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Oh dear that is a hard on to explain.
To learn what Our Special Room is you have to read the post
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Click on latest and get ready for lots of reading and I would suggest a box of tissue handy because we are nutso
Hope this helps Annemaree1
Randu head nut of The Special Room
I trudge back up to the Tea Room after scrubbing myself all over with soap and water to get the odour of hemlock off my body.
As I reach the door I detect a movement in the undergrowth and a scruffy litlle dog comes up to me sniffing away.
I look at him; he looks at me and gives a loud ACHOOO!!!
I swear he is laughing as he shakes his head and points me downwards back to the moat!
The moat water is now very soupy and VERY cold as I attempt to get even cleaner
Eventually I crawl back up to the Tea Room door clutching my soggy wet towel and fall on the canine.
At this moment of time I am prepared to throttle it , whether Charlie can hear my thoughts or not on the matter!
Then the Tea Room door opens for me to pass though shivering with cold
But before I could enter I am enveloped in a pristine white huggie jacket and warm cloak .
I plonk myself down on the nearest chair and take a large swig of freshly prepared hong cha!
The next mouthful is savored slowly and my sensitive taste buds inform me that all is not as it should be!
It has a strange - not taste - but odour!
But it cannot be the hemlock as I would never have been let back into the Room.
Sipping my brew slowly I rack my brains to discover the source.
Ah! Yes! It is Oil of Swallows!?
What on earth is happening to me as the overpowering smell gets nearer and nearer?
Angel enters the room looking like a faded Amazon!
She groans and sits next to me
I feel faint and move away from her before I pass out from the smell of this strong embrocation on her!
She seems to be blissfully unaware of the effect she is having on people!
But it is only me that is affected. The others, human or animal, in the Room do not notice this pong!
In fact the Cap'n is holding a large tub of it in his hand and explaining that it will also soothe her aches and pains from the rigors of her training.
I quietly move away and sit outside to reflect on what has just happened
Is my sense of smell so sensitive that it can detect odors not noticed by the others?
Can this be used to our advantage as I am sure that none of our foes smell sweet!
I must have a chat with the Cap'n
TROUBLE COMES BARRELING INTO THE BARN TO REPORT THAT PTG HAS PASSED THE STINK TEST AND IS NOW BACK IN THE TEA ROOM. GOOD BOY AND GIVE HIM A TID BIT FOR HIS GOOD JOB. NOW BACK ON PATROL, CATCH AND BRING IN THE SOCKS, TREES, SNOWMEN. IF YOU DO A GOOD JOB AND STAY OUT OF TROUBLE I WILL SEE THAT YOU GET A NICE MEATY BONE FOR YOUR SUPPER. HE DANCES AROUND THEN SHOOTS OUT THE BARN DOOR.
I SHAKE MY HEAD AND CHUCKLE, HOPE THAT BOY GROWS UP SOON AND GETS SOME SENSE AND LEARNS TO STAY OUT OF TROUBLE.
I GO BACK TO MAKING SURE EVERYONE HAS FOOD AND WATER FOR THE NIGHT. I OPEN MY AMULET TO KATT AND OPAL, THE ELVES AND I WILL BE IN FOR SUPPER, AND DO YOU THINK YOU CAN FIND ENOUGH MEATY BONES FOR THE DOGS THEY HAVE ALL BEEN WORKING HARD TO KEEP THE FLYING OBJECTS AWAY FROM THE TEA ROOM. CAN YOU THINK OF SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR THE CATS THEY HAVE WORKED JUST AS HARD. DO YOU HAVE ANY OF THOSE FISH LEFT THEY WERE EVERYWHERE FOR AWHILE. I HAD THE CATS AND DOG GET ALL THE LIVE ONES THEY FOUND INTO THE MOAT FOR ELLIE AND BROOD. I KNOW THE CATS FEASTED ON SOME OF THE OTHERS.
I GOT A CALL FROM MY LOOKOUTS THAT A PACKAGE HAD BEEN DELIVERED TO THE TEA ROOM. THE MAN HAD SET IT DOWN EYED THE LOOKOUTS, TURNED WHITE AND SCURRIED AWAY. I HURRIED TO THE FRONT DOOR LOOKED AT IT, SO THE ALCHEMIST HAD GOTTEN IT DONE. HOPE ALL IS WELL WITH THE BOTTLES AND NONE HAD BROKEN. I HURRIED TO THE BARN WITH IT. MUST GET IT CHECKED OUT AND WRAPPED FOR ROO.
