Early Bird Ellen

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  1. 1 No Child Left Behind
    February 13, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Thank you Chipsticks!

    • 2 No Child Left Behind
      February 13, 2016 at 8:24 am

      Good Saturday Morning to you and to TODVille!

      Hope Danny-the-Boy is happy to be the sole heir and king of your place again.

    • February 13, 2016 at 8:33 am

      NCLB!!! Earliest Bird in the village today!!! Congrats! πŸ˜€

    • 4 Roberta in MN
      February 13, 2016 at 8:38 am

      Congrats on 1st NCLB. It is a cold day in MN -5 WC -13 Winch Chill advisory today and then it is supposed to start a warming trend by mid week. Sounds like fun huh. LOL

  2. February 13, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Happy Saturday TODers!!

    Heeeeya Chips.

    Congrats on first, NCLB!

  3. February 13, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Morning No Child, morning everyone. ENOOOOOOOORMOUS thanks to Nerdy and Amk for yesterday’s posts – legends.

    Will update ya in a bit on Dog Number Two, just have a couple of things to do.

  4. February 13, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Saturday morning. Congrats NCLB, on being first this morning.

    To all, I hope you have a care-free, easygoing, and laid-back day today. ❀ ❀ ❀

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. β­πŸ† β­πŸ† β­πŸ†

  5. February 13, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Good Saturday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!

    Everyone, enjoy your day! πŸ˜€

  6. February 13, 2016 at 8:41 am

    I love my president.

    I love Ellen.

  7. February 13, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Good Morning, Everyone πŸ™‚

    Colder than an mutha here.

  8. February 13, 2016 at 8:51 am


    Gilmore suspends campaign

    Former Va. Gov Jim Gilmore (R) is suspending his presidential campaign, according to reports.

    “My campaign was intended to offer the gubernatorial experience, with the track record of a true conservative, experienced in national security, to unite the party,” Gilmore said in a statement, first reported by the Washington Examiner.

    “My goal was to focus on the importance of this election as a real turning point, and to emphasize the dangers of continuing on a road that will further undermine America’s economy and weaken our national security,” he added.

    Gilmore vowed to help elect a Republican to succeed President Obama.


    How can anybody call this an election after this bombshell? Oh there are dark days ahead. Well best of luck to former mayor Dilmore in his future endeavors.

  9. 13 desertflower
    February 13, 2016 at 8:54 am

    Wait. What!!?? You have a new dog, Chips??!!! I thought that the one you found, found a new home….I’m so lost:)

    • 14 amk for obama
      February 13, 2016 at 9:01 am

      the lady (who shall not be named) got cold feet and returned the feller (who shall not be named).

      now to make danny understand that (no danny, you can’t take his toy) has been bt’s mission for the past 2 days.

      • February 13, 2016 at 9:13 am

        πŸ™‚ The hilarious thing is the woman gave me a Teddy that she’d got for ‘Adam’, first thing Danny did was steal it and chew its nose off. So, that was a good start!

          • 17 amk for obama
            February 13, 2016 at 9:17 am

            (jumps up and down) I know, I know… danny’s fanny. 😎

          • February 13, 2016 at 9:26 am

            Ah, great links – thank you Petal. I had looked up advice, but those links are much better. I now know that I have done almost everything WRONG! I did the taking-them-for-a-walk thing, but it did dawn on me half way through that I should have taken them to a different place to Danny’s usual amble. Because it was his usual route, it probably still felt like an invasion of his territory. Flip, I needed to prepare for this way better, I just wish that flippin’ woman had given me more notice.

            • 19 amk for obama
              February 13, 2016 at 9:32 am

              If only adam had been eve, bet the blighter will be drooling all over him/her.

              Try crating. May be the new feller needs his own safe space furst.

              • February 13, 2016 at 9:35 am

                Keep thinking that, if it was a blonde babe he’d be thanking me.

                Have Adam in a separate space now, a room off the kitchen with a guard at the door, so he’s not cut off and can see me come and go, but can’t get in to Danny’s space. I think I need to hire John Kerry to sort this out.

                • 21 amk for obama
                  February 13, 2016 at 9:39 am

                  Give it time, it will work out. when jtp came to our homestead, he was frisky and would annoy the hell out of original jtp. Now he uses her as his pillow and she just lets him. lazy pig.

                  • 22 No Child Left Behind
                    February 13, 2016 at 9:43 am

                    I didn’t know that “Adam” was back. Well, Danny must be asking himself what in the world of Dogs is going on?

