Tarantula Tarantella

“Here’s something we know a little bit about, big guy,” Bernie says. “Remember the case in To Fetch A Thief?”

To Fetch A Thief – that was the Peanut case, right? No way I’ll be forgetting that any time soon. But Peanut was now safe on that elephant sanctuary in Tennessee, so what was this all about?

“I’m talking about the big illegal trade in exotic animals,” Bernie says.

Oh, yeah, that part.

“Here’s a German guy, Sven Koppler, arrested for mailing live tarantulas into the country through the U.S. postal service. He put them into plastic straws or little plastic containers, and in a routine inspection postal agents found them tapping their legs against the sides of the containers. Kind of a little dance in boxes.”

Yeah, but scary. I’ve seen tarantulas out in the canyon. Most bugs: no problem. But tarantulas – yikes.

“Seems they’re highly valued by collectors. Females of breeding age can cost up to $1000 each, and this guy’s latest shipment included more than a thousand. Do the math.”

Some other time.


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104 Responses to “Tarantula Tarantella”

  1. dawson
    9:08 am on December 8th, 2010

    Wonder what becomes of 1000 live tarantulas after they are apprehended.

  2. Melanie
    9:19 am on December 8th, 2010

    Morning Dawson, Not around here I hope!

    Have a friend that lived in Costa Rica for awhile. He got used to the iguanas living in the attic and thundering across the weak ceilings, but got a bit “perturbed”, his word, when going into the bathroom one morning he found a huge tarantula had taken up residence under the sink. He SAID it was the size of a dinner plate.

    Also, reminds me of the time we brought the tree in to decorate it (having gone out into the woods and chopping it down, tying it to the car) and since the house was warm, the cocoon thing in the tree opened and we had hundreds of very small praying mantises.

    Great Holiday Cheer! snicker. The guys had a blast hunting them all down and catching them.

  3. dawson
    9:26 am on December 8th, 2010

    Taratula the size of a dinner plate under the sink…No way. Hundreds of baby praying mantises…cool.

  4. Sam
    9:42 am on December 8th, 2010

    Please, no creatures with 8 legs around here. All the running and screaming is too hard on my ears.

  5. B.Stover
    9:43 am on December 8th, 2010

    Bugs, including praying mantises, ewwwwwwww. Tarantulas, yikes! I’m with Chet. Good morning all.

  6. Melanie
    9:55 am on December 8th, 2010

    Having brought up two guys, I quickly learned to hide any feelings of ewwwwwww or yuck.

    It’s not so much fun when Mom looks and touches and says, “Wow, now let’s put it back in it’s environment.” Snicker.

    Someone forwarded me a “list” of what evers. I totally agree with “There is great need for a sarcasm font.” I would also like a snicker font.

    Morning Sam
    Morning B.Stover

  7. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:15 am on December 8th, 2010

    Money!…That’s over a million dollars that German guy would have made if it weren’t for those postal workers being on the tip-top of their toes…heh!… What a racket! I have a feeling today is going to be a little squirmy for the likes of Sammie’s gal…chorkel!

  8. Mollypop
    10:15 am on December 8th, 2010

    I’m trying to post but am getting ‘Duplicate Comment’ message.

  9. Mollypop
    10:19 am on December 8th, 2010

    Okay – baby steps:

    We did have an avalanche here a few years ago. The steepest hill is on a 63 degree angle and it’s named The Wall. The rescue dogs were called in to help. They are the only dogs allowed to ride on chair lifts here.

  10. Mollypop
    10:23 am on December 8th, 2010

    The web site I’m listing is the problem. It’s Wookie aka Shooter doing rescue work.

  11. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:26 am on December 8th, 2010

    Straws!… Now answer me this, how did that guy manage to get 1000+ tarantulas into straws?….snort!… Seems like that process alone would kill the spider…snort!

