Monthly Rhyme from Twiglet's book: "March in in, the winds begin!" Twiglet, the Little Christmas Tree Copyright 2003 by Phyllis and Janey Fisher.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Twiglet is Mentioned Over at Pieces of Me...

Twiglet had a pleasant surprise today! When the email from Blogarithm arrived this morning, letting us know which of our favorite blogs had written a new post, we found Twiglet mentioned over at Pieces Of Me! Thank you Lady Gatekeeper!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Twiglet's Weekly Pick - Gran'pa 'n' Twiglet Note Card...

Twiglet's Christmas - Note Card - Gran'pa 'n' Twiglet
"We send love and joy with our Christmas gift to you!"

A 4.25" x 5.5" note card on warm white linen paper.

Twiglet is the only Christmas tree on Gran'pa Shepherd's tree farm that grows with a white top-notch! This note card drawn from the illustration from page 13 of the book.

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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Twiglet's Weekly Pick - Decorating Twiglet Note Card...

Twiglet's Christmas - Note Card - Decorating Twiglet

"It is memory making time again!"

A 4.25" x 5.5" note card on warm white linen paper.

After finding Twiglet laying on the side of the road, Rueben and Rachel bring the tree home to Gramma O. This illustration is found on page 19 of the book.

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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Twiglet adds the "Writing Tip of the Day" Widget...

I stumbled upon a widget, over at Pieces of Me, that will be most helpful here in Twiglet's world. It is a Writing Tip of the Day widget that you will find in Twiglet's side column.


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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Twiglet's Weekly Pick - Twins 'n' Brown Sugar Note Card...

Twiglet's Christmas - Note Card - Twins 'n' Brown Sugar
"I've discovered that you are one of the miracles of Christmas!"
A 4.25" x 5.5" note card on warm white linen paper.

The next illustration taken from page 17 of the book gives us a glimpse of the twins just before they find Twiglet I. There are a total of 12 note cards in the Twiglet's Christmas Note Card Set.

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Twiglet joins "Blogging Chicks"...

Rachel has requested that Twiglet join "Blogging Chicks" so that she can make some new friends.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Fall Time in Twiglet's World...

This post is entered in BLOG VILLAGE's Fall Fest Carnival!

Even though our children's book, "Twiglet, the Little Christmas Tree" sounds like it is a Christmas story, the twins search throughout the rest of the year looking for Twiglet! The following is an except from Chapter Two:

" fine fall day, as Rueben and Rachel were weeding around the trees, down in the east end of the field, they found something! Lo and behold, a small tree with a white top notch!!! It was a miracle! Rueben and Rachel were so thrilled they joined hands as they ran all the way to tell Gran’pa and Bright!

When the twins found Gran’pa and Bright they were by the barn putting up hay for the winter. Talking at the same time the twins tried to tell them that they had found Twiglet II."

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Twiglet's Weekly Pick - Rueben 'n' Rachel's Paper Doll Coloring Book...

Rueben 'n' Rachel - Paper Doll Coloring Book

Rueben 'n' Rachel - Paper Doll Coloring Book
SKU: #00011

PRICE: $5.00

Rueben 'n' Rachel - Paper Doll Coloring Booklet I
SKU: #00012

A smaller version of the Rueben 'n' Rachel 's Paper Doll Coloring Book. Mix 'n' match the dolls and clothes from the book with the 4.25" x 5.5" version of Rueben 'n' Rachel's Paper Doll Book.

PRICE: $2.50

With these paper doll coloring books, your kids will be able to color the outfits and then cut them out! The black 'n' white versions in the coloring book are the same as the colored outfits in the Rueben 'n' Rachel Paper Doll Book.

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Twiglet' Weekly Pick - Rueben 'n' Rachel's Paper Doll Book...

Rueben 'n' Rachel - Paper Doll Book

Rueben 'n' Rachel - Paper Doll Book
SKU: #00008

This paper doll book has 18 outfits with accessories for both Rueben 'n' Rachel. The twins are characters from our fully illustrated Children's book Twiglet the Little Christmas Tree.

PRICE: $5.00


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In our children's story, the main characters are twins. Rueben 'n' Rachel live with their Gran'ma Oliver and experience life in a little town called Snowflake. Our in-house artist, Phyllis Mae Richardson Fisher, turned the twins into paper dolls and created 14 sets of clothes for each of the kids. This book contains those 28 outfits and lots of art sparks for added fun.

