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#06 "Strained To the Max!"

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#06 "Strained To the Max!"

  1. 1. 2 COUNT SPATULA: TALES FROM THREE DRAWERS DOWN BOOK 2: STORIES 6-10 A discussion, coloring, storybook for kids! Fun stories about a Spatula who has fallen behind the kitchen counters, wakes up each night, and gives good advice to his fallen friends. No kitchen utensils were harmed in the writing of this book. A few were misplaced, but so far, all of those were found. © 2017 Kent K. Kessler Rev. Dr. Kent K. Kessler 323 N Boots Street Marion, IN 46952 To ask a question, or just say, “Hi!” to Count Spatula, please email his secretary, Coli Colander, at this email address: colicolander@gmail.com Twitter: @colicolander #3drawersdown Facebook: @CountSpatula https://www.facebook.com/countspatula/ Published by: www.lulu.com
  2. 2. 3 FOR PARENTS "COUNT SPATULA: TALES FROM THREE DRAWERS DOWN" What if kitchen utensils, fallen into the underworld behind and below the counters, could talk? Count Spatula stories were birthed from the need to explain, “What is that, Daddy?” The following stories are meant to be read (by a parent?) to children. The more you get into the characters, the more enjoyable the experience will be for the kids. LET ME INTRODUCE YOU (MAIN CHARACTERS):  Count Spatula has a Transylvanian accent, but he might actually be from Italy.  Coli Colander has a sweet motherly voice, is very kind, and acts at times like a doctor, coach, or film director.  Whisk is hyperactive, so he talks fast. He likes to tell (groaner) jokes and is quite the scaredy-cat!  Woodie Spoon loves to play games, and is sort of clumsy.  Timer is Texan, or at least has a southern accent, and some of his words are written that way.  Papa Cup sings and speaks in a very low (bass) voice; his family sings in four-part harmony.  Chopstix is Asian and has a speech impediment.  The Pastry Tips have little kid voices and are always click-clacking over one another.  Cleaver, Libbey Ladle, Steak Weight, Can Opener, Paring Knife Twins, Poly, Lemon Squeezer, Skewer, Cheese Grater, Baster, Butter Knife, Flipper, Cutting Board, Fork, and Peeler have whatever voice you imagine them to have!
  3. 3. 4 SOME CONCEPTS TO CONSIDER  The Fall: What has happened to everyone to get them into the place and mess they are in, separated from the good world they had once known.  The Crack: That part of the counter where Count and his friends can look up and see out; symbolized by the moonlight. Several utensils like to hang out, learn, reflect, dream, and remember here. It is also where some have fallen through to the Underworld.  The Underworld: What Count and the gang call the world behind the counters where they live now.  The Other Side/Overworld: Where the gang wants to be and where those whom they had once known still live—both humans and kitchen tool friends.  Night: The time those who have fallen under the counter are “awake” and when those on the Other side are “asleep.”  Day: The time those who have fallen under the counter are “asleep” and those who are on the Other side are “awake”.  Twilight: That short time in between night and day. Sometimes surprises happen then.  Turning and Corners: Around the corners of our lives, just out of sight, are moments that offer surprises and possible adventures. Such are corners in this story.
  4. 4. 5 BOOK 2 CHAPTERS #06 STRAINED TO THE MAX 6 #07 BENT & SKEWED 16 #08 TROUBLESOME TIPS 30 #09 OUT PLAY, OUT BASTE, OUT YOU GO 40 #10 A SNOOZE TIMER? 56 EXTRAS & CUTOUTS 66
  5. 5. 6 #06 STRAINED TO THE MAX In today’s tale from three drawers down, Count Spatula discovers something about himself he thinks is bad and hides from his friends. Can Coli Colander help Count see that it may be something good instead?
  6. 6. 7 During the day, all is well after breakfast, lunch, and supper. But after the meals are eaten and dishes cleaned and put away, another story begins. Behind the counter tops, cupboards, and drawers, lost things forgotten, but real, come to life. At twilight, kitchen tools come together to hear the wisdom of the Count. There, three drawers down, is where adventures take place. "Hey! Everyone! Look at this!" Woodie Spoon was so excited. A soap bubble had formed out of a crack in one of the drainpipes and shimmering in the moonlight. "It's a bubble!" said Coli Colander with a smile. "It’s iridescent!" said Cleaver.
