No Post Today

On account of travel. But here’s a little scene from Thereby Hangs A Tail.

“What a beautiful instrument,” said Mr. Singh. He turned it over in his hands. “Genuine Hawaiian koa, highly flamed, Sitka spruce top braces, bone nut. Do you play?”

“A bit.”

A bit? Bernie was a master!

“Would a brief selection be possible? Anything at all.”

Of course it was possible. How about “Waltz Across Texas?” “Parachute Woman?” “Ghost Riders in the Sky?” And there was always “Surfin’ U.S.A,” guaranteed to get them up and dancing. Suddenly I was in the mood to see Mr. Singh dance. I don’t exactly dance, myself, but when dancing starts up I’m no wallflower, either, kind of confusing, the wallflower part, because I’ve often seen flowers – even flowers growing by a wall – dancing in the breeze.

But no brief selection came. Bernie just shook his head and said, “Maybe another time.”

We left with some money, drove in silence to an office building, not one of the downtown towers, but a crummy old place across from a strip mall. A security guard with a toothpick sticking out of his mouth said, “No dogs.” I had to wait in the car. That happened sometimes and I was cool with it. While Bernie was gone I thought about how good it would be to jump up and snatch the toothpick right out of that security guard’s mouth and then just stand there, letting him think he could catch me.

“Tin futures, never again,” said Bernie as we drove away. “Even if you have to tie me down.” Tie Bernie down? Couldn’t and wouldn’t. As for tin futures, I had no clue. And neither, it looked like, did Bernie. That meant no one had a clue, so there was no point even thinking about it. I’m the type who can stop thinking about something in a flash, so I did.

Welcome Samson, Furry-Toy Player; others please try again.



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108 Responses to “No Post Today”

  1. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:39 am on May 4th, 2011

    Good morning, y’all! I was surprised to see a post — or I guess I should say a “no post” already this morning. I just got on the computer to take a look at last night’s offerings before Mom goes to work. I hope you all have a grand day — I’ll be back tonight!

  2. Mollypop
    7:56 am on May 4th, 2011

    I just got on to read last night’s posts too.

    I’ll add to the advance of technology – when Mom started her career in computers, it used punch cards. She thought that was the greatest technology ever! She punched up a deck of cards, fed them into the computer, and then out came some printing on wide paper that had green stripes called “green bar.”

  3. Barb & Maggie
    7:56 am on May 4th, 2011

    And a second good morning y’all and all y’all. We heard that all y’all is plural for y’all. Like that much better than youse. Barb’s bumpkin boss always says, “I’ll meet youse at the house” if she is meaning more than one person. Yikes!

    Mr. Singh didn’t smell like curried goat this morning. Good thing. No babies yet. We do like Astrid (who?) and Cupcake and Shortcake, too.

    Hope Wookie’s grandpa had a good birthday. Today is Barb’s grandson Jackson’s 2nd, tomorrow is Ben’s 5th, and Saturday is my 2nd. Busy birthday week!

  4. OleyHowlers
    8:02 am on May 4th, 2011

    Good morning Kirby, Molly, Barb & Maggie,
    Mom has been away a lot and when she is home, she doesn’t want to turn on the computer for us. We apologize for being MIA. But today she is staying home and its raining.
    Molly, our mom says sh also remembers those punch cards and the greenbar paper. We have no idea what you both are talking about.
    Wonder where Chet is going?

  5. Melanie
    9:09 am on May 4th, 2011

    Good Morning All!

    Just caught up from last night. I would suggest for a boy and girl combo, Uke n’ Lalie!

    I haven’t even gotten downstairs yet. Raining this morning, but should clear up. Hope to run The Pack today.

    Hmmm. Punch cards . . . the reason I never went into computers. Thank goodness people like MollyPop’s mom did.

    I HATED the mimeograph machine. Guaranteed to break as soon as I walked in the door.

    Have a great day everyone!

    Pondering where Chet and Bernie are going . . .

  6. B.Stover
    9:49 am on May 4th, 2011

    Travelling where? And that is far too early to be civilized.

    Good morning all.

    B&M: Happy birthdays to all. My grandparents whose parents came from Germany always said “youse.” They lived in the thumb area of Michigan and were farmers. Everyone around there said it and so did my mom sometimes. Now I have another word to ponder on my blog.

    Hello Howlers, Kirby and Melanie. Mollypop: I’ve heard of punch cards put don’t think I’ve ever seen them. That sounds like a lot of work.

