Teeth (1 – From Dog On It)

Bernie smiled. He had lots of different smiles. This particular one I thought of as just showing teeth. I did the same. Bernie has nice teeth for a human, but I’m only being realistic when I say they’re nothing compared to mine. “Good chance we’ll be needing him, Ms. Chambliss. Missing kids – that’s Chet’s specialty.”

She gazed at me. “He looks too aggressive to be around kids.”

Closing my mouth now was the right move. I knew that, of course, but for some reason it didn’t close, maybe even opened wider, plus I started to pant a bit, getting pretty charged up.

“Never aggressive, not inappropriately.” Bernie patted my head. Thump, thump. I calmed down. “Chet is a trained police dog, after all.”

“He is?”

“Graduated first in his class at K-9 school.”

That was stretching it a little, since I hadn’t actually graduated, which is how Bernie and I ended up together, a long story I’ll go into later if I have a chance.

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  1. Barb & Maggie
    9:14 am on March 22nd, 2011

    Good morning!

    Kirby, we kept trying to get to your bells, cause we really want to hear the recording. On that last link, it took us to the place where you have to sign up. Is there a charge for that? Can you try something else?

  2. Barb & Maggie
    9:22 am on March 22nd, 2011

    Good morning Chet and Bernie. Forgot to say that, we were trying so hard to be first!

    Barb bought this huge piece of salmon at the store yesterday. It was actually an entire side of the fish. Then she had the butcher cut it in 8 pieces, since it was frozen. It was Norwegian salmon and we had a piece last night, baked with some butter and lemon juice. I got the left overs and believe me, I licked the dish clean! Good for my coat.

  3. B.Stover
    9:40 am on March 22nd, 2011

    Now why are teeth on our minds? Hope everything went well yesterday. Good morning Chet and B&M and everyone.

    We have a winter storm watch tonight through tomorrow night.

  4. Mollypop
    9:45 am on March 22nd, 2011

    Good morning MagPie. Mom can finally rest because she did everything she needed to and can go to Florida to rest up. We had a too busy week and a half here at Sam’s. Everyone will be glad to see Mom get on that airplane. Ha ha.

    Only one small problem: Mom picked up her new glasses yesterday and they’re not done correctly. They were supposed to have a gradient tint (to cut down on the overhead light) that was 12 percent at the top down to nothing at the bottom. Instead they are 25 percent tint at the top and still tinted at the bottom. Mom had to keep them for the trip to be able to read and will take them back when she returns. I guess Florida is the place to go with those glasses.

  5. Mollypop
    9:49 am on March 22nd, 2011

    B.- Ha ha on your weather. You will be sending it our way like you like to do, but Mom has thwarted you this time! Send away! Bwa-ha-ha!

  6. B.Stover
    9:52 am on March 22nd, 2011

    Mollypop’s mom: LOL! Florida should be beautiful….have fun.

  7. Wolfie
    10:04 am on March 22nd, 2011

    Here’s an interesting article on self publishing. It confirms what I have been thinking.

    http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2011/03/ebooks-and-self-publishing-dialog.html

  8. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:22 am on March 22nd, 2011

    Teeth!… When he gets started on teeth he doesn’t stop….snort!….Sort of like Tin Futures…gah!

    Meltdown!….I wonder which one will meltdown first, the nuclear power plants or Charlie Sheen…heh!

  9. C. Harris
    10:39 am on March 22nd, 2011

    Phone tree activated last night. The college-age daughter of a teacher was killed in an auto accident on the very icy roads. None of the young kids were wearing seat belts–2 killed, 2 in the hospital. Only the older driver in the oncoming truck they slid into was wearing a seat belt. Sleepless night.

    Be careful everyone…

  10. dawson
    10:44 am on March 22nd, 2011

    What? Why is that ominous 1 in parenthesis after the word Teeth? Someone please tell me that we are not going to have a weeks worth of “teeth” posts.

    Mollypop: Enjoy Florida and the not stormy (one hopes) weather.

    Kirby T: I might sign up to hear the bells after having coffee

    Wolfie: Very interesting article about self-publishing. I read about half of it then realized: I need my coffee.

    C.Harris: How terrible. Sending prayers for the survivors and to the families and your whole community.

  11. dawson
    10:44 am on March 22nd, 2011

    What? Why is that ominous 1 in parenthesis after the word Teeth? Someone please tell me that we are not going to have a weeks worth of “teeth” posts.

    Mollypop: Enjoy Florida and the not stormy (one hopes) weather.

