Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 8 October 2007
Latest Update: Sunday, 14 October 2007 2:30 p.m.
I am reading another Dana Cameron, Emma Fielding archaeologist mystery.
Emma and her students are working on a dig at the eighteenth century
Chandler House. Things are not going too well for the dig between some
of the historical society folks not happy nor some of the neighbors.
The idea behind the project is for Emma to make sure there is nothing
in the way of artifacts and history of the house before they add a
small bathroom and gift shop on the side of the house. When a young
college age history student working part time as a security guard for
the house turns up murdered, things start to look even worse. Emma
borrows the head of the Chandler House Historical Society's boat and
almost goes up in flames when she discovers someone put a hole in the
gas tank. Other weird stuff continues to happen convincing Emma there
is something sinister behind the history of the house that people do
not want to be put out in the open.
The side story continues with Emma's marriage to Brian. They are
fixing up an old historic house themselves which is various states of
repair. In this book, Emma's sister veterinarian Bucky has come to stay
for the summer to help with the dig and to learn more about what she
does. Cameron adds a lot of side story of their relationship as
sisters. This is the third book in the series.
The weather remains pretty warm for this time of year. It is still 85 degrees at 7 o'clock.
Tuesday, 9 October 2007
Wednesday, 10 October 2007
Busy, busy. With the Friends of the Library
book sale this weekend I have that going on plus work. Tonight we had
set up, tomorrow night we have our usual monthly meeting. I did the
weekly shopping tonight while I was out and about.
Yesterday morning I had a dentist appointment which means working
through lunch yesterday and today. Thus, no middle of the day reading
time. I am over half way finished with the Dana Cameron.
It turned much cooler today, high in the low 80's. Tomorrow is to be
only a high of 67. Wow. Now if we could get some rain. Alas, there is
not a drop in the long range forecast for right now. The weather gods
are predicting a dry, warm winter. That bodes well for cold and snow in
Thursday, 11 October 2007
Friday, 12 October 2007
Last evening after the Friends Board meeting I went to dinner with the
librarian. We had some library projects to discuss that I am going to
help with in terms of collection development. The Friends have
allocated some money to be spend on holes in the collection. Laura has
a lot of things to do running one of the busiest branches in the
system. I volunteered to review some recommended lists and compare
those with what Reynolda has in their collection. I can do the title
searches from home, compile a list, and she can just order the titles.
Bob and I had planned on going out observing tonight after many, many
months of not going due to hazy skies, etc. But, we are not going for
two reasons. One, my knee went south on me today with no warning. It
had been doing great until yesterday when it started bothering me a
little. Around midday today it just popped and went out on me with the
brace on. I am hoping it is due to the weather change and the low that
came through. On the way home the skies were looking less than perfect.
Bob said the forecast had gone from clear to partly cloudy. So, we are
staying home and watching the very first season of James Burke's
Connections. We have the later seasons but not the first year. The show
first aired in 1978.
I had hoped to stay up long enough last night to read the last 50 pages
of the Dana Cameron but could not make it. I only took half an hour for
lunch today and had to go to the bank so I only got another ten pages
or so in. Maybe tonight.
Lows tonight down into the mid 40's. Finally, it feels more like fall.
Saturday, 13 October 2007
Another picture perfect day. Cool temps,
slight breeze, clear blue skies. I did the weekly house cleaning this
morning. After lunch I limped the mower around the yard. The grass I do
have was high, the entire yard was full of leaves. I ran the leaf
vacuum on the driveway and along the edge of the yard. The grass was
too high to vacuum the yard plus I doubt I could have pushed it without
full use of both legs.
The knee actually feels better since I mowed and I had a shower. I am
off to the library. I need to take pictures for the book sale and help
close things down at 5.
I did finish the Dana Cameron. I started I new author Philip R. Craig.
I bought the first book in his Martha's Vineyard series...yes you
guessed, while I was on Martha's Vineyard. I found a neat bookstore
where I purchased his book A Beautiful Place to Die plus three other
non-fiction books set on Cape Cod and/or the Vineyard. Books are a
great way to purchase souvenirs of your trips. When you pick them up
months or years later you instantly go back to the place you traveled.
I started doing that a number of years ago and have discovered some
marvelous fiction and non-fiction writers.
Sunday, 14 October 2007
Bob and I went over to the soccer field last
night to do some in town observing. First time we have been out in
months. As a matter of fact, I was almost loosing interest in the whole
astronomy thing. But being out last night made we realize how much I
missed it. We bagged eight objects on our Urban list. I have a almost
completed list of Caldwell objects and my moon list. As far as my
Hershel list goes, I am not sure I will get come even close to getting
that one complete. We do not live in an area of the county which makes
it easy. Between sky and weather conditions we struggle to get enough
observing time in to complete 400 objects.
No golf today even though my knee feels better. Instead I took dad over
to Lowe's to pick up some mum's and pansies to go in a little bed by
the front porch. It did not take me long to get those in the ground. On
the way home I dropped off some of the same plants we picked up for
Frances while we were there. I also picked up a six pack of pansies to
finish out my front bed and the planter along the porch.
I have mail to check, bills to pay, etc. so I best get to it.
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