Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 11 July 2005
Latest Update: Sunday, 17 July 2005 4:00 p.m.
promised, here at the pictures from my day trip to the Highland Games.
Like any other festival, things are going on all over the place at
the same time. These pictures are just a few of the things we saw and
heard. If you enjoy upbeat drum/pipe music I recommend the group Clann an Drumma.
This was the last group we heard at the end of the day. I could not
get a picture of them from where we were standing. They are a young,
very energetic group of guys with one lady who all play various
percussion instruments except for the one guy who plays the bagpipes.
They had the area in the woods around their stage rocking. I bought one
of their CD's. They are from Glasgow.
From left to right, opening ceremony parade and some of the dancing
Caber tossing and Tom Moore, professional dog trainer and sheep dog
handler with one of his dogs, Bea.
Another clan parade, a drum corp band, and the entrance to the games
with Grandfather Mountain in the background. If you are approaching the
mountain from several different directions, the mountain from a
distance looks like an old man lying face up.
12 July 2005
13 July 2005
This is one of those busy weeks with evening
activities. Monday night I went to the gym then had to stop by the pet
supply store on the way home. Last night I attended our neighborhood
meeting. We hold meetings once or twice a year to discuss things going
on in Town and Country. I had missed the last several and wanted to
attend last night to bring up a few concerns and questions I had.
Tonight was gym again. We had a fairly good storm come through while I
was cooking dinner. The storm blew on through but the rain has
continued. At least the rain cooled things off a little from the hot
and muggy conditions we have had over the last several days.
I finished reading another book in the Bed and Breakfast series written
by Mary Daheim who also writes the Alpine, OR setting series. The
Alpine series is better than the B&B series but I am continuing on
14 July 2005
We have another round of storms move through
this afternoon. One while I was at work and another one while I was at
the library for Friends Meeting. It was still raining pretty hard when
we came out. I made a quick stop at the grocery store before coming
home. By the time I came out from the store the rain had stopped and it
was hot and muggy once again.
I really cannot complain since it was not all that long ago we were
under a severe drought situation for several years. It would be nice to
get a clear night once in awhile to get in some observing though.
Last night I started another Peter Robinson, Inspector Banks mystery, Blood in the Root. Otherwise, not
much else going on.
15 July 2005
It was another rather hectic day at work
winding up a very busy week for me. With the forecast for tomorrow to
be hot and muggy I decided to go come home and mow the lawn this
evening. With all the rain the grass was pretty high. As I mentioned
last night, two years ago we were under severe drought conditions. Our
four year departure from normal precipitation was -21 inches. This
morning I checked the paper and we are down to -.58.
We ate a light supper then I needed to run to the drugstore to pick up
a few things. So far, we have managed to remain thunderstorm free for
today and this evening. Duncan is very happy about that. He has become
so afraid during storms he tries to climb in the bathtub, into corners,
or where ever he things he can go to hide. Unfortunately he does not
realize how tall and big he is when he tries to wedge himself into a
small place. Right now he is sacked out on his side beside my desk
chair taking it easy.
I hope you have a great weekend.
16 July 2005
As most of you know, Bob set me up with a new
mail program last week while I was at the Highland Games. I can now
synchronize my mail/calendar with my hand held Clie. With my busy
schedule last week I just barely had time to check my mail in the
evenings. As I found little problems that needed tweaking I mentioned
them to Bob so he could fix them. This afternoon when I sat down to
check my mail I remembered I forgot to tell him I was not getting mail
at my Fritchman mail address. I use it for some list groups, mail order
Yep, you guessed it. Once he finally got it fixed I had 249 messages on
the server waiting to be downloaded. Guess what I will be doing off and
on tonight and tomorrow?
It has been a routine Saturday with Bob and I both getting up around
7:30. After reading the paper and eating breakfast I started on the
house cleaning. I cleaned the bathrooms before stripping the bed for
clean linens. I took those down to wash and to let the guys out back.
It was still somewhat overcast and very humid. I put the sheets in to
wash, swept out the basement area around the door to upstairs and out
into the back and retrieved the Shark vacuum to clean the stairs. In
those ten minutes I was already sweating without having done anything
Before I did the stairs I took the dogs down to visit with Emma and
Oscar while Mimi and I caught up on news. We have not had a chance to
visit for the last couple of weeks from being so busy. We only stayed
out about 20 minutes by which time the dog's tongues were already
hanging out from the heat/humidity.
After I finished the stairs I vacuumed and dusted the upstairs
finishing up by lunch time. I turned on the British Open golf
tournament to watch while I rested, ate lunch, and read a magazine.
Other than taking the dogs out for a quick walk I remained on the couch
reading and watching golf until well after three before finally taking
my shower and settling down at the computer.
I did manage to stay awake last night long enough to finish the
Inspector Banks. Next up, another Alpine, OR mystery, Alpine Decoy.
Storms are forecast again for tonight. We did get a pretty loud one
last night around 10:30 but it produced very little in the way of rain.
17 July 2005
As you know I do not post my golf scores when
dad and I play. Mainly, because there is nothing really to brag about.
I play from the white tees and shoot anywhere from an 82 to 92
depending on the day. I beat myself with my short game, as is the case
with most amateurs. Up until earlier this year, my dad also played from
the white tees. Just in case you are not familiar with the game, the
longest tees on most general public courses are blue. For years, ever
since I started playing golf, I played from the blue (or what is known
as) the men's tees.
Dad and I switched to the white tee's a few years ago when he started
not being able to hit the ball as far. The white tees are the middle
range tees. As with anyone who gets older, dad's distance had gotten a
lot shorter. To make the game fair in terms of scoring he now plays
from the Senior tee's. These tee's are about halfway between the
women's and the white tee's for average golfers. That gives him about a
15 to 25 yard advantage in keeping up with my when I hit off the
white's plus he can actually reach most of the par 4's in at least two
or three strokes. There are also ladies tee's which are the shortest
and which I have never played from.
Today, I decided I will brag about my round this morning only because I
birdied one of the hardest holes on the course. For non-golfers that
means I had a score of three on a par four. As a matter of fact, dad
and I both played pretty well this morning. Dad has had one hole-in-one
and one hole in from the fairway on a par 4. I have come close to a
hole-in-one but never had one but I have holed it from the fairway on a
par 5 for an eagle one time.
Although it was hot and sunny this morning it was not too bad. We did
have a slight breeze and it was actually pretty cool in the shade. We
tee off around 7:20 in the summer and finish up by 11:30. After lunch,
which mom fixed for us plus Frances came over, I made a quick stop at
the bookstore on the way home. However, it is now 91 degrees and feels
like 96 with a possibility of those combinations reaching 100 degrees
We are going over to Paul and Mary's for dinner so I best finish this
up and hit the shower.
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