Teaser Tuesday Time at Ding Dong School!

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It’s TIME Students……..time for you to COMMENT then have a seat!

Good Morning all.   Here we are again getting ready to agonize over a mystery photo yet again.   Rain or shine we carry on TEASING to the best of our ability.    Today is no exception of course and we have a goodie for you to figure out today.

I hope I don’t have to pull my hair out guessing!

No of course not.   Just relax and let your brain do the talking.   HAHAHA

As a reminder, here’s what’s at stake today – some badges and they are NEW ones so you just KNOW you want one of those right??????

Oh I’ve GOTTA get one of those!!

Here are the rules one last time for those of you who slept through yesterday’s preparatory class…………..

So what do you say we get our cheer team in here to pump up the volume – then bring in our Security Guard with the photo !

We love Ding Dong School
We sheep are VERY cool
On Tuesdays we have a TEST
To see what sheep is best
At guessing photo locations
Taken from people’s vacations!
The new badges look really super
So guess well and be a sheep trooper
If you can flash a brand new badge
You’ll scare the pants off Madge!!!!!!

We don’t want Madge to be without her pants!

Now Team I know you’re just teasing but really – Madge’s pants?    PULEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZE!

OK – bring on the Security Guard…………..we are READY!

FRONT AND CENTER SECURITY GUARD – BY THE WAY, I WEAR SKIRTS AND NOT PANTS!

 

Hello Professors and Class – here’s your challenge for today!

 

SO, where was this beauty taken????    Tomorrow in class we will let you know who wins what new badge…………………so study it hard………….no cheating………..no peeking at your neighbor’s scribbles on their notepaper….and above all no using Google Image Search – just do your best!

Now – who’s UP for pizza today?   I hear Miss Dingleberry is having a pizza extravaganza………………so we’ll see you tomorrow in class for the TELL ALL……….don’t eat too much pizza before going out on the playground equipment – or else!!

 

Alright all you sheep…….watch it……..don’t try to trip the student in front of you or behind you – just stand in line RESPECTFULLY and you’ll get all the pizza you can shove into your little sheep mouths……….ENJOY!

TODAY’S MENU

Good Luck!!    Your Profs

A P.S. of Remembrance………

I’m reposting the blog I did in September of 2011 – not that long after Angel Sammy and I began this blog……………..it was my recalling of where I was on 9/11 and what my husband and I were feeling and thinking as we were far from home when the tragedy occurred…………we were in Paris on vacation and all we wanted was to be HOME with Sammy and our family.     Below is a link to that old blog post………and of course every single year on this day David and I spend some time remembering how we felt then and how difficult it was to be so far away………….

Hugs, Pam

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SPARKS on Monday

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It’s Monday and time to start things off with an inspirational quote which was the original idea behind SPARKS.    It was the brain-child of Annie of McGuffy’s Reader to share something positive – light a light – bring some power to Mondays and we’re continuing to do that even though Annie has taken a break from the SPARKS Hop.

I was looking through some quotes to find something that would resonate with all of us who are preparing for the first big hurricane of the season along the East Coast – it’s coming – not sure WHERE it will land or WHAT it will bring but I saw this poster and it absolutely STRUCK me with its’ message, the little bird bravely holding on, and the HOPE it contains.    I hope it does that for you too even if you AREN’T waiting for the next “weather” event!     We have events all the time that feel like storms……and wait for the calm after.

We are lucky in that we are in Northern Virginia and not along the coast so we will most likely just get more rain………….but our wish is that for all of you who ARE more closely in the path of the storm stay safe – and stay positive…………..bow your head, say a prayer and know there are MANY of us who are doing just that FOR you!

Love, Pam and Teddy too

Pre-Teaser Monday Class

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Good Morning Class!

Time for your Professors to get you prepped for class tomorrow when you will need to “strut your stuff” and know your geography in order to get your paws or hands on a PRIZE!   I know a badge of honor doesn’t seem like much but it is…..trust me…..!     The very most important thing to remember tomorrow though is this:

COMMENT FIRST WHEN YOU GET HERE TOMORROW!

