggie
    5:13 am on September 7th, 2010

    Melanie, You are right about the State Fair food. Some place they were serving fried beer. They put it into a ravioli type of pocket and deep fry it, somehow keeping the liquid inside. Sounds weird, but people say it is good.

    Also a thank you Mrs. A from Barb & Maggie

  18. Melanie
    5:18 am on September 7th, 2010

    Well, could you do diva and then the on fire V would be near u, e and another u.

    Of course, this is a game i totally bomb (not in a good way) at.

  19. Melanie
    5:19 am on September 7th, 2010

    MagPie, sounds weird. Like you bite into this pocket of deep fried dough and burn your mouth with hot beer.

  20. Sam
    5:20 am on September 7th, 2010

    I never get to go to a fair, but I watch Oprah with my girl and she did a show at a state fair. Everyone loved the fried butter and we want to try some.

  21. C. Harris
    5:22 am on September 7th, 2010

    Actually bacon and chocolate doesn't sound half bad. I once made a chili recipe that called for chocolate chips and it was tasty the first time I made it but on the 2nd attempt I made a bad call of increasing the chocolate chips (under the belief that if some is good, more is better). And, even worse, I served it for company. {{{{sigh}}}}

  22. Sam
    5:22 am on September 7th, 2010

    It was not my girl who did the show at the state fair, it was Oprah. Sorry, B.

  23. Riö - The Evil
    5:37 am on September 7th, 2010

    Grump!… Kirby’s gal did an excellent job of dribbling out information yesterday….snort!… My biggest problem was how long it took her to complete her story for goodness sakes…. grunt!… Why not write the events down in a clear logical story as most journalists would do??… sniff!… Then we could have asked her questions about certain things and not gotten off on all these other tangents that just muddied the waters even more…. wheeze! … If I have time today, I may go back and piece together her “tidbits” into one whole narrative, just for my own sanity….snort!

  24. Mollypop
    5:52 am on September 7th, 2010

    Melanie – Mom likes your suggestion. She has to settle down before she does anything. She's off having a conniption right now.

    Games like Tetris and Chaos have smartened up over the years so when you lose a game, you don't go back to ground zero. Those games let you start at higher levels. Bookworm will put Mom SOL when that fire tile reaches bottom.

  25. B. Stover
    5:53 am on September 7th, 2010

    Mollypop: You have to sacrifice the green "V." Play on the other side of the board. I'd do "robs" near the top right of the board. Then the red "V" will drop down and you can do "diva" to get rid of it. Let me know.

  26. Sam
    5:53 am on September 7th, 2010

    Rio, you seem a bit snappish again today. Have you started reading your Very Special Book?

  27. B. Stover
    5:58 am on September 7th, 2010

    Mollypop: If it's not too late…..Do everything I stated above but you can do "divan" instead of "diva."

  28. B. Stover
    6:02 am on September 7th, 2010

    Mollypop: One way not to sacrifice the green "V" is to do "van" using the green "V." Then you could do "vid" with the red "V" EXCEPT I don't know if Bookworm will accept "vid" as an abbreviation of video….I've never used it.

  29. Riö - The Evil
    6:04 am on September 7th, 2010

    Sammie!… I’m okay, my usual grumbly self really…grunt! … The fires are in Boulder – far enough away for us not to worry about losing our home…snort! … I bet it was a careless camper who started it. There were really high winds here yesterday, that’s how it grew so quickly…cough!

  30. B. Stover
    6:07 am on September 7th, 2010

    My niece lives in Boulder.

  31. Siberian Husky
    6:20 am on September 7th, 2010

    cool..THAT comes out in paperback today. I hope they have it displayed front and center in the bookstores. Mom will check. Mom always straightens up Chet's books when she is in the bookstore if they are messed up. I don't know why they don't let dogs in Barnes & Noble because they are letting select (trained, I suppose)little dogs in there so kids can read to them. That would bore me to tears, but mom and I could pretend I was there to be read to by the little kids.

    I had read somewhere before that Chet was Mrs. A's suggestion. Many, ManyMrs. A.

  32. Siberian Husky
    6:21 am on September 7th, 2010

    The ending up there should be Many, Many, Thanks, Mrs. A. the submit button has a hair trigger today.

  33. Siberian Husky
    6:26 am on September 7th, 2010

    Stover, they are evacuating some people from Boulder. I'll have to follow it more closely, probably on the internet.

