“Today,” Bernie says, “is the shortest day of the year.”

I watch Bernie carefully. Where is he going with this?

“We can either throw in the towel or run around extra-fast.”

Towel? I’ve had some trouble with towels in the past – hard to find a place for the laundry basket that’s out of my reach – so maybe running around extra-fast is the way to go.

“Chet! Easy, big guy.”

Welcome Blackie and Chuy.



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155 Responses to “Solstice”

  1. Barb & Maggie
    8:18 am on December 22nd, 2011

    Good morning all. Barb is working today, does shortest day make her work day shorter? She is hoping so.

    G & B, Barb got a package from her DIL with a bunch of pics in it. Later she told Barb that she had included Barb’s earrings that she had left at their house. Earrings were long gone, so now we always check envelopes twice!

    We are still chuckling that last night we said “Happy tails till we meet again” as our sign off. Next post was from Trigger. Did anyone else think that was really funny?

  2. dawson
    8:27 am on December 22nd, 2011

    Me? I’m throwing in the towel.
    Morning Barb: I’ll have to go read last night’s posts, but yeh, that is funny.
    I’m off to work as well. It’s so warm I will walk.

  3. dawson
    8:47 am on December 22nd, 2011

    Staff: Thanks for the link to the fireworks display last night. Those pyrotechnics don’t do things by half, do they?
    Wookie: Happy Hanukkah!

  4. B.Stover
    8:58 am on December 22nd, 2011

    I love Chet!!

    Barb: Yes, it was funny. (I also posted this morning on yesterday’s blog.)

    Good morning all.

  5. Sam
    9:10 am on December 22nd, 2011

    “Some more hay, Trigger?”

    “No thanks, Roy. I’m stuffed.”

  6. bluecat
    9:13 am on December 22nd, 2011

    Good one, Sam.

    Good morning, all. I hope this comes through. It’s nifty.

    CLICK ON THE WORD…. elion below….

    A new type program. Drag your mouse over the picture but only after you have looked at it all.


  7. bluecat
    9:14 am on December 22nd, 2011

    Nevermind. I’m a techno-dummy.

  8. Barb & Maggie
    9:16 am on December 22nd, 2011

    Sammy, That was hilarious! Stuffed!

    Bluecat, We saw that one. You are right, it was great.

  9. bluecat
    9:18 am on December 22nd, 2011

    Barb – do you know how to share it?

  10. BearSpiritDog
    9:24 am on December 22nd, 2011

    Chet: Running around sounds like a good idea to me!

    Everyone was up late last night. Except me. After the Howl my eyes began closing. Didn’t even make it through the end of the movie.

    Barb, We LOVED your clever sign-off last night and thank you for pointing out that Trigger posted immediately after. That was synchronicity!

    G&BooBear: I read of your tragedy with the envelope. That is very sad.

    Good Morning O.Howlers, Dawson and B. Good Morning All!

  11. BearSpiritDog
    9:29 am on December 22nd, 2011

    Sammy! You are in top form this morning!

    Waiting for a solution to BlueCat’s link.

  12. Tupper and Gilly
    9:50 am on December 22nd, 2011

    Sam- thanks for the laugh put loud with the Teigger joke. Perfect way to start the day before heading off to CLL!

  13. OleyHowlers
    9:53 am on December 22nd, 2011

    Howdy, All! Good signoff last night, Barb and Maggie. And good one this morning, Sammy!
    We doubt any of you realized, but somehow we posted first on page 2, 3, and 4 yesterday!!
    G&BB, we are so sad that you missed Melanie’s surprise medal. We missed it too, but fortunately we still had the envelope when she posted that we needed to look.

  14. bluecat
    9:56 am on December 22nd, 2011

    This I know how to share: Steamed Christmas Pudding recipe

    1/2 C flour
    1/2 C sugar
    1/2 C butter
    1/2 C milk (room temp)
    4 eggs, well beaten
    1 C Molasses (Brer Rabbit orange label)
    1 tsp soda

    Beat flour, sugar and butter together, well. Add eggs and milk. Put molasses in a 2 cup measuring cup. Mix the soda into the molasses. Stir well. It will double in size and become lighter. Pour into 9″ cake pan and steam over hot water for 1 and 1/2 hours. Serve with hard sauce.

    This was a secret family recipe, until it popped up all over the internet. The older generation wasn’t amused.

  15. OleyHowlers
    10:04 am on December 22nd, 2011

    Here is a picture of the front of the medal that Melanie put in her envelope:

  16. OleyHowlers
    10:06 am on December 22nd, 2011

    and a picture of the back:

  17. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:09 am on December 22nd, 2011

    Snow!….And more snow!…snort!gruffle!….So now we have even more snow on top of old snow…grumble!…Good news is someone stayed home and is “working” apparently. After a lot of shoveling snow and drinking cawfee, I’m not sure what else she does at the busy-place…sniff!

