November 2008


Thanksgiving is celebrated earlier in Canada than in the United States. So I cooked a turkey with all the trimmings in October. But this year we were also with my daughter and her family for American Thanksgiving.

She is married to an Italian and he is the family chef and although he has lived in the USA for nineteen years certain dishes have not yet become traditional for him. So the Thanksgiving dinner we ate last Thursday was a little different.

The first course was a mushroom risotto with quail.

This was followed by stuffed turkey breast with cranberry sauce (made by me as the chef had never even tasted cranberry sauce before), pancetta (don’t ask) and boiled leeks with a delicious sauce.


For any Italian wine is a very important part of any meal so on offer was a 2003 Pinot Noir from New Zealand with the odd name Box o’ Birds plus a French chablis to wash it all down.


We joined friends for dessert at their house and we contributed the French Apple Tart above made by my daughter while I baked the Pumpkin Pecan Ricotta Cheesecake seen below.

I hope that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving meal as much as we did.

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Thanksgiving is celebrated earlier in Canada than in the United States. So I cooked a turkey with all the trimmings in October. But this year we were also with my daughter and her family for American Thanksgiving.

She is married to an Italian and he is the family chef and although he has lived in the USA for nineteen years certain dishes have not yet become traditional for him. So the Thanksgiving dinner we ate last Thursday was a little different.

The first course was a mushroom risotto with quail.

This was followed by stuffed turkey breast with cranberry sauce (made by me as the chef had never even tasted cranberry sauce before), pancetta (don’t ask) and boiled leeks with a delicious sauce.


For any Italian wine is a very important part of any meal so on offer was a 2003 Pinot Noir from New Zealand with the odd name Box o’ Birds plus a French chablis to wash it all down.


We joined friends for dessert at their house and we contributed the French Apple Tart above made by my daughter while I baked the Pumpkin Pecan Ricotta Cheesecake seen below.

I hope that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving meal as much as we did.

METAL

I know we’ve done the Metal theme before because I used the perfect photo then, so I had to scrabble a bit for this one. This time I am using probably one of the most famous pieces of metal in the world.

Bronze is a metal alloy consisting primarily of copper, usually with tin as the main additive, but sometimes with other elements such as phosphorus, manganese, aluminum, or silicon.

Rodin’s Thinker, outside the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia
which I visited last year

Entitled Mignon, this exquisite bronze represents a twenty-five year old Rose Beuret, Rodin’s lifelong companion for more than fifty years, despite his many other lovers. Mother of his son, his model, and finally his wife at the age of 72, she died two weeks after the marriage.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE
NB: Still on the road but will be visiting you in between activities

METAL

I know we’ve done the Metal theme before because I used the perfect photo then, so I had to scrabble a bit for this one. This time I am using probably one of the most famous pieces of metal in the world.

Bronze is a metal alloy consisting primarily of copper, usually with tin as the main additive, but sometimes with other elements such as phosphorus, manganese, aluminum, or silicon.

Rodin’s Thinker, outside the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia
which I visited last year

Entitled Mignon, this exquisite bronze represents a twenty-five year old Rose Beuret, Rodin’s lifelong companion for more than fifty years, despite his many other lovers. Mother of his son, his model, and finally his wife at the age of 72, she died two weeks after the marriage.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE
NB: Still on the road but will be visiting you in between activities

These two ladies had lunch together today. No, not in Second Life where they met, but in real life. L was the person I met through my blog friend and SL landlord and who was so helpful to me in the early stages as I tried to master the intricacies of SL. She spent many hours with me advising me about my appearance and teaching me how to do some of the things which are essential to make things go smoothly in that virtual world.

For me this was not a first as I have hosted and dined with many of my online friends, some in Vancouver and some in other parts of the world. Many have been from my dunnetworks group, an online group devoted to the discussion of the works of the Scottish author Dorothy Dunnett, and some I met through blogging like fellow Blogpower members Lady Mac and Liz who came to Vancouver.

