No Post Today (Revised)

Why not? Because no one’s here, not even me, if that makes sense. Did lacrosse come up down below yesterday? Lacrosse balls are my favorite, those crazy bounces, plus how good they make my teeth feel when I get them in my mouth. How come you never see a human mouthing a lacrosse ball?

Welcome Rusty.

Friday, April 29, 2PM, Dennis Public Library, Dennis Mass.: Spencer Quinn and PA in a rare joint appearance. Possible highlights: the one-review story; the pre-school story; the Hollywood agent story; the Cal Ripken story; a story invented on the spot.



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105 Responses to “No Post Today (Revised)”

  1. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:48 am on April 21st, 2011

    Good morning, Chet! You’re very early today. Yes, I did mention lacrosse last night — Dad’s coaching it this year for the first time. And I agree about the lacrosse ball. Two-leggeds don’t know what they’re missing! When the head coach heard that I was really excited about catching a lacrosse ball — until Mom made me give it back — he found one that I could keep! It’s one of my treasures, along with my squeaky toys (great noise, that!) and the rawhide bone I got for Christmas. At the rate I’m going with that thing, I might just finish it by next Christmas!!!

  2. B.Stover
    7:51 am on April 21st, 2011

    Good morning Chet. So, where is everyone? (And since I’m being editor, “plus how good they make my teeth feel.”)

    It’s much too early. Good morning Kirby and all.

  3. Mollypop
    7:55 am on April 21st, 2011

    Yawn Stretch Oh what a party that was. I thought I couldn’t eat any more and then I ate and ate and ate. Usually I’m a very picky eater, but not last night. I couldn’t bring anything back for Mom because her fibromyalgia diet has no sugar of any kind in it. Mom has a sugarless cheesecake recipe for the Dishlickers Collection and thinks TupnGill’s mom will have a bunch more.

  4. B.Stover
    8:20 am on April 21st, 2011

    We haven’t heard from Barb and Maggie since yesterday morning.

  5. Rose
    8:54 am on April 21st, 2011

    Good Morning Chet and All:

    Where is everybody? I know it’s a holiday week and all, but I still have to work!

    I hope all those that have been injured are off the disabled list.

    Sorry I missed the party last night…such wonderful treats! Yesterday was a very bad day at work, I was very tearful, and I would not have been good company.

    Kirby: I think I could use a nice lacrosse ball to gnaw on. I have a lot of pain in my teeth, and some good chewing would definitely help.

  6. dawson
    9:05 am on April 21st, 2011

    Rose: We missed you and we have lots of shoulders to cry on. Nothing wrong with being tearful. I get that way myself. My fall on the ice soreness is gone, other than an occasional stab of pain in wrist. By the way, didn’t the Beatles have a song called Revolution #9?

  7. Melanie
    9:11 am on April 21st, 2011

    T&G&The Herbs: The Pack wanted me to thank you for the party last night. They are sorry about the deck. Unless you haven’t noticed and then it wasn’t their fault.

    The Herbs: One is in moderation, it should be on tomorrow. Just send me the other one.

    Good morning Everyone! Zoë had a good time reading about the party this morning. She wants to know if YSAS’s outfit can be cleaned. I told her the Pack pretty well cleaned him off.

    Rose: Maybe your teeth hurt because you want to gnaw on a few ankles at work?

    Jeez, no poster was up very early. I’m late today. B.Stover, MollyPop and KirbyT must have gotten up at the break of day.

  8. dawson
    9:18 am on April 21st, 2011

    More snow here. I’m taking the car to work.

  9. Melanie
    9:20 am on April 21st, 2011

    First: If PA and SQ appear at the same time at the same place, won’t there be a black hole created? Or maybe a tear in the fabric of the universe? Maybe they’ll cause a time warp.

    Pondering . . .

    While I’m pondering, the eagles are GREAT! The eaglets are getting big.

    The Eagle pic of the day!

  10. Rose
    9:26 am on April 21st, 2011

    Dawson: Glad to hear you’re on the mend. I missed you all as well, and I appreciate the support. Yes, The Beatles had a song called Revolution #9 and Revolution # 1. Both are on the White Album (the real title is The Beatles).

    Melanie: I think there might be more than just a few ankles I’d like to gnaw on!