    “The Tarantella Dance music is probably the most recognized song of all the Italian folklore music. It literally means “tarantula” because the dance is done buy everyone in a great big circle going clockwise, until the music in the set changes, becomes faster”…… “You can see this dance at authentic Italian weddings, is often the theme song of many restaurants and pizzerias, can even be heard in The Godfather movie.”

  12. Mollypop
    10:27 am on December 8th, 2010
  13. Melanie
    10:29 am on December 8th, 2010

    Awesome MollyPop!

    When I could hike and stuff, I thought about training Patsy for S & R. She wouldn’t have been able to go on collapsed buildings like that little Police dog (Momo, I think?) but in the woods or in the water, not a problem.

    There is a volunteer S & R team here. I went and met them. Nice group of dogs, and people. One dog has to wear a GPS finder on his vest. He’s very fast and finds people, but forgets to come back to tell anyone. Lots of wood acreage here. People hike, cross country ski and some get lost.

  14. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:35 am on December 8th, 2010

    Molly!…That is a great video of Wookie the Avalanche Rescue Agent in his younger years… snort! ….What a guy! What an awesome guy!…wheeze!

  15. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:50 am on December 8th, 2010

    Melanie!…How is Dan doing this morning?….sneeze!…Have you heard?…sniff!

  16. B.Stover
    11:06 am on December 8th, 2010

    Mollypop: Thank you. Those rescue dogs are amazing…wagging tails when they find someone. I like the dog who knows to turn around and wait for the chair lift. They’re so full of life.

    Rio: The tarantella is the dance performed (but off-stage) by Nora the title character in Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House. It’s used as an interesting symbol.

  17. dawson
    11:07 am on December 8th, 2010

    Vaguely remember a discussion about collars for big dogs who try to pull away from their owners when on a leash. I would like the name of a special leash for these kind of dogs…so it doesn’t hurt the dog when you pull back on them and you have more control. Anyone know?
    Mollypop: Nice link. The nation within a nation members have many talents. Is Mr. Oncini a friend of yours?

  18. dawson
    11:11 am on December 8th, 2010

    B.Stover: What does Nora dancing the tarantella symbolize?

  19. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:11 am on December 8th, 2010

    Tarantulas!…. Here are a few facts about the spider….snort!…Don’t feel too bad if the sight of one makes you scream like a 5 year old girl even though they’re harmless…grunt!… They generally don’t bite, and if they do the venom won’t hurt you. The males come out once in 10 years to mate from August to early October then they die a few weeks later….snuff!….No one knows why for certain….snort!…They don’t hurt anybody. So when you see one you should help him find his way around. The poor guys days are numbered. You might as well help make his one outing a pleasant one….heh!…Oh and Tarantulas like to come out at night when it’s cooler. They will go indoors to find a cool spot….wheeze!

  20. Melanie
    11:16 am on December 8th, 2010

    We use Wackie walk’r https://wackywalkr.websitesource.net/video/

    That’s a video about it.

  21. dawson
    11:18 am on December 8th, 2010

    Rio: I’ll help make the tarantula’s one outing a pleasant one by keeping as far away as possible.

  22. Melanie
    11:18 am on December 8th, 2010

    Dan didn’t get breakfast and he cut himself on the bed getting up.
    Zoë called.
    He has eaten and the cut is now bandaged.
    Snicker. I want to be my mom when I grow up.

    Still 6 to 30 hours wait on results.

  23. Gus and BooBear
    11:22 am on December 8th, 2010

    Bugs, ugh and yuck. That includes spiders ! Dogs and cats, cool!

    Morning, all.

  24. Barb & Maggie
    11:25 am on December 8th, 2010

    Good morning, everyone. Hope all are doing well today.

    Brother’s two boys, now 22 and 20 had a pet Tarantula for years. Purchased at a pet store. Barb did not want to hold it.

    Barb just opened an early Christmas gift from bro and family. It is a really nice panini maker from William Sonomo, along with a panina recipe book. Everything in it looks scrumptious!

    Still very cold here, with possible ice storm coming in a day or two.

