Gardens of Time – The App Version

Gardens of Time is a game that combines a well written story line with a hidden picture game.  The artwork is very detailed and beautiful. Players can unlock more of the story, and more hidden picture scenes, just by playing the game.  My favorite part is the garden, where players can put different objects, buildings, and decorations – and move them around as they like.

I recently started playing Gardens of Time again after a long hiatus. Originally, I was playing the game on my desktop computer (which is a Mac).  Today, I am playing it on my iPad Mini.


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Flight Rising: Breeding the Dragon from the Nature Egg

Flight Rising is a fun, browser-based game, where players are in charge of a Lair full of dragons.  One of the things you can do is breed your dragons.  It is an inexpensive way to get more dragons… at first.  You’re going to need to feed them, and that can get expensive.

Recently, I purchased an Unhatched Nature Egg from the Auction House.  Dragons that hatch from eggs have no parents and can mate with absolutely any dragon of the opposite gender.  This is because they are not related to any other Flight Rising dragon.

Naturally, I decided to breed the dragon that hatched from the Nature Egg.  There was no telling what the babies would look like.  All of the artwork in this post is copyright of Flight Rising.

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Flight Rising: Sparkling Goblin

Flight Rising is a fun, browser-based, game where you control a Lair full of dragons. Each dragon can have its very own Familiar (which are sort of like pets for your dragon).

There are special Holiday festivals each month in Flight Rising. Most of them honor a specific dragon flight. The 2016 Thundecrack Carnivale took place at the end of July of 2016.  It honored the Lightning Flight.

All of the artwork in this post is copyright of Flight Rising.

The Flight Rising cycle of festivals begins in June of every year.  The theme for this year’s Familiars is: goblins.  If you want one of these special Familiars, the easiest way to get it is during the Holiday in which it is available.


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Pepper Plants in Our Backyard

Shawn and I decided to see what would happen if we tried to grow some pepper plants in our teeny-tiny backyard. We eat a lot of peppers in our meals, and thought it would be cool if we could grow some instead of buying them every week.

To get started, Shawn enlisted the aid of his sister (who knows how to grow plants and has basically started her own farm). Shawn picked out a small orange pepper plant and a small green pepper plant. They were put into a planter and regularly watered.

I am impressed by how well these two little plants are doing. In this blog, I have photos of our pepper plants.

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Photos of the Fremont

The Fremont Theater in San Luis Obispo, California, has been around for more than 70 years.  According to Cinema Treasures, the Fremont Theater was designed by Simeon Charles Lee (also known as S. Charles Lee).  It was built in 1940.

The Los Angeles Times posted an obituary for S. Charles Lee when he died in 1990.  In it, he is described as “the most prolific and prominent architect of movie theaters of the Art Deco period”.  He designed more than 4,000 theaters around the world.

I posted some artsy photos I took of the Fremont Theater on my Instagram and decided to share them here.

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Flight Rising: Nature Egg Achievement

There are several Breeding Achievements in Flight Rising.  Some of them involve hatching dragons that have a specific gene.  The rest require players to obtain a certain type of Unhatched Egg.

Personally, I find it fun to see what kind of dragon comes out of the egg.  One thing is for certain – that dragon will have no parents.  This means the dragon can breed with any dragon in your Lair.

All of the artwork in this post is copyright of Flight Rising.


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Twitter Haiku: Whistles, Pops, and Booms

At the end of every month, I gather up all of the haiku that I posted on Twitter and put it into a blog. Sometimes, the haiku end up telling a story. Such is the case this time.

All of the haiku in this blog were written in July, a month where I typically freak out about fireworks. I’m a fan of fireworks displays that are done by professionals. I’m strongly against fireworks done by random people in a mobile home park where all the homes are very close together while a drought is going on.

The thing i...

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“Year 42” Photo Book is Now Available!

“Year 42” is the photo book that includes 42 of the best photos from my Instagram project. It is a hardcover book. You can get it at

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Flight Rising: Shining Goblin

One of the fun things you can do in Flight Rising is give each of the dragons in your Lair their very own Familiar.  The Familiars are kind of like pets for your dragons.  Players can level up the Familiars and earn Treasure (and other goodies).

Each month, Flight Rising has a special festival that honors one of the dragon Flights.  So far, every festival has given players the opportunity to collect a brand new Familiar.  The 2016 Brightshine Jubilee started on June 25, 2016, and ended on July 2, 2016.  It honored the Light Flight of dragons.

All of the artwork in this post is copyright of Flight Rising.

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Twitter Haiku: Working On It

June was all about working on things. For me, this involved writing work and doing things that would hopefully improve my health. Shawn started a new “diet” (for lack of a better word) that seems to be helping him. In addition, I’ve been trying to finish weeding the backyard. It’s still a work in progress.

My neighbors decided that June was the month to work on all kinds of home improvement projects. On one side, the neighbor had a worker add blinds to the outside of her front porch, and was asking for a fence. On the other side, someone new moved in and immediately started fixing up the inside of the mobile home.

While all these changes...

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