Happy Labor Day, Everybody!

And R.I.P. Hal David. Among many other songs, he wrote the words to Sea of Heartbreak, a Chet and Bernie favorite. Here’s Don Gibson’s version.


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120 Responses to “Happy Labor Day, Everybody!”

  1. OleyHowlers
    8:53 am on September 3rd, 2012

    Happy Labor Day! We hope all of our friends who believe in the power of collective bargaining get to enjoy a great day off work. Thanks to our Pop-Pop and others like him, our own mom and pop are going to be home having fun fun fun with us today.

  2. B.Stover
    9:09 am on September 3rd, 2012

    Good morning all.

  3. Melanie
    9:16 am on September 3rd, 2012

    I have to say that YSAS LOVES being part of the UNION!

    Dan grew up in Flint and remembers the auto union strike of 1937-1938. It was the first sit-down strike. Unions were not considered legal and the governor brought in the militia and had machine guns pointed at the GM plant.

    The strikers were starving and their wives brought in a ladder and started handing out food to them.

    Dan was not allowed to go to the plant (he was only 8 years old) but his older brother went and saw this.

    The union won. Later on when Dan was waiting to get into the Navy he was working at the GM plant, but that is a story for another time. . . snicker

    Now if I could find the flag . .

  4. Rose
    9:26 am on September 3rd, 2012

    Greetings All!

    Meashka is up top!

    Rio! So glad you friend had a great time seeing the Rockies kick butt yesterday! Sucks that she has to work today. grrrrrrr!

    When able, please check your SDD.

  5. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:26 am on September 3rd, 2012


  6. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:36 am on September 3rd, 2012

    PISSED!…So my friend is right at this moment sitting at the very-not-busy place all alone….grump!…Her boss just came by and said, “Did you not get the message?”…sniff!…”Don’t come in on Labor Day – the new system is not up and running.”…GRUMP! So she will be on her way home now…heh!

  7. dawson
    9:49 am on September 3rd, 2012

    appy Labor Day! The newspaper says this holiday is losing its’ significance but I will always remember the workers who put their lives on the line so that we could be treated fairly. Unions lately have gotten a bad rap by those who would drag us backwards into the 19th century. No vacations, 10 – 12 hour days. Hey! sounds like Rio’s job! Organise! I’ve been treated poorly by bosses in my work life where having a collective voice would have made a difference. I never had a union job in the U.S. but the hospital in Canada was all Union. If there was no Union our own Jasper would not have a job! Go Unions!

  8. dawson
    9:52 am on September 3rd, 2012

    Harold, the dog wannabee guinea pig up top!

  9. Princess Sam
    10:05 am on September 3rd, 2012

    My Daddy has a sausage plant that has a union. Daddy goes to work at 4:30 in the morning to work right alongside the guys to get the product out the door.

  10. dawson
    10:23 am on September 3rd, 2012

    Sam: Good for your daddy, Sam. Good bosses are out there, Union or non-Union. They know that a work force that is happy is more productive and there is less turn-over in loyal employees. I’ve been lucky enough to have worked for a few great bosses like your dad over the years. Here’s to a happy, productive work force!
    Uh, Rio: Bummer!

  11. Melanie
    10:24 am on September 3rd, 2012

    SIBER-H is looking at me!!!! And he has his Rockies hat on!!!

    I rarely get one of youse guys.

    More power to your Paw, Princess Sam!

    More on Dan in Flint. Dan was only a weekly radio show when he was in high school. They came on right after the Gospel Melody Boys. Dan and his crew, he couldn’t remember what the name of their show was called, were pro Union. This did not endear him to the GM president of the time, who (on the radio) announced that Dan would never be able to get a job at GM.

    More later. Zoë has taken 6 of the Pack for a walk / run. I am doing the home fires. Or maybe I could do some home fries?

  12. Melanie
    10:25 am on September 3rd, 2012

    Riö, how long is your friend’s commute? Not that it actually makes a difference seeing that she had to get up and get ready and get her work face on.

  13. Siber-H
    10:33 am on September 3rd, 2012

    Happy Labor Day Everyone!
    Thanks for the music, Spence. I didn’t know Hal David wrote Sea of Heartbreak.

    I’m glad Rio’s friend doesn’t have to work today, but I think it it is a rather long commute.