  25. dawson
    11:36 am on December 8th, 2010

    Melanie: Thanks for the info on the Wacky Walker.
    The hospital bed attacked Dan! Thank dog Zoe is there to make sure Dan is taken care of. If there is any hospital that one needs to keep an eye on – it’s the one Dan is in. Jeez’o’pete.

  26. Melanie
    11:46 am on December 8th, 2010

    This is a different hospital . . .

    Some one on here has an iPad. Please send me what you like about it and how you use it ? ? ?

    Looks like Dan’s present!

  27. Melanie
    11:52 am on December 8th, 2010

    Barb and MagPie!

    Great on the sort of good news!?!
    Yes, we’re already watching that storm. They are still not sure which way the track is headed.

    Tomorrow, Jesse (our go – to guy) will check the generator, make sure all windows tight and look at the pipes, making sure the heat tapes on them are plugged in.

    Two years ago an un-forcasted ice storm hit here. No power or hot water for 4 days and nights. Tops of trees were shredded. Kept people employed though.

    That’s when we had an electrician come in and hook up a generator to the furnaces, hot water heater, refrigerator, stove, some lights and the COMPUTER!

    Hope we don’t need it but yesterday the weathermen kept saying sunshine with an occasional snow flurry. It was cloudy all day with snow. Today they are saying snow, it’s sunny.

  28. B.Stover
    11:52 am on December 8th, 2010

    Dawson: The symbolism is complex but put simply, the dance represents Nora’s breaking free of the constraints placed on a 19th-Century wife and mother. (There was a very strict double standard then both culturally and legally.)

  29. Melanie
    11:54 am on December 8th, 2010

    Riö, last night’s prayer was wonderful. Going to print it out for Dan and send it down to him with his next visitor.

    Thanks Pug.

  30. B.Stover
    12:05 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Dawson: Amazon.com has Wacky Walkers from $20 to $28 depending on size and type.

    That is really interesting Rio. What about the female tarantula? Any info?

    Melanie: Mollypop has an iPad and Wookie investigated one recently. I had questions also but he has not yet responded.

    Good morning G&BB and B&M.

  31. Melanie
    12:20 pm on December 8th, 2010

    B.Stover: In one of Dan’s books, can’t remember which one, he uses “The Doll House” as an indicator (and I know that’s the real word I’m looking for, dang) for the motivation behind one of the characters.

  32. Melanie
    12:20 pm on December 8th, 2010

    excuse me, should be ” . . know that’s NOT the real word . .”

  33. Barb & Maggie
    12:29 pm on December 8th, 2010

    We had an ice storm on Christmas Eve last year, trees looked like there had been a tornado come through, and power was off for 36 hours. Yuck! Temps are supposed to be back in mid 30’s by Saturday, so at least it is warming up.

    Barb is afraid to walk out to the chicken coop if there is an ice storm. She does NOT want to fall!

  34. B.Stover
    12:43 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Melanie: Do you know what aspect of Doll’s House Dan was referring to? When you say “motivation behind one of the characters” you are referring to a character in Dan’s book right?

  35. B.Stover
    12:45 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Is there someone Barb could hire to take care of the chickens for a while?

  36. Melanie
    12:48 pm on December 8th, 2010

    MagPie: do NOT let Barb fall. NOT a good thing. Ow.

    B.Stover: Yes, it was a woman whose total life was taken up by the “wife” and “mother” definition. Now that I think of it . . . Dawson, do you remember if that was in “Sightings”?

  37. B.Stover
    12:54 pm on December 8th, 2010

    I wonder what a snicker font would look like.

  38. Mollypop
    12:59 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Melanie and B. – Here’s what Mom likes about her iPad and how she uses it. B’s question yesterday was about the keyboard which is on the screen. Mom has that on her Android phone also so she is getting used to it. If she had a lot of typing to do, she would get a real keyboard for it.

