R.I.P.: Etta James

“They’ll be playing At Last as long as there are weddings,” Spence says.

“Wouldn’t mind going to a wedding today, actually,” says Admin.

“Got any invites?”

“No, for some reason.”

“You don’t remember that last one – that incident you had with the cake?”

“Could have happened to anybody.”

Welcome Jack, Coco & Dutchess, Rosco, Rylie, Matilda.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8OiwWIrLP8

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118 Responses to “R.I.P.: Etta James”

  1. Tyb
    9:28 am on January 21st, 2012

    At my age i don’t get many wedding invitations any more. All my friends, their kids, and their grandkids are married. We’re waiting now for the great grandchildren to grow up.

  2. Melanie
    9:39 am on January 21st, 2012

    Wedding coming up for me! Figuring out what to wear as the MOG. Turns out I also have to dress up for the rehearsal dinner.

    Now, my dress up clothes consist of jeans and Big Dog sweatshirts with no drool on them. So this is difficult.

    YSAS said, “Get a grip, Mom. Practice and act. Buy something that’s “girly”.) His word not mine. So last night I went shopping. On line of course, and I bought a sweater. To wear with no drooled on jeans. snicker :)

    Have no idea what I’m going to do for shoes. YIKES, how does anyone do this!

    Anyhoo, Admin’s incident with the cake is why no Newfs are invited to the wedding.

    Good morning! Snowing here. Not sure about down the hill where the Royals are though.

  3. OleyHowlers
    9:40 am on January 21st, 2012

    Good morning! That song made us cry. Happy tears though.

    It snowed!!!!! When we went to bed, all was normal. When we woke up, all was WHITE!,! It is beautiful (and fun).

  4. Melanie
    9:41 am on January 21st, 2012

    Second try, first one moderated because I have not had enough coco yet.

    Wedding coming up for me! Figuring out what to wear as the MOG. Turns out I also have to dress up for the rehearsal dinner.

    Now, my dress up clothes consist of jeans and Big Dog sweatshirts with no drool on them. So this is difficult.

    YSAS said, “Get a grip, Mom. Practice and act. Buy something that’s ‘girly’.” His word not mine. So last night I went shopping. On line of course, and I bought a sweater. To wear with no drooled on jeans. snicker :)

    Have no idea what I’m going to do for s*h*o*e*s. YIKES, how does anyone do this!

    Anyhoo, Admin’s incident with the cake is why no Newfs are invited to the wedding.

    Good morning! Snowing here. Not sure about down the hill where the Royals are though.

  5. BearSpiritDog
    10:08 am on January 21st, 2012

    Chet, Most all of us agree that Etta James was one of the best.
    Melanie: How about a page out of the bride’s book…Birkes for shoes? There. I said it.

  6. BearSpiritDog
    10:12 am on January 21st, 2012

    Chet, Most all of us agree that Etta James was one of the best.

    Melanie: How about a page out of the bride’s book…Birkes in lieu of regular shows? There. I said it. (on second thought, no I didn’t. I was promptly slapped with a…m-o-d-e-r-a-t-i-o-n. Curses! What is it about THAT word?)

  7. Melanie
    10:23 am on January 21st, 2012

    It’s amazing isn’t it BSD? I believe it’s because there are so many people out that that post about those things in every blog they can reach. Those things are first on the list of the shammers. MM

    Snowing like mad now!

  8. Gus & BooBear
    10:24 am on January 21st, 2012

    Hi, guys! Had a couple of cool days here, but mid to high 70s today. We really wish we had at least cold days, even if we can’t get snow. Mom hasn’t worn a coat yet this winter.

    Last night, Mom met Dad after work for dinner out and on the way home, Dad (usually the most Safety Sam of all) rear ended another guy at a red light. He was looking for his phone to call Mom in her car because she didn’t have her lights on. Minor damage to both vehicles, no one hurt but still an accident. He was not happy with himself. He HATES it when he does something he considers stupid.

    But Mom saw it happen and it was truly a surreal moment. Totally in slow motion to her and saw Dad jerked forward in the truck when it struck the other vehicle. Thank Kat for seat belts and shoulder straps.

    Anyhoo, Melanie, Mom recommends you look for dressy slacks that have an overlay that looks like a sheer skirt. Put a dressy top with it and blingy sandles and VOILA!! Very girly, but still comfy enough to enjoy the wedding. Both Dillards and Macy’s used to carry those types of pants. Or crepe slacks that are flowy like a skirt. Go ankle length or longer. You will look great!!

    We’re pulling for the Patriots and San Franscisco this weekend.

    Barb, can’t wait for the book to get here.

    G&BB

  9. Macy the Min-pin
    10:42 am on January 21st, 2012

    New blog project Get Melanie Dressed for the Wedding. All agents on high alert.

    We are trying to imagine slacks with an overlay. A tutu? Mom is about as “girly” as Melanie, but she has to pull together an “interview outfit” for Monday. Businessy, not necessarily girly. On Sundays when mom is tempted to crawl back in bed instead of go to church she makes a deal with herself. Get up and get ready and you can wear your “dress” jeans. They are dark, dark and can kind of pass for slacks, so she doesn’t feel too dressed up, which, for some reason makes her anxious.

