Tuesday’s Thoughts!

Happy Tuesday! Beautiful day here, I am off work for just  few hours, so plan to take a walk before I have to go back. Hope that you are enjoying your Tuesday! I know that April Fool’s is past but I couldn’t resist posting the following picture. Don’t you think it would be a fun thing to do. My problem would be drinking the tea with my friends trying to keep a straight face, while waiting for them to get to the bottom of the cup. Well, I can promise you that you won’t get “poisoned” by reading the following quotes and I hope they bring a smile! Enjoy! 

 

 

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The Special Chocolates

“Blech! That tastes awful!” Mr. Tippner looked down at his bowl of GrapeNuts cereal and saw the orange liquid. OOPS! He had accidentally poured orange juice into his cereal instead of milk. He was feeling pretty sleepy this morning.

Mason almost tripped walking down his stairs. He needed his coffee. Pouring himself a cup, he held it in one hand as he opened the refrigerator to grab some eggs.

Made himself some scrambled eggs. Got out the ketchup to put on them and then wondered where his coffee cup was. What had he done with it? When he put the ketchup back in the fridge he got his answer. It was sitting on the shelf where the carton of eggs had been. The eggs were still sitting on the counter.

Shaking his head he felt like he should go back to bed, for he was feeling rather dopey.

Cara woke up feeling happy. The day had come and she was all ready for it. She snuk Bard’s surprise into his lunchbox and gave him a kiss goodbye. Chuckling as she closed the door.

A half hour later she was ready to leave with her box of chocolate candy.

Mason kept dropping things at work. Cara laughed, calling him butterfingers. “Perhaps you need a nap!” Cara said.

The bell jangled and Tippner came in the door. He walked over to his favorite booth in the coffee shop and sat down. He wasn’t sitting long before he started sneezing.

After sneezing 6x in a row Cara asked if he needed to see a Doc when she came to take his order.

“Nah! Its only my allergies acting up.” Then he sneezed again. Mason came out of the backroom and hearing Tippner sneezing he spoke up.

“He probably is allergic to those new weeds you put at every table.” Mason said to Cara.

Cara made a face. “They aren’t weeds, they are flowers.” she retorted. Tippner sneezed again.

“Like I was saying..he is allergic to the yellow weeds.” Mason said to Cara as he walked away.

Tippner ended up taking his raspberry hot chocolate to go, for he kept sneezing and it was making him grumpy. Besides he had to get back to his store. There were bikes to sell now that the weather was getting nicer.

Walking down the sidewalk on his way to the bike shop he saw Jake coming toward him. Jake was holding something behind his back. When he got closer he sprayed Mr. Tippner with silly string.

“Heyyy what do you think you are doing?”

Jake grinned as he quickly sprayed again before running off. Mr. Tippner heard him yelling. “Don’t you know what day it is?” yelled Jake.

Well of course he knew what day it was, thought Tippner. He may be feeling a little grumpy but he wasn’t too dopey to know what day it was. Why it was Thursday and the beginning of April. Tippner shook his head. Crazy kid!

Meanwhile Mason was whistling as he worked. The day was going well, lots of customers coming in. Everyone was out today, with fhe beautiful weather on the first day of April.

Sara entered the coffee shop and patiently waited for Cara to finish waiting on the customers that were ahead of her.

Cara finished taking their order and greeted Sara with a hug. “I am almost ready to leave for lunch. Let me just refill Joshua’s cup for him.”

“Oh Joshua is here, I will go chat a little, while you finish up.” Sara said.

She pulled out a chair across from Joshua and he smiled, always enjoying to have someone to share a story with. He started telling Sara about one of his day’s at sea in a fishing boat, when a storm came.

Cara grabbed her box of chocolates and came to Joshua’s table telling Sara she was ready to go. They wished Joshua a good day and started walking towards the door.

“Hey Mason would you like to try some chocolate candy?” Cara asked walking towards the register where he was.

“Sure, thanks!” Mason said, grabbing 2 of them and popping them into his mouth.

Mason’s face got red and he spit out the candy! “Wha-wha!”

