Puts And Calls And Us

Bernie’s still sleeping. Late night at the Dry Gulch Steakhouse and Saloon, pretty much our go-to place for kicking back. Can’t miss it with that huge wooden cowboy out front. And the sight of that wooden cowboy all of a sudden, meaning I knew where I was! What a moment. But that’s in The Dog Who Knew Too Much. Last night was more normal. A dude in a checked jacket was talking about the economy, whatever that is. Turns out the price of copper – one of the easiest smells there is, some humans can even pick it up – is a real good indicator of what’s going to happen with the economy. And guess what. There’s such a thing as copper futures. Then came a bit of a surprise: the checked-jacket dude knew how to hook us up with some copper futures. Did Bernie reach for the check book? Yes. Lots of times he ends up patting his pockets and realizing he left the check book at home.

But not last night.

Welcome Lady, Bandit, Spanna, Molly.

Friend of the Month coming soon!


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118 Responses to “Puts And Calls And Us”

  1. OleyHowlers
    8:26 am on April 26th, 2011

    O no Bernie! You didn’t ! Your finances are such a mess.

    Happy Birthday to our very bestest of horse friends, Sahadi fa-Shiek who turns 30 today !!!! He is the king of our farm, and we all love him and respect him. Long may he live.

  2. Mollypop
    8:31 am on April 26th, 2011

    Happy Birthday Mr. Horse!

    Bernie – You need to check with Barb and MagPie before you go writing those checks.

  3. Snowhook Bella
    8:37 am on April 26th, 2011

    Good morning, Plunderers! I passed part of the last sleepless hours catching up on yesterday’s blog.

    Barb & Maggie (& Stormy): Congrats on the freshly hatched goats! I was just remembering the honor I’ve had to be present at the birth of many of the pups in the kennel—I try to be with the new mama whenever possible. I’ve carried each of those pups in my coat or overalls from their first few days of life until they would no longer fit although I assume that might be a bit more difficult with a baby goat…

  4. OleyHowlers
    8:47 am on April 26th, 2011

    Bella: We see that most of your guys have to leave you for the summer. You are going to be so sad. We hope all is well for them and for you.

  5. Snowhook Bella
    9:12 am on April 26th, 2011

    OleyHowlers: It is true—all but a few dogs will be away for the summer. Whitey-Lance and Orion along with a majority of the team will head to southeast Alaska to work for an outfitter on the glacier doing dog sled rides. It is the first time we’ve sent them to the glacier for the summer and it will be a long summer with out them at home. It is an opportunity though, to have their dog food paid for and save money for Iditarod.

    Our retired dogs, Tenzing, Bridger and my old stray, Howard along with Luna and her dog Belle Starr will remain home. Garcia, a free spirited dog and Radley, a very shy pup will also spend the summer at home. A long summer indeed.

  6. B.Stover
    9:19 am on April 26th, 2011

    Oh, Bernie!

    Good morning all.

  7. Tyb
    9:31 am on April 26th, 2011

    Good morning, All,
    We finally made it back from our trip which lasted longer than had been planned. It was great. I saw a lot of beautiful country and had some great food. I don’t usually get people food, but since I was on vacation, I got a few extras that didn’t hurt. I hit the jackpot one night when my dad met some friends at a Japanese restaurant. The owner greeted and seated us; and before the waiter arrived with the menus, the owner was back with a bowl of water and a big dish of steamed chicken and white rice for me. He said he knows how to feed dogs because he has three of them. Though I enjoyed the travel, I’m glad to be home where it’s cooler and my routine can get back to “normal”.

  8. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:42 am on April 26th, 2011

    Mr. Tibbs!…Our wayward traveler!….snort! ….I like the hat!

    Whitey!… I hope he doesn’t R-U-N-N-O-F-T while he’s away working on the glacier….yeep! …I hope he will write Rebecca and let her know how it’s going all summer long….grunt !

  9. Barb & Maggie
    9:43 am on April 26th, 2011

    Oh, Bernie, why do you think you will have any better luck with copper futures than tin futures? Metal is metal!

