June 4th, 2014 -new!
Well, Suzanne is not bugging me at the food stand right now but that's mostly because I'm not AT the food stand yet. I'll head down there when I'm done with breakfast.
My house is a complete mess and we still have our Christmas things up in APRIL! I think my mom likes sleeping more than cleaning. But who doesn't, right?
Rebecca and Heather are over here right now after school and I think they are supposed to be doing their homework by memorizing their new poems, but they're telling ghost stories by the fire instead and it's making poor Peder miss his morning chores because they're too interesting. I should really get going soon too but I haven't written letters in so long!
How are you lately? Congrats on being the new town judge by the way! How do you like that? What cases have you helped out with so far? And have you had any interesting patients lately?
I actually caved in and bought tartan silk and sewed myself one of those new fashion dresses (I know, I'm CRAZY!!) but that's mostly because I actually have Scottish heritage (tartan!) and the dress style is my time period, so I'll probably use it as a ball gown and enter it in large stitchery at the county fair.
Write soon! Love, Kirsten
June 5th, 2013 -new!
I haven't done any weaving in forever too! I'm still making my way through those hope chest napkins. Right now almost everyone is outside waiting to eat dinner. Ana is still cooking, Tomas is taking a nap, (the boys too), Rebecca is reading the comics in the newspaper, and Mama is talking to Papa about something.
I heard today that Suzanne has been bugging you all about butter now?! Is she never not at your food stand asking for something?
November 18th, 2011 -new!
I haven't done any weaving in forever either - I can't decide if I actually want to just finish this one I'm working on, or just start a new one. I think I might decide to do a new quilt first instead though. So how is it on the rancho? Right now it's early morning and I'm sipping coffee in bed while my dad pokes the fire. Mom's already working at the food stand because Mrs. Wickon woke us all up when she wanted bacon for her breakfast. Ha. Ok, TTYL!
June 6th, 2011
Woah... it's been eight months since I got your letter. SORRY! I mean, ciento, I need to start speaking in Spanish, I mean espanol again. AHH. Are people still not eating?? I haven't been getting very many patients lately...either everyone is healthy, or everyone hasn't been doing anything - more likely.
I haven't done any weaving in forreeevveerrr. How about you? What did you think of the Parkington's Easter party?
October 29th, 2010
I'm doing great - I love this time of year when you get sun and cold at the same time so everything seems so festive. My mom is NOT doing fine though. I think she has a headache or something so she's been sleeping for a week or two. I've been trying to think of how to get myself more into weaving. It's hard to get motivated, you know?
What's your secret? I guess ours has just sorta turned into an extra table lately - all this junk is on top of the weaving loom so maybe if I clean it I'll feel excited about it again. I did do some quilting again though and that was really fun. Maybe I'll sell this one and earn some extra money. Have you ever sold one of your weavings?
And by the way, has everyone in town found some miracle way to survive without eating? I mean, no one has been to the food stand in ages and Angel says no one eats at the Grumpy Troll either. What's up with that?! Have people still been getting sick?
February 5th, 2010
Aaah! I just got chewed out by Felicity! She wants me to stop speaking Spanish!!! She also wants me to set my piano on fire! Can you believe that? I sometimes wonder if she's completely right in the head. I hope that I won't have to cure her constantly like Sonja. Gosh! What's up with all these crazy people! Polly, Sonja, Felicity ...
October 2nd, 2009
I don't understand the Merrimans. I really don't. Any tips? I mean, I enjoyed our little friendly arguments, but now Felicity is trying to turn my life around by converting me to "social ladder-ism" and my first step "in the right direction" is to "cease" hanging out with Kaya. Rrrr... sorry to always complain to you about her, btw. I'll try to stop doing that.
Anyway, we've gotten all our chickens back now except one. (Anna found one in the Parkington's kitchen this morning when she was collecting firewood.) Have you seen any stray ones waddling around recently?
April 1st, 2009
Everything's going ok around here, except Bertie Rooster's loose again and has decided to camp out on John Wickon's roof. My dad's been throwing boots and shoes up there at him all morning but he still won't come down. All the chickens got loose, too, so I think Britta probably forgot to close the pen. Gah!
