Toadstool Tonight

6:30 PM, Toadstool Bookshop, Milford NH: Spence, PAW AND ORDER, pop quiz!

Welcome new friends Chumley and a very lucky dude.


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80 Responses to “Toadstool Tonight”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:22 am on August 21st, 2014

    Good morning, everyone! Mmm? Toadstool? Is that what will be thrown? Nice to see Chumley and lucky dude.
    Have a tremendous Thursday, y’all.

  2. Tupper's Mama
    8:46 am on August 21st, 2014

    Morning everyone. Greetings from Day 3 of the Really Long Shew. 80% chance of thunderstorms today. Very glad we are in a nice secure building.
    Martha – can’t wait to see the project. Give GLAD lots of (gentle) hugs from us.
    Rio – we could have sworn that you had given up on the Rockies lady season. You are truly a kind and forgiving soul (snort)
    Have a wonderful day all.

  3. Barb & Maggie
    9:05 am on August 21st, 2014

    Good morning all, and good luck Spence at the Toadstool. What a cool name.

    Rain here too, but the grass and garden needed it. This should green up the lawns a little.

    Can’t wait to see pictures from GLAD’s shower. We thought it was for her. October is when she is due, I think. I know Our Friend is looking down and is excited for them.

    Off for the last of a four day work week. Hasn’t been as hard as I thought, but this morning Maggie and Lucy had a snit fit because they couldn’t go for walkies. They don’t seem to realize that it is raining just as hard out the front as it is in the back.

    Later gaters.

  4. B.Stover
    9:13 am on August 21st, 2014

    That is a strange name for a bookstore.

    Good morning all.

  5. B.Stover
    9:27 am on August 21st, 2014

    Rio: I thought the ending of Murder in the First was very implausible. Also I don’t like the female detective but don’t really know why.

  6. BearSpiritDog
    9:42 am on August 21st, 2014

    The Toadstool…a very Cool Name.
    Spence. On the Road again.
    Good Morning Everyone.

  7. Masquers
    9:56 am on August 21st, 2014

    B: A somewhat strange question to start the day (and off subject) but we just read that “the” is pronounced differently according to whether or not it proceeds words beginning with vowels or consonants. We had never heard of this before. Is this some archaic usage? It wasn’t presented as such.

  8. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:19 am on August 21st, 2014

    Toadie!…snort!…I may have to google the Toadie Bookshop…sniff!

    Stover!…I never warmed up to her either. Actually, I’m trying to think of one character I liked in that show, and I can’t…grunt! …This brings me to another thought. When I read The Charming Mr. Abrahams books I always empathize with his main character. I am in their sho-es the whole ride for good and bad. And that my friends is the difference between Great Writing and really bad-weak-ass writing, which is prevalent today in the TV/Movie industry…sniff!…Now I must have a cuppa cawfee or I will die of thirst…gasp!

  9. dawson
    10:40 am on August 21st, 2014

    I like the original names of all the bookstores Spencer mentions.

    New FOC Chumley looks like his tail is a handy handle but I know better.
    New FOC lucky dude is making me hungry.

    Beau: I hope all your parts feel better soon.

    Masquers: I guess that the “e” in “the” is a long “e” if it is preceeding a word starting with a vowel.

    Up top is Mollie, A Black Poodle. Some of us old timers will remember her. She was a Giants fan…or was it the 49’ers?

  10. B.Stover
    10:44 am on August 21st, 2014

    Masquers: If you look in a dictionary I think you’ll see that “the” is pronounced with a long “e” for emphasis or in front of words beginning with a vowel. It seems to me that this is similar with the indefinite articles “a” and “an”–“a” is used in front of consonants and “an” in front of vowels. It’s my theory that this is because it helps in pronouncing the words–getting out mouths and tongues in a position to say the word. (It’s easier to say “an excellent movie” or “the{long “e’] excellent movie” because it places our tongue in the top and front of our mouths. Try it.)

  11. Staff
    10:51 am on August 21st, 2014

    I am theeing and thuhing all over the place. But since I am a Quaker theeing is not so strange. I am sure thou understands.

  12. Staff
    10:53 am on August 21st, 2014

    This is for the poor abandoned Royals.

