Grammy Happy’s House: Empty (part 2)

After the kitchen area, tho, the rest of the house was sorta spooky cuz it looked all sortsa different.  I was takin’ Lark inna Grammy Happy’s office, cuz I wanna show her the cuzzins’ bookcase rooms, but there wasn’t an office. Or a bookcase.  There was just…nothin’.

We felt kinda sorta small.  I did, at least.  I dunno why I thought it’d feel more normal.  But it was all strange.  I guess maybe change’ll do that?  Next stop was inna Hitty room, where alla Hittys lived an’ where Smidge an’ Snip an’ Kele had their Big House.


Nope.  That room was strange, too.  Strange enough that I started lookin’ round the house not for what it was, but what it maybe could be. I wanted to show Lark interesting things bout the house, like how the wallpaper felt kinda sorta like grass (Lark didn’t really wanna climb up high to touch it).

Or how we could peek inna “Mausoleum” where Chase got stuck for so long one time.  Neither of us wanna go into that place, though.  Chase told me enough bout it.

Inna dining room, we had fun lookin’ inna mirror round the fireplace.  I didn’t realize it was a mirror before!  Lark told me a cool story bout a girl who looked inna mirror an’ saw her reflection-self walk away.  She found a way inna mirror world and had some amazin’ adventures with flower-head people an’ a giant talkin’ bunny.


It was a good story, but we hadda keep goin’.  She told me she’d lemme know more bout that world later.

Next stop:  Upstairs.  But how to get there?  Grammy Happy’s has two staircases.  One inna back, an’ one inna front.  We tried the back stairs first.


Oh boy.  It was a big way up.  But we wanna try.  So we got goin’, one step atta time.

We tugged, an’ pulled.  Lark helped me up, then I pulled her up too.  It was hard work.  After one step, we took a break.  When we could breathe ok again, we looked up to see just how much more we hadda climb.





Back stairs didn’t seem like a good idea.  We got told we outta try the front stairs instead.  We tried.  We really did.  But…  So. Many. Stairs!  Please, Bean.  Please help us.


We gotta ride up!  At the top, though, I got all sortsa distracted again.  There was this little path leadin’ beside the wall, out past the stairs an’ over the open area (Bean called it a foyer.  Grammy Happy hadda Krissmiss tree there the year Cooper came.  Alla we sat down beneath the Krissmiss tree an’ had pictures).  I just hadda try walkin’ that path.


Lark wouldn’t come, though.  She said that big long drop looked dangerous.  I told her keep her hand against the wall, an’ it wouldn’t feel so scary.  She tried.  But she only got a couple steps out.  I tried talkin’ her to me, but she couldn’t go no further.  Didn’t wanna leave her behind, so I turned round an’ went back.

Lotsa rooms onna second floor to play in!  But this post’s long enough now, so more bout them next time.


Grammy Happy’s House: Empty (part 1)

Grammy Happy’s big move happened.  She wouldn’t lemme come near her house cuz I might get packed an’ shipped an’ lost inna Pod or somethin’.  I thought bout sneakin’ inna black box with alla cuzzins, but Bean would be sad.  An’ maybe that’s why Grammy Happy said I outta stay away until alla shippers were done an’ shipped.

Bean visited a couple times (SHE didn’t get boxed up or nothin’!) an’ said the house was first messy with boxes, then it was empty.  Alla furniture was gone.  Alla boxes were gone.  Everythin’ got loaded inna truck or donated away or packed inna Grammy Happy’s red car (where cuzzins hid so they wouldn’t get Podded neither).  Then alla people were gone.

An’ now it’s an empty house.

I wanna go see it.  Bean said was ok, so I grabbed Lark an’ dragged her off with me. I told her bout Grammy Happy’s house some, how she hadda ghost, an’ there used to be a Flashlight cat inna house, an’ there was a Henry cat outside, how Smidge had her Big House an’ the Ruruko cuzzins had their bookshelf house, how there were Hittys an’ Crows an’ books all over, how the Mini Beans played out inna yard, an’ all sortsa stuff.

