Sundays With Ingrid

“Hey,” says Spence. “The Florida Times-Union has a piece today on the five best girl sleuths since Nancy Drew, and one of them is:”

Ingrid Levin-Hill

Peter Abrahams, a master at plotting and suspense, has won awards and nominations for all three of his Echo Falls mysteries. Ingrid, a spunky 13-year-old, plays soccer, performs in local theater and reads Sherlock Holmes. In “Down the Rabbit Hole,” the first book, which won the 2005 Agatha Award for Children’s and Young Adult Mysteries and a 2006 Edgar Young Adult nomination, Ingrid tracks the killer of a reclusive woman. The story reflected the change occurring in children’s and young adult books at that time. The age range for young adult was dropping from 13 to about 10 and violence was becoming more realistic.

“Into the Dark,” the third book and a 2008 Agatha nominee, is the most gripping so far. Ingrid needs to clear her grandfather of a murder charge. She tracks clues, hones her deductive abilities, and, finally, confronts the killer in an explosive climax. Ages 10 and older.  – June Weltman



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113 Responses to “Sundays With Ingrid”

  1. Tyb
    9:23 am on January 30th, 2011

    Congratulations, Peter, Ingrid and Gang. Does that mean you’re going to have to go to Florida to pick up another award before or after your trip to New Mexico?

  2. Wolfie
    9:49 am on January 30th, 2011

    It is wonderful that Ingrid is finally getting the recognition that she deserves! Kudos to PA!

  3. Mollypop
    9:56 am on January 30th, 2011

    I love Ingrid!

  4. Barb & Maggie
    10:06 am on January 30th, 2011

    Not taking anything away from Chet, et al, but would love another Ingrid book. We have read all three twice, they are so good. As stated previously, maybe he could age her slightly, maybe to a high school freshman next time. Come on, PA, your fans are begging.

    Oh, and good morning everyone.

  5. Barb & Maggie
    10:11 am on January 30th, 2011

    Hey, are they talking about OUR Nancy Drew?

  6. B.Stover
    10:21 am on January 30th, 2011

    Excellent. And I do think that more Ingrid books are in order. PA can concentrate on them and Spence can concentrate on C&B. There’s a plan!

    Good morning all.

  7. B.Stover
    10:23 am on January 30th, 2011

    Melanie: I think the Newfs’ logic was completely logical! I love them and kiss all of them on each top notch. They made my brain, face and body smile!

  8. B.Stover
    10:24 am on January 30th, 2011

    I’m laughing about Rio’s “pee mail.”

  9. B.Stover
    10:28 am on January 30th, 2011

    Macy’s mom: I really think you should consider what kind of work you’d really like and then go back to school while getting unemployment benefits. I don’t know what degree(s) you have, but during this economic crisis, I’ve had many older students coming back to school under those circumstances. They are really fun to teach because they know life and share experiences and thoughts with the class. I think that they are also enjoying the experience. Give it a thought.

  10. B.Stover
    10:32 am on January 30th, 2011

    Wolfie and Mary: I think that your boys need to learn how to love others to get out of their self-destructive, selfish mode. Only reality can do that–taking responsibility for themselves and their actions. You have given enough. Now it’s their turn.

  11. B.Stover
    10:40 am on January 30th, 2011

    Rio: I will watch An Idiot Abroad: China. Thank you for recommending it.

    To explain about the computer in the hospital: I didn’t only have a tube in my side. I was wired up with cords on each arm, on both legs, and had an oxygen tube in my nose. The computer was part of the flat screen tv in the room. (I had not brought my laptop thinking that this was an outpatient procedure.) The wireless keyboard had a ball-type mouse on the top right corner with the click button on the left top corner. I had to put the keyboard on my knees so that it was high enough to reach the tv remote button. It was very awkward so I could only send those two messages to let everyone know what was happening. I couldn’t read the blog posts. I had people phoning and friends coming to see me both days so I wasn’t lonely. But I missed everyone here. Everyone at the hospital–doctors, nurses, assistants–were wonderful. However, it’s much nicer being back!