    Mom uses it mostly for reading newspapers and playing games. The games are awesome on the iPad. That where she plays all of her games now. Bejeweled always was fun, but not like when you play it on a touch screen. The same with Peggle, another favorite.

    Newspapers are free and you just scroll the screen with your finger as you read. She has saved a lot of money on the Buffalo News and the New York Times.

    Amazon has an app for the iPad that lets you read your book on the Kindle and the iPad and keeps your place so Mom reads the iPad in the evening when she needs the back lit screen, reads the Kindle when she’s outdoors or at the coffee shop.

  39. B.Stover
    1:08 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Thanks Mollypop. I often do a lot of typing for school but I’d probably use my laptop for that anyway. I know that a year-round home delivery subscription to the NYTimes seven days a week is over $600 so the savings with an iPad would be real. On the iPad can you listen to pod casts and view slide shows? If I get an iPad I’ll be asking how to play bejeweled since I’ve never really figured it out. (Does the iPad automatically come with that sky search app and with the piano app?)

  40. Melanie
    1:57 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Zoë says that a snicker font would look like a certain Pug.

    Thanks MollyPop,

    There is an app called “Pages” I think, that is like a word processor. You can also, if our Mac doc is right) use a wireless keyboard.

  41. Mollypop
    2:01 pm on December 8th, 2010

    B – I answered you and now it’s gone. This blog needs some work badly!

    I did say yes and yes. The iPad is a computer and does all the same stuff.

    Go to Apple’s website for the apps for the iPad. You load what you want. Some are free.

  42. Mollypop
    2:04 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Melanie – It’s all wireless except for earbuds and the cable for charging. Printing is wireless too!

  43. B.Stover
    2:42 pm on December 8th, 2010

    There may be an iPad in Dan or Melanie’s future I think!

    Thanks Mollypop. I read in the Technology section in today’s NYTimes that the new iPads are due in April. I’m thinking of waiting until then. When we get to over 100 here on the blog and are on the second page, anytime I refresh it takes me back to the middle of the first page so I have to scroll either up or down, click on next and then scroll down again on page two. It still leaves comments in the comment box after submitting also.

  44. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:39 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Blog-Bugs!…I have those same issues…grunt!… If I post a comment on the second page, it should take me there instead of back to the middle of the first page….cough! …It is time consuming on my old computer to post after the 100 mark….snort!

  45. Barb & Maggie
    3:46 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Same here, posting after we hit 100 is more time consuming, for sure. It goes back to page 1, you have to scroll down, hit 2 and page down again to read what you just posted.

  46. Melanie
    3:55 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Tomorrow, at 1 pm our time, please keep Dan in your prayers.

    The preliminary reports show a very bad bacterial infection in his right lung. There are protein fibers that formed when the last hospital did not drain his lung correctly. This has caused quite a mass in there.

    Unfortunately, antibiotics can not reach this. They will have to take these fibers out by instrument. When they do that, he should be able to breath correctly and be able to use his lungs.

    This is a hell of a shock. Yesterday, surgery was the last on the list and now it’s the only thing that will work.

    I’ll BBL, have a lot of contacts to reach.

  47. Mollypop
    4:01 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Melanie – This is dreadful! That last hospital should not be in business.

    Poodle prayers for Dan.

  48. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:01 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Dan!…Oh no….sob!… That will be 11 o’clock my time. I will definitely be praying for him….sniffle!

  49. B.Stover
    4:15 pm on December 8th, 2010

    I’ll be thinking of Dan Melanie, and you and Zoe.

  50. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:19 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Quilling!….My friend finished making all the millions of little bitty objects for her next project last night… snort!… Tonight she might attempt to start putting them together to make the final objects that will be put together to create the project…grunt!…Sounds like a lot of work to me…sniff!… I can’t ge t to close to her while she is doing this because one good snuffle and it’s all over with….heh!…Damned if I don’t try to though…snort!

  51. LizF
    5:24 pm on December 8th, 2010

    I’m glad they have something that they can do for Dan that will fix his breathing.