I know Grammy Happy’s tryin’ sell her house now.  An’ when houses are bein’ sold, there’s usually pictures of alla rooms onna Internet.  Maybe Lark an’ me can help Grammy Happy sell her house!  We’re gonna be takin’ pictures an’ stuff.  It’ll be fun.


It wasn’t too different at first.  We went inna kitchen, an’ the big table was still there, an’ the fridge, an’ the stove, an’ the counters, an’ the sink…  Some stuff was gone, like her plants an’ window hangings an’ stuff inna cupboards, but some other stuff was there too, like rolls an’ rolls of packin’ tape!

We peek-a-boo’d in an’ outta the rolls for a bit, but we didn’t wanna make a mess, so there wasn’t much to do with ’em.  I wanted Lark to squeeze inna hole, then I’d roll her round the counter, but she got worried the roll’d go off the counter an’ she’d splat onna ground.  I peeked off the counter at the hard tile floor.  She was probably right.  We didn’t do that.

Instead, we found hooks! An’ went swingin’!  Well…I went swingin’.  Lark just kinda hung around an’ watched me be a crazy dollie.

Kitchen003  Kitchen004

I think Lark thinks I’m kinda crazy now…

The next room–the sunroom–had furniture too, so it didn’t seem so strange.  We hadda walk down inna room, an’ it had a metal handrail an’ stairs.  I climbed all over the stair rail an’ slid down an’ stuff.  It was super fun!



Lark stayed down near the bottom, cuz heights aren’t really her thing.  Not yet. I’m gonna get her up high soon, so she can have fun.  But she said she wanna stay lower down first, so she can watch an’ look.  Lark likes to write an’ think more’n’ play hard an’ high.  She’s a good writer.  She says she’s gonna work with me soon so I can write better.  She likes my blog, but she says its fulla strange spellings an’ mistakes an’ stuff.  I might let her teach me more.  I like Lark.


Ooh, she gave me a good word for what we’re doin’.  We’re bein “realtors.” Those’re the people that go around, sellin’  houses after someone’s left it (or sometimes if someone’s still in it).  She says realtors get money for the work they do!  I like fightin’ monsters, but nobody pays much for monster fightin’.  Maybe I outta be a realtor!

When I said that, Lark laughed.  Dunno why.

Grammy Happy’s house is big.  I’m gonna do this in parts.

More soon!


[Cooper’s Eyes]: Mini IQ Test


I am borrowing Kestrel’s account again.  I have found this interesting little IQ test of three questions called a “Cognitive Reflection Test” (CRT).  It was created to test a person’s analytical problem solving and ability to resist their impulsive responses.   One source indicated that, during the initial creation of the CRT, only 17% of students studying at the top universities in the world (like Harvard and Yale) were able to answer all three questions correctly.  I will include the answers below for those who are curious.  Try not to peek!


1. The Bat and Ball Problem

A bat and a ball together cost $1.10. The bat costs $1 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?

2. The Widget-Making Machine Problem

If it takes 5 machines 5 minutes to make 5 widgets, how long would it take 100 machines to make 100 widgets?

3. The Size-Double Lily Pad Patch Problem

There is a patch of lily pads in a lake. Every day, the patch doubles in size. If it takes 48 days for the patch to cover the entire lake, how long would it take for the patch to cover half the lake?













The Answers

1. The ball costs 5 cents. You probably guessed 10 cents, didn’t you? No judgment. A ball that costs 5 cents plus a bat that costs $1.05 will set you back $1.10. And $1.05 is exactly $1 more expensive than 5 cents. A Princeton studyfound that people who answered 10 cents were significantly less patient than those who got it correct.

2. It would take 100 machines 5 minutes to make 100 widgets. Your gut might tell you the answer is 100 minutes. From the question, we know that it takes 5 minutes for 1 machine to make 1 widget. Thus, it would take 5 minutes for 100 machines to make 100 widgets. (Check out a similar, if not more difficult problem, here.)

