Last Night in Houston

A very nice moment for Spence – with Gus and Boo Bear at Murder By The Book. More to come. Today: Poisoned Pen in Phoenix.

Welcome Brandy, Kona & Bear, Ilse Lund Kitty, Zippy, Kelly & Brooks, Jasmine (Hi Shane – see you soon!), Abbey (guardian extraordinaire at Seattle Mystery Bookshop), Igby, Jin the Jindo.


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91 Responses to “Last Night in Houston”

  1. B.Stover
    9:50 am on September 15th, 2012

    So much traveling. Good picture.

    Good morning all.

  2. Tupper and Gilly
    9:58 am on September 15th, 2012

    How wonderful!!!
    Good morning all. We are off to the outlet stores in Kittery, Maine. We LOVE Crate and Barrel outlet. Can’t afford their stores, but the outlet prices are fabulous.
    Howlers – our beautiful beach is Hampton Beach in New Hampshire.
    By the way – we will be doing special prayers at high tide tonight (around 10:30 pm). Any special requests?

  3. Barb & Maggie
    9:59 am on September 15th, 2012

    Good morning all. Great picture!

    Picked up a great buy yesterday – a large quarter-sawn oak wall cabinet for the laundry room. It was a $492.00 cabinet by Bertch Cabinetry, which we got for $100. Barb called a few custom kitchen places to see if they had any “rejects” in their back rooms. This was a mis-order which could not be returned. We have found that most shops have mistakes that they are happy to sell just to get rid of them. Barb loves a deal!

    Off to run some errands. Happy Saturday everyone!

  4. OleyHowlers
    10:00 am on September 15th, 2012

    What a great picture. We areso glad Gus and Boo Bear’s mom got to meet and hug OFA.when is our turn, for Dog’s sake?
    T&G, please include our Sasha. Thanks.

  5. Melanie
    10:02 am on September 15th, 2012

    Gus and BooBear, you look quite wonderful! ( Not a bit like your avatar though.) snicker.

    Still in the 50’s here. Loverly.

    Glad I’m not doing this whirlwind book tour. What happens if the whirlwind put OFA down in the wrong spot?

  6. Barb & Maggie
    10:08 am on September 15th, 2012

    We are looking forward to OFA whirling into Naperville next Wednesday!

    You are right, G & B does look a bit different from the avatar! BBL

  7. Gus & BooBear
    10:08 am on September 15th, 2012

    Oh my goodness!! What a surprise!! What a wonderful evening Mom and Dad had last night at the book signing. SQ spotted Mom’s Chet the Dog ID badge right away (Mom and Dad were sitting in the front row.) He was in top form with his stories and read the boxing scene to the group. Then he told some things that he said “were not to leave this room!” All about the movie situation and about book 6, which he has already started and is moving along with.

    He did talk about the blog, the quilt and Snowhook and the Iditarod. Mom will post a few pics later. And maybe some info on Dishlickers but right now, Dad is taking the computer to the shop so that will be later today.

    Rio, so sad to hear about your neighbor. In a nanosecond, life is gone and everyone else’s life is changed forever. Treasure your time and always be careful out there.

  8. Masquers
    10:29 am on September 15th, 2012

    G&BB! Great photo of your mom and OFA!

  9. OleyHowlers
    10:34 am on September 15th, 2012

    Why does the picture say “thank you for the toys”.

  10. Rose
    11:22 am on September 15th, 2012

    Greetings All!

    G&BB: What a nice picture of your Mom! She looks so happy and excited to meet OFA!! Hope Gus is feeling well.

    OHs: Sasha is in my very good thoughts! Love youse guys!

    T&G: Your beach looks so beautiful! Hope you have had plenty of yummy lobstah, and are all relaxing and having a splendid time!

    Barb: You are the queen of shopping deals!

    Awesome Dawson, Iditarod you say? Prof and I are staying at the Agate Inn. We two will be able to enjoy a hot tub! Come on, think about it!!!! 🙂

  11. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:45 am on September 15th, 2012

    Wow!….Wow!…Puss N’ Boots maw is really getting a big ole Bear-Hug from Spencer…heh!heh!…Wooooo!Wooooo!…Youse guys, take a look at the big guy in the facebookie foto on the right! Does he look like a perp right out of the Chet N’ Bernie books or what!?…chorkel!

