Sundays With Ingrid

Cracked-Up Katie was well within smelling range. She smelled like Grampy: cigarettes and booze.

“Little girlie, totally lost,” she said. “Or else running away from home. Is that it? You running away from home?”

“No,” said Ingrid, fighting the urge to back up a step.

Cracked-Up Katie squinted down at her. “Bet you are,” she said. “Bet your whole life’s hit the fan and you’re taking off. I’m a real good guesser.” She stuck the sunglasses in her piled-up hair. “Or used to be,” she said, her voice a lot quieter all of a sudden. She glanced around. Her gaze fell on the Coke can. She stepped into the gutter and scooped the can into her shopping bag automatically, like an assembly-line veteran; a shopping bag, Ingrid noticed, that came from Lord & Taylor. “You a Coke person or a Pepsi person?” said Cracked-Up Katie.

Fresca was Ingrid’s drink, but she said, “Pepsi.”

“Me, too,” said Cracked-Up Katie. “Plus rye. What’s your name, sister?”

Ingrid knew better than to give her name to strangers, especially strangers like Cracked-Up Katie. On the other hand, she had to say something. But what?

“Forgotten your name?”

“No,” said Ingrid. Who could forget Ingrid? Ingrid, a name that might as well have been Geek, Dork, or Loser, a name she absolutely hated, inspired by a long-ago movie star in Mom’s all-time favorite movie, Casablanca, curse it forever. Why couldn’t Mom have fallen in love with something starring Drew Barrymore? Drew Levin-Hill: cool, essence of. But no. When she was eight, Ingrid had finally thought up a nickname, but it hadn’t caught on. Nicknames, she learned, were something others had to give you.

“Then what is it?” said Cracked-Up Katie. “Your name.”

Had to say something, real name out of the question, no fake names coming to mind except Miss Stapleton from The Hound of the Baskervilles. “Griddie,” said Ingrid.

Cracked-Up Katie’s expression grew thoughtful, her forehead wrinkling, pushing ridges of dried pancake makeup out of the furrows. “Griddie,” she said. “Cool. Mine’s Katherine, but you can call me Kate.” She held out her hand. Ingrid shook it.

Surprise. The only person who’d ever bought into her nickname turned out to be Cracked-Up Katie. And a second, smaller surprise: how cold her hand was.

From Down the Rabbit Hole.

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99 Responses to “Sundays With Ingrid”

  1. B.Stover
    9:32 am on May 29th, 2011

    I like the name Ingrid. Good morning all.

  2. B.Stover
    9:44 am on May 29th, 2011

    I really enjoyed this review of McCullough’s Americans in Paris. (The last sentence made me laugh out loud.)

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/29/books/review/book-review-the-greater-journey-americans-in-paris-by-david-mccullough.html?ref=review

  3. BearSpiritDog
    10:31 am on May 29th, 2011

    Good Morning Ingrid and Fellow Plunderers!

    B; “The Greater Journey” – A delightful review, as compelling as the book it describes. We thoroughly enjoyed reading such enticing tidbits as: “They did not yet suspect that one could be seduced by breakfast.” A reminder my favorite meal of the week awaits.

    BBL – Bear

  4. Barb & Maggie
    10:33 am on May 29th, 2011

    Good morning. Rainy Sunday morning, but at least the temps are on the rise. Upper 80s by tomorrow. Hope T & G’s Mom is haveing good weather. Also hope she can post some photos of the art work later.

    We love the name Ingrid too. In fact, if Sandy ever delivers her baby, and if it is a girl, it will be Ingrid. Her bag is so full now that she has what they call a strudded udder. That means that the faucets are pointing sideways instead of down. Ehough already, just do it!

  5. Volfie Vigglebutt
    10:35 am on May 29th, 2011

    Good morning Bee. Good morning, everyone else.

    We saw ‘The Bridesmaids’ last night. It was funny! A little raunchy at times, but funny.

  6. B.Stover
    10:49 am on May 29th, 2011

    Bear: I hope you were seduced by breakfast.

    B&M: If Sandy has twin girls they will be Ingrid and Astrid, right?

    Hey Wolfie: I’m going to wait for Bridesmaids to get On Demand. I want to go see Kung Fu Panda 2 because I loved the first one.

