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FROM: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ
TO: PRINCE, C/0 CAMP HOWE
TO: COMMANDER, CAMP HOWE

THIS AFTERNOON A WHITE PANEL TRUCK DROVE TO CAMP TQ, BUSTING THROUGH THE FRONT GATES AND IGNORING SHOUTS FROM THE GATE GUARDS....GUNSHOTS INTO THE TRUCK TIRES SLOWED THE TRUCK, BUT THE DRIVER DID NOT COMPLETELY STOP UNTIL IT ARRIVED UP AT THE HOUSE ....AT THIS TIME SEVERAL ARMED MEN JUMPED OUT OF THE TRUCK, CHANGED THE SHOT OUT TIRES BEFORE YOU COULD BLINK WHILE 2 MEN RAN INTO TQ'S HOUSE....A HORRENDOUS SCREAM WAS HEARD, ALONG WITH VIOLENT BARKING....SECONDS LATER THE 2 MEN STAGGERED OUT OF THE HOUSE,ONE HOLDING HIS BLOODY ARM...THE OTHER WAS CARRYING ANNIE, WHO APPEARED TO BE UNCONCIOUS....REMEMBER, ANNIE ISTHE SISTER TO ROSCOE, ...THE MEN THREW HER INTO THE BACK OF THE PANEL TRUCK AND ALL THE MEN JUMPED BACK IN IT AS THE DRIVER TURNED THE TRUCK AROUND, SPRAYING DUST AND GRAVEL EVERYWHERE....THEY SPED BACK OUT THE GATES, NOT STOPPING FOR ANYONE OR ANYTHING....ONE OF OUR GUARDS WAS SERIOUSLY HURT WHEN HE WAS HIT BY THE TRUCK...WE DO NOT KNOW IF HE WILL SURVIVE HIS INJURIES.....SO FAR THERE HAS BEEN NO COMMUNICATION TO US FROM THE KIDNAPPERS....PLEASE ALERT YOUR SOLDIERS TO KEEP AN EAR TO THE GROUND FOR ANY INFORMATION....

i UNDERSTAND THAT PRINCE, ROSCOE AND TOM AND JOANIE ARE OFF ON A TOP SECRET MILITARY MISSION...IF YOU HAVE ANY WAY TO CONTACT THEM AND THINK IT IS APPROPRIATE, PLEASE LET THEM KNOW OF THE SITUATION WITH ANNIE....

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TO; DR. BABYCAKES, CAMP HOWE HOSPITAL
FROM: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ

have you heard the news? Annie has been kidnapped, possibly by henchmen of the Trumpet administration....during the debacle, one of our brave soldiers was hit by the getaway truck....it is serious, very serious, doctor....we are sending him to you via a special emergency courier....expect the eagle to arrive with your patient before 6pm....a nurse from the local veterinary emergency services is travelling with the patient....she is our only hope until you can take over.....the patient's name is Corporal Billy Bob, but he is often ccalled BB for Bubba sometimes by his friends...please keep us apprised of his situation when you can...if you need blood transfusions i am sure the Camp Howe wawas will gladly step up...If you need anything from here, you only have to let us know



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TO: ANNIE, CAMP TQ, VA
FROM: KUSHBARKER, CHIEF ADVISOR TO PRESIDENT TRUMPET

Nice try Annie, but the Trumpet is NEVER wrong!

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Dear Annie,

No can do. I must complete our mission somewhere in Florida. So sorry. I cannot return to VA at this moment.

Roscoe

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Dear Annie,

Please feel free to come visit me. Bowser and I would love to have you. Just remember, our place is your place as long as you remember your place relative to my place. (grin)

Baby Cakes, CMD, …oh, and all those other initials.

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TO: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ, VA (TOP SECRET)
FROM: PRINCE, SOMEWHERE IN FLORIDA via MILLITARY FORWARDING

After Andromeda’s “escape” from the brown bag and human teenagers, he climbed a large rock to get his bearings. What he saw was grass, rocks, and trees everywhere. He did glimpse the mountain in the distance. He had calculated the angle of that mountain from the encampment and, though he had no protractor, he calculated the angle of the mountain from his current position. His training resulted in his ability to make such a calculation within a plus or minus one degree reliability. Then, it was a simple matter of calculating distance and direction using a couple of trigonometry functions. Of course, that would be as the tufted titmouse flies rather than the zigzag course that he was required to follow in this rough terrain. If he could have passed in a straight line, he might have made it by the agreed upon time before the rest of us left the encampment, but this was going to take longer. He felt despair but he would never give up. He moved at the top speed that his little rather weary legs could carry him. Around this tree and that bush he went, always moving in the calculated direction. He was short of breath but knew that he had to continue.

At the encampment we were all packed and ready to go. Prince and Roscoe continued watching for Andromeda. Tom and Joanie were anxious to move on, but Prince said we needed to wait until the last minute. That we did. When the time came for us to depart, Prince refused to give up on Andromeda. He slipped around a large rock and remained silent. He knew Tom and Joanie would not leave without him. Roscoe smiled to himself, knowing exactly what Prince was doing, but was not about to divulge his knowledge. Rather, he pretended to look for Prince while avoiding that one spot where he knew Prince was hiding.

Andromeda hurried on, now one hour late and still not there. He came suddenly upon a hideous creature (from his point of view) which frightened him more than he could believe.



Then he realized that this creature was as frightened of him as he was of the creature. The long legged beast looked at him and said, “please don’t eat me.”

Suddenly Andromeda felt a surge of courage. “Oh, I won’t,” said Andromeda. “I am just trying to locate my friends.”

“Are they a company of two dogs and two humans?” asked the creature.

“Why yes,” said Andromeda. “Have you seen them.”

“Just over the next hill,” said the creature, pointing to a small sand dune.

“Thanks so much,” said Andromeda as he hurried in that direction.

There were cheers when he arrived, first from Roscoe, and then from Prince. Suddenly Prince materialized and Tom was about to say something to him when he spotted Andromeda riding on Roscoe’s back. “Oh,” said Tom. “I am so happy to see you. Now can we all get going?”

Their destination was the mountain that they had spotted. It would give them an over look where they could really get their bearings. And so off they went, Andromeda resting his poor tired legs while riding on Roscoe’s back.


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 5/29/2017 (15:55)
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"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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5/28/17 4:17 P

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TO: KUSHBARKER, CHIEF ADVISOR TO PRESIDENT TRUMPET

FROM: ANNIE, CAMP TQ

dear Sir:

i don't understand....you sent me an invitation to live in a cabinet in a white dog house...i thanked you and said no...i do not understand what i did wrong....are you sure you have the right canine? i am a sweet, little (Very Little, as i have anorexia issues) Belgian basset....er, basset hound, a born-here citizen.....i bake cookies and do meditation....that's all...i lead a quiet life....you mentioned computer skills....i don't even own a computer!....please speak to whomever gave you my name and have them correct their information because it is obviously wrong.....

your humble servant,
Annie
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TO: PRINCE....FOR ROSCOE....
FROM; ANNIE WITH PERMISSION OF THE COMMANDER AT CAMP TQ

ROSCOE!! get home NOw! I AM being persecuted and pursued by some dang, blasted idiot in the big white canine house...i think they want to kidnap me...yes, me! delicate little me! the Commander says i MUST go hide out in a safe house someplace far away that she cannot tell me about ahead of time.....or in the kitchen at the brig at camp howe, under the rule of the Brig Commander...yuk! you know i cannot do either of these things! i am far too busy here! who would protect mom from bears, chupes, and other assorted bad things? who would bake cookies for the wawas every night PLUS for the Commander's fund-raiser? ME! it has to be me since you cannot be bothered to come home! crawl out of the swamp immediately and get that stubby tail home...NOW!!

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TO; BRIG COMMANDER, CAMP HOWE
FROM: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ

as you may imagine, i am having a difficult time persuading Annie to go into witness protection anywhere.....she says she cannot possibly go into your brig because you have a huge crush on her.....she says you make up stories just to try to get her into the brig where she will then have to be your "love prisoner".....in spite of your amorous intentions, i contacted eagle HQ this morning, but no amount of begging can get our little belgian basset on a flight...apparently there have been issues, including her trying to tell the couriers how to fly, what route to take and criticizing their "big. yellow, clown feet".....at the moment, i am trying to book her into a safe house elsewhere, but no luck.....i have wawas pulling extra duty...in the end i may have to muzzle her myself and force her into a gondola and send her to you....i will keep you posted

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dear Dr. BabyCakes and Bowser

the Commander here feels i need to go into hiding in a safe house....her suggestions of places are terrible...i do not want to go, but if i must i think i will come stay with you...Bowser and i will have fun in the kitchen and Dr. BC and i will work companionably together in the clinic....at this time nothing definite has been decided...i will let you know if and when i am coming your way

ANNIE who is exhausted by all this nonsense

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I am always pleased to be of service. As a matter of fact, I can hardly wait to get my paws on that…uh, to provide a safe haven for that…er, the dear Annie. Although we do not have a kitchen at present, we will be sure to rig one. We do have delicious meals here since our mess staff is supervised by Bowser himself. But Annie could busy her nasty…uh, her dainty self baking delicious cookies for inmates and the commander of the brig. I will, of course, be in charge of distribution of cookies since there are some, like Annie…uh, I mean like those who break rules within the brig who will be left out. (Sorry about that little slip. I’m just so happy to be able to provide a safe haven for Annie that my nails just naturally typed her name.) heh heh.

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TO: ANNIE, CAMP TQ
FROM: KUSHBARKER, CHIEF ADVISOR TO PRESIDENT TRUMPET

You need to know that you are in deep trouble. The Trumpet is blowing with furry. I truly recommend that you hide.

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TO: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ, VA (TOP SECRET)
FROM: PRINCE, SOMEWHERE IN FLORIDA via MILLITARY FORWARDING

No one can be absolutely certain of information, especially from this distance. I truly hope that it was not Annie. Beware, though. She does tend to…uh, stretch the truth (at best). And she is well known by those who know and love her that she is a denier. It is good that the IT boys and girls are examining your computer. I will say this though, beware. I’m quite certain that Annie herself has used Lulu’s old computer. You may wish to have IT check it out as well. It’s a shame that your use of it likely erased any paw prints that were on that computer. Still, you may wish to check for paw prints that are not those of yourself or Sharptooth. Just a suggestion of course.

I feel that it may be safe now to continue the narrative regarding our adventures (and misadventures) in parts unknown.

You will remember that Andromeda was resting within a salt marsh area free from interference by chupacoons or other creatures, including two legged types. He slept well but was awakened by a paddle boat which came nearly to shore. It wasn’t the boat that woke him of course. It was the chatter the human kids on the boat. And it was quite fortunate that he did wake since he saw several chupacoons walking in his direction spread out as though they were a chupacoon fence closing in. Andromeda quickly and quietly leaped into the boat and settled under a bench in a dark corner. There he remained absolutely still.

After a short while the boat began to move. One of the passengers remarked that their rental time was about up. There were groans from the kids but the adult in charge gave them no choice. He did bribe them with soft serve ice cream after they reached shore. “Oh how I would love some of that,” thought Andromeda.

Andromeda could feel the rockiness of the boat and concluded that the boat was now being paddled to the other side of the stream that separated the mainland from the island. “Good!” he thought. “This is my lucky day,” he thought.

Well, it was more or less, except that he was a ways down from the encampment of his comrades. He would have to travel by foot clear to where his friends were waiting. This is not an easy chore for a tiny mouse with little time before his friends would give up and leave (per arrangement).

Then he saw it. More kids of course, but older, riding on a three wheeled bike with huge tires over rough sandy soil. They had stopped for a moment and he moved swiftly, mounting the rear axle and then maneuvering himself into a safer place. Eventually he managed to move into a saddle bag type pouch. It was crowded in there but he did find food including cheese and lunch meat and some sort of sweet sticky stuff that was brown with purple ripples in it. (Tom later said that it was a PB&J, whatever that is.)

After a while the bike came to a stop. Our slightly fatter Andromeda peered up from a brown bag under which he was hiding. A human hand reached in at him as he lunged forth and out of the saddle bag and away from the bike. He could here sounds like…EEEK, and EEUW, and other strange sounds of fright and disgust coming from the females and some of the males. One of the males, a slightly chubby kid, said, “Oh, what’s the big deal. He didn’t eat much. We still have plenty.” That brought on more of those strange sounds from some of the others. Humans! They are truly strange critters.

I shall resume later. This is already in excess of the military limits for secret messaging.


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 5/28/2017 (11:54)
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"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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TO:PRINCE, C/0 CAMP HOWE, SOMEWHERE IN FL
FROM: COMMANDER, CAMP TQQ

how certain are you of your information that my computer was hacked by Annie? i have spoken to her and she denies everything....she said she did write to you, but used her mom's laptop.....our IT guys have been going over my computer with a fine-toothed cone....TQ gave them permission to examine hers, since the last time she took it into repair, the local guys removed Windows 7 and installed Windows 10 which TQ is not happy with.....Our guys (who are naturally much more advanced than the local repair dudes) say there is something "funny" on TQ's machine, and something of a different sort of "funny" on mine....they are continuing to investigate.....in the meantime, this computer that i am using is a spare one in Percy Sharptooth's office...he swears nobody has touched it since Lulu died.......hmmmm...

Annie did bring me a note she recieved from President Trumpet's aide.....they are offering her a position within the government....its pretty scary....Annie does not understand the full meaning of what they are asking her to do, but said she is not interested.....There is some possibility that we may have to place her in protective custody, ....incognito, of course, in a safe dog house....you can bet that she is in full argumentative mode AGAINST this....i am thinking that perhaps if the Brig Commander could guard her she will be safe....(from the government men, not from Annie)

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TO; BRIG COMMANDER, CAMP HOWE
FROM: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ

we are having issues here at camp TQ concerning infiltration of our military communication systems, including computers, phones, etc.....there is also some concern that Annie is in danger.....i was thinking that if you had room, we could hide Annie in your brig....you do have a reputation of being the best and having the most secure brig....even so, you should be warned that government agents from the Trumpet party could try to snatch Annie through any means possible, both legal and illegal, and no matter what , you cannot give into them....Also, does your brig perhaps have a kitchen where Annie could keep herself occupied? having her not occupied, tends to have Annie stepping into trouble....with a kitchen and supplies, she will concoct the most delicious meals and cookies for the entire camp.....think it over, see what is available in your brig, and let me know....if this will not work out for you, we will lmake arrangements to hide her elsewhere
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TO;KUSHBARKER, CHIEF ADVISOR TO PRESIDENT TRUMPET
FROM: ANNIE, CAMP TQ

aT this time i must refuse your offer...I do not want to be locked into a cabinet or live in a white dog house away from my mommy....i did not do anything to anyone's computer, but all my skills are special.....i am naturally talented in many things....right now, i am busy making special cookies.....i am sorry i do not have any to spare at this time..........thank you for thinking of me...why don't you talk to that zukerberg guy

Annie, Queen of Camp TQ




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TO: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ, TOP SECRET
FROM: PRINCE, CAMP TH, SOMEWHERE IN FLORIDA

I (we) received a letter from Annie in which she responded to information that had been sent to you top secret military. She appears to be reading top secret messages again, but this time it appears that it was your machine commander. I’m afraid that this is out and out treason. Perhaps you will wish to look into this. I will no longer recommend easy going for Annie. Throw the book at her.

Due to the uncertainty of privacy, I shall refrain from continuing my dialog concerning the adventures in which we find ourselves involved. Far too much of this information is sensitive if leaked.

Prince

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TO: ANNIE, CAMP TQ, VA, ABSOLUTELY TOP SECRET
FROM: KUSHBARKER, CHIEF ADVISOR TO PRESIDENT TRUMPET

Annie,

It has come to our attention that you have very special talents when it comes to IT exploitation. Although your messages have been of a frivolous nature so far, your ability to exploit top secret computer systems is a highly valued talent here at the white dog house. The President of the Canine United States requests an interview with you.

If you and he come to an agreement, you will be appointed to his cabinet for as long as you remain loyal to him and do his barking. Rest assured that any criminal charges, including treason that the military decides to charge you with will be pardoned for as long as President Trumpet is pleased with you. Needless to say, if he is displeased he will throw you under the bus, but that should not be an issue since treason and the like seem to be a natural talent of yours. If you take this appointment (offer pending) you will be highly compensated. You may even be able to pick up an occasional gig from the Bank of Canine Russia. That will be an extra source of income which you may exclude from your taxes as long as you don't talk about it to anyone.


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 5/27/2017 (17:11)
Tom

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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to whomever may be able to recieve this...Roscoe, Prince, Tom

it was good news to hear that Andromeda escaped dangerous chupes, seas, and snakes.... you commented, "beyond the wall was,...a lake greater than any he has seen before. So large was it that he could not see the other side though he prides himself for having excellent vision"
Do you not see the issues there?. first of all, while the mouse may pride himself on his vision, he does not have Belgian basset vision.....perhaps you should consider hiring a few of my countrymen with which to beef up your soldiers.....our naturally superior vision could be of help in oh, so many ways.....also, Belgian bassets are naturally ferocious when called upon to be so, and could take on any chupes, snakes, bears, etc....you have seen this natural bravery in myself on many occasions as you well know....

speaking of natural bravery, i alerted the parents and the camp of the intrusion of a bear cub that wandered out of the woods....or a supposed bear cub....it was a little larger than myself, but with a tan body and black ears....its mother was probably hiding on the other side of the trees, waiting for the right moment to sneak in and devour or kill us all.....if baby was a chuprabear, mama probably was, too....my fearless alarm sent the wawas almost flying with toxin guns towards the culprit who was brought down in a hail of toxin and poofed immediately.....are we being deliberately attacked by a hoard of chuprabears, or is there a group of chupes practicing disguises, and getting themselves into trouble as we destroy them? i mentioned to the Commander that i should get a commendation for my role in alerting the troops to the dangers surrounding us on more than one occasion as the chuprabears have invaded our camp.....She said that (my commedation) is an interesting idea, and smiled, so i think i will be recieving a "surprise" sooner or later over this....