  11. Rose
    9:27 am on April 21st, 2011

    I can’t believe how cute those baby eagles are!

  12. B.Stover
    9:27 am on April 21st, 2011

    Dawson: Revolution by the Beatles uses a rock beat. Revolution 1 is a slower version. I think Revolution 9 was a longer remake by Lennon and Ono. It was the song that started the rumor that McCartner was dead. Haven’t listened to any of these in a long time. I haven’t read the novel. Wonder if PA was referring to that remake.

  13. Melanie
    9:31 am on April 21st, 2011

    B.Stover: The depth of your knowledge is always tip-top! snicker
    Then again you didn’t know what a bobble head was . . . pondering.

    Hi Dawson!

  14. B.Stover
    9:33 am on April 21st, 2011

    A tear in the fabric of the universe….Wouldn’t that be interesting? Perhaps only if one were watching it on tv. I need more coffee.

    T&G: How is the deck?

  15. Tupper and Gilly
    9:37 am on April 21st, 2011

    Good morning Everyone- Thanks for all the help in cleaning up last night. Mama came into the kitchen this morning, and you never would even know that there was a huge party here last night. So she took her coffee and went out to sit in the sun on the deck…..we don’t know what she is screaming about out there….
    Hi MollyPop – sugar/firbromyalgia? Really? New one on us and could potentially be VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Mama doesnt do much sugar as her doctor says she is already extra sweet, but no one has ever mentioned that other aspect. hmmm.
    B.Stover – Barb and Maggie were around for a while last night talking about the cookbook. But maybe they had to go deliver Baby Goats.
    The Crazy Lady is finally a grandmother. Maybe,just maybe, she will come back down to earth now……..nahhh…
    And speaking of whom, Mama has to leave now to go to work since now both sick coworker and Crazy Lady Grandmother are out. Does this mean TRIPLE SHIFTS???????
    oh no…..

  16. B.Stover
    9:38 am on April 21st, 2011

    Melanie: I’m always amazed at all of the things I don’t know. There are so many……

  17. Barb & Maggie
    9:40 am on April 21st, 2011

    Good morning everyone.

    Bee, Barb did post in the afternoon from her work computer, but when she got home last night our home computer was out. We have a small local company, and it works the best out here in the country, but occasionally with high winds, it goes out. We couldn’t read or attend the party, so that was a bummer.

    We are now caught up on the reading, and the menu last night was a fitting finale for a wondrous feast. Many, many kudos to T & G’s mama for all her hard work!

    Now as far as the cookbook, Rio seems to think Barb is an extra unnecessary step in the process. Maybe our idea is archaic, and not real needed. We pictured someone sending the written recipe to us, Barb copying it and complying everything into categories, then mailing the copies to Bee thru regular mail. Then Bee could edit and make any necessary changes then send to Liz. Evidently we could do this all on computer and skip all the real paper stuff. So how do you suggest we do it, and what part, if any, do you want me to play? Feelings will not be hurt if you have other ideas, believe me.

  18. Rose
    9:41 am on April 21st, 2011

    Because I am always the gatherer of interesting information-This item was on the nes this morning concerning IPhones and IPads:

  19. Sam
    9:42 am on April 21st, 2011

    The party was great! Thank you. I ran way far under the table when the Newfs started dancing. Boot Scootin’ Boogie? Yikes, the whole house and deck were shaking.

  20. Rose
    9:42 am on April 21st, 2011

    Sorry for the typo

  21. Barb & Maggie
    9:46 am on April 21st, 2011

    Stormy, the mama-goat-to-be has a full bag of baby goat food, but is still holding off, maybe for better weather. Today is warm and sunny, and may get to 50, and then 61 by Saturday, so hopefully we are seeing the last of the freezing temps.

  22. Tupper and Gilly
    9:46 am on April 21st, 2011

    Quick note on cetegories for the cookbook – this will be kind of a small book of special recipes. We think you could get away with the same categories as the dinner party:
    Appetizers and hor d’ourves (or however you spell that dang word)
    Soups and Salads
    Side Dishes -Veggie, Pasta, Potatoes etc
    Main Course
    And the Best Chapter of All
    The could indeed be a “doggie bag” of non-categorized recipes like specialty drinks or dog biscuits or somesuch.
    Now Mama has to FLY to get to work.

