Ridiculously Early Sneak Peek: Robbie Forester and the Outlaws of Sherwood St. (Opening Scene, Part 2)

I didn’t know what to say.

Her eyes narrowed. “I know you,” she said. “You’re the girlie who dropped eighty-five cents in the cup. And  sixty another time.”

My parents said not to give money to street people, that there were better ways of helping, which maybe made sense but didn’t feel right. So all I thought at that moment was: eighty-five cents and sixty cents—not much.

“Sorry,” I said, “but that was all I had on me and—”

Before I could finish, strong hands were pushing me to the side and voices were calling “Get back, out of the way.” Two cops had arrived and were clearing space around the woman. I ended up behind some tall people. An ambulance came roaring up, siren blaring. I caught glimpses of EMTs hopping out, feeling her pulse, clamping an oxygen mask over her face, rolling her onto a stretcher, and hoisting her into the back of the ambulance. The crowd lost interest fast, everyone dispersing, giving me a clear view, and what I saw was the woman’s arm dangling down from the stretcher and something slipping off her wrist and falling into the gutter. I went forward and picked it up. It was a braided leather bracelet, possibly a charm bracelet, although only a single charm hung from it – a tiny silver heart.

“You dropped this,” I called, just as the ambulance doors were closing. No one inside noticed me, except for the woman. Her eyes were looking right into mine and seemed to be trying to send some message, but I didn’t get whatever it was. The doors slammed shut, and the ambulance took off. I ran a step or two after it before giving up. Then I put the charm bracelet in my pocket and hurried to school.

For Part One of the opening, please see last Sunday’s post (2nd entry at the link):


Welcome Cotton from Venezuela, Reho, Debo Dukes and Daisy Dukes.



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115 Responses to “Ridiculously Early Sneak Peek: Robbie Forester and the Outlaws of Sherwood St. (Opening Scene, Part 2)”

  1. B.Stover
    8:11 am on August 28th, 2011

    I want to read Robbie’s adventures. Great beginning “hook”! I’m glad Spence’s power is still on.

    Good morning all.

  2. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    8:19 am on August 28th, 2011

    Good morning everyone. So far, so good here in Chevy Chase. Lots and lots of rain, but the wind was not as severe as feared. We kept power throughout and the basement is dry — all very good news. Still raining some this morning, but it supposed to clear later in the day. There is a tree down in the next block that is leaning on a power wire, so that will bear watching, but hopefully PEPCO will be out soon (ha!) to deal with it. Hope everyone else is safe and sound. Wookie

  3. Melanie
    8:40 am on August 28th, 2011

    OOOOO! This is sounded like a great series!

    Mostly rain at this point. Downpour. Lost a limb from one of the apple trees. Loaded with apples and with the weight of the water just couldn’t take any more.
    The river is high.

    Wind is beginning to pick up. Not much yet. After breakfast and before the winds get going, I’m going outside to snap some shots of the river, check the pool and make sure there isn’t any other damage.

    Then I’ll have to change my clothes!

    Hope all is well!

  4. Melanie
    8:50 am on August 28th, 2011

    I checked Rosie Gray’s column. She’s written about the storm both Friday and Saturday. Checking out the evacuation centers.

    Haven’t heard from my guys yet. Eye of the storm to hit Queens now in a few minutes.

  5. OleyHowlers
    9:07 am on August 28th, 2011

    Good morning! It was raining very heavy thru the night, and the winds were howling. It was frustrating because it was dark so we couldn’t tell how bad anything was. We were awoken during the night by our remote-controlled overhead bedroom light coming on, which happens when power comes back on. Turns out the power was off, but only for 5 minutes. A lot of people in our county are without electricity and phone service, but we still have both. Its not raining here now, but the wind is still blowing. Lots of branches and leaves laying about, but there does not seem to be any real damage. There is another band of heavy rain that should be arriving but after that, we think it will be clear. We 3 have just about reached the end of our rope staying indoors. This morning, Mom let us out to do our thing, and of course Dima took off to explore the farm At that point it was still raining and blowing and Mom was fit to be tied. He finally came back, soaking wet. So now we are all anxiously awaiting Mom’s all-clear so we can go find out how much damage and how much water there is.
    Wookie, so glad to hear you weathered the storm o.k. We were worried because there was a lot of flooding and storm surges in Maryland, mostly along the Chesapeake we think.

  6. B.Stover
    9:27 am on August 28th, 2011

    Good to hear from you Wookie, Melanie and Howlers.

    Melanie: Can you save the apples?

