Update!

With an abundance of real life kerfuffle, I let this go by the wayside. After letting it slide for a while, I then felt guilty and reluctant to even visit… talk about silly!

At some point, I need to go through and update and missing images from this blog. I was using photobucket to host them and they just randomly pulled the rug out from the majority of their users and decided to charge them for basic services. It wasn’t until after the change that I had an email from them, offering information and pricing. Given how the managed the whole thing, and my inability to use them any more, I removed all my date and closed my account. I slowly started uploading stuff to Imgur instead, so I’ll have to update links once that is done.

Flint and I have hopped about a bit with gaming, messing around with offline and online ones to try to find something that catches our attention. I was enjoying SimCity 5 and Civilisation VI for a while, and probably would have leaned back towards Sims 4 if my gaming momentum had carried on at that pace.

At the moment, we’re dabbling with SW:TOR and I’m really enjoying the story telling. It’s the first game in a very long time that I haven’t skipped ANY dialogue in at all. The player character gets put into situations where they have to make decisions based around “good or bad” and it adds an intriguing dimension to the game. Considering how old SW:TOR is, it holds up very well!

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The game Wildstar is still on my gaming radar as it’s releasing a new content update based around player housing. It’s a game that we played a while back but RL intervened before we could really get stuck into it. We’ve been meaning to jump back in, but something else crops up. There seems to be a stigma about it that deters people from playing, based on the publishers habit of stripping resources from devs and/or shutting games down without much thought. I’m hoping this keeps ticking along as I’d love to jump in again with both pixel feet!

Well then.. the garden.. with the exception of a herbs and a few tomatoes, it didn’t work well. A combination of factors were to blame I think, primarily the crazy heat we’ve been having (days of 127F heat index), ridiculously heavy rain, and lack of experience. The oregano and parsley grew so well that I’m considering planting some oregano in the front garden, as an aromatic ground cover thingy. Inside, I have basil and some other herb (I think it’s Sage) growing in the one sunny spot. Everything else, I pulled up a couple of weeks ago, except for the spaghetti squash which is still throwing up flowers. We’ve had some squash start, but they’re either being cooked or eaten by bugs.

I did however, pick up on a few things that I will change before I try again. I do want to try again, but it’s going to have to wait until it cools down and the weather gets a bit more settled. We have a hurricane or two heading our way which interferes with gardening plans a bit.

Hurricane Irma is causing a great deal of anxiety for all, understandably. With the recent news from Texas with Hurricane Harvey, people here in Florida are for once not being complacent about this storm. There is a bloody good chance that this hurricane is going to mess stuff up pretty badly. We’re in the north of Florida so we wont be feeling the effects until the weekend, and yet stores are already out of stock or rationing water. We’re keeping a close watch on the forecast and hoping we won’t have to evacuate. I’ll be packing bags and supplies tomorrow, just in case we do need to get out in a hurry.

If it sticks to tropical force winds, we plan on staying here. If it looks to be full on though, we’re going to have to leave and that is going to royally suck. With my normal anxiety about leaving the front door, compounded with the threat of evacuation, my brain is in full on freak out mode. We don’t have a vehicle so it’ll be on the grace of other’s for us to be able to get out. Hurricane Matthew last year gave us a bit of practice as to how to manage certain things so, assuming it’s not much worse, we’ll be fine. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to make our own call about it, rather than being railroaded (I Hate when guilt is used to try to control others!) The main concern where we are is wind damage rather than flooding. Mobile homes aren’t the most robust, especially not old ones that are already a bit bedraggled.

Of course, this has to happen in the middle of working with my immigration lawyer, so it’s fantastic timing all round. After a couple of years of not being able to get in touch with him, we’ve got the ball rolling again for permits and stuff. It’s a relief, though also incredibly stressful.

Since it’s 5.30 in the morning, I guess I should try again to get some sleep. I switched my sleep around to be awake overnight so that I would be available to help out a family member if needed, which I was more than happy to do. Now I can change back to normal patterns and it’s a nightmare to do with anxiety induced insomnia. Rawr!