                  • February 13, 2016 at 9:45 am

                    πŸ™‚ I know it’s crazily early to be writing off any hope of them tolerating each other, it’s just that I hoped Adam would be fairly submissive and accept Danny as the boss, but he’s a feisty divil, can’t really see that happening. But I’ll see how it goes, will only let him go if I find a good home for him, otherwise we’ll just flippin’ make it work!

    • February 13, 2016 at 9:02 am

      A crazily long story DF!! The gist: the woman who took the dog home returned him to me yesterday, she decided it wasn’t fair on her old dog to have a new one in the house. Sooooooooo …… he’s now living with Danny (and me) πŸ˜• Not working out too well so far, Danny and himself have NOT hit off, and the newbie isn’t backing down, has nipped Danny a few times. Have a bad feeling this isn’t going to work out, waiting to hear from my sister if she’ll take him. If not, will have to have a serious think, don’t want Danny sad!

      • 27 hopefruit2
        February 13, 2016 at 9:07 am

        Oh no – so sorry Chips to hear that it didn’t work out with the other lady. This must be agonizing and distracting for you. Also, I can just imagine Danny’s confusion about what might be going on! Fingers crossed that “Adam” will be adopted into a permanent and loving home soon.

      • 28 desertflower
        February 13, 2016 at 9:15 am

        Oh dear…..Ask everyone you know….and I agree. Danny can NOT be sad. It’s his house first. I really hope that it works itself out soon…with smiles and happiness all around.

        • February 13, 2016 at 9:20 am

          Thanks a million DF, it’s a bit of a mess of a situation, ‘Adam’ needs lots of attention to make him feel secure, but it’s impossible to give it to him without upsetting Danny. I think I really need to find a home without a dog for him, so will work on that.

          • 30 desertflower
            February 13, 2016 at 9:26 am

            I think that you’re absolutely right:) There is a loving home for “Adam” somewhere….I pray that you’ll find it soon. Talk to everyone you see. You never know what might come of a spur of the moment convo:)

            • 31 desertflower
              February 13, 2016 at 9:27 am

              Does Adam go in a crate? You might find that out….

              • February 13, 2016 at 9:29 am

                I don’t anything at all about his background DF, would love to know what the heck happened him.

                • 33 desertflower
                  February 13, 2016 at 9:37 am

                  I know…if our animals could just talk to us for a few minutes to fill us in, that would be great! One of my personal wishes:) In the mean time, if you can get your hands on a crate, entice Adam into the crate with a steak (kidding!) and then have more equal footing with the dogs, that would be better for you….and Danny. And Adam. The dynamic needs to change and Adam in a crate might be just enough to make that happen. Would be good until you can find a real home for him….

  10. February 13, 2016 at 8:54 am

    G’morning Chips and TOD!!! Congrats NCLB on #1, and Happy Saturday everyone! πŸ™‚ Been thoroughly enjoying these Ellen-PBO videos – thanks Chips!

  11. 36 amk for obama
    February 13, 2016 at 8:57 am




  12. 39 arapaho415
    February 13, 2016 at 9:16 am

    GM TODville.

    No doubt a busy time for most folk, getting ready for Valentine’s Day tomorrow, but if you have a few minutes, check out this story about UCLA gymnast Sophina DeJesus, whose has an incredible family history (Puerto Rican and African descent).

    “Her grandfather [Webster Moore] was the president of UCLA’s Afrikan Student Union and helped bring in the school’s first black professor [Angela Davis]; her mother was a juror in the Rodney King trial.”

    snip /

    “Webster Moore grew up in Alabama, and he and his brother were around the same age as Emmett Till, the black 14-year-old who was brutally murdered in 1955, after he was seen talking to a white woman. Till was visiting Mississippi from Chicago. Two men kidnapped him and took him to a river bank, and forced him to strip naked. Then, they beat him up, gouged his eye out, shot him in the head, affixed part of a cotton gin to him with barbed wire, and threw him into the Tallahatchie River.

    For the mother of young black boys in the South, the episode was jarring β€” jarring enough to warrant a move to the other side of the country. So she put her family in a car and drove to Los Angeles.”

  13. 40 vcprezofan2
    February 13, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Morning Chips …and the gang, – Wishing you all a great Saturday, whichever form it takes!

    Chips, so nice to see you still standing after all the twists and turns your Friday may have thrown at you! We wimmin have got to be strong….right, Amk? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • February 13, 2016 at 9:28 am

      πŸ™‚ I’m only just standing, though, VC!! Hardly flippin’ slept, this is HUGELY stressful!!!

      • 42 vcprezofan2
        February 13, 2016 at 9:32 am

        Hush. {{CC}} I can just imagine. I figured you’d *have* to sleep all night with 1Β½ eyes open to ensure there were no surreptitious strikes from either party. Hang in there.