  7. B.Stover
    9:41 am on August 28th, 2011

    If power does go down and Chet can’t post, please everyone feel free to use my blog:


  8. Barb & Maggie
    9:41 am on August 28th, 2011

    Bee, You took the words right out of our mouths – yes we are hookedA! Can’t wait to read mor about Robbie.

    So glad everyone is OK. Seems at this point that more of the damage is from all the rain. Hope it turns out to be not as bad as they anticipated. Yesterday we saw dozens of big electric trucks that were headed east to help sister utilities. Also saw a ton of big military vehicles that might have been National Guard.

    Going to run errands. BBL

  9. dawson
    9:49 am on August 28th, 2011

    Good morning.

    I wonder how the Herbs and Royals fared the night all on one bed.

    Oley Howlers: Hope you got some sleep.

    Relieved that so far the Plunderers have no major damage due to Irene.

    I’ll be buying the Robbie Forester book.

    Beautiful Fall morning here. I’m off (to work).

  10. OleyHowlers
    10:01 am on August 28th, 2011

    We think Robbie Forester sounds like a great new series….can’t wait to read more.

    We are still a little concerned about the wind with all the water sitting around. They are expecting trees and power lines to go down yet. But all in all, it was not as bad as it could have been.

    Here is a webcam from Times Square, NYC:

  11. Melanie
    10:21 am on August 28th, 2011

    Glad your safe OleyHowlers. Just did the outside check. . .

    I lowered the dog Pool by 8 inches last night and it was up to the top this morning. It was still just down pouring no wind then, so I went out and started to drain it again. I figured I might be able to keep it even!
    I took some pictures of the river. I’ll send them along when I down load them. It is unbelievable.
    Just as I was finished outside, the wind started up and we lost power.
    I got the generator working, but to do that no umbrella. So I’m SOAKED!

    So the computer works, the refrigerator, the microwave, the gas stove top and a few lights. We’re okay here.

    Haven’t heard from the Royals since last night.

  12. Basil and Sage
    10:25 am on August 28th, 2011

    Razzlephitts, snifflewits, fooey fooey fiddlesticks!
    We didn’t get NEARLY enough sleep last night…first Tuper would turn over, then Gilly would try to crawl up closer to Mama and Dad, then Mama would get up to check things out, then Dad would….well, to be honest, Dad would keep snoring. He’s a pretty laid back kind of guy.
    So, here’s the report for now – wet. Very,very wet. Rain and more rain and then some rain on top of it. Glasd we live on top of a hill. Kinda windy, but not bad. No more lightening, so thats a good thing. They tell us it is going to be very bad at about 2 pm, and then it will start to die down.
    Howlers and Wookie – VERY happy to hear that you are doing ok. Paws crossed for YSAS, OTAS and anyone else still dealing with this. BBL

  13. Melanie
    10:40 am on August 28th, 2011

    Just heard from YSAS. The majority of the storm has passed and they are safe!

  14. Masquers
    10:44 am on August 28th, 2011

    Latest on the Storm.
    Looks like it may be
    losing strength now.


  15. Masquers
    10:48 am on August 28th, 2011
  16. Rose
    10:49 am on August 28th, 2011

    Good Morning All!

    Glad to hear that those who have checked in are safe.

    Here on my side of Westchester rain is still falling. Have to see if tomorrow will be a work day for me, since all the usual roads and highways that lead to Tarrytown are flooded. But then again, any amount of rain over an inch floods those roads out. The shore side of Westchester is a little more worse for wear, since it boarders on the Long Island Sound.

    MasquersKatWeatherCentral: Hope you are okay. Waiting for next update.

    Howlers: Please report on amy damage once the rain stops.

    Again, everyone stay safe and dry.

  17. Melanie
    10:50 am on August 28th, 2011

    Well, WeatherKat is having problems. Let’s see if this pic will go up.

    Our CALM river! This is before the wind hit.

  18. Rose
    10:50 am on August 28th, 2011

    Masquers: A minute apart. Our colors side-by-side again! 🙂

  19. Masquers
    10:51 am on August 28th, 2011

    Carpola! Blog won’t let me post picture
    WeatherKat has been Moderated!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Rose
    10:51 am on August 28th, 2011

    Melanie: YIKES!

  21. OleyHowlers
    10:55 am on August 28th, 2011

    There is a creek nearby here: The Manatawny. Friends who live on the creek are completely flooded. Even their horse’s barn is flooded. Their garden is gone. Their house is flooded. We have other friends along this creek further along whose farm is threatened. Please pray for all of them. The storm has passed, but the worse problems are still to come.