  12. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:47 am on September 15th, 2012

    Anniversary!..Hey you guys! Today is the second anniversary of the Quilt arriving at Spencer and Admin’s doorsteps….WooooooooooooooooOOOOOOOoooooo!…Two years ago! And Spencer is Still talking about it…heh!…How awesome is that, I ask youse!…snort!

  13. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:50 am on September 15th, 2012

    Maskers!…I’m guessing Puss N’ Boots Maw and Paw gave Spencer that green bag of toys…heh!…Just a guess. You can see the bag better in the photo with the Perp…chorkel!

  14. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:51 am on September 15th, 2012

    Maskers!…I’m guessing I’m also guessing the toys are for Pearl…heh!heh!

  15. Gus & BooBear
    11:53 am on September 15th, 2012

    The toys are hand made and decorated blocks that spell out “Chet the Dog” that Mom gave SQ for his office or bookcase or wherever. Mom will post a pic later. (not hand made or decorated by Mom…she had them made at a local shop).

  16. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:56 am on September 15th, 2012

    Yipppeeeee!….I’m so excited today! Beau is getting harnessed up for his first ever trip to the farm to meet Pepper…snort!…I’m all ready to go and have fun!fun!fun! I saw Pepper last weekend at the Murder Mystery Party, but I was too busy begging for food to pay much attention to her…heh!heh!….Talk to youse all later!

  17. Siber-H
    12:05 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Love the photo and so glad the kats mom made it to see Spence!!
    It is a happy photo. Thanks for the report Gus&BooBear.

    We are off to Bark in the Park. In my case, it would be yark in the park.

  18. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    12:16 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Prayer requests:

    No surprise here, but I would like prayers sent up for my Boys. Chad is moving to Seaside, Oregon tomorrow. Mom is buying him a one way train ticket and he will be living with his half-brother. He has run out of options here, and he is literally living on the street. Cody is still working but is still addicted to weed.

    We ask that my boys are given a spirit of hope and self confidence, and we ask for a Devine healing of their soul wounds.

    Thank you.

  19. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    12:18 pm on September 15th, 2012

    I can’t wait to see the Chet blocks!

  20. Melanie
    1:14 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Wölfie, Thinking good thoughts for your boys and you.

    Note from fingers: Put the bait on the mouse trap BEFORE you set it.


  21. Masquers
    2:29 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Beau: Have a fun time at the farm.
    Positive thoughts for Wolfie’s boys.
    Melanie: Hope your day is going better.

  22. Melanie
    2:34 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Pretty good day besides the aching fingers. snicker. Added hay to my compost tumbler. It said thanks.

  23. Wose
    3:48 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Rio! Hope youse guys have a good time at the farm! Beau must be so excited!

    Wolfie: My good thoughts and deepest prayers go out to your boys.

    Can’t wait to see the Chet blocks!

    Grrrrrrrr! Prof and I just got back from B&N. Not one copy of AFOC in sight. Prof says maybe they sold out.

  24. Wose
    3:50 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Melanie, Ouch! How is Dan?

  25. Barb & Maggie
    3:57 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Barb went to the Woodstock library and got her card today. It looks really huge compared to the little Lena library.

    Hope Beau enjoys himself at the farm.

  26. SnowBella
    4:01 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Spence should have another stamp in his Plunderer passport. What a wonderful photo! It looks like a greeting of dear friends. I can’t believe he thought to mention Snowhook!—We are honored. I’m twirling, I’m twiriling.

    After a week on the road, I still recognized AJ. His hair is less sun bleached and more red in just the week’s time. He had food poisoning while I was gone, and while a bit thinner, is doing better and is as handsome as ever.

    Dawson! If, nay when, you find your way north to Alaska for Iditarod I would suggest staying Wasilla. It is half way between Willow and Anchorage. We have a spare bedroom with a twin bed that you are welcome to as well. I would offer up Rio’s little cabin, but our renter might not be on the market for a roommate. 🙂

    Stinky Mama: Please check your SDD.

  27. Wose
    4:24 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Belle Starr, 164 days to go!

  28. Belle Starr
    4:27 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Is 164 a bigger number than 2? My two-legged says yes, but she can’t be trusted when it comes to math.

  29. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:31 pm on September 15th, 2012

    HOME!…We are ….wheeeze!….home from the farm…cough!…Both of us had a great time. I showed Beau the ropes and he did just fine. Pepper did not eat him in two bites as I was hoping fearing…heh!heh!

    Awwwww! ….Smell that farm fresh air!….Wooooo!…..I think I saw her taking some photos of us but I was very excited and distracted so I’m not sure what she got….wuffle!….Damn Kamera!….grump!