    I just noticed that she is wearing them now. She is going to brunch with dad’s brothers, sisters, and dad to discuss Granny who is in late stage of Alzheimer’s. And now Grandpa who takes care of her has been diagnosed too. Oy vey.

  10. Macy the Min-pin
    10:45 am on January 21st, 2012

    G and BB, we are with you about the weather. Yesterday was 80 here. Really? In January? However, most of our bigger snows have come in February, so fingers crossed. (People were out water skiing~~)

  11. Siber-H
    10:53 am on January 21st, 2012

    Melanie, Mom is in totaly sympathy with you about not even knowing how to dress up for a wedding. Jeans and sweatshirts and t-shirts are all she ever wears. Mom will stay out of the advice on how to dress for the wedding except to say maybe jeans with a little bling on them.

    Gus&BooBear, Glad your folks are okay. We all do something stupid once in awhile.

    Macy, Mom may be knocking on your front door since you are having 80 degree highs.

  12. Masquers
    10:59 am on January 21st, 2012

    While GBB, and Macy “water” ski the East Coast is getting a winter blast (you too, Rose) Golinka, hope that will be enough to help you out today.
    In memory of Etta James: “Jazz is my business and business is good”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jesse-kombluth/etta-james-1938-2012-the_b_1219200.html

  13. Masquers
    11:08 am on January 21st, 2012

    er…that would be the “Blues”. Sorry about the misquote.

    GBB: Although a minor accident, bet your dad is feeling the after effects of the rear-ender today. When you have had a perfect driving record, it’s a hard one to take.

  14. Melanie
    11:16 am on January 21st, 2012

    Thank you for all your help. (wiping a tear away) It’s nice to know that I will have help and advice.

    So NOT wearing a tutu. Though I did adore them when I was in ballet class for all of 3 months. (got to tall)

  15. Barb & Maggie
    11:29 am on January 21st, 2012

    Good morning all. Good luck Melanie with finding the perfect outfit. I would go for a long skirt, or crepey pants, not the tutu.

    G & B, When I took the book to the p.o. on Tuesday morning, they thought delivery would be today or Monday. I also mailed a Netflix movie at the same time, giving it directly to the postal person. They never got it!

  16. BearSpiritDog
    11:29 am on January 21st, 2012

    Looks like Admin will be in the good company with the Newfs…no wedding invite for him after “the cake incident”.

    SnowBella: We read your great news of last night…no broken bones! Sorry you still must contend with the really sore paw. Which one was it? No, don’t tell me…the right one, right? Murphy’s Law.

    Melanie: Nana is picturing those very comfy 40’s style slacks. Think Katharine Hepburn and Carole Lombard.

  17. B.Stover
    11:32 am on January 21st, 2012

    I’d like to see Admin and that cake.

    Whatever you wear Melanie, you’ll look lovely as MOG.

    Good morning all.

  18. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:35 am on January 21st, 2012

    Admin!…You can’t take him anywhere!…heh!

    Maskers!….heh!…. “Jazz is my business and business is good” could be your very own saying….snort!…I like it!

    Saturday!… Everyone is busy cleaning. My friend cleaned the basement while Beau and I snuffled around every nook and corner looking for bits of dawg knows what …heh!…We found some edible bits of paper and something that tasted like glue…sniff!…Now she is settling down to work on the on-going project which she says I can post photos of as it is being made…chuffle!

    Later!…. Her and her mother are going shopping at S-e-a-r-s for a rug shampooer…snort!…Want to take one guess as to why?? ….wuffle!

  19. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:37 am on January 21st, 2012

    Melanie, the things that you put on your feet
    will be the easiest thing to figure out:

    Birks With Bling!

    Macy, sorry about your grandparents…..

  20. Gus & BooBear
    11:38 am on January 21st, 2012

    Ok, guess our descriptive talents aren’t too good. After all WE never have to worry abouts pants or skirts or any such nonsense. The overlay on the pants drapes over the pants in such a way that it looks like a long skirt, not a tutu. But, crepey dressy pants would probably look more sleek.

  21. B.Stover
    11:40 am on January 21st, 2012

    CHarris: I got the temperature for Alaska on the Official Idiatrod Insider page. Today it says that it is 43 in Wasilla, Alaska. (It’s 19 here with bright sunshine on yesterday’s snow.)

  22. Gus & BooBear
    11:41 am on January 21st, 2012

    Rio, we’ve been meaning to ask you. Does your friend buy the quilling paper already cut into bits, pieces and strips or does she have to do all that cutting before she even starts a project.

    And Mom and Dad really believe in hard surface floors. Much easier to clean up a gacked up hairball!

  23. OleyHowlers
    11:48 am on January 21st, 2012

    Melanie, Mom normally wears jeans or sweats, but she does have to work in an office that is thanfully “business casual”. For that, she wears dockers or, on cold days, these cool wool-like lined slacks from L.L. Bean.

    But when she has to dress up for parties, fundraisers, dinners, etc., she wears these same go-to black dressy-type slacks. They are from Jones of NY, and are made of half-polyester, half something called veritose(???) and a bit of spandex. No, they do not look like spandex pants, which fluffy Mom could never wear. But they do look somewhat dressy, and they pair with any number of jackets or dressy sweaters so the look can change for each season. Those would look lovely for a wedding, she thinks, altho perhaps not in black. The best part is that people don’t even realize you are wearing the same thing for every occasion because of the change in jacket or top or sweater.