  7. Barb & Maggie
    10:49 am on May 29th, 2011

    Wolfie, My sister and hubby went to see it last night also, so I will get their take on it. His daughter said you have to cover your ears because there is so much laughter in the theater that it hurst your ears. It is supposed to be like the female version of The Hangover. Incidently, heard the second one is not as funny.

    Bee, Barb has copied all recipes that have come in so far. She has not yet sorted them, but that won’t take long. How much longer do you think we should go? I know Rebecca is going to send some, and we still need case noodles from Rio. And then Siber is sending 20-30 recipes of his own. Snicker

  8. Barb & Maggie
    10:52 am on May 29th, 2011

    Bee, we posted at the same time! Yes, first girl will be Ingrid, and if she has 2, then Astrid will be the 2nd. Haven’t picked a name for a boy. Yesterday Stormy’s little girl was standing on top of her. Too funny, wish we had a camera handy.

  9. B.Stover
    11:03 am on May 29th, 2011

    Barb: I wonder how Stormy’s girl got on top of her. I think we should give it one or two more weeks for collecting recipes.

    Staff: Would it be possible to put the pictures that you have of individual squares from the quilt in a folder under save on the dishlickers site? (The ones on your blog.) Hope Dawson got off okay…..at such an uncivilized hour.

    Rio: Could you put the two pictures of the finished quilt that Spence put on this blog in a folder under saved on dishlickers?

  10. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:10 am on May 29th, 2011

    Stover. Thanks for the interesting book review. Reading it actually brought to mind one of our favorite places to go when up in Vermont, which is the Saint-Gaudens National Historical Site, which is actually just across the Connecticut River near Cornish, New Hampshire. Cornish is also where J.D. Salinger lived for many years at the end of his life. The site is managed by the National Park Service, and is the only National Park Service property in the entire State of New Hampshire. It is a really cool place to visit with lots of gardens, reliefs of many of his sculptures, and some great hiking trails, including one with a swimming hole that would be wonderful in the middle of summer to take a dip in (don’t know if they allow two-leggeds to do that though). There is even a National Park Service artist in residence in place–wouldn’t that be a neat job to have? Wookie

  11. Barb & Maggie
    11:16 am on May 29th, 2011

    Bee, two weeks sounds good, let’s say June 15th for a tenative deadline. When I said we have them copied, I meant we have 2 copies of everyting. Just in case the Marauding Goats get the first mailing.

    We watched the little goat-she just jumped up like she was jumping on a rock, and then balanced there. Mother goats will let their babies do just about anything to them. They are very tolerant. If another goat tried that, they would get butted across the pasture!

  12. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:17 am on May 29th, 2011

    P.S. I have it on very good authority that members of the nation within a nation have been known to take a cool dip in that swimming hole. Heh, heh! Wookie

  13. Siber-H
    11:22 am on May 29th, 2011

    Barb, I was wondering if you had any opinion on Rio’s question last night about the housing market? Sell or rent? I’m curious also because we have friends that are trying to move down here from Colorado Springs that have the same situation that Rio does.

    I will send in my 30 recipes just as soon as I watch the Indy 500 and the Rockies game.
    The wind and sand are suppose to blow today so we will be trapped in the house. Mom doesn’t remember this ever happening before on Memorial Day weekend.

  14. B.Stover
    11:31 am on May 29th, 2011

    Wookie: I’ve never been to Vermont. Your description gives me another reason to want to go there…with a camera.

    SH: What does the sand storm at this time of year portend? (Love that word and hardly ever get to use it.)

  15. B.Stover
    11:33 am on May 29th, 2011

    B&M: That is interesting about goats. (Whispering: I’ve always liked goats because they’re so good around horses.)

  16. Siber-H
    11:45 am on May 29th, 2011

    The sand storms have never happened this late in the spring before. The southern jet stream hasn’t moved up north like it always does by this time of year. I guess no one knows why unless it is climate change. I think it was Sam that said they have had record rainfall. We have had the driest start of any year on record.
    All of this could portend more wildfires in the state because it is a holiday weekend, people are outdoors, and we have wind and very low humidity.

  17. BearSpiritDog
    11:58 am on May 29th, 2011

    Wookie! Would one of those guys have been you?

  18. BearSpiritDog
    12:15 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Rio: Although renting can be a pain, your friend cannot afford to lose money on the deal, so that seems the only option. It is very sad that home values have plummeted to such a degree. But, if history is any indication, this situation will eventually improve. It is only a matter of time. Good luck with whatever she decides.

