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Week of 8 October 2001

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Monday, 8 October 2001

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Frost on the pumpkins this morning. Well, we don't have pumpkins but we did have a light frost. Another frost warning for tonight as well. We did go up to Bullington last night. I turned out to be just Bob and I. Bonnie's dog was sick and Nancy and Jeff had too much going on. But, we had a good time. Observed some deep sky stuff with both scopes and binoculars. Looked at Jupiter and Uranus which are very small but impressive that at least you can see them.

The Pleiades came up very nice. We decided to pack it in around 10:30 as clouds were moving in. Saturn came up over the mountain just as we were packing things up and as we pulled out of the driveway of the viewing site the moon came rising up over the hill in all its orange splendor. 

By the time we got home, took care of dogs and mom it was well onto midnight by the time we got to bed.

I am staying home today. My to-do list is longer than the number of hours in the day but I shall get as much done as I can. There is laundry to finish from yesterday, sheets and towels from Natalie's stay, the basement to finish, lawn to mow, on and on.

Other than normal weekly routines and a few small special things, this week is not as packed as it was last week. 

And, keep in mind our service men and women fighting for our freedom from terrorism. As we began the bombing campaign yesterday I fear it will be a long process for the world to rid itself of terrorists activities. The race from Charlotte was moved from NBC to TNT yesterday afternoon. I flipped back and forth between it and the bombing news.  


Tuesday, 9 October 2001

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I did several loads of laundry, mowed the lawn, and caught up on some CBCR and other e-mail stuff yesterday. So, I shall officially declare the day a success. I took a break before time to start dinner to watch The Practice which we taped Sunday night. We had leftover Chinese for dinner than I spent a little more time at the computer before heading to the den to spend the evening reading. 

This morning I need to take care of some banking account business for CBCR than go on out to SciWorks for awhile. I plan to be home by midday to help Bob build his new computer this afternoon. Early dinner tonight so I can make exercise/spinning classes.

Have a great day wherever you are. And thanks again for stopping by to visit.


Wednesday, 10 October 2001

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Change of plans. After I returned home from SciWorks Bob mentioned we needed some things from the grocery store. I also remembered I needed to run by the golf store and pick up a replacement clip they ordered for Dad's ball retriever. We decided since I had planned to stay home today and get some work done we would build Bob's new PC today.

I spend late afternoon working on e-mail and reading web sites and organizing some paperwork on my desk until dinner time. I did make gym class last night, then spent the evening finishing my book. I mentioned last week I was reading  A Second Legacy by Joanna Trollope writing as Caroline Harvey. I have never read her books under either name but have watched several of her novels as Joanna Trollope adapted for Masterpiece Theater. I found A Second Legacy to be well written and absorbing. It takes place in Scotland, London, Cornwall, and Afghanistan. The first half of the book is narrated by Alexa Langley, who despite her parents opinions makes a name for herself when she inherits an old castle in Scotland. The second half of the novel is narrated by her daughter Carly, who is given a copy of an old diary written by her grandmother who had visited Afghanistan and fallen in love back in 1890. The current setting of the book is from the early sixties to 1989 after the Russian/Afghanistan war. 

This morning we are taking the white truck out to Tim's for an oil change and inspection. Then back home to work on building Bob's new computer. I have bills to pay and odds and end projects I will work on also.  

It is still very cool and clear blue skies which translates into lovely fall weather here in the Carolina's.   


Thursday, 11 October 2001

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Very productive day. Upon returning from dropping off the truck we got started on building Bob's PC right away. I posed for hand shots for several hours taking breaks while Bob downloaded pictures to his PC. Between modeling shots, I worked on paying bills, organizing files, etc at my desk.

We took a break for lunch and I did a few things downstairs. I did not finish reorganizing the boxes and finished room because of all the astronomy gear on the floor removed from the truck before it went off to the shop. Instead I hauled out two bags of trash and some card board boxes to the curb for Friday's garbage pickup.

While Bob took a nap I worked at my desk. After he woke up around 3 we went out pick up the truck. He drove mine back with the dogs and I drove his making stops along the way home.

First I stopped at the farm and garden store and ordered three front loader scoops of dirt, 25lbs of seed, and another bag of 10-10-10. I need to redo the entire section of the yard that was torn up last spring for the sewer connection and fix a couple of other places that died this year due to the drought. Then I made a quick stop at the post office and the gas station to gas up the truck.

By the time I got home and put on my yard shoes the guy was here with the dirt. I don't know how to estimate tons or yardage or anything but it was a pretty good size pile of dirt. After he unloaded it where I wanted it I quickly cam back inside, fixed the meat loaf, popped it into the oven and headed back outside to start moving dirt.

