Getting Started

We moved through the abandoned house in Cactus Heights, side by side, which is how Bernie and I do these things even though deep down I prefer to be first. There was nothing inside except bare walls and bare floors with big holes here and there. “That’s where thieves took the wiring and the copper pipes,” Bernie said. “Like we’re living in some third world … ” His voice trailed off. Were we looking for wiring and copper thieves? We’d had a copper case once before, involving a mine and some gunplay, the rest of it pretty dim in my mind.

But meanwhile I was just following the smell. It led through a big room, down a hall, into a small room and to a closet. Bernie sniffed the air. I love when he does that! “You smell anything, Chet?” That Bernie! Who wouldn’t love him? I stood by the closet door. Open it up, Bernie, let’s get started.


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155 Responses to “Getting Started”

  1. BStover
    4:22 am on August 30th, 2010

    Chet: It's too bad that you can't open closet doors!

  2. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:26 am on August 30th, 2010

    Don't just stand there, Chet. Bark!!!! Let that olfactory-disabled Bernie know there's something there!!!

  3. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:32 am on August 30th, 2010

    Mom's making meese! Is that the plural of moose, Bee? She's making moose cupcakes for library staff, because they're celebrating the end of the summer reading program, and a moose was the symbol for "Splash Into Reading!" She's using an idea she got from a book (of course) and changing it a little to suit her way of doing things (also of course). I wish she'd let me take a taste, but they have chocolate frosting, and as Mom is fond of telling me, chocolate isn't good for dogs! Boooo! (Oh, I forgot, we're not supposed to say boo. That's bad sportsmanship!)

  4. B. Stover
    4:35 am on August 30th, 2010

    Good morning Kirby. The cupcakes sound interesting.

  5. Riö - The Evil
    4:52 am on August 30th, 2010

    Grunt!…What the hell!?…snort!…How short was that post up there?…sniff!

  6. Barb & Maggie
    5:01 am on August 30th, 2010

    I think we are getting close. Spence likes to keep us guessing, but perhaps tomorrow we will finally learn what Chet has been smelling.

    Barb is departing on a day trip to Wisconsin. She is going to a friend's cottage by the Sugar River, and will be having lunch there.

    She said she is leaving me home alone, so guess I will have some nap time.

    By the way, that stewing hen she made yesterday was one tough old bird. She started cooking it at 3:30 and finally had dinner at 8:30! It was totally delish, but who would have thought it would take 5 hours to get tender?

  7. Barb & Maggie
    5:06 am on August 30th, 2010

    Kirby, I hope those cupcakes just look like moose, and don't actually contain any moose meat. They must be for humans, cause we doggies can't have chocolate.

  8. Riö - The Evil
    5:18 am on August 30th, 2010

    Boooo!… One cliff hanger after another!…snort!…As Stover is fond of saying, "I hate cliff hangers on blogs!"…dammit!…I think I got out of my bed on the wrong side this morning…yawn!

  9. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:27 am on August 30th, 2010

    Maggie: They do look like moose, although I'm not sure if they have moose in them or not. I know Mom never took me hunting, but I'm not sure if they sell moose meat at any grocery stores around here. I'll have to ask Mom.

  10. dawson
    5:31 am on August 30th, 2010

    Poor Bernie. It does take him awhile. Chet smelled something about 22 bazillion years ago when Bernie first brought him to this abandoned housing project. He barked then but Bernie didn't listen.

    Barb and Maggie: Sugar River in Wisconsin. Sweet.

    Kirby T. Penworthy: Moose hunting season starts in a few days.

  11. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:32 am on August 30th, 2010

    Mom just snapped a quick picture of one of the cupcakes. It's a little out of focus, but she says she has to get ready to go, so that will have to do for now!

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  12. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:34 am on August 30th, 2010

    Dawson: I hope there isn't any moose in them, I don't want Mom to get arrested for hunting out of season! But I'm sure they'll be gone before the season starts, so no hunters should be coming after us!

  13. Riö - The Evil
    5:35 am on August 30th, 2010

    Wow!… That really does look like a Moose, especially the antlers…snort! …I wonder how she did the moose nose??….cough!

  14. dawson
    5:35 am on August 30th, 2010

    Now that's too cute to shoot.

  15. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:37 am on August 30th, 2010

    Rio: It's a Twinkie cut at an angle, then covered in melted chocolate. I was hoping I'd get the little pieces of Twinkie she cut off, but she put them all in a little bag and gave them to my boy as he walked out the door on his way to class. Sigh!

  16. B. Stover
    5:40 am on August 30th, 2010

    Kirby: That's amazing! The summer readers will love them!

    Dawson: If you've had it, what does moose taste like? (And please don't say "chicken.")

    Okay folks: WHAT IS IN THE CLOSET ????

  17. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:41 am on August 30th, 2010

    I would like a moose cupcake, with extra moose. Doesn't have to have frosting, just plenty of moose, moose, moose!

  18. Siberian Husky
    5:46 am on August 30th, 2010

    The sled dogs in Alaska get to eat a lot of moose. I don't, but I would settle for one of those cupcakes right now.

    Since Bernie can now smell it, there has to be something in the closet. Humans can't smell worth a darn. They have handicapped noses.

  19. Riö - The Evil
    5:50 am on August 30th, 2010

    Moose!… It seems like the moose nose would tip over the whole cupcake and yet it doesn’t! Amazing!…snort!

