Snowshoeing With Ingrid and Joey

He turned – a long way up the path, already way past the old treehouse Dad had built for Ty and Ingrid when they were little – and said, “Cool, huh?”

“You’ll have to shout,” Ingrid said.

“Huh?”

Because you’re so far ahead. But Ingrid left that unspoken. Instead she tried copying his stride, longer than hers, and viola! (as she’d heard Meredith O’Malley say more than once instead of voilà) thudding turned to swishing and her speed picked up. She began to feel more at home on the snowshoes, and at the same time more a part of the woods. The path, marked here and there by ski tracks, went up a long rise, the trees growing more closely together, dark and still. Breath clouds rose above Joey’s head, hung in the air for a moment or two, then vanished. Ingrid caught up to him at the big rock – spray-painted Red Raiders Rule! – where the Punch Bowl came in sight. His face was shining.

“They used to run trap lines,” he said.

“Huh?”

“The pioneers,” Joey said. “In woods just like this.”

“What’s a trap line?”

“With bait,” said Joey. “A muskrat steps into it, or maybe a deer, and … “ He glanced to the side of the trail, saw some tracks and pointed. “Bet that’s muskrat right there,” he said.

Ingrid went closer. She had only a vague idea of what a muskrat looked like, but she recognized these tracks: five-toed imprints in front, four-toed imprints behind. “Gray squirrel,” she said.

Joey turned to her. “Yeah?”

Ingrid explained how she knew.

“Hey,” Joey said. He took off his baseball cap – Echo Falls boys kept their ears uncovered no matter how cold the weather – and scratched his head, scratched hard, in a way that reminded her of her dog Nigel. That stubborn cowlick, like a blunt Indian feather, stood straight up. He caught her looking at him and the expression on his face changed.  Joey took a step forward. His face seemed to get a little heavier. Was a kiss coming? Possibly, but Joey’s next step banged down on the front of her right snowshoe, a surprisingly loud sound in the woods. He backed away, flailing a little for balance. After some awkward shuffling around – doubly awkward on snowshoes – they got back on the trail.

“They ate squirrels, too,” Joey said over his shoulder after a while. “The pioneers.”

“We’ve come a long way,” said Ingrid.

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93 Responses to “Snowshoeing With Ingrid and Joey”

  1. Melanie
    9:04 am on December 12th, 2010

    Have had squirrel. I agree with Ingrid.
    “We’ve come a long way”.

  2. Tyb
    9:19 am on December 12th, 2010

    Rio,
    I guess we’re still having technical problems with the blog. I just posted a long response to Rio, but it vanished into the ether. So, I’ll try again. I said:
    Thanks for the info re your name. I had guessed the river connection, but none of the others. I have to say that you are impressively “credentialled”. I hope that you had a good sleep and are ready for another great day. My friend and I went out for our first walk early this morning. The temperature was pleasant, but it was just warm enough to bring a light rain rather than more snow. This turned the sidewalks into glazed paths and the walking was very dicey. Were supposed to get a couple or a few more feet of snow today and tonight depending on which window the weather forecasters are looking through when they make their predictions. My friend thinks that he may have seen Holiday Inn a couple hundred years ago when it was new and
    says it’s probably still a good watch. I hope you get a chance to see it. Have a great day.

  3. Barb & Maggie
    9:28 am on December 12th, 2010

    Barb thinks she had it as a kid, back in the dark ages. Seems like it tasted like chicken. Doesn’t everything? Even alligator tastes a little like chicken. I think rats probably taste like chicken, but I have never actually tried one.

    We made it out to the chicken coop and back, so we are good till around 2:00 this afternoon. We lucked out on the snow, compared to Staff and Dawson. Getting a few inches, but mostly the wind will be a problem till around midnight.

    Barb had to wedge a big wrench in the garage door, because there is snow blown in about 2-3 feet into the garage. Must remember to remove it before trying to open the door tomorrow!

