One Step at a Time

What had she got herself into? She woke up with a feeling of great anticipation, but now as the time drew closer her courage was starting to be pushed aside by butterflies.  They were fluttering about inside of her, causing her to almost spill her cup of coffee, which she had just poured.

The clock said 8 am, when Gracie raised her head and looked at it on the wall. She checked her watch, unfortunately the broken clock was right this time. It was 8 am and she would hear the door bell ring any second.

Gracie took a deep breath, out the window she saw Josie’s car pull up. She was here, there was no backing out now. Though she was starting to feel a little sick.

“Ding dong!’

Gracie opened the door with a shaky smile.

“Hi Gracie, are you ready? Isn’t it a gorgeous morning! I can’t wait to get going!”

Josie has always been a morning person. Gracie remembered when they were teenagers, and she wanted to sleep in on a Saturday morning, but the phone usually rang bright and early with Josie on the other end. She would be chattering away at how Gracie couldn’t sleep her day away,  there were adventures to have. Life with Josie never was boring!

“I am as ready as I am going to be. How sure again are you that this is safe?”  Gracie asked.

Josie laughed, as she put her arm around Gracie, “No worries! It will be fine. Have I ever steered you wrong?”

Gracie raised her eyebrows, as she said, ” Well there was one time in our Junior year when…”

Josie interrupted, “Oh yeah, that time, but hey… in the end all turned out okay.”

They laughed together as they remembered the look on Mike’s face, as his  runaway car was headed for the creek.

They chatted some on their way, calming Gracie’s nerves.

“Here we are!” Josie said, as she parked on the gravel side of the road, “Grab your backpack and lets go.”

The trail that they were hiking was a nice flat trail, with lovely trees lining the path. Gracie enjoyed the trail, she just was worried about where the trail was taking them.

After a too short 15 minute walk, they had reached their destination, and Gracie looked up as her stomach hopped into her throat. “It it is quite high!” she stammered to Josie.

“Look how beautiful it is! I am telling you the view from the top will be worth it, I promise!”

She grabbed Gracie’s hand, “You can do this. I will be right by your side the whole way up the mountain.”

Gracie felt a surge of adrenaline go through her. Yes, she could do this,  she had never attempted rock climbing before, but there was a first time for everything. What could go wrong, Josie promised they would be home by suppertime, and she said she was treating. Gracie could already taste the sweet chocolate lava cake with caramel icing in her mouth. She squeezed Josie’s hand and said, “Lets go!”

Adventure in the Woods

When I wrote A Snowy Day Surprise  for Wednesday’s post, I wasn’t planning on having a Part 2, but sometimes you just never know.  Over the past couple days since then I have gained some inspiration, so here is hoping that you will enjoy Part 2! I mean, I couldn’t just leave Frank and George dozing forever on a log in the snowy woods, could I? They may get frostbite, so I had to save them.

Adventure in the Woods

Frank opened his eyes and stretched, accidentally bumping George, which caused him to fall off the log into the snow. 

“Oops, sorry about that!” Frank said, though he was fighting back laughter at the same time at George’s shocked expression to find himself lying in the snow. 

“Here let me help you up.”said Frank, holding out his hand to him. 

George brushed himself off and they both stood there for a few minutes wondering what they should do. George turned to Frank and said, “Do you think we should continue to look for that jackalope, or is it a lost cause?” 

“He is probably long gone by now,  I would say its hopeless, but we can always keep a look out for him as we head back.” Frank replied. “I am feeling rather cold now, so lets get to moving.” 

They walked and talked for awhile and then Frank grew silent, and so they walked in silence for awhile until George spoke up. “Are you feeling OK? ” 

“Yes, why?” Frank asked. 

“Well you went from talking a lot to just giving short answers to my statements, to not talking at all! Its like you are acting all moody on me.” 

“Nope! Not moody, but tell me, didn’t we pass that tree before?” 

George stared at him, “You didn’t just ask that?” 

“Yes, I did, did you not hear me correctly?” Frank replied. 