  12. Melanie
    11:04 am on January 30th, 2011

    Good Morning All! And Congrats to Ingrid! (My heroine) I wonder if she is based on Rosie Gray?

    I think awhile back, there was a post or a facebook or an article mentioning there would be another Ingrid book.

    To All, The Pack says that T & G’s mom makes the BEST DOG TREATS IN THE WORLD! You should ask her for the recipe.

    Wölfie: Your mom and dad need to take great care for awhile. Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way.

    B.Stover: So glad the hospital, doctors and nurses were wonderful.

    MagPie: Tried to take a picture of the dog in the stress reduction software, comes out terrible. Her name is Spirit and she leads people around.

    Macy: It’s hard getting everything on target (so to speak) when everyone is a newbie at the whelping stuff. Glad you got it straight. Two years old. Wow. Our youngest, Grace, will be three soon. Not telling how old YSAS is!

  13. Sam
    11:13 am on January 30th, 2011

    Wolfie, since tomorrow is a d-day of a sort for your boys, please, please be extra careful in case of more violent behavior.

  14. Melanie
    11:24 am on January 30th, 2011

    Where are you guys finding “An Idiot Abroad: China”?

  15. Barb & Maggie
    11:37 am on January 30th, 2011

    We agree with Sam. Wolfie, stay close to Mary and Dad tomorrow. The boys may not take the news very well. And if they have been partying all weekend, well, I’m just saying.

    Barb started a book yesterday that a friend loaned her, since Staff’s book did not arrive in the mail. It is Lost in the Forest, by Sue Miller. Got through 50 pages, and just cann’t get into it. Has anyone else read it?

    Barb has put the book down and has gone back to TFAT, which is much more funner (hee hee). Just trying to keep you know who on her toes.

  16. B.Stover
    11:40 am on January 30th, 2011

    Melanie: An Idiot Abroad is on On Demand under “top picks.”

  17. B.Stover
    11:47 am on January 30th, 2011

    B&M: I’m on my toes! I just ordered a book on my Kindle that was in today’s NYTimes Book Review: Heartstone: A Matthew Shardlake Tudor Mystery by C.J. Sansom. It’s set in 1545 England when Henry VIII was king. Sansom has a Ph.D. in history so the history is accurate. Here’s a link to the review.

  18. Barb & Maggie
    11:52 am on January 30th, 2011

    Barb is feeling better today, and will probably take a run into the burbs tomorrow to look at a car. She is baking cranberry/ walnut oatmeal cookies so she can drop some off at her son’s home tomorrow. She miised his b-day since she was under the weather this weekend. Probably won’t see the little since she is still germy.

  19. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:52 am on January 30th, 2011

    Master!… The Charming Mr. Abrahams truly is a master….snort!…The extent of his ability to write brilliantly for different genre’s has barely been tapped…gruff!….Congratulations!

    Championship!…The men’s final is on right now…snort!…She’s all scattered because she needs to run errands before the snow starts falling and yet she wants to see who wins…sniff! ….I say sit down and watch the final match…grunt!

    Melanie!…. We found An Idiot Abroad on ON DEMAND of our cable service…snort!…I couldn’t tell you what time or day it is shown regularly though…sniff!

  20. Mollypop
    12:02 pm on January 30th, 2011

    MagPie! Barb’s book from Staff has been eaten by the marauding goats!

  21. dawson
    12:03 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Hoorah! For Ingrid.

    B.Stover: I am so happy to have you back – if I had a tail it would be causing papers to fly off the table. Yikers! They sure had you hooked up.

    Barb and Maggie: Barb feeling better

    Rio: Yes, the pee-mail comment got a chortle out of me, too.

    It’s a beautiful sunny day…but -30. Oh…only -20 in Yankee degrees.

  22. Melanie
    12:18 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Okay, when you said “On Demand” I thought you meant on the Amazon website.

    I’m having a great time photoshopping.

  23. Sam
    12:26 pm on January 30th, 2011

    We have a drug alert in this morning’s paper. A few days ago a doctor was arrested in Niagara Falls for being one of the biggest drug pushers in this area. This is big enough to put out a warning that there will be some desperate people looking for drugs.

