Good Guest = Good Host

I’m sure that most of you out there have been invited to a party, gathering, or some other social function which takes place in the home of another. These differ from office parties or bar gatherings, as the participants are better-known acquaintances or close friends than are usually present in offices or bars.

When I’m invited somewhere, I like to bring a token of appreciation tailored to the host’s personal tastes. Food or drink of some sort is a fun thing. A gift card is a thoughtful thing as well, so the person can purchase what they wish, when they have the time.

When I have friends over, the only requirement is to be respectful of my home and everything in and around it. You don’t have to bring anything but yourself. An invitation means that you’re good people and can enjoy my hospitality.

That being said, if you show yourself to be a shitty guest, you won’t be invited back. I’ve learned that a shitty host tends to be a shitty guest in any given situation.

Shitty hosts make grand promises and talk about all the great things to expect at their party, but deliver nothing when you arrive. Instead, they expect you to entertain everyone else. They badmouth the guests who leave early, then bitch endlessly about how ungrateful people are.

These are some of the reasons why I changed my mind about wanting to meet any bloggers IRL. When I hit the road again, have no worries. I sure as hell won’t be stopping by.

Some people aren’t worth the time.


Saint Pierre le Jeune~

How about some scenic church photographs? Cindy takes us on a tour of the lovely Saint Pierre le Jeune in Strasbourg.


The ‘Young’ Church of St Peter, is an old and unusual church in Strasbourg, France.

The oldest, and lowest part of the church is the burial crypt, which was built-in the 7th century.

The church itself was consecrated in 1053, and three of the remaining columns supporting the arched interior galleries in the church date from the 11th century.

The bulk of the church as it stands now was built between 1250-1320 and many of the frescoes you see are originals from the 14th century. In 1682, the church was divided into two sections, half for catholics and the other half for protestants, which seems quite forward thinking and civilized, doesn’t it! The pipe organ is a relative newbie, built-in 1780.

Strasbourg is full of old and amazing churches, but the old, ‘Young Church of St. Peter’, is off the beaten path, less visited, and remarkable in terms of history…

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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…


Drifting on Still Water~

Lovely swans, beautifully captured! The black swan is exceptionally striking, with that reddish beak. Black and red – my favourite colour combination!

“But now they drift on the still water,
Mysterious, beautiful,” WB Yeats

Swans swim,

in synchronized,


Mama delicately rolls her precious eggs,

to keep them evenly warm,

and plucks her feathers to tuck them in.

Black swan,

slides in singular grace,

while Narcissus is bewitched by his own reflection.
Cheers to you from European swans in springtime~

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Just A “Quickie,” LOL!

I just got back from a small trip to visit family and attend a couple of events, so I’ll catch up on my followed blogs over the next couple of days. I have a buttload of pictures to sort through and will get caught up on my posts soon; I thought that some music would suffice for the time being. Enjoy these three songs which might seem unrelated on the surface, but are actually connected. The connection is only obscure if you overthink it and don’t bother asking the obvious question, LMAO!

I shall return…

👿 XD 👿

Random Saturday Scenery…18 March 2017

I felt like revisiting some photographs that I took whilst travelling in 2010. It’s been a while since I posted photos that I took myself, so this is as good a day to do it as any other, no? Pleasant, serene, and / or soothing scenery always makes for some nice viewing, IMHO.


Travel Photographs: Cemeteries

I’m sorting through my travel photographs, getting them organized into some semblance of chronological order, and came across some pictures I took of various tombstones in different cemeteries. As a child, I would go to the library and check out books, then ride my bicycle to the goat farm, or to the main cemetery – there were three in all – and sit behind one of the biggest tombstones to read. For me, it was a place to be around people who weren’t bothered by my presence, and who wouldn’t bother me.

Cemeteries, to me, are peaceful and serene places. I also think that it would be nicer if trees were planted in memory of people. Still, the artwork of tombstones, and the tales they tell, are fascinating.

Monday Scenery…

Recycling an old post, because it’s a good one! Photographs taken by yours truly…enjoy. Find the hidden link, and you’ll be treated to a few more!


Eyrie Of An Aries

I still have nothing, so enjoy these pictures. They are from August of 2010, heading to Sturgis, South Dakota. Apologies that they aren’t in any particular order.


Big Sky Brewing – makers of ‘Moose Drool’ beer

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Finally – A Bit o’ Rest & Relaxation… *** UPDATED 22 July 2016 ***

I can relax and be lazy again, for a bit! No, nothing to do with that dreaded jury duty – at least, not yet! I still have one day tentatively scheduled, which I get to call about tomorrow to see if it’s still on.

