Thanks, Vroman’s!

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68 Responses to “Thanks, Vroman’s!”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:13 am on February 24th, 2015

    Good morning, everyone! Yes, props are always nice. Have a Tuesday and a half. Don’t know when mom will head for the library.

  2. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:15 am on February 24th, 2015

    Nice review, but I am confused. The newsletter is dated 2/23/15, but the writer reviews DOI and says he will keep his eye out for more. Is that an old review, or does Lee not know that was the first in a great series? Inquiring minds want to know.

    Good morning all. We are getting a little break in the extreme cold today, but many on the east coast are getting hit.

    Off to the office this morning.

  3. O'Howlers
    8:35 am on February 24th, 2015

    Good morning. You’re darn tootin’ we here in the East are getting hit with cold. It was -8 this morning, which felt too cold even for us huskies.

    B,M,&L, good observation on date of the review. We here are curious now, too.

  4. B.Stover
    9:00 am on February 24th, 2015

    Well, we could always submit a comment giving the publication date for the EIGHTH Chet and Bernie novel.

    Good morning all.

  5. Darah Thea
    9:22 am on February 24th, 2015

    I am soooooooo glad that Mr. Siber H taught me to play in the snow before he crossed the rainbow bridge. I am having a ball! Lucy Lou and Blondie can’t keep up and the best part is that mom says there might be more snow on Wednesday which must be soon!

    I am showing the Herd how to snowplow with noses, roll in the snow and mom makes snowballs just like Bernie. Life doesn’t get much better!

  6. Tupper' and Gilly
    9:41 am on February 24th, 2015


  7. Herd of Hounds
    9:51 am on February 24th, 2015

    Yippee! Mom is still here and we are having fun watching idiots slide sideways and backwards on the road in front of the house. We keep telling them how to do it but no one listens to us 4 footers 🙁 Great entertainment, though. Maybe we’ll tell mom to take the ifone up and put it on video and make movies of dumb drivers. Or maybe again, we won’t.

  8. Diane C.
    10:04 am on February 24th, 2015

    Good Morning All–I’m glad Darah Thea is enjoying the snow, and I hope those of you who are more sensitive to cold are keeping warm. One of my better students has decided to use the online features (that I avoid like the plague) that come with the overpriced textbook, so I now get to learn how to set womething up online.
    I am sure this will build my character.
    an icy 60 degrees at the moment, but I hope it will warm up

  9. BooBear
    10:12 am on February 24th, 2015

    Mom and I remember Macy calling Mollypop Pollymop! We thought it was so funny.

  10. Herd of Hounds
    10:20 am on February 24th, 2015

    Mom says she was always jealous of Macy’s humor. That’s because Macy would think of things before mom ha ha Ha.

  11. MTMP
    10:45 am on February 24th, 2015

    Macy the hysterical here. I seem to feed off mom’s moods. When she is down, I can’t perk her up, but I will keep on trying. We are on day 2 of school closing and are supposed to get snow tomorrow. We are getting just a bit of cabin fever here and mom needs to get to the doc about her shoulder. You O’Howlers really know how to have some cold! Mom thinks that if I can go back to bed there is no reason that she can’t, too. Later taters.

  12. Herd of Hounds
    10:49 am on February 24th, 2015

    Macy, the kids here were out all last week (3 of 5 were an overreaction so wasted snow days). Out today and maybe tomorrow. We can’t wait to hear kids howling about having to make up days 🙂 “It’s not fair” will be the battle whine,er, cry.

  13. Diane C.
    10:54 am on February 24th, 2015

    I wish I could do something to help y’all with the cold and school closings, but it’s now cold here, too (everything’s relative).
    I hear that snow eventually melts…Courage!

  14. Tupper' and Gilly
    10:59 am on February 24th, 2015

    Just got a message from friends living in Maine. Their thermometer reads 20 BELOW zero, not windchill
    Now Mama feels like a wuss
    A cold wuss, but a wuss none the less

  15. BearSpiritDog
    11:00 am on February 24th, 2015

    Vroman’s! It is a Big Book Store. Nana knows…she was there last summer to meet Spence.
    Missed Meeting Diane though…a long way for her to travel.

