Saturday, December 7, 2019

Holly Belle's Christmas Bells

Daddy Steve:  Holly Belle is previewing for the other girls the outfit she will be wearing to the Minnesota Sasha Group Christmas party this weekend...

Holly Belle: The dress has holly on it, like my name, and I thought it would be nice to incorporate bells too.  So I made this sash--with a little help from Daddy Steve.  
Now I have a Holly Bell(e) Christmas outfit!
Daisy: Why, you clever thing, you!
Harriet: You look fabulous, my dear!
Valerie: Playful, but sophisticated.  I love it!

Daisy: Who is escorting you to the party?
Holly Belle: >Sigh<  I'm afraid it will be that silly Nathan.  At least I can keep an eye on him.  He won't be able to go around, filling people's heads with foolish ideas 
about imaginary Santas and homicidal turkeys.

The girls: >natter, natter, natter, natter<

Ezra: Just listen to them go on out there!  They sure like to talk about clothes and stuff.
Nathan: Yeah, it's probably for the best that I go along to that party.  At least I can keep Holly Belle from boring everyone with her silly chatter.

John Martin: What's going on?
Ezra: Oh, we're just talking about the girls.  They're all over the moon with Holly Belle's new Christmas outfit.


John Martin: I actually like that dress.
Ezra and Nathan: You do?!?
John Martin: Sure!  Now I can hear her coming.
Holly Belle (from the other room): >jingle, jingle< Oh, John Martin! Where are you?
John Martin: Gotta go...




Saturday, November 30, 2019

Pete Versus The Elf 2019


Nicholas: I say, what is that noise?  

Nicholas: It seems to be coming from behind the -- Richard the III's Ghost!

Nicholas: Peter!  Whatever are you doing back there?
Pete Dakota: Shhh!  He can't hear you.  I'll come around and tell you.

NicholasNow, what's all this then? Who mustn't hear you?
Pete: The Christmas Elf!  Daddy John and Daddy Steve will be letting him out soon--
then he'll get me and...game over.
Nicholas: What? What elf? I don't --
Pete: Yeah, BR didn't believe me either.  I'm doomed.  Denali believes me, don't you girl?
Denali: Yip, yip!

Nicholas: But you can't spend the next month behind the divan.
Pete: Sure I can!  I've got a stack of comics, food, soda...I can last until New Years!
Denali will keep me better company than dumb ol' BR.  She believes me.

Nicholas: Oh my sainted aunt.  We'd better get that boy some help, hadn't we, girl?
..Or find that elf...
Denali: Woof!


To see Pete Dakota's first go 'round with The Elf, please visit this post: Pete vs The Elf (2018)


Thursday, November 28, 2019

A Thanksgiving Story, Part 4 (Finale)

Daddy Steve: It's Thanksgiving Day, and time for the puppet show!

Oliver: Isn't this exciting?
Wesley: I've been waiting for days!

Holly Belle: Come on you two, the puppet show is starting soon.
Mikko: But there's a big game on TV.
Holly Belle: Look, Thanksgiving is a time of family and love and togetherness so we're ALL going to watch the puppet show. NOW!
Tyler: Yes, ma'am!

Gavin and Rolf warm up the audience with a little music.

Gavin: Do you know anything by Benny Goodman?
Rolf: Nein.  All I can play is Lady ov Spain und der Beer Barrel Polka.

At last, the show begins.  Ann Marie serves as narrator.

Ann Marie: Once upon a time, there was a happy man who lived in the woods.  One Thanksgiving he decided to invite all of his woodland friends to dinner.

Mr. Turkey: People always have an ulterior motive when they invite me to dinner, gobble gobble.
Mr. Happy Man: Don't worry, Mr. Turkey.  You've been invited as a friend!  We're serving beans on toast for our meal.

Nicholas: Smashing!  I say, this is gripping drama.  It's just like being at the Old Vic!
Pete Dakota: Who's Vic?

The show continues to keep the audience in its thrall.  All too soon, the story comes to its end...

Ann Marie: And so the four friends enjoyed a lovely dinner of beans on toast, elderberry wine, and pumpkin pie, although Mr. Fox couldn't but help gaze longingly at Mr. Turkey and imagining the delicious dinner that might have been.
Mr. Turkey: Gobble, gobble; what are you staring at?!
Ann Marie: The end.

The puppeteers come out and take their bows.


Yay!  Woo!  >Applause, applause<  Bravo!

Holly Belle: Hmm, that last part was a little dark.  I'll bet that was your idea, Nathan.
Nathan: I was just trying to add some dramatic tension.  And set the stage for next year's show.
Holly Belle: And what would that be?