    Kim is on her way over to see the new babies. If you want to know how big they are, picture a skinny cat with long legs (and big, droopy rabbit ears). So cute!

  10. OleyHowlers
    9:56 am on April 26th, 2011

    Mom is home today (of course…its Shiek’s birthday!)
    But she says she will be busy trying to finally get grass cut and gardens weeded, so we suspect we won’t be on the computer much. Then again, its gorgeous outside and we have a lot of work to do out there too. There is still manure the farmer put down that we are needing to spread better…he put it in heaps. Also, many critters trying to move into our turf this time of year. So much work, Dima got tired just thinking about it and had to take another nap.

  11. Barb & Maggie
    9:57 am on April 26th, 2011

    Does anyone want to know the difference between a put and a call? Both are options – think of a “put” as putting it away from you. You are selling to option, at a future date and a future price because you think the price will go down. Think of a “call”, as calling it to you. So you are buying the right to purchase at a certain price in the future. In this case, the buyer thinks the price will go up.

  12. Tupper and Gilly
    10:19 am on April 26th, 2011

    Morning everyone!
    Barb – Mama wants to know if you and Maggie and the goats and chickens and all will come live with her when she earns/wins/inherits/finds her first million dollars. she is sure that with your help, it will become 2 million in no time. Without it, she would probably end up hehind Bernie in line at the pawnshop…
    Bella – it will be sad to wave goodby to doggies for the summer, but we think they are going to have a grand time working and running. And when they come home, it will be hugs and wags and shouts of joy – kind of like kids coming home from summer camp.
    Oley – our very best to your King of the Farm. In honor of his birthday, we will run around the backyard like crazy, pretending to herd his harem for him.
    Tyb – Welcome home!!! We have missed your posts, and are happy to have you back – juanty hat and all. Are you gong to the “vedding” with Natasha? That hat would be just the ticket!
    Hello Bee, Rio and MollyPop. Hope you are all having a good morning. (whispering – Mama supposedly doesn’t have to go to work until 4 this afternoon and she is just giddy with having time on her hands. She even promised to BRUSH us! Yippeeee!)

  13. OleyHowlers
    10:20 am on April 26th, 2011

    Thanks Barb! We have to look up puts and calls all the time, but truthfully we never really understand what they are. Your explanation is so clear. (we are just computer types)

  14. OleyHowlers
    10:21 am on April 26th, 2011

    Shiek says thanks T&G. He truly does love his harem.

  15. BearSpiritDog
    10:42 am on April 26th, 2011

    Copper Futures – a new one. Luckily Bernie left his checkbook at home. Thank Dog!
    Working Dogs! Bella, I can imagine how very difficult it will be for you to parted from most of the team for the summer.
    TYB returns from his road trip. Welcome back! You look very cool in that new hat.
    Barb&Maggie: I’m confused. Don’t you want to sell when the price is high and buy when it’s down? I have no knowledge of these things.
    O.Howlers: Wishing a very happy birthday to the esteemed Sahadi fa-Shiek.
    Good Morning to All!

  16. Tyb
    10:45 am on April 26th, 2011

    T & G,
    I’m looking forward to the vedding and hope that you can make it. I’d love to meet you and talk to you in dog.

  17. Tupper and Gilly
    10:47 am on April 26th, 2011


  18. Tyb
    10:58 am on April 26th, 2011

    I just saw your video and have to say you look great. I sure hope you got some of those treats eventually. I think that if you put your mind to it, you could do the tail thing as well as Pepper does it.

  19. B.Stover
    11:03 am on April 26th, 2011

    Happy 30th birthday Sahadi fa-Shiek!

    Welcome back Tyb!

    I fear that Chet has indicated that Bernie had his check book on him when he met the checker-jacketed dude at the Dry Gulch (which another teasing tidbit tells us is in Dog Who apparently after Chet has been lost far from home).

    I’m sending my check to Snowhook to help sponsor Orion.

  20. BearSpiritDog
    11:29 am on April 26th, 2011

    B: Bernie reached for the checkbook – but was it there? Chet is saying how many times in the past he is patting an empty pocket. Let us hope this was one of those times when he left his checkbook at home!

