Interior Decorating (2)

“The framed cell of Michigan J could go where the Chuck Jones drawing hangs,” says Spence.

“The one of Bugs Bunny wearing a codpiece that’s an actual codfish?” says Admin.

“Yeah. How did that drawing happen to happen anyway?”

“It was a long time ago.”

“Right. And … “

“The details are sketchy.”

“Ah. A punster all of a sudden.”

Yikes. They’re not getting along again, and we’ve got to get that picture taken. But what I can’t stop thinking about are the tiny baseballs on the quilt, so nippable.

Quilt quote of the day (from the back of the quilt): Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet. – Colette


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125 Responses to “Interior Decorating (2)”

  1. Barb & Maggie
    4:30 am on September 18th, 2010

    The wearing of a codfish reminded Barb of Lady Gaga's outfit that was shown on tv last week. It was made out of actual meat! Shoes and all! We are not kidding! She should have been called Lady Gag-Gag. I bet Chet and all of the nation within the nation would have LOVED her outfit. They could have disassembled it for her. Did anyone else see it?

    I hope they find a spot for the quilt soon, before Chet looses control and those baseballs start to disappear.

  2. Staff
    5:10 am on September 18th, 2010

    Good morning,

    So is a 'cell' part of an original comic/cartoon picture? And doesn't Bernie have one too? Someone with a kindle could look that up I bet.


  3. B.Stover
    5:14 am on September 18th, 2010

    B&M: Your mention of Lady Gaga is the second time today that I've seen the name. (I had never heard of her before. Don't sigh…I know….It's like my not knowing the meaning of SOL all over again.) There is an article in today's NYTimes about Liberace (who I had seen on tv when I was a kid) and the fact that his museum in Vegas is closing because of low attendance. The article compared Liberace and Lady Gaga as the same type of entertainer. Flamboyant is a word…is it the word? Bling??

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

    Hey Staff. I'll look it up but what word can I use?

  5. Barb & Maggie
    5:21 am on September 18th, 2010

    Liberace would look pretty conservative compared to Lady GaGa. She is always over the top, and has a different look every time you see her. She has been on the entertainment scene for just a year or two, I think.

  6. B.Stover
    5:26 am on September 18th, 2010

    A conservative Liberace is an interesting concept. I looked up Lady G. She seems to me to be a post-feminist Marilyn Monroe.

  7. B.Stover
    5:28 am on September 18th, 2010

    Come to think of it, post-feminist Marilyn Monroe is an interesting concept also.

  8. Melanie
    5:43 am on September 18th, 2010

    There must be hardly any wall space in that office!

    The Pack is drooling over the thought of clothes and shoes made of meat. . .

    Riö, Bess's humans are Zoë and Dan. She is really missing Dan.

    Oh KIRBY! Proud of that six foot young woman!!

    I got angry today and turned off NPR. There was some young musician on talking about how he came to write a song. Don't know his name, I turned it on after he had started and turned it off before he finished.

    He decided to write a song about J.D. Salinger; he was impressed with the character going against the "norm". He was arrested for stalking J.D. Salinger and was quite proud of it. THEN, he started talking about the "old guy who wrote one book". That's when I turned it off.

    There are definitely different ideas about the writing and character of the book. OTAS loved it; he's pretty much a loner. YSAS hated the book saying he just wanted the character to get his act together and get out and DO something!

    But some "old guy who wrote one book" just gets me ANGRY!!

  9. Barb & Maggie
    5:49 am on September 18th, 2010

    Bee, Barb's parents used to watch Liberace every week when she was a kid. It wasn't Barb's favorite show.

  10. B.Stover
    5:53 am on September 18th, 2010

    Melanie: That makes me angry also. And, of course, he wrote more than "one book."

  11. Barb & Maggie
    5:53 am on September 18th, 2010

    Rio stayed up too late last night. He and his friend must be sleeping late today. Wonder what he will say about the meat outfit. They have already had people showing up in pseudo-meat attire. Maybe it will be the hit look for fall.

  12. dawson
    5:54 am on September 18th, 2010


    The quilt hath wrought an argument: Bugs bunny and the codfish codpiece can go,IMHO, to make room for the quilt.

    Lady GaGa: Was that real meat!? I thought it was material dyed to look like meat. Yes I saw that dress. It was beefalicious, if you are a sled dog.

    Colette's quote from the quilt…forgets that some pets have lost a leg or two and they still make perfect companions. (Or so I've been told.) Picky picky today, I am.