  30. Tupper and Gilly
    4:33 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Hey everyone – just to let you know what is going on with our prayer. We went to our “special” beach the other day – the one where Gilly found the blue lobster, and where we saw the shark right off the beach. Anyway, while there we found a pretty, boat shaped piece of driftwood. Brought it home to admire it. Then Leonard, the Storyteller, not the dog, got an inspiration to fill the shallow hollow of the boat with our prayers written on paper, and pack them in with sage and tobacco offerings. So we wanted to offer “passage” to anyone else’s prayers. There is always room in the boat for more prayers. We have a number of requests on board already. There is plenty of time before late tonight to add any thoughts you wish to send off to the deep ocean and the guardians that live there.

  31. BearSpiritDog
    4:36 pm on September 15th, 2012

    1+6+4=11 1+1=2

  32. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:36 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Tupper!…Please add some prayers for my friend to find a new busy-place to go to…sniffle!….She is very very unhappy, although today she looked happy out at the farm…wuffle!…When Monday rolls around I don’t think that will be the case anymore…sniff!…So add her to the boat-load of prayers please…sneeze!

  33. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:38 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Avatar!….Sometimes when Bear loses his Avatar, I don’t recognise him…..grunt!

  34. BearSpiritDog
    4:38 pm on September 15th, 2012


  35. B.Stover
    4:38 pm on September 15th, 2012

    As I recall Gus and BooBear met Spence once before as did Macy. Kirby T. was the first Plunderer to meet him. (This is based only on memory.)

    I’m glad Beau did well at the farm.

  36. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:43 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Stover!…He did way better than my friend and I ever imagined…snort!…He did not start anything with Pepper. He was polite and let her sniff him out…wheeze!…And most importantly he did not lift his leg in the house…whew!…That was the one we were really holding our breath on…heh!…At one point we lost him though. While we were distracted he ran off to the big barn where the party had been and was snooping around in there….sneeze!…My friend freaked for just a moment and then he came running out unscathed.

  37. BearSpiritDog
    4:46 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Tupper&Gilly: Not to forget the on going prayers for Dan, Zoe. Melanie, Patsy, Tenz, Gus and Shiek.

  38. Wose
    4:49 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Rio, I’m so glad youse guys had a nice time at the farm. Look forward to some pictures!

    Belle Starr, I think Bear has done the addition for us. Every day I twirl and spin, I’m so excited. Sorry to hear Redbeard was sick. Hope he is tip-top now. He is up top with Annabelle.

  39. OleyHowlers
    4:55 pm on September 15th, 2012

    T&G, add a prayer for Mom and Pop to hear Sasha when she says it is time. And as Bear says, keep Shiek in there too, so Mondays continue to take it easy on him.

  40. Wose
    5:02 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Rio, please check your SDD when able.

  41. Belle Starr
    5:14 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Bear: I added the 1+6+4=11 and then I added each of those to be 1+1=2. So, if my calculations are correct, and my two legged says they are not, 164 and 2 are the same thing.

  42. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:22 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Rose!…Checked and re-checked…heh!heh!

  43. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:23 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Arithmatic!…I’m still scratching my ears over Bears amazing arithmatic…heh!burp!

  44. SnowBella
    5:25 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Bear is a SpiritDog of many talents.

  45. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:28 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Farm!…Here is a photo of Me!Me!Me! sniffing the fresh farm air this morning…sneeze!cough!

  46. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:34 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Arrival!…When we got to the farm first thing I did was make sure Beau know how to act when he first met Pepper…snort!…My friend is pretty excited that she finally has some photos of us that are not blurred or of our butts because we are running away from the kamera…grunt!…She left Beau’s halter on just in case he started acting up and she needed to grab him real quick…heh!heh!…Never happened.

  47. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:37 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Meet N’ Greet!…Here is Beau and Pepper meeting for the very first time….snort!…Everyone was kind of nervous about this meeting but it all went pretty smoothly and no teeth were bared….chuffle!

  48. B.Stover
    5:43 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Beau was checking things out….It’s just natural.

  49. Masquers
    5:50 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Riö: Excellent photos of you, Beau and Pepper!

  50. SnowBella
    6:05 pm on September 15th, 2012

    I would like to hear the conversation of Rio’s put-me-in-coach picture.

  51. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:08 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Rebecca!…It went something like this, “Make one false move and you will be pug-history.”…heh!heh!

