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It's Just Routine

I do things my way, and I don’t mean that in a weird arrogant way, I just mean that I have certain ways of doing things. Everyone does, I put my pants on starting with the right leg and others may do the left first, it’s just human. So, when it comes to bathroom habits, everyone is different, which has always made the sharing of a bathroom a tricky thing. Personally, I think it’s good to have to share, it forces people to get along and have patience and acceptance! I know, I know…..you’re saying, ‘how can anyone endure the trials of sharing the bathroom with someone who constantly leaves ‘his’ wet towels on the floor and the seat up’! Well, I’m not saying it’s easy, but you know, he could say ‘how come you always leave the seat down’ and ‘why is your make up spread all over the vanity all the time’. When sharing a bathroom, you have to allow the other person a little bit of room to live, we all have quirks and habits that could drive a person crazy! Except me, I’m quirk and habit free, it’s just too bad no one lives with me to experience it!

So, I’m standing at the sink here, just doing my before bed routine. I start with tooth brushing then face and hand washing, then hair brushing……and a quick tooth flossing. I don’t look too long in the mirror before bed, I don’t want to bring on nightmares, you know. 😀 In Second Life it’s getting easier and easier to replicate real life, with all the little things designers create to make our SL as life like as possible. Galland Homes has released the ‘Savannah Bath Vanity and Light Fixture’ exclusive to the January round of the ULTRA Event. The 100% mesh vanity(8LI) features dual copper sinks with working faucets(on touch), PG animations, and a four light copper light fixture(3LI). It’s sleek design can work with lots of different styles and is fully functional to make your virtual bathroom routine just a little bit easier. ULTRA runs until February 10.

As you can see, living alone has made me a little bit lazy when it comes to picking up after myself. I have a ton of stuff strewn around that really should be taken care of. I’ll start with the mirrors, these are from the ‘Southern Elegant Bathroom Set’ from a previous round of Deco(c)rate from [Merak].

I did a bit of shopping at Dutchie Furniture before putting this scene together! I splurged(big time) on the ‘Iron Cast Bain de Bateau’, which is a bath tub in layman’s terms, and it’s got all the bells and whistles any good bath tub should have. Also from Dutchie is the towel on the floor, hanging robe, tissue box, scale, and the wicker laundry basket/towel. They have a nice selection of bathroom clutter, if you’re in the market.

The ‘nail polish clutter’ is from a gacha from Tres Blah, as is the ‘Slumber Party Tank & Shorts’ that I’m wearing to bed.

The dress, bra, and panties all over the floor are from the ‘Z-tease’ gacha set from [zerkalo] and available now at The Epiphany.

The ‘Long Narrow Frames, monochrome’ are from Llorisen.

The ‘Dress Form’ is from a gacha set from Apple Fall.

The ‘Accent Gilt Chair’ is from Nutmeg.

The ‘Farm Living Rug’ is from the ‘Farm Living Gacha aset’ from Apt B.

The rest of my look is the ‘My Hair-Suzy’ from [monso], and the ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada. It all starts with the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa, the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya, and the Deluxe set of mesh feet from SLink.

When All Else Fails..........

………hug the dog!

It’s a cure all for what ails you. Well, not for everything, but for matters of the mind or heart dog hugging is recommended by 8 out of 10 doctors. The other 2 doctors say ‘hug the cat’! I’ve always been one of those people that won’t go to other people for comfort, it’s always been an animal who understands me best. When I had cows, that’s where I went because my life always seemed better when I was with them. They accepted me completely, they were always happy to see me, and they could calm me down like nothing else. Some of you may laugh that my pet of choice has always been a cow, but anything can be a pet, mine were always just a bit bigger than most peoples. I have chickens I could go hug, but I’m not sure they’d be open to that, although I’m sure they’d get used to it if I do it enough. As they are now, they’re happiest just doing their chicken things. So, that leaves me with either the cats or the dog to hug. I like the cats, but none of them are really the hugging type, Hazel likes to just sit on my knee, Bob only likes to be petted, and poor stray Nipper, well…I can’t touch him….yet….but he’s getting much quieter. So….I guess the dog it is! I liked having a large dog for this, I could get on my knees and wrap my arms around them and rest my head on their shoulders, but since I only have my little girl, I have to pick her up and squeeze her tight against me. She doesn’t mind luckily, she’s a snuggly little thing, all 12 lbs of her. I sometimes wonder if people with significant others still have to resort to the dog for hugs, I’d like to think their partner would be the hugger of choice, but I guess there’d be times that the dog isn’t the one a person is fighting with at some point. I think the dog would be my second choice for hugs no matter what, if the dog wasn’t my only choice! 🙂

