Sunday, July 26

red river

This was a John Wayne movie--one of Brian's favorites, so we watched it last night. I'm not typically a fan of old movies (I can barely rewatch stuff from the 80s let alone something from 1948), but I guess it was ok for what it was. Some of the dialog was pretty corny, though.

Saturday, July 25

frankenstein: dead and alive

This was the 3rd book in Dean Koontz's Frankenstein series. Like the previous two, this one ended on a cliff-hanger. It was fine, but I've come to the conclusion that Dean Koontz is a weirdo.

There was one character in the book, a troll-like creature named Jocko, who reminded me of Dobby the House Elf from the Harry Potter books. I kind of liked him.

I have the next book in the series in my possession, so I'll probably read it soon, but not until I get caught up on the stack of magazines waiting for me on the coffee table (and probably not until I read another book or two).

My rating: 3.5/5

Friday, July 24


Alice had her surgery today and did well with it. Brian's picking her up right now. The vet did say that she was not able to get all of it, so it will likely recur. Will this buy us enough time? I guess we'll find out.

Wednesday, July 22

iron man 3

Almost forgot about this one...

Much like the other Iron Man movies, this was worth the watch--it had some spectacular special effects. Strangely, this is the only movie series about superheroes that I enjoy--probably because of the witty dialog (the others tend to take themselves too seriously). At any rate, I'm about good on this series, though I'm sure if they release another sequel, I'll watch it.

My rating: 3.5/5

Monday, July 20

lip service

I took Alice to see the vet this morning for her lip problem and the vet says that the growth needs to be removed, so Alice is going to have surgery this Friday. Of course, since it came back, that's not a good sign and they are less likely to get a clear margin this time than the last, but it's too large to let go, so what can you do?

Saturday, July 18

the river of souls

How appropriate to read this book while vacationing on a river?!? This was the 5th book in Robert McCammon's Matthew Corbett series. While it was good, it didn't really compare to the previous offerings. The story was solid, but really short (around 250 pages). Previous stories clocked in at a minimum of 400 pages, so things felt a little rushed. But, I did enjoy it.

My rating: 3.5/5

Friday, July 17

the one with the lost glasses

Not unlike last year's vacation, this one started off on a bit of a sour note. After we got settled in to camp, Brian decided to take the canoe out and do some fishing. The river was particularly high and swift this year (due to a water release from the Kinzua Dam) and Brian ended up tipping the canoe when he tried to land it. Everything went into the river. He was able to recover all of his belongings, with the exception of his glasses. We considered coming home to get another pair, but he got used to things after a day or so. And, he called the eye doctor on Monday to order a new pair and they are in already.

The weather was surprisingly nice. We really only had rain the one day and it wasn't an all day rain, either, so I was able to get in some quality hammock time this year, unlike last year.

There was one weird thing. Isn't there always? At 6am our first morning there, I heard this knocking sound outside of the cabin. I figured it was the hot water heater or the well pump or something like that. We found out later that morning that it was a cardinal that kept flying into the windows. This phenomenon recurred until about dusk. And then it happened again the next day and the next (and you get the idea). At one point Brian was outside and saw him doing the same thing with our truck mirror. Apparently whenever the bird would see his reflection (in a mirror, glass or even in the metal chimney), he would attack the "other" bird. So, I was up at 6am every day. I think I need a nap...

Jake took a friend again this year. The two of them seemed to have a good time. One thing is for sure--they got enough to eat!

We only took one dog this year and that dog was Alice. I keep saying it's going to be her last trip to Forest County and she keeps on living, so good for her. She mostly slept but was more active than she usually is.

Beyond that, it was the same old stuff--fishing, hiking, knitting, reading and, most importantly, relaxing.

Monday, July 13

finders keepers

I was very excited to get this new Stephen King book. It is the second of three in the Mr. Mercedes series. I thought it was going to be a continuation of the first book, but it was a new story (not entirely, though--there were ties to the plot of the first book and some of the same characters were in this one, but they were not the primary focus).

I had trouble getting into it, but things picked up at the end. It did take me about a month to read, which probably tells you all you need to know (I normally tear through Stephen King books in a week).

My rating: 3.5/5

Friday, July 10


Alice had a large growth removed from her lip a little over a year ago...and now it's back. It's like it came out of nowhere. I don't know how that happens.

She has not seen the vet about this yet as we're not sure what we're going to do about it. Given her general health and age, I'm not sure that another surgery is appropriate. We're just going to wait and see for a bit before we make any decisions.

Sunday, July 5

fungus among us

My tomatoes were looking good...until yesterday. The fungal problem I've seen (for a number of years running) has returned. It's no wonder with all of the rain we've been getting. So, once again, I won't be getting many tomatoes from the garden. The good news is that we planted some tomatoes in pots and, so far, they are disease-free.

My pepper plants are looking pretty sad, too. I'm blaming the rain for this, as well.

On the positive side of things (besides the fact it hasn't been super hot), I planted onions from plants (rather than sets) and harvested my first batch this week. They were a respectable size, which is what I was hoping for. I'd like to have a bunch to store over the winter, so I'm off to a good start. Everything else seems to be performing as expected.

Friday, July 3

the weeds

I haven't been able to spend much time in the yard/garden these past few weeks due to all of the rain we've been getting (nor did we get to do any additional Thunder activities last weekend--Saturday was awful!) and now everything is overrun with weeds. I always say that the majority of my gardening time is spent weeding, but this is ridiculous.

But, if there's one good thing to be said about cooler, rainy weather, it's that the water hyacinths in my pond really seem to like it. The new fish we bought are thriving as well. And, I love the new pond filter--the self-cleaning feature is really nice. I should have purchased it years ago.