Away From It All

Every summer my family goes up to a lake in the high Uintahs for one week away from any kind of media or technology. It’s a week where we do a lot of swimming, hiking, and sitting around talking to each other. We play Yahtzee and make kites and cook over the fire. We stay in one-room cabins that sometimes have chipmunk visitors, unlike this gorgeous summer cabin from Apple Fall. My one geeky brother-in-law who struggles the most with the no technology thing downloads geo-caching maps into his phone so he can take all the kids treasure hunting. It’s the best week of the year. All of the fun games by Elle Kirshner of Second Spaces at the Arcade got me thinking about the fun times ahead this summer. I particularly liked the chinese checkers set, but all of the games look great and I am sure they will be making further appearances in the future!

 

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Stewart is wearing:

Hair: Exile AJ by Kavar Cleanslate

Skin: Belleza Dylan Tan by Tricky Boucher

Shirt: Old Gravy Polo Sienna by Fate Emerald

Trunks: Fatewear Ian Trunks by Damien Fate

Feet: Ispachi Men’s Bare Feet by Diarmuid Miklos

 

Eliza is wearing:

Hair: eep . hair 013 . ashed6 by eep (@Fameshed)

Skin: Glam Affair Cleo by Aida Ewing

Top: E! Meghan Top by Eclectic Wingtips (@Fameshed)

Shorts: Mon Tissu Denim Shorts by Anouk Spot

Flip Flops/Feet: Gos Boutique by Gospel Voom

Cabin: Apple Fall Spring Cabin by Apple Fall

Furniture: Quarantine, Domineaux Effect, Tatty Soup, Lame, Cobblestone

Dog: Zooby’s Great Dane fawn by Carrie Tatsu

Moonlight Sortie

There’s nothing like sledding on a bright, moonlit night. And Isla Gealach’s new Chilly Sled is made for moonlit nights!

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Con likes to keep me company and race me down the hill. My gorgeous warm socks are from Gawk! at the Frost Fair. And my bright, wind-reddened cheeks come from the amazing Tricky  Boucher of Belleza.

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Hair: TRUTH< Briony – cocoa by Truth Hawks

Skin: -Belleza- Wynter skin by Tricky Boucher

Eyes: IKON Eternal Eyes – Tobacco by Ikon Innovia

Shirt: PARADISIS Skinny sweater : complete chocolat by Ankhari Tammas

Vest: PARADISIS Yoko Jacket : Cream by Ankhari Tammas

Jeans: *GF* Capri Jeans -indigo- by Cerberus Noel

Socks: Gawk! Fawn Norwegian Knit Socks by Mell McMahon (@ Frost Fair)

Boots: J’s [Ladies] Studded Long boots-(Brown) by JB Gasov

Dog: ZOOBY ULTIMATE GREAT DANE (Fawn Color) by Carrie Tatsu

Sled: Cheeky Pea Chilly Sled Rose by Isla Gealach (@Collabor88)

Big Dogs

My first dog was a small, part Maltese mix named Katie. She was a decent dog, as far as family dogs go, but she was a yapper, and an uncontrollable one at that. She was not an attack dog, but she did love to bark. I have very fond memories of my Katie, but I did learn that a small, yapping dog was not the way I wanted to go in the future. I have always been a big dog kind of girl—the hounds, the working dogs—dogs with a purpose, I call them. Even though my own beautiful Luna does not pull carts or herd sheep like she was bred to do, she does keep watch on the house and deter anyone from approaching me on the street by looking big and scary.

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Sadly, no one has made a Bernese Mountain Dog in SL yet—a huge omission if I do say so myself. However, that does not meant that the big dogs get no love:

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Carrie Tatsu has created some of the most realistic-looking animals I have seen in SL. Animals are notoriously hard to create in SL—something about all those folding joints, I guess. But this big boy (named Con after one of my favorite vampire novel characters) looks realer than I do, right down to that very curious-canine expression in his eyes. Usually Great Danes aren’t quite so big, but my avatar is only 5’8” in SL, which is apparently midget-sized. But in any case, curling up with a big dog is way more satisfying than with a little one, so if you have your own big goof of a dog, show them some love today.

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A dog like Con requires some no nonsense shoes (mostly for chasing) and I am wearing the comfy mesh Uggs from Guu Nishi at Hoc Industries today. Also, Maxi Gossamer has just released a new necklace called Babette, and while there is a very high likelihood that it will get caught on Con’s ears (or in his mouth), I couldn’t resist putting it on today.

**Con does all sorts of doggy things in addition to looking adorable, which you can read about here.

Hair: [Shag] – Your Wish – eve by Sebastien Aries

Earrings: Beauty Code Loop Earrings pink by Janedark Miles (@Designer Circle)

Necklace: MG Necklace – Babette – Combo ALL – JET SILVER by Maxi Gossamer (@MMM12)

Jacket: BoHo HoBo jean jacket by Trill Zapatero

Tank: jane.femme.lace cami.br khaki by Janie Marlowe

Jeans: .:A&M:. I <3 my jeans - Dark Blue by  Mala Oh

Socks: Mesh_Female Socks Top by Meli Imako

Shoes: HOC Industries – Baa Boots Small Brown by Guu Nishi

Con: Zooby’s Ultimate Great Dane Fawn by Carrie Tatsu

Cuddle Poster: [Starstruck] Slow Down & Cuddle – Pastels by Cyclic Gearz (@MMM12)