Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 29 May 2006
Latest Update: Sunday, June 4 2006 3:00
Happy Memorial Day
Tuesday, 30 May 2006
Hi, I am back. We left last Friday for a trip
up to Bowie, MD to visit our friends Marcia and Brian. As usual, we had
a wonderful time. We left this morning at 8:35 for the drive home
arriving here right at 3:15.
After unloading the car I mowed the lawn while Bob put stuff in the
various rooms to be put away and brought up the network. Although we
have had no rain since we left it was still pretty high. Once the lawn
was mowed I took the car to the car wash. My blue trooper turned her
100,000 miles on the trip home just outside of Durham, NC. In honor of
this momentous occasion she had a full cleaning inside and out. After
14 hours of dogs in the back seat I preferred to let the car wash folks
vacuum up enough hair to make another dog and remove all the dog
slobber from the windows. Overall, the car was pretty gross inside to
say the least.
I picked up food on the way home. After dinner while I brewed tea I
cleaned up the stuff we dumped in the kitchen then did what little was
left of the unpacking. Most of our clothing is in the dirty laundry bag
downstairs. We are getting ready to walk down to Steve and Mimi's to
help celebrate Sean's third birthday.
Pictures and more about the trip later this week.
Wow, the first day of June. When we left town
last Friday for the Bilbrey's
the weather had turned from our nice cool 70's and low 80's to warmer
high 80's and low 90's.
I had to work Friday until 2 making it 2:45 when we finally got off
stopping at the Virginia Welcome Center on I85 just over the NC/VA
border to let the dogs out and to eat our picnic supper of ham
sandwiches and chips. We managed to stay just behind the rain showers
for most of the way until about an hour outside of Bowie. We arrived
about 9:30 after making one additional stop for gas and bathroom breaks.
Saturday their weather turned hot with temperatures in the 90's and
stayed that way the entire time we were there. This is the first
year we have not had rain on our Memorial Day cook out so I guess we
should not complain.
It was back to work for me today while Bob spent the day catching up on
almost two weeks worth of dirty laundry. I stopped at the store on the
way home to restock the fridge. Since we sat down to dinner, around
6:30, a pretty good storm has been raging outside. We watched the
second episode of As Time Goes By Reunion Special since we couldn't
walk the dogs or clean up the kitchen. We watched the first one
last night. After the birthday party I walked with Stephanie. In
addition to the two regular episodes the disc included some bloopers
and outtakes from the show. I about laughed myself off the couch.
Over the weekend I read another Dana Stabenow, the second to most
recent book in the quilting series by Jennifer Chiaferini, and am
currently finishing up another Hamish Macbeth. Marcia and I did some
major book shopping at the Mystery Book Store in Baltimore giving me a
chance to pick up several books in a couple of series I have not been
able to get from the library or the regular bookstores.
The storm sounds like it is moving on through. The dogs may as well
wait until last time out now. Bob has not had time to sort through the
pictures yet. I took an entire full memory card on this trip.
Friday, 2 June 2006
We had more rain and thunderstorms late
yesterday afternoon and early evening. Bob and I started watching Ballykissangel
last night. Sort of like Vicar of Dibley but a little bit more
serious. Ballykissangel is the name of a small town in Ireland
featuring a young, English priest. Cast and plot are both excellent.
This morning I finally put away all the stuff from the trip, tidied up
the house, vacuumed, etc. After finishing up my chores I took off to
run some errands. The heat and humidity left with the thunderstorms
leaving another wonderfully cool, clear day with a light breeze. I had
the dogs outside with me after lunch while I puttered around the yard
pulling weeds. Later we went down for a visit with Oscar and Trudy.
While down there Stephanie and the girls came home so we stayed out for
awhile visiting with them while the kids played.
I finished up the Hamish Macbeth and started an Anne Perry,
Bluegate Fields which finds
Thomas Pitt investigating the murder of a young wealthy teenager found
murdered in the seedy part of London known as Bluegate Fields.
Still lots of e-mail to read through plus some other things on my to-do
Dad and I played golf this morning. After
lunch I mowed his lawn then came home and mowed mine to get it out of
the way for this week. It was thundering just as I started but the sun
came out a few minutes later. Just as I finished the skies darkened
again as it started to pour rain. By the time I was out of the shower
that little storm had passed. Now the sun is back out. We have a chance
for more storms this afternoon and evening some of which could be
I will have pictures from our trip to the Bilbrey's tomorrow.
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