  23. B.Stover
    9:49 am on April 21st, 2011

    There’s B&M. Relief!!

    Doing the cookbook using hardcopy is much easier for me because it’s much easier to edit hardcopy. (That probably shows my age.) Liz said we should “publish” via PDF (electronic, right??) which is why I asked about hardcopy or electronic version. My only talent on this will be editing so I think, Barb, that we need you to organize and set up everything. Liz’s talent is the art part (I don’t mean that to be funny) so Barb and Liz should get together about that I think. Just let us know what you two decide.

  24. Barb & Maggie
    10:14 am on April 21st, 2011

    We agree with the categories. There should definitely be one at the end for misc. stuff, like doggie treats, since this a book put together mostly by dog and cat lovers. We have one for homemade bird seed cakes that would go in that category as well.

  25. Melanie
    10:26 am on April 21st, 2011

    I like everything that’s happening with the cookbook.

    I do have one question/suggestion. The pictures. Do we have to do them of the finished recipes?

    I’d like to send pics with the recipes of my Dishlickers. We could do Dogs, Kats, Goats (snicker), birds (though Chet might not like that and Siber-H and OleyHowlers might too much). Those that don’t have companions right now could send pics of their rainbow bridge companions (I could help with that). Thought B.Stover might want to send a picture of her easy chair.

  26. Mollypop
    10:33 am on April 21st, 2011

    TupnGil – Dr. St. Amand is on the faculty of the UCLA Medical School and is a specialist is fibromyalgia. Mom started on his protocol from his website: and then went to see him a year later. Seeing him is really not necessary. Anyone who needs info on this can email my Mom.

    Oh no! Mom’s iPad just died!

  27. Mollypop
    10:36 am on April 21st, 2011

    I just made a post with info about fibro at 10:33 that is in moderation.

  28. Mollypop
    10:37 am on April 21st, 2011

    I also exclaimed that Mom’s iPad just died!

  29. B.Stover
    10:38 am on April 21st, 2011

    I’ve been thinking about pictures. What a great idea Melanie. I’ll send one of my easy chair view. I’m not planning to take any pics of recipes…..

  30. B.Stover
    10:39 am on April 21st, 2011

    But Mollypop, you’re iPad is relatively new.

  31. C. Harris
    10:42 am on April 21st, 2011

    Dawson: it is supposed to snow here in the arctic today also.

  32. Mollypop
    11:05 am on April 21st, 2011

    B. – Mom’s iPad is 1 year old. She will take it to Apple tomorrow – it’s probably the battery.

  33. B.Stover
    11:08 am on April 21st, 2011

    Now I’m editing myself: Your iPad, not you are iPad…..Mollypop, let us know.

    Running errands.

  34. BearSpiritDog
    11:34 am on April 21st, 2011

    Melanie: That was a very good idea to put the saddle on Franklin instead of on the elephant, although I see Sam jumped out very quickly when the Newfs started dancing. About the deck. Maybe the elephant was in the room after all – couldn’t have been the pack. Just look at those innocent faces!

    Dawson! We missed you & that scratch behind the ear. You said you couldn’t come – should have known you’d find a way. Wow! Jumping out of a plane – what a brave lass.

    Sugar free! Who knew. Dawson, MollyPop, T&G, Rio’s Friend…Good news we are including sugar-free recipes in the cookbook. Bear will let Nana & Masquers know.

    Wolfie: Er, should you be inviting others to go along on your special date with Natasha? I don’t think she is going to like it.

    We are happy to hear the deadline for the cookbook has been extended. May require some help on the techno end here.

    Did we say good morning?

  35. Melanie
    11:59 am on April 21st, 2011

    Hi BearSpirtDog, right. They KNOW they are not supposed to bring their bones into the living room. Ros was telling me when they were doing it, now she’s gone to sleep.

    Just chased Rose out and she had a mouth full of big bone, looking at me saying “Bone? I don’t have a bone.”


    West wing is now sort of cleaned for YSAS’s visit. This will be fun.

  36. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:18 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Melanie!…Will you please take more Videos of Clarkson when he is there visiting you?…snort!snort!… What a guy!…sniff!