  14. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:36 am on September 3rd, 2012

    Hey everyone. Happy Labor Day. We had a very special breakfast today — dad made buttermilk pancakes for mom and me because it’s her birthday today. She’s one of the many September birthdays on the blog. The pancakes were quite yummy too. Dad’s range of cooking expertise is fairly limited, but he is quite adept at pancakes. It’s hot and humid here, plus rain likely later today, but at least the sun is shining now.

  15. Melanie
    10:37 am on September 3rd, 2012


    Happy Birthday!

  16. OleyHowlers
    10:40 am on September 3rd, 2012

    Happy Birthday, Wookie’s mom!

  17. Melanie
    10:42 am on September 3rd, 2012

    One more thing on Dan. When Dan was waiting to go into the Navy (this is after the CIA) he worked at the GM plant. (snicker to the GM president who thought that would never happen). He was pro union, but none of the workers believed it. Since Dan had been in the CIA they were certain he was there to spy on them.

    Considering the times that is not a farfetched idea. But they were wrong about Dan.

    Time to do things.

  18. Siber-H
    10:43 am on September 3rd, 2012

    We will be leaving tomorrow for Southwestern Colorado (where the major part of the Dog Who Knew Too Much takes place).
    If everything goes according to plan, we will return a week from tomorrow.
    Mom tells me we may even arrive home that Tuesday before the UPS truck delivers AFOC. This will be a major thing to look forward to as we leave the Colorado mountians.
    There is no internet or cell phone service the places we go so we will be off the grid completely

  19. Siber-H
    10:44 am on September 3rd, 2012

    Happy Birthday Wookie’s Mom!!!!!

  20. Masquers
    10:48 am on September 3rd, 2012

    Happy (no) Labor Day to All!
    (even Rio’s Friend who is returning home!)

    No experience with unions here, but at one job where Nana worked many, many moon ago union types were hanging around trying to convince the employees a union would be in their best interests. Strangely enough it was an insurance company.

    Wose: Hal David…You called it yesterday…nice tribute from Chet.

    And a Good morning to our new FOTM Brad. What a handsome guy you are.

    Happy, Happy Birthday Wookie’s Mom!!!

  21. BearSpiritDog
    10:51 am on September 3rd, 2012

    Damit Masquers! Grrr. That was supposed to be me.

    We will miss you Siber-H.

  22. Wose
    11:00 am on September 3rd, 2012

    Happy Birthday Wookie’s Mom!

    Rio! That really stinks that your friend had to drive all the way out to the busy place only to return. Hopefully, you’ ll be able to salvage a part of the day and do some relaxing.

    SiberH: Hope you a great time in Colorado!

    Sammie, your daddy is a good man!

    Masquers, I just love the music of Bacarach and David!

  23. Barb & Maggie
    11:00 am on September 3rd, 2012

    Happy Labor Day and Happy Birthday Debbie L.

    Barb here, and don’t tell Maggie I was asking about this. Seems that my little girl is barking a bit much. No one has complained yet, but she thinks she should bark when she hears another dog barking, when the lady next door is talking loudly to her kids or dog, or any number of other things.

    I don’t want to buy a shock collar, but has anyone had experience with one of those little table top devices that makes a high frequence sound when a dog barks. Supposed to be effective for up to 25 feet, indoors or out.

  24. Wose
    11:00 am on September 3rd, 2012

    Hi, Bear!

  25. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:06 am on September 3rd, 2012

    Home!…She made it home – it is a 25 – 60 minute drive depending on the traffic…snort!…This morning I think she made it back home in about 15 minutes with no speeding tickets…grunt!…Then she took us on a really long walk up a really high hill and now we are home trying to breath again…gasp!wheeze!…This is the longest walk Beau has ever been on…heh!chough!heh!…Boy is he tuckered out!

    Plans!…Those two are going to go out for brunch and then she says we are all going to pull up the garden….wheeze!…They have roasted and frozen tons of chili peppers and the tomatoes are finished. The bell peppers are done too..sniff!…So lots of work to do to clean everything up….snort!

  26. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:09 am on September 3rd, 2012

    SiberH!….Woooooo!…Hey pal, you will be in my state! In one of the most beautiful parts too…snorkel!…Are youse guys gonna be camping? Will you be sitting around a campfire singing songs and howling at the moon?….woooooooOOOOOOooooooOOOO!…Boy oh boy, I wish I could be with youse guys, I really do…snort!….Someone has Had It Up To Here! and is ready to quit the damned-busy-place…wheeze!