    I agree with Rio. It was probably stupid campers over the holiday weekend that caused it. Rio, are you getting the smoke from the fire? Mom says that smoke is always filled with allergens.

  34. Melanie
    6:30 am on September 7th, 2010

    As a trained therapy dog, Ellie can go into hospitals, resthomes and schools. She had kids read to her there.

    I'm not sure B&N would think that a LARGE SHEDDING DROOLY Newfoundland should be in with their books. Though . . . hospitals are even cleaner.

    Ellie can't see Dan yet because he's in ICU. He is having his ventilator taking out!!!

    Sam: FRIED BUTTER! A heart attack in the making. Though the Pack has occasionally eaten butter right off the counter as in the entire stick. They liked it!

    Dawson: I can't believe that more chocolate didn't make something taste better. Chocolate is how I'm getting through this time. That and Wallace and Gromet.

    MollyPop: listen to B.Stover. I didn't even look at the other side of the board. Sort of like a someone here who reads every other post. snicker

  35. Mollypop
    6:43 am on September 7th, 2010

    B. and Melanie – Mom isn't going to even touch the game until close to dinner time. She has too many distractions this afternoon and wants to be able to stop conniping and concentrate on what she's doing. Then she will follow your instructions to a T. Ha ha, a little Bookworm joke.

  36. Siberian Husky
    6:43 am on September 7th, 2010

    Next to dogs, chocolate is the best therapy, mom says. How would I know.

    Dan is going to feel so much better getting that ventilator out. When Dan is out of ICU, Ellie can go see him!

    A large, shedding, drooly, Newfie would be fine with my mom in B&N, but that is just my mom. In fact, that would make my mom very happy and she might spend even more money.

  37. B. Stover
    6:51 am on September 7th, 2010

    Melanie: Did you find a new place for the Newfs to run with their red jackets?

  38. Barb & Maggie
    7:02 am on September 7th, 2010

    Rio, Barb has cousins in Englewood and Aurora. Are those areas anywher close to the fire or to you?

    We are having those high winds that you had a few days ago. A good day to stay in and read Ingrid.

    Thoughts are with Dan today, and keep those Newfies away from bow hunters. Yikes!

  39. Riö - The Evil
    7:04 am on September 7th, 2010

    Jackets!… I think a photo of the Newfs in their Red Jackets is called for!…snort!

  40. Siberian Husky
    7:06 am on September 7th, 2010

    I've been watching reports and video of the Boulder fire on the Denver tv stations' websites. It's a bad one and the weather forecast for today as far as helping them fight the fire doesn't look too promising.

  41. Melanie
    7:08 am on September 7th, 2010

    C. Harris!!!! SORRY, NOT Dawson

  42. Melanie
    7:11 am on September 7th, 2010

    Well, I had a time finding their jackets because they are ORANGE not red.

    But I found them. We think we have found a place. Zoë is going to check it out on the way home from the hospital.

    When the jackets are on and they are running, a picture will be in order!

  43. Siberian Husky
    7:13 am on September 7th, 2010

    cool…a picture would be appreciated

  44. Barb & Maggie
    7:29 am on September 7th, 2010

    Kirby's Mom, Small clarification from yesterday on Audrey. You said she was Burmese and Golden. Little detail, but Barb is being anal this morning–Burmese is a cat breed, but Bernese is a dog breed. So Audrey appears to be Bernese Mountain Dog and Golden Retriever mix.

  45. Melanie
    7:40 am on September 7th, 2010

    SiberH: just give us a few days on the pic . . .

  46. Siberian Husky
    7:42 am on September 7th, 2010

    I'll be glad to Melanie…I have more patience than our beloved pug.

  47. Riö - The Evil
    7:59 am on September 7th, 2010

    Crap!….Now we have to wait days for a photo of the Newfs?…snort!… What the hell??

    Melanie!… I am very relieved to hear that Dan will be taken off the ventilator today…. sniff!… This means he is doing much better, doesn’t it?…snorkel.

  48. Barb & Maggie
    8:09 am on September 7th, 2010

    How is Staff feeling today?

    Rio, Just be patient. It will help if you busy your little pug mind by reading some TFAT. Barb is reading Ingrid, because it is too damn windy to be outside!

