Sundays With Ingrid

Grampy built a roaring fire. Ingrid made tea. They drank it from big mugs at the kitchen table. Grampy poured some VO into his.

“Is that a kind of whiskey?” Ingrid said.

“Canadian,” said Grampy. “Had a Canadian buddy.”

“Was that during the war?” Grampy never talked about the war.

He nodded.

“On Corregidor?” Ingrid said. Corregidor was some horrible thing. Mr. Sidney had been there with Grampy, although Ingrid had never heard any of the details.

“No point discussing that,” Grampy said. “Tell me again why the kidnapping’s connected to these pills.”

“What else could it be?” Ingrid said.

They went over the whole story a few more times. They drank more tea, Ingrid’s with milk and sugar, Grampy’s with VO. Grampy started repeating some of the same questions. Smudges darkened the hollows under his eyes, turned a little purple. He was getting tired.

“So you think this orderly’s involved with one of the Krakens?” he said for the third time.

“The youngest one.”

“Krakens are scum of the earth.”

They’d gotten to that point already. The sky darkened outside and the wind came up. Ingrid rose and taped cardboard in the broken windowpane.

“What should I do, Grampy?” she asked.

“No I,” said Grampy. “We.”

That felt nice too, especially if it had practical results. They sat in silence for a while. Then Grampy startled her by smacking his hand on the table.

“Got an idea,” he said. “I’ll lend you the three fifty-seven.”

“I don’t—”

“You could carry it around in that backpack of yours.”

“—think that’s a good idea.”

“Oh, right,” said Grampy. “I haven’t taken you out with the three fifty-seven yet.” He glanced outside. “Maybe a little too dark now. How about tomorrow? There’s an old scarecrow in the barn. We could pin a heart on his chest and—”

“The gun won’t help us solve anything,” Ingrid said.

“Studied any history yet?” said Grampy.

He thought some more. No other suggestions followed. Maybe Grampy just couldn’t get his head around the whole steroid thing, the way the clock on his VCR was always flashing twelve.

From Behind the Curtain.

Welcome Emily.



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109 Responses to “Sundays With Ingrid”

  1. Melanie
    9:31 am on March 20th, 2011

    Goodness Grampy . . .

    There is an article about the entrance of Wattie and AJ. Very nice.

    Dan has gone to church with Martha.

    I’m taking Zoë to the D-O-C tomorrow, see what’s up.

    Dan reminds me a bit of Grampy. Especially when they are both tired.

  2. Barb & Maggie
    9:35 am on March 20th, 2011

    Good morning! I think we are first. Yea!

    Love Ingrid, hope someday there will be more from her.

    Bee, the moon really did look larger last night and the reason is that they are calling it Supermoon. Don’t know much about these things, but evidently the moon was at perigee, which means it was the closest to the earth that it can be. Last night was the closest full moon in 18 years.

    Unfortunately, when we went out to the garden there were a lot of clouds, so we didn’t get the whole impact.

  3. B.Stover
    10:07 am on March 20th, 2011

    I wonder if Grampy means that in history guns did solve things. Pondering.

    Sorry you didn’t get the entire effect of the moon B&M. That’s interesting about the supermoon. It really did seem bigger especially when it first came up in the sky.

    Hi Melanie. Good morning all.

  4. Melanie
    10:19 am on March 20th, 2011

    Good morning . . .

    I’m not sure that guns actually solved things. They certainly changed the course of history.

    Dog Poop is the question of the day. Frozen and unthawing dog poop.
    Dan used to be poop patrol.
    Zoë became poop patrol until now.
    I have a problem with poop patrol because of balance and ice.

    The stockade had 18 inches of packed down snow which we patrolled. However, every time there was a big storm, things would disappear . . . until now.

    We have a stone patch of 15′ showing. The dogs love seeing the stones again. Finally, the correct place for things.

    I can pick up that, but as the ice thaws, nuggets emerge still frozen in the glaciers.

    Zoë and I have decided to hook up the hose to the inside dog bath tub and using hot water, sluice (in a loose meaning) for nuggets.

    Probably no gold as on the Nome beach, but things that must get picked up. Finally, when all the glaciers are gone, we will put the dogs inside and spray with a bleach and water mixture, and then all water.

    I think Riö would love this comment. It’s long and to the point.

    Snicker 😉

  5. B.Stover
    10:38 am on March 20th, 2011

    That was an interesting article Melanie and there’s a picture of Whitey.

    Well, I definitely think that you guys need help there especially with the snow and ice. Be careful with your knee!

  6. Tupper and Gilly
    11:13 am on March 20th, 2011

    Good Morning – and HAPPY SPRING!!! Yes, it is the very first day of that wonderful time of year – Spring! When brown turns to green, when blossoms of yellow, purple and fushia burst through the last of the snow and glory in the sun’s warmth.
    Spring, when birds gossip among the trees, comparing notes on their long winter’s travels and travails; when nests start appearing under eaves and in birdhouses, some lined luxuriously with Corgi fluff and Pry fur.
    Sprng, when muddy feet can cause laughter or consternation, depending on the mood. When the air once again has a yeasty, earthy scent of growth, rather than the sterile, cold, crisp lack of smell of winter’s freeze.
    In the Spring, blue skies and bright sun viewed through the window promise the feeling of warmth on your skin, unlike the tricks that winter plays when it beckons you to the sun, ony to crinkle your nose with bitterly cold air when you venture out to feel the rays.
    Spring is the gentle little sister of more intense Summer. Her moods may vary between soft breezes to cold, intense rain, but she rarely throws tantrums and is always moving towards warmer, more docile behavior as she adds new colors to her wardrobe.
    We do love this wonderful Spring!