It's raining again, which is really annoying because I just dressed for Spring, waltzed down to the food stand, then got completely soaked. Haha! Love,
February 27th, 2009
Well, actually I am only just about to cure pimientos! I have been so busy with the Polly and the dogs episode. Francisca is now cleaning the house to within an inch of it's life! She is sooo determined to keep the house spotless while Mama and Papa are gone. How's your dad doing? Is everything going smoothly around the farm? Any more weird letters from Felicity?
January 16th, 2009
My head is completely better now, gracias. You should not have been fined $100! There is no way Autumn could have dressed all of those animals in Mrs. Wickon's dresses! I received a letter from F.M. a little while ago and she told me how it wasn't her fault that she "mistook a Spanish word to mean something similar in the English language," etc. I have no idea why she still writes to me!
Are your hay and firewood piles lasting? The temperature here has risen and the snow has melted so we are all happy. Did you hear that there might be a festival this year?
August 21st, 2008
I like starting my letter like that. It sounds very upbeat. Felicity hasn't written me for a while. I have a feeling that she has kind of given up on my sanity. Oh well, whatever. I've been working at the food stand and arguing about Mr. Wickon about law and punishment. We got fined $100 yesterday because Autumn (my dog) took Mrs. Wickon's dirty laundry and dressed all the barn animals in them, and then he was in town square without a leash. Mr. Wickon was all determined to have Autumn go to jail, but what is the point of sending an animal behind bars?! They're used to that. It wouldn't teach them anything. So instead we had to pay two separate fines, and my mom had to pick a chore. She got to clean out the Windmills' chimney. Fun stuff. She was there all day and then went straight out to the river with three bars of soap and she's STILL out there. Haha, I guess I would be too, in that position.
Do you remember what chores you submitted for the jail box? I think ours were to clean out the barn and make heavy cream. Those are our worst ones, anyway.
How are the remedy packets for the General Store coming? They might come in handy next time you fall down and pass out and Governor Merriman has to figure out how to cure you by digging up Mrs. W's rose bush and then wiggling out of punishment. How's your head?
May 24th, 2008
Yeah, Felicity's letters definitely need some survival skills lately, I think she has humor problems. Like, she can't take my habit of naming dresses. I tried to explain, but she's kind of... I mean, REALLY old-fashioned.
So right now Nancy Merriman is babysitting Peder while I make dinner and it's really amusing. Except when Peder came inside saying "Mommy is a mudtruckel!! Mommy makes me talk weird!!" Haha it's ok for now but if Peder's totally raised by kitties that could be bad. Anywho, what's new with you
February 2nd, 2008
I just survived from Felicity's letter, boy was it ever dull!!! Have you gotten one from her yet? Yes, I am starting a new project!! I am making myself a dress that is supposed to look like a bell. Neat, huh? My hay is doing fine, we have more than enough to keep us going through the winter. The snow has melted up here! Yay!!! How is Kaya holding out? Does she have enough food to support herself?
Love, Josefina Montoya
January 3rd, 2008
My horses are managing with the small amount of hay since Mother Nature has been on strike so the horses haven’t actually been eating the hay all winter. So luckily we haven’t run out of it yet. :-P What about you?
Yeah, Christmas was great- we sat around and had a huuuuge breakfast and then opened presents. I got some cute paper too, see?
Everything’s all slushy outside. I tried to go ice skating but the ice wasn’t really frozen solid enough so I almost cracked it and fell through, so I’ll just stay inside and sew or something. How are all your latest projects? Any new ones?
December 27th, 2007
How are your horses holding out with your hay supply? Do you still have enough? Francisca has been very quiet since Christmas when she got coal in her shoes. Perhaps she has learned her lesson for once and for all! Well, we can all hope so. Please thank Anders for this wonderful paper! I will use it all the time! I am really excited about starting up on learning more about my remedies again. I just left my home this morning and now I am sitting on my mattress on la mesa so that I can keep out of the wolves and coyotes way! How was your Christmas? Well, I should get to bed so that I will make it to Mexico City tomorrow morning!
