P.G. Wodehouse and Us

“Remember the scene at the beginnning of The Dog Who Knew Too Much?” Admin says. “Where Bernie addresses the Great Western Private Eye Association?”

“I do, as it happens,” says Spence.

“When you wrote that, did you have in mind Gussie Fink-Nottle’s speech at the Market Snodsbury Grammar School awards day ceremony from Right Ho, Jeeves?”

“Depends what you mean by have in mind. I don’t think you can write that sort of scene without being aware of the Wodehouse version. But there are many differences, starting with the point of view, of course.”

“How about a bit of Bernie, from the opening of The Dog Who Knew Too Much? Maybe as he’s wrapping up:”

Bernie shuffled through the papers. “And I guess that more or less … brings us to the end of the prepared remarks.” What was the word for when humans talk but you can’t understand a thing? Muttering? Yeah. Bernie was muttering now. “Happy to take any questions,” he went on, or something like that.

There were no questions.

“Well, then, it’s time to, uh … thanks. Yeah. Thanks. You’ve been a great, um.” Bernie raised his hand in a funny sort of wave, a page or two flying free, and started walking off the stage. Then came the applause. I heard it for sure, but my sense of hearing’s probably better than yours, no offense.

 

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140 Responses to “P.G. Wodehouse and Us”

  1. B.Stover
    9:07 am on May 3rd, 2012

    Giving a speech is one of the most terrifying things in the world. My students would confirm that.

    Good morning all.

  2. Staff
    9:29 am on May 3rd, 2012

    There is also the time when Jeeves arranges to have Bertie give a speech in front of a girl’s school. I don’t remember which book but OMD that is funny.

    Sometimes when Maggie and I need a little fun we try to explain Wodehouse plots to each other.

  3. dawson
    9:38 am on May 3rd, 2012

    Good morning.
    It’s a grey day here in the city. Perfect for reading some Wodehouse.

  4. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:45 am on May 3rd, 2012

    Quinn!…Wodehouse!…Abrahams!…Rosenfelt!…Alexander McCall Smith!..wheeze!…There is not enough time in my day to read even some of the great authors…grump!…Although, the Scottish guy is going to be here in October signing all my books…snort!

  5. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:47 am on May 3rd, 2012

    Gussie!…My friend says if she ever gets a female pug her name will be Gussie!…heh!snort!heh!

  6. Rose
    9:49 am on May 3rd, 2012

    Greetings All!

    It is a dreary day here in Westchester. I hate public speaking!

  7. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:06 am on May 3rd, 2012

    Rio, did your friend’s renters ever show up last night?

  8. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:13 am on May 3rd, 2012

    Wolfie!…Nope!…snort!…Plus, to make her even madder than a hatter they did not return her phone call which she made around 6:30 last night telling them she would be “turning on the sprinkler system this weekend” come hell or high water…grump!…She pretty much was fuming all night long. With no ball playing, no walking, because she didn’t want to miss them, no baseball to watch, it was a pretty grumpy evening…grumble!

  9. Rose
    10:17 am on May 3rd, 2012

    Rio: Those renters deserve a grab of the pantleg…..

  10. Barb & Maggie
    10:35 am on May 3rd, 2012

    Rio, That is extremely rude of the renters. They could have at least called.

    Did anyone see the crazy tanning woman on t v, who was accused of taking her child to a tanning salon? That woman is strange. Does she think she looks attractive? Not to mention the skin cancer and premature aging issues.

    Barb refused to do public speaking, ever!

  11. Rose
    10:44 am on May 3rd, 2012

    B&M: That woman is hideous, and certainly has some psychological issues. There is no way that woman thinks she looks good.

  12. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:45 am on May 3rd, 2012

    Giambi!…Beau and I are reading about the last part of the game yesterday…snort!…Wow!Wow! Too damned bad they didn’t replay it earlier. None of us could stay up late enough to watch it…grunt!

  13. Rose
    10:46 am on May 3rd, 2012
  14. BearSpiritDog
    10:53 am on May 3rd, 2012

    Poor Bernie! His speech was not exactly the success he had planned.
    Public speaking ranks up top with things folks are most fearful of doing.
    Wolfie: Sounds like a fun 10 day your mom and friend have planned. It will do her worlds of good to get away, relax and enjoy.

