Saga for Kids

A couple of weeks ago while on vacation with my family. I took my Saga stuff to get together with a friend who lives close to the vacation spot and play one afternoon. We played a couple of times and it was fun as always. My nieces and nephew are getting to the age where they like games. Simple board games even chess. Since I was with them and it was raining a couple of days I decided I would give miniatures a try with them. I started off simple. I set up the game with 4 figures in 3 groups per side. Each group was different. One cavalry, one spearmen, and one archers. I didn’t put out any terrain or board to play on we started off on the bare table. I assigned two symbols to each group on the saga dice. They got to roll 4 dice, one for each group plus one. They had to assign the dice per group based on the roll. Each dice was an action, move, attack, or shooting. If they lost an entire group they lost a dice.  For attacking it was simple 5+ to hit and 5+ to save. Cavalry moved at long (12”) and foot at medium (6”). Archers shot at long.   I was amazed at how quickly they picked it up. They had the rules down by the second game and as true gamers they tried to “stretch” the rules on occasion. For the rest of the week […]

England Trip Days 11-14

The 11 day of the trip we traveled south to Hastings. The famous site of the battle between Harold and William that began the Norman conquest. We then headed over to Pevensey Castle which William built to gain a foothold. Later that night we traveled north to Whitstable to eat some oysters. Day 12 we stop by the new memorial for the Battle of Britain. A beautiful sight that over looked the channel. Next was Dover Castle and huge complex on an impressive chalk hill. The Castle has played a major role in British history from the Iron age up until World War II. We then walked a little on the white cliffs which were bright white with green growth all around. Day 13 was a pilgrimage to Canterbury. The famous pilgrim site of the medieval time. Still a place of prayer. We stopped in the cathedral and saw where Thomas of Canterbury (Becket) was martyred and saw the gorgeous stone work and windows. I then stopped by the little church of St. Thomas, a catholic church. I prayed at the relics of St. Thomas in the martyr’s chapel that also held statues of St. Thomas Moore and St. John Fisher who martyrdom we celebrate today. After talking with the associate pastor for a while and going to confession we headed over to St. Augustine’s Abbey and St. Martins church. Both ancient sites of Christianity for Saxon England. We then headed to Lulling Stone Roman Villa and also a site […]

England Trip days 6-10

Day 6 we traveled into York and saw the Cathedral and the remnants of old Norman castle Clifford’s tower. York was controlled for a long time by the Vikings and so there are a number of places that have Viking names including the two rivers of York. There is also a historical site in downtown York that you can visit. After most of the day in York we traveled out to the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey which were quit haunting and then visited Helmsley Castle just down the road forms the abbey. Day 7 we drove very far north almost to Scotland and say the Holy Island. This is the spot of the first Viking raid in England. It was also home to a priory of monks and is a beautiful place with the North Sea as a backdrop. While up there we went to Bamburgh just south of Holy Island and visit its Castle which has been restored and updated. On our way, back to Cawood we stopped along Hadrian’s wall which was amazing to see. Day 8 saw us traveling to a small town called Selby to look for a window that is said to be inspiration for the American flag. The window contained the crest of the Washington’s which show stars and stripes. We then head back south to East Anglia and saw the old Island of Ely and its Cathedral. And then traveled to possibly the coolest named town Bury St. Edmund. We saw the old […]

England Trip Days 1-5

Many of you know that I recently took a trip to England with a longtime friend who grew up there in Devonshire. Our first 5 days the weather was cool in the 60s with a nice drizzle of rain every day. Perfect weather as far as I was concerned. We had also purchased a English Heritage pass which got us into most of the sites we visited. It easily paid for itself within the first two days of our trip. Upon arrival, we headed to Salisbury which would be our base for the first three days. On our way to Salisbury we stop by an ancient hill fort on the Salisbury plains. It was a beautifully green place surround by wheat being blown by the wind so that it looked like the green ocean. After a little time, we headed onto Salisbury to our hotel and stopped to see the cathedral but were unable to get in as it was already evening. Our second day we headed over Stonehenge which I think everyone is familiar with. But we also hit Avebury Henge which was huge. So, big in fact that there was a small village in the middle of it. We had lunch in a pub there. We also saw Silbury Hill which is an ancient man-made hill and beside it was the burial chamber that is called the West Kennet Long Barrow. We also hit Winchester the old capital of Saxon England and the spot famous for Alfred the […]