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Running around like a headless Stormcloak!

The last few days have been busy!

The night before last, my pc became a victim to my spring cleaning urge and had a clean windows install inflicted on it. I must say that the Windows 10 install has got to be the most simple and easy one I’ve gone through! It was a painless operation and my wee little pc is running much better now.

We’ve been having connection issues again and, though we assumed it was the ISP, decided to err on the side of caution and test out some other hardware. We thought it might have been the router as it had been running on the wrong ac adaptor for a while so. We headed out to go thrift store hunting and managed to find a router for $6. Thankfully, the router worked after doing a factory reset.. but it didnt fix the problem. Last time we had issues, it took 3-4 months for them to isolate the issue as being a faulty cable, somewhere off our property, and I’m not going through that song and dance again. So I contacted the local tech supervisor for our ISP directly and he sent out a technician almost straight away. This is much better than spending 3 hours on the phone with a script reader trying to guide me through how to reboot my modem! The tech said that he could see problems, so he’ll let the supervisor know and, hopefully, it’ll be fixed with less headache than last time.

Not only did we score a great deal on a router, but we grabbed 3 office chairs that were in great condiftion for $5 each. Flint’s chair was cobbled together out of leftover bits, and mine was horrible, so this was a great find. Other than a few nicks and small holes, they’re in fabulous shape and should last us a while. The third chair I’m saving to use in my craft room, should I ever get the crap that’s not mine out of there. The chair I’m using needs to be altered a bit to suit, as I can’t stand the feel of the vinyl on my feet. At the moment, I’ve got a towel on the seat, and a scarf on the back, until I come up with a design for a cover that can be removed easily and washed.

Given our connection issues, I decided to give into temptation and have a play with Skyrim again. It’s one of those games that I can always fall back on if all esle fails. I was relatively restrained with mods this time around as the SE version has a lot better graphics. I took a few screenshots to show progress, while I was messing about. I love taking screenshots in Skyrim! It’ll take a wee while before I actually start playing properly, but its all fun and games.

Cross-stitch & woodchopping

It’s another hot day here again and, while the back path (where the vege garden is) is a little shaded, the back yard where the big jobs get done is too exposed to the sun. It’s probably going to top 100F again today and there’s not a cloud in the sky. I did a little pottering about this morning, but will have to wait until early evening before I consider doing anything else. Sunburn and heatstroke aren’t fun gardening companions!

Yesterday and today, I’ve been doing cross stitch to keep my hands occupied. It’s a four panel piece that’s I’ve been working on for at least a year, maybe even two. It’s not especially large, and I do find it a relaxing pass time, but I also burn out on it pretty quick as there’s not a lot of variation in colours or design on it. When finished (when, not if!) it will be nice to have it framed on the wall of my potential craft room, assuming the space ever gets cleared! One problem I’m having with the embroidery though, is that my eyes are getting worse so I’ve had to resort to taking a photo of segments of the pattern and then zooming in on it. I also had to buy some granny reading glasses at dollar tree to be able to see the stitches, and I imagine that I look something like this when I wear them:

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At the same time as the embroidery, I’ve been playing BDO and working on processing materials in game to make myself a fancy ship to sail in. There’s one thing about BDO that I really like, which is being able to use time away-from-keyboard and be productive. You can do crafting, fishing and horse training while afk so even when you’re off doing other stuff (like gardening outside in the real world) you can make progress in game!

 

Sea Monster Hunting

Last night a group of us went out on the guild galley and did some sea monster hunting! Standing in the crow’s nest of the ship gives a great vantage point for taking screenshots. I didn’t get any last night but here’s a couple from last week that I liked. I’m a bit of a fiend when it comes to getting screenshots, and there’s been many a time where my poor little toon has gone splat for the sake of a pretty picture!

I was testing out the discord overlay which is why it’s displayed on the top image (not using it anymore for that reason.)