Housekeeping

Chet and Bernie publishing schedule:

July 8: paperback of THE SOUND AND THE FURRY

July 8 (same day!): TAIL OF VENGEANCE (the new e-short story)

August 5: PAW AND ORDER (the new C&B novel)

Have a great weekend, everybody!

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  1. c.hobbit
    8:25 am on June 21st, 2014

    Up with Ikette. I usually get up twice during the night. Whimpers means going to the bathroom.

    Very rainy in Anchorage. Boo

  2. Herd of Hounds
    8:40 am on June 21st, 2014

    Good morning, CHobbit and everyone! Having trouble being patient waiting for the new writings. Mom gets awakened at 6:15 by Blondie most every day now. Blondie is doing better with the house training (and someday that house will learn).
    Have a special, official summer solstice Saturday :)

  3. BearSpiritDog
    8:59 am on June 21st, 2014

    Happy Summer Solstice!

  4. BearSpiritDog
    9:04 am on June 21st, 2014

    Saturday.

  5. Barb & Maggie
    9:13 am on June 21st, 2014

    Good morning all. Happy Summer!

    Starting off dry here for a change. We are getting waaaay too much rain.

    Hoping for a busy sale day for T & G’s folks this weekend.

    Been putting it off, but need to look for some new glasses. Today may be the day.

  6. Masquers
    9:34 am on June 21st, 2014

    Good morning everyone.
    In honor of the first day of summer, the sun is out.
    Nice.

  7. Tupper'sMama
    9:56 am on June 21st, 2014

    Morning all. Our day started with the alarm clock not going g off. Eeeeekkk!!! With oversleeping, long line at dunkin donuts, and heavy traffic, we were still at the show by 9:02. And we weren’t the last exhibitors to arrive, so its all good.

    And for those of you with tablets, did you know you can download an alarm clock ap? Guess what we will be using tomorrow.

  8. Herd of Hounds
    10:02 am on June 21st, 2014

    T’s Mama. Rats to your frenetic start to the day. Yea to not being the latest.
    O.K. tea time is over, back to the weed patch, er, garden before it gets too sweltering.

  9. Barb & Maggie
    10:19 am on June 21st, 2014

    HOH, What do you have in the big garden? Assuming you have one in addition to the containers? We had a couple of beets last night and some snow peas from our garden. The pea plants are now almost 5 feet tall!

  10. BearSpiritDog
    10:29 am on June 21st, 2014

    Tupper’s Mama: Wishing you BIG SALES today.
    Yep. That Alarm Clock app is handy for the 2-leggeds. I myself have no need of it.

  11. B.Stover
    10:35 am on June 21st, 2014

    Good morning all.

  12. Diane C.
    11:13 am on June 21st, 2014

    Bright blessings and Happy Solstice to all (and an endless stream of kucrative sales to T and G’s Mama).
    C. Hobbit and HOH–Your charges are welcome to a sleepover here any time. All three use the kitchen dog door to free themselves (except when Edgar decides he’d rather not go outside or Conan forgets why he’s wandered into the kitchen).
    Five bunnies having an early breakfast at the local high school, and I am FREE (for the time being–also free of income, unfortunately).

  13. Diane C.
    11:22 am on June 21st, 2014

    Also, if it’s not too late to weigh in on the veg. question. I’ve been veg (w/some ovo-lacto-alco, trying to eliminate the lacto and ovov) for decades, still run and challenge people to races, arm-wrestling, sit-up contests (you get the idea–you can stay quite healthy and depending on where you live, there are plenty of meat substitutes available for those who fear a bean-egg-grain diet).
    Having said that, I also recall a rabbi’s counsel to parents of children who suddenly decide that they want the family to “go kosher” (which imposes a considerable burden on whoever’s responsible for food as well as for the entire household). In this case the advice is to ask the child to go without a cheeseburger for a year, and then revisit the topic. If the child can’t do the year, s/he isn’t ready to keep kosher. In the case of a seven-year-old vegetarian, ask for a month’s commitment, and see how it goes from there. Just a thought.

  14. dawson
    11:38 am on June 21st, 2014

    DianeC: Sit up contests? I concede!

  15. Herd of Hounds
    11:41 am on June 21st, 2014

    B&M: We have raised beds in the original garden (4 @ 3’x12′, 2@ 6’x6′). The problem is that it sits to the west of the house and the neighbors have 3 large oak and 1 hickory near the property line to the west. Problem, about 4-6 hours of direct sun :) Mom has changed it over to an herb/butterfly/hummer garden. In spite of the HOA here, mom put the tomatoes out front this year…7 plants from grape to something big (wasn’t labeled) interspersed with onions. We’ve been getting grape tomatoes for about a week, and we 4 leggers love vine ripened :) Y’all can have store bought.

