Hey everybody, SURPRISE! It's actually a NEW POST! Does that make me two for two? I don't really know what that means exactly but it seemed like a good thing to say. Remember last time I told you Mommie was learning new stuff and new ways to do our blog and comic strip? Well, she is still practicing and today I thought I would show you some of the stuff she's been practicing on. Mommie used to just draw the strip exactly like you would see it. But she's been going to the Southeast Chapter of the National Cartoonist Society for a while and all the nice cartoonists there who REALLY know what they are doing, have been helping Mommie out with some "tweaking". So now she is learning how to do more stuff on the computer and putting the strip together a different way. Now she is taking each drawing of me frame by frame and putting it in strip form. More recently our strips have been frame by frame but reading downward. Anywhooooo, Mommie practiced doing this with drawings she already had of me and we wrote some new captions on them, "just for the heck of it". You might also notice the "tweaking" of the drawing of me too. She's been experimenting with how to get me "just the perfect color" for the web and for reproduction in print and stuff. So here is the "practice strip". You can help us out by letting us know which way you like it best. The way it is today, you will probably have to click on it to make it big enough to read. Frame by frame downward is big enough without having to click. Um, okay...here it is.
We'll bring more stuff to you later, but for now let's get to the song of the day. Actually today I'm gonna give you a song...PLUS a BONUS SONG! Yay! I'm really liking a group called Gomez today. You are getting their songs "Airstream Driver" and "See the World". Hope you enjoy them!
Have a good one....love, Freddie Girl and Mommie
SONG(S) OF THE DAY..."AIRSTREAM DRIVER" and "SEE THE WORLD", by Gomez
Hey everybody! We decided to have our own little holiday in honor of Dr. Josh and all the VETERINARIANS in the world. It's our blog, so I guess we can do whatever we want to, right? I'm gonna let Mommie tell you more about it...oh, and also THANK YOU to all the VETERANS who have taken care of us too! Thanks, love, Freddie Girl
Song of the day..."LET ME BE MYSELF", by Three Doors Down
I picked the Bob Dylan song "Forever Young" for Mommie, one because it is one of her favorite songs, and also because I know that Mommie hopes everyone will always see her as being forever young...in spite of that old crow and his "gravity robbing" friends. Mommie said she's not sure about that saying about the "older you get, the wiser you get", but you do find yourself understanding the concept of gravity much better. And what's up with those "crow's feet" anyway. We lived in this other state before, I won't tell which one it is because I don't want to offend those who live there and like it a whole lot more than we did. Mommie called it the "collagen killing" state because it was so hot and it was just relentlessly sunny all the time...except for the daily 15 minute thunderstorms. It's also a popular state for older people to move to, and Mommie said everybody just looks 65, they are really 35, because of that collagen thing again. Don't misunderstand, it's a lovely state with a lot of lovely nice people, it just didn't suit Mommie's red hair and fair skin...but I think the crows are really attracted to fair skin. Mommie and I were also noticing that when women get crows feet and wrinkles everybody just talks about how old they look, and how you should do something to get rid of them. But when men like George Clooney get crows feet around their eyes, people talk about how cute they look with that "crinkley, smiley, eye thing". Why is it that wrinkley eyes are just endearing on men? Oh well. Mommie isn't exactly thrilled about the getting older bit, but it sure does beat the only other possible option. So, Mommie just figured out she might as well just keep laughing and enjoying life, and maybe people won't notice the road map of life that has started showing up on her face. So, here's to all the wrinkley, smiley eyed women out there....may you stay FOREVER YOUNG!
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Song of the day...
"DREAM CATCH ME" by Newton Faulkner
CONFIDENTIAL to my little mouse buddy in the hospital that I was helping to find a new home for:
Hey little guy. How's it going? Sorry I couldn't find you a permanent home, but you know...YOU are in the BEST PLACE for you right now. I heard your little face isn't getting much better, but that's no reason to hide. You are still a cutie to me. AND, you are NOT HOMELESS, you are with a bunch of really nice people every day who can take care of you. You REALLY have it made...if you had wound up someplace else, you could be SNAKE FOOD by now! So get out from underneath that blanket and face the world! It's a pretty cool place, you wouldn't want to miss anything. So....hang in there buddy.
Love, Freddie Girl
This song is for you.."MISSED THE BOAT" by Modest Mouse ...because you are a "modest mouse" and 'cause I "kinda sorta" missed the boat on finding you a new home.
