No Post Today (Revised)

Why not? Because the accountant is coming. The only accountant I know is Anya Vereen, but somehow I don’t think it’s going to be her, the reasons for that being in The Dog Who Knew Too Much. Bernie’s at his desk and papers are all over the place. Some flutter down on me. I gnaw on one or two. When Bernie gets uneasy it spreads to me pretty quick.

He looks down. “All that Civil War talk on the blog – did anyone mention we didn’t have income tax before the Civil War? And even then it was only 3% on income over $800. Now we’re on our way to what? Fifty percent? Sixty? Ninety-nine point nine?”

Can’t help him there. When it comes to numbers, I stop at two, which is plenty.

Welcome the great Wolfie Wigglebutt, Maddie, Moondoggie, beautiful golden, two ballplaying dudes, the first and only Kirby T. Penworthy.

And a very happy birthday to Melanie, and many many more.


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104 Responses to “No Post Today (Revised)”

  1. dawson
    8:45 am on April 14th, 2011

    Happy Birthday Melanie!
    Kirby T.: That is an awesome drawing of you, you Hawkeye.
    Wolfie Wigglebutt: Thanks for the blur to the party and back. That was some fun. I’m a bit sore from “dancing” with the Newfs.
    Moondoggie: That is a great picture of you going horizontal into the water.
    Snow is forecast but not here yet. They may be wrong. Here’s hoping.
    Rio: How’s your friend? I hope she is feeling better.

  2. Rose
    8:54 am on April 14th, 2011

    Good Morning All:

    Great party last night!

    Happy Birthday Melanie!

    Rio, I hope your friend is on the mend…I’m worried about her.

    Dawson, Thanks for the dance. You really do know how to cut a rug!

    Wolfie, you are truly amazing!

  3. Mollypop
    9:08 am on April 14th, 2011

    I’m sitting here in a fog. No, not from the party, from Mother Nature. The snow left on the ski hills has made a real fog right out my window.

    Happy Birthday Melanie.

    Rio, how is your friend feeling? Better, we hope.

    Dawson, beautiful prayer last night.

  4. Melanie
    9:12 am on April 14th, 2011

    Thanks! It IS my (cough, cough, cough) birthday.
    funny how that cough always comes when I try to say how old I am snicker

    What a party! Read it to Zoë this morning. She wants her kImono cleaned.

    Glad the picture made it up Wölfie! I have to look at KirbyT’s and see which one he chose.

    For my birthday . . . I’m glad that Dan has only one appendix . . . I’m glad I haven’t gone in the attic so that the pink insulation turns my face splotchy . . . I’m glad I don’t go to acupuncture today, so he can’t give me a black eye . . . I’m glad a dog hasn’t run into my knee . . .

    Yup, all that and MORE have happened, not before my birthdays but on my birthdays. I just might stay in my room and hide!

  5. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:18 am on April 14th, 2011

    Happy Birthday Melanie. You were dazzling last night at the party (the Newfs weren’t so bad either). Here’s hoping for many many more, all sans appendices (one, two or none), splotchy insulation of whatever color, acupuncturists bearing black eyes, or dog/knee collisions. Just wishing you all the best on this special day. Wookie
    P.S. I am going to have to work on my macarena steps after seeing the Newfs last night.

  6. Barb & Maggie
    9:38 am on April 14th, 2011

    Excellent party, T & G and the Herbs, too, although you spent most of the night in the closet. I am moving a little slow, after eating way too much yummy food, and then charging around the yard with Gilly. For a doggy with short legs, she sure can run, almost blur in fact. Oh, and Wolfie, thank you for the blur back home.

    Very nice prayer to end the evening, Dawson. Hope things are going well in Colorado this morning.

    Happy Birthday, dear Melanie. I think I remember the year you were born, from reading Dan’s book. Tell me if I am correct. It was 19*4, or if not then 19*6. Right?

  7. Tupper and Gilly
    9:40 am on April 14th, 2011

    Hi everyone – we had a gresat time last night! We would like to thank the Newfs and Siber for doing the dishes – they are SPOTLESS! And Sam, thanks for your help as a furry Hoover. Mama always likes it when there isn’t so much as a crumb left on the floor.
    The only thing that went wrong last night? (Besides Rio’s friend being sick – sure hope she is better today!!) After the party was over and Mama was locking up, shw wandered back in to the kitchen and found………….
    Natasha the Nefarious. Sitting in a dark corner, polishing off the last on one of Mama’s side dishes from last night. If never even got out onto the table! Mama just about pitched a fit and fell into it – she worked really hard on getting that recipe just right and Tashie just spirited it away. Maybe some of you noticed that there weren’t any potatoes on the table last night. Well, you can just blame a certain (not so sleek and svelt anymore) Borzoi. She ate the entire batch of Sam’s Princess Potatoes! Mama will put the recipe up later on, in case any of you want to try it on your own. Sammie – we are SO sorry that your special dish didn’t get out on the table last night – the dry kibble really was just there for a little snack.
    Mama is off to Crazy Lady land – BBL
    And from T & G’s Mama
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY VERY DEAREST, BESTEST FRIEND – We laugh together, we cry together, we reserve backhoes together…..
    love ya lots and lots Girlfriend!

