Sundays With Ingrid

Grampy popped another blackened marshmallow into his mouth. “Thing with bullies,” he said, “you got to punch ’em right in the nose.”

“Won’t just filing the appeal be enough?” Ingrid said.

The flames flickered in Grampy’s eyes. “I learned about bullies when I was—how old are you again?”

“Thirteen.”

“When I was even younger than you. Just a little guy back then, didn’t get my strength till I was eighteen, went to Wyoming and worked on a ranch.”

“You worked on a ranch?”

“But this was before, right here. Those days there were still lots of farms around, including a small one the Prescotts had right across 392.”

“There were still Prescotts then?”

“Yup.”

“How long was this before the accident at the falls?”

“You know about that?” said Grampy. “Four or five years, maybe. But that’s not the point. The Prescotts didn’t live on the farm—they had tenant farmers, the Krakens, a rotten family from way back, and the Krakens had a boy a few years older than me. Liked to play cowboys and Indians. I was the Indian.” He stared at the fire for a long time. “Always ended up in their barn, somehow,” said Grampy, “me with my hands tied, noose around my neck.”

“A noose?”

“He was good with ropes. Noose around my neck, strung over the rafters, standing on a box. He’d threaten to kick the box out from under me ’less I spilled the beans.”

“About what?”

“Where the gold was hidden, whatever it was, the game we were playing. Didn’t matter what I said, he wouldn’t believe it. After an hour or so, he’d get bored and untie me.”

“Oh my God, Grampy. Did you tell your parents?”

Grampy shook his head. “No one can protect you,” he said. “Got to protect yourself. So one time, when he untied me, it finally dawned—here I am up on the box at eye level. And I popped him a good one on the nose.”

“And he ran away?”

“Ever had your nose broken?”

“God, no,” said Ingrid.

“Stings,” said Grampy. “Plus there was lots of blood. Naturally he put his hand right up to his face, feeling around. That’s when I kicked him in the . . . in the place where sometimes you got to kick a guy. Ol’ Carl never came near me after that.”

“Carl?” said Ingrid.

“Still alive,” said Grampy. “I keep checking the obituaries.”

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75 Responses to “Sundays With Ingrid”

  1. Mollypop
    8:59 am on December 5th, 2010

    I love the Mousecapades!

  2. Staff
    9:00 am on December 5th, 2010

    heh heh heh,
    I just adore Grampy.

  3. Staff
    9:02 am on December 5th, 2010

    Hi Mollypop,
    I actually don’t mind the mousecapades that much since I am not afraid of mice, but it gets very tiring to be awakend at 4 in the morning night after night. I wonder how things are going with Dawson this morning.

  4. Staff
    9:09 am on December 5th, 2010

    I really like how the ‘friends of Chet’ is working.

    Thanks Mike Baker!

    I saw that Gus and BooBear have their pictures up now. I now know which is which. Also Sadie and Buddy are too cute in their little sombrero’s.

  5. dawson
    9:11 am on December 5th, 2010

    Morning Staff and Mollypop: I heard no noise last night. Just bout to canvas the area to see if any bodies are around.

  6. dawson
    9:21 am on December 5th, 2010

    Staff: Gus is the grey tabby and BooBear is the orange tabby (Boo as in halloween as in orange-colored).
    No bodies were found.
    Grandpa is a hoot.

  7. Staff
    9:30 am on December 5th, 2010

    Hey sis,
    I am going to go offline now and pack the laptop up. See you this evening. Mr.Staff and I will eat on the way, so don’t cook for us.
    Tell Abbie we are coming home.

  8. dawson
    9:31 am on December 5th, 2010

    Belle is in Friends of Chet now and a Mindee Sioux (I love that name), a beautiful face.

  9. B.Stover
    9:36 am on December 5th, 2010

    Grampy is so wise.

    Good morning all. I’m glad there were no bodies Dawson. Have a safe trip Staff.

