Friday, July 27, 2012

I wish I was Seinfeld

Man, I got NOTHING today! Been running around doing errands, trying to get the house somewhat cleared so we can have friends over for dinner, pay bills…..yadda yadda yadda.

Thought I might write about my Fresno trip, but really didn’t feel like it…

Did have some fun going down the “Back To School” aisle at Walmart and looking at all the pretty folders, binders, pens, cases etc. 

Saw THE MOST FUN THING: a chandelier for your locker! 
How cool is that? It attaches to the top of your locker with magnets. I so totally would’ve wanted one of those!

I stood there looking at them and trying VERY hard to think of how on earth I could use one of these at home…nada. 
They are just SO CUTE! All Walmart had were the black and white ones, but they also come in pink and blue. I would’ve chosen the blue…natch.

So there ya go. Nothing. 
Sorry, Gladys. I’ll try harder next week….

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Natural Resources of Ravenskye City

A couple of times when there was a lag between quests in Ravenskye, I would idly see how many different types of snagvine there were. I toyed with the idea of cataloging them and coming up with uses for them. About the time I would start seriously thinking of this, the quests would start again. Well, now there are NO quests in the foreseeable future, and I find myself waiting to redo my city until I’ve finished getting the last of my collections and can clear the whole place and start over. SO….out came my list again and this time I will finish it.

When Cornelius and the gang landed in Ravenskye City, they had to forage for awhile until they got a better camp set up and rebuilt the city. The many types of snagvine available provided them with tools, medicine and food.

The city itself had 16 different snagvines, the peak had two, and the interior had two.

Reefroot (interior) The oily root could be crushed and boiled down to make a waterproof coating.
Seastalk (int) Bitter leaves, but could be used as a source of vitamins in a salad.

Hybrid bamboo (peak) Used as you would bamboo.
Mountain blush (peak) The flowers would brew into a very flavorful tea.

Chokeroot and Thornychoke were both medicinal for coughs and colds. Use the root of chokeroot and the thorns of the other, pulverizing them and boiling down into a thick syrup. Leaves of both could be brewed into a soothing tea.
Madrash – very toxic. Stay away from it! But the root from Noxroot, crushed and steeped in hot water, would soothe almost any skin irritation.

Clumpvine, Flattop and Wildstalk weren’t of much use except for animal feed.

Fireroot. Spicy leaves for salads. Dry and grind up the root for seasoning that tasted like cayenne.
Tearoot. The leaves made a good tea, but the dried and ground root had more caffeine.
Thickroot. Leaves not good for anything, but the root was good roasted, like a potato.
Twistroot. Leaves could be brewed for a spicy tea and the root ground up and used like ginger.

Spiney and Tangleweed. The spines were very strong and could be used as needles. The tangleweed was difficult to work with, but when soaked and straightened, the core of the vines contained tough fibers that could be separated and used as thread.

Spyrevine. Stalks were very strong and came to a point. After hardening in fire, could be used as a digging tool or as a weapon.

Towerweed was good for fencing.

Watchweed got the name because when burned, it “ticked” like a watch, because of the sap in the plant. Later, it was found the sap could be used as a natural insect repellant.

Even though most of the rocks and vines were eventually eliminated, the usefulness of some of the vines prompted Barley to keep some of the seeds on hand, and Iris and Monty to cultivate some of them in their greenhouses. 

And so ends my little foray into total geekdome....

Friday, July 13, 2012

Book Report July 2012

Holy smokes! I haven’t done a book report since January! I won’t report on all the ones I’ve read since then, at least in this one posting. Just a few for now and more to come later…

Heartstones by Ruth Rendell

I read this many years ago and gave it to Sarah. One of the last times I was at her house, I saw it in her bookcase and decided to read it again. I had not remembered the ending. It was a surprise all over again. I love that kind of thing! The young girl Elvira was just as creepy as when I first read this story. The teenage years suck!! This poor girl needs some good counseling and meds. As does this entire dysfunctional family. I’ve read a lot of Ruth Rendell’s books, and she is very good when it comes to atmosphere and tension. Can’t say much more without ruining it.
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The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama

Awesome first book in a series!! I LOVED this book! Mr. Ali retires from a government position in India, and to stave off boredom, opens a marriage bureau from his home. Just a great little slice of life there. You really come to care about the main people. There’s great heartfelt concern and humor.
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Some Girls: My Life in a Harem by Jillian Lauren

True story about how a prostitute becomes part of the Prince of Brunei’s harem. Ms. Lauren writes very well, and I was captivated from the first word to the last. One thing I was grateful about was that fact that there is no graphic sex. You know it’s there, but the spotlight wasn’t on that aspect of her life in the harem.
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The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle

A real rip-snorter of a book! I’ve read all the Sherlock Holmes stories by Mr. Doyle, but had never read any of his ‘science-fiction’ and this was a good one. A plateau in South American is the home of dinosaurs and ape-men. The explorers of this strange land are tested to the maximum.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Chocolate Skulls!!!

Forget about tasty brains….why not the entire skull??

Made of chocolate, of course. The BEST chocolate. They weigh about 5 pounds and come in 3 flavors: the blended white and milk chocolate called “bone”, dark chocolate, and semi-sweet.

They are hand cast individually to order and are anatomically correct. If that makes a difference. Don’t want no shoddy, crooked skulls on MY plate, thankyouverymuch.

It takes 3 weeks to make one of these charmers AND will ONLY set you back $375.00!!!
Plus shipping.
What a bargain!

Gotta admit…if someone gave me one of these…I’d eat it!

Cogito, Ergo, NOM!!!!