Bob and Bob (Part 2)

Here is a story to help you get your healthy dose of laughter for your day.  It is Part 2 of yesterday’s post about the seagulls “Bob and Bob”. If you missed Part 1 yesterday, here is the link.  Seagull Fun

If you have enjoyed this story, there are many more stories in “The Odessa Chronicles” book,  a collection of stories that will warm your heart and make you laugh. For more information you can click on the book cover in the right hand margin.

 

      Bob and Bob (Part 2)

The man-servant turned back and was now looking at the two gulls. This time, his approach was much smarter. “Bob One … step forward!” Bob One stepped forward. “Okay!” said the man-servant, “now I know who you both are, we need to talk.

Bob One looked at him. “So, you want to talk to Bob Three?”

The man-servant looked at him. “No! I want to talk to you two.”

“Yes,” said Bob One. “You want to talk to Bob Three!”

The man-servant was starting to get a little perturbed. “Look here, Bob One. If you are Bob One, and if he is Bob Two, then there is no Bob Three, or Bob Four.”

“Yes, there is!” said Bob One. “You can talk with me, Bob One. You can talk with him, Bob Two. If you want to talk to both of us, then you need Bob Three, or Bob Twelve depending on how you see it!”

The man-servant sighed. “Bob Twelve? Odessa, please help me out here!”

“Okay, Man-Servant,” said Odessa, “but it is really simple, at least from a gull’s perspective. If you want to talk with both Bob One and Bob Two, then one plus two equals three … hence, Bob Three. If you call out, ‘Bob Three’, they will both come and hear what you want to say. With your suggestion to name them Bob One and Bob Three, you can see why they immediately created Bob Four. It’s seagull logic.”

The man-servant thought about it for a moment, and then said “Bob Three!” and both gulls immediately gave him their attention. He turned once again to Odessa. “So where did Bob Twelve come from?”

Odessa sighed. “Gulls are like humans, in that they generally leave a lot to be desired, but in fairness, some are better educated than others. The less-educated ones will see Bob One and Bob Two as equaling Bob Twelve, with the number one in front of the number two!”

The man-servant was totally bewildered and started shaking his head. “Odessa,” he said, “would you please take over here, and explain to the Bobs where we are going, and answer any questions that they may have? Also let them know that they are welcome to stay on the boat for as long as they wish.”

Odessa smiled and nodded, while the man-servant turned to look out of the windows.

Although it was quite bright outside, there were still waves breaking over the bow and rushing past the windows. He could still hear the wind, but it did sound as if it had dropped in strength a little. “Well, guys,” he said, “can one of you wake Dewey up and introduce him to the Bobs? After that, perhaps get some food going around here? It was a long night, and if you’re anything like me, then you’re all really hungry.”

Jaxon and Odessa started opening up boxes and plastic containers, and soon everybody (including Dewey) was eating. The man-servant was eating a sardine sandwich, when a little piece of sardine fell to the floor.

“It’s mine!” said Bob One, diving to the floor.

“No, it’s not! It’s mine!” said Bob Two, also diving down, and bumping Bob One out of the way. Bob Two picked up the piece of fish, but Bob One flew past and took it from his beak.

“It’s mine!” he said.

“It’s mine!”

Bob Two flew up and then dropped down onto Bob One, who looked up to see what was happening, and dropped the piece of fish. Bob Two swooped across the floor and picked it up. “It’s mine! Told you it was mine!”

The man-servant, Odessa, Dewey, and Jaxon were watching all the activity, in amazement, as they continued scrapping over one small piece of fish.

The man-servant suddenly smiled. “I understand something now.” he said. “When I am at the coast, and watch the seagulls fighting over food, which seems to be all the time, what I used to hear as raucous gull noises, are really them all saying, ‘It’s mine, ‘No, it’s mine’, ‘Well, I saw it first’, ‘No, you didn’t’, ‘It’s mine now.’”

