last day…

Blessed
Can you believe this is the last day of the year and tomorrow starts 2019…this year had its ups and downs but like the sign says I do feel blessed ♥ Some of my RL friends might scoff at Second Life yet for me it has opened up so many friendships all over the world that if not for Second Life I would have never met some amazing people…my bestie Dena who lives across the pond, who am grateful for her friendship, who makes me laugh, who listens to my various rants and who I can share anything with and have…I would have never met Brutus or even my ex-partner, Sten who I am still friends with ~ no matter what people complain or whine about Second Life is an amazing social platform and cannot wait to see what 2019 brings ♥  From the fabulous clothes, great hair designers things have come a long way ~ you gotta admit to yourself that Second Life has that certain appeal that brings most of us back over and over ~ what can I say after 10 years that I still smile when I log in wondering what notecards will I be reading, what IM’s have been left for me and also knowing I have tons of choices on what to wear…Truly looking forward to 2019 and wishing each of you to take a moment and think of all the good things that took place in the past year ~ hugzz

Shot at Backdrop City using one of FoxCity’s Leaning pose ♥

wearing:
Pud’s Very Subtle Bounce Physics
CATWA HEAD Catya v3.2
Collection “Tea” – Pink Dreams index R
Collection “Tea” – Pink Dreams index L
Collection “Tea” – Pink Dreams thumb L
DeeTaleZ Mesh BEAUTY MOLE
IKON Odyssey Eyes Nymph
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1
NamiiChu ~ Silver Twinklies
NC :: Nani Set – Skirt Maitreya
NC :: Nani Set – Sweater Maitreya
NO.MATCH_NO.EXTRA.
NO.MATCH_NO_BODY
Chop Zuey Willow Love – Engagment Ring
Shape is Mine

Gifts galore…

Gifts
As you see me in the above image everything am wearing is FREE ~ oh yes, top to bottom and it is all from the Linden’s Shop & Hop event, where over 100 Designer stores have graciously put out a gift for everyone to grab…will give you a closer look at my face and that gorgeous clock from Fancy Decor ~

Gifts1.png
Course there are exceptions as the skin am wearing is not free nor my eyes but yes the hair is from bonbon that has a variety of colors for you along with you can also change the color of the little candies too…the winter blush is from MICHAN, which I did not tone it down so you could see exactly how it looks on ~ makes you look like you just came in from the cold as you stand by the fire to warm up…did you see the cute stars am wearing on my ears as they are from NamiiChu also coming with a hud plus you get your choice of either wearing animated or not since they do twinkle…that gorgeous necklace from [Cynful] is just the right necklace to set off the sweater dress from Blueberry…oh yes you heard right that Blueberry is participating with the free gifts as well ~ that is why I just love this event as each designer really goes overboard with their gifts♥  To my left is the gift from Fancy Decor that is a silver Carriage Clock that I will admit to you that I did modify it a tad so you could just see how beautiful it is…lastly are the overtheknee boots from Hucci that yes are a gift as well♥ Now can you see why I love when Linden puts on these events ~ the number of gifts are overwhelming yet you will never hear me complain about too many of them hehehe…also if I forgot to mention if you are still looking for more gifts you should TP over to the +++Versus+++ Event  as they have also a lot of gifts that I will be giving you a peek at ♥ with Versus you will have to join the group and the group fee is only 50L and the amount of quality gifts is way beyond that…there you are 2 events with gifts galore that am still opening boxes and sorting inventory out ~ till next time remember to be kind to yourself ♥♥ hugzz

shot inside my home using Bauhaus Movement ~ Cosplay that is also a Shop&Hop gift…

wearing:
Pud’s Very Subtle Bounce Physics
::HH:: Hucci Rehovot Boots – CandyCane Shop&HopGift
Blueberry – Sweater Dress – Loose Fit Shop&HopGift
bonbon – bon hair Shop&HopGift
CATWA HEAD Catya v3.2
DeeTaleZ Mesh BEAUTY MOLE
IKON Odyssey Eyes- Nymph
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1
NamiiChu ~ Silver Twinklies Shop&HopGift
Chop Zuey ~Willow Love – Engagement Ring – 
[Cynful] Fluff Necklace – Shop&HopGift