“Would you like some water?”

Cara handed him a glass. “Guess I put a little too many jalepeno peppers in the chocolate.” she said with a smirk.

Mason’s eyes grew like saucers.

“You do know what day today is, right? Happy April Fool’s!” Cara said, laughing with Sara as they walked out the door, headed to Tippner’s bicycle shop. There were more special chocolates to deliver.

Tuesday’s Thoughts!

Happy Tuesday! Listening to Blackmore’s Night, as I look for quotes. Always need some good music to listen to when I work on posts. Tuesday’s though are usually the only days I listen to music with lyrics. When writing stories I just like having relaxing instrumental music in the background. Do you listen to music when working on posts? If so, what kind? 

I hope you can enjoy some good music while taking a few moments to relax and read the following quotes. As always, feel free to share which one or ones you liked the most. Have a wonderful day! 

 

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Getting Even

The following story is the conclusion to Wednesday’s post. One Strange Night 

 

“Do you have any fish? I am feeling rather hungry.” the cat looked at Starla, who still stood motionless, looking back at the cat in wonder! 

The cat jumped up onto the white leather couch, tearing a hole in it with its claws. Starla winced as she yelled, “What  are you doing?”  

“Oh, so you can talk! Good to know, now can we get down to business.” replied the cat, totally ignoring her question, as it stretched out on the couch. 

Starla was shaking her head as she sat down. “What are you talking about , why are you here?” she asked.  

“I need your help!”, at least I am hoping you can help me!” 

Starla didn’t say how she didn’t have a real helpful feeling right now, looking at the hole that he had put in her couch. She didn’t want any other holes in her couch, but she was feeling intrigued. Why would he think she could help him? 

“Do you have magical powers at all?” the cat asked. 

“No, can’t say that I have any magical powers.” Starla replied, thinking that if she did, she would make her annoying co-worker Jeff disappear! 

The cat leaped up, digging his claws into the couch as Starla groaned. “Get down now!” she yelled, which he promptly did. 

“Well I see that I had you pegged all wrong! I should have known that you know nothing!” 

“I most certainly don’t know nothing! You know you are getting annoying, why do you need magical powers?” Starla asked. 

“Look at me! I’m a cat! Starla do you not recognize me?” 

“Recognize you? I don’t know any cats!” she retorted. 

“Its me Jeff, from work.” 

“Jeff??? But how??” Starla was trying to contain her laughter.  Now that he mentioned it, his voice was familiar. It was a voice that she tried to forget and one she never thought she would hear coming from a cat! 

“I was out the other day taking a hike in the woods, and I came to this really beautiful waterfalls. Rested there awhile and then the next thing I know I am opening up my eyes to some real scary fairy looking at me and chanting something. Suddenly I was a cat! I ran out of there as fast as I could!”

“Oh, so that’s why you didn’t show up at work today. The boss was pretty mad!” 

Jeff groaned. “I need your help! I can’t stay a cat.” 

Starla could no longer hold back her laughter, as she started shooing him out of her door with her broom. 

“Hey! Be nice!”” Jeff meowed. 

“Maybe you should have been nicer at work.” With those words she swung the broom and sent him flying out of her room into the hallway and closing the door. 

Starla was so amused. Most likely this was a dream. Maybe she was more tired then she thought she had been. She would probably wake up tomorrow, go to work and see his annoying face again, but for now she would savor this moment! Even if it was a dream, she didn’t know if she would be able to look at him with a straight face tomorrow, and starting to laugh again she headed to her bedroom to go to bed. 

Clearing Up the Confusion!

The following images may look familiar to you, but you may be surprised by who they actually are. If you are confused, don’t worry, I will clear it all up for you, just continue reading. 

