Sundays With Ingrid

They ate at the kitchen table, under the sailing-ship calendar. It was different from dinner at Ingrid’s. First, it was called supper. Second, it was happening earlier. Third, they were eating steak, banished from the Levin-Hills’ table because of mad cow. Ingrid loved steak, especially medium rare and juicy, just like this.

“Been saving these,” said the chief, loosening his tie, a navy-blue tie that matched his uniform shirt. “How’s yours?”

“Great,” Ingrid said.

“Pass down that A1, Joe, where she can get it.”

“That’s all right,” Ingrid said.

“No A1?” said the chief. “How about ketchup?”

“I like it just like this,” Ingrid said.

“Me, too,” said the chief. “Joe puts sauce on everything.”

“That’s not true,” Joey said, although his steak was swimming in A1 and there was a pool of ketchup on the side.

The chief rolled up his sleeves—his forearms were huge, the links of his steel watchband stretched to the max—and poured himself a beer. Ingrid and Joey had milk—whole milk, which she’d hardly ever even tasted. So good, like a meal all by itself. There was a lot to be said for eating at Joey’s.

“How’s school?” asked the chief.

“Good,” said Ingrid.

“Ingrid’s one of the brainy kids,” said Joey. She felt something press against her foot.

“That’s clear,” said the chief.

Joey’s foot. “I’m not,” said Ingrid. How could a foot pressing against another foot feel this good?

“What’s your favorite subject?” the chief asked.

“English.” Joey pressed a little harder; it actually sort of began to hurt.

“Least favorite?” the chief said. “Send those rolls around, Joe. And the butter, for Pete’s sake. What’s wrong with you?”

Joey withdrew his foot fast.

Welcome Max, Rocket, Peet.



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98 Responses to “Sundays With Ingrid”

  1. B.Stover
    9:50 am on March 13th, 2011

    Good morning all.

    Wolfie: I clicked “like” on the Dog Bless You Facebook page.

  2. Jasper the Poodle
    9:53 am on March 13th, 2011

    Morning plunderers. We’ve sprung ahead here. You?

  3. Barb & Maggie
    10:20 am on March 13th, 2011

    Good morning. We went to the page and clicked “like” too.

    Today we have two projects: corned beef dinner later, and this morning, tomato seed planting. We will do 6 different kinds, 36 pots in all. We plant only 9 plants in the garded, but some don’t do well, and Barb likes to give away some. That is part of the fun for her.

    Ingrid’s steak dinner sounded good!

  4. B.Stover
    10:30 am on March 13th, 2011

    Good morning Jasper and B&M. All I can say is “Yawn!” Good planting Barb. (I’m having coffee made with the French press…yum!)

    Rebecca reported that AJ and his team were at Grayling (there’s a Grayling, Michigan) five hours ago. Still no word on the dog at the vet.

  5. Melanie
    10:32 am on March 13th, 2011

    I like the idea of a “sailing-ship calendar”. Nice weather, beautiful warm sea, good looking crew fetching my drinks and food. Hmmm. Maybe I just like the idea of a sailing-ship.

    Have “liked” the page, up over 70,000 now. I also put your comment about it on my facebook status.

    Barb & MagPie: I have my grow light apperatus up and I have potting soil. Now I just need those plastic trays. When I have it going, with your wonderful seeds, I will put up a pick. Considering I have until May 31st to put them in the ground, I think I can wait a couple of days to get the trays.


    Dan is officially 82. His comment? It’s nice to have a birthday. I sang to him this morning in my best operatic voice. The Pack left the room.

    The cake is carrot cake!

  6. Melanie
    10:41 am on March 13th, 2011

    B. Stover: Hope you are enjoying the coffee!

    I’m sorry that Newton Marshall scratched. But hey, the dogs’ well being take precedent over all.

    I was reading this morning that instead of a one sled or two sled race to the finish, this Iditarod has six teams that could win. No mistakes can be made at this point. Plus, you have to keep your dogs healthy. (The vet checks make sure of that) One wrong move and a spill, or a moose in the way, or the ice gives way, you never know. Also if musher is in danger or hurt, the next musher must help.

    The six teams are: John Baker, Ramey Smyth, Sebastian Schnuelle, Hugh Neff, Ray Redington and Han Gatt

    Cool Runnings to all! As they would say in a certain movie about a sled but no dogs.

  7. Melanie
    10:44 am on March 13th, 2011

    One more thing. There is a canine reporter for the Iditarod. Zuma of “Zuma’sPaw Prints”.