Matriarchal line Lenni and Sadie Rauh     Mollie (Rauh) Jenkins     Linda Fay (Durbin) Jenkins     Isabelle Fay (Kuhn) Durbin Jan. 23, 1932-Oct. 22, 1999 Zion Cemetery Emma Leona (Kuhn) Kuhn Oct. 22, 1894-Mar. 15, 1960 Zion Cemetery Nancy Jane (Shadley) Maynard Dec. 5, 1870-1942 Bennett Cemetery, Rays Crossing; married Charles Kuhn and remarried after his death to Frank Maynard Mary Ann (McColley) Shadley Nov. 25, 1839-Sep. 9, 1922 Blue Ridge Cemetery Nancy (Trees) McColley Nov. 23, 1815-July 6, 1901 Blue Ridge Cemetery Mary Ann (Hill) Trees June 1, 1790-July 25, 1863 Born while crossing the Atlantic, Irish buried blue ridge Cemetery Moved to Rush County 1823 Elizabeth Jane (Whitlow) Hill   Ulster, Ireland

Paschal Candle 2017

This year’s design for the Easter Candle was St. Michael themed. Acrylic and Pen. 

Wooden Duck Boat

It’s been a little chilly here so the painting has gone slower. I applied a couple of coats a deck paint to both sides and then added a camo pattern with spray paint. The pattern was made by lightly spraying over a mess screen first, like the ones people use for snow fences. I then carved out the cattail pattern and sprayed a green and beige color. I also cut out the padded foam for the bottom. They were 2’x2′ interlocking squares that you use to cover a work room floor. This foam will help me stay quiet and warm. the holes will help me stay out of the water that gets dragged into the boat. After painting I added the doors again and began to cut out the cloth that will cover up the boat. Its a combination of two layout blind covers. It will look a little piece mail but it will work once grass and other vegetation gets put into the stubble straps.

Wooden Duck Boat

It’s down to the finish work at this point. I added the doors for the blind. I decided that I needed a set up front to allow me access to that part of the boat. My dog could rest here with the lid closed or more likely I can use the space for hauling decoys. Once all the hardware was in place I removed it and began painting. I’m using a simple deck paint that is pretty thick. I have no idea how it will hold up. Time will tell. Once it dries I’ll flip the boat over and finishing sanding the bottom and paint it. While it is flipped, I’ll work on a removable wheel yoke for easy transport.

Wooden Duck Boat

The most time-consuming part of a boat, at least in terms of having a block of time to work on it, is putting the cloth and epoxy on the bottom of the boat. The combination of the cloth and epoxy reinforces and stiffens the bottom. It’s good to have 12 hours or so to dedicate to this as you have to keep building up the layers of epoxy and it works best if those layers don’t dry in between applications. If they do dry you have to sand it down before you add the next layer. Sanding would double the time needed for this project not to mention it’s almost impossible to sand it down and not destroy the cloth fibers. To apply the cloth, you first prepare the bottom and make sure the flat surfaces and the edges are sanded down. You then apply epoxy and get the area you will lay the cloth on wet. This helps the cloth to stay in place and makes it easier to saturate the cloth with epoxy later. Once the cloth is laid you then apply more epoxy. This first go takes a lot of epoxy to completely saturate the cloth. You have to get the epoxy into every fiber of the cloth. Its best to pour the epoxy out on top of the cloth and uses a squeegee of some kind to spread the epoxy evenly. Its work getting the glue into every fiber of the cloth. Once that is done […]

Wooden Duck Boat

Over the last couple of weeks, I installed the false floor to cover the foam board. This required a lot of epoxy to fill, cover, and seal the floor. After that was accomplished I moved the boat outside to take advantage of the warm weather and do some sanding. I removed the wires by cutting them and heating them until they melted the epoxy and pulled through. The holes will be epoxied later. I then sanded the edges to round them out and smooth the surface. I will still need to use some thickened epoxy to fill in holes and gaps before I put the fiber glass and epoxy on the bottom to strengthen the hull. My father made a removable yoke to use to hold the layout blind doors. I set it up to get an idea of where the door brackets will attach and how the layout blind cover will fit. It was a little nerve racking cutting up a perfectly good blind but it will work nicely. I’ll need to add some more cloth on the front end so that the blind cloth completely covers the boat. I think I might make flap doors for the front so that it makes it easier to store items during transportation and also makes a blind for my dog to hide in while on the hunt.