  27. B.Stover
    11:10 am on September 3rd, 2012

    Happy birthday Debbie L.M.

  28. Siber-H
    11:13 am on September 3rd, 2012

    Barb, There are also citronella collars that spray the dog when the dog barks. They are harmless. It all depends on the dog whether or not that method works. They can be purchased on the internet.

    I know about the device you are talking about, but I don’t know anything about them. They would be cheaper than the citronella collar.

    Try googling on Amazon the device you are asking about and then read the customers’ reviews of them.

  29. BearSpiritDog
    11:17 am on September 3rd, 2012

    Barb: We have not heard of the table device, but it “sounds” like it could work. Otherwise, you may have to call in the Dog Whisperer.
    (whispering) I don’t like those shock collars either! One time I came back from a Doggy Condo wearing one of those collars. Nana was shocked they would do such a thing. When she inquired about it they claimed: “your dog must have been wearing it when he came here.” Needless to say I never went back there!
    Siber-H has given good advice.

    Wose: Like Siber-H, we didn’t know Hal David had written that song. (of course there are a lot of things we don’t know…..)

  30. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:24 am on September 3rd, 2012
  31. Siber-H
    11:24 am on September 3rd, 2012

    Rio, yes, we will be camping. We wish you, Beau, and your friend could be there also.

  32. Masquers
    11:38 am on September 3rd, 2012

    You send the best cards, Riö!
    I just thought of two Plunderers that are laboring away this day…Bella and her Giant.
    We are hoping (with the capable assistance of Tenzing) the Little Cabin in the Woods will be completed in time for youse to enjoy some of this day. No need to start on the Hide-A-Way just yet. For the Rockies, the World Series are only a Dream in their Hearts.

  33. Melanie
    11:40 am on September 3rd, 2012

    Training a dog not to bark especially a working dog is very difficult. We have never used any sort of collar, but Newfoundlands are food motivated.

    I don’t know if this would work for you Maggie. First is this inside barking or outside barking?

    If outside barking . . For a week when Barb takes you outside have a lead connected from you to her. If you are food motivated when you either start barking or if there is something that Barb thinks might start you barking, she casts some kibble on the ground. Then when you don’t bark, she praises you. If you are fond of a certain toy this also works.

    If inside and watching from the window . . Barb needs to claim the window. She must be the alpha. When you go near the window she tells you no and stands in your way.

    This is time intensive, but it does work. Our first Newf was a danger on walks because she would lunge and bark at any vehicle. Zoë couldn’t hold her if she did this. Well, actually she would but she would be dragged down the street. We started her with this training and within a week she would see a vehicle coming and look for her treat instead of barking and lunging. After a month she just stopped the whole thing.

    Clicker training might help also.

  34. dawson
    11:51 am on September 3rd, 2012

    Wookie: Good on your dad for making your mum some yummy birthday pancakes. Happy Birthday Wookie’s Mum!

    SiberH: Off the grid. Enjoy your time in the out-of-doors. It sounds pawsitively wonderful.

    I’m making dad some soft-boiled eggs, then I’m going on a bike ride around the lakes for some dog and people watching.

    Melanie: Tell Dan I’m enjoying the stories of his Union years.

  35. OleyHowlers
    11:55 am on September 3rd, 2012

    Siber, buddy. Can we come with you to off-the-grid? We’ve been trying to get these guys off the grid all year.

  36. B.Stover
    11:57 am on September 3rd, 2012

    SH: Have a fun time in the mountains.

  37. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    12:15 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Happy birthday, Debbie!

    Rio, our company has to pay its employees four hours if they get called in on a holiday.

    There is an interesting story about Tucker off to the right.

  38. c.hobbit
    12:19 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Happy b-day Wookies’ Mom! I might have pancakes when I go out for breakfast this morning in Anchorage. I’ll think of you.

    Siber-H: camping…does that mean that at some point you will be footloose and fancy free?

  39. Siber-H
    12:31 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    CHobbit, No, I will never be footloose and fancy free. Most Sibers cannot be trusted off leash. That is the first thing Husky Rescue tells anyone that thinks they want to adopt a Siber.

    Fellow Sibers, Together could bring down an elk…if we were let off leash.

    Mom here: Siber-H’s above statement is one of the reasons the goofballs cannot be let off leash.