  7. B.Stover
    9:53 am on May 4th, 2011

    And Barb: I think you should name the baby goat Astrid. We need to keep reminding Spence et al that we have a case that is not yet solved…grump.

  8. Volfie Vigglebutt
    9:54 am on May 4th, 2011

    Here’s a second vote for Astrid and a first vote for Ingrid.

    We remember that paper. The phone company used it in their billing department once upon a time.

    We simply cannot have Rio off line his much. I miss Mr Pugley.

  9. Sam
    10:07 am on May 4th, 2011

    Everyone is up so bright and early. I feel tip top today and didn’t have to go to that guy who makes me quiver and shake as soon as we pull up in the car. I’m always excited to go for a ride, but then, whoa, look where we are – not good. So ha ha this time he didn’t get his grimy mitts on me!

  10. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:11 am on May 4th, 2011

    Useless!… She was totally useless last night…sniff! … When she got home from the busy place she said she was not going to waste her evening fighting with my old computer…grump!… So instead we had supper with her mother and then she drug me out on a very long walk, up and down hilly streets past the college. Those guys out there on the field were playing Lacrosse and Soccer and something else I couldn’t quite catch…sniff! … She wanted to go closer to watch but didn’t want to risk getting run’d over on the very wide street we would have had to cross…grunt!…I can only trot so fast you know. I couldn’t beat any oncoming traffic if my life depended on it. So she didn’t risk it…snort!….Tonight I’m told we are going to walk on the other side of the street to avoid this problem…heh!

    Computer!… She said she would post some stuff for me from the busy place today for a little while. She better not Edit my text dammit! I don’t know what her plan is for getting me back on the Internet. ….grump!… All I can say is it better be damned quick, or I’m going to be forgotten by all my friends and foes on Chet’s blog….grumble! … All I can say is she is doing her darned best and I best just suck it up.

  11. Barb & Maggie
    10:13 am on May 4th, 2011

    OK, if we have two girls, it will be Ingrid and Astrid.

    We have a couple coming over to take pictures of the barn and pasture for their daughter, who currently lives in Calif. She is in love with this house and wants to move back to this area where she grew up. The parents are spry 80-year olds, and their daughter is in her 50’s. She has seen the house of, but since she has a horse, she wants more detail on pasture and barn. Father was a plumbing contractor, so he wants to check out mechanicals. Keep fingers and paws crossed. Would love to have her buy it! BBL

  12. Mollypop
    10:20 am on May 4th, 2011

    B. – Mom hated those punch cards. They were cards that had what was typed printed along the top and holes punched in the card that could be read by the computer. A typo, which Mom makes all the time, couldn’t be corrected so she would type another card. The best use of those cards was to make Christmas wreaths so many people were unhappy when the cards went away. The prettiest ones were sprayed with gold paint.

  13. Melanie
    10:23 am on May 4th, 2011

    Fingers crossed for birthdays, baby goats and selling the house!

    Riö: We know she’s doing her best. We miss you guys.

    Sam: Glad you are feeling great, are you up to Princess standard yet?

    B.Stover: How do you pronounce “youse”?

    Zoë has to do a bit of printing and then I start changing the printers. Wish me luck!

  14. Siber-H
    10:23 am on May 4th, 2011

    This is for the contact record: I have Mollypop’s phone number and she has mine because when my mother was “out of it” (sick) and she didn’t turn on the computer for me, emails did no good. Once again, I thank all of you for your concerned emails. Mom promised me she would never do that again as long as she was able to push the stupid button and turn the computer on for me.

    I miss Rio too, but I know he will be back with us soon because his friend will get the internet fixed for him one way or another. She will have no peace until she does.

    Rebecca, I am very happy as I know you are that AJ is satisifed with the outfit that he left the team with for this summer. I agree with AJ that you didn’t need to say that you were alone while he was gone. I don’t know about Alaskan Huskies, but Siberians are not “watch dogs”. Mom calls us “go ahead and take the silverware” Siberians.

  15. B.Stover
    10:29 am on May 4th, 2011

    Sam: I’m so glad you’re feeling better!

    Good luck Barb.

    Rio: Sounds like an interesting new neighborhood and lots of nice walks. New computers really aren’t that expensive so be nice to your friend and perhaps she’ll buy one.

    Where is Dawson? Mollie ABP has been gone a long time also. Hopefully CHarris will get in touch here or with Rebecca.

  16. B.Stover
    10:33 am on May 4th, 2011

    Mollypop: LOL!! I love it!

    Melanie: It is “you” with a short hiss at the end.