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Song of the day..."IT'S IN THE WAY THAT YOU USE IT" by Eric Clapton
I got the idea for my company, "FGP&P", one day when I was out doing my "business" and Mommie said, "WOW, that's some pretty good fertilizer there, Freddie Girl!" So I thought to myself, that's what I can do! And I'm good at it too! I have a VERY HIGH level of production. I like to carry my stick with me when I go to work so people will know that I'm on the clock. Everybody knows that I'M IN CHARGE because I'm the one carrying the big stick. Unfortunately, sometimes duty calls in the middle of the night and I have to wake up Mommie or Daddy to take me to work. Daddy gets a little cranky when I have to wake him up to take me and he mutters some 4 LETTER WORDS. I'm thinking that when he does that he is talking about my fertilizer. The ingredients must be TOP SECRET because then he tells me to NEVER EVER repeat those words. I'm also thinking Daddy might be in the same line of work as me because I have heard him say those same 4 letter words when he talks about HIS job! I also know that my formula is HIGH QUALITY because Mommie would occasionally have to take samples to Dr. Bell. He was the Director of Quality Control at FGP&P. Where we live now, it is a farther walk to work and sometimes I just can't contain myself! I am so anxious to get working! There is a lot of concrete on the way and apparently my fertilizer is just TOO POTENT for it. Mommie has to get it picked up ASAP! Now she carries some kind of apparatus with her (it looks like a frying pan to me, but what do I know), but now she can catch it before it hits the ground. I am now offering a liquid formula that is a FABULOUS weed killer. Unfortunately, if I don't aim exactly right, it kills the grass too. HELLO! Doesn't that defeat the purpose of the fertilizer?!! It's such a vicious cycle being in business. Well, as I mentioned before, over the years my formula has become much stronger, NEW AND IMPROVED, I guess you could say. I focus on and investigate every blade of grass individually to make sure I fertilize in the area that needs it the most. Then Mommie IMMEDIATELY collects it in a bag (because it is so potent), and we go make our deposit in the HUGE BIN in the parking lot. Then the Quality Control Department here picks it up in a big truck. When I get home after a good job, Mommie gives me a bonus of either 'meatballs" or "puppysicles" (Daddy just calls them cubes). Getting a bonus really motivates me to work harder because after about an hour...I'M READY TO GO BACK TO WORK! I know some people get really tired after a hard day's work, but not me...I'M NEVER POOPED OUT!
Song of the day... "THE PUPPY SONG" by Harry Nilsson
ALL ABOUT ME, ME, ME! Well, where should I start? Oh, I know....I'll start with Mommie wanting me. Well, my people Mommie and Daddy had a little tough luck with the people babies, so Mommie decided that she wanted a puppy like me. Mommie wanted me for a long time and when Daddy got...yet, ANOTHER set of golf clubs, he decided Mommie might be happier if he went ahead and started looking for me. So, I was born on December 12th and I was the baby of about 10 other puppies! I was the only black cocker spaniel in the whole bunch! Everybody else was blonde...go figure. I'll save the blonde jokes for you. So, of COURSE I was the cutest and stood out in the crowd...WELL, IT'S TRUE! (just kidding...not really). No offense to the relatives though, although I haven't seen ANY of them since! Then on New Year's Eve, Mommie and Daddy came to see us. It was dinner time and since I was the littlest I didn't always make it to the dinner table in time to get any food. I knew that the lady that took care of us would bring me a bottle soon, so I just went back to my little corner. Then my new Mommie picked me up and said "this is just the sweetest little puppy! And look at those eyelashes! They are soooooo long!" Mommie knew that I was the one for her and she didn't even pick up any of my brothers or sisters. I kind of liked her too, at least I knew she had good taste! It was love at first sight for all of us. So, we had to wait a couple of weeks before I could go home with my new Mommie and Daddy, and I just couldn't wait! Then one day Daddy picked me up and took me home to Mommie. It was GREAT! They had already picked out my new name. I'm named after some golfer...Fred Couples. I think that since the reason they got me WHEN they did had to do with golf clubs, it was only fitting that they name me after Mommie's favorite golfer. She thinks Fred Couples is cute. Plus she always said that if Fred Couples were a puppy, he would be a cute little black cocker spaniel like me. They say TIMING IS EVERYTHING...so I'm glad Daddy decided to get new golf clubs when he did. If he had gotten them earlier, I WASN'T BORN YET! And if he got them later, I might be living with OTHER PEOPLE! I'm sure there are lots of other nice people in the world...but I'm REALLY HAPPY living with MY peeps! More ME later...love, Freddie Girl!