    Old stubborn guys who wrote one book can make perfect companions too. Most likely better a much better companion than a young guy who is prone to stalking an old guy who wrote some books.

    Liberace: I seem to remember seeing some of those old shows.

  13. B.Stover
    5:57 am on September 18th, 2010

    B&M: Liberace always made me cringe. (I think it was the combination of his smile and voice. The bling didn't really faze me.) I don't think my parents watched him regularly but my grandmother, who lived with us, did.

  14. Barb & Maggie
    5:59 am on September 18th, 2010

    Dawson, It was real meat. Guess you could only wear it once before it would start getting smelly.

    Dawson, On Staff's blog site, are those your 2 older sisters? Is Staff the younger of the 2 and the Libarian the older one?

  15. dawson
    6:05 am on September 18th, 2010

    Barb and Maggie: Staff is the oldest, the Librarian is the youngest. I'm not in the picture, left out as usual. 🙁

    Kirby T. Penworthy: I'd like to see your girl in a basket ball game.

  16. Barb & Maggie
    6:09 am on September 18th, 2010

    Dawson, Maybe you wern't born yet. Aren't you the baby?

  17. dawson
    6:20 am on September 18th, 2010

    Barb and Maggie: I'm in the middle. I was off climbing a tree or something.

  18. Riö - The Evil
    6:20 am on September 18th, 2010

    Nippable!… Is that even a word? ….snort!….If so I fear my baseballs are not long for this planet unless those two guys quit arguing, take the Photo and then hang the Quilt in the perfect high place!….grunt! … I hope Bernie knows how to take a good photograph! …yawn!….Where’s my breakfast!…dammit!

  19. dawson
    6:22 am on September 18th, 2010

    And I always acted like the baby. :>)

  20. dawson
    6:25 am on September 18th, 2010

    Rio: I'm pretty sure the photo will be blurry. Nippable is a very fun word.

  21. Siberian Husky
    6:52 am on September 18th, 2010

    Mom's grandma watched Liberace. Mom couldn't stand him, but at least he seemed to be genuine. Lady GaGa sucks and seems to desperately to want attention, and I do mean desperately. BUT, if she starts a fashion trend of humans wearing real meat, she will become my number one famous dimwit. If that happens, mom couldn't take me around any fashionable ladies, not that we hang out with fashionable ladies anyway. Dog hair and dog dirt, you know.

    In Navaho mythology, coyote is the trickster. I can relate to that better than old Bugs.

  22. Macy the Min Pin
    6:57 am on September 18th, 2010

    We like nippable!

    We looked for them both high and low,

    We looked for them 'till late.

    But when we put the pups to bed,

    The Crocs were in the crate!

  23. B.Stover
    7:04 am on September 18th, 2010

    Hi SH. The trickster is an interesting figure in mythology. The prof who teaches our course in Mythology has an entire section on the trickster.

    Rio: Get some breakfast. I'm baking cranberry nut bread for breakfast tomorrow, and the next day and the next….

  24. Riö - The Evil
    7:05 am on September 18th, 2010

    Chapter 28!….I can’t wait for all of you guys to get this wonderful book and start reading it!… snort!…There is so much to talk about!….heh! …It is absolutely wonderful. I’m forcing myself to stop reading it right now…. sniff!… I don’t want it to ever end….snorkel!

  25. Siberian Husky
    7:10 am on September 18th, 2010

    Stover? Who are some other tricksters? I only know about coyote.

    Stover, you are always cooking up good stuff. I'm working up to inviting myself to visit you, unless mom catches me at it.

  26. B.Stover
    7:14 am on September 18th, 2010

    Ten more days before TFAT downloads to my Kindle. I'll have to wait longer for the hardcopy. How many chapters are there Rio?

  27. B.Stover
    7:16 am on September 18th, 2010

    SH: You are very welcome to visit me and I'll cook up whatever you like. We have lots of snow (often, not always) in the winter months. Let me see if I can find a good article online on the trickster. Otherwise, I'll send a list.

  28. Siberian Husky
    7:22 am on September 18th, 2010

    Thank you Stover…SNOW and FOOD!!! It doesn't get any better than that!

    p.s. I like just about everything.

  29. dawson
    7:23 am on September 18th, 2010

    Raven is trickster.

  30. Melanie
    7:24 am on September 18th, 2010

    Siber-H: The raven in some cultures.

  31. Riö - The Evil
    7:24 am on September 18th, 2010

    Trickster!… My friend likes to think she is a trickster, but I just don’t see it….grunt!…Don’t forget Wile E. Coyote – although his tricks are always back firing…heh!heh!

