Finding The Key

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  Some days, the get up and go must have got up and went.  Some days, the thrill of life is nowhere to be found.

Some days, you wake up and you wonder.  What if we just went?  What if we just got in the car and forgot all about that stuff we gotta do and we went somewhere?  What if we get that key?  What if we tried to turn it?

Persons always have so much to do.  Then they do all that stuff and find more to do. Then after they do that, they do more.  And if they want to make an excuse not to have some time off, or to have an adventure for even just one day, they will say that they have to do that thing they forgot to do, that they need to do, or want to do.  Problem is, the day that they are finding all of this stuff to do will pass by and the stuff will be there the next day. There will never be another today if you want to find that key.

So yesterday, I decided that the persons would find that key.  I had heard them talk about a place a few hours away called Cedar Key, Florida.  Key…Cedar Key. Yes, this fit the bill for a good drive and small adventure for the day.

I knew that they had work to do, errands to run, things to type away at while sighing.  But this was important.  I knew that the key to this good day was actually going for a drive.  The key to today’s happiness was forgetting it all and letting it be there tomorrow.  We were headed to Cedar Key.  And when they turned the key in the car? It actually started the car.  Which doesn’t even happen all the time.  So yeah.  This was going to be fun.

The persons were a little concerned that me and Deputy Digby were not up for a two hour drive each way.  You see, our bones have been a little creeky lately.  The persons also were concerned that we might be too tired from our slumber pawty over the weekend with our friend Jake.


But we knew that we wanted to go.  The sunshiney was out, the day was ahead of us, and we wanted to go somewhere new.  We wanted to go to that Cedar Key, Florida place.

 The truth is, you never know that the next day will bring.  We could be more creeky or the day could have less sunshiney tomorrow.  Sometimes, you might be living a day that is as good as it’s going to get.  And you can’t let it go.  You have to find that key to wherever or whatever it is you want to do.  You may not be able to find it tomorrow.

So we went to the little place called Cedar Key.


There aren’t many people that live there.  And there might not be a lot to do.  But for us, that was perfect.


Why do persons have to have so much to do to be happy? Why can’t you just walk, look and listen?  Why can’t you just smell, taste and take the world in?


Enjoyment doesn’t have to take work or planning. The best enjoyments come from just being.  Just knowing that you used your key to take care of your senses for once.


Your senses were put there to enjoy.  Your senses were not put there to shuffle papers around or type things while sighing.  Places like Cedar Key that are simple and slow remind us that we can slow down if we want to.

If you believe you are too important to slow down, or what you have to do is more important than the simple things, well, you are wrong.

So if you have been looking for your key to happiness, you might have to put everything down to find it. And if it works when you find it and turn it, consider that your go ahead! Tomorrow will have its own anxieties.  Put away today’s problems and go.  Where is your key?

Look for our video on Cedar Key at 5 pm ET, Tuesday on our Facebook page! 

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

This is Deputy Digby Pancake.  If they into each life a little rain must fall, they didn’t say that it would last for over a week.  Who is they? Does anyone really know? And Sheriff Brickle?  He is getting quite irritable with his hair all a mess.  He doesn’t know it is a mess.  In fact, he thinks that it actually has been looking a little stylish.  I say he is a little mistaken.  But who am I to argue with a Sheriff that hasn’t got his sunshiney lately?  Nope, not I.

When things aren’t going your way, it is easy to go with the flow for a few days.  But when you see no end in sight, that usually is when you may start to worry.  You may start to get upset.  And you wonder, will it ever, truly, stop raining?


Life is like that sometimes, it seems.  Like when you go to the store, and they don’t have your favorite brand of maple syrup and try to pass off some fake stuff.  Then you try to leave the store, and a deluge falls out of the sky that floods the entire neighborhood.  Then, you get in your car and there is a puddle on the floor because it rained so hard it came inside.  And you have no umbrella.  Because you don’t want to spend money to buy an umbrella.  And so you figure, life has got you all wet.  One thing leads to another.  Yes. This happened. What do you think that I do? Make up this stuff?

But then, you realize that your car is actually full of groceries.  Although wet, you have a car.  And food.  No maple syrup, but thankful, nonetheless.  And so you drive home, you get to your house on wheels, and you take out that new birdseed you bought for the Scarlet Pimpernel.  Because he won’t eat the kind you bought in California.

I didn’t know that birds were as picky about their food as Brickle.  But it is true.  Apparently, the Scarlet Pimpernel only likes certain seeds, and he decided to throw all of the rest of them on the ground.  And the ones he left? With all of the rain, apparently, he was trying to grow a garden.


Now, I am all about having a green thumb…if I had thumbs.  But why would a bird be trying to grow his own garden, I wondered?


Maybe he wanted to be the talk of all the birds in the campground.  Maybe he wanted to  grow his own grass so that he could buy a lawn mower and ride around in it like a proud peacock.  Seems logical.

Or maybe he wanted to save some money and have an endless supply of treats.  As you know, I have been looking for that coveted pancake tree for years.  But, no.  I thought about it some more.  And I figured that the Scarlet Pimpernel was trying to grow his own garden because he knows that we won’t be camped here forever.  When we leave, who is going to buy his favorite foods?  He was saving up for a rainy day…even though it actually may not be raining from the sky when we leave. It will be raining from our hearts.  Even the little bird one.


Yes, our time here is coming to end soon.  As usual, our planning skills have much to be desired.  And we didn’t plan for this holiday week.  So we leave our space here in the campground on Thursday to move to another spot here for two nights.  Then, we have to go to St. Mary’s, Georgia on Saturday until Tuesday.  And then next Tuesday, we come back right here until the end of June.  And then?  You will have to wait and see!


You see, we could have let the rain get us down, and truth be told, some days it did.  But in all of the rain and the storms and the mud and the dirt, we had to find out that actually even waiting for the rain to stop is a good thing.  How many have went through something in their life that they thought was the worst and would never get better?  What happened when you actually got through it?  I can bet as high as a stack of pancakes that afterwards, you learned something.  I can bet that you were a better person for it.  And I can bet that the lessons served as an umbrella for the next time the rain came.  This much is true…after the rain is the best time of all.

But if you are in the rain…right now…you can still start planting your garden.  You don’t have to wait until the sunshine comes, because you will need the rain too.  Life isn’t about waiting for storms to pass.  It’s about learning to be happy in the rain.  And what makes us happy today?  Even if the rain doesn’t stop, Gandma and Gandpa decided to drive the four hours from Tampa here.  And we get to see them today!  That my friends is going to be sunshiney even if there is no sun.  And isn’t that the trick?  Make the effort to grow your garden.  Get your seeds.  Make the best of what you have.  And see what grows.

-Deputy Digby Pancake

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