Tuesday, June 26, 2007


As much as I LOVE all the rain we've been getting --- I HATE the mosquitos that it brings!!

I liberally sprayed myself with OFF before I went out to mow the other night. My bug spray must have expired or something though.....because I have around 30 bits on my legs and arms. And mosquito bites on me get all red and splotchy. And they itch!!!

Ugggghhhh. Another reason to prefer the winter season.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Hot, tired, stinky, and sweaty

Yep, that's me. After far too long (probably at least a week and a half - though I can't really remember), I mowed my yard tonight. Thankfully, it wasn't too too hot today. But, even at 7:30 pm, it is still pretty warm here in my little corner of the world.

I finally broke down yesterday and bought a weed eater. So, the yard work took about three times as long as usual, because I was putting it together and figuring out how to work it. First order of business - got to get more extension cord. I've asked my first favor of my neighbor also....that next time he edges, if he would edge my driveway to get me a good edge that I might can keep with the weed-eater going forward. I couldn't get it all the way with the weed-eater tonight, though I did make good progress.

Now, I'm off to clean up and crawl into bed.....

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Spring Reading Thing Wrap-up

Here is my original post with my list. Basically, I didn't make a list of what I wanted to read, but was determined to keep a list of everything I will read in 2007. Maybe for the fall reading challenge, I'll have a list of things I want to get through.

What I've read so far this year is ..... 31 books:

Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
The Color of Law Mark Gimenez
Deception Point Dan Brown
Digital Fortress Dan Brown
Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
Outlander Diana Gabaldon
Angels and Demons Dan Brown
Primrose Past Caroline Rose Hunt
Lord John and the Private Matter Diana Gabaldon
The Accidental Bride Janice Harayda
A Salty Piece of Land Jimmy Buffett
Alexandria Nick Bantock
The Morning Star Nick Bantock
The Pocket Muse: Endless Inspiration Monica Wood
Heartburn Nora Ephron
The Forgetting Room Nick Bantock
The Museum at Purgatory Nick Bantock
Where is Joe Merchant? Jimmy Buffett
Voice in the Wind Francine Rivers
Echo in the Darkness Francine Rivers
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J. K .Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J. K .Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J. K .Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J. K .Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix J. K .Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince J. K .Rowling
True Devotion Dee Henderson
True Valor Dee Henderson
True Honor Dee Henderson
Net Force - Point of Impact Tom Clancy
Debt of Honor Tom Clancy

And here are the wrap-up questions:

What was the best book you read this spring?

How to define "best"? I can't even narrow it down! So many were so entertaining. Sorry, I have to cop-out on this one.

What book could you have done without?

The Museum at Purgatory -- couldn't even get into it, so I took it right back to the library.

Did you try out a new author this spring? If so, which one, and will you be reading that author again?

Dee Henderson -- she had been highly recommended and I really did enjoy the books of hers that I read. And yes, I plan to read another of her series soon.

If there were books you didn't finish, tell us why. Did you run out of time? Realize those books weren't worth it?

The Pocket Muse - I thought it would give me blogging fodder, but really it was for serious writers. So, I skimmed it all in about 30 minutes and took it back to the library!

Did you come across a book or two on other participants' lists that you're planning to add to your own to-be-read pile? Which ones?

I actually didn't have much time to browse other lists -- but I got quite a few suggestions on new authors and books to read that I haven't even attempted to start on yet!

What did you learn -- about anything -- through this challenge?

I'm definitely a fiction, read to escape kind of girl. I've tried to read non-fiction and just have a really hard time. I think I could probably do biographies, because really that is still an escape into someone else's world.

What was the best part of the Spring Reading Thing?

It jump started me on keeping a list of what I've read this year...

Would you be interested in participating in another reading challenge this fall?

Oh yes. Most definitely

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Reading update

Well, I've been reading the same book for well over a week now.....must be a new record for me! Seriously, though, it is a Tom Clancy novel ..... Debt of Honor. I'm really enjoying it, but his novels are long and take FOREVER to read! Good thing there is nothing on TV to distract me!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Life Blogging

I was chastised this morning at church by a friend who thinks I need to post more often....somehow, I think he hasn't been looking at the right page because he thought it had been more than a year since I posted, but for Marc's benefit, here is a new post.

A little project that I worked on a few weeks ago....burp cloths for my four friends who have had/are having babies. The last shower was today and the gift delivered, so I can finally post pictures....

for Mollie and baby:

for Sara and Jenna:

for Jenny and Colton:

Last night I went to a fun dinner party....it was a 1929 Murder Mystery Dinner party. So fun....here are a few snaps:

Monday, June 04, 2007

The Train

Rambling thoughts from a public transportation rider.....

This afternoon, some pretty strong storms moved through my area. Strong enough, in fact, that it affected our train. When I got on my red line, it was standing room only (which is rather unusual, given that it was about 4:30 pm). The length of time at stops was longer than normal.

About halfway home, a group of teenagers got on the train. They were so extremely obnoxious. Loud.....belligerant.....disrepectful....profane.....obscene.....etc. Deep down, I wanted to confront them, but was quite too afraid to do so. Thankfully for the rest of the train riders, they happened to get off at my stop.

Then I ran to Wal-Mart on my way home.....I had a return and a few things to grab. While in the food section, a young man "recognized" me from the train.....then proceeded to ask if I had a boyfriend ("no") and a phone number ("no thank you!").

Just when I think there are no prospects in the world......hmmmmm

Friday, June 01, 2007

End of the rainbow.....

Too funny not to share.....

Finally, someone has found the pot at the end of the rainbow......