Gift Ideas?

“Here’s a stat,” Bernie says. Bernie’s very interested in stats, whatever those are. Suzie isn’t interested at all. “When you’re writing a story, Bernie, it’s the human element you want.” Suzie’s a reporter for the Valley Tribune, in case I haven’t made that clear already. “If taxes go up, for example, you sit down with Jane and Joe Public at their kitchen table and find out how they’re going to manage, what they usually have for supper on week nights and what they’re going to be having now, that kind of thing.”

Jane and Joe Public? Don’t remember being in their kitchen, or in fact anything about them at all.

“The stat, according to an poll,” Bernie goes on,”is that 56% of dog owners – hate that concept – plan to give their dogs a gift this holiday season, as compared to 48% of cat people. Both those numbers seem low.” He turns to me. “Anything particular you want for Christmas?” he says. “Hey! Down, big guy!”


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95 Responses to “Gift Ideas?”

  1. Melanie
    8:57 am on December 9th, 2010

    Good Morning Chet!

    (Aside to Bernie: The Pack and I are betting that Chet was a full size Slim Jim tree planted in the back yard.)

    I understand giving the Pack gifts. In this way, gifts to the two leggeds might be saved from being opened, chewed and swallowed. Doesn’t even have to be food!

  2. Melanie
    9:02 am on December 9th, 2010

    In Friends of Chet, there is a Gibson. He has wonderful ears.

  3. Barb & Maggie
    9:06 am on December 9th, 2010

    Good morning, Melanie. Hope all goes well today for Dan. We will be waiting to hear from you.

    Siber, Glad your Dad is back at home where you can take care of him. Maybe you could share part of your big pile of toys with him.

    Barb was thinking about getting one of those long skinny animals with no stuffing for my Christmas gift, but some of those have squeakers in them, and I have this obessive need to remove them within the first 5 minutes. They remind me of mousies.

    Hey, that reminds me, I like Dawson’s new name – Miss Moosie. Cool beans!

    We are supposed to get some snow/drizzle stuff later. Not too serious today.

  4. Mollypop
    9:08 am on December 9th, 2010

    B – There’s an interesting FREE book on Amazon for the Kindle: Watchlist by Jeffrey Deaver. The book is selling for $17.13.

    Publishers Weekly says “Fans of the TV series 24 will best appreciate this two-part serial thriller written by 22 members of International Thriller Writers. Based on an idea by Deaver (The Broken Window), who provides the opening and closing chapters of each segment, the volume recounts the adventures of middle-aged Harold Middleton, an ex-U.S. military intelligence officer. In part one, The Chopin Manuscript, the discovery of a previously unknown Chopin score leads to murders, betrayals, and frantic efforts to stop a villain code-named Faust from carrying out a terrorist outrage. Part two, The Copper Bracelet, sets Middleton and his allies on the track of a Kashmiri planning the assassination of the U.S. secretary of state. While the contributors include many of the biggest names in the genre (Lee Child, Joseph Finder, Gayle Lynds, S.J. Rozan, etc.), the constraints of the form all but assure homogenized prose, thin characters, and stock action scenes atypical of their solo work.”

    Not the greatest review, for sure, but I like the price – FREE

  5. Melanie
    9:31 am on December 9th, 2010

    You guys remember Mr. Greedy Guts??

  6. Melanie
    9:33 am on December 9th, 2010

    Little older now, but such Big Dog Attitude!

  7. Mollypop
    9:39 am on December 9th, 2010

    I think Mr. Greedy Guts had The Attitude right from the start.

  8. dawson
    9:41 am on December 9th, 2010

    greedy Guts has confidence!

  9. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:05 am on December 9th, 2010

    Gifts!… Oh boy! Oh boy!…heh!…I have my own stocking… snort! … It hasn’t been hung up yet, but that will happen soon enough… wheeze!… She puts my gifts in there and on Christmas I get to snuffle inside of it and pull stuff out!…sneeze!…I can’t wait!…burp!