    Sorry there is No Break in the cold and snow for youse Eastcoasters.
    Meanwhile…Nome is Melting.

    Min-Pin: I will join you soon for that nap.

    11:34 am on February 24th, 2015

    T & G, When does your mama head west?

    Looked up Ghost Hawk and may buy it. It says age 10-14 so it might be too advanced for Ben, but I think Barb would like it. Is it new, or something we could order from the library?

  17. B.Stover
    11:38 am on February 24th, 2015

    I wrote a comment on Vroman’s website about Scents and Sensibility due out July 14.

  18. B.Stover
    11:39 am on February 24th, 2015

    I also mentioned that it is the eighth Chet and Bernie novel.

  19. Siber's Mom
    11:46 am on February 24th, 2015

    I have some easy to follow advice for Lee who wrote the review of DOI. Go to Amazon, put Spencer Quinn in their search bar, and you will find the entire Chet and Bernie series.

    Darah, I am glad you got some snow to play in. No snow here but it is cold and gloomy. As Diane said, it is all relative, but I am still ready to go visit Chet and Bernie.

    Somewhere in the past on this blog, Macy posted a hilarious take on Siberian Huskies in high school.

  20. B.Stover
    11:49 am on February 24th, 2015

    The Leicester Richard III online site has some fascinating info this week. It’s giving history before Richard’s period which includes the Black Death. There is one section (as far as I’ve gotten this week) that shows daily wages and gives prices of various products. A laborer made four pence per day. (I think that is about four cents.) A bushel of salt cost twenty-four pence; ten candles was one pence; a pound of cheese was six pence; ten eggs were six pence; a bushel of wheat was twenty-four pence.

  21. Siber's Mom
    11:53 am on February 24th, 2015

    Amazon is publishing on kindle another book called Paw and Order. It was released several months after Spence’s Paw and Order.

  22. dawson
    11:53 am on February 24th, 2015

    Good morning everyone.
    I woke up feeling good and hungry.
    And, thank dog, the temperature has gone below freezing again. With wind and snow to cover up the evidence of melt, it will be treacherous on the streets.
    So many have temperatures way above or below normal.

  23. BearSpiritDog
    12:01 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Dawson: Hungry is Good.

  24. B.Stover
    12:09 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Rio: I’ve watched the first three episodes of Allegiance and I really like it.

    12:17 pm on February 24th, 2015

    So according to that, Bee, a laborer labored for a day and a half to buy a pound of cheese or 10 eggs. I would have thought eggs would be cheap, since most people kept chickens. Or at least I thought they did.

  26. B.Stover
    12:49 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Barb: After the Black Death things changed. Because there were not enough peasants to work the land, landowners used many fields to grow grass for sheep and cattle. (Wool was apparently one of England’s great economic products.) Many laborers moved to cities and no longer worked the land. Also the 15th century was the time that the “market” started to grow so people paid cash for things rather than paying “in kind.” (I don’t know if this answers your point.)

    2:00 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Bee, Still seems like that couldn’t be right. At minimum wages, today it would take about 1/4 hour to pay for a doz. eggs, as compared to a day and a half?

  28. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    2:02 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Rio, Spence probably tried to erase all of you and your posts, but the software – well you know how that was.

  29. Mpop's and Loulou's Mom
    2:06 pm on February 24th, 2015

    From Memory Lane: Another Mission from Commander Rio
    Dec. 24, 2010

    Home!… Hey, I just remembered, I have gone through all of the Agents mission notes and have pieced together what happened just a few days ago…snort!… All of my agents are brave and indeed risked their lives. They could have been locked up in jail or the pound for that matter if not for their quick thinking and quite a bit of luck…heh!…Anyway, here is what happened on the last Mission Trip…grunt!

