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Thursday, January 29th, 2015
1:09 pm
Been a while since I was here!
Still alive and spending most of my time on Facebook. Followed most of my friends over there but still need to remember to check in here once in a while.
All is well in my corner of the world. Work is taking it easy on my today and tonight I will head to a friends house for some board gaming and a birthday dinner. hope all is well with everybody out there and your 2015 is going well.
Monday, July 18th, 2011
1:08 pm
After taking a break last year with my garden (really busy, bad dry spell and late planting made for sparse growth) Beth and I jumped into it this year. The main crop was yellow squash, spagetti squash, banana peppers and beans. The parsley we planted was late comming in but is doing well so we can harvest it. (Beths birds like to pick the parsley apart. Not sure if they just drop it or eat it but they enoy it)
Again, due to going from chilly temps to hot temps, the broccoli, lettuce and spinnach didnt do much. I was happy to find a few marjorum plants from the seed I tossed out. They are not big enough to harvest anything from but the fact that they ae growing was a nice suprise.
One benifit of this garden is that Beth likes to cook and a lot of what we are growing is going into the cook pot instead of me just giveing it away.
Stuffed banana peppers, sauted beans and yellow and spagetti squash in diffrent ways. makes for great dinners and yummy lunchs.
Due to the dry weather, I think the squash plants are just about done. They have really shown wilt and they are not flowering much. The peppers are going strong and the beans will give us a couple more meals.
This year, even though not as bountiful as years past, has been a good year for putting food on our plates.
Now, what to plant for NEXT year!
Friday, July 15th, 2011
10:55 am
Kittens Again
Seems this time of year is the breeding season in my little town for kittens. I say this because for the last few years, we have seen the little ones wandering about. For the last 2 years this has directly affected my time and attention.
Now, im not saying I dislike cats or kittens. I love and care for thos pets with which i have choosen to take care of. I do dislike those people that either 1. let their cats roam around, breeding with whatever is out there and leaving their offspring to either die or wander into somebody elses property, 2. those people that put tons of food out and leave it there to attract the strays of the world, basicaly setting up a local hang out where the boys and girls can hook up, 3. Those pet owners that do not have there pets fixed. We have all 3 types with in a close proxiity of the house.
Because of this, we had one kitten we rescued last year in July, that is now a permenent resident of the house. Teeka was found under weight and infected with a bot fly larva. We caught her, cleaned her up, gave her the shots and meds to get her well and now she is among one of the many pamperd pets in the house.
This July, we rescued another small female kitten. She was 4 weeks old and wighed 3/4 of a pound. We knew she was around for a couple days because we could hear her but not see her and where hopeing she was just passing through. About 7:00pm of day 3, Beth finaly could not take the crying anymore so she put some water and food out on the back porch to try to lure it out. Out it came. Very small and a dark brownish black color. Just a baby. The next day, as I was working on the garden, Beth heard the kitten behind some piled stone so we moved the stone and caught the kitten.
Since Saturday, she has been living in the first floor bathroom while we clean her up, get her tested and medicated. She had eye, ear and nose infections and we assumed she also had worms and fleas. Off to the vets she went and we have been keeping up a pretty rigorus feeding schedual to help pack the ounces on the little tike (shes now up to a pound)
Beth has been in contact with a couple of people that are looking to adopt a small kitten so this one will be moving on in a week or so.
After this one, im now thinking what will be next? We finaly helped convinced our neighbors to stop putting food out for all their "adopted" strays. Teeka (the kitten we adopted last year) was a by product of their feeding station cat hook up and we let them know what it cost us to heal her up and get her healthy. That was a wake up call for them.
I dont mind helpng the little ones. I will just once again hope that some of the people around us take responsibility for their animals and we will stop having to rescue the little ones that wander into our backyard.
For now, we will continue to play with "Tiny" while she heals up, puts on the weight and gets used to being a indoor cat up until her time of adoption into another home.
Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
1:27 pm
Trying to get back into the habit of posting
Been a while since I posted anything even though I have popped onto LJ to see what everybody else is doing.
It has been busy which has made the time fly. The biggest change in the last couple years have been the addition of 4 cats and 8 birds to the Emmitsburg house that came along when Beth moved in. Beth fits well with me. We think along the same lines and we both are flexable enough not to let anything get to us before talking about it. Is it perfect? no, but I dont think any relationship is. But this is going really well.
The adoption of her "kids" was a big step. I always said I would not have pets unless I had somebody to help take care of them. Well, this came back at me. My morning and evening routines have changed but for the better I think. I stay focused in making sure the featherd and four footed munchkins are fed and waterd and have some people time as well. Then I jump into the many other jobs that need to be done on a daily basis.
One of the many parts of this relationship I like is that we think along the same lines when it comes to organizing the house. Yes, some changes have been made and some changes will still be made. My accumulated pile of stuff will be reduced as she slowly moves her smaller pile of accumulated stuff up to Emittsburg. Needless to say, we are very happy.
I have found Beth has given me a reason to start working on the many home improvment projects that had been placed on the back burner due to my not having the mind set to work on them. With Beths help, im staying focused and actualy getting some of these projects done which is cleaning up certain areas around and in the house.
Im really enjoying being able travel with her (we dont do much traveling but what we have done has been a blast), game with her (she plays both board games as well as World of Warcraft) and just hang out with her during those few moments when we have the luxury of just sitting down and relaxing
Monday, June 28th, 2010
12:03 pm
Back from Origins
And a good time was had by all.

