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Fall is a beautiful time of year.  The leaves change colors and fall. The apples are ripe for the picking. The air becomes crisp. It is the start of the new school year and other new beginnings. Ducky and the gang love fall. They enjoy playing in the leaves, apple picking, and most of all Halloween. Every year, they go to a local pumpkin patch and pick the perfect pumpkin for carving. Unfortunately, in Israel we don’t know where a pumpkin patch is, and the local stores do not have traditional American style pumpkins. Then today at the grocery stores, we saw the cutest little acorn squash! They are perfect for DtPb, and helped get them get into the holiday spirit! Plus later tonight the humans are making pumpkin spice cookies (from the US!).

Happy Fall!

“Wait a minute, these aren’t pumpkins!” -Ducky “Nope, but they are gourds.” -Pembleton “What’s a gourd?” -Ducky

*Sorry we haven’t been blogging like we would like. We enjoy Ducky Adventures so much! But this past year has been very difficult (with cancer on both sides of the family and the passing of Laura’s mom). While we’ve been dealing with a lot, it’s time to start up the Ducky blog again.Thanks to everyone for being patient and spread the word- Ducky and the gang are back!

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Tomorrow is a very sad day for Ducky. Last week, Ducky lost a very good friend to cancer and tomorrow he is going to her memorial service. He’s glad that Ted is going with him.

This post is dedicated to Dorothea Ramirez – Ducky’s grandma and #1 fan. We miss you!

We miss you!

We miss you!

Sorry it took us so long to update.The humans won’t quit traveling. All they do is work, work, work, and travel, travel, travel! We are finally back and ready for more ADVENTURES!

"I hope I'm not over the limit!"

“I hope I’m not over the limit!”

Last week Uncle Critter came for a visit. He taught Ducky how to make brownies from scratch. Mmmm…brownies! The best part was licking the spoons and eating the brownies straight out of the oven with a scoop of ice cream.
Ducky is looking forward to Uncle Critter’s next visit.
Mmmm.... I just love brownies.

Mmmm…. I just love brownies.

Thank you all for following/liking us on our last adventure: The Quest for Xanadu! We really enjoyed making it and reading your comments. You all are amazing fans. 

That evening, the dinosaurs held a special celebration for Ducky and the gang. A feast was prepared with lots of desserts. A band played the jugs all night, while everyone danced and played games. Then when night fell, the dinosaurs, along with Ted and Blizzards help make fire dance in the sky with paper lanterns. They watched the lanterns float in higher and higher, late into the night.

In the morning, Ducky and the gang didn’t want to leave Xanadu, they had to get back home. Abigail and her father were safe, and Professor Plumbottom was captured. This adventure had come to an end, but they knew in their hearts there would be more adventures to come.

The End.

Look at all the pretty lanterns.

Look at all the pretty lanterns.

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"Don't let them get away!"

“Don’t let them get away!”

Once freed from the ropes, Ducky and Pembleton quickly ran to where the dinos were being held captive.

“Hurry, we have to catch Professor Plumbottom and the Cat Pirates. We can’t let them take Xanadu!” Pembleton shouted.

“Don’t worry, Pembleton. I won’t let them get away!” Ducky said as he mounted his dino buddy. “We will stop him.”

Ducky and his dino buddy charged down the pier. Ducky shouted, “Tally Ho!” as they jumped off the pier and into the water.

The Cat Pirates were already in their hot air balloon. Captain One Mitten, always ready for the escape. But the Professor, who was old and portly, struggled to get in to the balloon as it slowly drifted away.

“Not so fast, Professor. You’re not going anywhere!” Ducky said as his dino buddy grabbed his robe.

“Help Captain One Mitten,” the Professor cried.

“Sorry, but I need to live to tell another tale,” he said as he pried his fingers off the basket. “Till we meet again Ducky,” the Captain said slyly as he floated off.

“Next time,” Ducky replied unhappily as the Cat Pirates once again got away.

To Be Continued…

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Once Professor Plumbottom left, Ducky and Pembleton were all alone.

“I can’t believe Professor Plumbottom is so wicked! This explains why he vetoed my request at the AAS meeting. We have to stop him, but what are we going to do?” Pembleton griped.

“At least we’re together,” Ducky chimed in. “Maybe we can sing a song while we’re brainstorming.”

The thought of Ducky’s singing made Pembleton sour. “Let’s just figure out how to get out of these ropes.”

