North Conway

“How did it go?” says Admin.

“No one threw anything,” says Spence.

“Always a good sign. Anyone walk out?”

“Not that I saw.”

“Anyone nod off?”

“Not that I noticed.”

“Then it was a big success!” says Admin. “I hear the wine list is pretty good.”

“Some people were sampling it,” Spence says.

“Not you?”


“How was that?”

“I used all the gears many times.”

Welcome Ginger, Gracie, Sparky, Rosie, Carol, Oberon, Friendly Cat, Charka, Miss Moneypenny.


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109 Responses to “North Conway”

  1. Melanie
    8:46 am on September 7th, 2011

    “I used all the gears many times.”

    I bet you did Spencer! And now they are calling for more flooding. sigh
    I’m taking Dan down the hill to appointments. There are 3 areas that could be flooded so we’re going to try to call and find out what’s going on BEFORE we leave.

    I am trying to take my time reading and yet . . . I find myself on Chapter Ten. sigh

    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

    But like Wölfie . . . this is too short!

    Oh, and Elliot? The Pack has a grand time escaping. Luckily, unlike you, they do not slink. They run down the street looking for their friends, apples on the ground, fuzzbutts, ect. ect. ect.

    Nice thing is when you say “Treat” they mostly come back.
    What’s scary is our road. Not all people go the speed limit.

  2. bluecat
    8:55 am on September 7th, 2011

    I didn’t want it to end, but I couldn’t put it down. TDW is an excellent, satisfying reading experience. I enjoyed getting more insight into the characters, especially Chet the Jet.

    Thank you, SQ.

  3. Elliot
    9:07 am on September 7th, 2011

    Treat! That’s a special word in this house too!

    Good morning y’all. So what part of TDWKTM did Spence read after all?

    CL is taking me out for my exercise – ttfn.

  4. OleyHowlers
    9:10 am on September 7th, 2011

    Good morning! Mom is home. Our fence is broken. We are stuck inside instead of playing in all that water and mud. bah

    We want Mom to take a break to read more DWKTM. We aren’t very far yet…trying to go slow and savor it. Plus, Mom keeps taking benydryl(sp?) for her poison and that knocks her out.

  5. OleyHowlers
    9:19 am on September 7th, 2011

    Nice song for all the East Coasters this week:

  6. B.Stover
    9:42 am on September 7th, 2011

    I’m glad it went well. Too bad Spence couldn’t sample the wine. Glad everyone got back safely through what sounds like horrendous conditions.

    Off to school.

    Good morning all.

  7. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:51 am on September 7th, 2011

    Grump!… Got an email from B&N this morning saying part of my order is delayed. ….grunt!….Guess which part? Apparently, according to them the “release date for this item has been changed. If we cannot acquire the item within 30 days, we will notify you by mail.”…..bullshit!.….They go on to say if I would like to cancel my order I can do so online….grump!…Did anyone else order from B&N? Are you having this problem too?…growl!….I don’t know whether to cancel and order it from somewhere else or hope to hell they can straighten out their act by the time I get home from Iowa….gurgle! …I’m so mad right now I could spit nails!

  8. Rose
    9:55 am on September 7th, 2011

    Good Morning All!

    Another soggy day here in Westchester.

    Rio: I was in B&N yesterday and the HORROR, TDWKTM was not in stock. I pre-ordered it on my nook, and it was downloaded yesterday. What is going on at B&N????????

  9. Sam
    9:55 am on September 7th, 2011

    We’re reading Dog Who and I don’t want to be a spoiler, but so far Princess isn’t in the book.

  10. OleyHowlers
    9:59 am on September 7th, 2011

    Poor poor Sam. You are going to be a has-been actress after THAT.

  11. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:59 am on September 7th, 2011

    Rose!….Well, if they are “out of stock” clear across the country then I’ve made my decision….grunt!…I am going to cancel my order and get it from somewhere else….sniff!

    Spencer!….Could you please send me an autographed copy of Dog Who?…snort!snort!

  12. OleyHowlers
    10:14 am on September 7th, 2011

    Regarding cover on the Kindle. Yes we do get to see the cover there (also dedications, acknowledgements, copyrights, etc); but its not very easy to see. Mom makes her font large for reading, but covers and pictures do not enlarge.

