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Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Christmas Eve

Spaulding: T'was the night before Christmas... Teddy: And all through the house.... Spaulding: Not a creature was stirring... Teddy: Not even a MOUSE!!!! Spaulding: Well, that sure s'plains how our holiday season is going! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Teddy: Mice are stirring! Spaulding: And we simply aren't ready for Christmas yet! Teddy: Mommy and Daddy are having all sorts of problems, so we all agreed... Spaulding: ...and Teddy bmailed Santa to let him know too... Teddy: ...that we would postpone Christmas and have it next week some time! Spaulding: First, Daddy is still doing the treatment, but now it makes him sick all week long! Teddy: It used to make him beary sick for the first few days of the week, but at the end of the week, he'd feel better and could actually go out one day a week for a little while. Spaulding: Now it wipes him out all week long! Teddy: Plus, Mommy and Daddy had to get a new health insurance, which is difficult to or-gan-eyez to make sure Daddy can keep getting the treatment he needs to get better! Spaulding: Their old insurance ran out on November 15th, so Daddy ordered a month worth of drugs on the 14th, plus he already had two weeks left, so they thought they would be fine for getting his next batch in time to keep going! Teddy: Beary weird! The drugs make Daddy sicker and it would have been nice to take a couple of weeks off from taking the drugs, but Mommy kept fighting the insurance company to get his drugs! Spaulding: Yeah, but their big fear was that if he took the time off he'd have to start all over and he's almost half way through! Teddy (with a small smile): They laughed about that. Spaulding: Mommy cried several times fighting the insurance company! Teddy: It scared us, but the insurance company kept changing the list of things she had to do for Daddy to get the drugs! Spaulding: We now know what "jumping through hoops" means! Teddy: The insurance company made Mommy feel so, so , soooooooo... Spaulding: ICKY and angry and confused! Teddy: Two days ago, they changed their story AGAIN and said they needed more stuff!!!! Spaulding: Daddy needed his drugs for Christmas Day! Isn't that a stinky way to celebrate Christmas? Teddy: Mommy was so angry and confused and sad that she did something she wished she had done much earlier! Spaulding: She called a lawyer! Teddy: Daddy's drugs came today! Spaulding: She's going to wait until after the holidays before calling the lawyer about getting their insurance cards sent too! Teddy: The same insurance company has promised the insurance cards went out on the 3rd and despite Mommy telling them seven times that they haven't arrived, they still haven't come in. Spaulding: They just don't care! Teddy: They SHOULD care! This is our Mommy and Daddy and neither feel well enough to be treated like this!!! Spaulding: BUT, the crying is over and still, even through all this, Mommy has been helping us decorate for Christmas! Teddy: Christmas season hasn't always been nice to Mommy and Daddy! Spaulding: Last year, Daddy was too tired to do anything.... Teddy: ...and we didn't even know he was sick yet! We just thought he was sad! Spaulding: ...and Mommy was dizzy--for two months, counting Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and she bearly got to go to her family's get-together, and came home early, not feeling well! Teddy: But, Mommy likes to prepare early for Christmas presents, and they assumed Daddy would be working before Christmas! Spaulding: Daddy likes to have Christmas decorations on his desk at work, so Mommy bought him an 18 inch Christmas tree plus the tiny little decorations for it. Teddy: It ended up being our only Christmas tree last year, but Daddy gave it to us as a Christmas present. It's the perfect size for us! Spaulding: And, on their vacation a year ago last summer, Mommy bought a Christmas decoration for the big tree! Teddy: That was our first vacation together, where we got to know each other like bwuders! Spaulding: I remember! Teddy: Mommy buys Christmas tree decorations as souvenirs. Spaulding: This decoration was a little stuffed Teddy Bear angel holding a gold star. Teddy: His name is Kris and he was the only decoration out last year! Spaulding: So Mommy decided to make up for it this year! Teddy: She's still in pain though and Daddy is too sick still to help, so we decided to condense it all to this one room! Spaulding: This room used to be Daddy's study, so it has many bookcases! Teddy: Back when Mommy and Daddy first knew what was wrong with Daddy, they changed this room into our living room and computer room, because it's close to the bathroom and stairs are tiresome if you are sick! Spaulding: We helped Mommy though. We co-lab-or-eighted together and decided to decorate each shelf of the bookcases with gold garland, and each side of the bookcases with red, green or red and green garland, which hides the electrical cords for the Christmas village! Teddy: We wanted to help Mommy move all those books downstairs, but the books weigh more then we do, so we couldn't! Spaulding: But, Mommy was smart! She only took down bags of books when she was headed to the kitchen or basement anyway! Teddy: But, since our decorations are in the basement, she had to go down often! Spaulding: On one shelf, we now have Mommy's Na-tiv-ity scene.... Teddy: That's Jesus in a manger with Mary and Joseph on either side, plus the donkey Mary rode, plus the cow that lived in the stable Spaulding: A stable is like a barn! Teddy: and the shepards and sheep and the wise men with their gifts and their camel. Spaulding: ...and Mommy made it all by herself years ago... Teddy: ...before we were born... Spaulding: ...out of stained glass! Teddy: With the florescent light on the ceiling, it seems lit up all the time!!! Both: It's Beeeeeeeeeeeuuuuuuuutiful!!!! Spaulding: We also have a small village with four buildings, but we only had three free shelves to work with, so Mommy came up with a beary good idea! Teddy: She put the church above the books, the shall-lay (challet) and Santa's workshop two shelves below the church and added Santa and Frosty next to them, and then put the last house on the shelf below that and then added all of our Christmas Teddy Bears... Spaulding: They're little figurines of Teddy Bears dressed up like Santa with two little Teddy Cubs trying to reach the gifts. Mommy won them at a gathering of online friends called "The AOL Disabled Support Chat Reunion" a couple of years ago, so this is the first time we've seen them out for Christmas! Teddy: Now it looks like a fantasy village in the Alps, chalk full... Spaulding: "Chalk Full!" Nicely descriptive, even though I don't know what it means! :::::::::::::::::Both look at Mommy in hopes of learning what it means, but Mommy just shrugs her shoulders and agrees, even if we don't know its origins, it's still a good description::::::::::::::::::::::::: Teddy: C h a l k f u l l of snowmen, Santas and Christmas trees candles and ADORABLE... Spaulding: ...like us.... Both (agreeing): Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Teddy: Teddy Bear Santa and cubs!!!!! Spaulding: We also have a couple of stuffed angels above the bookcases and a stuffed snowmommy with her two kids, and we made Mommy put at least one decoration in each corner, so you can't look anywhere without being reminded of the season AND... Teddy: Wait a minute! Which is your favorite decoration?! Spaulding: I can't decide between the Na-tiv-ity scene or the Teddy Bear figurines! You?! Teddy: Oh, wow, that makes it harder! I really like the glitter ball with the Mommy and kitten kitty cats, where the little kitten broke a Christmas tree ball and afraid Mommy might be angry, but the Mommy kitty cat isn't angry! I was going to say that or our beary special Christmas tree just for us. But, now I like your choices just as much! I don't know which I like! Both: I like them all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ::::::::::::::::::::::::::Both look at each other, surprised to say the exact same thing at the exact same time:::::::::::::::::: Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Spaulding: All those decorations have been up for about a week, but today.... Teddy: Today we helped Mommy decorate the Christmas tree!!!! It's the first time I've ever seen such a BIG tree!!! Spaulding: Mommy made us a great deal! She got to put on all the birds! Teddy: We have three red feathered birds, one ceramic robin and a bluebird on her nest with three eggs! Spaulding: BUT....she let us decide where everything else went!!!! Teddy: We kept choosing the decorations that fit our personalities! Spaulding: The girls put on the beary pretty glass decorations with roses on them and blown glass decorations and angels. Teddy: The kids put on the carousel animals, both horseys and other animals and butterflies, Spaulding: Axlerod put the Santa chef with his new batch of cookies and the other unique decorations. Teddy: And we put on Mommy's stained glass decorations and the stuffed critter decorations... Spaulding: ...like Kris, theTeddy angel with the star, and the girl porcupine next to him so he won't get lonely. Teddy: Wellllllll, we did have them face us at eye level so we could talk to them during the holiday! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Spaulding: We make beary good decorators! Teddy: I'm glad we're postponing Christmas, or we couldn't enjoy the decorations long enough! Spaulding: Mommy says that her tra-dish-shun was always to have the decorations done the weekend after Thanskgiving! Teddy: Wow! Then we NEED to delay Christmas to enjoy the decorations and holidays for longer!!!! Spaulding: We're about to bring out our whole family to enjoy the lit decorations and TV specials for the holidays, so we'll stay until OUR holidays are over! Teddy: We HAVE to turn on all the lights before they come out! They haven't seen it all lit up yet! Spaulding: Axlerod, as the oldest in our family, will help Mommy put the angel on top of the tree too! Teddy: Well then let's get going!!!! Spaulding: Sooooooooo, until next time.... Both: And from all of us, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to every one not postponing Christmas! And, "God bless us every one!" Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho!

Friday, December 12, 2003

New Housemates!