For those that dont know, Origins Game fair is a large gaming convention in Columbus Ohio. Itcovers just about all games except gambling (which im sure happens in some parts but they are not open with it) There are also seminars and kids games as well.

My friends and I got there on Thursday around 2:00, got registared and jumped right into the dealer hall. there where certain items we wanted to buy so got that out of the way first.

After a quick trip out to the car to drop off our accuiered goodies, we headed back in and split to our diffrent intrestes. I spent a lot of time at the Mayfair booth demoing games to earn ribbons. The ribbons are put towards convention only expansions to diffrent games they had for sale. I have most of the Catan games and wanted the 3 new maps that where being offered as prizes this year.
The big new catan game this year is Settlers of America. It plays with the same mechanics of most Catan games but has a bit of a diffrent them in that you have settlers that create towns and railroads that allow you to deliver goods to other players towns.
I played a number of diffrent mayfair games and earned 4 of the 5 ribbons I needed for my first map.

Later that evening, we stopped by the board game room and checked out the diffrent games that where offered for checking out to play. We played Warlords of Europe and Cant Stop

Friday I spent about half the day in the mayfair booth. I was very glad that I only had to play a couple games multiple times. I enjoyed playing many diffrent board games. By the time I left the dealer hall, I had 2 of the new maps in my bag and only needed 1 more ribbon to get the 3rd map.

I took a break after dinner and spent some time in the small game auction at the convention and then headed to the board game room again. This time it was a very fun game of Railroad Tycoon that I got into. The group was realy relaxed so the game was very fun.

Saturday I finished up gaining all my ribbons and got my 3rd expansion map. I also picked up a Settlers of America game as well as a Pack and Stack Game. I thien wandered around the dealer hall and picked up a Roll Through the Ages game (which I had wanted for a while now)

I met up with some friends in the Boardgame room and we played Ticket to Ride and a new game called Founding Fathers (where you take the place of one of the founding fathers of america and are writeing the constitution 2 acts at a time. I was James Madison.

Sunday was a lot more relaxing. We played a couple more games before heading back to Maryland at around 12:00. We got into Frederick by about 8:30 and i was at home and im my bed by 10:00

A good time was had by all
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
3:24 pm
Origins, here I come!
Off to play. Will be back Monday :)
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
10:57 am
Prezcon has started. I will be heading south on Thursday to join them all.