  10. dawson
    9:36 am on December 5th, 2010

    I’m off to do something, even if it’s wrong. :-)

  11. B.Stover
    9:56 am on December 5th, 2010

    I do wonder what Dawson is up to…

  12. B.Stover
    10:01 am on December 5th, 2010

    Mindee Sioux is really beautiful and looks so alert. I’ve always loved that picture of Gus and BooBear in the–I think it’s a basket.

  13. B.Stover
    10:04 am on December 5th, 2010

    Belle the Bold is adorable…and she has a curly tail!

  14. Melanie
    10:21 am on December 5th, 2010

    Morning all. Thanks Riö, beautifully expressed my feelings. She’s happy this morning. She is in the coveted spot. The fireplace in the family room. Inside the fireplace in the family room. Will post picture later.

    Keep safe Staff and Mr. Staff!

    Dawson, glad no bodies.

    MollyPop: Snow? We’re getting lake effect snun right now. Snow in the sun.

  15. Melanie
    10:24 am on December 5th, 2010

    Oh, no, I just found out I not only skip words when I read, I stereotype names.

    “Mindee Sioux” translated in my head to “Mindy Sue” so she had to be a small dog. . .

    I’M SO ASHAMED!

    Sorry Mindee Sioux, you are a heck of a wonderful dog.

  16. Melanie
    10:52 am on December 5th, 2010

    Here’s Bess this morning. That is not a magic harness (though that would be cool) it’s the metal caught by the flash.

    Luckily we don’t have fires in the fireplace.

  17. Barb & Maggie
    11:05 am on December 5th, 2010

    Bess looks very comfortable. We were picturing her curled up IN the fireplace, but now see that wouldn’t work. Hope her sugar levels are ok today.

    We are off to carry warm water to the chickens. Very cold and sunny here today. Their water wil freeze by mid afternoon, so will need to make another trip later.

    We love Grampy.

  18. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:18 am on December 5th, 2010

    AAccckkk!….Alice’s photo is on the blog…grunt!

    Melanie!…How is Bess doing this morning? Can she walk? has she eaten her breakfast?…sniffle!….Hi Bess!

  19. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:59 am on December 5th, 2010

    Rio. That was such a wondrous prayer last night; my mom is still a bit weepy-eyed over it. Looks like it may have helped Bess too; hope she is very comfortable in her coveted spot.

    As to your theory, while I am not sure I buy it totally, I have to agree with Staff you at least have a theory whereas the rest of us are floundering (kind of like Flounder from Animal House). It’s easy to poke holes at someone else’s theory; it’s much more difficult to develop one of your own. In any event, the follow to the ellipsis has been delayed at least one more day, compliments of Ingrid and Grampy.

    Wookie

  20. Barb & Maggie
    12:08 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Yes, we went back and read your prayer, Rio, and as usual, you expressed our thoughts so beutifully. Thank you. You can be so caring and eloquent, and sometimes grumpy, too.

    Bee, can you put that thought into a “begging the question” mode?

  21. Melanie
    12:47 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Have on some holiday music on and shopping for OTAS’s present. He has asked for a pocket watch for his wedding (2012), and I figure I’ll get it now. Got permission and colors from Fiancee and been having fun.

    Found the site in England, they do Celtic pewter pocket watches. Cool.

    Bess is doing better. Lots of hugs and kisses from us.

    I’m printing out Riö’s prayer. Then I don’t have to read it to her. It is wonderful and I get all teary eyed.

    Yup, for an old grump who can’t leave his yard he is quite a Yoda.

  22. Wolfie
    2:02 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Poor Bess. Melanie, you seem to be under some sort of dark cloud. I am going to (attempt to) blur that cloud away from you so everyone at your house will stay healthy.

    One.

    Two.

    Three.

    (Wolfie takes a deep breath)

    BBBBBBBBBBBLLLLLLLLLUUUUUUUUUURRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I did my best, Melanie. Let’s see what happens.

