Line/No Line

We walked around the house, me and Bernie. He had the .38 Special tucked in his belt. Bernie’s a crack shot, if I haven’t mentioned that already. Once we went into the desert and he tossed nickels in the air and then shot them to bits. Was that fun or what? And we needed some fun, because that was the day Leda left. That meant Charlie left, too. Charlie’s Bernie’s kid, and we don’t see him enough. A great kid, and really smart. What doesn’t he know about elephants, for example? Which turned out to be important in To Fetch A Thief.

“Nothing’s exactly open,” Bernie said, “so what we’re doing is over the line, no doubt about it.” Line? What was he talking about? Bernie kicked in the back door. Smash! I love that sound. I looked inside the abandoned house, still didn’t see any line.


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133 Responses to “Line/No Line”

  1. BStover
    4:04 am on August 28th, 2010

    Chet: You don't see any line but do you smell something? I wonder how Charlie learned so much about elephants. Interesting.

    Hope Rosie is okay.

  2. dawson
    4:44 am on August 28th, 2010

    Chet: Do you smell garlic?

  3. B. Stover
    5:02 am on August 28th, 2010

    Good morning Dawson. I'm getting hungry for a caesar salad.

  4. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:06 am on August 28th, 2010

    Chet: Please, please, please cross that line, whether you see it or not! We want to know what's in that house!!!

    P.S. In case anyone was wondering — Rio! — where I was yesterday, it's all Mom's fault! She had to work all day — her last day of Amnesty Week — then she stopped to do errands and pick up a pizza on the way home. (By the way, she found a great new way to give me my pills — in pizza crust! She thinks I don't know…it's just that I love pizza crust so much that I didn't care!) She tends to be a night owl and stay up until 1 or 2 in the morning, and she gets up at 6, so after a few nights of that she gets pretty tired. She never did make it to the computer last night, no matter how much I wanted her to!

  5. Riö - The Evil
    5:46 am on August 28th, 2010

    Bernie!…. He’s never had any qualms before about knocking down doors…snort!…At least they are in the house where the smell is coming from…wheeze!…Maybe, finally we will find out who is rotting away in there!….sniff!sniff!

    Kirby!… Your gal sounds a lot like my friend….grunt!…Up all night except during busy season. She’s been in busy season too long now and its starting to wear on her nerves….sneeze!…She was not in a good mood this morning as she was getting ready to go back to the busy season place…. Sniffle!

  6. B. Stover
    5:54 am on August 28th, 2010

    I was wondering where you were Kirby.

    Sorry your friend has to work on Saturday Rio.

    You all realize that we won't learn anything new tomorrow…since it's Sunday and Ingrid.

  7. Riö - The Evil
    6:04 am on August 28th, 2010

    Sunday!…. Maybe now that he is done with Robbie he will ease up on the Ingrid posts….grunt!…Just a hopeful thought… sniff!… Don’t get me wrong, I love Ingrid and we finished Behind the Curtain by the way, but now I want new stuff on Sundays….grunt!… Greed is my middle name…snort!

  8. B. Stover
    6:09 am on August 28th, 2010

    Perhaps Spence will use parts of the Astrid blog story in the new C&B novel.

    I don't know why but for some reason this reminds me of a Colin Dexter Morse novel….the novel had one ending and the tv version had an entirely different ending but followed the same story line. Don't remember which novel/episode.

  9. Riö - The Evil
    6:18 am on August 28th, 2010

    Hmmm…. He mentioned something about using characters from the blog story in his next book in an interview ….grunt!…Maybe that’s why he has been dragging this out for so long….sniff!… All I know is we need some pant leg action soon or we will all forget the storyline….wheeze!

  10. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:25 am on August 28th, 2010

    We finished reading Behind the Curtain on Wednesday. Luckily, Mom had a meeting at the main library on Thursday and was able to pluck Into the Dark off the shelf while she was there, so we're almost finished with that. We do love Ingrid, but now that we've read most of the books, it's all just a repeat for us. Most times we don't care too much if Spence wants to take a day off — he deserves it! But in light of all the "days off" lately — I know, I know, he was working hard, just not on OUR stuff! — I think we deserve an extra Chet day!!!

  11. Riö - The Evil
    6:27 am on August 28th, 2010

    Kirby!… Well said pal!…snort!… ‘Sundays with Chet and Bernie’ from now on!….hooray!…Who seconds the motion?…sniff.

  12. Riö - The Evil
    6:33 am on August 28th, 2010

    Melanie!… I’ve been thinking about Melanie this morning for some reason….snort!… I wonder if she is getting to eat a lot of lobster on her mini-vacation?…burp!… I don’t know what lobster tastes like, but it would be fun to try it sometime….grunt!… Not that ole tight-wad will every take me anywhere that serves up lobster….snag!