Oooooo! I CANT WAIT!!
Friday, January 29th, 2010
8:18 am
To my nephew Will, have a wonderful day. Happy Birthday!! Woooohooo!
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009
2:26 pm
Monday, December 21st, 2009
8:24 am
The big snow storm in my area of the east coast is over. The snow has been shoveled and most of the streets are cleared.

We are definatly going to have a white Christmas this year :)
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
8:05 am
Happy Thanksgiving Early
Im heading south to see my folks for Thanksgiving so im not sure how much computer time I will get soooo

Everybody have a good day and weekend and eat WAY TOO MUCH! :)
Friday, November 6th, 2009
8:49 am
Fort Hood
My thoughts and prayers go out to all those in and around Fort Hood.
Monday, October 5th, 2009
8:27 am
Gnomes Away
Sending Gnomes off to help Alisa, Allison and Jody to further help with birthday stuff and generaly whatever needs to be done. Hopefully they wont eat all your munchies and drink all your beer while they are there.

Sending some extra Gnomes off to help Alisa. Gnomes are considered good luck by some so hopefully they will help in the back ground, quietly doing this and that and helping with the healing proccess.

Hope you all had a good day
Friday, August 28th, 2009
10:06 am
Happy Birthday Zoe!
Ok, so her birthday isnt until tomorrow but I wont have computer access tomorrow so I figured I would get it in today.

To my favorite niece (well, shes my only neice)
Have a good one!
8:58 am
Why cant I just be happy with the standard Dell Alienware laptop? Why did I have to click on the costomizable button and choose all the high end options?? Why did I look at the 5K price tag!! WHY! WHY!!

Oooooh! I want one sooooo bad!!

New goal. Zero out my credit card (which has very little on it at the moment) and buy me a souped up gaming laptop!
Thursday, July 2nd, 2009
11:07 am
I’m finally getting back into the swing of the daily grind after spending 4 days at Origins game fair. What a blast! I had the basic registration as well as a ribbon to get me into the board game room. I managed to cram a LOT of gaming in the time I was at convention. Between spending a lot of time playing the demos at the Mayfair booth or checking out games in the board game room, it was a weekend of eating, sleeping and gaming

The highlights of my stay are

1. Finally won a game of Railroad Tycoon against 2 people I have played a lot with and both of them are real good at it :)
2. Collected a series of ribbons from the Mayfair booth. The ribbons they where passing out where based on the resources gathered in the Catan games and you had to play certain games at the Mayfair booth (play for free :) to earn the different ribbons. First you get a grain, sheep, wood, clay and stone ribbon to earn the Champion of Catan ribbon. This level enters you in a drawing for a game prize, gets you a 50% coupon for almost any Mayfair game and also I got a promotional Catan Geographies map only available at Origins and Gencon.
I then needed to play 3 more games to ear coins, paper and another that isn’t coming to mind to earn the Defender of Catan ribbon. This ribbon entered me a second time in the prize drawings and also got me a second different Catan Geographies promo map.
I am now wishing I kept a log of all the games I played. I’m thinking it was close to 15 to 20 different games for the entire week.
Of course, mix in all this game playing with lots of great people and lots of good food.
A god time was had by all. (Or at least by me :)
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
1:07 pm
Vacation Time
Aaaaahh! Spent 4 days NC to visit my parents. Got back to work on Tuesday. Worked Wednesday. Leave tomorrow to head to Columbus Ohio for a game convention named Origins. Life is good at the moment

Next week is gonna be rough. I will actualy have to work a full 5 days in a row.
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
2:58 pm
Slipping Past the Work Filter
For quite a while (since St Patties Day I think) work has filtered live journal.
On a whim, I decided to give it a shot since I have a newer computer at my desk now.
Here I am. I will now be able to check more then once a blue moom and see what you all have been up too.