  17. Siber-H
    10:34 am on May 4th, 2011

    Barb, I bet the potential buyer falls in love with your place…paws crossed. Happy Birthday to the birthday kids in your family!

    Howlers, Welcome back!

    Glad you are fully recovered, Sam. I worry about you because you are so little.

  18. Barb & Maggie
    10:34 am on May 4th, 2011

    Melanie, silly girl. Youse is pronounced like plural U. Ingrid’s coach always says youse. Barb’s other favorite of the bumpkin is “hows come?”

  19. Siber-H
    10:38 am on May 4th, 2011

    Stover, In a post yesterday morning Staff says, “Dawson is here”.

  20. OleyHowlers
    10:38 am on May 4th, 2011

    Those punch cards were terrible. You had to keep them in order, so when carrying a huge stack to the card reader, if you dropped them you were doomed.
    Siber: We here at Howling Arabians are GREAT watch dogs. We check out everyone who comes around to see if they are friendly. Thank goodness, they always are, so we are free to give them hugs and kisses. But if we get a baddie, we are going to withhold all of our loving until they play nice.

  21. Siber-H
    10:43 am on May 4th, 2011

    Howlers, Are any of you somewhat aloof? I can be at times and mom has noticed that trait in some of the Sibers that Husky Rescue takes in.

  22. Barb & Maggie
    10:46 am on May 4th, 2011

    T & G, We never heard the expression “safe as houses”. Has anyone else used that?

    We are waiting for the people to get here. At least the wind is not blowing you off your feet today, and the sun is shining. Yea!

  23. Melanie
    10:51 am on May 4th, 2011

    You(ss) . . . hmm . . . I was rhyming it with louse. Ooookkkkaaaayyy . . .

    Good morning everyone else!

    Eaglet pic! Man those dudes are getting big!

  24. Melanie
    10:51 am on May 4th, 2011

    Oh, and don’t worry. The third eaglet is off to the lower left. Camera shy?

  25. Rose
    10:56 am on May 4th, 2011

    Greetings to Everyone!

    I remember punch cards, green and white paper, mimeograph pages (call me crazy, but I loved the smell!), but does anyone remember telex machines? I actually worked in an office years and years ago that used one…I guess now I’m showing my age.

    Mollypop: That is a very nice punch card wreath.

  26. B.Stover
    11:00 am on May 4th, 2011

    SH: Thank you. I did read Staff’s post. I actually meant, why isn’t Dawson here…posting?

    I thought of another word. Instead of saying “yes” I often say “ja” the German for “yes” which I always heard as a child. It of course sounds similar to “yeah” of American English always considered “informal.” There really is a difference in pronounciation though…it has to do with the shape of the mouth when you say it. (The mouth sort of forms an “O” when saying “ja” rather than splitting wide when saying “yeah.” Fun!)

    Barb: I’ve heard the term “safe as houses” but have never used it. I must have read it many times but can’t think where.

  27. Siber-H
    11:03 am on May 4th, 2011

    Rose, Mom loved the smell of the mimeograph pages also.

    eee gads, the eaglets are growing fast.


  28. OleyHowlers
    11:11 am on May 4th, 2011

    When Mom was in school (Dark Ages), she used to get her tests on mimeograph, and she loved to smell it before starting the test. She also says she remembers telex machines…you typed on them but they sent things as if it was fax she thinks.
    We have never heard of the term “safe as houses”.
    Siber, we can all be quite aloof, altho Mom calls it “independent” and she says thats one of the great traits about huskies. She gets love when she wants/needs it, but doesn’t worry about us when she is busy, as we are quite good at entertaining ourselves.

  29. B.Stover
    11:13 am on May 4th, 2011

    Rose is back! I loved the smell of mimeograph pages also. I remember when I worked at GM and had to clean the Xerox machine drum…very delicate operation. I doubt that they still make those monsters. I remember the name telex machine. I used to work at Dean Witter in Laguna Beach, CA…..would they have had one?

  30. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:18 am on May 4th, 2011

    Eaglets!… Will all four or five of them fit on that nest when the Eaglets become teenagers?….snort! … I wonder how much food they have to hunt down each day to feed those guys…sniff! …I’m hungry! I wonder what her mom is eating right now. She always has donuts in the morning. I’ve never heard of that before…yeep! …Maybe I can get some….yum!

  31. Rose
    11:18 am on May 4th, 2011

    Hi B!

    OH: Yes, you did type on a telex machine. If I remember correctly, a strip of paper with holes fed out of it.

