No Post Today: Snow Day

Busy with snowage and fallen branchage.



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143 Responses to “No Post Today: Snow Day”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    10:58 am on February 16th, 2014

    Good morning, everyone! Snow Day? Poor Spence ๐Ÿ™ Hey, box it up and ship it to Alaska! Happy Egg Day but no Chetspeak. Life is good but not great, oh wait, Melanie is home so life IS great ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy Sunday!

  2. Masquers
    11:08 am on February 16th, 2014

    Good morning Chet & Bernie, Spence & Admin
    and last but not least, HOH.
    Same thing here…wind howling most of the night.

  3. Barb & Maggie
    11:09 am on February 16th, 2014

    Good morning HOH. We haven’t had too many Sundays without Chetspeak, so we are a little spoiled I guess.

    Nice quiet day here, just a dusting of snow last night, nothing measurable so that is good. We had egg day this morning. Picked up some real eggs at the farm where Peaches resides, reminding us of our egg days.

    Happy sunny morning to Melanie. Hope she got a good night’s sleep.

  4. Tupper and Gilly
    11:10 am on February 16th, 2014

    Good morning all.

    We are busy, busy, busy today.
    Mama got a bee in her bonnet and decided to get going on the painting and refreshing of the dining room and kitchen.

    Then she actually had a GOOD idea and hired a painter.

    He comes tomorrow, so today is packing the lichen, moving furniture and washing walls. Before and after pictures will be involved.

  5. Tupper and Gilly
    11:12 am on February 16th, 2014

    No- we are NOT packing the “lichen”. We are packing the KITCHEN.

  6. BearSpiritDog
    11:19 am on February 16th, 2014

    Thinking of the O’Howlers on this Sunday.

    So Happy Melanie is Home!

    Hounds: You have the right idea! Ship that White Stuff where it belongs…and Pronto!

    Barb&Magpie: We think you are Missing your Peaches.

    Royals: Your Mama is brilliant! And, she is getting a head start on Spring Cleaning. However, she does have her work cut out for her. Will she be getting some help other than the professional painter?

  7. B. Stover
    11:23 am on February 16th, 2014

    Say “branchage” five times fast.

    It’s snowing here…again.

    I’m working on a new project: The difference in attitude of the generation of women of the post-World War I era and the attitude of the generation of women of the post-World War II era. (The “Flapper” generation vs the “Good Wife” generation.) My question is: What made the attitudes so different almost oppostie?

    Good morning all.

  8. Luna
    11:26 am on February 16th, 2014

    What a long night. Yesterday, Pancho realized for the first time that Maggie is a girl. I had to pry him away from the computer screen. Lefty has had some luck with the ladies, hence the Little Detective litter, but Pancho is a little less experienced in that regard. Lefty has been giving Pancho wooing advice since yesterday. Dealing with a lovesick Thief is one thing, dealing with a lovesick Thief who is getting ill-placed courting tips from another Thief is quite another.

  9. BearSpiritDog
    11:43 am on February 16th, 2014

    B: There is always the Duality. The pendulum seems to swing from one extreme to the other.
    About the snow…same advice to you…Fed-X that white stuff north to Alaska.

    Luna: LOL.

  10. O'Howlers
    11:46 am on February 16th, 2014

    Happy Egg Day, although it has lost a lot of its bloom here.
    We were drifted in again this morning. Poor Pop had to snowblow all over to get our long long lane opened up. The horses are outdoors for the first time all week. But it is very cold and windy. Mom is making oatmeal for her chickies.

    Besides our own snowage, we also have fallen branchage, Admin. But fortunately (?) those are all covered by snow drifts now. We won’t see that mess until Spring.

    Melanie, we hope you are o.k. and we do understand your need for home. But we do NOT want you in pain.

  11. BearSpiritDog
    11:48 am on February 16th, 2014

    Per the above link apparently we Did Not Miss the Bobsledding Event. The Jamaicans will Race at 8:15 tonight. Thank Dog!

    O’Howlers: With all the hidden branchage Be Careful Running Through the Snow.

  12. Herd of Hounds
    11:49 am on February 16th, 2014

    Snowhook, mom has a bone to pick with you. The purple and Melanie dedication is great BUT mom realized at 3 this AM that she had 2 bright purple turtleneck shirts so, when the sun came up she repacked her bag to remove 2 and add the 2 purple shirts. Guess she’ll know where everything in that dratted suitcase is.

  13. Barb & Maggie
    11:52 am on February 16th, 2014

    T & G, When your mom said she was packing up the lichen we thought of alga and fungus. If you have that growing on your walls, it is most definitely time to clean and paint! tee hee
    Glad it was really the kitchen that she is packing up.

