Just Because

Happy Story

A few days ago I was killing a bit of time with Twitter, and I noticed one of the things trending at that moment was #WriteAHappyStoryIn4Words. I thought it was such a clever idea and set about thinking what my happy story might be! It’s not as easy as it first appears, and I tried to find the perfect combination of words that would reflect my happiest story. I thought it should sum up the meaning of life, but realized that that’s just impossible. The meaning of life cannot be explained in four words, even making it as simple as possible. I suppose for simplicity’s sake we could say,’Breathe in, breathe out!’ or “Be born, busy dying’, those both sum up what life is about. But as for why we’re here, that’s not as easy. Although, ‘Love is the answer’ might work. But, I then thought about what four words could be the happiest for me. I think ‘Thank God for animals’ is one that I’d say an amen to, or maybe, ‘coffee and a book’ would make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. ‘I love my dog’ is one that would make me smile, too! Ok, now lets put Second Life to the happy story test! I could say that ‘I didn’t crash today’ is a very happy story, as is, ‘Collabor88 is lag free’! That last one though is pretty much a fantasy story! 😛 You get the idea, this little game really makes a person pinpoint what each of us defines as a happy story. I’m going to make it an everyday thing from now on, it’ll help me remember to be thankful for all that I have and that it’s all the little things that makes life complete. Take a minute or two, right now, and think of a happy story you could write, it may surprise you how it ends!

I’m out on my deck in the late evening sun. It’s a little late for a cup of coffee, I know, but it’s never stopped me from sleeping in the past, so a cup of coffee and a beautiful sunset while I look out on the water, it’s priceless! The main thing going on here is the necklace and ring set! It’s the December round of Monthly Midnight Madness and Slipper Originals has two great new items for it! Starting at midnight tonight, the ‘Darby Necklace and Earrings’ set goes live, the first 1500 avis get it free with a quick slap on the board. There’ll be an optional add on HUD there for you to to purchase if you like, which makes it a complete set! It starts all over again 12 hours later, at noon Saturday with the ‘Cadence Rings’ again free for the first 1500 avatars that give that board a kick! And again there’s an optional add on HUD to complete the set for just a few lindens. And, if you missed out on the freebies, drop in at the main store all day Sunday for your last chance to grab the items for a very reasonable price, the add on HUDs remain at the same price for the day! You can find out more about MMM here. Here’s a closer look at what all the fuss is about!

The pants I am wearing are a new release from !APHORISM! and available now at FaMESHed. The ‘Bridget Flare Jeans’ give the appearance of legs right up to your neck with a perfectly flared leg and a waistline that’s curve hugging, to say the least! They fit over the high feet(Slink is my foot of choice) and with a high shoe on they just barely skim the floor! I love the two simple pockets on the front, just big enough to carry only your most needed items, there’s not pockets on the back, for a smooth and streamlined look!

The ‘Amber Shirt’ is a nice light sweater from Just Because. The neckline has two different straps across it if you so choose, but I prefer the plunging look!

I’m wearing the eye covering Boys&Girls 78 hair from Dura Hair. It’s from the darks pack.

My look all starts with the ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada, which is applied to the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

This pose and coffee mug prop are from the ‘My Coffee Mug’ set of bento poses from Secret Poses.

When Was the Last Time?

When was the last time you said ‘I love you’ to the people that matter to you? How bout gave them a hug because you appreciate them? This is something I think of often, actually. We go through our day to day activities oblivious that time is ticking and we have no idea what the future will bring. The time to think about these things isn’t after it’s too late, the time is now. I don’t mean to say that every minute of our life has to be spent in fear of losing someone we love, but we should at least acknowledge that some things shouldn’t be put off or forgotten. I don’t really believe in regrets, we live our lives doing the best we can, with what we have at the time, so there’s no sense dwelling on something that can’t be undone. The thing to do is be mindful of what life means, that everyone has a finite amount of time here, and there’s no time to waste when it comes to saying ‘I love you’. Just think how many times someone has been left at home, while someone storms off in anger, and with no one’s knowledge it was the last time they’re seen alive. How does someone live with that, knowing the last words they heard from you were hateful. I know I never want to find out how that feels, so I’m not afraid to say how I feel, and give everyone a hug. {HUGS} are great.

