Tuesday’s Thoughts!

So what thought popped in your head just now?  If you are like me, there are several thoughts going through your head. Lots of tabs open. Hopefully amidst all your open tabs you can take the time to sit  back and relax a little as you add some of these thoughts to your brain. May they bring some smiles and some encouragement! Have a wonderful day!

 

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Fresh Brownies!

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I was wondering what I was going to post today for April Fools. Wanted to bring some laughter and thought how I should have waited to post my “Back at the Farm” story for today. Think of what else could have happened to Jinx, Jangle, Snowball and Alabaster on April Fools Day! But…. since I already had, I kept thinking. Thinking as I enjoyed 2 walks today. One by myself, and one with my kids, in the light rain. Both were enjoyable!

Then the idea came to me and I made “fresh brownies” for my family. They didn’t look exactly like what is in the picture, but same idea. 🙂  The Letter E, cut out with paper and colored in brown. I served up Brown E’s! and the look on my husband’s face was priceless!

Oh yes, laughing is fun, so if you haven’t laughed today yet, hopefully this helped! 🙂

Tuesday’s Thoughts!

For the first time I have been listening to a book by audio. I really wasn’t sure if I would like “reading” a book that way, but I am really enjoying it. The lady’s voice draws me in and I am so intrigued with the story.  Plus now I can “read” and do laundry at the same time!  Cook and “read” at the same time. So while nothing compares to an actual book that I can hold in my hand, this has been fun for something different! What new thing have you done lately?

Don’t forget that tomorrow is April Fools Day. Be on your guard. I have ones who keep me on my toes all the time, so I am used to being on my guard. May these quotes bring some sunshine your way today and please stay well, as we keep taking one day at a time!

 

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Back at the Farm

Snowball couldn’t believe that his friends were still sleeping. They apparently had grown used to the rooster crowing at the break of dawn.  Today was their last day down at the farm and they had slept right through the rooster’s “Cock a doodle doo!”

Eating his last bite of scrambled eggs, a sly thought came to Snowball’s mind. With a smile he mentioned his idea to Luke and Luke heartily agreed to it.

Jangle and Alabaster shot out of bed, and Jinx was holding his head in his hands wondering what had just happened. One moment he had been having sweet dreams and the next …. his ears were ringing!

Snowball and Luke were laughing with tears streaming down their faces. The trumpet was now resting in Luke’s lap.

“Had I told you guys that I was a star trumpet player back in school?”  Luke said, with his eyes twinkling.

Jinx, Jangle and Alabaster stood there with dazed expressions on their faces.

“It is a beautiful morning isn’t it!” said Snowball, “Hurry up and get dressed now, the cows are waiting. Betsy is waiting for you especially, Alabaster.”

Jinx looked at Snowball. “What has you so cheery this morning?”

“Remember the fortune cookies we got at the restaurant last night? Well I had forgotten to read mine until this morning.  It said, ” Today will be a bright, beaming, wonderful day, nothing bad shall befall you.”

Snowball was all smiles, “Today is my day! See ya all out in the barn!” and he was laughing as he closed the door.

The day did seem to be turning out just how Snowball’s fortune had said.  His friends were having mishaps, but his day was shaping up perfectly.

While Alabaster was stacking up some hay, he slipped and fell into a pile of manure. He told Snowball that he was sure Betsy was silently laughing at him. Betsy may have been silently laughing, but Snowball and the others weren’t so quiet.

Jinx was trying to plow the field with the mule, but the mule had sat down and was refusing to listen to Jinx’s pleas to get up. Jinx finally gave up and decided he would get a start on digging some holes that Luke had wanted dug. He was pretty good at digging holes. At least he had thought he was, until he hit one place where the dirt wasn’t budging , he put a lot of force on his shovel and before he knew it he had done a belly flop onto the ground , with dirt flying into his face.

Jangle had tried getting eggs from the Henrietta and managed to grab 4 of them, before getting pecked on his hand.

