Posts tagged ‘travel’

November 22, 2011

American Heritage Festival weekend

I had a wonderful weekend in Queen Creek full of friends, fun and history!

I was able to be a part of the “first impressions team” on Friday (school day) when we had thousands of schoolchildren come through. Elizabeth and Melissa did the tour, and I helped keep the groups organized.

Saturday I spent mainly with Elizabeth of Rapunzels Resource and other friends.
Elizabeth of rapunzel's resource doing my hair

My family (all but mom) came and joined me on Sunday. The boys have new outfits, which I hope will be featured in my gallery very soon. I also remade one of Moriah’s dresses to fit Bethany.

I spent the night Friday and Saturday at the home of a reenacting family. Their youngest daughter taught me to milk goats, so I helped out. My corset really helped to stabilize my back while I milked 🙂
Milking a goat in 1860 civil war dress and shawl

October 11, 2011

An Irish Lassie in Delicias, Mexico

The Go Teen Writers prompt contest is back! This time the rules we’re a bit different. Instead of getting the first sentence, we got the last sentence – the ”hook”. It was hard, but I still entered.

It’s hard to go unnoticed in Delicias, Mexico when you look like an Irish lassie. I forget I look different, but occasionally I’m reminded.

I was shopping with Pepito as my escort when a gringo addressed me.

“Ma’am, please come with me.”

I processed the unfamiliar English words slowly. The Spanish chatter surrounding me was more comfortable now than my old language. Pepito put his protective hand on my shoulder and we turned away from the stranger. But he followed and placed his pale hand on my other shoulder. Pepito removed his and balled it into a fist.

The chances of this ending well, I realized, were not good.

One of the judges gave me an honorable mention, which means no points 😦 but I’m maintaining my 2nd place position on the leader board anyway.

This is a clear case of taking inspiration from real life. I look like an Irish lassie myself, but speak Spanish. Sometimes, when I’m surrounded by Spanish, it can be hard to even think in English. And that’s where I got the idea for this prompt!

April 5, 2011

Liquid Sunshine – it’s a party!

I heard about the party from blogger friend, Lucia and thought I would join in, for the same reasons she did!

Liquid Sunshine @ HorseFeathers

Please note, the typical fashion on HorseFeathers does not meet my standard for modesty…just so my readers know 🙂

On to the fun “about me” stuff!

Favorite season, and why? Autumn. The temperature begins to drop, promising the coolness of winter, and I get to start a winter garden. A garden that will not die of heat stroke!

How would you describe your personal style? Modest, Feminine. What I would like to know, is how my readers would describe my personal style!

Rain or shine? I love rainy days. There is something inspiring about drops of water falling from a dreary sky.

Favorite music? Right now all I get to listen to is the music I am memorizing for Easter! I love music that points to the Creator of music. Hymns, contemporary, English, Spanish. I tend to prefer gentler music, as opposed to Rock.

Who do you admire/look up to? My best friend Elizabeth is such an encouragement to me. She’s there for me in the highs and the lows, even though she lives far away. Since she’s older than me, she’s able to offer me advice and support. I am so indebted to her!

If you knew you were going to die in a year, what would you do with your time? I would work harder at getting around people, and sharing Christ with them.

Classical music: love it or hate it? Depends. I love seeing/hearing it live, and it makes for good background music sometimes, but other times it’s just too dynamic to be subtle…if that makes sense. I do prefer music with (Christian) words, though, for listening at home.

Phobias? I am afraid of failure and being wrong. Two things that I have to face often…

Hop on a plane and go live somewhere for a year… where is it, and why? Pennsylvania. It is just gorgeous there! The few days that I got to spend there was just too short. Green hills, Gettysburg, Philidelphia, and did I mention green?

Are you an extrovert or an introvert? I am an introvert, actually, which surprises some people for some reason…

I hope that was enjoyable. Don’t forget to leave me a comment and tell me how you would describe my “style” 😉

February 5, 2010

More from New Mexico

Jennifer sent me some more pictures. I miss everyone there so much!

These are the children–two 5-year-olds and two 2-year-olds! (the 5yos are twins and one of the 2yos is their brother, the other is Jennifer’s niece.)

Most of the animals were really nice. This cow was gentle and would let the boys climb on her. They could feel when she was going to move, and could easily jump off in time.

See! Even I sat on her! (Don’t you wish you were there, grandma?)

Here I’m holding Ducky. He hardly ever quacks because he didn’t grow up with other ducks. He just kind of mutters under his breath 🙂

It got really windy out there one day! (I love this picture!)

Here’s the king size quilt–we got it close to finished.

Saying goodbye. The boy on the right got attached to me for some reason. He reminded me of Daniel.

Up on the chicken coop. The boys were telling us how they climb up there, implying they do it all the time. When there mother came out, though, she was rather shocked to see them there.

January 10, 2010

New Mexico trip

December 23 I left with my very good friend Jennifer, her 2-year-old niece and her 2 goats (Shortening and Duchess). After driving for 9 hours (much of it through snow), we arrived at Jennifer’s very good friend MaRae’s house. MaRae and her husband have twin 5-year-old boys, a 2-year-old boy and are expecting a new one next spring. They live on a ranch in the middle of nowhere with lots of cows, a few horses, a couple of ducks, quite a few chickens, and two more of Jennifer’s goats. We spent a very full 12 days making quilts (we nearly finished a King and two twins), cooking meals (Rotten Celery soup, Dutch Baby pancakes, Acorn Squash pie, Cow heart, tongue and neck glands–called sweet breads which is much more appetizing), butchering chickens (I plucked 6 of the 7 and boy was that chicken dinner good!), and playing with the little boys. It was great fun and so hard to leave, but eventually we needed to. We loaded up the car with all our stuff and four goats (yes, the return trip was twice as stinky!) and tearfully said goodbye. The adventure was not over, however. We still had to make it through a border patrol check.

Border Patrolman to Jennifer: “You a US citizen ma’am” *nod*
Then turning to me: “And you.” *nod*
Peeking into back: “And I see you have a little one back there… and… some goats!”
Border Patrolman cracks a smile and waves us on. 😉

Click the thumbnails below to see bigger pics!

1) plucking one of the chickens

2) Elisabeth and the ducks

3) Elisabeth and the freshly milked Shortening

4) Myself in the snow

5) Jennifer and Elisabeth cooking up something delicious

6) The thermometer the morning we left–it was pretty warm at 35 degrees!

7) The view from the driveway.  It looked like this in every direction unless you were facing the house or the barn.