Thursday, March 31, 2011

Story time!

Guess what! I'm working on a new story. Yes, I have several stories going, but I think I like this most. So far. I have another one I like. Here's part of it. Do you have any pointers?

                         Meg’s Secret Garden

I sat down at my desk and turned on my laptop. While it was booting up, I charged to my dresser drawer and attacked a pack of milk duds. I returned to my computer and checked my gmail.

Daisy: Meg! How are you doing? Finished moving in yet?

Daisy was my friend in Montana before I and my family moved to Mississippi. We’d been friends since first grade.

Me: Great! Yeah, we’re finished moving in. I’m not sharing my room with Annie any more, because we have lots of bedroom.

Annie is my curious, brown-haired, seven-year-old sister I used to share my room with.

Daisy: Excited about your home? You have to be, I know. ;) I’ll have to come see your home as an excuse to see you. :D

Me: Kinda excited… there’s nothing really to do here, because we live on a busy street. Everyone’s busy all the time.

Daisy: Oh. Well, find something magical! When I come, we’ll have to explore.

Me: Okay. Well, I gtg, BFF <3 I’ll see you soon!

Daisy: Wait, hold it. WHAT?!?!?!? What do you mean???

I closed my computer and smiled. Daisy’s coming down soon for a months’ visit, but her mom’s pretending that they’re going to see their aunt. I looked out my window, where it was grey and threatening to rain.
“Supper time!” I heard Mom call up the stairs. Immediately there was a mad rush of feet, mine included.


I yawned and woke up. Today was Saturday, and I was happy. Now I’d have some time to actually explore the outside for once. I threw a glance at the clock. 7:20. Jumping out of bed, I hurriedly took a shower and changed. This is a reason I like my new room: I have my own bathroom. I rushed down stairs.
“Good morning, Mom,” I said, preparing to grab a cup to dump some cereal in. “Hey, what’s the toast for?”
“You,” she said, sipping her coffee. “I thought you’d go exploring today.”
I gave her a hug, picked up my breakfast, and lunged out the front door.

I went to the backyard, as we had only a few feet of front year before it turned into a road. A busy one, at that. Finishing my toast, I spied some sour grass and clover. I dropped to my knees and started to pick a few.
“What type of flower is that?” I asked myself, seeing some pink flowers that seemed to be part of the clover. “Flowers plural, rather.”
Curious, I ate one. It tasted like sour grass. Suddenly, I don’t know why, but I thought of a series of books that I loved: The Fairy Realm about a girl named Jessie who finds a secret garden to, well, a fairy realm. To get into it, she says ’open’ and there she is.
And at that moment, that’s what I felt like doing.
“Open,” I said.
Everything around me darkened, and I felt like I was falling. I opened my eyes, and I found myself in a place opposite of my home. Sunny, lots of flowers, and inviting. I smiled. I knew what to do. Eat a pink flower, and say ‘open’ and I’m in. I looked around and gasped. Faeries were flitting around, and pixies were playing a game. I saw elves every now and then, some of them staring at me. I backed up a step and smacked into something.
“Oh, sorry!” I said when I saw it was an elf. He stared at me.
“Who are you?” he asked suspiciously. “Where did you come from?”
“Oh, I’m Margret, Meg for short,” I introduced myself. “I come from Alabama.”
The elf frowned. “What’s Alabama?” he asked.
“It’s a state. But I found this secret realm, and I don’t know how far away I am from Alabama. It’s magic you know, that brought me here.”
“Oh really,” said the elf sarcastically. “I didn’t know, and I’ve lived here all my life. I’m Darren, by the way.”
I smiled and said, “it’s nice to meet you.” I held out my hand.
Darren looked at it, raised his eyebrow, and walked away. A fairy alighted on my outstretched hand.
“He’s a dark elf,” she explained. “Dark elves never smile. Or, at least, that’s what I hear, it’s not what I believe.”
“Oh, I should have known,” I smiled. “There’s a book I read about a dark elf. It was sad, but interesting.”
“Really?” asked ther fairy. “Oh, sorry, I didn’t introduce myself. I’m Cupcake, named after my interest in cupcakes.”
Cupcake giggled. “What’s the book called? Maybe we’ll have it in our library. If not, maybe…” she looked at me hopefully. “Maybe you can bring the book with you next time you visit.”
“Sure. The book is ‘The Dark Elf’ by Rachel Roy. Oh, ‘The Castle Bard‘ is awesome too, by the way. It‘s by the same author.”
The fairy said “thanks” and flew away.
Suddenly I thought of the time. I looked down at my watch, that said 8:40. Mom would worry. I found some more pink sour grass flowers. Eating one, I said “Close.” Nothing happened. “Back,” I tried. Then came the same falling feeling, and opening my eyes, I was back right where I was before when I was at home. 

Monday, March 21, 2011

Yard work and spring planting... did I mention SWIMMING?

