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Annie and the Honeydew Man


When my sisters and brother and I were little, we lived in a newly built, but unfinished house on the edge of town. The streets weren’t even put in place yet. Our road was just a track through a field of yellow grass. But it was perfect for us to play cowboys and gallop our pretend horses around the trails and up and down the hills of dirt that were not yet backfilled to the new house. We pretended to be characters from the western movies of the day — Annie Oakley, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and Dale Evans.  But Annie was my favourite.  My sister was really too little to keep up with us as we tore around on the hills of dirt, so she played Annie Oakley and guarded the house while the rest of us were out on the range.

I don’t know what is wrapped around her right hand, and I just noticed for the first time in decades that there is a doll peeking out from behind her left shoulder.

Fast forward to more modern times. When the Captain and I were on one of our trips to Baja California, we stopped to do some shopping in Ensenada. I found a puppet-style doll that I couldn’t live without. She was the Mexican version of Annie Oakley. What made me even happier, was buying the doll that had to be her partner.  He is pictured in the photo below Annie.

The store proprietor told me that this doll represents the hen-pecked husband, the Honeydew man (Honey, do this and Honey, do that), but in Spanish they called this fellow a “mandelon,”  because he is ordered about. What woman would not want a mandelon to do things for her? I had to have this doll!

In my novel Orion’s Gift,  Sylvia is all alone in the world. It seems that her life has taken a sudden turn and everything has been going wrong for her.

She has “run away” to Baja California and is living in her VW van.

She really needs someone, so I gave her a mascot to lend her strength. Below is a short excerpt from Orion’s Gift, telling about how Sylvia came to adopt Annie.


In one shop, handmade puppets on strings hung from the ceiling. Each doll had a unique character and, like orphans hoping to be adopted, seemed to call, “Take me with you.” I fell in love with a Mexican Annie Oakley. She held a mini six-gun in each hand and radiated confidence and self-reliance. I paid for her and happily carried her home to my van. I rigged up a spot on the curtain rod behind the seat for Annie to watch over me at night. She’d be my mascot, a reminder that I was strong and could take care of myself.

You can read Sylvia’s story in my novel “Orion’s Gift.”  She’s going to need Annie’s strength to face some of the challenges of being a woman travelling alone in Baja.

The e-book version is marked down to only 99 cents for the next few weeks.  Just click on the link to  amazon.com or smashwords.com for other e-reader versions.



Author: wordsfromanneli

Writing, travel, photography, nature, more writing....

36 thoughts on “Annie and the Honeydew Man

  1. Such fun to read, Anneli! The dolls are cute. ❤️

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  2. I love the photo of your sister! Have you shared those dolls before? They look familiar, but I’m wondering if I saw them somewhere else. They’re great!

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  3. Couldn’t resist–I just bought it. Sounds like a wonderful story, Anneli.

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  4. I love the dolls and the story of you and your sisters and brother. The book sounds wonderful!

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  5. I love those dolls too, and I wish I had a spot to display them. Lovely photos of your Mexican dolls, and the pic of your adorable sister is, of course, outstanding! I think the doll belonged to the other adorable sister, and it was just a safe resting place while she was out playing. The big boots with that mud gumbo on them always gave me a good laugh.

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  6. Those dolls are great! Thanks for sharing the excerpt from your book. Your sister was definitely a little cutie. 🙂

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  7. This is a charming post. And a great deal on a suspenseful novel!

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  8. They are cute little characters. Nice to come across something as an adult that brings back happy memories.

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  9. Love those dolls! 🙂

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  10. I love the picture of your sister as well as the dolls and this novel was very exciting to read!

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  11. It’s always a fun privilege to hear the backstory of a novelist’s characters and/or scenes. Thanks for sharing the spirited dolls with us, Anneli, and the adorable photo of your sister. And congratulations on finishing and publishing Orion’s Gift.

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    • I actually wrote this book a while ago, Jet, but I’m not good at marketing myself. I just had this idea of sharing something from the book. Isn’t it interesting how much of ourselves we put into our writing? I gave Sylvia a doll in the book and so put some of my own experiences into it. I thought it was something she might have run into when she travelled the same route as I did through Baja.

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  12. So fun to get to see Annie! (And her mandelon). Yes, I’d like one of those too. Hehe. A great read, Anneli. I hope your sale goes well!

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  13. Cute Sis. I remember playing cowboy too, but my friend and I pretended we were the ‘guys” on Bonanza. I know, right? She was Little Joe and I was Adam (don’t know if you ever saw the show).
    I get a bit feminist about the ‘honeydo” thing, since many husbands ask their wives to do a lot (cook my meal, keep the house clean, take the kids to school, etc etc) yet we don’t say wives are given a “honey-do” list :-0
    I loved this book – a great read.

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    • Yes, of course I remember Bonanza. I think it was on Sunday nights. Hoss, Adam, Little Joe, “Paw,” Hop-Sing. We loved it! I know what you mean about the Honey-Do thing. It never worked for me, and I try not to let myself get bossed around. It’s a tricky dance we do in our relationships. We learn what works and what doesn’t. So glad you enjoyed reading the book, Pam. Thanks.

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      • Phew, thanks for understanding my little “tirade.” I think your honey and my honey know how to find a balance with us. 🙂

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        • 100% I understood, Pam! Not to worry. We can’t last in our relationships if we don’t figure out how to balance the Honeydew stuff. This is why the Captain can laugh at my mandelon puppet. We don’t take these things too seriously when we have found a balance that works for us both.


  14. Great memories of your childhood..sweet photo of your sister.

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