    Rose & Barb: Folks are getting crazier and crazier. We can’t stand to read most news stories these days.

    Good Morning All. Rainy here too. (So what’s new?)

  15. dawson
    10:54 am on May 3rd, 2012

    Public speaking!
    I become a very fast talker when speaking publicly, hoping the torture will end sooner.
    Staff: I can now read (most of) the captions when I click on the Friends of Chet to enlarge them. Check it out.
    Rio: I am going to sell an Alexander McCall Smith book at the MMS, that is, if I can get Staff to take a picture of it for me. I wonder if you will be able to get a peek under his kilt! WhoooHooo! Oh…sorry. Inappropriate!

  16. Barb & Maggie
    10:57 am on May 3rd, 2012

    Rose, Actually in that photo she looks fairly normal. There have been other pictures of her where she is more of a walnut color.
    Does not look good on her.

  17. Rose
    11:01 am on May 3rd, 2012

    B&M: There is a video with that piece where she looks like a piece of toast…..

  18. Masquers
    11:04 am on May 3rd, 2012

    Wowzer! The blog is working at the speed of light! It is a pleasure to post. M.Baker has done some of his best work to date.
    Rio: Those renters are just plain rude…not showing up after saying they would “like to have a chat”…leaving your friend to wait and wonder.
    Dawson: Going to check out the captions.

  19. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:20 am on May 3rd, 2012

    Maskers!…I think it is the wondering what they wanted to chat about that pissed her off the most…heh!…Now she doesn’t give a rip about what they want to talk about because it obviously isn’t that important…grunt!

    Dawson!…Smith is coming all the way from Scotland to sign my books, it makes me wonder why The Charming Mr. Abrahams cannot make it here from MA to sign all my other books…gruffle!

  20. dawson
    11:23 am on May 3rd, 2012

    Rio: Perhaps he is not allowed to leave his proverbial “back yard”.

  21. Tupper and Gilly
    11:24 am on May 3rd, 2012

    Thank goodness for cawfee breaks, or Mama would never know what was happening on the blog.
    Another dreary day outside, but the Mud Room is bright and cheerful with good music and lots of fun stuff to do.
    We like the English humor that we have been exposed to; Wodehouse, the old English comedies that are shown on PBS. “The Vicar of Dibley” is great for silly laughs, and “As Time Goes By” with Judy Densch is sweet and funny. Gee – funny shows that don’t depend on smart mouth kids, clueless parents or constant sexual innuendo – who would have thought?

  22. Mollypop's Mom
    11:27 am on May 3rd, 2012

    I got an email this a.m. from facebookie saying someone had logged into my account from a computer that wasn’t the one I usually use, which is not often anyway. They locked my account so I needed to go to my account to unlock it and change my password. Well – the location for that other computer was in India.

    Here’s the possible problem, AND I KNOW BETTER, is that they have my email address and my password that I use a lot. Now I need to check all my accounts that might use that password and change it.

  23. Melanie
    11:28 am on May 3rd, 2012

    Good Morning all! The wedding is growing closer . . HIP HIP HURRAH!

    Riö, FOTAS sends her regrets to Beau about popping out of the cake. She is concerned about what might happen if he starts twirling.

    YSAS says if you can email yourself through to him he’ll take you along to the Bachelor Party. They will be ruffing it.

    Acupuncture this morning. Feeling pretty good.

    If this rain DOESN’T stop, I’ll never get my garden in!

  24. Tupper and Gilly
    11:29 am on May 3rd, 2012

    ahem – Dawson – that better not be a wayward copy of the first book in the Alexander McCall Smith series that you are planning on selling….

  25. Barb & Maggie
    11:38 am on May 3rd, 2012

    Melanie, Ran out to the Magic Garden and planted a few Kentucky Wonder pole beans before work. We are supposed to get hit really hard with rain later on, so ground may be too wet for the next few days.

    Did you ever say what the girls are doing for the bachelorette party?

  26. Melanie
    11:43 am on May 3rd, 2012

    They have actually done the party. They surprised FOTAS by meeting her somewhere for lunch. She wore a ribbon that said Bachelorette, and then they went up and down streets shopping and window shopping. The restaurant was somewhere on a river and the town is a cool one. I just can’t remember the name of it right now.

