Sunday, April 17, 2016

My, what a long rope you have!

Last weekend here, it snowed several inches. This weekend, it's in the 70's and sunny, not a cloud in the sky. West Michigan weather sure has a flare for the dramatic. My sisters and I much prefer this April extreme to the last!

We haven't been on HI2 much lately, so no big news to report. The sidekick Budyonny is still sticking around in rank 16, waiting for us to make up our minds already. 

Somebody actually asked me how much I wanted for him on Friday during the brief window of time when I was playing. He was tagged as "want to sell," but I was still surprised. Nobody's asked about our poor duplicate +6/6 Exmoor, and she's been sitting there tagged as "want to sell" for months.

You'd think somebody would want this cutie!
*Sighs* Anyway, I told the inquiring player the truth, that we still hadn't decided if we were actually selling him. She accepted that and graciously didn't point out how the tag really ought to be changed. XD I have since changed it to "not selling now."

We all love the Budyonny's personality, and he is quite cute too. The issue is that - in our eyes anyway - he looks a bit odd in halters and hackamores: there's always an awkwardly long loop of rope. 

It's not an issue in most bridles, hence we have him wearing an English bridle for now. 

Since, as a rule, our horses all end up in bit-less headgear, though, it's not a permanent solution. I suppose if we kept him, we could always keep him halter-less and say he hates having stuff on his face. Or we could just get over it and let him look a little wonky. He is a sidekick, after all, and sidekicks don't generally look as picture-perfect as the hero anyway.

And now, since this post is still rather short, here is a random picture is for your entertainment:

That's right, conjoined baby carrots that look like a pair of orange pants. Mom discovered them in a package of normal ones as she was packing her lunch the other day.

You're welcome.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

March: In like a lion, out like a... Fjord?

Felicity here again. I know, I know, I just posted last week. If you wanted to hear from another sister, tough! In light of this past week, I couldn't stay silent.

On Tuesday the 29th, we met up with our buddy Gem. The day before, she had bought a +5/6 Fjord!

Why is this a big deal? Well, let me explain:

In addition to loving horses with spots, I also love Norwegian horse breeds. I've wanted a Fjord, in particular, ever since we joined the game. We've had success finding the game's other two Norwegian breeds, the Dole and the Norwegian Coldblood Trotter, but nice Fjords proved more elusive.

I don't know how Gem found him or what made her think of Pepsi, but I sure am glad she did! When she offered him to us, I was ecstatic! Not only is he a he, which means he gets a cool two-toned mohawk, but he's also my favorite shade of dun on the breed, a creamy Ulsblakk, or "white dun."

Here is his cool black-legged avatar:

By the way, doesn't the avatar of Gem's new APH look like Fort's (our Spanish Barb)?

Ha ha, the big difference being that her horse's hooves wouldn't utterly vanish in sand like Fort's! XD

But anyway, back to the Fjord, Gem pointed out that he would make an excellent "Bagel." I can definitely see her point, and I happen to be a fan of bagels. Melt a slice of cheese on them, and yum, bagel heaven. Regrettably, the letter B has already been taken by stallions Brio and Brushfire. Since I am currently re-listening to the Harry Potter books on CD (we own them all, and they are awesome!), I thought he would also make a good "Lumos." Lumos is the spell that makes light appear at a wand tip - the magical version of a flashlight. This may be a stretch, but Lumos also sort of sounds like something you might spread on a bagel, lol.

Here's what he looks like in his light-in-the-dark-themed tack:

I hope Arion, my first mohawk-bedecked horse, isn't too jealous!

Love you too, little Greek buddy. <3
Oddly enough, shortly after adding a winter-loving Fjord to the herd, winter decided to make what is hopefully one last resurgence here. Check out the backyard:

*rolls eyes*
But I refuse to end on that chilly note. In case you were wondering, Julie is keeping the Belgian, and she named him Sardonyx. I like him in red just as much as I did silver. =^)

Sardonyx is a cool rusty-banded gemstone. A fitting name for a big, strong red roan, I'd say!

