the weekend

We had pretty nice weather for a change. Yesterday was a bit cool, but very sunny. I went went for a hike on the Staple Bend Tunnel Trail with a friend and our dogs. It was very nice. I hadn’t ever been there before. That’s my kind of hiking–flat and on gravel.

Between that and walking dogs at the shelter in the morning, I didn’t get much else done. But, today was a different story. Not only did I do some household chores, I was able to get a few things accomplished on my neverending gardening task list. Not quite everything, but enough to make me happy. The weather is looking pretty iffy this week–possible rain and then cooler temperatures, so who knows if I’ll be able to get outside.

behind already

It’s not even May but I feel like I’m behind schedule when it comes to the yard/gardening. We’ve had a few nice days, but the weather hasn’t been that great yet, so I haven’t gotten out a lot. Hopefully that will change soon.

Last week, I picked up my plants from the annual Cambria County plant sale. I finally got the remaining vinca minor in the ground last night, but still have some flowers and blueberries to plant. I’m still in the process of removing the ivy around the pond–the vinca minor is replacing some of that. I believe I have one or two patches of ivy left. But, I have to think it’s going to keep coming back for a while–that stuff is impossible to get rid of.

I’m sure it will all get done eventually. Unlike last year, I don’t have a bunch of house projects scheduled for the summer (just a couple minor ones), so I should be able to get a lot more garden therapy in.

first family

This was a novel by David Baldacci. While the book was well-written and a pretty easy and compelling read, it had one of the most ridiculous plots I’ve ever read (even more ridiculous than the most ridiculous James Patterson plot). The title should have been “Jump the Shark”. Sure, I can suspend disbelief here and there in the name of a plot, but this one really took the cake.

My rating: 3/5 for the writing; 2/5 for the plot

passport to fun

Jake and I got our 2nd vaccine on Thursday (it was the Moderna one). Our side effects weren’t too bad–mostly sore arm and tiredness. I know a lot of other people who had a lot worse, so I’m glad we got off easy. I feel almost back to normal today. Even so, I took the morning off from walking dogs at the shelter. I figure I’ll just take it easy today and get caught up on all the things I didn’t do the past two evenings. Anyway, I’m glad we’re past this milestone since we live among the unmasked here in Cambria County.


The library is finally done! Well, for now. I still want to do LED lighting and I have some decorating to do in the room as well, but the construction end of things is done.