Sundays With Ingrid

No one home: Ty still at practice, Mom and Dad at work. No one home and very quiet, the sound of Grampy’s pickup driving away still audible. The house was full of shadows, the edges of everything all fuzzy, but Ingrid didn’t turn on any lights. She went upstairs and lay on her bed, not like her at all on a late afternoon.

She spoke out loud. “What the hell am I going to do?”

Ingrid had read somewhere that sleep was a time when the brain got busy on its own, knitting together this and that, making sense of things. Right now would be good for a sleep like that. But just as Ingrid was about to close her eyes, her gaze fell on the statue of St. Joseph, standing on the shelf over her computer.

A plastic man, bearded and long-haired, not much taller than the soccer trophy beside him. Ingrid didn’t know exactly who St. Joseph was. Somebody’s father, maybe? All she knew was that Mom’s clients liked to bury him upside down in their yards to make their houses sell quickly.

What if you buried him right side up?

I guess your house would never sell.

Ingrid got up. She felt funny, not quite herself, more of a virtual self, a figure in a dream. Maybe her brain was doing some knitting after all. She took St. Joseph off the shelf, carried him downstairs, entered the garage.

Gardening tools hung on wall hooks. Ingrid selected a little hand spade, six or seven inches long. She went out to the front yard.

Where was the best spot for this? Maybe by the dogwood bush, her favorite landscape feature at 99 Maple Lane. Ingrid knelt, cut out a circle of grass, careful not to damage it—Dad was fussy about the lawn, sprinkled all kinds of stuff around every spring. Then she dug a hole, narrow and a little more than a foot deep. No frost yet, the earth still pretty soft—digging was fast and easy.

Ingrid buried St. Joseph right side up in her front yard.

From Behind the Curtain.

Welcome Mazie, alert cat (turns out to be BlueCat!), Cricket. Sneakers: please try again.



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115 Responses to “Sundays With Ingrid”

  1. Barb & Maggie
    9:35 am on April 17th, 2011

    Good morning, everyone. We are in and out early, because today is travel day. Barb goes, I stay. Wonder if she is still mad about the steak? Silly woman, she’ll never learn. I have an advanced degree in Counter Cruising! I bet Bee doesn’t have one of those!

    Barb buried a St. Joseph last fall, upside down in the front yard, but it hasn’t helped the house sale. We’re not Catholic, but what the hay, thought it might work. Tonight is full moon, so we will try another garden-moon-dust dance.

    Have a great day everyone. Will check in tonight.

  2. Wolfie
    9:43 am on April 17th, 2011

    Hey, it looks like I’m first!

    Good morning, everyone. Happy Sunday.

  3. Wolfie
    9:47 am on April 17th, 2011

    I can’t wait to hear all about Lily’s birthday! I just know that she will love her presents!

    Mom and dad are in Roseburg, Oregon, about 560 miles from home. I hope they hurry up and get their butts home!

  4. Mollypop
    9:53 am on April 17th, 2011

    Dawson – The Sabres lost last night to the Flyers. The winning goal was scored by Danny Briere. He’s one of the ones Golisano wouldn’t pay to keep.

  5. dawson
    10:16 am on April 17th, 2011

    Hello Ingrid!
    Mollypop: Ouch! That has to hurt. The Blackhawks versus Canucks is required watching in this household. Patrick Kane is playing well but there are several inexperienced players on that Blackhawk team, much to the dismay of the man in this house.

  6. dawson
    10:20 am on April 17th, 2011

    Good morning Wolfie. You are an early riser.

  7. B.Stover
    10:27 am on April 17th, 2011

    Maggie: You are the queen of counter cruising. Hope Barb has a great day.

    Good morning all.

  8. B.Stover
    10:42 am on April 17th, 2011

    I’m cracking up. SH: I’d love to go on a “hot date” with you but don’t think I could outbid the other ladies.

    Wolfie: I’d love to learn to blur.

    Rio: Sorry the Rockies lost. (Has anyone ever looked at the red bob to see all his moves? Love to know what he’s saying…..)

  9. Melanie
    11:05 am on April 17th, 2011

    Good Morning from my virtual self. (Love Ingrid)

    going to work on a video. BBL

  10. B.Stover
    11:37 am on April 17th, 2011

    Here’s todays NYTimes book review of Atkinson’s Started Early, Took My Dog.

