Sunday With Ingrid

“Open, please,” said Dr. Binkerman. He peered inside her mouth, felt around in back, where the screws were, with his rubbery fingers. “Been wearing the appliance?” he said.

“Uh-huh,” said Ingrid.

“Every night?” Dr. Binkerman drew back, looking at her whole face for the first time, fingers out of her mouth now so she could speak clearly.

“Uh-huh,” said Ingrid, although every night would be pushing it, if by “every night” Dr. Binkerman meant every single night, night after night after night ad nauseam. Ingrid didn’t want to get to the nauseam stage, so she never wore the thing on sleepovers, for example, or when she fell asleep reading, or on Friday nights, when she gave herself a regular breather as a reward for getting through the school week; and there might have been other random misses from time to time. She was only human. Still, what business was it of his?

“Keep it up,” said Dr. Binkerman.

Keep it up. He said that every time, and every time Ingrid replied, “I will.” But this time, for no reason, she said, “For how long?” The words just popping out on their own, the way words sometimes did.

Mary Jane, sticking X rays up on the light box, paused for less than a second, just a tiny hitch in her movement. Dr. Binkerman blinked. “How long?” he said.

How long? Had Dr. Binkerman lost track of the whole point of this? “Till everything’s all straight,” she said. “Till I’m done.”

From Down the Rabbit Hole.
Welcome Kelly from So. California.


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99 Responses to “Sunday With Ingrid”

  1. Rose
    9:44 am on June 3rd, 2012

    Good Sunday Morning All!

    Rio: I hope the weather is beautiful, and that your friend has a great time at the Rockies game!!!

    Hey, Rebecca: Please check your SSD when able. Hope the ice cream and cake were yummy!

    To the Smoochers: You guys are the best medicine! Could I adopt youse?

  2. B.Stover
    9:44 am on June 3rd, 2012

    I’ve already read the entire Ingrid series.

    Good morning all.

  3. Princess Sam
    9:46 am on June 3rd, 2012

    Yes, as Bluecat reminded us yesterday, we are an Internet reading group. That’s what Mom tells people about this blog.

    So good morning, fellow Internet reading group members.

  4. Barb & Maggie
    9:50 am on June 3rd, 2012

    Good morning everyone. Hope it is lovely in your neck of the woods as Al Roker always says.

    Ingrid, how we love that girl. Wish someday we could read more about her. Isn’t there some way you can work that out, Admin?

    We heard this morning that New Mexico now is fighting the biggest fire in the state’s history. So, so sorry.

    Siber, we also read about Blue, a 10 yr old Blue Heeler who lives on his own in Elephant Butte, N.M. Legal war is going on to try to let hime live out the rest of his life free. Andy Carpenter should jet out from New Jersey and defend him. Guess he already has one lawyer. Why don’t people just the poor old guy be? Any comment on his story, Siber, I mean Wiber?

  5. Staff
    10:06 am on June 3rd, 2012

    Glad to see Ingrid back. I wondered why she had left. Off to check out Blue. Sounds like an interesting story.

  6. Staff
    10:15 am on June 3rd, 2012

    the story about Blue is very interesting. Looks like there are some very anti-dog people in Elephant Butte.

    It’s getting dark here. Alice M. Johnson is lurking around in a crouch. It looks like the scattered Thundershowers that are predicted for today are about to hit.


  7. OleyHowlers
    10:15 am on June 3rd, 2012

    Happy Sunday, IRG Members!
    Mom said that last evening’s jamfest was great…especially the music out on the lawn in beautiful weather. Unfortunately they didn’t take us, even though there were other dogs there. Go figure. After they got home, they saddled up and we all went for a fun ride/run under the full moon. Then we sat around the firepit and did lots of patting, hugging, kisses.
    Today is even nicer than yesterday. It is a fabulous Sunday morning, and we already had our egg-topped kibble.
    We would like to hear more about Blue.

  8. Barb & Maggie
    10:21 am on June 3rd, 2012

    Staff, You are right, there was one person that was upset that Blue followed them on a dog walk. Jeeze, poor guy probably just wanted some company, or maybe Blue was going to herd his dog.

    Isn’t it funny how the four-legged know when a storm is coming before the humans do?

  9. Siber-H
    10:40 am on June 3rd, 2012

    We haven’t had Ingrid on the blog in a long time, but like Stover, I have read all three books. Very good, entertaining books.