  24. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:01 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Puss N’ Boots!…. When my friend first started doing this stuff she cut her own paper….grunt!….She soon said, “Ta hell with that crap!” And found a source on-line called “The Quilling Superstore”…sniff!….She buys all her paper strips already cut from this store now….wheeze! …Here is a photo of some of her paper on her work-space downstairs….sneeze!

  25. BearSpiritDog
    12:10 pm on January 21st, 2012

    B: I’m guessing the temp on the Insider page is from warmer times last year.
    Barb&Magpie: Could the slow mail be due to the storm? Our delivery has been sporadic over the past few days. Although it has been raining for the last 36 hours and the snow is melting away, my Netflix dvd still sits in the mailbox this morning, having not been picked up yesterday.

    Macy: Sorry to hear the news about the grandparents. Alzheimer’s disease cuts off communication with our loved ones, leaving us feeling sad and helpless. A very difficult situation for all.

    O.Howlers: Now we understand why your mom and dad were so intent on finishing the first season of Downton Abbey. What a fabulous series! Cannot wait to get into Season 2.

  26. OleyHowlers
    12:16 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Bear, our Pop would not dream of watching a show such as Downton Abbey. Thats why Mom has to squeeze it in when she has alone time. Glad you like it, though. Mom and Dima love it!

  27. Barb & Maggie
    12:27 pm on January 21st, 2012

    We are really enjoying Downton as well. Barb likes historical stuff, and that series is very well done.

    Tonight, as we said yesterday, we are going for tacky sensationalism, and watching Drew Peterson: Untouchable.

    G & B Be sure and let us know when you get the book, as we are anxious.

    Bear, Usually Netflix gets our discs the next day, that would have been Wednesday. We have reported it to them, and they are sending the next movie on the list.

    Does anyone have a great recipe for beef short ribs? Siber?

  28. OleyHowlers
    12:36 pm on January 21st, 2012

    We are rooting for the Niners and Patriots today. Mostly because we hate the Giants (sorry Rose), and the Ravens (sorry if you are a Ravens fan, Wookie).

  29. Siber-H
    12:41 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Barb, I’m laughing.

  30. dawson
    12:46 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Barb and Maggie: Do you have any computer questions you want Siber to answer as well?

  31. Siber-H
    12:52 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Sure, Just fire away. I welcome all recipe and computer questions.

  32. OleyHowlers
    12:53 pm on January 21st, 2012

    We have a computer/recipe question for Siber.
    Siber, if we find a good recipe on our computer, should we dial for takeout or for a dinner reservation?

  33. Gus & BooBear
    12:57 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Very cool, Rio!

  34. B.Stover
    1:00 pm on January 21st, 2012

    It says “current temperature” on the Iditarod Insider page. Here’s the link:

    http://www.iditarod.com/

  35. dawson
    1:05 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Good question Oley Howlers! I vote for take out so we don’t have to dress up in our fancy schmancy clothes.
    B.Stover That is not the right temperature. The snow would be melting. Try googling Wasilla weather.

  36. BearSpiritDog
    1:05 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Siber-H and the O.Howlers: I’m laughing here too.

  37. Siber-H
    1:07 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Fellow Sibers, That is my kind of question. Go for takeout because that way you can enjoy the food while watching a football game or movie.

  38. Siber-H
    1:11 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Wasilla is at zero degrees. That is more like it.

  39. C. Harris
    1:27 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Another -30 day and it looks like it is to be that temperature all week. If you want to look at photos of a sled dog race in civilized parts of the world, here goes…La Grande Odyssee sled dogs race on Jan. 17. The race crosses the French Alps, covering more than 621 miles over 11 days.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2012/jan/17/grand-odyssee-dog-race-picture#/?picture=384514859&index=0

  40. Natasha the Nefariou Borzoi
    1:34 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Howlers – good one. Always go for the take out. Then you can eat great food while in your comfortable jammies… Or jeans and sweatshirt.

    Mama says not to worry about getting Melanie all MOG’ed up. Mama is just a bit of a clothes horse and she even has some of those overlay pants thingies and lots of other stuff. She even has patent leather birks. And Melanie has the most magnificent wealth of thick wavy hair. She is going to be gorgeous!

    Macy – prayers for your grands.

  41. Tupper and Gilly
    1:37 pm on January 21st, 2012

    HEY! What happened?

  42. Melanie
    1:42 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Riö, I envy your friend’s organized work area.

    They have just begun to clear the roads here. Made for some interesting driving this morning. Zoë did the dump run and then went up to a store that has beef bones for dogs and got 9! Munching and crunching going on here.

    After she got back I ventured out and did a post office run (we don’t seem to have the same problems as B & M) and then on to the country store. Got two limes for zest. Zoë’s going to make Key Lime Pie without the crust. And a cucumber. We’ve been watching BBC series and I decided we needed some cucumber sandwiches when we watch tonight.

    Anyone clear enough and in the North to see the Northern Lights tonight?

