Thursday’s Tale: The Hare with Many Friends


Just a quick fable today. This one is from Aesop.

A Hare was very popular with the other beasts who all claimed to be her friends. But one day she heard the hounds approaching and hoped to escape them by the aid of her many friends. So, she went to the horse, and asked him to carry her away from the hounds on his back. But he declined, stating that he had important work to do for his master. “He felt sure,” he said, “that all her other friends would come to her assistance.” She then applied to the bull, and hoped that he would repel the hounds with his horns. The bull replied: “I am very sorry, but I have an appointment with a lady; but I feel sure that our friend the goat will do what you want.” The goat, however, feared that his back might do her some harm if he took her upon it. The ram, he felt sure, was the proper friend to apply to. So she went to the ram and told him the case. The ram replied: “Another time, my dear friend. I do not like to interfere on the present occasion, as hounds have been known to eat sheep as well as hares.” The Hare then applied, as a last hope, to the calf, who regretted that he was unable to help her, as he did not like to take the responsibility upon himself, as so many older persons than himself had declined the task. By this time the hounds were quite near, and the Hare took to her heels and luckily escaped.

According to Aesop, the moral is he that has many friends, has no friends.

I’m glad the hare got away on her own. I will say that the time she took asking everyone for help would probably have been better spent going to hide in her burrow. Maybe sometimes the moral is that often you have to get yourself out of trouble and not rely on somebody else.

Thursday’s Tales is a weekly event here at Carol’s Notebook. Fairy tales, folktales, tall tales, even re-tellings, I love them all. Feel free to join in.

My Favorite . . Animated Movie


My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it.. The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info: My Favorite Meme.

I am not a huge animated movie buff. We watched a lot when Amber was little, but not so much anymore, except fairy tale remakes occasionally.  I’m not even sure what the last animated movie I saw was.

When I was trying to think of my favorite animated movie, one popped into my mind that I haven’t watched in ages: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? It came out in theaters in 1988, but I feel like we probably watched it on video. I know it probably doesn’t count as a true animated movie, but it was the beginning of the “new” Disney animation era. The film is set in Hollywood during the late 1940s in an alternative timeline where animated characters really exist. The story follows Eddie Valiant, a private detective who must exonerate “Toon” Roger Rabbit, who is accused of murdering a wealthy businessman. The mix of live-action and animation was unique at the time and the characters, both live and animated are memorable: the funny, frenetic Roger Rabbit; his sultry wife Jessica; Valiant, the down-on-his-luck detective who hates toons. Characters from “rival’ studios appeared together, like Donald Duck and Daffy Duck and Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny.

I read a lot of mystery/detective novels. I guess my movie tastes tend to mirror my reading tastes.

I should find it again. I don’t think I’ve ever made Amber watch it.

What’s your favorite animated movie? Join in at Maureen’s Books.

Readers’ Workouts – 3/21


I made my step goal for the week and I’m thrilled that it’s almost spring. I did skip the 5K I was going to do on Saturday. My husband helped convince me that the weather was going to be miserable. Turned out I could have gone and he felt a bit guilty so now he’s redoing the upstairs bathroom. I’m not sure how that all worked out, but I think it’ll look nice when it’s done.


This week:

Thursday – Elliptical, Weights (My husband taught me how to use a couple of the machines at the gym I’ve been a little afraid of.)
Sunday – Walk with the dog
Monday – Walk with the dog, Pilates

Meal plan:

“Angry Dragon Noodles”
Naan pizza with artichoke hearts and onion
Onion-crusted chicken with green beans
Pork tenderloin with carrots
Fried chicken and grits

Four of those meals are going to be from Home Chef, which I am really pleased with so far. I’ve made three meals, all of which have been good. Amber even ate all of one and most of the other two – she can be a bit picky. It makes it easy to cook good meals and having all the ingredients delivered means no last minute runs to the store for milk or butter or whatever I though I had but don’t. The servings are on the large side, I’d say, which gives me leftovers for lunch.

Year Fitness Goals:

– Lose weight. Goal – Lose 26 lbs. Down 2 lb (starting 141.6)

– Run 2 5ks, 1 10K and 1 half. Completed – none.

– Hit my weekly step goal (56,000 steps) for 48 weeks. Weeks completed: 9

How was your week? Readers’ Workouts is hosted by Joy at Joy’s Book Blog .

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