Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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Twelve Two Two Fondue XII

Monday, December 21, 2015

Twelve Two Two Fondue XII - 2015

Yes, hard to believe but tomorrow celebrates the twelfth Twelve Two Two Fondue!

Preparations are already underway.  Celebrations start a 7 PM continuing late into the evening so long as food and libations hold out!

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Here's to Hope for Christmas and a Hopeful New Year!

Monday, November 30, 2015

NaBloPoMo 2015

Finished with 10 minutes to spare!

November's End

Fabienne and Mr. Bear sat on the back porch as the sun was setting.

"Look at all those colors," said Mr. Bear, "yellow, red, orange and purple.  It's so beautiful."

"All the more beautiful sitting here with my good friend," replied Fabienne.

"Where did November go?" asked Mr Bear.

"It went by day by day," said Fabienne, "just like every day.  Now we are about to close out the year and start a new one."

"What should we do in the new year?" asked Mr. Bear.

"Let's go exploring!" said Fabienne, "There's a big world out there and we need to see as much of it as we can."

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Fabienne's Rock Band

Mr. Rabbit and Mr. Bear showed up at Fabienne's door at the appointed hour.

"Please, come in," said Fabienne.

Fabienne stood up and announced, "I'm starting a rock band and I need musicians."

Mr. Bear looked at Mr. Rabbit, and Mr. Rabbit looked at Mr. Bear - bewildered.

Mr. Bear said, "But we don't know how to play any instruments.  I can smell good music and Mr. Rabbit can see good music but neither of us can play good music."

"Well," said Fabienne, "you're just going to have to learn."  And with that she handed Mr. Bear a guitar and Mr. Rabbit some drums.

"Don't worry, my friends," said Fabienne, "have some confidence and trust your ability and it will happen."

For several weeks the trio practiced and surprising to all started to sound like a band!

"I think we are ready for our concert," Fabienne announced.

The notices went out and all the animals and dolls attended the first concert of the Fabienne Trio.

Fabienne, Mr. Bear and Mr. Rabbit played their instruments, sang and danced.

Everybody had a wonderful time.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Fabienne and the Missing Cake

Fabienne had been thinking about the cake all day long.  It was her favorite cake and there was one piece left.

That's right, one piece left!

Finally, the sun was setting.  Fabienne thought, "Tea time," and time for cake.

Running into the kitchen Fabienne got down her favorite plate and a fork, set her little table and called all her friends.

"Mr. Bear, it's time for tea and cake.  Mr. Rabbit, it's time for tea and cake."

All of Fabienne's friends rushed to the table and got themselves organized all prim and proper.

Fabienne went into the kitchen to fetch the last remaining piece of cake, but when she opened the refrigerator door - she was shocked!

Where the cake should have been was ... nothing.  Nothing at all.  A bare shelf.  She couldn't believe her eyes.  Where could the cake have gone?

Fabienne returned to the table where her friends waited.

"We have a mystery," Fabienne announced seriously, "the cake is gone!"

"Oh, my word!" exclaimed Mr. Bear.

"What he said!" mimicked Mr. Rabbit somewhat flustered.

"A mystery can be solved," Fabienne said to her friends, "will you help me?"

"Yes," said Mr. Bear, "my nose can smell cake for miles and miles."

"Count me in," said Mr. Rabbit, "my eyes can see the smallest crumb."

"Let's go," Fabienne cheered.  And the three of them went in search of the missing case and to solve the mystery.

Mr. Bear soon paused.  Sniffing the air he pointed to the right, down the hallway and said, "I smell cake over there."

Mr. Rabbit looked in the direction Mr. Bear was pointing and reaching down said, "And here is a very tiny crumb.  It looks like a cake crumb."

Mr. Bear said, "It smells like a cake crumb."

And Fabienne said, "It is a cake crumb!  Follow me!"  Fabienne went dashing down the hall.

Soon they were at the end of the hall and out of clues.

Mr. Bear paused.  Sniffing the air he pointed to the left, into a room that was dimly lit.  "In there," Mr. Bear whispered.

Looking to the left Mr. Rabbit bent down and picked something up.  "Another crumb," Mr. Rabbit whispered for no apparent reason.