  8. Siber-H
    10:46 am on March 13th, 2011

    Happy Birthday to Dan!!!
    Melanie, mom also likes the idea of a sailing ship. Me, I am not going sailing.
    I’ll be back later with Iditarod updates. Grayling is one of those villages on the Yukon River.
    Who won the baseball game, Rio?

  9. Siber-H
    10:49 am on March 13th, 2011

    Woo Woo Zuma is a good looking girl!
    We don’t remember an Iditarod like this one where anyone of those 6 could win.

  10. Alice M. Johnson
    10:51 am on March 13th, 2011

    I like that Spence is mentioning the new friends of Chet. And those ears of Peet seem awfully familiar. Didn’t I see them on the blog last night???

  11. B.Stover
    10:53 am on March 13th, 2011

    Happy Birthday Dan! (Unlike Melanie I’m not in operatic voice today or I’d sing.)

  12. Wolfie
    11:20 am on March 13th, 2011

    Happy birthday, Raven! We would love to have you post sometime!

    70,000? That is awesome!

    Hopefully we will meet the deadline by the end of the day. I thought that Lucky is beautiful. As are all of Chet’s new friends.

  13. Wolfie
    11:22 am on March 13th, 2011

    Melanie, when you talk about going down the hill, how many miles are you talking about?

    Our nearest city is an hour away.

  14. BearSpiritDog
    11:28 am on March 13th, 2011

    We “like” the Dog Bless You page too! Team on the move again – still no word on the dog at the vet.

    Melanie – thanks for the tip on Zuma – will check it out.

    How is everyone doing with the dreaded DST? I’m referring to the two leggeds of course. In the animal world we don’t pay attention to that sort of thing (other than to members of our pack scurrying around shouting “I’m late, I’m Late”) as it is only a human, agreed upon concept. Time? what time – to us it’s always Now…

  15. Melanie
    11:33 am on March 13th, 2011

    Wölife: City? What’s a city?

    We’ve got towns to either side of the hill here. To the East 45 minute drive, to the West 45 minute drive.

    It’s the windy country hilly road that is the problem. Pot holes the size of Texas (that was for Macy), and frost heaves that created rifts in the road up to 3 inches high. Just great for tires. To the East it is mostly two lane rural road with only two areas to pass. To the West it is slightly better, but in bad weather they have to close the road because the steepness (?) of the hill.

    So I get tired from maintaining vigilance while dodging holes, heaves and idiot drivers. My shoulders are saying, Ow, ow, ow, ow.

  16. Barb & Maggie
    11:34 am on March 13th, 2011

    Wolfie, Doe that mean that Mary has to drive an hour to work?

    Happy Birthday, Dan. 82 is Awesome! Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is our favorite.

    36 pots are planted and covered with plastic wrap (helps germination). Takes about a week before any little seedlings appear. Melanie, you have time. We put them out here between the 15th and 20th of May.

  17. Melanie
    11:36 am on March 13th, 2011

    Hi Bear! We were missing our Bear (at the Rainbow bridge) today. He used to sing with us when we sang Happy Birthday.

    I remember ( a long time ago) hearing that DST was for Farmers. So a reporter asked a farmer if it helped. The farmer said, I’m up with the sun, don’t care what time it is.

    Very much the Pack’s idea also.

  18. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:40 am on March 13th, 2011

    Dan!….Happy Birthday young man!…heh!… I hope you have a great day eating carrot cake and watching the Iditarod…snorkel!

    Whitey!…Looks like Whitey’s team is running in 38th place…snort!… SiberH, can you give us any more details about the team…sniff!

    Rockies!…They beat the Snakes 5 – 3 last night!….Wooooo! …Looking good!

    Outed!…Looks like Natasha the Nefarious has blow her cover…heh!heh!…Not a Super Spy after all, eh Nattie? ….chorkel!

    Melt-down!…The Nuclear plants are melting down over in Japan…..yeep!…This is just horrible. Now they are saying the death toll is over 10,000 and will probably rise…gasp!

  19. Barb & Maggie
    11:41 am on March 13th, 2011

    Melanie, I guess we are lucky here. We have to drive 50 miles to Rockford, which is 2nd biggest city in Illinois, but we only have to drive 3.5 miles into town for the everyday stuff. Our little town has a grocery store, Dollar Store, 3 banks, 1 drug store, 3 gas stations, and a bunch of little speciality shops. 1 mile on a gravel road and then the rest on “hard road”. Not too bad, compared to your travels!

  20. Barb & Maggie
    11:44 am on March 13th, 2011

    Rio, We don’t think Macy is Natasha. First of all, she didn’t have Borzio in her name. Second, she didn’t talk like Nattie. Third, Natasha gave her word that she wouldn’t “steal” Avatars, and we believe her. We think Macy was making a joke.