    Greedy Guts!… He’s turned into a big ole snob!… grunt! …Look at the way he’s waving his tail in that other guys face… snort!

  10. Debbie LM
    10:15 am on December 9th, 2010

    Wookie and I hosted 54 Quilting Ladies for lunch yesterday. Everyone had a great time. Wookie was just exhausted with his host duties and he wouldn’t let me get to the blog yesterday (serious tummies required from Mom to relax us.)

    So, a belated but nonetheless sincere WOOOO HOOO! and WEEEEEEEEEEEEE! shout out for Jasper’s Mom. You did it, and we all know that you will do a fantastic job! Hope you will check in at least sometimes to say Hi and let us know you are doing well.

    Wookie’s Mom

  11. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:26 am on December 9th, 2010

    Wookie!…So that’s where he’s been…grunt!…Having lunch with all the Ladies. He’s always in the middle of the party, getting petted, patted and fed….snort! …What a guy!

  12. B.Stover
    10:40 am on December 9th, 2010

    I love Bernie! And was Spence starting a cat versus dog fight? That would be interesting.

    I’m thinking of Dan Melanie.

  13. AbbietheKitty
    10:43 am on December 9th, 2010

    I am seriously impressed at you being able to host for 54 quilters. For one thing they are a noisy bunch when you get them together. The other thing is that I would just hide out. Alice Johnson would have to host the party. And she would! Alice’s motto is tails up.
    Miss Moosie hasn’t commented on her new name yet. teehee

    Sort of like old Greedy Guts.

  14. B.Stover
    10:44 am on December 9th, 2010

    There is a cruise ship that has been disabled off the coast of Antarctica in very rough water. Apparently a National Geographic ship discovered it and now the Argentina navy is escorting it (at five mph) to Argentina.

  15. Barb & Maggie
    10:51 am on December 9th, 2010

    Bee, Where were you? Everyone was worried because you were MIA (not the same as SOL).

    Barb is getting ready to go in to the office. She is working from noon till 5:00. Not too bad.

  16. Barb & Maggie
    10:53 am on December 9th, 2010

    Wookie, Did you get lots of treats from those 54 ladies? If each one gave you 1 treat, you would be a very full Wookster!

  17. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:01 am on December 9th, 2010

    Dawson!… I was not calling her Miss Moosie…snort!… Just so everyone is clear. I was calling her Missie Moose. Big difference by golly!…grunt!

  18. B.Stover
    11:01 am on December 9th, 2010

    Guys, sorry. I think my last posts last night were 7:40 and 7:42 to Jasper. Then I started reading and lost track of time. But how nice to have been missed!

    Mollypop: Thank you! I’m going to order that for my Kindle now.

    Wow…there are student protests going on now by students in London outside of parliment. They are objecting to tuition hikes.

  19. B.Stover
    11:16 am on December 9th, 2010

    The government is voting on tuition hikes in Engish universities that could triple tuition there: from $4,700 to $14,000. I’m assuming that’s per year since most English universities are on terms rather than semesters. Not fair.

    Macy: I think it was your daughter Angie that you mentioned once before looking for a teaching job. Did she find a job teaching? I’m glad she has a job whatever it is.

  20. Melanie
    11:22 am on December 9th, 2010

    Riö: Mr. Greedy Guts is not stuck up! That’s his step brother!

    Also thanks for all the good thoughts, vibes and prayers.
    My sister took Zoë in around 9 am.
    I had printed Riö’s prayers and some of your comments and emails.
    All of those have made a great difference to Dan.

    I’ll be in and out today. As soon as I know anything, I’ll post it. Not sure how long the operation will take.

  21. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:28 am on December 9th, 2010

    Greedy Guts!… Now that’s a great photo!….snort!… I remember when Greedy Guts was just a wee bundle of fur hanging off of Admin’s finger….heh!

