Kid Mushers

“Did you know about kids learning to be mushers?” Spence says.

“I did not,” says Admin.

“Here’s an article about it from the Miami Herald – kind of counterintuitive, climate-wise.”

“Not quite with you on that mental leap.”

Spence has this face when he’s trying to ignore Admin; he’s wearing it now. “I wonder if Rebecca and AJ – our Iditarod team! – know any of the people mentioned in the story,” he says.

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105 Responses to “Kid Mushers”

  1. B.Stover
    9:12 am on February 24th, 2012

    I didn’t follow Spence’s mental leap either. Interesting article.

    Good morning all.

  2. Barb & Maggie
    9:14 am on February 24th, 2012

    Good morning Spence, Admin, Chet and all.

    We are snowed in here. Waiting for the snow plow to come by first, then the young man who plows the drive will be here. Can’t get to work till that is all taken care of. Boo hoo!

    Rio, Does you friend have to drive on I70 to go to work? Saw pictures of the traffic pile ups on the news, plus those strong winds blowing people off their feet!

    Temps will increase here by Sunday, so muuch of this will melt.

    Yesterday going to work, Barb saw two pair of Canada geese standing in a low lands area. They were still in the same spots at noon, so we think they are back to start nest building. This seems like it is several weeks too early. Everything is off kilter this year!

  3. OleyHowlers
    9:18 am on February 24th, 2012

    Good morning all!
    Not surprised by the way those young girls are nourished by mushing their House Huskies. Any sport that involves human/animal interaction can be good for the soul of both species. That includes horse sports and dog sports. Many young people’s confidence and self-esteem is increased by teaming up with 4-leggeds.

  4. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:32 am on February 24th, 2012

    Climate-wise!….Interesting that an article on Mushing would end up in the Miami Herald….grunt!…Probably what Spencer was trying to get across to Admin…heh!…Those guys!

  5. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:40 am on February 24th, 2012

    Noisy!….” Mushers are notoriously noisy neighbors.”….heh!snort!heh!….It’s a good thing that AJ the Giant and his Team live on a huge acreage….snorkel!

  6. B.Stover
    9:42 am on February 24th, 2012

    Rio: I think you’ve cleared up the mental leap. Now it’s funny!!

  7. BearSpiritDog
    10:32 am on February 24th, 2012

    It’s ME,ME,ME at FOC!!!
    Uh, sorry…good morning everyone.
    (paws over face)

  8. Tupper and Gilly
    10:40 am on February 24th, 2012

    Well, Melanie is on her way to the big Wedding Shower and Dress Fitting Weekend. Thank Dog we didn’t get the “big” snowstorm that our histrionic weather guy was warning about. It is drab and grey outside, but the only new snow we see is on our neighbor’s north facing, sun deprived driveway. And even that is not enough to “track a cat” as our Gramp likes to say.

    Melanie promised to check in and let us know that she had arrived safe and sound, so we will let you all know as soon as we hear.

    Off to the Mud Room…..BBL

  9. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:41 am on February 24th, 2012

    Photo!…I’ve been tracking my photo on its journey to Rebecca…snort!… It arrived in Anchorage yesterday afternoon and should be delivered to the Willow post office sometime today!…Woooooooo!…The two lucky four-leaf clovers are in that package too…heh!

  10. Siber-H
    11:07 am on February 24th, 2012

    That is a good article Spence. Thanks
    Those kids are going to learn good dog care and maybe run the Quest and Iditarod someday. I suspect that if they get addicted that early in life, they will stay addicted.
    Martin Buser’s son, Rohn, is running the Iditarod this year. He was named after the Rohn checkpoint.

  11. Masquers
    11:28 am on February 24th, 2012

    Siber: Pretty kool to be named after a checkpoint. The Plunderers would know something about that.

  12. B.Stover
    11:47 am on February 24th, 2012

    Bear, you’re making me laugh.

    I’m wondering if “tense impassivity” is a contradiction in terms. Any thoughts?

