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Week of 5 March 2001

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Monday, 5 March 2001

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Yesterday

Another rainy day. I spent the afternoon watching the race, which was very good and the of the golf match. We had homemade pizza for dinner. Last night I paid bills and tried to read. For those of you who read my page regularly know I often mention sitting in the den reading. Just in case you think I am relaxing and reading you need to get the true picture. 

We have three border collies. Not couch potato dogs but working dogs. Young border collie dogs think that anytime you are in the room it is to play with them. So, while I am trying to read I am also throwing the tennis ball or fluff toy, playing tug, retrieving tennis balls from behind furniture, etc, etc. You get the picture. Read a line, throw the ball, read a line, throw the fluff toy......

That is why on nights when there is not a television show on at 10:00 I go to bed to read. Ha! Don't get me wrong. I love my guys and enjoy playing with them. Sometimes they actually get so tired they go lie down while we are trying to watch a show on television, take a nap, or read on the couch. 

Today

Cold and windy, for us, anyway. I am off to the gym and Wal-Mart this morning. I have a doctor appointment this afternoon. I need to finalize the first draft of my review to send off this week. A very special friend and neighbor of my family has had a relapse from her cancer recovery and is having additional surgery this morning. My folks will check on her while volunteering at the hospital today and we will certainly be thinking about her.

 

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Tuesday, 6 March 2001

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Yesterday

The telescope finally arrived late yesterday afternoon right before dinner time. See Bob's page for story and pictures. We opened the big box with the mirror tube just to look at it and took the smaller boxes upstairs for Bob to check out while I fixed dinner. After we ate and walked the dogs we went downstairs to put the thing together. It took about an hour but did not prove to be very difficult. I took pictures and helped hold various pieces for Bob to work on. After we got it assembled he wanted to take it outside to give it a try. Yeah, right. It was 29 degrees with 20mph winds and gusts to 29 mph. We had these rolling banks of cotton like clouds passing over obscuring the moon and stars every few minutes. Fortunately we bagged it and came on inside for the night.

Fortunately because I forgot that the movie Stuart Little came on at 8:30 and I wanted to watch it. I only missed like five minutes of the beginning. The movie is very funny and very well done. It is loosely based on the book by E. B White about a little mouse who adopted by a human family, Little, as a brother to their human son George. George knows Stuart is "just" a mouse and does not want him as a brother. The animation of Stuart is fantastic and Michael J. Fox does the voice. Geena Davis is the mother and Hugh Laurie, doing a great American accent, is the father. The little boy playing George is very cute. They live in New York. Yes, they depict the rich, successful lifestyle. But, through it all they show the little boy with a real big heart. The trials of poor Stuart as he copes with the family cat and trying to fit into a big human world really make the movie quit endearing. The suspense mounts as the family cat gets his alley cat buddies to help get rid of Stuart. If you have children and have not seen the movie, please do. If you don't have children and have not seen the movie, please do. 

After the movie was over at 10:00 we prepared Lenore for bed and walked the dogs for a last time. I headed off to bed to read some more of my book for awhile.

Today

Cold and windy today. I feel sorry for those poor people up in Boston and New England getting blizzard conditions and 1 to 3 feet of snow. We may have flurries but that is all. I have to take Lenore to the doctor at 11:00, so I will have to bundle her up really well. 

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Wednesday, 7 March 2001

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Yesterday - Cold and windy day

newtree.jpg (113760 bytes)    The wind howled and roared all day yesterday. When I returned back  home from the doctor with Lenore and drove around the back of the house to put the car in the basement, this is what I saw. The little "tree" beside the big one is actually a branch that blew down and impaled itself into the yard. And Bob scoffs at me when I tell him it is dangerous to be outside viewing stars and planets in 29 mph wind gusts.

They got snow in the mountains but we only had wind and cold temperatures here. Last night the wind did die down for a little bit and Bob wanted to out and do a couple of things with the telescope. So, we hauled the scope out to the drive and actually got a chance to look at the moon. Very impressive to see the round edges and craters and stuff. Back inside to get Lenore ready for bed and take the dogs for their last time out. I watch NYPD Blue at 10:00 and then off to bed.

Today

Off to the gym, vet to pick up Kerry's meds, pet store for food, and grocery store for us. Needless to say I will be gone a good part of the morning. I mailed off my first draft of the review column yesterday. This afternoon I need to pay bills and maybe do some more genealogy stuff.