    Plan!…So what’s the plan for the Dishlickers Cookbook? Are we sending our Recipes to Barb and our photo’s to Melanie for fixing and cropping?….sniff!

  37. BearSpiritDog
    1:52 pm on April 21st, 2011

    I think it’s cool that Chet posted this morning even though Spence and Admin weren’t around. Those iPaws come in handy!

  38. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    2:01 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Vhat is goink on vith all of you. First Siber rejects my advances, then Liz call Natasha terrible names (ve are not rat like in any vay – ve are beautiful and tall and have a gorgeous fluffy tail!)
    Now Volfie vants to take the whole bunch of Plunderers to the very special vedding ceremony.
    Oh all right – come on . Anyvon who vants to come – get on the lear jet. Rio – be sure you haf all the purple vashed off first….or bring a towel to sit on.
    And NOBODY, repeat NOBODY touches Natasha’s very best hat! After vedding vill be auctioned off. Sam – you do NOT sit on hat!

  39. Melanie
    2:02 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Riö, I plan to do videos of some monologues showing his great versatility. If he’ll let me. He’s on vacation. . .

  40. BearSpiritDog
    2:12 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Why Natasha! How very generous of you!- inviting us all to join you & Wolfie on the Lear jet tomorrow. I don’t believe Siber-H rejected you. I think he had other things going on. If you’ll remember – he wasn’t at the party last night either. I, for one, am looking forward to seeing that hat.

  41. Gus and BooBear
    2:55 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Okay, mom does not cook. Not anything, not at any time. Dad is the chef in the family. We will be looking at some of his recipes to submit. We will also check some of grandma’s recipes. She used to make the best rhubarb pie EVER! (grandma was not a native Texan).

  42. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:07 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Recipes of the Plunders and their 4 legged friends.

    Appetizers *or treats that we begged*

    Salads *or cool stuff we found in the yard*

    Maindishes *anything but kibble*

    Side dishes * hmm*

    Desserts *yummy and with tummies*

    Doggy Bags *everything we can bury later*

    We do not expect these to make the editing cuts, we were just amusing ourselves. Mom is a little out of sorts today.

  43. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:10 pm on April 21st, 2011

    G and BB, mom is with you all the way. Most of her recipes start with “pour X onto a baking dish and place in the oven”. That is right up there with,”place on a microwave safe dish and…” and
    “defrost and eat”.

  44. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:17 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Oh, and of course I meant to say Dishlickers. It is just that when I think of food I think first about my favorite bowl. Or the floor. Or anywhere else I can score a tasty morsel.

  45. Melanie
    3:21 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Macy: Tell your mom I’m sorry she is out of shorts, oops, I mean out of sorts.

    Where the heck is all this wind coming from? It’s 42 degrees and snow was falling. Let’s see windchill factor . . .

    Oh . . . it’s 28 degrees when you figure in the windchill factor. Never mind.

  46. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:52 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Noodle!….My friend just sent me a text on my little Go-Phone. She wants to know if anyone would be crazy enough to want her Grandma’s Case Noodle recipe….snort!….Funny, how she can text me, but I can’t phone her….hmmm.

  47. B.Stover
    3:52 pm on April 21st, 2011

    G&BB: I love rhubarb pie!!

    It’s 54, sunny and beautiful here and the birds are very busy.

  48. B.Stover
    3:53 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Rio: I love case noodles!!

  49. B.Stover
    3:56 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Okay…one of the recipes I’m going to include is pie crust with detailed instructions. I’ll also put a note that one should not be afraid of making pie crust. It just takes a bit of manipulation.

  50. Melanie
    4:03 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Dan loves rhubarb pie!
    I’m not so crazy about it . . . though if it’s G&BB’s Grandma’s pie, I bet it would be delicious.

    Hold on looking up Case Noodles . . .

  51. Melanie
    4:06 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Hmm . . . not much luck. Just people wanting to sell me a case of noodles.

    What are they, Riö?

  52. BearSpiritDog
    4:07 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Well – the sun is out here, but a cold wind is blowing. I hear there may be a possibility of SNOW north & south of us. Did someone say it’s spring? (that groundhog was way off this year)

    G&BooBear: Rhubarb pie!!! Our favorite of favorites from bygone days! Please do post the recipe. And, like you and Macy, the men in the family are the cooks/chefs around here too.

