Visiting Friends…


December 29th

Dear Journal,

Well, I will have to admit that it has been quite pleasant to be back here in Thunder Bluff for the holidays.  I’ve missed some of my old friends and we are all having a wonderful time just visiting with them.  Lots of changes to the families that I can hear about too.

I didn’t realize how large our home was here in Thunder Bluff, however, it’s nice to be home even if I have spent a great deal of my time cleaning the place and getting the dust out of everything.  We haven’t been home for a couple of months and I am afraid that the house is showing the lack of attention.  I thought that Tahfal might have at least gotten someone to take care of things when he left home, however, it probably slipped his mind.  Oh well, a little hard work never really hurt anyone I suppose.  I do have the children here with me to help out too.  I think that while I’m here, I will see if I can get someone to stay here in the house while we’re gone, just to keep things in order and not neglected.

I know that it is nice to see the calves that I knew in the past that have all grown up to be nice strong Tauren and upholding a lot of the old traditions that us oldsters set such great store in.  It always a good thing for any tribe to keep up the traditions so that they won’t be lost in the sands of time.   I am listening to my old friends talk of their children and their grandchildren now and it makes me sad that none of my children have made me a Grandmother just yet, however, there is plenty of time.   I am sure that one of the younger boys or even Maha might let that happen someday.

I really feel bad for some of my neighbors in Halfhill right now because their families are being torn apart by this new threat in this place called Draenor.   I know that the blonde Blood Elf has gone back to do his duty and left his woman and little girl there and they seem kind of lonely.  I love the  little girl to pieces, even if she is a Blood Elf.  Her name is Mirrin and she calls me “Gram” sometimes.  It really is nice to see a little girl so well behaved and I can tell that her parents just dote on her.  I don’t think that they will let her turn into one of those Blood Elves that I have run into from Silvermoon either, they both seem to be rather realistic people and they both work very hard on their farm.   Of course, the Boss from Morningstar Enterprises has had to go back to the military too – poor man really didn’t seem like himself when I last saw him at his farm, I think he didn’t really want to leave either.  I feel sorry for any of them that aren’t able to spend time with their families at this time of year especially.  I know that I still miss my mate at this time of year because it was one of his favorite holidays and we have our own traditions that we used to celebrate, it isn’t like what the goblins have done to it.

I know that one of the things that I am going to do is to gather up as many of the pine nuts that I can while I am here and take them back to Halfhill.  I know that my children truly love them and I would like to be able to grow some on the farm or at least try to get them to grow.  I bet that they will take to farm just like I have.

I think that I am going to try to convince the children to stay here in the Bluff this week because the Faire will be here soon and we missed going this last month.  I’ve heard tell of some new things going on there and would like to see it all for myself.  No, I don’t think that I will ever be brave enough to try that canon thing though, that is just a bit too adventurous for a person of my age, you know.  Oh well, even if we don’t stay in the Bluff until the Faire, we can always make the added effort of coming back.

 

Mooma

Change of Seasons…


November 2nd

Dear Journal,

I have certainly been enjoying my life in Pandaria because it’s a definite change of pace from Thunder Bluff and Mulgore.  I was definitely feeling my age when I was at home and that has changed quite a bit since I made the move to Pandaria to be with my children.  Yes, the whole Cloudhoof Clan is up here now and I think that we’re all the better for it.

Oh yes,  I like being able to head home to Thunder Bluff and visiting with some of my old friends there though.  I enjoy the opportunity to catch up on the latest gossip, find who is going to be a grandparent again and what else might be going on.  Of course, if I don’t catch them at the Bluff, we usually find each other at the Faire.  Over the years I have lost a few of my oldest friends because they have returned to the Earth Mother’s bosom – it happens to all of us eventually.