  8. LizF
    9:40 am on April 14th, 2011

    happy birthday Melanie!

    Looks like i missed a great party last night, and more delicious T&G food.

    Goodnight all.

  9. B.Stover
    9:56 am on April 14th, 2011

    Looks like Bernie procrastinates more than I do…by one day. Things will get back to normal Chet, don’t worry.

    Happy birthday Melanie!! And good morning all.

  10. Rose
    9:56 am on April 14th, 2011

    Don’t keep us in suspense because
    We’re wondering a bit
    How you regard this birthday
    Will you throw a hissy-fit?

    Will you go on a shopping binge
    For diamonds, clothes, or shoes?
    Or will you merely stay in bed
    And settle in the blues?

    Aging’s not for wimps, they say
    So know we’re watching you
    To find out how to handle it
    ‘Cuz our turn’s coming, too.

  11. Melanie
    10:00 am on April 14th, 2011

    Barb & MagPie: Sorry to hear that Maggie is feeling a bit slow. I understand that. Did you notice I wasn’t using a cane? AND dancing!

    I didn’t realize that the Newfs could do the Macarena. Who knew?

    Dear Riö, please let your friend know that we understand side effects. They suck lemons. But don’t tell her to suck lemons, that would not be good.

    Dawson: Thank you for that prayer. Beautiful.

  12. Sam
    10:04 am on April 14th, 2011

    Hey Birthday Girl! Can you do something about those Newfs at our next party? They stepped on me, those big clumsy oafs. I kept saying “Hey, look down here please.”

  13. Barb & Maggie
    10:26 am on April 14th, 2011

    We want that potatoe recipe. Barb loves potatoes. You can sort of tell…..

    Melanie, the Newfs doing the Macarena was cool, but we wanted them to do the Chicken Dance, too. Do you think they could practice that for next week’s dessert party?

    Sorry we missed Natasha. Wondered where she was last night.

  14. Melanie
    10:36 am on April 14th, 2011

    Barb and MagPie: Hmm, is there a turkey dance? They are so much bigger than chickens.

    Sam, I’m so sorry. I have an idea though. Perhaps if we strap one of those elephant saddle things on Franklin. Then you could ride like a Princess should, not get stepped on AND be able to reach the table!

  15. C. Harris
    10:44 am on April 14th, 2011

    Melanie: may you have a disaster-free birthday.
    Rio: let us know how your friend is doing.
    B.: I need to file an extension on my taxes. I’m 2 years behind. Long story.
    Dawson: cold and gray but the weatherman says sun today. We’ll see.
    Wolfie: hope things are ok.
    Liz: goodnight. Will see you on the blog when I get home from work. Speaking of which, I’m off to work.

  16. Barb & Maggie
    10:47 am on April 14th, 2011

    Love the elephant saddle. I think it would be perfect for little Sammy. Franklin probably wouldn’t know she was there!

    OK, Barb is climbing up on her soap box again. We just read about some Chinese scientists that are doing some gene modification work on cow’s milk. We are opposed to anything GMO – corn, soy beans, pork etc. We could go on and on about the issues with messing with genes and mixing species. But back to the milk – they are introducing human genes into baby cow embryos, so that the cows later on will produce milk that will duplicate human breast milk! This will be fed to human babies instead of formula. This is about 10 years away from being commercially available. Anyone have an opinion on this?

  17. Siber-H
    10:50 am on April 14th, 2011

    Very nice prayer last night, Dawson. Thank you.
    Rio, check in with us if possible…we are worried.

    I can make all of you that are having snow and fog today feel better. We are having blowing sand…50mph winds. I’m doing a half day at doggie day care today because the blowing sand is too bad at the dog park. It is fun to come here and play, and they let me use their computer. They have an indoor swimming pool for the dogs that want to play in the water, but it is written down in red on my file card that I do not swim.

    Had a great time at the party last night. Thank you for all the Delish food.

