Interior Decorating

“Notice how Chet seems to be sniffing the quilt a lot?” says Admin.

“Yeah,” says Spence. “Wonder what he smells.”

Are they serious? Cat. There’s cat on this thing and lots of it. Like a bunch of cats slept on it or something. I saw when the box was unpacked, and no cats came slinking out, so what’s the story?

“Where are we going to hang it?” says Admin.

“In the office, right?” says Spence. “We’ll be able to see it while we work.”

“But the only good spot is where the Fenway Park painting hangs.”

“Fenway Park could go over to Michigan J. Frog’s spot.”

“The framed cell?”


“But where will Michigan J. go?”

“Can we worry about that later?” Spence says.

“I like to worry in the now,” says Admin.

“Tell me about it.” Spence stomps off.

A few moments after that, so does does Admin. The door slams.

Hey! I’m alone with the quilt.

Quilt quote of the day (from the back of the quilt): There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. – Ben Williams

This Sunday, 1 PM, Spencer Quinn at the Salem Literary Festival.


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144 Responses to “Interior Decorating”

  1. B.Stover
    4:34 am on September 17th, 2010

    Oh oh! Chet: The quilt was simply tested by an expert quilt tester who happens to be a cat…or two. What is Michigan J. Frog's framed cell?

    4:37 am on September 17th, 2010

    Chet, We all know why it smells like kat, cause we visited Staff's blog. You can sniff, but no chewing. Leave the baseballs and bones alone!

  3. Alice Johnson
    4:38 am on September 17th, 2010

    Goodness Gracious! Rio! Do you think Chet is going to disable all your little baseballs?

    Alice (Who was never on the quilt, that was all Abbie!)

    4:42 am on September 17th, 2010

    Bee, We just Googled Michigan J Frog. He was an animated cartoon character in a Looney Tunes cartoon, from 1955. Written by Michael Maltese. Wore a top hat, carried a cane and sang songs.

  5. Melanie
    4:44 am on September 17th, 2010

    Michigan J. Frog was in a cartoon, he was a singing frog. I believe that he would only sing for the guy who owned him and not in public.

  6. B.Stover
    4:46 am on September 17th, 2010

    B&M: Thank you. I also looked him up. "One Froggy Evening." I like that. He was also the mascot for the WB tv channel. I wonder what picture of him hangs in Spence and Admin's office. He reminds me of the Geico (sp?) Gecko whose accent I love.

  7. Melanie
    4:48 am on September 17th, 2010

    Some one put this on Facebook. Don't know what your religious-ocity is, but it's a great song. For those of you with slower computer, try this. . .

    At the bottom of the video is a number that says 360p. Click on that and lower it to 240p. That might help.

  8. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:49 am on September 17th, 2010

    Chet! You think it's bad smelling kat on your new quilt, just try living with two of them!!! Like when Mom came home from her trip to see PA/SQ, she put the cooler on the floor in the kitchen, and one of our kats jumped up on it. Then everytime I walked past the cooler, she whapped me on the head with her paw! Mom and Dad thought it was so funny they left the cooler there for a few days. Where's the humor in that?!

  9. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:54 am on September 17th, 2010

    Melanie: Great song — I give it four paws up!

  10. B.Stover
    5:04 am on September 17th, 2010

    That is cute Melanie. Poor Kirby and his two cats.


  11. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:05 am on September 17th, 2010

    Today's Mom's day off, but she's getting ready to leave — going to the groomer's to get her hair cut. She refuses to leave the computer on for me. If I were Rio I'd probably say "snort" or something to that effect. Oh well, BBL!

  12. B.Stover
    5:09 am on September 17th, 2010

    If cats slink (Chet's superb description), what do dogs do?

  13. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:11 am on September 17th, 2010

    Bee: I'd say we dogs bound! Oops, Mom's standing over me, ready to shut down the computer. Bye!

  14. Alice Johnson
    5:16 am on September 17th, 2010

    Cats don't slink. We saunter! Tails up is what I say!

    [img ] tail.jpg[/img]

  15. dawson
    5:16 am on September 17th, 2010


    Melanie: What a sweet video. I love it.

    Kirby T. Penworthy: Those cats are playing with your ears.

  16. Mollie (a black pood
    5:17 am on September 17th, 2010

    Thanks for the reminders, I ordered my TFAT book where B. Stover did. Chet, don't forget my paw print. I guess I will have to wait until October. Hope they mail it right away. Oh good, we are going to get Quilt Quotes. I also love the Geico and the accent.

  17. Melanie
    5:32 am on September 17th, 2010

    I am concerned about the quilt.

    I know how much the Pack enjoys quilts.

    The enjoyment does not take the same expression as Kats enjoying quilts.

  18. B.Stover
    5:44 am on September 17th, 2010

    Alice: You don't look like you're sauntering in that picture. You look like your stalking.

  19. Riö - The Evil
    5:44 am on September 17th, 2010

    Uh oh!… I see the Quilt has become a huge distraction!…. grunt!….But it’s a FUN ONE!!! …Woooooo!Wheeee!…. Chet! Don’t you dare nibble on my little baseballs…

    Down Boy! Down!

    Admin!… You better move the Green Monster out of that room pronto!….snort!… It should not be anywhere near the Rockies Baseball Square…. grump!

