Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 23 July 2007
Latest Update: Sunday 29 July 2007 3:00 p.m.
mentioned last week I am ready a Thomas and Charlotte Pitt, Brunswick
Gardens. This is the first one of her books I have struggled getting
through. A young lady staying in the house of a vicar/scholar gets
murdered by being pushed down the stairs. In the house lives his wife,
his two daughters and his son. His son has decided to become a priest
much to the horror of his father. The young lady who is murdered is a
believer in Darwin and a feminist. She is helping the vicar translate
some ancient texts. Also living in the house is Dominic Corde, the
brother-in-law of Charlotte. In an earlier book Charlotte's sister is
murdered. Charlotte had lost touch with Dominic until he resurfaced as
a curate in this house.
The book covers a lot of religion, Darwinism, etc in the plot. As
usual, everyone in the house suspects everyone else as being the
murdered. When the autopsy reveals the young lady was three months
pregnant, a shorter time period than her stay in the house, the tension
is heightened even more. There are a lot of discussions about love, not
like a cheap romance, but love versus duty, loyalty, etc.
As I got about half way in the book it seemed to move a little better
and gain my attention. It was not bad enough to give up on the book it
just has not been one of my favorites in the series so far. Last night
I came across a very interesting quote by Pitt that I really liked. I
will share it with you. Pitt is having a discussion with one of the
vicar's daughters who was very fond of the murder victim. They are
discussing pleasure and love in a relationship.
Pitts said "Pleasure is about coming and going as you like. Love is
about doing what is sometimes difficult, or expensive in time and
emotion, for some else's sake, and finding that if it adds to their
happiness, then it does yours also."
I could not express it any better myself. With Bob and I rapidly
approaching the 24 year mark I feel like we both have made that a part
of our very long and happy relationship. I, for one, shall continue to
keep that in the back of my mind for the next 24.
It was off to the gym after work. The weather remains cool. I sat
outside at lunch and read though it was a little warm sitting in the
Tuesday, 24 July 2007
Wednesday, 25 July 2007
We just got in from having dinner with my
folks, Frances, and Al. Today is my dad's 85th birthday. He is really
in remarkable shape for his age. I firmly believe staying active keeps
you healthy. He goes to the gym, plays golf, walks somewhere between 4
and 5 miles total when he works at the hospital, etc. He has slowed
down a lot, both physically and mentally but overall, he is doing
Dinner was at a new diner type place that just opened up. Nothing fancy, just good food and a lot of fun.
I finally finished the Anne Perry. It gets much better in the second
half of the book. Bob liked this one and I do not think it was one of
her better ones. Oh well.
Last night I started a new Rhys Bowen and a new series set in the
1930's. The first title, Her Royal Spyness, introduces us to Georgiana,
a distant relative of England's royal family. I fell in love on the
first page. The book is a shear delight to read. It is one of those
laugh out loud kind of witty novels, very light, very fresh. Georgiana
is somewhat of a klutz. She has left her Scottish home/castle to find
her own way in London. She lasted just five hours working the cosmetics
counter at Herrods and runs into a distant cousin with whom she crashes
a wedding for food just for starters.
Rhys is still writing her Molly Murphy series but has put her Evan
Evans series on hold. You will not want to miss reading this first book
in her new series. I promise you will not be disappointed.
We had a heck of a storm come in last night. Some rain but a lot of noise and loud booming.
Thursday, 26 July 2007
Friday, 27 July 2007
Last night I went out to Wal-Mart from work to look for dog treats and
do the weekly shopping. By the time I got home and we put the groceries
away it was too late to do much more than a quick mail check.
For the last week, since we had the front brakes put on my car it has
still been making a noise off and on when I put on the brakes. Plus,
they pulsated at times. Yesterday morning when I pulled into the
parking garage there was a scrapping noise without applying the breaks.
I called the garage to make an appointment to take it out this morning.
Bob followed me out, I dropped him back off and on to work. Turns out
the back brakes needed replaced. Not sure why we didn't think to have
them checked or that they didn't suggest we have them checked at the
same time we were having the front done.
We drove out to pick it up after I got off from work. I had intended to
mow this evening but we had a pretty good rain shower this afternoon.
During dinner we watched the last Mapp and Lucia. We enjoyed the series
but felt like the final episode was a little weak. As soon as I finish
up here we are watching another Midsomer Murder.
Saturday, 28 July 2007
We had a heck of storm during the night
dumping close to half an inch of rain. The thunder woke me first but
had it not Malcolm would have when he started barking to chase the
thunder away. We had another brief rain shower this morning about 9.
After I did the usual house cleaning chores this morning I tackled the
kitchen. I took everything off the counters first. I emptied the sugar,
flour, and tea canisters and the stoneware crock I keep cooking
utensils. Bob gave me the stoneware canisters from L.L. Bean for
Christmas not long after we moved into this house.
I first scrubbed down the tile behind the stove and counter and gave
the stove top a good scrubbing with Brillo. Next, I started on cabinet
and drawer fronts washing down all 21 doors and six drawer fronts. Bob
came in to help me with washing and drying of the canisters, etc. We
had some big washing up to do from the week that did not fit in the
dishwasher as well.
While the counters and other stuff dried I took a break from that
project to rest, check my mail, take the dogs out to play, etc. I had
washed a load of my work cloths including some new shirts and pants I
ordered from Lands End. More ironing for tomorrow.
Finally the sun came out and the winds picked up enough to dry the
grass. It is not hot but very muggy much like it has been the last
couple of days. I was finally able to get the lawn mowed. There are
more storms and rain in the forecast for this afternoon and tonight.
I have thank you letters to type up for the businesses who donated
prizes for the raffle. And, I need to wipe down the coffee maker and
other appliances that go back on the counter to finish up that project.
At some point, most likely next winter, the kitchen needs repainted.
When I did it last time, at least ten years ago, I took all the doors
off, stripped them, and repainted. Not sure what I will do this
Sunday, 29 July 2007
Golf this morning. It was partly cloudy, very
high humidity, and not a hint of a breeze. We both played pretty well.
I was hitting the ball really good through the first 16 holes. Then I
lost my swing. I struggled with my drive on 16 and 17 and my second
shot. On 17 I had a short pitch to the green. After hitting that shot
well all day I muffed it while the course owner/retired golf instructor
was coming up behind me in his cart. Oh well.
Not much on tap for today. I need to iron and pay some bills.
Last night I finished the Rhys Bowen, Her Royal Spyness then started a
new Peter Lovesey. The Secret Hangman is the latest in his Peter
Diamond series. He has not written one since 2003.
Tonight we will watch another Midsomer Murder.
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