  13. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:50 am on August 28th, 2010

    Rio: Whenever talk turns to lobster around here, Dad tells everyone how upset he was with Mom when they lived in New England. There's a place in Boston called "Legal Sea Foods," back then they just served seafood and that was it (now they do surf and turf stuff, too) and Dad always wanted to go there. But Mom doesn't "do" seafood, so what would she have eaten??? But everywhere up there lobster was fresh and inexpensive, and Dad always thought it was a waste for Mom to be living there!

  14. B. Stover
    6:58 am on August 28th, 2010

    Lobster is yummy….as long as you don't think about what they have to do to cook it.

    I've been saying all along that Ingrid on Sundays was a rerun. We're all greedy when it comes to more Chet. That, however, is better than indifference.

  15. Riö - The Evil
    7:09 am on August 28th, 2010

    Prague!… My friend sent me a few photos of Prague…snort!….Don’t know if Rosie will get to see these places, but I hope so….wheeze!….This is the Vitava River in Prague.

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  16. B. Stover
    7:11 am on August 28th, 2010

    That is a beautiful view Rio. Has your friend been in Prague? I understand that they film movies there that are set in earlier times.

  17. Riö - The Evil
    7:11 am on August 28th, 2010

    More!… This is Wenceslas Square at night!…. oooer! … I could see Rosie drinking beer here at night with all her friends!…heh!

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  18. Riö - The Evil
    7:35 am on August 28th, 2010

    Stover!…. No, her best friend in the whole wide world died of cancer 4 years ago and all travel plans have been put on hold since then….snort!….Although, now I see her looking at lot of brochures and vacation stuff lately so maybe she is recovering and one day will travel again…. sniffle…. She said she needs to find another traveling partner though….grunt!…Apparently, I would just be a big pain in the ass so isn’t taking me along….grump!

  19. B. Stover
    7:43 am on August 28th, 2010

    Rio: I don't think you would like traveling anyway. It takes a great deal of energy…and money. I haven't felt like traveling for several years now (and my hatred of flying has nothing to do with it).

  20. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:49 am on August 28th, 2010

    By the way, I'm walking on all four these days! The vet's office called on Wednesday and my boy told them I was still limping. So the vet called back to talk to my mom Wednesday night, and said if I wasn't better by Thursday or Friday she should bring me back in, just in case they missed something. I really didn't want to go back — but I don't mind being babied a little — so I kept up the limping until Friday morning. I figured I'd better not push it past then, or I'd find myself right back at the vet's.

    From Kirby's Mom: I figured he was pushing it a little. When I walked him the other morning he hopped down the back steps on that back foot, then started limping again when he got to the bottom!

  21. Riö - The Evil
    7:50 am on August 28th, 2010

    Hmmm… Well, I don’t have a lot of energy and I don’t have any money on me….snort!….So that’s probably why she won’t take me along…snuffle! ….The next trip her and her best friend were going on was to Germany…grunt! …. I think she’s more prone to just traveling around the US lately than going abroad….wheeze!

  22. Barb & Maggie
    8:04 am on August 28th, 2010

    Barb and I just got back from doggy class, and today it was pretty much fun. There was this young German Shepherd Dog there that was REALLY BAD. The trainer took her from the guy who was working with her and put her in a pinch collar. They really don't hurt, but she threw herself on the ground and yelped and jumped all over the place.

    If I haven't mentioned it before English Shepherds (my pack) have a strong desire to "keep order". I wanted to correct that bad behavior, so I started whining and barking at the bad dog. Everybody thought it was really funny, except Barb, who kept telling me "leave it".

    I smell garlic and I think it is wafting in from the north!

  23. Riö - The Evil
    8:07 am on August 28th, 2010

    Garlic!… I hope Dawson’s bad breath doesn’t confuse Chet while he is searching for the other bad smell!…grunt!

  24. B. Stover
    8:23 am on August 28th, 2010

    Kirby: I'm glad your paw is better.

    I just stored herbs that I dried. Now I'm going to make more pesto.

    Maggie: I bet you could have had the German Shepherd in line in no time.

  25. Siberian Husky
    8:24 am on August 28th, 2010

    Whew, Bernie has his gun where he can get to it quickly. Chet's post today is really a cliffhanger.

    I'm all for Spence taking Sunday off. He deserves it. Haven't you guys noticed yet that we have no problem entertaining ourselves on this blog.

    I've never had lobster either, Rio. My mother doesn't really like it, but I am sure I would.

    We finished the Ingrid series, sniff. The last book is our favorite, but all three are very good, entertaining, and hard to put down.

  26. Riö - The Evil
    8:29 am on August 28th, 2010

    SiberH!… She promised that we will start the 3rd book in the Ingrid series this afternoon if and when she ever gets home from the busy place….grump!… I’m hungry dammit! …snort!