  13. Paul & Charka
    10:14 am on September 7th, 2011

    Happy, happy, joy, joy… tDWKTM was in my Kindle archive this morning. Just started reading; however, perhaps I should be reading this with Charks (her reading skills are great for a GSD, but novels are still beyond her). Then I have to worry that she’ll want to bleach one of her ears white. Ah, the complexity of canine/human partnerships…

  14. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:17 am on September 7th, 2011

    Charka!…Who the hell are those guys?…grunt!

  15. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:30 am on September 7th, 2011

    Good morning, Paul and Charka!

    Welcome to Chet’s place!

  16. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:33 am on September 7th, 2011

    We have nine new (very good looking) Friends today. Wow!

  17. OleyHowlers
    10:33 am on September 7th, 2011

    Hello Paul & Charka! Welcome! But what are GSDs?

  18. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:35 am on September 7th, 2011

    German Sheperd Dog?

  19. OleyHowlers
    10:38 am on September 7th, 2011

    aaahhh ! We thought it was some sort of short story LOL

  20. BearSpiritDog
    10:44 am on September 7th, 2011

    Rio: Amazon pulled the same carpola on us saying The Dog Who release date had been changed and blah, blah, blah. We canceled that preorder from February and reordered. This one went through immediately and the book is on the way! Finally. Everyone else will be finished reading it by the time it arrives on our doorstep.

    Barb&Maggie: The Songcatcher is now in our Queue. Thank you.

    Hello to Charka, a GSD, and your human companion.

    Montana: It was good to see you again yesterday. Quite a handsome dog I must say.

    Liz: I have no idea why the package took so long as we paid extra for Priority Mail. Maybe, as in Dawson’s case too, that type mailing just insures it will take twice as long. There is no accounting for the workings of the Postal Services and TMG seem to have the capability of intercepting mailings Worldwide.

  21. dawson
    10:45 am on September 7th, 2011

    Charka is a star! I can tell by her collar in the picture on Chet’s Friends. She also has a small person who feeds her dandelion fluff. As Spence and Wolfie said, Welcome!

    Rio: I can’t believe you don’t have the book! I’d send you my ARC but it wouldn’t get there until Thanksgiving. On the bright side…oh wait…there is no bright side.

  22. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:48 am on September 7th, 2011

    Cancel!….Bastards!…Now If I cancel they will charge me shipping on my other order…grunt!….This is really making my tail stand out straight….blast!…I only ordered from them because someone had given her a gift certificate!…sniff!

  23. dawson
    10:57 am on September 7th, 2011


    There! Everybody cut that out and put it on your refrigerator. All packages should be sent in a plain brown wrapper with no marks like “Fragile” or “Important” or “Cash Enclosed”. If you act like it really doesn’t matter if it gets here or not, then it will get here in perfect condition in reasonable time. I kid you not.
    That said, it is always better to use actual stamps instead of metered postage. Heh. Doesn’t cost any more either. If anyone wants to try this out by sending me a present, feel free.

  24. Barb & Maggie
    11:08 am on September 7th, 2011

    Rio, According to my email from B & N this morning, my order of 3 Dog Whos has been shipped. I hope they were not bull****ing us!

    Welcome Charka, a GSD. When they are in the dog shows they alway say German Shephere Dog, not German Shepherd. Thought you would want to know that, guys.

    BSD, glad you have Songcatcher order. As said previously, Barb absolutely loved it.

    Wolfie, you said there were 3 words in Dog Who you didn’t like. Was that the f word? That doesn’t bother us, as it is mostly perps and gangbangers that use it. IMHO, sometimes it is the only word that fits. I have even heard Barb use it. Oops, did I say that?

    Hoda and KLG just had the clip on with Mishka saying I love you.


  25. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:12 am on September 7th, 2011

    F-Word!….I’ve been using that word all morning to describe B&N….grump! …..Barb, you must have gotten the last 3 books they had in the whole country….snort!

  26. OleyHowlers
    11:15 am on September 7th, 2011

    Can’t be the F word, because that word is used 5 times. Love the Kindle!

  27. dawson
    11:33 am on September 7th, 2011

    We were talking about words that bugged us and Wolfie mentioned a word. B.Stover said alot bugged her. I can’t remember what Wolfie’s word was.

  28. OleyHowlers
    11:37 am on September 7th, 2011

    Check out this fuzzbutt:

    Make sure your sound is on. This guy infuriates us.

  29. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:54 am on September 7th, 2011

    Rockie!….Oh No!…snort!…..Rockies training camp has been infiltrated ….grunt!

