Under The (Shopping) Gun

“What are you doing?” says Spence.

“Making a list,” says Admin.

“Mind if I check it twice?”

Spence checks the list. “Look at all this. There’s no time.”

“We’re doomed,” Admin says. He crumples up the list. “How about a drink?”

“At this hour?” Spence says.

“Didn’t Gandalf say something about we can’t change the time, just have to use the time we’ve been handed?”

“Not sure he meant to greenlight drinking at all hours.”

“Don’t be priggish. This is America!”

Welcome Gear R. Delli, Melvin Belli, kindred spirit.


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165 Responses to “Under The (Shopping) Gun”

  1. B.Stover
    9:03 am on December 17th, 2011

    Oh dear! The holidays did seem to creep up on everyone this year. I’m raising my glass (of pineapple juice) to Spence and Admin!

    Good morning all.

  2. dawson
    9:09 am on December 17th, 2011

    Here’s to Spence and Admin! (raising my cuppa cawfee)

  3. OleyHowlers
    9:09 am on December 17th, 2011

    Mom joins you in that toast Admin!
    Hello Bee. We need to start our shopping soon too.

  4. OleyHowlers
    9:11 am on December 17th, 2011

    Hi Dawson! (whispering)caramel latte here, but let PA think Mom is guzzling alcohol too.

  5. B.Stover
    9:40 am on December 17th, 2011

    Hi Howlers and Dawson. I always give money so I have no shopping to do. (I hate shopping….No excuse I know, but….)

  6. B.Stover
    9:53 am on December 17th, 2011

    I am giving a friend the complete set of the eight Harry Potter films on dvd. (The sets were recently released by Warner Brothers.) I ordered them on Amazon so there was no shopping involved….Heh!

  7. OleyHowlers
    10:03 am on December 17th, 2011

    Stover, Mom and Pop are giving mostly gift cards so no shopping involved. But they have this one brother/sister-in-law that is always the hardest to figure out. What to get people who have everything, and have expensive tastes, and are very generous too…it wears us out so now we need another nap.

  8. BearSpiritDog
    10:16 am on December 17th, 2011

    Best to shop all year we say
    Then you’ll be ready on the day.
    (Hmm…now where did I put that item…)

  9. BearSpiritDog
    10:20 am on December 17th, 2011

    Good morning B, Dawson & O.Howlers
    Everyone have a great day!

    Wolfie: It was wonderful to hear Grandma is home!

    Macy home from New Orleans.

    SnowBella: You have been working late these evenings.

  10. Rose
    10:23 am on December 17th, 2011

    Good Morning All!

    As I sip from glass of Diet 7UP. All shopping is done (I hope), now I must wrap. I’m very late with that.

    OH: I like to do gift cards as well. Some people think it shows lack of thought, but I see it as a person can really get what he wants, and not have to put on a fake smile when a cheesy Chritmas sweater is inside the box. Maybe for that hard to shop for person, you might consider a unique gift from the Royal Mum, or Rio’s friend, artists extraordinaire….

    B: I do a lot of on-line shopping as well. No fuss, no muss.

  11. Masquers
    10:30 am on December 17th, 2011

    It’s the day of our big party!

    Stormy Kromer announced today they will reveal the winner of the Living Legend Contest on January 9th, 2012.

    I like on-line shopping too. Especially from Amazon Prime. Just a few clicks and voila you’re done!

  12. Tyb
    10:35 am on December 17th, 2011

    Good Morning,
    Having checked Stormy Kromer’s page out of habit, I see that the voting page has been replaced by an announcement that we can check on January 9th to find the results of the voting.
    As for shopping, I like Bear’s idea about shopping all year to be ready for the day.
    However that doesn’t work for me. I used to do that. I’d pick up something that I thought someone would like or use, but I’d always get excited and be unable to wait for the day. I’d give it early and have nothing for the occasion. Now everyone who knows me knows that I shop all year round and the day I buy something for someone is Christmas for that person. Everyday or any day is Christmas. This works as long as there aren’t any youngsters involved. I still shop for them in Dec.

  13. Barb & Maggie
    10:45 am on December 17th, 2011

    We do sort of a combo of all the above. A few gift cards – B & N and foodie cards for some teens and service folks on our list.

    Then we do some on line, mostly puzzles, dvds and books.

    Little kiddies we have to go shopping for toys.

    Also love to go to a couple of really nice gift and florist shops the day after Christmas for half price deals. Those we save and are surprised at what we find 12 months later when we drag them out of storage. Always do some nice ornaments and decorations at a super savings.

    Today we got our first snow and it is a pretty one, not too much and will be melting by Monday.

    Cookie baking on the schedule today – date pin-wheels, favorite son’s favorite cookie.

  14. Tyb
    10:56 am on December 17th, 2011

    Here’s a little something special if you can squeeze a few minutes out of your crazy
    schedules to watch what it’s all about.


  15. OleyHowlers
    11:00 am on December 17th, 2011

    All the ones to whom we give gift cards are kids or adolescents…grand-neices and grand-nephews. We just don’t have a clue what they would want and what they already have. So gift cards work well…Toys R Us, Babies R Us…

  16. Melanie
    11:04 am on December 17th, 2011

    Good Morning! Raising my cup of coco to Admin and Spence whole slipping a Slim Jim to Chet.