  40. BearSpiritDog
    12:33 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Thank you, Wolfie. That was an interesting article on Tucker and the Orcas.

    Y’all will note that most of these Heroes and Heroines of the Nation Within are former Rescues.

    C.Hobbit: Sorry to hear the French lessons didn’t work out.

  41. c.hobbit
    12:40 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Siber-H: yes, I know that you have repeatedly said that you are always on a leash. Being where I live, it is hard for me to wrap my brain around it. But has long as you are happy and can run free in your dreams that is all that matters. Have a good trip.

  42. Barb & Maggie
    12:42 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Thank you Melanie for all the good advise. Maggie is more food than toy oriented, so I will pick up some good training treats. I like the idea of “claiming” the sliding glass door too, as that is where most of the inside barking occurs. I tried closing the curtain, but she learned quickly to pop her head under there. Lots of good things to bark at from that vantage point – kids, dogs, squirrels, etc.

    Time for a nap. BBL

  43. SnowBella
    1:14 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Happy birthday, Debbie, mother of Wookie and maker of fine quilts.

    It may not have been an elk, but Luna and Tenzing cornered a deer when they were but pups. It was in the middle of the night and I let them out for a bathroom break. Instead of tending to the necessaries, they bolted into the dark. Carpola! I ran in the house to get AJ. Picture it, AJ and I—he in his boxers, I might add—running through fields and wooded areas looking for the pups. AJ found them, sitting side by side and looking back and forth at each other and then at the deer that they cornered against a farmer’s fence. “what do we do now?” answered with a tail wag that said, “No idea. I thought you had a plan.”.

    I may have a different view on unions. There was a time where they were necessary an long overdue in the fair treatment of the workforce. Yet, today many of the labor laws we have address the same issues that unions addressed. If a non-union employer unionizes in today’s era, it likely means management failed. There are bad managers out there, and great leaders like Sam’s dad—that can make all the difference.

    Rio: I am so glad your friend doesn’t have to work today!

  44. Melanie
    1:37 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    I bet Luna and Tenzing had a blast!

    Unfortunately, not all employers are like Sam’s Paw. YSAS found that out the hard way with production companies. Non-union are NOT treated well. They MUST treat the Union well. This is not just about money, but about risk and limbs! Because when the Union is treated well, the non-Union is treated better than it would be.

    If only every employer and employee respected themselves and each other to help create a good work environment. Hmmm . .

    Not sure why someone would want a Union in an insurance company . . Pondering.

  45. SnowBella
    1:42 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Did I ever tell you about the time when Luna and Tenz woke us up by placing a deer leg across our bed? I don’t think AJ and I have ever moved so fast.

  46. OleyHowlers
    1:43 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Siber, we know how to undo any ties your mom may try to put you on. Just wait til she is sleeping. Then, we will sneak in and break you out. Now all we need is an address of your campsite.

  47. BearSpiritDog
    1:44 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Melanie: Nana and the rest of the employees couldn’t understand the logic either. Very strange. Needless to say, the company did not become part of the union.

  48. Siber-H
    1:52 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    CHobbit, I have a fenced in acre to run around in at home, and I go to dog parks. Whenever we go to Husky Rescue in the mountains I get to run there because a lot of the land is fenced in with a 6 foot fence.
    Sibers do need to be able to run.

  49. OleyHowlers
    1:54 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Bella, as far as those labor laws, our mom and pop are considered “exempt”, so those laws don’t apply. They get called to work any time of night or day, 7 days of the week, and they have no choice but to go in. Pop’s boss tells him that he must work a minimum of 50 hours per week, and that doesn’t include all of the time he must work when he is on call, nor the 1 or 2 weekends per month he requires him to work thru the night. Mom and all of her co-workers had their pay cut by 25% two years ago, when her company decided to change their long-honored partnership plan, even though they were making record profits. Unfortunately, there is no organized union for them, but if one tried to organize, you’d better believe they would both join up.

  50. BearSpiritDog
    2:15 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    O.Howlers: OMD! Talk about slave labor!

  51. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:16 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Garden!…Whew! The garden and most of the peppers are pulled up and drying out….snort!…She left the bell pepper plants and a jalepeno plant which are still producing…wheeze!….I helped out a lot by getting right under foot and in the mud up to my knees….woooo!….Then we came inside, she grabbed me and threw me in the big tub full of water downstairs….grump!….I almost drowned I tell youse. I almost drowned!…wheeze! …She said I was long over-due for a bath. Beau has had two and I have had none so there….grumble!sneeze!