  21. Siber-H
    12:18 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Rockies Won!!! Great news!!!

    I really don’t have much news on the Iditarod right now. Whitey-Lance and his team are still at Grayling. The Scottish guy, Wattie, and his team are there also. If AJ holds to his pattern, he and the dogs won’t move up the Yukon until much later today. They are taking it very slow.
    AJ and the dogs have already done their mandatory 8 hour layover on the Yukon River so that is no longer something they will have to think about.

    John Baker, the leader, and his team are now resting in Unalakleet on the coast. The other mushers in the lead are almost to Unalakleet. When these leading teams start up the coast, it should get very interesting.

  22. BearSpiritDog
    12:35 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Ingrid – still dreaming of the bone from that steak…

    A Happy 82nd B-Day to Dan!

    Checked out Zuma & Paw Prints. No fb page – just a blog. We are honored to have one of our kind reporting on the race!

  23. Mollypop
    12:49 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Yawn stretch. I just caught up on last night and I thought Macy was Natasha too. I didn’t notice the Borzoi part was missing.

    Happy birthday to Dan!

  24. Siber-H
    1:18 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Good news!!

    Our heroes, Whitey-Lance and team, have left Grayling and are moving north up the Yukon River. Wattie and his team are traveling with them.
    I’m glad they are outta there. I was starting to get a bit worried about ALL the time they were spending at the checkpoints.

  25. Tyb
    1:18 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Hi, Everybody and Happy Birthday to you Dan. We clicked like on the Dog Bless You facebook page also. Then we copied the link and sent it to everyone on our email list. I certainly hope they reach the mark today. We feel that we’re sort of out of the loop lately. Since we don’t have TV we can’t follow the Iditarod Race very closely and we’re not into baseball, so we haven’t had much to say or contribute lately. Just want you to know that we do try to follow the blog as often as we can and that we think about all of you. We’re out of sight, but you are not out of mind.

  26. Melanie
    1:23 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Hurrah for WL and Wattie’s teams!

    Hi TYB!

    Okay, I’m upstairs working on that computer. I had Grace and Franklin with me. No problem. Then Franklin remembered that Grace is in a certain “state” and started flirting. Gracie started flirting back. That’s almost 300 pounds of Flirting Newfoundlands. My room starts bouncing, the computer is bouncing. I finally had to throw them out.


  27. B.Stover
    1:26 pm on March 13th, 2011

    SH: What is the reason for the eight-hour mandatory layover on the Yukon River? I’m shaking with fright and cold just thinking of it. (I used to cross-country ski on frozen lakes and know how bone-chilling that can be even while moving.)

    Bear: I love the concept of “the time is now!”

  28. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:36 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Good afternoon, y’all! I was having a problem posting, but now it seems to have resolved itself — I hope! Mom “liked” the Dog Bless You website — I hope they make the deadline today. When Mom went to her Facebook page, it’s on there about a billion times, so I guess everyone is sending it on!

  29. Siber-H
    2:45 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Stover, the mandatory layovers are so they are absolutely sure that no one is pushing their dogs too hard. The next and last mandatory 8 hour layover is not too far from Nome. This last one is so no one can push their dogs too hard to the finish line. The mushers these days are very aware of what it takes to provide the best dog care. but these mandatory layovers are just an added precaution by the race officials.
    The dogs have their straw to get cozy in and jackets and blankets to keep them warm. There is usually a small heated cabin for the mushers to come in and get warm and eat good food. That is, after they have fed and bedded down their dogs, massaged their feet and wrists, and so on and on. All dogs get checked over by a vet at these checkpoints.

    Hey TYB…good to hear from you!

  30. Tyb
    2:51 pm on March 13th, 2011

    You’re not the only one that had trouble posting. Look at the gap: from Stover at 1:26 to you at 2:36. I tried several times also. Then I thought that I had done something to my computer and put out a call for help to my guru, Mollypop’s mom. I haven’t heard back, but upon checking I see we’re back in business. I thought that my appearance after being out of it for so long may have brought down the roof, so to speak.

  31. B.Stover
    2:53 pm on March 13th, 2011

    I also had trouble posting earlier. I couldn’t get to the reply or submit comment areas and everything on the right of the screen was gone. After I posted the 1:26 comment above, I was taken to the “Internet Explorer Cannot Find Site” page.

    SH: I was more concerned about the fact that they are on the frozen river so long without moving. Why can’t they go “on shore”? I know that they have safety measures in place and I’m not criticizing. I simply don’t see the logic in that particular layover.