  18. T.C.
    10:11 am on December 22nd, 2011

    I just watched Abbie’s fireworks video…that was exciting! (wo much better than any old howlfest in my book).

    And I actually liked Rio’s card from yesterday…Happy Mistle-toeing … tee hee

  19. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:15 am on December 22nd, 2011

    Gold!… I received the Golden Paw too! But the little hole at the top wasn’t punched out so she can’t hang my Tag and it together…sniff!…I’m sure she will figure out some way to fix that though….snort!…I really want to wear it on the Brutal Walks….wheeze!

    Melanie!…Thank you!…snort!

  20. dawson
    10:19 am on December 22nd, 2011

    Oley Howlers: I did notice you were at the beginning of every page but the first one yesterday. Thank you for posting a picture of the medal. I love love love it!
    Bluecat: Your Steamed Chrismas Pudding sounds easy to make and delish! Thank the oldsters for me.

  21. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:20 am on December 22nd, 2011
  22. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:32 am on December 22nd, 2011

    Card!….Here is a cool card I received from American Greetings…sniff!….My friend has no idea how much she spends each year at that place….chorkel!

  23. Sam
    10:32 am on December 22nd, 2011

    Some years ago there was a funny going around about new lines to the song Chattanooga Choo Choo – Pardon me boy, is that the Chattanooga Coo Choo.

    My favorite:

    Pardon me Roy, is that the cat who ate your new shoes.

    I’m on a roll today.

  24. Sam
    10:32 am on December 22nd, 2011

    Some years ago there was a funny going around about new lines to the song Chattanooga Choo Choo – Pardon me boy, is that the Chattanooga Coo Choo.

    My favorite:

    Pardon me Roy, is that the cat who ate your new s h o e s..

    I’m on a roll today.

    10:37 am on December 22nd, 2011

    Bluecat, Couldn’t find a link on the email that you asked for, so we sent it to Melanie. Maybe she can figure out how to post it, or else email it to you.

  26. Macy's Mom
    10:41 am on December 22nd, 2011

    SAM, I sing that line all the time! Careful with the rolling, though, you will mess up your wonderfluffing. I KNOW you must have gotten all poodled for Christmas.

  27. Mollypop's Mom
    10:44 am on December 22nd, 2011

    Here’s the link to the card from Bluecat:

  28. B.Stover
    11:05 am on December 22nd, 2011

    That is such a cool card Bluecat! Thank you Mollypop’s Mom.

  29. B.Stover
    11:07 am on December 22nd, 2011

    You guys are cracking me up today.

    I received a large box of oranges and grapefruit from my brother from Florida “In memory of our mom and dad”–they always sent us fruit at Christmas. Isn’t that wonderful!

    Love your cards Rio.

  30. OleyHowlers
    11:10 am on December 22nd, 2011

    Agreed…very cool card. Thanks Bluecat and Mollypop’s Mom.

  31. OleyHowlers
    11:13 am on December 22nd, 2011

    The 10th card is especially great for Chet, given his excellent jumpging abilities.

    And American Greetings sent Rio’s friend a card…wow. She must spend a lot at their site!

  32. Snowhook Bella
    11:40 am on December 22nd, 2011

    Hello all!

    Rio: To answer your question from last night, it is good to spend time with my family. As far as hot yoga, last night was my second time doing it and I survived. I have discovered a couple of things, I’v suspected about myself for quite some time: I have no coordination, and, thanks to the bolts in my back, there are just some ways my body doesn’t bend any more.

    AJ said that we received about 2.5 feet of snow yesterday. He takes it very personally anytime it snows like that. He has to clear the driveway which can take a long time.

  33. bluecat
    11:49 am on December 22nd, 2011

    Thank you, Molly’s Mom. Techno extraordinaire.

    Keep going, Sam. Maybe instead of a movie, you can be on SNL.

    And Rio, your cards make our days.

  34. Melanie
    11:58 am on December 22nd, 2011

    Whew, I’m glad MollyPop’s Mom figured this out. I’ve been on the run all morning.

    Gus and BooBear, I’m so sorry that I did not just say what was in the package, I wanted it to be a surprise and also it was after 9 pm after I got it all done. As we all know, my brain quits about 11 am.

    I would give you mine, but I missed counted! (What did I say about my brain?) I will be reordering in January and so will get you another one!

    One half of the Holiday grocery shopping done. I did look at Prime Rib (way too much meat) and at Matzo meal (wheat). we were thinking of scallops for Christmas evening, but try $17 a pound and YSAS eats more than a pound himself! So at this point, we’re going to do a Surf and Turf for two. Zoe and I will split the one and YSAS will have the other. Crab Newburg on Boxing Day (OTAS and F).

    The main reason I went out was to get the Gluten free baking . . .
    carrot cake
    pecan pie
    sandwich bread
    lots and lots of cookies
    and banana bread!

    B.Stover: I remember getting fruit from my Grandparents that lived in FL. Always delicious.

  35. Siber-H
    12:10 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    It’s a Day of Celebration…The first Day of Winter!