  23. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:05 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Paper!… You guys should see my friend….heh!… She has paper glued to everything in the dining room including herself…snort!… She looked in the mirror and she even had some stuck in her hair…wheeze! … Now she’s all mad and frustrated because she doesn’t have the right size of paper strips to frame some windows – she’s contemplating cutting 1/16 inch wide strips herself…zow!….This is gonna be fun to watch!…heh!heh!

  24. Wolfie
    2:05 pm on December 5th, 2010

    No one has mentioned it yet, but will we Plunderers being planning the wedding?

    I think we would do a bang up job, as long as no one minds virtual wedding cake and dinners!

  25. Wolfie
    2:08 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Rio, I think your friend is very brave. My mom isn’t allowed to go anywhere near glue!!

    Dagnabit, that Gus puppy wants to play with me ALL the time. He wants to be my FRIEND!!! Geeze!!!!

  26. Siber-H
    2:22 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Just checking in..mom was sick yesterday and didn’t get the computer turned on for me. She says it is just a weird virus from another planet. She is better today, but I think she is going to fall back in bed soon.
    I’m being a good boy and helping her out and not complaining about not getting to go to the dog park.

    Saw all that snow, Molly. Wow! Your ski area could have really used it.

    Melanie, tell Bess we love her and are praying for her. Keep praying, Rio.

  27. Mollypop
    2:24 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Wolfie – Aren’t puppies so obnoxious? I never was, but those other guys sure are.

  28. C. Harris
    2:26 pm on December 5th, 2010

    A lot of bullying is verbal these days. We try and be on top of it at school and shut it down when we hear it but its hard.

    Made a mistake…I usually sleep with my window open but close it when it is below -20 or so because the window ices and freezes open. This is not a good thing when it is -40 and -50 as you definitely don’t want the window open. Well, I forgot to close the window and it iced open at -30. I’ve checked next week’s forecast and it is to be -30 all next week AND the weatherman says that December is supposed to be the coldest in the last decade. Phooey. I guess I better get out a blow dryer and hammer. I once had a door that kept freezing shut during the night and by the time spring hit, that door had a lot of dents in it!

  29. Melanie
    2:31 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Wölfie, thanks for making me laugh. Umm. . . it seems to be snowing more heavily now. Perhaps if you drank something hot first.

    I will certainly bring up the virtual wedding, planning and party with the couple. Snicker.

    Right now they are looking for a photographer. As the official photographer of the family, I made it plain that I was not taking pictures. I plan on crying.

    Siber-H: tell your mom to take at easy. Not to get up to soon.

    MollyPop: A good reason to get sell or give pups away at 8 or 9 weeks old. ..

  30. Melanie
    2:34 pm on December 5th, 2010

    To Riö from Zoë. . .

    (She said this through tears) You tell that Riö, he is NOT an Evil Pug, he is a Caring Pug. Thank you.

    From Melanie: Thanks Riö, been a hard day here. Bess is doing better, she was able to walk today and climb the stairs.

  31. Melanie
    2:37 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Hear you on that bullying C.Harris, but I seem to have missed what went with it.

    YSAS was bullied through his high school years. It was not easy but he handled it. But as a Junior it was terrible, so I told the Principal that if it didn’t stop the school system would be paying for McKey to go to a school specifically for Dyslexic students.
    That stopped it.

  32. B.Stover
    4:07 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Reminder: This is the “theory” I came up with back on June 29. It was after objections were made to a new character being added to the story. We had learned of Albie’s murder on June 17.

    Actually we do have another character but we haven’t met him personally yet. In the post of May 24, Foster tells Bernie that Albie got it into his head that Astrid was interested in some other “dude” but that he was wrong because Astrid liked Albie “a little.” Bernie asks Foster if he, Foster, is the other dude but F just laughs.
    This may fit with the way Astrid “handles” men. She may have played on Ray’s sensibilities to the point that he hates his father. I think she must be the one who told Ray about Col. Bob.
    Perhaps she played on the sensibilities of the other “dude” and he became obsessed with protecting her, to the point that he kills Albie. Perhaps he’s jealous of Ray because he doesn’t want any man to be close to her. Perhaps Astrid finally realizes the dude’s obsessiveness and she becomes afraid of him and runs away to Pine City. Perhaps Foster helped her get away….somehow he knew where she was going. The other dude set up Ray in order to hurt Astrid……..