    Hope Rio’s friend and Wookie had fun last night.

    Staying in today. Got presents wrapped to send to brother in N.C. He is getting all 3 C & B books, with the last one being signed and a business card included. Hope they enjoy them as much as we have!

  4. B.Stover
    9:30 am on December 12th, 2010

    Good morning Chet the Jet, Ingrid and everyone.

    We have a winter weather advisory into tonight…in other words, we’re having a blizzard! Winter wonderland.

  5. B.Stover
    9:32 am on December 12th, 2010

    TYB: The message you posted above and thought you lost is on yesterday’s blog.

    Rio: Did Fringe help your friend unwind last night? Heh!!

  6. Barb & Maggie
    9:47 am on December 12th, 2010

    TYB, Missed your message last night. Yes I am an English Shepherd and proud of it. Barb calls me the “total dog” whatever that means. I just know I am happy with a job to do, or else being glued to her side, sort of like you with your friend. BTW, you look just like my grandma, Holly, AKA Good Shepherd’s Hallelujah.

    Glad your walk was good, and that eveyone stayed upright.

    Many of us are “enjoying” this winter storm today.

  7. Barb & Maggie
    9:50 am on December 12th, 2010

    We saw a neat video on U Tube, but don’t know how to upload or download here. Can one of you computer smart people do it? It is called God and Dog by Wendy Francisco. You can Google it.

  8. Jasper the Poodle
    10:17 am on December 12th, 2010

    Good morning, plunderers! My house smells like apple and cherry pie.

    We have no snow here, just rain.

  9. Tyb
    10:27 am on December 12th, 2010

    Don’t mean to gross anyone out, but my friend tells me that rat does not taste like chicken. He knows because he was one of the earliestl Peace Corps volunteers and found out for himself. I guess when you’re hungry you can eat just about anything if its cooked enough. He didn’t prepare the meal, it was served when he was invited to dinner by a very poor family. He didn’t know at the time what he was eating. If he had he probably would have had some anyway rather than insult his hosts. These were people who had nothing but wanted to invite him into their home. Now to Maggie:
    More and more, we’re beginning to think that maybe I am totally or part ES. That certainly would not bother us a bit. If I look so much like your grandmother, maybe we’re more closely related than just being the same breed. My friend says he doesn’t care a bit what I am as long as I’m “his”, but we like the idea of being English Shepherd.

  10. B.Stover
    10:30 am on December 12th, 2010

    B&M: If you have the youtube site on your screen, right click on the address and then select “copy”; then come to the comment box on the blog and go to “edit” and click on paste. That should give us the link so that we can go to the site.

  11. Melanie
    10:34 am on December 12th, 2010

    Hi All!

    So TYB, did your friend say what rat tasted like? Is it a taste unto itself?

    In around 5 minutes I’m going to try to start the van again. Seems it doesn’t like to be enshelled in ice. (rolling of eyes here)

    We had ice, then sleet and now rain. Of course, when the rain hits the ice . . .

    Can only find one ice cleat, so using a different cane that can push into the slush and then one cleat.

    MagPie: Tell Barb I’m glad she’s not dealing with this.
    B.Stover: Sounds like you lucked out also.

    BBL

  12. Melanie
    10:57 am on December 12th, 2010

    I hate ice and old vans.

    I have now put in the stuff that binds up the water in the gas tank.

    Waiting . . .

    I hate waiting . . .

  13. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:05 am on December 12th, 2010

    Up!…We are up and at it!…snort!snort!…Very long list of stuff to do today, but first we have to go over to her mother’s and have a cup of cawfee…heh!…Got to get the ole nuerons fired up before any thing else can be done…grunt! …I wonder if Wookie survived his party last night? Has anyone heard from him yet?…chorkel!