  20. Riö - The Evil
    5:45 am on September 17th, 2010

    Stover!… Double Post!…grunt!

  21. Riö - The Evil
    6:03 am on September 17th, 2010

    Kats!… I just knew Chet would smell AbbieTheKat’s big butt all over the Quilt…sniff!sniff!… I hope it’s not covered in her calico fur as well… snort!… I bet Audrey can smell that Kat too!…heh!

    Hey!…Check it out from up above…. snuffle!… “A few moments after that, so does does Admin. The door slams.”…. I love finding his mistakes….heh!heh!…

    Oops!….We actually spotted a misspelled word in T-FAT. And the word was only 3 letters long, well it should have been 3 letters long, but one of the letters was left off. So I guess technically it was a typo… snort!

  22. Melanie
    6:17 am on September 17th, 2010

    Or maybe, Riö, a typ. .

    Zoë is visiting Dan and they are trying to get the go phone to work. This morning I called, before caffeine, their customer support. Turns out I had done something that no one else had every done before.

    Melanie, plundering her way through higher tech!

  23. Melanie
    6:23 am on September 17th, 2010

    Oh, YSAS has a quilt that I made him. It is not a "real" quilt. I wish I had that talent. I took an old sleeping bag and sewed a pretty blanket to the outside. That was when he had an apartment with no heat. We also have a quilt that the sons' great great grandmother made out of relatives' work clothes. All wool.

    Once on Craig's list I found someone looking for a sewer. Couldn't figure out why they were looking for a sewer. They are sort of stationary. Then I clicked on it . . .

    Guess you can tell 1. I don't sew much. 2. I've had too much caffeine.

    Oh and it should be ever done. Too much caffeine makes the fingers twitchy.

  24. Gus and BooBear
    6:24 am on September 17th, 2010

    There's a bit of cat slander going on today! Ease up, guys. You know you would miss all of us felines if we weren't here. And Chet, we think you're top dog. We know what a dilema it is to have one too many things to put on the wall. Dad tells Mom to rotate it, but she likes ALL her stuff to display.

  25. Melanie
    6:25 am on September 17th, 2010

    Wöökie and Staff, how do I attach something to the beautiful Quilt Wöökie's mom made us so it can go on the wall? I don't want to screw it up.

  26. Riö - The Evil
    6:25 am on September 17th, 2010

    Melanie!…Did Clarkson get caught in that horrible storm that passed through New York yesterday?….snort!… It sure caused a lot of damage…sniffle! … I hope he is okay.

  27. Melanie
    6:32 am on September 17th, 2010

    Riö, YSAS is fine. They were indoors and about a mile away from the "tornado". They are still trying to figure out if it was a tornado or not.

    He did say that the sky turned green then black. From my time in IL, I remember that being the time to head for the basement. They just continued filming.

    Oh, and "Boardwalk Empire" is starting this Sunday. Looks good. Too bad we don't get HBO.

  28. Riö - The Evil
    6:39 am on September 17th, 2010

    HBO!….Crap! We don’t get HBO either….grunt!… Is he going to be a regular on that new show??? Or is it just a onetime gig?…snort!

    6:49 am on September 17th, 2010

    Melanie, Where did you live in Illinois?

  30. Riö - The Evil
    6:53 am on September 17th, 2010

    Wait!… Clarkson can’t be a regular because he is going to be in a new play soon….snort!… In this new show I think I remember he is a character on the street and someone runs into him or something to that effect….grunt!…This Boardwalk Empire looks like it is going to be an Excellent Gangster show….wheeze!…We love those kind!…sniff!…Guess we will have to wait for DVD….drat!

    6:58 am on September 17th, 2010

    Wolfie, You asked for a house pic, so here is a front, and then a back. Our house dates to late 1890s, but has been all redone. We are 100+ miles from the Chicago suburbs, so you get a lot for your money out here.

    [img ] N Crossroads Main (Small).jpg[/img]

    7:00 am on September 17th, 2010

    Back view. We do a lot of reading here on the patio.

    [img ] N Crossroads patio 1 small.JPG[/img]

  33. Melanie
    7:01 am on September 17th, 2010

    He is a background regular. So when there are street scenes, you will be able to see him. Wears a three piece wool suit and an Irish walking cap. And yes, he chases one of the main characters.

    We lived in a suburb of the suburb called Glen Ellyn. It was called Valley View.

    We drove through it about 4 years ago, coming back from a Newfoundland Nations in WI, the trees were HUGE!! Actually gave shade. They were 6 foot scrawny trunks when we lived there.

  34. B.Stover
    7:07 am on September 17th, 2010

    B&M: Very pretty house. I especially like the French doors in the back.

    I have HBO. Is Clarkson in the first episode?

  35. Riö - The Evil
    7:07 am on September 17th, 2010

    Wow!…Barb and MagPie’s house is exactly the kind of house my friend loves so much!… snort!…Our house does not look like this at all….sneeze!

  36. Melanie
    7:08 am on September 17th, 2010

    Wow, what a great house! And that patio looks like it is made for reading. Our house was built in 1812. It's one of the reasons Dan wants to get well. He wants to have a 200th Birthday party for the house!

