What’s In A Name Suggestions?

Tomorrow’s the fifteenth of the month, when Spence and Ms. Publicist discuss one of the character names in the Chet and Bernie mysteries, but it’s also a Sunday, which is Chetspeak day. So What’s In A Name will appear on Monday. Any particular character name you folks out there would like to hear about?


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145 Responses to “What’s In A Name Suggestions?”

  1. Buddy and Leno
    8:29 am on December 14th, 2013

    Good morning! Oooh! I get to be first 🙂

  2. Melanie
    8:54 am on December 14th, 2013

    Good Morning All and especially Buddy and Leno! First today.

    Hmm, suggestion on which character’s name . . Must think AFTER cocoa.

    I am wearing said contraption and it isn’t too bad. We shall see. Of course, after yesterday I feel like every muscle has been cruelly used. Wait a minute . . I think they were.

    Today is a rest day. Getting ready for the storm. They have now changed the start time of snow to tomorrow at 8 am.

    Need to check all my weather maps . .

  3. Herd of Hounds
    9:00 am on December 14th, 2013

    Good morning, everyone! Buddy, did you and Leno stay up all night or what? Congrats on being first. Melanie, do try to take it easy, mom is planning a couch potato day 🙂 We think we’ll hold her down.
    Have a soggy Saturday south of the Mason-Dixon Line, a snowy Saturday north of it and it looks like a sunny Saturday for the western areas.
    Mmm? Character’s name…thinking.

  4. B. Stover
    9:12 am on December 14th, 2013

    How about “Spencer Quinn”?

    Three inches of snow here and we’re expecting three to five more inches. It’s beautiful…from my easy chair.

    Good morning all.

  5. B. Stover
    9:22 am on December 14th, 2013

    I’ve done some research on “French toast.” The real answer is that no one knows the derivation of the term. One answer that seems logical is that the French wanted a way to use stale bread.

    I’ve made both French and “American” white bread. French bread uses only water, flour and yeast. American uses two additional ingredients: a shortening (I use olive oil) and a sweetener (I use honey). Thus, French bread did not stay moist as long as American…in the days before freezers.

  6. Melanie
    9:23 am on December 14th, 2013

    Now there is a character, B.Stover. snicker

  7. Herd of Hounds
    9:33 am on December 14th, 2013

    Perhaps HRH B has a good idea, but will OFA view himself as a character? Pondering.

  8. Barb & Maggie
    9:38 am on December 14th, 2013

    We agree with Bee about the name Spencer Quinn. We have heard that his editor wanted him to use a different name since C & B was such a different genre for him. But why the name Spencer?

    Ah French toast! We love it, especially with some really nice Apple Wood smoked bacon. We use egg, whole milk or half and half, cinnamon and vanilla. The best bread to use is a Jewish bread called Challah. Teddy’s folks might agree with that. Challah (pronounced Halla) is an egg bread, slightly sweet.

  9. Melanie
    9:38 am on December 14th, 2013

    Started to snow at OTAS and GLAD’s house. They each have one trip this morning, then home for the duration.

    Nothing here yet. Listening to “Snow” by Loreena McKennitt.


  10. Staff
    9:42 am on December 14th, 2013

    In the middle of the night I started thinking about the last line of the next book. I was wondering who said it. I didn’t think it was Chet because he doesn’t talk about being tired he just goes to sleep. I don’t think it was Bernie because he wouldn’t admit to being tired. I think.

    So therefore, WHO?

    Oh, Good morning B, HOH, Melanie and Buddy and Leno.

  11. Melanie
    9:42 am on December 14th, 2013

    Hmmm, seems to be turning into a two cocoa day. And maybe an aspirin.

    For HOH (and the rest of us with large beasties)

  12. B. Stover
    9:43 am on December 14th, 2013

    By the way, according to one source, in France “French toast” is called “pain perdu”–“lost bread.”

  13. Barb & Maggie
    9:49 am on December 14th, 2013

    Darling photo Melanie. Love it.

    Bee, try Challah next time, sliced thick about 3/4 inch. You might really like it.

    Snow plow has gone by 3 times in the last 15 minutes. Snow is lovely, and we are staying home.

  14. B. Stover
    9:57 am on December 14th, 2013

    I’ll get off of this subject any second but first: It seems to me that the reason that we have such things as bread pudding and trifle is that they are ways to use stale bread.

  15. B. Stover
    10:01 am on December 14th, 2013

    Barb: I will try that. The best French toast that I’ve ever had was in Vegas. I got the recipe and it’s the way I’ve always made it. The “secret” is to soak the bread (any type) in egg, milk, vanilla and sugar overnight. Then fry it in butter (both sides), fold it and sprinkle confectioner’s sugar on top. Voila!

  16. Staff
    10:03 am on December 14th, 2013

    And Barb and Maggie

    I have spent some time thinking about Spencer Quinn also. The Quinn was easy. I know a “Q” starting last name is popular as a pseudonym. There are not a lot of Q named authors so you stand out more. Amanda Quick is a pseudonym of Jayne Castle/Jayne Ann Krentz.
    My theory on Spencer has something to do with the cover of Dog On It. Robert B Parker had a complimentary review of Spence’s first book. Robert B. Parker’s most well known character? Spencer.

