Monday, October 19, 2009

Freckles and Deb Go Retreating

From October 8 - 12 Freckles and I attended the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators - Oregon Fall Retreat at Silver Falls State Park Conference Center. While I spent my time mingling with the other writers, attending workshops, and writing, Freckles found other ways to entertain herself. But, here...I'll let Freckles tell her own story.

Yup, Deb finally took me along on a writer's weekend. Usually I get left at home while she goes gallavanting off without a thought about my welfare. But, on October 8th we headed off together for the land of woods and waterfalls.

Dee picked us up and drove us there. A nice woman, that Dee. she didn't even fuss about me leaving bunny furs on her car seats! Deb & Dee talked and talked. But not me. No siree, I took the opportunity to rest up for the adventure ahead.

When we arrived, we headed for the meeting hall to sign in. We got our badges and found our rooms. Then it was off to dinner. Deb went inside the dining hall to eat with the other human writers. I stayed out in the beautiful grassy field, nibbling on some lovely dandylions around the edges and getting the lay of the land from some friendly, high-energy chipmunks.

Deb stayed for the evening meeting -- lots of announcements and a meet & greet writing exercise. I didn't really need any exercise, so I followed a trail into the woods in search of other animals to chat with. I heard rumors of a bear in the neighborhood from a group of bunnies who showed me a lovely patch of ripe berries, but I had no luck spotting the bear.

I returned to the grassy field just in time to walk Deb back to the lodge where she nestled into her super comfy bed. I thought the cave beneath the bed was just the ticket for a restful sleep after my busy day. I fell right to sleep and dreamt of a big brown bear running around the field with the speedy little chipmunks, cheerful brown bunnies, and me.  Tomorrow I'd need to get down to business and go in search of that bear!


Asta said...

Fweckles and Deb

WOW that sounds absolutely wondewful.
A wetweat fow witing and in such a bootiful place whewe you, Fweckles can have all those adventoowes and such lovely fwesh things to nibble..I 'm sowwy I haven't visited fow so long. Mommi gets soo behind , she claims she wuns out of time..I missed you
smoochie kisses

The Bunns said...

NO NO Freckles .... leave the bear alone!

The Meezers said...

sounds like a great advenchur is beginning - but bear hunting is dangerous

RyanLoghry said...

The real mystery is, do Deb and Dee snore??

Deb Shucka said...

What a grand adventure for the both of you! I can hardly wait to read more.

Deb Cushman said...

A little old bear won't scare Freckles!

Rachel Writes 4 Kids said...

Sounds great, freckles. I would love to hear more about the conference from Deb. Have her shoot me an email sometime. :)

Sassy Kat said...

Thank you so much for coming to my retirement send off. It meant a lot to me that you were there. It has been a pleasure getting to know you.
Love to you and your family.

Michelle (Shell) May said...

I would love to go on such a retreat. How incredibly fun!
bunny hugs,

Mary Witzl said...

Just reading this makes me want a rabbit! Or failing that, a pair of chipmunks.