  32. B.Stover
    11:25 am on May 4th, 2011

    Rose: Yes, I remember! The telex operator’s name was Betty also. I remember yellow strips of paper coming out of her machine. Wow! And now there are computers……

  33. Buddy and T.C.
    11:32 am on May 4th, 2011

    Hey Guys! We can never get near the compute when its turned on as Sasha is always using it.
    But we just had to comment on the “aloof”ness – NOT of Sibes. We find those Sibes to be very snuggly and warm and not at all aloof.

  34. OleyHowlers
    11:34 am on May 4th, 2011

    Ignore Buddy…is it any wonder we don’t let him get near the computer? He fantasizes.

  35. BearSpiritDog
    11:44 am on May 4th, 2011

    Punch cards & mineographed paper! Wow. That was a long, long, long time ago. If Nana had finished our training in Computer Science she would be very well off now. In one of her first jobs, the computer department held the company at their mercy because they controlled all the data. Mimeographed paper even older. Wasn’t there an old movie that shows kids in a classroom holding fresh pages up to smell them? and telex machines – didn’t they make alot of noise sending messages? We’ve cme a long way in 50 some years. Now computers are lightening fast (well most of them…) and self repairing.
    Whew! Trips down Memory Lane can certainly bring up, well, lots of memories!
    Good Morning everyone! – although it’s almost noon for some of youse (LOL)

  36. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:51 am on May 4th, 2011

    Bear!… You say that the new computers are “self repairing”…snort!…What does that mean? What kind of repairs do they do to themselves?…grunt!

    SiberH!… He’s not aloof, he’s just busy calculating the width and depth of his next hole in relation to the last hole he dug while keeping in mind the moon’s gravitational pull…snort!

  37. B.Stover
    12:04 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Bear: One “long” is sufficient. I can do without the other two! LOL.

    I looked up “telex” on Wikipedia. Interesting.

  38. OleyHowlers
    12:10 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Rio, our computer got infected on Monday and we couldn’t do anything on it. But we managed to to a restore from the Windows Restore Point made on Sunday, and presto! self-repaired!

  39. BearSpiritDog
    12:27 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Rio: Not 100% of course, but close with restoration cds and updates and downloads from the Mother Ship. Anyway, that’s how I like to think of my computer – as self-repairing,

  40. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:32 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Windows!….What version of Windows are youse guys running on your self-repairing computers?…snort!

  41. OleyHowlers
    12:35 pm on May 4th, 2011

    We are running XP but really really need to upgrade.
    And here in our part of PA, we do say yous … but we don’t get that “e” on the end…wouldn’t that make it rhyme with louse? Yous on the other hand is just the plural of you….at least in PA Dutchland.

  42. Barb & Maggie
    1:00 pm on May 4th, 2011

    We always thought it was “yous” until Ingrid’s coach said “youse”. Both are equally wrong!

    The older couple left, and we got the seal of approval from Dad. He said mechanicals were good, and the property would be perfect for them. Now if they will just write a contract!

  43. B.Stover
    1:04 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Deutschland. Deutsches Reich until after WWI. (No more monarchy.) Deutsche mark…formerly reichsmark until after WWII. (Sorry…more fun.)

  44. Gus and BooBear
    1:09 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Rio, be sure to get a laptop or ipaw! If she doesn’t need to upgrade other parts of the computer, get a netbook. Good for web surfing and emails but not too expensive.

  45. B.Stover
    1:13 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Here’s what the Wikipedia article on “you” relates regarding the “plural” you:

    “Because you is both singular and plural, various English dialects have attempted to revive the distinction between a singular and plural you to avoid confusion between the two uses. This is typically done by adding a new plural form; examples of new plurals sometimes seen and heard are y’all, or you-all (primarily in the southern United States and African American Vernacular English), you guys (in the U.S., particularly in Midwest, Northeast, and West Coast, in Canada, and in Australia; regardless of the genders of those referred to), you lot (in the UK), youse (in Scotland and the north east of England), yous (in Liverpool, UK), youse guys (in the U.S., particularly in New York City region, Philadelphia, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and rural Canada; also spelt without the E), and you-uns/yinz (Western Pennsylvania, The Appalachians). English spoken in Ireland, known as Hiberno-English, sometimes uses the word ye as the plural form, or yous (also used in Australia, however not the form ye). Although these plurals are useful in daily speech, they are generally not found in Standard English. Among them, you guys is considered most neutral in the U.S. It is the most common plural form of you in the U.S. except in the dialects with y’all, and has been used even in the White House.”

