I paid Mikaela and Heidi to wash the vehicles on Saturday as we are smack dab in the middle of pollen season here.  Apparently there is a drawback to having a nice shiny car, as our itinerant pheasant, Walter, all of a sudden noticed his reflection and presumably mistook it for another male pheasant.  I don’t know if he actually pecked the HHR or not (Mikaela thought so), but it got parked in the garage on Sunday.  Hopefully it will dirty up fast so as to escape being the target of Walter’s beak.

    

The latest hanger-on at the Huber Houston house is Walter the ring-necked pheasant.  He’s an escapee from the dog shelter/animal menagerie next door.  He’s pretty friendly and sort of follows people around (or chases them in Daelynn’s case).

   
 

On Sunday afternoon, we were at another family’s home for a birthday party.  They love on a couple of acres and have goats and chickens.  But those animals are not what this post is about.  The neighbor’s dog, Skeeter, was over and brought his not-altogether-hygienic tennis ball with him.  While Brock was a little hesitant (see the picture of him tentatively reaching under the dog to get the ball), he played a little throw and fetch with Skeeter. 

    
 

We’re currently staying at Layne and Elissa’s, prepping for Christmas and more importantly waiting for Munchkin, Layne and Elissa’s baby, to arrive.

This morning Elissa, Danaya, Davison, and myself (Ben) played a game of Settlera of Catan.  Davison pulled off a massive win with scoring 10 points while the rest of us were all sitting at 5 or 6.  He had the help of the Longest Road, Largest Army, plus multiple 12 and 2 rolls.

picture of Davison winning Catan
Davison wins!

Forget that you read the title of this post.  You just went and re-read it didn’t you.  You do know that re-reading it will make it harder to forget, right?

Anyhow, in some remote country side area (like Lego-Kansas or somewhere), lives a simple Lego farmer with his old fashioned hay pitch fork.  He’s going about his business (feeding Lego-hay to Lego-farm-animals who can’t eat it and also don’t make a whole lot of Lego-manure) which given the parenthesised description is somewhat pointless (unlike his pitch fork).  Let’s call him “Farmer”.

 

unsuspecting Farmer
 Fortunately for Farmer his life is about to get more exciting because on the other side of some hills hovers this UFO.

 

Brock hovers the UFO
 What will happen when bland looking UFO meets sharp pitchfork?  Well that’s where the nifty UFO beam comes into play.

 

Brock activates the Beam
 I think the beam is supposed to pick up the farmer, but this is only Lego after all and it’s only a red light being activated by Brock pushing on that little green lever.  Still, I’m sure that Farmer is a little terrified about the red light surrounding him all of a sudden.  He might be a little surprised when he meets UFO Driver (I was thinking of calling him Alien, but it just doesn’t fit).
 
“Take me to your leader”
   
UFO Driver
 

The next set for building was “Plo Koon’s Jedi Starfighter”.  We discovered that we had it by browsing a website showing all of the Lego sets by series and year.  It’s cockpit canopy was rather distinctive and matched.  Davison also recognized the blue and white wing patterns.

 

Davison builds another set
  
the starfighter on the Jedi landing dtrip
  
Kwy Gone Gin and R2D2 tested the ship out for us
 Plo Koon himself (pictured below) is nowhere to be found. If you bump into him anywhere tell him we have his ship ready for him.

 

the inestimable Jedi warrior Plo Koon
 Oh, also let him know that his orthodontist is looking for him as well…

Yesterday I (Davison) finished the arc fighter and I had supper.  Then I started building the Rebel Scout Speeder.  Since this small model didn’t have many pieces I thought I could build this one that evening.  So I started to gather pieces for it and in no time it was done.

Dad:  According to our sources, this is the only set which came with the nifty, not seemingly useful Rebel helmets.  So this was an easy one to pinpoint as a target set to build.

 

the apeeder traverses the dining room table
  
helmet man 2 has unwisely lost his chin strap
  
the removable turret – I need one of these on my car
 

Yup, another Lego set post, but I’ll try to liven it up with a bit of a story.  When we got the tub-o-Lego, there were a bunch of “assemblies”; that being parts of Lego sets that had not been entirely disassembled.  We set these aside both to assist in figuring out what we had and then to cut down on the number of pieces that we would have to find. This is the story of one of those assemblies and how it led to a particular set.

The assembly in question was this one, a little unique in that it had an unorthodox manner of narrowing from four wide down to 2 wide.  It also had a bit of a beak-like appearance.

 

the mysterious assembly
 A couple of evenings ago, while waiting for Brock and Davison to do their getting ready for bed tasks, I was looking through a library book on the vehicles of a Star Wars.  Something about the following picture looked familiar.

 

the familiar picture
 I called Davison over and he agreed and also pointed out the engines and the unique wings. Which also matched some of the other assemblies that we still had kicking around, pictured below.

 

othe matching assemblies
 Davison knocked this one out in about a day, helped somewhat by the assemblies mentioned above, also by the fact that there is less Lego in the tub.

the final product

Davison had to improvise with one of the cockpit covers
 I was surprised at how large this set ended up.

the top down view

Well in case you were wondering what’s been happening on the home front with Mom off in Oregon, one of the answers is “Lego”.  Davison continues his quest to keep building models from the Tub-O-Lego purchased at a garage sale a month or so ago.  So without much further verbiage, here are the pics of the Sith Infiltrator (which incidentally ended up being quite a bit bigger than we expected).

 

Davison and the Sith Infiltrator
  
the Sith Infiltrator and Davison
  
lots of hinges and hatches
  
a larger engine compartment than most Infiltrators