It’s no secret that I am a HUGE bookworm. I identify as many things when it comes to books: a Bibliophile (a person who collects or has a great love for books), a Librocubicularist (a person who reads in bed), and a bookworm (a person devoted to reading). While browsing through Pinterest a few days ago I came across this fantastic (FREE) app called BooksApp2! It allows you to scan your books to catalog them in your phone, keep track of who has borrowed books from you, and you can group related books. The easiest way is to use the barcode scanner to find the book in a Google database. You can also search by ISBN, title, or add a book from scratch. I’m having a blast scanning in our books (I’m just over 200 books in with two built in bookshelves left to go, wish me luck!)
As with any app there are some glitches that are kind of annoying… some books when scanned say that the book isn’t found, but if you type in the title it comes up. Some ISBN’s aren’t found… and I’ve had a few come up as another book when scanned or entered by ISBN (an example is (Posession by Elana Johnson, a new YA book, came up as a Nancy Drew book). A few of my religion books didn’t have any hits even when typed in, so I just entered the manually.
But, overall it’s a fantastic app. It will keep all our books so when we are at book sales and see something we aren’t accidentally buying another copy of something we have (generally not an issue, but it has happened).
My new favorite hobby is gardening. Growing up my parents planted flowers and such, but I never had input as to what we did. I was the weed puller and the flower watering person and that was it. In this house we get a flower allowance from our landlady and we got permission to do pretty much what we want. The yard hasn’t been loved in a long time, and it shows. I plan to make it a happy, healthy, pretty yard over the next few weeks.
It started off with getting two rose bushes. I’m not big on roses usually, but I fell in love with Tropicana roses and Blue Girl roses. I guess that should say I’m not big on roses unless they are unique in color.
Anyway, as creepy as this may sound, I still had the ashes from my dog, Chelsea (who passed away in July ’09) and my cat, Chloe (who passed away in July ’11). I wanted to put them in the ground and at peace, but I hadn’t found anything that really spoke to me. Until I saw those two rose bushes. So now my girls are resting under my beautiful roses.
This was taken Friday night right after planting them.
These were cut today from the Tropicana Roses.
I’m loving having these flowers. Tonight the fella and I spent about two hours digging up the front beds as best as we can. There are three HUGE bushes in the front beds (I call them the big green monsters) that we have permission to rip out. The ones on either side of the front steps will be replaced with an azalea plant that is in a wonky spot in front of the third bush. We will just dig it up and split it in half and move it to those spots. Then we’ll get some pretty flowers to plant and maybe a hanging basket or two for the porch.
It will be absolutely fantastic to be able to sit on the porch and see things going on, the big green monsters currently block every darn thing almost because they are SO huge. I love sitting on the porch to read, but I haven’t much because the bushes make me feel so closed off from the rest of nature around us. Hopefully after this weekend we’ll have a somewhat pretty yard.
Originally we wanted to plant some veggies and herbs this year… but a lot of that is on our dime and, of course, our time. With the wedding coming up we figured we’d focus on making the yard look nice this year and then next year go into growing some of our own stuff.
I’ve been in a heck of a rut lately. I’m miserable about my weight since I gained so much of what I lost two/three years ago back. I can’t get motivated, either, which is annoying me to no end. Especially with our wedding in just over three months! I’ve got to make some positive changes, and the funny thing is that something as simple as gardening has made me feel a bit better… so hopefully this upward trend continues because I’m sick of being so down.
Long weekend this coming weekend and hopefully plenty of motivation to go along with it!!