  32. Melanie
    7:25 am on September 18th, 2010

    Darn, Dawson beat me by a minute.

  33. Riö - The Evil
    7:27 am on September 18th, 2010

    Stover!…There are 32 glorious chapters in To Fetch a Thief!…snort!…We seem to be sneaking over to the book again for maybe just one more chapter this morning before all the errand stuff starts…snorkel!

  34. B.Stover
    7:35 am on September 18th, 2010

    SH: Here's the Wikipedia article on Trickster. It has an extensive list also. For me, the classical trickster is Odysseus. Perhaps the most well-known is Brer Rabbit. Besides Bugs Bunny, I also think of the Road Runner as a trickster.

  35. B.Stover
    7:36 am on September 18th, 2010

    Let's see….Would I define Rio as trickster…..

  36. B.Stover
    7:46 am on September 18th, 2010

    Puck in Midsummer Night's Dream is a trickster. I always consider Iago in Othello as evil trickster. I'm wondering if Voldemort in the Harry Potter series could be considered an evil trickster.

  37. Siberian Husky
    7:53 am on September 18th, 2010

    Thanks for the link, Stover. Now that you guys mention tricksters like raven and the others, I'm going, ah yes.

    In real life, the Road Runner is a trickster. They will do things like get up on a fence where they know the dog can't get to them, and tease the dog, but it is a rather good natured teasing. Mom has seen Road Runners that she thought actually liked dogs, but they were smart enough not to get too close.

    Road Runner is our state bird.

  38. Siberian Husky
    8:00 am on September 18th, 2010

    BBL everyone..Mom has to do errands and it is still too hot for me to go with her. hmmm Dad is in the kitchen eating, so I'm sure he can use my help.

  39. Riö - The Evil
    8:00 am on September 18th, 2010

    Rainy! … It’s a nice cool cloudy day out today and this makes someone in the mood to cook real food…snort!…So she is off to the grocery store to get supplies and I am going to take a nice long nap and dream about Chet and Peanut…sniffle!

    Kirby!…What chapter are you on pal?…sniff!

  40. B.Stover
    9:15 am on September 18th, 2010

    Bugs Bunny is a punster and the ultimate trickster since he almost always wins. It sounds as though there are some interesting wall hangings in that office. And Chet, you have to stay away from those nippable baseballs.

  41. Barb & Maggie
    8:17 am on September 18th, 2010

    Macy MP, Liked your poem about Crocs. I LOVE Crocs! Barb had a nice yellow pair that were more than nippable, much more! Every time she left them at ground level I took off a little bite, till finally she couldn't keep them on her feet. Now she has some pink ones that are missing the straps. Wonder how that happened? She puts them in the laundry sink, where they are unreachable. She is no fun.

    The other thing I really like are the straps on her reusable shopping bags. I never touch the bag, just the straps. I can chew them in half in under 30 seconds!

  42. Gus & BooBear
    10:39 am on September 18th, 2010

    Actually, Lady GaGa is a very politically active young lady. Way informed for her 23 years. Very intelligent, but very outlandish in her costumes. We were under the impression that the outfit she wore at the awards was NOT real meat, however, the outfit she wore for a photo shoot was. Mom actually likes some of her music (and Mom's OLD) but not her politics. But she likes that she is actively voicing her opinions in intelligent debates.

  43. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    10:56 am on September 18th, 2010

    Speaking of Wile E. Coyote and cells, my dad has an original Chuck Jones Wile E. Coyote cell that my mom gave him many years ago. It has Wile E. Coyote painting himself into a corner holding a bucket of glue. Apparently, this was intended as some form of commentary about my dad's chosen profession or something.

    As to the trickster and Indian culture, Tony Hillerman (recently departed) wrote a number of wonderful mysteries, set primarily in New Mexico and Northern Arizona, about about Navajo police officers and detectives (Jim Chee and Joe Leaphorn were the main characters), in which various elements of Indian culture and mysticism were inbued. One of his books is actually entitled "Coyote Waits" which featured the coyote as the trickster in Navajo culture.


  44. Barb & Maggie
    11:07 am on September 18th, 2010

    Wookie, Barb thinks Indian culture is very interesting, although she doesn't know as much as she would like about it.

    G & B, You may be right about Lady G. We saw her outfit a few times on tv, but didn't realize she had 2 different costumes (one meat and one vegan). Aren't she and Cyndi Lauper doing charity fund raising together?

