Knitting Up The Ravelled Sleeve

Right now I’m looking at Spence. Poor guy. He’s lying in bed, still asleep. Humans look different when they’re sleeping. Maybe even sort of better than they usually do. Sometimes I think they spend too much time in their heads. There’s a whole world out there! As for me, I’m feeling tip-top today. Possibly a bit hungry. That reminds me of National Slim Jim Day. When is that going to happen? Bernie says that whatever politician promises to make that happen is the one who gets his vote.


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88 Responses to “Knitting Up The Ravelled Sleeve”

  1. Alice Johnson
    6:25 am on October 5th, 2010

    Poor Spence, I expect he has a little bit of jet lag.

  2. dawson
    6:30 am on October 5th, 2010

    I suspect Gus', BooBear's and Macy MinPin's moms wore him out.

  3. dawson
    6:31 am on October 5th, 2010


    One of you 2 Knit wits: What do you figure the title of today's post refers to?

  4. Mollypop
    6:32 am on October 5th, 2010

    I think B. will like today's title.

  5. B.Stover
    6:34 am on October 5th, 2010

    I was just going to say that Dawson's was a good question. So, Mollypop, why would I like today's title? (Sorry if I'm being dense.)

  6. Mollypop
    6:36 am on October 5th, 2010

    B. – It's from Shakespeare. Talking about sleep, which it appears Spence is doing. Very good.

  7. B.Stover
    6:42 am on October 5th, 2010

    Mollypop: Which Shakespeare…play…sonnet?

    Hey….Maybe some of the poets here would like to write some sonnets. (I wish Staff would write a poem about the harvesting. Free verse….It doesn't have to be rhymed or follow a versification form.)

  8. B.Stover
    6:47 am on October 5th, 2010

    Okay…I have it. "Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care" (Macbeth). I love it!! And Mollypop knew it and Spence used it. Wonderful!

  9. B.Stover
    6:55 am on October 5th, 2010

    Chet, what if we prefer the time in our heads as opposed to the whole world out there?

  10. Mollypop
    7:25 am on October 5th, 2010

    I'm becoming a literary dog – not! I'm all proud here that I knew about today's title, but Mom is ROTFLOL'ing because she has no clue how I knew this. Me neither.

  11. dawson
    7:30 am on October 5th, 2010

    Mollypop: I am impressed!! Not only a fierce do but highly literate.

  12. dawson
    7:30 am on October 5th, 2010

    Dog, not do. Dang it.

  13. Staff
    7:33 am on October 5th, 2010

    Hi there Dawson, my dear Sister.

    I knew it was Shakespeare, about sleep, but couldn't have told you what play or poem.

    We are having wonderful weather here. Breezy though. If we were in Florida they would have weathermen here telling us it is gale force winds. They exaggerate so.

    Since we are in North Dakota they are warning the semi drivers about 'breezy conditions'

    It is only about 35 mph.

    Quilting today/tonight at the Henhouse. Yip yip yippee!

  14. Melanie
    7:35 am on October 5th, 2010

    I tried googling "National Slim Jim Day" and all that was mentioned was from the blog. Except one guy whose name is Jim Day.

    Sorry Chet. . .

    We've thrown out one box and the entire contents of a dresser. Doing well. OTAS has now gone to get his favorite lunch from the Old Creamery down the road. BLT on wheat, with a bowl of chili and cornbread.

  15. B.Stover
    7:36 am on October 5th, 2010

    Mollypop: You must have remembered it either from reading Macbeth or seeing a performance. It's right after he has killed Duncan. Probably the most famous line from that scene is Macbeth saying "Sleep no more! Macbeth does murder sleep." Right after that is the part taken for today's blog title. Cool!

  16. Staff
    7:37 am on October 5th, 2010

    Dear BStover,

    You are such a teacher! You make me laugh. You can take the woman out of the classroom but you can't take the classroom out of the woman. I wonder where that is from?

    I will think about the poem but no promises.