  18. Barb & Maggie
    10:59 am on April 14th, 2011

    Siber, I think we are getting some of your winds here today. Not 50mph yet, but definitely no fun outside. I wish I could go to doggy day care. Sounds like fun.

    Barb says she will post some pictures later of Little Buddy, the Scottish Highland calf (these are without his shadow, Ivy).

  19. Siber-H
    11:22 am on April 14th, 2011

    Maggie, Do you have blowing sand or dust with the wind? I wouldn’t know what strong wind was like without sand in it.

    I have an opinion on genetic engineering…I’m against it.
    I’m also against how complicated it is to fill out the forms and figure our income tax and the high percentage of tax that we pay on our income.

  20. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:25 am on April 14th, 2011

    Meds!… My friend says she needs to make a Will in case she actually does die tomorrow after taking yet another new pill tonight that her doctor wants her to try….grunt! … She is actually very afraid to take it after what she went through yesterday…sniff! …. I don’t blame her. That voodoo medicine could kill a person…snuffle!

    Update!….She is alive, she is at work, she hasn’t accomplished anything except to check on baseball standings and write emails. She says she has a really bad headache and the only thing keeping her awake is the fact that the Rockies Double Header starts in about 50 minutes or so. Just enough time to get her taxes mailed off… heh!

  21. Siber-H
    11:27 am on April 14th, 2011

    Happy Birthday Melanie!!! Yesterday, I actually knew that your birthday is on the 14th but I thought it was the 14th yesterday when it was really the 13th. That happens when you are a dog and can’t count beyond two…Chet knows about these things.

  22. Siber-H
    11:30 am on April 14th, 2011

    Thanks for leting us know, Rio. I hope this new pill helps instead of doing harm. Try to keep us posted.

  23. BearSpiritDog
    11:31 am on April 14th, 2011

    Melanie: On your Birthday here is a borrowed Bob Dylan quote for you as you think back on those past birhdays: “Ah, but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now”.

    T&G: Once again a wonderful party. Thank you so much! We took home all the recipes to try.

    Dawson: A very beautiful prayer to end the evening.

    Rio’s Friend: I hope the doctor was able to help you yesterday. Rio is very worried as are we all. Rio, please let us know how she is feeling. We, too, know the side-effects of medication.

  24. OleyHowlers
    11:38 am on April 14th, 2011

    Rio! So glad to hear from you. We are glad your friend is a little better. We hope the new pill does not create any challenges like yesterday’s. We think Dawson’s prayer was beautiful and must have helped too. We all repeated it after her.

    Happy Birthday, Melanie!!!!!

    T&G, we had such a great time at your party. Thanks so much for inviting us, and thank you for blurring us there, Wolfie! We never got to go to a party without Mom before !

    For all of you with fog, snow, winds: we are having a beautiful, sunny, day. Its 57 degrees! And so we are finally allowed outside to play all day. AWOOOOO

    B&M: We do not believe in genetic engineering of any foods, especially milk. We get our raw milk, fresh from organically-fed cows. Wouldn’t drink it any other way.

    Siber: don’t let them put you in that pool!!!!!

  25. Barb & Maggie
    11:50 am on April 14th, 2011

    Siber, No, we do not have blowing sand here. Dust, we get lots of dust in the house, even with windows closed. We are surrounded on 3 sides with farmer’s fields, and they are out there right now plowing and stirring things up so they can plant-either genetically modified soy beans or genetically modified corn, depending on the farmer/field. 70% of the corn around here is from Montsanto seed, and is GMO. Only the few “weird” farmers who want a natural product, or organic product, grow the non-gmo stuff. And then the pollen from those franken-food plants blows over and cross pollinates their fields anyway. We just heard that Monsanto has legal suits pending with some of those little farmers for “stealing” their patented corn, due to the cross-pollination. That’s industrialized ag. for you!

  26. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:59 am on April 14th, 2011

    Melanie!….Happy Birthday!…snort!snort!… I can’t believe we were born one day apart…chorkel! …One day and many many years apart….heh! …I already sent you a card, so you will not be getting another one….huffle!

  27. Siber-H
    12:00 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Maggie, no good can come of this. They are going to end up with something that is a science fiction/horror story.

  28. BearSpiritDog
    12:04 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Rio! I see your post! That is good news your Friend is back at work, but wish she could take some time off. It seems she works too hard and even when not feeling well. The Rockies won yesterday (as you know) so – Go Rockies! again today.

    Barb: GMO’s are very scary. It’s getting more and more difficult to find real food.

