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My 2021 Garden

My 2021 Garden

Hey All! Happy Spring! Time to grow stuff!  🍅 I have always loved growing stuff but also love my dogs and took breaks because it was really hard for both to coexist. The hubby built some great raised beds so that I could start back up last year. I can grow vertically on the trellises and the dogs seem to stay out of it for the most part. Although, we have one naughty guy that likes to jump in and run through.... but we are working on that. 🐶   I also started watching Roots a

BrandieNoel

BrandieNoel

My May TBR

My May TBR

Happy May! 🌷 I am new at the blogging thing but I thought the best place to start would be my reading list for May. I am usually a romance reader with a little bit of fantasy mixed in. My husband has his book club and all sorts of buddy reads that he has been joining in on, he asked me to join in with him and I thought it would be fun to expand my horizons. I wasn't sure how that would go, but so far there hasn't been a single book that he picked that I didn't like. 🙈 Books in May
Nocturne: A Collection of Dark Tales by H.B. Diaz Review

Nocturne: A Collection of Dark Tales by H.B. Diaz Review

Nocturne was written by H.B. Diaz it's a collection of short stories and was published in December of 2020 A synopsis from Amazon:   Because this is a collection of short stories, this review won't be in my usual format (What I liked, didn't like, rating ect.). I picked this book up on a whim when I saw a Twitter thread a few weeks ago where authors were promoting their independent books.  I grabbed a handful of books and intended to get to them when I could squeeze them in

Lasraik

Lasraik

Red Harvest Moon by Miles Hurt

Red Harvest Moon by Miles Hurt

Red Harvest Moon was published in 2021 is the first book in the Wandering Knife series.  The book is available on Kindle Unlimited. I received a digital copy of this book from the author for an honest review.  I also purchased a paper copy on my own to support the author. Synopsis via Goodreads:   What I Liked: The characters were likable and fun.  Their banter back and fourth was hilarious and genuine. The environments are described very well.  You always kn

Lasraik

Lasraik

Crackle and Fire Book by Russ Colchamiro Review

Crackle and Fire Book by Russ Colchamiro Review

Crackle and Fire is the first book in the Angela Harwicke Mysterys series. I was provided a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis:   What I liked: In what feels like a lifetime ago, I was a Private Investigator for a period of time.  This story took me back to those days.  I wonder if the author either has been a PI at some point or knows someone who has. The environments are vibrant The book is fast paced with lots of tw

Lasraik

Lasraik

Kings of Paradise by Richard Nell Review

Kings of Paradise by Richard Nell Review

Kings of Paradise is the first installment in the Ash and Sand trilogy Synopsis:   What I Liked: The plot moves smoothly from one POV to the other, each character has it's own distinct voice and background. The characters make both heroic and horrific decisions though the story, but because you feel as though you've been on this journey with them you have a little bit of sympathy when you probably shouldn't.  You care for the characters in the world even when they

Lasraik

Lasraik

Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab Review

Vicious (Villains #1) by V.E. Schwab Review

Vicious is a fantasy and science fiction novel written by V.E. Schwab and was published in 2013.  It's the first book in the Villains series. A synopsis: What I Liked: Strong character development.  This isn't a good vs. evil kind of book.  At a point in the book one of the characters says "There are no good men in this game" and that sums up the characters.  I've heard other reviewers say they couldn't enjoy this book because none of the characters are "good".  That's

Lasraik

Lasraik

'One Way' by Jeff Lane (February 2021 read-along)

'One Way' by Jeff Lane (February 2021 read-along)

One Way is a novel written by Jeff Lane and was published in 2013.  The book is being adapted into a movie (more on that later). For full transparency: when we announced the book club, Jeff Lane contact me on Twitter and offered a free digital version of one of his books to anyone who joined the book club.  I bought myself and my wife paperback copies and a digital copy via Amazon.  A few other book club members received a free copy and a couple opted to purchase the book.  Mr. Lane gifted

