Reading Priorities

Reading Priorities

I’m not a well read person, I must admit. I love to read, but I’m very aware that my choice of books is sometimes questionable. Oh, I believe all reading is good, to immerse myself in a story and forget about reality for a time is gloriously freeing, but I know there’s a ton of literature out there that’s well worth reading. I need to open myself up to reading something that takes me to places I’ve never been. I’ve been to Stephen King’s world many many times, I’ve read about murders, in true crime and in fiction, so many times that I’m amazed it doesn’t affect me in some way. I’ve read westerns where the fast gun has been romanticized over and over again. I read romances, the bodice rippers where the endings are always happy, and I’ve read Nicholas Sparks, never managing to not cry during it. But, I have to say I don’t read enough classics! I’ve not read anything by Hans Christian Andersen or Jack London……I’ve always meant to read Louissa May Alcott, Mark Twain, and J.D Salinger, but haven’t…yet. I should discipline myself and read even one classic for every 5 general fiction books I read, then maybe I’ll consider myself well read. I guess if one considers Dr. Seuss a classic author then yes, I’m very well read, because ‘Hop on Pop’ and ‘Horton Hears a Who’ should be considered classics!

I’ve talked about reading before, so you know I love to read, but this time I mention it because KraftWork is releasing the ‘James Joyce Library’ in the March round of Deco(c)rate, and this round is sure to be a great one! The theme for March is ‘Days in Dublin’ and if the teasers are any indication this is one I’ll be getting! But back to the library, it has a land impact of 14 when in it’s entirety, which includes the books and shelving, ladder, and lights. The lights are on/off on touch and the ladder has a reading animation, which I’m not using here, as you can tell. 🙂 The set includes each part individually or as a set to rez all at once, which I did for this. The textures are highly detailed with rich colours which makes a perfectly intimate reading area. The Deco(c)rate subscription box will be delivered March 8 at noon SLT, but you only have until midnight of March 7 to subscribe! You can find a kiosk at the KraftWork main store or at the Deco(c)rate Headquarters.

I chose to settle in and read a little bit here using the ‘Double Booked’ pose and pose props from the ‘Book Lovers’ set of pose/props from Le Poppycock. The props include books, book piles and cats….every library needs at least one cat!

As for my other clutter in the library? Well, it includes books, of course! The ‘books & tea’ beside me is from tarte and the tall pile of books to my left is a group gift from Nutmeg. The ‘Sepia Peonies’ are from NOMAD and the ‘hat boxes’, ‘Hello Billy-vase’ and the ‘rug’ are from gacha sets from Apt B. The ‘Bermuda Turntable’ is from .:revival:..

And for my outfit, I’m wearing the ‘boyfriend jeans, dark wash’ and the ‘Deep V Sweater, blushed’, both from fashionably dead. The ‘Vanilla’ hair is from [monso]. And, 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.

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October

October

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

~L.M. Montgomery~ Anne of Green Gables

I live in the prairies which I’m sure everyone assumes is bleak, flat, and unexciting. Sure, we don’t have a leafing season like parts of Ontario does, but it’s pretty here in the fall, nonetheless. I’m in a fairly rolling area with trees sprinkled throughout, the trees being mainly quaking aspens. I just call them poplars, but no matter the name, they are pretty this time of year. The leaves turn the most vibrant yellow and when the sun hits a bluff of them it positively glows. The whole countryside is really pretty right now, the grasses have turned different shades of browns, yellows, and golds while the chokecherries turn a dark red. Unfortunately the maples we have here usually just submit to the cooler temperatures and the leaves turn an odd flesh colour and fall to the ground with a whimper. I think no matter where you live there’s something special about autumn, it’s something that inexplicably makes perfectly sane people ingest large quantities of pumpkin spice everything!

Starting yesterday and going for one week is the ForMax event, which is raising funds for one of SL’s own who has come upon some difficult times. There’s a whole lot of talented designers taking part with some really great items. Galland Homes is there with the ‘Keys Bungalow’. It’s an adorable one room home with high ceilings, lots of windows, and a roomy veranda on the front. It’s got a nice low land impact of 42 and is perfect for a beach house or, like I did here, a little retreat out in the country. I want to point out the incredible detailing the front door has, the etching on the glass really sets this little house apart. I always believe that it doesn’t take a big house to make a home…..all you need is love to do that. The ForMax event runs until October 10.

I’ve managed to clutter up the yard pretty good, but it’s all good stuff! I’ll start with the cute ‘Arya Wooden Forest Friends’ from Serenity Style and available now at Lootbox. I scored the RARE which included the two owls and a fox and then I had to play for the others, I put another fox and a bunny out here.

The ‘wagon wheel, stained’ is from tarte and available at Salem. That’s a great event for all kinds of autumn and Halloween things.

Industrie is a new event that opened the other day, it’s all things minimal and industrial! It’s a collection of designers from all genres, so there is something for everyone. I picked up the ‘Simple Ladder’ from [Isuka].

The ‘pumpkin wagon, planter, and crate all come from a gacha from dust bunny & tenshi.