  43. dawson
    1:59 pm on January 21st, 2012

    The coldest temperature ever recorded here is minus 51.2(C)degrees, minus 61(F)in January 1947. Today it is a balmy minus 2 (F) or about the same as Wasilla. The snow has been falling for 12 hours straight. Shoveling is required. The coldest temperature I’ve ever experienced here was in January 1996. Minus 47.6 (C) or minus 54 (F). I’m guessing I stayed indoors. The man in this house is coming up with these figures and giving me goosebumps.

    MacyMinPin: Cudo’s to your grandpa for being the caregiver for your grandma. It is not easy. Your family has some difficult decisions to make.

    Rio: That is an extremely neat and tidy workplace with several projects on the go. I’m sure you and Beau are not allowed anywhere near.

  44. dawson
    2:03 pm on January 21st, 2012

    I keep forgetting to say:
    Hip hip hooray!
    No broken bones for Rebecca!

    Wolfie: I hope the meds are still giving your mom relief.

  45. Snowhook Bella
    2:22 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Rio: That is a great workspace. Artists like you and Stinky Mama need to have a dedicated workspace.

    Wasilla and Willow have two different types of weather. I’ve seen differences in temperature between the to by as much as 50 degrees—that always means the wind is howling like and Oley in Wasilla (about 40 minutes from Willow). Willow has similar temps to the interior of AK, but not quite as extreme and we enjoy the snow fall/percipitation of Anchorage.

    Something nefarious is going on with avatars lately. I can’t remember, but I think Staff’s avatar showed up as someone different a couple of weeks ago, B&M’s has gone missing and now Natasha is posing as a corgi.

  46. Melanie
    2:33 pm on January 21st, 2012

    C.Harris: The pictures are great. I did have in my mind that the dogs and mushers stayed in small inns on the trip and had wine at the end of the day. Luckily, I saw them camping out.

    Macy and to All who take care of parents: You are grand.

    No Broken Bones Bella! I agree. I wonder if MB is playing tricks on us.

    Anyhoo, with staying in because of the weather I have found myself (OMD) looking at shows!

    Show with bling!

  47. Snowhook Bella
    2:34 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Melanie: A friend of the Kennel once said: Her 8-5 is much different than her 5-8. The former often times involves high heels and dressing up and the later requires bunny boots and several layers that add more than 10 pounds. The last time I had to dress up for an event where my boss was being honored, I ended up in black dress pants like G&BB recommended, high heels and a borrowed cardigan that was embellished with bling. It hit the mark even though many women were dressed in gowns. Have fun dressing up—how often does one of your son’s get married—and be comfortable.

  48. Buddy
    2:38 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Hi Friends. I’m still moving slowly and getting those spasms of pain. But Mom gave me a 1/4 tablet of glucosamine after looking up on the web. Thanks for that tip, Wookie.
    Macy, give your grands a kiss from me. Alzheimers seems like a mighty lonely place to live. I would rather have my aches and pains than to live in such a dark world. Kudos to GrandDad for all of his time of caregiving. Your mom is going thru hard times, but I know that she will make it thru because of all the love you give her.
    Rebecca, I’m so glad that Xrays show nothing broken. Still, you and I would make good company for each other.
    Basil and Sage, we are so sorry that we missed the Kat song last noght, but here is our rendition:
    Kats Rule
    Dawgs drool
    Kats are kool
    Dawgs are fools
    A Kat’s a Jewel
    A Dawg’s a tool
    You know we’re best
    CuzKATS ALL RULE!!

  49. OleyHowlers
    2:47 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Melanie, we were notified by spaceweather that we could see the aurora tonight. We have our paws crossed.
    Since last night was pizza (and wine) night, we didn’t read the blog until now. What movie is Rob Lowe in? Our friends will be here tonight, but we want to record it. Love Rob Lowe. He is very talented. He was wonderful in West Wing, and he is hysterical in Community. What a wide range that covers!
    Bella, glad to hear nothing is broken. Tell A.J. that he has to hold you upright the way our pop has to do for our mom. He just never trusts her to stay upright on her own.
    Macy, Husky Hugs to you, your parents, and your grands.

  50. Snowhook Bella
    2:47 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Buddy: I hope that 1/4 tablet gives you some relief.

    Macy: Stay close to your mom. It can’t be easy for her going through this with your grands.

  51. Siber-H
    3:22 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Fellow Sibers? Mom wants to know if your mom read Rob Lowe’s book?

  52. Siber-H
    3:26 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Macy, We are sorry about your grandparents. Mom experienced the same thing with both her parents. Prayers going up. We know it isn’t easy.

  53. Melanie
    3:36 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Buddy, hope that helps a great deal.

    I’m thinking two pairs of shows. One for the ceremony and one for after. Did you know that some people bling out their Dr. Scholls?

  54. Siber-H
    3:36 pm on January 21st, 2012

    C.Harris, Thanks for the link and all the beautiful photos. We love the Alps but sled dog races in uncivilized parts of the world are more fun.

  55. Barb & Maggie
    3:45 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Well, no short rib recipes, so will have to go to Food Network. I Hear that Emeril has a good one. Siber, we thought for sure you would have something!

    Oley, the Rob Lowe info. Movie is on Lifetime, called Drew Peterson: Untouchable. He says it’s the hardest role he has ever done, trying to capture the character and speech patterns of D P. We saw the previews and he does a great job. He said the cocky attitude and “Chicaga” accent were difficult.

