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Week of 9 February 2004

Latest Update: Sunday, 15 February 2004 18:42

Monday, 9 February 2004

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Monday, what can I say? I have shifted my work schedule by half an hour for Bob. I was getting up at 6 which had me out of the shower and reading the paper by 6:30. Bob sometimes woke up when I came out of the shower and other times slept in until 7. He goes to bed much later than I do but I very rarely sleep all night.

If I get up at 6:30 it gets me out of the shower around 6:45 which is about Bob's getting up time anyway. It just makes me a little later getting home in the afternoon, 3:45 instead of 3:15 unless I have errands to run. 

I finished up the fifth book in the Stephanie Plum series. Next up, another review book. More on that tomorrow night. I have been to the gym. Time to play some ball with the dogs and get some reading in before bedtime.



Tuesday, 10 February 2004

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Dad went to the doctor this morning for the first time since the surgery. They took out the staples and basically want him to walk a lot and stretch out the knee to get the swelling down. He still cannot drive and will be going to PT at least once or twice a week for awhile. 

I am reading a review book for Mystery Morgue, Mary Saum, The Valley of the Jewels. This is the second book in her series starring PI Willi Taft who is also a musician, backup singer, and visiting professor at a small college in Mississippi. Her character attended the same college I did for graduate school, George Peabody College. The book starts out pretty good. A local historian and Civil War buff who also teaches at the college is murdered during a Civil War reenactment. At this point in the book Willi has started trying to track down the murderer through the use of journals and letters the professor was studying at the time of his death.

I have been to the gym. Time to play with the dogs. 


Wednesday, 11 February 2004

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Not much in the way of news other than the weather. We are forecasted to get some snow  tonight and tomorrow anywhere from 2 to 5 inches depending on who you believe and where you live.

Unfortunately that meant I had to fight the crowds at the grocery store today for my usual weekly shopping. If the south, when the "S" word gets mentioned people flock to the store. The local weather folks have been know to predict a winter storm in terms of it being a one, two, or three loaf storm. Milk, eggs, and bread tend to fly off the shelves. When I got there at 4 the shelves were still fairly well stocked though the bread was getting a little low.

We went the library and then the Chinese restaurant for dinner after getting the groceries unloaded and put away. Guess I will wrap things up for now. 



Thursday, 12 February 2004

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No show, snow. Other than the rain/snow that was falling when I left for work this morning at 6:45 that was the only white stuff we saw in the Triad. The surrounding counties got anywhere from 2-6 inches but here we just got rain. A quick warm front overran the moisture and turned it into rain in our county and the next one east of us. Then, down toward the middle of the state further east they got snow. 

I took dad for his first PT appointment this afternoon at the rehab center. They mostly talked to him today and did the measuring stuff to see how far he could bend and straighten his leg and to watch him walk. The new therapist, like the home health ones are in awe as to how well dad is doing for his age. He starts machine and bike work next week going full throttle for four weeks until his next doctor appointment. He can go out anywhere as long as he is careful walking and takes his cane for extra support and to make sure other people are careful walking around him.

After his appointment we went around the corner to one of my favorite little restaurants, Bear Rock, for a light dinner of soup and salad then on home. He did very well out and about. 

I finished up the review book, The Valley of Jewels by Saums and started number six in the Stephanie Plum series, Hot Six. I like the first three the best. Four and Five were okay but I can tell I am going to love six. Stephanie has to baby sit a big golden retriever named Bob who acts a lot like Malcolm. Grandma Mazur has run away from home and moved in with Stephanie and she is being menaced by a maniacal court date jumper. 



Friday, 13 February 2004

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It has been a busy week between work and helping out the folks. I left work this afternoon, picked mom up, and dropped her off at the beauty shop. Back at dads, I went outside with him to get in a few laps and some fresh air. He walked up and down his driveway, which is fairly steep, back up the back sidewalk and across the flat part of the yard. He is doing really well walking after only a little over three weeks. We picked mom up then went to a nearby Mexican restaurant for dinner. I dropped them off back home getting home myself at 6:30.

Other than checking my mail and getting this post up, I have no plans for the evening except to read and relax.

I hope you have a great weekend. 


Saturday, 14 February 2004

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Happy Valentine's Day. We have nothing special on the agenda for this evening in relation to the holiday. We invited Mary to come over for dinner to tonight since Paul is still out of town taking care of his dad who just had surgery last week. We are having salad, red potatoes boiled in their jackets, and veggie burgers. Another new venture in the Thompson household to replace hamburger in our menus.

This morning I was off to gym for the 9 am cardio combo class then it was back home for a quick shower. I had a CBCR board meeting at 11 here in Winston. We only meet once a year to discuss policy issues, problems, etc. We did a "meet and eat" with everyone bringing something to share. 

I took the guys outside for a short play session when I got back home then intended to get some work done. Instead, I took a short nap before it was time to start getting dinner preparations under way.

Last night I finished up number six in the Stephanie Plum series and started the third book in the Kate Ellis mysteries set in South Devon, England. I highly recommend these little books, they are very short, if you enjoy a good British mystery. They are well written, set in modern day, though the plot always features a link to the past through the findings of bones during an archeological dig while at the same time solving a current day murder. I am reading The Bone Garden which unfortunately is the last book in her series that has been published in the United States. She has three more in the series that have not made it over here.



Sunday, 15 February 2004

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Winter time has returned to the Piedmont in the form of sleet and snow. After intermittent showers of sleet snow from around 8:30 this morning until mid afternoon the precipitation has been falling continuously the rest of the day. At one point the wind was blowing so hard it was actually snowing sideways. I had the guys out about 3:45 and it was pretty nasty with the wind and snow blowing in my face. I think the worst of it is to move out of here by midnight with the temperatures plummeting into the low 20's. 

This morning was the usual chore: house cleaning for me and laundry for Bob. Today was opening day so to speak for the racing season with the Daytona 500. The championship is now called the Nextel Cup after buying out the series from RJ Reynolds.  I spent the afternoon doing my usual when there is a race...watching the race, napping, and reading.

Duncan is snoring away under my desk while Malcolm is laying just outside my door on the other side of the baby gate waiting patiently for me to come out and play some ball. 



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