Sundays With Ingrid

When Ingrid walked into the kitchen, the Caddy safely back in the barn, Grampy was at the table eating peanuts, shells all over the place.

“A little nap,” he said. “Had it up to here with naps. Manage to keep yourself amused?”

“Yes,” Ingrid said. “Mr. Borum called. He said he heard a boom.”

From the expression on Grampy’s face, she could tell he wasn’t pals with Mr. Borum. “What did you tell him?” he asked.

“That we still had electricity.”

“Good girl,” said Grampy. “And honest, too. Peanuts?”

“No, thanks, Grampy. I better be getting home.”

“Take the pickup,” Grampy said.

Oh my God. “What did you say?”

Grampy laughed. “Just a little joke,” he said, rising. “Driving the tractor around the farm’s a lot different from a car on the open road. Don’t have to tell you that. You’re one of those kids with natural-born good judgment.”

Ingrid laughed too.

He drove her home in the pickup. Night had fallen. Grampy was quiet. The headlights bored a long tunnel in the darkness. Ingrid felt very safe there in the cab with Grampy, which was kind of crazy.

For no reason at all, she said, “You’re lucky, Grampy.”

“Hell, I know that,” said Grampy. “I’ve got you.”

He parked in front of 99 Maple Lane. Lights were on inside and the MPV was in the driveway. Ingrid opened the door, the manila envelope under her jacket.

“That little Greenpeace episode?” said Grampy. “Let’s keep it between you and me.”

Ingrid knew that wouldn’t be a problem. Secrets had different weights. The Greenpeace secret was a light one, easy to bear. Other secrets, she was learning, were much, much heavier.

“Night,” said Ingrid.

Grampy coughed. “Night,” he said, then coughed a few more times, the last one with a little wheeze at the end.

“Grampy, you all right?”

“One hundred and ten percent,” said Grampy.

From Down the Rabbit Hole.

Welcome Zen Cat Masquers and BearSpiritDog. Gemma – please retry.



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113 Responses to “Sundays With Ingrid”

  1. BearSpiritDog
    9:11 am on June 26th, 2011

    Good Morning!
    It’s a Sun Day for real!
    Looking forward to Good Things.

  2. B.Stover
    9:16 am on June 26th, 2011

    Good morning all.

    Hey Bear. I like your picture! Masquers also.

  3. Rose
    9:25 am on June 26th, 2011

    Good Sunday Morning Bear and B!

    Bear, not only are you wise, but quite handsome as well!

    Love your picture Masquers. You look so serene and Buddha-like.

    May everyone enjoy their day!

  4. B.Stover
    9:33 am on June 26th, 2011

    Hi Rose!

    This afternoon I’m going to the final concert in the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. It will be beautiful!

  5. Barb & Maggie
    9:34 am on June 26th, 2011

    Good morning, beautiful day here, too. Bout time!

    Bee, Are you baking today? Did you do the farmer’s market yesterday?

  6. Melanie
    9:43 am on June 26th, 2011

    Hey, it’s a ZEN KAT! Have you got any Koans for us?

    Morning all! Looking good Bear!

    B.Stover, that sounds wonderful. We are supposed to have sun. We are caught in clouds. Waiting . . .

  7. BearSpiritDog
    9:56 am on June 26th, 2011

    Barb&Maggie: It was good to hear the fundraiser yesterday was a big success. Very heartwarming when everyone gathers together to help out.

    B: The Music Festival sounds lovely!

    Hi Rose! Third game today. That’s a pretty impressive wager you have going with the Pug.

    Kirby: Was rereading the background of the Southern Carolina team (I always think of the University of Southern California when hearing USC, living on the West Coast and all) It is so interesting to hear the background on these things. Thank you.

  8. Melanie
    9:58 am on June 26th, 2011

    Here’s a cool little video. The main characters are not hurt! Zoë wouldn’t watch it at one point.

  9. Masquers
    10:22 am on June 26th, 2011

    Zen Cat’s Healing Prayer

    May the
    love and compassion
    of the
    healing heart
    and health
    to all

  10. Rose
    10:30 am on June 26th, 2011

    B: Hope you have a wonderful time!