I still miss my mate though.  It’s been years and years since I’ve become a widow and there are times when Tahfal laughs that he reminds me very much of his Father.  He actually has a lot of the mannerisms that his Father had although he was still a very young calf when his Father and I left on our ill-fated hunting trip.  Oh sure, there have been a few bulls that I have been interested in, however, I’ve never found one that could even remotely replace my first love.  Oh, I do have some male friends that I like to talk with as well as flirt with sometimes – it makes me feel young, what can I tell you?  I know that my children feel scandalized when they see me act like a coquette in the market here in Halfhill, however, I know that it’s all done in fun.

As for my children, well, I wonder if Nahai and Tahfal will ever settle down.  They are both still fairly young, however, neither one of them seems to be all that attached to any of the ladies they have been seeing.   I can’t help but compare them to my own experience and I was already mated and had two calves at their ages and these two you fellows are just running free and enjoying life as much as they can it seems.  The only one that I do worry about is Naton and that’s only natural because he is my firstborn and even though he is a Death Knight, I do wish that he could find someone that could overlook his flaw of being what he is.  He seems lonely at times and then again, he keeps himself busy at this forge and he does spend quite a bit of time socializing with some of the locals when they stop by to see him.

My daughter is the one that I wish would truly settle down.  Oh, she is the busy one alright.  She loves the farm and she loves being able to go out hunting here in Pandaria.  She’s had a couple of suitors since we’ve moved up here, however, they weren’t to her liking, I suppose.  I don’t know if she is being extremely picky or what, however, I am about ready to let her know that she is not getting any younger.  It could very well be that she is enjoying her new freedom up here because I know that she had the burden of caring for her younger siblings when I was missing all of those years.  I don’t know, I just wish Maha would find someone and give me some grandchildren before I go to join our ancestors.

I think I am being a bit whimsical this morning because the seasons are changing and there is even a slight chill in the air here at the farm. Of course, there seems to be a lot more rain right now, which is good for the crops, however, it does make it rather difficult sometimes to go out and do any real good herbing without getting soaked to the skin.  Not that rain ever bothered me that much, it does make it a bit of a sloppy process sometimes even when I’m using my flight form.  I know that Nahai doesn’t seem to mind the rain that much and he’s good at gathering the nicest herbs too – he does help me quite a bit, these old bones still ache sometimes when the weather changes.

I suppose while I am just sitting here writing in my journal that I should actually be working on some of my inscriptions instead of just wasting my time.  I know I keep looking out the window and watching the rain come down because I had really wanted to go do some serious gathering this morning.  Oh well, I guess I should get to work on these contracts that I have to fill because I know that we’re all planning on taking a run to the Faire later this week.

Mooma Cloudhoof

 

Having More Fun…


March 5th

Dear Journal,

I am really in a state of shock to see Mom up here in Pandaria.  I never thought in a million years that she would have the nerve and/or courage to make the trek up here, however, there she sits on the front steps of the farm and just soaking in the sunshine. I know that Naton and Maha were surprised when I showed up unannounced, however, I would say that they are more than shocked to have Mom come up as well.  We never thought that she would leave the confines of Thunder Bluff long enough to really make the journey.  She’s been telling us for years that she is too old to go out adventuring, however, I guess that she changed her mind.

Now, my brother and sister have two tourists to contend with as well as two crazy druids.  Mom really likes the flying up here in Pandaria as much as I do, we can just catch the air and float for a long ways without being tired either.  I taught Mom how to swoop in when she sees an herb and she’s got the hang of it pretty well now – she did do a few snout smashes the first few times but nothing makes you learn faster than pain sometimes.

I think Mom and I both have fallen in love with the Jade Forest so far because of how green everything is and how many herbs we have been able to gather.  Of course, Mom is having more fun making new inks that she got the recipes for in the Vale and creating new glyphs and inscriptions.   She keeps telling me that she is old, however, when she keeps learning things, it makes her feel young and won’t let her mind drift away into senility like some her old friends had happen.  I can see her point, however, she acts like she has found some kind of amazing youth serum up here.