  13. dawson
    11:50 am on February 24th, 2012

    Spence: Now there’s a sport I can get behind.

    T&G: Thanks for keeping us posted on Melanie’s big fun, fun weekend.

    Rio: Thank dawg! Your picture and those 4-leaf clovers will make it to Snowhook in time to go on the trail with AJ.

    Mr Potato Head is 60 years old! I didn’t know that when it first came out, you supplied your own potato!

  14. Masquers
    11:58 am on February 24th, 2012

    The River Bears up at FOC!
    We can certainly understand what Melanie means about Dan needing assistance maneuvering around. They are taking up the whole room…and that’s only part of the pack!

    Tupper&Gilly: Can’t wait to hear what a great time Melanie is having with OTAS&F. It’s nice she gets some time away to relax and have some fun.

    We liked the article also, Spence. But, like many of you, fail to see the southern/northern connection, other than its appearance in the Miami Herald.

    B: I’m no expert, but it sounds exactly like that…a contradiction. How can one be tense (uptight) and impassive (uncaring) at the same time?

  15. OleyHowlers
    12:02 pm on February 24th, 2012
  16. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:09 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Dawson!…We here still wish we knew where those four leaf clovers came from…snort!…They seem very very old so they are probably from Staff…heh!

  17. BearSpiritDog
    12:26 pm on February 24th, 2012

    O.Howlers: What a great video! LOVED it!!! Some pretty amazing teamwork between our kind and the two-leggeds.

  18. BearSpiritDog
    12:30 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Oh, oh…here it comes again…that feeling of deja vu. Does this ever happen to you?

  19. B.Stover
    12:40 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Deja vu all over again…..sorry.

    “Tense impassivity” was in an article in the NYTimes referring to a self-portrait of Degas. I’d say he looks wary. Here’s a link to the article which includes a slide show.

  20. Siber-H
    12:48 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Fellow Sibers, That is a fun video. Notice how there were only trainable types of dogs in that video…in other words, no Sibers.

  21. Barb & Maggie
    12:50 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Here is one for you, Bee. In the Andy Carpenter books (sorry Rio, there I go again), he refers to the media as plural. So he will say the media are…. rather than the media is. I always thought “media” would be like “press” and you would use the singular verb form.

  22. dawson
    12:54 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Oley Howlers: Fun! Fun! Fun video!

    Rio! Be nice!

    I’m going for a long walk in the sunshine.

  23. Mollypop's Mom
    1:06 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Our big snowstorm is bringing buckets of rain. I was hoping for some white stuff to help us get through the rest of the ski season. At least to get us through the final festivities in the middle of March. Then, those last weeks are always iffy anyway.

  24. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:07 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Dawson!…Don’t fall!…grunt!

  25. Masquers
    1:29 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Rio: Your remark reminds me of the phrase used to wish an actor good luck before a performance by telling them: Break a Leg. This sounds like an odd thing to say to someone going out on stage. In doing some research on this idiom we found this explanation: The rod that allows for the curtain to be raised and lowered is called a Leg. So, the term “break a leg” means you are wishing the actor so many curtain calls that the Leg breaks in two.
    You may be wondering how we got from there (Rio’s warning to Dawson) to here (wishing an actor good luck). I can assure you it is a mental trail only a Sherlock type would be prone to follow. lol

  26. Rose
    1:32 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Bear, you are quite popular today. You’re up on top!

    Rio: Some information on four-leaf clover:

    Dawson: I love old toys! I remember when you used a real potato for the Mister. I have the original Booby-Trap game at home.
    Any of youse remember Fascination? I had that game as well.
    FAO Schwartz (sp?) is currently displaying classic toys in New York.

  27. Snowhook Bella
    1:44 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Thinking good thoughts for our favorite actor today. Go YSAS!

  28. Masquers
    1:55 pm on February 24th, 2012

    B: Very interesting NY Times article. A great slide show pointing out the ocntrasts between the two artists. The reviewer’s impression of Degas looking like Jerry Seinfeld in one of the self-portraits was amusing.
    Gauguin will be on display at the Seattle Museum of History until Aptil 9, 2012. We plan to see it.

