keep on the grass

why you should all consider getting chickens
  • a small backyard, a decent fence and the will to make a safe coop for your fluffy dames is all you need to make it happen
  • they will eat your vegetable scraps and gobble down pretty much any kind of food waste, turning discarded crusts and mushy fruit into big fat eggs full of protein!
  • and depending on which breed you buy, they will lay an egg almost every day. free, nutritious food every morning! what other pet will do that?
  • it’s a misconception that eating eggs is inherently cruel, or that you need a rooster for your chickens to lay eggs! all the eggs you buy in supermarkets are unfertilised, which means there is no chance of that egg ever hatching. you’re not eating a potential life, your chickens will lay eggs regardless of whether there’s a rooster around
  • so only buy a rooster to go with your lovely ladies if you want baby chicks - otherwise, just get some girls and enjoy those omelettes!
  • the way cage egg farms are run is terrible, and you can’t always be sure that a free range farm is as idyllic as the picture you see on the carton. lots of sad chookies who can’t perch or scratch or eat grass and clean themselves. :( 
  • this way, you will always be certain that your girls are happy, healthy, doing what chicken are meant to do and eating what chickens should be eating, which means bigger and better eggs for you!
  • you can give eggs to your friends! give eggs to strangers! eggs for everyone!
  • tiny and furious lawnmowers. chickens LOVE grass, especially clover. if you have a small backyard, they will do all the work of keeping the grass trimmed. 
  • a caution, pls buy your chicken a friend - they will get lonely if you only buy one. my friend had two chickens and one died, leaving Gizmo all alone. she got depressed and stopped laying, so they put her in the rabbit hutch. now she has a best friend bunny called Jimmy and she’s very happy! she often sits on him and purrs.
  • chickens are good around most other pets - cats and chickens usually regard each other with mutual indifference and disdain, but they generally bond with dogs. however, if you know your pooch or kitty is particularly aggressive, make sure you check it won’t be a problem!
  • scratch scratch scratch, scratch party!!
  • one time I was cleaning out the stables and my chicken came over, saw that I was using a big rake and went !!!! scratch time!!! and she started scratching furiously next to me like she was trying to help
  • they’re very clean animals and will clean themselves every day with a dust bath and a thorough preening
  • when it starts raining it takes them a good 10 seconds to process what’s happening, then they RUN to shelter
  • gloriously stupid tiny velociraptor running
  • peck peck peck. is food? I check! peck. not food!
  • rip all snails and slugs that live in your garden
  • they will also go after mice and spiders
  • chicken poop is great fertiliser! when you clean out their coop, spread the poo on your garden and watch your flowers and veggies grow!
  • kiddos LOVE chickens!!
  • seriously, looking after chickens is a great job for little kids - any little fella can fill up their water and give them some food, and collecting a warm, fresh egg every morning is so rewarding for them!!! 
  • hours of entertainment watching their antics
  • some (not all) like a cuddle! the ladies will let you know what their preference is. they may also gently peck and groom you because they love you.
  • you can give them fancy names like lottie, ethel and lady beatrice so it sounds like they’re a supporting cast in a Jane Austen novel
  • in conclusion give a pretty chicken a happy home today
regional differences

“oh hey,” she said, “it’s a really touristy area, but since you’re gonna be passing through anyway, you might as well stop by pier 29, see the dragons. also, there’s a—”

“hold on,” i said. “i knew your city had mountains, but. dragons? uh, actual living dragons?”

“dude, it’s not a big deal. they’re there all the time. of course they’re majestic and everything, but they’re loud and cranky and mostly they lie around eating garbage. now and then the city council will talk about trying to make them roost somewhere else, but—”

“dragons,” i repeated. i knew it was making me sound like a rube, but it was a lot to take in. “you live in a city that has dragons.”

“no, it’s cool, we used to go see them when i was a little kid. it’s worth doing. but that whole area is mostly dragon-themed gift shops, and the commercialization is kind of a bummer. also, sometimes a dragon will melt somebody’s car and it’s a whole problem.”

"fairytale-style, giant scaly fire-breathing dragons.”

“honestly, i forget other cities don’t have them?” she said. "there’s a few other sites on the west coast where they gather. portland calls them wyverns, but that’s a portland thing.”

"chicago’s got, like, bunnies and songbirds,” i told her, “but otherwise it’s just your typical vermin. pigeons, rats, sphinxes—”

“sphinxes? what the hell.