Oh, the embarrassing thing is that my Mom loves to hang out in the market in Halfhill just talking with people and I even caught her flirting with one of the Bulls up there.  That was embarrassing to see your Mom act like she had the intelligence of a gnat when she was trying to be girlish at the same time.  The Bull seemed to like her a lot and that has me worried now – what if?  Well, what if she decides that she likes someone up here and decides to hook-up?   Oh my, that really kind of makes me more than nervous and I can imagine that Naton and Maha would have a raging fit.  I suppose that I ought to think about it differently, however, it’s always been Mom and us – to add another adult into the mix would really make for some interesting times.

I hope that Tahfal isn’t too upset with being left alone in Thunder Bluff with the responsibility of taking care of the house and Mom’s garden.  I don’t think that she will stay here for a long time, however, I suppose if she goes back home, I should go with her to help out too.  I can’t have my baby brother thinking that he’s an orphan since we’ve all taken off like this.  He has his studies to keep him busy and I think that he will be fine for a while, however, I know how I felt when Maha left and then, shortly thereafter, Naton went too.   It was lonely and the Earth Mother knows that I have always been the real friendly one of the group.   I like people and I like to play pranks.

Mom says that we ought to help Naton and Maha more around the farm and we should be the ones that take the trips to Silvermoon now and again too, just so that Naton and Maha have some free time to get to know some more of the people up here.   Well, I can get where Mom is going with this too – the more people they know, the more people that we’ll get to know too – I like that part.

I saw a girl in the market the other day that I’d like to get to know a bit better too.  She had the most beautiful blue eyes and the way that she walked just had me mesmerized.  Sure, I might have met her a long time ago in Thunder Bluff because she looked real familiar.  I would have introduced myself to her there in the market but I was so busy staring at her that I fell over a bunch of barrels that were stacked next to one of the stalls – I didn’t think it too wise to introduce myself to someone after falling on my face and getting soaked with what I hope was beer – it smelled like some beer, however, it also smelled like something else.  Nothing like making a fool of myself, yeah!

Nahai Cloudhoof

Death Knights Can Have Fun Too…


February 5th

Dear Journal,

Well, yeah, finally found my journal buried amongst all those things you’re going to take care of in a few days and it turns out to be months later.  I know that if Maha had found it, she would have scolded me for not taking care of it correctly.  She’s the one that normally keeps up with her journals and likes to read books – I’m the one that likes to do blacksmithing.

Mahamura and I decided that the farm could take care of itself for a couple of days because we both wanted to go visit Mom and our brothers in Thunder Bluff.  I suggested that we head to Orgrimmar so that I could check in on a couple of things for my blacksmithing, definitely wanted to talk to the smithy and find out what he thought of these new fangled thermal anvils and were they worth the effort of hauling them around.  Yes, I know that she was really kind of hesitant on going to Orgrimmar again and voiced her opinion which I quickly told her that I didn’t think that Garrosh was that stupid to alienate our people entirely.

I know that Maha stayed so close to me the whole time when we were in the city that I think I trod on her hooves a couple of times by accident.  When you’re my size and bulk, people need to know that we take good strides and aren’t real careful where we put our hooves – the way I see it, if you see my hoof coming in your general direction where you might get injured, move your butt.

I found out what I needed to know about the anvils from the Orc and decided that it needed further research in Thunder Bluff.  When we got to Thunder Bluff, it was raining just like it does in Halfhill.  I know that Mom was real happy to see the two of us and was all a dither wanting information about the redheaded female elf that stayed at her house.  Yes, she wanted to know that she hadn’t figured wrong and that the woman was indeed about to give birth.  You could see the relief in her face when I told her that Dawnglory’s woman had had their baby and everyone was fine.  Poor thing has been taking a lot of teasing from my brothers, which, I will be talking to them about that.

I know that we had only been in the Bluff for maybe two hours visiting with Mom and the boys and people started knocking on the door asking for my services to make repairs.  I told them that I would be happy to repair the pots that they had brought to me, however, I wasn’t taking any new orders for armor on this trip.  A lot of the old ladies like the fact that I can still fix their pots that have really outlived their usefulness and are really worn out – they don’t want to spent the few copper to replace them – sentimental value I guess.