  29. Masquers
    2:04 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Rose: I loved the link about the four-leaf clover. Faith, Hope, Love, Luck. Everything we wish for all of you.

    Bella! Thank you for reminding us of YSAS audition at 3:40 pm EST for the speaking part in Boardwalk Empire. GO YSAS!!!

  30. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:15 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Clarkson!…I’ve been thinking about Clarkson all day long…snuffle!… I have my Little Reminder set to 1:25pm so I can start saying a Pug Prayer for him….wuffle!…I want him to nail the audition so that one day he can get Steve Buscemi’s autograph for me…heh! …There are other reasons too…sniff!

  31. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:22 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Clover!….grunt!….Well, after reading that article I’m not sure if the four-leaf thingy my friend found is a real clover or not….wuffle!…They are so old they have all but lost their green color…sniff! …I guess it is up to AJ the Giant to decide if they are real or not….sniffle!

  32. OleyHowlers
    2:23 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Siber, we were thinking the exact same thing…definitely couldn’t get a Sibe to train that well!!! Hah hah hah.
    Thanks for the reminder about YSAS audition. Break a Leg!

  33. B.Stover
    2:24 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Barb: Media is the plural; the singular is medium. The word is borrowed directly from Latin and uses the Latin cases “um” and “a” to denote singular and plural. Syllabus and syllabi, datum and data are other examples.

  34. Barb & Maggie
    2:30 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Well I’ll be durn! Never knew media was plural!

    Does anyone know anything about Cocker Spaniels as a breed? I know they were really popluar years ago, then they got overbred. Our vet told us a few years ag that they look cute but many are psycho. We know someone who is considering getting one. Any advice?

  35. Rose
    2:30 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Rio: I’m thinking those are lucky four leaf clover. Not only did your picture arrive on time, but the ceremonial checkpoint is in your honor….

    BTW: How is the weather in your neck of the woods in April?

  36. Basil and Sage
    2:32 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Aw Bee – do we have to talk good and speak right English?

  37. Basil and Sage
    2:36 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Barb and Maggie. We have been told that while the Anerican Cockers have indeed been overbred, there are still some good ones. But their recommendation was to look for an English Cocker – little bigger, sturdier and less inclined to have eye and ear problems and much less tendency to being crazy

  38. B.Stover
    2:42 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Masquers: That is really interesting about “break a leg.” Let me know how the Gauguin exhibit is. (I blame him for the way he treated vanGogh, whom I adore, and his behavior toward wife and children but that is completely beside the point.)

    None of the baseball fans here took me up on “Deja vu all over again.” Didn’t Yogi Bear (sp??) always say that?

  39. Barb & Maggie
    2:44 pm on February 24th, 2012

    B & S, Thanks, that is the kind of info I am looking for, rather than just the standard, look for a reputable breeder advice. That we know!

  40. B.Stover
    2:45 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Barb: I had a cocker when I was a kid: Duchess. She was a sweetie. My parents got her before I was born but she was never jealous of me and she played well with children. Of course, that was years ago so the breed may be different now.

  41. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:48 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Video!….Wow!…snort!….Did youse guys watch the “Behind The Scenes” videos on how that White Knuckle “fun music video” was created?…chorkel!…It took them way over 100 Takes to get the whole thing right…wheeze!…Can you imagine? Then there is a video on them teaching the guys all the moves needed for the video….grunt!…You definitely wouldn’t catch me doing something like that!….gurgle!

  42. dawson
    3:12 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Barb and Maggie: Last year when the town was considering banning Pit Bulls a comment was made that Cocker Spaniels were much worse as far as attacking and biting goes. No personal experience.

    B.Stover. Yogi Berra! Yogi Bear is a cartoon I used to watch on Saturday mornings. Your “deja vu” post did strike a chord but I didn’t allow my thoughts to linger and so skipped right over it.
    Interesting article about Rembrant and Degas. Tense impassivity? Seems impossible.