  45. B.Stover
    11:10 am on September 18th, 2010

    Wookie: What do "cells" refer to in relation to cartoons?

  46. Mollie (a black pood
    11:20 am on September 18th, 2010

    Wookie: I have read most of Tony Hillerman's books and enjoyed them a lot. I think they made a movie out of one of them but can't remember the name of it.

  47. Barb & Maggie
    11:47 am on September 18th, 2010

    Wookie, Barb just Googled Tony Hillerman and his books. It states that there were 17 books in the series with Chee and Leaphorn. He started writng those in the 70's. Would they be really dated now? Which ones did you like the best?

  48. Riö - The Evil
    11:54 am on September 18th, 2010

    Hey!… I’m smelling all kinds of good things in our house today!….sniff!sniff!… She’s rolling out dough and everything, wow!… grunt!… Her mom came over and actually helped – she did dishes while the prep work was being done earlier…snort!….Someone is still waiting for vacuum to be repaired. It’s at the shop waiting for a new filter….sniff!…Every time her mom “helps” we hold our breath….wheeze!

  49. Siberian Husky
    12:04 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Me too, I'll recommend Tony Hillerman's books, and we don't usually read mysteries. Wookie, mom misses Chee and Leaphorn.

    Mollie (ABP) PBS made a just a few of his books (maybe two?)into tv movies, but, alas, they didn't film them on the Navaho Reservation where his stories take place. The setting and landscape are such an important part of Hillerman's books. Mom didn't much like the tv movies.

    Rio, one state above me, is having cool, cloudy weather while we are having near record heat. This weather is making someone in my house not want to cook real food. I don't know what is wrong with her because I'll eat if it 110 degress out.

  50. Mollypop
    12:08 pm on September 18th, 2010

    B. – A cartoon cel is made on celluloid as part of the making of an animation. Here's a great description:

  51. Siberian Husky
    12:13 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Wookie, help me answer Barb and Maggie, please. Here's my answers: I don't think they would be dated at all now. For instance, there is still no cell phone service on most of the Navaho Reservation. Life there is still much like it was when he wrote those books.

    Mom doesn't have a favorite book of Hillermans. She loves them all equally.

  52. Mollie (a black pood
    12:41 pm on September 18th, 2010

    I like the mysteries by Aimee and David Thurlo. They write 3 different mystery series. The Ella Clah one is set on the Navajo Reservation. David was raised on the Navajo Nation in Shiprock.

  53. Gus & BooBear
    12:47 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Has anyone read the 2 Fritz Malone mysteries by Richard Hawke? Mom stumbled onto them at a used book store and really like both of them.

  54. Macy the Min Pin
    12:55 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Barb–I personally never touched any of the Crocs. The pups, however, can't resist them. The worst part is that Dad still wears them out in public, missing straps, chewed tops and all. They got to mom's so badly that she had to throw them away. The were like Mary Jane shoes, whatever that is. She got them at a Croc outlet and can't find anymore. *sob*

    SiberH.. I did not know that you have a dad. I don't think I remember him being mentioned before.

    Rio..never take your cool weather for granted. You could be like us and SiberH panting our heads off. Oh, that's right, you pant all the time, don't you?

  55. Melanie
    12:56 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Paws up for Hillerman here. I have to google Thurlos though; I think I've read a couple and liked them, but Zoë has made baked scallops and I have to go now.

  56. Riö - The Evil
    12:57 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Cartoons!… My favorite cartoon is Scooby Doo!…snort!…Sometimes she will leave that channel on for me during the day and I get to see Scooby in action!… sneeze!….What a life that guy has!

  57. Macy the Min Pin
    12:57 pm on September 18th, 2010

    I put a word in the< things up above, and it didn't show up. I am never going to get this right. snarfle was the word

  58. Mollie (a black pood
    1:02 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Good news – My boy had a great time at the game. The ferry went across the bay past Alcatraz right to AT&T Park. He got a Buster Posey T-shirt and the garlic fries were delicious. The seats were great & when the camera went to the fans you could even see him there. Bad news – the S.F. Giants lost. Tonight the seats are not so good. They are in the balcony above home plate. Lincecum pitches tonight. I guess the Rockies won. That's OK, we don't like the Dodgers.

  59. Barb & Maggie
    1:17 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Mollie, Barb's daughter is spending her last night in San Fran tonight. They went to Fisherman's Wharf today, but haven't heard if they went to French Laundry yesterday. review on FL that was written by someone who had gone there with a party of 10,2 years in a row, and was making reservations for a 3rd year (b-day). They asked if they could have someting different served, because 2nd yr they were seved 5 out of 9 of the same items. It is a special 9-course dinner. Thomas Keller called them up personally and said if they didn't like what he was serving, then go somewhere else. Which they did! Wow, what an ego!