    T&G: Have you seen my feline friend? The last I heard she was staying to help with the clean up. Maybe she is fast asleep in a cornor somewhere. Looks like Siber-H & the Newf’s took care of the kitchen. She probably ran off when she saw those big dogs coming. Maybe Sam saw her? She is more his size.

    Speaking of snow – there were reports this morning of snow in the lowlands & 1-2 inches in Bellingham. This is April?

  29. B.Stover
    12:23 pm on April 14th, 2011

    B&M: What will the calves of the genetically engineered cows eat?

  30. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:36 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Calves!…Those genetically engineered calves will be eating mac n cheese, fish sticks and all the fast food they can get their snouts on….snort! ….I’d say hot dogs too, but that would just be gross….gah!

  31. Barb & Maggie
    12:42 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Evidently the cows will look like regular cows, but their milk is like human milk. If we carry this out further, since cows have to be bred evey year and have a baby to give milk, then what about their offspring? When they send the little boy cows to market, what will their steaks taste like? Pondering here.

  32. OleyHowlers
    12:49 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Maggie, where do you live? We are so lucky because we live in the middle of many fantastic farms. But the guy who farms the field out front of our place spreads stuff that Mom says is very nasty/scary. But then the farm out back of us is certified organic, and we have other friends who raise beef, and others who raise chickens (eggs). We wonder how much bad food is being sold in grocery stores, especially in stores where people cannot afford to be choosy about what is in that food.

  33. Barb & Maggie
    12:58 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Oley, We live in the midwest – Illinois, northwest corner. We raise our own chickens for eggs, and buy beef and chickens from local people, so the meat is probably better than what you get at the stores. We also grow veggies in the summer, which gives us enough for seasonal use. The meat, while from animals more humanely raised, is still given feed which contains gmo corn. We tried a grass fed beef, but the meat was tough and gamey, so no one liked it.

  34. BearSpiritDog
    1:21 pm on April 14th, 2011

    O.Howlers: That is so true about most people not being able to afford the better organic type foods. Also, all the processing that goes on these days and added preservatives. Lots of sales on these kinds of foods.

    Monsanto! A subject all on its own. Barb, we have also heard of the legal action taken against the smaller farmers who are trying to grow a natural crop. And, don’t get me started on the conditions some of the big industrial farms are forcing the poor animals to live in. Has anyone ever seen the documentary “Food Inc.”? So much goes on that the public is unaware of. Like Siber-H says, it is truly turning into a scary science fiction story.

  35. OleyHowlers
    1:35 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Maggie, you raise a good point about the corn used to feed the steer (is that the right term?) and chickens. We know that the chickens we get our eggs from are fed corn that probably is genetically modified. The steer are grass-fed and the meat is delicious, so maybe additional corn is given, but we don’t think so.
    Mom wants to raise her own chickens but every time she and Dad talk about it, they stare at us and shake their heads…not sure why. We think our own chickens would be delicious.

  36. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    1:45 pm on April 14th, 2011

    HA! So, Natasha ate your potatoes! That vill teach you to underestimate Vorld’s Greatest Undercover Spy!
    Ve also do not believe in genetic altering. In Russia, was big scientific secret project to cross greyhound gene vith scientist to make smarter, faster athelete. That part vorked – athelete vas running very fast, and knew how to figure strategy to vin race. But vas too kind hearted, and vanted evervon to vin and be happy. So, they crossed in genes of polititian. Now athelete is strong, fast, smart, and has no morals at all. I call him Papa.

  37. Mollypop
    1:49 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Monsanto makes bovine growth hormone (rbst) which is given to cows so they will produce more milk. A lot of the cows develop mastitis (if they don’t drop dead first) and that puts more pus in the milk. Here in New York state the allowance for pus is 11%. Monsanto somehow got the FDA to say there is no difference in the milk so it can’t be labeled, but the New York consumer group got their way and so our milk is labeled. Ben and Jerry’s ice cream will not accept milk from cows treated with rbst. I don’t know if they can put that on the label or not.

    Researchers at Roswell Cancer Center found that the bovine growth hormone accelerates slow-growing cancer. One of the researchers issued a statement when he retired that he feared that this would overwhelm our health care system since many people die of old age without knowing they have these slow-growing cancers.

  38. Sam
    2:01 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Natasha, I saw you eating my special Princess Potatoes that were made for special little me, but every time I tried to walk over to you, I got stepped on by a giant black hairy beast.