    Kirby T: I might sign up to hear the bells after having coffee

    Wolfie: Very interesting article about self-publishing. I read about half of it then realized: I need my coffee.

    C.Harris: How terrible. Sending prayers for the survivors and to the families and your whole community.

  12. dawson
    10:45 am on March 22nd, 2011

    God help me. I’m in trouble already? I’m outta here!

  13. B.Stover
    11:13 am on March 22nd, 2011

    Dawson: I can’t stop laughing. I wonder how that happens. The reason that I want Beckett to cut her hair is that it’s always in the way….there…bouncing around….and she looks better with shorter hair. No police detective would wear the shoes that she wears either. However, I like the show very much. I do get tired of the “Will they? Won’t they?” attitude. Get on with the blasted storyline of catching bad guys. Whew….now I feel better.

    Here’s an article from the Guardian on becoming a writer. (Our reading seems similar today Wolfie.) It made me laugh out loud in parts.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2011/mar/22/a-l-kennedy-writer-beginning-good-reader

  14. B.Stover
    11:14 am on March 22nd, 2011

    Dawson: I can’t stop laughing. I wonder how that happens. The reason that I want Beckett to cut her hair is that it’s always in the way….there…bouncing around….and she looks better with shorter hair. No police detective would wear the shoes that she wears either. However, I like the show very much. I do get tired of the “Will they? Won’t they?” attitude. Get on with the blasted storyline of catching bad guys. Whew….now I feel better.

    Here’s an article from the Guardian on becoming a writer. (Our reading seems similar today Wolfie.) It made me laugh out loud in parts.

    (I don’t seem to be able to send the link without being moderated. I’ll try just the link.)

  15. B.Stover
    11:14 am on March 22nd, 2011

    Dawson: I can’t stop laughing. I wonder how that happens. The reason that I want Beckett to cut her hair is that it’s always in the way….there…bouncing around….and she looks better with shorter hair. No police detective would wear the shoes that she wears either. However, I like the show very much. I do get tired of the “Will they? Won’t they?” attitude. Get on with the blasted storyline of catching bad guys. Whew….now I feel better.

  16. B.Stover
    11:16 am on March 22nd, 2011

    I have three comments awaiting moderation. I tried breaking up one long comment but it didn’t work.

    I would like to know why these comments are being moderated.

  17. Barb & Maggie
    11:29 am on March 22nd, 2011

    Bad, bad Dawson! You are on Rio’s SOL list and it is still so early in the day!

    We have started Melanie’s book, Murder With Peacocks by Donna Andrews. Haven’t gotten too far but really enjoying it so far.
    One of the critics says it “is a very humorous satirical cozy”. Ok, Bee, what exactly is a cozy? Besides an English cover for something to do with tea?

  18. Barb & Maggie
    11:31 am on March 22nd, 2011

    LOL here! Bee, did you do that to take the heat off Dawson?

  19. Tupper and Gilly
    11:50 am on March 22nd, 2011

    Hi Everyone – Tupper here. I’m laughing ‘cuz Gilly has to go get her nails cut! Since I went to the big, bad V E T the other day, they did mine while I was sleeping, I don’t have to go!
    Gilly HATES having her nails cut! She screams worse than a Pug! Poor thing – someone in her past really hurt her little paws, and she gets really scared. Mama works with her all the time, petting her paws, fiddling with her toes etc, just to get her used to the idea. So, we are off to the groomers – and I get to just go along for the ride – hahahahaha!!!
    We hope to be back tonight, after Crazy Lady time.

  20. Barb & Maggie
    11:57 am on March 22nd, 2011

    Tupper, we were glad that things went well for you at the V E T last week, and that you had nothing serious wrong. I know what you mean about the nails. The V E T hurt me the first time he cut my nails, and I will never go willing again, as long as I live! Barb has to give me a tranq. and I still have to held. Barb plays with my feet and nails and all that yadda-yadda at home, but believe me, I know the difference!

  21. B.Stover
    12:14 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    If a dog’s nails are clipped too short they can start bleeding and it’s difficult to get the bleeding to stop. Be calm Gilly–that helps.

    B&M: A cozy mystery is one that doesn’t have blatant violence or sexual situations. Agatha Christie is an example. I absolutely hate the term.

  22. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:31 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Wolfie!… Definitely an eye opening discussion between those two writers….snort!…I’m still reading it. Those two sure do go on and on….wheeze!… I hope The Charming Mr. Abrahams is being treated fairly by his publishers…..grunt!… For some reason I don’t see him self-publishing, but one never knows what will happen in the future….sniff!

