I swear, I can’t even go vote without the Orples tagging along. It looks like there were lots of people out and about today, doing their Patriotic duty. I only hope we can get rid of some of the fossils on the Hill (slang for Congress and the Senate, for those of you unfamiliar with American political terms), and put some fresh PATRIOTS in our higher Governmental offices. This Nation is a mess right now.
I think I’ve lost Olivia to love, or maybe she’s just infatuated with the idea of marital bliss? Either way, we can all thank Ralph over a post he made back in July. Evidently he is a thoughtful person, and was thanking his followers for his 1,000th sign up. “Well, goodie two shoes for him,” is what Olivia told me, kind of huffy like. Personally, I think Olivia is jealous over Ralph’s popularity. She changed her tune as she continued to read and came across a list Ralph had made. She got to option #4 on Ralph’s list and is convinced he was asking her to marry him. I keep telling her, he was being playful. She says that ‘I’m the one’ who is jealous. I don’t even know Ralph, although he does have a cool blog. Anyway, I hope Ralph doesn’t get mad when he sees what this silly little orple is up to now. You know, though, it could be since my book series, Brides just came out, Olivia is contemplating tying the knot herself. There are two main characters named Ralph in this trilogy, so maybe she’s got a crush on one of them? — and now here comes this guy named Ralph, and Olivia is confused. Then again, Olivia is usually pretty smart, but then again, love does make people do stupid things — like marry a complete stranger — sometimes. I hope Ralph steps forward and tells her, he was just joking. I think Olivia mistook the question anyway, to be honest. if you ask me, I think Ralph was asking her/you/me what ‘she/we’ thought, not what ‘he’ thought. But I couldn’t convince her of that concept. It is not easy being an orple-keeper, you know. You have to stay on top of these two little characters constantly to keep them in check. Oscar was so upset when he found out about Olivia’s plans, he went fishing all by himself. He’s pouting right now, if you’re wondering why Olivia showed up alone. I keep telling Olivia that Oscar and I need her, here, with us. Why, just yesterday they were playing together at Swannanoah. Those two are the best of friends, or so I thought. You should check out some of their adventures in photos. They have a whole section of action shots, just click on the title of whatever post you might care to comment on. The Orples Overview category gives you a better feel in the world of orples, too, for anyone interested. As you’ll see, we were getting along just fine, then here comes Ralph, and his stupid list. I sure do hope Olivia changes her mind. You’d think she would at least want to meet Ralph before she just trots down the Isle with him. Ralph, if you stop by to visit, let me know if you want me to delete Olivia’s marriage announcement, or maybe your could even talk some sense into her for me. Sometimes she just sort of takes liberties, but always according to the Golden Rule. After all, she is a good little orple, and good little orples, as playful as they are, do respect other people’s wishes.
I did a reblog post when I first saw this challenge, and while that post is appropriate, I felt like I was cheating. These stairs might look familiar as I posted them from a different angle a couple of posts back. But this time around, those silly little orples are at it again — Olivia and Oscar tagged along so they could play in the stairwell while I chat with you guys about the daily post challenge. The clock flipped over, over an hour ago EST, so I might be a day late — nothing new there. It’s a good thing that there’s that old saying ‘better late, than never’ — one of my favorites sayings.
The owners are renovating Swannanoah, so one day these old walls will be re-plastered. No matter; the orples don’t mind the exposed bricks, or the missing window panes. They are too busy having fun now that they are free to be whatever it is they want to be. Olivia and Oscar have been relishing their adventures ever since they were set free from their orange tree. Now it seems, I’m going to have to put them on a leash if I ever want to find peace again. I just hope they don’t fall down that descending staircase in the meantime.
The orples are loving life. They about flipped when they saw the ‘baby’ pumpkins. Sadly, the plump little beings wouldn’t move when Oscar tried to play with them. Except for the fact that they can move, and those silly little pumpkins can’t, the orples blend right in with the Halloween display. It’s a good thing, too. because now the orples are tagging along, going to the grocery store with me. What would people think if they saw my groceries moving?
Being the helpful little orple that she is, Olivia is hanging posters for me to announce my new Brides Series. Even though only two of the three books in the trilogy are complete at this writing, she insists I should be getting the word out. In the meantime, Oscar is the one drooling over the pages of what’s about to happen next. Who’d have thought Oscar would even open a book? Hmm, these books must be pretty good to attract Oscar’s attention. He’d usually rather be out running around, exploring the physical world, or sleeping. Then again, Oscar likes to eat, too. The Orples books tell you all about Oscar and Olivia. Or you can check out the topic in the margins of my blog page to get a glimpse into the world of orples, in general. Olivia was pretty upset when I told her she had competition. However, at this point, I’ve convinced her to read my books before she discounts them. Besides, the way Olivia loves to read, you’d think she would eagerly pounce on the story of the Sanderson family and their adventures. She snooped a little, and decided to give my ‘other’ books a try. I think she was a little shocked at some of the language, since orples are not accustomed to such colorful words as Roger sometimes uses, especially if Yvonne has been pushing his buttons again. Plus, Olivia and Oscar both like horses, which are abundant throughout the Brides books. The orples have even been horseback riding themselves, and have a picture to prove it!
Olivia (an intelligent little orange) is about to be picked from her tree. Now, her life is really getting ready to change. What am I talking about? Why “orples”, of course. Jack, an only child, and Olivia are about to become unlikely friends as events unfold in this new book. “How Orples Came To Be” (63 color illustrated pages) begins the series of orples adventures. My publishers list it as a children’s book, but I think it is appropriate for anyone 8 – 80. There are lots of subtle little lessons hidden between the lines that apply to us all dealing with friendship, loneliness, loyalty, and that nagging little battle we all sometimes experience when right and wrong are not easily separated. The story description is a little different on Amazon’s site and by my publisher. Both summaries are correct. The alternate version focuses more on the story itself.
You can buy the book by through Amazon.com’s website, linked by the book’s title or click here.
Update as of March 21, 2012
Links added … insight into How Orples Came To Be”
… part 2 posted on January 7, 2012
… part 3 posted on January 8, 2012
… part 4 posted on January 9, 2012
… part 5 posted on January 10, 2012
Orple Series . Book 2 … “The Orples Make A Tree Home” is now available on Amazon.Com. in soft cover . 37 (color illustrated) pages. Now that the orples are free from their tree, they have new needs. This book tells the tale of how the orples transformed in the Treasure Tree, into a home. Come along as they carry out their first goal.
More insight into this book on blog post “The Orples Make A Tree Home“.
Orple Series . Book 3 … The Orples Learn To Read. The third book in the Orples Trilogy encourages children to want to read and learn. Olivia is a little book worm longing to explore the wonders of our world through the pages of a book.