  20. Siberian Husky
    5:57 am on August 30th, 2010

    Rattlesnake is suppose to taste like chicken. One of our nutty neighbors has tried it and says so. Stover's post caused that to pop into my mind.

  21. dawson
    5:58 am on August 30th, 2010

    Kirby T. Yummilicious.

    B. Stover: First bite I had made me positively nauseous. Second bite too (I'm a slow learner.) Maybe that was a bad moose because I've had lots of moose since then and it's like a very lean beef with a bit of a moosey aftertaste.

    If it was a dead body the first time Chet and Bernie were there, then it would stink to the rafters by now. But what else could it be?

  22. Riö - The Evil
    5:58 am on August 30th, 2010

    Antlers!… It could be the Antlers that balance out the whole thing!….grunt!…This is an engineering marvel!… snort!… I can’t take my eyes off of it!

  23. dawson
    6:02 am on August 30th, 2010

    I agree with Rio: Those cupcakes are stupendous. Even the moose is smiling.

  24. Riö - The Evil
    6:07 am on August 30th, 2010

    Body!… At first I was with Dawson on the smelling to high heaven….snort!….Because it’s been over 3 months OR MORE for us to get this far in the story doesn’t mean Chet and Bernie have been away from the housing development that long….grunt!… Not even a whole day, right Stover?….sniff!sniff!

  25. Mollie (a black pood
    6:09 am on August 30th, 2010

    Kirby: Very cute cupcake. So clever the way it keeps from tipping over. I bet it is a dead body in the closet. I don't think it is Astrid. Hopefully we will find out tomorrow.

  26. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:09 am on August 30th, 2010

    omg–Those cupcakes are the cutest thing ever!! Kirby, your mom is a genius! And the cupcakes look like they're vanilla, so maybe your mom could give you a bite or two?

    Mom emailed me from LA, and she is taking the train home today.

    I missed her a little bit, but now that my boys are home I am pretty happy.

    Where on earth is Lexi?????!!!!!!

    Staff, I'm glad that you don't have an infection, but I hope your toe feels better soon.

    Hmmmm…..the closet……what can the smell be…..??

    Something to do with Astrid, I think. Maybe something with her perfume on it?

  27. B. Stover
    6:17 am on August 30th, 2010

    Rio is correct. Within the context of this blog story, it may only be a day since C&B were at the housing development. I think that it has to be more than perfume because when Chet first smelled it he said that scent was important in their line of work. It must be a body but I think I'm beyond guessing at this point. Oh heck, why not….It occurs to me that it's Foster…don't know why.

  28. FattyKitty
    6:21 am on August 30th, 2010

    I suspect Ratko in the closet. He knew something and had to be liquidated. But he has been seen too recently to already be smelly, right? OR it could be the money with the perfume on it…but I'm getting mixed up. Is the smelly money missing? It's been so long I forget.

    Those moose cupcakes are so clever. I have no desire to eat one as they are not tuna.

    We're still with Ingrid in Behind the Curtain…what's in the letter that fell down into Grampy's heat duct? What's that "vice president" really doing in Echo Falls? I'm sure I can guess who owns the property across the road from Grampy. Ah well. The Librarian has to run errands for awhile today so we'll have to wait. Signing out for now. >^..^<

  29. Melanie
    6:29 am on August 30th, 2010

    Twinkies! I remember twinkies. I wonder if they make them gluten free.

    I'm back! So Rosie went to off to Prague! That must have been a very intense time.

    Dan had to have the operation. He making a slow comeback. He's a nice guy (besides being a great Dad) he certainly doesn't deserve this.

    I've got a LOT of catching up to do. I did figure out how to get to Chet's blog, but when I enlarged it so I could read it, Chet the Dog sit was big. So I sort'a knew what was going on, maybe. . .

    I'll put up a pic or two from my vacation in a little while. Actually need to work as YSAS's manager for a few minutes. I did get to see him and his SO.

    As was on Cape Ann for those of you who know the area. In the town of Essex is Woodman's. They started as a small clam shack.

    Some one in the family must have celiac because now (except for the onion rings) everything is gluten free. Took YSAS and SO there for dinner. PIGGED OUT ON SEAFOOD!

    I agree with those who say not a dead body. Unless it's been wrapped up pretty well. Perhaps the suitcases???

  30. B. Stover
    6:31 am on August 30th, 2010

    The perfumed money was given to Foster by Bernie. I'm still guessing that the "other dude" is the murderer of Albie and of whoever is in the closet for the reasons previously mentioned…a long time ago now. (His interest in Astrid.) Ratko doesn't seem to fit my concept of the other dude.

  31. B. Stover
    6:34 am on August 30th, 2010

    It's good to have you back Melanie. I'm sorry Dan had to have the operation.

  32. Riö - The Evil
    6:35 am on August 30th, 2010

    Guess!…My guess is it is a Kat who got locked up in a closet….heh!

    Staff!…Please keep us updated on your toes condition…sniff!… I do worry about you, you know…snorkel!

  33. Siberian Husky
    6:37 am on August 30th, 2010

    Welcome back, Melanie. I'm so sorry to hear about Dan having surgery. Keep us posted, please. He has been through so much.

    I am glad that staff does not have an infected toe. Those posts from last night had me going for awhile.

