Archive for the ‘Happy!’ Category

The small but steep hill behind our house was teeming with wildflowers in early summer. They spill endlessly down and wave like streamers in the wind, yearning towards the hills.

After a ride on the trail it’s nice to sink down among the flowers and smell the wind blowing over from the mountains.

Pipkin often makes a dash for the tall grass in the evening when it’s time for bed in efforts to escape.


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My oldest sister Stephanie was married (to Micah) in the beginning of June. It was a very miniature wedding, lacking much fuss, really, which isn’t what they wanted at all. In fact there were only two guests, my brother Peter and his girlfriend Abi. We couldn’t go because it was too far away and also we had to milk.

So, instead of an enormous fancy wedding where nobody has fun and all the money you spent on it goes down the drain, they had a wedding celebration later in June! It was in hay mow of our barn, and mom and I made all the tissue paper flowers. I made all the paper cranes. It was wonderful, and I built a hay couch. It was a pain to sweep out all the extra hay as we had just unloaded a couple of days before, but setting everything up was fun.

Sorry if I sound sleepy, because I am!

I had a physical yesterday and apparently I am in prime condition. I wish they had told me my height.

So anyway, happy wedding to us all!

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I have dreamt of having call ducks for nearly 2 years, ever since I saw them quacking loudly at the fair. Anyway, they arrived on the last day of school. They are a nice portable size and they fit softly in your hand. They are all sprinkled over in a soft down and stick their chests out very properly. Also they have a miniature bill and little leathery feet. It’s like one breath could blow them away!

Isn’t it marvelous that a flock of docks can be wrapped up in brown paper and tied up in string with a “par avion” label and flown across the country? The postal service is the most magical of all government branches.

There are 6 ducklings and they are 6 days old. They still get a little startled and cheep rather loudly when I pick them up which makes me sad, but that’s only to be expected I guess. I am so glad to have them! Hooray! Just wait until you meet them, I’ll post pictures later this week probably.

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Oh, the places we’ll go!

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My week of exams is finally over, though it dragged on for years. That’s why I’ve been so busy that I haven’t been able to post. I’ve been studying and sleeping, and that’s all I’ve had time for.

Today was the last day of school. It was fun, there were two bouncy houses and a cotton candy machine and snow cones and ice cream and a barbecue. Also there was a 100 foot tall rock wall to climb. The entire last week was half days.

And now the entire glorious summer is stretched out endlessly before me, one eternal golden hay field! Adventure is sailing on the horizon and growing tangled in a vegetable patch.

I NEED to find a bike basket!

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At our new house there is the most glorious lilac bush. It is the grandest one I have seen yet, and rambles along an ancient tree and flaunts high into the sky. It must be at least 100 years old, and there is a tidy little hollow hidden in its recesses. It’s the most wonderful spot I’ve ever seen for reading or writing in, closeted in by lilacs!

At our new house there is a flock of old, old trees. I want to hang a swing from one of them. They have been there for so long, certainly one of them needs a swing!

Isin’t the Schwinn Breeze positively terrific? We hunted for ages before we found a bike just right for me. It has a headlight. I want to get a basket and a bell for it. Everyday at school all I can think of is getting home to go for an explore on it, but I haven’t had time to go for a real ride on it yet. I will do a full feature on it directly!

Mom and Dad went to a cow auction and bought 15 jersey cows. Our milking parlor is all ready, so we have been milking! The new cows are lovely and very friendly. One of them might have a calf today. If so, I shall report it. You can count on me, friends! Actually, right now the new cows are pastured in the field with the lilac bush.


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   I have been very busy indeed, what with chinese food and gardens and indoor soccer and drawing and secret projects and typewriter up-keep. Honestly, sometimes I’m so busy that I do nothing at all!

Today I spent working on homework. For english we had to write a newspaper article about a current event. Of course I considered the Royal Wedding, but really, everyone in the galaxy will be doing that. So, I did mine on the horrible tornadoes in the South. Also I finished my math homework and mom and I went to Walker’s and bought a bluebird house and some pansies! I had an indoor soccer game tonight. I hate indoor soccer! We play on a really nice indoor field, but the turf is laid out over a hockey rink, so it’s freezing! Also, if you ever fall it’s like falling on broken glass. No worse, broken plexi-glass! I tripped in the game tonight after wrenching the ball away from some person, and now my knees are all scraped. We didn’t win, because we are not very good. I feel I could definitely played better. Soccer is my favorite, but I haven’t played it in a long time. 

We just watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One on dvd, which I got for Easter along with bubble bath. Our new house has an enormous jacuzzi, Hooray!, but we never have any bubble bath.

Bon Nuit!

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