    Barb&Maggie: That is too funny about the baby goat! We had no idea they were capable of such antics. Looks like any time now for the birth day of twins?

    Siber-H: Sorry about the uncomfortable weather conditions in your area. I know you are dreaming of northern climates about now. No, wait! Rebecca said it is in the 80’s there! What’s a Siber to do!

  19. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    12:24 pm on May 29th, 2011

    BSD. It’s been known to happen. You may have missed some of my prior remembrances of the joy of rolling in deer poop. And then there was also that unfortunate incident last year with the skunk. Never again will I chase another bad smelling cat with a white stripe. Nope! Your friend Wookie

  20. Staff
    12:29 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Hey Rio,
    Maybe you can talk to Dawson (who will be traveling for the next few days) about renting. She is doing that with her house in Montana. She uses a rental company since she is not on hand all the time. She says she doesn’t make much money but maybe it will keep things stable for you until the market improves.

  21. Staff
    12:30 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Oh, and BStover, I will do that with the quilt squares Ma’am.

  22. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:44 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Ruined!…My friend thinks she almost ruined her project this morning…grunt!…She painstakingly measured and taped the exact spot to lay the project on the mat. Then she used some really strong glue. Unfortunately, it was quick drying glue!!…snort! … The second she laid the project down on the glue IT STUCK!….wuffle!…No amount of trying to move it helped, so its not exactly straight across the bottom.…sniff!….She is starting another project this morning and trying hard not to sob!sob!sob!…heh!

  23. B.Stover
    12:49 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Staff: Thank you.

    Rio: Will your friend show us a picture of the final project?

  24. OleyHowlers
    12:50 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Hello to all and Happy Sunday. We have been spending so much time outdoors now that its warmed up and Mom & Pop are always outside. So we don’t get to check in on the blog much. Mom asks if any of you use your smart phones to post. Hers is much too slow with this website because there is not a mobile version.

    Rio! So glad you are reading the same book. Mom just finished it this morning…and Pop finished it on Friday. Let us know what you think of it.

    B&M, we keep reading thru blogs hoping and hoping to read of happy baby goat news. But we see above that there is still no news to report. Wow this is taking soooo long. Poor mama. and also poor other mama having her kid jump on top of her.

    B: Thanks for the link on McCullough’s book. It sounds great.

    We see there is talk of breakfast seduction. So let us tell you about our Sunday morning scrumdillyicious breakfast. We had our normal kibble, topped with raw egg and bacon grease !!!!! Mom said she never saw our bowls licked so clean. Then later Mom & Pop had their breakfast of pancakes topped with fresh yummy strawberries (we didn’t get any of those) and bacon. And we each got a piece of bacon too! What a Sunday.

  25. Barb & Maggie
    12:51 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Siber, Rent vs. Sell? That is a difficult decision. Right now for buyers, if you can get lending, it is a great time to buy. Interest rates will probably never be lower, and there are good plans out there, especially for first time buyers. Also a tremendous number of good properties on the market, especially with all the short sales (buyer still owns it, but bank allows them to sell for less then they owe, thus coming up “short”)and foreclosures.

    However, if Rio’s friend would take a huge hit to sell now, she might be better off renting for a year or 2 till market improves. That would probably help cover her expenses. Problem with renting, is finding some one who won’t destroy your home. Renters, for the most part, don’t treat your home as well as the owner does. If she lives in an area of high demand, where maybe she could attract a professional person or couple, then it migh’t be OK. Another problem is that right now there is a higher percentage of renters who have bad credit, which is why they are not buyers. One of the properties listed with Barb’s boss has a renter in it. They are $5,000 behind and the owner is going to start eviction process, which takes more time.

    Guess there is no easy answer to it. If she is in an area where she can be selective and maybe find a professional who is a recent transfer to the area, then it might work. Run a credit check too.

  26. Siber-H
    1:11 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Good advice, Barb. Running a credit check on a renter is a very good idea. I hadn’t thought about all the renters out there with bad credit, but that makes sense considering the housing market now.

    Wookie, Mom thinks you are smart enough to have learned your lesson about skunks. I won’t repeat what she said about me.

  27. OleyHowlers
    1:25 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Siber, what lesson about skunks? Can’t do anything about them. If you don’t sneak up on them and grab them by the neck, you are going to get sprayed. Pure & simple.