  34. Siberian Husky
    6:48 am on August 30th, 2010

    Melanie? How is Bess doing?

    Mom has to go do errands. eeek She is turning off my computer.

  35. Jasper the Poodle
    7:11 am on August 30th, 2010

    Luggage! Me thinks luggage!

    It's hotter than Satan's back yard fire pit here in the land of no jobs (Grand Rapids, MI). I'm laying on the arm of mom's chair with the fan blowing right on me. It doesn't get better than this!

    Mom's headed to the dentist this afternoon. Something about her crown breaking off. Maybe she can get a treat after her tooth is fixed.

  36. dawson
    7:22 am on August 30th, 2010

    Jasper: Don't tell Lois about the crown.

    Melanie: Give Dan our wishes for a speedy recovery.

    Staff: Go easy on the toe.

  37. Riö - The Evil
    7:30 am on August 30th, 2010

    Grunt!…What is it with all this shoddy dental work?….grump!

  38. Riö - The Evil
    7:31 am on August 30th, 2010

    Smelly! … I sure hope it ‘s not Ratko in the closet. I haven’t even met that slimball yet!…snort!…Maybe it’s just his dirty laundry?….sniff!sniff!

  39. dawson
    7:45 am on August 30th, 2010

    B. Stover: More moose eating tips. You cook the long leg bones over a fire then crack them in half and scoop out the marrow. Take a piece of moose meat (which is very lean so rather dry for my taste – I like fat) put some marrow on it and yummy. That is my favorite way to eat moose.

  40. Riö - The Evil
    8:02 am on August 30th, 2010

    Gag!…Are you trying to make us all sick Dawson?…. barf!

  41. Riö - The Evil
    8:03 am on August 30th, 2010

    Bones!…Although, I wouldn’t mind gnawing on one of those big long moose bones…snort!…No marrow please!

  42. dawson
    8:07 am on August 30th, 2010

    I was trying to get a reaction out of you.

  43. dawson
    8:11 am on August 30th, 2010

    Rio: You would totally love the marrow. You don't really have to chew it. Gumming it works just fine.

  44. dawson
    8:21 am on August 30th, 2010

    Okay, okay…I got my laugh for the day. Thanks Rio. I will cease and desist from any more moose stories, true though they may be, and go back to cup cakes.

    I made some Burger Cupcakes last week that were fun. The white cupcake cut in half was the bun. A brownie cut with a round biscuit cutter was the burger. Fresh sliced strawberries were the tomatoes, vanilla custard was the mayonnaise and butter cream frosting tinted green for the relish and pink for catsup. They were a real hit but I'll probably not do that again. More work than a moose bone.

  45. BStover
    8:23 am on August 30th, 2010

    I'm at Barnes and Noble drinking a berry smoothie…and I think I'll be sick….No moose for me, ever.

  46. Riö - The Evil
    8:24 am on August 30th, 2010

    Dawson!… You did get a reaction out of me…grunt!… I urped up all over her rug…..yeep!

  47. dawson
    8:26 am on August 30th, 2010

    Uncontrollable laughter.

  48. Riö - The Evil
    8:26 am on August 30th, 2010

    Stover!… Is she living The Life of Leisure or what? ….heh! …Don't throw-up in Barnes and Nobles…sniff!… I know from experience they frown on that kind of behaviour…cough!

  49. dawson
    8:30 am on August 30th, 2010

    Time for a bike ride. I'll be having spontaneous bursts of laughter all down the trail. Waiting for the stomachs to settle. You guys are wusses, no offense intended as I love you dearly 🙂

  50. Melanie
    8:38 am on August 30th, 2010
  51. BStover
    8:39 am on August 30th, 2010

    Are you not allowed in B&N anymore Rio? I'm reading a student's senior thesis on The Sublime (as developed in the Romantic Period). It's good and so is my smoothie. I have totally forgotten about moose marrow….totally…

  52. Melanie
    8:40 am on August 30th, 2010

    My photos are "awaiting moderation". 1:38 pm

    Dawson, I don't think I've heard so many people get sick on on post! Awesome!

  53. Melanie
    8:45 am on August 30th, 2010

    I heard a funny dog and elk story. And it's real . .

    Some guy had killed and butchered an elk and for some unknown reason through the hide over the fence of a guy who had dogs.

    It was in the bushes and the guy didn't know it for sometime. He DID notice that his dogs were smelly and yucky as if they had rolled in something. His dogs then resorted to a pack behavior, howling but it sounded muffled.

    The guy goes out and his dogs are IN the elk hide, gnawing away and howling. They were having a wonderful time.

    They would not let him near their kill. So for three days and nights, he had to put up with howling, gnawing and smelly dogs. They then tired of their toy and he was able to get rid of it.

  54. Riö - The Evil
    8:55 am on August 30th, 2010

    Hide!… I know someone who would have a HUGE conniption fit if her neighbor threw an Elk hide into her grapevines… heh!

  55. BStover
    9:05 am on August 30th, 2010

    I think talking loudly on cell phones in public should be outlawed. A jerk at the next table is on a conference call and I think everyone in the entire store knows what his opinions are now. How can I read a paper? I've put earphones in and am listening to music but can still hear him.

  56. Siberian Husky
    9:10 am on August 30th, 2010

    Mom and I would be willing to try to moose meat. There is no question that I would, but I am surprised she said she would.