Yes, I think that Maha and I need to step up our renovations on the farm in Halfhill and get Mom up there pretty soon.  She’s not as young as she used to be and I think that it will do her a world of good to make a change like that.  Oh yeah, she scolded both of us, Maha and myself, for not coming to the Bluff and paying homage to our Elders as we should.  I suppose that we will have to go and visit Carine’s grave and my Father’s.  It will please the old dear and will make me not feel so guilty for not paying attention to the calendar and not being here for some of the celebrations.  I know when you get older, those kind of things are a lot more important.

Bless the Earth Mother!! We had a great time at the Faire and I don’t think that Mom has laughed that much in a very long time.  She even tried a few of the games although I think she was more comfortable sitting with some her old friends and discussing their herbing and midwifery. Of course, she kept looking at Maha when she started talking about the fact that she didn’t have any grandchildren yet – I’m real damned happy that she didn’t look at me because I would have had to tell her that things didn’t work that way for me anymore.

Oh, I had a pleasant surprise while we were at the Faire when we ran into Felaran Morningstar and her companion, Tylanlor Ravencrest – just Fel and Ty, however, I don’t think that I had mentioned them before in my journals. I hadn’t seen them in months and I will admit that it was nice to be able to sit and talk with a couple of other Death Knights.  Oh sure, I love being with the living, it never feels as comfortable to me as it does when I can talk to a fellow Knight. We were all sitting in the food area laughing and reminded each other how things had changed and that people weren’t as willing to insult us as they once did not that long ago. Of course, Ty and Fel like being in Pandaria almost as much as I do, it’s much easier to blend in up there than it ever was in the Kingdoms. They have promised to stop in at Halfhill and see the farm that Maha and I are building up, they seemed like they were as happy as I think that I have ever seen them.  Odd thing that, Felaran is the Boss’s sister and she never has been one to act like “I’m a Death Knight, be afraid” kind of person, she’s accepted it as much as I have.  Now, Ty, that’s another matter, he lost a lot of his memories of his family and is starting to relearn some of the softer sides of humanity, he’s one heck of a fighter though and that’s what has kept him alive this long.  It was great fun and I do hope they do stop at the farm.  We all drank quite a bit and decided that it’s okay for Death Knights to have fun too.

I know that Mom, Tahfal and Nahai had a great time at the Faire too. I think that we ate and drank way more than we should have, even Mom.  It was great that we didn’t have all that far to travel when we got back to Mulgore.  I’m not sure but I even think I slept for the first time in years – or I just had way too much to drink because I missed a few hours while everyone else was asleep.

I got all of the old pots done real quick and returned to their owners as quickly as I could because Maha and I needed to head back to our farm. It was nice being home for a while and I think that we are going to start making this happen a bit more frequently until we get Mom and the boys to Pandaria.

Naton “Sadheart”  Cloudhoof

 

Happy Farmer, Fun Times…Not Homesick Anymore


June 9th

Dear Journal,

I can’t say that I have been happier in a while. It’s nice going back to the old ways of doing things and I think that Naton is happy with the situation too, even if he won’t admit it. Since the Boss got us released from the military, we can actually have a life worth living and we don’t have to try to please some Orc with a grudge against Tauren.  I so wanted to grind him beneath my hooves, however, two things prevented me from doing that – one, I didn’t want to stray from the teachings of the Earth Mother and two, I didn’t want to have to spend the time cleaning Orc slime from my pretty hooves. Enough said!  I know I feel so much better just getting away from that fellow and I don’t have to worry about Naton taking the guy for a walk and only Naton coming back. Questions would have been asked, I’m sure.

