Stardew Valley – To Game or to Garden…Why Not Both?

Stardew Valley



How do bookworms get into “Stardew Valley?” Well, for those who have met my husband, Alex, you may or may not know his background with computer software and video games. His knowledge in computer software is extensive, especially for someone who didn’t major in it, but his love for gaming and creating games is even greater. Therefore, when this bookworm married him, she found herself drawn into the world of games. And during a particularly rough patch in her life, she was introduced to the game, Stardew Valley.

Building vs. Fighting in Stardew Valley



Please correct me if I’m wrong, but many men in my generation and younger have little interest in Building Games – which I believe is the term for for games that focus more on growing and creating things and not on fighting. I know, at the very least, my husband would rather play a game like Zelda, Warframe, or Super Smash Mario Bros. But, for those of us who would rather do something other than combat, Stardew Valley is the perfect game. Why? Let me provide the short answer.

As the main character in Stardew Valley, you get to escape from your daily grind job and farm on your deceased grandfather’s farm. After clearing the land and producing your first small crops, you can then more easily befriend the locals…and even choose to marry one of them!!…and buy more seeds, to produce better crops.

You can also raise farm animals, update your house, go foraging throughout the valley, and fish. There’s also mining, where the creator did create some personal combat. But, after fighting through the main mines and receiving the Galaxy Sword, combat in Stardew Valley is much simpler…maybe even a little enjoyable…. LOL!

How Stardew Valley Inspired Me to Garden



Though I’ve lived in a farming community for most of my life, I never had any interest in it until I played Stardew Valley. To be sure, I know farming in real life is much more difficult than in Stardew Valley, for I had to learn that lesson the hard way. But the joy in receiving crops in the game also managed to transfer over to me having joy in growing some vegetables in the backyard. It is something I had never done before, and something I hope everyone learns to do.

Gardening, when someone has – pardon the phrase – lead in their butt, like I do, can be extremely difficult. And thank God for the two men in my household who do all the hard yard work! But to take a cultivator and grind deep into the ground to plant some potatoes is honest hard work. To see the potato plant leaves emerge and grow brings excitement. And to have a bountiful harvest, much like Alex and I had when we planted and watered the Yukon Gold potatoes, brings much, much joy!

And, to be perfectly honest, it’s all thanks to Stardew Valley. The game that had given a young woman some happiness when she needed some lifting up. And that, according to this ignorant, burgeoning gamer, is a game worth it’s money.

Stardew Valley’s Creator, Eric Barone



As a game developer, my husband greatly esteems Eric Barone, who created Stardew Valley. During the initial month when I played through the came incessantly, Alex continuously checked up on how Barone (a.k.a. ConcernedApe) created certain game aspects, and he tried to figure out what techniques ConcernedApe used. In other words, he was fanboying, which was cute, though all I really cared about was playing the game.

However, now that a year has passed since this initial month, I can honestly say that Eric Barone seems like a genuinely kind young man. For, when I took some time to crochet some purple Junimos, as found in Stardew Valley, my husband texted ConcernedApe, asking if I had permission to try and sell them. He replied about three weeks later with a simple, “Sure, I don’t mind.” And for a man who made it big with one self-made game, that means a lot to people like my husband and I.

Support ConcernedApe and Play Stardew Valley



Stardew Valley has come out on many video game consoles by now, as well as on iPhones, and I highly recommend the game. Many of the game concepts appear true in the real world, such as the various fruits and veggies, and even the Chinese blue chicken, and is therefore somewhat edifying. Though, some of the awesome game concepts are obviously fake, like the decay-preventing clock and the scepter that brings you to your front porch from wherever you are….

But, as a girl who went to college and graduated with honors, I learned more about how the real world works through this game. The hard, laborious, grinding tasks that make men and women feel good at the end of the day. And I learned how essential these men and women are, despite how so many people (especially here in California) look down on people who lumber, drill, mine, fish, and so on.



So, thank you to everyone who provides the basic essentials which create the clothes I wear, the food I eat, and the shelter over my head. And thank you, ConcernedApe, for opening my eyes to their existence and importance, to both me and everyone who has ever lived and breathed.

So come spring, and when I plant those Yukon Golds and Russets, please bring forth a bountiful harvest. Much like I would bring forth in Stardew Valley.



Image from BagoGames

Allow Me to Write Plainly



Slightly over a year ago from today, my husband and I ate at a birthday dinner with my in-laws. When asked about my job, I had the opportunity to describe my work on MaryLovestheUK.com, and the subjects I write about. For, I had then recently quit my position in retail due to needing to address my mental health.