  30. BearSpiritDog
    11:57 am on September 7th, 2011

    O.Howlers: We saw Mishka on YouTube saying “I Love you” and other phrases. That dog can talk! A good representative of Sibes everywhere.

    Too bad Simon & Schuster is charging so much for the book or we could have ordered it from there. We are thinking the bookstores did not anticipate the great popularity of this book and failed to order enough copies.

    Why, Dawson, what a good idea! We each could send you 2 presents – one by metered priority mail and the other in plain brown wrapper using stamps. As an experiment, of course.

    Just heard that Amazon may be coming out with a 7″ tablet to be priced at $249 that will show tv programing. The end of pay TV? Does the iPaw have this capability? Doesn’t it cost more?

  31. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:16 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Authors!…. So the wonderful bookstore called, “The Tattered Cover” is having Mysteries and Thrillers authors visit all month long….grunt! ….Guess who ain’t showing up (again)?….sniff!….Laurie R. King will be there, but I doubt someone here would drive all the way there and wait in line for her….wuffle!

  32. Siber-H
    12:19 pm on September 7th, 2011

    I agree with Bear that what might be going on is a shortage of The Dog Who…maybe they are waiting for more copies from the printer. I hope that is what is happpening because The Dog Who deserves to be wildly popular.

    And, yet, My B&N had a nice stack of the Dog Who displayed on Monday.

    These online book sellers are not telling the truth about the release date being changed. We know that isn’t true.

    I didn’t want the Dog Who to end either. We are going to read it again soon.

  33. Mollypop
    12:19 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Fuzzbutts!!!!! Grrrrrr!!!! That video got my tail all poufed up. Mom said it looked very fierce.

  34. Barb & Maggie
    12:59 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Rio, We would not have ordered 3 if we knew it woud mess you up. 2 copies are for Christmas gifts, so we didn’t mean to be hoggish. We could send you a copy….or maybe not since we are not privy to your address.

  35. dawson
    1:01 pm on September 7th, 2011

    BearSpiritDog: Ixnay on the rioritypay ailmay. We know how long that takes thanks to the packages from Mollypop and Melanie. Not to mention this latest one. About 3 weeks.

  36. abbiethekitty
    1:07 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Chapter 19 and I have to go make lunch and I just hate to leave it at this point!


  37. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:08 pm on September 7th, 2011

    It was the F word. I am like Chet, I can’t count anything past two.

    My boys said it ALL the time and it brings back bad memories.

  38. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:12 pm on September 7th, 2011

    AbbieTheKat!….How many chapters are there in this wonderful book that I will never get to see?….sob!sob!sob!

  39. Masquers
    1:12 pm on September 7th, 2011

    As we continue with our incredible 5 Day
    the rest of the country sizzles or drizzles
    Sorry Folks – wish we could send you some.

  40. Masquers
    1:17 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Howlers! What happened to your weather link? I miss seeing temps for you guys (and gals)

  41. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    1:20 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Oh no! Not “f” vord !!!!
    Natasha is NOT fat
    And does not fart
    And no fuzzbutts allowed
    So ve vill just skip over every vord in book vith “f”.

  42. OleyHowlers
    1:23 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Can’t believe some of you have finished the book already! We are on Chapter 7. 20% done according to our Kindle. sob. Want to make it last.

    Masquers, the weather link is back!

  43. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:48 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Shipped!….I don’t know if it was that nasty email I sent them or what but B&N just sent me an email saying they have Shipped Dog Who out….heh!….I’m skipping, I’m skipping!….snort!…I’m twirling, I’m twirling and skipping!…wooooo!wooooo!

    Maskers!… I need to know what the weather will be like over the whole state of Nebraska tomorrow….grunt!…And then what it will be like in Iowa for the next 4 days….wheeze!

  44. Macy the Min-pin
    1:55 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Well!!!! Perhaps the fact that mom inquired about TDWKTM speeded the library up, because when she got home just now she had a message that it is ready to be picked up!!!! She is leaving NOW.

    IMHO..the f word adds nothing to the plot that another word could not do as well, and it keeps me from recommending the books to everyone who I know would enjoy it. Especially irritating when listening to the book in a group setting. Just sayin…Spence? You listening? Put out a family friendly version of the audio???