    Two pictures coming up on something completely different.

  27. Melanie
    11:44 am on May 3rd, 2012

    And do not play fetch with an imaginary ball.

  28. Melanie
    11:46 am on May 3rd, 2012

    Ummm, sorry about the last one there. I didn’t read it completely.

    As Barb would say “My Bad”. snicker

  29. Barb & Maggie
    11:58 am on May 3rd, 2012

    Melanie You are not bad, that is absolutely hilarious!!

  30. Siber-H
    12:05 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    No rain here…sun and high of 83 degrees. Our temps have been running around 10 degress above average for weeks now.

    Melanie, All those photos are cute, including the last one when enlarged. That dog could be a Malamute instead of a Siber. Anyway, it is funny.

    Rio, The Rockies did good against the Dodgers. No baseball today…maybe I can get some work done in the backyard this evening.

  31. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:07 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Melanie!….My friend just SNORTED out loud at the busy-place when she saw those photos….heh!snort!heh!….Good thing she wasn’t eating or drinking anything….chuffle!

  32. Masquers
    12:16 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Siber & Rio: Go Rockies!
    Melanie: Very funny photos, both.
    Someone is off on a “construction” project. I’m not mentioning names.

  33. B.Stover
    12:24 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Rose: I’m eating Swedish Fish. They are delish…and an interesting texture. They don’t stick in my teeth. Now I have to stop eating them.

  34. OleyHowlers
    12:28 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Hello everyone. The picture of sleeping with your doggie is so realistic…just as it should work. Mom is laughing. The second picture could be funny except that no Sibe is going to chase no stinking ball…real or imagined. None, except The Hot One but even she will only chase it 3 times. After that, you’re on your own.
    Mom used to be afraid of public speaking but she got over it. Pop, however,is terrified of speaking in public.

  35. Melanie
    12:31 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    I see that I will have to see if Swedish Fish are gluten-free.

    The guys doing the cleaning of the furnace have now left.
    They guys putting in the new used washing machine are here.

    Washing machines don’t last around here. At least when we had puppies all the time. That’s a lot of washing.

    The used one is a Maytag.

  36. Barb & Maggie
    12:33 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Oley, I agree, I won’t chase no stinkin ball either. Some ES like frisbees, but I only chase moving things that are furry or feathered.

  37. Rose
    12:36 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    B: I thought you’d might like the Fish. You can’t just eat one. :)

  38. Rose
    12:38 pm on May 3rd, 2012
  39. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:50 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Bed!…When Beau and I are both on the big bed when its cold, like last night, my friend doesn’t have a chance in hell…heh!heh!…This morning she said, “No more of this, EVER!”…grunt!

  40. Masquers
    12:57 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    MollysMom: Scary facebookie experience! Seems we all are at the mercy of cyber-criminals. Extra caution required when clicking on links.
    Lots of gluten free products these days, but usually more expensive.

  41. Snowhook Bella
    1:02 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    When it gets really cold we have Little House on the Prarie nights where we wear our winter hats to bed. We also have three dogs nights as well. Once we had a five dog night; we were warm, but couldn’t move.

    AJ is still on the road. He and Tenzing took the ferry out of Juneau yesterday. The crew gave Tenzing hot dogs. Life is good for Tenzing even if they didn’t let him drive the boat. Cell coverage is spotty at best on much of AJ’s journey so I hadn’t been in contact with him for a few days. He was driving in a snow storm. I told him about the BlogPaws conference, a day pass for the conference, the topic that SQPA is presenting and he said to go for it! Yeep! As his cell coverage strarted to break up I thought I hear him say something like, “…the…doors!” Now, exactly what I’m supposed to do with the doors is anyone’s guess. Belle Starr thinks he wants me to bedazzel the door, Luna’s thinks he wants me to lock the doors. He called about 45 minutes later when he had cell phone coverage again to say, “Lock the door!” in case I missed it on our last call.

    Professor Stover likes Sweedish fish. Does it get any better than this? You tell me.