    Rio: I feel sure those were real 4 leaf clovers. They will bring Snowhook good luck.

  43. dawson
    3:14 pm on February 24th, 2012

    YSAS! Go Sucessful Actor Son! Get that speaking part in Broadway Empire.

  44. Mollypop's Mom
    3:20 pm on February 24th, 2012

    B. – Everyone in IT uses the word data as singular. It has been that way since I started way back in the 1960’s. If you hear someone say ‘data are’ they are regular people, not IT. We say ‘data is.’ For example, “the data is all messed up.”

  45. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:29 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Clarkson!…Count-down to the big big big audition!….Woooo!

  46. B.Stover
    3:34 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Mollypop’s Mom: (“Regular people”…LOL!) Your example uses the noun “data” in the sense of mass information. In English we use the singular verb with the plural noun in that construction. Actually, like “media,” we’ve come to use “data” as both singular and plural. How many times have you every seen “datum” or “medium” used? It’s our lazy usage but usage rules. Ain’t English fun! (Heh!!)

  47. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:40 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Data!… The ‘a’ can be pronounce long or short too…snort!…Your dāta stinks…sniff! …Or all this dăta stinks…grunt!

  48. Snowhook Bella
    3:41 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Sled dog prayers have been said for YSAS!

  49. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:45 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Over!…I bet the audition is all over but the signing…heh!…(of the contract)…snorkel!

  50. B.Stover
    3:52 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Rio brings up another interesting point. Have I every mentioned the Great Vowel Shift which occurred in the English language sometime after 1400 CE. (It occurred after Chaucer’s death in 1400 because the long vowel pronounciation didn’t apply in his writing or time.) …..Okay, I’ll stop now.

  51. B.Stover
    3:53 pm on February 24th, 2012

    How will we find out about the results of YSAS’s audition?

  52. Rose
    4:13 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Rio: You are up top!

  53. Barb & Maggie
    4:26 pm on February 24th, 2012

    That is just a good example of why I say this blog has the most intellectually stimulating dialog of my day. Around here people say “them thangs over yonder”! And “He ain’t got no hair”. And I am in Northern Ilinois! You guys save my sanity!!!

  54. Siber-H
    4:38 pm on February 24th, 2012

    We sent powerful thoughts and prayers YSAS’s way at Rio’s time. If they are smart, they will give him the part.

    Barb, Mom had a cocker spaniel when she was growing up, but she wanted a Husky so I don’t think she can give you an objective answer.
    Mom does say that if your friend gets one to tell them to socialize it to every type of person and kid in the world plus all of life experiences like 18-wheelers and motorcycles.

  55. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    4:43 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Dawson and B; Yogi Berra came to mind here as well with deja vu all over again. My dad thinks that Yogi may be the greatest living American philosopher of the 20th/21st centuries. Just remember, if you come to a fork in the road, take it. Also, wondering if Yogus would be the singular of Yogi.

    Also, don’t forget fungus and fungi. Wookie

  56. Tyb
    4:51 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Thanks for the info about “Break a leg”. I’ve often thought it was a strange way to wish someone good luck. Now I understand why it’s said.

  57. B.Stover
    4:53 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Both Barb and Wookie are making me laugh.

  58. Sam
    5:00 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Well then, we could have used Chaucer here in Buffalo. We unfortunately pronounce the flattest letter ‘A’ you could imagine. Mom meets people in her travels and they say “Oh, you must be from Buffalo.”. Mom thinks she must have chicken wings sticking out of her ears.

  59. Masquers
    5:14 pm on February 24th, 2012

    B&M: I was just thinking the same thing this morning. Our blogmates are a very savvy & diverse group. We have writers, teachers, artists, actors, storytellers, legal and financial advisers, business people, computer geeks, retirees, entrepreneurs, rescue heroes, equestrians, mushers and kennel owners and everything in between.

  60. B.Stover
    5:23 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Sam: Please explain the “chicken wings sticking out of her ears” comment.