  24. Melanie
    12:31 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Be careful, Sam.

  25. B.Stover
    12:36 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Thank you Dawson!

  26. Barb & Maggie
    12:47 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Mollypop, I hope you are wrong about those goats eating Staff’s book! We have been trying to get the mail right away, but we did see some unusual hoof prints in the snow near the mail box. Barb thought it was deer, but perhaps not! Oh no!

  27. Barb & Maggie
    12:54 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Last night on the local Chicago news they were showing photos that viewers had sent in. One was a picture of a female Cardinal. One news person guessed correctly, and another said “No, I think it’s a Goldfinch”. Barb’s 8 year old granddaughter would have know better!

  28. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:53 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Good afternoon, y’all! Sorry I didn’t get here sooner, but after church Mom and Dad started oiling the ceiling in their new closet. Mom caught me sniffing the oil in the little paint pan thingy, and decided to shut me away because she was afraid I’d get into it. NOT! That stuff smelled horrible, so I wouldn’t have tasted it — at least I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have tasted it. Probably not.

    Anyway, they just finished the first coat, so Mom let me out of the living room. Congratulations to PA for the Nancy Drew mention. By the way, one of the women who was “Carolyn Keene” graduated from the University of Iowa, just like Mom!

  29. dawson
    2:07 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Kirby T. Is your closet ceiling made of cedar or some kind of wood?
    I am almost done getting rid of the wallpaper.

  30. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:14 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Dawson: All the ceilings in this house are beaded board. The ceilings are 13 feet high, except the bathroom, laundry room and the new closet are only 8 feet tall. At one point someone had lowered the 13-foot ceilings, but later someone put them back to the original height. When he did that he replaced all the original beaded board, which was in bad shape, but he never did anything with the new wood, so that’s why Mom and Dad are oiling it now. It’s mellowed over the years, so the oil is bringing out the grain and giving it a little shine. It’s kind of a pain to do — lots of cussing from Dad! — so they’re just doing one room at a time.

  31. Melanie
    2:20 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Whoa Kirby, I bet your walls are beautiful.

  32. Siber-H
    2:21 pm on January 30th, 2011

    We agree that Ingrid is a top sleuth. We love the Ingrid books. PA’s books for young adults are the best.

    Happy Birthday a day late to Macy’s girls!

    Wolfie, ditto to what Sam said. I am worried about you. Your folks are doing the right thing and I think they have a very wise attitude about it.

    Glad you are feeling better Barb.
    It is so nice to have Stover back.

  33. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:38 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Melanie: Well, some of the walls are good, with beaded board wainscoting and crown molding. But others are not so much. Like Dawson’s house, some of the walls have icky wallpaper on them. One day Dad decided to take the wallpaper off the wall in the dining room, and just pulled it off the wall without doing any preparation, so it pulled some of the plaster off. Mom wanted to hire someone to fix the walls, but Dad says he can do it himself. So the dining room has had icky yellow and green walls for several years now!

  34. B.Stover
    2:47 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Thank you SH.

    I’m watching The Ugly Truth with Gerard Butler…only because I really like him. I vote that he play Bernie if there’s a C&B movie.

  35. Tyb
    2:51 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Just got in from another walk and have some bad news and some good news.
    First the bad news: The German Shepherd from Hell got me again. The good news:
    My dad was ready for her. The Mace he bought didn’t phase her, so he grabbed her by her ears, put her between his legs and held her in a knee lock until someone came to help. The same neighbor who helped last week was arriving home from brunch; she took me into her house while my dad held onto Susie and hollered until her “guardian” came from the next block and apologized. Thankfully, I wasn’t hurt nor was my dad.
    The dilemma now is whether we should call the cops again. We hate to do it for the dogs sake, but it’s frightening to think of what could happen to a child caught in the same circumstance.

  36. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:59 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Mr. Tibbs!….Be careful out there!….grunt!