  32. B.Stover
    2:55 pm on March 13th, 2011

    I also had trouble posting earlier. I couldn’t get to the reply or submit comment areas and everything on the right of the screen was gone. After I posted the 1:26 comment above, I was taken to the “Internet Explorer Cannot Find Site” page.

    SH: I was more concerned about the fact that they are on the frozen river so long without moving. Why can’t they go “on shore”? I know that they have safety measures in place and I’m not criticizing. I simply don’t see the logic in that particular layover.

    Now I can’t submit this comment. It states in red below that I’m posting too fast. How can that be since the comment won’t post?

  33. dawson
    2:55 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Hey Kirby and All:
    I was having trouble posting too. The page would not scroll down to where I could post and my name was missing. I double checked to see if Natasha the Notorious’ name was in there, but it wasn’t.

    Wolfie: I clicked!

    Jasper: I haven’t sprung my clocks ahead yet. I’m boycotting for a day.

    Melanie: When Franklin and Grace start getting frisky you could start singing Happy Birthday in your operatic voice. Heh, heh.

    Barb and Maggie: You almost got me going to plant a few things. Then I remembered. I’m a little further North than you are. I can wait a while yet.

    I’m feeling slightly better today. I have a half a bushel basket of used kleenex and a red nose but my headache is gone.

    Rio: Congratulations to your Rockies.

    Hello to Tyb.

  34. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:57 pm on March 13th, 2011

    TYB: I had a couple problem posts last night, so I was afraid it was just me! Glad to see someone else was in the same condition! By the way, I’m glad you’re able to pop in every now and then, even if you can’t be here all the time! Sometimes I go for days without posting — things just get busy, busy, busy!!!

  35. Siber-H
    3:05 pm on March 13th, 2011

    I know you are not criticizing. The villages are actually along the Yukon River…up and off the the river. That would be somewhat warmer for them. In other words, they have to leave the river to get to these checkpoints. I never thought of this before, but for years people have been using the phrase “on the Yukon River” and that is not exactly accurate.

    This blog has given me strange technical problems all day…couldn’t post for awhile because it wouldn’t scroll down far enough. Or, when I hit submit, it says “duplcate comment, looks like you have already said that”. Now, we all know I am forgetful, but I’m not that bad.

  36. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:09 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Dawson: The other day Mom’s library was closed so they could have a training day. One of Mom’s co-workers has bad allergies, and they had just kicked in — but her medicine hadn’t — so she was sitting with a box of tissues on one side and the trashcan on the other. When the cleaning guy came to get the trashcan, she wouldn’t give it to him. He was a little miffed! (She tried to explain that she needed it, but he doesn’t speak a lot of English, so I don’t think he ever got it!) By the end of the day, she had pretty much filled that thing up!

  37. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    3:21 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Happy birthday to Dan, one of our most favorite people and authors. Also, just so you know, grandpa is almost 92 and still going strong (sometimes maybe too strong, but that’ s another story), so Dan still has something to shoot for. It’s a good day for laying low (i.e., the screened-in porch, or should I say my porch) because mom is in one of those spring cleaning modes today. Whoa, can that be dangerous (just ask dad, although he really doesn’t mind pitching in too). In a little while it may be time for my white paw inspection, but I think I wil just relax a bit more first. Wookie

  38. B.Stover
    3:44 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Now I feel better SH. Thank you.

    Hi Tyb and Wookie and Dawson and Kirby.

  39. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    4:08 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Stover. I occasionally get the message about posting too fast (and I got it today too at one point), and it turns out that the post will usually post after all, you just don’t see it until you refresh. Glad to know that I am not the only one with that problem though, because I thought it might be because I have very fast paws. I also had the same problem that SiberH had with the screen not scrolling down far enough to post when I first tried to post earlier today. I think this is just one of those days of blog weirdness (MB may be hungover or something; although I doubt it if would be from anything as classy as Cahors, more likely Boones Farm or Annie Greensprings (for those of you old enough to remember)). Wookie (with some rememberances from dad thrown in)

  40. Wolfie
    4:15 pm on March 13th, 2011

    We live six miles outside of Raymond, a town straight out the wild, wild west. Back in the day, it was the last train stop to Yosemite. After that, folks travelled by stage coach. It has two bars, a general store, one church, and a little school.

    We work in Oakhurst, which is sixteen miles down a really, really winding road, which then connects to the Golden Chain Highway. Our road eats tires. The city I was referring to is Fresno, which has lots of stores including a big orange box store that I am now boycotting.

    As soon as Wolfie’s dad picks me up, I’m heading for home and then Wolfie will post. I’m sure he has lots to say.

    Tyb, it is good to hear from you! And Kirby, you are a handsome young man indeed.