  27. Riö - The Evil
    8:47 am on August 28th, 2010

    Kirby!… I think you should bring the limp back as needed… snort!… During meal times would be one suggestion… grunt!… Or when they are snacking and watching the ballgame… heh! … Milk it buddy, milk it!

  28. Siberian Husky
    8:53 am on August 28th, 2010

    I hope she doesn't have to work any more Saturdays, Rio. The weekend should be your time together.

    We have to go to a birthday party for an 8 year old later today, but there will be all ages there. Mom would just really rather stay home and read on a lazy Sat. I only want to go because of the dropped food at the barbecue.

  29. Barb & Maggie
    9:06 am on August 28th, 2010

    Siber H, You said yesterday that you want chickens. Do you live in a place where your mom could keep a few hens?

    Bee, Do you use pine nuts in your pesto? Barb said they are really expensive and she has heard of using walnuts instead.

  30. Riö - The Evil
    9:10 am on August 28th, 2010

    Food!… Speaking of it, has anyone tried some of those recipes in the back of the 2nd Ingrid book?….snort!… The Mac Attack looked delicious!….sniff!… I’m so hungry I could just die right now….whine!

  31. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:10 am on August 28th, 2010

    Rio: I could bring the limp back, but I'll have to use my ultrasonic ears to overhear any talk of vet visits! Been there, done that, don't want to go back!!! Actually, I don't have to worry too much about milking my limp for treats, all I have to do is stare at anyone in my family, and they give me stuff to eat just to stop the staring!

  32. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:12 am on August 28th, 2010

    There were recipes in the back of the book??? I don't remember seeing any, and Mom already turned it in, so I can't even go back and check.

  33. B. Stover
    9:24 am on August 28th, 2010

    B&M: I use walnuts in pesto because I don't like pine nuts. Sunflower seeds (roasted and salted) are good also. The batch I'm making now will be frozen so I only put in basil, olive oil and garlic. When I use it I add the nuts and cheese.

  34. Riö - The Evil
    9:27 am on August 28th, 2010

    Kirby!… Yeah, there were “Extras” at the back of both books we’ve read so far….snort!…Letters from the author in both books and a really entertaining conversation between Ingrid and the Charming Mr. Abrahams in the first, and then Recipes in the second.… grunt!… Maybe they only appears in paperback copies?….cough!

  35. Riö - The Evil
    9:41 am on August 28th, 2010

    Begging!…. I do the staring thing too, but I throw in a lot of noise along with it….heh!….Depending on who I am begging from I get different reactions….snort!… With strangers they toss the goods to me right away…heh!… But with her it seems to back fire most times and I am thrown outside and tied to a tree… grunt!

  36. Barb & Maggie
    10:18 am on August 28th, 2010

    Bee, Wish I could transport some basil to you, we have tons of it.

    We read Ingrid in hardback the first time, and there were no letters to Ingrid or recipes. Barb just bought 2nd and 3rd books in paperback, but they are loaned out. Will check when we get them back – maybe tomorrow.

  37. B. Stover
    10:19 am on August 28th, 2010

    My house smells like basil and garlic….yum! And the best part is that I can smell it.

  38. B. Stover
    10:23 am on August 28th, 2010

    Thank you Barb…for the thought of shipping basil. One year when I had a bumper crop of Italian parsley (things being relative and remembering that I have only a small garden), I made pesto with parsley. It was pretty good but not as good as the basil.

    I'd like to know what was included at the end of those Ingrid paperbacks. All three novels are on my Kindle.

  39. B. Stover
    10:26 am on August 28th, 2010

    Barb: Just a thought: I freeze cut up fresh tomatoes with pieces of basil in small containers. It's good throughout the winter for soups and sauces. (I just learned a few years ago that tomatoes could be frozen like that. You may already do it.)

  40. Barb & Maggie
    10:33 am on August 28th, 2010

    Bee, I have done that with blanched tomatoes. Do you put them in boiling water briefly so skins come off, or just freeze fresh one?

  41. Siberian Husky
    10:39 am on August 28th, 2010

    Maggie, yes we could have a few chickens here, but mom would have to build a fort with a moat around it to keep them safe.

    I don't make any noise when I am begging…just stare. My blue eyes are a big help when begging.

    Now, Rio, I know that your friend does not tie you to a tree outside. She might want to at times, but she doesn't.

    Our Ingrid paperback books have extras and recipes in them. They are fun extras, unlike what is in the back of some paperback books.

  42. B. Stover
    10:46 am on August 28th, 2010

    Barb: I just slice the tomatoes up fresh skins and all. (I'm lazy that way.) They seem to keep the flavor and so does the basil. Of course, the texture after freezing is soft so I only use them in soups and sauces. I just thought of something: They would probably be good on bruschetta and pizza.

