Mother Road

Buy & Sell

I remember the first time I came across the website ‘Kijiji’, I thought there was nothing so interesting as scrolling endlessly to see what people were buying or selling. I think in other parts of the country Craig’s List is the big buy and sell website, but where I am, Kijiji is the main one, or at least the one I look at often. There used to be anything and everything available on it, from heavy equipment to women’s worn panties. Yes, back in the beginning a person could buy and sell ‘personal’ items, but that part of Kijiji was deleted quite awhile ago. Now, it’s the run-of-the-mill goods and services available, but oh what a treasure trove it is! Unless you’re looking for worn undies, then you’re out of luck!! I peruse the pets section frequently and the livestock section, always keeping an eye out for any poor bedraggled animal that needs a home. I found my little dog on Kijiji, when I was actually looking for a dog for a friend. She wanted a big hairy dog for the acreage, so I was looking for her when I came across a poodle/bichon cross that beckoned me. She did find a dog on Kijiji, and Sadie has proven to be a wonderful companion for her. Not long after that, she was looking for a truck, so being the good friend that I am, I looked on Kijiji for her in my spare time, and what do ya know…….I happened across a blue truck that looked remarkably like a truck I bought new back in the 90’s! I had always regretted selling that truck, and there it was in front of me for sale, and at a pretty good price. I ended up getting that truck, and it was the one I had owned previously, it had the same little dent where I had bumped a parking meter. I had sold it during a particularly bad time in my life, and it seemed that all of that bad stuff that happened to me after it went, kind of got erased from my life. Weird, I know! Anyway, my friend did find a truck, on Kijiji too. I told her, she has to quit looking for things to buy, because it’s getting to where I can’t afford to be buying for myself, everything that she’s in the market for!

For this shot I’m wearing the ‘Trina Sweater, Colorblock Pastels’ and the ‘Lianna High Waist Skinnies, Pastels’ both from [QE] Designs. They’re both on sale through Monday, and after that will be regular price, so there’s just a bit of time to get in on the deal! They’re sold separately, and the sweater also comes in the ‘Rainbow Pastels’ design, which is pretty also. The sweater is HUD driven with six designs to select from and is compatible with the Maitreya, SLink, and Belleza mesh bodies, and the skinnies are also HUD driven with a whopping 25 colour options and with the same compatibility as the top. This is such a pretty set!!

I’m using a pose from the ‘Phenomenal Set B’ set of poses from Le Poppycock! There’s two sets to choose from and each has 6 poses, all very distinctively different and relaxed and natural. They’re available right now at the current round of The Chapter Four.

This is the back of the ‘SHIGURE’ hair from Argrace.

You can only see the tiniest strip of skin, but it’s the ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

For this shot I’m at the lovely but very hot and dry, ‘Mother Road‘!

If I Didn't Have

Every day I should be asking myself what life would be like if I didn’t have something that I take for granted. What if I didn’t have my freedom and independence? What if my health were to fail to the point where I can’t leave my home and need assistance with daily life? How would I cope with that? It’s one thing to not want to leave home, but it’s entirely different when you physically can’t My freedom is something I take for granted. What if I didn’t have my family? They are my rock, who I turn to when I need someone to make things seem better, and who I can laugh with in complete comfort to be who I am. I take them for granted sometimes, although as we all get older it’s in my mind more than ever, having a life without them. What would my life be like if I didn’t have the home I have. I’m fourth generation on the family farm, and although there’s been many hard times here over the years, it’s still where I find comfort. I can’t live in a city, I know that, so I’m so fortunate to be able to live here, with few worries. What if I didn’t have the past that I do? I know there’s no point in saying ‘what if’ in life, but there are times I wonder what would’ve happened if I’d made different decisions, would I be better or worse off? I don’t think about it much, except to say that I take for granted the life I’ve lived, to end up where I am today. Every part of my life has all brought me to this one moment in time, right now, and I couldn’t be happier.

I’m standing on Route 66 at Mother Road , home of the Mirage Motel 66, and I’m in deep thought. If you see me not paying attention like this at any time, please have mercy and not run over me! I’m wearing the fun and perky ‘Ace Sport Set’ in pink, from Dead Dollz. It’s excluvely for the Maitreya ‘Lara’ mesh body and fits perfectly!

I’ve added the ‘Urban Fitness Player’ and the ‘Usagi Trainers’ both from [Vale Koer].