    The only good news about the wildfire in NM is they think most of it has burned like nature intended for a forest fire to burn…on the ground. That means the forest will have a healthy recovery and benefit from the fire. Wildlife benefit also from this kind of fire.
    There will be parts of the forest that burned really hot, which means it has basically been nuked but minus the radioactivity.

  10. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:43 am on June 3rd, 2012

    Rebecca!…Check your SDD – theres been a fauxpaw…snorkel!…Someone here is getting ready to go to the game later today…sniff!…Seems theres laundry and groceries to do first…heh!

  11. Masquers
    10:45 am on June 3rd, 2012

    B: Admin, no doubt, considers Robbie to be a valid replacement for our beloved Ingrid. We, too, have read the 3 part Ingrid series and miss her witty banter with the other characters.

    Rose: If it were up to me…..but Mom says, no, she wouldn’t know what to do without me. However, as you know, the Smoochers are always at your beck and call.

  12. Siber-H
    10:51 am on June 3rd, 2012

    Blue…I don’t really known the latest on Blue. His story was covered in the newspaper and on local tv, but they haven’t said anything recently. I’ll let you guys know if I hear anything new.

    Barb mentioned the other day about people’s attiudes toward animals in rural areas. NM must be one of the worst states with that problem. They re-introduced the Mexican Lobo in the southwestern part of the state, the wolves were suppose to be protected, but the people that live there have found ways to trap and shoot them and get away with it. The Mexican Lobo re-introduction has been a big failure so far.

    There was a serial killer of women living at Elephant Butte, but he died in prison.

  13. BearSpiritDog
    10:57 am on June 3rd, 2012

    A Sunday with Ingrid! Hurray! This is the Best Start to the Day.

    We, too, would be interested in hearing more about Blue. Wasn’t there a sad poem about A Dog Named Blue? (Jimmy Stewart?)

  14. Tupper and Gilly
    10:58 am on June 3rd, 2012

    Siber – unfortunatly, New Mexico isn’t unique in the overall treatment of animals. Many of the southern states are just as bad. Animals aren’t looked at as members of the family as we are.
    It makes us very sad, but on the other hand, it makes us very proud of all the Plunderers, Lurkers and other fans of Chet who have adopted rescue animals, and work with rescue leagues, and genuinely care about the health and welfare of the Members of the Nation Within.

    And we are hoping that maybe, just maybe the subject of today’s post is a hint that we will see a new Ingrid book???

  15. Siber-H
    11:00 am on June 3rd, 2012

    Mom is off to get a few groceries.
    Rio, Hope your friend has a fun time at the game and the Rockies win! WOO WOO
    Wiber-H (member of an elite Internet Reading Group)

  16. Basil and Sage
    11:00 am on June 3rd, 2012

    And don’t forget Kats! The Plunderers et al love and care for Kats too!

    (p.s. – whispering – there is new stuff in the Spring Boutique)

  17. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    11:03 am on June 3rd, 2012

    Viber-H????? Sounds little dangerous…or maybe little naughty…

  18. Siber-H
    11:03 am on June 3rd, 2012

    T&G I agree about the South, but at least the South has had a successful re-introduction of the Red Wolf.


  19. Siber-H
    11:05 am on June 3rd, 2012

    Dangerous, Natasha, Dangerous

  20. BearSpiritDog
    11:06 am on June 3rd, 2012

    Siber-H: Sadly, most two-leggeds fear and hate Brother Wolf.
    I hope the big fire is under control very soon. It is good it will ultimately benefit the forest land, but, remembering it is the home to many, we are very sad.

    Royals! Off to check out the Boutique.

  21. Staff
    11:11 am on June 3rd, 2012

    Tupper and Gilly,
    It isn’t only the south. Up here in North Dakota people still ask me what I do with out cats when we go to the Cities in the winter.
    DUH! I have started asking them “What do you think we do?” It totally amazes me because it sounds like they think we kick them out the door and leave town. heh.

    As if Alice would allow that.

    Still raining here but much lighter and the birds are all singing in the garden.

  22. Masquers
    11:17 am on June 3rd, 2012

    Rio: Tell your friend to have a great time at the game. I know with the benefit of her cheering they cannot help but trounce the Dodgers today.

    Whenever a storm approaches we hunker down with the two-leggeds, ready to protect and comfort. This may, or may not, be of mutual benefit as I would never admit to being a fraidy kat.

