D&D and minisGames
Running a D&D game for 11 year olds. On the under 3 Valleys Campaign. Starting painting minis to use with it. Those are a mess. Have lots of Bretonnians in various stages of completion and needing reworked.

Have a tremendous amount of okra in the freezer breaded and ready to fry, over 3 gallons. Still picking every couple of days. Stopped picking grapes first of sept with dragoncon and havent gotten back to it because i was sick. Lost a lot in the intervening weeks, the carlos grapes didnt last long but the scuppernongs arent quite ripe even yet so there will be more to come. Got more bell peppers this year than almost every year combined, i think it was the constant rain through july and aug but thats stopped since Ian came close. Yard hasnt been mowed since Aug. Lawn mower wouldnt start. Sears was supposed to come on Tues before the con, didnt come becuase the guy didnt have his truck, they rescheduled it for 2 tuesdays later and then canceled. So had someone pick it up, with a minimum time of 2.5 weeks. Need to call them and see what is going on. Asked one of the neighbors yard men to mow it, said he would do it by tues, didnt. Called a week later and said he would do it next day, didnt. Wading through the grass is not fun.

Hitler TriumphantBooks
by Peter Tsouras ed.
Alternate History: WWII: 288 pages

Had to buy another copy because the last one wasnt returned. Scenarios of WWII where the axis do better written by real history professors with citations (real and fictional) and a short portion describing the differences from reality.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Beowulfs ChildrenBooks

Beowulfs Children by Larry Niven.
Sci-fi: 382 pages.
Volume 2 in the series Heorot Series.

This would have been 100% better without the constant who is sleeping with who or thinking about it. Grendals are shown to be more than jut monsters other threats are found. A grendal is tamed, off stage and totally pointlessly.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

The Legacy of the HeorotBooks

The Legacy of the Heorot by Larry Niven.
Alternate Fantasy: 346 pages.
Volume 1 in the series Heorot Series.

Read this again since I found out I have the second one and since I read the third last week. People go to another planet and discover a monster. Then kill it which causes its offspring in the thousands to develop and overwhelm the colony.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

We Shall RiseBooks

We Shall Rise by John Ringo.
Sci-Fi: Post-Apocalyptic: 292 pages.
Volume 9 in the series Black Tide Rising.

Much better than the banker crap. Lots of stories about civilization coming back. Cleaning the last of the zombies and the bad people.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

Starborn & GodsonsBooks

Starborn & Godsons by Larry Niven.
Sci-fi: 385 pages.
Volume 3 in the series Heorot Series.

A new colony ship arrives at the colony and aliens are discovered. Wraps up to quickly and peacfully.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

The Other WindBooks

The Other Wind by Ursula K Le Guin.
Fantasy: 266 pages.
Volume 6 in the series Earthsea.

Probably need to reread the earlier novels. Follows a wizard who is having dreams about his dead wife, dragons and a Khargad princess.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

killing African violetsPlants
Losing African violets. They have a white fungus and its not dying. individually bagged all of the ones left to increase humidity. Or the problem could be mealy bugs. Doing bad job with cutting also not sure why had no problems in the past.

The Valley of the ShadowsBooks

The Valley of the Shadows by John Ringo.
Sci-Fi: Dystopian: 287 pages.
Volume 6 in the series Black Tide Rising.

So this book did not age well. Published in 2018 its absolutely not how a pandemic is handled. Add to that that a story about bankers trying to save themselves in a coming apocalypse is really boring.

Rating: 3 (out of 8)