  7. Barb & Maggie
    11:15 am on March 20th, 2011

    Melanie, With nine BIG dogs, that is a lot of poop patrol. That’s funny, because that is what Barb calls it too. I have about a half acre of yard, but I have certain spots that are my favorite for such things. Barb was out there twice last week, and still has not caught up, after a snowy winter.

    Today it is rainy, windy and gloomy outside, so we will be spending the day indoors. Have to finish up a Tony Hillerman book, Sinister Pigs, which is from the library. Then we will start the book Melanie sent.

    Doing roast chicken later, one day late for Poultry Day.

  8. BearSpiritDog
    11:17 am on March 20th, 2011

    Good Morning Melanie, B&M, B.

    Happy First Day of Spring All! The beginning of the Spring Equinox – although you wouldn’t know it by the temps here. We are waiting “patiently” for that first warm day.

    Reading the post today, N was reminded of how much she liked the Ingrid books. Would love to see another one, but it looks like Spence may be off in another direction with Robbie & her gang. Still waiting to hear about the publication date on that one.

    Yes, the moon was magnificient last night! We had a good howl.

    Going now to check on more news and pictures from Nome…

  9. OleyHowlers
    11:20 am on March 20th, 2011

    Happy Spring! The Super Moon was beautiful. Big and Orange. We couldn’t help but howl with happiness.

  10. B.Stover
    11:22 am on March 20th, 2011

    T&G: Your post of 10:10 last night was beautiful. I’ll work on “sage” in a little bit.

    B&M: I roasted chicken yesterday and will make soup later. I’m thinking of making bread. At the restaurant where I had lunch last week near school they served the most delicious cloverleaf rolls with cinnimon butter. I’m trying to figure out what was in the bread. Maybe it was more like a brioche. That would mean it had egg in it.

    Dawson’s last two posts yesterday cracked me up.

  11. Barb & Maggie
    11:23 am on March 20th, 2011

    Happy Spring, back at ya, T & G. We could picture all the colors in your vivid descriptions. We love Spring and all of Nature’s renewal of life.
    Robins are back and the wrens will return next month, with the daddy Wrens arriving first, scouting out proper nesting spots for their mates. The males pick out a few possibile homes, than let mama decide which one is most suitable. Smart birds!

  12. B.Stover
    11:25 am on March 20th, 2011

    Hi Howlers and Bear!

  13. Barb & Maggie
    11:26 am on March 20th, 2011

    Bee, We got a chuckle from Dawson, Wolfie and Natasha with their late night posts.

    Hope Dan and Zoe are doing well today.

  14. Basil and Sage
    11:30 am on March 20th, 2011

    Spring schming!
    Since we aren’t allowed outside, we don’t give a rat’s patootie about such things.
    But boy oh boy did we have fun last night under the influence of that gigantic moon! During the course of the night, we redecorated the house! We scrunched up all the rugs in the bathroom by playing “Launch the Kitty”. We put all the couch cushions on the floor and played hockey (or maybe it was lacrosse) with them. We kicked litter out of our box and created grainy little mosaics all over the floor, and knocked over our crunchies feeder. We took towels off racks, hid one of Mama’s slippers and knocked paperwork off the desk to all four directions.
    We knocked a dried herbal wreath off the wall (don’t ask how we got up that high whe there is no furniture under the wreath) and this morning when Mama got up, she came into the living room to find Basil sitting upright and proud in the middle of the remains of the wreath.
    We couldn’t help it – it was the influence of that moon. We were only acting like natural lunatics.
    That’s our story, and we’re sticking to it!

  15. Wolfie
    11:37 am on March 20th, 2011

    It rained last night; the moon was nowhere to be seen. Poop! Speaking of which, we have six acres here, and most of us go to a discrete area to do our business. Except for Teddy. We’re lucky if she can make it out to the grass.

    Someone asked me how big I am recently. Dad took me to the vet yesterday for my checkup and I weigh 60.3 pounds. Which is exactly the perfect size for blurring.

  16. Wolfie
    11:48 am on March 20th, 2011

    Herb Cats, whoo hoo, high five! Way to go! Our Kats do that sometimes also. Not last night though. Lazy bums.

    Gus Puppy cracks me up. When he was a puppy, he was too little to jump up on the bed, and he had to be lifted up. He is a big boy now, tall and lanky, but he still thinks that he is too little to jump up. So now we have this big ol moose standing up with his front paws on the bed, whining because he can’t get up.
    A perfect example of “whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are absolutely right.”

    TaG Team, I love your posts about the moon and spring. Beautiful.

  17. Barb & Maggie
    12:15 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Yipee, yea and woo woo woo! Tomatoes are sprouting! 24 out of 33 pots that Barb planted last Sunday have baby tomatoes coming up this morning. Must have been the full moon!