  14. Barb & Maggie
    11:30 am on December 12th, 2010

    We too are wondering about the taste of rat. How was it prepared? In a stew would be good or grilled over open flame. Actually it probably doesn’t taste bad. TYB probably doesn’t know that one of my most fun jobs is mouse and rat irradication. Love the job, and I have honed my skills quite nicely over the last few months. Barb needs a couple more weeks of recovery from surgery before we start our nightly trips to the coop again. I am in rat withdrawal!

    TYB, we are probably distant cousins going back a ways. ESs are fairly rare (althought they used to be very common 100 years ago), so chances are we share some genes.

    OK, we will try the Utube thingy later unless someone wants to do it for us. Looks like a challenge.

    Melanie, do you have to go out in the van today?

  15. Barb & Maggie
    11:39 am on December 12th, 2010

    Bee, We tried the UTube copy and couldn’t do it. When we pushed copy it asked for our Google account, which we don’t have. Couldn’t find the address that you mentioned.

  16. Tyb
    11:42 am on December 12th, 2010

    Maggie,
    I just tried the You Tube thing and shall try to send on the URL to you. If this works as it should, you could connect to the video by clicking the address I giving you here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H17edn_RZoY. Good luck. I hope it happens for you.

  17. Tyb
    11:46 am on December 12th, 2010

    I just clicked on the link from my post and it worked for me. I think it’s worth a try for everyone, especially anyone who loves a dog/dogs.

  18. B.Stover
    11:59 am on December 12th, 2010

    The youtube link works.

  19. Melanie
    12:10 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Grounded!

    Had to call Dan and tell him we could not make it in. The van is not a happy camper. Snicker.

    Called a nephew, thinking I could annoy him by having him come out, but he was happy to, because it meant not driving 1 1/2 hours into Albany for a meeting at college.

    He’s coming over to show me how to jump a car and a van. Interesting. I once knew how to do that. . . Nope, gone now.

    We take 3 dogs to the vets tomorrow, so it would be REALLY nice to have the van working. Otherwise it’s Zoë, me, Bess, Patsy and Grace in the Subaru.

    Which ever car makes it, we will also be stopping in to see Dan tomorrow. He didn’t sound too upset. Of course, he was having a bed bath at the time. Snicker.

  20. Barb & Maggie
    12:11 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Thank you so much for doing that for us. Hope everyone enjoys!

  21. C. Harris
    12:15 pm on December 12th, 2010

    TYB: nice link.

    It’s -30 this morning so the weatherman must be right for a change. Unfortunately it is to be -30 to -35 until Friday and then drop down to -53 on Saturday. Now that I’ve watched the link, I think -53 is backwards for -35. I am counting on it being a cosmic typo.

  22. Tyb
    12:20 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Melanie,
    I sympathize with you about beint grounded. It sure is hard to take as you can see.
    I’ll probably have to spend much of the day like this. Can’t you just see my misery?

  23. Melanie
    1:01 pm on December 12th, 2010

    TYB: I hate to tell you this, but you do not look miserable. You look comfy and sweet.

    C. Harris: Brrr (a town in the Cat Who books) Maybe you should rename where ever you are living. -53?????

    Ow.

  24. Melanie
    2:38 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Nephew came. No go on van.
    It’s going to be crowded tomorrow in the Subaru.
    Might leave Grace home until next visit.

    Have you LOOKED at the radar? The storm is getting bigger and bigger.

    http://www.accuweather.com/us/radar/sir/us_/radar.asp?play=true

  25. B.Stover
    2:43 pm on December 12th, 2010

    And do you see how Michigan is TOTALLY blue? I’m in the medium getting heavy area. We’ve had about four inches of snow and it’s still coming down steadily. Tomorrow our high will be 15.

  26. Melanie
    2:58 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Tomorrow they are calling for 40 degrees, thank goodness. Of course, it’s 38 right now and all the rain is doing is making HUGE ice, slush lakes.

    Here’s the side yard (reflecting the lights and curtain).

  27. Melanie
    3:01 pm on December 12th, 2010

    The front yard is even worse.

