February 12th, 2020

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Cuddle Party

Everyone needs contact comfort sometimes. Not everyone has ample opportunities for this in facetime. So here is a chance for a cuddle party in cyberspace. Virtual cuddling can help people feel better.

We have a cuddle room that comes with fort cushions, fort frames, sheets for draping, and a weighted blanket. A nest full of colorful egg pillows sits in one corner. There is a basket of grooming brushes, hairbrushes, and styling combs. A bin holds textured pillows. There is a big basket of craft supplies along with art markers, coloring pages, and blank paper. The kitchen has a popcorn machine. Labels are available to mark dietary needs, recipe ingredients, and level of spiciness. Here is the bathroom, open to everyone. There is a lawn tent and an outdoor hot tub. Bathers should post a sign for nude or clothed activity. Come snuggle up!

In honor of Valentine's Day, I have added Valentine treats, an Aromantic Cake, and Asexual Cookies.  I've set out sugar cookies (also sugar-free cookies and hypoallergenic cookies) in a variety of shapes with all colors of icing and sprinkles for decorating.  Feel free to draw your favorite pride flag.  See also heterosexual and heteroromantic flags.  Now let's everybody party!
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Poem: "Out of Suffering"

This poem is spillover from the December 3, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It also fills the "Trauma" square in my 6-4-18 "Dark Fantasy" card for the Winteriron Bingo Adventure. This poem belongs to the Rutledge thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem features escape from a war zone, which may disturb some readers. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. This is hardcore hurt/comfort. It features canon-atypical violence, protests leading to violent uprisings, anxiety, societal collapse, those who know history are doomed to watch the ignorant repeat it, several people who lost all their relatives, house fire, school destroyed, rubble and ruins, heartbreak, loss of home, starting over from scratch, failed attempts to escape, despair, wounded people, beggars, graphic portrayal of injuries and death, orphaning, head injury, messy medical details, scars, refugees, traumatic stress, unintended leadership, and other mayhem. However, the main characters come to a safe place in the end. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. It's a major piece of backstory for the leader of the Syrian refugees, so skipping it would leave a gap, but the concept will likely be summarized elsewhere.

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Strawberry Mango Guava Smoothie

We hit on a great combination tonight. :D  Approximately:

1 cup guava nectar
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
1/2 cup ice
almond milk to thin it

The original texture was more slush than smoothie, so we added almond milk to make it drinkable.  If you want a slushie, just skip that last ingredient.

This smoothie has a sweet, fruity, tropical taste and a very agreeable texture, not foamy or fibrous. \o/