Sundays With Ingrid

“Can we pause right there for a sec?” said Jill, not long after. “In my script, Brucie, that line doesn’t read, ‘I am Oz, the great and terrible and oh so cool.’ It just says ‘the great and terrible.’”

“That’s called ad-libbing,” said Brucie.

“Let’s stick to the script for now,” said Jill.

“Jawohl,” said Brucie.

Stacy whacked him again, actually hard enough to hurt. Brucie didn’t bat his eyes this time. Things went smoothly after that.

Just before the end of the rehearsal, Ingrid saw a little old man coming down one of the side aisles. Hey, Mr. Samuels.

“Ms. Monteiro?” he said.

“Hi, Mr. Samuels,” said Jill.

“I’m going to be doing a piece on The Xmas Revue this year,” he said. “Any chance I could snap a few rehearsal photos?”

“Free ink?” said Jill. “Fire away.”

“You showbiz types,” said Mr. Samuels, taking a camera from his coat pocket.

He came close to the stage, took pictures as they rehearsed. Ingrid made sure to block out his presence completely, although she did allow a dazzling yet somehow mysterious smile to play across her face from time to time. Yes, she was a showbiz type.

Only when Jill said, “That’s all for today,” did Ingrid remember the braces and clamp her mouth shut. Too late.

From Behind the Curtain.

Spence: We seem to have reached our goal over at the FB page. Thanks, everyone! We’ll post about the contest tomorrow.



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104 Responses to “Sundays With Ingrid”

  1. B.Stover
    8:27 am on April 10th, 2011

    I love contests! Good morning Chet, Ingrid and everyone.

  2. B.Stover
    8:42 am on April 10th, 2011

    Here is the Wikipedia article on gelato. As far as I can see the main differences from ice cream are that gelato has lower butterfat, more sugar, and starts with a hot process rather than a cold process. What is fascinating is that it was first created in ancient Rome! They went to mountains to get snow and ice and then stored it underground.

  3. Barb & Maggie
    9:14 am on April 10th, 2011

    Thank you for the info, Bee, and a beautiful good morning to you.

    Can’t wait to see what is in store for us tomorrow. Love a contest!

    We are getting a lot accompolished this weekend, and will be busy today before the big storm comes in this afternoon. Yesterday, the father and son who bale our pasture came over and burned 2 big piles of branches that were stacked up in the pasture. Looks so much cleaner.

    Also the college boy who has been building new pens in the barn finished up, so ugly wire pens are gone. That also looks good.

    Finally, our darling little Lily has her 9th birthday coming up next Sunday. She is into animals and nature in general. She is the one who raised our lovely little Peaches 2 years ago.

    Her new thing is a hydrophonic garden, about the size of a dinner plate, and she is trying to raise lettuce and herbs in the house. No, none of the smoking kind!

    Barb racked her brain trying to think of a neat idea (other than gift cards to Hobby Lobby and Claires). She came up with a salad box garden, and she had the college kid make the box yesterday. It is about 30″ x 48″ and is made with a 2 x 6
    frame. It it has mesh wire cloth on the bottom for drainage. That gets covered with fiber cloth and then the growing medium. It sits on a saw horse type frame for easy storage.

    Barb is so excited about it. She will take it in next Sunday, with some accesssories and a few seed packages. Lily is going to love it!

  4. Melanie
    9:28 am on April 10th, 2011

    (Melanie dragging herself out of bed with a whopping big smile)

    Good Dog did I have a great time, or what? If I had a tail I would be wagging it!

    Zoë came in with Patsy and we all watched the videos I took of YSAS. Very funny.

    So at some point I will be doing photos and videos up. Just have to convince my body that yes, you need to get moving. I know you were moving ALL DAY yesterday, but keep going, you can do it, you need to try . . .

    Morning all! B. Stover I got the pictures off the High Line.

    Riö and other foodies, we almost made it to the Iron Chef’s restaurant. I was going to take a picture for you guys. But coudn’t do it. YSAS has seen it. The menu has NO prices!

  5. B.Stover
    9:52 am on April 10th, 2011

    Melanie: You sound so happy! I love it! I will wait patiently for pictures and videos.

    B&M: The hydrophonic (love that word) garden is fascinating. Lily will love it. Does it get light from being near a window or is artificial light used?

  6. Barb & Maggie
    9:56 am on April 10th, 2011

    Bee, The little hydrophonic garden is a kit with a grow light. That is for indoors. The one Barb had made is big by comparison
    and will weigh a couple hundred pounds by the time all the soil gets added. That one will sit on their patio for the season, and is waist height for kids.

    Melanie, glad you are back and that you had fun. Rest up for the day. Can’t wait to see pics!

  7. Sam
    10:07 am on April 10th, 2011

    Good morning. My family is back from trips. Finally. Dad got back in the afternoon from his golf trip, but my mom and girl were stuck trying to get back from Florida. There was a huge storm in North Carolina and they finally got back at 2a.m.

    My boy was home with me but he goes to college and also works. I have been neglected as usual.