    Bear: I’m confident that the Yankees will win today. It is Old Timer’s Day, and that is a big deal for us Yankee fans! Plus the weather here is great…a perfect day for a Yankee win!

  11. Masquers
    10:40 am on June 26th, 2011

    Dear Melanie,

    beautiful video
    Crying Tears
    of Happiness

  12. B.Stover
    10:42 am on June 26th, 2011

    Barb: I’m not baking today but tomorrow I’m making granola. That probably doesn’t count as baking….but it’s delish!

  13. dawson
    10:42 am on June 26th, 2011

    Good Morning everybody.
    A special good morning to the new Friend’s of Chet: Handsome BearSpiritDog and serene Masquers.
    Barb and Maggie: Wonderful that the benefit was such a big success.
    B.Stover: Enjoy the concert. Sounds lovely. Especially since we are back to soggy here. The sun was shining at 5 a.m.

  14. dawson
    10:42 am on June 26th, 2011

    Good Morning everybody.
    A special good morning to the new Friend’s of Chet: Handsome BearSpiritDog and serene Masquers.
    Barb and Maggie: Wonderful that the benefit was such a big success.
    B.Stover: Enjoy the concert. Sounds lovely. Especially since we are back to soggy here. The sun was shining at 5 a.m.

  15. dawson
    10:42 am on June 26th, 2011

    Oh oh.

  16. BearSpiritDog
    10:50 am on June 26th, 2011

    Heh, heh. A Double Dawson to start the day!

  17. BearSpiritDog
    10:54 am on June 26th, 2011


    Thank you for that video! What a nice way for us to start the day! The beautiful music made it very special. Do you know the name of the song and the group?

  18. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:03 am on June 26th, 2011

    Good morning,all.

    We have 100 +* of sunshine that we would be willing to auction off to youse guys for the benefit of Snowhook.

    Starting bid is $1.00.

    I would like to buy some rain.

    Or we could trade,

  19. BearSpiritDog
    11:21 am on June 26th, 2011


    Excellent idea! If only the auction concept could work with the weather. Of course, the bidding would get quite frantic in some parts of the country and go for a very high price.

  20. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:30 am on June 26th, 2011

    Good morning everybody. Great day here in Chevy Chase. Had a great walk this morning with my friend Baxter (a miniature poodle) and my mom’s best friend and her husband are here the weekend, which is very nice. We are also having a cool spell of sorts. Things are going great in the garden, and at the risk of generating great jealousy, we actually had our first tomatoes on Friday — two really yummy Cherokee Purples (a heirloom varietal). It’s the earliest we have ever had tomatoes, although part of it may be because they are planted in direct sunlight outside of the fenced in garden, where they are normally planted. For those of you who remember, we couldn’t use the fenced in garden because of the hornet nest problem (and of course there is also the story of why the fence was built in the first place–that unfortunate incident with me and Casey
    and the asparagus patch). Anyways, got to rest up now for the Rockies-Yankees game later this afternoon. Wookie

  21. Siber-H
    11:41 am on June 26th, 2011

    I ditto Wolfie’s post…the exact same wording and offer.
    Melanie, That is a beautiful start to a Sunday morning.
    Kirby, Thanks for your reply last night…maybe I’ll get a chance to see some of the games.
    Barb, I’m glad it was such a success yesterday afternoon.

  22. Tyb
    11:44 am on June 26th, 2011

    Thanks for the great video. I’ve forwarded it to all my dog people friends.

  23. Staff
    12:05 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Wow Melanie, that video was great and the dog is sure a cutie!

  24. Melanie
    12:17 pm on June 26th, 2011

    I don’t know the music or the band. I think the man in it was in “Police Academy”?

    Love the prayer, Zen Kat!

    That’s wonderful about the tomatoes, Wöökie. I’m seething with jealousy. My tomatoes are 3 inches tall. They were 2 inches when I set them out. NEED SUN!!

    Oh, and Wöökie, we were thinking about a raised bed of asparagus, but with remembering your story, we might change our minds.

  25. BearSpiritDog
    12:23 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Wookie: Good to hear from you. Hopefully I will be watching the game on Fox this morning. Airs here on the West Coast at 11 am.