  60. Siberian Husky
    1:26 pm on September 18th, 2010

    We have never read any of the Thurlos books but know people that love them. The Thurlos make a lot of appearances at the local bookstores.

    I have been using the gringo spelling of Navaho, but prefer the old one, Navajo.

    Yes, Macy, I have a dad who is a dog lover, and when it comes to dogs, he is a pushover. Mom is more the leadership type with dogs. She says she has to be.

  61. Siberian Husky
    1:32 pm on September 18th, 2010

    I hope Rio is watching this baseball game. The Dodgers are going down.

  62. B.Stover
    1:33 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Thank you Mollypop.

  63. Riö - The Evil
    1:35 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Min Pin!… “Snarfle” is not a known tag!…heh!…What are you trying to do anyways???.sniff!sniff!… I gave you perfectly clear instructions yesterday about how to close off a tag … grunt!… If you aren’t willing to follow the rules then, you’re right, you will never get it!…heh!

  64. Barb & Maggie
    1:35 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Bee, How did the baking go today? Did you ever get the recipe for tomatoe pie? Would love to get that. Was it from you or Staff?

  65. Barb & Maggie
    1:37 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Rio, You and your friend have a much higher skill level with computers than we do over here. We are BAD!

  66. Siberian Husky
    1:40 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Maggie, Mom and I are BAD BAD

  67. B.Stover
    1:43 pm on September 18th, 2010

    B&M: The baking went very well today though I won't have any of the bread until tomorrow. I've made this many times. The tomato pie recipe is from Staff. She sent it to me via email. I can cut and paste it here if you want me to. I haven't made it yet.

  68. B.Stover
    1:45 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Perhaps Macy's problem is that he's not leaving a space between the words and the brackets.

  69. dawson
    2:07 pm on September 18th, 2010

    I've read some Tony Hillerman and realy liked him. I think I've read something by Richard Hawke but I've never heard of Thurlo. I'll add all these to my enormously long list.

    Borscht is being made.

  70. Barb & Maggie
    2:09 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Bee, Would love the recipe when you have time. Probably wouldn't make it before Monday at earliest – doing beef short ribs tomorrow.

  71. dawson
    2:21 pm on September 18th, 2010

    I have several sacks of green tomatoes. Hmmmm.

  72. Riö - The Evil
    2:22 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Wooooo!….The Rockies Win 12 – 2!!!!! ….snort!snort!….YEEEEEEP!!!

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  73. Riö - The Evil
    2:25 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Finally!…She is finished cooking tons of little dumplings and is going to relax. We are going to watch the end of the Padres and St Louie game…snort! ….We really want the Padres to LOSE!…wheeze!

  74. Siberian Husky
    2:26 pm on September 18th, 2010

    WOO WOO!!!!

    Green Tomatoes are delish fried, Dawson, but probably not very good for you.

  75. Sam
    2:33 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Dawson, I know you live very far away from us, but when my Mom and Girl and Aunt Mollysmom went on their way to look at a college today, they went past the cabbage capital of the U.S. They said it didn't smell very good. I wonder what the people there make with all those cabbages. Maybe borscht.

  76. Riö - The Evil
    2:53 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Crap!…The Padres won… growl!….So we decided to show you a photo of her Case Noodle Dumplings to relieve the stress of it all…sniff!…This is Great Grandma’s recipe and she is the one who taught my friend how to make these little guys…. sniff!…These here have not been cooked yet….wheeze!…Once cooked they will be smothered in hot salty butter…heh!… My friend is making a nice lunch for her mom tomorrow. Her mother was extremely excited when she found out the famous Case Noodle was being made along with German sausage and a nice salad just to break up the fat factor. It’s the perfect heart stopping lunch….grunt!

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  77. dawson
    2:54 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Yes, borscht…or cabbage rolls.

  78. dawson
    2:55 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Rio: Those look super delish!

  79. Riö - The Evil
    2:56 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Sammie!…Funny you should mention Cabbage!….snort!…I heard her talking about making Cabbage Rolls tomorrow afternoon…heh!….Although, hers are filled mostly with seasoned beef and not a whole lot of cabbage… grunt!

  80. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:58 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Hey everybody! Can't stay long — we're watching Clemson — Go Tigers! — play Auburn. We started out good — scored 7 in the first quarter. Clemson gained more than 100 yards — Auburn gained eight! Go Tigers — but only the Clemson ones!!!