  8. Barb & Maggie
    10:26 am on April 10th, 2011

    Hey, Sam! Poor Sam. Nothing but dry kibble, I bet.

  9. Wolfie
    10:39 am on April 10th, 2011

    Melanie, I am so glad you hag a great time! Would love to see photos of you also.

    Barb, what a great idea. Lily sounds like a gem. Makes me hopeful for the future.

    Contest! Yes!

    Gotta go. We are picking our friends up at SeaTac at 10:00.

  10. BearSpiritDog
    11:24 am on April 10th, 2011

    Spence: I love Ingrid’s adventures and only wish the series would continue. Looking forward to hearing about that contest tomorrow!

    Barb % B: the Talenti is available at major markets, so Nana will get an eye out. B, thank you for the research. It is facinating it goes all the way back to ancient Rome! Barb, Lily sounds like a Treasure. I remember seeing her beautiful picture on the blog a while back.

    Melanie: Can’t wait to see the pictures & videos from your trip! Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I hope Patsy didn’t wake you up too early!

    A good Sunday to Wolfie, Sam, Maggie, Zoe & the Newf’s. And, of course, to all who will post later.

  11. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    11:25 am on April 10th, 2011

    Contest sounds vonderful. Of course Natasha is great competitor so almost not seem fair to rest of you. Oh vell … too bad. You vill yust haf to deal vith it.
    Sam – poor little Princess. Vhy do you not stomp feet and growl. Act like big fierce doggie like MollyPop. Then they vill learn not leave you alone vith only the kibble
    Melanie. Sure YOU had good time. Never think about poor Natasha trying to keep up vith shadow you and Agent YSAS. Do you know that cab drivers not like in movies – vill NOT “follow that cab”!

  12. B.Stover
    11:29 am on April 10th, 2011

    Poor Sam!

    And poor Natasha….

  13. Melanie
    11:49 am on April 10th, 2011

    Sam, if poodleing up doesn’t work, you can try the “poor me” eyes. Get your eyes really big, head tilted down, but eyes on your boy.

    Was that you Natasha? I was wondering about that hat that I kept seeing.

    First two pics: Chinatown!

  14. Melanie
    11:51 am on April 10th, 2011

    The vendors were cool. There were alive fish and dead fish and vegies, and fruit, and trinkets. I love pictures of trinkets, not so much fish.

    Now I’m off to play with videos . . . Will be back with pics from the High Line.

  15. Barb & Maggie
    11:53 am on April 10th, 2011

    Melanie, Do you take the poor fishie home alive? How about chickens? Not live chickens I hope!

  16. BearSpiritDog
    12:55 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Top Dogs – from Corgis to Pugs and everything in between:

  17. Melanie
    12:56 pm on April 10th, 2011

    No live chickens! The next pictures are from the High Line. This is a renovated elevated railroad way through the lower West Side. (Elevators (Thank dog) and stairs)

    Right now it runs about 10 blocks up and will go another 10 or so when it’s done. The rails are still there and they have divided it into different plant zones. Not a lot of things up yet. But awesome.

    This is near the start getting some of the High Line and where it looks over the street.

  18. OleyHowlers
    12:57 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Contests !!!!! We love contests. And there are 3 of us that can put our heads together here at Howling Arabians. Almost doesn’t seem fair to the rest.
    Happy Sunday to you all. Its dark and dank here but we press on with all of our Springtime chores.

  19. Melanie
    12:58 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Beautiful birch (I think) trees. . . amongst the rails.

  20. Melanie
    12:59 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Hi OleyHowlers! Didn’t see any horses in NYC, not in the right spot. I only saw one dog. Usually see a lot more than that.

  21. BearSpiritDog
    12:59 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Melanie: Enjoying the pictures and looking forward to the video.

  22. Melanie
    1:21 pm on April 10th, 2011

    LizF: Stem Cell, heard from someone in Canada. She remembers seeing something on TV. And also talking to someone who’s Newf has had the Stem Cell stuff, this Newf responded well. Here’s what she said:

    I will ask my son too. One clinic is right by his house in Toronto. I’ll look to see if I can find the network and name of the show. I do know it was an older Newf but she was otherwise healthy, and they combined the recovery with hydro-therapy. I’ll get back to you soon.

  23. Barb & Maggie
    1:49 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Melanie, Love the pic of the birch trees. That is lovely.

  24. Tupper and Gilly
    1:51 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Melanie – didja have tofu triangles, huh, didja, didja?
    Didja give YSAS a schlurrrrrrppp from us. We miss him a lot!
    Mama says its a good thing we don’t have an IPaw – our spelling is atrocious, and it would drive the software buggy. We have NO idea what she is talking about.
    Barb and Maggie – the raised garden bed sounds great – it got our family talking about the possibilities of what we will try to grow this year. Mama tried cucumbers – got one deformed little blob that tasted like dirt. She had lots of tomato plants, which the neighborhood bunnies and Grampa’s Pyrenees thouroughly enjoyed. As soon as a tomato was about ripe, it would disa”pyr” like magic. But her raised bed lettuce and basil did great. so we will do that again. We love pesto, and the Kats went crazy for fresh basil leaves. (hmm, does that mean Basil is a cannibal?)
    But for now, we have to give up the ‘puter. Mama has to get to her ckay work, and since she has to hit the “submit” button for us, she said she can’t do that with clay all over her hands.
    We’ll check back in tonight – everyone have a great day. Now we are going outside in the sun with BONES!! Yippeeee!!!!

