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Week of 11 October 2004

Latest Update: Sunday, 176 October 2004 4:45 p.m.

Monday, 11 October 2004

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Bob worked with me all weekend to get my Vermont travel page up on my web site. Needless to say it has been quit a struggle. I am open to learning new software and processes. But when I am not able to manage my sites and do things with them I would like to do I get very frustrated. Not only does it waste my time, I am wasting Bob's time, which he does not have.

I hope you enjoy the pictures. As I said, we had a great time. I would love to go back to northern Vermont again and spend some more time in the area  revisiting some of the places we saw on the trip.

Tonight I got back on my gym schedule with the 5:30 step class. I need to get my mail checked after which the dogs need some additional medical attention. We are still dealing with the itchiness problem with both dogs. I will put some more cream on to relieve the symptoms. Hopefully, once we get the first frost a lot of their problems will clear up.

Last night I started the next book in the Em Hanson series, An Eye for Gold. Em has returned to the Salt Lake City to continue her relationship with Ray a local law enforcement agent. While visiting, she gets talked into helping the FBI solve a gold mining scam where a local biologist has turned up dead.


Tuesday, 12 October 2004

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Short on news tonight. I did the weekly shopping run, fixed dinner, and accomplished some stuff on the computer.

My sister is having out patient surgery tomorrow and I want to wish her well. My folks and Al will be with her at the new at the hospital. They will call me at work with updates.

Guess that about wraps things up for this evening.


Wednesday, 13 October 2004

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Frances is home and doing well. Al called me at work around noon to let me know they were home. Mom just called me a few minutes ago, 7:45pm to let me know they were now home. I had just come back in myself from the gym and just started checking my e-mail.

They spent the day at her house helping Al with lunch and dinner and other assorted chores that needed taken care of. Mom said the doctors seemed to be pleased with the results. She will be out of work again tomorrow.

I am using publishing software tonight, Nvu. Bob said it is much more user friendly than Composer. So far, it seems to work fine. It looks just like Composer but hopefully will be less obnoxious when I need to update and/or work on new pages.

We had a cold front start coming through this afternoon. It rained off and on most of the day but not a lot a one time. I think it is to turn rather chilly by the weekend. Let's hope we get some clear skies with the cooler weather to be able to do some observing.

I will not be posting tomorrow night. I have Friends meeting followed by dinner with Betsy and Nancy.


Thursday, 14 October 2004

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No update!


Friday, 15 October 2004

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Happy Friday. I had e-mail from Frances this morning. She said she was moving slow but feeling better. She did go into work since her job, like mine, is sitting in front of a computer all day.

We had a nice time at Macaroni Grill last night catching up on all our news, etc. It was almost 8:30 by the time I got home. After rounding up the weekly trash and recycling I spend a little time playing with the dogs before heading off to bed. I am still reading the Em Hansen mystery.

It turned chilly and windy today. A cold front started coming through this afternoon, thus the windy conditions. I think we are to see lows back down into the 40's again with highs only in the 60's for the weekend. We had a little rain overnight. Although the skies are fairly clear the conditions are not good for an observing session tonight.

I hope you have a great weekend.


Saturday, 16 October 2004

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Last night we watched the first of two parts of a new P.D. James mystery, Death in Holy Orders. Actually, I was watching, Bob did not like it all that much. Roy Marsden used to play Commander Adam Dalgliesh in the earlier episodes of James' novels. He has been replaced by Martin Shaw. I thought Shaw did a pretty good job. As with any series, it is hard to see a favorite character replaced by someone else. For example I could not see anyone playing Inspector Morse except for John Thaw. The show has an excellent cast including Robert Hardy, one our favorites from the Herriot shows.

The the time part I was over around 8:50 I was feeling too tired and sleepy to stay up and watch part two. Instead, what did I do. Go to bed early and ended up staying up until 11:45 finishing up the Em Hansen mystery. Sara Andrews is an excellent writer. An Eye For Gold did not get very good reviews from some readers on Amazon. She got a lot of criticism for too much detail on the gold mining process and industry. However, I always enjoy learning about something I know very little about. Earlier this year I had read a book about diamond mining in Russia and found it to equally as interesting.

Andrews main character, Em, is a strong character with a lot of interesting personality quirks. Now in her early 30's in the series, Em is trying to decided what she wants to be when she grows up. The oil industry has not been very stable for her in the employment line, she loves solving crimes using her geologist training, and she likes to do things her own way. Her love interest, Ray, is a Mormon. These factors are creating a lot of conflict in her life that Andrews gets Em a little closer to solving in each book.

This morning I was up around 7:40, read the paper, ate breakfast, and left for the gym for 9:00 am spinning class. Back home, I brushed the dogs then did the house cleaning. It is very windy and cool today. The forecast for tonight looks possible for some observing so I decided to hold off doing the yard stuff until tomorrow. If we do go out I don't want to be totally exhausted which I would be. Not only do I need to mow but first I have to fire up the vacuum and get the leaves up as well as edge, etc. Bob also has to do the gutters.

After lunch I played catch up with mail then took the dogs down to play with Emma for awhile. Guess I better get my shower in case we do decided to go out tonight.


Sunday, 17 October 2004

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We did go up to Bullington last night. As it turns out FAS was also holding their annual picnic at the site then have an observing session for all those who wished to stay and do so. We went up early to get a good spot on the cement pad we use. It was windy up there with gusts up to 35 mph. That combined with the temperatures in the 50's made it a little chilly.

The weather looked perfect before the sun set. A few clouds moved in just after it started getting dark then it cleared off. About two hours later some clouds started moving back in. We decided to go ahead and pack up to come home rather than wait to see if the skies would clear back up again.

Today was a beautiful day with clear blue skies and just a little breeze. When dad and I teed off at 7:30 it was fairly chilly but quickly warmed up once the sun rose up over the tree line.

It took about 2 hours in the yard to get the leaves vacuumed and the lawn edged and mowed. After a quick shower I sat down to read the paper. Left over pizza for dinner and watching part II of Death in Holy Orders is about the extent of what I intend to do for the remainder of the afternoon and evening.


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