  11. Mollypop
    12:31 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Dawson – When the Sabres didn’t keep Danny Briere, they also lost Brian Campbell – to the Blackhawks. Sheesh!

  12. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    12:57 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Macy – you are leetle upstart, no? You vill never be able to outbid Natasha…and you need spelling lessons too!
    For the date vith Siber, ve now bid 4 billion 101 kopecs, our best hat, von (slightly used) Spugnik, AND a full platter of Sam’s Princess Potatoes (discreet burp)…or maybe half platter.. as long as ve can hold off from eating them ourselves.
    Just who is this Jim that is so skinny? Ve vill fatten him up vith potatoes, yes? Then you vill not be able to use him for bidding. HA!

  13. Wolfie
    1:01 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Natasha, you make me laugh!

  14. Wolfie
    1:04 pm on April 17th, 2011

    And who is this red Bob, Bee?

  15. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:10 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Project!…Good news! My friend has started working on a project to donate for the silent auction….snort!….Even if you guys don’t want to follow through and do the auction she is still going to make this nifty project…grunt!

  16. BearSpiritDog
    1:20 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Hope everyone is having a good Sunday.

    Hello Ingrid! We love visiting with you on Sundays. These adventures are some of our favorites – wish PA would continue the series, but like we said before, guess he is off in another direction.

    Barb: Anxious to hear about Lily’s birthday party.

    B, Thank you for the NY Times Book Review link. Will check the library to see if it is available. I see it is one is a series.

    Wolfie: Yes! Blurring lessons. WooooWoooo!

    And, Hello to Dawson, Melanie, MollyPop.

  17. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:28 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Donate!….I’m thinking maybe I could donate my “Coat of Many Colors”…snort!…That is if someone here can find it for me….grump!

  18. BearSpiritDog
    1:43 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Natasha! Hmm…think maybe we should ask Chet about those (slim) Jims!

    Rio: We are definitely in favor of anything that helps Snowhook raise the needed funds.

  19. B.Stover
    2:01 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Wolfie: The red bob is the….well, it’s NOT a smiley-face…that Rio uses when the Rockies lose. It’s on the second page of yesterday’s posts. He’s redhot mad and telling someone exactly what he thinks. Funny!

    I’d love to have one of Rio’s friend’s projects. How much should I bid….pondering….

  20. B.Stover
    2:04 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Bear: I’ve read several of Kate Atkinson’s books but none in this series. I have the first one on my Kindle but haven’t read it yet. I think several people here were talking about Started Early, Took My Dog……Barb: Weren’t you reading it?

  21. Mollypop
    2:06 pm on April 17th, 2011

    I like the idea of the silent auction, but I have to think about what I have to donate.

  22. Siber-H
    2:14 pm on April 17th, 2011

    When the Rockies lose a game, the red Bob always cheers me up and makes me laugh. I know this isn’t logical, but I love the red Bob.

  23. Melanie
    3:21 pm on April 17th, 2011

    I still need to read last nights comments. I’ve been having fun!

    Enjoy a Walk / Run / Swim with The Pack!

  24. Wolfie
    3:48 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Oh yes, I know what you mean! I like the red bob too!

  25. B.Stover
    4:01 pm on April 17th, 2011

    I wonder how much the van weighs with nine Newfs inside…..

  26. Gus and BooBear
    4:05 pm on April 17th, 2011

    We like the idea of the silent auction as a fund raiser for Snowhook, although we have no idea what we could donate that someone would spend money on. And the cookbook as a blog keepsake. Mom doesn’t cook but maybe one of her mom’s recipes would work. We’ll look at those if the project moves forward.

    Maggie, you should not have gotten in trouble for eating that steak! We taught Mom and Dad that along time ago.

  27. Tupper and Gilly
    4:05 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Melanie! aaawwwwwwww…
    How sweet are those doggies! Just got a chance to breathe, and opened the blog to the perfect moment. Your video has lovely music, lovely scenery, lovely dogs and gorgeous Zoe.
    What a great Pack to be surrounded by. Even wet.
    Thanks for a wonderful moment.

