An Early Morning

Good Morning! I was awake way too early this morning? 4am! Crazy to be wide awake at that time, but I was. Any clue as to why, for I don’t have any. I did end up texting my sister who was up at 4am to get on the plane to come back home. I told her she must be the reason, since her brain was awake, so was mine! We do tend to share the same brain at times.

I went back to sleep at 6, but only slept for a hour until I awoke again.So now I am listening to Pandora on my computer and enjoying the stillness of the morning. I have already done a load of laundry, but who knows how productive the rest of my day will be. I have a feeling that the following picture may define me by this afternoon.

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Perhaps something so exciting will happen today that will keep me wired and awake! Maybe? Yes? No, probably not!What do you think?

I heard yesterday that it is always good to keep the brain working, brain therapy they say! Since I care about the health of your brains, here is some fun trivia for all of you. Trivia that has to do with “The Odessa Chronicles”,  the book that Colin and I are currently working on.  A book for the young and old. It is about our wonderful, crazy friends; Odessa, Dewey, Jaxon and of course the Man-servant! If you haven’t read any of our stories about Odessa the Barn Owl, Dewey the Tabby Cat, Jaxon the Jackalope and the Man-servant, then wait no longer. They are humorous,  fun, special characters that we have come to love. Here is a link to the latest story about them. The Big Wheel

Now get those brains working! I promise I won’t make you strain your brains too hard!  Think you can get them all right? Have fun, just guess if you don’t know. For you never know you may turn out being right.

1. What are 2 of Dewey’s favorite things to do?

2.  Who can be sassy putting the others  in their place pretty quickly with their quick wit?

3. Who thought they had a wonderful plan to make Dewey be able to fly, what could possibly go wrong? (answer found in Dewey’s Flight!)

4. Who can be sly and give back as good as he gets?

5. Where do they all live?

6. On a scale of 1 to 10, how good is Dewey at being patient?

7. Who was stranded while being up high, deciding to just enjoy the view?

8. This question is from a story further back, but I am sure there are some of you that remember. Who took a long journey, leaving behind their friends at the Farm? (making them curious, not to mention me, as I was sent the story part by part each day. Yes, Colin enjoys testing my curiosity!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Big Wheel

Good Morning! I thought I would start off the week with a smile for all of you! Sit down and put your feet up and enjoy a trip back to Moonbeam Farm. Take another peek into the book that Colin and I are working on. The Man-servant works so hard at  taking care of Dewey, Odessa and Jaxon, and trying to maintain his sanity with them. Sit back and look what happens when Colin has the Man-servant treat himself, by going to the town carnival. Sounds like a fun day, right? What could possibly go wrong?

The Big Wheel

POUNCE! Dewey had landed!

The Man-Servant’s eyes popped wide open. Dewey loved pouncing on him when he was napping, just to see his reaction. His hands would wave about as he tried to get his bearings after being rudely interrupted and, by the time he had recovered from his abrupt awakening and looked around, all he ever saw was Dewey curled up on his bed and seemingly asleep! Dewey loved to play jokes on the Man-Servant!

A short time later, Jaxon arrived in the farmhouse as planned. He and Dewey had arranged to go on an adventure together and as soon as Dewey had finished his breakfast, they were on their way.

As they crossed the yard and went out through the gate and into the field, Dewey turned to Jaxon. “I pounced on the Man-Servant again this morning! You should have seen him jump!” Jaxon was laughing as he listened to the details. “I wish that I had been there.” he said. “You should be careful though because, one day, he might just realize that it is you, and then you will have some problems with him playing jokes on you!” “I hadn’t thought about that.” said Dewey. “I didn’t get my after breakfast treat this morning. Hmmm… perhaps he already suspects something?”

They carried on across the field, laughing about the things that they had done to the Man-Servant since he moved into Moonbeam Farm, when Dewey suddenly stopped. “What’s up?” said Jaxon. “Can’t you smell it?” he said. “There is a wonderful aroma of food! There is a ton of food around here somewhere!” Jaxon stood still and listened because he has incredibly sensitive ears. “I can hear music!” he said. “I was at a fairground once, and it sounded just like this, and there was lots of food! Let’s go and find the fair!”