  22. Tupper and Gilly
    10:58 am on August 28th, 2011

    Howlers – prayer request received and being acted upon.
    Is your farm in any danger from that creek?

  23. Masquers
    10:59 am on August 28th, 2011

    Rose! A minute apart
    Then at the same time!

  24. Rose
    11:13 am on August 28th, 2011

    Masquers: 🙂

    OH: Prayers being sent as I post. Wondering if your property is safe as well.

  25. BearSpiritDog
    11:13 am on August 28th, 2011

    Robbie! It’s going to be a good one. Cannot wait to read it!

    Most of you in the storm area have checked in. Thank Dog!

    O.Howlers: That is very sad about the neighbor’s farm. We are saying prayers here. Good to know your family, two and four-leggeds are safe. That Dima! Off to explore. A dog after my own heart. We know your mom was frantic – mine would be the same. They just don’t understand. If he thought the conditions serious at the time he never would have run off to check things out.

    Thank you for the NYC webcam. It is a relief to see that things are relatively calm at present.

    Melanie: The river – Wow!!!

  26. Barb & Maggie
    11:18 am on August 28th, 2011

    Sending up prayers from here.

  27. B.Stover
    11:22 am on August 28th, 2011

    Melanie: Can you save the apples from the branch that fell off and was loaded with them? (Repeat question.)

  28. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:22 am on August 28th, 2011

    Howlers, I have forgotten. Where are you located?

    We are snuggly dry and warm here and by that I mean parboiled in sweat and cracks the size of canyons everywhere. Please feel free to see any excess water our way.

  29. Tupper and Gilly
    11:31 am on August 28th, 2011

    Macy – we’ll be glad to “see” water your way. Tee hee

    How’s your farm these days?

  30. Tupper and Gilly
    11:35 am on August 28th, 2011

    Someone – anyone – call the SPCA! We are being misused and abused here.

    We refused to go outside in the rain, so Mama just hooked us up to LEASHES and dragged us out onto the lawn. Ok, so maybe it did feel good to “release the flood waters” but now our paws are WET! Horrors!

    Siber, you understand.

  31. OleyHowlers
    11:37 am on August 28th, 2011

    T&G, we are not in danger from that creek. We do have a creek that edges our property, but we can’t even see its water from the house, so all is well.
    Macy, we really really wish we could send some of this water to you. NPR had a segment on Friday about the parched earth down your way, and all of the horses and cattle that are being given away because they are so sick from long dehydration. Also, wildlife that are being taken to shelters. They talked about doe kicking their fawns out to save themselves. It was so sad Mom turned it off.

  32. Masquers
    11:37 am on August 28th, 2011

    It’s no use – the blog just won’t let me post the Irene Updates. I do believe it was that final post last night that did me in …the one in Psychedelic Pink. Mike Baker was probably up all night repairing the damage. Heh!

    There is a group reported as Good Night Irene – Dream the Storm Out to Sea. Are their efforts helping? Heaven only knows, but can’t hurt in our opinion.

  33. B.Stover
    11:46 am on August 28th, 2011

    Here’s the link on Irene from the Weather Channel:


  34. Snowhook Bella
    11:46 am on August 28th, 2011

    Good morning, Plunderers especially those who may be a bit water-logged on the east coast. Thank you for checking in.

    Howlers: GOod thoughts and prayers for your friends and all those impacted by Irene.

    AJ and I are going to the state fair. We were able to get our hands on Garrison Keillor tickets who is performing at the fair today; we always said if he ever came to Alaska we must go to the show.

  35. Masquers
    11:51 am on August 28th, 2011

    Sob! Can this really be
    the End of WeatherKat?

    Stay tuned for more…..

  36. Masquers
    12:04 pm on August 28th, 2011


  37. BearSpiritDog
    12:11 pm on August 28th, 2011

    WeatherKat ran off before he could see the last post was a success!

    Melanie: B. seems very concerned about that apple tree. Could be she is dreaming of apple pie? (and cobbler and pie a la mode…)

  38. Melanie
    12:12 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Having a spot of trouble here.

    The bridge (1929) has so much water going under it that it is acting like a dam. The river is now in our play yard, up to the Pool.

    Our house is still higher, but eroding might be a problem. Where the beavers took a little stream and over the last two years made it a big stream, is now a lake and about to dump all of that water right into the river behind the house.