  28. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:08 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Good afternoon, y’all! I’ve been supervising Mom and Dad — at least I was until Dad shut me up in the living room. Something about getting in his way — what’s up with that? I need to be close to supervise! But now Mom took a late lunch break and Dad headed to school for the retirement parade, so I’m finally able to get on the computer.

    So now I’m finally catching up on yesterday and today. After watching that video, Melanie, I have just one thing to say: You need to get a bus!!!

  29. Macy the Min-Pin
    4:12 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Kirby, what the heck is a retirement parade?

    Melanie, love to watch as Zoe packs the pack. It is no worse than a subway at rush hour. You just want to make sure no one sticks their rump in your face.

  30. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:21 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Macy: Dad works at a military academy. One of the other teachers is retiring, so all the boys get in formation and march around the parade grounds while the band plays. The teacher who’s retiring will be on the platform with the headmaster, then they’ll “inspect the troops.” Afterwards there’s a reception for the teacher. It’s a lot of pomp and circumstance, and a nice way to say goodbye to a teacher who’s been at the academy for a long time.

  31. BearSpiritDog
    4:21 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Melanie: Just a great video! Dogs after my own own heart <3

  32. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:22 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Puss N’ Boots!….Here’s an idea for you guys….snort!…Why not have your ma buy a basket and fill it with toys and treats. She could then wrap it up with that pretty clear cellophane paper and put a big bow on it….wheeze!…That would be a good thing to donate, I think anyways….grunt!

  33. Gus & BooBear
    4:22 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Melanie, we absolutely LOVED the video!! What beautiful scenery and what beautiful dogs!! Is Ellie what is politlely referred to as a “big girl”?

  34. Gus & BooBear
    4:26 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Good idea, Rio!! Maybe we could do one that is a basket with kid stuff in it and one with pet stuff in it?? Mom has a very good friend who is wonderful at doing those types of baskets and she could make it look very pretty. But we would have to be able to ship it so it would have to be packed really well. We will ponder on this…..

  35. Tupper and Gilly
    4:27 pm on April 17th, 2011

    B.Stover – Mama says that when she goes to see Melanie, beng hit by Newfs to the Ninth Power is truly an awesome experience. First you are in an empty room, then the door opens and a giant, furry, drooling, wagging black tidal waves engulfs you. Its a riot and we challenge anyone not to laugh when those happy faces surround you and beg for pets.
    As far as what they weigh in the van…..well, it is considerably more than the Queen’s Pack of Corgis!

  36. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:32 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Melanie: How come one of the Newfs has to be on a leash with Zoe? Is that someone who likes to run like the wind and not come back when called? I’m not talking from experience, I swear! Well, maybe a little. Sometimes I get told I’m a bad dog when I do that. But I don’t do it real often. Just sometimes. 🙁

  37. Mollypop
    4:36 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Melanie – The video is absolutely delightful!

  38. Wolfie
    4:40 pm on April 17th, 2011


    Wow. Nine newfies are an awesome sight. Made me smile really big! I love those happy, gentle giants.

  39. Melanie
    4:50 pm on April 17th, 2011

    B.Stover, the van and Newfs weigh over 2.5 tons.
    It rides low with the Pack inside.

    KirbyT. Mattie has the leash on. She goes walkabout. She comes back and hour or so later and wonders why everyone is upset.

    Macy: I’ve seen the people in Japan who pack in the subway riders. It is a lot like that.

  40. Tupper and Gilly
    4:54 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Melanie – can you contact Mama on the voice activated secret decoding device, please?

  41. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:56 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Project!….This first project she is going to “attempt” for the auction is different from what she’s done before…snort!…She is mumbling and fiddling with paper while trying to watch the game at the same time…grunt! …So what I’m saying is, it will not be Flowers…heh!…For the first one anyway…sniff!

  42. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:01 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Molly!…I bet there are some who would love to have one of your beautifully stitched pillows!….snort!…Maybe a couple of small ones instead of a big one or whatever…sniff! ….All I know is someone here thought the one you showed us was very pretty!…grunt!

  43. BearSpiritDog
    5:04 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Melanie: Mattie and walkabouts and then there is that teleportation thing she does…

  44. Wolfie
    5:30 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Telepoortation = blurring.

    (Mattie is my first student! Shows great promise, eh?)

  45. Wolfie
    5:32 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Rio, can’t wait to see your friend’s new project!

