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Week of 22 October 2001

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Monday, 22 October 2001

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We had a rather exciting event happen yesterday afternoon. After I finished cleaning the house I fixed lunch and sat down to watch some of the shows that we taped last week.  We got behind with me being gone Thursday and Friday and then up at Bullington Saturday night.

The race did not start until 1:15 so we had time to watch Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Just as we were almost finished watching Buffy, the dogs started pestering to go out. We stopped the tape and Bob and I took the guys out. I had Malcolm on the leash as usual and Duncan was loose. Just as Malcolm and I got to the street I heard Bob yell "he got it!" I turned just in time to see Duncan grabbing a squirrel and shaking it to death in the next door neighbor's yard.

When Bob yelled Duncan had already caught it once and then let it go. I was seeing him after he caught it second time. I yelled for Bob to call Duncan back. I quickly put Malcolm on the tie out and called Duncan over to see if he was all right. The reason Duncan let him go the first time is the squirrel bit him just above the lip on his snout.

I took Duncan inside and flushed the bite with peroxide while Bob went to get the shovel from the basement to retrieve the squirrel. I think the squirrel just made a tactical blunder and came down the tree not aware that Duncan was there. I was concerned that the squirrel was sick or had rabies and that was what allowed Duncan to get him.

It took a while before I could get the bleeding to stop but when it did I put Neosporin on the wound. In the meantime Bob put a call in to our vet friend Sue to see if we needed to be concerned about the bite. She said squirrels hardly ever carry rabies and that he should be fine. The only reason I am concerned is Bob and I are going away the end of the week and I will not be here to watch him in case he develops and infection or side effects from the bite.

This morning I will call the vet and check to see if I need to take him in for a booster shot. He is current on all his vaccinations so he should be fine.

After all that excitement I decided to watch the race and we could finish watching Buffy with dinner. Of course with the long trip Friday and the late night Saturday I made it until about three o'clock before I fell asleep. I slept for about an hour, waking up just in time to see the last 82 laps of the race and of course the "big one" that always happens at restrictor plate races. Sixteen cars with less than half a lap to the finish. 

Bob napped until five o'clock when I went in to wake him so I could start dinner. We finished watching Buffy than after we walked the dogs I watched ER and Once and Again from Thursday and Friday night to get caught up. By the time I finished watching those shows I had enough time to catch up on mail and walk the dogs before Practice came on at ten.

Bob is off to the dentist this morning for his regular six month cleaning. I will stick around until he gets back since he needs my truck. We don't like to drive Astro-truck around town for general purposes unless necessary. While I wait on him to return I will tackle my office and my desk again. When he returns I will head off to the gym and I need to run by the library and check on the gift book situation.

 

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Tuesday, 23 October 2001

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The weather went from fall back to summer with temperatures yesterday reaching almost 80 degrees. Today is to be much the same with it turning colder by the end of the week. I am hoping this warm weather will encourage the grass to grow in those reseeded spots. After I returned yesterday from working a couple of hours at the library, I watered those areas again.

Our PBS television station has finally started running the five part series, The Cazalets. Several years ago I read this excellent series, written by Elizabeth Jane Howard. A while back I recommended the series to Lynne Walder. Early this year she told me PBS had created a film version which has already aired in Britain. I have been anxiously awaiting it to appear on United States television. I think I will tape all the episodes and save them to watch at one time.

If you have not read this series I highly recommend the books. It is somewhat like Upstairs/Downstairs which aired on Masterpiece back in the 1970's and 80's. Speaking of books. I am reading the funniest "living in the country" book. Many of you know I love to read books about people who go off to live in the country. It Takes a Village Idiot by Jim Mullen is hilarious. He and his wife, Sue,  live in New York City. Sue has decided she wants to find a weekend house in upstate New York. Jim is a city boy who thrives on the fast pace hectic city life of the city. This guy is politically non-correct, speaks his mind, and describes situations that will have you laughing so hard you can't see to read. If salty language offends you, you will want to skip this one. But, if you can ignore the language, I highly recommend this one for a good chuckle.

I am off to SciWorks for a couple of hours this morning. I also need to go by the post office to get stamps. Home this afternoon to get caught up on some work at my desk. Early dinner so I can go to gym class.

 

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Wednesday, 24 October 2001

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There are places on my lawn that you actually cannot see grass for the leaves laying on top like a carpet. Today Bob will blow out the gutters and I will try to get some of those leaves off the grass. 

Gym class was good last night. 45 minutes of buns and thighs followed by an hour of bike riding in Spinning. I really don't have time to go to the gym this morning but after last nights workout I do not feel guilty.

First off the grocery store. Then I am headed over to the other side of town for a couple of shopping errands and then have lunch with my folks. 

It will take most of the afternoon to get up the leaves so Bob and I will have our usual Wednesday night library and dinner out routine. 

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Thursday, 25 October 2001

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Yesterday afternoon when I got back from visiting my folks, Bob very nicely helped me with the leaves. After blowing out the gutters he started on the front yard while I used my dad's old mulching mower on the ones in the back. After I finished the back I took the blower and finished up the right side of the front yard that Bob had started and pushed all the leaves to the curb.

By this time the wind had picked up and blowing the leaves was virtually impossible. Every time I moved a pile forward a big gust of wind would come along and blow them back in my face. I settled for getting the ones on the left side of the lawn blown up under the maple tree and left it at that.

An hour or so later when we walked the dogs before leaving for dinner the yard and the gutters looked like they had not been touched. Over night we had a light sprinkle of rain and the yard is now completely covered with leaves again. By the time we get back home Sunday I am hoping most of them will be down.

Bob and I are off to the Cape Fear Crime Festival in Wilmington, NC.  His brother is coming to take care of the home front. It should be a lot of fun. We are leaving mid-morning around 10:30 or so. It takes a little over 4 hours to drive down.

No post again until Monday. I hope everyone has a great fall weekend. Looks like our friends in the mid-west got their first snowfall for the year already. 

 

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Friday, 26 October 2001

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In Wilmington, NC for Crime Festival

 

 

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Saturday, 27 October 2001

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In Wilmington, NC for Crime Festival

 

 

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Sunday, 28 October 2001

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Returning home sometime this afternoon from Wilmington, NC

 

 

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