  17. Melanie
    7:38 am on October 5th, 2010

    Staff: maybe you should get MagPie to go with you just in case there are rats.

    MollyPop: Congrats!

    I believe it was Macbeth. Which I can say because I'm not in the theater, but if I was I would have to run around (clockwise or counterclockwise) the theater to make up for not saying "The Scottish Play."

  18. Melanie
    7:39 am on October 5th, 2010

    Dang, B.Stover beat me to it!

  19. Mollypop
    7:53 am on October 5th, 2010

    Ellicottville Spokesdog – I'm posting this in two posts so it doesn't get moderated.

    The first url is for Blou, who raised tons of money for animal causes. He was the darling of the village and his passing made us all real sad.

    7:53 am on October 5th, 2010

    Melanie, The Hen House is Staff's favorite quilt shop, so it is a different kind of place. Probably no rats.

    Chet, I agree with you about the Slim Jims, I would love to scarff one down, or maybe more than one. Barb says she agrees with Melanie, too many chemicals and icky things in them for her taste.

    What is going on with our blog this morning? We tried about 10 times to check on today's post. Near panic situation here. Feel better now that we have our blog fix.

  21. Mollypop
    7:54 am on October 5th, 2010

    This next is to introduce everyone to Tyb. He's new and wonderful. We just love him. He was rescued just one day before he was scheduled to be killed.

  22. Gus and BooBear
    8:37 am on October 5th, 2010

    Staff, we just started the new ( as of last May) Jack Reacher book by Lee Child. It is set in S.Dakato. Early in the book, the description of the spring floods reminded us of when you and Abbie and Alice went to help with the sandbags. The book is "61 Hours". If you've never read any of the Reacher books, you are missing a great series.

  23. B.Stover
    9:03 am on October 5th, 2010

    Staff: Your images of the lights in the field at night and the cloud of dust were beautiful. The images deserve a poem.

    Mollypop: Blou and TYB are beautiful. I like the way TYB got his name.

  24. Riö - The Evil
    9:09 am on October 5th, 2010

    Poems!…I love how Stover gets everyone else to write poems and yet she herself has not written one. Pure genius! …snort!

  25. Jasper the Poodle
    9:35 am on October 5th, 2010

    Jasper's mom here. Jazzy is taking a nap on the arm of my chair. Earlier this morning he was asleep across the back of my chair and he fell off. Doesn't seem to be hurt.

    Chili: Melanie, my crockpot is full of yummo chili. House is smelling delish! Check the notes on my FB page for my easy recipie.

    Shakespeare: not so much. Could never get into it. I feel like the dim bulb of the plunderers.

    Reacher: love! Can't imagine his wanderer lifestyle, his only posession a folding toothbrush. Doesn't even have a drivers' license.

    SPOILER ALERT——TFAT: read it all last night. Laughed at snakes and goats and a smunched vehicle and Bernies can't find 'em grind 'em at the end. I thought the dust jacket paper feels kinda fuzzy and soft. Weird, but in an okay way.

    Currently reading Rosenfeldts Dog Tags. About half way thru. Not a big fan of German Shepherds as I was bit by one at age 7. I remember the policeman looking at the bite on my leg and his fingers were very cold when he touched me. Now I can appreciate the intelligence and beauty of the breed, but they still give me a little flip in my tummy when I see one.

  26. B.Stover
    9:50 am on October 5th, 2010

    Hi Jasper. Probably not a good idea to sleep across the back of chairs.

    Rio: Heh! Heh!

  27. Gus and BooBear
    9:56 am on October 5th, 2010

    Wow. That earlier post was supposed to say Dakota, not Dakato! Double duh!

  28. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:04 am on October 5th, 2010

    Here you go Chet, it's the best I can do.

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  29. bluecat
    10:48 am on October 5th, 2010

    Jasper – Mom thought she was an English Major until she stumbled onto the Plunderers. She's wants to be Bee when she grows up. She's a wannabee.

    If you read Reacher, do you read Michael Connelly? Daniel Silva? Can't remember if they've been discussed.

