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June 1, 2019

The Back Story ~ Jeremy

Jeremy heard the key in the front door and thought, “Oh, feathers, I’m in trouble now!”

As his mistress rounded the corner of the kitchen island and looked down at him, Jeremy could see the look of disappointment on her face.

For Jeremy this was worse than anything. He could feel his own eyes begin to well up with tears as he silently telegraphed how sorry he was that he had messed up.

His owner stood there for several long minutes just staring at Jeremy and then suddenly the look of disappointment gave way to amusement and soon she was doubled over in laughter.

Turning on the hot water faucet, she said, “You know, I should just leave you stuck there overnight and maybe you won’t be so curious next time!”

Jeremy sniffed. His butt and tail were already numb. One thing he knew for sure, he’d never go near a bottle of maple syrup again!”

Darnell J. Knauss, Author
Cornelia Wenokor, Illustrator


©06/01/2019
Vol. 1 Ep. 5
See The Back Stories tab above for all episodes.

54 comments:

cuilliesocks said...

Oh poor Jeremy, caught out and only doing his own thing of being curious. Your little story, just so suits the expression on his face. Great story and illustration, have a lovely weekend Darnell, Kate x x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Fantastic Darnell, I love the image but your story that goes with it is fantastic.

Sue xx

Carol L said...

Thanks for reminding me that I'm almost out of maple syrup and need to add it to my shopping list! LOL

Kathyk said...

Fab make and such a delightful story about poor Jeremy!

Happy Saturday matey

Kathyk

Marilyn said...

OMG!! Love your little story. Adorable picture of Jeremy also
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤

Pat said...

Cornelia has so many cute and amusing images and it is coloured beautifully, and love the look of the water level rising behind his eyes, and the 'mess' looks as though it could have been far more disgusting than maple syrup...lol, but such fun and you tell a great story Darnell. x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Oh dear a sticky end well and truly!! 😂🤣😁
Well done ladies!
Hugs Shaz.x

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Dotty Jo said...

So sweet and funny! Jo x

Brenda in IN said...

Cats are so curious and Jeremy sure fits the bill. A great story and that look on his face says it all. Panic mode when mom comes home. Wonderful image, Cornelia and such a fun story to go with it.

Sharyn Polesel said...

You should write children's books. These stories are so cute!

LesLee said...

So cute..... I agree with Sharyn children's short story book.

designbydonna said...

"scuse me while I first wipe the coffee off the screen...Fun story. As a former cat owner, I know they get into so much trouble.

Sue said...

Cats and curiosity go hand in hand.:) LOL Sue

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Poor Jeremy... life can be so overwhelming. Fantastic card.

Cat Craig said...

You are a delightful storyteller...the ending was glorious.

Sarah said...

Curiosity "stuck" the cat this time!! What a great little story xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Brilliant Darnell love the ending

Anne

Mrs A. said...

Tell me another quickly do!! Love Jeremy . Hugs Mrs A.

Pia S said...

He’s the cutest. Look at that face, my heart is melting!

conil said...

You have rocks in your head if you and Cornelia don't compile these stories into a book.

Mac Mable said...
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Mac Mable said...

Super cute image of Jeremy and an adorable image. So sorry he was so sad about being a disappointment x
Yes where did May go?? x

Nora Noll said...

This story cracked me up!! LOVE the image!!

Kathleen said...

Oh my goodness, brilliant tale and a really great image.

Kath x

Nan G said...

Omg Darnell! You’re a hoot 😹 The story is a perfect fit for the wonderfully colored image! My Girls once turned the stove top on and set fire to a towel not nearly as funny as your story. Hugs

nancy littrell said...

Poor Jeremy...sometimes new lessons learned are so sticky, gooey and messy!! What a unforgettable photo (card) you snapped of Jeremy! Hugs...my 2 talented girl friends.

Christine Alexander said...

what a way to learn a lesson :) love the card with that sticky syrupy mess and great story.

Bonnie said...

Is Jeremy related to Hammy by any chance? Poor 'ittle thing. A sticky bum wouldn't be much fun. :-(

TK said...