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Twiglet's Weekly Pick - Twiglet 'n' Presents Note Card...

Twiglet's Christmas - Note Card - Twiglet 'n' Presents
"You are one of the true gifts of Christmas!"
A 4.25" x 5.5" note card on warm white linen paper.

Taken from page 55 in Twiglet the Little Christmas Tree, this illustration depicts the Christmas tree decorated by the twins, Gramma O, Bright and Gran'pa Shepherd.

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Twiglet's Weekly Pick ~ Finding Twiglet Note Card...

Twiglet's Christmas - Note Card - Losing Twiglet

Twiglet's Christmas - Note Card - Finding Twiglet
SKU: #00033

Finding Twiglet ~ Keeping your friendship is a true Christmas gift! note card from Twiglet the Little Christmas Tree.

PRICE: $2.00

To create Christmas Note Cards from our children's book, we gathered 12 illustrations and added a heart felt verse in keeping with the atmosphere of the book. This note card depicts the point in the story where Twiglet falls off the Christmas tree wagon.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Twiglet Subscribed to FeedBurner...

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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Twiglet' Weekly Pick - Twiglet's Bookmark

Twiglet the Little Christmas Tree - Bookmark - Laminated - White Twiglet the Little Christmas Tree - Bookmark - Laminated - White
SKU: #00004

A Twiglet design is printed on this 2" x 5.5" white laminated bookmark.

PRICE: $1.25

The first item I would like to tell you about is the matching book mark for our children's book, "Twiglet" the Little Christmas Tree. "Twiglet" is featured on the front and back of these bookmarks with snowflakes falling around him! Available in both white and ivory.

I personally use this bookmark to mark the place of the current book that I am reading. Bookmarks are smaller than original size.

Twiglet the Little Christmas Tree - Bookmark - Laminated - Ivory

Twiglet the Little Christmas Tree - Bookmark - Laminated - Ivory
SKU: #00003

A Twiglet tree is printed on this 2" x 5.5" ivory laminated bookmark.

PRICE: $1.25

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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

87 Days Until Christmas...

It's that time of year again! The anticipation of the holidays is tickling the senses as the first scents of Christmas permeate the very air we breathe. Cinnamon Scented Pine Cones, vanilla clouds in the kitchen, and pumkin pie in the oven...there are only 87 days until Christmas!!!

The twins have redecorated here on the Twiglet Book blog in anticipation of the holidays that are fast approaching! The following posts will showcase the different items that are available in the "Twiglet" the Little Christmas Tree theme. These items include paperdoll books, coloring books, postcards, notecards, bookmarks, stationery, gift boxes, gift bags, mugs, t-shirts, christmas tree ornaments, mouse pads, aprons and much more...

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Thursday, September 6, 2007

Only 110 days till Christmas...

What a wonderful time of year...Christmas!!! It's already time to start thinking about ordering those unique Christmas gifts for the special people in your life. PJ's Corner Gift Shoppe recommends a new children's book, "Twiglet" the Little Christmas Tree, that centers around discoveries, miracles and friendships.

To find out more about this wonderful new children's book, follow the links that include a synopsis, book review, recommended reading from R.R. Bowker, and purchasing links.

"Twiglet" the Little Christmas Tree
Written by: Phyllis Mae Richardson Fisher
Contributing Authors: Samuel K. Richardson, Anthony Wayne Fisher, Travis Lee Fisher,
George Harvey Fisher, Douglas Wayne Fisher, & Janey Loree Fisher
Illustrated by: Phyllis Mae Richardson Fisher and Douglas Wayne Fisher
Book Design by: Janey Loree Fisher
Synopsis Book Review Recommended Reading "Twiglet's Blog

Found in PJ's Corner Gift Shoppe...use the link connected to the price.

Twiglet the Little Christmas Tree - Book
SKU: #00001

You and your child will be able to lay this 186 page, comb bound children's book flat to fully enjoy the large print, 49 full-page illustrations, and countless color clipart that fill this story of discoveries, miracles, and friendships.

PRICE: $25.00

Twiglet the Little Christmas Tree - Booklet
SKU: #00002

You and your child will be able to lay this 4.25" x 5.5", 186 page, comb bound children's book flat to fully enjoy the large print, 49 full-page illustrations, and countless color clipart that fill this story of discoveries, miracles, and friendships.

PRICE: $7.00

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Reading for Recreation...

Here on Twiglet's blog we love to read when we play, seek amusement or need to relax. Just think about grabbing a good book, finding your favorite chair or reading place and relaxing for several hours!