  46. Melanie
    1:19 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Good Luck B&M!!

    I love our mac. it is more expensive, but we don’t have to be quite as careful when it comes to viruses. Knocking on wood here.

    I remember in the midwest, we always said “you guys” no matter what the gender of the group.

    Shocked the “Dickens” out of the Southerners when we moved there.

    Staff, your Kat that has gone to the Rainbow Bridge had the exact black and white patterns of one of mine that is also there.

    We called her Bowl. As a kitten she curled up in the mixing bowls. It was her favorite place even when she grew up.

  47. B.Stover
    1:30 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Pondering here….I always say “you guys” when I’m talking to a classroom of students or a group of people. I say “you” when speaking generally: “You can’t believe everything you hear,” or when speaking to one person. Interesting.

  48. Rose
    1:30 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Bear: I agree with B…too many longs in there! 🙂
    B: Thanks for the link regarding the telex…very interesting.

    It is amazing how far technology has advanced in my lifetime. The Prof and I still own some museum pieces, like a VCR, and a couple of Sony Walkmans. I actually had the original Sony Walkman which weighed a ton, and had an external speaker, so that you could listen with or without headphones. Unfortunately, I loaned it to my younger brother, and it was in an “accident.”

  49. BearSpiritDog
    1:33 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Rio: XP here also, but as the O.Howlers (Hi Buddy!) say, need to upgrade. Will probably wait to do so with the purchase of a new computer.
    Barb: Sounds like you may have a sale in the works! Paws crossed.
    Ingrid & Astrid for girls names – perfect! and Shortcake sounds good for a boy.
    Melanie: How is the printer hookup going? We had to call in a friend to set up ours. As I said before, that darn instruction book is rather overwhelming.
    B: Interesting info on the telex. Thank you for the link. My friend’s mom always said “Ja”. She was from Germany.
    Sam: You’re back! I’ll bet you tried really hard to feel better to avoid visiting that place where they scare you half to death with needles and prodding and poking and medicinal smells. Although, for some reason unknown to me, Masquers doesn’t seem to mind. I think she likes the extra attention her favorite person gives her. No telling what those Kats are thinking. They have their own unique view of the world, that’s for sure.

  50. OleyHowlers
    1:35 pm on May 4th, 2011

    We have been trying to post about one of our guys that belongs to the Navy SEALs and helped nab the baddie but for some reason its not showing up.
    We do say yous guys here in our part of PA.
    B: Deutschland is very different from PA Dutchland.

  51. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:41 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Classroom!….I could see someone standing in front of her class saying, “Youse all are on my SOL list as of right now!”….snort ! heh!

  52. Melanie
    1:48 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Printer: It doesn’t bode well, when the directions say:
    Be sure to use the correct paper source for the media type being loaded.
    A: Load photo paper in the Rear Tray.
    B: Load plain paper in the Cassette.
    The illustration may be different from your product.

    Huh?? And that was the first direction.

  53. Melanie
    1:49 pm on May 4th, 2011

    OleyHowlers: Congratulate your friend for The Pack!

  54. B.Stover
    2:01 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Rio: LOL! I am going to mention the SOL list when I get a chance. I say “you guys” because I’m being informal–I want the students to feel comfortable. I don’t think I could ever use “youse.” My paternal grandmother who lived with us criticized my mom when she said it.

    Howlers: I have a vague recollection that American use of “Dutchland” was derived from German “Deutschland.”

  55. Mollypop
    2:02 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Melanie – Mom said that regular printer paper will load in a stack in the cassette, which is probably in the front. Your photo paper will load from a different place because it’s thicker. Ours is in the back and Mom only puts some in when she’s ready to print a photo. The front cassette for regular printing has paper in it all the time.

    I hope this helps for step one.

  56. OleyHowlers
    2:09 pm on May 4th, 2011

    B: Yes the term Pennsylvania Dutch is derived from Deutch. Sorry to confuse. Its just that its very different nowadays. The Pennsylvania Dutch dialect is primarily a derivative of Palatinate German…very different from “High German” that our pop-pop’s family spoke. He always took great pains to differentiate.

    Melanie: The member of the Nation that partook in the daring mission was not specific to our breed…we don’t know what breed…just meant one of our guys as in the Nation within the Nation.

  57. B.Stover
    2:27 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Howlers: What is the difference between High German and Palatinate German…..if it’s not too complex to explain.