3. The lily pads would cover half the lake in 47 days. You might have guessed 24 days. It seems intuitive to halve the number of days because you’re halving the size of the lilypad patch. But if the area of the lake covered in lilypads doubles every day, it would only take one day for it to go from being half covered to fully covered. Take one day away from 48 days and you’re left with 47. (We have a similar problem here, too.)

A few more smiles

Bean was goin’ back to Grammy Happy’s to help with more sortin’ an’ stuff. Cooper’n me asked if we could go too. We wanna see the big box where Smidge’s Big House got packed, cuz it looked pretty cool on Facebook. An’ I know Cooper was kinda hopin’ He might maybe see Pinkly again.

Oh my gumdrops! The house box was huge! We were checkin’ it out when Grammy Happy undid the hibernatin’ box, an’ alla cuzzins an’ friends came out! You shoulda seen Cooper. His whole face lit up bright like sun comin’ outta clouds.

We all sat up onna big box, chattin’ an’ smilin’ an’ laughin’. There was a whole big crew of us, lined up an’ hangin’ out. Beans did their beamy things, an’ we did our Dollie things.


An’ it was super sweet that Cooper an’ Pinkly got a li’l more time together. They sat together an’ talked an’ held hands sn’ Stuff. I know Cooper was sad bout sayin’ goodbye, but he was smilin’ too.  We all were.

Love you all!


Sayin’ goodbye

3819A1C6-750C-4231-BB57-2CAADE39E844I don’t like it. At all.

We gotta find a solution, one so we don’t need “goodbye” no more. Just “I’ll see ya tomorrow” an’ a jaunty li’l wave. But goodbye? No. It’s gotta be black-lined outta dictionaries cross the globe. Or at least the ones I can find.

Grammy Happy told Cooper an’ me we had to go. Dollies were gettin’ packed the next day, bein’ Hibernated in boxes so they could be shipped cross America to Washington, where Grammy Happy’s gonna go live. It sounds kinda like Postal, but maybe safer (or maybe not), with a bigger ticket, an’ more direct. The only boxes inna truck are Grammy Happy’s. But things still might get broke or lost or somethin’.

Grammy Happy’s goin’ carvin’ first in Arkansas, tho, an’ she’s takin’ alla Hittys there with her in her car (not onna big not-Postal Bus Truck). Smidge an’ Snip an’ Pinkly an’ alla other cuzzins too.  I thought it’d be nice to go back an’ say hi to Mr. Glenn an’ Miss Janice an’ teachers Adonai an’ Janet, an’ I figured somebody’d Send us home sometime onna Postal, an’ it’d be super awesome nice too to see Pip an’ Amalynn again in Washington. I even sorta kinda tried to make Bean forget us, but it didn’t quite work.

I got worried. What if we got packed inna box that wasn’t fully dollies an’ put onna big not-Postal Bus Truck? They were sayin’ boxes onna truck would get packed inna pods instead of houses, an’ those things might stay in pods for years an’ years, an’ I didn’t wanna be hibernated inna box inna pod for years! It’d be like bein’ a pea. Or an Alien. Or a Gremerlin. No an’ no an’ no again.

So I was good. I did the good Dollie thing an’ yelled at Bean so she’d remember us (I could see her lookin’ at us, so I knew she was givin’ us time to think about what sort of adventure we wanted). An’ we said proper goodbyes, with lotsa hugs an’ sniffles an’ stuff. Sigh.

Hugs to Goobie.


Hugs to Snip.


Hugs to dear sweet Smidge, my tiny Pinkmost cuzzin.


An’ Cooper hadda say bye to Pinkly. Poor Cooper. I think he really likes her. He asked if she knew how to play chess. I think he’s tryin’ find a way to play chess cross states. It’s a very slow game.


So,…yea. I don’t wanna say goodbye no more. We outta all live in one big house, or a neighborhood of houses, or somethin’. Me an’ Cooper an’ Smidge an’ Snip an’ Kele an’ Pinkly an’ alla cuzzins an’ Pip an’ Amalynn an’ Wren an’ Lark an’ Sparrow an’ Falcon an’ Meikiko an’ alla Littles an’ Voir an’ Kylie an’ Tiny an’ Small an’ alla Dollies I’m maybe forgettin’ who have a big place in our so big, kinda broken hearts. Alla ones we love an’ don’t wanna be without ever again. It’d be nice.