“Someone is moody.” George muttered to himself. 

“I heard you!” replied Frank. “I am not moody! But, I do believe we passed that tree before.” 

George smacked his head with his hand. ” Umm..in case you haven’t noticed, this is the woods, and there are LOTS of trees in the woods, what makes you think we passed that specific tree before?” 

Frank rolled his eyes, “Maybe because of the yellow X it has on its trunk!” 

George turned around and went back to look at the other side of the tree, and he saw the yellow X. “Oh, hmmm….didn’t notice that before.” 

“Well that’s obvious,” said Frank, and they stopped walking, and stared at the tree.

“So are you saying that we are walking in circles?” 

“I think so,” said Frank, “We have passed that tree 3x now. I been counting. I think you need to get out your compass, so we can get ourselves turned in the right direction.” 

George dug in his pockets, pulled out a few coins and a few marbles, but no compass.

“Guess I forgot my compass this morning.” George said softly. 

“Oh now what are we supposed to do! How do we know whether to go left or right? 

They stared at each other feeling clueless. 

In the distance they heard singing and they saw a girl walking towards them. She had on a red wool cape and was carrying a basket. When she got close enough to them , Frank called out. 

“Excuse me Miss, could you help us please? We seem to be hopelessly lost. ” 

The girl smiled, and asked them where they wanted to go.  

When they told her she gladly said, ” I am headed that exact same direction, you can follow me.” 

George and Frank breathed a sigh of relief, for they weren’t too fond of being stuck in the woods on a snowy night. They already felt like there hands and feet were turning blue, with as long as they had been outside. 

They had a nice chat with the girl in the red cape as they walked. She was going to visit her grandmother, she told them. 

“Here we are!” Frank and George saw the house just ahead and the girl pointed to the path beside it. “Just keep following that path and it will lead you out of the woods.” she told them. 

“Thank you very much!” they replied, as they shook her hand. 

They said goodbye and took off down the path, thinking of a nice hot meal that they would soon have, when they heard growling behind them. 

Frank turned around, and his eyes got round  like saucers. “Run George, Run!” 

The wolf was gaining speed and nipped at George’s heels, which made him jump and run even faster, as he gasped for breath. 

They saw a barn straight ahead and dashed into it closing the door behind them! Falling back against the door they slumped to the floor with their hearts still beating rapidly. 

“We made it!” gasped Frank.

“Yes!” said George. 

“MOO!” went the cows, causing Frank and George to jump and stumble head first into the water trough. 

They lifted their heads out of the water and gave each other a pitiful look, as Frank said, “Today is just not our day!” 

“MOO!” went the cows!

 

 

 

 

 

It All Started with A Letter

The plane was landing. Samantha had dozed off, but was now awakened by the announcement to buckle up. Still clutching the folded envelope in her hand, Samantha buckled up, and closed her eyes once more, as the plane made its descent. She tried to calm the butterfly party that was going on in her stomach right now.  She hadn’t been nervous about the long flight, but she was nervous now about what was to come.  About where this journey may take her. The flight was the easy part, now very soon, her real journey would begin.

Samantha smiled at the stewardess who saw her off the plane, but her thoughts were miles away. Carrying her 2 pieces of luggage she entered the airport and headed towards the baggage claim area. People were talking all around her, but all she could hear were the loud thoughts in her head. The fact that she really was going to go through with this. That she had made it here, and now all she had to do was pick up her rental car and she would be off on the next leg of her journey.

She squeezed the hot pink envelope in her hand once again. Samantha had read and re-read the letter so many times that she had the lines memorized, but she felt she needed to look at it once more, to see the words in black and white,  to assure herself that this wasn’t a dream!

Emotions were welling up inside her, thinking of all the recent events that had brought her to this day. One day she is sitting in her cozy recliner at home, with her tiger orange striped cat laying on her feet and then there is a knock on her door. A special delivery for a Miss. Samantha Elkono . She signed for the certified letter and just like that her life was suddenly changing.

