Chicken Coop II

One of the major projects of this summer has been the new Chicken Coop.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow: Chicken Coop

About five years ago, we got rid of our chickens and our old chicken coop. The urge to keep chickens returned, though, and so we needed to be a new one. There are still a few details that need to be addressed (South door window, back door latches, nesting boxes and trim. But the chickens are out of the house!

Steve retires :(

For he's a jolly good fellow! #byesjc on Twitpic

Among other things Steve said at his retirement celebration, today, was this. “I hope I have as much fun in retirement as I’ve had working at UVM.”

My tears didn’t come until I left the party.

Friend to me and many, many souls here at UVM; visionary, curmudgeon, provocateur, playful adopter and vocal advocate of disruptive innovations. I will miss your voice, calling to us from a divergent path, pointing toward a new, interesting destination.

Now that you’ve migrated much of your virtual essence into the cloud, I expect frequent pings (tweets, facebook updates, Asian video chats…) telling me what you really think. And keep the cool music and design posts flowing.

Let’s go out to lunch before summer is over. I’ll buy you a martini. 🙂

CraftyMomma’s most recent project

When I got home from work, yesterday, Beloved Wife showed me her most recent creation:

A spouse who’s good with power tools. W00T!

It’s a “grazing ark” for our intrepid guinea pigs. Yes, they will be spending most of their summer days outside. (Hurray!)

It came out just exactly as she had described it to me and had sketched. We had a couple brief consultations about construction methodology, but the design and execution are all hers. Well, done, BW!

Father’s Day

Beloved Wife made a Father’s Day slide show for me:

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow: Happy Father's Day

Pretty amazing to see a survey like that. [sniff]

After a pleasant morning, NatureBoy and I trundled into town to visit the FLGS, where we picked up a few things, including some Dungeon Tiles, and several True20 products on sale.

This afternoon, NB ran some more Fourth Edition D&D. I must say that I’m really enjoying 4E, especially in comparison to the recent session of 3.5. The PCs have run out of healing and spells, but have to try to find the missing children before something happens to them…

All in all, it’s been a happy Father’s Day, and a nice Summer Solstice, too. I wish Dads everywhere a happy Father’s Day, hoping you’ve been able to send time with your offspring.

Blessed Be.

Geek Momma rocks!

Freedom City, Second EditionWhenever we go to Barnes & Noble, we visit the used section. Last month, I found some Transformers graphic novels that were helpful in keeping NatureBoy occupied during some of the long waits during CraftyMomma‘s graduation.

Recently, NatureBoy and I were looking through the RPG section. It really pales in comparison to our Friendly Local Gaming Store, Quarterstaff Games (website needs work, but the store is great). When CraftyMomma found us, she had picked up the Mutants & Masterminds Freedom City supplement in the used section. That’s awesome on so many levels!

I have the best wife. 🙂

Wiz-War progress

The last couple months have been busy, but not without some small progress on our Wiz-War project.

Wiz-War board sections with base color

We got a couple coats of a dark base color on our seven board sections. Yes, seven sections. We’re making two auto-warp path sections (quarter-circle arcs) to connect the two sections across the gaps.

Also, I made a small test section so we can avoid major painting gaffes. We also have a large number of wall sections and doors to paint.

For our minis, NatureBoy selected six Reaper Miniatures. Assembling and painting metal minis will be a new adventure in and of itself. Here’s one of the minis, “T’Kay, Reptus Cleric” (14096).

That’s all for now. Hope to have more posts soon.