    Yikes. The river side houses down in the main part of our town are all flooded. Up here in the west west side of town we are better off.

    The radar shows the rain lessening but we haven’t noticed. The wind is not bad. If the rain slows up the river usually clears out in a hurry. Hope it does.

    This is the once in 500 year flood. (not kidding)

    Send some prayers up this way and we’ll be sending ours to those down south.

    B.Stover. Don’t know what will do about those apples. The trees are full. The dogs like to graze on the fallen ones.

  39. Siber-H
    12:14 pm on August 28th, 2011

    The Robbie books are going to be fun ones…looking forward to the first and will buy it the day it comes out.

    I think everyone has reported in…very thankful all of you made it through.
    Fellow Sibers, Very sorry to hear about your neighbors…prayers going up as requested.

    T&G. Yes, I understand. Mom would have had to leash me up also and probably push from behind to get me outside.
    We also sympathize with your leak problem. We had that happen last year when we had a real monsoon. It was in the living room right in the middle of one of my pathways. gah

  40. Melanie
    12:19 pm on August 28th, 2011

    The first picture was taken 20 minutes before the second.
    That’s the gate “down” to the river. It’s usually 8 feet above the river.

  41. BearSpiritDog
    12:22 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Melanie! We pray the only waves to come your way will be those of Plunderer Good Thoughts and Prayers.

    Same for the O.Howlers & The Royals and anyone else in danger of flooding.

    Macy: It is too bad it can’t be diverted your way.

  42. Siber-H
    12:24 pm on August 28th, 2011

    I can’t begin to tell you guys how much better you are at reporting what is going on than the media. I feel like I’m there instead of in sunny, dry, hot, NM.

    Melanie, Keep us posted if you can. That is some serious flooding. Prayers going up for all of you in that little town.

    The drought is bad in NM but it is even worse in Texas.

  43. Siber-H
    12:29 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Melanie, Mom really appreciates the photos. They say so much more than some stupid reporter standing in a foot of water with rubber boots on.

  44. BearSpiritDog
    12:30 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Siber-H: Yes, you desperately need rain too. This has gone on for so long in the Southwest that even if the Monsoons ever did arrive the water wouldn’t soak into the ground.

  45. B.Stover
    12:33 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Melanie: That does not look good. Yikes!

  46. Siber-H
    12:37 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Bear, The parts of NM that got the most rain from our crummy monsoon this year are the forests in the mountains that burned. The hard rain on the burned areas has caused serious but very localized flooding. There have been times the Rio Grande has been flowing black from all the ash that has washed into it from the mountain streams.

  47. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:42 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! We’re definitely going to be reading the Robbie book! I guess as long as SQ/PA keeps (keep?) turning out great books, it kind of, almost makes up for not finishing the Astrid story. Kind of, almost, not quite!

    I’m glad everyone’s safe so far. Our thoughts and prayers are with those still in harm’s way.

    Rebecca: So lucky! I’ve never been to a state fair, but Mom and Dad have been to the Iowa State Fair — the best one in the whole, wide world — lots and lots. In fact, Mom used to show her pigs there when she was in 4-H. And we love Garrison Keillor around here. He’s really funny! Especially when he talks about Lutherans — being of that persuasion ourselves.

  48. Melanie
    12:51 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Town guy just came by. Wanted to make sure that we were watching the bank behind the house. We said “You’re darn tooting!”

    Water keeps rising . . .

    Radar is looking better but not seeing it yet.

  49. OleyHowlers
    12:52 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Melanie, yikes! We are hoping and praying for you and all in your town. That river is looking very dangerous. Must the pack stay inside now?
    Rebecca, wish we could got see Garrison Keillor too. We love him, and usually end up listening to him while we cut grass here.
    Its still rather windy here. Maybe that will help dry out our soggy farm.

  50. B.Stover
    12:52 pm on August 28th, 2011

    I was just concerned that all those beautiful apples would be wasted. Forgot that the Pack likes to eat those on the ground. So, all is good on the apple front. (I do love apple pie…..)

    My bother loves listening to Garrison Keillor’s radio program.

  51. Barb & Maggie
    12:56 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Melanie, That looks SCARY! We are hoping it doesn’t get worse. Lots and lots of prayers going up and out.

  52. Melanie
    1:17 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Thanks for all the prayers and thoughts! Rain easing up, river a “tad” lower. Still looks like a lake behind the house.

    Maybe I’ll believe the radar now.

  53. BearSpiritDog
    1:30 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Melanie: Whew! Water level going down even a tad is great news! How is Zoe doing today? Not much time to think of anything but the weather, I suppose.

