Memorial Day

“Memorial Day was a response to the Civil War?” Spence says.

“Right,” says Admin. “In lots of ways we’re a very lucky country. For example, when we absolutely had to have someone like Lincoln, there he was.”

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan–to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves, and with all nations.  (Second Inaugural)




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81 Responses to “Memorial Day”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    9:04 am on May 27th, 2013

    Goood morning ,everyone! Amazing that over 150 years later we still differentiate political holidays 🙁

    On a more upbeat note…Stoverdetention is going to fill up FAST tomorrow, you naughty Plunderers!

  2. Barb & Maggie
    9:22 am on May 27th, 2013

    Thank you Spence for those timeless words from President Lincoln.

    Happy Memorial Day everyone.

  3. Macy the min-pin
    9:31 am on May 27th, 2013

    Come on now! Angry Birds? Nothing?

    Good morning.

    Hey Finn! Good to know the Pirate fan. I wondered who it was, heh heh. So long as they don’t come messin with the Rangers I got no beef with them. Hmm beef. Breakfast time but unlikely that beef is on the menu. Later taters.

  4. Barb & Maggie
    9:42 am on May 27th, 2013

    Staff, Love your garden! What a beautiful picture!

    Hi Macy, hi HOH. Glad Sharon is up and about.

    We had another garden vistor. Beets are coming up again, so neighbor gave Barb a bunch of old forks to stick into the ground on both sides of the beet row, pronges up. The little s**t pushed them aside, hopped in and munched away. Helped himself to some peas too.

  5. Gus & BooBear
    9:51 am on May 27th, 2013

    MacyMP, we laughed at the Angry Bird (and in fact, the bird did look angry!) but by the time we get caught up with the day’s reading, we don’t post answers. They just took the Barracuda blocker of her work computer, so maybe she will be able to keep caught up during the day and actually add some imput… least until they reinstall it.

    Mom is at work today and not too happy about it. She left Dad home enjoying his holiday!

  6. Barb & Maggie
    9:54 am on May 27th, 2013

    Macy, the little birds did look angry, but Barb has never played Angry Birds, so didn’t have anything clever to say.

  7. Tupper and Gilly
    10:05 am on May 27th, 2013

    To those who have borne the battle and seen the horrors of war, to those who came home in a box or on a litter, to those who came home whole in body but changed forever inside, to those whose bodies remained far away and whose families never had closure, to the families who gave a gift more precious than gold – to all of you, please know that you are honored, respected and remembered.
    This Memorial Day stands for all the 365 days a year when what you did and what you sacrificed is noted by your grateful country.
    Thank you.

  8. Herd of Hounds
    10:09 am on May 27th, 2013

    T&G: Thank your mom for her words.
    Macy: Your humor IS appreciated, it not “vocally”.
    B&M: Nice to be 🙂

  9. Barb & Maggie
    10:28 am on May 27th, 2013

    T & G, thank you for your mom’s eloquent words.

  10. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:51 am on May 27th, 2013

    To the Royal’s mum, a heartfelt thank you.

  11. Gus & BooBear
    10:53 am on May 27th, 2013

    T&G, your mom said it best.

  12. Wose
    11:01 am on May 27th, 2013

    To the Royals: thank you for those wonderful stirring words. I salute all members of our Armed Forces past, and presen, and remember those not with us today. I I also the four-leggeds who have served along side as bravely as their human counterparts.
    God bless this wonderful country!

  13. Siber-H
    11:02 am on May 27th, 2013

    Thanks to Lincoln, Spence, and Amalia for honoring and helping us to remember all those that have sacrificed their lives for all of us.

  14. Siber-H
    11:07 am on May 27th, 2013

    Rio, The Rockies game starts at 12:10 today.
    The Rockies play Houston and the Rangers play the Snakes.
    The Rockies have a good chance to come up in the standings.

  15. Gus & BooBear
    11:17 am on May 27th, 2013

    Now SiberH, we might take offense to you writing off the Astros so easily…..if we weren’t so BAD!

  16. Gus & BooBear
    11:20 am on May 27th, 2013

    Princess Sammie, we met another Maltese this weekend. Now we realize how tiny you are. She had her hair all cut off too. Malteses always look like bigger dogs on the dog shows with the long hair and head pouf.

  17. Melanie
    11:22 am on May 27th, 2013

    Thank you to Spence, Admin, Lincoln and Golinka. All those words resonate in my heart. Going to be another long day. Went down the hill one way to deliver the Honda to get painted. The guy wasn’t there. Brought both cars back. Around 1:30 will be taking the NYC couple to the train station.

