Playing in Photoshop

So this is the first time I’ve tried to put something from one photo into another (other than for my mod, but that’s different). I was going through my screenshots from my latest Skyrim playthrough and came across this photo which I thought would make an interesting picture. Maybe for a holiday card or something: 

original picture

But of course it could look better. As I’ve mentioned before, what looks great in 3D doesn’t always look good “flat”. So I messed around with it, and I thought, “This could use something in the sky.” and I took the moons from this shot: 

So I played with the moons, messed with the lighting… because adding moons will add lighting, you know? And I came up with this picture: 

What do y’all think? 

Also, I figured out where to change the color of the text.  but it seems you cannot do it to just one part of a sentence. Darn.

Cee’s Black & White Photo thingie

Okay, let me see if I can figure out how to do this new editor with adding media…  The theme this week is “flowing water”, and as anyone who’s followed me for any length of time knows, I usually pull things from my Skyrim game.  And let me tell you, dear reader, one of the reasons why I still play Skyrim is because it is a beautiful game.  And the remastered edition improved the water a lot from the classic edition. Add mods that improve the water even more, and the game becomes downright breathtaking at times. I honestly don’t even care about the combat most of the time. I walk around just to look at how beautiful it is. So anyway, I know I have screenshots of waterfalls but I found these two pictures first… and honestly, I’m tired, so y’all will just have to make do with them. ^_^

Here’s the first: 

So I left the characters in color because the process of making them monochrome kind of blended them into the background.  Here’s the original: 

The next one is also from Skyrim, a different area of course. 🙂 The swans and ducks are added by a mod. Up close they look a little funky, but from far away, they look very peaceful and calming. This mod also adds peacocks (not pictured)  and I love that. 🙂 Anyway, I’ll put the original first then the black and white. 

And here’s the black and white: 


Just as an aside: I’m not unhappy with this new editor, but it’s going to take some getting used to. My first reaction was: This is awful, what the actual fuck?  But I got used to it pretty quick. It’s actually interesting.  The only thing I don’t really like is I can’t find where to change the text color, and that’s annoying.

Via Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Oddly Questions

So I was totally distracted by the new editor and forgot to mention where these questions came from… Melanie of course. 🙂 It’s like I don’t read anyone else. (I do, but they rarely have questions). ^_^

How come you press harder on a remote control when you know the battery is dead?  Do I? I don’t recall ever doing so. If the light is not on, and I know the battery is dead, I stop pressing the button. 

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google search citrus

If an orange is [called] orange, why isn’t a lime called a green or a lemon called a yellow? What came first? The fruit or the color? As for the other part of the question, that just doesn’t make sense, they’re not from the same place. Lemons and limes are from the same family but oranges…nope. Yeah, I know it’s a joke, but still…

Why is it that when you’re driving and looking for an address, you turn down the volume on the radio? There’s actually a psychological reason for this, and the long and the short of it is – it helps you concentrate. The fewer things going on in the background to distract your brain, the more you’re able to concentrate on the situation at hand, i.e.: finding where you need to be.

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons? Every lemon juice I’ve ever had was made with lemons. I dunno where you (question asker) are getting your lemon juice from. Maybe you mean lemon-aide, which is often made with artificial flavor because it’s powdered and cheaper that way. As for lemon in dishwashing soap – it’s because lemon is an astringent and very good for cleaning things. It’s also used in furniture polish.

Why does the sun lighten our hair, but darken our skin?  Because hair is dead, and skin isn’t. So, the sun bleaches hair (just like it will bleach bones) and burns skin.

Why is it that people say they “slept like a baby” when babies wake up like every two hours? Because babies, like cats, sleep all the time. Even if they’re waking up every two hours, it’s not for very long. Babies sleep more than they’re awake. Hence, “slept like a baby.”

Why isn’t 11 pronounced “onety-one”?  It’s an English — and some of the other “romantic languages” thing. I used to know the exact answer because we talked about this in Linguistics, but it goes way back to the roots of Old English or Latin or something. I could look it up, but I’m tired.  Other languages — not all but many — will totally say something like “ten one” and “ten two”. English should say ‘one-teen’ and ‘two-teen’ just to be consistent, but we don’t. It just sounds weird to us because we’re not used to it.

What disease did cured ham actually have? The pig was alive once, we totally cured it of that.