Sunday, March 27, 2016


Ha ha, Mom's iPad wants to autocorrect "Budyonny" to "busy onyx." Onyx is pleased. 

I am really slow when it comes to typing on this thing, but I am giving it a go anyway since Mom left it in the basement.

Remember the cute Shih Tzu and guinea pig from Lily's post? Well, on Monday night while they were still here, our aunt brought home another canine: a 6-month-old pit bull mix named Nala. Yeah, like the lion.

It appears she is here to stay. Nala is already quite large, and if her paws are any indication, she's going to get even larger. She's still total puppy in temperament, though: jumping, chewing, having accidents in the house moments after being outside, crying loudly whenever not where she want to be, zigzagging everywhere on leash, etc. My sisters and I are less than thrilled. We were really hoping the next dog the humans would get would already be past the destructive energizer bunny stage, since we would rather not live in constant fear of becoming chew toys. (So far we've been safe in the basement, but we're considering moving to Mom's room or a higher shelf for a while, just in case the door to the basement gets left open.)

But enough about the puppy. In Lily's last post, you may also recall her going on about how we need to conserve our remaining open horse slots on HI2. Later that very day, I found this guy in the auction house:

Nobody but the foreign bidder was interested with less than a minute left in the auction. I had to act! Sorry, Lily. If we don't catch any awesome 6/6ers before the 31st, can't we keep him? Please? 
1. Our herd should totally have a Budyonny. 
2. How cool is his persona? We don't have any sidekicks yet.
3. Look, no white markings! On breeds that can have white markings on HI2, it's not often you find a wild horse without any!

His avatar is cute too:

And not identical to Nimbus's, our other solid gray:

The Budyonny


Saturday, March 19, 2016

PepsiSummer Turns 3

Last Sunday (March 13) was PepsiSummer's 3rd birthday! You know an online game's a good one when you still are having fun playing it after 3 years!

Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to play HI2 that day. We haven't been on much at all this week, really. Why?

Because of these two:

We are watching them for our relatives while they're away. Ironically, the dog's name is Zoey (we have an American Girl cousin named ZoĆ«) and the guinea pig's name is Lily! 

Both are very friendly, even with each other. <3

Since we haven't been online much, obviously not much has happened HI2-wise. I did end up deciding to keep the Newfie, though. Because I decided to name her Ultraviolet (it only seemed right to have an Ultraviolet when we also have an Infrared), I swapped out her pink tack for purple tack. Purple is a Valentine's Day color too, in my mind, anyway.

We've also determined that the Feb. 28 Belgian is staying as part of Julie's herd. Thanks to our buddy Gem, we have a few name ideas for him at long last. His tack is probably going to change, as our ideas all involve the color red, but he looks nice in silver too, doesn't he?

And finally, I will leave you with a few screenshots of some cool livery horses I saw this morning as I was surrendering two cute 4/6ers. I hope they all found homes!

I found him the most tempting, since we don't have a French Trotter yet. =)

Good thing Felicity didn't see this one. XD 

Or this one. ;^)

Or this one. (This Mountain person was unloading quite a few equines with good stats!) You snooze, you lose, sis! 

But seriously, we only have a handful of free horse slots left, so let's take it slow. Drastic action will eventually have to be taken (i.e. selling our sheep pen or carrot patch to make room for another barn. Don't worry, horses.), but let's not go there yet!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Belgian Repeat

I know we're already well into March, thank goodness, but I'm going to backtrack to the end of February. 

The leap day this year, a Monday (Really? It had to fall on a Monday?) passed anticlimactically for us on HI2. We didn't mind because of what the day before held for us.

But first let me backtrack again:
Last year on February 28, I found Jenga the Belgian mare for sale in the auction house. Nobody but the foreign bidder was interested in her, so she came home with us. <3

This year on February 28, I encountered - you guessed it - another Belgian. The flute summoned him to Equinox and me on Boot Isle. He's even huger than 17-hand Jenga.