Annie who is wondering why her cooking assistants have not shown up this afternoon and must go find them

P.S. Official word has been recieved that BigSister and The Kid will be arriving June 8th....Roscoe you'd better be here! (Since your current work assignment is so secret, mom knows nothing about it and probably thinks you and Prince are still stealing ice cream out of Tom's freezer and swilling ice cream sodas and cones

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TO: COMMANDER, CAMP TH (via inter-base transfer protocol) CONFIDENTIAL
FROM: PRINCE, CAMP TH, SOMEWHERE IN FLORIDA
Re: Message forwarding service, please send to Annie

Dear Annie,

Thanks for sending me a message, but unfortunately much of it was removed by military censors. I believe that you said you were making animal cookies. That’s nice. I suppose it’s for your project.

I’m sorry to have lost part of your message, but the censors, who are extremely paranoid at times, felt that the enemy might be able to draw some sort of valid conclusions from the information that was removed. They tend to do that all the time unless the message is top secret from military to military.

Tom, who is still proud of you.


TO: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ, TOP SECRET
FROM: PRINCE, CAMP TH, SOMEWHERE IN FLORIDA

Andromeda is now walking without crutches and only shows a very slight limp. That cherry grass ointment is good stuff I’d say! It’s well and good that Andromeda is feeling better. He let us camp and rest while he himself bravely hopped a boat heading toward the island and spied further on the enemy.

He learned some interesting things. We have already told you about the toxic flower they seem to be planning for use on a raid (target unknown). They also are growing another flower. It’s quite lovely really.



Andromeda learned that it is an antidote to the toxic flower’s poison and the chupes are making a tea which they store for the treatment of their own soldiers should there be mistakes in the distribution of the toxin from the other flower. Oh, such evil-minded thinking.

Andromeda’s return was not as simple as his departure. As he was preparing to leave the enemy encampment, two guards spotted him and gave chase.

Needless to say, Andromeda’s running ability is not yet up to par. His escape was rendered nearly impossible by his incapacity. But his mind has not been affected and he is as sharp as ever along with acuteness of instinct for survival.

He followed a path on the rugged surface of the encampment (much easier for a person of his size and stature than for larger creatures such as chupacabra). He feared that they would shape change into a flying bird of prey, but they are slow thinking creatures which Andromeda counted on. He navigated the rough terrain with little effort while the chupacoons in pursuit struggled with every step. The landscape that they had chosen with the intent of keeping curiosity seekers away now served them poorly.



Even with that, the culprits were catching up to him and had nearly reached him. Suddenly Andromeda came upon a wall of water. This is a phenomenon that he had never seen before, and he knew not what lay beyond it. Still, without giving it a second thought he jumped through it, an act which likely saved his life.



Beyond the wall was, according to our little friend, a lake greater than any he has seen before. So large was it that he could not see the other side though he prides himself for having excellent vision. The water, which he unintentionally got in his mousy mouth, tasted salty. "A strange taste for water," he thought.

He swam for a very long time until he finally came to a sandy beach. His poor exhausted little legs could barely pull him through the sand. Still, he persevered. Finally he came to a grassy are. There was a little log nearby with a hole in it. There he rested until he was able to continue. Just as he was about to leave the hole (his head had poked up to visualize his surroundings) a new danger appeared. A black slithering snake came charging at him. Andromeda retreated into the hole and well beyond the snakes reach. While it tried to slither into the hole, it seemed to be struggling. Perhaps it had something to do with the relative size of the snake and the hole, thought Andromeda as he found his way out of a hollow area at one end. Needless to say, he hurried away as fast as his little legs could take him, stopping only momentarily to take a picture of that slithering creature. Just after he snapped the picture he saw the snake had finally managed to enter the log, but our mouse friend would not be found within.



He worked his way to the water separating the island from the mainland but darkness was approaching and he saw no way to navigate his way to the other side. He found a secluded spot in a field of marsh grass and made his bed there to wait until the light of the next day.


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 5/26/2017 (11:50)
Tom

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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dear tom who may or may not recieve this since he is tromping around unknown areas,, possibly in FL

i have made the first batch of black bear cookies and if i do say so myself, they are deeee-licious!!! i took them to the mess tent for dessert and the guys loved them! as soon as you tell me you are back home i will mail you a box......i am now thinking i should do a whole line of forest animals (real ones, not chupe distortions)....deer, raccoons, etc.....it is difficult to think of flavors that represent each animal (what flavor is raccoon, lol)....i am sure that once i seriously put my fantastic imagination to it, i will come up with more fantastic and tasty recipes......the Commander just came by to compliment on my bear cookies and told me that Andromeda is doing better......i didn't realize he had been hurt...maybe i should add a mouse to my animal cookie line......you've hung out with him....what flavor cookie should i make for the mouse cookie??/*lol*

there have been no bears here for several days....there has been lots of rain, but mom hasn't been able find any bear paw prints in the mud....mom says it is because i am such a terrific and ferocious guard dog....i get pats on the head, but not much in the way of dog biscuits...*snort*

Annie whose break is over and must get back to work in the kitchen
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TO; PRINCE, C/O CAMP HOWE, SOMEWHERE IN FL
FROM: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ

I have a bit of alarming news....our camp was attacked by several chupraccoons last night...fortunately our wawas were alert and quick to zap them all with toxin before any damage was done...the conflict was brief and none of our guys were injured...we were completely victorious! the humans who own the mcmansion, but seldom live there, arrived yesterday, and we are wondering if their unexpected appearance on the property disturbed the chupraccoons who might have been camping somewhere over there, which is what led to the attack on us...(it seldom takes much to set off chupes)......

do you think chupes who disguise themselves as other animals might try to disguise themselves as mice once they learn about Andromeda? just in case, i have ordered all of our guys NOT to tell any outsiders, even the Gonzalez cows, about Andromeda and to be careful when they discuss him in camp....we constantly sweep for listening devices, but one never knows...those chupes are sneaky

things seem to be going quite well with Annie in the kitchen, but her assistants hav..oh no! we are under attack! Annie sounded the alarm about the same time the wawas, armed with toxin, ran past my office door! Reports say it was a bear cub, not much bigger than Annie....it had tan body fun and black ears......once again those chupes can't get it right! our valiant wawas toxinated that beast and it poofed immediately....there are now wawas searching the woods for other chupes in various forms.......camp is on full alert...TQ knew immediately it was a bear, but we have persuaded her to keep it to herself as Mr. Twinkie is easily alarmed by real bears... our guys have tried to reassure him it was a dog....he never did see it......TQ said she immediately recognized it as bear as soon as the light from her flashlight hit its eyes...that part was right, but the coloring was wrong.....




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FROM: PRINCE, CAMP TH, SOMEWHERE IN FLORIDA
Re: Message forwarding service…please send to Annie

Dear Annie,

I know that your work with the bears is exhausting but I know also that you are doing an exceptional job. Keep up the good work.

My main reason for sending this (and please be aware that I may at times not be able to respond to your messages due to current duties) is to let you know that I am quite proud of you. I’m certain that the commander at Camp TQ would not have asked you to serve in the fund raising efforts if she did not have complete confidence in your natural abilities to complete the task. I’m quite certain that she considers you the absolute best person to handle this job. I’m also quite certain that when your task is successfully completed that you will receive special recognition for your efforts. (Don’t repeat that since it is not currently something that is planned, but I do have a fair idea of how the commander is likely to reward you for outstanding effort.)

Tom, who must be about the business of escaping from dangerous circumstances (of a top secret nature).

TO: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ, TOP SECRET
FROM: PRINCE, CAMP TH, SOMEWHERE IN FLORIDA
Andromeda continues to improve at a rapid rate thanks to cherry grass therapy. He no longer requires carrying and is even about to give up the crutches that we made for him from twigs. He even smiles and chats more now as we move onward in our exploration of this enemy stronghold. Ha, the little guy just realized I was messaging you and said to say hi to HIS commander. :)

Yes, we are all worried about Jack. He has no teeth you know. That is his own fault though. As a pup he used to chase after rocks and bring them to us or just chew on them. These same rocks were wearing his teeth down as he chewed away on them. I guess he thought that those bits and pieces were part of the rocks when in fact it was a part of his teeth. He says it was a great experience though. He said he learned to explore various phenomena by studying the pebble pieces and learning that they were tooth pieces. He says that it taught him objectivity and to not take anything for granted but to study, study, study!

I wish Jack were here with us though. The enemy is growing a flower. They are not known to enjoy beauty and we are certain that they are growing these lovely posies for some dastardly deed. Motto Sharptooth has a direct line to communicate with Jack. I am sending a picture of this flower and ask that you have Motto forward it to Jack. It is a direct link to him and consequently serves as an even more secret means of messaging Jack.



Prince, who is about to climb a mountain here in SW Florida.


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dear tom

thank you for saying such nice things about my "slimness" instead of mocking me for my anorexia issues....normally, i am bone thin, but because my fur was standing up due to the stinky odor of bear i did look a bit more fleshy, although still below normal.....*sob*...

i am working on several new cookie recipes that the Commander and the camp need for a fund-raiser...i am not sure what we are raising funds for, but i hope it is something good, like new dog dishes...dishes filled with yummies..............but i realize it is probably for hiking boots, or blankets, or some such military nonsense.......still, because the Commander realized i am the best canine cook for the job i have been assigned a Leader of the Fundraiser....i am already starting on a few new recipes and am sending a box of them your way for you to sample.....you may cry because of their deliciousness.....there is a type of powdered chocolate that is very, very dark called "black chocolate"...i "borrowed" some of mom's and am creating a delicious Black Bear cookie...one of my assistants (yes, the Commander appointed 2 assistants for me) is making some bear shaped cookie cutters just for these........hmmm...now that i think about it, that assistant has been over at the metal shop for quite a while.....i think i will sened #2 to go check on him and tell him to get his tail back to work

Annie who looks scrumptious in her new cookie apron
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TO: PRINCE, SOMEWHERE IN FL. C/O CAMP HOWE
FROM: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ

I have delivered the message to Annie who seemed quite pleased....she has been busy with her new cookie recipes....i am not sure how pleased her 2 assistants are, complaining that she is extremely bossy and exacting.............hmph! our little Annie? hahahah

we are all thrilled (well, most of us, except the few who still think mice have no place in this canines' military) that Andromeda is doing a bit better....perhaps you can find some medicinal leaves instead of a twig to cover A's bandages, but avoid the poison ivy...leaves would allow more movement of the injured area.....Dr. BC says she is working hard, and that Jack has had a few ideas, more on creating moveable parts for injured wawas (such as andromeda's injury) or better bandage disguises....also a spray-on camouflge.....but, alas, while he comes up with the idea, working on figuring them out, the Dr. says, is almost beyond his abilities....she is really worried about the old fellow...........i asked if he could come here for some gentle R&R, but she does not think he is fit enough to make the trip....and she says Joe will not allow it......poor guy

please be careful out there, wherever "there" is.....giving Annie a job to do and lots of praise is keeping her mind off of Roscoe coming home, but if he does not show up on time, she may go out there into the unknown to drag him home by his tail! we continue to try our best to keep her occupied....

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TO: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ (TOP SECRET)
FROM: PRINCE, via CAMP TH, SOMEWHERE IN FLORIDA

Please give the following message to Annie (her part of this…obviously not the top secret part).

Dear Annie,

After a careful reading of your message to determine if there was anything that should not be sent during these perilous times, military command at Camp TH forwarded your message to me. They cautioned me that this cannot be done consistently, but it seemed OK this time.

I must say that you looked brave while on bear duty. In fact, Roscoe, Prince and I are quite proud of you. Keep up the good work Annie. You go girl!

Oh, and have you been losing a little weight? You looked a bit slimmer that previous pictures. I must say that weight loss becomes you lovely lady.

Your friend,
Tom

…TOP SECRET…CONFIDENTIAL…for COMMANDER’S EYES ONLY:

Tom asks that you thank Baby Cakes for the advice regarding Andromeda. He has followed her instructions and already there is an improvement noticed. His temperature is down a degree but remains three degrees above mouse normal. Mouse norm is 98.4 degrees F (36.9 degrees C). Andromeda is currently 101.3 degrees F. The glassy look in his eyes seems to have cleared slightly. We change his bandage and refresh the cherry grass twice a day. We are using the bark from a twig to surround the bandage for camouflage, though Roscoe had a different idea. Still, Tom insisted on the twig bark. Please relay this to Baby Cakes if you will.

We passed the guard house under cover of night. There were three chupacoon guards to pass. The first two were sleepy and easy to get around. The third posed a bit of a problem. Andromeda finally had a plan. It was simple really. Tom used a directional flash to create night blindness in the chupacoon. Once his wide open eyes were flashed he was temporarily blinded and we moved past him quickly. We took several turns in order to lose the chupacoons behind us. The flash was effective, but it also tended to alert the other two sleepy guards so the chase was on.

It turns out that we were on an island which explains why the tunnel that Andromeda walked through had gone from supported dirt to a circular drainage pipe. (At least that is what Andromeda thinks it was.)

This realization was not a good one. If we were on an island, the chupacoons had limited space to search for us and would likely find us. At least that’s what we feared before we were so fortunate to find a pontoon raft that someone had loosely tied to a pier. We hopped the raft and let it drift for a while before paddling to the other side of the stream that separated mainland from chupa-beach as we called it. Because Andromeda and I are dark we were fine, but dad, mom and Roscoe needed camouflage to pass unseen by chupa-eyes. Roscoe proudly supplied the camouflage material though there were some groaning and complaining from my parents who obviously were unaccustomed to military activities. Roscoe and I just smiled. Andromeda found a new use for his infected leg, that of covering his nose. Why he did that is quite bewildering to me, but I suppose he feared that it would shine and give our positions away.

Thus we crossed to the mainland without detection. Dad and mom immediately bathed in a shallow portion of the stream and demanded that Roscoe did the same. Humans are such curious beings!


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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

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dear tom, prince, and roscoe

in the past, whenever i growled or barked, i was mocked, and told to be quiet....now, since the uninvited bear visitors, instead of being ridiculed, i am considered a heroine for alerting the folks that a bear may be nearby....sometimes, when i sound the alarm, it, indeed, may be a bear,...............other times, its something else........when i sound off, the humans go nuts, running to see if a bear is in the yard...its quite comical to watch, but at least i am finally getting my due....here is a pic of me sniffing for bear....(they smell nasty!)






TO: PRINCE, SOMEWHERE, FLORIDA
FROM: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ

I just wanted you to know that I spoke to Dr. BabyCakes via Skype and she has agreed to work on a new cherry grass ointment that is stronger and will "kick germs butt!" (her words)....she said she be consulting a little with Jack, but Joe does not like others to "bother" Jack, so she suspects her contact with him will be limited.....The Dr. said there are ways to work around Joe and that she will see Jack either this afternoon or tomorrow morning to get started...a new project will get his mind off his personal troubles....she also suggested that you bandage Andromeda's wounds after liberally smearing them with regular cherry grass ointment.....if you cover the wound heavily, then, AFTER you put on the bandage, if it shows up too much, you could sprinkle a little dirt on it to make it less noticeable.....you could use a few sticks and vines to make him a crutch, if necessary

Annie has scarely been seen since being appointed official Cookie Fund Raiser Leader.....she is reported to being in the kitchen working on recipes...I
have promised her as many as 2 wawa assistants if she needs help in the kitchen....oh, her Belgian chest has puffed out with pride....I am not sure what sort of bribe I will have to put up to get a wawa or two to "volunteer" as Annie's helpers.....sigh..............

I have sent out notices about the new ointment that Dr. BabyCakes is developing and how all the militias need to chip in a little $$....there has been a little grumbling, but most of the militias are being compliant....the W.VA group will be selling moonshine, and I can only imagine what the Colorado group will sell....the Calif. group is selling surfing lessons, etc. etc...


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FROM: PRINCE, via CAMP TH MILITARY MESSEGING, SOMEWHERE, FLORIDA

Thank you for inquiring about Andromeda. He is in fair shape though he claims he is in excellent shape. I see him being slightly weakened with a low grade temperature. His knee is a bit red and Andromeda admits it is slightly sore. (Keep in mind that Andromeda tends to down play any difficulties or concerns about himself. My guess is that the soreness is greater than he is letting on.)

I think the development of an ointment or other treatment for infections resulting from traveling on rough terrain or in enemy territory would be an excellent idea. Further, I am of the opinion that Dr. Baby Cakes would be the perfect person for that job. She may ask Jack to assist her, though it will be her project. She is trying to help uplift his mental outlook. He seems down now with the loss of some of his capabilities. We all feel for him.

I particularly like the idea of appointing Annie to take care of the bake sale. Roscoe tells me that she was involved in a bit of shenanigans concerning Percy Sharptooth’s computer. I think it was admirable of Percy to come to you and confess his negligence. It sounds like Annie is getting away with her part in it. Percy could show you the message that Annie sent Roscoe which is basically a confession of wrong doing though she had no idea that she was confessing. Rather, it seems she was bragging to her brother about how clever she had been. If you do look at that message, I suggest that you do not mention it to Annie. Just continue but be aware so that if there is a repeat you can revisit the first transgression. I think if Annie is busy with the bake sale and feels her efforts rewarded in the manner that you suggested, she will be far too busy to do something foolish again. (Well, at least for now.) As for Percy, his part was far less severe than Annie’s. True, he is military, but I would plead with you to give him some leeway. I think that the negligence that he is aware of committing weighs heavy on his heart and that may be punishment enough, especially with the words from you that he has received. I doubt that he will commit such folly again, and he most certainly will be more aware of Annie’s predictable unpredictability when it comes to her insatiable appetite for self indulgence.

