Thursday, April 28

too much rain

I mean, seriously. Besides having an effect on my gardening schedule, this rain has been affecting other parts of my life as well. For one thing, we haven't been able to get the motorcycles out of the shed. Due to this, we haven't been able to get the lawnmowers out of the shed. We got the bikes out yesterday so the grass has finally been cut. Good thing, too, because it was only about 10 inches high. I've needed to access some other stuff in the shed, but the bikes were in the way of that, too. I guess I'm good to go now, but I feel like I'm so far behind because I haven't been able to work outside much this spring. Jake's family birthday party is next weekend, so I need to get ready for that. We like to do a cookout, but the weather rarely cooperates. Just in case, I need to be prepared for it.

Sunday, April 24

water, water, everywhere

It has been raining like every day this month. I haven't been able to plant anything for a couple of weeks (and given all of the rain, the potatoes and onions are probably rotting in the ground). Nor have I gotten much done outside. Everything's so wet. Ugh. It's not just me, the farmers haven't planted yet either according to an article in the local paper.

I'm assuming that the weather will turn around at some point, so I'm moving forward wherever I can. One of my friends sent me a variety of tomato seeds (and also some gherkin seeds--I've never planted those before) this week so I planted all of them last night, with the assumption that I will be able to garden by the end of May.

NOAA weather is again calling for rain every day this week until Friday, on which it will be 58 degrees. Great.

the town

This movie was directed by Ben Affleck, who was also the lead actor. It was a "heist" movie which is a subject matter that Brian and I typically enjoy. While I have never been a big Affleck fan, I thought he did really well in this movie. He also directed Gone Baby Gone which I thought was pretty good, too. So, I guess I'm going to have to keep an eye on his movies in the future.

Saturday, April 23

johnstown generals

Last night, we took Jake and one of his friends to a Johnstown Generals game. The boys had a blast, as they always do. I'm not sure of Brian's opinion of the game, but I was a little underwhelmed. It was not as polished as I was expecting and the play was not quite on par as compared to something like ECHL hockey.

The War Memorial was maybe 1/4 full. The boys wanted to change seats so we let them go over to the end zone area. No sooner did they get there and they were kicked out of their seats by the usher. It seems that tickets for the first four rows are more expensive than the rest so they don't let you sit there unless you've paid to do so. Never mind that hardly any of the seats in the building were sold. It's always been my experience that you can pretty much sit wherever you want at these kinds of events. But, if someone with a ticket shows up and you're in their seat, you move. So, I thought that was a bit much, but maybe that's just me.

Thursday, April 21

just one look

This book had the most convoluted plot of any book I have ever read. At first, it seemed like it was going to be interesting, but in the end, it was not. I still don't get the ending--it made no sense. I think I'm going to stay away from this author's (Harlan Coben's) other books.

the weather

The weather has not been very cooperative this spring. Usually we have a couple of nice days strung together, but we've only had a couple of nice days total so far this month. So, I have not been outside much, unfortunately. I did manage to get the pond open on one of the nice days, but that's about all I have done outside. I hope it gets nice soon because I have a lot to do.

Monday, April 18

mother and child

I really wanted to like this movie. It was written and directed by the writer and director of Nine Lives, which was quite good. Plus, Naomi Watts starred in the movie, so it made it a must-see. But, neither one of us could get into it. The movie ran 2 hours, the first 90 minutes of which were pretty boring. The last 30 minutes were quite interesting--it's where all of the stories told in the first 90 minutes intersected, but it was too little, too late for me. Unfortunately Brian fell asleep after the first 90 minutes, so he didn't even get to see the good parts.

Saturday, April 16


I have the house to myself most of this weekend, so I'm trying to get some stuff done for Everyone Drinks. I started working on some beer cap magnets last night and finished them this morning. Later today, I'd like to finish up the wine cork trivets I started last weekend.

Jake went to NY for the weekend to visit his cousins. Brian is at a coopering (barrel-making) class most of the weekend. So, things are quiet around the homestead.

The weather will probably preclude me from leaving the house today, though I do have some running around to do--maybe tomorrow.

One thing is for sure--a nap is definitely in order for this afternoon. I woke up at 6:30 this morning and could not fall back asleep.

