She came from Massachusetts by way of Colorado, on a windy day in January 2021. Elecktra Field, affectionately known as Little Elecktra, was touring the country, and her arrival coincided more or less with the beginning of NaMoPaiMo.
Elecktra's arrival directly coincided with a wind storm - not as bad as the winds of Thanksgiving, but enough to keep girls and animals indoors for several days.
Grace was a bit concerned about Skye. Would she get possessive over Grace? Or material things?
Thankfully, no. Skye was eager to make new friends, or in this case, family. If Elecktra was Grace's cousin and Grace was Skye's adopted sister, then Elecktra was Skye's cousin also. And happily, Elecktra made good family. She was easy going, open minded, grounded, confident. While the wind howled outside the girls talked and talked. Skye decided Elecktra should have the top bunk. That way Skye could play with the animals and whatnot. As soon as she mentioned it, Elecktra climbed the ladder and lay down. She pulled her hat down over her eyes, took a long, deep breath...and fell asleep.
The weather provided an ever-changing backdrop for Elecktra's visit. The wind blew for several days. Skye ventured out alone to meet Mikki, (Makakanta N'antaka) while Elecktra and Grace discussed art and NaMoPaiMo and horses. She returned with gifts...a buffalo robe for Grace, a gourd bowl, a healing crystal, and for herself, a bear fetish. A winter storm loomed off the California coastline, but before it made landfall, there was time for riding, and ride the girls did.
Grace had virtually unlimited horses to ride...but only one western saddle rig. Laurel Dedes made sure Elecktra could be properly entertained by sending a staggering array of tack, including two western saddles that Grace could keep.
And so they rode. They rode the firebreak that stretched for miles through Chilao. They rode into Mikki's neck of the woods on a windy, chilly day that would prove more cold than Skye's wardrobe could accommodate. She would wind up resting at home for a little bit to recover from that ride. Grace and Elecktra practiced western games. They raced Charmer and Windy Boy. They rode in the snow. It was a bit of magic, that January.
They also showered some love on Skye. Had some more posters made to complete her side of the room. The girls made one of her dreams come true...sort of...Skye had been trying to learn how to ride standing up, but she just wasn't getting the hang of it. So they helped her practice on a lovely and patient draft, Snoqualmie Wilde (by Scarlette Wilde). It was fun! And really hard. There must be some trick to it that she didn't know yet. She did not have a horse to paint for NaMoPaiMo...but that was okay. She had a drawing tablet, and there were huge canvases in the old school house, and there was paint in one of the sheds...she could still do art.
And then, a real surprise came. A resin foal called First Draft, a gift from Deb and Randy Buckler. (There are actually two First Draft resins, but Skye hasn't seen the second one yet).
Elecktra didn't get to stay through NaMoPaiMo. She headed back across the country in early February to spend time with friends there. But the girls had all the fun they could pack into her visit, and she's welcome back any time.
Elecktra is a portrait doll of Elecktra Field, by Anne Field, Field of Dolls Studio
First Draft - Resins by Randy