Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My city expedition :D

Like I mentioned yesterday I got to visit the city because of the sculpture dedication for The City of Presidents. I don't think I've ever mentioned my Dads a sculptor..... Well, he is! ;D
This year he did Abraham Lincoln and his son Tad.
This is after the unveiling in the theater. It's not very good quality because the lighting in there was horrible for pics.
Outside the theater there was a bum playing the harmonica. To be obscure, I took the photo while walking. lol!
The statue in the left is Ronald Reagan, another of my dad's for the Presidents deal.
This here is the theater where the presidents were unveiled.
Across the street was a Celtic shop! Mum and I really wanted to go in, but we didn't have time. Drat.
Another president. This one not done by my Da :)
My favorite pic! My first ever parking meter!! How exciting!!:D
An alien landing site! Well, that's what occurred to me when I took this.
An interesting... turret... thing...
Wall mural...
An awesome mural on the wall of the old fire house that's now a restaurant that we ate at.

The sign of said restaurant we went to with fellow sculptors, donors, and history buffs from the unveiling.
The bar in the restaurant. It was really loud in there, but the food was good and it was so cool inside; full of old fashioned fire engines and things like that.
My tea and lea-a-mon;)
Apparently The Fire House also has theater dinners on special days. For Halloween there's one for Dracula. Ooo! Scary! :P

That's the last of my pictures, but afterwards we went shopping.
I got a grey tee and a pair of jeans. Hopefully these will last longer than the others. I also got a brown tank, or, as my elder sister informs me, a 'cammi'. O.o Whatever. Shows how much I know about fashion and all that. XD
We had to stop at the book store and everyone but me found a book worth buying. I can't believe all the terrible sop that goes on the teen bookshelves. A lot are just run-offs of Twilight and other such drivel.
The only thing I came out with was disgust. There were some rather *ahem* air headed girls my age in the same aisle as me and they were talking about how much they disliked Christians. When asked why they said because of all the witch burnings in the past and because we are 'so narrow minded'. They said if they had been back in the middle ages they would have been burned too. I can only guess they meant they practiced witch crap too(scuse moi).
I didn't say anything because, quite frankly, I though I might say something rash. My emotions were on the high anyway so I simply stomped out of the store and fumed in the kitchen shop next door. That helped; looking at the tea pots and the scent of coffee wafting in the air... It gave me time to think. But it still bothers me a bit; should I have said something?

Other than that it was a great day, though I'm glad I don't live there. All that noise! Ugh! And so many people crowding about... I don't know how some people like that stuff. But its cool to get out there occasionally.

My times up! Later!~ Gwyn

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Weekend in the City(coming tomorrow)

Whoohoo! Saturday I had quite an adventure in a real city! My dad deticated a sculpture and we went shopping and(biggest part!) I got to use my first parking meter!!!!
Look for all that to come tomorrow! I've got loads of pics!
I would post it today but I'm out of time...
Till tomorrow!~Gwyn

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Letters from your imagination....

The majority of my followers (probably YOU, if you're reading this) are, like me, aspiring authors; or perhaps you just write down your imaginings because you feeling the need to bring it to life. Either way, have you ever slipped into your character's skin? I have many times and enjoy it immensely.
Today I had the odd thought to write a letter penned by Cilla. It was more than a thought, really. It was as if I had to write it; to explore her world through her eyes. And so, I became Cilla and wrote home to Tovah. Wether I will add this to the actual book or not, I don't yet know. If I do, it will be in the second one when she is around 17 or 18.

Salvete!{Latin greeting} (See? I'm learning!) 

