Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 20 February 2006
Latest Update: Sunday, 26 February 2006 3:00
dodged yet another weather bullet. The rain/sleet/snow forecast for
last night and this morning missed us at it headed on toward our
beaches and Outer Banks area.
Over the weekend I finished the Hamish Macbeth. If you are looking
for a new series I highly recommend this one by M. C. Beaton. I shall
order the next books in the series from the library once I get caught
up with what I have going right now.
Currently I am reading the next book in the Dido Hoare series, Blood Lies. As a change of pace,
author MacDonald has moved her plot location away from London with Dido
visiting an old college friend Lizzie Waring in the small village
of Alford. Upon arrival a Lizzie seems to be acting very much out of
character to her best friend. As the plot unfolds Lizzie, just a few
months pregnant, reveals the reasons behind the move Lizzie and her
husband made to the village. It turns out her father-in-law started
showing advanced signs of dementia. Her sister-in-law recently moved
back into the large family home after a nasty divorce to help her
mother take care of the house and her father.
Murder of course becomes a part of Dido's supposed chance to rest and
relax with her young toddler Ben. It appears that Lizzie has married
into a family of deep dark secrets. Dido once again uses her
antiquarian book skills as part of an investigation into a murder
conviction of one of the family members.
21 February 2006
22 February 2006
I just spoke with my dad on the phone. He is
recovering wonderfully from his hand surgery last week. He went to
rehab today and the girl told him not to bother to come back. He can do
the same exercises he has always been doing for his hands. He goes next
week to get the stitches out and, more importantly, find out when he
can start back swinging a golf club.
Last night was gym night. I sat up until 10 reading and watching the
Olympics. More of the same for tonight. Tomorrow and Friday I will be
off site again for work.
I finished up the Dido Hoare mystery. Not sure what I will read next. I
have several books in our library reserves pile to choose from.
Rain again today. Too warm for snow. We are down roughly 2 inches for
the year and around 12 for the total from 2005.
23 February 2006
I had full intentions of making the 6:30 spin
class when I left for work this morning. However, after a full
day at our off site location I am totally whacked. Instead, I
shall spend the evening resting up for another day of more of the same.
I am now reading the first book in Ann Perry's Charlotte and Thomas
Pitt mystery series. This too, like the Hamish Macbeth's is a series
Bob has recommended I give a try. Set in Victorian England, one of my
favorite periods, Charlotte is still living at home with her folks, a
single sister, and her married sister and husband. Charlotte hails from
an upper society family where women were not allowed to read newspapers
or gossip about local events of a sordid nature. Despite these
restrictions Charlotte finds a way to do both much to her parents
constant worry. In Cater Street Hangman Charlotte
meets her future husband. Bob has warned me the first book in her
series is not as well written as the others later in the series. I
found this true of several reviews. Perry stages the murders in the
book as those similar to those of Jack-the-Ripper of the same time
period. Young girls are found garroted on Cater street including the
maid from Charlotte's home which in turns starts to erode the family
24 February 2006
25 February 2006
Yesterday as soon as I arrived home from work
we jumped in the white truck to take off for Bullington. Bob had fed
and walked the dogs before hand. Unfortunately, we did not get very
far. The white truck would not start. I am pretty sure it is the
battery. We quickly moved all the astronomy gear, etc into my truck
then took off.
The conditions were not great with clouds moving in and out all evening
but we did manage to get a few objects from our list, play with the new
little telescope Bob bought and try out a couple of new lenses.
We packed up and came home around 11. This morning we slept in until
almost 9am. I had a full day planned which included plans for me to
leave the house at 9. Instead it was going on ten by the time I left.
Since I was getting a later start I bagged running a couple of errands
on the way to mom and dads and instead went straight to their house.
Dad had ten bails of pine needles delivered that morning for me to
I got most of them out before we made a lunch stop. Afterwards I
finished up that project and made one stop on the way home. My
afternoon plans included getting my truck vacuumed and washed. The day
was not as warm not sunny as predicted earlier in the week but it was
still warm enough to clean up the car. The wind had picked up
considerably bringing in another cold front.
The weekly cleaning chores are completed.
After lunch Bob gave me a tutorial on how to work on the astronomy
books chapters. Just as I came back to my office to get started
Stephanie from next door called. They were stuck in a Prime Care
parking lot with a dead battery.
We rode to the rescue following them home to make sure the car kept
running. I told Bob on the way home we may as well jump the white truck
and take it out to Auto Zone to have his battery replaced.
With that taken care of I am now back at my desk to do some more work
on my first chapter. I will not be able to do as many as Bob but I can
at least help with the easier chapters that do not have a lot of deep
sky objects. I will let him do those since they will be much harder and
take a lot longer.
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