Post Mortem

“How was your Eastham appearance?” Admin says.

“No one threw anything, although I thought one or two might be considering it,” Spence said. “There was some discussion of Hawaiian pants maybe being an actually viable business idea.”

“Must be the heat.”

Welcome Speed Racer, Bebe.


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88 Responses to “Post Mortem”

  1. Kat
    8:34 am on August 7th, 2013

    Good morning! I am still awaiting word from the Magster. I can be there on the double!

  2. B. Stover
    8:45 am on August 7th, 2013

    I wonder how many people attended.

    Good morning all.

  3. Barb & Maggie
    9:01 am on August 7th, 2013

    Glad no one threw anything, although snagging a couple of heirloom tomatoes would have been nice.

    Morning all.

    My mood is fine, after all, I live in the moment. Barb, however, that is another story. Seems she was having a nice dinner with son and DIL, when said DIL mentioned that she wants to have another baby. Of course they complain that they can’t afford child care for the two they have, and expect Barb, DIL’s mother and sister to sit for free. Plus Josh just quit his long term union job to work full time at the bike shop. Union insurance covers pregnacy expenses while the insurance they now have doesn’t. Add in the fact that she will have a C section, and you are looking at 10K. OMD, are they nuts! Barb told them they should get a live in nanny, and then Josh said she is a grumpy grandma. DIL says she will take off 2 weeks, then strap the new one on to her chest and go back to work. OK, that works for 3-4 months, but what about the next 18 years? Barb is NOT going to be available. Grump!

  4. Tupper and Gilly
    9:15 am on August 7th, 2013

    Good morning all.
    Barb – you are NOT being a grumpy grandma – you deserve your life and your retirement. You raised your family – that does not make you an automatic indentured servant to them for the rest of their lives.

    We have actually seen Hawaiian pants. Unfortunately, they were red background with white, yellow and green flora, and they were being worn by a woman who was significantly shaped like a butternut squash. A very LARGE butternut squash.

    It wasn’t pretty.

    Out the door, and off to the show. Catch ya later.

  5. dawson
    9:21 am on August 7th, 2013

    Barb: Go to Alaska! That’ll show ’em.

    Big storm last night. Neighbor’s tree is now in our front yard, the top right by the front door. I pruned the tip top of the tree away so we can get in and out. Poor Monica. Her house looks naked.

  6. Barb & Maggie
    9:23 am on August 7th, 2013

    We are picturing those pants. Not a pretty sight!

    Thanks for the words of encouragment. Barb feels the same way. It is not her responsibility to raise their children. DIL’s sister who works full time and has no children, is expected to watch the kids on her days off. Josh and Jess are both hard workers, but they just seem to think we should all want to do this. Plain and simple, they are taking advantage.

  7. O'Howlers
    9:28 am on August 7th, 2013

    Barb, we second what T&G said. You raised your family. It is not your responsiblity to raise your family’s family. Mom’s mom always said how happy she was that her grandchildren did not live near her so she would not have to turn them down for babysitting duties. But turn them down she would have done, if they did ask. Dawson’s idea is the best: Come to Alaska with the other Plunderers! You deserver your time and your money.

    Dawson, Thank Dog that tree didn’t hurt you or your house!!! Wow.

    The ‘rents actually made their airline reservations for Alaska. They will be landing in D.C. (Wookie) and San Francisco and Seattle on the way there. On the way home, they stopover in Minneapolis!

  8. Barb & Maggie
    9:31 am on August 7th, 2013

    Thanks guys.
    Glad the tree missed your house, Dawson!

    Oleys, What dates did you book, and when do you arrive in Seattle? Barb is going to go. She wants to spend her money before her DIL gets her hands on it.

  9. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:53 am on August 7th, 2013

    Barb!…Go to Alaska – that will show them!…heh!…I think I said that once before, then Dawson said it, then I said it again…snort!

  10. O'Howlers
    9:58 am on August 7th, 2013

    Yeep! Yeep! Yeep!!!! Barb is going to Alaska!!!!!

    Barb, we are leaving here and arriving in Alaska on Feb 25. We are leaving Alaska on 3/4.
    We will be arriving in Seattle at 10:38 am and leaving Seattle at 1:30 pm on 2/25.

  11. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:17 am on August 7th, 2013

    Flight!…Sounds like the Howlers have the flight plans!…yeeeep!

  12. Barb & Maggie
    10:28 am on August 7th, 2013

    We will do some research and see what is leaving Milwaukee on that date. Maybe we could meet up in Seattle. We were going to check cheaptickets and expedia. Any other thoughts?