  22. Siber-H
    11:48 am on December 9th, 2010

    really enjoying the photos, Melanie…what a handsome dude River Bear Greedy Guts is. He was our favorite little one.
    We will be thinking of Dan, Zoe, and Melanie this morning. Hope all goes well and the surgery doesn’t take too long. We are concerned and will be waiting to hear from Melanie, but we know this could take awhile for her to get back to the blog.

  23. Barb & Maggie
    11:50 am on December 9th, 2010

    We love those little Corgis! He can probably run under G.G.’s legs!

  24. Siber-H
    11:53 am on December 9th, 2010

    Sam? Alice uses Wonder Fluff, doesn’t she?

    Mom now realizes why the Siberians that are entered into dog shows don’t look normal and natural to her…THEY HAVE BEEN WONDER FLUFFED!!!

  25. Siber-H
    12:10 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Bernie, mom doesn’t like the term dog owners either. No one has really come up with the just right word yet…”guardian” lacks something. Mom uses the words mom and dad rather tongue-in-cheek because she believes dogs should never be substitute children. We are our own seperate, special, species and not little humans dressed up in cute furry suits.

  26. Macy the Min Pin
    12:16 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Wonder Fluffed Huskies would just be big fur balls I think!

    Angie’s job is in HR at our local hospital , where they hardly ever lose anyone.
    Mom works at The Big Orange Box and Dad goes away in the morning and comes home at night. It has something to do with fire but he doesn’t cook anything there . What else is fire good for?

  27. Macy the Min Pin
    12:16 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Wonder Fluffed Huskies would just be big fur balls I think!

    Angie’s job is in HR at our local hospital , where they hardly ever lose anyone.
    Mom works at The Big Orange Box and Dad goes away in the morning and comes home at night. It has something to do with fire but he doesn’t cook anything there . What else is fire good for?

  28. B.Stover
    12:23 pm on December 9th, 2010

    I haven’t had any dogs living with me for a number of years now though I have taken care of many since my last dog. I never considered myself the “owner.” I thought of each dog as my best friend.

  29. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:50 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Dan!…His operation starts in about 10 minutes if they are on schedule… snort!… Let us each in our own way keep him in our thoughts and prayers…. sniffle! …Also, remember to think of Melanie and Zoe at this time too…. wheeze!

  30. Siber-H
    12:57 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Good reminder, Rio and we are going to be doing just that while we run this stupid, but long distance errand…just across the city. BBL

  31. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:26 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Stover!… I think of you as my friend…snort!… Not my best friend, because my friend is my best friend…grunt!… I can’t have two best friends for some reason. Now why is that?… oh, yeah… it’s because I can’t leave my yard to go live with you when you are baking stuff or drinking Cahors or playing Bookworm…cough!

  32. Melanie
    1:31 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Wonder Fluffed Huskies = bleached and dyed Chow Chows with blue eyes

    Just checking in. No word yet.

  33. Mollie (a black poodle)
    1:45 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Melanie: Hope all goes well with Dan. He is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Dawson: I love your avitar. Makes me think of that TV program Northern Exposure & the moose in it.

    Jasper: Hooray for your Mom. I had a feeling she would get the job.

    Siber-H: The term here is “guardians” tho I don’t really love that term.

    Barb&Maggie: Take it easy Barb, you are doing great.

    I loved all the clever BurmaShave slogans the other day.
    Hope everyone is getting healthy.

  34. Melanie
    1:56 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Dan is now through with the prep and in the operating room.
    Should be around 2 hours.

  35. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:06 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Melanie!…Thanks for letting us know….sniffle! ….Two hours is an eternity!…sob!

  36. AbbietheKitty
    2:42 pm on December 9th, 2010

    All paws are crossed here. Go Dan! Go Doctors! And rest and good wishes for Melanie and Zoe.

  37. Sam
    2:44 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Siber-H – When we went on our last Mission, Alice had a bag of things with her. One of the items was Tail Fluff. It was a spray-on.