    Barb, I thought the Barb and Trigger postings were funny.
    Sam, Love the stuffed Trigger joke. I’ll tell it to my dad.

    Fellow Sibers? Did I read that correctly? Is your mom wearing the medal? There is a little disagreement going in our house over who should wear the medal.

    Rio, our weatherman said the snow would miss you. He was wrong, as usual…sob, sob, sob. Rio is getting my snow. I am still waiting.

  36. Melanie
    12:21 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Now Siber-H, you need to share your snow. Don’t you have some on the ground?

    Bella, I don’t move in some ways anymore and I DON’T have bolts in my back.

    Got the low down on Dan. So far so good! X-ray shows the position of the leg pieces are okay so far. He is healing GREAT. At least one more month in Rehab. NO weight on leg because of nasty things that can happen that I don’t even want to picture.

    Need to do some work. BBL

  37. Mollypop's Mom
    12:34 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    I was just using my StarWalk app, looking at the sky, and Santa and his reindeer went by. How fun!

  38. Siber-H
    12:35 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Melanie, I don’t wanna share my snow with those that don’t apreciate it.

    Very good news that Dan’s leg is healing. We sure don’t want him to have to go through surgery.

    Thanks for the neat Christmas cards everyone!

  39. OleyHowlers
    12:55 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Siber, Mom is most definitely NOT wearing the golden paw. Her favorite guy is: Dima.

    Mom says we must play outside now while she goes to the grocery store to buy everything she forgot to buy when she went on Tuesday. And she has some secret mission too…we are hoping that is to get us something for our stocking.

  40. Masquers
    12:58 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Rio’s cards were puuuurfect as usual!
    The Golden Paw. Rio, I LOVE that name.
    Howlers: Those were a great pictures of the medal.
    Bluecat: Your card was beautiful! (thank you Mollypop’s Mom) And, another great recipe for Dishlickers.
    G&BooBear: Melanie To The Rescue!
    Sammy: Bluecat is right – SNL is calling (lol)
    B: Oranges from Florida are always very welcome.
    Bella: AJ will be keeping warm shoveling the driveway.
    My dear TC: Although the fireworks were spectacular – you missed out on the Great Yowling last night. Buddy was there.

  41. B.Stover
    12:58 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    FYI: The length of daylight today is nine hours and four minutes…according to StarWalk app. (I haven’t seen Santa yet Mollypop’s Mom.)

  42. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    1:11 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    BSD and Masquers — Just to let you know that my dad finished reading the Robbie Forester ARC last night and it is now safely (take that MGs) on its way to you. If things go well, it may even arrive tomorrow, or failing that, Saturday at the latest. Youse guys are in for a real treat; my dad says is it PA at his very best. As he indicated in the note to you, you could be the last in queue, and if so, it should be returned to Bluecat when you are done (he gave you Bluecat’s address as well). Wookie

  43. Mollypop's Mom
    1:21 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    B. – There is an update for StarWalk. Santa is in it.

  44. B.Stover
    1:23 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Mollypop’s Mom: I downloaded updates but I’ll try again.

    What does SNL mean?

  45. Tupper and Gilly
    1:25 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Greetings from CLL. Mama is clocked out on her lunch hour, and CLjust arrived and wants to talk. So Mama lied thru her teeth and said she had an on line meeting at 1:15, and couldn’t talk to her after that.
    So thank you all for being the on line meeting group and if any of you have any questions to ask this would be the perfect time as Mama has to look involved or CL will be trying to talk work with her

  46. Siber-H
    1:28 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Stover, SNL means the tv program…Saturday Night Live.

    Hi T&G…I don’t have any questions so it is just a “Hi”.

  47. Tupper and Gilly
    1:29 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    MollyPopsMom- Santa must be doing a training run like AJ. Surely it can’t be Christmas Eve anywhere in the world YET??

  48. Tupper and Gilly
    1:30 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Hi Siber – has your Mom taken you to Grants yet to play in the deep snow?

  49. OleyHowlers
    1:34 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    T&G, we have a question we would like to ask. ahem….
    How are you today?


  50. B.Stover
    1:36 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Thanks SH. (I’ve never watched the show.)

    T&G: What is the current project that you’re working on? (I love my dream catcher.)

  51. T.C.
    1:36 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Masquers, Buddy has no limits to which he would not stoop to fall in line with those Howlers of which he thinks he is a member.

  52. Tupper and Gilly
    1:38 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Speaking of the CL let us tell you about the wonderful “Christmas bonus” we got this year.
    Keep in mind that it has been insane thus past year with numerous projects and Mama has gotten CLL in the newspaper 5 or 6 times. We had the big expansion, we had an open house that got many new members, we are covering for CL 3 days a week while she babysits her )&(:&!? grandkid, we have been configuring the new operating system for the computer etc.

    So in deep gratitude – CL gave us each a letter urging us to continue working hard and making suggestions about what we can do to make the business grow.