    Barb is still reading The Longest Ride by Sparks, and also picked up Sycamore Row by Grisham yesterday. Anyone read either of those books? Someone told us that they thought Sycamore Row is Grisham’s best. At least he hasn’t gone the way of J.P. and have co-authors for his books.

  14. BearSpiritDog
    11:57 am on February 16th, 2014

    Barb&Magpie: We Love Grisham’s books, but Haven’t Read his latest one.

    Hounds & Wolfie: Good Idea to Wear Purple (in addition to the purple ribbons) FOR MELANIE!!!

  15. O'Howlers
    12:08 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Pancho and Maggie, sitting in a tree…tee hee!
    Bee, very interesting observation. We here are very interested to hear your thoughts on those women.
    Mom loves Grisham books too. She is putting Sycamore Row on her to-read-soon list.

  16. Diane C.
    12:14 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Happy Egg Day one and all and welcome home to Melanie.

    Those of you dealing with snow and branches have my sympathy (I only have direct experience with the branchage problem, but I can extrapolate to the snow business).

    I was quite excited to read about packing up the lichen–it sounded exotic and mysterious, like someone there was a botanist whose work had gotten out of hand. (Sigh) but I guess it’s easier to pack up a kitchen even if it doesn’t seem like it while you’re doing it.

    Ellie, Dutch and Gary are all quite attractive. May I know what tribe of the nation within claims Ellie and Dutch?

  17. Pancho
    12:20 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Maggie is so beautiful. She has fur, a tail and tongue in all the right places. I can’t believe I didn’t notice all this sooner.

  18. Belle Starr
    12:26 pm on February 16th, 2014

    What a wonderful day! I woke up to a pile of sequines and a pmail that said they were courtesy of Miss Pretty, Edgar and Conan. Plus, the Most Wonderful Pixie got some sparkly purple ribbon yesterday. Can you believe it? She had the good sense to get sparkles!

    Staff: The Pixie went to Joann’s in Wasilla yesterday and there is one in Anchorage, too. What might interest you is a small quilting shop in Wasilla. They have Alaska themed fabric.

  19. O'Howlers
    12:35 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Yukon Quest 2014 -The Story

  20. Melanie
    12:39 pm on February 16th, 2014

    It is good to be home. I will mostly be lurking.
    Just had to tell you that I brought home a cracked rib.
    Visiting nurse arrived and was helpful.
    But if they think I’m going to try another drug that will bring on nausea and coughing for 6 hours? They’ve got another think coming.

  21. Herd of Hounds
    12:53 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Yeah for our Melanie! Home, home, home. Be careful with that McRib.
    OH: Thanks for the Yukon Quest video.
    Mom is watching Canada and Finland playing hockey…we are taking turns watching with her.

  22. B. Stover
    12:53 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Bear’s idea of duality and the pendulum swing is interesting and true but it’s not that simple. For example, The Flapper generation may have been reacting to their straitlaced “Victorian” mothers, but the women’s suffrage movement started in 19th-Century (Victorian) England.

    The young women of the 1960’s and 1970’s may have been rebelling against their “good wife” mothers, but they also had The Pill and no-fault divorce.

    This will take more pondering.

  23. Charlie
    12:56 pm on February 16th, 2014

    B: I will help you ponder from the comfort of your easy chair.

  24. Diane C.
    1:01 pm on February 16th, 2014

    B. Stover–the ealry chapters of I think, The Feminine Mystique (or maybe it’s Kate Millet’s Sexual Politics) discusses the “good wife” thing of post WWII in terms of getting women back into the house and out of jobs that would then be taken by returning G.I.’s. I think this argument makes sense, and I think it’s the Millet. You should be able to find a lot about this, actually–if I have time I’ll try and get you the cit for what I’m half-remembering. (Among other things, great stats comparing stories in women’s magazines of the times where women find fulfillment a) finding challenging work outside the home vs. b) women finding fulfillment doing uncompensated housework and being wives and mothers. Far more of the former during the 20s and 30s…)

  25. Diane C.
    1:02 pm on February 16th, 2014

    (cont’d) Oddly, the role played by sequins and other sparkly things in living a full and rewarding life is not addressed…

  26. Barb & Maggie
    1:05 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Pancho, I am liking all the compliments, but there will be no mini Maggies or Panchos for this here gal. Are you interested in something a bit more casual or platonic?

