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Week of 17 October 2005

Latest Update: Sunday, 23 October 2005 7:15 p.m.

Monday, 17 October 2005

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Whew. Busy day. I am preparing an old case we have sitting in the closed file area shelves for off site storage. We have two sets of eight of those shelves that roll open and closed. We often store large volume cases on site until the attorneys no longer need access to the files. The one I am working on has 86 boxes now. Unfortunately a lot of the material was originally stored in boxes that are not suitable for off site storage. We use a box designed for that purpose though there are others that can be used if the files are in that type of box. I had to unbox and rebox about 15 of the boxes some of which were so large the files had to be moved into two of our boxes. Also, the files in the boxes were of a type that made them hard to transfer from one box to another. It took me well over an hour to box, number, and label the case just to get it ready to be put in our system.

Needless to say the way I sweat, I was wringing wet and tired by the time I finished up that chore. All I have to do tomorrow is enter the boxes into our system then fill out the paperwork for sending them off site.

I had a hair cut appointment after work then I stopped at Wal-Mart to do my every month or so big shopping. By the time I finished up it was 7:30 by the time I got home.

I am reading Shadows on the Ivy by Lea Wait, the third book in her Maggie Summers series. Maggie, recently widowed works full time as a professor at a local community college as long with her antique print business which she does on the side. She attends craft fairs on the weekend to sell her wares and uses her prints and books on prints in her classes to supplement her lectures. Maggie is trying to solve the mysterious poisonings of two young, single mothers who live in a house near the college in a program for unwed, single parents to help them attend the college on scholarship. One young mother is poisoned during a function at the house of the couple who support the program. She was not killed but continues to hang on for dear life. In the meantime a second young mother dies after she was poisoned two days later. With the remaining single parents in fear for their lives, Maggie is working to solve the mystery. She acts as an adviser to the students as well as their friend and mentor.

Guess I better give the guys some playtime before it gets much later. 


Tuesday, 18 October 2005

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Wednesday, 19 October 2005

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Last night by the time I got home from the gym, paid some bills, and checked my mail it was too late for my brain to manage putting enough words together for a post.

Today was a brutally physically tiring day. Jackie and hauled a total of 340 flat boxes from across the street in three runs. We cleaned out the last of the boxes in the storage area before a new shipment arrives tomorrow. We have a huge case closing upstairs in which they are needed several hundreds of boxes. We decided to go over and bring one load to take upstairs and two for our usual back up storage in the record center. This after noon I helped Jackie bring another 30 boxes down to the record center for her to close on that case plus I worked on boxes on my cases.

I worked through lunch today and will do so again tomorrow in order to leave early. I have a guy coming to give me an estimate on trimming back the big trees in the yard. With the forecast for a cold winter I would prefer to have the larger limbs trimmed back now rather than have to do it myself this winter in the case of a ice storm.

I decided to take a break from reading mysteries and started the follow up book to Jon Katz's A Dog Year, which I read earlier this year. The Dogs of Bedlam Farm continue Jon's story of his life after adopting a wild Border Collie he named Orson after he lost his two golden labs. Jon has now sold his small cabin in the mountains of New York and bought an old farm. In addition to Orson he now has two other BC's, one ram, a flock a sheep, and two donkeys. He spends his time mostly at the farm but still lives in New Jersey with his wife who works at a journalist. Jon uses the farm as working vehicle for his three BC's and a place to write. Even if you do not live on a farm or own BC's Jon's books are excellent narratives of life and the changes that can occur, for him in his mid-fifties, living with dogs in general, and/or enjoying life on an old farm through someone else's eyes.


Thursday, 20 October 2005

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The tree guy showed up at 3 instead of 3:00 which meant he was gone by the time I got home. Bob showed him some of the trees I wanted pruned back but the guy told him he would come back after I got home. He showed up just as I was finished getting changed and heading out the door to wait for him.

Now I need to wait on another company to call me back so I can get another estimate for a comparison. After he left Bob blew out the gutters then I vacuumed and mowed. With rain forecast off and on over the next few days plus the chance of Wilma coming for visit I decided to go ahead and get the yard cleaned up just in case it turns out to be a wet weekend. With all the warm weather the grass had grown fairly high in spots after all the rain on my grass seed and fertilizer.

It was another hectic day at work with tomorrow looking to be more of the same. Time to go out and spend some time relaxing on the couch.


Friday, 21 October 2005

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It was, as I predicted, another busy day at work. Thankfully Friday evening has arrived with the weekend ahead for some rest and relaxing amidst the usual weekend chores.

Last night I started a new series by Lee Harris. I have read all the books in her Christine Bennett series featuring holiday titles. Her new series feature Jane Bauer, a New York detective, working on unsolved crimes for the NYPD as her last assignment before retiring. The Bennett series are cozies, this series is police procedurals. The first book, Murder in Hell's Kitchen, has her working with her new team on a four year old homicide that appears to be a push-in robbery at an old rent controlled apartment complex. As Jane starts on her investigation she finds some very odd facts about the case that may have been overlooked during the initial investigation.


Saturday, 22 October 2005

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We had a cool, overcast morning for the heart walk although not so cool that I was not comfortable in my short sleeved t-shirt. I walked with Jackie and her 5 year old daughter, who actually ended up riding in the stroller for most of the four miles. It took us about an hour and twenty minutes doing 20 minute miles which was not bad.
I had several errands to run on the way home.

After I rested and read the paper I did the usual house cleaning chores before settling in to check my mail, etc. I still need to clean up and organize my desk and pay some bills.

The sun has been peaking in and out all afternoon. The rain never did make it here but Jackie said they had a heck of a storm on their side of town last night.


Sunday, 23 October 2005

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Relaxing day. Dad and I played golf this morning. The weather, like last week, was just perfect with clear blue skies and no wind to speak of. It was cool but warmed up nicely later on in the morning.

This afternoon I watched the NASCAR race from Martinsville, VA while catching up on some odds and ends reading I had stacked up on my side table.

Tonight shall be more of the same, relaxing and reading.

Hope you had a great weekend.


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