    For the past few years the family has been switching to gift bags. Easy to reuse! I also started the “wrapping” as the items came in from internet shopping. This was great because I’m slightly ahead even though I was sick.

    Only problem? I spent an hour trying to remember where I had put the wedding cufflinks the guys are getting for gifts! I had already put them in gift bags. sigh, with you there, BearSpiritDog . . .

    Still hacking away, so no visiting Dan yet. My sister is going today. I’m hoping next week I’ll be able to see him. He sounds great!

  17. BearSpiritDog
    11:21 am on December 17th, 2011

    TYB: A good way to start the day! Thank you. (whispering) The voting habit is so in grained by now we just automatically go to vote each morning.

    Barb&Magpie: Oh, the wonderful smells at your house.

    Melanie: Good to know we are not the only ones not able to find things! lol. Paws crossed Dan will be home for Christmas.

    Dima: About my question from yesterday about those redheads…..

  18. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:24 am on December 17th, 2011

    Wrapping!….Beau and I have been helping her wrap gifts on the floor….Wooooo!….Things really got going when Beau decided to chase his tail right on her beautiful wrapping paper…heh!heh!….Now that was a sight to see. She nearly had a heart attack….chorkel!…..Boy, I just love Christmastime…snort!

  19. TUpper and Gilly
    11:40 am on December 17th, 2011

    Hi everyone.
    It got very interesting here in show land last night. The mall decided that about half the exhibitors had to move. You saw our booth. That represents about 5 hours of set up time. So when they said I needed to move, I told them I wad union, and would bill them accordingly. They decided my booth was fine where it was.
    But lots of others did have to move. Most were fairly easy and everyone helped but what a night! This all happened AFTER the show closed for the day.
    Oh well, now we are up and running and hopefully the shoppers will be pouring in

    Dawson- we’ll talk Monday
    Rose- please check your SDD

    Hope everyone is having a marvelous day!

  20. C. Harris
    11:56 am on December 17th, 2011

    TYB: I’d love the nursing home where my dad is to have a visit from a therapy dog. I think he’d really like it. The place specializes in dementia and alzheimers. How does one go about requesting one (if the nursing home approves). Is there a list of therapy dogs around Owensboro KY?

  21. Masquers
    12:05 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Rio: A twirling Beau. Heh! Wish we could have seen that.

    T&G: Isn’t this the mall that’s supposed to cater to artists? Glad your mum and dad didn’t have to move that big exhibit! We wish you Big Sales today. If the Plunderers were there the Royal’s inventory would be depleted very quickly.

    Dawson: You’re up with the Birds after being the Night Owl. How do you do it?

  22. Rose
    12:07 pm on December 17th, 2011

    T&G: SDD checked. Hope you have a lot of fat Boston wallets opening up in your booth! That’s telling ’em about the booth, Royal Mum!!!

    B&M: Wish I was there for some cookies!

    Melanie: I hope you are tip-top soon!

    Rio: Could we pleeeeze see you,Beau, and the ornament!!!!
    You too, Siber, I want to see your ornament on the tree as well!

    Tyb: I watched some of the video. The young woman who starts the singing off has a lovely voice.

    Oh, Masquers (sigh): I finished “A Dog’ Purpose” last night. What a lovely story. The sub-title is a novel for humans, and I believe every two-legged should read this book, especially those who have had or have ever had a member of the nation as family. I had a kat once, and the story still had great meaning for me. (Whispering) The last few pages were blurry, and drops from my eyes spilled on my cheeks…

  23. Tyb
    12:11 pm on December 17th, 2011

    C. Harris
    I’ll see what I can find with the Therapy Dog International if they have a registry of
    therapy dogs by area. Most nursing homes will allow family dogs to visit patients if you
    want to take your dog to visit, I can’t imagine that there would be a problem. I’ll let you know what I find out.

  24. Melanie
    12:15 pm on December 17th, 2011

    UNION! Oh, that is WONDERFUL! Will have to tell YSAS!

    Back from the post office. Appears that everyone is hacking with this stuff. The one person in our post office was overwhelmed today.

    Now having lunch (left over Cajon gluten free blackened chicken) and will head out down the other side of the hills to do a couple of errands.

    Riö: It is always a disaster pleasure when the Pack helps with the wrapping of gifts!

  25. Tyb
    12:19 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Have you checked with the nursing home? They may know about therapy dogs in the area. I know that once registered, I can get assignments from the TDI. Have to go out for a while now, but we’ll be back later in the day.

  26. Snowhook Bella
    1:33 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Today is a balancing act of two parties. Today is our holiday party for work as well as B’s retirement party. I will be driving into town this afternoon to spend time with some very good people after I check off all that I’m bringing to B’s party: root beer, vanilla ice cream, ice cream scoops, frosted mugs, Bev’s almond bark popcorn. I also need to stop by the florist to pick up a little something Charlie ordered for B. 🙂

    Now, the waiting begins for the final results of the Stormy Kromer contest. Patience may be a virtue, but not one I’ve perfected. Grump.

