Pumpkin Spice Everything!

Pumpkin Spice Everything!

I’m not sure when it happened, but it now seems that every time I turn around there’s something made with pumpkin spice. I get it, I really do….I love pumpkin spice as much as the next guy, but I think it’s gone overboard a little bit.The muffin is most basic, I’ve been making pumpkin spice muffins or loaf cakes for years, and the amount of pumpkin that’s grown hair in my fridge from not using the rest of the can is infinite! I always buy the biiiig can of pumpkin and take what I need out of it then refrigerate the rest and promise to make something else in the few days after. By about Christmas while I’m looking for the cream cheese I stumble upon an orange and green fur ball way in the back on the second shelf down. It’s never seen humans so it’s a little shy, but I get on my knees and coax it out, and then ponder how time flies and it seems like yesterday I put it in there. I’ve noticed that Pumpkin Spice Lattes seem to be a big thing now. I’m not really in to lattes, and even the temptation of this flavour does nothing for me, but after searching pumpkin spice recipes on pinterest it seems that pumpkin spice latte is now a flavour on it’s own. I see pumpkin spice latte oatmeal porridge, pumpkin spice latte biscotti, and believe it or not pumpkin spice latte jello shots! Just because pumpkin spice is ‘in’ this time of year doesn’t mean it should be a flavour for anything that can be cooked, baked, or concocted. I see a recipe for Pumpkin Spice face scrub, wtf! 😀 I do enjoy fall and all that comes with it, but I’ll stick with the traditional pumpkin spice recipes like muffins, cake, loaf cake, cheesecake, pancakes, cinnamon buns, cookies, bars, bundt cake, ice cream, cupcakes, martinis, doughnuts, waffles, popcorn, soup, scones, truffles, tiramisu, caramels, and fudge! If you have any pumpkin spice recipes, I’d love to see them!

So, what’s all this talk about pumpkins, well, Raindale has created the ‘Bright October’ gacha set for the October round of The Avenue. There’s been some changes to The Avenue including a new site and a new format. Now, all releases in the event will be all new and exclusive by some of Second Life’s incredible creators. This gacha set includes 7 commons(no rares) and all are perfect for fall decorating inside and out. I’m showing them all here if you look closely. The broom, candles, various pumpkins, frames on the little shack, and the apple candles make up this set and it’s this kind of gacha set that I never mind getting extras, there’s always room for another pumpkin! The Avenue runs until October 20.

The adorable ‘Sanderson Shack’ from Bad Unicorn was in the October round of Deco[c]rate and it’s really something. The shape and the details make this a perfect little hideaway, kinda like the Love Shack!

The big spooky tree to the right and the ravens are all from the ‘Raven Collection’ from Jian. The set includes ravens that wander, circle above, perch, and also accompany you around while on your shoulder, or wherever you choose to put him! The set is available now at Salem which runs until October 31.

The ‘Chippendale’ and ‘Thonet’ chairs are from Nutmeg and part of Kate’s Vintage Chairs set.

The sculpture of the tree to the left of the door is from the ‘Forgotten Garden’ gacha set from Silas Merlin. I love his work!

The pathway I’m using is from the ‘Garden Path, rustic’ set from DJ/SF, which is a collaboration between the fine creators of Decor Junction and Shutter Field. The pack includes short and long pathways and also 2 types of curves and a set of steps.

The fence in the background is the ‘Aegeas Country Fence’ from Serenity Style, and the pack includes a length of fence plus a two piece gate and posts. You can create any size or shape of fence that you like with this!

The small patch of corn is an older release from The Little Branch.

The grasses I’ve used are the ‘Meadow Grass, dry and summer, rich’ from Raindale and the ‘Sword Grass, tall’ from Kidd Creation.

The trees are ‘Aspen’, ‘Linden’ and ‘Aspen underbrush’ all from Botanical.

Oh, one more thing, the little pile of firewood beside the shack is part of it, which you’ll need with winter on it’s way! 🙂

Living the Dream

Living the Dream

I can’t believe it’s October already and with the Canadian Thanksgiving coming up this weekend, it’s time to take a moment and think of all the things to be thankful for. I don’t like to appreciate my blessings just once a year, I try to think of everything I have to be grateful for every day. I wonder, if more people were thankful for what they had instead of always wanting more, would the world be a happier place? We’re bombarded everywhere we look with what we need to make life more enjoyable, right from cars, beer, electronics, and even our looks. It’s all just a marketing tool to sell things that no one needs, and it works as witnessed by the rise in consumerism. There’s nothing I need in my life, I have a roof over my head, it’s not big and fancy but it keeps the warm in and the rain out. I have a vehicle to get me from point A to point B. It’s 20 years old but it runs and my truck and I have a long history together. I have food on my table……I grow and raise most of it myself, and I’m very thankful that my health allows that. I do have the extras in life like a computer, smartphone, and TV with cable, but I could live without them if I had to. I’m not rich, but I have enough…..and really….since I’ve never seen anyone’s possessions disappear when they pass on, I’m pretty sure you can’t take it with you!

This picture pretty much sums up how I think a perfect day could look like. It’s a gorgeous fall evening and my cat is keeping occupied watching the Koi swimming peacefully in the pond while the pups wait for me to give them a bath and play with them. I can’t imagine a life without animals…..they are the constant in my life that always make me smile. I’m surrounded by everything needed to bring peace to me and it’s all from │T│L│C│. I’ll start with the ‘Garden with Wings’ which is exclusive to Rock Your Rack 2017, a Second Life event that raises awareness and funds for breast cancer research. The garden includes the pond, flower beds, bench, and the butterflies flitting carelessly around can be turned on/off by the owner. The lighting is also can also be turned on/off with a touch. It has a land impact of 87 and is modifiable, but do take care when modifying. The ‘Butterfly Watering Can’ is a hunt gift with 100% of it’s 10L$ cost being donated to the cause. And also having 100% of it’s cost donated is the ‘Butterfly Bed’, a nice little flower bed that includes lighting, butterflies, and gorgeous Hydrangeas in full bloom. While at Rock Your Rack 2017 you can also purchase the ‘Ginger Cat’, who stands on the edge of the pond and watches the fish and often playfully dips it’s paw in the water in hope of catching one of the fish. I played the ‘Animated Puppies’ gacha at the │T│L│C│ main store and scored the ‘Puppies Bathtime, RARE’ which has the 3 puppies waiting patiently for their bath. While I was at the main store I couldn’t resist Pack 3, of 4 free swimming, feedable Koi. I was a little worried that I’d have trouble with placing them in the pond and get them swimming happily, but I had no problems following the directions that are included. I know you can’t see them here, but they are really nice addition to any pond. Rock Your Rack 2017 runs until October 14.

And as for me? I’m wearing the ‘Judi Top’ from .miss chelsea. and available at the current round of ~uber~. The ‘Kaylah Jeans’ are from Just Because and also available at ~uber~. The ‘Autumn Wedges’ are a new release from Eudora 3D and available at Shoetopia. The F1124 hair is from tram. And finally, I’m wearing the ‘Luna’ skin in ‘miel’ tone from Avada on the ‘Lilo’ bento mesh head from Catwa and the ‘Lara’ mesh body from Maitreya.

I’m using pose 52 from the ‘Breaking the Habit’ set of poses from Bauhaus Movement.