  42. Staff
    1:15 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Rio, In PGW, Gussie Fink-Nottle is a guy. Gussie is short for Augustus.
    So you don’t have to wait for a girl Pug. Beau Augustus. Rio Augustus. Hmmmmm

  43. B.Stover
    1:20 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Melanie: As Rose’s link shows, Swedish Fish are gluten-free. The package indicates that 20 of them are 150 calories. That isn’t bad….I’ve only eaten about five…or six…

  44. dawson
    1:20 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    T&G: The title of the Alexander McCall Smith book is La’s Orchestra Saves the World. It “is an enchanting story celebrating friendship and the healing power of music, told with the lyrical warmth and charm we’ve come to love from this epic storyteller.” Or so it says on the back cover.
    My copy of the first book of #1 Ladies Detective Agency is safe at home in Canada. Heh, heh.

  45. BearSpiritDog
    1:21 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Heh. Lock the Doors! AJ you took the words right out of our mouth.
    SnowBella: Spotty cell phone coverage – Very frustrating.

    Does anyone watch the new Kiefer Sutherland show Touch? If so, what do you think of it?

  46. Melanie
    1:46 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    BUMMER! Swedish Fish has “Modified Corn Starch”. That is not good for those us who are highly intolerant to gluten.

    Why the heck do they have to modify it any way?????????????

    Why add wheat to Cream Cheese?????????

    Why add wheat to most everything??????

    Sorry to rant.

  47. Barb & Maggie
    2:08 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Melanie, Your allergy seems to be really extreme. Is it related to the Hep C, or is a separate issue. What happens if you consume a very small amount like in the Swedish Fish?

  48. Tupper and Gilly
    2:39 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Oh no! We have to get a passport so we can go to Canada and rescue a wayward book. It seems to us that as Royal Corgis, we should be British subjects, and therefore should be able to pass into Canada unquestioned. But nooooooooooooooooooo….

    And for the purposes of the current survey – I, Tupper am far too dignified to chase anything, round, flat or fluffy. Herding is NOT chasing – herding is an honorable profession. Chasing is for Kats with mice, or puppies with toys.

    Gilly here – I will chase a cookie from here to eternity! Balls – not so much.

  49. Melanie
    2:50 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    mmmmm, I have Celiac Disease which is a gene problem that will not process gluten. It is inherited. (Reason why YSAS has it also) There are also people who are just allergic to wheat. That’s not my problem.

    When a celiac person takes gluten out of their diet, they show more distress when they eat some by accident.

    YSAS is not as intolerant as I am. Two things for me . . . could be the HCV OR the fact that when Dan was still cooking he started adding wheat because a little wouldn’t be bad if I just didn’t know about it. That went on for three months. It was like being poisoned.

    YSAS describes part of the “distress” as having steel wool cleaning out your insides. That’s a good description. There are also other parts to it I won’t go in to.

    Celiac people can actually kill parts of the GI system so nutrients can not be taken in. I have some of that but not a lot.

    Yuck.

  50. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:50 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Staff!…I would never ever come if called someone called me Gussie …grunt!…Beau barely comes to BEAU!! because for 5 years no one ever called him anything…heh!

  51. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:54 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Tupper!…You just need to get a passport to Colorado…snort!…Your way-ward book landed on my doorstep…grunt!…Its one we don’t have written by the Scottish Gentleman…heh!…So I vote I keep it.

  52. Rose
    3:23 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Rio: You are up on top!

    B: I can’t wait to get home…I will eat some Swedish Fish in your honor.

    Belle Starr: I like your idea of having a bedazzled door! (I also answered the question you asked last night very early this morning on yesterday’s blog….

  53. Rose
    3:25 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Rebecca: You’ve gotta go to that BlogPaws Conference….You just gotta!!!!

  54. Siber-H
    3:29 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Rebecca, I second what Rose said, “You gotta go”.
    You would make a fine reporter and you could tell us all about it.

  55. Barb & Maggie
    3:30 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Melanie, We have a relative that has celiac disease. If she is going to eat something with gluten she takes a pill first. I know last time we were all together, she couldn’t eat pizza, but she did eat regular pasta and just took a pill before eating. Maybe she doesn’t follow the rules like she is supposed to.

  56. Snowhook Bella
    3:42 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    I’m amazed at B’s restraint. You can’t eat just one Sweedish fish, that’s for sure, but how can you just stop at five or six? Who’s with me?