    Idiot!… Well, we finally came home and she needed to rest, so we started watching An Idiot Abroad: China…..grunt!…We go to the very same part where we stopped it before. Its where poor Carl(idiot) is watching the locals eat food (insects) off a stick and this one guy peeling and eating a hard boiled egg….urp!gag!… I won’t go into detail, but it is sooooo disgusting we had to stop the show…snort!…Stover have you seen this yet?…gurgle!

  37. Tupper and Gilly
    3:00 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Kirby – don’t feel bad about icky walls for a couple of years. Last year our Mama decided they needed a new mattress. So they researched and shopped and finally got the right one. Then Mama decided that it would be better to put a new carpet in the bedroom before the new mattress arrived. Then she decided that the yellow, knotty pine tongue and groove walls were really dated looking and too dark for the room, so she decided to paint them. But they would look even better if she replaced the old swing out window with a new, double insulated replacement window. Then she thought that it would be a shame to have new paint and new carpet when the ceiling was old and yellowed cellotex (sp?) tile. So she got a man to come do the ceiling, then she stripped, prepped and painted the walls, then she put her new carpet in. But then she STILL didn’t want the brand new mattress to come in with her old, odd piece, hand me down 1950’s bedroom furniture.
    Long and short of it – one trip to the mattress store = one completely stripped down and renovated bedroom.
    So – be careful about your Dad taking down wallpaper – you might not recognize the dining room by the time your Mom is done if she is anything like ours.

  38. Tupper and Gilly
    3:06 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Tyb – CALL THE COPS!!! You are right, Susie is a danger to the neighborhood, and if the cops come again, you can tell them that its not Susie’s fault – that her people are the ones who should be punished! Maybe the cops will take her away from those terrible people, and find a rescue shelter that can maybe give her a chance at a good life.
    But no matter what, you must call the police. Please don’t risk yourself or your people with a big dog like that!

  39. Mollypop
    3:07 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Tyb – Whew, I’m so glad that you weren’t hurt this time. Since the mace didn’t faze Susie, maybe pepper spray would.

    You should be able to take a walk safely and Susie needs to find a good home.

  40. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:10 pm on January 30th, 2011

    T&G: I hope I don’t recognize the dining room when they get finished — it’s looked like this for a lot of years. I just hope it gets finished during my lifetime!

  41. Tupper and Gilly
    3:14 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Kirby – have you thought about chewing on the legs of the dining room furniture? Maybe that will be the start of the renovation project…..tee heee

  42. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:20 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Idiot!….Oh poor Carl, the bus ride to the Great Wall of China is disgusting and hilarious at the same time….chorkel! ….I wish someone else would watch this show…snort!

  43. B.Stover
    3:40 pm on January 30th, 2011

    I haven’t watched it yet Rio. This movie is disgusting but not hilarious.

  44. Melanie
    4:05 pm on January 30th, 2011

    TYB: Sounds like Susie is escalating. This is not good. You might want to call the SPCA and tell them what is going on.

  45. B.Stover
    4:10 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Tyb: I think that if you call the police, Susie’s fate will not be getting a good home but being put down. I know of a case where that happened when a dog bit a mailman on two different occasions.

  46. Barb & Maggie
    4:14 pm on January 30th, 2011

    TYB, We agree, you need to make that phone call. Most people would not be able to do what your dad did if being attacked.

  47. Melanie
    4:14 pm on January 30th, 2011

    You might also see if there is a German Shepard Rescue group near where you live. They might be able to help.

  48. Siber-H
    4:26 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Good advice, Melanie. Rescue groups have been known to buy the dog from the irresponsible owners, especially when they learn something like the fact that Susie is on a chain.

    Tyb, you have the right to take a walk without being attacked and your dad having to go through what he did.

  49. B.Stover
    4:28 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Regarding An Idiot Abroad: It’s a sort of British version of The Ugly American. The idiot is really Ricky Gervais….Sorry but I’ve never liked him.

  50. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    4:37 pm on January 30th, 2011

    I think Melanie’s idea about the German Shepherd rescue group is a good one. Sounds like Susie really needs a new home, where she will be treated better and won’t be a threat to you or little kids.

