August 15, 2014 in My Inspirations by Lillian Quinones


Whooohoo for Friday!! Bittersweet.

Bitter: Today is my last Friday at home and the beginning of the rat race to get all my belongings out the door by next Friday. Where does the time go? I am going to miss my friends, sisters and Mom at home and our daily traditions, especially our Friday pizza nights!

Sweet: New classes, new teachers, a new house, and reuniting with old friends.


Zigzag’s View

August 10, 2014 in My Inspirations by Lillian Quinones


Above is a picture taken from Zigzag’s back during my South Dakota trip on a very hot 6 hr trail ride. I thought it was a fitting picture to accompany a quote from Leisure, the Basis of Culture, I just finished it today!

“The one who wonders is one who sets out on a journey, and this journey goes along with the wonder: not only that he stops short for a moment, and is silent, but also that he persists in searching.”


It’s a fresh new week, one of the few left of summer.

God’s Not Dead

August 2, 2014 in My Inspirations by Lillian Quinones

Check out this cool video! I was surprised and excited after I watched it. Would love to hear your thoughts. :)

SD continued

August 1, 2014 in My Inspirations by Lillian Quinones

Harlee and Zigzag

Harlee with my horse Zigzag. After about 2.5 hours riding, (an ideal opportunity for the sun to burn off my farmer’s tan), our 28 riders, both natives and vets, took a lunch break. Harlee rode in the truck which met us on the trail with bologna and cheese sandwiches, cold water, pop, and chips. Harlee and I sat in the shade on a log , eating our sandwiches and watching Zigzag doze.


This is Tinkerbell with her mud socks on. Almost all of the dogs I saw shared this habit, cooling off  by wading into the mud by the water tanks.

SD landscape

Another beautiful view of Pine Ridge Reservation, which covers 2,000,000 acres.

South Dakota Adventure

July 27, 2014 in My Inspirations by Lillian Quinones

South Dakota Landscape

I just spent one week at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota. It was a veterinary service project, 7 vets and 10 vet students from WI and myself (the undergrad “assistant” as I was called). We gave annual veterinary care to the Lakota horse herds — around 600 vaccinations, numerous castrations and dewormings, plus dental work ect. It was an incredible learning experience, in many dimensions!

Walking herd

One of the Lakota herds

The natives watching a surgical procedure

The natives watching a surgical procedure.

harley and ohyessa

Harley and Ohiyesawin — one of my favorite memories from the trip was hanging with these two girls.

I will be posting more about my adventures in SD soon!


A Day in the Life of a Cone-Setter

July 14, 2014 in Uncategorized by Lillian Quinones

Chestnut with red ears 2

On a recent Saturday I volunteered at a carriage horse show just outside of Madison. I was a member of the cone-setting team. These pictures capture some of the beautiful contestants, which included carriage horse breeds such as Haflingers, Galanders, Morgans, and Fjords.

86yr old + Haflinger Team

The rider is 86 years old!

Color Coordinated Norwegian

The most stylish team

Chestnut with Red Ears

Big Bay

PreHistoric Horse

Your guess is as good as mine for this breed. ;)

Galander Team 1

My favorite team.

Galander Team 2

Green rider + Galander2

An incredible Galander

Cone Setters

That’s me in red practicing precision. ;)


Reading Josef Pieper

July 9, 2014 in My Inspirations by Lillian Quinones

Josef Pieper

I just started reading Leisure, the Basis of Culture, and…it’s so awesome!! Easy to read, Pieper argues that leisure has been, and always will be, the first foundation of any culture. Finding time and meaning in rest has always been a struggle for my tendency to never stop working; I look forward to learning for this book!






Sunday Morning Ride

July 8, 2014 in My Inspirations by Lillian Quinones

Church on a Hill

This church on a hill is a picture taken from a lookout point on a hot Sunday morning ride. Monica and I rode Icelandic horses owned by our friends 20miles out of Madison. It was an especially memorable ride because we were able to gallop in an open field! Monica and I yelped with joy as we let Seimer and Unn take the reins.


Sisters Riding

Riding on Road

Mother England

July 1, 2014 in Hope Chest by Lillian Quinones

english countryside


england rider


sheep in england


lotr tearoom


Home Thoughts from Abroad

Oh, to be in England
Now that April ‘s there,
And whoever wakes in England
Sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
In England—now!

And after April, when May follows,
And the whitethroat builds, and all the swallows!
Hark, where my blossom’d pear-tree in the hedge
Leans to the field and scatters on the clover
Blossoms and dewdrops—at the bent spray’s edge—
That ‘s the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,
Lest you should think he never could recapture
The first fine careless rapture!
And though the fields look rough with hoary dew,
All will be gay when noontide wakes anew
The buttercups, the little children’s dower
—Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower!

Robert Browning


I have so much fun browsing Google images for pictures of the English countryside. Traveling to England (& Ireland/Scotland) has been a dream of mine for the longest time now — which I hope will happen in my junior year of college. My close friend Bibi (a fellow Anglophile) and I often end our outings together with, “Ahh, I can’t wait to travel abroad with you to England!” The lucky devil, she already crossed the sea a couple years ago for an international student trip to Europe. Until then, I will keep reading my poems about England, drinking tea, looking at pictures and enjoy the fresh hope that springs from dreaming.

british flag


Rhubarb Cake

June 27, 2014 in Recipes by Lillian Quinones

Fancy Rhubarb Cake

Simple Rhubarb Cake

These two pictures were taken on two separate occasions and by two different bakers, a gourmet baker (my aunt) and my kid sis…and it tasted incredible both times!! (By now I would be running to the kitchen with a stack of rhubarb stalks under my arm.)

Batter:                                Topping:

1 c. brown sugar               1 tsp. cinnamon
½ c. white sugar               1/4 c. white sugar
½ c. butter                         1/2 c. chopped pecans
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
3 c. finely chopped rhubarb
1 c. buttermilk
½ tsp. salt

Cream together first two sugars and butter. Add slightly beaten
eggs and vanilla.  Combine flour, baking soda and salt.
Add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk.
Stir in rhubarb. Pour into greased 9”x13″ pan.

Mix together ¼ cup sugar, cinnamon, and chopped nuts.
Sprinkle on top of batter.  Bake for 30-35 minutes, until it tests.

Cool and serve with whipped cream.  Yum!

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