I wanted to go camping ‘cos I thought it would be nice.
I organized a tent, some bottled water and some ice.
I had such lovely thoughts about the fun that would transpire
As I relaxed in nature, sitting cozy by a fire.

The first mistake I made, though, was I didn’t bring a bed.
I’d hoped that leaves and twigs would help me rest my weary head.
So as you can foresee, I had no chance to rest my eyes,
But that was for the best, ‘cos that was not my sole surprise.

I’d packed some crisps, some crackers, jerkied beef and juicy pears.
It was to my dismay I learned that those attracted bears!
At just past three AM, you would have seen me start to shake,
I ran with flailing arms and dove head-first into the lake.

Now here’s the third dilemma I encountered on my trip:
I thought the lake would be a clever bear-deterring dip.
However, it was winter, so the lake was topped with ice,
And plunging into that was neither smart nor very nice.

At this point I was shaking out of fear and very wet.
And really, hypothermia was quite a valid threat.
I wrapped myself in blankets, and I made some tea to sip,
And then, at last, decided I would quit my camping trip.

So feeling very sorry, very cold, and not real bright,
I packed up all the tent pegs in the middle of the night.
I took one final look at where I’d camped and nearly died,
Took two steps up the back-door stairs and then I went inside.

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From The Archives: Rain boots

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It’s rare to see unbridled glee but there’s a special time
That children’s faces sparkle, full of joy
It’s all the rage for every age, it doesn’t cost a dime,
Absurdly fun for every girl and boy.

It happens when it rains and then on pavers, paths and tiles
Sit puddles, cold and wet, their beckon wry.
With rainboots on they yell, “Come On!” and jump with cheers and smiles
The splashes barely missing passersby.

Now humans all, both big and small, will find it quite a treat
To jump and splash and play a little more.
Don’t fear the crud, the cold and mud, or getting soggy feet
Because that, my friend, is what rainboots are for!

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Treasure Hunting

Once upon a rocking boat
amid the rolling seas
bobbed a llama and a goat
who paddled in the breeze.
They used a map to find an isle
they’d only heard about
and as they rowed the final mile
they both began to shout.

The island had a treasure that
was very well renowned.
They grabbed their shovels and their hats
they pulled the boat aground.
They started their exploring; found
a likely spot to dig;
the llama bounced and leapt around
his treasure-finding jig.

They found the treasure soon enough
at least that’s what I’m told;
some precious stones and other stuff,
some piles of shiny gold.
The problem was, the boat could fit
no more than just the pair.
The two decided just to sit
and ponder in despair.

“Perhaps you take the boat, I’ll stay?”
the lovely llama said.
“You carry all the jewels away
and I’ll stay here instead.”
“Oh no,” said goat. “I won’t do that,
for you are treasure too!”
And shrugging in the sun they sat,
deciding what to do.

It soon grew dark and so they leapt
into their wooden boat.
They wished they could have somehow kept
the treasure and still float.
The thing they told their waiting friends
when docking at the moor:
“We found the treasure in the end—
it’s friendship we adore!”

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Interview with Robbie Yates — Books, Reviews, et al by Shalini

Recently I teamed up with the AMAZING FANTASTIC WONDERFUL PHENOMENAL BRILLIANT Shalini from Digital Reads Blog Tours who ran a seamless blog tour in promotion of Daniel Daniels and the World’s Worst Zoo. If you’re interested, please check out her interview below.

Today I have the sweetest author Robbie Yates here with me, at the end of this blog tour. I am feeling a bit sentimental, a bit nostalgic. It was so fun working and communicating with Robbie 1) Tell me something about yourself. Who is Robbie Yates and what does Robbie Yates do in real life? […]

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