So much has happened since you dumped me here that I know not where to start!
Lady Erin has been very kind to me, almost like a sister. I respect her beyond measure. Can you imagine, being governor over one of the largest fiefs in Ithreal at twenty-four? And well does she do it too. I doubt any man could do better in her place. I think that is why the King allows her to continue without having to marry as tradition goes. Heaven forbid a woman be put in charge of something more than embroidery! I'm glad to see this new king has seen his father's idiocy and has relaxed some of the laws that bind women to simplicity. But I stray...
Ben{I think I've mentioned him before? He's my personal tutor for all my studies. The young scholar?} anyway, he says my script has improved greatly and I have to agree, though, I'm nowhere near as good as him{or should that be he? The grammar world varies so much...} with his curling calligraphy and flourishes. How he can know so much about books and papers and such at his young age is beyond me.
We get on quite well. Well, mostly. He is very patient with me and does not get angry when I get frustrated. I must confess, however, that one day last week did not go smoothly. 
   It was during arithmetic{the one subject I absolutely loath}. It was also nearly dinner time and I had been in his stuffy study all day, and you how how short tempered I get. I couldn't solve the last problem and he wouldn't let me let me leave until I got it. After a half an hour and nothing but miles of scratched-out figures I had nearly had enough. At last I thought I got it and handed him my latest try, steaming a bit, only to have Ben glance it and hand it back telling me to try again.
I lost it I tell you.
   I remember throwing back my chair and demanding what the point of the whole blasted arithmetic was, using words I haven't said since my... ahem ... rather 'unguided' childhood. Ben remained stubbornly calm, though I recall his features flushed a bit. He began explaining as only he can, but, for the life of me I can't remember any of what he said. A heated argument ensued, and, I regret to say, I threw 'Advande's Grammare'{a nice heavy book} at him. I missed on purpose, but it did make him dodge and trip over one of those confounded  stacks of books he has laying about everywhere. I stormed from the room angry but triumphant. I was nearly at the door when I knocked into a pile of those ridiculous books myself. I didn't fall, but an open inkwell spilt all down the beautiful green gown I had borrowed from Lady Erin that day. I don't know how to explain how guilty I feel with words. She insisted that I take the green one... 
You're shaking you head right now, aren't you?
    Oh, is there any girl as utterly and hopelessly stupid as I? If there is than I pity her; but I doubt there is.
I packed my things that night. If, by some miracle, Lady Erin didn't chuck me out straight off, I would leave anyway. I just plain don't belong in castles.
   I had just stuck my leg out the bedchamber window to climb out when Erin herself knocked at my door. After convincing me not to jump{she thought I wanted to hurtle to my death!... good thing I hadn't thought of that yet.} We discussed what happened earlier for a long time. She did not chastise or scold as I would have expected, but remained her pleasant self throughout. She didn't make me feel like a worm, but neither did she make me feel good. She told me that it was natural for me to react as I did seeing my normal lifestyle and being thrown head first into academics. But{and its a but the size of your nag's. Joking, Tov, joking...}, she did impress that I should not get violent when frustrated. Where have I heard that before?
  She said that if I chose to stay she would give me two days off from studies a week instead of just Sundays. She said it would be better for both Benjamin and me. I reluctantly told her that, if she would allow it, I would stay.
I know how important it is that I stay here, for one reason or another, but before I answered her I thought hard. I wouldn't dream of abandoning my post, but she was offering a me a chance to return home to my usual duties, away from arithmetic and musty lesson books. But then, if half the rumors are true and there is danger here, it is more than my duty to stay and protect her as well as the Chief of  Council{and what a stuck up pig he is when Erin isn't around!}.

  Ben and I have put aside last week and even laugh about it. It was rather ridiculous, looking back. I was in hysterics as I wrote you of the incident. Can you believe I actually lobbed a book at his head? Don't answer that.

Gana is well. I think she misses the other horses though. She hardly lets me leave when I visit her in the stable. I wish I could take her out on the moores more often. But with my lessons, keeping an eye out for danger, and checking the village once a day, I really have no time to just ride.
 Jax{Her mink -G} is a nightmare. He's always going and pestering the guards on the wall -- they've taken to lobbing rocks at him! That is until I heard of it. Brutes. Trying to kill my fur-baby. I bet if they knew he'd nearly died when he was small they wouldn't be so mean. When that little devil isn't up on the walls he's in the kitchens or in the library, making a frightful lot of noise. Poor thing's bored to death. He doesn't like castles any more than I.

I must make the rounds now, before dinner. There's supposed to be a dance too. *bad word*. There have been a few free-lance knights visiting here and glancing my way. They think they're so subtile. Blundering oafs. I wish I could show my true colors and sock them in the eye. But that would give me away. I hate all men. Well, maybe not you. Or Liam. Or Faegan, or the rest of them at home... You know what I mean. I hate "most" men. No, I don't know about that either. Darn it, I hate "these" men! There!

 I hope you are well. Please write soon, I feel so isolated from the Annoad. 
Your (in)sane friend,

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Apple Sauce!! and some other thingies:)

