"Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow, feeding
A little life with dried tubers.
Summer surprised us, coming over the Starnbergersee
With a shower of rain; we stopped in the colonnade
And went on in sunlight, into the Hofgarten
And drank coffee, and talked for an hour."~ T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land
"little fat Nini loves gourmet food
eats live lizards even though it's rude
had some welsh rabbit and rare sirloin
up jumped the rabbit
and Boing! Boing! Boing!"~ traditional Nini song
Sunday, April 1, 1832
The guns are silent today. Poignant strains of the Marsellaise behind the city walls. Triumphant? Lachrymose? One cannot say.
Our group of Resistants has dwindled to four Cats, one small pigeon, and our faithfull Fiedeau, who continues to serve as our chief spy although he has but one tattered ear and has lost three toes to the Lieutenant's sabre. In return Fiedeau piddled on the leg of this same Lieutenant's trousers.And so, our spirits remain high.
Monday, April 2, 1832
We have moved operations from the hollow Elephant statue in the large gardens near the centre of the city, due to an over-infestation of rats and small children. Now safely ensconced in the ancient Bell Tower on
Rue des Escargots, we monitor the ingress and egress of soldiers and citizens with our telescope mounted atop Fritz, who has but three legs and serves as a useful tripod.
Our Faithfull Fiedeau
Saturday, April 3, 1915
Today, disguised as a Franciscan Nun, I delivered baked potatoes, 'Smores, fat loaves of Pumpernickel, and handwritten copies of my recent poems to the kindly Soldiers along the Front. In return they have provided me with a most excellent Guernsey Cow.
Sunday, April 4, 1915
Cannot write but a few lines. Am leading Cow through the woods.
Friday, April 9, 1915
Disguised as peasants, the Cow and I have managed to slip through 22 checkpoints. However, am oncerned about transporting Cow across river.
Saturday, April 10, 1915
Managed to cross Danube with cow disguised as small house boat. When questioned, insisted that I was Anaïs Nin. Gave out autograph freely.
Tuesday, April 11, 1775
Fluffy, Stinky, and I continue to tend the wounded squirrels in our little makeshift Hospital in the Badger's Hole.
Alas, this will soon change, as Fido arrived at dawn this day, galloping up on Magnolia. Fido's cap was torn and his nose scratched, his large, blocky, brown head bandaged -- a most sorrowful wound, for now he has only one ear and that one rather shredded.
Fido has informed us that we must move the hospital three miles to the west to a large chestnut Stump. How I dread moving the squirrels!
Friday, April 14, 1912
Much inconvenience late this evening, as ship went down. Fortunately had Water Wings, so swam rest of way. Lovely pre-jazz scene emerging in New York!
Sunday, April 15
Today is Easter Day! We all got some Easter Baskets! Chickenloaf got some eggs! Also a pink hand knitted sweater with some sparkles which I personally knitted! Pia got some eggs! She sold them!I got some eggs! Plus a book by Tolstoy!Ben got one gigantic ostrich egg! He was speechless!
Monday, April 16
Chessie, she has taken every one of her Candy Peeps out of the cellophane wrappers and she licked those peeps and she stuck a whole bunch of them all over the television set. Tuesday, April 17
Chessie is licking Candy Peeps and she is sticking them all over the house. I have found my toad Bufo studded with Candy Peeps. Bufo, he is glum.
Tuesday April 18, 1775Fido has lost his other ear to a blunderbuss and is beginning to appear rather human.
Wednesday, April 19, 1775
Moved the wounded Squirrels today in rattly little carts. Sang battle hymns all the way to cheer them.
At daybreak Fido arrived with large bundle of Letters, one of which is from Dear Father. Father is sending each of us Stocking Hats and matching Mittens, and myself a Large Orchestral Harp to aid in cheering the Squirrels.
Also received missive from General Washington, who most considerately inquires after the dismal state of our Boots.I fear the news is not good in that regard.
Thursday, April 20, 1775
Buried poor Boots today in full ceremony.
Saturday, April 22, 1780
Was hunting stags with PhyDough this afternoon, when a messenger galloped up, bearing urgent Letter from Dear Father, who inquires as to whether I am still practicing my Autoharp.
Must write immediately and tell him about Wolfgang.
Tuesday, April 23, 1901
Gave M much needed advice as we played extended poker game this evening. M will proceed with importing small, plump horses from France, as originally planned.M is darling dumpling man. Would make fine Cat. Minor drawback Howeversmokes cigars which smell like Damp Goats.
Wednesday, April 24, 1901
Had a fine time at White House rumpus despite overabundance of dignitaries and small children. Difficult to say which is worse.
The President, Tom Quarts, and Slippers appeared at dinner quite dashing in matching cummerbunds. Reminisced at great length with Tom Quartz regarding hunting adventures. Was touched that Emily Spinach has kept gift of African Cow Mask all these years!However, Josiah and gang of Raccoons wrecked the lovely Sheet Cake.
Friday, April 25, 1902
Visited elderly cliff-dwelling Hedgehog today. Has own laundry business.
Life lesson for us all.
Sunday, April 27, 1902
Have assisted in saving small male kitten from certain pudding disaster.
Must go now and wash paws.
Thor's Day, April 28, 1583
Took exquisite walk with Phylldeault thru ruins with group of highly educated civet cats. Discussed Pi.
Had little cakes at three o'clock.
Saturday, April 29, 1978Stellar evening at White House Birthday Party. Danced with Fiedoh until 5 a.m. Grits waxed whiskers for event. Misty Malarky Ying Yang wore winsome Rabbit Fur-Trimmed Outfit with matching Rabbit Fur Mittens in manner of Jackie Onassis.
Monday, April 30
Today in Calculator Class I could not get my calculator to work. Then I opened up the little place where you stick the battery. There was a Candy Peep stuffed in there.Candy Peeps. They are a pain in the ass!