Samantha spotted her suitcase coming. She could easily pick it out because of the hot pink ribbons that she had tied around it. Grabbing it off the turnstile, she walked to the car rental place, hoping it wouldn’t take too long.

Fortunately the line wasn’t long at the car rental desk and she was opening the door to her sapphire blue Chevy Cruze in no time at all. She sank into the seat with a smile on her face, this was it, her adventure was about to begin!  First though, she needed to get some breakfast. Her stomach was reminding her that it had been a long night! The lady at the car rental place had told her of a 24 hour diner that was open close to the airport, so that is where she was headed.

Turning on the radio she was going through stations trying to find some tunes to start her day. She wasn’t usually an early morning riser, but she had to admit that the sky was looking amazing right now as the sun was slowly rising.

Samantha stopped searching as she heard Cat Steven’s voice singing “Morning has Broken”. Her heart was full. She gazed into the brilliant orange sunrise. Morning was breaking, and who knew what lied ahead, but starting off the day with some overeasy eggs and strawberry crepes sounded good to her right now.

 

Power of Words

Words can mean so much and I am not talking about the big, elaborate ones. I am referring to simple words .. words from the heart. They really are powerful and we all walk around with that power in our grasp every second of the day. Who will be touched by your words today?

Writing words for a story is fun, to see the story come more and more alive right in front of you. Working on “The Odessa Chronicles” was quite the adventure, as Colin and I saw the personalities of the characters emerge.  We didn’t expect them to grab hold of our hearts the way they did, stirring our hearts with emotion.  The power of words is strong.

My Mom shared words with me this past weekend that stirred my heart and I wanted to pass it on. A friend of hers that she hadn’t seen in a while stopped her in the grocery store. Her face was shining and she was all excited. She proceeded to tell my Mom about how much she loved “The Odessa Chronicles” , how fun the characters are and how she so wants Colin and I to write a sequel. That she has enjoyed the book so much that she read it the whole way through twice now!

Those words didn’t take long for her to say, but oh the the power that was in them. They made my heart soar! We have said that “The Odessa Chronicles” is for children of all ages, and she has proved the truth behind that.

When I shared about the “little giant” in my blog post yesterday, I was talking about one of our youngest fans of “The Odessa Chronicles.” He may be little, but his words have  touched the hearts of Colin and I over and over again! Jaxon is his favorite character and he has excitedly told us about his love for our book many times. His sincerity comes through and he is just so sweet as he has thanked us for writing. Words have power.

Now we have heard from one of our oldest fans. She may be 80 years old, but my Mom said how her eyes just danced when sharing about her love for the book.

“For children of all ages”, it definitely is! You are never too old to let your imagination go and to take a visit to Moonbeam Farm!

Don’t take my word for it, take it from the the lady with the dancing eyes!

 

The Secret Mission:(Part 3)

If you missed Part 2 of “The Secret Mission”, here is the link. The Secret Mission (Part 2) , and now for the conclusion. Enjoy!

Frank and George had been at the North Pole for 3 days and they were finally beginning to thaw out and get used to the freezing temperatures.  They had hit it off with Jinx an Jangle and Snowball. They were alike in so many ways it was crazy, almost like they were meeting clones of themselves, besides the fact that they looked very different.

This morning they were treated to another delightful meal from Chef Salvo and their stomach were nice and full. They were all ready to embark on their little journey. Though with a full stomach, Snowball really wanted to take a nap.

They were at last headed out on their secret mission. It would involve a fairly long sleigh ride to the secret spot. Santa Clause had given them a map to follow. He said they would know when they got to the spot, for there would be a sign.

As they were walking to the sleigh, Jinx and Jangle were arguing over who should drive it. Frank and George remembered witnessing them driving the sleigh into the snowbank and were thinking that perhaps they would be safer walking. Only problem was that they really didn’t want to walk a long way in the cold. They were intent on listening to Jinx and Jangle that they didn’t notice Snowball.

Snowball hurried past them and disappeared.

“So how about I flip a coin to decide who drives?” asked Jinx.

“Okay, that sounds fair, I call heads.” said Jangle.