    Well, in her defense – it was printed on vellum, and in a lovely, script font.

  53. Siber-H
    1:43 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Thanks for putting the idea in my head to go to Grants to see the snow.
    I have a question…Do you have any snow back there?

  54. Tupper and Gilly
    1:45 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Thank you for your questions.
    Mama is well – except for a mild head cold.

    The project that she is working on? Well , the final stages of holiday prep are kind of front and center. After that, her fingers are itching to get back to clay. She has ideas floating in her head that need to come out her fingertips.

    And today’s big project – grocery shopping….yay!! She hasn’t been grocery shopping for 3 whole weeks. Getting pretty hard to make dinner with no ingredients. And the Christmas gang all want escargot, so garlic is on the list.

  55. Tupper and Gilly
    1:48 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Siber – the only flake here is the CL

    Today it is 53 degrees
    No snow in the forecast

  56. Tupper and Gilly
    2:00 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    good meeting everyone. Thanks.
    Now I to say see ya and sign back in at CLL

  57. Mollypop's Mom
    2:17 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Siber-H – I’m tired of talking to you about this snow. Give it back! Don’t make me come over there.

    Here is a pic of our pathetic ski trails. Don’t go off the edges.

    2:20 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    I swear our CLs are related. Barb’s CL is coming to a little wine and appetizer going-away party next week for her Senior agent who has been her right hand person for 14 years. Her contribution – she is bring some free hard salami that she got for a Christmas gift.

  59. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:25 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Song!….Beaus been humming this song all morning long….snort!

    Walkin’ in a Doggie Wonderland

    Dog tags ring, are you listenin’?
    In the lane, snow is glistenin’.
    It’s yellow, NOT white, I’ve been there tonight,
    Marking up my winter wonderland.

    Smell that tree? That’s my fragrance.
    It’s a sign for wandering vagrants;
    “Avoid where I pee, it’s MY pro-per-ty!
    Marked up as my winter wonderland.”

    In the meadow dad will build a snowman,
    Following the classical design.
    Then I’ll lift my leg and let it go, man,
    So all the world will know that it’s

    Straight from me to the fence post,
    Flows my natural incense boast;
    “Stay off my turf, this small piece of earth,
    I marked it as my winter wonderland.”

  60. Melanie
    2:32 pm on December 22nd, 2011


    The on-line meeting. Sorry I couldn’t attend.
    The song!

  61. Gus and BooBear
    2:36 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Melanie, usually mom is much more careful than that. But the post office put a small bend in the package and she was looking around like crazy for something to put on the pic to straighten it out. If u are reordering at any time, please order another for us. We will pay for the extra order and the shipping. OH posted a picture and it really looks neat! Thank you so much for the thought!

    Now, we have to go back and read all of today’s posts !!

  62. B.Stover
    2:42 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    “Solstice” is derived from the Latin, solstitium, meaning “sun stand still.” Apparently the sun seems to stand still when it is farthest from the equator, summer and winter.

  63. BearSpiritDog
    2:49 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    We are humming along
    to Rio’s great song.

    Tupper&Gilly: CL the only “flake” – very funny!

    Hip Hip Hurray – The ARC is on the Way! Thank you Wookie.

  64. AbbietheKitty
    2:53 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Whoo Hoo we got mail today. And we carefully looked and found…

    Abbie wouldn’t let me tie it on her so Alice M. will model for you.

  65. AbbietheKitty
    2:55 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    OOPS…heh heh heh. And here is a picture of our snow…Can you see it???
    Me either

  66. Staff
    2:58 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Rio, Nice song…tee hee. Where did you get it? snicker…

  67. Alice M. Johnson
    3:01 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    You know, I think this time it means “what would Bernie do”. What do you think?

  68. Alice M. Johnson
    3:02 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    You know, I think this time it means “what would Bernie do”. What do you think?

  69. Siber-H
    3:02 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Mollypop’s Mom, I am NOT giving back your snow. That ski area in the photo looks like NM does some ski seasons. Come to NM to go skiing this year!

    Great Doggie Winter Wonderland song. I’ll teach it to the dogs at the dog park.

  70. Siber-H
    3:07 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    It has started Snowing!!!

  71. BearSpiritDog
    3:09 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Golden Eyed Alice wearing the Golden Paw.

  72. Siber-H
    3:14 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Alice looks rather pretty in the Golden Oaw.

  73. Mollypop's Mom
    3:15 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Rio – Are you sure that it’s Beau who’s singing that song? I think that’s a ‘Rio’ song.

  74. Alice M. Johnson
    3:15 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    The eyes are closed to protect the innocent.

  75. Siber-H
    3:15 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Paw, paw, paw

  76. Masquers
    3:29 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    The Golden Paw is more precious to us than an ounce of gold. It will be worn with pride by the Plunderers.

  77. Masquers
    3:32 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Mollypop’s Mom: Sad to say, but it looks like Siber is not going to share his snow. Maybe Rio will send you some.