  30. Riö - The Evil
    11:02 am on October 5th, 2010

    Reacher!…So what’s this Jack Reacher character all about anyway?… snort!…How many books have been written about him anyways?….snuffle!

  31. Gus and BooBear
    11:17 am on October 5th, 2010

    Reacher is an exMP who is basically a wanderer. There are 14 books so far and each stands alone but if you read them in sequence there is more to appreciate. All but one has been fantastic. Mom went to his book signing at the same store as SQ. And the people all talk as if Reacher is real just like with Chet and Bernie.

    Mom was at the bookstore at the airport looking for a book to take on the flight and a complete stranger came up and told her to take Reacher book that was out in paperback at that time. She figured that it had to be good if he told a stranger about it. She's been hooked ever since.

    The first in the series is "Killing Floor" and the author is Lee Child.

  32. B.Stover
    11:18 am on October 5th, 2010

    Does anyone know the name for poetry that is based on or is an homage to art? I think it's Latin or Greek.

  33. Gus and BooBear
    11:21 am on October 5th, 2010

    Bluecat, we have not tried either of those authors. Do they compare to the Reacher books?

  34. Gus and BooBear
    11:25 am on October 5th, 2010

    And Bluecat, we just caught the pun….wanna"bee"

  35. Riö - The Evil
    11:27 am on October 5th, 2010

    Reacher!… What’s his MO? What does he do? …snort!….Solve crimes, kick Kats? What the heck are the stories about….grunt!…Why is getting information like pulling fangs around here?…grump!

    11:28 am on October 5th, 2010

    I am having trouble getting excited about a guy who wanders around with just a tooth brush.

  37. B.Stover
    11:38 am on October 5th, 2010

    Rio: I've never read the Reacher books (though that name is very familiar as is Lee Child). If you go to you can probably find answers to your questions.

  38. bluecat
    11:48 am on October 5th, 2010

    Bee – A poem based on a picture or work of art is called an ekphrasis. Thanks to Mr. Google.

    G&BB – Connelly's books are not as desolate as Child's, characters a detective and DA, sometimes working together. Silva's Gabriel Allen is an art restorer/spy who goes all over the world righting wrongs. I think they're both comparable to Child. And I confess I haven't found many books I didn't like.

  39. Riö - The Evil
    11:49 am on October 5th, 2010

    Forget it!… I’m with you MagPie! I’m totally unimpressed and uninterested in Reacher right now ….grumble!

  40. bluecat
    11:51 am on October 5th, 2010

    Rio – Reacher to me is the loner good guy sheriff in a one-horse town winning against all odds, but Reacher moves around from town to town. And Bee's right, Amazon will answer all your questions. And then some…

  41. Jasper the Poodle
    12:03 pm on October 5th, 2010

    I have read Connelly as well.

    Jack Reacher is an exMP who has a very strong moral compass. He is homeless and just wanders the US which is just how he likes it. He has amazing contacts in the gov't. He has no ID, which always freaks the cops out. He owns nothing but his traveling toothbrush. He seems to just be minding his own beezwax and stumbles into trouble. Oh, and he ALWAYS gets the girl(s). In 61 Hours he hitches a ride on a senior citizen bus tour that winds up in a blizzard where he saves the day, saves the town, solves the mystery and gets the girl.

  42. B.Stover
    12:05 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Bluecat: You are wonderful! Thank you.

    Rio: Lee Child was asked why he thinks readers keep coming back to the Reacher books and he said it's because the Reacher "hero" is similar to Robin Hood and the Lone Ranger.

    Wasn't a movie made of the Killing Floor?

  43. dawson
    12:07 pm on October 5th, 2010

    If Reacher wasn't carrying that toothbrush, he would not be getting the girl.

  44. B.Stover
    12:07 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Apparently Reacher now (since 9/11) also carries a passport and an ATM card….All this and above info from Amazon.

  45. B.Stover
    12:08 pm on October 5th, 2010

    I hope Spence has rested and feels tip-top.