  81. Barb & Maggie
    3:02 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Rio, Those look so good! Is that a German or Polish dish? We are assuming German. How does she cook them after they are assembled? You talked about Case Noodles a few months ago.

  82. dawson
    3:04 pm on September 18th, 2010

    The Detroit Tigers already won their game today.

  83. B.Stover
    3:05 pm on September 18th, 2010

    B&M: Here is the website with the tomato pie recipe.

  84. Riö - The Evil
    3:06 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Movie!… Perfect timing after all that work (she did today)….snort!… The movie Irma La Douce is starting right now…yea!…With Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLain!…We love this old movie!…gruff!

    Stover!…. If you like old movies this one is free on Demand under TMC…snort! snort!

  85. Melanie
    3:08 pm on September 18th, 2010

    My sister spent the day with Dan. Lots of pain today. Turns out that something needed to be changed and was causing a backup. Hope that is clear, because I'm not getting clearer on here. So it was changed and Dan is feeling MUCH better!

    He walked 100 steps today! Tired himself out and has decided that perhaps he would do only what the PT person said to do and not try to be first all the time.

    That should last at least two days!

    The baked scallops were great! Riö those dumplings your friend made, do they have something on the inside?

    Hitting the bed and reading soon. Long day when Zoë is upset that Dan is hurting.

  86. B.Stover
    3:08 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Rio: Those are beautiful!

  87. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:10 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Oh boy! Clemson just scored again — field goal, so it's 10-0. By the way, Rio and SiberH, the Clemson QB also plays baseball, and was drafted by your Rockies in the first round this year, but decided to stay another season at Clemson. Dad says he signed, I guess for later, so maybe you'll be seeing him at some point!

  88. B.Stover
    3:11 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Thanks Rio. It's been a long time since I saw Irma. I'm watching The Good Wife right now.

  89. Riö - The Evil
    3:12 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Barb!….The awesome filling is simply dry cottage cheese with lots of green onion, one egg(per two bags of cheese) and salt pureed into a past with a food processor. The dumplings are boiled in water for about 15 minutes till the dough is cooked… then drained and dumped into a bowl where hot salty butter is poured over them… smack!… She made a HUGE bowl of them today and will have plenty to freeze even after lunch tomorrow…heh! … It is a German dish entirely made up by her Great Grandma….yummy!

  90. Gus & BooBear
    3:18 pm on September 18th, 2010

    B., How are you liking "The Good Wife?"

  91. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:23 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Rio: Mom and I like cottage cheese — Mom likes the big curd stuff — but what is dry cottage cheese? I've never seen a bag of cottage cheese, just the little cups.

  92. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    3:36 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Barb and Maggie. I would agree with SiberH, they are all basically quite good and not dated at all. The very first book in the series, The Blessing Way, is probably the weakest and you may want to skip that. Also, the first three or so feature only Joe Leaphorn and the next three feature only Jim Chee, but by the seventh book or so Hillerman brings them together, and in general the ones in which they both appear are probably the best. Among my dad's favorites are Dance Hall of the Dead, Skinwalkers, The Ghostway, A Thief of Time (probably the single best book in the series), Coyote Waits and Sacred Clowns. And while its not absolutely necessary to read them in chronological order as each is fine as a stand-alone story, if Barb is able to read them in chronological order, that can help a bit. There is some interesting background about Hillerman and the series as well, including when he submitted the first book to one editor, the editor liked it but told him to get rid of all that Indian stuff (fortunately Hillerman found a different editor). Also the reason for two separate characters is that after the first three books came out, Hillerman sold the movies rights to a studio, but they blocked him for a while from using the Leaphorn character in future books, so he developed Jim Chee, but was ultimately able to bring the two together.

    If you interested in Indian culture, two other authors my dad would recommend are James Doss and Margaret Coel. Both have multi-book series with great Indian culture woven in. Doss also has an amazing writing style where he often comments on what is going on in a sort of anonymous first person voice. He also is wickedly funny.


  93. Mollie (a black pood
    3:37 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Barb & Maggie: I'm sure there are famous people that are nice, but Thomas Keller does not sound like one of them. There are other places just as nice. I would recommond Gary Danko. I went there one year for a birthday and they were very nice. It is in San Franciso and also has won awards .

  94. Siberian Husky
    3:41 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Awwww I'd never make it in time tomorrow for lunch at Rios and then beef short ribs at Maggies.

