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Thursday, April 23, 2015

FROM ARMADILLOS TO ZEDONKS--MY A TO Z CHALLENGE IN ONE DAY

 

I don't feel like planning my life or my posts 27 days in advance so here is my A TO Z Challenge in one post.  The subject is animals I have seen, not seen or am!!

A IS FOR ARMADILLO
When Nameless 2 was learning her letters we were looking around the house for things that started with a, b, c, etc.  I asked her what started with r & 
she said armadillo.  She is very logical!!
This is our armadillo.
It is made of papier mache & lives in our living room.


B IS FOR BEAR
He, too, lives with us.
He is a 30" bear made of concrete that we bought years ago in Sedona.  
The artist made many animals, all with human-type facial expressions.  
You could look at a squirrel, for instance, 
& think your Uncle Joe smiled just like that.  
When our neighbor saw our bear, his comment was, 
"My God--that looks like someone who just farted in an elevator!"  
I agree.  
Do you?

C IS FOR CAT
Cats love to keep busy.

D IS FOR DOG
Dogs help humans in many ways.

E IS FOR ELEPHANT
Elephants are notoriously poor at sports.

F IS FOR FISHDUCKY
Fishduckies are almost extinct.
It is believed there is only one remaining & she is very old.
This is her & a stuffed animal she thinks is her child.


G IS FOR GOAT
Some goats do not play well with others.

H IS FOR HUMPBACK WHALE
This whale keeps showing up unexpectedly at both my home & my daughter's.
It was formerly known as "What Shark?"

I IS FOR IGUANA
You knew iguanas love the ocean but did you know they are great singers?

J IS FOR JAGUAR
Jaguars make excellent hood ornaments.

Apparently, they also play basketball.

K IS FOR KANGAROO
Kangaroos keep their young with them as long as possible.

L IS FOR LEOPARD

Here is a story about
HOW THE LEOPARD GOT ITS SPOTS (AND THE BABOON, ITS RED BUTT)

Many years ago the leopard was a solid creamy white, with no spots.  The baboon’s butt was the same color as the rest of its body.  Not so, today.  They were also very close companions.  Now, a leopard will try to eat any baboon he sees.  Let me tell you why, so this doesn’t happen between you and your friends.  (It is very bad manners to eat your friends!)

Lenny Leopard received a gift from across the sea for his birthday.  His aunt Lola in Wichita had FedExed him a set of oil paints.  He invited his best friend, Bobby Baboon, to come and paint with him and his brothers and cousins.  His brothers were Leon, Lionel, Lloyd and Lance.  His cousins were Luke, Larry, Leroy, Lester and Lyle, who you might remember was married for a short time to Julia Roberts, a jaguar.  (There are many laws of the jungle.  One of them is that an animal’s first name must start with the same first letter as its breed.  I have no idea why.)

None of them had ever seen oil paints—or paints of any kind before.  They were excited and couldn’t wait to play with them.  Aunt Lola, being senile, had neglected to send paper or empty canvases to paint on, so they started to paint each other, as boys of any breed tend to do.  Actually, Bobby started it by flicking paint all over the cubs, until they were covered with multicolored spots.  During the inevitable fight that followed, Bobby Baboon was pushed or fell (nobody will admit what really happened) into the bright red paint, landing on his seat

The cubs knew their moms would be very angry at them, but they had to go home and try to get the paint off.  After their mothers had finished roaring at them, they tried to wash off the spots.  This was oil paint and it had dried, and no matter how rough their mother’s tongues were, or how many Brillo Pads they used, they could not get it all off.  They were left with brown spots where the painted spots were.  One cub, who had always been a renegade, was completely covered in black paint and yet refused to let his mother try to clean him.  He eventually left his family and went off to the United States to form a new club called “The Black Panthers”.  Bobby’s butt stayed bright red because no one, not even his mother, would try to lick it off.

Mother Nature must have thought that either this was very funny, or that they looked better that way, because when they got older, all their children, their children’s children and even their children’s children’s children were born with brown spots.  What about Bobby Baboon’s descendants, you ask?  They all have bright red butts, but it turns out the lady baboons like them that way; the brighter, the better.  They think it’s sexy, which really makes the leopards angry!!


M IS FOR MONKEY
Monkeys are among the most musical of animals.
This drummer has started his own rock band.

N IS FOR NEWT
A newt is a colorful, sleepy-eyed lizard.

They have been known to serve in Congress.

O IS FOR OCTOPUS
Octopi are cephalopods, which are not prone to very many ailments.

P IS FOR PENGUIN
Penguins can be bullies, sometimes hitting or pushing one another for no reason.

Q IS FOR QUAIL
Quail are small delicious wild birds.


R IS FOR RABBIT
Some rabbits would like to be pro athletes but they tend to cheat.

S IS FOR SKUNK
Skunks are not allowed to smoke cigars in the house.

T IS FOR TURKEY
Be sure to prep your turkey before roasting.

U IS FOR UNICORN
This is why they are now extinct.

V IS FOR VULTURE
Vultures do not normally kill their own prey.

W IS FOR WALRUS
Some walruses are deep thinkers.

X IS FOR XIPHIAS (THE LATIN NAME FOR SWORDFISH)
It is difficult for swordfish to be romantic.

Y IS FOR YAK
Yaks are similar to buffalo, but they talk a lot more.

Z IS FOR ZEDONK
This is a zedonk & her mommy, a donkey.
They named her Pippi Longstocking.
Her daddy is a zebra.


Thesaurus: an ancient reptile with an excellent vocabulary----fishducky






















8 comments:

  1. Thank you for confining this activity to one post. I do not like April on the blogs.

    Love,
    Janie

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  2. A-Z in one day!! Well done. I love your concrete bear and yes, he does look like he just farted in an elevator.
    I like the yackity yakking yaks and the deep thinking walrus.
    Pippi Longstocking is the perfect name for the zedonk.

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    1. I've never done the A to Z before!!

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  3. Good work. This is actually the first one of these challenges that I read all the way through.

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    1. I was Actually Zealous to be in an Animal Zone but Always Zany, I guess!!

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  4. Pippi Zedonk was a great finish!
    I used to have a green iguana (not from Galapagos) so I couldn't resist watching the whole song and dance. ;)

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    1. We went to the Galapagos Islands (https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=5747223283051967693#editor/target=post;postID=2710103329343737348;) & we didn't see even ONE singing, dancing lizard!!

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