Fabienne took the crumb and nodded her head, "It's a cake crumb for sure.  Follow me."

Once inside the room Mr. Bear pointed to a table and said, "Look, there's the cake!"

Mr. Rabbit agreed, "Look, there's the cake."

But Fabienne wasn't looking at the cake.  She pointed and said, "Look, Mama!"

Startled, Mama turned around.  She was holding a fork in her hand.

Fabienne looked at the cake, then at Mama, then at the fork and said, "I think we have solved our mystery!  Mama was protecting the cake so we could all share it with tea.

Mama smiled.  Mr. Bear smiled.  Mr. Rabbit smiled. And Fabienne smiled the most.

"Let's have our tea," she said.  And they did.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Fabienne and the Green Tree

One fine sunny day when the air was crisp and not a cloud in the sky Fabienne went for a walk in the woods.  Not very deep into the woods, but just along the edge.  On a good day she might see a squirrel or a rabbit and there were always birds flying around.

Fabienne came to a clearing in the forest that was wide and totally empty except for a large, green tree right in the middle.  Fabienne had never seen such a large green tree and she was puzzled.

"I have never seen such a large green tree," Fabienne said to nobody in particular.

"Well, now you have," said Green Tree.

"I beg your pardon, Green Tree," Fabienne said giving a slight curtsey, "but I've never met a talking tree, either!"

"Well, now you have," said Green Tree.

Green Tree continued.  "You see, most trees are grey or brown but not me.  I'm green!  But that's not my secret.  Walk around the other side of me and tell me what you see."

Fabienne walked around Green Tree and was astonished to find that he was only green on one side.

"Why, you're only green on one side!" exclaimed Fabienne, "Why is that?"

"I'm a special kind of tree called a compass tree.  My green side points north.  If you are lost in the woods you can look for a compass tree and it will tell you which way you need to go."

"Hmmmm," said Fabienne, "I don't know my compass directions so how would I find my way home?"

"Easy," said Green Tree, "you found me by walking this way."  And Green Tree waved a branch in one direction.  "So to get home you need to go back that way," Green Tree said, waving a branch in the other direction.

Fabienne saw that it was getting late so she bid farewell to Green Tree and by following his directions found her home.

"Actually," Fabienne thought, "I can always find my home because it smells like warm cookies."

And she was absolutely right about that!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Fabienne and the Big Feast

Fabienne was having a nice dream about playing on the swings and slides when she awoke with a start.  Mr. Bear was shaking her arm.

Excitedly, Mr. Bear said, "Wake up!  Wake up, Fabienne!  There are big happenings.  Very big happenings."

Fabienne sat up, rubbed her eyes and asked, "What kind of big happenings, Mr. Bear?"

"People!  Cooking!  Pies! And a giant turkey!  Oh, my, such a commotion!"

Fabienne got dressed and followed Mr. Bear into the kitchen.  Sure enough there were people scurrying here and there, glorious smells coming from the oven and on the kitchen counter was the biggest turkey Fabienne had ever seen.

"Turkey?" Fabienne asked Mama who was carrying armloads of vegetables.

"Yes, Fabienne," Mama said, "it's Thanksgiving and we're making a great feast."

Fabienne followed Mama to the sink where Mama began to clean the vegetables and chop them up.

"What's Thanksgiving," Fabienne asked.

"Well," said Mama, "a long time ago some people called Pilgrims settled a new land and they had trouble growing crops and finding food.  The people who lived on the land helped them and in gratitude for their help a big feast was held.  It was called a Thanksgiving, that is, giving thanks for being helped.  Every year we remember that by having a small feast of our own with all our friends and family."

"Even Mr. Bear?" Fabienne asked.

"Even Mr. Bear!"  Mama said, and she reached down and gave Mr. Bear a big hug.

After the feast was over and all the dishes had been cleared from the table and washed, Fabienne went up to Mama and said, "That was a wonderful feast!  Can we do it again tomorrow?"

Wise Mama looked down and said, "Thanksgiving is special because we do it once a year, like birthdays.  If we did it every day why would you be thankful?"

Fabienne thought about that for a while and said, "I think we should be thankful every day even if we don't have a feast."

Wise words from one so young.