Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 21 November 2005
Latest Update: Sunday, 27 November 2005 3:00
rainy day to start off my vacation but we need it very bad. I had a
haircut appointment first thing this morning followed by some errands
making it back home for lunch. After lunch Malcolm went with me to the
pet store and then on to his appointment with the vet for his yearly
I am now in the midst of cleaning up my office which has suffered
from my busy schedule over the last few weeks.
Our book, Astronomy Hacks, received
a very favorable review in the January 2006 Sky & Telescope.
I finished up the Meier's book and started the newest Em Hanson mystery
by Sarah Andrews.
22 November 2005
It was another day of running errands;
bookstore, wine store, space savers, and a quick stop for a few things
from the grocery store.
This afternoon I managed to balance the check book and get some back
log e-mails. My office is still not completely organized but I will
most likely wait until I do it during the deep clean.
The rain finally blew through this morning, literally, with 20 to 25
mph winds making it for a very cold day.
Tonight, not only did I go to the gym I actually made it in time to
catch a spin class. It was the first time in well over two months and I
did quit well. Especially considering the instructor is one of the
hardest of the group.
23 November 2005
I am cooking the turkey for our family feast
tomorrow. This morning I pulled the neck and giblets out to take over
to mom to use to make the dressing after unwrapping said bird and
washing it before putting it back in the fridge for tomorrow. It is
only 12 pounds.
On the way back home I ran a couple of more errands. I am making full
use of having these days off to get some Christmas shopping done and
some other things I have not had time to do on the weekend.
This afternoon I worked some more on my office and caught up my
ironing. Bob and I went to the little diner for supper.
24 November 2005
Happy Thanksgiving Day. It has been a
leisurely day spent watching the parade followed by the dog show
We have great weather, warm but very windy.
Guess I better check on the turkey. Enjoy your day!
26 November 2005
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with
the family at Frances and Al's. She and mom did all the work preparing
the food. I supplied the turkey to go along with the ham, mac &
cheese, green beans, dressing, rolls, yams, assorted desserts, etc.
Yep, we had plenty of food.
Yesterday I worked on one of several projects for the yard. I dug up
the four small bushes I had in the back along the property line between
us and Stephanie's yard. Now that the maple has grown so large along
with the making that area underneath a natural area I decided to move
those bushes to the front in place of the two trees we took down.
Hopefully it will eliminate the wash problem I had between the natural
area and the row of bushes making it almost impossible to get grass to
grow along there. Plus, a good hard rain would wash the mulch from
around the bushes as well.
I put the small azalea and the gardenia in the bed where the weeping
cherry was. The smaller gardenia I put where the dogwood had been. I
had some scalloped edging I pulled from the back to make a circle
around the little bush as well. I moved a small little evergreen bush
in with the azalea and gardenia and put in its place along the house
the rhododendron. I still need to finish filling in the edging circle
with dirt and dress with some mulch along with top dressing the other
bed with mulch. Since the front beds need mulched anyway I may just
order another load and do all the front at one time.
Today I started my deep house cleaning. I am concerned about having
enough time between the usual week of Christmas and New Year with my
work schedule. I have very few days remaining to take around the
holidays after being off this week.
The worst room in the entire house to do is the den. After vacuuming
and mopping the kitchen floor I moved on to the den getting Bob to help
move the big couch. We took everything off his side table to move it to
give it a good cleaning. We also rearranged some of the obsolete
electronic equipment on the TV stand and cleaned it as well as behind
it. I did the windows on the inside but still need to do them on the
All our den furniture is pine. Bob gave the side tables a good dose of
lemon oil, especially his table. After getting walls and pictures
thoroughly wiped down and cleaned I mopped that floor before moving on
to the foyer which needed vacuumed and mopped. The remaining rooms of
the house received a quick run through with the vacuum before I called
it quits for the day.
We still have enough leftovers to finished up for dinner tonight.
I am reading another Peter Robinson, Aftermath
published in 2001. I only have a couple of books in the series to read
before getting completely finished with this series.
Although it was cloudy and cool the weather
forecast had the rain holding off until at least noon. It was 37
degrees when we teed off but there was no wind or we would not have
played. It rained for about five minutes on the first hole and again
around 6 but by the time we finished 9 it looked like the rain would
indeed hold off.
Guess what? It didn't. We made it as far as 14 when it started coming
down fairly steady. Dad played through 15 and I played 16 before we
packed it in. By that time it was coming down pretty hard. I was
wearing a rain jacket atop by shirt and vest. Dad had on a Lands End
fleece which was shedding the rain fairly well but I did not want him
to get soaked as chilly as the temperatures were.
This afternoon Bob helped me haul the Christmas decorations upstairs
from the basement closet. I pulled all the stuff off the tables in
preparation for the decorations and setting up my Christmas Village.
Next weekend I will get my tree.
With the rain this afternoon I did not get a chance to get the leaves
up. Guess that will have to wait until next weekend. It is now only 42
degrees with the rain continuing to fall.
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