No Post Today

“You’ve got an appearance at the Hudson Public Library?” Admin says.

“Yes,” says Spence.

“Six thirty tonight?”


“That’s Hudson Mass.?”


“The same Mass. where the Boston Bruins have their home?”

“Your point? As you would say.”

“Game seven, Stanley Cup finals, starts at 8.”

“But they don’t drop the puck till about 8:25. So not to worry.”

“Do I worry?”

“It’s your default mode, if you don’t mind me saying.”

The One Book, One Hudson reading program begins tonight at 6:30 with a visit from the author of this summer’s selection. Spencer Quinn, author of “Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery,’’ will be at the Hudson Public Library to sign books and talk about his writing.


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132 Responses to “No Post Today”

  1. Barb & Maggie
    9:13 am on June 15th, 2011

    Does that mean he/they are planning on attending the game? Not sure how close Hudson is. Know Boston won the last game 5-1. Is this the possible final game tonight?

    Barb is off to work. She is working double this week. The summer girl had a rough 2 weeks of 20 hour work weeks, so she is on vacation this week. Oh my!

  2. dawson
    9:13 am on June 15th, 2011

    The news in BC is all about the game tonight. Everything else is on hold. I’m off to work.

  3. dawson
    9:15 am on June 15th, 2011

    No no Barb. The game is in Vancouver. There is probably already a crowd standing in the street waiting for it.

  4. B.Stover
    9:20 am on June 15th, 2011

    “Default mode.” I love it! I think Spence means “they” can watch hockey on tv. A bottle of something is at stake.

    Good morning all.

  5. Sam
    10:00 am on June 15th, 2011

    We’re looking forward to the hockey game tonight.

    MagPie, this is the final game. The winner gets the Stanley Cup.

  6. OleyHowlers
    10:01 am on June 15th, 2011

    Good morning, Chet, Barb, Maggie, Dawson, B, and everyone else,
    We are feeling Tip Top today.

    Default mode is something Mom says all the time, and Pop tells her most people don’t understand that term. Apparently, he is wrong, huh?

  7. OleyHowlers
    10:02 am on June 15th, 2011

    Hello Sam.

    We think Admin’s bet is looking good right about now, based on the number of goals Boston has scored vs. the number Vancouver has scored in this series.

  8. Melanie
    10:07 am on June 15th, 2011

    Yes, the Bruins will win!!

    Okay, I’ve got photos ready for the cookbook, except Melanie’s. I wish she would get her act together.

    On the auction side. Send them in folks!

    Today is beautiful. The front has gone through so my aches are gone. I think I will actually plant those freaking plants today.

    Which brings up . . . Staff, where do you put the cans? In the ground to protect the roots? Around the stem to protect that?


  9. Tupper and Gilly
    10:12 am on June 15th, 2011

    Good morning all. We may actually get some sunlight today! Mama’s “virus” is ok now, but she could have a sudden relapse if Melanie ws feeling up to a road trip. Only 137 miles, door to door.
    tempt, tempt tempt…..

  10. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:13 am on June 15th, 2011

    MELANIE!!….If you feel good you should jump in the van this afternoon and go see Spencer at the Hudson library!….snort!snort!… I’m sure you could get Tuppers gal to go with you!…gruff!

  11. OleyHowlers
    10:21 am on June 15th, 2011

    We agree that Melanie and T&G’s mom should take a trip to Hudson.

    And then post pictures and/or video for us. Its obvious to us from today’s blog post that Spence really would love for you to be there.

  12. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:24 am on June 15th, 2011

    MELANIE!!….SEEEEEEE!!!…Do it!…snort!

    10:24 am on June 15th, 2011

    You could plant tomorrow, Melanie. Go to Hudson today, if possible.

    Cans – Barb puts cans around the small plants to protect the stem and tops from the birds and bunnies. The little creeps still ate some as they grew to the top of the can. Roots will be fine.

    10:56 am on June 15th, 2011

    I know you are all going to be devistated, but Heff and his 24 year of fiance have called off their Saturday wedding. We are heartbroken!! What could have gone wrong with their true love?

  15. Rose
    11:00 am on June 15th, 2011

    Greetings All:

    Yes, Melanie, GO,GO,GO!

    B&M: I’m wiping away some tears now just thinking about it!

    And what do we think Anthony Weiner’s wife will do now that she is back at home?

