Homecoming

“Audrey comes home today,” says Admin.

“Can’t wait,” says Spence. “It’s way too quiet without her.”

“But now she has to be kept quiet herself. Didn’t the vet say they were a bit surprised at how peppy she was after the surgery?”

“Apparently she chewed the catheter out of her paw and they had to give her a bigger conehead thing.”

“Oh, boy.”

“Siber-H’s suggestion about driving her around sounds good.”

“We could drive to Patagonia and back. That would just about do it. And there’s another rabbit! They’re taking advantage of her absence. How are we going to keep her from noticing?”

Spence and Admin go quiet. I can feel them thinking. Hope they come up with something. It happens, although maybe not often.

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  1. OleyHowlers
    8:12 am on May 13th, 2011

    So glad Audrey is coming home today! Mom says she hates driving into the farm if we are not there. So she can’t imagine several days without her.
    How to keep her quiet and resting tho…hmmmm… that is a real dilemna. It may help to give her a really big bone to chew on. That would keep her quiet for a while.
    Give her our love. Sorry that we can’t post too much these days. Mom has to go back to her office and then she is very busy keeping up farmwork while Pop recovers from his surgery. He is very still, and he didn’t even get a bone to chew. Maybe he will log us onto the computer later. Mom never has time now.

  2. Rose
    8:46 am on May 13th, 2011

    Good Morning to All!

    Audrey, I’m very glad to hear that you are home!
    Rio: Even though I’m a New Yorker, I’m not a Met fan. Sorry the Rockies took a beating yesterday.

    Friday the 13th….Shiver!!!!

  3. Mollypop
    8:59 am on May 13th, 2011

    Gus&Boo – We just read your post from last night about the 6-week old kitten. I agree with your Dad that the little kitty just landed in Kat heaven. How special just as Toes is about to leave. Such kindness all around.

  4. Mollypop
    9:09 am on May 13th, 2011

    Good luck keeping Audrey sitting still and resting.

  5. Volfie Vigglebutt
    9:18 am on May 13th, 2011

    Thank goodness tomorrow is Saturday and Rio gets his Internet hooked up. It is too quiet here when our pugster is offline.

    Spence, I suggest that you buy Audrey her own lap top and scanner. And let her read CB 4. By the time she finishes scanning the entire book to us, she will be feeling tip top!

    A win win for everyone!

  6. Volfie Vigglebutt
    9:23 am on May 13th, 2011

    I wonder if Aubrey will be coming home with he town private nurse. One wearing crocodiles and an interesting looking ponytail. Pondering…..

  7. Volfie Vigglebutt
    9:24 am on May 13th, 2011

    *her own

  8. Melanie
    9:34 am on May 13th, 2011

    I like Siber-H’s idea of the driving. I used to get YSAS to go to sleep by driving him around. Gas was a LOT cheaper.

    I was trying to think of something that would help. Seems all that I could come up with was food related. Any member of The Pack would stay very still if we gave them a large bone or a jar of peanut butter.

    Of course, the problem with PB is that is is very fattening and Audrey doesn’t need more weight on her joints. Hmmm. . .

    There is a training technique that Audrey doesn’t need but might be adapted to keep her quiet.

    The technique is for dogs who have a problem with who is the leader of the pack. The dog is leashed to it’s friend for a few days. So where ever the leader goes the dog must follow. Of course, that technique calls for changing direction if the dog goes ahead of the leader. It’s sort of like walking in circles for the first day.

    BUT, this might be adapted to keep Audrey quiet.

    If one of the pack leaders is sitting at the TV, computer, writing, watching TV, talking on the phone . . . have Audrey on the lead with whom ever.

    The lead gives comfort and attachment for Audrey. She’s going to need some comfort.

    Not sure about this, just throwing it out there!

  9. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:34 am on May 13th, 2011

    Good morning, y’all! Sorry I didn’t get on the computer last night. Mom went shopping after work — a co-worker’s son and a girl in her handbell choir are both graduating from high school. Mom got each of them a “late night study kit,” with a raman bowl, six-pack of raman, microwave popcorn and chocolate bars. Oh, and a gift certificate for anything she forgot!