  37. Melanie
    7:10 am on September 17th, 2010

    B.Stover: they did not film by episode. Sometimes it was a partial episode and sometimes it would be more than one.

    They save money that way.

    We are hoping as they beginning filming for the second season, they will remember him.

    7:14 am on September 17th, 2010

    Melanie, Glen Ellyn is very expensive. Probbly 2-3 times land values out here in the sticks. What a great idea for a birthday party. Can all of us come?

    We don't get HBO either.

  39. Riö - The Evil
    7:30 am on September 17th, 2010

    Groomers!….Did lil Sammie ever come back Mad As Hell from the groomers yesterday???… snort!

  40. Melanie
    7:32 am on September 17th, 2010

    When we lived there it was not expensive!

    Sure we'll party like it's 1812!

  41. dawson
    7:32 am on September 17th, 2010

    Barb and Maggie: I love your beautiful old/new house.

    Melanie: It's great Dan has a goal to look forward to and is doable, especially for a stubborn old coot go-getter like him.

  42. Riö - The Evil
    7:35 am on September 17th, 2010

    Snort!… Gotta love that Strike through tag!…heh!

  43. B.Stover
    7:40 am on September 17th, 2010

    A 200th birthday party. How cool! I probably won't watch the HBO episode on Sunday but I know that it will be repeated. I can also get HBO On Demand.

    I'm baking focaccia. I wonder what Chet is doing.

    7:43 am on September 17th, 2010

    Yesterday someone gave Barb a mufaletta sandwich with olive salad topping. It was yummy! Originated at the Central Grocery in New Orleans, which is an Italian grocery dating to 1906.

  45. Debbie LM
    7:44 am on September 17th, 2010

    Chet: aren't quilts on the wall inspirational? Better than Niagara Falls because they are fun to look at, personalized, and remind you how much all of us love reading about your adventures. Just remember — Sitting on quilts/smelling quilts = OK Chewing quilts = not OK Resist that urge to chew – just make Bernie take you out for some curried goat, steak tips or ribs ummm!!!!

    Melanie: No problem although it was really made as a lap quilt that can be machine washed on a gentle cycle. Cotton lasts for 100 years if treated well. You would need to let the Newfs that it isn't a tug-o-war object but other than that it is very durable.

    If you want to hang it you put on what is called a "sleeve" – just a tube of fabric usually about 6-8 inches wide and the length of the quilt. Fold the tube lengthwise with right sides of the fabric together and machine stitch the seam (raw edges together.) Turn it inside out, press so that the seam is on the back of the tube and whipstitch to the back of the quilt near the top.

  46. B.Stover
    7:45 am on September 17th, 2010

    When I was looking at the web designing sites yesterday, tags like strike and underline and several others were labeled "Deprecated." I wondered why at the time. Any technologically minded person know the answer?

  47. Riö - The Evil
    8:15 am on September 17th, 2010

    Stover!…Deprecation of tags in the world of Web Programming means the Tag can still be used but eventually as browsers are updated with newer versions, the tag will no longer work….snort!… This happens because in the world of web programming the languages are constantly changing and morphing into new and “better” ones…. grunt! …If the strike through tag disappears it only means it has been replaces by something different….snort!

  48. B.Stover
    8:20 am on September 17th, 2010

    Rio: So if the stike tag disappears one can still strike through text only using a different tag? I can't use the superscript tag on the blog because the blog doesn't support it, right? I read something about that yesterday also….because it's new I think it said and not universally supported.

  49. Riö - The Evil
    8:32 am on September 17th, 2010

    Exactly!… Remember, we are talking about Chet’s blog….grunt!….Admin can only do so much you know…heh!

  50. B.Stover
    8:38 am on September 17th, 2010

    Thanks Rio.

  51. Sam
    8:51 am on September 17th, 2010

    Rio, I'm back from the groomers and not happy! I didn't get hair extentions even though I told the groomer I was scheduled to have them. Rats!

  52. Siberian Husky
    8:52 am on September 17th, 2010

    Wow! Spence has a painting of Fenway Park! How cool is that. Mom would like to have one of the old Yankee Stadium (don't read this Rio) because of all the baseball history that happened there. We would be happy with a painting of Coors Field because it is so pretty and is the home of the Rockies.

    Thanks for sharing the quotes on the quilt with us, Chet. We didn't know Staff had put those on the quilt, and they are a wonderful addition to it.

    Chet, mom says to leave the quilt alone.

  53. Siberian Husky
    9:14 am on September 17th, 2010

    Your house is beautiful, Maggie, and I am sure Melanies is too. I think Kirby said he lived in an old house. They don't make houses like that anymore. Even a three hundred year old adobe house that is falling apart is more interesting than what they are building today.

  54. Mollie (a black pood
    9:25 am on September 17th, 2010

    Baseball – a familiar word around here. One of my boys is going to the Giants game today & tomorrow. He is going to be 5 rows behind the dugout. He is taking the Ferry over and hopes to get there in time to get a free Buster Posey T-shirt. I hope the fog does not come in as it is such a nice field with fantastic views of the City and the Bay. Rio: He says the Rockies are a very good team. Here is a classic from him. .

