Category Archives: Rupert's Ramblings


Word was sent to me about another stamp hidden in a letterbox right here on Long Beach Island. I was warned that others were close to acquiring said stamp so I had to be on my way immediately. I readied my trusty steed Dickon …

got my driver finally into the car, and we were off to the far end of the island where this behemoth stands a lonely vigil.

As we drew close to the hiding place, I could see my adversaries closing in. “Faster” I called to my crack team and, with a mixture of a little perseverance and a lot of luck, although we were 2nd on the scene, we were 1st to open the box and see the long sought for Jersey Devil stamp. (Sorry, for that you’ll have to find the box yourself. We letterboxers are sworn to secrecy on these matters.)

Let it be known that I’m not above getting my paws dirty to find my man stamp!


eeBoo Advent Calendars on Sale at Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals

An Advent calendar is a special calendar which is used to count or celebrate the days of Advent in anticipation of Christmas. Some calendars are strictly religious, whereas others are secular in content.

Today, most advent calendars are made for children. Many take the form of a large rectangular card with many “windows”, one of which is opened every day during Advent. In less elaborate calendars, each window opens to reveal an image, a poem, or part of a story such as the Nativity story itself.

The origins of the Advent calendar come from German Lutherans who, at least as early as the beginning of the 19th century, would count down the 24 days of Advent physically. Often this meant simply drawing a chalk line on the door each day, beginning on December 1. Some families had more elaborate means of marking the days, such as lighting a new candle (perhaps the genesis of today’s Advent wreath) or hanging a little religious picture on the wall each day.

At Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals we are currently having a sale on our two remaining styles of eeBoo Advent calendars.  Stop by and grab one before they all sell out!

eeBoo Santa's Flight Advent Calendar - $3.99



eeBoo Caroling Mice Advent Calendar - $3.99

If you are a practicing Christian, how do you celebrate Advent? Do you have an Advent Calendar? Do you move pieces of the creche closer each day, culminating in placing the baby in the manger? Do you light a candle in the Advent wreath that your child made in Sunday School?

I remember the chocolate advent calendars my grandmother used to give us each year. With 6 kids, you sometimes had to wait quite a while for your turn to come around again:) It’s funny, but all I recall about those calendars is the chocolate – nothing about what the doors looked like or what the overall picture was. The chocolate was good, though. Then there was one that we had that was illustrated by Tasha Tudor. There was nothing edible about it – just the pictures. And that calendar I can see as clear as day.

It’s a Brand New Blog


Well, not really. But we have been working very hard to update the blog homestead. (whisper) Actually, the techies have been working their fingers to the bone on this new site. I’ve been having a bit of a lie-in, but don’t let them know! Anyway, I’m back and I’m better than ever!

This is definitely a work in progress. I’m hoping that we’ll soon have separate pages for all my different interests and such, because I’ve got big plans for this blog! I’m going to be doing some cooking ideas that can be done by kids of all ages, even you! I want a craft page where we can make fun things together – I’m letting my creative juices flow here! And I think there should be a page for all my books. I have a lot of really good stories in my library that I’m excited to share with all of you. The techies are telling me that there will be a page devoted to all the other members of the Fragile Earth Orphanage as well, which is good because they deserve a chance to shine as well.

Now, if I could only get the techies to move at my speed, we’d be up and running by now. But they insist on stopping for piddly little things like eating and sleeping. Ah, well – if it keeps them happy, I suppose I can wait a little bit longer.