    To add to the back story: Another reason the dude sets up Ray is so that Astrid will come out of “hiding.”
    I think Col. Bob only wants to find Astrid because Ray has made him feel, possibly, fraternal responsibility. Col. Bob is humane and probably wants Ray, since he is his son, to like him. He’s looking for solutions for Ray.

  33. LizF
    4:31 pm on December 5th, 2010

    B – So the other dude can only be Ratko or Foster, right? Ratko doesn’t sound like the kind of dude who would be worth getting involved with, so …

    CH – it’s always educational hearing about your cold weather, I had no idea that doors and windows could freeze shut.

    Wolfie – finally an update on the Gus-puppy! I was getting worried. It sounds like he’s harassing you quite a bit, how cute is that!

  34. Barb & Maggie
    4:31 pm on December 5th, 2010

    C Harris, What do you mean you sleep with your window open? Is it just your bedroom that you keep that cold? Surely not the whole house!

    Glad Besss is better.

    Wolfie, Any reportable news on your boys?

  35. B.Stover
    4:47 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Hi Liz. Good point. Perhaps, if the other dude was Ratko, Astrid didn’t “get involved” the way he wanted to and that was why he turned against her and she ran away. A question would then be, who killed Ratko?

    C.Harris: Burrrrr is all I can say. We had a wind chill of 17 here this morning and I thought that was cold.

    If Bess walked today she may be better. Thanks for the picture Melanie.

  36. B.Stover
    4:49 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Good to hear from you SH. Hope your mom feels better now.

    Rio: What is you friend making now?

  37. LizF
    4:53 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Or if Foster is really the other dude, but Ratko was around and bothering Astrid, maybe Foster killed Ratko to get him out of the picture? Or Astrid killed Ratko and Foster found out about it and … I’ve run out of steam.

    Mindee Sious is stunning!! What a beautiful dog.

    I’m glad Bess is better.

  38. C. Harris
    4:56 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Barb & Maggie…it is just the bedroom I keep cold plus I like fresh air. I have 2 parakeets so I have to keep the living room warm. I sleep with a sheet and comforter and am often hot. What can I say, the arctic is great for peri-menopausal women. Once the gym teacher saw me leave the building coatless at -50 to retrieve something from the car. He called me over and gave me his warmup jacket. I protested that I’d only be a minute but he said that I had to set an example for the students who way too often are dropped off at school wearing shorts and sandals. When I take students on field trips, I always warn them in advance that they have to take arctic gear in case the bus breaks down–they don’t have to wear it but it has to be on the bus. The radio constantly reminds people that they should be prepared to walk a mile in the cold if they have to.

  39. B.Stover
    5:11 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Liz: My problem is that if Ratko is not the other dude, I don’t know how he fits in the picture. I’d guess that Foster may have killed him to help Astrid. I wish we knew more about her.

  40. Melanie
    5:26 pm on December 5th, 2010

    I forgot that Foster laughed when asked if he was the other dude.

    Perhaps the laugh was because the other dude was Ray. And would not be the relationship that Albie thought it was . . .

    C.Harris: Remembering when on the coast of MA it was – 25 for a high for 11 days straight. Nothing to what you’re having but . . .

    It hit 20 above and I saw YSAS and OTAS outside in short sleeves because it was “warm”!

  41. B.Stover
    5:44 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Ray as the other dude is interesting. Foster claimed not to know Ray though so I don’t know if that’s a problem or not.

  42. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:04 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Stover!… All my friend made today was a big fat mess…heh!… She doesn’t feel that well either today, and thought this craftiness would help take her mind off her stomach ache….grunt!… Now she is making different kinds of flowers. She decided on a smaller project for Grandma, so now she is making different kinds of flowers. ….sniff!…I think this is one she can actually finish at some point, hopefully before Christmas day!…snort!