Teddy: With peoples, Teddy Bears, stuffed doggies, bunnies, a raccoon and a Jersey Devil, dolls, Grover, the Philly Phanatic, and a couple of Christmas ornaments that are also stuffed animals, we have a rather large collection of creatures in this house. Spaulding: We don't all live together though. Teddy: Nah, like the dolls, Grover, the Philly Phantatic, and the Jersey Devil live on the first floor, and all the Need-to-Be-Adopted Teddies and Rocky Raccoon live in the basement. Spaulding: And, to make it easier on Mommy and Daddy--not having to deal with the stairs so often--we live on the second floor. Teddy: With all of us under one roof though, you would think it must be impossible to add to our group. Spaulding: Certainly, we didn't think the group could get any larger, even if Mommy can hear all those stuffed animals in the stores calling her and asking her to take them home, but we just can't take on any more! Teddy: And then we heard a sound! Spaulding: It came from the wall right next to Mommy's chair. Teddy: Our house is a rowhome, so we have neighbors on either sides of those walls... Spaulding: ...but with finances going whacky around here in the last few years, Mommy and Daddy know they need to "point" the outside bricks, but can't afford to do that. Teddy: Mommy says that "pointing" means to put more goop between the bricks as wind, rain and snow slowly steals what was in there. Spaulding: You would think it would be called "gooping" or "stuffing," but, once again, people decide to use a strange word that doesn't belong and forces it to belong! :::::::::Both shrug their shoulders as a sign of giving up trying to understand peoples' language:::::::::::: Teddy: Anyway, at first Mommy thought it was the outside wall falling apart, but the noise kept up for too long for it to be that! Spaulding: Daddy's sofa is farther away from the wall then Mommy's chair, so, when the noise first started happening, even with the TV off, Daddy couldn't here it but Mommy could. Teddy: Daddy thought it was "the neighbors getting frisky," whatever that means?! ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::Both shrug their shoulders::::::::::::::::::::::::: Spaulding: At first we only heard the sound at night when it was raining or snowing out, but when it happened on a sunny day, Mommy knew it wasn't the goop falling out of the bricks and knew the neighbors were working, so not getting frisky. Teddy: We found out what it was before they did though, but, because we didn't know about such things, we couldn't tell Mommy and Daddy who it was. Spaulding: We heard him singing our bestest work song one night. Both: ~~Hi Ho! Hi Ho! It's off to work we go!~~~ :::::::::::::::::::::Both get carried away and after singing, whistling and dancing to the song for a few minutes, Mommy reminds them about finishing the story again::::::::::::: Teddy: Sorry, sometimes bears just want to have funn-un!!~~~ ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::Off on another frolicing binge as they sing their theme song adapted from Cyndi Lauper's Song, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun!", Mommy again must quiet them to continue. Looking very sheepish, they know better then to say they are sorry, since they weren't sorry at all:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Spaulding: Well, anyway, when we heard him whistling when Mommy and Daddy were napping, we climbed off our sofa quietly, climbed down off the desk our sofa sits on, and peeked behind the bookcase next to Mommy's chair. Teddy: He was beary small! Spaulding: Even Dee and Dign towered over him! Teddy: He was dark brown and furry. Spaulding: Almost the color of dark chocolate. Teddy: He had whiskers sticking way out on either side of his pointy little nose, not to be confused with putting goop between bricks! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Spaulding: And we're pretty sure he has had way too much coffeecoffeecoffeecoffee because he was quick and perky! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Teddy: The problem was, we didn't know what he was, never having seen anything like him before! Spaulding: We scared him terribly and he would have run away, hadn't it been that the kids were on the other side of the bookcase! Teddy: Lady and Valentine were more scared of him then he was of us, and they jumped so high they landed on top of our sofa all the way up on top of Mommy's desk before they even got their first screech out! Spaulding: We don't understand why, other then Mommy since telling us what it was and how it particularly scares womenz! Teddy: We did that which comes naturally to Teddy Bears--we smiled and said, "Hi, don't be scared, we won't hurt you." Spaulding: Because he moves so fast anyway, it was hard to tell if he was moving that fast out of fear or just because he likes to move fast. Teddy: We asked him his name and he said, "Mickey Mouse." Spaulding: Of course, being stuffed animals, we KNOW Mickey Mouse and he was no Mickey Mouse! Teddy: BUT, he said just because there is one famous "Mickey Mouse" doesn't mean that no one else can ever be named "Mickey Mouse" again. In fact, he was Mickey Mouse IV, so, named after his father, his father's father and his grandfather's father. Spaulding: Apparently, being named Mickey Mouse is kinda like being named Teddy Bear. There are more then one Teddy Bears! Teddy (feeling strangely defensive): Yes, but none like me! Spaulding (with a great big smile of understanding): Exactly! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Teddy: We found out from Mickey that he used to live outside all the time, but when the snow came, he was so short that he needed to find some place to live that was warmer and snow free! Spaulding: He told us where the hole was that he came in, but since everything is so much bigger to him then even to us, we have no idea what huge caverneous system he was talking about?! Teddy: It hs something to do with our walls. Apparently, there is some space between our room walls and the brick walls between the neighbors. Spaulding: He's a jumpy little guy, so he couldn't talk long. Teddy: We think he said something about making a home for his family, but he doesn't speak English nor Teddy Bear beary well, so it was hard to understand him. Spaulding: Since we've met him, we've seen him about once a day, but he is always scurrying from one place to the next. Teddy: We didn't even realize that we forgot to ask him what he was, until the first time Daddy saw him! Spaulding: Since Daddy is always tired and falling asleep, we were quite surprised to see him jump so fast that first time! Teddy: He didn't jump up on the sofa and scream like Lady and Valentine did, but Mickey did startle him! Spaulding: He did something wierd right away. He moved his box of crackers off the floor. It wasn't until Mommy came back upstairs, before we found out why he did that. Teddy: Even Mommy didn't act like Valentine and Lady did though! Spaulding: Well, she didn't actually see him until later. Teddy: But when Daddy told Mommy that they've probably been unwittingly feeding a mouse, Mommy got all jitterly, like Mickey! Spaulding: The way she was acting, you'd think a roach fell out of her menu again, like when Mommy and Daddy were dating! Teddy: Ah, now, roaches are disgusting creatures! They give me the HeeBeeGeeBee's too! :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::Both shudder::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Spaulding: At first she told Daddy that he shouldn't have told her that there was a mouse in our house, but a few minutes later, she changed her mind. Teddy: As if Mickey understood the conversation and realized he might not be in any danger with the peoples, he decided to run across the floor right in front of the TV! Spaulding: Now we have enough trouble figuring out how people are, but the reaction from Mommy is nothing short of impossible to understand by anyone--human, stuffed or animal! Teddy: She said, "awwwwwwwwwww," as if she were seeing a Teddy Bear.... Spaulding: ...BUT her feet went up into the chair with the rest of her body?! Teddy: They decided that Mickey was still a baby mouse, and even sorta cute! Spaulding: BUT, Mommy wasn't at all sure she wanted to share the house with a mouse! Teddy: They spoke of "getting rid of it," until we told them that his name was Mickey. Spaulding: Mommy once told me of a story from when Mommy and Daddy were first married. They bought a couple of live lobsters, and, out of a joke, Mommy decided to name her's George! Teddy: Apparently, people should never name dinner, because once it has a name, it's that much harder to kill! Spaulding: Their immediate reaction was to KILL MICKEY!!!!! Teddy: And we always thought they were nice peoples?! Spaulding: They ARE nice peoples! Instantly, Mommy stopped wanting to kill Mickey. Teddy: But she didn't want Mickey to stay either! Spaulding: I dunno. Until the next thing happened, I think I was watching something develop in her mind about keping Mickey as a free range pet! Teddy: Yeah, I caught that too, but she didn't like the idea of having free range mouse poopies either! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Spaulding: She put a cracker in a pretty steep bowl that first night. Teddy: And was surprised to find the bowl in the same position without a cracker the next morning! Spaulding (in his loud whisper): NICE OF MICKEY TO SHARE WITH US! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Teddy: She came back from the store upset that the only two choices for getting rid of mice were to poison them or trap them! Spaulding: There are traps to catch mice and then you can release outside, but they cost money and Mommy and Daddy are trying to keep as much money as they can right now. Teddy: She did come home from shopping for getting rid of Mickey with nothing! Spaulding: I think they sorta decided to let Mickey live until they could figure out how to get rid of him without killing him, until Daddy heard him in Daddy's bedroom! Teddy: I think they were leaning towards getting rid of him by then, but then....you know what happened! You tell the story. I wasn't there and it was beary funny! Spaulding: Peoples have a weekly event called "Trash Night," where they gather up all their trash from the last week and take it to the curb so it can be collected. Teddy: Our trash night is Tuesday night, and it was the Tuesday night right after our special Thanksgiving, so had more then the usual amount of trash. Spaulding: Yeah, it was just a few days ago. Anyway, Daddy had enough energy that night to make a chicken stir fry for dinner! Teddy: It had chicken and carrots and celery and broccilli and pineapples!!! I love pineapples in my dinner! Even better then a hotdog stir fry without pineapples! Spaulding: But, stir fries require lots of cutting up on vegetables and chicken and stuff, so the kitchen was beary messy afterwards! Teddy: Mommy and Daddy tend to try to be the first one to take out the trash so the other one won't have to do it! Spaulding: Like usual, neither one of them felt too good after dinner, so Mommy decided to gather up the trash in one trip and take it out in another. Teddy: Since she wasn't actually going to put on a coat and take the trash out, she decided to take you downstairs with her! Spaulding: She likes to put me in her shirt with my head and arms popping out of the top, so I can see everything she sees without getting in the way much! I can help her beary well that way! Teddy: Mommy calls you her little back seat cook, when you go down to help her with dinner, sit on the counter and keep telling her what to do. When she puts you in her shirt, you can actually control what she does, so you don't always have to tell her what to do! Spaulding: So, before we went down, Daddy asked for some coffee. She had to clear out the sink to get the water for the coffee, and she caught something move out of the corner of her eye. Teddy: When she looked over to the counter left of the sink, she saw the end of a scallion that Daddy used in his stir fry. Spaulding: It was behind a can, but it wasn't until she heard noise, like something falling off the counter that she realized there was no scallions in dinner! Teddy: She looked behind that same can again, but there was nothing there that she could have mistaken for that scallion. Spaulding: She leaned over, even further, so we could see the floor next to the counter, and saw something run across the back doorway to the corner. Teddy: They are quick little creatures! Spaulding: She saw it run under some plastic bags leftover from shopping that day, and picked up the bag. The mouse ran across the bottom of the counters on the outside wall and zoomed out of the kitchen! Two things happened then, exactly at the same time! Teddy: Oh, tell Mommy's reaction first! Spaulding: Well, gotta tell what she saw first to give her that reaction! Teddy: Go on! Tell the story! Spaulding: It was like watching a Road Runner cartoon. You know how the Road Runner looks like a dust bowl zooming across the desert, until the camera stops his actions enough to show what it really is and to name him?! Teddy (suppressing a giggle): Yeah?! Spaulding: Seeing the mouse was just like that! At first, he was just a blur speeding by, but Mommy mentally stopped him in mid stride, so his front feet were past his head and his back feet were out straight behind him! In that moment, she realized this mouse was bigger then Mickey AND he was light grey! We had more then one mouse in the house! Teddy: That's bad because it means they can get together and make more mice! Spaulding: BUT, Mommy's reaction is something I'll always remember! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Spaulding: She screamed for a good two seconds, but hit four different octaves, and, if any neighbors heard her.... Teddy: And we could easily hear her upstairs too! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Spaulding: ...they would have thought she was a boy going through the voice change all in two seconds! :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::Both are laughing so hard that they are rolling around on the floor, holding on to their aching sides. Just as they start to settle down, they need Mommy to lift them back up on her lap to finish telling the story, but when they look at her, they burst out laughing again. Finally, several minutes later...:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Spaulding: The moment Mommy realized the noise she had just made, even she burst out laughing! Teddy: Her beary best, funniest laugh! It was good to hear it again! Spaulding: She did clean up enough to get the trash basket ready to be thrown out, but she was too nervous with the mouse around to move the basket! Teddy: When Daddy went down later to take the trash out, the mouse did run out from behind the basket too! Spaulding: Mommy started worrying about their bread... Teddy: When she was feeding the mouse, she did discover it liked crackers and bread, but not peanutbutter or raw vegetables. Spaulding (with a silly grin): Not like Mommy would get carried away trying to take care of Mickey or anything! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Teddy: The first thing she did the next day was run... Spaulding: Mommy run?! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Teddy: ..was WALK to the store and buy mouse traps! Spaulding: We prefer pretending that these traps just catch the mice, so Mommy or Daddy can take them outside. Teddy: We hate to think of what might become of Mickey! Spaulding: Daddy almost hurt his fingers more then once trying to set up the traps and, despite it saying that no bait was needed... Teddy: As if that doll house size piece of plastic swiss cheese could fool anything! Spaulding: ...put crackers on them, and set them carefully in the corner of the kitchen where both Mommy and Daddy saw and one along the bottom of the cabinets that it ran down when it was caught. Teddy: That evening, Daddy found the traps still set, minus the crackers! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Spaulding (trying to keep serious): Mommy and Daddy didn't find that amusing! Teddy: Daddy read the directions on the traps and discovered it had a more sensitive setting. Spaulding: It was already so sensitive that he had to set them after putting them where he wanted them, or they would snap before he set them down! Teddy: The following morning, the crackers were gone again, but the traps stayed set! :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::Both muffle a Ho Ho Ho::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Spaulding: Daddy was NOT happy! He threw out the traps and kept the package to complain to the manufacturer. Teddy: He also told Mommy that he would get the mouse traps next time. Spaulding: He's becoming an expert on mouse traps! Teddy: Since he's sick though, it might be a while. Spaulding: We haven't seen either mouse since that first night, but I can't think of them leaving this nice warm house to face the cold, yucky weather outside! Teddy: I think they know we are the enemy now. I feel beary badly for them, but then again, I don't want mouse poopy all over the house either! Spaulding: I wonder if they could stay if they learned to use the potty?! :::::::::::::::Both look up at Mommy, who shakes her head in a stern NO::::::::::::::::::: Teddy: I just think Mommy doesn't like sharing her kitchen counters with a wild creature! Spaulding: She shares it with me?! Teddy: You're not wild! Spaulding: I can try! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Teddy: Oh, well, back to getting ready for Christmas! Spaulding: Sooooooooo, until next time....