Lasraik

Lasraik

 

All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries Review

All Systems Red is a science fiction novella written by Martha Wells and was published in May of 2017 and is the first book in a 6 part Murderbot series. A synopsis: With a title like Murderbot, I was expecting this: It was the exact opposite of that. What I liked: This book is pretty funny.  The humor is my type of droll humor I enjoy.  I laughed out loud more than a few times. Especially now we can all relate to just wanting to be left alone and those

Lasraik

Lasraik

Priest of Bones Review (January 2021 Read-along)

Priest of Bones Review (January 2021 Read-along)

Priest of Bones is a fantasy (grimdark) book written by Peter McClean and was published in 2018.  It's the first book in the War for the Rose Thorn series.  There are plans to adapt the series for television. A warning that this book contains violence and abuse of children, so if that's something you're sensitive to you may want to steer clear of this one. I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this, it was the first time dipping my toes in grim dark fantasy.  I was expecting somethin

Lasraik

Lasraik

 

Episode 238 - Kendra Smith, TheMaverickGirl

This week we brought on the amazing Kendra Smith! She is a writer for Coolstuff Inc. as well as a MTG streamer and competitive player. We discussed everything from the US elections to EDH, Pauper, Modern and so much more! Please help me in welcoming Kendra to the podcast again!   Kendra can be found: Twitter: @ThemaverickGal Youtube: https://t.co/aTn9rlqXTx?amp=1 Articles: https://www.coolstuffinc.com/a/?action=search&page=1&author[]=Kendra%20Smith   You can support Magic With Zuby on Pa

MTGZuby

MTGZuby

 

Magic for Normies Ep.15- Spooky Halloween Episode discussing Commander Legends

It's episode 15 of Magic for Normies where Pixie and Zuby discuss Commander Legends previews! Since it's a spooky Halloween episode, they dressed up in costume and shared scary stories! As always, they had super fun games to play and even got Daisy into a Halloween costume! Leave a comment and let them know your favorite Commander Legends preview! The show was live-streamed on Twitch, but here's the replay for your viewing pleasure! You can also find an audio-only version of the show on the Magi

MTGZuby

MTGZuby

 

Episode 237 - Taalia Vess

This week we brought on the amazing Taalia Vess. We discussed so many topics and had a really great discussion that could've kept going but we had to end it eventually. Taalia is a MTG streamer and commentator and an all around great person. Please help me in welcoming Taalia to the stream.   Taalia Vess can be found: Twitter: @TaaliaVess Linktree: https://linktr.ee/taaliavess   You can support Magic With Zuby on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/magicwithzuby Join the Magic With Zuby Discor

MTGZuby

MTGZuby

 

Episode 41 - The Annual 2020 VCR Gaming Special Spectacular

What's this? A new episode? Risen from the ashes just in time for Halloween? That's right! VCR Gaming is back and better than ever! Butler and Zuby catch up on what's going on in the gaming world and talk a LOT about their lives. Matt gets lost in the woods and Matt looks like a MAJOR creep in Target. All this and more!   VCR Gaming Podcast can be found at: Facebook: facebook.com/vcrgaming Twitter: @VCRGaming Butler’s Twitter: @Killabeezz2T Zuby’s Twitter: @MagicWithZuby Gmail: vcrgamingpodcast@

VCR Gaming Podcast

VCR Gaming Podcast

 

Episode 236 - Zabracus

This week we brought on Twitch Streamer and Cosplayer Zabracus! We discussed her start into cosplay and what it takes to make costumes as well as her start into twitch streaming and a little bit of DnD and MTG is in there as well. Please help me in welcoming Zabracus to the show!   Zabracus can be found: Twitter: @Zabracus Twitch: twitch.tv/zabracus DnD Twitch: twitch.tv/thegeneralgood   You can support Magic With Zuby on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/magicwithzuby Join the Magic With Zu

MTGZuby

MTGZuby

 

Episode 235 - AliasV

This week we brought on Magic content creator and commentator AliasV! AliasV is best known as a streamer and for commentating on various Magic tournaments (Mythic Invitiationals, Arena Championships). We discussed her start in commentating and content creation and what it takes to start commentating. Please help me in welcoming AliasV to the podcast!   AliasV can be found: Twitter: @coL_AliasV Links: https://linktr.ee/AliasV   You can support Magic With Zuby on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.