  27. Masquers
    1:07 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Howlers: Thank you for that wonderful video! It is magnifique.
    Melanie: You are like my mom…very sensitive to medications. Now how did the broken rib happen? Hope not from coughing (is that even possible?).
    DianeC: In answer to your earlier comment…my paws have been known to be foes at times…especially when they hit the wrong keys on the keyboard ^..^
    Siber & Riรถ: Youse are late for brunch!

  28. Herd of Hounds
    1:07 pm on February 16th, 2014

    BelleStar, you are so lucky to get sparkly purple ribbon. Will you get a sparkly necklace too?

  29. Luna
    1:17 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Maggie: I’ve explained to Pancho about being fixed which then turned into a much longer conversation about where puppies come from. Both Pancho and Lefty are in a bit a shock right now. You would think that as a father, Lefty would already know about this, but until today he’s been a firm believer in what he calls ‘maculate conception. Pancho has a crush, a first crush as a matter of fact, and hadn’t even thought past a sniff and whiff greeting. I will make the decision that casual is just fine. First crushes are wonderful and hard all at the same time.

  30. Siber-H
    1:34 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Masquers, I am here, finally.

    Bear? What time zone is your time of 8:15 in for the Bobsled event? (I know, that is an awkward sentence)

    Fellow Sibers, Thanks for the link especially since I missed most of the Quest. gah

    Spence, Put some snow on a train and send it my way, and I will send you some of our 70 degree weather.

  31. BearSpiritDog
    1:40 pm on February 16th, 2014

    B: In making the comment we were reminded of the saying:
    One Extreme Leads To Another.
    Nana thinks this is quite the Interesting Subject matter…and being a Master of Time Travel, so do I.

    Siber-H: Strangely enough, we here were wondering the same thing…I mean…in what Time Zone is that 8:15 referring to (equally awkward sentence).

    Luna: Aaah Puppy Love. Good memories.

  32. Herd of Hounds
    1:51 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Macy: Did you know that one of the Canadian hockey players has borrowed you Dad’s name? Nice of him to share it.

  33. Siber-H
    1:57 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Bear, At least we know it will happen tonight. I will have to find a way to stay awake..

  34. B. Stover
    2:09 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Diane: Thank you, citations would be great. (I have those books around here somewhere.)

    In “Suffer and be Still–Women in the Victorian Age” by Martha Vicinus, there are population statistics for 1851: For every “100 women over twenty, 57 were married, 12 were widows and 30 were spinsters” (57). A spinster was considered a “redundant woman.” In the Victorian age it was not socially acceptable for a middle-class woman to work. If a woman did not marry she had to be supported by her family. These social conditions were probably part of the reason for the suffragette movement.

    I don’t believe that was the case for the “good wife” generation. When the WWII GIs returned home and wanted their jobs back it seems to me that the “good wife” generation gladly relinquished the work outside the home that they had done during the war. (Of course, this is generalization.)

  35. B. Stover
    2:11 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Yes Charlie, come and help me ponder.

  36. Kat
    2:11 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Speaking of puppy love…
    How is RJ doing in his iditarod training? {blush}

  37. SnowBella
    2:18 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Kat: Junior was among the ranks taken to the vet checks last week. Did he require backup? Just a bit. To the level of two lovable miscreants? Not even close. He is a good boy despite his evil pug heritage.

  38. c.hobbit
    2:29 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Any dog thinking of blurring to Alaska, you need to practice your camouflage. Can you spot the snow dog?

  39. c.hobbit
    2:30 pm on February 16th, 2014

    To Alice, Abbie, Masquers, Bluecat…I think these owners must be cat people

  40. Macy's mom
    2:36 pm on February 16th, 2014

    It is getting down to crunch time now. Would someone tell me how you are to take airborne? Day of trip, before? I have it, just don’t know when to take it.

    HOH, what makes you think that is not OUR RN on the Canadian team. I mean besides mine being “mature” and out of shape and sick and…

    Barb…again we think so much alike. I too was thinking that if there was lichen, paint was the least of her problems.

  41. Kat
    2:38 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Hobbit, That kat does not look like me. It looks more like T.C.

    (Whispering) RJ has asked me to wear his jacket after the Iditarod i plan to blur to Nome. Do not tell my mama…either of them.

  42. BearSpiritDog
    2:54 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Siber-H: The Time Listed for the Event was 20:15…which minus 12 would be 8:15…AM. Could we have (Gasp) Missed it?
    Yark! I’m Out of Sync.

    C.Hobbit: That looks like a SheepSnowDog.

    Macy: We Here take Airborne at the first sign of sniffles. Rio can tell you more. (Where is that guy?)

  43. dawson
    3:00 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Snow Day!
    I hope all your plantage survive the winter.

    T&G: Hiring someone is a great idea! I’m starting to really like this new handyman. The stairs are almost done and they look great.