    Melanie: We knew the background singer on the video sounded familiar: Demis Rousssos singing Goodbye My Love. Like TYB, we are sharing it with our friends and family.

  26. BearSpiritDog
    12:30 pm on June 26th, 2011


    We love stories! Tell us the one about you, Casey and the asparagus patch.

  27. Staff
    12:36 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Dear Bear Spirit Dog,
    Please check your secret decoder device (SDD)

  28. Masquers
    12:52 pm on June 26th, 2011


    When our posts are side by side, have you noticed the colors in our avatars are similar?

    Beautiful morning for a cat nap before the start of the big game.

  29. OleyHowlers
    1:00 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Good Sunday to all our friends. It was great seeing BearSpiritDog and Masquers on the Friends of Chet.

    Great video, Melanie. We are teary-eyed here.

  30. Buddy and T.C.
    1:01 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Masquers, you are so Zen! What a wonderfully great cat you are.

  31. Melanie
    1:03 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Dan is making phone calls and getting set!!

    He is stopping at his first cousin once removed’s place. He hasn’t seen her in over 70 years! Then he’ll be stopping at Zoë’s college roommate. He knew her before mom did because she was his minister’s daughter. Then to my brother’s!

    All in Maine. My sister is taking him. She is off for the summer (she teaches) and thought of this plan.

    Zoë and I will work on the pool. (a plethora of algae since all the rain) and have fun with the dogs. Something we both need.

    Dan called my brother. Now what you need to know is that my brother gets his ability to plan for everyone else from my father. (Good thing Dan went into novels, because we just wouldn’t do as he plotted) When Dan started telling my brother what he had planned for his OWN vacation, my brother said, no that’s not how it’s working.

    Snicker . . . Dan explained, nicely (much better than I would have done) that it is his vacation and this is the way it’s going to be. Guess what?

    That’s the way it’s going to be!

  32. OleyHowlers
    1:08 pm on June 26th, 2011

    We received great news this weekend. Not only are we going to Pints for Pups, but our cousin Zoey is coming from Boston with her people to join us ! Wow we will be having a ball!

  33. Barb & Maggie
    1:19 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Melanie, Great video. Isn’t the guy named Steve Ginesburg? Not sure of the spelling, but have seen him in movies.

  34. Masquers
    1:20 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Buddy: We are all Zen Kats at Heart.

  35. Barb & Maggie
    2:04 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Melanie, I think that actor was in Three Men and a Baby, wasn’t he?

  36. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:51 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Good afternoon, y’all! Mom and Dad talked about going somewhere today, but then they decided just to zone out and do stuff around here instead. One of the things they were doing was looking at the computer — that’s why I’m so late getting here, they don’t understand this is MY computer! They want to find a new place to go for New Year’s. I think I said before that the place where they used to go got eroded and all but one of the cabins were torn down. Last year they were able to reserve that one cabin, but this year somebody beat them to it. The good news is that some of the places they are looking at are pet-friendly, so if they choose one of those I’ll get to go! I’ve never been on vacation — is it fun?

  37. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:02 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Vacation!…. Don’t ask us. We haven’t been on a proper vacation in six lousy years…grump! …Although, she did say her and I are getting out of here and going to the mountains one day when she is off the week of the 4th of July…wooooo!

    Waiting!…I think we are waiting for some guys to come and move some old furniture out of this house…sniff!… Her mother is driving everyone nuts today. More than usual it seems. So we are downstairs watching the game and staying away from her…grump!

    Rockies!….Are ahead by 1 homerun off of Wiggington…heh!…What a guy! What a hitter!…snort!

  38. Siber-H
    3:29 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Rio, Mom and I totally support you and your friend taking off for the mountains for a day.

    Kirby, Tell your folks to choose pet friendly.

    We’re watching the game.

  39. Melanie
    3:29 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Riö! I can see you with your backpack filled with Slim Jims and beer hiking up the mountain. Oh, wait . . . Hmmm . . . maybe I see you being carried by your friend as she plays Sherpa . . .

    MagPie, tell Barb she is correct. Steve Guttenburg was in both. But now if that was him in the short video, it’s pretty old!

