Monday, May 29

rainy may

I was ahead with the outside stuff last month, but I have since fallen behind. I've been trying to get out between the raindrops (not to mention the chilly weather), but the opportunities haven't been frequent. The weather seems to be more seasonal as of late, so I guess I'll get caught up eventually.

As for my garden, at least it is in. Strangely enough, the one variety of garlic I planted is already ready to be harvested (this is usually more of an end of June/beginning of July thing). I planted a couple of other varieties, but they are not ready yet, so maybe it's just a thing with that particular variety. We've also been eating strawberries for about a week, and those are a couple of weeks early, too.

Despite some bad weather, Memorial Day weekend was pretty good. I took Friday off work in order to work in the garden. It rained a lot, but I still got a number of things planted and finished the rest over the course of the weekend. Saturday saw a trip to the nursery and the purchase of flowers and some plants for the garden.

On Sunday, we went to my brother's for a picnic, then it rained like crazy the rest of the day. I got some things done in the house and made some good progress on a knitting gift I started last week. Today was pretty relaxed. I did some things around the house in the morning; Brian and I went for a motorcycle ride in the afternoon, and this evening was spent in the yard and garden.

Monday, May 22

not quite done

We painted our bedroom walls yesterday. This almost concludes the painting tasks for that room. Only the baseboard trim remains, but that will have to wait until we get new carpeting (hopefully by the end of the summer) as it will be easier to do at that point in time.

There's still more painting to do inside, but just the family room and main bathroom are left at this point. Everything else is in pretty good shape, but I wouldn't completely rule out having to do some additional painting.

Since summer is about here, we'll likely take a break from working on the inside of the house and get some things done outside instead.

Sunday, May 21

manchester by the sea

This movie was about a guy (portrayed as a loner) who is surprised to find out that he was made guardian of his brother's son upon his brother's death. But, it's more than that, of course. It's also about the guy and how he got to be the way he is (hint: it's not a happy story).

My rating: 4/5

Monday, May 15

jam packed

It was a pretty busy couple of days. On Friday, we went out to eat at Rey Azteca to celebrate Jake's birthday, which was on Saturday. Saturday, Jake had his prom. Saturday (and part of Sunday) was spent cooking, as we had our usual Mother's Day/Jake's birthday get together with the family. This evening, Jake is being inducted into the National Honor Society. Phew!

I guess things will get back to normal tomorrow. Also, the weather is finally supposed to break so I'll be able to get caught up on all of those things I've been ignoring outside this month.

Sunday, May 7


We had the sewer lines replaced at our house last week, The good news is that the job is done. The bad news is that we have to pay for it and do a bunch of additional work (like repaint the floor in the music room, replace the floor in the bathroom, reseed the back yard, and clean up the mess).

We started clean-up yesterday and got pretty far with it--the shop and music room are almost back in order. We can't fix any of the floors until the concrete cures for at least a month, so that is unfortunate. And it has been raining non-stop since they finished so we haven't been able to tackle the yard yet, but this week's weather looks better, so it'll get done soon enough.

There was one thing that made us feel less bad about paying for this job--the main sewer line for the house was actually broken in half. The guys working on the project said they never saw one that looked that bad and still worked. So, I guess we dodged a bullet there.

This project has also inspired us to finish up some things in the basement (mostly trim) that have been put off for too long, so I guess that's another positive.

Saturday, May 6

nocturnal animals

Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal starred in this thriller. In it, Adams received a manuscript for a novel from her ex-husband. So part of the movie was about the story in the novel, which was quite good. And the other part was about the main character's relationship with her husband and ex. Good stuff.

My rating: 4/5