Thursday, July 21, 2011

One of Those Days and A New Adventure!

Good Morning FFFFs,
It looks like it is going to be another very hot day.:{ That little rain we got last Wednesday is all gone and it's dry again. Anyone have any rain to share?

Sorry, Grace and Christian, I didn't get another Triple Creek Ranch done. More Westerns were written and then last night came. I pulled out my map to check on a route for our friends, and discovered to my great dismay that right before them lay the towering peaks of a mountain range! Oh phooey! Now what? And here I had thought the end was so close! Well I pondered and puzzled over the perplexing problem those peaks posed for nearly an hour. I think I might have figured out what to do, but I'm not certain.

Now, since everyone seems to be enjoying reading about Western life, I have another "western" story for you today. This was an assignment which I gave to my writing class students and we each wrote our own story. This is my version of it. Don't laugh too hard.:) And yes, I will admit it. I did draw those pictures.:} Now you know why I don't illustrate my own stories!
We had to write about what was happening in the pictures.

But that is not all! After this short story there is something else, so keep reading.:) And I hope to hear from many of you. :)

One of Those Days
Rebekah M.

Striding away from his horse, the tall, brown-haired cowboy sighed. It was a cool morning in Santa Fe, lovely in all aspects as far as weather goes, but Big Tom didn’t notice. To him it should have been dark and stormy for then it would have suited his mood better. “I can’t wait until this morning is over,” he grumbled. “It started out bad, and has only gotten worse.” Bitterly, he recalled his problems. First his boss had accused him of stealing and dismissed him! The very thought still rankled deep in his heart. Then his horse, Dixie, who was usually a well mannered animal, had been balky and stubborn all morning and even now, as he glanced back at her, was tossing her head and pulling at ties holding her to the hitching post. Everything and everyone was against him! Depressed, his kicked at a clump of dirt in the road. Dolefully he looked up and a feeling of relief and excitement swept over him. There before him was Pixie, his fiancee! Then he remembered. He had no money, for he had purchased only the day before, a new saddle for Dixie, and now he was out of a job! How could he buy Pixie the engagement ring he had promised? Dashing forward, Big Tom hoped she would understand.

Pixie, tossing her head in annoyance, spied the dark horse tied to the hitching post and was struck with an idea. Her meeting with her fiancĂ©, Big Tom had ended in an argument about the missing ring. Sadly, with tears in her eyes she thought, “What a selfish man he is.” She sniffed, completely upset. Stomping away, Pixie hadn’t noticed the unhappy droop of Big Tom’s shoulders; all she could think about was revenge. Now, seeing the horse standing there, she began to plot. Quickly untying the horse, she led him over to a wagon which had just driven in. “Will you buy this saddle?” she questioned the driver. It just so happened that the driver had come into Santa Fe for the purpose of purchasing a saddle. Soon the deal was made and Pixie hurried to catch the stagecoach to the city. There she planned to buy her own engagement ring, for her love for Big Tom was still there in spite of her annoyance. Having completed her plan, Pixie was driven off and the feeling of anger dwindled.

“Something must have happened!” Sheriff Chris exclaimed to Big Tom as the two of them conferred in the street. “I always tie Belle up to this hitching post, and now I can’t find her anywhere!”
Big Tom frowned. He was also upset, for not only was the sheriff’s Belle gone, but Dixie was missing too. Worriedly, both men looked at each other. If someone was stealing horses in the day time, this could get serious! At that moment, a dark horse came wandering down the street with no rider. “Dixie!” Big Tom exclaimed catching hold of her bridle. “I’m glad you weren’t stolen.” But what could have happened to Sheriff Chris’s horse? Big Tom began to think. “Pixie! I wonder if she sold your horse, Sheriff!”
“Why would she?” the Sheriff demanded.
“Because I didn’t have the money to buy her a ring. I must find her!” Big Tom was growing frantic. Where had Pixie gone?
“Hey, Sheriff! Here’s your horse!” someone hollered, leading forward a horse without its saddle. “Some girl brought it to the livery before catching the stage,” he explained.
Big Tom wasted not a moment, but springing onto Dixie’s back, galloped away at a breakneck pace. The chase was long and hard, but at last he caught the stage, sprang off his horse and flung open the door. “Pixie! You sold the sheriff’s saddle! I love you and will sell Dixie to buy you a ring if you want it now,” he exclaimed all in one breath. Instantly, Pixie burst into tears of remorse. She could wait for a ring, she told him.
Back in Santa Fe, Big Tom and Sheriff Chris agreed that this had just been one of those days.

Big Tom did manage to get Pixie a ring. It was only a bit of metal from Dixie’s bridle, but Pixie was happy. The sheriff bought himself a new saddle with the money Pixie had given him from the one she sold, declaring that the old one wasn’t ever one he had really liked. Becoming the Deputy for Sheriff Chris was the best move Big Tom had ever done. As for Pixie, she never again let her annoyance get the better of her. It was only a matter of a few months before Pixie became Mrs. Big Tom and all lived in relative peace (as much as is possible in a town like Santa Fe) and happiness for the remainder of their lives.

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I would like to welcome you all. My name is Priscilla De Silvosa and I am planing a trip across these wonderful, fascinating States of America! I'm sure it will be a trip full of exciting discoveries, amazing scenes, fabulous history, delightful food, thrilling adventures and oh, so much more! Are you just longing and wishing you could be a part of it? Well, you can! That is right! I am inviting each and every one of you to join me on this exciting excursion across the greatest nation I've ever seen! Traveling through each of the fifty states without crossing through the same state twice (except for California since I'll be flying from there to Alaska and Hawaii and back again) will add to the delight of the trip. Now, I wish I could take you all with me to every state, but unfortunately there is not that much room in my RV. But, if there is a state or two that you would love to visit, sign up by leaving me a comment. It is first come, first serve and I can only take two to each trip since I'm not sure if my travel partner can make it. If you really are wanting to go the entire trip with me, let me know and if my partner can't make it, I'll be in touch. There is one requirement, you must be able to ride a bike. And I hope you won't mind my two dogs.

Stay tuned here for more about this exciting trip! I am starting to collect information and plotting the route will be fun. So, if you are wanting to join me for a certain State, or States, let me know and also be thinking of where you would like to go and what you would like to visit in that State. You will be expected to do you share in research and writing about the State you visit.

For those of you who decide to leave the traveling with all its cares and delights to me, my two faithful companions and whoever else wants to join, you will be able to follow along on our trip for we will post about it right here for you to enjoy from the air conditioned or heated homes.

Anyone want to come? Ideas, thoughts, comments?


Grace said...

I miss understood. Ye I want to go along. Tell me what I need to do.
I'll go for half the trip maybe the whole trip. I'll have to see.

Grace said...

I love your pictures.

Abigail in WI said...

cute drawings! :)
sure, I'll go with you for a couple states...just have to figure out which ones :)

P.I.C.'s by Breanna said...

Like the story!!
Are you really going to each state, like physically?? ;)If so that is totally amazing!!!!! :) But anyway, however you go to each state it would be neat to go with you to a couple of them!! If you don't have anyone for Montana or one of the other northern states I'd love to go! :)

Grace said...

Hi~ I thought that too.
No she isn't going. Priscilla De Silvosa is going, she is just researching and writing as if she was going. Does that answer your questions??