The woman, who had a far more lucrative position in the Bay, proceeded to ask prying questions into my humble blog. Both my husband and I received the impression her curiosity stemmed more from mockery than genuine interest. For what kind of person does it take to respect simple, honest writing? Someone who loves God.



I, sadly enough, also struggle to respect lowly positions with low wages. Though I love God, my pride and my ego hated working at the retail position. As a result, given my mental condition, it had driven me completely over the edge. The voices had mocked me for years, and eventually the tears had begun streaming down my face uncontrollably.

And what did my employer have to say? She provided me with a warning and told me I was unprofessional. So, I quit. Plain and simple. I never wanted the job to begin with, so I wasn’t going to fight for a job I didn’t want. The choice had been easy.



Naturally, most people with my mental condition cannot afford to simply quit their jobs. God has blessed me with a family, both parents and a husband, who make just enough of an income where we can all get by. And I try to help with online money opportunities. But, in all reality, most people with schizophrenia never attain great job opportunities. And I’m no different.

So, if my reader has managed to make it this far, please understand that I write for the sake of writing. People may encourage me to write about my faith, or my interest in British fandom, but I write because I enjoy the process. And if a reader stumbles across my blog and finds an article of interest, awesome! But, I realize I shall never make a proper living as a blogger, and I will accidently (or intentionally, given my state of mind) insult and anger some people. But I write merely for writing’s sake.



Please accept my apologies for when I write in anger. I do sometimes stress over if I have written inappropriately. And when I think I have, I do apologize and hope to receive forgiveness. For I had to forgive the woman, because she didn’t know my situation or condition. And even if she had, God still expects His followers to forgive as we have been forgiven. So, I shall try, succeeding only with God’s help.

From this point forward, I will write on what currently interests me. This shall be a personal blog. For, though I long to write about the great complexities about my faith, the reality is that I have little desire to do much of anything these days, and my anxiety over my voices is large and cumbersome. Thank you for your patience and understanding.



Welcome to all Truth-Seekers and Christian-Haters. This website is for all of you…




How many young Christ followers have read theological material, attempting to grow in their Christian faith, only to wonder why they have never heard any Ordained Pastor, or Priest, preach on the material found in so-said Christian book?

“The material must be false,” said the too-busy-to-read Church friend. “He’s only a man. It’s not guaranteed anything he writes is God-inspired,” said the avid feminist.



Or, there is the other side of the argument. The side where the so-called God-breathed material actually IS FALSE.

“Beth Moore has sold millions of books. Throughout all her mission-oriented years, she has always had a heart for lost and hurting women. And, oh! How can you actually question Rick Warren? He has clarified the meaning to life!” Modernized Christian theology has BAMBOOZLED many Christians.

What is the point to this statement about Christian material?




My husband, my family, and I have reached the point, having read through the Holy Bible countless times throughout the years, where we wish to make THE TRUTH known to all people. At least, to all people who desire inner peace and joy. (And we’re not talking happy-go-lucky peace and joy. We’re talking about finding the ability to stay goal-oriented and on the right path in a depraved and insane world.)

From this point forward, studies regarding unpopular laws regarding Christian living and Christian belief will appear below. Such topics include a woman’s role in the church, what the Bible says about anger and wrath, abortion, turning the other cheek, and so-on and so-forth.



If these topics are mundane and acceptable to you, great! Maybe you can help defend the Gospel with me to all the people who hate the One-and-Only Living God.

That is all that I have to say at this given time. Please follow along with me as I study my books and write about what I learn. If it pleases God, maybe some genuine GOOD will come from this blog.

*All articles pertaining United Kingdom items, located in the USA, are still on here. Please ignore or peruse them as you will. The focus of the blog has shifted toward biblical studies.


Regarding the Prologue for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings – Critical Review

Prologue for J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings

Reading the Prologue for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings revealed much about the author. First and foremost, the text portrayed the outstandingly extensive breadth in all relations regarding J.R.R. Tolkien’s thought, study, and imagination. It also portrayed some of his likings and enjoyments in life.

“Concerning Hobbits” Section One in the Prologue for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings




J.R.R. Tolkien’s Prologue contains a long, detailed script regarding all things in relation to Hobbits. Much detail was given on subgroups among the Hobbits, what they look like, where they dwell, how they work the land, who remains prominent among them, how they relate to other Middle-Earth folk, and more. There seemed no end to the history, allegory, or factual tidbits.