  58. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:31 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Molly!…Do you have any more photos of you in training when you were a Cadet?…snort!… For all of you out there, one does not become a Special Agent just by sitting on the couch chewing on the pillows…snuff!

  59. B.Stover
    2:35 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Howlers: I found a really interesting article on the distinction. Also, click on “High German” for another article.
    (There was a consonant shift. I’ll have to check that out.)

  60. OleyHowlers
    2:36 pm on May 4th, 2011

    B: PA Dutch people are descendants of immigrants from Southwestern Germany, as well as German-speaking Swiss and French Huguenots. We find that the PA Dutch who live here cannot understand German, and our pop-pop could not understand “Dutch”. Here is a good link showing some of the differnces in the language (altho we are thinking its more of a dialect).

  61. Mollypop
    2:44 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Commander Rio – Here I am in action going right up the tree after a fuzzbutt.

  62. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:56 pm on May 4th, 2011

    FuzzButt!… I knew they hired specially trained squirrels to teach the Cadets the fundamentals of tree climbing…heh!…No one has ever caught one on camera as far as I know….snort!…. I’ve heard they wear little black berets and a shell casing belt. Rocky says they carry their nuts in that belt instead of real gun shells..…Heh! …He toured the training facility when he was in college and still deciding on his career path…snort!

  63. Buddy and T.C.
    3:08 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Hello again Plunderers! We want to join your group so bad but evidently certain huskies are making sure that doesn’t happen.

    Did the Oley Howlers tell you that our Daddy is getting ankle surgery tomorrow and won’t be able to walk for awhile? We are very nervous for him. Altho we admit that it will be lots of fun to have him around with a lap for us. The Howlers are going to be bummed when they realize Daddy won’t be playing or walking or hiking for awhile.

  64. BearSpiritDog
    3:10 pm on May 4th, 2011

    B & O.Howlers: Yes, I have always found it interesting that different dialects within a country cannot understand one another; yet different languages are quite similar in many ways, so if you are profient in one, you can understand some of another (ie:Spanish/Italian) Wow! One of our kind was on THAT mission? Hurray for our side!
    MollyPop: It is clear why you are one of Rio’s top agents.

    3:15 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Mollypop, That is a great picture of you keeping the fuzzbutts at bay. I wish I had fuzzbutts to chase instead of those yucky old rats with the hairless tails!

  66. OleyHowlers
    3:19 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Molly: You must be a super agent. You can really climb trees? Wow. We can’t do that. We just sit at the bottom and wait … and wait … and wait. Darn fuzzbutts never come down.
    Bear: We tried to post a link about Our Guy in the commando raid but it just wouldn’t go up on the blog for some reason.

    3:25 pm on May 4th, 2011

    BTW, When Barb told Lyla, Jack’s 4 year old sister, that we were thinking of Astrid and Ingrid for the baby goats, she was not impressed. Her response was “Mimi, you need to call them Chinese and England”. Barb asked which name was for which gender, and she said “Chinese is for girls, and England is a boys name. It was like, duh, Mimi, everyone knows that!

    Incidently, T & G, Barb is called Mimi because that was what the kids started calling her, not because she doesn’t want to be a grandma. Their other grandmother was Grandma, so they decided they needed to call her something different. She doesn’t mind being OLD!

  68. Tupper and Gilly
    3:36 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Whew – we have already had a day and a half and we aren’t even working in Crazy Lady Land! Then we jump onto the blog and find all kinds of tech talk, and discussions about High German etc. We think we are in WAY over our heads – which actually isn’t all that high – we are Corgis after all….short legs, you know.
    Barb and Maggie – all paws crossed. That saint thingie you buried must be working. Or is it the bunny picture on the fridge?
    Bee – we are SHOCKED, we tell you….shocked! The Grammar Police call a bunch of mixed students “you guys”?? Horrors!
    Mama is actually very sensitive to that kind of thing for a rather opposite reason. Our Dad is a really handsome man with waist length hair that he keeps in two long braids. And even though he is very manly looking, even at times scruffy, they are often greeted at restaurants and other customer service areas with “How can I help you LADIES?” Mama has had a couple of different reactions to that. Sometimes, she will jokingly say, “Check again”. Other times, she will simply say that she will take her business somewhere else where the staff will actually SEE their customers. (Dad is a lot more mellow – he just ignores them, or says in a deep voice, “I am not a lady”)
    As a result of this, she is very careful to not say “guys” to mixed company…or “gals”, “ladies”, “women” or any other collective feminine if she isn’t positive.
    Crazy Lady Land is strictly all women – and Mama has heard more than once that her customers appreciate not being called “guys” when there is a group instruction.
    Just sayin’

  69. Melanie
    3:53 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Jeez, now I’m going to have to be careful around the Royal’s mum!

