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Webkinz Gaming: My Holiday Hall Decorated for Halloween!

This is my Webkinz Holiday Hall in my Webkinz House, decorated for Halloween/Samhain! I love it! My Webkinz Halloween Hall is a room in my Webkinz House that I decorate in accordance to the different Holidays and whatever different occasions - it’s so much fun! After Terrance the Badger finished decorating the hall for Halloween, he decided to relax at the dining room table in his sunglasses and one of the Witch hats to enjoy his work. -smiles-

The spiral staircase on the left is animated, and when the Webkinz pets go down it, they land in a trap door. The fireplace is also animated, and a ghost floats in an out of it. -grins- 

My Webkinz House Holiday Hall Decorated for Halloween!

I love doing all kinds of Holiday activities and events in my Webkinz Gaming, as well as in all my different games like in Howrse, Guild Wars 2, Neverwinter, Gaia Online, and Second Life, and in all my games and Gaming overall. <3








































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Television Music: Outlander Theme (Skye Boat Song) - Bear McCreary (Feat. Raya Yarbroug)

I’ve been watching “The Outlander” since it premiered in Agust, and I’m completely loving it. The TV series is also sticking pretty close to the books, too, which adds to my enjoyment, since I also love the “The Outlander” books by Diana Gabaldon. I have read, and I also own all eight (8) current books that make up the series, and am awaiting more news on the ninth (9th) book as it is revealed.

Sing me a song of a lass that is gone,
Say, could that lass be I?
Merry of soul she sailed on a day
Over the sea to Skye.

Billow and breeze, islands and seas,
Mountains of rain and sun,
All that was good, all that was fair,
All that was me is gone.

Sing me a song of a lass that is gone,
Say, could that lass be I?
Merry of soul she sailed on a day
Over the sea to Skye.




Outlander is a television drama series on Starz (and also on Showtime) that s based on the Outlander novels written by Diana Gabaldon, who is a paid consultant on the program and has spent time on set. 


Cast
Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall
Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser
Tobias Menzies as Frank/Jonathan Randall
Graham McTavish as Dougal MacKenzie
Gary Lewis as Colum MacKenzie
Annette Badland as Mrs Fitzgibbons
Stephen Walters as Anghus Mhor
Laura Donnelly as Janet Fraser Murray (Jenny)
Lotte Verbeek as Geillis Duncan
James Fleet as Rev. Dr. Reginald Wakefield
Duncan Lacroix as Murtagh Fraser
Roderick Gilkison as Hamish MacKenzie
Simon Callow as The Duke of Sandringham
Grant O’Rourke as Rupert MacKenzie
Bill Paterson as Ned Gowan
Simon Meacock as Hugh Munro




Diana Gabaldon’s Website - http://www.dianagabaldon.com/
Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon On Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/43943-outlander
Outlander TV Series on Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outlander_(TV_series

















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Family Holidays: My Upcoming Halloween 2014 With Jake & My Furbaby

I’m reposting this photo of Smokey from Friday, August 15th, 2014 a couple months ago - and, in my opinion, one of the cutest photos of him too - because I have been missing Smokey and Jake a lot, since they have not been Home since August. Happily though, as long as things keep moving along as well as they have in September and October this month so far, they should be both be arriving Home on Wednesday, October 29th and staying until Monday, November 3rd for a few days to celebrate Halloween/Samhhain Together. <3

As everyone who knows me well knows, this Holiday is incredibly important to me for many reasons - reasons, of course, that also include my faith and beliefs in Druidic and Celtic traditions as an Eclectic Wiccan, meaning that I even though I follow Greek Pantheon as well as the Druidic path strongly, in general, I feel the closest and strongest in my faith blending beliefs and practices from several different pantheons and traditions of Paganism. -smiles-

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Samhain Lore (October 31st) - http://wicca.com/celtic/akasha/samhainlore.htm. Samhain, (pronounced SOW-in, SAH-vin, or SAM-hayne) means “End of Summer”, and is the third and final Harvest. The dark winter half of the year commences on this Sabbat. 

