Little Phil And Us

“So when was this?” Colonel Bob said. “When your ancestors came out here?”

We were at the Dry Gulch, me, Bernie, Colonel Bob. Steak tips polished off, I was lying at the edge of the patio bar in the last rays of the sun.

“Right after the Civil War,” Bernie said. “My great great and maybe another great or two grandfather fought for the South. He was in the Shenandoah Valley with Jubal Early late in the war when Sheridan rolled them up. After that – from this diary he left behind – it’s kind of clear that he more or less deserted and made his way out here.”

“He left a diary?” said Colonel Bob.

“That’s how I know I’ve got some Indian blood in my veins.”


“Navajo, to be exact.”

“Tell me about it,” said Colonel Bob.

Deena, behind the bar, poured more bourbon. My eyes closed.

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47 Responses to “Little Phil And Us”

  1. Gus & BooBear
    5:38 am on March 21st, 2010

    This is so exciting. In finding out about Col Bob's problems, we are going to be finding out alot about Bernie's history! Please, Chet!!! Stay awake so we can learn more.

  2. B. Stover
    5:42 am on March 21st, 2010

    Who's Phil?

  3. dawson
    6:15 am on March 21st, 2010

    Chet please: Wake up and listen. This is important and oh so interesting. Chet! Chet! Quit chasing crocodiles and wake up! Darn.

  4. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:18 am on March 21st, 2010

    Wha!?… Bernie is part Navajo! …. snort!… maybe that’s why he is so good at tracking lost people…grunt!

    Who!… the hell is Little Phil?… wheeze!… the title of the post doesn’t quite match the content….gruff!… but who am I to criticize?

  5. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:29 am on March 21st, 2010

    Maybe!… Little Phil was the name of Colonel Bob’s dog… snort!…. I’m sure glad I don’t have to title every post I put up….grunt!

  6. Lexi
    6:37 am on March 21st, 2010

    Whoa! Little Phil? Achoo! Navajo? Chet, do you…achoo!…know whats going on here? Achoo! Because I don't…..achoo!

  7. Melanie
    7:17 am on March 21st, 2010

    Let's hope Chet stays awake. Not too hopeful about that. Not with cool stone of the patio bar, and full of steak tips.

    Phil? Little Phil? My mind is a blank . . . but that's more or less normal.

    Commander Rio, The Pack barked their report to you this morning. AT FOUR AM!

    Hope you got it.

    Damages, huh? Well, if when watching Damages you see a red-headed bartender in one of the scenes, that is struggling actor youngest son working background.

  8. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:21 am on March 21st, 2010

    Melanie!….Knock me over with a feather!….snort!… which episodes has your son been in?… grunt!… What a great show that is!

  9. AbbietheKitty
    7:25 am on March 21st, 2010



    That was a great link. After I read it and thought some I figured I might have made one quilt that could pretend to be in that collection. My quilts are really just playing with colors and trying to make things that are 'pretty' to me.

    But one that I did for Operation Migration had more than just warmth. It had meaning for me too. So maybe that one would come thorough as art. Maybe.

    It meant a lot to me anyway. I have thought of trying to duplicate it, but the process that particular quilt uses cannot be duplicated. I have the pictures though.

    The 'back' story…

    In 2006 Operation Migration led 18 Whooping Crane chicks down to Florida. On February 2nd of 2007 a tornado went through just that part of Florida and 17 of the cranes died. The 18th died later that spring. It was a horrible time for all of us 'Craniacs'. I didn't make the quilt until 2 years later, but it had been in the back of my mind for a while.

  10. AbbietheKitty
    7:28 am on March 21st, 2010

    Hey! This is Alice! Didja see my pictures yesterday??? Jeezz that Admin took forever to post 'em.

    Gosh and I looked so good too!


    Alice Johnson

  11. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:43 am on March 21st, 2010

    Alice!… I saw your photo’s…snort!…Kats in kars just ain’t right…grunt!

  12. dawson
    7:45 am on March 21st, 2010

    Alice: looking fabulous as usual and thanks for reminding me to check yesterdays post for late entries.

    Maybe little Phil is Colonel Bob's son?

  13. dawson
    8:01 am on March 21st, 2010

    Oh…Little Phil was a nickname for Sheridan and the title of a controversial book about him…by Eric Wittenberg.

  14. Mollypop
    8:02 am on March 21st, 2010

    Alice – How did you keep your fur so beautiful when you were working so hard?

  15. AbbietheKitty
    8:19 am on March 21st, 2010


    It just grows that way. However staff is required to brush me often. I love the brush! oooooooooooo I can feel it's little nubbies all over me now…yummmmmmm ummmm. I like to stick my face in it and get my whiskers brushed. purrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

    Alice Johnson

  16. AbbietheKitty
    8:20 am on March 21st, 2010

    Dawson! I am impressed. How do you know these things? I though B.Stover was our fount of knowledge.


