What’s In A Name?

Mrs. Publicist: Time for our regular feature which is supposed to appear on the 15th of the month, but now seems to show up any old time.

Spence: The end days must be near.

Mrs. P: What’ll it be this time?

Spence: How about Peanut, the circus elephant in TO FETCH A THIEF?

Mrs. P: Almost certainly the biggest character in the whole series. Bigger than Iko the gator in THE SOUND AND THE FURRY, would you say?

Spence: Definitely, by weight. As for Peanut’s name, it’s kind of a cliche, sort of circus humor. Sometimes I like to start with something that looks like a cliche and then reveal that it’s not.

Mrs. P: Peanut going from a cliche to a very much unique individual?

Spence: Exactly.

Mrs. P: Thanks, Spence. See you whenever for What’s In A Name.



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65 Responses to “What’s In A Name?”

  1. Zeus
    8:53 am on September 23rd, 2015

    Good morning, All! My name is cliche too! In fact, there are multiple Zeuses at my old Rescue this very moment. Does that make them the same as me? Nope! Mom and Pop say I am UNIQUE, which I think means I am Zeus.

  2. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    9:14 am on September 23rd, 2015

    Good morning and Happy First Day of Autumn. My favorite time of the year.

    Zeus, there are tons of Maggies too, but Barb says I am the best.

    We love Peanuts, one of our favorite characters in the series. Like that she got even in the end, sort of like the elephant in Water for Elephants. We loved the ending of that book.

    Looked up those books from last night. Definitely going to order City of Lights. The Road, however, seems a little dark and depressing, so will take a pass on that one. Trash N’ Treasure series seems more light hearted and fun, sort of like Miss Julia, or the Donna Andrews series, so that goes on our list.

    Off to work now. Later.

  3. Herd of Hounds
    9:27 am on September 23rd, 2015

    Good morning all! Just a quick note before we go to doggy day care. Barb, The family in the trash to treasures mysteries puts fun at the front of dysfunctional! The peeps have assured us that this weekend we get to move back to the doghouse! Time to go to daycare be back later.
    Hey, don’t blame us for the typos have you ever tried to use the iPad with big paws?

  4. Wose-the small and meek
    9:38 am on September 23rd, 2015


    Good morning to all you early birds!

    Zeusikov: You are UNIQUE, the one and only! Yes, you are!

    Maggie: Who’s a good dog!?!

    HOH: Sending you big love and hugs!

    Yay! Autumn has arrived! Today’s GOOGLE doodle celebrates autumn, and is very cute!

    Today Grizz and I go see “Psycho” on the big screen!

  5. Wose-the small and meek
    9:42 am on September 23rd, 2015

    BSD: To answer your question from last night, Grizz is in the front row left in he audience. He is the one with no hair on top of his head, and his fleece jacket with the collar pulled up. Also, if you have not watched the presentation by Michael Tineo, don’t miss it!

  6. B.Stover
    9:47 am on September 23rd, 2015

    Interesting–from cliche to unique. I like that (and I like Peanuts).

    I have to go look at the Google doodle.

    Good morning and first day of Fall.

  7. Wose-the small and meek
    9:50 am on September 23rd, 2015

    Number 8, Yankee catcher Yogi Berra passed away. Sob.

  8. Tupper's Mama
    9:56 am on September 23rd, 2015

    Tuppence and GillyFlower say they are unique. Callie is honored to be a Two. Basil and Sage? Well, we have met some others, but trust me, our two are no cliches.

    The sun is brilliant, the gulls are laughing and the waves are calling my name. See ya all later.

  9. BearSpiritDog
    10:43 am on September 23rd, 2015

    Zeus: You are Definitely Unique and Special, Yes you are.

    Wose: We will be watching the video again just to see Grizz. It doesn’t hurt that Michael Tineo gives a Great Ted-x Talk.
    Yogi Berra…Sob.

    Hounds: What’s this about Moving Back to the Doghouse this weekend??

    Magpie&Lucy: We have a question about the Library Borrowing System, but will wait until Barb gets home from work.

    Tupper’s Mama: We are there with you and The Storyteller on that Beautiful Beach…if only in Our Imagination.

    B: Time to check out that GOOGLE Doodle here too.

  10. dawson
    11:13 am on September 23rd, 2015

    Good morning all.

    Spence: “Definitely, by weight.” Good one. Great personality, also.

    Happy autuum equinox day.
    It was a beautiful drive here, with the trees all colors. Today we do the same only backwards.

    I will catch up with all the news and write those book suggestions down when I get home.

    O’Howlers: I have to say, thank dog, regarding your knee news. Now, listen to the doctor about not putting any weight on that knee. Red Cross might lend you a wheelchair for awhile so you don’t have to hop everywhere.