    Okay, printer is up and running. I did a photograph. Looks stunning. Also very quick on the documents.

    MollyPop, you were right on about the paper.

    Not feeling good here. Too much printer? I don’t know, going to take some time off and do nothing.

  70. Rose
    3:58 pm on May 4th, 2011

    All this talk of German…

    I just want to say to Chet and the rest of the nation within a nation out there- Ich will deine Pfote halten. Ich liebe dich!!!

  71. Tupper and Gilly
    4:00 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Oh Melanie – youse silly! You know YOU could call Mama and Dad skeesiks and sheepdip, and they wouldn’t care.
    Its different when someone who is supposed to be “customer service” does it.

  72. OleyHowlers
    4:05 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Rose: Ich liebe dich auch

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:06 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Rose!…heh!snort!heh!…You can hold my paw anytime little missy!…snort!…Just so long as you give it back…grunt!

  74. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:12 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Oh!…Und Rose, Ich möchte Ihnen eine Slurpy lecken … schnauben!

  75. BearSpiritDog
    4:16 pm on May 4th, 2011

    O.Howlers: Maybe your earlier post was intercepted as some kind of classified/secret code and went into Moderation Land.
    Melanie: Feel better! I think you were under too much stress this morning with that darn printer.

  76. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:13 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Computer!…My friend says she is debating whether to take the damned thing to a company in town that will do a diagnosis for free….snort!…It only costs if they actually repair something. This is the same way Rocky and I run the bed bug business…chorkel!… He goes in “for free” to see if the client has bed bugs…chuffle!…By the time he is finished rolling around on their bed or couch “checking” for them, the client really does have bed bugs…snort!… This is when he tells them how much it will cost to get rid of them…heh!

  77. Rose
    5:23 pm on May 4th, 2011


    Ich bin Kusse deinen Weg!

    (Sorry, I didn’t put the litle dots over the “u”)

  78. Rose
    5:26 pm on May 4th, 2011


    Sie sind wie ein Flirt

  79. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:32 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Rose!…I did not fart!…grunt!…Oh, never mind…sniff!

  80. OleyHowlers
    5:40 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Rose: smooches Sie

    FB people: We do not have a FB page, but our Mom and Dad do. Mom says some of your moms have them as well, but she can’t friend any of them. She is sad.

  81. Rose
    5:53 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Sie wurden es nie bei mir furz, wurden sie

    Meine Wange an den Computer eingeschaltet und wartet auf Ihre Slurpy snort (und nicht die Wange, entweder)

    5:56 pm on May 4th, 2011

    We know what sheepdip is (dip you put them in to get rid of lice) but what is skeesiks? Couldn’t find it on Google.

  83. Rose
    5:59 pm on May 4th, 2011


    Ich bin Erroten

  84. Melanie
    6:06 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Hey, after watching two “The Closers” feeling a bit better. Sort of dizzy though.

    OleyHowlers: Hit my name, send me a secret decoder message and I’ll send you the face book name. Think of a code word so I’ll know it’s you.

    going to watch more. Keeps my head still.

  85. Siber-H
    6:13 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Howlers, I know about waiting on the squirrel. I have one that lives in a hole in the ground under a concrete patio. I have waited and waited and waited. I even tried digging a spectacular hole that I hoped he would fall into. Nothing has worked so far. I need to come up with a plan C. Maybe Mollypop is on the right track.

    Ah Ha Stover just gave me permission to say “you guys”, which I do all the time. I’m telling mom.

    Buddy and TC, Sibers “warm and snuggly”…ha ha ha

  86. OleyHowlers
    6:25 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Pop is home and Mom is taking him out for his “last meal”. That means she is going to shut down the computer. Talk to you all later.

    Siber: Buddy does snuggle us. We try to ignore him.

  87. Melanie
    6:29 pm on May 4th, 2011
  88. B.Stover
    6:44 pm on May 4th, 2011

    SH: You didn’t need my permission.

    T&G: I will keep using “you guys.” However, I’ll make sure that I don’t call youse “guys.”

    Howlers: My Facebook account is under my first and last names.

  89. Siber-H
    6:53 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Yeah, but it looks good, Stover, if it is something you do. If it is something Rio does, I might get “the look” from mom.