    Stover!… Interesting bit by A.L. Kennedy….sniff!… Everyone needs somebody to kick them in the butt apparently…heh!

  23. bluecat
    1:01 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Wolfie & Bee – thanks for the interesting links. B&N email told me Harlan Coben’s new book is out.
    Nook price $14.99
    HB $15.19

    Amazon Kindle price $14.99
    HB $14.71

    Y’ll are e-readers. Would you pay $14.99 for an e-book if it’s not a Chet & Bernie? Reviews were critical of the pricing.

    And the NY Times, until now free online, will soon charge after 20 articles. Pondering the future of media.

    BTW I kind of growl at anyone who clips my nails, but I don’t bite :-)

  24. B.Stover
    1:14 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Bluecat: I believe that it’s the publishers who set the prices charged for the ebooks. Yes, I would pay that much for an ebook. Some are free, others are ninety-nine cents. I think it all works out for the reader; I’m not sure about the writers and publishers. I answsered your question about the NYTimes on my blog–I’m going to subscribe to the computer version. (The printed version of the NYTimes is $600 a year for a full week’s subscription. It may be more now; I haven’t subscribed for several years.)

    Hi Rio. Is your friend feeling any better?

  25. Tupper and Gilly
    1:19 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    We’re back, and it was an interesting trip! When we got there, the groomer was working on blow drying a big dog. She finished and opened the gate – and the dog was…..
    wait for it….
    not gonna beleive it…,
    a Borzoi!!!
    We were really scared – we thought it might be Natasha and she might do something nefarious to us. But the groomer introduced us and this Borzoi was a male named Jake (Jake? I ask you….really? For a Borzoi?) He was really friendly and just beautiful; long silky white fur with black splotches. And BIG! We had no idea just how big they are, but he stood up on his hind legs and put his ARMS, not just his paws, on Mama’s shoulders, and looked her right in the eye. Gilly is head over heels in love! Of course, she had to stand on the grooming table to be eye to eye with him, but she was so smitten that she forgot all about being scared about her claws until the last foot. Then Jake wandered away, and Gilly realized she was being clipped and thought “oh yeah…I should be screaming here…yike, yiiiippppe, oooowwwwww.”.
    Gilly is weird. We love her, but she is weird.

  26. Tupper and Gilly
    1:27 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    B.Stover – we agree about everything you said about “Castle”. Hair, shoes, sexual tension, etc. The writers have come up with some interesting, offbeats story lines.
    We wish many shows would at least pay SOME attention to reality. We love the CSI shows where all the unrealistically gorgeous women wear low cut shirts and tight pants to crime scenes, while their long, flowing hair flaps all over the place. But hey, they do put on gloves….so there you go.
    And lab techs doing DNA and crime scene samples with no hair nets, and their coffee cup in convenient reach.
    That’s one reason we like English mystery theater better – not perfect in the details but a lot more like real life.

  27. Gus and BooBear
    1:27 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Gus here. Speaking of screaming bloody murder, BooBear, a very petite although chubby diva, chirps like a bird when Mom and Dad talk to her. BUT just try to hold her down on her back for any reason, and it sounds like a herd of monkeys screeching. Mom had to take her to the vet after her female surgery to have the last stitches removed. The vet tech was holding her down on her back while the vet worked on her tummy. She was screaming and looking over her shoulder at Mom, who was trying not to laugh. She told the vet she hoped no one was in the waiting room. They would have serious doubts about his vet skills.

    Tried to watch the eagles nest but couldn’t on the iPhone. Will try at home.

    Mollypop, can’t imagine your snowbird mom wanting to go to Florida! Are you staying with Sam?

  28. Tupper and Gilly
    1:32 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    B.Stover – we are beng moderated again, but just wanted to say that we don’t put Agatha Christie in with many so called cozies. Think about Murder in Mesopotamia – killing someone off by having them drink acid by mistake…that scene still gives us goosebumps. And we never ever keep a water glass by the side of the bed to sip in the night.
    Agatha was all about plot and twists and suspense. To us the only thing cozy about her books is that is the best kind of chair to curl up in to enjoy them.

  29. Siber-H
    1:47 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Hello Everyone!!

    So far it has been a busy day.
    I hope all goes well for Zoe at the doctor today and that Melanie has a better day than yesterday.
    Wookie, How are you doing and how are the treatments coming along?
    A Borzoi named Jake? That is a cute story.
    I’m better about getting my toenails cut than you would think I would be.

