Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Grand Birthday Game Answers!


First, a big thank you to all of you for playing and also for all the lovely birthday wishes this past week! :)

And now without more ado, here are....

The Game Answers

1. Darcy or Bingley?

Answer: Éowyn A, Heidi B


2. Amazing mountains (and casting)…or amazing staging (and casting)—i.e. favorite Sound of Music?

Answer: Éowyn A, Heidi B


3. Romance out west…(super sweet romance).
In other words, our favorite Zane Grey. :)

Answer: Éowyn A, Heidi B


4. A hairstyle we each dream of:

Answer: Heidi A, Éowyn B


5. A Lizzy dress: sea-foam green under sheer…or the orange of autumn leaves? 

Answer: Heidi A, Éowyn B


6. A favorite Cinderella. We actually (to varying degrees) both like both of these, but—you know—if we were absolutely, positively forced to choose.

Answer: Heidi A (The Slipper and the Rose with Richard Chamberlain) and Éowyn B (First Love with Deanna Durbin)


7. Which of these highly loved books ends up on our respective bedside pile oftenest:

Answer: Heidi A, Éowyn B


8. A favorite period drama ending. Just because…

Answer: Éowyn A, Heidi B


9. Favorite Scottish adventure film? (A field of very strong opinion, indeed.) 

Answer: Heidi A (Rob Roy with Richard Todd), Éowyn B (Kidnapped with Peter Finch)


10. Favorite nursing series.

Answer: Éowyn A, Heidi B


11. Apart from somewhere we’d both like to go (somewhere with miles and miles of turquoise and azure blue water—which wouldn’t exactly give us an A or B answer) two other overseas adventures: an African safari or riding over the Argentinean mountains?

Answer: Heidi A, Éowyn B


12. Singer-songwriters:

Answer: Éowyn A, Heidi B


13. We both think this salad looks simply magnificent, but the question is for which enthralling field of study we each find most fascinating—nutrition or dinosaur tracks.

Answer: Éowyn A, Heidi B


14. Our favorite classic western? And you don’t have to know the names, just A or B. (We really can’t tell you the names, ‘cause…yes, well…you get the idea.)

Answer: Heidi A (Stagecoach with John Wayne), Éowyn B (High Noon with Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly)


15. And…(since we’re both writing westerns), whose is set in which place? 

Answer: Éowyn A, Heidi B


And your scores!

Emma: 140
Naomi: 120
Dani: 110
Natalie: 110
Sarah: 110
Olivia: 90
Hamlette: 80

Again, thank you so much for playing everyone! We're glad you enjoyed it!



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Grand Birthday Game!


Having blogs as sisters is one of the best (and occasionally most challenging!) bits of all this wonderful bloggy business and (seeing as how our real-life birthdays fall exactly one week apart) we wanted to share the birthday fun with all of you dear friends! So (in the midst of our very full week ;)) comes also the time for our Very First Game Ever! 

Following are fifteen A/B questions with Heidi as ‘A’ and Éowyn as ‘B’ (or vice versa) and your exciting job is to guess which is which. We’re posting the identical questions on both our blogs (Heidi's is here), so if you follow both of us, feel free to leave your answers in either place. (Or you can leave them in both and we’ll keep your highest score. ;))

We’re turning on comment moderation until the answers are officially posted next week, and also, when commenting with your answers you can just use one or other name and we’ll know that the other person is either A or B. Each answer is worth 10 points with a total of 150 points that can be earned.

Now do have fun everyone and we hope lots of you play!! :)

The Game

1. Darcy or Bingley?


2. Amazing mountains (and casting)…or amazing staging (and casting)—i.e. favorite Sound of Music?


3. Romance out west…(super sweet romance). 
In other words, our favorite Zane Grey. :)


4. A hairstyle we each dream of:


5. A Lizzy dress: sea-foam green under sheer…or the orange of autumn leaves? 


6. A favorite Cinderella. We actually (to varying degrees) both like both of these, but—you know—if we were absolutely, positively forced to choose.


7. Which of these highly loved books ends up on our respective bedside pile oftenest:


8. A favorite period drama ending. Just because…


9. Favorite Scottish adventure film? (A field of very strong opinion, indeed.) 


10. Favorite nursing series.


11. Apart from somewhere we’d both like to go (somewhere with miles and miles of turquoise and azure blue water—which wouldn’t exactly give us an A or B answer) two other overseas adventures: an African safari or riding over the Argentinean mountains?


12. Singer-songwriters:


13. We both think this salad looks simply magnificent, but the question is for which enthralling field of study we each find most fascinating—nutrition or dinosaur tracks.


14. Our favorite classic western? And you don’t have to know the names, just A or B. (We really can’t tell you the names, ‘cause…yes, well…you get the idea.)