Aww! Aren't Belgians great? They look happy and huggable on HI2. They are also extra special to my sisters and me because our great-grandpa had Belgian workhorses on the farm where he grew up. 

My sisters and I are in agreement that we ought to keep this guy, but we're not sure yet if he will join the herd or be retired to our Millennium Fields. With that personality, he'd clearly be content with retirement. I hesitate to do that though because he is 5/6 and +56, and those double 56's don't come along everyday...

In other news, we've given tack to those two humane society horses we adopted in the middle of February. Bethany is for sure keeping the dapple gray Dole. 

She even took my advice and named him Cloudberry. =)

We decked out the Newfie mare in pink, since we adopted her on Valentine's Day. We're still not sure if we are keeping her or not, and she doesn't have a name yet either. She sure is cute, though!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Through the Wardrobe

We have finally been to HI2's Narner Isle! We have known about its existence for a while (thanks to seeing our buddy Pinto's location show up as "Narner Isle" once), but we hadn't yet been there. We were waiting so that the anticipation could build a bit - and so that when we finally did visit, we'd have a better chance of having the isle to ourselves.

Our fairly new HI2 buddy Gem (we met her thanks to this blog =)) suggested we go to Narner Isle together. The timing was right one night last week, when I was playing Pepsi. My lucky mount for the mini-adventure was Quasar, my Missouri Fox Trotter stallion. He just happened to coordinate quite well with the mare Gem was riding, Reef the Canadian Horse.

Gem had already completed the first part of the quest that is necessary to get to Narner, so she hung out in the Angled tack shop while I made blueberry muffins (thanks to Esroh Legends, I knew we'd need them) and talked to the necessary NPC's.

The premise of the quest is that a package for ProfLongStorySon (that name's a mouthful!) ended up getting delivered to the wrong person. This person, ProfEuclidean, put it in her wardrobe. Once I was ready to search the wardrobe, Gem and I met back up.

Narner, here we come!

Our horses also magically appeared under us. All four of us awkwardly overlapped. =)
So this is Narner! Half snowscape, half meadow/forest. Quite appropriate, I'd say! Once we'd disentangled ourselves from each other, we talked to the NPC waiting to greet us.

MrHummus? XD So clever of you, HI2!
We gave him the muffins in exchange for the package for ProfLongStorySon. Gem also commented on the butterflies. Butterflies?

No, she had not lost her mind. I just had my special effects turned off. Once I switched them on, voila! This led to some interesting screenshots.

Once the horses had grown somewhat used to the swarming butterflies, we explored the unfrozen half of Narner as well. In the little forest, we met MrMagician.

Quite the NPC, isn't he? Gem said something about him being involved in a quest, but he didn't seem inclined to tell us about it. His cabin was also locked. I checked.

We meandered around the isle for a little while, me mostly checking for wild horses and pirate treasures. None to be found. 

It was time to wrap it up. The butterflies were really starting to get to Reef.  

Gem led us behind an ice block near where first appeared, we got out our magnifying glasses, and then...

Erm, hi. XD
Gem had to log off then, but I figured I might as well finish the quest and find out what was in the package.

Yum, chocolate chip!

Pepsi has been back to Narner twice since that first visit with Gem. I went again with Umber the following day to see if horses could be fluted on Narner. Nope. I just got that lame message about wild horses not naturally occurring on the isle. (Come on, HI2, Narnia had plenty of horses on it!) But it was worth the trip: I found a pirate treasure and a pot of gold! I also discovered that the butterflies aren't always swarming. Sometimes fog rolls through Narner instead!

Julie and Teddy visited Narner this morning. The butterflies were back, and they found two more pirate treasures on the beach.

Does it tickle, Teddy? XD
I wonder if any other sorts of "weather" occur on Narner. We'll have to visit a few more times to find out!