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Week of 13 August 2007

Latest Update: Sunday, 19 August 2007 2:00 p.m.

Monday, 13 August 2007

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Dad was having so major car problems. He took it to the place where he usually has minor work done like brakes, oil changes, etc. He was loosing both oil and water. They gave him a list of things wrong but told him they could not fix them all. They offered to part of them and then told him to take it somewhere else to have the other things fixed. They quoted an exorbitant price for the total repairs. 

HA! Plan B. I met dad out at Tim's, our mechanic, this morning at 7:50. We left the car in his care. Monday is volunteer day at the hospital. Frances took mom on her way to work. I dropped dad off on my way and still make it to work on time.

Tim called Bob later in the morning to say things were not as bad nor as expensive as dad was told but it would take two or three days to get the parts and everything installed.Working through lunch I picked them up from the hospital and took them home. After some discussion we decided dad renting a car would be the best solution for him to be able to get places he needed to go. I drove him over to a nearby car rental place. He picked up a nice little Mitsubishi four door. 

I followed him home then we all three went out for a quick meal before I took them back home.

I am reading the second Dana Cameron book Grave Consequences. Archaeologist Emma Fielding has flown to England for a working vacation to help a friend and her husband on a dig at an old abbey. The dig has problems when Emma lands at the airport preventing her friends from coming to pick her up. A young student from the dig has gone missing and a body turns up that is not hundreds of years old.

Temperatures are still somewhat milder being low 90's again today. We need rain something terrible.


Tuesday, 14 August 2007

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The day actually started out somewhat cooler than it has been. When I walked at lunch it wasn't too bad. By the time we got off work it had warmed up to the low 90's. More scorching weather starting tomorrow. I bought one of those fancy little brass garden sprinklers with circles that turn in two different directions. Mine has a butterfly in the middle. It is easy to set up and move around plus you can control how much water comes out.

I ran it one each of the flower beds out front Sunday afternoon. The flowers have all wilted again in this hot, dry weather. I am running it again this evening while I am back her checking mail, etc. It is easier and less time consuming than me having to stand and water all the flowers and bushes.

Tomorrow night I am having dinner with my Nancy and Betsy. I doubt I will get home in time to put up a post.


Wednesday, 15 August 2007

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Thursday, 16 August 2007

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I had my five year luncheon with the Firm today. We had a very nice catered lunch served to us rather than the usual going through a line. Each year was represented from 5 to 30 years. We received a very nice framed certificate and a check.

Destruction reports are coming back in at a pretty good rate. Some of the longer ones have anywhere from 50 to 200 individual files I have to update on the spreadsheet and in the two databases. Some days it takes me all day to just finish one report.

If you read Bob's page you know we had to have a new hot water heater put in yesterday. I told Bob yesterday morning I took a semi-warm shower with no cold added. Hot water heaters have really shot up in price. Hopefully we will get another 10 years out of this one.

Dad's car was also ready yesterday. I was all set to work through lunch and run him out to get his car before heading back to the mall area to meet Nancy and Betsy for dinner. Instead, our mechanic's wife picked dad up from the car rental place, which is near his house and drove dad back out to pick up his car which is on our side of town. Very nice of her and Tim to make those arrangements.

I finally made it to the gym tonight. Both last week and this week it has been something almost every night. I told Bob I had to get to the gym tonight to work out and relax. When it do not get to the gym after a week or so I am like a soda pop bottle that has been shaken.

The weather remains beastly hot. We are now under severe drought conditions again. Just earlier this year we had made up our four year deficit to just a little over 2 inches. Now the lakes are drying up, the leaves are turning brown, and lawns are parches.


Friday, 17 August 2007

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Saturday, 18 August 2007

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Last night I picked up Bob after work for a trip to the library, dinner at the Chinese restaurant, and grocery shopping. By the time we got home, fed the dogs and unloaded the groceries I did not feel like checking my mail or putting up a post. Instead we watched a Midsomer Murder before an early bedtime.

I slept in until a about 9:15 this morning. I would wake up and doze back off. It was an exhausting week at work along with a couple of bad sleeping nights that combined to wipe me out.

This morning I did the usual house cleaning then gave the dogs their fall bath. As I always mention giving the dogs a bath is very much like a rodeo event. They try to climb back out of the shower, sit down when I try to wash their back legs and tail, etc so that by the time I have done them both I am almost too tired to give myself a shower.

Other than the bushel basket of ironing awaiting my attention I have nothing else on the schedule for today. We are getting a break from the heat and humidity today with pleasant highs in the high 80's and humidity levels in the high 30% range. The bad news is there is no rain in sight.


Sunday, 19 August 2007

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It was very overcast and muggy when we teed off this morning. At one point we even had a few drops of rain for just nanosecond. By the time we got to the back nine the sun came out. A good breeze picked up to help with the heat and humidity.

I set the mower down one notch to get the Bermuda down. In the shady areas of the yard the grass was high enough to cut with the deck down. Although it is only about 90 degrees and humidity is pretty high. Wish hurricane Dean would turn north and come up through here with some rain.

We watched two Midsomer Murders last night. I was too sleepy to stay up and finish the Dana Cameron. I should finish it tonight.

Time to read the paper and watch some golf.


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