Love you all. I’ll see you again as soon as I can.


Comin’ an’ Goin’

Oh, gumdrops.  There’s been a lotta comin’ an’ goin’ round here.  Pip an’ Amalynn were here for a bit.  I think I mentioned that before.  We hadda good time, visitin’, an’ it was a good excuse for seein’ Smidge an’ Snip an’ Kele an’ alla others.  Cooper spent bunches of time talkin’ with Pinkly.  I know he told her every single Pi joke he knew.  Poor Pinkly.  She’s so sweet: she never told him to stop.


Alla beans were busy, tho.  Smidge an’ Snip an’ alla cuzzins are movin’ away.  They’re gonna go way out west, near Pip, an’ live there in a new house.  I’m super glad Pip’s gonna have more family near her, but I’m gonna miss everybody too.  No more quick jaunts down the road to visit Smidge, or Krissmiss visits, or stuff like that.  We’ve still got friends over at Dolli Lane, but…  it’s just not gonna be the same.  I’m gonna have to go Postal again.  An’, with how Cooper’s talkin’, maybe he’s gonna do it too.  I think he’s kinda sweet on Pinkly.  Last time I asked him bout it, he said no no no an’ got all red inna face, but Wren hugged him an’ said it was ok even if he did.

So alla Beans are runnin’ round, fixin’ stuff an’ packin’ stuff an’ throwin’ stuff away.  The Witch is gonna inherit Snip’s old breadbox house, so she’s gonna get a place where she can live without traumatizin’ alla Littles at Dolli Lane.  That’s good.  An’ she can do her witchy things without makin’ anybody sick or nothin’.  I’ll help her get her things all set up an’ stuff.  Snip an’ Smidge an’ Kele are livin’ together now inna Big House.  They say it’s gonna get moved to Washington too.  It’s good to have a home that goes with you, like turtles an’ snails.


I’ve been spendin’ loads of time makin’ sure nobody gets sold or nothin’.  It’s hard.  Beans are doin’ hard work, too, specially cuz the date’s gettin’ closer an’ closer for movin’.  Cooper an’ me are stayin’ here long as we can to get in last minute visits with cuzzins afore they’re all gone away.

(Pip gave me a dress, an’ Amalynn got a dress kinda sorta like it, so we got to playin’ like we were twins one day an’ dressed up in our matchin’ stuff!)


Leavin’s sad.  When Pip an’ Amalynn had to go, everybody was cryin’ an’ weepin’.  I forgot to grab pictures of sayin’ bye, but there was plenty of sad after an’ plenty of time for pictures then.

Forgot to say, two new friends came to stay with Pinkly an’ Riki an’ them.  Their names are Tansy an’ Quinn.  Tansy kinda sorta reminds me of Wren.  But I’d know Wren anywhere, so I’m not worried bout it.  There’s a set of boys that look an awful lot alike.  I dunno if they’re twins, but they outta be.  I can never tell which is which.  Maybe that’s why Cooper’s always inna girl’s dorm, hangin’ with Pinkly.  Least he knows who she is.  Twins like Cooper an’ me are smart: you can tell who’s who.

Today, Smidge an’ her friend Goobie are gonna go get lunch with Goobie’s bean an’ Grammy Happy.  There’s a lotta goodbyes goin’ on.  Cuz they’re out, I’m borrowin’ Snip’s computer.


He got me through his passwords an’ stuff.  So here I am, writin’!  I’ve still got this dress from Pip on.  I don’t much like dresses, but it’s soft an’ pretty, an’ it makes me feel happy, sorta like I’m gettin’ a hug while I wear it.

I’m tryin’ to not think much. But I’m gonna miss everybody.  Enjoyin’ bein’ with ’em as much as I can til they gotta go.


Guess who’s Heeere!

Cooper ‘n’ me went over to Smidge’s cuz we heard Pip an’ Amalynn we’re in town. When we got there, everybody was just sittin’ Round, talkin’. So I snuck up real quiet—which was tough, cuz the room’s got three big beds an’ lotsa stuff onna floor ‘tween ‘em!—an’ covered up Pip’s eyes before she could see me.


