A Children’s Story – “The Adventure of Tonna and Shanna” #1

I wrote this story when I was 10 years of age. My Mother saved it for me, a treasure from my childhood. As a child, I created the characters, story-line, plot and the location. It is a story about horses, adventure, heroes, villains, friendship… and much more. 

I will be sharing the chapters on my page, with minimal editing to the original rough draft. I hope you enjoy it. (By the way… I am 52 years old now.)

The Adventure of Tonna and Shanna. 

CHAPTER 1 – Tonna and Shanna

Simon was a young lad that owned five horses, two stallions and three mares. Simon took very good care of his horses because they all were very gentle and kind to him. Simon named his horses Misty, Shonna, Daisy, Shan and Sham. Misty was a rusty color, Shonna was black as night, Daisy was white as snow, Shan was a tan color and Sham was black with white rings around his eyes. Misty, Shonna and Daisy were mares. Shan and Sham were stallions.

One day when Simon was going to feed and comb Shonna, he saw two young fillies lying beside her. One of the young fillies had her head up and she had two spots on her forehead. Then the other filly lifted her head up and she had two spots on her neck. They were the most beautiful fillies Simon had ever seen for they were both black as night except for the two white spots on each of them. He just couldn’t stop staring at them.

Then Great Abiga, the master of the town, rode by and he called his horses to stop and said, “My young lad what are you staring at?”

“There have just been two fillies born and they are so beautiful and pretty and I can’t stop staring at them,” said Simon

“Let me see these two fillies,” said the Great Abiga. He got out of his carriage and walked over to the stable to look at the fillies.

“My goodness, those are the most beautiful fillies I have ever seen,” said Abiga ever so surprised.

By now a crowd had gathered around to see what was happening and why he as so surprised.

“Well, Sir Abiga, what shall I do with them?” said Simon.

“I say you keep good care of those two fillies until they are big enough to run and then we shall try and train them to be ridden,” said Abiga. Then Abiga got back into his carriage and rode away. The crowd went away too, except for one boy about Simon’s age.

“Why didn’t you leave with the others?” Simon said to the boy.

“I wanted to see the two fillies. May I?” asked the boy.

“Yes, you may, but first tell me your name,” said Simon

“My name is Monno. Now may I see the fillies?” asked Monno impatiently.

“Not yet. I am going to ask you some more questions. How old are you and where do you live?” asked Simon.

“I am eleven years old and I live on 119 Abigil Street. Now may I see the fillies?” said Monno, more impatiently.

“Come over. Come see the fillies. Follow me, Monno, come on”, said Simon excitedly.

“They are beautiful, and the cutest fillies I have ever seen. I wish I owned one, Simon,” sighed Monno.

“I have got to hurry. I must feed Shonna and her fillies, and all of my other horses. Would you like to help me?” asked Simon.

“I sure will. Anything to help my new friend, and then can we name the fillies?” asked Monno.

“Yes, but I have to hurry,” said Simon.

After they fed and combed all of Simon’s mares and stallions, they went back to Shonna’s stable and tried to decide on names for the two fillies.

“How about Misty or Finny or Spotty or Patchy?” asked Monno.

“No, I already have a horse named Misty and I want the fillies to rhyme with Shonna, their mother,” stated Simon.

“Shanna,” said Monno.

“Yes, that is a perfect name for the one with the two spots on her forehead,” said Simon.

“Another name for the other one could be Tonna or something,” said Monno once again.

“Yes, yes. That is what it shall be and since you named both of them you can have Shanna to ride when she gets trained,” said Simon.

“Oh, thank you so very much, Simon. I have to go now. I’ll see you tomorrow. Good bye,” said Monno.

(to be continued…)

Words just don’t get enough credit…

A word that you use over and over again that is not a “real” word, may end up in the dictionary.

The dictionary is “a users manual for communication”, as sited by Merriam-Webster. Who knew that “LOL” (laughing out loud) would achieve dictionary status? I wasn’t expecting the meaning of “SIC”, but it rang true.

WTF is listed, and why not, who doesn’t know what that means?

It seems to me that common words listed in the dictionary are the words we use frequently, and they earn the gateway to word heaven. Remember the old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?” That quote is misleading and untrue; words will either leave a breath of life, or permanently bruise the soul. Words are powerful, think before you speak… and cradle them lightly.

Other words are skillfully created by people who have jobs to create words. Yes, really, and if you want to be a lexicographer, you can be the author or editor of a dictionary. The internet is a vast resource for word databases, if you can possibly imagine. I wonder how many people are employed to determine a new word.

As we blog every day, let’s not take advantage of the endless supply of words that we use to share our passions, photos or whatever pops into our mind. They simply just don’t get enough credit!

WORD!

Thank you for reading my post…

Enjoy your day
Peace,
Rhonda

https://merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/how-does-a-word-get-into-the-dictionary

OH NO! I ate too much during the Holidays!

Who likes fruitcake? Thankfully, there are many other goodies available during the holidays!

Are you concerned about over-eating this Christmas and New Years? The good news is that home-made goodies are in abundance, and that minimizes consumption of the boxed foods that contain… who knows what.

Don’t tell yourself “It’s hard not to gain weight during the holidays”. Why? Because you will gain weight. You need to be specific. How about… “I am going to let myself gain 2 lbs during the holidays” or ” I am not going to gain weight during the holidays.” (I admit, that’s a tough one.)

Stay positive.

Next, don’t tell yourself that you ARE going to gain weight over the holidays, that’s a sure-fire way to set yourself up for failure if you are managing your weight. Set goals instead, keep the concept reasonable and attainable. Food is in abundance and it is very tempting. Before you leave your house for a party, set your limits. For example: I am going to try 6 different things, one of each. I love the sweets, so I am going to select which three I want to try. Do the same thing at home, every day. (Pick your own quantities.)