    Did we ever come to an agreement on how to submit our photos and recipes? First to Barb? Then perhaps a pic of the pack member, & possibly one of the recipe itself, if the submitter so chooses, to Melanie?) I think photos of the pack members are important, but recipe pics not mandantory.

  53. Melanie
    4:09 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Whoops, forgot why I came on before, because food was talked about.

    B.Stover: My clip from Oberon Design came in. It’s beautiful and the clip is big enough to hold my hair. Not an easy task.

    They also sent a little cat key charm. Very nice. Thanks for letting me know about the site.

  54. B.Stover
    4:12 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Yes, send recipes to Barb and pics to Melanie.
    Barb: Are we sending them as hardcopy or electronically? Either way, I need your address. (Whispering: My email address is on my blog.)

  55. B.Stover
    4:14 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Melanie: I’m glad you like the clip and that it’s practical besides being beautiful. I really like the quality of Oberon Design products. They always send a little gift. I have several of their charms.

    4:40 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Bee, I have looked at your blog, but do not see your email address. Melanie has my mailing address. My thought was to send you hard copy. OK?

    I also love rhubarb pie. We have rhubarb growing in the garden, and it should be ready to pick in 2-3 weeks. We have a Rhubarb Crunch receipe that is out of this world! Will have to put that one in the cookbook.

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:46 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Noodles!….I didn’t think anyone besides our family knew what Case Noodles were…snort!…Her great grandma (grandma’s mom) made up the recipe….grunt!….At least that’s how the story goes. I posted a photo of them one day. They are little noodle dough packets of the cottage and green after it has been through a food processor…..wheeze!

  58. B.Stover
    4:55 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Rio: I remember when your friend made case noodles before and that’s what I’m referring to. Would love the recipe.

    Melanie: If you still have my mailing address could you please send it to Barb. Could you also send her my email address?

    Barb: Hardcopy is fine. Sorry, I thought my email address was on the blog but don’t see it….only when I sign in.

    Liz: Do you want me to send the edited recipes via hardcopy or submit as electronic copy? Makes no difference to me. I can either scan them or type them out in a Word file as I edit if you want them electronically. Just let me know.

    5:13 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Now if I am not supposed to post my email address, how does everyone get their receipe to me? Melanie, Mary and Staff have my email address and mailing address. Should they get info from one of them, or post receipe on this blog, then I can cut and paste. I at least kow how to do that!

  60. B.Stover
    5:41 pm on April 21st, 2011

    I’ve been looking at Montaigne’s Essays in the original French to decide if I agree with my translation. It’s irritating. One example I use with my students regarding the problems of translation is Camus’ The Stranger. Near the end of that novel Camus writes “je m’ouvrais pour la premiere fois a la tendre indifference du monde.” It’s always translated as “For the first time I opened my heart to the benign indifference of the universe.” It should be, “I opened my heart to the tender indifference of the universe.” There is such a difference between “benign” and “tender.” It’s so frustrating that I want to use bad language. Why am I writing about this? Sorry. I wish I knew French well enough so that I didn’t need a translation. I’m getting rid of irritation so ignore this.

    I have to ponder Barb’s questions.

  61. Gus and BooBear
    6:34 pm on April 21st, 2011

    B, when mom was a little girl, grandma tried to teach her to make pie crust. That sucker was hard as a rock! Couldn’t cut it, much less eat it. That’s part of what made grandma’s pies so good—her crust. It will be interesting to see if her recipe and yours are the same.

  62. Melanie
    6:54 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Okay, so I’m getting pictures that I will photoshop.

    I’m I sending them to LizF as a PDF or a jpeg.
    I’ll also be sending the info on who is who.

  63. Melanie
    6:56 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Gus and BooBear:

    I remember when Dan was going to make a pie (this was about 20 years ago) and he called his mom to ask her how she did the crust.

    She said the secret was lard. I don’t know, but it was a great crust. Good inners too.

  64. BearSpiritDog
    7:09 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Rose: Your link was very interesting. Privacy is always a concern these days.

  65. B.Stover
    7:13 pm on April 21st, 2011

    My grandmother’s recipe for pie crust calls for lard….delish beyond description! However, I use Crisco.

