Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 5 February 2007
Latest Update: Sunday, 11 February 2007 4:00 p.m.
almost forgot to update my page. I went to the gym after work. Just as
we sat down for dinner Stephanie called to see if I wanted to walk. As
soon as we ate and I fed the dogs we took off on our walk. When I got
back Bob and I continued watching the Poirot we started with dinner.
While we were sitting there watching I remembered I had not had time to
check my mail and do my post. I asked Bob if he would take the dogs for
last time while I updated my page.
A very cold blast of arctic air has descended upon us. This
morning was a low in the 20's with a fairly brisk wind with
temperatures barely making it into the low 30's for a high. It
was just as well I did not get to walk at lunch. I worked straight
through to make up time for going in late
tomorrow Dad is having another cornea transplant in the morning.
has been about a year since his first one. Afterward the doctors
discovered the lens was too thick but had hoped it might work.
Dad never gain much if any good vision in the eye from the beginning
and has been getting steadily worse. The doctors decided the best
solution was to try a new lens.
Last night I finished reading the Carola Dunn. Now I'll
start reading from the pile of reserves we had come in from the
library. Maybe something light like a Hamish Macbeth for reading in the
waiting room at the hospital tomorrow.
Tuesday, 6 February 2007
Greetings. I left the house this morning at 6
am to pick up mom and dad. It was supposed to report at 7 with his
surgery scheduled for 8:15. As usual they were running about half an
hour behind schedule. Once dad was back in the prep area we went down
to the cafeteria for a breakfast. He came out of surgery a little after
10 but had to lay flat in the recovery area for an hour. By the time he
was unhooked from the machines and cleared by the doctor to go home it
Once he was sitting up and ready to get dressed Frances went on to
work. I took mom and dad back home making it work at exactly 12:30. I
called around 1:30 to make sure he was doing okay. He had to lay back
with his head up all day except to eat lunch and dinner. He goes back
to doctor in the morning but Al or Frances one are going to take him.
It was pretty cold this morning but had warmed up some by the time we
left the hospital at noon. Late this afternoon I checked the radar.
There was a decent snow shower just west of us but it never did get
down this far. There is a slight chance of rain/snow over night but not
very much of one.
I started reading Death of a Poison Pen. Hamish
finds himself investigating the source of poison pen letters being to
sent to persons in his village and nearby Braikie. When the mistress of
the post office Braikie is discovered hanging from her ceiling the
police first believe she committed suicide over the contents of her
poison pen letter. Instead it turns out she was murdered. Soon after a
local retired head mistress is discovered to be the author of the
letters. She too turns up dead. In the meantime a friend of Hamish's
ex-girlfriend who lives and works in London with Priscilla decides to
make Priscilla jealous by coming to Scotland and chasing after Hamish.
Instead of making Priscilla jealous she makes the local reporter, who
likes Hamish, mad instead. Beaton's usual group of eccentric characters
make continue to make Hamish's life miserable as he tries to unravel
Wednesday, 7 February 2007
Dad had his follow up appointment this
morning. The doctor seems pleased with how the eye is looking. He
cannot do anything until he goes back to the doctor next Monday.
I spent all day working on my destruction spreadsheet. I was trying to
wrap things up on the boxes we reviewed the three days we were off site
in preparation for going off site tomorrow to finish up. With other
things popping up I was unable to get all the boxes on the destroy
pallets reviewed. But, we are still going off site to finish reviewing
the remaining boxes. Once we finish reviewing boxes at the warehouse I
still have months of clean up work from things that pop up during the
review process. Never a dull moment.
Still making up my time from yesterday which meant no lunch break. I
didn't even take time to poke my head out the back door but did go to
the gym after work.
I have Friends of the Library meeting tomorrow which means no lunch
break while working off site. This is turning out to be a very grinding
week. Can't wait until Friday.
Thursday, 8 February 2007
Drew and I busted our butts today to get the
final 200 or boxes reviewed. I worked through lunch with the intentions
of leaving at 4 for my Friends meeting. Drew went out to get food and
brought me back a sandwich. At 4 pm we still have about half an hour of
boxes to finish up. I called Bob to ask him to call the library and
give a message to our Friends president I would be late. We finished up
around 4:40. I made to the library a little after 5. From there it was
on to the grocery store. Man, I am beat. We really hustled to get those
Bob has a radio interview in a few minutes. He is using my office since
the downstairs is still a mess from the painting project.
Friday, 9 February 2007
Saturday, 10 February 2007
The Thompson guest quarters are starting to
look very nice, indeed. We arranged the furniture differently
making the room look larger and more open. Once we get the new
light/fan and floor in the bathroom it will really look good. It has
taken most of the day to move furniture, dust, vacuum, and scrub down
the shower. Bob helped with the furniture, hung the blind, and did some
of the dusting.
We took a break around midday to watch the three episodes of Studio 60
Bob downloaded for me. We thought we were discing them but the player
was not working. I could have taped them on the VCR/TV unit in Bob's
work room had I known. Other than the fact we had to sit in Bob's
office to watch them on his computer screen it was not too bad of an
alternate way to watch TV.
Last night I went to the gym then picked up take out for dinner.
Stephanie called just as we came back in from walking the dogs for
first time to walk. We started watching our last Poirot with dinner and
finished up when I got back from walking.
I am reading the newest Gideon Oliver by Aaron Elkins, Unnatural Selection.
Oliver, an anthropology professor in Washington State is married to
National Park Ranger. Gideon has accompanied his wife to an
environmental conference on th Isle of Scilly off the coast of
Cornwall. He is asked by the head of a local museum to look at some
bones found at the bottom of a well known be a soldier from the days of
the Roundheads. Also, the locals and tourists tend to find bones buried
in the sand or on the beach which usually belong to animals. Sometimes
they are human. Not having a forensic person on the island they put
them in a box in the storage room of the museum. While look at the
bones of the soldier Gideon also examines the other bones and discovers
one of them is human and has been sawed in two pieces. He has
difficulty in persuading the local police it could be murder.
Next up, I need to trim out and paint the stairwell and wall at the
bottom. We are invited to dinner this evening with a couple whom I have
met via the Friends of the Library. She has recently joined the board
after her and her husband moved here from Cape Cod. Among her past jobs
she worked as a PR person for several airlines and sold antiques. She
and her husband now sell used books over the Internet.
Sunday, 11 February 2007
Having spent all last weekend working on the
downstairs I skipped the weekly house cleaning. Needless to say it
looked like it. I spent a couple of hours this morning vacuuming,
mopping floors, dusting, etc. before heading over to my folks. I picked
them up to go out to lunch and take them to the grocery store.
Other than cleaning up the painting area in the basement and do a
couple of last minute things in the guest area, I had not planned to do
anything this afternoon. I was 3:30 by the time I got back home. I
still have e-mail and web sites to check plus some other things here at
my desk. I may save that for after dinner.
While the day started out cold it has now warmed up to a balmy 45 degrees with clear blue skies.
We had a very nice time last night enjoying a fine home cooked meal and good conversation.
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