  7. 7. 8 "I think it's beautiful and you shouldn't say mean things about it," said Woodie Spoon. "Iridescent means it looks like a rainbow," said Count. "Oh, I knew that," said Woodie a little embarrassed. "No you didn't," Coli said playfully bumping into Woodie. "Well, it is beautiful," said Woodie. "What can we do with it?" The bubble made one of the Pastry Tip kids looked like a short gumdrop and another like an hourglass. When
  8. 8. 9 they moved up and down to change shape they made noises that caused everyone to roar with laughter. They all took turns until twilight. "That was fun, but it’s time to call it a night." Count announced. Papa Full and Momma Half Cups called Third and Quarter Cups to come along with them. The Pastry Tip kids clickety-clacked away to their corner. Soon everyone settled down for the new day coming. Everyone except Count.
  9. 9. 10 While on his rounds to count everyone and make sure no one had wondered off, Count saw his reflection in the bubble. Hold up! How did that get there? Way down at the end of his handle was a hole! Count looked at it from the front and then from the back. How could this have happened? I must have done something wrong! He frowned a very big frown. What will everyone say because of this hole I have? Count tried using napkins, food, and pieces of trash that had fallen from the counter to cover the hole so no one would see it. Nothing helped. When others asked Count what he was doing, he quickly ran away to hide.
  10. 10. 11 What am I going to do? I can’t hide forever. Count heard someone coming, so he turned to run away again. As he hopped around the corner, Umph! He ran into his friend Coli Colander but then tried to hide. “What are you doing, Count?” asked Coli. Count began to cry. “Oh my, oh my! I have a hole in my handle and I don’t know why. Oh, what have I done wrong?”
  11. 11. 12 “Oh Count,” Coli said in her sweetest voice. “Is that why you’ve been hiding from us? Why does having holes mean you have done something wrong? Just look at me!” Count looked at Coli and all of the holes she has. “My holes do something good. Why can’t your hole be meant for something good too?”
  12. 12. 13 Count was relieved. Perhaps his hole was for something good. "Thank you, Coli! I hadn’t thought of that!" Count spent the rest of twilight with his friend Coli counting all the good uses for the hole in his handle.
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  14. 14. 15 COUNT TIME Hi kids! It’s me, Count Spatula. Isn’t it great to have friends and family who love you just the way you are? I have a hole I didn’t like at first. But it is a part of who I am. Maybe you didn’t like something about yourself at first but are okay with it now. My friend Coli helped me discover ways the hole in my handle was meant for good purposes. Today, look for ways you too can be a friend who sees the good things in others.
  15. 15. 16 #07 BENT & SKEWED In today’s tale from three drawers down, Skewer is bent and can’t see straight, so everybody must be wrong. Can Count help put Skewer back into shape and straighten things out with his friends?
  16. 16. 17 "Don't touch it! Please, just … leave it …" Coli Colander was once again trying to play the doctor. This time it was for Skewer. "If you would just let me look at it to see if I can …"
  17. 17. 18 "No. Nope. Nada! Niet! Non! Nein! Whatever language you need to hear it in, please, just leave it alone." Skewer was just a little hurt, but very unhappy with Dr. Coli. "Maybe you shouldn't have been playing on the pipe like that. If you weren't trying to show off, this wouldn't have happened." Coli could be mothering with Skewer. If she had hands, they would have been on her hips! If Skewer had had eyebrows, they would have made him look angry. He, Woodie Spoon, Whisk, and Libbey Ladle were trying to see who could balance on a pipe the longest. Whisk had the longest time so far. When it was Skewer's turn, it seemed as if he could balance on the pipe forever.
  18. 18. 19 "Watch me everybody! I saw this in the Olympics on TV." He swung around the pipe once and then twice and everyone said, "OO-oooh!" On the third swing he jumped off, twisted several times while doing a frontward flip, and landed straight up! “Hurray!” everyone shouted. "Wow! That was great, Skewer!" Whisk said. Skewer was a little dizzy from the spinning and flipping. He turned to say, "Thank yoUUU!" and stumbled, fell against the wall, and hit his head. That’s when Dr. Coli rushed over to him. "I'll be fine," Skewer finally said and hopped off to go to sleep.