Just then, Bob Two dropped it again … and Dewey was right beneath him. Dewey caught it and swallowed it. “Here, gulls! Come to Dewey! Dewey has a surprise for you!”

The man-servant intervened. “No, Dewey,” he said, “these two are not for you to play with. They’re riding along with us until this storm moves on.”

The waves started to settle down as the day was coming to an end, and so the man-servant increased the Argo’s speed, pushing her quickly through the water throughout the whole night and into the following day. Bob and Bob wanted to leave the Argo and continue on their way by flying, so a door was opened and farewells offered, as they both flew out and up into the sky.

The man-servant turned to Odessa. “Who would have thought that we would meet Bob and Bob? In fact, who is going to believe the story about Bob and Bob?”

“Yes.” said Odessa. “You can talk to a Barn Owl, a cat, and a Jackalope, but who is going to believe a story about two seagulls? Humans really are quite strange. Anyway, strange human, you are looking really tired, and the steering wheel is still tied up, so why don’t you get some sleep? One of us will wake you up if anything changes up here.”

“Thank you Odessa. I think I will.”

 

 

 

Seagull Fun

I believe that laughter each day does a much better job at keeping the Dr. away then an apple a day does!  So to help you be healthy I have the perfect book for you.  “The Odessa Chronicles”.  Humor runs throughout the book, as well as the strong theme about friendship. If you would like to know more about it, just click on the book cover in the right margin.

Today I  would like to share with you another story from the book. One that Colin shared on his blog last month. The story takes place on a boat, “The Argo, that our 4 friends are traveling in. A storm arises and the man-servant is doing his best to get them safely through the storm when suddenly 2 seagulls crash into the windows. Being the caring man that he is, the man-servant rescues them from outside bringing them into the boat. If you never had a conversation with seagulls before, well you are about to learn how their logic works!

 

Bob and Bob (Part 1)

The man-servant had put the seagulls on the dashboard, in front of the steering wheel, so that he could talk to them while steering the Argo. They were both standing there staring at him now. “Well, guys,” started the man-servant, “welcome to the Argo. I am known as the man-servant, and the Barn Owl next to me is Odessa. You can see Dewey, the cat, half-asleep on the chair over there, and this odd creature on my left is Jaxon, a Jackalope. Who are you?”

The seagulls continued to stare. Odessa decided to help out. “I realize that you and I have little in common, in fact we have nothing in common, but we can all understand each other here, so it would really help if we knew your names. How about it?”

One seagull looked directly at Odessa. “I’m Bob!”

The man-servant looked at the gull. “Bob?” he said. “Your name is Bob?”

Odessa turned to the man-servant. “You know … sometimes you really are part of the problem rather than part of the solution. What part of ‘I’m Bob’ did you not understand?”

“I’m sorry,” said the man-servant, “but Bob is not a seagull kind of name. I mean, have you ever heard of a seagull named Bob before?”

Odessa looked at him with unblinking eyes. “Had you ever heard of a Barn Owl named Odessa before you met me?”

Odessa turned to the other gull. “And what is your name?”

The other gull looked her straight in the eyes and said, “My name is Bob!”

Jaxon was trying to control a desire to burst out laughing when the man-servant turned to him. “What’s so funny, Jaxon?”

Jaxon looked at the man-servant and totally disintegrated into uncontrollable laughter. “Your face was priceless when you realized that they were both named Bob.”

“Jaxon,” said the man-servant, “we are in the middle of a bad storm and need to keep things organized in here. How are we going to communicate properly with these two having the same name? I think that we should call them Bob One and Bob Two. That should work.”

One of the gulls hopped onto the edge of the steering wheel and faced the man-servant. “Which one of us is Bob One, and which one is Bob Two, and how do we address Bob Three?”

The man-servant was looking puzzled. “Is there another Bob coming to join us?” he asked, really hoping that the answer would be no.