Lisette
Amanda, after all she does own a castle now.
Cara
Mason
Mr. Tippner
Bard

 

It has been suggested to me a few times that I create a character guide, about the characters of my stories. That it would help my followers keep the characters straight in their head. I understand that it can get confusing to keep everyone’s names straight and who they are. Truthfully I have been confused before, even though they are my characters! The following list is not a complete list for that would take way too long and a lot of the characters in my stand alone stories you won’t hear from again, BUT …. the list is compiled of characters that are in my continuing stories. I thought it would make it a little more interesting to read if I included pictures of the characters too. I wasn’t able to get everyone’s picture but I did include a few. If they look familiar to you, it is probably just a coincidence. Enjoy and I hope this helps to keep your mind clear of confusion, though if you have been reading my stories for awhile now, you know that confusion is still likely to happen. 🙂 

Characters from the town of Borden

Lisette-the owner of the Bed and Breakfast Inn. She came to Borden by the powers of a magical cowbell, which continues to show up in my stories. A kind and gracious lady who makes delicious food, and is friends with the people in Bittersweet Creek. 

Amanda – had been staying with Lisette trying to figure out what to do with her life! Recently came to learn that she has inherited her grandparent’s castle. She has now gone to spend more time with her grandparent’s, but she may be back. 

Mr. Fluff and Mr. Nutter –  the owners of  The Fluffer Nutter Shoppe.  The place for  great ice cream, donuts and coffee. Friendly, and a tad nutty, but are always eager to chat with you and try to beat you in a game of chess or checkers. 

Luke – the cop who was well known in my Annie/Anna/Tonya series, and has now taken a backseat since Anna was caught and is now dead. But he still may show up at times in my stories working with his brother Patrick who is an FBI agent. He also is the owner of a special cow who will be talked about later. 

Characters from the town of Bittersweet Creek ( Jason, another blogger actually created Bittersweet Creek and the characters, in what he thought was a stand alone story, but … the characters had other plans. The last 2 characters were thanks to another blogger Keith. ) 

Mason Picklefoot – handsome owner of the best coffee shop in town! All the ladies vie for his attention, though he remains humble through it all. Apparently he attracts water to himself too. He has had experience with a dunk tank, falling out of a canoe, getting rained on due to a leaky tent and getting a bucket of water thrown on him. 

Cara – an amazing waitress who works at the coffee shop. She is sweet, just like her tasty coffee lattes. She tries to help Mason with women, for she may like being a matchmaker, wanting everyone to be as happy as her and Bard. Its a hard job, but she is up to the challenge. 

Sara- she is Cara’s friend and owns the beautiful flower shop in town. She used to help Lisette out at the Inn, but moved to Bittersweet Creek. Cara thought she had the perfect match, Sara and Mason, but much to her surprise and Mason’s amusement, Sara fell for Grayson, Mason’s brother! 

Lexie – the new girl who has captured Mason’s eye, at least Cara is hoping that. It appears to be that way. 

Mr. Tippner – he is a friend of Mason’s and owns the bicycle shop. Cara once caused some damage in his bicycle shop but she prefers that everyone forgets that incident. Fortunately Bard was kind enough to pay for the damages, so there were no hard feeling with Mr. Tippner. 

Old Man Fuzzywhistle – he is a friend of Mason’s and Mr. Tippner too. He lives on a small farm with his prized cow Clarabelle and his adorable lamb, Creampuff, who one time escaped from the farm. Mason found him, which ended up causing him some embarrassment, much to the amusement of others, but that’s another story. 

Uncle Jake – he recently moved to Bittersweet Creek. Cara is enjoying getting to know his as he frequents the coffee shop,  His language may get salty at times, but he appears to be a very caring man. 

Joshua – Uncle Jake’s nephew who comes and visits him on the weekends and will spend the summer with him. A young lad who likes to play tricks! 

Some other story characters who you may hear from again! 

Jacob – he was the private investigator that Amanda’s grandparents hired to track her and her Mother down. Sadly her Mother had passed away earlier in a car accident. 

Kimberly – a detective who reached out to Jacob for help when she found an abandoned girl, Molly. Little Molly captured her heart and Jacob did too. Kimberly’s dream of having a family came true when she fell in love, got married and adopted Molly. 