  52. SnowBella
    6:10 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Well, Beau must hav found inspiration in your words.

  53. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:12 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Hearing!…I must have been on his good side – the side that listens every now and then…snort!

  54. Melanie
    6:46 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Hmmm, is that what a good side is? The side that listens sort of . . .

    Pictures are wonderful. I am watching “The Adams Family”. It’s fun. When I was growing up Charles Adams’ cartoons were a big hit in our family.

    Hmmm, that might explain a lot . .

  55. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:56 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Projects!….Something strange is going on….grunt!…My friend has not done any quilling in over, well over…sniff!…over a really long time and thats just not like her…snorkel!…I think she is in the creative-dumps right now and it’s all because of the unhappiness at that busy-place….wuffle!…I wish she would get back to making stuff. She really needs to make stuff. Maybe all this pent-up anger and downright red-seeing anger will make her a better quilling type person…heh!…I hope so because we may be living off that project stuff one day soon …yeeps!

  56. Melanie
    7:57 pm on September 15th, 2012

    One of my favorites . .

    Charles Addams

  57. dawson
    8:03 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Part of the Newf pack up top!

    Gus & BooBear: Another meeting with Spence make you smile from ear to ear. Oh boy, my book should be on its’ way to me. Good thing because I’m on my last Hillerman book.

    Rio, Beau and Pepper: Y’all look suspiciously civil.

    T&G: Pray that all preparations for Snowhook’s Iditarod 2013 fall into place on schedule and for a strong healthy team and support staff. Go Doggies.

  58. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:03 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Melanie!…I love that cartoon!…heh!snort!heh!…We just finished supper and she just finished dishes. Everything is early because no one ate lunch today…heh!heh!….Somehow no Farm Fresh lunch was served for us…wheeze!…I wonder why?

  59. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:05 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Dawson!….When I first read your post I thought it said, “Y’all look suspiciously evil”….heh!heh!

  60. Melanie
    8:19 pm on September 15th, 2012

    I’m beginning to think that my picture of FOC maker is broken. I rarely get any picture of any of the Plunderers. sigh . .

    Time to go to bed. Not for youse guys, but for me . .


  61. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:20 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Tour!…So where does Spence jet off to after Arizona?…snort!…And do any Plunderes get to meet up with him there, wherever there is next?…grunt!

  62. Melanie
    8:30 pm on September 15th, 2012

    One more thing. Something reminded me of this tonight and I had to watch.

    TTFN really

  63. bluecat
    9:15 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Rio – so sorry about the sadness in your neighbor’s life and for your friend.

    T&G – if it’s not too late, please send gratitude, pure and simple to the guardians. We’ve been out of town and touch, no ipaw, you know.

    Have a good rest of the weekend, Everybody.

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:24 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Neighbor!….Finally things have calmed down next door…sniff!…Seems like there were tons of peope over there for days and days and days this week….grunt!…The kids! There were endless amounts of kids playing and screaming making me and Beau very nervous too…wheeze!….All is finally quiet tonight…sneeze!

  65. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:26 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Game!….Where is SiberH tonight? Is he watching the game? It is one of the final 20 or so left in our season…wuffle!wheeze!…Its another late starting game on the West Coast. Is this where Spencer is now?…sniff!

  66. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:27 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Walk!…It took us 45 minutes to do a half hour walk tonight…cough!sneeze!…We are both so tired from the day out at the farm…huffle!…You’d think we could miss a walk now and then.

  67. Siber-H
    9:48 pm on September 15th, 2012

    I’m here, Rio. This game started earlier than last nights.
    sob, sob 20 or so games left? I try not to think about it.

  68. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:52 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Wookie!….Is it just me or has Agent Wookie not checked in for days now?…grunt!…Last I remember he was herding around a bunch of Quilters…sniff!…Wookie where are you???…wheeze!

  69. Barb & Maggie
    10:09 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Night all. Barb’s 2 hour grandchild watching turned into 4, so we are ready to call it a day. This child watching stuff was easier 30 years ago, according to Barb!

    Rio, Glad your day at the farm was good. Night all.

  70. dawson
    10:09 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Happy New Year!
    Wookie could be out celebrating.

  71. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:19 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Wha!?….Happy New Year?…grunt!…Don’t tell me those Canadians celebrate New Years on a different day than we do…sniff!

  72. Masquers
    10:21 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Dawson: You may be right.
    Love the New Yorker cartoon and movie clip, Melanie.