I managed to move about half the pile before I needed to stop and come in to take a shower and finish dinner preparations. Bob fixed the instant mashed potatoes and I put the sauce on meatloaf top to cook another ten minutes. We watched the tape during and after dinner of Angel/Buffy from Monday and Tuesday nights. 

I also started a new mystery, Murder With Puffins. More on that later after I am into it but so far it is very enjoyable. 

Of course it is Thursday morning and I wrote this post last night. Dad and I are playing golf this morning. This afternoon I need to try to finish moving the dirt and getting the seeding done. I have Friends of the Library meeting at 4:30 and then Betsy and I are going out to Nancy's house in Clemmons for dinner. Should be a nice relaxing evening.


Friday, 12 October 2001

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Wish I had thought about taking a picture of my pile of dirt the first day it arrived and then taking one each day after I have finished moving it around. Yes, I know boring. I am almost finished moving dirt. I spent several hours yesterday moving wheel barrow loads around to the back to fill in several areas. I have made an interesting discovery about dirt. I shovel dirt into the wheel barrow until it is about three fourths of the way full. Wheel it to the place I want to dump it either to spread around a bare spot or fill an area that is low. I dump the wheel barrow out and the pile resembles a small bucket full of sand poured on the Sahara desert. Very painstaking work.

I replanted a couple of rose bushes to see if they will do better in a different spot. I filled in that area to reseed back to lawn. Most of what is left to do is smoothing out the remaining pile of dirt where is lies and doing the seeding. 

Nancy fixed a very nice meal of Betsy and I for dinner last night. Salad, penne pasta in a sauce, and bread. She made a delicious apple/spice cake for dessert. We sat around talking and enjoying each other's company until about 9:30. Lovely evening.

I got home just after ten. ER was taping so I spent the time before bed playing with the dogs and giving them some much needed attention.

This morning I am going out to SciWorks to get a couple of hours work done on processing books. Then errands; drugstore, bank, and pet supply store for dog food.

This afternoon Bob needs my hands for PC building pictures. 

I hope you have a good weekend.  United States is playing India in Davis Cup Tennis here is Winston-Salem this weekend.



Saturday, 13 October 2001

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Bob and I have almost finished putting together his new PC. We did pictures for several hours yesterday afternoon until dinner time. This morning we will finish the last few steps and Bob can began installing software. 

After another rather long and busy week I spent the evening reading until time for my ten o'clock show. Then off to bed.

Today, I am going to finish moving the remaining dirt and get those areas seeded and fertilized. 

I am reading a mystery, Murder With Puffins by Donna Andrews which takes place on a small island off the coast of Maine. Andrews is very witty giving her characters unusual personalities. If you enjoy light, easy reading mysteries I recommend this one. I have not read her others but I have reserved them at the library. She has a new one just published, Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingos. Her first book was titled Murder with Peacocks. Yes, if you see a pattern here it appears she is adopting a recurring theme of birds. 


Sunday, 14 October 2001

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Happy Birthday Winnie the Pooh. Yes, it is a little known fact that I love Winnie the Pooh. Not the Disney Pooh, the real A. A. Milne version of Pooh with Ernest H. Shepard's illustrations. I have several copies of the individual stories, two three stuffed Pooh Bears, and several other things. I feel in love with him long before he became so popular with the masses. When I worked as branch head at Reynolda Library, the children's librarian ran the feature length films of the Pooh stories in the library during story hours. I could listen to the dialog of the various characters over and over again and never tire of hearing it. While in library school we saw a film of how Milne and Shepard came together to create the books and the illustrations.

Bit of a late post today. Bob and I made a run to Lowe's Hardware this morning to pick up a variety of household needs. Last week the mailbox on the house took a tumble off the wall and bent/broke the corner however it needed replaced anyway. I destroyed the cap on the clean out pipe for the connection to the street with the lawn mower the week before. Lenore needed some paint/craft stuff and Bob wanted to pick up another case for the astronomy stuff.

Yesterday I finished moving the dirt, seeded and fertilized the areas, and watered them down a little. I spent the remainder of the afternoon working on a huge pile of stuff on my desk and getting some paperwork organized for Lenore. At least it was sitting down work as I was very tired. 

Last night we watched the movie Gladiator. I would give it two stars. The soundtrack was very good and the acting was superb.  The story languishes a little and according to those who know Greek and Roman history better than I do, they butchered the facts pretty bad.

Lots of things to do today. I have not even started cleaning house. The vacuuming has to be done to get up the dog hair and leaves tracked in by us and the dogs. Bob has agreed to do the bathrooms and then we need to reload astro-truck after we give it a good cleaning.

Nice, cool rainy day today. With the Winston Cup race in Martinsville, VA it may get rained out. This system is moving south to north and  will hang around most of the afternoon. They may have to wait and run it tonight.

Guess I better get started. 



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