    Mine is the first signature on the Free the Fish from their Gluten Prison petition so Melanie could taste the Sweedish delight.

    Rose: Belle Starr will deny it if she ever finds out that I shared this with you, but when she was younger she had the same problem. She would get so excited that, well…you know. If I so much said her name in the house I did so with the certainty that I would be cleaning up a misdeed. I stopped calling her by name; it’s amazing she answers to Belle Starr at all.

    Justgottago! It sounds like the name of a summer camp. I think you’re right. I need to look at flights and then register for the day pass. Someone here who shall remain nameless, but I’ll give you a hint—her name starts with a M and ends with an elanie—entered a contest to win me a free pass. She didn’t win, but it looks like she was awarded a discount. Yeep! Now I just have to arrange for a large number of kats to attend for SQPA to herd.

  57. Rose
    4:03 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Rebecca: Five or 6 Swedish fish, come on, now! Maybe like 5 or six bags for me!

    I will be the second to sign the Free the Fish from their Gluten Prison so that Melanie can know the wondrous joy of eating the fish.

    My lips are sealed. Belle Starr will never hear it from me.

    You just gotta, Rebecca!

  58. Rose
    4:05 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Rebecca: W-L up on top.

    If I dressed like a kat, could I go wih you?

  59. B.Stover
    4:14 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    I’m laughing Rebecca and Rose.

  60. Barb & Maggie
    4:34 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Just looked up celiac disease. Our family member must have a mild form, because her symptoms are mainly fatigue and anaemia if she doesn’t keep to her diet and sometimes intestinal discomfort. She will complain about low energy if she doesn’t follow a gluten free diet for awhile. It sounds like your problems are more severe.

  61. Snowhook Bella
    4:42 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    B: It is usually said, that the truth hurts, but in this case the truth is humorous and quite delicious.

    Rose: Two signatures. It’s a start.

    More to Rose: If you make it to Utah for the conference, I won’t make you dress like a cat unless, of course, you really want to do so. I’ve been considering other options for a gathering of Plunderers:

    *Iditarod—goes with out saying
    *One of the basketball games of KirbyT’s pop
    *A quilt-a-thon where we’re likely to meet up with the likes of Wookie’s mom, Staff and now Jasper’s mom
    *One of Stinky Mama’s shows where we can drum up business for her especially if it is a snooty show like last year
    *A cast iron skillet tossing contest to cheer for our very own Dawson

  62. dawson
    5:03 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    T&G: My copy of the first Ladies #1 Detective Agency is not wayward. It is your copy that is wayward. Good luck getting it back now that the Pug has his 4 paws on it.

    I have a Lisa Scottoline for the Musher’s Mercantile Store and a Dan Montague that maybe I should save until there is an auction as it is priceless.

    Speaking of books we may never see again…where is my copy of “White Wings”?

  63. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:07 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Pug!…Has it!…heh!heh!heh!snort!

  64. Barb & Maggie
    5:12 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    I thought White Wings ended its journey at Rio’s friend’s place.

    Wolfie, A comment on your deductible not being returned. Generally, if the claim is not disputed or litigated your ded. will be returned quickly. If you company paid for you repair on your policy and then went to the other company for pay-back, you don’t get your ded. till they do. If they settle and end up only getting 50% of the physical damage costs, then you get 50% of you deductible returned. If your company paid from your policy, and you were at fault, then you would never get your ded. back. If you had handled everything thru the adverse driver’s company, then they could have paid for the repair, and you wouldn’t have had the ded. issue at all. Does that make sense?

  65. Snowhook Bella
    5:14 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Speaking of books, I have the most of the MacKayla Lane series in paperback up for the taking. The same friend that referred the Sookie series to me, also recommended this series. I found the first book in the series at the airport when I was on my way to the lower 48 this winter and read the entire series by the time I returned home. These books have some strong language in them. Let me know if you’re interested.

  66. Rose
    5:46 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Maggie: Your lovely picture is up top!

    Rebecca: I’m working on the Prof for the Iditarod…..
    Next time the Royal Mum shows in the city of Boston is always a good one!

