The Greenwoods Election!

I recently have written some posts to do with politics and the troubling times in our midst. Today I thought I would share another political post, but on a lighter note. Some of you may have read this story when Colin posted it on his blog a few months ago, but good stories can always be enjoyed a second time around, right.

Our dear friends at Moonbeam Farm have also been troubled with politics. Its been awhile since we taken a peek into their lives, so lets see what exactly is going on.  If you want more information about the stories in “The Odessa Chronicles” and how you can purchase a copy, please click on the cover of the book in the right hand margin. 

The Greenwoods Election

The farm, where the Man-Servant lives with his friends Dewey, Jaxon and Odessa, is called Moonbeam Farm, and is within the boundaries of the Township of Greenwoods. It was election time there as the Mayor’s term in office was coming to a close.

There were two candidates for the job of Mayor, and neither impressed the Man-Servant too much. One of them, Jake Fullofitt, was promising so much that was either unrealistic or would destroy the Township of Greenwoods as they knew it. He was promising lots of development and new jobs, but did not seem to appreciate the beauty of the rural area and how that would be destroyed along with the natural habitats of many creatures.

The other candidate, Dolores O’Dear, seemed to have a much better grasp on how the Township of Greenwoods could go into the future without undue conflicts with nature, but she did seem rather secretive and possibly devious in her methods of getting things done.

On election night, the Man-Servant knew what he had to do. He had talked about this important decision with the other three, and Dolores was going to get his vote. He just hoped that the rumors about her were untrue (and probably created by Jake Fullofitt), and that her education, common sense, and an overall desire to do the best she could for the area, would prevail.

Later that night, the Man-Servant was watching the election results as they came up on his TV screen, and was getting concerned because Jake Fullofitt seemed to be winning. Not all the votes had been counted, but it was looking rather bad for the Township of Greenwoods. He went to the back door and called across to the barn for Jaxon and Odessa to come over and join him. He then woke up Dewey and said they were having an urgent meeting!

They were all sitting around the log fire as the Man-Servant explained his concerns. He really wanted Dolores O’Dear to win, but it was not looking good. Odessa looked very thoughtful “You know,” she said, “I’ve been around quite a bit and have seen these situations before!” “Great!” said the Man-Servant. “How are they resolved?” “Easy.” said Odessa. “The unpopular candidate wins! What would you expect with a democratic voting process?” The Man-Servant looked at her and shook his head. “Thank you Odessa. Dewey… you are a devious creature when you want to be. Do you have any thoughts?” Dewey was asleep!

Jaxon, however, was looking really thoughtful. “Man-Servant.” he said. “What if I could influence the end result with my magic. Should I?” The Man-Servant looked at him. “Well Jaxon, we really should not interfere with the process, but Jake Fullofitt has lied so much that I think the future of life around here as we know is being threatened. Let’s just wait a little longer and see the results as more votes are counted.”

It was not long before the situation deteriorated further, and so the Man-Servant asked Jaxon to do whatever he could. Jaxon was sitting at the time, but soon stretched out with his head resting on his front legs, and clearly he was concentrating. The Man-Servant had never seen Jaxon look so focused, and was fascinated by what he was witnessing. Was it jackalope magic perhaps? He noticed Jaxon’s nose twitch a few times and then he was motionless, and with his eyes closed, for a good minute or two.

He then opened his eyes and smiled. “Man-Servant!” he said. “I think it has worked. I think Dolores O’Dear will win now so you just go to bed and have a good sleep!”

The Man-Servant smiled and went to bed but, as he lay there, he was thinking about what Jaxon did. Had he really manipulated the democratic process? Should he have allowed that to happen, after all it is the majority vote that should win? He tossed and turned and had a generally very bad night, with lots of questions on his mind and very little sleep.

When he turned on the radio the next morning, he heard that Dolores O’Dear had in fact won the election! He immediately went over to the barn to talk with Jaxon, and to explain that perhaps it was a mistake to interfere with the voting process. Odessa saw the Man-Servant first. “What’s up Man-Servant? Baffled by logic again?” The Man-Servant looked at her. “Odessa… this is serious! I asked Jaxon to fix the election process, and that was very wrong.”