  55. Melanie
    9:31 am on September 17th, 2010

    Here's a ink drawing OTAS did of the house and one of the dogs. We were fooling around with it in photoshop and put it on a background of old paper.

    [img ][/img]

  56. Melanie
    9:33 am on September 17th, 2010

    Mollie ABP: Hope your boy has a great time at the game. Both my guys are Baseball fans. (not the Rockies nor the Yankees)

    9:44 am on September 17th, 2010

    Melanie, Those sons of yours are sure talented. Most have gotten it from you!

  58. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:51 am on September 17th, 2010

    Oh Barb and Melanie, we are so jealous of your wonderful old homes. Where we live if anything gets close to 100 years old they tear it down to build a strip mall. Mom really wants to get out of the city, but as we don't have any rich relatives to die and leave us money, she is afraid she will live her last days in the concrete jungle. *sign*

    Chet. Sit.

  59. Riö - The Evil
    9:57 am on September 17th, 2010

    ABPoodle!… Your son gets to go to 2 games in a row!…wow!… What awesome seats he has…wow!wow!… San Francisco leads our division by ½ game….snort!… Not for long thought!…heh!

    9:58 am on September 17th, 2010

    Melanie, That would make great note cards, or limited edition prints, and what a cool classic home. We agree with Siber H. about the qualty of today's homes. They will never stand for 200 years. There is a big builder in Illinois that advertises bigger homes, less money. If you look at the quality of their construction, you know that 20 years from now they will be falling apart.

  61. Gus and BooBear
    10:01 am on September 17th, 2010

    What cool houses Barb and Melanie have. Our house is similar in style in that it looks like a big rambling farmhouse (1 story, though) with a covered porch front and back but it is only 7 years old.

    Melanie, are all your kids talented in a fine arts area? One of our aunts is very talented musically and her daughter is a trained opera singer, but Mom can't carry a tune with a bucket.

  62. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:16 am on September 17th, 2010

    uh *sigh*

  63. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:17 am on September 17th, 2010

    Rio made an error, Rio made an error! I guess he is "human" after all.

  64. Siberian Husky
    10:37 am on September 17th, 2010

    We love your house, Melanie, and your son's drawing. Both sons are extremely talented. Just think of all the generations and history that house has lived through.

    We don't have any houses here like Maggies and Melanies. All our old houses are adobe, which has a certain appeal the way the brown adobe bricks blend into the brown land. Southwestern is good, but so are old homes in other parts of the country.

    The abandoned housing developments, like Cactus Heights, are horrible.

  65. Riö - The Evil
    10:38 am on September 17th, 2010

    Min Pin!… I was just starting to warm up to you because of the great job your Ranger’s did… snort!…Then you start calling me names and mess the whole thing up…. grump!

  66. Siberian Husky
    10:41 am on September 17th, 2010

    Molly, (ABP) Hope your boy has a great time at the ballgame! That sounds like fun, and it would be okay with me if some fog rolled in here (it won't) to cool off things.

    I'm guessing that Melanie's sons are Boston Red Sox fans.

  67. Riö - The Evil
    10:42 am on September 17th, 2010

    SiberH!…Are you staying up late for the game tonight?….snort! …I can't wait till she gets home from the busy place today because we still have some of that fried chicken left!…drool!

  68. Siberian Husky
    10:49 am on September 17th, 2010

    I'll be up for part of the game, Rio, but not all of it. My mom doesn't get to sleep in on the weekends because I want her to get me to the dog park 7 days a week. Since she adopted me, we have been getting up at 5:15 every day. I can't see that it is doing her any harm.

  69. Riö - The Evil
    10:57 am on September 17th, 2010

    Heh!… You are ruthless pal!…snort!

  70. B.Stover
    11:10 am on September 17th, 2010

    SH: Do you have trees in your dog park?

    The leaves are beginning to change color here.

    12:40 pm on September 17th, 2010

    1812? Hey, there was a war by that name!

  72. Riö - The Evil
    12:13 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Wookie!… I just finished reading chapter 25 of T-FAT!…snort!… Do you remember what happens towards the end of the chapter? Chet and I seem to have the same opinion about these guys!…grunt! …How perfect!…snicker!

  73. Siberian Husky
    12:26 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Stover, No, no trees but there are nifty native bushes around the inside edge of the dog park that us dogs love to mark and race around. We have to get to the dog park that early in warm and hot weather so it will be cool enough for us dogs to have some fun. In the winter, we still get to the dog park that early because we don't really care for some of the people that show up later in the day. Mom is not thrilled with freezing at the dog park in the winter, but she plunders on. She dresses like she is off to climb Mt. Everest.

    The trees are not turning here, except up in the high country It is still green here…high around 90 degrees.

  74. Riö - The Evil
    12:55 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Dodgers!….Late night games are tough … snort!…But I bet we try to stay up for all of it, I just bet we do!…heh! …Especially now that we have some food in the house… grunt!

  75. Melanie
    1:03 pm on September 17th, 2010

    I've always liked the idea of adobe houses. The idea of lots of insulation is appealing when the snow is 4 feet deep and the wind is blowing. Mind you, the Pack love it, but like Siber-H's Mom we dress like we are off to Mt. Everest, or to see Dawson!