  25. Melanie
    2:26 pm on April 10th, 2011

    “disa’pyr'” Snicker.

    Well, a video is up but isn’t showing yet. When it does I’ll let you know. It’s called “Key Toss” or what you do when you’ve locked the keys in the apartment.

    More pics! How about The Theatre District???

    Lots and lots of people and signs.

  26. Melanie
    2:29 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Some of the people on the bus went to see “Phantom of the Opera” but the one every was talking about was “Sister Act”. They said it was just fun. Nothing wrong with that!

    Some signs said, “an instant classic!” I asked YSAS how many times those “instant classics” were ever heard of again. He just smiled.

    In the next pic the people in line are waiting for anyone famous to come out from the matinee. Autograph time!

  27. OleyHowlers
    3:05 pm on April 10th, 2011

    We have been reading and watching a lot of stories on the upcoming 250th anniversary of the Civil War. We are wondering if anyone on the blog is planning to do something special in the next 5 years to commemorate. Mom decided she needed to be in Gettysburg for the 250th in 2013 and started looking for where to stay. But then she said she was feeling queasy about the crowds, and thought it might be better to stay there prior to that busy time. We have been very melancholy of late. Listened to some stories on NPR on Friday and was struck again by how raw all of the emotions still are all this long time after the “end” of that war. Why is that? What was that war about anyhow and why do the humans still seem to be obsessed by it?

  28. Alice M. Johnson
    3:11 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Dear BearSpiritDog,
    Thanks for the link to authors and their dogs. Staff has always loved both EB White and PG Wodehouse and really enjoyed seeing them with their dogs. Also the pug leaning on his author was really cute.

    I wonder if Rio ever does that.
    He seems more independent to me. Then I remember his prayers and think that yes he could do that.

  29. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:17 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Melanie!… Did you know that the kid who played Harry Potter is in a play right now?…heh!…I think it is a remake of the old How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying….snort!…He sings and dances in it. In an interview he said he is terrified every time he goes on stage…yeep! ….Did you see anyone famous, besides Clarkson, while you were there?…grunt!

  30. B.Stover
    3:23 pm on April 10th, 2011

    I’ve been cleaning the garden but it’s too hot (78) to do anymore. Can’t believe it’s this warm and wonder when it will snow next.

    I love the pictures Melanie. Thank you.

  31. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:25 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Alice!…That Pug is just trying to push her over so he can have more room on the couch….grunt!…Us guys always need more room on the couch…sniff!

  32. BearSpiritDog
    3:33 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Hi, Alice: I thought of Rio too – at home with his friend.

    O.Howlers: We have a sister & brother-in-law in Montana who are very knowledgable about that period in our history. He is involved in historical battle reinactments in the state. Will ask them what their thoughts are on this.

  33. Melanie
    3:52 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Hey Riö, I didn’t see anyone famous. I did pass where Daniel Radcliffe is playing. The poster shows a much older person than we are used to. I believe he grew up.

    The next video (probably tomorrow since I sent the first out into cyber space and haven’t found it yet) talks about a famous person YSAS has seen. I am such a tourist! YSAS just shakes his head when he’s with me. I had to use my cane the whole time. The sidewalks aren’t level.

    He is such a gentleman. snicker . . . He was holding a door open for me and some guy, much bigger than YSAS, started to barge through, I’m not sure what exactly YSAS did, but the guy all of a sudden was staggering up against the wall. YSAS said, “I’m sorry, I guess you didn’t see that I was holding the door open for my mother.” The guy apoligized! So he was a gentleman to open the door, and a white knight to protect me from getting pushed over!

    Hoping that video shows up soon. I’ve got a couple of more funny pictures, plus one for Harry Potter fans. But I’m resting upstairs right now.

  34. C. Harris
    4:06 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Hello everyone. Just checking in. I’ve skimmed the last couple of days of posts and there were a lot of wise words said and support offered. This is such a great blog community. I hope no one disappears for long as we would miss each other’s “voice” terribly. No matter what our individual problems/trials we all have a great sense of humor which is certainly needed as we walk/run along our paths in life.

    Dad is in rehab now. My sister was traveling in the states when the stroke happened so she was able to fly to see him in the hospital and make arrangements. She is still traveling and will fly to see him again this week. So much has happened at my work with deaths that unless things get a lot worse, I am staying put. The rehab facility does not have room phones and Dad is not answering his cell phone so that is frustrating. Evidently his speech is now ok but his balance and ability to walk is still not good. Also not good is that my Dad is real stubborn and refuses to use a walker or cane. Maybe that stubborness and determination will work in his favor. Some days he is confused and other days not. I guess in a couple of weeks there will be more of a prognosis.