Meanwhile Betsy had cooperated real nicely for Snowball when he milked her and then he enjoyed lying on the hammock, taking a nap under a nice shade tree. Annie had come out to him after his little nap with a glass of sweet lemonade. She also carried her favorite book in her arms, for him to read to her. “The Odessa Chronicles”

He enjoyed the book as much as Annie did, laughing at all the crazy antics of the characters. She had also sneaked some donuts out of the kitchen for them to have. She gave an impish grin as she gave one to Snowball. Oh, was it yummy!

The day flew by and too  soon it was time for Julia to drive the guys back to the airport so they could catch their plane back to the North Pole.

Luke and Julia were so appreciative of all their hard work and invited them to come back anytime! They all felt bittersweet about leaving, for Luke and Julia were really nice and Annie was simply adorable. Alabaster though was not going to miss Betsy the cow at all!

They were all settled in their seats on the plane and were chatting about the week they had at the farm. Amidst the mishaps, it had been a really good time, but they were eager to see their friends at the North Pole again.

A stewardess interrupted them and leaned down to Snowball and said, ” Congrats sir! You have won the prize!”

“A prize?” said Snowball in shock. Then he turned to the others and said, “See how right my fortune was, the day just keeps getting better and better.”

The others just shook their heads in disbelief.

“Out of all the passengers on this plane, your name was drawn. You get a nice box of chocolates, from all of us here, hoping you will fly our airlines again!”

Snowball grinned from ear to ear as he thanked them for his chocolates and he was nice enough to offer some to his friends.

“Yup today sure has been…”

Suddenly the plane rocked, the stewardess lost her balance and her full pitcher of ice cold water fell right into Snowball’s lap.

The stewardess apologized profusely, but his friends were laughing.

“What were you saying again about your luck today?” said Alabaster.

“Oh Snowball, you do know you can’t always believe everything you read, right? Including a fortune from a fortune cookie. ”

Snowball just sat there not saying a word, but smacked his head with his hand, forgetting it was the one that now had soggy, melted chocolate on it.

Yes, sometimes the things you read are just too good to be true.

 

 

 

 

 

The Bridge of Questions

The sun wasn’t shining bright, but it was still a nice day to be outside. The air was calm and the tufted titmouse was singing its song, from its perch, in the blushing pink Dogwood tree.

Sabrina took a deep breath in of the Spring air, smiling, as she continued her walk. She had no real destination. She had just decided that she needed a walk to clear her brain and what better way was there, than to be out in nature.

She continued walking and ended up walking out of her neighborhood and into a lush green meadow, with an array of different colored tulips. The bees buzzed around her as they flew from flower to flower. She watched them as they intently went about their business paying no heed to her, they had work to do. She watched the little spotted ladybug crawling up a stem. While taking a break and sitting down, she felt something crawling on her leg. Looked down to see a little green caterpillar inching its way across her leg.

So many little things to notice, if one just take the time and opens their eyes. She spied some brown speckled mushrooms and wondered if tiny fairies really did live under them.

After resting for a bit, she got up on her feet and continued her walk. Leaving the meadow she wandered down the hill, and around the bend. Up ahead she saw a bridge with an older man sitting on it, staring out into the water running under the bridge. She figured she would walk over to him and possibly strike up a conversation. She was in no hurry, so why not.

As she kept walking towards the bridge she saw the man turn his head and look directly at her. He kept staring as she walked closer, and he wasn’t showing any hint of a smile. Sabrina felt herself getting a little nervous, but being a curious person by nature she kept walking.

“Stop!” the man said, just as she was about to set foot on the bridge.

Sabrina’s eyes widened in shock, and she quickly came to a stop in front of him.

“Where are you headed?”  The man gruffly asked.

“Well before you so rudely stopped me, I was headed across the bridge.” Sabrina retorted, sounding braver than she felt.

“Why do you want to cross the bridge,” the man asked with a little gruffer tone.

Sabrina paused a moment and then without batting an eye, “To get to the other side of course!”

The man didn’t respond right away, as Sabrina tried to give him her most stern look,  which was hard, for she wasn’t stern very often.

“A little sassy, aren’t you!” the man replied. Sabrina said nothing, as she tried to hold her stare.

“Well since you think you are so clever, here is the deal. You must answer some questions of mine, and if answered to my satisfaction, I will allow you to cross the bridge.”

Some questions, thought Sabrina, how hard could his questions really be. She was up to a challenge.

