What Did the Fox Say?

For those of you who may have been wondering what visitor joined us at the beach early Wednesday morning, here is your answer!  I was not planning to see a red fox when I turned my head. Sorry that the picture is blurry, was so startled to see it so close and quickly took a picture before it ran away. Then it just kept staring at me as I stared back. Who knows what it was thinking!

There was a real popular song back when my kids were younger called, “What Did the Fox say?”  One of those songs that you get in your head and you can’t get out. Any guesses on what this fox would have said if it would have spoken?

Feel free to share in the comments, your story on what could have transpired between the fox and I. You can let your imagination take over.

Colin you win the gold star for your “wild guess”  🙂 And who knows,  Tippy, perhaps next time I will see a sea cow. Though I think its more possible that I may see Nancy’s guess, a sea turtle. I would enjoy seeing that!

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Friday’s Super Short Stories!

It’s Friday the 13th and a Full Moon tonight …. Superstitious? You may want to stay in bed! ( Any superstitions you remember hearing as a child? )

While at the beach enjoying the sunrise  … turned my head and realized I had company! What was it? Take a guess and I will post a picture of it later. A clue, it walked on 4 feet, but no, it wasn’t a dog or cat! 

Be like the sun! It always rises, breaking through the darkest night. 

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Coming Together!

I was up at the crack of dawn yesterday to watch the sun rise at the ocean. As the beauty once again filled me with awe, I thought of the date. It was 18 years yesterday since “9/11”, a day that so many will never forget. I thought of how many people woke up that morning 18 years ago, perhaps witnessing a brilliant sunrise, and feeling all was right with the world, only to have their world torn apart before the next sunrise!

I thought about how America came together on that horrible day. How differences that had once seemed so big, were now insignificant!

I saw the following quote last night and it struck a chord in me.

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Yes, I want this America back again! Not only did we come together in America, but the World came together. Other countries embraced us in our dark time, with no thought to what polices we agreed or disagreed on! They were there for us and our hearts were touched.

The following 2 video clips just give a glimpse of how the world reacted. May they touch your heart like they did mine and be a reminder that we are capable of showing love and not discriminating against our differences. Let us make it “9/12” again, before we have another “9/11!”

The following clip doesn’t have to do with “9/11”, but it came up as I was browsing and it made me smile!  Though it may not have happened around “9/11” it shows what this post is about. About coming together and helping out when needed!

Thoughts by Odessa

Hi everyone, Odessa here. Thanks to Jaxon’s magic powers, we were able to check in on Carolyn and Colin. We have been wondering what they have been up to. Its been quite awhile since they visited us here at Moonbeam Farm.

While Colin seems to be keeping himself busy with various things, it appears that Carolyn has run off to the beach!

So its Odessa to the rescue once again! Figured I would update her blog for all of you since she apparently isn’t doing it.

So let me share some of my wise thoughts with you. Number 1….

“Hey Odessa, whatcha doing?”

“Hi Dewey, I am trying to post something on Carolyn’s blog for her faithful followers, since she is neglecting them while at the beach.”

“She’s at the beach! How did you know that?”

Odessa sighed, “You would have heard Jaxon tell us if you hadn’t been napping! Now I gotta get back to writing.”

“Number 1…”

“I want to go back to the beach again, remember when we all took an adventure there?” said Dewey.

“Yes, I do, and it was quite the adventure, but I really need to concentrate now Dewey.”

“Number 1…”

“Hey guys, come quick,” Jaxon said. as he burst through the barn door.

“The man-servant needs our help. He got himself into quite the predictament!”

Odessa rolled her eyes, “I can only imagine …!”

They started heading towards the farmhouse and Odessa paused, “Jaxon , did your magic powers show you if Carolyn drove herself to the beach?”

“No, why, I don’t know who drove.”

“Wellll….let’s just hope it wasn’t her, remember what happened to our gate when she and Colin came for a visit!”

Dewey started laughing, and soon they all were laughing as they recalled that memory.

Then they heard the man-servant yelling and hastened towards the farmhouse to see what he needed!

***If you aren’t famaliar with our friends from Moonbeam Farm, just click on the cover of “The Odessa Chronicles” in the right hand margin, and learn more about them. **

“Hi guys, what’s up?” Jaxon asked as he walked into the barn.

Sunflower Smiles

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Rows and Rows of Sunflowers, bringing smiles to all who see. 