    Thanks everyone for remembering me in your thoughts. You are each special to me. Thanks for resuming posting Rio and come back Dawson. You were the only other northern person on the blog before Rebecca came along. I’ve been meaning to send her my check for a couple of weeks now and now that I can breathe again, I’ll mail it tomorrow! Cheers…

  35. Barb & Maggie
    4:10 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Bear, Thank you for the Top Dog link. Very interesting.

    My Uncle Rudy was supposed to come over and play in the yard with me, but his people have a newborn calf, whose mother won’t feed him, so they have to stay home. The calf was born yesterday at a neightbor’s farm and is a pure bred Scottish Highland calf. They are going to try to bottle feed him.

    Going back out to play a little more in the garden , then will get cleaned up and watch a movie.

  36. Mollie (a black poodle)
    4:12 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Baseball: Lots of ceremonies here. Fri. opening day – World Series Flag up – moment of silence for the Giant’s fan in hospital – up to $150,000 reward now – Giants won at last moment – 12 innings – Wilson did not do as well – was taken out & had some words with the umpire.
    Sat. Players got their rings. Giants won at last moment. Today Buster Posey got award for Rookie of the Year & also a Players Choice award for outstanding rookie. Here is pic of the ring. It was from Tiffany. Sorry if no one wants to hear baseball. Maybe Rio does.

  37. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:13 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Charris!… Why do old people never want to do what’s best for them?…grunt! …I hope he continues to get better over the next few weeks….sniff!…Hang in there pal. Both you and Wookie have loved ones in rehab centers right now…snuffle!

    Daniel!…He didn’t look that grown up to me during the interview….snort!…Heck he is just 21 years old. He is still a short skinny little thing. The nice thing about him is he doesn’t go in for all the Hollywood type stuff. He’s very down to earth and still lives with his parents…snorkel!…My friend says she would love to see that play and of course whatever play that Clarkson is in right now…sniff!

  38. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:17 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Mollie!…You can talk baseball anytime and I will listen…gruff!…Those rings are amazing!! I sure wish my guys could win one this season. …chorkel!…They are playing right now and are ahead by one – bottom of the 8th…Clap!Clap! — Clap!Clap!Clap!…

  39. Mollie (a black poodle)
    4:24 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Thanks Rio. Here is the other side of the ring. Good luck to your Rockies.

  40. Mollie (a black poodle)
    4:28 pm on April 10th, 2011

    I’ll try one more time

  41. Macy the Min-Pin
    4:30 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Charris, so glad to hear that your dad is progressing. I know it can be an up and down process, paws crossed.

    Dawson, come. sit. stay.

    Melaine, we are so jealous. Don’t think we will ever get to NYC, so we are enjoying the travelogue. More please.

    Sam, pulllleeeeze. You little diva.

  42. Macy the Min-Pin
    4:33 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Last week the Rangers had Ring Replica night. All fans got a RR, they were pretty cool for a give away thing. Now they are giving former Rangers their rings as they play their new teams. We have passed the first loss now with one win and another one just about in the bag.

  43. Melanie
    4:36 pm on April 10th, 2011

    C. Harris: I just want you to know that I’m thinking of you and I really “get” the stubborn thing.

    Next picture is for Harry Potter fans. There is an exhibition of Harry Potter things at Discovery Times Square.

  44. Melanie
    4:37 pm on April 10th, 2011

    This if from the High Line. I passed this family all eating apples. LOVED IT! So I asked if I could take their picture. They LOVED IT!

  45. Melanie
    4:38 pm on April 10th, 2011


  46. B.Stover
    4:42 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Bear: Thank you for that site. The pictures were great. On the Sunday Morning show they had their annual “pet show” and Dean Koontz was interviewed about his golden retriever, Trixie.

    Thank you for checking in CHarris. I hope things continue improving with your father. My dad had a stroke so I know how difficult this time is for you.

    Dawson: We would all like you to come back.

    I’m watching Dorian Gray with Colin Firth.

  47. BearSpiritDog
    4:44 pm on April 10th, 2011

    C.Harris: Good to hear from you. Sending healing thoughts for your dad. You are right. His stubborness will no doubt keep him going, but I know it is very frustrating for you. I, too, am missing Dawson – hope she will post very soon.

  48. B.Stover
    4:44 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Melanie: I’ve been reading about the Discovery Time Square Harry Potter “exhibit.” Did you get to see any of it? I want to go.

  49. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    4:49 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Just got back from seeing grandpa at the rehab facility. I let him give me lots of tummies because I knew how therapeutic it would be for him. Big sacrifice, but I am puppy enough to do it. He is showing signs of real progress, which is very important. Here’s hoping grandpa and C. Harris’b dad both have speedy recoveries. Glad to see that the Rockies are off to such a good start. Time for a nap (had another really good long walk today, probably over a mile), but I will try to check in later. Wookie

  50. BearSpiritDog
    4:59 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Wookie, That is good news hearing of your grandpa’s progress. I know he loved doing the tummy rubs. Too bad they won’t let you go inside the facility. Enjoy that nap. I know you must be exhausted after that long walk.