  45. dawson
    2:05 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Hoorah! For Rio and Macy getting their books…eventually.
    Chapter twenty-two is really really good.

  46. OleyHowlers
    2:10 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Dawson! We are on Chapter 8, and we don’t want to be all the way to chapter 22. But, you are only human. heh heh heh

  47. Siber-H
    2:24 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Rio, I hope the book will get there soon enough to be waiting for you when you return home from the trip!

  48. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:26 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Chapt-22!…I wonder what happens in Chapter 22 ….drat!…I won’t get to know forever and ever….snuffle!…I hope there are no Goats in this book…sniff!

  49. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:27 pm on September 7th, 2011

    SiberH!…I can’t even think that far ahead…grunt!… We are going to be in Nebraska and Iowa for the rest of my life it sounds like….sob!sob!…I don’t wanna go…sniff!

  50. dawson
    2:32 pm on September 7th, 2011

    I have to read the book again…I think there is a goat or two involved.

  51. OleyHowlers
    2:35 pm on September 7th, 2011

    There are headlamps involved! We 3 have headlamps! So do Mom & Pop. We are going to look for them and go out with our headlamps tonite so we can hung for perps!

  52. OleyHowlers
    2:36 pm on September 7th, 2011

    duh. HUNT for perps. In our excitement, our paws messed up on the keyboard.

  53. Melanie
    2:39 pm on September 7th, 2011

    I was listening to the radio this morning and they have an editor from one of the region’s newspaper talk about what’s up in their area. This guy was soooooo depressing! He went on and on and on about how you could see the hopelessness in everyone’s eyes. Jeez Lousie. After listening to him, I decided never to buy his paper and never live in that neck of the woods.

    Loved the Mission Impossible Squirrel. How did Rocky get filmed?

    We’re back from down the hill. The rivers are very high but not flooding at this point.

    I took Dan out to lunch and we sat at the counter. He loved it! BLT and chips.

    Riö and others, congratulations on getting people to understand that you NEED TDWKTM!!

    (Whispering) Dawson, what a great way to get presents!

  54. Barb & Maggie
    2:47 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Barb is off for an emergency visit to the dentist. Broke off a big piece of a back tooth a few minutes ago.

    Macy, you have a good point. Barb does not mind the f word (only word we know of that can be every part of speech except a pronoun -verb, noun, adverb and adjective) That allows a lot of creativity.

    That being said, there are some people who Barb knows would enjoy the book except for that. BBL

  55. Melanie
    2:51 pm on September 7th, 2011

    I remember the first time I used the “f” word. I was visiting my older cousins and they taught it to me and told me to say it to Zoë.

    Hmmm. That was the same day that I discovered what soap tasted like.

    Now we don’t care. It is certainly a word used in our culture.

  56. Melanie
    2:52 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Good Luck Barb!

  57. Siber-H
    3:01 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Rio, You’ll be back home and reading The Dog Who before you know it. It will be okay and you will have stories to tell us about the trip.

    BTW I hope the Rockies do better while you are gone than they did while I was gone. They didn’t win a game, sigh.

  58. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:04 pm on September 7th, 2011

    SiberH!…They won last night. It was a ‘come from behind’ one too!…wooooo!…They are on a roll now, just watch!…snort!

  59. Buddy and T.C.
    3:08 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Our mommy won Spencer’s FB pop quiz! Hurray!

    Masquers, buddy! Our weather station is having tecnical difficulties. The Network Guru (Daddy) will fix it after he fixes the Howlers’ fence!

  60. Belle Starr
    4:06 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Rio: Could you ask your friend to check her SDD?

    Siber-H: Luna and I are prepared for the rescue mission of a certain pug from Iowa. Mama told me that it will hard to go stealth with my bedazzeled, pink backpack. Not to worry—I can get away with just about anything on account of my cuteness.

  61. Siber-H
    4:08 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Belle Starr, Cuteness Counts!!
    We will be ready to rock and roll at a moments notice!

  62. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:29 pm on September 7th, 2011

    OMG!…OMG!… My friend just emailed me and said a friend at work came by and dropped TDWKTM in her lap…heh!heh!… So we will have the book to read on The Trip To Hell! …Wooooooooo!Twirling!Skipping!Wooooooo!…..The only bad thing is my friend and I get car-sick if we read while the car is moving…grunt!

  63. dawson
    4:45 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Way to go, friend of Rio’s friend.