  66. Wolfie
    7:19 pm on April 21st, 2011

    I think that I am out of my league with Nattie. Siber Caleb is strong, white and handsome. My goal is to make him just a leetle bit jealous.

    sincere are taking a private jet to London, I think we will have lots of room for everyone. So, come on, guys, let ‘s go!

  67. Wolfie
    7:30 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Darn ipaw!

    Nattie, not to sound pushy,but we DO have tickets to the wedding, don’t we?

    And do we have to courtesy? I don’t know how.

    Can’t wait, though!

  68. LizF
    7:41 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Guys, I’m painting the kitchen and need to keep going so i’ll get back to you later with some answers…

  69. B.Stover
    7:51 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Barb: I sent you an email with my mailing address.

    Melanie: Did you send Barb’s email and address to everyone?

  70. BearSpiritDog
    7:52 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Turning in early tonight. Very tired – must be all the excitement and partying of late. As mama used to say – ‘don’t burn the candle at both ends’ And, there’s the trip to London tomorrow…

    Good Night – Bear

  71. bluecat
    8:12 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Hi, Everybody. Computer problems so this may be it for a few days. A cookbook will be fun.

    Bee – I’ve always translated monde as world, which to my mind is smaller than a universe. Je m’ouvrais gives me a sense of his ability to open for the first time, not just the fact that he did open. Does this muddy the waters? My French is pretty rusty.

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:33 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Confused! …. I still don’t know what’s going on around here….snort!…Can someone explain it to me?…sniff!….Where do we send our Recipes? Are we sending our Photos of the Recipes to Melanie? When is the deadline? …grunt!….Have I missed some specific posts or what?….grunt!…Just tell me the timeline, I will find them…sniff!

    Project!…This is a very simple project really. We just need toeventually get our info to Stover for editing and our photos for cropping to Melanie….wuffle!…Then Liz will get the finalized copy and photos.…sneeze!….What is holding up this here process, I ask?…grumble!

  73. Tupper and Gilly
    8:56 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Hi everyone – home home home! Mama is HOME for the next three days….IN A ROW!! Yippeee! Tummies for everybody!

    Questions about the cookbook – here’s our thoughts. (We are NOT trying to take over, we are just giving you our thoughts)
    1. Every book needs the first “hands on” person to compile. We think we should send stuff to Barb that she can print out and organize. (Or send to her by snail mail)
    2. Then once Barb has classified, organized and compliled, she can send the paper copies to Bee to edit and clean up.
    3. Then Bee sends to Liz, who will also have the pics from Melanie. It will be up to Liz to format and actually “build” the book.

    As far as the pics – if we are going with the title of Dishlickers, we think it would be cute to have a pic from each Plunderer and or 4 legged friend that includes an empty dish.
    So for example – Gilly, looking adorable, sitting next to one of Mama’s Hadley plates. Bee’s easy chair, with a little table next to it with an empty plate, maybe a few crumbs on it. Alice Johnson doing yoga with her eyes closed next to an empty bowl.


  74. B.Stover
    9:01 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Rio: Send your recipes to Barb. It’s that simple.

    Bluecat: Meursault, the main character in The Stranger, is very uptight throughout the novel. Finally at the end, he feels a connection. You’re right, monde is world, but I think Meursault feels a connection to everything, not just the world of man (I have that sense of “monde”). That’s why I’ve never minded the translation being “universe.” However, “benign” to me means an absence, a negation, whereas “tender” means caring or kindness. So at the end Meursault knows that the universe is indifferent to him, can get along without him, but he feels there is still a kindness in it, something that he can be part of. Thus he feels a peace and happiness. So you’re correct–at the end he does feel the ability to open his heart for the first time. Besides, the French “tendre” is easily translated as “tender” so why the “benign”? (Fun!)

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:10 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Simple!…..Now its simple…grunt!…I’ve set up an Email Account for all of us to use as a Dumping Ground….snort!…In cases where someone does not want to give out their email address. Here it is:
    password = slurp4real

  76. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:11 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Grump!…that should be of course…sniff!

  77. Tupper and Gilly
    9:15 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Brilliant Rio! thanks

    (should that be Rioo? tee hee)

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:17 pm on April 21st, 2011

    PLEASE!….Copy the email address down and keep it for future use if ever necessary…grunt! ….Barb has the option to use this instead of her private email…snort!….If any lurkers are mean enough to spam this address, so be it. It won’t hurt any of us at all…grunt!