  13. O'Howlers
    10:45 am on August 7th, 2013

    Garden advice is needed here. We have lettuce seeds to plant. We have never planted lettuce from seeds before, only from small plants. Can we put them in the now-cleared-out lettuce bed from the Spring? Or should we put them in some sort of flat indoors and them plant them after they germinate?

  14. B. Stover
    10:52 am on August 7th, 2013

    There is a new tv series that starts on BBCAmerica tonight. (Actually the first episode is already on On Demand but ends today. Strange.) It’s called Broadchurch and stars David Tennant. It’s a murder mystery over eight episodes.

  15. Siber-H
    11:14 am on August 7th, 2013

    Barb, I agree with everything that has already been said. We are all on your side. Stand Your Ground!!

    T&G Paws crossed for a peaceful, successful show.

    There are people who would buy Hawaiian pants. Mom says she would buy a pair just to help out Chet and Bernie. They might be comfortable for wearing around the house.

    Good Morning All

  16. Melanie
    11:22 am on August 7th, 2013

    Barb, I’m with everyone else. I have explained to my children that when I am on my own, I can be an emergency babysitter, but I plan on traveling and having my own life.
    Your DIL and your son sound as if they feel they are “entitled”, they are not thinking things through, and they were disrespectful.

    Make sure you get up to ALASKA! Show them there is a lot of “you” left that they will not understand.

    I have just gone through Zoë’s and my emails that had never been looked through. Jeeze Louise! Over 100 . . Mostly people wanting us to buy things.

    A “take at easy” day today.

  17. Melanie
    11:27 am on August 7th, 2013

    Oh, yes . .

    I don’t believe that Hawaiian pants and my body type would get along. I would buy some for YSAS and LLL. They could start a new fashion in NYC.

    Dawson, would you like Franklin to blur over the electric chain saw? He’s not aloud to use it, but Mattie is pretty good with it. She does a great Newfoundland dog wood statue with the trunk.

  18. Melanie
    11:27 am on August 7th, 2013

    ALOUD!!! I’m having more coco . .

  19. Barb & Maggie
    11:47 am on August 7th, 2013

    Oleys. Plant the seed directly into the bed. I am going to do mine in the next week or two. Mid August is a good time to plant fall lettuce and spinach. Takes 45-60 days, and they both like cool weather.

    Checked some more flights. There are a number leaving Milwaukee on the 25th. Problem is that they do a layover of 2-3 hours in Chicago before going on to Seattle. Seems silly to drive to Milwaukee, then fly back to Chicago and sit for several hours. Only thing is, if I go directly to Chicago/OHare and start there, it is $200+ more expensive. Since I have more time than money, will have to go to Milwaukee. Even if I leave early, the flights will not be leaving Seattle till about 3:00. So therefore, probably will not be able to coordinate flights. Looks like American and United both go to Anchorage. Will do more checking.

  20. O'Howlers
    12:09 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Barb, Is it o.k. that we are planting the lettuce in the same bed where the Spring lettuce was?

  21. Barb & Maggie
    12:14 pm on August 7th, 2013

    I don’t see any problem with that, Oleys. I am going to plant in the same spot. Are you doing leaf lettuce?

  22. Melanie
    12:21 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Didn’t someone say that Alaska Air was good place to look?

    My lettuce is in the wall. Been having very cool nights. 43 to 50 degrees this last week. This week? 50 to 60 at night.

    Having fun getting my auction items together. I think they will all arrive before the 18th. snicker.

  23. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:33 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Lettuce!…My friend says thats what they should have grown this year because nothing else is doing anything….snort!…Her tomatoes are still green…heh!heh!

  24. Siber-H
    12:35 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Tomatoes aren’t doing well here either.

  25. O'Howlers
    12:37 pm on August 7th, 2013

    We have so many tomatoes here now we are turning red! That will probably happen for you, too, Rio, sooner or later.
    Barb, we plant loose leaf lettuce.
    Alaska Air flights won’t get us in until the middle of the night.

  26. Barb & Maggie
    12:41 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Rio, Our tomatoes are trickling in. In a week or two we will have a lot ripening. Our plants are over 6 foot tall, and being in a raised bed, they are 8 feet up in the air.

    We plant loose leaf too, Black Seeded Simpson is what we are planing this fall. It is the old stand-by for loose leaf.

  27. O'Howlers
    12:47 pm on August 7th, 2013

    We have Bronze Arrow and Red Sails.

  28. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:48 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Tomatoes!…Okay, maybe someone will hold off on pulling them out of the pots and throwing them away…grunt!