  49. Riö - The Evil
    8:10 am on September 7th, 2010

    Laughter!… Someone sent this to me and I found it very funny…snort!…I kept thinking of my grandma and the funny stuff she does and says while watching this!…sneeze!

  50. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:10 am on September 7th, 2010

    River Dog, have you considered doggy valium. We could probably all take up a collection to get you some.

    At the Texas state fair the top treat is going to be deep fried frito pie, followed by deep fried margaritas. I think there must be some kind of a rule that all fair food must be fried.

    We are thinking corn dogs and twister taters, but even if the peeps go, I doubt they will bring us anything, <cite>hmmph

  51. Riö - The Evil
    8:13 am on September 7th, 2010

    Video!….There is a paragraph below the video above that explains why this lady is speaking/praying…heh!

  52. Mollypop
    8:28 am on September 7th, 2010

    Rio – That video is just like my Mom.

  53. Melanie
    8:35 am on September 7th, 2010

    The important thing is that Dan thinks he is getting better now too.

    Now he wants a chair.

    Zoë told the nurses to watch him, because he'll try to get in one and they don't think he's quite ready for it yet.

    The Man is a FIghter!

  54. Siberian Husky
    8:40 am on September 7th, 2010

    That's a funny video and a neat lady and a good reminder for all of us to be understanding.

    Macy, the UNM Lobos will be playing Texas Tech this weekend. Mom and I will be cheering for Texas Tech.

  55. dawson
    8:41 am on September 7th, 2010

    Yikes! You sleep in and look what happens! Nearly 50 posts to read already. Melanie caught her boo-boo before I could point it out.

    C.Harris: Our trees are turning yellow, it's hovering near 0 degrees at night and the days are getting darker. It's bound to be more extreme where you are. Chocolate in chili? I'd have to try a little in a bowl before I ruined the whole batch.

    Mrs. A: Thank you for keeping Mr. A. on the up and up.

    Faye's Henhouse Quilts: Thanks for the use of your shop and thanks to all the people who helped support the making of our quilt.

    Melanie: You can't keep a good man down.

    Now I'll watch Rio's video. I need a laugh.

  56. B. Stover
    8:59 am on September 7th, 2010

    That was really funny Rio. Thanks.

    I just thought of something: Do the paperback editions of DOI and THAT have extras as the Ingrid series does?

  57. B. Stover
    9:00 am on September 7th, 2010

    Melanie: It's very good that Dan feels he's getting better. Say hi to Dan and Zoe for me.

  58. Nan
    9:15 am on September 7th, 2010

    Such a wonderful passage. Great writing, deep kindness toward the characters, and the Chet humor. A reader couldn't ask for more.

  59. dawson
    9:28 am on September 7th, 2010

    Nan: You're right. That passage takes me through several emotions and then leaves me at the door with Chet, looking forward to what happens next.

  60. Staff
    9:42 am on September 7th, 2010

    HI there Dawson, Nice to see you. I didn't sleep in but I just had a lovely nap.

    Later I will be going to the Quilt shop again to do some of the hand work on the quilt. (I am thinking Sam would prefer gold thread instead of silver.) I have a fistful of tiny stars to embroider onto her velveteen. And everyone will get eyes today! Baseballs and Tiara's are going on. My goodness such fun!

    I am glad to hear about Dan. Keep on keeping on Dan.

    I am getting quite worried about Cody. I pray he is OK. Prayers for WWW and family.

  61. Mollypop
    9:50 am on September 7th, 2010

    Dawson – Our sunset in Buffalo is at 7:31. Mom is part of the Race Committee that runs sailboat races here. Everyone wanted to extend the season for 2 more Wednesdays. How crazy. The first fleet starts at 6:10 and then fleets go off every 5 minutes with the last one at 6:35. Oh and about 80 boats race and the boats are identified by the numbers on their sails. In the dark? Is that nuts or what?

  62. Riö - The Evil
    9:52 am on September 7th, 2010

    Staff!… Are you going to use my baseballs?…snort!snort!… I thought you threw those away! This is getting way too exciting!…wheeze!

  63. Sam
    9:53 am on September 7th, 2010

    Staff, whatever color you pick for me will be beautiful. I'm going to be a real Princess! Ohboyohboyohboy!

  64. Riö - The Evil
    10:02 am on September 7th, 2010

    Sammie!….Right! You’re a real Princess and I’m Ubaldo Jimenez… snicker!