  51. Wolfie
    5:08 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Staff and Abbie and Alice,


    I miss her.

    Dawson, if you read this, please come back.

    (Whispered). The contest starts tomorrow!

  52. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:26 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! This is the first chance I’ve had to get on the computer all day! Last night was pretty exciting around here, but not in a good way. We had a horrible, terrible storm. Mom and Dad said it was about the worst one they’ve seen since they moved here. It started with some rain and lightning and thunder, and then there was a little hail. And then there was a little more hail. And then there was a lot of hail. And by the time the first storm passed there was about 2 or 3 inches of hail in our yard. And then we got some more rain. And yet more rain. And wind and more wind. During all of that the lights went off and we all sat around in the candlelight. Finally Dad blew out the candles and we all went to bed, but the lights didn’t come back on until the middle of the night.

    This morning when we got up there was a tree down up the block, and in the park across the street from our house there was a HUGE tree that fell down and took out half of another tree with it. Luckily no trees fell in our yard!

    And for more bad news, Mom and Dad and my boy got to go to lunch with my girl and her boyfriend again, since they were in town for another wedding. I went and stood by the car because I thought I was going to get to go, too, but Mom and Dad said they were going to a restaurant this time, so I couldn’t go. Phooey!!!

  53. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:27 pm on April 10th, 2011

    CHarris and Wookie: Glad to hear everyone’s progressing on the get-better-soon front!

  54. C. Harris
    5:45 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Wooks: I had a dog who who loved “tummies” so much that all I practically had to do was look at her and she would roll onto her back with tummy exposed. It got annoying but she had a lot of other great qualities. I’ve never had a tummy dog since so you are bringing back good memories. Melanie: birth trees are my favorite but I have developed an allergy to them. The month of May means a clogged head and burning eyes. I can’t tell from the photo if those are birch or not–the bark has to be papery to be a birch. Rio: my sister was in Boston yesterday and went to a Red Sox game–her first baseball game ever.

    Re: Ingrid…The students at school are working on a play which opens Friday. I was at school doing other work until 11:00 pm yesterday and would peek into the theater every so often. A lot of work goes into performances both on stage and behind the scenes. Talent and hard work is a great combination.

  55. Tyb
    6:04 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Hi, All,
    I’m late checking in today. Had to leave early this AM to work at a packing party or the Letters from Home Program. Today we packed over 2,000 gift bags and boxes to send to American troops all over the world. I’ve succeeded Blou as the Mascot for the group and do what I can to promote the program. Each time we ship, I include a few hundred note cards randomly in the bags to let the guys and gals know that we support them.
    We shipped last in November and I’ve heard from a few soldiers in Afghanistan and I had one letter from a soldier in a hospital in Germany. The card I sent this time has my picture in front of the American flag with a few bags that were decorated by students in a one room Amish school in southwestern NY. Their art work and penmanship is incredibly beautiful. Too bad it doesn’t show well in the photo.
    On the back of the card, I try include a message letting the troops know that we support them and wishing a safe and speedy return home. Tomorrow I leave on my trip so I’d better get to work on the packing. I’ll be thinking of you and will try to touch base from time to time until I get back.

  56. BearSpiritDog
    6:28 pm on April 10th, 2011

    B. I’m checking out the Dorian Gray movie. It’s one of my favorites, although I haven’t seen the Colin Firth version. Sorry to have missed the Dean Koontz interview in which he talks about Trixie. She has become quite famous. His stories with dogs in them are always best sellers which, of course, is no surprise to any of us.

    Melanie, I love that photo of the family eating apples!

    Kirby! That storm sounded really scary! Thank Dog you are all okay. I saw news photos of the tennis ball size hail. Yikes!

  57. Melanie
    6:40 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Good Job TYB!
    Wöökie, I know how much tummies mean to you, and I think they mean more to your grandpa!
    KirbyT: Maybe when you go outside you should take a trash can lid over your head.
    B. Stover: I brought home the picture for Zoë. It cost money to go in and I spent mine on lunch and cab rides!

    While waiting for the bus, I saw this. Snicker . . .

  58. Melanie
    6:42 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Last picture is of some picnic tables that made for a cool pic.

    The youtube people said that uploading can sometimes take hours. It depends on the load on their servers. Considering it is Sunday, it’s probably why the video has shown up yet.


  59. Melanie
    6:43 pm on April 10th, 2011


    Jeez, I’m not tired.

  60. B.Stover
    6:48 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Bear: The Dorian Gray movie is a bit much. This modern version could include much more than Oscar Wilde could in Victorian England. It started out with interesting camera work while the portrait is being painted. Let me know what you think.

    Good news Wookie.

    I saw the hail storm on the news also Kirby. When we’ve had hail like that cars were dented, roofs were damaged and so were windows. Far too much excitement.

    Have a good trip Tyb.

