Thursday, September 21, 2017

11th annual Hipville Halloween

11th annual Hipville Halloween... Double, double, toil and trouble. Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble!! Come on over & get spooked, Halloween items for sale too, lots of photo props, cuddle areas...Most of all just enjoy yourself.. ; ) 


Yes, Fall is here and we are ready for it too. The colors of Fall are ever so beautiful and Greg and I decided to go and explore some Halloween sims and we stumbled up The Hipville Halloween. This is a fun place to walk around in and the hunt will give you some neat and different items you can use for your Halloween decor. We enjoyed it. The sounds seem kind of loud as well as the music but I just turned it off and it made it enjoyable. Stop by and check it out when you can.
Greg had to bob for apples. Apple bobbing, also known as bobbing for apples, is a game often played on Halloween. The game is played by filling a tub or a large basin with water and putting apples in the water. Because apples are less dense than water, they will float to the surface. Players (usually children) then try to catch one with their teeth. Use of arms is not allowed and often are tied behind the back to prevent cheating.


I was thinking this may have a meaning because I read up about bobbing for apples and here is what I found: 

The tradition of bobbing for apples dates back to the Roman invasion of Britain when the conquering army merged their own celebrations with traditional Celtic festivals. The Romans brought with them the apple tree, a representation of the goddess of fruit trees, Pomona. During an annual celebration, young unmarried people try to bite into an apple floating in water or hanging from a string; the first person to bite into the apple would be the next one to be allowed to marry. So go ahead Greg, keep biting, Hahahahaha.


Oh well, he is strong in other ways. He can lift me with one arm and balance on a ball. Freaky in its own way. Who needs normal anyway?


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fireside Lullaby

We absolutely adore sitting outside on the balcony and watching the fire. The colors and the night blend so nicely together.

Fireside lullaby
poem by Basmakyah Borz

I've walked the world over
to be under your skies
and nothing compares
to seeing your eyes.

Please sing me to sleep,
I'm far beyond tired;
this is all I asked for
and it's sitting by a fire.

Now I don't know if it's the medicine
or if I'm really dying,
but if I die beside you
I know I won't die crying.

The Retreat is getting ready for Halloween and Fall, so stop by and feel the warmth of the fire outside and watch out for the ghosts and other creatures lurking around the Retreat. The Halloween Pumpkin Hunt will start October 1.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Upcoming Basement Improvements


We have been planning to make the original Basement Club look better and make it a little bigger to fit more friends here so they can dance. This will take a little time to get it all done, but we think this will look great. The upper Basement will remain the same because it looks great surrounded by the Retreat.


Thank you, Greg and Dandy for your input on the renovation plans for the Basement Club. I am excited to work together on this as the planning team :)

So look for it in the coming weeks...the New and Improved Basement Club for your dance needs and hang out with friends place.




Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Khodovarikha

Khodovarikha – in Russian: Ходовариха – is a weather station located on the coast of the freezing Barents Sea. It consists of a land spit projecting eastwards (Latitude: 68° 57′ Longitude: 53° 45′).
You can visit this place in Second Life. Wear some warm clothes when you come here because it is very cold. We had to take little breaks to warm up. I think Greg even fell asleep. (What else is new!)

You will see some gorgeous northern lights in the sky. It looks so pretty in this cold place.

We even had Mario visit here, I guess he was looking for Luigi....lol
Why not stop by today and explore before it is gone. Khodovarikha

Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Bride of Frankenstein

Since I cannot be anyone's bride I decided I will be the bride of Frankenstein. After all the real Frankenstein castle is located in Germany near my hometown.

Little is known certainly of Dippel, whose life is shrouded in mystery and legend. His interest in alchemy led him to search for the elixir vitae and the philosopher's stone, and he is said to have been interested in creating artificial life. He was also alleged to practice grave-robbing. Dippel's Oil, a concoction of bones, blood, and other bodily fluids distilled in iron tubes and other alchemical equipment, was intended as the elixir vitae but served only as a stimulant. Dippel offered his next formula, which he claimed was the true elixir of life, to the Landgrave of Hesse in exchange for Castle Frankenstein. It is said that Dippel signed his name "Frankenstein" after his place of residence.

The connection between Dippel and the Castle of Frankenstein on the Rhine near Darmstadt has led some critics to suggest Dippel as the original of Mary Shelley's Victor Frankenstein. But the paucity of material about his actual life leaves much room for doubt, and many of the traits attributed to him may post date Mary Shelley's novel. There is also considerable doubt about whether Mary Shelley could have known about Dippel's life.

Stop by the Retreat, we are getting ready for Halloween and you never know " Herr Dippel" may suddenly appear. Perhaps you see the bride of Frankenstein.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Halloween Pumpkin Hunt @ the Retreat


Like every year the Retreat has its pumpkin hunt. Find 10 pumpkins throughout the Retreat starting October 1-31, 2017 for 1L each :)The Retreat will be fully decorated in Halloween decor, great for pictures or just fun to hang around at.Look for the special teleport to the haunted Subway at the Basement Club here as well.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

REZZ Day and the 7:31

“Anyone can love a rose, but it takes a great deal to love a leaf. It’s ordinary to love the beautiful, but it’s beautiful to love the ordinary” 

Well if that is true I may not be a rose nor a leaf. Today was my REZZ Day. A Rezz Day in Second Life is the day when you logged on for the very first time as your avatar. The day you were born into the "in world" of residents. To some, this is a big day to be celebrated big and to others just another day. Exactly like we would do it in real life. Those of you are roses may be remembered and the leaves may not get those good wishes.

