Friday, July 19

divorce

I never thought I'd be saying this, but Brian and I are getting divorced. It's not official yet, but he is in the process of buying a house and will be moving out shortly (I will be staying at our current residence). We plan on filing for divorce later this year once we both settle in to our new routines. This has been in the works for a while, but I didn't want to announce anything here until we were able to tell everyone who needs to know about it (families, close friends, employees).

I'm not going to get into the details, but there wasn't a single "thing" that happened to cause this. I guess you could say this has been years in the making. Since everyone asks...we are still on friendly terms and are going to remain business partners.

That's all I have to say for now, but I'm sure there will be many changes to talk about in the future.

Tuesday, July 16

ulysses, pa

The three of us vacationed in Potter County again this year. The usual stuff occurred--knitting, reading, laying in the hammock, and no electronics. Jake and I added a new activity this year--working on a puzzle. I didn't think we'd finish, but we got the job done. It was a 1000 piece puzzle, too. Just for fun, he timed how long it took us and it ended up being 20 man hours. Crazy.

Unlike previous years, we did not leave the property during our stay. There's not a whole lot to do up there and since we've been there multiple times, we've seen just about everything.

The place we stayed at was great--Brian and Jake proclaimed it to be their favorite cabin. The best part about it was that there was a pond on the property and Esme learned how to swim! She is adorable.

I was looking back at previous vacations and I think this is the 10th time we've stayed at a cabin in the woods. Here's to another 20!

Tuesday, July 9

cradle and all

This wasn't my favorite James Patterson novel, but at least it wasn't written by one of his "co-authors". I'm not a fan of his non-thriller stuff, either. But, I will give it this much, it didn't take long to read. The story was about two teenage girls who were pregnant and one was carrying the child of Christ and the other the son of Satan. Seriously. So, if that storyline is up your alley, have at it.

My rating: 2.5/5

Sunday, June 30

one third

I just realized today that summer is a third of the way done already. Where does the time go? I'm keeping up with the outside stuff well enough, I guess. But, this just made me realize that I need to wrap up a couple of things. So, I started patching the lower driveway tonight. It really needs replaced, but I'll do what I can with it until that can happen. This year, the house money is being spent on a new roof for the side porch (which is costing way more than I would have expected, despite getting multiple bids) and getting a couple of our larger trees trimmed as they are starting to touch the house and grow into the neighbors' properties. This is costing what I expected, but still not what I'd call cheap.

Friday, June 28

social media blitz

I was named "volunteer of the month" at the Humane Society. A photo of me and my favorite shelter dog, Cinnamon, was posted to their website and Facebook page today, along with a really nice write-up! That was a nice honor and frankly, I wasn't expecting to get it this early in the game.

In other social media news, I won a "guess how many coins are in the jar" Facebook contest held by 1st Summit Bank this week. I won a $25 gift card and the value of the coins in the jar. I'm picking up my winnings after work and they want to take a photo of me, so I guess I'll be on Facebook for that, too.

For someone who doesn't like social media, I'm kind of all over it this week.