Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 27 November 2006
Latest Update: Sunday, 3 December 2006 12:30 p.m.
to work for me today. It was a normal busy Monday with a few problems
to solve but otherwise uneventful. I am deep into destruction with my
goal of having things ready by the end of December.
Sears came out today to repair the dryer. Only six years old and
already it needed close to $200 in repairs. I am not real happy with
Sears and what they charged let alone needing that much work on a dryer
only six years old. We run an average of three loads once a week.
We are taking a break from the Buffy's to watch some Poirot's for a change.
I have been having some recurring problems with my lower back and
numbness in my left thigh. It comes and goes but has been getting worse
over the last few months. Last week while I was on vacation I finally
made an appointment with the same chiropractor who fixed my shoulder
earlier this year. The first appointment always takes about an hour and
a half for the exam and xrays. As I suspected my sway back is getting
worse as I get older plus I have some rough disks crunching some
nerves. I also have some pretty bad arthritis in my right hip. I had
noticed a lack of mobility in the leg and hip for awhile.
Tonight started my 25 minute treatments three times per week which I
can do after work arriving about 5:30. He is just down the road a
couple of miles from the house. I will have to wait and see how many
visits my insurance will give me but it will be at least 5 to 8 then I
can apply for more like I did with my shoulder.
It will make for a busy weekly schedule but well worth it.
The weather has remained mild and clear with chilly nights. I sat
outside reading during lunch today enjoying this wonderful weather. It
will not last for long I am sure.
28 November 2006
29 November 2006
Pictures from the Bilbrey visit last week. Bob, Lucy and Duncan relaxing.
Brian, mom and dad at Frances and Al's on Thanksgiving day.
The master carver
Bob and Marcia
Mom, Al, and Frances talking while dad naps.
30 November 2006
In case you missed yesterday's post I did put
up some pictures from the Bilbrey visit. I forgot to change the current
link at the top of the page as well as the date. Too tired for words.
With chiropractor visits Monday and Wednesday and gym Tuesday and
Thursday it has been one hectic week. By the time we eat, clean up the
kitchen and walk the dogs it is already 7:30 or later. That gives me a
short evening for relaxing on the couch to watch a video and play with
the dogs before time to go to bed and read.
Speaking of which, I am now reading the latest Peter Tremayne, Master of Souls.
Sister Fidelma has been called upon to investigate the disappearance of
seven sisters who had left an Abbey on a pilgrimage. When she arrives
at the Abbey she finds that not only are the seven women missing but a
murder of a resident scholar has just taken place. Two murders from the
same abbey. From the first chapter in the book we already know what
sister Fidelma does not. That the leader of the other six women was
murdered on their way to the pilgrimage. A young sailor who had
shipwrecked on the island and was being helped by the women was taken
hostage along with the six young women. It will be Fidelma's
investigative powers to determine if the two incidents are related.
It has been almost like spring here in the Triad again with highs close
to 70 and lots of sunshine up until today. It was cloudy today with
some light rain and more on the way.
1 December 2006
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
However, it does not feel like Christmas with temperatures in the
mid-50's which is way too warm for this time of the year.
We got up 7:30 this morning in order to kick off a very busy day. While
we read the paper Bob gave me a very nice second birthday present. Last
week while the Bilbrey's were down we joined the shooting range. I told
Bob that could be my birthday gift. My second gift is a green laser pen
to use when we go observing. Sometimes when we are looking for deep sky
objects I get a little lost in the sky when Bob is trying to point out
a particular star or area of the sky. With the laser light he can point
it to the object he is trying to point out and I can do the same for
him when I am trying to show him something. The light came in a really
nice wooden box to keep and carry it.
He did play a trick on me though. My green laser came with a free red
light laser. He first brought out the red light laser and gave it to
me. When I turned it on he said" oh well, they sent the wrong color, I
will have to send it back". I told him that was fine. He took it back
in his office and then brought out the nice, green one.
After breakfast I put in a small load of laundry before we took off for
Costco. We only a needed a few things for us but Bob needed some stuff
for the chemistry lab downstairs. On the way home we made a library and
pet store stop. As soon as we unpacked and put that stuff away I ate a
quick lunch before heading back out to purchase my Christmas tree. I
drove up the nearby lot and found a decent sized tree for a reasonable
price. Bob came out to help me get it in the stand and in the house. He
is tied down this weekend with the 2 second quality pass on the book
that will go to the printers on Monday after getting this news late
last night. Good thing we did not have any major plans for the
weekend or we would have had to cancel.
The lights are on the tree and I have started on the ornaments. I
should have most of the tree done this afternoon before it will be time
to get ready to meet my folks and Frances for my birthday dinner. We
are going to a little Italian place on their side of town then on to
Frances' for cake and presents.
In case you are wondering or have lost track I turned 52 today. Wow, I
really don't feel that old most of the time except that I cannot do
nearly as much in a day as I used to be able to. To keep my feet and
back from getting too tired this afternoon doing the tree I will take
short breaks back here at the computer/desk sitting down yet getting
some stuff done. I will also do most of the dog duty this weekend so
Bob can work.
Guess I better get back to it.
3 December 2006
We had such a good time last night
celebrating my birthday. We had a nice light meal of steak and chicken
Stromboli's at the Italian restaurant then headed over to Frances'
house. Mom and dad always order some kind of cake. Some years it will
be an ice cream cake others just a yellow cake with icing. This year
they decided on going special and ordered a golfing cake. The icing was
mostly green with a small blue pond in one corner. Above the pond were
little plastic trees. In the other corner was a small plastic golf cart
with a set of clubs on the back. In the middle was the 18th hole flag.
After we cut and ate some cake I washed off the golf cart. Dad was
looking at it and rolled it backwards on the table when he discovered
that by doing so you could make it go forward on its own. I took it
over to the kitchen floor and let her rip a couple of times. We had
good laugh with me, 52 years old, playing with my little self propelled
Afterwards I opened some really nice gifts from everyone including some
really cute penguin ornaments that had wire spring feet that flapped
around when you bounced them. Yes, we do have a good time with
birthdays. We got home around 8:30 then had to feed and play with the
dogs before going to bed.
No golf this morning, I have way too much to do. The tree is pretty
much finished. Now all I lack is the two boxes of table decorations and
my village. I am trying to get to the point where I can at least run
the vacuum cleaner though the house and get the bathrooms cleaned. I
also have bills to pay and some other stuff to do here at my desk.
We'll see how the afternoon progresses.
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