Saturday, December 06, 2003

SNOW!!!

Teddy: It snowed yesterday! Spaulding: Not the little try-to-catch-snowflakes-on-the-tip of-your-muzzle snow... Teddy: We aren't like people. We can't catch them on our tongues, because our tongues are sewn into our mouths, so we catch them on our nose to try to turn our noses white! Spaulding: Well, actually, Axlerod does have his tongue on the outside! Teddy: Yes, but he's a bassett hound, so his tongue is touching the ground underneath his large muzzle! Spaulding: "It's true. It's true!" Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Teddy: What we're trying to say is that last week we had snow too, but it didn't stick to the ground, so we could only have fun as it came down! Spaulding: ....but YESTERDAY's Snow.... Teddy: Yesterday's snow was high enough to do anything you want to do in snow.... Spaulding: ...except fall through and get stuck deep in it! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Teddy: We all enjoyed last year's snow! Spaulding: We all got out our special magical can't-get-wet-or-cold snowsuits on... Teddy: Lady made them all out of the same magical material that she made our swimsuits from... Spaulding: She made them all last year, and since Valentine didn't join our family until Valentine's Day, Lady made her one too! Teddy: Valentine did get to play in snow last year, and we have the picture of the snow bear, snow dog and snow bunny in front of the igloo to prove it! Spaulding: That's what we did in the snow last year--made snow sculptures and ... Teddy: ...AND fell back into the snow to make snow angels by doing jumping jacks lying down! Spaulding: Welllll, not exactly snow angels all the time. Axlerod, Lady and Dee have their big floppy ears and all their paws are in the front, so theirs looked more like snow moths with beary, beary big antennae! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Teddy: And Valentine's ears stick up and has all her paws in the front too, so hers looked like a snow butterfly with beary, beary, beary BIG bottom wings and beary cute little top wings! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Spaulding: And Ding, you and I can wiggle our ears in the snow, so they look like Teddy Bear angels, instead of angels that look like peoples! Teddy: Do all real angels look like people? ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::Both look up at Mommy and listen intently as she answers:::::::::::::::::::::::: Spaulding: Some times Mommy uses words we don't know well, but she says that angels are different species from animals and peoples. Teddy: The best she can s'plain "species" is that all animals with gills are in the species called "fish." All animals that live on land and have six legs are in the species called "insects." Spaulding: She started saying that all warm blooded animals were call mammels, but then Teddy Bears break that rule by having no blood! Teddy: It sounds com-plick-kate-ted, but we did understand that angels aren't animals or peoples, but they must look close enough to people that their appearance didn't need to be s'plained when they appeared to peoples in the Bible... Spaulding: ...but then she got into the angels described in Revelation... Teddy: ...the last book in the Bible.... Spaulding: ...and they seemed to have several faces, one like a lion, one like a calf, one like a man and one like an eagle.... Teddy: ...but they are called "beast", so they might not be angels... Spaulding: And they had a whole lot of eyes, and it's all so beary confusing! (Note from Mommy: Read Revelation 4 for the reference. I don't claim to understand it fully, or even close to fully, but it was seen by John, so it really looked metaphorically like that.) Teddy: Anyway, we will play and let Mommy figure out the tough things to figure out! Spaulding: We still like angels! Teddy: No matter what they look like they all love God, so gotta be good creatures! Spaulding: And fun to make in the snow! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Teddy: BUT, living in the city, not close to any hills not crowded with traffic, we never knew last year about anything but making things in the snow! Spaulding: This year, now knowing all of our beary buddies we've met online, we were invited over to Babybear's house when the snow came to play in the snow. Teddy: Before we left, Mommy gave us a lid to the pasta boiling pot, after she took off the top handle. Spaulding: I didn't know how that would help us make snow bears, but I didn't want to hurt Mommy's feelings so we thanked her and left in our helioplaneship boxcar all bundled up in our magical snow suits! Teddy: Mommy had a knowing smile on her face, as if she knew we didn't know why she gave us the lid, but knew we would enjoy it! Spaulding: Wow! You should see how Babybear and his family plays in the snow! It's just so, so, so....soooo.... Both: COOL!!!!! Teddy: Since we had our Thanksgiving late and had put on that beary big parade two days ago, we were beary tired yesterday! Spaulding: Mommy says that something in turkey makes every body beary tired too, plus we worked beary hard for Thanksgiving! Teddy: By the time we got to Babybear's house, beary buddies from all over the world were already playing in the snow! Spaulding: I'm not sure if it was the little snowflakes hitting our face on the drive over, or the brisk winter air, but we weren't tired when we got there, that's for sure! Teddy: I think it's what we saw! Spaulding: There were bears sliding down a beary big mountain in Babybear's neighborhood!!!!! Teddy: It was the mostest amazing thing I've ever seen!!! Spaulding: Any of us have ever seen! ::::::::::::Both have eyes wide open and nodding their heads in agreement::::::::::: Teddy: We've slipped in snow before, but never thought to slip on purpose for long ways!!!! Spaulding: AND, at the bottom of the mountain was a huge lake frozen over, where other bears were running up to, and then intentionally jumping on to slide for as long as they could! (Since this was an early snowstorm for this area, and it was in the 50s two weeks early, Mommy needs to mention some things now. 1.) The "mountain" was a pile of snow dumped there as a plow went by. 2.) The "lake" was a puddle in the gutter that froze over slightly. It was perfect for the weight of Teddy Bears, but if any child going by had seen it and decided to try it out, it would have broken under the pressure of one little booted foot. Please keep in mind the size of Teddy Bears to keep their descriptions of things in perspective. If you are little, most things are "beary big!" HoHoHo) :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::Teddy and Spaulding were quietly watching Mommy as she typed before they said anything. Once she stopped typing, they knew they could go back to describing their day::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Spaulding: Dee and Ding were the first to react to what we saw! Teddy: We were just so shocked we didn't realize that we were all sitting still in our hovering helioplaneship boxcar still! Spaulding: It was beary funny watching the two little ones trying to climb the mountain! Teddy: They didn't seem to think it was funny though! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Spaulding: They'd climb up a few steps and then slip and fall back down! Teddy: Amy was waiting for Ding though so came flying over in her personal flying chair! Spaulding: She told us to dig out heal into the snow for traction to get up the mountain... Teddy: ...or, easier still, use our helioplaneship boxcar! Spaulding: We watched several other bears trying to climb the mountain too, but they had already enjoyed the trip down! Teddy: So, we invited them all into our magical vehicle, and ended up letting that be the way up for beary buddies for the rest of the day! Spaulding: Bears were swooshing down the mountains in so many ways! Teddy: Some went on their bellies. Others sat on their furry tails. Spaulding: Some were using boxes, like our helioplaneship boxcar! Teddy: A couple used Christmas decorations--Teddy Bear size sleds that used to hang on a wall and had "Seasons Greetings," "Happy Holidays" and "Merry Christmas" written on them! Spaulding: AND SOME, some used pot lids with the handles taken off! Teddy: Mommy knew! She knew how most kids enjoy the snow besides making things in it!!! Spaulding: When we asked her why she never told us about these things before, she reminded us of where we lived and the lack of safe sledding places! Teddy: I thought that was beary nice... Spaulding: ...and beary smart... Teddy: ...of her! Spaulding: Since there are seven of us, we made a rule that at least one had to go down in the helioplaneship boxcar, so we could give rides back up! Teddy: With the amount of bears, we ended up pulling a train load of sleds, boxes, and furried bottom bears back up the mountain each trip to get beary buddies back up! Spaulding: Our snow suits kept us warm, except for our ears and noses! Teddy: Mommy says part of the whole experience is to get cold noses and ears while sledding! Spaulding: You can smell the snow better with a cold nose! Teddy: And eskimo kissing is a fun way to warm your nose back up! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Spaulding: By the end of the day, Ding and Amy had discovered how to slide her chair clear across the lake! Teddy: Dee, Holly, Brownie, Elfis, Kwalla, and the rest of their beary small members of their family, plus, Tiny Bear and Brownie Bear, caboose and her family... Spaulding: Good to see them too! It's been a while! Teddy: Scotland, Angus, Kwoolas and some of the smallest of the Need-to-Be-Adopted Bears from the basement had all worked together to make a tiny little igloo at the foot of the mountain! Spaulding: Every single one of them fit in it together, but when the rest of us were invited to visit, we had to go one at a time. Teddy: I had to lean over to get in, but I fit, and Valentine's ears got cold rubbing along the top of the entrance, but she fit better then I did! Spaulding: I felt like Luke Skywalker visiting Yoda! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Teddy: The big stuffies, like Rumples and Mawson had to shimmy on their backs to get in, and even then, once in they couldn't sit up! Spaulding: It certainly taught us how talented and able even the littlest stuffy can be! Teddy: It was fun to see Proffessor Sigmund Furred and Axlerod step away from the roaring bonfire they made for beary buddy, who needed to warm up, and take a few slides down the mountain and over the lake! Spaulding: Axlerod had sled before, back when he was just a pup and Mommy was much shorter! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Teddy: He tried to tell us about the S-spear-a-mint he and the Proffessor did with snow that day. Spaulding: He said that snow has the same magical abilities as pixie dust and shimmering confetti, but I didn't understand what magical abilities he was talking about! Teddy: Something about making diamonds in the air when you throw some up into the air, but when it lands, it instantly turms back to its original substance! Spaulding: Wow! Does that mean we can be rich for the little time when it glitters in the sun? Teddy: Yup! Lots and lots of real diamonds floating down, but when it lands they all disappear! Spaulding: Cool! Do people know this? Teddy: Only beary young people or those who never outgrew their memories of being young! Spaulding: Does Mommy know? :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::Both look back at Mommy as she nods her head with a smile reserved for secret knowledge the young keep:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: All: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Teddy: Axlerod and Proffessor Furred learned something from another S-spear-a-mint that day. They call it "The Tiredness Factor." Spaulding: Yeah, but they had to compare notes earlier today to make sure it did work right! Teddy: Before or after their naps?! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Spaulding: That S-spear-a-mint I did understand! Teddy: They thee-or-eyezed that fresh air and snow wakes beary buddies up, no matter how tired you are! Spaulding: BUT, the moment you go back into your warm house the magical wake up air stops working and you become tireder then before you went out! Teddy: When we were out playing, it was as if we could play in the snow forever and ever! Spaulding: I'm glad we have Mommy and Daddy or we'd really hate having to leave even more! Teddy: Yeah, missing them makes going home fun! Spaulding: BUT, we did leave and did come back into this nice warm, keeps-your-nose warm, house, and poof!!!! Teddy: It was definitely nappy time! The Tiredness Factor! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Spaulding: I'm glad Axlerod could freeze time! Teddy: Mommy and Daddy need us beary much, but don't know we're gone as long as we are because of Axlerod's abilities! Spaulding: After all these years, Axlerod can even freeze time while he's asleep! Teddy: Beary, beary good, since we slept at least a whole day since we were out in all that fun! Spaulding: Mommy has a little of that magic too! Teddy: She is helping us catch up with our Teddy Bear Journal, even though it seems to be much later in the month then it is! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Spaulding: But, we have caught up quite a bit today. Teddy: Sooooooooo, until next time...