 

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When we were at the Sunflower fields last weekend we saw this Monarch flying around, looking so pretty as it flew from flower to flower.  I wasn’t able to capture it being still, but my husband managed a shot. On Monday Colin posted his poem “A Monarch Butterfly” on his blog which made me think of Sunday, at the Sunflower fields. I would like to share the poem here. If you are drawn to it, like I was, I would highly recommend his book of poetry, “Just Thinking”, a collection of poetry from the heart, that moves the heart.

“A Monarch Butterfly”

 You flew into my life.

Delicate;

Eye catching:

Unannounced.

Your coat of many colours,

Gracefully swirled,

As you moved

In some mystical dance.

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I was in awe.

Such beauty;

A Princess…

Right in front of me.

Colours flashed

As you turned around.

A sight indeed to behold

And… all could surely see.

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But I was puzzled.

While I could see you

Oh so very clear,

To others it would not appear so.

They clearly saw me,

But passed on by,

And they seemed perturbed.

Didn’t they know?

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“Why me?” I asked.

“Why me at this time?

The mysteries of life

Are long gone.

Why would you visit me

Oh fragile princess?

Why am I

Your chosen one?

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I reached out to touch,

But you rustled your wings

And gently moved away.

What did I do?

Were you despairing

Of my clumsiness?

Should I even touch

A delicate being like you?

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What was your purpose?

The silence was confusing to me.

Your being was a mystery

I did not understand,

But then you moved closer.

You reached out to me

And, for a moment,

You touched my hand.

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You told me that I dream.

But to what ends?

They’re always elusive,

As you seemed to know.

Then you moved again.

Were you going to leave?

I had so many questions

Before you go.

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But that was the moment

I shall never forget.

The warmth,

Enveloped in a shroud

Of harmony, of oneness.

I was at total peace,

As together we moved upwards.

Upwards and into the clouds.

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Dreams would soon be realized.

I just knew this was to be

As we travelled through the air.

Just us two.

The sky became brighter.

My soul was now free.

My questions all gone.

The answers were… all along, you.

What’s in my suitcase?

The time is almost here! Packing for the beach. 🙂 A while back I had done an Alphabet game asking you all to name things that you would take on a road trip. Had a vast array of creative answers! Want to do it again? But this time it’s what to take to the beach! I have a bottomless suitcase, like Mary Poppins purse!

The only rules is for someone to start with A and we will see if we can make it to Z.

I will make it a little challenge. You think of what crazy thing you can list and when I am at the beach I will take a picture of them and post how many things I did manage to pack and bring along. See if I can do the whole list!

So get your creative juices flowing. 🙂

The Clue of the Seagulls (Part 2)

If you missed Part one yesterday, just click on this link.The Clue of the Seagulls

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“We got to go back to the bungalow, I want to take a closer look at something.” Frank said, as he started walking back at a quick pace.

George tried to keep up, wondering what it was that had Frank so excited. He looked back at the seagulls. With the way Frank was acting, perhaps he understood seagull speech after all. maybe the seagulls had been talking about the jewels to each other. OH, Now he must be crazy! Seagulls talking about jewels? He shook his head and started to jog to get caught up to Frank.

Frank entered the bungalow ahead of him and yelled to  George to follow him to the study upstairs. George walked up the spiral staircase into the study.  Frank was staring at the floor.

“I can’t believe how something was right in front of my face and I didn’t even take notice of it!” Frank said. He bent down to look closer at the floor.  “Do you see it George?”

“See what? I see the moon, which is very well done! I am starting to think that perhaps I should have my house redecorated with Mosaic tiles like these. The turtle downstairs,  and now a night scene up here with a shining moon. The moon really does shine too!

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“Look closely George. Look how some pieces really sparkle!”

“They sure do and its all very nice, but I am still a little confused. I thought you had a clue about solving the mystery of the missing jewels.”

Frank smiled broadly. “Don’t you see it, this house is full of all the clues we need!”

“Did you take notice of the tile in the bathroom?” Frank asked.

“Oh yes, the one with the sand dollars and some real shiny blue….”

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Frank saw George’s face light up as the truth hit him.

“We found them! The missing jewels. Oh  Josie will be so happy when we let her know that we found her grandmother’s jewels. She was sure that they had been stolen, but now what her grandmother wrote in her final message to Jodi, before she died, makes sense. It said to look to the moon and don’t miss what is right in front of you, there are always treasures to be found by the sea.”

“This is cause for a celebration! Supper is on me!” Frank said.

“My stomach is very glad to hear that, but I have one question. How is it that you were sitting in your chair watching the seagull in front of you. Then it walks away talking to another seagull and suddenly you spring out of your chair. What triggered your thought to go take a closer look at the tile of the moon?”