  27. Masquers
    1:37 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Rose: I loved the book’s Promise of Return. I’m glad to hear you liked it as much as we did. It was difficult to explain those little tear drops scattered throughout the pages to the librarian, but she understood.

    C.Harris: Someone here was asking if you could re-post the description of the Birch Bark Vase & Fur Flowers.

  28. Snowhook Bella
    1:44 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Masquers: I know you asked CHarris for the description, but I happen to have it handy:

    Bring the outdoors in with this beautiful arrangement. Rustic beauty and elegance are combined in the bark vase with a bouquet of hand crafted fur flowers. The overall arrangement is approximately 12” x 16”.

  29. Masquers
    2:22 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Bella: Thank you! Do you also happen to have the one she posted here on the blog describing the fur flowers?
    2 parties! Better put on your dancing “shows”! lol

  30. B.Stover
    2:25 pm on December 17th, 2011

    I went to Barnes & Noble. Big mistake. The lines (three of them) were winding around the entire store and I’m not exaggerating.

    Snowhook Bella: I love Charlie!

  31. BearSpiritDog
    2:37 pm on December 17th, 2011

    B: Are they having a big sale?

  32. Snowhook Bella
    3:05 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Masquers: I only have the one from the auction. I thought is what you wanted, yet alas, I was wrong. I don’t have the description she posted on this here blog. 🙂

  33. Tyb
    3:12 pm on December 17th, 2011

    I think I’ve mentioned already that since Blou went to the Bridge Christmas week, we do a Blou Christmas event each year to honoe him. We collect donations from Thanksgiving to Christmas for two shelters: the local SPCA and for the Almost Home Sanctuary which is a private rescue program. Almost Home accepts any animal that is “unadoptable” either for reasons of age, disposition, health, or whatever. They
    keep the animals on their farm so that each creature can live out it’s normal life without danger of euthanasia. They have dogs, cats, ducks, chickens, pigs, ferrets, horses, and just about anything else you can think of. Blou is certainly well remembered. We have collected so much already this year that we had to get rid of a truckload yesterday because people couldn’t get up the hall in our little complex. Here is a picture of me with the Blou Charlie Brown tree and some of the take.

  34. Barb & Maggie
    3:20 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Bee, We always order from B & N on line. Free shipping if you spend more than $25.00, which is basically 2 books or dvds.

    Date pin-wheels are not hard, but are time consuming. This am. made the filling and the dough. Then dough has to be chilled, rolled out and spread with filling. Then rolled up like a jelly roll. That is the stage where we now are. Then chilled again, and cut into little cookie pieces and baked. Good thing sonny boy loves these, plus they are festive.

  35. Melanie
    3:24 pm on December 17th, 2011

    TYB, you are a Prince among The Nation Within.

    Has anyone found the audio CD version of The Dog Who? And if so WHERE?


  36. Tyb
    3:51 pm on December 17th, 2011

    I just googled The Dog Who Audio Edition, and it came up at Amazon for $23 and change,

  37. C. Harris
    3:52 pm on December 17th, 2011

    TYB & Masquers: because I sometimes miss posts, you are welcome to email me at akclh@yahoo.com. What did you want to know about the fur flowers? Most are made out of rabbit fur but a few are minx, lynx and fox. I am going to check into mailing rates in case someone wants a couple of fur flowers (with the $ going to Snowhook). It will be after my trip to KY to see my dad.

  38. Tyb
    3:57 pm on December 17th, 2011

    I went back to my search and find that you can get the book for free with a 14 day trial membership to audible.com. If you remember to cancel the membership before the end of the 14 day trial period ends, you will not be charged. The hard thing is remembering to cancel.

  39. Barb & Maggie
    4:05 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Tyb, Almost Home sonds like a small version of Best Friends out in Utah. They have many unadoptables there. One of the places where Barb makes some donations.

    Barb is up to page 625 in 11-22. It is still very good and she finds it hard to put down.

    What time is the Par-tee?

  40. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:21 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Shopping!…. Someone finally got home from shopping….snort!… Boy oh boy does she have a lot of wrapping to do (again)…heh!… But first we are going to rest and watch A Christmas Story….yipppeeee!

    Ornament!….Oh and before I forget here is a photo of the Ornament some Yankee Fan sent us ….snorkel!…Isn’t it the best thing ever!…Woooooo!

  41. OleyHowlers
    4:27 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Bear, we apologize for Dima not answering you…he is easily distracted with the Call of the Wild (and the sofa). The Hot One, Meashka, is also a redhead. She is trying to mold Kat in her image but Mom thinks she is much gentler like Dima.

  42. B.Stover
    4:29 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Bear: Barnes and Noble wasn’t having a sale. I was going to get a gift card but decided to wait.

    After Melanie’s question, I realized that I don’t yet have The Dog Who on cd.

  43. B.Stover
    4:31 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Thank you for the picture Rio. I like the ornament….even if I don’t like baseball.

  44. Snowhook Bella
    4:46 pm on December 17th, 2011

    I’ve got my dancing ‘shows’ polished. Oddly enough, both of the shows are lefties. I saw regular pairs of dancing shows at the store, but the salesperson assured me that this was the pair for me.