Friday, December 05, 2003

Our Beary Special Thanksgiving Day!

Teddy: As I said last post, since all the parades and fun happens on the normal Thanksgiving Day... Spaulding: ...and Mommy and Daddy were too sick to pepare for it... Teddy: ...Mommy has asked if we would be kind enough to make a Teddy Bear parade on their special Thanksgiving Day... Spaulding: ...which this year, is also our beary special Thanksgiving Day too! Teddy: Mommy asked us to do this on the traditional Thanksgiving Day... Spaulding: ...so we had a week to prepare for the big parade! Teddy: OUR parade! Spaulding: We live in Phialdelphia, so know of a tradition that many others don't know. Teddy: I feel so beary sorry for those without this tradition. Spaulding: Me too. It's called "Mummers" which are people dressed up in beary fancy outfits... Teddy: ...with lots of glitter and big puffy feather plumes... Spaulding: and playing in bands that need banjoes and ding-dong-dings... :::::::::::::::::::Both look at Mommy in hopes that she knows what the word is. She does, kinda::::::::::::::::::: Spaulding: Zigh-la-phones. (Xylophones in the shape of handheld harps.) Teddy: But other Mummers get dressed up in girly clothes... Spaulding: Women AND MEN... (Mommy has the need to tell that the original parades were all men and women weren't allowed to be Mummers until the early 70s.) Teddy: And do silly skits, and funny dances! Spaulding: They ALL do funny dances, but the dance is called "The Mummer Strut"... Teddy: But, Mummer's Parade is on New Years Day.... Spaulding: And, we're just telling about them to let you know of the costumes that the lady bears... Teddy: ...including the bears in the basement... Spaulding: ...headed by Lady and Valentine.... Teddy: ....oooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrr, Valentine and Lady.... Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe oops! It's the Christmas season, so we have to change our laugh to Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho! (Kehehehehehehehe) Spaulding: that the girl bears decided to make for our beary special, our family only, Thanksgiving Day parade! Teddy: Since it's kinda hard to describe how fancy these costumes are.... Spaulding: ...and they are so fancy that the Mummer's actually call some dressed in them "Fancy Bigrades!" Teddy: ...How about Mommy put down a link to the Mummer's Web Site so you can see for yourself?! (Click here for the official Mummer's Web Site! --click on "Fancies" or "Fancies Bigrades" to see the really fancy costumes and click on "The Bands" to see what the "average" Mummer costume looks like.) Spaulding: And Dee and Ding were in charge of the bears making all the instruments and props needed for our parade! Teddy: Spaulding and I were in charge of making the floats and balloons! Spaulding: And, of course, Axlerod was the one helping us get all of it or-gan-eyezd! Teddy: And it went pretty easily since all the Need-to-Be-Adopted Bears in the basement... Spaulding: And our neighbors on the first floor--Groover, The Jersey Devil, and the three dolls: Raggety Ann, Betty Lou and Gilly--all helped with the parade and putting it on and all! Teddy: Meanwhile, Mommy and Daddy were in charge of the hard part--buying all the food, fixing up the dining room to eat and cooking all the food... Spaulding: And they can't use our edible plates and almond sliverware either! Teddy: By the time Thirstday came around again, we were all ready for our parade. Spaulding: Still, Mommy and Daddy are both disabled, so it takes a lot of effort on their part to prepare for such a feast! Teddy: The girls took over preparing for all the stuffed animals and doll's dinner though, so they didn't have to worry about that part! Spaulding: And Mommy did remember the 100 pounds of turkey hotdogs for us and all the fixins' needed to prepare them right! Teddy: And once you learned not to put the slices of cheese directly on the grill, you became quite good at grilling hotdogs too! :::::::::::::::::::Spaulding shakes his head in agreement:::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Spaulding: Thanks for taking over for me. So many were coming back for thirds and fourths, I was afraid I wouldn't get any myself! Teddy: We do go through hotdogs quickly! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Spaulding: Mommy and Daddy still weren't feeling great on our private Thanksgiving Day, so we helped them fix up the dining room and cook dinner! Teddy: It wasn't until after our parade that we found out they still weren't really feeling up to the task, but just couldn't give up on having a real Thanksgiving dinner! Spaulding: I also think Mommy was quite pleased when she was able to get her special leftover/shepard's pie dinner ready after they ate. Teddy: And, enough for sandwiches for the next three days! Spaulding: And it was the first time I saw Daddy eat solid foods so quickly after his weekly treatment! Teddy: I really wished they could use our edible food containers when she ran out of storage containers! Spaulding: It was perfect timing! Daddy prefers soups during his really sick part of the week and Mommy ended up making enough for 11 big bowls of soup from the bones! Teddy: And, unlike us, they had more bread then they needed for stuffing... Spaulding: Can you imagine having more rolls then hotdogs?! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Spaulding: ...so, Mommy let me make some croutons for Daddy's soup! Teddy: I heard Mommy tell Daddy that the seasoning on the croutons was probably what made the soup so tasty! Spaulding: Mommy and Daddy have taught us pretty well how to season well without salt! Teddy: As Mommy and Daddy huffed and puffed from all that preparation, we gave them a wonderful parade straight across the living room floor! Spaulding: I'm so glad that Teddy Bears are almost as magical as Santa! Teddy: I could tell that magic was perfect for making the instruments to play... Spaulding: And not even the Mummers were as spiffy as we were in that parade! Teddy: You looked like Uncle Sam himself in your costume as grand marshal of the parade! Spaulding: And you looked just like that guy from the Monopoly game sitting in that Barbie convertible we borrowed from "Wheels for Bears!" And Valentine fit so perfectly next to you the way she was all dressed up! Her gown was bearutiful! Teddy: I loved how Lady's float looked like a huge Southern Belle gown straight from Gone With The Wind! Spaulding: She studied the Mummer's costumes closely to see how to do that! She's beary strong! Teddy: You don't want to make her angry, that's for sure! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Spaulding: Didn't Dee and Ding look like nutcrackers in their band costumes? Teddy: Oh, I saw that immediately, but wasn't sure they were supposed to look so much like the Nutcracker! Spaulding (with a twinkle of amusement and pride in his eyes): It IS the Christmas season! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Teddy: Axlerod was quite funny as Santa Claus! Spaulding (gushing with sarcasm): Oh yes, he sure LOVES wearing the cap! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Teddy: The things we can talk him into just by saying that his grandkids would like it! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Spaulding: For his sake though, I'm glad the real Santa surprised us and came to visit! Teddy (in his normal incredibly loud whisper): IT SURE COMES IN HANDY TO HAVE A MOMMY, WHO IS AN OFFICIAL SANTA CLAUS ELF THAT WRITES LETTERS FROM SANTA WITH HIS APPROVAL, FOR KIDS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD! Spaulding: We actually get to have Santa visit somewhere along the Christmas season! Teddy: I still don't get why her elfin name is "Baby Huey Elf" though?! (Mommy explains about the cartoon character of a baby chick named Huey, who is six feet tall but still in diapers. They continue to look blankly at her until she reminds them that she is a beary tall woman at five foot eleven inches, and, a bit plump, like Baby Huey! She sees the light bulbs go on over their heads.) Both: Oooooooooooooooooooooh! We get it. We get it. We get it! Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Spaulding: Not only did Santa end the parade for us, by coming in his sleigh.... Teddy: Aren't you glad that part of Santa's magic is the ability to get as tall or small as those around him?! Spaulding: I'm glad he came in Teddy Bear size, or his sleigh would have filled all the living room plus part of a wall! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Teddy: He also had dinner with us... Spaulding: ...opting for turkey hotdogs over roasted turkey! Teddy: He said he had turkey the entire week before, going for the traditional Thanksgiving Day, instead of waiting that extra week! Spaulding: Yeah, the hotdogs were beary good, but so was the turkey with stuffing and mashed potatoes.... Teddy: ...and sweet potatoes, and green beans,... Spaulding: ...and rolls, and cranberry sauce... Teddy: And best of all... Both: HOMEMADE APPLE PIE IN PIE TINS JUST OUR SIZE! Spaulding: Mommy didn't want too much pie lying around so she bought those individual serving size pans... Teddy: ...which was just a regular serving to her, but a whole HUGE pie to us! Spaulding: Mommy is beary beary nice! Teddy: ...especially making enough for all the stuffed animals, dolls AND Santa! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Spaulding: After dinner everybody took a nap, even Mommy and Daddy! Teddy: Too bad they are too big to sleep on our floats! Spaulding: The rainbow float with the beary big fluffy clouds made of cotton balls was perfect for all of us to sleep on! Teddy: Well, it was a little crowded to fit over 100 stuffed animals, dolls and Santa on it! Both: Ho Ho Ho Ho Ho Spaulding: Mommy says that now that Thanksgiving is over, we have to hustle to get all the Christmas decorations up in time. Teddy: She said that when she was healthy... Spaulding: Right before we were born... Teddy: Her tradition was to have all the decorations up by the end of Thanksgiving weekend! Spaulding: Remember last year though? Teddy: Last year was beary beary sad! Spaulding: Mommy got dizzy for a couple of months, right around Thanksgiving time and ending right after her family's traditional late Christmas get-together! Teddy: And Daddy was so beary tired and that was before we knew it was because he was sick! Spaulding: The only decoration that was put up was our Christmas tree! Teddy: It's much taller then any of us stuffed animals, but at 18 inches tall, it's beary small for a peoples' tree! Spaulding: She also brought out Chris, the Teddy Bear holding a star ornament, but just put him on top of the TV, not in a tree like he belongs! Teddy: He doesn't even know what it means when we tell him that he is a Christmas tree ornament! Spaulding: Mommy promised to go overboard this year to make up for last year! Teddy: ...BUT, since we just had our beary own Thanksgiving Day yesterday and Daddy had to take his treatment last night, we get to rest up this weekend as they recover from working to hard. Spaulding: And next week we put up all the Christmas decoration! Teddy: Then we can sing, in our beary bestest voices... Both: ~It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, evvvery where you gooooo!~ Spaulding: But it's nappy time now soooooooooo... Teddy: Sooooooooo, until next time....

