Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Always an adventure...

One thing I can count on it has always been an adventure with you and that is a good thing. We had so much fun just relaxing in our pool after the big "Mile High Club" Party.

If you missed that special set at the Basement Club, don't worry we will have more coming. Usually, there is one special theme per month. You can always catch us here Friday, Saturday, and Sundays for fun and laughter.

Here are some highlights from the clouds above...
Flight attendant Deb was busy entertaining the Pilot and Co-Pilot. Captain Jack waiting for his personal flight attendant Shy to arrive and Candi was praying that the plane won't go down.

Protected by some naughty angels, we can begin the descent to the ground.

Time to put on the parachutes because as soon as the set is done, we are all going down.

I think this was a lot of fun, nobody got hurt and we all made it back down to the ground. Don't miss the next BIG adventure at the Basement Club...look for announcements at the Club or join the group.



Saturday, August 12, 2017

We've been flocked!!! Open House @ the Retreat

We are so excited that the new House at the Retreat is finally all set up and ready to show to all our friends and the rest of the second life community.

Wednesday,
August 16, 2017
8-10 PM SLT

We will be here to greet you.
Come party with us as you walk around the Retreat and see the more than 100 flamingoes. They will all fly away soon, so this is a short event.


There will be ONE blue Flamingo that is packed with some gifts for you. So hurry and stop by. The blue one will not be out until Wednesday itself.

We encourage you to come and take pictures and post them in the Retreat Flickr Group. Never know I might just pick a winner for an additional gift.

THE RETREAT


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

"Killer" and my road trip!!!

It was time for s short road trip with "Killer" and myself. We all need some maintenance and Killer needed some new tires. I stopped at this fine garage to get him serviced.

Here are a few mental and physical self-care ideas you can (realistically) incorporate into your day:
  • Take 3 deep breaths when feeling stressed
  • Get 15 minutes of sun on a lunch break 
  • Have a quick, 20-minute nap to recharge the mind
  • Journal your thoughts for 15 minutes a day
  • Watch your favorite funny YouTube video for a midday laugh
  • Listen to your favorite music for 20 minutes. No texting or browsing — just you and the music.
  • Meditate for 10 minutes a day. Clear your mind. Don’t hold onto or push any ideas away — accept them and move on. 
  • Go on a 30-minute walk. Notice the world. Notice the part you play in it.
  • Drink more water by keeping a bottle at your desk and always refilling when empty.
  • Take a relaxing bath instead of the usual quick shower. Make it an affair. Light candles, play music, prepare a book you don’t mind getting wet.
I saved you :)

Mile High Club Party

This will be a lot of fun and everybody is invited to come by the Basement Club and use the special teleport that will take you up into the clouds into the "Mile High Club" where we will party.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
6-8 PM SLT

We will play the Travis Train Game (Travis Plane Game on this day ) for some Linden cash...also we will have a contest for those with the best contest of either wings, pilots, flight attendants or anything else that has to do with flying. Be creative.

There will be a parachute to grab and then at the end of the set we do the countdown 5,4,3,2,1 and parachute down to the Basement...all of us together. Should be a great sight.

Monday, August 7, 2017

FOR RENT and the new GACHA Store

After we rearranged everything at the Retreat, we now have this beautiful home for rent. It is right at the entrance of the Retreat. Beautiful view!!! It is a steal for 250L$ per week and you get 250 prims to decorate.


2 Retreat Lane House


We also have our apartment for rent as well...just use the teleport here and go on up and take a look.


Now the Priceless Gacha Store and Treasures will have many gacha items and some other unique treasures. You never know what you will find, it changes all the time. Right now some early Christmas Treasures are here. so hurry and stock up.




Sunday, August 6, 2017

Neverland Valley

Neverland Valley
Neverland - Replica of Michael Jackson 's real home
In tribute to the King
Train Rail Station - Main House - Amusement Park - Zoo - Theatre

If you like Michael Jackson you may like this place.

The music stream at this place is all MJs songs. If you listen really carefully you may actually hear Micheal here. 
So smile when you are here and enjoy.

