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THE MORNING AFTER THE TRIP TO CLOUD CITY. I WAS UP EARLY, NEEDED TO CHECK ON WHAT THOSE ADDLED OR DRUNK MEN HAD OR HAD NOT DONE.
I QUICKLY ATE AND GRABBED THE BIG THERMOS OF COFFEE AND HEADED FOR THE BARN.
GOOD THING. OH, THEY HAD SORT OF CLEANED UP THE ZOO, BUT NOT NEARLY AS WELL AS THEY SHOULD HAVE.
SHOULD NEVER HAVE LEFT THEM ALONE.
SO I LOOKED AROUND AND MY GNOMES WERE NOWHERE TO BE SEEN.
THEY WERE USUALLY WORKING WHEN I CAME IN.
THE CAP CALLED TO ME THAT HE HAD MISSED ME AT BREAKFAST. SO I CAME HERE.
I JUST GLARED AT HIM. AND SAID WHERE ELSE WOULD I BE. I HAVE GOT TO GET THE MORNING CHORES DONE. THEN FINISH WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE LAST NIGHT.
HE CALLED ME AN OLD GROUCH, DARN RIGHT I WAS GROUCHY, THE WORKS WAS ONLY PARTLY DONE. MY HELPERS NO WHERE TO BE SEEN.
I SO WANTED TO LET HIM HAVE IT WITH BOTH BARRELS. BUT HE WAS THE CAP, AND I WOULD NEVER CALL HIM ANYTHING BUT THAT EVEN THOUGH IN MY MIND I WAS CALLING ME A SILLY OLD COOT, HE WAS OUR, ERRR, LEADER I GUESS YOU WOULD SAY AND AS SUCH, TO BE RESPECTED. UNLIKE THAT FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD. ' IDIOT ' WITH HIS SILLY BROOM. WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO BE IN CHARGE WHEN THE CAP HAD TO BE GONE.
ALL THE CATS NEED BRUSHED AND THE TWIGS AND SEEDS REMOVED FROM THIER FUR.
AND TODAY IS BATH DAY FOR THE DOGS. AND MY GNOMES ARE NOWHERE TO BE FOUND.
HE CALLED ME AN OLD GROUCH.
I WENT BACK TO WORK,
HE HAD WANDERED TO DOOGIE'S STALL, AND GAVE HIM AN APPLE. I SMILED. THAT DONKEY HAD COME A LONG WAY SINCE CAP HAD BROUGHT HIM HOME.
HE THANKED ME FOR TAKING CARE OF THE SWEET CREATURE. OF COURSE I HAD. HE NEEDED ALL THE CARE HE COULD GET. AND NOW HE WAS HAPPY AND AJUSTING VERY WELL. GOLDIE STILL NEVER LEFT HIS SIDE.
AGAIN HE THANKED ME FOR WHAT I DO. AND ASKED IF THE BOYS HAD DONE A GOOD JOB. I FLIPPED MY HAND IN THE AIR WITH A SLIGHT TWIST AND REPLIED YA. AND WALKED AWAY. SCOOT I HAVE WORK TO DO.
WHAT WAS HE WANTING. MY UNDYING GROVELING AT HIS FEET. OR DID HE WANT SOMETHING FROM ME.
THEN IT DAWNED ON ME WHY, AND WHY MY GNOMES WERE NOT HERE.
HE HAD THEM HELPING HIM.
OK, SO BE IT.
I HAD WORKED HARD ALL MY LIFE, AND COULD STILL DO IT. A LITTLE, NO A LOT SLOWER THESE DAYS. BUT I DID GET IT DONE.
THEN OUT OF THE BLUE WHEN I WANTED THE BLACKSMITH TO COME. I HAD BEEN FILING HOOVES AND TRYING TO KEEP THE TRIMMED. BUT I KNEW. NOW THAT DOOGIE WAS IN GOOD HEALTH HE NEEDED SHOES. AND BABY AND BEAU NEED THEIR FEET LOOKED AFTER BY SOMEONE WITH SKILL. I DID WHAT I COULD BUT A PONY AND A SMALL DONKEY WHERE NOT HARD FOR ME. BUT A MAMMOTH AND AN ELEPHANT, WHAT A LAUGH. I AM 4 FOOT 9, AND BABY'S FOOT OUT WEIGHS ME. NO WAY COULD I LIFT IT AND FILE HER NAILS. AND BEAU MAY BE A DWARF ELEPHANT BUT STILL LARGER THAN ME.
HE DIDN'T EVEN WAIT FOR AN ANSWER. HE TURNED AND LEFT.
WAS BEHIND THE TEA ROOM FOR A FEW MINUTES. THEN CAME BACK. HE HOLLERED A GREETING. GOD MAN YOU JUST LEFT HERE I THOUGHT.
WHAT DO YOU WANT I ASKED. I'M BUSY. NO HELP TODAY.
DOOGIE NUDGED HIM AGAIN, AND GOT ANOTHER APPLE. THEN REPEATS HIMSELF ABOUT HOW I SAVED DOOGIE'S LIFE. FOR SURE HE WANTS SOMETHING, TRYING TO GET ON MY SWEET SIDE. LOL I DON'T HAVE ONE UNLESS YOU HAVE FOUR FEET FUR OR HAIR. BUT YOU MUST HAVE FOUR FEET. OR WINGS, CAN'T FORET GRIFF OR MY OTHER FEATHERED LOVES. I NOTICE HIM DROP A PACKAGE. HA, NOW TRYING TO BRIBE ME. WON'T WORK.