Friday, November 28, 2003

Giving of Thanks Day

Teddy: We had the bestest Thanksgiving EVER! Spaulding: Better then the beary first Thanksgiving with Indians and Pilgrims! Teddy: Wellllll, I dunno 'bout that. That happened right before we were born. Spaulding: But, it was the grandest Teddy Bear Giving of Thanks Day EVER! Teddy: Beary Buddies went to BabyBear's house early... Spaulding: ...to bring the food and supplies... Teddy: and the special shoes and belts to kick off and loosen... Spaulding: ...and to check out the cool Teddy Bear forts and hiding places... Teddy: ...and napping places... Spaulding: ...before flying out to see Philadelphia's Thanksgiving Day Parade! Teddy: There were enough of us to hold down the Teddy Bear balloon! Spaulding: And the Teddy Bear balloon is HUGE! Teddy: ...about the same size as The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade's Kermit T. Frog's balloon! Spaulding: AND we saw Kermit T. Frog two times that day LIVE! Teddy and three more times on TV. Spaulding: We saw him as we were looking for our Teddy Bear balloon to get started. Teddy: We saw him singing at the Macy's Parade. Spaulding: Axlerod, Proffessor Furred and all the other older, wiser stuffed animals worked overtime with the Magical Time Thingy so we went to three parades in three locations all happening at the same time... Teddy: PLUS, when we went back to BabyBear's house, we continued using the Magical Time Thingy to watch all the other parades across the country and STILL had plenty of time to play, take naps and eat! Spaulding: What was beary, beary cool though was at the end of the parade... Teddy: ...in Santa's beary own sleigh... Spaulding: ...was a monster size Teddy Bear! Teddy: HUMONGOUS! Spaulding: It made Mawson and Rumples look dinky! Teddy: And they are beary, beary big! Spaulding: Still...it was smaller then our Teddy Bear balloon! Teddy: I really hate the end of the parades. I wanted them to go on forever! Spaulding: And we want to play in the bands, make the floats... Teddy: dance in front of the Art Musuem, and sing beary loud... Spaulding: ...and judge all the floats and bands... Teddy: ...and buy up all of the balloons and cotton candy and souveniers... Spaulding: ...and just enjoy ourselves forever and ever. Teddy: ...But, also, I'm glad it was over so we could go give thanks with our beary buddies! Spaulding: After Santa flew by on his sleigh... Teddy: ...with the beary, beary big bear... Spaulding: ...we knew it was over so went back to Babybear's house... Teddy: Where we could meet Elfis better, and kwaala's and Snoopy.... Spaulding: We saw Snoopy in several of the parades too! He was one of the big balloons in the New York Parade! Teddy: After our need-to-rest-after-the-parades' nap, we started exploring all the forts and tents and hiding place Babybear's family made for us to play in. Spaulding: Ding and Amy were busy flying around in her chair, so didn't have much time to play Hide N Seek with us! Teddy: We all had to practice putting on the shoes to kick them off so we knew we were relaxed. Spaulding: And the guy bears had to learn to wear belts, so they could learn how to loosen them after dinner! Teddy: Wellllllll, except for Sigmund and Axlerod, who were busy in that huge corner cave up near the ceiling comparing notes on their different S-spear-a-mints! Spaulding: When beary buddies woke up from their naps, it was time for dinner! Teddy: With over 300 bears and stuffed animals friends there, I sure was glad that we all brought our magical flying vehicles! Can you imagine trying to fit that many ground-bound bears around that table?! Both: Kehehehehehehehe Spaulding: Since Snoopy came to pick up our edible plates and almond sliverware, I was shocked how many there were when they were all sitting on the table together! Teddy: The china and sliverware were yummy, but WOW, what a dinner! Spaudling: Everything a bear might dream to eat and then some! Teddy: I don't think even Mommy could have eaten all that chocolate by herself, even if she ate it nonstop until the end of the year! Both: Kehehehehehehehe Spaulding: And I think every single pumpkin grown in the state of New Jersey was used for alllllllllll those pies! Teddy: Rumples brought some too! Spaulding: I wonder where he found the pumpkins since it is only Spring in Ozzieland?! Teddy: Probably Australia's version of T.B. Max! Both: Kehehehehehehehe Spaulding: Remember when Ding confused himself with Scotland the Brave and bravely popped one of those hot peppers in melted chocolate and then popped the whole thing in his mouth?! Teddy: Did you see how wide Amy's eyes got?! Spaulding: Not nearly as wide as Ding's! Both: Kehehehehehehehe Spaulding: I've never seen that boy move so quickly to calm the burn! Teddy: I think he has a blister on his tongue, but he won't let us see! Spaulding: Lady keeps giving him ice cubes to suck on. I don't think he will confuse himself with Scotland the Brace again! Both: Kehehehehehehehe Teddy: I dunno! Amy seemed to like him! Both: Kehehehehehehehe Spaulding: And that turkey! It was taller then me! Did you get to eat everything? Teddy: Yes, but eventually I had to take that belt off! Both: Kehehehehehehehe Spaulding: It was so nice and cozy on that blanket with Lady after dinner. Teddy: I think beary buddies took naps! Spaulding: Remember the phone ringing? Teddy: Bearly?! Spaulding: We were all snoring so loudly that the Philadelphia International Airport called to ask us to quiet the racket. Apparently, they thought all those jets were too quiet to hear above our snoring! Both: Kehehehehehehehe Teddy: I really hated having to leave! Spaulding: At least we didn't have to eat two Thanksgiving meals on the same day! Teddy: Yeah. Mommy was too sick to go shopping in time to get a turkey and thaw it out for Thanksgiving. Spaulding: At least she was feeling better on Thanksgiving Day! Teddy: Daddy still wasn't feeling too good though! Spaulding: They decided to postpone their celebration by a week and have their Giving of Thanks Day next Thirstday! Teddy: Well, with their brilliant idea, you sure can't feel sorry for them! Spaulding: I'm just so excited! Teddy: Since all the parades and fun happened on the normal Thanksgiving Day, Mommy has asked if we would be kind enough to make a Teddy Bear parade on their special Thanksgiving Day! Spaulding: It's bearly light out the day after the normal Thanksgiving Day, and Lady and Valentine have already made the costumes. Teddy: Ding and Dee have made lots and lots of musical instruments for the bands to use! Spaulding: We're in charge of making the floats and balloons! Teddy: I'm sure glad the Need-to-Be-Adopted bears in the basement and our neighbors downstairs will help! Spaulding: And good ole' Axlerod is helping us or-gan-eyez it all! Teddy: We had a great time on our Giving of Thanks Day get-together. Spaulding: And we took good care of Mommy and Daddy that whole day too! Teddy: But now we have to get ready for our private Thanksgiving Day parade for next week. Spaulding: Sooooooooo, until next time....