  19. 19. 20 The next night there was something not quite right about Skewer. "You guys are playing that all wrong. Why do I have to explain every little thing? Nobody is listening to me. If you would just do it my way it will work!" Skewer didn't know he had gotten bent from hitting the wall. This made his eyes a little off, and he couldn't see things straight. So when he shared how things looked to him, he wasn't lying, he was just bent. Count heard Skewer's frustration and knew exactly how to help him. "Skewer, would you help me please?" "Sure Count. What do you need?" "I wanted to hang this baseball card I
  20. 20. 21 found on my wall. It is of one of my favorite players, Tonto Flatware. Skewer was excited. “I’ve heard of him! Doesn’t everyone shout, Hi-Yo, Silverware! when he comes to up to bat?" "Right! No one knows how to protect the plate better! The kitchen plate, that is. I thought it was funny that Tonto played for the Rangers." The card was of Tonto holding a bat and riding his horse, Pinto Bean.
  21. 21. 22 I like their team colors," said Skewer. "This will look great on your wall." "That's just it," said Count. "It doesn't look right. Can you help me see if it's straight?" Skewer hung the picture on the wall where Count wanted it. He tilted it to the right . . . then to the left. Because Skewer was bent, it never looked right.
  22. 22. 23 "Let's try this wall," Skewer suggested. Count let Skewer explore hanging the picture on each wall, setting it on his dresser, then his end table, and even on the floor. Nothing looked straight to Skewer. "This just doesn't make sense," said Skewer. "Even the floor is crooked!" "The floor can't be crooked," said Count. "We would know that when we walked on it." "What else could it be?" said Skewer. "Take a look in my mirror." Skewer looked at the mirror. "Your mirror is crooked too, Count." And Skewer tried to straighten it. "I didn't say 'Look at my mirror,' Skewer, I said, 'Look in my mirror.' Take a good look at yourself."
  23. 23. 24 Skewer looked at himself in the mirror, but he didn't understand what he was seeing. It looked like he was crooked instead of the mirror. Each time he straightened the mirror's edge with the wall or floor he looked bent. But then he would just bend the mirror. This made him look straight, but then everything else looked bent. "What is going on Count? Am I going crazy?"
  24. 24. 25 "No, no, no," explained Count. "Don't you remember? You hit your head last night. You must have hit it too hard, and you got bent out of shape." Skewer studied the mirror and his image in it even more. The truth of what Count said to him made more and more sense. Finally Skewer said, "My momma told me this could happen. I just never thought it would happen to me. She said if it did I would need some friends to help me, because you can't get yourself straightened out the way you want to." Then after a long pause Skewer asked, "Will you help me, Count?"
  25. 25. 26 Count was thrilled, "Of course! But it will take more than me! Do you mind if I ask a few of our friends to help us?" "If I want to get myself straightened out, I suppose I will have to. I trust you, Count." Count called together Boardo the Cutting Board, Weighty the Steak Weight and Coli Colander. With a little bit of coaching from Count and Coli, Boardo and Weighty had Skewer straightened out in no time.
  26. 26. 27 “Thank you, everyone,” said Skewer. “I can see straight again! I am so sorry for thinking all of you were wrong. When you are bent, you just don't see things quite right.” Skewer turned toward Count. “Thank you, Count, for being my kemosabe! I know now I can truly count on you.”
  27. 27. 28 “Thanks for letting me be your kemosabe!” said Count. “And, Ja, Si, Oui, Da, Yebo--whatever language you need to hear me say, 'Yes,' in, Skewer, I will always help you to keep on a straight path.” “Great,” said Skewer. “Now let's get that picture hung up right on your wall. Hi-Yo, Silverware, away!”
  28. 28. 29 COUNT TIME Hi kids! It’s me, Count Spatula. Have you ever thought you were right about something but found out you weren’t? It can be really hard to listen to someone explain the truth sometimes. Try to be someone who listens to the truth even when it is hard to do so. And don’t be someone who gets bent out of shape like Skewer did. But if you do, find someone you trust who can explain the truth to you. Be humble and be a good listener!
  29. 29. 30 #08 TROUBLESOME TIPS In today’s tale from three drawers down, the Pastry Tip kids are clogged. Will Count and the gang be able to help them and learn some tips of their own?
  30. 30. 31 During the day, all is well after breakfast, and lunch, and supper. But after the meals are eaten and dishes cleaned and put away, another story begins. Behind the counter tops, cupboards, and drawers, lost things forgotten, but real, come to life. At twilight, kitchen tools come together to hear the wisdom of the Count. There, three drawers down, is where adventures take place. "Come back here! Would you sit still? PLEASE!?" Colander was getting more than just a little frustrated with the Pastry Tips kids. They needed to be cleaned, but the Tips would not cooperate.