  13. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:57 am on August 21st, 2014

    Staff!…I always thought of you as a Quacker!…snort!

  14. Siber-H
    11:05 am on August 21st, 2014

    Some of these independent bookstores have strange names.

    Good Morning All!

  15. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:10 am on August 21st, 2014

    Carrot!… I would never work that hard for a lousy carrot…grunt!…Some guys give all of us a bad rep…sniff!

  16. O'Howlers
    11:12 am on August 21st, 2014

    Good morning! We went to the weekly Yappy Hour last night. The ‘rents drank water!!! And, they ran into some old friends who they have not seen in a bzillion years. They had all been in New Orleans together about 20 years ago. They could not believe Mom or Pop would not drink a beer with them; they even wanted to buy it for them.

    Now this morning, Mom read last night’s posts and sees MPM’s post about red wine. She is going to read it now.

  17. B.Stover
    11:38 am on August 21st, 2014

    Thee, thou, thine and thy are pronouns rather than articles. (I just had to throw that in there.) Of course, I had to look up the derivation of “thou” which is from Old English “Pu.” (The “P” is the Old English thorn, pronounced “th” but I don’t have that character on my keyboard.) It seems to me that there is also a French influence somewhere–“vous” is general you and “tu” is intimate you. (“You” is derived from OE “eow,” in turn derived from “ge.”) I’ll stop now.

  18. Masquers
    12:19 pm on August 21st, 2014

    B: Thanks for answering my question. I love learning the quirks of our native language. It is never boring.

  19. Tupper's Mama
    12:25 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Yes, our Corgis do love carrots too. But they would also agree with Rio – that there Corgi was WAAAAAY too obsequious for one little, baby carrot.

  20. BearSpiritDog
    12:45 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Tupper’s Mama: Obviously NOT a Royal!

  21. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:03 pm on August 21st, 2014
  22. BearSpiritDog
    1:26 pm on August 21st, 2014

    So, THAT’s what a Whole Lotta Pugs are called, a Grumble.
    Cute little guys. Heh.

  23. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:31 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Gathering!…When pugs get together all they do is grumble and gruffle to each other and about each other…heh!heh!

  24. Tupper's Mama
    2:09 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Ok, now this is just getting weird. Remember our big moth? She is still here, though she has moved to a different panel. And now we have another one. No one else has moths. And last night we had one in our hotel room.

    We figure this either a spiritual message…
    Or we smell like wool. Hmmm

  25. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:24 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Moths!…Go get some moth balls and watch the fun begin…chorkel!

  26. O'Howlers
    2:27 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Tupper’s Maw: What could it mean? They are putting you in mothballs? 🙂

  27. Herd of Hounds
    2:38 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Moths are linked to intuition and heightened awareness….so…your moth must be bringing enlightened (and hopefully), financially solid customers to you. M-o-m has spoken!

  28. Herd of Hounds
    2:52 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Hey, guys, mom looked this shiitake up…she can’t be wrong 🙂

  29. Tupper's Mama
    2:57 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Morh’s balls???
    Oh the poor little moths.

  30. Herd of Hounds
    3:02 pm on August 21st, 2014

    What is so little about your MOTHRA? She seems capable of bringing Godzilla in to someone’s booth 🙂

  31. Herd of Hounds
    3:03 pm on August 21st, 2014

    T&G’s Mama, read out 2:38 post it might help.

  32. Tupper's Mama
    3:29 pm on August 21st, 2014

    We had to laugh at the 2:38 post. The Storyteller had just mentioned how so many customers today seem to be wanting to tell US about silver and turquoise and Native history and traditions. Seems they went to Sedona or Santa Fe or Taos or the Grand Canyon once, so they know all about this stuff.
    Maybe this is the effect of our moth menagerie?

  33. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:38 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Corgies!…On campus!…snort!

  34. Herd of Hounds
    4:00 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Oh, Rio, those baby corgis are so cute! I, Darah, want one of my very own, or I will be in a very bad mood!

  35. Herd of Hounds
    4:06 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Gah, Darah, move over and let me post before I get into trouble. A couple of HOT days and those stink bugs are back. I,Lucy Lou Labradoo extraordinaire, and mom hate those miserable creatures to pieces 🙁

  36. Martha
    4:26 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Tupper’s Mama:when daughter, younger son and I went West, we went to Sedona. We were intrigued by the “Vortex Tours”, but they cost twice as much as the pink jeep tours. We went pink and never looked back. Perhaps we missed something important and enlightening? Do you think Chet and Bernie ever get swept up in a vortex?