They found the fair behind a large building, and Dewey was following his nose through the people and up to a popcorn cart. Jaxon was right behind him and, fortunately, the people were too busy to see them scurrying along the ground. Dewey suddenly called out. “Jaxon! There is a bag of popcorn here on the ground!” Dewey grabbed the bag and they both went under the cart and opened it up. “It smells much better than it tastes” said Dewey, but Jaxon was not listening as he was focused on all the feet around him!

“What are you doing?” said Dewey. “Look over there.” said Jaxon pointing at a pair of boots. “Don’t you recognize them?” Dewey looked hard. “They are similar to the Man-Servant’s boots.” he said. “They ARE the Man-Servant’s boots!” said Jaxon. “Let’s follow him and see where he goes.”

The Man-Servant had decided to ride the Big Wheel, and as he lined up to get his ticket, Jaxon and Dewey were watching him and looking at the Big Wheel. “It’s really big!” said Dewey. “I know!” said Jaxon. “Look how high these chair things are going to go once it starts turning!”

The Man-Servant climbed into his chair; lowered the bar in front of him so that he could not fall out, and waited. It was not long before the Big Wheel started turning. Dewey and Jaxon both looked up in amazement as they saw the Man-Servant going higher and higher, and looking smaller and smaller. Eventually of course, he was over the top and coming down again. Dewey and Jaxon had now started to just look around when Dewey noticed a big red button on the side of the Big Wheel near to where the operator was standing.

“I wonder what that button does?” said Dewey. Jaxon looked sat him and smiled. “It stops the wheel from turning!” Dewey had a sly grin on his face. “Well perhaps we should push that button when the Man-Servant is up high! Wouldn’t that be fun?” Jaxon shook his head. “No, we shouldn’t do that as it is for emergencies, and only the operator should press it.” “Oh… that’s a shame!” said Dewey! He then crept around until he was in front of the operator, and suddenly jumped up with a loud “EEK!” The operator fell backwards and onto the red button! The Big Wheel suddenly stopped!

Jaxon looked at Dewey. “I think you just broke the Big Wheel!” he said. Dewey was laughing. “I know… and guess where the Man-Servant is?” Jaxon slowly looked up at the Big Wheel, and then he too burst out laughing. “He’s at the very top! How he will get down?” Dewey just looked at him. “Come on Jaxon. Let’s get out of here fast!”

The both ran as fast they could, and were soon back in the yard near the barn when they both stopped; looked at each other, and burst out laughing again. “I wonder if the Man-Servant will get home tonight?” said Dewey, and then started laughing again!

Suddenly there was the familiar whoosh-whoosh sound as Odessa landed next to them. “Okay guys. I could hear you from inside the barn … so what’s up?” Dewey could not tell her the story, as he kept laughing at the thought of the Man-Servant being stuck at the top of the Big Wheel, so Jaxon explained what had happened. Odessa’s eyes opened really wide. “You mean the Man-Servant is probably still stuck at the top of a Big Wheel?” “Could well be!” said Jaxon. Odessa just looked at them both and grinned. “This is something I have to see!” she said, and took off in the direction of town.

The Man-Servant was still sitting in his chair and waiting for the problem, whatever it was, to be fixed when Odessa landed on his safety bar and looked at him. “What are you doing up here Man-Servant? Admiring the view perhaps?” The Man-Servant just looked at her. “Yes Odessa, I got on this Big Wheel and decided to stop it when I was right at the top just so that I could admire the view!” Odessa cocked her head to one side. “That’s rather inconsiderate don’t you think?” The Man-Servant looked at her. “What?” Odessa repeated. “That’s rather inconsiderate don’t you think? You decided to stop and admire the view, and everybody else has to stop because of it. Humans are exasperating!”

The Man-Servant just stared at her. “I didn’t really stop it Odessa!” Odessa hopped along the bar to get a little closer. “Then why did you say that you did?” “I don’t know!” said the Man-Servant. “It just seemed a good response to your question?” Odessa gave her best confused look. “I don’t understand your species! I am going back to the farm. Have a nice time up here!”

