Abby Sunshine

Duck Toller

10-30-09 Under the Boardwalk

Isn’t that a song?

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Oh, when the sun beats down and burns the tar up on the roof
And your shoes get so hot you wish your tired feet were fire-proof
Under the boardwalk, down by the sea, yeah
On a blanket with my baby is where I’ll be

(Under the boardwalk) out of the sun
(Under the boardwalk) we’ll be havin’ some fun
(Under the boardwalk) people walking above
(Under the boardwalk) we’ll be falling in love
Under the board-walk (board-walk!)

From the park you hear the happy sound of a carousel
Mm-mm, you can almost taste the hot dogs and French fries they sell
Under the boardwalk, down by the sea
On a blanket with my baby is where I’ll be

(Under the boardwalk) out of the sun
(Under the boardwalk) we’ll be havin’ some fun
(Under the boardwalk) people walking above
(Under the boardwalk) we’ll be falling in love
Under the board-walk (board-walk!)

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Oooooh, under the boardwalk, down by the sea, yeah
On a blanket with my baby is where I’ll be

(Under the boardwalk) out of the sun
(Under the boardwalk) we’ll be havin’ some fun
(Under the boardwalk) people walking above
(Under the boardwalk) we’ll be falling in love
Under the board-walk (board-walk!)


Lyrics | The Drifters lyricsUnder The Boardwalk lyrics

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10-27-09 More on the Shore

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The waves of Lake Superior can get big, especially this time of the year. November is known for “gale winds,” which are very strong. Though the waves we saw were not record-breaking, they seemed pretty powerful. I don’t think Abby would enjoy prancing around in the waves captured in this You Tube video. What do you think?

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10-26-09 By the Shores of Gitchee Gumee

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By the shores of Gitchee Gumee

By the shining big sea water. . .

Abby Sunshine recently traversed the shores of Lake Superior, causing us to think of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow‘s ever-popular poem, The Song of Hiawatha.

She ran and played on the beaches as if it were her own backyard. She didn’t seem to mind that the average water temperature of this, the largest of all freshwater lakes in the world, is only about 40 degrees Fahrenheit. She frolicked and played with enthusiasm.

Obviously, her special coat has something to do with her comfort. She is a Northern breed, equipped to stay warm in the winter and in very cold conditions.

How did Hiawatha handle these chilly conditions? I need to read the whole poem- have you?

What else do you know about Hiawatha?

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10-4-09 Red Balloon Bookshop

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers

Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever - Abby at Red Balloon

Upon arrival at this charming St. Paul book shop, Abby Sunshine took a moment to look around. It seemed that she was mostly looking up! Much of what she was interested appeared high on shelves, or up stairways! Have you ever felt this way yourself, when entering a store with many things for sale?

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Abby looks on, always watching, while sitting in front of the check-out area. Her story was a featured event today, so you can see that there were some books displayed on the counter. Abby doesn’t really care. She’s more interested in ACTION. She notices the children. They are looking at books and wandering around.

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Here we placed Abby’s books near her- Why should her books be so high? Up where Abby herself can barely see them? Have you ever faced that? A book is on such a high shelf that you can’t even get to it? The only difference is that once again, this isn’t important to Abby Sunshine. She, being a dog, could take or leave the book. She likes interaction- she wants fun. Perhaps a game of fetch or a chance to do some tricks. Her story is for kids or dog lovers, not so much for dogs!

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Ah, finally! One of Abby’s very best play buddies has arrived! Abby was so happy to see Todd. Here I think she is hoping he will take her outside where they can run, run – fast and faster! OK, she will smile for one last photo.

By the way, the Red Balloon Bookshop focuses on children’s books and is located in a wonderful area of St. Paul, near many quaint shops and eateries. I recommend stopping by to look at the books, or attend one of their many events.

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