    I’m not sure what time the party is taking place, but you should here the conversations of preparation that are taking place. Charlie is trying to get his ears just right. Whitey-Lance is hoping that Princess Sam will show and he wants to look his best. He can’t decide between his more formal black harness or his more festive, but less formal red harness. Garcia chimed in with a laid back, “I don’t know what the fuss is about. I’m going all natural.”

    B: I’m not a baseball fan either, but I like the ornament especially because it makes Rio so happy.

  45. Tyb
    4:48 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Thanks for the picture. I like the ornament (whispering) not the sport. (aloud) Sorry.

  46. B.Stover
    5:22 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Snowhook Bella: Tell Charlie that his ears are always perfect!

  47. BearSpiritDog
    5:22 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Dima: Thanks for getting back to me. So Kat takes after you? Seems like that’s a good thing. But, wait! Weren’t you one of those that went on that “little adventure”?

    That ornament looks beautiful on your tree Rio.

  48. Rose
    5:30 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Rio: That is a really nice ornament. The Yankee fan who sent it has very good taste.

    Tyb: You look so noble in the picture. Thank dawg there are four-leggeds like you!

  49. Rose
    5:48 pm on December 17th, 2011

    T&G: Check your SDD when able…

    Hope all is going well.

  50. OleyHowlers
    5:51 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Bear, Dima here. I was drug out on that adventure by that redhead (not Pipsqueak)…that’s what I mean about those redheads. Thet are always up to no good and very hard to resist.

    What time is the party? Mom and I made our Howling Good Garlic Pretzels.

  51. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:54 pm on December 17th, 2011

    We are behind on the Toffee shipping, but I think you will understand. I had planned on packaging it up last Sunday, but spent the day in the ER with mom. I worked full time last week, and then went down to the hospital every night to visit my mom. The hospital is an hour away.

    The toffee is all packaged now and will be shipped on Monday. Some of the addresses are on my SDD at work.

    We still have lots of toffee left over for the party tonight. If anyone needs to to be blurred over, let me know so that I can tell Wolfie. He is at home with dad.

  52. Siber-H
    6:16 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Rio? Yark! Did your Colorado Rockies ornament come with the Santa on top? Mine has no Santa, but that is okay because I am a simple guy.

    Dima, You got it right about those redheaded Siber girls.

    Mom has a cold so I am not letting her come to the party tonight. You wouldn’t want her there. gah

  53. Siber-H
    6:20 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Wolfie, We are glad that Mary’s mom is doing much better.
    I think I need blurring to the party.

  54. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:24 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Taste!… I have to admit that Yankees Fan has good taste….snort!… I love that ornament, I really do….sniff!… Speaking of taste, my friend whipped up a huge batch of Blame it On Rio Hot Wings , so that is what I am contributing to the Stover Retirement Parteeeeee!….Woooooo!…Plus, we are watching Pride And Prejudice in honor of Stover….snorkel!

  55. Snowhook Bella
    6:24 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Party Goers: I’m happy to serve up the first round of root beer floats for everyone.

    Snowhook is happy to serve as designated dog team if you don’t mind traveling by sled.

    Wolfie: I have no doubt the toffee is worth the wait!

    Siber-H: Please tell your mom I hope she feels better.

  56. B.Stover
    6:40 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Which film of Pride and Prejudice are you watching Rio?

    Wolfie: I think I need to be blurred to the party. Hot wings, toffee and root beer floats…..yum!

  57. Siber-H
    6:44 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Thank you Rebecca…I will tell mom.

    There is no point in me bringing NM food to the party since the Royals’ Mum can’t be there. (We hope she is making a fortune at the art show)
    I am stopping at a Texas Barbecue joint that is a short distance from my house and picking up some genuine Texas Barbecue and some of their berry cobbler to bring to the party.

  58. Melanie
    6:59 pm on December 17th, 2011

    The Cake Is Done!
    I’m putting a picture of it up now, just in case it doesn’t blur correctly. (This is in case Franklin decides to take a bite or two on the way. Everyone will know what it’s supposed to look like so he can’t nibble).

    I will be in my cosy bed borrowing Dan’s iPad! I had to “fix” something on it and it goes back to him tomorrow. I don’t want to give any one else my cold. The Pack will be attending.

    Riö, that ornament looks great. Hope it’s not coming to the Party. The Pack’s tails have been known to clear an entire Christmas tree.

  59. B.Stover
    7:02 pm on December 17th, 2011

    I love the cake Melanie!!

  60. OleyHowlers
    7:04 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Wolfie, can you blur by and pick us up? Pop had to go to work, and Mom made herself some hot chocolate with caramel, put on classical music, and is soaking in her clawfoot tub. She has the door shut and is pretending not to hear us.

  61. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:38 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Cake!…Perfect Kake Melanie!….snort!… We are watching the version of Pride and Predudice that has Donald Sutherland playing the Father of all those girls…heh!

    Parteeeee!… Has the party started or am I just early?…sniff!sniff! …Is SiberH ready for GGD(Goat Guard Duty)?…sneeze!