    Dawson, your new avatar is great!

    The tarantula story is very distracting from the issue of Foster being a crooked FBI agent!

  52. Lexi
    5:30 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Only have time for this:
    🙂 😛 😀 🙁 😐

  53. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    5:45 pm on December 8th, 2010

    I know that Rio will lead us all in our prayers for Dan tomorrow, as well as for Melanie and Zoe and the terrific job they have done in taking care of him, in some respects against all odds. Hopefully the doctors have finally figured out what the problem is and this will actually help resolve it. Wookie

  54. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:04 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Prayers from ‘Pins and Chugs and 2 leggeds all for Dan.

    Hopefully Melanie and Zoe will be able to feel our long distance warm hugs tomorrow.

  55. Melanie
    6:31 pm on December 8th, 2010

    I just talked to Dan. He’s sounding pretty good. My guys had called and my brother and sister in law called. He enjoyed that.

    I then told him that you guys are thinking and praying for him.

    He thinks that’s wonderful.

  56. dawson
    6:53 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Melanie: I think it was in Sightings that Dan referred to “The Doll House”, but I would not bet my whole paycheck on it. 🙂
    Thanks for the info on the Wacky Walkers.

  57. Barb & Maggie
    7:14 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Everyone will be thinking of Dan tomorrow. That will be noon here, and we will keep him in our thoughts and prayers. At least they have finally figured out what is causing the problems.

  58. Jasper the Poodle
    7:14 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Mom got the job with the State of Michigan! Yipee! Such wonderful news. She is skipping, dancing and blurring all at the same time.

    She wants you to know that your thoughts, prayers, good wishes, crossed paws and wagging tails were so important to her success. She could not have done it without you.

    Thank you, thank you. She thinks her first day at her new job will be 12/20.

  59. Jasper the Poodle
    7:15 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Prayers for Dan! Can’t believe he is going through this.

  60. Siber-H
    7:16 pm on December 8th, 2010

    We will be praying for Dan tomorrow, Melanie. All of us will! I like Wookie’s thought about Rio leading us all in prayer.

    It has been a busy day. Dad is home and doing well!

    I am just so dang-blasted unhappy about what has happened to Dan.

  61. Siber-H
    7:22 pm on December 8th, 2010

    WOW WOW WOW!!! Jassspper!!! I hit submit and there was your post! Your mom got the job! Husky non-slobbery kisses and hugs to her! We are very happy for her…joyfully happy!

  62. dawson
    7:34 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Melanie: My prayers for Dan will be constant.

    Jasper: Hip Hip Hoorah! Great news for your mom.

  63. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:34 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Jasper!…I knew your gal would get that job! I just knew it!….snort!… I was thinking of you guys tonight and I had a very good feeling about it!…gruff!gruff!gruff!… Please tell her she did great and she deserves the job!! Oh happy day for you guys! ….WOOOOOOOOOOOO!…Now she will be a life-long Government worker!…Paws crossed!…snort!

  64. Mollypop
    7:37 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Jasper – Wow oh wow! We all knew she was the best candidate for the job. Now we see that the State of Michigan was able to see that too.

  65. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:38 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Jasper!…Now she has about 12 days of stress free living in which she does not have to look for work!…grunt!…That has to feel really good!…snort!…I hope she can do a little Christmas shopping to help the Michgan econonmy…heh!

  66. B.Stover
    7:40 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Way to go Jasper’s mom!! Excellent.

    SH: I’m glad your dad is home and doing well.

  67. B.Stover
    7:42 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Jasper: Will you be staying in Grand Rapids or going to Lansing?

  68. AbbietheKitty
    7:44 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Tell your Mom we are all cheering here. Now you will get good treats, maybe even Slim Jims for dessert. Congrats to your Mom.
    AbbietheKitty and Alice Johnson too.