  79. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:19 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Promise!… Me you won’t go out there an open any email with a name you do not know though…grunt!…I can’t promise virus’s won’t be sent to this address…huffle!….I will delete these kind as often as I can out there…sniff!

  80. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:29 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Perfect!….It’s definitely not a perfect idea…snort!…But it’s all I could think of tonight after a very long day of nothing…wuffle!

  81. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:33 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Crap!… This isn’t a good idea at all…grunt!…Because your email address will be known to all who access the dishlickers email…grump! …What was I thinking? …arrrrrgh!

    NEVER MIND!….grump!…I’m going to go watch something on TV now…grumble!

  82. B.Stover
    9:38 pm on April 21st, 2011

    It’s probably best to send the recipes to Barb either by email or snail mail. Does everyone have her address?

  83. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:42 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Nope!…Not yet…sniff!

  84. Tupper and Gilly
    9:52 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Barb – we know how to get in touch with you.
    Hay….any Baby Goats yet (while Siber isn’t looking)

  85. Barb & Maggie
    10:14 pm on April 21st, 2011

    T & G, As of 7:30 there were no babies. We will give it a quick check before bed, around 10:00 CST. Kim, our friend who raises the goats, say most of hers have them mid to late morning. This mama doesn’t have a good track record, so we are a little concerned. She most likely is having twins. If she rejects one like last time, we will need to get some colostrum in it within 8-12 hours or it might not make it.

  86. Tupper and Gilly
    10:18 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Maggie – after the little goaties are born, if you need any help herding them, give us a call. But now, after doing another double shift, Mama says we have to go to bed.
    G’night all.

  87. LizF
    10:21 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Damn, kitchen is taking a loong time. And I’m only at the prep stage!

    By the time i get to answer your questions you will all be in beddy-byes…so i might wait til real late and do it tonight. I was going to start now but it will just get muddling.


  88. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:37 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Liz!…No stress because there is no looming deadline…snort!…We have time to sort this all out. The Auction and the Cookbook could never really be done in time before the June entry fee is due…wheeze!…We have to hope Snowhook can raise this money through other means. We will do the best we can to get things organized and ready for maybe a June kickoff!…snort! …Things should be clear and moving along through May and then June will be our Goal Month to Rock and Roll!….heh!

  89. Barb & Maggie
    10:47 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Good night all.

  90. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:58 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Hey, y’all! Another late night — this time because Mom and Dad went off to see my boy win an award. And they didn’t take me! Or leave the computer on! Anyway, my boy got an award for being selected for Who’s Who in Junior Colleges. And then they went out to eat, and Mom brought back half of her cheddar burger, and Dad said it was for me. But Mom said, no, it’s for her lunch at work tomorrow. I think Mom should listen to Dad!

    Oh, and if anyone doesn’t have Barb’s email address and wants to use the email Rio set up, all they would have to do is go into the dishlicker email account, start a new email, write the recipe, then save it as a draft. Then Barb could check the drafts and add them to her pile of recipes without anyone having to post their email address on the blog!

  91. C. Harris
    11:02 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Rio…keep in mind that even though Snowhook wants to raise the money by June, they have until November (I think) to actually pay the fee. They had raised half the amount from us and I know some additional payments have been made after the last posting.

    Cookbook questions: is someone researching the cost of publishing x copies and where will it be published? Will all copies then be sent to Rebecca who will process the orders?

  92. C. Harris
    11:03 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Kirby: are you a genius or what?

  93. dawson
    11:07 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Finally! The bedroom has been painted. A lovely shade of purple in honor of Wolfie’s blur-berry cobbler and the wonderful parties that Tupper and Gilly have hosted.

    Not true! I was just making a joke when I said I had to go get a shot of insulin after eating all those sweets last night. I can eat sugar.

    Case Noodles! I have long coveted that recipe from Rio’s grandmother.

    LizF: It’s the prep that takes the longest.

  94. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:08 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Damn!…There is a big ole thunderstorm over our my house right now…yeep!…I think she may want to go downstairs really soon and cuddle in the twin bed down there with blankets over our heads….yeep! yikes! yeepers!