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:36 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Song!…Beau hums the song…snort!…I live it!…heh!

  79. Macy's Mom
    3:43 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    I went to Bluecat’s link. It did not do anything.

    I have a new expression for the Plunderer’s consideration.
    “Tail with it” as in “I can’t finish this so t’ ail with it.

  80. Macy's Mom
    3:43 pm on December 22nd, 2011
  81. Macy's Mom
    3:45 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    For some reason that cartoon makes me think Herbs.

  82. B.Stover
    3:54 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    My nephew just wrote that Colorado University just closed because of snow so he has a five-day weekend.

  83. BearSpiritDog
    3:56 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Macy: Heh,heh Your mom is right on! I like your new expression.

  84. Masquers
    4:27 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    B: Great news for the students! I know your nephew is happy.

  85. bluecat
    4:55 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Alice – you look so sweet and innocent, asleep. And you’re in sunshine. I haven’t seen sunshine for days and days and days.

    If anyone else would like to read the ARC, please let Bear know. You’ll really, really like it!

    Macy – t’ail with it. Yes. Absolutely.

  86. Melanie
    4:58 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Carpola! Snigglefritz!

    Two items came in the mail. Both had problems. Snigglefritz.

    First one gave me a complete refund.

    Second one is not being helpful. I think I called during their Christmas Party. Sure took them long enough to get me. Hate “on hold” music. I hummed Beau’s song.
    They can’t replace it.
    Their warehouse is closed for the season.
    Don’t know if they have the instructions.
    Sending me a “tag” for a return.

    CARPOLA! Now what do I give this kid?

    Alice you look great.
    Love the “Golden Paw”.

  87. B.Stover
    4:59 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Bluecat: I’d like to read the ARC so I’ll send Bear my address…if she doesn’t already have it. Thank you.

  88. Melanie
    5:05 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    I got permission to say this . . .

    I’m not saying we’re exhausted here, but . .

    Patsy takes Tramadol for pain and Fosamax to help keep her bones hard. Both are part of what we do for her cancer.

    Franklin is Patsy’s son.

    They are both wet and poofy today.

    Zoe gave Franklin a tramadol and a fosamax. He’s a bit out of it. Snicker.

  89. Melanie
    5:06 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    1st one being moderated, second try . .

    I got permission to say this . . .

    I’m not saying we’re exhausted here, but . .

    Patsy takes a pill for pain and a pill to help keep her bones hard. Both are part of what we do for her cancer.

    Franklin is Patsy’s son.

    They are both wet and poofy today.

    Zoe gave Franklin both. He’s a bit out of it. Snicker.

  90. Macy's Mom
    5:13 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    I still do not know what Bluecat’s card is supposed to do.

  91. Melanie
    5:16 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    I can’t help you Macy’s Mom. Mine just sits there being pretty. Clicking or moving my mouse over it does nothing.

  92. Macy's Mom
    5:18 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    What in the world has the pug gotten into?

  93. Macy's Mom
    5:20 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    AARRRRGGGGGGHHHHH wrong link, repeat wrong link.

  94. Macy's Mom
    5:21 pm on December 22nd, 2011
  95. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:22 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Melanie!…One time Cassie the Butt Sniffing Dawg got Grandmas pills instead of her own…heh!…She was zonked out all day long…snort!

  96. Rose
    5:25 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Greetings All!

    You guys have been making me laugh out loud today!

    Rio: I really enjoyed the cards, and your song!

    BlueCat: The card looks very pretty, but I did not get any animation. Should I?

    Wolifie: I tasted your toffee today. WOOOOHOOO, it sure is yummy!!! Thank you once again.

    Miss Macy and Mom: I liked your picture! Thank you for your card!

    T&G: Bears were on my doorstep today. OMG, they are just gorgeous!! Even the Prof was extremely impressed with the workmanship. The Nothern lights bear now resides on a place of honor, a table that I have always loved since I was a little girl. It belonged to my grandmother, and my father gave to me when she died. The small bear will be placed in my cubicle at my busy place so I can be reminded of you all every day. And thank you for the beautiful Christmas present. Check in the mail tomorrow.

    SiberH: You know how much I love the snow. Why can’t I have some???

    Now I’m going to get a little teary here…The Plunderers are a very special group, and I’m very grateful for your friendship. It is the best Christmas gift I could receive…In fact it is the best gift because your friendship keeps giving all year long.

    Hugs, tummies, and scritches to you all!

  97. Rose
    5:30 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Alice looks marvelous and content modeling the golden paw.

    T&G: Glad your mum is feeling better. Not only is the CL, but she is a Scrooge as well. Nice bonus (not).

  98. bluecat
    5:34 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Hi, guys. The link I tried to post this morning was of a winter scene that changed from fuzzy to clear when a mouse was moved over it and it had an inspirational message. Maybe that’s what Barb saw, as well.

