Sharing my world 7/23/18

math problemsIn regards to puzzle what’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, word search, mazes, logic or numeric puzzles, something else, or nothing? I like anything to do with words. Y’all can keep the logic and numeric puzzles. Yeah yeah, I know that logic puzzles are generally not numeric but they are mathematical and logical.  I’ve taken basic Logic (Logic 101, I guess) twice in college and while I passed it both times,  I still don’t get it really. So logic puzzles have always been beyond me. And people can fuck right off with Sudoku and any other numeric puzzle. I’m sure they’re fun for some people, but not for me and other people with Dyscalculia. That would be like me giving a word search puzzle to someone with Dyslexia.  However, give me anything to do with words — crosswords, word search, word scramble, &c… and I’m all over that mess like grease on fries.

I also enjoy jigsaw puzzles but like to do them online nowadays.  Way less mess and I don’t have to store the box of pieces when I’m done with them.  There are programs that will make jigsaw puzzles out of my own pictures if I want to pay for them.  I will admit though, that there is something about the way the pieces click together when one is putting them in place physically. Still, not worth the mess and hassle of cleaning up (to me) or the lost pieces and all of that storage space the boxes take up. Nope, give me an online puzzle these days.

List at least five favorite treats and it doesn’t necessarily have to be food.  I don’t really have a listicle type of mind.  It doesn’t list things, even if they are in no real order. I remember in school whenever I had to write something that required an outline or table of contents, I would write the body of whatever it was first, then write the outline (or table of contents).  I just dislike lists. But I’ll give it a shot… 🙂

chocolates-cocoa-dessert-408211.  So I do love me some chocolate. It’s one of the few things I know is giving my tummy troubles, but I can’t give it up. I’ve cut way back on how much chocolate I eat — down to a bar a day or less, but yeah… Chocolate is one of the things I indulge in. I like all kinds of chocolate from dark chocolate to creamy milk chocolate. I like white chocolate too, but not as much. I had a friend from Germany once who insisted that once I’d tasted “proper German chocolate” I would never eat another Hershey’s bar again.  She was under the delusion that I, being an American, had never been exposed to imported chocolate. She was wrong, but I indulged her, because hey, more chocolate for me. hehehehe. So she gave me some of her “proper” chocolate, and it was good. I enjoyed it. But I also enjoy Hershey’s chocolate. I guess I’m a cretin. ^_^

2. Coffee, of course, is another.  They say that if one is having digestive issues then one must give up the bean and all things caffeine, but that is far easier said than done. Far easier. I’ve cut way back and that helps.

3. A good long drive.  I used to take these trips where I would get into the car, fill up at the nearest gas station, and just drive in a random direction until the gas tank was almost empty. I haven’t done that in a while, but for me, it’s very relaxing. When the kids were younger we’d do that, eat lunch wherever we ended up, fill up the gas tank and drive back. If there was anything to see on the way there or back — roadside attractions — we’d stop and see it.  It’s how I discovered the Great Dismal Swamp (which is very pretty, if you’re ever in that area, y’all should see it).  I haven’t indulged in this treat for a while for… reasons. But I’ve been getting the itch to do so again.


First attempt

4. Messing with Photoshop. You know, dear reader, when I first opened Photoshop a few years ago, I was overwhelmed by it all. Layers? Filters? Blend modes? Curves? Adjustments? What did it all mean? I just wanted to make my picture smaller! Ahhhhh! After a few minutes of frustration and confusion, I shut it down and never opened it again. Until about… I dunno, a year ago? I don’t remember. Then it kind of all clicked into place.  I opened Photoshop to work on a mod for the game Fallout 4. The aim of the mod was to replace the bland suitcases in the Commonwealth with something… better… and go from there. I was new to both modding and Photoshop.  And that first foray into Photoshop was just as confusing as the previous, but this time I was armed with video tutorials and a mission to do something. Tutorials will only take a person so far because a lot of the people making them assume previous knowledge that the viewer may or may not have.


Final product

But I muddled through and made the first suitcase for my mod… hahahah! it was a semi success (see picture). I didn’t know anything about masks or layers, but I took the time to learn it more because I was having a lot of fun making this mod and eventually I got better at Photoshop and was able to cobble together a decent looking suitcase. Then more suitcases, then coolers, then duffle bags, and so on.  I guess, as with everything, one just has to practice to get better at it.

5. I suppose it goes without saying since I’ve already mentioned it that I indulge in playing video games. ^_^  I started playing Skyrim and have branched out into other video games since but usually come back to Skyrim. That’s kind of a misstatement to say “I started with Skyrim”. Because I started playing video games way back in the days of Atari, actually even before Atari. I played video games in the arcade with Donkey Kong and Centipede and some weird space game with a space ship in the middle and stars… I want to say Asteroids? Yeah, Google says it’s Asteroids.  But yeah, I started with those games, and played them a lot when I was a teenager. And we had an Atari, so we started with Pong as a home video game and move up to Space Invaders and Adventure! and so on. Then I got married at 18 and that was it for video games. Not for the next 30 years. No time/money/energy for video games when one is working several jobs to put food on the table.
But then I met, fell in love with, and married Doug, and he loves video games. It was video games that got us talking online. We started chatting about a video game I used to play called Adventure where the dragons look like seahorses. I couldn’t remember the name, but he knew. ^_^  Anyway… we started talking about video games and comics (because we both like them as well) and the rest is history. Doug had a copy of Skyrim lying around and since I have a lot of time on my hands, I asked him to set me up, so he did. At first I was pretty awful. It’s been thirty years you see, I could barely make my character walk in the correct direction! ha! I died a lot. But I got the hang of it, and now, three years later, I’m making mods for the games I play.