    An upside of the day was Sandy the dog groomer was able to make it here today. She has a four wheel drive jeep. She worked on Bess, Ellie, washed, cut and dried Grace and Katy AND worked on Mattie.

    We kept giving her hot cider and anything else she wanted.

    I’d take their picture but they are pouting because it’s an hour past dinner time!

  28. B.Stover
    3:10 pm on December 12th, 2010

    I’d like to see the Newfs pouting.

  29. Tyb
    3:12 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Melanie,
    You probably know what a great car a Subaru is in bad weather. We have one and
    when we had our three feet of snow last week, we worried about shoveling it out after it had been plowed in a couple of times. Not to worry. It’s a great car, so even if you’re a bit crowded, you can feel safe in the subaru if you drive carefully. Are you aware of the
    Subaru ads that say, “The best way to get rid of a new car smell is to add a dog.” They
    have some great shots of dogs and Subarus. I think my friend is going to submit one.
    We’ve seen the ads in Bark magazine a few times. Be safe tormorrow.

  30. Melanie
    3:31 pm on December 12th, 2010

    TYB: I haven’t seen that ad, must keep an eye out for it. We’ve had Subaru’s ever since moving out here. The first was a sedan. YSAS hated that car. Said it was a disgrace (what he was really mad about was we sold the really cool Mitsubishi car with cockpit seats in front, but had rear wheel drive) to drive and he really couldn’t be seen in it.

    UNTIL, I was picking him up from NYC, traveling home in that car on 95 on the day before Thanksgiving during an ice storm. After some idiot cut us off and narrowly missing him and the rest of the cars ahead of us, he patted the dashboard and said, “I love this car, always have a Subaru.” He calls our Subaru The Tank.

  31. B.Stover
    3:35 pm on December 12th, 2010


    Here’s a picture…I think

  32. B.Stover
    3:36 pm on December 12th, 2010

    It worked!! The picture is outside my front door. And it’s snowing…

  33. Barb & Maggie
    3:54 pm on December 12th, 2010

    We are luckier than some with the snow fall. 4-5″ will probably be all. We are going out now to take warm water and a small heater to the chickies. When it gets down to 0, Barb puts a little “milk house heater” in there. It is in the front part on a metal can that they can’t get to, so don’t have to worry about them knocking it over. Got to get this over with.

    Your pictures are all lovely. TYB, you are doing what I have been doing all afternoon. BBL

  34. Melanie
    4:00 pm on December 12th, 2010

    B.Stover: Congratulations! And it looks beautiful.

  35. B.Stover
    4:01 pm on December 12th, 2010

    B&M: Let us know when you have come back in safely.

    Where are Rio and SH?

  36. B.Stover
    4:03 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Melanie: It is beautiful looking at it from my leather lazyboy and knowing that I don’t have to go anywhere!!

  37. Melanie
    4:06 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Riö was talking about breaking Grandma out and going to a big thing with Bingo??
    I think that was to be today.

    Not sure about Siber-H, I wonder if the wind got them.

    We are now having fog and rain.

  38. B.Stover
    4:10 pm on December 12th, 2010

    We had “frozen fog” this morning. That’s a new one to me.

    I watched The Secret of Kells on streaming video from Netflix. It’s visually lovely. This is fun! I’m going to start Touch of Frost later.

  39. Siber-H
    4:18 pm on December 12th, 2010

    I’m here..we have been doing Christmas stuff. I think Rio is helping his friend make presents today.

    That is a beautiful picture, Stover!! I’m glad you don’t have to worry about going anyplace.

    Wish I was there to help you tomorrow, Melanie. I’m thinking not in terms of a dog sled, but my 4-wheel drive truck with high clearance. Sled dogs can go modern, if necessary.

  40. B.Stover
    4:24 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Thank you SH. Good to hear from you.

  41. Siber-H
    4:24 pm on December 12th, 2010

    We haven’t heard from Abbie and Alice today. Hope they are okay because the news is using words like historic for this storm.