  39. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:26 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Natasha!….heh!snort!heh!… “I call him Papa”….snort! …That is a very interesting story indeed….sniff! …It seems I missed out on a lot of fun last night…chorkel!…I still haven’t completely caught up, my Pug eyes are bleary today and its all I can do to sit here with my little headphones on and listen to the Rockies game…heh! …My friend said someone turned the game on in the break room at the busy-place, so guess where she is going?…whuffle!… Rockies are ahead!…woooo!

  40. Snowhook Bella
    2:27 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Rio: I had horrible dreams last night about the state of your friend’s health. I am glad you checked in with the Plunderers. Sending positive thoughts your way.

    Melanie: Have a belly-rub-donerful birthday!

  41. Macy the Min-Pin
    2:27 pm on April 14th, 2011
  42. Melanie
    2:33 pm on April 14th, 2011

    One of my birthday cards said I should pamper myself on my birthday by getting “Wonderfluffed”!

    Jeez, I think I would look like Ellie did when we wonderfluffed her. Her handler nearly had a fit. LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS of conditioner later . . . She looked almost normal!

  43. B.Stover
    2:54 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Melanie: Did you notice that today’s post has been revised?

    B&M: I’d be honored to edit the Plunderer’s cookbook. Do you want to organize the project?

  44. Melanie
    2:59 pm on April 14th, 2011

    B.Stover: I hadn’t noticed. Thanks!

    Chet, Thank you!

  45. BearSpiritDog
    3:17 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Mollypop: A good reminder to always buy organic milk! Barb, we grew up on a farm and the cows were always feed corn from the silo and hay in the winter time. In summer they ate grass in the fields and woods. We don’t know what the beef tasted like as they were never on the menu. My mother was, and my two sisters are vegetarian.

    B. I’m happy to hear your taxes are done. This is always a stressful time of the year as we can see from Chet’s post.

    Bella! So nice to hear from you! We were all saying last night how we hope you & the pack can come to the final course at T&G’s next Wednesday – this time dessert is being served!

  46. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:18 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Snowhook!… It was bad and I think even she was scared there for awhile…huffle! …She emailed me and said her headache was so bad she can hardly stand it, but she isn’t going to come home early because she is taking tomorrow off for something else…..grunt! ….Maybe she is going to make me a birthday dinner or take me on vacation somewhere….hmmmm!….OR she is going to take me to see the Rockies play the Cubbies….yeep! yeep!

  47. Melanie
    3:53 pm on April 14th, 2011

    I hope all your birthday dreams come true Riö!

    Rose: I didn’t notice your poem comment until now! Thank you!

    Zoë says: Old age is not golden it’s puce.

    I figure I’ve got it made because I always think of Zoë being middle aged so I’m young!

  48. B.Stover
    4:40 pm on April 14th, 2011

    My mom and dad always said that old age wasn’t the golden years; it was the rusty years.

    Bear: It seems to me that they’re making the tax instructions more difficult to follow. Also, they didn’t sent forms through the mail this year so I had to print out the returns and read the instructions online. I know they want everyone to file online but I don’t like doing that kind of thing online. If there are any errors in my returns they will just have to fix them. Bah!

  49. B.Stover
    4:41 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Forgot: I bought a flat screen tv (my first) and it’s quite nice. The sound is nice also…listening to “Music Choice” right now.

    4:45 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Special mention to Melanie from Chet!

    Bee, I would consider helping with the cookbook project. Does anyone else think it would be a nice idea to put someting together?

    Now we will post a couple of cute baby pictures for your enjoyment.

    4:48 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Here is another pic of Little Buddy, without Ivy. His mama did NOT receive human DNA!

    4:53 pm on April 14th, 2011

    And finally, here is my Uncle Rudy who came over Monday to play. Notice the tweetie bird on his head? He lives at the same farm where Little Buddy and Ivy live.

  53. Tupper and Gilly
    5:23 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Wonderful pics Barb and Maggie – what a sweet baby cow.

    Sam, we are so very sorry we let Natasha get away with your taters last night. (and sorry you kept getting stepped on by a big, black, furry Newf. They are really so lovable, I’m sure they just wanted to cuddle)

    Anyway, here’s the recipe, even if Natasha did lick the platter clean…

    Sam’s Princess Potatoes – (much better than mere Duchess)

    2 pounds whole potatoes
    3 eggs, yolks and whites separated
    2 TBLS melted butter
    1 TBL cream
    ¼ tsp nutmeg
    salt and pepper to taste
    flour for dusting (or gluten free baking mix)
    sour cream
    optional – paprika, parmesan cheese, seasoned bread crumbs