    I forwarded the email I got to Molly’s Mom, who posted the link. The picture is beautiful; perhaps y’all can be inspired by it. It’s not the original.

    I sent Macy an email and told her I can clean cat boxes and drive in snow, but I can’t do an effing thing techie. No more posts from this Kat.

    By the way, pondering here – Christmas and Solstice and Festival of Lights, all in the same week – methinks we are TOTALLY CONNECTED.

    Have a good evening, Everybody.

  99. Tyb
    5:40 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Maybe what Bluecat is talking about is the same thing that I saw earlier this week on line. I don’t remember whether it came from this blog or in an email from someone else. If you go to google search and type in “Let it snow”, flakes start falling across your screen. After a few minutes your screen fogs up like a window; you clear it by dragging your mouse around. You can draw or write on the scree like we used to as kids when the windows fogged.

  100. bluecat
    5:43 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    p.s. Molly’s Mom didn’t change the link; the site did, somehow, for some reason.

    I’ll go chase stuffed mice now…

  101. Rose
    6:04 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    T&G: Please check your SDD when able.

  102. B.Stover
    6:13 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    In the link that Bluecat posted, once you put the mouse on the picture, it becomes night, lights go on in the house windows and smoke comes from the chimney, there is a snowman in the foreground and two raindeer in the distance eating; it starts snowing and the large pinetree has lights on it. There are also stars twinkling in the sky.

  103. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:17 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Gasp!….BluKat said effing….sneeze!… Now that has never happened before on this here blog…heh!

  104. Mollypop's Mom
    6:18 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Bluekat, you’re right. The site changed the link. The one it takes you to is not quite the same as what was entered. It was a beautiful card.

  105. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:19 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    VACATION!…..Woooo!…..My friend finished her Tour Of Duty so now we are downstairs relaxing and catching up on episodes of Pysch…heh!heh!….Those guys crack us both up…snorkel!

  106. OleyHowlers
    6:20 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Barb and Maggie, our mom is finally back from all her errands, and glued to that book we can’t mention. We’re wondering if she’ll even get around to celebrating Christmas. She’d have to put that book down.

    Wolfie, this toffee is wonderful! All the comments we read all year do not even begin to do it justice. Thanks so much.

  107. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:31 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Pizza!….Oh – Oh!….snort!….We are all waiting for Pizza…heh!…It is an early supper because my friend was so busy today working then quilling, working then quilling…sniff!…working then quilling….grunt!…Well you get the picture. She was busy all day long…heh! …Now Everybody is hungry early, so her mother has ordered our favorite pizza….sniff!… I hope those delivery guys know how to drive on snow and ice…grunt!…It’s a Freakin’ Winter Wonderland here…grumble!

  108. Masquers
    6:39 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    B: We like your reference earlier to the Winter Solstice as Time Standing Still. An intriguing concept.

    An article in USA Today notes it has also been called The Great Stillness. It goes on to say: “most of us know that the days in the Northern Hemisphere begin growing longer after the Winter Solstice. but few people notice something unusual…sunrise does not occur earlier until well after the solstice. That is, until well into January, the days grow longer because sunset is a little later each day, while sunrise might actually occur later, or hold at the same time for several days. Exactly what happens depends on your latitude, or how far north you are”

    Dawson once posted the number of seconds the light begins to increase each day as the sun returns to the north.

  109. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:06 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Multiple!…..The ScienceKat personality has emerged….heh!…Very interesting…sniff!

  110. Masquers
    7:11 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    B; I wish Bluecat’s link had worked here. Your description of the card is just beautiful.

    Thank you everyone for the cards and season’s greetings. E-mail or snail-mail they are wonderful and very much appreciated.

  111. Melanie
    7:15 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Time Standing Still

    The Newfs breathe in
    Finding out where we’ve been

    Their breath held
    While they finesse each smell

    Their breath holds
    us fast in their hearts.

  112. Barb & Maggie
    7:27 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    We tried emailing that card to Melanie. Did it work for you?

    Oley, how far have you gotten in the book we can’t mention?

  113. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:28 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Poetry!….From Melanie inspired by the Newfs!….snuffle!….Now I know Christmas is coming!…heh!

  114. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:31 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Greeting!….Melanie, I think you could make your own Greeting Cards with that poem inside, and your sons art on the cover…Woooo!…That would be Spectacular!…snort!

  115. BearSpiritDog
    7:49 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Melanie: You are a Gift. Rio is right. This would make a beautiful Greeting Card, with your poem on the inside, OTAS & Andrea’s artwork on the outside.

  116. Tupper and Gilly
    7:54 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Melanie! That was beautiful. For some reason it got Mama all choked up.

    Rose – whew! Goats notwithstanding

    Rio – we LOVED your song. As Royals we are not allowed to actually sing it, but we hum the naughty parts and our eyes twinkle.

  117. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:58 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Royals!…heh!snort!heh!…Twinkle!…snort!..You guys are so full of it!…heh!

