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Week of 7 January 2002

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Monday, 7 January 2002

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The predicted ice storm fortunately did not materialize. Early in the day we had some ice forming on the trees and power lines but not on the ground. Late in the afternoon it warmed up enough to melt the what had formed on the tree limbs. We had a cold rainy but otherwise uneventful day. Other than the possibility of a few flurries this afternoon the winter weather is out of here for this week anyway.

Guess I will have to wait until later in the week to see if the sun/warmer temperatures melt what is on the ground enough for us to play golf on Thursday. I bought dad a new golf club to try and I know he is wanting to get out and try it.

After spending most of the morning and part of the afternoon scrubbing down kitchen walls and cabinets I was tired of that activity. I spent another hour or so cleaning out the kitchen cabinets on one side of the sink and washing the wine/beverage glasses that I keep on the top shelf. I also collected a big box of stuff for Goodwill. Today, I will do the cabinets on the other side of the kitchen. 

I still need to scrub down the walls in the foyer and hall but I think I will give my hands/wrists a rest and do it later this week. This morning I will head off to the gym and then back home. 

Last night I started a new mystery by an author Bob and I have just started reading, Jill Churchill. I am reading the first in her Jane Jeffry series, Grime and Punishment. The main character, Jane Jeffry is a widow with three children living in a modest neighborhood. Churchill is funny and light much like D. R. Meredith. 

Now that the New Year is officially underway I imagine many of you are back at work full time starting today. I hope everyone's New Year gets off to a good start.



Tuesday, 8 January 2002

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I went to bed early last night, around 9:45 and read until I finished the Jill Churchill around eleven. I will see if the library has more of hers to reserve for Bob and I both to read. I think Bob said she has recently launched a new series.

This morning I am off to SciWorks. It has been weeks since I was able to go out and work on the library project and I have missed it. 

The weather is improving with temperatures to be in the 40's today. Most of the snow has melted except in shady spots. Tonight I start a new class at the gym, Body Pump. Should be interesting. I will let you know tomorrow how it goes.

Not much news otherwise. The dogs are doing fine. Duncan still has two bad places on his back that are slow to heal. I will call the vet later this week to take him out for them to check to see how they think it is doing. 



Wednesday, 9 January 2002

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Well, my first Body Pump class was really great. We are very lucky that the local gym owner has gone to the trouble to get this program into our gym. The instructors for the class have been training for two months to get ready for out classes to start. I really, really enjoyed it. For one thing I have never been very comfortable working in the free weight section of the gym. I pretty much stick to the aerobics equipment and the Cybex machines. Other than Spinning and the Buns & Thighs classes I have not had much of a diversity in my workout routines. One of the reason so many people start an exercise program and give it up is boredom/lack of results. They get so routine oriented that the body gets used to the workout and stops changing shape. 

Starting next week the gym will be offering the Body Pump class in the morning which is better for me. I will do it once a week or so and mix it in with my spinning and other aerobics work.

When I got home from SciWorks yesterday afternoon Bob met me downstairs to tell me we were going up to Bullington that night. I told him it would be close to 8 pm by the time I got back from the gym but he said that was not a problem. One of the other club members, Paul, got a new scope and just wanted to go up and try it out. Bonnie was also going up and would not be able to leave until 7:30 herself. 

So, when I got home from the gym Bob had the dogs settled and everything ready to go but the tea made. I helped him make the hot tea for the thermos and then changed into a dry shirt and dried my hair a little. We took off about 8:15. The viewing was great for deep sky stuff. We tried out my new eye piece I got for Christmas and it was terrific. Actually by the time we got up there a lot of the stuff we wanted to see was actually too far over head. When that happens it is actually hard to get the scope on an object without having the practically stand on your head or see it.

We stayed for about an hour and a half; then everyone was getting cold or had seen all they wanted to see. Still, it was nice to get out under the stars for the first time in a long time and just do some viewing of the planets under semi dark conditions.

This morning I am off to the gym to do a light aerobic workout to work the muscles I used last night. Then, I had several errands to run while I am out. This afternoon we need to get caught up on the Buffy shows we taped last night. Bob has been watching the reruns of the show from the beginning that run from 6 to 8 five nights a week and then last night was a new episode of this season. Plus I taped NYPD to watch also. Tonight I have to make a quick drive over to a home in Winston that we placed a dog with right before the holidays. I have not been able to get over to sign the paperwork and get my crate back from them. I want to get back before West Wing comes on at 9.

It is to be warm today, mid-forties and even warmer tomorrow. Hopefully most of the snow will melt away today and dad and I can play golf tomorrow.