The ‘SLife Fitness Band’ is from Anachron. I think it wants to call me lazy for not walking enough! πŸ™‚

The tattoo is the ‘Queen Tattoo’ in black and at 50% opacity from Carol G Tattoo Wear.

This is the NO.SHELTER hair from NO.MATCH.

As always, my skin is ‘Raine’ in ‘miel’ tone from Avada, on the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

The pose is from the ‘Travelogue’ set from oOo Studio Poses.

And Now Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

It’s back to normal now that the holidays are over. The turkey’s gone, the gifts used and abused, and the candy bowls are empty…thankfully! So what this means is real life goes back to normal and Christmas 2017 is but a memory now, but looking back there’s one thing that I think most people will agree with. It seems to be way too stressful. It wasn’t for me this year, as it was a quiet Christmas with no large family gathering involved, and I didn’t contribute any cooking or baking, which I normally do and manage to screw up the buns and have to make a second batch. So, I got the gifts, not the most inspired ones this year, but everyone seemed to enjoy what I got them. Since we didn’t open gifts until a few days after Christmas, December 25 was a normal day for me. Coffee……dinner………..supper…..bedtime……much like any other day for me in the winter! So tomorrow I plan on getting started on some of the winter projects I have hanging over my head, I want to try to get started early and stay at it for the morning, then if I take some quality SL time in the afternoon, at least I’ve accomplished something. But, the one thing that stresses me out when I work in the morning is making sure I get my coffee break in, because it needs to get done. Sometimes I’ll take it first… I can get it out of the way and not worry about it so much, but then 10 AM rolls around, which is coffee time, and I just have to take a coffee break again. It’s a must! And I never ever manage to keep a coffee break to 15 minutes. Even when I was a member of the Teamsters and punched a clock I couldn’t keep my coffee breaks under a half hour. So with me being my own boss, now I turn a coffee break into a lunch, and lunch becomes an afternoon off! It’s not a bad way to live, if I do say so myself.

So, I rambled a bit……but what the heck, it’s my blog and I can ramble if I want to! πŸ˜€ I was perusing flickr the other day, which I will admit to doing several times throughout most days, and saw a new post from Michelle Halster of Carniola Poses. She has released a new set and since I’m a fan I clicked on the link to Market Place to grab it. Then I saw the description inviting the first 5 people to comment with full SL name and get the set for free! I was commenting like my life depended on it! Michelle promptly passed along my free set of poses in-world and I was thrilled. So, here is the ‘smooth’ pose(the set contains 7 poses plus mirrors), from the ‘Find the Words’ set from Carniola Poses. Thanks so much, Michelle!

And as for my outfit here? I’ve fallen in love with the ‘Boyfriend Jeans’ from fashionably dead and available at ~uber~. The ‘Cropped Turtleneck Sweater’ is from ISON and also available ar the current round of ~uber~.

This very cute hair is ‘Corinne’ from {Limerence} and it’s available at the current round of the Kinky Event.

I’m normally not a huge fan of Mary Jane shoes, but the ‘Lydia Mary Jane Creepers’ from Livalle are just incredible! They’re compatible with the SLink and Maitreya flat fee and are available at the current round of SaNaRaE.

As always, my skin is ‘Raine’ in ‘miel’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

The ‘Vintage Nightstand’, the ‘Fish Bowl’ and the ‘Vintage Radio’ are from the ‘Summer is Gone’ gacha set from ..::THOR::... And the ‘Flower Embossing Chair’ is from Soy.

I made a visit to ‘Mother Road‘ on the Ludington sim and I found this little loft in the building in front of the ‘Better Call Saul’ billboard. It’s not very good in the rain and hot sun since it’s roof is pretty much shot, but it was perfect for a little bit of quiet time that I was in need of.

Sun Beams

Give me the splendid silent sun, with all his beams full-dazzling;

~Walt Whitman~

I need sunshine, it’s not just about wanting sunny days, it’s about needing the sunlight to maintain a positive outlook on life. If the weather is cloudy for a prolonged period of time, especially in the winter, my mood slowly sinks lower, until I realize that I haven’t smiled or laughed in days, and my optimistic outlook fades. It’s called ‘seasonal affective disorder‘ and I’m not alone in experiencing it. I become more negative about life, I’m tired most of the time, and I just want to disappear. I never used to know why I felt this way seemingly out of the blue. I didn’t know that the lack of sunshine can do this. But, once I was made aware of it, it all made perfect sense. I used to live in a house with very few south facing windows and had some difficult winters, but once I moved to where I am now, I have the perfect solution to this problem. I have a south facing living room window and from mid October to mid March I enjoy about 45 minutes of direct sunlight right on my chair of choice, during lunch time. I can sit and have lunch while enjoying any rays of light that may come my way. I know I’m S O L when it’s cloudy, but oh when it’s sunny, it’s my little piece of heaven. After a few cloudy days when I’m starting to feel a little low, the sun shines on me and I feel a small glimmer of hope and happiness. After a couple days of sunlight exposure I’m back and happy again. I know there are lights that treat this disorder and I’d definitely get one if I didn’t have access to direct sunlight at some point during the short winter days. I love Canada and all it has, but the days can be long with many hours of darkness.