    That means Barb’s first attempt at seed saving was a success. She was a little worried since that was her first time as a s.s., and especially since she mailed them out far and wide to her blog friends. It would have been embarassing, to say the least, if those little seeds were a no show. Ah, all is right in our world this morning!

  18. BearSpiritDog
    1:00 pm on March 20th, 2011

    OleyHowlers! We heard you last night! Wolfie: Sorry you missed the visual.

    B&S (or as Wolfie calls them, HerbCats) Those kitties took full advantage of the moon madness (it happens to people too!)

    T&G: We love spring!

    Last word on the Trail – Winter Weather Warning with 5 teams still out. If all goes well they will reach Nome sometime around noon today. We won’t breathe easy until they are all safely in.

  19. Melanie
    1:04 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Congrats to B & M! I just need some trays. Hopefully will get some this week. I’m going to put a whelping box puppy warmer under them to heat the soil up a bit.

    Dear Basil and Sage: If I remember correctly you guys can jump pretty high. Like from the bed to the ceiling.

    My sister has left. Almost all the hard stuff is done. Luckily her knees can go up and downstairs.

    B. Stover: I also liked the picture of Wattie, his red coated team and the Scottish flag.
    Dawson: He was not wearing his kilt.

  20. B.Stover
    1:20 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Melanie: I didn’t see the picture of Wattie.

    B&M: Great job on the tomatoes.

    I’m going to start on “sage” now….

  21. Siber-H
    1:26 pm on March 20th, 2011

    The moon was beautiful! We saw it setting on the western horizon Sat. and Sun. morning and then rising last night. I howl at it not because of any New Age woo woo but because I have wolf DNA in my soul.

    I never thought I would have this in common with the Herbals, but I have no need of Spring either. As T&G’s mom knows…spring throws tantruns here…wind, sand, dust, and fire. Still, mom is happy that it is Spring. The world is turning green and blooming. We won’t have a lot of green this year unless the summer rains come becuase we are in a drought.

    As Stover said, Dawsons last two posts last night were funny.
    All the remaining mushers and teams on the trail should make it into Nome in time for the Banquet tonight.

  22. Basil and Sage
    1:38 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Barb and Maggie – congrats on the tomatoes! If those pots are indoors, we would be happy to come and nibble on the fresh little sprouts. We LOVE to pull seedlings up out of pots, and we are very, very good at it.
    Melanie – yes, you are correct – we can indeed jump very high. Mama forgot all about how we used to jump from the bed to hang upside down from the old ceiling. We could really get our claws into that fiberous tile. Since she had a new hard ceiling put in, we can’t do that anymore, but hey, thanks bunches for reminding her of exactly WHY she had to put that new ceiling in. Like we weren’t already in enough trouble for the fun we had lasst night. Looks like this won’t be a catnip day for us. sigh.
    p.s. – WHERE”S RIO???

  23. OleyHowlers
    1:46 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Bear, we heard someone AWOOOing back at us last nite…could that have been you?

  24. Barb & Maggie
    1:53 pm on March 20th, 2011

    B & S, Thank you for the offer to nibble, but we will pass. Barb feels something akin to giving birth to those little guys. She has been with them all the way, so wants to see them thru to fruition!
    Your capers last night were pretty wild. Glad you got away with blaming the super moon. I wouldn’t have been so lucky. We are going to turn off the compuyter for a bit. We have lost power twice and we are getting crazy thunder and lightening. BBL

  25. B.Stover
    2:01 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Here’s a link to the Guardian review for a new tv series (in England only at this time) based on two of D.H. Lawrence’s novels, The Rainbow and Women in Love. The article is really a review of Lawrence but it’s interesting. I especially like this quotation taken from one of Lawrence’s letters:

    “One is not only a little individual, living a little individual life. One is in oneself the whole of mankind, and one’s fate is the fate of the whole of mankind.”

  26. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:04 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! I’m just doing a quick check-in. Mom just got home from church and now she’s going outside to help Dad pull some weeds, but I wanted to say hey since I didn’t make it here yesterday.

    Melanie: Thanks for linking me with Snowhook! I’d love to be one of those sleddogs, except I don’t like cold or snow. Not to mention that it would take about fifty dogs like me to pull one sled!!! Maybe Tupper and Gilly could help!

  27. BearSpiritDog
    2:26 pm on March 20th, 2011

    OleyHowlers: Yes! That was Bear & Company joining you. We all made a fine gathering of Happy Howlers last night.

  28. dawson
    2:31 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Me too! I was howling at that big ol’ moon.
    Rio has disappeared.

  29. Melanie
    3:03 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Hmmmm…. I wonder if that yard sale his friend was getting ready for is today?

    Or perhaps like Zoë, she pulled something and is not moving. If that is the case, I hope she finds many good things to watch on demand.

    Or perhaps she is out having fun. That would be nice. I sort of remember doing that at one time.

    Or perhaps that computer that Riö always complains about, has given up the ghost.

    I’m taking a rest. Finished feeding the Pack.

    Since I mixed in a bit of Mattie’s salmon kibble to the other (so I wouldn’t have to carry something heavy up stairs) Ros has taken to eat her kibble vvvveeeerrrryyyy slowly. She is savoring the taste. She is driving the Pack nuts.

