Thursday – A Little Personal – Another Hole.

Twiggy and Lucy

“Every time I turn around, somebody’s doing something.”

“What’s wrong, Twiggy?”

“There’s a big old hole here in the yard. I knew this would happen.”

“What do you mean, ‘I knew this would happen?'”

Twiggy

“I tried to bark those guys to St Louis, and Mom put me inside.”

“What guys?”

“The guys with shovels and a jackhammer. Those guys.”

“You better be careful and not fall in that hole.”

“Twiggy? Where are you? Did you fall in?”

“No, I’m over here.”

“I don’t see you. Where is over here?”

“You have to be kidding. I’m on the porch.”

“Why does your voice sound like it’s coming from that hole?”

“Okay, I’m coming over there, so the old lady doesn’t have a stroke.”

“Here’s Dad. He can explain the hole.”

“I can, Twiggy. That is for my Birthday present.”

“Why the hole Boss?”

“Because, Lucy, my present is a Magnolia tree, and it needs a hole to live in.”

“Well, that explains that. Come on, Twiggy. Let’s play.”

“A tree lives in a hole?”

“You can see how it works next week.”

“Story of my life, Dad.”

 

98 comments

  1. No wonder the dogs are confused. I was thinking you were constructing a nest complex for Burrowing Owls or Ground Squirrels or maybe even Prairie Dogs.

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    1. Hahahahaha. Thanks, Keith.

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  2. I bet the magnolia will look superb there. I hope the girls don’t become too familiar with it once the mystery of how it lives in a hole is solved.
    Hugs

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    1. Thank you, David.

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    1. Thank you, Michael.

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  3. I’m sure, until the magnolia tree is planted they will both have a very busy time. Lol A good example for “stay ground”. πŸ˜‰ Thank you for sharing this enjoyment, John! Have a nice day! xx Michael

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    1. Thank you, Michael. Have a super day as well. 😁

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      1. 😁😁 Thank you very much, John! I hope you will enjoy the day as well, and have a nice Friday! xx Michael

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  4. Lots of exciting changes in your backyard, John. Bet a magnolia will be stunning.

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    1. Thank you, Lori. It has been planted and does look stunning. For the sake of the story I put off that fact till next week. (don’t tell anyone) 😊

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  5. Most people that have dogs are complaining about all the holes they dig in the yard – You on the other hand, dig holes For them! πŸ€ͺπŸ™„

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    1. Good one, GP! πŸ˜€

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      1. Thanks, Liz.

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      2. You’re welcome, GP.

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      3. I agree, Liz.

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    2. Crazy right? Good one, GP. 😁

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  6. I feel for Twiggy. I remember a time when the answer to many of my questions to my mother was “You’ll find out when you’re a grown-up.” Most unsatisfactory.

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    1. So true, Liz. She does feel that way at times. Of course, then she is off to something else.

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  7. I love the opening line! I can relate.πŸ˜‰

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    1. Hahahaha. Thanks, Jill. πŸ˜‚

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  8. Poor things. That’s a lot of waiting! I’m sure they’ll love the shade, though. Give them belly rubs from me.

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    1. I will, Staci. Thank you.

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  9. Hey, Twiggy tried to warn them off! I look forward to seeing the tree!

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    1. Thank you, Joan. 😁 Yes she did.

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  10. Twiggy is going to have a restless week.

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    1. Yes she is. Thanks, Frank.

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  11. That’s a really cool birthday present.

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    1. I can’t think of a better 80th birthday present. Thanks, Charles

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  12. Maddie would go bonkers if someone dug a hole in the yard. That’s a neat birthday present (Happy Birthday, by the way). Magnolia trees are so pretty, especially when they are in bloom.

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    1. Yes they are. Thanks, Dan. 😁

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  13. Magnolia! My favourite and now I am super jealous. I’m still trying to figure out where I could put on in my yard. The girls live in such an exciting place πŸ˜‰ Always something going on…

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    1. Wait until the new turf shows up. They will be apoplectic. (At least Twiggy will be)

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      1. Haha! No kidding! πŸ™‚

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  14. I’m so excited about the magnolia tree. That’s awesome, John.
    But the poor girls have so much disruption going on. Or is it excitement? Methinks perhaps a bit of the latter πŸ™‚

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    1. They kind of like the excitement I think. Thanks, Mae.

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  15. Congrats on getting close to having your birthday tree planted, John! These two are so great. Twiggy’s curiosity is uplifting. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Jan. She is a very curious dog. She gets her nose in the middle of every project. 😁

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  16. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    I’ve been waiting for the Magnolia tree to show up since you told us it was your BD present. It’s one of my favorites – the blossoms, the delicacy. Beautiful. Masterful story — and great characters. 😊

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. Coming soon. 😁

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  17. Glad Twiggy didn’t fall in. A magnolia tree will be beautiful there.

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    1. I think so too. Thanks, Teri.

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  18. Sounds like Twiggy likes a routine and wants to point out disruptions. She’ll get used to it in no time.

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    1. I’m sure she will. Thanks, Craig.

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  19. So I guess the contractor didn’t check with the architects. Risky move.

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    1. Yeah. People lose feet doing that.

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  20. I thought a small hot tub for the girls! I loved ‘so the old lady doesn’t have a stroke.” Such hubris!

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    1. I know right? Twiggy is so irreverent. Thanks, Noelle.

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  21. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    I cant wait to see the tree planted!

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    1. Thanks, Denise.

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  22. I was as curious as the girls and imagined some odd plumbing problem. It seems a great spot for a magnolia tree and a great birthday present What can you get an 80 year old that has everything! Looking forward to seeing it when it is planted.

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    1. Thank you, Jo. I thought it was the perfect gift. 😁

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  23. β€œA tree lives in a hole?”
    That line cracked me up. The magnolia will be beautiful, John. πŸ™‚

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    1. Glad you got a laugh

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  24. Dog inspection on duty! 😁😁😁Looking forward to see the Magnolia tree, dear John. Long live Magnolia & The Twiggy Resort! πŸŽ‰βœ¨πŸŽ‰πŸ₯€πŸ₯€πŸ₯€

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    1. Thank you, Maria πŸΈπŸΈπŸΈπŸŒΉπŸ€—

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  25. petespringerauthor · ·

    Nice birthday present. Wishing you a great birthday!

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    1. It was great. Thanks, Pete

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  26. So let me get this strait you are turning your yard into Brooklyn… eventually. The girls will be excited….

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    1. I like that. Brooklyn in my back yard. 😁

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  27. Happy Birthday! 🎈 Enjoy the Magnolia tree. And, I’m with Twiggy … a hole suddenly appearing in the yard is offputting! Trees live in holes? I thought they lived in the ground … y’know … dirt ‘n such. πŸ™„ All this is too much for me to keep up with! I’ll just go back to me food dish now.

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    1. Enjoy. 😁

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  28. A magnolia tree; how wonderful. Much ❀ to you and your girls, John. xXx

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    1. Thank you, Jane. Love back to you. ❀️

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  29. What a great present! You must be very patient to wait all that time (what is it? six weeks?) for your gift to arrive. And the girls don’t know it yet, but they’ll have a lovely new shady place to snooze!

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    1. They will find out. Thanks, Debbie.

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  30. I had a hunch that hole was for your birthday Magnolia tree, John. Cute story and looking forward to photos!

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    1. Thank you, Lauren.

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  31. Dear Lucy and Twiggy,
    I wished I lived near you, so I could come and play.
    I would bring some very interesting things for you to mull over.
    Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. We wish you lived nearer too, Miss Resa. We know from our boss that you have many interesting things going on in your life and it would be a treat to mull them over. Twiggy and I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well. Thank you for the note. 🐾

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      1. ❦🐾🐾 ❦ Pass my regards onto the people who live in your house!

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      2. Thank you, Resa. 😊

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  32. Hi John, I have a magnolia tree and it is amazing. It blossoms twice a year with the most beautiful flowers. What a lovely gift. I look forward to seeing your pictures in due course.

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    1. Thank you, Robbie. Next Thursday. 😁

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  33. Yay! Magnolia trees are gorgeous! You’re going to love your birthday gift. A week is like an eternity for doggies. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thank you, Vashti. Yes for dogs it is like seven weeks. 😊

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  34. πŸ˜€ Good choice on the tree. The flowers are so pretty. I hope the girls like it once it’s in and the hole is gone.

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    1. I’m sure they will. Thanks, Deborah.

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  35. A life full of surprises and anticipation. Jealous!

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    1. There are many surprises for these guys. Thanks, Ankur. 😊

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  36. How exciting for the girls to find that big hole! Magnolia trees are lovely, John. Looking forward to pics.

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    1. Next Thursday, Jennie. 😁

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  37. Twiggy has so much to learn, but she has earnestness and that counts for so much.

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    1. Yes indeed, Marc. Should have give her a middle name of Earnist. 😁

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  38. Nice birthday gift!

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    1. Yes it is. A Bentley would have been nice but the tree is terrific.

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