  16. Tupper and Gilly
    11:02 am on June 15th, 2011

    Barb – maybe she was afraid that he would run around on her.
    Or could it have been she was just sick and tired of those pitiful, old, wrinkled pyjamas? Oops – he wasn’t wearing them…

  17. Tupper and Gilly
    11:03 am on June 15th, 2011

    Rose – we sure that she will sit back and relax…maybe throw some weiners on the grill…
    tee hee

  18. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:04 am on June 15th, 2011

    Heff!…He has more wrinkles than I do!…snort!

  19. OleyHowlers
    11:10 am on June 15th, 2011

    T&G and Rio are killing us !!! LOL LOL LOL

  20. B.Stover
    11:18 am on June 15th, 2011

    Spence said he will try to get to the royals’ mom’s art exhibit. That would be wonderful!

    Staff: My farmer friend (I mentioned him on FB) said that he was not referring to cut worms which, he says, live underground and come out only at night. He was referring to …..I can’t remember the name but the worms are green. They don’t like the smell of basil.

    Rebecca has put an announcement about the auction on FB. Do you want me to cut and paste it here? When the details are added to the announcement (posted by Snowhook Bella on this blog last night at 11:38), I will cut and paste it to my FB page.

  21. B.Stover
    11:23 am on June 15th, 2011

    Here’s a link to an interesting article about men and sex scandals.

  22. OleyHowlers
    11:28 am on June 15th, 2011

    When going to Snowhook’s FB page, we saw that Melanie Gould was found last weekend. Mom missed that while she was sick. So she just didn’t want to be found? Scary that she is responsible for all those dogs then.

  23. OleyHowlers
    11:35 am on June 15th, 2011

    Thanks for that link, B. It is, indeed, a good time. About time.

    11:38 am on June 15th, 2011

    Whaa!! We missed the Melanie Gouild thing. What happened?

    You guys are too funny up above. Seriously, we think Weiner should resign, and probably his wife shoud leave him. Why do all these doofuses go to rehab when they get caught? What a crock!

    She is a capable, intelligent woman who can do it on her own. However, she is pregnant, and devout, so maybe she is still committed to the marriage. If she stays, is she going to be able to trust? The deceit is probably the worst, plus, his antics seems a little sicko to us.

  25. Melanie
    11:52 am on June 15th, 2011

    Hefner and ex fiance: He probably wanted a pre-nup!

    T&G: Thanks for making all of this MY fault. I KNOW your mom has clay up to her elbows!

    Thanks MagPie about the cans.

    Plants are in! The only tomatoes that didn’t come up were Mortgage Lifters. I figure that’s because of the housing market. I had to unbraid the Kentucky Pole Beans and boy did they have some roots! The bunching onions are bunched and the pink honeysuckle seedlings are in a box. They should cascade down onto an old stump.

  26. Rose
    11:53 am on June 15th, 2011

    Rio and TG: Now I’m really wiping tears from my eyes. You guys are making me laugh so hard!

    B&M: More voices of reason! In New York, many people still sypoort him. Yes, Weiner should absolutely resign. He is an arrogant, narcissist pig! He is the laughing stock of congress, and just keeps making himself look more ridiculous every day. His wife should drop him like a hot weiner!

    P.S. Yes, how is Melanie Gould?
    P.S.S. How is Audrey?

  27. Melanie
    11:56 am on June 15th, 2011

    Okay about the bathing suit! This needed it’s own post!

    YSAS went to the appointment. They picked one suit because the coloring would be perfect. Red and gray. . .
    They said, “It’s too bad that one doesn’t fit because the color is perfect.”
    He said, “I’m glad you realize it doesn’t fit!” He said it left NOTHING to the imagination>

    So he now has a wool tank top suit with short shorts and a loin cloth! The colors aren’t as cool but he feels better about walking around in it.

  28. B.Stover
    12:03 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Oh dear….the things an actor has to go through. Thanks for the info Melanie. I’m glad YSAS is wearing the one he’s comfortable in. Is “Mortgage Lifter” really the name of a tomato? (I’m laughing–“because of the housing market.”)

    I’m laughing about Rio’s “home is where the tv is” also.

  29. Mollie (a black poodle)
    12:04 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Hello all: Very hilarious comments today. Rose, I love that last line re Weiner. I like your picture too.
    Melanie: Glad you are feeling better.
    Rebecca: Can you post your story for the class for us after you write it? Everything I have read of yours is already very wonderful though.

    12:19 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Yes, Mortgage Lifter is a real name. It is also known as Radiator Charlie, I believe. Back in the Depression, a guy named Charlie created the tomato by crossing a couple of varieties. He sold them for $1.00 each and paid off his mortgage.