  30. Melanie
    3:12 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Looks like Ellen Halverson has come into Nome!
    I think she is the Red Lantern.

    The camera showed a bunch of people at the end. Then the Pack started barking and I had to see what that was about because we’re expecting a bunch of kibble. But the dogs down the street were barking.

    So I up dated the photo and there appears to some dogs down there.

    I have enjoyed watching and figuring out where to find things on the race.

    Now theer are just three people walking back.

    Three cheers for the Iditarod Packs! Three woofs and a howl for AJ, WhiteyLance and Snowhook! And AJ received his rookie buckle. I hope they put some pictures up soon.

  31. Staff
    3:29 pm on March 20th, 2011

    I thought I would let you know what my garden looked like when I was there the last few days. There are more pictures on the blog.
    It was raining there as we left on Saturday so I would have had to howl from the deck.
    I did remember to bring home Barb and Maggie’s seeds so I will be planting them this week once I have some good dirt and some little pots to put them in.
    These plants will be planted in Minneapolis though. No garden at the farm for me this year.

  32. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:35 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Busy!…Been way too busy all weekend long…grump!… The computer got turned on this morning but I couldn’t get to it because all the painting started and I was locked in the bedroom so I wouldn’t get into things….snuffle!… I screamed and cried and no one cared…sniff!…Finally they let me out and then we had to go get lunch, then we had to go get groceries and them we had to fight for gas at the pumps….gruffle!…Everyone and their dawgs were out getting gas today. What’s up with that?

    Home!…So now we are home and she is resting while watching an old Doris Day and Jack Lemmon movie called, It Happened To Jane. …snort!…We’ve never seen this one before and we didn’t know that Jack Lemmon was ever in a Doris Day movie. Wonders never cease around here…grunt!

  33. B.Stover
    3:37 pm on March 20th, 2011

    I’ve forgotten what red lantern refers to.

  34. B.Stover
    4:02 pm on March 20th, 2011

    This is very interesting: “sage” the adjective (wise) and “sage” the plant are derived from totally different words.

    Sage–to be wise–is directly from the Old French> sage. Old English> sefa meant “sense.” These are from Latin> sapio meaning to have the sense of taste. This transferred to the “mental” definition, to be sensible, to be wise. We also get “sapient” (showing wisdom) which is the singular of sapiens…as in homo…sensible humans? Seems a contradition in terms….Just kidding.

    Sage–the plant–is from Old French> sauge; from Latin> salvus meaning safe. It’s assumed the plant was given that name because it was thought to have good healing properties.

  35. Basil and Sage
    4:04 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Hi Bee – there is always a red lantern at the very, very end of the train – the last caboose, so to speak.

  36. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:05 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Lantern!….There’s the Green Lantern…snort!…I know who he is. I think there is even a movie with him in it….grunt! I’ve never heard of the Red Lantern before, unless that is the arch enemy of the Green Lantern.…sniff!…I don’t think ole Reddie is a female though for some reason…sniff!…I could be totally wrong.

  37. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    4:06 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Busy, busy, busy here in Chevy Chase. Mom and dad started serious weeding in the vegetable garden area, which is now enclosed by a picket fence. (Back story there somehow related to that unfortunate incident involving Casey and me and the asparagus patch.). After weeding, some cold weather lettuces were planted ( mesclun and arugula), nestled in the cold frame with some Swiss chard that survived the winter. Me, I supervised, of course, although a brief nap might have occurred as well while lying in the grass. We have crocuses and the very first daffodil opened today. The tips of the peony plants are breaking ground, and there is one hyacinth that is starting to take shape. And a few buds on the lilac bushes have appeared (my mom’s absolute favorite. All in all, spring is definitely in the air. And I even got to do a bit of moon howling myself last night. Wookie

  38. B.Stover
    4:17 pm on March 20th, 2011

    It’s interesting that B&M and Wookie are starting to plant things. Nothing is sprouting here and won’t for another month. In fact, it’s supposed to get cold again next week and we may have snow.

    So the red lantern is for the final racer getting to Nome correct?

  39. Tupper and Gilly
    4:24 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Bee- yup, the lantern is the award to the last sled in. It is still an award, ‘cuz they DID make it.

    Thanks for the info on “sage”. We can’t say that our Sage’s name can be derived from the French meaning of “safe”.
    Nor can we imagine that it relates to the Latin for “wise”, although a certain Kat would like to think so.
    We think that his name actually comes from the root language of Katmandu, where it translates back to the original
    S mart A lec G oofy E gomaniac.
    Ooops…gotta run…run Gilly run! Sage is NOT amused….

  40. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:43 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Wookie!….Hey, Wookie has been as busy as me…sniff!… I was busy bawling in the bedroom and he was busy sleeping in the grass…heh!… Busy, busy, busy! This Doris/Jack oldie movie is really good. A lost treasure. We are still watching it and soon we will be doing laundry and stuff like that to round out the weekend of business… snort!