  37. Herd of Hounds
    4:26 pm on August 21st, 2014

    CHobbit, mom sent you an SDD.

  38. Herd of Hounds
    4:28 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Martha, jinx, owe us a coke (for the same time). We think Chet and Bernie are their own desert vortex!

  39. Siber-H
    4:36 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Chet and Bernie need to leave the Porsche on the asphalt and get a 4-wheel drive vehicle for the dirt roads.

    Martha, you chose wisely when you picked the pink jeep tours.

  40. Tupper's Mama
    4:49 pm on August 21st, 2014

    We feel much less stressed now.
    Except we miss the Royals something awful.

  41. Diane C.
    5:39 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Hello All–
    Good wishes to all and thanks for restoring my faith in many things after Pearson Publishing (anathema!!!) has destroyed it.
    Staff–I couldn’t open the video of corgis and carrot(s) so am doing an imaginary one in my head. May add pugs.
    T and G’s Mama–I agree with HOH–the moths are a blessing (just don’t wear wool) and you’ll see your babies soon.
    B. Stover–I’m attaching an elder futhark (f u thorn a ar kay) to help illustrate your point.

    For a long time I confused the thorn with that IPA (not the beer, the alphabet) symbol that looks like a lower-case delta with a slash through the crossbar. Was saved by a kindly linguist who said that the thorn was for unvoiced th (as in path) and the dental fricative one ( lower-case delta with crossbar) for voiced th (as in this). More than anyone wanted to know, huh? (That’s when I found myself growing dienchanted with runes…)

  42. dawson
    6:16 pm on August 21st, 2014

    DianeC: Huh? (last paragraph) I’m afraid to click on that link. Not because it may have a virus.

  43. Mollypop's Mom
    6:28 pm on August 21st, 2014

    We had a close call with a pit bull today. There is a Buffalo Bills player, Bryce Brown, who lives in the hotel with us and he has a great big pitbull. Loulou and I were coming down the elevator when it stopped at the third floor and the door opened with the pitbull growling and trying to pull on his leash to get in there and get us. He was pulled back and the elevator door closed. Whew.

  44. Diane C.
    6:45 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Dawson–It’s just a futhark–a runic alphabet (like ours is an alphabet because the Greek one starts alpha, beta–the futhark starts with runes named feho, uriaz, thurisaz/thorn, etc.) It has a picture of a thorn–thurisaz, which has “thorn” as one of its meanings. Just an early European writing system. Honest (also cute, kind of. You could use it as a secret code if you wanted.) It’s been a difficult couple of days, so reading about my old friend the thorn kind of swept me up in reminiscence (I had a weird time in grad school, and reading runic was part of it.)
    MPM–Is it that Loulou drives men mad? Glad you’re both safe…

  45. BearSpiritDog
    6:47 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Royal Mum: The HOunds have Spoken!
    And, did we see a Miniature Tupperance in that last video?

    MollyPop’s Mom: OMD! Thank Dog those elevator doors closed in the nick of time. Yeep!

    Dawson: We know Diane’s link has something to do with an Ancient Rune Alphabet. Somewhat afraid to click on it too, but more than a little curious.

  46. Herd of Hounds
    6:53 pm on August 21st, 2014

    MPM, A pit bull only does as it’s owner asks it to do, like any other dog. Our Ella Fitzgerald was a lap dog, she knew it and let the world know it.

  47. Barb & Maggie
    7:00 pm on August 21st, 2014

    We don’t know what the hell Diane is talking about. Not even sure she is speaking English. hahahah. Seriously, we are too tired to concentrate that hard.

    Four days of work behind me. Tomorrow I get to chill, and then have to babysit Saturday. Think I will take the munchkins to Lake Geneva and chill at the beach for a few hours.

    MPM, Glad that guy was on a short leash!

  48. Diane C.
    7:01 pm on August 21st, 2014

    BSD and Dawson–Oh, click on it for heaven’s sake! It’s cute!
    HOH–You named her Ella Fitzgerald? Cool.