thoughts…

Thoughts
Sitting here on my steps thinking the year is almost over and how many changes took place ~ ending an SL relationship, changing the blog, reconnecting with someone very special and finding that some things never change like my inventory that is filled with unopened boxes from the Shop & Hop event that Linden has put on ~ if you have not made it yet I urge you don’t procrastinate and not go ~ there are 5 sims Aurelian, Gilded, Golden, Halycon, and Tinseled with gifts from over 100 Designer stores like Apple Fall, Blueberry, Fancy Decor, Salt & Pepper, What Next, and yes various stores just for the men as well with gifts in every store ~ as well they are cutting their prices drastically to entice you♥  Over the next couple days will be showing some of the gifts that I got from this event ~ so I better get my butt to open all those boxes that I have piled up in the living room LOL ~ ooops forgot about what am wearing to tell you it was a Marketplace find that includes the outfit, shoes, belly gems, ankle bracelet ~ till next time please take time for yourself to breathe ♥♥ hugzz

shot at my home using Artis Sit on the Beach pose surrounded the Cubic Republic’s Shop&Hop gift of Potted Cyclamen Pink, Magenta, Red, White.

wearing:
Pud’s Very Subtle Bounce Physics
!CGF- Leather & Silver Star Anklet
!CGF-Low Cut Teal Denim-Maitreya
!CGF-Silver/Amber Belly Piercing
!CGF-Tan/Teal HALF TIP TOE Bow Sneaker
!CGF-Teal Brat SWEATSHIRT-
CATWA HEAD Catya v3.2
DeeTaleZ Mesh BEAUTY MOLE
IKON Odyssey Eyes- Nymph
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1
MICHAN – Celine Circlet Shop&Hop GIFT
NamiiChu ~ Silver Twinklies Shop&Hop Gift
TRUTH / Joy ~ Group Gift

 

am baaaack…

Back
Yes after a week of dog sitting I am finally back in SL ~ needed to come back because am exhausted hehehe ~ kind of got carried away by taking on too many dogs at one time as I did have to walk back and forth to 3 separate houses truly wore me out ~ good thing is a little bit richer that will go into my savings and I made my goal for steps each day…now just have to work on sorting out all my gifts from advents ~ there is still a huge one from Linden the Shop & Hop that is ongoing till January 4th ~ there are over 100 Merchants participating in this with each store giving a gift along with some super discounts for items ~ 5 different sims filled with designers that are cutting prices drastically…this is the time to gather your Lindens and go shopping ♥ Best way to shop is “show friends only” as that clears everyone except your friends and does help out on the lag ~ last night EST time the sims were amazingly lagless if that is a word LOL…thats it for me today as I am gonna spend the rest of the day wading through my inventory as it truly has exploded BUT before I leave I gotta say huge thank you’s to Brutus for giving me some awesome pressies ♥♥ cya soon

Shot at my home using {what next} pose/prop Butterfly Photography Chair

wearing:
Pud’s Very Subtle Bounce Physics
CATWA HEAD Catya v3.2
DeeTaleZ Mesh BEAUTY MOLE
IKON Odyssey Eyes – Nymph
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1
NO.MATCH_NO.PROBLEM.
SynCo – Astraea Necklace – Rose
Chop Zuey Willow Love – Engagment Ring
[HU] Julianne Thigh Boots_white wool
[PPD]Remember My Name – Knit Dress

Santa comes to…

Santa & Mrs Claus
Look who made a visit to the gorgeous Midnight Clear ~ Santa and Mrs. Claus stopped by Calas‘s Christmas sim “Midnight Clear” after hearing that Ty & Truck had the most fantastic looking Christmas tree along with a Sim that will take your breath away ~ Santa and Mrs. Claus were just taking a moment to listen to the music you can hear all across the sim and to stare at the tree that Truck Meredith created specifically this year for “Midnight Clear“…Santa and Mrs also took a brief moment to park their reindeers and go inside the Pavillion where they were overwhelmed by all the Christmas decorations and sat to enjoy a cup of warm cocoa…Their stay was truly brief as we all know Santa is getting close to a deadline to get presents ready to be delivered in less than 6 days oh my ♥  Did you know the legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends.  Today Santa may look different than he did back but he is still very much believed by children all over the world as most post offices are always overrun with letters to Santa ~ at one time France received the most letters to Santa or Pere Noel ~ from the USA to all over the world there are dedicated workers and volunteers that answer many of those letters written that started back in 1912 out of New York City and continues today with Operation Santa that adopted by charitable organizations, major corporations, local businesses, and individuals in order to make children’s holiday dreams come true from coast to coast.