    Yes, the guys are Boston Red Sox fans. Their hats do not go over well in NYC and in NJ.

  76. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:20 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Hey everybody! I'm finally back! I thought Mom was only going to be at the groomer's a little while, but it turns out that she decided to treat herself today. So she went to the big library downtown, then to lunch and shopping — at a bookstore, of course!

    So Mom was telling my boy about how she took TFAT with her to the groomer's place, and she was sitting under the dryer reading and laughing out loud. Nobody looked at her funny, so she thinks the dryer was loud enough to drown her out.

    Rio: Mom just finished Chapter 17. She's usually a pretty fast reader, but she's trying not to rush through this one — although she's also not doing the chapter-a-poke thing like Staff. She's just not taking it to work with her — she's reading a different book there, and she's listening to yet another book during her commute. But she definitely wants to finish it before the 28th — after all, why get it early if you're not going to finish it before everyone else gets to start?!

  77. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:46 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Since today's blog seems to have turned into "This Old House," I thought I'd show off my old house. But when I was looking for a picture, I came across the photo Mom took the last time we drove by Sam's house. I thought everyone might want to see the only house fit for a princess!

    [img ]'s castle.jpg[/img]

  78. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:48 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Oops! Let's try that again!

    [img ]'s castle.jpg[/img]

  79. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:59 pm on September 17th, 2010


  80. Melanie
    2:09 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Good luck Kirby.

  81. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:09 pm on September 17th, 2010

    OK, that one didn't go through — let me try my old house instead. Someone said they thought it was old — it's not quite as old as Melanie's house, but it was built in 1888. (In other words, I don't think I'll be around for its 200th birthday!) Anyway, I can't take a photo of it right now because Dad tore up the porch this summer to make some repairs, so it doesn't look real good right now. But this is a picture that was drawn for a local calendar a few years back.

    [img ][/img]

  82. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:15 pm on September 17th, 2010

    OK, now that I got that one to go through, I'll try Sam's house again!

    [img ] castle.jpg[/img]

  83. Melanie
    2:22 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Kirby, I wish we had a porch or a patio. We have a stockade for the Pack to poop in.

    I think I see Same way up there in one of the towers!

  84. Siberian Husky
    2:24 pm on September 17th, 2010

    That's a really neat house Kirby. They don't do front porches like that anymore. It is funny how the blog turned into This Old House Today. We have enjoyed it. Really cool houses!

    OMdog…Sam will love that one! She would need a GPS to find her way around in it.

  85. Siberian Husky
    2:26 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Melanie? Do the Newfs go up and down the stairs in your house? I have a cute picture in my mind of 10 Newfs climbing stairs together.

  86. Melanie
    2:35 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Siber-H: I would not call it cute. I would call it a call to arms most of the time. It is not a pretty picture. Especially when you are trying to go up or down the stairs yourself!

  87. Barb & Maggie
    2:37 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Kirby, Is your house style know as Low Country or something like that?

    Sam's "house" is perfect for her!

  88. Sam
    2:50 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Kirby, that's the exact house that I should live in. But I don't. I have enough trouble keeping track of my family members in our regular old house. It's big, all on one floor, and built in a square with a terrace in the middle and a small opening to the yard. One time Mom called Dad on the phone and found he was only in the family room.

  89. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:04 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Barb and Maggie: I'm not sure just what you would call it! We don't actually live in the lowcountry — we're further inland. From what Mom and Dad can tell, our house started out as a simple cottage, then got added on through the years. The drawing makes it look like a two-story house, but the "second story" is actually an attic, and if you walk through the attic you can see all sorts of rooflines where they built on. On the first floor is a room that has wooden siding and shelves built into what used to be windows. One of these days, Mom wants to do some real research into what the house looked like in the beginning, and what was done to it when!

  90. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:05 pm on September 17th, 2010

    We love you Rio, oh yes we dooo.

    We've never loved any dog as much as yooooo.

    We you're not happy, we're blue.

    Oh Ri-i-o we love you.

  91. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:14 pm on September 17th, 2010

    We are feeling pretty low about our suburban dwelling right now.

    When mom went to the Taos Pueblo last month, it was pretty cool inside, even though it was in the nineties outside. I wish I had been with her, as it was 110 here that day.

    Sam mom did not realize that was your house. She would have stopped by to say hi the last time she was in the neighborhood. Oh, right, not your house. Sorry.

    I like the sound of "pack to poop in". Kind of like "not having a pot to *&*& in."

  92. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:15 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Oh, and Melanie, we love the porch, too. In fact, Mom and Dad bought the house just for the porch! We they first moved to town (before I joined the family), they had to live on campus, in an 800-square-foot apartment next to the infirmary — luckily they only had one dog then! Dad was in charge of one of the barracks, so he was pretty much on call whenever the boys weren't in class. Pretty soon Dad started feeling like he needed to get away, so Mom and Dad bought this house. At first they would come over while the boys were in class and just sit on the porch watching the world go by. And when the boys were gone for furlough weekends, the whole family would come over and "camp" in the house — they didn't have a whole lot of furniture here, and their refrigerator was one of those dorm-sized ones. Then they needed more housing on campus, so they asked Dad if he wanted to live off-campus — he jumped at the chance!