It is generally celebrated on October 31st, but some traditions prefer November 1st. It is one of the two “spirit-nights” each year, the other being Beltane. It is a magical interval when the mundane laws of time and space are temporarily suspended, and the Thin Veil between the worlds is lifted. Communicating with ancestors and departed loved ones is easy at this time, for they journey through this world on their way to the Summerlands. It is a time to study the Dark Mysteries and honor the Dark Mother and the Dark Father, symbolized by the Crone and her aged Consort. 

Originally the “Feast of the Dead” was celebrated in Celtic countries by leaving food offerings on altars and doorsteps for the “wandering dead”. Today a lot of practitioners still carry out that tradition. Single candles were lit and left in a window to help guide the spirits of ancestors and loved ones home. Extra chairs were set to the table and around the hearth for the unseen guest. Apples were buried along roadsides and paths for spirits who were lost or had no descendants to provide for them. Turnips were hollowed out and carved to look like protective spirits, for this was a night of magic and chaos. The Wee Folke became very active, pulling pranks on unsuspecting humans. Traveling after dark was was not advised. People dressed in white (like ghosts), wore disguises made of straw, or dressed as the opposite gender in order to fool the Nature spirits. 

This was the time that the cattle and other livestock were slaughtered for eating in the ensuing winter months. Any crops still in the field on Samhain were considered taboo, and left as offerings to the Nature spirits. Bonfires were built, (originally called bone-fires, for after feasting, the bones were thrown in the fire as offerings for healthy and plentiful livestock in the New Year) and stones were marked with peoples names. Then they were thrown into the fire, to be retrieved in the morning. The condition of the retrieved stone foretold of that person’s fortune in the coming year. Hearth fires were also lit from the village bonfire to ensure unity, and the ashes were spread over the harvested fields to protect and bless the land. 

Various other names for this Greater Sabbat are Third Harvest, Samana, Day of the Dead, Old Hallowmas (Scottish/Celtic), Vigil of Saman, Shadowfest (Strega), and Samhuinn. Also known as All Hallow’s Eve, (that day actually falls on November 7th), and Martinmas (that is celebrated November 11th), Samhain is now generally considered the Witch’s New Year. 

Symbolism of Samhain:
Third Harvest, the Dark Mysteries, Rebirth through Death. 

Symbols of Samhain:
Gourds, Apples, Black Cats, Jack-O-Lanterns, Besoms. 

Herbs of Samhain:
Mugwort, Allspice, Broom, Catnip, Deadly Nightshade, Mandrake, Oak leaves, Sage and Straw. 

Foods of Samhain:
Turnips, Apples, Gourds, Nuts, Mulled Wines, Beef, Pork, Poultry. 

Incense of Samhain:
Heliotrope, Mint, Nutmeg. 

Colors of Samhain:
Black, Orange, White, Silver, Gold. 

Stones of Samhain:
All Black Stones, preferably jet or obsidian.


I cannot wait to see my two boys again, to just be able to hangout and relax and have with them all together the three of Us again. We haven’t decided on everything we are doing yet, and I don’t think that we have anything huge planned - it will just be really nice to have Jake and my Smokey-Bubba here with me, just hanging out, relaxing, and having fun Together, no matter what We do for Our 5 days Together. Oh, and yes - We do plan to dress Smokey up in a Costume on Halloween/Samhain Night on Friday, October 31st. Yes - We are those Pet Parents. -grins- <3

I’ve been looking at Pet Costumes Online at different websites for a few weeks now, and have found lots of really cute ones, like Tigger and Winnie the Pooh, but cannot seem to decide on “the best” costume for my Smokey. Does anyone have any suggestions? I’m open to any and ally suggestions, so lemme hear them! -grins-














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Art: My Obsidian Vines Donation Commission by xainy/starcharmer

This is my newest Obsidian art, this one done by xainy/starcharmer on Livejornal/Kayla, and I love it. xainy was taking donations for her “Expression icons” so she could get lots of easy foods for her wisdom teeth removal this coming week, so I helped her out, giving her two suggestions for Sidi’s expression - 1) was “something powerful and/or mystical” and 2) was “pretty/cute”. 