  43. B. Stover
    10:47 am on August 28th, 2010

    SH: I'm laughing about your moat.

    I've just posted a question on Facebook Chet Appreciation Society in the Ingrid Books discussion section: Would it be possible to post those extras there?

  44. Siberian Husky
    10:55 am on August 28th, 2010

    For Stover (she wanted to know what the extras are)

    1st Ingrid book: Letter from PA and an extra scene from Down The

    Rabbit Hole

    2nd Ingrid book: Letter from PA and three recipies

    3d Ingrid book: Letter from PA and Grandpy's never before seen

    interview with The Echo

  45. B. Stover
    11:19 am on August 28th, 2010

    Thanks SH. None of that is on my Kindle.

  46. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:48 am on August 28th, 2010

    We have the third book here — hardback from the library — and Mom checked to see if there's anything in the back (she had to be real careful because we haven't finished reading it yet, and she didn't want to see anything to ruin it). There doesn't seem to be anything back there but the regular book. Mom's thinking now that she may buy all three paperbacks to have them signed by PA when she gets to Georgia. (She was just going to buy the hardback of Down the Rabbit Hole to get autographed.) That way she'll have three autographed books, and the plus of new stuff to read! What would y'all do?

  47. B. Stover
    11:51 am on August 28th, 2010

    Kirby: I just ordered the three paperbacks from Amazon. If I were going to Georgia, I'd get all three signed.

  48. Barb & Maggie
    12:04 pm on August 28th, 2010

    We have the first in hardback and bought the other to in paperback from B & N. I would get them signed since you will be there anyway.

  49. Siberian Husky
    12:19 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Go for it Kirby…all 3 books

  50. Riö - The Evil
    12:42 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Kirby and Stover!….SiberH mentioned most of them but there is also a very interesting and funny phone conversation between the Charming Mr. Abrahams and Ingrid in the Extras of the first book….snort!… You don’t want to miss out on that, believe me!…heh!

    Extra Scene?…. Not sure what SiberH is going on about regarding the Extra scene?…snort!…Was it in the Pizza Parlor SiberH?….wheeze!….That’s when the phone conversation happened but it was not part of the initial story…sniff!

  51. Riö - The Evil
    12:47 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Heh!… I could just see my friend at one of those “Signings”…snort!…She would have a big ole bag of books she would want the poor guy to sign and be yapping and asking questions and taking photos the whole time… snicker! …Or maybe not, she is actually a very shy person or so I’ve over-heard from others…sniff!

  52. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:53 pm on August 28th, 2010

    OK, I think we're sold on the three Echo Falls paperbacks. Still trying to decide about the Chet and Bernie books — may have to do the hardbacks on both of those — oh, if only this festival could be held after TFAT is released…sigh!

    Mom's also trying to decide about books for nieces and nephews — she's got lots of them, although most of them are too old for the picture book authors who will be at the festival. Luckily, she checked out the cancellation page, and the childen's book author and illustrator for Ladybug Girl can't come, so she won't be getting those for her nieces. Oh well….good thing she hadn't already ordered those books!

  53. Siberian Husky
    12:59 pm on August 28th, 2010

    I'm off to the kid's birthday party now. The menu is the same as Rio had last night.

    Rio, when I get back, I'll answer and look into your question about the extra in the back of the book. I may not be sure either what I was going on about.

    Maybe the Rockies will be ahead by 10 runs by the time I return.

  54. Barb & Maggie
    1:02 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Bee, All that talk up above about pesto made Barb hungry, so now she has made a batch of bruschetta and is toasting some Italian bagettes. She is taking it to the neighbors to share and have a cocktail, so I will be stuck here. Guess I'll take a nap.

    Prague looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing those photos.

    Hope Melanie is relaxing and enjoying her time with her boys.

    We haven't heard from Staff today, either. Hope she is feeling OK.

  55. Riö - The Evil
    1:10 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Soon!… Good grief she is going out to an early supper with her mother again at 5:00 today….snort!…Which actually works this time because she hasn’t eaten all day, so says She… gruff!… Not me I’ve had a nice snack of turkey on my kibble from a left-over sandwich …heh!…Good enough for me! …smack!slurp!… So because her mom is always one half hour early to any sort of function (drives my friend nuts!) means she has about 20 minutes before going to supper…heh! … She is not ready at all…sniff!

  56. B. Stover
    1:31 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Maggie: That is very nice of Barb to share her bruschetta. I've decided that I'm going to make Italian bread tomorrow and I'll have bruschetta. Right now I'm having a glass of Malbec with tomatoes provencal. Very good.

    SH and Rio…hope the party and supper go well.

    Kriby: I think that the author of Freedom which is coming out on Tuesday is going to be at the festival. I'll try to find the NYTimes article.