  46. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:35 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Wolfie!…Don’t hold yer breath…heh!

  47. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:48 pm on April 17th, 2011

    I’m holding my breath — Mom is getting ready to put the cabinet doors back on after taking everything apart to paint. They already put a new back on the cabinet, and that project made Dad cuss a little (OK, it was a lot!) because he was trying to get the nails to go in at the right place. Now Mom is putting the doors on, and she’s not sure if it’s going to work right. The previous owner had used some really big hinges that he cut down the middle! He also cut away some of the wood on the cabinet. Mom thought the way he had it was kind of ugly, so she bought some other hinges and used wood putty to cover the cuts. So everyone please keep your paws crossed that it’ll work! Luckily, Mom doesn’t cuss too much, but I’m afraid the top of her head might just pop off if she has trouble!

  48. Mollypop
    5:57 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Rio – Thank you for liking Mom’s needlepoint. The one I showed cost $650 to have the design painted on canvas and for the yarn. Mom works for $0 an hour so that’s good. Needlepoint is too expensive and time-consuming to be an item for an auction.

    Mom does have an idea though. We have a small picture hanging on the wall that’s about 8 x 10 matted and in a frame. The picture is the head of a dog (I think with a crown) and says “Every dog has its day.”

  49. OleyHowlers
    6:11 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Happy Sunday. We’ve been out and about all day. Just stopped by to see what you are all up to and watched Melanie’s video. We have never seen so many bears before ! Wow those guys look like fun. Can’t believe how all except Mattie walk along with no leads. We wish we could do that but Mom says she knows better.

    Siber: Meashka wants to bid on a date, but shhhh don’t tell Dima.

  50. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:38 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Rockies!….heh!snort!….Earlier, the Umpire was yelling back at the crowd!…snort!…Oh my this is good stuff today…chorkel! …His face was all red and boy oh boy was he mad!…heh! … 9 – 5 Rockies!…woooo!

    Photos!….Well, we have not posted any photo’s lately because I have become an expert at avoiding the dreaded camera…heh!….Today she bought a bobble head and I want to show you what he looks like….snort!…There is also my “stand-in” for photos, the latest book we are reading and you can even see part of our CRAP computer…huffle! …She says the bobble head is the perfect Pug….snuff!…What does that mean?

  51. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:46 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Project!….This photo is for enquiring minds who are wondering what the next project will be…heh!…She says these are the pieces she made today. Guess if you want, but she will not say what it is going to be eventually…snort! snort!

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:59 pm on April 17th, 2011


  53. Melanie
    7:03 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Glad you guys are enjoying the video. It really brings me joy to share the Newfs.
    Zoë loves me doing this. She says she loves being able to walk them again and then being able to see it.

    I still have yet to read last night’s. Not sure if I will get to it tonight. Have to do a lot of printing.

    Love what people are thinking about for the auction. Pretty cool. Riö, love your stand in. (I think it’s a peacock.)

  54. Siber-H
    7:06 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Oh Wow…I won’t tell Dima Oh Wow

    Howlers, we can’t walk without a leash because we are Free Spirits. (or not very obedient, as mom would say)

    Woo Woo for the Rockies, but I didn’t breathe until the botton of the eighth. Woo Woo

    Rio, you don’t really want to know what your friend means when she says that the bobble head is the perfect pug. Mom has some stuffed Huskies and I don’t ask.
    It is going to fun to find out what the finished project will be.

  55. B.Stover
    7:08 pm on April 17th, 2011

    T&G: Thanks for the description!

    Melanie: Wow!

  56. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:10 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Well, blast! The hinges didn’t work — the two side doors hung over the edge and the two doors that were supposed to meet in the middle were about an inch and a half apart! So now Mom and Dad have pondered awhile and come up with a couple possible solutions. (I like it when Mom does a project — no cussing!) But it’ll have to wait! Mom has to head to the blue box store when they open in the morning. That’s OK — the cabinet where my food is stored works just fine!!!

  57. Siber-H
    7:18 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Love the video, Melanie! Thank You! I’ll go back and watch your videos again and I can’t say that about most videos.

  58. B.Stover
    7:26 pm on April 17th, 2011

    What is a bobble?