We need to make reading time a special time to our children and grandchildren. When my boys were growing up, they knew that they could stay up a couple of hours later, if they were reading! Travis would gather a Popular Mechanics or some type of fix-it book and Tony reached for one of the Hardy Boys novels. And after I had my house all clean and everyone taken care of I would grab the latest "Janette Oke" novel and read to my hearts content! Her "Love Comes Softly" Series have been made into movies and are on the Hallmark Channel.

Talk about a stress reliever...having the time to read a little each day helps slow the pace of this worry, scurry, hurry up world. Making sure that you and your children read constructive, uplifting and well written material is very important too! "You are what you read!!!"

Here are some quotes by famous people that I found while researching with the search phrase "you are what you read".

"The man who does not read good books, has no advantage over the man who cannot read them." Mark Twain

"The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who will get me a book I have not read." Abraham Lincoln

"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates' loot on Treasure Island…and best of all you can enjoy these riches every day of your life." Walt Disney

"In a very real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot, or will not, read…it is not true we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish."

S.I. Hayakawa

"Master those books you have. Read them thoroughly. Bathe in them until they saturate you. Read and re-read them…digest them…a student will find that his mental constitution is more affected by one book thoroughly mastered than by 20 books he has merely skimmed." Charles Spurgeon

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Today ranked at #298 out of 476
Rating is 9.83
Votes IN = 1
Votes OUT = 8
Last Comment = May 16, 2007 by Janey Loree thanking everyone for rating!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Twiglet 1 - Part One...Submitted to Thoof...

Twiglet 1 - Part One has been submitted to Thoof. You will notice at the bottom of the article a ThoofRank button. The ThoofRank is a fair measurement of how interesting a story is to readers with interests in common with the story. It is expressed as a percentage relative to other Thoof stories, so a ThoofRank above 50% indicates that a story is of above average interest to those readers. When a story has just been submitted it will start out with a low ThoofRank, but this will increase as more people see it, so please be patient.

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Twiglet Attending Texas RV Travel Blog's Recreation Carnival...

Twiglet...will be attending the next BLOG VILLAGE Carnival hosted by Cyber Celt over at Texas RV Travel Blog!!! Come join us if you are a BLOG VILLAGER, or linked to a BLOG VILLAGER. Keep in mind that you can become a BLOG VILLAGER, so that you become a vital part of our VILLAGE! Enter your post about what you do for fun!!!

We look for discoveries, miracles and friendships!!!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Celebrating Our Country's Independence!!!

Twiglet, Rueben 'n' Rachel and all the residents of Snowflake wish a "Happy 4th of July" to Everyone!!! We will be busy today getting ready for our 4th of July Celebration over at the Franklin Field Horsemen's Association stables! It looks like there will be a big turnout tonight starting with the Trail Ride @ 5:30pm. While everyone is out riding their horses, those of us who don't or can't ride will be gathering around the barbecue grills and food tables under the Ash trees. It is supposed to reach 102 degrees today which is cooler than first predicted!

Take care and have a safe 4th of July.

I will be posting pictures of the celebration over on Mustang 'n' Cowboys.