These last days, as the cold wind blows outside, Mum and I have been making apple sauce from homegrown apples. De-lish! Sooo good on a winter day! I ate a whole pint by myself!
Yesterday was rather eventful too. Firstly, my brother and I got to go in to town!{we go less than three times a week al right?} Sadly, it was because of dentist appointments.:P I've got braces so it was the usual and I also got my teeth cleaned. But, because I have braces, they can't use the brushes and stuff they usually do, but instead had to scrape them clean.O.o It wasn't too bad, until I realized that the taste in my mouth wasn't the metal of the scrapper thing but blood! That's when it started hurting real bad. Now, I'm not at all squeamish when it comes to blood but I'm pretty sure my eyes were huge. O.O because the hygienist kept apologizing. Or maybe it was because of all the blood. *gulp*
Anyways, the GOOD news about the whole ordeal is that I might get my train tracks off before Christmas! Whooot! And my brother has to get them>:) He was teasing me so bad when I had to get them because his teeth were perfectly straight but then he got some pulled and now he has to get them>:} Bwahahahaha! Revenge! 
I also joined a youth orchestra as a first violin. The only problem I have with it is... well, most everyone else stinks.(:/ I'm not trying to be mean, but, out of about 23 only five of us are serious about it and so it's really discouraging to work hard all week and then play with the rest of the group and sound like a bunch of dying cats O.o
   My teacher put me next to one boy to help him stay on tune.... let's just say that wasn't his only problem.
I am capable of being in the professional chamber orchestra{and I was last year} but they only play Classical and me, being a Celtic fiddler, I hate the strictness of Classic music so I went for the teen group. I'll tell ya, though, Classical was sounding pretty good at the end of last night's practice, if ya know what I mean.
And we only have one practice before we have to preform. O.o Aaaaaaahhhh!!!
*in a higher voice than normal* We'll see how this goes (:)-l

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Random tag!

Random Questions Tag

What kind of car would you like when you're older?
Hmm... A big black Dodge duly truck. For  haul'n horses;) 

Where would you want to live when you're older?
I'm not sure just yet. I'd like to get out and see places before I choose. But definitely on a ranch.

Do you want to go to college?

How many siblings do you have?

How many children would you like to have when you're married?
I don't really want kids or to get married.

Boys or girls
(see above)

This or That?

City or Country girl?
Definitely country. I really dislike cities.

Gourmet meals or steak with a big salad?
Steak with salad. I loath gourmet unless it's a drink.

Flying or driving?
I've never been on a plane, but I think it would be driving anyways 

Bike riding or swimming?
Uh, riding!

Sports or no sports?
Sports! I love physical challenge!

Books or movies?

Outside or inside?

School or chores?

Wednesday or Sunday?

Friends or Family?

This or that?

Fried or scrambled eggs?
I hate eggs

Pancakes or cereal?

Big meal or something small?

Movie or tv show?
Movie(tv is filled with trash now and days.... and we only get two channels!)


What is your favorite thing to do outside?
Ride and hang out with horses

What is your favorite meal?
My aunt's style chicken(Italian dressing over white chicken breast :P)

What is your favorite pass-time?
IDK I do a lot.

Where is your favorite place to read a good book?
Up a tree

What is your favorite vegetable?
I hate all veg

Next Quiz......

Where do you want to live when you graduate?
Who knows?

What time of the day do you like best?
Afternoon to evening

What is you favorite flower? if you're a boy you don't have to answer...
Prairie wild flowers

What is your favorite weapon?
My hands or a hand-and-a-half sword

Do you like sports? If so which is your favorite?
Yes. Polo!

Do you like writing?
Yes! Yesyesyesyesyeyes!!

What is your favorite month?
June. Not too cold, not too hot

Do you not like adventure?
I AM adventure! lol!

Do you collect anything? What do you collect?
Yes,  feathers

Do you live near your grandparents?
Yea-noish ;)

Are you bored of this?
A tad

Well it's over how did you like it?
Uh, can I answer that later? Mum wants on!

I tag any one who knows how to eat with chopsticks!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Horse things... an abscess and a Bible verse

 Weird title, huh? :P

Well, today Shyanne was limping badly on her right front leg. She wouldn't put much weight on her heel at all. That, to the experienced eye, is the tell tale sign of an abscess in the hoof. *bangs head on table* 

 An abscess is nothing serious(unless it continues to worsen) and will sometimes heal itself. But usually you have to give it many treatments of soaking the hoof in special salts and hot water (after you locate the abscess and let it drain). Which is really a pain in the behinder when you have to heat the water in the house and then slog it all the way to the east pasture. Then you have the task of trying to keep the horse's foot in the water, because it stings them,  This is not easy an easy project.  And they splash you in the struggle and then the water turns to ice because horses have the nerve to always get abscesses during nasty weather(e.g. Today it's freezing, windy and sleeting). I think they plan it all out.

You might be able to tell that I have traveled this road before. I don't have to soak Shyanne's foot. Yet. Dad thinks it might heal on its own. *Oh, please!!* So yeah,  I'll keep you updated. If anyone has questions about abscesses, you now know who to talk too! *smiles weakly*

On to the other horse stuff!