  57. Riö - The Evil
    1:35 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Kirby!…What day will your gal actually be in Decatur, Georgia for the signing?… sniff!…This is getting pretty exciting all of a sudden!…wooo!

  58. B. Stover
    1:37 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Kirby: Here's the NYTimes article. Johathan Franzen will be at the Decatur Book Festival (that's the same one, right?).

  59. B. Stover
    1:44 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Rio: Here's the AMC site that gives detailed summaries of the Rubicon episodes. They've blacked out some words and names….Apparently they were giving things away.

  60. Riö - The Evil
    1:47 pm on August 28th, 2010

    So? … What’s up with this other author and why are you talking about him here?….snort!…I am very curious now but have not dove into Stovers link yet…grunt!…Just a short description will do if anyone is up to it..heh!

  61. Riö - The Evil
    1:49 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Oooer!…Thanks for the Rubicon link Ms Stover!…snort!…Just what I needed!…heh!

  62. B. Stover
    1:53 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Rio: Is it the pesto recipe she wants?

    You need lots of fresh basil. I chop it fine with a french chef knife. (Some people use a food processor.) I also chop the garlic. I usually use an entire bulb of garlic. Put that in a bowl and pour olive oil on it….it should be "drowning" in olive oil. A bit of salt. Then you can use whatever nuts you like (pine nuts are the traditional nut, walnut, sunflower seeds, whatever). Then graded parmesan cheese. Keep the container topped up with olive oil and it keeps in the frig for a month. You can freeze it as well for several months. (I don't like cheese or nuts frozen so I add those as I use the frozen pesto.)

    The Bruschetta is Italian bread sliced thick; pour olive oil on it and toast it. Then put diced tomatoes, minced garlic, and chopped basil (or use the pesto) on top of the toast; bit of salt and eat….

  63. B. Stover
    1:56 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Rio: The Freedom novel is all the rage. I did not read his previous novel…the name of which I've forgotten…and may not read the new one. It's just that he'll be at the same book festival and Kirby wanted to know what books to get for his nieces and nephews. I don't know how old they are. And TFAT won't be out yet.

  64. Riö - The Evil
    2:03 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Rage!…Oh boy, I sure hope Spencer isn’t sitting there all by himself with piles of unsigned books surrounding him at this upcoming festival…gulp!…If this “Other Guy” is so the ‘rage’….snorkel!…Kirby you have to be there to comfort Spencer during this stressful time I fear… snort!… Get there as early as you can, for goodness sakes! …sniff!

  65. B. Stover
    2:14 pm on August 28th, 2010

    According to their website, Decatur Book Festival will host over "600-world class authors from all genres." There will be lots of people there I think. Spence won't be sitting there all by himself.

  66. B. Stover
    2:20 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Here's the website listing the authors at this year's Decatur Festival. PA is there….

  67. B. Stover
    2:21 pm on August 28th, 2010

    …so is SQ…

  68. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:45 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Franzen also wrote The Corrections, which we never read. It won the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. What's he's probably best-known for, however, is dissing Oprah. When she chose his book for her book club, he wasn't comfortable with the selection because he was afraid the "Oprah" label on the cover would make men think it was "chic lit" and they wouldn't read it. When Oprah heard that, she rescinded the choice.

  69. Barb & Maggie
    3:26 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Rio, Barb's basis pesto is : 2 cups basil leaves, chopped; 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup parm. or ramano cheese, grated, 3 cloves garlic, 1/3 cup nuts, chopped (either pine nut, walnuts, or sunflowewr seeds)and a little salt and pepper. She uses the food processor, but chops the ingredients separately. She some times puts it in ice cube trays and freezes, but does not add the cheese if she is going to freeze it. The cheese does not freeze well.

  70. FattyKitty
    3:34 pm on August 28th, 2010

    He should be able to get over Oprah, if he's going to be the next best thing in literature. But so be it. He's been on the cover of Time, but so has Rio. And Rio was on the cover of The Reader's Digest, surfing. Did anybody else notice that?

    We're still listening to Behind the Curtain and think it's pretty good. Knowing that there are extras in the paperbacks though…the Librarian might have to give up her book-buying moratorium. After all, nobody comes to Montana to do book-signings, so she thinks why buy a book when she's got a whole library? I can see that the thought of a festival with 600 authors intrigues her! Another thing that won't happen in the Big Sky Country.

    And for the record, I prefer pine nuts in my pesto. I think it's time for L. to make us a batch. Pesto on grilled cheese sandwiches…superb!

  71. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:38 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Bee: I think you might have had a typo there — it's actually more than 300 authors instead of 600.

  72. Riö - The Evil
    3:38 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Hey!…She is home for good tonight!…yippee!….The Rockies are playing the Dodgers again tonight…snort!….Thanks for the recipes guys she says she will copy them and one day try them out on crusty bread for appetizers or something…wheeze!… Doesn’t sound that appetizing to me, but she thinks it sounds great!…grunt!