  62. Siber-H
    7:41 pm on December 17th, 2011

    I’m locked and loaded, Rio!

  63. B.Stover
    7:46 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Did you bring the hot wings Rio?

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:50 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Loaded!….snort!….SiberH! I told you to hold off the beer until after your GGD….grunt!… I hope the Goats are not using their Invisibility Cloaks tonight…wheeze!

    Wings!… I have dozens and dozens of Hot Wings with me…heh!….You can have a few of them Stover, since it is your party…sniff!

  65. B.Stover
    7:51 pm on December 17th, 2011

    That is the Pride and Prejudice with Keira Knightley. I have it on dvd. Fun!

  66. BearSpiritDog
    7:57 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Gah! Time has gotten away from us again. Alas, should have paid more attention when Admin quoted the wise Gandalf this morning: We must use the time we are given.

    TYB: You are a working dog, my friend, and what fine work you and your dad do. That is a very handsome picture of you in front of the beautiful tree.

    Melanie: Let hope at least some of Professor Stover’s amazing Wizard cake makes it to the party. lol

    Bear is bringing his Spirit of Baileys.

  67. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:57 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Darcy!…He has professed his love for ole whats her name…heh!…She of course was prejudice…sniff!

  68. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:03 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Spirits!….Bear don’t give SiberH any more Spirits till he finishes his guard duty…burp!…Hey, where’s the rest of the food?…sniff!….Where’s Alice and AbbieTheKat?….heh!…I haven’t seen Abbie in a long time. I wonder how much weight she has packed on….grunt!

  69. B.Stover
    8:06 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Elizabeth’s pride had been hurt by Darcy also.

    The hot wings are delish and go really well with the root beer floats. Next Spirit of Baileys….and then cake!

  70. Siber-H
    8:07 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Rio, I don’t drink…remember why I don’t drink? I start imagining there are videos of you on youtube.

  71. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:15 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Videos!…. Hmmmm, I wonder if Rose or Rebeccer has ever seen any of those videos of me that don’t really exist…sniff!…They only really exist in SiberH’s head me thinks…grunt!

  72. Masquers
    8:16 pm on December 17th, 2011

    I’m late, I’m late…to B’s party…Oh, no! Well, here’s my contribution for all the kats – yummy salmon balls. Here Siber. Have a few to keep your strength up while on Goat Guard Duty.

  73. Siber-H
    8:26 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Thanks for the salmon balls, Masquers.

    BTW I am doing guard duty out here, but where is out here? Where are we having the party?

  74. Melanie
    8:28 pm on December 17th, 2011

    With a fanfare of barking The Pack arrives! Melanie has wrapped the cake to be drool proof. Unfortunately, the same can not be said of Rio as The Pack greet their Commander.

  75. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    8:40 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Hi B and everyone else, and congratulations again on your retirement. I can smell Rio’s hot wings all the way over here, and they smell yummy. Let me grab a few for SiberH. I brought the Pere Roux Cake from New Orleans that my mom made for our Christmas Party last week. I think you will really like it a lot (I know I did). And it’s even in keeping with my high carb diet. Wookie

  76. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    8:42 pm on December 17th, 2011

    and so. NOW the party can start. Natasha has arrived. Now,vhere is my own Siber doggie? Rio – vhat do you mean he is guard doggie? Natasha is rare and precious gem and is in need of big strong guard.

  77. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    8:43 pm on December 17th, 2011

    And lest I forget, a magnum of Cahors for the guest of honor! Wookie

  78. Melanie
    8:45 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Hi all, just checking in from Newf central. Mac and Grace have some two legged bgs for left overs to bring home to us. Wookie if you could make sure some of that great sounding cake gets in there? I don’t think there will be any wings left.

  79. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    8:47 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Vookie, Volfie, Rio, Siber, Mac, and Franklin too? Oh, so many handsome vons to dance vith. Vhere oh vhere to begin?

  80. BearSpiritDog
    8:47 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Natty is here! What exotic dish have you prepared?

  81. Siber-H
    8:48 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Aww…There aren’t any goats here. The mere threat of all the Sibers doing guard duty was enough to scare them off. I’m going to visit with the Borzoi, who I haven’t seen in a long time. (just as soon as I eat the hot wings Wookie brought me out)

    ps I still don’t know where I am.

  82. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    8:49 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Dear Bear – Narasha does Not cook. Natasha has caterers. You may order anything you like.
    And then ve vould like dance vith you too!

  83. Masquers
    8:51 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Wookie: That cake is to die for! Hmm…the Cahors looks quite tempting, but no…that’s for B.

  84. Melanie
    8:52 pm on December 17th, 2011

    FrNklin and Mac are now following Natasha around. Eleanor is giving B a present. As Mattie and Rosalyn look on, B opens a beautifully wrapped box,wham out of nowhere Rose leaps over B’s lap, grabs the box and the chase is on!

  85. Masquers
    8:52 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Hey! A dancing Bear!

  86. Barb & Maggie
    8:58 pm on December 17th, 2011

    We have arrived and we brought a cheese ball that Barb made. It has cream cheese, blue cheese and cheddar, then rolled in ground nuts. We have crackers to go with it. Then for desert we brought some Christmas cookies, home made of course.