    Molly sat in the dark in the back of the van, her paws at the ready over the control panel. She sniffed the air and smelled a faint trace of eau de skunk lingering from the presence of Wookie even though he had left the van with Kirby a while ago. Stover looked uncomfortable in the front seat. This was her first mission and she didn’t want to make any mistakes. She had agreed to come this time after Commander Rio promised her an autographed photo of his corkscrew tail. Stover pulled out a pair of small binoculars and gazed at Spencer’s house which she could just barely see through all the trees. It really was a beautiful house, she thought, nestled in a heavily wooded area, very close to the ocean. Melanie was sitting in the passenger seat sleeping and snoring loudly. Every now and then her left arm would jerk which caused her cane to hit the console between her and Stover. This was starting to irritate Stover and she was pondering how to wake Melanie up.

    Wookie was trying to get Kirby‘s attention by pawing the air furiously to no avail. Earlier, he had led Kirby to the side of the house and had entered through Audrey’s special door; the one Admin had made for her last year. The door was looking a little worse for wear these days, the hinge was just barely hanging on some loose screws, and it had lots of scratch marks on it due to Wookie’s tools scraping on the door each time he entered or left which was usually in a big hurry. It was clear that Admin had not bothered to check this door in a very long time. Wookie’s newly designed tool-belt-vest was fastened on so that the tools were underneath him close to his chest. This eliminated all that wear and tear on Audrey’s door.

    As planned Audrey had gone on ahead into Spencer’s office. He was sitting there staring at the Quilt, or maybe just staring into space, it was hard to tell. She tippity tapped over to him, rested her head on his knee and started whining and woof woofing. Spence woke up and looked down at her just as his phone started ringing. “Hullo.” Audrey whined louder and woof woofed even more. “Sure you can come over this afternoon. Not much going on around here. Do you like Cahors?” Audrey started barking sharply while stomping her paws. “I’ve got to go. Someone needs to go outside. See you later. Yup, bye.” He slammed the phone down and got up. Audrey ran out of the office and down the stairs to the front door. Spence took a little longer because of his short legs being stiff from sitting around all morning. As he wobbled down the stairs he was wondering why Audrey hadn’t used her doggie door.

    Wookie’s paw stopped in mid air as Kirby finally popped through the door looking very surprised to be on the inside. Kirby was feeling a bit intimidated and had his ears tuned to high alert mode, his big brown eyes were bugged out even more than usual. He had his little red cap on and was looking quite worried. The Commander had picked him to be Wookie’s lookout while he was installing the necessary software onto Spencer’s laptop. Kirby was to use his alien-like ears to listen for Admin and Spencer or any other abnormal sounds coming from within the house. Wookie shot up the stairs straight into Spencer’s office, while Kirby trotted as fast as he could behind him. Wookie quickly pulled out the six foot retractable ladder he had tucked away in his tool-belt-vest. He snuffed around and found the tool he needed to flip off the safety switch on the miniature baseball cameras.

    Stover tried to ignore Melanie’s snoring and went back to looking through her binoculars. Suddenly, she sneezed violently, scaring Molly who jumped and hit the control panel with both paws. Uh oh. Melanie woke up with a start and wacked the console with her cane, much to Stover’s chagrin. Flustered, she peered out of the binoculars again and caught sight of something pointy moving around on Spencer’s front lawn. “I see something! I see something!” Molly stiffened and adjusted her earpiece. She was ready for anything and now admittedly a little worried.

    Wookie, now up on the thin wibbly wobbly ladder, his whole body underneath the Quilt, was meticulously using his specialized tool to flip off the safety switch on each of the tiny cameras that Staff had so cleverly sewn into the fabric. He quickly finished his task and started down the ladder. The long fur between his toes snagged on one of the steps. He tried to free his paw and lost his balance. All at once down came the wibbly wobbly ladder, Wookie and all of his tools which flew out of the pockets of his tool-belt-vest when he hit the floor! Kirby narrowly missed being hit by a power drill and a book on how to train lab rats. He carefully sniffed Wookie to see if he was okay. Oh no! Wookie was out cold.