    B: I really did have some Swedish Fish just now in your honor. Think I’ll have some more. :)

  67. Snowhook Bella
    6:27 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Rose: If you make here for Iditarod I’ll make sure there is a (Sweedish) fish in every dish! Oh, and would it help sway the Professor to know that Patsy Anne lives at this here kennel?

  68. B.Stover
    6:48 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    I’m having more Swedish Fish….for dessert.

  69. Rose
    6:51 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    The Prof is kinda sweet on Patsy Anne….I’ll try and bat my eyelashes over my big brown eyes like someone else we know and love….

  70. Rose
    6:54 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    B: :)

  71. Masquers
    7:00 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Rose: You’ve started something with the Swedish Fish!

  72. Siber-H
    7:11 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    I put the Fish on mom’s grocery list.

  73. bluecat
    7:21 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Bella – I’m interested in the books for taking – escapism, right?

    Does anyone want a copy of Started Early, Took My Dog? It’s very good.

  74. Rose
    7:28 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Masquers: I love fun food! Swedish Fish are very yummy!

  75. Rose
    7:30 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    SiberH: Will your mom let you eat a Swedish Fish, or is it bad for dogs?

  76. Rose
    7:33 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    I imagine there will be a lot of howling going on this weekend….The Super Moon will be I view.

    Anyone out there interested in the Linda Fairstein series? I have almost all of them in paperback.

  77. Siber-H
    7:47 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Rose, Mom thinks almost everything but quality dog food and treats are bad for dogs. I just thought I’d be nice and put them on her list so she could see if she liked them. I’m sure she will.
    I have discovered that I love mangoes so I get a bite of one every time mom eats one.

  78. Rose
    7:55 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Youse guys,

    My day is winding down, and I’ m getting ready for bed, as I have an early appointment with some lightning bolts. Just want to let you guys know I always read the previous day’s blog early in the morning to see what I’ve missed. These past few weeks, the Thursday blog has been very important to me because it is what I take to the hospital with me, and it’s all youse guys I think about as the anesthesia puts me gently to sleep. I swear I can feel youse guys there watching over me, making sure that all goes well, and the Smoochers gently tucking the quilt around me, keeping me safe.

    For that, I thank you all.

    Good night!

  79. B.Stover
    7:57 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    I love mangoes also.

  80. Rose
    7:57 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    SiberH: Something tells me your mom is gonna love those fish!
    I hope your mom eats mangoes often!!

  81. B.Stover
    7:58 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    I’ll be thinking about you tomorrow Rose. Let us know when you get back home.

  82. Snowhook Bella
    8:00 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Sold to kat with blue eyes for the price of a meow! Bluecat, this series was referred to me by the same person that introduced me to DG, and while there is no red heided Scot clad in a quilt, I hope you find them enjoyable.

    Rose: Two of Team Smoochers are packing the sparkly, pink backpact. Masquers, is it safe to assume you will join them. ETB (estimated time for blur) is the crack of dawn Rose’s time.

  83. Snowhook Bella
    8:01 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Rose: Please check you SDD.

  84. Rose
    8:08 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Rebecca: Checking now.

    Thanks, B. I’ll post when I get back home.

  85. Rose
    8:17 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Rebecca: Checked and responded.

  86. Snowhook Bella
    8:21 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    I just reached down into the depths of my backpack to find a marker and instead found a package of Swedish Fish I forgot was in there. Oh, what a day, what a day!

  87. Barb & Maggie
    8:23 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Good luck tomorrow morning Rose. We will be thinking about you.

  88. Siber-H
    8:29 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Rose, We all are there keeping you company and watching over you.
    We will be thinking about you tomorrow.

  89. Riö –The Evil Pug
    8:47 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Lightning!….Did I miss Rose?…sniff!…We just came inside from being outside forever…grunt!…Someone likes the patio way too much after our walks…wheeze!

  90. Riö –The Evil Pug
    8:58 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Talkshow!…I just noticed that On Demand is showing The Graham Norton Show…sniff!…He is an Englishman who can be funny (sometimes). Haven’t seen him in years and years. This is for Stover, Gerard Butler is on show #10.06 (I think)….heh!…Plus Uggy the Oscar winning dog is on that show also…snort!….He is making fun of that really really fat dog that we all saw a photo of way back when…hmmmphf!…Gerard could definitely play the part of Bernie!…Wooooo!