Molly – an abandoned little girl who Kimberly found along the road surrounded by a bunch of white rabbits. She was mute for a long time, but Kimberly got her the help she needed and she has started to talk. All the rabbits disappeared one day, but one stayed behind and has stuck by Molly’s side ever since. No one knows why Molly was abandoned, but one day details may surface. 

Lawrence – a magician whose rabbits suddenly disappeared to stay by Molly when she was abandoned on the road. They then came back to him. Lawrence found a magical cowbell at a park one day and was last seen in a gondola in Italy. 

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Betsy – the cow owned by Luke. A cow who was thought to be just your ordinary, sweet cow in the beginning but has proven much the opposite! She is the wonder cow! She has had many crazy adventures and continues too. You really never know where she is. and what she is capable of doing.  She does not like that other people seem to keep getting hold of her magical cow bell. 

 

                                                                                                        

 

 

                                                                                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smitten in Spring!

Image from Pinterest

It was the first day of Spring and Cara felt an extra buoyancy in her step. The sun was brightly shining and she was fine with only wearing a lightweight jacket to work. Warmer days were ahead and Cara couldn’t wait, the beach was calling her name. She could hear its distant cry. Entering the coffee shop, she called out a cheery “Good Morning!” to Mason. He surprised her with handing her a cup of her favorite Black Raspberry Banana Latte. 2 servings of fruit this morning, she thought as she swallowed the sweet coffee.

“Thank you Mason, what is the special occasion? You look extra cheerful today.”

“I am.” he replied with a wink and a smile, and then walked to the back, letting Cara stare after him in wonder. She started to follow him to the back to ask why, but a couple customers came through the door and she knew that her question would have to wait.

The day was busy for they had a Spring Special going, Buy one piece of pie get another one free. No one could resist Cara’s homemade pies. Banana Cream Pie, Coconut Cream Pie, Strawberry Pie and of course the biggest seller, Shoo-fly Pie. When the crowd finally started to thin out and there were only a few customers in the shop, Cara asked Mason again why he was so happy. Smiling at her, with a gleam in his eye, he asked, “Isn’t a guy allowed to be happy?”

“Well yes.” stammered Cara, “but …”

Mason laughed, and said, “I think that customer wants a refill on his coffee”, he pointed to the guy that was holding his coffee cup up.

Cara sighed, but before walking away she said, “If I didn’t know better I would say that you look like a guy in love!” She thought he would protest, but to her shock he didn’t. Could she be right? Now her mind was going. She knew that Amanda had been interested in Mason and she loved the chocolates he brought back for her from Switzerland. The fine chocolates that Cara didn’t get any of, for Amanda had spent the weekend with Sara and they ate them all! Sara was missing Grayson, so chocolate was the perfect thing.

Anyway, Amanda did like Mason, but she had decided that she needed to take time to get to know her grandparents better and figure out what she was going to do with her life. So much had happened in a short time and she needed time to breathe, she didn’t have time for a relationship, no matter how appealing the thought was. She had gone back to the castle where her grandparent’s lived. The castle that she would inherit someday. Cara couldn’t imagine inheriting a castle!

So, being that Amanda was out of the picture now, if Mason was in love, who was it with? Was it a new lady in town? Cara didn’t know of any new ladies who had moved to Bittersweet Creek recently. The only new people that they had, were Jake and his nephew Joshua. Cara didn’t know them well yet, but Jake was becoming a frequent customer. He might be a little rough around the edges but he was a nice guy, Cara found herself looking forward to seeing him every day. He had quite the stories that he liked to share with her when she had time to chat.

Now his nephew Joshua was a different story. He was nice too, but quite the character, he was very sly and loved to play jokes! He was just with his uncle on the weekends now but once school was out, he would be staying with him for the summer.

It was closing time and while Cara was cleaning up she tried to press Mason for more information but he only started singing a happy tune. Cara rolled her eyes, there had to be something going on. She would find out somehow. His brother Grayson might know which meant he might have told Sara. Sara and her were meeting after work at Fuzzywhistle’s Farm so Cara would ask her. They wanted to visit Creampuff the lamb and see the new baby chicks that Fuzzywhisle had. What better way to celebrate the first day of Spring then to pet some baby chicks and sweet Creampuff.