Just as Odessa took flight, the Man-Servant called out to her so she circled around and landed back on the safety bar. “What!” she said. “Can you check up on Dewey and Jaxon and let them know that I will likely be home later than usual today. They’re probably playing in the yard.” “Actually,” said Odessa, “when I left, they were both up on the farmhouse roof and jumping off it into the flower beds!”

“What!” said the Man-Servant. “You didn’t stop them? They could seriously hurt themselves.” Odessa just blinked her big eyes at him. “When I saw them they were in the yard.” The Man-Servant looked rather annoyed. “Then why did you say that you saw them jumping off the roof?” “It just seemed like a good response to your earlier comment. I have to go now Man-Servant. Enjoy your ride!”

Odessa then took flight once again and headed back to Moonbeam Farm. She glanced back as she headed over the town and noticed the Big Wheel start turning again.

She saw Jaxon and Dewey, as she flew into the yard, and told them that the Man-Servant will probably be home soon as she had seen the Big Wheel starting to move again.

He arrived about thirty minutes later, and decided to explain to them why he had been delayed. “I was riding the Big Wheel when something happened and a safety switch stopped it from turning.” he said. Dewey was grinning. “Were you feeling on top of the world?” Jaxon added. “Was it nice to be going in circles and then suddenly stop?” Odessa flew over to him. “Hi Man-Servant. What was it like to reach new heights?”

The Man-Servant looked at them all. “How come you all seem to know so much, and why are you all grinning?” Odessa moved in closer. “I told them that I had found you when I was flying over the town!”

“Well,” said the Man-Servant, “it was not a very pleasant experience sitting at the top of the Big Wheel while the staff was down below trying to find out why the emergency button had been activated.” Dewey and Jaxon just looked at each other and tried not to laugh.

“Isn’t it time for our supper?” said Dewey. “Absolutely it is.” said the Man-Servant, as he got up and went to the cupboard where he kept Dewey’s food. “Oh… there seems to be a problem.” said the Man-Servant. “Your cupboard door won’t open!” Dewey, Jaxon and Odessa all looked at him. “What do you mean it won’t open?” said Dewey. “I can’t open the cupboard door. I guess somebody has pressed the safety button so I shall have to look for the cause and then reset it, unless it resets itself… but I think that I’ll have a cup of tea first!”

“How long will it take to reset it?” said Dewey. “Oh… only about twenty to thirty minutes.” said the Man-Servant. Twenty-five minutes later, the Man-Servant tried the door and it opened so Dewey was able to have his supper.

Dewey was talking to Jaxon and Odessa later when he said “What are the chances of that happening. The Big Wheel, and my food cupboard door, breaking down on the same day?” Odessa just looked at him and rolled her eyes. “I don’t think it was coincidence Dewey. I think he knows it was you. I would suggest that you are super nice to him for some time now as it might take him a long time to forget this day!” Dewey just stared at Odessa. “Whatever!”

Dewey in the Spotlight!

Happy Saturday! The week-end is here! To start your week-end off right I thought I would share an interview that Colin had with one of our wonderful friend’s from Moonbeam Farm! If you missed seeing how Dewey came to Moonbeam Farm, here is the link to the story.  Once Upon A Time (part 3) and Once Upon A Time… Part 3b. You will also find links to Odessa and Jaxon’s stories, if you missed them. How did these Adventurers find each other?

Dewey is a very special cat and he of course could not let Odessa( the barn owl) be the only one in the spotlight! He felt that he needed an interview as well, so Colin was nice to oblige.

Out of simple curiosity do you have a favorite friend from Moonbeam Farm? If so, feel free to share who and why. Would be fun to know. Now we better get the interview done, before Dewey falls asleep!!

 

Dewey Interview – General

Colin: Hi Dewey. Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed. Where should we start?

Dewey: Given the amount of air-time that Odessa has been getting, I was wondering when my interview would be coming but, before we start, I have a question for you!

Colin: Okay Dewey… go for it!

Dewey: I brought my favorite bowl with me. Would you mind putting some food in it for me?

Colin: Not a problem Dewey but while I am…………………..

Dewey: Sorry to interrupt old buddy, but can I have one of my cushions here… appropriately fluffed up of course, as this carpet is rather… well, not my first choice of some place to chill!