I’m a little sad today, it’s another cloudy day and life is just kind of a downer right now. But, Second Life always cheers me up….even if it’s just a little bit. I want to bring your attention to the current round of ~uber~, which ends on December 23. I know it’s getting to be near the end of the round, but the ‘Pied-a-Tere’ skybox from KraftWork is there, and it’s well worth dropping in to grab it! It’s an adorable little skybox, perfect for one or two people to live comfortably in one room. I prefer a one room build, myself, it’s a nice open floor plan and with a few privacy screens or even just using rugs, little separate areas can be created. The ‘Pied-a-Tere’ has a LI of 58 and a foot print of 15X15m, and the view outside is a very pretty one. It’s HUD driven with texture change on all the major parts so you can customize and make it your cozy little home. Also from KraftWork is the ‘Easy Like Sunday Morning’ sign, which comes in a blinking and non blinking version.

The majority of the decorating in my little home is from the ‘Stockholm Bedroom‘ from ~BAZAR~. It’s a huge bedroom set including the bed(with lots and lots of adult or PG animations,whichever you prefer), chairs, lights artwork, cabinet, candle bottles, men’s and women’s clothes racks, stacks of books, rug, bicycle decor, night stands, clock, headphones, paper bag, men’s and women’s shoe decor, and typewriter. It really is an incredible set and very reasonably priced.

I’ve added house plants from {what next} and dust bunny.

The ‘ROCK’ sign is from a gacha set from .:revival:..

The ‘vintage radio’ is from the ‘Summer is Gone’ gacha set from ..::THOR::...

The ‘old radiator’ is from .junk. but I don’t think it’s available any more.

I’m wearing the ‘Sophia Bustier & Draped Dress from Asteria. The ‘NO.SHELTER hair from NO.MATCH. And as always, the ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

I’m in deep thought using the ‘weary’ pose from Del May.

I’ve added a bit of lighting from my much used LumiPro.

Not All Clutter is Equal

I must admit to not being the best of housekeepers. I prefer being outside, so it gets a little bit neglected in the summer. When I think of clutter in my real life compared to my Second Life clutter, it’s like comparing apples to oranges. What I should do is recreate this photograph in real life! I do happen to have a cardboard box of books ready to go for donation, it’s waiting patiently! And believe it or not, my boots are even beside it, but they’re the boots I wear when I’m out doing animal things, so needless to say there’s a few things stuck on them that I’m sure no one wants to see. I do have a vintage radio I could set beside the boots, it’s red and still works. I don’t have a backpack though, although I could borrow one, but it’s probably almost worn out and in need of repairs. I have a couple houseplants, but the Hoya is really big and has grown into my window blind, so I can’t move it, but the Joshua Tree could sit beside the backpack, and it does look pretty good. I wonder how many Canadians have a Joshua Tree for a house plant? I’ll get one of my tea cups and saucers out to add to the collection, I love my jadeite in the ‘Alice’ pattern by Fire King! I do have a coat rack by my door, but it’s usually covered in hats, toques, and a chore coat. Anything that has the word ‘chore’ in it isn’t photograph material! Now, once it’s all gathered and placed I have to wait a week to get a light coating of dust on it, to make it look like the rest of the things in here! The trick will be getting a windlight for nice shadows, real life windlights just aren’t as good as SL’s!

