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Tami meets the Head Bean Aug 21, 1999 at the UTAH signing.
"Minney Needs a Girl Friend" - an original story
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think I started collecting Boyds around October '97. It all began with
"Serenity...The Mother's Angel" and has snowballed since then. I've always been
partial to angels, but this one was extra special because it was an angel for mothers. I
being a mother knew we could use all the help we can get! So I had to have her. I've since
added one or two as I could afford it. As you can see my collection is not yet complete,
but I'm working on it.
first plush! This is Lisa T. Bearinger and Eden. I won both of these in contests and this
is when the "plush bug" bit me. Don't you love Eden's sweater?
then I've focused mainly on the moose. They are my favorite! I walk into a store with
Boyds moose and they just scream out my name. In the picture are Mercer and Morley angels,
then Vermooth, Magnus, Monte, Minney, Miliken, Mortimer, Martini, Maurice, Mendel and
Maynard. I really love their names!
recently acquired a few little bears, but I know there are many yet to come. Four of these
were given to me either by friends or my hubby. They are Lancaster, Marvin Snowbeary,
Margarita, Lancaster again, and York.
is me with York and Lancaster. They are so loveable! I love all my furry critters and my
angels. I just can't get enough of 'em. Some collectors say they are running out of room
for their collection, but this is not a problem for me yet. I have plenty of room so I
plan on getting many, many more. They make me smile.
Minney Needs a Girl Friend!
An original story by...Tami!
Hmmmmmmm.......don't laugh too hard at
You know, Gary says to buy those that "speak" to us. Well, I do just that. These
wonderful Moose critters and I really talk. We carry on conversations. We give each other
advice. We laugh. We hug and give each other encouragement. I'm going to tell you a story
about my moose family and in particular...Minney.
I was going about my business the other day just as I always do. I was cleaning and
running up and down the stairs putting things away. Rearranging my critters so as they
don't get too bored. As I walk by I smile or sometimes I just can't resist...I grab one
and hold him or her for a while. They're so loveable as you all know. They make me smile!
Well, I was noticing that Minney just didn't seem like herself. She would look at me as I
went by and even though she would smile at me, I could tell something was wrong. So, I
took her aside and said, "Minney, is there something bothering you today?" Of
course, she didn't want to bother me, but I knew she needed to talk, so I asked her again.
"Well Tami, she said, I love my family and I love my friends. I enjoy the talks that
you and I have. I am so happy that you adopted me, and I really am happy here. Miliken is
so good to me. He treats me like a real lady. My boys, Mortimer, Maynard, Maurice and
Mendel keep me very busy but very happy also. And having Miliken's brother Magnus and my
dear father, Monte here living with us has been absolutely wonderful!"
I was a little confused. She was saying such wonderful things, but I could tell there was
something that was amiss. "That's all wonderful Minney, but what is it?" She
continued "I keep pretty busy. I cook, I clean and I have been doing some sewing. In
fact, I made scarves out of the same material as my dress for Mendel and Mortimer and also
a nice hunting cap for Magnus. I even did a little knitting...a nice sweater for Maynard,
Maurice and Miliken too. They love them. I also sewed a nice, warm robe for Monte. He
looks very handsome, if I do say so myself."
"Yes Minnie, I noticed them. They are very nice. You did a wonderful job." She
thanked me and went on. "Oh Tami, I shouldn't complain. I have things so nice here.
But.......well, I wish I had my girlfriends nearby. I mean, I have you Tami and we talk
and laugh, but...."
"I know Minney, it's just not the same as your moose girlfriends, right?"
"Right", she said.
"I miss Maxine, Martini, Justina and Vermooth so. I would really love to see them
"You will someday, I think. I'm trying very hard to round up all your friends and
family and bring them here to live, but it just takes time, sweetie. Please hang in there,
ok? Tell me what's been going on lately..."
"Oh my! she said, "you missed all the excitement yesterday. Mortimer, you know,
he just doesn't stop. Why yesterday he was so active and clumsy that he nearly rolled down
the mountain. None of us could get to him fast enough and he was barely hanging on. I just
knew he was going to finish falling off when all of a sudden, he somehow managed to pull
himself up. I know he could never have done that by himself. He must've had a guardian
angel or two there helping him."
"Oh, I'm so glad that he's ok!" I said. Minney seemed to be doing a little
better now. I think she was enjoying her talk and she was enjoying sitting on her chair
with Mendel sitting right close beside her. She was really very happy, but she just needed
a little moose girl talk. Little did she know, that I was working very hard on bringing
her dear friends, Vermooth and Martini, here to live with us. I was hoping within the next
week or so, but I couldn't tell her yet in case it fell through. So, I decided that I
would show her a little extra attention whenever I could. She needed it. She did work very
hard to take care of all these men!
Well, a few days went by and I tried hard to give them all my usual love and smiles, but I
did give Minney a little extra. Being the only girl in that large herd would be difficult.
I was trying to be there for her. A few days later my hubby and I went to St. George for a
quick trip, and guess who I found!!! Yes, Martini! Oh I thought, Minney will be so happy!
I almost couldn't wait to get home just to get the two ladies together.
We drove home
with Martini in my lap. She was pretty excited too. "Do you think Minney will be
happy to see me?" she asked. "Oh Martini, of course she will." I went on to
tell her how lonely Minney had been lately. Next thing I knew we were pulling into my
driveway and some wonderful, furry little critter was waiting on my doorstep. Yes! It was
Vermooth! It was so wonderful to bring these two girls into my home to live, but most of
all it was great to see the smiles on all their faces when they first saw one another.
They hugged and laughed and smiled, and then hugged some more. It was wonderful!
I still give my moose all the same love and attention that I always do, but I know if I'm
ever too busy that they will all entertain each other. There's quite a herd there in my
family room. They each warm my heart in their own little ways and I'm so glad they're
here. When I'm feeling down I have all them to go to for love, smiles and big ol' moose
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