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Week of 10 April 2006

Latest Update: Saturday, 16 April 2006 2:30 p.m.

Monday, 10 April 2006

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Happy Monday. I have a lot going on this week but will try to keep you updated as I have time. I think I have something going on every day this week after work between meetings, vet appointments, and lawn care.

After a chilly start to the morning it turned into what I would call an almost perfect day. I had walking errands at lunch to the post office, drug store, and bank. Temperatures were in the high 60's no wind, and a perfectly clear blue sky. It was hard to go back inside but I forced myself.

We have a potential new robin family moving in on the gutter connector just under the roof on the right side of the house. I can get some good shots of the nest from my neighbors back porch which I will try to do later this week or weekend.

Bob wants to watch another Rosemary and Thyme episode so I guess I will wrap this up for today.


Tuesday, 11 April 2006

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Another beautiful spring day. I mowed the lawn first thing when I got home while Bob put dinner in the oven. After dinner we had a short visit with Oscar to get in some play time.

Today at work we had our staff appreciation lunch. They actually schedule them over several days to get everybody a chance at going. The attorneys and administrative staff do the honors of carrying trays and seating us. It is a very nice gesture on the part of the Firm.

We are watching a couple more episodes of Rosemary and Thyme


Wednesday, 12 April 2006

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I worked through lunch today in order to leave at 4:00 to take Duncan to the vet. Last weekend while giving him a bath I found a growth on his tail. With all that fur on his tail I have no idea how long it has been there. It looked pretty nasty on Sunday but by this afternoon it did not look nearly as bad. However, Dr. Taylor recommended giving him a local and removing it to be sent off to the lab just to make sure. I will take him back in Friday. He wants to keep him for awhile after the procedure just to make sure it does not bleed a lot. It is located about 2/3 of the way down toward the skinniest part of his tail which the vet said will make it hard to work with since there is not a lot of skin.

After a quick dinner I took off for the gym and the grocery store.

Work is very busy as I am trying to wrap up this destruction project. There does seem to be a very faint light at the end of the tunnel.

The weather continues to be very nice with moderate temperatures and clear skies. Although I did not get a lunch today I did get to walk over to one of the our other buildings to pick up a box that needs returned to off site storage. It was nice to be able to get outside for some fresh air and to clear my mind for a few minutes at least.


Thursday, 13 April 2006

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No update.


Friday, 14 April 2006

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If you had the day off for Good Friday, lucky for you. It was just another work day for me although a very slow one. I spent the entire day filing forms in our notebooks. I took a walk at lunch to get some fresh air. With our off site storage company closed and a great many of the paralegals and secretaries off, it made for a light day in terms of boxes and deliveries.

Speaking of which, we have a new guy starting Monday to replace Jackie. He will actually be replacing me in my job now that I have moved into where Jackie's desk was and am doing her job. It will good get someone in and trained to take off some of the extra load I have had to carry.

I had Friends meeting yesterday afternoon.

Duncan has his little tail surgery today. Bob called around 1 pm to let me know the vet called and said he could come home. They used a local to remove the growth. His tail is wrapped about a third of the way down with tape and pretty red vet wrap. He seems to be doing fine.

I am reading the third book in the Liam Campbell series by Stabenow, Nothing Gold Can Stay. Liam and his romantic interest Wy are looking for whoever murdered the local postmistress of one of the nearby small villages she flies the mail to. 


Saturday, 15 April 2006

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After a somewhat frustrating start to the day I ended up getting right much done. I was up at 7:30 and ready to start my big outdoor project for the day when I discovered dad has my long pole loppers. Okay, I decided since I had to make a trip out I might as well flatten the pile of cardboard boxes in the basement to drop off at the recycling bins when I go by the fire station.

The bins were too full to add my pile of cardboard so I left it in the car and drove on over to pick up my loppers. They had already left early this morning to run errands. On the way home I remembered another fire station was near my return route. I was able to drop off the cardboard at that station.

While I was getting my loppers from dad's shed I also borrowed his short handle ones because they are better than mine. Back home I started major pruning of the red tip bushes that run along the back left of my property. They had gotten real tall but leggy and sparsely filled in toward the middle. Hopefully now that we have had the maple trimmed back they will get more sun and grow back from the middle. I guess the tallest branches had reached about 8 to ten feet and where growing over toward my neighbors yard and over their forsythia hedge.

I was almost finished with the second  bush when Jim from next door came out to help along with his wife and their daughter down visiting from Pennsylvania. I have five bushes planted but one of them looked like it was dead/dying. While Jim dug it out from the roots I pruned down the other two.

After hauling the limbs and dead bush out to the street I did a few other outdoor chores before taking a break for lunch. After lunch I mowed, edged, swept up by which time I had run out of gas. By 1:30 it was almost 90 degrees outside. Way too hot for this time of year.

Just before calling it a day I was finally able to get some pictures of momma bird on her nest. Bob will download a couple for me to post on my page for Monday.

Last night we started watching As Time Goes By starring Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer. I love both of them especially together. I am not sure why Bob and I did not watch this series when it first came out. We watched her other series A Fine Romance which is also excellent. We watched three episodes of Time last night and laughed during most of them. The writers are excellent with Dench and Palmer just perfect for pulling of the sarcastic lines.

I have computer stuff to do this afternoon and perhaps watch some of the golf tournament.


Sunday, 16 April 2006

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Happy Easter. We did not play golf today but not because of it being Easter Sunday. Instead I performed the usual weekly cleaning chores. The dogs and I paid a short visit with Mimi, Oscar, and Trudy before coming in to fix a bite of lunch. The reason we did not play today is because we will be playing Tuesday out at Tanglewood on the Championship Course. More on that later in the week.

This afternoon has been spent here at my PC paying bills, balancing the checkbook, writing up Friends minutes, etc.

We will leave around 3:30 to go over to Frances and Al's for dinner with them and the folks. The menu will include ham, deviled eggs, macaroni salad, rolls, and some type of dessert.

It has been another warm day. Late yesterday afternoon I sat outside on the porch reading with each dog's retractable leash wrapped around a leg of the chair. I was relaxing while waiting on Paul and Mary to pick us up at 6:30 to go out for dinner.
Duncan loves to lay outside but will not stay out for very long if I come inside. I took a short break a few minutes ago to sit outside putting Duncan on his long line and tying Malcolm to my chair. Malcolm and I came back leaving Duncan out but he only stayed out long enough to realize I was not coming back out and barked to be let in.

I removed the bandage from Duncan's tail yesterday. It looks fine. There is a small round area where they removed the growth. However, they shaved his tail from nearly the top which had long, black hair just down to where his large white tail tip feather out. He looks like he is waving a white flag with his thin rope tail and then that big white plum of tail feathers sticking out.


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