  52. Melanie
    2:22 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Okay you Southwesterners, I was talking with Golinka trying to figure out a replacement we might have up here in the NE for the Hatch peppers.

    Her opinion was there is no replacement. 🙁 I want to make that chicken and Hatch pepper dish I put up the other day. What peppers can I use?

    BTW my friend who created that recipe is in Arizona. sigh.

    BELLA!!! And I thought it was bad when my Kats used to bring in a mouse. I take it the rest of the deer was not attached? Also, I keep hearing the music from the “Godfather”.

  53. OleyHowlers
    2:28 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Ha ha! We were thinking Godfather too, Melanie!

    It is a blah rainy day, so we here are making tomato sauce and also roasting red pepper. We tried a new experiment this year. We planted peppers in the same bed as the tomatoes. Consequently, we got very few peppers. 🙁

  54. Siber-H
    2:46 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Melanie, Golinka is right.
    There is no replacement for Hatch Green Chilies.
    Maybe some Hatch Green Chilies could be ordered online. I’ll google it right now.

  55. Siber-H
    2:53 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    ok, Hatch Green Chili can be ordered online. Here is the web address: hatchnmgreenchili.com

    I did not really investigate the website. I don’t know how much you have to buy or what it costs.
    This could be a wild idea…maybe you and the Royals can go in together and buy some Hatch Green Chili.

  56. OleyHowlers
    3:01 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Do youse think our Siber buddy has been attending Tech school without telling us?

  57. Siber-H
    3:11 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Fellow Sibers, LOL
    I didn’t make a link. I just typed in the web address.

  58. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    3:37 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Siber dear – ve are packing for the trip of camping. Should Natasha bring red seqvined spike heels or vons of leopard print? Is not leopards in Colorado, no? Ve vould not vant be mistaken.
    And vill you bring the marsh of mellows? Ve must try gourmet food called “s’mores”.

  59. Siber-H
    3:53 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Natasha, I had hoped you had learned your lesson during the Iditarod on how to dress in the wilderness.

  60. SnowBella
    3:55 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Zebra print it is then.

  61. Melanie
    4:01 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Siber-H, that is how to make the link!
    I will look that up.

  62. Melanie
    4:02 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Just put up a www. in front of it!

  63. Siber-H
    4:16 pm on September 3rd, 2012
  64. Siber-H
    4:17 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Wow I am impressed with myself.

  65. Lefty
    4:18 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    SiberH: You should have seen Natasha on the trail. Stunning comes to mind. I ran faster just to get a closer look at her. Annabelle says she ran faster to ask her where she bought her footwear.

  66. Basil and Sage
    4:40 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Seriously, Natasha-don’t you read the fshion mags? Leopard print is out. Dalmation print is in!
    Sheesh – females………..

  67. SnowBella
    5:05 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Maybe Natahsa should consider corgi print. I’ve also heard that pug print is all the rage on the runways.

  68. Tupper and Gilly
    5:07 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Awww…dont’ listen to those Wrotten Kats. What they know about fashion could be contained in one little tiny catnip mousie. Heck, they wear STRETCH collars.

    Oh, and Wookie – please give your Mom extra kisses from us and wish her a Happy Birthday!

  69. SnowBella
    5:23 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Golinka: When is your next shew?

  70. SnowBella
    5:32 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Masquers and BSD up top and looking good.

    AJ and I quit working shorty after ten last night but got up early and started working again. Yawn. Grump. We are working on installing the woodstove today, and if we’re luckily, can paint tonight. We were fortunate someone had an old woodstove they gave to us. It saved us several hundred dollars. It was rusted and in very rough shape. A little elbow grease and it looks like new.

  71. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:48 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Hey, y’all! Mom is finally back from her book show. Well, actually, she got back real late last night, so it’s a good thing she has today off, because all she has done so far is lay around reading and watching DVDs — she didn’t even turn on the computer for me until just now! Dad has football practice and duty after school today, so Mom’s trying to get motivated to go to the store for some groceries for the week. It’s a good thing I already have plenty of food, because Mom doesn’t seem to be moving very fast!