    Regarding food in China, when my dad worked at the busy place before the busy place he works at now, he had to travel a lot around the world, including a number of trips to China. They do eat a lot of unusual things there; the strangest thing that my dad every ate was fried baby scorpions. Apparently a real delicacy there, but not one that he longs to repeat anytime soon. He was told that they were very good for your complexion. His only word of advice if anyone else is served them is that crunchy is better than gooey.

    Speaking of food, I was going through my mom’s recipe book in terms of the party next weekend. A lot of the yummy stuff that she made for our Christmas party might be good for the party, especially her carne adovada (I bet G&T’s mom would like that in particular). However, as a word of caution, we may want to keep Rio away from the bean dip — just a thought.

    P.S. Rio — Siber H and I will definitely have you covered — no wonderfluff for you.

    P.S.S. Wolfie — Your human parents are very brave and going through a very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them, and all of you, please just make sure that you stay safe.


  51. Wolfie
    4:39 pm on January 30th, 2011

    There is a great article on the Vick dogs in today’s Sunday paper. I still get mad when I think of what they went through. And not just them, but all the others. And dogs like Susie. Sigh.

  52. Tyb
    4:41 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I think I’ll try the shepherd rescue group. We’ve made several calls to the SPCA. My head tells me that Susie would be better off dead than she is living the way she does, but my heart keeps hoping to find a way that will allow her to live a better life here. She’s only about 3 years old and could have a great life if
    someone who cares got her. I would hate to have her put down without having been given another chance with someone other than her current owners.

  53. Wolfie
    4:46 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Thanks everyone, for your love and support. You have helped more than you will ever know. Dad is picking the boys up now, taking them to Burger King, where they will be served. Mom is very sad and ate an entire bag of Reeces Peanut Butter cups. The good news is that the process server sees this as a ministry, and will work with the boys. It is in God’s hands ow.

  54. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:30 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Oh Mary, what a sad day this must be for you. You have a very good attitude, but I know from experience that just because the head knows what is right doesn’t mean that the heart gets the message. I can’t even imagine the scene at the Burger King. Somebody might want to alert the management. Yikes.

    B, the back to school thing is something to think about. I have a AA degree and am about 3/4 of the way to a BA. My biggest problem is that I never decided what I wanted to be when I grow up. No, the bigger problem is that I refuse to grow up.

    Sammie, at least you are safe from the crazed drug seekers, since you never go out. If you did you would be a very attractive bait for dognappers. Dognappers and big birds, 2 things to avoid.

  55. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:32 pm on January 30th, 2011

    The previous post was from Macy’s mom, ML. Macy has not got that many college hours yet.

    Pssst, Kirby, nudge your people towards Lowes, or any other place to get their wallpaper. Orange is not in this season.

  56. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:35 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Wrong!…Ricky Gervais is NOT the Idiot in this show. No, it’s a very likeable guy named Carl who is a friend of Rickys but he is not famous for anything, he is just a guy who doesn’t really travel much….snort! …He is hilarious just being himself….gruff!…Stover you have to watch it, I promise you will find it funny!….sniff!…You do not have to endure too much of Ricky at all….heh!

  57. Siber-H
    5:49 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Wolfie, It is very good news that the process server sees this as a ministry. My mom says to tell your mom that eating a bag of candy was the right thing to do.

    Macy, your mom’s sense of humor will see her through anything, and you are our funny little min-pin.

  58. B.Stover
    6:32 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Rio: I know that the idiot is Carl….I was being sarcastic about Gervais. I watched about thirty minutes of it.

  59. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:41 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Macy: Not to worry — there isn’t an orange place here in town — Mom and Dad have to travel all the way to the big city to go there, and at this point in their project they’re just running out to get little things they can get at the blue place. By the way, no wallpaper for them! They’re peeling wallpaper whenever they can — like in the kitchen, where Mom insisted they do it the right way, and guess what? It worked!