Giving him a coy smile she said, “No problem, I will answer your questions, give it your best shot, old man.”

At her reply the man’s face gave its first hint of a smile. ” Not so quick missy…”

Before he could continue, she interrupted and said, “My name is Sabrina, old man!”

The old man let out a laugh, with a gleam in his eyes. “What I was saying, young missy, ” giving her  a sly smile. “You will need to answer some questions in order to cross the bridge. For now though, you need to return home, tomorrow I will begin with the questions.”

“Tomorrow!” Sabrina replied, ” Why must I wait?”

“Because…” said the man,” Now be off and I will see you tomorrow, unless you want to back down and change your mind.”

Sabrina narrowed her eyes and stuck out her chin, “I’m not changing my mind, I will see you tomorrow….” and she turned to walk away.  Looking back over her shoulder she said, “Goodbye for now, old man!”

**Okay my friends, what questions would you ask Sabrina? Got to give your quarantined brains a little exercise. Share your questions below, do you think she will be able to answer them or will she find herself stuck, and unable to cross the bridge? **

 

Tuesday’s Thoughts!

Who would have known that the year that we didn’t have to worry about snow days due to a record breaking winter of barely any snow, that there would be more missed school days than we have ever had!

Who would have thought that in a time of peace that the Olympic Games would be postponed, they have been postponed before in times of war, WW1 and WW2.

Who would have thought ….

No one knew what this year was going to bring, and we don’t know what the future holds, but we have today, to live, love and laugh! Embrace the day and look for the sun amidst the clouds. If you are looking, you will find it!

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Fun in Texas

When I read Jill’s post, https://jilldennison.com/2020/03/19/a-rare-g-rated-post/  I found out that it was ‘National Let’s Laugh Day”. Well I surely couldn’t let that day past without honoring it! I thought we could take another visit to our North Pole Friends. Enjoy!

They were all gathered in Santa’s house. Candy Cane had told Jinx, Jangle, Snowball and Alabaster that Santa had a special favor to ask of them.

“So now that I have explained it some, what do you all think?” asked Santa.

“Sounds like a fun adventure to me!” said Jinx, and the others all gave their voice of approval as well.

“Great!” Santa’s face beamed and he clapped his hands together. “It will be fun! I promise. Thank you all very much and now I guess you should all go and pack up, since you will be leaving tomorrow morning.”

Alabaster nudged Snowball, who had begun to doze off in his chair, and they all got up to leave. When the door shut, Candy looked at  Santa with a conspiratorial grin. “Well that was easy enough. They took it, hook, line and sinker!” said Candy, and Santa let out a hearty chuckle!

The next morning they left bright and early to go to the airport. While they were on the airplane they talked about where they were going.

“Santa really didn’t say much about his friend that needed help.” Jinx said.

“Yeah, come to think of it, he was rather vague with the details. But hey, we are getting a vacation, so do the details really matter?” asked  Snowball.

“We know that we are going somewhere a lot warmer than the North Pole, so I am happy!”said Jangle. They all agreed. Candy had said that Texas could get really hot.

Come to think of it, she had seemed extra happy about them going. It almost seemed like she knew more than what they did, but, ….  They all pushed down the little doubts that had begun surfacing. They were going on a trip to help a friend of Santa’s with some work that needed done. Santa thought they would be perfect for the job, he said his friend would explain everything when they got there. 

If Santa thought they would be perfect for the job, then they had no reason to fear, right? They all sat back in their seats, looking out the window and enjoyed the flight.

When the plane landed, they all walked to the gate to meet their ride. 

“There she is!” Jangle said. 

They looked where he was pointing and they saw a pretty blonde haired lady standing with a big smile on her face. She was holding a sign with all their names on it. 

“Welcome to Texas! HI! I am Julia, so nice to meet all of you. Thank you so much for coming! My husband Luke,  was so relieved when he heard that you guys were coming.  With him being laid up, since his accident, and me being 8 months pregnant, we needed someone to help with the farm chores!” 

She continued chatting away, and didn’t really notice the shock on their faces as they followed her to her car. They were going to be working on a farm! 