What is your favorite type of dog? (Can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie).  I prefer mutts. No specific breed or size. I’ve always had mutts and will generally go out of my way to get a mutt. I don’t blame purebred dogs for being purebred, but I dislike the practice of breeding dogs for specific traits and/or purposes. Especially since many of those purposes are no longer being used. Take terriers for example. Most small dogs were bred for killing rodents. They were specifically chosen for their smallness to go into the rodent’s lair and bring out their prey. That’s one of the reasons why small dogs are so fiesty. They were bred to be fiesty. Rats (for example) are mean and tough, and tiny dogs were specifically engineered to hunt and bring down rats and other rodents. We generally don’t use them for the purpose anymore. But now we have “mean” little dogs, and most people don’t know why.  Also, most purebred dogs come with a host of health issues because they come from a very small pool of genes which, of course, leads to inbreeding. It’s really that simple. Also, just looking at articles like this one makes me so… angry.

german shepard

German Shepherd 100 years ago and now

People are inflicting their own aesthetics on these animals and it’s not good for them. All because it’s “so cute”. Screw that noise. Whenever I look at a modern day purebred German Shepherd I want to scream. I mean: a) Who thought that a sloping back was a good look? and b) Why do they never take into account the health of the dog? Because even I can look at that dog and say “That’s not a good thing.”  Don’t even get me started on breeding farms…  So yeah, give me a mutt any day of the week. I don’t care what “parts” they have in them, so long as they are not purebred.  Having said all of that. If I happen to meet a dog of “pure” blood out in the wild and we hit it off, I won’t turn them away. After all, it’s not the dog’s fault they were born they way they are.

all three dogs

Current trio of mongrels

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. My husband has recently developed this habit of sending me text messages in the middle of the night after I’m asleep, so I wake up in the morning to random “I love you” kind of messages. I’m not sure why he decided to do this, but it’s now a thing.  Even after a few weeks of it, it still makes me smile.

Via Cee’s Share Your World

11 thoughts on “Sharing my world 7/23/18

    1. Melanie B Cee

      If you get a Scrabble group together, count me in! I love playing Scrabble, but noone in this area does, OR I don’t know the ones who do. I think both of you Marilyn AND Willow, would be worthy opponents! This should be planned, obviously, after Garry has had time to heal up a bit….. 😀


      1. Willow Post author

        I tried playing “Word with friends” when that was a thing and never could get into it. I love Scrabble, but don’t know where to play it online. Will have to look into it.


  1. Abigail

    I only play maze puzzles when that is the only kind offered. Otherwise, I favor crosswords. Your “you only live once” and “I like this so I’m doing it” attitudes toward chocolate and coffee are hilarious and awesome! I don’t drink coffee myself, but do enjoy a square of dark chocolate every now and again – the darker, the better.

    I’ve not heard of any of the video games you mentioned, mostly because I last intensely played video games in elementary school, and those were mostly Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario. (Shadow the Hedgehog all the way.) Sometimes my older sister played Legend of Zelda, but I never did, being content just watching someone who knew what they were doing play the game. Now my only involvement with video games includes my 7- and 8-year old brothers, who like racing games and Lego adventures.

    It really is sad what happens to dogs through selective breeding. My aunt used to own a couple of dashschunds, one of which suffered back problems because of his short legs and long body. My family has a mutt – a bichon frise poodle mix. As far as I remember, we’ve only adopted mutts.

    Thanks for sharing your world!


    1. Willow Post author

      You’re probably younger than I am then… the games I mentioned were the very first video games to come out on console in the 1980’s when I was a teenager. 🙂

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      1. Abigail

        I just graduated from high school, if that helps. My parents have mentioned Pong. before, and my dad has shown me an old game console of his that I had no idea how to work. I shan’t brag about my modern know-how, though; technological datedness will hit all of us sometime in our lives. ;D Plus, you have the advantage over me of knowing the ins and outs of Photoshop.


        1. Willow Post author

          Oh, don’t worry, I haven’t fallen behind. I play modern video games on the computer, and make mods for them too. ^_^ I’m editing a document in Word, listening to someone on Youtube, and researching how to create a unique-voiced follower for Skyrim. Just because I worked on computers when they were babies doesn’t mean I haven’t kept up with them as they aged. ^_^

          I’m 52 by the way.

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          1. Abigail

            Ha, that’s great. Based on other posts that I’ve read on your blog, I’m not surprised that you don’t suffer from technological illiteracy. 52 is a fantastic age – the same as my mom, in fact. (Don’t tell her I told you!) Honestly, I think any age can be made great depending on how you spend it. Some 20 year olds live less than some 70 year olds. I think Benjamin Franklin remarked once on this, but I don’t remember the exact quote…


          2. Willow Post author

            There’s nothing wrong with being over 50. 🙂 BTW, according to my husband, GIMP does many of the things Photoshop does, and it’s free. He uses GIMP and likes it.

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