  49. Herd of Hounds
    7:03 pm on August 21st, 2014

    This is almost Ella’s twin, just a bit more white and a chain which our girl never wore…

  50. Herd of Hounds
    7:05 pm on August 21st, 2014

    When our Ella Fitzgerald crossed the bridge, so many folks said she had changed their minds about pit bulls as she was a gentle girl 🙂

  51. Staff
    7:30 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Amalia and Leonard. Did you look up Sphinx moths while searching for ID on your pet? They are rather large moths. Sometimes almost 3 inches long. Here is a little picture of one from Google images.

  52. Staff
    7:31 pm on August 21st, 2014


  53. Mollypop's Mom
    7:39 pm on August 21st, 2014

    This pit bull has had no training. They put him out on the balcony over main street where he barks all day long at the traffic and the people. Then they take him out back of the parking lot or the side of the building and he poops all over the place and they do not clean it up. I am disgusted.

  54. dawson
    7:48 pm on August 21st, 2014

    HOH: That is one nice looking dog!

    Rio: A grumble or gruffle of pugs? Yep, that sounds right, snort!

    Those Corgis cheer me up.

  55. Masquers
    8:00 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Riö: Please check your SDD!

  56. Meashka
    8:09 pm on August 21st, 2014

    We have been so darn busy, with Mom on this health and excercise kick. But now a great big loud storm is heading our way. I am wearing my thunder shirt and the music is playing.
    I must be very tired, because I can’t seem to understand what most of youse are saying. But poor Loulou! Close call! Someone needs to get that poor pit away from that Bill.
    HOH, that is one gorgeous dog. A lot of my cousins are pitbulls. They are all gentle lapdog types. The breed only gets their bad rep because they are the current breed of choice for some terrible owners.

  57. Tupper's Mama
    8:13 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Staff – that’s her! How cool that you found a picture. The one in our booth is just over 3 inches. We are going to google them now and learn about them.

  58. Barb & Maggie
    8:13 pm on August 21st, 2014

    I have to disagree with you HOH. Dogs are definitely affected by their people and their socializing, training and treatment. Still at the very base of their being is their genetics. Labs have a natural desire to retrieve, Newfs will try to save people from drowning without any training, herding dogs pick up herding anything very easily. Pits, and all the bully breeds were originally breed for bull baiting, pit fighting, etc. They have a natural tendency to be dog aggressive. Sure you can tone it down thru responsible breeding, and you can turn them into maniacs by bad treatment. I have know quite a few pits, and they are all extremely loving to their families and to kids. Many, and probably most, are not friendly with dogs they haven’t grown up with. Jess has had her pit Morgan since she was a pup. Even tho she is wonderful with their kids, she will try to attack any dog she doesn’t know. I am sorry, but that is typical.

  59. Herd of Hounds
    8:23 pm on August 21st, 2014

    B&M our Ella was a bait pup before coming to us, but she never was mean unless she slept with children. Then you’d better smell like a lady to waken the kids. She tolerated pups and kids pulling her ears. Her only problem was the boxer who would get her to tease the old wolf dog. Still miss her (and the others who have crossed the bridge).

  60. Siber-H
    8:28 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Barb, I am totally agreeing with you. I have seen too many pit bulls at adoption events and on walks that were very friendly to people but would kill another dog if given the opportunity.

  61. Tupper's Mama
    8:32 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Oh my dawg – we just looked up Sphinx moths. They have another name: Hawk moths. Now we know why she is hanging out with us for sure.
    As a side note, the Storyteller is of the Hawk Clan, and is therefore responsible for protecting and honoring hawks.
    Now how did that moth know that?

  62. Herd of Hounds
    8:36 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Siber H , it happens, but our Ella Fix put up with a Rottweiler/Husky mix that tried to eat her more than once. All Ella wanted to do was to find another time zone. Funny part was mom trying to hold a 60lb rotten-husky off the ground 🙁

  63. Barb & Maggie
    8:38 pm on August 21st, 2014

    That is almost giving me chills just reading it, Amalia. How cool.

    Don’t let anything happen to that moth!

  64. Herd of Hounds
    8:39 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Tupper’s Mama, there is more on heaven and earth than is dreamt of…

  65. Mollypop's Mom
    8:43 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Royal Mum, does the moth to need some water to drink?