“Um… Pembleton?”

“What, Ducky?!”

“I think I’ve figured out how we can get out of these ropes.”

“HOW?”

“Ted and Blizzard are coming this way with a dino-sized pair of scissors.”

To Be continued…

Don't worry Pembleton, I have a feeling everything is going to be okay!

Don’t worry Pembleton, I have a feeling everything is going to be okay!

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After enjoying a nice glass of lemonade, Ducky and Pembleton decided to get a massage too. They figured they might as well, since they weren’t in any rush and no one was in danger. “Man, those little T-Rex arms give an amazing massage,” Ducky sighed.

Then, half way through their massage, they heard a loud commotion. Suddenly, Professor Plumbottom, busted into the room and shouted, “Everybody get your hands up. No sudden moves. Even you T-Rexs. Oh, I didn’t see your little arms already in the air.”

“Hey! Don’t insult our friends,” Ducky replied, “And what are you doing here? Why are the Cat Pirates with you?”

 To be continued…

"Even you, T-Rexs! Oh, I didn't see your little arms."

“Even you, T-Rexs! Oh, I didn’t see your little arms.”

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When Ducky and the gang got to the local spa, they could not believe what they saw! Abigail and her dad, Mr. Sloth, who they first met on a past adventure, were laying on the beach soaking up some sun with cucumber slices covering their eyes.

“This is the life, my dear. Who would have thought we would crash into paradise,” Mr. Sloth said, as he sipped his lemonade. Abigail agreed.

“WHAT!?! You guys are doing better than we are. We are suppose to be rescuing you!” Ducky asked in an annoyed tone.

“Whoo, whose there?!?” Mr. Sloth said as he sat up quickly. His cucumber slices sliding down his cheeks. “What are you doing here Ducky? Pembleton? Oh, and hi Ted and Blizzard. As for the rescuing, can it wait until after our massage this afternoon. They truly are wonderful. It’s amazing what T-Rexs can do with their little arms.”

“I guess I don’t see the harm in staying a little while longer considering we aren’t sure how to get out of here. Where ever this is?” Pembleton replied. “But first, can you tell us what happened? Why did your plane go down? Why were you flying over the Himalayas?”

“Well you see. Everything was going according to plan. I was hired to fly some crates of party supplies to India for Edgor’s cousin’s nephew’s best friend’s wedding. After dropping off the crates, we received orders to conduct a 3D topographical scan of the local mountain range. Once we got close, our auto pilot took over. We were trying to regain control when a storm hit. But we couldn’t. It was so strange. I still don’t understand what went wrong.” Mr. Sloth said as he shook his head.

“Don’t worry Mr. Sloth. We will get to the bottom of this,” Pembleton declared, “but first can I get one of those lemonades?”

To be continued…

This is the life!

This is the life!

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The last thing Ducky remembered was coasting down the icy cave river and then Pembleton shouting “WATERFALL”, which sounds like watermelon. Mmmm…watermelon. Wait! Where am I? Ducky thought.

He could feel the warm sun on his feathers, and sand in places it shouldn’t be. He could also hear Ted snoring next to him. When he peeked between his eyelids he saw something very strange. It looked like…it looked like two dinosaurs staring down at him? This must be a dream; he thought and decided to sleep a little longer.

But a few minutes later he felt something nudging his wing. That’s when he opened his eyes wider. To Ducky’s surprise there really were two dinosaurs!

To be continued…

What?!?!

What?!?!

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It took Ducky and Pembleton about 0.37 seconds after entering the Forbidden Caves to know why no one had ever returned.

“Whaaaaaaa….!” They were sliding completely out of control on a river of icy slush.

After a few seconds, Pembleton seemed to get the hang of things and Blizzard climbed on to his back. Ducky flailed his arms trying to keep Ted above the water; he eventually figured out how to ride the icy river rapids.

Just when Ducky was starting to enjoy the ride, he heard a loud roar from ahead. Over the noise Pembleton yelled something back to Ducky. It sounded a lot like … “WATERFALL!”

To Be Continued…

"Wwwhhhaaa, how do we slow down?"

“Wwwhhhaaa, how do we slow down?”

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“I can’t believe we made it all the way across that sketchy wooden bridge without any problems,” Ducky said as they reached the entrance to the Forbidden Caves. Ducky was in a better mood ever since the monks from the temple got him a cozy snow suit and harness so that ted could be strapped to the front. “Wow, there sure is a lot of junk up here for a place that’s supposed to be forbidden.”