    Boil potatoes with skins on in salted water. When soft enough to easily pierce with a fork remove and plunge into cold water. Remove potatoes, let cool enough to handle and slip skin off. Leave potatoes to dry well, or place in a hot oven to dry.
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    Run potatoes through a ricer, or push through a strainer, or use a large hole grater. (The point is to not mash the potatoes, but to leave some fine texture)
    Add egg yolks, 1 egg white, butter, cream and nutmeg. Add salt and pepper to your preference. Turn the mixture out onto floured surface. Pat it out into a large, 1 inch thick patty, Use a pretty cookie cutter to cut shapes, with a flat spatula, transfer shapes to lightly greased cookie sheet. Or simply divide into about 8 portions and shape into inch thick rounds or ovals.
    Hand beat the egg whites just to break down the viscosity. Brush egg white over the top of each shape. If desired, sprinkle with paprika, parmesan, parsley or seasoned bread crumbs.
    Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes. Serve with sour cream on the side.

  54. BearSpiritDog
    5:23 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Arrrgh! No one “eats” cows. No wonder they weren’t on the menu.

    Sam: Sounds like the Elephant Saddle Melanie came up with is the perfect solution for you. Only thing is – having that Elephant in the room…we are sorry Natasha ate the Princess Potatoes made especially for you.

    I just had a call from Masquers. Somehow she was blurred off along with Maggie and later ended up in Northern Wisconsin. (thought the background looked familiar). She is visiting old friends and will be home later this evening.

    5:29 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Molly, That information about the milk was really gross! Barb used to insure a lot of farmers when she was an agent, and they were not supposed to use milk if the cow had mastitis. Or if the cow was on antibiotics they were not supposed to use it either. Makes you wonder if they do anyway? They had some sort of laibility insurance coverage in case their milk ruined a big batch.

  56. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:37 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Calf!…Oh great! Now my friend says she wants a brown calf and a puppy…grump!

  57. BearSpiritDog
    5:53 pm on April 14th, 2011

    B&M: The pictures are very cute! Looks like the little guy that Ivy befriended is doing good. Wonder if Uncle Rudy came over to visit Buddy while she wasn’t there. Is that bird a friend of his?
    Barb, Nana says to tell you she likes the idea of the cookbook project. We agree T&G’s recipes should all be included

    B: That new TV sounds very nice. Programs are so much more enjoyable on a big screen.

    T&G: Love all kinds of potatoes here. Thank you for that recipe!

  58. Mollypop
    6:13 pm on April 14th, 2011

    We have a big screen TV and just can’t imagine watching a movie on a cell phone – or even an iPad or PC. Going to the movies is the best and you can really get into it. A big TV screen comes second, but a cell phone? Give me a break!

  59. B.Stover
    6:30 pm on April 14th, 2011

    I love the picture of Uncle Rudy and the bird.

    I agree with Mollypop about cell phone “movies.” Not that I’ve ever seen on on a cell phone.

  60. BearSpiritDog
    6:38 pm on April 14th, 2011

    MollyPop: We watch all tv programs on the computer (don’t subscribe to cable and Motorola is no longer in the Big Satellite TV market. The digital convertor box for the regular tv doesn’t come in very well (repair guy says a new roof antenna would probably help) Have to wait for movies to come out on Netflix as we don’t go to the theater often – only for special movies. Nix on watching on cell phone. Screen way too tiny and drains battery power quickly.

    Macy: Liked the link!

  61. Melanie
    6:45 pm on April 14th, 2011

    I love the pictures of the calf. The Scottish Highland is one of my favorites. The other are the Oreo cows.

    Tomorrow the first part of the Deathly Hollows DVD is on sale! Hopefully ours will come in the mail soon.

    Now I THINK the following is true. . .
    To find out if there has been cross-polination in the corn. M will go on the farmers land and spray pesticide. If any plants are still living after a few days, they then sue.
    M says they don’t do that, the farmers say they do.

  62. Mollypop
    6:58 pm on April 14th, 2011

    And I THINK the pesticide M sprays is Roundup. At least that was how the GMO soy was developed. The soy plants didn’t die if they were sprayed with Roundup, but all of the weeds did. But Mother Nature is pretty tough, so now there are weeds that are also Roundup resistant. Where does this end?

  63. B.Stover
    7:20 pm on April 14th, 2011

    I was notified by Amazon that my Deathly Hallows dvd will arrive tomorrow…just in time to watch it on the flat screen. I haven’t seen it yet since I didn’t go to the movie.

