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Week of 3 April 2006

Latest Update: Saturday, 9 April 2006 2:30 p.m.

Monday, 3 April 2006

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Bob took time today to sort the pictures we took last weekend up at Fancy Gap. The first picture is of a flock of wild turkeys we surprised as we came around the corner of the driveway up to the lodge. I stopped the car as soon as I saw them and handed Bob the camera. We inched our way forward while he took a couple of shots from the car before they took off in flight. That is the first time I have ever seen a flock of wild turkeys. 

The next picture is of a rare breed known as the resting Bob lying on the sofa at the lodge. That is our bedroom directly behind him. The next two I shot during the snow storm on Friday evening.


My primroses were so pretty this year.  I have an entire row of the red ones in the bed along the front of the house and a row of yellow ones by the driveway. The yellow ones have not bloomed yet. I shot this Saturday morning. 

Bob cleaned up and rearranged his office last week. He moved the desk from the middle of the floor to the wall creating a lot more floor space.


We had some major thunderstorms come through this morning between 2 and 4 am. Thankfully Duncan slept through them but Malcolm barked at the thunder a couple of times. Then we had another one just before I left to go to work. The thunder rattled the windows and shook the house. We have been under severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings all day. The temperatures have dropped from the mid to high 70's down to 60 since I have been home.

Tonight I went to the gym directly from work. The gym has changed some of the classes and times with a variety of new classes. I may switch up my gym schedule to catch some of the new classes. Tonight I did metabolic effect which is a 30 minute class of high intensity aerobic activity combined with using some light hand weights going as hard as you can for the 30 minutes. I did pretty good for my first class. Depending on who is teaching there can be a lot of high impact moves but I just adjust them to low impact to suit me. I got a darn good workout in a very short period of time.

After dinner and walking the dogs I stayed out a few minutes longer with Duncan. He has caught Malcolm's stomach bug from last weekend. Bob thought he might need to go potty. While we were just hanging around out front the little girl next door opened the door to say hello and Duncan just walked right on in. We went in and had a short visit with Stephanie and the girls which Duncan really enjoyed. He laid down on the floor and let the girls pet him.

Darn, the night has gotten away from me as usual with the time change. Guess I better run.


Tuesday, 4 April 2006

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Not much in the way of news. I like going to the gym on Monday night and having Tuesday night at home rather than the Tuesday - Thursday run of nights out.

Tonight while walking the dogs after dinner we met another one of our new young neighbors who have moved in just around the corner from us. They have one three year old daughter, a three year old Aussie, and an assortment of birds, turtles, and other animals.

The weather has turned cool again with highs in the 60's and lows down into the 40's and 30's again for the next few nights. And, like it has been all year, very windy.

We are in the middle of watching an early Brother Cadfael mystery by Ellis Peters. I have not read the series but we have watched some of the later episodes starring one of my favorite British actors, Derek Jacoby.


Wednesday, 5 April 2006

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I forgot to change the header date yesterday just in case you missed seeing my very short Tuesday post.

As much as I complain about DST messing up my body time clock I really do enjoy spending the early part of the evenings outside visiting with the neighbors. It reminds me so much of the way it was back when I was growing up when all the neighbors stood around and gathered in circles in lawn chairs sitting around talking while kids played, rode their bikes, etc.

Once again I sat up until almost 11:30 in order to finish a book. I was so into the Mary Daheim I just had to read to the end to find out how it was going to end. Today at lunch I started the first book in Dana Stabenow's other series with Kate Shugak which are also set in Alaska. Kate is an ex DA investigator who walked off the job after being knifed by a child molester caught in the act. In the first book, A Cold Day for Murder, a national park ranger disappears as well as an investigator who went to look for him. Since Kate lives in a remote section of the park she is called out of retirement to help locate the missing ranger who happens to be the son of a congressman. While this series seems to be very different from her Liam Campbell the first chapter or two caught my attention. Her description of the wilds of Alaska are breath taking.


Thursday, 6 April 2006

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Jackie met me for lunch today. It was great to see her and catch up on all her news. She is loving her new job.

Tonight after dinner I put out the weed and feed on the lawn. This stuff is such a pain to put out because it has to be wet yet can't get wet for 24 hours after application. Heavy morning dew is best but I that leaves a Saturday or Sunday morning. It is supposed to rain tomorrow night so I decided to wet the lawn then put down the stuff. It actually looked, at one time late this afternoon, like it might rain a little. That would have been great but it only spit a few drops on the car on the way home.

While I watered down the front and then put out the stuff Bob watered down the back lawn for me. That helped to make things go a lot faster. I finished up about 7:30, just before it got too dark to see what I was doing. Hopefully it will rain tomorrow or night or Saturday as predicted but who knows. You cannot depend on the weather except for what is happening at the present time.

I tried like heck to sit up reading last night to finish the Kate Shugak. I only have about 50 pages but I just could not keep my eyes open after about 10:30. I shall most likely finish it tonight.


Friday, 7 April 2006

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No update.


Saturday, 8 April 2006

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It has been a very busy day. We started off at 8:30 this morning giving the dogs a bath in the downstairs shower. They are pretty good about getting their bath but I do have to struggle with them to stand still, stand up, etc. Holding onto 60 pounds of dog while trying to give them a bath will definitely tax your resources.

After giving myself a bath I put in a small load of my special stuff to wash before taking off for Wal-Mart. Back home, I put the shopping away then  did the weekly cleaning. By noon I felt like I had already put in a full day of work.

Lunch break was followed by checking my mail before taking the guys outside for some playtime. Malcolm kept pestering me for some action so I took them out back where there was enough grass to keep them from getting muddy and let him play some ball. I spent the remainder of the early part of the afternoon catching up on mail and typing up the minutes from the March Friends meeting. After that is was getting my ironing basket empty again which included some of the pants and shirts I washed this morning.

It is now almost time to fix dinner. I need to brush out the dogs now that their fur has dried. They absolutely will not be dried with a hair dryer.

This morning we awoke to a thunderstorm. The forecast had been for overnight severe weather but we missed that. Instead, after morning showers, it actually cleared off this afternoon although the temperatures went from 80's yesterday to 60's today. Dark skies have moved back in again with more light rain. It has been a perfect type of rain for watering in my weed and feed.

I did sit up last night to finish reading the next Hamish Macbeth, Death of a Snob. Earlier in the evening Bob and I watched part one of an episode of Rosemary and Thyme, a British mystery series. Tonight we will watch part two. Not sure what I will pick up to read next.


Sunday, 9 April 2006

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A cool but clear morning for golf. I was up and out of the house by 6:50 to pick up dad. The temperature was about 43 degrees. On about the 4th hole the wind picked up making it a little cool but tolerable. We were home by 11:15. While mom fixed lunch dad watered and I spread his weed and feed.

Although I have some things I need to do instead I plan to spend the remainder of the day reading, watching the race and the Masters while resting. With another busy week coming up I need to at least start out on Monday feeling rested.

Last night I picked up the next book in the Anne Perry Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, Resurrection Row.

Hope you had an enjoyable weekend.


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