    And she started to get them cards, too, but then she remembered that she got a bunch of extra cards last year. They have a drawing of a guy reaching for his diploma, but then the principal pulls it back and says, “Whoa! Not so fast, hotshot! The librarian says you’re not graduating until you return the copy of ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ you’ve had out since grade school!” She couldn’t resist!

  10. Melanie
    9:39 am on May 13th, 2011

    Good Morning Everyone! (Völfie, I am also waiting to find out about the nurse . . .)

    TODAY is 365 days until OTAS and F’s wedding! YEA! It’s actually May 12, 2012 but next year is a leap year.

    Zoë and I are feeling better. She’s gone shopping one way down the hill. I’m going to the bank the other way when she gets home.

    Sleeping Eagle Teenagers.

  11. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:47 am on May 13th, 2011

    Melanie: Yay! May 12 is my uncle’s birthday, so now you have a way your can remember OTAS’s anniversary! (Do you think OTAS and F would mind a few extra guests? We’d be real quiet during the ceremony, and we’d hardly eat anything during the reception!)

  12. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:49 am on May 13th, 2011

    Drugs!…. When I hurt my back and I was supposed to stay still in a kennel all day and night …snort!… She had a bottle of drugs she shook in my face as if threatening me with them…heh!… I screamed and yeeped and carried on until she gave-in and put me on the big bed….sniff! … I think she did manage to get a few of those pills down me with some cream cheese, because I slept a lot, more than usual, and that’s a lot….wuffle!

  13. B.Stover
    9:55 am on May 13th, 2011

    Chet: Spence and Admin don’t often come up with thoughts? You’re making me laugh out loud again. Welcome home Audrey. (I’d probably chew the catheter too so I have no thoughts about how to keep her still.)

    Good morning all.

  14. B.Stover
    10:07 am on May 13th, 2011

    Since I’m hopeless at geography, I had to look up Patagonia. Now I get it! (Someone wrote a book about that….)

  15. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:11 am on May 13th, 2011

    I know how to keep Audrey quiet! Just hold her on your lap all the time! When I’m on someone’s lap I’m more than happy to just stay there and be calm. Especially if you rub my ears at the same time. Oh, man! Just thinking about it makes me…I gotta go find a lap!!!

  16. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:20 am on May 13th, 2011

    Patagonia!…. heh!snort!heh!…. At first I thought he was talking about the store and wanted some hiking gear….snort! ….Then I realized it was the other Patagonia with the hydro plan that is upsetting all the environmentalists…grunt!

  17. dawson
    10:24 am on May 13th, 2011

    Welcome home Audrey.
    Kirby T. The graduation cards are perfect.
    Gus and BooBear: I read your post from last night. I’m grateful there are people like you in this world and that the little kitty found you.

  18. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:40 am on May 13th, 2011

    Gus and BooBear: Where do you live? Mom would love a Siamese kitten! On second thought, the last thing we need around here is another kat! Especially with my nieces “visiting.” Isn’t there supposed to be an end to a visit? Because it’s been two week already and there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight!!!

  19. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:44 am on May 13th, 2011

    I do worry about my good friend Audrey, knowing how difficult it is to keep still when there are squirrels and chipmunks and rabbits to chase after, and great smells abound. I think there are some herbal products/sprays (lavendar-based ones being one example) that can help calm a restless dog, and Spence and Admin may want to check those out. It’s a good thing that The Dog Who is finished, because for the next few days, Spence’s main activity is going to be lots and lots of tummies (as mom said, I’d be willing to lend grandpa to the cause if it would help).

    Here in Chevy Chase, our gardens are now awash in color. Our peony bushes (we have a dozen) are in full bloom and just spectacular, as are the rose bushes and clementis vines (and the wisteria too). The azaleas are starting to fade, but they are not nearly as nice as the peonies in any event. Six tomato plants got planted last weekend; serious supervision on my part was definitely required (but manual labor, i.e., mom and dad, got it all done just fine). We use raised beds for the tomatoes, which we had to move because of a hornets’ nest issue near where we normally plant them. Mom also planted lots of basil, which she uses with New Mexico pinion nuts (shipped from Buffetts in Albuquerque), which are the best in the world, to make a really delish pesto (with some yummy parmegiano reggiano and a bit of EVOO mixed in as well). I’ll have to remind her to submit that recipe as well. Wookie

  20. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:55 am on May 13th, 2011

    Wookie!….I did not realize that along with all your other talents you were also a Horticulturist….snort!… You continually amaze me with your multi facetted knowledge base….sniff!