  42. Barb & Maggie
    4:26 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Bee, We made it back in ok. Some of the drifts were really high, like up to my belly, and almost up to the top of Barb’s knee high boots.

    We are going to go watch our Netflix moveie. Will report back later. Barb’s sister said they watched a good one with Jeff Bridges called “A Dog’s Tale”. About a writer with writer’s block who gets a Border Collie. She said it was good. We are going to put on our list.

  43. Staff
    4:33 pm on December 12th, 2010

    We are here. TurtleManFred was over shoveling and I had to take pictures. The van is moved onto a plowed street so the plows can come through here and pile up about 5 feet of snow for us to shovel again. I use the word ‘us’ but it is Mr Staff, Dawson, TurtleManFred and his wife E who do the shoveling. I take pictures of them.
    I am going off to download them now. Maybe we will have a few for the blog later.

  44. Tyb
    4:54 pm on December 12th, 2010

    B.
    That’s a nice shot. You should consider it for a Christmas card. It may be too late to do anything for this year, but you could hang on to it for next year.

  45. Staff
    4:54 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Mr Staff says the car only got stuck 5 times while getting it 1/2 block to the plowed street.
    Alice wants a room with a view. Not today Alice.

    Dawson, ready to shovel and a view of Alice’s window from below.

  46. Tyb
    5:03 pm on December 12th, 2010

    B,
    I’d like to play with your picture for a bit just to show you something. May I do so without being sued for copyright infringement.
    Tyb

  47. Tyb
    5:10 pm on December 12th, 2010

    B.
    Rereading my last note to you, I feel that it sounds a bit ….. I certainly don’t mean to
    insinuate anything. It’s just that the picture is yours and I respect your ownership of the rights. I’m just not comfortable pulling it down and modifying it without your permission.

  48. Melanie
    5:28 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Hey, thought I’d have time to write, but we are doing ANOTHER Lie to Me. BBL

  49. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:42 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Yawn!… snort!snuffle!…. Hey, she only has 2 more objects to make and Grandma’s present will be complete!…grunt!…It’s about damned time I’d say…sniff!…She said the next project will be a lot easier and quicker because she learned a ton of stuff making this one. I can’t wait….grump!

    STOVER!… You finally posted a photo!…Wooooo!…I’m so darned proud of you!…snort!…Now you will have to start posting those chipmunk vs squirrel fights for us, once you thaw out of course…heh!

  50. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:12 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Good Afternoon, y’all,

    B.Stover we have gotten the frozen fog before. Down here we call it “frog”.

    SiberH are you hitched to the truck or are you allowed to drive. I think I am too short to drive.

    We *not me* are jealous of all the snow. We had an historic snow in February, plus we had the first white Christmas in over 40 years last year. Other than that, we just get little grass-whitening snow.

    We never got around to saying hi to TYB yesterday, so…Hi..I better warn you, fellow, that saying that something is a “good watch” is liable to put you on B Stover’s s***list! You are quite a handsome fellow. I am short and dark, but have plenty of attitude.

  51. TYB
    6:21 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Avatar test.

  52. Mollypop
    6:26 pm on December 12th, 2010

    I just did the avatar test for TYB and it’s working fine. TYB has big paws and I think he’s hitting some wrong keys when he enters his email address.

  53. B.Stover
    6:27 pm on December 12th, 2010

    TYB: Sure, go ahead and fix the photo. I don’t have photoshop on this new laptop or I would have taken the bit of carport out of the picture.

    Macy: I was ignoring the use of “watch” as a noun.

    Rio: How about a photo when the project is complete.

    I just watched the very first Frost episode. I don’t remember it at all and I had forgotten that it lasted over two hours.