    Until Peter was outed my theory was that Robert B. Parker was the author of Dog On It.

    He always had dogs in his personal life. From Wikipedia…”He had a great fondness for dogs, including German Pointers. Dogs were included in his Spenser stories, aging along with the character and appearing in the ongoing series of novels.”

  17. Staff
    10:07 am on December 14th, 2013

    Another interesting fact that I had forgotten. Spencer is R.B.Parker’s characters LAST name. He never had a first name.

  18. bluecat
    10:11 am on December 14th, 2013

    Staff – brilliant deduction. Maybe he’ll tell us if you’re right. I wondered if Pearl was a namesake for Robert B. Parker’s Spencer’s Pearl.

    Oh, Siber-H – unusual for us this early in the season, lots of snow on the ground and more falling. Thinking of you today 🙂
    Come play with me.

    Bee – mom really, really likes bread pudding. It’s a family joke, actually, how much she likes it and also rice pudding.

    Happy weekend, Everybody. Stay warm. Onward, Snowhook.

  19. BooBear
    10:23 am on December 14th, 2013

    Good morning, all!!! Happy Saturday!!

    Staff, last night you told me to check the SDD. Wanted to let you know that there wasn’t anything there from you. Mom did get one from Melanie about a honking huge tube mailer. Can’t wait to see it.


  20. Barb & Maggie
    10:31 am on December 14th, 2013

    Barb loves bread pudding, rice pudding and tapioca pudding.

    Staff, Great deductions about Spence’s name. I bet you are right.

  21. B. Stover
    10:41 am on December 14th, 2013

    I’ve been thinking about Staff’s musings on the last line of Paw and Order. My problem is this: Chet narrates the stories so it seems to me that the “I” in that line has to be Chet.

  22. Melanie
    10:48 am on December 14th, 2013

    Started to snow. The small flakes coming in at a 45 degree angle. Snow that is going to pile up.

    The Raven knew Robert B. Parker. I think he wrote a nice thing about one of The Raven’s novels. Anywho, I never thought that Spencer Quinn was Robert B. Parker. He loved dogs, but his main characters are not as humorous as Chet. I don’t think he would have been able to write as a dog.

  23. dawson
    11:23 am on December 14th, 2013

    Melanie: I got up early to shovel the seemingly usual 4- 6 inches of snow. Love Loreena McKennitt so played your link. So beautiful but it made me tear up. Then I saw your picture to HOH. Snort! So funny. Thanks for the laughter and tears.

    BStover: Most of my stale bread goes to the ravens but someday I will try your recipe for French toast.

    Staff: Just finished Silent Night by Robert B. Parker with Helen Brann. She was his literary agent and finished the Christmas manuscript Robert left behind. You could feel Robert B Parker’s writing in there but diluted. Still worth reading.

    I think the last line was Chet, plain and simple.

  24. Siber-H
    11:24 am on December 14th, 2013

    You guys are making some intelligent guesses on names and stale bread.

    I am very honored to have two names just like PA and SQ.

    I vote with all of you that want to know how PA decided on the Spencer Quinn name.

    Bluecat, Thanks for the invite to come play. Oh how I wish I could. It is a boring cold, breezy, and sunny here today, which is still better than summer. Mom never agrees with me on the weather.

    Wose? Are you going to get snow?

  25. BearSpiritDog
    11:25 am on December 14th, 2013

    Good Grief. It’s late!

    Buddy&Leno: Macy could be right (last night). If you are always hungry, we must be Twins. Are you Always Hungry?

    The name Spencer Quinn has become so familiar to us that when we see OFA in person we are inclined to call him Spence.
    Yes, B, this is a Good Question and one we would like the answer to.

    With all this talk of French Toast (btw: great recipe, B), Bread Pudding and such…I am reminded it is time for Breakfast.

  26. Siber-H
    11:28 am on December 14th, 2013

    I agree with Dawson. I think the last line in the book is Chet.

  27. Staff
    11:28 am on December 14th, 2013

    I can’t find an email addy for you to add to my plunder mailing list. That is what was on my mind. Can you SDD me? Or anyone else who has her email could do that for her?

    I was SDD happy last night for sure!

  28. Masquers
    11:31 am on December 14th, 2013

    Weatherkat update.

  29. Herd of Hounds
    11:44 am on December 14th, 2013

    Wow, RAIN, Rain, rain. The black Canadians are out playing in it and the mud. Pookster and her Daddy Dawg are blowing zzzzz’s on the bed and the mom is atill being a couch potato. And speaking of potatoes (this is for our great menu poster) tonight is potatoes au gratin, baked ham (turkey,sorry purists) and succotash.

  30. Wose
    11:47 am on December 14th, 2013


    Grizz and I woke up to lovely snowfall this morning. I love how everything seems very quiet when it snows. The last weather report I heard (last night) said my area would get somewhere in the 6″-10″ range. I love it. I wish I could play with Siber-H, and Bluecat.

    Sammie, I read your post from last night. I love the song TRUE LOVE. It has been said that the studio wanted to dub Grace Kelly ‘s voice in the scene with Bing Crosby. The studio did not, and that is Grace Kelly’s own voice.

