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  1. Lovely work ! ::D:

    :blush: Thank you.

    Pity ,I can't purchase that mini since it been discontinued due to licensing . :down:

     

    Ah.. but I just looked at the new green and Julie Guthrie has blessed us with a lady of very similar lines:

     

    06_03_01_Sorceress.jpg

  2. Well, I'm up and running again (well, walking at least). I have a WIPs on my table, but I figured that I'd post a few that are done and gone. ::):

     

    The base actually has a significant color shift effect to it. I haven't figured out how to utilize this on a mini yet, as it's a solvent based product and I don't play with them much, but I'm working on it. :devil:

     

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  3. I'd like input on where it's headed before I'm so committed to the style that change would be a total headache. And yes, it's a site-builder construct. I have not done HTML etc.. in so long I'm not even going there right now.

     

    I'm trying to keep it simple - no flash, no frames, etc... The most complex things on there are the full size image pop-ups and the "mouse-over" buttons.

     

     

    Please give opinions and suggestions.

     

    Now to post a couple of things in the show off section. ::D:

     

     

    Orchid

     

     

    edit : I guess it would be nice to put a link other than my sig My Webpage

  4. I really like your wizard, reminds me of mine from a few years ago. (made me have to dig his picture back up to look at even)

     

    I think the assassin could use something on his base, though. But I do like the interesting choice on his fleshtone.(I'm in the processof working on this one too, with a similar base color on the robe :lol: )

  5. I want to thank you for your thoughts and prayers. The weather cleared up and Rex got to go do the Halloween thing, and he took the news extremely well, all things considered, and I made sure he understands by asking him alot of questions about his thoughts and feelings on it. We ARE going to the memorial, talked to the job, the apartments, etc... and had transportation thrust upon me (gotta love friends).

     

    Again, thank you all for your thoughts, prayers, wishes, etc.. (ah, semantics), it has helped, through both trials, to know that I'm not as alone as I felt when all of this started. :wub:

  6. On top of the evacuation, on top of it raining and I'm going to have to tell my son we are not going trick-or-treating because of it, on top of waiting for the application for the new apartment to go through even though we are going to get there pretty much with clothes and food at this point, on top of all those trials I got a phone call last night ...... my Mom passed away. I'm so numb that I have not cried, and feel like a heartless b!t(# because of that. I have no idea yet when or where a service is to be held, but odds are, with the move, that we will not be able to attend.

     

    And I get to tell an eight year old that has been through all this crap with us. (I'm not doing it today and futzing it for future Halloweens)

     

    I have no idea how I feel right now, what to do, etc...

     

     

    Orchid - who thought she was shell-shocked by the evacuation. :unsure:

  7. Given that Vaitalla's suggestion of ye Old Loincloth isn;t going over so well, I am going to suggest eliminating the Nametag and simply Branding attendees . . . If you have a giant Reaperskull branded onto your forehead, you are allowed in . . . :devil:

     

    Or we could tattoo the logo onto your forehead . . . :lol:

     

    How about we offer safety pins, and those who don't want their chests stared at can pin the tag to their sleeves? Nevermind . . . Some people should NEVER be given sharp objects . . . :ph34r:

    Hey! I resemble that! :devil:

     

    Hmmm...ReaperLogo tat, I'd let it go across the coccyx... It'll be included in the admission......right? :devil:::D::lol:

  8. I want to especially thank all of you who made the con so great, who busted chops, gave up personal time, etc....

     

    The con was great, I learned alot and enjoyed myself immensely. ::):

     

    Thanks for the hard work and long hours folks, can't wait till May. :bday:

  9. We will no longer be on hurricane watch. We were going to move to the Denton area in December for quite a number of reasons, none of which were storm related at the time, with Rita's evacuation, though, we are going to go ahead and do it early. So now it is just our stuff that's still down there, not us. A concern, but not near as scary when hearing "the storm has just been classified Cat 5, and still strengthening."

     

    And yeah, Cadaver, after all the ones I went through growning up, I have to agree, cat3 is a bother, cat2 a pest, and cat1 is excuse for a party. :;): Category 5 storms I refuse to tangle with, though, especially since becoming a parent. :unsure:

     

    The part of the storms I always liked best was going out on the porch in the eye, a truer experience in the awesome force that is nature I have never known, it's perfectly clear and still with a beautiful blue sky filled with birds, but one can see the deadly and powerful walls of the storm as they approach, really awesome, in the old meaning of that word, just wow. :blink:

  10. yah that was one impressive display of miniatures, the big minis was really impressive, still want that SPIDER!!!!