    DianeC: We have a dog door (newf sized) but it is locked from midnight till 6:30 ish since some of us like to go out and honk,er, bark at deer, possums, rackety coons and butterfly farts at night.

  16. Herd of Hounds
    11:54 am on June 21st, 2014

    Oh,oh, paws crossed here for no bloodshed. DDD and the s-son are re-screening the screen room and can never work together for long w/out an argument :( Mom says they are like 2 peas in a pod, we don’t care for peas, no we do not, but really like those two. Does it need new screen? Mmmm, mom says it is 9 years old and there are more bugs inside than out.

  17. Tyb
    12:05 pm on June 21st, 2014

    I wonder whether this guy is related to anyone on the blog.

  18. Tyb
    12:05 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Or how about this guy?

  19. Diane C.
    12:10 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Tyb–what fab photos! I can see why the schoolbus corgi would be happy, but why is the pug sad? Is the baby damp?
    Dawson–Aw, c’mon–it doesn’t have to be competitive, just knock out a few at a time…
    I feel bad for Honduras (and that’s a sentence I’ve never uttered–or typed–before)

  20. Tupper'sMama
    12:11 pm on June 21st, 2014

    What a beautiful venue for a show.

  21. BearSpiritDog
    12:16 pm on June 21st, 2014

    TYB! Two(Too) Cute Photos/

    Tupper’s Mama: What a Wonderful Display of Beautiful Creations!

  22. Tupper
    12:20 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Tyb – I sent Mama a message that says I want one of those coats, or I am going to be in a Very Bad Mood.

  23. Siber-H
    12:28 pm on June 21st, 2014

    I am so ready for all publication dates!

    Mom says Happy Summer everyone!

    Amalia, Paws crossed for a great show. We would love to be there in person to look at all your art.

  24. c.hobbit
    12:33 pm on June 21st, 2014

    I got up with Ikette 3 more times…now I am up for good.

    Also wishing MaryLou a good sales day at her garage sale. Still raining cats and dogs here on the longest day of the year.

  25. Siber-H
    12:34 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Rio, I will be there tomorrow. GO USA!

    Today I am watching Germany play. (win)

  26. Siber-H
    12:36 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Me too, I am wishing Marylou all the luck in the world for a very successful garage sale.

  27. BearSpiritDog
    1:18 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Here too…Paws crossed for Successful Garage Sale Day for Macy’s Mom.

  28. Tupper's Mama
    1:18 pm on June 21st, 2014

    We all hope that all MaryLou has at the end of the day is the garage. And if someone makes a good offer on that….
    Well, just sayin’

  29. Herd of Hounds
    3:04 pm on June 21st, 2014

    T’s Mama: Your booth is drop dead gawgeous , dahling. A work of art:)

  30. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:10 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Booth!…Really impressive layout…Wow!…Nice spot to sell a lot of stuff…Zowie!

  31. Diane C.
    4:14 pm on June 21st, 2014

    T and G’s Mama–Layout looks great–I’d buy if I were there. Ditto for ML’s sale.

  32. Barb & Maggie
    4:17 pm on June 21st, 2014

    We too are very impressed with that booth. WWe can see The Story Teller standing inside the booth, and the view out the windows is beautiful too. Good luck to you today and tomorrow.

    Front grass is cut, some lettuce is picked and draining in the colander. Barb made some of MPM’s recipe for Poppy Seed Dressing from the Plunderer’s cookbook. It is a sweet dressing and we are going to add dried cranberries, raw walnuts and chopped green onions to the romaine.

    When Barb’s mom was little she said they would “look the lettuce”. That means they rinsed it and looked for stray critters hiding out in the leaves. We still say “Look the lettuce” when the family is together.

  33. Tupper's Mama
    4:27 pm on June 21st, 2014

    HOH – this one is for you.
    Why does a chicken coop have 2 doors?
    Cuz if it had four doors, it would be a sedan.

    Barummmp bum

  34. Herd of Hounds
    4:29 pm on June 21st, 2014

    T’SM…We love it!

  35. Barb & Maggie
    5:16 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Good one T’s Mama!

    Diane, I will suggest your idea of a trial run on the dietary change. And don’t get me wrong, I think being a vegetarian is wonderful, but I still think a 2nd grader is too young to be allowed to make such important decisions. Especially one who already thinks she knows more than the adults around her and corrects them constantly. I think giving her more power is what really bugs me.

    Back grass is cut and rain is near.