    SnowBella: Garrison Keillor is a big favorite here too! You are so lucky to be able to see his show at the fair.

    Siber-H: It is very sad when even much needed rain in your state turns out to be a problem.

  54. BearSpiritDog
    1:33 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Okay. Where is Rio this morning? Didn’t he say last night he and friend where going for a 2nd walk? Too much of a good thing we think.

  55. Melanie
    1:35 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Electricity is back on. Need to turn off computer and stop generator. BBL

    Zoë hurts and wants to name the new Lake behind the house Lake S**t.

  56. Masquers
    2:20 pm on August 28th, 2011

    This old girl is taking a long time to wind down.

  57. Masquers
    2:26 pm on August 28th, 2011

    The Ghost in the Machine!

  58. Rose
    2:34 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Melanie: Prayers coming at you from Westchester. Mo rain here now, but refreshing winds are blowing. Sorry to hear that Zoe is in pain.

    Thinking of you all.

  59. Melanie
    2:35 pm on August 28th, 2011

    I’m on my third set of clothes for the day. Just found out I’ll have to go back outside to the cellar and flip the refrigerator fuse.

    It’s going to have to wait a few minutes!

  60. B.Stover
    2:39 pm on August 28th, 2011

    The Weather Channel is calling Irene a tropical storm now. Sounds like there is still much blowing and wettness.

    I’ve been gathering herbs to dry while the cicadas sing outside. The herbs smell wonderful: savory, sage, thyme, marjoram, oregano. Later this week I’ll make more pesto with the remaining sweet and spice basil.

  61. B.Stover
    2:42 pm on August 28th, 2011


  62. BearSpiritDog
    2:44 pm on August 28th, 2011

    B: That is a lovely picture!

  63. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:48 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Robbie!… This was a very interesting beginning to the new series….snort!… I wonder if that is a magic charm the old woman dropped for Robbie…heh!

    Zoe!… Last I heard Zoe had been bitten by a wasp…snort!…Is she allergic to them? Tell her she needs to get better real soon or else I will have to come over there and give her some pug slurps!…sniff!…This is scary good medicine…heh!

    Hurricane!…So is the hurricane over?…sniff!….Nobody we know was hurt or maimed in this adventure, thank dawg! All my Agents are accounted for, that’s welcome news…snorkel!

  64. B.Stover
    3:00 pm on August 28th, 2011

    It always amazes me how nasturtium spreads. The plant in the picture was from one scrawny plant that had six leaves in May.

    It’s much more windy here today than normal and it’s coming from the east. I’m wondering if it is from Irene reaching this far north and west. Wow!

    Rio: Excellent idea! I had forgotten that Spence said that there is some paranormal in the new Robbie series.

  65. Melanie
    3:01 pm on August 28th, 2011

    How beautiful, B! Just what I needed.

    The docs don’t know what it is Riö. They took fluid out of her wrist, gave her antibiotics, that broke her fever. I’m taking her in Tuesday again.

    Here’s the new Lake in back of the house.

  66. dawson
    3:13 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Melanie: Can I come over and go white water rafting in your back yard? That looks like the great Mackensie River!

  67. Melanie
    3:16 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Come on over Dawson! The water is fine!

  68. OleyHowlers
    3:21 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Melanie, we hope your lake goes away quickly. The creek that was flooding out my friends’ has gone back down already! All is well here in Oley. We helped Mom take care of horses who don’t even seem to know there was a hurricane. Now their windows and one of their doors is re-opened and they are enjoying fresh air (albeit fast-moving air!).

    We are off to more outdoor adventures…this farm has many new and exciting sights and smells since that lady Irene visited.

  69. Staff
    3:25 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Hey Melanie,
    My sister sent me a link to this video in a recent blog post. Just thought of you for some reason.
    Please do not try this at home!


    PS, you might want to turn the sound down. 😉

  70. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    3:40 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Prayers for Melanie and the OH neighbors from here in Chevy Chase. Irene is now long gone from here– sun is shining and temp is up to the mid-80’s. Streets are getting cleaned up, lots and lots of branches down. Pepco’s still got close to 200,000 without power, but most in outlying areas.

    Melanie — that is quite a “lake” in your back yard. Wow!