As my last blog post for this Christmas Season, I want to wish each of my readers, supporters, friends especially Dena and Brutus a very Merry Christmas ~ may each of you have an enjoyable holiday with your friends and family ♥  As always please take time to be kind to yourself and pass along a little of kindness to others ♥

“Christmas is the spirit of giving 

without a thought of getting” Thomas S. Monson

 

Pressies…

Pressies
Looks like I am all set for Christmas, my shopping is done and just need to get a couple of stocking stuffers for my girlfriend and her hubby that I live in RL with~  this will be my next to last blog post till after the holidays as an RL Dog client called at the last moment wanting me to dog sit starting in 2 days till the end of the month ~ Unexpected yet they are excellent clients spoiling me so can never say no to xtra $$$ hehehe ~ We all know RL always comes first ~ Were you aware that gift giving has gotten so out of hand, so commercialized that most spend up to and over $1,000 as average…people even borrow money just to spend on Christmas then complain when they see maxed out credit cards or loans that are due. As well as some of the gifts are not wanted and either returned, regifted or just thrown away ♥  I used to think the idea of giving a gift card was so un-personalized ~ not anymore as the variety of gift cards like Amazon where the recipient can just purchase almost anything or restaurant gift cards, Walmart gift cards are also big in the USA ~ you choose the amount you want to spend ~ and I like to put that card wrapped up in a tiny box, then put that box into another box hehehe ~ my girlfriend last year gifted me with an Amazon card that I used for ebooks and to rent a couple of video’s.  Gift cards might seem a tad cold but it is letting that person choose their own gift or enjoy a meal on you ♥ take a moment to breathe, relax and immerse yourself in the holiday festivities ~ till next time hugzzz♥♥

Shot at my home using pose/prop Amitie My Gift Box #2

wearing:
Pud’s Very Subtle Bounce Physics
CATWA HEAD Catya v3.2
DeeTaleZ Mesh BEAUTY MOLE
IKON Odyssey Eyes – Nymph
LEGENDAIRE CHARLIZE JEANS MAIT
LEGENDAIRE CHARLIZE LONG CARD MAITREYA
LEGENDAIRE LEGENDAIRE CHARLIZE BOOTS
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1
NO.MATCH_NO.PROBLEM.
Chop Zuey Willow Love – Engagement Ring

Enjoy a cuppa…

Cuppa
Come sit with me and enjoy a cuppa tea or cocoa if that is your choice I do have both ~I know that for me getting caught up in traditions that I grew up with not even thinking there are so many worldwide traditions at Christmas as well that I took some time looking for some unique ones to tell you about ~ so sit relax and read on ~ Since 1966, a 13-metre-tall Yule Goat has been built in the center of Gävle’s Castle Square for the Advent, but this Swedish Christmas tradition has unwittingly led to another “tradition” of sorts – people trying to burn it down. Since 1966 the Goat has been successfully burned down 29 times – the most recent destruction was in 2016. ~ the next one sounds scary for children but in Austria on the eve of St. Nicholas Day, young men dress up as the Krampus frightening children with clattering chains and bells. Christmas has never been a big deal in Japan. Aside from a few small, secular traditions such as gift-giving and light displays, Christmas remains largely a novelty in the country. However, a new, quirky “tradition” has emerged in recent years – a Christmas Day feast of the Colonel’s very own Kentucky Fried Chicken. <–that one is interesting ♥  In the 13 days leading up to Christmas, 13 tricksy troll-like characters come out to play in Iceland. The Yule Lads (jólasveinarnir or jólasveinar in Icelandic) visit the children across the country over the 13 nights leading up to Christmas. For each night of Yuletide, children place their best shoes by the window and a different Yule Lad visits leaving gifts for nice girls and boys and rotting potatoes for the naughty ones. Lastly and perhaps one of the most unorthodox Christmas Eve traditions can be found in Norway, where people hide their brooms. It’s a tradition that dates back centuries to when people believed that witches and evil spirits came out on Christmas Eve looking for brooms to ride on. To this day, many people still hide their brooms in the safest place in the house to stop them from being stolen.  So now I hope you have learned some new traditions as I know there are a lot more and does anyone have a family tradition you would like to share ~ please leave a comment and will post it on my next blog ~ thank you again for reading and sharing your thoughts with me as till Christmas my blog will be only about the holidays without the normal rants I have at times hehehe ~ ENJOY & HUGZZZZ

