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Week of 24 September 2007

Latest Update: Sunday, 30 September 2007 11:00 a.m.

Monday, 24 September 2007

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Greetings. We had a wonderful time in Cape Cod. We spend Monday through Thursday night in West Yarmouth. Tuesday we took the boat over to Nantucket for a bus tour of the island and shopping. Wednesday we took the boat to Martha's Vineyard. Another tour of the island and shopping in Edgartown. The boats dock in the small town of Oak Bluffs where we boarded the bus to Edgartown. Of the two islands, I like Martha's Vineyard best. Thursday we had our local guide on our bus for a tour of the Cape Cod. We drove from Yarmouth out to the end of the island to Provincetown where we spent the day. On the way home we made a stop at the Cape Cod National Seashore. I hope to have pictures up tomorrow night. The weather was cool all week with only one day of over cast skies.

I arrived home around 10 on Saturday night. Sunday I cleaned house while Bob did the very large load of laundry I returned home with. Around one we drove over the the park behind Paul and Mary's house for her welcome home picnic. We left around 4 to come home so I could mow the lawn. The rain we had the Friday before I left did green up some of the grass along with the cool temperatures they had while I was gone. A lot of leaves had fallen due to the dry weather.

Just as I started mowing the front the self propelled gear cable broke. Yep, I mowed the entire lawn pushing my self propelled lawn mower. The temperatures were in the low 90's again, way too warm for September and having to push my mower. Bob called the lawn mower repair guy that comes out to the house this morning. He left a message. I told Bob he may be on vacation with the mowing season almost over and the dry spell we have had.

The worst part of having to push the mower was my dinky knee. A week or so before Labor Day weekend I did something to the inside ligament. I thought I had just pulled it and it would eventually get better. It started acting up on the trip getting much worse by the time we left to come home on Saturday. I broke down and made an appointment today with an orthopedic to take a look. I doubt it is anything serious but I want to make sure. 

Back to work today. Not really too far behind since my job is mandated by the current projects I was working on when I left. While I was on the trip I read the latest Maddy Hunter travel mystery, G'Day to Die, set in Australia. Her books are light and fun to read, especially while on a trip. I started the second Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear on the bus Saturday on the way home which I am still currently reading.

It is good to be home. Bob did a great job holding down the home front and taking care of the dogs. Duncan did very well while I was gone due to the cooler weather. He was little bit wobbly Sunday with the heat wave again but seemed to be better again today with the cooler temperatures.

Mom got sick coming home. She went to the doctor this afternoon, bronchitis. I understand it is going around. She has had it before, many times in fact, over the years. Dad's driveway was repaved while he was gone and the new car port installed. 


Tuesday, 25 September 2007

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I chose just a few highlights from out trip.

Going into Nantucket from the boat. Clear skies but very windy. Wild ride over on the boat.

Nantucket light and shoreline

From the boat going into Martha's Vineyard

You can tell by these pictures we have a very gray, drizzly day. The only one the whole week.

Hyannis Port. Shore of Cape Cod.

Shore of Cape Cod. White buildings Kennedy Compound.  Church is St. Andrews-by-the-Sea

The Pilgrim Monument was founded in 1892 as the Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association
located in Provincetown. The Pilgrims spent several weeks here before sailing on to Plymouth.

Taken from the observation deck at the visitors center of the Cape Cod National Seashore.


Wednesday, 26 September 2007

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Thursday, 27 September 2007

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I love to go on vacation but the following week I feel like am on the run trying to play catch up. Part of the problem is the large amount of travel stuff stacked and thrown everywhere in my office I have not had time to deal with. Major clean up duty this weekend. 

I had my doctor's appointment today for my knee. They x-rayed it, shot if full of cortisone, and put me in a big black knee brace. Although it is the side of the knee and side to side movement that is causing the problems, the Dr. said it was more than likely a knee strain problem. Have no idea what i did. It feels better already in that I can at least straighten it out to walk almost normally. The darn thing has been keeping me from sleeping since no matter which side I lay on and/or putting it straight or bent helped the pain. He said it should be better in a couple of days and then to wear the brace for the next few months when I felt it necessary working out or mowing, etc. He gave me a six week appointment but said I could cancel if it felt better.