    Speaking of checkbooks – we are getting our’s out to sponsor Orion.

    Did everyone notice? Friend of the Month coming soon!

  21. Siber-H
    11:29 am on April 26th, 2011

    Bernie needs help…professional counseling about his gambling problem. He at least needs to talk to Barb who could give him better advice than what he has been getting.

    Happy Birthday Shiek! May you have many more! I know you are much loved.

    TYB, Great to have you back with us and that is a cute photo. I’m glad you had a good trip.

  22. Siber-H
    11:49 am on April 26th, 2011

    Whitey-Lance, Orion, and the gang will have fun this summer pulling the tourists around on the glacier. The tourists will give them lots of attention, and be really impressed when they learn they are meeting real Iditarod dogs. I hope the outfitter knows to keep a close eye on Mr. Whitey-Lance.
    It is hard for us Huskies to find fun things to do in the summer. I’d like to spend it on the glacier.
    I know Rebecca and AJ will miss all of them a whole bunch.

    I am mailing my check today to help sponsor Orion.

  23. Barb & Maggie
    12:16 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Happy Birthday Shiek! May you have many more (like Ben).

    Bear, Yes you want to buy low, sell high. But with options you are betting on a future price. So if you think the price will go down, you sell it now (high price), and cover it later (at the lower price). If you bet wrong, you are out the price of the option.

    If you think the price will go up, you cover it now (low price) and sell it later (at higher price). Again, if you are wrong, you are out the price of the option.

  24. OleyHowlers
    12:26 pm on April 26th, 2011

    We are taking a short break from all of our outdoor chores. Thanks so much for all the birthday wishes for our head-man Shiek!
    We are sending in some more $$ to help sponsor Orion too. Think we will use paypal, but not sure how to indicate its from the Plunderers, this way.
    Siber, summer is pretty good here on the farm. We have a cave on the patio (under the o-so-big patio table) that is always cool, and our people sit around it and we have parties there every evening. We also have the barn which is super-huge bank barn and so always cool downstairs. And then there are all the ice creams…

  25. OleyHowlers
    12:32 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Paypal does have a place for special instructions, so I indicated Plunderers sponsorship of Orion.

  26. Barb & Maggie
    12:35 pm on April 26th, 2011

    We will be mailing a check for Orion.

    Barb is off to work for a few hours. She will try to check in.

  27. BearSpiritDog
    12:42 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Bella: We trust Whitey-Lance will be wearing his red stripped jacket with the note on it?

    As Natasha attends to final mission details for the secret vedding, Wolfie will be checking in 8 other passengers, many with visions of a secluded sandy beach in their heads.

  28. B.Stover
    12:46 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Bear: In the last sentence of today’s post Chet says, “But not last night.” I think that means that when Bernie patted his pocket he found the checkbook that he had not left at home.

  29. Barb & Maggie
    12:51 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Bee is right, Bernie definitely pulled out the ole checkbook last night. Ever notice how Bernie does most of his “investing” after a couple of pops at the Dry Gulch? Bye for now.

  30. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    1:01 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Is fine day today, no? Sun is bright, birds singing. Natasha may vell have time for sun tan before vedding. Natasha looks very good vith suntan. Of course, is only gilding lily as Natasha is already very beautiful.
    Dear spugnik Rio – ve vill have martinis and champange and of course the best vodka for the flight on Lear Jet. How could you even vonder about that. Ve vill also have lots of good things to eat, vith the jims that are slender, and jerking turkey and the balls of salmon.
    Our passengers now are Sammie ( how could I forget my leetle Princess yesterday? Bad Natasha!) Macy, Katy, Volfie, Tyb, Rio. Ve have room for only 3 more. Ve vould especially like to invite Alice M.Johnson. Ve think she vould be ver good fashion commentator, and she vill especially like disguises. Anyvon else?
    Please let us know so ve can have enough snacks for long flight.

  31. B.Stover
    1:18 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Natasha is cracking me up. (I hope she never describes a meal that I’m about to eat.)

    Melanie: I’m sorry your comment on my blog disappeared. I wonder why that happens.