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:28 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Coincidence?….It’s funny because today is the 2nd anniversary of the Quilt and I just saw Stover’s “B” quilt square up top and then I saw Dawsons “hairy dawg” square. One right after the other…heh!…That has never happened before.

  74. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:29 pm on September 15th, 2012
  75. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:30 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Rio. We are here. Busy day, with farmers markets in the morning, lots and lots of gardening this afternoon (with me supervising, although we could have used SiberH’s help on some of the construction projects) and then out to our favorite pizza place for dinner tonight. Great patio and they even serve doggie treats too. But pretty tired now so we are all ready for bed. Mom and dad talking about needing lots of Advil, whatever that is.

  76. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:33 pm on September 15th, 2012
  77. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:34 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Wooks!…He’s okay, he’s just been doing a bit of digging and whats this?…snort!…Eating pizza and drinking beer?…woooooo!….Good for Wookie!

  78. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:45 pm on September 15th, 2012

    I think that on page 80 may be a tribute to T& G’s folks, yes?

  79. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:52 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Gasp!….Macy, page 80 of A Fistfull Of Collars or page 80 of the boat-load of prayers?…heh!…Drat! If it is the book, ours is upstairs and her mother is in bed…sniff!…We cannot and will not go get it for fear of waking her up…crap!

  80. BearSpiritDog
    10:58 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Macy: Really? Now we can’t wait to get to page 80!

    We’ve bowed our heads and said our prayers…now it’s time to say good night…Good Night Everyone – Bear

  81. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:15 pm on September 15th, 2012

    UP!…We are still up watching the game….huffle!…The Rockies have climbed to within one run of tying the game…grunt!…It’s a nail biter for sure. But it is only the 7th inning, so there will be no couch cushions harmed yet.

    Alone!…Since Puss N’ Boots is not making good on their promise to post more photos..grumble!…I have one more she is going to let me post of our day at the farm…heh!…Beau has a strange look on his face because I had just told him about the really big plant we used to have in the living room at my other house…heh!heh!

  82. Siber-H
    11:18 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Macy, We will check pg.80 tomorrow…sounds very interesting.
    I can’t keep my eyes open tonight to do it.

    The Rockies could tie up this game or win it…maybe

    Night All

  83. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:40 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Giambi!…Is up to bat – top of the 9th!….snort!….Will he???????….NOPE. Game ends. Rockies lose by ONE….grumble!spit!

  84. Wose
    11:48 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Rio! I love all the pictures of you and Beau and Pepper at the farm! Youse guys look like you had a fun time. I hope that your friend gets back to quilling…she is so good at it, and her projects are lovely.

    Good night, and pleasant dreams to all!

  85. Tupper and Gilly
    11:52 pm on September 15th, 2012

    For anyone still up, and for those that check in in the morning. All the prayer requests were written down and attached to the driftwood boat. We watched as the waves took it further and further out. The ocean was quiet tonight, so the driftwood just rocked along gently until it was out of sight. The was no moon, so very little light on the water. And it was quiet – just a swish of waves. We sent troubles out to sea, and sent prayers to those who will hear them.
    Thank you all for entrusting your concerns to our care. We are honored
    We felt a release ourselves and hope that all of you also feel a spirit of freedom, and new hope.
    Sleep well. Live joy.

  86. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:52 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Rose!…What the heck are you doing up so late?…heh!…We are just signing off here with another loss under our belts…grump!…I wonder where ole Spence will be tomorrow. (we miss placed the itinerary)…Goodnight!

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:55 pm on September 15th, 2012

    Golinka!…Thanks for the update – I will re-read it tomorrow no doubt…Goodnight everyone…snort!

  88. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:05 am on September 16th, 2012

    Thanks A & L. I could feel the waves and smell the salt. Peace be with you.

  89. Wose
    11:36 am on September 16th, 2012

    Rio! Prof and I took his brother and wife to dinner for his birthday, which was in August. We didn’t get home until after 11, and I wanted to see if there would be pictures of your day at the farm. You look like a real big brother to Beau!

    Thank you T&G, for sending our prayers and troubles far away into the peace and dark of night.

    Macy, and always with you….

  90. BearSpiritDog
    11:44 am on September 16th, 2012

    Good Morning Wose!
    Looks like everyone is sleeping in today.
    Why it’s almost time for lunch for all of youse.
    Breakfast for me! Yippee!

  91. Wanner
    10:52 am on January 4th, 2015

    Stunning story there. What occurred after? Take care!|

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