“This isn’t ordinary junk,” Pembleton answered. “Look there’s a crate, a can of oil, and a parachute. It looks like someone was throwing stuff out of their plane to lighten the load.”

“But where is the plane now?” Blizzard asked.

“I don’t know, but we’re headed in the right direction.”

To be continued…

"Those caves look scary!"

“Those caves look scary!”

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Inside the Temple, Harry the snow hare gave Ducky a blanket and some warm food. After a couple of minutes he started to feel much better, and a lot warmer.

While at the temple, they began to discuss the search and rescue plan. Harry and his friend Tom the tortoise had heard some locals saw smoke rising from the west, next to the forbidden caves. They might have gone inside for shelter from the storm.

“Forbidden caves?” Ducky asked, “Why are they forbidden?”

“Legend has it that everyone who has gone in to them has never returned,” Tom replied.

“Legend or not, it’s our best lead, and we will come back.” Pembleton said with determination.

To be continued…

"Ahhh.... much better."

“Ahhh…. much better.”

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The gang got off at the last stop – a small Tibetan monastery on a high mountain peak. Pembleton knew some of the animals there and figured it was a good place to start investigating. But as the train pulled away, reality set in, and amidst all the snow and ice, Ducky had a meltdown.

“I’M SO C-C-COLD!” Ducky blubbered.

“Don’t worry Ducky, we will get you thawed out once we get inside,” Pembleton replied as he offered Ducky the last cookie.

“I hope your friends have some warm clothes for us, Ted and I can’t handle this cold weather as well as you and Blizzard!” Ducky said between sniffles.

“Let’s get inside. Harry the snow hare is waiting for us. He should have some gear for us.” Pembleton said, as they headed toward the monastery.

To Be Continued…

"I wish I had some hot cocoa!"

“I wish I had some hot cocoa!”

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Since there was no way to send Ted and Blizzard home, Ducky and Pembleton decided they would have to come with them on their adventure.

Traveling by train into the Himalayas, there wasn’t much to do. So Ducky and the gang decided to order snacks. The train’s menu had cake, rice pudding, and a Yak’s milk yogurt. Pembleton was feeling very tired and Ducky convinced him to order one of everything, but only Ducky tried the Yak yogurt.

From their cozy train cabin, they nibbled on their snacks and watched the green hills grow into snowy mountain peaks as they headed up and up and up into the Himalayas.

To be continued…

"Yummy! I love trains!"

“Yummy! I love trains!”

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Once on the train, Ducky and Pembleton found their reserved car. “I can’t believe we made it Ducky! That was a close one,” Pembleton said.

“Yeah. Close calls make me hungry. Can we eat now?” Ducky asked.

“Sure, but first can you get my topographical maps from our bag? We need to start going over the plans. We have a lot of ground to cover.”

“No problem Pembleton. Plus I want to check our luggage. There was something weird about it. When I got it out of the plane, but I didn’t have time to check, because we were rushing.”

When Ducky opened up the luggage he almost screamed like a little goat. “Pembleton! We have a problem!”

“What is it Ducky?” Pembleton asked as he peaked over his shoulder- seeing two little bear cubs taking a nap.  “WHAT!?!?! HOW DID THEY GET IN HERE AND WHERE IS OUR GEAR?!?!”

“Shhh!!! Don’t wake them. They are always so grumpy if they don’t get their afternoon nap!”

“Now we really need a plan.”

To be continued…

"What?!?! What are you doing here?"

“What?!?! What are you doing here?”

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Once Ducky and Pembleton weathered the storms, it was smooth sailing.

“So what’s the plan?” Ducky asked. “Are we just going to fly in to the Himalayas, do the rescue and be back by snack time? Ted said they are making cookies with Mrs. Cottontail.”

“No, Ducky. Unfortunately we won’t be making it back for snack time. There is no suitable landing strip in the Himalayas, so we will be landing about 50 miles south of the mountains. From there, we can take a train.”

“A train? I love trains. Will there be a snack car?” Ducky said all excited.

“I just hope we make it in time,” Pembleton hesitated, “There is only one train per week and it leaves this afternoon.”

***

5 minutes before departure…

“I got the tickets,” Pembleton said nervously. “But I don’t know which track. We need to hurry, but all the signs are in an animal language I don’t know.”