  32. BearSpiritDog
    1:22 pm on April 26th, 2011

    B, Sadly, you are right – the checkbook was in his pocket last night. And, Barb&Maggie definitely have a point. I fear the refreshments at the Dry Gulch may factor into all of this.

  33. Gus and BooBear
    1:49 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Happy Birthday. Shiek! Horses are so pretty! Enjoy your day, big guy!

    Bella, do you guys know the people who are going to be running your dogs? Mom would be so nervous sending her babies to someone else to care for them. Tell WL and Orion to behave and not run off!!

    We will be sending our next check (for Orion this time) at the end of the week!

    Melanie, we need our daily eagle picture! Maggie, can’t wait to see some baby goat pictures. Let us know when names are finally decided (we liked Thunder and Lighting…since Mama Goat is Stormy).

  34. Gus and BooBear
    1:53 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Also, can’t wait for Natasha’s wedding report.

  35. OleyHowlers
    2:13 pm on April 26th, 2011

    We don’t understand all this talk of wedding. Isn’t that about some rich person who gets all their money from taxpayers and doesn’t have to work? Why are all you guys so interested in that wedding?
    We are still awaiting pics of chickens, goats, and eagles. Hope we didn’t miss the chickens.
    Here is a picture of Shiek’s birthday “cake”. That guy sure is spoiled…we don’t get anything like this.

  36. Tyb
    2:33 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Boy, did I jump into it blindly this time. Having been away for a while and never having been on one of the blog trips, I opted into this one thinking that perhaps Natasha was getting married. I didn’t realize that it was THE WEDDING she was talking about. Thanks Oley for straightening me out. If I’m committed so be it. If it not too late to change my mind and my seat can be filled, I’d just as soon wait for a smaller more intimate occasion. I really don’t like crowds and there will be big ones at the wedding.
    Sorry. Next time I’ll look before I leap.

  37. B.Stover
    2:58 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Melanie: I thought of a way not to lose comments to my blog. Write it in a Word document, save it and then copy and paste in the comment section. Or just send it to me via email.

  38. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:06 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Howlers, what is the “cake” made of. We have never prepared a cake for a horse before. In fact, I am pretty sure that I have never seen a horse in person. They seem very big and I am pretty small, so…

    I am off to look for a hat. If I find one, I am hoping that Melanie can help me with the fitting.

    Mom says that it would really be helpful if we four-leggeds around here could get a job and pay our own way. Sheesh, just being regal is work enough, just ask those folks in vedding country.

  39. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:08 pm on April 26th, 2011

    I forgot to add this picture.

  40. OleyHowlers
    3:13 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Macy, tell us about that picture, which we really love.

    Shiek’s “cake” is actually a chocolate donut, with chocolate frosting, and sprinkles (jimmies). Tradition has it that he gets a chocolate donut every birthday. So this being his 30th, it had to be special. His girl when he was a youngster started giving him chocolate donuts, and told my mom that when she acquired him. Since donuts didn’t seem too healthy for a horse, she reserved the treat for his birthday each year.

  41. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:15 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Does anyone know what weather we are expecting in the secret vedding place? I was just shopping at the most wonderful pet boutique online and I found a lovely faux fur white coat, with “diamond” trim. Too much?

    I also found something that reminded me of someone. Good luck getting him into the bag!

  42. BearSpiritDog
    3:17 pm on April 26th, 2011

    O.Howlers: Macy just asked the question we were wondering about – what is Shiek’s cake made of? We like the idea of cool caves in the summertime. Icecream too!

  43. OleyHowlers
    3:24 pm on April 26th, 2011

    On the subject of food, Mom gave us each a raw egg with our food on Sunday morning. We loved it. She says Chet always gets a raw egg. So we are wondering how many of you get raw eggs, and how often?

  44. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:26 pm on April 26th, 2011

    ok, I have narrowed my hat choices down (I think) to 3. Someone please help me decide.

  45. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:28 pm on April 26th, 2011


  46. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:29 pm on April 26th, 2011


  47. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:33 pm on April 26th, 2011

    This is a better picture of the swoop hat.