  61. Basil and Sage
    5:23 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Masquers – you forgot Kats and Dawgs!!!!

    Quick note – we just heard from Melanie. She is in Jersey having a marvelous time. She says FOTAS is beautiful in her wedding dress, their house is lovely and their doggie Pappi is a sweetie.

    We will let you know more when we know more. Right now Mama is Lea ing us to go out for seafood dinner. She better be planning to sneak us a shrimp or two!

  62. Masquers
    5:27 pm on February 24th, 2012

    and photograhers!

  63. Masquers
    5:37 pm on February 24th, 2012

    B: I got the “it’s deja vu all over again” and thought it very clever, but didn’t understand the reference to Yogi (Berra, not Bear). Thanks, Wookie, for explaining the link to baseball.

    more…..quilters, quillers, librarians.

  64. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:55 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Maskers!….Don’t forget Musher!…heh!

  65. Barb & Maggie
    6:01 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Bee, Buffalo is where hot wings originated. So she is saying maybe she has chicken wings sticking out of her ears, and that is how people can tell she is from Buffalo. It was a yoke! Get it, a yoke!

  66. Rose
    6:10 pm on February 24th, 2012

    B: I think Sam is referring to Buffalo Wings (the popular and messy football snack).

  67. Sam
    6:13 pm on February 24th, 2012

    The yolk’s on me, egg, egg, egg.

  68. B.Stover
    7:05 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Thank you Barb, Rose and Sam. I get it now.

  69. B.Stover
    7:11 pm on February 24th, 2012

    We (in Michigan) recognize people from Canada by the way they pronounce “ou” as in “out” or “about.” About sounds like “aboot.” What fun!

  70. Jasper the Poodle
    7:23 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Don’t forget the shenanegan bashers. My mom fires them all.

  71. Rose
    7:32 pm on February 24th, 2012

    B: We can always tell the Canadian accent too. I rather like it. I like the Boston accent too.

    Hmm…would that be correct to say accent, or should I say dialect?

  72. B.Stover
    7:46 pm on February 24th, 2012

    It’s taking a long time to refresh this page.

  73. Sam
    7:50 pm on February 24th, 2012

    About the chicken wings – they’re everywhere here. My Dad and my Boy order pizza all the time. Of course, it comes with an order of wings. When the nuns from India came to see snow and skiing, they shared wings with their lunch. After all, this is Buffalo.

  74. Siber-H
    7:51 pm on February 24th, 2012

    The blog is behaving a little strangely. I hope the blog bug isn’t creeping up on it.

  75. B.Stover
    8:12 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Rose: It should be accent which involves difference in sound of a language spoken by people in different areas. Dialect includes more differences including grammar and vocabulary.

  76. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:30 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Hey, y’all! Mom got home from work, ate some pizza (and gave me the crust!), and zoned out for awhile. But she’s finally recovered from the last couple of days enough to turn the computer on for me!

    First, she stayed up real late last night finishing up her Iditarod map for the library. She had printed out a map of the route — with the northern route since it’s an even year! Then she drew a grid on that map, with a larger grid on a 3-foot square piece of paper. And then she had to carefully use the grids to enlarge the map. So after she did it in pencil — with lots of erasing — she went over the final version with markers. She found some pawprint stickers, so she used those to mark all the checkpoints. Then she went to the computer to print out checkpoint labels. And that’s when she found out that the map she used was from 2010, and even though it had the correct northern route, the first part of the route has been changed! One checkpoint was moved, one was dropped and another one was added. Luckily, she was able to fix it — as long as nobody studies it too closely! But with all that, she ended up getting about an hour of sleep.

    And, of course, despite her lack of sleep, she had to perk herself up for storytime this morning, including a rousing rendition of “The Little Red Hen,” complete with flannel board and finger puppets!

    But the good news is that she got the map hung up in the window, and she says it turned out pretty good (as long as nobody looks too close). So now she just has to hope that some kids come to the storytime.

  77. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:46 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Kirby!…I want to come to story-time, but I’m not allowed to leave the yard…grunt!