  46. Jasper the Poodle
    12:09 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Also love Randy Wayne White who writes about Dr. Marion Ford, also an ex-gov't employee who is a marine biologist who lives in Florida. He is cerebral, sails, has quirky, pot-smoking friends, kills people, and always gets the girl, as well. He arrives just in time to save the day, is Mollypop fierce, yet cool as a cuke. Consistently denies he is in gov't work, but there's just something cold in his eyes that tell you there is something about him that is special. A man of many layers and dimensions.

  47. Jasper the Poodle
    12:11 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Is anyone else dealing with allergies? I am going thru Kleenex like Chet goes thru chew strips. Sneeze, blow, sneeze, sneeze…

  48. B.Stover
    12:26 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Jasper: I've been dealing with allergies and sinus infections since June.

  49. Gus and BooBear
    1:50 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Mollypop, what amazing dogs….both Blou and Tyb. Mom got all teary eyed reading about them. How cool they had/have such lives! We will have to look at the link this evening so we can read more ( mom is using her iPhone ).

  50. Gus and BooBear
    12:55 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Thanks for the rescue, Bluecat and Jasper the Poodle.

    At least we all love Chet & Bernie!!

  51. Barb & Maggie
    1:05 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Rio, you and I may be kindred spirits, even though our teeth don't match!

  52. Mollie (a black pood
    1:17 pm on October 5th, 2010

    I read Michael Connelly. He writes about Harry Bosch, a Los Angeles detective. His new book just out is The Reversal with Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller, a defense attorney.

  53. Mollypop
    1:25 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Jasper – Thank you for saying how fierce I am. Mom says I prance around the yard, but I know when the teeth come out, no more Miss Nice Poodle.

    Mom always thinks I'm sweet and fluffy and she talks into my fur, which I love, and calls me a silly poodlehead. But let me remind Missy Mom about the time the meter reader came to our front screen door and knocked instead of ringing the doorbell. I hit that door in flight and thankfully it held. The stupid man hit the porch railing – and it just wasn't pretty. I bet he won't ever do that again.

    Mom was thinking about lawsuits. but I went out in the yard to control the fuzzbutts.

  54. B.Stover
    2:12 pm on October 5th, 2010

    A baseball question: Why are there three post season games with six teams coming up? These are the play offs right? One team is the "Reds" and the other is the Yankees. Those are the only two I remember.

  55. Mollypop
    2:24 pm on October 5th, 2010

    B. – Think no further. It's the Yankees.

  56. Melanie
    3:02 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Another early night . . . as in "knitting up the ravelled sleeve" . . .

    I'm with Spence with this one.

    I'll catch up tomorrow.

    BYW, Dan is doing better, but the lab lost everything and they are trying to find it.

    Jeez . .

  57. dawson
    3:10 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Melanie: Jeez is right. Sometimes I think it's pure luck and cussedness that anyone survives in those places. The sooner you get out the better the odds. Not the rehab though. I'm all in favor of the rehabs.

  58. dawson
    3:18 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Melanie: Luckily Dan has a lot of pure cussedness. Oh wait…I take it back if my book, "For the Love of Puppies", has not been sent yet.

  59. Wölfie Wigglebu
    3:36 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Mom is a huge Jack Reacher fan. He is a loner, with a wandering soul, and his mind is lightning quick and creates his own kind of justice. Bee, the one thing that you won't like is that he gets into brawls from time to time, and doesn't mind killing the bad guys. We just skip over those parts.

    We also like Wallace and Grommit (sp?) and Rob McKuen, and chili, as long as it isn't too spicy.

  60. Wölfie Wigglebu
    3:39 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Oh, and Reacher really resents that ATM card. But he's also a pragmatist.

  61. Riö - The Evil
    3:46 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Stover!…heh!…Baseball gets a little complicated this time of the season…snort!…But here is what is going to happen…grunt!


    The Reds will play the Phillies.