  21. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:58 am on May 13th, 2011

    Kats!….Does anyone know how many Kats we have regularly visiting this here blog?….grunt!

  22. BearSpiritDog
    10:58 am on May 13th, 2011

    Chet: If Spence & Admin can’t figure something out you could always ask Bernie – you always say he’s the smartest guy in the room. Audrey! Welcome home! As Volfie says, did your private nurse accompany you? We mean the one wearing those comfy crocs. It must have been very reassuring to have had her there by your side. Good job Nattie! eh, I mean mysterious nurse with the ponytail. We think Siber-H’s idea of rides in the car and Melanie’s to keep her close by your side are both very good. Kirby too – the closer we can get the better I always say!

    GusBooBear: From last night – that was such a nice story of the little lone kitten! A little miracle. It seems to have come into your lives at the puuurfect time!

    Hoping everyone has a very good day!
    Bear

  23. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:59 am on May 13th, 2011

    You see what I have to put up with? Maggie’s hogging my spot on the couch, for goodness sake!!!

  24. B.Stover
    11:00 am on May 13th, 2011

    Your gardens sound wonderful Wookie. Please submit the recipe for pesto. I love pesto but have never heard of pinion nuts.

    Now I’ll have to look up the hydro plan Rio mentioned. The book I was referring to is The Old Patagonian Express by Paul Theroux.

  25. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:06 am on May 13th, 2011

    Kirby!….It looks to me like you have secured the bigger portion of the couch… Nice job! …heh!

  26. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:08 am on May 13th, 2011

    Rio: But Maggie’s got the pillow!!!

  27. B.Stover
    11:09 am on May 13th, 2011

    Poor Kirby.

  28. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:12 am on May 13th, 2011

    Kirby!… Pretend you hear someone at the door!….snort!…Jump off and start barking your head off and run around. When Ole Maggie jumps off to join in on the commotion, just circle back and grab the pillow side of the couch!….gruff! …It will work, I use this ploy on Pepper all the time when she hogs the couch….grunt!

  29. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:17 am on May 13th, 2011

    Thanks, Rio! I’ll try that next time Maggie gets in my spot!

  30. BearSpiritDog
    11:30 am on May 13th, 2011

    Poor Kirby! Sometimes it’s so hard to share!

    Wookie: Didn’t you loan Grampa out to the O.Howlers? Of course Wolfie could blur him back and forth. Wait! That’s making me dizzy!
    One of our fuchsia plants didn’t make it through the winter, although we brought it inside. It may have gotten too much rain when we put it outside a while back. On a happier note, the wisteria is beginning to show signs of coming to life. It is beautiful when in bloom.

    Volfie: That was a truly brilliant idea! – to keep Audrey occupied transcribing the you know what. (I won’t mention it here or I may get moderated heh,heh)

  31. BearSpiritDog
    11:39 am on May 13th, 2011

    Pondering…I hope it doesn’t take Audrey until September to finish this. Oh, no!

  32. Siber-H
    12:27 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Wecome Home Audrey!! Patagonia is a beautiful country. The rugged Andes mountians reach for the sky, and the fabled cape Horn is down there on the tip of it.

    Melanie already suggested what I was going to…You may have to keep her on a leash at times. Mom has nothing but total sympathy for the problem of trying to keep the dog much less active. When mom found out the Border Collie was going to have to have that same surgery, she came close to a nervous breadkdown because she already knew about the recovery period, but it all worked out just fine just as it will for Audrey, Spence, and family.

    Some people will crate dogs for a period of time while trying to keep them quiet. Mom never did the crate thing.