But for L this was a first and while she wanted to meet she did have some reservations. We are both temporarily in the same general area and it was easy enough for me to borrow a car to drive the forty minutes to meet in a pleasant place, convenient for us both. While we usually communicate only in SL, we moved into email contact, both still using anonymous addresses, but I had no problem giving her my name and a contact telephone number and a recent photo, in order to reassure her. We had used voice in SL so she did know that I actually am female.

Don’t laugh. There are people in SL who do crossgender roleplay. In fact I think most people have an avatar of the opposite gender and trot them out on occasion and I think some people are not above pretending with strangers so one does have to be wary. Of course the use of voice in Second Life brought to light many of these situations, or the reluctance of some to actually use voice for this very reason.

So L remains just that to me. Just as I know nothing of Moggs in real life, other than what she reveals here sometimes, I know only a little about the real life of L, not even her surname or where she lives.

But I am sure she won’t mind me telling you that she has found a role in SL as a photographic artist. She has discovered techniques using the tools of SL and having both the “eye” and these techniques she produces art photographs which are truly wonderful. On occasion she has shows in SL and at the moment is very busy preparing a photographic series for a show in January. Currently her photographs are displayed in four different galleries in SL.


This one did not reproduce as well as I would have liked, since it is my photo of her photo, but it is one she took recently of me and it hangs in the dining area of my Canadian log cabin in Second Life. I think it is very beautiful and I am proud to display her work in my house. Click to see it a little better.


We partook of a most enjoyable lunch and chatted for quite a few hours and I am sure that we could quite happily have continued but since I had to drive back and wanted to avoid driving in the dark if possible we bid each other farewell with, “See you soon in SL.”

Unfortunately, the forty minute easy commute to lunch turned into the two hour commute from hell on the return journey. The highway seemed to be almost gridlocked and until I turned off onto one of the Parkways, I was not above 10miles/hr for an hour and a half. My daughter kept phoning me on my cell phone to see where I was, but it is illegal to use a hand-held cell phone in New York State so I had to ignore her. I just clicked it on and off again so she knew I was alive and well.

I guess everyone was on the road because of Thanksgiving which is tomorrow. Many people I have spoken with recently tell me that they love Thanksgiving so much because it is a gathering together of families without the pressure of gifts. That had never occurred to me before but it does make sense.

So may I wish all the Americans, who a celebrating the big day tomorrow, a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.

These two ladies had lunch together today. No, not in Second Life where they met, but in real life. L was the person I met through my blog friend and SL landlord and who was so helpful to me in the early stages as I tried to master the intricacies of SL. She spent many hours with me advising me about my appearance and teaching me how to do some of the things which are essential to make things go smoothly in that virtual world.

For me this was not a first as I have hosted and dined with many of my online friends, some in Vancouver and some in other parts of the world. Many have been from my dunnetworks group, an online group devoted to the discussion of the works of the Scottish author Dorothy Dunnett, and some I met through blogging like fellow Blogpower members Lady Mac and Liz who came to Vancouver.

But for L this was a first and while she wanted to meet she did have some reservations. We are both temporarily in the same general area and it was easy enough for me to borrow a car to drive the forty minutes to meet in a pleasant place, convenient for us both. While we usually communicate only in SL, we moved into email contact, both still using anonymous addresses, but I had no problem giving her my name and a contact telephone number and a recent photo, in order to reassure her. We had used voice in SL so she did know that I actually am female.

Don’t laugh. There are people in SL who do crossgender roleplay. In fact I think most people have an avatar of the opposite gender and trot them out on occasion and I think some people are not above pretending with strangers so one does have to be wary. Of course the use of voice in Second Life brought to light many of these situations, or the reluctance of some to actually use voice for this very reason.

So L remains just that to me. Just as I know nothing of Moggs in real life, other than what she reveals here sometimes, I know only a little about the real life of L, not even her surname or where she lives.