Adios Amiga! Love, Josefina
October 4th, 2007
Yeah, we’re almost all out of hay and we really need to cut some more before the real bad weather hits- so far we’ve mostly just had lots of rain and a bit of hail, but we still need to hurry up!! Luckily the horses haven’t been overly hungry lately so we’re able to spread it out a little bit. You really need to come over and see our new river-rock fireplace!! It’s so huge and warm, it literally keeps the whole house nice and toasty. AND there’s a secret compartment. I’m really excited about trading day as well, we need to do it soon!! Yes, I write to Felicity and I used to really enjoy it but lately she’s been really getting on my nerves. When I said I was making a “milking dress” she wondered if it was going to black with white spots. HAHA! If I didn’t know she was being entirely serious, that would almost be funny. :-P
Anyway, TTYL, Kirsten
June 27th, 2007
Our hay is fine, how is yours? Trading day is going to be so fun! Papa is planning out what we need to make for you today so we can get going. Has your burn healed yet? Cristal came yesterday for stuffy nose, sore throat, shivers, and sneezes. She was very rude!!! Then when I brought in the big blue pot for the shivers bath, she was convinced that I was going to fry her in boiling oil until Heather hopped into the bath to prove it was harmless. Do you write to Felicity? Has Kaya moved out of her cave? Soon we have to re-do the adobe on our walls, which is going to be a very long and tiresome project. How is Peder doing? Is he crawling yet? Please write back soon!
Love, Josefina Montoya
April 30th, 2007
Why do you have warm, wooly mittens on your stationary? It never gets cold enough where you live to actually wear those, does it? Haha…
Yeah our ice finally thawed a few weeks ago with a gigantic CRACK and all this water came pouring back down the waterfall again! That time of year is always kind of scary because you never know which way the river is gonna decide to go- it could decide to run straight through our house, you never know. Lol.
Yeah I heard about your flood. Was that because of all the snow melting? Have you had any patients lately? Do you know how to heal animals yet? There are flowers popping up everywhere now- I bet you prolly know what they are all called. How’s Pimientos? Still got enough hay?
February 27th, 2007
Has your ice thawed yet? Ours went a while ago. Our firewood and hay are fine, I hope that latsts! I can’t believe I still have 6 more napkins to go! You would think I would be done by now! We just finished cleaning our house up after the flood, it was a mess! I still have a bunch of wood chips all over my room! Have you had any storms lately? I certainly hope we won’t get one for a while! Well, I am in a good mood today because Francisca hasn’t picked on me yet, but it won’t last for long!
January 14th, 2007
Our firewood supplies are holding up pretty well, but my dad’s worried we might run out in the next three months because the pile is already below the roof-level…hopefully we can go find some more wood one of these days when it’s not snowing nonstop, haha! How’s your firewood doing? And your hay? Now that the New Year’s party is over we all have to get used to doing our chores again, otherwise we’ll have the house completely fall apart around us and the animals will make tons of noise. Ew. I also need to work on my weaving, thanks for reminding me! I want to make some more saddle blankets and them some wall hangings. AND I need some more clothes so I’ve got my work all laid out in front of me, haha! What are you doing lately?
September 13th, 2006
How is your weaving going? I still have to make 4 more napkins. We got a new cooking fuego! What are you going to dress up as for the masked ball? I am still not sure what I will be. My Papa is going to be Zorro! He will be great as Zorro! Si, I would like some more queen anne’s lace. I can add it to the herbs I am drying. Are you ready for winter yet? I think we need to trade with you for more firewood.
September 1st, 2006
Oh good, I’m glad to hear that you are still smart and haven’t gotten eaten by the fashion monster yet. :-P Right now, Anna is playing with baby Peder and holding his hands. She plays with him all the time. Mama is starting to get worried that he’ll learn how to talk like her because he’s around her so much. That’s what happened to Britta. She still talks like a baby and she’s 9. Oops, haha! Oh, do you need more queen anne’s lace? Because I can trade some to you on trading day. Is there anything else you would like to trade for? Kaya and Speaking Rain are going to move soon because Winter is getting closer- I think they want to build a lodge, but they may have to live in that cave again if it takes too long. Well, I’m off to sewing circle now. I guess I’ll see you there!