Tuesday, April 12


So, last fall whenever my pants stopped fitting, I went on a diet. More of a new lifestyle, really. I started out simply counting calories, and therein was the problem--I was eating too much. So, I cut back and lost a few pounds, but then hit a plateau for a couple of months. The only thing I could think to do was to give up sugar. I don't feel that I was eating too much sugar, but I do like my sweets and would occasionally overindulge. It's not that I don't ever eat junk food, I just try to limit it my consumption. I also cut sugar out of my tea--again not a huge amount, but both of these efforts allowed me to lose a couple more pounds, so my pants fit again. I have to say, I thought I was going to like tea without sugar (as I drink my coffee black), but it just does not taste good. Maybe I'll get used to it eventually. But, either way, at least my pants fit again. Oh, and getting old sucks.

Sunday, April 10

inglorious basterds

I like to be entertained, but not necessarily for 2.5 hours. Sometimes it is necessary for a movie to be that long, other times it is not. In this particular case, it was not. I found this movie to be rather boring for a Quentin Tarantino flick. Brian slept through the last hour, so maybe he agrees (or maybe he was just tired). Brad Pitt's character was kind of funny. Too bad there wasn't more of him in the movie.

Tuesday, April 5

the weekend

The weekend held a lot of activities. The main activity was a camping trip with the Boy Scouts, which Brian and Jake attended. They left Saturday afternoon and came back Sunday morning. While it was a bit cold out (and there was actually snow on the ground at the campsite), they had a great time and were able to stay warm.

While the boys were gone, I just did stuff around the house. My main project for the weekend was to finish painting the stairs. Mission accomplished! I still need to paint the handrail and remove the trim around the entry way (there used to be a door there). But, I am so glad to be done with this portion of the project. We're trying to finish the upstairs this year, so this was a good step in that direction.

I've also been cleaning the office. I've been using that room to finish the new doors we bought for the house--it was (and still is) a complete mess. But, I've been making good progress up there--I should be able to wrap things up by the end of the week. I've been using the office as my craft room for Everyone Drinks so it's been a little cramped up there, but things will be in shape in no time.

On Sunday, we went to Brian's parent's house to celebrate his mother's birthday. On our way home, we stopped to check out a property in Vintondale that looked good on paper. However, it was right off of route 22 and this proved to be a negative. The property was absolutely perfect, except for the fact that you could hear every car and truck that was going down the road. So, that was a bummer, but I'm glad we went to look at it anyway.

Our trip home was interesting. As we were driving down the road, I saw a bug on my hand. As I shook my hand to get rid of the bug, I realized it was a tick! So, I frantically searched for it and found one on my pants (presumably the same one that was on my hand). I grabbed it with a tissue and threw it out the window. Jake then started freaking out about ticks. You could tell Brian felt that we were over-reacting. Brian was showing him with his fingers how big a tick was, when Jake said, "is that one on your hand?" The expression on Brian's face was priceless. Once we finally arrived home, we all stripped down and searched for ticks on everyone. No more were found. I'm sure this will only be the first of many surprises about the country life.

Monday, April 4

and they're off!

I don't care if it is supposed to snow tomorrow--I did some gardening today. Granted, it was in the house (I planted tomato seeds), but it was gardening nonetheless. Actually the weather has been kind of messing me up a little. My onions always turn out small, so I was going to see if planting them early had any effect on their size. But, the weather hasn't cooperated for that experiment, so I'm not going to get them in much earlier than I usually do.

Sunday, April 3

think twice

Another fast-paced book from Lisa Scottoline's Bennie Rosato series. Her writing style reminds me of James Patterson's--not that they are writing about the same subject matter, but she writes short chapters (seriously--there were 128 chapters in the 372 page book) that keep you engaged. Before you know it, you're done with the book.

This was only the second book I've read in the series, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that all of these books involve Bennie's "evil twin" who is either trying to impersonate or kill Bennie (or both). But, I've only read two, so maybe I'm wrong. I think I have a few more of these books. I should probably look up what order to read them in, though I don't know that it really matters.

Saturday, April 2

bill and ted's excellent adventure

Somehow I missed seeing this movie when I was a teen. I probably would have enjoyed it more back then. It was ok. Jake liked it. Brian slept through it--probably due to starting P90X this week--though he did see it numerous times before. Somehow, Jake thought this movie was going to be Wayne's World, so we're going to watch that next. Kind of in the same theme, but Wayne's World was better, if I am remembering correctly.