Jinx flipped it, but missed catching it and it landed in the snow. He bent down to pick it up. After he brushed it off he said, ” Its tails! I win!”

Jangle sighed, but then he  heard, ” No, you don’t, I do, hop in and lets go!”

Jinx, Jangle, Frank and George turned their heads and to their surprise they saw Snowball sitting in the driver’s seat.

“C’mon slowpokes get in!”

They all laughed, and got in. Jinx barely had his other leg in before Snowball zoomed off.  He hoped they would safely make it to where they needed to go!

George had volunteered to read the map to Snowball, but Frank said no. “Remember the last time you tried reading the map, you ended up getting us lost. We ended up in a small town and took part in the carnival that night.”

George nodded his head, ” Oh yeah, the carnival, how could we forget that.”

“Carnivals are fun!” Jangle said, “You guys were lucky! We have a North Pole Olympics event here every year which is a lot of fun too!”

“Hopefully next year someone will remember to Hard boil the eggs!” said Jinx, looking at Jangle, causing Jangle to turn a little red.

“The carnival was fun, but we ended up being at the Dunk Tank Booth!” George told them. Jinx, Jangle and Snowball had a good laugh at that.

They continued chatting away, until George called out, “Hey, I think we just passed the sign!”

“What sign?”, they all asked.

“The one we just passed!” said George. “I think it was where we were supposed to stop. I thought you were reading the map, Frank?”

Frank sheepishly admitted that he had been distracted by chatting.

“Hold on everyone!’  Snowball shouted, and he made a huge donut in the snow and headed back from the direction they had just come from.

“There it is!” said Jinx.

Snowball skidded to a stop and besides Jinx’s hat flying off his head into the snow, everyone else managed to stay in the sleigh.

“That must be the sign that Santa was talking about. It says, “You are Here!”

They all got out, stretched and took a look around. 

“I guess that we now can open up the envelope that Santa gave us, to explain what we are supposed to be doing out here.” 

“Build a snow fort and make 400 snowballs!”

“400 snowballs! This is our top secret mission!??” everyone exclaimed!

They all looked at each other in bewilderment and Jinx spoke up. “Something smells fishy to me, like maybe a conspiracy going on. 400 snowballs is A LOT!”

“Wow, you are a genius!” said Snowball, ” I wonder if there is something Magical about that number?”

“Hmmm….” and it was silent, while they all were thinking.

“Can’t think of anything, but I sure am feeling hungry for some more of Chef Salvo’s magic chocolate cake!” said Snowball.

“Well we better get busy, for the letter also states that Santa will be here at 4:00pm and we need to be done by then.” said Jangle.

They all shook their heads, still confused, but got busy building and rolling.

At 3:45 they were all rolling the last 5 snowballs. They had been chatting away, but now all that was heard was some sighing and some  “…mmm…” groans! They stacked up the last 5 balls and then all sank to the ground feeling very sleepy.

Their eyes instantly opened when they heard a lot of commotion around them and felt snowballs pelting them.

Everyone was gathered around having a huge snowball battle and they were all right in the center of it!

Then they heard Santa’s hearty “HO-HO” as he said, “Secret Mission declared a success!” and the pelting of snowballs began once again.

Frank looked at George, and said, “Do you get the feeling that the big boss is laughing right now? I am thinking this was a Special Payback Mission!”

“…mmm..” Frank couldn’t answer, as another  snowball had just hit him.

 

 

 

 

 

The Secret Mission (Part 2)

In case you missed Part 1 yesterday, here is a link. The Secret Mission

George’s head hit the desk. He looked up at the still broken clock. He knew a lot of time had passed since he was on the phone trying to straighten out a problem. He had decided to make the call over his lunch hour and it took up his lunch hour and more! Some days he longed to go back in time, before technology was so advanced. As nice as it was, it sure brought its share of headaches along with it.

The door opened and in walked Frank smiling. “Hey George, where were you? I was waiting for you to come out to the park, I am guessing the phone call didn’t go too well?”