    11:33 am on September 23rd, 2015

    BSD, I am at work, but reading the blog, so will be happy to answer your question, if I can.

  12. Zeus
    12:05 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Barb is a baddie!!! My mom would never dream of reading this here blog when she is at work. Nope! I have to fill her in on everything when she gets back home.

  13. BearSpiritDog
    12:08 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Barb,Magpie,Lucy: When we are looking for a book that is Not currently Available, our Local Library automatically orders it from other libraries in the area. But didn’t you mention a while back that the book can be ordered from ANY library across the U.S?

    Also, we had a question regarding the Hounds and their daily trek through the Ash Mines. If one were to take Photos of all Personal Property of Value before the unfortunate occurrence, would it Eliminate that step?

  14. Meashka
    12:16 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    I have a question for realtor Barb. Does a house sell better empty or furnished? I had always thought it is better if it is furnished, though not over-furnished. But our friend’s realtor told her that an empty house is better, so that potential buyers could more easily visualize their stuff there.

    12:24 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    BSD, when we were out in Lena, IL, the library used to order from other libraries in the state. Here in Woodstock, we have received books from as far away as Florida. We put in the request, they send it out, receive it and then notify us. There is never any charge as long as books are returned on time. I think closest libraries respond first, but with some of the Donna Ball books, they were sent from out of state.

    Regarding the Hound’s inventory, no, you are not required as the insured to go out to the loss site. If you can do an inventory from your records, then you would not need to do that process. Most people do not have pictures, videos, or inventory lists that they could readily access. I think in the Hound’s case, they are able to find some things that can be saved, rather than being a total loss. If you don’t have pictures, it is hard to remember every single item that you own. I know I couldn’t!

    Zeus, I am working hard!

    12:30 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    MEASHKA, I don’t agree that an empty house shows better. There are companies that will go out for a fee and stage a house that is going on the market. I used to fix up and flip houses back in the day and I always put furnishing in a home going on the market. I even did window treatments (that sold with the home), and hung a few pictures on the walls. Buyers for the most part don’t have a lot of imagination, so a few furnishing make a home more attractive. I probably flipped 25-30 homes. One time I sold a home within 2 hours, and one time I had an offer before the woman even walked thru the entire house! Seriously!

  17. B.Stover
    12:33 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    I really like this week’s work on the Wordsworth course. It’s on a poem I had never read before: “Michael” which is included in Lyrical Ballads. There is video of the actual place where W walked while writing the first draft of the poem. I’m having fun reading the poem and all the notes in the anthologies. Also it has taken me back to Dorothy Wordsworth’s journal entries for the period. Fun!

  18. BearSpiritDog
    12:35 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Thanks, Barb!

  19. BearSpiritDog
    12:39 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Zeus: As a Potential Buyer, we here would rather see the House for Sale Furnished rather than not.
    And, we see Barb agrees!

    B: We are going to check that out.

    Hi, Dawson!

  20. B.Stover
    12:40 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Barb: I love the jargon–“flipped houses”!

  21. Meashka
    12:54 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Thanks, Barb. We thought so. Heck! I am even hoping a buyer gives us a lot more $ to have some of our furnishings included. We have lots of antiques as well as period reproductions.

  22. Teddy Ruff Rider
    1:34 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Sorry for the delay in posting pictures from our trip to Acadia National Park last week, but wasn’t able to download them until we got back. Me and my gal Zeta had the best time ever there. We got to swim in the ocean (on Sand Beach) and there is even a sort of dog park where I (but not my gal) could go off leash and go into Little Long Pond. We also did a lot of hiking, averaging over 10 miles a day, not a problem for me and my gal, although the folks may have lagged a bit. I do love the water and I am working on my gal Zeta as regards the water too — although still a work in progress as they say. Some photos follow, and if I can get them later, maybe a video or two will follow.

    The first one is me and Zeta at LIttle Long Pond. Splash! Splash!

  23. Teddy Ruff Rider
    1:39 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    This is me and Zeta at Sand Beach. Did you know the water there has salt in it. How cool is that?

  24. B.Stover
    1:39 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Bear: If you get a chance, let me know what you think of the poem, “Michael.”

  25. Teddy Ruff Rider
    1:41 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    This is me and Zeta sharing a cool drink at Sand Beach. As with Chet, water is our drink!

  26. Teddy Ruff Rider
    1:43 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    This is me and Zeta on the ferry boat to Cranberry Island. We are now officially sailor dogs too!

  27. Teddy Ruff Rider
    1:46 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    This last photo actually does not have either me or Zeta in it, but my dad thought it was cool so I agreed to post it on his behalf. It is sunrise as seen from the top of Cadillac Mountain at Acadia, which is the earliest sunrise visible over the United States each morning. Awesome, huh?

