I spent the day installing new flooring in our house. I found the work left me with a sense of well being and satisfaction.

Preparing flooring for installation

Taken on a windy day at beach

Two dogs at the beach

Our orchard looked serene after last night’s snowfall.

Early morning view of trees after a snowfall

Hiding in the foliage

Raccoon in tall grass

April Photoblogging Challenge Day 2: flower

Clematis flower

April Photoblogging Challenge Day 1: toy This dog toy lost its stuffing long ago, but Kessie still gets it out of the toy basket every day.

Border collie playing with a toy

I perused the MB Discover page today and picked up a half dozen new folks to follow.

Today was a good day for taking photos.

Contrails cross in the sky over our farm.

Hiking the rim of the Snake River Canyon in Washington State.

Kessie finds the bone of a lifetime on our hike.

Finished listening to: Pale Demon by Kim Harrison 📚🎧

Finished listening to: Black Magic Sanction (The Hollows, #8) by Kim Harrison 📚🎧

Finished reading: The Portable Door by Tom Holt 📚

Finished listening to: White Witch, Black Curse (The Hollows, #7) by Kim Harrison 📚🎧

Finished listening to: The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison 📚🎧

Finished reading: This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub 📚

Simple jig for hand sawing

Yesterday, I was hand-sawing some plywood panels when I had an idea for stabilizing the task. I started the cut and then clamped a scrap of wood across the cut. This stabilized the board, made it easier to cut straight , and there is no splintering at the end of the cut. I’m sure this is not an original idea, but I’m happy to have discovered it. 🪚🔨

Hand saw in board with stabilizing jig

Finished listening to: For a Few Demons More (The Hollows, #5) by Kim Harrison 📚🎧. I’m enjoying this series. On to #6.

I received the vintage rabbet plane I purchased on eBay today. I just had to sharpen the iron. I spent the afternoon teaching myself how to use it.🪚🔨

Finished reading: Starter Villain by John Scalzi 📚. This is a fun read. John Scalzi writes the best dialog.

Finished reading: Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor 📚. I don’t normally like care for time travel stories, but this one is alright. I don’t think I will follow up with the rest of the series, however.

Finished listening to The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna 📚🔊 This is one of the coziest books I’ve happened upon in a long time. I recommend it. Samara MacLaren’s narration was a treat.