The second most important thing to remember is this:

The Blog will go LIVE at a random time in the morning – not our NORMAL time!!

You will want to pay attention when you get word SCHOOL IS OPEN here!

Why?   Well, there’s usually a big crowd at the front door of the Ding Dong Sheep School and you want to get in first so you can win this badge by being FIRST to comment.

So don’t press “SNOOZE” on your alarm clock tomorrow morning OK?

tick tock tick tock

TRUST ME – I WON’T !!!

The whole object of our weekly Teaser is for you to take a gander at a photo of a place – any old place – and be the first to tell us here WHERE the photo was taken!    You study the photo and figure out if there are any clues to where it might be then guess – – – then on Wednesday we’ll tell everyone who guessed RIGHT – who was the FIRST to guess RIGHT and who gets credit for trying to guess RIGHT but has guessed WRONG.   Got it?    And there are badges for that stuff too!

I know I said we’d have new badges this week but – well – circumstances were such that our Art Department (Mom) didn’t get around to working on them so who knows – maybe the Art Department will get them done TODAY and we’ll premier them tomorrow but don’t hold your breath!

NOW YOU TELL ME!

Here are the rules for the Teaser process – everyone is expected to play by the rules or you might have to sit in the corner and wear the dunce cap!

Yeah I’m tired of wearing it so don’t follow the rules so you can have it next!

So now you are prepared for tomorrow right?   The only thing left to do is let the cheer team get you prepped!

Tomorrow is our Teaser Day
Your cheer team is here and we wanna say – At Ding Dong School we love our Teasers
Class is full because it’s a real crowd pleaser
Just do your best and you could win
You might just cause old Sarge’s head to spin!
We’ll see you here at a surprise time tomorrow
Don’t DATE be late or
there will be tears of sorrow!

 

 

 

So everyone understands what’s happening in the morning right?   Good!    Now you may take your lunch break – Miss Dingleberry is waiting for all students to report to the Ding Dong Cafeteria.   Enjoy your lunch………….get a good night’s sleep………….and we’ll see you tomorrow.

Alright Sheep!  Line up….single file…..do not pull the tail of the sheep in front of you or else you go to the end of the line!

Today’s Menu:

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Remember – surprise time in the morning!  

Your Professors

Sunday Selfie

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Selfie Time!!

Sundays wouldn’t be the same without the Selfie Blog Hop hosted by our buddies Kitties Blue at The Cat On My Head.    EVERYBODY loves to show off a bit on Sundays and if you wanna give it a whirl, please do – just click on their badge and hook up with us!    Then you can visit everyone more easily and tell them how FAB they look.

Mom caught in a bit of an embarrassing shot yesterday.   I know – you’re saying you’ve seen me in worse positions like flat on my back with my “WHATEVER” showing – BUT this time I was innocently sleeping in a different position and before I knew it she’d captured it on film.   She seems to delight in capturing me in positions like that so I suppose I will just indulge her and allow it.  After all, she supplies me with FOOD and HUGS………..don’t want to ruin a good thing.

Here’s the “before she messed with it” photo……………..then the one she jazzed up with the “Sunshine” art effect on LUNAPIC then added the pale blue border on PIZAP.    Yes she does like to play around with photographs but what can I say?    Oh – and we did a jigsaw too just in case you REALLY want to drive yourselves nuts today.

Moooooom!   Really??

Click image for jigsaw fun!

Happy Sunday, Teddy

 

 

Baking with Bacon in Castle Baconia!

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Welcome to the kitchen of Castle Baconia – I am your King but on Saturday I’m also your chef!

That’s right – I have taken on the responsibility of loading you all up with recipes that involve BACON and today is no exception…….this one is a MAJOR winner at our house.   Mom likes to have uses for her leftover smashed (oops I mean mashed) potatoes so you CAN use those but you can also just join up a fresh batch.    My parents here in the castle are BIG on bleu cheese and some people aren’t so you can substitute if you want.   But trust me – this is another GOOD TASTING SIDE DISH!!

Everyone ready?????