  78. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:55 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Alaska!… If any of youse guys get On Demand you should watch the episode of An Idiot Abroad where he is sent to Alaska “to watch whales”….heh!….We are watching it right now and he is standing on Point Barrow the most northern point …snort!… He’s just cold. Course he has been put through frozen hell ever since he arrived in Alaska coming from England….chorkel!

  79. Barb & Maggie
    9:03 pm on February 24th, 2012

    We just watched Who Do You Think You Are. Love that show!

    Kirby, the story time sounds like fun!

    Been a long day, so we willl be back tomorrow.

  80. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:05 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Rebecca!….Does the term “honey-bucket” mean anything to you?….heh!heh!….On this show they had poor Karl picking up and dumping the honey buckets in Barrow….gag!choke!

  81. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:06 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Rio: Well, if you manage to get out of your yard, I’m sure it wouldn’t be a problem for you to go into Mom’s library — twice now they’ve had service dogs come in to do storytimes. Well, the dogs didn’t actually read the stories, they just did the demonstrations!

  82. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:08 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Rio: The kids in Mom’s storytime this morning got to wear whale nametags! (But they didn’t empty any honey buckets!)

  83. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:12 pm on February 24th, 2012

    OMG!…Now they have Karl Mushing against his will….Wooooo!…He is not having a good time poor fellow…HEH!HEH!…Even I feel sorry for him….snort!

  84. Snowhook Bella
    9:16 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Honey bucket is—how do I put this delicately?—used when you don’t have a couch corner to mark. Honey buckets are common in bush communities where plumbing is in not always available or by folks who may live on the road system but don’t have plumbing. . Unlike an outhouse a honey bucket may be utilized inside and then disposed of outside. It is not an enviable job.

  85. Sam
    9:19 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Kirby, I love the story of the Little Red Hen! I want to come to your library.

  86. Snowhook Bella
    9:19 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Rio: I just realized you weren’t asking for the meaning of the term honey bucket. Nevermind.

  87. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:21 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Nametags!….What exactly are Whale Name Tags…snort!…Are they like the Badges that Staff makes for us when and if we ever get to meet Spencer or the Charming Mr. Abrahams?…heh!

  88. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:25 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Rebecca!…Thats okay, now everyone knows what “honey-buckets” are…heh!gah!

  89. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:28 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Sam: The Little Red Hen is one of Mom’s favorites, too! She found some cute patterns for fingerpuppets that she prints out on colored paper. Each of the kids gets an animal (which they get to keep), and they join in on the “Not I” when the Little Red Hen asks for help with her chores. This time Mom decided to add a flannel board with drawings of the seeds, wheat, flour, the bowl and mixer, and then the final result: the cake. One of Mom’s co-workers saw the mixer, and asked, “Since when does a hen house have electrical outlets to plug in a mixer?” And Mom replied, “Since when does a hen house have an oven?!” And another co-worker added, “And since when does a hen even talk?!” Honestly, some people just have no imagination!!!

  90. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:38 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Rio: The kids who come to the Friday storytimes always get a nametag — the ladies at the library print out drawings of animals, cars, baseballs and other things like that on colored paper, then cut them out. During storytime, they write the kids’ names on them, then make one of those tape loops to stick the nametag to their shirts. (Some of the mothers have said that they put the nametags in scrapbooks or hang them in the kids’ bedrooms — one mom today said she tapes them to the window of their car.)

    The librarians have a bunch of nametags to choose from. Some of them just pick any old nametag, but Mom tries to choose nametags that go along with one of the stories she’s reading. Like today, one of the books she read is called, “Jump.” It has a bug that “jumps” when it sees a frog, and then the frog “jumps” when it sees a cat, and it works up to a shark that “jumps” when it sees a whale. And, of course, the whale ends the “tail,” because nothing’s gonna scare him enough to make him “jump”! Hence, the whale nametag!

  91. Siber-H
    9:38 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Kirby, I wish I could come to story time also. Your mom put a lot of work into and I’m proud of her.