  17. Melanie
    8:35 am on March 21st, 2010

    Alice, the pictures are great. You look like a navigator. Instead of tom tom, it could be Alice, Alice.

    Rio, not sure which episode he was in. He was "featured background" which means he can't work the show again until next year, or they forget he was in it.

  18. dawson
    8:45 am on March 21st, 2010


    I am often amazed myself at how this blog teaches me – now I'm reading civil war? If only I could take back the post about Little Phil being Colonel Bob's son…

    Indians: a friend who is Chipewyan and I were reading about her culture and one of the facts was that before dogs were used to pull sleds, the women pulled the sleds.

    So, here's a salute to all of the nation within a nation members and especially the rescues.

  19. dawson
    8:50 am on March 21st, 2010


    I am often amazed myself at how this blog teaches me – now I'm reading civil war? If only I could take back the post about Little Phil being Colonel Bob's son…

    Indians: a friend who is Chipewyan and I were reading about her culture and one of the facts was that before dogs were used to pull sleds, the women pulled the sleds.

    So, here's a salute to all of the nation within a nation members, especially the ones who can pull a sled and the rescues. And Chet.

  20. dawson
    8:50 am on March 21st, 2010


  21. AbbietheKitty
    8:59 am on March 21st, 2010

    Glad you added that And Chet part. We do have to remember, occasionally that this is HIS blog.


  22. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:05 am on March 21st, 2010

    Now!… that was funny!… snort!

  23. Siberian Husky
    9:51 am on March 21st, 2010

    I love it that we are now going back to the days of the Old Wild Wild West! We need you to stay awake Chet. There could be a movie in this. If only they were still alive, John Ford directing and John Wayne starring.

    I know how we can wake up Chet. We'll get Alice to walk by him.

    I'm glad Dawson told us who Little Phil was. Thanks Dawson. We might have been guessing for days. I probably slept through the study of the civil war in school, but when we got to the days of the Old Wild Wild West, I woke up.

  24. B. Stover
    11:31 am on March 21st, 2010

    Abbiethecat’s Staff: Here is an article from the Guardian about a quilt exhibit at the Victoria and Albert museum in London. One quilt is described as the “visual equivalent of a sonnet.”

  25. B. Stover
    12:03 pm on March 21st, 2010

    Aren't Dawson, Bernie, Spence and Admin smart! I'd like more info on Phil.

    I've almost finished Oblivion…Excellent novel. Will finish it tonight so I can discuss it tomorrow (in between prep and grading midterms)if anyone wants to….Rio.

  26. Rio - The Evil Pug
    12:19 pm on March 21st, 2010

    Yup!…I’d be very interested to know what you think of the ending of Oblivion… snort!… Mr. Peter Abrahams has another book called, “Last of the Dixie Heros”…gruff!… it is definitely on my list to read.

  27. Rio - The Evil Pug
    12:50 pm on March 21st, 2010

    Snicker!… Alice likes getting her fake fur and her fake whiskers brushed!….snort!…Too bad the blog border patrol didn’t keep her away yesterday….grunt!… I was really hoping they had stricter laws!…sniff!…They will always shake you down if you try to post two photos at once…wheeze!… but if you play along they will eventually let the photos pass thru onto the blog.

  28. Mollypop
    1:27 pm on March 21st, 2010

    My Mom went wild over the quilts! They are so beautiful. And Abbie works so hard testing them all. What a Kat!

  29. Rio - The Evil Pug
    2:18 pm on March 21st, 2010

    How!… in the hell do you “test” a quilt?…. snort!… This just boggles my mind for some reason….grunt!… I’ve never heard of quilt testing till AbbieTheKat mentioned it…wheeze!… Please explain your process to me Abbie.

  30. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    2:46 pm on March 21st, 2010

    Rio. As a certified canine quilt tester myself (along with my jobs as quiltathon meeter and greeter and overall supervisor) on official quilt guild mascot, it is a fairly awesome responsibility. You have to sit or lie on it while it is being sewn to make sure that it is sufficiently soft and comfortable and that the stitching holds together properly. Then you have to sniff it a lot to make sure only good fabric went into it. If you are really lucky, you may even have a chance to do a quilt angel on it (a lot like a snow angel, except on a quilt), but that only happens if you are lucky or if someone is not looking. Also, you should tell your humans to get you doggie steps for getting up on the bed. We have a really high bed and while I can still jump up, my humans already got the doggie steps for me when I am older and may not be able to jump as high. (I use them now just to humor them though.) Although with my regular acupuncture treatments (had another one of Friday), which I think I mentioned before, I plan on staying limber for a long, long time. Need that for my secret missions in any event. Wooks

  31. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:15 pm on March 21st, 2010

    Wookie!… There is no way I can freakin’ believe that story…. [snicker!]… Please tell me you are pulling my pug legs!…wheeze!… Who knew Quilts were such big business!… hmmmphf!…laughing here – and I never laugh!…snort!