    Our neighbors are going squirrel hunting in the mountains over Labor Day. I hope Rocky and his cohorts aren't in NM.

  57. Sam
    9:16 am on August 30th, 2010

    B., a moose smoothie sounds very good to me.

  58. Riö - The Evil
    9:29 am on August 30th, 2010

    Stover!…. Nothing is more annoying to my friend than a loud cell phone conversation in a public place!…snort!… Whenever this happens to her all she can think about is standing really close to the jerk in question, blowing up balloons and popping them one after another till the jerk leaves… heh!

  59. dawson
    9:30 am on August 30th, 2010

    I knew it! I knew I'd seen bone marrow on the menu at some fancy pants restaurants. At Marea's near Central Park in New York: "Marea's fusilli with red wine braised octopus and bone marrow was the best pasta dish I have ever eaten. That's EVER." And at the Blue Ribbon…and at Crispo's on 14th…"delicious white juicy marrow to spread on toasted bread…looks like bone marrow is not just for us wild women anymore. And when you use soup bones to make a stock, what do you think gives all that flavor? It's the marrow, baby, the marrow. Although why Marea's had to ruin it by throwing in an octopus is beyond me.

  60. BStover
    9:30 am on August 30th, 2010

    Is that in keeping with your princess persona Sam?

  61. Sam
    9:36 am on August 30th, 2010

    B., I think a moose smoothie would be fine for a princessy type, like me of course. Also if someone would peel me a grape.

  62. Sam
    9:38 am on August 30th, 2010

    Wait a minute! Mom and my Girl are packing again. Oh no! Another college trip. Will this never end? Dirty dog leavers! Deserters!

  63. Riö - The Evil
    9:43 am on August 30th, 2010

    Sammie!…Where are they going this time? Try to find out if they will be going to Boston or NYC …snort!

  64. dawson
    9:54 am on August 30th, 2010

    If they are going to New York again they could get you a bone marrow smoothie at Marea's.

  65. dawson
    9:54 am on August 30th, 2010

    Hold the octopus.

  66. FattyKitty
    9:58 am on August 30th, 2010

    I think Sam must be thinking of a mousse smoothie. However…I'm still thinking of a good trick to play on those loud cell-phone-talkers. The balloon one is good, but I prefer to remain anonymous. It may take some time to find a strategy that fits all my criteria: anonymity of Me (one of the few times I wish to remain anonymous), cessation of the loud talking, a lesson learned (take it outside or be quiet or call back later). This will keep me busy.

    So – not working today, Dawson? Do they make moose jerky? The Librarian says you should bring her some at Thanksgiving.

  67. dawson
    10:01 am on August 30th, 2010

    B. Stover: There should be some cell phone etiquette going on. That person has ruined several peoples coffee time.

    Siber H: What will your friends do with the squirrels?

  68. Sam
    10:11 am on August 30th, 2010

    Washington, D.C.?!! I just heard them say Georgetown, George Washington U., American U., and Loyola. Cripe. They just got back from a trip, for crying out loud.

    I don't know why they bother to do all this since my Girl isn't really going anywhere.

  69. Sam
    10:14 am on August 30th, 2010

    Hey Fat KittyKat, I really am thinking of a moose smoothie. Yum. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it. However, I'll probably get kibble.

  70. dawson
    10:22 am on August 30th, 2010

    Hey Fatty Kitty: Yes they make moose jerky. It is called dry meat. The elders here can slice a hunk of meat a certain way to make it into a large thin sheet of meat, which is draped over poles over a slow, smoky fire (made with green wood) for a day or so.

  71. dawson
    10:29 am on August 30th, 2010

    I am supposed to be prepping the walls in advance of painting, but no prepping has happened yet. The sun is shining for the first time in a week so I'm thinking of changing plans from prepping walls to cleaning gardens.

  72. staff
    10:32 am on August 30th, 2010

    Dawson, I don't understand why you are the skinny one of us three. Really I don't!


    I think you should get a group together and start singing 'Row Row Row your Boat' or any other of those rounds. And stand around the cell phone guy while doing it. Singing in public-Joyful Cell phone shouting in public-Awful

    My toe is better today. I went and got my poke and my dexascan today. Only read Chapter 24 but let me tell you that is a hard one to leave off on. What a cliffhanger!

    My bet for what is in the closet…Drugs! No bodies. They are too smelly. This is in the hot desert for cripes sakes! A body would get smelly in a very short time.


  73. Melanie
    10:34 am on August 30th, 2010

    Hey, pictures are up. They are just back up a bit.

    Sam, of course she's not leaving. (let's let her live in her dream world)

    Moose Marrow Mousse. The Pack is drooling.

    They enjoyed the soup made of left over lobster. I brought home 2 live ones.

    Note: why do some locals find it hilarious to give out of towners directions that include buildings that have been torn down or had their names changed 20 years ago?

  74. FattyKitty
    10:34 am on August 30th, 2010

    Librarian to Staff: It's because she takes 20 minutes to eat what we eat in 3.

  75. Melanie
    10:35 am on August 30th, 2010

    Dawson, I'm not letting the Pack read about long strips of moose meat hanging over a smokey fire. They would live and head north to the Elders.

  76. Melanie
    10:36 am on August 30th, 2010

    Staff, if she has to wait for the moose meat to dry, she'd never eat.