George raised his head, looking at Frank.  Frank took one look and said,  “No worries, you don’t need to explain, I think I will just get to work now. Look at the bright side, tomorrow we will leave for our special assignment!”

The rest of the afternoon passed quickly and their boss came out to wish them well at teh end of the day.

“I hope everything goes smoothly for you guys! This is a pretty big adventure, may it be successful!” He shook their hands and they started walking towards the door. Then they heard him call out, ” Make sure you stay warm!” They heard him snickering as they closed the door behind them.

George and Frank walked in silence to their vehicles. Frank broke the silence. ” Well this definitely will be an adventure, guess its good that neither of us have agoraphobia!”

George couldn’t help but laugh as he shook his head and said, “Yes!”

Then he added, “I just wish that your word for today, “temerarious”, wouldn’t seem to fit so well.

Frank put his hand on George’s shoulder and said, “Think of the words that go along with that word, “Adventuresome”, “Daring”, and “Bold”. We are going to where not many go.

“Yes, we are, and you know there is another word that is a synonym for “temerarious”, “Foolhardy!”

Frank paused and said, “You have a point there, but the big boss has picked this special mission for us, so we have to go. You know how it goes, her wish is our command!”

George agreed and they both said how they would make the most of it, for one just never knew what could happen! Gotta embrace life, “Carpe Diem!”  

They wished each other a good night and said they would meet at the airport at 7am sharp in the morning.

The next morning dawned bright and sunny, and Frank and George were feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed, after a good night’s rest. They had books along, prepared for the long flight ahead of them.

After traveling for awhile and dozing off and on between reading they started chatting.

“Do you remember the names of the 2 guys that we are supposed to meet at the airport?” asked Frank.

“I am thinking….They were very different names I know that. Was one Jingle perhaps? Yeah, I think it was Jingle and and Jinx. Who has names like Jingle and Jinx?”

Frank shook his head, “No, Jingle doesn’t sound right, I think it was Jangle.”

“Yes, that is correct!”, said George. “Jangle and Jinx! Hmm….looking forward to meeting them! They sound like interesting characters!”

“The boss really didn’t tell us much about them. She only said how we should hit it off with them and another one named Snowball. She said everything would make sense when they explained more to us.”  said Frank.

“I sure hope so, for right now it just seems kind of strange. I never heard of anyone called Snowball before either and remember, there is someone else called Candy Cane. Do you think they are spy names. Perhaps they have different identities like we do?” suggested George.

“The boss did mention that they helped with a very large mission. Apparently they worked hard all year long for a very special yearly event! She told us to just think about where we are going and that perhaps we would figure it out. But nothing has come to me so far, how about you?” asked Frank.

“Nope, you know how our boss can be a little delusional at times. I think this may be one of those times!” replied George.

Soon the announcement came over the loudspeaker, “Please buckle your seat belts and prepare for landing.”

George and Frank buckled their seat belts, hoping for a smooth landing.

The plane landed just fine and it didn’t take long for them to grab their bags and head out of the plane.

A blast of cold air hit them as they walked outside. “Welcome to the North Pole indeed!” said George.

There wasn’t much around when they walked out, all they could see was snow and ice and lots of space. The little airport looked deserted as they stood there, trying not to shiver too hard.

Soon they heard someone yelling. “There they are, straight ahead, slow down Jinx!”

They looked and saw a sled heading right for them at a high rate of speed. They quickly moved aside as they watched the sleigh plow into the snowbank.

“I am driving home Jinx!” said Jangle, as they got out of the sleigh.

Snowball emerged from the snowbank that he had been tossed into, and muttered how he should have stayed behind with Santa.

Frank and George blinked their eyes.  Were they really seeing what they thought they were seeing? They looked like elves, and had that one elf mentioned Santa?

Did their boss have “bats in her belfry”, or what? What this real?

They watched as 3 elves walked towards them with rosy cheeks and smiles, though Snowball still looked a little disgruntled.

“Welcome to the North Pole, Santa is looking forward to meeting you!” they said, as they extended their hands out to Frank and George.