    CHobbit, Please be careful with your back when shoveling snow. How is Sadie doing?

    APB on Rebecca ……

  31. dawson
    12:06 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Today when the sun came up the sky was bright crimson mixed with a little grey then slowly faded to yellow and pink. This valley now has a grey cap on with blue sky seen in the distance which is a step up from the solid grey it has been for days. Tomorrow is sunshine! Snow abounds.

  32. Staff
    12:17 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Sharon sent me BooBear’s SDD. Thanks HOH. I hear Dad moving around so I better go


  33. O'Howlers
    12:22 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Greetings! We were up at the crack of dawn to get all of our farm chores done before the snow. It is snowing now, but lightly. We are supposed to get 6 to 10 inches too, with the possibility of “banding” which would give us a lot more. The snow is supposed to be heavy later this afternoon and tonight. Pop split wood and we are ready to have quite a toasty woodfire.
    The ‘rents like French Toast, and they almost always make it with French bread. They like the baguettes, so you get small slices, but lots of them.
    This morning, the ‘rents had pumpkin pancakes AND eggs. Livin’ the life.
    Barb, Pop did some reading up on eggs, and now we do not think it froze, but was “body checked”.
    Melanie’s picture made us laugh. It looked like what all 3 of us were doing on top of Mom and Pop and T.C. in bed this morning. Oh what fun it is to all snuggle up together!

  34. Herd of Hounds
    12:28 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Unless the “snuggler” is wet and muddy on the “snuglee” .
    A now wet, muddy snuglee 🙁

  35. Masquers
    12:35 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Dawson & Siber: We agree…that last line sounds like Chet.

  36. Herd of Hounds
    12:45 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Oh,oh! We just saw mom’s last post…think she’s a bit smoked?
    And sounds like Chet to us, he has a great vocab and a huge learning curve.
    (OFA is really into canine mentality)

  37. Barb & Maggie
    12:53 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Howlers, we used to get some ridged eggs occasionally. Think they happen more with older hens. A frozen egg will actually crack open. The egg expands if it freezes solid and splits. Think of a ruptured beer or pop can that accidently got frozen.

    We think the last line is either Chet or Suzie. Yes Bee, we really like Suzie.

  38. Siber-H
    1:17 pm on December 14th, 2013

    I like Suzi better now than I did at first.

  39. B. Stover
    1:17 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Of course, in the last line the word is “sleepy” not “tired.”

  40. B. Stover
    1:19 pm on December 14th, 2013

    I never said that I don’t like Suzie; I said that she is superfluous.

  41. dawson
    1:42 pm on December 14th, 2013

    BStover: Superfluous. I like that word. You gave the best reason for that last line in Paw and Order being said by Chet in your post of 10:41.
    I’m getting sleepy.

  42. Barb & Maggie
    2:02 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Dawson does have a point. Guess we have to wait 9 more months to know for sure. We will try to control ourselves and not go to the last page first!

    We think Suzie is a kind, loving person, who overlooks some of Bernie’s, ummm, shall we say, social skills. He is not good at talking about his feelings or interacting on a really personal level, but Suzie knows what is inside. She accepts him for who he is, plus she carries dog biscuits with her. What can be wrong with that? We would like to see them together, and don’t think that would detract at all from the C & B relationship.

  43. c.hobbit
    2:29 pm on December 14th, 2013

    My sister and I went to a Downton Abbey event at our public TV station last night. Tea and the first episode of Season 4. It was snowing heavily. When I got home I immediately shoveled the driveway since 8-12″ was expected.

    This morning I shoveled everything: huge deck, dog yard, driveway. It took 65 minutes. It is to start snowing again over the next 24 hours and 4-10″ are expected. Whew!

  44. c.hobbit
    2:33 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Does anyone know how to unstick a dresser drawer? It is part of my bedroom set that was moved and after the move I noticed that one of the drawers can only open 3″. It is a fairly new dresser with 5 other drawers that slide in and out perfectly. I’ve tried taking out the drawers above and below and working with the stuck drawer but it doesn’t help. It feels like I am going to break it. I don’t know what else to do.

  45. O'Howlers
    2:39 pm on December 14th, 2013

    HOH, The Suglees have had that happen too. One of them even had a regurgitated groundhog back in Sasha’s day. Heh heh! Always a laugh riot.
    That last line is Chet’s. Has to be. What a great idea to post the last line instead of the first.
    We have always loved Suzie. She is a good friend to Chet, and has saved his life. What’s not to love?
    Hobbit! You need to get yourself a snowblower, with all the snow you need to shovel. And speaking of snow, Mom needs to get good, warm, comfortable winter boots for here, and for Way Up North in Alaska. Do any of you have recommendations?
    Hobbit, How did you get to see Season 4 first episode of DA???? Lucky Dog!

  46. O'Howlers
    2:43 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Hobbit? What kind of drawer is it? Is it all wood, or does it have metal runners? If wood, soap helps, but the problem is getting it out to put the soap on. If it has runners, try WD40.