Odessa looked a little puzzled, and looked at Jaxon (who had just arrived) and then back to the Man-Servant. “Are you saying that you believe Jaxon had something to do with the end result of the election yesterday?” “Yes!” said the Man-Servant. “That is exactly what I am saying!” Odessa took a couple of steps sideways towards Jaxon, and kicked him. “Don’t you have something to say to the Man-Servant?” she asked.

Jaxon was looking at his feet, which is what he tended to do when put in an awkward situation. “Well Man-Servant. My magic could not possibly affect an election process.” The Man-Servant shook his head. “But it did Jaxon! It did! I saw you do your magic thing, and Dolores won the election!” Jaxon looked up. “When you asked me to do that magic, Odessa winked at me, so I thought that I would pretend… just for a laugh.”

Odessa jumped up and down. “I didn’t wink at you! I was winking at Dewey because he was sneaking behind the Man-Servant to get to his food bowl!” Just at that moment, Dewey wandered into the barn. “I heard that Odessa!” he said. “I wasn’t sneaking around behind the Man-Servant, I was just going around him so that I could get a better view of Jaxon as I thought I heard magic mentioned!”

The Man-Servant sat down on the barn floor while the conversations were going on. “Tell me Jaxon.” he said. “Did your magic have any chance at all of impacting the election?” “Not a chance!” said Jaxon. “Not only does it have severe limitations on what it can do, but I am still trying to understand it so… no chance Man-Servant!”

Odessa then stepped closer to the Man-Servant. “You really have to smarten up you know if you want to fit in with us! We all know that Jaxon’s magic really sucks most of the time. Why aren’t you getting it?” The Man-Servant looked directly into Odessa’s eyes. “But Dolores won the election! How could she have done that without Jaxon’s magic?” Odessa just shook her head. “This may be difficult for you, being a mere human, to grasp… but please concentrate. Dolores received the most votes! That is how she won, but why am I explaining that to you? It is your democratic process after all!”

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The First Meeting

I grew up with dogs, have had one ever since I was born. My first dog was a white toy poodle named Peppy and then there was Buffy and Beauty and the list goes on. I  haven’t known life without a dog and I feel blessed by that. The joy they have given me over the years is priceless! I really can’t imagine life without one.

I have nothing against cats, but I just never really considered myself a cat person, for I had always been around dogs.

There is one cat though that has stolen my heart! He is nothing like my dogs who are so eager to please and they look at me with adoring eyes.

No, this cat is more on the demanding side and will be very quick to let you know if things aren’t up to his standards!

Dewey is his name and he is your very typical, though very special, cat. He lives at Moonbeam Farm with his friends Odessa, the Barn Owl and Jaxon, the Jackalope. He is very good friends with the man-servant as well.  The man-servant is someone who is so quick to meet Dewey’s needs, and his desires, Dewey’s wish is his command!  At least that is how it all started. Over time the man-servant gained some slyness of his own and Dewey has to be a little more careful about trying to pull one over on him. It isn’t always   quite as easy as it was in the very beginning.

What was it like in the very beginning when the man-servant first met Dewey?  Colin, from  https://meandray.com/2018/08/20/crescent-moon-2/ shared the following excerpt from our newly released  book on his blog a few weeks ago. I thought I would share it today. Hope you enjoy it! Would love to hear your thoughts. Do you have a “Dewey” at your house?

 

Joshua purchased Moonbeam Farm for his retirement, so that he could live his life in peaceful rural surroundings, but he did not know that he was not alone at Moonbeam Farm until …

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One night, he woke up rather earlier than usual and heard a sound from downstairs. He quietly got out of bed and put on his slippers. By the light of the moon, he slowly went down and into his living room, where he quickly turned on the light. He saw that not only was there only one cushion on the sofa, but he also saw a cat near the fireplace, with another cushion in its mouth!

He thought it looked friendly, so he bent down and said, “Who are you then?”

The cat turned its head to face Joshua, and said, “I am Dewey. Who are you?”

