The Tea Shop, part 3

The Tea Shop, part 3 As everyone knew, Raccoon was a prolific baker, and so naturally she offered to provide a few goodies for the new tea shop. To display them, Rabbit was hoping to borrow Old Possum’s grandmother’s antique cake stand, the one with the glass dome,...

The Tea Shop, part 2

The Tea Shop, part 2 The hand-painted sign on the interior windowsill — right at ground level — still said Closed, but the note Raccoon clutched in her paw said “Come by around mid-afternoon for a sneak peek.” So at two o’clock sharp, Raccoon opened Rabbit’s front...

The Tea Shop, part 1

The Tea Shop, part 1 The January thaw was right on schedule. And then, as it always did, the weather turned cold again. But Rabbit was ready. Using her recent shipments of plain black and green teas; piles of dried flowers, fruits, and herbs; and her oils and spices...

The Christmas Tree, part 2

The Christmas Tree, part 2 It was past time, honestly, for the tree to go back outside. Crow plucked the carved wooden star from the top and gave it to Old Possum, who wrapped it and the glass ornaments in crinkly tissue paper and nestled them back in their box for...

Old Christmas

Old Christmas The plan had been, as it was on every Twelfth Night, to dance the evening away in the meadow. But it was raining again, and so everyone piled once more into Old Possum’s living room. Rabbit lit the stubs of all the Yuletide candles; Squirrel cajoled the...

Books & Chocolate

Books & Chocolate It was Christmas Eve, and everyone had gathered once again in Old Possum’s living room for a beloved holiday tradition. Being the youngest, Baby Hoppy was given the honor of playing the part of Squire Frog and handing out all the gifts that had...