  36. Herd of Hounds
    5:35 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Always remember; a relief map shows where the rest rooms are!

  37. Staff
    5:49 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Barb, My neice wanted to be vegetarian when she was 7. I know because that is one of the years she visited the farm. I still remember her ordering a BLT. (Hold the B.) snicker. A Catty Librarian allowed her to make her own choice. I don’t know how long she was vegetarian but do know she got over it. I think it is a good decision for the health of the world but I can’t do it. Every once in a while I have to have some meat.

  38. Barb & Maggie
    6:03 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Right after our last post the severe storms started. Tornado warning east of here (by Josh’s bike shop). Lots of trees down, storms are heading east and people are being told to head to basements. Josh lost power at the shop, but that is all we know at this point.

  39. BearSpiritDog
    6:07 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Barb&Magpie: Hunker Down & Stay Safe! Do you have a basement?

  40. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:13 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Salad!…My friend says I should report that soon she will be able to have a small salad out of the lettuce that actually came up and is growing….sniff!…We dodged the Hail-Bullet this afternoon too. Right after she came home from her HOT! Hot-Walk it started booming and banging and raining. The sun beat down on her the whole time she was walking and just as she turned the corner to head for home the clouds rolled back over the Sun. When she left it was cloudy, but the skies parted to torture her on that long walk…heh!heh!….Beau and I were not drug along for that one. No sirreee. Bob….grunt!

  41. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:15 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Photoz!…She says she better take a photo of how the garden looks now because its a fair certainty the hail stones will eat it alive this summer…grunt!

    SUMMER!…Finally! We are celebrating summer this afternoon. Someone will be firing up her new grill in about an hour and there are steaks being marinaded just for ME!ME!ME!…wheeze!slobber!…I can’t wait! No I can Not….gurgle!

  42. Barb & Maggie
    6:22 pm on June 21st, 2014

    BSD, Yes we have a basement, but the tornado watch started out east of here and was heading that direction. We had some hail too, with this storm, as Rio did. Extreme wind gusts in highly populated suburbs, with 70 mph gusts. There is going to be a lot of damage!

  43. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:32 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Sun burnt!…My friend is so sun burnt right now…sniff!…She hates that. She “says” she was forced to sit outside yesterday for a two hour lunch – her chair being in the full sun…groan!…She was ready to tie napkins together and strangle the Hot-Shot the whole time he kept yakkety-yakkety yakking on and on to the Big-Big Boss. His chair was in the shade….grump!…Then the Sun doing tricks today during her walk did not help at all…sneeze!…She needs a good covering of fur to prevent all this sun burn stuff…sniff!

  44. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:33 pm on June 21st, 2014

    SiberH!…Are you watching this pitiful game right now?….grumble!

  45. Diane C.
    6:41 pm on June 21st, 2014

    T and G’s Mom–Coop! I get it!
    B and M–The child corrects adults? Hmmm. I do see the power problem, so maybe a trial run would work (one way of the other).
    So many people on this blog have such interesting weather–hail, tornado warnings, rhubarb-friendly climate…
    And there’s a Plunderer’s Cookbook?

  46. Siber-H
    6:43 pm on June 21st, 2014

    sniff, yes, Rio
    I was wondering if you were watching it.

  47. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:43 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Peee-Uuuuu!….Apparently someone had to put some of her “cure-all” smelly mentholatum on her knee. (MollysMaw, I know. I know!) That walk was brutal….grunt!…This is making my eyes water and now I am…cough!cough!coughing!….grump!

  48. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:45 pm on June 21st, 2014

    SiberH!…It is already the 8th inning. My hopes are dwindling…sniff!….But I am looking forward to some grilled Steak!….WOOOOOO!WeeeeeOOOOOO!

  49. dawson
    7:04 pm on June 21st, 2014

    WhooHooo!
    18.5 hours of sunlight today (except when the thunder clouds block it)! Enjoy it while you can!

  50. Siber-H
    7:08 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Rio, I would strongly advise you to look forward to steak and not the outcome of this ball game.

  51. Barb & Maggie
    7:09 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Diane, Yes, We have a wonderful cookbook that we put together 2 or 3 years ago, right guys? Liz from down under was instrumental in the deign and format. Many of us contributed our favorite recipes and it is a treasure. Does anyone know how she can get one that is printed?

  52. Siber-H
    8:04 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Marylou, We are very happy it all went well today!!! The garage sale was a big success.

  53. Barb & Maggie
    8:07 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Yes MaryLou, you did good! We are proud of you.

  54. O'Howlers
    8:16 pm on June 21st, 2014

    How do youse know ML’s sale went well? We don’t see that post. Of course, we are bushed and may be missing a lot more than that. How did T&G’s shew go?

