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Week of 30 April 2001

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Monday, 30 April 2001

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After getting the house all clean and tidy, showered, and lunch I worked at the computer until 2 o'clock race time. Bob went back to read on the bed and the dogs settled down for their afternoon nap. I know I stayed awake until after 3:00 because I switched back and forth between the race and the golf match. Next thing I knew it was 4:15, the race was half over and we were due to leave for my sisters in half an hour. 

I woke up Bob, got Lenore dressed, walked the dogs, and we took off. We had a very nice time. Al, Frances, and Mom had made potato salad, baked beans, slaw, chili, and all the fixings to go with hamburgers and hotdogs. I grilled the meat. My family plus Al sat on the deck to eat which was very pleasant, not hot or cold. Lenore and Bob ate inside. After we cleaned up the dinner stuff we had cake and strawberries for desert. We left around 7:30 to come back home.

We watched The Practice at 10:00, walked the dogs, and off to bed. I read for a few minutes before turning out the light. 

We slept in until 8:00 this morning which means I am running behind. Bob wants to start having a business meeting first thing on Monday morning to go over the projects we are working on. But he has to run web stats, do his page, and other stuff so we decided maybe lunch time would be better for us.

I am off to run errands this morning. I need to take the lawn mower to be fixed, stop at Wal-Mart, the drug store, and the pet supply store. Guess I better get going. I hope your week gets off to a good one.


Tuesday, 1 May 2001

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Wow, May 1st already. 

Yesterday was another lovely spring day. Clear skies and temperatures in the low 70's. I had the dogs out a couple of time to play and walk down the street. It was hard to be indoors working but I had some things I needed to finish up. 

I actually wrote this post for today last night since I am playing golf this morning with dad and leaving very early. Last night after during dinner we watch the taped Buffy. After it was over we walked the dogs. I needed to send out some e-mails and make a couple of phone calls before we watched Angel. After I finished today's post we took the dogs out for the last time and then I went off to bed to read. I am reading a new Malcolm Macdonald. He is British and sets all his books in the Cornwall area of England. Good stories, always set around the upper and lower class structures in the late 1800's or early 1900's. I will post a full review later in the week. 

I am starting up work on our book again which is what I will most likely be working on this afternoon. 


Wednesday, 2 May 2001

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Another very wonderful weather day yesterday especially for being out on the links. Not too hot or cold and no wind. I played a fairly good round, Dad is still struggling with his game but keeps getting better. But, we had a good time taking a little over three hours to play eighteen holes. Dad and I always walked when we played up until the last few years when he started having trouble with his legs and back. He had one of those electric carts and I pulled my on a regular pull cart. Now that dad cannot manage walking the course I ride too. I get plenty of exercise in other ways. Mom had fixed lunch for us and I stayed and visited with them for a bit before heading back home.

I have been playing golf since I was twelve years old. Dad used to take me along to the course about the time I turned four or five. I used to pull his clubs, hold the flag, help look for lost balls, etc. Finally at age twelve dad made me take four lessons from the golf pro at the course we played before letting me play my first round, then bought me my first set of clubs and spiked shoes. I think I mentioned on my page a couple of weeks ago that back when I was in high school there were no girls golf teams here in high school. I did represent my high school in a state golf tournament my senior year and came in fifth. My dad wanted me to go to college to play and then try to turn pro but I always wanted to be librarian and go to Appalachian State in Boone, NC which was not a college that turned out pro female golfers. Dad honored my wishes without argument and I continued to play golf for fun as opposed to a career. I have played in tournaments over the years and I really don't like tournament golf.  When I was younger I always put so much pressure on myself thinking I had to hit every shot perfect, getting angry when I blew a good score on one hole, etc. Now that I am older and wiser ( I hope), I just out to have a good time and enjoy playing. I am playing some of my best golf ever right now and hitting the ball as well as I did when I was in my mid-twenties. I am fairly certain that once my dad can no longer play that I will put the clubs up for good. I do not have any friends that play golf and of course Bob does not play. 

I spent the remainder of the afternoon catching up on mail and diary pages. Bob spent all day getting the structure in place for our book that I was working on earlier in the year. As I told Bob yesterday, if he builds the house I can furnish it. He showed me the structure yesterday afternoon and after some modifications it is looking really, really good. I will start transferring the research I did in books and on the Web as text into the structure and we are finally getting under way full steam with this project. 

Off to the gym and grocery store this morning. This afternoon I need to mow the lawn so my day is pretty much planned. Hope you have a good.


Thursday, 3 May 2001

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Another beautiful day in the Carolinas. It is supposed to be in the 80's today. However, things are starting to get a little dry from lack of rain. Can't complain about the lovely blue skies and warm temperatures though.

