Monday, April 28

repotting day

Earlier this evening, Brian got my cold frames out of the shed and I put the broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower and dill in them. I was supposed to plant them last weekend, but since it was calling for snow, I decided to hold off until next weekend. After that, Brian was nice enough to puppy sit and otherwise take care of the house so that I could head down to my potting bench and repot my tomato plants. Incidentally, 22 of the 24 seeds sprouted, so I'll have a nice variety of plants this year.

While I was down there, I also planted zucchini and cucumber seeds and brought some of my other plants upstairs, where they are currently strewn about the dining room.

And, since I was on a roll, I repotted my peace lily plant, which was in dire need of repotting. The plant is quite large and I don't really have a spot for it in the house, so Brian's going to take it to the office. It will go well with the snake plant my mom and dad bought Brian for the office.

My pepper plants are ready to be repotted, too. But, I'm holding off for a little bit. There are 48 of those and I only have room for 20 under the lights. So, I'll face the dilemma I face every year--where to put everything. I have a greenhouse on my horizon so this won't be a problem forever.

Sunday, April 27

building: progress edition

We have a new motivation for working hard at the building--Brian's first employee has been hired and will start in about a month.

Last week, I started painting the reception area. I have one wall left, along with the trim and that room will be done! Well, it needs a new floor, too. But, as soon as I'm done painting, we can get to that.

Brian has been focusing on the electrical work. He has all of the can holes cut into the ceilings (there were no small number of these) and started installing the cans this evening. It's really starting to look like something around there.

Given our tight deadline, I've started cashing in my favors. Judy came over tonight and cleaned the walls in office #2. That was a big help--those rooms take a lot longer to do than you'd think. Now, I can get to patching the walls and eventually paint in there.

The building definitely will not be "done" by the end of next month, but it should be workable by that point if I have my way.

Saturday, April 26

dan in real life

I'm back! Holy crap, was it a busy week. Just the usual stuff, but kicked up a notch. So, we relaxed this evening by watching some light fare.

Dan in Real Life was billed as a romantic comedy. While it had some funny moments, it wasn't a laugh riot or anything. Steve Carell played the main character, a widower raising three daughters, who fell instantly in love with a woman he met at a bookstore. (Unlike many of his other roles, he was very likable in this movie.) As it turns out, the woman was his brother's girlfriend. Oops! You can probably imagine how it turns out, so I won't bore you with the details. I'm not sure whether to recommend this movie or not--I didn't dislike it, but it's not one that will keep you thinking, either.

Saturday, April 19

it must be spring

After putting in a shift at the building this afternoon, Brian and I went on a quick motorcycle ride around Johnstown. I was a little nervous about getting back on the bike--I figured that I'd forgotten everything I learned last season. But, those fears quickly dissolved as it was just like riding a bike!

i am legend

We watched this movie last night. I've always been a fan of the end of the world type of story, so throw in a couple of zombies and a dog and you have yourself a good movie. Given the lack of characters in the film, I was a little worried that it might be boring (remembering Cast Away), but it was not the least bit boring. Two thumbs up.

Friday, April 18

spinach and onions

Yet another post with no photo--I think I'm onto something! Brian went outside with me this evening and kept Buster entertained while he did some straightening up in the back yard. While he was doing this, I weeded some of the garden and planted onions and spinach. So, I'm all caught up--till next weekend.

Thursday, April 17

same old stuff

The usual stuff has been going on around here--watching the puppy, working on the building, and admin work for Prime Design Solutions. I did manage to squeeze in a little gardening yesterday and today. Hopefully I will do more this weekend, as I am a little behind. But, that seems to be the name of the game these days.

taters

My Buster experiment was a failure (he only lasted 15-20 minutes before I had to bring him in), but I did get my potatoes planted today. Not quite as much as I'd hoped to do, but what else is new? Nothing garden-wise is scheduled for the weekend, so that should give me a chance to get caught up if I can catch a couple of free minutes.

This also marks my first picture-free post. I intended to post a photo with each post. So much for that idea. At least I got over that early--it takes the pressure off.

Wednesday, April 16

ta-da!

The peppers and tomatoes are sprouting, it was darn near 70 degrees outside today, spring is in the air!

I stopped by Westwood Garden Haven on my way home from work this evening and picked up some seed potatoes, onion sets and broccoli and Brussels sprouts seedlings, so I'm ready to start planting. The potatoes and onions will go into the garden first, and then everything else will follow.

This evening, I planted some "giant" pumpkin and muskmellon (kinda like a cantaloupe) seeds. I'm running out of room in my little seed planting area. I knew I should have purchased the larger grow light system...

I did a little experiment with Buster (aka the "Bane to Productivity") this evening. I tied him out in the back yard and then proceeded to do a few things out there. He was able to entertain himself for the duration of my experiment. I'm hoping this carries over into a longer period of time--I'd like to spend at least an hour outside tomorrow evening working in the yard. If this pans out, I will be golden for the summer. If not, I guess I'll have to listen to the strains of him barking from his crate in the living room. Not quite as relaxing as I'd like, but things need to be done.

Saturday, April 12

hey bacchus

We attended another wine party tonight at Doug's house. It was a good time. I didn't take notes on the wines I tried, but I liked almost everything (though I didn't try the Arbor Mist--aack!). Jake's staying at my parents tonight--they came over (again) this afternoon to help us work on the building, which, by the way, is finally starting to show some progress. To sum things up: it was a long and busy day.

Friday, April 11

alvin and the chipmunks

This movie was just about what you'd expect it to be. If you're into singing chipmunks and bad acting, this one's for you.

Wednesday, April 9

the roof is not on fire

There was a major fire on our street in Moxham today. Luckily, it was not us (it was across the street and down the road a little). However, we had multiple family members and friends inquiring about it, just to make sure we were ok. So, this is just to let you all know that we're doing just fine.

Tuesday, April 8

come together

Things are finally starting to come together around here. Specifically, I am speaking about the building we purchased recently. It seemed like we weren't getting anywhere with the building until this week (though we were working on it on a regular basis). Last weekend, Brian started laying out the lights and running lines; I have over half of the walls patched and ready to paint; the roofers started on the new roof project; and our electrician was finally able to start his end of the job. I expect to be painting soon. This is the first time I've ever looked forward to that!

None of this is happening too soon--Brian starts to interview people this week for a graphic designer position with his company. So, we really need to get the building ready as soon as possible.

Saturday, April 5

the mist

As far as Stephen King adaptations go, this was one of the better ones. It should be no surprise, because this movie was done by the same guy who did The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption (two great movies). The story is about a mist that descends on a town. In the mist are some large bug-like creatures that like to kill humans (I have to say the bugs did not look how I pictured them in my head when I read the story).

The only drawback to this movie was the ending. Neither one of us liked it. It was not the same ending from the book, which was kind of hopeful. But, other than that, it was an entertaining film.

Tuesday, April 1

tomatoes

Yesterday evening, I had a few minutes to myself and I used that time to plant my tomato seeds. I planted one flat (24) of tomatoes, six varieties. The ones I'm most excited about are the San Marzanos. I'm always hearing about them (the canned variety) on cooking shows, so this summer I'll have some fresh ones of my own. This year, I'm not planning on frying all of my tomatoes in my cold frames, so I should be good to go.