Today: Sunrise 9:10 CST Sunset 16:55 CST

The 2017 edition of Winter Trend is going strong and LEGAL INSANITY has a couple exclusives to the event, and one is the ‘Sia Dress’! This dress is a long version of a hoodie, with the front pouch and hood to prove it. It features a nice large hood in back with accompanying strings at the neckline and a crown insignia and stripes down the arms. The roomy pouch in the front is perfect for keeping you hands warm or storing your phone, wallet, or cigarettes, if you smoke! πŸ˜€ These dresses fit the SLink, Maitreya(seen here), and Belleza mesh bodies and come in twelve versions, or you can get the fatpack. Winter Trend 2017 runs until December 22.

I like the casual weekend look of the ‘Twobi’ hair from [monso]. This is from the black and whites pack.

The ‘Arianna Sneakers’ are from Reign.

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

This pose is from the Maximum pose set from double take.

I’m out on Highway 66 on the Mother Road sim. Please, slow down when you pass me, I’m not really paying attention to the traffic! πŸ™‚

Take Me Away From Here

It’s day 16 with snow on the ground and wintry conditions here, only another 150 or so to go before it might end! But who’s counting? πŸ˜€ It’s not even officially winter yet, but the Canadian prairies have never considered that relevant when it comes to weather. So, I know I shouldn’t be tired of it already, but I’m just feeling a little edgy! I’d like to get in the truck and just pick a direction and drive. Summer driving is nice…the roads are dry and clear and it’s nice to get out for some fresh air along the way. But winter driving, feels totally different. The heater is blasting out warm air making the vehicle all cozy, the fresh Tim Horton’s hot chocolate I stop for is steamy and full of chocolatey goodness. The music of choice fits my mood perfectly as I point the truck to the west and begin my journey. It always seems a journey starts by going west. It’s always easier driving in the summer when the roads are clear, but winter can throw some nasty stuff at you at times, so its always good to be aware of any changes going on outside. With the amount of miles that I’ve driven over the years on the road, I’ve come to accept bad driving conditions as just part of the journey, and although it slows me down, I’m not bothered by it. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had some scary experiences, but average icy or snowy roads or bad visibility don’t bother me. The rain when it’s -15Β°C isn’t one of my favourite things, that floating feeling always sends a burst of adrenaline through my body, making me super focused and ready for anything. The one thing I learned about winter driving, which many people seem to not realize, is that speed is everything. Slow down people, just slow down! It may mean you get where you’re going a little late, but you know what they say, better late than never!

I’m standing out on Route 66 at Mother Road, I can’t decide if I should hop in that truck and go, emulating Thelma and Louise as I go flying off the cliff of the sim, or should I just hitch hike and hope someone nice picks me up. Neither of those choices seems like a good idea! So, I’ll just stand here, in quiet contemplation.

Take a look at the ‘Adette Heels’ from Ingenue, here! These super cute ice creamy, ooey gooey topping and waffle cone shoes are just what someone with a sweet tooth needs! They fit the SLink and Maitreya high feet and come in 12 sweet colours, these are the raspberry. They’re available at the Candy Fair until December 1.

The ‘Pepper’ hair is from [KoKoLoReS] and this is from the Balayage pack. I love it’s short and sexy style!

The ‘Bella Tank Top’ in nude is from Tres Blah.

These jeans are from a previous round of Luxe Box from Blueberry.

You can see just a bit of the ‘Just Love’ tattoo from Carol G Tattoo Wear. It’s a tattoo that I like to have on a lot, hoping to send a message, or at the very least remind me to love, even when it’s not the emotion of choice at any given moment.

The ‘Raine’ skin in ‘miel’ tone is from Avada and available now at AppliquΓ¨. She looks beautiful on the ‘Lilo’ bento head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

This is pose 63 from MILA Poses.