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The Orples Have Been Challenged To Write A Post Using Prompts

Olivia, Oscar, and I were checking out some of our fellow blogger’s blogs, and came across this little challenge from one in particular.  We have chosen to answer the # 3 Challenge on the list: Include all of these elements into a scene: a bucket, a rainbow, curiosity, and a TV remote control. If you want to check out the other options listed, and/or want to work up you own little post, then please follow the link to ‘Writing Prompts‘ blog and go for it!.

Those clever little  Orples are making a rainbow. They have rigged a TV Remote to turn on the sprinklers on a sunny day.
Those clever little Orples are making a rainbow. They have rigged a TV Remote to turn on the sprinklers on a sunny day.

Knowing how Oscar gets when he is around water, they will probably be playing with that silly remote for the rest of the day.  It appears it is a good time to visit the neighbors to see what we may have missed lately. :)

The Orples Find A Beach Hammock On A South Florida Beach.

The skies are sunny in Virginia, but it is too cold for the beach so the Orples are visiting Sylvia in sunny Southern Florida today.  It appears it is just anotherdayinparadise as the Orples are reminded of their sleeping arrangements in their Treasure Tree … that is another story, book 2  of the Orples Trilogy covers the story of how the Orples turned their orange tree into ‘The Treasure Tree‘,  if the event you didn’t already know.

Olivia is trying to get off of the poor guy she accidentally sat on, while Oscar laughs (at a distance).
Olivia is trying to get off of the poor guy she accidentally sat on, while Oscar laughs (at a distance).

Some dude was peacefully taking a nap when the Orples arrived and now he is buried under Olivia. I simply don’t understand how those adventuresome little Orples can get into so much trouble without even trying.  Let me go gather the neighbors to see if we can help pull Olivia off of that poor guy getting smashed in the hammock.

The Orples Join A Paper Kite Butterfly for Lunch.

Maria not only has a tropicalflowerzone, she has beautiful butterflies on her blog too. The Orples seem to have made a new friend—Ms.  Paper Kite Butterfly.  Speaking of butterflies; Amazon has some really cool Butterfly Sticker Books available if you love butterflies as much as we do, and stickers are  a fun addition to snail mail letters & packages, scrapbook entries, etc.  Amazon has some cool ‘how to makePaper Kites books, too. I even found one that features butterflies, among other things from around the world .  With March right around the corner,  paper kites come to mind in more ways than one.  :)

The Orples and the Paper Kite Butterfly enjoy a leisurely lunch together.
The Orples and the Paper Kite Butterfly enjoy a leisurely lunch together.

With all of those scrumptious flowers to munch on, I am thinking those three are going to be enjoying an extended lunch. This might be a good time to begin back in the neighborhood, allowing you to review our recent Adventures, so you don’t miss anything. Come along while I refresh my memory — and those three finish lunch.

The Orples Visit The Ruins of Kerak Castle in The Middle East.

You know when Madhu gets theurgetowander, she wanders into some fascinating places.  Along the way, Madhu takes breathtaking photos, and in many cases (such as this), includes a wonderful, informative history of her subject matter. Today we are visiting the ruins of The Castle Kerak and learning of its thousand (plus) year history.   I am always amazed at the number of people who have died fighting over power and land. At the moment, I am hoping Oscar doesn’t fall over the side and perish with some of the poor souls who fell victim to the King’s wrath somewhere along the way.

The Orples are in the Middle East visiting the ruins of Kerak Castle.
The Orples are in the Middle East visiting the ruins of Kerak Castle.

Olivia was smart enough to bring binoculars and she is willing to share.  I suspect, once Oscar regains his nerve, the Orples will be spending more time admiring the scenery.

If you get tired of waiting for the Orples, come visit our neighbors with me to see what you may have missed in the recent past. :)

The Orples and I Are Setting Up A Toy Store

If you have missed us visiting your blog in the last day or two … no worries … we haven’t forgotten and/or overlooked you, we are just busy trying to set up shop in the hopes that anyone needing toys, books, toy storage, art supplies for children, dress up costumes, and so on will stop by and check out our selections once our shop opens. I have literally been spending every waking hour, not blogging, trying to put the pieces into place to bring you guys a sensible shop to find nice gifts for that special child on your gift list.

The Orples have gotten side-tracked with their new 'Artist' workstation from Amazon. Some help they are in  helping me set up shop.
The Orples have gotten side-tracked with their new ‘Artist’ workstation from Amazon. Some help they are in helping me set up shop.