  47. Herd of Hounds
    2:52 pm on December 14th, 2013

    WD 40, the man answer. If drawers above and below come our, try to rub paraffin on the glides, tracks. If that doesn’t work, shoot the movers! mom’s rolled her freezer off the truck 🙁

  48. Buddy and Leno
    2:57 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Of course we love Suzie. I expect Chet loves her extra because she’s vegetarian, which means more steak for Chet. I’m not sure when she’ll figure out Bernie really isn’t cheating on her, but that women kinda just throw themselves at him. It’s the sexy private eye mystique, I suppose. Either that, or, well, in the case of Mrs. Frenchie, who knows? Superfluous? I don’t know you have to have characters like that, else the story isn’t really complete, is it? And anyway, a little romantic tension never hurt anyone. Much. Except maybe for Bernie. AndSuzie. Well, nobody else then.

  49. Masquers
    3:04 pm on December 14th, 2013

    CHobbit: If the weather’s this bad in Anchorage what’s it like in North Pole? The Howlers are right…a snow blower would save your back and time too.
    The stuck drawer is a problem for certain.
    HOH may be right. Shoot the movers. Heh. At least give them a call…maybe they have a solution…if not, at least you can vent some of your frustration out on the person who answers the phone.

  50. Barb & Maggie
    3:16 pm on December 14th, 2013

    We were also going to suggest bar soap on the runners. Is your new house more humid than your old one? Could be that the joints have swollen a little, making it harder to pull the drawer out.

    Get a snow blower!

  51. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:17 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Name!…I want to hear about “Uncle Rio”….heh!snort!heh!

  52. O'Howlers
    3:23 pm on December 14th, 2013

    We are happy hearing about the origin of any of the characters’ names. Can’t name one in particular.

  53. Masquers
    3:26 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Riö: We all know who Spence was thinking of!

  54. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:27 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Shopping!…Someone was shopping all morning long. Christmas Shopping!…snort!…I wonder what she bought me! When she came home she found a card from Anchorage and a sparkly red striped gift for her….chuffle!…She put it under my little Christmas tree….Wooooo! ….Now it is time to help her wrap all these gifts…snort!

  55. Herd of Hounds
    3:28 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Hobbit: good luck with the drawer. We has lots of missing legs (on furniture) after our movers 🙁 And…GET A SNOW BLOWER!

  56. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:29 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Maskers!….There is no way to know for sure unless it comes straight from the Spencer’s mouth…sniff!

  57. Masquers
    3:46 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Riö: All we know for sure is, whenever we meet him, he always mentions you, you, you.

  58. Masquers
    3:49 pm on December 14th, 2013

    By the way…it’s 47 here today…and not a flake of snow.
    I, for one, am enjoying the “tropical” temperatures whilst they last.

  59. Melanie
    4:16 pm on December 14th, 2013

    I am voting for Spencer Quinn.

    Zoë has now learned how to use the huge snowblower. This storm is going to be light snow so she should be able to use it. I have been forbidden to use it.

    Church is cancelled for tomorrow. Zoë figures she has done double duty anyway because they went to the ordination today.

    I have been keeping company with BearSpiritDog. Napping is a good way to spend a day like today.

  60. Siber-H
    4:18 pm on December 14th, 2013

    It would be more humid where C.Hobbit lives now than where she lived before.

    I wonder how much snow Willow has.

  61. Tupper's Mama
    4:20 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Well the weather isn’t all that bad, but the REPORTS were for terrible, dire, end of the world snowfall, so that has basically killed the show. We should be packed with customers right now, and there is nary a shopper to be seen.
    Oh well. Maybe tomorrow.

    CHobbit – have you tried warming the drawer with a blow dryer? If that loosens it, then you can get the soap or WD40 on it.

    And we cast our vote for an explanation of the character we all know and live as Spence.

  62. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:34 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Maskers!…The crazy thing is no one ever tells me what he says about me…sniff!…This makes me wonder what sort of things he is mentioning….wheeze!

  63. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:37 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Wrapping!…The wrapping has come to a complete stop…snort!…Her mother bought some dreadful wrapping paper so my friend used some of it to wrap her mothers gifts…chorkel!…But she is not going to wrap all the others in the paper that has “No Peeking” written all over it…grump!…Plus we are totally out of bows it seems…wheeze!…I see another shopping trip in my friends future…grumble!

  64. Herd of Hounds
    4:37 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Rio: YOU, You, you 🙂

  65. c.hobbit
    4:41 pm on December 14th, 2013

    I went grocery shopping and came outside and found that I was in a real life snow globe. Or as Siber-H would say “c.hobbit and Sadie are living the dream!” Shoveling is definitely in my foreseeable future. One has to stay on top of it. Icing back for inflammation.

    Re: snow blower…all my neighbors have them and I may ask to test drive one. The problem is that my driveway is fairly short. A snowblower would be useful and would help with the sidewalks and getting out into the street (which take a few days for the plows to arrive). However, the real shoveling problem is that my deck is on the second floor over my 2-car garage. It is quite large. So hauling a snow blower up steps is not an option. I have to keep it clear due to weight of snow –don’t want problems with the garage ceiling.