    C.Harris, I’m sorry about the auto accident. That is terrible and heartbreaking.
    Mom has a doctor’s appointment this afternoon for a recheck…remember when she was sick a month ago, they have decided it was
    pneumonia instead of bronchitis. That is her own doctor disagreeing with the emergency room. Mom says they might as well flip a coin, but, whatever, she is feeling tip-top now.

  30. BARB & MAGGIE
    2:05 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    There have been several young people die in car accidents in this little community we live in. Death of a teenager or young adult is expecially sad. Last month a local high school boy took his own life, at home while he was alone. The parents now have the house listed for sale, and have never been able to go back into the house since it happened.

  31. Wölfie
    2:08 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    I can understand why a publisher receives the lion’s share of profits from a printed book. But for an e-book? Sounds like highway robbery to me. Although I have paid $14+ for an ebook, I am not happy about it. I wouldn’t mind paying that if it went to the writer, but it just doesn’t make sense to pay it to a middle man.

    I remember reading an article by Dan Fogelberg, who left his recording company about 1/2 way through his career when it dawned on him that they were making far more money from his work than he was. And this was long before the days of itunes.

    It is definately a change of mindset. Interesting, to be in the middle of this change, isn’t it? (I hope that doesn’t break any grammar rules!)

    Actually, what really bugs me is that we have to wait so long for the next Chet and Bernie book. That delay seems unreasonable. I think we would do a great job of vetting any C and B book because we are, after all, the experts, and we could get it all done lickity split.

    I am writing a long post to make up for the short posts that I have been tormenting Rio with lately.

  32. Wölfie
    2:13 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    There have been two major heartbreaks in my life. One, as you know, is dealing with the my son’s drug addictions and the fallout of their behavior, and the other was losing my nephew Josh in a car accident. This happened in 1993, and he had been battling cancer and was in remission. He was 17, and I still miss him. You don’t ever get over such a thing, you just live through it.

    My heart aches for the parents of these children.

  33. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    2:25 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Dear Volfie – ve are so sad for your losses, both of body and of spirit. In your “living through it” you hav become a person of great strength, resolve and generous heart. Ve all pray for you to hav peace.
    To hav this blog is wonderful support for so many of you who hav the pain. Natasha is envious of these friendship and gives great respect for the visdom, ideas and comfort you all give each other.
    Please not to tell Home Office Natasha has soft side; vould not be good for career of undercover spy.

  34. Melanie
    2:29 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    C. Harris: I’m sorry for your community’s loss.

    Zoë saw the D-O-C. She was very well behaved, unlike a certain Corgi or Kat we could mention.

    She received some pain meds and some anti-inflamatory drugs. Should be quiet here for the next few days as she catches up on sleep and food. She kept drinking water, but the pain was so bad food wasn’t what she wanted.

    I think Dan is now willing to really behave and do his share and NO MORE than his share.

    After I relax I will read the two links.

    Pizza tonight so I don’t have to cook. I DON”T HAVE TO GO ANYWHERE TOMORROW!

  35. BARB & MAGGIE
    2:50 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Melanie, Where was her pain? Glad she got some help. Now you need to continue to take it easy, and STOP TRYING TO DO IT ALL!

    Natasha, my dahlink, your softy secret is safe with us. But I might wish to discuss a small bribe….does duck jerky ring a bell? Or perhaps salmon bon bons?

  36. B.Stover
    2:51 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    CHarris: I meant to say earlier how sorry I am about the accident. Wolfie is correct about never getting over it but having to get through it. Perhaps that’s part of plundering on, pain and all.

    Melanie: Good news but I still think that you need more help. One person can only do so much.

    Love the stories of T&G and G&BB! Wonder if Jake could have had the same “calming” effect of BB.

    T&G: I agree with your take on Agatha Christie. One of the reasons I hate the term “cozy mystery” is because it trivializes the work just as “chick lit” and “chick flick” do. (I know I’ve said this before.)

    SH: I’m very glad your mom is feeling better. There seems to be so many people with pneumonia lately.

  37. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    2:57 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Barb and Maggie – vell, ve must talk. Vhat is the jerky? Our ducks svim very smooth. Vhy do American ducks jerk? And as far as salmon bonbons, vhat part of the salmon do those come from??? Ve have another name for them, and ve did not know salmon had them. Vould you settle for caviar?

  38. Melanie
    3:23 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Zoë had a cascading event with pain. First her back, then her knees (swelling) then her neck. So it’s sort of like when you get one thing and you compensate for that hurting, your body hurts something else and on and on.

    She is also getting her blood tested. If she does have Lyme disease, I owe Dan an apology.