  28. OleyHowlers
    1:28 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Mollypop was just at the top of my page, and now its BooBear!

    And that reminded us…only 2 more days of Ian !!!!! (we hope)

  29. Siber-H
    1:35 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Fellow Siberians. Four of us plunderers got skunked last summer. Me, Wookie, Wolfie, and Audrey. Getting skunked didn’t bother me. I thought it was pretty funny, UNTIL mom drug me off the groomer.

  30. Belle the Bold
    1:35 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Good morning every body. I have taken over the blogging rights because yesterday, I had THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE so far. Dad and mom usually take me on errands on Saturday, but when they got ready to leave dad said, eek, “not today Belle”. That is SO wrong! So I curled up on the couch a pouted. Then, a little later they were back, so, okay, no biggie. But then dad said come on let’s go. I jumped up in the truck and got into my standard middle of the front seat, on the console riding position and off we went…..to be continued.

  31. BearSpiritDog
    1:45 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Poor Ian…where’s the love? He is such a beautiful, albeit silent, dog.

    Breakfast! O.Howlers, you have described Bear’s breakfast perfectly! And, also Nans’s. How did you know? What did Buddy & TC have? Masquers dined on a fine filet of salmon. Yes, B, as you can see, we were all seduced by breakfast this morning!

  32. Melanie
    2:01 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Mussst ressttt, mussst reesttst . . .
    Started down the hill at 930 am to go to the hardware store. YSAS couldn’t find the correct fittings one way (3 hardware stores).
    I went the other. 4 stores later I found it. Thanks to the not High store . .

    Then various errands.

    Will catch up later . . .

    Good Morning Afternoon all!

  33. Belle the Bold
    2:24 pm on May 29th, 2011

    We rode so long that I had to give up my front seat, almost-shotgun, position for the comforts of the sleeping cabin in back. For a while I don’t know what happened, as I was resting up for the adventure ahead. When I rejoined the front seat bunch, we were riding over the roughest, rockiest, holiest road ever. I had to hang on to the console by the tip of my nails. Dad said something about, “I am pretty sure this is not the right road” and “Is it just me, or are the trees getting closer together?”…

  34. BearSpiritDog
    3:06 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Belle! I’m on the edge of my seat! Sounds like an Adventure!

  35. Snowhook Bella
    3:18 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Belle: and then what happened?

  36. Snowhook Bella
    3:25 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Rio: I’m sure your friend’s project is just beautiful and that she is the only one that won’ consider it perfect.

    SiberH: It’s supposed to only be in the high 60’s today. Come on up to the kennel and hang with the team.

  37. Siber-H
    3:33 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Thanks Rebecca, I’d love to. I get along with all dogs.

    Belle the Bold, This is interesting. Don’t do an Astrid on us.

  38. Melanie
    4:18 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Haven’t caught up yet. . .
    Did you know that wood floats?

  39. BearSpiritDog
    5:20 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Melanie: Sounds ominous…

  40. Staff
    5:41 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Belle, keep talking sweetie. We are very curious here.

    Melanie, How high is the water in the pool now? Have you continued filling it? Yes, we knew wood floats. How else could Tom Sawyer have made a wood raft? You have read Tom Sawyer haven’t you? teehee

  41. Siber-H
    6:04 pm on May 29th, 2011

    I think shopping does the same thing to Melanie that it does to my mom.

  42. Melanie
    6:04 pm on May 29th, 2011

    I’m not sure when I’ll catch up!

    We are building a 2′ X 10′ rest area in the pool. It’s 2 feet high. This way The Pack will have a place to rest and not have to swim all the time.
    Water in the pvc pipe base was not enough ballast to over come the wood platform. We now have huge rocks (scrubbed by Zoë and YSAS) in the pool to hold it down. So that is just about working.

    Now YSAS and ME are putting together wooden stairs to get The Pack in and out of the pool safely.

    Luckily the temperature of the day has gone down a bit.

    I’m doing videos of the different parts. I have one of YSAS diving in the pool (yes, even though it says DON’T) but he doesn’t really have a way in or out yet.

    BTW, he looks very good in a wet suit.