Nathan: Mr. Turkey's revenge.



Tuesday, November 26, 2019

A Thanksgiving Story, Part 3

Daddy Steve: The writing team is hard at work on the story for the Thanksgiving puppet show...

Holly Belle: Okay, so just to review, there are four characters in this story: Mrs. Hedgehog, Mr. Fox, Mr. Turkey, and Mr. Happy Man.

Nathan: Wait a minute.  How do we know that he's happy?
Holly Belle: We know it because of the hat he's wearing.  Only happy people wear hats like that.  Alright, if there are no more questions, I'll leave you to it.  And remember - holidays, love, togetherness - all that jazz.

And so the team begins writing.  They write and eat doughnuts...


...and re-write...



...and eat more doughnuts, and re-write some more...

Ann Marie: This is more challenging that I thought it would be.
Blake: I think the main problem with this story is that one of the Thanksgiving dinner guests is typically also the main course!
Frank: Zzzzzzzzzzzzz


Sunday, November 24, 2019

A Thanksgiving Story, Part 2

Daddy Steve:  Preparations for the big Thanksgiving Day puppet show have kicked into high gear...

Holly Belle: I see my puppet making team is at work.  Hmmm...I kind of expected you would be a bit further along by now.

Patrick: Holly Belle, it's important to do this in an organized, logical manner.  We've laid out all of our supplies and tools, and we have carefully read through the instructions.  We are now ready to make the puppets.
Uli: Ja, I agree mit Patrick.  Ve must be methodical.
Holly Belle: Well, as long you have things under control, then I'm going to check 
on my writing team.

Ann Marie: Here's the list of writers and performers I've selected.
Holly Belle: Let's see: Blake - he has a real talent for writing.  Bowie - he's a natural performer.  And, hmmm, Frank?
Ann Marie: Thanksgiving is about food and Frank loves to eat.
Holly Belle That's certainly true.  Wait a minute, Nathan!?!  Oh, I don't know about him.  He gets some awfully weird ideas.  Remember last Christmas and the whole thing about Santa Claus not being real?

Ann Marie: I think Nathan could bring some interesting ideas to our story.  He's edgy!
Holly Belle: Well, he certainly puts me on edge.  >sigh<  Alright.



Friday, November 22, 2019

A Thanksgiving Story, Part 1

Daddy Steve:  Craft projects have become a Thanksgiving tradition in Gregoropolis.  The kids enjoy them, and they are a good way to keep them busy (and out of my hair) while the turkey cooks.  This year's project is a bit more ambitious; it involves a kit for making 4 puppets.  My idea was that the kids could assemble the puppets and make up and perform a little story.  This definitely called for some planning and an early start...


Because she fancies herself to be in charge of everything, I made Holly Belle the 'executive producer' of this production.

Holly Belle: Don't worry, Daddy Steve.  I've got this all under control.

Meghan: What exactly does an executive producer do?
Holly Belle: Well, I make all the high level decisions, and then I delegate the various tasks
 to other people.
Meghan: You're a true leader, Holly Belle!
Holly Belle: It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it.

Holly Belle: Patrick and Ravi, I'd like you to be in charge of making the puppets.  Gather up some kids to help you.  And remember, I want a nice, neat job.
Ravi: Nice and neat is the only kind of work we do!

Holly Belle: Ann Marie, I want to you to be in charge of writing and performing the story.  You'll need to assemble a team of writers & performers.  Thanksgiving is a time of love and togetherness, so make sure you really pile on all that 'feel good' stuff.
Ann Marie: I'm on it!

Holly Belle:  >sigh<  All of this executive producing has worn me out!


Saturday, November 16, 2019

Lazy Saturday

Daddy John: It's a lazy Saturday in Gregoropolis.  Let's see what some of the residents are up to...

Looks like Nicholas Sahara is catching up on his literature.

Nicholas: Great Richard the III's ghost, these American comic books are smashing!

Pete Dakota is working on his next masterpiece.

Pete Dakota: It's missing something...a bit of blue, perhaps.

Stephen Orange discovered the quietest room in the house to be the kitchen!

Stephen Orange: Now maybe I can finish this article for Sasha National Aquatica magazine.

With his motorcycle garaged for the season, Benjamin Roy's attention has been taken by the video game in the basement.

BR: Chew electric death, ya filthy animals!

Well.  It seems as if everyone has found something to do today.  Maybe it's just Daddy John who's feeling lazy (he said from the couch).