Hey friends!! Tucker Bear checking in with a quick fall farm update. QUICK because mama says we can have pumpkin ice creams when I'm done writing
I think it's pretty great the first day of fall happens on Tucker Tuesday and I didn't know what fall was (other than when mama falls because the puppy girls knock her down the hill ) but mama says fall is the bestest part of the whole year so we walked around the farm and I'm starting to see what she means!
The last few pole beans are climbing up the sunflowers which are losing some of their pretty flowers so we collected the seeds from those so we can plant more next year which I'm pretty sure is forever from now! Then mama picked up these pretty nuts but she said I can't eat them which is silly because I can eat other nuts just fine but she says these ones are bad for you so we collected some of them for our friend Jeanne and IDK why mama wants to send her poisonous nuts but... they are pretty!!
And we found this little black fuzzy guy curled up hiding from the chickens and mama says if he's right it's going to be a really bad winter and I didn't hear him say anything so mama musta talked to him earlier today to know what he said. I sure hope he's right because I've never gotten to run thru big snow drifts and I think it sounds like great fun!!
It's really pretty when we go for walks up the road, all the trees are starting to think about putting on different colors. My sisters even got to go for a walk today and they had a good walk since it's not so hot and mama says that's one of the best parts of fall is how outside feels like campfires and football games and sweatshirts and stuff.
Hope your farm feels like all that stuff this fall, too. I’ll check back in next week to show you more great things. Have a good week and don't eat the pretty nuts!!
YaHOOOOO it’s Tucker Tuesday! Hi everyone, welcome to the farm!
Wow the world outside has been really great lately because I don’t feel like I’m swimming in the air when I go for a walk and that means mama wants to play outside more too!
So one day this week we were walking around in the yard and I found this neat slickery thing and it smelled funny like nothing I’d ever smelled before and I was like WHOA and I showed it to mama and she was really brave and picked it up and so I smelled it while she was holding it because I thought surely it wasn’t scary if mama was holding it but then she wiggled it and laughed because it made me jump and bark! But then she let me smell it again and it was a little less scary but it still smelled weird. Mama said it’s called a snake skin and I thought that was pretty wild because that means… somewhere in our yard… there’s a NAKEY SNAKE!
So I was looking around all over for the nakey snake and I didn’t find that one but I did find this one little guy in the garden that looked about the right size to wear the little skin suit I found but he had his skin on so it couldn’t have been him. Still, he was pretty cool and I said HI and he stuck out his tongue and scooted away under the bucket and I thought that was kinda rude but mama says snakes are shy (and that makes me wonder why there’s one running around nakey because if I was shy I wouldn’t leave my skin lying around!).
I did find a whole bunch of leaves that fell off the trees and I thought maybe we should grab those and hang them back up but then I realized it’s more fun to shake them like the dickens and chew on them and they’re all crunchy and taste like happiness. Mama says the trees will all be nakey again soon too and boy there sure is a lot of that going around. I’ll have to keep a close eye on MY skins! Apparently this happened to the trees last year, too, but I was just a baby so I don’t remember.
A lot of the baby chickens are laying eggs now and the eggs are really pretty colors . Mama says we’ll have eggs for a good long time with these friends on our side, but then she said they’ll probably not make so many eggs for a little bit because it’s fall and they’re moulting and I didn’t know what that word means but it turns out… YUP you guessed it! They’re getting nakey!!! So then mama says when they get their winter feathers back in they’ll make some more eggs because they can’t grow feathers and eggs at the same time and that makes sense because I can’t talk and hold my squeaky ball at the same time.
Then there was this weird little bug and IDK if he was nakey or not and I’m not sure how you would tell but I put his picture on here because he was really neat to look at up close even if he turns out to be nakey.
Daddy did a good job building a puppy shelter for my sisters and last night mama said they had to sleep outside under the stars and I don’t know if they liked that or not but I didn’t like it because if they don’t go to the shed to sleep then I don’t get to run in the pasture at night and that’s my favorite thing to do so mama says we’ll have to work something out so I still get lots of running time so that made me happy.
Oh and since I couldn't play with the nakey snake mama and daddy bought me this really terrific big orange rope snake to play with and he was perfect, just the right size and chewy and then I accidentally started eating pieces from him so mama had to take him back. She says we'll have to work on that...
So that’s what’s happening around the farm - everything is getting nakey.
Have a good fall, y’all!
Love from your not-so-nakey pal,
PS - here’s a bunch of flowers from around the farm, too. IDK what they all are but mama says I can’t eat them so I thought maybe you would like to look at them.
Running - a short story by Tucker Bear.
Some days I like to take lots of naps. It’s like my batteries just need to be recharged and I can’t keep my eyes open. Other days I like snuggles. Most mornings I want to cuddle in the blankies with mama and then sometimes when she gets up and makes her tea I just wanna curl up in her lap because I’m not ready to be out of bed yet. I’m a big fan of naps and snuggles.
But more than that my most favoritist thing in the whole wide world… is RUNNING.
I don’t know how to explain it, but sometimes when my batteries get charged really really good it’s like I get all zoomie inside and I just have to run and run. If I’m in the house I find something great to run circles around, mostly on the rug because the slickery floor makes it hard to go zoomie fast (I have to go fast, fast is the best part!). My favorite tho is when I get to run in the big yard outside.
In the evenings after the sisters go to bed and I don’t have to share the pasture with anyone, mama takes my frisbee and we go out to the grass and I RUN. Up the hill and then back down, chasing the frisbee, chasing the birds, chasing the wind. I love to run.
There is this one spot in the pasture where the water runs down and makes a little groove and when mama throws the frisbee over it I run and jump. I’m a great jumper and I love the way the wind blows while I soar higher and higher across the dip and then just when I think my feet will never touch the ground again and I’m gonna fly right up into the sky with the birds , the ground comes up on the other side and catches me so I can keep on running.
My favorite part about running tho is the part where the world just melts away while I do it. Do you have something like that? Mama says her thing that does that is reading a good book . She can just read for hours and not think about anything else and that’s how I feel when I’m running. Nothing else matters - not the ‘rona or the squeaky toy I ate or the kitty I’m not allowed to chase - it all goes away and all that’s left is the freedom of flying and the feel of the grass and the frisbee mama throws across the field.
I think everyone should have a thing like running. Something they look forward to doing, that makes them feel free, that helps them get away from all the other things the world wants them to look at.
So tell me, what’s your “running”? Maybe I’ll try it next!
Happy Tucker Tuesday!
PS - Mama says it’s a good thing I like to run because in October we’re going to do something fun that lets me do running and jumping and I don’t know what “a jility” is but I can’t wait to try it!
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