Back Home in Caledon Cape Wrath

Have you ever found a place that feels so homey, so “perfect” that you never thought you would leave?  I did, and I moved away from it.  To my chagrin, I couldn’t make the new place “fit”.  Earlier this year, I sold my Cape Wrath waterfront parcel, and bought two parcels in Brigadoon.  How could one NOT feel special in a place like that?  I had the perfect view from my home on the hilltop, and another wonderful parcel for my bookstore.  Somehow tho, it didn’t feel right.  What I find really odd, is that in that alternate reality zone known as “real life”, my typist would have been at home in Brigadoon, and probably wouldn’t even venture into Cape Wrath.  It’s odd how I’ve taken on an entirely different persona in Second Life.

Recently, a friend alerted me that there were some parcels potentially available in Cape Wrath, including my old waterfront land.  I wasted no time in contacting Guv’nah Shang for clarification and to let him know of my interest in moving back.  Not only did I buy back my waterfront parcel, but I acquired two more parcels. My humble windswept cottage is back where it belongs on the water, where Mr Nitely and I shared wonderful conversations.

My Cape Wrath holdingsI now also own some of the land on the hill above my cottage. I’ve relocated my blue Victorian two-story home that I used in Brigadoon to the parcel above my cottage and am in the process of transforming it into The Braeholm boarding house.  To the left of that, I’ll be opening my “A Page in Time” vintage bookstore.

So much to do yet…but for now, I need to tuck my typist into bed.

Take care,                                                                                                      Brianna

Touching Real Lives with Second Life

Brianna’s typist temporarily hijacked her blog, but promises to give it back soon.

“My family doesn’t “get” Second Life.”  I’m sure many of you have heard that, and possibly even have that issue in your own family.  There’s no “end state” or way to “win” in Second Life like other MMORPGs…well, at least not for most of us.

My husband is a banker, and as such, he feels it’s his duty to ensure my checkbook is balanced…to the penny.  He also has no interest in understanding my penchant for Second Life. For those of you who know where I’m coming from,  I’m sure you can imagine our first conversation concerning spending real USD for virtual property.  I remember proudly showing him my SL interior decorating skills, which made him inquire as to why I haven’t put the same detail in our RL home.  “Babe, when I can have our house look this good for $7, I’m there”  *insert playful smile*  Two days ago, he asked about the slight increase in my SL spending (which isn’t much, by the way; my tradeoff was giving up my designer coffees ((well, most of ’em)) to fund this form of entertainment).

Anyway, I told him I used the extra money to start a business for Brianna, and the rest was for donations to a few charities.  He looks at me, eyebrows raised, and asks if these are real charities or fake ones…?  Okay, maybe I deserved that question, since the few initial interactions he watched Brianna partake in, in the past, consisted of a Barbie-like doll, dressed to the nines, out on a dance floor. I’ve never explained to him about the diversity of Second Life.

“Yes, the money goes to real charities.”  I watch his eyes squint as he processes the concept.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit, that I really don’t give alot of thought to what Brianna donates to;  if I believe in the cause, and have been fairly generous with Brianna’s allowance, we donate.   However,  an event tonight made me feel really good about one of my choices. Brianna was busy taking pictures when a notice came in, and, barely glancing at it, I almost hit the discard button.

This one was a plea for help…for a real person..with a real life problem.  A veteran.  I immediately opened group chat to follow along with the conversation.  Now, I’m not going to give out details here, as that’s the group’s business, but I do want to recognize the work done by Second Life’s US Military Veterans group.

In my little over a year’s time in SL, I’ve always been at the max group limit.  Groups come and go, as Brianna evolves her character, based upon her needs, she drops and joins groups.  However, the US Military Veterans Group has been a constant, and will remain as such.  Never have I seen a group of people in SL who work as hard as this group to effect RL change for an individual, whether it’s a vet suffering from PTSD, a retiree who didn’t get their check and wonders how s/he’s going to pay the bills, helping out someone who’s simply lonely (nothing “simple” about that), or passing out info of use to the group, such as upcoming legislation, updates to Veterans benefits, etc…these guys are always there to help.