    Now from my gut . . I doubled the recipe, used claw meat instead of lump, and used my chives instead of shallots or green onions. It is evil. It is good.

    1/2 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, free of shells 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan
    3 tablespoons minced green onions (white and green parts) 2 large garlic cloves, minced
    2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    1 teaspoon hot sauce
    1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning Salt and pepper to taste
    Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
    Combine all of the ingredients in a casserole dish and gently stir until thoroughly mixed. Adjust seasoning to taste. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until lightly golden on top. Serve hot.
    Serve hot, with hot sauce on the side for those who like it spicy. Makes about 1 1/2 cups

  18. Melanie
    11:23 am on May 27th, 2013

    Macy, please thank your mom for the non pizza pizza.
    I will enjoy it!

  19. Wose
    11:59 am on May 27th, 2013

    OMD! Thank goodness B isn’t here to go over the wreck of my post with her read pen! I hope youse guys could translate that mess. That’s what happens when you try to post right after rolling out of bed!

    BTW: G&B, how is your pop feeling these days?

  20. Wose
    12:01 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Read, I meant RED PEN!

  21. Barb & Maggie
    12:02 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Melanie, That sounds wonderful. Love crab! Barb would probably use less hot sauce as she is a wuss.

    Shallots are easy to grow, have you ever planted them? We have a doz. in this year. Each bulb will expand much like a giant garlic, so you will have about 8-10 shallots from each plant.

  22. Herd of Hounds
    12:11 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Rose: “Read pen”…he, he, he, almost Freudian.

    Holy crab cakes, somebody! That sounds really good (but with Barb on the spicy. Not as much as the old days.)

  23. Wookie's Dad
    12:46 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Amalia. Very well said. Thanks.

    Just taking it easy over the holiday. Drove out to Western Maryland on Friday where it was 38 degrees and now tomorrow in Chevy Chase it will be nearly 90 degrees.

    Getting my dad some large pint books at the library to read. Interesting to see what he likes and doesn’t like. Turns out he really liked the Jack Reacher book we got (Worth Dying For) , so we will be looking for other large print Jack Reachers the next time at The library.

    On the baseball front, a real regional rivalry about to unfold. Four games between the Orioles and the Nationals, the first two here in Washington and the last two in Baltimore.

  24. Gus & BooBear
    1:07 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Wose, Dad is doing pretty good. He is taking chemo (orally) for 5 days in a row each month and then has the rest of the month off the medicine. He handles the week he takes the chemo very well, but the next week he feels yucky (but not bad enough to miss work). Dr says that is normal. It is his body trying to adjust his levels back to normal. We think we posted that the dr thought his last MRI indicated some activity that could mean a return of the cancer. So they ordered a PET scan which is done with some kind of nuclear or radioactive contrast that will attach to any cancer. That came back with a negative for the return of cancer which was a huge relief. His next MRI isn’t until July 2nd.

    His biggest problem is lack of appetite. He has to force himself to eat and food just doesn’t taste that good to him any more. For awhile, it tasted really bad. Now, it tastes just ok and he just isn’t interested in eating. But Mom nags him to eat so he can keep his strength up.

    All in all, we have been blessed. We have heard of many others who don’t come through the surgery and treatment like he did. He can still work and drive (so we still get all our special foods and treaties…Mom doesn’t make enough on her own to keep that up!) We have had a lot of support from family and friends (both in person and from the blog)and that means everything to us.

    (Sorry, couldn’t keep my 1st person straight in the last paragraph.)

    Thank you for asking and we apologize for rambling on.

  25. FinnDogsMom
    3:02 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Good afternoon everyone!

    Macy: I’m just happy to meet a Pirates fan anywhere!

    Those were amazing words. I didn’t serve in the Military, but my Dad is a Marine, my Father-in-Law is a retired Navy Captain, my Grandfather was an Air Force Captain, and many of my relatives and friends are serving. While it doesn’t really count, I’m a Paramedic/Fire Fighter and work closely with Law Enforcement and I use today to honor everyone, both Military and Public Safety members, the two-legged and four-legged.

  26. SnowBella
    3:07 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Rio: Check your SDD.

    T&G: Thank you for communicating so eloquently what we feel.

    G&BB: Rambling is allowed especially when you are sharing that your dad’s test came back negative.