MTGZuby

MTGZuby

 

Episode 234 - The Importance of Community

This week we discuss the importance of community and how you as a content creator can shape the attitudes and reflections of your community. We discuss about the Secret Lair and Captain drama and then we get into some Q&A from my awesome discord.   You can support Magic With Zuby on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/magicwithzuby Join the Magic With Zuby Discord!!! https://t.co/DIiHmiO7fJ?amp=1 Magic with Zuby can be found at: Twitter: @magicwithzuby Gmail: mtgzuby@gmail.com Magic With Z

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MTGZuby

 

Magic for Normies Ep. 14- Calmly discussing standard, bans, & TWD Secret Lair

It's episode 14 of Magic for Normies! Since Zuby and Pixie had taken off a week, they had a lot of catching up to do! Zendikar Rising was now released, Uro had been banned, and the newest Secret Lair was being previewed. They discussed the backlash from the community regarding the newest secret lair, The Walking Dead, and played a couple of Secret Lair themed games.  The show was live-streamed on Twitch, but here's the replay for your viewing pleasure! You can also find an audio-only version of

MTGZuby

MTGZuby

 

Episode 233 - Foodtime

This week we brought on fellow Podcaster and Streamer Foodtime! Foodtime is also on the Magic the Gathering podcast called Rather Be Draftin' with MP Numbers and Dez Maggs. We discussed the outrage over the Walking Dead Secret Lair, some fond EDH memories and a LOT of World of Warcraft. Please help me in welcoming Foodtime to the show!   Foodtime can be found: Twitter: @foodtimegaming Podcast: mtgrbd.podbean.com   You can support Magic With Zuby on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/magicwith

MTGZuby

MTGZuby

 

RPG Companion #15: Tasha's Cauldron of Everything

Today we discuss the upcoming DnD 5e sourcebook, Tasha's Cauldron of Everything and see what it has in store for us. We also discuss some changes to RPG Companion as well as discuss the controversial change to Race creation in DnD 5e as well.   You can support Magic With Zuby on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/magicwithzuby Join the Magic With Zuby Discord!!! https://t.co/DIiHmiO7fJ?amp=1 Magic with Zuby can be found at: Twitter: @magicwithzuby Gmail: mtgzuby@gmail.com Magic With Zuby is s

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MTGZuby

 

Episode 232 - Max Makes Magic

This week we brought on the quizmaster, Max! Max has just started a new quiz show this year called Battle of Wits! We discuss his process on making this show as well as many other things. Please help me welcome in Max to the show!   Max can be found: Twitter: @MaxMakesMagic Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/MaxMakesMagic/videos   You can support Magic With Zuby on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/magicwithzuby Join the Magic With Zuby Discord!!! https://t.co/DIiHmiO7fJ?amp=1 Magic with Zub

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MTGZuby

 

Episode 231 - Zendikar Rising Complete Set Review - Multicolored/Artifacts/Lands

The last episode of the Zendikar Rising Set review! This episode we discuss all the multicolored/artifacts/land cards in Zendikar Rising. Hear my thoughts on each and every multicolored/artifacts/land card and whether or not you should play it in limited or constructed! This is intended more for casual players.   You can support Magic With Zuby on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/magicwithzuby Join the Magic With Zuby Discord!!! https://t.co/DIiHmiO7fJ?amp=1 Magic with Zuby can be found at:

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Episode 230 - Zendikar Rising Complete Set Review - Green