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Excerpt from Chapter V: was time for the Fourth of July picnic and everyone had gathered at noon in the town square for the festivities. Even though July was hot, they were having a great time.
On the morning of the fourth, Gran’pa and Bright dropped by the Oliver’s cabin to pick up the twins. When they arrived in Snowflake at the town square, Parson Johnson, Anna, and the boys were helping with the booths. The Matthews were already in town and were staying at the boarding house. They came down the mountainside to town on the third, and now were mingling with the townspeople and country folk who were walking around the square.
Everyone was checking out all the booths and games. Miss Sarah taught the children most of the games to play at recess. “London Bridge”, “Drop the Handkerchief”, “Follow the Leader”, “Farmer in the Dell”, and “The Mulberry Bush” were some of the games planned for the day. “Hide-and-Seek” and “Tag” were already in progress as they looked out across the town square.
Everywhere they looked, the children were playing games. They were potato sack racing, playing ring around the rosy and red rover. As the boys played games of tug-of-war and marbles, the girls played hopscotch and jacks. The older girls were parading around in their new frocks and pinafores, with ribbons and bows in their hair. Because of all the chores of summer, the grownups enjoyed being together and chatting with their neighbors. Everyone knowing that after the celebration they would have to get back to work.
Later there would be pie eating and watermelon eating contests. The day was full of activities to keep young and old busy, until the fireworks display after the sun went down. Beautiful music filled the air. The band had set up in a gazebo that the planning committee had especially made for them. Miss Sarah sat at the piano, Smithy stood nearby with his guitar, Gran’pa Shepherd sat on a bench playing the accordion, and Ben King swayed to the music, with his fiddle.
The older men were playing checkers and chess as they listened to the band. At that moment, “The Star Spangled Banner” was filling everyone’s hearts with patriotic pride, and paving the way for a wonderful day. The Snowflake Planning Committee had been very busy planning new and exciting ideas for their town! They were thrilled that in a town the size of Snowflake, there would be so many musicians.
Absolute joy was in the air. The anticipation of a fireworks display after sunset was evident as the children enjoyed the games, and the townspeople and country folk enjoyed each other’s company. Ben King and his family made it in from working on the old McCloud place. The new lawyer and his family joined everyone in the town square where a game of horseshoes was in progress. the west the sun finally set, making a wonderful display all on its own. The brilliant yellows, oranges, and reds turned to soft hues of pinks, lavenders, and blues. The mountains behind the Mercantile and the vacant building next door, silhouetted against the evening sky!
Shortly after sunset, the townspeople and country folk enjoyed the fire works. The children and the adults alike were having the time of their lives. They exclaimed and clapped with each new fireworks display!!! This day of festivities finally ended with everyone calling their goodbyes and thanks. The town grew quiet and soon everyone was fast asleep.
Everyone was soon fast asleep, except Rueben, Rachel, Gran’pa, and Bright, who had a way to go to reach his or her home.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Twiglet's 4th of July...

I just used the 4th of July Celebration illustration from our children's book, "Twiglet" the Little Christmas Tree, as the background for a flyer for the Franklin Field Horsemens Association. It was the perfect background with the kids racing to finish their watermelon first with the American Flag flying on the school flagpole and a table cloth of red, white and blue.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

"Twiglet" is referred to at Associated Content...

One of my fellow BLOG VILLAGERS has written an informative piece on "How to Have a Popular Blog and Earn Money with It". Debbie Alten's blog Pieces of Me is filled with "fresh (meaning new, original and unique), interesting or thought provoking content" to take a phrase from this article posted over at Associated Content. Debbie has written a review on our children's book, "Twiglet" the Little Christmas Tree" and belongs to a writer's group that has met every Friday for more than 15 years.

I was surprised when I read a recent comment for one of my other blogs,
Mustang 'n' Cowboys, over in BLOG VILLAGE: "On Mon, Jun.11, 2007 3:49 PM PDT the gatekeeper (gtargirl at rated this site [no rating] Woo hoo! Number 8! Nice job. I included this website in my article "How to have a popular blog and make money from it." It's published at AC. They paid me for it. Hehehehe. Go figure."

I said all of this to say THANK YOU! to Debbie for referring to "Twiglet" in her article.

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Educational Performance...

Educational performance is a vital part of this children's story written by Phyllis Mae Richardson Fisher. Through discoveries, friendships, and miracles, “Twiglet” the Little Christmas Tree, teaches that helping others is a vital part of a growing and thriving community. With a glossary of terms and illustrations to spark the imagination, PJ’s Corner Gift Shoppe makes this book available to help inform that education and good neighbors go a long way toward making a better tomorrow.

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Sunday, April 8, 2007

Easter Blessings from "Twiglet"...

Easter Blessings

May your day be filled with happy times

with your family and your friends,
sharing memories of the happy times
and of the love that never ends.

Poem by Janey Loree ~ Copyright 2007

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

"Twiglet" is going to Equine Experience...

The 4th Annual Equine Experience will be held March 30-April 1, 2007. This three day weekend is filled with everything equine. From clinics and shows, to shopping and a breed showcase. Since Blaze and Star along with some of the other animal characters are horses, this book will be traveling to Paso Robles!

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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Blog Carnival Itinerary...

Click on a banner to check out the carnival! The BLOG VILLAGE Goes Gonzo! & Kilroy Goes Gonzo Carnivals have already taken place, while A GONZO poetry SLAM!, A GONZO PHOTOGRAPHY CARNIVAL, and ALL THINGS EQUINE are slated for the near future!! These links will take you to single posts filled with an abundance of great posts on specific themes, and ultimately give you a chance to expand your blog traffic!!! Even if you don't enter a post, stop by for the fun!!!!

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Review by The GateKeeper...