    BBL, gotta go talk to Emeril.

  56. Macy the Min-pin
    4:14 pm on January 21st, 2012

    At the brunch this morning (which turned out to be a discussion of funeral plans, including Grandpa’s, and he was at the table) mom mentioned that they had a fridge to sell or give away. The brothers and sisters tried to get dad to take it, but he said oh no mine is perfectly fine. When he got home, he found that his had croaked. Sooo, now mom and dad are cleaning out the extra fridge so somebody can take it to grandpa. We all agreed that it was a “God thing” that mom just happened to mention the fridge. That will be one less useless thing sucking up electricity here.

  57. Snowhook Bella
    4:25 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Oh, Macy…There is plenty of room at the center of the quilt. I’ll be vacating soon and heading to the outer edges.

    AJ is doing a mushing birthday party for 15 ten year-olds today. He will earn enough to cover the entrance fee for the race next weekend.

  58. Barb & Maggie
    4:26 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Macy, talking about funeral plans while one of the subjects is sitting there seems a bit insensitive. Did he realize what they were discussing?

    We found a recipe which Barb is loosely following, but winging it a little. Browned the short ribs on both sides, then added some red wine, soy sauce, tomato paste, onion, garlic, chopped carrot, salt pepper, dash of thyme and rosemary. Now it will cook in oven for about 3 hours. Will either make some egg noodles or cheddar polenta (if feeling a little more ambitious).

    Barb is planning to get all cozy on the sofa with Rob Lowe at 7:00. Why would anyone want to be wife # 5, when 3 & 4 meet with suspicious ends? Duh!

  59. OleyHowlers
    4:44 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Siber, we have not read Rob Lowe’s book…didn’t know he wrote one. We do know he was Involved in some kind of scandals in his youth, but he is a really good actor, in our opinion.
    Thanks for the info, Barb. We will be recording for later. Your short ribs sound yummy. Mom and Pop are doing a lot more cooking than usual these days. This morning was grits, lunchtime was homemade tomato soup frozen in the summer with grilled cheese on freshly-baked honey mustard bread, and right now the smell of a slow-cooking arm roast is making us ravenous.

  60. OleyHowlers
    4:51 pm on January 21st, 2012

    By the way, we said earlier that Lowe is in Community, when we meant to say Parks and Recreation which is one of our very favorite T.V. shows.

  61. Macy the Min-pin
    5:09 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Not only was Grandpa aware, he was the one that called the meeting. He wanted to get everyone’s opinions re: burial vs. cremation. And dad had picked the location because we had a really good coupon, and mom lost it somewhere between the truck and the restaurant. She went to talk to the manager about it and his response was, “What if everyone told me they ‘had’ a coupon?” Then mom got all teary and told him why they were meeting. Someone else went to the back and told the REAL boss what was going on, and he said no problem. We think someone needs a refresher course in customer service if he is going to be in management.

  62. Macy the Min-pin
    5:11 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Oh, and mom said to add that people came from all over the county to eat at this particular place, when they had about 17 million choices. Dude.

  63. Siber-H
    5:11 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Fellow Sibers, Rob Lowe’s book is still out in hardback. It appeared on the non-fiction best seller lists for awhile.

    Barb, Perhaps you should send me a few ribs so I can tell the blog how they turned out.

    We always knew AJ was a very brave guy, but 10 year-olds is pushing the envelope. Glad it will pay the entrance fee.

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:14 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Game!… Who here knows when the Patriots vs Ravens game starts? Is it today or tomorrow?…grunt!….I seriously do not want to miss watching Spencer’s team vi for the SuperBowl!…heh!heh!

    Workspace!…. heh!…It only looks that neat because she had just cleaned down here…snort!… Here is a photo of the fern leaves she is working on for the project….grunt!

  65. Siber-H
    5:18 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Rio, The game starts tomorrow at 1:00 our time. CBS

    Thoase look lke real ferns…very pretty.

  66. Tupper and Gilly
    5:36 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Well, that was interesting – right after our last post we lost power for a minute and then cable, internet and phone were out. Tv just came back, so we checked internet and VIOLA! But still no phone. hmmmm.
    Anyway – only 5 DAYS LEFT! Whoo hoooooo!!!!!

    CL came in to the business today so Mama could leave early. She lives a lot closer to CLL, and doesn’t have to climb a BIG hill to get home.
    So Mama got her coat, and then CL said she wanted to talk to her for a minute.
    Mama thought, “ok, here it comes”.
    But no – it was a different subject.
    CL wants Mama to BUY the business.
    HAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHHHHAAAAHAHAHAHAH
    Excuse us, but we have to take a few minutes to get the laughs out of our system…

  67. Barb & Maggie
    5:36 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Rio, we were just going to say the same thing. They look like real ferns. Wondering how she keeps from getting glue spots on anything?

    Macy, that manager needed a lesson on southern manners!

    Oley, sounds like some mighty good smells coming from your kitchen today. Do you ever make polenta instead of pasta or mashed potatoes as a side? Barb loves it served like potatoes, then you can chill the leftovers. Slice it and fry like french toast for breakfast.