Bacon and Blue Cheese Potato Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds potatoes, cubed
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Add all ingredients to list
  • 4 slices of bacon – crumbled

Directions:
  1. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels; chop into smaller pieces.
  2. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and return to the pot; mash slightly.
  3. Stir bacon, blue cheese, milk, egg, green onions, salt, and pepper into the pot; mash mixture with a potato masher to desired consistency. Cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
  4. Pour bread crumbs into a shallow bowl. Shape the potato mixture into twelve 1/2-inch thick cakes; dredge in bread crumbs.
  5. Heat olive oil and butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 4 potato cakes; cook until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining potato cakes. Cover and keep warm.

This HAS to be good!!!!!!!

You BETCHA!

You know most recipes are truly just GUIDES – people who cook adjust/substitute as they want to so of course that applies to any and all of the recipes I give to you.   That goes for bacon too – turkey bacon can be substituted!

But the fact of the matter is BACON does make everything better!!!! 

Now are you going to add these items to your grocery list?   I bet you do………………would I steer you wrong?   No I would NOT.   I am your King and you can trust me…………make sure and tune in next Saturday for another GEM from the Castle Baconia kitchens………..

Time for my ROYAL nap…………….YOUR KING

Happy 28th Anniversary to my Mom and Pop

 

 

Friday Friendly Fill-Ins

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YAY!  Friday means FILL-IN fun!    This is a great Hop co-hosted by 15andMeowing and Four-Legged Furballs and it’s always – ALWAYS – tons of fun.   C’mon on and join us.  Click the badge above and sign up.   Each of our hosts gives us two sentences with blanks to fill – here’s what we have for this week AND this week I let Mom do the first two sentences and I did the last two!    SHARE and share alike I say!    Take it away Mom…………..(her words in BLUE and mine in RED)

 

1. September is the perfect month for my birthday AND my wedding anniversary – usually the weather is really NICE.

2. This month, I am looking forward to starting to see some of the maples begin to get Fall colors – althought this year has been WEIRD for weather so far!.
3. My morning routine always includes alerting my Mom to whether we have a breakfast visitor or not – some of the neighborhood cats come by here for a handout and I sit at the front door windows if I see someone out there.   Mom comes a running with a dish of foodables for them.
4. I have a love-hate relationship with food – I LOVE my diet kibble but HATE every other kind of food especially canned stuff.

There you have it – this week’s sentences all filled in by me and Mom.    Now I’m gonna visit my buddies to see how THEY filled in THEIR sentences!    That’s the fun part – we learn a lot of cool stuff about each other that way!    Let’s face it – cats are endlessly fascinating but so are humans!

Me and my Mom – the Dynamic Duo!   Happy Friday……..

Love, Teddy

Thankful and Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

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Time to be THANKFUL and Poetic too!

Happy Thursday everyone.    Time for us to gather together and celebrate the things we’re THANKFUL for – this is a Hop hosted by Brian and you can join us if you like – just click on their badge above and hook up!

What am I thankful for?   Well this week it’s something that hasn’t even happened yet – I’m thankful for my Mom and Dad celebrating their 28th anniversary on Saturday (otherwise I wouldn’t have my home with them!) AND I’m also thankful that this weekend our temperatures are going to drop TWENTY DEGREES from the unbelievably hot weather we’ve had.   I can’t wait for a little touch of Fall.    It will be in the low 70s but that’s well over 20 degrees cooler than it’s been for weeks and weeks.    So those are my TWO Thankfuls – oh – and I’m also thankful for you Brian and that you give us a chance to be thankful on your Hop!

Angel Sammy sent me the following email – his poem for this week AND a new photo for NEXT week.   If you haven’t tried writing a poem to play along with all of us, please give it a try!

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Greetings from the Bridge!!

It’s time for us to gather together and read each other’s poetry based on last week’s photo I provided.   I hope you’re finding this as much fun as I am.   It’s a rather informal little “Hop” we do – we don’t fill out a linky form or anything – just mention in comments here on the blog that you wrote a poem and give us your blog link ORRRRRR you can write your poem in our comments.    Easy huh?   It is fun to use a photo as inspiration – every week I try to give you one that will be INTERESTING to use as inspiration to write your poem.