  43. B.Stover
    6:12 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Rio: She’s finished the other projects right? The mess sounds funny but then I can sometimes have a strange sense of humor. I don’t feel that great today either. I hope your friend starts feeling better.

  44. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:27 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Projects!… She has only finished two projects so far…snort!… The problem has been that she starts a project and then realizes she doesn’t have the correct supplies for it…grunt!… So she goes and buys more stuff only to find that she still doesn’t have all the supplies…cough!… Today, she needed some specific colors of paper, but she, of course did not have the right ones….sniff!…Because she didn’t feel well, there was no trip to the crafts store. Amazingly enough her mother had a bunch of just the right kind and color she needed….wheeze!….She just finished making 14 flowers with this newly acquired paper…grumble!…Where’s my supper? Put the damned quilling tool away and feed me NOW!….dammit! …This craftiness is fast becoming a nuisance to my schedule….growl!

  45. C. Harris
    7:59 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Just reading the first sentence of the post makes me want to get out the marshmallows and barbecue skewers and head for the stove. Blackened marshmallows are the best. Anyone else?

    Rio: I have lots of embroidery crafts and have forbidden myself to buy anymore (ditto on candles). I never get in the mood for Christmas until about now and it’s too late to finish anything to mail as a gift. I always swear that I will work on the Christmas projects all year and be ready next year but so far my best intentions are for naught. Maybe next year.

  46. Melanie
    8:11 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Blackened on the outside and gooey on the inside is my way to tell if a marshmallow is “done”, yum!

    Hmm, I have uncompleted scarfs from last year . . maybe LizF would like us to send her all of our unfinished work for an art project?

    Now, of course C. Harris, I want a marshmallow.

  47. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:23 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Marshmallows! Yes, me, me, me!!yip yeep!

    How ’bout them Cowboys!?

  48. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:37 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Gifts!… She only has four gifts to make, and one is already done….grunt!…So I don’t know why she is stressing out over this whole thing…snort!…For her Brother and his wife (and her mother) she is going to print out photos of her dad with the family and put them in a collage frame…sneeze!…How hard can that be?….sniff!…Next year will be different she thinks, because she will know how to do things quicker and easier, plus she will have paper and supplies up the butt…grunt!…Last night in a panic she ordered a ton of pre-cut paper stripes of all colors from the Quilling Superstore online…cough!….All this crap is eating into my treat allowance money…grump!…It’s the Elephant in the room. Paper everywhere and very messy…sniff!… She needs to get organized or else…grump!

  49. LizF
    8:37 pm on December 5th, 2010

    I like marshmallows black on the outside too! Go Grampy.

    Actually i know an artist who does soft sculpture, her current works are all based around recycled fashion, so … hmmmm …

  50. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:56 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Liz!…Looks like she is still stuck in ellipsis mode…heh!…Liz, how is that sketch of me coming along anyways?….snort!…Whatcha been working on girl?….sniff!

  51. Melanie
    8:59 pm on December 5th, 2010

    C.Harris, I got caught up in the marshmallows. Now I see the bullying. Not tired here, no siree!

    Off to bed, going down the mountain with Dan in the morning. We both have doc appointments and have to have blood taken in.

    A bonding experience!

    TTFN

  52. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    8:59 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Testing an IPAD. Do not be alarmed, this is just a test. Wookie

  53. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:05 pm on December 5th, 2010

    C.Harris!…Everytime you post about your temperatures someone wants to turn up the thermastat…yeep!…I’m all for that because I am always cold in the winter….sniff!… You are just plain crazy for living in a place that gets below zero to that degree…grunt!…Seems very dangerous to me!

    Melanie!…Please say “Hi” to Dan for me!…snort!…I hope he is doing well these days…grunt!

  54. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:15 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Wookie!… Is that the IPAD you expensed for the next Mission?…snort!… I hope you are being careful and not using it for personal reasons…wheeze!