  43. OleyHowlers
    6:13 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Siber, we huskies tend to get skunked every summer. Once, Sasha was so smart and actually hid her dead skunk way out in the pasture. So every time Mom & Pop thought they had cleaned out her skunk smell, the next day, it was back!! You see, she would roll in it to get the fresh smell each day.
    Two years ago, it was Meashka who got skunked. Mom took her to the groomers and they put this perfumy stuff on her. It was so strong that Mom got sick every time she got near Meashka. Finally, she had to bathe that stuff out of her.
    Last year, Dima got skunked the day before Pints for Pups…the Humane Society’s brew-tasting benefit. Mom & Pop used their homemade recipe to clean him up and took him to P4P. The head of the Humane Society asked why they felt the need to bring the one who got skunked! Ha-Ha! guess they didn’t do such a good job on his smell after all.

  44. OleyHowlers
    6:15 pm on May 29th, 2011

    What happened to Belle…we are on the edge of our seats here. And she is on the edge of her seat too it sounds like.

    And Melanie, can’t wait to see the videos of the pool!

  45. Buddy and T.C.
    6:18 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Bear, thanks for remembering to ask about our breakfast. Nobody here worried about our breakfast. We had to eat the same old same old.

    Does everyone now understand how difficult our life with huskies is? I mean come on…what don’t they get about skunks and the fact that the smell is terrible ?? !!

  46. Staff
    6:22 pm on May 29th, 2011

    BStover,
    I put up the photos of the quilt from my blog and I also added another saved item. The quilts that were made for the newfie puppies from Melanie and Zoe and Dan. Remember that? Melanie did a photoshopped quilt from her pics of the puppies. Did DebbieLM make them? I can’t remember who did it.

  47. OleyHowlers
    6:42 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Stephen King was the subject of conversation for awhile yesterday, but we forgot to ask if any of you have read his book The Eyes of the Dragon. It is a book he wrote for his daughter and not like his other books. The heroine is a husky named Frisky. Mom has always wanted to name a husky Frisky after that brave girl.

  48. Siber-H
    6:58 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Wha!! Mom has never heard that Stephen King book. How did she miss it, and I wonder if it is still in print. We will be searching for it.

    Buddy and TC, you are going to be surprised that I am going to symphatize with you. Life for two cats with three Huskies would be difficult. You can count your lucky stars that the Huskies are agreeable (more or less) to this arrangement.

    I like skunk smell myself.

  49. BearSpiritDog
    7:34 pm on May 29th, 2011

    O.Howlers: Yes! “Eyes of the Dragon” by Stephen King! One of Mom’s all time favorites!

    Siber-H, Tell your mom it is available on Amazon. BTW, one of my favorite things to do is find some gross thing at the beach and roll around in it. Don’t understand why everyone gets so upset!

  50. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:43 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Grump!…It seems like all day I have been dealing with someone who is in a really bad Blue Funk…grunt!…She is not happy about the way she permanently glued her Auction Item to the mat….sniff!…Then she was sad that we had to box up all my books at my house today..sniff!…Then she and I are sad because the Rockies lost by one freakin’ point again…grunt!…Its just been a depressing day for her around here…sniffle!…I’m okay, I actually like it here. Her mom and I get along and I love the back yard. I get way more table scraps when my friend is at work…heh!…I know she is sad today, but things are just things, and letting go of things is a good thing….gruff!…Unless its me letting go of my baseball toys, then it is NOT a good thing…grump! …Its all relative, you see….sniff!

  51. BearSpiritDog
    7:46 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Siber-H: We may have an extra copy we could send her.

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:52 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Amazing!….Wouldn’t it be Freakin’ Out of This World Amazing if Stephen King donated an autographed copy of his new book to the Silent Auction??…heh!…That would blow my Pug mind, yes it would…gruffle! …I mean Stephen and The Charming Mr. Abrahams are good buddies, right? How hard would it to ask a friend for one autographed book to be donated for a really good cause?…heh!

  53. Snowhook Bella
    7:57 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Rio: I know we can’t be there in person to lighten your friends load, but we can rally, distract and offer emotional support.

    Belle: Waiting for more…

  54. B.Stover
    7:57 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Staff: The pictures are great! Thank you.

  55. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:11 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Project!…grunt!…Someone asked if they could see a photo of the final Auction Project that my friend has been slaving away on…sniff!…Well, she is pretty mad at herself today about the way it was placed on the final mat…snort!…She asked her mother what she thought because that one there is always ready to criticize something….heh!…Her mother didn’t’ think it looked “That Bad”…huffle!…So my friend is still worried about it and maybe not ready to show the world her mistake(s)…sniffle!

