April 28th, 2012



Another long weekend; April is replete with them! I'm both glad about it, because aaaaah: long weekend! And stressed because we have so much to do at work and aaah! short week! Ah well, it's not like I'd get done with the work. It just keeps coming in, anyway.

It was raining this morning so I made a long list of household chores and things to get done and have been steadily whacking away at the list, while watching episodes of The Big Bang Theory on DVD inbetween. The sun came out a couple of hours ago, and I just went out to do some garden stuff...I've been very negligent. The roses and lavender haven't been clipped down and now they're green and bushy and I'm scared to do it myself. So I called my mother-in-law and she's going to come over and help me tomorrow if it doesn't rain again.

While I was looking at the roses, I discovered 3 EGGS, nestled in the dirt, behind one of the busy lavender plants, right next to the house. They are quite good-sized, nearly as large as a chicken's but a very pale green (if that isn't just the reflection of the lavender). They are literally a step away from the porch door. What bird would lay their eggs in such a precarious place? Even if they are sort of protected, and up in the garden bed, STILL! They are right next to the door! I wonder if they are abandoned or if the mother was just freaked because Anders was out there getting the grill ready to make dinner. First grill of the season! Yay!

You know how I decided back in March to spend a month or so re-reading old books that don't belong to a series? I've done really well, I'm glad to say. Here it is, the end of April, and since I started that plan in early March, I've read 18 books, and purged several into the media sale bag for next year. I actually didn't read the book group book for April because 1) I didn't want to interrupt my project and 2) I couldn't get ahold of the book in time. I did get it finally, AT book group, and WILL read it, but I still have a few days to round off my big re-read project. Then I want to re-read Game of Thrones since I got the latest book in the series right before I started this. Martin has been reading it VERY slowly for a couple of months and I was going to wait until he was done with it, but he's taking too long, and plus he's absorbed in a Big Fish iPad game, so he probably won't even notice if I snitch it out from under him.

We're dog-sitting tomorrow for 3 days...a Shih Tzu that belongs to a colleague. The last time we kept her (just overnight), she was still a puppy and not house-trained. I hope that has changed for the better since she's nearly a year old now. I'm sort of nervous about it; I confess to preferring big dogs. I hope hope hope the sun sticks around and we can go for walks with Lucie and enjoy the springtime that is passing by all too quickly. The bird cherry behind us turned into a popcorn tree about a week and a half ago and the blossoms are already wilting. Everywhere I go I see forsythia blazing and magnolias budding and the cherry trees are pink.

*Title from a quote by Hal Borland