  23. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:30 am on June 3rd, 2012

    Viber-H, sounds like he is purring!

    Garage sale over, 2- leggeds chilling, mom debating merits of getting dressed.

    Yikes! We drifted off without hitting submit.

  24. Tupper and Gilly
    11:33 am on June 3rd, 2012

    Staff – we have a mental image of Alice and company sitting around a campfire, their tent pitched in the background, all their possesions wrapped in a bandana tied onto a stick.
    Alice is playing the blues on the harmonica (Rio taught her) and Abbie is leaning back against a tree, staring soulfully into the flames, while overhead, a shooting star streaks across the sky.
    All while they wait for their Staff to return.

  25. Riö –The Evil Pug
    11:46 am on June 3rd, 2012

    Boutique!…That Quilled Item on the Boutique is not Fox Gloves…heh!heh!….Me thinks Rebecca was a tad confused…sniff!…Those are just plain ole flowers of an unknown origin. Not Fox Gloves. She is still fighting with those dern things…grunt!

  26. Riö –The Evil Pug
    11:48 am on June 3rd, 2012

    SiberH!…My friend said she is going to be sitting in section 119 on the outer edge down close – this is her favorite section to be in and she might get hit by a foul ball…snort!…They always come very close down there….chorkel!

  27. Siber-H
    12:00 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Cool, Rio. Tell her to wave at me…maybe she will come home with a baseball. She needs to push all those big guys and little kids out of the way to catch the ball, but we do not want to see her carried away on a stretcher.

  28. Barb & Maggie
    12:01 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Siber, Not sure since Blue has $1,800 in donated savings why they can’t just put a fence around his dog house at the grocery store. Yes, living unrestricted is good, but evidently he has had close calls with vehicles, so would being restrained really be so awful? Couldn’t he come inside and stay in the little store during the day and greet customers? Must be some solutions better than animal control.

    Ingrid – didn’t Spence comment once that he had a problem witing more in the series because of a disagreement with the publisher? We have read all 3, plus Baye has read them and loved them. She was asking if there would be more. Have to admit we preferred Ingrid over Robbie, not that there was anything wrong with Robbie.

  29. Siber-H
    12:13 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Barb, I wish I knew exactly what was going on with Blue. It would be nice if some of the dog rescue groups in this state could help out, but I don’t know if they are.
    I’m wondering why he can’t be adopted out to a good, loving home.
    As you said, that kind of freedom for a dog is not safe.
    Because of all the publicity, Blue would be adopted right away and the Rescue could be very picky about his new home.

    There probably is a law against him being in the grocery store.
    Doggie germs, you know.

  30. OleyHowlers
    12:36 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Siber, it is not just N.M. That has messed up reintroduction of wolves. The Yellowstone wolves are being shot at too. Makes us very sad because we don’t see much difference between them and us.

    For all youse West Coasters and Midwesterners: “LUNAR ECLIPSE: On June 4th, the full Moon will pass through the shadow of Earth, producing a partial lunar eclipse visible across the Pacific side of our planet.  The eclipse zone stretches from east Asia to central parts of North America. In the United States, the event is visible during the hours before sunrise on Monday morning.  Check for more information and updates.”

    What do youse guys do with bacon grease after you fry up bacon? We always pour ours in a can and we have noticed that lately, the grease from ordinary bacon never seems to solidify, while the stuff from our Caw Caw bacon solidifies within a few hours. This has piqued Mom’s curiosity, so she asked us to ask youse guys’ thoughts on this.

  31. Barb & Maggie
    12:59 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Oley, Re bacon grease: there is never much on the bacon we get so sometimes Barb puts a little on top of my kibble. Otherwise the can under the sink is our mo. I bet there is something in commercial bacon that causes the grease not to solidify.

    Time for some R & R. Got our chores done, so lunch and nap are in our future.

  32. Snowhook Bella
    1:32 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Rose: Luna is AJ’s girl. He might take issue with me putting her up for adoption, but subletting may be an options. As for Belle Starr, she is Luna’s dog and it is entirely up to mama.

    All SDD’s checked.

    Rio was correct, I was confused on the title of his friend’s newest addition to the MMSB. I stayed up late stocking the shelves only to wake up this morning with money placed under the cash register with sticky notes on them: ‘I would like to purchase…’

    Rio: Have fun at the ball game!

  33. Mollypop's Mom
    1:40 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Bear – I bought your steak pan, or maybe think I bought it, since there’s only one.