  48. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:36 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Ok, absolutely the last one ; )

  49. Mollypop
    4:00 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Macy – You need to have a hat from Philip Treacy. It’s what all the Brits in-the-know wear.

    Google ‘treacy hats kate’ and you’ll see he does hats for her and some talk about who will be wearing his hats for the wedding.

  50. Melanie
    4:06 pm on April 26th, 2011

    I’m resting today folks. Being good.

    Love the hats and the pictures, and want the birthday cake

  51. Melanie
    4:09 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Weird, the comment above submitted itself???

    Okay, Oh, yeah, Zoë described YSAS as a “benevolent tornado”. I think she’s right.

    I get to rest because he’s gone to see his girlfriend and will be back tomorrow.

    I did put up another video, but haven’t see it yet. Hosting video McKey’s “My Ribs”

    Not sure I’ll get back on today. Will catch up soon.

  52. B.Stover
    4:10 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Macy: To be honest, I absolutely hate hats. However, if you must, then the swoop hat. (I’ll have to check out the Treacy hats that Mollypop mentions.)

  53. Siber-H
    4:16 pm on April 26th, 2011

    TYB, It is never to late to back out of going to the wedding. I am NOT going. The food sounds great but not enough to make up for the trip to the sunny beach and the crowds.

    Macy, I vote for the yellow hat. It looks the most like what the British ladies wear to these occasions. That color would look great on you. The swoop hat is UGLY and the last hat looks like something out of an HP Lovecraft story.

    Howlers, I don’t get the raw egg and I must ask mom why I don”t get the raw egg. As prescribed by the vet, I do get a fish oil capsule once a day. It is always followed with a treat so no problem.

    Audrey will be seeing the vet this week about her torn ACL…I hope Chet lets us know.

  54. B.Stover
    4:17 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Treacy hats: Good grief! Only a man could design hats like that for women to wear. (Whispering: I won’t say anything about the women who wear them.)

  55. BearSpiritDog
    4:24 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Raw Eggs! O.Howlers, yes it was always an important part of our diet – served as a special treat – once a month or so (dad’s special recipe)

    Macy: We like the swoop hat.

    Barb&Maggie: Anxious to hear the baby goatie names.

  56. Siber-H
    4:31 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Macy, the weather forecast for London on Friday is a high of 65 degrees, a low of 51, and a 40% chance of showers.
    Stover and I are disagreeing on the swoop hat. Take my word on it as a guy, it is very ugly.

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:33 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Hats!…. The only hat I wear is my baseball cap!…heh!…I wonder if they would let me in the Vedding with that on…snort!

  58. Siber-H
    4:33 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Oh no, Bear also likes the swoop hat. ugh

  59. B.Stover
    4:51 pm on April 26th, 2011

    SH: Ugh is what I say to the yellow hat. Don’t hats encumber a woman? (Don’t get me started or I’ll talk about bound feet, scold’s bridles and chastity belts.)

  60. BearSpiritDog
    4:55 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Siber-H We like the swoop hat because it will compliment the rest of Macy’s outfit – the faux fir white jacket.

    Rio: I don’t know what they will say about your baseball cap other than “those crazy Americans” Go for it!

  61. Siber-H
    4:57 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Mollypop? What is the name of that doctor you have mentioned in California? How can mom tell someone in an email how to find his website? tee hee Remember, don’t tell mom to make a link or anything technical like that.
    Mom has a friend in Colorado Springs that we think would find his website helpful, and we want to tell her about it in an email that we will send her.

  62. Siber-H
    5:07 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Yes, yes, yes, I agree, Stover, about hats encumbering a woman. Mom and I think they are useless and stupid. One does need to wear a hat in the sun in this climate to help protect against sunstroke, but the only hats mom ever wears are baseball caps. She says she probably looks just as dumb as the upper crust English ladies in their fancy hats, but, oh well.
    Mom and Rio are two peas in a pod or whatever that saying is.

  63. B.Stover
    5:13 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Hats worn for protection or warmth are fine–they serve a legitimate purpose. But Treacy hats????? I need a glass of wine and I can’t have any….sob!