“Hey, Pembleton? Is that, who I think it is?” Ducky asked.

“Who? Where?” Pembleton asked. “EDGAR! What are you doing here?”

Edgar the Elephant and member of the Pooh Bear Society, replied, “I’m visiting my family. They run the local trains, and I’m helping out.”

“Great! We are on an adventure and our train is about to leave any minute. Can you direct us to the right train?” Ducky asked.

“You are in luck. It’s right behind you and I’m about to give it the go ahead. Hurry up and find your seats. And good luck on your adventure.” Edgar said.

“Thank you!” Ducky said, as he dragged his luggage in to the train car. “Boy does our luggage feel oddly heavy.”

To be continued…

"You got our tickets and I got our luggage. Now which train do we take?"

“You got our tickets and I got our luggage. Now which train do we take?”

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Ducky and Pembleton packed their gear, then dropped the lil’ guys off at Mrs. Cottontail’s cottage, before heading to the airfield. Things were running smoothly until a patch of dark clouds appeared on the horizon as they were over the Horn of Africa and entering the Indian Ocean.

Before they knew it, the plane was surrounded by rain, thunder, and lightning. Visibility was down to 100 meters. Pembleton turned to Ducky and said, “Thank goodness for the planes top notch altimeter and GPS systems,” but just as he tapped on the plane’s compass, all of the instruments went haywire. Both Ducky and Pembleton were scared. “Without my instruments, we don’t even know which way is up. What are we going to do?”

Just when they thought all hope was lost, Ducky saw something strange. He tapped Pembleton on the shoulder and yelled over the hum of the plane’s engine, “Follow that elephant.”

Confused, Pembleton yelled back to Ducky, “What are you talking about? We’re almost a mile above an ocean. There can’t possibly be an elephant here!”

“Over there! Over there! Look at that cloud! It’s an elephant and he’s pointing the way!”

“You’re right! It is!” Pembleton turned the plane to follow the elephant and within a matter of minutes they were leaving the thunder storm behind. They waved goodbye as they passed their fluffy elephant buddy and headed off into clear blue skies.

To be continued…

"Follow that elephant"

“Follow that elephant”

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Today after school, Ducky and the gang could not escape a really stinky smell. “Gross! What is that smell?” Pembleton asked. Ted and Blizzard started sniffing around and both concluded, “It’s DUCKY!”

Apparently, on bath nights, he has been playing in the bath tub and not actually washing! He also had a slice of Limburger cheese in his pocket! “GROSS!” So tonight, with some extra supervision, Ducky got a double washing and an extra fluffing during bath time.

Rub-a-dub-dub!

Rub-a-dub-dub!

A Penny saved is a Penny Earned.

A Penny saved is a Penny Earned.

Tip #6: A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned.

For Christmas, Ducky got a new piggy bank. He has been trying his hardest to save his money. However, this is a tough tip for Ducky to follow, because there is a corner store near our home that sales penny candy! He just loves penny candy, but he is resisting and so far he has saved $0.42! That is the most money Ducky has ever saved! His goal is $10 so we can buy a Star Wars Lego set to put on his Lemonade stand. He thinks it will help attract customers.

Ducky loves pizza day at school. He is always the first one to the cafeteria, he flashes a big smile at the lunch ladies, and he asks for a large slice of Margarita pizza. Mmm… Mmm… PIZZA!

Mmm... Cheesy Pizza!

Mmm… Cheesy Pizza!

Pembleton is an avid reader of the local animal paper. When he spotted an ad for 1 free yoga lesson for beginners, he decided that he and Blizzard were going to check it out. Ducky and Ted didn’t want to be left out, so they tagged along.

At first the yoga lesson was pretty easy. There was a lot of inhaling and exhaling, reaching for the sky and wiggling their toes. Then things got a little more advanced. Cat pose was challenging but doable. Downward dog was easy for Ted and Blizzard, but a little more challenging for Ducky and Pembleton, because they have shorter arms. Then there was the headstand. This one was tricky, but the gang were fast learners.

During the cool down period, the instructor turned the lights down low and played some soothing music. So soothing, someone (we won’t mention who) fell asleep and was snoring loudly!

After the class was over, the Yogi was so impressed with the gangs yoga skills, he invited them back next week for a free advanced level class.

Headstand Pose

Headstand Pose

Part 1.