  55. Staff
    9:21 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Rio,
    Does someone who quills use a rotary cutter to make the paper strips? quilters have rotary cutters and see through rulers, and can cut lovely straight lines on them.
    I have an old rotary cutter that I use just for paper. It dulls the blade so you don’t want to use the paper blade on fabric.

    Alice and AbbietheKitty were very happy to see us. Abbie immediately led me to the wool rug for a tummy rub and Dawson told her. “Flop over right now and make her get to work.” (Dawson has gone into her room and closed the door tight. I think she is worried about the mousie)

  56. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:27 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Staff!… I don’t know…sniff!…She’s got some green plastic thing with a single blade she uses to cut paper….grunt!… She says it’s a pain in the @ss to cut the slim stips she needs on this thing…snort!

    AbbieTheKat!…She sounds like she is a big pain in the @ss too!…grunt!…Always wanting and needing something, not like the usual Kat I know…chorkel!

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:49 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Staff!…Here is a photo of the green cutting thingy…grunt!…She says if you can suggest anything better that would really be a big help…snuff!

  58. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:51 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Rio. I am definitely test-driving the IPAD for future missions. I would never think of using it for personal purposes, except maybe for ordering treats or toys. Wookie

  59. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:04 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Wookie!…Since toys and treats are a crucial element of the next Mission, this is acceptable…grunt!… No Facebook time though, or it will be confiscated…snort!… We watched an interview with the Creator of Facebook tonight on 60 minutes, or something like that… sniff!….He is 26 years old and already worth 6.9 Billion $$$$’s… sneeze!… What the Hell?… wheeze!…He employs a Huge group of software engineers and is probably going to take over the internet as we know it….cough!…Except for Chet’s Blog….heh!…That will never change over to Facebookiness… snort!

  60. Staff
    10:23 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Rio,
    Your green thingy looks perfect for what you do. The ruler and the rotary cutter depend on YOU to make it go straight. Sometimes the ruler moves all by itself!
    Heh. And sometimes the rotary cutter just decides to go ‘walkabout’.
    That can be annoying when you have a seam allowance, but worse when you don’t.
    I have a friend who does stamping and she uses a green thingy.

    BTW, nice flowers.

    BBL

  61. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:43 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Wookie!…How big is that IPAD you bought with Admin’s monthly household allowance…heh! snort!…He will never know. I have the accounting system completely covered…..sniff!…As long as there are no really Huge expenditures that Spencer might question…chorkel!….How much was it Wookie?….grunt!

  62. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:45 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Flowers!…Staff, I’m surprised you could see those little bitty things…heh!…That whole pile of stuff is just practice pieces. She is keeping it for now in case she can use it on something else later….grunt!…What she really needs is like a fishing tackle box to keep all these little objects separate from each other…sniff!…But do I know anything about it? Absolutely not in her opinion…sneeze!

  63. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:54 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Rio, you probably can’t see it, but your friend has a KAT figurine on the bookstand behind the table. And I think staff was talking about the big flower arrangement on the table, another thing you can’t see from the floor.

    The picture is just because it makes mom smile.(hi there BB &G’s mom)

  64. Barb & Maggie
    10:58 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Rio, Did your friend make the white flowers that are in the vase? They are very pretty.

    Snow plow guy will be here at 7:00 a.m. so it’s time to say good night. We are going to bed. Night all.

  65. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:58 pm on December 5th, 2010

    This is the pug that lives at the bookstore where mom met PA.

  66. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:06 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Min Pin!…. That is a Great Photo!…snort!… I am so very jealous of you for being there and having the Charming Mr. Abrahams great big paws around you…heh!…His hands are Huge…good grief!…How in the world does he play tennis with those big paws. Or type for that matter? How in the world does he type?…snort! … Unbelievable…Thanks for putting that photo up again!…heh!