    (sorry about your toe)

  77. Mollypop
    10:37 am on August 30th, 2010

    Melanie – Your picture of the great blue heron makes me want to sink my teeth into him. Mom sold our house last year. It had a koi pond and that big bird would come all the time to try to get the fish. He would land on the roof of the sun room and just glare at me. I would glare right back and waited for him to try to land. My job was to keep the yard free of fuzzbutts and herons.

  78. B. Stover
    10:48 am on August 30th, 2010

    I like all of the suggestions about revenge on loud public cell phone users. And, Dawson, I'll probably never make soup again.

  79. B. Stover
    10:49 am on August 30th, 2010

    Do chicken bones have marrow? I usually make soup with leftover chicken.

  80. staff
    10:49 am on August 30th, 2010


    OH yeah, I forgot that about her. Slow food. I just can't fathom it. When I am hungry I want to EAT NOW. Low blood sugar? I wish!

  81. B. Stover
    10:50 am on August 30th, 2010

    Drugs in the closet….That would account for Chet's claim that the scent was important in their line of work. However, I don't think that Bernie would be able to smell drugs with the closet door closed.

  82. staff
    10:51 am on August 30th, 2010

    Now I heard that birds have hollow bones otherwise they would weigh too much to fly. Although chickens don't fly very well.

    Hey Dawson, Why don't you tell them about the time Maggie made us Beef Tongue for dinner?

  83. Mollypop
    10:51 am on August 30th, 2010

    I'm going back to Sam's house for a few days. I sure hope her Dad gives us more of those delicious sausages. He told my Mom that the chicken with apple sausages would be made next week. Then I will get some of those too. I'm hungry.

  84. staff
    10:53 am on August 30th, 2010

    Hey guys.

    If you read the post carefully Bernie does not admit to smelling anything. He asks Chet if he smells something. You are jumping to the conclusion that Bernie CAN smell something. I am not sure that is the correct conclusion. He might just be reacting to the way Chet is behaving.


  85. dawson
    10:56 am on August 30th, 2010

    Melanie: Nice photos and nice place to relax for a couple days. I saw a Great Blue Heron in flight when I visited mom-in-law. Wowser. Those white ones are beautiful.

    I have to mention that these are not strips of meat – they are sheets of meat. It takes real skill – and a very sharp knife – to cut a fillet of meat into a sheet of meat sometimes more than 2 feet square. When you are a beginner at this art, you will have rips and holes and end up with small pieces. When you have some experience you can make the big sheets.

    B. Stover: You are making me laugh. I haven't even told you about the soup yet. Of course there is marrow in chicken bones. Just a lot less than in a moose bone which you can put a spoon into. You just have to try it on some good toast! I kid you not that it is drool down your chin good. Goes well with Cahors wine.

  86. staff
    10:57 am on August 30th, 2010

    Jeez she (Dawson) just won't give up!

  87. B. Stover
    11:06 am on August 30th, 2010

    I will NEVER ruin Cahors by associating it with anything from a moose.

  88. dawson
    11:07 am on August 30th, 2010

    Okay, okay, by popular demand, I will shut up. Dawson out!

  89. B. Stover
    11:09 am on August 30th, 2010

    I don't like to make chicken stock with raw chicken because (Julia Child notwithstanding) I don't like the gelatin texture that produces. For beef stock I usually use meat and no bones. Okay…I can make soup again.

  90. staff
    11:13 am on August 30th, 2010

    Melanie has some pictures of the puppies (at their new homes) up on her site. If you haven't looked at the post from 8/25 yet you should do so. My those puppies are growing!

  91. B. Stover
    11:15 am on August 30th, 2010

    Staff is correct. Bernie uses the word "anything": "You smell anything Chet?" If Bernie smelled something he'd probably say, "Do you smell that Chet?" But….why does he sniff the air? Blast I hate cliffhangers on a blog.

  92. Riö - The Evil
    11:22 am on August 30th, 2010

    Marrow!… I can’t even conjure up an image of Stover drinking wine and eating Moose Marrow… grunt!….Even when I try real hard with my eyes squeezed shut like Nigel!…snort!…. Nope, nothing.

  93. Melanie
    11:28 am on August 30th, 2010

    MollyPop, you are a fierce dog! Somewhere I have a picture of one of the GBHerons chasing off another bird. I will put it up later.

    Right now Zoë and I are going to watch another episode of "The Last Detective."

  94. Siberian Husky
    11:33 am on August 30th, 2010

    Dawson, My neighbors do at least eat anything they murder, but I don't know about the squirrels. It's funny because I have the same question about the squirrels. I will get an answer to our question…it may take a few days, but I'll get back to you with an answer. Mom says I can not just call them up and say "Hey do you guys eat those squirrels"? I have to be more sneaky about asking that question.

    Moose jerky sounds really good. Mom wouldn't hesitate on that one.

  95. FattyKitty
    11:33 am on August 30th, 2010

    L.: AWwww, da puppies are cuuuuuuuute!

    FK: I can't believe her library has the first two Echo Falls mysteries but not the third! She's going to have to do something about this.

  96. Siberian Husky
    11:50 am on August 30th, 2010

    I think Staff is so right about Bernie simply asking Chet if he smells anything. I got that one wrong earlier today and I don't know how because mom is always asking me what I smell.