  41. Melanie
    4:21 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Interesting on the trouble posting. I hadn’t had any trouble until now.
    If I wanted to put a picture up, it would be impossible because the site isn’t going down far enough.
    Been working hard, and then we just had CAKE.

    Oh, was it good. . .

  42. Barb & Maggie
    4:22 pm on March 13th, 2011

    We also had problems earlier. Right after Melanie posted about Grace and Franklin, we asked if Franklin was still “intact” and was going to be a daddy. It never showed up, so we are asking again.

    Now we are going out in the yard for a bit to pick up some brances and somebody’s poops.

  43. Melanie
    4:22 pm on March 13th, 2011

    hmmm, it posted the comment but then took me to a place that said there was no such page. Found the comment though when I went back through the main page of Chet’s.

  44. Kaïa
    4:25 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Happy Birthday, Mr Dan! Any many healthy and happy ones to come! I haven’t had my first yet but I will in a few months. I heard from the rest of the pack that presents come with it. Did you get a good raw meaty bone?

  45. Mollie (a black poodle)
    4:33 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Could not post before & it will not let me read yesterday’s post. I thought it was my computer, but guess something is wrong with the blog.

    Rio: Congratulations on your winning team. (I can say that because they are not playing the giants).

    Siber-H: It sounds like it is time consuming & maybe money consuming to race. Do these people have other jobs?

  46. Mollie (a black poodle)
    4:34 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Could not post before & it will not let me read yesterday’s post. I thought it was my computer, but guess something is wrong with the blog.

    Rio: Congratulations on your winning team. (I can say that because they are not playing the giants).

    Siber-H: It sounds like it is time consuming & maybe money consuming to race. Do these people have other jobs? It just said I am posting too fast, but I am not.

  47. Wolfie
    4:37 pm on March 13th, 2011

    As of one hour ago, they needed 14,000 “likes”.

    Hopefully we will make the deadline!

  48. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:39 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Stomach!….Someone here has been besieged by Revenge of the Hot Green Chili she ate yesterday… grunt! …I’m just trying to stay clear of the bathroom door….yeep!

    Taxes!… On top of that she is trying to do her taxes…sniff!… Maybe she will get a good refund and buy me some more baseball toys and those beef jerky chewy strips…yum!

  49. Barb & Maggie
    4:40 pm on March 13th, 2011

    We tried 3 times and had problems, kept saying error, then it showed up when we refreshed. Hit submit 3 times, thank DOG it only showed up once.

  50. Siber-H
    4:51 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Mollie(ABP) Dog mushing is very costly and time consuming. The very top mushers maybe pay for a years worth of dog food and some vet bills with their winnings, but that it is. Some of the best known mushers get to endorse products in Alaska, like dog food or winter gear. The dogs are their first full time job, but some of of them do things like fishing or construction work in Alaska to help pay the dogs’ bills.
    A lot of mushers have hit upon the bright idea of giving tourists tours of ther kennels and rides on a dog sled. That seems to be working and bringing in some money for them to help support the dogs.
    As Rio and I said last night, this is not a sport you make any money at.

  51. Siber-H
    4:58 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Wolfie, I tried to click on like on that dog bless you facebook page, but it wouldn’t let me because I am not a member of Facebook. I just want you to know that I tried.

  52. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:04 pm on March 13th, 2011

    I got tired of the blog bug so I went away for awhile to supervise while Mom and Dad paint the trim in their closet. (With Dad being away all the time for lacrosse games, their project is going very slowly!) But Mom got finished with her part — Dad has to do some more before Mom can do some more — so I thought I’d check out the blog again. I hope it’s working better now.

    What with the blog problems, I keep forgetting to say this:

    Happy Birthday, Dan!!! Eat some cake for me — because Mom and Dad never let me eat cake!

  53. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    5:24 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Report to Home Office
    Mission Plunderers
    From Natasha, the Vorld’s Greatest Undercover Spy