Olivia, Oscar, and I have weeded through thousands of items to offer you the basics in a variety of organized categories, saving you time when you shop. I’ll keep you posted as we progress with our efforts to (in the near future) present to you a, well thought out, toy and gift shop. For now, a work station for the creative child on your list may be a good place to begin … just ask the Orples.

Or if you prefer, feel free to stroll through the neighborhood to see what you may have missed in our past few posts.

The Orples, The Knitted Bluebird, and The Beautiful Knit Flowers

If you guys had trouble believing in Orples, check out Jackie’s knitted bluebird. Jackie really does knit with heart … as if the bluebird isn’t sweet enough, check out those lovely flowers she has made. To see more, you need to visit Jackie.

The Orples have run across a knitted bluebird that lives in kitted flowers.
The Orples have run across a knitted bluebird that lives in kitted flowers.

As much as Oscar and Olivia love to chat, we may as well visit the neighborhood as I  suspect those two will be awhile.  While you guys toggle down through past posts, I think I’ll skip over to Amazon for a minute or two and check out their yarn. I might have to knit my own little bluebird. :)

The Orples Meet Marilyn Monroe

Oscar is going to be reflecting on his soul after Olivia gets done with him. He is being a naughty boy, it appears he is peeping where he shouldn’t ought to be peeping — typical boy.  Maybe when Robin is done reflecting on her soul, she can have a talk with him.

Oscar is being a bad boy.
Oscar is being a bad boy.

In the meantime, I am sure Amazon carries Marilyn Monroe Dolls, as well as other memorabilia, since Marilyn is an American icon, after all. Once I have satisfied my curiosity, I am going to re-visit the neighbors. Tag along if you like. :)

The Orples Take Up Bull Fighting In Mexico

Yesterday, it was England. Today we are in Mexico visiting with Cedric.  Those little Orples sure do get around. And Oscar has talked Olivia into trying her hand at bullfighting. I really don’t think she is into it.

Oscar is a lot braver than Olivia is, evidently. I think she would rather not be in the pen with that bull.
Oscar is a lot braver than Olivia is, evidently. I think she would rather not be in the pen with that bull.

Those two! —  After I’ve checked out to see if they have any toy bulls on Amazon  for the Orples to play with, we can reflect on our neighbors. Feel free to come along.

The Orples Visit Auckland Castle in Bishop Park in County Durham, England

It seems the last time we visited Jo, the Orples were joining her for Christmas Eve dinner at Howard Castle.  And now, here they are again as Jo Wanders to yet another Castle—Auckland Castle in Bishop Park in England.  And once again we find ourselves in the dining room after a long day of walking the grounds. Jo took a multitude of photos, so if you want to see them, you will  have to go see Jo.  You will also get an excellent history lesson while you are there.  I think I am going to just buy the Orples  a toy castle, then maybe they will stay home a little, and give me a break.

The Orples are crashing the dinner scene at Auckland Castle
The Orples are crashing the dinner scene at Auckland Castle

While Oscar and Olivia eat cake, I am going to stroll through the neighborhood and see who else is up to what.

To be fair to Meg, today’s post was in tribute to her blog, but I’d set up the drawings in early December when I had a few spare moments with the intention of using the drawings when I was short on time, like today. Silly me, I thought WordPress would pull the post to the front reflecting the actual date of publication —  Not! So,  if you would like to see the post I worked up for her, WordPress has shoved her back into my archives, to correlate with the date I originally  set up the draft on her post. Thus, you may not see her post at all. Live and learn.

The Orples Go To The Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

You would think at some point the Orples would stay home, but they found out about the Renaissance Festival in Pittsburgh. Ruth is hosting them as she photographs the event. And she’s been very generous with her work, I must say.

Olivia is really into the costumes at the fair, and as usual, Oscar's mind is on food. Go figure.
Olivia is really into the costumes at the fair, and as usual, Oscar’s mind is on food. Go figure.

I am sure the Orples will be taking their time, enjoying the food and fun at the festival. Olivia is just wild about the renaissance costumes the people are wearing. Now she wants to see if Amazon has a costume for her. I suspect even Amazon won’t be able to supply an orple outfit, but I am going to check it out anyway. Then as is the norm, we can visit the neighbors. You are welcome to come along if you wish.