For the last three days (including today) we've been planting tons and tons of plants (as we have a big yard) and testing a new gadget that blows leaves or sucks them in a bag, whichever we need. And every day, near the end of the day, my cute nephew Patrick and my beautiful sister-in-law Michelle have been coming to see me ;) aah, I should be more careful. I meant, they've been coming to see the Roys. I know if I say just 'me,' I'm going to get a dunking in a cold-warming-up pool.
Speaking of pools... yes, we've been swimming! You read right. It's cold, but we suck it up (unless it's Sam, who wants to get out right away for a bath.)

Sam: (after swimming and washing pollen with me, and now lying in the sun) Molly, can I still take that bath you said I could take?
Me: Of course.
Sam: Really? When?
Me: We are right now. We're sun-bathing!

You would see pictures here, but evidently, I can't really. My mom isn't really keen on letting me use hers, because (her old one belongs to Christie now) her last one got used by everyone so many times, it doesn't really look all that nice. And Christie's is sorta of hard for me to keep still long enough to take a picture.
Well, enjoy spring!!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Muffins and more (The SECRET RECIPE!)

Yum! I can smell muffins! What kind, you ask? The best type! Poppy seed muffins!!! It's fantastic. Here's the recipe, in case you're interested. I have, without a doubt, made sure you'll like them by testing them. Musn't be too good. ;)

Poppy Seed Muffins
2 cups flour                               1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup seeds                            2 eggs 
1/2 teas. salt                              3/4 cup sour cream
1/4 teas. baking soda                 1 teas. vanilla
1 cup sugar                                   

Mix in a small bowl the first four ingredients. In a large bowl (or mixer) mix next two for two minutes. Add eggs one a time, beat in sour cream and vanilla. Gradually add (a spoon at a time) the flour ingredients till well mixed. Bake 15-20 (18 is usually good) minutes. Heat oven to 375 degrees. If you double it, you get 36 muffins (or three dozen...)

'Nuff said. I'm hungry (guess what i'm going to go eat ;)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Things I want to tell you about. :)

The Trailer

Our trailer is awesome. I think that if I don't have much to say about, it means I don't really have words for it, it's so awesome. (We saved it from falling over!! ;) :) My mom was SOOOOO happy.) 

Knoxville, TN

Knoxville is a fun place. There's WonderWorks, an upside-down house. No kidding. There's the Dixie Stampede, there's Dollywood (Dolly Parton owns Dollywood and the Dixie Stampede), Race-car tracks, and many, many things. Like we saw SNOW on the SMOKIES!!!!

The Smokies

The Smokies had snow on them!! We played in it and got wet. Pictures will come later, or else this will be a LONG, LONG post. So I decided on two posts.
The Smokies were so beautiful. You should go there. I think we're really planning to go there next year.

What We Did

You probably guessed 'going up the mountains' already. I wonder how you knew. :) We went to WonderWorks, an awesome museum. The Dixie Stampede was SO awesome and funny. When I turn eighteen, I decided that I'll work there.

What We'll Do When We Go Next Year

We'll go to Dollywood. It's a theme-park. My parents wanted to take us there, but we only had two days there (because before, we were at the dealership, still putting things in.). We'll also do the car-race.. thingy.

Who Was There

My dad, my mom, my pregnant sister; Melissa a.k.a. Sis; Sissa, Rachel, Christie, Emmy, me, and Sam.

Who Helped Get Our Trailer Saved

My mom, my dad, Mr. David, Dan, and sorta me.

Pictures WILL come later!  

Help, please!

Please keep us in prayer. Our new fifth wheel has gotten STUCK in part of our driveway, and we are working very hard on getting it out. Please pray that we will get it out without harm. Thank you very much!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Packing Up!

I can't believe that the trip to the Smokies is on SUNDAY!!! Right after the sermon is done, we leave right away.
But, of course, we can't leave out the packing for the Childrens' Retreat, some thing for kids (Sam, Emmy, and I) that our church is doing. Sam is so excited (as is Emmy... we're having pizza and ice cream!! Emmy is so excited over that ;). 
The Childrens' Retreat is today, so I don't think that Christie or I will be posting until next Monday, the thirteenth, I think. Unless we have internet, which I doubt.
Also something besides the Smokies, remember. The Dixie Stampede! Emmy loves horses (although I honestly think that she is not going to like being up close to them), and my mom thinks Emmy will absolutely love it. It's a horse and dinner show.
We're sorta done packing, not really. I need lots of warm stuff, of which I have only about... a little more than half of it. Yep, I'm getting kind of frantic about packing, which I rarely ever am. Which means I'm really, really excited about this trip.

This picture underneath is way out of the subject, but it's really awesome. That is my brother Dan, when we visited the capital of Texas. I don't really think he was posing at all. I think he was waiting for us, and was actually bored.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Pictures of Spring ;)

Here's a few pictures I took from around the house. Okay, maybe more than a few. ;) Which one's your favorite?

                                                         This one is my most favorite of all!

                                                                   Blackberry flower!
                                                  This is Christie's T-shirt.