Cara was almost ready to go when Mason called from the back, “Want the last piece of Shoo-fly pie? I will bring it out to you.”

“Sure! Thank you!” Care called back, as she shook her head. He surely was in a great mood, he couldn’t stand shoo-fly pie.

“Want more coffee too?”

“Yes, please!” Cara hoped that if a new lady was the reason for his extra cheery behavior that she stayed in town. Who knows if she makes him even happier maybe he will be telling Cara she can have an extra week of vacation and a raise in pay!

Cara was smiling at that thought as Mason came up to her and said, “Here you go.” handing her a plate with a old shoe on it! Making a face at him she said, “I should have known!” Taking the coffee from his hand she took a sip, Ahh! Salted Caramel, the best.

“Thanks for the coffee but you may keep the pie!” and Cara handed him back the plate, but threw the shoe at him. She walked out the door and saw Joshua with a silly grin on his face, holding a … she quickly jumped out of the way. and Mason who was right behind her got all the water from the bucket thrown on him. Joshua ran away laughing. He wasn’t the only one laughing though, Cara got a good chuckle out of it. Mason stood there for a moment not moving. Then Cara noticed his face growing red, and she followed his gaze to a lady that was walking towards them.

“Hi Cara, Hi Mason! Umm … did you already go swimming in the lake. I thought we were just going to have a picnic by it.” Lexi said, trying to stifle her laughter.

A smile stretched across Cara’s face. Lexi! How could she have not thought of her, she was so sweet. So she was the reason for Mason being twitterpatted today.

“Hi Lexi! So nice to see you. You know men, you just never know the predicaments they get themselves in too.” Cara started laughing as she said, “Have fun at the lake. Bye Mason, see you tomorrow. ”

Cara was beaming while walking away. Oh did she have news to share with Sara! It was turning out to be a wonderful first day of Spring, Bard and her were going out for a fine meal tonight and it appeared that Mason was smitten. Love was in the air!

Tuesday’s Thoughts!

Happy Rainy Tuesday, but … at least its not snow. They were calling for us to get snow or rain and I will take the rain, for I had a taste of warm temps and I am ready for SPRING! I am not Irish, but I long to go visit Ireland someday, and I like leprechauns, so being that tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I would include the following meme. How accurate is your Leprechaun name? Enjoy the quotes and may you find a pot of gold this week! 

 

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Tuesday’s Thoughts!

Today has been a busy day but a good one! It’s in the 60’s outside which is wonderful, my dogs loved lying in the grass again, soaking in the warmth. Actually my Sheltie loves lying in the snow too, so what can I say, she is strange. I hope your day has been a good one so far too, and that these quotes can help bring some smiles of encouragement if you need them and smiles of joy! I have realized that I have been doing Tuesday’s Quotes for about 4 years now. Its no wonder I keep finding quotes that I know I used already! I am sure that I have repeated quotes and I am thankful that you all don’t mind, that is if you even remember them. Plus there are some quotes out there that deserve to be repeated. Anyway thanks for continuing to enjoy “Tuesday’s Thoughts!” , as they are always fun to share! Have a great day! 

 

 

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A Day Like No Other!

This is the conclusion to Saturday’s post, The Foggy Magic , I hope you enjoy it! 

                                                       A Day Like No Other! 

Walking closer Jillian pinched herself to make sure she really wasn’t dreaming. Dare she go closer?  She didn’t think he had noticed her yet, he was too busy stirring whatever was in the huge pot in front of him. Smoke was billowing out of it. Was he truly a wizard? He had a wizard’s hat on his head. At least the kind of hats that Jillian had seen Wizard’s wear in movies, she had never actually met one face to face. His hat looked almost as tall as him.  Could he really work magic spells?  Hmmm … what kind of magic spell would she ask for if she got the chance? 

He turned his gaze toward Jillian when she was almost up to him. A wide smile crossed his face. “Hello! Not used to seeing other people around here, but I always enjoy company.” He lifted his spoon from the pot and sipped from the greenish orange liquid. “Ahh! Just about right.” 