    The Rangers *Min Pins team* will play the Rays ** Now officially my Team because of Brad Hawpe being traded there dammit! ** …GO RAYS!….Woooo!

    Wildcard Yankees play the Twins….GO TWINS!…wooo!


    Wildcard Braves will play the Giants!…snort!…Go Braves!…wooo!

    Stover!…After the next two days its anybodies guess…snorkel!…But these are the final contending teams to get a chance to play in the World Series….sniff!…A very Big Deal…heh!

  62. Riö - The Evil
    3:48 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Molly!…Heh!Snort!Heh!… That’s funny about the Yankees…sniff!

  63. Barb & Maggie
    4:18 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Special prayers for Dan tonight.

    We will have to give more thought to Reacher, but probably not. Sorry, all you Reacher fans, but we may wimp out on that one.

  64. B.Stover
    4:19 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Rio: Thank you. After these two days of games are the playoffs over? No…it would be the winners playing the other winners. When is the World Series? Are the Rays Spence's choice? And was Brad Hawpe on the Rockies team at one time?

  65. Barb & Maggie
    4:36 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Bee, Are you becoming a baseball fan? Who would have thunk it!

  66. Mollypop
    4:38 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Rio – Aren't you supposed to lock and reload or something like that?

  67. Mollypop
    4:41 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Or is it refeash, read, post?

  68. Mollypop
    4:41 pm on October 5th, 2010


  69. Riö - The Evil
    4:45 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Stover! …Has an alien possessed your mind?…Heh!…You have not been this interested in baseball all season…snort!….Lets see, after these two days, I think if the Wildcard teams win there will have to be other games….sneeze!… They have like a one game series which is quite terrifying… heh!…I might be making all this up because my team so rarely gets to this point….wheeze!…So don’t take anything I say as the Gospel…grunt!…This week is crucial but we just have to wait and see what happens…cough! ….If the Rockies were innit to winnit, I would know exactly what would have to happen but – .I don’t….sob!sob!sob!…So if anyone else can shed more light on this please do…cough!

    Yup!…Brad Hawpe was on the Rockies team and they traded him to the Rays…snort!… After that trade some players have not been the same…grunt!…The team is not the same…crap!…I hated when they traded Brad….sigh….So I am now for the Rays to go to the World Series so Hawpe can stick up his middle finger with a World Series Ring on it and point it right at Denver…grump! …Go Brad! Woooo!

  70. Riö - The Evil
    4:47 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Molly!…Not following you and your lock and load logic…grunt!…What the hell? …sniff!

  71. B.Stover
    4:52 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Thanks Rio.

    I'm just curious. It seems to be as complex as t__ f______ (the thing that can't be mentioned here or the next Chet and Bernie novel may have it in its title.)

  72. Gus & BooBear
    4:54 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Magpie, the Jack Reacher stories is as much about Lee Child's writing as the character of Jack Reacher. He has made the character (a very unrealistic character) very real. Try reading a sample chapter from the Jack Reacher website then judge. We're not surprised that Rio isn't interested, he NEVER listens to cats, but you should at least dip your toe in the pond.

    Lee Child makes him real like SQ does for Chet & Bernie. And his fans are about as fanatic as we are about Chet!

  73. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:56 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Hey everybody! It took Mom awhile to turn the computer on tonight, but here I am!

    With all this talk of different series, Mom was wondering if any of you are familiar with a website called "Stop, You're Killing Me"? It has just about every mystery author you can think of, along with the series — and stand-alones — they write. Each series has a short synopsis, and all the books are listed in the proper order. Anything that's still in print is linked to the Amazon page for that book, so you can get more information about each book.

    You can look up books by authors or characters. Or, you can go to new releases — including hardcover or paperback — and see what's coming out in the next few months. For instance, if you go to the September releases it'll say To Fetch a Thief (Chet and Bernie #3) by Spencer Quinn. If you click on the title, it'll take you to the Amazon page for the book. If you click on the author's name, it'll take you to Peter Abrahams' page, which lists all of his non-series books, the Ingrid books, and the Chet and Bernie books, written as Spencer Quinn. It also lists all the awards he's won. It's a pretty useful site!