    Sam, you can't have a grape. They are poisonous to dogs.

    cool pictures, Melanie, and neat birds.

  97. Jasper the Poodle
    11:59 am on August 30th, 2010

    Blue herons, white herons, mousse, moose, marrow, jerky, sausage, smoothie. I'm hungry, but I'm gonna take a nap on the arm of my mom's chair in front of the fan again. BBL

    Jaspers' mom here. Root canal tomorrow, estimate is $2000. I have two lotto tickets in my wallet. Someone want to wave their magic wand? Princess? Rio? B? Dan? (Oh, wait, bad luck city…forget it Dan.)

  98. Riö - The Evil
    12:36 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Teeth!… That really stinks Jasper….snort!… My friend says she saves a lot of money by not going to the dentist at all…. grunt!… She says buying a bottle of Listerine and rinsing everyday plus all that other stuff she does is enough….snort!

  99. Melanie
    12:53 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Jasper's Mom, don't ask Dan right now!

    Good luck with the root canal tomorrow.

    MollyPop the fierce! Here's one of the Great Blue Heron's chasing another bird.

    He was also fierce. He chased two GBH and then one didn't care so he went and chased a cormoron.

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  100. Barb & Maggie
    1:13 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Barb is back and we are caught up on the posts.

    Barb gives me beef leg bones to chew on and they have marrow inside, which I love. Barb says she wouldn't touch it. One day Martha Stewart said marrow on toast is one of her favorite things and Barb almost gagged.

    We are glad Staff's toe is Ok, but we have a question…if Staff had an infection would it be a "staph infection"?

    Hope we find out more about the smell tomorrow morning.

  101. B. Stover
    1:30 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Jasper: Even with dental insurance, I had to be over $1,500 for two crowns (which were $1,000 each). I am so angry about the state of medicine and health insurance in America that I can't think about it.

  102. B. Stover
    1:32 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Great pictures Melanie. Are the birds being territorial?

    Just watched the sixth episode of Rubicon. Excellent. Things are getting tighter.

    Now I'm indulging in an espresso with foamy richness.

  103. dawson
    1:40 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Melanie: Those puppies and their new forever friends look very happy. And: That GDH chasing another bird is an excellent photograph.

    Jasper: The price of root canals is exorbitant and the price of insurance is criminal.

    Barb and Maggie: Staph infection – good one.

    Staff: Keep off that toe!

  104. Melanie
    1:40 pm on August 30th, 2010

    B.Stover: Are you living at B&N now? That one heron was. He was like a grouchy old man yelling, "Get off my lawn, you rotten kids!"

    MagPie, the great rat killer and maker of bad puns! snicker.

    Glad you like the pictures of pups. The owner of the dad just called us and said that he'd met one of the puppies mom and dad. They are going to get Jonah (the dad) together with the pup sometime soon. Jonah's dad was so excited. They haven't had a Jonah pup near them before.

  105. B. Stover
    2:01 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Melanie: No. I made the espresso at home…much cheaper.

  106. Mollypop
    2:14 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Mom cringes whenever there is talk about teeth. She saw the dentist this a.m. who caused the problem when her top front tooth broke off, and now caused her gum infection taking an impression. In between there was a very good oral surgeon.

    If this dentist does his job, Mom will get her tooth in 3 weeks.

    And, oh, this all cost $6,000.

  107. Siberian Husky
    2:24 pm on August 30th, 2010

    EEE GADS!!! Dental costs are a crime. I agree with Stover about the state of any kind of health care in this country. Mom tries to avoid going because she just doesn't have much respect for them. She doesn't feel that way about vets.

  108. B. Stover
    2:26 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Mollypop: I just choked over that amount.

    There has to be something that can be done about these ridiculous medical fees. The last time I saw the allergist he talked to be for five minutes and gave me another perscription. He charged $135 for that. The medication is over $200. Socialized medicine may be the answer….It works in England and in Taiwan as I understand from people living in each of those places.

  109. Siberian Husky
    2:44 pm on August 30th, 2010

    We have a member of the blog team that could tell us whether she likes or dislikes the Canadian health care system.

    There is a picture of River Bear Greedy Guts on Melanie's website. All the puppy pictures are so cute, and I like the ones of the adult Newfs sleeping on the furniture.

  110. Mollypop
    2:46 pm on August 30th, 2010

    B. – I choked over that amount too. I kept thinking that amount of money could buy me the Big Rock Candy Mountain and the Tower of Chew Strips, and throw in some new toys too.

  111. Siberian Husky
    2:47 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Molly, I wish your mom didn't have to pay the dentist that caused the infection, but we can't get away with that.

  112. Mollypop
    3:00 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Siber-H – the dentist who caused the gum infection (which was only 3 weeks ago) was the guy who put a crown on Mom's tooth and some years later the whole tooth broke off right along the gum line! He's the perp!

  113. Barb & Maggie
    3:04 pm on August 30th, 2010

    $6,000 for one tooth, and human teeth are almost worthless anyway! Is the dentist a perp?

  114. Melanie
    3:11 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Well, we could have all the humans get their teeth pulled, and then we could all eat Moose Marrow Smoothies.

    Protein and desert all wrapped up in a slurp. We'd probably have to mash up and vegetables!

    So the WiFi receiver thing for my upstairs computer came in today. I thought about putting it in tonight, but then thought "Don't be an idiot, you're tired and will mess it up." Having given myself such great advice, I think I will go to bed, read and sleep.

