Friday, June 30

back in order

A couple of weeks ago, we intended on getting our basement powder room back in working order. It had been out of order since the sewer project. We got the floor all fixed up and Brian put down new laminate flooring, only to find out that the plumber put the toilet drain too close to the wall, so the toilet could not be installed. 

Fast forward to today...the plumber made another appearance and installed an offset flange to fix the issue. Brian relaid the flooring (which wasn't that big of a deal, but it was still annoying), and the plumber installed the toilet. So, at least that is done. Brian still has to reinstall the sink and make and install new floor trim. But, hopefully most of that will happen this weekend.

In another turn of events, Jake was driving to his guitar lesson yesterday and saw someone with his stolen bike. So, he got out of the car and got his bike back. Some people have all the nerve.

Monday, June 26

thunder 2017

We kicked off Thunder as we usually do--by attending Richland Bike Bash on Wednesday night. We typically run into someone we know there and this year was no different.

On Thursday, we took the afternoon off and went for a motorcycle ride in search of the elusive Beaverdale Reservoir, which we did not manage to locate. It was still a nice ride. That night, we went downtown, but not much was going on. They used to have a kickoff event that would draw some crowds. Not sure why they don't do that anymore.

Friday was a total washout. Three inches of rain does not equate to good motorcycle weather. But, it wouldn't be Thunder without a little (or a lot) of rain.

Saturday, we went for another ride. This time, to Dilltown and back. And, we went back downtown that night to check out Jasmine Cain and to hang out for a bit.

Sunday we took Lizzy for a ride through downtown and Ligonier. She spreads joy everywhere she goes when she's in the sidecar, so we couldn't deny people that.

All in all, a pretty good Thunder.

Sunday, June 18


This was a pretty interesting film about a linguistics professor who has to figure out how to communicate with some aliens that landed on earth. There was also this crazy non-linear time thing going on (but I couldn't completely figure that out until I Googled the movie after watching--I hate when I'm not smarter than my entertainment).

My rating: 3.5/5

Thursday, June 15

insult to injury

Last weekend, we discovered that Jake's BMX bike had been stolen from our side porch. Then Sunday night his car got egged. Then it happened again Tuesday night. At this point, Brian went to the police station to file a report (about the car, not the bike). And, he installed security cameras last night. Further, we're going to buy and install security lights this weekend.

We have one potential suspect, but nothing concrete to back it up besides the threat of eggs to the car that they made. There's a little damage, so it would be nice to catch the person in the act so we can get some restitution and have the problem fixed. But I also wouldn't mind if this didn't happen again.

Monday, June 12

dog vs. porcupine

Guess who won? Ultimately, the veterinarian's office, but it's safe to say the porcupine beat out the dog in that contest.

Brian took Buster on a hike yesterday. Buster found a new friend in the woods and got a face full of porcupine quills for his trouble. Brian was able to remove the worst of them while they were still in the woods (probably a dozen or so). I got out a couple more when they returned home, but Buster had enough of that nonsense and we were not able to remove any more. They were pretty small so it must've been a baby porcupine. I called the on-call vet last night, but he felt it could wait until morning as Buster wasn't showing any discomfort.

So, I took him to the vet's today. He had to be lightly sedated so that they could remove the rest--around 20. There were a few that had become fully lodged under the skin (and which weren't removed), so those ones might make an appearance in the future.

The expectation is high that this will happen again.

Saturday, June 10

office christmas party

I really hoped this movie was going to be funny. But, alas, it was not. While there were a few amusing scenes, I don't think I laughed out loud once.

My rating: 2/5 (one for Jennifer Aniston and one for Jason Bateman, 2 of my favorites, who could not save this movie even a little bit)

Tuesday, June 6

progress edition

We've been making some good progress around the house. I finally was able to power wash the patio last week (it was all filthy from the sewer project). I also power washed all of the furniture and painted the adirondak chair. The metal table and chairs are currently in progress, and will be done this week if I can catch a dry evening.

We had to get rid of our old compost bin last year. When the neighbor took the hedges out, it needed to be moved, but was in no shape for that, so it's gone (though Brian did repurpose the wood into bird houses). I tried putting the compost into a pile on the ground, but that looked horrible, so I bought a 3-bin wire composter, which was installed last weekend. It looks so much better.

Up next, we'll be fixing the basement floors that were messed up during the sewer project. I'm currently doing the plastic sheeting method of testing for moisture. So far, so good. If we get a favorable result from that, we're going to put down laminate flooring in the bathroom (once we fill in all of the missing tiles with leveling compound). The flooring in the music room needs painted, too. We're not going to do the whole floor, though--just the parts that they replaced. Brian's shop doesn't need any work as it's just a concrete floor in there, so we'll almost be back to normal soon.

Brian also put some trim in the laundry room. There's more trim to do in there and the bathroom. And, the good news is, that the wood for that purpose has been purchased.

Now, if it would only stop raining, so I could weed everything in the yard once again.

Monday, June 5

birthday weekend

As is tradition, we went to the Polkafest on Friday evening for supper. We caught some music from Alex Meixner and the Polka Family Band. Fun, as always.

We did not have any plans for Saturday, but that changed when I received a text from Carol that morning suggesting that all of us go out to celebrate my birthday. I've had a hankering for Franklin Street Bar & Grill lately, so that's where we went. I guess we'll call that a bonus celebration.

The three of us ended up doing our family celebration on Sunday, rather than today, because Brian had a late meeting scheduled (which he is still at). Brian did some steaks on the grill and I got presents!

Today was pretty low key. I had the day off, so I took the opportunity and figured out a problem with the sweater I've been knitting. It took a while to figure out, but things are back on track with that, so I'm pretty happy.