“oh, yeah, they nest in the el tunnels. sometimes a fucking sphinx will flap down out of nowhere, bring the whole train to a halt until the front car answers a riddle.”

“that sounds exciting,” she said.

“it’s the worst. your train winds up being twenty minutes late, and you just have to hang out hoping somebody up there read their mythology. there’s supposed to be a program where the conductors get trained in riddling, but i don’t know. rahm emmanuel keeps saying it’s not a budget priority.”

“huh,” she said. “guess the grass is always greener and all that. but on some level, it’s nice to remember that even with all these big box stores, the country still has some variety left in it.”

“yeah, did you know that in rhode island they call water fountains ‘bubblers’?” i said.

“whoa, seriously?”

“i read it somewhere. crazy, right?”

“crazy.”

A COUPLE OF FACTS

Hawaiian pizza is not a thing that most people like in Hawaii (I personally think it’s fuckin disgusting)

Pineapples are South American (possibly Brazillian) not Hawaiian

Wearing a “Hawaiian” shirt to a party does not automatically make it a luau nor does it make you Hawaiian

There is a difference between “Hawaiian” shirts and Aloha shirts

Authentic Hawaiian lei are made out of actual flowers and not that fucking neon plastic shit you haoles keep wearing

Hawaiian is an actual race ethnicity, therefore not all people from Hawaii are Hawaiian.

Hula is a fucking hard thing to master. Just because it looks pretty doesn’t mean it’s easy.

Hawaii is an illegally overthrown country that had it’s sovereignty violently ripped away from it in 1893 when our queen was held captive in her own home.

There is so much more to Hawaiian culture than this stupid neon beach party pineapple grass skirt tiki bullshit that you all keep spreading around. 

Please stop.

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R e n d !! 🔪 🔪

Yatogami and his Yukine ♡♡ 
I wanted to draw some meaningful/Japanesey things for the backgrounds aha. I hope it is fun figuring out what they mean ^^

 Watercolours on 200gsm

Elemental Personalities
  • Aries: You're the smoldering embers of chaotic fire, you are the product of chaos.
  • Cancer: You're the heartbeat of a lover, you flutter so sporadically and keep life what it is.
  • Taurus: You're the grass that grows under the innocence of adolescence,you alone can soften the fall.
  • Gemini: You're the air that coats the lungs of all, you intoxicate every living thing that has ever walked this Earth.
  • Leo: You're the first and the last beauty. You are missed sometimes, often actually, but when someone finds you; however, oh god they're going to love you.
  • Virgo: You're the first snowfall that covers our sorrows. You heal the hearts of many and soften the pain.
  • Libra: You're the bark of the old willow tree that has many names carved into it, you remember each and every one and the memories stored within every stroke of the knife.
  • Scorpio: You're the shadows that silently welcome each and every person to a place of peace and rest.
  • Sagittarius: You're the soil beneath our feet, ready to carry the new life that will come from it. You're ready to burrow the lost sorrows.
  • Capricorn: You're the cold air that is visible to the naked eye, haunting in a sense. You remind us that we're human.
  • Aquarius: You're the bottom of the ocean, reminding everybody that there is beauty in even the darkest of places. You tell people where your mind can sink to.
  • Pisces: You're the sun that leads the way, that warms our skin. You my friend, are needed very much so.
🌼 flowerchild self-care tips 🌼

- ground yourself by standing or sitting barefoot in soft grass

- keep a small peace symbol shaped item with you as a worry charm

- nourish your body by feeding it the healthiest of things

- smile as often as possible (just as the sun smiles through its shining)

- place flowers in your hair to feel serene and graceful

- color in a mandala coloring book to ease your mind

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YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO THIS! In addition to “greening” your game with grass, trees, and some unobtrusive wilderness sounds, Regrowth Overhaul, by Spiffyskytrooper adds this tranquil opening, with waving grass and leaves, and an achingly beautiful acoustic guitar version of the Fallout theme. I’ve posted in-game videos with Regrowth installed before, but I’ve never shown you this part of it.

Regrowth is more than cosmetic. Yes, it is gorgeous, and yes, it adds a certain ambience to the game, and–again–this awesome opening, but it also does two other very important things that to my mind improve the game:

On a practical level, the addition of so much flora in some of the more forested areas (and there’s a good balance between thick forest and meadows and what have you), what would once have been a very one-sided matter of sniping enemies from as far away as possible turns into a lethal game of hide and seek amongst the trees.Oh, you can still snipe; it’s just that now, you’ll have to change up your tactics for different environments, which for me adds excitement.