As for our progress, we encountered a guard station at the end of the trail we were traversing. We are a bit stymied when it comes to a strategy for getting past it, but Andromeda is studying the area as only he can, and we should have a plan by this evening at the latest. Meanwhile we remain in hiding.


Tom

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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The terrain you have to cross, as well as the creatures who reside there, is pretty rough....how is Andromeda doing? I do hope his knee did not get infected....since this will probably not be the last injury one of our valiant warriors incurs on foreign soil, it might serve us well if Dr. BabyCakes could create ointments (stronger than the basic cherry grass ointment) that could be carried with the troops to help stave off infections...I have sent her a message, asking her to meet with me to discuss related matters....naturally, we will cover her costs....all of the militias should be willing to chip in for something that will help all of us and will be made available to all militias when Dr. BC has the healing ointments developed......I am planning to speak to Annie about organizing a cookie sale for our militia to raise $$ for this cause....she will be made the Official Organizer and Official Recipe Creator....we all know show she loves official title (if they are hers).....I may even include a chef's hat or apron or some such thing just to help the appeal to her vanity...hehehehe
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TO: ROSCOE, CAMP HOWE
FROM: PERCY SHARPTOOTH

I was appalled to find my military-use-only computer had been accessed by your sister....I had just returned from lunch at the mess tent and was about to get back to work when I heard someone yelling "fire! help! fire!"...naturally, I ran outside in order to be of help to whom was shouting for help, and in my haste I apparently did not turn off my computer....usually my door automatically locks, but there is the possibility that it did not shut firmly enough to do so at that time....I have found evidence of tape adhesive over the locking mechanism, but the tape is no longer there....do you think your sister could have done this to deliberately trick me? she visited my office earlier in the day, but I admit I was concentrating on my work and did not watch her closely when she finally left...

I never did find anyone in need of aid, although no one else has said they heard the cries..i have gone to the Commander and confessed my negligence.....she looked very stern, but did not demote me, although I have been fined 3 days pay and relieved of duty for those 3 days.....*sob*......Pvt. Hernando was reported by several wawas to have been seen standing outside my office door right before I heard the shourts of "fire", etc.....the Commander called him in to her office while I was there and under pressure, he confessed that Annie had "persuaded" him to play a tape by my door, which explains why nobody else heard it....Annie denies everything and claims that Pvt. Hernando has a vivid imagination.....

Annie, at this point, denies any wrong doing.....it has been an ugly situation....it is difficult to believe that someone as beautiful as Annie could be so criminal....perhaps, IF she did it, she was under the influence of a terrorist who used mind control on her.....the Commander has assigned my sole duties for the next 3 days to check every message received or sent on my computer to make sure there is nothing else of a non military nature....sigh............


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TO: PERCY SHARPTOOTH , CAMP TQ
FROM: ROSCOE, via CAMP TH, FL (location somewhere in Florida)

Percy, Annie has used your computer to send me top secret military material. She has also read a recent top secret communication. You will find her confession to said misdeed if you check your sent messages, specifically that of 5/20/17 @ 20:49 military time.

I do not want her charged for this cyber crime, but she needs to receive a stern warning. If there are additional infractions I shall have to report it to the commander. Keep in mind Pvt. Sharptooth, that if she is charged you could be charged with negligence. Now then, it is incumbent upon yourself to secure your system by incryption, password security, and Chihuahua guards. Do not neglect your window as that is how she escaped and could enter.

I’m quite disappointed by my sister’s ill behavior, but willing to look beyond it provided that she is given stern warning by yourself and whoever you feel could be effective in curtailing her bad behavior.

Please attend to this matter post haste!


TO: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ, TOP SECRET
FROM: PRINCE, somewhere in Florida

After leaving the tunnel, we moved from it, though travel was slow. The terrain was riddled with craters that we had to move around. Further, as we travelled, we passed many caves. Many of these were the living quarters of chupacoons and other creatures that we have yet to identify. Further, we felt quite exposed. While Andromeda could maneuver without being easily observed, the rest of us, and especially my human parents, were quite conspicuous. Still we travelled on and for the most part managed to be unobserved. One creature saw us we are certain, but it appeared to be in disbelief that any such an assemblage could exist in these hostile conditions. It seemed to shrug it’s shoulders (though it didn’t really have defined shoulders) and retreated into its cave. Believe me, we all sighed collectively.

This is a sample of the terrain that we had to traverse:



In process of moving quickly away from the creature Andromeda seriously scraped his knee. Fortunately, Tom has brought a small first aid kit and was able to patch it before moveing on, but we still have concerns about infection considering the unknown creatures that live among that ghastly terrain.

When we finally escaped from this miserable place, we found a path leading away. We had no choice but to take this path or continue on that horrible terrain. And so we took it. Here is a picture to give you an idea of a path to… where ever!




Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 5/21/2017 (10:06)
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"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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FROM: PERCY SHARPTOOTH , CAMP TQ

dear big brother Roscoe,

using my natural feminine wiles, I interrupted Percy while he was on the military computer, hehehe...this had to be done after I received a kindly phrased, but definitely rude message, from you sent thru our commander here at Camp TQ.....

you have nerve, brother, saying you are too busy to communicate with me....if you would come home, as requested, you would not be in dangerous situations with a mouse in FL....try to look at things from more than 1 point of view.....ask Tom to bring you the pics mom posted on human fb of His Hugeness, one of at least 2 bears that has been terrorizing our parents....heck, Pop is so stressed, he even had Henrietta sleep in the shower.....outside lights are on all night, the entrances to the front porch are barricaded at night with furniture,and I am not allowed out after dusk for fear Big Boy will eat me....we all know what a delectable treat I would be.......mom only goes outside if armed with an air horn, which makes a ghastly noise.....we are under siege....neighbours have offered to loan Pop guns or come over here to shoot the bears themselves....thank heavens our parents say no....after all, the bears are just being bears.............very scary bears......I am the only brave one here, but when I bark to warn the parental units that one or more bears is here, they open a window or door and shoot off that blasted air horn.....a little dog could go deaf! mom got rid of all the corn and seed and will not be feeding any deer, squirrels, birds, etc. until Nov, after the bears go to hibernate....she is very sad about this.......GET HOME NOW

I am exhausted, brother....if you would please, PLEASE come home, I promise to bake you special "favorite brother" cookies...........this is a limited time offer, so hop the next eagle if you know what is good for you

ANNIE who hears Percy banging on the office door and must therefore click off here and skeddale out the window before he gains entry.....
*pushing stool under window which is very high for a short legged dog..........here I go.....help!*




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TO: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ, VA
FROM: ROSCOE, SOMEWHERE IN FLORIDA

Please inform my sister that I cannot communicate with her at this time. I can only communicate by top secret military messaging and she is not authorized to send or receive this type of communication.

Also inform my sister that I am in grave danger and she needs to stop whining about a scaredy cat bear who runs away just to keep from having its picture taken. The is NOT danger, though it may be a bit of a nuisance. Just tell her to relax and STAND DOWN!

Now on to more important matters:

I have already described some of the tunnels and caves that we found at our destination (see previously sent coordinates). Tom has managed a few pictures.

This is the end of the tunnel as it entered the coordinated destination:



And this is one of the caves where a creature lives. We did not explore to see exactly which of the creatures inhabited this particular cave.



There will be more later, but must go. Emergency!


Tom

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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Dear roscoe,

Mom's laptop has been in the repair shop all week....we do not know when she will it back or what sort of ransom will have to be paid to get it back...

I am truly sorry to hear from you that everyone is in danger....I hope that by the time you receive this message things will be better, because you MUST COME HOME NOW........WE, yes, we...your family, are in Extreme Danger....BEARS.......the smaller one who is as tall as Tom, or taller, we call Baby Bear.......s/hee is always trying to get corn out of the trash cans where it is stored......mom estimates it weighs about 225+ lbs.......then there is the OTHER one....weighing in at close to 400 lbs, mom and pop call this one Mama Bear... s/he lacks up seed from under the tree in the front yard........and that bear is F-a-s-t.....either one would like nothing more than to eat a delectable little Belgian basset......the wawa won't do anything because they are "real" bears...*snort*....mom keeps trying to take pics, but the ones she's been able to get are awful...her good camera would not work in the dark, the lesser camera worked, the bears will not pose, but run instead.....everybody is up and down all night...I am so, so tired....at this rate, by the the time The Kids gets here in a few weeks you will have to take care of her by yourself

Annie who needs a bit of help around here

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Dear Annie,

It is quite impossible to leave at this time. I am not at Tom's. Prince, Joanie, Tom and I are...well, I can't tell you. I can tell you this. We are all in grave danger as is Andromeda, the brave little guy who has already rescued one of us. But so much to tell. When I can I will. For now, please do not share even a speculation of where we are. For our safety, you must remain absolutely silent regarding anything that you hear from us. Meanwhile, we may need to remain incommunicado for some time.

Roscoe, whose hair is curling with fear though he shall persevere.

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TO: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ, TOP SECRET
FROM: PRINCE, VIA CAMP TH REMOTE SERVICE ENCRYPTED

Arrived at the previously stated coordinates with Dad, Mom and Ros. Immediately found Andromeda or rather he found us. He hurried us into hiding and we met.

There are a series of caves here. One cave leads to the tunnel that Andromeda travelled. Other caves house chupacoons and other chupe shape-shifted creatures. No cave is safe. Andromeda states that the creatures that inhabit these cave dwellings operate at night and each is vicious in his or her own way. Canine residents in the surrounding community are in grave danger always. Even their humans are in serious danger. The canines have gathered together to wage battle against these creatures but know very little about fighting chupes and have none of the tools that we have.

Mistrusted at first, one pack of canines has accepted us. We have explained chupes to them as well as anti-chupe toxin. Of couse, they lack the skills to use our equipment, and training is underway. Meanwhile, each night has brought dangers to us and death to many of our canine comrades. Yet they fight on.

More will be reported as the days follow, but now we must return to the task of training our new comrades. Meanwhile, Tom and Joanie are working with the human population to understand what they are up against and to trust in their canines to deliver victory in time, as only canines are equipped to do battle against these hideous creatures.


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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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dear Roscoe Part 2

growling and snapping has been heard here at night....mom thought it was a raccoon...I am not so sure about that..........last night she saw a cat in the yard....this is bad, since, as you know, there are no cats living around here....could it be a disguised chupe? I was not allowed out to investigate since mom was concerned it might have rabies......later it disappeared....I heard it poofed when shot with toxin.......

Dr. BabyCakes was here, acting like she knew all about taking care of mom's knee and I didn't.....but a naturally tolerant canine, I just let her get on with it....but who sat up with mom when her knee was hurting and shared a popscicle with her?? ME! things are better and I think BC returned home early this morning.......

GET HOME NOW! There are weird creatures abounding, and Pop is out with the rat/mouse poison again......I am exhausted

mom is taking her laptop into the repair shop either tomorrow or tues morning...I have complained that I need to use it, and mom told me to go use my dad's...like he will ever allow that *snort*

ANNIE WHO SAYS TO GET YOUR TAIL HOME NOW



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TO; ROSCOE, CAMP HOWE
FROM: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ

we are glad to receive from you the information that Andromeda sends back and happy that he is all right in spite of such perilous circumstances.....take good care of that little guy

it has been a war here with snakes and Mr. Twinkie on one side and any mice on the other....at this point, the mice may be losing

we also had a possible issue last night....there was a lot of growling and snapping heard between the evening hours of 10:30pm and 12:30am outside TQ's bedroom window.....TQ thinks it was either a lovelorn or rabid raccoon, and we continue to let her think that.....in reality, it appeared to be an invisible chupe.....although TQ peered out the door and waved her flashlight about, neither she or our guards could see anything....fortunately, one of the nervous younger guards armed with toxin shot off a few rounds in the general direction of the noise and a poof ball ascended into the air.....this makes us think he may have shot an invisible chupe.....if so, this is a bad turn of events for us....chupes with the ability to become invisible would be a terrible thing!

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ROSCOE

GET HOME NOW

ANNIE WHO DEMANDS IT

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Dear Annie,

I'm sorry that you are exhausted but you shall have to persevere. Prince and I have an extremely important military mission to deal with. In fact, we are going to ask Tom and Joanie for their help in this matter. I wish that I could explain further, but it is on a "need to know" basis, and frankly dear sister, you do not need to know.

I will say this. This mission could be extremely dangerous. Count your blessings that you are not required to work on this mission with us. Also, please keep us in your thoughts. One never knows when the last mission may occur.

Roscoe, who is packing as we speak.

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Hi Mom,

I told Baby Cakes about your knee. She just sighed. Then she said to tell you to use ice and to freeze the poultices that Annie gives you before application. Also, she is hopping a gondola right now, doctor bag in paw and stethoscope around her neck. She is quite a site. Expect her late today.

Roscoe, who misses his mom but has a serious military matter to deal with and must sacrifice by not returning home quite yet. (I should be there by kid time.)

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TO: COMMANDER, FORT TQ, VA
FROM: PRINCE, FORT TH, FL
Andromeda has reached tunnels end. He immediately messaged me via top secret encrypted military messaging. "Great danger. Need assistance. Come immediately." He then provided the coordinates for his location:
Lat. N 26 degrees, 50' 42.72221"
Long. W 80 degrees, 5' 4.184"
He then sent instructions: "Meet me where it is the highest; bring anti-chupe toxin. Great danger, bring humans. Please Prince, I need both you and Roscoe here ASAP."
He did go on to say that this needed to remain top secret and that he would not even go into detail in this message for fear of it falling into the wrong paws with claws and being de-encrypted.

Needless to say, we shall be on our way as soon as we can pack and prepare. If you do not hear from us, well... uh, just comfort TQ as best you can. Yes, it is that dangerous. Tom and Joanie has agreed to go with us, so they will know our fate.


Tom

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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dear Roscoe

I hate to be a nag, but I must say it again....you MUST return home now! I am truly exhausted.....today mom gave me the day off and went to town with her friend....the snakes, bears, etc. gave me the day off, too...I thought I had it made, but alas, it was only for a couple of hours....mom came back home smelling of puppy (she claims there was one in a yarn store and it must have brushed against her, but I think she rolled on the floor with it).....and her knee was so swollen her pants leg was tight...this means I am on mom-care duties again.....I quizzed her on what she had eaten while she was out and was shocked to learn she had not taken her prescribed cherry grass....therefore, along with ice packs, etc. I have had to force her to take extra tonic....I told her I would have to call in Dr. BabyCakes if she did not shape up! surprisingly, she seemed less concerned about that news that I would have expected......she admitted that tomorrow's therapy session will probably not go very well since she can't bend her knee.....I will put an extra poultice on it ....which I will have to make....anyway, you can see that I simply do not have time to attend to guard duties when I am taking care of mom again.....and your guards here are obviously shirking their duties to let such nasty, dangerous creatures get so close to the house, to mom and to me!!! therefore, my brother, GETYOURSELF HOME......Prince can take care of Andromeda at that end and you can prepare for his arrival here if he gets this far in the tunnels.....you'd better warn him that there is a large, mouse-eating snake lurking around......between the snake and our dad, Andromeda would be best to stay in the military side of the property........if the wawas don't eat him...hehehehehe

Annie who is waiting for mom to go to bed so she can, too

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Dear Annie,

I am so glad to hear that you have eyes and a mouth. You are therefore a natural for sounding alarm when a snake slithers onto our lanai. Whoop-dee-do for you!

Anyway, on to more important things. I wanted to let you know that we have heard from Andromeda on more than one occasion signaling that he is OK. I know that you will worry about him and I wanted to let you know this so that you can relax a little. Of course he is not out of danger, but so far so good.

Tell mom hi for me. Also let her know that I have complete faith in her when she wields her broom to banish that slithering black menace of the lanai. With her and her broom that long lingering beast stands not a chance. Be gone you hissing slitherer! Darken not our door step again!

(I guess I get a little carried away when I picture mom and her broom with that snake...grin.)

Roscoe, who now has serious military business to attend to.

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TO: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ, VA
FROM: ROSCOE, CAMP TH, FL

Andromeda continues to move through the side tunnel east. He reports that while there are fewer chupacoons to dodge and hide from, there are also fewer places to hide. This tunnel is somewhat more narrow though still wide enough for chupacoons. However, if one meets another in the tunnel they can only pass in certain widened areas built apparently for that purpose. The tunnel is also dimmer having fewer colonies of florescent micro organisms. It reeks of the same unpleasant odor though less so, perhaps due to far less traffic. There have been no top openings or escape tunnels like the ones he found in the main tunnel. There is no indication at this time where the tunnel leads, but Andromeda feels compelled to complete the exploration of this tunnel. Deep within he feels that this tunnel is more important than may meet the mind's eye on first impressions. I shall continue to report his progress whenever I hear from him which is sporadic at best.