Smile, though your heart is aching
Smile, even though it's breaking
When there are clouds in the sky
You'll get by...
If you smile
With your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll find that life is still worthwhile 
If you just...
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That's the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just...
Smile, though your heart is aching
Smile, even though it's breaking
When there are clouds in the sky
You'll get by...
If you smile
Through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile...
That's the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what's the use of crying
You'll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile

You can take a little train around the property and also ride some of the rides...it is worthwhile :)
SMILE

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Happy Birthday to me !!!

The picture was taken at the Chapel at the Retreat
I try to be many things to people, but sometimes friendship is not enough. Today on my real-life birthday I reflect on the past year. I feel good, I really do, because those who walked away are still fighting their battle of being themselves. 

Remember :

The hardest battle you're ever going to fight is the battle to be just YOU!!!

That is a very powerful statement and especially for those of us who use second life to hide away from ourselves. Be You, do not divide yourself into several avatars...just be YOU. I must say I am feeling great about the fact that I do not have avatar after avatar running around deceiving people. When you deceive you are never true to yourself. Be YOU!!!

Thank you google :)

Friday, August 4, 2017

"The sweetest nectar is within!"

The sweet little bird of joy, ever so dainty and beautiful, the hummingbird symbolizes great courage, determination, flexibility, and adaptability. The little beauty is only a few ounces in weight, yet it has the courage of a lion. Yes, the sweetest nectar is within and for those lucky ones who get to really know me will see the nectar and the courage.
My message here is to have courage because we all have the strength within us. Do not give up! It reminds me of the poems "Enchantment of life" me and my friend "fisherman" have written way back and they still stand.

5.         Hypocrites

Take the time to roll the dice,
add some flavor as well as spice,
to the work you look now upon,
just be real, and not a con.

You can win this game right now,
if you can only figure out how.
To do that you need to glance,
rhyme with reason and take a chance.

There will always be those ungrateful sows,
who may act like big fat cows,
but to be fair you must overlook,
shortcomings in life that they never shook.

It is their own low self esteem,
that kills any kind of hopeful dream.
Because they are not happy deep inside,
they look to steal away other's pride.

To be successful you must move past,
the sick repulsive behavior they do blast.
Look within to stand on your own,
with perseverance use every muscle and bone.

This is not easy, but very hard,
to yourself be on your own guard.
Make sure you fall not from grace,
living by God's word please do embrace.

It is he we need to follow,
that our hearts will not be shallow.
Therefore we must turn the other cheek,
which will make us strong, not weak.

Those who throw the sticks and stones,
ream INSECURITY with sick dreadful undertones.
The Winners in life will be God's elite,
who  from others withstood satin's verbal heat!
Fisherman

Thursday, August 3, 2017

One Tree Hill

I had the privilege to visit the sim called "One Tree Hill", which was really well done.

Karma Avedon
Welcome to "One Tree Hill",  a virtual Celebration of the U2 Album "The Joshua Tree" on its 30th anniversary. Take a walk in the desert and discover how the words and music from this album are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago.  



You can find some real solitude and peace here. I loved the wind light setting it sets the tone of this place.

Make sure you take some time out from your busy second life and come here to reflect a little. This is a very cool place to see.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

“Do not hurry yourself...

...in your spirit to become offended.” or  ": Do not be quick to take offense, for the taking of offense lodges in the bosom of fools."Ecclesiastes 7:9.

I think that is excellent advice by the ancient people. They must have known something. If Albert Einstein said it,"Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools."

And yes sometimes I do get angry at people because after all, I am just a human behind this avatar. We all are people behind the mask and we all have some lies and deceit within us. Nobody is the exception.
My Papa always said this to us kids at home when we felt that people were mean by saying stuff about us: 
A fool says what he knows, and a wise man knows what he says.
(Jewish Proverb)
With that said I will let this go and move on and have the world focus on us:


Everybody who really knows me knows I love writing poetry. It is actually part of my studies when I was still attending the university. So here is a poem I wrote and it still stands today.

