Saturday, October 31

mad max: fury road

Brian's at hunting camp this weekend, so the boy and I watched a movie last night. If you like action, this one is definitely for you--I think the first hour of the film was a chase scene. It's definitely a movie you have to pay attention to (there's not a lot of dialog), and I had some trouble with that as I was frustratingly untangling a skein of yarn the entire movie.

This movie was rated amazingly high by the critics, but slightly lower by me (perhaps due to my yarn distraction).

My rating: 3/5

Monday, October 26

the beach house

Every once in a while, I've got to read some James Patterson. This particular book was co-written by Peter De Jonge. While I don't usually enjoy the co-written books as much as his solo stuff, this was a pretty good read. Nothing earth shattering, but compelling enough to finish it in short order.

My rating: 3.5/5

Sunday, October 25

10 years

I just realized that I forgot to post about this momentous event...2015 marked Prime Design Solutions' 10th year in business and we had a party at the Art Works last Thursday to celebrate the occasion. We invited staff family members, past and present clients, vendors and close friends that have given us support over the years and/or had a hand in our company's success.

I don't normally go for stuff like this, but it was a good time. Since all of our staff members are crafty, we also had a small gallery set up which showed everyone's personal work. The event was catered by Flair of Country, who did an amazing job with the food.

Here's to another 10 years!

ticks

Remember back when we only had fleas to worry about? Those were the days.

Brian and Buster went on a hike this morning. When they returned, I noticed a tick on Buster's head. I picked it off and started looking for more and found a total of eight on him. Ack. Brian only had one. Still, that is the most ticks I've ever seen at once. And I feel like they're crawling all over me at the moment and I wasn't even outside! They went on a couple of other hikes this year, but this is the first time we've seen ticks on either of them.

As a matter of course, I do not use flea and tick control on the dogs, but rest assured, a trip to Petco was made and flea and tick control has been applied to all pets (in addition to Buster getting a bath). Too little, too late, probably, but it makes me feel better. I might have to reconsider my stance on these products. The reason I don't like them is because it's basically like putting poison on your dog every month and I really don't like the thought of that. But, I guess it's better than contracting Lyme Disease. I'll have to do some more research on this over the winter.

Monday, October 19

the equalizer

This was an entertaining film starring Denzel Washington as a retired CIA operative who comes out of retirement to take down the Russian mob in Boston. That's really all you need to know--I'm sure you can picture the rest.

My rating: 3/5

Sunday, October 18

do nothing

Talk about a do nothing kind of day. Jake and Brian went to the Steelers game, so I was left to my own devices. Among my accomplishments, I finished a crochet washrag project and did some reading. I also took a nap and went to a tea with my mom in the afternoon. That was about it, though. I'm sure I could have found something that needed to be done, but I need a day like this every once in a while.

end of season

I took Friday off work mainly to plant garlic. Of course, I've been ignoring my garden for a good 6 weeks now, so that had to be attended to first. I harvested the last of the vegetables (with the exception of the celery--hopefully the snow we received this morning didn't kill it off), got the main garden cleaned out and the garlic planted, thanks to Brian's help. It was hard finding motivation to do these tasks as it was rather chilly out that day.

And, really, the rest of the landscaping could use some love. Hopefully I will be able to do some more work out there before it gets really cold. Though it is difficult finding the time since it gets dark so early these days.

There are also the fish to contend with. While the pond has been covered (to keep the leaves out) for a few weeks, I need to remove the pump and clean the filter. This shouldn't be a big deal, but it's a new filter, so I need to look up the instructions for it.

But, none of this work is getting done today as there is snow on the ground. Grr.


Saturday, October 17

the abscess

Buster developed a bump on his face a few days ago. It's on his cheekbone. I assumed that he bumped his face on something, but it persisted for a few days, so off to the vet he went.

The vet thinks he has an abscessed tooth, so he was put on a course of antibiotics. While that will probably take care of the current problem, the abscess is likely to recur, in which case he'd need to have the tooth extracted. It never ends.

Saturday, October 10

jupiter's bones

This book was ok, but it did take me a while to get through it. It was written by Faye Kellerman and is from a popular series of hers (of which, I think I've read at least one other book). The main character is a detective, so it was that kind of story, and it centered around a cult (which should have made it more interesting, but did not).

My rating: 3/5

Thursday, October 8

r.i.p. marley

As I noted previously, our cat, Marley, has been sick for a number of weeks now. He had been taking thyroid medication, but it didn't help the situation (weight loss), so the vet put him on a dewormer and steroids at our last visit. However, the weight loss continued (the poor cat looked emaciated), so we made the decision to have him put to sleep. Brian took him there this afternoon. He will forever be known as the last Law cat.

Wednesday, October 7

guns

On Sunday, we went to the Shriners' gun raffle in Altoona with my parents. It was a fun afternoon even though we didn't win any guns (my dad won a door prize of a trail camera, though).

For obvious reasons, guns have been in the news a lot lately. I think the politicians need to take a closer look at things before doing something just for the sake of doing something (I know, like that's going to happen). Here's a good litmus test--if your proposed law wouldn't have prevented any of the recent tragedies, maybe you should go back to the drawing board.

Thursday, October 1

for rent

For the past six months, we tried to sell our rental house, but it just did not go. In fact, hardly anyone even looked at it (maybe one a month, if that). I guess it was just not the right time to sell for the current housing market. 

Last night, I listed it on craigslist.org and we've already had four inquiries and have two showings set up for Saturday. With any luck, we'll have it rented by the middle of the month. One thing is for sure, it will be nice to have that stream of income again.