    Melanie, my M.L. were the most healthy of all the ones I started!

    Also, Melanie, those are pink hollyhocks, not honeysuckle!

  31. Melanie
    12:21 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Oh, good idea Mollie! I hope Rebecca posts the story.

    For Harry Potter fans. One More Month!

    Here’s the site of a trailer, takes time to get it downloaded. You can skip that and go to the Muggle Hub and see one there.

    I have to tell you, I don’t go movie theaters. Too many germs. BUT I’M GOING TO SEE THIS!

  32. Melanie
    12:22 pm on June 15th, 2011

    That will teach me to read things correctly! I’ll let them stay in there and then next year I’ll transplant them! Jeez. shaking head here.

    12:22 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Heff, who is 84, has been with that girl, Crystal Harris, I think, since 2009. She was Playmate of the Month once, and has now cut a record that came out this week. Could it be (and I know this is hard to believe) that she was using him for the publicity?

  34. OleyHowlers
    12:32 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Melanie, was that you that had trouble with your tomatoes that you keep growing in the same spot? Whoever it was, tomatoes should never be planted where they were the prior year. In fact, you have to do a 3-year rotation.

  35. Rose
    12:41 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Oops, sorry about my typo. I know how to spell “support”!

    Mollie: Thanks!

    And thanks to all you guys who have been complimenting my picture. I wasn’t too sure about putting it out there…I hate having my picture taken, and it is very evident in every picture taken of me. (I’m glad the avatar is small) 🙂

    12:50 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Rose, We wish the Avatar was bigger, so we could really see you.

    Back to Weiner. We heard that Congress is so negative about him that if he comes back he will be totally shunned. We think he will announce his resignation now that his wife is back.

  37. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:59 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Photos!…I hate my photo taken too Rose!…snort!…Luckily, she hasn’t caught me in one lately…sniff!… I try to sleep with one eye open now so the dreaded sleeping shot won’t show up again on this here blog again anytime soon…huffle!

  38. Staff
    1:00 pm on June 15th, 2011

    melanie, I put the cans part way into the ground so a metal can edge is sticking up around the stem. That keeps the cutworm from getting at the bottom of the stem just where it is sticking out of the ground.
    The tomato guy has all the info you need. In fact I used some paper bowls for the last two plants and they need to be replaced. Off to do that right now.

    This is a very good site.

  39. Tupper and Gilly
    1:00 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Melanie – you are right about clay up to the elbows but still…. Are you really positively absolutely unequivobably sure?
    hmmmmm…. once in a lifetime chance….
    just sayin’

  40. Staff
    1:23 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Go Go Go Go GO!

  41. Wölfie
    1:30 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Personally, I think that if you are an elected official with the last name of Weiner, then you should be arrested for being so stupid as to put pictures of the same out in cyberspace.

    I know it isn’t against the law to be stupid, but it should be.

    Still muttering…..

  42. Melanie
    1:43 pm on June 15th, 2011

    I hate to say this, but whatever Weiner decides, it would be nice to get rid of all our Senators and Reps who have been this stupid or dumb or creepy. There are a lot still in there that need to be shunned.

    Fading here T&G. You’ll have to take pictures for us when you go to the Cape.

    The poster for YSAS’s play is out! I’m going to see it July 30th. They are having a “Moms” evening for the mothers of the cast. Have no idea what that means . . .
    Should be fun though.

  43. BearSpiritDog
    1:45 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Melanie: To go, or not to go, that is the question…no pressure here from the troops…heh,heh

    B: We liked the Huff Post article – Men Behaving Badly. Sadly, it’s a common place thing these days. Members of the senate and congress are exposed monthly in one scandal or another.

    Barb&Maggie: We think Hef is trying to recapture his image of bygone days. Pretty pathetic. Does marrying a young chick make an old man younger? We don’t think so.

  44. Staff
    1:53 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Barb and Maggie, You may be right. However marrying a younger woman might also kill Heff off. Maybe he decided to go for safe over sorry. Snicker

    Weiner. No man named wiener should ever take a picture of his dangly bits. It just makes him a laughing ‘stock’.

    Also it is time to get rid of Ensign too. Why is he not being shunned? Is it because he is not named hotdog?

  45. Staff
    1:54 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Hey BStover. What is a laughing stock anyway?

  46. Staff
    2:13 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Melanie, Just in case.
    T&G send me a picture….

  47. Rose
    2:15 pm on June 15th, 2011

    B&M: I was considering adding the photo to Chet’s friends, but I don’t want to scare anyone!!!!