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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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IMPORTANT....SIT UP AND PAY ATTENTION...IMPORTANT

dear Roscoe

First of all, mom was out on the lanai putting flowers into pots when I sounded the alarm...the first one was for a baby snake on the lanai, which if you pay attention to the photo details you will realize is right next to Henrietta's coop....if she had been in I would have saved her life
!

not 5 mins. later I found another snake on the other end of the lanai...this one was about 5 feet long...of course I sounded the alarm and mom chased him off with her broom....and yet about 20 mins. later he was back again, grinning like he was so pleased with himself....he was trying to escape when mom came back with the camera, the coward!


also, I found a pic of a raccoon "incident" when it was hit with toxin....once again, because I sounded the alarm


I know that protecting mom is my job....she has priased me for my bravery after the snake encounters....for 2 days I had to bark at my fierce, most scary worst to chase off a bear who was probably bent on eating a delectable meal----me! and today I have spent my afternoon chasing off snakes, also having evil intentions....Henrietta saw the big one under the house which is where it went after mom asked it to leave the porch...Henrietta was not pleased...in the snakes' defense (yuk!) they had heard there was a job open IN the house for some good mouse chasers...I told them they could consume their fill under and around the house, but they had to stay outside and if they did a really good job there would be no mices in the house and they would be fat and happy...the big one grinned, looking quite pleased, but experience has shown me they are not to be trusted........however, I am doing my job........YOUR job, dear brother, is keeping us safe from chupes in all forms, and therefore, in my humble (I am naturally humble) opinion, you should be here taking care of that business!!

don't get yourself all prideful and puffy chested just cuz mom told you The Kid likes you best....sometimes mom will say anything......I will say that you are better at playing with The Kid than I am, and you can continue to enjoy that while I do my poses...I find the child exhausting...

I am glad the mousie caught in the trap yesterday was not Andromeda.....that would not have gone over well.....

Annie who needs to rest up after an exhausting afternoon and suggests her brother get himself home NOW

p.s. I admit I used a little photoshop on the pic below, but this is the orange-ish raccoons we saw the other night..this is the first time I have used photoshop, so don't be critical if it is not perfect....the raccoon looked more blond than orange in the photo and I wanted to get it right


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Dear Annie,

Tell mom that of course I’ll be home when the kid comes. She is planning to take us to the spa for a bath and stuff. That’s great because I want to look my best for the kid. Oh, by the way, did you know that I’m the kid’s favorite. Mom told me I was. Isn’t that cool. Don’t worry, she probably likes you too.

Yes Annie, Andromeda is back. He is, however, on a top secret mission right now so I can’t discuss him anymore.

Really Annie? You haven’t caught a skink yet? You really are slow. Perhaps you should try losing some of that Belgian in you. Don’t take offense at this sister. I’m just concerned about your healt. You know I love you and want you to be healthy.

Roscoe, a favorite of all children and adults alike.


Dear Annie,

And just how DO you know that “there is more than one way to open a locked freezer or 'frig?” Would it be by personal experience? Oh surely not! Hmmmm!

Tom


TO: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ, VA
FROM: ROSCOE, CAMP TH, FL

Andromeda reports that there is a secondary tunnel leading east from the main tunnel. He has decided to explore that tunnel before continuing. His message was somewhat broken due to reception, but that part at least was clear. Other information was received with so much static that it was unintelligible.


Tom

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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dear Roscoe

I suppose you could skip the spa appointments and I could bathe you here...in fact, if the weather is going to be warm, it could be an event that The Kid gets to participate in...she will love it....but whether or not you bathe at the Spa, home, or not at all, I do expect you to be here when The Kid is here.....you are her favorite and she would be heartbroken if you were gone....all that being said, if you come home smelling like camouflage, you WILL have to have a bath of some sort.....you know that humans find the smell offensive.......if you come home early, you could teach an intensive camouflage class here, so that way you could have your class and be at home......................hmmmmm,, on second thought that is probably not the best idea since the wawas would have to be bathed, too............however, do not wear out your welcome with Tom by overstaying......

Mom
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dear Ros,

didn't that mouse, Andromeda, go back to FL? this morning, mom caught a mouse in her mouse trap....she showed it to me and I swear it looked like your old pal, although I admit I did not get a good look at it before mom whisked the trap away and hopped into the car to drive it about a mile away and release it into the woods....mom said it jumped out of the trap before she even got the trap door fully open, ran into the woods and headed right back towards the house....she said, even if it runs at full speed, it will be a while before it gets back here.......and she has re-set the trap.......you know she baits them with peanut butter and yesterday she found a skink in the trap by Henrietta's house.....apparently it had developed quite a fondness for peanut butter and refused to leave until she pushed him out with her finger.....hehehehe....I guess the next time I play "chase the skink" on the lanai, I might be able to catch this fat fellow

Annie who is quicker than lightening
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CONFIDENTIAL TO TOM ***** FOR TOM'S EYES ONLY

don't be overconfident about that key......there is more than one way to open a locked freezer or 'frig.....(I know).....

Annie who would never tattle on her brother who stores snacks in Prince's bachelor pad

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Dear Mom,

Awww mom, I'm not really thrilled by spa appointments. And I've scheduled some heavy duty camouflage testing for those dates. Tom said I could stay here. Do you mind just leaving me in Florida for those spa dates?

Roscoe, who loves his mom and knows she will let him stay in Florida.

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Dear Super Spy Who Knows All,

These are non-pickable combination locks. Just saying.

Tom, who continues to wonder how his deserts disappear so quickly.

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Dear Annie,

I am happy that you are working so hard at defending the house from the bear. I'm proud of you sister. Keep up the good work and be sure to write and tell me all about your bear encounters.

Roscoe, who is highly engaged in military meetings in Florida.

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TO: COMMANDER, CAMP TQ, VA
FROM: PRINCE, CAMP TH, FL

Andromeda entered the tunnel two days ago with instructions to contact us daily. After two contact point times have past, there has been no word. If we do not hear from Andromeda by the contact point time tomorrow Roscoe and I shall need to enter the tunnel system and begin our search. This is to advise you to prepare a special ops team for possible action at the VA side of the tunnel. Under no circumstances should they close the tunnel without first hearing from us. Be advised to look for the signature codes from both Roscoe and myself before accepting any order to close the tunnel system.


Tom

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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**FOR TOM'S EYES ONLY** **EXTREMELY CONFIDENTIAL**

FYI, some canines can pick locks, and others may have made copies of the original key (it is surprising you have not noticed any desserts missing).....fyi

Annie aka Super Spy Who Knows All
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Dear Roscoe

you need to come home RIGHT NOW!! This morning there was a bear....it was in the woods, just over the line between yard and woods....oh, he was a stinky thing! the wawas said that since it was a real animal they could not shoot it....pah! mom was not home and dad kept telling me to be quiet....he did not understand the danger we were in.....finally he left for the week, but I had to continue to bark to chase that nasty critter away.....I barked so much I am almost hoarse.....you need to help defend home and hearth,,,,get home now!!!

Annie who is going in search of ice cream to ease her throat irritation

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Dear Roscoe

Exciting news.....The Kid should be here in about 3 weeks.....I have made Spa appointments for you and Annie for the full bath/spa treatment a day or two before her arrival....please make sure you are home from 4 June until 10 June......Prince is welcome to come home with you if he wants,but let me know as soon as possible so I can make a bath/spa appointment for him, too
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Dear Annie, the feel slim girl,

First let me assure you that your message is safe with me; I will not show the message to either Prince or Roscoe.

Secondly, to address your concerns about ice cream, cookies and the like. I do not give those boys even a smidgeon of those human foods knowing that it would not be good for them and quite fattening. Rather, I give the boys healthy canine "snacks" (treats) that I have personally selected for low calorie count and high nutritional value. This usually returns them to their slim conditions after returning here from VA with a good bit of pudginess. I'll admit that this time they do not seem to be responding well and continue to carry the pudginess that they came home with. Since I give measured calorie amounts, I do not understand this strange reluctance to reduce.

I am glad that you brought this up though. It reminds me that considerable quantities are being consumed daily. Since the refrigerator is locked, only Joanie and I can get into it...well, and of course Bowser. I've been meaning to discuss Joanie's large consumption of highly caloric foods. So thanks for the heads up Annie.

Tom, who is thinking about an afterbreakfast snack so that he will have time to digest it before his pre-lunch snack.

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Dear Sister,

Thanks for the advice to put a sock in it. I shall, right before its time to return home but I miss the gondola. heh heh The "it" that I place the sock in will be my ears. That way I won't have to listen to the rants that will come about when the kid comes and I'm not there. (snicker)

Roscoe, who is laughing so hard he is afraid his sides will split open.


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 5/8/2017 (10:07)
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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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dear Roscoe

go put a sock in it, you silly beast.....I know that Dean thinks I am special...and the Brig Commander, too....and many others.....I AM special, mom always tells me so.....so it is no wonder all my ex-boyfriends, and wannabe boyfriends can't ever get over me....why do you want to tear me down all the time? becuz you got caught for stealing my sewing needle? because you got caught killing doves and a crow? you have been a very bad boy lately, big brother, and you'd better straighten up.....The Kid will be here soon and mom says you are to be home, NO EXCUSES, by June 5th....she says that is too long to stay at Prince's becuz you will wear out your welcome with Tom and Prince, but if you need to schedule any conferences you should plan to attend them before the 5th.....mom says you MUST be here from June 5-10....this schedule is not firm yet and the dates may change.....mom says she will try to create things to keep The Kid occupied some of the time so she is not making us crazy with her constant pestering and forcing us to eat biscuits, but we both will have to step up to the plate by spending time with her part of the time....some of that time may involve marshmallows which is always a good thing...............(perhaps it will sweeten your grouchy disposition.....mom says you must be very nice to The Kid....me, too, but I am always nice)

Annie who has never done anything to deserve her big brother's trouble-making irritability
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dear tom

mom does not keep us on a strict diet, Roscoe even less so than me, although she does keep an eye on my anorexia issues....however, mom and I were talking about a recent message from Ros, and we were wondering....since you are strict with Prince's diet...how much ice cream, cookies and other snacks you allow Prince daily?? Roscoe mentioned that they were consuming A LOT, or at least that is the way it seemed in his message, and mom is concerned that she will need to buy diet kibble when he returns.....not that we expect you to check Prince's bachelor pad or the little freezer and frig he has in there........please don't mention that you heard this from us....roscoe has been a bit irritable with me lately for some unknown reason....(probably becuz he is in trouble at home and feels guilty for needling mom's foot)

Annie who has only had 1 biscuit this morning and is feeling very slim

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Dear Annie,

Sis, I hate to be the one to have to brake this to you, but someone should I suppose. Anyway, long story short, Dean is a star. He sends pictures to everyone who was is or was once a fan. He also tells all the ladies the same old same old. He doesn’t think you’re special. He thinks he is special and that everyone should love him. It’s all about him dear sister.

As for the brig commander, you seem to have a different take on his behavior that most canines. Ah well, whatever. All canines are free to think as they wish.

Your brother Roscoe who loves, you even if we sometimes think a little differently about things.


TO: COMMANDER, FORT TQ, VA (TOP SECRET)
FROM: ROSCOE, TEMPORARILY AT FORT TH, FL

Just to let you know, Andromeda has returned to the tunnel via Six Mile Cypress Slough in Fort Myers. He is going to continue his investigations working his way north. He wants to find the north ending of this tunnel or see if it continues to or connects with the VA tunnel. Please avoid attacks on the tunnel until we hear from Andromeda. He is at great risk whenever he is in the tunnel. We need to avoid adding to those risks. Please inform a special ops team who can serve as watchers for Andromeda’s emerging at Fort TQ should the tunnel continue that far. This will, of course, take some time.


Tom

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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dear tom and roscoe

I am NOT mistaken about the demented Brig Commander's huge crush on me.....I have been the object of many canine crushes....that silly Dean, the Canadian basset, will not stop sending me pics of himself on FB even though I broke off our relationship when I discovered he was married and had puppies.....as you may recall, even after he was married,, your neighbor Boomer tried to renew old ties with me....I am not that type of girl, but these guys get a glimpse of my beauty and lovely smile and they are smitten.....in some cases, like Dean and the Brig Commander, they just can't accept that nothing is going to happen between me and them.....they use all sorts of excuses, make up all sorts of stories to justify their weird behavior to themselves and others, like the BC always wanting to lock my in a cell....sheesh!

Annie who is a good girl and not a tease

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Dear TQ,

I visited the brig commander just to see how he was doing. I nonchalantly asked about his relationship with Annie. Apparently the brig commander thinks Annie is delusional when it comes to her idea of him having a crush on her. However, my question did illicit a question from him, "What relationship." Then he broke into a belly laugh that I suspect could have been heard in Virginia. He said that the only relationship he has with her is one of brig commander and inmate. Do you suppose that Annie misunderstood. I mean, could his use of the term inmate be construed by Annie as a desire to mate. Well, you see: in-mate; to-mate. Annie may have misunderstood.

Tom, who is grinning about the non-plasability of an Annie and Brig Commander love affair.

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Dear Annie,

You suggestion about Dr. Cakes won't be necessary. All brass have been thoroughly examined by a psychiatrist. I have privy to all psychiatric and psychological reports in order to fulfill my military duties. Actually, the brig commander passed all of his psychological testing with flying colors. He did show signs of being a bit compulsive when it came to fulfilling his duties as brig commander, but that is looked upon as a qualifying characteristic though in his personal life it could be a hindrance. His ability to evaluate others was excellent. He also has an uncanny capability of detecting lies, also a valuable asset for him in his fulfillment and discharge of his duties as brig commander.

Now then, when I was talking with him he did mention something to do with you. It had to do with frequent lies and exaggerations, but I really don't wish to repeat it because it is not flattering to you and I'm sure that in your case he is most likely incorrect in his assessment.

Wow! Baby Cakes is home. Bowser is serving a party fair tonight to celebrate her return. Prince and I may be eating far more calories than his dad feels we should, but it's a party for heaven sake, a celebration of the return of Dr. Baby Cakes.

Roscoe, who needs to look for his party tux.


Tom

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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dear Tom

glad to hear Joanie made it home safe and sound....I trust you and Prince and Rosscoe celebrated with lots of cookies and ice cream.....

I asked Annie about your comment that she thinks the Brig Commander is jealous of her...."of course" was her response, but she also said that most of his "idiotic behavior" (her exact words) comes about because he has had a mad crush on her for years....she swears she had never given him cause to think that one day she will be his, but he still yearns for her......Annie also says she has absolutely no interest in him which just sparks his determination to win her over....however, his methods of accomplishing this do nothing for her..he always wants to arrest her, so he can have her near him if she is in the brig....he sounds kinda of obsessional and perhaps twisted to me.....

TQ
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dear Roscoe

don't be silly....I am not at all jealous of dr. BabyCakes....it is the other way around---she is extremely jealous of me.......this is why she tries to be a glory hog when she knows I am the one who got mom started on a regimen of cherry grass that fixed her foot, but she likes to claim that it was all her doing......however, since I am naturally tactful and modest, I just let her do her thing, and refuse to get into a snit about it.....actually, since I have come to understand her insecurities and work with them, BabyCakes and I have been getting along quite well......she is very, very smart in her way......perhaps I shall suggest that she study a little psychology and then check out the Brig Commander.....maybe she can cure him of his many neurosis and obsessions (me being the prime one)......if she can do that, perhaps she persuade him to fix up a very comfy cell for you *giggling madly*

Annie who must don her nursing cap.....mom went to the knee dr. today and he removed her last bandage/tape....I must go check it out and make sure he did a proper job....
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Dear Tom, Prince and Joanie

Annie was able to come up with a good disguise that got me into the knee surgeon's office this morning with her mom.....boy, what a jerk!...he is one of those doctor's who believes the D in the M.D. after his name stands for "deity".....TQ let him talk and pontificate, but i had to work really hard to contain my growls and you know i am usually (naturally) quite calm no matter how awful the patient is.....this guy is a fellow doctor, but while he may know his operating stuff, his people/dog skills are terrible.....he thought i was TQ's grandchild...hehehehe.....maybe i could have gotten away with biting him since little kids sometimes do that.....hehehehe.....anyway, he took TQ's last bandage/tape off her knee and said she was doing well, but to continue with the physical therapy program and then buy a stationary bike.....i told TQ that if she would just come home with me, she could sleep at your house and during the day i would provide whatever medical and physical therapy she needed....one of things that is encouraged is swimming and i said i would see to it that she swam at the beach everyday....boy, did her eyes light up at that....TQ loves the beach.....i doubt she will come back with me this time, though.....somebody named The Kid may be coming out in a few weeks, and while Annie groaned at the news, TQ seems quite excited...i don't think my services are really needed here now that i have TQ's needled foot under control...Annie can take over the cherry grass regimen i prescribed, so i will be on the 3pm. flight from Va to FL.....my beloved Bowser will be so surprised to see me when i step out of the gondola....*big smile*

see y'all soon
BabyCakes

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Dear Annie,

A lot of canines known as “good dogs” have sneaky tendencies. Not you of course dear sister. Just saying.

I was a bit surprised by your comment concerning Baby Cakes. This morning while Bowser was fixing breakfast (with my help of course) he happened to mention that BC had messaged him and talked about what a wonderful team you and she turned out to be in caring for our mom. Oh Annie, if I didn’t know better I would think that you are a bit jealous of Dr. Cakes. But surely not. You are just naturally not the jealous type.

Your bro, who is finding it hard not to snicker as he walks to the pad with Prince.


Dear TQ,

Joanie arrived home lst night. Yes, I was extremely happy to see her and Prince was beside himself. Roscoe just watched the whole scene from a safe distance with a smile on his face. After we got her settled in, we ate and just relaxed. She and I sat on the couch with Prince between us and Ros lay on the floor under my recliner. It was a much needed relaxed evening.
Now then, we are hoping that Joe will come today and finish the water. We thought he had it fixed when he replaced the pump and motor, but then the other problem, the one that caused the motor to burn out, showed itself. Seems it needed a solenoid valve and float. I got those late yesterday and now I’m just waiting for Joe. (I do wish I were more mechanically inclined, but unlike Annie, I am just not a natural at nearly everything…grin)

I’m so happy that Dr. Cakes has been able to help you. I overheard her talking with Bowser about what a wonderful team she feels that Annie and she makes. I suspect you hear the same from Annie. I’m so happy that all the canines get along so well. I just don’t understand our brig commander’s attitude toward Annie, but Annie thinks that he might be jealous of her. Perhaps.

Well, glad you are doing well with your recovery from both the knee operation and from walking on pins and needles (or something like that).