    Oh, and when Mom was in college, she spent one summer working for a certain toy company that is famous for a fashion doll (who almost shares a name with someone on this blog) and model cars with extremely warm tires. Get it? In order to work there, she had to join a union. It was just a summer job, so she didn’t think too much about it until her very last paycheck — when they took out her union dues! 🙁

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:55 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Rebecca!…So when can me and my friend actually move into The Little Cabin In The Woods?…snort!…She doesn’t actually know she is moving, but after this morning I bet she will be okay with the plan…heh!heh!

    Working!…Those guys have finally quit working. The little rain storm that moved through and dumped about 3 or 4 raindrops made them hurry up and finish…grunt!…All dry and hot out there again. I’m completely dried off after that dunking I got earlier…grumble!

    Finale!…Time to settle in and watch the season finale of Breaking Bad….yeeep!…Where’s my couch cushion???…gasp!

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:02 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Kirby!…Are you talking about Mattel??…snort!…This reminds me of something very important that we forgot to do!…zow!

  74. Wose
    6:24 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Rio, after your bath, did you get a splash of cologne?

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:25 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Rose!…No!..I smell bad enough by then…grump!

  76. Wose
    6:31 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Rio, you should smell good after a bath. And the ladies like a splash of cologne on their men…..

  77. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:42 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Book!…We forgot to take a photo of Mother Bogar and A Fistfull Of Collars….snort!…Unforgivable, I know. But here she is – better late than never…heh!heh!

  78. Wose
    6:51 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Rio, that picture is making me laugh! Oh, will your friend post her autographed baseball picture?

  79. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:53 pm on September 3rd, 2012



  80. Wose
    6:57 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    The actor Michael Clarke Duncan has passed at the age of 54. He was awesome in The Green Mile. I love that movie…


  81. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:00 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Rose!…Your wish is my command…snort!

    Star Catcher – Wilin Rosario!

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:02 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Rose!…Center Fielder and truly a nice guy…chuffle!

    Charlie Blackmon!

  83. Wose
    7:09 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Rio! Wow, that is very cool! Your friend must have been very excited! Sounds like she had a great time yesterday. Thanks for posting the pictures!

  84. Tupper and Gilly
    7:18 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Rio – great autographs. Which one is Natasha’s?

    Rebecca – next shew is in October. There is a little village in New York that is home to artisans and their studios and stores. On the October weekend that commemorates a certain Italian sailor (getting lost, landing somewhere he thought was somewhere else, and doing it all on someone else’s money) the village shuts its streets down to cars, and artists set up booths along the main streets of the village. Sounds like it will be a fun shew…as long as the weather holds up.

    We want you all to know, Melanie is our idol. She mentioned today that they were doing a “comfort food” dinner of mac n cheese, along with fried green tomatoes. It sounded so good, we had the same thing here. Yum!

    Weird thing happened tonight. About an hour ago, every single crow in the entire state of Massachusetts was in our backyard, hollering their heads off. It was so loud, you could hear it over a vacuum cleaner. Gramp walked out to the back fence and they quieted down, but as soon as he walked away, they started up again. Then they quoted down and the blue jays started.
    Anyone have any ideas what this could have been about? There were so many birds, it really was kind of spooky

  85. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:19 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Rose!… That day out at the ball park is the reason she is doing okay today…heh!heh!…Tomorrow is another story, but today she is doing really great..snorkel!…Except for the bath thing I have enjoyed her being home. Her mother was itching to get that garden cleaned out and my friend made short-work of it. So her mother was relieved she was home too…heh!…I don’t know how or when she got those tickets for yesterday, but it was a true life blessing in disguise. I’m so glad she got to go and got those autographs of guys we really love…sniffle!…She talked to Charlie and he was super-duper nice….heh!…What a great day! What a fabulous day!…sniffle!

  86. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:22 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Tupper!…Someone is making Mac-N-Cheese here tonight too!…snort!…Along with sliced tomaters and hotdawgs…heh!heh!

    Peeking!…WE are still watching Breaking Bad and is it something…gasp!wheeze!

  87. OleyHowlers
    7:27 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Thanks for all the pictures, Rio. We especially love the FOC and Mother Bogar(?)
    We loved Green Mile too, Wose, and that guy was so young. Very sad. How did he die? Do you know?
    T&G, youse guys better get out of there but quick! Sounds like you’re in the middle of a Hitchcock movie. Let the wrotten kats behind to deal with those birds.
    Melanie’s mac & cheese, with yummy fried green tomatoes sounds great.
    We are making our chicken pie with cream sauce specialty, using some of our left-over roasted chicken..