  74. Gus & BooBear
    4:56 pm on October 5th, 2010

    We really only brought Jack Reacher up today because of the description in the current book we're reading that reminded us of Staff, Alice & AbbietheCat helping with the spring flooding in the Dakotas.

  75. Gus & BooBear
    5:00 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Thanks for the website info, Kirby T. That should be very helpful! We'll check it out.

  76. B.Stover
    5:01 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Thank you Kirby. That sounds like a great site. I'll check it out tomorrow.

  77. Riö - The Evil
    5:08 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Please!…Give it up over Reacher!…snort!…He is dead to me – he gives me a stomach ache when I think about him…grunt!…All you loyal fans who can not answer a simple question about the series until hours later… wheeze!…Give me a freakin’ break!…gag!

    Kirby!…Thanks for that great website info!…snuff!…. I won’t be looking up Reacher on it…heh!

  78. Gus & BooBear
    5:22 pm on October 5th, 2010

    You know, Rio, Mom does work and can't always answer questions right when asked. Sorry YOU weren't interested, but some of the rest of us enjoyed sharing some of that info. So do what you normally do when we cats post…just ignore our comments and continue with your own thoughts and ideas.

    By the way, we may not be the big baseball fans you are, but we have enjoyed reading all the baseball postings you and the rest of the plunderers have posted and we were sorry the Rockies didn't make it for your friend.

  79. Barb & Maggie
    5:42 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Bee, Your comment about t__ f______ was very funny.

    Ok, Ok, we will try to be a little more open minded about Reacher. We will dip our toes and paws into the pond, G & BB, and do a little research tomorrow. Good night, all.

  80. Riö - The Evil
    5:43 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Puss N’ Boots!…You answered pretty quickly after I had first asked the question about Reacher…snort!…But your answer had NOTHING to do about him. It was all about your “mom” at the airport and a stranger telling her about the book…grunt!…This was not the information I was asking about for Petes’s Sake!… grumble…What the Hell?…gasp!…And I do NOT IGNORE KATS!…heh!…Gawd knows I try to, but I do not ignore your kind…grump!…. In fact, I actually like BluKat…snuffle….A little.

    Puss N’ Boots!…Thank you so much for your kind words about the Rockies loss …cough!…The season was a doosey in many ways. It took our minds off the sadness and heartache this year has wrought our family, but I think really this here blog and all the characters on it gave us the comedic break we needed throughout all those funerals…sob!…So thanks for that Puss N’ Boots. You both are the Kats Meow!…heh!

  81. Riö - The Evil
    6:16 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Okay!… Here’s the Baseball line-up as far as I know it…grunt!

    Molly for the ** Yankees!

    Sam for the ** Yankees!

    Min Pin for the ** Rangers!

    Alice for the ** Twins!

    AbbieTheKat for the ** Twins!

    Staff for the ** Twins!

    Me, Rio for the ** Rays!

    Gruff!…Who am I missing here!…heh!

  82. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:19 pm on October 5th, 2010

    ok, now shush!

  83. Riö - The Evil
    6:33 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Shush!…WHAT DO YOU MEAN…snort!….THIS SHUSH THING… weird!

  84. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:53 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Rio, do the words "inside voice" mean anything to you?

  85. Riö - The Evil
    6:57 pm on October 5th, 2010

    Min Pin!..No!…Why for gosh sakes?..grump!

    Night! All! …snort! …Melanie take care and keep us informed about Dan The Man!…sniff!

  86. Gus & BooBear
    7:47 pm on October 5th, 2010

    B.Stover, we don't know it you check the late night posts in the morning, but we hope you do. We just watched the current episode of The Good Wife. Like you, we enjoy the court cases more than the personal story (although we are getting caught up in that as well) but tonight's court case was very interesting. Hope you watched!

    Dan, sleep well and get better so you can get back in rehab soon.

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