    I think the dresser was bumped/twisted on the 7-hour drive over mountain roads. The movers had explained that all the drawers had to be empty or there would be problems with clothing weight damaging the dresser as it went over the roads. Understandable. I didn’t discover the problem for a while. I do think I will call the moving company and see what they say.

    I hope the show goes well for Tupper’s Mom and that those who are recovering are having a better day ESPECIALLY MELANIE.

  66. Barb & Maggie
    5:03 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Rio, Barb is a big bag lady at Christmas time. She loves gift bags. A little tissue paper sticking out of the top and ribbon ties and they are easy-peasy. Plus you can reuse them from year to year, so are economical.

  67. Masquers
    5:12 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Siber: Here’s a photo of Willow posted by the Knik 200 Joe Redington Sr. Memorial Sled Dog Race yesterday:

  68. Buddy and Leno
    5:14 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Melanie says I may not have a snow blower. 🙁 Some people just are no fun. However, she did get me a new countertop oven (AKA big ol’ toaster oven) to replace the one whose on/off/timer switch died after just a few years. They just don’t build things the way they used to. As useful as toaster ovens are, however, they’re terrible at removing snow. I wonder if anyone’s ever seen one of these? I wonder if they really work:

    Anyway, great day for napping. Hmm. Hot chocolate sounds pretty good. We ordered in Chinese food. Oh, and BSD, yes! I think I must have been a Labrador in a previous life.

  69. BearSpiritDog
    5:26 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Buddy&Leno: No, no, no. NOT a Lab. A Belgian (Whatcha-ma-call-it as Macy would say) Malinois is what I am. Many of us are Police Dogs.

  70. Herd of Hounds
    5:27 pm on December 14th, 2013

    1) Is that guy from Indiana ’cause Jeff Foxworthy says, ” If you’ve worn shorts and a jacket in the snow, you might be from Indiana”, 2)Hobbit, a wovel for the deck, a blower for driveway, dog yard and sidewalk.
    Wow, fixing dinner now but mom was a successful couch tater 🙂
    She’ll work tomorrow for a little appreciation.

  71. Siber-H
    5:37 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Thanks Masquers, Now that is what I call a Christmas tree.

    The sled dogs in Alaska have snow this year. I hope the good snow conditions will continure through the race season.
    I suppose there could be too much snow for the dogs. I don’t know.

  72. BearSpiritDog
    5:38 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Buddy&Leno: Hot Chocolate does sound Good!

    Hounds: No working on Sunday!

  73. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:41 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Walk!…My friend found a fifty dollar bill frozen in the ice on our walk…sniff!….She had to get on her hands and knees to free it from the ice because it was so slick there was no way to stand on it…heh!heh!…That will help pay for some of those presents she bought this morning….snort!

  74. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:44 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Postal!…This morning first thing someone had to go to the post office to mail off two big boxes…grunt!…She got there early before it opened and there was still 5 people in front of her…grumble!…One guy who was right in front of her waited and waited, then when it was finally his turn, all he wanted was one stamp….wheeze!

  75. Herd of Hounds
    6:01 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Staff: Mom is twirling and twirling. A package with a pillowcase. She made us sniff it…kitties? but it looks like mom’s Sonja dog (who preceded us). It is on the bed for us to nap on. Thanks!

  76. Masquers
    6:11 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Fifty bucks frozen in the ice! Kool find.

  77. Barb & Maggie
    6:19 pm on December 14th, 2013

    I bet Rio’s mom threw that $50 bill out when Rio’s friend told her she didn’t want it! tee hee.

    This week when it was around 0 degrees, Barb saw one guy in a light jacket and shorts, and another guy in a tee shirt and no jacket. Is this the new way to show you are macho?

  78. Barb & Maggie
    6:24 pm on December 14th, 2013

    BSD, Recently we saw a guy like you. Barb said “you have a beautiful Malinois”, and he said “Oh no, he’s a Belgium Shepherd”.
    WTF, don’t people even know what kind of dog they live with?

  79. Barb & Maggie
    6:28 pm on December 14th, 2013

    BSD, To clarify, we know you are a Belgium Malnois Shepherd, but we thought the guy would know that too.

  80. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:32 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Barb!….That would never happen!…snort!…Plus, the fifty dollar bill was pretty far away from my house…sniff!…Her mother does not venture that far…heh!

  81. Wose
    6:38 pm on December 14th, 2013

    RIO! Fifty frozen bucks! Good on your friend!

  82. Barb & Maggie
    6:45 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Barb officially started cookie baking this afternoon. Cooked the filling for the date pinwheels so we can do the cookies tomorrow morning. Will also be making pecan drops, which are those little shortbread type cookies that are rolled in powdered sugar. Those are the two favorites of the kids, so they have to be made every year. She will freeze them till next week so she doesn’t pig out on them.

  83. c.hobbit
    6:58 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Just shoveled another 6″ of the driveway and deck. Sadie will need to break trail in the dog yard but the 18 steps from the deck to the dog yard are clear. Wose: the dog yard is not accessible from the driveway so it has to be hand-shoveled. It is still coming down so thick I will probably have to shovel once more today.

