Clearly Besotted June Release Day!

June 1, 2019 at 9:45 am 5 comments

Yay! It’s Release Day!

Thankyou so much for sticking with me this week. I have loved reading all your comments.

Later today, you can shop at the Clearly Besotted store, or at Simon Says Stamp, but for now, I’ve got a really bizarre card!

I saw the little stamped image of a hole and immediately thought ‘whack-a-mole’.

Here’s how my mind went..

My colouring wasn’t very well thought through. They ended up looking like ferret ninjas.

Whack-a-Ninja-Ferret. Has a certain ring to it 😂

The set is called ‘Feisty Ferret’! Fun, huh?

Derek, Eric, Steve, Bob and Fernando were students. Alas, the age old problem that undergrads face; money shortage, was also true for these feisty fabulous five.

One night after they’d all had their white mice cocoa, they declared they were sick of baked bean pellets and needed to find a part time job. Someone had a copy of Political Polecat Today and it had a classifieds and job section at the back. There was a small advert tucked away in a slightly chewed corner that read ‘Wanted, for immediate start, robust ferrets who excel at jumping. Food provided and reasonable wages. Enquire to wily.weasely@fredkarnoscircus.com. Had the gregarious group bothered to look carefully at the email address, it might have made them think twice. Their grumbling tummies and empty wallets were enough to propel them to apply.

The response was surprisingly immediate. ‘Thankyou for your application.

Please come with your friends to the following address….employment begins at 7:30pm’.

Those ferret fellows could not believe their luck. Derek was first to hazard a guess at the role. ‘Maybe we have to be waiters and jump to liven the restaurant up’.

Eric wondered if they were going to be lab specimens for a special ferret fitness video.

Bob laughed. He was a black footed ferret, and his rarity in the general population made him a little ‘extra’. He was always putting Eric down and the others marginally tolerated his hoity toity ways. ‘I think we’re going to train for a world record for ferret jumping’, he imagined. He could already see himself on a podium surrounded by mice treats and influential Mustelidae.

Fernando remained quiet. He was the thinker of the group. He was already feeling uneasy, but didn’t want to quash everyone’s enthusiasm. Steve sensed his reticence and looked across calmingly. He was the empath of the group and always was sensitive to their feelings.

The intrepid troupe scurried towards the address and were met by a shady weasel who introduced himself as Wily. They were escorted into a room where there was a table spread with ferrety delights. The lads lapped the treats up with gusto and once satisfied, as Bob was licking his lips, Wily ran in. Steve didn’t like Wily. Something wasn’t right about him.

He ushered the group into a green room.

‘Well boys, it’s time to earn your keep’ he pronounced in a jolly tone. Pretend to be ninjas, and when you see the mice, please jump up and try and catch them. Don’t stop, just keep going.’.

The boys looked at each other nervously as they each were herded to an ‘x’ below an opening. Music began. Cheering started. A bell began to ring.

The mice were lowered over the tops of the holes above. They jumped.

‘Ouch’.

‘That weasel. What is going on’ spluttered Eric, as he nursed his head.

‘What was that enormous plastic hammer?’ growled Bob.

The mice appeared again and so they jumped. This time, a little less enthusiastically but as their heads appeared, the crowds roared. Bob enjoyed the adulation so kept jumping. Eric was less enthusiastic and Steve shuffled to the side. Wily raced in again, reminding the fellas that an email was a contract and there were no wages for any of them unless the five worked together.

They jumped, to great applause. Some of the plastic hammer blows were softer than the others, and after a while they learned to jump back down much faster. By the end, they were feeling fitter and the hammer didn’t really hurt.

Wily came in grinning from ear to ear. ‘Why you boys were fabulous. The best ones we’ve ever had!’ They looked at each other proudly, still feeling a little shell shocked.

‘Don’t worry, your heads will get used to it- it’s only a plastic hammer filled with air’. If any of you want to come back tomorrow, I’d be surely glad to have you’.

Everyone shook their heads, Kentucky Fried Weasel was a safer bet for earning a few pounds. Bob, however had rather enjoyed himself. ‘I’ll be back tomorrow’ he promised.

And indeed Bob has carved out quite a career for himself. Wily Weasel turned out to be a rather good employer with an awesome employee benefit scheme and the polecat pension deal was amazing. He ended up being a good friend to Bob and even joined him sometimes on the nightly jumps. The moral of the story is quite clear. Next time you try whack-a-mole or indeed ‘whack-a-ferret’, be extra gentle, it might be Bob or Wily under that hammer!!

The full Clearly Besotted release is available at 8pm GMT at the Clearly Besotted store and also at Simon Says Stamp!

I’d love to know which were your favourites this month?

Do visit Michelle and the Clearly Besotted blog

and I look forward to seeing you soon!

Keren xx

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Debbie P  |  June 1, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Great card, cute story.

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  • 2. lisatilson76  |  June 1, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Hahaha!! I so wasn’t expecting this. Great story Keren, loved the feisty, slightly stupid ferrets! I play a game on my ipad called Fairway Golf. It has a little mini game included called whack-a-gopher. You get virtual coins for the amount you whack before they disappear down the hole! If you whack 3 incorrect critters you’re out. I’m useless at it haha xx

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    • 3. kerenbaker  |  June 1, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      Haha. Coincidentally I used to love that game but was spending too much time on it so deleted it!!!

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  • 4. conil  |  June 1, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    I think my favorite story is this one. Are you going to include it in your upcoming book or save it for one of it’s own. By the way, the card is as fabulous and funny as the story.

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  • 5. noraln44  |  June 1, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    What a cute card!! I LOVE your story!! So fun!!

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