    Meanwhile, the outside distraction was afoot! Stover started the van and drove down the street leading to the front lawn of the house. Spencer, now a little more limber with his pointy head a bobbing, was throwing the big blue ball for Audrey. She pulled the van over and Melanie leaned out the window and yelled, “Hey you! Come over here!” Audrey grabbed the ball in mid-air and ran right over to the van. Stover and Melanie both got out of the van and started petting Audrey. Spencer reluctantly walked over to them and said, “Can I help you? Audrey! Come here! Sit. Stay.” Stover and Melanie continued to pet and coo at Audrey all three of them pretending to ignore Spencer. The girls needed to distract Spencer to give Wookie time to enable the Quilt’s miniature cameras and load new software onto Spencer’s computer. Once the computer is turned on the cameras will be activated so that we can all watch him work. Or whatever he does day in and day out. Commander Rio was counting on the fact that Spencer and Admin would not notice the new icon on the laptop or the teeny tiny blinking lights on the baseball cameras. Observation didn’t seem to be high on their skill set, so the Commander was not too worried.

    Kirby was beside himself. His ears started buzzing and he felt panic rising. He ran to the window and looked out to see if Spencer was still outside. He saw Stover and Melanie patting Audrey while Spencer stood glaring at them with his arms crossed. Wookie was lying with his head close to Spencer’s desk. Kirby looked up and saw a bottle on the desk. He had an idea and jumped up on the chair and then onto the desk. Nosing the bottle carefully into position onto a piece of paper away from the edge of the desk lining it up with Wookie he grabbed the edge of the paper and pulled it out from under the bottle. Just as he hoped the bottle fell with the top hanging over the desk pouring liquid down onto Wookie.

    Stover, towering over Spencer, was asking him, “Can you tell us how to get to the resort?” As she was talking to him a sports car zoomed up and drove right into Spencer’s driveway. “What resort? There are quite a few on Cape Cod”, said Spence looking up at Stover. “You know,” said Stover trying not to laugh at his head which she could see the very tip top of, “the one that’s close to here. I can’t remember the name. We lost our map.” A young man with a baseball cap got out of the sports car and was standing beside it. He had his hands on his hips and was looking very impatient. Spencer mumbled some obtuse name to Stover. “No not that one! I’m sure it isn’t that one, right Melanie?” Spencer’s face was turning red; he was tired of talking to these women and was trying to think of how to get rid of them so he could talk with his friend who had just arrived, “Mike, I’ll be right with you!” he yelled looking back at the guy by the sports car. Stover brought the little binoculars up to her eyes and focused on the car. On the back window there was a slogan and a website address. “I’ll be damned if it isn’t Mike Baker! I’ve got a thing or two to say to him!” growled Stover as she jerked Melanie’s cane away leaving her teetering on her good leg.

    As he gained conscience, Wookie licked his lips, then his nose and thought, “Cahors Black. What a treat! Now all I need is a nice lamb chop with asparagus and a potato gratin.” Woof! He slowly got up and had a good shake spewing wine all over the place. Kirby jumped down off the desk and snuffed Wookie. His tail was wagging as he licked Wookie’s red face. They both started gathering all the tools and shoved them back into Wookie’s vest. He knew he had to work quickly and get the software installed on the computer. Sitting at the desk he realized Spencer had locked his computer. They would need to figure out the password first.

    She started towards Mike slapping the cane in her other palm as she strode mightily over to Mike. His eyes were widening as he watched her coming towards him. “I have a thing or two to say to you young man. First, you are on my SOL list, the very tip top of the list mind you!” she sputtered. Mike was reaching for the car door handle just as Stover wacked it with the cane narrowly missing Mike’s fingers. “Young man, I do not think that wanting, and to me rightfully expecting, technology to run efficiently is being demanding. Any job should be done well especially if you’re being paid to do it!” She yelled right in Mikes frightened face.