  95. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:12 pm on April 21st, 2011

    CHarris: Wish I could claim genius status, but that was actually in a book Mom read! Terrorists wanted to communicate with each other without leaving any trace, so that’s how they did it! Not that we’re a bunch of terrorists or anything, but I guess we can borrow their method!

  96. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:14 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Hmmm!…Well she is still on the couch and not making a move towards the basement like I would really like to see right about now….grunt!….Come on! Lets go down stairs where it is safe!…grumble!…No body ever listens to me anymore….yeep! …I am non-existent…sob!

  97. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:15 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Kirby!….I love love love it!..heh!…You are Country Smart!..snort!

  98. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:30 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Thanks, Rio! Now that I’ve solved the problems of the world — or at least my little corner of it! — I’m going to climb up on the couch and snuggle in my Iowa blanket with my lacrosse ball! Goodnight, y’all!

  99. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    11:56 pm on April 21st, 2011

    Rio my leetle purple spugnik, Natasha still listens to you. Be safe my pugly leetle blintz and go downstairs.
    Volfie – tickets? Ve don’t need no stinking tickets! This is NATASHA, Vorld’s Best Undercover Spy. Do you not think ve can get into simple leetle vedding?? As long as the hat is good, ve are good!
    Ve cannot give you all information about vedding. However, you should be prepared to fly over ocean. There vill be big huge clock that makes big bong sound and veather may be rainy. Or at least foggy. There is also beg famous bridge ve vill cross. You may vant bring camera for pictures.
    You must behave at vedding. Act like ve all belong. Volfie – tuxedo is very good—-curtsey not so much. People vill stare if you curtsey. Please do not.
    If Rio comes, ve must make sureto keep him avay from dessert table at reception. They may have BlurBerry thingie, ve do not vant incident like at Tuppers party.
    Oley Howlers and Siber- please remember svans are NOT chickens vith long necks. Do NOT make Siberian Chicken vith svans!!
    Pack – Macarena is NOT dance for royal veddings. If you MUST dance, pleze practice valzt.
    Dawson – you either come on lear jet vith us, or you vill have to stay home! Do NOT parachute into vedding! Bad Dawson, very very bad.
    Ve cannot tell you any more details about vedding – is very big secret. But ve will not be leaving until the day before on 28th. You must not tell ANYVON that there is big vedding of royal pipples. Is very undercover operation.

  100. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:00 am on April 22nd, 2011

    Experiment!…I did further experiments with our dump email address…snort!…Good news!

    Email!….When you want to send someone from the blog something and NOT use your email address log on to the address. Send the ‘info’ to the same address, Sign your name if need be. Because you are logged in as dishlickers your email address will reflect that account…heh!….But you can send whatever you need to for others to receive it within that same account without using your real email address!…snort!…Does this make sense to you all?….woooo! …I knew there was something to it…sniff!..I was just too tired to see it clearly…heh!..Please any questions, just ask away!…snort! …I have tested it and it works. …heh!

    Molly!…Back me up on this exercise before we really put it into use…heh!

  101. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:10 am on April 22nd, 2011

    Crap!…I figured out a cool way for us to use the Dump Email Account without giving away our email addresses….sniff!…But it is being MODERATED…..Please check the 12:00am post whenever it may show up….hufffle!…. Frustrating to NO END that is!…grump!…I will post it again tomorrow also…grrrr!

  102. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:14 am on April 22nd, 2011

    Mom here,

    If anyone caught the preview of “The Voice” tonight before the Leno show,the young man featured, Patrick Thomas, got his start singing at our church. When he was 5. Wow, he sure did grow up well!

  103. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:15 am on April 22nd, 2011

    Royals!…The Royal Wedding is tomorrow, right?…snort!…They are 8 hours ahead of us, so when is the wedding our time?…heh!

  104. Wolfie
    1:42 am on April 22nd, 2011

    Rio, nope, the wedding is on the 29th.

  105. OleyHowlers
    6:14 am on April 22nd, 2011

    Mom wouldn’t let us on the computer all day yesterday. But while she worked, we were enjoying beautiful weather outdoors instead.
    Reading back thru the posts, did we see some recipe for Siberian Chicken at the wedding? Can we go? Can we go?

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