PTG, KATT, OPAL, AND THE CAP'S WERE DONE. HOPE THE CAP GOT ANGEL'S THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME I HAD, HELP WITH A GIFT. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT HE ADDED TO IT. I OPENED AND CHECKED THE BOTTLES, THEY SEEMED TO ALL BE THERE AND NONE WERE BROKEN OR EVEN CRACKED. IF THIS WORKS AND ROO LIKE IT I MAY , WELL I WILL THINK ON THAT NEXT YEAR. STILL HAVE TO GET IT WRAPPED AND UNDER THE TREE.
A knock on door stops my wrapping Pups Gift,,
Thank you my good man as I see it is from The Tailor and his wife.
He bids me a Merry Christmas and returns to the Tailor Shop.
And a Merry Christmas to you .
I open the bag and with draw the item .
I gasp OMG what a thing of beauty and a work of art.
I check it over front to back on the sides inside out.. it is perfect from the size to the shape to the color.
I hide it under my coat and head to the critters enclosure to show Charlie.
She is just finished getting the critters feed and watered and ready to sleep.
I show Charlie our gift to Angel and it is the first time I have seen Charlie truly smile her whole face is lite up.
Well Cap I think we did it and it is perfect 100% better then I thought it would be.
Well it was your great idea now lets wrap it and I will leave it here until I come later to put it under the Tree.
No problem Cap I will keep it safe see you later.
I return to my wrapping .. man I have a lot to do it guess I will be burning the Midnight oil.
It is well past Midnight when I finish wrapping the last gift and signing the last card.
Whew finally done now to double check ,,,
I start with the cards and stockings for our extended family ,,, knowing The Fire Place is not big enough to hold all the cards and stockings I had Butch cut me a nice tree so I can hang the cards stockings etc.
Okay I start my check... Opel check
Miss Katt check
Roo Roo check
My boys check check check and check....
On to Smoke, and family check
Frost check Snow check
Last but not least a whole box full of toys and treats for the Canines and the same for the cats.
Include are for the feathered critters
Sugar and Spice check
And our two newest pets are checked/
I call via my Amulet for my boys to come help me take the gifts to The Tea Room and set the gifts under the tree and to hang the cards and stockings on the mantel and the smaller tree.
I am dead beat but so happy everything is done.
I grab my Special Honey Rum from its hiding spot and pour out 5 glasses.
A toast my friends an other year together and still going strong.
Merry Christmas Eve boys and many more to come
THE CAP CAME RUSHING IN WITH ANGEL'S GIFT, IT IS SO PERFECT. SAYING HE WILL COLLECT IT LATER I LOOK IT OVER, YES INDEED PERFECT. I WRAP IT AND NOW FOR PUP, NEEDLES I THINK THE WHITE WOOL, YOU KNOW WHAT I WANT IT MUST KEEP HER WARM ON HER WAY TO SEE THE QUEEN AND THEN PERN. I FIGURE THEY WILL LEAVE SOON AFTER CHRISTMAS.
FINN YOU AND YOURS NEED NOT SHOW TOMORROW IT IS OUR CHRISTMAS, NOT SURE YOU HAVE THE HOLIDAY BUT IT IS A DAY OF FEASTING AND GIVING GIFTS. I HAD FOUND A FEW THINGS I HAD THOUGHT THEY MIGHT FIND SOME USE FOR AS I MADE MY WAY AROUND THE CASTLE, THE TOWN, CLOUD CITY, THE HARBOR, ATLANTIS, AND EVEN THE DARK TOWER. I HAD MADE A LARGE PACKAGE OF THEM. NOW SHOW ME THE YARN YOU WISH TO TAKE TO YOUR VILLAGE AND I WILL CARRY IT FOR YOU. I SAT MY BAG DOWN PUT THE LARGE BUNDLE IN IT AND STARTED ADDING THE BALLS OF YARN, ARE YOU SURE YOU DO NOT WANT MORE. CHILDREN ARE HARD ON THEIR CLOTHES AND LOOSE CAPS AND MITTEN A LOT. REMEMBERING MY OWN 2 WHEN THEY WERE SMALL. FINN AND HIS MEN ADDED A FEW MORE. THEN I REACHED DOWN AND GATHERED UP ABOUT 30 OF THE GREEN, AND HALF AS MANY OF THE RED AND A FEW MORE WHITE. KNOWING GREEN WAS THE BEST COLOR FOR THEM TO BLEND IN THE FOREST WHERE THEY LIVED. THE WOMEN LIKED A BIT OF COLOR SO THE RED. AND WHITE CAN ALWAYS BE DYED ANY COLOR THEY MIGHT CHOOSE.