STARTS TELLING ABOUT OPAL NEEDING MORE COLD STORAGE. LIKE I WASN'T AWARE OF THAT. H E L L I WAS THE ONE HERE TRYING TO DEAL WITH THE ANIMALS AND OTHER STUFF DROPPING FROM THE SAY. WHILE HE WAS GONE. I KNOW HE HAD TO GO THE QUEEN HAD CALLED HIM.
BLOODLY MAN, WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ME. YOU NOW WANT ME TO BUILD IT.
NO, THEN GOT TO WHAT HE REALLY HAD COME FOR.
I NEED 4 OF YOU WORK HORSES. HOW DID HE KNOW SOME OF THE FARMERS HAD STARTED TO BRING ME SOME OF THEIR OLDEST WORK HORSES. THEY HAD DESIDED THEY COULD NOT KEEP AND CARE FOR ANIMALS THAT COULD NO LONGER WORK LONG HARD HOURS. AND COULD NOT KEEP AND FEED ANIMALS THAT DID NOT WORK.THEY WERE LIVING OUT THEIR LIVES IN THE OPEN SPACES AROUND THE BARN AND TEA ROOM. I WOULD ONLY HAVE TO FEED THEM HEAVY THROUGH THE WINTER. THE LAND AROUND HERE WAS HIGH WITH GRASS AND OTHER PLANTS FOR THEM TO EAT. THEY WOULD EAT IT AND HELP KEEP THE TALL STUFF DOWN. TO EASY FOR THE BAD GUYS TO USE IT FOR COVER. BABY, BEAU, GOLDIE A
After getting blasted by Charlie again I just shook my head and walked away,
I do not know what makes her so daumn ornery maybe got some burs in her knickers .
She forgets I have eyes and ears all over and the Amulets and even with her muttering I could make out ** what does he know about horses* craponacracker I grew up on a farm and the old man * my father the tyrant * raised and breed them and as I grew older my cousin and I started a small horse riding business we also had 20 customers that would board there horses and ride on the week ends
I left it to my cousin Paul when I joined The Army at 16,
I so deep in thought I almost ran Angel and Melody down.
Oh sorry ladies was not looking where I was going they both laughed it is okay we heard Charlie blast you so we are bring her fresh coffee ,, oh great wired her up some more lol
Captain Randy thank you the Amulet still geting used to it and almost all thhe animals have been chipped and who is Ellie??
That is My Ellie she is a fresh water Morrie EEL and lives in The Pound by the Chapel lol speak of the devil ,,,, as you heard she wants me to stop by want to meet her?
Why yes I have never seen a real EEL.
As we got closer to the pound the water was zzzzzzzzzz so much it looked like it would blow up.
Not to worry I said it is her and her brood saying hello just stay by me .
I turned my Amulet to Ellie Hello my lill beauty how are you and the brood?
We are doing well ,,, I called you to say goodbye to the brood they are old enough to go start there own families and there Fathers are here to take them to there new homes.
Oh Cap you are funny man what you think I hatched these all by myself? well no but you said Fathers yes here meet the Fathers .
I saw three heads appear one coal black with gold gills a striking emerald Jade with gold gills and a Golden sand colored with the same golden gills
Boys meet our Captain Randy and Miss Melody==== she looked at me and said how in the world did she know who I am??
U went beet red um um Ellie is very wise ,, okay but how did she know,,,, still beet red um um I will explain later.
Captain and Miss Melody meet the Fathers of the brood,,, Edgar,,, Allan,,, Poe you can touch them if you like but watch Poe he is a prankster.
I reached in a touched each head snd got a lill zap from Poe .
Okay how do you know who belongs to who???
Oh we know and it is inbreed ed in all EEls not to mate with in family so the Fathers come get there off spring and take them to start a new they put one new male in aolder group minus any sisters and females with another group minus any brothers and seeing The Land of Midnight Castle has millions of lakes and pounds it all works out.
Well I am going to miss all you lill devils and your tricks on me but I am sure we will path paths one day.
We stood and watched as each Father took his off spring and headed off
First Edgar then Allan then Poe
It was a sad moment for me I had so mucn fun with them watching them grow then the excitment as a bad guy was pused in or fell and almost fried lol not so when it was me aww the memories of that and the Mohawks
Ellie snapped me back with aw Captain it is okay will not be long now and she turned sideways to show me her belly
oh craponacracker she looks like she has an elifunck in her belly,
I better get to know them very very young lol
Melody said oh my you are close as she watched Ellie's belly dance,
Yes she saud to Melody bout time to I have such a back ache lol
Oh Randy this is so amazing I can talk to her and she to me,,,, sure can I smiled and all the critters and all of us that is the beauty of the Amulets your personal CB takes a bit to learn it all and to understand when you turn it to all just remember to turn the volume down and to get used to talking in your head and knowing you are not going crazy from voices in your head lol
The aroma from The Tea Room told me it was close to dinner time ,