    But even if there were an orange place here, Mom has already put it on her list of things she boycotts — along with Eckerd drug stores, which has since gone out of business, and Mom takes all the credit!

  60. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:44 pm on January 30th, 2011

    T&G: I think its xnay on chewing the dining room furniture — it’s an antique set, and I don’t think Mom and Dad would be inspired to finish the room if I chewed on the table legs. I think they’d just be extremely mad at me!!!

  61. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:46 pm on January 30th, 2011

    OH!… I didn’t get that from your posting…heh!…Sorry about accusing you of being Wrong…grunt!… Did you see the part with the hard boiled egg?….urp!gag!spit!…We’ve watched some of the preview of other trips this poor guy has to endure and the food and conditions just get worse and worse…snuff!…Poor Carl!…snicker!

    Avatar!…Stover where is your Avatar?…sniff!

  62. dawson
    6:49 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Wolfie and Mary: Your family is in my prayers.

    Tyb: I’m grateful no one was hurt this time. I hope you can rescue this dog.

    Kirby T. Oh no, the kitchen! I thought I was done with the wallpaper but I forgot all about the kitchen. It is covered in the busiest, most outrageously ugly wallpaper ever. It is the only room we haven’t touched with our make-overs. And destined to remain that way for the foreseeable future.

    The all star hockey game is on.

  63. LizF
    6:50 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Tyb, I’m glad you weren’t hurt. I haven’t had time to catch up with the weekend posts, did you pass your test?

    I think calling the police is a good idea, not everyone could handle Susie like your dad, and she could really hurt another dog who wasn’t as understanding as you, or was small. Hopefully there will be a good outcome for her – any change would be kinda good…

  64. B.Stover
    7:02 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Rio: Yes I saw the boiled egg bit. I don’t know….What has happened to my avatar?

  65. B.Stover
    7:08 pm on January 30th, 2011

    My avatar is up for the first several postings but not for the later ones. What’s happening? Blast!

  66. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:12 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Dawson: Mom and Dad waited awhile to do their kitchen — lots and lots of looking and planning. And then finally they got to pull down the ugly blue-flowered wallpaper. They still aren’t totally finished with it — they still have to put on and paint the trim and put up the backsplash. At least they can cook in there, though — that’s all I care about!!!

  67. Melanie
    7:20 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Dawson, in the downstairs bathroom (which had only two layers of wallpaper) the top layer was from the 70’s. The pattern was such that if you let your eyes go out of focus the dots would appear in 3D.

    Luckily, it has been stripped and painted now. It looks much bigger even if it isn’t.

  68. Tyb
    7:20 pm on January 30th, 2011

    LizF: Yes I did pass my test. I think my dad expected me to do well in all areas except the social isolation. When we were taking the class, I always barked when he left me alone for three minutes. However, I surprised everybody, I just laid down and waited patiently for him to return. Thanks for asking.

  69. Mollypop
    7:26 pm on January 30th, 2011

    B. – I thought maybe you had left your avatar at the hospital. Actually, it is more likely a typo in your email address when you post, not necessarily done by you, but by a bug in our software. (Put the cane down!) For your next post, wipe out the email address and retype it.

  70. Melanie
    7:34 pm on January 30th, 2011

    It may be early, but I’m going to bed.
    It’s my last night in Siberia. Tomorrow, Jesse will take all my stuff upstairs to my area! Patsy will love me again and I will have more room and my computer!!

    Last night, between the shuffling noises (I prefer to think of the noise as ice and snow falling even though it was lower than 20 degrees than an animal) and the damn faucet dripping, I decided I had had ENOUGH!

    My knee is better. Especially when I take the meds. I can bend it more and put full weight on it. Wednesday is PT day. IF we don’t get the snow/ice storm.

    Hi and Goodnight LizF!


  71. B.Stover
    7:36 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Avatar test.

  72. B.Stover
    7:37 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Mollypop is brilliant!!

  73. dawson
    7:40 pm on January 30th, 2011

    B.Stover: Is it easier for you to breathe now?
    Mollypop: Thanks for bringing Stover back…

  74. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:45 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Bee, you’re back! Welcome!!!