  55. Mollypop's Mom
    8:20 pm on June 21st, 2014

    I was just going to ask the same question. I went back to look at other posts because I thought I missed something.

  56. Siber-H
    8:21 pm on June 21st, 2014

    The garage sale news came in an SDD.

  57. O'Howlers
    8:25 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Thanks, Siber. We see it now. We are so glad the sale went well. Hip hip hooray!

  58. Barb & Maggie
    8:26 pm on June 21st, 2014

    She responded back on the email about the cute dog pictures.

  59. BooBear
    8:31 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Wow! Sounds like a fantastic day in garage sale land! Mom has never had a garage sale but thinks that anything he would be willing to part with, no one would want.

  60. Zeus
    8:35 pm on June 21st, 2014

    I had a full day. I went for a walk up and down that village. Then I went to Awesome Dawgs. They still did not let me in that dog park, but I met some nice Members of the Nation who I would like to play with. Then, when I thought we were on the way home, we were not! The ‘rents and I stopped at the Taproom!!!! All the waitresses gushed over me me me. And I had a nice big bowl of my favorite beverage.

  61. Staff
    8:36 pm on June 21st, 2014

    OOOO Thunder, high wind…hope no hail. BBL

  62. Masquers
    8:40 pm on June 21st, 2014

    ML: Great news about the garage sale! You did good. Very good.

  63. BearSpiritDog
    8:43 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Zeus! You have Your very Own Menu??

  64. macy the min-pin
    8:43 pm on June 21st, 2014

    e-mail

  65. macy the min-pin
    8:45 pm on June 21st, 2014

    oops

  66. Zeus
    8:50 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Bear, I did not look at the menu, because the waitress told me the specials. That is why my tongue is hanging out. I am not normally so uncouth.

  67. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:51 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Pee-Mail!…Now that I can understand…grunt!

  68. macy the min-pin
    8:55 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Here we have the Rick Nash memorial table at the sale. We sold quite a bit from it.

  69. Masquers
    8:57 pm on June 21st, 2014

    sniff.

  70. O'Hpwlers
    8:59 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Barb, we heard about the bad storms in Chicago, because Prairie Home Companion was broadcasting from there. Stay safe. You too, Staff.

    ML, sobs here. Love you, Girl.

  71. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:15 pm on June 21st, 2014

    ML!…I hope you didn’t “give” it away like someone’s mother did at her garage sale. All of my friends Dads tools were a steal….grump! ….Even after my friend had someone to come by and advise her on pricing stuff….sniff!

  72. Herd of Hounds
    9:56 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Ain”t it funny how we get rid of stuff?

  73. Tupper's Mama
    9:59 pm on June 21st, 2014

    We are home (hotel) after the show. A whole bunch of us went out for dinner together, and we laughed and told stories and laughed some more.
    It was a good evening, and now it’s time to call it a night.

    ML- so glad the garage sale went well. Is it tomorrow too?

    The show is OK. Not fab so far, but there is always tomorrow. We will let you know.

    Those of you with storms – stay safe. Those of you with sunburns, use cool, wet towels and aloe. Those of you with rhubarb – you are welcome to it.

    Goodnight all. Sleep well

  74. Tupper's Mama
    10:17 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Ummm, Barb – we just thought of this. Isn’t this the young grand that wanted to be a cheerleader “flyer”, but thought she needed to go on a diet?
    Sounds like a candidate for an eating disorder before too long.

  75. Barb & Maggie
    10:39 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Yup, same one!

  76. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:14 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Bee Gees!…heh!heh!…We are watching the Bee Gee’s on PBS. My friend says she likest these guys. They bring back youthful memories…snorkel!…This show is 14 years old. They sounded pretty good back then…grunt!

  77. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:16 pm on June 21st, 2014

    Disco!….Course once they went Disco, she was through with them….grump!

  78. macy's mom
    11:18 pm on June 21st, 2014

    I feel good about the prices I got for stuff. The two most expensive items, an air compressor and a table saw, were actually mine. The knives we sold at a slight discount, but still plenty above cost. Now Niki is rearranging knives and organizing and..and..I am going to bed and leave her to it. She has to go to work tomorrow afternoon, so she will be leaving pretty early. I miss her so much when she leaves. But it was great to have her here, and Angie was great too. And my mom, and the friends from church and the girl from elementary school who saw about the sale on facebook. She brought her grandson 45 minutes to buy a knife. I have not seen her for 44 YEARS! I am blessed.

  79. Staff
    11:36 pm on June 21st, 2014

    My cousin Mike and his new dog Pepper use the furminator. Mike is quite impressed with the amount of fur a husky can share. He says he is not done yet.