Yea, yea ... I could check it more at home but that would bite into my game time :)
Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
8:12 am
Happy St Patrick's Day!
After having dug to a depth of 10 meters last year, Scottish scientists found traces of copper wire dating back 100 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 100 years ago.

Not to be outdone by the Scots, in the weeks that followed, British scientists dug to a depth of 20 meters, and shortly after, headlines in the UK newspapers read: "British archaeologists have found traces of 200-year-old copper wire and have concluded that their ancestors already had a high-tech communications network a hundred years earlier than the Scots."

One week later, "The Kerryman," a southwest Irish newsletter, reported the following: "After digging as deep as 30 meters in peat bog near Tralee, Danny McCole, a self taught archeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing. Paddy has therefore concluded that 300 years ago Ireland had already gone wireless."

Happy St Patrick's Day!
Thursday, March 5th, 2009
8:19 am
Prezcon 2009
Last weekend I was able to go to Prezcon. A large local board gaming convention in Charlottsville VA

It was a blast. A friend and I arrived there at around 10:00 am on Thursday and we jumped right into gaming. By the time we took a break, it was 9:00 pm and we had not even checked into our room yet. (Fortunately the third person sharing the room had already checked us in. We just needed to grab some keys)

(could not figure out how to link somebody else's photo stream so here is the link)


This was nothing but board gaming, starting at around 10:00 every day and going well into the morning hours of the next day

The games I played (some of them more then once) are listed below. I'm also including a link to one of my friends Flickr site cause he was wandering around with a camera in hand, snapping photos.

My games list
You are a NASCAR driver trying to beat your competitors
*Battlestar Galactica
Its the humans against the Cylons. Can the humans jump the ship before their resources run out or will the Cylons take over the ship before the jump happens
A card game where you use the cards in hand to build your deck and eventually buy more victory points then everybody else
*Chicago Express
You are a rail stock holder who is trying to build rails and improve them so you earn more then your competitors
*Steel Driver
Another rail game with the above type of play (but different :)
Will the village you build be better then the others?

*Tiners Trail
Your a miner/prospector who tries to outbid and out mine the others.
*Snow Tails
Your speeding down a dog sled course. Will you swoosh and whoosh to victory or end up smacking into a wall or hugging a tree?
Your bidding on a bag of cats. Lets hope there are no bad cats or nasty dogs in that bag!
*Tiki Topple
Living on the islands and building totem poles can be fun. If you can make sure your sections of the pole are on top, you get the fame and fortune that go with it
You are building hotels and buying stock in the hopes that mergers over time will shoot you up to the top
Three pots of potions brewing but they can only hold so much. Even worse, somebody may spike a pot with a poison. If you add to a pot and spill it, you MUST empty the pot. Happy mixing
*Formula Motor Racing.
You are again a race car driver trying to beat out the other teams to the finish line
*Robo Rally
Mr Roboto calling! Can you program your robot to out maneuver the others through the factory obstacles and get to the flags first? Watch out for those lasers and don't fall into a pit
*Monster Menace Across America
ROOOOAAAAR! The monsters are invading America and YOU are one of them. A real monster smack down to see who is the top mutant.

*Roll Through the Ages
You juggle people, food and goods to build more towns, research improvements and build wonders. (A quick dice driven game that is very simple to learn and play)
*Roads and Boats
You start out with 3 donkeys, some wood and some stone. From there you build up your town in the hopes of eventually mining gold, minting coin and producing stock. Watch out where you leave your resources laying about, other towns can steal them

(I only played 2 games on Saturday because this is also when the convention auction was held and also because Roads and Boats ended up being a 7 hour game)

*Robo Rally
I manage to get into the semi finals so ended up playing this again and got quickly squashed by my competitors
*Little Italy
You are driving through the street of Italy picking up points of the dice rolls are in your favor

We left the Con at about 1:30 on Sunday.
Got home at around 5:00
A good time was had by all

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