    Rio: Whenever I see a camera, I RUN!!! I must admit I LOVE the picture of you sleeping! It is still up in my cubicle. I may put you on my computer wallpaper at work…

  48. Melanie
    2:42 pm on June 15th, 2011

    So T&G, I think I’m going to call your mom and complain!

    Folks, my Spirit is willing, but my flesh is weak.

  49. Rose
    2:56 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Looking at Google page. Is there a lunar eclipse tonight?

  50. Siber-H
    2:57 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Rose, Put your picture up on Friends of Chet and that will give you a chance at the random drawing for a signed copy of Chet’s book. You are a Friend of Chet and all of us.

  51. Siber-H
    2:59 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Rose, There is a lunar eclipse tonight, but North America is left out of it. Liz should be able to see it.

  52. B.Stover
    3:04 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Staff: According to the World English Dictionary, “laughing stock” means an object of humiliating ridicule. According to the OED, which uses a hyphen, it was first used in 1533. Pepys used it in a diary entry on January 4, 1668: “I perceive my Lord Anglesey do make a mere laughing-stock of this Act.” And here’s one in a play by Sheridan, 1775: “You’ll be a laughing stock to the whole bench, and a byword with all the pig-tailed lawyers.”

  53. B.Stover
    3:07 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Michigan strawberries are ready to eat!! Strawberry shortcake tonight……

  54. Mollypop
    3:17 pm on June 15th, 2011

    There’s also a great picture of Rio sleeping sitting up. Mom’s computer’s wifi broke yesterday so she can’t post it right now.

  55. B.Stover
    3:28 pm on June 15th, 2011

    B&M: Thank you for the information on Mortgage Lifters. Very interesting.

    Melanie: I’m going to see the Harry Potter movie also. I’m hoping for a double feature of both parts of number seven.

  56. Rose
    3:46 pm on June 15th, 2011

    B: Sure would like some of that strawberry cheesecake!

    Siber-H: Thanks for the lunar eclipse info. I’m disappointed I won’t be able to see it! Pondering putting my picture up…I’m kinda scared!

    Mollypop: Dying to see that pic of Rio!

  57. Wölfie
    3:53 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Michigan strawberries…..sound yummers!!

    I think Melanie might be concerned because of the cane incident the last night she ran into the boys. Of course, that was Mr. Baker, but still…..

    Ihope the Royal’s mum goes so that she can discuss the frisbee giveaway on our behalf. Not that we felt left out or anything….

  58. Wölfie
    3:57 pm on June 15th, 2011

    That makes no sense.

    Let me try again. I think that Melanie might be embarrassed to see the boys because of what happened with her and Bee and the cane during their last visit with the Boys.

  59. Macy the Min-pin
    3:58 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Hey y’all!

    Mom finished the filing class today. Give her a list. A big list. No list is too big to be alphabetized. Just leave out the foreign words and abbreviations. And the government offices. And the video store listings. Eh, mom doesn’t want to file anything else today.

  60. Melanie
    4:01 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Wölfie, for a minute there I thought you were talking about my guys . . . Never did take a cane to them. I did something worse. I made them stay in their rooms until their attitudes changed. snicker

    Okay, I went to FB and complained about you guys!! Spence said I was to take at easy. There will be plenty of appearances with the new book that I can hit. B.Stover said that you guys would leave me alone if I put up the rough copies of the patch.

    Whatchsay? If I put them up will you leave me be???

  61. B.Stover
    4:04 pm on June 15th, 2011

    But Wolfie, there is nothing to be embarrassed about. The Boys deserved it.

  62. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:08 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Photo!…Thank goodness Molly’s wifi is out of whack!…grunt!

    Patches!… Put the rough cut Iditarod Patches up so everyone can see them!….Woooo!

  63. Siber-H
    4:37 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Melanie, I want to point out to you that I never said a word about you going because I understand. You and my mom are just alike when it comes to not being night owls. It is good to know that there will be other opportunities.

  64. BearSpiritDog
    4:52 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Just saw a news blurp that said Hef may die of a broken heart.

    B: Strawberry Shortcake! My favorite summer dessert!

    Melanie: I like your official blogger ID!

  65. Mollypop
    4:57 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Mom will post that picture of you-know-who as soon as her computer with the wifi is fixed.

    5:02 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Bear, At his age he could die of anything!

