Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Twin Rivers Surprise

To close out our posts for 2013, I will share something fun that happened to me on HI2 the other day. While Ravine and I were searching out minigames on Twin Rivers Isle, we came upon this wild pony:

seeing double
It was a light dapple gray Dales Pony. Its breed and color exactly matched our first HI2 pony, Ophelia, who now belongs solely to my sister Bethany. I briefly switched from Ravine to Ophelia to take this screenshot so that the two look-alikes could meet. =)

This pony turned out to be a mare and has the same personality label as Ophelia, Drill Sergeant. What a fun coincidence!

Here's a visual comparison of them up close. They both have white coronets on their right hind legs.

The wild pony
Ophelia. She is slightly smaller: 750 lbs and 14.0 hands.

And now for a comparison of their stats and personalities:

The wild pony
Ophelia - braver and more easygoing

Bethany wants me to assure you that she will not be replacing Ophelia with this pony, never mind that the new pony's stats are superior. We will probably surrender the new pony to the humane society so that some other lucky player can take her home. =)

Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas Gifts

Another Christmas has come and gone without any new dolls joining the family. The one gift for our aunt that looked suspiciously like an American Girl doll box turned out to be a DVD rack. Some of the gifts for Mom did look like they could possibly be doll clothes. Sure enough, we lucked out again: 6 new outfits! And here they are:

Flower Sweater and Skirt Outfit
This outfit looks just how we expected it to. The pieces will work great for mixing and matching with other stuff in our collective wardrobe. It also came with a red headband, but it didn't look so great with my little side ponytail, so I didn't wear it for the picture.

Purple Peacock PJ's
Talk about comfy! Take off the slippers and the outfit will work great for yoga too. The top is so pretty that we will probably wear it as a "real shirt" sometimes and not just a pj shirt. It comes with a purple hair tie, which I'm sure will come in handy.
Caroline's Travel Dress (dress only)
This dress comes with red boots if bought new from AG, but Grandma found it sans boots on eBay. That's fine with me, as I didn't think the boots were all that spectacular. They also dated the dress a bit, and we have plenty of historical dresses as it is. I think the cut and style of this dress is sweet, timeless, and flattering, and as far as pink goes, this salmon-y shade isn't half bad.

Felicity's Spring Gown (dress only)
No clothes specifically cut for 18" slim dolls like me joined the wardrobe this Christmas, which is totally fine after how many came last Christmas. So, Felicity told me to put this one on, adding that she'd "already tried on enough pink for one day." It's rather wide for me, as is to be expected, and it's still rather wrinkled from sitting folded in a box for so long, but you get the idea. What a pretty gown! With a safety pin or something in the back, I could totally get away with wearing this.
Tropical Bloom Outfit
Yay! I love the color palette, the design on the shirt, and the cute matching shoes. Swap out the shoes for tall riding boots and we'll have a great casual riding outfit. These pieces will also work well mixed and matched with our other stuff.
Merry and Bright Gown Set
Retail cost for this baby was a whopping $72, and it was only sold in stores besides. Grandma found it being sold on eBay way cheaper and purchased it as a total surprise for Mom. My sisters and I all agree that it is absolutely gorgeous, and you wouldn't believe how soft the cape is.
the gown without the cape
In addition to the gown and cape, this set came with a detachable silver sparkly belt, fancy silver sparkly shoes with heels, silver satiny gloves, and a shimmery tiara. (I didn't feel like putting my hair up to give the tiara something to attach to, so the tiara didn't make the pictures.) Even without the crown, I felt like royalty the minute I put it on. Since we have one other tiara already, now we can act out princess stories with two princesses rather than just one. Oh, the possibilities! I'm excited.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A White Christmas

It's finally here, and it's white! Hooray!

Here's what it looks like outside:


Here's what the upstairs tree looks like:

Hmm... do any of those gifts look like AG clothes boxes?

And here we are nice and cozy by the downstairs tree:

It's a balsam fir that smells really good!

 Merry Christmas, everyone!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve

Happy Christmas Eve!

It was a bright, sunny day here - a change of pace from all of the gray skies and precipitation we've had lately. Tons of people around here lost power on Sunday the 22nd because of freezing rain coating power lines with ice. We were lucky - the lights flickered a bit here but never went off. The freezing rain gave way to snow, so there's a beautiful blanket of white out there. It's looking like we'll have a white Christmas! We're excited. =)

In HI2 news, we've been going around taking screenshots for the Esroh Legends December bingo contest. (Esroh Legends is a Horse Isle 2 help site we use regularly for quest and mini game help.) We've had to find lots of objects that are green and red, as well as things like an NPC with a scarf and a snow pile. Our board's coming along, but so far we haven't come across any players riding horses wearing holiday coats. Maybe we'll see some tomorrow. 

We've also brought our horse count up by two more wild mares, making our grand total 24 horses - 6 for each of us.

Here are the two new additions:

Julie and Palladium catching Icing

Bethany and her new Connemara catching a still-unnamed Warlander
I have claimed Icing the Shire, and Julie has claimed the Warlander. More information about them will be coming soon!