  33. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:31 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Chet!… Please make sure Audrey sees this get well card from Rockie the Undercover Squirrel!…snort! snort!

    http://www.americangreetings.com/ecards/view.pd?i=539605547&m=9432&rr=y&source=ag999&c=emag63458

  34. BearSpiritDog
    12:40 pm on May 13th, 2011

    A smile with tummies, paws to hold
    Something for the young & old
    You never know who is in need
    And who can be made happier
    By one good deed.

    Improvised by Bear

  35. Siber-H
    12:43 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Gus&BooBear, I”m sorry about your Senior Brother…that was a very moving post last night. I think you may have a new kitty, though. As Dawson already said, I am so thankful that there are two-leggeds like your folks in this world.

    Kirby, that is a cute photo, but you don’t look too stressed to me…you are sound asleep.

  36. BearSpiritDog
    12:46 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Siber-H: That was a very good observation about!

    Rio: Audrey’s card from Rocky was great!

    B: What did you find out about the hydro project?

  37. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:46 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Rabbits!…heh!snort!heh!….Can you believe that Spencer can’t even scare away some little rabbits out of the yard??…snort! …Thanks for the update Rockie!…chorkle! choke!

  38. B.Stover
    12:54 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Bear: Here’s a link to an article about the Patagonian hydro project.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5hFmYx9-sGPCiw-d9bwm9f2m6nNSA?docId=6819102

    Nice card Rio.

  39. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:58 pm on May 13th, 2011

    SiberH: I may look asleep, but if you click on the photo, you’ll see in the enlarged version that I’m actually glaring at Maggie out of the corner of my eye!!!

  40. BearSpiritDog
    1:25 pm on May 13th, 2011

    B: A dilemma – distrubing a pristine environment to give them additional forms of renewable energy. Will the means result in a satisfactory end?

    What are your thoughts on this?

  41. Mollypop
    2:13 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Bear – We already went through that same thing in the US when we built our dams. Johnny Cash even sang about it.

  42. Melanie
    2:21 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Hmmm. Patagonia has earthquakes. Earthquakes vs dams. Pondering . . .

    Kirby T. Such a good sport (sort of)

    Love the card Riö. Has Rocky seen Audrey’s nurse yet?

    Last Royal Wedding info from me . . .

  43. Mollypop
    2:29 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Ha Ha Melanie! How funny! How clever you are. Your family is just oozing with talent.

  44. bluecat
    2:40 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Too funny, Melanie. Suppose that’s where the royals got their ideas for their hats? The colors even match.

    Siber-H. Nice shout out from Admin and Spence for you this morning. You and Melanie and Bee and, of course, Rio, were the first to be my Blog Buddies.

    Continued best wishes to Audrey on her recovery and good weekend to Everybody.

  45. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:44 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Cinderella!….I bet the Royals picked their colors out after watching that cartoon…heh!

  46. Melanie
    2:55 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Whoops! The info from me, I didn’t do the picture!! I received it in the mail.

  47. Melanie
    3:22 pm on May 13th, 2011

    THE PRESENT FROM SNOWHOOK CAME!!!

    WOO! WOO! WOOF!

  48. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:38 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Melanie: That’s too good. I just emailed that to my girl (who’s probably in great need of a laugh today, since her graduation ceremony is happening right now — without her!). When my girl was 3 years old she became hooked on Cinderella — used to watch the video two or three times a day. Once she was playing Cinderella with Dad and told him, “Now you have to say, ‘Cinderella, come back! I don’t even know your name!'” Mom and Dad still tease her about that. Even though she’s all grown up now, my girl still collects Cinderella stuff — but it has to be just Cinderella. She’s disgusted by all the stuff that has all the Disney princesses together. She says it’s just not right, becasue they don’t all know each other in real life!

  49. B.Stover
    3:51 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Melanie: That is funny!

    Bear: What I really think about the situation is that we should stop using so much energy. I suppose that’s not possible.

    Hi Bluecat.

  50. Snowhook Bella
    4:24 pm on May 13th, 2011

    We got up early today and drove 5 hours to Valdez where our poor dog truck has taken un residence. AJ found a used transmission that we’re hoping to have installed in our truck today. Until then, we are killing time in Valdez on a beautiful day.

    Audrey: listen to your nurse and Snowhook wished you a speedy recovery.

