Friday, August 29, 2008


They’re comin'! Ella and Jackson are comin' back to RoseCreekCottage this weekend! We can hardly wait. I put on my favorite hat with the big crimson rose. And my red-patent-leather shoes. They don’t call me “Mercedes With the Red Shoes” for nothin’!

Ol’Bear put on his favorite “sweater with the pearl buttons”. That’s what he calls it. He’s quite fond of it. He even wears it in the summertime. Silly bear. It belonged to Ella and Jackson’s daddy when he was just a lil fella. And pearls. I don’t think he knows that boys are not ‘sposed to wear pearls. There’s just no talkin’ to him. Sigh. I do try. Often. I fear his ears don't work no more. He’s old, ya know. He belonged to Grandma when she was little. Can’t imagine her being little. But I hear she was. Just a little girl. Like Ella. Bear collects hats. Always with flowers. Old ones. The hat he's wearin' was Grandma’s. That ol’ bear is just too fond of all Grandma’s stuff. I have to watch him. Sometimes, in the morning when I wake up, he's dressed himself in a whole new outfit. Yup. Stuff of Grandma’s. Sigh. She just laughs at him.

Then there’s Ol’ Hare. He’s itchy. Made of mohair. I don’t think he bathes enuff. And he has what Grandma calls 'an attitude'. Thinks he’s related to the Easter B. Silly ol’ rabbit. He wears hats, too. Just like Ol’ Bear. And me. He’s jealous cause I can wear bigger hats. And shoes. Red ones. Patent leather.

Me? I’m a serious soul. I follow Grandma from room-to-room, overseeing all the scuttlebutt that’s going on at RoseCreekCottage. And ya know….I’m worried 'bout her. She’s gettin’ up earlier-and-earlier these days. Workin' in the studio. ‘Cept she calls it 'playin'. You should see the ‘stuff’ she’s ‘playin’ with: dolls with painted faces, St. Nicks with wool beards 'n knickers, long rabbits with glass eyes. They scare me. Too big. And there’s the jewelry! Some with diamonds. I keep beggin’ her to let me wear some. Just some. I’d be VERY careful and only wear 'em to tea parties. With my red patent-leather shoes. And for special times. Like this weekend. When Ella and Jackson come.

I have the teapot ready. I washed the teacups. Twice. Really. Ella likes sweet tea. With lots of sugar. Silly girl. Anyway….we’re waitin'. It's hard.

Oh….and if you see any elves around….would you please send 'em to RoseCreekCottage ASAP? Grandma’s been mumblin’ about them not showin’ up here again. I fear they’re lost. I promise cross-my-heart I’ll pay their travelin’ ‘spences. Grandma needs help.

In the meantime….we're just waitin’ for Ella and Jackson. Sigh. Hurry, Saturday. Hurry.

Verry Sincerelee,

Mercedes With the Red Shoes


Suldog said...

I must tell everyone at Rose Creek Cottage about the many bears at the Suldog home. Something like 50, last time anyone bothered to count.

(Truth be told, not all bears. A couple of cows, cats, rabbits, and whatnot included. Perhaps someday soon.)

Carol said...

Ah...I should have guessed that bears would be happy inhabiting your home, Jim! No surprise there!! How do they feel about cats?? Ours are allergic to them....or I'm sure they would already have invited them all in for tea!!

Nel from Nebraska said...

Carol.. this blog post is adorable! I can see you playing dress-up with Mercedes in your height of glory! Love the shoes!! Nellie-Nel

Martha said...

Dear Mercedes -

Please take care of Grandma Carol! I can not believe those elves did not show up and we all know that Grandma Carol's boss is a real slave-driver. At least make sure she's also got a cup of tea when Ella and Jackson are there!


Carol said...

Oh Martha..I hope Mercedes listens to you. She can be so unruly at times!

Carol said...

Nel...I'm heading out today to find red-patent-leather shoes for Ella and I! Wish me luck!!

Patti said...

What fun!!! Loved this entry! Hope to hear more from Mercedes. I'm in love with anything patent leather myself; we'd get along very well for sure!

Carol said...

You two would get along famously, Patti! She's very fond of Sharpie Markers.....and m & m's!

Nel said...

:-D LOL!! I know Mercedes and Patti would be shopping buddies in a heartbeat! Did you find any shoes for Ella?

blackfeatherfarm said...

Love this post ! Puts me in the mood for a tea party, with bears of course. Really sweet !

womaninawindow said...

It sure is nice of you to keep all those lively creatures in your cottage. I hope that bear is well potty trained. Sorry bear, I'm just saying, we live amongst a lot of black bears and when they ask, Does a bear sh.. in the woods, usually the answer is Yes.