The next episode of the Zendikar Rising Set review! This episode we discuss all the green cards in Zendikar Rising. Hear my thoughts on each and every green card and whether or not you should play it in limited or constructed! This is intended more for casual players.   You can support Magic With Zuby on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/magicwithzuby Join the Magic With Zuby Discord!!! https://t.co/DIiHmiO7fJ?amp=1 Magic with Zuby can be found at: Twitter: @magicwithzuby Gmail: mtgzuby@gmai

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  • Blog Entries

    • By BrandieNoel in Brandie Babbles 0
      Hey All! Happy Spring! Time to grow stuff!  🍅
      I have always loved growing stuff but also love my dogs and took breaks because it was really hard for both to coexist. The hubby built some great raised beds so that I could start back up last year. I can grow vertically on the trellises and the dogs seem to stay out of it for the most part. Although, we have one naughty guy that likes to jump in and run through.... but we are working on that. 🐶

       
      I also started watching Roots and Refuge on youtube. Such a fun and inspirational channel with lots of information.  Jess is very encouraging and has so many great tips. If gardening is your thing or you just want to get started, this channel is a great place to start! She even wrote a book that came out this year!
      https://www.youtube.com/c/RootsandRefugeFarm

      Jessica's Book
      Last year the garden was great. We had lots of squash, kale, herbs, and a ton of cucumbers. The trellises were great for growing cucumbers, but they were really heavy. I have a better plan for that this year. Before the vertical growing gets out of hand we will need to secure the structure a little more. I am thinking some pvc will help.
      I wanted to share what I have going on this year so far. I planted everything from seed this year about mid March, which is about when we have our last frost here in our area of New Mexico. My hope is to post the baby plants now and then do updates as I go. 🌱
       

      You can see here that the trellises took a little bit of a beating last year. I had tons of lemon cucumbers that grew like crazy and were just so heavy.
       

      Purple Peas! 🐛
      I am super excited about these! I planted peas last year and could NOT get them to take off! So far so good!
       

      Bush Beans! 🌿
      These do really well here and last year I had a lot of success with them. We put them in salads, fried them up in a pan, and I even pickled some last year and they came out really good.
       
       
       

      My daughter and I like to seed save. Last year we bought some delicata squash and discovered we really like them. They are sweet like a butternut squash and were really good roasted. We saved the seeds and let them dry out before placing them in a paper envelope. They were actually the first squash to pop up in the garden. 🍃
      We also saved some spaghetti squash seeds last fall (the bigger plants in the background). I am so excited that these are really taking off too. I am going to see if I can get these to grow vertically. Fingers Crossed!
      And to the left our yellow squash is starting to get going too. 🌾
       

      See that tiny little guy there? Cucamelon. I REALLY want to grow these! I hear they are a little sweet like a melon but also sort of like a cucumber. They are small little balls when you harvest them. They are really cute! I planted so many seeds. And so far this is all I have! They climb and they are light. I just think they would be perfect, if I could only get them going! 🍀
       
       

      I can always seem to get zucchini to grow like crazy, which is great because we eat a lot of it! 🌱
       
       

      I always have great success with basil. This year I am fighting a sow bug infestation and of all things they are eating at my basil. They also ate all of my lemon cucumber plants. I am controlling it with food grade diatomaceous earth. And they seem like they are starting to disappear. I also use diatomaceous earth to keep squash bugs under control. It really works and you don't have use pesticides and still keep an organic garden. Unfortunately pests are just part of the process. 🌿

      Diatomaceous Earth 🐛
       
       

      These chives are actually from last year. They survived the frosts from the winter and are going stronger than they were last year. Pretty crazy. 🌱
       
       

      Cilantro is the only other herb I have coming up so far.  I planted mint and dill. The sow bugs ate my dill and the mint has yet to make an appearance. I am trying dill again. I really like having it because we are trying to grow pickling cucumbers again. 🌿
       
