Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 12 June 2006
Latest Update: Sunday, 18 June 2006 8:00 p.m.
4am Sunday morning to 7am this morning we had about 2 inches of rain
most of which fell last night starting about 7pm. We were watching a
British TV show which at this moment I cannot remember the name of. The
skies looking out from the den window continued to darken as the rain
fell in sheets while the trees were rocking in the the wind. At one
point we had tornadoes just north of us and severe storms over us. We
decided to bail on the show and go downstairs (which is why I cannot
remember the name of the show).
We set up camp in the basement for the night since the forecast
called for that stuff to go on until the wee hours of the morning.
Fortunately we had a short break around 8:30 to allow me to give the
dogs a quick walk up the street for their LTO. The storms continued to
roll through about one every couple of hours. I sat up reading
finishing the Nancy Martin mystery before turning out the light around
11. Between 11 and 7 this morning I had snatches of 45 minutes to an
hour of sleep between storms. That coming on the heels of the same
thing from Saturday night and Sunday morning has left me feeling pretty
wrung out. But, we are very much in need of the rain so I shall not
complain too much.
Needless to say I ran out of gas at work around 3pm. Since the Firm
frowns on afternoon naps I toughed it out until 5 then on to my haircut
appointment. Hopefully the worst of this mess will blow through by
The Firm bought pizza for everyone who wished to watch the noon soccer
match between the USA and Czech Republic. We were down by one when my
lunch time was over. I kept an eye on the score via the net during the
afternoon. We lost 3-0. Ouch, not good for a team that went to the
semifinals four years ago. Apparently we have a second chance on
Tuesday, 13 June 2006
Last night I went straight to the gym from
work for the 5:30 and 6:00 upper and lower body classes. By the time I
got home and fixed a quick bite to eat it was well after seven when I
came back to check my mail. I was too tired to put up a post.
This morning I was sleeping so hard when the alarm/radio went off I
thought the radio was part of my dream. Alberto made just a quick pass
through our area of North Carolina with areas east and south getting
hit with as much as 7 or 8 inches of rain. With the rain we had Sunday
night and Monday plus this morning from Alberto we have added at least
a couple of inches to our local water table.
Things are very busy at work. I have several projects going at one time
plus the usual daily stuff to keep up with.
On the DVD front, we have several new series we are trying out. Our
friends Paul and Mary loaned us Wonderfalls which is a little weird but
funny. Monarch of Glen series looks like it will be good. Netflix sent
the wrong disc, season two instead of season one but we liked what we
saw. We stopped watching once we realized we had the second year.
I am reading another Hamish Macbeth, Death
of a Nag. Last night we ended up watching the other two episodes
of the TV series by the same name but, as I think I mentioned once
before, they are horrible. Very little to do with the books other than
they steal some of plots from several books, mix them all up, and do a
show. The actors and scenery are great but the writing is horrible. We
have no plans to watch the remainder of the series.
Thursday, 15 June 2006
Last evening I went straight to the gym and
picked up takeout on the way home. Just as I was finished eating,
around 6:45 Stephanie called to see if I wanted to walk. When I got
home from walking I checked my mail but forgot to put up my post.
I decided to take today off to get some stuff done around the house and
run a bunch of errands. There is never enough time over the weekend.
Bob and I took my Trooper out to have the 100,000 mile service, oil
change, etc. Back home, I tacked the finished area. It was time for a
good dusting, vacuuming, and cleaning up down there. We may have our
friend Mary over for dinner tomorrow night. She is allergic to the dogs
but does fine downstairs. However, I have cleaned real good down there
since the first of the year except for the bathroom and a quick rug
After I finished the downstairs I took a break for lunch before giving
the upstairs a quick run through with the vacuum. Our back bathroom
shower needs some caulking and the shower doors taken outside and
scrubbed down. We will do that tomorrow.
When I go back out to pick up the truck this afternoon I will run my
errands. That leaves tomorrow free to get the other chores I need
to do accomplished on the home front.
The siding folks started on the house yesterday. The did under the
eaves front and back and the porch roof yesterday. Today they are doing
the sides along the roof and vents. The gutter guy is here putting up
the gutters with the top guards. Bob will only have to go up to blow
stuff off the roof from time to time that collects in the ridges along
the porch roof but no more having to blow out the gutters and clean out
those disgusting leaves and maple seeds.
While I am at Lowe's this afternoon I will pick up paint samples for
the windows, shutters, porch columns and doors which we will do
I finished reading the Hamish, one her better ones I thought.
Yep, I'm tired. I started off this morning by
catching up on a bushel basket of ironing. From there I assisted Bob in
putting up the new baby/dog gate on the other big opening to the living
room from the dinning room. At one time we had a small baby gate at the
kitchen/dinning room door which made movement back and forth into that
room a pain. We then moved two small gates into the dinning area
propped up against chairs still making it a pain to get anywhere. I
finally purchased another extended wood gate like we have along the
foyer/living room door.
Once we finished that project I moved on to outdoor stuff. The house
looks GREAT! With the new siding and gutters it really makes the house
look much better. I am hoping for good weather the week of July 4th. I
will ask for vacation for that week in order get the shutters and
windows painted and the windows washed. That will put the finishing
touches on the outside with nothing but routine maintenance once in
All that crap that was in the gutters...dead maple seeds, dead leaves,
etc ended up in the natural area in front of the house and on the
porch. I swept everything up by hand rather than blower in case there
were nails or gutter parts. I scooped all the debris from the mulched
area as well as some clumps of stuff that ended up in the lawn.
On around to the back. I swept all the debris from the desk, the
driveway and the little walkway that runs under the deck stairs along
the house. The back gutter junk was mostly dumped in the natural area
that runs along the deck. I cleaned up in there mainly to get the
clumps of stuff and look for nails.
After lunch Bob and I reloaded astro-truck so I could clean up the
unfinished area of the basement. Last but not least, I mowed the lawn.
While the temperatures for today are really nice, low 80's and low
humidity it was hot working in the sun. The light breeze also helped.
However, I've had enough for one day.
I saved mail and desk cleaning for this afternoon while I sit and rest.
Once I finish up in here I will go out and watch some of the US Open
Happy Father's Day. And, what a lovely day it
was! Dad and I had perfect weather for golf this morning. Sunny,
cool, and a good breeze. Dad played better than he has in a long time.
It was fun to watch.
Mom fixed lunch then I mowed the lawn for dad before coming home where
I dove directly into my last major project for the weekend. Our
bathroom shower. We needed some new caulking along the shower frame on
the bottom where the doors slide and the sides where the top and bottom
part of the one piece stall fit. I had Bob take the doors off so I
could take them outside and clean them down real good with white
vinegar especially along the bottom and tops where they sit in the
tracks. Bob removed the frame to make it easier to removed the old
caulking and put in the new.
All went well until he started the actual caulking. I was outside
cleaning the doors. When I came back in he had caulk all over his hands
and boots. Apparently it was very sticky when he tried to smooth it out
resulting in a real mess. By the time we had everything under control
for me to jump into the downstairs shower it was 3:30.
We left for Frances' at 4. She fixed the traditional Father's Day
dinner of lasagna and garlic bread with lemon pie and/or strawberries
and pound cake. Mom made the cake, they bought the pie. We watched the
last nine holes of the US open getting back home around 7:45.
I fed the dogs while Bob switched the last load of laundry. I still
have to check my mail and read the paper before bedtime. It has been a
very busy day to say the least but a nice one. As I say every year, I
am so very lucky to still have my dad and my mom who are both active
and fairly healthy for their ages. I never, ever take that for granted.
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