Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 5 March 2007
Latest Update: Sunday, 11 March 2007 2:00 p.m.
greetings. I am so happy to be back doing my assigned tasks again. I
don't mind closing files but I have a lot of my own work that needs to
be caught up and I really, really like my work doing destruction and
data base cleanup.
I have suffered the entire day with a surprise allergy attack. This
morning I had the usual morning sneezing until my over the counter
medicine kicks in. By the time I go in for my breakfast I am no longer
sneezing. However, by the time I got to work things were worse instead
of better. Instead of the usual couple of sneezes during the day I
spent the entire day sneezing my head off.
It's a little early for in the year for a full fledged attack but with the
warm temperatures the trees and flowers are budding out early. I
checked the pollen count web site and sure enough we are medium
to almost medium high for tree pollen. Oh well, I made it
through the day and on to the gym. As soon as I got home I used
my prescription nasal spray and took a Zyrtec. Those 15 to 25 mph winds
yesterday and today didn't help much by blowing all the pollen around.
Tuesday, 6 March 2007
Another interesting day at work. I had three
major research questions using our databases to search for files. I
just love the smell of the hunt!
I have taken a break from mystery reading to try the first book in a four book series by Adriana Trigiani.
I read a review of the most recent book in the series which intrigued
me enough to try the series. I was hooked on the first page. Here are a
few sentences which struck me close to home:
"This will be a good weekend for reading...The Wise County
Bookmobile is one of the most beautiful sights in the world to me...The
Bookmobile is just a government truck, but to me it's a glittering
royal coach delivering stories and knowledge and life itself. I even
love the smell of books. People have often told me one of their
strongest memories is the scent to their grandmother's house. I never
knew my grandmothers, but I could always count on the Bookmobile.The
most important thing I ever learned, I learned from books...
As I young girl, I too waited each week for the bookmobile to come
around. It made its stop on the street just behind our house. I can
remember, even today, when the inside of that wonderful truck looks
like. Even funnier, when I first started working at the library I met
the bookmobile driver. He was very young when he started driving and
yes, he drove that same bookmobile I used to visit.
More about the book and the series, Big Stone Gap.
Before I started reading mystery novels I read a wide degree of authors
some of which were light romance but not Danielle Steel. While I now
have switched to mostly mystery authors I still enjoy a good story
about small town America. While Stone Gap is fiction is appears from
the biography on her web site to be somewhat autobiographical. Big
Stone Gap is set in a small town Virginia mining town. Ave Maria, the
main character is Italian, as is the author. I will not give away the
reason she was named Ave Maria. Ave owns and runs the local pharmacy,
is also part of the two man rescue squad, deliveries medicines to those
who live back "in the hills" from town, and director of the local
Trigiani is funny without trying to hard, writes very well, and has
introduced a myriad and eccentric group of characters including a sexy
librarian. She drives the Bookmobile. I read the first 40 pages a
work today and got hooked into the story at once. Hopefully it will
As I predicted my allergies has completely cleared up by this morning.
To be safe I did not walk at lunch with the pollen count still high and
took another Zyrtec tonight with dinner. Bob is recuperating from
having another tooth pulled. I had planned to go out shopping this
evening after work but instead came on home to help with dogs and
dinner. I will most likely do my shopping tomorrow night thus no I
doubt there will be a post until the end of the week.
Wednesday, 7 March 2007
Thursday, 8 March 2007
I had a moderately successful shopping trip
at the mall last night. Today was work through lunch to leave early for
the Library Friends meeting. Stephanie just called to see if I want to
walk in about ten minutes so I need to wrap this up quickly.
The Big Stone Gap continues to be a pleasant read. On the weather
front, it was fairly warm yesterday but this morning it was cold and
windy again. My jonquils and crocus are up in full bloom. With the
warmer weather my pansies have also perked up a bit looking a lot
better than they did a couple of weeks ago.