They are not a role-play group, so don’t assume you can pull the wool over their eyes with your best RP swagger to join. But,  if you’re a Real Life veteran, family member, or supporter, check them out.  Maybe you don’t need their help, but maybe, possibly, someone in the group could use yours.  Who knows?  You could be the person that touches someone’s Real Life in a positive way.

You can find the group’s headquarters at

US Military Veterans Group sim "Patriot Island"

Bri’s typist,    USAF, Retired

Happy 2012!

Brianna at the Steampunk Christmas dance

Oh my dear blog, how I’ve missed you.  Like an errant lover, I’ve shamefully neglected you over the past few months.  I know, the wonderful holiday parties in Caledon were no excuse, but you must admit it’s easy to lose oneself in the dancing, the stimulating conversation, oh simply the gaiety of it all!  And, how can any female pass up an opportunity to dress up during the social season?  My greatest regret is that my dear typist only has a regular laptop, and cannot run the high graphics to photograph all the beautiful women and dashing gentlemen at the events.  

Along with the festivities, I had many moments to reflect back to the things I am thankful for. I have the greatest circle of friends that one could ever wish for, and a modest, but warmly appointed home in the best SL community ever, otherwise known as Caledon, that I share with a caring SL role-play spouse. Also, during this season, I renewed two lost friendships.  What more could one need (besides a better computer) ?  

Oh dearest blog, I intend to share more with you, and my readers, this year.  My triumphs and my tears, will be here for all to see.  As I traverse the vast universe of SL, you will be my journal of the sometimes frivolous and the probable foolhardy adventures I seek.  

Till later,


How could I forget…?

I awoke this morning with that nagging feeling that today was a most special day, but I simply couldn’t remember why.  I decided a quick cuppa would revive my senses and made my way to my dining room. Feeling the chill of the morning air, I stoked the fire, then sat at my dining table, peering out my window into the horizon, savoring the magnificent view.  As I sat there, mindlessly fingering the delicate rim of my blue and white Wedgewood teacup, I couldn’t help but wonder what was so significant about today.  As I reached towards my serving tray to pour another cuppa, I glanced at my calendar. OH MY… I realized today was 1 September!  

In a most unladylike motion, I bolted from my table and hastily donned fresh attire &  a good pair of boots; something fashionable and yet comfortable for walking.  Peering into my closet, I determined, that yes, there was room…room for all the goodies that I would soon be amassing. After one last sip of tea, I left my cottage and made my way to Mielville, where I will join so many other like me, hungry for today’s adventure, the long awaited STEAM: the Hunt! ‘5’

I’ll promise to check in with you later, but for now, I’m searching for posters and cogs and goodies, oh my!!


Hello world!

Welcome to my (first-ever) blog. Whew!  I’m coming upon my first year in SL, and I can’t believe all the changes I’ve gone through in that time. Like most, I started out as just your average homeless female, going from sim to sim, looking for that special place to call home.  Along the way, I’ve met some wonderful people who helped me with my transformation.  A special “thank you” goes to Scarlot Verrazzano, JMB Balogh, Korgi Lerwick, and my dearest Mr. John Nitely.

I recently exchanged my Mediterranean-style villa on the beach in Coco Falls for a smaller two room cottage on the water in Caledon Cape Wrath, and I couldn’t be happier.  Thank you, Guv’nah Shang for your patience in showing me available parcels in Caledon; and thank you to Mr. Danko Whitfield for having the perfect piece of property that I now call home.   I want to express my eternal appreciation to everyone for making me feel welcome.  

While I do believe I’m  settled into my cottage {although we women are always “tweaking”},  my journey is just starting.  I’ve heard so many great things about Caledon {and all the Steamlands} that I  plan to be out and about as often as I can.  When I’m home,  please feel free to stop by for a cup of tea and a chat. I look forward to meeting you.

Till later,


{aka RedHeadedIrishGirl Brianna}

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