  38. Gus and BooBear
    2:52 pm on December 9th, 2010

    We didn’t get to check the blog after our morning post yesterday, and wow, news galore!

    Melanie, Dan is in our thoughts and prayers. Hopefully, this surgery will take care of these problems he’s had lately. Please let us know. We loved the pics of GG and his new brother! How cool!

    Way to go, Jasper’s Mom! We knew u nailed those interviews. Hopefully, all the good vibes u got from the plunderers helped.

    At lunch today, Mom went to Petsmart and it was as if Mollypop and Sam were there!! In the grooming area, she saw a dark gray standard poodle and a white Maltese both getting gussied up for the holidays! Sure Wunderfluf was being applied!

    Everybody stay warm and safe.

  39. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:57 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Sammie!….So that’s how Alice puts her fake tail on!…snort!… She has AbbieTheKat spray it on for her….heh!…What a gimmick those two have going…chorkel!

    3:09 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Siber, We agree, Owner is not correct, although Barb would not hesitate to say she “owns” the chickens or goats. That is different. Chickens are not kindred souls, as dogs are (sorry Methodists, but they do have them). Barb also does not like dogs and kats being referred to as “fur children”. As you said, they are not little children dressed up in fur. They are their own unique beings, we are just not sure what the correct word should be. Maybe B. Stover has some ideas.

    Hope Dan is doing well, we are thinking about him.

  41. B.Stover
    3:13 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Another hour for Dan’s operation. Hope everything is going well.

    Mollypop: I have Watchlist on my Kindle. Haven’t read it yet because I’ve been working on Gilgamesh. I’m behind in prep.

    Rio: I think of you as my friend also. (And all other beings on Chet’s blog.) I understand that your friend has to be “best.” That goes without saying.

  42. B.Stover
    3:16 pm on December 9th, 2010

    B&M: I think people, dogs and cats become best friends because each becomes part of the other. We can “read” one another’s thoughts, feelings. Sometimes dogs and cats are better at that than people are.

  43. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:29 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Friends!…Alice only has friends because she has hypnotized them and made them believe they like her…heh!

  44. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:47 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Barb and Maggie, it was Presbyterians. All the Methodists here go with yes to souls. And would someone please tell mom I am not a person. I am wearing a red jacket with a tree on it right now. We went to the place of agony known as the toenail place, and mom thought I should wear it. Everyone made a fuss over me, so it wasn’t THAT bad. Unless you count the toenail massacre.

  45. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:04 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Brother!… You will never catch me wearing a red jacket with a tree on it… grump! … I wonder if Dan is out of surgery yet!… yeep!

  46. B.Stover
    4:24 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Calvinism is the foundation of Presbyterian churches many of which believe, among other Calvinistic principles, in the divine predestination of the Elect–a minority of human beings.

    4:48 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Sorry, didn’t mean to insult the Methodists!

  48. Sam
    4:51 pm on December 9th, 2010

    I have a pink snuggie that Aunt Mollysmom bought for me. When we go out in the car in the winter, it keeps me nice and warm. I look adorable in it too.

  49. Melanie
    5:06 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Sitting here and playing The Hallelujah Chorus at full BLAST over and over!!!

    Here’s the news!

    The doc was able to get all the gunk and the infection OUT!!!
    So now the antibiotics can work.
    The anesthesiologist said that Dan did much better this time.
    So breathing here and doing some crying.
    But it’s good crying.

    He’s in critical care but that is normal after this operation!


  50. Siber-H
    5:11 pm on December 9th, 2010

    This is such very good news about Dan!!! We are shedding a few tears with you Melanie. Thanks for getting the news to us so quick.

  51. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    5:13 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Melanie – Thank you for the update and the wonderful report. Our prayers will continue every day for Dan until he is back home and back on his feet and done with this horrible ideal. Good riddance to the gunk and the accompanying infection! Wookie

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:44 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Dan!… OMG! I’m so happy he is going to be alright!….snort!snort!… Great news about the surgeon getting all that crap out of his lung! I’m so happy I could sob!….sob!sob!sob!…. He will be tip-top once the antibiotics kick in and relieve him of even more misery…sniffle! .. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! ….Woooooo!