  54. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    6:29 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Hi everyone. The party was a great success, but boy can those people eat, so that meant not very much for me. My mom and dad have been doing this party every year for thirty-three years (I think they only missed one year along the way). Great way to stay in contact with old friends, many of which date back to their college days. It got a bit smelly later when my dad broke out the cigars for the guys, but my mom is a very good sport about it — she figures that for one night of the year she can deal with cigar smell in the house. Dad took this photo of the table setting before the party started — note the ristras hanging over the table (that’s a story in itself, but I’ll save that for another day). I think it looks very good, but by the end of the night, it was quite a bit messier. Today was not much fun; it was cleanup, cleanup, cleanup, and more cleanup, which I supervised very nicely. Wookie

  55. B.Stover
    6:55 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Wookie: That is a large table! I’m thinking of all of those glasses that have to be washed. I’m glad it was a success and I’ll be interested to hear about the ristras.

  56. LizF
    6:59 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Wookie, what’s a ristra?

    All your cold stories and winter wonderland pictures are amazing, here it’s sunny and warm now (after floods last week).

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:09 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Whooaa!…Wookie and his gang are amazing!…snort!… I think this is where the Plunderers should meet up one day…heh!…Just a thought. Just thinking about the food and all the party favors really…yeep! yeep!

    D-O-N-E!….Yes! Grandmas project is finished and drying on the dining room table…snort!… Now we can do laundry and relax a little…heh!…Tomorrow she will try to take a photo of it…sniff!…She used up all her cameras memory videoing the hypnotist at work last night on a few co-workers of hers.. snorkel!

  58. Siber-H
    7:14 pm on December 12th, 2010

    I’m glad the Christmas party was a big success, Wookie. Those are impressive ristras hanging over the table, and the table looks beautiful. I’ll leave the explaining of what ristras are to Wookie…yummy, red chili.

    I can drive, Macy. If I am ever in Ft. Worth, will you go out with me?

    I have emailed Santa to please bring our friends in Minnesota a snow blowing machine for Christmas!

  59. Melanie
    7:22 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Just heard about the football dome roof collapsing. Jeez Louise!

    Parties here, Parties there, wow, Parties, parties everywhere. Well, actually we haven’t had one, but then the rhyme wouldn’t be correct.

    Hi LizF. Warm and sunny is sounding pretty good. We’re at 49 degrees and heavy rain. I sure hope it clears up so the van will start tomorrow morning.

  60. Tyb
    7:29 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Thanks Mollypop for fixing the avatar; I could well have mussed it up even if I didn’t have big paws, but they’re a necessity to do my job. Remember I’m here to fill Blou’s shoes.
    B. Stover,
    I see you addressed both ways; B and Stover. Which do you prefer. I’m new here and have a lot to learn. As for your photo, I don’t mind the bit of carport in the shot. I think it give it a bit more dimension. However, I’ll let you decide. Here they come.
    Of course, you know that the text can change in a thousand ways; font, color, size, content, etc.

  61. Siber-H
    7:29 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Wookie? Where did you get such fine looking ristras in Chevy Chase?

  62. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    8:02 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Thanks everyone; I’ll pass on the compliments to my mom. And any time the plunderers want to gather, we’re available.

    As to glasses, Stover, that was an astute observation — cleaning them took most of the morning. Between drinks with appetizers, red and white wine with dinner, plus water glasses, and after dinner drinks for those imbibing (not to mention coffee cups for those wanting coffee), it was definitely more than 100 glasses by the time the night was over. Not to mention all the plates, silverware and cooking and serving dishes. Plus then disassembling the tables (there were six altogether), putting away the chairs and then rearranging the furniture in the great room back to how it was supposed to be. Boy, I got really tired just supervising the whole operation.