    OleyHowlers: Raise a Pint for the Newfs! Just don’t do all nine or they will be carrying you out of there.

  40. Tupper and Gilly
    3:49 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Kirby. Tell your family they have to find pet friendly and take you! Our Mama and Dad go to the beach every year for their anniversary. Last year the place they go invited US! We had a fabulous time. We walked on the beach (don’t like waves much) and since there were huge storms way offshore the waves were gigantic. Gilly was running and barking. Mama went to see what it was and Gilly had found a genuine blue lobster washed in on the waves. We threw it back into the deep water. We knew they were rare but not HOW rare til we got home and looked it up. But we’re still glad we threw it back. We also saw a big shark but don’t know what kind. And we went to the best ice cream stand in the world and had frozen pudding ice cream. Yummers!
    Just today Mama confirmed that we are all going again this year Yippeee

  41. Melanie
    3:56 pm on June 26th, 2011

    T&G, The Pack would like to go!

  42. Masquers
    4:04 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Rio: Thank dog you are here on the blog! Stupid Fox Sports isn’t televising the game. We are depending on you for call by call plays, or at least periodic updates. Standing by…

    No vacation for us. We will be house-sitting for No.1 Son when he travels to Norway this summer.

    Kirby: Our travel plans always include pet friendly lodging. It is only to be expected, after all we are members of the family.

  43. Staff
    4:14 pm on June 26th, 2011

    The Ocean. I love the ocean! We only get close to feeling like ocean when the wind picks up in the shelter belt or the overland flooding in the spring covers the farmers fields. And even then the farmhouses in the middle of the picture ruin the illusion.

  44. Masquers
    4:23 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Staff: I don’t much care for the ocean or lakes or, water in general. Getting wet is not really a kat thing.

  45. dawson
    4:24 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Hooray for Dan getting a vacation!
    Rio: You should insist on a proper vacation. Six years is way too long without one.
    Vacations for everyone!
    It is cold, wet and windy. I’ve started a fire in the fireplace to ward off the chill.

  46. Melanie
    4:24 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Staff, you could picture them as house boats.

  47. Barb & Maggie
    4:27 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Melanie, Maybe he just looks like Steve Guttenburg, and it’s not really him.

    Ocean, Barb says one of her favorite vacations is at Kiawah Island. It is off the coast of Charleston, S.C. and is just lovely. Hilton Head is neat but more commercial. Her family has gone there and you can rent a house right on the ocean, or a row or 2 off the ocean. Expensive, but not really, if you have several parts of the family splitting it up. You can go over to Charleston for the day, or just hang out there at the ocean. Kirby, did your folks ever go there?.

  48. BearSpiritDog
    4:32 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Poor Dawson! All cold and wet outside. Hardly seems like summer, does it? At least there is a warm fire to cheer you.

  49. Siber-H
    4:33 pm on June 26th, 2011

    oh, Masquers is my kind of kat….getting wet is not really a Siber-H thing either.
    The score is tied 4-4

    I am really, really glad Dan feels well enough to go on a vacation. I know he will enjoy it.

  50. Siber-H
    4:35 pm on June 26th, 2011

    I forgot to say that it is the 7th inning.

  51. Melanie
    4:38 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Dawson, Understand. They SAY it’s 70 degrees here, but I think everything is so wet it feels cold!

    Will let Dan know.

  52. BearSpiritDog
    4:39 pm on June 26th, 2011

    LOVE the Ocean! Running into the waves, chasing the stick, high leaps into the air, long walks on the beach, rolling in gross stuff on the sand…

  53. OleyHowlers
    4:43 pm on June 26th, 2011

    T&G, here’s hoping your folks pick pet-friendly. We have never been on vacation either, but then again Mom & Pop can’t really go away on vacation much either, with all the horses and stuff. They did go to the convention in 2008 (we were not allowed) and they also went to St. Michaels in 2009. Mom wants to rent a house with a dock in St. Michaels that is pet-friendly, and rent a boat too. Not sure how we feel about that tho.
    Our big brother Boris always got to go on vacation … lots of different places. We think sometimes its better to be an “only child”.

    Dawson, we hope you start feeling like summer soon.