  53. B.Stover
    6:06 pm on December 9th, 2010

    That is a relief Melanie. I’m humming the Hallelujah Chorus!

  54. Mollypop
    6:09 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Melanie – Thank you for passing on that good news so fast. Now Dan can heal since the antibiotics can get to the problem. I like this hospital.

  55. Barb & Maggie
    6:24 pm on December 9th, 2010

    We are so happy to hear your report, Melanie. It is better than we even dared hope for! What a fighter!

  56. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:12 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Foodie!… Debbie you are amazing feeding that many people in your home….grunt!… My friend stresses out over say five people coming to dinner…snort!…Which is the count so far for Christmas dinner at our house this year. It could change for the better and go down…heh!… She always wants to try new recipes and I keep thinking that maybe Christmas dinner is not the time to experiment… sneeze!…This also means she will have to eventually put away all her Quilling crap and put up a tree and some decorations… heh!… That’s always fun to watch….grunt! ….She has a helluva time putting together her four foot tree that is already lighted…sniff!… I never hear so much profanity as when I watch this spectacle. Even Quentin Tarantino movies do not compare…cough

  57. B.Stover
    8:19 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Rio: Your friend should plan a meal that doesn’t take a lot of work and that can be prepared beforehand.

  58. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:25 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Preparation!….Try telling her that Stover!…heh!…This is going to be fun!fun!fun!…chorkel!… She will be getting a Honey Baked Ham from the not-so-busy place…sniff!sniff!…I love honey baked ham!…..groan!… She needs some ideas about side dishes to serve with the ham that are really good sparing no calories…wheeze!… My favorite kind of food!…heh!

  59. Mollypop
    8:34 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Snow, beautiful snow! We have gotten 52 inches of snow in a little over a week. I still feel bad about that wasted snow from the people stranded on the Buffalo thruway. We have a nearby town, Randolf, NY, that got a lot like we did. They’re not a ski resort so they don’t want it. The news show people shoveling the snow off their roofs.

  60. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:38 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Snow!….Snow!Snow!…I think A White Christmas is on this weekend on AMC…grunt!…During this movie is the only time I like seeing Snow! Snow! Snow!…heh!

  61. Melanie
    8:38 pm on December 9th, 2010

    MollyPop! 52 inches, Wow. Did you have white outs?

    Oh, I’ve been meaning to ask, C.Harris . . .
    When it’s that cold up there, when it does snow, is it very light? We seem to get heavy snow when it’s between 20 to 34 degrees.

    Zoë is more relaxed than I’ve seen her in months. She’ll be going down tomorrow to see Dan. He’ll be awake then.

  62. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:40 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Molly!…Is your gal on the ski patrol all season long?…wheeze!…She sounds like a real athlete….sniff!…Although, I do remember you saying she was on 3 varsity teams during her college days…snort!…That is very impressive indeed….grunt!

  63. B.Stover
    8:45 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Rio: I was going to suggest ham. Scalloped potatoes would go well or baked sweet potatoes. I always served a cream cheese/pineapple gelatin mold with ham also.

    Mollypop: How is the skiing?

  64. Mollypop
    8:50 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Hah! Rio – The 3 varsity teams were Sam’s Mom. My Mom is not Ski Patrol, she is Safety Patrol. She directs traffic around accidents that the Ski Patrol is working on. She kicks out the trouble makers (fun) and helps people find their way around this vast ski area. No athletics involved.

  65. Mollypop
    8:53 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Melanie – The last few days were like a constant white out, but that was because so much snow, big fat flakes, were falling.

    Mom just looked at the snow record for Buffalo and it’s 18.7 inches. We’re going back to Sam’s tomorrow so we’ll see a lot less snow. That’s fine – we only want it on the ski hills.