  93. Riö - The Evil
    3:22 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Crap!…. We must be the poor family on the blog… nerrrr!…. We live in a small house that is too big for us, so says my friend….snort!…She wants to down-size and get rid of stuff – where as I like this house it has a very comfortable basement that we go to when the thunder starts up. She’s worried about our economic future and trying to figure out what to do next…sigh!…I think she worries way too much about stuff that is just great right now!…woooo!

    Min Pin!…She is definitely drinking Martinis tonight!…snort!… What has that sassy Belle been up to anyway?… sniff!sniff!… Hi Bess! I’m thinking about you all the time my Bessie girl!…cough!cough!

  94. Barb & Maggie
    3:24 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Kirby, Whatever you call the style, we love it. That front porch is gorgeous.

  95. Riö - The Evil
    3:27 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Sammie!…Can we all come to your real house and party on New Years Eve!?…heh! ….It sounds liek a fabulous home indeed!…snort!

  96. Riö - The Evil
    3:28 pm on September 17th, 2010

    hmmm… Note to self: slow down typing and get claws trimmed.…snort!

  97. Sam
    3:28 pm on September 17th, 2010

    My house is also old and had many add-ons. The main part was built in 1881. Because it has ended up being in a square but with an opening to the yard, I have a long distance to go from my bedroom with my Girl all the way to the family room.

    Here goes – I go from my bedroom down a little hall by Mom and Dad's room and turn right. Then I go past a bathroom and my Boy's room, through the loggia and into the living room. I turn right at the piano. After the living room into the dining room, the butler's pantry, and into the kitchen. I turn right and go past a powder room, down a hall and finally, into the family room. Whew! I need Chet to carry me.

  98. Barb & Maggie
    3:48 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Explain the loggia?

  99. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:52 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Sam: That sounds a little like our house! To get to Mom and Dad's room you have to go from the kitchen through the laundry room, through the closet, then into their room. Or you can go down the hall through the library, through the bathroom and into their bedroom! And the library has four doors and a fireplace, so there's not a "flat" wall to put any furniture on!

  100. Melanie
    3:52 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Uh, Sam, can't you just cut through? Sam size dog doors in every room.

    Riö, your house might not be big but your heart is!

    Macy, the best house is one with a Minpin in it. (don't tell the Pack I said that)

  101. Siberian Husky
    3:53 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Rio and Macy, Mom and I are with you guys in the kind of house we live in. Nothing fancy or old or big. It is what mom calls phony southwestern style because it has a flat roof like the real old time adobe houses. Phony Southwestern style is very popular here. Flat roofed houses are the PITS. Their only good point is that they are easy to walk around on which mom has had to do countless times to fix the swamp cooler.

  102. Siberian Husky
    4:01 pm on September 17th, 2010

    The genuine old adobe homes with 4 foot thick walls do stay remarkably cool in hot weather. The Pueblo Indians knew what they were doing, as did the Spanish. The white people build whatever they want and then add air conditioners, or our beloved southwestern swamp coolers.

  103. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:01 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Rio: By the way, Mom was reading about Uncle Rio today, and she says he's a pretty cool guy!

  104. Sam
    4:05 pm on September 17th, 2010

    MagPie, I think the loggia may have been an outdoor room. The floor is old red tile with a drain in the middle.

    Melanie, there's no way to cut through unless you go outside through the terrace. I can't do that by myself.

  105. Riö - The Evil
    4:09 pm on September 17th, 2010

    My house!… For me it is just right! Not too big, not too small, plenty of places to lie and chew on treats….grunt! … There are two rooms with hardwood floors that I have a hard time with because of my long claws at the moment. She has put down rugs for me…heh!…This does not help with my computer keyboard skill though!…sniff!

    Rockies!…Game starts in just under ONE WHOLE HOUR….dammit!…sniff!

    Oh!… If any of you guys with those really big houses ever want to invite me to visit, the answer is, YES! YES! YES!…heh!

  106. Siberian Husky
    4:15 pm on September 17th, 2010

    It is a long wait tonight for the ballgame, Rio.

  107. Mollypop
    4:18 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Mom got her tooth today! She told me it's "the better to bite you with."

    Tomorrow is William Smith, the last college look-see. Just a day trip – only an hour 45 minute drive. It's where Sam's Mom went. Sam and I have to stay home, but we both think we should be able to go along.

  108. Mollypop
    4:19 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Rio – Are you due for a pedicure?

  109. Siberian Husky
    4:27 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Molly? Is your mom's tooth infection gone?

  110. Riö - The Evil
    4:32 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Molly!…A what!??…snort!… All I know is my claws are longer than they have been in a while…snort!… Busy season place does that to me..heh!…I’m perfectly fine the way I am and there is no new story she can tell me to trick me into going to the Vet for anything – especially the excruciating pain of having my claws trimmed…hmmmph!…Yeah, I’ve heard the ole “We’re going to the park for a picnic – Friedddd Chickennnn”…or … “Lets go check out the new hamburger joint down the street!!”…or … “Do you want to see Kats being penned up in the new Zoo????”….grunt…or…. “Lets go get some hot wings and beer!!!”… or … “How about a trip to your friend Pepper’s – there are Cookies!!”… grump!… I think you get the picture, and the last big lie was, “Hey, I’ve got tickets to the baseball game, wanna GO!???”….grumble!…I know all her tricks to get me to the V-E-T…I even know how to spell it….heh!… No way are my paws ending up on the claw-cutting table…snort!