August 12th, 2006
I like the fashions but I’m not obsessed with them like Francisca is! And I do not worship the fashion book!! I only like it because it was very nice of my aunt to give it to us! Get it? I wear a skirt, sash and camisa for work, dresses are for fancy occasions. Aww!! Baby Peder is soooooo sooooo cute!!!!!!!!! What is the little cutie pie baby boy doing right now? Can he talk yet? I think he thinks my name is gook! Haha!! Si, I did look at your meadows and I picked a little of queen anne’s lace, only a little though. Well, I should go weave or something! How’s your arm?
August 14th, 2006
I thought you didn’t like the fashions?! So what’s with your sudden worship of a fashion book? Hahahahaha….
I still hate wearing dresses, but I don’t have pants anymore so I have to. Doing chores, going to school, sleeping, eating, walking, talking, even SWIMMING in dresses! It’s not very much fun. But I guess it’s ok that you like fancy dresses. Whatever. So Peder is doing just great! I made him a mobile to look up at while he’s lying on the bed. Do you have a cure for drooling though? Because he’s got it really bad, haha! Also, we just planted a lot of new meadow plants- you might want to come see if there are any useful ones.
August 2nd, 2006
I am working on making napkins for my hope chest right now, and I have two out of ten done! After that I get to make a special Christmas dress for myself! How is baby Peder? He is so cute!! How is your Mama? She is probably busy with the baby and all! I got a fashion book from my Tia Magdalena a little while ago with pictures of all the latest stylish dresses in New Mexico City! I love it! It has hairstyles, too! Hope you are well,
July 18th, 2006
I just started on a new weaving because we finally got the loom re-strung. It’s blue, gray, white and red, and it’s going to be a saddle blanket for Spirit, because he doesn’t have one at the moment, poor thing. Mama also wants to start making weavings to hang on our walls as well, so I have a lot to do but its fun, so woohoo! I just made Peter a mobile so he can look at something when he’s just lying there on the bed. Sure you can babysit him sometime!
June 1st, 2006
How is your arm? Mama is making burritos at home but, I got locked outside the gates and so I am staying at the Parkington’s. We are not quite sure of what to do for the festival, but I am sure we will come up with something. To tell you the truth now, I haven’t woven at ALL practically! But I will start very soon!!! Yes, I have been doing lots of chores and I plan to do the laundry today!! How is your life? How is your family? And most of all, how is baby Peder? He is so cute!!! I really want to baby sit him!!! He’s adorable!!!! Tell him Josefina says hola to his sweet little self.
Well, write back! Love, Josefina
April 20th, 2006
I haven’t ever tried guacamole! You should make some at the next harvest day though because it sounds really good. What is your family doing for the festival? Were not sure yet, but we’d like to sell yarn and cloth or something. Are you going to sell any of your weavings? I can’t wait to see your latest weaving. Gosh, I haven’t seen any of them since you finished that red and yellow one in September. You must be SO good by now. I just cut off the blankets I finished, and I’m working on tying them all off. I can’t wait to give the fancy blue and white one to Blossom, she’ll look gorgeous in it. So what else are you doing besides weaving lately? Lots of chores?
I’ve been doing NOTHING, just like you told me to! Aren’t I a good patient? Hehe. Well, write back!
March 6th, 2006
I hear your arm is broken, you should come up to my rancho because I have a cure for it! Have you ever tasted guacamole? It is made out of salsa and avacados, it is really good! How is your weaving coming along? Are you excited for the festival? I certainly am! I don’t really like cooking either, so Francisca does it. Deer blood is for a weakness cure- you should save the blood you find and maybe you could give some to me since all you do is throw it away. I really want you to get better soon! At sewing circles I miss you even more! Well I should go now.
February 19th, 2006
Hmmm…my favorite activity besides my favorite activities?! Haha, um probably I’d pick drawing! I LOVE drawing. I can’t wait to start drawing flowers when they begin to bloom later this month. I don’t really like cooking, that’s more of Anna’s thing. But I do it a lot because it’s gotta be done three times a day and there are only so many ways I can try to avoid it! An apprentice is a boy who comes to us under contract to help out while learning a trade that he wants to work in when he is old enough. So William’s apprenticed to Papa in order to become a farmer.
Ew, deer blood? How do you “collect” it? We get it all the time because we find dead deer around that the wolves have killed, but we usually just throw the leftover blood away when we use the meat for venison. What is it for?