    After dog chores, I spent the morning trying to repair the driveway. Yesterday, someone decided to drive their big truck up the mud bog that is our driveway despite my car being parked at the end of the driveway. It is impassable and we’ve been letting it dry out. Their truck tore up the mud and wrecked what had been drying. The trenches are now back to being almost knee deep. When they got to the house, I met them outside. I went straight past poodled-up and right onto livid. This morning I spent quality time with a shovel trying to repair the damage. It did little good. Grump!

  27. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:38 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Livid!…gasp!…I’ve never seen Rebecca so riled up…snort!…I wouldn’t want to be the driver of that big ole muddy truck, that’s for sure…heh!heh!…I bet she ripped him a new one…chorkel!

    Wally-mart!…Someone went to that store this morning in search of red geraniums. That store always puts her in a bad mood…sniff!…Did she get any? No. There are NO red geraniums anywhere in this whole town she says…grunt!

  28. O'Howlers Mom
    3:58 pm on May 27th, 2013

    We are almost home! We just flew over Pittsburg, and on our way to Philly. T&G, those were great words to pay tribute to all who served.
    I didn’t understand HOH’s comment about political holidays?
    Woo Hoo! I think I’m hearing the Howlers already!!!!

  29. Wose
    4:09 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Gus&BooBear: I am so glad to hear that your pop is doing much better, and is kicking that nasty cancer in the butt. I know that lithium is not chemo, but I can sympathize with your pop about food not tasting good. When I was on the yucky lithium, each day I took it made me fell sicker, and sicker. I was on it for 10 days, but just looking at the vial made me feel like coughing up a hairball. I didn’t want to eat or drink (even my favorite, Coke Zero) made me gag. Now I am on different meds and feel better.

    I always have youse guys, your mom, and your pop in my good thoughts and prayers.

    Were youse rambling? I couldn’t tell.

  30. Wose
    4:11 pm on May 27th, 2013

    I’m backing away any time I see Rebecca past poodled-up, and LIVID!
    Especially with a shovel in her hand. Yeep!

  31. Wose
    4:13 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Hey, tonight the Subway Series starts!


  32. Siber-H
    4:29 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Wow! The Howlers mom is posting from the plane. This might be a first on the blog.

    Gus and BooBear, Thanks for the update on your dad. He has been through a lot, but he is doing good.
    BTW Houston is holding their own with the Rockies.

    We do not blame Rebecca for being LIVID.

    For Wose, GO YANKEES!!

  33. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:35 pm on May 27th, 2013

    SiberH!…Unbelievable. We are worse than I thought…grunt!

  34. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:37 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Rose!…Wots the Subway Series?…sniff!

  35. O'Howlers
    4:37 pm on May 27th, 2013

    On the ground!

  36. Siber-H
    4:52 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Rio, I think the Subway series is between the Mets and the Yankees.

  37. Wose
    5:08 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Siber-H: Thanks for the Yankees shout-out.

    RIO! Siber-H is correct about the Subway Series. Years ago, when working-class people lived in the 5 boroughs of NY (Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Manhattan, and Queens) took either the # 7 line to Flushing, Queens, the home of the old Shea Stadium, or the #4, B, or D to the 161st Street Station where the old Yankee Stadium use to be to play. It was a whole big celebration, starting when the Yankees and the Dodgers used to play in New York.

  38. Wose
    5:10 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Howlers: I bet you will be happy to see the rents!

  39. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:11 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Subway!..I get it now…snort!…So who are the Yankees playing tonight and do SiberH and I get to see it too?…wheeze!

  40. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:12 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Mistakes!…I’m pretty sure I have made my fair share of grammar mistakes during Stover’s absence…heh!

  41. Herd of Hounds
    5:13 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Howlers’ Mom: Moving south I was surprised to find that some federal holidays are viewed as “yankee” because of the “war of northern agression”. I only hope this gets put behind us within this generation. Sorry to vent.

  42. Basil and Sage
    5:16 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Buddy and TC – remember to snub the ‘rents when they first get home. Oh, sure – those silly dawgs will probably fall all over each other to say hello, but don’t forget – you are KATS! Give them a dignified “oh, it’s you. Have you been away?” kind of look for at least 15 minutes before you succumb to any kind of petting or cuddling. If you hold out longer, you may get treats to entice you to come for a welcome.
    Hey, we have a lot of experience in these matters.

  43. Tupper and Gilly
    5:20 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Buddy and TC – don’t listen to those Wrotten Kats. We bet you will be very happy to see the ‘rents.

