Thanks, Georgia! It arrived via UPS this afternoon and it’s a wonderful ray of sunshine on a cold, cloudy day! I have so many “favorite” story arcs, but I think the Halloween story arc with that beautiful ‘Wizard of Oz’ moment when Tillie and Freddie are reunited and we see them in full living color will always and forever be my favorite! So wonderful to have it in book form. My second favorite is the first Christmas special which we got last time around. I’m assuming my third favorite, Peep Toads, will be in the next book! Thank you!
And the door creaks slowly open!
ACHOO! As long as the ladder is up there, guess I may as well dust off the rest of the shelf.
Oh my! I knew I had a box of 64 slightly used crayons in a crate on the top shelf in my office. I dragged it down to see if it was vintage or post 90’s purge. Unfortunately, it was post purge but still contains a few colors that have since been retired.
But the best part of dragging that crate down was that behind the crayon box and under a couple decades worth of dust, I found a small ceramic Easter basket that my mom had made before she got cancer. I had totally forgotten about that little basket. I think it was the first thing she made in ceramics class. I know some scoff that ceramics isn’t really art, but my mom had defective tendons in her hands that made handwriting almost illegible—hands that had been hit with rulers and been subjected to unsuccessful attempts by a generation of poorly trained teachers who thought they could fix her sloppy handwriting with punishment and torture! In addition she had familiar tremor—shaky hands. Despite all that, her ceramic painting was nearly flawless. The only reason that little basket ended up on a shelf I can’t reach without a step ladder was because she later made a life sized basket and painted the eggs inside it. That already has a place of honor on my piano. Now the little basket is nestled under it.
Thanks for giving me a reason to climb up and pull down that crate! I ended up finding buried treasure. And in addition to the basket there was a small metal replica of “NCC one seven O one. No bloody A, B, C, or D.”
For those wanting to know, “Take it Away Tommy” ends with Elvis’s trip to Buttertown, which was the next strip after an episode of Our IX lives!
I was disappointed when my earlier Amazon delivery turned out to be batteries and a computer cable. Then the mail truck arrived, but it was just more address labels from somebody wanting a donation. Finally, the UPS truck just stopped and it was my long awaited copy of “Take it Away Tommy!” I didn’t know was still making deliveries from Amazon. I’ll take it out of the plastic mailer as soon as the Clorox dries.
I’m happy you found a place to land! For now, there are all kinds of virtual tours you can take. You can visit the critters at the Cincinnati Zoo using the link below. My favorites are the one of the Fabulous, Famous Fiona the hippo and the bearcat. They post a new video every day. There are some fun art projects designed for kids, but I definitely want to try to draw the elephant!
You have to forgive my ignorance of wrestlers. Like Sophie, I’m totally lost here and trying to fit in. Having everybody rub my nose in the fact that my observation wrong isn’t helping. I’m going to go crawl back in my gilded cage and lick my paws!