I forgive you, Jeremy! You're so sweet, who wouldn't?!

Leslie Miller said...

I was feeling so sorry for Jeremy. Look how sad his welled-up eyes are, poor kitty. Thankfully at the end I was laughing right along with his owner. Cornelia's coloring is so great. Thanks for the story, Darnell. I'm happy now.

Ann said...

Thank you for this piece of humour - you really got my day to a great start, with a smile on my face!

Lisa Elton said...

Poor little fella, look at those tears ready to spill over!

Cheryl W. said...

Ah, yes...Jeremy's antics remind me of the things my toddlers used to do. I somehow managed to have 4 children with the oldest one not quite 3 1/2 - which meant multiple toddlers at the same time (there was a set of twins in there!). Sugar container dumped out onto the countertop, with two toddlers happily licking fingers, then sticking them back into the sugar. An entire bottle of shampoo poured into the bath water, with three toddlers giggling as they made mountains of foamy bubbles. Three toddlers led by a 5-year-old making mud pies, with more mud on their bodies than in the pies. Ah, the memories your card brings to mind...

Sharron said...

Love your stories! They always bring a smile and make my day!! Poor kitty--what a mess he got himself into--wouldn't want a case of maple syrup killing the cat!

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Oh Darnell, I can relate to this story but with our doggie, she gets into the most outrageous of messes sometimes.
And she knows that she's messed up, her face looks just like Jeremie's when she looks at us from under the kitchen table.
Love your stories and Cornelia's fabulous coloring, thank you both for sharing.
XO
Maria.

Redanne said...

Awww, poor Jeremy, it cannot be much fun with a sticky bottom and tail but that expression on his face really does say it all! Another wonderful story Darnell and Cornelia's drawing is just the perfect accompaniment. You are both so very clever! Big hugs, Annie xxx

Daffodil Cards said...

Yep! These family members know when they have done something they shouldn't have. Our dog used to hang her head. Jeremy isn't at fault though, who left the top off?
Fabulous card and story.
Faith x

Bunny said...

A case of curiosity coating the cat. Lovely funny story. 

[Bunny]`

I Card Everyone said...

well if that isn't the cutest yet!! LOVE the coloring, Cornelia! and the backside story is a hoot, D!!
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Celeste Goff said...

The look on his little face says it all! Such a super cute story and illustration Darnell!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your story fits the illustration perfectly. I sure am enjoying these duos you and Cornelia are doing.

Sue from Oregon said...

Poor little Jeremy...your card is perfecto! ♥ Sue Kment

Fikreta said...

It's wonderful card!
thats so great back story!

Pam Carter said...

As always your story is right on with the expression on the cat. I enjoy your blogs so much, you make my day when you post. Thanks much. Pam

Linda said...

OMG! This is so funny, what a great ending. Poor Jeremy though ..... there's nothing worse than a sticky bottom! Have a lovely week my friend. The sun has finally made an appearance here .... maybe we'll get some racing today xx

oldpunca said...

Fantastic story, fantastic illustration! I like it.
Have a nice week!
Hugs, Sonja

Loll said...

Hilarious!! Great story with a fantastic image, Dolly & Cornelia!! I've heard of a "sweet tooth" before, but this is something else! :) Love, Lolly

Em Louise Fairley said...

So cute! xoxo

Brenda said...

Poor little Jeremy, he had my eyes tearing up. I feel so bad for him as he really does look like he is very sorry or maybe it is because his butt and tail were numb from being stuck in the maple syrup. Still, I feel for him. Love the story, love the image and coloring! You two ladies make a great team Auntie! Hugs, Brenda

Lisa Babitz said...

Great story; it goes perfectly with that image!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Your stories are just amazing! They make my cards shine! Thank you!

Anita in France said...

Hahahahahahaha ... so fun and funny, Darnell ... who but you would think of maple syrup ... and numb tails and butts!! Brilliant! LYAMYLALMA! Big hugs and bisous, Anita :)

Gerrina said...

Thanks for a smile you both gave me with this dun and good little story and illustration! Hugs, Gerrina

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh My Goodness - you really should be an author Darnell - this is priceless!
Blessings
Maxine