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Thursday, 8 March 2001

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I learned by reading Wendy's page that due to the hoof and mouth disease problem in England the Cruft's dog show, scheduled to begin today, has been postponed until May. I hate they had to do that. The Animal Planet television station always covers that dog show like they do our Westminster Club show and I really enjoy watching the Cruft's.  A lot of work and preparation goes into getting those dogs ready for competition to have to postpone at the last minute.

Yesterday

Not really much going on. It was just another routine day at the Thompson house. It was sunny but still cold and windy but I did get outside with the dogs off and on to give them some outdoor play time.

Today 

I have a few errands to run that I will get done this morning. Later this afternoon Bob and I are going to the library. I have a Friends of the Library meeting while he sits and reads. Afterward, we will grab a bite to eat and head back home. Sorry for the short post today, just not a whole lot of news.

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Friday, 9 March 2001

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Happy 55th Anniversary to my parents today! 

Yesterday 

Warm and sunny with temps back up in the mid 50's by the afternoon. I had the dogs out a few times to play and did some work in-between. We left for the library around 4:00 for my meeting and dinner. The branch supervisor is taking an early retirement as of the end of this month. The County is under a hiring freeze at the moment, so it may be awhile before they can fill her position. 

We spent the evening reading. I am almost finished with the Judi Dench biography. A new book came in for me at the library yesterday and I will need to get started on it as soon as possible, maybe over the weekend. 

Today

I am off to the gym this morning, than back home to work. Grilled steaks for dinner tonight since the weather is so nice. Have a good weekend everybody.

 

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Saturday, 10 March 2001

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Happy Birthday to my sister, Frances!

Yesterday

During the day I worked and took breaks to play with the dogs. Bob and I brought the telescope up from the basement to the front of the house to see if we had a better view of things from the front yard. I grilled steaks for dinner with boiled red potatoes. After dinner, once it got dark, Bob and I went out to do some star gazing. Awesome stuff. We saw Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus early in the evening. It was getting pretty cold and the wind had picked up again, so we decided to call it a night around 8:30. We did get a chance to view the full moon just as it was rising. The moon is the most interesting thing to look at through the telescope. It shimmers on the edges and has all the neat craters and mountains.

I spent the remainder of the evening finishing the Judi Dench biography which I will again recommend highly to anyone interested in her career as a stage and screen actress. The people she has worked with over the years reads like a who's who of the British stage. I regret that I have never had a chance to see her in one of her stage performances. 

We took the dogs out for their last time and I was off to bed to start the new Maeve Benchy book that came in for me at the library. More on that next week.

Today

My friend Nancy called late yesterday afternoon and we agreed to meet this morning around 10:30 at the park with the dogs. I am taking Duncan this time. We are meeting Nancy on her side of town this time at Hanes Park. I should be back home by lunch time. The Busch race from Atlanta is on at 1:00 so I may watch a little of that and the golf from Florida. 

Allergies! 

Not only do I suffer from allergies but so does my dog Duncan. I have taken medication all my life for them. At present I am on Zyrtec which manages to keep it pretty much under control and I use a prescription nasal spray when it gets real bad. 

I found an interesting web site listed in a magazine with pollen counts for the entire United States. The National Allergy Bureau has a very nice, easy to use web site. I have pointed to the map for locating your area of the country to get a count. The other areas of the site are pretty interesting to explore around in too.

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Sunday, 11 March 2001

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Yesterday - didn't do anything!

Duncan and I headed off to meet Nancy at the park. We spent about an hour letting the dogs run around playing while we talked. It was sunny but not as warm as we thought it was going to be with the wind blowing. It was nice to be outdoors for awhile. I fixed lunch when I got home and then intended to watch some of the Busch race before going to my office to work on some things. Instead I fell asleep and woke up around 4:00. Must have needed a nap I guess. 

I switched over and watched the golf match until time to fix dinner. Last night we did a little viewing with the scope, but there was really not much new to look at so we came back in pretty early. I played with the dogs and read my new book until time to take them out for the last time. I then went to bed to read and Bob stayed up to watch a movie.

Today

House cleaning this morning. The Winston Cup race starts at 12:30. We are going over to my mom's for dinner to celebrate my sister's birthday. We need to leave about 4:00 by which time the race should be over anyway. 

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