    BearSpiritDog: Thanks for letting us know about the Jamaican bobsled team.

    Pancho: We may have to put Maggie ahead of you during the Iditarod so you will run, run, run to catch her!

    Melanie: Sheesh! Add a cracked rib to your woes! It is possible to crack a rib from coughing hard or vomiting. I am glad you are home and OTAS is keeping an eye on you – at least for the day.

    O’Howlers: Thanks for the link on the Yukon Quest. I saw a team of Siberians pulling a sled. They are such strong and beautiful dogs.

    BStover: A very interesting question. If only my brain was working…(actually I deleted the paragraph I had started on this subject because I couldn’t figure out my point).

  44. B. Stover
    3:05 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Dawson is making me laugh. (I often can’t figure out my point.)

    20:15 is 8:15 P.M.

  45. Masquers
    3:09 pm on February 16th, 2014

    CHobbit: Kool snowkat!
    Dawson: Snicker on the paragraph deletion.
    You had better recheck the time for the bobsled event. BSD was a bit discombobulated this morning.
    I have been watching the Canadian tv channel, which I really like, except for the reception which sometimes is not so great.

  46. Masquers
    3:09 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Thank you BStover!

  47. B. Stover
    3:12 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Here is a link to an explanation of the 24-hour clock which includes a comparison diagram.

  48. Charlie
    3:24 pm on February 16th, 2014

    I never forget my point until I do, but on the whole my points are very simple: run, eat, rest, poop, get tummies, give snuggles, demand ear scratches, make B Stover feel like the most special person in the easy chair. It’s a lot, but I usually can keep track of my point.

  49. BearSpiritDog
    3:30 pm on February 16th, 2014

    B: Thank you for that link. Our Concern is the Time Zone referred to in the Olympic Schedule. We read this information on Last Night’s posting & the date showing at the top of the page was February 16. Sochi Time.
    Gah. My stomach is in Knots, which in turn causes Brain Fog. (looking at the clock) Well…no wonder…it’s time to Eat!

  50. Pancho & Lefty
    3:33 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Where is Rio? That evil pug is probably at church. Heh, heh.

  51. B. Stover
    3:35 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Now Charlie is making me laugh.

    I had another thought. During WWI many female domestic servants (the “servant class” in Britain) worked in factories. They found that they had much more free time because they had defined working hours. They were also paid more than they had been as “servants.” After the war many of them did not go back into domestic service, thereby depopulating that “class.” That spirit or mind-set seems opposite of the “good wife” who seemed happy to go into “domestic service.”

    Sorry guys. I don’t think is going to end any time soon.

  52. Herd of Hounds
    3:39 pm on February 16th, 2014

    All day the NBC people have been saying they are showing bobsledding in “prime time”. We think everyone will get to see some of it.

  53. Siber-H
    3:50 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Bear, I agree with HOH. The bobsledding will be in prime time.
    My newspaper hints at this. I’m guessing the bobsled coverage will be toward the end of their prime time broadcast. NBC knows we all want to see bobsledding but they want us to be sure and see all the commercials that are shown during prime time.

  54. Melanie
    3:53 pm on February 16th, 2014

    I would rather be a flapper than good wife.
    A good wife I would not like to be e e.
    A flapper gets to go out and dance
    And wear clothes I would want just for me!

    The biggest news on a difficult day?

    YSAS and LLL are engaged! No time on when, but their joy surrounds the house!

  55. Kat
    3:53 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Did youse guyssee the American girl fall in snowboarding just a bit ago? Whew! She wasn’t moving!

  56. Siber-H
    3:53 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Stover, Keep up the good work with your project. Mom thinks it is interesting.

  57. O'Howlers
    3:55 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Congratulations to YSAS and LLL!!!! And to Melanie and Zoe, who aregetting a new daughter and granddaughter!!!!

  58. Kat
    3:56 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Is “engaged” the same thing as wearing your boy’s coat? Just wondering…

  59. Siber-H
    3:56 pm on February 16th, 2014

    YARK!! Congratulations to YSAS and LLL!

  60. Herd of Hounds
    4:12 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Congrats to Melanie’s family ๐Ÿ™‚ And nice to find Melanie waxing poetic.
    Kat: she has a concussion but has already tweeted (I didn’t know she was a bird).

  61. Kat
    4:18 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Thanks, HOH. Glad she is ok.

  62. B. Stover
    4:38 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Thank you Siber-H’s mom.

    Congratulations YSAS and LLL.

  63. dawson
    4:39 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Melanie: Congratulations to YSAS and LLL! Now don’t get up and start dancing around with your cracked rib!