    Take care all.!

    Staff, hope your foot is up in the air.

  115. Mollypop
    3:12 pm on August 30th, 2010

    MagPie! The dentist is the perpetrator of the crime that took Mom's tooth away. And I hope Mom doesn't become a perp too – I overheard her talking about justifiable homicide.

  116. Melanie
    3:14 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Oh, and with prices like this, it's no wonder that C. Bob and son both still have chipped teeth.

  117. dawson
    3:41 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Do I like Canadian "socialized" health care? In B.C I do pay into insurance through my job as did my husband and the cost to me of a root canal with this insurance would be $0. Now that he has been laid off I would be covered for 50% of the cost. Yes, I like it.

  118. Gus & BooBear
    3:43 pm on August 30th, 2010

    We loved the puppy pictures but hate that Dan had to have the surgery after all. Hope he is feeling alot better soon. How often do you have puppies, Melanie? Is it just Gracie that you breed or does Rio's Bess get some of the action too?

    SQ has us stumped on what is in the closet that Chet smells! Hope we find out tomorrow.

  119. Riö - The Evil
    3:46 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Dentists!… Undeniably the worst doctors in the world, or so I’ve heard…snort!… Except for her Dentist. Two years ago she saw him and he actually does the cleaning and everything (almost) because he wants to get a “good look at each tooth”…cough!…He said she would never have any trouble with her teeth and was amazed at how clean they were after two years of NOT seeing a dentist…sniff!… Prevention, folks, prevention is the key to your Savings staying Savings after a visit to the dentist! …heh!

    Wow!… What a day my friend must have had….sniff!… I am nudging her and trying to find out if she is still alive or not…gasp!…She is so tired that she didn’t even reach for my halter tonight, and she has not eaten because she has no energy to make supper…grunt!…She did feed me though and she sat outside watching me go over my front yard for any new smells for awhile because it is cool out. Perfect weather for a walk, but not in my future tonight it seems…yeah!!

    Hey!…Are the Rockies playing????…snort!…Lets find out!…yippee!

  120. Riö - The Evil
    4:02 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Drugs!….I actually really like the Drug angle that Staff came up with…snort!…One remarkable little lady, that Staff!…snorkel…. Hope her toe is not throbbing or hurting her too bad tonight, and I hope that Alice Johnson is staying clear of the Toe!…dammit!

  121. Siberian Husky
    4:36 pm on August 30th, 2010

    The Rockies are in San Francisco for three games, and then they are back home. The game tonight starts late.

  122. Riö - The Evil
    5:07 pm on August 30th, 2010

    SiberH!.,..Thanks! We realized once we checked the schedule that it was going to be a really late game…snort!…Some of us will try to stay up for some of it, but may not make it till the very end tonight!…cough!…I was able to catch up on Mad Men tonight…Wow! …This show just gets better and better. But Breaking Bad’s writing still rules in my heart ….snuff!…We were both so happy that two of the primary actors won Emmys last night for their hard work on our favorite show! …wow!

  123. Siberian Husky
    5:23 pm on August 30th, 2010

    We won't make it through very much of the game either, Rio

    The Albuquerque newspaper was very happy that Breaking Bad did so well at the Emmys. It is nice that Breaking Bad gets so much support locally.

  124. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:26 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Well, now that my Angels have finished stinking up the place against Baltimore, they're off to Seattle to see what havoc they can create there! I know I'm not sounding too supportive just now, but I have good reason. Don't worry, I'll get over my little snit. Mom and I stick with the Angels through thick and thin. Mom has been a fan for more than 40 years now. (Not me — I'm not that old!) She's rooted for them no matter where she lived. She even rooted for the Angels when she saw them play the Red Sox at Fenway — wore a hat and everything, which didn't exactly make her popular! And if she can last that long with the Angels, she's a true fan.

  125. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:35 pm on August 30th, 2010

    By the way, Mom says everyone loved the moose cupcakes! Even though they said they were too cute to eat, Mom noticed everyone ate them anyway.

    Dawson: All that moose talk from you made Mom glad she's just eating the moose cupcakes. (Although talk of that big bone was mighty appetizing to me!)

    Melanie: Welcome back! We loved the photos with the birds, although for totally different reasons. Mom says you ought to blow up the photos and put them in a place you can look at them often — instant vacation and total relaxation! I, on the other hand, look at those pictures and immediately want to chase those dang birds!!!

    Staff: Keep that toe elevated! No staff infection for you! (Mom's just corny enough that the joke made her laugh!)

  126. Riö - The Evil
    5:36 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Ballfield!… I guess no one is up or around tonight, but I am!…snuff!…I think the San Francisco Giants ballpark is one of the Most Beautiful I’ve seen besides the Rockies of course…heh!…It is right on the Ocean and you can see the fog in the ball park…Oh, I can just imagine the feel and the smell of it…Wow!…Score is tied 0 – 0 right now bottom of the 1st…heh!

    Uh oh!…That Buster Posie is up to bat!… I love that young guy, I wish we had him on our team!…yeep!..Damage is a coming…grunt!

  127. Riö - The Evil
    5:40 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Kirby!… Are you here to keep me company or just a one stop drop?…heh!