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:46 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Yes!…Stover is back as an Avatar…snorkel!… I’m sorry you don’t really care for that show, I think it is the funniest thing I have seen in quite a while….grunt!…Probably because I can relate to Carl so much…chorkel!heh!

  76. dawson
    7:54 pm on January 30th, 2011

    I’m not a big fan of Ricky G. either but I just watched a clip of the show with buddy slurping noodles and eating chicken feet and Rio is right: disgusting but hilarious.

  77. Siber-H
    8:02 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Eeeek, Rio, have you looked at your nighttime low temperatures for Tue. and Wed. night?

    Thanks to Mollypop, we have Stover back. I would have never figured that one out.

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:11 pm on January 30th, 2011

    SiberH!….Don’t tell me the temps!…grunt!…I’d rather be a surprised popsicle in the mornings when I have to go out….snuff!…If I don’t know how cold it is its easier to make that first step outside….growl!

    Dawson!…I’m telling you guys, this show is hilarious and I actually like Ricky G. a lot for his biting humour…snorkel!…His friend Carl is a real sweetheart…heh!

  79. LizF
    8:15 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Great work Tyb. I can always compare other dogs and their training to Cricket, who never sat still in ANY class and always mucked up even when all the other Beginners pups were behaving themselves.

  80. Barb & Maggie
    8:23 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Barb just got a call from a neighbor who told her the mailman delivered her book from Staff to their house yesterday. She is going to go get it tomorrow when she ventures out to go car shopping. Would have been nice to have it yesterday, but we have TFAT. C & B books never get boring, even when you have already read them.

    Glad we have Bee’s avatar back. Thank you Mollypop.

    Barb is going to watch the movie with Jennifer Love Hewitt and Betty White, starting at 8:00. JLH is not her fav. but we love Betty White.

  81. Wolfie
    8:42 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Thanks, everyone, for supporting us through a very difficult time. The worst part was that mom didn’t give me one single Reeces! Geez, talk about stingy!

  82. Wolfie
    8:45 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Burger King went well. Orange is out. Bee found her avatar. We plunder on.

    Life goes on.

  83. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:47 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Hey!….We get to watch a taped version of the Men’s final in the Aussie Open…gruff!…We happened upon it right where we left off during the ‘live’ show this morning!…WOOOOOO!….How lucky is that I ask you?…heh!…We still do not know who actually won it…so shush!…sniff!

  84. LizF
    8:54 pm on January 30th, 2011

    What did you think of the women’s final, Rio?

  85. B.Stover
    9:01 pm on January 30th, 2011

    The final episode of Downton Abbey is on.

  86. B.Stover
    9:02 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Dawson: Yes, it is easier to breathe.

  87. Siber-H
    9:04 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Wolfie, thanks for letting us know that Burger King went well.

  88. Wolfie
    9:05 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Bee, I’m glad that you are feeling and breathing better!

  89. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:07 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Liz!….We fell asleep and did not see the whole match…grunt!…But I truly thought Li Na would winnit…sniff!…But of course Clijsters took it instead….sniff!… For some reason we are hoping Murray wins the Mens ( or did win the Mens!)…heh!…But really we wanted Roger Federer to be in this final match…grunt!

  90. Basil and Sage
    9:12 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Hey – whats goin’ on with the party? We want to get our train tickets, but not sure if its at Macy’s or in the land of the northern lights.
    Basil is getting the ingredients for his famous dessert recipe; Chocolate Mouse. I prefer catnip brownies, but Basil will insist on showing off his cooking skills.
    Gilly wants to bring Welsh Rarebit, made from the rarebits she chases in the back yard. Silly dawg.

  91. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:17 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Joke!….Djokovic is looking very good, but for some reason we think (no bets!) that Murray will pull this out of his butt somehow…snicker! …It will be a bloody miracle…snort!

    Food!… I will be bringing Cottage Cheese with Green Onion to the party it sounds like….grump!

  92. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:18 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Avatars!… Now the Herb Kats are having the same problem Stover had with her avatar…heh!heh!…Lets see if they are smart enough to fix it!…gruffle!

