My matchbox bed was slowly slid open and this is what I saw:
Her name is Darnell and she lives in the Bay Area of Northern California. She looks like she is pleased to see me. She talks quite a lot and laughs a lot, too. I like that.
Darnell lives in a Big House and she makes cards in a Little House which she calls the Playhouse. I thought it was super cute! A while back she made a replica of the Playhouse which turned out to be just the right size for me! The bird on top looks a bit scary, being just over my head like, if you know what I mean, but he only chirped happily.
Today we had our first outing to meet Darnell's son Daniel, his wife Rachel, and their twin boys Adam and Henry. Everyone took pictures with me.
That always happens. I think I am as well photographed as a movie star and the truth is, these friends of Neet's make me feel just like a movie star!
The twins thought it would be great fun if I went for a ride in Adam's paper airplane. Whoa boy, I'm not gonna lie, I almost lost my lunch!
The boys were pretty good sports about having me join them, but as you can see below, they weren't that thrilled about me because I am a "stinky ol' girl!"
Henry said, "Why couldn't it be a boy. Why does it have to be a Flat Sally?"
(Sally? He sure takes after his grandmother when it comes to mixing up names and words!) I just smiled because I know it won't be long before they stop thinking that girls are stinky!
Today we went for a spin around San Francisco. Darnell held me out the window while she took a picture of me against the skyline. Are you seriously kidding me? If my dress flew off, I'd be a goner! I think tonight I might write a letter to Neet and stick it in my matchbox so she can find it in case I turn up mangled and dead from my visit with these people!
Driving along the coast, we stopped at an overlook to see this incredible view:
I turned around to get a better look. That's a long way down!
It took a while, but we made it to the bottom so I could walk on the sand. I know it looks like I'm sitting in the water getting my bottom wet, but that's just conjecture. I'm actually standing on the heels of my shoes, so I don't get my toes wet.
Today we did a lot of errands, so it was kind of boring, but there were some highlights. For instance, it was exciting to ride in Kevin and Darnell's new truck, which had a compartment just for me.
AND, it turns out that it had a PHONE, so I could call overseas to Neet! (Don't tell them I did that!)
After my phone call, I moved over to the door to be in the shade. What happened next was a huge surprise for me and a certain polar bear who had his hibernation interrupted!
We practiced some cheerleading routines I used to know as a girl.
Today we went to one of the boys' Little League games and I was delighted to meet the Granddog, Duke.
You think Duke looks scared of me, don't you? What a face!
But, no, that's hunger in those eyes! Darnell still hasn't noticed that I'm missing . . . aah, thank goodness, she did notice!
Just kidding! My leg is there, I was just stretching it out of the way in case, the Dukester was the bitey type. Which I'm glad to say he wasn't.
When we got home I lounged around with Froggie and Yabut. Longtime follower's of Darnell's blog know all about Froggie. Yabut is a fairly new member of the family. He was inadvertently named by the twins. Every time Darnell would suggest a name, one of the boys would disagree by starting each sentence (as children are wont to do) with the words, "Yeah, but ... ." Finally, Darnell threw up her hands and said, "Hey, how 'bout we call him Yabut?!" and so they did.
Today was a fun day spent with Kevin, or "The Mister" ~ the endearment Darnell uses for him. I enjoyed my time with him in the garage which is his motorcycle Playhouse.
Today was spent in the Playhouse with Darnell. To start off, I spent some time quietly contemplating my navel while she caught up on some emails.
Then I was introduced to other critters who are a big part of Darnell's life. Here is a recap, along with Miss Elaine E. Us:
Here I am amid some Dee Tritus that Darnell strew about, again hoping it would spark some ideas. Not. Sadly, my time with her has come to an end, but I have every confidence she will create a terrific ATC design without me.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about my time with Darnell. I sure have enjoyed my time with her and I look forward to joining you again from my next stop in Australia!