  65. B. Stover
    10:24 am on September 7th, 2010

    What baseballs Rio?

  66. B. Stover
    10:24 am on September 7th, 2010

    Hi Nan. How are you?

  67. Riö - The Evil
    10:42 am on September 7th, 2010

    Baseballs!…. My friend found them at the Quilt store when she was spending her weekends there looking befuddled…. Heh! … They are actual Major League Baseballs that have been shrunk down to button size so that they can be used for decoration – such as on a Quilt for a special Author….sniff!

  68. Mollypop
    10:43 am on September 7th, 2010

    Rio – Mom just ordered some bead charms for her bracelet –

    from PUGSTER.COM !!!

  69. B. Stover
    10:50 am on September 7th, 2010

    I wonder how they shrunk baseballs to button size.

    I'm going to watch the latest episode of Rubicon.

  70. Riö - The Evil
    10:50 am on September 7th, 2010

    Molly!…Does a Pug by the name of Cornelius run that site? ….snort!

  71. Riö - The Evil
    10:52 am on September 7th, 2010

    Stover!…. I wondered that too when she showed them to me…. cough!

  72. dawson
    11:00 am on September 7th, 2010

    Mollypop: I shouldn't be complaining. Our sun rises at 6:22 and sets at 7:54. However we lose about 4 minutes of light each day.

  73. Barb & Maggie
    11:08 am on September 7th, 2010

    Haven't heard from Wolfie today. Wondering about Cody.

  74. B. Stover
    11:11 am on September 7th, 2010

    We haven't heard from Kirby and Co. either. Co. is probably exhausted.

  75. Mollypop
    11:15 am on September 7th, 2010

    Dawson – When do you get dark, dark? I know C. Harris is farther north, but do you finally reach no daylight?

  76. Mollypop
    11:17 am on September 7th, 2010

    Melanie and B. – Mom is pouring a glass of red wine and going for Bookworm. First she's going to re-check your instructions. I can't watch!

  77. Mollypop
    11:22 am on September 7th, 2010

    Oh boy, Mom is conniping again. Her Bookworm is on the iPad so it looks like it's a bit different.

    She did 'robs' and the V column did not move down.

  78. Riö - The Evil
    11:41 am on September 7th, 2010

    Bookworm!…This battle between Mollys gal and bookworm is really exciting!…snort! …You can do it!

  79. dawson
    11:43 am on September 7th, 2010

    Mollypop: We are at 58 degrees latitude so we always have some daylight. From about 10 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon at the shortest day. Good luck on that bookworm.

  80. Siberian Husky
    12:17 pm on September 7th, 2010

    And the nights are already getting down to 0…Paradise, sigh

  81. Debbie LM
    12:28 pm on September 7th, 2010

    We had 90 degrees again today – jeesh! Enough with the summer already. It's not as though we live in Florida!!!! 0 at night sounds heavenly! We'd settle for some 40 degree nights. Sigh…just few more weeks hopefully.

  82. Mollypop
    12:34 pm on September 7th, 2010

    I would guess that Dawson means 0 Celsius which is 32 F. Is that correct?

  83. Sam
    12:41 pm on September 7th, 2010

    So 89 degrees today and the next 2 or 3 days will be in the 60's.

  84. dawson
    12:55 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Yes, I do mean Celsius. I envy you guys your hot weather. Nothing but clouds and rain for the past week. Back to work tomorrow.

  85. dawson
    12:58 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Right now it is about 54 degrees Fahrenheit which is the warmest it has been in several days.

  86. Siberian Husky
    1:12 pm on September 7th, 2010

    hee hee, thanks Molly. I forgot every other country but us use Celsius. I won't be so jealous now. It has already gotten below freezing in some of the small mountain towns in northern NM.

    It is only 85 degrees here today.

  87. B. Stover
    1:39 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Sorry Mollypop. I was off the computer for a while. Your Bookworm is different. Okay….You can do "van" with the green "v" and the red "v" should drop down along with the "g" and "u." My Bookworm lets me do "guv" (a British expression). Let me look at this some more.

  88. Melanie
    1:45 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Dawson: Did I miss the post? How DID your painting go?

    We've been down in the 40's for lows, but that's going to end. At least for a few more weeks.

  89. B. Stover
    1:49 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Blast! Mollypop–The red "v" didn't drop down because of the green "v." It's giving it another chance. Can you do "cad" on the right side? If so, the red "v" should drop this time then you can do "divan." Try the "cad" and let me know what's on the board then.

