I have a nice pool. Its a remnant from a more civilized age when I have a great job. My wife and I bought a house with a pool in 2000 then totally renovated the pool and surrounding hardscape in 2006. Big home equity loans were all the rage back then so we didn’t even flinch when the contractors told us how much it would cost to put in dry stone stacked retaining walls, paver patio, new steel pool walls and a new pool liner. We were like, “Where do we sign?” Now in 2017, times are tough. No more contractors or pool guys coming over to our house anymore. If I want some work done on the house its DIY or nothing. And to save about 4-5 hundred dollars every fall, you’ll fine me closing the pool myself.
Halloween Poison Bottle
The other day I said there were more posts about Halloween decor coming up and I’m actually going to follow through on that statement. In that last post about Candy Corn Bottles, I mentioned that I have a little bit of a bottle fetish. One of my favorite bottles is this jug bottle that a beer called Mississippi Mud comes in. The beer is a Black and Tan variety and it’s really good. So it’s a win win situation for me because I get to drink a decent beer and then I get a great looking empty that I can turn into a Halloween poison bottle.
And that jug sort of looks like something a pirate would drink out of so I got the idea to make a Poison Bottle for Halloween. This was such a quick and easy decoration to make that I decided that I’d start a new YouTube channel and put this up as my first video.
One the paint is dry, the next step is to use a white chalk marker and draw a skull on the bottle. If you haven’t used a chalk marker yet, you have to give them a try. They’re like paint markers but they are much neater. And the best part is that if you mess up, you can wash it off and start over.
And even though I used chalk marker to draw the poison skull and cross bones, you do not need to use chalk board paint on the bottle. Just regular spray paint works fine. But keep in mind that flat black will probably come out better looking than glossy black.
So there you have it, one Halloween Poison Bottle. And like I said, here’s my first YouTube video that I made while working on this project. Many more videos to come.
You probably don’t know this, but I have a YouTube channel. It’s not really new and I’m doing a terrible job of promoting it but it’s out there. I would really like to build my channel up but I haven’t made a big effort to do so yet.
At the end of July, I saw on the Savvy Sexy Social YouTube channel that there’s something called VEDA or Vlog Every Day in August. It’s a way to challenge yourself to make videos everyday and become a better YouTuber. Not only do you post a video every day but you also search for the #SSSVEDA hashtag and meet the other participants. This is a great way to start learning how to build your channel’s community as well as meet some great people too.
So I signed up and made my first Vlog. The word Vlog comes from Video & Blog. It’s usually like a video confessional where you talk into the camera and narrate what’s going on in your video. People like Casey Neistat & Roman Atwood vlog everyday and have built up huge followings. Casey especially has turned these videos into an art form. He uses his film making skills to create engaging and entertaining videos. They’re set to music, they tell a great story and they look like a team of professionals worked on them. Great cameras, sharp editing and even drone footage are the norm now. These vloggers jet set around the world and take us with them on their adventures. Even when they’re home, they’re attending awesome events and doing interesting things and we get to go along with them.
And as a Home and Garden blogger I wouldn’t be jet setting around the country or filming exciting events but I planned on doing some cooking videos, some DIY projects, some video games and whatever other project I was working on.
Well, here it is, almost the middle of October and I’ve posted 4 videos since August 1st. I fell a little short. But you know what? I still learned a lot about what it takes to run a YouTube channel and I’m happy I took part in the SSSVEDA. Next time (there’s another one in April) I think I’ll be able to post at least every other day. And I’m definitely plan on making a lot more videos before April. Stay tuned.
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Alto’s Adventure Review
If you have been looking for a iOS game where you rescue llamas on your snowboard then today is your lucky day.
Alto’s Adventure is an endless snowboarding game. It’s like an endless runner but you’re on a snowboard instead. You see how far you can go before you crash. Sounds easy enough right? If something is in your way, you tap the screen and jump over it. Well it’s harder than it seems because some of the obstacles require a speed boost to clear. The way to get speed boosts is by doing a trick. If you touch the screen and hold it instead of just tapping it, you will do a backflip. You can get speed boosts by back flip or jumping up onto the long ropes above the slope and grinding along the buntings or even bouncing off the top of a rock.
What sets this game apart is the beautiful but simple graphics and great music. Hats off to the artists on this one.
The llamas are part of the backstory of your character. You’re a llama herder and your llamas are trying to run away. I guess they aren’t fond of you and they’re willing to risk running down a mountain to escape. You “rescue” them by snowboarding past them. After you do, the llamas slow down and presumable go back up the hill. The story isn’t important, just remember to go past the llamas and do tricks along the way.
And to make it even more interesting the game has goals for you to achieve and that will level up your character. The goals are things like do a back flip, bounce off a rock, escape an elder back flip over a campfire. As you collect points there’s a shop for you to buy a few power up items. Definitely be sure to pick up the wing suit when you can. It’s loads of fun.
Different tricks are worth different points. Stringing together a few tricks in a row will get your more points. Bounce off of a rock and land on the rope. Do a backflip off of a hill and then bounce off the top of a rock. You get the idea.
Every once in a while you’ll snowboard past an Elder. I guess he’s called the Elder because he has a big beard but he’s just this guy camping out on the mountain. When you snowboard past him I think you interrupt the private time he’s having with his llama and that makes him mad. I don’t blame him because when someone snowboards past me when I’m trying to have some private time with my llama I get pissed too. Well this Elder will chase you and if he catches you the game is over. You can only escape him by crossing a chasm. And you stay ahead of him by doing more tricks and getting speed boosts.
When one of your goals is the dreaded triple back flip, you definitely need to use Maya. Maya is the best flipper and she can pretty much do a full flip from the smallest of hills.
Here’s a video of me completing two triple back flips in one run. That’s a goal for a later level. Not sure which one it was but I was stuck there for a long time.
Give Alto’s Adventure a try, you won’t be disappointed.