  64. dawson
    4:47 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Buddy and T.C.: What?! A pop quiz?! But, but, but…

  65. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:55 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Unbelievable!….We had given up hope and resigned ourselves to reading something else while away…heh!…Now because of a miracle, we can savor TDWKTM every night in our hotel room…heh!….Twirling and skipping non-stop!…Woooooo!

  66. dawson
    5:09 pm on September 7th, 2011

    There are just over 300 pages and Spence conveniently ends a chapter on page 99 and 199 so you can split it into 3 days.

  67. dawson
    5:11 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Barb and Maggie: Hope everything went well at the dreaded dentist.

  68. B.Stover
    5:34 pm on September 7th, 2011

    “Humans have the right to remain silent…..” Rolling on the floor laughing…etc. Love it!

  69. Masquers
    5:36 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Interstate driving for tomorrow looks pleasant weather-wise through Nebraska on I-80. Although the Missouri River remains above flood level this should not affect your travel on the main thoroughfares. Highest chance of T-storms near Iowa City on Friday 30%…otherwise 70’s and 80’s for the week.
    Working on your 10-day. What part of Iowa will you be staying in?

  70. Siber-H
    5:49 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Rio, Great News!! You’ll have The Dog Who to read on the trip! hee hee You’ll have trouble putting it down.

    Masquers is a better weatherkat than the dummies on tv.

  71. Macy the Min-pin
    6:13 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Mom finally put the book down, something to do with dad coming home and dishes in the sink. Now she is making herself wait until tomorrow to continue and right at the time when

    ****Spoiler alert****

    Something Significant happens to Someone!

  72. BearSpiritDog
    6:49 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Rio: That is the Best of News!!! Thankfully, our book is also on the way. UPS is sending updates at each new checkpoint until final delivery.

  73. Melanie
    7:03 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Shucks! (digging toe into ground)
    YSAS can’t get to Spencer’s reading tomorrow. He has to work.

    Shucks twice!
    (Of course, he likes getting paid!)

  74. Masquers
    7:23 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Why, Thank you Siber-H!
    Someone here is going to be pleasantly surprised this evening when a certain package arrives on the doorstep. I have been following UPS tracking via my SDD which indicates a early delivery is scheduled for today. Let the celebrating begin!

  75. OleyHowlers
    7:32 pm on September 7th, 2011

    While all youse guys are twirling and shucking, we are being flooded. Pop is going to have to build an arc! There is water everywhere here.

    Rio! So glad you have TDWKTM for your trip! You are going to love it!

  76. Melanie
    7:33 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Guess who had a WONDERFUL time today?

    Working as an extra . . .
    In a WW1 trench . . .
    Mud . . .
    Water . . .
    Smoke . . .

  77. Masquers
    7:42 pm on September 7th, 2011

    WWW1. Trenches. Why I do believe the answer is YSAS!

  78. Masquers
    7:43 pm on September 7th, 2011

    (could have done without that extra “w” there…..

  79. Barb & Maggie
    7:47 pm on September 7th, 2011

    The guy baling hay had to leave – his baler broke with the pasture half done, so the goats are staying in the barn till tomorrow. They will not be maruading tonight, folks!

    Barb is having a Clausthaler NA malt beverage. German import, and it is quite good! Barb was never a beer drinker, but n/a beer tastes much better than n/a wine, so she has become a fan.

    Her jaged tooth got filed off so it won’t cut her mouth, and she is going back on Fri to have it worked on. She thinks a crown is in her future.

  80. Melanie
    8:36 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Right Masquers!

  81. Tyb
    8:51 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Hi, Everyone,
    It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I try to follow the blog most days. Does that make me a lurker?

    We just finished TDWKTM and loved it. Got to go back and reread chapter 22 to see what makes it special.

  82. Melanie
    9:03 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Hi TYB. Oh, wait there was someone else that was new . . .
    Found them . . .
    Hi Paul & Charka (love your collar Charka, don’t let Belle Star see it)

    Off to bed and TDWKTM. Nice.
    Hope the weather changes soon.
    both Patsy and i are limping!


  83. abbiethekitty
    9:10 pm on September 7th, 2011

    I just finished also Mr.Tyb. I tried and tried to stop and make it last but that is impossible.

    I have decided that a Chet and Bernie book starts out fast and just increases in speed till the end. No let up, no relaxing no nothing until the end.
    Well except for a slight time in Chapter 22.

