Monthly Archives: July 2011

The 31-mile Bike Ride

My sister and I rode our bikes on the Old Plank Road Trail on Monday to the next town over which was about 15 miles away.

It wasn’t really that bad to ride 15 or 16 miles one way except there were all these “pseudo hills” that seemed flat but were really slightly uphill. They were awful on the way there but on the way back we went 4 miles in no time at all because it was downhill a lot of the way.

When we arrived in the town we locked our bikes up at a nearby park. Then we ate sandwiches at a coffee shop and went shopping.

First we went to a used bookstore and my sister got the Canadian edition of Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix as well as Eragon.
Then we went to a bookstore and my sister bought the 3rd book in the Mysterious Benedict Society series (which I have yet to read any books in). She also pre-ordered John Green’s next book called The Fault in Our Stars. He is going to sign every single preordered book so that is really cool. ๐Ÿ™‚ I met him in October and it was epic because he liked my pipe shirt.

Then we went to the music store and I bought new Aquila strings for my ukulele and Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Book Two. I hadn’t changed the strings on my ukulele since I got it for Christmas in 2009. They were not sounding as loud as they were when I first got the ukulele. I’m pretty sure you’re supposed to change the strings more often than that but I was really apprehensive about doing it.

Well, it took me about two hours to get it fully done because I had to redo two of them once each, but I restrung my ukulele. ๐Ÿ™‚ It sounds much better now and for a few days every time I played my ukulele I would have to tune it a lot. Today, I picked up my ukulele and plucked the strings a bit and it sounded fine. It was only a little off, so the strings must be settling in nicely.

After we had gone to the music store, we went to the sewing store and I bought a fat quarter of yellow fabric. At first we were just browsing the fat quarters aimlessly and then I remembered that I needed more fabric to make a little shirt for my American Girl doll to go with the skirt I made a few months ago. Then we picked out this yellow fabric.

On the way home we stopped at McDonald’s and each got a 49 cent cone. It’s actually a good value because you get a lot of ice cream for only 49 cents. Then we biked home and were really tired. We ordered Domino’s pizza to be delivered and it was delicious.

In other news, I finished the outer Fiddlehead mittens and momentarily I am going to start the linings.





6th place!

Last weekend I showed my horseless horse coach’s horse, DC, at a local 4h show. I entered one class, Intro A dressage test. It’s the same one I did at the State Hunter & Dressage Show a few weeks ago. Thankfully DC wasn’t as antsy as he was at that show and my score improved by 3% and I got 6th place, which came with a two dollar gift certificate to a local tack shop, as well as a ribbon. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t know how many people did the Intro A test but I was really happy to get a ribbon.

We were going to see the Harry Potter movie that day but my dressage time was scheduled for 2pm, when the movie ended. So I stayed at the fairgrounds and they went to go see the movie. It was fine, I actually don’t mind spending all day at a horse show. I like hanging out with horsey people.

Here is DC after he was finished showing for the day.

I got 53.1% which is better than the 50.63% I got at the last show. If the walk and trot had been faster and more forward, my score would have been higher, according to the score card. Also, I liked the bit the judge wrote on the score card – “Capable pair!”

It was a fun day even though I didn’t get to see the Harry Potter movie (and still haven’t seen it). I even made a Ravenclaw friendship bracelet that I was going to wear when I saw the movie. This is the best friendship bracelet I ever made.

Knits and Flowers

This is my first Fiddlehead mitten. I’m about 15 rows into the 2nd mitten. We had a heat wave this week and I was doing other crafts so I didn’t work on it all week until last night. The last 15-20 rows drove me insane because I kept messing up one stitch and I would have to frog it. Finally I got it finished, though.

This is Mr. Alligator, knitted from the Mochimochi Land book. He is pretty cute and his legs were a bit fiddly, and it took me a little while to sew the yellow to green in his mouth but he is really cute. He really looks like an alligator! I used Peaches n Cream cotton in Apple Green, and some random yellow acrylic for the mouth, and even more random black acrylic yarn for his eyes.


This week I sewed an apron for the fair since I’m in the clothing project. I bought the fabric at a local fabric/yarn store and it’s way prettier than anything Hobby Lobby would have. I bought the nylon webbing for the straps at Hobby Lobby though. This is the biggest thing I’ve ever sewed.

Here is the back of the apron.

I also sewed a camera cozy using this tutorial:ย

It’s purple on the inside and I just happened to have the daisy button laying around. I had to redo the elastic about 3 times because I kept sewing it on backwards. Ugh. Then for the apron I made double sure that it would work out the first time because I’m pretty sure the webbing would be harder to undo than the elastic.



Our yellow lilies are blooming but our Stargazer lilies still have a bit to go before they bloom. This is a yellow tiger lily that’s pretty neat because it turns downward.

This is a “Dreamland” lily that we got 5 plants of for $7 at the Garden Walk we went to. They had a plant sale. All of these are blooming right now and they are really pretty. ๐Ÿ™‚
































My first trophy!

On June 18th I was in a local 4-H horse show. I showed my horseless horse coach’s horse DC in Horseless Horse Groom (HHG) Hunt Showmanship and HHG Hunt Walk/Trot Equitation. In Showmanship (which I always think is kind of a crapshoot because you don’t know if the horse is going to behave and trot for you when you get in the ring) DC did not trot so I didn’t get a ribbon. However, in the Equitation class, I must have done pretty well because I got 1st place out of 8 people! It was my first 1st place in a riding class. I was expecting to get a blue ribbon but then I went up to the ribbon people and I got a trophy! I was really happy because this is my last year in 4-H so it was my last chance to show at the June Show and to get a trophy was amazing. ๐Ÿ™‚

My coach and I waiting for my turn in showmanship.

I got DC to stand fairly square for the judge.

Trotting during the equitation class.

More trotting.

Me after the class with my trophy.Then the weekend after that was the State 4-H Hunter & Dressage Show. I did my first dressage test ever at this show on DC. He was being really antsy and not at all calm as he was at the June Show. While I was trotting around on him before my test, he tried to canter a few times on me and then he even did a little buck. I stayed on him, though.

I did the Intro A dressage test went pretty good, because he was being very sensitive and antsy and I felt like if I tried to get him into a proper working trot he would have starting cantering or something. Usually he is very calm but at this show he was definitely not.

I got 50.6% on my dressage test which isn’t too bad considering the state that DC was in. I didn’t mess up on the dressage pattern which was good. I had to memorize it, but it wasn’t that hard to memorize.

I’m just glad he didn’t do anything crazy while I was in the ring.

Trotting during the dressage test.

In other news, I finished my Nemesis socks on Wednesday and I started a pair of Fiddlehead Mittens! I was so mad because I had to rip back half the foot and the gusset and the heel flap because I made a tiny mistake BEFORE the heel flap that couldn’t have been fixed without frogging. But it didn’t take THAT long to reknit.

I am knitting my Fiddlehead mittens in Cascade 220 in dark grey (the same color I used for my Central Park Hoodie) and butter yellow, and the lining will be purple baby alpaca. It’s been going pretty well so far except I started on size 3’s and had to frog it because it was turning out half an inch or more too large. I restarted on size 2 needles and it’s going well. The pattern looks nice but I don’t have pictures. Honestly I’ve been so busy doing other things that I haven’t had a chance to blog about my horse shows until now.

Our garden is flourishing. We have a tiny pepper growing on our pepper plant and our lettuce THOROUGHLY enjoyed the stretch of cool weather we had in June and it was HUGE. I think next year I will plant a square of lettuce every two weeks instead of all at once because we didn’t really eat it before it got bitter but we have a more manageable amount of lettuce now.