Saturday, June 26, 2021

A Sweet Adventure

 Daddy John is taking a couple of the boys out for the day.

Scot-Michael: Well, Nickels, ready for our little road trip?
Nicholas Sahara: I am, rather.  A little jolly is just the tonic we need.

Soon, after an uneventful car ride...

Nicholas and Scot-Michael: We're here!  We're here!

Where, exactly, is here?

(Can you see the boys in the lower right corner of the sign?)

(A stunned silence)

Scot-Michael and Nicholas: Whooooooaaaaaa...

Nicholas: Have a butcher's hook at all these sweets!
Scot-Michael: I think we've died and gone to heaven...

A TARDIS mock-up! Daddy John, an avowed Doctor Who nut, had to take a photo.

Nicholas: Blimey!  The selection!
Scot-Michael: Americans take their candy seriously.  Er, 'Boogers' notwithstanding...

Scot-Michael: We are so never telling Frank about this place.
Nicholas: Oh my giddy aunt, no!  We'd never get the poor lad out!

Home again.  After their sugar buzz wore off, the boys conked out for a backyard snooze.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Gardener's Wisdom

Harriet: What happened to the hostas?!
Giancarlo: They got burned in the heatwave we had.
Wyatt: But we watered everything!
Giancarlo: I think it was just too hot, too early.

Harriet: That's a shame.  I was hoping they'd be really pretty this year.
Giancarlo Al gardeners live in hope that this season will be the one when everything is perfect and beautiful.  The reality is that something always happens - it's either too wet or too dry, too hot or too cold.  There's a late frost or a hail storm; to say nothing of insects, rabbits, and those evil, evil squirrels.

Giancarlo: Instead of waiting for that perfect moment,
we need to embrace all of the imperfect moments.

Wyatt: You mean like this?
Giancarlo: Precisamente, i miei amici!

Harriet: You know, you're quite the philosopher.
Giancarlo: Well, after all, I am Italian...

Saturday, June 12, 2021

This Old Dog House

 Daddy John: BR has been spending his summer vacation building a house for Annabelle...

BR: >Whew!<  That was a lot of work.

BR: I hope Annabelle will like it.

BR: Time to add some homey touches.  A nice pad to lie down on...

BR: ...her pull-rope toy and chewy bone...

BR: Oh!  Mustn't forget her water dish!  It's going to be a hot summer...

BR: ...And a little personal flourish!

Annabelle: >Sniff, sniff<  Arf?
BR: What do you think, girl? 
Annabelle: Arf!
BR: Don't be thinking you're Snoopy and sleep on top!
Annabelle: >Boof<

BR: Your own little private space; away from... everything.
Annabelle: >Boof<
BR: Hmm.  Now I'm tempted to build one for myself!

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Bear-y Nice Postcards from The Last Frontier

 Daddy John: The boys have received a couple of postcards from my sister...

Pete Dakota: Hey, we got some mail from Auntie Sue!
BR: All the way from where she lives in Alaska.

BR: This one has a map and some facts about Alaska.  
You see can see her town listed on the map.  It's right near Anchorage.
Daddy John: Do you think she can see Russia from her house?
BR and Pete: What?
Daddy John: Never mind; old joke.

Pete: And this one has bear cubs on it.  
I wonder if there are a lot of bears in Alaska?

BR: Auntie Sue says the snow in her yard is all gone,
 but there's still quite a bit on the mountains.

Pete: Maybe Daddys John and Steve will take us there some day.
I'd like to see bear cubs.  And moose!
BR: But not up close.
Pete: Wouldn't want to get between Mama Bear and her cubs!