Shot at my home using the Prop/pose from {whatnext} Marlow Chair  ~

wearing:
Pud’s Very Subtle Bounce Physics
CATWA HEAD Catya v3.2
DeeTaleZ Mesh BEAUTY MOLE
IKON Odyssey Eyes- Nymph
LEGENDAIRE REBECA ANKLE BOOTS
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1
NO.MATCH_NO.LEVEL. (female / cap )
Phedora ~ epiphany christmas gift ~ Maitreya
More Than Ever Snow Day Sweater Red
[HAYSURIZA] Reading glasses Drim past Sponsor gift

thinking…

Thinking
For most people this is Day 4 of 12 Days of Advent as in SL Advent does start on Dec 12th ~ yet what came to my mind today was the song just finished hearing “Twelve Days of Christmas” and I was thinking till just a moment ago that was referring to the days before yet actually it isn’t…as the first day of Christmas “A Partridge in a Pear Tree” is the starting celebration of the birth of Jesus on December 25th ending on January 5th…seems way back when Catholicism was banned in England “The carol, it is said, was a catechism song for Catholics to learn “the tenets of their faith,” as they could not openly practice in Anglican society” is this true or not  been truly substantiated yet below is the meaning of each day and these 12 days are known as “The Epiphany” ~ some also believe the 12 days is the amount of time it took for the 3 Wise Men to travel to Bethlehem, some it is known as “Twelvetide” ~ either way for most Christians it truly is a celebration ~ this usually is not my thing to discuss religion as my Gram a very wise women said there are 2 things never to be discussed in mixed company is “politics & religion” as I try to keep my blog away from those 2 subjects yet its the season that truly is a religious celebration one that whether you believe or not please just take time to let others know you care ♥

Here are the verses of the song, along with their supposed symbolism [source: BBC.com]:

A Partridge in a Pear Tree – Jesus Christ
Two Turtle Doves – The Old and New Testaments
Three French Hens – The three virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity
Four Calling/Collie Birds – Four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
Five Golden Rings – First five books of the Old Testament
Six Geese-a-Laying – Six days of creation before God’s rest on the seventh day
Seven Swans-a-Swimming – Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
Eight Maids-a-Milking – Eight Beatitudes
Nine Ladies Dancing – Nine fruits of the Holy Spirit
Ten Lords-a-Leaping – Ten Commandments
Eleven Pipers Piping – Eleven faithful disciples
Twelve Drummers Drumming -Twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed

Shot at my home using the prop {what next} Winter Harvest Chair w/poses in it ♥

wearing:
Pud’s Very Subtle Bounce Physics
CATWA HEAD Catya v3.2
DeeTaleZ Mesh BEAUTY MOLE
IKON Odyssey Eyes- Nymph
ISON – Luxebox suede pants
LEGENDAIRE REBECA ANKLE BOOTS
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1
white river co. – Daytripper Hat/Hair
:::{KOXAHA}::: Christmas Raccoon Sweater~Marketplace bargain

