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Countdown Wednesday

Today, we are counting down about fear. Mom is writing a story about courage.  I have no experience with courage, but fear is my specialty. 

Things That Scare Me

3. Squeaky Wheels – There’s an old saying that the squeaky wheel gets the oil. I would like to say to the lawn guys, “GET SOME OIL!” Last week, they rolled around a wheel barrow with a squeaky wheel that scared me half to death. The wheel sounded like a screaming panther, a crying poodle, and a baby who wants a lollipop. I ran and hid and ran again and hid again. Mom said, “What are you afraid of?” and “It’s a wheelbarrow!” and “I’m trying to write a story about a brave chef, and you’re NOT helping!” 

2. Cats – A cat down the street watches me all the time. Whenever I walk down that way, I see him staring out his window wondering how he can kill me. I slick my ears back as far as they go, and walk as fast as Mom will let me.  Cats – ugh. 

1. The golf cart – Sometimes people in my neighborhood ride in a golf cart.  I have seen it many, many, MANY times.  It scares me anyway.  Yesterday, Mom brought me right over to it so I could smell it and stop being afraid.  I was reluctant at first.  Then I took a sniff.  OMG! It smells more terrifying than it looks and sounds.  It has clearly run over a squirrel or two, driven through some mulch and fertilizer, and was filled with *gulp*power tools – yes, tools scare me too! The driver was a fire breathing DRAGON.  After he talked to Mom for a while, he pulled a burning stick out of his throat and crushed it into an ashtray.  Then he drove away puffing smoke out of his mouth. *shiver*

Things That Scare Mom

3. Being a one-book-wonder. Mom loves her book named Keep Your Ear On the Ball.

It helps kids understand how to be a friend, and it gets good reviews from people who read it.  Mom calls it her “first book” and hopes nobody asks, “What’s the name of your second book.” Lots of times, she visits schools to talk to kids about being an author, and she play games with them (while I wait at home hoping the golf cart doesn’t come back). 

2. See #3

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Comments on: "Countdown Wednesday" (16)

  1. Cupcake, you are very wise to be afraid of cats (they scratch!) and fire-breathing dragons (I don’t like them either!) And I totally understand your mom’s worry about being a one-book wonder. I am lucky. I have more than one. But it’s been a LONG time since I sold one, and I’m afraid maybe there won’t be any more 😦

    • Thanks for the encouragement, Susanna. I will never get close enough to a cat to get scratched. Mom swears that if she just gets a second book, she’ll be satisfied. I don’t believe her! I’m pretty sure she wants to be you!!

      Love and licks,

  2. CupCake – Cats are not so bad if you know the right ones. But, at your size, best to keep away from scary ones outside the window.
    Mom – You are already a blog wonder, so just keep writing. Keep your eye on the prize and surprising things can happen.

    • Thanks, DogDaz. I do like my cat blog friends a lot. It’s the cat in the window and sometimes stray cats under cars waiting to ambush me that I’m afraid of. Mom likes your advice. She says her eye will be on the prize… In between watching me, in case I’m naughty.

      Love and licks,

  3. Cupcake, don’t let cats know you’re scared. That’s part of the fix to being scared of them. If you can convince them, you’ll have won that battle. Buck and and brave up, girlfriend. Cats ain’t so tough. And we all know that ‘Ear’ is mom’s first book because we know mom. The publisher’s out there haven’t gotten that memo yet. WAKE UP, GUYS!

    • “WAKE UP GUYS!” That made us laugh, Gemma! Mom hopes all those guys heard you. I will try to be brave when I see the cat in the window. I hope he doesn’t notice that my ears are almost touching my tail, and my back feet are passing my front feet trying to walk faster.

      Love and licks,

  4. I’m afraid of the lawn mower and weed eater outside and the vacuum inside. I’m also afraid of a worldwide cookie shortage.

  5. Hi Cupcake!

    I am so inspired by you and your lovely mom that I wrote a tribute post about YOU today…check it out…

    Tell your mom that I would be THRILLED to be the one book wonder…at least I would be able to say I sold ONE book…lol…also remind her that she writes for the sheer love of writing…and if she concentrates on that, along with being the best writer she can be, then all else will eventually come along because she deserves it!

    Take care, Cupcake, and try not to be too afraid of those cats out there…some of them are just doggies in disguise…;0)

    Donna L Martin

    • Thank you Donna! Mom and I are honored. I LOVED your post, of course. I’m always on board when something is all about me. I am going to put a link to it on my blog, so more friends will see it. xo

      Love and lots and lots of licks,

  6. Hi Cupcake!!
    Ginger says tell mom to get a few more babies like you and you wont be afraid no more. There is power in numbers and we collies have no fear for we are a army… hehehe
    We sish we could hug you when you are scared…..

    Your friends,
    the collies and chuck 🙂

    • Great idea, Chuck and Collies! For some reason, Mom is hyperventilating at this comment, and gasping out the words, “One is enough!” over and over.

      Love and licks,

      • LOL… oh, it actually is easier with two for then while she is working you have a friend to play with….. when one of you gets taught something the other wants to do it to….. we teach our collies to go for walks when they are puppies by putting a leash on them and then taking off with a big collie, they of course follow behind and soon are walking so proudly for they are being like the big collie.. 🙂 Once she gets another then she can try for a half dozen… hehehehe

        Your conniving, evil genius fiend of a friend,]
        Ginger the collie 🙂

  7. Instead of being afraid of cats, Cupcake, you’ll show them you teeth and give them a growl. Ok, afterwards you always can run away, but you have to do something on that fear 😀
    I think your mommies book is lovely, too bad it’s in English. My grandchildren can’t read in English yet 😦

    • Thanks for the advice, AngelsWhisper. I usually never growl or show my teeth. Mostly, I run and hide on the kitchen, or behind Mom’s leg. I may need to become more proactive…. Thanks for saying you like Mom’s book. Yes, it is only in English and in Braille for blind people to read.

      Love and licks,

  8. […] Author visits are fun. Mom has 2 school visits scheduled in the next few weeks. She believes they are one of the best parts of being an author. […]

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