As we hopefully come out the other side of the pandemic and lockdown restrictions are easing, it means Rachel's parents can pop round more and help us get our "forever home" more shipshape.
Part of that has involved hanging more pictures that we never got round to pre-Coronavirus.
I'm particularly pleased with how the office wall (adjacent to one of my shelves of semi-organised comic books and graphic novels) has turned out.
Complementing the original framed comic book covers of Zot! (the greatest comic nobody talks about now) and a particularly striking Conan The Barbarian cover from Jim Zub's current run on the title, we now have
- Villains & Vigilantes' co-creator Jeff Dee's portrait of my signature superhero RPG character The Acrobatic Flea;
- original artwork from my favourite Our Valued Customers comic strip, signed by artist Tim Chamberlain;
- a headshot of Carrie Fisher as Empire Strikes Back era Princess Leia;
- and my oldest publicity still of Karen Allen that I got after writing the film studio as a lovestruck teenager asking for a picture after seeing Raiders of The Lost Ark multiple times.
A new, signed, Karen Allen picture also went up in the gamesroom, along with a signed Louise Jameson-as-Leela in Doctor Who shot, but otherwise the gamesroom is pretty much done and dusted.
However, I am in the middle of trying to have a massive clear-out of my back catalogue of gaming material that I strongly doubt I will ever look at again (which does mean stacks of books on the floor, cartons of miniatures on the table, and a tower of empty Amazon boxes, waiting to be put to use).
Down the garden, in our "craft room" (ie. the garden room), which also doubles as "the gym" (as it's home to our running machine), we've also hung some pictures there, including a couple of signed photos of "inspirational, powerful women" (which is how I sold them to Rachel, although I don't think she was convinced): namely Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman and Lucy Lawless as Xena, Warrior Princess.