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Week of 27 November 2006

Latest Update: Sunday, 3 December 2006 12:30 p.m.

Monday, 27 November 2006

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Back 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.


Tuesday, 28 November 2006

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No update.


Wednesday, 29 November 2006

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Pictures from the Bilbrey visit last week. Bob, Lucy and Duncan relaxing.

Molly 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.


Thursday, 30 November 2006

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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.


Friday, 1 December 2006

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Saturday, 2 December 2006

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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.


Sunday, 3 December 2006

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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 golf cart.

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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