I LOOKED AT FINN, WOULD YOU ALL LIKE A RIDE HOME IT WOULD BE QUICKER, I AM SURE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHOW OFF WHAT YOU ARE BRINGING AND GET IT STORED AWAY. THEY ALL PILED INTO MY BAG EXCEPT FINN. I SAT HIM ON MY SHOULDER SO HE COULD SHOW ME THE WAY. I HAD NEVER BEEN TO THEIR NEW HOME. IT WAS THEIRS AND I DID NOT WANT TO INTRUDE. SUGAR AND SPICE HAD REPORTED TO ME THAT THEY HAD BUILD A VERY NICE NEW HOME. THEY SEEMED HAPPY, AND WERE PROSPERING I STOPPED BY THE KITCHEN TO ASK OPAL FOR ENOUGH ALE FOR THE WHOLE ELF VILLAGE TO SHARE FOR TOMORROWS FEAST AND SHE ADDED SOME MEAT AND VEGGIES, WITH A FEW FEW SWEETS. THIS SHOULD GIVE THEM A NICE FEAST. I TOOK THE BASKET FROM OPAL AND EXPLAINED CHRISTMAS TO FINN AS WE MADE OUR WAY TO HIS VILLAGE. NOT SURE HOW MUCH OF IT HE UNDERSTOOD. BUT THAT THERE SHOULD BE A FEAST TOMORROW AND THAT HE WAS BRINGING IT, THAT HE UNDERSTOOD. NOW FINN THAT PACKAGE I PUT IN MY BAG CONTAINS THINGS FOR EVERYONE. THERE IS MORE THAN ENOUGH. I KNOW YOU SHARE SO NO NEED TO SAY WHO GETS WHAT JUST LET THEM CHOOSE AND STORE WHAT DOES NOT GET CHOSEN. I AM SURE SOMEONE WILL THINK OF USES FOR THE REST. AND ANYTHING YOU NEED MORE OF TELL ME. I DO HAVE ERRANDS ALL OVER AND CAN GET MORE. YOU NEED COAL FOR YOUR SMITHY, OF COURSE I WILL GET SOME THE NEXT TIME I AM IN CLOUD CITY. I DID INCLUDE SOME BENT NAILS FIGURING THEY COULD BE REWORKED FOR YOUR PURPOSES.
WE REACHED THE EDGE OF THE VILLAGE I SAT FINN DOWN OPENED THE BAG TO LET THE REST OUT SO THEY COULD MARCH INTO THE VILLAGE AS THE PROUD GROUP OF ELVES THEY WERE. THEN I BENT DOWN AND STARTED UNLOADING THEIR YARN, THE WOMEN SEEMED DELIGHTED. THEN I SAT THE BUNDLE IN THE CENTER OF THE VILLAGE MAKING SURE NO ONE WAS UNDER IT. THEY STARTED TO RUSH TO IT BUT FINN EXPLAINED THAT IT WAS FOR TOMORROW, AFTER A FEAST. THE WOMEN LOOKED AT EACH OTHER A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED. THEN HE EXPLAINED THAT THE MAKINGS FOR THE FEAST WAS A GIFT FROM THEIR FRIENDS IN THE TEA ROOM. THAT CHEERED THEM UP. I SAT DOWN THE BASKET. THEY PUT A LADDER TO IT AND STARTED TO DIVIDE IT INTO ELF SIZED BITS AND CARRYING AWAY. THEY MADE SHORT WORK OF EVERY THING THEN I SAT DOWN A VERY SMALL BARREL ON IT'S SIDE. SALTY HAD HAD IT MADE FOR THEM, HERE IS ALE FOR THE FEAST. THEN I NOTICES ANOTHER SMALL BARREL IT SAID PUNCH ON IT. OPAL MUST HAVE ADDED THAT FOR THE CHILDREN. NOW I WAS WONDERING HOW MANY OF THOSE SMALL BARRELS SALTY HAD HAD MADE. AT WHAT COST. OH! WELL I WOULD PAY. I HAD BEEN GATHERING QUITE A FEW COINS FROM PLAYING THE GAME. THEY ROLLED THE BARRELS AWAY. I GATHERED UP THE BASKET AND MY BAG AND BID THEM FAREWELL. OH, PLEASE RETURN THE DAY AFTER THE FEAST IF YOU CAN. WE DON'T WANT TO GET BURIED UNDER FLYING OBJECTS.