  41. Barb & Maggie
    4:51 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Bee, It will be cold here again, as well. As Wookie mentioned, the only things we will plant around April 1st will be very hardy plants that don’t mind low temps, even if it gets down below freezing at night. Our last frost date here is around mid May, so fragile things will go in then. Tomatoes and peppers do not like cold weather, nor does any plant in the squash family (cukes, pumpkins, gords, zucchini, etc). Green beans, one of our favorites, go in around May 1st.

  42. Wolfie
    5:20 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Barb and Magpie,

    This is embarrassing, but I can’t seem to find my tomato seeds. Did I hear you say that you had some extras? If so, could I trouble you to send a few more?

  43. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:36 pm on March 20th, 2011
  44. B.Stover
    5:37 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Uh Oh…Sage is not amused.

    B&M: It all sounds good. I’ve never grown vegetables but I love eating them! Especially tomatoes. I grow the basil to go with them.

    We are having sleet….

  45. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:38 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Wolfie!…Oh Brother! This is even worse than asking someone to find a post for you and re-post it ….grunt!…You, my furry, blurry friend are going on the Annoying Guys or Gals Who Can’t Take Responsibility for Copying ((or saving)) The Things They Might Want Later list….grump!

  46. B.Stover
    5:40 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Rio: How did you manage to have no post at 5:36 PM? What will Dawson say?!

  47. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    5:43 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Report to Home Office
    Mission: Plunderers
    Filed by: Natasha, the Vorld’s Greatest Undercover Spy

    Vas very disappointed the Cryptology dept vas unable to break code of Commander Rio. He continues to communicate vith his troops vith commands of “grunt”, “sniff” and “snort”. Ve MUST find translation of these vords! Plunderers are starting to plan next mission. They are raising funds to purchase equipment including bullet proof vests. Vhat possible reason could Pug have for bullet proof vest?
    New information from this veek – MollyPop is the backbone of their intelligence community. She is responsible for computer function and sends info to Plunderers in innocent sounding computer hints. Ve know these are fake lessons; Plunderers are all very good vith computers.
    Ve also have proof that Rio is not supreme commander. Person really in charge is called “B”. Ve think this is for Boss. B vill not let Plunderers get avay vith bad behavior, bad grammer or comma splices. Ve have NO idea vhat “comma splice” is but ve know that officers in her army get demoted von full grade for using them. B is very tough.
    Please have undercover ops department start vorking on new listening devices. Barb and Maggie haf discovered our bugs – so far they only know that they are NOT the real lady bugs, but are only fake. Natasha has defused their examination of fake bugs by saying no Russian bug vould be recognizable as fake. Ve are sure they are convinced.
    Who ever did background check on Plunderers should be demoted. Ve vere unable to follow original plans for Sam as ve vere told she vas Princess. This is NOT. She is only thinkink that she is Princess. (Maybe like Anastasia?)
    Also, there is new agent in Plunderers team. Request background on BearSpiritDog. Looks like big beautiful doggie – do not tell Ivan that Natasha said so. Just send vital statistic info.
    Also, have second look at “Dawson”. Seems this is person who does not obey Commander Rio. Seems to enjoy NOT obeying. Hmm. Is possible another agency vorking to disrupt Plunderers’ mission?
    Please advise on continuing mission.
    Natasha out.

  48. BearSpiritDog
    5:48 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Hi Dawson! Yes, you were part of the pack last night! (and thank you for the compliment yesterday!)

    Melanie! We are so happy & relieved to hear Ellen is into Nome in time for the banquet – which should be starting in about an
    hour. Apparently Alaska is 2 hrs behind the West Coast and not on DST.

    Here is a link to the story:

  49. Barb & Maggie
    5:51 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Wolfie, Tell Mary that I have some left and I can send, but I went back thru old emails, and the ones I saved do not include your address. Do you still have my email? If so send your address to me. If you do not, I will send Mary an email tomorrow at work and she can respond with your address. Last time I had nice little plastic zip bags, but not sure I have any more of those. I will do my best to get them to you safely. Also, they were sent in a large brown padded envelope, if that is any help in finding them.

  50. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:54 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Rockies!… We are watching an exhibition game between the LA Angels (Kirby’s team) and the Rockies right now….snort! …Game is tied 6 – 6 in the 6th inning…hmmm!… Ominous to say the least.

    Stover!… I don’t know why none of the words I wrote to Wolfie about being Annoying didn’t come out in the post….snort!…It was a software glitch…heh!…Or was it another way to moderate?…sniff!

  51. BearSpiritDog
    5:57 pm on March 20th, 2011

    What happened to my last post?

    Here’s the link again:

  52. BearSpiritDog
    5:59 pm on March 20th, 2011

    hmm…it was Natasha. How does she do it?!

  53. Barb & Maggie
    6:01 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Rio is now holding the record for the shortest post. Somehow, we think no one can beat him!

    Bee, we are LOL over Natasha’s post claiming you are Supreme Commander. She is so funny.

    Bee, Last year we grew basil and then made pesto with it and froze it in little cubes. We still have about 6 or 8 left. They are fabulous when added to a chicken or pasta dish. Yum!

  54. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:03 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Hmmm!…A report I found earlier on my desk at Headquarters….snort!

    Official Report from deep undercover spy…stop.
    To Commander Rio …stop.
    As requested Natasha has been lead astray… stop.
    Plans are progressing…stop.