  90. Melanie
    1:56 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Riö, that video was great. Zoë and I really laughed. The woman was great; deadpanned humor. Very good timing.

  91. Mollypop
    2:07 pm on September 7th, 2010

    B. – Mom's game doesn't look like that anymore. After 'robs' when nothing happened, Mom decided to make the Vs drop one tile by doing 'awe' using only the E from the V column. Well, holy cow, many tiles dropped. Green V disappeared, fire V is second from the bottom. We are really SOL. It's not even worth taking a picture. Mom is going to make either 'seven' using 2 tiles from thr column next door or 'event' using 1 tile from the column next door.

  92. Mollypop
    2:14 pm on September 7th, 2010

    b. – Okay, big question. Mom did 'seven' so the next door column would drop two. Now she can make 'ova' but we need to know if she deals with one of the now 5 other fire tiles higher up, will that darn V, one tile from the bottom, move or will it stay put for a turn?

  93. B. Stover
    2:18 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Mollypop: It won't stay put if it's not above a green tile. It would be better if I could see the board.

  94. B. Stover
    2:21 pm on September 7th, 2010

    It would also stay put if it's above a gold tile…or it should…for at least one turn.

  95. Mollypop
    2:29 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Some bad stuff happened – here it is. Maybe it gets nasty at each million mark of score.

    [img ][/img]

  96. Melanie
    2:30 pm on September 7th, 2010

    This is Melanie glad she does not play Bookworm!

  97. B. Stover
    2:46 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Mollypop: If you do "fad" (you could do "fade" but I'd save the "e" for now) using the f second column from left, "a" third from left and red d above the a, you should have the red v at the bottom with an a on top of it and a c left of it (first column second from bottom). My Bookworm lets me do "vac." Then the red i would me at the bottom and you can do "mig" which my Bookworm lets me do. Then we'd have to see what we are left with. (I think I'm holding my breath.)

  98. B. Stover
    2:51 pm on September 7th, 2010

    I have another move if it's not too late…..I think the red I is going to remove the A…..

  99. B. Stover
    2:53 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Fad but use the A above the F (second column from left). That leaves via (v on the bottom, i on top, a to the right) which my Bookworm allows…..

  100. B. Stover
    2:57 pm on September 7th, 2010

    After that you should have "bit"…b third column from left, i second column, red t first column. On the right, you should be able to do win. That leaves a red s which should not be difficult to eliminate.

  101. Mollypop
    3:01 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Okay, she's gonna do it.

  102. Mollypop
    3:07 pm on September 7th, 2010

    The first 2 moves were great! End of that crisis. The I for bit is all the way at the bottom. Also there are now 6 fire tiles.

  103. B. Stover
    3:09 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Blast! I'd need to see the board. (Is "ore" the bonus word still available…in the middle?)

  104. dawson
    3:10 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Melanie: I'm glad I don't do bookworm too. Painting is a slow process for me. I wish I had Staff with me today to choose colors because the prep and priming of (this portion of) the wall is done and I am not good with colors. Plus the man of the house is even worse (IMO) and I let him choose the entryway – now I find that he has chosen what looks like bright turquoise – I'm freaking out.

  105. Mollypop
    3:13 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Whew – Mom got rid of all the rest. This game has gone crazy. Thanks B. – Mom can now plunder on. Stay tuned for the next problem. This will now be a blog game.

  106. B. Stover
    3:15 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Mollypop: Whew! That score is amazing. You are the Queen of Bookworm.

  107. dawson
    3:17 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Mollypop: Yikes!

  108. Melanie
    3:28 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Congratulations MollyPop's Mom!

    ( I was waiting with "baited" breath)

    Dawson: I understand about the colors. I get those little paint folder things and how you are supposed to tell what a room would look like from less than 1 square inch of color is beyond me. Luckily, when I did the bedroom, I actually got a different color than I had ordered but I liked it better anyway. That room had NEVER been painted, had 4 different types of wallpaper and dated back 198 years. Too bad we couldn't have saved some of the wallpaper, but it disintegrated.