What strange concoction was he making? Jillian wondered. 

“Oh, pardon me, I didn’t mean to be rude. Would you like a sip of my soup?” 

“No thank you! I’m not hungry.”  Jillian replied. Her stomach was growling, but there was no way she was taking anything from that pot. 

“That is too bad, but I guess it leaves more soup for me.” he said, lifting the spoon up again for another sip. “Perfection!” 

Jillian rubbed her eyes, looking again, now the liquid was purple! He had grabbed a bowl and was dipping soup out of the pot into the bowl. Each time he dipped the spoon into the pot the liquid was a different color. 

“What is in your soup?” 

“Chameleons of course.” he replied, and Jillian almost gagged, feeling very relieved that she hadn’t tried the soup! 

“Here, have a seat, and we can chat, while I eat.” snapping his fingers, 2 chairs appeared, much to Jillian’s astonishment. This guy really was a wizard! 

Jillian sat down on the chair, with her head all full of questions now. “How long have you lived here?” she asked. 

“Oh, I been around for a long time, many years, lost track of time. I really don’t know my age anymore. If I had a calendar that might help me figure it out, but I don’t really need to know, do I?” and he smiled at her as he cocked his head, waiting for her to respond. 

She was intrigued with this man. He seemed a little quirky, but in a fun sort of way. 

“What kind of magic can you do? Can you make anything appear with just a snap of your fingers?”  Jillian asked. 

“Well, depends what you want. Some things are more difficult than others.” He started laughing to himself. “Once I messed up with a poor animal, but she didn’t seem to mind. I wonder whatever came of her. I imagine that she is the only singing, long neck hippo around!”

Jillian started laughing now. A singing hippo, with a long neck, that would be something to see! What should she ask for? She did always want a horse for a pet, so why not give it a try. 

“I would like a horse to ride please!” 

The wizard closed his eyes as if to concentrate. He had them pinched shut awfully tight, he turned around 3x and did a cartwheel and then snapped his fingers 3x and suddenly in front of Jillian there was a …. neighing donkey! 

“Oops!” the wizard said. “Let me try again!” Meanwhile the donkey went running off.  This time he did a little twist and jumped up and down 3x and then snapped his fingers 3x and a great, big, wolf with spots appeared, making Jillian jump back. Then it  opened its mouth to howl but all that came out was a squeak like a mouse! The wolf kept squeaking as he ran into the woods. 

The poor wizard was getting flustered now,  as he started jumping around and muttering to himself. 

“No more animals, forget the horse! Its OK!” Jillian said. 

It was as if the wizard couldn’t hear her though, he just kept jumping around and muttering to himself. Jillian was beginning to think that she should go back to her canoe, for who knew what this crazy wizard may do. Then stopping suddenly, he looked directly at her. He got very close to her and she felt his eyes boring into her, making her feel slightly uneasy. Was he trying to cast a spell on her? 

“Perhaps I could make you into a horse, maybe that would work?” 

Jillian started backing away, but he was circling around her and chanting. Oh, she never should have got out of her canoe! 

POOF! 

“Jillian, Jillian, are you awake?” 

Jillian saw her Mom standing over her looking very concerned. “When you didn’t answer your phone I thought I would just come over, but then you wouldn’t answer your door and I got worried, for your car was still in the driveway. I can hardly breathe in here, how did you sleep? Don’t you know its really bad to breathe in fresh paint fumes for too long. You didn’t have any of your windows open, I had to shake you awake!” 

The room was still kind of spinning as Jillian tried to focus on her Mom and on what she was saying. Why was she in bed? Hadn’t she just been in her canoe and … she couldn’t remember anymore, her brain felt like it was in a fog.  Her Mom helped her out of bed and said, “Lets go, I am taking you out to breakfast, and letting your house air out for the day! What would you like to eat?” 

“A cheeseburger.” Jillian replied, grinning. 

“For breakfast? Those paint fumes really did get to you, didn’t they?” 

