Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 6 November 2006
Latest Update: Sunday, 12 November 2006 12:00 p.m.
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.
7 November 2006
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.
8 November 2006
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.
9 November 2006
10 November 2006
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
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.
11 September 2006
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.
12 November 2006
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
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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