    O’Howlers: I saw that crash. I was scared she had broken her neck but she is moving all limbs, thank dog!

    BStover: When women won the vote and then WWI came and women started working outside the house, finding themselves capable, productive and PAID, perhaps they figured on increasing their gains on equality with men to extend to drinking, dancing and carousing. Why not? Then WWII came and it became superficial for women to be having fun while men were dying in the trenches so women became more responsible and willing to sacrifice for the men who were sacrificing for their country. Times had changed though and women knew they were capable of holding jobs which led to liberation for those who did not fancy a life of raising children, cleaning house and cooking meals for the family. Single women could now support themselves. Or something like that.

  64. Pancho & Lefty
    4:39 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Congrats to YSAS and LLL! Yeep!

  65. Wose
    4:45 pm on February 16th, 2014

    I am back! The last snow storm we had here caused serious damage to the co-op property. We had many tree branches fall (some on cars), and one huge tree was torn from the roots out of the ground. Lost our wi-fi until this morning.

    Yippeeee! Melanie is homes and her YSAS is engaged!

    OH’s: My heart is broken. Dima was a good boy. Whenever I look up to the night sky and see a big smiling moon, I will think of him. Peace be with you.

    So much romance going on!

    Where is RIO?

  66. BearSpiritDog
    4:59 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Melanie: Wonderful News about YSAS & LLL!!! We are so Happy for them!

  67. BearSpiritDog
    5:03 pm on February 16th, 2014

    and You and Zoe too.

  68. Wose
    5:04 pm on February 16th, 2014

    When youse guys have a moment, please check your SDDs.

  69. Masquers
    5:10 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Dawson: I see you found that lost thread of thought. Unfortunately I did not. No matter…it was on the same subject and you have stated it so much better.
    (B, You have really started something here)
    Rose: Nothing there (sob).

  70. Siber-H
    5:15 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Wose, Welcome back and glad you made it through the storm.
    Please check your SDD.

  71. Barb & Maggie
    5:30 pm on February 16th, 2014

    We are doing a happy dance for Melanie, Zoe, YSAS and LLL. Congrats and may their love last forever.

  72. B. Stover
    5:32 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Thank you Dawson. I’ve added your paragraph to my list of things to ponder. I especially like your reasoning about the Flapper mind-set.

    Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises is an interesting portrait of the “Lost Generation.” (Of course, it’s the male perspective and is narrated by a male, Jake.) Lady Brett represents the Flapper. At the very end of the novel she says, “‘Oh, Jake….we could have had such a damned good time together.’ … ‘Yes,’ I said. ‘Isn’t it pretty to think so.'” (Now what does that mean?)

  73. Diane C.
    6:03 pm on February 16th, 2014

    B. Stover–It’s really interesting to be talking about this again! The suffragettes did get the vote (eventually) but I’m not sure that was necessarily linked to the idea of being self-supporting so much as being free to influence policy (since many suffragettes were also involved in Temperance, settlement, and animal rights (whatever it was called then) causes.
    I do agree that post WWI women benefited from both that and also a sort of sense of release from the past that the war had brought (on the male side, too, there were all those English poets–OK three–who saw the war as a breath of “cleanness” sweeping away the old world in which they had grown up (the cleanness thing is Rupert Brooke–had to look it up).
    I just ofund something that suggested flappers were part of a general revolt against the Volstead Act, while also giving credit to recently-won suffrage. Here’s a link:

  74. Diane C.
    6:12 pm on February 16th, 2014

    B. Stover–I think I was wrong and it was Friedan’s Feminine Mystique (which I still haven’t looked for). Being lazy on the internet got me the following article, more scholarly than the last thing I cited:

    I’d love to hear your additional thoughts; you can get me at blanzifloratjunodotcom to keep from backing up this blog. You’ve got me thinking more about the flappers now…

  75. Diane C.
    6:16 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Melanie–I loved the ditty (it sounds like something you would sing) but you still need to rest up.
    Congratulations to YSAS and LLL (although I don’t know who they are).
    I’ve been writing too much, so I’ll silence myself now.

    But…where IS Rio?

  76. B. Stover
    6:38 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Diane: Thank you for the links. I probably won’t get to this until tomorrow. Who are the other two poets you referred to?

  77. Staff
    6:43 pm on February 16th, 2014

    O’Howlers thanks for the YQ2014 video. The shots of the team with the bright yellow booties are Brent Sass’s team. I checked. Made me tear up. I can’t imagine how I will feel at the Ceremonial start, and hopefully the Restart. sniff.