    And in honor of the missing Bee – what is a Subway Series? Who are the Mets? What is an Angry Bird?

    Just wanted you all to feel comfortable. tee hee

    Rebecca – see – this is why you need to be a Pink Bulldozer, quite literally.

  44. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:27 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Extra!…Innings!…With the Astros?….gah!

  45. Siber-H
    5:32 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Rio, We have a 50% chance of getting to see the Subway series tonight on the MLBN channel at 5 p.m. They could show the Boston/Phily game instead.

  46. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:46 pm on May 27th, 2013

    SiberH!…I am so discouraged right now….wuffle!…The Astros could win this…gasp!

  47. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:57 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Tied!…Still tied 2 ta 2 with the Astros…wheeze!cough!…Who kidnapped my team?..sniff!

  48. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:57 pm on May 27th, 2013


  49. Siber-H
    6:09 pm on May 27th, 2013

    I agree, The Astros could win this game.

  50. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:11 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Bases!…Loaded!…With Astros!….gaaaaah!

  51. O'Howlers Mom
    6:13 pm on May 27th, 2013

    HOH, I always thought that Memorial Day began as “Armistice Day” in commemoration of the end of WW I. Turns out that day became Veterans Day, so I was wrong. So now I understand your earlier comment. It is a shame that there is still division after all this time.

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:13 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Close!…Way too close….gasp! …The Astros were all stranded at base…heh!heh!…gurgle.

  53. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:14 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Howlers!…Is yer Maw and Paw home yet??…snort!

  54. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:38 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Losers!…Rox lost. But for some reason, I am incredibly happy for the Astros…heh!…They were “a team” when they won the game and all came together at the end. I love that!!..sniff!…My team is not a team right now. So much talent and not playing together like a strong team…wuffle!…It breaks my heart, it really does….groan!

  55. Siber-H
    6:48 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Me too, I am happy for the Astros. It is nice for once not to dislike a team that beat the Rockies. Congratulations to the Astros!

  56. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:17 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Pizza!…hey, someone ordered a pizze with all the good stuff on it…heh!,..Not here yet, but we are a-watchin’ for it…snort!snort!

  57. Wose
    7:27 pm on May 27th, 2013

    RIO! And Siber-H: I am watching the Subway Series, and David Wright of the Mets just hit stand up triple. GAH!

    Rio, I hope you enjoy the pizza with all the fixins.

  58. Gus and BooBear
    7:28 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Go ‘stros!!!!

  59. Wose
    7:30 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Siber-H: I have very little time to read, but I have finally finished “The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs”, by Nick Trout. I really enjoyed it. Would you and your mom like to read it?

  60. Wose
    7:37 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Ahem. Just wanted to remind youse all that the Spring Boutique is coming up on June 15th. I know we are all excited about all the great things that are behind the boutique’s doors, but please, let’s not forget the Have Harness, Will Travel fund which still has not reached full-funding, and 3 more chances to win some great surprises!

    Thank you all for your continuing generosity!

  61. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:54 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Rose!…My friend just finished a project for the Spring Boutique this morning…snort!.. . It made her feel good knowing it was for the Snowhook guys…heh!

  62. Siber-H
    7:55 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Wose, Mom and I can order it from Amazon, but thank you for your offer. We have all of Nick Trout’s books in the bookcase (dog section) except this one. We are glad you liked it. I think Wookie’s dad has read some of his books.

    Your chance to win a fantastic prize!

  63. Melanie
    8:01 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Zzzzzzzz . . Huh? . . Knock it off, Ros! I’m awake. STOP DROOLING ON MY FACE!

    Whew, i tried to catch up on the comments, bit instead of reading evrry other word, I was reading the first word of every sentence. Then I just was just going to rest my eyes . .

    Anyhoo, the NYC couple have made it back home. I made it home. I am looking forward to bed. Before that . .

    Golinka,Staff and Dawson, I have received your emails. I will probably have to rest tomorrow, but as soon as I get them done, the images will winging themselves back to you.


  64. Wose
    8:03 pm on May 27th, 2013

    RIO! I bet your friend’s project is beautiful! It makes me feel good too when I can do something for Snowhook!

  65. Wose
    8:07 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Siber-H , Thanks for the Have Harness shout-out!
    If you are sure about the book, if anyone else would like to read it, let me know, and it will be winging (read snail mail) to you.

  66. Wose
    8:10 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Belle Starr: (whispering) Please make sure that you check your mail box. I think a package is coming for you.