  54. OleyHowlers
    4:44 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Sorry, its Kirby whose folks are picking vacation homes…see how tired we are from helping Mom wash all the horses ?

  55. BearSpiritDog
    4:55 pm on June 26th, 2011


    Speaking of horses – we finally watched Secretariat last night. Thought it was an excellent movie version of the book. Boy, could that horse run! A beautiful thing to see.

  56. dawson
    5:02 pm on June 26th, 2011

    It was summer yesterday…almost all day. It is only 55 degrees F. today. The man who is supposed to be in this house is stuck down the highway with a bridge washed out in one place and part of the highway in another place. Bad weather all over, it seems.
    As long as I’m complaining, I would like to mention the mosquito bite in my armpit, don’t ask me how. 🙁

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:06 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Maskers!… I can’t do Play-by-Play anymore….snort!… I got lambasted for doing so last season…grunt!… Too bad for you.

    Scream!…. We are both ready to scream today. No peace since we got out of bed this morning. No peace at all. No peace even when we were in bed….grunt!…Who the hell mops the kitchen floor at 6:00am and makes more noise than a German Tank the whole time?…sniff!… Her mother, that’s who!…grumble!

    Game!….We are down here trying to watch the game in peace but that other one is up and down the stairs dragging stuff with her yakking the whole time. She won’t let any one help and she won’t stop either…grunt!… One day someone here will be calling an ambulance after she falls and breaks her neck…sniff!

  58. dawson
    5:14 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Yankees 5 – Rockies 4, bottom of the 8th. Heh, heh.

  59. Siber-H
    5:34 pm on June 26th, 2011


  60. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:36 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Grump!….Just a perfect day so far….snort!…Now I have to figure out a way to get all those empty beer bottles in the mailbox…huffle!

  61. dawson
    5:43 pm on June 26th, 2011

    (B) Rio: Maybe your friend’s mother can help. (b)

  62. dawson
    5:44 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Well, that didn’t work.

  63. Masquers
    5:45 pm on June 26th, 2011


    Too bad you can’t do the play by play. However, Siber-H & Dawson are posting scores so I’ll be okay. I might add Dawson seems to be smirking at this point.

    I know it’s not funny, but….it is! Your descriptions of the goings on at your house have us in stitches.

  64. dawson
    5:51 pm on June 26th, 2011

    I have been known to cheer for the Rockies on occasion but when there is a bet of 99 beers on the wall, well, I’m just trying to protect Rio from himself, that’s all.

  65. dawson
    5:51 pm on June 26th, 2011

    I have been known to cheer for the Rockies on occasion but when there is a bet of 99 beers on the wall, well, I’m just trying to protect Rio from himself, that’s all.

  66. Mollypop
    5:52 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Well , it looks like I’m here at the right time. We’re still at a friend’s house until tomorrow, but checking in. I couldn’t watch the series between the Yankees and the Rockies – darn – so Yankees won! As Macy would say – woot woot.

  67. dawson
    5:52 pm on June 26th, 2011


  68. Snowhook Bella
    6:20 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Gah-rrrump! Shortly before AJ dropped me off at the airport last night, my cell phone died. I couldn’t call AJ to let him know I was safe and I couldn’t visit Chet’s. After an hour and half on the phone with tech support today my phone is working again. The tech called it a ‘ghost glitch’ which I translate to mean, “I have no idea what is wrong with your phone.”

    Dawson: I’m in Las Vegas for a conference and guess what? Narry a mosquito is to be found! Oh, it is wonderful!

    Back to the conference…

  69. B.Stover
    6:22 pm on June 26th, 2011

    The concert was lovely. And we ate at a restaurant with tables outdoors.

    Nice video Melanie. Thank you. That dog is a beautiful runner. Dolphins are one of my favorite animals.

    There is a new Hercule Poriot on Masterpiece Mystery tonight.

  70. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:28 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Watering!….We have to go now and water some stuff at my other house…snort!… Maybe I could line the bottles up and fill them with water. Rose will never know the difference. I’ll just tell her it’s Coors Beer…heh!

  71. Siber-H
    6:34 pm on June 26th, 2011

    I like Rio’s play-by-plays. They are very entertaining and make the game more fun.