    Here’s a high five for her…

    And thanks for the daily dose of Bob’s Lexi…

  69. Siber-H
    7:49 pm on December 8th, 2010

    For the record: Mom likes tarantulas…thinks they are cute but would never keep one as a pet. They belong in the wild like all wild animals.
    I am having the same technical problems with the blog that some of you mentioned.
    Dawson is better looking than the moose.

  70. dawson
    7:57 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Siber H: Hoorah! So glad your dad is home.

  71. Melanie
    8:10 pm on December 8th, 2010

    For Jasper’s Mom: Congrats!!!!
    For Siber-H’s Dad: Welcome home!!

    What’s this about non-slobbery kisses??

    Here’s big wet one coming at you guys. . .

  72. Melanie
    8:11 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Just got a note from one of our lurkers out there in Chet’s world.

    Linda Lurker, thanks for the prayers for Dan.

  73. Siber-H
    8:27 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Awww The expression on that face is adorable. Mom is tired, but she broke out into a big old smile when she saw that photo. Which Newf is it?

    Hi Linda! All prayers are welcomed and needed. Thank you!

  74. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:27 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Awwww!…I sure wish Linda Lurker would come out of the shadows!…snort!…We need more open prayer around here lately…sniff!

    SiberH!…What did you do when your Paw came home?….grunt!… I hope you didn’t jump on him and knock him over!…heh!

    Cooking!…Someone here must finally feel better because there is actual food being cooked out in the kitchen…sniff!sniff!…I can smell it big time…woooo!…I’ll get mine! I’ll get my share!…heh!

  75. Siber-H
    8:39 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Rio, I rode with mom to pick up Dad because I am calmer in the car than I would be at home. I just gave him a non-slobbery kiss on the cheek, and when we got home, I ran around and showed him some of my newest artistic projects in the backyard.

  76. Melanie
    8:42 pm on December 8th, 2010

    That is Ellie (now 11 years old) as a puppy!

  77. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:47 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Amazing!…SiberH and I both said “Awwww” at the same time at 8:27 Eastern Time. How cool is that?…heh!… I’m glad he did not jump up on his Paw during homecoming, and very thankful Paw did not step in a newly dug hole and break his leg…snort!

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:05 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Hmmm!…No one ever answered me about how to get a Tarantula into a plastic straw without killing the bugger!…snort! …I thought Dawson would have an idea about this one…heh!

  79. Mollypop
    9:09 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Rio – Siber-H has been busy with his building projects. A couple of days ago Mom went out and forgot to take her phone, so I called Siber-H. He couldn’t come to the phone becase he was outside sleeping in the leaves.

  80. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:23 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Busy!… SiberH is caught up in his hole-digging and his leaf-sleeping to the point of ignoring his friends on this here blog!…grunt!….Wookie has been unusually busy too, and he has not informed us as to why….snort!… All my guy friends are always missing! Kirby too!….wheeze!….Where is our pal Kirby?…grump!…I can’t be alone with all these female Kats and Girl dogs all the time… grumble!…I could get into trouble if I say or do something wrong…grunt!

  81. Melanie
    9:24 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Riö: My own thought is that you would VERY CAREFULLY suck them into it. YUCK!

    Big day tomorrow. Thanks for all of your support!

  82. Siber-H
    9:25 pm on December 8th, 2010

    The two awwws are pretty amazing, Rio.

    Mollypop, We really enjoyed the video about the avalance rescue dogs. I could do that…sure I could…ummm…no I couldn’t because I would forget about rescuing the victim and just keep on heading North if they were stupid enough to let me off leash.

    Rio, maybe the tarantulas that he put into straws were babies…tiny little buggers.

  83. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:26 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Stover!… At 4:15 (my birthday!) Stover was last heard from!…grunt!… Has she been abducted? Has she fallen and cannot get up? Is she doing research and forgot about us here?…snort!…Where in the world is Stover???…grump!