Alabaster turned to Snowball and quietly said , “I am afraid of cows! Do you think they have a cow?”  Snowball looked at him, “Afraid of cows? You mean you are a chicken!” and he started laughing, while Alabaster rolled his eyes at him.

About a half hour later they arrived at the farm. The house looked really nice with a white picket fence and there was a lot of land. They saw woods beyond the house and a creek, with a Weeping Willow tree by it. They looked forward to going down to the creek sometime. 

They got out of the car and Julia said, “I will show you to your guest rooms where you can unpack and wash up. Then I hope you have a hearty appetite for lunch.” Julia said. 

Ahh! Food, they all thought, now that sounded good! For a little while they forgot being nervous about the farm work that was going to be expected of them. 

The food was delicious and they were totally charmed by Luke and Julia’s little  girl Annie. She kept them laughing throughout the meal. Luke thanked them profusely for coming and he and Julia were so kind. In spite of them being nervous, they were really glad to have come and met this sweet family.  Their hearts were warmed by seeing the love that shined between Julia and Luke. 

It really was sad about Luke, 2 broken legs. He had some type of accident in the woods, at least now, he was on the way to recovery. Thankfully he was in less pain now. 

After lunch, they all told Julia to rest and that they would take care of the dishes. Julia was very pleased, and gladly took them up on their offer. Anna helped them too, entertaining them with her songs while they washed. 

After everything was done, Julia said she would take them out to the barn. Annie happily skipped along with them. ” You gotta meet Betsy, she is my favorite cow!” 

At hearing these words, Alabaster’s face got a little pale. Snowball started laughing and didn’t hear Julia say, “Watch where you …”  SQUISH! Everyone laughed at Snowball’s red face, as Julia said, “You gotta look out for those cow patties!” 

Alabaster forgot his fear while laughing. They entered the barn, and Annie said, “There she is, there is Betsy!”  and Alabaster saw the biggest cow he had ever seen. Her big, dark eyes seemed to bore into him!

Annie tugged on Jinx’s arm and asked if he wanted to meet Henrietta. She took him over to where a pretty Hen was sitting. “She needs to have her eggs gathered every day. All you do is reach in and take them.  Want to try it?” 

Jinx felt confident and reached in his hand. “SQUAWK!” The noise and flapping of her wings scared Jinx, and he jerked his hand back which made him squeeze the egg in his hand, causing it to crack. Julia tried to hold in her laughter, but the look on his face and the sight of egg yolk dripping from his hand was too funny. 

Jangle was laughing so hard, he tripped and fell into the water trough. 

Annie was doubled over with laughter, “This is going to be such a fun week, isn’t it Mommy!” she said. 

Jinx, Jangle, Alabaster and Snowball, shook their heads. It would be quite a week indeed! 

 

 

Tuesday’s Thoughts!

Good Morning! The first day of complete shutdown has started here. All stores, except for grocery stores and all restaurants, except for those with take out service, were mandated to close last night by midnight! At least we don’t have to worry about social distancing with blogging. Blogging is one activity that can still go on, amidst things shutting down around the world. We can still share smiles, laughter  and words of encouragement with each other.

Have a great day! Remember the things that are really important in life, amidst the chaos, and Smile!

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Tuesday’s Thoughts!

Happy Tuesday! Its another warm day in the forecast today, but rainy. A perfect day for a cup of tea, and perhaps reading my book inside today, without any spider visitors! After yesterday’s “Miss. Muffett” experience I still did get to enjoy the outdoors. My husband and I went on a hike in our nearby woods,  after he got back from his bike ride. It was very nice, and not a spider in sight!

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I hope you can find some peaceful moments in your day today, even if you can’t be by a creek.

 

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The End … Trying Again!

Your long awaited questions shall be answered at last in this ongoing saga of ” A Mama for Anna”. Thanks for enjoying the ride thus far.  Hope you enjoy “The End!” If you missed the most recent story in this saga, here is the link. The Finale?? Maybe … Maybe Not!

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Luke was out in the barn in the early morning hours, sitting and milking sweet Betsy with thoughts swirling around in his brain. He hadn’t known that his heart was capable of loving again, but Julia had broken through with her sweet love. The nights that they spent out on the porch swing looking at the stars, after Annie was in bed, were some of the favorite moments of his day.