If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons? Yeah, I don’t think it works that way. (Yes, I know this is a joke.)

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Peanuts, obviously

What is something that everyone looks stupid doing?  Yawning. I don’t think anyone can look “good”yawning.

What would your autobiography be called?  Because Why Not?

Which animal would be the ruler when the animal kingdom rise up and take over?  I dunno, I’m not in charge of the animal kingdom. I’ll let them figure it out for themselves. I’ll be dead by then anyway. And yes, I totally edited this question.

You’re on death row for a crime of your choice, what did you do, why did you do it, and what would your last meal be and why?  I didn’t do nuthin’ and you can’t prove I did! I’ll take a steak with all the trimmings for a last meal please. A good steak! And don’t spare the gravy for the potatoes! And pie! Apple! With ice cream! And a root beer. Might as well go out with a full belly.

If your pet/child (or the fly that lives in your bedroom if you have neither), had to give you a reference for your dream job, what would they say? And do you think you’d get the job? Again, I have no idea. I am not good at putting myself into other people’s brains. I’m not good at anthropomorphizing animals either. As for my“dream job” well… I don’t have one. Never did. Any job that paid the rent was good enough for me.

Not exactly a sombrero, but it will do

A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here? “Where’s Doug? Don’t ask any questions. There isn’t time. I need to talk to Doug, and we need to go. Pronto.” (Doug likes penguins)

How would you sell hot chocolate (cocoa) in the hottest country in the world?  Very poorly. I’m not a good salesperson on the best of days. I’d probably go broke and die if my life depended on me doing this.

If you could have a machine that produced £100 for life, how much would you be willing to pay for it? So £100 is about $78.00 if I remember correctly, but hey, that’s seventy some odd dollars more than I have now, so even if it was £100 a day, that’s not worth sneezing at. How much would I pay for it? I dunno. I don’t have a lot of money laying around, so I’d have to see what they’re asking and go from there.

If a bald person works in a restaurant, do they have to wear a hairnet?  I would think they’d want to,just to avoid getting their head dirty.

Why are there no ‘B’ batteries?  So, there used to be a “B” battery, but like the Betamax, it fell out of favor and stopped being produced. It happens sometimes I guess. I liked the Betamax. But c’est la vie.

My contributions:

What does the color red taste like?

Did Adam and Eve have navels? Which I totally stole from here: 

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Bloom County… 

Okay… this is happening

So, I’m gonna go public with this. I’m laying it out here for y’all. My doctor told me to do it, and I’m doing it. I’m going on a diet. A real diet. Not for my gut, not for “health reasons” but to lose the weight that my broken thyroid has put on me. Because you know what, dear reader? I am totally sick of being this big. I don’t eat a lot — I really don’t. But I guess I’m going to have to eat a lot less and differently to try and shed these pounds.

So I put a little ticker in sidebar that tracks my hopeful weight loss. Last time I tried to lose weight, I tried to do it on my own with only Douglas for support… and I love my husband, but he’s not really interested in whether or not I lose weight. So I hope y’all don’t mind the ticker in my sidebar.  I won’t be boring y’all with my daily diary (though I’ll be posting it on myfitnesspal if anyone is interested in being “friends” there).

I guess maybe being public will help me along. You know?

food is important


An interesting article.

Here’s an interesting article about outrage and how it should be handled.  From the article:

For starters, let’s agree that the ideas are fair game. If you think my idea is awful, you should say as much. But there is a difference between attacking an idea and attacking the person behind that idea. Labeling someone as an “-ist” who believes in an “-ism” because of the person’s policy preference is just a shortcut to playground-style name-calling, cloaked in political terminology. It’s also generally a good indication that the attacker doesn’t have a solid argument and needs a way to end debate before it has even begun.

Read the article, it’s a good read. Me, I’m recovering from the migraine I woke up with. Cheers!

Sharing My World 11/12/18

It’s that time of week again, and I’m still fighting off that stupid cold. Today, I’m just… exhausted. Like… struggling to stay awake exhausted. So why don’t I got to sleep? Because my dogs won’t let me. ^_^ My dog, Brandy, is the reason I’m awake right now. She woke me up at 7AM this morning for no particular reason that I could discern. She’s never done that before. Just put her two front feet on the bed near my face and yelped. It was weird. But here I am awake, and I have no energy at all. I’m sill all stuffy, achy, and can’t breathe, but my cough isn’t as bad, so… progress?