Tom, who hears Bowser in the kitchen and notices both Ros and Prince getting quite excited,. (I wander what’s for lunch.)


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dear Tom

while maintaining a watch on what the boys are eating, please remember that Roscoe is not kept on as strict a diet as Prince......I have noticed, though, that he has gotten a bit large around his middle.....he explained to me that with all the hard physical labour he does (hiking, etc) he needs to consume a high quantity of calories to keep up his strength for his military duties.....his arguments sounded strangely similar to Annie's......it wouldn't hurt for him to lose a couple of pounds, so do what you think is best......

Dr. BabyCakes is here...isn't she a wonder! it is always such a joy to have her visit.....her prescription regimen of cherry grass has really helped the swelling in my foot to go down and the pain is almost gone, too....after reviewing my records, she decided my tetnus shot is still good and I don't need a new one....this morning I have an appointment with my knee dr. so if asked to walk I should be able to go a pretty good job of it now that my foot is better....Dr. BC wanted to go with me, but this place is pretty darned strict about any canines entering....she and annie are working on a plan to sneak her in....annie is going to stay home and rest up from all her nursing duties

I suppose you are excited that Joanie will be home soon

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dear Ros,

perhaps our dad is the needle culprit since he has admitted to using a needle with red thread, but he still stoutly denies that the needle being in your bed is his fault....I know it certainly is not mine.....you really did not need to send BC....I had mom's injury under control.....in fact, mom's foot is doing much better this morning, but you know that attention-seeking BC will say it is due to all her care...*snort*

do NOT threaten me with retribution.....I do not know whether it was you or pop who stole my needle, but remember, you are already in trouble for killing that crow that I threw up as well as previous doves......do you want me to call my old friend, the Brig Commander, to have him reserve a nice, comfy cell for you?*giggling mightily*

Annie who is now known as The Good Dog

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Dear Annie,

Look sis, I don't sew, I don't steal needles and it seems pretty interesting that after blaming me for that horrible accident you would accuse me of stealing. If you think I would take your needle and thread you have another think coming. The idea of accusing me is absolutely preposterous.

I don't know what you were sewing Annie, and I don't know why you were on my bed, but you will pay, I guarantee. You WILL PAY!

Your innocent loving brother, Roscoe

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Dear Mom,

Annie wrote to me and told me about your needle incident. I was so sorry to hear about it, but mom, Annie accused me of stealing her needle and thread and leaving it on my bed. I didn't steal it and I didn't use it. My guess is that it was Annie herself, but of course I can't say that for sure. But it had to be either Annie, dad, or one of those kids that visited. I hope that you can get to the bottom of this mess.

I spoke with Baby Cakes who was horrified by the accident that you have endured. She immediately packed her bags and is on her way to take over your treatment. Annie of course will continue to do the mundane nursing duties. Dr. Cakes feels that you need both a tetanus shot (best gotten from a human doctor and not the one at the spa) and a regimen of cherry grass treatments. She will prescribe the treatment plan as soon as she sees you and diagnoses the actual damage. She's thinking a multi-pronged approach using several of the cherry grass products.

Get well mom, and please get to the bottom of the careless unscrupulous individual (canine or human) that left the needle and red thread on my bed. (Hint: Annie perhaps!)

Dear TQ,

I just wanted to let you know that the kids are having a great time here. They spend a lot of time in Prince's pad. I hear them talking and laughing all the time. It sounds like they are having the time of their lives.

I did notice that Baby Cakes mounted a gondola this morning and Roscoe said she is heading up there to take care of you. He didn't elaborate. I do hope that you are OK.

Tom, who hears both boys talking to Bowser about an outlandish menu and one in which I shall need to intervene immediately.


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dear brother, Roscoe,

it's good you are there, partying with Prince and able to enjoy what may be your last days of freedom.......or just your last days.....in fact, when you are ready to come home, perhaps it might be best for you to just walk up to the Brig Commander, hold out your paws for him to slap on the handcuffs.... ask him to take you to his best cell and after he locks you in, instruct him to throw away the key...if you are lucky, he may go easy on you just because he has had a huge crush on me for years......oh, big brother, don't give me the big-eyed innocent look.....you are in sooo much trouble....

First of all, you are only in slight trouble with me (and I figure your guilt will be punishment enough)....yesterday, mom walked across your bed, the one in the bedroom, to reach something on the bookshelf and stepped on a threaded needle ON YOUR BED.....Brother dear, it was threaded with red thread and I can't remember the last time I used red thread for anything....you, however, often work on your own secret projects....Pop admitted he used red thread a while ago for his own project, but insists he would have used a much larger needle becuz the "eye" of the needle that went into mom's foot was too small for him to have threaded....you know humans do not have the eyesight abilities of canines......

anyway, the needle and thread went about 1.5" into mom's foot....mom could not pull it out with her fingers, so she hollered for pop, but he could not pull it out, either...when he left the room I offered to pull it out with my teeth, but just then pop returned and pushed me aside so he could have all the glory of pulling it out with pliers....sigh....mom's foot swelled up and she is having problems walking on it....she says it is extremely painful...sometimes she calls for me when she is hurting, no matter what I am doing, and, of course, I must tend to her.....this morning, she laughed as she told me how absolutely horrified her PT therapist looked when he saw her hobble....he thought that somehow all the progress of her surgery-ied knee had reversed itself.....he was so relieved when mom told him what had happened.....I wish I had been there, but frankly, I am just as glad to have had that time to catch up on my sleep, especially now that I have these NEW nursing duties added to my regular, overburdened ones.......

Roscoe, I will tell you that I overheard mom say that she was so glad it was her, rather than you, who stepped on the needle....pop just growled as he looked towards your bed and scowled......I hope you will learn to curb your THIEVERY when you want something of mine! *giving R a stern look*

Nurse and Sister Annie who didn't even know her brother could sew
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dear Dr. BabyCakes

I recently learned it was YOU who sent the Commander and a nurse to check on me when I was sick.....that was so sweet of you.....thank you so much.....I am feeling much better now, but Roscoe caused mom to get hurt yesterday, so my nursing duties have increased, providing new and extra care for my mom.....oh well, a nurse's work is never done....you know how that is.......oh! sorry, I guess as a doctor,, you don't know, but you probably have other things that keep you busy (like snuggling with your cuddle bunny, Bowser...teeheehee)

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Dear Annie,

You have it wrong dear sister. Joanie leaves this week. In fact, she left Monday. Tom is in a daze without her here. He barely knows what time of day it is. Oh, he takes care of our basic needs alright, but beyond that I am afraid he is hopeless.

And that is cool. Prince and I were able to put together a neighborhood canine party in his pad. His dad didn't even know it was happening. And the best part, it was a BYOF party (bring your own food...and a little bit more). We supplied the pad; they supplied the pot luck dinner. And oh what a feast it was.

When the party was over and everyone had left, we staggered up to the house. Yes, staggered, we had eaten so much we couldn't walk in a straight line. It's a good thing the food police didn't check us, though I'll admit they would have had a tough time making it stick since this is private property. True, they could have made it hard for some of our guests who were also intoxicated with excess eating, but then, that's why we insisted that no one say anything to anyone about it until they were totally sober. And then it would be wise to hold their tongues since we most definitely plan to repeat this tonight and every night until Joanie gets home and spoils it all for us.

Annie, tell mom this: when she is sneaking around taking pictures of that albino raccoon, keep in mind that the shape-shifting chupacabra can definitely imitate the albino raccoon, becoming an albino chupacoon. I don't want you to alarm her, but she should be very cautious. It would only take one time for a chupacabra to spot a real albino raccoon and think to itself, "ah ha, so that's the color I'm suppose to take on. No wonder those darned canines could spot me so quickly. Now I've got 'em."

By the way sister, I did not send the commander or that nurse to see you. She must have gotten wind of your illness in some other manner. I did hear that Dr. Cakes sent a confidential message to the commander, but I have no idea what was in it. One might suspect that it was her though. Truly Annie, Baby Cakes really does like you.

Well, I hear Tom putting my ration of kibbles in my bowl and Prince's ration in his. He also has a tiny bowl with a very tiny ration for Andromeda. Even Andromeda complained about the size of his ration, but Tom just said that he was concerned about our health and left us to eat while he crambled down half a chicken, potatoes and I don't know what else. He doesn't seem to be rationing his food, only ours. I wonder what he is going to call his ration today, and more importantly if Prince and I will be able to weasel a few crumbs from his plate like we did yesterday. Oh, by the way Annie, please do not mention our parties to anyone. It would not do to let Tom in on the secret.

Roscoe, who is drooling even for kibbles


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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

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dear Roscoe

thank you so much for sending the Commander and a nurse to check on me.....one would have thought the illustrious Dr. BabyCakes would have expressed some concern, but I guess that was far to beneath her....not a card or even a text from her wishing me well....sigh....and yet our Commander heard rumors that I was ill and came by to see me.....the nurse that came with her took my temperature, patted me, fetched the cherry grass and read me stories until I feel asleep...what a gem! I was vomiting for 2 days and then it took me another day and a half of extra resting, but now I think I am all better....

the orange raccoons were real.....even mom saw them....yesterday she spoke with someone who is more familiar with the quirks of wildlife...this person said the color and the vision problems could be related to some sort of albino issues.....the weird raccoons have not been back because my dad is hiding the bird feeders at night in a trash can that is held shut with bunji cords.....mom is planning to leave them out when he goes on the road next week to see if she can get a pic thru the window.....even a blurry pic would be good if the strange color can be seen

I admit I had forgotten the ornery nature of the beast that is chupe....in order to get them into the peat bog they may have to chase you.....is there some way you could build a narrow bridge over the bog that you could run over and then pull back before the chupes could get on it? or maybe you could push it into the bog after the enemy was on it and could not turn back???? I will be awaiting my medal and promotion to an exaulted position for this brilliant idea as soon as you get the kinks worked out in your plan (I am a naturally patient girl)

did you get Tom's locks removed? he is entirely too selfish with his food.....mom bought me a biscuit at DQ this morning....it was delicious although the sausage patty was a bit small today......I hear there is going to be lots of partying and party foods there this week while Joanie is away.....Hey! if you could send an eagle for me, I could come....not only for the parties (think what a thrill your friends would get to have a professional singer---me---perform), but as a nice surprise I could sort and arrange Joanie's dress vault for her......I could wear a disguise at the parties and the brig commander would never realize I was there........let me know when to expect my feathered ride

Annie who is going to search through her closets for some warm-weather party clothes



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TO: COMMANDER, TQ HEADQUARTERS, VA (CONFIDENTIAL)
From: DR. BABY CAKES

Will you please have a nurse from the infirmary look in on Annie at TQ’s home. She has told me that she is seriously ill. If she is in fact in dire need of a physician, I want to come. On the other hand, she is a tad prone to hysteria…well, you know what I mean of course. Please don’t mention that to her; just reply and let me know if you feel my services are needed.

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Dear Annie,

I am sorry you are not feeling well. I suggest that you check into the infirmary. Of course you are not military, but because you are the child of the landowner you have certain privileges, the infirmary being one of them.

That was a very interesting tail that you told about the orange raccoons. It is my feeling that coming home quickly will not be easy. My guess is that you dreamed all of this during periods of delirium associated with your current near-death state. Please check into the infirmary and request physical and psychological help. And don’t take that the wrong way. I’m just concerned about you and without anyone to help you there, you really need the infirmary.

That was an interesting idea about running the chupes into the bog. Of course, I’ll take the part about the brig commander to be your joke and it did, I’ll admit, give me cause to LOL. I do see one minor problem with your idea though sister. Chupes are, by nature, aggressive creatures who will not likely flee, but rather will fight to the death. The only time I’ve seen them retreat is when a strategical retreat is called for by their commander, and since their commanders are as bellicose as are the privates, that likely will not happen except on the second blue moon of the month. Think about that for a moment…grin.

Now then Annie, I do want you to know that I am genuinely concerned about your health. And again, please check into the infirmary, and be a good patient accepting all of their help. Do, of course, insist upon cherry grass treatment. That is absolutely essential. I have that directly from Dr. Cakes.

Roscoe, who is on his way to the pad with Prince and with Andromeda who is riding on my back. (We are meeting regarding strategy for removing the locks on Tom’s refrigerator and food cabinets.)


Tom

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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dear Roscoe

first of all, i always ignore Prince when he makes his little jokes about my Belgian heritage...he thinks he's being funny and i know it is not his intentions to hurt my feelings....it DOES hurt my feelings, of course, but we all know that i am of a naturally tolerant nature, so i try to overlook it....i am also aware that most non-Belgian canines are jealous of our dna and it can't be helped...........it is just as well i did not make the flight.....i have been sick on my tummy for 2 days....you remember that crow you killed? you did not eat it all and since i am naturally neat, i tried to clean it up for you (you know our dad hates a messy lawn)....oh, Ros, that thing made me so sick.....not only did i vomit all over the lanai, (mom thanked me for not doing it in the house), which pop had to hose off, mom gave me a bath with that cold, cold hose water .....later i got peppermints for my breath....mom also gave me a half slice of a small frozen pizza that they had for dinner...............this morning, pop stepped in it on the kitchen floor just after it came back up.......i am not a well puppy, i tell you.....

however, in spite of my possibly being on the brink of death's door, i have news for you....you may have heard a bit about it via military lines from somebody here, but only i know the whole story! you will want to promote me to some high office for this!!! remember, a few weeks ago i told you a raccoon bumped into the wall of the house when it was on the lanai (before my ferocious barks frightened it away)???? it was back the last night.....back with its twin....even though i was shut in the bedroom, mom woke up from hearing me growling and/or barking.....pop does not wake up, but mom does and when she complained about my "noise" and told me to "knock it off"....i told her about the compliment Tom made a few days ago about my guarding skills, but she just snorted and i think i heard her mention something about "revenge" although i can't imagine to what she was referring.......ANYWAY, the twins were back......Mom finally got up and was so shocked when she saw them.....they were ORANGE....NO KIDDING, Ros.....they were a very pale orange, but they were raccoons!!! 2 of them! and one ran off banging into a flower pot....later, after we were all back in bed, we knew when they came back because the clumsy one banged into things again.....mom said maybe he's not clumsy, but either has bad eyesight or rabies.....one time mom tried to take a pic, but they ran as soon as they saw her approach the door......mom's friend pointed out that they could be a part of the Trumpette party, having dyed their fur to match their leader's............mom said she will NOT have any whacko Trumpettes on her property and will shoot the intruders herself! i pointed out (politely) that she does not have a gun, and she pointed out that the wawas do and if necessary, she will "borrow" one from the house guard whether he wants to loan it to her or not........mom did say that perhaps they were really blonde raccoons, just looking a tad orange-ish in the lanai lights....we looked it up online and blonde and orange raccoons do exist.....i think they may be new chuperaccoons, perhaps a new super-chuperaccoon............you and prince may need to get back here FAST...

Also, i have come up with a plan...this is where you will want to reward my brilliant idea....i recently read about how peat bogs have preserved bodies that were dumped in them for up to 10,000 years.....there are no peat bogs in VA, but there are some in FL....one is called ? Salt? and another is Windover Archeological Site ...if you could throw some chupes in there or chase them into the peat bog, then after a few days you would have a preserved chupe corpse and could do all sorts of dna testing, etc to learn about their nasty selves *shudder*....if you want to practice first, i suggest you used the Brig Commander as your first "volunteer" and see how long it takes for the bog to properly embalm him....i suggest weighing him down with an anchor or two for several days before bringing him up to see how well preserved he is.....heheheheheh

Annie who is on guard at all times

Dear Dr. BabyCakes
this is to let you know that i am extremely ill.....i may need to call upon you if it gets worse....symptoms are vomiting and lack of appetite......i am barely able to move from one bed to another and if mom needs nursing care she is going to have to call someone

Nurse Annie who is seriously ill *gag*

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Dear TQ,

The kids have arrived, though they came in late last night. Apparently there was a storm that they had to wait out since it involved high winds. But they are safe!

I was happy to see Prince, Roscoe and Andromeda. I was sorry that Annie could not come with them, but I know that she wanted to. It was just that eagle rule about size vs. weight, very unfair to those Bassets of Belgian decent.

Don’t worry; I’ll take good care of your boy.
Tom

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Dear Annie,

You are fortunate that you did not ride with us. It was truly a rough ride with high winds and heavy rain. Our eagle actually got grounded for a while, and our food supply did not hold up for the entire trip. We overturned the gondola and stayed beneath it to keep somewhat dry and warm, but gondolas are not, as you know, water proof. Still, it was better to be dripped on than to be blasted with wind driven rain. When we did reach Tom’s place, we hurried inside. Tom dried each of us with a towel and we snuggled in a warm bed. Tom even brought us kibbles to munch on while we were there. Andromeda was so hungry that he nibbled more than his usual number of kibbles. Still, we were happy to share. He just doesn’t eat much. By the way, Tom did not supply gravy for our kibbles. I think if Bowser had been here he would have but of course it was late and Bowser was at his home with Baby Cakes.

By the way, Annie, Prince wants to apologize to you for what he said at departure. He meant nothing by it, but he knows that you may have taken it the wrong way when he said that you could travel with us if you would just lose your Belgian. He really wasn’t calling you fat. He recognized that your Belgian heritage leaves you with genes that result in a more stout shaped Basset than the American Basset. Really he was just wishing that you could have been with us.

Well, it’s Sunday morning. Tom and Joanie will be going to church. Meanwhile, we two canines and one rodent are well rested and while Tom and Joanie are away we shall play…in the kitchen. Heh heh.

Roscoe, who is drooling as he dreams about what he might find in the kitchen.


Tom

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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dear dad

this could be me when Aunt Barbara comes...........of course, we don't have to wait for her...you and I can practice before she arrives....