    Kirby was now sitting on Wookie’s lap typing S-E-S-T-I-N-A into the password field, nope that wasn’t it either. Drat! Wookie tried again with G-R-E-E-N-M-O-N-S-T-E-R, R-E-D-S-O-X, C-A-H-O-R-S-B-L-A-C-K, M-A-L-B-E-C, E-D-G-A-R-A-W-A-R-D, Q-U-A-C-K-Y-B-A-S-E-B-A-L-L, C-H-E-T-N-B-E-R-N-I-E, none of which worked. He looked around the room and realized what it was. He typed I-H-E-A-R-T-P-L-U-N-D-E-R-E-R-S-Q-U-I-L-T and by jove the computer was unlocked! He plugged in the flash drive and started downloading the software. Kirby was still wondering why S-E-S-T-I-N-A hadn’t been the chosen password. Hmmmphf! Wait what was that? Footsteps! He motioned to Wookie that someone was coming. They quickly slid off the chair and under the desk.

    “Posting on page two is a nightmare. It’s incredibly slow and when I refresh I am sent back to the top of page one! Ridiculous! Why can’t I be sent back to where I was when I refreshed the page? Answer me that young man!” Stover’s eyes were bright and gleaming but very narrow as she stared at him. Mike sensed he was in grave danger and tried to move away, she brought up the cane in a threatening manner. “Well, um, that’s why I’m here today. Um, to talk to Spencer and Admin about the design of the re-design of the next re-write and complete over-haul of the blog”, Mike said in a high pitched voice. Stover’s eyes went from bright and gleaming to dark and darker. She bellowed, “The design of the re-design of the next re-write and complete over-haul of the blog? How utterly ridiculous! You will not lay a hand on the blog, you hear me! I, WE like it just the way it is now!” Mike stammered, “But you, um, you just said it was a nightmare. I can fix it. I uh, promise it will be much quicker and…yeah, intuitive.” Melanie, using Spencer to lean on, had ventured over to hear what was going on. Spencer looked frightened and Melanie was grinning from ear to ear.
    Admin came into the office and looked around. “What the hell has he been up to now? Wine all over the damned place! I am not cleaning this up, no sir” he grumbled, “I wonder if I still have that ugly cleaning women’s number?” Wookie’s upper lip raised just a smidge into a small snarl. The door slammed shut as Admin left in a huff. Wookie and Kirby quickly came out from under the desk. Wookie snatched the flash drive and turned off the computer. Using his big paws he opened the door slowly. They both peered out into the hallway, seeing the coast was clear, they ran down the stairs and outside through Audrey’s special door.

    “I don’t believe you. You are just going to make it worse than it already is!” screamed Stover. Spencer stepped up with Melanie still clinging to him, and said, “Folks, no need to get all upset over the blog. Who did you gals say you were again? Anyway, I’m sure Mike will do a good job, he is an expert you know.” Stover swirled around and looked at Spencer ready to tell him a thing or two about cliffhangers on blogs, when she saw Wookie and Kirby came around the corner of the house. She grabbed Melanie pulling her off of Spencer and shoved the cane into her hand. She mouthed the words, “Let’s Go”. Wookie and Kirby were already at the van. Molly opened the sliding door and let them in. Stover and Melanie abruptly turned tail and skipped, as Ingrid would, over to the van. They got in and zoomed away. Spencer stood there with his mouth hanging open and Mike said, “I quit! Get someone else to work on that damned blog! Your readers are crazy coo-coo!” Then he got in his car and zoomed away. Spencer went into the house and up to his office, he opened the door looked around. Dropping to his knees he started sobbing.

    Stover and Melanie were laughing uncontrollably, “Did you see Mikes face? And then that pointy head!” Stover hooted. Melanie couldn’t talk she was laughing too hard. Molly was giving Wookie a good face licking and Kirby was curled up sleeping with his little cap pulled over his eyes. All that excitement had worn him out. Once Molly was satisfied that Wookie was clean, they both went over to the console and waited for Spencer to turn on his computer so they could see if the cameras worked. Wookie knew everything was set up properly on his end and would work as long as Molly had not done anything out of the ordinary on her end before he had installed the software. They saw some flickering on the screen and heard sobbing and then everything went black. Molly and Wookie looked at each other and thought, “Uh Oh”.