 

 

 

 

 

Now You Know!

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He found himself caught in another rain storm. The rain didn’t sour his mood though for he had a special date tonight with Dorindaur.

Drewsilla kept walking through the rain. He was running late, for he had to finish watching the great one and only Incredible Hulkaurus! He loved seeing him turn all green when he was about to show his incredible strength! There was always a special glow around him.

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He kept walking and saw the Wise One, Lewsarus,  on the hill. d3dd3939d8674540571a6d6be0271c4a

Perhaps he should stop and visit with him for awhile, surely Dorindaur wouldn’t mind. She did at times question the Wise one’s wisdom, but than again it seemed all the ladies doubted his wisdom. Ever since that one time when he was leading them to a new land and he ended up getting lost.  He had asked Clarkcus for help, but he was no help. They just kept everyone wandering around in circles until finally Sacageraurus , helped guide everyone back home. She was then known to everyone as the wise explorer who helped Lewsaurus and Clarkrus find new land.

Drewsilla figured that a few minutes wouldn’t hurt. He stopped and they chatted, and what was supposed to be just a few minutes turned into an hour! They hadn’t been paying attention to the time, for they were engrossed in conversation and one thing at a time was enough for them to focus on.

Drewsilla picked up his speed, for now he was a little worried about how Dorindaur would react to him at being so late for their special date. At least he had remembered the flowers for her! Oh No! Where were the flowers? He must have put them down when he was talking to the Wise One. Oh ding dang dino rus, he was in trouble for sure!

He started to run even faster and then he saw her and his heart sank. She was waiting for him and she wasn’t looking very happy, not happy at all!

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No one saw Drewsilla after that night. The story is told that Dorindaur sent him away for there is no fury like a dinosaur who is kept waiting for her date!

Apparently he went around asking to stay with his friends and they felt sorry for him but their wives wouldn’t let him stay. So all his friends decided to go with him. It was dark and very late, but they figured they would take a long walk and then return home once everyone had cooled down.

Legend has it that they never returned. It is believed that they got themselves lost and could not return home, for they did not have Sacajeweraurus to help them this time.

And now you know the true story of why the dinosaurs are extinct!

 

 

 

What will the Seven Dwarfs do?

I was asked yesterday what happened to Doc, Sneezy and Bashful, being that I had only included Sleepy, Happy, Dopey and Grumpy in my Friday’s post. To be fair to all the dwarfs I decided to post a story today including all of them. The twist to the story is that I would love to have help from all of you!

I will start the story and then someone can add to it, you can write just a line or 2 or more, whatever you prefer. As long as your creative juices keep flowing, you are welcome to keep going.  Have fun with it and write whatever you want. I am pretty confident that with the help of all of you, these dwarfs will have an adventure like they never had before!

The Seven Dwarfs and their Crazy Day!

“A-choo! A-choo!” Sneezy came stumbling out of his bedroom bumping into Grumpy, who wasn’t too happy.

“Must you sneeze so loud! Can’t Doc help you, isn’t that what Doc’s are supposed to do?” Grumpy said in a snappy voice.

Bashful looked up from the book he was reading, but didn’t say a word and quickly looked back down when Grumpy looked his way. At that moment Happy came out of his room whistling a cheery tune, causing Grumpy to cover his ears.

A Special Kind of Royalty

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The day had arrived. It really was here, she really was on the train. Her excitement was high! How long had she hoped to do this, dreamed to do it and finally the dream was coming true! Dreams really can come true, even without a fairy Godmother. She stretched back in her seat looking out the window, admiring the scenery.

“Mama Mama, are we almost there?”  piped little Tabitha.

“No sweetheart, we only just left not that long ago. Remember how I told you that this was going to be a long ride?”

Tabitha scrunched up her face, and then got a smile. ” Yes, I remember now. I am gonna start practicing.”

Juliet laughed, ” Practice what my dear? she asked Tabitha.

“Well my cutesy of course Mama!”

“Your what?” asked Juliet.