Thursday, 10 January 2002

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Well yesterday was one of those routine, not very exciting news day. I did go my the sports store and pick up my new tennis shoes that I ordered for Lenore to give me for my birthday. No Marcia, this pair does not add to my total count. I am discarding my current yard shoes and rotating the oldest pair of my everyday to yard shoes. 

For readers who may be new to my journal pages, last year we had a contest among the Netwidows to see who owned the most shoes. Marcia won hands down as befitting the award page on Lynne's site, who if I am not mistaken came in second. I was one of the ones in the loosing category with counts equal to or less than twenty pair with a total count of fifteen I think. Of those, three are tennis shoes, two are hiking boots, and one is a pair of golf shoes. I just hope we don't hold a start a t-shirt count contest or I could very well win that one. Not a wet t-shirt contest, a "how many do you have" contest just to clarify matters here.

Bob and I watched the two old Buffy shows after I took my shower when I got home from running my errands. Than we watched the new episode from this year while we ate dinner. I fixed pasta salad and grilled steaks. 

This morning I am off to play golf with my dad. The course we regularly play said to call them in the morning to see if they will be able to open up. The other little executive course we play has nine holes open today and said they most likely will have all 18 open by tomorrow. Either way we have a place to at least play and get some practice after well over a month since I have had a stick in my hand.

This afternoon I am going over to the library to get some postcards mailed out for out annual meeting at the end of the month and see if I can do a little work with the gift books while I am there. I have not touched those for about a month either. After I finish at the library I am picking Bob up at home to go out to the little cafe to have dinner.


Friday, 11 January 2002

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It was nice to get out and play golf yesterday. It turned warm enough to be in shirt sleeves. The course we normally play was open but they only had sixteen holes playable. After we finished we picked up lunch to take home and eat with my mom. It was the first time I have had a chance to visit with them since Christmas.

It did not get home until after two. By the time I checked my mail and did a couple of things it was time for me to leave to go to the library. When I got there the mailing labels had not been dropped off by another Friends member to go on the post cards. I called him and he was having printer problems. He said he would have them ready by Saturday. Which is fine. I can swing by and pick them up tomorrow and then put them on while I watch TV. Instead, I was able to get the gift book backlog caught up and visit with the library staff a little.

This morning I am off to the gym, grocery store, and pet store. Not sure what lies in store for the afternoon. I hope everyone had a great weekend.


Saturday, 12 January 2002

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Boy did I get a lot of stuff done yesterday. It was one of those days where I just spent the entire afternoon doing little odd jobs that needed taken care of. Plus, I brushed the dogs and cleaned their teeth. I reorganized and labeled several files in my filing cabinet that needed attention, finished up the 2001 banking stuff and set up 2002 registers, and filed away some pictures and stuff that needed put into albums. All in all a very productive day if I do say so myself.

Last night I started a new book. I decided to take a break from fiction and read one of the books I picked up on the Light House tour this past summer. The one I am currently reading is about the history of Ocracoke Island by Carl Goerch. This is a reprint of a work written in the late 1950's by a man who lived on the Island and fell in love with his surroundings. The book is comprised of short chapters covering the various aspects of nature, people, and the basics of living on a relatively secluded island. 

This morning I am going to continue my house cleaning chores by scrubbing down the walls in the hall and foyer. This is no easy task and will take most of the morning/day.

Speaking of lighthouses. My dad bought me a jigsaw puzzle of all seven of the NC Light Houses. I am going to set up my puzzle working table in the den today and get started on that. If you are new to my journal pages I love to work jigsaws. I will usually get hooked and work several in a row than take a long break because of lack of time, etc. Winter is the best time for me to work on them because I do not have the yard work although I usually work on them mostly in the evening hours. I can't wait to start this one.

Tonight is a club observation night but I think it is to be cloudy weather. Some forecasts call for rain others just clouds. 


Sunday, 13 January 2002

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Great Saturday. It only took me a couple of hours to scrub down the walls yesterday morning allowing me to spend the afternoon doing other stuff. The hall and foyer walls are divided by a chair rail. The paint above the chair rail is in good shape but below it is not. I think I may repaint the lower portion and the trim this spring. After I took a shower I fixed lunch. While I was cruising around the TV I happened upon a movie on the Hallmark Channel that was filmed in Scotland, The Princess Stallion. I decided to sit and watch it before heading over to the library to pick up the mailing labels and some reserve books that came in for us. 

After I got back from the library I sat down and stuck on labels and stamps to the cards and then started working on laying out my puzzle pieces. It takes a long time to sort 1000 pieces but I did get finished before time to start dinner. After dinner I got to work on the border almost finishing it before it was time to walk the dogs for last time. Then I went to bed to read awhile.

This morning is house cleaning as usual. This afternoon I need to pay bills and work on some things at my desk. And of course work on the puzzle. 




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