    Steps!… they make such things for us to get onto beds by ourselves?… snort!…. Remarkable!…gasp!…My friends don’t seem to know or care about this or care at all…grunt!… I am at their ‘mercy’, which is in short supply sometimes….it-stinks!

  32. Siberian Husky
    3:45 pm on March 21st, 2010

    Wookie, you have the kind of family I wish for all dogs.

    I am not a canine quilt tester–too hot for my tribe. They are beautiful quilts. I don't have to worry about mom ever expecting me to test a quilt. She can't do that stuff. She is not very domestic, but she does appreciate other people's talent.

  33. Siberian Husky
    3:58 pm on March 21st, 2010

    Rio. I can't answer your questions to Wookie about the quilts, but, yes, they make steps for all sizes of dogs to help them get into a bed or up on a sofa. They also make steps and ramps to help a dog get into a pickup or a SUV. You don't have to worry about this stuff because you are little. I could pick you up just like Chet picked up Princess when she got sooo tired.

  34. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:12 pm on March 21st, 2010

    Siber-H!… I know what you can do pal… snort!…with your strong jaws…grunt!… its all in the final report!… crumb!…But no one really wants to know about what happened…sniff!… so frack it all…(watching Caprica right now – frack is a big word hurled around like puddy in this sci-fi world)…thanks for the offer, though.

  35. AbbietheKitty
    4:19 pm on March 21st, 2010

    ~Rio, I was going to tell you how to test a quilt but Wookie certainly knows the drill. I like to test them early too. When they are just laid out on the floor as a preliminary check. Someone posted a picture of Alice doing that with a quilt earlier in the week. They didn't know that was what they were posting but it was.

    B.Stover and Mollypop, thank you for your kind compliments. The one with the blue border is the first one I made doing that type of quilt. Each of them uses only one fabric to get that effect. The designer, Maxine Rosenthal, calls them One-Block Wonder Quilts. I loved them the first time I saw them.


  36. AbbietheKitty
    4:21 pm on March 21st, 2010


    I think that was Abbie for the first part of that message. Not sure you understand. Sometimes we get all mixed up.

    Guess who

  37. Mollypop
    4:25 pm on March 21st, 2010

    A-Kat! My espionage found that quilt picture with Alice. Now sweetie, don't try to cover for her, it was clear from the pic that Alice mercilessly pushed you right off of the quilt and took it over.

  38. B. Stover
    5:45 pm on March 21st, 2010

    Abbiethecat’s staff: The migration quilts are beautiful, especially the one with the blue border. It is breathtaking. I don’t know how to quilt but my grandmother quilted a lot and gave me a quilt for high school graduation.

  39. Mollypop
    4:55 pm on March 21st, 2010

    Oh boy – Mom is watching PBS and they're playing really old music. She got so worked up over Eric Burden and the Animals singing The House of the Rising Sun. I didn't see any animals. Next thing you know she'll be singing Lollipop.

  40. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:10 pm on March 21st, 2010

    Geeze!… This whole posting for 3 entities under one name is really getting annoying…crap!… Who can keep anything straight?…grunt!… figure it out Alice, Abbie, Staff!….damn!…quit messing with us!… bugger!

    Molly!…, good for you girl!… gruff!… finally someone besides me sees beyond the deception… grunt!

  41. Mollypop
    5:18 pm on March 21st, 2010

    But Rio, the Kats and their staff have just come back from a big flood!

  42. Siberian Husky
    5:22 pm on March 21st, 2010

    Cats live in the Twlight Zone. We don't.

  43. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:39 pm on March 21st, 2010

    Siber-H!… That’s for sure hound dawg… snort!.. and Molly – they were sitting their fat butts on quilts all weekend….freakin-a!… wise up.

  44. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:21 pm on March 21st, 2010

    Oooer!… Walter and Jesse are back!… snort!… ‘Breakin Bad’…. third new year series…gosh!… love the writing on this show…snort!

  45. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:23 pm on March 21st, 2010

    Melanie!… If your son ever works on this show, I will have to get a photo and autograph from him….snort!…whoooo!

  46. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:17 pm on March 21st, 2010

    Good Night All!… love and kisses!.. snort!

  47. AbbietheKitty
    7:30 pm on March 21st, 2010


    I must admit. If there is a camera around Alice likes to be in front of it.


    Goodnight Gracie

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