    Gus and BooBear: four-leggeds (yes, even felines SiberH) know when they have found a safe place. Perhaps the kitten is there as a support and comfort to your senior cat.

    Glad everyone likes the surprise—thank you for all the thank you emails. I will try to respond when I’m not typing with these fancy thumbs on my phone.

    Rio: just thinking of you and thought I’d say “snort.”

  51. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:59 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Rebecca!… Did you see Rockies The Undercover Squirres special get well message to Audrey?….snort!snort!

  52. Debbie LM
    5:14 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Pinon Nuts are known by different names in different parts of the world. Pine nuts & pignioli (Italian) are also names used for these ‘starvation nuts’ known to the Native Americans of the Southwest. They are high in fat content and would keep the tribes from starving during poor harvest years. NM had some terrible blight years and the pinon crops all but disappeared – but now thy are BACK – the best nuts are roasted and can be gotten from Buffet’s in Albuquerque (yes they are a relation but their famous cousin has nothing to do with this small but wonderful candy making business.) They sell the pinon nuts by the pound and that is the secret of fantastic pesto – FRESHLY roasted pinon nuts (not the impoirted kind that are stale and contain who knows what else!) The recipe is simple just put enough pesticide free basil leaves (the stems can be a bit bitter) in your food processor to almost fill the bowl (loosely layered) Then add about 1 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese and about 3/4 of a cup of pinon nuts. Pulse until well chopped. Then, with the machine running, add a steady thin stream of extra virgin olive oil until it comes together to form a sauce. Add fresh ground pepper to taste and viola – pesto fit for a king!

  53. B.Stover
    6:02 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Thanks Debbie. Should Barb copy this for the cookbook? I have heard of pine nutes.

  54. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:02 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Home!…. We are here at my house and the computer finally booted up…heh!…She is going to pack it up soon and take it over to her mom’s where we are staying cuz Comcast is coming tomorrow between 9 – 11:00…snort!… Tomorrow will be busy with this and that I’m told….grump!…She has to finish that project or else!…dammit!

  55. BearSpiritDog
    7:13 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Melanie! OURS CAME TOO!!! WOO WHOO YAHOO! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Rebecca & Whitey-Lance! I LOVE, LOVE LOVE the present and the Snowhook Calendar. And the package was sent special attention to me, Bear.

    Another exciting note! We have a new computer! Of course, now we have to “make friends with it”, but it has Vista 7 and is very fast. All our memories & programs on the old computer still must be transferred over to this one.

    New computer, Roku and Snowhook too – can this day get any better?!

  56. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:15 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Night!…. She told me the computer has to be shut down and packed up…grump!…Anyways, I should be online again sometime tomorrow so I can keep up with all of youse!…heh!….Happy Friday Night!….Wooooo!

  57. B.Stover
    7:23 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Good night Rio.

    Congratulations on the new computer Bear.

  58. Debbie LM
    7:23 pm on May 13th, 2011

    B. Absolutely, the recipe is available for posting. thanks. When Wookie gets some time he will post all the other recipes I sent him to the correct site. That boy does get distracted sometimes. Don’t know where he gets it from…now where was that thimble?

  59. B.Stover
    7:38 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Great! Thanks Debbie.

  60. B.Stover
    7:40 pm on May 13th, 2011

    We haven’t heard from B&M today. I hope the goats are okay.

  61. Melanie
    7:42 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Congratulations on the new computer Bear!

    B.Stover, I had another example for you (comma splice) but I don’t remember it!

    DebbieLM: I have heard of pesto. It sounds good but what do you use it for?

    Gus and BooBear: How are things at your house? I’ve been thinking of guys today.

    Barb&MagPie: Any new goaties?

  62. Barb & Maggie
    8:01 pm on May 13th, 2011

    We have been busy today, and no goaties yet. Damn!

    Bee, Melanie and Debbie, Barb made pesto last year and froze if in little cubes. If you are going to freeze it, it is better not to add the cheese till you are using it. We had organic basil, but not those wonderful nuts, so we just used regular pine nots. It is wonderful on chicken or pasta, or to make bruchetta, etc.

  63. Melanie
    8:11 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Ahhh, so it isn’t something you just eat. Well, I’m off to bed.