(A few minutes later)

Colin: Okay Dewey. Tell me what you think about your origins in the stories.

Dewey: Well, I am obviously indebted to Odessa. I have no idea how I got into that log at such a young age because you chose never to disclose that in the story. I also know nothing about my Mom and Dad. Do I have any sisters or brothers? I think that you owe me an explanation!

Colin: To be totally honest Dewey, there are many aspects of all four of you that have not been explained. That is just a very easy way of “leaving the door open” for more stories.

Dewey: So do I have a Mom and Dad?

Colin: That has not been decided yet.

Dewey: Do I have any brothers or sisters?

Colin: That has not been decided either!

Dewey: Do you have any more food because my bowl seems to be empty again?

(A few minutes later)

Colin: Well Dewey, we don’t have a lot of time so why don’t we just focus on Odessa. How do you feel about having a bird as a friend?

Dewey: In general… not a lot, although (don’t tell Odessa) I kind of like having her around.

Colin: Can you explain that for our readers?

Dewey: Of course. Odessa is like a big sister to me, except better!

Colin: In what way is she better?

Dewey: Well… to start with she is big! She can fly so well and totally intimidate small creatures on the ground, just like I do sometimes. Oh… and she has a very sharp beak, and a wicked set of claws. If I had to pick somebody to be on my side in a difficult situation, then I would pick Odessa!

Colin: What you think about Jaxon?

Dewey: Oh I love Jaxon. He is a cutie. He really doesn’t say too much, although I love it when he tries to communicate with Odessa… and his magic is fun, and concerning, at times. Can we talk about the Man-Servant?

Colin: Of course.

Dewey: Well… our first meeting was fun because although he was wide awake when we first met, his behavior was so “unhuman” that I knew that there would be an awakening later. You should have seen his face when he suddenly realized that him and I could communicate!  That was so much fun, and even when he dropped his cup of tea and made a mess of the floor, I just had to laugh. I also had to make sure he knew that I expected him to clean up after himself! In general, we get along pretty good and he is very entertaining when trying to talk with Odessa!

Colin: Our time is out Dewey, so thank you so much for sharing some of your thoughts. I’ll let you have the last few words here, so what would you like to say?

Dewey: Well Colin. I think it odd that you can overlook the obvious at times, but do you see my food bowl? Can you see anything in it?

Fun-Loving Friends

Happy Wednesday!! Last Friday I shared a beautiful picture of Odessa that Jodi,  a sweet blogger  friend painted. Well Dewey didn’t think that Odessa should get all the attention, after all Dewey believes that  he is a special cat.   He actually is awake in the picture!  He must be getting hungry. I believe his beautiful green eyes are saying, “See how sweet and innocent I am, Please feed me!” dewey-the-cat-moonbeam-farm-in-watercolor-8x10-140lb-saunders-hot-press

Jaxon his laid backed pal,  enjoyed seeing the pictures of his friends. He is modest and didn’t feel that he needed his picture done, but he also realized that a lot of people may not know what a Jackalope looks like. He has a big heart, so he thought that perhaps he could help out by letting others see a picture of him. You will never find a sweeter Jackalope than Jaxon!

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Thank you again Jodi for your lovely pictures of our friends who live on Moon Beam Farm. If you haven’t met the gang from Moon Beam Farm yet, don’t waste another minute! They are eager to meet you and entertain you with all their fun adventures. It has been an exciting adventure for Colin and I as we put our book together! Follow this link to a post on Colin’s blog that tells you more about the coming book. https://meandray.com/  This gang is something else, you never quite know what they are going to do!

Here is another  link that gives you a glimpse at an adventure that Dewey had. Dewey’s Flight! You just never know what all can happen at a wonderful place named  Moon Beam Farm!

Speaking of Moon Beam Farm, have any of you ever wondered how……. No, don’t think I am going to ask that right now! 🙂 I think I am feeling sleepy like Dewey, was awake too early.  Must be nice to be like Dewey and just sleep whenever he wants to. Sleeps until the Man-Servant fixes him his gourmet breakfast. Maybe my breakfast will magically appear this morning! Then again, I have 2 sleeping teenagers. No, don’t think it is going to happen. I don’t live at Moon Beam Farm!