  90. B.Stover
    7:07 pm on May 4th, 2011

    SH: LOL! Tell your mom that in modern American usage, “guys” is used without reference to gender.

  91. BearSpiritDog
    7:07 pm on May 4th, 2011

    O.Howlers: I think I found your problem. Will send you a message on F/b.
    From last night: The Emergen-Tree is a very good idea. Did we ever set it up? Should we leave email contact at Dishlickers? As one of the Plunderers mentioned, email exchanges won’t help much if you don’t have a computer. However, our emails can be tied into our cell phones and we can get messages that way. One last thing – if we are down and out who will lift up our head to shout? Oh Boy – I think it may be nap time.

  92. Rose
    7:35 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Gute Nacht und angenehme traume to all!

  93. Mollypop
    7:45 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Melanie – Please send Mrs.Howlers my Mom’s name so we can be fb friends too.

  94. B.Stover
    8:35 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Bear: We do have an emergency tree in place. Do you know anyone’s email on the blog?

  95. BearSpiritDog
    9:06 pm on May 4th, 2011

    B: Yes, I have Melanie’s email address. Also sent ours it to the Plunderer’s special email address at yahoo.

    Gute Nacht Everyone! from Bear

  96. Tupper and Gilly
    9:23 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Mama has been chuckling over the German stuff – she took it in high school with a wonderful teacher who had a great sense of humor. She knew that we would never learn dry old poetry, so she would allow us to change it as long as we did it all in proper tense and declention. So: “Du bist wie eine blume” became “Du bist wie eine affe, Nicht hold, nicht schon, nicht rein. Ich schau’ dich an, und furchten Schleicht mir ins Herz hinein.”
    Her spelling may be off, but you get the gist – high school was a Looooonnngg time ago.

  97. Tupper and Gilly
    9:26 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Bee – youse all is our favrite perfesser, an if’n you wanna call us’n “guys” we ain’t gonna git ar noses outta joint

  98. Basil and Sage
    9:35 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Hey Buddy and TC – you out there? Hey, we know what it is like trying to get ‘puter time when you live with (pah!) dawgs! They just think they are SO smart, and they have SO much important stuff to say. Like that would ever happen.
    So-here’s what we do when we want to get in some blog time. We wait til the Corgis get the ‘puter on and booted up. Then we hide behind a door and start making noises like a squirrel. Or Basil is good at banging the door so it sounds like someone knocking. Either one drives the Corgis to distraction, and they go running off to chase off the intruders. Works every time.
    But since you live with Siberians, maybe you need to learn to make a noise like a hole?? Or a steak? What would motivate those guys to go running?

  99. B.Stover
    9:44 pm on May 4th, 2011

    How about this: Youse all guys….good night.

  100. Basil and Sage
    9:53 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Aww Bee – come on….stay up and play with us.

  101. Siber-H
    9:53 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Herbs, We don’t need a reason to go running, WE RUN

  102. Basil and Sage
    10:31 pm on May 4th, 2011

    Well, the Corgis have gone to bed, so I guess we better go too. If we don’t claim the good spots on the bed, they think that THEY can get up there.
    Good night everyone – see ya tomorrow.

  103. Siber-H
    10:36 pm on May 4th, 2011

    yawn, me too
    nighty night

  104. Staff
    11:45 pm on May 4th, 2011

    I told Dawson she was being paged and she is online now. Hopefully she will post. She said she is so far behind she is giving up and starting over.

    We went to two garage sales today. Both at churches. One was spectacular and one was not.

  105. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    12:07 am on May 5th, 2011

    Dawson! Ve have missed you! But please explain vhy you vould vant two garages. Especially if von is not so good

  106. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:33 am on May 5th, 2011

    Tashie, you must not have as much “important things” as we do if you do not understand why anyone would want extra garages. However, I am pretty sure that in this case no garages were sold. Where you come from, maybe nobody has more stuff than they need. Woof, I’m knackered. nitey nite

  107. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:40 am on May 5th, 2011

    B Stover, do you have any idea how many people on FB share your name? Sheesh

    Howlers, I could not comment on your page for some reason.

    Anyone else who wants to friend me on FB, Melanie and Wolfie and the Royals all have my info…This is mom, Macy is only on Dogbook

  108. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    9:35 am on May 5th, 2011

    Macy – as long as Natasha has space for her favorite blue and gold hat, and a few other necessary vardrobe items, vhat else could ve need space for? Ve have no baseball toys, smokey knuckle bones or lacrosse balls to store.
    Could not like Siber just build big hole for store important stuff?

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