Once Jillian felt more balanced, and the dizziness went away she got ready to go out with her Mom. They were walking out the door when her Mom said, “Perhaps you can explain to me why you chose the colors you did for your room? Purple and orange? What were you thinking of, a chameleon?” 

 

 

 

 

                                                             

 

 

 

Mason and Betsy’s Disappearance!

I know I have left you hanging with the 2 last stories that I wrote, but your curiosity will be solved with one of the stories tonight, thanks to Jason.  He wrote quite the tale, which I am sure will bring laughter. I am always glad when he writes another story from Bittersweet Creek, though poor Cara may feel differently. If you missed Part 1, here is the link to The Wacky Weekend! 

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“Hey, what is some strange cow doing in my barn?” Fuzzywhistle yelled into the kitchen.

Amanda was startled out of her dream-like state, thinking that Mason was about to ask her on a date.

Mason immediately excused himself and got up to see what was troubling his friend Mr. Fuzzywhistle. The three of them went down to the barn and sure enough there were two cows.

Mason walked over to the interloper cow to give it a good look. He was petting the cows head to try to make sure that she remained calm when he noticed the familiar cowbell the cow was wearing. Amanda became jealous of the attention that the cow was getting and was about to ask Mason to go for a romantic walk with her when the cow shook her head, ringing the cowbell and just like that Mason and the strange cow vanished from the dimly lit barn. Clarabelle, the other cow, continued to munch hay as if nothing had happened.

Later that week, Cara was trying to manage the coffee shop by herself. ‘Oh, when will that Mason be back?’ she wondered to herself ‘This place is a lot of work and I barely have any time to drink coffee and gab.’

And the coffee shop was particularly busy this week as all the ladies of the town were wondering what had happened to Mason and came in regularly to see if he had returned. Cara was running back and forth bringing desserts and coffees to the various patrons. She was hastily carrying a tray full of pies, tarts, and coffee and talking to her lady friends when she lost her footing and came crashing down to the floor. When she got back up she was covered in gooey desserts and drenched with coffee. Everyone had a good laugh and she was embarrassed but she did quite well with tips that day.

Meanwhile, in a cheese warehouse in Switzerland, Betsy and Mason faced down a gang of criminals who had been smuggling weapons in the large wheels of cheese. The bad guys had them surrounded but Betsy was undeterred; she would not tolerate dairy products being used for such nefarious purposes.

Three of the bad guys rushed Mason while three rushed Betsy. There was a whirlwind of human feet and cow hooves and soon the warehouse floor was littered with bruised and broken smugglers. Sirens could be heard just outside the door and Betsy told Mason that they had to make their exit.

“Ok, Betsy” Mason said “But before returning to Bittersweet Creek there is one stop that I’d like to make.”

The next day, a frazzled Cara was working the morning shift at the coffee shop trying to deal with the many thirsty customers. Amanda tried to help, but she mainly just got in Cara’s way. A ‘woosh’ was heard from the back room and they both went to investigate. There they found Mason holding two packages.

“Where have you been?” Cara exclaimed “I have been trying to work this coffee shop all by myself all week and am just about to collapse.”

“And what do you have in those boxes?” Amanda asked quite curiously.

“Let me explain.” Mason began “Betsy was working to bust up a smuggling ring and she needed the assistance of someone with certain martial arts skills. So, she knew that I’d be at Mr. Fuzzywhistle’s place and she met me there to take me on her mission. That cowbell of hers is quite a useful tool. Lucky for her she got it back from that crazy woman at the inn.”

Mason then handed a package to Amanda and said “I picked up a box of some fine Swiss chocolates for you on my trip.”

Amanda began blushing and didn’t know what to say but Cara immediately asked about the other box thinking that it must be something for her. “is the other box for me?” she asked.

“Um, no. This is nothing really just some supplies.” Mason stuttered out.

“Oh, let me see what it is.” Cara said as she grabbed the box and opened it. She immediately began laughing and Mason began blushing after she opened the box and pulled out several bottles of fancy French hair conditioner.