In the High School Sunday class last Sunday I ran across an awesome Bible verse! I was so excited because I finely found the place in the Bible where it actually speaks of the majesty of the horse!
(Summery of the chapter: God is basically putting Job in his place when he questions God's justice and control)
"... Do you give the horse his strength
or clothe his neck with a flowing mane?
Do you make him leap like a locust,
Striking terror with his proud snorting?
He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing;
he does no shy from the sword...."
Job 39:19-22
Something about that verse was just awesome to me at that moment; ya know? Have you ever gotten really excited about a verse you came across in the Bible?

Tag from Elrania

What is a very interesting fact about you?
Ahh...hmm. I know how to skin a! It's all I could think of!

What are two things in this world that you love very much?
Horses and interesting vet work!

What was the last thing you ate?
A turkey sandwich.

Who is your favorite movie/book character?
Evanlynn from The Ranger's Apprentice

What is your favorite color?
I can't have just one! I'm an artist! The top ones are: Greens, browns, oranges, blues and some purples

Are you random?
Jungle drums!!

Do you have a totem animal?
No. I don't understand the whole thing about totem animals. What's the point of it all? 

How many people follow your main blog?

What is your favorite animal?
A horse of course! ~If I had a penny for every time I thought of a horse's beauty, I could buy one.~


Downhill or Cross-Country skiing?
Down hill! I wanna go fast! Don't hold me back! Cross-Country is rather slow and boring. For me anyways;)

Soda or water?
Depends. We never really buy soda.(or as we call it where I live 'pop') But I like both just fine.

Weekends vs. School days?
Is this even a real question??

Trees or flowers?
I love climbing trees and I love wild flowers! Both!


What is your favorite movie?
I don't know, I don't have favorite movies(:O

What is your favorite book?
The Ranger's Apprentice. It's full of action, has no mushiness, is medieval, and it has horses! That, my friend, is my kind of book!

How long have you been on blogger for?
Since May? 2009 

Who are you going to tag?
Olive Tree
Owner of Storm and Jackal 
and The Reluctant Dragon

Monday, October 5, 2009

First snow!

This morning I awoke to the silent falling of white puffy flakes out my window. I pulled the covers over my head. Not yet! Ugh. Thus begins the morning ritual of stuffing oneself into snow pants and boots, gloves and a hat. And on top of that Wilber(the stupid horse) chewed a great two foot hole in the side of his shed! Eerg! That'll have to be fixed and we'll have to paint the whole shed with anti-cribbing paint that's thoroughly smelly and sticky. Ugh. 
I did get some nice pics of the snow, though. I'll post them tomorrow, it's late right know:P

Saturday, October 3, 2009

De-worming the horses, and moving cows

Now that it is cold and e
xtremely windy it is the official time for worming the horses!! Oh, joy! *note the sarcasm*
Some of you maybe wondering what worming horses is. It's a lot like worming a dog. I think. Anyway, you have a syringe of the worming paste, and, on the 'handle' part there is a neat little wheel-thing that you set to the weight of the horse.{e.g.. 1200 lbs; spin the wheel until you reach 1200}this allows only the right amount to be given to the horse. Then, while someone{me} holds the horse firmly, you insert the syringe in its mouth and dispense the paste. It is then my job to hold up the horses head until they swallow. Not as easy as it sounds. Especially with the smart ones that wait and wait and wait till you think they have swallowed and let go, only to the paste spewed all over you and back to square one.
The paste has amazing an ability to end up all over you, no matter how careful you are with your new{*sigh*} coat.

My horses always seem to be the worst at theses sorts of things! I don't know why! Shyanne is terribly sensitive and so rears and kicks during shots. Very maddening for all us frozen 'vets'. My older pony suddenly develops lock jaw when it comes to wormer and my other one just plain bolts! Dad thinks I'm voodoo or something :P         {this guy make it look easy!->}

About the only thing good about this weather is that it means it's time to move cows!!! Woot! My favorite riding 'sport'!
While we our selves no longer have cows, our 'neighbors'{they live ten miles away} have a big angus ranch that we help out with sometimes. And we also have friends that have a ginormous buffalo ranch that they might need help with this year!!:D Yeehaw and all that good stuff!

Till later!~Gwyn

Thursday, October 1, 2009

October first and a chance of snow

The title says it all. *sigh* Good-bye indian summer! I'm really surprised it lasted this long! But, I guess it had to end sometime... 
Yesterday it was 84*, today it's 48* and winds up to 60 mph, and tomorrow we're going to get snow. But that's just the Great Plains for you! You never know what the weather will do. Here come the ice chopping days....yuuuuuck!
So, is it snowing anywhere else?

Last night I drew Gwyn and Emy as little girls.:) Happy with it! I'll try and post it tomorrow, depending on wether I'm on time for school or not.{That's why I wasn't on yesterday}
Well, if I'm not frozen tomorrow or late, I'll talk to you later!