“No!” said the gull. “That could really get complicated then, couldn’t it?”

The man-servant thought for a moment, and then turning to Odessa, said, “Am I not understanding something here? Does this dialogue make sense to you?”

Odessa smiled. “Man-Servant,” she said, “you have to accept that these are two seagulls. They don’t think like any other creature I know.”

Jaxon then added. “Man-Servant, seagulls are an oddity of the seas and oceans. They think in very simple terms.”

“Okay! Thank you, guys.” He then turned to the gull on the steering wheel. “Would you like to be Bob One or Bob Two?”

The gull, without any hesitation, said, “Bob One!”

The other gull jumped up onto the steering wheel. “I want to be Bob One!” he said.

“Well, you can’t, because I was asked first!” interjected the first gull.

“Perhaps we could name you Bob Three?” said the man-servant.

The first gull was shaking his head in despair. “Why would you want Bob One, Bob Two, Bob Three and Bob Four? You really do like confusion don’t you.”

The man-servant was scratching his head. “How did Bob Four get into the conversation?”

Bob One looked at the man-servant. “You really have some difficulty with simple logic, don’t you? If you want to talk to me, which Bob do you call?”

“Bob Two?” asked the man-servant, very confused now.

“Very close. Good try … but wrong. I am Bob One.”

“But you both kind of look the same to me,” said the man-servant. “In fact, you all look the same to me.”

Bob One looked down at his feet, and then at the man-servant. “Would it surprise you to know that you humans all look the same to us?”

The man-servant turned to Odessa and Jaxon. “Can one of you help me out here? I am really having trouble talking with Bob One and Bob Two.”

Odessa grinned. “Stay with it, Man-Servant. It will be a good learning experience for you.”

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…. to be continued tomorrow!

 

 

Castle of Treasures

I had thought of writing this post and then I noticed the subject of Laura Bailey’s Monday challenge was Castle. It went together perfectly.   Visit Laura’s blog https://alltheshoesiwear.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/manic-mondays-3-way-prompt-3/enhanced-buzz-orig-11964-1361567630-6

The Hearst Castle Library – (from Pinterest)

 

Books were among her most favorite things. She could travel to so many places through the pages of a book. Had no problem shutting out the noise or conversations that were going on around her. She could read while on a train, or sitting in a busy coffee shop. Park benches called her name or sometimes she would find a soft spot underneath the shade of a tree.

Many nights she burned the midnight oil because of having to read just one more page.

The sun shined bright in her heart when sitting on the sand, listening to the sound of the waves while losing herself in a book.

Was there any place where she couldn’t sit and enjoy a good book?

Today she had one goal in mind. To visit the special castle that she had heard about. One that held a library of treasures in it. Libraries had a special aura to them and were so inviting. They were so quiet and peaceful. Her hands would touch the books as she would browse through the many shelves of them.  Sometimes she would hold a book in her hand and imagine what it would feel like to have been the author.  To be the author of something that would touch the hearts of others and bring them smiles. Oh what an indescribable feeling that must be!

She smiled to herself as she kept browsing through the many books, looking for a very special one. Suddenly there it was. The book she had been looking for. She held it in her hands, gazing at the beautiful cover. She looked for just the right place to curl up and sit.

Finding the chair she wanted, she sank into the plush cushions.  As she opened the book she was overcome with an indescribable feeling.

“The Old Man and the Sea”

I had in mind the blog post I was going to write for today, but I believe I will have to go to Plan B and this is why.

I had picked up a copy of “The Old Man and the Sea”  by Ernest Hemingway, at our favorite bookstore for a very good price.  I knew it was a classic, it had won a Pulitzer prize and I had always been curious about it. My plan was to read it and then write a post about what I got from the story. I had little doubt that it would be good, for it was a classic after all. There had to be some nuggets of gold in it.

I may very well be in the minority but I have to say I just didn’t get it. I kept reading thinking that something would jump out at me, but no, the only thing that jumped was the fish jumping out of the sea.

