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Week of 29 January 2001

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Monday, 29 January 2001

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Yesterday

Sort of a lazy type day. I did spend the morning get the house cleaned and looking tidy for the week. Late in the morning Bob started the major backup of the network which meant I did not have computer access for a few hours. After my shower and lunch I settled on the couch to finish reading The Forest by Rutherfurd. Very good book and well worth reading all 600 pages. I added a few comments to the review and a link to the present day New Forest web site where the book takes place.

While I was reading and Bob was napping, the dogs actually settled down and napped too. After our little siesta the dogs needed out, Lenore needed something to drink and fruit to snack on and Bob got up. I started work on my office work areas filing papers and sorting out things that needed to be put away. I than gave Bob his haircut which necessitated getting the vacuum back out to get the hair up. Shepherd's Pie for dinner. Sorry Bob and Lynne, not the real British version but the one I grew up eating, which is a Pennsylvania Dutch version. After dinner I finished the paper work, paid bills, and entered stuff in Quicken which took another couple of hours. We read until time to take the dogs for their last outing and then off to bed to read some more.

Today

Gym this morning and a stop at the drug store to stock up on vitamins and other sundry items. Work this afternoon on various projects and who knows what else that comes along. It is supposed to rain tonight, which will be good for my lawn and the reseeding.

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Tuesday, 30 January 2001

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No more Mystery. According to the Winston-Salem Journal this morning, PBS has announced that it is canceling the show by next year. I did not see anything on the PBS web site but if this is true it is a sad blow to the Thompson household. We love the British mysteries. They are supposedly replacing the series with a Masterpiece Theater American series. We watched the first installment of this a few weeks ago and it was good but not as well done as the British mysteries are. In searching PBS's PressRoom page I did not find any official announcement per this mornings article so I e-mailed the contact person for the Mystery program. Be interesting to see if I get back a reply. 

Yesterday

After the gym and errands I did not get home until almost lunch time. After lunch and a shower I worked on various projects in the office taking breaks to walk the dogs and have some play time. Leftover Shepherd's Pie and green beans for dinner and spent the evening reading. As I mentioned last week I picked up a copy of Peter Mayle's book Encore Provence. I have a review up on my favorites page today.

Today

This morning is a rather rainy but warm start to the day. Muggy and sixty is not my idea of a winter day although it will be good for the grass seed and fertilizer. It is supposed to clear off by this afternoon. I have been working on a flyer to post around town at some of the coffee shops and libraries advertising my services. With the Internet, it is not necessary to have clients in your hometown. But, it would be nice to have some local clients to work with. I guess I will spend today getting some of those delivered. I also need to run down to the main library and look a couple of things up.

Duncan needs a bath but I am not sure I am up to that task today or not. BC's are pretty clean and don't need baths very often. I hate having to do it outside with the garden hose and cold weather even on the warmest days. I bought an attachment for the bathtub to see how that works. I tried the enclosed shower downstairs but they are terrified of being closed in. This may or may not work but if you have never given 70 pounds of struggling dog a bath you have truly missed a fine aerobic workout.

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Wednesday, 31 January 2001

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Yesterday

I guess the best news of the day was for the Netwidows/Daynotes members when we learned that the Tom's wife Leah and son Landon went home from the hospital. Landon is a real trooper for all he has been through and to remain such a happy and full spirited little guy. We wish him a continued speedy recovery and that Leah can get some rest now that she is at home.

I did go out late in the morning to deliver a few of my flyers about my business. On the way home I stopped to get one of the tires checked that seemed to have a slow leak. Sure enough, it was leaking around the valve stem. Not much else exciting went on for the remainder of the day. We had home-made stromboli for dinner and read until time to watch NYPD Blue.

Today

Off to the gym this morning and the drugstore and grocery store. I am meeting my friend from the library, Betsy, for lunch. I need to also stop in and drop off some books and reserve some for Bob. I need to stop in at the pet supply store across the street and pick up some dog treats. 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 1 February 2001

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Yesterday

I returned from the gym and store around 11:00. After working on a few things I jumped in the shower to get dressed to meet Betsy for lunch at a new Mexican restaurant near the library. Just as I was leaving she called to tell another library friend of ours that works at a different branch was also joining us for lunch. We had a very nice meal and enjoyed catching up on each others news.