I’ve been busy out in the yard and the garden, tending the plants and shrubberies whilst letting the grasses grow tall – the birds, deer, squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, and raccoons enjoy the shelter and food provided by the abundant overgrowth. The honeysuckle near the kitchen window smells sweetly fragrant whenever I open the window and let the cross-breeze blow through. I’ve planted rosemary, thyme, and lavender near the front door – honeybees and bumble-bees seem to have multiplied since I put them there last month. Tiny green frogs hide in the bushes during the day, staying out of sight of the snakes. Yeppers, there are small snakes in the bamboo and the rhododendrons! I love looking out and seeing if I can spy some critter moving about in the branches…I want to mount a camera in various places around my house sometime, just to see what wanders through.

What else…well, today marks the birth anniversary of the late, great Robin Williams, who is sorely missed these days…I’d love to see his take on the current political atmosphere, for sure! He, Richard Pryor, and George Carlin – it would give me joy to hear their conversation, were they dining in some great feasting-hall in the afterlife, for the true entertainers! Still, I can’t complain about the daily offerings of my faves: Trevor Noah, Larry Wilmore, Stephen Colbert, and Samantha Bee have been crushing the politicians left and right…literally and figuratively! I have to search to find the gems that John Oliver and Bill Maher dish out, and I dearly hope that Jessica Williams finds a place where she can really shine – I want to see her comments off the chain and uncensored, LOL! Speaking of comedies, you simply must check out the sitcom “Wrecked” if you haven’t done so already! No description of mine can do it justice – so, if you are able to find the pilot episode, watch it and judge for yourselves…I refuse to give spoilers! I hope that, by now, you are finding and enjoying the hidden links interspersed throughout this post!

Ah, what else…oh, yes – I simply have to say this: Melania Drumpf is a plastic-faced, plagiarist cunt. Period. Yes, she speaks five languages. Guess what? Most people from countries in Africa, Europe, and Asia tend to be multi-lingual, and most Americans are ignorant of that fact. I was fortunate enough to meet a multitude of “foreign exchange students” when I was growing up in Alaska, and their command of many languages – not counting their native tongues – was phenomenal. That anorectic slag is actually a remedial in her home country, when it comes down to it. I mean, seriously: if she were superior, she would be running her own engineering firm! Trust that I am resentful of the fact that my education system didn’t allow for learning multiple languages from K – 12. I despise that my country of birth has been set on erasing the cultures and languages of all non-white U.S. residents since before its inception…and yet, does everything to resurrect, co-opt, corrupt and “white-wash” the very cultures that have been erased and eradicated.

San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is in full swing, and once again, I am not in attendance…sacrilege! I hold out hope for next year, when holding to my budget will be more feasible. For instance, my son signed the lease to his own apartment so a visit and celebratory dinner was in order! We’ve been cleaning house here and there, and had some things that we didn’t need, so some nice furniture and assorted appliances went for his use: a dining table, computer desk, four chairs, and a bookcase. Copper-bottomed pans, coffee cups, eating utensils, and a nice Seattle Seahawks blanket were also appreciated – his bachelor pad is fully-functional!

I save a bit of money by doing my hair at home, for the most part. I still need a decent touch-up now and again, and am sorely overdue for one, but I’m able to keep my hair done with the purchase of a top-quality steamer / dryer. It helps me keep my dreads soft and smelling great, and I bought it on Amazon for an excellent price.

Last but not least, my fitness goals are now much closer in sight than they previously were: I’m the proud owner of a very high-quality home gym! I hate going to fitness clubs, because they seem to be quite unsanitary and are far too time-consuming. I want to work out and go, not sit and wait for some sweaty hairbag to quit talking to some she-male’s implants. People never wipe the equipment when they’re done, either – you ever notice that? That right there is the biggest time-waster: cleaning up the weight machines after everyone else, because the so-called “gym attendants” are way too busy posing for their imaginary magazine cover, to actually do the job of equipment maintenance.

Digressing…I have been beaming all week long. I’ve been looking for the perfect home gym and finally have it – I can plan my perfect workout and fitness regimen! I have my elliptical, bicycle, and kettlebells…now, I have my circuit-training machine. I’m elated and ecstatic, especially now that I have an excuse to buy some nice workout gear, LOL! I might even do some posts about my progress, especially if I can surpass how fit I used to be. Working out is something that I’ve always enjoyed; I’ve always maintained that just because I’m a gamer, doesn’t mean that I have to look like the stereotype of one! I’ve never been content with “average” – it might be a blessing; it might be a curse, but I am an overachiever and probably always will be. I set my own high standards for myself…which is how it should be!