Anyway, here are the questions for this week, à la Melanie’s Share Your World. Enjoy!

What’s the most ironic thing you’ve ever witnessed? Hmm, that’s a toughie. I’ve witnessed a lot of ironic things in my time, but nothing specific comes to mind. Having said that, I sometimes have difficult defining what’s ironic. Even with this handy video to help me out:

It’s a bit dated but still amusing. 🙂 Anyway, I’m one of those people who often are like, Was that ironic? If so, why was that ironic? I dunno. It’s been explained to me many times before, and I’ve even had Aha! Now I get! it moments when it comes to irony, But those moments are fleeting, and  still am befuddled about it. Maybe that’s ironic… I dunno.

Let’s talk turkey. Pro or con? If pro, which part do you enjoy most? Is it for Thanksgiving (American Style any way) only? I like turkey in all shapes and sizes. I like turkey bacon, turkey ham, turkey breast, turkey drumsticks. I’m all about turkey. I don’t eat turkey exclusively, but when it’s offered (in any way), I’ll eat it. I supposed that I prefer it sliced with gravy, but I’ll take it however it’s offered.

If you’d like, share one thing you wish you’d said to someone else, but now you’ll never have the chance. I tend to speak my mind. There are times when people have dropped out of my life and I wasn’t able to say goodbye, and I’ve had to suddenly and abruptly leave without telling people why, but that’s life I suppose. That’s all in the past though, so I’m okay with it. The past is the past.

regret nuthin

What odd smell do you really enjoy?  I like the smell of pickled things — sauerkraut, pickles, pickled beets, &c… I’m told that other people enjoy the taste but don’t like the smell. I don’t know why, but I like the smell. And the taste.

Thankful November….share a story or time when someone did something really great for you. Alternatively, share your gratitude moments during this past week.  When my psycho ex went truly psycho, and I had to leave town in a hurry, I called a co-worker of mine that I barely knew. We’d met only once or twice before, and she’d never met him, but I’d talked about him, so she knew about my situation. When I explained what was going on, she opened her home to me and let me stay the night and most of the next day.  I needed a place to stay until I could get to the bank and withdraw enough money to get a bus ticket out of town. She didn’t have to do that at all, but she did. The only reason I called her is because he didn’t know her.  Many people make the mistake of calling their family or their best friends in these situations, and that is exactly who their soon-to-be exes will go to when they are looking for them. This co-worker of mine not only let me stay with her, but she drove me to the bank and bus station the next day. It’s been seven years, and I’ve long since forgotten her name, but I’ll never forget her kindness.


Bibliophile Questions

Melanie, over at Sparks… answered these questions yesterday, and I said I would give them a try. I’m still sick y’all. This cold is like, “Okay, I’m done… Ha! Just kidding!”  And it’s driving me crazy. And it’s not just a cough this time, it’s the whole shebang — stuffy nose, runny eyes, blah blah blah. Anyway, I didn’t come here to bitch about my cold, but if my answers get a little murky, you’ll know why.  Melanie’s answers are linked above (and there you will also find unanswered questions in case you want to give these questions a try).

The first set of questions comes from Teresa at The Haunted Wordsmith so of course go check out her blog and answers as well. So, here we go:

1. Have you ever re-gifted a book that you’ve been gifted?  Yep, all of the time.  Once someone gives me something, it is mine to do with as I please, and I don’t hold on to anything. If someone is a friend of mine, they will know that, and if they get upset by me giving away something they’ve given me, well, they didn’t know me very well, did they? I try not to give things back to the person who gave them to me, but my memory isn’t all that great, so it’s happened occasionally.  The only book I wouldn’t regift is something I like an old grammar or dictionary, because I collect those. But if it’s like, a novel or contemporary book? Yeah, in a heartbeat.

mantle books

These, I keep

2. Have you ever claimed to have read a book when you haven’t? Not that I can recall… Why would I?

3. Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?  It’s possible. I mean I’ve borrowed and lent a lot of books. I never lend a book that I expect to get back, and I never borrow a book without letting the person who lends it to me that I have a bad memory and they might not get it back, so they may never see their book again. That policy saves a lot of hate and discontent.