I gave her two options, and if she had issues getting “something powerful and/or mystical” in an icon (which, in not being an artist myself I understood that such an involved “expression” may be difficult to portray in an icon piece), I was planning on getting it done in a full sized piece. But, as always, xainy pulled my wishes off PERFECTLY. I love this new piece, that I have an icon size of too and have named Obsidian Vines - since with both sides of her Magick in full effect, Sidi’s Druidic Shadow Magick can be used to heal and defend as to attack and battle when need be. -grins-

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Writing: Three tips to increase productivity when writing from home

I found this article entry on one of the blogs/websites that I frequent - this one being one of the that focus on writing, blogging, publishing etc, called http://www.publishingcrawl.com/. Below is an article/post written by a Guest Writer, talking about their experience and advice on how to keep up, and increase a writer’s productivity when writing from home, as well as, seen in the reading, keeping up, and increasing, a writer’s productivity in general. Being that I myself am a writer, and do most of my writing/writing work from home, I enjoyed this article and it’s tip. -smiles-

Guest Post: Three tips to increase productivity when writing from home - http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2014/09/10/guest-post-three-tips-to-increase-productivity-when-writing-from-home/.

by Michelle Krys



Here’s a story that might sound familiar. A few years ago, after I got a book deal, I dropped down from full-time work at my day job, to working just a few shifts every two weeks. I was ecstatic about all the writing I’d surely get done. But when I started writing every day, I made a disturbing discovery: I wasn’t getting any more work done in my eight new hours of free time than when I had to cram it all into the one free half hour I had all day. I would write 1000 words no matter how long I had to do it.

Last year, I blogged about some tricks I picked up to increase productivity when working from home (internet blocking apps and what have you), but since then, I’ve learned a few more helpful ways to kick my butt into gear when the pull of the internet is strong and another episode of Big Brother is on the PVR (don’t judge). And because I’m nice like that, I’ll share them with you.

1. Use a calendar system to record progress. (Red dot sticker for 1000 words, blue dot for 500, yellow for 250, etc). To give credit where credit’s due, I got the idea from Victoria Schwab. It seems so juvenile, dare I say kindergarten-esque, to want to work hard for a sticker, but … I really want that sticker. A calendar with only a few pathetic red dots is so motivating. Conversely, a great week with many red dots is also motivating—I don’t want to sully my awesomely-full calendar with a bunch of yellow dots, or worse, no dots at all. It also doesn’t hurt that the calendar is in a prominent location in my home, there for all to see should I start slacking off.

2. Take more frequent breaks. It sounds counterintuitive, but there’s all sorts of research out there that says more frequent breaks improves the quality of work. I won’t bore you with that research, but basically: it’s a lot easier to focus on one thing when you’re only doing that thing for thirty minutes. Because I have epically horrible focus, I like to work for twenty minutes, then I’m “allowed” to take five minutes to unwind, check email, tweet, or what have you, before I start another twenty-minute session. After I reach 1000 words, I break for lunch, and then it’s back to work. Since I’ve started doing this, I’ve noticed a huge improvement in both my focus while writing and the quality of my work.

3. Push past “writer’s block”. When the words just aren’t coming, it’s easy to put it down to writer’s block and give up. And honestly? Sometimes I do that. Sometimes I just need a break. But since contracts and deadlines mean I don’t have the luxury of being able to take breaks every time I’m stuck, I’ve had to learn techniques to push forward. What I’ve learned is that most of the time, it’s just a matter of figuring out why the words aren’t coming. Maybe it’s that I don’t really know what I want to achieve with the scene, or maybe I’m not sure how I want to achieve it. Sometimes, it’s because I’m not sure where the scene will take the plot next, because even though I’ve outlined, my outlines are often written in broad strokes and finer details can cause major problems. Once I’ve figured out the reason I’m stuck, I can usually find my way back to the words. Laini Taylor says it best: “Never sit staring at a blank page or screen. If you find yourself stuck, write. Write about the scene you’re trying to write. Writing about is easier than writing, and chances are, it will give you your way in.”









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I just found this as I’m relaxing before bed, and it warmed my heart and made me smile - because this is incredibly true of friend and friendship as well as, in my opinion, any and all types of close, positive and happy relationships. -smiles- <3

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LIFE HACKS & SNACKS: Back to School!

Published on 26 Aug 2014

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