  93. LizF
    9:21 pm on January 30th, 2011

    I thought Li Na would win, she looked so good at the beginning.

  94. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:35 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Wow!…Someone here loved how Djokovic took off all his clothes and threw them into the audience after he wonnit…heh!… I don’t get it…snuff!…What the hell is he doing throwing away good stuff. Plus it’s all sweat soaked…gah!

  95. dawson
    9:38 pm on January 30th, 2011

    The party is in Texas, I think. It was just Siber H. trying to trick us to get up to the Land of the Snow.

  96. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:40 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Sports!…So the next big event is the Super Bowl!…gruff!… But that’s not till next Sunday night. Gee, what will we do until then…sniff!…She has another quilling project brewing in her mind, but what will I do until then….dammit!…Last year we had the Olympics to look forward to. That was a lot of fun sending Alice down the Luge…..snorkel!

  97. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:43 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Driver!….So who is going to pick me up and drive me down south to the party this coming Sunday?….wheeze!… I have to be back home by the time she gets home from the not-so-busy place on Monday…grunt!

  98. Siber-H
    9:53 pm on January 30th, 2011

    The Olympics were a lot of fun last winter…wish we had them again this year.

    Rio, Wolfie or Molly(ABP) could pick you up on their way to Texas.

  99. Basil and Sage
    10:01 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Dare you doubt our ingenuity you evil pug?? Keep messing with us…we’ll bring not only pink ribbons but a sparkly little tiara for you after your wonderfluff bath. giggle

  100. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:06 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Speech!…. The Kings Speech is cleaning up at the SAG Awards…heh!…It seems like the one movie the Abrahams do go to every year is always one of the best….snorkel!…Remember last years jaunt to see that movie with Jeff Bridges called Crazy Heart??…heh!…I think it won a ton of awards too!…sneeze!

    Herbed!…Kats! I have no idea what you are referring to…heh!…Please enlighten me as to why you are so put out of joint…sniggle!

  101. dawson
    10:22 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Rio: You were questioning whether the Kats were smart enough to fix their avatars or not…evidently they are.

  102. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:25 pm on January 30th, 2011
  103. B.Stover
    10:33 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Good night all.

  104. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:47 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Min Pin!…Speechless! A first!…heh!

  105. Basil and Sage
    10:52 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Thank you Dawson…you are obviously a being of high intelligence and decorum….unlike certain snorfeling dawgs….

  106. Siber-H
    10:53 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Macy, Are you ok?

  107. Barb & Maggie
    11:04 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Wolfie, Glad things went well at the B.K. We will be thinking about you and your family tomorrow.

    Night, all.

  108. Siber-H
    11:05 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Night everyone

  109. Basil and Sage
    11:11 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Sleepy purring kittens checking out for the night..

  110. Alice Johnson
    11:15 pm on January 30th, 2011

    I have been so busy all Sunday. Then Staff and Mr.Staff were away all afternoon at a concert of movie songs from the 1930’s. (They say it was great.) But I do wish they would leave the computer on when they leave.

    We are all glad that Wolfie and Mary and Dad are done with the serving of the boys/men. We are still saying prayers for them.

    Rio, Don’t you remember that I am picking you up on the way to TEXAS? I promise that there will be a tail truce during the trips to and from. I don’t know if I can make any promises for the party itself. Those Norwegian Forest Kats are way bigger than me. Have you ever seen one? Gigantic. I am only 8 pounds on a good day you know.

    And I have forgiven you for the luge incident. It was terrifying at first but after the first one I was hooked. There is nothing like flying down the side of a mountain on a tiny little sled to make your hair fluff up in a perfectly natural way. The terror only adds to the huge hair.

    Maybe that would be the way to straighten you tail out? I am sure you would have a tail as straight as a poker if you went down the luge.

    Heh heh.

    Just a thought…

    G’nite all.

  111. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:18 pm on January 30th, 2011

    Smuffle! Grunt!…We hate the dark side….geeze!…Good night all!…snort!

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