  59. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:28 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Videos!….We here love Melanie’s videos…snort!…We especially love the videos with Clarkson, the Newfs and Zoe in them…heh!….I hope she does a lot more in the future…sniff! ….Too bad she didn’t have that camera when the puppies were running amuck…chorkel!

  60. Wolfie
    7:35 pm on April 17th, 2011


    I think your friend is making a turkey.

    Giants are tied, and mom and dad are 120 miles away from home. We all missed them even though Carol the pet sitter is really nice.

  61. Wolfie
    7:41 pm on April 17th, 2011


    The needlepoint was before my time. I would love to see a photo of it.

    Mom is trying to decide what to donate. She has lots of quilt tops, maybe she could get busy and finish one up for a change!

  62. Melanie
    7:44 pm on April 17th, 2011

    KirbyT. I’m so sorry that your food cabinet has doors on it. Darn.

    Zoë agrees with you Riö. She wishes that I had been able to take videos of the puppies too.

    B.Stover: A bobble is a toy that the bottom is still but the head nods and moves!

  63. Liz
    7:47 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Big big big big puppies…bears…pack of bears. Nine newfs in a van is a very funny sight!

  64. dawson
    7:48 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Melanie: Love your video, Ellie ambling along at her own pace, Zoe counting and supervising, all the Newfs freely roaming (except Mattie), the swimming, the shaking and the music.

  65. BearSpiritDog
    7:51 pm on April 17th, 2011

    I must say, Rio, your little stand-in is very cute.

    B! The bobble head: I know you’ve seen them. Little figures with heads that bob up and down and around – hence the word – bobble.

  66. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:58 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Melanie: Yes, the cabinet where my food is stored does have doors, but that’s OK, because I’m really good at getting Mom and Dad and my boy to open the cabinet and give me food and treats. And I’m even better at getting them to share their food with me! Especially Dad — he’s a real pushover!!!

  67. Siber-H
    8:08 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Wolfie…your mom could always donate toffee!!!!

  68. Barb & Maggie
    8:09 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Hi ho, everyone. Barb is back from the burbs. She left me alone for a very long time so I really had to rush out when she got back. Nine hours and no surprises for her in the house! (Whispering) Had to make up for my little indiscretion yesterday.

    Lily LOVED her gift. Barb, Kelly and Jessica (d-i-l) set it up on the patio and filled it with a layer of fiber cloth, then a planting soil mixture and composte. Lily was thrilled! She has most of it planted already with herbs, shallots, garlic, onions,lettuce mixes, radishes and chives. Gift was a definite success.

    Wolfie, hope your Mom and Dad are getting some much needed r & r. The last months have been hard for them, so hope they are able to relax and recoop emotionally while on this trip.

    Barb is trying to think of something good to auction. Is anyone interested in some small antiques?

    Bee, thank you for the review. Yes, Barb is reading the most recent Kate Atkinson book, and now that she is getting used to some of the British slang, shi is titally enjoying it.

  69. Mollypop
    8:24 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Wolfie – My bad! I never posted the latest needlepoint. I must have put up the posey pillow. This one is more the expensive one. It’s a cover for a bench at Sam’s house. Mom still has a lot of work to do on it but it’s more than half finished.

  70. Melanie
    8:34 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Goodness MollyPop, that is a lot of work!

    I’m trying to think of something to auction. A framed Newf picture comes to mind. I have a lot of pictures of Newfoundlands.

    Or I could get YSAS to sign a picture of himself and then the person who got it could wait until he got famous and then sell it on ebay.

    Hmmm. There’s a thought. snicker

    I watched Firefly tonight. Western Sci Fi. Actually pretty good.

    Off to bed. So TTFN!

  71. B.Stover
    8:34 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Mollypop: That’s beautiful!

    Melanie and Bear: Thank you for the explanations of bobble.

    Kirby: Sorry about the cabinet doors.

    Barb: I knew Lily would love the gift. Small antiques sound very interesting.

  72. B.Stover
    8:36 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Melanie: I love Firefly. There’s a movie (made after the series was cancelled) called Serenity.

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:40 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Melanie!… I would bid on an autographed photo of Clarkson for sure!….wooooowheee!…That guy is one of my heros!…snort!

  74. Wolfie
    8:46 pm on April 17th, 2011



    And Mom thinks that quilting is expensive! She is impressed!