  64. Barb & Maggie
    7:29 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Melanie, Those Oreo cows are from Scotland too, I think – Belted Galloways. An older friend of Barbs years ago left the suburbs of Chi, chucked it all, and bought acreage in Kentucky on the Ohio River. It was a dream she had, and the week after her last child graduated h.s. she split. She said she was going to raise BGs and ride horses. Barb lost contact with her, then last year she opened her Hobby Farm magazine, and ther was Jane, one of the best known Galloway breeders in the whole country!

    Bear, That little birdie belongs to the kids where Rudy lives. Not sure if he likes the bird, or just tolerates him.

    Melanie, That is amazing that M does that. You would think the little guys would be suing M for contaminating their crops, not the other way around!

  65. Melanie
    7:29 pm on April 14th, 2011

    We’re going to watch it on the computer. It’s big and flat, but not as big as a flat screen.

    Thanks MollyPop, I couldn’t remember which crop it was.

  66. Barb & Maggie
    7:33 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Molly, You are right – it is Roundup. They even call the seeds “Roundup ready”. I asked one of the locals if they used that seed and he replied “Well, you HAVE to if you want to compete”, looking at me like I was touched in the head!

  67. Melanie
    7:35 pm on April 14th, 2011

    I was wondering if anyone would know what I was talking about!

    As far as I know their “real” nickname is “Belties”. The first time I saw them was in Maine. I turned a corner and here was a herd of black cows with belts around their bellies. I thought it was some kind of bandage on all the cows! It wasn’t until I came up closer when I realized it was their coats.

  68. BearSpiritDog
    7:45 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Melanie: Have never seen Belties – our cows were Brown Swiss.

  69. Melanie
    7:49 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Belted Galloway!

  70. B.Stover
    7:54 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Now I know what an Oreo cow is. It does look like that.

  71. Gus & BooBear
    7:59 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Whew, its still the 14th!! Happy Birthday, Melanie!! Hope you had a great day, wonderfluffed and all.

    Mom was combing knots out of one of our senior sisters yesterday evening. Precious decided she had had enough and nipped Mom on the hand…on the piece of skin between the thumb and the hand. Mom didn’t think she had broken the skin, but when she woke up this morning, her thumb and thumbpad and the back of her hand were red and swollen. Cat bites have alot of bacteria or viruses or some such stuff in them. So she spent her lunch hour at the doctor getting a shot and medicine. In 2000, another sibling bit her in the knuckle of her pinkie finger. She ended up having to have surgery…the doctor told her he HOPED he could save her finger. Luckily he did although the knuckle is fused and only the joint in the middle of the finger works.

    Sometimes she REALLY wants a dog.

  72. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:01 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Mom has belties on her Farmville farm. Now if they could just get one of the black sections to be red, you would have a Neopolitan cow.

  73. Melanie
    8:02 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Goodness sakes G&BB, wow. Makes me thankful for drool!

  74. Melanie
    8:17 pm on April 14th, 2011

    TTFN! And thanks for all the fish . . .

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:19 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Oreos!…. I love Oreos! I never knew there were Oreo Cows walking about….golly!… Everything you guys say about the big bad M is very scary. My friend thinks they want to take over the worlds food supply and then ultimately, the world….grunt!

    Justified!….We are going to go and try to relax and watch Justified…sniff!…My friend is not feeling very well at all tonight and only made it through the work day because of 6 straight hours of baseball…heh! ….Does anyone know if the Rockies blew out the Mets in that last game of the double header?…sniff!…It wasn’t shown on TV and she came home before the game was finished…snorkel! …She’s too tired to check for herself…sniff!…Now that’s tired.

  76. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:35 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Mollie!… We are watching the episode where Raylen goes to the batting cage, starts hitting and is interrupted by his boss….heh!…Brilliant the way they wrote the scene with those two having a heated conversation while the balls are shooting out and hitting in between them. I love this show. …chorkle! … Boyd is once again into something unusual. Yes!…sniff!

  77. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    8:35 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Rio: the Rockies clobbered the Mets in the second game, 9 to 4, sweeping the series to boot! Troy T had another homer in the second game as well (that’s 4 in the last thee games). Woo, Woo, Woo! Wookie

  78. B.Stover
    8:36 pm on April 14th, 2011

    I would check for you if I knew how Rio but I don’t.

    G&BB: I hope the meds work.

  79. Tupper and Gilly
    8:37 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Rio – we are really concerened about your friend…we hope she starts feeling better very, very soon.
    There is a bad stomach bug going on in this part of the country – folks that have had it say its about 4 days of staying very close to the bathroom, interspersed with being parked on the sofa, too wrung out to move.
    It might almost be better if your friend had a bug, and not a medicine reaction…at least that way it would be over with soon.
    At any rate we are still sending up prayers that she will be over whatever this is really soon.

