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Week of 28 May 2007

Latest Update: Sunday, 3 June 2007 12:00 p.m.

Monday, 28 May 2007

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Happy Memorial Day as we honor the brave men and women who have given up their lives for their country.

I had a dentist appointment at 8 am this morning. I was shocked when they scheduled my crown/filling work for today thinking they had made a mistake but they are always open on this day. He had some destruction to do before he could began the work. I had a filling partially chipped out of an upper left tooth pretty far back. In front of that tooth I had a crown that my previous dentist did not put on correctly. For that reason I am now going to this current dentist. First he drilled out the old filling and refilled that tooth then he had to remove the old crown. At one point I was certain he was excavating the basement of an old building with the drilling, cracking, and pulling going on. Once the old crown was off then he had to prepare the remaining tooth for the new crown and made me a temporary. He took a couple of impressions before he got one he was satisfied with for the new crown.

2 1/2 hours later I was finally out of there. Back home, I fixed a warm bowl of soup for lunch before penning up the dogs for the weekly house cleaning. I helped Bob put up the new light fixture in the downstairs entry to the stairs. That is the one that fell a couple of months ago while we downstairs doing something. 

I am sitting here working at my desk on some Friends of the Library stuff, etc until 2:30 at which time I will leave for my hair cut appointment. I have a load of card board ready to drop off at the recycling center on the way.

Last night's intended cookout became a cook in when the propane tank ran low on fuel. I am usually pretty good about keeping up with it getting low. The old tank had one of those indicator strips you poured hot water on. It changed colors where the tank was still full. I have not put one on the new tank but shall look around for one next time I am at Lowe's. I brought the chicken and steaks inside and cooked them on the George Foreman instead. While I was watching the race I started reading another J. A. Jance, Joanna Brady mystery.

The temperatures today are reach close to 90 but there is a nice breeze and low humidity. I will have to water the flowers after dinner.


Tuesday, 29 May 2007

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Last night Bob and I watched the first four episodes of another season of Monarch of the Glen. Tonight we watched one episode with dinner which was late since I went to the gym. On the was back from walking the dogs after dinner from down the street we saw Stephanie and the kids out back. We stopped to visit with them for awhile. We have time to watch one more episode before bed/reading time.

In this J.A. Jance I am currently reading, Exit Wounds, Joanna Brady has a lot going on. While investigating the murder of a woman who lived in a mobile home Joanna and her crime scene staff find a small puppy. Joanna takes the puppy home with her rather than let it go to the pound. The next day, when she goes to the animal control, which is part of the sheriff's department she spies a female Australian Shepherd whom she also adopts. That same day she takes the home pregnancy test and discovers she is pregnant while at the same time trying to run for reelection of her office. Lots of action and subplots to keep the book moving to say the lease.


Wednesday, 30 May 2007

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Not really much news. Work is steady but nothing stressful A lot of the folks took the week off for the holiday. I made the weekly grocery store run on the way home. The skies were dingy with a few clouds that looked like they might be willing to give up a rain shower. I think it sprinkled in some places in the city but not here. Scott's came today to treat the lawn. It is starting to look dry and brown in places. I think we have had only 1/2 in of rain for the month.

Two more episodes of Monarch on this disk. 


Thursday, 31 May 2007

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No update.


Friday, 1 June 2007

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Gosh, where has the year gone? I cannot believe it is the first of June.

I finished the Joanna Brady and started a book from my TBR pile by Lee Charles Kelley, Dogged Pursuit.

Bob and I went to the library after work then to dinner at the Chinese Restaurant. Although we have piles of books to read on our TBR shelf I don't want to loose my places in the various series I am reading. I decided to reserve the next books in those series and then alternate between library and TBR books. Needless to say, I will not run out of anything to read for awhile.

It is still hot and dry. Although I am watering the plants they are not doing as well as they would with good old rain. One of the perennials is not doing well in the spot I planted it. If it lives until Sunday I will move it.

Tomorrow I am off on a day trip with the folks. I will tell you all about it Sunday.

Enjoy your weekend.


Saturday, 2 March 2007

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Sunday, 3 June 2007

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It started raining lightly over night sometime. I could tell the streets were wet when I got up during the night to go to the bathroom. I woke up this morning to the sound of heavy rain and wind. So far we reached about .80 inches of rain from what was tropical storm Barry. The bulk of the rain has moved on through but wind and wrap around shower bands will stay with us all day. After all is said and done this rain will be at least help to green up the yards, plants, and trees.

I am using the day to catch up on little chores around the house and otherwise just spending the day relaxing.

We had a good time yesterday. The Holiday Tour's bus picked us up in Winston at 8:30 heading west toward the NC mountains. There are two churches, one in Glendale Springs, the other in West Jefferson. Inside the small, wood churches are fresco's painted by a NC artist who had studied abroad learning how to paint fresco's. We stopped at the first church before driving on to Shatley Springs for an old fashion country lunch. You can read about the history of the place on the web site. My history of this place goes back to the mid 1960's when, as a family, we used to drive up there to have Sunday dinner, or lunch every couple of years. One year, I think I was about 14, dad made reservations to spend to the night. At the time, they had little cabins and one big house. We stayed upstairs in the big house. I can remember it being cold, foggy, and rainy. We ate dinner then went up the house. Dad built a fire in the pot bellied stove. The downstairs was rented out to a couple it turns out my parents knew. Until bedtime, we all sat around the big fireplace downstairs.

That big house is now pretty much run down in ill repair. The small cabins are gone. They have extended the dinning rooms and built small cabins in the back along a fishing pond. The food was still good: fried chicken, country ham, pintos' biscuits, slaw, apples, mashed potatoes, etc. After we ate we walked around the grounds until time to leave for the short drive over to West Jefferson and the other church. We also stopped at a local cheese factory where they sell the cheeses they make.

The weather was perfect, about 70's degrees and over cast. The predicted storms and showers held off which was nice, since we were in and out of the bus half a dozen times. We got back to Winston about 5:15. After the big lunch we decided to just hit the K & W cafeteria for a light dinner. I took the folks home and then Frances. She had a small  book case I bought and stained for her back when she lived in her apartment. It has grown too small for her use so she gave it to me. When I dropped her off at home Al loaded the book case for me in the back of the Trooper.

We found a perfect spot for it in the den to help with shelving our ever growing collection of books.


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