    Now I’m not saying I don’t like a little “gratuious” things here and there, but just because a novel does not have the “gratuious’ in it, does not mean it’s a cosy. Perhaps “a novel of discernment”?

    Also I hear you about not doing everything. I’m not now.

  39. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:31 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Melanie!… You should be more like me and not do anything….heh! ….When I do get around to doing something then I get in trouble… sniff!…It’s usually best to do nothing….grunt!

  40. bluecat
    3:53 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
    ~~Mother Theresa~~

    We smile at each other through the blog, with Chet’s help. Hoping sadness will be a bit easier since we’re in it together.

    Be well.

  41. Melanie
    3:53 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    LOL, Riö!

    I now have an agreement with Zoë, if she screams in pain but doesn’t call me, she just needs to let loose.

    If she calls me, I will answer. . .

    Wasn’t that a song or something.

  42. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:59 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Books!…Do any of you guys read The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series?…snuff!… I am really close to finishing the 3rd one. They are so good. I think I have a couple more of his books in this series. …gruff!…Although, I am still working my way through the discussion between those two writers that Wolfie posted….wheeze!

  43. BARB & MAGGIE
    4:01 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Natasha, We could consider the caviar, as long as it is Beluga caviar from the Caspian Sea. If we are being bribed, it must be the best.

  44. Melanie
    4:09 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    ANYHOO . . .
    Started reading B. Stovers link. Fascinating . . .
    Let’s say you buy a hardback novel for $20.
    Normally, or it used to be, the royalty is about 10%.
    So the author has made $2. Except the agent’s percentage can be from 15 to 20 %.
    The author has now made between $1.60 to $1.70 on the book.
    With any luck the publishing company has sold a million, with NO RETURNS.
    That is good. That is what the company wants. And I can’t say that a lot of them are well written at all.

    In fact, it seems like that’s all the publishing company wants at this time.
    Publishers used to bring an author along. They used to edit books.
    They used to advertise their books and authors. They don’t now.

    There was once a group called the “mid list”.
    Not your million book seller, but not bad.
    Rarely seen now.

    If more of these authors self-publish we might have more literature, instead of autobiographies of children.

    That would be great. I love holding a book in my hand. (Especially if it’s by Our Favorite Author). Zoë is really liking the kindle. Dan loves the iPad and I like the kindle.

    Now If I remember correctly . . . the author of a self published book on iTunes (not sure about Kindle) takes in 1/2 of the price. Doesn’t have to worry about going out of print, or returns.

    So all in all interesting. I wonder what will happen in the next 5 years?

  45. Melanie
    4:27 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Hmmm. My post disappeared. I think I forgot to submit it.

    First: Sorry Wölfie it was your link not B. Stover’s.

    Riö, all of us love that series.

  46. BearSpiritDog
    4:29 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Hmmm…Posted earlier, but didn’t go through. B. & Dawson’s were duplicated. What’s up with that?

    Anyway just wanted to say hello. Enjoyed reading everyone’s posts today.

  47. bluecat
    5:27 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Barb – forgot to tell you. Kroger (grocery store chain) has heirloom tomatoes and each one is in a little while net. I think I’d rather have one of yours.

  48. B.Stover
    5:35 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Hi Bear. How are you doing?

    Bluecat: I’ve seen those tomatoes at Krogers. Are they good? I know Barb’s would be better….

  49. BARB & MAGGIE
    6:07 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Bluecat and Bee, Barb thinks her tomatoes are top of the line. Not everyone shares her opinion. Last year one of her friends, when asked how they liked the ones Barb took them, commented that they threw them all out. Didn’t taste them. Reason: they were not round and red! These are the same sort that only want white, grocery store eggs, cause brown ones taste funny. Can’t please everyone! BTW, no more tomatoes for those folks!!

  50. Melanie
    7:29 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Blood tests show . . .
    Polymyalgia rheumatica (inflammatory disorder that causes muscle pain and stiffness, primarily in your neck, shoulders, upper arms, hips and thighs. Symptoms of polymyalgia rheumatica (pol-ee-my-AL-juh roo-MA-ti-kah) usually begin quickly over a few days. FROM MAYO CLINIC SITE)

    treatable with steroids,
    Jeez, how many Plunderers have been on steroids in the past year?

    Zoë should be feeling better in a few days.

  51. Barb & Maggie
    7:40 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Melanie, How do you get this, and does it totally go away?

  52. B.Stover
    7:50 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Melanie: The steroids really work quickly so hopefully Zoe will be feeling better soon.

