Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 26 June 2006
Latest Update: Sunday, 2 July 2006 4:00 p.m.
Monday. Not really much to talk about other than...the weather. I went
to the gym on the way home then fixed sandwiches for the dinner. I told
Bob we should hurry and take the dogs out because the skies looked
pretty threatening on the way home.
Just as we got back in and I settled down here at the computer it "came
a flood". The raining is pouring down in waves of light to hard and
harder repeatedly. Flash flood watches are up all over the state. Until
this evening, we had missed all but just brief light showers.
Last night Stephanie called about 8:45 to see if I wanted to walk.
Since the temperatures had dropped to the mid 70's I took Malcolm but
the humidity was still awful.
We are in the middle of watching a Cadfael. I shall play "Dr Seuss"
ball with Malcolm. "Malcolm, get the ball, it's down the hall,
against the wall".
Tuesday, 27 June 2006
Whew! Busy, busy, busy at work. I feel like
the little boy who kept sticking his finger in the dike to plug up a
hole. Each time he plugged one hole another popped up somewhere else.
Here is how my day went today:
I start work at 8:30 by reading Firm e-mail, etc. After cleaning up a
couple of projects I was unable to finish yesterday I started working
on a box of files about 9:30. I managed to get one file entered in the
database when "hole # 1" popped up. I solved that problem then moved on
to a couple of more things that came up.
By then it was noon and time for lunch. I grabbed my book and walked
down to the park again to listen to the live music. Today's group was Giannini Brass, a local of
musicians with ties to our local School of the Arts. I actually bought
one of their albums for my sister for Christmas one year. It was very
relaxing to sit on the bench under the shade, reading and listening to
Back at work Drew and I had to go across to one of our other buildings
to move some boxes, tagged them for data entry, and arrange for them to
be picked up by our off site storage facility. Back in the building, I
had more holes popping up in my Dike by the minute solving one thing
after another. At 4:30 I tried to start on that box of files again. HA!
Not to be. I never did get back to that box. By 4:55 I was "done" for
the day. That pretty much sums up how the last week has gone. The way
things are looking right now it is also how the remainder of the week
Stephanie and I walked last night. We took the dogs around the block
then brought them back home before taking off with just her and the
kids. It was not all that hot but still too muggy for Malcolm.
Tonight I came home and mowed. With all the rain and the fertilizer I
put down it really grew high since last Friday. I had been getting away
with mowing once a week but with this rain I will have to mow every
four or five days for awhile.
I am still reading the Cliff Janeway, The Bookwoman's Last Fling by
John Dunning. If I can stay awake long enough tonight I may get it
Thursday, 29 June 2006
YAHOO! Last day of work for me for a whole
week. We are, of course, closed next Tuesday for the 4th but I am
taking the whole week off. Lots to do around the house plus being on
hand to do pictures for the new book.
Last night Stephanie and I walked. We started off with Malcolm going
with us. The temperatures were only in the high 70's but he almost gave
out on me before we got to the corner where we can turn to come to our
house or go further around the block. We came home and dropped of
Malcolm and picked up Duncan for the last leg of the journey. Until it
cools off or we have a cooler evening I will start leaving the dogs at
I finished the Cliff Janeway. Next up, another Ann Perry.
Well, the first day of July. Half the year
gone already. I started this morning doing a few outdoor miscellaneous
type chores while it was still relatively cool. I was doing this while
Bob was getting his backup started and doing other computer stuff.
Around 9:30 we left for Home Depot to pick up a few things. I wanted to
get paint chips to see get a color for the shutters and for the trim
around the windows and the porch posts. We also bought an electric
power washer that Bob has been itching to get.
After a short lunch bread Bob set the power washer up to do the front
shutters and windows. If we washed them down good today they will have
today and tomorrow to dry good before I start painting on Monday. Well,
after several fits and starts the power washer worked for all of the 30
seconds before it died completely. After Bob checked the web site for
trouble shooting we deemed it needed returned to the store.
So, back to HD to return the washer. We got a refund for now. I am not
sure we really need a power washer but if comes up again later we can
try a different brand or model. Back home, I used what I originally
intended to use which is the Windex outside window washer stuff that
comes in a power bottled you attach to a garden hose. I did the outside
of all the windows and the shutters in about half an hour. Upon closer
inspection of the posts we discovered they may need some professional
repair as does the stoops at both the front and back doors. I can go
ahead with the window and shutter painting but may have to hold off on
the other until we get it looked at.
That's it for outside today. My game plan for the week is to get most
of the "work" out of the way on Monday and Tuesday leaving Wednesday
and Thursday to run errands, etc. I will be leaving Friday to go out of
town for the weekend but more on that later next week.
I have women's US Open golf, the mens golf, Wimbledon, and tonight the
NASCAR race from Daytona as the remainder of my days viewing pleasure.
I left home around 6:45 to pick up dad for an
early start to golf due to the forecast for temperatures to reach the
low to mid 90's today. We did finish by 11:30 having taken about half
an hour longer to play the backside than usual because we were
following a tournament.
After lunch I mowed dad's lawn then put out the remainder of my summer
fertilizer on his yard. It was coming upon 3 by the time I finished up
over there. That's all I had planned to get done today anyway
since I am off all week.
After I check my mail I shall hit the couch to read the paper while
watching the golf. Last night Stephanie and I walked about 8 just as
the race was starting I watched some when I got back until about 9:30
then went on to bed to read.
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