    Bee, Mortgage Lifter is one of our 2 favorites. The other is Paul Robeson, named after a black opera singer in the 1930s. He starred in King Solomon’s Mine. He was also a civil rights leader, mostly in Europe. Today the tomatoes just have boring names, like Big Boy, Early Girl and Better Girl. No imagination!

  67. Siber-H
    5:02 pm on June 15th, 2011

    That is a really cute photo of Rio asleep. Rose will love it.

  68. Staff
    5:06 pm on June 15th, 2011

    OK Melanie,
    I do understand. Sometimes you just can’t do what you would like to do. At least you are ready. You have your ChettheDog ID.badge.
    T&G might need one too. If they put a photo up here I can steal it and make theirs.
    Or she can go to the BigHugeLabs and do one for herself.

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:22 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Badge!….Here is my badge…snort!…We will probably never ever get to use it I bet….snuff!

  70. Rose
    5:47 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Siber-H: I’m sure I will.

    Rio: I like that you chose a picture of you showing your team spirit.

  71. Melanie
    6:05 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Will put patches up after we celebrate nephew’s bd!

  72. Rose
    6:48 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Another member of the Weiner club:

    I cannot believe this narcissist is smiling for his mug shot. Seems to me he has nothing to be proud of.

  73. Siber-H
    7:09 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Narcissist is the right word for Edward and Weiner. Arrogant is another good word for them. ugh gag

  74. Barb & Maggie
    7:11 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Rose, At least our President didn’t pick him as a running mate. OMG, would that have been awful! What is wrong with these guys?

  75. Rose
    7:20 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Siber-H: Agreed. The absolute gall of these two!

    B&M: To think that Weiner wants to run for mayor of NYC. Only in his dreams.

  76. Rose
    7:34 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Signing off for now…The Yankee game is on.

    Good Night to Everyone!

  77. Liz
    7:45 pm on June 15th, 2011

    I didn’t see the eclipse last night, it was hazy when I looked out at 11ish. Nice moon, but no colour.

    Macy, congrats on finishing the filing course!

    B, didn’t Laughing Stock come out of people in the old days being publicly punished by putting them in the stocks? and having townspeople go past and humiliate them and throw things. I thought that’s what it came from.

    Strawberries….sigh. My favourite.

  78. Melanie
    8:07 pm on June 15th, 2011

    So the patches are rough right now. There are two. The PR person is leaning to where Chet is by himself. We would have to pay for our own patches when it’s decided where to have them done and which one they want to do.

    The company the PR person is looking at has done patches for the Iditarod. The Iditarod sled sign will be 13 x 10 inches. The Snowhook team will need 10 to 13 patches for jackets. Plunderers may also get patches, but we will need to know how many people want them and figure away to get the payment together.
    The patches for jackets will be about 8 dollars.

    First Patch. This is the one the PR person likes . . .

  79. Melanie
    8:09 pm on June 15th, 2011

    The second patch is the one Rebecca likes. I think it would cost more. The PR person is concerned about price. The dog on the right would look more like W-L.

  80. Melanie
    8:14 pm on June 15th, 2011

    So that’s what’s going on with the Patch. The PR person wants to move ahead soon.
    The Royal Mum helped with all of this! She’s done patches before.

    Oh, we have to do 100% embroidery because it lasts. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will stay AJ from the swift completion of his team’s appointed round!

    The nephew is now 19 officially. A good time was had by all.

  81. B.Stover
    8:17 pm on June 15th, 2011

    I like Chet alone also. On the book covers both of his ears from the back view are black. I would like to order a patch.

    Liz: That sounds logical regarding the origin of laughing stock.

    The strawberries are delish!

  82. Alice M. Johnson
    8:20 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Well I really like the one without the sign, but except for the sled and dogs in the distance we don’t know that it is about the Iditarod. I do think the sled should be a bit larger because it is disappearing into Chet’s ear in that one.

    I like using the sign. Could you frame the patch with the sign and put the Plunder On under

    I think the patches are priced by how many stitches it takes and they can take hundreds of thousands of stitches. 8$ sounds very doable to me.

    Off to watch the last game and root for one of them. Heh.

    And I think that we should go with the patch that Rebecca likes over my choice. sniff.

  83. Siber-H
    8:21 pm on June 15th, 2011

    I most definately like the second one best…the same one Rebecca likes. I think it is very necessary that it says “Iditarod Sled Dog Race”
    I am anxious to know what everyone else thinks.
    I wonder how much more expensive it would be.
    Thanks Melanie

  84. Barb & Maggie
    8:24 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Melanie, We are sort of leaning towards # 1, and would dieifitely be interested in purchasing one. The first one is just a little less busy.