  34. Snowhook Bella
    1:55 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    MPM: The steak pan has your name on it!

  35. BearSpiritDog
    2:02 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    MollyPop’s Mom: Indeed you did and thank you! The frying pan will be flying off to you as soon as manana. Heh.

    O.Howlers: Anything to do with the moon gets our attention. I will be on the lookout for the lunar eclipse in the early morning sky.

    On the subject of bacon – as early as the 70’s we noticed a big change in bacon and also ground sirlon – a definite decline in quality.

  36. OleyHowlers
    2:17 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    About the bacon…we ran out of Caw Caw stuff and reordered. The new order arrived Friday. But in the meantime, we bought some from the farm where we get our good chicken. That bacon was maple flavored and very tasty. Still the grease/fat did not solidify in the can. So perhaps it has to do with the breed, or maybe the smoking/curing process.

    Rebecca, were we successful in getting all 4 mugs?

  37. Meashka
    2:36 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Siber, I have (finally) just started to shed out my winter fluff fur. Mom says no husky has ever shed so much thick, cottony fluff, and one would think I spent my winter up at Snowhook’s Kennel. She said that I should tell you that after I am all shed out (about the time of the Series of the World Base of Balls), I will be back to my oh-so-svelte Hottie self. No self-respecting Sibe boy would walk off with a Borzoi when he gets a load of me.
    Tee hee.. I think I’m blushing…nah that is just my red fur!

  38. Snowhook Bella
    2:45 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Howlers: All four mugs are for you.

  39. Mollypop's Mom
    2:50 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    I have never been able to cook a steak properly. Now, along with my magic steak pan and the following recipe, I should be able to make the perfect steak. If it isn’t perfect, well then it’s clearly Bear’s fault.

  40. Siber-H
    2:51 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Meashka, I’m a Husky. I know about the great shedding. You are The Hot One all year round. I am sure you are ever so cute with all your fluff coming out. I just love red-headed Siber girls, sigh. Not only are they HOT, they are smart enough not to want to get married.

  41. Staff
    2:59 pm on June 3rd, 2012



    I have to make a ‘dessert’ for the Quilt club meeting on Thursday. Two of the members have Celiac disease. Can you think of a treat for me to make that they will be able to eat?


  42. OleyHowlers
    3:32 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Kelly from So. California looks so cool and intense…she would make a great partner at The Little Detective Agency.

  43. Siber-H
    4:46 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Rockies lead 1-0 in the 6th.

  44. BearSpiritDog
    4:48 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    MollyPop’s Mom: Bonus! A steak recipe, from a World Class Restaurant no less. Would love to have that cookbook. Another tip, heard this morning, is to cook medium rare, then remove from the flame. It is advised never to cut the steak immediately after cooking it, as this lets out the juices and toughens the meat. Apparently, doing so allows the cooking process to complete to perfection away from the heat. Wish we had known. Our steaks usually resemble rawhide. lol

  45. BearSpiritDog
    4:52 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    (for the millionth time – wish there was some way to correct posts after sending. sigh)

  46. Siber-H
    5:06 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Bear, I don’t see a thing wrong with your post, but then it is me proof reading it.

  47. Mollypop's Mom
    5:07 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Bear – The recipe I posted (page down) says to pan sear on high heat and then let the steak rest at least 1/2 hour. Then finish in the oven.

  48. Tupper and Gilly
    5:40 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Staff – Melanie may not be on the blog much today – she has her son and his buddy at that house doing all kinds of chores. Mama and Dad went up to visit for a while too, and everyone spent the afternoon laughing their **** off.

    But Mama saw your post about desserts and had a few ideas to offer. She makes desserts to take up there sometimes, so she keeps these in mind as not needing all kinds of fancy schmancy non-flour ingredients:

    Macaroons – you can tint them, or add ingredients like almond paste to make them fancy.

    Rice pudding – sounds very “homey”, but you can dress it up with honey or raisins or pineapple or whatever. Or you can finish the top with sugar and carmelize it a la creme brulee.

    Pavlova with sliced strawberries and kiwis on top- a little time consuming, but easy. And it will look like you fussed and fussed

    Baked Apples – with whipped cream, or ice cream or honey flavored yogurt. yummers

  49. BearSpiritDog
    6:04 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Siber-H: The sentences regarding the cooking process and cutting the steak should be switched, otherwise it confuses the meaning. I only know this because I am easily confused.
    MollyPop’s Mom: We saw the recipe and it looks very good and easy.

