UpgradesComputer/Web pages
Having problems with SVG thumbnails. Found one problem was too new a version on inkscape and too old wiki. Upgraded wiki for Fables, but had to upgrade php also. Its quickly getting to point I need to upgrade the whole server. The problem really seems to be a lack of memory.

Updated plantsPlants
Updated the plant database. Started with identifying the African violets. it looks like I have 4 varieties. Only one of them is flowering and I got it in the last year. I know the one with the tag still. That leaves 2 others. Pretty sure one of the came from Nanny, I bought the other as far back as 2013. Well, bought and have made cuttings and replanted. Im not really sure which one is which however. Assuming the dark purple ones came from her since I have several plants of it. Made some new cuttings, labeled them and set up the shelf in the library w grow lights.

Lost 2 blueberries. Need to go to Leslies and dig up new ones. Old ones are finally starting to produce. Removed a peach that was growing from the root stock. Picked 2 peaches from the other tree and a few more on the way.

Blackberries are a constant problem. The original thorny one still survives but stays small. Of the half dozen plants Ive tried to add to the bed only one had made it. It makes huge berries however. There are a number of new sprouts this year, going to encourage them.

All the purchased azaleas on the front are gone. They never got any direct sunlight. Some of the ones from Rons are still there. The ones around the Oak are fine.

Harvesting onions. Thy bulbed well since I remembered to fertilize them but lost over half of them. They just arent there any more. Not sure what happened.

Sherlock Holmes vs CthulhuBooks
by Lois Gresh
Fantasy: Lovecraftian: 434 pages

Sherlock Holmes parts werent very good, and they didnt have a Holmes writing feel. There were some great Lovecraftian chapters but they really stood out form he rest of book as odd.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

The HiveBooks

The Hive by Orson Scott Card.
Sci-fi: 451 pages.
Volume 2 in the series The Second Formic War.

Kind of slow far a war. The Formics dont seem stoppable unless the humans get lucky. Severe disconnect between the vast distances and not being able to get there and then things they need to get to being just out of the way.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

The Search for SpockBooks
by Vonda McIntyre
Sci-fi: 219 pages

Now I know why Uhura stayed behind.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

Star Trek the Motion PictureBooks
by Gene Roddenberry
Sci-fi: 181 pages

Cant stop remembering the movie which doesnt help. Did explain who the people in the transporter accident were. Pretty much everything else is straight from the movie which makes sense since this is the novelization of that not the source material.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

Last Stand in the Carolinas The Battle of BentonvilleBooks
by Mark L. Bradley
History: 575 pages

The largest battle in NC and one of the last of the Civil War. One wing of Shermans army vs Johnston. Lots of maps which are helpful.

Rating: 4 (out of 8)

Man PlusBooks
by Frederick Pohl
Sci-fi: 183 pages

Its a good story but there are a number of questions. Why build a cyborg if you are going to send people to Mars in space suits? Why neuter the cyborg if you are going to send along a nurse/doctor already in love with him (and who he is in love with) who will stay on Mars. The last couple of pages dont answer just add more questions.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)

LeakMain Page, Photos, House
Back in March when the fuel pump on the jeep died also discovered a leak behind the wall coming form the copper pipes in the unused bathroom. Had to cut the wall open, move the furniture out of the way, have the pipes replaced, then the wall. Painted the wall and molding and while I was at it the command center. Lived with the couch in front of the french doors and having to climb over it to get to the kitchen.

Black Star RisingBooks
by Frederick Pohl
Sci-fi: 214 pages

The Chinese took over after the U.S. & Soviets destroyed each other in WWIII, now aliens want to talk to the President and liberate the US. The Erk are a nice original alien species.

Rating: 5 (out of 8)