I asked TQ to make Andromeda a special travelling pouch and also a harness in case he doesn't feel like being in the pouch....when the eagle hits an air pocket, that poor little guy bounces all over the place and I fear he could bounce right out of the gondola....its a loooong way down to landing.....I suppose the eagle could catch Andromeda in mid-fall, but that may be too tempting for the eagle's natural instincts *grin*.....

TQ is making something for dinner that has gravy, so we all got a little gravy on top of our kibble.....delish! have you ever had gravy? that is some gooooooood stuff! don't worry about me getting fat.....I will burn lots of calories when I am surfing....hehehehe

Prince who is wondering what is for dessert (and notice TQ bought ice cream today)

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Dear Prince,

I'm well aware of how handsome you are whether skinny or plump. My concern...not obsession, concern...with your weight has to do with my concern about your health. That's it, plane and simple.

I'm jumping with joy because my boy is coming home. We will have so much fun together at dog park and other fun places. Please feel free to bring Roscoe with you as well as Andromeda. Oh, and of course Annie is welcome if the eagles can be talked into...uh, never mind; if she can find transportation. If she is going to come, please don't mention it. I'm afraid that if the brig commander gets wind of it...well, you know.

I think it's a shame that TQ can't get used to Annie's howling, barking and the like. I mean, she is just protecting the household and all the folks in it. It's true, of course, that the raccoon that comes at night is a real live red blooded American raccoon, but that is just it. It would be so easy for a chupe to shape shift to look (almost) just like him. And if Annie didn't alert everyone, oh Prince, I shudder when I think of the consequence. Never shut down a barker who is protecting you; you never know when that bark will be needed. Give Annie my congratulations for being a fantastic natural protector of the household.

Today I was lonesome so I went to dog park even though you weren't here. You would have lved the variety of pooches who inhabitted that park today. The most friendly were the Golden Retrievers (relatives of yours?) and the Pit Bull. There was a black dog that tended to mount the pit and the pit just put up with it. Eventually the pit lay down in the sand so that that black dog would leave it alone. I think that was the gentlest dog I've seen there yet. You would have loved meeting him and I know you would not have tried mounting him. Rather, you would have defended his honor.

Dad, who needs to talk with Bowser about the evening meal menu. I was less than thrilled with the one we had this noon.


Tom

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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dear dad

you really should relax your obsession with my weight....you know that I am still handsome whether my waist expands a teeny bit occasionally or is back at normal.....annie says staying handsome is the most important thing.....breakfast was a sad affair this morning.....apparently TQ fed us all the leftover chicken yesterday, so all she offered this morning was chicken....Roscoe and I are going to wander over to the mess tent and see what is available......not like that will be such an improvement *sigh*....its not that their breakfasts are bad, they are just.....well.....not up to Bowser's standards....

Andromeda has asked to have a couple of hours for himself, by himself, this morning as he is working on "plans"....we do not know what these plans are, but he said he might be able to share them after lunch.....I have told him we are flying back tomorrow and he seems fine with that.....

The seed-stealing real raccoon was back last night....I supervised our guy spraying him with toxin and, indeed, he is pure animal....this has no effect on Annie's loud, barking desire to shriek threats and insults at him no matter what time of night it is....TQ was a bit put out at 2am when annie went off.....earlier TQ had told annie that she could sleep wherever she wanted since Big Sister was gone, (as opposed to being shut in TQ's bedroom) as long as she was quiet...........annie held to it until 10pm, after which all bets were off.....even in the bedroom she barked.....she kept all of us in the house awake.....TQ suggested that I take a nap this morning.......sort of like Annie is doing now *snort*

Prince who hears TQ in the kitchen and thinks he should go be helpful


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Dear Prince,

This day has been extremely hectic and I do not have time to write a long letter. Suffice it to say that the swim suit idea is not likely though your Aunt Barbara may bring one with her. Also, Andromeda's adventure in the tunnel sounds amazing. I am looking forward to when you can share the top secret stuff with me, but I assume that would need to be by military communication or in person in a secluded and quiet place (like your pad).

Now then, I do want to discuss one little matter with you. You indicated that you were willing to sacrifice your weight in order to keep the chicken from going to waste and thereby making TQ happy. May I remind you that, in fact, that chicken will still go to waste...your waist that is. And as far as Annie's suggestion about fattening you up...please remember that her judgment is somewhat skewed as a result of her...uh, Belgium heritage. My boy, you need to stay slim so that you can continue to go on adventures. Also, you like flying here and there, and you know what Annie's status is with the eagle transport system. A large part of that (and I am speaking of large) is her weight. Just think about it. Additional weight could damage your life style a lot.

Dad, who needs to get ready to pick your mom up. We are going out to eat and then a movie.


Tom

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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DEAR DAD

perhaps mom and aunt Barbara can buy swimsuits while they are surfing the malls and then auntie and I can surf the waves at the beach.....(Annie would say this is a naturally brilliant idea)....I can't wait

first I want to tell you about Andromeda's exploration of the tunnel......it was a blazing success!! he went down into the tunnel about 9am this morning....you may think this is a bit late, but since normal raccoons and chupes are more nocturnal, we decided to give them both time to get to their "homes" and in bed before sending Andromeda down into the tunnel....this might lessen any danger to himself......yesterday afternoon was spent in strategizing what he would do down there and how he would do it....I suggested he wear a small backpack, and a harness....a string would be tied to the harness so we could jerk him back up....he vetoed all suggestions, including Roscoe's that he wear a camera....he said the camera flash would be noticeable, as would the string, the extra weight from any of the items might slow him down, and/or attract notice.....no matter what new ideas any of us came us with he seemed to have a reason to nay them.....his reasonings made sense, although he understood that we were trying to ensure his safety....a couple of the wawas were allowed into the strategy meeting so they could learn to work with him....having all their ideas quashed did not always sit well, but....BUT.....this morning, with several wawas in attendance, Andromeda descended into the tunnel.....and we waited.....and waited.....and waited...or so it seemed...probably because we were so anxious, it seemed to take forever....in actuality,i think he was only down there about 2 hours.....perhaps future trips will be longer.....part of his "excursion" was to see how long the tunnel is....Andromeda reported back that he never came near the end....could our tunnel extend all the way to the one in the Swamp? much of the stuff he discovered is top secret, but I can share a few things.....Andromeda noticed that every so often there was a small hole through the top of the tunnel to the world above....he is not certain if this is for light, but we all know that chupes and chuprcoons can travel quite well in the dark.....another supposition is that they are possible places of exit from the tunnel if needed or perhaps they are some sort of directional information that we do not fully understand yet........Roscoe's first thought was to try to plug these holes, but this would alert the chupracoons that we are "on to" them, so for right now we are leaving them be....when Andromeda returns to FL he is going to check the Swamp tunnel for these holes, saying he had not noticed them before, but perhaps he missed them......(doesn't seem likely)......Andromeda did take measurements on the size of the tunnel, measuring in "mouse feet"....a couple of the wawas wanted to take these measurements and put in an iron grate across the tunnel to act as a blockade....it was pointed out that chupes could slide through, so now our officers want an iron door....but again, this would alert the chupes that we are aware of their tunnel usage......at this time we do not want them to know how much we know......apparently there is a side tunnel heading off towards the Gonzalez'.......do we alert them or not? Andromeda said he passed near 1 chupracoon who never noticed him which does show the tunnels are still in use even though there has not been much trouble from chupes of any sort over the past several weeks....he said he went up to the surface, found a dandelion in the pasture and wedged it into the exit hole.....this would probably not alarm the chupes and it could be found by us if we needed it.....one possible thought is to have El Toro Grande deposit a huge pile of bull poo on top of the hole which would effective block it, but make it easy to find...however, for obvious reasons Roscoe could not be there when the deposit was made or he might not be able to resist rolling in it...*snort*........I've saved the BEST news of the tunnel exploration for last....Andromeda returned with what is suspected of being a hair from a chupracoon.....it has already been sent off to UNC Canine for analysis....what a find! Andromeda made us each sniff it becuz he said it STINKS of chupracoon, and it was disgustingly odorous....if we could learn to recognize the scent, perhaps it would help us realize they were coming before they even attacked and we would be prepared and blow them out of the water!!....

Andromeda is exhausted, but excited from his explorations.....he and I will be returning on Sat., I think.....Annie's Big Sister left this morning to return to her home and TQ is sad, so I am staying on until Mr. Twinkie returns tomorrow to help cheer her up.....Roscoe suggested that if it does not rain we might all take a walk later which will make TQ happy....TQ bought Big Sister an entire roast chicken which has been shared with us at mealtimes....I am going to stay by TQ's side in case she needs to get rid of more of that chicken.....see what a NATURALLY thoughtful guy I am, dad *grin*...?? I am willing to sacrifice my waistline in order to make TQ happy and also to not let good food go to waste.....besides, Annie pointed out that I am far too skinny and could do with some fattening up.....not that I noticed her making any ice cream or cookies for me.....sigh.....in fact there has been a noticeable lack of desserts around here lately

Prince who is going to check in with TQ to see if she wants to clean more chicken out of the 'frig

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Dear Prince,

I would not hold my breath while waiting for your Aunt Barbara to surf with you...not the canal, not the gulf, not the ocean. She does surf, but it's not the kind of surfing you are thinking about. She surfs the shopping centers. That's right! She just loves to shop. I know. Horrible activity, but it's her thing. What can I say. I'm thinking about sending her off with your mom while you and I do dog park or something. What are your thoughts on this? (I will have to go with them part of the time, but NOT ALL of the time!)

You know how I love taking pictures. Oh how I wish I had been there to take a picture of Andromeda snuggled in with Picklekorn. That would have made the cover of Canine Time Magazine. What a picture that it conjures up in my head. :)

Tonight I have a waltz lesson in the Cape. Greg will be teaching. I'd love to take you, but unfortunately you are not here. Oh, don't mention this to Annie. She would want to take over the lesson because she is a natural at dancing and teaching. I doubt that she would follow the syllabus though. (snicker)

Please let me know how the tunnel adventure goes tomorrow. I do hope Andromeda will remain safe. And Prince, I really think some sort of communications device between you, Roscoe and Andromeda is essential. Give that a thought, OK?

Dad, who is trying to accomplish about a dozen things at once right now.


Tom

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

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oh wow dad,

my aunt from CA is gonna visit us this year? I am excited!! I am thinking that if there is water in the canal by then she can teach me to surf!! when I have it mastered (being a NATURAL water dog *snicker* it should not take long)** we can go to the beach and surf in the ocean....what fun!!

we had a bit of a scare this morning......Roscoe peeked in Picklekorn's cabin early this morning, trying to get Andromeda without waking up the Old Man......no mouse responded to Ros' whispers.....finally, Ros tiptoed into the cabin....no mouse in his bed!! no mouse in the cabin's teeny kitchette! no mouse in the yard surrounding the cabin! finally, Ros peeked in Picklekorn's bedroom and there they were, Picklekorn AND Andromeda fast asleep in the same bed all cuddled up together......Andromeda woke up and after he and Ros got back out into the living room, Andy said he got cold in the night and could not find another blanket, so he snuggled under Picklekorn's with him.....thank heavens the mouse was all right....

Prince who is excited about Andromeda going down into the tunnel today and must go make sure the rescue plans are in place...........just in case

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Dear Prince,

Being an only dog in the family is not so bad as you have recognized. When I was a kid I was the only child in the house. (Yes, Prince, I was once a child just like the kid...well, a boy anyway.) Now then, my cousin, also an only, lived close by and we two spent much time together. She became my sister in so many ways and we still think of each other like that. Oh, she may visit sometime this year. She is currently living in California. You know, she is down where that kind of loose militia operates. She isn't a part of that though. (grin) But the point is, you have Annie and Roscoe to visit. And of course, when we go to dog park you have all sorts of friends to relate to. And then, Prince, you don't have to share when you are home alone. Ah Prince, it's the best of both worlds. (grin)

I'm really anxious to hear what Andromeda finds, but most of all I will be glad when he goes in and COMES OUT again safely. There is no doubt in my mind that he will be in huge danger. I do hope that you have set up some sort of communications devise that will keep the two of you connected so that you will know what he is finding as he finds it, and also so that you will know that he is still safe. Do you have an emergency plan should he run afoul (my apologies to HEN-rietta for the use of that word in this way) of chupacoons and the like.

By the way, we are having a severe drought. If you are tired of the rain up there, you can always send some of it our way. (grin)

Dad, who hears Bowser mixing stuff in the kitchen. Hmmmmm, always so good!

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Dear Annie,

This afternoon I saw Kathy in the field on the other side of the canal. She asked about you and said that she was missing you. Just thought I'd pass that on.

Tom, who has a serious need to eat.


Tom

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

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dear dad

last night there was shrieking from the house...Big Sister (The Kid's mom is here while mr. twinkie is away) was yelling, "I saw a mouse! it was by my cokes"....TQ was fussing at Annie, Roscoe and me about catching the mouse, even promising them rewards.....Andromeda swears it was not him, but there have been those who have expressed some doubt....TQ says she never actually saw the mouse, and Big Sister could not provide a good description....TQ has set a trap in the kitchen, so Andromeda has been warned to absolutely NOT enter the house.....mr. twinkie will return home this weekend and the poison and other anti-mouse activities will commence....we will have to keep Andromeda hidden....by that time it may be time to return to FL

several people spoke to the owner of the lab-terrier mix so hopefully that poor puppy has a new home by now....I admit it is nice being the ONLY dog in the family, but sometimes I think having a sibling would be fun, too.....as long as there are lots of friends (like Roscoe) and visitors I guess I will survive as an only child.....hehehehehe......however, Joe is quite happy with 4 dogs.......just something for you to think about.....double hehehehehe

it is still raining A LOT...it is supposed to stop sometime tonight...if so, and if the tunnel is not flooded, Ros and I have been discussing sending Andromeda down into it to see what he will find

Prince who hears Big Sister getting the roast chicken out of the 'frig and is going to offer to help before Annie is aware that something delicious is on the table.........triple hehehehehe

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Dear Prince,

I am sorry to hear about this poor Labrador terrier, but I am also sorry to inform you that we are a one dog family. Were you thinking about moving out so that we could adopt the Lab-terrier? Oh, I do hope not. We love you and really want you to stay. Please let us know. But also do know that we can only accommodate one canine in our family. Well, one at a time but not including visitors. Roscoe and Annie are always welcomed here, though I know that there are some factors which tend to prohibit Annie from making the trip.

I agree that having 100% acceptance of Andromeda would be preferable to the alternative, but Prince, in life and especially when dealing with various personalities, 100% is pretty much a non-existent number. It sounds to me like you and Roscoe have done an admirable job in preparing a resistant population of Chihuahuas for the task that is about to occur. I wish Andromeda absolute success within the tunnel, but most of all I wish him a safe return to the surface. I know that he is a highly skilled agent, but one can never be too careful in matters such as these.

Dad, who needs to discuss breakfast with Bowser

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Dear Annie,

Just a short note. I have heard from your mom. I think you may be over-reacting to what you consider to be a threat regarding your bed. I suspect you have nothing to worry about...well, other than what your mom may say when you talk with her. By the way, how much stuff do you keep under your bed?

Tom, who is trying to picture Annie's rather lumpy bed.


Tom

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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dear Tom

I have not touched Annie's bed....it was just a mention in passing....I suppose I should speak to her more in depth on the subject

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dear dad,

Roscoe is hoping that within a few days we may be able to have Andromeda search the tunnel....he was hoping to have the troops here 100% behind our little guy before we undertook what could be a very dangerous venture....

don't concern yourself about my girth....an extra cookie or two (dozen) is unlikely to expand my waistline *grin*...........there is a little senorita (Shih Tzu) at the Gonzalez' who seems to think I am quite handsome based on the little looks and smiles she tosses my way, hehehehehe....

I have a small request, dad...my dear old dad.....I heard today of a canine, half black lab, half terrier....very energetic....2 yrs old......who is in need of a home.....I was thinking of offering this poor fellow a place with us...his parents are getting divorced and apparently neither one wants him, poor old fellow.........how would this set with you and mom??

Prince who would be happy with another brother (or sister...not quite sure on this)

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Dear Roscoe,

You are quite welcome. I hope the poo, a high quality output, serves you well. I am currently collecting another bag of equally high quality poo. It will take a few days to a week to produce the entire bag, but I bag only the poo of highest quality. Nothing but the best for you, my friend.

Alfred,

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Dear Prince,

I'm so happy to hear that your war games worked so well and that most of the Chihuahuas are coming around. I am curious about something. Was Andromeda not going to explore that end of the tunnel? That was his prime purpose in coming there I believe. It sounds like he should have adequate support personnel now that he is more accepted.

Prince, we had rain. I mean, it wasn't just a little rain, it was a lot of rain. Now then, it won't help the canals much. They need the rainy season including daily rain, but it sure will help our plants. Everything is so brown and crisp, prefect fie fuel. I can even skip watering the new sod this evening. That's good because I am concerned that if this drought continues our well might run dry. Ouch!

By the way, I want to congratulate you on the use of El Toro Grande in your exercise. You were one brave canine to ride on his back. I know it had to be done secretly, but oh how I wish I had gotten pictures of that. Now I must just picture it in my mind's eye. And what a sight for sore eyes it is. (grin) I will have to admit I had some concerns when you squeezed into that cave entry and sat there eating Annie snacks. I was a little concerned that you wouldn't make it out of the cave. (In other words, I was afraid your girth would grow and the cave entrance stay the same size.

OK, it's time for me to work on something truly important, like taking an afternoon nap.

Dad

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Dear Annie,

I can see your dilemma concerning your bed. You do need to understand that while your mom and I get along, neither one of us can change what the other one does. I will put in a good word for your bed, but I cannot guarantee the outcome.