Now it's time for a late supper and then a viewing of a Christmas movie - probably The Toy That Saved Christmas. It's a Veggie Tale classic in our house. Gotta love talking veggies!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

What a pretty pony!

Well, my livery stalking habit is proving harder to break than I'd hoped. I was at it again yesterday, but at least I had reason to be in there. This time I had just gotten done surrendering two 5/6 wild horses and was checking to see if they were showing up immediately. (Sometimes horses do, sometimes horses don't, it seems.) And then, as long as I was doing that, I checked horses of the breeds my sisters and I especially like. Wouldn't you know it, this 6/6 beauty was there:

Nice socks.
25 trainings already. Cool!
A +84 mare! A beautifully-colored one in Mom's favorite pony breed, to boot! I could hardly believe it when I found her. It took Lily urgently ordering me to, "Adopt! Adopt!" to bring me out of my reverie. I tried, but I'd deposited a whole bunch of money in the bank before going to the livery and didn't have enough on hand. 

I cantered Mistral across Marshy to the bank as fast as he'd go, took out $20k, and rushed back to the livery. Lily was sure the pony would already be gone, but fortunately she was still there, the last of 4 Connemaras listed. With Lily's blessing, I clicked "Adopt."

At long last, I have chosen a third mare for my stable! (Sorry, Cape Boerperd wild. I think you're destined for a different owner.)

This mare has been through 3 owners and 3 vastly different names since her capture in October: "Orobas," "Latte," and "Whispering Winds." Her second two owners only had her for a day each before re-surrendering her, for whatever reason. She must be rather confused. I'm still thinking about what I will call her, but it's not going to be any of those names. 

Here is what her sooty dun avatar looks like:

Dapples and golden hooves. What's not to like?
There you have it, equine #22, our second 6/6 mare and my second 6/6 livery find. =) I'll do my best to limit my livery stalking and to only look at mares from here on out, since we have way more luck finding 6/6 wild stallions.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th is almost at its close, and I can't think of anything particularly unlucky that has happened today. Whew!

Yesterday, 12/12, we officially added equine #21 to our Horse Isle 2 herd, and it's not the Cape Boerperd. It's not even a mare. *face palm*

Well, I was clicking through the humane association horses in the livery. This in itself is a very dangerous pastime. While I tell myself I'm there checking for 6/6 horses - I've heard of other players stumbling upon awesome horses there - what ends up happening is that I'm tempted by really nice 5/6 horses waiting there. 7Up, Whinny, and poor, rejected Cider (long story) all were impulse buys from the HA. I gave each of the 5/6 horses mentioned above to each of my sisters, so I guess it was only a matter of time before I found a HA horse I had to keep for myself.

I know, I know. To quote my sister Lily, "There's no rush to collect horses. Let the right ones find you at their own pace. Our spots are limited." I do listen, really I do. But it's not every day you find a +75 6/6 horse waiting in the HA like a diamond in the rough. Or, in this case, an obsidian in the rough.

As you can see, I've christened him "December." His original name was "Shadow Caster," but as his previous owner changed it to "To Good Home" before letting him go, I'm guessing she wouldn't mind the name change. "Shadow" is awfully close to "Shady," and that would have been way too confusing. ;^) 

Here's what his avatar looks like compared to Shady, Julie's black American Mustang mare.

December: lighter body, black hooves 
Shady: darker body, brown hooves
Oddly enough, December is technically our oldest equine, as his previous owner caught him in November of 2012. I wonder why she'd surrender him after over a year of bonding time? I know the longer I have mine, the more attached I get. Oh well, it's not really my business. I'm just happy to have him, and he seems happy to be here.

Now that I have achieved my goal of finding a 6/6 horse in the HA, I should be better able to resist nice HA horses in the future. One can only hope...

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Snowflakes and Inga

Here it is December 11th already. Two weeks from today, it'll be Christmas!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here. We have a lovely white blanket of it on the ground, and plenty more is on the way from look of the weather report. Now if only this pattern will hold for the next two weeks...

In the spirit of wishing for a white Christmas, my sisters and I visited Make-A-Flake, a paper snowflake simulator. Here are our creations:

My (Bethany's) kaleidoscope snowflake
Felicity's spiky snowflake
Julie's pinecone snowflake
Lily's starry snowflake

As long as I'm posting, here is our latest Horse Isle 2 news. Inga, the mahogany bay Orlov Trotter I've been keeping for Artemis's 4th and final challenge, finally reached 500 experience points today. I rode her to Artemis's sink hole on Lost Jungle Isle for our last visit, and sure enough, Artemis was satisfied. We now have Artemis's agility bonus. Yay!

Inga and me at the entrance to Artemis's hideout

Which brings me to my other piece of news. Now that Inga's fulfilled the task we bought her for, I decided to retire her to our ranch via Millennium Fields. She is quite pleased with this turn of events, as she is so lazy that she never enjoyed being ridden anyway. 

I'll still be able to see her whenever I want. Hooray for Millennium Fields! :)

So, we are back to a nice, round total of 20 horses... for now. I am still on the fence about the Cape Boerperd wild that Felicity's offering me...

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If only she wasn't so lazy and skittish!
That would make my decision easy.