Doodling into Springtime!
by Linda Suit
Spring has sprung. Now nobody knows what time it is. Do you fall forward and spring back? Sounds like that might hurt. Our atomic clocks said it was four hours earlier than they were supposed to, the bedroom clocks were one time, kitchen clocks another, puter said another. Poor Jerry Boy was really confuzzled. He sprung back so he was two hours off. Mommy tried to tell him, but he just looked at her kinda funny.
The goaties were not amused. They want to eat when THEIR clock says it's time, and they are always hungry. If Jerry Boy is a few minutes late they start tuning up and the others soon join in the chorus, and trust me, it's a little off key but they are LOUD. Juliet sounds like an injured bull, Romeo is the tenor of the bunch. Miss LLL usually doesn't sing. I think she's the smartest cause she knows she will get fed anyway. I don't like this time, I go to bed when it's dark fifteen, I don't even wait for dark thirty...or I take naps whenever I want.
I'm still considering careers. I love flowers as you all know, so I thought about flower arranging. There's just one teeny weeny problem...I EAT EM ALL! Mommy said I could help with these but by the time I got finished, well let's just say I thinned them out a widdle bit. I was very careful of the vase though. She warned me that it's one of her favorites. I kinda sorta broke one of her vases when I was a tiny tot but she finally forgave me. So, whatcha think, can I overcome my flower eating compulsion and make any $$$ in the business? Hmm, so many things for a wee Doodle to think about. Mommy came in and I had flowers all over the floor in the dining room, trying to figure out how I wanted to fix them. I didn't eat those, though, cuz they are silk. Probably not tasty at all.
What? You don't like them like that? Hmmph. Criticism will get you nowhere with me, Mommy. There is another pot of flowers in there that I have been working on too but I'm not quite finished tweaking this one yet. I'll get it right. In between flower arranging I've been hiding and seeking nuts again cause all this work makes me hungry. Mommy turned around in her office and I popped out of a bag. Boo! Don't even look in there cause I hid something and it's mine! Anybody want me to come to your house and arrange your flowers just let me know. I work for peanuts.
What does it mean when you have spring fever? Oh I think it means you get to take lots of naps, so I'll be sure to practice my sleeping a lot. Oh, and you sneeze a lot! Ahhh-chooo!
Mommy and Jerry Boy have been busy planting stuff in the garden so I should have fresh veggies soon. I can't wait! I hope the outdoor Doodles don't get them first. We have baby Doodles right outside my big window. I thought you would like to see my springtime view from my indoor Happy-tat. Bee-uuu-tee-ful, huh? Can any of you tell me what kind of tree that is with the pretty blooms?
You know I like to stay in the kitchen when they are having dinner, right? So, there was this big ole bowl of apples and I was seriously hungry! I tried my best to carry a whole one off but I'm just too widdle. Mommy is trying to teach me to eat healthier, but I think I need some help here! One day she had a bowl of watermelon all cut up and I wuv watermelon! I managed to snag a piece, sat on the back of the chair and ate it. Jerry Boy kinda looked at me funny and Mommy said, well she did only touch one piece and she took that piece so we're good right? I got juice all over my hands and of course wiped it off on Mommy's shirt. Then I ran up and over the TV, jumped on the windowsill at a dead run, missed my turn, and...FELL IN A PAN OF WATER IN THE SINK! I HATE WATER! I was gasping and splashing and looking kinda like a drowned rat...er...Doodle. HELP! Somebody dial 911, I'm in trouble here!
Jerry Boy is falling outta his chair he's laffing so hard (I'll remember that buddy). By the time Mommy got to me I was out of the water and shaking it EVERYWHERE! Would ya look at this tail? W.E.T. Ick!! I do not like baths and I'm telling ya, it will NOT happen again...so this morning when Mommy let me out, I ran to the counter and slowed waaaaay down, peered over to look in the sink before I jumped on the windowsill. Nope, no water, I'm good. So, the moral of the story...well I don't have one, except if you're a Doodle and live in the house, steer clear of waterfilled bowls in the sink. It's just downright skeery!
I hope you all had a Hoppy Easter. Romeo was basking in the sunshine and wabbit was munching on clover all around him. Romeo was doing his best to ignore wabbit cuz he thinks that's his spot. Oh, Mommy saw a giant wabbit! It was on the other side of the creek, and as she watched it, it got in the water and swam across! We didn't even know wabbits could/would swim, but someone said it was a swamp wabbit and they get ginormous! Never a dull moment in Doodleville.
Hey, one of these is not like the others! What's going on out there in Doodleville? Hmm, Juliet, you'd better watch it! She tried to butt the Doodles when they wanted the food Mommy threw out to them. Well, I guess she's hungry too, huh? I'm staying out of that food fight. She may get her nose pierced if she's not careful.
I wanted to tell you about a new Spunky Tales fan. Mommy's Aunt Hazel! She just had her 91st birthday, and she wuvs reading Spunky Tales. She gets pretty bored sitting in the nursing home but lots of friends are sending her cards and letters and making her days brighter. Thank you to all those that are doing this. It means SO much to her. She has had a lot of sadness lately, but she is an amazing lady and Mommy sure misses her, as she lives over 600 miles away. I wanted to let Aunt Hazel know how much my Mommy wuvs you, and I do too! Here's a big Spunky Doodle smoochie...here, catch...mwaaaaa, smoochie smoochie! Did my whiskers tickle you?
Well, be good, be kind, tell people how much they mean to you...I wuv you all. See ya next month!
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.
You can read Linda’s “Spunky Tales” column on the 2nd Saturday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.