  31. 31. 32 They clickity-clacked this way and that and leap frogged over each other as Coli tried to get them to be still long enough to unclog them. "OOooh! They won't stop long enough to even talk to me." Coli said. A couple of them bounced off the walls. Others flipped over each other sounding like fireworks wherever they landed. "I'll help!" Woodie stretched out long ways to guide the Tips back to Coli so she could help clean them. "Thank you, Woodie!"
  32. 32. 33 "Sort of like herding cats. 'Cept'n these here ain't cats," said Timer as two Tips flipped over his head. The Tips weren't trying to frustrate Coli. They had found a plop of icing on the floor that oozed down behind the cabinets. It had been a long time since they had decorated anything, so they took advantage of having some icing. Since they didn't have a cake, they decorated the walls! But when icing dries, it gets hard and clogs things, like the Pastry Tips.
  33. 33. 34 "Count, would you help me?!" Coli called out. Count hopped up to Timer and tapped his bell. "DING!" The sound got everyone's attention, even the Pastry Tips. "Good evening everyone! It has been a long time since I have told a story. I am setting Timer for fifteen minutes and then I will tell you one."
  34. 34. 35 "Hurray!" everyone shouted. "But you must be cleaned up and ready for bed before you come so hurry and don't be late!" All of the tips got into a single file line in front of Coli. Coli just stood there staring at the Pastry Tips. "Aren't ya gonna hep em, Coli?" Asked Timer. "Ya only git ten more minutes," he said rather slowly.
  35. 35. 36 "OH, yes, right!" With Woodie and Whisk's help, Coli went to work cleaning the Tips. The dried icing came out of a Tip with a "POP!" and one of the Tips explained, "I am so sorry Coli! The icing had hardened in my mouth and I couldn't talk! We tried knocking it out by bouncing off the walls and tapping on the floor, but nothing would shake it loose. Thanks for helping us!" Coli smiled. "It's okay, and you're welcome!" When the last Tip was unclogged, Timer went, "DING!" Everyone gathered around Count to hear his story.
  36. 36. 37 "Just in time!" said the last little Pastry Tip. "And here's a tip for you: Don't eat sugary icing all day and then try to sit still. It doesn't work!" Woodie, Coli and Whisk looked at each other and realized that the Tips couldn't control themselves because they had way too much sugar. "Great tip," said Whisk. As Count told his story, Whisk was thinking hard about a question. When Count finished, Whisk asked, "Does it sound better to say, 'How much pastry could a pastry tip tip if a pastry tip could tip pastries?' Or, 'if Pastry Tips could pastry tips?’ Any tips on this?"
  37. 37. 38 Coli giggled, "You are so funny, Whisk!" "Huh?" said Whisk. "A better question might be," said Count, "How quiet can a Pastry Tip be if a Pastry Tip's tip was tipped with pastry?" "Oh, that's good!" said Whisk. "Thanks for the tip, Count!" Coli and Count couldn’t help giggling as they helped Whisk, Timer, and Woodie scoop up the sleeping Pastry Tips off the floor and tuck them in for another day.
  38. 38. 39 COUNT TIME Hey kids, it’s me, Count Spatula! Are you choosing good snack foods? I like a good cake with yummy frosting every now and again. But too much sugar can make some children cranky, or sleepy, or even act like the Pastry Tips. Here’s a good tip: Choose snacks that are healthy (like fruits and vegetables) and save cake and frosting for desserts on special days (like birthdays)!
  39. 39. 40 #09 OUT PLAY, OUT BASTE, OUT YOU GO! In today’s tale from three drawers down, Baster is voted out of the cabinets. Will Count get him to come back to the group?
  40. 40. 41 "I'm out of here!" said Woodie Spoon in a huff and quickly hopped away. "Woodie, come back!" Coli Colander pleaded, but it was no use. The others were still sitting in a circle. They had been playing a board game made from a graham cracker and colored sprinkles. "We don't need him," Baster said, "the game will still be fun and I will still win anyway. So let's finish the game." No one said a word. "You shouldn't have talked the way you did about how Woodie plays," Coli tried to explain.