  67. Wose
    8:19 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Since the Prof has taken over the tv for wrestling, I will take my pills, go to bed, and find out the Mets-Yankee score tomorrow.

    Back to the busy place tomorrow. grump.

  68. O'Howlers
    8:23 pm on May 27th, 2013

    We are one big happy family egain!!!! Happy Day! We are sitting at the firepit quaffing ales with the horses. Poor Buddy and T.C. are indoors awaiting their turn for snuggles.

  69. Herd of Hounds
    8:24 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Another holiday weekend winding down. Hope all family and friends arrive home safely and remember…get all your grammatical “airs” in quick before B gets back tomorrow!

  70. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:39 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Yikes!…This weekend went by quick like fast drying cement…snort!….But wait there is still time to watch a little mindless tv…heh!

  71. Herd of Hounds
    8:44 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Old Fart grilled burgers! We got to share 🙂 We like cooook outs. Mom is tired so we will follow her to bed to settle her down. Nighty night.

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:49 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Hey!…The Stanley Cup playoffs are on!…snort!snort!…I keep hearing the name “Kane” thrown around. Sounds familiar…heh!heh!

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:50 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Sharon!…Goodnight!…snort!…And sleep tight…wuffle!

  74. Tupper and Gilly
    9:25 pm on May 27th, 2013

    We didn’t cook out, but we had barbecue ribs, tater salad, cole slaw and sautéed apples. And an Italian fruitcake.
    Mama keeps saying she’s going to explode. We keep watching, but so far, nothing.

    WELCOME HOME Howler ‘rents. Hope you had a wonderful time.
    HOH – tuck your mom in tight, but don’t sit in her.
    Rio – enjoy your pizza.
    Rose – enjoy a good night’s sleep.
    Siber – enjoy your books
    And good night to everyone else.

  75. Barb & Maggie
    10:00 pm on May 27th, 2013

    We grilled chicken and had slaw and garlic bread. Yum.

    Watching Lifetime with a June and Johnnie movie. Shortly off to bed. Night all.

  76. Staff
    10:11 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Finally! My printer is working. Downloaded drivers four times. That last one did the trick! Only took a month.
    Going to catch up on todays blog. BBL

  77. Staff
    10:13 pm on May 27th, 2013

    Macy, I have never played Angry Birds. I have heard them though. They are starving marvin Orioles.

  78. Staff
    10:40 pm on May 27th, 2013

    T&G thank you for the wonderful words this morning. I thought of Mom, Maggie and Dad, Bruce when I read them. Also Mr.Staff.

    Gus and BooBear I am so glad your Dad is doing so well. I totally understand the not eating thing. I lost my sense of taste and smell once (10 years ago) and although some of it came back it took most of the 10 years. When I had the bad taste thing it was worse than not being able to taste. It was a struggle to eat. Eggs and milk were about the only things that didn’t taste awful. They had no taste at all which was a blessing. I lost 40 pounds but gained back 20 once stuff started tasting better. Hopefully you can find things he will like to eat. A friend on mine loved milkshakes during Chemo. They still tasted good to him.

    We did a little work in the garden today. Not a lot. I had to take a nap early in the morning and then wanted to take one again, but it got too late.

    We ate pork chops that Mr.Staff makes from a recipe in the Campbell Soups recipe book. His favorite (only) cookbook. snicker.

    And I fixed that *&^%$#$%^^&&*& printer.

    Snowbella, according to the USPS the big box of coats has left WA stat and is due to be delivered by June 1st.

  79. Staff
    12:08 am on May 28th, 2013

    Well that was an easy way to stop the blog. Good morning LizF in Oz. sniff nighty noodle all the rest of you.

  80. Macy the min-pin
    12:43 am on May 28th, 2013

    Thanks to those who responded to mom. She is so needy. I can barely keep up with her whining.

    I still don’t get the thing about political holidays.

    G and BB good thoughts for your dad to keep having good MRIs.

    Royals, take good care of you mom and pop. We had ribs and tater salad too.

    Staff those birds look pretty sociable to me. Just hanging around the juice bar, telling stories…

    I’m sure I left out something…but for now I am going on Amazon to look for a good read.

    Nitey nite

  81. SnowBella
    2:22 am on May 28th, 2013

    Macy: Using read as a noun is a sure fire way to bring Stover back to this here blog.

    Dog chores will come early tomorrow morning. Nighty nutter butters.

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