  91. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:00 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Stover!… Show #10.09…snort!

  92. Barb & Maggie
    9:11 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Rio, I am going to try watching Touch that you have mentioned. Do you like it? We watched it once or twice, and do like Keifer, but haven’t really gotten into the show.

  93. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:16 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Hey, y’all! Mom and Dad have been getting up early for brutal walks in the morning, so Mom has been konking out early and forgetting to turn the computer on for me. This time she grabbed a katnap while Dad was making supper, so she was awake long enough for me to nag her into letting me on the blog.

    Rebecca: Everyone could come here for one of Dad’s basketball games, but since his games are usually over in the first quarter, I’m not sure it would be much of a gathering! (I hope Dad doesn’t read this — I’ll have to distract him!) What I really want to do is win the lottery, so I can take everyone up to Alaska for the Iditarod — first class all the way!!!

  94. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:22 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Touch!…Barb, I think Bear is the one who was watching that show…sniff!…I just can’t get into it because of my deeply ingrained image of Kiefer as Jack Bower…wheeze!

  95. Masquers
    9:27 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Did I hear someone call my name? Ready to go. Will be on the lookout for Belle-Starr and Luna.
    Rose: Tell the Prof to expect us forthwith.

  96. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:34 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Rio: I hate to ask, but I have to, and it’s all Mom’s fault. She saved all the deadline information for this go-round of the MM, but now she can’t find it anywhere! I’m working on my project, but I need to know when I have to have it finished. (P.S. Don’t yell at me, it’s ALL MOM’S FAULT!!!)

  97. Snowhook Bella
    9:34 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Staff and Bluecat: The books are in the mail!

    Masquers: Belle Starr said she packed dog nip to share with you.

    KirbyT: You and I have the same plan. However, I have noticed a fatal flaw that might impact my plan actually taking flight—I’ve never played the lottery.

  98. BearSpiritDog
    9:36 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Barb&Magpie: Rio is correct. We mentioned Touch this morning. Nana says she is unable to get into the show, even after watching 3 or 4 episodes.
    Kirby: We would love to see one of your dad’s games. Maybe the enthusiastic Plunderer cheering section would change the outcome.

  99. Snowhook Bella
    9:39 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    KirbyT: (whispering) The deadline for getting photos and descriptions to me is the 20th.

  100. bluecat
    9:39 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Rose – we’re with you and each other, as Harry Potter’s Mother says: always.

    Sweet dreams Everybody.

  101. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:42 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Rebecca: You have to play the lottery? You don’t just win? I guess that explains why I’ve never won!!!

    BSD: The cadets at Dad’s school get pretty enthusiastic, too, but it didn’t seem to help. Maybe if the Plunderers actually play…after all, four feet are better than two!!!

  102. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:44 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Kirby!…((((sigh))))….The store will be opening on May 26th. So you need to get photos first to Melanie for sizing and fixing. She will email them back to you…wheeze!…Then as quick as a bunny you need to email the photos and descriptions to Rebecca at least a week ahead of opening day..sniff!…Which is a few weeks from this Saturday, I do believe…grunt!

  103. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:46 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Rebecca: (Whispering back) Thanks. Now I don’t have to bother Rio. Oops, I already did!

  104. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:49 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Well, that’s easy to remember. May 26th is Mom and Dad’s anniversary! Only this year they won’t be spending it together. Mom and a friend are going to another friend’s son’s wedding out of town, and they’re staying overnight there. Did you get all that? It’s kind of convoluted!

  105. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:50 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Rio: Thanks for not yelling at me — or Mom. We can live with a sigh!

  106. Snowhook Bella
    9:51 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    KirbyT: I was disappointed when I realized that I overlooked that critical step.

  107. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:53 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Kirby!…You were lucky that I was just thinking it was time to remind all you crafty online bookclub members about the deadline and how quickly it is approaching….wheeze!sneeze!…My friend will be scrambling this weekend thats for sure…heh!…Oh and she surprised all of us and said she is taking tomorrow off from the damned-busy-place…woooooo!

  108. BearSpiritDog
    10:08 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    MollyPop’s Mom: You mentioned security breaches on facebookie this morning. We ran into a problem with Chase this afternoon. Couldn’t get online with the normal User ID and password…then the site closed down.

