Spunky Tales: Summertime Comes to an End
by Linda Suit
Hello PBG friends, we just finished up Labor Day weekend and summer is officially over. Umm, I think somebody forgot to tell the weatherman cause it's still HOT here in Doodleville! Ah well, such is life. I have air conditioning so I'm good. So, what have I been up to since last month? I'm gonna tell ya. PEARFEST 2018 for one thing. I love pears and I'm a big help in the kitchen. Lookie here, Jerry Boy is peeling and I'm eating the cores. Mommy is picky about how I peel pears cause I take a bite, spit it out, rinse, repeat, so I'm on core duty, which is pear-fectly fine with me! Mommy made about a ton of pear butter, sauce, and honey; oh ya, canned ones too. Jerry Boy is the official sampler. I heard him tell Mommy the honey was too sweet. Ruh roh, Jerry Boy, in this house, complaints to the cook can be hazardous to your health! I just eat them all raw cause they are good for me that way. Gotta watch my girlie figure ya know. I think she saved enough for a couple of pies and a few for me to eat. Nom nom nom.
Whoa there, wait just a minute, NO, just NO, ok? NO! I heard you on the phone! Someone called trying to get Mommy to take a baby flying squirrel so I could have a baby brother. Nuh uh, don't want a baby brother, I want to be an only child! Mommy really wanted it but she just has her hands full. I told her she didn't have enough time for me now! Poor little boy lost his Mommy and I sure know how that is so I really hope he finds a fur-ever home. There are enough Doodles here to last a lifetime. Mommy stays busy feeding them every morning and afternoon. This morning Goof E. Doodle was bellied up to the sliding glass door and I jumped at him. Shoo, no boy Doodles allowed near me. We don't need any baby Doodle Bugs.
I kinda think flying squirrels are neat though. I have tried flying several times and I can't seem to get it right. I was in the kitchen and decided to try out the ceiling fan to see if I could get liftoff. It kinda looked like a propeller so we'll see. Well, I figured out how to pull the chain and turn it on! Whoa, what a ride!!! Help Mommy! I need some help up here! How do I turn this thing off? Yikes! Nobody told me it would go round and round, like FAST! I figured one thing out...it's not the flying part I'm having trouble with, it's the landing. Kersplat in the floor again. Hey, maybe I need an airplane? You know the definition of a good landing? It's one you can walk away from. The definition of a great landing is one you can walk away from and use the airplane again. You're welcome.
You know what I did one day? Mommy and Jerry Boy had deserted me again for town errands. Usually I'm a little growly and snippy/snappy but not this time...well maybe just a little. She was talking to me on top of my box so I kinda snarled at her and ran to my box and bellied up (again)...zonk, out just like that. Mommy said I was playing possum cause I was not moving but I had my eyes open. Hey, it was pretty comfy in there. Awww. Mommy came to my room after dinner and there I was in my basket waiting to play cuddle fingers with her. I just love this every nite. I swing upside down, grab her fingers, nibble, kick, jump up and down, squirm in the basket lying on my back (that's when Mommy scratches my tummy), and I just love cheek rubs. Ahhhh that feels so good. Mommy rubs my feet too. She has been calling me Feetsie, kinda like Sweetsie, huh?
Quiet, I'm workin here! One of my friends asked me what the dimensions of my baskets are so I gotta check em out. I found a tape measure and I'm trying my best. I'm wrestling with this thing trying to get it right. I think I need Jerry Boy's help. Oh wait, I think I got it now! Go away, I got this. I've been watching Jerry Boy and I'm pretty smart so I can do this all by my widdle self. I think I'll plan a little remodeling while I'm at it. Is this another episode of Spunky Doodle, Flip That House? Maybe so!
You know what we saw this morning? A big ole hawk taking a bath in our creek right behind the house. He splashed around for a long time. My eyes got really big cause those guys have been known to steal baby squirrels and take them off. Go away from our Doodles! Doodleville is a protected Happy-tat. No Doodle stealing allowed! Scruff E. Doodle works hard making two batches of Doodles every year. Shh, don't tell anybody I told ya this but she is really sweet. She has been coming for 3 years now, stands there with her widdle hands tucked in being polite waiting for Mommy to feed her. She takes food from Mommy's hand and every time she reaches out and touches Mommy to tell her thank you. Humans, maybe you can learn a lesson here? Always say please and thank you, and appreciate what you are given. Goof E. Boy stands up on his tippy toes and dances up and down. Mommy laughs every single time. I guess boys are just different huh?
Next time I see you it will be time to decorate for fall. I may have to get a pumpkin ready to carve too. So, until then, stay cool, be nice, smile at somebody (even a Doodle), do some belly laughs, and remember, Spunky Doodle loves you!
Until next month, when Spunky Tales continues
About the Author
Linda Suit is a city girl turned country. A travel agent by trade, she and her husband, Jerry, live in rural Arkansas with their animals including an amazing pet squirrel, Spunky Doodle. Spunky has brightened the lives of many with her stories. She is quite a character and definitely lives up to her name of Spunky.
Linda has traveled the world. Her passion for missions comes alive in her stories from remote areas. She will make you laugh and tug at your heartstrings.
Come along and share the adventures. It has been an amazing journey. You can learn more about Linda on Facebook.
You can read Linda’s “Spunky Tales” column on the 2nd Saturday each month here at the magazine.