  29. Melanie
    12:48 pm on August 7th, 2013

    What does a red tomato look like? Haven’t seen a one.

    I have got to get some work done. So far? Not a thing has gotten done.

  30. O'Howlers
    12:54 pm on August 7th, 2013

    So far, this is our best tomato year. We got ours from a place Barb told us about: Laurel’s Heirloom Tomatoes.
    The ‘rents both say that Paul Robeson and Cheokee Purple are now their favorites.

  31. Barb & Maggie
    12:56 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Oleys, How do you rate your tomatoes so far, as far as taste?
    We are still going 1. Paul Robeson, 2. Cherokee Purple, 3 Mortgage Lifter.

  32. Barb & Maggie
    12:59 pm on August 7th, 2013

    We were really on the same page that time! You posted as we were typing. LOL

  33. O'Howlers
    1:28 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Maggie, They say 1) Paul Robeson, 2) Cherokee Purple, 3) Brandywine. But they have not tasted Mortgage Lifter. Now we say, if someone would lift our mortgage, that would be our very favorite because then Mom and Pop would be here with us us us !

  34. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:34 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Mortgage!…Someone here says that the only mortgage lifter she knows is called “The Lottery”…snort!…So far it isn’t working for her…sniff!

  35. Staff
    2:45 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Barb, I am sending you our itinerary. Also passing through Seattle on 2/25 and leaving on 3/4. Starting in Minneapolis…check your SDD

  36. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:47 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Tracking!….All I know is me and Maskers the Jazz-Kat are going to be really busy tracking all you North bound travelers…wheeze!

  37. Siber-H
    2:51 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Masquers should be returning to the blog soon.

  38. Barb & Maggie
    3:02 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Just got back from wondefluffing. Will check the SDD.

    The story behind Mortgage Lifter is that a guy developed that tomato back in the Depression. Supposedly people drove from all over to buy the tomato plants from him for $1.00 each. That was big money in the 1930s! After 5 years he was able to pay off his $6,000 mortgage.

  39. Staff
    3:19 pm on August 7th, 2013

    We have had about 5 Cherokee Purple tomatoes so far. And also about 3 Early Girl. Mr.Staff bought the Early Girl because he wanted tomatoes FAST. The Cherokee Purple was ripe first.

  40. O'Howlers
    3:34 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Rio, Mom told her workplace she quit. She figures when she wins that lottery tonight, she will pay off her mortgage and won’t need that job any more. What a retirement plan! heh!

  41. O'Howlers
    3:38 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Another gardening question: How do you all keep your tomato plants standing? This becomes a big problem for us every year. We use those metal tomato cages, which are not very strong. But Pop attaches very strong steel rods to the cages to keep them up. Yet, this time of the year, they are all falling down and then we have to use twine to tie them to our fence.

  42. Melanie
    3:54 pm on August 7th, 2013

    All of youse with your freaking red tomatoes!

    Our chipmunk was busy over the winter and the spring. We have sunflowers ready to burst out in sun. And I have two random tomato plants hanging around in the squash bed. Weird.

    Our round rug for the new dog bed came in today. Zoë and I are too zonked to put it together tonight. I’ll put a picture up tomorrow.

    Time to read . .

  43. Mollypop's Mom
    3:54 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Today I found an airfare price of $645. Last week they were all a hundred more. I’m going to wait until next week and then just book it.

    I looked in my ski stuff and I have 2 extra pairs of ski mittens which I’ll bring for anyone with cold hands. The mittens have a small pocket on the back that holds a heat pack. I’ll bring a box of heat packs too.

  44. Terry Ballard
    4:01 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Had a fabulous tomato year in 2012. This year not so much. Last year was a case of beginner’s luck. This year lives up to its last two digits.

  45. Gus & BooBear
    4:07 pm on August 7th, 2013

    We are going to have SO MUCH FUN in Alaska!!! Rio, did you convince your friend to take that much needed vacation? Do y’all think Spence may be thinking about coming? We bet he could get some serious story ideas up there!! If he comes back to Houston for the book signing, that is going to be one of Mom’s questions!!

  46. Barb & Maggie
    4:15 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Oleys, Here is a picture of our tomato bed. The raised part is 2 feet, so that gives you an idea of the height of the plants. We bought the tallest, highest cages we could get, that cost about $6 or $7. each. We used stakes next to the cages when we had more strong winds in the country. So far this year, the plants are standing up.

  47. Barb & Maggie
    4:18 pm on August 7th, 2013

    We meant to say tallest, strongest cages. They are very heavy duty, and we used them for the pole beans which are pictured here. They would do better on a 8-10 foot trellis.