Today, I’m showing you the newest release from Metamorphoses Tattoos. And I’m happy to say it’s almost a freebie! The ‘Traction’ tattoo is compatible with all, and I do mean ALL, of the major mesh bodies, plus Omega and also tattoo layers for the classic avatars. It comes in 40% ink tone, for that aged look, which is my preferred opacity. You’ll find it on Market Place and at the Metamorphoses main store.

Since I’m not one to prance around the house in nothing but my birthday suit, I have the ‘Soft Bra’ from Stories&Co. by Flowey and the ‘Nicki Panties’ from Just Because covering what needs covering.

The Boys and Girls hair 42 from Dura Hair is one of my all time favourites, I don’t think I’ll ever stop wearing it!

My look all starts with the ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada, which looks gorgeous on the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

The ‘Stockholm Bed’ is super comfy and it’s from ~Bazar~. The night Table with Light is from Bueno, and I believe it was part of a gacha! The neon sign, ‘All you need is love’ is from floorplan, and it’s true, isn’t it! Well, water…..we need water too. 🙂 The ‘Pilea Pepper Plant’ is part of the ‘Natural Habitat’ set of plants from dust bunny. The plant is on the ‘Full metal- trunk table from [zerkalo], along with the ‘Old Books with Coffee’ from Soy. Home right now is the ‘Warehouse Loft Skybox’ from Schultz Bros., and I’m pretty sure it was part of a Builder’s Box.

This pose is ‘weary’ from Del May.

I used a little extra lighting here from my handy dandy LumiPro.

What's In Your Pockets?

I remember the days of having a laundry day, where all the laundry is done all in one day to get it out of the way for the week. But, with the advent of automatic washers, laundry is pretty much whenever I feel like it or it’s become a necessity. So, today it’s a necessity and I’ve done a couple loads of things I can’t do without. One of the loads is what I wear around home doing my outside work, and while I was emptying pockets I was wondering what non farming people find in their pockets. Today I found a washer for a garden hose, a piece of baler twine, a drill bit, and a fence staple. It doesn’t take me long to gather up a plethora of things throughout my daily travels! So with that in mind, what do people in other occupations find when they do laundry? A mechanic probably finds nuts or bolts, a carpenter maybe has the stub of a pencil in his, and maybe a plumber has an empty spool of teflon tape. One thing I don’t want to know is what a doctor, meat cutter, or funeral director finds in theirs!

The weather here has taken a turn for the worse and it’s time to bring out the toques and mitts. So, in honour of that I’ve chosen the ‘Mira’ hair, which features a much needed beanie, from Besom. This is the extensions pack available at the October round of Collabor88 and it contains a whopping 108 colours! The bangs are an add on that, when worn, have three styling options to make it just the way you like!

Make sure to mark the Underdog Event down on your Second Life calendar! It starts on October 14 and make sure to grab the ‘Crescent Necklace’ from Slipper Originals while you’re there! It’s HUD driven with about a million options including on/off options for the kitty and the stars as well as 14 colours for the moon, bead, and rope. The Underdog Event runs from October 14 to November 4.

I’ve completely fallen in love with this skin from Avada! This skin isn’t available to the public yet, but stay tuned and you can find out when and where it’ll be when it’s released. It’s ‘Raine’ in ‘miel’ tone and it’s luscious lips are the best part, in my opinion…although it’s all gorgeous! I’ve added one of the options from the ‘Sydney’ eyeshadow Catwa applier from Le Boheme. As always my look all starts with the ‘Lilo’ bento mesh head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

The V Neck Sweater from Tres Blah was part of a previous Luxe Box which I found in the back of my inventory all wrinkled and dusty! It’s definitely sweater weather.

The ‘Kaylah Jeans’ from Just Because are available at the current round of ~uber~, and you may not be able to see this, but I’m wearing them with the ‘Anna Boots with socks’ also from JB! The jeans are fitted for the major mesh bodies and there’s a few versions, including one to wear with these boots! Love them!

My eyes are from the ‘Nissa Eyes’ pack from Zombie Suicide.

This pose is from the ‘Barcelona’ set of poses from PosESioN.

I’ve taken in the sights at The Last Forever while taking this pic.