  71. Jasper the Poodle
    3:49 pm on August 28th, 2011

    So mom leaves me ALONE!!!(sob, sob, sob) to go to lunch and buy stuff to make some human food since she got some recipies from her Facebookie friends. Apple pie and chili. She wants to make an apple pie from “scratch.” I know all about scratch and I can’t figure out how scratch is helpful when making a pie, although it certainly makes me feel better. Anywhoo…mom said she isn’t ready to try her paws at making her own crust yet (no rolling pin or butter-cutter-inner tool), but she’s always used the fuit in a can before. So, she comes home with some golden delicious apples, a apple corer, lemons (for juice so the apples don’t get brown) and $80 later, she realizes she forgot the pie crust stuff. Huh! Toilet paper, Swiffer juice, kleenex, chili recipe stuff, Tide to go, beef builon cubes, nutmeg that was mismarked…should have been almost $6, but it was marked $3.49 (SCORE!) but (sob, sob, sob) no pie crust. She says she all done with shopping for today and she’ll pick the crust up tomorrow on her way home from work.

  72. Tupper and Gilly
    3:56 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Ok -so the storm is mostly over. We are getting a huge gust of wind every now and then, but the rain is gone. Never lost power.
    There is a tree down somewhere in the back – can’t see it from here, but boy did we hear it go!
    Our garden survived pretty well. None of the tomato plants bit the dust – now if we could just rid of the fuzzbutts.
    Masquers – we love your weather reports – much better than our local Histrionic Weatherman.
    Wookie – glad to know all is well.

  73. B.Stover
    4:06 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Melanie: Is none of that water normally there? Good grief!!

    Staff: The video made me seasick (which isn’t difficult to do).

  74. Tupper and Gilly
    4:08 pm on August 28th, 2011

    oh No! Tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes and now BLOG BUGS!


  75. Melanie
    4:09 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Things are really calming down here. The river is still very wild, but lower. Rain almost stopped.

    The Chief called again and asked that people NOT drive their cars around to look at the damage. Can’t tell you how many cars have stopped in front of the house and turned in our driveway. The road is closed further down.

    I’ll look around tomorrow but I don’t want to get in the way of the Emergency workers. They got our electricity back on, so I’m not getting in their way.

    Whoops, here come two more.

    If they decided to continue down the road I think they’ll be surprised because the road is partially washed out and they could land in the river. From there it will be a quick wet trip to the Connecticut River and then down!

  76. Rose
    4:24 pm on August 28th, 2011

    B: That is a lovely picture.

    Lots of wind here in Westchester. The weather for the rest of the week looks beautiful. Also looks beautiful for Philadelphia, where we will be Wednesday through Saturday.
    There are still many roads and streets closed in Westchester. Unfortunately, there has been a fatality in Rockland County. A man tried to rescue a boy who was being electrocuted by a downed wire. The man did not survive, and because many roads were closed, it took EMTs much longer to bring the boy to Westchester Medical Center where there is a burn unit.

  77. Rose
    4:25 pm on August 28th, 2011

    T&G: The blog bug got me too!

  78. BearSpiritDog
    4:33 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Blog Bug Not Again Nooooooooooo!

  79. Melanie
    4:34 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Loved the video, Staff.
    Sunny now! I’m tired I can’t keep my eyes open.

  80. Masquers
    4:53 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Melanie: We think the Pack was part of that group: Good Night Irene – Dream the Storm Out to Sea.

  81. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:34 pm on August 28th, 2011

    My girl just got back from Myrtle Beach. She said it was real scary on Friday night. There was some flooding and a nearby house lost some siding, but it was nice enough there yesterday that she was able to spend some time on the beach. She hadn’t planned on any beach time because of the storm, so she didn’t pack any sunscreen. Big mistake! She’s all red now!!!

  82. Barb & Maggie
    5:36 pm on August 28th, 2011

    We will keep reading but maybe not posting with the BBBB (Bad Blog Bug Back). Glad all survived. Later!

  83. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:36 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Dagnabbit! Blog bug!!! But I shouldn’t complain. What with that storm and Spence’s trip to the rainy ballgame, we’re lucky to have everybody on the blog at all!

  84. Chet The Dog
    5:45 pm on August 28th, 2011


  85. Siber-H
    5:58 pm on August 28th, 2011

    The blog bug likes to strike on a Sunday.

  86. Snowhook Bella
    6:09 pm on August 28th, 2011

    We are waiting for the show to start. I am glad we arrived when we did—the line was long. We were carded coming in because the show is “wet.” The woman said we are the only people that look young enough to card. We love Garrison Keillor!

  87. Masquers
    6:13 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Siber-H: I agree. Similar to TMG the BBB strikes at our weakest point. Perhaps they know each other.

