REO

Spinney, a dedicated deacon in his church, took the old testament injunction to heart: “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.”

Corticimancy

Bill insisted that he had thought of this one himself. He called it Corticimancy - telling the future from pieces of bark.

The Desk

We visited a cluttered tool store: Captain Tinkham's Emporium. The store is a sort of tool Mecca for woodworkers. Looking for a set pf feathering planes for fairing out lapstrake planking? Try the Captain's.

Present Arms!

His routine was to present them in a lineup first thing in the morning as I got up to make coffee and feed him. He would sit at the end of the line, chest out, immeasurably proud of the body count. You could almost hear the crisp tones of "Present Arms!"

Watching the Clock

At 5 pm, the cat checks the clock a final time and then starts weaving between the legs of whoever is preparing dinner. The dog does the passive resistance thing by merely blocking your path to wherever you need to go.