I HAD GIVEN DINKY AND SMIDGE THEIR PRESENTS AND ASKED IF THEY WERE JOINING US FOR THE FEASTING OR GOING TO SEE THEIR FAMILIES. THEY SHRUGGED. WELL YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US.
THEN I WAITED FOR THE CAP TO GET ANGEL'S GIFT ALL WRAPPED AND READY FOR HIM TO SIGN THE CARD, I HAD ALREADY DONE SO. I PUT ROO'S GIFT CAREFULLY IN MY BAG, THEN THE PACKAGES FOR KATT, OPAL, THE CAP, PTG, GIFTS IN THEN I WENT TO WHERE MY MAGIC NEEDLES WERE SITTING IDLE. THERE WAS THE PRETTIEST SOFT WHITE SWEATER THERE WAS ALSO A BONNET THAT FASTENED UNDER THE CHIN TO KEEP HER HEAD WARM WHEN ADRAGON BACK. I GATHERED THEM TO WRAP WHEN I SAW SOMETHING ELSE. THERE WAS ALSO A NECK SCARF. THE NEEDLE HAD DONE MORE THAN I HAD ASKED. BUT IT WAS PERFECT. CAN'T HAVE THE GIRL CATCHING COLD WHEN SHE HAS TO PRESENT HERSELF TO SUCH IMPORTANT BEINGS. I WRAPPED IT AND PUT IT IN THE BAG.
OPENED MY AMULET TO THE CAP. ANGEL'S GIFT IS ON THE YARN BIN BY MY CHAIR WRAPPED AND THE CARD ONLY NEEDS YOU TO SIGN IT. HOPE HE GOT THAT. AND OFF I WENT TO PUT MY GIFTS UNDER THE TREE. IT WAS GETTING LATE AND I NEEDED TO GET SOME SLEEP BEFORE IT WAS MORNING.
Well it is that Special Day come around again!
Pressies Day for my Friends
Being the Keeper of the MC Repository I have the pick of the stock to send gifts to them.
So this year I have chosen from my Special Event Room for each of them.
Cap’n Bob, Angel and Charlie are easy as they all live in that frozen ‘half the year round’ (?)paradise called the U.S. of A. The lovely soft warm mittens.
For my old and absent Friend Grim – a sacksful of carrots.
Miss Katz, Mrs Fletcher and Opel sprinklings of angel dust to make their cakes even more wonderful.
Pup the toy horse so she can tuck this in with her when she sleeps and dreams of battles ahead!
And my old Friend Jenifer a snowflake!
But this is a magical snowflake. Not only does it change its shape every time it is used - but it NEVER melts. The perfect bauble for her couture!
I think that I have remembered everyone. My broom will tell me if I have not as it has to deliver all of these!
So A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!
Yes, it's been another wonderful year and I've gathered, wrapped, and put all my gifts under the tree.
For Cap, a snow globe with a teddy bear inside
Charlie, a new pair of wellies for mucking (easy to hose clean)
Roo Roo, a wooden travelling box with a bunch of holes inside (for carrying her potions & kaboom stuff, so there's no accidental kabooms) LOL
PTG, a nice wooden case of exotic teas to enjoy when he can't get to his Hong Cha
Miss Katt, Opel and symbolically for Mrs. Fletcher (put on her chair in the kitchen in remembrance), new aprons to protect them while cooking up our favorite meals and desserts
Pup, I found a most beautiful sheath that will fit her training sword perfectly! I'm sure she'll want to mount it for display in her room like a trophy for her accomplishments as, once she returns from Pern, I'm sure she'll surely get a new Warrior sword and sheath for using in the battles to come.
For my dear friend also (but absent) Grim, an "ugly Xmas" sweater decorated with a computer and monitor that lights up with Xmas lights! LOL
And, my other absent, but dear friend, Jenifer, a crystal pin (red and yellow) in the shape of a stick of dynamite, in remembrance of the good ole days!
MERRY CHRISTMAS ONE AND ALL!