    Steak!…Dinner with her mom was very good I hear!…sniff!…Just a joint around the corner that serves a lot of good food at a reasonable price….snort! …She is ready to sit down and relax for the day now!….Yeeeep!… Me too! Yes! ….Go Rockies!..dammit you have to win!…grrrrr!

  73. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:50 pm on August 28th, 2010

    (Shhhhh!)Dad had to teach school this morning, so he must not have gotten a chance to read the sports section. He asked Mom how the Angels/Orioles game came out last night, but Mom said she didn't know the final score. So then she very quietly looked it up, and it wasn't so good for her. They're playing again in just a little bit. Mom's still not going to say anything unless the outcome is a little better!

  74. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:51 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Rio: There are even fewer people there than they said — I think they counted PA/SQ as two different people!

  75. Riö - The Evil
    3:59 pm on August 28th, 2010

    299!…Odds are getting better for ole Pointy Head by the minute!…heh!… Kirby, please tell me your gal is planning on seeing both of them with her special Kirby Badge!!…snort!…Too bad she can’t take you along for the adventure!…grunt!

    Angels!…Did they lose last night too!… dagnabit!…groan!…We have to Win tonight, we just Have TO…gurgle!

  76. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:10 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Rio: Of course she's going to see both of them! But what do you mean she's not going to take me along? There was some talk of that earlier, but I never heard a final decision. Do you know something I don't?

    Yup, Angels lost last night to those stupid orange birds 3-1. Tonight's game just started — top of 1st. I see that the Rockies got a rocky start (sorry, I couldn't resist!), but hopefully they'll be able to pull it off. We know all about those famous Rockies Rallies.

  77. B. Stover
    4:13 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Sorry guys. The 600 figure was the number of authors they have had since they started the festival in 2006 (I think that's the date). Yes, it's 300, or 299, this year.

  78. Riö - The Evil
    4:17 pm on August 28th, 2010

    OMG!….Kirby! Do you think you will actually be going along and get to be petted and patted by our two most wonderful authors???….swoon!!…She would never take me I bet, even though I think he(they) would like to see me in person….sniff!…Just a guess on my part… Naw!…I’d be a pain in the ass the whole time!…snort!

    Rockies!!…HEY! They are ahead now 2 – 1 bottom of the 4th …..Wooooo!

  79. Barb & Maggie
    4:17 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Barb has been doing grilled cheese with tomato, but that pesto sounds even better. We will be adding that tomorrow.

  80. Riö - The Evil
    4:35 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Stover!…It’s so Government-like they way they black out the names on the series synopsis of Rubicon….gasp!… Kind of scary that…sniff!… She will have to try and find time to study this tomorrow. Its all Rockies tonight, but thanks LOADS for the website!…gruff!

    Barb!…For a farm-girl you sure eat well!…heh!…You probably have the only safe eggs in the whole US of A…wheeze!

  81. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:43 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Mom is now going name-by-name through the whole list of authors who will be at the festival. She's trying to figure out who all she wants to see. Of course, some of the people she was mildlly interested in have had scheduling conflicts with certain authors, so will not be on Mom's itinerary! So far she's up to the D's — this may take awhile!!!

  82. staff
    4:44 pm on August 28th, 2010

    My favorite breakfast during tomato season is tomatoes on toast.

    Just toast your favorite bread, add butter and slice up tomatoes and place them on the toast. Dice up some onion and put bits of it on the toast. Add a little kosher salt. YUM!

    Gosh maybe I will have it for a snack tonight with all those pills I get to take.

    So BStover, how do you make Italian bread?


  83. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:58 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Hey Staff! We've missed you today. How are you doing?

  84. Riö - The Evil
    5:02 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Yea!….Staff is amongst the living!…Woooo!… Hi Staff! How are you feeling?…snort! (ps: Rockies are winning right now)…heh!

  85. Riö - The Evil
    5:05 pm on August 28th, 2010
  86. B. Stover
    5:07 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Staff: I've made "American" bread (my grandmother's recipe) and French bread but never Italian. (It seems to be to be a sort of combination of those two.) Here's the website of the recipe I'm going to use (it can also be used for focaccia or pizza dough):

  87. Riö - The Evil
    5:07 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Staff!… I hope you have been taking it easy and taking care of yourself these past few days…sniffle… You know we all care about you and want you to get healthy and strong!… snort!

  88. B. Stover
    5:11 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Staff: French bread does not use oil or sugar in the dough and you bake it in French bread tins (long and narrow). American bread takes the oil and sugar and is baked in loaf pans. The difference in the Italian bread seems to be that you don't bake it in a pan but on a baking sheet.

  89. Barb & Maggie
    5:11 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Staff, Glad to hear from you. We will try your tomatoes on toast. Your tomato seeds are almost ready – 2 more to go.