  111. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:33 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Rio and SiberH: Tomorrow night, Mom and Dad have to wait until 10:30 our time to watch the University of Iowa — Go Hawkeyes!!! — because they're out in Arizona. Even though it's late, the good thing about that is that Mom has to work tomorrow, but she'll be home in time to see both Clemson — Go Tigers!!! — and Iowa play! I'm a pretty important part of Iowa's winning record, both last year and this year. I have a special collar I wear just during the games. So far I'm somthing like 13 and 2 — whatever that means! Mom and Dad say I'm doing good — and I would've done better if our quarterback hadn't gotten hurt during one of the games last year. I'm afraid the power of the collar didn't help with that!

  112. Melanie
    4:38 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Got the news from Dan!! He walked 42 steps today!

    Dawson: I told Zoë about the strike out description of Dan. She laughed and agreed!

  113. Riö - The Evil
    4:46 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Dan!…Three stike outs and you are gone!…snort!…Don't do it big buddy!…sniff!

  114. Mollypop
    4:51 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Siber-H – Mom thinks the infection is gone, but she thought that before this latest round of antibiotics. I guess it's like one of my favorite Yankees 'Go Yankees!' said – "It ain't over till it's over."

  115. Mollypop
    4:52 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Better trim those nails, Rio.

  116. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:58 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Yea, Dan!!! Forty-two steps! I tell you, every time I watch you two-legged ones walk I wonder how you keep from falling over — I had a hard enough time when I hurt my foot and could only walk on three legs. How do you do it with just two?! I'm proud of you for going so far, Dan!!!

  117. Melanie
    4:58 pm on September 17th, 2010

    You guys have fun at the games. Patsy is asleep on my bed and has opened one eye and obviously said, "GET OFF THE COMPUTER AND PET ME!"

    I must obey.

  118. Riö - The Evil
    5:03 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Aaaargh!… I misspelled another easy word! …grump!…Damn these long claws…sniff! …I am Not Going to The VET…dammit!…I will chew them down to size!…heh!…If the game is exciting this will be a cinch!…chomp!

    Melanie!…Patsy is your favorite girl, but who is Bess’s favorite human??? …sniff!…Does my Bess get enough attention between all those bigger, younger Newfs???…whimper!… I do worry about my Bess, you know.

  119. dawson
    5:04 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Kirby: I love that porch! And the rest of the house looks good too. My house has no porch and little character but hey, I'm not complaining.

    Melanie: Great news about Dan.

  120. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:12 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Dawson: Thanks! If there's one thing this house has plenty of, it's character. Sometimes Mom wishes there was a little less character and a lot more insulation! Me, too!!! Good thing we're down south, where it doesn't get cold — ha ha!!! (One of those myths, I'm afraid. There's not a lot of snow, but it does manage to get cold down here!) Ahhh, insulation…one of those things that's on Mom and Dad's To-Do list!!!

  121. Riö - The Evil
    5:16 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Dawson!… Hi! Our house has been described as boring on the Outside and lovely on the

    Inside. …snort! …I can live with that!…sniff!

    GAME!!!… Is On!…wheeeeee!

  122. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:25 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Rio: Maybe you need some landscaping. My grandpa is a landscape architect — a very good one! In fact, he was invited to work on the Western White House when someone Mom calls Tricky Dick was president. But he turned it down. Mom was a little girl then, so she was disappointed that her dad didn't want to work for the president, but one of Grandpa's friends had just had a heart attack and died at his drafting board, so Grandpa decided he didn't need that kind of stress in his life! Anyway, Grandpa could make your house look lovely on the outside, too, except he retired so he's not doing that anymore. Grandma says he putters, whatever that means!

  123. wookie of chevy chas
    5:27 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Our house is a very, very very fine house. Something that is called a red brick colonial. My favorite room is the great room, where I can lie on either the tiles in front of the fireplace (not used) or over the air conditioning vents. We also have a small screened-in porch where I have my very own chaise lounge. Our back yard is quite large too, with a big maple tree, a big beech tree and lots of lilac bushes (my mom's favorite). And the vegetable garden that is fenced in, because of the unfortunate incident involving what used to be the asparagus patch. A subject for another day. Wookie

  124. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:32 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Wookie: Do you have two cats in the yard, too???

  125. dawson
    5:40 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Kirby: I could sure use your grandpa. I have gardens in the back but the front yard is flat boring grass right down to the sidewalk. I keep saying I'm gonna dig it all up and plant…well, depends on the mood I'm in. Sometimes it's raspberries, plum trees and edibles and other times it's just flowers.

    Wookie: I love asparagus.

  126. wookie of chevy chas
    5:43 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Kirby. No, but there are a couple of squirrels. Wookie

  127. Riö - The Evil
    5:57 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Wookie!…. I bet Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young built your house!…heh!

    With two cats in the yard

    Life used to be so hard

    Now everything is easy…

    'Cause of you’

    Grunt!…You are too much fun my friend!…heh!