I got this  "Kiss me, it's my rezz day" from a total stranger today. That was not ordinary but very cool. At least I got something. It is the little things that count.

Later that day at the Sunday set at the Basement Club we played the "Travis Train" game and for the first time, we had CANDI guessed the time exactly on the dot...yeah for 7:31. If you are wondering what the game is all about and how to win some lindens, then come by the 6-8 PM SLT set on Sundays at the Basement Club.

Greg landed in the water because of his forgetfulness

ok, I will give him another chance to redeem :)



Saturday, September 2, 2017

Totally 80s Club

"A warm cozy club where 80's music reigns all the time! Chat with the DJs, staff and other fans of the 80s music in this fun club filled with dancing and other activities."

One thing for sure coming here will be an adventure because the people are unique and they love the 80s.
Totally 80s Club.

I am happy to announce that I have a regular set there every Saturday from 8-10PM SLT. Why not stop by and check it out.

The people are friendly and yes like I mentioned unique. You never know who will join the Conga line. It could be an angel, a horse, fox or the fluffy Super Baar, well even Greg joined this line. (Maybe I need to worry a little about him.)

Hope to see you there:
Saturday
8-10 PM SLT
Totally 80s

Yes, I do play requests, so bring them with you. The Club is usually very full so squeeze yourself in, we will make room.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Fall has arrived

The Retreat has its fall colors. The yellow rapaseed (AKA as rapeseed) plant can be seen throughout the Retreat. The plant is used for canola oil and also biofuels in Europe and Canada. Very little is used in the United States, which is kind of sad when you think about it how pretty the plant is and what great uses you have for it.

I love this time of year and it reminds me of home in many ways.

You can see miles and miles the yellow flax blooming in Fall in Germany. It is a gorgeous sight.


Monday, August 28, 2017

Sweet Home Alabama!!!

This is not referred to the song or the movie...this is all about the room I created for Greg. Originally, I planned it for a guest room and then some people suggested it should be a nursery. Well, no. 
I was trying to get the color Crimson just right, but I think it does not match perfectly and Greg thought that was pretty funny.
But, hey I think it looks pretty fantastic made by a non roll-tider.

Stop by the Retreat and check it out and if you have some Alabama outfits, this would be a great place to show them off at.
Good Luck!!!

Roll tide, roll!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Yasminia

at the cemetery 
If you have a little time, I recommend vising the sim Yasminia. This is a peaceful coastal place with plenty of country charm as well. I would say a photographer's paradise.
Come and visit the small chapel and the cemetery, it is very peaceful. 
Cemeteries by Alessio Tummolillo
I kill time in cemeteries. 

Sticky, humid cemeteries in the summer.
Golden, dead cemeteries in the fall.
Barren, watchful cemeteries in the winter.
Greeting the new dead in the spring.

When I have time to kill, I do it in mausoleums, sepulchers, graveyards.
I use, abuse, and muse over the refused, when I have time to kill.

To remind myself I’m alive.
To remind myself I’ll die.
To remind myself to remember I’ll be forgotten.
To remind myself I’ll be
      Reduced to ashes
      Behind marble plaque
      Underground.
      Thrown in the sea,
      Where I’ll rest for eternity.

Just to remind myself I’m not alone.
That we’re all headed to the Sunset Limited.


I plan to return here very soon and take some more photographs of this beautiful place.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

I like it when you smile...

... but I love it when I am the reason.


There is this certain feeling at times that brings us back to the first time we started being together and how people somehow wanted our relationship to break up. It is that Schadenfreude that so many enjoy and we all have been there in one way or another because it is part of Human Nature.

Taking pleasure in someone else’s pain – no matter how subconsciously we do it, isn’t something you’re meant to admit to. Yet it’s become an endemic part of human nature. Social media sites wouldn’t exist if we didn’t feel constantly compelled to mark our achievements – professional and personal – against other people’s. And if you set the bar for your own success against other people’s achievements then it stands to reason that you measure your failures against theirs.
I hate to disappoint all of you on that because we are stronger than ever together. We do not listen to village gossip.


Friday, August 18, 2017

We flocked around....

Candi, Dev, Dani and Anj
I guess Dani did not understand the saying: "Don 't flock with the Flamingos", and was ready to take one home with her.
I want to thank the Rhodes-Lescher family for stopping by the Retreat and hunting down the blue Flamingo. Nazil was very fast indeed. :) 

Special thanks to Kylie and Mickey who went exploring. DJ Dandy and Miss Deb for their kind visit. Candi always as sexy as can be made it so much more fun. Dev and Dani you two are a ton of fun to have around. And last but never least a big thanks to Greg who puts up with all my crazy ideas like this one for putting out 148 flamingos all over the yard.
The Rhodes-Lescher Family


Kylie and Mickey found the blue flamingo

It was such great fun and we will most definitely have more events coming up here at the Retreat. Fall is around the corner and all the trees will be transformed which is a beautiful sight to see and such a great photo opportunity.



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.