  88. Masquers
    7:30 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Riö: Those guys have really kool signatures. Thanks for posting the autographed baseballs.
    Rose: We liked Michael Clarke Duncan too.
    Tupper&Gilly: The Birds…Yikes!

  89. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:33 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Newbies!…All you newbies probably don’t know who Mother Bogar is, do you?….heh!heh!…Lets just say she is a close child-hood friend of my friend…snorkel!…If you want to know the back-story I might be able to tell it again, if not, just know that Mother Bogar is near and dear to my friends heart…sniffle!

  90. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:35 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Mother!…The one here, has prepared a gourmet meal of Mac N’ Cheese with Hotdawgs….grunt!…Sounds good to me, but my friend feels like she is a kid again…snorkel!

  91. SnowBella
    7:35 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Golinka: That sounds like a fun shew.

    Rio: Do you get to display those baseballs near your warm, soft bed?

    It is pouring Herbs and Royals here today and we are soaked through and cold.

  92. BearSpiritDog
    7:37 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Hey! Mac & Cheese here too. Woooo!

    We have heard Mother Bogar mentioned but do not know the back-story. Rio, do tell it again.

    Ready to chow down and Breaking Bad…the very last episode of the season is really to play!

    See youse tomorrow – Bear

  93. dawson
    7:39 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Snowbella: You are one of the lucky ones who has a wonderful boss. There are those bosses who pay no attention to labor laws – they run their ship as they wish. Yes, one can take them to the labor board and presumably win but that could take months and in the meantime you have been fired! If you have a family to support or are vunerable in some other way you may find yourself staying with the job despite the unjust treatment because it is better than no job.
    I had a job with a boss who did things “her own way” when I first moved to Canada. I found a Labor Board poster with the laws clearly printed on it, one of them being, “This poster must be posted in all job sites” and hung it on the wall when I went in for my early morning shift. A special meeting was called that afternoon and it was all about who hung this poster up? Nothing to do with the many laws she was breaking. No one spoke up to call her to task and no one admitted putting the poster up and she continued to “do her thing”. I was eventually let go by just being given less and less hours every week until I was down to 1 4 hour shift a week and then none. I did not fight to keep that job but there were those that did.

  94. dawson
    8:14 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Mother Bogar and a FOC! Good to see the little lady.
    Oh, and Rio? Nice balls! HAhahahahahahahHAwoowoohoohah. Seriously, I’m glad your friend had such a good time and got to meet a couple real nice ball players.
    We had reubans tonight with yummy German Rye and corned beef from the local meat store.

  95. Melanie
    8:19 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Wow, movie day . . . Godfather, The Birds and Fried Green Tomatoes.

    Also Mac & Cheese day! Delicious! And the Fried Green Tomatoes? Loverly, loverly, loverly!

    If there was a movie called Crazy Ladies we would be able to have some of the blog send people in for auditions.

    Now bed time (thank goodness)

    TTFN (I was watching a Foyle’s War and one of the people actually said that!)

  96. Melanie
    8:21 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    By the way Riö, even though I haven’t heard of those people, I’m glad you have the autographs.

  97. Princess Sam
    8:29 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    I forgot to mention this morning about my Daddy – the sausages his company makes are made by hand. The sausage makers are very loyal to Daddy and so a good product goes out the door every day.

    Our local TV went in there to film their guys making sausages. The sausages had lumps and bumps, some were half filled and some looked like baseballs. It was like Lucy and Ethel in the chocolate factory!

  98. Siber-H
    8:30 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Thanks for the photos, Rio!
    I know who those guys are and it is good to learn they are nice guys.

    I also know who Mother Bogar is. My memory amazes me sometimes.

  99. dawson
    9:02 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    SiberH: Your memory is improving along with your computer skills. I am very impressed you made a link!.
    My computer has decided to make the print on the blog smaller and smaller. I now need a magnifying glass to read it.
    I’m off to finish reading The Wailing Wind, A Tony Hillerman novel. Good night All.

  100. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:13 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Walk!….gasp!…Twice in one day!…wheeze!…She’s determined to kill us both….wuffle!cough!…I’ve had it. Maybe tomorrow I will relate the story of Mother Bogar and her tribe…heh!heh!