    BStover, Jake means he doesn’t think so but it too polite/smart to say so.
    And also I remember Mom/Maggie talking to me about having children and she said this. When she was in college she was told (or read) that if the ‘smart’ women did not marry and have children then the not smart people would take over the world. She also said that she couldn’t believe she fell for that line. Sounds a little racist to me. Just put in your adjective of choice. Heh.

    Cracked ribs can come from coughing. Mom/Maggie did that in 2008.

    YSAS and LLL are engaged! Maybe Rio’s friend is brooding! She really likes Clarkson…

  78. Barb & Maggie
    6:44 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Diane, YSAS refers to one of Melanie’s two boys. Young Starving Actor Son. His fiancรฉ is LLL, which I am not sure about, but I think it might be Lovely Lawler Lady, or something close.

  79. Herd of Hounds
    7:04 pm on February 16th, 2014

    NBC prime time begins at 7 EST/ 6 CST tonight. Mountain and Pacific, who knows, Alaska, no clue ๐Ÿ™ Scheduled for 4 hours of coverage.

  80. Kat
    7:06 pm on February 16th, 2014

    YSAS = Young Successful Actor Son. Emphasis on SUCCESSFUL.
    LLL = Leading Lady Lawyer I think.

    Downton Abby was a lot about how WW I changed the world, but I don’t really understand why it did.

  81. B. Stover
    7:06 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Staff: I would really have liked Maggie.

    I think Jake feels a great deal of resentment toward Lady Brett. In other words, the male resents the flapper. (Jake was wounded in WWI and is impotent. He loves Brett. She is divorcing her husband and marrying someone else; during the course of the novel she has an affair with Romero, a bullfighter.)

  82. AbbietheKitty
    7:12 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Rio, Ahem, That what Staff said was a joke. She might have almost as much trouble as the Pixie at being funny.

  83. Barb & Maggie
    7:15 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Wow, Lady Brett got around!

    OK, It used to be Starving now it is Successful. Either way we are happy, happy, happy for all of them! Oh, and we meant Lawyer, not Lawler.

  84. Thieves!
    7:15 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Our money is still on Rio being at church. He really must have a lot of misdeeds to confess. We would expect nothing less from our favorite tan pug.

  85. Staff
    7:17 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Kat, From what I have read, mostly about England, WWI changed the centuries old caste system in England. In the trenches all men were equal and after the war it was not possible to go back to the old ways with the rigid delineation between the nobility and the others.

  86. Wose
    7:17 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Masquers: Sob! Try now.

    Siber-H: Please check your SSD

  87. Staff
    7:18 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Unless you lived in a PG Wodehouse novel.

  88. Wose
    7:22 pm on February 16th, 2014

    I’m thinking rio will be YSAS best man!

  89. Barb & Maggie
    7:25 pm on February 16th, 2014

    C. Hobbit, We love the Snow Cat. Right up there with the Snow Newf!

  90. BearSpiritDog
    7:36 pm on February 16th, 2014


    (Rio’s Friend Made the Cake Decoration)

  91. Wose
    7:37 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Youse guys, please check your SSDs. I think it is right. (Fingers crossed)

  92. Wose
    7:39 pm on February 16th, 2014

    I am blushing. Once again, Rio’s friend has outdone herself.

  93. Masquers
    7:39 pm on February 16th, 2014

    So THAT’S where Riรถ has been all day.

  94. Snowhook Sidekick
    7:43 pm on February 16th, 2014

    As a reader but not a poster on the comment boards, I’ve been accused by AJ of being a “lurker”, which seems entirely beneath somebody who is usually covered in dog hair, flecks of poop, and bits of chicken and fish snacks as part of my role at Snowhook. So, I shall “lurk” no more and hope to take part of the conversation as we head toward Iditarod 2014 and the glorious return of AJ and the amazing Snowhook dogs!

  95. Siber-H
    7:45 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Rose! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Husky Birthday Hugs. Love the cake!

  96. Barb & Maggie
    7:54 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Happy Birthday Rose, from Barb and Maggie.

  97. Belle Starr
    7:57 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Wose! Sparkly birthday wishes to you!

  98. Wose
    8:01 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Thanks, youse guys!
    Signing off to watch A PLACE IN THE SUN on TCM. Montgomery Clift (sigh) and a young Liz Taylor.

    Rumor has it there is ice cream cake.

  99. Masquers
    8:04 pm on February 16th, 2014

    HOH: It’s on here NOW.
    The Scandinavians in the lead! (of course)

  100. Herd of Hounds
    8:07 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Wose: Whoo hoo, yodel, howl. Whoo hoo, yodel, howl. Whoo hoo, dear Wose. Whoo hoo, yodel, howl.