302644. Have you ever read a series out of order? Yep, all of the time.  I read the fifth Harry Potter book, then the fourth book before I read the first Harry Potter.  There’s also this paranormal romance series… hold on, let me look it up… Blah, I can’t find it. It was popular a few years ago, but it was about a witch with a vampire roommate… wait! (Google search). There it is. It was called the “Hollows Series” and there are thirteen books in it plus a few short stories (that I don’t recall reading, but I might have). I can’t even tell y’all what order I read them in, but it wasn’t from book one to book thirteen.  Eventually, I did reread the entire series and things kinda fell into place, but it was interesting to read them out of order too.

5. Have I ever spoiled a book for someone? Not intentionally. But here’s the thing, dear reader, I one of those people who just don’t care if I know how a story ends. I will flip to the back of a book and read the ending of a novel because I’m curious. And yes, I will continue reading after I’ve read the end because I’m curious as to how the story got there. People can tell me all about the latest and greatest movie, and I will ask detailed questions. I just don’t care.  And it’s because I have that mindset, that I honestly and truly don’t know what constitutes a “spoiler” to most people. I mean, some people don’t want anything spoiled for them and for some, they simply don’t want to know how the story ends. So yeah, I’ve spoiled a book for people, but it wasn’t my intention. I was simply talking.

6. Have you ever skipped a chapter or a section of a book? Yep. Because some people take description, exposition, and flashback to a whole new level. If it doesn’t advance the story, it doesn’t need to be in the story. Writing 101.

7. Have you ever bad-mouthed a book you actually liked? Not that I recall. Why would I ever want to?

And the next set of questions also come from Teresa at the Haunted Wordsmith.  Melanie answered them on the same post in her blog, and in the interest of, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” so shall I. 🙂

1. Author you’ve read the most books from.  — I’ve read a lot of series. A lot of them. I can’t even go back over the 40 some odd years of time that I’ve been reading books and remember which author I’ve read the most from. The most recent though, I suppose, would be a toss up between Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, and the aformentioned Kim Harrison.

drama of willow

I’m bad at these type of questions

2. Best sequel ever.  — I have no answer for that.

3. Currently reading — I am between books at the moment.

4. Drink of choice while reading. — Whatever’s in my cup.

5. E-reader or physical book? — Both. I like both. There is no either/or for me. I like them both.

6. Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school  — Wow, there are a lot of them… but I didn’t really date much in high school. I just hung around with a lot of people and in the evenings, we just kind of… kept hanging out together. I had no interest in dating really until I was my junior year, then I dated mostly outside of my peer group (we lived on a Navy base). I never made it to my senior year because over the summer I met my first husband and got married. So there’s that. As for fictional characters, most of the guys in the books I read are either vampires or were-people of some make or model. They’re overbearing and obnoxious. I wouldn’t put up with that for a moment, not even in high school.

7. Glad you gave this book a chance. I’m trying to remember the name of the book, but it’s an older one (from the early 1900’s). It’s part of Literary canon, but I hadn’t heard of it. It’s… escaping my memory right now, but it started out sloooowww and actually turned out to be pretty interesting.

8. Hidden gem book — There’s this old romance novel that I picked up in the thrift store. I can’t remember the name of it. It’s probably around here somewhere. It was actually pretty good.

9. Important moment in your reading life — When I first learned to read? I don’t remember that moment, but learning to read unlocked everything that came after it.

10. Just finished 

11. Kinds of books you won’t read — Westerns. I just don’t like ’em.

12. Longest book you’ve read — That would be Sacajawea by Ann Lee. I read it in high school. It was a huge book and clocks in at over 1300 pages.

13. Major book hangover — Wha…?

From the old house

14. Number of bookcases you own  — In this house? about two. And they’re small ones at that. Goes to prove that we’ve never been comfortable in this house.  In our last house, we had four or five huge bookcases — floor to ceiling and they were double shelved (some of them). and about three or four little bookcases. That’s not counting the other media cases in the “storage” room.

15. One book you have read multiple times — Pardon me while I giggle. ^_^  I’ve read so many books multiple times. It’s actually my habit to finish a book, flip it over, and read it again, to get any parts that I might have missed the first time. Those authors I mentioned above? I’ve probably read their entire series at least three times (except any new releases). I know I read Sacajawea probably three times when I read it because it was huge and I knew I’d missed some things.