  75. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    8:50 pm on April 17th, 2011

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

    Has been very busy veek of vatching Plunderers. Ve haf begun to understand most of their spy talk, so now vill give you information of vhat is being planned by group.

    Is now obvious that Dawson is in control of air force. She tells the rest of group that in her position, she is vatching Blackhawks in battle vith Can-ucks. Ve haf not yet cracked code for “Can-uck”. But ve know Dawson reports to Supreme Commander B.Stover because Stover vas vatching battle of Cans versus Tins. Ve think Cans von that battle, so now haf attacked Blackhawk helicopters. It appears Dawson vill lend support to Blackhawks.

    Up to now, ve thought Barb and Maggie vere harmless members. However, ve now know that Barb is undercover assassin. Her orders come in code in book by Peter Abrahams. She vas directed to bury bury “St Joseph”, code maybe for man from Stalingrad, upside down in yard. Maggie is now revealed to be Counter Spy, so ve must be very careful.

    Commander Rio is very busy this veek. He is sending out message to Plunderers about action, but tells them to be very qviet – he calls this “silent auction”, but ve are not fooled. Ve think there vill be big meeting in mountains – he keeps talking about Rockies.

    Ve have also learned that somevhere in this country is place people can retire vith very leetle money. If ve can find our vay to this place, called Roth, ve can retire vith just 401 kopecs! Amazink!

    Speaking of kopecs, Natasha may be in need of large amount of discretionary funds. There may be chance to spend time vith Siber for…. ummm, for meeting,… yes, that is it, for meeting to discuss Plunderers. Yes, that is reason Natasha vill need kopecs. Not because she is bidding for date. No, of course that is not reason. Natasha is very beautiful and glamorous, does not need to bid for date. But vill need maybe four and half billion kopecs? Ok? No need to mention this to Ivan.

    And send my blue hat – the von vith gold ribbons.

    Vill keep eye on these Plunderers – they are very tricky.

    Natasha out.

  76. BearSpiritDog
    8:51 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Very beautiful, MollyPop!!!

    Kirby: That’s quite a project going on at your house. Sorry to hear about those darn doors. Things like this can get verrry frustrating and a few (or more than a few) cuz words are understandable.

    Melanie: Actually both your ideans for the auction sound good!

  77. Wolfie
    8:53 pm on April 17th, 2011


    I would love to donate some toffee. Just wasn’t sure how marketable it is. But I could make a bunch, put it in cute boxes, and ship it off to whoever the buyer wants it shipped to. Sometimes people will spend money for gifts for others that they may not want to spend on themselves.

  78. Gus & BooBear
    9:03 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Silly Natasha!! She thinks she can get SiberH to tell her blog secrets!! OR she really wants a date with the free spirit. How come the girls always want the wild ones?

  79. Liz
    9:04 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Oooooh i would bid long and hard on that toffee! And the australian dollar is higher than the US now, that gives me the advantage, also higher than kopecs by a long way. Plus my hat is fluffier.

    Small antiques sound good.

    Mollypop, amazing amount of work!

  80. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:05 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Agents!….Excellent job distracting and keeping you-know-who guessing…heh!…The spy business is deceptively easy when you have the right tools…snort!

  81. Mollypop
    9:09 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Wolfie – That needlepoint is expensive because of its size – 24 x 36. The yarn is 50% wool and 50% silk and it needs so much of it! The canvas is 12 holes to the inch so that’s 144 stitches per square inch. Lots of work for Mom and lots of expensive yarn.

    Mom has done needlepoint where she copied a design onto a pillow-size canvas (16 x 16) but the yarn still cost a lot. It can be done with cheaper yarn but it doesn’t make sense to do all that work if it won’t hold up.

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:13 pm on April 17th, 2011

    KATS!…..For some reason, I would really like to know what Staff and her Kats think of the silent auction idea….snort!…They have been very silent for quite a while now and this does tend to worry me a bit…sniff! sniff! ….Whatever could they be doing? I hope Staff’s parents are okay…wuffle!

  83. Wolfie
    9:20 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Mom spent a lot of time in yarn shops last week and it’s true, yarn is pricy but oh so beautiful. She took a knitting lesson and is working on her first scarf….just in time for summer.