  41. 41. 42 "Sometimes it takes others longer to think before they make their move." "He was taking too long and my dad always said the game is better when you keep it moving," Baster replied. "I agree, but I don't think that means you keep rushing others by saying 'Come on, hurry up' every three seconds," said Egg Beater as softly as he could. "You weren't even close to winning," Baster snapped back, "So why do you care?" "Because..." said the Count as he hopped up to the circle. Count heard the whole conversation from around the corner. He had been helping one of the Pastry Tip kids remove a sprinkle from his mouth. "…we care
  42. 42. 43 about each other, and we care not as much about winning the game as about..." "Oh, oh! As about how we play the game!" Whisk said. "That's right, Whisk, just like we know it is rude to interrupt someone when they are talking," Count said with a wink and a smile. "Sorry," said Whisk hanging his head, "I got too excited." "I forgive you," said Count. "It sounds like someone else needs some forgiveness," said Colander. "Not me," said Baster.
  43. 43. 44 "Well, if Baster isn't sorry for what he said to Woodie, I am not going to play anymore with him until he does," said Whisk. "Me either!" all of the other players said. "Wait a minute!" said the Count. But it was too late. Baster was too upset. "If that's the way you feel and want to vote me out of the game then I'm outta here too!" and then he hurried off into the darkness. After a long silence Whisk spoke, "I just wanted to have fun playing a game with you guys. I didn't want anyone to run away." "We can try to finish the game, with just the rest of us, Whisk," suggested Coli. "No … it isn't fun anymore," and then Whisk just sat staring at the pieces of a game that moments ago had brought fun and laughter. "Well, what can we do?" whispered Egg Beater.
  44. 44. 45 "Sometimes it takes others longer to think before they make their move," said Count. "That's what I was trying to tell Baster about playing the game," said Coli. "And the same is true in life," shared Count. "Let's give them some time to cool down and then I'll go and talk to them." "That sounds like a good idea, Count," Egg Beater said still whispering.
  45. 45. 46 Several minutes later Count found Woodie alone with his head leaning up against a cabinet. "Woodie, can we talk?" asked Count. "Oh, Count, I feel so bad for acting the way I did and ... I don't know what to do." "Handling our feelings can be challenging at times," said Count as he leaned next to Woodie. "Knowing what we want to do before things happen can be a great help." "What do you mean? How can I know what I am going to do before I do it?" asked Woodie.
  46. 46. 47 "Well, what do you wish you would have done back there?" "I wish I wouldn’t have become so angry, but instead calmly explained myself." "Good! Now let's use our imaginations," said Count. "Okay, I love using my imagination," said Woodie.
  47. 47. 48 "Imagine the moment you got upset with Baster … but instead of getting upset, imagine not getting angry and calmly explaining yourself to him." "Oh! I see, Count!" "I'm glad you understand, but ..." "No, I mean I see! I can see Baster telling me to hurry up, and me not getting angry and just talking about it." Count left Woodie and found Baster slapping a pipe back and forth with his hair. "What color are you painting that pipe, Baster?" asked Count. "I'm not painting a pipe. I'm Captain of my ship, the SS Cheeseburger, and I'm mopping all of the blood off the deck." Count was stunned. "All the blood off the deck? BASTER!"
  48. 48. 49 Surprised at Count's reaction, Baster explained, "Actually it's just ketchup. I'm pretending I just saved the ship from a giant sea monster Tomato." Count thought about this for a moment, "Do you think you might have some other things to clean up too?" "Yeah, but right now this is easier for me. I'm not very good at all of that sorry stuff." "Baster, what if I had ran back to the others and told them you were cleaning up blood from the floor?" asked Count. "You know, before you told me you were pretending?"
  49. 49. 50 Baster stopped swishing his hair against the pipe. "Well, I guess it could have made them worried or upset. But you let me explain so that didn't happen." "Right!" said Count. "A part of saying you are sorry means you give people a chance to explain. You may not know everything about what is going on. Is that really so hard, Baster?" "I guess not," Baster said, swishing his hair against the pipe a few more times. "You do know the others like you, right?" asked Count. "Then why did they vote me out of the game?"
  50. 50. 51 "No one voted you out of the game, but you, Baster." "What do you mean? I was winning that game!" Baster said, swishing his head against the pipe a few more times. "The game ended," Count explained, "when you made it more about winning than about the people you were playing with. And that's wrong." Now Baster was stunned. He never had anyone tell him he was wrong before. "When we do wrong, Baster, we hurt other people. No one wants to be hurt." Baster stopped swishing his hair and stared at the pipe using his imagination. Baster saw the faces of Woodie and Coli, Whisk and Eggie, and the Pastry Tips. They were all frowning and he knew it was because of what he had done.