Naton and I love the farm and I think that we are slowly making progress with it.  We can plant some vegetables and pull more weeds than I can ever recall having that many.  I think they must just sprout up when we are sleeping – Naton doesn’t really sleep, however, he has learned to keep his noise down to a minimum. I just know that I am pleased with how things are coming along in a short amount of time. We got the roof fixed after my fears of it leaking were realized – I know that I got some weird looks from passers-by when I was on the roof – it isn’t often that you see a Tauren on a rooftop doing thatching.

We did decide that we would make a trip home to see Mom for a few days and take in the Faire.  Yes, it’s time for that again and this time we can stay longer than just overnight.  It’s nice having time that we can call our own again. 

We did get Mom and the boys to the Faire in record time.  Of course, Nahai and Tahfal had a lot more fun than they should have, in Mom’s opinion, however, it was great just having the family together again.  Yes, Naton just had to go on that canon ride multiple times because it makes him laugh because it isn’t often that you see a Tauren flying through the air like that. At least he acts more like himself when he’s away from Pandaria – he talks more now and actually laughs more.  If it weren’t for the eyes, you wouldn’t even realize that he’s no longer amongst the living as we know it.  I love my older brother and it doesn’t matter to me that he is a Death Knight; he knows how to contain that hunger after all of this time.

I know we spent hours at the Faire, eating, drinking and just having fun like the old days.  Mom found some other ladies that she hadn’t seen for a long time and they had a good time just sitting around discussing the tribes, children and how silly the war is in Pandaria. If it weren’t for the idiot in Orgrimmar, none of us would still be there unless they have a nice farm like we do.

I know that I had a lot of fun just wandering around and watching people having fun.  It makes me realize that there are real people out there that like to have fun too.  It’s not all about money, the war and why we are fighting; it’s about just living and enjoying life.  The Pandaren definitely have the right philosophy in that regard.  Family is the reason we fight – to protect and to live. Its funny how, at the Faire, people can seem to forget their differences and just have fun.  I know my favorite people to watch are the little tiny gnomes – their quick little feet and the giggles – I love to hear them laugh.  Oh, I know the standard joke about the punting of these little guys; however, I have never felt compelled to do that. I really don’t think that the gnomes are any worse than our goblins; they just aren’t as money hungry.

I know that Mom and Tahfal still talk about their trip to Dalaran and how amazing that place was to them – the lack of Tauren being in the city at the time was a bit disturbing to them though and the lack of Tauren-sized furniture.  I know Mom still talks about the giant rats up there and being chased by one, which always makes us laugh.  If you knew how speedy Mom can be sometimes, you’d be amazed at her age.  I wish I had gotten a chance to see the city before the entire Horde races were driven out – it does sound like a real fantasy of someone’s mind rather than a real place.  I did get to eat some of the sweets that they brought back with them from their trip and Mom is still working on the recipes to see if she can recreate them. I hope that she can get that figured out one day, those cupcakes were amazing and just the thought of them now makes my mouth water.

Naton wants to stay in Thunderbluff for Story Circle this time.  I suppose the farm can take care of itself for a couple of days and it might be fun to visit with some of our friends if they are here and not in Pandaria.  Yes, a lot of the people that are our ages are in Pandaria, which has made it kind of sad when you don’t see them mingling on the Bluffs.  I am hungry for some girl talk – you know the right kind of dress material to use for a real great looking outfit and how to keep your mane from tangling up so much with what kind of brushes to use – I miss that.

I also miss a certain young bull too.  Yes, even I have crushes on bulls now and then. This one fellow caught my eye before I left for Pandaria and Mother says that he is up there somewhere too.  I know the girls used to tease me about flirting with him sometimes because he is one those fellows that seems to be very quiet most of the time, however, he would wink at me and smile sometimes. I won’t write his name down for fear that a certain little nosy brother of mine, Tahfal – yes, I know you read my journal when you think I’m not looking, you little sneak – might get his hands on my journal and blab it to half of the population. It isn’t like he and I have ever been on a date or anything, we’ve talked now and then – however, he is a very handsome fellow, at least in my opinion. I was hoping to see him on this trip, which I still may, we have a couple of more days here.

Maha