Words failed me when I tried to describe to my father the imaginative depth and shocking detail included in this first section, “Concerning Hobbits.”  However, my father, who has read The Lord of the Rings several times throughout his life, knew the perfect phrase: Obsessive detail.



Obsessive is exactly what I would call J.R.R. Tolkien’s work. Do some Tolkien fans take offense at this terminology? I hope not, for I mean no offense at this term. In fact, I have the proclivity and bias to believe deep people, obsessive and philosophical (and many times theological), lean toward genius in their arts and crafts.

The writing in this section layered detail upon detail, upon detail, and so on. J.R.R. Tolkien set the foundation for an imaginative people, then provided them with an imaginative history, then educated them with a language grounded in linguistic theory, and then added imaginative folklore for the imaginative Hobbits. In other words, Hobbits and the Shire could be real folk, in a real land, in a real world. Where could have J.R.R. Tolkien received his genius?

“Concerning Pipe-weed” Section Two in the Prologue for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings




“Concerning Pipe-weed” in the Prologue for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings provided the perfect laughing magic after much education regarding Hobbits. For within the very first paragraph to this second section, Tolkien wrote a word very similar to an English word called nicotine. This “Nicotiana” was what Hobbits stuffed into their pipes, clay or wooden, and smoked.

J.R.R. Tolkien proceeded to provide imaginative detail regarding where the weed first came from. Did it come from the Hobbit village named Bree? Or does the weed grow native in the man-ruled city called Gondor? Again, Tolkien proved his imagination’s depth in creating Middle-Earth history similar to our world’s history, which means every culture is flummoxed about actual historical deeds and actions.

What this section blatantly shows is the time in which J.R.R. Tolkien lived. Cigarettes and cigars dominated most Englishmen pastimes, especially during World War II (WWII). With this in mind, and the knowledge about how this nicotine helped our WWII men to relax and rest, I can see why Tolkien included the Nicotiana weed into his literature. For every creature needs some means to rest, bodily and mentally.

“Of the Ordering of the Shire” Section Three in the Prologue for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings




“Of the Ordering of the Shire” in the Prologue for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings detailed the government type that every conservative wishes for: minimal to nonexistent government. Based on how Tolkien described the governing society within the Shire, it resembled the United States government very much. The main similarity being free will, the other democracy.

Where the U.S. law enforcement writes speeding tickets and handles domestic disputes, the Shire’s law enforcement deals more with folk outside the gated borders. Hobbits called them the “Bounders,” strange folk on suspicious business. Such Bounders had appeared in Hobbit towns before. But those days were long ago, and the Hobbits had forgotten the danger these strange faces carried with them. Could this compare to the danger which German strangers presented to the English children in the early 1900’s?

“Of the Finding of the Ring” Section Four in the Prologue for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings




Here Bilbo Baggins took stage. His story, summarized in “Of the Finding of the Ring” in the Prologue for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, revealed the dark story concerning a black heart and its “precious.”

Gollum would strike fear in anyone’s heart, let alone a simple, earth-loving Hobbit. For a ring to have so much power in prolonging a creature’s life, corrupting the creature to solely desire its power, made known the evil behind it. And to have the honest and adventurous Bilbo Baggins lie about how he found the one ring only made certain its terrible power.

This fourth section seemed put-in merely to set the stage for The Lord of the Rings. It informed the reader as to why poor Frodo Baggins had to carry his heavy burden, and consequently why all the connecting events occurred. J.R.R. Tolkien wrote to draw people into Middle-Earth. As did his son, Christopher Tolkien, when he wrote on the history surrounding Middle-Earth. But that’s a different matter entirely.

“NOTE ON THE SHIRE RECORDS” Final Section in the Prologue for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings




Not much need be said on the final section in the Prologue for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The author again showed his obsessive brilliance on imaginative history and folklore, connecting his work to how his readers would perceive it, as written accounts from Middle-Earth Men and Hobbits. To this fictional world there seems no end, and nor do we want there to be.

I hope anyone who reads this post will join me as we continue to read and review J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings! Continuing on with the series, we will compare and contrast how the story’s events relate to his personal life.

After all, Tolkien had mentioned this as a possible occurrence in his Foreword. Two biographies, one concerning the Inklings, the other concerning Tolkien himself, now exist on my bookshelf for this purpose. Let the fight between good and evil begin!