||Barbara Fritchman Thompson Diary
Week of 22
Latest Update: Sunday, November, 28 2004 2:09
Monday, 22 November
of my readers pointed out a link from one of my diary pages was not
working. Before I left for Savannah I finally put my bulbs in the
ground I ordered from Dutch
Since the bulbs will not be coming up until next spring I just linked
to their web site so you would know what I planted. I will post
next spring if they come up.
I did make it to the 5:30 step class tonight. I have much to do so
best get to it.
Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.
Tuesday, 23 November
If you tried the Dutch Garden link last night, it still did not work.
Bob fixed it for me today. I promise it will work this time. Also, I
was so tired last night my fingers and my brain did not work well
together which my sister pointed out to me. I fixed those too.
Last night I finished up the Sarah Shaber. As I mentioned
earlier, it is mainly set in Boone. I recognized all the real places
she talks about in the book. It brought back some very fond memories.
Wednesday, 24 November 2004
Thursday, 25 November
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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone here in the
United States. After almost and inch of rain over the last several days
the weather finally broke. It is very cool and windy with the cold
front moving in tonight. Temperatures should be back down to the more
normal mid to low 30's by tomorrow morning.
The dogs and I just came back from going down to wish Steve, Mimi,
Shane, and Emma a Happy Thanksgiving with a little playtime.
I hope you enjoy your day whatever you may be doing with family or
Friday, 26 November 2004
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Saturday, 27 November
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Well, it is officially the start of the
Christmas/Holiday Season. My favorite time of the year. I love the
smells, music, and all the other wonderful things that go along with
the Season. I have almost all of my shopping done.
This afternoon I went over to the tree lot and picked up my tree. When
I got home Bob helped me get it in the tree stand and hauled into the
not go to the gym this morning for two reasons. One, we can now reveal
the truth, Marcia and Brian were here visiting for the weekend and they
were leaving this morning to head back home.
The second reason I did not got to the gym was the fact that I would
get a good enough workout making 50 trips up and down the basement
stairs to bring up the decorations from the downstairs closet.
This year I brought up the Christmas village stuff first, unboxed each
building and all the accessories then set it up taking the empties back
down. As I brought up other stuff such as my wreaths and items stored
in a single box I also unboxed them before returning back
downstairs for more. This way I felt like I got a lot more
accomplished, which I did. I usually wait until I am finished with
everything else before I do my village. Now, the only boxes upstairs to
be emptied are the ones with the ornaments.
About half the tabletop decorations are up as well as some of the
ornaments on the small artificial den tree. The big tree needs to sit
in the house for 24 hours to settle and get acclimated to the indoors.
Tomorrow I will start decorating it after the weekly house cleaning.
As I said, Marcia and Brian plus their two dogs Molly and Lucy arrived
on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday while the men stayed home with the
dogs Marcia and I made the rounds of Replacements, a quilt store,
Garden Ridge (large home decorating store), drug store, and grocery
We spent Thursday relaxing. I baked a spiral cut ham from
Harris Teeter and a small turkey breast. Marcia made steamed broccoli
and cauliflower with cheese sauce. We also had mashed potatoes and
rolls. Cake and pie for dessert.
Friday Marcia and I did the Christmas Craft show in Greensboro and hit
another quilt store on the way home. For dinner last night we put the
leftovers on the counter and let everyone eat when they wanted to.
Tonight Bob and I will have what remains of the veggies and cheese
sauce plus I will make potato pancakes with the left over mashed
potatoes to go along with the ham.
Sunday, 28 November
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I have about half the tree decorated. After
getting the house vacuumed this morning I put the lights on the tree
before taking a lunch break. From 11:30 to almost 2 I worked on the
tree. After I started getting tired I took a break for a shower and to
take the dogs outside for some play time.
Now that I have had a chance to check my mail and get off my feet for a
while I will get back to the tree decorating. The folks went to Disney
World again this year with Frances and Al on a Holiday Tours trip. They
left Wednesday returning sometime late this evening.
While Marcia and Brian were here visiting I borrowed a new mystery
Marcia had purchased by Deborah Donnelly. I have not read her series
featuring her main character Carnegie Kincaid, a wedding planner from
Seattle, WA. Marcia brought the first book in the series Veiled Threats. Interestingly
enough, Carnegie lives on a houseboat. When Carnegie gets involved with
the planning of a wedding for a wealthy banker's daughter she finds
herself tangled up in a murder and a kidnapping. For a first novel,
Donnelly did pretty well. I liked her characters, she moved the plot
along, and I was surprised at the ending.
Now I am reading the second book in a series written by Cynthia Riggs.
The library did not have the first book in her series so I had to start
with the second one, The Cranefly
Orchid Murders. Victoria Trumbull, Rigg's amateur sleuth, lives
in Martha's Vineyard and just so happens to be a very spry and witty
Duncan seems to be missing Molly. Malcolm is even acting a little
subdued after having his human and dogs friends leave yesterday.
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