       

      Speaking of pickles... These are also great climbers! 🥒
       
       

      Lettuce! 🥬
       
       

      We make a lot of Zuppa Toscana soup, plus the hubs just loves kale. Two different varieties here. One is just the regular curly kind and the other is a Tuscan kale, or I have also heard it referred to as dinosaur kale. 🥬
      #teamkale 😜
       
       

      Some red scallions and in the front, my daughter took a yellow onion from the kitchen and made it into 3 different onion plants. It was something she read that she could do and wanted to try it. Seems like it's working out! 🧅
       
       

      And last, we have German chamomile. We drink a lot of chamomile lose leaf tea, especially the hubs. I saw a video on the Roots and Refuge channel where Jess grows hers and makes her own tea leaves. I am excited to try! I do have some Egyptian chamomile I am going to try and get started too. 🌼
       
      Well there it is! My 2021 garden....so far. What is everyone else growing? Do you all have any tips or tricks when it comes to growing stuff? 🥦
       
    • By BrandieNoel in Brandie Babbles 3
      Happy May! 🌷
      I am new at the blogging thing but I thought the best place to start would be my reading list for May.
      I am usually a romance reader with a little bit of fantasy mixed in. My husband has his book club and all sorts of buddy reads that he has been joining in on, he asked me to join in with him and I thought it would be fun to expand my horizons. I wasn't sure how that would go, but so far there hasn't been a single book that he picked that I didn't like.
      🙈 Books in May that @Lasraik is making me read:
      NOS4A2 - by Joe Hill (so nervous about this one)

       
      Kings of Heaven- by Richard Nell (he's doesn"t have to twist my arm much for this one I LOVED the first two in this series)
       

       
      Malice- by John Gwynne (Holy crap! This book looks so long lol)
       

       
      🌏 Also going to read:
      This Burning World- by Jeff Lane (2nd in his Champion Saga) because......
      Jeff sent the manuscript that he is finishing for his 3rd in the Champion Saga, and I am so excited to get to read it before anyone else!

       
       
      💖 Here are some of the romance books I plan to read between the horror and the grimdark:
      A Court of Thornes and Roses- by Sarah J Mass ( this is a buddy read with @Stacyejaye, anyone can join us! There is a forum for it!)

      The Brown Sisters Series- by Talia Hibbert
      Get a life Chloe Brown
      Take a hint Dani Brown
      Act your age Eve Brown

       
      Hero- by Lauren Rowe (never read this author before but keep hearing good things)

       
      The Fire Between Hi and Lo- by Brittany C. Cherry (this is carried over from my last month TBR where I couldn't read the book because I decided to try the audio book and it RUINED the book for me, hopefully I have the narration out of my head so I can try again)

      From Lukov with Love- by Marianna Zapata (She writes super slow burn romance, and I have been reading at least of her books every month)

       So that's my crazy list! Wish me luck! Happy reading everyone!! 📕
    • By Lasraik in Steve's Book Reviews 1
      Nocturne was written by H.B. Diaz it's a collection of short stories and was published in December of 2020
      A synopsis from Amazon:
       