    Where is the guest of honor, we need to give her a big hug.

    Siber, did you remember to bring the “aged” goat?

    We would like some root beer, please. No wine for us this year.

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:00 pm on December 17th, 2011
  88. Masquers
    9:02 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Wolfie: I don’t see Buddy and T.C. When you blurred over the Howlers did they somehow get passed over?

  89. Siber-H
    9:09 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Maggie, Wolfie refused to blurr the aged goat over. Mom said she didn’t blame him.

  90. Melanie
    9:15 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Five glasses broke, four plates in pieces, three lamps drooled, two pillows flattened, then Ellie grabs the present from Rose.

    Ellie looks adoringly into B’s eyes and drops a slightly wet chewed bone in her lap.

  91. B.Stover
    9:18 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Pere Roux Cake is superb with the Cahors! So are Barb’s cheese balls. There are enough bottles of Cahors for everyone.

    Melanie: I think Rose is after the Cahors now. Can we get the box back from her?

  92. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:18 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Goat!… Thank goodness we didn’t Get Our Aged Goat!…heh!….That would have really upset those cranky Marauders….sniff!… So, who brought the steaks and when are we eating them?…burp!…Baileys! That’s good stuff. She bought a big jug of it for her brother and his wife for Christmas…sneeze!

  93. B.Stover
    9:22 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Ellie–Thank you. I’ve never had such a lovely bone! And salmon balls!

  94. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:24 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Slobbered!….Don’t get near me, I’ve been Newfed!…gah!

  95. OleyHowlers
    9:25 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Hey we’ll have another root beer float please, and can we take some salmon balls for Buddy and T.C.? Here is our bowl of garlic pretzels..now youse will all be thirsty and those drinks of Bear’s will go down smooth.

  96. Melanie
    9:26 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Newf Central here. Hope that wrapped box of steaks (bones included) got there safely. I know Rio was looking forward to steak tonight.

  97. Buddy
    9:27 pm on December 17th, 2011

    We made it, Masquers! We wouldn’t miss Professor Stover’s party dor all the T.V. In China. Holy Moly these salmon balls are delish.

  98. BearSpiritDog
    9:27 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Rio: T-Bones are on the grill. The Newfs and the Snowhook pack are already chowing down. Here comes the O.Howlers and is that Siber-H behind them?

  99. Buddy
    9:28 pm on December 17th, 2011

    T.C. In China..
    MaybE we should cool it with the Baileys

  100. T.C.
    9:29 pm on December 17th, 2011

    I’m not in China, Buddy. I was only hiding under a chair because some dope brought that Kat who isn’t a kat along.

  101. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:30 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Tunes!….Hey Maskers! I brought my Harmonica if you brought your Sax!….snort!…We might be able to talke SiberH into coming inside to play his Tamborine. If he can get Natsha to let loos of his ears that is…heh!burp!…..Lets jam!.,….Wooooo!

  102. Masquers
    9:31 pm on December 17th, 2011

    You and T.C. are here! I was ready to send BSD over to beam you up Buddy. Have a tasty salmon ball. There are plenty to go around.

  103. B.Stover
    9:31 pm on December 17th, 2011

    SH: I think we’re at the Florida condo. The pool is lovely and the jacuzzi is hot. We’ll swim under the stars. (No snow…sorry.)

  104. OleyHowlers
    9:34 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Hey, speaking of Baileys…guess what we found out? Kat has a new best friend at her day kamp…a little Boston Terrior puppy named Bailey. They are inseperable. She gets embarrassed if you tease her about him.

  105. Masquers
    9:34 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Rio! It just so happens I have it with me! We’ll be jump’n and jiv’n in so time.

  106. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:37 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Jacuzzi!….Natasha is already in the Jacuzzi drinking Cahors…snort!… She’s trying to get SiberH to join her, but he is having none of that hanky panky….chorkel!

  107. Melanie
    9:44 pm on December 17th, 2011

    The Jacuzzi is too hot for The Pack, but they are doing high dives into the swimming pool. Rose is chasing Masquers to throw him into the pool so Grace can save him.

  108. AbbietheKitty
    9:45 pm on December 17th, 2011

    OOOO Finally got here. It was a long drive. Alice must have taken the scenic route. We brought lots of Almond Bark and many packets of Friskies. I brought Beachside Crunch Party mix…

  109. Alice M. Johnson
    9:46 pm on December 17th, 2011

    And I brought the Wild West Crunch Friskies.

  110. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:46 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Boy that Natasha can dance up a storm. Look at her go. I could barely keep up with her myself. Those steaks are smelling great on the grill! Wookie

  111. Staff
    9:47 pm on December 17th, 2011

    And I brought the Almond Bark. I wouldn’t want any of those nice dogs and Kats accidentally eating Chocolate. And besides I can’t eat chocolate either.

  112. Masquers
    9:50 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Ha! Catch Me If You Can!

  113. Siber-H
    9:51 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Thank You Stover…At least I know where I am now. Part of my state is going to be under a blizzard warning, but, alas, not where I live. So, I am not missing out on anything.
    Yark!! I’m in Florida? Florida is almost a bloody island. Yark!!