Here’s the photo I gave you for today’s poem……………….followed by MY humble offering for Poetic Thursday.

“Giggles Galore”

By Angel Sammy Kimmell     September 6, 2018

 

Laughter echoes across the ground

Children’s laughs heard for miles around!

Slides and swings and monkey bars galore

Parallel bars are fun until your hands get sore!

Boundless energy and endless giggles

So much energy their bodies just wiggle!

Nothing sounds as happy as children at play

No matter where or what time of day

When we get older we remember those times

Of playgrounds and dress up and nursery rhymes

Stresses of work and life drive us wild

We miss seeing life through the eyes of a child………..

 

One thing about us cats is that we are sort of “perpetual children” in a way.   We pretty much are “up” for playing no matter what our age is – only our old bodies and aching bones and joints eventually slow us down – but if you think about it – isn’t that true for humans too?

Anyway, I loved the photo for this week – and had fun crafting my poem………………….I hope you did too!     I think I found a good one for NEXT week’s poem……..here’s your photo inspiration!

So see what you can do with that photo as inspiration for writing a poem to share with all of us next Thursday when we next get together OK?   OK!  It’s a deal!    Until then, remember we Angels are watching out for you 24/7.   It’s what we do.    And we LOVE our “work” !!!

I am the Angel Poet in the green beret…..and I hope you join me for POETIC FUN each week!

Love Forever, Angel Sammy

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Thanks Angel Sammy!    Your poem this week makes me happy.    Mom has said before that you were a “kitten” until you were too sick not to be any longer…………I’m going to do the SAME THING!   You are my inspiration – always.

Love, Teddy

Teaser Tell All Class

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Welcome to Class Students!

It seems that yesterday’s Teaser was too danged easy because we had a ton of you who were RIGHT………..usually we have a few but yesterday we had lots.   Part of that might have been because we’ve done a Teaser or two from this same place BEFORE but we thought we might fool you.    Yesterday’s photo was from someone other than the peeps who sent in the photos before.    BUT let’s take care of other business first shall we???

I’m WILLING YOU to say I was FIRST RIGHT GUESSER TODAY….sending laser beams…..

Before we do right guessing stuff we’re going to do the FIRST COMMENT stuff…………..who was this week’s winner?    WHO was the early bird of early birds????

Quit torturing us and TELL US!!!

First Commenter this week is:

The dynamic duo of Oliver and Calvin!

 

Some of you who follow them on Facebook may know that Oliver wasn’t feeling so hot last week and went to the doctor – he got him fixed up so he’s now eating well AND he also got what we refer to as a “lion cut” because his furs had become pretty matted.    SO, it’s nice he won this badge because he’s been through some tough stuff and this will cheer him up I’m sure.   Concatulations Oliver AND Calvin too!

We were early birds and were FIRST COMMENTERS on the Teaser of September 4, 2018! WOO HOO FOR US!

YAY OLIVER AND CALVIN!!!!

Our Teaser this week was a photo that was sent in by our GUEST TEASER, Miss Annie from ANIMAL COURIERS…………………this badge is for you Miss Annie – then we’ll tell everyone WHERE the photo was taken!    Thank you for being our GUEST!

My fabulous photo was featured on the Tuesday Teaser of September 4, 2018!

Here’s the photo…………………………

This is a beautiful cobblestone street in the gorgeous city of Tallinn, Estonia.    Estonia looks like a totally beautiful place.   My parents have traveled a lot but they haven’t been to Estonia.   I have this feeling (because my Mom is a KLUTZ) that she’d probably twist her ankle walking on these streets but I’m sure Dad would carry her on his back to the nearest hospital – right Dad?    RIGHT DAD?   DAD!!!

Dad you look a lot like this cat does right now………

Anyway, who was our FIRST RIGHT GUESSER?

DRUMROLL PLEASE!

JACKIE from TWO DEVON CATS !

WOOOO HOOOOOOOOO!

 

Here’s your badge Miss Jackie!   Concatulations!