      Because this is a collection of short stories, this review won't be in my usual format (What I liked, didn't like, rating ect.).
      I picked this book up on a whim when I saw a Twitter thread a few weeks ago where authors were promoting their independent books.  I grabbed a handful of books and intended to get to them when I could squeeze them in.  Thankfully, yesterday I finished a book and before I started Neuromancer (for our group read) I picked this one off the shelf.  Being 107 pages I figured it would be a quick read and something to cleanse the palate.  Kicked my feet up and started reading.  A few minutes later my wife walked into the room and asked what I was reading.  I turned the book to her and she asked if it was scary, and if so why do I have a big smile on my face.  So here I am reading a horror book, the hairs on the back of my neck sticking up, that uncomfortable feeling you get when you read good horror and I'm smiling because I love the writing.
      Lately I've had bad luck with horror books.  This book broke my bad luck streak in a big way.  Some people may think writing a short story is easy... because it's shorter.  Writing a short story effectively is an art form, it takes skill and craft.  To squeeze in a plot, characters with enough to leave the reader satisfied and wanting more at the same time is difficult. 
      Years and years ago I fell in love with short stories.  I spent a fair amount of time studying them and reading as many as I could get my hands on.  I even made a few feeble attempts at writing my own.  As the years passed other things came up and I stopped reading them.  This book revived my love of short stories.  The stories are all great, some of them read almost as poetry.  The metaphors that are used and the writing is wonderful.  I was scared, uncomfortable and smiling all at the same time.
      If you love horror and or short stories, give this book a try.  It's free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription
      I enjoyed all of the stories, there were no low points but my standouts were:
      The Malady of Mrs. Monroe The Pocket Watch The Ruins It's a short book, but one that I'll read again.  Something tells me there are little details I missed in most of the stories that will reshape the way I read them the first and second time. 
      My rating: 5 Yellow Pills in a Tiny Paper Cup out of 5
    • By Lasraik in Steve's Book Reviews 0
      Red Harvest Moon was published in 2021 is the first book in the Wandering Knife series.  The book is available on Kindle Unlimited.
      I received a digital copy of this book from the author for an honest review.  I also purchased a paper copy on my own to support the author.
      Synopsis via Goodreads:
       
      What I Liked:
      The characters were likable and fun.  Their banter back and fourth was hilarious and genuine. The environments are described very well.  You always know where you are in a village or in a forest, you always feel as though you're in the world with the characters.  The way the environments are described reminded me of walking through a village in an MMO or an RPG like Skyrim. The villain's are great and the backstory was intriguing.  I want to know more about them. The action scenes are well done. There are some flashbacks that are well timed and well done. The is enough lore given to you for you to enjoy the story, but not so much that it's a ton of bricks and you are overwhelmed.  That said, I'm looking forward to the rest of this series to learn more about this world. Anticipation and that feeling of imminent doom is well done.  What I Didn't Like:
      Being a reader that enjoys characters, I would have liked a little more character moments and back story. A few times the characters say one thing but shortly thereafter do another. Final Thoughts and Rating:
      This is a great first entry for a fantasy series, and a debut for the author.  It's long enough that you get a good story but not too long that it takes a lot of time to read.  I feel invested in the characters, lore and world enough that I want to come back to this world and know what happens next.  There are some hilarious moments between the characters.  It does a good job of going from a heartfelt moment, to action and gore without feeling abrupt.  Although I would have liked more character moments, with a book this long and the story I received it's not a huge problem.  If you're into fantasy it's definitely a book to check into and keep an eye on this series. 
      Rating: 4 flicking eye flesh out of a spoon like a grape out of 5
       
       
    • By Lasraik in Steve's Book Reviews 0
      Crackle and Fire is the first book in the Angela Harwicke Mysterys series.
      I was provided a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
      Synopsis:
       
      What I liked:
      In what feels like a lifetime ago, I was a Private Investigator for a period of time.  This story took me back to those days.  I wonder if the author either has been a PI at some point or knows someone who has. The environments are vibrant The book is fast paced with lots of twists and turns The universe is interesting and the mixture of science fiction and a mystery was fun There's some genuinely funny moments  
      What I didn't like:
      While the universe is interesting, I had the feeling that I was reading the second novel in a series not having an idea how everything works.  From what I understand it's much clearer if you've read the previous books by this author. I'm assuming it speaks to the main characters attitude, but she has sexual tension with almost everyone she meets and makes a sexual reference about herself or other characters constantly.  It felt out of place and unnecessary, it didn't serve the story. The chapters end on a cliff hanger, but sometimes are annoying more than cliff hanging.  
      Rating: 2.5 dRops out of 5
       
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