The GateKeeper said...

The Gatekeeper has this to say about sweet Twiglet . . .

Twiglet is a wonderful family project. Quite a few members of the Fisher, Richardson and McAnally families had a say in this children’s book and even a few written lines here and there. It’s quite a clever concept and family values shine through the story of Twiglet. The characters are believable, strong in morals, and loveable. If the writers and illustrators could find the time, it might be interesting to see if this might be re-worked into a book series.

It’s a wonderful Christmas story that teaches valuable lessons, with clever “sidebars” dispersed throughout the book to introduce young ones to the seasons and months of the year. Another point of interest is the chance for communicating with the children you are reading Twiglet to or with, is the Glossary of Terms. It covers the words children might not know, or are unfamiliar with. Some of these words are wonderful lessons in itself.

Twiglet is meant to be read out loud by everyone’s grandma who is sitting on her favorite rocking chair, with the family quilt draped over her lap, relaxing in front of the fireplace on Christmas Eve with all the grandchildren around her. I adore how the story brings out a time and place when life seemed sweeter, even through hardships.

Grandma, of course, would have to hold up the book as she’s reading in order to show off Phyllis and Janey’s illustrations. The art work in Twiglet is wonderful and graces every page of the book—very colorful, creative and becomes a vital part of the story.

Twiglet would do well as a gift book also. The illustrations alone could probably qualify it as such—a nice basket with homemade jams and bread, cookies, candy, and fresh fruit perhaps, with Twiglet in the middle. There’s even three bookmarks to cut out.

Add this book to your Christmas library, though the children might enjoy this one all the year through.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Monday, February 12, 2007

Twiglet 1 - Part Two...