  114. Alice M. Johnson
    9:51 pm on December 17th, 2011

    OOO Dancing. Hey Buddy, want to shake a tail with me?

    My you are good at dancing. Heh heh heh. Look at Abbie the Kitty trying to shimmy.

  115. BearSpiritDog
    9:54 pm on December 17th, 2011

    B: Luckily Wookie brought you your own magnum of Cahors. Those other bottles are going fast. Looks like some of us will be going home by dog sled.

  116. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:54 pm on December 17th, 2011

    AbbieTheKat!…..Gasp!!….Have you ever thought about going on that TV show called, “The Biggest Kitten-Kaboodle Loser”?….heh!

  117. Melanie
    9:57 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Newf Central here. That late night last night and this lingering carpola has done me in!

    B, congratulations on your next step in life. May you have a fulfilling, restful, and productive time!

    Just send The Pack home when the party is over. TTFN

  118. BearSpiritDog
    9:58 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Wait! SnowBella, your offer of sled rides home isn’t going to work. We’re in Florida for Dog’s sake. Alice, didn’t you bring the jet?

  119. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:02 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Nope, no aged goats. That is where I draw the line.

    Whoosh, I hope that I got everyone there safely!

  120. Snowhook Bella
    10:07 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Whew! The stores are crowded but we’re back from getting more ice cream for the floats.

    B: I apologize for the state of the flowers from Charlie. Lefty offered to carry them because Charlie was helping me carry the mugs. While Lefty picks petals out of his teeth, Charlie says you can scratch between his ears as part of his reticent gift to you.

    No worries on the sled rides home. We can user graphite runners that will hold up tithe concrete jungle.

    I-Paw!!! My employer gave me an I-Paw for Christmas. I can quite honestly say this is the nicest thing I own.

  121. Alice M. Johnson
    10:07 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Sorry we took the bus. It was a special bus though. It goes really fast. Do you need a ride back? We are not going home for a while yet because we just got here.

    I haven’t even found B. yet to congratulate her. What a crowd. And those Newfies block my view. Heck everyone blocks MY view.

  122. Sam
    10:07 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Hi Everybody! I’m late but I made it. Food me! Food me!

  123. B.Stover
    10:08 pm on December 17th, 2011

    I have the magnum next to me by the jacuzzi. It’s fun watching all of you party! I’m cracking up between sips.

  124. B.Stover
    10:15 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Charlie’s flowers are beautiful! They deserve a scratch between the ears. You will love your iPad Bella.

    Hi, Alice and Sam!

  125. Snowhook Bella
    10:18 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Sam: Whitey-Lance has been looking for you. Last time I saw him, he and SiberH were surveying a plot of land and talking about minor improvements.

  126. Tyb
    10:20 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Sorry we can’t make the party,B, but we’re with you in spirit and wish you a long, happy, healthy retirement.

  127. B.Stover
    10:24 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Thank you Melanie and thank you TYB.

  128. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:29 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Alice!…heh!…Was it a Magic Bus?…wuffle!

  129. BearSpiritDog
    10:29 pm on December 17th, 2011

    SnowBella! An iPaw from your boss! Just goes to show what a valuable employee and friend you are. This item has been on Bear’s wish list for many moons now.

  130. Barb & Maggie
    10:33 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Sam, We were so happy that your girl came to her senses and has given up on the college life. She is back home forever, right?

    Great par-tee, Bee. Think we’ll have a steak too, rare please.

    Do the neighbors mind us hogging the pool and hot tub? If they do I can give them a little nip. Case closed!

  131. OleyHowlers
    10:33 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Stover, we are so happy for you. Wish it was our mom that was retiring…hey are you tearing up? Kat and Meashka can kiss those tears away.

  132. Buddy
    10:36 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Alice! You sure can cut a rug…whatever that means. (whispering)T.C. Told me to say that, but I sure do love dancing with you.

  133. Siber-H
    10:38 pm on December 17th, 2011

    I should have guessed I was in Florida when I saw a phython slither by me when I was doing guard duty.

    Rebecca! That is neat! An iPaw!

  134. Barb & Maggie
    10:42 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Hey, I’m doing a nice little dog paddle over here but Barb needs some floaties for her arms.

  135. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:48 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Abbie!…NO NO NO!…snort!…You cannot have any of my special Hot Wings…grunt!…Go dance with Alice…sniff!

  136. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    10:49 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Siber- that vas not python. That vas vet goat! Sic em!

    Come Commander Bee – ve vill vait in jacuzzi thing for butlers to bring more Cahors. Vill ve be have caviar?

  137. OleyHowlers
    10:49 pm on December 17th, 2011

    An iPaw as a gift… That’s great Rebecca.

    Siber, Stover is floating around that pool with her drink….so now we can’t share it. Unless we can get the Newfies into getting it for us.

  138. Siber-H
    10:54 pm on December 17th, 2011

    I have to leave now and get home and make sure mom gets enough sleep so she can get me to the dog park in the morning. She isn’t that sick.

    Thank all of you for the wonderful food and being the best friends in the whole wide world.