  55. Staff
    6:05 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Yup, I left all my seeds right in the padded envelope so I found it easily. I left mine on the top of a dresser in the bedroom. It seemed like the right place to me. My padded envelope was 5 x 7. good luck finding yours Wolfie/Mary.

    We have bunching/multiplier onions in our garden too. They were given to me by my friend Merlin who has since gone over the Rainbow bridge with many of his feral cat friends. I pass them on to lots of people too. They are fun to have in the garden, and as you can tell they are hardy in Zone 3 which is where the farm garden is located.

    Another thing about hardy plants is that I have had parsley overwinter in my garden. I use the curly parsley and I find it under the snow when we have a good snow pack. If I had any planted last year I am sure it would have been protected by this years snow.

    Rio, Alice wanted my to comment on your post of NOTHING earlier. She says if you can post NOTHING then she can post little things like OOPS or other pithy short comments.
    Then she said, “So there”.

  56. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:16 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Staff!….Tell Alice I did not post Nothing. I posted quite a bit of something, but it didn’t show up when it should have…grunt! … If you want though, I can post nothing for the rest of the day and night and even longer if need be…sniff!…A vacation of sorts…heh!

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:43 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Rockies!… Still 6 to 6 top of the ninth now… sniff! …Lots of new faces and names to try and remember. Not quite sure if they are up from the Minors and just working out or if they will be part of the regular season team…snort!…If we weren’t so damned busy all the time we could find out, but NO!…growl!

  58. bluecat
    7:03 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Rio – if you’re into Jack Lemon movies, Grumpy Old Men and Grumpier Old Men are both funny ones. His Odd Couple buddy, Walter M. is in both.

    Mom and Dad saw The Lincoln Lawyer today. They like Michael Connelly’s books and said the movie was a good adaptation.

    Wishing all Plunderers a spring time of renewal. It’s been a hard winter in many ways – we made it through together, and it sounds like another mission is in planning stages…

  59. Melanie
    7:07 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Hi Bluecat! Haven’t heard any thing from you for awhile.

    I’m really tired! So I will be saying TTFN.

    Jesse is coming tomorrow so I can take Zoë to the doctor.

  60. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:07 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Oooooh, Rio. Still tied in the bottom of the ninth. Gooooooo, Angels!!! Beat them Rockies!!!

  61. B.Stover
    7:14 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Now we’re having thunder and lightning and the thunder is sort of shaking the house.

    Natasha is funny.

    Rio: You should be happy watching your beloved Rockies. I’m watching Harry Potter. They’re showing the director’s cuts along with previews of the final film.

    B&M: I made pesto also and still have some. Delish.

    The brioches just came out of the oven. I made honey cinnamon butter and I’m having one with espresso/foamy richness. Delish also!

  62. B.Stover
    7:22 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Bluecat is back! Hope everything is okay.

  63. dawson
    7:24 pm on March 20th, 2011

    First the “Nothing” post, then the “I did not post Nothing” post.

    Commander Rio is the only Plunderer who can make me laugh by posting nothing at all.

    Heh hah heh heh. (eyes rolling)
    Hah hah hah hah! (belly shaking)
    Whoooeee who who whoooee! (tears starting)

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:24 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Kirby!…First tied game since Spring Training started….heh!

    BluKat!…Thanks, but no thanks. We have never enjoyed Grumpy Old Men no matter how old they are…snort!

  65. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:26 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Rio: I guess that was a happy ending for both of us…sorta…maybe?

  66. Barb & Maggie
    7:34 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Barb is making roast chicken, herbed rice, and spinach sauted in olive oil with garlic.

    Rio, you friend should try doing some spinach this way. Very healthy and the garlic adds a lot of flavor, so you can do it with low salt.

  67. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:35 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Oh no!… My friend has a Dumb Friends League calendar and this month it has a photo of a Frenchie (French Bulldog) on it. He is a dark color with specks of tan and his ears stand up straight but he sits just like I do…snort!… He has a frown on his face and looks pretty pissed off about something and she has totally fallen for him…grump! …What’s a Pug to do?…sniff! …. My only consolation is that she cannot afford a Frenchie. I think they are pretty expensive and they never show up in the unwanted pile at the local Humane Society like ole Popeye the four year old Pug with one eye…sniff!…Why don’t we go get him? I could play tricks on that guy all day long…heh!

  68. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:42 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Rio and Wookie: You’re not the only ones who were very, very busy today. I was incredibly busy! Mom and Dad and my boy did some yardwork (and found some of my hidden stashes of, er, fertilizer!) and I supervised. Then I found an old tennis ball and buried it. But I guess I didn’t do such a good job, because someone uncovered it and we played fetch for awhile. But then when the game stopped I buried it again. This time they didn’t uncover it, although they got close at one point and I had to guard it! But it’s still safely hidden…I think I remember where!

    Oh, and Mom talked to the lady at church who told her about the job for my boy, and she says he made it through the second interview and will be asked to come in for a third interview with the “big boss”! But don’t tell him, because Mom wants to wait and let it be official…just in case.

  69. B.Stover
    7:43 pm on March 20th, 2011

    B&M: What kind of herbs do you use in your rice?

  70. B.Stover
    7:46 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Kirby: That’s great news about the third interview. You’re boy will do well.