  118. B.Stover
    8:01 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    I love the poem Melanie.

  119. dawson
    8:06 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Mollypop and Staff: How unwinterlike your places look. We have only about a foot of snow. I walked to work and sweated! In December! That has never happened before. It is supposed to go above freezing this weekend. It’s sad when people lose their jobs because of no snow. And there is SiberH and Rio getting tons of the white stuff. I’m happy for SiberH. at least. Whoopee!!!

  120. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:10 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Snow!…Freakin’ Snow!…grumble!

  121. dawson
    8:15 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Our daylight here on the shortest day totaled about 6 hours and 15 minutes. I don’t usually notice a difference in the daylight until February sometime. Now we will gain about a minute a day but as it gets closer to the Spring Equinox that will gradually increase and go up to approximately 6 minutes extra daylight per day at a maximum (which is a whole hour in a 10 day period).

  122. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:17 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Alice!…I’ve been re-visiting the posts from AbbieTheKat and the photos of Alice modeling the Golden Paw….snort!… We here think that “WWBD” means, “What Would Beau Do?”….heh!….Because our short history with him tells us we never know what Beau will do…chorkel!

  123. dawson
    8:22 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Rio: It is fun to sing your song.
    No one checked the mail today. Tomorrow is the last chance for me to get a present. Sob. I bought so many for myself but the MG’s are holding things up.
    Well, I have The Quilt to snuggle under. The Quilt is like a good-for-10-years-present. At least.

  124. OleyHowlers
    8:22 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    B&M, Mom is only in the beginning. He is ready to try that test now.

    Our irises are up again! Grass is still very green. This weather is very strange.

    We love the newf poem.

  125. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:30 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Freezing!….It has been under freezing since October here…grunt!…And we are sick to death of it…grumble!….Nothing melts! It just gets dirty and ugly. I am not used to ugly snow where I live….sob!….I hate winter….sob!sob!sob!

    Dawson!…Check your mail box…grunt!….Whats the big deal with that anyways?…wuffle!

  126. BearSpiritDog
    8:30 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Mail call! Wolfie’s Wonderful Toffee has arrived!!! Someone here has already broken open the package for “just a bite”. It is even more wonderful than described. Thank you, thank you Wolfie and Mary.

    B: I do have your address and will be happy to send the ARC on to you when Nana has read it. Wolfie has requested it when you are finished reading it.

  127. BearSpiritDog
    8:47 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Hmm…WWBD could also mean “what would Bear do?”, but we think not. To us it will always and forever be “What Would Bee Do”

  128. dawson
    8:55 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Well…our mailbox is in town, not in front of the house. And, besides, I lost my key. And besides, the goats got everything anyways, Sob, sob, sob!

  129. Tupper and Gilly
    8:59 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Macy – Basil and Sage just went through here giggling like mad, and they seem to be looking for an extension cord.
    Would you know anything about that?

  130. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:02 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Wolfie: Your mom’s wonderful toffee made it here too today. I think she did a great job of fooling TMG, because there was nary a toothmark on the package (and that could well have been the mailman too). It was just as yummy as we remember it from last year. Tell your mom extra special thanks from here in Chevy Chase for the delicious toffee. Wookie

  131. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:23 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Dawson!…Sob!Sob!Sob!…wheeze!…Those little cards have been in the mail system for so long, they are probably all curled up and ugly by now…Sob!Sob!Sob!

  132. dawson
    9:23 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Yes, we have no latkes.
    I scoured the town (except for the post office). There is no matzo meal (I was not the first to ask) and no Yukon Gold potatoes. Sobbity sob. No latkes. We do have something called “yellow fleshed potatoes” that I would’ve used if there was any matzo meal. Sniff. Hiccup.

  133. Tupper and Gilly
    9:28 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Dawson – we would send you some matzo meal. but for sure the goaties would get it. As apparently they got our toffee! Sobbbb….no toffee, wrotten cats and we have to share our Golden Paw….sobbbbb…
    someone call the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Corgis!

  134. dawson
    9:28 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Rio: Why would those cards curl up and turn ugly. Don’t say that!
    They will get here the day after Christmas, which is a holiday up here so the Post Office will be closed. Count on it. Unless (with a sliver of hope) they get here tomorrow. ((Sigh))

  135. Barb & Maggie
    9:35 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    We have matzo meal on our shopping list too, Dawson. We have never used it, but need some to make authentic DLM latkes.

    We were nibbling on some toffee, and trying not to pig out. Barb keeps saying it is just tonight, tomorrow she is taking a bag to the kids house. And Jan. 1st she is starting a new diet (doesn’t everyone?)

  136. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:45 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Early!….yawn!….Its still very very early evening here, but the fact is we got up seriously early because of all the snow and someone freaking out about logging on to her new busy-place computer…heh!…I won’t say who. She knows who she is…sniff!… Anyways, its been non-stop today so we are throwing in the Solstice Towel and calling it a Short Day and a Long Night!…gruffle!….Good Night everybody!…yawn!

