Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 5 December 2005
Latest Update: Sunday, 11 December 2005 4:20 p.m.
on a very cold and wet Monday here in the Triad. Temperatures hovered
just enough in the high 30's and low 40's to give us a cold rain all
day instead of snow or worse...sleet/freezing rain. I walked a for
about 20 minutes at lunch. When I was sheltered from the wind it was
just cold but going into or having the wind blowing across it was just
This mess it supposed to blow through here tonight bringing cold but
clear skies until the latter part of the week when it they give us a
chance of snow again.
Other than steadily working on my projects it was a rather smooth day
at work. I have a very busy schedule this week so I hit the gym
tonight. Tomorrow night I am having our traditional Christmas dinner
out with Nancy and Betsy. We are trying a new place, River Birch Lodge,
which has just opened in the last year.
The tree is decorated as is most of the house. I have a few things to
finished up in the living and dining rooms but otherwise I am finished.
I addressed most of my Christmas cards last night. All that is left is
the wrapping. I have finished the shopping for my family but I still
need to pick up a couple of things for the neighbor kids.
6 December 2005
7 December 2005
It was close to 9pm when I finally arrived
home last night thus I did not even take the time to sit down at my
computer. By the time I gave some attention to the dogs and caught up
on stuff with Bob it was time for last time out and bed. I did sit up
to read and finish the Inspector Banks, Close to Home. It was one of Peter
Robinson's all time best in my opinion.
If you have read his other books in the series Robinson often alludes
to the disappearance of a boyhood friend, Graham Marshall, who
disappeared back in 1965. His disappearance plays on Bank's mind over
and over again in several of the earlier books in the series. Now, the
bones of young Graham have been found and Banks returns home to help
the local police with their investigation. At the same time, another
young boy has just gone missing in much the same way in his own police
district. As Robinson takes you through the story he parallels the
investigations of the two missing young boys. In addition to learning a
great deal about Bank's early childhood and home life we also see the
grown up Banks struggling to overcome his personal problems and on
again off again relationships with the female police inspectors he
encounters during his investigations.
Dinner last night was wonderful. The food was excellent. I had
Appalachian trout, grilled, along with grilled asparagus and a medley
of yellow and zuccinni squash. They also have bison burgers and venison
on the menu along with traditional salads and other sandwiches. I would
have to go back again so I can try some of the other things on the menu.
The dogs and I are currently doing our "quiet as a mouse" act while Bob
is downstairs doing his interview. With lots of mail to catch up on
since Monday I have enough to do to keep me busy until he finishes. As
long as I sit here at my desk with Duncan napping by my chair and
Malcolm doing the same just outside my office door, everything will
8 December 2005
The Library Friends Board held our usual
meeting today combining it with our small holiday celebration. We very
quickly took care of all necessary business before breaking up the
meeting to partake of everyone's contributions. We bring snack, finger
type foods to share since we only have about about an hour before the
library closes at 6 o'clock.
There will be no post until Sunday. Tomorrow when I get off work at 5 I
am heading over to my folks house. We will be attending dad's mens golf
association Christmas party. Although it is for the men and their
spouses the course owner invited me to attend. I will spend the night
at my folks house in order to leave bright and early Saturday morning
for Myrtle Beach.
Frances will pick us up at 5am to drive down to Level Cross for the bus
trip to see the Christmas show we saw last year. This year we are just
doing a one day trip of taking in the show and doing some shopping
before arriving back home around 11pm. By the time we get home from
Level Cross it will be well after midnight. I will most likely spend
the night again at mom's and wait to drive home Sunday morning.
The weather seer's are calling for a chance of freezing rain/sleet
tonight and maybe in the morning. It is to all over and done with
though by the middle of the day.
10 December 2005
Although it was a long day, getting up at
4:30 and arriving back home last night at 11:30 we had a great time. I
took a few pictures which I will post tomorrow along with more about
the trip. Since we did get back to Winston at 11:30 I came on home
instead of spending another night at my folks. The dogs and Bob were
very glad to see me. After a short greeting I was in bed by 12:30.
We were up about 8:15 this morning. After the usual relaxing and
reading the paper I started on another room for deep cleaning, our
bedroom. I moved furniture, washed the curtains, and gave all the
furniture a good cleaning with furniture polish. The remainder of the
house has a quick vacuuming.
This morning while taking a break I took the dogs down to play with
Oscar for a little while. He was out back in his fenced in yard so I
just took the dogs down rather than bother calling Steve and Mimi. I
knew if they were not busy they would come out if they wished. It turns
out Mimi was at the grocery store with Shane so Steve and I stood and
talked while the dogs played.
Bob blew out the gutters for the last time but I had too much to do
inside to worry about outside stuff today. Speaking of which, they are
calling for snow showers tonight and tomorrow. It turned really cold
this afternoon with a pretty good wind gusts.
I still have packages to wrap and a couple of small things to pick up
but otherwise, am ready for Christmas.
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