||Barbara Fritchman Thompson Diary
Week of 30
Latest Update: Friday, June 3, 2005 7:40pm
Monday, 30 May
Yes, we are back home after another wonderful
visit with our friends Marcia
Bilbrey in Bowie, MD. The weather was fabulous from the time we arrived
on Thursday afternoon until late yesterday. As usual, just before
Marcia's guests arrived for our traditional Memorial Day cookout, it
started pouring down rain. However, it did not rain out the party and a
good time was had by all twelve adults/children and six dogs.
Brian and I took LOTS of pictures of which I hope to post some later
this week. Brian very kindly copied them all to a CD.
We left Bowie this morning arriving home just after 2:30 this
afternoon. After unloading the car I cranked up the mower while Bob
worked on bringing the network back up. We had not one single drop of
rain while we were gone. The grass was high after nine days but not
nearly as bad as it could have been. After I finished up in the yard I
vacuumed the the car and cleaned dog drool from the back windows.
The dogs were very busy keeping up with their two dog pals Lucy and
Molly although Duncan spent a good deal of the time enjoying being able
to lay outside in the grass. Overall, Malcolm behaved very well this
year both in the car and during the visit. Both dogs slept most of the
way coming home being worn out from their vacation. Periodically
Malcolm would sit up and do his "are we there yet bark" and then lay
I need to finish unpacking and do some other assorted tasks. It will be
back to work for me tomorrow.
As I post pictures of the trip I will fill you in on some of great
things we did while we were on our visit.
It was a busy "back at work" day for me. We
had a lot of file requests and other assorted things going on to keep
us busy. Tonight I cleaned house...why you ask? If we have been gone
did I need to clean house. Well, we were home five days before we left
which was more than enough time for the floors to accumulate hair and
stuff tracked in from outside.
The other reason is that I am getting ready to take off for another
vacation on Saturday, this time with my folks. Cleaning is much easier
if I can at get the basics done once per week rather than let it get
behind several weeks in a row.
I will have pictures from our weekend up tomorrow night. Bob is busy
writing a couple of article that need to get done which does not give
him much time to process pictures. Also, be sure to visit Brian's page
for some pictures from the weekend.
The weather today was cool and damp with periods of light to moderate
drizzle. Not much in the way of accumulation though. We were about 2"
shy of our normal rainfall for the month of May. We need a couple of
days of nice, steady rain to get caught back up.
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I have a few pictures from the
weekend. As you can see, most of them are centered around the dogs. I
will put some more of the dog's pictures up on my Border Collie page
when I get back from my trip. Duncan spent most of his time lying in
the grass sleeping and/or looking happy while Malcolm enjoyed playing.
Brian is playing stick with my two and Molly.
On Saturday we drove over to Annapolis for a enjoyable 40 minute boat
tour of the harbor. The Annapolis Harbor is famous for its sailboating
as well as the Naval Academy being right on the waterfront as you can
see by the picture below. Bob is sitting on the bench in the park where
we waited until time to board the boat. We did walk through part of the
downtown/historic area to get to the waterfront including a stop on the
way back to the car for ice cream cones for lunch.
On Sunday afternoon, Marcia and I enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Retro Tea Room. We
had a full English Tea which included a pot of freshly brewed
Dejarling Tea, four types of sandwiches, scones, and assorted English
On Monday, Brian and Marcia held their traditional Memorial Day cookout
which included some neighbor's and friends as well as a few extra dogs.
I caught this picture of all the dogs except one looking in the deck
door. As I mentioned earlier in the week, it did rain hard enough to
run the adults inside but once it slacked off we put all the dogs
outside while we ate. In addition to my two you see the Bilbrey's Lucy
and Molly and one of their friends dogs Shiloh (Not sure about the
spelling). The other visiting dog is not in the picture.
Friday, 3 June 2005
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This will be my last post until next Friday.
We leave early tomorrow morning for Level Cross to meet the bus and
will be arriving back home sometime next Thursday evening. I have
stocked the fridge with food for Bob and the treat jars/dog food
container for the Guys.
All I have left to do is pack my suitcase and give the dogs some last
minute attention. I will leave around 9pm to go over to my folks house
to spend the night since we leave so early in the morning.
While I am gone Bob is planning an upgrade to my PC. When I come back I
will be able to do choose and thumbnail my pictures myself after Bob
downloads them for me.
Saturday, 4 June 2005
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