Thursday, March 14, 2019

Thoroughly Poetic Thankful Thimble Thursday

It's Thursday! Obviously, we're here to do a bit of rhyming. After all, it is the day of Angel Sammy and Teddy's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge.

As always, our hosts helped us out by sharing a photo prompt to guide us. This week's prompt is this  lovely one here:

I am a huge fan of anything to do with historical eras, especially Victorian and surrounding time periods. Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, and Little House on the Prairie all played large roles in my childhood. I enjoyed their historical atmosphere, yet I also greatly appreciated the leading ladies' strong minds and wills in these stories. That all being said, I certainly took some liberties with the above image and my resulting poem.


It was a fine spring day in 1902,
And Alice was wearing her dress of blue.
On that fine day, she walked to town.
Nothing about that beautiful day could make her frown.

Alice arrived in town just in time for lunch,
So she took a seat at Old Lady Crumb's bakery, The Munch.
Alice feasted on a ham and cheese sandwich,
Which tasted so very pleasant and rich.

Alice could not help but let out a whispered groan,
When into The Munch walked none other than Henry Stone.
Alice stuffed the last of her sandwich into her mouth,
Trying to skedaddle before Henry could sight her and sit down.

It was just as Alice stood from her seat that Henry did spot her.
He offered a flamboyant wave, and of course made his way over.
"Hello, Henry," Alice said as she inched toward the door.
She wished she could dash away, fast, right across the floor.

"Care to dine with me, Alice?" Henry did ask.
"Thank you, but I just ate," Alice said, "so I'll have to pass."
The door was now just an arm's length away,
And so Alice indeed dashed the rest of the way.
As she slid through the door she did say,
"Goodbye, Henry! Have a good day!"

Since she was already in town,
A visit to the mercantile Alice would not turn down.
She was, after all, in need of the makings of a cake,
Which she was craving, and so she would happily bake.

As she left the mercantile, her arms full,
In front of her Henry, in his carriage, did pull.
He said, "Care for a ride home in my carriage?
Perhaps I can convince you to give me your hand in marriage."

Alice cringed and could only shake her head.
Finally, as she began to walk down the road, she said,
"Thank you, Henry, but I'll yet again pass.
I'm really not interested in, well, any of that."

Henry followed her as she went on her way.
As always, these were the words he did say:
"Why do you always refuse my offers, Alice?
I can give you a home in the biggest, finest palace!"

"Palaces are lonely and cold," was how Alice replied.
"I'm quite happy with my little cottage. Goodbye!"
Taking hints was not Henry's strong point,
Something that left Alice quite thoroughly annoyed.

Henry insisted, "Your little cottage is far too small and quaint."
Alice retorted, "My cottage is warm and cozy, that's what I think.
Besides, Henry, I'm already taken.
Now, if you excuse me, I'm off to do some baking."
"What do you mean you're taken?" Henry asked.
Alice replied, "It means what it means, and that's that."

Henry still hung around when Alice arrived home,
To her cottage where she felt happy and never alone.
Happy for Henry to meet the one who had stolen her heart,
Towards her home Alice did dart.

Nearly to the door, Alice shouted, "Beau!
Come on out! I'm home!"
Only a very small amount of time passed,
Before the screen door opened just a crack.

Yes, indeed, there was her Beau!
When he saw Alice, he stretched from his head to his toes.
Her beloved Beau was a handsome ginger,
Fuzzy and with a long set of whiskers.

Henry nearly choked at the sight.
He tilted his head to the left and then to the right.
Then, quite plainly, Henry did state, "That's a cat."
"Yes," Alice said as she picked Beau up in her arms and gave him a pat.
"My Beau is a cat. I'm quite happily aware of that."


Are you ready for Thimble and her Thankfuls?

Though Thimble is not all that thrilled that her ear got cut off in this shot, she sure is grateful for that sunshine! Indeed, it's finally starting to feel like spring out there. Our snow has melted away and the winter coats are making far less appearances. We see some window whiffies on the horizon!

We are indeed thankful for spring. We are also so very thankful for each and every one of you. This blogging community is such a wonderful place to be, thanks to all of you.


Last but not least, we have for you the fill-in statements for tomorrow's Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. Ellen of 15andmeowing crafted up the first two, and I came up with the second two.

1. I could live on _________.

2. I rarely _________, but when I do, _________.

3. I would most like to be known for _________.

4. If you want _________, you have to _________.

We'll see you tomorrow, friends!

Our Tip of the Day:

Today's National Pet Poison Awareness Month tip is about essential oils. There are a wide variety of essential oils on the market, and there are also a wide variety of reactions your furbaby might display if exposed to certain essential oils. Some essential oils can indeed be poisonous to our kitties or pups, kitties typically being especially sensitive to them. Depending on the type of oil and its concentration, exposure to and ingestion of an essential oil can lead to potentially serious side effects, such as vomiting, diarrhea, and difficulty walking, just to name a couple.

To prevent any accidental toxicity or emergencies, it might be best to simply prevent your furbaby from coming into contact with any essential oils, to ensure that your furbaby does not come into contact with one containing a toxic ingredient. This would mean refraining from putting essential oils on your kitty or pup, or placing essential oil diffusers anywhere near where your furbaby can reach. Also keep in mind that essential oils and their fragrances can also potentially cause respiratory irritation, with symptoms such as ocular discharge, nasal discharge, or signs related to asthma. When in doubt, keep essential oils, essential oil diffusers, and any other similar products well away from your furbaby, as their health and safety is not worth the risk.


Brian's Home Blog said...

Your poems are most amazing and so are you pretty Thimble! Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

My GBGV Life said...

We dogs love the winter, but now we are in transition to spring and it is miserable with lots of rain, fog and clouds. Happy kitty is getting some sunshine to snooze in.

Marg said...

The poem is terrific. We love seeing you Thimble. Hope all of you have an amzaing day.

Eastside Cats said...

Henry wasn't never going to win Alice; he didn't understand her AT ALL! So glad that she has Beau!

World of Animals, Inc said...

You always have the best poems. We always love when Thursday rolls around. The doodle was just perfect for that photo. Thimble, we hope the sunshine feels so good today. The next photo will have both ears completely in the frame. Thanks for the share. Have a great day.
World of Animals

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Your poem is just purrfect as always!!! The doodle that goes with it is too cute too :) I love that era as well.

pilch92 said...

I love your poem. I am a big fan of Little House and Little Women. When my niece was about 12 my mom and I took her to Louissa May Alcott's house in Concord (about 90 minutes from us). Thimble is a cutie even with her ear cut off. Great tips too- no oils allowed here. I look forward to the fill-ins tomorrow.

messymimi said...

Alice sounds like quite the smart lady, and i am thankful to see Thimble again today.

Lone Star Cats said...

Glad ya got some sunshine Thimble!

Alastriona, The Cats and Dogs said...

Actually essential oils can be beneficial to your cat or pup when used correctly. Our vet has recommended Copaiba and Frankincense for us. And they helped prolong Socks life. She has diffusers in the lobby and the exam rooms using different mixtures. During cold season she keeps a mixture going that supports respiratory health and she uses lavender for calming.

We would love to have sunshine Thimble.

The Swiss Cats said...

Wonderful poem ! Purrs