  51. 51. 52 "You are right, Count. I didn't care about my friends as much as winning that dumb game. That was wrong." "So what are you going to do?" Baster finally turned to look at Count. "I want to explain to the others how sorry I am." "I'll be glad to go with you to …"
  52. 52. 53 BANG! CRASH! BONG! Ting-a-ling-a-ling-ling-ling. A loud sound interrupted Count. A thin figure arose from the ground. "Oops! Sorry!" It was Woodie. "I got clumsy and tripped over that bottle cap. I couldn't wait any longer, so I came to tell Baster I was sorry." "No, Woodie, I am sorry. I shouldn't have spoken to you the way I did. I was wrong. You are a good game player and I would hate not being able to play games with you, Baster."
  53. 53. 54 "Would you forgive me?" Saying this at the exact same time made Baster and Woodie stare at each other and then bust up laughing. "Yes, I will!" they said, again at the same time, and laughed some more. Can you imagine what happened when Count, Woodie and Baster returned to the others? Try using your imagination and share what you see.
  54. 54. 55 COUNT TIME Hi kids, it’s me, Count Spatula and I love using my imagination. I can pretend I am spreading icing on a beautiful cake or butter on fresh baked bread. I can also use my imagination to think through what I want to say to others and imagine what they might say. How did it help Baster and Woodie to use their imagination in this story?
  55. 55. 56 #10 A SNOOZE TIMER? In today’s tale from three drawers down, Timer keeps fawlin’ asleep. Might be time fer Count ta hep him. (Translation: Timer keeps falling asleep. Could it be time for Count to help him?)
  56. 56. 57 “Wake up, Timer!” Coli Colander said. It was Timer's turn to putt his cereal ball into the medicine cup but he had fallen asleep while waiting. "I'ma sorry!" said Timer, "Zit my turn now?" "Yes it is," smiled Coli. She waited patiently for timer to take his turn, but he missed. "Oh, nice try! Timer, why are you so tired tonight?" Timer yawned, "Eh, I din't rightly know. Haven't been gettin much sleep I reckon." Timer first served on a farm in southern Indiana, so he talked a little different. Coli was used to others talking different though. "Sometimes it’s hard to fall asleep," Coli said, hoping Timer would tell her more.
  57. 57. 58 "Yep. You havin’ sum troubles sleepin’ too, Coli?" "No, not at all. Well, not anymore. Count helped me. He has helped all of us here in some way," she said with a smile. "Do ya think he could hep me?" "Well, you’ll never know unless you ask!"
  58. 58. 59 The two of them hopped on over to Count. Count was trying to get Cleaver and Whisk untangled from a game of football. Cleaver was holding a folded, paper triangle for Whisk to kick but Whisk got his head stuck on Cleaver. "Hold still Cleav and I'll have you two … there!" said Count. "Free at last!" shouted Cleaver. "Hahaha," Whisk laughed, "We weren't stuck together that long, silly!" A strange noise interrupted them. "Hey, what's that sound?" asked Cleaver. "It sounds like a bumble bee." "No, it sounds like a blender," said Whisk.
  59. 59. 60 Coli looked around and saw Timer asleep again and snoring! She was surprised he had fallen asleep in such a short time. "Timer!" "Huh? What? Uh-oh, did I fall asleep again? Did I miss anythin?" "No,” giggled Coli, "Just Cleav and Whisk being silly." "We were just killing time," Cleav said. Timer gasped! "Just kidding! Just kidding!" Cleav assured him. "Are you having troubles sleeping, Timer?" asked Count.
  60. 60. 61 "Well, actually, I’ma havin’ troubles stayin’ awake," said Timer. "mmmHMMM, I see," said Count. "Whatcha doin befer goin to bed," asked Count. "Well, I reckon I snack some, and I keep hearin' this lo-co-MO-teve go by." "Snackin some, ya don't say," said Count. "Yep.” “Have ya ever tried sleepin on a napkin?" asked Count. "Heheh, now who’s the silly one," Timer laughed. "If that don't beat all!"