Sunday, November 23, 2003

Holiday Preparations

Spaulding: We've been beary, beary busy preparing for the holiday season.... Teddy: ...and we're not even close to being done! Spaulding: It would probably help to let you understand a bit about Teddy Bears.... Axlerod: ...actually, all stuffed animals. Teddy: Didn't we 'splain that before? Spaulding: I thought we did?! Axlerod: 'Splain what? Teddy: Well, if we 'splain it now, we can figure out if we 'splained it before! Spaulding: Alright! All stuffed animals come under the heading of "Teddy Bears," like all equines, including Sheltand Ponies, and Klidesdales, and donkeys come under the heading of "horses." Axlerod: Equines! Good word! (The whole family is out here to help with the Blog this time.) :::::::::::::::::::::::::All nod their heads in solemn agreement:::::::::::::::::: Teddy: So, when we say "Teddy Bears," we mean all stuffed animals! Spaulding: Ah! I don't think we 'splained it like that before, although we did say that Teddy Bear World includes all stuffed animals. Teddy: Which gets back to what we wanted you to understand! Dee: Who's "you?" Teddy: Whoever reads our journal is "you." Ding: Who reads our journal? Spaulding: Well, we know some of our beary buddies from our e-group read it. (Click here to go to the e-group.) Teddy: And I bring Daddy to read it sometimes.... Axlerod: ...And, since it's on the Internet for all to see, chances are good that others are reading it. Spaulding: So, "You" is whoever reads it! ::::::::::::::::::::::::Dee and Ding have that little lightbulb over their heads going off as they understand:::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Teddy: So, YOU, most Teddy Bears--all stuffed animals--live in two worlds at the same time! Spaulding: Obviously, we live int he Peoples' World, where we are loved by people and love people back. Teddy: Then we live in Teddy Bear World, where we can go where ever we want, whenever we want, and rarely get hurt doing so. Valentine: Just in case you just became alarmed to know that we can, on a rare occasion, get hurt, it's time to 'splain that too! Lady: We have a strict law for Teddy Bear World that encompasses every thing we do, BUT the most importnat law is "we must get back into the exact position we were put in by our parents." Axlerod: We try beary hard to follow that law, but anyone who has ever owned a stuffed animal has seen us not make it! Spaulding: It's really obvious when we don't make it, but it seems every time we haven't made it, our peoples just think they misplaced us for a moment, and, when they find us, they just think they put us where they found us! Axlerod: But, the law is our most important law because of the possible consequences of our actions! Ding: You can tell Axlerod is old and wise by the words he knows! Con-sigh-quinches! Big, noble word! ::::::::::::::::Again, all nod in solemn agreement:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Axlerod: When Mommy was little, she wasn't the only one in her family with a favorite stuffed animal. My family back then was also a kitty cat that we called Andy, because his Daddy (Mommy's brother) dressed him up in Raggedy Andy's clothes. There was also a cat named for the material he was made from--Cordoroy--who belonged to Mommy's other brother. Later on, when Mommy's third brother was born, Grover joined our family as her younger brother's favorite stuffed animal. After Grover joined our family, we ended up moving around from place to place every year for a few years. Because Andy and Cordoroy were always sneaking around the house, they didn't always make it back to where they were supposed to be. I'm not sure what happened to them. They might still be with their Daddies, because their Daddies grew up and moved away during those moving years. BUT, they also might have gotten lost in the moves, sorta like The Jersey Devil got lost from his Mommy all those centuries ago! ::::::::::::::::::::::::All are thinking deeply about Axlerod's words:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: All: ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz (Mommy wakes them up again. She does it beary softly, knowing that what Axlerod just said probably gave them bad dreams.) Spaulding: Ax, how did you and Grover end up with Mommy? Axlerod: Stuffed animals given to children have three possible outcomes. Most children actually outgrow their stuffed animals. They forget about Teddy Bear World and stop being able to communicate directly with their stuffed animals. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::There is a pause while the older stuffed animals cuddle the younger ones, because the younger ones are shivering in fear::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Teddy: Don't worry. Mommy and Daddy ARE grown ups and still refuse to outgrow us, so we don't have to worry about that. Axlerod: That's right. We all belong in the third group, and are beary lucky for that. The first group I was talking about, ends up in one of two places--they either live on a shelf or on the bed when it's made, but either way, they are treasured forever, if not hugged and loved like they used to be. Or, the second alternative, that scares most stuffed animals the most is that they are sold, given away or stored until the Mommy and Daddy have children of their own to give the animal to. Spaulding (shivering a little): What becomes of those stuffed animals? Axlerod: Well, you know Rocky Racoon and the blue caterpillar down in the basement with the Need-to-Be-Adopted Teddy Bears?! Spaulding (a bit confused): Yeah?! Axlerod: Mommy bought them at flea markets, so they used to belong to children! Teddy: Ohhhhhhhhhhh, that was good that they were bought then! (pausing to think just a little) BUT, how did you and Grover end up with Mommy? Axlerod: We're the third possible outcome. I went with Mommy to college and stayed with her after she rented her first apartment, but I was like the first group of stuffed animals, but with a twist. I spent my days all alone on her bed, but, when it was bed time, she'd hug me and give me my own fluffy pillow to sleep on right next to her bed. Dee: Oh, she still loved you, but didn't treat you as real as she does now?! Axlerod: No, I've always been real to Mommy, but with only one stuffed animal left--she used to have so many on her bed when she was a child that the last ones in the row, had to fall off the bed some time during the night--and because she was always busy doing grown up things like working and chores, she just didn't have as much time to play with me. That, and it's easier to play with two stuffed animals then one, so they can talk to each other like Spaulding and Teddy do. Ding: And Grover? Axlerod: Unlike Mommy, her brothers all did grow up and forgot about Teddy Bear World. Her youger brother--Grover's Daddy--is 11 years younger then Mommy, so Mommy thought that when he left for college, he just left Grover behind, because, well....errrrr..... Teddy: Because boy peoples have to act really tough and can't be seen with a stuffed animal. Daddy 'splained that to me! Axlerod: Oh, yeah, Mommy 'splained that to me way back when, but I didn't understand it, so forgot! Teddy: That's all right. I didn't understand it either and Daddy's not like that. Spaulding: Neither is Mawson's Daddy or Brownie and Holly's Daddy! Lady: I just think some peoples are comfortable enough to not worry so much what others think of them. :::::::::::::::::::::All nod their heads in solemn agreement:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Axlerod: After Mommy's brother was done college, he got a job that made him work 80-100 hours per week, so he had no time for Grover. Spaulding: Mommy says he's a chef! Valentine: Why is it that all of the boys in Mommy's family love to cook, but Mommy....well, she can cook, but doesn't even like to?! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehe Axlerod: Somewhere between the younger brother getting new jobs with less hours and getting cats and then dogs....Mommy got comfortable having Grover around and, well, just kept him. Teddy: Shouldn't she ask her brother if he wants Grover back? ::::::::::::::::::::::::They all turn around and look at Mommy, who simply asks, "Do you want Grover to leave?:::::::::::::::::::: Teddy: Nevermind! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehe Dee: But, Grandpa, aren't you going to tell us about that most important rule--"always end up back in the position you are left in?"! Axlerod: Oh. Right. I forgot. I don't know what became of Andy and Cordoroy, but they might have been permanently lost because they weren't found where they were left AND their Daddies were that age where they were forgetting about them. We all know what happened to the Jersey Devil, because he wasn't where he was supposed to be! :::::::::::::::::::::::All shiver as they remember the 200 years the Jersey Devil roamed The Pine Barrens alone, because his Mommy got hurt and her parents forgot to pick him up too. After a long time waiting for her return, he got hungry and went to get something to eat, only to not return back in time when his Mommy's parents went to find him.::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Spaulding: And then there is that Teddy Bear that Mawson knows, who roamed away and ended up being attacked by dogs, getting his legs chewed off, but, fortunate for him, his parents loved him enough to take him to a Teddy Bear Hospital that sewed on new legs for him! ::::::::::::::::::::Another chill hits them all::::::::::::::::::::::::: Teddy: Ut-oh! We got sidetracked again! Spaulding: Well, sorta. We wanted to tell about the two worlds Teddy Bears live in (some of us live in three, but that's a story for another time), but ended up telling the most important rule for Teddy Bear World! Teddy: The reason we wanted to tell You, was to tell how we've been busy. Dee: Our two worlds are connected! Ding: Yeah, like our favorite store, T.B. Max (Teddy Bears to the Max), is found in the peoples' store, T.J.Max! Spaulding: And, when it gets cold in peoples' world, it's cold in Teddy Bear World. Teddy: That's one of the ways we've become busy! We all had to put on our winter clothes! Axlerod Well, those who have winter clothes put them on. I'm keeping my favorite T-Shirt! Ding: And we used to have winter clothes, but Mommy made them out of her old clothes, so when she washed them, they fell apart! Lady: And it's just not cold enough for me to put on my fur coat yet, but I will when it gets cold! Dee: And, soon, Mommy is going to get out our Santa Claus caps! Teddy: We LOVE our Santa Claus caps! Axlerod (in his beary best Eeyore voice): for joy. For joy. All: Kehehehehehehehehehehe Valentine: Axlerod finds it undignified, but we insist, to get him in the Christmas spirit! Spaulding: And, Mommy helped us make a Teddy Bear size Christmas tree that's in the Peoples' World. Teddy: We can put it right behind the sofa she made us, which is right next to where the BIG Christmas tree Mommy and Daddy is going to set up will be. Spaulding: Mommy and Daddy were sick last Christmas, so never put up the big tree. Since Teddy and Valentine are less then 2 years old, they've never seen the house all decked out! Teddy: I just can't believe you can decorate a tree 4 FEET TALL!!!!!! Spaulding: And, all the stuffed animals in our group are getting together for Giving of Thanks Day, and we've promised to make canned pears with cream cheese and walnuts on top! Lady: AND, we're bringing the hot dogs! Valentine: AND we're bringing all the edible china and the edible almond sliverware! Dee: Plus, grandma says we can help decorate the house this year! Ding: She says she wants to bring out as much as possible, to make up for last year! Axlerod: I love watching the kids get this excited about Christmas! Spaulding: Who you calling kids?! Axlerod: All of us! All: Kehehehehehehehehehehe Teddy: And we figured out what to give Mommy and Daddy for Christmas! Spaulding (in his usually incredibly loud whisper): WE CAN'T TELL SINCE MOMMY HELPS US WRITE THIS AND DADDY READS IT SOMETIMES, BUT IT'S, WELL, IT'S JUST GRAND!!!! Dee: Am I allowed to mention that I heard grandma tell grandpa that they got us a present too? Ding (looking up in the air and whistling with an "I-already-know" expression): NO, we known NOTHING about it! Spaulding (looking at Mommy): We know where it is, but won't peak to see what it is! :::::::::::::::::::::::Dee and Ding frown, but then smile again::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Teddy: Well, we have to get ready for Giving of Thanks Day, sooo.... Spaulding: Why don't you say it, Axlerod? Axlerod: Sooooooooo, until next time....

Saturday, November 15, 2003

The Last Hurrah!