  80. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:37 pm on June 21st, 2014

    ML!…WOW!…I am in awe. You had a good day for more reasons than $$….sniff!

  81. AJ
    4:08 am on June 22nd, 2014

    I’ve been thinking about this story for some time and now that Iditarod sign ups are just around the corner I thought I might share this with you all…. If I haven’t shared this story yet this is a general warning it is a somber tail from my trails.

    This story took place three years ago and it begins early in the winter with the unexpected loss of Younger who was one of the outlaws. His loss came hard to us and caught us off guard. I still remember him at the vets office as they tried to save him. He wagged his tail and tried to get to me. Hope that he would be ok was instantly cut with the news that the rock he ate had done too much damage. The team was silent when we got home without him.

    As the season progressed we continued to prepare for the race. Work, training and deep snow took all of our time. My aging but always dependable leader Annabelle was quietly going about the business of training new leaders which also included a new dog to the kennel named Rori.

    Now I need to provide a little back story on Rori. This dog was a difficult dog who bit, was extremely shy and was scared of everything for a long time when we first brought her to the kennel. Rori as well as Orion were owned by a careless musher who treated these dogs poorly and they quickly became our dogs when I found out about them. As in all things there are good dog drivers and bad just as there are good people and bad people and this only drives Rebecca to shelter these dogs all the more when they come from these situations. She naturally did not hesitate to bring these dogs into our home and throw her protective arms around them. And so they joined the team and both became some of the best dogs we’ve ever had.

    Now fast forward to just before Iditarod. As the race drew closer we were trying to squeeze in whatever time on the trail we could. Coming up off the river on one such trip I had just come around the corner on the trail when a moose surprised us. Immediately we went from a smooth run to a battle. Fighting to get the moose out of the team I managed to get everyone turned around and escaped from the moose. Checking the dogs I believed everyone had gotten through unscathed. Unfortunately though Rori had not.

    Rebecca rushed her to the vet and the next morning we were off to Iditarod without Rori who had underwent emergency surgery. Now along the first part of the trail there are hundreds of people cheering everyone on. As I was leaving out of nowhere a woman who happened to be a vet tech who had worked on Rori the night before shouted out from the crowd that Rori was doing great. And on I went knowing she had made it through.

    Along the trail you have highs and lows. There are sections of trail out there where you sail silently along under a full moon and the northern lights that are magnificent. Being on the trail is an un-tethered experience and I recommend you all come out to run it for this experience alone. However there are of course challenges out there as well.

    One such challenging section of trail is going out towards the Cripple check point. This is a check point that is seemingly hundreds of miles from anywhere and anything and is the coldest section of trail. Usually around -40 to -45. On this year as I was travelling towards Cripple mile after mile through the night I began to grow more and more uneasy and the exhaustion of the race began to take its toll in the cold night.

    This feeling of unease grew and grew and I began to realize something was wrong but couldn’t see anything immediately evident. Dwelling on this thought with no answers I continued exhausted through the night.

    Eventually and almost as if it had always been there movement to my right drew my attention. This movement formed itself into a little brown dog who ran up beside me. Reaching out I scratched her head. She wagged her tail a little and after a few moments faded behind me.

    Movement to my left then drew my attention to a little white dog who was now beside me running along with the team and sled. I reached out and scratched his head as I had just done with the other. It then to dropped behind me and faded away. Looking back over my shoulder for the dogs they had gone.

    Getting into the check point the uneasy feeling I had been experiencing was gone and on I went with my race. I did not give this experience much more thought at the time other than it seemed very natural to me to see two dogs running out on the trail and filed the experience away for later. And so on I went.

    Over a hundred miles later on the Yukon River I stopped into a check point to find a note waiting for me from Rebecca. It had been sent about the time I was heading out towards Cripple. The note simply said that Rori had experienced complications and had not made it.

    Now as you can imagine, that little brown dog I first scratched behind the ears I recognized then and on the Yukon as Rori and the little white dog was Younger. For myself, I like to think those two are still running together out on the trail and simply stopped by say goodbye at least for a little while.

    You may say it was sleep deprivation and was simply a hallucination but I still remember feeling a solid form with both of those dogs out there on the trail despite my fatigue.

    Well you have highs and lows and experiences you can’t completely explain away on the Iditarod trail. It all comes together in the continuum of the trail and we just want to say thank you for coming along with us and the team.

    Your support and encouragement keeps us going on down the trail.

    Here’s to Iditarod 2015

  82. O'Hpwlers
    7:35 am on June 22nd, 2014

    Sniff

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