    Rio: Gerald Butler has my vote to play Bernie.
    Tell your Friend to have a good day away from the busy place

    Off to tackle that ever-growing stack of books.
    G’Night to All – Bear

  109. Barb & Maggie
    10:10 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    We didn’t get to watch Touch. After the first 5 minutes we got 3 long phone calls. If you guys don’t like it maybe we won’t bother.

    Good night all, sweet dreams.

  110. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:14 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Yeep!…The Chase website went down?…wheeze!….Somehow I fear my friend will be worried about this…grunt!

  111. Barb & Maggie
    10:15 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Before we go, Gerald Butler would be good as Bernie The other day we saw another actor that we thougth would also be a Bernie type, but now we forgot his name. He has sort of a stocky build, has dark blond hair and is in his 40s. Not one of the Baldwin boys, but looks a little them. This will now drive Barb crazy till she thinks of it!

  112. Snowhook Bella
    10:27 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Rio: I hope your friend has a great day off from the busy place.

  113. Barb & Maggie
    10:28 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    OK we thought of it – Jeff Daniels. He is sort of shambling, but good looking. What do you think?

    Now it really is good night.

  114. Tupper and Gilly
    10:33 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Hi everyone – Melanie said to say goodnight – she was just plumb tuckered out and Patsy grabbed her by the pant leg and dragged her off to bed.
    Did anyone see Letterman last night with the stupid pet tricks? There was a bulldog that would set up his own wooden rocking horse, get on it and rock. It was not only a riot, but we thought that if a bulldog could do it, bet a Pug could do it even better. Whaddya say Rio – are you up for a challenge?
    (and keep your hot wing paw prints off our book!)

    Good night Rose – sweet dreams both tonight and tomorrow – we will be with you.

  115. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:38 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Corgis!…I do not do tricks for anyone…sniff!…I’m sleeping with your wayward book tonight…heh!…It will be at the end of the bed if you get my drift….chorkel!

  116. Snowhook Bella
    11:33 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Rio: Can you be on Chet’s and check your SDD at the same time now?

  117. Snowhook Bella
    11:36 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Macy: Are you out there?

  118. Riö –The Evil Pug
    11:38 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Rebecca!…Don’t dig up old bones…grunt!

  119. Riö –The Evil Pug
    11:42 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Email!…Yes! I can actually have Chets page open and logon to my email and this wonderful new computer does not freeze up….Wooooo!

  120. Snowhook Bella
    11:47 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Does Beau get your old paw-me-down computer?

  121. Riö –The Evil Pug
    11:52 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    OOOER!…We are watching another Hawkins shows…heh!yeeeep!…This one is really good n’ scary but we think we should go to bed soon….sniff!…Someone here has to load bags of dirt, rocks and other heavy gardening stuff tomorrow from one of those big stores in the morning into a car and out of a car and down where it should be…wheeze!… Her mother is itching to beautify some areas of the 500 acres of land we call home….sniff!sneeze!…Goodnight!

  122. Riö –The Evil Pug
    11:55 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Hand-me-down!…wheeze!…You don’t want Beau having full access to an online computer…grunt!…Lord Have Mercy on our souls if that ever happens…sniff!

    Yeep!…Scary!…Goodnight!

  123. Snowhook Bella
    11:58 pm on May 3rd, 2012

    Night, Rio. I’m out to do dog chores.

    Rose: We’ll be with you in the morning when you drift to sleep and there when you wake up again? Did you know the Belle Starr has an underbite? Think of a pup that looked like she was frowning.

  124. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    12:59 am on May 4th, 2012

    Good luck tomorrow, Rose!

    We will be thinking of you!

  125. Snowhook Bella
    1:02 am on May 4th, 2012

    Wolfie: Are you packed and ready to go for your cross-country trip?

  126. Macy the Min-Pin
    1:23 am on May 4th, 2012

    Barely

  127. Snowhook Bella
    1:28 am on May 4th, 2012

    Macy: I’ve missed seeing your min-pin face on this here blog.

  128. Rose
    6:49 am on May 4th, 2012

    Thanks, youse guys!

    I will be thinking of you all!

    Rebecca: How did Belle Starr wind up with an underbite?!?

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