Sometimes they would talk, sharing whatever was on their heart, and laughing about something Annie had said, and sometimes they just sat in the silence. A comfortable silence, arms wrapped around each other as they looked into the sky. with moments of their lips speaking without words.

Yes, life was really going well for him, he could get lost in his daydreams about Julia. the softness of her skin and how her hair looked when she let it down at night. When she would have that look in her eye meant only for him, and all he wanted to do was …

“OUCH!” Betsy had just kicked him with her leg. He knew she didn’t kick as hard as she could have, but it still hurt!

“Sorry girl!” he said, he realized he had pulled a little too hard, while lost in his daydreams. He finished up with her, before letting his thoughts drift again. He didn’t need bruises on both legs!

Once he finished up he went over to the little white cross to take care of his other job that he needed to do. He had to deliver a special package to the Fluffer Nutter Shoppe. No one knew what he had buried under the cross, it was the best hiding place that he had ever thought of.  Not many were willing to take their chances of digging under a cross, they didn’t want to risk finding a body!

He dug up the box and put it in his wagon. Now he just needed to eat breakfast with Julia and Annie and he would be on his way.

The Chicken Man was in the Fluffer Nutter Shoppe bright and early again. He had been out on a morning hike with Charlie and Tucker, and now needed to rest while enjoying some coffee.

“Is Luke here yet? ” the Chicken Man asked?

“Nope, haven’t seen him. I still can’t believe what he had under the cross all this time, who would have guessed!”

“You thought it was a dead body!” said Mr. Fluffer to Mr. Nutter.

“I wasn’t the only one who thought that! You let your imagination go too and Chicken Man over here, thought for sure something was up because of Tucker sniffing around the cross before.”

“Guess we were all duped!” said Mr.Fluffer, as they all nodded their heads and they went back to rocking in their chairs.

“Crack!” “Thud!”

The Chicken Man was sitting on the floor in a daze, while his buddies were trying not to laugh.

“Well next time you decide to flop on the floor, let us know, and we will put a cushion down for  you.”  said Mr. Fluffer.

“Guess we need a new rocking chair now! And add a coffee cup to his tab as well.” said Mr.Nutter, as he looked at the broken cup on the floor.

He gave the Chicken Man a hand to help him stand up.

Mr.Fluffer brought him another cup of coffee. This one is on the house, being that you already are paying for the rocker and the coffee cup.

“Thanks, you are too kind”.

“Don’t mention it!” Mr. Fluffer and Mr. Nutter said.

The bell jangled as Luke walked through the door. They all greeted each other and Luke was carrying the box in his hands. He set it down and they all gathered round to watch him open it.

Just then the door swung wide open as the bell jangled loudly! Miss. Jill came dashing in the store.  “Hey guys, there is someone out here who wants to meet you.”

They all looked at each other wondering what she was talking about, but momentarily forgetting the box, they ran out the door with Miss. Jill.

“Anna!” the Chicken Man called out. She turned to him and smiled. She walked over to him and thanked him for the kindness he had shown her in the woods. She told him that she lived in the orphanage, but often ran away from it to go in the woods.

Her parents had died on the train long ago, they had been very sick, and were traveling to see a special Doctor, but it was too late.  Anna was little and scared by all the people milling around her parents at the train station and so she had ran away.

She turned to Luke and said that when she saw his little white cross she thought that maybe her parents were buried there, so that’s why he had seen her there at times.

Their hearts were warmed by how sweet Anna was and they wished her the best as they walked back into the Shoppe. They sure hoped that she would be adopted soon they said to each other, as they gathered around the box once more.

Luke opened the box and they all oohed and ahhhed over what was inside. Gold, precious Gold!! Luke had generously offered to share it with them, if he could help run the “Fluffer Nutter Shoppe” too. He wanted to add some ice cream to it, he thought the kids in town would love that. He thought perhaps they could have sweet potato ice cream.  The others looked at him like he was crazy, but he was the one with the gold! He also was really hoping that the Chicken Man could get him a talking chicken, Annie would love it!

Luke smiled. yes, life was good, very good indeed!