  28. Masquers
    2:01 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    B and Rose: Great google doodle for today!
    Tis the autumn/spring equinox, when night and day are of equal length.
    Autumn for us here and spring for those in the southern hemisphere.

    TeddyRR: What a treat. Those fotos are some of the best you have posted!

  29. BooBear
    2:02 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Why, Teddy RR, I do believe that Miss Zeta dressed up for the ferry ride. I see a flower on her collar. Or was she dressing up for her best guy?

    When are your folks going to Australia?

  30. BooBear
    2:05 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Why, Teddy RR, I do believe that Miss Zeta dressed up for the ferry ride. I see a flower on her collar. Or was she dressing up for her best guy?

  31. BooBear
    2:06 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Oops, sorry. It never told me it posted so I hit submit again.

  32. B.Stover
    2:09 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    I’m laughing at Terry RR’s first “taste” of the ocean. Beautiful sunrise!

  33. BearSpiritDog
    2:11 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Teddy: Heh, heh…Your Gal Zeta Not Allowed to go Off-Leash…We remember Siber-H explaining about this particular Siber Trait. Yes, we do.

    Missing our Siber-H and Mom. Sob.

  34. Meashka
    2:13 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Lovely pictures, Teddy. My Kat is now pouting that she is no longer the only sailor Husky on this here blog.

  35. Kat
    2:15 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Hah! Poor Zeta must stay on a leash, while I am off-leash all the time.
    (well, at least at my farm that is).

  36. Meashka the Hot One
    2:17 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    I miss my good friend Siber-H a lot. He really “got” us Red girls.

    2:23 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Meashka, Have the realtor put in the listing comments that seller will offer some antiques and furnishings for sale to the buyer. Let them know that will be a separate transaction, otherwise a buyer may try to get those things added into the contract.

    I did that with my house out in the country, but I actualy waited till I had a contract, then I had the agent tell the buyer that I would sell some things.

    2:28 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    By the time I got a chance to submit, all those lovely photos were posted. Great pics and I love all of them. The sunrise is awesome, too.

  39. Meashka
    2:32 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Thanks again, Barb. It sounds like a very good idea to keep them separate from the house contract.

  40. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    4:29 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    BooBear — We head out for Australia at the beginning of November. Teddy also had a matching special bow tie for the Acadia trip (especially for Bar Harbor) but he was not wearing it on the boat or while in the water.

    Also, to maintain tradition, given the recent re-release of Pressure Drop, this is a picture of OFA from the back of Pressure Drop. Pressure Drop was first published in 1989 and I believe it was the fifth book that Peter had published.

  41. c.hobbit
    4:32 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    It is always nice to see Zeta and Teddy. I miss Siber-H’s and his mom also.

    So here is a photo of the current state of affairs in the Harris household. It looks very peaceful but keep in mind that Sadie place is sprawled at the foot of the bed. I think Mr. Big knows exactly what he is doing in usurping that sport. Poor Sadie is curled up in a ball at the head of the bed

  42. c.hobbit
    4:34 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    And a while later, things were back to normal

  43. BooBear
    4:48 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    I wonder what Sadie did to make Mr. Big leave the bed! Mom can’t wait to meet them!

    Maggie, Mom can’t believe Barb used to flip houses. That is her dream job!

    4:49 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    OFA was a real hunk! I think I have said that before.

    I totally believe Mr. Big is doing it on purpose. He can detect her scent in that spot and is showing his dominance. Sort of like when Chet peed over Shooter’s mark.

  45. Mpop and Loulou's Mom
    4:54 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Wookie’s and Teddie’s Dad, I got Pressure Drop a couple of days ago. The New York Times review said that Peter Abrahams was “criminally gifted.”

  46. T.C.
    4:56 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Mr. Big sure is braver than me. Can I borrow him, please?

  47. c.hobbit
    5:42 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Notice that when Sadie is in her rightful place on the bed that there is little room for moi.

    Part of the games that the animals play is that Sadie eats cat food and Mr. Big eats dog food. I don’t know what that means nutritionally.

  48. Wose-the small and meek
    6:16 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Grizz and I have returned from seeing “Psycho” on the big screen, the way all movies are intended to be seen. Neither of us had seen the film in several years, and never on the big screen. The camera work is excellent in the film, something that can only truly be appreciated when watching on the big screen!

    Teddy RR: Thanks for posting those great pictures from your Maine vacation. The sunrise picture is just lovely.

    Hobbit: I am laughing at the pictures of Big and Sadie. I guess they are an example of “fighting like cats and dogs.