    Rebecca!…I may be able to persuade her to show it because of you…sniff!…and yet maybe not…huff! …She is in a weird mood tonight, so who knows what will happen…chuffle!

  56. Snowhook Bella
    8:18 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Rio: I think a bowl of ice cream or some other caloric splurge is order for your friend, and perhaps you could sacrifice and convince her to give you a belly rub or ear scratch (whatever you could endure) in order to make her feel better.

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:23 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Rebecca!..uh,,No!

  58. Siber-H
    8:24 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Great idea, Rio! After all, Stephen King did write a book with a Husky in it. He might warm to the idea of helping a team of sled dogs.
    Stephen King and PA are both baseball fans. That statement, of course, has nothing to do with sled dogs.

    Bear, Thank you for your offer. Just curious, does anyone know when that King book with the female Husky in it was published?

    Rio, I am sorry your friend had a bad day, but she seems to be feeling much better physically after making the move. I’m thankful for that.

    Belle??? Waiting….

  59. Siber-H
    8:32 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Rio, I have a feeling that the “mistake” on the project is not nearly as bad as your friend thinks it is. We are our own worst critics.

  60. BearSpiritDog
    8:57 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Siber-H: The Hardcover First Edition was published in February 1987. (My email is on dish)

  61. Liz
    9:07 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Dang…i’ve been on the wrong day…dang. SO much to catch up with.

    Great recipes on dishlickers! Pecan tarts sound great Dawson.

  62. Siber-H
    9:09 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Thanks Bear
    That was a long time ago…1987

  63. Staff
    9:13 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Hey Rio,
    Tell your perfectionist friend that we doubt very much that it is as bad as she thinks. Staff knows first hand that your friend can get rather grumpy when things are not exactly the way she thinks they should be. But not everything is wrong just because it is not the way she thinks it should be. I hope this is one of those times.

    That being said I do understand about really kicking yourself when you make what you think is a mistake. I hope a little space allows you to have a different and perhaps more positive perspective on your project.

  64. Staff
    9:14 pm on May 29th, 2011

    LizF, Those tarts are awesome! We still have 12 in the freezer. 😀

  65. Siber-H
    9:19 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Bear, I just found The Eyes of the Dragon on Amazon and since I will be ordering from them in a couple of days anyway, I will order that book then. Thank you so much for your for your offer to send mom a copy. She is still shaking her head about how she missed that book.
    One big question before she reads that book…does the dog die in the book? All anyone has to answer is yes or no. Mom remembers Cujo.

  66. BearSpiritDog
    9:23 pm on May 29th, 2011

    We picked up a couple of “The Thin Man” series at the library so are turning in early to watch.
    Until the Morning – Bear

  67. BearSpiritDog
    9:27 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Siber-H: I saw your post as I was signing off. Now that you mention it, I can’t remember a lot of what happened, just that I loved the book. Will just have to read it again!

  68. Liz
    9:33 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Lucky you Staff! I might try them this weekend. I should have the recipes underway by then!

  69. OleyHowlers
    9:45 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Siber, the book is even illustrated and includes a beautiful drawing of the awesome Frisky. Can’t wait for you to read it.

  70. Staff
    9:45 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Dawson told me you could use the tarts for other things too. She baked them empty until they were just brown (they tend to slide down in the pan) and then we put lemon curd in them. Divine!

  71. OleyHowlers
    9:48 pm on May 29th, 2011

    We still have the book here, but we can’t remember how it ended. But it had to be a good ending or we wouldn’t have loved it. We never read Old Yeller, or Bambi…nothing like that. Can’t handle that stuff.

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:51 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Thinner!….Wow. She says she hasn’t thought of that book in a long time. Bear reminded her of it with his Thin Man reference..heh!…Now, if they used the tactic in ‘Thinner‘ on The Biggest Loser everyone would be as thin as a rail…heh!…Good Ole Stephen King. Always taking the ordinary to the farthest level possible…snort!