    Liz’s comments on the origin laughing stock sounds logical.

    We are going to go watch some hocky, even tho we never watch hocky. We are doing it in honor of you fans out there.

  85. Melanie
    8:30 pm on June 15th, 2011

    You guys can discuss this amongst yourself. Just don’t make too much work for me. 🙂 I was awake at 4:30 am for some reason. So headed to bed!

  86. dawson
    8:34 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Hockey! Yes Boston has more goals than Vancouver, but only when the games are in Boston. Luongo, the Vancouver goalie, though he falls apart at times, always always has come through when push comes to shove. Push is going to come to shove tonight so even though Boston arguably deserves to win the Stanley Cup, Vancouver will be victorious. I hope.

  87. Siber-H
    8:43 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Melanie and T&G’s mom, Both of the designs are beautiful and the two of you have done excellent work.

    I’m also watching the hockey game.

  88. Barb & Maggie
    8:43 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Hockey, we didn’t even spell it right!

  89. Barb & Maggie
    8:45 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Good night, Melanie, and thank you for all your work on the patches!

  90. BearSpiritDog
    8:47 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Patches! I like #2 with Chet & Whitey under the burled arch. The first one is very nice, but it is difficult to see the sled in the distance.

    Hockey tonight! We can only hope the home team advantage holds true.

    That said – We are signing off early tonight, but will be back in the morning bright eyed and bushy tailed. (too bad about the eclipse not being visible here.

    Have a Good Nite All – Bear

  91. dawson
    8:47 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Patches! I love them both. The first one is just what I had envisioned originally but I agree with Siber H. that “Iditarod” needs to be on the patch and getting to that Arch is what it’s all about. I’m not sure if Whitey-Lance should be with Chet watching…isn’t he in the race? If we take W-L out…and move Chet all the way to the right…wouldn’t there just be room to put a dog team going under the arch?
    Boston scores first. Darn it.

  92. BearSpiritDog
    8:53 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Patches! I like #2 with Chet & Whitey under the burled arch. The first one is very beautiful also. You have both done incredible work. Thanks so much!

    Hockey tonight! We can only hope the home team advantage holds true.

    That said – We are signing off early tonight, but will be back in the morning bright eyed and bushy tailed. (too bad about the eclipse not being visible here.

    Have a Good Nite All – Bear

  93. BearSpiritDog
    8:54 pm on June 15th, 2011


  94. Macy the Min-pin
    8:58 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Barb & Mags, you are thinking about horse hocky

  95. Macy the Min-pin
    8:59 pm on June 15th, 2011

    And we like #1 as well, with perhaps a little more contrast between the ice and the sky. Good job, Melanie!

  96. Macy the Min-pin
    9:14 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Edwards can’t help but smile. He had a smile surgically implanted when he began to run for office.

  97. dawson
    9:15 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Oh! Heh, heh.
    I just saw Melanie’s post where I’m not supposed to make work for her to do. I like #2 the best. As is. It’s perfect.

  98. dawson
    9:18 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Macy MinPin: Congratulations to your mom on her graduation from filing college. I really could use some of that knowledge. My filing cabinets are a mess.

  99. bluecat
    9:19 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Melanie & Royals’ Mum – good job and thanks for all you do. We’d like a patch, no matter which pattern 🙂

    ‘night, all. Sleep tight.

  100. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:32 pm on June 15th, 2011

    The patches look great! Both of them! I think I like patch #2, but without WL. Or maybe have WL a little darker or something. But we want two, one for mom and one for dad. Melanie and T&G’s mom did a fabulous job and I am very thankful!!!!

  101. bluecat
    9:33 pm on June 15th, 2011

    p.s. thanks to everybody working on the auction, too. You guys are the best.

    Plunderers Rule.

  102. Liz
    9:36 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Macy, that is so cute.

  103. Mollypop
    9:36 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Oh no, another Boston goal! Carpola.

  104. Siber-H
    9:37 pm on June 15th, 2011

    My eyes are getting tired following that little puck around the arena.

    Where is Rio?

  105. dawson
    9:38 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Me too!
    I want a patch no matter which design is finally picked.
    Boston gets a second goal. Sob, sob, whimper.

  106. dawson
    9:43 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Mollypop: Carpola is right! Here’s a power play for Vancouver. Please, please, please, score!

  107. Mollypop
    9:49 pm on June 15th, 2011

    A shorthanded goal oh my oh my. Good night.