    I haf been very busy with gathering information on members of the Plunderers. These are some of the facts to be entered into their dosiers:
    Commander Rio – he is leaving messages for Plunderers in code. Plez haf decode section vork on the following vords Commander Rio uses most – snuffle, grunt, wooooo and lately, he says “fart” a lot. May be code for new mission.
    Agent Vookie – ve need to really keep eye on this one. His cover story is that he is sick and getting medical treatment. Ve believe he is actually undergoing bionic implant treatment. He vill soon be super agent Vookie, vith super sonic speed, x-ray vision and a lethal veapon hidden in tail. He vill look like just a happy doggie, but the tail vill be able to knock wehole train off track.
    Kirby – he pretends to be just simply leetle country doggie, but ve believe he is actually secret agent. Evidence shows that ven he is home, he eats his cookies. But ven his handler gives him cookies avay from home, he buries them. Ve think he is actually leaving messages for other agents who come to recover them. He is very good in this skill – his own handler has been seen trying to find his messages, and cannot.
    Abbie the Kitty and Alice Johnson haf reappeared. Ve think this is in response to the threat Plunderers feel from Natasha. Ve think they have sent for these feline reinforcements, but it vill be to no avail. Natasha is not affected by kitties.
    Only von small leetle problem to report. As per your instructions, Natasha entered Bernie and Chet’s house to seek information about Spence and Admin. Good news is ve haf discovered that Spence and Admin are merely ficticious characters in book Bernie is trying to write. They pose no threat at all to mission.
    Bad news – while Natasha was searching file cabinet, Chet opened von eye. Vell, at least he did not bark. Or yark. He probably thought Natasha vas beautiful angel in his dream.
    Vill vait for further instructions from home office.
    Natasha the Nefarious (NOT Notorious) Borzoi

  54. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:48 pm on March 13th, 2011

    MinPin!…Nice one!…heh!

    Blog-Bugs!…We are experiencing the blog bugs too…sniff!… Refreshing seem to help or leaving the page and coming back….grunt!…Never a dull moment working with The Fabulous Baker Boys skilled programming…heh!

  55. B.Stover
    5:49 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Natasha, you didn’t cause this blog bug did you? I tried posting a comment earlier and was sent to the Internet Explorer can’t find website page like we had with the old blog bug.

    Wookie: I’ve heard of Boones Farms but Annie Greensprings….?

  56. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:53 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Bee: You may be right — Natasha may be trying to “bug” us to break up the blog communication system!

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:59 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Blog!…. Chet’s blog is by far my favorite place to hangout…snort!…But my friend has been spending quality time over on another one because of all the great recipes and the humor of a Pioneer Woman!…heh! …Check it out. There is so much on her blog its impossible to see it all. Plus, her followers post hundreds and hundreds of comments and her blog can handle it…..snark!

  58. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:24 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Kirby!…. Who are you rooting for in the NCAA tournament?…snort!….We are very excited here because for the first time ever The Bears of Northern Colorado are in it!…woooo!…. They will play San Diego on Thursday…yeep!yeep!yeep!…We will actually watch the game someone just said….yes!

  59. B.Stover
    6:27 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Rebecca reported an hour ago that she picked up Tomboy and Younger who are well. She received a call from the vet to pick up the other dog and was on her way.

  60. Melanie
    6:30 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Great photos on there, Riö.
    Dan has gone to bed. He had a great birthday. I read everyone’s wishes to him. He thought they were wonderful. He is skipping the raw meaty bone someone asked about.

    YSAS, OTAS & F, talked to him by computer video. They gave him a tour of OTAS & F’s place. Dan’s not been there because he started getting sick about the time they moved in together. OTAS showed off his fish tanks (2 salt and one fresh), and his chainsaw and extender. They are getting the grounds ready for their wedding. Yes, It’s still over a year away, but they are clearing trees, brush and going to plant lots of bulbs.

    YSAS told Dan that now he didn’t need to be IN the tree when they were cutting it down. Yes, he did that here. He told Dan, “I’ll just be under it now.”

    Here’s a picture of Dan looking at something the NJ crowd was showing off. I think it’s the valves to the fish tank, that keep the gravity feeder from over flowing the bottom tank. I guess. . .

    The white thing to the left is a swallow bird house and the wooden house next to it is for a finch.

  61. Melanie
    6:37 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Less than 4,000 to go on Dog Bless You.

    Search and Rescue is something I’ve always been interested in. I’ve met with a club and had a great time watching them get ready for a training hike.

    Unfortunately, my body is not up to what trainers need to be able to do. But I think S & R dogs are REALLY cool!

  62. BearSpiritDog
    6:52 pm on March 13th, 2011

    We also ran into a problem posting, but it finally did go through. Can B’s suspicions about Natasha causing problems on the blog be true? After all if she can steal avatars…

    We also got the good news from Rebecca re their dog being ready to be picked up from the vet.

  63. B.Stover
    7:01 pm on March 13th, 2011

    That’s a great picture Melanie. And only 4,000 more “likes” to go. Very good! I posted the message on my status on FB also and several of my friends have “clicked.”

    I’ve discovered that when I can’t scroll down far enough to get to the comment box, I just have to hit refresh and then I can get to the box.

    If Natasha is causing this I think that Rio needs to get a mission together in order to stop her.

