Posts Tagged 'winter'

Winter Afternoon

snow turning to sleet
warm fire in fireplace
soft kitten in lap

stew cooking on stove
glass of red wine in my hand
staying home – priceless

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Obvious to Me

It happens less often now but I still have friends and family look at me “funny” when I talk about my time in SL. There is still a great deal of eye-rolling and smirking when I talk about my time in SL. Well, we started with a blizzard in December and we’ve had either an ice storm or a snow storm EVERY WEEK since the blizzard. The wheel came off my snow blower, my shovel broke, there was a water main break in town and we are still under a boil-water emergency, my sunroom window shattered from the extreme cold (it’s taped and I’m not dealing with it til the spring) and just for fun, one of the toilets broke and one of the cats had gastrointestinal difficulties in the basement. /me looks about. I think that covers the major issues.

Now LOOK at these pictures. Where would YOU choose to be????? The answer is obvious to ME.

Winter in Taylor Bay


I guess it’s really winter. At least in Taylor Bay. Honour froze the bay, made it snow, and in general forced me to find my winter clothing. My inventory is a disaster but “search” found winter clothing, boots and even gloves!!! But that’s not enough warmth for me. Honour found me huddled by the burning barrel. After scoffing at me, she suggested we move by the REAL fire – the bonfire. So having admired the fire particles in the barrel, I went off to stand by the heat of the bonfire.

Honour is being the consummate hostess. She has put out free skates for all PLUS a snowball fight. Since she is Canadian, she felt compelled to put out hockey. I confess I do NOT see the appeal of this sport. Probably because the arenas are too darn cold for me to go to a live game. 🙂 I’m just not good at doing cold. But hey, this is SL, so I was a good sport and agreed to try the hockey. OMG. Could the skates be any uglier????? No wonder I couldn’t move. My feet rebelled in shame. 🙂 I tried to get the dumb puck into the dumb net. Even in SL I have absolutely no aim or control. LOL. You should see me bowl. Although I AM good at baseball – I can indeed slam that ball. Go figure. I tried my best to score a goal but the ugly skates prevented me from functioning. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I changed to my “real” skates so I could function properly, in Ahuva-style.

Faust came inworld to join us. He really needs some winter clothing. I found a man’s ski jacket and passed it to him, but I wish he’d wear a warmer shirt. Sheesh. I nearly had to go back to the bonfire I got so cold looking at him with no gloves and an open jacket. Faust soon figured out the sweet spot on the ice and was making goal after goal. He’s up on the leaderboard! You’ll need to head to Taylor Bay to see if you can beat his score. Me – I’m looking for wherever it is Honour has the hot cocoa. I’ll curl up there and watch the hockey in warmth and comfort.

Winter Fun

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Apparently it’s winter. That means snow. Silly me, my idea of heaven, paradise, perfection is the beach – hot sun, warm sand, ocean breeze, waves. But everywhere I go in SL it’s snowing. It was snowing at the AIDS benefit concert. It has snowed at the Crown and Pearl. Shengri La is covered with snow. And Aintree Willow is snowbound as well. So fine. Thank goodness I found a freebie jacket in my inventory. It will keep me going til I have time to go shopping for something else. Shopping – a hobby for all seasons.

aintree-willow-in-winterHonour is my good friend. She has rescued me when I threw myself under a bus (um, for those of you who don’t know what that means, it has to do with trees. Even more than that – I owe my SL home to Honour. I love wandering about Aintree in her gardens, seeing all the neat things that she builds. So when Honour says that she’s built this wonderful new toboggan ride and I should come be among the first to try it, well, of course I go. Despite the snow. The cold. The fact that I am really really bad at steering. The fact that I do NOT have winter-appropriate clothing.

I got to be among the first to slide down the tobaggon slide. My first attempt – oh my word. I missed the sliding-tube-2tube entirely and hit the wall by the fire. 🙂 I TOLD you I don’t steer very well. So I sat and sulked in a chair by the fire, trying to thaw my frozen toes while the other three went sliding down the chutes. Once they’d finished debugging the scripts (oh now – THAT must have been why I couldn’t steer, right??) and were standing about discussing the neat twists and turns, I decided that it was time to try again. So I made them explain VERY CAREFULLY exactly what it was I was supposed to do. Gee, it couldn’t be simpler. You right-click the toboggan and sit on it. Then you use your arrow keys to move forward and through the chute. Yes – you need to steer once you are in there. I admit it – it is a blast!!! A lot of fun, with wonderful wind sound effects as you speed down and through the chute. Very cool, very fun. Definitely a place you can take the whole family.

too-lazy-to-leave-the-fireFor those of you who, like me, think you prefer the creature comforts of the lodge, Honour has provided that as well. Big comfy chairs around the fire, with hot cocoa and coffee available. You can TP from the bottom of the mountain to the top and back again, no toboggan slide necessary. There are free ice skates available and a free sled. LOTS to do and enjoy. Even for a beach gal such as myself. 🙂 I had fun! Thanks Honour!

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