    Rio, Barb is not so much a farm girl, as a transplanted suburbanite who pretends to be a farm girl. It's one of the things on her bucket list.

  90. B. Stover
    5:14 pm on August 28th, 2010

    What is a bucket list?

  91. Siberian Husky
    5:16 pm on August 28th, 2010

    I'm back. Rio, in Down the Rabbit Hole you and I are referring to the same extra in the paperback book. We just described it differently. Dinner at the pizza place turns into the phone conversation between Ingrid and PA.

  92. Siberian Husky
    5:17 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Stover, It is a list of things you want to do before you die.

  93. Riö - The Evil
    5:17 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Wow!… The Ump just ousted the Dodgers Pitcher out of the game….snort!…He has hit 2 of the Rockies players with the ball really hard now!..grunt!…Good Riddance!…snort!

  94. Riö - The Evil
    5:19 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Stover!…As far as we know the “Bucket List” is a movie that my friends mom and dad did not enjoy, so we have never seen it either…grunt!

  95. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:21 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Rio: Those stupid orange birds just scored two runs in the fifth to take the lead. So halfway through the game it's 2-0. Boo!!

    Oh, Mom says it's not being a good sport to boo. So I'll just say DAGNABBIT!!!

  96. B. Stover
    5:22 pm on August 28th, 2010

    SH explained. Thank you.

  97. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:23 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Now she's up to the H's. We may be here all weekend!

  98. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:23 pm on August 28th, 2010

    OOhhh, that was number 99, now I'll try for 100!

  99. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:25 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Yippee!!! I did 100. I don't think I've ever done that before! Maybe that's a sign that the Angels will rally as good as the Rockies!

  100. staff
    5:26 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Bucket list is one of those new phrases that everyone has to use. It is the modern replacement for 'to do' list. It annoys me, and I don't know why. Using it is not on my 'bucket list'

    Wow B, that recipe looks great. I just emailed it to myself so I can put it in my recipe file. I might just have to try it out soon. The bread here is very bland. We do have a nice little bakery in Mayville that uses no preservatives but their idea of wheat bread is just about white. They also have an Irish loaf that seems to be white bread not baked in a loaf pan. The bread is good, but not a lot of variety. Other than the bakery it is just your normal supermarket breads with lots of strange ingredients.


  101. Riö - The Evil
    5:30 pm on August 28th, 2010

    SiberH!…So did you get a lot of food like I did last night!…Wow!…What a night at the BBQ!…heh!…Rockies are ahead now 5 – 1 top of the 8th!…whoooooo!

    Bread!…My friend really wants a Bread Maker…snort!…Does anyone have any suggestions about that?…snort!…I'm thinking it is a little fat baker guy who would take up room in our house…wheeze!…I am not for that at all…cough!…I don't share my space well at all…sneeze!

  102. Riö - The Evil
    5:33 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Kirby!…What are you going on about “100”???… sniffle!… I’ve lost the thread…sorry!..heh!…Rockies are too exciting tonight!…yeep!

  103. Barb & Maggie
    5:39 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Bee, We were going to explain Bucket List, but Siber H already did. It was just one of the things Barb wanted to experience before she dies. Yes, there is a movie by that name. And, we didn't mean to tick anyone off by using that phrase–it probably is being over used these days.

  104. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:39 pm on August 28th, 2010

    I wrote the 100th post today! Angels are now down by three — I have to have something to get excited about!!!

  105. B. Stover
    5:42 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Rio: I've never used a bread maker. I think that it has a timer so that you can put all the ingredients in and set it to start whenever. It's not really difficult to make bread "by hand" however. It's just that you have to be there to let the dough rise and then punch it down, etc.

  106. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:43 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Stover and Barb!!…My friend wants me to ask you for both of your recipes for whatever you are making today as she is staving marvin right now…heh!…See how it feels girlie???…sniff!heh!

  107. Siberian Husky
    5:43 pm on August 28th, 2010

    The food was good, Rio, but my ears are ringing and my brain hurts from all the screaming kids. I think mom and I will find a way to get out of doing this again.

  108. staff
    5:43 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Barb and Maggie,

    Use it all you want. It is the 'in' thing. It is OK with me. I will keep my 'to do' list though.


  109. Riö - The Evil
    5:44 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Kirby!…Well, now I know what you mean…geeze!…I thought it was the amount of authors you were going to try and see and leave hair on next week!…heh!…Please shed all over Spencer and the Charming Mr. Abrahams….snicker!…They should be used to it, but leave them something to remember you by…heh!

  110. FattyKitty
    5:45 pm on August 28th, 2010

    You dogs are hopeless. A "bucket list" is what you want to do before you "kick the bucket."

    I should know.

  111. AbbietheKitty
    5:48 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Fatty Kitty,

    Did you get your 'bucket list' done?