  61. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:48 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Upgrade!…. Dawson if you are reading the blog, I hope you read this…snort!….My friend took a big chance today and upgraded our old computers browser to IE 8. She’s been afraid to do so thinking it would blow-out this stupid computer totally…grunt!…Well, after a few scary things, here I am posting with a new browser….snort!snort!… I can only hope it helps with the speed of going to The Dark Side….wheeze!…That has caused me nothing but frustration ever since that change was implemented…grunt! …I took this frustration out on innocent people, like you…sniff!…. Hopefully the upgrade can contend with the Baker Boys software. I’ll let you all know when we reach that point…whuffle!

  62. B.Stover
    6:54 pm on April 10th, 2011

    I don’t know what IE8 means but congratulations on the upgrade Rio and friend.

    Melanie: Does Zoe like Harry Potter (I do!)? Those are interesting picnic tables. I know I’m being dense, but what is the picture with the chef all about?

  63. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:56 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Handsome!….I bet Mr. Tibbs has a lot of girlfriends…snort!…Just like Wookie…heh!

  64. Mollypop
    6:59 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Kirby – I think your big storm was the same one that kept Sam’s mom and girl from getting home from from Florida until the wee hours of the morning. They texted my mom and she looked on the Internet. Wow! That storm looked nasty! I’m glad you are safe.

  65. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:19 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Kirby!…I bet you thought you were going to get to unbury that lunch you left in the park the other day. Bad luck pal…heh!… At least you were inside during the storm. I always wonder how the little birdies and squirrels survive storms like that…sniff!… Rockie has his own apartment, so he’s always has a roof over his head…cough!

  66. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:36 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Red Sox!…. Hey! I get to watch the Red Sox play the Yankees tonight on ESPN!….Woooo!… This will be fun fun fun!! Because I bet the Charming Mr. Abrahams along with the Pointy Headed Teeth Clenching Spence will be watching it too!…heh!

    Molly!…Sorry but we will be rooting for the Red Sox….sniff!…It’s totally against my nature to be for the Yankees. So even with all the bad blood between the Rockies and the Red Sox, I have to hope they will beat the Yankees tonight!…gruffle!

  67. Mollypop
    7:42 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Rio – Rose and I will be very happy to see your cute curly tail get all droopy when the Red Sox go down in flames.

  68. BearSpiritDog
    7:42 pm on April 10th, 2011

    TYB: Another great photo & gifts for the troups too! You are one hardworking and handsome dog. I know you are looking forward to that trip tomorrow. Stay safe and send us messages from the road when you can.

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:52 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Molly!…Are you going to watch the game or are you just talking trash through your perfect poodle teeth?….snort!

  70. Tupper and Gilly
    8:17 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Hi everyone – a quick break fron sculpting clay, just to say hi.
    We were watching the evening news all about the bad weather systems that are hitting parts of the country – I wish we had that map of where all the Plunderers are, cuz we get really scared by bad weather. If you are in storm country tonight, please, take extra precautions, and please do check in with us tomorrow so we know you are ok.
    TYB – our Dad is a veteran, and he wants to say a special thank you for your work. He worries so much about all the young people in harm’s way, and he is always so grateful when he sees people here gong out of their way to make life just a little easier for our military.
    Rio – congrats on your ‘puter upgrade!! Yippee! We hope it makes it easier for you – especially on the dark side. It would make us crazy to have to wait for 20 minutes to post.
    Well, the clay is wedged and tempered, and its time to get back to it. Mama has shows coming up fast, and clay takes so long from start to finish; she’s panicking just a little bit about having enough work done for the two shows next month….yikes – TWO shows….NEXT MONTH!?!!? Gotta go……………..

  71. Mollypop
    8:26 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Rio – Mom said I could watch this game as long as I don’t get all poodled up. If I do, she’ll change the channel.

  72. C. Harris
    8:28 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Tyb: happy journey and thanks for all you do.
    Rio: hugs and kisses in case you need them. Well, maybe not kisses, pats instead.
    T/G: I think a map of the Plunderers is a *great* idea. I’ve already lost track on where some of you live and how can I ever visit you or retire to a nicer place with 4 seasons if I don’t know where everyone is? Are maps Barb’s talent?

    I’m off to dinner then to school to work for 2-3 hours. I’ve been postponing going back to school but it will make tomorrow easier. I just wanted to post to get us closer to the dark side so that Rio can try out his IE8 upgrade.

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:42 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Molly!….No reason to get all Poodled up yet…snort!… I wonder if SiberH and Wookie are watching the game…chorkel!….SiberH is a Yankees fan at heart, much to my chagrin….groan!

    Map!…That map needs updating. I’m not doing it….grunt!

  74. Melanie
    8:44 pm on April 10th, 2011

    I think Gus and BooBear did the map. Not sure though. It was an excellent map which I thought I put on my screen saver, but I can’t find it.

    Hope you all enjoyed the pictures. I had a blast. Hopefully by tomorrow the video will be up. I’m also going to put up the “Stoop Sitting” video tomorrow. Maybe all those people using youtube will be at school or at work.