    Have fun reading Rio.


    Got to go quilt now so I get my exchange blocks done for the TOGA in a week.

    Goodnight all.

  84. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:38 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Packing!…. We didn’t walk tonight because she was too busy packing up her whole closet plus it is cloudy and rainy…heh!…Then her brother showed up. He was over an hour late according to her mother who was stressing out over his arrival…grunt!… The second that poor guy pulled up and came into the house she was on him. ….chorkel!…The poor guy couldn’t even use the bathroom first because she had him out there checking the air pressure in all her tires and the spare…snort!… My friend and I chuffled to ourselves while he got bossed around instead of us…. Ahhhhh! Sweet Relief! He will get the brunt of it all tonight. Her mother has someone new to tell all of her detailed plans to starting with what time he should go to bed tonight…heh!

    Oh Brother!….Once her brother finished his chores he stuck his head in our bedroom and exclaimed about how many suitcases and bags she and I are taking on the trip…heh!… My friend said, “Did you buy liquor?” He said no cuz he didn’t know how much room there would be…huh?…She said, “Well I did and you are gonna need it, believe me!” He looked very relieved and happy, let me tell youse all…..chorkel!

  85. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:42 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Maskers!…. Thanks pal! That’s a huge relief knowing we won’t be driving through bad weather….snort!…Sounds like it will be stressful enough with the back-seat driver with out other distractions….grunt!…Yup, her mother and I are going to be riding in the back seat….urp!…I feel a stomach ache coming on already……

  86. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:48 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Mom will only let Dad and me read a chapter a night. Cheeze, is she a meanie or what? She said something about savoring it also. Don’t know what that means exactly but she sometimes says that about my treats also when I eat them right down. But you know how Moms are tough to understand but you need them when you don’t feel good or there I’d thunder out there. Wookie

  87. Melanie
    9:51 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Whoops, just checking in one more time from the upstairs older computer which I now have working again (knock on wood).

    A story . . .

    When YSAS was a bit younger I gave him his Great Grandfather’s WW1 trench whistle. He took it with him today. Everyone was awed by seeing one that had actually been used in the trenches in France. The director tried to figure out some way to use it, but it was not to be. A Production Assistant kept it safe while they were filming.

    Zoë was very touched (it was her father’s) and told everyone in the family.

    Now I really must stop reading and go to bed!

    TTFN again.

  88. Snowhook Bella
    9:59 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Rio: Did your friend pack your baseball toys?

    Wookie: Your mother is a wise woman. Rio Jr tried to savor—I use the term loosely—a couple of my fingers last night when I fed the dogs hamburger for dinner.

    Belle Starr will be impossible if she sees Charka’s collar.

  89. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:07 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Chapter!… We are hoping to get in a Chapter a day…sniff!…We might be hog-tied out on the ole acreage all day and night and be too tired to read much when we finally get back to our cool clean hotel room…wuffle! …Plus, if I can figure out the hotel’s free wifi I will have to post about the days activities…snort!…That is if anything interesting happens…heh!

    Maskers!…For weathers sake, we will be in Council Bluffs, IA tomorrow night, and then in the area of Grinnell and Brooklyn, IA the rest of the time….grunt!

  90. Masquers
    10:12 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Rio: Please keep us posted with notes from the road and do have a fun trip. Blue skies are in the forecast for you!
    Signing off – WeatherKat

  91. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:13 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Toys!… I was watching carefully, but she kept rearranging things and I grew bored with it all so I think I fell asleep on the pillow for a while….sniff!… I will know if anything is missing tonight when I go circling around on my warm soft bed before I lay down to sleep….snuffle!

    Tomorrow!…I hear we are supposed to get up really early tomorrow morning…grunt!…She says the computer will be packed so I will not be able to talk to my friends on Chet’s blog before we take off… snort!…I’m sure many will be very relieved…heh!

  92. Masquers
    10:18 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Rio: Just saw your updated itinerary.
    Hold on. Will be right back…..

  93. Siber-H
    10:19 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Rio, You and your family have a safe trip. We’ll be thinking of you.

    Fellow Sibers, Check in and let us know you and the kats and the horses haven’t been flooded out. shudder Maybe I’m living in a better climate than what I sometimes think.

    Night All

  94. Barb & Maggie
    10:39 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Siber, Isn’t Council Bluffs the city that had the big infestation of bed bugs in their motels last year? Holy Cow, I hope noone we know travels there!