  112. Riö - The Evil
    5:49 pm on August 28th, 2010

    SiberH!…Hell, I am way louder than the kids, so that doesn’t bother me during Begging…snort!…I don’t even acknowlegde them ….sniff!…Unless they dare to pet me then I move real quick like…heh!

  113. FattyKitty
    5:50 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Ha Ha! I never had a list. Of course, there are only a few things worth doing: eating, sleeping, licking, stretching, you know.

  114. Riö - The Evil
    5:51 pm on August 28th, 2010

    AbbieTheKat!…I’ve missed you…ahem!..just a little bit by golly!…snort!…Have you been testing the Quilt????…wheeze!

  115. AbbietheKitty
    5:53 pm on August 28th, 2010


    She won't let me on the quilt. Something about the velveteen and Audrey not liking cat smells. As if!

  116. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:54 pm on August 28th, 2010

    4-0. Bottom of the 6th. Sigh! Between tonight's game (if it keeps going the way it's headed) and last night's game, Dad will never let us hear the end of it!

  117. AbbietheKitty
    5:55 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Twins won. They were one out away from a no hitter. Actually one strike away. But they had to have their new closer in to finish. He was great. 4 pitches, 3 strikes, OUT!

  118. AbbietheKitty
    5:56 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Going to get ready for bed.

    Night all.


  119. Siberian Husky
    5:58 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Rio, I don't want kids petting me either. I much prefer interacting with adults. I'm like you, when kids try to pet me, I leave.

  120. Siberian Husky
    5:59 pm on August 28th, 2010

    One more out, and the Rockies win the game.

  121. Barb & Maggie
    6:02 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Going to our beds. No bed bugs, we hope! Night, all.

  122. Siberian Husky
    6:04 pm on August 28th, 2010

    WOO WOO Rockies Won!!!

  123. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:04 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Congratulations, Rio and SiberH. It looks like things got a little hairy there in the top of the 9th, but the Rockies pulled it off. The Angels, on the other hand….

  124. Siberian Husky
    6:08 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Thanks Kirby

    Good Night Friends


  125. Riö - The Evil
    6:11 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Hoooray!…The Rockies winnit 5-3…snort!…Thank goodness! Now onto the next one!…They need to win about One Million games in a row now….dammit! …Everybody is Wahhh Hooo-Hoooing , but we all know they have a tough road ahead of them….snort!…Only if they are good enough to over-come the competition will they persevere through September- The Big Month!…sigh!…Some real FUN begins in September!…heh!

  126. Riö - The Evil
    6:13 pm on August 28th, 2010

    OhNO!…What happened to the Angels???….yeep!…She is too tired to bring up the site…darnnit!

  127. Riö - The Evil
    6:19 pm on August 28th, 2010

    AbbieTheKat!…Goodnight and sleep tight!…snuffle!…We here will be sleeping tight because we are very tired!…sigh!…Goodnight all!…Watch out for bed bugs, and remember to wash your bedding every day!…snort!…Or at least every other day…heh!(Melanie! & Spencer)

  128. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:20 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Still 4-0, top of the 8th.

  129. Sam
    6:29 pm on August 28th, 2010

    My Mom and Girl just got back from NYC. I'm in the family room cuddled up with Dad and ignoring those deserters. oh, here's my Girl, oh gotta go hug and kiss.

  130. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:41 pm on August 28th, 2010

    Sam: It just doesn't do to sulk too much. I'm glad you decided to forgive and forget! And I bet you'll be rewarded with a whole lot of attention!!!

  131. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:45 pm on August 28th, 2010

    300!…Thank Gawd there will only be 300 authors instead of 600!… snort!… Maybe someone will be at Spencer’s talk or signing or whatever Spencer does at these things…heh!… Hopefully he does not give typing tips…sniff!… I’m not worried at all about the Charming Mr. Abrahams, I’m sure he will draw a Huge ole crowd…grunt!…So get there early Kirby! Don’t miss a thing!… damn!…All this is coming up next week! Wow! Time flies when one sits around and speculates on things… wheeze!

  132. Jeremy Langeveld
    7:09 am on December 8th, 2010

    Thanks very much for that! My mum recently harvested a garden full of tomatoes before the winter really set in, and I find myself the owner of two or three buckets worth! Of course I couldnt eat them all like that, but I did find a website full of even more tomato recipe at this site. A whole website dedicated the topic!! Crazy what you can find on the internets nowadays!!

  133. Carolina Debettignies
    7:41 pm on July 15th, 2011

    Ohio fabulous – I’m and so glad I’m not the only person who stores kitchen home equipment under tables. My crockpot and ice cream maker usually are under a side table, and everybody looks at me funny if they see that. And I’m confident I’d hug that island too. Love at very first sight. Carolina Debettignies

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