  48. Melanie
    4:40 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Hmmm . . Is that what tomato plants ate supposed to look like?

    Barb, I have kept Zoë informed about what is going on with you. She says GO TO ALASKA!

    There you have it. Wise words from a wise woman.

  49. SnowBella
    4:42 pm on August 7th, 2013

    In twirling, I’m twirling, I’m twi—SPLORT! B of B&M, I’m so excited you decided to travel north to Alaska! Yeep! And the Howlers, too! Double Yeep!

  50. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:43 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Snort!…Youse all will get a good laugh when I post some photos of someone here’s bedraggled garden…chorkel!…The hail-storm helped the “look” a lot mind you…snort!

  51. Mollypop's Mom
    5:26 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Ha ha – that air fare had my return flight a red eye. It’s back to about $750.

  52. Barb & Maggie
    5:30 pm on August 7th, 2013

    MPM, Looks like we will be about in the $600 range plus taxes.We did not see Alaska Airlines going out of Milwaukee. American and United is what we have seen so far. Any suggestions on which websites are the best?

    Started reading Dogtripping this afternoon, the new David Rosenfelt book. So far into it about 50 pages and have cried or teared up 3 times. Very good, but most dog lovers will not stay dry eyed through the book.

  53. Princess Sam
    5:38 pm on August 7th, 2013

    My daddy is going to help Molly’s mom with this airfare stuff when she comes here on the weekend. He’s a pro at this so stay tuned.

  54. Barb & Maggie
    5:55 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Sam, We won’t make reservations yet. Will wait to see what your daddy has to say.

  55. Herd of Hounds
    5:59 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Mom’s home! Blood tests, p p tests, x rays & kat scans. Seems it is a post surgical intestinal infection 🙁 3 days of clear liquid diet. TONS of antibiotic and voila! Going back under quilt again but wanted to check in.

  56. Melanie
    6:23 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Awww, HOH make sure you guys sit on your mom. The quilt is comfortable to lie on, especially if your two legged is under the quilt.

    At least, that is what the Pack say about sharing the bed with Zoë.

  57. Herd of Hounds
    6:27 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Kinda like a 3 dog night.

  58. Barb & Maggie
    6:50 pm on August 7th, 2013

    HOH, Glad you checked in. Take all the time you need under the quilt.

    David Rosenfelt in the book, Dogtripping, mentions book signings at Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, and Murder By The Book in Houston. We think OFA has done signings at both of those book stores. He says Poisoned Pen is one of the best in the country.

    Has anyone else read his new book? Barb is loving it!

  59. Tupper's Mama
    8:05 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Catching up at last. We got to the show after some strange side trips thanks to “yes, dear” which is what we call our GPS.
    The museum room where we are holding the show is MAGNIFICENT. Giant circular room with two story tall glass walks melding into a glass ceiling. Our booth is the first one as customers enter. Giant size booth with all kinds of beautiful light.
    We are all set up and ready for bear.
    And now we all ready for bed.
    Goodnight all.
    Oh, and Barb- you go, girl, you hot shirt, you.

  60. Herd of Hounds
    8:24 pm on August 7th, 2013

    We call that Daddy direct in our house. Nighty night.

  61. Staff
    8:39 pm on August 7th, 2013

    A chicken farmer went out on one dark and dusty day
    And by the coop he rested as he went along his way
    When all at once a rotten egg hit him in the eye
    It was the sight he dreaded: Ghost Chickens in the Sky

    This farmer had these chickens since he was twenty-four
    Working for the Colonel (pronounced “Kernel,” eh?) for thirty years or more
    Raising all those chickens up to send them off to fry
    And now they want revenge: Ghost Chickens in the Sky

    Their beaks were black and shiny, their eyes were blazing red
    They had no meat or feathers – oh! These chickens all were dead!
    They raised that farmer up and he died by the claw
    They cooked him extra crispy, and served him with cole slaw

  62. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:51 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Staff!…heh!snort!heh!…Funny….chorkel!…You are on a roll lately…snort!

  63. Meashka
    8:53 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Heh heh Good one Staff.
    Barb, where did you get the. Cages? Our pla ts are bigger yet but maybe those would work.
    Here I am at a very lonely Yappy Hour.

  64. Siber-H
    9:01 pm on August 7th, 2013

    The Hot One….Looking good, girl

    Staff, LOL

  65. Barb & Maggie
    9:16 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Oleys, We got ours at Farm and Fleet. Not sure if you have those where you are. We discussed this last year, but if you take out some of the growth early in the season, you will get more height, more tomatoes, and less bushiness. Check out “Suckering your tomatoes” on Google. We don’t do it all season, but if you do it in the beginning you will get a taller plant that doesn’t spread out of control.