I was the FIRST RIGHT GUESSER on the Teaser of Sept. 4, 2018 – Yes I ROCK!!

As I said earlier though, a BUNCH of you knew the photo was taken in Tallinn so if you were one of those “BUNCH” of guessers, then please take a copy of this badge for your very own!

I guessed the Teaser RIGHT but wasn’t FIRST on Sept. 4, 2018. Oh well – maybe next week I’ll be FASTER!!

And for those of you who guessed but were WRONG……………even you get a special badge – why?  Because you TRIED!!!!

I guessed wrong on the Teaser of Sept. 4, 2018 but I still get a GREENIE because I tried!

Now for a little cheer for all of you who were winners this week………………………..

Bazinga, Bazanga, Bazonga
Let’s do the conga!
We’ve got winners to celebrate
So let’s not procrastinate
Oliver and Calvin were FIRST to arrive
They said hello – that’s no jive!
Then pretty soon after that Jackie made her guess
She was the FIRST RIGHT so was faster than the rest!
We’re proud of our firsties yes it’s true
But you Greenie Students we’re proud of you too!
Now please excuse us while we rub-a-dub-dub
We’re ditching these clothes and hopping in the tub!

It appears that the hot tub facilities at Ding Dong School have quickly become “THE HAPPENING PLACE” for some members of our faculty.   Miss Dingleberry is happy with her beautiful cafeteria, we Professors are thrilled with the new classrooms, and we sincerely hope all of you are happy with the school – after all YOU chose the SHEEP SCHOOL as your favorite!

I am TOTALLY happy to be a Sheep!

I LOVE Ding Dong Sheep School!!

I love being a sheep even though my hair is too fluffy for a sheep hat!

 

I’m a happy little sheep!

GOOD!   Glad to hear it!  Ready for lunch????

Welcome to the Cafeteria Students……I’d appreciate you continuing your exemplary behavior lately by being patient in the cafeteria line, not throwing your food back at the cafeteria worker if you think you should have MORE on your plate, not swearing or using “NO NO” words of any kind in public.  

Here’s Today’s MENU!

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DECISIONS, DECISIONS – IT’s ALLLLLL GOOD!

Thank you for paying attention in class today!

Your Profs

Tuesday Teaser Time!

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Hello Ding Dong Students!  It’s another sunny day in the neighborhood!  

Happy Tuesday…………and HAVE YOU COMMENTED YET????  Better do that first!

DARN – I FORGOT!

It’s important to make a little comment before you take your seat on Tuesdays you know.   You would like to get a badge wouldn’t you?   Sure you would.   Now sit down and get yourself ready for Teaser Time!

READY!

Today’s Teaser is a GUEST TEASER but it’s not the GUEST TEASER we were going to have – Mom wasn’t able to contact our TEASER PERSON about their photo so we’re using another one from our “TEASER STASH” instead!    Thank heavens some of you send photos in to us from time to time and we save them to use for TESTING on Tuesdays.

I’ll tell my Mom to send you some photos for your STASH!

Just as a reminder, here are the RULES for making a guess today:

It’s very important to follow the rules so everyone has an equal chance to figure out WHERE the Teaser photo was taken.    If you are a winner today you will get a badge – and we have several that are available – FIRST COMMENTER, FIRST RIGHT GUESSER, RIGHT GUESSER NOT FIRST, and WRONG GUESSER.

Do you have a badge for the GROOVIEST student in class???

 

Several of you wanted to know if Sarge got a nice Hot Tub room of his VERY OWN in the new school.     You felt he deserved his own space – it might make him more CALM, more ZEN, less likely to scream at you.     Well we snapped this photo earlier of Sarge enjoying his tub relaxing before class started today.    As you can see, he is as content as Sarge will ever be!

He didn’t realize we were taking this photo……don’t tell him!   We also got a little audio – can you believe Sarge was singing???

 

Yikes!

SARGE!!!!!!!

Anyway, let’s get down to business………..we’ve got a Teaser to do today!     Shall we bring out the freshly hot tubbed cheer team to get you pumped up for guessing today?

