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Week of 1 October 2007

Latest Update: Sunday, 7 October 2007 1:20 p.m.


Monday, 1 October 2007

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Good golly! I cannot believe it is October 1st. Fall is trying hard to arrive here in the Triad. The temperatures are at least much cooler. I had a wonderful time yesterday afternoon touring the Reynolda House and Gardens and enjoying some live music. Although it ran until 6 I left at 4 get back home. I had to finish the newsletter and do a few other things before fixing dinner.

I dropped the newsletter off at the printers during lunch, grabbed a quick bite to eat, and went back to pick it up. Tonight I will start folding, labeling, and stamping though I may not finish tonight. As long as it gets in the mail by the middle of the week to let folks know about the fall book sale for the following weekend. 

Back to the gym tonight again finally though I did mostly arm work. I did about five minutes on the regular bike and ten on the recumbent. 


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Tuesday, 2 October 2007

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Last night we had an episode of "things that go bump in the night"  Sometime early this morning I a clank, bump, type noise woke me up. I thought perhaps Duncan had fallen into to something again. He is much better now but he still looses his balance sometimes. The other night he fell and knocked over the water bowl or he falls and kicks his food bowl. The bowls are stainless steel which is what I thought I was hearing. I jumped out of bed calling Duncan's name as I quickly scampered down the hall into the den. No Duncan. I looked in the foyer and the kitchen.

I went back in the bedroom and check his bed, he sleeps on Bob's side of the bed by the wall. No Duncan. All the this time I kept hear, clunk, clunk, bump. I knew nobody was trying to break in the house because Malcolm was not no full alert bark. When I turned on the hall light and looked in the room where Bob stores all his PC building stuff there stood Duncan caught under one of the folding tables, behind two PC cases trying to get out. He was blocked by a tin coffee can I had left in there along with a box. How in the heck he got under there and why I have no idea. He never goes in that room even when he is frightened and trying to find a place to hide. Oh well. By this time Bob was awake and had come out to see where he was before I had freed him. Bob said he went to the foyer so I let both dogs out for quick pee before we finally all settled back down for the night.

I finished the Masie Dobbs. I have a J. P. Beaumont from the library I need to read next. Guess I better run. I sill have newsletters to stamp and label.




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Wednesday, 3 October 2007

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Thursday, 4 October 2007

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Tomorrow Bob and I celebrate 20 years of living in this house. We were so excited when we closed that day we brought sleeping bags over and slept on the floor of the den. This month we will have the mortgage paid off. We bought the house with a 30 year but refinanced to 15  in '92 when the rates went down.

We had a .20 inches of rain this morning though our neighbor said he had .36 register in his gage. Ours is much smaller than his. When it pours down real hard i think it is too much our little one. It was at least enough to settle the dust and wash in my fertilizer. With the cooler temperatures the grass that did not die from the drought has actually been growing a little. Hopefully rain and the fertilizer will bring back the rest of the lawn.

My knee has good days and bad. Yesterday it bothered me quit a bit, today it is much better. I am still wearing the brace which helps. I rode the exercise bike at the gym last night which makes it feel better the next day.

I did the weekly grocery shopping on the way home. It has already been a long week and it is only Thursday.



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Friday, 5 October 2007

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Saturday, 6 October 2007

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It was a long week between my knee, stress at work, and general everyday stuff keeping me busy. I woke up this morning little after 7. At that point everyone was still sleeping. The next time I woke up, sometime after 8 the dogs and Bob were up. The next time I woke up it was 9:15. I needed both the sleep and rest. I did get up at 9:30 much to Malcolm's happiness. The dogs don't care if Bob gets up but they do not like him to be up and me be in bed.

I lazily read through the paper which by the time I finished made it much to late for breakfast. Instead I cleaned the bathrooms and then fixed an early lunch before doing the house cleaning. The day started out cloudy but soon gave way to clear skies and very warm temperatures. Way too hot for this time of year. Normal highs should be in the  low to mid 70's. I am sure we will top out into the low 80's today.

After the house cleaning I decided to drive out the garden store about three or four miles from here. They have really nice bedding plants. I picked up a flat of violas and a flat of pansies, a winter cabbage, some bunny grass, and mondo grass to start edging the natural area under the big maple. I also bought Bob a foxglove plant. The dogs enjoyed being able to be out front with me while worked. I have just finished up and had my shower not realizing it was going on 4pm.

Last night I finished reading the J. P. Beaumont. Until I reserve some more Jance's and Perry's from the library I will be reading from my TBR shelf which I need to whittle down a little anyway.



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Sunday, 7 October 2007

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The walking wounded did manage to play nine holes this morning. Dad is not recovered from whatever he and mom came down with. My knee is much better but I want to be careful with it. With the brace on it did not bother me shifting my weight on the down swing which involves turning the leg on the toe. Nine holes was just enough to get out for some sunshine and fresh air and me to give the knee a good test. I still get a slight twinge with certain movements so I shall continue to wear the brace and be careful. The brace is a very thick black foam padded thing that stays in place with two wide Velcro straps at the top and bottom Mine does not have steel bars on the side just reinforced something in there. Naturally, the way I sweat it gets sweaty on the inside. It has been washed a couple of times now and I dry it on low in the dryer. Yesterday while it dried I just wrapped my knee in an ace which I will do this afternoon while it dries out good from wearing this morning playing golf.

After lunch I put a couple of plants in the ground for mom and dug up two dead bushes for dad in the front. I told him I would plant some bulbs and do some other things next Sunday. I wanted to get home this afternoon to do some things before taking the afternoon off to watch the race from Talladega. It has been sometime since I watched a NASCAR race because I have either been too busy or it has not been on a low tier channel.

I have the usual pile of junk on my desk to sort through as well as mail, etc. It is yet another beautiful day although I cannot remember wearing a sleeveless shirt and shorts to play golf in the first week of October.


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