  64. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:02 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Rio: Sorry for the delay. Dad and I were watching the selection show together, so we had to decide who we’re rooting for. Our first team, of course, is Clemson, but Dad and my boy think they got a raw deal because they have to “play in” to get into the tournament. We’re also rooting for Wofford — a small college near here — and Wisconsin, because Dad uses their offense when he coaches basketball. But I’ll root for your team, too. Go Bears!

  65. Melanie
    7:03 pm on March 13th, 2011

    I think it would depend on how long Nattie has been spying on us. This blog bug has been with us, on and off, for some time.

    I’m going to go upstairs and do some work.


  66. Siber-H
    7:06 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Great news that all of Whitey’s teammates are well and accounted for!

  67. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:06 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Clemson!…They are talking about Clemson and the play in game right now….snort!….Those guys do not look happy at all…gruffle!

  68. Mollypop
    7:17 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Buffalo is sad today over the death of Rick Martin. He, with Gil Perrault and Rene Robert, were the famous Sabres hockey line called The French Connection. He had a heart attack while driving, only a couple of miles frm here.

  69. Mollie (a black poodle)
    7:18 pm on March 13th, 2011

    I agree it is nice to see a sport not about money as Rio & Siber-H said. These people are really dedicted to the sport and their dogs. I admire them. Hope the dog at the vet is not Whitey. Thanks, Siber-H for all the info and making this race fun & interesting, esp. as we have a team to root for now.

    I love it that they call it “The Last Great Race on Earth”.

  70. Wolfie
    7:23 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Only 4,000 to go? Excellent! He wants the rescue dogs to get the recognition that they deserve. This has certainly raised my awareness. And it’s not logical, because it’s such a small thing, but I feel good because I have done something to help Japan. And in the face of such calamity, the Nation within is likely to be overlooked.

  71. Melanie
    7:28 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Dawson can’t comment because of the ‘blog bug”.
    She says Hi.

    Molly (ABP): I wonder if Whitey-Lance can get a line of shoes going.

    Shoes for wandering people
    WL, the walkabout shoe

    Works for all the Basketball players 🙂

  72. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    7:29 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Stover — according to my dad, who was a connoisseur of those sorts of things back in the day (if you can even use the word connoisseur in that context), Annie Green Springs was another inexpensive, fruit flavored wine popular with impoverished college students, along with Ripple, Boones Farm, etc. If you wanted to go “high class” in that era, the wine of choice was Mateus (in the funky bottle), or so my dad says. Wookie

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:30 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Wolfie!…Can you put that link up again? …snuff!…Every time I go back to yesterdays posts, the Dark Side does not appear and I think that’s where you posted the link to this count down thing….grunt!

  74. Melanie
    7:35 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Hmm. Now I’m being moderated. At 7:28 pm.
    I think it’s because I mentioned someone’s name who was trying to let the blog know that she was trying to get on but couldn’t.

  75. Siber-H
    7:49 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Mollie(ABP) You are very welcome.

    I couldn’t get to the dark side of yesterday’s posts either.

    AJ is down to 10 dogs now…dropped one at Grayling. They can do fine if they just keep on a keeping on. It is not time for us to panic yet.

  76. B.Stover
    8:01 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Mateus Rose from Portugal….I remember that! Now why do I connect with “paisano” and Steinbeck?

    Natasha did say that Mike Baker is one of “theirs.”

  77. Melanie
    8:05 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Somehow, I’ve always thought of Mike Baker as a Kat fellow.

    Tricky, off standish, but at times demanding attention.
    Of course, it goes without saying (though I better say it, not wanting to be on the wrong side of Alice’s stare), MB is not at all like the Kats on this blog.

  78. B.Stover
    8:13 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Melanie: LOL!

  79. Wolfie
    8:22 pm on March 13th, 2011
  80. Wolfie
    8:25 pm on March 13th, 2011

    I love the photo of Mike carrying Lucky on his back. That tells me everything I need to know about the man

    And for all the Kats, there is a link called cat bless usl.

  81. Melanie
    8:40 pm on March 13th, 2011

    I wonder if there are search and rescue Kats. Time to do some research!

  82. Mollie (a black poodle)
    8:47 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Klepto-Cat…This is really cute and unbelievable…

  83. B.Stover
    9:11 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Mollypop: How old was Rick Martin.

    Mollie: That is amazing.

    I’m having a hard time posting so good night all.