    As I have posted previously on this here blog, my favorite autumn song…


  49. Herd of Hounds
    6:55 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    We are back to “The Cubby Hole” for the night. And need to answer BSD: fotos or videos ID things, but the insurance companies have a computer form where you need to enter item(s), value, age and replacement value. (We think they hope we will get fed up and quit.) BSD, you also asked about 5 treasures 1) mom’s 7 piece Corning Ware set dirty but undamaged at the back of a bottom shelf, 2) the DDD’s passport, 3) a small stuffed Scottie dog mom got when she was 2 and had pneumonia, 4) the Plunderer Passport! and 5) the DDD found his marbles, literally. He has a quart jar with cat’s eyes, shooters, solids and others he collected. They sure are lucky dogs.
    We hope T&G’s family are having fun. We loved ALL the fotos, 2 and 4 leggers.

  50. Herd of Hounds
    7:06 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    We have not been reading as thoroughly as we should. Has staff gotten back home yet?

  51. BearSpiritDog
    7:27 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Hounds! A Day of Discoveries!! So happy to hear youse found those 5 Treasures we had our paws crossed for, and the 2 Passports…both the U.S. and Plunderer variety…must have really put Smiles on Your Faces.

    Wose: You are right about that…All Movies should be seen on the Big Screen.
    We love that song too.

  52. Tupper's Mama
    8:09 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Greetings from the Lobster Memorial Museum. The Storyteller is doing his best to keep the world free of an overpopulation of dangerous( and delicious) exoskeleton critters.

    Teddy – glad you, the folks and your gal had such a grand time. Love the pictures.

    HOH – glad the ash mining is yielding treasures. Hoping that the finds continue.

    Sadie – come on, puppy. You kick that bad kat’s butt, and take back your bed!

    Wishing you all a great night – we are going back to the beach to watch the waves in the moonlight.

  53. Staff
    9:14 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Love Teddy and Zeta’s pictures. Yes, HOH, we are home. We got home on Monday and had to nap before bed and then the next morning. Sure is tiring having tons of fun!

  54. Herd of Hounds
    9:19 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Staff, glad you are home safe and getting the nap you so richly deserve. When we finish ash mining and move to “The Doghouse”, mom plans to sleep for a week!

  55. Staff
    9:58 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Rose, Your favorite song made me so sad and unhappy I don’t know how you can tolerate it. sob sob sob.

  56. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:11 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Going to bed. We are tuckered out.

    Any of you Facebookie folks, Jessica is uploading pictures from my party. Some good one if you want to take a look-see on FB. I would post a couple, but don’t know how to get them from Facebook to here.

  57. dawson
    10:14 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    Me too.
    I’m home. exhausted so will catch up tomorrow.

  58. Herd of Hounds
    10:25 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    We three. Nighty night.

  59. ML
    11:44 pm on September 23rd, 2015

    I guess everybody has gone for the night, but I have a question Who among us is diabetic? Just this morning I was diagnosed with a glucose of144 and A1C of 7.4. I can’t see the doc until Tuesday so I am in the dark until then. Any words of experience would be appreciated

  60. ALR
    12:53 am on September 24th, 2015

    Don’t panic ML! You should get better advice than from me, but just in case you are still here, I just wanted to say that staying calm about it is the best thing to do….and eat healthy meals! Take care.

  61. Staff
    12:53 am on September 24th, 2015

    ML, Don’t worry about it. They will tell you what they want you to do soon enough. (Diabetes is caused by my anti rejection meds, but my fathers parents also had it). Till you see the doctor try to eat normally for you.
    You can look up high glycemic foods if you want to start healthy eating.
    A Catty Librarian and I are both Diabetic and have it under control with weight and exercise. (She exercises, I don’t) 144 is not that bad so do not worry. Mr.Staffs brother went in with a blood sugar count over 400 when he found out he was diabetic!!!

  62. Staff
    12:54 am on September 24th, 2015

    ALR and I are twins at midnight for me and way earlier for her….

  63. Herd of Hounds
    7:12 am on September 24th, 2015

    ML, it is scary for you but 144 and A1C of 7.4 is elevated but not deadly. The DDD has diabetes. When diagnosed was 175-200 regularly. Eat regularly, act regularly. Look it up and read. Get info.

  64. O'Howlers
    7:14 am on September 24th, 2015

    The Birthday Gal:

  65. Wose-the small and meek
    7:53 am on September 24th, 2015

    Howelrs: What a great picture of the birthday gal!

    Staff: I know “Forever Autumn” is a sad song, but the lyrics are beautiful and heartfelt, and the beginning instrumentation gives the image of falling leaves. It is one of my favorite Justin Hayward/Moody Blues songs. I did not want to make you cry…

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