||Barbara Fritchman Thompson Diary
Week of 16
Latest Update: Saturday, 21, May 2005 5:00 p.m.
Monday, 16 May
took a picture of our boxes piled along the curb. Most, if not all of
them, came from our attic. The big stuff from the basement like metal
cabinets and wooden tables was picked up by the scavengers. I was so
tired of looking at all that mess when I had to go up in the attic to
get something I decided it was time to throw it out.
<>Not only was the stuff packed and stacked on the small finished
but also on the insulation between the rafters. All the stuff up there
was covered in sawdust and wood chunks including my luggage. Once I
managed to get all the major stuff out I swept off the finished board
area and cleaned off the stuff we were keeping up there.
It was an otherwise busy as usual day at work. The weather today has
been perfect, not too hot or cold. Tonight after dinner despite having
a lot of things to do in my office, we visited next door with the kids,
Stephanie, and Mimi who were all outside for about an hour.
Tuesday, 17 May 2005
Not much in the way of news. Bob and I have
FAS meeting tonight. We are meeting Paul for dinner before the meeting.
The City picked up all our junk from the curb today. Looks much better
needless to say.
The weather has turned coolish at night but warms up to the low 80's by
late afternoon which always creates those outside chance of storms.
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I left work at noon today in order get some
things done. I managed to get several things crossed off my list
including the grocery shopping. After quickly unloading I took off
again for my 4pm appointment at Tim's to get the oil changed/car
Just as I got to Tim's a decent sized thunderstorm started rolling in.
As I sit here checking mail it continues to rain and thunder. We really
need the rain. In a few minutes I will take off again to complete some
more errands on my list before meeting Betsy. We are driving out to
Clemmons to meet our friend Nancy for dinner. She was in the auto
accident back in March. She is now working half days while under going
therapy but feels like getting out for dinner. We will be about five
minutes from her house so she will not have to drive very far to the
Last night I was finally able to stay awake long enough to finish the
Peter Robinson, Inspector Diamond mystery Hanging Valley.
The FAS program was rather interesting last night. This is the second
talk we have heard from an associate professor at UNC-CH. He has about
six degrees in various subjects ranging from math to astronomy. Several
years ago he developed a software program demonstrating the
astronomical uses of Stonehenge. For a young man, most likely in his
mid-thirties, he is very impressive. His wife is an anthropologist. We
left after the program ended, around 9pm, so we could get home to walk
the dogs and get to bed before too late.
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Time to relax. It has been a very long week
with today being a very busy and tiring one as well. Tonight I shall
relax and read the next book in the Peter Lovesey series featuring
ex-cop from Bath, Peter Diamond. I read two chapters last night just to
see how it started since I was so late getting into bed after being out
We had a wonderful dinner last night at a very nice, small Italian
restaurant. It was about 6:45 when we Betsy and I got there. Nancy had
already arrived to get us a table. We did not leave until almost 8:30.
It was fun to relax and enjoy a leisurely meal while catching up on all
our news. After I dropped Betsy off it was almost 9 when I got home.
After I played some ball and we walked the dogs it was well after ten
by the time I got to bed.
We had more rain over night but the total amount looks to be only about
half an inch. It rained a little this morning on the way to work and
was raining lightly tonight when we walked the dogs.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend. While I have some things to get done
I do not plan on working as hard as I did last weekend!
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Taking it easy for a change. Bob got up with
the dogs sometime after 7:30. I slept in until 8:15. I planned to get
some minor stuff done today but nothing major with full intentions of
having a restful day overall. I have been pushing it pretty hard lately
and need a nice relaxing day.
The new covers for the sofa and love seat cushions for our This End Up
furniture finally came in earlier this week. They have been on order
for several months. We had an old set of the large cushions stored
downstairs with the original foam. When I ordered replacement covers
for those I ordered new foam for just the large ones we sit on, not the
backs or ottoman covers.
We brought up the old seats to put the new covers on now that they have
had many years of "rest". The backs I rotate around swapping them out
periodically with the ottomans since they are the same size. The new
covers look really nice. When I ordered fabric swatches to look at I
chose dark colors in order to hide the dirt and stains caused by both
dogs and humans. When I called to make the order I had narrowed down my
choices to two. I asked the lady which one she recommended based on our
wear and tear and she suggested the one we have. They also applied some
type of heavy duty stain repellent. I will take some pictures and post
them Monday so you can see how they look.
After getting the furniture back together I did the house cleaning.
After lunch I caught up on my ironing. The remainder of the day I shall
spend sitting here at my computer doing stuff and resting.
It is a picture perfect day with clear blue skies and cook temperatures
in the mid-70's. We ended up only getting about half an inch of rain
but what we did get washed everything. All the trees and flowers look
bright and green against the blue sky. It is a little breezy at times.
Today was indoor day tomorrow will be outdoor day.
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Another gorgeous day in May. Dad and I had to
play the short course this morning due to our regular course being
occupied with a tournament. It was actually cool enough that I had to
wear long pants although I was wearing a short sleeved shirt.
Temperatures started out in the low 50's but by the time we finished,
around 10:30 it had warmed up to into the 70's.
Mom fixed a great lunch, Frances also joined us, and we had a nice
visit. As soon as I got home, around 12:15 I changed into shorts and
old t-short to get started on the yard. Bob blew out the gutters first
then I had to clean all that mess up by blowing/sweeping up the debris
from the deck, sidewalks, and drive. Afterward I gave all the bushes
their spring trimming including the massive row of forsythia along the
drive that belongs to the neighbor. If I don't cut it back it grows
over our drive and in our way when we pull in around back to the garage.
Of course, that creates yet another mess to clean up. Some of the
cuttings I mowed up when I did the yard the remainder had to swept up
and piled on the street. The yard cart was filled with grass clippings,
After mowing I had to edge then do a final sweep and clean. It was
almost five by the time I finished and yep, you guessed it, I am beat!
At least it wasn't real hot but man, the pollen is BAD. When I was
blowing the pollen dust was going everywhere.
I did not get around to fertilizing the azaleas and dogwoods. I may get
a second wind after dinner and do that, it will not take very long.
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