I started out planning a blog post featuring the ‘Gideon Boots’ from NX-Nardcotix, but after many attempts at getting a pose I liked and an interesting angle I couldn’t seem to get it right and gave up and made them decor! A girl can’t wear her boots 24/7, even though she may want to! They fit the SLink, Maitreya, and Belleza mesh feet for the women and the feet for the men’s mesh body ‘David‘ also from NX-Nardoctix. Plus there’s an unrigged pair, so pretty much anyone can wear them. They come in 7 colours and are exclusive to Shoetopia! Also from NX-Nardcotix is the ‘Finley Backpack’! It’s rigged for the ‘David’ body and also comes unrigged and this one I’m showing is the ‘static’ version. It also comes in 7 colours of rich and smooth leather. The backpack is exclusive to Men Only Monthly, which runs until October 15.

Also shown here is the ‘Vintage Bakelite Radio’ from KraftWork, the ‘book pile, leather, brown’ from .:revival:., the ‘cardboard box with books’ from [bauwerk], the ‘coat rack’ and ‘firewood basket’ are from Dust Bunny, and the house plants from [what next]. Oh…and the tea cup is from the ‘hard to find set, mint’ from [keke].

I guess I better get working on my housework, maybe Monday! 😀

The Story of My Life

My story isn’t anything special, there’s no explosions or tender love stories. It’s not been like a Nicholas Sparks book, or a Stephen King novel either! It’s not been a fairy tale or anything like a true crime story. But, it’s mine……it’s my work in progress, my unfinished novel that hopefully takes many more years to complete. If each day of my life is a page in my novel, I have a few chapters done and included some footnotes to make it a little easier to follow. Maybe I should include a chronology of events so at least I can keep track, because over time it all kind of ends up in a jumbled mess. Luckily I have a few major events in my life that I can refer to reminiscing, and those chapters I’ll never forget. If my book is going to be made into a TV series those chapters would be the end of season cliffhangers, for sure. Everyone has a story and it’s not up to us to judge a person by what chapter we enter their lives at. I know I’ve had a few chapters that I’m sure most people would want to avoid. But, we all have those, and it’s times like that that the really good friends stick with us, and hopefully continue to! You know what they say about friends, the true friend is someone who knows all about you, but likes you anyway! At this point in my life I look back and know I’ve loved, cared, and shown compassion, I’ve learned and grown as a person, and I came through the bad times stronger. No chapter of my life has been in vain, it’s all happened for a reason. I don’t know what’ll happen in the remainder of my book, but I hope it has a happy ending.

OK……first off….the incredible new pose/prop set from Le Poppycock! This time of year I always look forward to the cooler weather so I can stay indoors and do some reading, and this set has completely put me in the mood for it! The ‘Book Lovers’ A & B’ pose/prop sets are incredibly well thought out. They have unique and interesting poses along with books and cats…who doesn’t want that? The books are texture change depending on what you feel like reading, today it’s a pulp fiction story about a nurse and her patient, hmmmm. *raises eyebrow* But anyway, there’s two books to choose from, both with multiple titles to choose from, and the cats are also colour change. I’ve always loved an orange or calico cat. This pose/prop set is available now at The Liaison Collaborative, which runs until the end of the month. Oh, btw, for anyone who loves books and reading the theme for this round is ‘Literary-ly Inspired’ so it’s a book lovers dream!

Also at The Liaison Collaborative is something every book lover needs! The ‘Bitterwood Bookshelf and Lamp’ are exclusive to TLC from Raindale and they both add a nice woodsy feel to a cabin or house. The bookshelf is loaded with books and the lamp’s shelf has some too, but the set does include a book free lamp, if you need somewhere to put your tea or coffee. Also from Raindale is the stack of 3 books in front of me, which is from the ‘Larimer Set’ and the ‘stack of books to the right, which is from the ‘Mauner Set’.

The chair, which has a huge stack of books beside it, and the little wagon with books in it are both from the ‘Storyteller’s Burrow’ gacha set from 8f8.

The house plants and the ‘Toasty Space Heater’ are both from {what next}.

The books to the left are the books from the ‘Bric-a-Brac Desk’ gacha set from aisling.

The award above the chair was given to me by a friend and I display it prominently at home to remind me! It’s the ‘Star of Fame/Best Photographer’ award from the ‘Star of Fame’ gacha set from Commoner. Thanks so much, Elle!

The carpet is the rug from the ‘Dark Oak’ gacha set from Bee Designs.

