The End of my World | My Story

I am so depressed! No internet! I feel like it is literally the end of the world. Never realized just how much I rely on the internet. It sounds crazy but if you go away for a holiday then it is awesome not having internet. Have stuff you got to do but have no internet. Now that is a whole other story.

Think about it on an average day – how much time do you spend on the internet? Checking email, posting on social media, all stuff we didn’t have in the past but now we somehow can’t function without. Watch tv online? Well now you have no tv, no email, no contact with the outside world at all. Its absolute devastation to the core of your very being. My work requires me to work on the internet and spend a lot of time on it. Take internet away and boom. No way of working. It is very serious and problematic for me. Continue reading “The End of my World | My Story”

Grass Please Grow

Further to my post about little Ruby Rose who doesn’t realise she is a pampered pooch and just can’t keep clean.

Spring day arrived with a bang and such beautiful weather but just a week later we hit a heat wave. Unbelievable from winter to full blown summer overnight. The intense heat was draining and combined with the strong winds slowed down the grass greening up. This resulted in the dry grass around for longer than expected. My little Ruby Rose (Skollie) made the most of this situation and indulged in much rolling around in the dust and dry grass. She was in seventh heaven but I despaired at the task of keeping her clean enough to be in bed with me. She has had constant baths and now does not like coming into the bathroom just in case it’s bath time again. Continue reading “Grass Please Grow”

Magic Pixel Massive Gaming Giveaway and The Pixcy Pack Family Tree

As you already know. I love, love, love Niche. My interest in this amazing game has just skyrocketed. How? You may ask. Well, let me tell you all about it. But first, the Magic Pixel Gaming Massive giveaway.

Amazing Giveaway

Niche has given me 5 Steam keys for the Niche game to giveaway on my YouTube channel. To stand a chance of winning all you have to do is watch my Niche videos on my YouTube channel and comment with the thing/s you like most about Niche. The winners will be announced on Wednesday. You can enter as many times as you like. The more videos you comment on the higher your chance of winning. Don’t miss out.

Niche giveaway on my YouTube channel
Niche giveaway on my YouTube channel

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Aftermath of a Visit

Having grandkids visit is truly a pleasure and a privilege. Spending time one on one with a little boy can be really eye-opening. My youngest grandson – 4 years old- came to visit recently for a long weekend. He was thrilled to have Granny all to himself and just never stopped talking. I heard all about absolutely everything. From school, friends, family to TV shows, the tales never stopped. I loved having him but really enjoyed the peaceful evenings once he fell asleep.

My first evening after he returned home I enjoyed a relaxing chill time on the couch in front of the TV with a glass of red wine. After about half an hour or so I happened to glance up at the ceiling. Goodness knows what he had been trying to do but he never said a word to me. He just left this behind decorating my light for me.

Evidence of my grandchild's visit
Evidence of my grandchild’s visit

My older grandson (8) had also visited me. He loves running around playing outside in the garden. The morning after he had left I took the dogs out for their early morning patrol. I was still half asleep when we went out and in the early morning half light got quite a fright to find this hiding in the garden.

Evidence of my grandchild's visit
Evidence of my grandchild’s visit

Besides bringing pleasure to one’s life grandsons can also give more grey hairs to the head. Not that I would miss a single moment of my time with them. I have learned though, to check everywhere they have been very thoroughly, before I can relax to avoid any unpleasant shocks.

Know your Niche

In my previous blog post I told you about Niche – a genetics survival game. I spoke about how I came to find it and how I fell in love with the game. I told you about the demo version and shared my video on the demo. The version 0.4.1 was where ‘The Pixcy Pack’ was born.

In this post I will introduce you to the new release version 0.6.1 of Niche.

Using the easy mode we play the Peaceful Meadows Sandbox. We start with Taku and Rela, I probably pronounce their names wrong but I think that it makes it more fun to play with the pronunciation.

Taku and Rela on the Peaceful Meadow Island of Niche
Taku and Rela on the Peaceful Meadow Island

What I have noticed in this version of Niche – a genetics survival game

  • Our creatures start off hidden in the grass.
  • They close their eyes when their turns are up and they sleep.
  • The shadows are so realistic in how they move into a new day. The direction of the sun etc.
  • There are more textures in the tiles.
  • The range of plants, grasses and reeds have expanded and include carnivorous ones.
  • The interface has changed.
  • It is more complex to use mutations and making educated decisions on the mutations menu is more challenging as careful thought is now required.
  • The mutations options have expanded.
  • Some rogue males run around making the females pregnant.
  • If you find a baby bearyena you can tame it.
  • There is an icon showing when a female is pregnant.
  • The colour of the gems on their chest can be changed to a few different options.
  • If you want to change their names it’s very easy to do so. I like the names they are given so I don’t really use this feature.
  • There are different worlds each having their own animals and predators suited to that environment.
  • I really like the way you are able to hunt for a wider variety of animals.

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Quick Bury It

Dogs really are such funny creatures. I would love to read their minds to see what they are thinking. Especially the other day when I discovered Bruno digging in the garden. Now this is annoying as a garden with holes doesn’t look good. As I watched I saw him putting something into the hole he had just dug.