Guess who!

Pip’s smart. It didn’t take her long to guess. She squealed out my name and hopped up right quick (hope nobody minded her purple jellies on the bedspread). An’ I gotta great big hug!


Pip insisted I hadda open up Krissmiss gifts she hadn’t mailed. Oooh, presents! Nobody hadda ask me twice.


“What’s in here?”

”Just open it!”

It’s a—! It’s a—! It’s so cute! But what is it?


Pip an’ Amalynn also gave me a cute rubber ducky an’ awesome overalls an’ a super pretty dress with bright colors an’ pretty patterns! Amalynn’s gotta dress made outta the same fabric, so we’re gonna dress up like twins one day this week. It’ll be cool. Ooh, an’ Pip found me a book bout cryptozoology. That’s a sorta science bout supernatural critters, an’ it’ll help me with monster huntin’. Maybe, cuz it’s sorta like science an’ studyin’ Bones an’ things, I can get Falcon an’ Cooper to help.

Speakin’ of Cooper, last I saw, he was off tellin’ pi jokes to Pinkly. Hope she doesn’t mind. Hope she maybe gets ‘em.

If Smidge doesn’t mind, we might be stayin’ a bit! Maybe even all week, to help with packin’ an’ stuff.


South Pacific Vacation Weekend!


Vale picked me up inna great, big jet.  Wow!  There were all sortsa buttons an’ knobs an’ talky things.  She sat inna big seat an’ wore headphones.  She hadda land a bit away from the house, so there was room for the jet, but it was so cool!  An’ the jet flies super super fast.  I kinda sorta fell asleep, I think, while we were onna way to gettin’ Pip.  I couldn’t sleep none the night before, cuz I was so excited.  But Vale said it was ok an’ I outta get some rest now, before alla vacationing started.

My nap was perfect.  I was wide awake again when the jet stopped in Washington.  After we got Pip, Vale gave us two clues ’bout where we were gonna go.  The clues were images an’ coordinates:  28°25’N latitude and 178°10’W longitude.  We  hadda use them to try an’ figure out where we were goin’.

We spent some time pokin’ through files an’ usin’ the jet’s logs an’ lookin’ at maps an’ stuff, tryin’ figure out where we were goin’.  But we also just watched outta window an’ chatted, hopin’ maybe Vale’d let somethin’ slip.  She was good, tho, an’ kept it all a secret.  Vale said she’d teach us how to use coordinates to find places onna map someday when she wasn’t flyin’ a jet.

When we landed, she told us we were at Kure Atoll island, a coral reef place inna Hawaiian islands.  It’s a nature safe place, so there wouldn’t be loads of people, but it’d be perfect for us!


It was super pretty.  An’ so warm!  Home was cold cold cold when we left, but this was just nice.  I kicked off my boots an’ ran around inna little tank top an’ shorts I brought for a swimmin’ suit.  We did a little explorin’ first, tryin’ figure out what was onna island, cuz we hadda forage for our food.  There were some coconut trees, an’ I found stuff washed up onna beach to make a fishin’ pole.  Saw loads an’ loads of birds.  Wondered if they’d make good food if we caught one.

Silly birds were awful funny, though.  Seemed wrong to eat ’em!


Vale hadda goal in mind:  she was here, vacationing, so she could learn to relax some.  Pip’n’me were gonna help her get it done.  Since we were all super excited about bein’ there, we  just went an hopped inna lagoon an’ swam around, enjoyin’ alla warm an’ swimmin’ with fishes an’ lookin’ at the pretty coral reefs.

We lit up a fire an’ sat round it, talkin’ an’ watchin’ stars an’ singin’ some.  It was super pretty with the moon all bright an’ the waves so quiet inna lagoon.


We slept out under the stars.  Vale said weather was gonna be nice all weekend, so we didn’t worry bout rain or nothin’.  An’ it was super warm.  Oh my gumdrops!  It was nice.