    Off to watch Flight with Denzel Washington.

  66. Barb & Maggie
    9:18 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Forgot to say we love the chicken song. Younger bloggers might not remember Ghost Riders in the Sky. Wasn’t that Vaughn Monroe?

    Night all!

  67. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:38 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Ghost!…I remember “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” with Don Knots…snort!

  68. Staff
    9:42 pm on August 7th, 2013

    We suckered our tomato plants this spring. Have not done it lately but earlier, when it was easier to reach in, we did.

    Mr.Staff and I have our two storm doors in place now. The fancy one is on the front door (it has beveled glass) and the old plain one is moved to the kitchen door that didn’t have a storm door. I only had one melt down.

  69. Masquers
    9:49 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Riö: Looking forward to Flight Tracking in February.

    It’s hello & bye…time to call it a day…wonderfluffing in the morning. Getting ready for Blues on the Bay. Wooo.

  70. Princess Sam
    9:51 pm on August 7th, 2013

    I think Frankie Laine.

  71. Princess Sam
    9:53 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Masquers, I’d like to see a picture of you Wonderfluffed.

  72. Melanie
    9:56 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Staff, What did you melt down? Right now I would like a melted s’more as a dessert to a plate of golden fried flying high chicken.

    I am in need of some sleep. TTFN

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:00 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Fun!…I do believe I can say without a doubt that Maskers is having way more fun than I am this summer….grunt!….In fact I do not even know what fun is anymore. I’ve totally lost the meaning of the concept…grumble!

  74. SnowBella
    10:01 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Rio: Please check your SDD.

  75. Barb & Maggie
    10:08 pm on August 7th, 2013

    OK, before we are gone for the night, Vaughn Monroe did the most popular version in 1949, when Barb was 4 years old. Frankie Lane did the song in 1963. So, we are both correct. How come Barb remembers Vaughn Monroe, but she can’t remember what she had for lunch yesterday?

    Night all.

  76. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:15 pm on August 7th, 2013


  77. The Secret Camera Dog (SCD)
    10:16 pm on August 7th, 2013


  78. Tenzing
    10:21 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Did my Lady ever mention that when she gave me my first bath she called to AJ, “Uh, I think we got a Kat!” I was just as horrified as she was. Not only was I nekkid, soapy and in a new home, but now a Kat was a witness in the tub with me! But, that’s a story for another time.

    Back to work for my Lady. Nighty noodles.

  79. Siber-H
    10:34 pm on August 7th, 2013

    That poor dog.

  80. Staff
    10:34 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Melanie, what melted down was my composure. I lost it completely. I have been told that home repair can do that to a person. sniff.

    I got over it though. Mr.Staff, poor dear, had to be really really nice to me for about 1/2 hour. I usually unmelt when I am obeyed completely. snicker.

    Dawson says the tree is still in the front yard and it has squished a number of things in the yard including Mom’s prized rhododendron. This picture was taken of the downed tree several years ago. So pretty.

  81. Staff
    10:36 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Nighty noodles all.

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:41 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Work!…My friend is working late like Rebecca, only I bet Rebecca is getting paid in slim-jims for her time…sniff!…My friend is just downright krazy…grunt!

  83. Tenzing
    10:57 pm on August 7th, 2013

    She’s mentioned bringing home the bacon before, but I’ve yet to see any pork. Hell, I’d settle for any meat product.

  84. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:00 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Food!…My friend brought home some good food for her mother, but neglected me!…grunt!…I got kibble with some dry ole turkey on it…sniff!….Bacon has not been fried and consumed in this household for about 3 weeks now…gruffle!…I’ve been counting dammit!…wheeze!

  85. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:23 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Soothing!…My friend is watching “The Great American Songbook” on PBS now that she is taking a break….snort!…She says it is soothing to her soul…grunt!

  86. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:25 pm on August 7th, 2013

    PBS!…Oh grump! Now they are asking for money. How annoying…sniff!…What the hell? We were enjoying the show, now we have to pay for it? I don’t think so….sniff!

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:46 pm on August 7th, 2013

    Goodnight!… Someone says the computer will be off limits for pug-paws for some reason, so I may or may not get to say “hey” tomorrow…grunt!…All will be okay if she ever gets home from the busy-play tomorrow night…sneeze!….Good night All!

  88. O'Howlers
    7:38 am on August 8th, 2013

    Oh no! Barb watched Denzel in The Flight. Now she will change her mind about flying to Alaska. That movie made Mom want to bale out of her Seattle trip last May.

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