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:15 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Caps!…Speaking of caps…snort!…One day we were sitting around eating hot wings and shooting the bull, and someone took our photo!…. heh! …We have our baseball caps on!!

  65. BearSpiritDog
    5:24 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Some hats are very chic. For instance, those mysterious hats from back in the early forties. We see them in those old movies. Back then – even men wore hats.

    TYG: We think you should reconsider your vedding plans. Wolfie & Rio would love your company. I know you guys will have a great time in foggy London Town.

    5:44 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Barb doesn’t wear hats, but the English love their hats. If we were in England we would go for the black/white number or the yellow/bgreen spidery one.

    I think we will go with THunder and Lightning. Here are a couple of pics for you.

    5:46 pm on April 26th, 2011
    5:48 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Last one was lightning, here’s Thunder, at the lunch bucket.

    5:51 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Why did we get moderated when we said s*xing a chicken, but Tashie can get away with a jerking turkey and balls of salmon?

  70. BearSpiritDog
    5:53 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Barb & Maggie: Awwww such cute kids! Love the names – Thunder & Lightning out of Stormy. How is the other mama doing?

  71. OleyHowlers
    6:02 pm on April 26th, 2011

    We love love love Thunder & Lightning. They are so cute.

    And we are baseball cap folks here too.

    6:03 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Other mama-to-be is Sandy (AKA Baby Goat by the Grands). She is a first time mama and is probably due in a week or two.

  73. BearSpiritDog
    6:04 pm on April 26th, 2011

    All American Baseball eith nest pals – Wookie and Rio – and chicken wings. Go Rockies!

  74. Mollypop
    6:15 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Siber-H – Check you secret decoder thing.

    MagPie – Those goats look so sweet. Have you gotten to meet them yet?

  75. Mollypop
    6:16 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Siber-H – Check your secret decoder thing.

    MagPie – Those goats look so sweet. Have you gotten to meet them yet?

  76. BearSpiritDog
    6:17 pm on April 26th, 2011

    “with best pals” – dam ipaw

  77. Mollypop
    6:18 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Ha ha – I did a double Dawson.

  78. Siber-H
    6:36 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Mollypop-got it and sent a short reply to you. Thank you

  79. Siber-H
    6:43 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Twice today I have hit submit and it wouldn’t post, so I hit the refresh button and it posted. Are strange things hapening to anyone else?

    Mom says the baby goats oare very cute and she likes their names. I hope they grow up to be well adjusted adult goats. I am sure they will…Barb is giving them a good start in life.

  80. Liz
    7:29 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Baby goats are very cute!

    Macy, go with the flowery hat.

    Why are there so many shonky investment dudes hanging out at the Dry Gulch??

  81. Mollypop
    7:36 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Rio and Wookie – I see who you guys are out drinking with. How did you arrange that?

  82. B.Stover
    7:37 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Shonky….I like that.

  83. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:53 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! I’m a little late on the survey, but I say go with the flowered hat, Macy! I think that one looks very festive, and since Liz is a hop, skip and a jump away from the Brits and she says that one, too, I’ve gotta figure she knows what she’s talking about!

    Rio: I didn’t realize you’d gotten to meet the Big Guy!!!

  84. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:11 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Three Amigos!…. Wookie picked me up in his Wookiemobile one day and we drove out to where the Charming Mr. Abrahams said he would meet with us….snort!… We brought the “Blame It On Rio” hot wings with us just to make our favorite Author happy…heh!…All us guys had a little talk about who should get an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) this year…sniff!…Needless to say, the Charming Mr. Abrahams wasn’t going to play his hand on that deal. The whole meeting left me thinking we would have to find other ways to get an ARC of the next novel…grunt!

  85. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:15 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Molly!…We pushed our drinks out of the way before the photo was taken…snort!…How did you know we were drinking….heh! ….Wookie had a Martini, I had a big ole draft of cold beer and The Charming Mr. Abrahams had a glass of that wine he likes so much…grunt!….I had to pick up the tab and I tell you what, those guys drink expensive stuff….grumble!

  86. OleyHowlers
    8:27 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Aquifers. When will the people realize there is only one aquifer??? !!!