friends…

Friends
Holidays to me mean friends and family ~ mostly friends in my situation as the family not so much hmmm maybe need to rephrase that family not at all…too long a story and let’s just say my family and I parted after my Mom passed away, which does happen when your parents truly hold the family together…November marked the anniversary  where I am living a year and can truly say I love it here living with my best girlfriend  that have known since high school and her husband ~ truly great to have a friend like her in my life as both have truly been a real blessing ~ her nagging me to finally make Dr. appointments to see what’s going on with me ~ not that I am looking forward to having such evasive surgery on my nose *2 hour procedure that when the Dr. explained it to me I seriously cringed ~ especially telling me a little slip of this instrument close to my eye and brain I am like OMG do not tell me that shit just have steady hands, no drinking the night before you and will start saying prayers that it goes fine…who tells their patients that gawd along with saying when asked about pain afterward “oh yes there will be horrible pain but we got good drugs for you” just another FYI that you could have kept to yourself…my girlfriend and her hubby said not to worry as I would be fine ~ for my SL friends I have also been blessed especially with my bestie Dena who lets me rant about RL stuff and cheers me up when am down ~ think without her at times my SL would look on the grey side and not full of color ~ this year am so grateful to another fantastic Christmas with my friends *RL & SL* ~ Dena and I truly want to tell each of you

MERRY CHRISTMAS ♥

Shot at my home using the pose from ENIIPose “Merry Christmas #1” including dogs

 

Dena wearing
Pud’s Very Subtle Bounce Physics
!gO! Icelyn Bobble Hat&hair – Black
.::Supernatural::. Balian #4 Silver
Adc Puppy Girl1
CATWA HEAD Catya v3.2
IKON Hope Eyes – Starfall
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1
Nova — Emma Rings
Scandalize. Caitli. Maitreya
YELIZ MESH “CHIARA” Fur Uggs
YELIZ MESH “CHIARA” Long Sweater
Shape Mine

Am wearing
Pud’s Very Subtle Bounce Physics
!gO! Icelyn Bobble Hat&hair – Blonde
Add Buldog Girl2
CATWA HEAD Catya v3.2
DeeTaleZ Mesh BEAUTY MOLE
IKON Odyssey Eyes- Nymph
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1
Scandalize. Caitli. Maitreya
YELIZ MESH “CHIARA” Fur Uggs
YELIZ MESH “CHIARA” Long Sweater
Shape ~ mine

relaxing…

Relaxing
Have you been to Backdrop City lately ~ Mia the owner of Backdrop has created a really nice Winter Wonderland with so many different photo ops and I am taking a much-needed rest from my hectic life ~ the upcoming holiday creates a lot of stress on families and especially parents trying to make sure their children truly get what they ask for and sadly have seen it so many times parents sacrificing bill payments, maxing out credits cards just so their child won’t be without…my former job was at a very well known Mortgage/Bank corporation that people would start calling in to skip their December house payments because their budgets didn’t include that payment ~ most times I just had to seriously bite my tongue to keep saying “seriously this is your home, where you sleep, where your children live”…most were financially unstable to be able to take advantage of this because of their excessive spending yet they would scream, call me names that I won’t repeat and try to intimidate me into feeling like “Scrooge”…Christmas comes the same time year after year and either you save a few dollars in savings account for it or budget your money wisely and that is all I am gonna say on that ~ mine is processing the fact about after so many different doctor appointments am needing to have a 2 hours procedure/surgery on my nose and I am a tad stressed about it ~ all I heard being told to me is “pain will be intense yet you will have good drugs after surgery” plus I have this quirk about someone touching my nose and that is a whole new story LOL ~ thanks for always taking time out to read and comment♥ I did hit the arcade as you can see in the credits where the hat/hair came from ~ hugzz and cya soon ♥♥

Shot at the newly created The Winter Project using the pose from Trompe Loeil – Lysa Branch Bed ~

wearing:
Pud’s Very Subtle Bounce Physics
!gO! Icelyn Bobble Hat&hair -TheArcade
!gO! Icelyn coat/Advent gift
!gO! Icelyn winter boots – Maitreya Lara
CATWA HEAD Catya v3.2
DeeTaleZ Mesh BEAUTY MOLE
IKON Odyssey Eyes- Nymph
Sweet E’s Libby Skirt Advent gift
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1
Essences ~ Dawn – PowderPack May 2017