  53. Siber-H
    8:10 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    I’m glad they it diagnosised so quickly and that it is treatable. Hope Zoe feels better soon because it sounds like she was in a lot of pain
    I’m guessing that this is some sort of immune disorder, but I don’t know.

  54. Melanie
    8:12 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Barb & MagPie: They have no idea how people get this. Usually over the age of 65, twice as likely to be a woman, could be some genetic cause, sometime seen in clusters so could be viral.

    Otherwise, they really don’t know.

    I did get my trays for my seeds today!

    B.Stover: the pain meds are certainly helping. She’s walking around. Not totally there, but walking around. She ate tonight too.

    Hi BearSpiritDog!

  55. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:15 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Tupper!… First things first. I finally got to read your moderated post of 1:27pm today…snort!… I agree with you totally, and this is why we here never watch CSI in any city and Bones never…sniff!…There are loads of others but I can’t think of them right now because I do not watch them….heh!… The more realistic ones seem to fuel our fire like, of course, Breaking Bad (when will this show’s new season start for pete’s sake??), Justified, Damages, and bordering on the brink, The Good Wife…grunt!… Seems like a lot of TV but in reality there are very few new shows week to week….sniff!

    Zoe!… Is Zoe’s little body a magnet for strange and disturbing diseases?….wuffle!…She’s had to deal with so many weird things lately, it’s just not fair…snuffle… I sure hope the steroids will work. And hey, maybe she can play some pro baseball after that treatment…snorkel!

  56. Staff
    8:16 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    I just had steroids within the last month. I can’t take a lot of the normal anti-inflammatories so they give me steroids if I need them. This is the first time since the transplant that I have had them. 6 day med-pro pak. Works like a charm.

    Good luck Zoe. Side effects for me. I felt strong. I got hungry (and that had been a while) and also on the first two days dose it made me wake up at night. After the 2nd day no problem so my threshold is 20 mg. Less than that I sleep fine.

  57. Melanie
    8:22 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Thanks all and Riö? We’re thinking she just might go out and dig the pond she’s been wanting by hand.

    I’m about to go to bed but thought of two things.

    MagPie, can you herd salmon?

    We’ve just started an English TV series called “Doc Martin”. Really enjoying it.

    Going to bed. Have to catch up on everything that I haven’t done since forever. Most of it sitting at the computer.

    HOWEVER! I hope to plant seeds tomorrow too!

    TTFN

  58. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:33 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Melanie!…I’m sure the Rockies can find room for her in the line-up!….heh!….I sure hope the steroids work their magic and there isn’t any side effects that start some other strange disease in her little body. Go Zoe!….Woooooo!!!!!

  59. dawson
    8:45 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Melanie: Thank goodness the doctor’s figured it out right away and that Zoe is feeling better already. Enjoy your night off from cooking and your day at home tomorrow. You certainly deserve it. I’ve spent all afternoon going through the papers on the computer desk. My, it does look neat.
    Now I am making black bean chili for supper. I’ve been trying to eat more beans for that iron, just in case I’m low.
    I sure hope this only posts once…here goes.

  60. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:14 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Steroids (prednisone) have worked very well for me through the early stages of my daignosis, although I now been weaned off of them completely since yesterday. The only side effect is that they tend to stimulate your appetite, not that I normally need help in that department.
    We are really worried here about Melanie and just send her our best wishes. I would have posted that yesterday except my dad was hogging the computer again. My mom felt really bad for her, although she says a good cry every now and then can really help a lot. When she does, I lick her tears away, which helps too. Melanie, please take care of yourself while taking care of everyone else. Wookie

  61. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:15 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Steroids (prednisone) have worked very well for me through the early stages of my diagnosis, although I have now been weaned off of them completely since yesterday. The only side effect is that they tend to stimulate your appetite, not that I normally need help in that department.
    We are really worried here about Melanie and just send her our best wishes. I would have posted that yesterday except my dad was hogging the computer again. My mom felt really bad for her, although she says a good cry every now and then can really help a lot. When she does, I lick her tears away, which helps too. Melanie, please take care of yourself while taking care of everyone else. Wookie

  62. Barb & Maggie
    9:19 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    That disease Zoe has must be related to Fibromyalgia that you hear about all the time. That is supposed to be painful too, but more in the muscles.

    Melanie, not too sure about herding salmon. I haven’t tried it myself, how about you Corgis? I have, however, eaten it quite a bit.
    Barb is anxious to hear about your seed planting in the morning.