  101. B. Stover
    8:11 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Kat: One of the changes WWI brought about was the end of Great Britain as a world power. (“The sun never sets on the British Empire” was literally true before that time.)

  102. Pancho & Lefty
    8:15 pm on February 16th, 2014

    ‘Sidekick’: Show yourself or your glove gets it.

  103. Herd of Hounds
    8:16 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Masquers: Of course Scandanavian are good. They are the people whose ancestors invented skinny skis ๐Ÿ™‚

  104. BooBear
    8:17 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Happy Birthday, Wose! Hope you had a great day! We all love you!


  105. Belle Starr
    8:22 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Hey! There I am up top. I love it when that happens.

    We are worrit about Rio’s absence. Not because the thieves believe he is at confessional, but for that poor priest. Can you imagine what he has heard? Nefarious plots and misdeeds—it makes the Thieves look like little angels.

  106. dawson
    8:28 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Wose: Happy, happy birthday! What a spectacular cake! (I’m glad you got your wifi back.)

    Snowhook Sidekick: As someone who will visit Snowhook Kennels in the days before the race, I would like to say…keep up on that poop scooping! Heh, heh! Do you think we will get in the way of preparations for the race? Or is there anything we could help to prepare for the big day? Go Snowhook!

  107. Whitey-Lance
    8:36 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Now I am up top!

    If my math is correct and I have no reason not to believe it is: Belle Starr + me = purple sparkles at half past nine

  108. Masquers
    8:37 pm on February 16th, 2014

    This cross country skiing is so exciting!
    When we lived in WI for a year in the late 90’s we rented a house on the lake. From picture windows on the east side we could watch the end of the Birkebeiner and were only 2 blocks from Main Street. There huge crowds watched skiers from all over the world finish the race.
    You all will remember this photo of SnowKat, which was taken there. ^..^

  109. Kat
    8:38 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Happy Birthday, Wose! I am on my way up to your place on hud-sun to give you birthday smooches!
    Snowhook Sidekick, male or female?

  110. Siber-H
    8:40 pm on February 16th, 2014

    I like that photo, Masquers

    I may need to zoom up in my old, borrowed, Porsche and check on Rio.

  111. Belle Starr
    8:42 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Sidekick: What is your stance on sparkles? Think very carefully before you answer.

  112. Siber-H
    8:47 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Bobsled next!!!

    (whispering) I don’t think Rio is still in church…a sports bar would be more like it.

  113. Thieves
    8:50 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Unless confessional had an open bar an a big screen, SiberH is probably right.

  114. Herd of Hounds
    8:59 pm on February 16th, 2014

    We are missing Rio’s comments, grunts and burps. We don’t miss his poots:(

  115. Barb & Maggie
    9:02 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Masquers, Where did you live in Wisconsin? We are very close to WI.

  116. Staff
    9:13 pm on February 16th, 2014

    I am looking at rules and regulations for my airline trip and am sort of in over my head. Do any of you more regular travelers have any hints for me? I have measured the bag I intend to carry on and it is fine. sigh. So far that is all I have done. I know I know, way behind.

  117. dawson
    9:30 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Staff: Each airlines has its own rules. Main thing to remember is that all liquids or gels should go in your checked baggage. If you have to bring liquid or gels on the plane (I always bring some hand lotion and chapstick) they must be travel size and all go into a ziplock baggie that you take out of your bag so security can see it.
    Suitcases can weigh no more than 50 pounds. If you can lift it without much effort, then it doesn’t weigh 50 pounds.
    If you want to put your carry on in an overhead storage, you have to be able to lift it over your head. I always take my carry on suitcase then a duffle bag (my purse) which is not exactly legal dimensions (when full) but so far I have never been challenged. I put the duffle bag under my seat because it contains my lotions, my book to read, my snacks and my passport.

  118. Diane C.
    9:38 pm on February 16th, 2014

    B. Stover–Wilfred Owen (killed three weeks before the Armistice–his parents got the news as they heard the armistice bells ringing).
    A really fine poem of his is “Strange Meeting”
    The third is Siegfried Sassoon–no specific poem comes to mind.

    Rupert Brooke’s poem with the phrase about “swimmers into cleanness leaping” is called “Peace”

  119. Diane C.
    9:42 pm on February 16th, 2014


  120. Masquers
    9:43 pm on February 16th, 2014

    B&M: In the northern part, on Lake Hayward, big tourist area.
    Siber: Bobsledding next? We have a Canadian channel and NBC on in different rooms and have not heard a mention of it.
    Staff: No worries if your suitcase will fit in the overhead bin and the other personal item under the seat in front of you.
    Mom always uses a humungous purse for the later.
    Per the airlines you’re allowed one carry-on bag, which including wheels and handles can measure up to 10″ H x 17″ W x 24″ L (25 x 43 x 61 cm), plus one personal item, such as a purse, briefcase or laptop computer. At least one of the items should be stowed under the seat in front of you.