  128. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:58 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Dawson: The last time Grandpa was here, he walked around the house with Mom and Dad and made some suggestions for what they can do with the yard. But they want to finish up the porch first so they're not trying to make repairs around newly planted stuff. The only problem is that it's Dad's football season now — kind of like Rio's friend's busy season — and then right after the last football game, Dad starts basketball. Not a whole lot gets done around here during the sports seasons!

  129. Riö - The Evil
    6:00 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Kirby!… He picked up on it right away!…heh!..snort! ha!

  130. Riö - The Evil
    6:03 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Heh!…Someone finally reaffirms her sports ethic 'almost' to a Tee. Kirby’s Dad!….snort!…Who'd a thought???

  131. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:13 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Rio: For Dad sports aren't just his hobby, they're his vocation! He goes to school by 8 every morning, then during sports season he doesn't get home from practise until about 7. On Fridays and sometimes Saturdays he has games. His school isn't in a conference, so they pick up games anywhere they can get them, which sometimes means three-hour trips to North Carolina to play a game, then another three hours back, which means he doesn't get home until almost 2 o'clock in the morning. Tonight they're only playing about an hour away, so he should be home sometime soon. And when you add duty to that — he has to oversee study hall in the barracks from 7:30 to 9:30 once or twice a week — it makes for some long days. So on weekends he likes to kick back and watch college and NFL football. Unfortunately, that doesn't leave a lot of time for home remodeling!!!

  132. Riö - The Evil
    6:28 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Kirby!…Your dad sounds like he is possessed… sniff!.. But in a good way as long as his wife and family approve…heh!… We here dislike basketball. Totally. She won’t go near it anymore ….sniff!…Something about the nature of the players these days just makes her want to PUKE… snarf!

  133. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:30 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Rio–I am with you on the Claws topic. Last Saturday I finally got to be the "go dog" with Dad in his big new truck. Very exciting. We went to pick up mom at The Big Orange Box. Then we went to the feed store, where they like our kind. In fact there are 3 of us working there. One is a Boston terrier, one is a Chihuahua, and one is an undetermined Yappy Little Dog. We got to do lots of sniffing of each other, they were very nice. Then I got to shop for some treats for all of us. Mom even got 2 stuffingless toys, one of which an Unnamed Puppy promptly destroyed. Belle was piiii-ised because she had already decided that both toys were hers.

    Anyhoo, after riding around in the Big New Truck, getting mom, going to the feed store, and running a few errands pulled up in front of the bread store. Okay, I like bread. But did I get to go in. Oh no, it was a trap. The Toenail Butcher Shop is right next door. I barely escaped with my feet intact. *shudder*

  134. Riö - The Evil
    6:36 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Bats!…What do you think they do with all those shattered baseball bats!???…. snort! …Rockies are still ahead for now…snort!…Don’t want to jinx it at this point in the season…gasp!…Any small thing I say can make or break the game…hussshhh!…Sneeze!Cough!…crap!

  135. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:45 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Rio: We like basketball around here — but not the NBA. Dad says it's too thuggish, and the players are too self-centered. Dad really likes something he calls fundamental basketball — I think that means that players follow the rules and dribble the ball and pass to each other and stuff. He has to get mad at his team sometimes because they want to play "street ball" and get all hot doggy. (Mmmmm, hot dogs!) My girl is a real good basketball player — she's 6 feet tall, and she's perfected this move where she whips behind the player next to her during a freethrow and grabs the rebound. That meant she got lots of double-doubles when she was in high school — I'm pretty sure those are good things. She was on the all-star team for the state, and they beat the Georgia all-star team.

  136. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:47 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Rio: Not sure about that — the only bats I know about used to live in our attic, except sometimes they would get into our house. Yucky scary flying things! I'm glad Mom and Dad finally got rid of them!

  137. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:48 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Oh, and they didn't kill them or anything, in case anyone was worried. They had to wait until all the babies were grown up and flying, then they did a humane removal. Bats may be yucky, but they're good for the environment!

  138. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:03 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Dad still isn't home from his football game — either the game went into overtime or the bus broke down! I hope he gets home soon — they have Saturday classes tomorrow. Definitely a busy season for Dad!

  139. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:35 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Dad finally got home from his game — we lost:( I'm going to go sit with him and make him feel better. G'night y'all!

  140. Riö - The Evil
    8:32 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Gasp!…We feel asleep! But we are awake now!…snort!…Sorry Kirby! … heh!… bottom of the ninth and it is 7-4 Rockies….snort!…Huston Street just got strike number 2 two!….Woooo!… One more and we are done!…sniff!sniff!…

    Uh oh!…Base hit – tie run coming up…grunt!… We may go to bed if that happens!..crap!

  141. Riö - The Evil
    8:40 pm on September 17th, 2010

    Score!… Now it is 7 – 5 and and – and Crap!…snort! … There are still 2 guys on base who could take this game from us…dammit! …But we have 2 outs and Huston Street is pitching…. Gruff!…and HE’s GONE!….Rockies winnit 7 – 5 and Ubaldo wins his 20th !!!!… Woooo!

    Wow!…We woke up just in time to see them WIN!…heh! ….

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    8:46 pm on September 17th, 2010


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