    YSAS thinks that TYB looks great. He likes the work you do TYB.

    And Riö, he laughed at the beside YSAS anyone famous. Also congrats on the upgrade.

    B.Stover: This here house is a Harry Potter House! I got started, which got YSAS started, Zoë started, then OTAS, then F, then Dan. We have all the books, American and English editions, and the movies.

    Zoë and I want wands. We would like to do the Evaanesco spell, the Reparo spell and the Accio spell. Then we could stop looking for things we’ve put in a safe place and then can’t remember where they are. Lumos spell would be nice when the electricity goes out. I also wouldn’t mind using Portus. snicker

    Good night all, need to catch up on sleep.


  75. BearSpiritDog
    8:55 pm on April 10th, 2011

    C.Harris/T&G: Wasn’t it Gus&BooBear that did that Map a while back? When they get back from their trip we can ask them to dig it out.

    Signing off early tonight – Bear

  76. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:08 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Melanie, have you seen anything about the Harry Potter section at Universal studios? You can get your very own wand. One has to pick you. Al Roker did a really funny piece on it.

    Yesterday Belle and Annie had to go get their inspection stickers, and I got to go too. I got out of my collar 5 times, which I thought was pretty impressive. I got to go into all the restricted areas at the v-e-t. And an unauthorized walkabout the neighborhood. Our next stop was Petco, where mom got this hideous dogtorture device called a harness. I know I can beat it but I am still trying to figure out how.

    Today, dad thought we should all go out to eat. We went to McDonald’s to get some tea. Hmph, nobody took orders for the three of us in the back. Then we went to Sonic, where Dad shared a wonderful large order of popcorn chicken with us. In my opinion, it would have been better if we did not have to share with dad, but beggars can’t be choosers.

    Then…dad decided this evening that we should all go for a walk. It was superb. Annie and Belle could not keep up with me and mom. We were CRUISING. Now we are all flopped out resting. We had more excitement this weekend than we have had all year. Oh, and Holly and Biddie came for a visit last night. Good times.

  77. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:13 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Whoa!….There was a call I’ve never seen before. The umpire took away the first run from the Red Sox because the runner slid out of the baseline apparently. Freaky. …snort! …The ump sent all the runners back. First time for everything I guess, especially in baseball…heh! ….The Sox finally did get a 1st run in this inning though….huffle!

  78. B.Stover
    9:40 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Melanie: You know that you can buy any of the Harry Potter et al wands, even the Elder wand I think.

    Good night all.

  79. Sam
    9:45 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Macy, I wear a harness and I managed to chew my way through it. We were in a store and Mom was busy talking to a clerk. That got me a walkabout followed by a trip to the pet store, just like you. The next harness is like a little jacket so I’m done for. Houdini couldn’t get out of this one. Rats!

  80. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:58 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Macy: I had an unauthorized walkabout on Friday! Mom and Dad were on the front porch building a cabinet thingy, and I was in the backyard. Dad went through the front gate to get a tool out of the shed, but he didn’t close the gate right, and I just walked right through. Mom saw me come out and she thought Dad had let me out and was right behind me, but he wasn’t. And since she was standing there holding the cabinet together and was afraid to let go because it would fall apart, all she could do was yell for Dad. Meanwhile I trotted next door to visit with the neighbor dog. I was having lots of fun until Dad came over to get me. Rats!!!

  81. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:59 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Hehe, Sammie. My harness is not quite the jacket, but is not likely to be chewed through either. It doesn’t seem right that our talents should be discouraged. Oh well, I will find another way to bug mom. heh

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:00 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Harness!….Sammie, I have to get all harnessed up before we go for a walk….grunt!…I’ve never thought about escaping though. I would probably get pecked to death by geese if I was all on my own in the park out of my harness…yeep!…At least my friend shoos them away or carries me when things get into riot mode….wheeze!

  83. Staff
    10:02 pm on April 10th, 2011

    OH Dear,
    My laptop has decided to stop connecting to the wireless network. I can’t get online at all. I have borrowed Mr.Staffs little netbook to let you know what is going on.

    The horror of it.

    I might have to get a new laptop and jump to windows 7 from my beloved XP

  84. Mollypop
    10:02 pm on April 10th, 2011

    The Yankees need someone to light a fire under them. A-Rod is sick, poor baby, and we need him. Mom is making me go to bed so I’ll have to wait until the morning to see if any magic happens.

  85. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:02 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Kirby my man, we all need to get together. We could get into some serious mischief. *giggle*

    We are in for a big storm sometime in the next few hours. I have dragged the trash can lid in just in case.

  86. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:03 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Bee and Melanie: We’re totally a Harry Potter family — except Dad. My boy tried to avoid Harry — he thinks he’s too cool for stuff like that — but Harry managed to suck him in after all! They’ve all read all the books, and now they’re waiting for the last movie. Can’t be soon enough!