    Show!…We are still watching Breaking Bad – at least now we are. Supper is over, dishes are done, the big walk is done once again!…grunt!…Now it is time to bring the show home, although we are all a little afraid of what will happen at this point…gasp!…Couch cover I need you!….yeeep!

  101. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:31 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Bear!…Maskers!…After you watch the end of this season you have to say what you think…heh!…Do you think what I think? Did something really click on the can, or is it just a writers trick?…sniff!

  102. OleyHowlers
    9:31 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    We would like to hear the story of Mother Bogar, Rio.
    Our chicken pie was delish.
    We just finished watching George Clooney in Descendents on Prime. That is a good movie,and he is really good in it.

  103. Tupper and Gilly
    9:54 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    We don’t see many movies, but the other day when Mama was home alone, she found that there are multiple seasons of hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Cracker and Rosemary and Thyme on Netflix. No one else here likes those shows, so nOw she knows that whenever she is home alone working on shew stuff, she can have one of those guys for company. Now she can’t wait to be home alone!

  104. Barb & Maggie
    9:58 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    We want to hear the Mother Bogar story too. Will have to read it tomorrow though, as Barb is feeling under the weather and is crawling under the edge of the quilt. Just a bad cold and sore throat. First one in years, probably picked it up in the germ factory, otherwise known as the grade school she went in last Friday. Night all.

  105. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:20 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Bogar!…I’m pretty sure Barb was around when the Mother Bogar story was first told…sniff!….Talk about memory loss…sniff!

    Bear!…Maskers!…what say youse guys!?…grunt!

  106. Alice M. Johnson
    10:20 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Staff is finally back from quilting and trying to catch up to the blog. She is reading yesterday, but the power keeps going out. Drat it all. Maybe she will have to wait until tomorrow.

  107. Tupper and Gilly
    11:15 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Well, our power is going out too. Not the electric, just our power to stay awake.
    G’night all – sleep well.

  108. Gus & BooBear
    11:15 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Happy labor day all and Happy Birthday, Debbie!!! Mom is one of the September birthdays but hers is the 29th….almost the end of the month. This b-day is a pretty big one for her (don’t tell anyone but she will be 60 this year) and she is a little freaked. She wishes she had CHobbit’s will power and could lose alot of weight so she would be in better shape for this decade. Oh, well. Maybe she will bet inspired soon.

    Mom and Dad both work for small family owned companies so no unions there. One of the biggest drawbacks is that the rules often change depending on the mind of the bosses. They have both been treated fairly well (Dad much better then Mom) but both work a lot of hours with minimal benefits. Mom gets no sick days, no personal days and only 5 holidays per year. She only gets 2 weeks of vacation after 33 years. Oh, well…no one told her she had to stay. She could have looked for another job a long time ago.

    Hope every one had a great holiday! Why do the long weekends seem so short?


  109. Siber-H
    11:25 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    Night Everyone!
    Stay healthy and happy while we are away.
    We will miss you guys, but see you soon.
    Only one more week until AFOC comes out!!

  110. Gus & BooBear
    11:40 pm on September 3rd, 2012

    SiberH, Have a great time. Hope you have beautiful, cool weather to enjoy.

  111. Alice M. Johnson
    12:05 am on September 4th, 2012

    Tupper and Gilly, did your Gramps look for Hawks or Owls when the Crows were having a fit? One day I heard many Crows out in the front yard (at the parents) and went out to look. They were yelling like crazy and the whole block was vibrating with the sound. It sounded like HAWK! HAWK! and sure enough there was a hawk in a tree. I didn’t see it until it tried to fly away. The Crows followed it screaming.

    It is the time of year for Hawks to be migrating to the south.
    Blue Jays…well this is the time of year they yell.

  112. Staff
    12:07 am on September 4th, 2012

    Debbie LM, Hope you had a great birthday.

    Mr.Husky, have a wonderful vacation. We will miss you.

  113. Staff
    12:16 am on September 4th, 2012
  114. SnowBella
    7:31 am on September 4th, 2012

    Rio: I would like to gather around for Mother Bogard story time.

  115. Melanie
    8:14 am on September 4th, 2012

    Siber-H, May there be a snow patch for you!

  116. Rose
    8:24 am on September 4th, 2012

    Rio, I would love to hear the Mother Bogard story!

  117. Rose
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    OHs: Michael Clarke Duncan had a heart attack in July from which he never recovered.

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