  50. BearSpiritDog
    6:07 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Tupper&Gilly: Oh, Dog. Now I’m hungry again.

  51. Siber-H
    6:12 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Rockies win 3-2. Whew and WOO WOO

    Bear, I am also easily confused and I understood the cooking sentences. lol Of course, I might have followed the directions just as they are and that could have been a mistake.

  52. Staff
    6:29 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Was it Barb and Maggie who were looking for Snap Pea recipes. Just found this one while thinking about gluter free recipes. It looks good to me.

    Sugar Snap Peas with lemon and toasted almonds
    2 1/2 cups sugar snap peas, trimmed (about 8 ounces)
    1 1/2 teaspoons butter, melted $
    1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
    2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


    Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add peas; cook 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain peas in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1 teaspoon cooking water.
    Combine peas, reserved cooking water, butter, and lemon rind, tossing gently to combine.
    Sprinkle with almonds, salt, and pepper; toss gently to combine.

  53. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    6:35 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Dum dum da dum
    Dum dum da dum….

    Kat – you vill be so very cute as girl of flowers.

  54. Staff
    6:40 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Bear, I was confused. I thought you said to cut it after you had said to not cut it. I have heard about letting the meat rest but no about 1/2 hour. I usually let it rest about 10 – 15 minutes.

    Tupper and Gilly. I had to look up Pavlova. Wow it looks great! I am also seriously looking at the Rice Pudding.

  55. Siber-H
    6:43 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Natasha, Get real…Kat will eat the flowers.

  56. Staff
    6:43 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Hmmm, I have found a Rice pudding recipe that I can bake in the slow cooker. That way I can serve it warm with the whipped cream on top. I think I will put in dried cherries. I prefer them over raisins. What do you think?

  57. Siber-H
    6:45 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    I vote for dried cherries…by a long shot.

  58. Tupper and Gilly
    6:50 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    We think the cherries sound wonderful – as long as they are sweet. Some dried cherries are really “pucker-y”

    Warm rice pudding with whipped cream….now THAT will make your quilt ladies feel special.

  59. Kat
    6:59 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Siber, I promised Natasha I would not eat the flowers until after the wedding. I have been practising that trick by having Meashka and Dima pretend they get married before I eat the flowers.

    Dum dum de dum.

  60. Siber-H
    7:22 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    I am doomed.

  61. Rose
    7:24 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    (sigh) I guess I will have to take advantage of The Smocchers’s occasional visits….

  62. Rose
    7:28 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    SiberH: Croton on Hudson has many places to hide….

  63. Melanie
    7:32 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Hmmm, two houses to go eat dessert! Yummm!

    Whew, the guys got the asparagus beds in and filled. Fixed on AC unit, and put four more in. Then a certain Royals’ parental units came for a visit. I took Golinka with me to pick up Patsy from the groomer’s and The Storyteller stayed here supervising his spiritual son and Hamlet.

    Patsy is sheered like a sheep! This should really help out her heat problem!

    Then the Royals’ left. The guys went back up to the Jambs. While they were gone I made a lentil sort of bread (very good) and they came back and made the rest of dinner. Scallops wrapped with bacon and asparagus.

    Next we are going to a movie. Not sure when I’ll ever wake up!

    Oh, and Mac was going bananas because one of the fire detectors in the basement was low on batteries. I went down to change it. YSAS doesn’t like me to do anything that he can do. He doesn’t want me tired out. snicker.

    I got the detector down when Hamlet and YSAS came down to check on me. I put batteries in and it started screaming “FIRE IS DETECTED. GET OUT OF THE HOUSE!” Over and over while I tried to get the batteries out of it. Slammed it down and the popped open. I put the batteries back in and it started screaming “LOW BATTERY”.

    I gave up.

    Need toothpicks to prop eyes open.

  64. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    7:35 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Regarding steak, if mom cooks it on the outside grill (we prefer wood charcoal, not briquettes and certainly not gas), she just cooks it til done right (we prefer medium rarish ), but she will then let it rest for 15 minutes or so before serving. However, if she cooks it inside on the stove, she will cook it in a frying pan on one side for about five minutes on relatively high heat, turn in and place it still in the frying pan in a pre-heated oven at 400 degrees for about 7 minutes (time variable depending on thickness and how well done you want it). After she takes it out of the oven (very carefully, because the frying pan handle will be very hot), she does let it rest again, although perhaps not quite as long. Either way, very yummy.