    Mom was saying that rather than trying to keep track of a wand, she’d like to be Samantha — no, not you Sam, she means Samantha Stevens! — so she could just wrinkle her nose and all the projects would be finished and everything would be magically cleaned up!

  87. Barb & Maggie
    10:21 pm on April 10th, 2011

    We have big storms here right now, lots of thunder, lightning, and wind, so Barb says we have to turn the computer off.

    You guys are correct, it is G & B that have the map talent, not us, but it would be nice to have another updated one.

    TYB, have a nice trip and keep up the good work. As a fellow English Shepherd, you make me proud.

    We will check in with the blog in the morning, assuming our computer is working. Night all.

  88. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:25 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Wow!…Every one posted almost at the same time!…shudder!… The Red Sox keep getting guys on base and then leaving them there…snort!…I think they need to re-think their batting line-up or something…sniff!…They are lucky so far that A-Rod is out tonight, that’s all I say…cough!

    Potted!…We here have never read any of the Potter books, but we do enjoy the movies…heh!

  89. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:38 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Molly!…heh!snort!heh!…It’s good that Molly went to bed because she would be all Poodled up right now…snort!

    Natasha!…I wonder if she will ever be a work of clay?…hmmm!

  90. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    10:47 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Rio, my leetle spugnik, I do not understand. Vhy vould Natasha be vork of clay??

  91. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:58 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Clay!…I was thinking that our artistic Clay person could have you as a model one day and make your image into a work of Clay….heh! …Then your “cover” would truly be blown in sculpted fashion and sold at a show for half price…snorkel!

  92. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    11:16 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Oh no my dear leetle grumbledoggie. Natasha vould never sit so long to let her beauty be captured. And no von, not Donald Trump, not Sam Valton, not even you could afford the price of such a vonderful item of art.
    Besides, if you haf Natasha’s likeness, you vould be so captivated you vould never go for walkies, or vatch the base of balls again. You vould forget to eat..and that vould be disaster, no?

  93. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:19 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Do y’all remember last week when I told you about the hero dog? The one who kept the little boy safe when he wandered away from home and was lost in the woods all night? Well, we just watched the news, and the idiot mother and her boyfriend were arrested today because — guess what? — that same little 2-year-old boy was found wandering around the neighborhood again alone — except for his dog and a neighbor dog! So the mom and BF were arrested for child neglect! At least someone was watching out for the kid, but they were members of the nation within the nation, not the so-called grown-ups!!!

  94. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:23 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Natasha!…You are right. The world is a much better place without the likeness of you in it…snorkel!

  95. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:29 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Kirby!….That is an amazing story. I hope that little boy and his pal get a new home…grunt!…My friend doesn’t let me out of her sight when we are outside. She always watches over me. Even if I dared run trot across the street, she would lasso me, take me down and pull me back to the house. I just know it…snort!…I am not allowed to leave the yard, no matter what!….sniff!

  96. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    11:40 pm on April 10th, 2011

    I do notice that there is no statue of Rio-Pug either….

  97. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:55 pm on April 10th, 2011

    Natasha!…I am not a work of photo-shopped art as you are my dear…heh!…Even Liz refused to draw my likeness. I know I am not a beauty, but the Lord made me and he loves me..snorkel!…He brought forth my friend to take care of me, even though I was the runt of the litter…sniff!…She may regret that decision from time to time, but she is resolved to see it through no matter what…heh! ….That means I get to keep my warm soft bed with all my baseball toys till the day I meet the Lord who made me…huffle!

  98. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:03 am on April 11th, 2011

    Rio: I think most loving parents are the same way. No way do you let a 2-year-old — or your beloved friend — wander around out of your sight!

  99. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    12:09 am on April 11th, 2011

    Rio – I think that you are beautiful in your friend’s eyes…and in mine, you hufflink leetle pugbutt.
    You snort, and grumble and sniff, but Natasha knows, Natasha knows you are soft and squishy like baseball toy.
    Good night leetle von. You haf my permission to dream about Natasha’s beauty and visdom. (you are just jealous of my hat!)

  100. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:20 am on April 11th, 2011

    Tonight!…I am thinking of Wookie, his grandpa, and C. Harris’s dad. I think it is a time for prayer from all of us…..sigh.

    Lord of all Creation, please give peace and hope to the hearts of Maury, Debbie and C.Harris. They are enduring the burden and heartache of their loved ones undergoing immense physical distress. Please, Lord, give healing to their family members. They are so loved among us. We only want the best for them. Be with them and calm their spirits as they deal with the health issues of their loved ones. It is so hard Lord. It is so very hard. We all need you during these times. Please be with our friends and lighten their burden. Amen.

  101. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    12:21 am on April 11th, 2011

    And Lord, please look after Rio and his friend too…amen

  102. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:36 am on April 11th, 2011

    Hey, it says “101 Responses” but I’m not on the Dark Side — what’s up with that?

  103. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:37 am on April 11th, 2011

    Shucks! There it goes! How’s your upgrade doing, Rio?

  104. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:43 am on April 11th, 2011

    Nice bedtime prayer. So I will go to bed.

    Macy out.

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