  84. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:32 pm on December 8th, 2010

    SiberH!…By George, I think you’ve got it!…snort!…They must have been very young little Tarantulas for someone to fit 1000’s into straws or tiny containers… sigh!…Now I feel better having a solution to this strange question….grunt!…Thank you very much for your amazing logical thinking!…wheeze!… Please say “Hi and Welcome Home” to your Paw for me and remind him to be careful in the back yard…snort!

  85. Barb & Maggie
    9:36 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Jasper’s Mom, we are so happy for you. Congrats! You deserve it.

    Maybe Stover went to bed early.

  86. Siber-H
    9:37 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Maybe Stover found something really good to watch on tv.

    Rio?? Are you saying that 4:15 today was your birthday?

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:43 pm on December 8th, 2010

    MagPie!…Stover almost always says goodnight, unless her computer isn’t working properly….hmmm!

    SiberH!…She would have told me, and No!…sneeze!

  88. Siber-H
    9:51 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Barb? Someone already asked you this (I think), but do you have someone to take care of the chickens if you have an ice storm? We don’t want you going out there.

    Rio, nobody is allowed to go into the backyard except me and mom
    because of safety issues…that includes my dad. People have to stay on the concrete patio and can only look at my projects.

  89. Siber-H
    9:56 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Rio is correct on both counts about Stover, I hope she is feeling okay…now I am worried.

  90. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:09 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Stover!…She was the one to ask Barb and MagPie if they had someone to take care of the chickens for them…snuffle!…Where did you go Stover?…yeep!

    SiberH!… You should have someone take a photo of your projects and then send them to Molly so she can post your works of art for us…heh!

  91. dawson
    10:15 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Rio: Happy Birthday! How old are you? Will you get cake? Did your friend cook you something special? Don’t snuffle her quilling project or you’ll get nothing from her.

  92. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:15 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Art!…Watching my friend struggle and strive to produce creative stuff…snort!… I have to believe that everyone has some sort of artistist abilitie within them…heh!…I mean, if she can do it, anyone can…heh!

    Tonight!…She decided eating was more important than working on her project for Grandma…sigh!…Now it is too late to get all the stuff out and organized for the crucial putting together part..grunt!

  93. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:17 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Dawson!…Sorry to mislead you, but by 4:15 I meant month and day not hour and minute…heh!…Not my birthday yet lil missy moose!…snort!

  94. dawson
    10:28 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Rio: Oh, too bad. No cake. Did you get any of the good food your friend was cooking?

  95. Siber-H
    10:29 pm on December 8th, 2010

    missy moose? I am cracking up here, and I have been informed we are going to sleep soon.
    Stover will be back with us in the morning…I know she will.
    I’ll wake up thinking about Dan. We gotta get him through this and we will!!!
    Good Night

  96. dawson
    10:36 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Good Night, Siber H. Bet your dad is happy to be in his own bed after all this time.
    Good night little pug.

  97. Barb & Maggie
    10:39 pm on December 8th, 2010

    You are right Rio, Bee always say Good Night to us.

    We do have someone we could ask to go out to the chicken coop if it was absolutely necessary, but Barb doesn’t like to ask. We will see how the storm develops. Snow is ok – ice is worse.

    We are heading off to dream land, too. Hope Bee is ok. She probably had company or went out to dinner.

  98. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:45 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Hey!…Every one is going to bed…grump! …. Missy Moose, I did get some good food, I did! I did!…heh!… She was tired and I was persistent, so there you go!…burp!

    Uh Oh!… She says we are going to bed too!…snort!… It’s cold in here so I am going to figure out how I can position myself in a way that will help me get on the Big Bed and under the covers tonight!…heh!… I got to go or I will miss the window of opportunity…sniff!…Night All!…sneeze!

    STOVER!…COME HOME!…yeep! yeep!

  99. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:28 pm on December 8th, 2010

    Good night all from Texas.

    Way to go Jasper’s mom. Our girl Angie just got a call that she got a job too.

    Night Mr. Husky’s dad. Sleep well. You too Dan.

    Macy out.

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