16. Preferred place to read — Wherever I have a book (or e-reader) in my hands.

17. Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read. — There are too many to pick just one.

Image result for wtf did i just read18. Reading regret — There was this book I picked up that was supposed to be a murder/action/romance and turned out to be a Christian murder/action/romance. Now, I’m okay with a book being overtly Christian in nature because writers have their message, and they want to convey it. That being said, the message should at least be well written, and this was not. The romance and mystery subplots were stricly by the number, they did not go well together at all. The action sequences were amusing at best, and mix in the overt Christian message… it was jut a mess. The only reason I slugged my way through it is I wanted to see how the author could possibly justify pinning the murder on the person she pinned it on. And it was just as awful as I thought it was. I totally can’t remember the title, but it’s one book I regret making myself read to the end.

19. Series you started and need to finish (all books are out in series) — I don’t need to finish anything. There are a few series that I simply didn’t like the way the author was going and stopped reading. I’m under no obligation to finish them at all. Even if there’s only one book left.

20. Three of your all-time favorite books — I don’t have favorites, even if there are three of them.


First book of hers I read

21. Unapologetic fan-girl/boy for — I’m totally not trying to be rude here. I’m not! But tone is difficult to convey in text. I just don’t understand the whole “fan” thing. Like, I used to pretend to be a “fan” of the San Francisco Giants (baseball) because I lived near San Francisco, and I like baseball, but the team changes every year or so. It’s not the same team.  How can I be a fan of the franchise when the team changes? That totally doesn’t make sense to me. Same with books. I mean, I like some authors… Mercedes Lackey for instance… her Heralds of Valdemar series is the first series I’ve ever read… and I loved that series to death.  Hmmm. She might actually be my “most read author” since I’ve read a lot of her books. Ha! But there are some books of hers that I absolutely hate. And some books of hers that are… okay. And some that I really like. I don’t read everything she writes and say, “Wow, that was great! You’re the best author evah!” Even some books in the same series of hers will be good and others are pretty awful. And if I go back and read some of the books that I liked when I was twenty, I probably won’t like them as much now. Because my tastes change. You know? And I’m that way about any author, some books will be good, some bad, and others will fall in the middle. No one churns out a perfect book every time. But there are some Mercedes Lackey fans who will hear no ill word against her. And that’s what “fans” are. I can’t do that.

22. Very excited for this release more than all the others — I don’t keep track of new releases, for books, movies, or television. It’s just something I’ve never done.

Newton dog-eared his books too

23. Worst bookish habit — I’m one of those people that turn down the corner of the book to mark my page. Yeah, I said it. I dog-ear my books! I don’t care who knows it.  Actually, like Sir Issac Newton, I don’t consider books as sacred tomes to be cherished and kept pristine until the end of time. They are tools like any other thing in our possession, to be used until they fall apart and then replaced.  Yeah yeah, we can take care of our tools to make them last longer, that’s true, but I’m not going to handle everything in my life with kid gloves just to keep them around for a few minutes longer. Books are made to be read, not displayed on bookshelves. I read them. I dog-ear them when I’m done so I’ll know where to start reading them again when I pick them up. I also write in my books. And, I also cut books up and use them as crafts. Yeah! See the little hearts hanging from the ceiling in this picture? Made from books. I am a monster. Listen, dear reader. There are an abundance of books in this world. Libraries burn them every day to make room for new ones (google it if you don’t believe me).  Book stores are going out of business, and no one wants anyone else’s used books. When the written word was being painstakingly copied by hand to make a book, or when the printing press was in its infancy, that’s when books were cherished possessions to be held onto and passed down from generation to generation. Today? Today one single story is printed by the billions. Folding down the corner is not heresy. It’s really not.

24. X marks the spot: start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book — No can do. My current bookcase has been purged and only 10 books. The tenth book, however is called: Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods; Find the perfect start and finish for every knitting project

25. Your latest book purchase? Our Domestic Birds by John H. Robinson  (That’s a Gutenberg press link, I “purchased” it through Amazon, both are free). It’s a book about poultry, and it’s kind of interesting.

25. ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late) — I think it was this one: Fire Touched.  I read it all the way through the day it came out. I didn’t like the next book as much, so I didn’t read it in one sitting. But this one, I liked.