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Week of 20 June 2005

Latest Update: Sunday 26 June 2005 4:00 p.m.

Monday, 20 June 2005

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I finally made it back to the gym tonight for a light workout. I did get a chance to work out at the great gym where we were staying in Maine twice. But, the last day I worked out was the Tuesday morning before we left Maine to start home then I missed all of last with sick.

While I still have a minor cough and sound croupy I am feeling almost 100%. It felt good to get back to working out. I also walked at lunch time today since it was only 82 degrees with a stiff breeze. 

We had a wonderful time at Frances' last night for dinner. I cooked the ribs on the grill while mom chopped up the fixings for a tossed salad. We also had sweet potatoes for us and a baked potato for Bob. Unfortunately Al had to work late down in Pinehurst doing shuttle bus duty for the golf fans. 

I am reading Peter Lovesey's The Vault, featuring Bath detective Peter Diamond. The story centers around a vault located in the cellar of the Bath Abbey Churchyard located near the foundation of the house of Mary Shelley who wrote, among other things, Frankenstein. When a pair of hands turns up buried in cement Peter much try to locate the remainder of the body and solve the crime which most likely took place in the early 1980's during some construction during which the house itself was razed. Intertwined within this storyline is an American who discovers what may have been Shelley's personal copy of Frankenstein, a hunt for an antique writing desk, and other assorted minor mysteries within the main plot. While at times, I have been somewhat lost in the storyline and plot development, especially as related to Frankenstein, it is otherwise a good read.


Tuesday, 21 June 2005

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As I am writing this post we are having a heck of a thunderstorm rolling through. It looked threatening when we walked the dogs after dinner and actually thundered once while we were one the way back in.

About the time I was seated at my desk and started to check my mail it started pouring down rain. It appears to be one of those fast movers that will not last very long but there is always the chance of more coming in behind.

Otherwise, it has been a typically mundane Tuesday. I guess I got Bob's work room cleaned up and reorganized just in time as we now have daily deliveries of more computer stuff arriving for the next edition of the hardware book.

I have bills to pay and a few other assorted tasks to complete so I shall say goodbye for now.


Wednesday, 22 June 2005

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Not really much in the way of news. I am reading the second book in a new series I thought I would try. Mary Daheim has two series, one set in Alpine, Washington the other set in Seattle. The Alpine series titles all start with Alpine which feature Emma Lord as the owner and editor of the newspaper in Alpine. I just picked up all they had at the library last week which did not include the first book in the series. The other series is set in a bed & breakfast in Seattle featuring owner Judith McMonigle.

So far I am enjoying the Alpine book, Alpine Betrayed. Being an early book in the series I like to give the author somewhat of a decent chance keeping an open mine about writing and plot, etc. The books are most definitely light cozys. When a young actress returns to her home town for a movie shoot, murder turns out to be part of the script much to the surprise of the director. There seems to be some very hard feelings among the actress's mother, former husband who now lives in Alpine, and her former brother-in-law.


Thursday, 23 June 2005

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Summer temperatures have returned with high 80's today and remaining through the weekend with a chance of reaching the 90's by Saturday.

Tomorrow night I am meeting my folks, Frances, and Al for dinner. Since it is near the mall I have a couple of errands I need to run afterward while I am there. It will more than likely be rather late by the time I get home which means I will more than likely not get a post up again until Saturday.


Friday, 24 June 2005

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No update.


Saturday, 25 June 2005

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I can't believe it. Very often Bob takes the dogs out on Saturday morning and lets me sleep in. Most of the time that means 7:45 to maybe 8:15. This morning I remember Malcolm coming over and licking my face at 6:55 to let me know it was time to get up. He forgot it was Saturday. Bob was not up yet at that point. Next thing I knew I rolled over to look at the clock again and it was 9:45. I cannot remember the last time I slept in until that late. 

Despite the late start to the day I did manage to get a lot done. I read the paper before making a run through the house with the vacuum and cleaning the bathrooms before it was time for lunch. With my late start to the day I obviously skipped eating breakfast.

After lunch Bob came down to take another look at my mower. It appears we may have added too much oil. After draining some out and cleaning the spark plug Bob had me fire it back up. It ran better but is still not running right. After mowing and edging I put out Scott's summer fertilizer. I use the spring, fall and winter stuff but have never tried the summer because it is also for grubs and other lawn insects. I do not have those but it also protects against summer drought and feeds the grass with a lower acid fertilizer so it will not burn the grass. It goes on dry but is supposed to be watered in after applying. We have a slight chance of storms this afternoon and evening. If it does not rain by tomorrow afternoon I will water it in.

After that I swept up, pulled some weeds and did a few other assorted jobs. I had intended to plant the stuff I bought last night at Lowe's in my new planters but realized I did not have potting soil which I thought I did have. However, I was pretty tired anyway. I can pick up some tomorrow on the way home from my folks house. Unfortunately, I can only last about 2 1/2 to 3 hours in the yard at one time anymore.

We had great dinner last night at Texas Roadhouse. It is very much like a Lone Star. The food was excellent.

Last night I started reading the new Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Plum book, Eleven on Top. Since I know Bob has not read it yet and possibly my friend Marcia I will not give much away except to say it is as funny and wacky as all her others. Morreli's dog Bob has several good scenes and of course Ranger and Lulu.

We are going out to dinner tonight with our friends Paul and Mary.


Sunday, 26 June 2005

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Dad and I did get in a round of golf this morning despite some off and on showers. We were playing the little short course today due to the fact there was a tournament at our regular course. It started raining pretty steady on 8 and 9. We waited about ten minutes for that shower to blow through before starting on the back. It rained a couple of times lightly but never hard enough to be a problem.

After lunch I made another stop at Lowe's to pick up potting soil and some more bedding plants. I also picked up a nice lantana bush to plant in the spot where we took the dogwood down. I tried growing grass there but no luck so I dug up the top soil/grass seed and decided to try a plant. I need to some more potting/tree soil before I can put the bush in the ground. I did get my planters filled and placed out front. We had a little rain this morning here but not enough to do much good.

I finished up in the yard at 3, took a shower, and rested while reading the paper. I am flipping channels between the women's LPGA championship, the NASCAR road race in Sonoma, CA, and the mens golf.

This evening after dinner I have some work to do at my desk, bills to pay, etc.


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