  30. B.Stover
    2:20 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Actually I think that’s the point. Things were far more expensive than they should have been and many of the poor couldn’t afford necessities. Apparently Richard III wanted to change this: “To the lower classes–peasants, yeoman, urban artisans–Richard sought to give the protection of justice” and he established what came to be called the Court of Requests. (Paul Murray Kendall’s biography of Richard, page 374.)

  31. B.Stover
    2:45 pm on February 24th, 2015


    2:54 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Thanks Bee.

    Rio’s story was so much fun. Now, so many of our dear friends have crossed over.

  33. dawson
    3:08 pm on February 24th, 2015

    BStover is a firecracker when she gets mad! Mike Baker has never been the same.

  34. Herd of Hounds
    3:14 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Barb, the Susan Cooper books are relatively recent and should be in the library’s “juvenile” section (12-15 age group). Ghost Hawk was fascinating!

  35. B.Stover
    3:27 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Dawson is making me laugh. I think that I actually wrote something on the blog about expecting technology to work efficiently.

    I love the part about the six-foot retractable ladder in Wookie’s tool vest.

  36. Tupper and Gilly
    4:20 pm on February 24th, 2015

    We love each and every paragraph of that mission report. We could not possibly pick out a favorite part, between the sestina, the Cahors, the cane….oh my, it was just such fun.

    We have been battling with #$@#$%%@$#%%^&%##!technology all day. so laughter was a good thing. Thanks Rio and MopMom

    And now back to this dam label maker that is supposed to interface with the computer, except that it doesn’t like Windows 8.1, and there is no template for the jewelry tags that actually come with the flippin’ machine. aaaarrrggghhhhh!!!

  37. Wose-the small and meek
    6:02 pm on February 24th, 2015


    Siber’s Mom, I saw that other Paw and Order in Barnes and Noble.

    Diane C, My hubby, the Prof, also known as Grizz, teaches and tutors both in class and online. If you need any advice, I am sure he would be happy to help.

    MPM and LL’s Mom, Reading Rio’s mission notes has been fun. I think Rio needs to publish his memoirs…what a great book it would be! I remember when I joined the blog, Rio didn’t like me too much. I hope he considers me a friend now.

    Miss those mission members who are at the Rainbow Bridge. sniff

  38. Herd of Hounds
    7:08 pm on February 24th, 2015

    WE are loving the missions from before our time. y’all are soooooo creative.

  39. Wose-the small and meek
    8:07 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Awesome, I hope you have stopped puking.

    Heh! And here I thought HRH, B was a demure university professor…instead she’s really Agent 99.!

  40. Herd of Hounds
    8:09 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Wose, ya never know what is behind the disguise. Those Plunderers are pretty sly!

  41. Tupper and Gilly
    8:14 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Oh heck no – our Professor Bee is a Charlie scratching, Cahors sipping, riding with the top down, cane whipping, comma splice correcting, easy chair rockin’ Empress!

  42. Herd of Hounds
    8:27 pm on February 24th, 2015

    That was mouthful!

  43. Wose-the small and meek
    8:27 pm on February 24th, 2015

    HOH, That is for sure!

    T&G, Yes, hail the Queen of Stovernia.

  44. B.Stover
    8:41 pm on February 24th, 2015


  45. ALR
    8:43 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Newsflash: I was clued in by an Iditarod follower on my fb page that the Iditarod planners may have to consider a plan b for the plan B. She noted the Fairbanks News-minernews….I googled that and the story is there. I don’t know if this is drastic or not, but I am sure you all want to know.

  46. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:06 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Time!….Awwwwww. Such Good Times and good Missions…snort!…Excellent Agents…sniff!….I have no time to compile Mission Notes anymore and this makes me sad. I feel like we are losing historical data…guffle!…But what can I do? My friend is at her wits end with the demands at the busy-place. No time to ponder fun facts and build stories…grump! ….Life sucks right now, it really does…sob!

  47. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:07 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Plan-B!…To the Plan B!…gah!…Oh no! This is not good news and it means Fairbanks is having bad weather also…grump!