(Read Twiglet 1 - Part One...)
Well...meanwhile the old farmer and his grandson had sold all their trees (except for Twiglet, whom they could not find) and were on their way home. It was after dark and it had been snowing hard for quite a while. Snowflakes as big as gumdrops were still falling from the frosty night sky. The wind blew from the north and was very cold! Gran’pa Shepherd and Bright were hurrying to get home when the wagon wheel broke! The old farmer was much too tired and old to walk to their Christmas tree farm. Besides, they had a wagon full of supplies, food for the holidays, and their presents. Bright told his Gran’pa that he would take Blaze, one of the team horses, and go for help. Bright saw the light of a kerosene lamp shining from the window of a nearby cabin. Bright knew that he and Blaze would not be able to go much farther, because they were almost frozen. The reflection of the light on the snow lit the path up to the cabin. Bright slid off his horse and crawled to knock on the old cabin door. Gramma O and the twins looked at each other and wondered who would be knocking on their door this time of night, at any time, for that matter! They wondered because they never had company, ever! Trembling, they all went to the door and slowly opened it to find a young man lying in the snow. They looked out into the snowy night to see if there was anyone else and noticed that a horse with a white blaze on his nose was standing near the young man, as if protecting him! The three of them knelt down, took the young man into the cabin, and laid him on Rueben’s cot by the old wood stove. Gramma took the old patchwork quilt from her old rocking chair to cover him. She gave him some leftover soup and cornbread. Rueben took the strangers’ horse to the shed to stable him. Brown Sugar welcomed the new horse with a soft whinny. Rueben brushed him down, gave him some grain and some hay, before returning to the cabin to see what the strangers’ story was. Moments later the young man, revived by the hot soup, told them that he was Bright Starr. His Gran’pa was still with the wagon and Star, the other team horse. Gramma Oliver offered Brown Sugar and the sleigh to go get them. Rueben and Bright went out to get Gran’pa Shepherd and Star. They had to make several trips to get all of the supplies to the shed at the back of the old cabin. Gran’pa Shepherd lay on Rueben’s cot while Gramma Oliver fed him the rest of their soup. Rueben put Star in the shed with Brown Sugar and Blaze, making sure he gave him fresh clean water and gave him some grain and hay, too. Rachel brushed Star down while he ate his hay. Bright noticed that Blaze had already been brushed down and that he was contentedly resting in his stall. Gran’pa Shepherd was too cold and tired to eat very much and soon fell asleep. He slept all night and into the next day. The children kept the fire burning with the wood and twigs that they had been gathering, when they found Twiglet. Gran’pa Shepherd began to come around close to evening. The first thing he saw when he opened his eyes was a little Christmas tree with a white top notch cheering up the little old cabin. They had found Twiglet! Gran’pa Shepherd heard the clock chime seven times, could hear the children laughing and talking, and knew that they were becoming the best of friends.
It was Christmas Eve and Gramma O had prepared her last hen and the last seven potatoes for their meal. She set a loaf of her special bread, made from the last of their flour, on the table. She sent Rachel to the pantry shelf for the last two jars of apple butter. Gran’pa Shepherd saw behind the pantry shelf curtain and knew that this Gramma and her grandchildren were giving up the last of their food. He had an idea! He sent Bright and Rueben out to the shed where the supplies had been stored and had them bring in EVERYTHING! He wanted to repay Gramma O and her twins for helping him and his only grandson on that cold and wintry night! That night the snowstorm turned into a blizzard and they were snowbound inside the cabin Christmas day! The children made place mats out of used Christmas cards, the old Country Catalog, pictures from old calendars, and glue. Gramma O crocheted a neck scarf for everyone and Gran’pa Shepherd found enough gifts from the ones that he and Bright had picked up in Snowflake. While eating the homemade candy they talked and found out each other’s life stories. They were getting to know one another really well. They were able to keep very warm and everyone was thankful for the wood that Gramma O had chopped and the wood that Rueben and Rachel had gathered before they found Twiglet! Rachel helped Gramma O cook a real Christmas dinner from the supplies that Gran’pa Shepherd had given them. It was a merry time for all of them this Christmas, for they had good food, gifts, and best of all, new friends…what more could they ask for! Well...that evening as the storm blew over, Gran’pa Shepherd and Bright talked about how they had lost Twiglet. They realized that Twiglet had saved their lives. Had it not been for him the light in the window would not have been there to lead Bright to the cabin. Gramma O had already told them that they had been decorating Twiglet and had stayed up longer than usual. They would have already turned out the light and gone to bed. The next morning, Gran’pa Shepherd, Bright and Rueben shoveled the snow away from the door and from around the cabin. They also made a path to the shed. Then they hooked up Star to the sleigh to take their wagon wheel to “Smithy”, the blacksmith in Snowflake. When they reached the wagon, Bright and Rueben took the wagon wheel off for Gran’pa. While Bright, Rueben, and yes, even Gran’pa were trying to load the wagon wheel into the sleigh, the owner of Jacob’s Mercantile, Jacob Jacobs, came down the road in his bright red REO delivery truck. Mr. Jacobs offered them a ride into town and they soon had the wagon wheel loaded into the back of the REO. Bright and Rueben drove the sleigh into Snowflake. Well...on the way into town Gran’pa told Mr. Jacobs what had happened to the wagon wheel and how the Olivers' had given up the last of their food to care for him and his grandson. At Smithy’s blacksmith shop, Gran’pa had him check over the sleigh to make sure that it was in good repair. Smithy said that it would need new leather reins, and other than that, the sleigh was in very good condition. Smithy was remembering how particular Grandpa Oliver had been about his horse and sleigh. Mr. Jacobs wanted to help the Olivers, too! He had more deliveries, so he decided that he would take out some grain for Brown Sugar. Rueben helped Mr. Jacobs load a bag of barley and one of oats into the back of the red REO delivery truck. Mr. Jacobs helped Gran’pa and Bright put the wagon wheel back on the wagon. He would finish his deliveries and then stop back by to help Bright with some repairs. Bright took Gran’pa home and rode back to the Oliver’s cabin on Star. When Mr. Jacobs returned to the Oliver’s cabin, he took the grain to the shed and checked on the wood supply. He chopped up some logs small enough for the old wood stove and picked up the small chips for kindling. Mr. Jacobs repaired the pasture gate, so that Brown Sugar could be turned out in the spring. Rueben was helping Bright repair the stalls as Mr. Jacobs worked on the shed. Mr. Jacobs noticed, as Bright had, that everything was very neat and clean. The Olivers’ just needed a little help with the repairs. When Bright and Mr. Jacobs finished for the day, Gramma O handed each of them a couple of loaves of her special bread. She wanted to thank them for being such good neighbors. Rueben and Rachel ran down the lane as Mr. Jacobs rode away in his red REO delivery truck. Bright saddled up Star and caught up with the twins at the gate. Rueben and Rachel said goodbye to their new friends. From that time forward, Gran’pa Shepherd and Bright continued to take care of Gramma O and the twins.

Copyright 2003 ~ All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction, in any manner, is prohibited.
Printed in the United States of America
ISBN: 0-974561-51-7 ~ Illustrations by Phyllis Mae Richardson Fisher
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