  63. B.Stover
    9:22 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Good night all.

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:24 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Dawson!…. It all comes down to the amount of times you hit the Submit button….grunt…That’s all. Maybe you drink too much coffee and are jittery or sumthing…sniff!…Just do one mouse click and then step back from your post…heh!….Although, I have seen this blog do some really mysterious things, so it might not be you, plus the fact that Agent Wookie who knows his way around software for the most part just double posted too, but I doubt it…grunt!

  65. dawson
    9:31 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Rio: I am going to say this one more time. IT IS NOT MY FAULT! I do not have the shakes, I am not hitting the submit button twice, I am hitting the submit button once and some freaky glitch in this computer or…something is causing it to double. That’s all. Do you really think I would do this time after time? Well, I wouldn’t and I AM NOT.

  66. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:33 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    It was the darn IPaw. I was trying to correct a typo and it sent the posting instead without my realizing it. That’s at least my story and I’m sticking to it. Wookie

  67. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:35 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Hey, y’all! Sorry I’m so late in joining the party tonight, but I’ve been working hard to download and upload and I think this time the link will work better. I just emailed it to Mom and it worked just fine! It opens a media player so you can watch pretty colors dance with the music!

    http://k002.kiwi6.com/hotlink/ej29fq4su9

  68. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:45 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Hmmm!….Interesting…sniff!…Wookie, first class Agent that he is admits to his paw problem causing his double post…snort!…Dawson on the other hand, still denies any wrong doing in this seemingly blatant act of raising the blog count so that we rapidly get to the dreaded Page 2….sniff!… I can’t honestly believe she would keep up this farce for this long, and yet she always does stuff that she knows will annoy me to no end… wheeze!…It is a conundrum. I don’t know why it only happens to her or what she thinks she will accomplish by doing it over and over again…snuff! ….We need a higher authority to sort this out…cough!….Maybe an outsider? How about Natasha the Nefarious deciding what is going on here?….hmmmm!

  69. Staff
    9:45 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Kirby
    Holy christmas music batman that bell work is just lovely. The flutes really add to the sound. I am glad you got us the link because it was worth it.

  70. Alice M. Johnson
    9:48 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Heh heh heh Rio,
    Just to rile up Dawson I will say she is doing it on purpose. Of course what does a Kat know?

    Anyway we are waiting to see what she says now.

    Maybe it is that tiny little laptop she loves so much. Sort of like Wookie’s tiny little IPaw and his big feet.

  71. bluecat
    9:49 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Kirby – wonderful, and very pretty with swirling colors. Music has healing powers, you know.

    ‘Night, all.

  72. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:51 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    It worked! It worked! Staff actually heard it (unless she’s just being polite!)

  73. Gus & BooBear
    9:51 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Did we miss the link to the handbell “Amazing Grace?” We tried the links Kirby posted last night, and they involved signing in with some sort of sky thingy. Hope he gets it fixed so we can hear it. Mom doesn’t like us to sign up for a lot of different sites. Not sure if we’ll be able to hear it if we have to register for something. Rats.

    Melanie, hope you, Zoe and Dan are feeling better soon. How is all the extra work affecting your knee? Are you walking better in those new shoes?

    G&BB

  74. Alice M. Johnson
    9:54 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Oh yeah,
    Staff is saying I should report that Dad’s ‘Legacy System’ would not turn on today and it is being taken away tomorrow to(hopefully)be fixed. Or not. Anyway he is not sure his wireless will work without the Legacy here to accept the wireless internet power and neither Staff nor Mr.Staff have any idea.
    So if we don’t turn up tomorrow after work do not alert the emergency contact system. That is probably what the problem it.

    Staff actually thinks it will work because the router is working fine without the legacy S turned on so… but we will find out tomorrow after work

    Goodnight all.

    Sleep well Mel and Zoe and Staff too. She got iron tonight in her black eyed peas, red/green/yellow peppers and pork. :-)

  75. Abbie
    9:56 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Well all heard it KT is was marvelous. I am saving it onto my desktop so I can listen to it whenever I need a little serenity.
    I will put it right next the ‘The Hat of Many Cheeses’ song.
    That is for when I need a laugh.

  76. Abbie
    9:56 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    We all heard it KT. It was marvelous. I am saving it onto my desktop so I can listen to it whenever I need a little serenity.
    I will put it right next the ‘The Hat of Many Cheeses’ song.
    That is for when I need a laugh.

  77. Abbie
    10:00 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Ahhhh…oops. this is what I get for teasing Dawson. Hiding my head in shame. Sneaking off to bed…..before Rio comes after me with his pug power pissiness.

  78. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:02 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Wow Abbie and…Abbie?! I’ll let Mom know she ranks right up there with the cheese. I’m sure she’ll be quite honored!!!