Frank’s eyes gleamed, “Well that is simple, the seagulls told me. Now where would you like to go for supper?”

“Of course! The seagulls told you, What was I thinking?”

Frank laughed as they walked to the car.

 

The Clue of the Seagulls

“Frraank! Are you coming? ”  called out George from the car, as he blew the horn.

Frank came flying out his front door with his arms full, he hurried to George’s car as his thermos left a trail of  his coffee spilling behind him. He opened the car door, causing him to drop the folder he had been carrying under his arm. Papers spilled out, and George groaned, as Frank scrambled to pick them up. He bent down tilting his thermos causing more of his coffee to spill out.

At last Frank got all the papers gathered together and sat down and buckled up as he closed the door.

“Lets go!” he said to George.  “We don’t have all day, you know.”

George rolled his eyes and backed out of the driveway.

They had been on the road for about 10 minutes when Frank took a sip from his thermos. At least he attempted to take a sip. Apparently more of his coffee had spilled out then he had thought.

“Hey George, think we can stop at Starbucks before we get on the interstate, I need some more coffee.”

There was silence as George turned his head to look at Frank. Their eyes met and Frank quickly said, “Its okay, I can wait, just keep driving George.”

George shook his head, and then he couldn’t help but smile. Frank was a good guy, in spite of his coffee habit.

For the rest of the drive they talked about  the new case they were given,  and what they thought so far about it. It was quite the perplexing mystery.

“The clues are rather baffling”, said Frank, and George agreed.

” I mean what does the moon have to do with anything?”

“I have read these clues several times and still feel as much in the dark, as I felt before. ” said George.

“As much in the dark as a total eclipse of the moon, would be?” Frank asked.

“Very funny, but yes, just about! I keep waiting for something to jump out at me from these clues, but so far, nothing has.”

They were silent, both lost in thought as George turned down the road.

“Your destination is 800 feet ahead on the left.” Suri said.

The bungalow looked inviting and Frank was glad to at last be here. Now he could grab his coffee pot and make some coffee or perhaps he would make a cup of tea.

They walked in and were happily surprised by how cozy it looked inside. They never quite knew what kind of accommodations to expect when they were sent out on assignments.

Their feet sank into the plush, sea blue carpet. There was a fireplace , though they didn’t plan on starting a fire, for it was still quite hot out. The kitchen was a nice size with a lovely mosaic tile on the floor. It had the design of a sea turtle in pebbles.

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Frank made himself a cup of tea and took a seat on the leather couch.  He looked across the room at the huge bookcase. One of those that was built into the wall. It was filled from top to bottom with books.

“Hey George, perhaps these books hold a clue to the mystery.? Why don’t you look and see if you find any on the moon?”

George walked over to the bookcase and silently browsed through the books.

“Well …. I don’t think we can count on these books helping,” said George.
“Not unless you speak another language! I haven’t found any in English yet!”

Frank  walked over to the bookcase and pulled a book from the shelf flipping though the pages and then another one.  He smacked his leg, ” Remember when we visited the North Pole, for that special assignment our boss sent us on.  Where we met Jinx and Jangle, Snowball and Candy Cane? Didn’t Candy Cane speak a different language at times? Though I am not sure what it was. Too bad she isn’t here right now, she may have been able to decipher this gobbley gook for us!

“Listen! Did you hear that?”  George asked.

“Yes! That is strange, sounded like a clicking noise to me, like a series of clicks.”

As suddenly as it came the clicking noise ended and all was silent once more. They shrugged their shoulders at each other and Frank spoke.

” I know we are here to solve a mystery, but lets head out to the beach for a little. It will help clear our minds so we can focus.”

“Sounds great to me, lets go!”

“Ahh! This is the life! Feet in the sand, and a gentle breeze blowing from the sea.”

They were sitting in their beach chairs watching the waves roll in and kiss the shore. A seagull was just inches away from Frank’s chair, sitting and staring right at him.

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They sat for awhile being mesmerized by the waves and the seagull stayed, looking at Frank most of the time.  Then its friend came by and they walked off.  Frank watched them walk away and said, “Hey George, do you know how to interpret seagull language?

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George watched them for a little and then started to speak…”I do believe that…”

Frank didn’t let him finish his sentence, as he jumped from his chair, ” I got it, I think I may have figured out a clue to the mystery surrounding the missing jewels!”

**to be continued** and just to let all of you know, No, I am not at the beach yet! Its just on my mind as the countdown gets closer! 🙂 

All pictures were  from Pinterest