    Looks like the Rockies are on a roll. I’d be careful Siber-H, although it does seem like such a small sacrifice in order for the Rockies to win the World Series. Just saying . . . .

  65. Melanie
    7:42 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Hi all, check your SDD!

  66. Siber-H
    7:46 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    I already know Rio would sacrifice me on the alter to get the Rockies to the World Series…now it is Wookie.
    BTW, This must be how the expression “sacrifice me on the alter'” got started.

    Thank you Rose for your kind invite. I may have to take you up on it and become a Yankee fan.

    Rose, I’m sorry you have to keep this up for awhile. We pray all goes well and it won’t be for too much longer.

  67. Mollypop's Mom
    7:47 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Thank you all for the good hints on how to cook a steak. I can’t wait until Bear’s pan arrives.

    Siber-H – when you need a place to hide after the world series, don’t forget I’ll be having snow and dog sled races. Only Rebecca can make you a better offer than that.

  68. OleyHowlers
    7:53 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Melanie, got the SDD. Those guys are crazy! 🙂

    T&G, please tell your mama to check her SDD for many messages from this here farm.

  69. BearSpiritDog
    8:05 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Staff: Were you confused before or after I made the changes?

    Thanks for the input on the steak, Wookie.
    Barb&Magpie: Rice pudding prepared in a slow cooker? The ultimate in easy-breezy. And, topped with whipped cream…to die for. Can we get that recipe? Please, oh, please.

    Melanie: Those dang fire alarms can be tricky. We always hit ours with a broom. Sometimes it works, sometimes not.
    Gah! Can’t open the video.

  70. Siber-H
    8:06 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Thank You Mollypop’s Mom, I may be showing up on your doorstep. Maybe your winter will have lots of snow and cold temperatures this year.

    Melanie, Got you SDD Funny! and what energy!

  71. Rose
    8:18 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    SiberH: Thank you! I’m sure all this will be over shortly. I’m just getting a tune-up. My invitation is a standing one.

  72. Rose
    8:21 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Melanie: Got a real chuckle out of YSAS and Hamlet!

  73. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:11 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Home!…She is very Tired!…snort!…The humidity and heat got to her and her friend – she’s totally fried but the Rockies won by the skin on their teeth…heh!

    Gah!…I can’t open the video Melanie…wuffle!wheeze!

  74. Barb & Maggie
    9:28 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Bear, That was not us that did the rice pudding in the slow cooker. It was Staff I think. We hardly ever use a slow cooker but we love rice pudding, so that sounds interesting.

    We have done steak the way Wookie mentioned at our house. Barb is too darned lazy to do a real grill just for herself, so she uses a gas grill outside. I know, it is not nearly as good, but it is easy. When we do a steak inside, we use a heavy cast iron, or an enameled cast iron skillet. Much better than a thin nonstick type.

    We are about half way thru Dog Tags and it is very good. The last 5 of the 10 Andy Carpenters are much more dog focused than the first 5. They all have a dog character, but in the first ones the dog is not a crucial part of the story.

    I think internet literary group sounds like a good description of us, without getting too involved.

  75. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:59 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Hey!…Someone bought my friends little quilling thingy…snort!…She forgot to mention the size is 5 x 7. If this makes a difference and whoever bought it doesn’t want it anymore please speak up or Forever Hold Your Piece….chorkel!

  76. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:00 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Vedding!…Is SiberH married yet?…heh!heh!

  77. Snowhook Bella
    10:17 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Melanie: Great video!

  78. Siber-H
    10:26 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    I watched Ice Road Truckers. I may become an Ice Road Trucker. The climate would be more to my liking than joining the French Foreign Legion

  79. BearSpiritDog
    10:26 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    I see now it was Staff who had the rice pudding recipe cooked in the crock pot.
    So…..Alice or Abbie could one of youse peak in her cookbook and send us the recipe?

  80. Snowhook Bella
    10:30 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    SiberH: How do you feel about suiting up and running with the team?

  81. Barb & Maggie
    10:32 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Yes, we would like the recipe too. Also Staff, thank you for the snow pea recipe. We will try that one as a side dish. The curry chicken salad for Oleys was excellent.

    Night all. See you in the morning.