With her small hands on her hips, Tabitha looked at Juliet and said, “My cutesy!” as she bent her legs.

Juliet tried to hold in her laughter.

“That was great sweetie, but its called a curtsy my dear girl.”

“A cutesy, that’s what I said!”

Juliet smiled, it did look cute, for sure.

“I gotta practice Mama, for you said we are going to see special people.”

“Yeah, we are going to see royalty, right Mama!” asked Liam, who had been reading, but was now distracted.

“Are we seeing a real King”, said Liam, will he be wearing a crown and dressed in royal garb?

“I want to see a Princess, Mommy! I want her to see me do a cutesy, and Liam, you gotta practice bowing.”

They started practicing in earnest as Juliet sat there shaking her head. She better explain to her children.

“My dear children, we are seeing special people, but I am afraid that they are not royalty, no Kings and no Princesses. ”

Her children looked up at her with wide eyes, “But…but…”

“I am sorry.” Juliet said as she saw the disappointment in their eyes.

It didn’t last long though. until Liam spoke up.

“That’s okay, being royalty isn’t what makes people special, right Mama? Its whats in their hearts.”

Juliet’s heart was warmed,  as she put her arm around Liam. “You are exactly right my boy.”

“And I know these people have good hearts because you told me and Tabitha about them.”

“Yes they definitely  do,” said Juliet.

“So we best get to practicing again Tabitha. For if you are special in your heart, that makes you royal to me!”

That was all Tabitha needed to hear, as she eagerly practiced another curtsy.

Merriment danced in Juliet’s eyes, oh how she loved her children. Life was always an adventure with them.

Friendship Magic at Moonbeam Farm

Reading the “The Odessa Chronicles” had the feel of reading classic stories like Peter Rabbit. It is cute and gives a nice and comfortable feeling.” 

The above quote came  from someone who had just recently purchased a copy of  “The Odessa Chronicles” and she was sending me a message to let me know what she thought of it.  Reading her words warmed my heart.

There also was the time that an older lady, who I knew, came up to me with sparkles in her eyes. She proceeded to tell me how she had finished reading “The Odessa Chronicles” and she “absolutely loved” it!  She went on to talk about the characters as she gave a little laugh telling me how much fun they were.

This was a lady who I knew as being more reserved and quiet. As much as her words gave me joy, it was seeing the shine in her face and  hearing her excitement that really touched my heart.

It’s moments like these that continue to fill my heart with awe. I feel so thankful for the smiles that me and Colin’s book,  “The Odessa Chronicles” is bringing to the young and old!

I can’t stop smiling at how due to a friendship made with fellow blogger, Colin, that I was inspired to write a fun story about a cat named Dewey and his man-servant. How that one story led to another, which then led to Colin adding his magic, and collaborating on more stories. The more stories being written led to the idea of creating a book, which then led to “The Odessa Chronicles” being published!

One just never knows what surprises can happen!

Would you like to go to a place where friendship, love and laughter abound? Do you need a smile and relaxing break from the stresses of life?  In the pages of “The Odessa Chronicles”, meet Dewey, a  mischievous cat who always thinks of his stomach; Odessa, a  witty Barn Owl, who is very outspoken; Jaxon, an easygoing Jackalope that has magical powers; and the fun Man-servant who has a big heart and loves having Dewey, Odessa and Jaxon living at Moonbeam Farm with him.

Take a journey to Moonbeam Farm and share in the fun adventures that these crazy friends have together! In taking a peek into their lives your heart will be filled with laughter and with the warmth of friendship. You may even shed a tear at some of the more touching moments shared by our 4 friends.

For more information on “The Odessa Chronicles” and how you can order it, you can click on the picture of the book cover in the right hand margin.

If you have any other questions about the fun-loving characters in our book, or questions about the writing process, etc. feel free to ask in the comments below!

Have a Wonderful Wednesday and let your friends know how much they mean to you! As our beloved characters on Moonbeam Farm  would attest to, friendships can come in a surprising way and be an amazing blessing!