    Outside chores are done. Time for a nice hot shower, then Barb is bringing out the fancy crystal, and having her sparkling cider.

  68. Barb & Maggie
    5:36 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Rio, we were just going to say the same thing. They look like real ferns. Wondering how she keeps from getting glue spots on anything?

    Macy, that manager needed a lesson on southern manners!

    Oley, sounds like some mighty good smells coming from your kitchen today. Do you ever make polenta instead of pasta or mashed potatoes as a side? Barb loves it served like potatoes, then you can chill the leftovers. Slice it and fry like french toast for breakfast.

    Outside chores are done. Time for a nice hot shower, then Barb is bringing out the fancy crystal, and having her sparkling cider.

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:44 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Beau!…Here is a photo of Beau that she took while she was making those fern leaves…heh!….Don’t worry, he did not have that bone for long…chuffle! Burp!

  70. Tupper and Gilly
    5:59 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Bizarre happenings on the blog today. Barb never does Double Dawsons!\

    Rio – gorgeous ferns! And what a beautiful little brother you have too! (tee hee)

    Melanie – we love those blinged up shows! they are rather Ginger Rodgeresque.

    Macy – That was a practical discussion that your Gramp called for. Its not easy, but its factual. Our Gramp sat Mama and Dad down a little while ago for the same discussion. All in all, we would rather know what he wants that have to worry about it later. And now Gramp knows what Mama and Dad want too – just in case, ya know?

  71. Snowhook Bella
    6:01 pm on January 21st, 2012

    T&G: I more snorted when I read your post about CLLs ‘offer.’

    Rio: I had to look twice at your friend’s project. The ferns look very real.

    Siber-H: AJ is a brave soul—braver than most. I looked out the window from time to time and I do have to say he looks quite handsome in all his mushing gear. He also looks like he is about 6’8″ tall. Giant indeed.

  72. Melanie
    6:15 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Zoe just laughed and laughed at CL’s offer. Jeez Louise, that woman lives in deNile.

    More power to AJ. I remember 10 year olds at birthdays. Shudder …

    Best one was I had taken 10 different lines of cords and attached them to the party favors. Then wound them thru the ENTIRE house. Up and down 3 sets of stairs. Through every room, under furniture. It was magnificent. When they came in, they had to find their name and then wind their cord up. That lasted 30 minutes. I then had 90 more minutes to go.

  73. Barb & Maggie
    6:22 pm on January 21st, 2012

    How did that happen?

  74. Staff
    6:28 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Macy, We think that calling a family meeting to talk about the end of things is wonderful. Staff’s parents have done that several times. All of us here know what they want. They even had the ‘rents choose music. Maggie went for Jazz

    As far as cremation vs burial, they are donating their bodies to the U of Minn teaching hospital and then will be cremated. So we know who to call when the time comes.

    Thank Dog both have all their brains working well. Sometimes we thing too well when they nag us about stuff WE forget. Remembering to enjoy each day is the hard part. It is too easy to get caught up in unimportant things.

    good luck on the fancy clothing Melanie. If the Carharts hadn’t gone to Alaska we could have sent them to you. Snicker…

  75. Staff
    6:29 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Macy, We think that calling a family meeting to talk about the end of things is wonderful. Staff’s parents have done that several times. All of us here know what they want. They even had the ‘rents choose music. Maggie went for Jazz

    As far as cremation vs burial, they are donating their bodies to the U of Minn teaching hospital and then will be cremated. So we know who to call when the time comes.

    Thank Dog both have all their brains working well. Sometimes we thing too well when they nag us about stuff WE forget. Remembering to enjoy each day is the hard part. It is too easy to get caught up in unimportant things.

    good luck on the fancy clothing Melanie. If the Carharts hadn’t gone to Alaska we could have sent them to you. Snicker…

    Beau is looking beautiful…

  76. Staff
    6:30 pm on January 21st, 2012

    OOPs. It flickered and then we had a double post. What is going on with the blog. Somebody should alert Mike.

    Why does this always happen on a weekend?

  77. Rose
    6:32 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Snow has finally arrived in Westchester! The Prof and I drove to Long Island in the middle of the storm for our dental checkup. We witnessed a lot of spin-outs, and people who had crashed into trees in ditches. We both had good check ups. Fortunately for the Prof, he has very healthy teeth. Unfortunately, I do not. Rio, you are not the only one who has trouble eating because their teeth do meet neatly.

    That is a very handsome picture of Beau. The ferns look beautifuuly real.

    OH: No need to apologize. Go Giants! The Empire State Building will be lit in the Giants’ colors tonight.

    Rebecca: Glad to hear nothing is broken! Fifteen 10 year olds!! Yark! AJ has the patience of a saint!! I’m sure Belle’s love and care has helped your recovery enormously. :)

    Miss Macy: Sorry to hear about your gramma and grampa.

    Melanie: I love those shoes! Getting dressed-up is quite painful for me too. I’m a jeans and sweater kind of girl, but I agree with the advice on the Katherine Hepburn style pants, with a silky kind of blouse, and maybe a few chunky necklaces for bling factor.

  78. dawson
    6:45 pm on January 21st, 2012

    I will see if this link works.

    Are we having Double Dawson Day?

  79. Barb & Maggie
    6:59 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Glad someone else did it too. And what is happening with the avatars?