  66. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:55 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Gelatin!… A cream cheese/pineapple gelatin mold?….snort!… The cream cheese sounds absolutely wonderful to me….sniff!… Is it a side dish or an appetizer? ….grunt! …There is a new scalloped potato recipe she tried and it was delicious, so that will be part of the dinner…sneeze!… She needs something green and healthy too, but green bean casserole is out!out!out! She makes a Broccoli with Cheese thing, but is tired of it…wheeze! ….I think she wants something new…cough!…I keep thinking this is not the dinner to do “new”…heh!

  67. Siber-H
    8:56 pm on December 9th, 2010

    52 inches of snow!! WOO WOO I’m glad it finally happened to Molly’s town and ski area. It must be beautiful. WOO WOO

    No snow in our mountains because it is a La Nina winter…they are talking about fire danger instead.
    I think I may have to settle for a White Christmas on AMC. I hope the movie is in color.

  68. dawson
    9:06 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Melanie: Successful surgery. Thank goodness the guck is out of Dan and he can start to heal properly. Thank goodness he has 2 super fantastic women helping him. Bless you.

  69. Mollypop
    9:09 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Siber-H – The 52 inches of snow is what Mother Nature gave us. This place is making snow like crazy. Huge snow piles every where!

    Stop digging holes, filling them with leaves, and sleeping in them and get your fuzzy derriere here!

  70. Melanie
    9:24 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Now that I can “sorta” think again. . .
    Was wondering about the comments of what to call close relationships between people and dogs and/or Kats.

    I am very proud to be part of the Pack. I am a member (Alpha, but that is a given) of a wonderful, chaotic, inspirational, and miraculous inter-species group.

    Whew . . .

    Kats have Packs. A little different than the Canine Pack, but Packs none the less.

    I felt the same way when living with one dog and four Kats. Not sure the dog felt that way though . . . Those Kats just teased her mercilessly.

  71. Alice Johnson
    9:25 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Yay Melanie and Zoe,
    Yay Doctors.
    Hip hip Hooray for DAN the MAN

    Sam my dear, you shouldn’t tell all my secrets.
    Macy, Dawson and Staff saw a Min Pin today on their way to a cute store. He wasn’t wearing any fancy clothing but he was dancing in the street.

    And so are we. Well, really we are dancing on the bed. We are not allowed in the street.

    Jobs and getting good Doctors. That is reason to dance.

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:33 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Kats!….I have never lived with Kats!…grunt!…This blog is the closest to Kats that I have ever been…snort!…And this is way too close for comfort indeed…heh!

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:38 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Melanie!…I am so glad Zoe is home with you tonight. I was afraid she would spend the night in the hospital and get down and out herself…snorr!….I hope she will get a very restful sleep tonight…sigh!…I’m sure she needs it desperately, as do you my dear!…wheeze!…I hope both of you get a good nights sleep. Tomorrow is another day and it will be much better!…wooooooooo!

  74. B.Stover
    9:45 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Rio: I can get the recipe for the gelatin mold for you. It was my mom’s and is really delicious. We always have it served with the meal. (I’ll look for the recipe tomorrow if you want it.) Greens…how about green beans steamed then with butter and garlic salt added after they’re done?

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:51 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Stover!…Yes, she says she would love to have that mold recipe, that would be really great. Grandma hates green beans, so she is staying away from that green thing. Grandma does love her broccoli and cheese sauce though…sigh..I fear my friend will resort to that again unless something else comes up…grunt!…Of course there is always the Cottage Cheese Ala Green Onion too!…heh!

  76. Melanie
    9:52 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Thanks for all support all!!

    B.Stover is making me hungry and Riö is telling me to get some sleep.

    So off to bed I go dreaming of cream cheese pineapple salad thingy.


  77. Siber-H
    9:58 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Melanie, I like your discription of the relationships between people and dogs/cats. Mom says that with huskies the human has to be alpha or the human will have problems BIG TIME. I let her think whatever works for her.

