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Flashback -The Resurgence in Adventure Computer Games

prince alexander on the beach in kings quest 6.  Alexander feels a strange pulling sensation.

In the 1990s, I was a girl tied to the computer playing adventure games. You could not tell me that hours of playing Sierra’s Kings Quest and other classic computer adventure games was not the best way for me to pass my time. I absolutely loved the stories, the fun characters, the puzzle solving elements, and the beautifully painted (yes painted) backgrounds that these games had in store for me.

Fast forward to 30 years later and the old school adventure games that many enjoyed as kids are coming back with a bang.  It seems like they are everywhere right now.

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Raise a Glass! It’s National Red Wine Day

Wine barrels and crushed wine grapes

October 15th is National Red Wine Day

Today, October 15th, is National Red Wine Day. As if many of you needed an actual day to celebrate red wine, right?

Looking for a new red wine to try for this National Red Wine Day? You could pair up your favorite wine to your pop culture obsession of the moment, or reach for a classic. Either way, you’re sure to enjoy.

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Fall Colors In The Sierras: Fishing at Rock Creek

The Colors of the tress turn for the fall.  Sierra mountains fall does not last long enjoy hiking camping and fishing while it lasts

There are few things as beautiful as the Sierras in the fall. The only downside to it is that this season has a short shelf life in the Sierra Mountains near Mammoth Lakes. It seems to go from a few weeks of summer straight into winter and all its snow covered glory. But these few weeks of fall are glorious, especially if you like hiking and camping in the Sierra mountains. This is the perfect time of year to take advantage of the cooling temperatures before it gets down right frigid.

Our friend make the hike to Rock Creek, a well known camping and fishing spot in the Sierras, and sent us this video. I love that you can see the fish in the clear creek water, but they obviously just are not biting the hooks that day. I guess it is not all bad when you have a view like that, right?

There is some talk on the video about looking for bald eagles while waiting for the fish to bite there at Rock Creek. Have any of you seen bald eagles while hiking or camping in the Sierra Mountains here in California? I guess even if you miss out on the fish, or the eagles, you really are not at a loss of beautiful things to see. Those mountain views really do give you something to look at no matter what else is going on there.

What do you guys think? Is the hike worth it to put your fishing line in the water at Rock Creek in the Sierra Mountains? Do you have any favorite places to go camping where you are?

I would love to hear it.

Fall colors in the sierras.  Fishing at rock creek near mammoth lakes in California

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DIY – How-to Paint A Diamond Pattern On Living Room Wall

Take an afternoon and redo your living room with this simple painting DIY.

Is your living room looking a little blah? Want to add a little plash of color to a bedroom, office, or your dining room? This diamond pattern living room painting how-to is easy and FAST! We took a 90 inch wide by 104 inch high section of my living room and painted this Do It Yourself diamond pattern on it in 2 hours. That includes the drying time for the paint! You can easily do this painting DIY over the weekend with a friend.

I chose a wall in my living room to paint. I already liked the color that was there, but I wanted to add a blue/grey paint to it. I like the contrast of the tan/blue. If you do not already like the color of the wall you will be painting, paired with the color of the diamonds that you want, this will take longer. You will first need the entire area you will be putting the diamond design onto to be painted the color you want to show through. Like I said, I already like the tan color I had on the wall, so this cut down on application time for me. If you are painting from scratch this will be a two day project, just to be safe.

What you will need -

  • measuring tape
  • pencil (do NOT use a pen they bleed through paint)
  • 1 1/2 inch painter tape
  • paint brush
  • tarp to cover floor
  • paint
  • 6 foot ladder
  • and a friend to help

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Meet The Man Behind Mod Palm Springs

Mod Palm Springs interview with rory snyder

This weekend marks the start of Modweek Palm Springs! A full week in the fall that celebrates much of the Southern California dessert community’s mid century heritage. Well, it is that, but also a great big party with mid-century themes. There is no other place better than Palm Springs to indulge in the celebration of the design, architecture and nostalgia of the mid 1900s.

I was able to interview the organizer of Mod-Palm Springs, Rory Snyder, and he was able to share some insights into what this fabulous week of fun is all about.
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