World Environment Day

Here are a few pictures of the great outdoors to celebrate World Environment Day.

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Tuesday Tunes & Soothing Scenery…13 June 2017

To counter the ugliness that is rampant here in the USA, around the world, and everywhere on the Interwebs, I offer up some soothing scenery of beautiful people and beautiful places, along with some relaxing music. Enjoy…

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Scenic Saturday…

Just some pictures I grabbed from the interwebs, marking what has happened this past week – and today marks the opening of the National Museum of African-American History & Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., almost 90 years a I watched the historical opening ceremony…it was beautiful. I’d love to visit it while President Barack Obama is still in the White House – it would be fitting.

Random Pictures…13 September 2016!


Fishing on the Columbia River near Astoria, Oregon. The Astoria-Megler Bridge is in the distance.

I’m currently attempting to get my webcam to work…Windows 10 interferes with things that used to be simple plug-and-play, it seems! I could at least get some of the programs to (barely) function on my old computer, once I cranked it up and made it cooperate; this new rig has its own mysteries for me to solve, with or without the computer tech guy! I will figure this shit out…trust me on that!

In the meantime, enjoy these random pictures I took over the past few months, while I maintain an even temperament whilst dealing with frustrating technology. Mercury retrograde isn’t going to thwart me, LOL!

We saved this little frog! He was hiding in the “sun-room” area of the shop, which should be the workout room since it has most of the gym equipment in it. Notice the colouring? All speckled like the concrete that lines the floor – just a tiny strip of green on its back:

The day after rescuing the frog, this interesting-looking beetle decided to say “hello.” I’m not sure if it’s a ground-dweller, a tree-dweller, or a swimmer!

There is a small “water feature” in a corner of the property. Two years ago, we went out and dug up a big hunk of water-lily root that had three leaves on it and put it in the feature for a bit of greenery. In June of this year, right around the Summer Solstice, it looked like this:

During the small heat wave we had at the end of August, it looked like this:

Did you count the leaves?
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Speaking of plants, check out this cool little cluster of flowers! One of my happy indoor plants, that I never knew bloomed, has been sprouting these like crazy – I have no idea what the plant is called, but I like these little stars:

Finally, some shots of food…just because!

Now I’m craving sushi…but it’s a two-hour drive away!
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Scenes From PAX West 2016!

I finally “cracked the code” that allowed me to download my pictures from cell-phone to computer. Success with technology, in spite of Mercury Retrograde!
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Please enjoy these select scenes from PAX West 2016, held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington from Friday, 2 September – Monday, 5 September. It was crowded as hell, and the Friday traffic was the worst out of all the days we attended.

We had to drive through three different parking garages until we found one that had spaces left! $27 – $30 (USD) per day for all four days. Parking cost the most, since we budgeted our meals and limited what we purchased at the event.

The game “Magic: The Gathering” had something going on at the Paramount Theatre, just up the block. This animated sculpture was leading a parade up the street:

I could only get the backside of this cool costume:

Inside, these two struck a pose:

…and this guy was trying out a Virtual Reality (VR) game:

Took a break for lunch at the Daily Grill, an excellent restaurant to stop in at for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! This appetizer was divine: lightly seared ahi tuna crusted with sesame seeds; pickled cucumber, pickled ginger, and deep-fried spinach…it was fantastic!

Back inside, I saw some cool sculptures that commanded attention:

Here are some random shots of the Bethesda room, where all of the ESO stuff was going on:

…and finally, here are a few pictures of the team that puts this awesome game together! It was neat to meet them face-to-face and talk with them…they’re a decent bunch of people!

That’s all for now. I hope that you enjoyed viewing the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them and attending the event.

Some Saturday Scenery…

I’m doing more testing since my computer wants to crash every couple of hours, but I think that I have everything else prepped and ready to go…so, I’m nearly ready to launch my live-stream and post a few of my gaming videos! Please enjoy some Pacific Northwest and in-game scenery on this 1st Day of Kwanzaa and Boxing Day, in the meantime.
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Sepultura’s Scenery

I got nothin’…just preparing a non-traditional meal for “Turkey Day” and gaming all day. Enjoy some random screen-shots from my other worlds, and a song saying “thanks” to all of my WordPress pals – wherever you are, and whatever you’re doing, thanks for just being you!

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Pictures & Screenshots for Post #1,005

The title says it all…enjoy! The screen-shots are from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and TESO, respectively.

Evening Scenery…

Here are a few new screenshots from some recent battles…enjoy.

Break out the battering ram!

Ballista bombardment – hit the wall with the life bar!

Sieging the outer wall…trebuchets and ballistae at the ready!

Turning in a bounty…easy money on the battlefield, LOL

Successful capture of a castle – well done!

Siege from the wall…preparation for the capture.

Hello…anyone home? *KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK*

Freeing the tiger…

There…happy kitty!

My sanctuary, complete with a scroll and marked on the map!

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Neat Saturday Stuff

I like living on the coast and close to nature…it’s soothing to me. The best part is being able to watch the animals do what they do, with no schedule or planning required.

One afternoon, I was sitting on the deck off of my bedroom, enjoying an ale and some green in the sunshine. I had sunglasses on and was relaxed and still, and I noticed a rabbit sitting by the clump of bamboo, nibbling on a dandelion. Then I saw that a squirrel was sitting on the back fence. A hummingbird was perched above a feeder I have there, guarding it from rivals. It was very pleasant, just sitting there watching them while they were watching me. After 10 minutes or so, they went away – the hummer to feed, and the rabbit and squirrel were off to do their respective rabbit and squirrel activities.

This past Thursday morning, I was looking out of the kitchen window as I was doing dishes after making up some soup. The sun was out and the air was warm, so I had most of the windows open to let the cross-breeze through. I heard some of the sparrows chirping, so I ‘talked’ back to them for a bit. Two decided to perch in a bush close to the window, so it was easy to see them – a third was somewhere below the window, chirping away as he or she added to the conversation. The resident hummer buzzed through, inspecting the sparrows closely before zooming away. So, I had four birds saying “hello” and “how are you?” – it’s nice when that happens.

Yesterday, one of the many deer was relaxing in its now-favourite spot in the backyard. She was there for most of the morning, even when my husband got the bike out and ran some errands – she didn’t move even though she most likely heard us talking, the door opening and shutting, and the noise of the motorcycle leaving and returning. I guess she is comfortable and used to hearing us move about. Later on, she was in the yard next door with two other does; one was with the fawn that is almost two months old, now. It still has spots, but they are fading fast. Anyway, they were all running around, back and forth, butting at each other and the fawn – deer training school was in session. There are coyotes and bears on this little peninsula, so the deer were basically putting the fawn through its paces at evasive maneuvers – it was fascinating to watch. Sometimes, there just isn’t time to grab the camera…and trying to line up a good view for a capture might startle and disturb them. So, I have many great pictures in my mind – I just might invest in a GoPro before my next road-trip, though! That seems like it would be the best way to get more photos, especially from a motorcycle.

I’ll close with some cute Pokémon pictures accompanying a loud song…feel free to mute the music if you don’t like it. I like music…a great saying that I heard once, and firmly believe, is this: “There are two kinds of music: good and bad. There are no genres!”

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