  84. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:24 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Wolfie!…Ask her to donate it !!!…heh!

  85. BearSpiritDog
    9:25 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Wolfie: We missed the toffee last time, but heard everyone raving about it. Would love to see it as a auction item. (But, don’t forget the blurring lessons!)

    Gus&BooBear: I do believe Natasha does want that date with Siber-H. Perhaps we can use it to our advantage. heh,heh.

    Over & out.


  86. B.Stover
    9:28 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Natasha is at it again.

    Toffee sounds excellent for the auction.

    Upstairs Downstairs is on.

  87. Siber-H
    9:32 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Rio, I think Staff has been very busy at the busy place but by the end of tomorrow, she will be unbusy.

  88. Snowhook Bella
    9:33 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Wow! The Plunderers have been busy today with ideas about the silent auction peppered with the mandatory mystery and intrigue found on Chet’s blog.

    I’ll throw my two cents in—I think the idea of a silent auction is a great idea! I’m happy to do what is necessary to make it work and would also like to add some items to the mix if you think anyone would be interested—-dog booties that made it all the way to Nome, or an official Iditarod dog tag that each four-legged member of the race team wears during Iditarod except Younger’s tag—with the sensible notion that any object might be dog food in disguise he tried to eat his tag while on the trail. We are also working on kennel apparel right now that I could have AJ sign.

  89. Barb & Maggie
    9:36 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Molly, The bench cover is beautiful! We don’t know much about needlepoint, but know it is very time consuming and very expensive. Barb did some crewel pictures years ago and a cross stitch bedspread that looks like an old fashioned sampler, but it was a printed pattern, not one that she created herself.

    Maybe if she didn’t have all that useless financial information bouncing around in her brain she could be more creative.

    Oh, and she is totally enjoying the book, not titally enjoying it. Surprised we were not moderated on that one!

  90. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:37 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Bear!…This is a surprising turn of affairs…heh!… Natash’s interest in SiberH is something of interest, that’s for sure…snort!

  91. Siber-H
    9:49 pm on April 17th, 2011

    The Borzoi and I are both from the Motherland, but I come from the Native Peoples and the Borzoi comes from the White Russians.

    Bella!!! Hey!!! I am like totally interested in Iditarod items!!! Mom and I are behind you 1000% in the ideas you are coming up with.

  92. Gus & BooBear
    9:50 pm on April 17th, 2011

    We really like some of the items that Snowhook Bella is thinking to contribute to the silent auction. Wow, an official tag that the dogs wear for the Iditarod!! If it was Whitey’s, we may have a bidding war on that!!

  93. Barb & Maggie
    9:54 pm on April 17th, 2011

    That Nattie is cracking us up again with her weekly report.
    She is blowing our cover!

    Love some of the auction ideas, we will try to think of something unique that we could offer, rather than antiques.

  94. Gus & BooBear
    10:08 pm on April 17th, 2011

    We love antique things too, B&M! Don’t know how creative our Mom will be either, but hopefully, she will come up with something that will get a little money for Snowhook!

  95. Gus & BooBear
    10:11 pm on April 17th, 2011

    And we love Wolfie’s toffee, too!! When she sent it at Christmas, we tried to make it last but it went really fast (and Mom didn’t share)!

  96. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:14 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Masterpiece!….Upstairs Downstairs doesn’t start until 9:00 tonight…grunt!…There is no way she will make it past nine. She’s still getting used to her new medicine and all that kind of crap…snort!… Too bad, but we will eventually watch it on DVD one day…sniff!

  97. Barb & Maggie
    10:23 pm on April 17th, 2011

    We would definitely bid on some toffee. It was the best we have ever had, too, and Barb didn’t share either!

    Siber, Do you mean Natasha drinks White Russians? No wonder she acts a little goofy sometimes!

  98. Siber-H
    10:31 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Perhaps I should have said that the Borzoi comes from the European Russians, but she might drink White Russians.

    We love the Borzoi’s reports.

    Mom didn’t share any toffee either. She kept it on top of the fridge. That is overreacting if you ask me.

  99. Barb & Maggie
    10:38 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Oh, and one last thing before we go beddy bye. Guess who is coming home tomorrow? Stormy and Sandy, our two goats who wintered over at a friend’s farm.
    While they were gone they met a billy, and he was a real BOER! No, we don’t mean that he was a bore, he was a Boer goat! Maybe Melanie could post a picture of one tomorrow, like she did with the Belted Galloway.