We have recently finished watching the latest series in Foyle's War and Rosemary and Thyme. The latter is somewhat like reading a light cozy but I enjoy watching them anyway. I am still reading the Masie Dobbs.

Duncan seems to be getting better everyday. He was walking around fairly normal when I got home though he over did a little on the after dinner walk. When Kerri started having major problems with his back end we took him in for a shot that helped for awhile. I may investigate that as an option for Duncan if we keep having problems with his back end going out.

Bob uploaded some pictures for me to have printed at Walgreen's. I picked those up this afternoon after my doctor's appointment. The Dr. gave me some pain medicine to take at night if I need it so I had that filled as well. The Cape Cod trip was a hard one to photo shoot. The small towns were too full of people and cars, even off the beaten path, to get good pictures. Other than the shorelines and water shots, I have very little in the way of pictures to show others who want to see pictures of my trip. I also like to take pictures of things mom and dad cannot walk far enough to get to see.

Mom is feeling better, dad has it now. Guess they picked it up either on the trip or as a result of the change in climates and/or the AC in the hotel rooms. A lot of folks on the bus were hacking on the way home.


Friday, 28 September 2007

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Saturday, 29 September 2007

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We have a picture perfect fall day in the Triad. Clear, deep blue skies, slight breeze, temps in the low 70's. Of course, we continue with the drought situation with no rain in sight.

Bob took my basket of work clothes and the sheets down to the basement for me. My knee is better but with the brace on stairs are a bit tricky. While the sheets were washing I gave Bob a haircut then started on cleaning up my office of travel clutter. The only thing left to deal with is a pile of brochures on a chair and a pile of stuff on my desk.

Next, it was time to tackle the basement. I pulled my car into the driveway and used the electric blower to blow some of the dirt from the basement and the leaves from the drive to keep from dragging them back into the basement. I flattened a load of cardboard for recycling and washed my car. With it being such a cool morning I brought the dogs around back to play some ball in the backyard. Duncan is doing okay. His left back leg still goes out on him sometimes but he did fine running around in the back yard. He is currently stretched out taking a nap beside my desk chair.

I have to get the Friends newsletter ready to drop off at the printers on Monday, clear up this pile of junk on desk, etc. this afternoon. It is so pretty outside I think I will spend some time in my chair on the front porch reading and enjoying this nice fall day. I am almost finished with the Masie Dobbs. Last night Bob and I watched the first disc of Aristocrats. We may have seen it when it aired on Masterpiece but I have forgotten I lot of what happened.


Sunday, 30 September 2007

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No golf today. Dad is still recovering and I need to let my knee continue to recover. I can tell the shot is starting to wear off but so far it feels better than it did. The brace helps to keep it stabilized.

Earlier in the week the lawn mower repair guy called about the broken self propel cable. The mower is getting so old now it is hard to get parts but he said he could order the cable. Or, Bob could fix it himself. He and Bob came up with a home repair fix that...yes, I have to admit I doubts about. However, when I saw how Bob was going to fix it this morning I realized it would work just fine. All it took was some bent coat hanger. I did a quick test in the driveway to see if it worked, which it did. Until we get some rain I the cable will not get a full yard mowing test. They came this week to treat the yard with fall fertilizer which needs rain to wash it in. 

The weekly house cleaning is finished. With it being another picture perfect day I have decided to go over to nearby Reynolda House this afternoon. Fiddle and Bow is holding their annual Folk Festival which just so happen to coincide with an exhibit of old airplanes and the ties the Reynolds family had to their era of flying. There will be several bands playing include author Clyde Edgerton's. Admission to the festival includes tickets to tour the house. As with a lot of people, I have lived all my life in Winston-Salem and never toured the House.


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