  71. Mollypop
    8:08 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Another very busy day. There will also be an extra early bedtime.

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:20 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Goodnight!…Agent Molly (wink wink nod nod)…heh!heh!heh!heh!

  73. Barb & Maggie
    8:42 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Kirby, That is great news about your boy!

    Bee, The spinach is outstanding. Barb adds a little dash of hot sauce to it at the end which gives it a little zing. The rice is so-so, nothing special. We use some brown rice, a little long grain wild rice. Cook in water and chicken stock and some butter. Add some dried parsley, garlic and onion powder, and a little Jane’s Crazy Mixed Up Salt.

  74. Barb & Maggie
    8:45 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Good night Melanie and Molly. Mollypop, is your mom in Florida?

    Barb wants to watch Army Wives on Life Time channel. Should be an extra good one tonight. BBL

  75. B.Stover
    8:46 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Thank you B&M. Wonder if dried marjoram or something like that would go well in rice.

  76. Tupper and Gilly
    8:50 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Ok, here is our plan – we start at Barb and Maggie’s house for dinner, and then on to B.Stover’s for brioches with honey cinnamon butter AND espresso with rich foamy goodness….but Mama says we have to ask Wolfie to blur us ‘cuz she’s not paying for our plane tickets. hmmmph!

  77. Mollypop
    9:05 pm on March 20th, 2011

    MagPie -Mom leaves on Tuesday for Florida and this frenzy will finally end. She’s making everyone tired. Everything was busy with cleaning and organizing but then she read in the paper about the Salvation Army book drive. That took a couple of days to do because of selecting and reading Yesterday the books were delivered and then company came. More busy. Whew!

  78. B.Stover
    9:35 pm on March 20th, 2011

    T&G: There is plenty here so welcome!

    Mollypop’s mom: Have a good trip to Florida.

    Good night all.

  79. Tupper and Gilly
    9:45 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Sunday nights are so dull for tv around here. Zapping thru channels, we found Rodeo Bull Riding.
    Who in the world came up with this idea? Get a big, giant bunch of mean muscles in a slick, slippery hide – throw a rope around his shoulders, piss him off with another rope around his underbits, and then get on his back and stick spurs into him until he bucks you off and tries to run you over with his horns. Yup, that sounds like fun.
    Sheesh…humans are weird!

  80. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:48 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Tuppence!…You could always come here for some Cottage and Green!…heh!…Not much else in the house….sniff!…Just remember, you are not welcome to my food, so don’t even go there…huffle!….Do you guys remember that movie called Jackie Brown? We are “trying” to watch it, for some reason we remember it being better than it has been so far….wuffle! …. Mr. DeNiro is in it, so we feel obliged to give it a try for his sake…snuff.

  81. Staff
    10:05 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Rio, when I went to the Dr. on Thursday he said I had low iron. He wanted me to have an iron infusion. It was no fun at all and I had 6 of the 8 side effects which were so disgusting I will not write about them on the blog.

    When we got home I looked up food with high iron content and found out that in my zeal to eat low salt and low diabetic I have cut out about every piece of food that contains iron.


    So I printed out the list and now have a box of Malt-O-Meal (You could use Cream of Wheat too) and a bag of prunes and hope to never ever do an iron infusion again.

    I read online that there are people who have to do them every few weeks!!! Oh the horror.

    I have been eating lots of milk and cheese for my protein and they have no iron at all. Also since I have been eating lots of yogurt, I found out it tends to keep your body from absorbing any iron you might accidently eat.

    As Melanie would say “Jeez”

    However now you can stop worrying about me. I am on the iron train once more and will soon be all strong and the red blood will be flowing through my body.

  82. Tupper and Gilly
    10:05 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Rio – we would all love the cottage cheese part, but Gilly is the only one who would eat the green onions – that silly puppy will anything that hits the floor – and don’t even try to get between her and a banana chip…

  83. Staff
    10:11 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Double post TandG.

    Heh heh heh

  84. Tupper and Gilly
    10:16 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Staff – huh??? We only see one.
    You get your iron back and feel better – oh, and don’t forget to take extra Vit C – it helps your body absorb the iron in your food.

  85. Barb & Maggie
    10:20 pm on March 20th, 2011

    T & G You are welcome here for dinner (or supper as they say out here) any time.

    Bee, Maybe the majoram would help. The herbed rice is a little flat, so it needs something.

    Staff, glad you are better and also glad you didn’t go into detail about those iron side effects. Barb’s Crazy Lady II boss gets lower intestinal upsets often, and she comes in and gives eveyone GRAPHIC DETAILS about her condition du jour. Ucky to say the least!

  86. Staff
    10:20 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Tupper and Gilly,
    I meant we each posted at 10:05. Not that I did a Dawson. She seems to be the only one who can do that.

  87. Staff
    10:24 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Since we are only at 86 comments I feel it will be OK if I tell Admin and Spence and Chet that I really appreciate the notice of the new friends of Chet at the bottom of each days post.
    I had been forgetting to look at them and they are all so wonderful they deserve being looked at.
    Keep it up Chet.

