The library is finally done! Well, for now. I still want to do LED lighting and I have some decorating to do in the room as well, but the construction end of things is done.

that time

Gardening season is upon us. Over the weekend, I planted a bunch of peppers (bell and pepperoncini) indoors. And, today, I planted peas in the garden. I’m still waiting on my onion plants to get here (what the heck is up, Burpee?).

Before this, I did some cleanup in the front yard. I still have a little more to do, but that will be wrapped up soon, I hope. The next couple days don’t look great, but the long term forecast looks promising.

one year later

My parents are fully vaccinated, so Jake and I finally got to spend an evening with them on Saturday. We’ve not done so since last summer. We went there for a delicious turkey dinner/early Easter celebration. Things almost felt back to normal.

Jake and I were able to score a vaccine last week. Not sure why we were able to do so since it’s not open to everyone yet, but I’m not going to complain about it. I can only assume it had something to do with expiring doses or the like. As for side effects, we both had sore arms for a couple of days. The second shot is supposed to be worse, so I’m not going to make any plans for a day or two after that one, which will occur in about 4 weeks. Side effects or not, I’m looking forward to it!

bookcase tops

I ended up going with peel and stick tiles for the bookcase tops. I just want this project to be done and this seemed like the easiest route. I hope I don’t regret my choice. I got this one. It had the marble look I was after and I liked the metal accents. I installed half of it yesterday and it went in pretty quickly. It looks pretty good–not as good as tile, of course. But, at a glance, it looks pretty nice. Once I get the rest of it in, I just need to purchase and install some trim around the top of the cases and it’ll be done!

Phase three of the project will involve LED lighting around the tops of the cases. This would be a simple project, except there are no outlets in the library. So, I’ll probably need to hire an electrician for that (the outlet part, that is). And, this will probably end up being a fall project.

a is for alibi

This was the first book in Sue Grafton’s alphabet series. I read some of hers in the past, and this one was just as good as the others (maybe even better–it’s been so long I can’t remember).

While organizing my library, I realized that I have about a third of the collection and decided to purchase all of them eventually. If you’re not familiar with the series, all of the stories follow the main character, Kinsey Millhone, who is a private detective. And, the stories are always about a case she’s working on.

My rating: 4/5