Fresh as daisies out of the tub
Ready to cheer – RUB A DUB DUB
Our first Teaser in Sheep School isn’t that super?
We hope you’re ready and not a party pooper!
You might win a badge or you might just flunk
Then it’s off to the hot tub for a bit of a dunk!
Good luck though to all of you sheep
Pay attention in class and don’t fall asleep!

Thank you Cheer Team!    I think that new hot tub of yours is keeping you all extra perky.     Now let’s bring in our Security Guard……..he’s got today’s photo so you can start guessing!

Will the School Teaser Security Guard PLEASE Report to the Classroom!

Hello Professors and Class – here’s your challenge for today! By the way – I prefer to be in FULL UNIFORM without a sheep hat if that’s OK???

Where Was This Photo Taken???

Uhh……lemme think about it……

 

Alright kids – good luck to all of you and remember, tomorrow we’ll hand out prizes to all of you who win something!    Now, please take a break and go have a good luck in the school cafeteria.   Miss Dingleberry is ready for business.

Alright Sheep!   Single file – don’t dilly dally and hold up the line – ORDER, SIT, EAT, RECESS……got it?

Today’s Menu:

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See you sheep tomorrow!    The Profs

 

Pre-Teaser Monday

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Welcome To Our New School Students!

WOWWWWW!!!!!

Here we are in our new classroom – It’s very nice isn’t it?   We Professors even got new bow ties in honor of the occasion.   Take a seat wherever you would like.   We’ll get right down to business preparing you for Teaser tomorrow.

Our “test photo” tomorrow will be a GUEST photo.   So sharpen your observation skills tonight and be purrpared.   You know sometimes those are the hardest Teasers of all.

Do we hafta wear those sheep hats to class????

Well I was going to announce that it is totally up to YOU whether you wish to be a true SHEEP and “follow the leader” or not.   Up to you.   Optional hats although you will see most of the faculty wearing them because – well – we think they’re very cool.

Remember that tomorrow it’s important to be here as SOON as the Teaser class goes LIVE – you might want to be here to get a FIRST COMMENTER badge if you don’t already have one or two or more in your “Class Awards” collection.    We may in future have some new badges involving our school mascot THE SHEEP but our Ding Dong Art Department is a little busy right now so MAYBE by next week we’ll have new sheep-a-cized badges to win.   Here’s what’s up for grabs for this week though – the USUAL:

We’ll make presentations of all awards on Wednesday at the TEASER TELL ALL class.   Tomorrow please remember this too:

The Teaser Blog Will Be Live At a RANDOM (surprise) TIME!!!

Speaking of our Art Department – they were doing a lot of online searches for decorating ideas around the new school and found some pretty weird “Little Bo Peep” photos that we got some good giggles from in the Teacher’s Lounge last week.   Ready???

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Anyway, onward.    I guess we should ask our charming Cheer Team to make an appearance and get you ready for tomorrow right?   Here they are – for your entertainment – the SHEEP CHEER TEAM!

Here we are for pre-tease class
We just got in from grazing in the grass
Tomorrow you all will need your brains
So bring them to school even if it rains
Get out those books and study study study
Even if you’re feeling tired and cruddy
It’s LABOR DAY so you can go home early
Or stop by the beauty parlor and get all curly
But whatever you do be in class tomorrow
Or Sarge the Sheep might bring you sorrow!

Speaking of Sarge.    I hear he’s very happy with having his own private hot tub………….how about you girls?   Does your new hot tub and changing room meet with your approval????

It definitely meets with our approval! 

Well I can see why!    That’s nice – how did you all convince the decorating department to fix THAT up for you???    Maybe we don’t want to know the answer to that…………………..

Uhhh…………you probably don’t!

I guess that’s all for today class – after all, you get a half day off today for Labor Day.    Go home and study but also have some fun………………and we’ll see you here tomorrow!    Please stop by the Ding Dong Cafeteria to see what’s for lunch today.   Miss Dingleberry is waiting for you!

Alright Students – one orderly line please – no shoving or bad language or I’ll send you out to GRAZE !!!!

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See You In The Morning!!