Teddy: Yesterday, we woke up to an unnerving racket outside! Spaulding: It had been beary windy for a whole day, rattling the windows and making it sound like the windows were going to come crashing in at any moment. Teddy: But that was only part of the racket! Spaulding: It had also been raining hard throughout the night, but the rain was ending when we woke up. Teddy: But that was only part of the racket! Spaulding: Five of our neighbors have dogs that they let out into their beary small backyards where they bark constantly for half an hour each time they are let out. Teddy: They're let out all at different times and they're let out four times a day! Spaulding: But that was only part of the racket! Both: kehehehehehehehehehehe Teddy: The LOUD racket came from a large bunch of birds.... Spaulding: ....pigeons, starlings and sparrows.... Teddy: ...AND a rather big group of squirrels! Spaulding: In the whole time we've lived here we have only seen three squirrels at one time, and usually there are only two squirrels in this neighborhood! Teddy: Betcha didn't even know squrrels made any sounds! Spaulding: They make a sound that almost sounds like a chicken clucking... Teddy: ...but it is more of a woody sound then a bird sound, if you know what I mean. Spalding: One of those noises you hear every day, but don't know it's from a squirrel. Teddy: We forgot to mention that Mommy and Daddy changed our home around a bit. Spaulding: We have run of the whole house, but Mommy bought us a basket to sleep in, and then bought Axlerod his own basket, because the first basket bearly fit us all. Teddy: We used to sleep near Mommy's bed on the floor, but when cold weather comes, Daddy pulls out the hue-mitt-o-fiver to stop the inside air from being so dry. Spaulding: With moisture in the air, their skin doesn't itch so much, and thier noses don't clog up as much. Teddy: But, the thingy that was sitting where the hue-mitt-o-fiver goes had to go somewhere, so Daddy put it where our bed used to be, and put our bed on top of it! Spaulding: And Mommy cleared a spot on the chest of drawers next to our bed for Axlerod's bed, so we can still all be together at night... Teddy: Well, the nights I don't have to stay up to keep Daddy company when he is feeling particularly yucky! Spaulding: And when Valentine doesn't stay out in the living room on our specially-made-by-Mommy-just-for-us-to-sit-on-and-watch-rasslin'-and-The-Three-Stooges sofa waiting for Daddy to go to bed leaving you and her with some alone time together. Teddy (blushing and then recovering): And now, with our new house, we can see the things Mommy has bought us through the years as decorations on our beary own shelf! Spaulding: Well, it's really the window sill, because now we have easy access to the window so we can visit with Petey the Pigeon outside on the air-conditioner, without having to climb up the chest of drawers to get to him. Teddy: Mommy and Daddy let us "steal"... Spaulding: ...it's not really stealing, since we ask if we can have it before we take it... Teddy: ...leftover money from when they order dinner to be delivered! Spaulding: And they buy us all 3 dozen hotdogs too when they buy dinner to come to the house! Teddy: Beary cool deal! Spaulding: And sometimes, when Mommy is emptying her pants pockets, she puts the change... Teddy: ...including bills.... Spaulding: ...into the piggy bank she bought us! Teddy: We all know it's really Mommy and Daddy's emergency money... Spaulding: Like if they can't get to the bank but need to get some groceries... Teddy: Or there is more month then deposits in the bank... Spaulding: ...whatever a bank is?! Teddy: I think it's the name of the tree that grows money. Spaulding: Oh! That sounds right! Anyway, we're working with Mommy to raise the amount in our piggy bank hoping that we have enough to buy Daddy a good Christmas present! Teddy: You KNOW we love Mommy and Daddy if we're willing to spend OUR money on them! Both: kehehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: AND, last year when Mommy made all the wreathes for her family for Christmas, she made us a beary special potted flower! Teddy: The terra cotta pot fits in our paw, and the moss is real and the little dried purple flowers in it are real! Spaulding: Just the right size for us, but way too small for peoples. Teddy: Actually Spaulding gave it to Lady for last Christmas, but we all can enjoy it on our beary own shelf! Spaulding: Mommy kept it for us, but we rarely saw it because it was way up on the chest of drawers! Teddy: So, anyway, when all that racket woke us up, we sauntered... Spaulding: "Sauntered!" Good word! Teddy: Un hunh,...we SAUNTERED over to the air-conditioner and peeked through the Ben Eashtion Blind and saw Petey the Pigeon and a couple of his friends. Spaulding: We were about to ask him what all the noise was about, but then noticed behind him all the other birds in the yard! Teddy: It looked like a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds! Spaulding: All along the top of the chain linked fence and in each chain link were birds upon birds upon birds. Teddy: They were also on the picnic table and all along the flower containers. Spaulding: Then Sammy, the squirrel, climbed up next to Petey and asked us to come on out! Teddy: We had to know what was going on first. Spaulding: We had watched The Birds right before going to bed one night, so got beary nervous with all those birds, even if we recognized many of them were Petey's family, and therefore friends! Teddy: He told us that they were celebrating The Last Hurrah! Spaulding: Yeah. We didn't know either, so we asked! Teddy: There is this moment of time in autumn when the weather changes so drastically... Spaulding: ...and it has to be after Indian Summer, that short few days after the first frost where the weather turns nice and almost summer like again... Teddy: ...that tells all God's creature that winter is almost here! Spaulding: There are many, many signs to point to that moment, but usually peoples are running around so busy with their lives that they don't notice... Teddy: ...and stuffed animals have already given into the idea of staying near home to wait out the cold, cold winter... Spaulding: ...BUT animals KNOW when that moment comes! Teddy: AND they know it without even having to notice all the signs! Spaulding: It's that moment when squirrels stop storing up for the winter... Teddy: And, migrating birds give up migrating... Spaulding: And birds that don't migrate have fixed up their nest well enough to be prepared for winter... Teddy: And the winds blow and the rain pours out of the sky as if it's being dumped out of a beary big bucket... Spaulding: And all of the creatures that don't hibernate and don't fly away hunker in their well prepared homes or under big, now bear, trees waiting out the storm... Teddy: And finally the storm is over but the winds keep hollering... Spaulding: And they're all too small to go out in the wind, or it will blow them far, far away... Teddy: And they wait and wait and wait for the wind to calm down.... Spaulding: And there is a shiver in the air, hinting at the coldness of winter beginning to settle in.... Teddy: Then FINALLY, the wind calms down and the temperature rises.... Spaulding: Not back to summertime temperatures, but rising into the low fifties... Teddy: After having dipped down into the upper twenties and lower thirties.... Spaulding: And it feels like the whole earth has decided to take one last little nap before becoming truly serious about bringing on winter. Teddy: And in THAT short moment... Spaulding: ...all the little creatures gather to have one last hurrah!!! Teddy: Hurrah that all the preparation for winter is done! Spaulding: Hurrah that the bad weather is over for now! Teddy: Hurrah that they made it through the storm! Spauding: Hurrah that the beary same storm blew all sorts of nuts and last lingering berries and garbage full of pizza crust and the end of hoagie rolls and unclean garbage cans fall over and open up to reveal brand new, ready to eat, maggots! Both: YYYYYYUKE! YUKEY! Teddy: But birds like to eat them! Both: Eeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! Spaulding: And just a beary big HURRAH for the moment in time when all God's creature know what is to come and have set themselves for the task of living through, yet another winter! Teddy: If you are a people, you might remember a particular brisk autumn morning when it seemed like all the birds on earth decided to have one beary large synphony of sound! Spaulding: That IS their The Last Hurrah! Teddy: That's the racket that woke us up yesterday! Spaulding: Petey and Sammy invited us all to join them! Teddy: We snuck out the window with them before Axlerod even woke up enough to use his Magical Time thingy! Spaulding: We almost forgot to ask what to do! Both: Kehehehehehehehe Teddy: It's a party like the animal's version of a Harvest Celebration! Spaulding: Because we were invited, all the animals in our neighborhood decided to center the party in our back yard! Teddy: Because we can't fly without our helioplaneship boxcar, and because we can't climb as easily and quickly as squirrels... Spaulding: ...I didn't know there were that many squirrels around here! There must have been fifty! Teddy: While Petey took each of us, on a separate trip flying down to the ground... Spaulding: ...and for extra fun, he did that by taking us once around the park! Both: Kehehehehehehehe Teddy: the other pigeons and squirrels all went off to bring in their special after-the-wind-died-down finds for our banquet! Spaulding: Wellllllll, since we don't appreciate stale bread, fermented berries and maggots as much as they do... Both: YUKEY!!!!! Teddy: We snuck back into the house and got a few dozen hotdogs roasted with all the trimmings.... Spaulding: ...raw onions, baked beans, relish, sauercraut, cheese, mustard, catsup, and mayo.... Teddy: ...and enough NiHi to pour some in a pail Mommy left outside to use it as a beary cool birdbath for our friends! Spaulding: Even after they finished eating the creatures were kind enough to think of other creatures who could benefit from their treasury of food and left a whole pizza crust right next to an ant hill, and a bunch of raisins on the vine still.... Teddy: I think they were still considered grapes... Both: Eeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! Kehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: Next to a bee hive near our roof! Teddy: It looked like the ants and bees had already hibernated for the winter until right after we were done eating and they all showed up for the leftovers. Both: Kehehehehehehehe Spaulding: Then we found out who the entertainment was! Teddy: Everybody! Spaulding: Uh hunh! Teddy: The main event at a Last Hurrah is the singing! Spaulding: Every body sings at once. Teddy: They harmonize beary well, but not like people do, so I don't think people can hear the harmony. Spaulding: Probably sounds like what we heard at first, when we woke up--a racket! Teddy: The squirrels were all singing about the stash of nuts they collected--each one singing about their beary bestest nut collection! Spaulding: The pigeons were singing about the stale bread they collected for their secret nest... Teddy: And how good they are in making nest so secret, few peoples have ever seen one! Spaulding: The starlings were singing about their secret worm garden where they drop all the extra worms they collect during the summer. Teddy: And the sparrows were singing the joys of their maggot collection hidden in their beary secret nests! Both: Eeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! Both: Kehehehehehehehe Spaulding: And they sang for the joy of singing... Teddy: And for the joy of preparing for the winter... Spaulding: And for the joy of conquering winter.... Teddy: Or just surviving it, hopefully! Spaulding: And they sang beary, beary loud... Teddy: And beary, beary joyously.... Spaulding: ...but mostly they sang so all the other animals would know where their secret stash was.... Teddy: So, together they would all have enough to eat, even if their personal secret stash ran out before the winter ran out! Spaulding: And we felt inspired... Teddy: And we sang our hums.... Spaulding: We sang of our jobs... Both: ~~~~Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to work we go~~~~ Teddy:: And we sang of our Jeopardy! winnings... Both: ~~~~~~~~~~~We are the champions, we are the champions, no time for losers because we are the champions--oftheworld!!~~~~ Spaulding: And we sang of our food... Both: ~~~~Momma's little baby likes hotdogs, hotdogs, Momma's little baby likes hotdogs NOW!~~~~~~ Teddy: And we sang of our Star Trek shows.... Teddy: ~~~~~~~~~~~It's been a long road~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Spaulding: ~~~~~~~~~~Getting from there to here~~~~~~~~~ Teddy: ~~~~~~~~~~~It's been a long time~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Spaulding: ~~~~~~~~~~But my time is finally near~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Teddy: And, now we have so many new hums from our buddy, Mawson's Hum Page that we had to memorize just one and we chosed BabyBear's hum, The Teddy Bear Blues! Spaulding: ~~~~~~~~~My people been gone the long day through~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Teddy: ~~~~~~~~I fell on the floor and don't know what to do~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Both: ~~~~~~I got The Teddy Bear Blues, oh, yeah, got the Teddy Bear Blues~~~~~ Spaulding: When we sang that, all the pigeons and squirrels stopped their singing. Teddy: That's because we are such good singers! Spaulding: That's what I thought too, but actually they never thought falling without peoples around could be a problem. Teddy: And they didn't know how good peoples could be to others... Spaulding: As long as the others are their Teddy Bears! Teddy: They told us how they were chased by people... Spaulding: And how peoples would scare them by stamping their feet... Teddy: And how, sometimes they'd even be shot at with something called a "sling shot"... Spaulding: ...or an air gun.... Teddy: I still don't get how air can hurt! Spaulding: Me either but I saw that bear patch of skin on Sammys thigh where he got hit by air! Teddy: But peoples aren't all bad! Spaulding: When we told them that all the food they were eating... Teddy: ...except for the worms..... Spaulding: ...were from people directly or indirectly! Teddy: They didn't understand until we told them what pizza looks like before it's thrown away and what whole hoagies are like! Spaulding: Kehehehe Remember when Petey thought maggots were people food too?! Both: Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwww! Kehehehehehe Teddy: But, he was surprised to find out that the can was a people's can specifically to throw out garbage, and, had it been clean properly, then there would have been no maggots! Both: Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwww! Kehehehehehe Spaulding: Most peoples say they hate pigeons and starlings. Some even admit to hating all city birds and squirrels! Teddy: Daddy calls squirrels "tree rats," and I don't think he means it as a good thing! Spaulding: Mommy quietly admits to liking all birds but starlings, and would like them too if they didn't squawk so much. Teddy: And the only time she hates squirrels is when they dig the dirt out of her herb pots! Spaulding: Davis, Sammy's brother, says they are just finding any available dirt to hide their nuts in, or are looking for nuts they hid last year. Teddy: Still. She did smile when she went out back to bring in the plants and found Sammy and Davis on the picnic table next to her plants. Spaulding: Sammy and Davis were glad they weren't wearing pants or they would have dirtied themselves. Both: Kehehehehehehe Teddy: But, once we told them about how peoples were good for them too, we all started singing again together some more. Spaulding: It was a grand day! Too bad they all had to finally go to fix up their homes after the storm. Teddy: I think everybody shoud have The Last Hurrah Days every so often! Spaulding: Me too, just to celebrate life! Teddy: Soooo, anyway..... Spaulding: Sooooooooo, until next time....