    Anyway, silly girls, now they are both preggers! Rio is going to love this.

    Off to read a little then sleepy time.

  100. Tupper and Gilly
    10:39 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Hi everyone –
    Mama says she will make a sculpture special for the auction. We are thrilled that Snowhook is in on this – we want some booties!!!
    Barb and Maggie – glad your gift went over so well. And that made us think – how about if you did a gardening gift basket, especially with some of your own heirloom tomato seeds, or some dried herbs or any other treasures from your very own garden? We would bid on that for sure.
    Siber – oooo oooooo Siber’s got a girlfriend, Siber’s got a girlfriend (tee hee)

  101. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:43 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Toffee!…I’ve got to get my paws on some of this amazing Toffee….dammit! …Please, please let it be an item for auction….snort!snuffle!

  102. Liz
    10:47 pm on April 17th, 2011

    This toffee needs to become a business venture! EVERYbody loves it.

  103. Siber-H
    10:54 pm on April 17th, 2011

    night all
    I’m not going to think about pregnant goats….that is the stuff of true nightmares.

  104. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:00 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Goats!…There is absolutely no need for more goats!….grump!…I can’t believe someone here is bringing more of them into this world of over-ridden goats….snort!…I will have to alert Rockie the Undercover Squirrel about this…sniff! …Dire news. Dire news indeed….huffle!

  105. Wolfie
    11:15 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Okay, toffee it is! And Rebecca has some great ideas! I think we may be to something, and let’s face it. Some of the most talented critters are right here. And by that I mean 2 legged and 4 legged!

  106. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:41 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Auction!….We here are very excited about the Silent Auction…heh!…Especially after hearing from Snowhook and the items they want to contribute…WOW!…These are collectors items friends!…snort! ….I bet SiberH is breaking into his penny bank right now, counting his coins…snorkel! …. This could be very, very big for Snowhook, at least how I imagine it anyways…heh!

    Details! …I know you all are waiting for detailed details about the auction…snort! …These will be forth-coming….gruffle!…One person’s “ok” is holding me up on this. Hopefully, dog willing, I will hear something and put forth my plan. Even after that happens, you all can say “No this is not a good idea for us.”…wheeze!…The fact is, I am very excited so far from what I am hearing about the items that will be donated. Quality Items! Not hand-me-downs…heh! These are things that have meaning to the Plunderer who donates them. This is what gives them value….snorkel!….You guys are Great! Greater than you even know! …Woooo!snuffle!cough!

  107. Tupper and Gilly
    11:54 pm on April 17th, 2011

    Hey Rio – do you have an easier time getting to the dark side now with your new computer parts?

  108. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:09 am on April 18th, 2011

    Mollypop: When Mom was in college she spent one summer with her grandma and grandpa. It was the bicentennial summer, and in July the AARP magazine had a needlepoint picture of the American eagle — complete with arrow and olive branch, shield and a banner with “1776-1976” overhead. They had instructions inside for making the needlepoint, and Great-grandpa was determined to make it. So off they went to the store. Mom helped him pick out the yarn and made the canvas for him, then taught him how to needlepoint. He worked on that all summer, and when he finished it he had it framed and proudly hung it on his wall. And when he died and Great-grandma asked Mom if there was anything of his that she wanted, Mom immediately asked for that needlepoint. She thinks of her grandpa everytime she looks at it.

  109. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:13 am on April 18th, 2011

    Tippsy N’ Gully!…Mike Baker is a freakin’ genius!…heh!…No, we have had NO problem at all using Internet Explorer 8 (IE 8) as our browser…snort!…He’s a freakin’ genius if you use his browser of choice…heh! … He should just say upfront, “For Best Response use Internet Explorer 8”….grump!

  110. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:14 am on April 18th, 2011

    The Angels and Celtics both won — all is right with the world! I think I’m going to turn in now. My cozy couch with the Iowa blanket is calling to me!

    Good night, y’all!

  111. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:18 am on April 18th, 2011

    Bob!…I have no idea where that Bob came from…heh! I was trying to say “IE 8″….snort!…If its a Bob again, I’m sorry…sniff!

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