    I once lost a $50 bill years ago and was frantic. It was in my poverty years and I had worked all week on a big bedroom wallpaper project to earn it. I finally just had to hope that the person who found it really needed it. That was the only way I had peace of mind about it. The fact that it was lost in an area where people were in worse shape than me made that a definite possibility. It was a nice surprise for someone.

  84. Herd of Hounds
    7:05 pm on December 14th, 2013

    BSD, You are right a second day off would be nice. No hurry, no worry, love on the critters. AOK

  85. Mollypop's Mom
    7:12 pm on December 14th, 2013

    O’Howlers, I have Sorel Snow Angel Lace Boots. I have worn them for a couple of years at Holiday Valley when I was hosting and standing out in the snow for 2 hours. I will be bringing them to Alaska.

  86. Buddy and Leno
    7:14 pm on December 14th, 2013

    BSD, meaning no offense; I just know labs; Leno’s my second, and labs, as lab people know, are walking stomachs. I read a story once about a lab who ate an entire Christmas dinner for 12. As for doggie breed misidentification, all three of my dogs have been called all manner of things. Karl, a red Golden Retriever, was once called an “Irish settler”. Who knew? My friend Jenny, who I’m trying to get to come here, had someone tell her that her big ol’ yellow lab Manhattan was a beautiful Great Pyrenese. Oh, and then, since my labs are both pretty small as labs go, and yes, the Seeing Eye does tend towards smaller dogs usually, have been accused of being lab/something else crosses. Nothing wrong with those, but Leno and Chet before him weren’t. Errrmmm. Aren’t.

    Rio, some people have all the luck. Me, not so much.

  87. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:16 pm on December 14th, 2013

    CHobbit!…There were no cars and no one was around where my friend found the $50…sniff!…The fact that it was frozen made her believe it had been there a long time because it was really warm today and a lot of ice had thawed….wheeze!…But it was all starting to freeze again at the time we were walking….shudder!

  88. c.hobbit
    7:19 pm on December 14th, 2013

    O’Howlers: my favorite boots are the brand Columbia. They are good to -30 and are waterproof. I wear them a lot. A lot of people like Sorel. Both of these brands are “a lot of boot” and if it is “warm” the boots could be too warm. However, you will be outside a lot and standing around a lot.

  89. O'Howlers
    7:21 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Thanks, Aunt MPM. We will look those up.
    Why oh why can’t we find Hobbit’s $50 instead of Rio finding it all these years later? Small world, eh?
    We just a delish old-fashioned meal: meatloaf, mashed potatoes and corn. It was perfect for our snowy day. We will be signing off heresoon, because Pop has the “Winter Tavern” nice and toasty now. 🙂

  90. O'Howlers
    7:24 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Hobbit, Mom used to have Columbia’s and liked them. We don’t know where they are now. So we will put those on the list too. Thanks. She has two pairs of snow boots now. She does not like either of them.

  91. BearSpiritDog
    7:24 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Buddy&Leno: No offense taken. My best friend is a Black Lab and yes, they do love to eat!
    Speaking of Eating…I do believe it is time for din-din.

  92. c.hobbit
    7:28 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Kittens are ALMOST as cute as puppies:

    For those of you who have cats, how did you pick the one you have? I am considering getting an adult cat after the Plunderer visit and would like advice what to look for when I go to the shelter.

  93. c.hobbit
    7:33 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Rio: just enjoy your windfall. There is no way to find the owner so no guilt is on you!

  94. Buddy and Leno
    7:35 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Phoebe picked us. She showed up, thin, starving, with balding patches in her fur, and a bellyful of dead kittens. Which we didn’t know until we got her in for spaying. Nearly 10 years later, she’s filled out, though she’s gotten thinner again lately, her fur is beautiful, and she’s the friendliest cat on earth. Jasper came to us via a friend who traps ferals to have them spayed or neutered. His family’s been living around her house a while, and of them, he was apparently the friendliest of the lot. She still has his father and sisters. Anyway, you’d never know, because he is very shy, somewhat nervous and skittish, lets Fiona the holy terrier intimidate him. And he’s definitely decided I’m his. Sorry, no idea what to tell you to look for. Except maybe see if any of them pick you.

  95. Melanie
    7:35 pm on December 14th, 2013

    When I read 50 frozen bucks, my mind’s eye came up with quite a different picture. Snicker.

    MPM told me about a great grease free fryer. Couldn’t afford it, so instead I bought the smallest Georgie The Fighter’s Grill. It worked. Drained the fat out of the hamburgers. I can’t do the French fries, fried chicken or onions I wanted to do, but it cooks meat I can eat. That is different!

    Snow continues. Now calling for 18 inches. I think that is just the weatherpeople hoping.

  96. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:42 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Mom is grumpy. Why? Because we ran out of propane last night. Which makes absolutely no sense. Our tank was filled in October. Usually we fill the tank in September and again in January. Mom says that we need to have our heater serviced. So, mom has all this time and ingredients but nothing to cook on. The tank will be filled on Monday. Sigh.

  97. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:45 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Carol, since we inherited seven cats from my boy Cody, we can ship you five or six, easy! Just say when.

