Tricks and Treats
by Linda Suit
Happy Fall y’all! It’s time for pumpkins, acorns, nuts, apples, and the Doodles here in Doodleville are very busy. We are having a shortage of acorns and nuts this year. There is not a single acorn or nut on this whole place and Mommy has been asking friends to let us know if they have any she and Jerry Boy can get for us. Yes, I will share with the outdoor Doodles, at least Scruff E. and Goof E. They are very polite and thank Mommy when she puts feed out for them. Scruff E. even eats out of Jerry Boy’s hand now. Aww, I’m still the most special but there is always room to love others, right? I think the more you love the bigger your heart gets, so try it and see if it works for you too.
It’s almost time for Trick or Treat. I don’t like the scary stuff, so I try to spread Happy Fall instead. After all, there is lots of good stuff...pumpkin everything, cooking with nuts...hmm, you might have to think about that one, lol, cause Mommy is the only cook in this house. Well, I do have some acorns (more on this later in the story) and I guess I can carve a pumpkin, so whatcha think? Would you give a widdle squirrel some goodies if she knocked on your door? If not, I guess I’ll get Mommy to let me play hide and seek the acorns here. Have you ever watched a squirrel hide something? We are pretty amazing. We carry it around in our mouth until we find just the right spot, then we dig a hole for it, cover it up, then pat it down very carefully. The incredible thing about it is we remember where we hid things. The exception is when you have a Mommy like mine cause she is bad to uncover my hidden treasure and move it! Mommy, that's not the way it works in the squirrel kingdom! You’ve got a lot to learn.
Hey, this is really me inside my pumpkin. Well it really isn’t a pumpkin but I betcha no one knows who it is. It’s from a Disney movie. James and... Well, Mommy got it out and told me I could use it for Trick or Treat, so she put some acorns and nuts in it and I crawled in and found them. This was my treat. I kinda had to test James’ nose to see if it was attached, cause it sorta looked like an acorn.
MINE! ALL MINE!! I’ve been looking for acorns for months and months and Jerry Boy brought me a whole bucket. Well it was a widdle bucket but wowza! I’m in acorn heaven. I grabbed one, licked it all over and slapped Mommy's fingers away and growled cause I was afraid she would try to take it away from me. Aww, I knew better, but seriously, I wanted it bad! You know how it is when you want something so bad you can taste it? I was so excited I kinda forgot my manners. Ah well. I got my trick when I went to find them and they were gone! What. Did. You. Do. With. My. Treats??? Not funny Mommy. Tricked again!
Earlier today I escaped and disappeared for a long time. Mommy kept calling...“Spunky, where are you?” Shh, I’m hiding. She went from room to room. Suddenly, poof, there I was flying through the air and made a perfect landing on her head! I was in the hallway and it was dark and I skeered her. Ha ha ha ha, I’m still laughing! Chill, Mommy, it's Halloween, I can get away with it. Besides, I’m a pirate. Arrgh Matey! I think I’m gonna send Mommy and Jerry Boy to some of the stores after Halloween to see if they can get me some trick or treat goodies at a discount, like pumpkins for me and maybe straw for the goaties huh? You can get some candy for you and Jerry Boy too. I have a credit card you can use. Aww, see how nice I am?
I know we need to get in the Happy Fall Y’all mood, but it's still too warm. I’m doing my best, but we still have the AC on and I'm trying to keep my jets cool. Not complaining mind ya, but my widdle head is thinking it’s going to go from summer to COLD in the blink of an eye. That’s ok by me cause I'm always snug in here. Speaking of cool, I’ve been busy planning a new business. I think I have a winner here, so I’m gonna share my idea with you...here it comes!!
Need Christmas ideas? Well, I’ve got ya covered with my new venture. I’m going to design purses and sell them. DOODLE BAGS will hit the stores soon! Whatcha think? You could use them to carry your itty bitty pets around too. No smuggling them in stores or on an airplane though. I’ll bet I sell about a Brazilian of them, you know, that’s a lot more than a Gazillion! How much should I charge? Since they will have my picture and my individual personalized pawprint autograph, they should be worth a lot, right? We could have tiny tot purses, medium Doodle Bags, and some big enough for the whole kit and KaDoodle. I’m full of ideas.
Maybe I can even get the stores to sell shopping Doodle Bags. I can see it now, my picture in all fifty states, maybe even worldwide. The possibilities are endless. Can you tell I'm a widdle bit excited?
I’m gonna go and noodle some more ideas about my Doodle Bags, so...
See ya next month in time for Thanksgiving!
Spunky Doodle..Arrrrgggghhh matey; Doodle Bags designer; acorn collector, and best of all...
The most special little squirrel in Doodleville, USA
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 Pandora’s Box Gazette.