Dr. Ducky and the little guys sat in Pembleton’s study listening to him play his violin. Due to the beautiful music Pembleton was playing, no one heard the knocks on the door.

Out of no where, a little sloth named Abigail, appeared in the study crying.

“What’s wrong Abigail?” Ducky asked, but there were only mumbles and sniffles. Ted and Blizzard got her a tissue and gave her a hug. Once she calmed down, she told them the horrible news.

“Someone took my papa. When my papa didn’t pick me up from school, I went to his workshop and he was gone! The workshop was wrecked! And I… and I…I don’t know to do!” she wailed.

“Don’t worry Abigail. I am on the case!” shouted Pembleton. “Now I need you to retell me what happen, with as much detail as possible.”  She retold him everything, even describing her father’s workshop. He was working on a new robot and it was missing too. She also remembered that the place smelled a little fishy, and she couldn’t stop sneezing.

Pembleton put his wing to his chin and puzzled for a moment. Then he said “Aha! I have an idea about who took your father, but first I need more information. Take me to his workshop.”

“How can you get anything out of those details, Pembleton?!?” Ducky asked.

Pembleton replied, “It’s elementary my dear Ducky.”

To be continued…

"Please don't cry. We will find your papa!"

“Please don’t cry. We will find your papa!”

“Don’t try to move!” Captain One Mitten snarled. Ducky and the gang were cornered and Captain One Mitten had a sword.

“We surrender! Don’t hurt us!” They all yelled.  Captain One Mitten then led them into the cave where Amanda Panda and Penelope Penguin were being held, along with Multilingual Mole.

“What are you going to do to us?” Pembleton asked as he, along with Ducky, Ted, and Blizzard were forced in to an empty cage.

“I, Captain One Mitten, will have my revenge. I have not forgotten about what happen on the island. You cost me my treasure. I plan on come up with something extra dastardly to do to you all. It will be the most terrible,  dreadful, fearsome, frightening, ghastly, horrendous, horrible…”

Ducky quietly whispered to Pembleton, “Don’t bad guys know once they start monologuing, the good guys always win?”

As Captain One Mitten was blowing hot air, and reciting the details of his evil plan, Ted and Blizzard slipped through the bars and tip-toed over to where Cornelius was tied up, just under Amanda and Penelope’s cage. Ted and Blizzard were able to open the satchel and retrieve the stinky boot, which they tossed to Amanda.

Amanda first was disgusted by the revolting odor, but then she knew what she needed to do. Captain One Mitten was still monologuing about how once he got Multilingual Mole to figure out how to open the door to his riches, he was going to do “the most appalling, atrocious, awful, monstrous, gris-” That was when Amanda chucked the stinky boot and smacked him across the noggin.

They all froze, as Captain One Mitten teetered and tottered back and forth while trying to finish his monologue. Then he fell to the ground with a loud ‘thud’.

“Wow, I’m surprised we can’t see birds flying around his head. Good aim, Amanda!” Ducky said with a little awe in his voice.

“I know.” Amanda said proudly.

“Pembleton, what would we have done, if I didn’t pack that stinky boot?” Ducky asked as Ted and Blizzard released them from their cage, but Pembleton acted as if he didn’t hear him. Soon everyone was released. Then Ducky and Pembleton dragged the Captain into the now empty cage and told Egor to get into the cage too.

“Okay, now lets get out of here!” Amanda firmly stated.

“Wait!” Multilingual Mole shouted. “We can’t leave the mystery unsolved. We have come all this way and this mystery has laid uncovered for hundreds of years. The ancient test reads ONLY THE FAINT OF HEART WILL BE ABLE TO UNCOVER BEARISTOTLE’S GOLDEN TREASURE THAT LAY BEYOND THIS DOOR. Now I need to see the girls pendents to figure out how to unlock the door.”

Reluctantly, Amanda and Penelope, who had retrieved their pendents from Captain One Mitten, handed them over to Multilingual Mole.

To be continued…

"I've been hit!"-Captain One Mitten

“I’ve been hit!”-Captain One Mitten

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 1

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 2

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 3

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 4

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 5

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 6

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 7

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 8

Mystery of the Desert Sands Part 9

Ducky and the Gang are so excited about the holidays. They can’t wait for Santa to come, for the cookies, and merry making.  With only 13 more days til Christmas,  they can hardly stand it!

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