    I think the family meeting is a great idea, if parents were actively involved. I was picturing them sort of talking about them and around them like they were not there. My kids are all aware of my wishes.

    Sure smells good in our kitchen!

  80. Rose
    7:04 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Okay, so why is my comment awaiting moderation????

  81. Sam
    7:21 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Rio, the picture of Beau shows that he has beautiful blue eyes. Is that true?

  82. Tupper and Gilly
    7:28 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Barb – you have to let us know how the short ribs come out. We have some in the freezer cuz our recipe is less than stellar. And when you say you serve polenta “served like potatoes” – what do you mean? We have only had polenta that comes ready made in solid form. Sliced, fried and served with spaghetti sauce and mozzarella. Or sliced and fried and served with maple syrup…yum! Oooo – think we have an idea for breakfast!

    Herds of 10 year olds?? Eeeekkkk! We are going to have nightmares all night.

  83. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    8:05 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Miss Melanie. Mom always says when in doubt wear a uniform. No, not one like the cursed postman. One from Eileen Fischer. She says great clothing for all body types and modern enough so that you don’t feel dowdy but also don’t feel like you are trying to be 20 years old (sounds mighty old to me, being only 10 1/2 but go figure humans). If you search online you will find GREAT sales Mom says. Even good things from that Fisher person on eBay. I personally don’t know why you’d want to wear wading boots like a fisher-person but Mom says it is good so I’d go with her opinion (I usually do anyway because she’s Mom) Wookie the Fashionista

  84. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:11 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Sammie!….No! …grunt!…Beau has big brown bloodshot eyes ….heh!

    MollysMom!….This is for M&M because a little bird told me that she is not feeling well this weekend….sniffle!…My friend said I could post one of the magnets she sold to that shop owner….wheeze!…She also said all the photos she took of that batch isn’t tip-top, but this one is okay…grunt!…whatever. This is for you MollysMom. We here all hope you get better real soon!…wuffle!

  85. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:20 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Melanie!… If I were you, and thank dawg I am not!….sniff!… I would follow Wookie’s Maws suggestions….grunt!…Whatever costume you end up going in, you will have to take photos and post them here for all of us to critique….chorkel! …In a good way of course….heh!

  86. Snowhook Bella
    8:24 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Rio: That magnet is beautiful. I really like the colors you used especially the yellow centers. Beau-tiful!

    Notice, I said AJ was doing the mushing birthday party. Usually we tag team tours—he does the mushing, I do the storytelling. I was thankful for the excuse that I’m avoiding slick surfaces.

    Today is the day of the Double Dawson.

  87. Barb & Maggie
    8:41 pm on January 21st, 2012

    T & G’s Mum, Very simple to make- 4 parts water/1 part cornmeal. Boil 3 cups salted water, mix 1 cup corn meal into remaining cup of cold water. Stir into boiling water and continue stiring about 5 minutes. Add a pat of butter and serve as a side like smashed potatoes. I put the extra in a rectangular glass container and chill. Can be sliced (like the kind you buy ready made) and fried. When I was a kid, we called if fried corn meal mush. Polenta is so much more gourmet sounding!

  88. Barb & Maggie
    9:06 pm on January 21st, 2012

    The short ribs had a good flavor, but were a little greasy. A lot of fat on that cut.

    Rio, What is the size of the magnet? Do you have any idea how long it takes to do each one?

  89. Tupper and Gilly
    9:11 pm on January 21st, 2012

    We are watching Jumpin’ Jack Flash with Whoopie Goldberg. Don’t care how old it is – this is a funny movie.

  90. Melanie
    9:20 pm on January 21st, 2012

    That’s a great movie.

    Thanks, Wöökie and that’s just how I’m looking at it. As a costume. I can handle the thought of the whole thing that way.

    Just was in major discussions with FOTAS. Her florist said her flowers would cost 1/2 of her whole wedding budget. Said it was because Mother’s Day was the next day. Well, he’s history!

    Anyone know of a place to get 24 inch high 5 inch diameter glass vases for cheap?

    Jeez Louise, poor kid.

    Anyhoo, to catch up. Riö, your friends work is unbelievable.
    Lots of Double Dawsons today …

    Off to google Eileen Fischer and totally glad I’m not around 10 year olds.

    TTFN

  91. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:44 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Magnets!… Most of the magnets she made were 3 x 3 – some were a little bigger and some were a little smaller….sniff!… Time-wise is hard to say. Some took well over an hour even pushing two hours, others took at least an hour never much less…grunt!

    Example!….Here is one that looks very simple, but in fact it took a lot of time to make…wheeze!… The photo does not show the colors very well or the detail…sniff!

  92. Macy's Mom
    10:05 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Staff- I was just reading about a little girl who needs a kidney transplant, but the hospital will not do it because the child is mentally retarded. The family already has a donor lined up, but the doc says that her quality of life is not that great anyway. Do you have any thoughts about this?

    She goes to preschool and her teacher says that she is an eager learner, just slow. *shaking head*

  93. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:17 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Quality!….Hell, that beautiful little girl is probably a ton smarter than Beau and he has a damn good quality of life…grump!… That doctor needs to be disbarred. …grunt! wheeze! ….He should never be able to practice Law ever again…grumble! …What an @sshole!