Joshua was in shock, as he had not been expecting the cat to talk. “Ummmm … well, I am Joshua Jeremiah Jonathan Jacob Jackson Pebblestone, and I live here.”

“So do I,” said Dewey, “but I was here before you!”

“Well,” said Joshua, “perhaps we can find a way of living together? I wouldn’t mind some company, and I can do a better job of looking after this place than you can.”

Dewey looked at him very seriously for a moment. “Can I keep these cushions?” he asked.

“Of course, you can,” said Joshua. “I’ll get a couple more for the sofa. Is there anything else that you would like?”

“Well,” said Dewey, “I like to sleep on your cushions, but a little blanket or two would be really nice for those cool nights.”

Joshua was really enjoying the conversation, although he really believed that it was all a dream, so agreed readily. “Of course Dewey. You help yourself to anything that you need.”

Dewey started purring and flicking his tail, and then said, “Anything that I need? Really?”

“Yes, of course,” said Joshua “Anything.”

Dewey considered for a moment, and then said, “Would you give me my breakfast every morning, and my dinner every evening? Will you keep my home nice and clean? Will you always let me in if the windows and doors are closed? Will you give me treats every so often? Will you take care of all my needs?”

Joshua was laughing now and said, “Dewey, it will be my great pleasure to share my home with you, and do all those things for you.”

Dewey looked up at him, still purring, his tail flicking even more happily now. “I have only one more request. Only one, and it is really simple.”

“Not a problem,” said Joshua, still laughing and really enjoying the moment. “Go ahead and ask. What is it now?”

“Well,” said Dewey, “I am going to have difficulties calling you ‘Joshua Jeremiah Jonathan Jacob Jackson Pebblestone’. I need something simpler, and as you are now going to be doing so much for me, how about I simply call you ‘Man-Servant’?”

Joshua laughed even more. He had never had a dream quite like this before. “Of course, Dewey. You can call me Man-Servant.”

Joshua was now feeling really tired and decided to go back to bed. Dewey went over to his cushions and curled up into a little ball.

The next morning, Joshua went downstairs and saw a cat curled up on his sofa’s cushions, which were again on the floor near the fireplace. He made himself a cup of tea, and then remembering his dream, walked over to the cat and said jokingly, “So, Dewey, I guess you are going to live here with me then.”

Dewey stretched his legs, flexed his front claws, looked directly at Joshua, and said, “Of course I am. We agreed that last night. Don’t you remember?”

Joshua dropped his cup of tea; his mouth fell open, and he slowly sank to the floor in disbelief. He sat there and looked at Dewey. Dewey, however, got up and walked over to him.

“Now look here, Man-Servant. I have to go outside for a brief visit, and when I come back, I would really like a bowl filled with some breakfast.” He then headed for the door, but before leaving the room, he turned around. “By the way, I hope you’re going to clean up that tea you spilled. Remember … we both live here now!”

 

*** “The Odessa Chronicles” is available directly from the Friesen Press online bookstore, Amazon and all other online book retailers.

 

 

 

 

Who is Jaxon? Part 2

On Monday I shared the 1st part of Jaxon’s story from “The Odessa Chronicles”.  Here is the link if you missed it. https://joyroses13.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/who-is-jaxon/

Jaxon is such a tender soul and sweet Jackalope. Colin and I have fallen in love with all the characters from Moonbeam Farm. We really had no control over that! I hope as you hear the rest of Jaxon’s story that you find yourself falling in love with him as well and that it intrigues you to want to know more about him and his best friends at Moonbeam Farm! Fun adventures await you in “The Odessa Chronicles!”

 

The Creator studied the Jackalope for a long time, and decided that to change its physical shape would be very risky. If this was going to be successful, he needed to use his magical powers. The first thing he did was to give the Jackalope the power of communication, in whatever language was necessary. He then confronted the Jackalope. “My friend,” he said. “You were created in a manner that should never have happened, and for that I apologize. Your survival abilities are currently very questionable, so I am going to give you magical powers. You will be able to understand all creatures as they talk to each other, so you will know what is going on, and make yourself invisible if necessary.” He paused.