Your friend,
Tom

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Dear TQ,

Annie loves her bed and tells me she is concerned about you changing her bed or even making it. Personally, I think she is more concerned about the stuff that is hidden ... er, placed there for safe keeping. Try to understand that that poor girl has spent years accumulating all that wonderful stuff. I assume it was all gotten lagitimately. So please consider leaving her stuff alone.

Tom, who is going to go to the couch and fall asleep watching another TV program.


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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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the searching for the missing me when extremely well....the wawas were allowed to search for me for 4 hours before Andromeda was called on to demonstrate his skills.....there were all sort of situational set-ups.....a rock slide blocking a cave on the Gonzalez side of the mountain....another, smaller cave blockage next to the creek which was flooded, a deep, unexpected drop off of a ravine.......out wawas looked and looked and sniffed and consulted with one another, but although they could follow my scent and footprints into the pasture, the gonzalez cows were cautioned not to breathe a word about seeing me....El Toro Grande carried me on a very circuitous route to the cave on the mountain behind the pasture which is why there was no scent of me.....the heifers were instructed to walk slowly in various patters that crossed El Toro Grande's, so his path would not be noticeable....there is a huge pond that is mostly dried up at the end of the pasture, but our favorite bull walked down to the edge of the water and walked in it for several yards, so his trail would disappear for a while, too.....the cave had been blocked by rocks for years, but there is a secret back entrance which enabled me to get into the cave (with my backpack of snacks).....after I got in thru this entrance El Toro Grande let loose a pile of cow patty that would make Roscoe beg to roll in it.....but it had the effect of showing he had stopped there and covered any possible scent of me......finally some very worried wawas reported back to Ros that they had not been able to find me....when all the search teams were in, Roscoe suggested that he and Andromeda return to the most likely site that each team had found and do a search.....quite frankly, by then I was getting pretty bored....thank heavens Annie has taught me to do poses which helped while away the time......anyway, when Andromeda was able to squeeze between the rocks and announce that I was in the cave, everyone cheered.......I was "rescued" and Andromeda was given a hero's ride home on the shoulders of the wawas.......later that night, we took over the payment of sweet feed for the cows who were quite appreciative and have offered to be of further assistance in future war games.....(if paid in sweet feed)...there are still a few who had been on duty elsewhere and not allowed to participate in the search parties who still look at Andromeda with suspicion, but I think they are reconsidering their position.....since his safety is not 100% assured, Ros and I keep an eye on him, but acceptance is growing.....the mess tent chef even catered a special dinner in Andromeda's honor.....it was held outside since he still fears the health inspector closing down his kitchen, but it was a fun affair for all......

we have had lot of rain here.....so much so, everyone is feeling a bit moldy......its sad to hear about the canal and the Swamp being so low in water.....(it's even sadder that Alfred is still coming up to camp)....if I could, I would send you some of our rains

Prince who is going to see what's for breakfast
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dear tom

you need to do something.....please!! my mom is thinking about messing with or replacing my bed....I hate it when she does that....sometimes she shakes it to get all the stuffing "even",,,,,,a while back she replaced a couple of the beds......my bed is MY bed! I have tried to explain this to her.....she points out how flat it is in the middle and I have attempted to get her to understand that I like its nest-like shape....when mom messes with my bed, some of my possessions tend to go missing, although she says (1) she knows nothing about it or (2) she thought they were junk and donated them to GoodWill or threw them away.....arrrrrgh! I have lost jewels and tiaras this way! I am trying to clear out the stuff under my bed and move it to a new hiding spot, but I miss my things.....I was going to put my lovelies in a basket in the craft room, but there is a dead mouse in there....everyone has looked for it, but can't find it....it may be in the walls....anyway, the smell is horrible and I don't want my stuff to carry the lingering odor of dead rodent!! (another reason why Andromeda is not allowed in the house......he would freak.....the dead one was probably poisoned by my dad)......anyway, if you would command my mom not to touch my bed, I would appreciate it

Annie who is looking for a new hiding place for her valuables
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Dear Alfred

thank you! thank you so much for the gift of alligator poo! who knew it would have such a delightful aroma! we here at Camp TQ will use it in our camouflage classes.....again, thank you so much

Roscoe who can't wait to roll in his new gift

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Dear Prince,

Your mom and I went to the swamp today. Oh how bleak it was. It is practically dried up. Had you been there before you would have cried seeing it today. It's the drought Prince. We are having a truly severe drought, and that along with global warming and the like, well...it was bleak.

When we got home from our photo shoot, we were met by Alfred. He was waiting patiently, and when we got out of the car he explained that the first shipment of poo has been sent. Please let Roscoe know that it should arrive this evening. I know he is going to be as happy as a pig in poo (snicker). And perhaps you had best explain to your mom that he is exploring this new media for camouflage. She may wonder about the slightly new odor. I know she is going to be proud of her boy.

I just can't believe the stubbornness of some of those Chihuahuas. Let me guess. If you were to do a pole, I'll bet dollars to dog kibbles that the naysayers voted for the Trumpeter. Of course it is likely that the ones who accepted Andromeda immediately were Lassie voters. As for those who switched, who knows. A mixed bag no doubt.

I'll be happy to hear how Roscoe's new challenge will turn out. Good luck in finding the perfect hiding place. And good luck to Andromeda. By the way, do you suppose as the game proceeds that Roscoe will camouflage himself so that he can observe without anyone seeing where he is?

It was really very sweet of Annie to pack you a lunch. I do hope you thanked her for her thoughtfulness. You see Prince, she may be a bit wacky at times, but her heart is still in the right place...usually.

Speaking of food, I need to have a quick discussion with Bowser about dinner.
Dad


Tom

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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Woo-hoo Dad,!!

Roscoe is so excited about the alligator poo that is coming this way.....he is practically dancing on his tip-toes in happy anticipation......I told him he was lucky not to have to babysit the 'gators, but he just said it would not have been a problem.....obviously, the poor boy does not know alligators well.....

btw, I noticed you said Alfred ran back towards his pad....I was kinda hoping you would have dissembled it by now *subtle hint*

you are correct..........Andromeda did 100% at finding the hidden objects in each bunkhouse....this was met by cheers from some of the wawas, but also a lot of grumbling that the search was rigged....Andromeda did not say anything to this, but last night he borrowed (well, he sent me to borrow) some yard from TQ.....this morning when everybody woke up they found their feet tied together with a yarn courtesy from Andromeda....some just laughed, but the naysayers complained......they said dinner must have been drugged which is why they did not awaken when Andy was in their bunkhouses.....what a bunch of sore losers....Roscoe is really mad.....today he and Andromeda are planning something else......I am supposed to go hide where it will be extremely difficult to find me and then scream when I am in place.....this will alert the wawas to come find me, the idea being that Andromeda will be the only one who will save the day.......Annie, being naturally thoughtful *snort*, has packed me a snack box in case the others take too long to find me and the cook made me a huge breakfast to help sustain me (it was pancakes....not bad, but nowhere near the excellence of Bowser's)...if this does not work, Roscoe is really going to lay down the law with those who continue to complain and want to enjoy Andromeda for dinner

Prince who needs to get his backpack and go hide

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Dear Prince,

I'm afraid that Roscoe has lost his baby sitting job. When Alfred's wife Alfredo heard about Alfred's offer to Roscoe, she got really saucy. She splashed him up one side and the other with her sauciness saying that no canine was going to baby sit her sweet children. (She apparently is not as comfortable with canines as Alfred is.) Anyway, when Alfred came up to his pad with such a forlorn look on his face, I thought surely he was going to move right back in. Not so. He just wanted to let me know to write and cancel any babysitting that Roscoe had planned to do. But it may work out pretty well for Roscoe. Alfred said that he was sorry for any inconvenience that this may have caused Roscoe and he is sending Roscoe a large container of alligator poo to make amends. Isn't that nice of the dear old guy? I've demolished the alligator pad.

I'm curious Prince, how did Andromeda do on the hidden item game? My guess is that he did extremely well and shocked everyone, but I'd love to hear about it.

Oh, that reminds me, I saw Kathy this morning. She was with the heard and the heard was extremely close to the cherry grass field. I reminded her about it and she seemed a bit put out that I should mention it (kind of like ... of course I know that.) Never the less, she led the heard away from the grass field. Let Annie know about this and be sure to tell her that the cherry grass field is safe now!

Dad, who cut weeds this morning (wish I had grass to cut) and is about to look into a nap.


Tom

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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what great news about the Alfred family moving back to the canal...I assume you are having his house next to mine taken down since they no longer need it (no use keeping it which would encourage them to move back or use it as a vacation home).....and great pics....please extend my congratulations to Alfred and his new family.....I did speak to Roscoe about babysitting the young alligators.....he seems quite interested, especially when I mentioned the bag of poo as a payment from the Alfred family....I was only joking when I presented the offer, but Roscoe says he likes kids.....I told him that all alligators are biters, but he just laughed....the poor guy has no clue.....you can tell Alfred, I guess, that until the kids are old enough to go out on their own, Roscoe will be happy to babysit *snort*.......

speaking of kids, a new child came to the house yesterday....a 5 yr old boy, and Roscoe had to go over and meet him.....even annie came out and she said she was appreciative that the child stood still, petted them, and did not squeal.....The Kid is a squealer and baby-talker which annie finds annoying, (although she is quite fond of the extra dog biscuits)....perhaps the difference is that the little boy has dogs at his house and therefore has been taught proper canine etiquette, whereas The Kid has no pets at home except a fish and therefore has not been taught the finer points of kid-dog interactions...................speaking of which, The Kid's mom is going to arrive here on Mon. evening (without her Kid) and stay for a few days.....both Roscoe and Annie say she is very nice and TQ is quite excited about it.....mr. twinkie will be out of town all week so perhaps Andromeda will be able to visit in the "human's house".....there is really no reason for him to do so, but he is curious, and I think tired of all the comments he hears in camp

sensitivity training is catching on with a few more of the local wawas, but its a struggle...last night, Andromeda decided to walk from the cabin he is sharing with Picklekorn to edge of the woods....he just wanted to examine what sort of wildlife lives here, since it is different from the Swamp.....a couple of the "good ole boys" saw him and gave him a run for his life! Roscoe really blew up with he heard about it and this morning he divided the troops by which bunkhouse they sleep in....at this point the Commander came in and got Andromeda and he stayed with her in her office for about half an hour so there could be no accusations of cheating...............each group had to appoint a leader and Roscoe gave the leader a secret item which was shown to the other bunkhouse members......bunkhouse teams were not allowed to discuss their secret item with other teams.......the leader of each team and one other wawa from the group returned to the bunkhouse and hid the item.....now Andromeda has been shown a picture of all the special items, but not told which item went to which bunkhouse and he has to go find the hidden items while the wawa teams stand in front of their bunkhouses waiting to see if Andy can find their hidden item.....while waiting, Roscoe is lecturing on Andromeda's hidden talents and tolerance towards others who are different, etc etc......I should be there, but Annie asked if I would stay at the house when the PT therapist is here because I have experience with them and she does not trust the one who is coming this morning...

Prince who finds that some days one's work is never done and is hoping for cookies as a reward



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Dear Prince,

Strange! I happened onto the brig commander and saw him shredding papers. I casually said, “Top secret docs I presume,” just to be friendly.

He replied, “No, my latest messages from Annie. I’ve decided to not answer her, but just dispose of her ridiculous messages.”

Well, needless to say, I didn’t want to pursue that any further. After all, Annie is my good friend and it was obvious that there is animosity between the brig commander and the dear Basset, so I just let it go. I’ve found that getting in the middle of two people who are experiencing verbal altercations is just not a good policy.

On a more serious note, the croaking of the alligator duo has ceased. (It sounds a little like a bull frog in the same room.) I went over to the pads (his and yours) and found he was not at home. Following the leveled weeds, I saw that they headed towards the canal. So I went to the canal and walked for a while. Finally I found Alfred. The canal is pretty much dried up but some wonderful mud remains. And that is where I found Alfred. He said that he had to return to the canal. It’s home, and besides, he has responsibilities.



It seems that while Alfred was off staining your furniture and the like, his wife was quite busy. And here is the result of the labor that she was doing.



Well, it’s pretty likely Alfred will not be back at the pad. I tried to remove the stains but was not able to. You may want to consult with Annie about alligator stain removal. She naturally knows all about that sort of thing. I wish I could consult with jack about creating a stain remover for these particular stains, but he just isn’t up to it at this time. Perhaps later.

I’m certain that you will be happy to know that the bars are installed over the windows and the door has been reinforced and a new lock is in place. Ask me and I’ll give you the key when you get home.

I’m glad that you mentioned that you do not baby sit. Alfred asked me about that when I saw him in the canal. He was going to offer you some feathers from his last meal. When I told him you were pretty definitely opposed to babysitting, he suggested Roscoe. I said I doubt that he would be interested, but then I thought about it. I shouldn’t be responding for Roscoe since he is not here to speak for himself. I did discuss it some, and it was decided that Alfred would offer to bag his poop in exchange for babysitting if Roscoe is interested. Please just ask him.

I am sorry to hear that sensitivity training is not going well. Perhaps in time. And as for the mess tent, perhaps home delivery would work best with one of the few canines who seem to be responding to sensitivity training. Just a suggestion.

Dad, who needs to see what Bowser has in store for him today.

Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 4/20/2017 (12:07)
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stains?? stains on my beautiful furniture, furniture that I picked out to 'specially fit with the bachelor pad motif??!!?? Annie suggested I call in one of those cleaning services that clean up after messy murders and suicides.....she is looking for information for one in the Lehigh area.....sigh..................I do commend you for your brilliant solution to getting Alfred out of my pad.....we are also calling in security people to install bars over the windows and doors so that Alfred can't change his mind.......when you say Alfred is next door to my pad, how close did you mean? am I and my friends going to have to watch our paws as we hang out there so Alfred does not try to bite them? since it is alligator mating season, will I have to listen to him and possible girlfriends singing their hearts out? *ick*......it is turkey mating season here, but even the most lustful gobbler is not very loud and therefore not at all annoying to listen to....the idea of having one or more alligators bellowing in near proximity makes met think I should stay here for another month or two............and if there are babies?! *shriek*..I may be good with puppies at the dog park, but they are not around all the time and I do NOT babysit!!.......just send all my stuff here...I bet ros and I can make a new bachelor pad here! *sob*

btw, the pesky raccoon has been shot many times with toxin and always comes through it...he is a REAL raccoon, although I have asked Andromeda to do some extra investigation into this in his own special way.....Annie has asked to have Andromeda in for dinner, but the way she gnashes her teeth when she says this makes me worry for the little guy's safety....so far I have just told her that he is too busy............sensitivity training for the soldiers here is not going as well as one could have hoped for....about 50% of the guys are willing to give tolerance a try and about 10 of them have actually spoken to Andy.....the mess tent cook screamed and threw him out at breakfast yesterday, shrieking that he cannot afford to have his kitchen shut down due to a mouse infestation....I tried to point out that Andromeda is only ONE mouse,, but the cook was waving his butcher knife in a threatening way and talking about chopping off tails and how the health inspector would shut him down if he sees a single rodent in the tent....later, we talked about a possible dog costume Andy might wear so the inspector would just assume it was another dog, but when presented with the idea Andromeda was a bit insulted, so Ros and I will try to come up with another idea....

Prince who is going on a long hike with a couple of the wawa teams to release stress

p.s. I have been a big help to TQ, walking with her around the yard and reminding her to practice things she can do outdoors....this gives annie a break from her duties and TQ always tells me what a good dog I am *grin*
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you need to stop hiding behind your guards and face me like a real dog.....you know all your hostility is just pent-up lust for my gorgeous self....I know it, too *giggle*

Annie who is batting eyelashes seductively and then laughing uproariously

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Dear Prince,

First of all, I want to tell you about the suggests Annie made for alligator removal. I went to your pad's window and told Alfred all of Annie's ideas and he and I had a great big laugh after the telling of each suggestion. (This put him in a really good mood and was extremely important.)

Next, I told him about the alligator pad I had built for him. (It's about half way between your pad and the canal.) He didn't seem to interested at first until I told him that I had made a deep depression in the sand and placed sticks over it very closely resembling an alligator nest. Of course I pointed out that he could easily rearrange the sticks if he needed to. He perked up his head at that and smiled. Then I told him I had placed a lean-to like shelter over the nest which will provide him with shelter from the rain but leave the nest open to the cool evening breezes. That was it! He got up saying, "I'll just go check it out."

Well, when he checked it out he loved it. He has taken up housekeeping in his very own pad. Alfred no longer occupies your pad. Rather, he will be your next door neighbor. Isn't that wonderful? Perhaps the two of you can have evening chats by the campfire or something. Er, scratch that...no campfire. We are in a severe drought and very high fire danger. Ah well, it will be something to look forward to after the advent of the rainy season.

I returned to your pad alone to see how it looks. Really Prince, it isn't bad. Oh, there are slight depressions in most of the furniture and a bit of soil...possibly stain on the furniture. But overall, nothing is destroyed. Now then, about the odor that seems to permeate your pad. I left windows and doors wide open. It may air out by the time you return. Honestly, I never realized that alligators had odors about them. Still, it appears quite obvious now. See how educational this experience has been Prince. Yes, my boy, you can learn from pretty much any situation.

Prince, just between you and me and the bird feeder I think you should post several really sharp guards near that feed equipment. That "normal" raccoon needs to be tested with anti-chupe toxin. I'm thinking that these days all things need to be tested.

Dad, who is about to tell Bowser that he has received another complement from you.

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Dear Annie,

Come on down and present yourself to me or my guards and we'll see who is singing "*bwoak* *bwoak*."