Inna mornin’, I did some explorin’ afore everybody got up.  The island was fulla seals an’ birds an’ insects an’ crabs an’ starfish an’ stuff.  I saw dolphins out inna lagoon, too.  There were some really weird ants crawlin’ onna plants.  They looked like aliens.


When I got back, I put my pole inna water for catchin’ fish (cuz havin’ somethin’ to eat seemed like a good idea).


Vale was workin’ on relaxin’.  She was doin’ a mighty fine job of it!


Pip’n’me joined her for a bit, then we all talked bout goin’ down inna rock pool.  Pip asked bout sharks, though.  Vale did a cool scan with her arm part an’ checked round the lagoon area.  No sharks in sight!  So we went down an’ splashed around some, bein’ careful bout the coral.  Tiny fishes came up an’ nibbled on us, an’ we giggled like li’l girls.  The water was warm warm warm!  Then a couple dolphins came over too, splashin’ at us some, an’ we swam over to see what it’d be like swimmin’ with dolphins.


I checked onna fish pole now an’ again, pullin’ up caught fish an’ keepin’ ’em inna rock pool til we were ready to eat.  Once we got outta water, I did a li’l more, an’ it seemed we had enough.  Vale found some nice big leaves, an’ Pip found some sweet herbs an’ fruit.  We wrapped up most of the fish inna leaves an’ roasted ’em inna coals, but I stuck a few on sticks an cooked ’em straight onna flame.


Then we sat round the fire, singin’ songs an tellin’ stories.  Vale told us bout a time she was inna bamboo bar in Da Nang, Vietnam.  She was tryin’ teach some people how they outta play cricket.  But she got bored, cuz cricket’s got tons of rules, an’ made up a new game.  “Knock Vale out with a cricket bat an’ winna free drink.”  Gumdrops!  We didn’ do nothin’ like that, but I think (hope!) Vale had loads more fun onna island with Pip’n’me.


Second full day, we did more awesome stuff.  Vale had said she wanna work on painting an’ art, so Pip brought supplies for alla we to work with.  She had stuff called pastels.  They were a li’l bit like chalk, an’ a li’l bit like crayons, an’ we worked on drawing stuff an’ expressing feelings through images.  We shared the different colors.  Pip drew a pretty flower, I worked on a seasketch, an’ Vale tried to put her heart onna page.  It was good an’ relaxin’.  I didn’t bother gettin’ my li’l paints out.  This was way prettier.


We went swimmin’ loads, too.  Some with dolphins, but some just out inna lagoon.  It was nice an’ relaxin’ an’ awesome.  When we got all pruned up, we moved onna beach an’ lay inna sun like some lazy lizards.  I remembered, alla sudden, that my birthday had happened, an’ I felt bad, cuz I’d left Cooper inna cold on our birthday.  So I started searchin’ round, lookin’ for somethin’ I might maybe bring him as a present.

That night, when we shoulda been sleepin’, we went down inna lagoon again an’ lay back onna quiet, still water an’ watched the stars an’ the moon.  We talked some, but not loads.  It was kinda like magic, floatin’ inna lagoon  at night.  Water got so quiet an’ still, you could see stars in it, so then it was like floatin’ inna sky.

We shoulda gone home on Monday, but we wound up stayin’ a bit overlong, with alla swimmin’ an’ hikin’ an’ explorin’ we did.  By the time we dragged ourselves to bein’ actually ready, it was too late at night, an’ Vale said she shouldn’t fly the jet like that.  So we caught some more fish an’ roasted ’em up onna fire an’ made another meal like that.  Did some more singin’ round the fire.  Slept some, but took a dip inna lagoon just afore sunrise, so we gotta watch the sun come up from the water.

When we were tryin’ pack up, Pip lost her purple shoe.  (I thought maybe a seal ran off with it)  She was off, lookin’ for it, when she came across a giant sea turtle!

He was really cute.  But Pip said he was lost, maybe cuz he blew up onna island after a storm last week.  We hadda help him figure out where he outta go so he could find his other sea turtle friends.  He hadda go back toward Hawaii, sorta southeast from the Kure Atoll where we were.  We pointed him inna right direction an’ waved as he slipped down inna ocean water.