    Gah, I don’t have On Demand…maybe I can find that show online.

  92. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:42 pm on February 24th, 2012

    SiberH: Thanks! Mom does put a lot of effort into her storytimes because she enjoys doing them — and sometimes the kids even enjoy coming! I wish youse guys could all come to Mom’s storytimes — I’d like to meet y’all!!!

  93. Sam
    9:45 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Kirby, my family has a lot of the Little Red Hen characters. I love your Mom’s storytimes. Those co-workers are so off base. I hope those guys don’t interfere. Who knows what they will try to do to the Iditarod.

  94. B.Stover
    10:12 pm on February 24th, 2012

    I have a wooden carving of a honey bucket man that includes a horse-drawn carriage, buckets, scoop and the honey bucket man holding the reins. It was made in Japan.

    Kirby: That sounds like a very interesting project.

  95. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:28 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Photos!….What I want to know is why hasn’t Rebecca said she received my photo along with the Lucky Clovers?…grunt!…. I tracked the package till it was Delivered and then no one has said anything about it….gruffle!…Is it sitting on a counter somewhere unopened and forgotten??….sniffle!

    Show!….We are catching up on Once Upon A Time….sniff!… It is getting to the point where one of the characters actually names his “real” name…heh!…Interesting. Do only two people know what is really going on?….wheeze!….What am I saying??? Heh!

    Stover!…Seems Honey-Buckets are known world-wide…heh!…My friend thought it was just a Camping Thing…kerfluffle!

  96. C.Harris
    10:39 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Rio: I have stood in Pt Barrow looking at the Arctic Ocean. I worked in Pt Barrow for 2 months on a contract job. It was snowing when I arrived in June. Actually, the plane couldn’t land due to the fog so we returned to Anchorage for 24 hours. The sea ice went out at the end of June but then returned in early August. A lot of barges carrying annual supplies for people were unable to get to Pt Barrow. It was snowing heavily when I left in August. I was offered a permanent job there but I knew it would be too tough for me to live there. Check your SDD when convenient.

  97. Snowhook Bella
    10:44 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Rio: I haven’t arrived home yet form work, but im sure your photo arrived safe and sound.

  98. Tupper and Gilly
    10:48 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Stuffed – Mama and Dad came home and said they were just stuffed from that seafood buffet. And they didn’t bring us one blessed thing. Nope – not a single shrimp or even a mussel.
    Someone call the SPCA!

  99. Siber-H
    10:58 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Wow! C.Harris has seen the Arctic Ocean! That is so cool.
    That is what I will dream about tonight…frozen, of course.

    Goodnight Everyone

  100. BearSpiritDog
    11:05 pm on February 24th, 2012

    The Little Red Hen! Nana remembers Grandma telling her that story every time she or her sisters said they didn’t want to help with the baking, but were eager to eat the cake or cookies when they came out of the oven.

    Kirby: Kudos to your mom for putting in all the extra effort to make story-time so enjoyable for the kids. I bet the Iditarod map looks great!

    Barb&Magpie: We like that show also. Have you done any research on your own ancestry? One of the cousins was able to trace the family’s linage back to 18h century Norway.

    Turning in early to read The Long Drive Home. It is getting good reviews.
    Sweet dreams all – Bear

  101. Alice M. Johnson
    11:27 pm on February 24th, 2012

    I’m going to bed now too. Hardly felt like I was here at all, but I caught up. 7 days left. I wonder if AJ and Rebecca are getting sort of excited?

  102. Tupper and Gilly
    11:33 pm on February 24th, 2012

    Sage the Mage is uptop. Wonder if everyone sees the same FOC at the same time.
    And on that note, we are heading off to our nice warm beds and pull our blankies up over our heads.
    G’night everyone.

  103. Snowhook Bella
    12:29 am on February 25th, 2012

    I just arrived home to several nice surprises including more pictures and a care package from Wolfie. I still dont think I should have to share.

    I wonder if Rio knows that Beau stowed away in the envelope…

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