        • February 13, 2016 at 9:38 am

          Okay, now I will confess to an incident from last night that was my fault, really.

          I did roast chicken for dinner and there was a good bit of it left, had it sitting covered on the kitchen counter. I’d put Adam in a room off the kitchen, but left the door open so he wouldn’t feel confined.

          Come down this morning ……. the plate the chicken was on is smashed on the floor, Adam is sitting there licking his lips ….. chicken gone. And all the bones (how is he alive?) I may be the worst doggy foster mother in the history of doggy foster mothers. Meanwhile, Danny is pissed that his chicken is gone.

      • 51 vcprezofan2
        February 13, 2016 at 9:33 am

        *cough-cough* We may be BTF, but did you notice that I haven’t offered to nephew-sit this time?

      • 54 desertflower
        February 13, 2016 at 9:40 am

        Crate. No joke. Save your sanity. Keep dogs safe. Don’t think of it as punishment…it’s not meant for that….it’s a safe den for him. Until Sadie, all my dogs were crate trained….they would even go in while the door was open just to lie down in there….their own space.

        • February 13, 2016 at 9:48 am

          Sounds like the solution alright, DF, will look in to getting one. Thank you SO much for the good advice.

          • 56 jackiegrumbacher
            February 13, 2016 at 10:05 am

            So sorry you’re going through all this stress, Chips. If things don’t work out with Adam, I hope you don’t blame yourself. You’re trying to do a good thing, but if the cost is endless stress and sleepless nights, it isn’t worth it. Hope things either settle down or you find a good and permanent home for Adam.

            • February 13, 2016 at 10:18 am

              Thanks a million Jackie, I expected it to be tricky, but really didn’t think it would be this stressful! On top of it all, busy with work this weekend so haven’t really the time I need to deal with the two of them – so now I’m feeling guilty about the newbie not getting the attention he needs! Any way, it’ll work out one way or another, at least the newbie is safe and warm and VERY well fed! And Danny’s getting a gazillion extra hugs πŸ™‚

        • 58 vcprezofan2
          February 13, 2016 at 9:51 am

          You have a point, Df. I’m just remembering that my (Christmas) cousin crate-trained her little white puppy. She sleeps in her crate and even has a bell which she actually rings when she wants to go outside for personal matters. πŸ˜€

    • 59 amk for obama
      February 13, 2016 at 9:33 am

      yus, builds character and all that.

  14. 79 arapaho415
    February 13, 2016 at 9:48 am

    In global news…

    Sadly, this young couple has spurred Taiwanese into action mode:

  15. 80 Don
    February 13, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I remember when I was a little kid my father took me and my brother to see “Billy Jack,” I was so enamored with the guy, his solitude and his patience is what won me over. I tried to pattern myself after “Billy Jack,” but after a while that shit got old.

  16. 81 Don
    February 13, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Good Morning TOD!

  17. 82 No Child Left Behind
    February 13, 2016 at 10:06 am

    I wish them Happy Valentine’s Day!

  18. 83 No Child Left Behind
    February 13, 2016 at 10:07 am

  19. 86 amk for obama
    February 13, 2016 at 10:27 am

  20. 88 amk for obama
    February 13, 2016 at 10:27 am

  21. 89 MightyPamela
    February 13, 2016 at 10:28 am


  22. 90 amk for obama
    February 13, 2016 at 10:30 am

    whatsapped son unit’s voter id which came through today.

    su: that foto doesn’t look anything like me !!!!

    me: see? that’s why you should always be well groomed all the time. no beards, for starters.

    su: πŸ‘Ώ πŸ‘Ώ πŸ‘Ώ

  23. 91 Marlz (@marjgra)
    February 13, 2016 at 10:35 am

  24. 95 Linda
    February 13, 2016 at 10:36 am

    The U.S. government posted a $55 billion budget surplus in January, up from an $18 billion deficit in the same month a year ago, the Treasury Department said on Wednesday.


    Thanks, Obama

  25. 96 vcprezofan2
    February 13, 2016 at 10:41 am

    I saw this on twitter just now and immediately thought of TOD!

    • 97 vcprezofan2
      February 13, 2016 at 10:45 am

      First comment on the post made me laugh…

      So true! The camera roll one really made me laugh. Just today I showed a perfect stranger this picture of my dog WHILE my dog was right there beside me.

      • 98 amk for obama
        February 13, 2016 at 10:48 am


        All toons were hilarious. And so true. Especially the fifth one applies to the wifey unit. I hate cats. If you didn’t feed vicky, you ain’t getting in the bed, buster. w/smh.

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