    LIzF — a ristra (with a little help from Wikipedia) is an arrangement of drying chile pepper pods, almost always red chile peppers. Although their main purpose is to preserve chiles for later consumption, they are commonly used decoratively in chile-producing areas, especially New Mexico. The chiles in the three ristras that my mom ordered were authentic Hatch chiles which she ordered from a chile store in Santa Fe. Sometimes when used for decorative purposes, some sort of preservative is added so you can’t eat the chiles afterwards, but ours were preservative free, so I think there may be a lot of chile dishes in our future this winter. The ristras we had were fairly large, probably weighing about 5-7 pounds each, which is where the hanging from the ceiling became a bit of an issue (but dad had assured mom he can patch at those holes very easily). We’ll see. Wookie

  63. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:03 pm on December 12th, 2010

    SiberH!…You know Debbie, she may have made them from scratch!…heh!…Just stuff she found around the yard and the house…snort!…Then pieced it all together into a work of art!…snort!

    Ark!…We are watching Ark of the Covenant right now in between running up and down the stairs for her laundry…wheeze!cough!… I haven’t seen this movie in ages, course we are missing quite a bit of it but I remember enough to fill in the gaps…grunt!…They are stuck in the big hole where all the snakes are right now…gah!

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:06 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Geeze!… I refreshed and Wookie still beat me with his post on how they actually got the Ristras…crap!…I still think Debbie made them by hand…sniff!

  65. Melanie
    8:09 pm on December 12th, 2010

    “Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?”

    Snicker.

  66. Melanie
    8:11 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Wöökie, you tell your mom, more power to her. I was just getting tired of running the dishwasher 3 to 4 times a day (there’s a LOT of dog dishes), now I feel like an amateur!

  67. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:23 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Amatuers!… I think we are all amateurs compared to Debbie and company!…heh!…A party at their house sounds devine, no doubt about it…grunt!…Debbie, are you also making Christmas dinner this year?… snort!

  68. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:25 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Dishes!… I just lick my bowls sparkling clean, no washing up for me around here…snort!…Now I’m hungry again….Yeep! yeeep!…sniff!

  69. Siber-H
    8:28 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Rio, I really did imagine that Debbie got all the individual red chili pods from NM and then made the ristras by hand.

  70. Staff
    8:30 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Snakes,
    I saw that movie with an older friend who was a WWII vet. He was about 25 years older than me. Maybe 70 at the time we saw the movie. He was not shy.
    When he saw the snakes in the hole he started advising Harrison Ford “Don’t go down there” NO! Don’t do it! He was quite loud. It was very funny. People were looking around to see who was talking so loudly about the snakes.
    When we tried to tell him to be a little quieter his voice just got louder “But there are SNAKES down there”
    What a great guy!

  71. LizF
    8:35 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Thanks Wookie for the ristra info! That party looks like it was great fun.

  72. Melanie
    8:38 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Laughing here Staff!

    I went with my niece and it was “bottoms up”! Her head stuck down in the chair.

    Christmas cookies. Don’t know what got me started on that thought. I used to make the best cookies from a recipe from a Williamsburg cookbook. Then I would paint them with icing.

    Oh, I wish I could eat wheat again . . . Nothing comes close to those cookies.

    Off to bed. Cross your paws and tails that the van will start! Though looking at the radar we are getting a stream of heavy rain coming in from the South south east.

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:06 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Jones!…Now we are going to “try” and watch the last movie they made of the Indiana Jones series…grunt!…No way does it compare to the first movie…sniff!

    Wookie!… I bet the Wookie gang is very very tired tonight!..heh!…Especially after all that cleaning up. I wonder what Debbie will do with those homemade Ristras?…sniff!

  74. B.Stover
    9:23 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Good night all.

  75. Barb & Maggie
    9:28 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Good night, Bee. We may be back later, the sofa is calling.

  76. Siber-H
    9:32 pm on December 12th, 2010

    red chili enchiladas, posole, huevos rancheros, sigh…I am getting hungry.

  77. Staff
    9:44 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Crud,
    My pictures that were posted at 4:54 are still awaiting moderation. grrrrrrrr

    I shouldn’t have tried to put up two at once.