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:01 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Relief!… Tonight after sweating about it all day long, she compared photos of her Auction Item…sniff!…One taken before she Quick Dryed it with glue and one just laying where she wanted the Item to be before the gluing ordeal…heh! …Much to her amazement, they are in almost the exact same spot…snorkel! …So she is way more relieved about the whole thing now, and a lot happier, let me tell you! …(((sigh)))

  74. Siber-H
    10:20 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Bear and fellow Siberians, I am sure the dog in the book is okay or you guys would remember it. Mom only saw Old Yellow once and never forgot it or forgave Disney or ever trusted Disney again.
    We will order the Stephen King book.

    Great news, Rio because I know your friend is relieved and happier. I was hoping that it could be saved with all the work she put into it.

  75. Tupper and Gilly
    10:28 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Hi everyone – well the day wasn’t as “short” as we all thought, but Gilly and I had a ball! Everyone that saw us thought we were adorable. I know enough to get under the table and sleep, but today, when there were people feet in sandals right at the edge of the tablecloth, I would just reach out and give them a quick lick. I got away with it til some silly lady screamed. Mama was so embarrassed, but everyone else thought it was funny. Sometimes, I stuck my nose up through the tablecloth so it draped around my face like a little old lady’s babushka.
    I got LOTS of laughs and lots and lots of pets. What a great day.
    Gilly did pretty good for being in a crowd. Unfortunatly, there was another artist family there with their rotten (oops, did I say that out loud?) child and untrained beagle. The kid would scream, the beagle would bay and poor Gilly didn’t just couldn’t stop barking. She wanted to, but something about that beagle just triggered one of her panic buttons. So, she got lots of love and pats and cookies too….think she had a pretty good day after all.

  76. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:28 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Omg!…That final movie with Indians Jones is on…grunt!… It’s such a bad movie to end the series with! We are watching the last half hour of it right now….(((sigh)))…sniff!

  77. Barb & Maggie
    10:30 pm on May 29th, 2011

    We are going to read a little then off to bed. Good night.

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:31 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Tupper!…Did your artist gal sell lots of stuff?…sniff!…Are you set for treats budget-wise after this Big Show?…heh!

  79. Liz
    10:42 pm on May 29th, 2011

    That sounds delish. Did you put meringue on top too? The baking sounds like a non-stop party at your houses, and a few others too…

  80. Tupper and Gilly
    10:43 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Rio – we bet your friend’s project is just fine, but there mght be a way to “fix” it if she really can’t stand it. (this is a technique that Mama has used when she had something off center.
    1. Get a piece of paper that is the the size of the finished, matted project.
    2. Measure the distance from the edge of the FULL mat that the project is on to the outer edge of the widest part of her project.
    3. Make a mark on the new piece of paper just a little less than that measurement (for example, if the full mat is 18 inches, and the project area is 15 inches, there is a one and a half inch border area on either side of the project. So you would mark the new paper about one and a QUARTER inches.)
    4. Mark the new paper all around with that measurement, then connect your marks, and cut along that line. You now have a paper “frame” that you can lay over your matted project.
    5. You can square that “frame” to the actual project – NOT THE MAT THAT IT IS ON.
    6. LIGHTLY mark the mat where the paper frame is squared
    7. Now you can cut the original mat on those lines you made with the paper frame, and since it is cut square to the project, the mat will be correct.
    8. Now you can lay that mat on a new mat that is slightly larger, and square everything up. No one will ever have the slightest idea that the first mat wasn’t square to the project, and you have a double matted finished project that will look even classier.
    (hope we explained that well – we are much more visually inclined and can explain anything with a drawing, but with words its harder)

  81. Tupper and Gilly
    10:48 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Rio – Mama even bought PIZZA after the show today, so we guess she is pretty happy with the sales. (we got lots of crusts for being such wonderful puppies)
    And Mama says RENT RENT RENT! With references and credit checks and a iron clad contract of course. It may be lots of headaches in the beginning to screen and find a good tenant, but a good renter is a treasure, and real estate does always recover, as Liz says.

  82. Tupper and Gilly
    10:52 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Ummm – we know we are tired and may be missing something, but who is Belle? Did we miss a new Plunderer what with getting ready for the show and all?

  83. Liz
    10:52 pm on May 29th, 2011

    T&G, that’s excellent news about the sales today, big congratulations!

  84. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:56 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Tupper!… I can completely visualize what you are suggesting..heh!…WOW!…That is a handy trick to have under one’s crafty belt…snort! …I will tell my friend about that option…heh! …Thank you so much for the info!