  98. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:49 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Fifty!…I’m thinking 50 bucks will buy a lot of bacon and slim jims for me!me!me!…snort!….I can’t wait until Christmas morning!….Woooooo!

  99. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:51 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Kats!….CHobbit don’t go down that road….snort!…I’m begging you!

  100. Buddy and Leno
    7:53 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Ooh…we love the George Foreman grills. We have one of those little ones that will do two hamburger patties…three is too many. Kind of wish we had the bigger one, but really, I prefer grilling on the charcoal grill over the summer. Some day maybe I’ll even get good at it, hamburgers always fall apart. Steaks are great though. And getting better with the smoker attachment. Still, for something quick, or when weather isn’t great for firing up the Weber, the Foreman is great. And coking both sides at once is just handy. I’ve heard about those no oil deep fryers, but I don’t know if they really work or not. I see them occasionally on the deal a day sites, but haven’t bought one yet. Like I need more kitchen gadgets. Anyone got a pressure cooker? I’ve been sort of thinking about getting one of those.

  101. Tupper's Mama
    7:58 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Back at our hotel safe and sound. People in Boston go crazy when more than 7 snowflakes get together for a conference.
    The snow isn’t piling up at all ( yet) and is supposed to change to rain in the early morning.

    We are hoping the the weather forecasters take a tranquilizer before the next newscast. Just calm down guys. It’s snow. Not the end of the world.


  102. Buddy and Leno
    7:59 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Rio! There’s one thing that the C&B books never address, and that’s all the horrible crap that Chet gets fed. Like Slim Jims and donuts. They’re always telling us in guide dog school how important it is to keep our doggie diets as consistent as possible for their optimal health…because their digestive systems don’t always do well with change. My dogs probably hate me. Especially Chet. This one time, some guy at a sandwich takeout restaurant just gave Chet a big ol’ handful of lunch meat. Without asking. Note: you never feed other people’s dogs without asking permission, because you never know about their dietary restrictions, or how they’ll react to it, and really, you wouldn’t want to be the one cleaning up after, right? So I pulled it out of his mouth, slapped it up on the counter, and said, “He can’t have that.” Maybe not the most elegant way to handle that, but Chet, believe me, was one of those dogs with a delicate digestion. And I’d sure hate to have it explode at some inopportune time.

    Now having said all of that, I definitely can’t fault your love of either bacon or Slim Jims. I think both are wonderful. But Leno doesn’t get them. Which he probably hates me for. Sigh…

  103. Buddy and Leno
    8:00 pm on December 14th, 2013

    What? You mean that it’s just snow that makes the Bostonians crazy? Who knew?

  104. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:08 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Buddy!…What makes you think I get bacon or slim jims?…snort!…It’s all wishful thinking on my part…grunt!…Although, when we are alone with her mother we do get stuff that my friend will never know about….chuffle!

  105. Herd of Hounds
    8:08 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Perhaps the Herb cats would like company?

  106. Buddy and Leno
    8:14 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Rio, Leno is relieved he isn’t the only one who doesn’t get bacon or Slim Jims. Hey, Frosty Paws for everyone! Mmmm good!

  107. Herd of Hounds
    8:23 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Buddy: HOH’s Emma P was an eater with gut grumbles. the “P” in her name could be pee, poot or poo, and believe you me,she could (do all of he above). Now when we travel with Pookey (notice the letter P) she eats persnickety but have found a Slim Jin works well as a laxative (sorry Chet/OFA).

  108. Barb & Maggie
    8:29 pm on December 14th, 2013

    I might get a bite of bacon on occasion, but have never had a Slim Jim. Barb doesn’t eat them either, they are just way too processed. But we allow Spence and Chet their literary license.

  109. Tupper's Mama
    8:31 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Buddy – the things that make Bostonians crazy:
    Sunny weather
    Clam chowder with tomatoes in it

    The things that make Us crazy in Boston?

  110. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:33 pm on December 14th, 2013


  111. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:36 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Photo!…Yeeep! This photo was taken before the sparkly red candy striped package showed up…heh!heh!

  112. Barb & Maggie
    8:50 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Very pretty Rio. Our tree is about the same size.

  113. Melanie
    8:54 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Love the pic, Riö, and congratulations on putting on the Blog! Don’t eat the Pointsetta!

    Slim Jim’s . . A very seldom treat here. And none for humans.

    Pressure cooker. Had one 40 years a go. I hope they make them safer now.

    After all our storms we will have to measure the snowfall and add it up!

  114. Melanie
    8:55 pm on December 14th, 2013


  115. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:03 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Pressure!…Cooker!…snort!…My friends Grandma was an expert at using the pressure cooker…heh!heh!…It always scared the crap outta my friend. No pressure cooking going on around here unless you count the times when both her and her mother are in the kitchen at the same time…heh!heh!

  116. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:05 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Rudolf!!…Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer is on Right now!….Yeeeep!Wooooo!

  117. Buddy and Leno
    9:08 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Well now. Melanie, I hear they make pressure cookers safer now. Locking lids and everything. Also, Tupper’s Mama, I kind of agree about the clam chowder with tomatoes. Clam chowder is supposed to be creamy and without tomatoes.