Power


There lies within me such a force of power
No sun or moon or star could hope to reach.
My slightest thought sparks fourth a fiery shower
Far greater than any fragile mortal's speech.
And yet I have shadows of desolation
That threatens to grow, to diminish the flames,
So in humbleness, I offer assimilation:
And together we can discover the farthest domains.

For you can become the channel, the base, the compassion,
Providing a wellspring for energies I consume,
Relinquishing yourself to my driving passion
Made mortal, yet allowing your mortal self to bloom,
For I will show you worlds: and once you understand,
Even pools of stars will whirl at your command.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The "new" Retreat House

Finally, it is just about complete. The new house here at the Retreat. Although we loved the apartment for all the fun we had in there, we were ready to make the move. The apartment is for rent now by the way, if anybody is interested.

Once I remember where I packed everything of the 100s of items I put into folders, we will be all done. Then again, you are never really done with your home. Each day is a new day and each day brings something new.
We hope to invite all of our friends very soon so they can see the new Retreat home.



You Are My Tomorrow
Blessing That Is You
I Will Always Love You
You Feel Like Home To Me
Memories In My Mind
This Amazing Love
Imperfect Me
Light Inside My Heart
Love Changes Everything
I Promise


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

It's not about "YOU"

It really is not about you or him or her....the blog is about ME...my perspective, my vision, my demons as I see them.
I am not as okay as I pretend to be. I use Second Life to help me fight it all. One day at a time, one month at a time, year by year. I have good days and I have bad days. I rely on friends and avatars to make me laugh and smile. Sometimes they say painful things and sometimes I walk away from them. Many I love and I know they care for me as well. :)

There are some people who stick by me, those are true friends. They know it is not about "YOU" it is about me. My pain, my fear, my blog. Those who want to stand next to me please do, those who want to walk away go ahead, but at least I told you who I am.

Today, my almost death day anniversary as I call it may make others laugh, but it really isn't a laughing matter at all.

I will share something very personal here, so instead of wondering who I am...this is also me:



If you know someone who needs help please help them...





Ryukyu Star Festival Garden

The star festival is celebrated every year in Okinawa on July 7. It is based on an ancient legend that comes from China about a two people who fell in love. The girl's father did not want the two lovers to be together but he allowed them to meet once a year on July 7th.

traditional bridal kimono

So, if you look up into the evening sky on July 7 and it is clear, you can see the two stars reunited. But if it is rainy or cloudy, know that they will try to meet again next year. Some children will even make teru teru bozu てるてる坊主 to wish for good weather such that the lovers will meet again!

The story is told a little different in Japan (Aug 6-8)  and includes each year to write wishes on colorful papers and display them on bamboo trees. Because of that, the streets are decorated very beautifully and people wear their traditional kimono.

What would you wish for?

Starlight,
Stars bright,
I wish I may,
I wish I might,
Please grant me this wish tonight.

Or so the stories say,
That wishing stars,
Though oh so far,
Grant Wishes.

If you ask,
By saying the rhyme,
Or try again another time,
The wish will come true if you wish with all of your heart,
And then maybe,
Just maybe,
The magic will start.

So wish you may,
And wish you might,
See a wishing star,
Tonight

I hope you get a chance and go visit the Ryukyu Star Festival Garden and I wish for you to go there with the one you love.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Be on the "Above them" team!!!

If people are trying to bring you down it only means that you are above them. Never forget haters are waiting for you to fail. Make sure you disappoint them. Stay focused. Stay Driven.

No matter how bad things get and when Greg is not around I have my pillow boyfriend Brad. Not only does he make me smile, he also makes others smile. What could be better, right?

When you smile, endorphins are released which help in lowering stress levels by reducing the stress hormone cortisol. They act as body’s natural pain killers.

There are so many things you can do to stay focused on all the positive things you have in your life. Trust me on that there is always someone off worse than you.

Keep smiling, because the haters hate it when you smile.

