Something drastic is happenin' around here.
We first became aware of it when things that didn't belong here began to aggregate on OUR table. I mean, SOMETIMES Miss Keetha or Fisherhubby set something on OUR table for a day or two - - - but this??? Nothing like THIS ever before. What IS all this stuff?
I decided to check with Freddie Finzsaltandpepper who also lives on this table to see if HE knows what's going on.
You may REMEMBER Freddie, we introduced you to him when he first arrived a year or so ago.
Imagine my SHOCK and HORROR when I couldn't find Freddie ANYWHERE.
"Borris, Borris!!!" I shouted. "Come help me find Freddie, he's missing!!!"
"Calm down, Hildy, I'm sure he's here somewhere!" Borris tried to reassure me.
We searched every inch of that table top. We even separated and went around things from opposite sides just to be sure we didn't miss finding Freddie.
"HE IS LIKE TOTALLY GONE!!!! I don't like this, Borris!!" I cried. "Nope, I don't like this not even one LITTLE bit!!"
Borris growlingly admitted I had a point and wasn't just being an overwraught she-bear.
We decided to wait until Miss Keetha wasn't around and do a further investigation.
What we have found has curled our black bear hair!!!
Places in this house that are usually covered over with things are now BARE!!! (And I don't mean BEAR either!)
Ever since Borris and I have dwelt in this den, there has been a lovely little village on this mantle. We used to LOVE to visit with our friends here after the people had gone to bed.
Now it is a vast wasteland. VAST!!!
And here there has always been a tea party going on by the light of a hurricane lamp.
Do you SEE any tea party, or any hurricane lamp for that matter?????
Nor do we.
"Borris," I cried, "I'm scared! What in the WORLD can be happening?"
"I don't know Hildy, I'm afraid you have good reason to be concerned this time!"
We continued our search and found - - - - MORE emptiness.
"Look Borris!" I pointed. "There's a huge box down there and it's got lots of Miss Keetha's STUFF in it!?! Do you suppose a fishnapper thief has come in here, taken Freddie Finzsaltandpepper and is now trying to make off with Miss Keetha's other things???? And DO YOU THINK WE'RE NEXT!!!"
"Try to calm yourself, Hildy. We'll keep looking around and see if we can figure this mystery out," soothed Borris.
In the hallway we found more boxes. In them were collectable type objects, many of which were carefully wrapped in newsprint.
"I wish I could READ peoplish!" I wailed. "Maybe there's a clue on this news print!"
We continued our search for clues in the garage.
There we found stacks of things ready to be whisked right out the door. There were boxes all carefully taped up. The boat and ALL the fishing gear was GONE. Fisherhubby's exercise machine was even out there all neatly folded up!!!
I tell ya - - - I was nearly beside myself with panic by this time! It was all Borris could do to keep me from fainting dead away right on the spot.
Then we noticed it.
Miss Keetha's car - - - the hatch all loaded FULL of nicely packed and taped up boxes. There were magic marker words written on them like, "Tea Set," "Fiesta," and "Haviland."
"These are Miss Keetha's TREASURES!" I shouted to Borris. "They are all packed and loaded into her car!!! Do you think she's going to slip away in the night and LEAVE US HERE??? Looks like Fisherhubby is going with her - - - his fishing gear is already gone, his Bowflex is all folded up ready to go, and you KNOW Miss Keetha NEVER touches THAT!!!"
"I just don't KNOW, Hildy." Borris sighed. "Miss Keetha LOVES us, I sure don't think she'd abandon us! And what about Freddie??? Where is he??? Would Miss Keetha take HIM and leave US??? I don't THINK so."
"Well then, we're back to a fishnapper thief who has taken Freddie, left us behind, and is now trying to make off with all this stuff! Oh WHAT shall we do???" I wailed at the top of my she-bear lungs - - - completely LOSING it.
"I just don't know, Hildy!" Borris whispered, fear looming large in his big brown bear-eyes.
So - - - all you out there in blogland. Can YOU help us???
Can you tell us what has happened to Freddie Finzsaltandpepper?
Can you tell us why all Miss Keetha's treasures are boxed up?
Do you know why Fisherhubby's stuff is GONE out of the garage - - - except his Bowflex and THAT is all folded up in an unusable condition???
Are we in danger of being bearnapped?
Do you think we need to put out an Ambear Alert????
Oh, please HELP us!!