  80. Jasper the Poodle
    8:42 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Happy birthday Melanie. Has anyone seen the cow with the pattern that is shaped like a mitten like the State of Michigan? I laugh every time I see that one.

  81. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:51 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Wookie!….Do you know how long it has been since the Rockies have “clobbered the Mets”?….snort!… I heard something ridiculous today that sounded like, ‘not since 1994’….snort!…That can’t be right, but then again….hmmm!….When someone feels better she will research it for me…heh! ….Oh happy days! I’m skipping! I’m twirling!…snort!

  82. Tupper and Gilly
    9:21 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Gus and BooBear – hope your Mom is doing ok. If she is really thinking about getting a dog, we hear that Natasha is up for adoption…..

  83. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:33 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Puss N’ Boots!…Don’t do it! Don’t adopt Natasha!….snort!…. You think bitten fingers are bad, well … sniff! ….Okay we are headed for bed, she can’t seem to stay up much longer …gruffle!….I wanted to hang out more, but there you go. She is the one who turns it all off or on….grump!

  84. Tupper and Gilly
    9:36 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Very funny Melanie….thanks for all the fish……tee hee

  85. Barb & Maggie
    9:55 pm on April 14th, 2011

    OK, T & G, have to admit, we don’t get the fish reference. Could you please explain? Or it a private joke?

  86. B.Stover
    10:02 pm on April 14th, 2011

    I didn’t get the fish reference either.

    Good night all.

  87. Tupper and Gilly
    10:02 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Barb and Maggie – ever read the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy? That’s what the dolphins say as they go back to their home planet.

  88. Tupper and Gilly
    10:09 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Oh and by the way, we would love a cookbook from all the Plunderers…we love cookbooks, collect ’em, read ’em like novels, have way too many….and always looking for more.

  89. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:13 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! Mom went out for dinner with her friends after work, so I’ve been waiting very patiently for her to turn on the computer. I wanted to tell Melanie Happy Birthday, but it looks like I may have missed her. Phooey! If you read this tomorrow, Melanie, Happy Birthday!!! (And it’s not my fault that it’s belated because it’s still your birthday, even if you’re not here to celebrate because you go to bed too early!)

  90. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:16 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Regarding the cookbook, maybe Spense should start a new series that has recipes at the end of every chapter — like the Diane Mott Davidson or Joanne Fluke mysteries. On second thought, never mind. That would mean we’d have to wait even longer between each Chet book!!!

  91. BearSpiritDog
    10:19 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Time to call it a day
    Signing off

  92. Tupper and Gilly
    10:29 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Wait a minute – there ARE recipes at the end of one of Ingrid’s books – there’s a mac n’ cheese and a some kind of brownie thingie. Maybe Spence should be the one to start the cookbook.

  93. Staff
    10:41 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Oh my,
    Another long night and I have to go to bed. This time Rio and his friend beat me to it. I hope she is feeling better soon. It sucks feeling bad.

    Only two more days for Staff to work at the extremely busy place and probably Friday and Monday will be full of the our version of crazy ladies and some crazy men too. This time of year brings them out.

    Hugs to everyone and Happy Birthday to Melanie (today) and Rio’s friend (tomorrow)

  94. Barb & Maggie
    10:42 pm on April 14th, 2011

    We need to talk more about the cookbook. And thanks for explaining the fish thing. Glad Bee didn’t get it either!

    We must say good night as well. Good health to all out there, and better days ahead!

  95. Tupper and Gilly
    10:45 pm on April 14th, 2011

    Yaaawwwnnnn – oops sorry…
    We gotta hit the sack too….Only two more days of Mama working double shifts. Hope then she will sleep in and let s curl up on the bed with her!
    Talk to you all tomorrow.
    (whispering – and thanks for everyone wishing Melanie a happy birthday…she really needed that)

  96. dawson
    11:01 pm on April 14th, 2011

    I’m just in time to say good night to everyone.

    Monsanto! They sued a man here in Canada who was a third generation farmer, a seed saver until Monsanto’s seed blew into his field from neighbors field. Monsanto won and Percy Schmeizer was on the verge of losing the family farm so appealed and it went all the way to the Supreme Court. I believe Percy finally prevailed and Monsanto had to pay to get their plants out of his fields.

    The Provincial government in BC has a lawsuit against a cooperative that distributes raw milk to owners of the cows. They say it is unhealthy.

    Princess potatoes – yummy.

    Rio: Glad your friend is feeling marginally better and hope she feels tip top tomorrow – or at least that headache is gone.

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