    Stover, Congratulations from mom and I on your retirement! We are sure that you were the best teacher ever, but now it is time to relax and have fun!

  139. Siber-H
    10:58 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Oh Wait!!! The Borzoi said there was a goat out there…Let’s Rock and Roll Fellow Sibers!

  140. BearSpiritDog
    11:00 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Alice: A Magic Bus! Sounds intriguing. Thanks for ride offer, but I have my own mode of Travel. Tomorrow when I wake up I’ll be here at home. Check with the Newfs though. A bus ride may be just the ticket. Heh, heh…get it? Ticket to Ride…Chortle.

  141. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    11:01 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Siber! Vould you leave vithout you saying goodby to Natasha??

    Ahhhh – those Siber doggies…..

    So anyvay Commander Bee. Vould you might be interested in job position vith my company? Hm?

  142. BearSpiritDog
    11:05 pm on December 17th, 2011

    And, the group waits with bated breath for Commander B’s answer…

  143. OleyHowlers
    11:06 pm on December 17th, 2011

    We’ll join you in the goat-tracking, Siber. Oh, Mom, let us stay.

    Sorry everybody. Mom says we must go home. She doesn’t trust us outdoors after dark. Goodnight all. Thanks for the great food and drinks.

  144. B.Stover
    11:07 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Lovely party! Thank you all.

  145. B.Stover
    11:09 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Oh…and I’ll think about it Natasha…Depends on the salary.

  146. Snowhook Bella
    11:09 pm on December 17th, 2011

    It feels like a toast is in order for a career well done and a full-time easy chair life just begun. To the professor!

  147. Alice M. Johnson
    11:12 pm on December 17th, 2011


    Dancing is tiring me out. And I hear the magic bus…It has a very distinctive sound….

  148. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:19 pm on December 17th, 2011

    To the Professor!…snort!

  149. BearSpiritDog
    11:19 pm on December 17th, 2011

    To Professor B! And, a long and fulfilling career. May your coming years bring you great pleasure.

  150. Masquers
    11:21 pm on December 17th, 2011

    To our beloved Professor B. Stover!

  151. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    11:21 pm on December 17th, 2011

    To the Professor! Hip hooray hooray (is right expression, yes?)

  152. Staff
    11:21 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Abbie??? Where are you Abbie? I knew she shouldn’t have had those last 29 hot wings….
    Goodness she is snoring over there on top of a pile of Newfs. I hope they don’t turn over and squash her. Sob sob sob.

    Can you reach her Bear? We need to get her home to the lovely soft bed with the quilt on top of it.

    Oh thanks so much.

  153. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:23 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Full!… Wow, what a full day!…snor!….Snoozing, wrapping, post-office, picking up lunch, shopping, quilling, snoozzzing, wrapping, Big Party!….Woooo!…. Its been a very full day by golly…heh!…Someone here is still wrapping gifts…grunt! …The snoozzzing part was mine!…wuffle!

  154. Staff
    11:24 pm on December 17th, 2011

    To B
    From Abbie and Me
    And Alice too.

    Yaaa Hooo

  155. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:34 pm on December 17th, 2011

    G’Night!….Someone is calling me on my little Go Phone …snort!….She says I have to come home right now….dammit!….I need a Ticket to Ride on the Magic Bus….sniff!

  156. Barb & Maggie
    11:38 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Good night all. Lovely party. Best wishes and glad tidings to our Miz Bee.

  157. Tupper and Gilly
    11:40 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Did we miss it? Hellooooo? Did everyone go home already? All that’s left is a few chicken wing bones, some crumbs of a wonderful cake and just a drop or two of champagne at the bottom of the bottle.

    WAIT A MINUTE!!! Look over there- behind the sofa …
    Bella left us Root Beer Floats!!
    Ummmmm. Good!!! Thanks Bella

    Happy Retirement Bee. Yours us a noble profession and you have our deepest respect and best wishes for years of doing what makes you the

    Good night all.

  158. Snowhook Bella
    11:40 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Natasha: Close enough.

    I wonder how Stinky Mama’s show turned out? I’m going to set aside a plate of all the wonderful food for her.

  159. Masquers
    11:41 pm on December 17th, 2011

    B: Thank you so much for your generous use of the club house for the party. All the amenities were wonderful. We had a super time!

  160. BearSpiritDog
    11:45 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Good night B. This Party Animal is homeward bound. We’ll see you for Sunday Brunch.

  161. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:58 pm on December 17th, 2011

    Good night B as I head back in the Wookiemobile to Chevy Chase. My dad says to tell you that he remains very honored to have gotten your wonderful short story in the first Snowhook auction. Wookie

  162. Staff
    12:13 am on December 18th, 2011

    Hop on Rio, We will be home in two shakes of a Pugs tail. Goodnight all…………swoooooshhhhhhh

  163. dawson
    12:21 am on December 18th, 2011

    To The Professor: Happy Retirement! Well…almost retired. You do still have the title of resident Professor at Chet the Dog and we hope you will be available for consultations on all things literary.

  164. Snowhook Bella
    12:26 am on December 18th, 2011

    Remember, when all else fails ask yourself “WWBSD?”. Works every time. Night all

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