  48. O'Howlers
    9:19 pm on February 24th, 2015

    We found the article. The Start will still be in Fairbanks, but the actual location may be changed from the river to a land trail.

  49. ALR
    9:28 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Right, but I did not know how to interpret if that would be just more challenge for our team and the folks who want to be there. I hope it is no biggie.

  50. Staff
    9:30 pm on February 24th, 2015

    HOH I am going to start packing tonight. Have you had to plunder your pack to stay warm these last few days?

    Who else is going? Is it just us or are others going to come. I have been so busy with Dad and Quilt classes that I have been having trouble getting on the blog for very long.

  51. Thieves!
    9:49 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Mission notes! We love reading the wonderful mission notes.

    Staff: We plan on being north in Alaska for the race. Heh.

  52. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:52 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Staff!…Be sure to let RIOMAS know your flight plans so we can track you and Mr. FireSlippers…snort!….When do you depart?…grunt!

  53. C.hobbiti
    10:20 pm on February 24th, 2015

    I think Staff and Fieslippers arrive first (Monday around midnight) and HOH & DDD the next day.

    Note: as of today it is legal in Alaska to smoke pot and I guess it can be bought. However, the Hobbit Hotel is a non-smoking establishment. 🙂

  54. dawson
    10:30 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Oh you lucky dawgs, going to Alaska to visit Snowhook Kennels. Get ready to make some noise!

    Go Snowhook! Hooray for Hobbit!

  55. C.hobbiti
    10:39 pm on February 24th, 2015
  56. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:42 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Hobbit, we saw that too. Also you can grow up to 6 plants at home. I think personally I would stick with my tomatoes! Also it still is not legal to smoke pot out in public. I think Alaska is the third state to make pot legal, right?

  57. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:42 pm on February 24th, 2015

    CHOBBIT!…Next Monday Midnight?…yeeeep!…Can this be? Time does fly when you nap all day long…heh!heh!

  58. Masquers
    10:43 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Hurray for the Hobbit and her lovely hotel and the small band of Plunderers headed north to Alaska.
    ALR:We saw the latest news about the trail.
    Paws and tails crossed.
    Howlers: Thanks for the link.

  59. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:45 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Maskers!….You will be on duty for the Midnight Plane to Anchorage, right??…grunt!

  60. Masquers
    10:51 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Of course, I will. Heh, heh.

  61. C.hobbiti
    10:54 pm on February 24th, 2015

    News just said Iditarod is starting at Pike’s…where Rebecca is staying. I think HOH made a reservation at a downtown hotel within walking distance of the usual downtown start. We will see what the next week and a half bring

  62. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:54 pm on February 24th, 2015

    The time for travel is almost here for two lucky couples.

    Our nice warm bed is calling. Night all.

  63. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:02 pm on February 24th, 2015

    CHobbit!…What about Staff and the FireSlippers?…sniff!…Where will they be?

  64. BearSpiritDog
    11:03 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Traveling through Time in the Midnight Hours – Bear

  65. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:04 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Bear!….Piece of Cake for you Bear! Just watch that FireSlippers guy and keep him away from matches…snort!

  66. Staff
    11:31 pm on February 24th, 2015

    Rio, We will be staying at the Hobbit Hotel. Lucky us!

    I will get you our flight plans. Soon. Maybe tonight but no promises.


  67. Charlie
    2:55 am on February 25th, 2015

    I have conferred with the Thieves! Reading the mission notes, we are proud of your skills with a cane. I knew you had it in you, but others here may have doubted. I did not.

  68. Diane C.
    3:11 pm on February 25th, 2015

    Hello Everyone–I’m late catching up today–gave my first Quiz and not too horrible results, so I decided to treat myself to yesterday’s blog.
    Wose–Thank you for offering Grizz’s services. As it developed, McGraw-Hill also amkes some stuff available without my having to construct an entire separate course online. (Good of them, but if i wanted to create an entire course I would have done so). i think this is just “enrichment” along the lines of what is available in a printed study guide. TMI, huh?
    Eager to review the material on 14th-15th century price levels…

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