Black or White

I’m a black OR white kind of person! I feel very strongly, and once my emotions about something are set, I rarely waver from it. I’m passionate and I think it shows when I put my heart into something. I believe in order to do something well it has to be done with passion. What’s going on in the world today brings out strong emotions in me and I have to limit the amount of news I hear, for my own sanity. I have deep feelings for my family and loved ones and am faithful, tirelessly. I love wholly but also hate deeply! I don’t see any shades of grey when my feelings are concerned, it’s all either black or white! I strive to love more and hate less for my own inner peace, which means each day reaffirming to myself that love is always the answer.

I’m super happy to have Phen Balfour join me for this post. It’s really tough to show a friends pose alone, so I was more than willing to grab a pose ball and join her for this one. We’re posing with the ‘Two Peas’ friends pose from In the Moment and it was part of the first “Flash Shot Monthly Pose Box’, which came out earlier this month. I love poses so I was really happy to see a subscription box for poses, exclusively. You’ll find Phen on her blog, Phenart and also on flickr!

We’re on location today at the Honeycomb sim, home of the hive main store.

Just a quick run down of our outfits today. 🙂

Me:

Top: Bella Tank Top, Tres Blah

Shorts: Mimi Shorts, Just Because

Hair: WAKANA, Argrace

Tattoo: Upper Tattoo Corona, PIAD and available at The Seasons Story until July 31.

Choker: Moon Choker, Burial

Rings: Daisy and Fly Rings, gold, Meva

Skin: Luna, peche, Avada

Make up: Harvest Shadow, Veechi

Head: Lilo, bento, Catwa

Body: Lara, Maitreya

Phen:

Top & Shorts – –Desmonia– Kylie Shortset (top and shorts)

Hair – Tukinowaguma – Ekroos (Blondes)

Skin –
Skin Body – Birth Skins – 3rd Gen Body Maitreya Body Applier 02 Tone
Skin face – Birth Skins – Eden Catwa Applier 02 Tone

Head – Catwa Catya
Eyes – Catwa Mesh Eyes

Body – Maitreya Lara (with feet and Bento Hands)

A Girl and Her Tractor!

On a hot summer day the best place to be after a long day in the hay field is in the shade! Just crawl into the dark with a huge jug of water, take the hat off, and listen to the silence. I know how this feels since I grew up driving a tractor during haying season. Back in the days before cabs and air conditioning was common on a tractor and being out in the heat of the day was the only way to get the job done! I had the easy job of driving the tractor since it was Dad who was stacking the bales as they came out of the baler. He could throw hay bales from sun up to sun down and still get the cows milked. And he’d get up the next day and we’d do it all again! Those were tough days and I often wonder how he did that, he never had a body builder body, but he was so strong…and he could put in long days. Whenever haying time comes around I always feel melancholy about it. There’s no smell like the fresh cut hay drying in the hot sun, and having the hope of getting finished before rain! The saying, ‘make hay while the sun shines’ is never as true as when on the farm in July!

I want to point out that the huge amount of empty beer cans here is a little shocking! There’s never any alcohol consumed when working on or around heavy machinery here, it’s just wrong!! After the day was done though, Dad could slam back a bottle of beer in 15 seconds flat!! 😀

The ‘Broke Fixer Up Tractor’ was such a surprise to find on Market Place! It’s from ..::TASTY::.. and it’s 100% mesh with materials enabled and only 2 LI. It has 7 animations with props, plus it has broken idling sounds too! And believe me, it’s not running good!

I’m dressed for tractor driving here! I’ve got the Daryl Hair and Cap from Opale and fame femme. This is from the browns hair pack, the cap can be worn or not, with or without patches, and it’s HUD driven with 10 colours!

The ‘Mindy Tank’ from Just BECAUSE is at the new round of ~uber~ and the fatpack is huge with colours and options!

The ‘Carrie Denim Shorts’ are from /erratic/ and the scarf is optional plus the scarf and back pockets are HUD driven with lots of colour options.

The ‘Loretta Bandana Scarf’ is part of a necklace and bandana set from Chain. The bandana is HUD driven with the 3 colours.

I can never resist an opportunity to wear my favourite work boots, the Bossy Boots from fashionably dead. I know they’ve been around a long time, but I think they’ve stood the test of time and still look great. I have the sock add ons with them.

The rest of me is the Lilo bento head from Catwa, with the ‘Luna’ skin in ‘peche’ tone from Avada(formerly Sinful Curves Skins), along with the Lara mesh body from Maitreya.

I’m in the shed at the Honeycomb sim, home of the hive main store, where joining the group gives rezz rights! I love that!