  82. Siber-H
    10:38 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Rebecca, That would work! It would be much better than putting up with those loud mouthed truckers or all the criminals in the French Foreign Legion.

    It is nice to have a few friends on this blog that are willing to help me.

  83. BearSpiritDog
    10:41 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    me too, Good night – Bear

  84. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:42 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    SiberH!….What? Is my basement chopped liver?…sniff!

  85. Siber-H
    10:54 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Rio, That was very kind of you and Beau, but the Rockies weren’t winning then. You are Wookie are ready to marry me off in order to get the Rockies to the World Series.

  86. Siber-H
    10:58 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    BTW One of those truckers was talking about eating fried squirrel. Do we know where Rocky the undercover squirrel is?

  87. Riö –The Evil Pug
    11:04 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Rocky!…Uh-oh, my friend said he did not show up at the game today…sniff!…She was really hoping to see him too…grunt!

  88. Staff
    11:04 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    I wonder if I can double this recipe. It only serves 6! I will have to try it out tomorrow and see if it is any good. (I will have to buy whole milk also…)(I also think I will add vanilla to it)

    Slow Cooker rice…Servings, 6
    3/4 cup long-grain white rice
    3 cups milk
    3/4 cup granulated sugar
    3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1 pinch salt
    1/3 cup butter, melted
    sweetened whipped cream
    1-In a colander, rinse rice thoroughly under cold water.
    2-Put in lightly greased slow cooker. I use a round, 3.5 to 4 qt cooker.
    3-Add remaining ingredients, except for butter & whipped cream.
    4-Stir to combine.
    5-Pour butter over rice mixture.
    6-Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, until rice has absorbed the liquid.
    7-When ready to serve, spoon into dessert bowls and top with sweetened whipped cream.

  89. Staff
    11:06 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Bear I was confused before you changed it. After, I said “AHA!”

  90. Staff
    11:07 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Rio, we couldn’t open the video either. Drat. I wonder if there is a link?

  91. Riö –The Evil Pug
    11:08 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Recipe!…I hope that isn’t a recipe for Rocky The Undercover Squirrel on Rice…snort!

  92. Siber-H
    11:08 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Don’t forget the dried cherries.

    Rebecca, Lock your doors!!!

    night all

  93. Alice M. Johnson
    11:14 pm on June 3rd, 2012


    Staff went out the back to take in the grape jelly and the suet feeder and the raccoon was already in the garden. He ran off and she rescued the bird food and came in.
    Then she decided to get the sunflower feeder off of the other (formerly screened in) porch and when she opened the door a big old raccoon was ON THE PORCH! She scared him too and he went off through the porch roof (falling apart with holes big enough for a raccoon)

    Staff has now informed Mr.Staff that Abbie and I can no longer be let out on the formerly screened in porch.

  94. Gus & BooBear
    11:15 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Hey, guys! We just watched the premier of a series called LONGMIRE on A&E about a sheriff in Wyoming. It is based on a book series. Is this one of the series y’all were talking about a while back? Mom hadn’t read any of them so the name didn’t stick in her pea brain. Anyway, the show was pretty good. We will probably continue to watch it.


  95. Riö –The Evil Pug
    11:19 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Awww!…Come on Alice…snort!…It would be fun for you to meet up with a Raccoon…..heh!…Another Recipe!

    Goodnight!….Someone here is too tired to even make it to 9:30 tonight…grump!

  96. Alice M. Johnson
    11:27 pm on June 3rd, 2012

    Sure Rio, A little shredded Kat perhaps?

  97. Gus & BooBear
    12:06 am on June 4th, 2012

    Picture of LilMac on Dad’s lap. He’s made alot of progress in a week.

  98. Gus & BooBear
    12:18 am on June 4th, 2012

    By the way, Staff, we’re sorry we didn’t respond about the info you posted on our questions about the old quilts. We do know that they are all hand quilted, probably 50-100 years old (although 1 is more like 25 years old). 1 is is excellent condition and 1 is more used (although not fraying or coming apart). That on is actually being used on one of the beds in a guest bedroom. Maybe soon she will get a picture sent to Wookie’s mom for her to look at. It isn’t like we want to sell them, but we may actually like to donate one of them sometime if it is worth anything. Mom and Dad don’t have any 2 legged kids to leave stuff like that to.

    Anyway, thank you for the information about what to look.


  99. awillage
    9:04 am on June 4th, 2012



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