  88. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:23 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Garrison!…. The two giants are at a Garrison Keillor show!…Wow!….How about that?…sniff!…I feel really sorry for the poor old people sitting behind them….wuffle!

    Bug!….No way! Say it isn’t so Mike!…grunt!….I finally get to post my extremely important pug thoughts on this here blog …dammit!….Lets see how bad it is……

  89. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:30 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Grump!…Why can’t the Fabulous Baker Boy come up with a permanent fix for this bug?….grunt!…That’s what most programmers are supposted to do…sniff! ….At least 99.99% of them anyways…grumble!

  90. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:39 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Rockies!… I’ve been watching the game and watching her work on the Project…heh!… She told me it is going to be a Climbing Rose Bush. Watever….sniff!.….She finally figured out how to make a Rose out of this paper stuff. It has been eluding her for months now…sigh!… As far as I can tell one little Rose is a real pain in the butt. Throw in a two colors and you have a real headache on yer paws…gruffle!

  91. Snowhook Bella
    6:48 pm on August 28th, 2011

    ÀJ, a giant to some, braved the crowds and brought me back some food. I’ve enjoyed fair food for thr first time—yum! Got to get back to blocking other people’s views… 🙂

  92. Melanie
    6:58 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Have a wonderful time Belle!
    (you need a really big hat from Natasha to help block the view)

    Just wind now. Whew.

    River has gone down 6 feet. Went to the side yard and eyeballed where the level had been. Turns out those trees were making thunder noises because the river was higher than the bottom of the bridge! YIKES!

    Talked to a neighbor down where the flooding is; he’s lived here for 25 years and NEVER seen it like this.

    All around us it is worse. Albany, NY really got hit with rain. Places north and south of us had their dams break. One of our friends, an ER nurse, was saying that all around us there are calls out for EMT personal.

    Thanks for all the prayers.

  93. OleyHowlers
    7:21 pm on August 28th, 2011

    We never did see that woman Irene. Mom & Pop went to all that trouble to empty the patio, porch, back patio, riding ring, etc. But we never saw a woman show up here.
    Now all the outdoor stuff is back out. Even our doggie lounge chairs! Dima is happily lying on his now. Woo Hoo! Its summertime again. Blue sky, and now wind.
    Thats it for me folks. Going to celebrate now.

  94. Sam
    7:24 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Today I went to college to see my girl (and didn’t get “tutored”). Happy, happy moi. I went in her dorm room and sniffed everything. I was on her bed and it sure smelled just like her. Such a lovely smell! I was worried when she wasn’t here but at least now I know where she is. I didn’t like not knowing.

  95. Melanie
    7:26 pm on August 28th, 2011

    I bet that wind feels good ruffling your fur all you OleyHowlers!

    I am headed towards bed. Zonked out and zonked. By the way, I started the generator with ONE pull! Of course, having Jesse start it on Friday and leaving it on for 10 minutes had nothing to do with it!

    Going to bed, leaving the windows open for this wonderful breeze.


  96. B.Stover
    7:31 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Sam: I’m glad you feel better. Now you know what “college” is.

  97. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:55 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Sammie!….Are you going to get to go to any of the college parties?…snort!… I hear that is 75% of what College is all about….grunt!

    Wind!… Its all windy and kind of chilly out right now…sniff!… Probably going to rain. Okay by me! Wooooo!….snort!…Rain means no-walk. That makes me happy! Her, not so much…heh! ….After working on Quilling all afternoon she wants a good Brutal Walk….wuffle!

  98. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:59 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Roses!… Someone wants to know if this looks like part of a Rose Bush….grunt!…She’s starting to think this doesn’t look like Roses afterall…wuffle!…I think she’s been looking at it for too long…heh!

    Crap!…We can’t post the Photo because of the BLOG BUG!….grump!…Dammit to Hell!

  99. Masquers
    8:09 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Everyone is now okay
    And out of harm’s way
    One thing left to say
    Time to call it a day

  100. BearSpiritDog
    8:14 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Me too. But First…….
    Taking U 2 the Darkside!

  101. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:24 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Rebecca: I hope you’re enjoying your fair food. When my family went to Iowa last summer (without me 🙁 ) they went to the state fair and my girl decided to eat everything she could find on a stick — hot dog (of course), rice krispie bar, banana, even a salad-on-a-stick! She even found somebody’s discarded beer-on-a-stick stick (a plastic stick with a ring to hold a beer can). By the time she got finished, she was pretty full!

