Sunday, July 28


I don't know where the summer has gone. It's going to be August in a few days and I feel like I've been missing out. I guess the month of rain has a lot to do with that--you can't garden in the rain. But, it seems like there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish everything that I'd like to accomplish.

I guess not having a motorcycle all summer isn't helping anything, seeing that riding is one of our regular activities. Brian finally got his bike fixed last week, and I'm hoping to get mine back soon, too. So, maybe things will feel like they're back to normal once that happens.

I've been slacking on the canning, too. So far I've only done strawberry jam and sweet pickle relish. I have frozen a few veggies, though, so at least I'm not completely slacking off on the food preservation front.

Thursday, July 25

the devil in silver

This book was about a guy who was sent to a mental institution due to a glitch within the criminal justice system. At a first glance, the book seemed to be about a monster that roamed the halls of the institution. At a second glance, it seemed to be a social commentary. It was kind of all over the place. Also, I wasn't a huge fan of the author's writing style. For one thing he used a lot of parenthetical expressions (while I am a huge fan of the parenthetical expression in casual writing, I don't care for it in my literature). Brian, on the other hand, really liked this book. So, I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree on this one.

Sunday, July 21

twenty-five years

That's how long it has been since I graduated from high school. As such, my class reunion was last night. I was kind of on the fence about going, but I went. The majority of the people I hung out with in high school were not there, so that was a bummer. Overall, it was a pleasant evening. But one thing's for sure--I'm not sentimental.

Thursday, July 18

sidecar saga

You might recall that I've been looking for another mechanic to look over my sidecar setup. I contacted this place the week after I got my bike back and they sounded like they knew what they were talking about, but I was hoping to find someone in the area to take a look at it. That wish did not materialize, so Brian trailered my bike to Middleburg, PA this week. We attempted to take it there a few weeks ago, but the trailer we rented was not quite wide enough to handle my new getup and this was the first opportunity to go there since that time.

They say it's going to be a couple of weeks. I'm hoping that is accurate because I'd really like to get some riding in before winter (and winter's going to be here before you know it). The plus side to taking the bike to this place is that they teach sidecar classes. While I am not going to be able to take a class, the owner of the company is going to give me some instruction when we pick the bike up, so I'm sure that will be helpful. 

I figure that if I get it back in mid-August, I'll still have two months of riding left, so that's better than nothing, I guess.

Tuesday, July 16

wedding bells

We spent last weekend in the Pittsburgh area because Brian was a groomsman in our friend Steve's wedding. The wedding rehearsal was on Friday, so we left town after lunch on Friday and did not return until Sunday afternoon. The wedding was held at the 1805 Harmonist Barn in Harmony, PA. It was a pretty laid back affair--right up my alley! The barn was pretty rustic, as was the music (a bluegrass band did the honors). We didn't really know anyone there, though we did get to meet two of our Steve-referred clients in person, which was nice.

Thursday, July 11

bucket list

This bucket list thing seems to be pretty popular. So, I sat down and thought about what I might want to put on mine, but everything I came up with was lame (most of them had to do with gardening). Given this, I won't bore you with the details.

So, I don't know if this makes me boring or content.

Saturday, July 6

the fourth

We attended a couple Independence Day-related events this week/weekend. We kicked off the fourth by going to my brother's place on Wednesday night for a cookout (fire, hot dogs, mountain pies, beer, you-get-the-idea).

While unrelated to the fourth, we went to a bloodhound demonstration at Canoe Creek State Park this afternoon. It was really cool. Heaven Scent Search and Rescue did the demonstration.

For this evening, we were invited to not one, not two, but three events (I don't think that has ever happened before). We were already committed to the first event, so that's the one we went to--the annual Hess Family 4th of July picnic. We hung out there for a few hours and now we're back home.

Thursday, July 4

dead ever after

This was the final book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. And, I'm glad this series has finally come to an end. I wasn't much of a fan of the last few books. This book clocked in at 338 pages so it was a pretty quick read. I read a lot of people complained about the ending, but I didn't have a problem with it. The book wasn't terribly interesting or well-written, though. I even found a typo! I hate when that happens.

Tuesday, July 2


Brian and I celebrated our 17th anniversary last Friday. We went to Franklin Street Bar & Grill (I'm a cheap date) to mark the occasion. We just ordered sandwiches, but they were quite good. The bar seemed to be pretty stocked, too. The place is rather small and it was fairly well filled up, but it didn't seem crowded. And everyone who worked there was friendly. I don't have a bad thing to say about the place.