My first thought was “Oh no! He has killed a mouse and is going to leave it until it starts to stink before digging it up again”. I grabbed a packet to pick it up and rushed over to chase him away. Bruno ran off and I bent over with the packet covering my hand to pick it up to dispose of. Surprise!!

What was Bruno thinking! Was this something scary that could bite him so bury it before it can do anything to him! OR was this something that looked good to eat so bury it before the other dogs could see it and take it!
I just couldn’t stop laughing and had to call Diane to come and check out Bruno’s find. We both had a good laugh before I rescued his find and took it indoors for a good wash. Check out the picture to see why we found Bruno’s find so hilarious.

The squid that Bruno was trying to bury
The squid that Bruno was trying to bury
Bruno looking innocent after his attempt of burying the squid
Bruno looking innocent after his attempt of burying the squid

Dogs really and truly are funny creatures that can bring so much joy into our lives. A life without pets is a life missing out on So Much.

Latest Project: Company Rebrand | Jacqs Computers cc

Although my YouTube gaming has been keeping me busy I have found time for a company rebrand. I took on a project for Jacqs Computers cc. I have done some work for them before and collaborated on some blog posts in the past.

Before the rebrand

Jacqs Computers cc has been running for about 12 years now. Their logo worked for them so far but it was time for something new. Their slogan ‘Test the Best’ is something they pride themselves in and have always wanted to emphasize.

Original logo for Jacqs Computers cc
Original logo for Jacqs Computers cc

The re-brand

I equipped myself with all the important facts.

  1. Who is Jacqs Computers cc?
  2. What are their core values?
  3. How are they perceived in the market?
  4. What best represents them?

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Winters End

Winters end has to be the absolute worst on the Highveld. The dry brown grass and the dead leaves together with the dust when the August winds blow is just TOO much.  It is a never ending battle to keep the kitchen floor looking respectable and it is even worse when one has dogs.  They love to sun themselves outside and roll around for a back scratch in the dry grass and dust. After such a fun time it’s back into the kitchen to chill on their bed bringing all that mess coating them in to add to that already lying around the place. Trying to ignore the floor covering is not an easy task so sweeping out or a quick vacuum is needed at least twice a day. On the really windy days three times daily is the norm.

Ruby Rose before her parlor visit
Ruby Rose before her parlour visit
Ruby Rose before her parlor visit
Ruby Rose before her parlour visit

Now that the warmer weather has arrived it was time for a visit to the doggie parlour to get rid of all that dirt attracting fur. The three dogs – 2 Maltese and a little Yorkie looked so cute when we picked them up from their pamper day. So clean and shorn – such a pleasure to think that the floors will be a little better until the grass is all green and thick again. Huh who am I kidding? First afternoon they were only allowed out for a quick loo patrol before back in to chill on the couch.

Ruby Rose chilling on the couch
Ruby Rose chilling on the couch
Ruby Rose exploring the garden all clean from the parlour
Ruby Rose exploring the garden all clean from the parlour

Today

They went out for the early morning patrol before back for a chill while I had my coffee on the couch with them. I do so love my morning chill coffee time on the couch while I am the only one awake. Mid morning I decided to let them out for some chill time basking in the sun. BIG MISTAKE!!!

Digby the older Maltese came back in a lovely light brown colour after having a good roll around. Ruby Rose came back with a light dusting making her coat look grey and covered in grass.

Ruby Rose dirty again one day later
Ruby Rose dirty again one day later

Really couldn’t they at least try to stay respectable for the first week. I suppose I should just be grateful that the dirt coming in with them has been reduced. Unfortunately it is still very windy so I still need to keep sweeping out.

Spring Day has Arrived

Today it is Officially the Start of Spring. We are all glad to see the last of the winter woollies and cold spells. Really though we have been very lucky here in the Gauteng area to have had a mild winter. Getting up early to get all the dogs fed and away before the gardener can start work hasn’t been too bad at all. There was one morning late July when I mentioned to my daughter that that morning my hands had been burning with the cold and luckily that had been the only time in all of our winter. Murphy’s Law I spoke too soon. A spell of cold and snow in the Cape swept across South Africa and every morning for a week and a half my hands were burning with the cold icy winds blowing throughout the day. Up until Tuesday morning we had these icy winds and cold starts to the days. BUT come Wednesday we flew into a day of maximum of 28. Unbelievable after the cold spell and such a contrast to the day before. Typical South African Highveld weather.

White blossom on a fruit tree
White blossom on a fruit tree

Yesterday we went for a walk around the garden marveling at the signs of spring everywhere while enjoying the warm (but windy) day. I love this time of the year when the new leaves are such a brilliant green and the flowers are coming out everywhere.  I hope you enjoy the signs as much as we did.

Bright yellow veld flowers
Bright yellow veld flowers
Fruit tree in blossom
Fruit tree in blossom
Pretty pink blossom with a bee feeding on the pollen
Pretty pink blossom with a bee feeding on the pollen
White blossoms
White blossoms
Red bottle brush
Red bottle brush
Veld flowers
Veld flowers