  87. Barb & Maggie
    8:40 pm on April 26th, 2011

    What is shonky? Nothing good I bet.

    Molly, Barb won’t let me in the barn yet. I have to wait till this weekend. Not sure why.

    Wow, Rio and Wookie, we are impressed that you had a night out with Mr.A.

  88. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:42 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Goats!…. I just hope Lightning and Thunder stay on the straight and narrow….snort!… I hope the Marauding Goat Agents will not be able to persuade them to follow the Dark Ways…grunt!

    Blog!…I think the blog is acting up again…sniff!…I’ve been experiencing strange and yet oh so familiar problems….grump!

  89. B.Stover
    8:53 pm on April 26th, 2011


    I haven’t been able to get to the comment box until now. Also when I refresh it takes me to the top of the blog and also opens up another window with the blog. One time it took me to the Explorer Can’t Open window.

  90. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    9:03 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Macy – the floral hat, most definetly – the Brits vill think you are von of themselves.
    Barb – Vhat is rong vith balls of salmon? Is a fishy comment???
    Your baby goats are most vonderful – such lovely ears. Almost like Borzoi ears. hmmmmm
    Tyb, vorry not my friend, you vill have most vonderful time at big vedding. however, Natasha is voman of mystery – far too exciting to be married and tied down to von partner. It vill be many years before there is vedding in Natasha’s future. (Do you hear that, Ivan? So there!)
    Supreme Commander Bee – ve vould love to have you come along to vedding. Ve vill not insist that you vear hat. You must vear disquise to fit in, but ve vill make sure hat is not involved.

  91. Liz
    9:05 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Shonky = shady, unreliable, possibly illegal, not to be trusted!

    Re hats, I have to admit that I’ve been to two garden parties at buckingham palace, and Royal Ascot, so i’ve seen a few hats in my time…

  92. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:11 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Garden!…Parties at Buckingham Palace!….wow! snort!…My friend will be very impressed over that statement…gruff!…How ever did you manage to get invited? Liz are you Royalty and not telling us anything? …grunt!

    Bugs!…The blog is definitely acting up…grump!…You’d think the Fabulous Baker Boy would keep a close eye on it if he is going to spout off about how it is his companies most valued site…growl!

  93. B.Stover
    9:38 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Natasha: Vhy?

  94. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:44 pm on April 26th, 2011

    HEY!…I can post again…snort!…there for the longest time the comment box would not show up…grump!…I hope this lasts. Just in case it doesn’t….Rockies are up 4 – 2 over the Cubbies in the top of the 5th…heh!

  95. Siber-H
    9:46 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Rio, I sent you an email saying I couldn’t post because the blog is acting up. I can scroll down now, but next time, maybe not.

    How about Helton!!! Two Home Runs!!

  96. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:48 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Oh!…And a big storm is rolling in here ….yeep!yeep!….Wait, there isn’t any thunder yet, but I can smell it a comin’…snort! (yeep!)

  97. Barb & Maggie
    9:48 pm on April 26th, 2011

    We are having major problems trying to post, too. Not sure if it’s this computer or the blog, but we are going to say good night.

  98. Barb & Maggie
    9:50 pm on April 26th, 2011

    We are having major problems trying to post, too. Not sure if it’s this computer or the blog, but we are going to say good night.

    Also, before we go, we are very impressed with Liz having attended a Garden Party!

  99. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    9:50 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Commander Bee – ve vould love to have the opportunity to sit and discuss vorld events vith you. You could tell us about Ovid and tins and cans. And you vould add a touch of class.
    (and you must not irritate junior Commander Rio vith von vord posts)

  100. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:51 pm on April 26th, 2011

    SiberH!…Received and Read pal!…grunt!… The blog is touch-N-go right now. You never know if you will be able to post the “next time”…heh! ….It’s showing signs of getting ready to Blow Up Big-Time…wheeze!

  101. Tupper and Gilly
    9:53 pm on April 26th, 2011

    aaarrrggghhhhh! Cannot post. Catch you all tomorrow

  102. Liz
    10:03 pm on April 26th, 2011

    We used to live in London. A long time ago. We got tickets thru my dad’s work. You know what? the Queen has flamingoes in her garden – real ones. Lovely grounds, nice house! We had tea and cream cakes and there was a cast of thousands.