Ernest Hemingway is a good writer, I have seen very good quotes by him, but I guess I missed something with this story.  If any of you have read it and want to explain what you got out of the story, you are very welcome too. What did I miss? I do believe there was more to it than just a story about a man fishing, but what? This wouldn’t be the first time that I totally missed the point of something.

There have been other classics that I have read that I have enjoyed, and ones I haven’t. I never could grasp what everyone liked about “The Scarlet Letter” either, in fact that book was one I couldn’t finish, which is extremely rare for me to do! Again, I may be in the minority and just because I didn’t like it doesn’t mean its not a good book.  The book just wasn’t my type. We are all so different so is it any wonder that with the vast array of books out there that there will be some we are drawn too and some we aren’t.

With that being said if you don’t like J.R.R. Tolkien’s books well then I may have to enlighten you. I am kidding! Yes, I really like his books, but I do know not everyone is a fan and that is okay!

But now if you don’t like Pooh Bear or Dr.Seuss, that may be a real problem. They both have wisdom to impart and make you smile. Who can’t like the willy, nilly, silly old bear?  Maybe I can just identify with Pooh Bear easily. He can get confused rather easily and he impulsively does things like rolling in mud, trying to fool the honeybees into thinking he is just a little black rain cloud. Silly old bear!

Oh yes, the world of books! It is a wonderful world to live in. We are privileged to have so many books right at our fingertips, we can read and read and read. Not everyone has such easy access to books and sadly not everyone can read.

I am very grateful for books, they have taught me many things and taken me on many adventures. Even if  “The Old Man and the Sea” wasn’t quite the adventure that I expected, at least now my curiosity is solved.  Now I can open the pages of another book wondering where the story will take me.

What is next on your reading list, what books have you read and loved and what ones perhaps did not grab you as much?  Feel free to share below.

Tuesday’s Thoughts!

Good Morning to those starting a new day and to those whose day may be winding down, I hope you had a good one!  In my post yesterday I talked about trying to decide what books to buy with a gift card that my dear child got for me. I finally made my decision last night while “walking” through the Amazon library. I got 2 biographies, plus while looking at a Leo Buscaglia  book that was recommended to me by a friend, I found another one by Leo that caught my eye.  If you haven’t read any of his books or seen his videos, you really need to!

Then when I thought I was done, I “walked” through another section and  another book called out to me. After that my gift card said goodbye to me. I “walked” out of the library and curled up on the couch to start one of the books that I had just purchased. I had downloaded some to my Kindle and had ordered some others through the mail.

I started reading one of the biographies. It is about Alison Arngrim, the girl who played Nellie Oleson on Little House on the Prairie.  My thoughts went to that show last night when I was thinking about books after  writing yesterday’s post. The Little House Books collection is another classic collection. Alison’s story is a dramatic one. Quite interesting to learn her story. She was a Canadian who had moved to America when she was 6 years old and she started playing the role of Nellie when she was 12 years old.  I will warn you there are some very sad things in her story,  but  her strength and wit comes through in her writing.  You keep smiling as you wonder how she survived so much. She will tell you that being on “Little House” saved her life and from the little I read so far I would agree.  Are you intrigued?  Perhaps you need to take a “walk” through Amazon.

Enjoy the quotes and Keep Smiling!!

 

 

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What is your Title?

I can be in and out of a clothing store in not much time.  I am not like a lot of women who just love to shop.  At least not for clothes.

Take me into a bookstore and you can expect to be in there for awhile.  I love browsing through books and deciding what ones stand out out to me.  Though it can be a hard decision.  I have been browsing through Amazon’s library today, for I got a special gift card to use on books yesterday. I also have been asking some friends for books they would recommend. I enjoy hearing what others like to read and what books have stood out to them.

Unlike clothing, the problem is not finding something I like. The problem is narrowing it down to what am I wanting to read right now.  What books speak the loudest to me right now from my list?