  95. Mollie (a black pood
    3:44 pm on September 18th, 2010

    I read James Doss and Margaret Coel too. I think my favorite Hillerman book is A Thief in Time. It would help if you read that one to read some books written before that to see what happened to the characters previously. I also like Coyote Waits.

  96. Siberian Husky
    3:45 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Wookie? Does a person need to read the Doss books in order? Mom thinks she might be interested in them, but it can be a pain to go back and try to find all the books and read them in order.

  97. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:48 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Whoo-who!!! We got an interception and took it in for a touchdown. But then with just 2 seconds left in the half, Auburn managed to kick a field goal. Now it's halftime — Clemson 17, Auburn 3.

  98. Mollie (a black pood
    3:51 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Rio: Your Case Noodles look delicious. Does she make her own pasta? It reminds me of something my Italian friend makes called Cappelletti which are like little hats. They can be served in broth like soup or in a tomato sauce. I think they are filled with some kind of ground meat.

  99. Riö - The Evil
    4:02 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Geeze!… You guys are reading all kinds of stuff, but her and I have decided to work our way through all of the Charming Mr. Abrahams books… snort!… This has been our ongoing project this year…wheeze!

    Quilts!….We here are mystery series. All the books are named after Quilt designs and the main character runs folk art museum which always has amazing Quilts and other Artistic things woven into the plot… snort!… It is set in California, the southern part, if I remember what my friend said the other day when she was sputtering about Quilts…heh!

  100. Riö - The Evil
    4:04 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Oops! …. How did that happen!?…snort!…The first sentence should have read, “We here are wondering if any of you have ever ventured upon the Earlene Fowler mystery series.”…grunt!

  101. Riö - The Evil
    4:07 pm on September 18th, 2010

    ABPoodle!… Yes! She makes the noodle dough from chicken scratch…snort!…Or something like that…sneeze!

  102. B.Stover
    4:21 pm on September 18th, 2010

    G&BB: I'm really enjoying The Good Wife.

    I've never heard of dry cottage cheese either.

  103. Riö - The Evil
    4:26 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Dry!…. It’s not totally dried up cottage cheese. It is cottage cheese curds without any of the liquid you get in the plastic containers… grunt!… Her sister in Iowa cannot get this product either….snort!…It’s been around here for Ages and Ages (Great Grandma’ time and beyond!)… sniffle!

  104. FattyKitty
    4:36 pm on September 18th, 2010

    It's agonizing for an opinionated feline such as myself to have to read all the posts later after everyone already finds out what a cell is, and who Jim Chee is, and about Raven and all that. Harumph.

    Lady Gaga is this generation's Madonna. There.

    Why Dawson was not in the picture OR on the blog: Staff and the Librarian emailed each other so much that they decided to start a blog where they could share more. Dawson didn't like to use her email address, if she even had one. Dawson was inspired by Chet to start posting on the blog and now they hear from her nearly every day. She must be much more comfortable with the computer than she used to be.

  105. FattyKitty
    4:38 pm on September 18th, 2010

    The Librarian says Margeret Coel is coming to her town for the High Plains Book Awards.

    She wants to know which Margaret Coel books you like the best? She's never read any.

  106. Barb & Maggie
    4:47 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Rio, Chicken scratch is like bird seed with corn, so that is not what you are using for your dough. What you probably mean is that she makes it from scratch.

    Wookie and Mollie, Since you both like A Thief In Time best, we will see if we can order that one first. Thanks all, and good night.

  107. Riö - The Evil
    5:09 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Fatty!…Dawson was a real pain in the Ass when she first started posting here….snort!… First off her name kept changing and then she got pissed off about all the nicknames her big sister kept coming up with and I tried to use. ..grunt! … We tried ‘Zippy’ for awhile in tribute to The Tutor… heh!…She didn’t’ like that one bit after she read The Tutor…snicker!… Finally, after Much Ado About Nothing, she settled on “Dawson”…heh! …Now, finally, she is definitely one of the Plunderers! …sniffle!…And we do adore her to no end indeed!…snorkel!

  108. Barb & Maggie
    5:20 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Mollie ABP, We started posting earlier, but don't think we finished – Gary Danko is the one that the irrate reviewer recommended when they decided not to go back to the French Laundry again. Now, good night for sure.

  109. Mollie (a black pood
    5:24 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Re Margaret Coel books, I like the latest one called The Spider's Web. I love the cover on this one.

  110. Staff
    5:26 pm on September 18th, 2010

    She also didn't like it when I called her 'that Dawson Chickie' Such a fussy budget.