    If it weren’t for this blog, I wouldn’t have any cat friends. I am happy that Chet has brought dogs and cats together and that I can have feline friends in siberspace. I value my cat friends here on Chet’s blog.

  78. C. Harris
    10:03 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Melanie: Unlike in southern Alaska, the air up here is very, very dry so we usually get small flakes instead of big, fat, sloppy wet flakes. It can snow all day with only a couple of inches of accumulation. This is why we all went wild when it warmed up Thanksgiving week and our snow became “wet” and everyone was making snowmen. There were snowmen in front of houses and someone went overboard and made an entire field of snowmen.

    Speaking of dry air…if anyone knows of the perfect moisturizer, clue me in. I’ve tried many in my life and am still searching. My hands and face get so dry it is painful. Humidity is around 20 to 30%.

    There was a question on the internet a few days ago about how cold it had to be to snow. That didn’t interest me…I want to know how cold it has to be for it not to snow. When it is -50 and snowing, I think it is so unfair: it is like getting a double whammy of winter, it should be too cold to snow.

    I remembered last night at -31 that I had a carton of ice cream outside in my “natural freezer.” I brought it in and it was froze solid as a brick. It took about an hour before I could scoop out a small amount to eat. I do occasionally make “snow ice cream”–a treat from my childhood. Has anyone else heard of it?

  79. Siber-H
    10:08 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Mollypop! I’m on my way! hmmm All I have to do is get my mom’s credit card and the keys to her (my) truck. I could help your mom on the safety patrol.

  80. B.Stover
    10:13 pm on December 9th, 2010

    CHarris: We used to make snow ice cream and put maple syrup on it. Yummy! The best moisturizer is Vaseline Petroleum Jelly–just put a little on hands and face.

    SH: What is a La Nina winter?

    Rio: I’ll put up the recipe tomorrow. Remind me if I forget.

    Fringe was really weird tonight.

  81. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:14 pm on December 9th, 2010

    C.Harris!… You are plain crazy!…snort!…But I do love hearing about your Arctic Adventures, especially when it involves ice cream!….grunt!… I couldn’t tell you how long it has been since she bought ice cream…grump!

    Lotion!…We here in Colorado have a low humidity too…snort!…She uses Aveeno Lotion for her face and some other cheaper stuff for the other parts…heh!…I have no clue if it works or not, but I do love licking off the cheap stuff …wheeze!

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:19 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Safety!… I just can’t picture SiberH on Safety Patrol…gurnt!… He would cause more chaos than safety, running all over and sliding down the hill all covered with Snow!Snow!Snow!…heh!

  83. B.Stover
    10:24 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Night all.

  84. Alice Johnson
    10:27 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Staff likes that Aveeno stuff too. She also has used Aquaphor on her fingertips when they get cracked. I like to lick off the lotion too. Something Rio and I have in common. Heh heh heh

  85. Siber-H
    10:27 pm on December 9th, 2010

    The humidity is 22 percent here right now, but the temperature is 35 degrees.
    It is 68 degrees where Chet and Bernie live and the humidity is 19 percent.
    REALLY BIG difference in C.Harris’s temperatures and ours.

  86. Alice Johnson
    10:28 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Night everyone.
    We are for bed too. Actually Abbie has already been on the bed for some time.

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:33 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Bed! … We’ve all had an emotional day waiting to hear about Dan…sniff!…So I won’t call you all wimpy wimps…heh!…We here will be up for awhile yet…gruff!…So don’t close the blog down yet!…grunt!

    Alice!…We have nothing in common except a little lotion licking, get that straight!…grump!

  88. Debbie LM
    10:35 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Melanie. Thank you for keeping us posted on Dan and we’ll all pray for a speedy recovery.