Wear your favorite color and stand tall and forget about the bad.

“Smiling stimulates our brain’s reward mechanisms in a way that even chocolate, a well-regarded pleasure-inducer, cannot match.”

Hmmmm...why not put them both together? Smile and have chocolate.
It is like creating your own  Nutella Fan Club. Made you smile? Good, it is working then. Alrighty then, let's be part of the "Above Them" team then and forget about those who want to bring us down. I am taking my own advice on that one.
SMILE :)

Friday, July 21, 2017

The SL Enquirer wants to know...I am gonna be a bad girl!!!

I just realized I have 23 days left until I need to be back at work. Damn!!!

Sometimes I wish I could be a bad girl, but it never fails I won't and people use me for what they want to use me for. 

In Second Life it is the same way. You help people and you make them your friends and you trust them, but yet they use whatever you tell them and take it with them just to talk behind your backs. 

I feel karma will eventually get you and really if I am that interesting to you and you have to talk about me, thank you for giving me even more power. You know who you are...yes you...you see I hear you talk about me, I feel it and one day it will bite you in the ass.Zatrzymać!!!

Anyway, enough of that. Let me show you a few previews of the new house.



The new construction was needed I think or maybe I just needed it to defuse the boredom of summer and the restlessness within me. Greg is a good guy, he is and we tested the water of the pool here and I never felt such soft water that is perfect in temperature as well.
 And here is the beautiful house. A little more modern than the Retreat House that stood here on this spot for 3 years. I am working still on all the decorations and furniture layout.

By the way:
The apartment is for rent now. I also have the new house that is for rent and one of the lots has been rented already. You cannot beat the prices and the prim amounts you get here, plus you have the Retreat as well to hang out at. Why would you go anywhere else? Oh, I see you want to pay more and get just a little skybox or you want to be 1000s of lindens to a small place with hardly no prims. Have fun!!!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Under Construction!!!


“My own heroes are the dreamers, those men, and women who tried to make the world a better place than when they found it, whether in small ways or great ones. Some succeeded, some failed, most had mixed results... but it is the effort that's heroic, as I see it. Win or lose, I admire those who fight the good fight.” 
― George R.R. Martin
And so it goes that we decided that the Retreat is ready for a make over. This will be a big job, but once started needs to be finished. Maybe not in one day, but it will be done.

And here we are measuring the area for the new house and landscaping. We will move out of the apartment, which will be for rent after this and move into the new Retreat Home. 

I discovered a pattern while I was looking at the history of the Retreat. The first house on this property was established June 12, 2012, with a house that fit the then 2,048 sqm lot. The second home the Le Clos Miran was erected on July 30, 2014, on the new and improved 4,096 sqm lot.

And here it is July 17, 2017, with the new construction on the now 32,768 sqm lot, which also includes the Basement Club and the Galicia Art & Cultural Hall. Amazing! Looks like summer is the time when I get restless and want to create. Now worries the next change might not happen until 2020 but on an entire sim that time. We are safe for now :)

Stop by and check out the process.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Superhero and Villains

What is a hero?

....a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities and a superhero would also have some super powers as well.
We had an excellent time at our Superhero-Villain set at the Basement Club Subway. However, it seemed to be more villains this time around than superheroes.
Good thing for Mr. Incredible(Greg) to save the night. There also was Wolverine(Micheal), who is considered an " anti-hero"
  The term “antihero” is misleading because it literally means the opposite of hero if you break it down, but the proper definition means no such thing. The fact is, an anti-hero is still a hero, and Wolverine is both anti-hero and superhero. He has super powers which he uses for good causes.
I am sure it was not easy to figure out who the winners were for the costume contest, but eventually, there were 3 winners.

Black Widow (Deb) made sure the subway was safe before she left. So good to have people in high places.

Finally a moment with Mr. Incredible alone.
If you missed this great set, don't worry because something new and great is already being thought about. So excuse me for a little bit here, while I go and take care of this guy. See you soon!!!

You will see the Subway again for another set in the near future.