     

    Randy M

    MMMmmmm, the spider that shall not be... that thing is beautiful! ::o:

     

    Medusa and the spider ...... talk about unrequieted loves. :down:

  11. It was sent to me by my father, I found it hilarious (too many beentheredonethat's one year or another). :lol:

     

    YOU KNOW YOU LIVE ON THE GULF COAST WHEN...

     

     

     

    · You have FEMA's number on your speed dialer.

     

    · You have more than 300 C and D batteries in your kitchen drawer.

     

    · Your pantry contains more than 20 cans of Spaghetti Os.

     

    · You are thinking of repainting your house to match the plywood covering your windows.

     

    · When describing your house to a prospective buyer, you say it has three bedrooms, two baths and one safe hallway.

     

    · Your SSN isn't a secret, it's written in Sharpie on your arms.

     

    · You are on a first-name basis with the cashier at Home Depot.

     

    · You are delighted to pay $3 for a gallon of regular unleaded.

     

    · The road leading to your house has been declared a No-Wake Zone.

     

    · You decide that your patio furniture looks better on the bottom of the pool.

     

    · You own more than three large coolers.

     

    · You can wish that other people get hit by a hurricane and not feel the least bit guilty about it.

     

    · You rationalize helping a friend board up by thinking "It'll only take a gallon of gas to get there and back."

     

    · You have 2-liter coke bottles and milk jugs filled with water in your freezer.

     

    · Three months ago you couldn't hang a shower curtain; today you can assemble a portable generator by candlelight.

     

    · You catch a 13-pound redfish in your driveway.

     

    · You can recite from memory whole portions of your homeowner's insurance policy.

     

    · At cocktail parties, women are attracted to the guy with the biggest chainsaw.

     

    · You have had tuna fish more than 5 days in a row.

     

    · There is a roll of tar paper in your garage.

     

    · You can rattle off the names of three or more meteorologists who work for the Weather Channel.

     

    · Someone comes to your door to tell you they found your roof.

     

    · Ice is a valid topic of conversation.

     

    · Your "drive-thru" meal consists of MRE's and bottled water.

     

    · Relocating to South Dakota does not seem like such a crazy idea.

     

    · You spend more time on your roof than in your living room.

     

    · You've been laughed at over the phone by a roofer, fence builder or a tree worker.

     

    · A battery powered TV is considered a home entertainment center.

     

    · You don't worry about relatives wanting to visit during the summer.

     

    · Your child's first words are "hunker down" and you didn't go to UGA!

     

    · Having a tree in your living room does not necessarily mean its Christmas.

     

    · Toilet Paper is elevated to "coin of the realm" at the shelters.

     

    · You know the difference between the "good side" of a storm and the "bad side."

     

    · Your kids start school in August and finish in July.

     

    · You go to work early and stay late just to enjoy the air conditioning.

  12. Hi everyone!

     

    :bday::bday::bday:

     

    We are sitting at Reaper HQ now. Rex is downstairs painting, Allen is talking gaming, and I am up here at Bryan's computer.

     

    The bird is in the living room at Bryan and family's home, the cat's are in the garage just happy to not be confined to the cat carrier, both of them were stuffed into a carrier meant for one cat for the entire duration of the trip.

     

    In the most desperate and frightening moments of our ordeal (including the fact that the fuel truck that stopped at the station was not delivering, but fueling themselves up to get that gas somewhere else, there were hours more spent at that station after that) we were able to look at each other at find some comfort and peace in knowing that there were people out there that actually cared about us as individuals. It sounds a little selfish, but when we pulled out of the driveway we were embarking on this with the feeling of being totally alone, my father had left in his RV out of the Houston area Sunday, so we could not even get ahold of him for moral support, as his cell phone was not in a covered area.

     

    I am going to get all of my thought a little more organized after I have had more sleep, as I am feeling a little shell-shocked from that whole exodus, so please pardon any total rambling moments.

     

    Thank you to all of you, you all made this so much easier to bear, just knowing you were there and wanting to help, I have never gone to hide to cry so many times in my life, I was not going to let Rex see me like that because I told him at the beginning of all this (last sunday when it hit me that this thing was coming for our area no matter what the news or anyone else had to say, I just knew, and became obsessed with being proven wrong), when all he could put with the word hurricane was NOLA,

    "You need to calm down, this is another day, another place, and another storm. Besides, is Mama panicking?"

    "No." says Rex

    "Well, as long as Mama is not panicking, there is no reason for you to, alright?"

    "Ok Mama."

    And off he went to play

     

    I managed in the confines of that car for all those hours to never let him see the fear and desperation that I felt so many times, or to let him see me almost break down every time we would see a fuel truck just pass our station by, or all the other little moments that I feared would finally be my breaking point.