  121. Masquers
    9:47 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Staff: Heh, heh. What Dawson said.

  122. Diane C.
    9:47 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Dawson–I think you’re right about WWI and the changes of WWII, but also there was a Depression in between which probably made everything but survival seem superfluous. Then another war w/women taking on “men’s work” and enjoying the autonomy (as much as you can enjoy anything with the uncertainty of war.

    Staff–I hadn’t thought about it, but you see very little of world affairs affecting the world of P.G. Wodehouse’s work (although I do seem to remember some British guy heading up an incompetent neo-fascist group referred to as the “Black Shorts” but whether that was intended as a shot at Oswald Moseley or Mussolini I wouldn’t dare to guess.

  123. BooBear
    9:47 pm on February 16th, 2014

    I just checked the Snowhook website and it doesn’t show yet, but I have it on good authority, that Jem of the noble nose has been sponsored with the consideration that if he doesn’t make the starting lineup, his sponsorship be shifted to another starter.

    Go Snowhook!

  124. Diane C.
    9:49 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Next week I will work on learning to close my parentheses…

  125. Siber-H
    9:58 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Masquers, I have watched quite a few bobsled runs. The 2 man bobsled final is going to be tomorrow night.
    I wonder what in the world is going on with these tv channels.

  126. Staff
    10:11 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Diane C. I think the black shorts guy was a psychiatrist who was called in to see if Bertie Wooster was sane enough to marry somebodies daughter. Or maybe he was the father who called the psychiatrist in. Now THOSE plots has LOTS of twists. He was called off after Jeeves told Bertie to say Eulalie to him. snicker.

    Heh heh heh

  127. Barb & Maggie
    10:15 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Good night all, we are signing off.

    Staff or Dawson, how do train regulations compare to airline regulations? Will catch up on that question tomorrow.

  128. Tupper and Gilly
    10:21 pm on February 16th, 2014


    Welcome Snowhook Sidekick – we think we can hear echoes of AJ and Pixie humor in your writing. Glad you will be around to walk us all through the preparations for the Great Race!

    The kitchen and dining room are now stripped, washed and ready for paint. Mama only had to throw one fit and fall in it before the Storyteller and Gramp snapped to and started working. Us, well, we decided that discretion was the better part of valor, and we spent the day sleeping under the dining room table.

  129. c.hobbit
    10:28 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Welcome Snowhook Sidekick (aka SS)
    Happy b-day Rose. I hope if was filled with special moments and memories.

    Macy: you will be the first Plunderer to arrive so safe travels!

    It snowed today and tomorrow there will be an announcement as to where the Iditarod will officially start. The forecast for when the Plunderers will be here is a warm trend: 35-38 with some snow/rain mixed. GAH! This means that there might be melting during the afternoons and freezing temps at night. Maybe icy roads. But forecasts are very changeable so I will keep you posted.

    My sister and I saw two moose today. One never knows when they will appear.

  130. Tupper and Gilly
    10:41 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Sometimes they are in your soup!

  131. Staff
    10:41 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Happy Birthday Rose. Late , but not too late. All this warmth. I don’t think I am to worrit about having the proper clothes. I will probably be too warm.

    Quilt shops in Willow. Yippee! I will have to have an extra bag.

  132. Macy's mom
    11:13 pm on February 16th, 2014

    I will ask again…Am I supposed to take the airborne before the trip, or only if I get sick…Getting down to the deadline here. I leave Tuesday.

  133. Masquers
    11:15 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Thanks for the bobsled information, Siber. Good to know the finals are tomorrow.
    But we here are happy. We saw the Jamaican team, reportedly the most loved in the world. Everyone admires persistence and tenacity.
    BSD watched from a difference time zone so he’s in bed already.
    That sounds good to moi.
    Nitey-nite all.

  134. Tupper and Gilly
    11:20 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Macy – tell your Mom to start taking Airborne Tuesday morning, and take it until she is settled in where ever she is landing in Alaska. It can’t hurt to take it every day if she is going to be around a lot of people and a lot of germs.

  135. Siber-H
    11:24 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Macy, I agree with T&G about the Airborn.

    Night All

  136. Macy's mom
    11:47 pm on February 16th, 2014

    Thanks T G and Siber. I will get right on it. I finally have a ride to the airport, so that is progress.

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