  103. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    10:12 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Liz – you must come to vedding vith us too! Ve have enough disquise for you and Cricket. You can show us around palace. And make sure Rio acts right in royal gardens.

  104. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:14 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Gardens!…I know the first thing I will do in those there Royal Gardens…heh!heh!

  105. Snowhook Bella
    10:37 pm on April 26th, 2011

    If Whitey-Lance paid attention to such things, he would likely want to wander to vedding with Plunderers, but only if he could wear his red and white wandering jacket. Said jacket is likely to bring unwanted attention to any secret ops that are already in the works.

    If anyone still requires a hat for the vedding, they can borrow my mushing hat (but I’ll need it back by next season). 🙂

  106. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:56 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Closer!…Our Closer is up trying to close the game…grunt!… We are only 2 runs up bottom of the 9th ! He better do his closing best or else it’s the end…yeep!…Closers have nerves of steel, not me, I am chewing on the couch covers right now…gah!yeep!gah!

    Crap!…Its now a 1 run ballgame…grunt!…Our Closer is sucking so far tonight…yark!yark!

  107. Liz
    10:59 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeird blog bugs today! this is trippy…

  108. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:01 pm on April 26th, 2011

    OMG!…Rockies winnit again 4 – 3!…Wooooo!Weeeee!…I can’t post a BOB because the software is not displaying the part where one can add a photo….snort!….This blog needs some Love and Attention from the Fabulous Baker Boy (immediately!)…yeep!

  109. Siber-H
    11:03 pm on April 26th, 2011

    I couldn’t post for awhile, but now I can post because it will scroll down.

    Woo Woo Rockies Won!!! I went through several chew strips with that game.

    mushing hat, heh? I could reconsider not going to the wedding.

    Good Night All

  110. Siber-H
    11:07 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Very strange…it still won’t post when I hit submit, but it does when I hit refresh. This is a new one the blog bugs have dreamed up.

  111. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:09 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Snowhook!,,,It’s on the table now…heh!…If you go (as Whitey) then SiberH will go to the Vedding also…heh!…Those two could sit together and talk about the Big Race…snort! …What say you Snowhook?…grunt!…Me? I’ll be in first class drinking first class beer ..burp!…watching videos.

  112. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    11:11 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Bella – please let Vhitely-Lance come to vedding. Trust me, he vill not stray far from Natasha’s side. Ve vill pin his “return to” badge to his disguise, and return him safe to you.
    Siber, if you still vant to come and vear mushing hat, you can sit in air conditioned Lear Jet vhen ve go to beach. But you vill miss BIG surprise.
    Rio – NO! Bad Puggy Dog if you do bad things in Royal Garden.

  113. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:18 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Natasha!…After all that first class beer and food, I will need some relief…heh!…The Royal Gardens will be beckoning me…sniff!sniff! …I’m so glad you invited me! This will be so much fun at someone else’s expense…heh!

  114. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:31 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Delight!…We are relishing our win over the Cubbies…heh!…Next game is tomorrow, can’t wait!….snuff! … Goodnight all! Too bad the Blog Bug has stuck again, it would have been a very funny night me thinks what vith the vedding and all…heh!

  115. Alice M. Johnson
    11:46 pm on April 26th, 2011

    Dear Natasha,
    I would love to go on the trip with you. Staff has been reading and reading the blog. We had 4 days to catch up. Hope this is not too late for you. I like that yellow hat if no one else claims it. I think it would go well with my blonde fur.

    Alice M. Johnson

  116. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:04 am on April 27th, 2011

    I’ve been having problems posting, but I’ll try one last time. Mom wanted me to let all you Kindle owners in on some big news. Her library got a release the other day saying that Amazon has decided to play nicely with libraries after all! Plans are in the works to let Kindle users “check out” e-books from libraries. Not sure when — the release just said “later this year.”

    Good night, y’all!

  117. Chet The Dog
    8:39 am on April 27th, 2011


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