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

The First Annual Great The Joy of Teddy Bears Invitational Only Race

Spaulding: We... Teddy: ....all our fuzzy, and not fuzzy, stuffed friends... Spaulding: ...were invited to The First Annual Great The Joy of Teddy Bears Invitational Only Race. Teddy: Kinda a baffing thought--"all invited" but "Invitational Only Race". Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: It's a flying race... Teddy: ...a flying and FALLING race.... Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: And held in Professor Sigmund Furred's home. Teddy: Mostly held in their home.... Spaulding: ...also Mawson and Rumbles and their whole huge family's home... Teddy: ...but, my hand slipped off the throttle and Dee, Ding and I spent a little time flying out in the yard, after accidentally flying through the opened window. Spaulding: You weren't the only one who flew outside too! I know, for sure, we saw Snoopy and BabyBear followed you, thinking it was a shortcut. Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Teddy: It was a grand adventure--a grand race. I still get goose bumps thinking about it--see?? Spaulding (inspecting Teddy's arm): No. Sorry. Hard to see goose bumps under such fur. Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Teddy: We should start from the beginning! Spaulding: Does that include getting all dressed up before going over? Teddy: Would the gals ever talk to us again if we didn't tell of their fine outfits? Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: Lady and Valentine were going to make their outfits, but with Halloween just a few days earlier, and all the sugar we ate, it was hard to keep still enough to do that. Teddy: The gals knew Mommy kept her material and nose-shins.... Spaulding: ...although we've never seen a shin with a nose... :::::::::::::Mommy stops for a moment to explain what n-o-t-i-o-n-s are::::::::::::::::::: Teddy: Ahhhhh, I get it....anyway, Mommy keeps it all down in the basement with all those need-to-be-adopted Teddy Bears... Spaulding: ...who were also invited to the invitational.... Teddy: ...so the gals climbed down to the basement, got those other neighbors into the spirit and beary buddies got decked out for the race. Spaulding: They found the bag of spiffy looking hats Mommy made for Teddy Bears and Lady chose a straw hat with flowers around it, ... Teddy: ...but, since Valentine is so proud that she is the only girl with her own hat that Mommy made in our close family, so far, she decided to wear her red, white and blue ski cap that covered her ears to keep them warm.... Spaulding: Well, it kinda slipped off and her ears were on the outside of it when we had that banana split accident. Teddy: Shhhhhhhh, don't get ahead of the story! Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: Both gals chose long dresses with feather boas and beaded necklaces. Teddy: Some of the need-to-be-adopted bears wore the same kinds of outfits too. Spaulding: Unlike peoples, stuffed animals find it a compliment if they see others in the same outfit, so it was good they had matching outfits. Teddy: But you looked particularly smart that day! Spaulding (beaming a bright smile): Thank you. Lady was inspired by a board game she found in the basement with a rich man on the box and you buy property and put houses and hotels on them. ::::::::::::::::Mommy pauses for a moment to explain Monopoly :::::::::::::::: Spaulding (raising his mussle up in the air proudly): I wore something called a Top Hat, and had tails on my tail, with a black and white striped vest and matching pants. Teddy: You look like George W. Bush when you do that with your mussle in the air! Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: You and the kids looked really spiffy too! Teddy (beaming with his usual sweet smile): Thank you. When my nephew and niece assumed they would be with me in the helioplaneship boxcar, no one had the meanest to tell them that I was going alone. Since it would just be them and me, we decided we should dress properly to be IN the race. Spaulding: My kids did look great in their auto mechanic coveralls with the denim and white stripes, complete with little oil splotches on them, but you really made Valentine so happy when you wore the outfit she made for you! Quite dashing! Teddy (blushing, but still holding his smile): Having read about Snoopy's encounters with the Red Baron, I had to wear the same cap and goggles to fly our helioplaneship boxcar, but the coat was Valentine's idea! Spaulding: She told Lady that she got the idea from watching a John Wayne movie, and made you the same kind of to-your-ankles-cowboys-on-a-cattle-drive light brown suede coat. You looked so good! Teddy (honestly, with no pride, but with his usual confidence): Un Hunh! But, Axlerod, despite beary buddy else dressing up, still wore his usual outfit... Both: His T shirt. Kehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: So you would be rested and ready, Axlerod drove us all to Down Under. Teddy: It's hard to give up driving beary buddies, but Australia is far, far away and I needed the rest. Spaulding: We were afraid we might not find the place.... Teddy: Australia is a beary big country and not as many people on the west side of it as the east side.... Spaulding: ...but we aren't people and with that many stuffed animals gathered together with all of their flying pillows and blankies and boxes and rocks, it was easy to find! Teddy: Because of the Magical Time Thingy, we all arrived at the same time! Spaulding: The spek, the spec...the spec-tate...the race watchers all started gathering in the corner of the room, but there were so many, we ended up taking up all of the floor. Teddy: All the racers lined up along the starting line where Oscar Guide Pup and Blizzard the Husky told us to, but ,since there were so many of us, some of us were over others, who were over others, who were over others.... Spaulding: I wasn't sure the race would start, with all the pillows and cushions and boxes accidentally bumping into one another and plushes falling off onto other cushions. Teddy: The kids were so excited about racing that they kept calling after you..."Daddy, Daddy, watch us." Then I was trying to settle them down and next thing I remember was banging my nose into BabyBear's DoublyUp pillow and smelling the pretty herbs! Smelled like spaghetti night at home! Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: I didn't even know Ding could drive the helioplaneship boxcar until he drove down to get you. Teddy: Me either. And, we hadn't gotten back to our starting position before someone in the crowd shot off the cork gun and the "POP" sounded like a starting gun so all our flying vehicles started zooming away. Spaulding: It looked like a tornado with Teddy Bears, stuffed doggies, penguins, bunny rabbits, and hippos falling off and pillows rounding back to try to catch their stuffed animal before the animal hit the ground. Teddy: I love flipping off the sofa and doing somersaults all the way across the floor, but when Dee fell off, I immediately thought she would get hurt.... Spaulding:...so did I, because she's my little girl, but we both KNOW stuffed animals can't get hurt! Teddy: ...especially if our boxcar has a mind of its own and swooshes down to get her before she hits the group of plushes on the floor! Spaulding: You looked like you got to the front of the pack when the flying vehicles turned the corner into the hallway. Teddy: We might have been, but it was hard to tell when we realized no one told us where the course was or how far we had to fly. Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: When you all swooshed back into the room and caused a pile up at the window, it was several minutes before anyone realized that the three vehicles flew right out the window and around the yard. Teddy: We would have kept flying around the yard, if we didn't hear Amy's sweet voice calling to all of you that she couldn't see us anymore. Spaulding: You missed the part when we all realized that no one had made a finishing line! Proffessor Furred was the one who figured out that finishing lines and clotheslines were beary much alike and grabbed a clothesline and stretched it out so we could all cut up pieces to give to all the racers, so they would know when the race was over. Teddy: When I came flying back into the window, I caught what The Jersey Devil was doing out of the corner of my eye. He didn't trip on his tail, he tripped on the finish line! Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: Can you believe so little banana split could cover so much of Axlerod!? Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Teddy: When we racers saw the big pile of plushes gathering around Ax to clean him up with their tongues, the race almost stopped then so we could all join in! Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe Spaulding: I think Oscar and Blizzard were beary O-fish-awl to walk away from the banana split eating contest to give each racer a finish line, but I never saw who won the race! Teddy: Well, they gave each racer a piece of the finish line and made that moment the moment where we came in to the end. Since I was the third one to receive my piece of rope, I decided I came in third. Spaulding: Yeah, but WHO WON the race?! Teddy: Oh, come now! As often as we play games together and play games with Mommy and Daddy! Who ALWAYS wins those games? Spaulding (knitting his brows in bafflement): We do?! Teddy (with a big mischief grin): And who wins if we lose?! Spaulding (a smile slowly growing on his face): I don't remember EVER losing! Teddy (bearly containing his laughing fit): EXACTLY! Both: Kehehehehehehehehehe ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::both are laughing too hard to continue this entry, so Mommy lets them down on the floor so they can literally ROFLOL (rolling on the floor laughing out loud):::::::::::::::::::::::: Mommy: Sooooooooo, until next time....kehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe