Thursday – A Little Personal – Twiggy, Lucy, and the Wildebeest

“What’s up, Little one?”

“Dad printed off a picture of a Wildebeest.”

“Okay. Why so glum?”

“I thought it was going to be an awesome monster.”

“Well, the Wildebeest is pretty fierce.”

“Looks like a skinny water buffalo.”

“Oh, come on. Did you see those razor-sharp horns?”

“Well, I suppose those could be pretty formidable. Let’s go out and find one.”

“I’ll take a stroll and see if I can lure one out.”

“You better be careful. I had a second look, and skinny translates into fast.”

“So far, nothing, Little One.”

“Go into the rocks. Maybe they lurk there.”

Okay, I’m headed that way. Keep your eyes open while I’m gone.”

“You don’t have to tell me. I’m a highly honed watchdog.”

“Hey, who put that flower here?”

“I can’t hear you.”

“Mmm, smells like cloves. Must be a dianthus.”

“Hey, Twiggy. There’s nothing here. Go around to the other side of the house. I thought I heard the sound of hooves.”

“Nothing here, Lucy. I don’t hear anything either.”

“The Wildebeest sniffs the air. She can detect a small animal upwind. Too soon to say if it is the puma. It will be only a matter of time until the battle takes place that will settle the territorial dispute forever.”

“Lucy, what are you doing?”

“Rehearsing, Little One. Just rehearsing.”

 

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  1. I do hope your back garden isn’t in the middle of the wildebeests’ migration route; there’ll be thousands of them!

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    1. I certainly hope not as well. There is always a can of worms just waiting for an opener.

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  2. I sure hope a wildebeest finds its way into Twiggy’s domain. She’s chomping at the bit for an encounter.

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    1. This is a “Be careful what you wish for,” scenario.

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  3. I’m happy to see Twiggy stop and smells the flowers. Life is too short!

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    1. She and Lucy do that all the time. Now and then Twiggy will taste them too.

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  4. Wildebeests do look fairly underwhelming considering their name. Guess that’s part of their plan.

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    1. I think so too. 😁

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  5. Just rehearsing! … Whenever I hear a β€˜just’ I immediately distrust! Lols πŸ˜‚ Ear scratches for the girls. Have a wonderful day, John and all πŸ€—πŸ’•πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you for the ear scratches Miss Harmony. Have a super day as well. Thanks for the lovely comment too. πŸ€—

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  6. Whoa, a wildebeest would trample both the girls, John. You’d better get a javelin and help them out on their next outing. 😬

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    1. I think I’ll stay inside and make sure the gates are locked.

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  7. I had an image of Teddy Roosevelt showing up on hie horse, Little Texas, to give them pointers.

    I love how they, with your help of course, amuse themselves. Only the 4-legged know how to live and enjoy themselves in the moment, the waggy tailed teachers that they are.

    I always look forward to Lucy and Twiggy’s Thursday’s escapade. I see a book series…Wildebeest Publications πŸ™‚

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    1. Twiggy and Lucy have a knack of leisure enjoyment. I feel fortunate I’m along with the camera. They always amaze me when they stop to smell the flowers. It is something they do quite often. I like the name of the publisher. Thanks for the smiles, Susannah. 😁

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      1. See, that’s what that came from, to stop to smell the flowers..LIVE from the Howell Backyard.

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  8. They are so special together! I loved Lucy’s rehearsing. Thanks for the smiles, John!

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    1. Always a pleasure, Mae. Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed the post. 😊

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  9. I’m thinking Lucy is a Method actor. (Twiggy doesn’t have the patience for The Method.)

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    1. I think you are right, Liz

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  10. janesturgeoncelebrant · · Reply

    Great teamwork, Lucy and Twiggy. πŸ’• Much love to you and your girls, John. Xx

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

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  11. Luckily there are no wildebeests in your garden – at least I hope so. πŸ˜‰

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    1. I think Lucy is going to play one though.

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      1. πŸ˜‰

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  12. Thanks for sharing the girls, John. I always enjoy seeing them and listening to their conversation. πŸ™‚
    Wildebeest does sound like a fierce animal, and I bet they can be while defending themselves.
    The divine flowers are beautiful. ❀

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    1. Thank you, Tim. 😊

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  13. Never mind the wildebeest. I’ll leave that one to the girls. I’m focused on that chocolate cake on the table!

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    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Linda. Double chocolate.

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  14. That wildebeest best be careful roaming around your place. You seem to have a number of wry cartoon figures lurking around with some pretty sophisticated gadgets at their disposal.

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    1. Not to mention falling safes and machine guns.

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      1. Exactly! You run a bit of a dangerous ship. πŸ˜‰

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      2. For outsiders, yes.

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  15. Always glad to see Lucy still hanging in. As always, love the dialogue. Thanks for sharing your girls with us, John.

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    1. Thank you, Jan. Lucy is hanging in there for sure. 😊

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  16. Rehearsing… a perfect ending to this adventure! Well done, John. Have a great day!

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. Have a great one too.

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  17. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Goid to get a rehearsal in first πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes. Don’t want to flub the lines. 😁

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  18. Maybe a stuffed wildebeest will give them something to find. They could really have fun with that. Another adventure for the pups.

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    1. That is a great idea, Michele. 😁

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  19. LOL!! Twiggy should be rehearsing too.

    I love the table setting. Especially those Gingko leaf napkin rings!! I miss our Gingko tree. I don’t think they do well here. I think I’ll search for some napkin rings. That’ll keep me off the wildebeest radar too. πŸ˜ƒ

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    1. Yes it will. Thank you, Deborah.

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  20. I thought I had been to this post, John, but I see that I thought wrong. “the scent of cloves” cracked me up.
    I hope all is well. Hugs.

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    1. All is well. Thanks, Teagan.

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  21. Puma and wildebeest and what is next oh my !

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    1. Three finders in a glass that is what’s next.

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  22. Highly honed watchdog – who’s distracted by a flower, lol. Like me when I’m trying to write. Maybe I need blinders.

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    1. I think we all do, Teri.

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  23. Maybe you can get an anti wildebeest spray, if there are thousands

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    1. Good suggestion. I think ACME makes a spray called Wildebeatit.

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  24. Who knew your backyard was a combination of the Serengeti and the Rocky Mountains? I can’t wait to see the puma and the wildebeest meet! Such fun, John!

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    1. Thank you, Noelle.

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  25. There are no sighted wildebeests or pumas in our area today, John. However, I wonder how the girls would react to a family of rabbits which suddenly emerged here in the last couple of days. They burst out of the bushes and ran off when I accidentally came upon them. The whole incident made my hare stand on end!

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    1. I think a gang of rabbits would scare Lucy and Twiggy for sure. I can imagine about the hare standing on end.

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  26. You can’t fool those girls, they know a real wildebeest from a print! I think Twiggy really prefers sniffing the flowers and sending Lucy out to hunt. But now for sure they know what to look for. And Lucy is ready to narrate any battles. Good one.

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    1. Thank you, Jo. The never ending saga of these two. 😁

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  27. Lucy, you are the clever one. You convinced Twiggy that the Wildebeest was indeed dangerous, and then you have your own Wildebeest rehearsal. I’m looking forward to the battle. Twiggy, beware.

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    1. Thank you, Jeanne. We’ll consider Twiggy to be warned.

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      1. πŸ˜€

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  28. How I adore their antics. Thanks for the smiles, John. Sending the girls ear scratches.

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    1. Thank you, Miss Staci. 😁

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  29. I was out of pocket yesterday, but I had to stop by and see what the girls were up to. They always make my day.

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    1. So glad you did. 😁

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  30. Oh, Wildebeest of the Twiggy Resort! What could it be, indeed? Twiggy must investigate the case. Detective Sherlock Twiggy & Lucy Watson are on guard!
    Thank you for the report, dear John! :-)🍀🍀🍀🍻

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    1. Thank you, Dear Maria. 🍰πŸ₯‚

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      1. All for you. πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  31. The girls have to stay sharp. I’m glad they’re dedicated.

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    1. Yes, they are.

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  32. I love the girls’ antics, John, and between pumas and wildebeests, then stopping to smell the flowers, they keep us entertained. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Lauren. Glad you liked the post and appreciate you letting me know.

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  33. Hi John, I didn’t know you got wildebeeste in America. I thought they were an African animal. You live and learn. I’m glad the girls had fun with one. They are part of the African Ugly Five.

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    1. We don’t have wildebeests Robbie. Twiggy just saw them on Animal Planet (a tv show) and thought they would make a nice edition to the blog. 😁

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      1. That is funny, John. I thought you might have wildebeests as you have buffalo although yours look different to ours. I am glad you are seeing to the education of your girls.

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      2. Thanks, Robbie

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  34. Like they say, “it is the fight in the dog that counts, and not the dog in the fight.” The wildebeest and the puma better watch out.

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    1. I think you are right Ankur. Thanks for the sage advice. (and the parsley advice too.)

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