  84. Tupper and Gilly
    9:36 pm on March 13th, 2011

    MAMA’s HOME!!! MAMA’s HOME!!!!
    At last, she’s home from the show, tired, but happy she went. Now we just hope we don’t run into the computer problems you all have. Interesting thing tho – we went to yesterday’s blog to see what had happened last night after we went to bed. And we were upset because there was no link to go to page two. BUT!!!! Check this out. The whole blog, all 130 or so entries WAS ON ONE PAGE! It was cool! Only had to keep scrolling down to keep reading all the entries.
    We had high hopes that maybe, just maybe Natasha had distracted Mike long enough for the GOOD gremlins to fix the dark side. What do you think?
    And HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAN! (Melanie is probably in bed, but she can tell you tomorrow)

  85. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:45 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Dusty!… That Kat Burgler is awesome!….snort!…I wish he would post here, we could really use his amazing abilities on our Missions….heh! …Imagine the stuff he could carry away from Spencer’s house…golly!… He has a look on his face that says “I’m a Professional” too! I love that!…snorkel!

    Blog!…It is really not working well at all today!…grump!

  86. Wolfie
    9:47 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Mom is finally home, and me, Baxter, Gus, Claudie (kat), Maggie (kat), Wallace(kat), Jason (kat) and Bam (kat) are all snoozing on Mom’s bed. All is right with the world. Dad took good care of us but I am glad Mom is home.

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:48 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Tupper!….Did she sell a lot of her artwork?…snort! …How exciting! My friend would be way too much of a fraidy kat to do something like that…yeesh!

  88. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:53 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Wolfie!…heh!snort!heh!…Two of you guys and 5 Kats on the bed?…snort!…Where does she sleep, on the floor?…grunt!….Thank dog my friend is allergic to Kats, and so am I!…heh!

  89. Tupper and Gilly
    10:02 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Wow is the blog ever messedup today! Yikes!
    Rio – your friend’s quill art is lovely – she would probably be very successful at shows. Our Mama is really kind of shy, unless she is at a show, or if someone is messing with her. (Melanie calls her the Pink Bulldozer – she runs over people who act bad, but she does it in a ladylike way)
    When she is at a show, she is kind of like an actor – she puts on a personality that is outgoing and gregarious. Just don’t ask her to go to a party with strangers – she would just die!
    The show started really really bad – with only one hour left to go, she had only sold one 7 dollar pair of earrings. Then Mr.MoneyBags came by and started just picking out one thing after another. She did more in that one sale than she has done at whole shows. She was in a really good mood when she got home.
    And now she is gonna have ice cream, so we are in good moods too – we get to lick the bowls when they’re done!

  90. Siber-H
    10:02 pm on March 13th, 2011

    In case the blog bugs won’t let me post again tonight…here is the latest:
    AJ and dogs have arrived safely at Eagle Island and are resting. They have traveled halfway up the Yukon River. I don’t know how long they will stay at Eagle Island. Wattie and his team are close by.

    John Baker is still in the lead on the coast and it has become his race to lose. We are cheering him on, but then we are cheering several of them on.

  91. Barb & Maggie
    10:13 pm on March 13th, 2011

    Glad they got to 100,000, with our help, of course.

    We watched the Date Line special with Ann Curry (her mom was Japanese). Unbelievable devastation, and Japan is much better prepared for earthquakes and tidal waves than we are.

    Hope the blog bug is fixed tomorrow.

    Night all!

  92. Basil and Sage
    10:24 pm on March 13th, 2011

    We’re gonna try to post while the Corgis are licking bowls. Just long enough to say dam mike! And good night to the rest of you.

  93. Alice M. Johnson
    10:40 pm on March 13th, 2011

    The blog had so many interesting things on it today. And I finally broke down and got a facebook acct. Yes, me, Alice. I did it so I could click for the SAR dogs. And I did too.

    I read about where 12 dogs and their handlers had arrived in Japan. What a wonderful difficult thing they do.
    OK, off to bed since is was a short day today.

  94. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:53 pm on March 13th, 2011

    I thought the blog bug was making my type small, but then I found that somebody had set my computer at 75% — for once it wasn’t the bad bug, but a bad user!(And I think I know who it was — bad, bad!!!)

    That Klepto Kat looks just like our kat, Possum! She’s a snowshoe cat, so she looks kind of like a Siamese, but she has white paws and a white nose! But Possum doesn’t steal stuff. At least I don’t think she steals stuff. Maybe I’d better go count my toys!!!

  95. dawson
    12:46 am on March 14th, 2011

    B.Stover: Rick Martin was 59. The man in this house remembers him scoring many many goals.
    Mollie ABP: That kleptomaniac cat amazed me. I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t seen the video.
    Rio: I have the pioneer woman’s blog bookmarked to try some of her recipes.
    Hope the blog is fixed tomorrow and I have a suggestion. Sundays with Astrid!

  96. Chet The Dog
    8:19 am on March 14th, 2011

    testing testing

  97. Chet The Dog
    8:20 am on March 14th, 2011


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