Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 1 October 2007
Latest Update: Sunday, 7 October 2007 1:20 p.m.
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
Tuesday, 2 October 2007
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
Wednesday, 3 October 2007
Thursday, 4 October 2007
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.
Friday, 5 October 2007
Saturday, 6 October 2007
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
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.
Sunday, 7 October 2007
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
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
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