     

    We will be getting in touch with FIMA to see what they are going to be doing to help those in situations like ours, if anything.

     

    Again, thank you to every single one of you that sent their well wishes through Bryan, it helped us more than you will ever be able to imagine.

     

    Our current status is trying not to think about the evac (and just as bad, the eventual return), but instead to spend a little while of relaxation and kind of pretend as best we can that we are up here for no reason other than to visit friends. :;):

     

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I am not sure that we would have made it through all of that mentally and emotionally intact without ya'll.

     

    To all of you, and especially those that are fretting not being able to help us in a "tangible" way, you helped, you, each of you, just by caring, personally helped keep at least out family from being ravaged by this storm. We will find a way around the hurdles still before us, but our hearts and minds survived only thanks to all of you.

     

    I am going to go finish crying over that last part now, and get back downstairs to my husband and my son.

     

    Thank you, a million times, thank you all.

  13. We are going with no money, I am shutting down the computer now, I will post or at least call Reaper as soon as we're in some kind of clear.

     

    wish us luck...we are going to need it

     

    may all others dealing with this fare well, and may we all meet at ReaperCon '06 intact and celebrant.

  14. We have a major snafu (possibly)

     

    You know the arguments about poverty and storms, well, we cannot evac yet, they won't release paychecks until MAYBE 11am today, of course that might be AFTER the evac is ordered. Evac is still holding on voluntary, only holding out for paycheck, mandatory before $$ we just go and wing it, not that stupid, 'specially with an eight year old son in the considerations.

     

    I honestly have no problems with someone having even a doorknob as a higher power, so whatever yours may be, and however you go about making requests/pleas/entreaties, please do......we are. :blink::unsure:

     

     

    (to top it off my son just asked about his cat, and all I could tell him is that I'm trying to come up with something, as I have not been able to get ahold of any of the shelters, spca, whatever in the last three days, that had to be the singularly most powerless and helpless moment I have ever felt, and I could not let a bit of it show. :down: )

     

     

    Orchid - 47 hours and still awake (yes, Garm's driving, not me)

  15. Got on to see what she's doin' and:

    000

    WTNT63 KNHC 211955

    TCUAT3

    HURRICANE RITA TROPICAL CYCLONE UPDATE

    NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL

    255 PM CDT WED SEP 21 2005

     

    DATA FROM RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT RITA HAS REACHED

    CATEGORY FIVE INTENSITY WITH ESTIMATED MAXIMUM SUSTAINED SURFACE

    WINDS OF 165 MPH. THIS WILL BE REFLECTED IN THE 4 PM CDT ADVISORY.

     

    FORECASTER AVILA

     

    $$

    from:

    http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATC...ml/211955.shtml?

     

    And I can't find my sister who's just south of Houston, I'm hoping that she decided to meet my father outside of Tyler in the RV park, or something.

  16. Why not just make NO the American Venice? :huh:

     

    And ON just posted her own thread. They're in mandatory evac, so hopefully everything will work okay for them. Let's keep our fingers crossed it isn't as bad as everyone fears.

     

    Sorry about that, a little flustered and missed this one, I'm taking a little time off to chill out is the only reason I'm on at the moment, tired of looking at the storm, went through it with one just a few weeks ago and we just got her victims that came here settled..... It's going to be a long weekend and I'm tired already. :down:

     

    Man .... give me a good ol' fashioned cat 1 to 3 anyday :bday::bday:

  17. Posting for the three of us....

     

    We just got the news that we will most likely be put under mandatory evacuation by tomorrow night.

     

    Garm, the munchkin and I are heading north.

     

    75% of our belongings are in storage in Houston (ie. even closer to ground zero), the rest are here in Beaumont in a flood plain. ::(:

     

    And we have been planning to move to Dallas in December (yeah, weeks away), I guess the Gulf wanted to either make sure we aren't going to miss it or give us one heck of a send off. :rolleyes:

     

    One of us will post to check in "on the other side" of it all. ^_^

     

    Orchid - who REALLY despises mandatory evacations for storms <_<:angry:

  18. Aw! I'll miss you there Wendy!

     

    I was looking forward to painting with you and Rex again . . .

    Thank you. :down:

     

    Right now Allen is at home with Rex, who just got the news delivered, while I'm out using a computer to take care of getting some phone numbers, cancelling reservations, and plain out pouting. He is trying to be a trooper about it (the promise of an Asylum trip has helped), but you can see the tears in the corners of his eyes. :down:

     

    Orchid - who right now just gets mad when she heads into her painting area <_<

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