    Great posts today and I love the case noodles they look so cute.

    I spent the day at a Treadle On Gathering and Academy. I only have two new (old) sewing machines and two new (old) cabinets to take home. I think I was quite restrained.


  111. dawson
    5:35 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Rattle on, tattle-tails.

  112. Riö - The Evil
    5:41 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Dawson!… Pug kisses! Here they come!!!…snort!

  113. FattyKitty
    5:54 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Egad, Staff. The Cats will have to move if you get any more sweing machines. The Librarian did you a favor when she asked for a one (btw the skirt she hemmed looks pretty good).

  114. FattyKitty
    5:55 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Sweing machines? Ha ha you don't have any of those!

  115. Riö - The Evil
    6:02 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Fatty!…Don’t let MinPin catch you spelling that way!…heh!

  116. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:09 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Sigh! Clemson ended up losing in OT, and on top of that we had a player carted off the field, and the QB had a bad hit that had him playing in pain most of the game.

    And then the network switched to the Iowa game and we're already losing to Arizona by 14 after a blocked punt and an interception. Things better start improving PDQ or it's going to be a sad day at my house!

    What do you think, Rio? Is that worth a snort???

  117. Riö - The Evil
    6:21 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Kirby!… Good Lord man!…You are having a very bad night indeed!…snort!… What the hell guy!…grunt….I am sad to hear about the player being carted off the field and the quarterback being hurt…Sad!…We personally, cannot and do not watch College Football. Even though, we have a college team playing right up the street from where we live. Our house rumbles when they make a touch down. The cannon or whatever goes off and scares us every time …heh! … I am very interested to learn more about the baseball player from Clemson who signed early with the Rockies though…hmmm! … I do hope you can find a way to sleep tonight… sigh!… We are still up watching that movie!…heh!

  118. FattyKitty
    6:35 pm on September 18th, 2010

    What happens if MinPin catches me spelling that way? I am befuddled.

  119. Riö - The Evil
    6:40 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Damn!…If I understand it all, the Quarterback is the guy who signed early with the Rockies…snort! yeep!… Well, we sure hope he is going to be fine, no matter what. Too damn young to be injured for life…sigh!

    Kirby!… What do you think your “mom’s” overall experience was at the Decatur, Georgia book festival??… snort!… Did she have a good time, was it well organized?… She left out so many little details that I would like to know…snuffle!

  120. Riö - The Evil
    6:42 pm on September 18th, 2010

    Fatty!… You know what?… Nothing!…heh!…Spell badly all you want my dear, who can stop you now?…snort!

  121. bluecat
    6:53 pm on September 18th, 2010

    G&BB – Read Richard Hawke when he was writing under his own name, Tim Cockey. Those books are really funny, the Hitchcock Sewell "hearse" series. Gee, another author with a divided personality, just like someone we all know and love.

    Per Wookie, James Doss is very good. Also like Thomas Perry's Jane Whitfield series for a bit of Native American doings.

    Rio, I'll be dreaming of dumplings. 'Night, all.

  122. FattyKitty
    6:54 pm on September 18th, 2010

    I spell excellently, however I lack typing skills. Good night All. I hear a blankie calling my name.

  123. Riö - The Evil
    7:11 pm on September 18th, 2010

    G’Night!…. I have a warm soft bed with all my baseball toys in just the right places waiting for me tonight…snuffle!….I am not that tired, cuz I slept most of the day, but she sure is!…grunt!…So I am leaping (yeep!) off the couch and going to my bed now…sniff!..I think she woke up because I farted when I jumped, and is now moving around like she is going to her bed soon too! …wheeze! cough! .. Night All!…burp!

  124. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:25 pm on September 18th, 2010

    The point of my comment about snarfle was that I was just putting the little < thingys on for decoration. I did not know that they meant anything! I was just trying to set snarfle apart.

    Fatty Kitty, I don't care how you spell. Rio just has a stick up his…uh, chimney..because I called him out on an error after he had been yapping about other folk's errors. He can really dish it out but I don't think he can take it. That is one moody "little" pug!

    I doubt anyone is still here, I just wanted to set the record straight.

    Macy out.

  125. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:26 pm on September 18th, 2010

    I'm still here, Macy! I just finished watching our Hawkeyes lose in a real…I don't know what to call it. It was a real mishmash, a strange game. And in the end, I guess, a heartbreaker. They almost pulled it out despite a horrible beginning, but almost wasn't good enough. G'night y'all.

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