    Take care everyone!

    TTFN

  64. Barb & Maggie
    8:40 pm on May 13th, 2011

    My pesto has garlic in it too. If you have it frozen, you can just pop a cube or two into some fresh chopped tomatoes, add some parm or romano, and viola (as Ingrid says), you have wonderful bruchetta. Toast some french bread slices brushed with a little olive oil, and you have delish appetizer.

    Rebecca, we just got our mail and our surprise was there too. What a wonderful gift! Thank you sooo much. Baye and Lily will want it, but they can’t have it!

  65. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    8:42 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Melanie. I checked with mom on pesto. She said you can use it a lot of different ways. It can be used as a sauce on pasta, even gluten free pasta. It’s also good as a sauce on various meats and fish, like chicken, salmon or osso bucco. You can mix it in soups like minestrone or other hearty vegetable soups. It’s also good as a dip or a spread on crackers. One of the best things about it, according to mom, is that it freezes really well, so you can make a decent sized batch and then freeze what you don’t use right away. Mom always makes a lot in the summer with the fresh basil she grows in the garden, and then we have it all year. One word of caution — it is best to use pine nuts from New Mexico (or for Rio, Colorado would work too), which are not easy to find. Pine nuts from Italy would be fine too (since it originated as an Italian dish). However most pine nuts sold commercially in the U.S. these days are imported from China, and mom is quite wary of those; she also thinks they tend to be bitter. As I said before, she generally orders them from Buffett’s Candies in Albuquerque, although I think there are probably a number of places in NM where you can get them. And for movie aficionados, Buffett’s actually had a cameo role in the recent comedy called Sunshine Cleaners, which was set in Albuquerque. Probably more than you wanted to know on the subject, but I do get on a roll sometimes. Wookie

  66. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    8:46 pm on May 13th, 2011

    P.S. It can also be a good topping on pizza too. How could I possibly forget that. Wookie the gourmand

  67. B.Stover
    9:05 pm on May 13th, 2011

    I love bruchetta.

  68. Barb & Maggie
    9:08 pm on May 13th, 2011

    We saw Sunshine Cleaning. Do you remember where Guffett’s was in the movie? Also we have heard,( but not tried), that walnuts can be used. What does Debbie think of that option?

  69. Barb & Maggie
    9:12 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Got some more good recipes today.

    Haven’t heard from Siber yet. Come on big guy, you can send a little something, can’t you? How about some sort of southwestern dish, or chili?

    And don’t you think the when Audrey is feeling better and they have some more time, that we should get a contribution from Chet’s gang? I know Bernie likes steaks, maybe he has some other grillins specialities.

  70. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:15 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Ummmm…youse guys are making me hungry! Mom decided to make enchiladas tonight — my boy isn’t home, and he doesn’t like them, so it’s a good Mom-and-Dad meal. The only problem is that Mom and Dad won’t share with me, so now my tummy’s grumbling, and all this talk about pesto is making it worse! Mom hasn’t tried making homemade pesto, but Dad started buying the premade. Sometimes he puts it on Italian bread instead of garlic. That’s good stuff! (I always get the bread crust, so I get a little smidge of it!)

  71. Tupper and Gilly
    9:17 pm on May 13th, 2011

    At long last – HI everyone!
    Sheesh, have we ever had a few days here. Nothing bad, just so busy that Mama hasn’t had anytime to put the’puter on for us.
    They had a show today – an international festival at a big medical center. Plus this is the big weekend for the food drive at Mama’s work. They raised over 3400 POUNDS of food for the local food pantry – in just one month; more than 100 pounds a day. Mama is so very happy that they could help out.
    Then today was the show, and they got back to town too late to go to the post office for their mail. Dam dam and double dam. We can’t wait to see the surprise!
    Gus and BooBear – thanks for the wonderful story. We truly beleive that the Rainbow Bridge goes both ways, and sometimes when a beloved one is about to cross – a new love comes from the other side…often it seems that the newcomer might not have survived otherwise. Hmm, maybe there is a Door Keeper at the Bridge who decides that some arrivals still have a future….
    Hope Audrey is home and being QUIET!
    Kirby – we be that if that interloper woke up to find you nibbling on her tail, she would move right off YOUR couch!
    Barb and Maggie – maybe its time to get out the Hoover on high suction…..just sayin’

  72. B.Stover
    9:17 pm on May 13th, 2011

    I’ve used walnuts in pesto and like it. I agree that we should get some recipes from Chet’s gang.