But I am sure she won’t mind me telling you that she has found a role in SL as a photographic artist. She has discovered techniques using the tools of SL and having both the “eye” and these techniques she produces art photographs which are truly wonderful. On occasion she has shows in SL and at the moment is very busy preparing a photographic series for a show in January. Currently her photographs are displayed in four different galleries in SL.


This one did not reproduce as well as I would have liked, since it is my photo of her photo, but it is one she took recently of me and it hangs in the dining area of my Canadian log cabin in Second Life. I think it is very beautiful and I am proud to display her work in my house. Click to see it a little better.


We partook of a most enjoyable lunch and chatted for quite a few hours and I am sure that we could quite happily have continued but since I had to drive back and wanted to avoid driving in the dark if possible we bid each other farewell with, “See you soon in SL.”

Unfortunately, the forty minute easy commute to lunch turned into the two hour commute from hell on the return journey. The highway seemed to be almost gridlocked and until I turned off onto one of the Parkways, I was not above 10miles/hr for an hour and a half. My daughter kept phoning me on my cell phone to see where I was, but it is illegal to use a hand-held cell phone in New York State so I had to ignore her. I just clicked it on and off again so she knew I was alive and well.

I guess everyone was on the road because of Thanksgiving which is tomorrow. Many people I have spoken with recently tell me that they love Thanksgiving so much because it is a gathering together of families without the pressure of gifts. That had never occurred to me before but it does make sense.

So may I wish all the Americans, who a celebrating the big day tomorrow, a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.

More like the perils of Moggsy ^_^

Of course they all happened in SL (Second Life). The first “peril” I may have touched on before, but is worth repeating. It happened simply ages ago now, when both JMB and I lived at our old places, well the one before last in my case…

I had been out shopping with JMB, we went back to her apartment after to chat. I logged out from there.

Later I logged back in and went home. Later on at home and undressed when I got a warning the region was shutting down. I didn’t think much about it and just stayed on until the region closed down on me and I was kicked out.

Later still I logged back in again. Did I rezz (materialise) at home, as expected? Nooo, *shakes head* because the region had shut down I rezzed where I last properly logged out from, JMB’s place… but in the state of undress I had been in at home. JMB was out/offline at the time and I just teleported (tp’d) directly home when I realised I wasn’t where I expected.

I thought after that it was just as well I hadn’t logged off from the Mall that time, or I would have found myself materialising in the middle of a busy mall in a state of undress! Absolutely the stuff of bad dreams. Get that picture out of your heads Guys *wags finger sternly*

Now only the other day I attended a big fancy function in SL. It was really lavish.

It was at a castle complex by the sea. Within the walls there is a little inlet between two towers with a quay, for access from the sea. A dance floor and seating had been laid over the little harbour.

There were tables and chairs to the sides. There was a good DJ/music and lovely fireworks had been laid on. It was beautiful and a lovely time was had by all including your intrepid correspondent

Came the time I had to go, and without thinking left SL from where I had been chatting with someone, near the edge of the dance floor.

Now you normally reappear at the spot you logged out from when you log back into SL. The following day I logged back in and guess what? Everything had been tidied away and the dance floor removed.

I rezzed above the harbour, where I had been standing, and fell directly into the sea. Like a roadrunner cartoon, when he finally realises he has walked off a cliff? Now flying is physically prohibited at the castle, so I could either teleport somewhere, or swim round the castle to the shore. I swam as it was quicker.

A day or so after that I thought I would go visit a Mall, in a space habitat that I remembered had some really neat outfits. I had not been there for ages, but I had kept a landmark for the place and fished it out of my inventory to go visit the place. I teleported… only to find myself somewhere very high up, surrounded by lots of absolutely nothing, just distance.

As soon as I realised I did the road runner thing again, and plummeted. I figure now they must have moved or closed. I was so very high up I was able to teleport home long before I ever saw the clouds, let alone the ground. Just as well there seems to be no conservation of momentum between teleports ^_^

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