Thor’s Day Thoughts: Updates & Upgrades

It’s pouring at the moment…after the long, dry spring and summer, the rain has returned to its normal amount. Its refreshing and soothing, in a way – I love waking up in the middle of the night and hearing the sound of the rain on the roof. The frogs croak earnestly before and after a downpour…they are miniature weather forecasters!

I’ve enjoyed the intermittent “thunder-busters” we get…they’re not quite full-fledged thunderstorms; they are more micro-cells that flash through, creating just enough unstable air to cause a bit of lightning and subsequent thunder.

I’m making up some soup while I write this post, so I’m semi-distracted from the smells of fresh ingredients on my fingers and the aroma from the kitchen…the scent of garlic, onion and rosemary is wafting about at the moment. I wanted to take a picture of the lovely ingredients, but my little point-and-shoot camera is so outdated, it could not do the colours of the vegetables justice.

I love to cook and love to eat…I just don’t show it. People say, “Never trust a skinny chef” – but it’s not about the weight, it’s about how healthy the individual is! The people who say, “Don’t mock me for being fat!” are the ones most likely to point at a slender person and accuse them of being anorectic and/or bulimic. Yes, there are thin people who are incredibly cruel to those that they perceive to be overweight, but I’m speaking from my experience and I’m not one who does that, so save your knee-jerk reactions, please. I don’t deal with ‘oppression Olympics’ – it’s tiresome. If I could afford a personal trainer, personal physician, personal hairstylist and personal nutritionist / chef, I’d be so far ahead of my game it would be frightening. I can do a lot with a little…hard work doesn’t scare me.

I’m going to attempt the NaNoWriMo challenge – I think I’m still under the wire to start, at the very least! My husband won’t like me very much, though…he is the biggest roadblock to my creativity and writing time, unfortunately. I now understand why some married couples don’t live together – and it’s not about sex! Trust me on that…it’s definitely nothing to do with sex or being sexually unsatisfied. It’s about space, silence, and solitude, for me…I am quite comfortable in my own presence and skin.

I have finally determined that the best way to get a decent camera, that is in my budget, is to upgrade my cell phone. My poor little Samsung, that is only 5 years old, is officially obsolete…it’s the ‘Gingerbread’ edition, which renders it an extinct dinosaur, according to the friendly people at my cellular phone provider! No accessories are manufactured for it any longer, so I’m forced to upgrade – it will add a marginal cost to my cell phone bill, but I’ll have a shiny, sparkly new phone which will take better pictures than any camera I can afford at the moment. Since I’m making the difficult decision to “put my face out there,” as it were, I might as well get the best equipment so that I can put my best face forward! I hate having to do so, but proving that one is a human being and not a robot seems to be the reg anymore – which is funny, considering that some people seem to think that simulated cyber-sex or semi-copulation with a neo-cyborg is the way to go! Anyway, the phone surpasses my expectations in pretty much every way, including the price…so in the end, it’ll be worth the upgrade. Moving into the modern age…setting the platform for vlogging and live-streaming of games. Ye gawds…Twitch and YouTube, here I come – ready or not!

It’s Guy Fawkes Day. A teenaged Black girl in South Carolina was brutally assaulted by a police officer in her own classroom. Her transgression? Not putting her cell phone away and refusing to leave said classroom. The young ladies abducted from the school in Chibok, Nigeria, have been away from their families and loved ones for 570 days, now. Questions mount in the aftermath of yet another air disaster. More shootings have occurred, others have been avoided. Churches burned in Missouri, recently – but, because one was a mostly-white congregation, the investigations claim that the arsons weren’t domestic terrorism based on racial intimidation. As if criminals never change their M.O., right? Speaking of criminals, remember the “beloved” police officer who was supposedly murdered outside of Fox Lake, Illinois? Turns out that he staged his own suicide. I wondered why that story had vanished from the headlines, shortly after “new evidence was found at the scene” where he had been shot…but, I’m not surprised. That cop’s death was used to vilify the Black Lives Matter movement – we shall see if any apologies will be forthcoming!

It’s Friday Eve and the weekend draws nigh…so, enjoy these three songs. I’m going to wrap myself in my cocoon for a while…I have things to attend to, and they will require all of my energy and attention.

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