Bob and I went out to the Rural Hall library yesterday afternoon and then stopped at the little diner to eat. After we walked the dogs I read until time to watch West Wing. For some reason I was really tired last night and as soon as we took the dogs out for the last time I went off to bed. 

This morning I am taking Malcolm with me over to Nancy's. I have to pick up the CBCR merchandise and banner for this weekend. More on that later this week. Nancy and I can visit while the dogs get some playtime. 

Sorry about the short post but not much going on to chatter about. 


Friday, 4 May 2001

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I worked all afternoon until time to fix an early dinner. Then headed off to the gym to do some weight work and spinning class. Back home by 7:30 I read and played with the dogs until time for ER at 10:00. 

I noticed on Bob's page this morning he mentions the fact that there is not really much factual information available on the Web. He has been doing some research for the poisons book. This fact is one of the hardest to get across when trying to recruit clients for research projects. Everyone things finding information on the Web is easy or that they can locate all the information they need on a particular topic. Good, detailed research often still requires going to the library and using books and periodicals to find information. Web searching also takes a certain amount of skill because of what is now called "the hidden web". Stuff that is out there but hard to track down. I am reading a lot of articles in library and information journals about this topic. Our AIIP conference was just held in New Orleans, which I did not attend, but they had a special session on how to find this information.

I started doing research for our book last year and found that the majority of the information we needed was in the books I reserved from the library on poisons, plants, etc. The majority of the information  I have compiled so far has come from books rather than information on the Internet.

Working at home this morning. After lunch I am going to the bank and the library. The book sale is next weekend and I need to move some more of that stuff out of the holding room. I want to get home at least by early afternoon so I can watch the second round of the golf tournament. 

The Busch race is on tonight under the lights from Richmond, VA. That is always a very good track to watch. The Winston Cup race will be on tomorrow night from the same track. I will have Bob tape it for me since I will be getting back from Asheville late.

I mentioned in my post for yesterday that I had to pick up the merchandise for CBCR. Tomorrow I am leaving around 7:30 to drive up to Asheville, NC for an all day rescue event. Duncan is going with me to keep me company. I will have a table to sell our t-shirts and BC stuff and talk to people about Border Collie rescue. We need to recruit more volunteers in the western portion of the state and hopefully will make some money too. As a bonus I get to see Fletch, who runs the South Carolina BC Rescue group which I also help out once in awhile. The event runs from 10:00 to 5:00, so I will be getting back from the mountains rather late. It will be a long day but these things are always a lot of fun.

No post for tomorrow. I will update everyone on Sunday as to how the day turned out.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by to read my pages. 




Saturday, 5 May 2001

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Sunday, 6 May 2001

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dutch-1.jpg (276604 bytes) A couple of pictures from the cookout at Frances's last Sunday.      barbara-1.jpg (238817 bytes)

Fun day yesterday. Duncan and I left Winston right around 7:00 a.m. We arrived in Asheville at 9:30 in plenty of time to get set up. Heidi, the event organizer put CBCR and PSBCR in the same corner of the pet supply store where the event was taking place. The larger rescue groups were set up outside with crates filled with puppies and older dogs that were up for adoption. They also had a rabies clinic, a grooming area, and the spay/neuter mobile van for people to tour. 

I got my table set up, shirts-1.jpg (264799 bytes)  with the shirts and note cards that we sell. Fletch arrived soon after with another PBSCR volunteer, Elizabeth, and two dogs in their rescue program. 

fletch-1.jpg (264201 bytes)  This is Fletch with Domino, the big BC with the white mane and Elizabeth's dog Mercy. Fletch was president of CBCR until last fall when he quit to form his own group in South Carolina. But, the two groups work very closely together. The rest of the day was spent talking to people walking by and answering question about border collies. Duncan greeted everybody and Fletch and Elizabeth had the two rescue dogs out and about to meet people. One of the advantages of this is just to socialize the dogs and get them used to being in crowds and around strangers. 

All the dogs including Duncan  duncan-rescue-day.jpg (186461 bytes) were very good. This is Duncan laying under the table being a good dog. He is not used to being on a leash all day or being in that large a public event. He handled himself very well. We started packing things up around five o'clock and Duncan and I headed on down the road. I stopped at a Wendy's outside Asheville to grab a chicken sandwich to eat in the car. We got home at 8:00, just in time for the start of the Winston Cup race from Richmond. 

I watched part of it on the couch and then moved to the bedroom to watch the end. Duncan went to bed very early, having had a long and exhausting day meeting people, getting petted, and riding in the car.  He was most definitely the good will ambassador of the breed yesterday.

Today is house cleaning day. With no race this afternoon I can take my time this morning getting things cleaned. I am going to work on the book this afternoon and catch up on some things from being gone all day yesterday. Meat loaf for dinner. 




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