We didn’ wanna go home, but we hadda.  The jet would be missed.  Vale hadda job.  Pip’s bean was sick.  I hadda make sure Riley was ok.  So we boarded the jet, an’ Vale drove Pip an’ me back to our homes.  We talked, though, bout alla fun we had.  An’ we made plans to do it again next year!  So maybe this’ll be something we do each year.  It’d be super cool if we could.  I found a video bout someone kayakin’ inna ocean near Hawaii.  For Krissmiss, I gotta kayak, an’ I’m thinkin’ now that maybe we could try somethin’ like that next year!

I’m gonna miss bein’ with Pip an’ Vale (an’ no, those weren’t tears! just some sand inna eye…).  But it was awful nice to see Cooper an’ Wren an’ Meikiko an’ Falcon an’ Sparrow.  An’ the new girl, Lark.  Cooper was kinda mad at me, but only kinda.  I apologized for not bein’ there on our birthday an’ gave him the awesome thing I found:  a shark’s tooth.


He forgave me.  But he said I hadda take him if I left on our birthday again.


I can do that!






Cooper’s Eyes: birthday, 2018

I didn’t really want to admit it, but I’m a little bit sad about today. It is my birthday,  but it’s also Kestrel’s birthday (after all, we are twins). But Kestrel was invited to an isolated South Pacific island by her friend Vale, a cyborg from England (though, to be honest, I’m not clear about Vale’s nationality). Anyhow, Kestrel has an adventurous spirit, so off she went, with only a bag over her shoulder. I believe they intend to camp and forage for several days?

I am glad she went. I would not want to hold anyone back from an experience like that. After all, I should hope nobody would keep me back if I was invited to an island getaway! But I do sort of wish that I could have gone too. A weekend in the sun and sand sounds lovely.

Instead, I am here alone, surrounded by snow and bitter cold temperatures. Our friends are doing special things to make me feel better, though. Sparrow says she’ll bake a cake soon. And Falcon agreed to a game of chess with me.


Lark watched, having played the game before. She seems an astute player and suggested several good moves during the game. I tried to let Falcon win, but he tried to do the same for me. Lark left us, frustrated by our lack of vigor, and we ultimately called the game a failure as our  kings chased each other slowly round the board without ever making a conquest. We were laughing at the end and finally agreed that we would actually play next time.

oh! And since Kestrel is not here to object, I am going to share a picture of her trying on her bathing costume prior to leaving for the island! I don’t believe she say me take the picture. And I am certain she would not want me to share it if she had a voice in making the decision!


So, happy birthday, Kestrel! I hope you’re having a wonderful time. Catch a fish for me. But leave the birds alone. The Kure Atoll is a nature preserve, and the authorities would be vexed if you ate one. While I would love to visit the South Pacific, I don’t want to do so because I need to bail you out of a Hawaiian jail!


ps: Sparrow’s birthday cake gift! Thanks, my friends.


Pacific Island Vacation?!

This is really happenin’!  An’ I think maybe Vale’s gonna go pick up Pip too.  Cuz I think her jet’s gotta go that way anyway, so passin’ by Pip’s isn’t gonna take too long.

I packed up real quick.  Didn’t wanna take much:  shorts, T-shirts, somethin’ for swimmin’, a ‘puter, an’ some paint stuff.  I don’t got a swimsuit, but I hadda tank top an’ some knit shorts.  I think that’ll cover whatever parts need coverin’, an’ it won’t get too heavy from alla water.  Got everything packed in a backpack as fast as I could.  When Vale moves, she moves!


I didn’t wanna be not ready.  Once everything was packed up, I sat down an’ waited.  I was so excited, I couldn’t sleep.  We’re gonna go paint an’ hike an’ swim an’ watch birds.  Pip’s gonna give Vale tips about paintin’!  We’re gonna be flyin’ inna F15, an’ we’ll be gone four days.  I dunno what island we’re gonna go visit, but it’s gonna be so neat!

Waitin’ for Vale.