Gummy Drop Withdrawals

A little game I play thanks to Linda who got me hooked.  It's sort of like Candy Crush or Cookie Jam where you match blocks and clear obstacles, but it has added challenges where you work through and build monuments in several famous cities.  This weekend, I was having withdrawals.  I had the Nook with me, but forgot the charger cable, so as soon as the power ran out, I couldn't use the nook anymore.

20160215_003636Checked online to see if I could get one at the local Barnes and Noble, but apparently the model Nook I have is no longer one they sell, so no local stores had it.

Hindsight being 20/20, forced withdrawal was probably a good thing as it gave me time to do some other things.  I ended up taking a drive around town, and did some shopping.  It's not like I'm addicted or anything like that (not much anyway), but it does make the time pass when you have insomnia, when you're sitting at a car show, or when you're standing in line for checkout, or watching some TV.  

I still play some other games, but not as much as I play Gummy Drop.  It's my little addiction until something else comes along that takes its place.  With the absence of games, I did have time to pin some things to Pinterest.  I have so many things pinned it would take me a billion years to try them all, but it is fun for inspiration.


Frost and Water

Yesterday, I awoke to frost on the ground.  Not every inch of yard, but a good portion.  It looks funny seeing the green grass poking through.  Normally, this time of year the grass/yard growth is dormant and it gets a little brown - but we've been having a v20160227_070507ery wet season which makes for green grass and is unusual.  Between the frost on the ground and the mist coming off the ponds, it looked like something from a horror novel.  By about 8:30AM the sun was up an it was all gone.

We've had an unusual amount of rain - summer  was really rainy, fall it still rained, and now in winter we are still having rain.  No, not downpours every day, but rain just the same.  For instance, in January the normal rainfall is less than 2 inches, and we've had more than 7 inches of rain.  In the Orlando area, normal is a little over 2 inches and we've had a little over 5 ½ inches.  In the summer we had standing water on the property in Central Florida - compete with wading birds, and about 2 weeks ago we had water seeping up through the concrete floor of the back porch - not from a plumbing issue, but just from the saturated ground.

Lake Okeechobee in the center of the state is at all time highs - the highest levels in nearly a century.  Because of this, the lake is being drained due to  fears the aging dike won't hold.  The problem with this is that the lake is polluted … as it's been a dumping ground for chemicals, manures, fertilizers and other pollutants from big sugar and big cattle ranches in the area.  This pollution, has pretty much been confined to the lake, but now that the lake is being drained at a rate of 70,000 gallons per second, to other coastal areas, we are ultimately polluting the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic.

With rising sea levels many coastal areas are having to contend with coastal flooding, and now we have to contend with the pollution issue as well.  Normally salty water has been turned into dirty freshwater which is killing seagrass and oysters among other things.  Friday, the Governor declared a state of emergency for several counties, asking for the federal government to begin repairs to the Lake Okeechobee infrastructure/dike. It is expected to cost 800 million dollars.

It's a vicious cycle … what is really needed is to send the water south to the everglades, but to do that you need land, voters passed Amendment 1 for the purpose of buying land, but our legislatures took those funds and diverted them to state employee salaries an issue yet unresolved.

I've lived in Florida all my life and quite frankly until last year, I was naive about what is going on in my state.  I LOVE Florida, and am concerned about the direction it is heading.  

In the past, I didn't feel like I could make a difference, but now, I know even little things can and do make a difference.  What little things can you do ?  Write your state representatives - it's as simple as sending them an email - you're on the computer quite a bit anyway.  Join social media groups that will keep you informed - a few I belong to are FloridaIssues, StopBearHunt and ImagineOurFlorida, amoung many others - with Facebook, their posts come up in your feed and with a click you can read what's trending.  Aside from advocacy groups, most counties and municipalities have Facebook pages they update.  Spread the word … by mouth … the simplest and cheapest method of doing something.  You'd be surprised how many people have no clue issues like these are taking place right in their backyard.  And finally, educate yourself about the candidates so when you vote, you vote for people that care about what you care about.

This post started with my enchantment with my frosty lawn, and turned into something entirely different.   I guess what weighs on my mind, comes out in my posts - it is what it is.


Still keeping up

with the Project 365.  I've created a second blog with the pictures that I will update a few times a week.  Still waiting for the dust to settle with CK and the kits.  I'm going to give it until the end of the month and then I am going to order my alternative plan so that I can start.  I am anxious to start but am trying to control myself.  The CK kit is the most economical choice, but going my own way will be more to my creative style.

In other news ... The down side is I did not will the Powerball, the upside, neither did anyone else.  Chances are slim that I would ever win but I'll still play.

Facebook is keeping me entertained as usual, my new addiction is Metropolis.  You buy property, buildings, and landmarks to employ your citizens.  In essence you are the mayor and you tax your citizens as well as strike a balance and keep them happy.  Aside from Metropolis, there is always YoVille.  I'm trying to stay away from the other "games" because I am short on time.  Some of my friends play Mafia Wars, and there is a Zoo game similar to Metropolis but right now with YoVille and Metropolis and Parking Wars, oh yeah and the word games, I have more than enough on my plate.

Time Flies ...

when you're having fun!

I admit it.  I've been neglecting my blog because I have a new addiction right now.  You see, I've found YoVille (thanks to Kip), and it's all I think about.  I try to get to "the factory" ever 6 hours so I can earn 200 coins, then I can go shopping for furniture, clothes, and food, and if I want to earn more money I can play the slots at the casino (I'm up right now by about 100 coins).  Aside from the shops and the casino, there is the beach and diner, and you can just apartment hunt.

I'm leaving notes when I love how someone has decorated their apartment, and playing games with people too.  It is a riot. 

I change my clothes daily and am saving up for a bikini to wear to the beach (kindof pricy at 300 coins for the top and another 300 for the bottom).

OK ... I confess, I'm a word game addict as well, so I've been playing those on facebook too.  I'll try to share the wealth about and post here and play there.  It's the right thing to do.