  102. Tupper and Gilly
    9:09 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Oh, we hope this is all over with. But there are a number of towns upstream that are under water. That water has to come down the hill sometime. Some of the places that are flooded out have no history of ever flooding before.
    Crazy Lady Land is right across the street from the big river in this area. There is a tall bank, but heck, there is a tall bank in back of Melanie’s house too, and you saw what happened there.

    We are turning in for the night. We didn’t let Mama get much sleep last night, and everyone here is just done.

    Hope everyone is safe and happy tonight. Rebecca-enjoy your fair fare and Lake Woebegone. G’night all.

  103. Siber-H
    10:01 pm on August 28th, 2011

    I’ll try to post and say a quick goodbye. The blog bug seems to be gaining strength now that darkness has fallen.
    I’ll see you all in a few days. I am just very thankful that everyone made it safely through the earthquake and hurricane, but be safe everyone going to work tomorrow.
    All we need now is for Zoe to feel better.

    Night All

  104. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:09 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Phooey!…. For the longest time I couldn’t get to the Dark Side…sniff!…The page numbers weren’t showing up to click on…snort!…I think that is a new aspect of the Blog Bug…grump! …Couldn’t post either.

    Patio!… I gave up on this here blog and went outside to sit on the patio with my friend…sniff!…She lit some candles and it was very relaxing and cool out there…yawn! …I’m sure glad this stupid bug showed up after the hurricane was over. It would have been doubly frustrating if it happened during the storm….huffle!

  105. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:15 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Goodbye!….SiberH!…Have a good trip to Northern New Mexico!…grunt!

  106. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:16 pm on August 28th, 2011

    SiberH!…I forgot to ask you, will you guys be camping out on this trip?…snort!…Remember to take your tamborine…heh!

  107. Siber-H
    10:25 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Well, now I am on the dark side, but I wasn’t on the dark side in my last post. Have you guys noticed that the blog bug plays with our minds.

    Yes, We will be camping, Rio. I’m glad you reminded me to take my tamborine because there will be no tv, internet, or cell phone service. Mom and I read books using a flashlight before we fall asleep.

  108. dawson
    10:57 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Siber H: Enjoy your camping get away.
    There is no page two but all the posts are here.
    I’m off work in an hour then going to read myself to sleep. I won’t last long, maybe one chapter.
    Good night all. G’day Liz!

  109. Macy the Min-pin
    11:23 pm on August 28th, 2011

    Twirling with the news that everybody is mostly OK. We got an 8 inch rain here. That is, drops 8 inches apart. {pant, pant, pant, pantpantpant}

    Last night on our mini walk Annie and I herded a possum out of the neighbors yard. Annie kept going over to the field to make sure that possum didn’t try to sneak back into civilization. We are fierce possum hunters!

  110. Redbone Hound
    12:12 am on August 29th, 2011

    Miz Macy – I shore do wish I could send you some of this big ole muddy river. I do hope you are stayin indoors with a nice cool glass of lemonade, a fan gently blowin across your delicate little ole paws and someone to bring you anythin your little hearts desire.
    And to think that such a little lady is a fierce possum hunter too. This ole hound dog is in love fer shure.

  111. Gus & BooBear
    12:32 am on August 29th, 2011

    Macy, possums take care of snakes so you should not keep them from your yard. Poor fellows are just so ugly!! The good Lord didn’t do them any favors in the looks department. Mom talked to her sister in SouthLake earlier today and she is just trying to save her trees, gave up on saving the grass a while back. We still have a nice yard and a ginormous water bill. Not being rationed yet in our neighborhood, but its coming.

    So glad all of you made it through Irene okay. Melanie, your backyard look pretty scary there for awhile. Oley Howlers, were your friends horses okay? You mentioned their barn flooded.

    We know the east coast gets hurricanes sometimes, but thought it was usually south of you guys. Was this unusual? This year has just been crazy!!

  112. Masquers
    10:51 am on August 29th, 2011

    I am posting from the Darkside
    Because the Bad Blog Bug still
    Lurks Monday morning 29th Aug.
    Can we blame Irene for this 2?

  113. BearSpiritDog
    11:35 am on August 29th, 2011

    Gus&BooBear: Never have we heard of a hurricane covering such a wide area and continuing full force up the coast.

  114. Masquers
    11:42 am on August 29th, 2011

    Bella: When you can post tell us of your fun day at the Fair.

    Well, Chet, it doesn’t seem to be clearing up (BBB) so will be back when Mike gets things up and running again.

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