    High of 100 degrees in Vegas and no mosquitos…just like here.

  72. Rose
    6:41 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Masquers: Thank you for pointing out our colors are almost the same. How cool is that? We should try and synchronize our postings!

    Rio: 6-4! Heh! Love that Swisher, Posada, and Tex blasted some out of the park today. I don’t think it would be safe to ship all those empty bottles out to New York. I would love that adorable picture of you sleeping on the couch though. Perhaps you would consider “paw”tographing it for me?

  73. Mollypop
    6:47 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Rose – I haven’t forgotten about sending you the picture of Rio asleep sitting up. Tomorrow if our luck holds – Mom has to get all the photos back into our Lightroom database.

  74. Melanie
    6:48 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Dawson, don’t scratch.

    Riö, I did not lambast you. In fact, I enjoy baseball from you point of view. You leave the boring parts out.

    Bella! have a great time!

    Coors Beer. snort

  75. Masquers
    6:50 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Rio: Coors! You joke, but an aunt of ours in Oregon would always request a delivery of this particular brand of brew when we visited. We kind of just shook our heads.

    Bella: Have a great time while you are here and don’t work too hard!

  76. dawson
    6:52 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Siber H: I don’t remember Rio getting “lambasted” for his play by plays. I did a few play by plays too. Maybe I missed the “lambasting”.

    Snowhook Bella: Enjoy the no mosquitoes while you can.

  77. Rose
    7:09 pm on June 26th, 2011


    Thanks, that would be very nice of you and your Mom.

  78. Rose
    7:10 pm on June 26th, 2011



  79. BearSpiritDog
    7:12 pm on June 26th, 2011

    B: Sounds like you had a very good day! Thanks for the heads up re Masterpiece Mystery tonight.

    Hi SnowBella! Didn’t get a chance to say hello to AJ last night – so Hello AJ!

  80. Siber-H
    7:18 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Dawson, I don’t remember much but I don’t think the “lambasting” was serious. I thought at the time that the person or persons (I don’t remember) were kidding.
    We can’t all be interested in the same things. We’d be pretty boring if we were. For instance, I don’t watch the same tv programs that you guys do, but I sure don’t mind you discussing them.

    Eeek, A new fire has errupted up in the Jemez that I can see from my back yard. Another new fire about 50 miles south of me along the Rio Grande.

  81. BearSpiritDog
    7:24 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Siber-H: Yikes! Isn’t that fire in the vicinity of the day trip you took last week?

  82. dawson
    7:31 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Good grief!
    I hope those fires are not caused by humans. I hope they can get them under control in a hurry. The rain here has stopped for the moment.

  83. Siber-H
    7:38 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Yes,Bear, but there have been several fires over the past few years in the parts of the Jemez that we go to. We have seen burned over areas but won’t walk around in them because the dead trees could topple over at any time.

    Eeek again, This new fire in the Jemez is burning toward Los Alamos. It moved 6 miles just this afternoon.

  84. Siber-H
    7:41 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Dawson, the sick thing is that the fires are all human caused. There have been no clouds and no lightning.

  85. BearSpiritDog
    7:44 pm on June 26th, 2011

    When will it end. Siber-H and all those in fire ravaged areas could use some relief. And soon.

  86. BearSpiritDog
    7:46 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Siber-H: Caused accidentally, I hope…

  87. Siber-H
    8:09 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Bear, It will end of the monsoon ever comes. The monsoon isn’t late, but we all hope it shows up on schedule…maybe the middle of July.
    Most of the fires are accidentally caused, but a lot of stupidity can be added to accidentally. A few over the years have been started by wildland firefighters (just a few) who wanted a job. No employment problems this year for the firefighters.

    Homes are being evacuated up there now and Bandelier National Monument is being evacuated.

  88. Melanie
    8:25 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Goodness Siber-H, stay safe!

    Dan was telling me a fire fighting story yesterday. He and Zoë spent their honeymoon on top of a fire tower in OR. There was a fire that started and Dan and other guy who had a bulldozer when down to fight it. Zoë stayed on the fire tower as the communications person.

    Dan said this guy was to bulldoze a fire break and Dan was to put out any small flares.
    Unfortunately, the guy didn’t want to stop working so he kept pulling the coals over the fire break so the fire would start up again.