  67. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:11 pm on December 5th, 2010

    Min Pin!…That guy, that Pug there, he looks so worried about something…heh!…What was going on when you took that photo? ….snort!…He actually lives at the Bookstore?…sniff!…How cool is that? And regarding the Kat figurine, that is all that is allowed in this house, one Kat figurine…heh!…You are right, I thought Staff was talking about that little pile of objects, some flowers, but of course it was something else that I can’t see…grunt!

  68. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:19 pm on December 5th, 2010

    MagPie!… I don’t know what you are talking about because I can’t see it…snort!…But she hasn’t made anything like flowers until just lately, so my guess would be NO…heh!…All the stuff we have now in this house is stuff she bought when she was making billions of $$$’s working in the software industry…grunt!…Now she survive’s on Ramon and Cottage Cheese and food from her mother. I still get all my good stuff though, yes I DO!…snorkel!…Although, she does have her sense of humor back and is visibly happier…sniff!…That’s got to be worth something?…huh?

  69. Gus & BooBear
    12:11 am on December 6th, 2010

    We just have to tell you this, Rio….the pug in Macy’s picture is named Jack Reacher!!

  70. Gus & BooBear
    12:17 am on December 6th, 2010

    B, the picture of us you admired was taken when we curled up in Mom’s fancy towel display rack. It is some kind of three level thingy that she would arrange towels in “just so” and we felt that the top level was perfect for naps. Did we care that the towels got messed up? No, not a bit.

    When Mom posted our pictures on Friends of Chet, she picked the wrong one of Gus. It looks like he is winking. Duh.

    Thanks for posting that picture again, MacyMP. That was a fun time. We bet he will be back next September with Book4. Murder by the Book will often bring authors back with each new book. Lee Child has been there every year since the first Reacher book.

  71. Gus & BooBear
    12:20 am on December 6th, 2010

    C.Harris, SERIOUSLY!!! You sleep with the window open when it is -20 degrees? Is there that much difference in -20 and -30? Both are freaking cold!!

  72. Gus & BooBear
    12:28 am on December 6th, 2010

    On a more serious note.

    SiberH, has your Dad gotten to come home yet? Is he feeling better? If your Mom is under the weather, she won’t get to go visit him.

    Melanie, extra special prayers and thoughts for Bess. There has been enough illness and problems with the people and pets on this blog so we need to finish the year on a good note. So Bess, get better quick. Maybe she just needs an adjustment on her meds.

    Barb, don’t try to do too much too soon. Baby steps until you feel up to snuff.

    KirbyT, hope your grandpa is doing better after his surgery.

    Geez, Rio, you had better keep the prayers coming until everyone is back in tiptop shape.

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:28 am on December 6th, 2010

    Reacher!…So that Pug is the guy who writes all those novels that we here have never read!…heh!…Wow! That is pretty impressive for a Pug. I am usually more content to be lazy and lie around in my warm soft bed with my baseball toys all in their place…snort!…Not diligently writing book after book about some loner who wonders around aimlessly finding himself in the middle of mystery after mystery…heh!…If I remember the Reacher character correctly that is. …sniff!

  74. C. Harris
    12:34 am on December 6th, 2010

    Gus and BooBear: remember the air is very dry. I have been colder at +40 visiting Seattle. A wet cold with wind is the worst. When its been -30 for a few days, -20 feels a lot better and 0 feels like spring! I have a closet full of gear for every 10 degrees difference; however, at -50 or -60 you are just going to be cold period.

    Rio: I love the dining room table photo. I’m impressed. I’d have to c-l-e-a-r my table plus clean the entire room before I take a photo–not going to happen before Christmas.

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:38 am on December 6th, 2010

    Well….She has finally been able to eat something and feels a little better, so now we are off to bed big time!…heh!…I love bedtime it’s my favorite time in the whole wide world…snuffle!…She said, because it is cold I can sleep under the covers of the Big Bed tonight…yeep!…I knew it, I just knew it!…heh!…Good night all!. We both will be saying prayers for all of you tonight!…snorkel!…Even Alice in a small way…sniff!

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