The ‘lanterns and wooden post’ are from Calm. and for the life of me I can’t remember where I got it and I can’t find a land mark for their main store. I landed in a bare lot. If you find a land mark that works for them drop me a line, I like their things. 🙂

The ‘Bicycle, yella’ is from a gacha set from Bueno. It’s decor only, pretty much like my bicycle in real life!

The dog that’s laying on the veranda is some stray that’s wondered by. He’s from ‘The Freak Shelter’ gacha from .::THOR::.. All the gacha are in their own little building at the main store, so it’s way too easy to get sidetracked while blogging! I have to stay home while I write! 🙂

The ‘rocking chair’ on the veranda is from [we’re Closed].

The frame behind the owl on the left is from the ‘Secret Sanctuary’ gacha set from [Krescendo] and available at The Gacha Guardians.

The ‘farmhouse mailbox’ is from Vagabond. and the ‘Beach broken chair’ on the veranda is from a gacha from PewPew.

The ‘Little Tree, fall’ is from keke.

All of the other trees are the Aspens and Aspen saplings from Botanical.

The ‘wild sword grass’ is from Kidd Creation and all of the other grass is from the dry and summer,rich meadow grass from Raindale.

My Home is Heaven

All the slurls for the hunt can be found <a href="https://stuffmyinventoryhunts.wordpress.com/2016/09/17/the-upcyclers-hunt-2/" target="_blank">here</a>.

I have to admit that I’m a home body…..completely! There’s only one place that truly makes me comfortable and that’s home! My home is my safe place…not that the world out there is anything to hide from……I’m just happiest at home! I’m the same way in Second Life, I make a home for myself where I can relax, feel secure, and do all that important Second Life stuff…….like organizing inventory, changing my clothes, or something a little more enjoyable like sitting on the deck and looking out at the water!

Here’s a little part of my beach cottage at Winters Wind! I just adore it here….the lots are large, it’s very secluded, and I have a terrific sunset view of the water! It’s truly peaceful! When I’m tired of looking out my real life window and seeing the snow, I just come to my little piece of heaven at the Winters Wind sim, and forget about real life!

Now, lets talk about my decor! I’ll start with a couple items from The Upcyclers Hunt! The hunt runs until the end of the month and the theme for the creators is to create an item that is made by repurposing anything they have on hand! The Recycled Tin Can Plane Clock Shelf, from Dixie Dandelion, is really unique! It holds a few books, the clock keeps SL time, and it’s such an inventive way to use a tin can! I wonder if anyone has tried this in real life? Also, for The Upcyclers Hunt is a gift from Raindale! The hunt gift is the Upcyclers Porch Swing, made from a couple of old doors(not seen here), but there’s also a pretty tray of coffee and doughnuts too! I’m a typical Canadian and love coffee and doughnuts! You can see it close up if you zoom in while on flickr!

I was out doing the hunt yesterday and I found the Frog Pond at Pastiche, but I put that outside, but I just love the crate and bag of oats that it came in!! The tray of coffee and doughnuts is sitting on it. All the slurls for the hunt can be found here.

Also included in this picture is the Fire Flies Shelter and the Velit Chair from Bokeh.. They’re going through a renovation right now in world but you can shop on Market Place for the fun Bokeh. creations! The old floor lamp in bronze and the tin vase and twig are from gacha machines at tarte.. The rug in native design is from Zigana.

If Walls Could Talk

If Walls Could Talk

Can you keep a secret?
Come on, ohhhh
These walls keep a secret
That only we know
But how long can they keep it
Cause we’re two lovers who lose control
We’re two shadows chasing rainbows
Behind closed windows
Behind closed doors

If walls could talk-oh
They would say “I want you more”
They would say “Hey, never felt like
this before”
And that you would always be the one for me
Just two people making memories
Too good to tell
And these arms are never empty
When we’re lying where we fall
We’re painting pictures, making magic
Taking chances,
Making love

If Walls Could Talk ~Celine Dion ~

I’m behind the scenes today, with just a post about shoes! I’m not a shoe person in real life. I wear them and when I need new ones I go buy them! I don’t shop for shoes by trying them on, walking in front of mirrors, and all! I just try one shoe on…..stand up….confirm it fits when I walk and put it back in the box and pay for it. But, I’ve found that in Second Life I really like shoes. It doesn’t hurt to wear high high heels…they’re all comfy! With this shot I’ve used the new release from GLAMISTRY HORTENSIA Heels! They’re compatible with the high SLink, Maitreya, and Belleza feet, they’re HUD driven with lots of colour options and lots of areas to customize, and they make a sexy leg, super sexy! Also, from GLAMISTRY is the men’s shoes PM 1002. They’re for the SLink feet for men, HUD driven, and also have a sock option to add! There’s lots of colour options and they come either rigged or unrigged! These are worn by men with a great sense of style!!

This was taken in The Clock Loft from DaD Design, using the Upcycled Pallet Bed, and the Repurposed Shutter(grey) from tarte, the Spotlight Lamp from Trompe Loeil, the Morrison Cushion Pile, from junk..