I spent most of the remainder of the afternoon and evening working on a new WebCitings page for February. After finishing up that and catching up on Daynotes/Netwidows pages I read for the remainder of the evening. West Wing was a rerun and I taped my 10:00 show to watch another night. I also did the posting for Thursday because I am leaving early to pick up my dad to play golf. 

Today

Golf this morning. Work this afternoon. Maybe more to talk about on Friday.

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Friday, 2 February 2001

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Yesterday

After I got home, around 1:30, from playing golf I decided I needed to give Kerry a bath. Being an old dog he is not able to keep himself as clean and his longer coat gets very dirty. Bob helped me get him in the tub and he behaved quite well. The problem was, the sprayer attachment I bought did not fit our tub fixture very well. As the rubber got warm from the water it kept stretching and coming off. But, we got his bath. I will not try it with Duncan or Malcolm but instead use the downstairs shower like I did before. 

After that I had to take my shower and then spent the remainder of the afternoon reading diary pages and web sites, etc. I am very excited about an e-mail I got from a man that lives in Rocky Mount, NC. He is a distant relative on my Callahan side and may have some information on some of the lines I have been looking for. We are trying to plan a meeting for next week to share information. If so, it may solve some of the mysteries I have been working on for a long time. Very exciting indeed.

Today

I am off to the gym this morning. Not sure what else the day will bring. Have a nice weekend everybody. If you  love Winnie-the-Pooh, which I do very much, you will enjoy a piece put up by Mike, from New Zealand, on Thursday. Sort of a parody on the world today based on the characters from the Hundred Acre Wood. There have been other similar works created using the Pooh characters such the Tao of Pooh. I tend to agree about the Walt Disney aspect too.  

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Saturday, 3 February 2001

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Yesterday

The week finally caught up with me. I have not been sleeping very well lately. With all the activity around here during the day by yesterday I was just plain tired. I did a light work out at the gym and then back home. I did a few things on the computer and then fixed an early lunch. After lunch I settled the dogs and decided to try for a nap. I did manage to rest and nap for about and hour or so. But, I did not really feel like working on anything so I watched the golf tournament from Pebble Beach on TV. We ordered take out Chinese for dinner. Spent the evening reading and watching the last week episode of Bramwell until bed time.

Today

I am going over to visit my parents this morning. I have a couple of things I need to ask my mom before I visit my Callahan relative next week. And, since dad and I played golf Thursday and she did her volunteering that day, I missed seeing her last week.

I may try to give Duncan his bath this afternoon or I may just sit and read a new book I have started. 

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Sunday, 4 February 2001

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Yesterday

After a rather long visit and lunch at my parents I got back home about 1:30. I decided to go ahead and give Duncan and Malcolm their baths. The downstairs shower was designed for Lenore when we moved her in ten years ago. We mounted one of those shower message heads about halfway up the side wall on the long flexible stuff so the head could be moved used at chair level to give her a bath. It means you must hand hold the shower head to take a bath but no biggie. 

This set up makes a good place to bathe the dogs. The only problem is they are terrified of being in the shower and struggle the entire time they are in there. It takes both Bob and I to literally drag Duncan into the stall but once in there he does behave pretty well. I get soaked in there with them so I only wear my t-shirt and undies. Bob is  sitting outside the shower on the floor to help hold him and to block him from going back out the door. I thought leaving the door open would make them less scared. Once we are done and he escapes back into the bathroom he shakes water all over Bob and the bathroom. Now you see why I bathe them with the garden hose outside during the summer.

I towel dry Duncan and Bob takes him back upstairs and brings down Malcolm. Since Malcolm is only a little over a year old he has had maybe three baths so far. Border Collies are very clean dogs unless they live and work on a farm. They only need bathed a couple of times a year. Malcolm has never had a bath in the downstairs shower but he actually did quite well and since he is small and weighs less was easier for me to manhandle. 

Big treats for both dogs afterward and yes, they are still speaking to me. I let them air dry. They are both not very fond of hair dryers, so they were not completely dry until last night.

After all that I still had to finish my shower, sans clothing, using soap and human shampoo. I came upstairs to our bath to finish my shower and get dressed. That about did me in for the remainder of the day. 

Today 

Cleaning the house this morning as usual. I may work on some stuff this afternoon but will most likely watch the golf tournament from Pebble Beach. It is only a few weeks until Winston Cup racing starts up again and I will back to watching my Sunday afternoon races.

 

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