February 12th, 2006
What is your favorite activity other than weaving and riding blossom? Do you like cooking? Your mama is a lovely cook! I hear she is going to have a baby! Is it going to be a he or a she? I am always wondering what it would be like if Mama had another baby? But that would be too many mouths to feed! Right now Clara is baking some brownies to bring down to her sweet shop, they smell delicious! What is an apprentice? I hope he is a good one, whatever it is! Later today I have to collect deer blood for a weakness cure, I really don’t like collecting deer blood! What did you think of the last newspaper? I think it is really unfair that we are always the target of the gossip column and Lissie is not? What do you think?
January 22nd, 2006
Glad to hear from you, sorry it took me so long to write! I finally decided to write back to all of my letters because I got letters from all of my penpals and mama was starting to get angry!
A twister is like a hurricane, it takes place in the desert or the plains and is a huge spiral of winds and dust, so we have to take cover in our storm cellar when we see one coming. It’s under the house, so it’s very secure. Did you know that William Merriman has signed up to be Papa’s apprentice at the food stand? That’ll be interesting! I heard that you’re going to Mexico City to learn about herbs? That is very interesting! I’ll miss you though.
Write me back!
January 11th, 2006
Mama and Papa looked up Manuella in Francisca’s new Spanish language book and it is a name! It is a Spanish name though so you probably don’t know it. The flood was a long time ago, but we are all very fine and thank you for your concern! Oh dear, a twister? Um….what exactly is a twister? I know it’s a game, but I never knew it had anything to do with a storm shelter! Whenever we played it at Laura’s house it was really fun! Right now Francisca and Clara are cleaning the kitchen, Mama and Papa are in the prayer room, Rebecca is weeding, Heather is playing with the chickens and Juan and Antonio are in the waterfall and I am trying to get rid of the hiccups, well I should go now!
October 16th, 2005
Your names are all really nice- I don’t get Manuella though. Is that even a name? I’ve never heard of that one before…
I only have three names: Kirsten Maria Larson. But we are both called Maria! Isn’t that great?! I heard about the flood up at your place, are you all ok? Right now my mama is cooking tons of food to take with us into the storm cellar because a twister is heading this way! We get them here every once in a while- they’re horrible. Kaya’s going to come into the cellar with us, she just dug a big underground hole and buried all of her important stuff. It’s kind of strange that both of our natural disasters are happening at the same time…I wonder if it’s a coincidence? Have you done any weaving lately? Right now I’m making a bunch of saddle blankets for my horses on the big paddle loom. My mama’s teaching me the patterns. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a whole book of patterns to follow? Then you could just pick one out when you wanted one, and you wouldn’t have to make them all up. My mama says we’re going to learn how to quilt soon as well, to make blankets for winter. I can’t wait for trading day to see you and Francisca. It’s fun to know other girls who have to work hard like I do. What are the latest things that you’re working on? How are each of your sisters? What are they doing right now? Right now Kaya and my sisters are getting into the storm cellar. Geez, the rain is super loud now!
Write soon, Kirsten
September 9th, 2005
Well gosh, why do you even write to me if you’re sick and tired of hearing about my life? If you don’t like riding boots, that’s your problem, but I try to write letters that are all about what I’m thinking, and I mostly think about my riding boots!!
School today was really long, I fell asleep during art. And I still have to do all my chores and things! Aaah!
July 22nd, 2005
Oh my gosh! I haven’t written to you in three months! It isn’t my fault I haven’t had time to ride Pepper, I let alone am able to sit down through five minutes in a row, I have been so busy and you I bet have been shining your new riding boots and licking popsicles!! My sister loves Pleasantville and in my opinion she is a show-off. She gets credit for everything! Francisca is 17. I am sorry, but I am sick and tired of hearing about your riding boots!
Sorry! Love, Josefina
January 5th, 2005
What’s up with you lately? I just got back from the new year’s party and I’m really glad its over. I hate dressing up and seeing everyone else in hilarious frilly dresses and having to keep myself from laughing at all costs can get pretty tiresome after a while. Your mom looked gorgeous and so did you, though. I’m glad you guys decided to rebel and wear red. Go you! How’s the family?