I enjoy a variety of books. I enjoy the light, easy reading books that can still have  way of teaching you something.  I like the books that make you think and perhaps ponder some big questions. The books that bring out important lessons about life.  I like reading true, inspiring stories about people’s lives.

I also enjoy books at times that have suspense in them. Yes, I do not read the ending first! That may come as a surprise to those who know how curious I am, but I do not want to ruin the suspense  of trying to guess what may happen at the end.

With that said, I tend to read suspense filled chapters or books pretty quickly.  I can’t wait too long to find out what happens!

Most of all I appreciate the books where I finish the final chapter and feel like I have been on an amazing, unique journey. My heart has smiled, perhaps shed some tears, maybe has skipped a couple beats but it is full. Full of warmth and appreciation for the author who took the time to write a book that touched my heart.

I have been trying to think of some of my favorite books and it is hard, for I have read so very many over the years. There are some though that do continue to stand out to me no matter how long ago I read them. What are some of your favorites?  If you were to write a book about your life, what would the title be?

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Touching the Heart

I went to bed last night with tears on my cheeks and No, it wasn’t due to the Eagles winning the Superbowl.  I really don’t care about Football, sorry to all the Football Fans out there. I will say though that out of the teams that were playing, I am glad the that the Eagles won.

The tears on my cheeks came from ” This is Us”, the highly rated drama that we had waited all week for. It was a very emotional episode this week. I squeezed Brad’s hand so tight as the emotions stirred in my heart.

Here is my question. What is it that makes one get so emotional over fictional characters?  When the character on the show died I knew that it wasn’t real that he wasn’t really dead, but oh try telling that to my heart as I watched the wife sobbing.

Have you seen the movie, “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?”  It has been so long since I have seen that, but I still remember how the tears were running down my cheeks at the end. You could have heard a pin drop when the movie was over. No one made a sound while walking out. It was a fictional movie, but my heart was gripped by it.

I get the same way while reading books.  The story weaves its way around my heart and I empathize with the characters. It doesn’t matter if the characters are real or not.  What matters is if I can feel like I am in the story with them.  Do I feel like I am right there with the characters as the story is happening?  Does my heart feel their emotions of joy and sadness along with them, as if its happening to me?  Or do I feel that I  am just looking through a window, never getting totally pulled in to the story.

What books or movies have been especially poignant to you?  Which ones draw you in, grabbing your heart.   What made them that way?

Just some thoughts swirling around in my head. This post would be too long if I told you all of the thoughts that have been swirling in my head today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the Love of Animals!

My husband knows that he can never go wrong with giving me books as a Christmas gift.  I thought I would share the ones with you that he so kindly bought for me.  If you have an animal loving heart these collection of short stories will captivate you and the pictures will melt your heart.

The perfect books to read by the light of our Christmas Tree.  I am nice and cozy as I read snuggled up in my large, comfy Boston Terrier blanket.

There is a story of a Dalmatian adopting a spotted lamb as her own, when the lamb’s Mom rejected it.  One about a Chihuahua that was rescued from a drainage ditch and adopted into a home.  Sadly she had to lose her 2 front legs due to injuries from being thrown in the ditch, but she gets along fine in 2 little wheels made specially for her in place of her front legs.

It is quite the scene to see this little Chihuahua moving down the yard with her wheels and a Silky Chicken trotting along beside her.  They are great friends.  I had never heard of a Silky Chicken before.  I wasn’t sure about posting pictures from the book, so I found one on Pinterest for you.  photoid1181-210x300  Aren’t they cute!

There also is a story of a dog rescuing 17 horses from a barn fire.   These examples are just a few of the heartwarming stories that you will find in these 3 wonderful books.  Animals are amazing in so many different ways and I can’t imagine life without them!

I can’t mention wonderful books about animals without mentioning one that I have mentioned before, but for the benefit of new readers I will gladly mention it again.