And second, it adds to verisimilitude (aka “immersion”) by more accurately depicting the kind of environment one would expect 210 years after a nuclear war. (Google pictures of modern Hiroshima and the Bikini Atoll if you don’t believe me on that.)

If Regrowth is too hard on your computer (or if you just don’t like the grass so thick and tall), you can keep the trees while easing off on the thickness of the grass. Just edit Steam\steamapps\common\Fallout 4\data\Regrowth.ini

The default values are as follows:

[Grass]
iMaxGrassTypesPerTexure=20
iMinGrassSize=20

The lower the first value and the higher the second, the less grass you’ll have, and the better performance you’ll get. I’m running with iMaxGrassTypesPerTexure=10 and iMinGrassSize=60

Even turning it down to something like, say, 2 and 80 will still keep the trees and give the impression of a regrowing Commonwealth. (I’m running something like 280 mods–about 60 of which I merged into just a couple of ESPs using XEdit–so I had to tone the grass down for my rig’s sanity.)

Basically, Regrowth Overhaul is on my list of “must have” mods for any playthrough.

(Regrowth is not mine, but if you’d like to see my mods for PC, they’re here. For my mods on Bethesda’s site, just search for “drhamm.”)

anonymous asked:

I don't like clowns tbh, I'm more of a cowboy person, cowboys are much harder to take care of than most species of clowns as they need huge open spaces and greener pastures but it all pays off when you hear their loud yeehaws. They are solitary creatures and are magnificent to look at in the wild; my Sheriff type cowboy once showed me an amazing lasso trick that you rarely see in captivity.

cowboys are hardly comparable because theyre such a unique and different pet altogether. with clowns its a lot of fun and ruckus and though the space requirements aren’t much more than a large circus tent, they do tend to make a lot of noise and mess, whereas cowboys need acres upon acres of open land that doesnt need much upkeep (you can mow it every now and then, but if you let the grass just keep growing eventually you can train them to cut it themselves- it’s a territorial/grooming instinct that they might be happier if they can express. personal choice though)

not to mention clowns may require a ton of fun props and gags that are relatively cheap individually but add up rather quickly, but cowboys NEED ranch animals to thrive. you know i walked into a petstore once and saw a cowboy setup with a fucking plastic horse? like, the machine ones. THAT was being sold as this “deluxe play equipment” as an “upgrade” from rocking horses. it pissed me off. if you can’t own a horse, don’t get a fucking cowboy. and yeah sometimes that can be enough to satisfy their rancher needs, but if you can sustain a small herd of cattle, that’d definitely be the optimal setup.

“oh theyre cute i like the spurs on their boots, but i dont give my cowboys real ranches because i dont like hearing their little calls” that call is of a satisfied vaquero who is confident in his territory and welcoming challengers (its in their nature.) if you are repressing that need & that call, youre literally repressing their happiness and youre a gunsel who shouldnt be handling ANY pets.

milk tea, whispering to plants, honey bees, reading in a window seat, soft fur, finding a feather, succulents planted in tea tins, the high piano notes played softly, fluffy clouds in a striking blue sky, pastel gel pens, hands covered in dirt, clear quartz, yellow violets, the smell of peaches, colored pencil shavings, a letter from a friend in the mail, bubble baths, white fairy lights, lavender buds, toes in the grass, keeping a journal, waking up early by choice refreshed

Ivar doesn’t like him

Originally posted by whenimaunicorn

Ivar x Reader

Part Two


“Your mother has been looking for you.” Ivar chuckled when he found you in the same spot you’d been in that morning when he’d gotten bored of watching the clouds with you.

“I know, you did not tell anyone I was, here did you?” You asked, looking over to where he was lay on his front watching you through the long grass before gazing back up at the slowly darkening sky.

“Why would I tell anyone you were here, were you hoping Sigurd would be coming?” He asked dangerously, rolling his eyes when you giggled.

“He cannot sit still and watch the sky.” You looked back over at him and grinned. “You can’t either but at least you try.”

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“what’s your favorite color?” she asks me.
I look at her full lips, rosy cheeks and finally her glittering eyes. “green” I say.

she smiles back at me, “like trees and grass?”

no, green like your eyes. every speck of green in your pretty eyes are my favorite. and I didn’t have a favorite color till I saw your eyes, I realize now. but instead I keep that to myself and say “yeah, green like trees and grass.”
and smile back and my green eyed girl.