And for goodness sake, watch the alcoholic beverages and pop. Most cocktails have between 100-300 calories per drink; may as well eat snickers bars. Apply the same goals to your drinks.

So… you say you don’t want to disappoint or offend your host/hostess, and other appetizer contributors. It’s a valid concern. Here’s a solution:

Fellow party attendee, “Did you try my sugar cookies? It’s my great grandmother’s recipe.” (Now there’s a guilt trip.)

You, “Those look wonderful! I saw several people enjoying them. It’s amazing that you still have your great-grandmother’s recipe. Do you share the recipe? If there are some leftover, may I take a few home with me?”

At this point, the attendee been redirected, and probably hasn’t even noticed that you haven’t tried any. You’re off the hook and sticking to your quantity goals. You may want to rehearse a few appetizer side-stepping replies on your own, be creative.

Don’t let an obsession about gaining weight keep you from enjoying parties. I also highly recommend limiting your alcohol intake for other reasons… our judgement is not at our best under the influence of the inhibition destroyer. Watching what you eat and drink can also help to avoid indigestion, bloating, discomfort, flatulence, embarrassing situations and hangovers. And don’t forget about the infamous sugar buzz!

Now, you are armed with self-confidence, a positive attitude, a rockin’ ugly sweater or cocktail dress/suit, and a bright smile.

Out the door you go…

Have a great Christmas and New Year!

Thanks for visiting my post!
Peace,
Rhonda

 

Who likes fruitcake? Thankfully, there are many other goodies available during the holidays!

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Are you concerned about over-eating this Christmas and New Years? The good news is that home-made goodies are in abundance, and that minimizes consumption of the boxed foods that contain… who knows what.

Don’t tell yourself “It’s hard not to gain weight during the holidays”. Why? Because you will gain weight. You need to be specific. How about… “I am going to let myself gain 2 lbs during the holidays” or ” I am not going to gain weight during the holidays.” (I admit, that’s a tough one.)

Stay positive.

Next, don’t tell yourself that you ARE going to gain weight over the holidays, that’s a sure-fire way to set yourself up for failure if you are managing your weight. Set goals instead, keep the concept reasonable and attainable. Food is in abundance and it is very tempting. Before you leave your house for a party, set your limits. For example: I am going to try 6 different things, one of each. I love the sweets, so I am going to select which three I want to try. Do the same thing at home, every day. (Pick your own quantities.)

And for goodness sake, watch the alcoholic beverages and pop. Most cocktails have between 100-300 calories per drink; may as well eat snickers bars. Apply the same goals to your drinks.

So… you say you don’t want to disappoint or offend your host/hostess, and other appetizer contributors. It’s a valid concern. Here’s a solution:

Fellow party attendee, “Did you try my sugar cookies? It’s my great grandmother’s recipe.” (Now there’s a guilt trip.)

You, “Those look wonderful! I saw several people enjoying them. It’s amazing that you still have your great-grandmother’s recipe. Do you share the recipe? If there are some leftover, may I take a few home with me?”

At this point, the attendee been redirected, and probably hasn’t even noticed that you haven’t tried any. You’re off the hook and sticking to your quantity goals. You may want to rehearse a few appetizer side-stepping replies on your own, be creative.

Don’t let an obsession about gaining weight keep you from enjoying parties. I also highly recommend limiting your alcohol intake for other reasons… our judgement is not at our best under the influence of the inhibition destroyer. Watching what you eat and drink can also help to avoid indigestion, bloating, discomfort, flatulence, embarrassing situations and hangovers. And don’t forget about the infamous sugar buzz!

Now, you are armed with self-confidence, a positive attitude, a rockin’ ugly sweater or cocktail dress/suit, and a bright smile.

Out the door you go…

Have a great Christmas and New Year!

Thanks for visiting my post!
Peace,
Rhonda

Santa’s Helpers – Majik – Bentley – Alix –

                                                         MERRY  CHRISTMAS!

Majik santa hat

I rescued Majik (above) from a high-kill shelter from San Bernarndino, CA, in 2014. I live in Montana so it was a 1,500 mile trip to bring him home. I had followed him on Facebook for a few weeks and he was scheduled to be euthanized the day I had him pulled from the shelter. I don’t know why they are called “shelters”… they are more like pre-death cells. Majik is a German shepherd and Rottweiler mix. He has a mighty bark and raaarrwww, but he is a love-bug by nature. 

Bentley santa hat

I rescued Bentley from Idaho Falls where he was living in foster care, but was in danger of being returned to the local shelter. His life started off with his sister, in the care of a young lady. She was unable to keep them and gave them away. NEVER do that.. as a matter of fact… don’t get a pet if you can’t keep it for life. Bentley’s sister disappeared, and he was found in a box outside of the shelter, covered with dirt and mud, terrified. Bentley is a chihuahua mix. He still has some “issues”, but he is a funny little guy, and I love him

Alix Santa hat

Alix (female) was a gift for my Daughter from the Montana Hope Project. It was truly a selfless gift to ask for, Alix has brought our entire family so much joy for almost 13 years. She has lived a charmed and loving life, as all pets should. We love her tongue, quirky pug ways and hope that she will be with us for another Christmas.

Thank you for joining me at my post… I appreciate it!
Peace,
Rhonda

Be Kind …

This is a picture colored by my boss’s grand daughter and I have it on my desk at work, it reminds me of how we should treat each other every day. As the saying goes… “from the mouths of babes”…

Be kind to someone new today… a stranger… or just compliment your spouse, child or a friend. Be creative… be kind.

Have a fabulous day and thanks for catching my post!

 

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