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:53 pm on December 12th, 2010

    SiberH!… You are reminding me that my friend has not made a big pot of green pork chili in a very long time…snort!…She did reluctantly buy some of those expensive Hatch chili’s that were already roasted….grunt!… I can’t eat that stuff, it’s too much for me by golly…wheeze!… I bet after Christmas and New Years is over she will make a huge ole pot of fire. You are most welcome to come and enjoy some since you like that kind of hot food…snorkel!

    Shia Labeouf! …He is so awful in this last Indiana film it is PITIFUL!…grunt!…And who the hell can spell his name anyways?…wheeze!

  79. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:58 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Staff!….Will you ever learn? It’s been almost a year now that you’ve known one cannot post two photos at once… grump!… Thick or stubborn?…sniff!…I’m not sure which….heh!

  80. Siber-H
    10:00 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Thanks for the invitation, Rio. Green chili made with pork is the best. Some people make it with ground beef…yuk

  81. Siber-H
    10:24 pm on December 12th, 2010

    night all
    I am looking forward to seeing Staff’s pictures of the snow.

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:27 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Tyb!…Who the hell are you any way?… snort!.. You show up here acting like you know everyone and going on and on about stuff especially about being an English Shepard…good grief! cough!…Are you like Jerry Lewis and the face of some charity or whatnot?… grunt!… I’m not to clear on all of this, and it may be because I have been so busy running around town with my friend lately…wheeze! … I don’t have a good feel for why you are even here pal, except that you are a friend of Agent Molly’s….snort!

  83. Barb & Maggie
    10:53 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Rio, We are probably responsible for all the English Shepherd talk. We were the ones that started it. TYB seems like a nice adidtion to the blog. And he is a friend of Mollypop.

    BTW, we are watching a movie on Lifetime and there is a Pug in it. Reminded us of you. Why are you being so grumpy?

  84. dawson
    11:09 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Rio: Don’t be rude.

  85. Staff
    11:16 pm on December 12th, 2010

    I was in a rush as Dawson wanted me to beat her at cards again and she was yelling at me to come downstairs. Sniff…
    That is my only excuse Rio, I hope you will forgive me…
    I don’t want to have to send Alice after you.

  86. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:23 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Staff!…Now that is a Great photo of Alice!…wow!…Very gloomy and eerie looking…scary! wheeze!..yet colorful!..heh!

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:25 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Rude!…I don’t know how I am being rude, I’m just asking him what the heck he is doing here…snort!…Is he pushing some charity? If so, what is it exactly? If he is here because he likes Chet and Bernie, well that is another story….sneeze!… Let him answer or not. And I do apologize if he has already made this clear to everyone else. I still seem to be in the dark…grunt!

  88. Barb & Maggie
    11:28 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Good night everyone. And nice picture, Alice. All that white stuff doesn’t seem to be bothering you.

  89. Barb & Maggie
    11:38 pm on December 12th, 2010

    Barb says she has a lot of admiration for someone who spent time in the Peace Corp as a younger person, and now devotes some of his time raising funds for animal rescue. Obviously he is a good person. What’s not to like?

    Now, we really are going to bed.

  90. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:34 am on December 13th, 2010

    Night!… Rude or not, I am going to my warm soft bed where all my baseball toys are waiting for me in there special places….lick!…It’s been a very busy weekend and I am so damn glad she is off the not-so-busy place tomorrow so I can catch up on all my sleep…snort!…Christmas just wears me out before it even happens…cough!

  91. Macy the Min-Pin
    2:49 am on December 13th, 2010

    Mr. Husky, yes, please, I would love to go out with you. Now i am sitting by the door with my little knapsack packed and ready to go!!

    Wookie, where in the world does your mom store all those glasses!
    Looks like a great party. Were all the people local?

    Melanie- paws crossed, tail not so much.

    Rio- bad dog.

    Tyb – ignore the pug.

  92. Macy the Min-Pin
    2:50 am on December 13th, 2010

    Macy out.

  93. Melanie
    7:09 am on December 13th, 2010

    Checking in early to read the last comments.
    Love the picture of Alice.

    Still raining. BBL

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