—  Emma Kleinknecht
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Been trying to carefully craft a Wonder Woman review as the distance of its release date keeps growing. I saw it opening night with my nieces and to clarify I did like it. But, this is not what this post is about. I’ve decided to place a spotlight on an Amazon cartoon series for children that arrived on June 30th 2017. I just completed binge-watching all of the episodes. It is called Danger & Eggs and it reminds me of Adventure Time and Steven Universe with a dash of KC Green’s Regular Show with Lauren Faust’s My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic if they were all put into a blender.  

While Pendleton Ward’s Adventure Time, Rebecca Sugar’s Steven Universe, Chris Savino’s Loud House, Daron Nefcy’s Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Alex Hirsch’s Gravity Falls, Mike DiMartino’s and Bryan Konietzko’s The Legend of Korra, and, Skyler Page’s Clarence have been making strides for LGBT representation, the Mike Owens and Shadi Petosky created animated show takes it one more progressive step forward. Yes, besides being hilarious, very relevant, full of lessons (and emotions), believable, and inventive, Danger & Eggs is the first animated series to have an openly trans creator (Shadi Petosky). In fact, every aspect of Danger & Eggs has some level of involvement courtesy of LGBT community members: from LGBT actors, writers, animators, and storyboard artists alongside LGBT allies! Essentially in each stage of Danger & Eggs’ production, there was that kind of specific influence occurring. More importantly Danger & Eggs accomplishes this with resorting to any awful cliches whilst being as inclusive as possible! Examples include the non-binary musician Milo that D.D. and Phillip both use proper pronouns with plus the recently out trans Zaddie (voiced by trans activist Jazz Jennings) crooning a song of acceptance at the Pride festival (Not Rainbow Day or something akin to that like others have done. ACTUAL PRIDE DAY!) in front of her “chosen family”. I’m going to reference that term often from this day forward. 

Truthfully, every decision concerning LGBT representation in Danger & Eggs comes of as equal parts sincere and super sweet. <3 

The series is about the adventures/situations D.D. Danger (SNL’s Aidy Bryant) and her best friend Phillip (Eric Knobel) have inside Chickenpaw Park.

D.D. is the last of a generation of record-setting daredevils. Her father Roy Danger is present in D.D.’s life as a bandaged up and impossible to understand individual, a recurring gag that manages to never get old. As such, she’s up for engaging in potentially injury causing stunts or roughhouse games. Now the inverse can be said for Phillip, a rule-following always safety-first talking egg. As the theme song says the series is, “Kinda hard to explain.” The anthropomorphic Phillip’s origin gets hinted at early on before becoming confirmed in the season one finale. His mother is a colossal chicken that only appears to cluck even though her son can speak English. Despite being clear opposites in most ways, the camaraderie D.D. and Phillip share together is amusing and majestic. Their aww-inducing familial connection is best demonstrated in the episodes “Phillipcon”, “The Big Z”, “Nightmares”, and “Trading Post.”

The supporting cast is just as diverse and inventive from the yoga instructor lesbian duo of Rad and Sweet known as the Chill Twins (courtesy of the comedian married couple of Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butler), a Mayor (Angelica Ross, Her Story) that sings her arrival, a stickler for the rules (more than Phillip!) Sheriff Luke (Stephanie Beatriz, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), and D.D.’s ice-skater film hero Trix Blixon (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, if you haven’t seen her career-defining performance in 2012’s Smashed I highly recommend it! Was in last year’s 10 Cloverfield Lane). Charlyne Yi’s (We Bare Bears’ Chloe Park) apathetic Layla introduced in “Keep Off the Grass” is one of my favorites though. So is Fringe’s Jasika Nicole bringing to life the spunky Reina in “Ren Faire” as well. Co-creator Shadi Petosky even lends her voice for the wise Pigeon Lady.

All in all, I’m astounded by how good Danger & Eggs is. Creative, excellently written, droll, adorable, bizarre, and authentic are the words I’d use to sum up the series.  Have tissues ready. I sobbed happily often viewing this series, lol. Normalizing LGBT stuff for children?! Normalizing, not demonizing. Respecting, not bashing. SO MUCH YES! And if anything I’ve typed piqued your interest, I implore you to follow through ASAP. :)