  108. dawson
    9:49 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Oh crapola, a short-handed goal. Carpola, Crapola and Whatever other expletive you can think of.
    Where is that Pug to rub it in?

  109. Snowhook Bella
    9:55 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Melanie and the Royal’s mum are amazing—not only with designing the patches, but all the coordination with several different parties that is taking place behind the scenes.. Whew!

    AJ and I really like both patches. If i had to choose, I like the second one better. To me it looks like our guys, Chet and W.L got to Nome together (in my mind, Chet is part of the team). I can almost hear the conversation between the two which includes phrases like, “Pretty cool, huh,” “…know the way, now…,” “…thought there was mention of tennis balls? No?…,” and “want to do it again?”

    With that said, Snowhook will be proud to wear either patch. We are so grateful, we can’t thank you enough.

    Speaking of thank yous (not to be confused with youse), the story I still need to write for the writing workshop tomorrow is meant as a gift for one of the Plunderers. I will post it when it’s ready for public consumption.

  110. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:02 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Patch!… I know which one I want and why, but now is not the time to criticize all the excellent work Melanie and others have done to get the patch in the works…heh!…They are both splendid and worthy of all of us and the Snowhook Team….wheeze!…To bad we can’t have them Both!..snorkel!

    Relaxing!…My friend and I decided that after today, which was a very stressful day in oh so many ways, too many for me to count that’s for sure, that we just want to sit back and watch a 1960’s film with Jack Lemmon called, Good Neighbor Sam…heh!…Its about the advertising industry back then and since Mad Men will not be on this season someone here thought it fitting to watch it…snort!

  111. Alice M. Johnson
    10:06 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Have you turned it off yet Dawson? Sieve! Sieve!
    Well that isn’t fair. He isn’t really a sieve. Just the wrong kind of lucky today.

    That Boston goalie deserves to win.

  112. dawson
    10:34 pm on June 15th, 2011

    No, I’m still watching…it is the Stanley Cup after all…and I’m half Canadian. Hey! By the way there are more Canadians on the Boston team than there are on the Canucks team. And after all, I’m a Detroit Redwings fan (first) or Minnesota Wild (second). So I won’t cry real tears over this.

  113. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:39 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Boston!….So are the Boston Bruins the Stanley Cup Winners tonight?…heh!…I sort of can tell by all the Non-Excitement going around tonight…chorkel!….Think of it this way, Admin will be in a very, very good mood tomorrow morning because he will be receiving a very expensive bottle of Scotch in the mail soon…heh!….Lets all try to relish the good mood, if it does happen to appear tomorrow morn…wheeze!cough!

  114. dawson
    10:42 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Oh yeah, that’s right. Admin is going to get to seriously gloat…and do it while drinking some excellent scotch.

    I just hope the thousands of fans in the streets of Vancouver remain well behaved.

  115. dawson
    10:48 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Boston deserves it and they got it. The coveted Stanley Cup. Tim Thomas is a great goalie.

  116. Siber-H
    10:55 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Congratulations to Boston for winning! It was fun to watch.

    Rockies won today!

    Night All

  117. dawson
    10:56 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Snowhook Bella: I like that – Chet and Whitey-Lance having a little chat while overlooking the burled Iditarod Arch. Yes, that is growing on me.
    Thank you Melanie and T&G’s mom for those patches. They are fantastic, wonderful, delish, “it doesn’t get any better than this” patches. I want two of each, please.

  118. Tupper and Gilly
    11:02 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Checking in one last time before heading to snoozeville.

    Macy – congrats to your Mom – wooowooooo to her for thumbing her nose at orange boxes and moving ahead to better things!
    (and we love the kitten and puppy photo too!)

    We want an ID BADGE!! Mama says she will wear it when she does the art show in a famous author’s home town so he will know exactly who she is.

    Modest bows and thanks for your compliments on the patch ideas. Melanie does amazing work with her photoshop skills, and we had so much fun that day. We’re pretty sure that if the dog team idea is used, there will be a better and bigger image of the team. Remember that these are the “roughs”; that is these were designed to present the picture idea, and with the understanding that there would be more detail added to the one that was finalized as the author’s pick.
    We will absolutely order at least one – we may need more since Gilly wants one and Mama wants one too. Basil and Sage want one, but they will only use it to sit on or bat around the room -Gilly and I will wear the on our Service vests with pride.

    Wish we could have gone to Hudson, but then again, we had truly hellacious thunderstorms here tonight, so kinda glad Mama was home with us and not out on the road.