  66. Tupper's Mama
    8:53 pm on August 21st, 2014

    MPM- the building we are in is closed up at night with the lights off. We are assuming that our guest takes advantage of the solitude for her needs, and then comes back “home” in the morning.

  67. Herd of Hounds
    8:55 pm on August 21st, 2014

    OK, we admit it. Only on Ch3 of PAO. Had to finish a J. A. Jance first. Killing mom to wait and now she has to divide her time. Maybe we should go nighty night, read a bit, then come back (in the a m).

  68. Barb & Maggie
    9:11 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Siber, Morgan, who is now 13 and getting old and physically challenged, will still try to go after people walking their dogs. They had a couple of close calls that could have been fatal when she was younger.
    My friends, Jim and Judy, could never have any visiting dogs for 11 years due to their pit, Sake, who wouldn’t tolerate a dog on their property.
    Years ago when I had my two Airedales, one of Josh’s friends came over with his young female Pit. She grabbed hold of poor Xander and practically had to be knocked out before she would let go. Thank Dog it was his ear and not his throat!
    All these dogs were great with people and the other dogs in their families.
    I know many are nice, and I don’t believe in breed specific legislation or breed discrimination. However, too many people have pits that don’t know anything about dogs. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard “It’s all how you raise them. They won’t be aggressive if you don’t make them that way.” It’s just not true. The genetics are there. Unfortunately, most of the time when you read about a fatal dog attack of people, or someone’s unfortunate pet, it is a pit responsible. I don’t know the answer but it is a big problem.

  69. Herd of Hounds
    9:11 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Neat to learn about the moth like that.

  70. Herd of Hounds
    9:15 pm on August 21st, 2014

    B&M, sorry to say our girl crossed the bridge due to inoperable tumors. Not probs with others.

  71. Herd of Hounds
    9:18 pm on August 21st, 2014

    B$m perhaps she was the exception that proves the norm.

  72. Barb & Maggie
    9:22 pm on August 21st, 2014

    OK, I am off my soapbox for the evening.

    Speaking of hawks, Rio, did your friend hear anything more about Lester? Did you find out what type of hawk he is or anything about his recovery?

  73. Riö -The Evil Pug
    9:32 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Gasp!…So we are all dressed up in our harnesses and out on our “walk”…guff!…With ole Gimpy-Two-Kneez we did not get farther than our front lawn far corner when a big ole storm blew-up and started pelting us with big fat raindrops…wheeze!…So back to the house we toddled, that is all we can do with Beau in tow…dammit!…Now I smell like a wet-pug…grunt!

  74. Siber-H
    9:55 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Barb, Once again, I am agreeing with you about genetics and attacking other dogs.
    Pit bulls have killed three people in this state in the past year.

    There are always exceptions. Mom knew a pit bull that belonged to a friend of hers that was as gentle as a lamb.

  75. Barb & Maggie
    10:18 pm on August 21st, 2014

    Good night all. All of Barb’s blabbing has worn her out.

  76. Staff
    11:08 pm on August 21st, 2014

    I know that moth because we get them here in the summer. I remember seeing one on my porch one summer day. They are so large they are sort of scary. Here is a picture of a White Lined Sphinx Moth in our garden, many years ago. They act a lot like hummingbirds and can fool people that way.

  77. MTMP
    11:27 pm on August 21st, 2014

    We jump ahead when we see something upon which we wish to post, so if it has been covered, our humble apologies. What the heck is up with all the corgis in baking dishes? Are they entrees? And with their ears flopped down they don’t even look like corgis, but still quite cute.

    BTW, there is no “g” joke. Our g and k keys are broken and unreliable.

    Mom is back at day camp, so I must go tuck her in now.

    Nighty night.

  78. dawson
    11:53 pm on August 21st, 2014

    MTMP: Sleep tight.

  79. Wose-the small and meek
    3:29 am on August 22nd, 2014

    While all youse are sleeping, here I am wide awake.

    I will try to get back to sleep now.

    Good night? Good morning?

  80. Zeusikov
    7:32 am on August 22nd, 2014

    Wose, I am always awake, except for when I am not.
    Had I known you were up, I would have chatted with you you you.

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