    Dan said many bad words to him.

    Dan also said that everyone else in department was great and fought fires with great skill.

    Today he made a list of the things he’s taking with him on vacation. OTAS must get that from him! Because he sure doesn’t get it from me!

    Off to bed. I am going to stay up on Tuesday if we have that surprise party for you know who!

  89. BearSpiritDog
    8:45 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Bed? Me too. Not really “bed” but supper and maybe that new Hercule Poriot Mystery B was recommending earlier…

    Nite all – Bear

  90. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:01 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Crap!… I’m hot!…grunt!… Watering stuff is hot work – so there. And the mosquitoes are rabid this year…yeep!… They are actually foaming at the mouth trying to get my Pug blood…grunt! … I’ve been sprayed down too and smell awful awesome bad….growl! …She won’t let me up on the too-tight chair with her tonight. She is tired of all of us I think…heh!

    TV!…What’s on TV tonight?…snort!…We are badly tired… wuffle!

  91. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:04 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Fires!….SiberH! If your house burns down, we have one you can Rent…heh!…Then we really would be neighbors…snorkel! …Stay cool my friend.

  92. Staff
    9:17 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Goodness Mr.Husky I hope the fire gets put out or goes the other way. Not good news.
    Poor Rio, It doesn’t sound like a very relaxing weekend day for you.

    My new computer comes tomorrow and then I have to start moving everything over to it.

    Tuesday evening. I haven’t heard who is bringing what for the surprise party that Audrey is hosting in the east. At you know who’s house. I wish you guys would get on the stick and send in your dishes. As I said, I will be bringing in Carrot Cake. That is my idea of a great birthday cake. With cream cheese frosting!

  93. OleyHowlers
    9:34 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Bear, we have not seen Secretariat. Good to hear you liked it…we will have to add that to our Netflix list.

    Siber, we hate hearing about all those fires, and so close to you! We are trying to send rain your way, even tho we need it here too. But not as bad as you do. We are amazed that the fires are being started by humans. We thought they were just starting due to the heat and stuff.

    Dawson, lots of bug bites here too, but none in the armpits. That is the PITs 🙂

    Speaking of T.V., the new season of Burn Notice started last week. We have it recorded but have not watched it yet. Thats our favorite T.V. show.

  94. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:37 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Burn!… Notice! We love that show too Oley…snort!… Let me know what you think of the main characters new Hair-Do….heh!.heh!… We both laughed every time we had to see it and that was most of the show…snorkel!

  95. OleyHowlers
    9:43 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Michael Westin ???? new do? O now we wish we could watch it tonite…so late tho and we have to get up so early.

  96. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:54 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Westin!… The hair is all we could look at…heh!heh!heh!…It is so NOT HIM…grunt!…Michael Come Back! Please! Please!… snuffle!… My friend adores him, but not with The Hair…heh!heh!heh!…chorkel! …Maybe if he gets his car fixed, his hair will magically be fixed too….please!

  97. Masquers
    9:55 pm on June 26th, 2011


    Is it a Barbeque? If so, I shall be bringing Salmon Filets for all the kats and any others who care to partake of this particular delicacy. I’ll check back in the morning for further instructions.

  98. OleyHowlers
    9:59 pm on June 26th, 2011

    We have to call it a night, but we may have to check in on Michael Westin first…
    Good nite to all.

  99. Staff
    10:05 pm on June 26th, 2011

    WE could certainly set up a grill. It is nice and wet in the east so we don’t have to worry about fires. Do we? I hope Dawson has enough notice and can get there. If that road is out it might make it hard for her to leave.

    I think we need a two legged to do the grilling though. We wouldn’t want anyone to singe off their hair. Volunteers?

  100. Masquers
    10:08 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Never fear. Dawson will find a way.

  101. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:23 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Rolling!… I bet Oley and his gang are laughing right now wandering about The Hair…heh!… I couldn’t make this stuff up if I wanted to, really…heh!

    Staff!…What in the world are you Cookin’ Up now?…snort!… Are you going to do a combined birthday party for Wookie, Spencer and Admin??….grunt!… If memory serves me right, Wookies birthday is the day after the big shot writers big day…chorkel! (or was is the day before?) …Someone better bring another C-A-K-E thats all I know….heh!heh!