And last but definitely not least, is my cup of tea. It’s from the ‘hard to find vol.2’ set in mint, from keke. This cute set includes a bowl of lemons, with stacked bowls and also a full cup, a turned over cup, cream and sugar, and stacked cups.

And as for my outfit! The ‘Lazy Sweatshirt, Toronto, is from Stories&Co. by Flowey, the ‘Scrunched Sweats’ are from Tres Blah, the ‘SAYAKA’ hair is from Argrace, and ‘The Countess’ glasses are from Earthstones. As always, the ‘Luna’ skin in’miel’ tone is from Avada, on the ‘Lilo’ bento mesh head from Catwa, the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya, and the flat feet from SLink.

Century Farm

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the farm being in the family! I’ve lived here most of my life and can’t imagine living anywhere else! The ground I walk on holds the history of my family and it all tells a tale when I look around and remember the past. It’s all changed with time, my years here have seen changes, so I can’t imagine the memories my Mum must have now that she’s living in the house she grew up in. The actual farm yard is massive and takes more work than I have the energy to do most days, but I keep at it and try to make it the showcase it’s always been. My Granddad spent countless hours making it look it’s best, if for no other reason than pride in the work. The massive amount of trees to take care of is the one overwhelming job that I happen to be working on now. With 100 year old maples and row upon row of hedges, the maintenance is an ongoing job, but I work at it slowly and do what I can. I’m not sure what the future holds for the farm. I have no children and my sister doesn’t either, so this is probably the end of the line for it, at least as far as this family goes! But, things change and evolve and the one thing that never stops is time marching on!

I’ve created a little area here for me to take time to enjoy the garden and ponder life, just as my real life home has areas such as this! The latest group gift from KraftWork was the start of it and I just added things I’ve gathered up over time. The ‘Water on Tap’ hydrant set includes three rustic taps with varying degrees of aging, ranging from new to middle age and then the aged, which is seen here! It seems to have developed a drip, which I’ll have to get Dad to have a look at! ;D It has a land impact of 2 and is copy/mod! The group is 25L$ to join, which is a mere pittance when you see the incredible group gifts that are released regularly!

I’m going to do something I’ve never done before on my blog, and that’s listing the rest of the items in the scene in bullet form. This will save me some time so I can get out to tackle the work again this morning! 🙂

* also from KraftWork is the Bakelite Vintage Radio from the Vintage Radio Gacha set.

* the ‘Garden Retreat’ is from .:revival:.. I just adore their rustic and homey garden and home decor. Also from .:revival:. is the Book Pile, leather, which is part of a gacha set.

* I have quite a few things from hive// on display here. The ‘vintage garden hose cart,unravelled, the milking stool, country drum fan, and ‘Antiques’ sign are from various gacha sets.

* from keke I have the ‘Sky is the Limit’ moon, stars and screen, the Paper Bag Herb basil and salvia, and the “Curiousity Bell Jar, egg. keke is one of the reason I get Deco[c]rate every month! 🙂

* the ‘Hanging Fern Pot’ is from Miwa’s Airship from the Spring Countryside gacha set.

* the Ukulele 3 is from the ‘Summer in the Sun’ gacha set, from Reign, it’s available til the end of the month at The Arcade.

* the ‘Overgrown Stacked Buckets’ and ‘Overgrown Grill, RARE’ are from nefarious inventions, which has closed but you’ll find their gacha sets available at the main store of Disorderly..

* the ‘Garden Gate’ behind the garden retreat is from [we’re CLOSED].

* the watering can is from the ‘Oh My Garden’ gacha set from Shine. I looked all over the main store to see if it was still available, but I couldn’t find a gacha. So I’m not sure if you can still get it.

* the ‘antique jug of flowers’ is from Amala.

* you can see a little bit of the ‘meadow grass’ from Raindale! This is the ‘summer, rich’ style and it’s so lush and green!

*the flip flops, black/white is from the ‘Poolside’ gacha set from Pilot and available til the end of the month at The Arcade.

* you can just see one corner of the ‘Huguette Bag’ from C’est la vie. It was the FLF items this past week.