Friday, February 6, 2009

British House Fairies

TGIF everyone! I’ve bought this awesome book called, The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures, written by John and Caitlin Matthews. It is an A-Z collection of damn near every magical creature you can think of and then some I’ve never heard of. There are some peculiar magical creatures that are left out, like Satan/Lucifer, but maybe they don’t consider him magical.

Anyway, I have found a boat load of creatures I want to write about. Some I’m excited about and plan to use in upcoming books. *rubs hands together* Oh, the evil I can create with them. It’s got the muse juices flowing. ;-)

Anyhoo, the one I picked for today is Dobie/Dobby. For those of you familiar with J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, I’m sure you’re familiar with this magical creature. Since I’ve never read a Harry Potter book, I wasn’t familiar with the character. But it does note that a Dobie is best known from this series as the not so bright friend of the young wizard.

To the British in Northern England, a Dobie is a house fairy. Who besides me wants one? *waves hand excitedly* Can I paweese have one? Pretty please, with a cherry on top! I always need help with house work and my family’s idea of helping is throwing socks on the stairs. Grrr… They never make them up the stairs unless I pick them up. What’s up with that? *rolls eyes*

Better yet, the Dobie likes helping us human beings. I’ll be honest, I like having help. You want to know what’s even better than that. A Dobie likes to help with laboring type tasks. Yippee! I got plenty of laboring type tasks that I need help with all the time! Dusting, sweeping, moping, vacuuming, washing clothes, cleaning bathroom and toilets, yard work and cleaning out garages, that’ll get him started laboring. And since they like laboring, I’ll happily keep a Dobie happy. Cross my heart and all that stuff.

I am practically dancing at the thought of this. *looks about rabidly* I need one!!! Someone give me the 411 on where I can purchase a Dobie house fairy? I’m willing to pay top dollar *coughwithinreasoncough* and I’m guessing my local Wal-Mart isn’t selling them and if they are…they’ve got the price jacked so high I can’t see it. >:(

Apparently, Dobie’s aren’t known for their wisdom. Now, I’m thinking who cares about wisdom. It doesn’t take intelligence to sweep and mop floors. Or how about dusting? Yep, you guessed it, doesn’t require much intelligence from me to do that menial task.

Dobie’s often make ridiculous mistakes and are easily confused. Well, now the authors are just picking on them now. And, have they ever been to my house? My kids and I make ridiculous mistakes all the time. And…easily confused? *laughs uproariously* Visit my house and I’ll show you easily confused. We’ll make you easily confused. When my boys (2 children + 1 husband) are all talking ninety to nothing (all at one time—seriously, it happens!), 2 + 2 = 4 becomes a difficult equation. They have me wanting to scream, “Stop the madness!” Or if I hear “Momma” or “Babe” one more time, I might garrote them all! LOL Kidding! No one is in serious danger of bodily harm, but I have had to talk myself down from going somewhat psycho.

Apparently West Yorkshire residents don’t like house fairies because to them a Dobie is an evil fairy that leaps onto the backs of unsuspicious commuters on horseback (I wonder if this has been upgraded to vehicles) and chokes them. *laughs weakly and looks about shiftily* Psst…for the record, I don’t want a West Yorkshire Dobie. *shudders* They’re a little too violent for my cup of tea.

For those that read my post a couple of weeks ago about the Salamanders. The cat scooped the first Salamander out and he was…uh…*big gulp*…cat food. We now have two Salamanders named Sam and Dean. Yes, yes, my child is the only *coughnotcough* member in my household addicted to the show Supernatural. But to name the slimy little suckers after the Winchester boys *coughhotties!cough* just seems (insert Dean Winchester’s voice) awkward. I giggle about it every time I think about their names. LOL You wonder what the Winchester boys would think having Salamanders named after them? *giggles* And that folks is the weirdness of my family.

Have a great weekend everyone! Make me proud and be naughty at least once this weekend. ;-)

6 deadly screams:

Molly Daniels said...

(looks about guiltily) My spouse complained earlier that walking through the house barefoot was like walking on gravel! Apparently I need a 'Dobby' as well...

Happy Friday Gracen!

Gracen Miller said...

*dies laughing* My house is always like that. So, don't feel bad. My husband's just not been brave enough to complain yet. *gives him shifty look* ;-)

Sarah Mäkelä said...

Great topic, Gracen! I'd love to have a Dobie around, but I agree... NOT the West Yorkshire kind. And don't worry, I haven't read the HP books either.

LOL That's so funny that your son named the two Salamanders Sam and Dean. I hope the cat doesn't eat them. What was the first Salamander named?

Molly, I know what you mean about that. My vac broke recently, and with having cats... well... I had a dream about vaccuuming last night. I guess I'm desperate for a Dobie.

Molly Daniels said...

Did you see the pics of Pinky (one of the rats) and Oreo (new kitten)? I keep trying to get a pic of them nose to nose...and Oreo actually had Mikey's back in his mouth...or at least tried to!

Carrie from Wisconsin said...

Hey,

I named my puppy Xena because she was my favorite character. On an even funnier note, my before we got married, my husband decided he wanted to get a cat after I brought Xena over. The cat and the dog have roughly the same birthday and when we first got her, all she did was "meow," and not just because she was lonely. She would meow at you when you walked in the door, when you're trying to sleep, etc. We had to name her and I said, "Gabby," because she talks all the time and it stuck.

lol...later, he asks me if I picked the name because of the TV show. No, but it worked out well.

Anyway, then when Xena got to her terrible two stage, she discovered her voice and began talking back, especially if she's trying to plead her case for a cookie!

Now we have a talking dog and cat, that we can't really understand.

Even funnier, my nephew who liked to hang out in Xena's kennel with her, commandeered her so she stayed behind at my parents' house and Gabby now resides with my husband's mother. She had to take care of her while we were gone for a couple weeks on vacation and got used to having her around....

I love those magical creature compendiums. Do you have any of the ones made by Wizards of the Coast for the Forgotten Realms and other related role-playing games? Those are some good ones too!

Gracen Miller said...

LOL Thanks for sharing your story on your animals and how they got their names. Our dog is named after my boys favorite football team and our cat is named after two different things: 1) a local high school quarterback that was on Two-A-Days; and 2) the middle name of my favorite actor. ;-)

I admit I'm as crazy as my family. I named a fish Strider once when I was in my Lord of the Rings stage. LOL

I've never heard of "Wizards of the Coast for the Forgotten Realms", sounds interesting though.