  102. Siber-H
    10:38 pm on June 26th, 2011

    uh, Maskers,you will need to bring salmon fillets for more than just the kats. Alice and I are really into salmon bonbons, also.
    I can bring New Mexico food.

    The fires are burning in the opposite direction of me. We won’t even get any smoke from them because of the direction of the wind.

    Causes of some of the fires:
    A campfire abandonded and not COMPLETELY put out by campers
    A spark from an ATV crossing a railroad track.
    A vehicle parked over dry brush.
    This is how dry it is here.

  103. Siber-H
    10:43 pm on June 26th, 2011

    My sentiments exactly, Rio. We need another kind of cake in addition to carrot cake. Carrot cake is for girls.
    Stover is going to need to bring more than one pie.

  104. Barb & Maggie
    10:47 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Barb says carrot cake is her favorite, especially with cream cheese frosting. Yum!

    And we are so jealous of Wookie for having tomatoes already. Cherokee Purple is one of the best. Our tomatoes are just starting to bloom, which puts us about a month behind them. Ahead of Melanie, however.

    We have to say good night, too. Off to read a little Sacred Clowns, by Hillerman.

  105. Barb & Maggie
    10:49 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Oh, and Siber, hope the monsoons start soon. Stay safe, big guy!

  106. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:51 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Rio, my good friend, what a great memory. My birthday is June 30, so I think it is two days after Spence’s and Admin’s. Wookie

  107. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:55 pm on June 26th, 2011

    Cake!…We need someone to make an Agent Wookie-Mobile cake!…heh!

    Bed!…. We are off to never-never-goodnight land. She has one more week of the Busy-Place and then off for a good long while…snorkel!… I can’t wait! WooooooooWheeeee!… I won’t be alone here with her mother, not that she’s scary or anything, but she is always talking to me and asking questions that I can’t answer…grunt!…It’s damned annoying. I have no idea what time it is, or what we need at the grocery store…gruffle! ….Now, when she asks me if I want a treat, I’m all over it…heh!

  108. Tupper and Gilly
    11:33 pm on June 26th, 2011


    This is kind of scary. There is a large bear in the neighborhood that one of the IDIOT neighbors is feeding. So now the bear is hanging out, looking for food.

    The bear came right into our fenced in yard today, and Gilly just about barked herself hoarse trying to either scare him away, or herd him. We’re not sure what she was trying to do, and she got herself into such hysteria that she didn’t come when she was called.

    Mama had to yell at our Grampa – he was outside watching the bear. He said that it was in case it decided to climb the neighbors’s house. Mama asked him just what he thought he would have done it it did. Oh….he didn’t think of that.

    Anyway – we will be at the party and we can bring a cake. Siber and Rio – would you prefer Spicy Pineapple Upsidedown Cake, White Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Guava Filling or just a good old double chocolate cake (maybe with cherry filling?)

  109. Staff
    12:07 am on June 27th, 2011

    Yippee it sounds like the Wookie/Spence party is a go. I vote for Pineapple upside down cake AND Double Chocolate.


    I, Staff, will ‘man’ the grill, but I want some concrete barriers around it so when the Huskies and Newf’s start running around like crazy dogs they won’t knock it over. Or me either. I don’t like being knocked over.

  110. Staff
    12:08 am on June 27th, 2011

    WE here in Minnesota are also very jealous of Wookies’ tomatoes. Sob. It will be many weeks before we see any, although we do have some blooms.

    Goodnight all. Stay safe and dry or wet depending on your needs.

  111. Staff
    12:15 am on June 27th, 2011

    tupper and gilly,
    No need to worry about bears. Just send out the Herbs. Remember this?

  112. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:21 am on June 27th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! Mom’s making a cake for a wedding shower on Tuesday, so I don’t think she can handle another one. But she says she can make a cream cheese pie.

  113. Liz
    3:00 am on June 27th, 2011

    I’m not what this is really about coz i haven’t caught up with all of today’s chat, but whatever the question the answer is double chocolate with cherry filling!!

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