  137. Melanie
    9:47 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Poor Dawson. Those mean old Goats! Thank Dog they didn’t get your 10 year present.

    Wölfie: Please tell your mom that the toffee has made it to the other side of the country! It’s certainly not going to last long. YSAS arrives tomorrow.

    I was inspired by the “Time Stand Still” time. Right now instead of breathing they are all snoring.

    Listening to the radio and the local TV, everyone has this dognabbit cold. Never seems to end. I’m blaming this weather. Damp and cold. Not cold enough to snow, just mud. It is mud season here and we don’t usually get that until Spring.

    I’ve been wrapping gifts. Came down to say goodnight and give Patsy her yogurt and water and pills. Then it’s Puppy Pee and Poo Parade.

    I’m hoping that YSAS can figure out what’s wrong with the upstairs computer.


  138. Alice M. Johnson
    9:49 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    My dog what is going on in the blog? Sobbing and weeping all over. Criminy! Youse guys lighten up. Sheesh. All right that is enough sobbing. Cheer up. After all tomorrow is Staff’s birthday and what she wants for her birthday is a lot of happy cheerful bloggers. So get ready.


  139. dawson
    9:49 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Good night Rio.

    I’m calling it an early night too. Another grueling day tomorrow awaits.

  140. Staff
    9:52 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    I think you need to turn the purple quilt over so the light side is up and turn on all your lights so it reflects the glow onto you and you will cheer up.

    Worth a try anyway.

    Night Rio…

  141. Staff
    9:53 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Dawson and I double posted!

    Night Dawson

  142. Basil and Sage
    10:01 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Alice – What’s shakin kitten??

    We aren;’t into that whole sobbing thing either – those girls do nothing but bitch…get it? They’re girl dogs…and they bitch…
    ha ha ha ha
    hot dam but we’re funny.

    Now where was that extension cord?……

  143. BearSpiritDog
    10:11 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Movie time!
    Serene Solstice Slumber
    Everyone – Bear

  144. OleyHowlers
    10:22 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Barb, Howlers’ Mom here…Pennywise was here…and Richie and Bevvy…did you read IT? I can’t believe we are in Derry during the same time!!!

  145. Barb & Maggie
    10:45 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Ritchie from the ditchie and Bevy from the levy?

    Barb especially liked the book, because she lived it – she was a young teen during that time period, so she remembers a lot of the trivia. Don’t remember dancing any Lindy tho.

  146. Barb & Maggie
    10:52 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Oley, You sort of lost me on that last sentence. Are you saying you were in the town of Derry during the late 50s early 60s?

  147. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:33 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Oy vey! No matzo meal. We may need to send out matzo meal care packages from here in Chevy Chase. I wonder if TMG like matzo meal? Hmmmm. Wookie

  148. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:42 pm on December 22nd, 2011

    Mom says that any plain cracker made without any kind of fat (I.e., common crackers) ground up finely in a food processor would probably work just fine in lieu of matzo meal.
    Dawson, if we did try to mail you some matzo meal, how would Canadian customs agents react to that? Are they worse than MG’s?
    Mom also says that while she prefers Yukon Gold potatoes, yellow potatoes like the ones you mentioned should work just fine too. Actually even plain ole Russet potatoes can work, although they have a propensity to turn gray fairly easily, which is why mom prefers Yukon Gold instead. Wookie

  149. Macy's Mom
    12:00 am on December 23rd, 2011
    maybe, maybe not

  150. Macy's Mom
    12:04 am on December 23rd, 2011

    It works but it is not the one Bluekat sent. ehh tail with it.

  151. T.C.
    7:02 am on December 23rd, 2011

    Barb, in Steven King’s great book, IT, Ritchie (beep-beep Ritchie) and Beverly Marsh were 2 of the characters. Bad things happened to kids in the sewers, and it was all to do with a clown. His name was Pennywise.

    Sorry we couldn’t answer last night…Mom was hooked on her book and wouldn’t let us back on the computer.

  152. T.C.
    7:02 am on December 23rd, 2011

    O yeah, and it all happened in Derry.

  153. BearSpiritDog
    9:06 am on December 23rd, 2011

    O.Howler’s Mom: Hooked on “that book”. Now we know a copy MUST be ordered for us pronto. None of this waiting for #1 son (and wifey) to read it.

  154. dawson
    9:28 am on December 23rd, 2011

    Good morning everyone.

    Happy Birthday Staff! My favorite older sister.

    Wookie: Since 9/11 US customs has not looked kindly on homemade foodstuffs coming across the border, and white powdery substances. I brought some salt in my carry on baggage a year ago and it was subjected to all kinds of tests. I’m not sure if the standards are as stringent with Canadian customs. But…one of my friends can bring me some from Dawson Creek. It’s a city and surely they have it there! Thanks for thinking of me.

  155. Gary Dekeyzer
    9:23 am on February 26th, 2012

    Very nice post here. Thumbs up =p

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