    Sorry the hockey game isn’t going the way you all want – we don’g give a toot about hockey, but we want our Plundering friends to be happy.

  119. Barb & Maggie
    11:25 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Good night all, and thanks again to those two talented gals out east. We will order either one, or possibly both.

  120. Alice M. Johnson
    11:29 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Dear Mom of Tupper and Gilly. All you have to do is to put a picture that you would like on your badge up here on the blog and I will make one for you. Or you can go to the bighugelabs and make your own.

    I have been pondering all the wonderful talent we have on this blog. It is amazing. All you have to do is mention something and one of us says. OK, I can do that. We have writers and photographers and artists and designers and editors and actors and just about everything we could ever need. Isn’t it just wonderful? Did you have any idea that this would happen when you first started putting little posts up on the blog? I certainly didn’t.
    You guys are all great! And I mean Rio the evil pug too. sniff.

    I will have to have at least two patches also.

  121. Alice M. Johnson
    11:30 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Staff says to say goodnight all.

  122. Tupper and Gilly
    11:37 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Alice-thank you. We will do our best to pose pretty for Mama and post the pic. We L O V E having our pics on the blog. We think we are two of the most perfect Corgis ever
    This community is remarkable. We heard Melanie talk about it so much that we had to check it out. We lurked for a while, enjoying the humor and learning all kinds of interesting things from Bee and Barb and everyone. Finally one night we dipped our toes in. So glad we did.
    The friendships we have made here are special. So our thanks to all of you!

  123. Basil and Sage
    11:44 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Yeah yeah yeah. You are just freakin’ wonderful
    Jeeze – enough sentimental claptrap. Either give us some catnip or go to bed already so we can start running amok
    “perfect corgis” indeed. Perfect pains in the butt if you ask us
    The things we have to put up with around here…..

  124. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:55 pm on June 15th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! Mom fell asleep on the couch, and now she’s getting ready for bed, so I just have time for a quick hi and goodnight! I keep going back and forth on which patch I like — I can see the arguments for each one. In any case, I like them both, so which ever one is chosen, I’d definitely want one!

    Congratulations on finishing your filing class, Macy’s Mom. My Mom says if you want to keep your skills up-to-date while you’re looking for a job, you’re more than welcome to stop by and file the HUGE basket of papers Mom keeps meaning to go through. Especially because my girl is coming home tomorrow — YIPPEE! — and she’s supposed to sleep in the office (as soon as Mom gets around to cleaning it up!) Are you taking some more classes, too?

    Oh, and I’m glad you stopped in, too, T&G. You’ve definitely brought some good food and a wicked sense of humor to the blog!

    Congratulations to whichever of you were rooting for Boston — and condolences to those who weren’t.

    I think that about does it. Goodnight, y’all!!!

  125. Gus & BooBear
    12:24 am on June 16th, 2011

    We think both patches are great. Our favorite would be #2 because it mentions the race. We hear the conversation Rebecca mentioned clear as a bell. We will definitely want to buy one or both!!

    Do y’all realize the new book comes out in 3 months?? Cool!!

    Mom wore her ChettheDog badge when she went to see SQ. It is still displayed on one of her bookshelves ready to wear again if he decides to come back to Houston’s Murder by the Book store.

    Thank you to all of you that have worked so hard on the cookbook, auction and patches. Sometimes, Mom thinks she is too tired or sleepy to catch up late at night, but once she starts reading the posts, she is wide awake and laughing.

  126. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:04 am on June 16th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! Just here for a minute — I was trying to get to sleep when I had a sudden inspiration. Mom and I are working on our auction item together, and I’ve been pondering and pondering what to do for my part. All of a sudden it came to me! I really do my best thinking in bed. But I decided I’d better get up and write it down quickly. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had an amazing thought at night, but it was gone by the next morning! One time I even had the answer to world peace, but I couldn’t remember it by the time I woke up!!!

  127. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:13 am on June 16th, 2011

    OK, my idea is safely recorded. Back to bed — goodnight again, y’all!

  128. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:44 am on June 16th, 2011

    I can’t wait to hear what Kirby came up with!

    Good night all!

  129. dawson
    8:22 am on June 16th, 2011

    Good Morning.
    I think we only get to choose one of the patches. I like #1 because it shows the musher and the dog team going through the wilderness and I like #2 because it shows the Iditarod Arch. We can’t have both?

    Oh boy. This auction is going to be fun! I hope those facebookie guys don’t buy everything. Wait! I want them to buy. That’s the point.

    I need coffee.

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