    Good night all.

  73. Siber-H
    9:29 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Barb, I begged off on the cookbook quite awhile ago. I’m just not that interested in cooking and (whispering) neither is my mom. We will do our part and buy the cookbook.

  74. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:35 pm on May 13th, 2011

    T&G: Ewwwwww!

    Good night, Bee!

  75. dawson
    9:37 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Wookie: I am envious of your peonies. I love the fragrant blooms. I enjoyed hearing about all the flowers you have already blooming. No buds on the peonies here yet.
    Tomorrow I get to go to a ballgame and have a Hebrew National hotdog. Whoopee. If anyone watches the Twins game, I will be wearing a yellow macintosh. :-)

  76. Tupper and Gilly
    9:51 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Siber – we understand if you and your mom aren’t cooks. But this is the Plunderers’ cookbook, and you my dear husky are an integral part of the Plunderers. It just won’t be the same if you aren’t represented in the book. Can’t you just maybe come up with something that you can write the recipe down for? Even just some little thing – does your Mom make great grilled cheese? Or chili?
    What would the cookbook be without the Master of the Eyeliner??

  77. Staff
    9:52 pm on May 13th, 2011

    And she will be sitting next to me. I will have the large pink and orange umbrella if it starts to rain.

    Heh heh heh

    We will be sitting on the top deck up above third base. I don’t think the camera is going up there very often.

    It would sure be nice if the Twins manage to win one tomorrow. The game starts at 3 pm Central.

  78. Barb & Maggie
    10:03 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Siber, I know you and your mom don’t like to cook, but you are such a part of the blog, that it would be nice to have something in there with your name on it. Not even a chip dip, or how about some sort of doggie biscuit? It doesn’t have to be fancy smancy. Just give it some thought, that’s all.

    T & G The Hoover has crossed my mind! We are at the point of forget about it and get some sleep. Barb is a major grump tonight!

  79. Tupper and Gilly
    10:04 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Yaaaawwwnnnn…..oops, sorry gang. Mama has been up since 4 am to go to the show today, and she has to open Crazy Lady Land tomorrow, and then delived the food to the food pantry. So, she says we’re all done in for the night.
    Talk to you all tomorrow – sweet dreams to you all – especially that little baby Siamese kitty.

  80. BearSpiritDog
    10:09 pm on May 13th, 2011

    T&G: What a lovely, lovely story about the animals on the Rainbow Bridge!
    You are going to love your surprise from Snowhook! It’s the best!

    More talk of food! Hmm…I wonder…could it be time for a little late night snack? Why yes, yes it is.

    A Good Night to All!
    Happy Dreams – Bear

  81. Barb & Maggie
    10:31 pm on May 13th, 2011

    Siber, that is too funny. Barb and T & G’s mama did not even compare notes before they posted almost the same thing. You know what the say about great minds!

    We are turning in too. It’s been a long week.

    Barb’s boy and family are coming out tomorrow afternooon. They were going to have a big work project day for the Open House on Sunday. Now it is supposed to be 50 with wind and rain Sunday afternoon. Probably will be a very small turnout.

  82. Barb & Maggie
    10:48 pm on May 13th, 2011

    G & B we went back and read your story about the kitten. We think you should call her or him Kismet, or Qismat, since your mom was destined to find it last night.

  83. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:07 pm on May 13th, 2011

    While you can make pesto with walnuts, mom is very allergic to walnuts, so that is a no go here, although she thinks that pine nuts would have a more interesting flavor in any event. As to Sunshine Cleaning, the scene at Buffett’s is in the early part of the movie where Alan Arkin was trying to sell them something, although I don’t remember what. Also, I think there was a big red candy cane in the parking lot or on the sign. Actually, the house my dad grew up in was only about three blocks away from Buffett’s, so it has been there a long, long time. Wookie

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