  128. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:41 pm on August 30th, 2010

    I'll keep you company for awhile, Rio. Tonight was Mom's late night, so I had to wait for her to get home, eat dinner and, finally, turn on the computer. As far as I'm concerned, the night is young!

  129. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:43 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Looks like the Rockies and the Angels are on a similar schedule — Rockies are in the top of the second, Angels just finished the second.

  130. Riö - The Evil
    5:46 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Holy Baseball!…We can keep score together tonight Kirby!… Fun!

  131. Riö - The Evil
    5:49 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Kirby!… Our old computer would choke and die if we tried to pull up the MLB site….grunt!…So we will have to rely on you to tell us the Angels score….snuffle!… Buster Posie was struck out Praise Gawd!..heh!

  132. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:52 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Actually, I'm on the ESPN site — it updates every minute or so. Almost wish it didn't. The Angels just finished their half of the third — still scoreless!

  133. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:12 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Top of the 4th, bottom of the 4th — still scoreless all around!

  134. Riö - The Evil
    6:13 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Kirby!… My friend was hogging the computer and picking on someone out on that weird facebook thing… grunt!…but I got it back again. Here is a Score update for the Rockies!… Zero To Zero!… snuff! …Top of the Fourth for Pete’s Sake!…gosh!

  135. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:17 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Mom did that facebook thing just because her friend in California had twins (not the baseball team, although sometimes it must seem like it!) and she wanted to see their pictures. But now she just looks at it every once in awhile to see who wants to be her friend and what's on her "wall." She really has no clue what else to do with it!

  136. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:25 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Angels – going into the bottom of the 5th. Rockies – bottom of the 4th. Still no score. This is getting monotonous!

  137. Riö - The Evil
    6:27 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Kirby!…The Fog is Rolling in big time in the Giants ballpark!…Cool!…but That Damn Buster Posie is up Again!…Grump!

    Pal!…If you want, have your gal check out the Chet Appreciation Society…snort!…just a tip from my friend, NOT ME!…grunt!

  138. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:33 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Oh, but my Angels just scored! One good score, one bad score. Go Angels, Go Rockies!

  139. Riö - The Evil
    6:46 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Kirby… I am sure you realize the tip was for that silly facebook thingy! ….grunt!…Buster scored on us…I think it is 1 to 0 right now…Snort!…I took a short nap and am trying to catch up!..heh!

  140. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:59 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Rio: I got stuck on that facebook page and I missed quite a bit! Angels scored 4 in the sixth, so now it's 4-0 going into the bottom of the seventh.

  141. Barb & Maggie
    8:00 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Oh, and those cupcakes are too adorable. They really do look like a moose.

  142. Riö - The Evil
    7:17 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Awwww… Kirby!…Beware of The Black Hole of FaceBook! Do NOT stay there too long my friend!… I NEVER go there!…grunt!…Because I know I will get sucked up into the Cyber Space that is FaceBook!…groan!

  143. Riö - The Evil
    7:22 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Plan!…We are going to our respective beds and leaving the baseball game on so we can hear what happens…heh!…Good Plan! …Night all!…Sorry Kirby, we just can not stay up any longer!…snort!

  144. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:23 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Not to worry — I already logged out. Like I said, Mom doesn't know what to do with it, and I can't say I do either. Mom's minister got sucked into that Farmville stuff, and she keeps getting thing on her wall about her minister wanting shovels and stuff. Nope, not gonna go there! I just "joined" the Chet Appreciation Society so I could see what's there (I hope Mom doesn't mind — I don't have my own account so I used hers!), once I saw what was there I logged off.

    I had to hold my breath there in the bottom of the seventh — Mariners scored twice, but we stopped them, so it's 4-2. Angels up to bat now in the eighth, bases loaded!

  145. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:24 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Hey, I can't believe you're wimping out — it's after midnight my time and I'm still going strong!!!

  146. Riö - The Evil
    7:25 pm on August 30th, 2010


  147. Riö - The Evil
    7:34 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Kirby!…We have not given up on The Game!…snort!…We are in our beds listening to it, ..heh!..till the very end!

  148. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:39 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Hey, how'd the Rockies get ahead of the Angels??? Now you're in the top of the 9th, and we're still in the bottom of the eighth? We used to be ahead of you by half an inning!

  149. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:41 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Oooh, what am I thinking? The Rockies are in the top of the 9th! You guys better get going!!!

  150. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:52 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Wow, Rockies scored 2 in the top of the 9th — is this another one of those infamous late inning rallies to win the game??? We won't know until we see what happens in the bottom of the ninth!!! Go Rockies!

  151. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:53 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Angels also in the bottom of the 9th — 5-2. If we hold the Mariners we win — finally! Paws crossed!!!

  152. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:02 pm on August 30th, 2010

    OK, Mariners scored one, but the Angels won 5-3. And the Rockies pulled off another game-winning rally. Since this has turned into a monologue, I think I'm going to go watch an episode or two of "The Big Bang Theory." Mom got the second season at the library — I just hope I can figure out how to use the DVD player!

  153. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:02 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Good night, y'all!!!

  154. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:48 pm on August 30th, 2010

    If there is a score — both games are scoreless, so far.

  155. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:32 pm on August 30th, 2010

    Uh oh. I guess I should be careful what I ask for. I see it’s not scoreless anymore.

    I think I’ll maybe I should stay out of trouble and check out that Chet thing.

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