  95. Gus & BooBear
    10:46 pm on September 7th, 2011

    The F word doesn’t usually bother us…like someone said earlier, sometimes it is the only work that fits. BUT we don’t like it when GD is used.

    Off to read. Love it so far, but haven’t gotten but a few chapters read. Damn work!!

  96. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:50 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Bugs!…You can’t scare me Barb!…snort!…I’m not sleeping on any of those ole hotel beds…heh!…I’ll be sleeping on a smaller version of my own bed…wuffle!

    Project!…Okay, it has taken forever but she finally figured out how to cut out the signature part of one of the photos she tried to take of the Climbing Rose Bush project for her sister. That would be the empty box in the right hand corner you see….grunt!…It’s not a very good photo and she says she didn’t have time to make the project more complex…sniff!…Whatever. Here it is. This was made without any help from books or photos. First piece made all on her own, so to speak…wheeze!

  97. Macy the Min-pin
    10:58 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Siber H..I had one of my frequent stray thoughts…A husky in NM is a fish out of water…which makes perfect sense as you don’t want to be in water in the first place//\\/]/] I think we are having a brain malfunction~~~~~

    Sleep tite, don’t let the, well you know.zzz..zz..z….z

  98. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:02 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Wifi!…I lost my wifi connection right in the middle of uploading the photo!…grunt!….Like she says, the photo is not worth the trouble it has been…snort!

  99. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:04 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Bed!…Now!…Or Else!…I’m told…grunt!…Talk to you guys tomorrow night sometime unless something miraculous happens…heh!

  100. Snowhook Bella
    11:09 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Rio: Your friend does beautiful work. It is really impressive especially as she didn’t use a pattern. Safe travels.

    Speaking of travels, AJ is hitting the road for work early tomorrow morning for a few days.

    Siber-H: Belle Starr is waiting. Just say the word.

  101. dawson
    11:14 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Geez Rio:
    How many trees were sacrificed to make that picture? I think the rose tree is absolutely fabulous and I love, love, love the watering can.

  102. Masquers
    11:15 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Rio: Council Bluffs on Thursday evening 59/Friday 81 pm showers.

    10-day for Grinnell:

  103. Masquers
    11:17 pm on September 7th, 2011
  104. Elliot
    11:20 pm on September 7th, 2011

    A beautiful project by your friend, Rio. But she won’t know we think so because the computer is probably already packed!

    That is so funny that Dawson gave instructions on how to send her a package because we found the PERFECT present for her at the 2nd Hand Store a coupla days ago.

    However, we’re great procrastinators.

  105. Masquers
    11:29 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Last one Rio for Council Bluffs tomorrow night and Friday am.

  106. BearSpiritDog
    11:37 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Rio: Your Friend’s project is absolutely extraordinary!
    It is so beautiful! What a talented person she is.
    Now both of you go have a Great Trip & don’t forget to sign in from the road – Bear

  107. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:40 pm on September 7th, 2011

    Dagnabbit! Computer problems! Bah humbug!!!

    Anyway, good evening, y’all! I just wanted to report that Mom stayed up late last night to finish reading TDWKTM. I tried reading over her shoulder, but she says that’s not polite. So now it’s my turn. She says it’s well worth the wait!!!

    Rio: Sorry I couldn’t get on earlier to tell you to have a good trip. Hopefully you’ll be reading this in your hotel room tomorrow night. I hope you enjoy your trip, and if not, I hope TDWKTM makes up for it! By the way, Mom says when you’re traveling through Iowa on Interstate 80 where it crosses Interstate 35, look north and give a little wave for her. That’s the road to Gilbert, where she used to live!!!

    Now I’m going to say good night to all y’all, and hope this computer is fully recovered by the morning!!!

  108. dawson
    11:56 pm on September 7th, 2011

    It’s working!
    Presents will soon be arriving on my doorstep. Heh. Don’t forget to use high end stamps instead of that ugly metered postage. And No Priority Mail!

  109. Tupper and Gilly
    12:32 am on September 8th, 2011

    Checking in and checking out – Mama is sooooo busy getting ready for her art show, and dealing with the Crazy Lady, and getting ready for our trip to the beach. She has to be content with being a lurker during the day, but its fun to have the whole days worth of blog to read at once.

    Good night to all that are still awake – looking forward to all of your adventures tomorrow.

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