61tpnzdujdl-_sx750_sy470_  A story that will melt your heart with its tenderness, you may want tissues on hand, but I assure you it has a happy ending!  You can also be assured that along with the tender moments, there are humorous moments as well.  If you know Colin, you know his gift of wit! Ray is living a wonderful life now! It was a long journey of hard work and much patience needed but the results are so rewarding! You can read more about Ray on Colin’s blog.  http://meandray.com/2017/12/27/rays-christmas/

I also want to mention another dear blogger friend’s book that recently came out.  She is teaching children to have appreciation for animals at a young age, with her wonderful paintings of them,  along with her original fun, silly poems.  Her blog is graced with her wonderful artistic talent and very yummy recipes.  https://lifeinbetween.me/2017/12/28/time-to-art/

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If you decide to  purchase any of these books, I hope you enjoy them! I look at my Sheltie lying by the Christmas Tree and my Yorkie curled up on the couch and am so thankful that there are animals to grace our lives!

My Mom recently had hip replacement surgery. There were some complications so she is in a wheelchair for a little while.  Her adoring shih-tzu wasn’t sure what to think when she first saw her in the wheelchair, but she has decided that she is not letting my Mom out of her sight again!  Wherever my Mom wheels too her dog follows and places herself right in front of the wheelchair until my Mom is ready to wheel somewhere else.

Pets are so faithful and loving, oh the things that we can learn from them.

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Yes Virginia, There is a Jackalope!

Yes, there is such a thing as Jackalopes, though they are indeed very rare.   Around the age of 11, I was first introduced to Jackalopes.  My future Brother-in-law to be took me out “hunting” for them  in the mountains of Colorado.  Sadly we didn’t find any and I thought that my “dear” Brother-in-Law was pulling one over on me,  but many, many years later I learned the truth!

The reason I didn’t find any Jackalopes in Colorado was because there is only 1 Jackalope in the whole world!  1 very special Jackalope,  and he was seen living in the land of Canada.  The poor thing was living his life on the run.  He was trying to avoid 2 crazy hunters.

Fortunately the hunters had some great wisdom passed along to them in the form of a Mug.  A Mug that reminded them to “Save the Jackalope!”  Once they gained that knowledge,  they were quick to offer the Jackalope a nice, cozy home with one of them.  No longer did the Jackalope need to be on the run.  He was forever safe in his new home in Canada.

That very special Jackalope was the inspiration behind Jaxon, the very special Jackalope that lives at Moonbeam Farm.  One of the characters in “The Odessa Chronicles”.  The book of stories for children of all ages, by Colin and I.  The book that has been and continues to be an exciting journey as it goes through the publication process.

The above story is true, though perhaps embellished a little. I had been friends with Colin and his dear daughter Melanie for a short time, and had learned very quickly about their sharp wit. I figured I would see if perhaps they had ever heard of the famous Jackalopes that are here in the States.  I texted Melanie and asked if they had Jackalopes in Canada.  Her reply came back very fast, ” Yup, we BBQ them!”   That was just the beginning of me learning what kind of wit I was dealing with in having Melanie and Colin as friends of mine.

Yes, the mug did enlighten them that Jackalopes are not for BBQ’ing and yes,  there may be a plush Jackalope in one of their homes.  Oh and also one of them may have a Jackalope T-shirt.  Hey, I had to get the point across about saving them, not eating them, right!

Having that history is what made me think about adding a Jackalope to the story when I first started posting the short stories on my blog.  The story that had originally started with Dewey, the carefree, lazy, cunning cat.

How did the idea of the first story come to my mind?  Well that is another story! I will give you one clue,  when writing the first story I had no intention of it developing into more stories.  I had no idea how the stories would grow!  The first story was just a simple story written for a fun, simple reason.  It is truly surprising of how sometimes we really don’t know what lies around the corner!

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