  79. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:12 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Alice!….Kirby!…. hmmm. Kirby first, that is amazing music. Thank you so much for sharing it. I do not see the swirling colors like BluKat does, but then she may be sniffing something quite different …heh!… Alice! The fact that you have suspicions about Dawson does tend to throw a lot of suspicion on her but does not change my mind that we need an outsider to consider this dilemma…..grunt!… We know Mike Baker will never get down and dirty to fix it if it is a true bug, but if it is a Canadian Prankster messing about then that’s different…wheeze!

    AbbieTheKat???…snort!…heh!

  80. dawson
    10:18 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Kirby T Penworthy: Tell your mum that is beautiful music and was well worth waiting for. Thank you for working so hard to get that posted.

  81. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    10:23 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Barb and Maggie – is there any other kind of caviar than beluga? Ve haf never heard of such travesty.

    Tupper and Gilly – did you get phone number of Jake the beautiful Borzoi?

    Dawson – good job. Ve vill drive Rio crazy (er) vith the double post.

    Zoe – vhen you get the steroids, be careful whose butt you kick – you may score unintentional field goal

    Kirby – such a beautiful music

    Rio – goodnight my chubby little s-pug-nik

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:32 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Russians!…I should know better than to try and trust a Russian spy…grunt!….Something has to be done about her….sniff! …Lets see, Agent Molly is on vacation. Agent Wookie is on short term leave…wheeze!….Agent SiberH is recovering from sleep deprivation after the Iditarod…grump! … I’ll have to figure something out…sniff!

  83. Barb & Maggie
    10:34 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Kirby, we listened to it as well and it was just incredible. Professional quiality. I know you said there were 2 flutes, but how many hand bells? And are these just people from your church, or do they play professionally somewhere? Thanks again for all your work getting it to us.

  84. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:00 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Thanks, everyone, for your compliments! Mom and her friends worked real hard on that piece, but they didn’t know what the flute part sounded like until just a couple weeks ago. The first time the flutes joined them everyone was amazed by how good it sounded together.

    Barb & Maggie: The two flutes were the real musicians. The rest of them are rank amateurs…er, church members. There are eleven bell players. They range from a couple of high school students to a dentist and his grown daughter. Some of the music — including this piece — has chimes as well as the bells, so the bell players double up on those pieces, playing whatever chimes match the bells they play. This song only had bass chimes, though. Mom plays four treble bells, so she didn’t play chimes on this song.

  85. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:04 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    OMG!….We found a Jeff Dunham show on the Comedy channel just now!…woooWeee …heh! …Happy Now!…snorkel!… This maybe the same show we saw live last March, but time will tell and it doesn’t matter anyways, its Jeff Dunham!…wooo!

  86. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:07 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Kirby!…That is really amazing, because we have heard some of the bell ringers around here and there is absolutely NO comparison to your guys….wow!…snorkel!

  87. Gus & BooBear
    11:12 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Beautiful, Kirby. Thank you.

  88. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:29 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Thanks again, guys. I’m just proud to say that you can teach an old dog new tricks — I was able to do all the uploading with a minimum of help from my boy!

    But I’m afraid that all that mental exercise has plum worn me out. So I guess I’ll be saying good night.

    Good night, y’all!

  89. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:34 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Kirby, I cannot get the link to play. Do you have to have a certain player?

    Wooks, I haven’t sent you a sllluurrrpppy kiss lately, so here it is. mmwwwahh

  90. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:46 pm on March 22nd, 2011

    Macy: Try this link. It opens a Kiwi 6 window. Down at the bottom it says, “LISTEN” with a little arrow underneath. (Don’t do the download thing.) Let me know if that works any better for you.

    http://kiwi6.com/file/ej29fq4su9

  91. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:04 am on March 23rd, 2011

    I just tried to post something but it disappeared. Not sure whether it’s a ghost walking through the site or if I just refreshed instead of submitting? In any case, I just brushed my teeth and scrubbed my face, so this time I really am going to snuggle up on the couch with my nice, soft Iowa blanket.

    Goodnight, y’all. (Really for real this time!!!)

  92. Wolfie
    12:37 am on March 23rd, 2011

    Kirby,
    I was able to get to the kiwi6 site okay, and I found the ‘listen’, but there was no arrow! I really want to hear it. Does anyone have any ideas?

    Thanks

  93. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    12:54 am on March 23rd, 2011

    Macy — thanks for the slurpy kiss; it really helps me feel better. It’s late though, so I better say good night. Wooks

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