15. And…(since we’re both writing westerns), whose is set in which place?


We hope you all had fun and can’t wait to see your answers! :)




Sunday, April 19, 2015

Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR List

I first discovered this link-up via Rissi's blog and then later through Abbi's, and since I always find theirs jolly good fun to read, I thought it would be even jollier to join in. Thus I present it to you... my first Top Ten Tuesday!!!


The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
I have read this some half-dozen times before; however, being such a fresh flowery sort of story with new takes on life and all that sort of thing, it's simply perfect for this season.


Shirley by Charlotte Bronté
One of the first classics that really became my “own.” I am all tingly at the thought of visiting with it again soon.


The Light of the Western Stars by Zane Grey
I have read this book many times in e-format, but this is the first time that I will be reading it with an actual cover between my hands!


The Lost Baron by Allen French
I feel as if, somewhere in the distant mists of the past, I have read this before; however, this reading is not for mere pleasure, but for the higher purpose of my History Education.


Dancing Princess by Jean Bothwell
Exotic India, princesses, cute baby monkeys, physically injured and determined heroes... I love this story so much!


Summer Moonshine by P. G. Wodehouse
Because I can never banish Wodehouse from my side...


The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace
I know little about this story, hence I am not even sure I will end up reading it and I certainly cannot recommend it yet, but the cover is so lovely and the story and setting are so unique that I just had to look into it.


In Freedom's Cause By G.A. Henty 
This book is also for my history studies.


Colt of Destiny by Alida Malkus 
This book is set in Spanish Colonial California and I am super looking forward to reading it because a) Arwen has been in total ecstasies over it lately and b) it's Spanish and Mexican and c) there are horses and Indians and heroes dashing around and... yes, that’s all it needs. :)


Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis with Beth Clark
Katie Davis's story is incredibly inspiring and I feel it is time for me to connect with it again, so here it 'tis.

What are the books that simply shout “Spring has come” to you?


Windfola


On this day, three years ago, I met my best friend.

I had dreamed and done research toward and ached for the day I would meet “it” (at that time of course I didn't know whether “it” would be a mare or a gelding. :))

And then—in that whirlwind way of doing things that God loves so much—I found her. Well, actually my father found her on the internet.


Her name was Freedom. She was a stoutly made, 15 hands, glossy white, Tennessee Walker/Appaloosa Cross. She was only about 25 minutes from our house and one of the pictures showed a girl riding her bareback, with a halter and a toddler in front of her.
Daddy always says that was the photo that sold her. :)

Mommy and I sped to the basement and set to counting the money in my money jar, which (me being the first-rate miser I am) equated to my last six or seven years of saved birthday money and collections of loose change (that I do assure you is a hilarious story in itself!). It was not near enough, but Daddy and Mommy had been plotting toward this day for ages and so they gave the rest of her to me as a gift.

The next day (I think it was the next day, but I can’t quite say as I was in a wee bit of a trembly golden daze) Daddy and Mommy and I packed our horse experienced neighbor-friend and my brother Luke (who, no matter the type of occasion, is always consulted) into the car and went to meet her.


I don’t remember everything about that first meeting, but I do remember being hoisted onto her (she was saddle-less) and the feel of the knotted rope within my weak palms and the warm horse between my knees. And she of course being in her (as I have since learned it to be) siesta on a sunny morning self, moved along with placid good nature—and I knew.

I was so seriously dazed that I can only imagine what my wedding may one day be like!

Freedom not ringing quite right to us—on an inspiration from Tolkien, I renamed her Windfola. Which. Is. Perfect.


The first month was a little exciting for me (a first time horsewoman) as it was a mix of it being Springtime and the fact that she’s…well…a mare, and her not knowing the new boundaries because of my lack of confidence.

So we had to push and prod to figure each other out, or at least I did, because I’m sure in her glossy white head she always has things figured out and she is simply waiting for me to understand them.

We have some differing ideas concerning what is beautiful and fun: i.e.
she is terrified of fireworks and I think they are things of dazzling beauty, but for her sake I get terribly disturbed if anyone sets one off around her.

Sometimes she relishes snatching great bites of grass while riding which I do not think is cute – but she always makes up for it later.


She finds moonlight rides as thrilling and energizing as I do.

I’ve cried over challenges with her—both when they wax difficult and when they are triumphant.

She has been there to comfort me in her calm munching way, both after tragic movies and the deaths of other creatures.

I’ve spent the beginnings of summer nights on my back lying on the corral fence with my legs straddling the rails looking at the stars listening to her gentle munching of hay and thinking of Abraham.

She teaches me patience and courage…and how to simply be quiet and feel.

Remember how earlier I said Windfola was given mostly as a gift from my parents?
In fact, she has been entirely a gift—from them, from those grandparents from whom the birthday money came (thank you Grandpa and Grandma and Pappy and Grammy! :)) and finally and most of all from Him who cares for the least of His creatures and who brought her to me. 


Yes, she is one of the best earthly gifts I have ever received and I love her.


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