“You will have many other powers, my dear Jackalope; however, there are some things you must understand. Your abilities to communicate and disappear as necessary will be permanent powers, but be careful with using any other magic. Some of your powers should only be used once, so always ask your inner-self about any intentions to use magic, and listen to the answer carefully. Are you prepared to accept these conditions?”

The Jackalope looked up at the Creator and slowly nodded his head.

“Very well,” said the Creator, “close your eyes and count to three.”

The Jackalope closed his eyes as instructed and, just as he finished counting, felt a warm tingling sensation all over his body. He then opened his eyes, and smiled. “Can I ask you for something else, Mister Creator?”

The Creator looked down at the Jackalope. “What is it, my dear friend?”

The Jackalope turned a little to one side, with some obvious embarrassment. “Mister Creator … can I have a name?”

“Well, of course you can,” said the Creator. “Your name is now ‘Jaxon’. You are going to be a unique adventurer, and you will live forever.”

Jaxon looked up at him. “A unique adventurer? Live forever?”

“Yes,” said the Creator. “You are the only Jackalope that will ever be created, so you are unique, and you must therefore live forever. I also believe that you will be an adventurer! Go out into the world and have some adventures!”

 

 

Who is Jaxon?

Happy Monday everyone! Did you happen to look out your window this morning and see a Jackalope? You never know where Jaxon may show up!

Colin, from https://meandray.com/  and I have collaborated together on a Children’s book of stories for all ages and it has been a wonderful feeling knowing that it has finally been  released! “The Odessa Chronicles”, is now available through Amazon and the Friesen Press online bookstore, as well as all other online book retailers.

The stories consist of crazy, fun adventures that involve a barn owl named Odessa, a cat named Dewey, a jackalope named Jaxon and the very patient “man-servant”, who tries to keep his sanity in dealing with everyone. They all live together on Moonbeam Farm, but the story starts before that.

Colin shared the story about Jaxon on his blog and I thought I would give my readers a peek into “The Odessa Chronicles” as well. I know we have some mutual followers, so I apologize for a repeat. Hopefully you can still enjoy the story a second time around.

This is Part 1 of the story, Part 2 will be posted on Wednesday. May it bring you SMILES!

 

Once upon a time, many years ago, and while the Creator was populating the earth with creatures, there was so much work to be done that an apprentice was eventually trained. Creating creatures was very skillful work and, under the direction of the Creator, he gained a lot of experience and eventually became very good at it.

The apprentice decided that, late one night, he would make a creature for himself. He knew this would have to be a secret, as the Creator often made it quite clear that all potential creatures must be pre-approved, and then only created under direct supervision.

He wanted to combine the agility and jumping abilities of a jack rabbit, with the tenacity and weaponry of an antelope. The unfortunate result was a creature with limited agility because of its horns, and a level of tenacity that would be scorned by other animals because of its small size. The apprentice broke the Creator’s first rule, which was that all creatures had to have sufficient skills to ensure their survival. He immediately realized that his creature (he called a Jackalope) would not survive very long in this new world. Much as he wanted to keep his creation a secret, he did eventually decide to tell the Creator what he had done, as he really hoped that his Jackalope could be saved.

As can be imagined, the Creator was very disappointed that the apprentice had made such a selfish decision to make himself a creature, and posed two questions: “What right do you think you have to create life without understanding all that is involved? What right do you think you have to create this poor creature, who cannot possibly survive in this environment?”

The apprentice was very ashamed of what he had done. He had wanted a creature for himself, but had not considered the possible problems that might come with not knowing all that was necessary. He now looked at the poor little Jackalope and cried, because he saw no future for it. The Creator saw that the apprentice was punishing himself sufficiently, and was pretty certain that he would not do it again, and so he rested his hand on the apprentice’s shoulder and said, “Your Jackalope will live. I have a plan. You can go home now, while I see what I can do here.”

Celebration at Moonbeam Farm!

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Time passed, and feeling CUCKOO may have happened sometimes while waiting!

And than, just like that …. it happened! It’s REAL! What was once just a dream is now available to be enjoyed by everyone and yes, my eyes may be a little wet!