  118. Tupper's Mama
    9:08 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Rio – sparkly, red candy-striped you say?

  119. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:11 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Sparkly!….My friend says she does not want to open the package because the paper is so pretty….grunt!

  120. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:13 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Sparkly!….My friend says she does not want to open the package because the paper is so pretty….grunt!

    Topper!…Here is a shot of the Rockies ornament that Rose sent me one year….chuffle!

  121. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:14 pm on December 14th, 2013


  122. Tupper's Mama
    9:33 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Rio – don’t let Belle Starr know you have something sparkly.

  123. O'Howlers
    9:36 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Hobbit! All of our cats find us, too. They show up looking bad. We think people dump cats out here under the delusion that they will figure out how to fend for themselves. Grrr
    We have a high pressure cooker. We only use it to cook beans quickly. We love beans, or at least Mom does. She makes all kinds of hot, spicy meals with all kinds of legumes. A high-pressure cooker lets her cook beans fast so she can throw them into a recipe for a quick, yummy meal.
    Our snow has changed over to sleet. We are bummed.

  124. Herd of Hounds
    9:58 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Our mom is still suspicious of pressure cookers since exploding one on her hand in “83. Oops LOW battery. be back when charged (like in a.m.)

  125. Melanie
    10:32 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Bedtime here. Still snowing. Getting heavier. The plows have been by four times.

    TTFN and G’day Liz.

  126. Tupper's Mama
    10:35 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Bedtime for us too. Just had to deal with a problem in our room – no heat! Hopefully fixed now and will stay running.

    A new day at the show tomorrow. Goodnight all.

  127. Barb & Maggie
    10:47 pm on December 14th, 2013

    We are saying good night too.

    Tupper’s Mama, Hope the crowds are bigger tomorrow and in a buying mood.

  128. Staff
    10:56 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Looking for cats.
    When I was in the cities it was look in the want ads for cats. But in the country it is more like OMD another cat has been dumped in the woods. All my cats have come to me except AbbietheKitty who lived on a porch in Clifford. She had a home and a Mom and everything. But before her they came out of the woods.

    If I were you I would go to the local shelter and ask which cat is the nicest. They will know. Or just go there and look. One, or more, will tell you that you want them them them. sniff. If you can get out with only one you are a better man than I, Gunga Din.

  129. Staff
    10:57 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Rio, looks like that Chrome browser is working nicely for you.

  130. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:59 pm on December 14th, 2013

    UP!…We are still up watching “White Christmas” and my friend got a spurt of energy, found some different wrapping paper and wrapped some more gifts…snort!… Many more to go, but at least there is a big dent in the pile…wheeze!…She found a “fun” gift she is going to give this year sort of like a stocking stuffer, although this family does not do stockings…grunt!…I am hoping she takes a photo of it before she wraps it tomorrow…heh!heh!

  131. c.hobbit
    11:00 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Shoveled for the 3rd time today–another 8″. Did the deck, then the dog yard. It was snowing so heavily that the deck had another 1/2″ of fresh snow as I headed to do the driveway. After I did the driveway, the deck accumulation was at 1.5″. It is still three more hours to bedtime. I will have to check later and see if I have to do this a 4th time before bed. I also need to tamp down the snow berms since a hobbit can only throw the snow so high.


  132. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:02 pm on December 14th, 2013

    CHobbit!…Be careful!…gasp!

  133. Staff
    11:04 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Wolfie, Chcek your SDD please.

  134. Macy the min-pin
    11:16 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Mom and Dad went to a party tonight. They came back with a bag of pistachios and a bottle of Santa Hiney Wine. Score!

    A week gone by and still some ice in the shade. Very unusual. It is supposed to be 70 later this week. Shesh.


  135. Staff
    11:20 pm on December 14th, 2013

    Goodnight Macy. yawn…

  136. Patsy Anne of Snowhook
    12:13 am on December 15th, 2013

    My mama is home, home, home! I greeted her tonight by standing in front of the car as she pulled up the driveway. I refused to move. I just wanted her to know it was me, me, me and my bright blue eyes waiting for her. She is here to stay until she isn’t. She leave on Monday night to go surprise her Bev for Christmas. Other than that, she doesn’t have to do any more travel until the new year. Wheeze!

    Head bumps and puppy crouches to you all. First time poster, Patsy Anne.

  137. c.hobbit
    1:24 am on December 15th, 2013

    Welcome Patsy Anne! Your driveway must have been plowed. Sadie has a way of sitting in front of the area that I am shoveling. I am not sure what her statement is–maybe it is STOP ALREADY! Just finished shoveling the deck and dog yard again (the 5th time in the last 24 hours). The driveway can wait until tomorrow.

  138. c.hobbit
    1:29 am on December 15th, 2013

    It looks like the Snowhook dogs came in 4th in their first race of the season (mushed by Philip Waters.) Their time was 7 hr 7 minutes–just 6 minutes off the 3rd place finisher Jeff King. GO SNOWHOOK!

  139. Patsy Anne
    2:04 am on December 15th, 2013

    CHH: We are very proud of our team and Philip! I don’t understand this six minutes business. I’m with Chet—-I don’t go higher than two.

    Nighty noodles.

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