Friday, 9 March 2007
Saturday, 10 March 2007
Greetings. First off, Happy Birthday today, to my sister Francs. Happy 61st anniversary to my folks, yesterday.
Gerald started on the bathrooms yesterday. When I came home last night
our bedroom was full of stuff from the bathroom; toilet, sink, cabinet,
etc. I had made a grocery store run after work and picked up Subway
sandwiches for dinner.
Both bathrooms had the new tile installed with spacers to let it
settle. This morning Gerald was back over to install the new ceiling
fans and grout the tile. He is still here working. In the meantime Bob
and I took off around 10:15 for Home Depot and Lowe's. The Home Depot
stop was to look at fixtures for the bathroom and pick up primer and
For the bathroom we needed the following: 18" and 24" towel bars,
toilet roll holder, towel ring, medicine cabinet, sink fixtures, shower
door, shower fixtures, and light bar.
I was not impressed with what Home Depot had so after purchasing paint
supplies we moved on to Lowe's. Neither place had a shower door to fit
our shower. After looking at towel bar sets we settled on a Moen in
brushed nickel. We then started looking at medicine cabinets and light
bars. What we have now is brown wood with a boxed in light bar. I
wanted to move to white with a chrome finish light bar. The selection
was pretty limited in the light bar category and not much better in
medicine cabinets. After spending half an hour or more looking at our
options we bagged that and went to look for sink and shower fixtures.
We ran into a couple of problems there trying to match the fixtures
with our towel bars.
For one, we have to be careful what fixture replacement we buy for the
shower. In order to prevent having to drill through my office wall we
have to find something that will fit the fittings we already have.
Also, the shower door size seems to also be non-standard. By the time
we had deliberated for another half an hour on the fixtures we bought
the towel bar sets and came home for lunch. It was 12:00.
I have several decisions to make about what I want to do about a
mirror, a medicine cabinet and lights. We have to wait on Gerald to
find out if he can get the shower fixture in brushed nickel and a
shower door in brushed nickel.
It is a beautiful day. I think I will do some yard work. I need to pick
up sticks and run the mower over the lawn. Unfortunately, one of the
wheels on my mower is stuck in the height it is set at which means I
can no longer raise or lower the deck height for the mower. It needs to
be set down one notch right now but I will just have to mow it as it is.
Frances and the folks are coming over at 5 for an informal birthday
party. We are ordering Wing Zone delivered and having birthday cake in
the downstairs area. They will get to see the new floor and the new
We slept in the den last night since the bedroom was full of junk. Most
of it was stacked along the walls where they like to sleep.
Sunday, 11 March 2007
Last night while everyone was over for the
birthday party we were brain storming about bathroom redecorating.
Frances has been doing the same thing at her house. She suggested we
replace the shower door with a shower curtain. With all the new
materials they now make shower curtains not as prone to mildew like
they did in the old days. Bob liked the idea because he has to stoop
down to get in and out of the shower. Plus, the door is so low the
water actually bounces off him and over the shower doors. With the
decision made it put other things in place.
This morning I went back to Lowe'w and picked up the faucet set we
liked as well as a matching curtain rod. Next week I will make a trip
to Bed, Bath, & Beyond to look for a curtain. While at Lowe's
I also looked at lights again and saw several that I think will work
real well. That too will be another trip to either Home Depot or Lowe's.
I primed the putty spots Gerald did yesterday and have now put one coat
of paint on the walls. While I was waiting on the primer to dry I
finished priming the hall walls too.
It was a beautiful spring day today. I hate I am tied up with the house
stuff and dad and I could not play golf. We may not get another pretty
day like this for awhile. It is to be 70 degrees today and close to 80
by the middle of the week. Way to warm for March around here. We may
pay for it yet.
I have another coat of paint to put on the walls before I finish up
with todays painting. I will save the trim work for next week. Oh, I
did set the mower down a notch yesterday and used a bungee cord to hold
the wheels in place. Worked like a charm.
I finished reading the Stone Gap book. Excellent story. I shall reserve the next one in the series.
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