    Project!…In this case, the mat was glued down inside the frame at the store…grunt! …And her project is glued to the mat…sniff!…So she will not be able to “fix” anything at this point….slobber!cough!hack!

  85. Snowhook Bella
    10:58 pm on May 29th, 2011

    T&G: Glad the show went well for you treat, tummy and love-wise adn that it was a hit for your mama!

    A sigh of relief for Rio’s friend…

  86. Siber-H
    11:01 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Me too, T&G I am excited about the sales and that all of you had a great time except for the wretched kid and barking beagle.
    I think it is the Belle that is part of Macy’s family. We need her to continue her story.

    Night All

  87. OleyHowlers
    11:02 pm on May 29th, 2011

    T&G, very exciting about the show. We are thinking that we could eat some pizza too…to celebrate your mama’s success.

    Reading Down the Rabbit Hole. Started it this a.m. and it was sort of deja vu because we were re-reading what we read on this morning’s blog.

  88. Tupper and Gilly
    11:04 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Rio – we are willing to bet with the rest of the Plunderers that NO ONE else would ever notice that the project was “crooked” – its tough not being hyper critical of your own work. Artists always know exactly where their “mistake” is, so their own eyes always go right to that spot.
    Besides, whenever Sage and Basil are especially happy and doing LOUD purrs, they go all cross eyed – we think whoever wins the auction for your friend’s work will be so happy with it, they will go cross eyed with contentment, and never see the “not straight” part of the project.

  89. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:08 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Sorry to have been away for most of the day, but we had dinner guests (some relatives from Albuquerque) so we were pretty busy all afternoon. Anyway, to answer Staff’s question, yes it was my mom who made the quilts for the Newf puppies. Sounds like T&G’s mom had a good day. And Rio, sorry about the Rockies (these one run losses are really tough), but very glad your friend feels better about the quilling project; my dad definitely intends to bit on it. Wookie

  90. Tupper and Gilly
    11:10 pm on May 29th, 2011

    We say PIZZA FOR EVERYONE!!!
    And then we say (yaaaawwwnnnn) g’night all.
    Tomorrow is the final day of the show, and then the pack out part – Mama’s least favorite part of any show.
    Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement!
    (its so great to have friends to share stuff with)

  91. OleyHowlers
    11:11 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Good nite all. This book is scary so we think we need to take it up to bed.

  92. Basil and Sage
    11:14 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Oh sure – stinkin’ dawgs had a great day at the show. Stinkin’ dawgs got lots of pets and cookies. Stinkin’ dawgs got all the attention and then got pizza crust to boot!
    And what do we Superior Kats get? (besides pizza cheese and sausage and chin scritches and catnip) – Nothin! That’s what.
    It’s not fair we tell ya! Someone call the SPCA!
    phooey – we’re gonna go catch mousies and take it out on them!

  93. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:14 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Wookie!…I could have sworn I read that your pa intends to bite on the quilling project…heh! heh!… I bet you meant “bid” instead of bit. At least I hope so…snorkel!

  94. Belle the Bold
    11:21 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Sorry for the delay. Mom wasn’t feeling well and she closed the laptop. She KNOWS that we can’t open it, so that was just rude. Since it is getting late, I will continue my story tomorrow. For those of you who get to go on adventures all the time, it may not be that exciting, but for me, woooooohoooooo.

  95. Snowhook Bella
    11:29 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Belle: I was just about to respond to question posed of “Who is Belle?” A family member of Macy and a tease! Adventure is where you find it. Hope your mom is feeling better.

  96. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:38 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Grunt!…Oh Brother!…sniff!

  97. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:54 pm on May 29th, 2011

    Rio. Right as always. My dad is definitely going to “bid” on it, not “bit” on it. Yikes, what a mistake! Wookie

  98. Yamil
    5:06 am on May 16th, 2014

    You might know that; you might own some beats that still possesses Monster’s tiny, sbugujated logo printed on them. But what you do not know is how, in inking the deal, Monster screwed itself out of a fortune. It’s the classic Mark vs Goliath story-with just one minor edit: David gets his ass kicked and is laughed from the arena. This is the inside story of one of several all time worst specials in tech.

  99. Kiana
    10:54 pm on February 16th, 2015

    Ah yes, nicely put, evoeryne.

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