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Week of 6 November 2006

Latest Update: Sunday, 12 November 2006 12:00 p.m.

Monday, 6 November 2006

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I am reading the latest  Donna Andrews, No Nest for the Wicket. Have you heard of eXtreme croquet? The things you can learn from reading fiction never cease to amaze me. Meg has once again found a dead body, this time while retrieving her ball after being roqueted, or smashed by the other opponents ball, into a thicket. The tournament is being played in the cow fields adjacent to the three acres of land in Caerphilly  where Meg and her finance have just purchased a fixer upper. Meg has learned there may be a large outlet mall being built on the farm land right in their back yard. The usual cast of characters in addition to Meg and Michael are all present including her father, who loves to solve mysteries and her brother and Spike the dog.

I have been to the gym, the dogs have been out, mail has been check. Guess I better go out and play some ball with the fellas.


Tuesday, 7 November 2006

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I had decided last night I was not going to bother to go vote.  I hate politics in general, as you know, from the lack of discussion of such on my journal. I worked for the county for 20 years. It was one of the things that drove me out of my job, putting up with the politics. The County Commissioners are the governing body along with the County Manager for county employees. I always voted hoping it would make things better but it never did. On a state and national level, their all a bunch of lying weasels.

Bob called around mid-morning to tell he had decided to go vote. I told him I would make my mind up on the way home. It has been a cool, windy, rainy day. It was still pretty nasty when I left work. At the stop light where I can turn left for home or go straight to our voting location I decided I might as well go. It was raining but it did not look like there was a line. I was number 639 at 5:30.

By the way, I know...if you don't go vote don't complain about the way things are. I pretty much ignore it all but if I do decide to complain at least I can say I voted.

When we walked the dogs after dinner it was just drizzling so I took them around the block to give them and me some exercise since I did not walk at lunch.


Wednesday, 8 November 2006

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I finished up the Donna Andrews last night. Today I lunch I started another Anne Perry, Belgrave Square. I shall report on it later after I am further into the book.

Work is steady but nothing over whelming at the moment. The destruction project continues. Target date for going off site will be the end of January which gives me roughly two months to get my spreadsheet ready.

I had to make a drug store run this evening so I stopped at Harris Teeter on the way home to grab the few things we needed from the store.

The weather is quite balmy for November, low 60's. The clouds and wind hung around today but no additional rain.


Thursday, 9 November 2006

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No update.


Friday, 10 November 2006

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Balmy weather indeed. A tied for the record high today of 80 degrees. I walked around the block at lunch then sat outside until time to go back in enjoying the sun and blue skies.

I had Friends meeting last night. Lots of stuff going on for the end of the year in preparation for next year with getting our budget ready, etc. We have a couple of memorial funds that need books purchased from this year's budget. I volunteered to go to the local bookstore and make some selections in those areas for the library. Our librarian for the branch has one position vacant and she has some unexpected health problems. The staff is stretched as so as it is. Helping to purchase the books will help them out and get our encumbered funds spent at the same time.

Tonight it is still so warm I walked the dogs around the block. The high school has their home game tonight just around the corner from us. I can hear the drums in the band here in the house. Brings back old memories for sure.

As I mentioned earlier this week I am reading another Thomas and Charlotte Pitt. Pitt is investigating the murder of a usurer or money lender for his supervisor in his home police station although the murder happened in another district. His boss is keeping his link to the murder very hush hush but as usual the murder is possibly linked to the "nobs" as the poor folks in London call the wealthy. While the local police station interviews the "poor" folks on the murder victims list of those that owed him money, Pitt must interview the three people whose names turned up on a separate list.

In the meantime, Charlotte has been spending a lot of time with the weather sister and new husband. He is standing for Parliament and she is expecting their child. Charlotte has been filling in for her at social functions. Pitt has become jealous of the fact she is enjoying it more and more when he cannot provide that type of lifestyle for her himself. So far, she has not been involved in his case which is also a very strange in itself. I am sure it will all come together in the end with Charlotte and Emily eventually becoming part of the investigation.


Saturday, 11 September 2006

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Another warm day with temperatures once again reaching 80 degrees. Bob got up with the dogs letting me sleep in until a little after 8.

This morning I tackled the downstairs area in preparation for Bob setting up his lab in the kitchen. It has been awhile since I gave that area a good cleaning. I did some reorganization of the cabinets to make room for supplies, moved some stuff around and gave the carpet a good vacuuming. Hopefully Gerald, next door will put us on his project list for the first of the year for new flooring in the bathroom and kitchen. Then I can paint and generally spruce the place up a little. I would like to use it more this winter since we have a real fire place down there to sit and relax in front of the fire.

In the meantime Bob started working on his workroom up here. I gave up the downstairs project at around 11 to eat a snack before heading to great outdoors. Most of the leaves have now fallen from the trees in our yard but the next door trees still have some shedding to go. I used the blower the get natural areas cleaned in the back where I cannot take the vacuum including the deck. I did the front and back yard with the vacuum but did not mow.

Next chore was bath time for the dogs. All this has been accomplished by 2:30. I need to do some work here at my desk for another hour and then I shall call it a day. It is so warm this afternoon I put on shorts after my shower. Way too warm for November for my liking. A front is to come in tonight and cool things back down again.


Sunday, 12 November 2006

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I shall borrow one of my favorite songs from Winnie the Pooh for today's post. As I sit here in my office I can hear the wind whipping around the corner of the house. Gusts are well up over 30 mph with sustained going from 15 to 20. The sun is out and the skies are clear but not a day to be outside. Last night the rains came in around 8 pm. We waited until almost ten but it was still pouring so we finally took the dogs out and went to bed. I finished up the Anne Perry.

Today, Bob is cleaning up his office. I need to do the rest of the upstairs this afternoon. I flattened one load of boxes from yesterday. As soon as we finish up here I will flatten that load and haul them off to the recycling  bin at the fire station and make a stop at the Goodwill trailer on the way home. 

From:  Winnie The Pooh and the Blustery Day. Written by: Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. Performed by: Sterling Holloway.

Hum dum dum ditty dum
Hum dum dum

Oh the wind is lashing lustily
And the trees are thrashing thrustily
And the leaves are rustling gustily
So it's rather safe to say
That it seems that it may turn out to be
It feels that it will undoubtedly
It looks like a rather blustery day, today
It sounds that it may turn out to be
Feels that it will undoubtedly
Looks like a rather blustery day today


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