    Rio – Menu for Saturday night dinner (Theme Christmas in New Mexico)
    Chipolte Glazed Shrimp
    Chorizo Sausage in Phyllo
    Chicken & Corn Quesadillas
    Chicken Posole Soup
    Pork 2 ways – Roast stuffed loin of Pork & Carne Adovada
    Fall Salad
    Butternut Squash with Apples, Dried Cherries & Pinion Nuts
    White Bean Salad with Mint & Red Onion
    Corn Spoonbread
    Homemade Potato Rolls
    Pumpkin Mascarpone Pie
    Hazelnut Chocolate Meringue Cake

  89. Siber-H
    10:50 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Rio’s humidity is 38 percent right now because he has a storm maybe appearing tomorrow. I just love weather.

    Stover, a La Nina winter for us is caused by a cooler than normal pool of water out there in the Pacific Ocean. When that happens, the Southwest gets even less moisture than normal. That is most definately the case so far this year.
    An El Nino winter for the Southwest is caused by a warmer than normal pool of water in the Pacific ocean. We get more moisture than normal when an El Nino is present. That means an above average snowfall for the mountains and all the beautiful cactus in Chet and Bernie’s desert blooming in the spring.

  90. Siber-H
    10:57 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Wookie? About what time is dinner being served? I could stop in on my way up to Mollypop’s. You could intruduce me as an authentic NM Husky.

    Night All! I am so thankful that the surgery went so well for Dan and that Melanie, Zoe, and the Newfs can truly rest tonight.

  91. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:01 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Debbie!…You are just making up most of this stuff, right?…heh!… There is no way one person could make all this food for a big Christmas dinner for more than 5 people!…grunt!…My friend is still trying to figure out if she wants Pillsbury croissant rolls or maybe pre-cut French bread from the store and if there’s time to toast it…cough! …I think she has totally forgotten all about dessert… wheeze!…Fun times ahead, I can just see it…heh!

  92. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:24 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Goodnight! …All, sleep tight and please have good thoughts and prayers for Dan tonight…sniff!…He is not out of the woods yet…snuffle!… We need to keep prayers coming for him for awhile now…sigh!…A relief though, knowing he made it out of surgery in fine form….whew!… Good night for now. She is almost ready to lift me up onto the big bed for the night where I will snuffle my way down under the covers to the end of the bed. All will be fine until I have to go out NOW!NOW!…heh!

  93. dawson
    11:25 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Debbie LM: I’m coming for dinner too! Plus, can you make those recipes into a little cookbook I can bring home with me in case I need something to do someday. Just when you get a minute, could you do that.
    Rio: Mom has a broccoli salad recipe – it’s just broccoli flowerets, bacon, onions and cheese, and with a mayonnaise dressing. You can make it a day ahead. Staff can give you the recipe (I think) if you would like it. Plus, I bet there are a million broccoli recipes on your computer.

  94. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:35 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Macy tired and out. Good news today, better tomorrow we know.

  95. Gus & BooBear
    11:57 pm on December 9th, 2010

    Better late than never. We did get a chance to sneak a peak at Melanie’s post earlier and found out Dan did great!!! What a relief for Zoe and Melanie and the rest of the family. Hopefully, now he will be able to fully recover.

    SiberH, we believe that you are an authentic Texas/NM Husky, sir! Musn’t forget your Texas roots.

    Mollypop, glad you finally got the snow you were wanting. Did you read earlier that Mom thought she saw you and Sam getting gussied up for the holidays at PetsMart? And the poodle wasn’t getting that silly poodle cut either. Boy, did she look like your picture!

    It looks like we may be getting another brother. Mom got contacted by the lady who runs the shelter where she volunteers. Seems a 78 year old man had to go into the hospital for surgery. He has a 10 year old cat. For now, a neighbor is taking care of the cat in his home, but if the gentleman doesn’t make it, the cat will need a home quickly (the man’s only relative doesn’t like cats) so we are on standby to be PlanB if needed. Hopefully, the man will recover fully and will be able to go home.

    Have a peaceful night everyone.

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