    Alice, Abbie and Staff

  88. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:32 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Staff!… So what foods did you cut out that were high in Iron anyways?…sniff!… My friend seems to be on the verge of depression all the time….grunt!…Being busy seems to help for a while, but then not. …snort!…Maybe it is low Iron making her feel like she’s been run over by a bus…grunt!

    DeNiro!…Or not, this is the worst movie I have ever seen in a really long time…grunt!… I don’t think it is the one we thought it was in the first place…gruffle!

  89. Barb & Maggie
    10:41 pm on March 20th, 2011

    We agree with you, Staff, about mentioning the newbies on Friends of Chet. We like that feature, too.

    We are heading to bed to read a little of the book Melanie sent, then off to dream land.

    Night all!

  90. Tupper and Gilly
    10:43 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Rio – maybe you should try some more of the old classics. We love “Brigadoon” and “Rear Window”. Oh, and “True Lies” – we LOVE True Lies. So, its not an ald classic, but it is fun!
    Maybe your friend should indeed check in with her D O C…so many organic things can contribute to depression. Could be that some Vit D or iron or Vit B could help.

    And thanks for the explanation Staff – we thought we had committed a Rio-NoNo.

  91. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:48 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Rio. One of the foods my oncologist recommended for me was, of all things, cottage cheese. Lots of protein and calcium and easy to digest. It is actually quite yum, especially with turkey or steak tips mixed in. But I do pass on the green onions though — not so good for dogs. Wookie

  92. Staff
    11:03 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Cottage Cheese has very high sodium. Drat because I like it. But it also has no iron.

    I was eating prunes to help with the tummy but I had stopped eating them. 1/2 cup of cream of wheat contains 8 mg of iron which is the amount that I should have every day. I had been eating cheerios which only have 4mg. Now I have been adding raisins to the Cheerio’s which adds 2.5mg per 1/2 cup, but I don’t eat 1/2 cup of raisins.

    I had stopped eating beans because unless you make them from scratch they have too much salt. I am going to try to get some low salt canned beans, red, kidneys or pinto’s, and maybe some lentils too. The beans have 5mg of iron per 1 cup cooked.
    Boring information but you have to do that at my greatly advanced age.

    Going to bed now. See you all tomorrow.

  93. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:07 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Wooks!….Hi Pal, how are you doing? Been thinking about you today and hoping you are feeling tip-top! …snort!… Someone here is tired but says we are going to finish this movie. She says it’s just dated, but thinks it was a break through type of genre at the time…cough!…I think she is out of her mind. I don’t have to get up and drive to the busy place tomorrow, she does….heh!

  94. Tupper and Gilly
    11:16 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Whoops – Mama just realized that it is after 11 and we have a very long day tomorrow…complete with a Staff Meeting (no relation to our beloved Staff of the Blog) with the Crazy Lady.
    Gotta go catch those elusive z’s.
    G’night all

  95. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:49 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Movie!….this is like the Longest Movie in the World of Movies…grump!… It has been stopped finally and we are going to bed now. Dumb Movie…sniff!…DeNiro sucks in it too!…ugh!

  96. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:50 pm on March 20th, 2011

    Staff: A few years ago Mom was feeling really, really bad, so she went to the doctor — she hadn’t been in a really, really long time — and it turned out she was anemic. Her iron was so low that the doctor called her at work and wanted her to come back so she could put Mom in the hospital and give her transfusions. Mom said she’d come after she went home and got her things — the doctor said she should have Dad get her things and meet her at the hospital because she wanted her there STAT. When she said STAT Mom knew it was serious! The doctor said Mom was a heart attack waiting to happen. Her blood score was so low that the doctor said she knew of only one other patient who was that low — and she had come to the hospital in an ambulance! The whole time Mom was in the hospital people kept coming in and asking if she was the one with the 3 — Mom felt like she was some kind of tourist attraction! So whatever you do, don’t fool around with your iron level! Mom ate lots of Malt-O-Meal, too, and got hooked on it. She likes it with brown sugar on top. Yummmmm!

  97. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:58 pm on March 20th, 2011

    OK, Mom says it’s time to turn off the computer — long day tomorrow. I don’t know what she’s talking about. Human days are always 24 hours long. My days — who knows? Time is meaningless!!!

  98. Wolfie
    12:26 am on March 21st, 2011

    Rio – another deficiency that can cause depression is thyroid. She may want get a complete physical, a CBC that includes a thyroid panel.

  99. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:44 am on March 21st, 2011

    Kirby, our Angie used to work in the Emergency Department, and she said that anytime anyone came in with something interesting, everyone made a point of “stopping by” especially the lady with the bullet protruding from her skull. Now THAT was a tourist attraction! Good health to your mom. and you. and Wookie. and everybody else. and Mom. and…

  100. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:45 am on March 21st, 2011

    I have heard that depression can be caught from dyspeptic, grumpy pugs, too. Just sayin.

  101. C. Harris
    1:26 am on March 21st, 2011

    Lights off

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    2:43 am on March 21st, 2011

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  105. C. Harris
    2:44 am on March 21st, 2011

    Off. I have to go to bed for good. Too late to take a sleeping pill.

  106. bluecat
    7:20 am on March 21st, 2011

    C. Harris – you make me laugh.

    Take good care of each other, Everybody. Have a good week.

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