  61. 61. 62 Count smiled. "A napkin can hep ya cuzit feels so soft and com-FER-ta-bull; it can also keep the noise from that lo-co-MO-teev away." "Say, that duz sound like a good idear," said Timer. Then Count asked, "Whatcha been snackin on neighbor?" Coli and Whisk couldn’t help snickering because of how Count sounded talking the same way as Timer. "Oh … whatever Ima findin. A cukie, eh pop, popkern, n pop, toast n jel-lee, can-dee, s'more pop. I really like my pop," Timer said. "How about meeting me at twilight and I tell you a gulley-whopper of a story?" Count was hoping to keep Timer from snacking at all before going to bed this time. "Oh! Oh! I have a quick story, Count," Whisk said. "How much time could Timer time if Timer could time time?"
  62. 62. 63 "Not now, Whisk," Coli whispered. Timer had already sat down by a napkin and before the Count could answer Whisk, or even start his story, Timer was sleeping soundly. Count pulled another napkin over top of Timer and then heard the whistle of a train. As the locomotive passed by that twilight, Timer didn't wake at all. CHOO! WHOOO!
  63. 63. 64 "Hey Count, where did you learn to talk like Timer?" Coli asked. "I spent some time on a farm a few years ago," Count replied. "That's where good old Momma Grace taught me to spread the icin’ nice’n smooth like on her cakes so well." Coli looked at Timer sleeping soundly and the napkin blanket, "Looks like icing wasn't all you learned to spread out Count." Then they both slid under their own napkin blankets and fell asleep.
  64. 64. 65 COUNT TIME Hey, kids! It’s me, Count Spatula. Why couldn’t Timer get the sleep he needed? Have you ever had a hard time falling asleep like Timer? Food is energy. You need a good breakfast in the morning to have the energy you need for your day. But too much energy before bed can cause you to not sleep well or get to sleep at all. A good blanket and pillow can help with a good night’s sleep.
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  66. 66. 67 GET ALL 31 STORIES FROM THREE DRAWERS DOWN: STORIES IN BOOK 1 #1: "Count, Down." The scoop and flip-side on how all the adventures begin. #2: "Chop PTooey!" Count helps the others accept Chopstix's slobbery speech. #3: "Wood You?" Woodie Spoon needs help to not be such a hard headed guy. #4: "Whisk, Away?" Whisk is lost, needs found, and guided him back home. #5: "Sharp Is as Sharp Does." Cleaver learns when enough is enough. STORIES IN BOOK 2 #6 “Strained to the Max!” Coli helps Count see the good side of things. #7 “Bent and Skewed” Skewer gets straightened out. #8 "Troublesome Tips" Count and the gang learn some Tips of their own. #9 "Out Play, Out Baste, Out ... You Go!" Baster needs a vote of confidence #10 "A Snooze Timer" Timer keeps fawlin’ asleep. Time fer Count ta hep him. STORIES IN BOOK 3 #11 "A Voice to Count 1." Count hears from the other side and has questions. #12 "A Voice to Count 2." The Voice tells the gang: “You are not forgotten!” #13 "Grater Nights" Help! Cheese Grater is getting on everybody’s nerves. #14 "Party at Pans." The gang gets a taste of what life can be like. #15 "Butter than Before." Knifey needs buttered up to try new things. STORIES IN BOOK 4 #16 "Count, Like You." Little spat came, got licked, is found again, and missed. #17 "Board Stiffer." Cutting Board is reminded of all the things she can do. #18 "Count, er, Flipper?" The gang learns that not everything is as it seems. #19 "A Fork above the Road." Everyone has an idea how to get fork down. #20 "Weight, a Minute." Steak Weight’s lesson on how to be a patient patient STORIES IN BOOK 5 #21 "A Backwards Count." Count shares what he did before the Fall. #22 "Count Less Friends." Count can’t find his friends and thinks he’s all alone. #23 "Get a Grip, Poly!" A look at the unique things that makes each one special #24 "A Little Too, Punchy." Can Puncher learns self-control and to open up #25 "Double Troubles." How can you tell the Paring Knife twins apart? STORIES IN BOOK 6 #26 "Squeezed With Fear." Lemon Squeezer is scary until you get to know her. #27 "The Perfect Stain." Is Libbey the Ladle’s value in her being stainless? #28 "I'll Find You a Peeling!" Woodie finds Peeler appealing and needs help #29 "Four Good Measures." A song about measuring right the first time. #30 "Ting Me a Tong." Will Tongs learn to say his words beeter, I mean better? #31 "Count, Till You‘re Found." The final story about lost things being found. Remember, to say, “Hi!” to Count, just email colicolander@gmail.com Facebook: @countspatula Twitter: @colicolander #3drawersdown
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