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Thank you dear readers for your support and encouragement throughout this wild and crazy adventure!

A special thank you to my amazing co-author, Colin, from https://meandray.com/. Thanks for what I often called your magic touch! Thanks for your patience also that may have been needed sometimes in working with me. How did Moonbeam Farm get its name again? 🙂

Also a big thanks to the very talented artist Jodi McKinney from https://lifeinbetween.me, You been with us from the very beginning of this dream, from the first story that appeared on my blog, and you made our beloved characters look awesome!

Looking for adventure? Take a trip to Moonbeam Farm. A place where love and laughter reside! Make sure you keep your eyes wide open though, for with the Moonbeam Farm gang you never know what may happen!

Tuesday’s Thoughts!

Happy Tuesday! Did you wake up feeling happy this morning?  I have been happy in the knowledge that “The Odessa Chronicles”,  the book that Colin and I have worked on for so long,  is sooo close to being released! Such a wonderful feeling seeing everything come together. Never stop dreaming, you just never know when one of your dreams will come true!  Have an amazing Tuesday.

 

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Life’s Surprises

Editing, editing and more editing , but the end is in sight!  When Colin and I started this adventure of getting “The Odessa Chronicles”  published I really didn’t know what was all involved. Colin was definitely more the expert, as far as knowledge goes.  He has 2 very good books under his belt already!

So which one of us has been more patient in this whole book collaboration adventure?

“Has anybody told you what lovely feathers you have?”  Confused? Its a quote from the book that will make perfect sense when you read the story, but I will try to ease your confusion a little until then.  It’s a quote  from someone in the story who likes to jump from one subject to another without warning.

I believe that I won’t stop shaking my head about how “The Odessa Chronicles” all started. I only intended to write a simple blog post about a cat named Dewey. How I came up with the name Dewey, I don’t even remember. Somehow it just popped into my mind.

Then after quite some time had passed I was inspired to write another Dewey story, just for fun.  I wanted to give Dewey  and his man-servant a friend.  Who was the new friend?  Well,  a jackalope of course, makes perfect sense, right?  That wasn’t the end, for Dewey the cat,  Jaxon the Jackalope and the warmhearted man-servant needed one more friend.  Life just wouldn’t be near as exciting without our sweet Odessa, the barn-owl.

The stories were fun to write but I still had no thought about it becoming a book. There is one thing though that I have learned about life over and over again. “Expect the Unexpected!”

Colin wrote a story for fun, and guess what?  He enjoyed it and so he wrote another!  Thus began the crazy adventure of revising stories, writing new ones and realizing that these characters that started out as fictional were becoming quite real to us.  They wrapped themselves around our hearts and we had no choice but to move forward!

You really never know what may happen in life. Keep your eyes open and most importantly your mind,  to new things that may be on your horizon. Things that perhaps you didn’t dream about but that may surprise you and take you on an exciting ride!

I am very glad that I sat down one day and had the idea to write a story around a cat and a man-servant.  An idea that was inspired by a joke!

I am very glad that Colin accepted the challenge to write a story and that he enjoyed it and wrote another, for then magic started happening.

“Expect the Unexpected!”  Be open to whatever life throws your way.

“Expect the Unexpected!”  That would be a good motto for this book, for you just don’t know what you may find inside the pages.  Expect to smile, expect to laugh, to feel warmth in your heart and possibly even a tear to your eye at times.

This book is intended for children and adults alike.  A time when adults can relax with the book for the times when life may be getting a little too adultish, too complicated, which makes me think of another excerpt from the book.

Why are you swaying back and forth?”

“Oh,  I often do that,  especially when I am standing still, and if deep in thought, which I usually try to avoid because it starts making life complicated,  which is really not what I want,  because my life is complicated enough without me thinking about it, so I generally don’t  if I can avoid it.”

“Expect the Unexpected!” You never know how life may surprise you!  I have been talking to a cat, a jackalope and an owl for a long time now, and oh yes a crazy man-servant.  Do I ever feel like I m going crazy at times?

“Has anybody told you what lovely feathers you have?”