    Now my workroom was a horse of a different color. snicker

    I was patching holes with that white stuff, but the room had been painted around 15 years ago with semi gloss for some reason. I could tell that there was a bottom coat and then one coat of white over it. When I found one small bit with no white and matched it and Jesse (our go to guy) painted over the holes; IT WAS ORANGE! Luckily, the white over it was perfect and you can't tell where it was painted. Though when I'm in my workroom, it's like being in a juicy cantaloupe.

    We did discover an old window that had been plastered over in my bedroom when they added the new addition. The new addition is from the Civil War era.

  109. Melanie
    3:34 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Hey Wöölfie Wigglebutt, praying for your family and your boys.

  110. dawson
    3:43 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Melanie: I got what I thought was a creamy mint green but it has turned out to be jailhouse green. Oops. 🙁

  111. Riö - The Evil
    4:06 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Paint!…. When we first moved over to this new city, my friend bought an old house and picked out the colors for every room because the house was all Yellow and Green…snort!… When all the painting was done, her mother walked through the house and kept saying what soothing nice colors…grunt!… All funny now because every time a color was picked her mother disagreed with it and a battle ensued…sniff!… But my friend had it painted her way and she thinks it is very nice (and so does her mother)… grunt!

    Paint etc…. She says the key is to by a small amount of the paint you “think” you want to use and put it on a patch of the wall… grunt!…Then let it dry. Paint changes after it dries apparently….sniff!

    Bookworm!… I wish I could play that game….damn!

  112. Sam
    4:40 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Traffic, oh boy, the family thought we had bad traffic here until they did the NYC and DC trips. They were using the GPS and one time after they got moving again, they saw their arrival time had gone up by 45 minutes.

  113. Macy the Min-Pin
    4:40 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Melanie, mom wants me to tell you that at the Big Orange Box where she works you can buy a small jar of any color you are interested in, paint a little spot then let it dry. Much easier than squinting at the paper square!

    I never did mention, Darn you Rio, that Walmart people link you put up cost us an entire evening and we didn't even finish. Then, someone had posted it on Facebook. Seems to be making the rounds. Some of those people are unbelievable. If our kind goes out looking ridiculous at least it is not our fault!

  114. Riö - The Evil
    4:43 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Stover!… Wasn’t the acting ability of the young guy who plays Miles on Rubicon excellent in the latest episode!… wow!

  115. dawson
    4:50 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Rio: what colors did your friend pick out? I thought a light green would be calming but this is not as light as I would like. Maybe it will look better tomorrow. Or, I may rag another color over it.

  116. B. Stover
    5:02 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Rio: Yes you can play Bookworm. I downloaded my copy from a cd I bought. I think Mollypop downloaded it from online.

    Yes Miles was very good. I have to watch it again.

  117. Riö - The Evil
    5:22 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Dawson!… I couldn’t tell you what their names are, but they are all light pastels except the bedroom, its a bit darker and warmer… sniff!…Each room has a distinct feel from the color. We did not move into the house until all the painting was done… snort!… It’s older so the floor bases, windows and doors all have woodwork around them, I guess. She had those parts painted white- so they border all the colors in a nice way… snorkel…She needs all the calming effects she can get, if you get my drift…heh!

  118. Riö - The Evil
    5:25 pm on September 7th, 2010

    MinPin!…We sit and laugh at those Walmart people for a while, but then we realize what a stupid and lazy society we live in these days and get disgusted… snort! … Unbelievable for sure…grunt!

  119. Riö - The Evil
    5:48 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Stover!… When you re-watch the episode, ask yourself whether the head honcho of API actually was given a polygraph test or not….snort!…We here tend to believe he did NOT have to take one… sniff!

  120. Staff
    6:00 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Just came in to read the blog after Quilting tonight. Gosh it takes longer than I thought to do the hand work. I have about 40 rhinestones glittering around Sam and her name embroidered with gold thread.

    Have to do the stars and eyes tomorrow. Those poor dogs and cats are begging for their eyes.

    I am going to get ready for bed now and come back and see what is going on.

    PS Twins win!

    Heh heh heh

  121. Riö - The Evil
    6:19 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Sammie!….She will be lit from Rhinestones every time Spencer or The Charming Mr. Abrahams turns on a light!…Hey!…How about my baseballs? Where prey tell did you put them?…snort!

  122. Staff
    6:23 pm on September 7th, 2010

    The baseballs will also be going on tomorrow. I intend to put them near the Rockies field and the other block with the base ball fabric on it. Should we give one to Sammy?