The Brig Commander who is looking forward to seeing you behind bars


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 4/19/2017 (10:17)
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*growling and stomping of feet* I do NOT want that dirty, messy alligator in my pad!!! however, annie has been helping me think of ways to get rid of that nasty swamp creature....the easiest for you would be to stand several yards in front of my pad and holler for Alfred to come out, saying you have brought him a special treat.....you may have to research what would constitute a special treat for an alligator.....anyway, dad, when Alfred comes out, you run around him and quickly shut and bolt my door so he can't get back in....later, after you are sure he is long gone you can hire a security crew to put iron bars over the windows (make sure you get the decorative ones), get a steel door with special locks, and hire a cleaning crew to come in and get the place looking good again.....I hope this works for you......annie also said you could tether a goat or other "special treat" away from the house and then scramble up onto the roof....when Alfred comes out you lasso him around his neck and before he realizes what is happening you toss him into the canal...another possibility is put a teeter-totter in front of the door which will toss Alfred back into the canal when he steps on it.....ah, that Annie....she comes up with endless possibilities

Roscoe has persuaded me to stay here for a few more days and help with the sensitivity training re: Andromeda.....the mouse's introduction did not go well here with most of the guys who thought he might be a new snack on the mess tent menu......

about 11pm last night there was a huge crashing sound.....turns out something removed the top off the TQ's trash can which holds sunflower seed even though the cans are in a wooden "shelter" with a lid only about 3" above the trash can tops.....there was a lot of hollering (mostly annie and TQ shouting out the window, lights flashing on)....our guys swear it is just a regular raccoon, but a few mins. later, TQ came outside, waving a flashlight, and walked over to survey the action at the trash cans (there was none by that time since she and annie has scared it off *snort).....TQ replaced the lid and pounded it down hard before going back to the house......man, sometimes it is hard to get any sleep around here at all....no wonder annie takes so many naps....er, poses

Prince who is going to see what is for breakfast in the mess tent and really missing Bowser pancakes
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ATTENTION: BRIG COMMANDER
FROM: PRINCE

thank you for checking on my pad and the alligator situation....I understand your predicament....no one wants to alienate any of our political and informational sources with other species....when I get home perhaps I can buy you a snack tray

P.S. *bwoak* *bwoak* you big chicken *smiling*--Annie whom you adore

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Dear Prince,

Annie tells me that you had uh…a bit of a reaction when you learned Alfred has taken up housekeeping in your pad. I know he should not have done that, but honestly Prince, he refuses to move out. So far he has been a complete gentleman though. He lies on the couch watching TV. He carries on a conversation with me, abate with a stubborn insistence that he is here until the canal is refurbished with water. However, he does go outside to pee and poo. You will have to admit that not many alligators are so thoughtful. Oh, and he goes out to eat.

He does sleep in the pad and I’ll have to admit that some of his croaking snore sounds are a bit disturbing, but he insists that he cannot help making those sounds. “They go with the season” says he.

“And what season would that be,” I responded.

“Oh, its mating season,” said he.

I think he is planning on finding a lovely lady with exquisite scales and bringing her into the pad for a pleasant period of time. Offspring could result. Oh, I do hope the rainy season occurs before any hatching of eggs and that they have the foresight to carry any resultant eggs to the then watery canal.

But don’t worry Prince, as I said, he is being a total and complete gentleman at the moment. Oh, I’m a bit afraid to get to demanding. I don’t want him to get angry with me and take it out on your pad.

Dad, who is thinking about paying Mr. Alfred a visit.


Dear Annie,

Please be careful what you say. You mentioned woods rats and Andromeda in the same breath. Really Annie, Andromeda totally detests woods rats. He considers them vile and dangerous beasts. As far as he is concerned, the only creature more loathsome than the woods rat is the chupacoon. And you know how he feels about chupacoons!

Have you ever met Andromeda? He is an extremely friendly mouse. He may even be more friendly than Mickey except when it comes to chupacabra or chupacoons. He is definitely not friendly with them. I’m positive that when Prince and Roscoe introduce him that the canines will listen intently to their insistence that they learn tolerance for him, and then develop warm friendly feelings toward him. I did here one of them talking about Chihuahua sensitivity training for when Andromeda is introduced.

I was thinking, perhaps you could use a ladder to reach the box containing what I suspect is a flash drive. If you have trouble locating or moving a ladder, then have Roscoe stand on your shoulders and Prince on his shoulders. Then Prince can reach the drive and give it to you. Later you may want to return it to the shelf with all pictures carefully corrected. After that you can provide your mom with that wonderful surprise you’ve been wanting to give her. Just a suggestion.

Tom, who is thinking about all the lovely photos you will create from your mom's unedited stuff.


ATTENTION: PRINCE, CAMP TQ, VA
FROM: BRIG COMMANDER

I gathered the troops and went to the pad. Imagine my surprise when I found that it was Alfred, our only true liaison to the alligator community. I realized immediately that this was a mistake. I therefore spoke with our camp commander who said that under no circumstances were we to remove Alfred, that this could do irreparable damage to our relationship with the alligator community. It is a canine national security issue. Therefore Alfred remains in place.

Our commander trusts that you will be understanding regarding this matter and leave well enough alone!


Edited by: THOMAS.H at: 4/18/2017 (14:40)
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what have you done?!! Prince is in quite a froth....he said you have let Alfred the Alligator stay in his private pad....you may not have invited Alfred (he is not too sure whether you did or you didn't), but the outcome is that Alfred is invading Prince's private space...he is sure Alfred is chewing up everything, food or not, and what is not eaten is being destroyed by alligator claws, canal water & dirt...I, ever to innocently, pointed out that if the bachelor pad is now such a mess at least Alfred would be too embarrassed to invite friends over to party....apparently the idea of Alfred entertaining other alligators and swampy friends had not occurred to Prince before this and the possibility of total destruction of his beloved space made him so furious he emitted the most fierce growl I have ever heard and then peed on mom's carpet....(don't worry...he was so shocked that he did that, that he immediately clean the carpet and we are hoping it will dry before mom even notices)...Roscoe is hoping that any alligator poo can be saved for his camouflage classes.....Prince tried to book an eagle flight back home for this afternoon, but they were booked....I am trying to get him calmed down and gave him some good ideas on how to deal with this....right now I have him doing poses for calmness and tranquility...roscoe is taking over all classes

we have woods rats here.....they are about the size of hamsters and the wawas do like to chase (and eat them)....Andromeda had better beware...these are not rat-friendly surroundings.....this afternoon Ros is going to introduce Andromeda and show off his skills to our guys....good luck with that!

I liked your idea of ne working with mom's photos....when I went into her photoshop site I saw she has removed all her pics!! I was shocked! when I asked her about it, she said she had put them on a......a.....oh, I forget what she called it, but they are stored in a little box that can be plugged into her computer if she wants to see them.....this little box is on a shelf waaaay high in her craft room and even with a step stool I cannot reach them.....sigh.....I did not tell her why I wanted to see her pics cuz that would ruin the surprise, so I got her to take a few flower pics and put them on the computer for me....now I have to wait until she is not around and work my/GIMP's magic on them.....you are right, she will be thrilled!

Annie who encourages tom to do poses every single day
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ATTENTION BRIG COMMANDER
FROM PRINCE

my dad has informed me that negative creatures, namely Alfred The Alligator, and possibily others, have moved into my private pad, formerly ice cream store....Alfred has refused to vacate the premises....I would appreciate it if you could use your considerable skills to evict Alfred and all others from my domicile....he may react violently, so be prepared....think of the project as removing a large, hostile Annie *grin*...you do not need to arrest him and put him in the brig unless you feel it necessary...since this is the first offence, a stern warning will probably do, however, I leave that decision to your capable paws....when all the canal creatures have been removed, pls. call in somebody to put in proper security measures

Prince who appreciates your help in this manner

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Dear Annie,

Since I have had the same operation that your mom had, I know what a big deal driving is when you first start doing it. And it takes a while before it is no longer a big deal. I'm positive your mom is exhausted. Between PT and driving...yes, exhausted is the right term.

But Annie, I have a great idea. Why don't you surprise your mom. Since I've given you directions, instead of trying to get your mom to work with GIMP, why don't you just go in and edit all of your mom's pictures. When you finish, you can show her your surprise. Oh, won't it be fun to watch the expression on your mom's face when she sees the lovely art that you have created from her pictures. And the finished product, hey, you two can place them in a gallery and show the world the wonderful mother/daughter photo team's best pictures. Oh Annie, I just know your mom is going to be speechless when you finish your photo edit with GIMP.

By the way, I got a message from Andromeda today. He was quite angry. He seemed to feel that the canines there have no respect for mice. He said that he saw one of them being chased all over the place by several of the canines, military no less. Finally that poor poor little fellow got eaten by a greedy canine. According to Andromeda, the only good that came of it was that the canine got sick and was not able to enjoy your cookies.

Andromeda says for this reason he will remain hidden and allow the canines who come to the meetings to join him. It is fortunate that Andromeda is a master spy with superior powers of camouflage and deception. He actually searched through a tunnel filled with chupacoons without being caught or sniffed out. I know that Prince and Roscoe are quite proud of him and rightfully so. I suspect that may be why they will be having a lot of sensitivity training with the military there, the first to be included in the training to include those canines that chased that poor mouse. From what I hear your dad could use some of the training too, except that he would be a poor fit for this particular class.

Tom, who is so tired he is having trouble keeping his eyes open and plans to practice his very own poses very soo...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


Tom

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mom says her brain has not totally returned to normal after the surgery stuffed it with cotton.....sigh...what an excuse....maybe she is telling the truth, becuz anyone with a normally functioning brain would naturally make up a better story than that....*snort*....I don't think she has looked at GIMP since last we talked about her feeble attempt.......today she drove into Rocky Mt. and came home saying she needs a nap....I understand the sentiment, but how hard could the driving be? she said with her foggy brain and trying to get in and out of the car, she was exhausted.....what a wuss! the other PT therapist came today and I kept a Very Firm eye on her.....she has always liked me, so I could easily stay nearby without her worrying....mom told her flat out that I was there to make sure she did not hurt mom.....next week mom goes to therapy in town and supposedly I am not allowed to go.....this morning, mom told the therapist that I have been her exercise assistant.....since I now officially wear the title, I think I should be allowed to accompany her when she goes to the OT place....maybe I will get Prince....er, someone....to show me how to sneak into a car without the humans seeing me

you were right about that small box that Roscoe was carrying contained Andromeda.....I guess the wawas here like him, because all evening long I saw one or more of them chasing his little mousey self around the fields....I guess it was a "get to know you" came of tag.....I don't understand why I was not invited to join in,, but I assumed it was one of those military team building things....I never saw anyone catch him, although when I took over cookies to the mess tent one of the boys belched and declined a cookie, saying he had a full tummy.....I have not seen them playing this morning....must have a lot of important military stuff to do.....

Annie who is gonna go make mom do her PT exercises

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Dear Annie,

Reread the message I sent to you on 4/15/2017. It has a list of GIMP instructions. It seems to me that your mom is stubbornly resisting learning this program or she is overwhelmed. I'll just figure it is the latter. What you need to do is read one sentence at a time and don't go on to the next paragraph until your mom can really feel comfortable with the current paragraph. She needs to know she can be successful. Besides, this all builds on what has preceded, so make sure she is competent with one set (paragraph) before even thinking about the next paragraph.

And Annie, remind your mom that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Help her take one step at a time. She has the first step behind her...she is working in one window. Cool!

Annie, when the eagle landed, you saw Roscoe with a box. Yes, the box contained Andromeda. Prince was there and so was Pinklekorn. Pinklekorn and Prince ran ahead to let the various guards and other soldiers know that Pinklekorn has arrived and that they have Andromeda, a mouse, who is a part of the canine melitia and one of the best, perhaps THE best, chupe spy ever.

Tom, who is sorry your mom is so frustrated by GIMP. (Once she learns it, it well become second nature to her.)


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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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first of all, I want you to know I sent you a enlightened and delightful response yesterday and yet I see it has disappeared......I have spoken firmly to our IT guys about this obvious sabotage......they are supposed to have blockades in place to prevent such hacking.....sheesh! they just snorted when I pointed out that they can be fired and replaced...boy, are Roscoe and I going to have a talk about this...(1) their slovenly work and (2) their attitudes....hmph!

I did share all your information about GIMP with mom and she was able to do the "one window" thing....then she piddled about for a little bit with one pic, gave a big Harrumph, and walked off......I tell you, when it comes to computers that poor woman is dumber than a basket of pug puppies......*shaking head*...I am sure I would be a natural at it, but usually I am the model and not the photographer, so I don't bother my little head with such computer technology.....if I wasn't so busy with so many other things, I would work with her more......I will look into my schedule and see what I can drop or move around so I can help her.....

I have told Dr. BabyCakes, but don't recall if I mentioned to you that I am working now on a course of geriatric canine care.....I am so good with Cpt. Picklekorn, and now there is poor, poor Jack.....when this semester is over, perhaps I can take a few days to help mom at the computer with GIMP....please remember to feel free to call me if you think Jack needs my care....mom understands and says I can go to his side if you or dr. BC sends an eagle courier....in the meantime, I have sent Jack a "we're thinking of you" basket with the eagle who dropped off Roscoe and the others......you should receive it Monday since the eagle said they are not doing Easter flights unless it is an EXTREME emergency.....In the basket is a picture I drew of all the gang here, signed by everyone, to tell Jack hello and that we are thinking of him, a comfy lightweight blankie that I made myself.....a small cd of me singing songs that should cheer him.....and a few other items....pls. hand the basket to Jack directly, since I am not sure how trustworthy Joe will be to give him everything

did Prince come with Roscoe? the only one I have seen is Ros, and only from a distance...he was carrying a small box and headed toward Picklekorn's tent.....I howled hello and he wagged his tail, but he did not stop......if the box contained Andromeda, I hope he made it to Picklekorn's cabin safely, because there are a lot of dogs here will eat him first and not ask questions....and then there is my dad who will dispatch that mousie into the Great Beyond if he sees him

Annie who needs to make sure mom is still doing her stretches and bends

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Dear Annie,

GIMP is a complex program with so many options. However, you can show her an easy approach. First of all, she doesn't need to learn the whole program. It's designed to serve both the photographer and the graphic artist. So many of the options are not even appropriate for photography. Many others are used only rarely. Let's see if we can get her off the ground with a simple routine flow.

What I do with all photos is the following:

1) I open a set of up to 20 photos to work on. Then I start with one and work my way through the others, exporting them as I go. I also get rid of the thumbnail after I have exported the photo. I usually start with copies so that I can simply over write the original copies. I can always delete the originals after I have a satisfactory finished product. So, what have I done so far... I've opened some photos. (If the program wants to change the color format, just say yes.)

2) The layout has a set of tools on the left. The knife (scalpel) in the second or third row is the crop tool. Click it and crop. It pays to check the tool options below the tools and check the "Fixed" box unless she wants a different shape to her photo. OK, cool, now she has a cropped picture just the way she wants it. Now we can enhance it.

3) I go to the "Colors" tab at the top next. I click the "levels" option in the drop down. A box will pop with a histogram. IF it appears to be a normal histogram, move the slider on the left to the beginning of the graph on the left side of the graph; repeat on the right side. If it goes well it will really look good as far as exposure goes. If it is way too dark or light, use the center slider to adjust it. Then just click OK if she is happy; cancel if she is not.

4. OK, she can also work with the contrast option under colors if she wishes, but I kind of like using the hue / saturation option. Be really careful not to overdo that one. I tend to go one notch by clicking to the right of the saturation slider. She can also touch up the other parts of that when she feels comfortable with it.

5. Now then, one more step. Click the "Filters" tab. Then go to the "Enhance" option and way down find the "unsharp mask." Yep, that's right. Use "unsharp" rather than "sharpen." Trust me, it works. There was a lengthy explanation that I read as to why it works, but just do it unless she is into theory. :)

OK, now then, there are a lot of ways to fine tune photos besides these options, but I usually don't use them. When she comes to a special case and wonders, "How do I do this or that," we can talk about some fine tuning. She just needs to get used to working with her photos to this level first.

Export the photo, or if she is working with copies (suggested) over write. Remember, it's the "file" tab.

Then go to the thumbnail and "x" out of it, choosing within the box that pops up the center option to NOT save changes. She can also "save" if she thinks she wants to come back to this.

OK...enough for now. More to come later, especially about history. Good luck with your mom Annie.

Your friend,
Tom

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Dear Annie,

Jack really appreciated the box. He loves the pillow and blanket. He reads over the signatures of everyone every once in a while, and often cracks a smile on his thin lips as he does. Now then, you will remember that Jack can be a bit absent minded. It seems he has misplaced the CD of your singing. You will just have to understand and forgive. I'm sure he would have loved it had he not lost it.

Dr. Cakes, who is about to slip into bed with her hubby, Bowser


Tom

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dear tom

I shared with mom what you said about the GIMP.....she just frowned, but she did try to open everything to one window, which worked, and put in a photo and played with the lighting...then she just Harumphed and ignored all of it....it is going to be a very slow learning curve with mom....I suppose I could drop some of my other current pursuits to try to help her, but she says not to bother, knowing I am so busy already.......I am sure I would naturally be good at this, but usually I am the model, not the photographer....hehehehehe

I am very worried about Jack.....I will be sending a basket to him when Prince and Roscoe's eagle lands here today.....the eagle can take the basket on the return trip....it includes a soft, compfy pillow and blanket, a cd of me singing softly to cheer him up, and pictures (that I drew because I am a natural artist) of all his friends here....the picture is signed by everyone and should cheer him up)....pls. remind BC that she can call on me if she needs me....mom does not mind.....if it will not upset Joanie too much (I'd hate for her to cry becuz she missed me) I could stay with BC and Bowser so the doctor and I can consult over Jack......again, just remind her, please, that I am available

Nurse Annie who is exhausted and must go do poses z-z-z-z-z

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