  94. Tupper and Gilly
    10:28 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Its not for us to decide which child is worth saving.If they can be saved – save them dammit. What if someone thought Helen KEller was retarded, or that Stephen Hawkings wouldn’t have any quality of life? But a child doens’t have to have greatness as their destiny – maybe it is this little ones destiny just ot make her mother or a family member happy?

    Thats the difference between doctors and God….God never thinks that HE is a doctor…

  95. Barb & Maggie
    10:45 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Love that last line T & G! So true of some in the medical profession. Barb’s brother says the heart docs and the brain surgeons are the most arrogant. Some docs lose touch with reality and feel they have to to say who is worthwhile and who is not. That is so wrong!

    Beautiful work, Rio.

  96. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:54 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Robbie!….I totally forgot to tell everyone the good news!…heh!…Robbie came today in the mail. It was quite an amazing time too. The mailman rang the doorbell, right as her and her mother were sitting down to lunch after their big rug shampoo shopping experience, which was indeed quite successful …..wheeze!….Well Beau and I ran to the door wheezing, coughing, yeeping and gruffling…sniff!….She opened the door and reached for the package from the mailman and out we went!….Woooooo!…. Beau stopped to unload on the rosebush, but I ran straight down the driveway and made a quick right onto the sidewalk….cough!wheeze!…. Then Beau came running after me. Her mother made a mad dash out the door to try and get us while my friend had to go get her s-h-o-e-s on…heh!heh!… I made the mistake of coming back when the Mailman called…grunt!… He’s a nice guy and I wanted to thank him for the Robbie book, so I came when he called….grunt!…Then both Beau and I were lead back to the house just as my friend was dashing out the front door with her tennis s-h-o-e-s on finally….wheeze!….What a great way to Welcome Robbie into our lives. What fun!fun!fun!…snorkel!

  97. Barb & Maggie
    10:55 pm on January 21st, 2012

    We are off for the night. Enjoyed the Drew Peterson movie. Speaking as someone who followed the news story for several years, I thought it was very accurate and Rob did a good job. They had a lot of real news footage mixed it which was interesting.

  98. Staff
    11:06 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Macy’s Mom. What a hard question about the little girl with the kidney disease. I am trying to think of a reason why they won’t do it. Maybe they are worried that she wouldn’t take her meds regularly. Maybe they think a little child will get sick or infected too easily. (I know they told me to stay away from children especially for the first few months.) It seems to me that just the fact that she is a little slow should not make a difference.

    I feel that the kidney was a miracle for me. I wouldn’t deny one to anyone who wanted one. There ought to be more of a reason than her intelligence though. Lots of slow people are quite able to understand what they need to do to keep themselves healthy.

    It sounds like we are not getting the whole story.

  99. Snowhook Bella
    11:07 pm on January 21st, 2012

    T&G and Rio: I couldn’t agree more with your assessent of the ‘profesional(s)’

    I’ve been doing a fair bit of huffling and gruffling at my sewing machine today, and I’m not even finished. AJ has requested a minor modification to his anorak as well as a major modification. I’ll do the minor tonight, but the major will have to wait.

    Jodi, the pup lost her first baby tooth just moments ago. About time, too. My hands are scratched to the snigglefritzth degree.

  100. Snowhook Bella
    11:10 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Staff: I wasn’t around for your kidney transplant, but I’m glad you go it and are able to visit this here blog everyday. :)

  101. Tupper and Gilly
    11:13 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Bella – is the machine acting up or is it your poor wounded hand that is giving you the trouble?

  102. Staff
    11:15 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Tupper and Gilly,
    I have noticed that tendency in doctors myself.
    I no longer allow myself to trust them and whenever they try to change my medicine (I love Google) I research what they think I should take. There are several medicines that I refused to take before my transplant. One had the lovely side effect of increasing my creatinine reading, which is what they test in my blood to decide if I need to go on dialysis. It seemed to me that they were trying to make that happen.
    I told the doctor exactly why I wasn’t taking that medicine. Was she sorry? Not noticeably. But she didn’t argue with me about it.
    Idiots.

  103. Tupper and Gilly
    11:27 pm on January 21st, 2012

    Staff – yup, we have those arguments with doctors a lot! We have to see a few different docs, and each one seems to want a different med. So we do as you do – research, research, research. And we are always telling people to get second opinions and/or be their own advocate.
    Doctors are only human – even if they might disagree.

  104. AbbietheKitty
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    I hadn’t checked my SDD for a while and Dawson had requested I post a link here for her. She neglected to send the link, but told me to google the Running of the Pugs.

    So here is the one I think she wanted. It is for Rio’s friend. Dawson thinks she will cheer up if she gets this link.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcXMf6rmafs

    I hope it is the right one.

  105. Snowhook Bella
    1:04 am on January 22nd, 2012

    Running of the pugs! How is it that all those pugs are allowed to leave their yards, but Rio has to stay put?

    T&G: It’s slow going because of my hand. I’ve taken a lot of breaks, but it’s the damn machine that won’t cooperate. I just finished the last of the sewing today and put away the machine.

  106. AbbietheKitty
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    Staff says to say “Goodnight Rebecca” and goodnight to “the Royals”. She never lets me have any fun.

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