    Tee hee

  123. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:23 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Uh, staff, Sam's block sounds nice, but let's not forget which little black pooch is a princess. But we are sure it will be great and are not going to go all diva, unlike some folks we know.

    Looks like our rangers may go down again tonight. sigh

    <acronym title="">Macy out.

  124. Staff
    6:24 pm on September 7th, 2010

    anyone who wants a baseball on their block let me know. I have plenty of them.

  125. Staff
    6:25 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Macy, Maybe if we give you a baseball they will have better luck!

  126. Siberian Husky
    6:33 pm on September 7th, 2010

    I would like a baseball please, if it is not too much trouble.

    The Rangers are in a bad slump and need to get with it. They can do a lot better than they have been doing.

    WOO WOO Rockies won! Cargo hit a home run!

    Good Night All!

  127. Riö - The Evil
    6:35 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Rockies!…Winnit! Again! 4 – 3 over the Reds….Wooooo! …September has been good so far!.. Wheeee!

    Uhhhh!…Staff! ….Are you sure the size of the baseball will not mess up the Rockies baseball square???… Don’t do anything drastic here… I like that square the way it is….. Go crazy with the baseball fabric square and anyone else’s you intend to baseballify… snort!

    ****Do not mess with my Rockies Baseball Square***

    Please!….unless you show me first, but then it is too late. So just Stop, Drop and Roll, please….wheeze!

  128. dawson
    6:37 pm on September 7th, 2010

    I could have baseball eyes. 🙂

  129. Riö - The Evil
    6:41 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Heh!… A baseball right in front of SiberH’s paws would be great!…snort!… Please do not sign it “The Isotopes”… Not that it would fit on that miniture MLB baseball…heh!

  130. Riö - The Evil
    6:42 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Dawson!… HA!..snort!

  131. Riö - The Evil
    6:44 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Dawson!… Is your square going to be signed by you???…grunt!

  132. dawson
    6:49 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Staff: I'm just kidding. I've been breathing paint fumes.

  133. Staff
    6:57 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Good Dawson,

    I am glad you are kidding. I don't think baseball eyes would work. Although sometimes they do hit a "seeing eye single"

    Nah, you get button eyes just like all the rest. They work the best.

    Siber-H, I am on it. You can have a baseball too. Alice and Abbie both want one also.

    Rio, The baseballs will go under your wonderful Rockies field on the baseball fabric. That should be OK with you shouldn't it?

    Fatty Kitty, do you want a baseball for your Billings team?

    Just let me know. I will check back tomorrow. I was really tempted to tell Rio I was going to put baseballs all over Rocky field. Sort of like batting practice out there. Then we could all watch him connip.

    Night all,


    PS Yesterday was a great blog day! I am impressed with Kirby T!

  134. Staff
    6:59 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Oh yeah,

    Dawson's square will have her name on it just like Alice's and Abbie's. It is a little harder to read because of the doggie colored fabric, but it is there.


  135. Riö - The Evil
    7:10 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Staff!… Yes! On the fabric underneath the field will be perfect!…snort!… For a moment there I thought you were going to litter my hard fought field with those gigantic baseballs and ruin the delicate perspective…heh!.. I love that my baseballs will be on other baseball fans squares! (even Alice!)…Woooo!… I Can Not Wait to See IT!…snuff!

  136. Riö - The Evil
    7:14 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Night All!… Sleep Tight and don’t let the nasty Bed Bugs Bite…sniff!sniff!…Rockie will be on it at your beck and call if you need help!… snort! …Day or Day….Limited hours….Call ahead 24 hours….cough!

  137. B. Stover
    9:15 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Rio: You could play Bookworm.

  138. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:28 pm on September 7th, 2010

    Kirby!… I bet Kirby is mad at me for telling his friend what to do! …heh!…That’s my impatient nature when I have to wait 12 hours or more for a story that I have already waited eight plus months for…grump!… I still want to pull all those single posts into one narrative so I can remember everything… snort!… Probably not tonight, because someone got home really late because of TRAFFIC!! Go figure, we move here to get away from TRAFFIC and now that the Busy Season place has moved out West where all the Smoke from the fire is at, and she now has TRAFFIC again…wheeze!… She came home late tonight and was really pissed off…sniff! …At least I got my supper and now we are watching the Rockies kick some more butt!… woooooo!

    Stover!… I could?…sniff?

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