of the CBCR volunteers posted a link to this ad for a Border Collie DVD
made in England. It's pretty cool. Having lived with BC's I saw both
Malcolm and Duncan behavior's in several of the dogs who are in the
Yesterday I worked from 8:15am to 5 without a
lunch break to get a head start on making up my hours for today. I had
to leave at 1pm for my follow up visit to the orthopedic. He wanted to
do an MRI but my insurance requires permission before I can have it
done. Now, I have to go back for the MRI but hopefully will not have to
pay another copay. How stupid is that? Once the MRI is done I will see
where things stand.
From the doctor's office I ran a couple of errands before getting home
in time to change and get Malcolm for his yearly checkup. He is a very
healthy specimen of a dog. Between getting home and leaving for the vet
it started to sprinkle rain. The pavement and grass is wet but we have
not had enough rain to register in either of the rain gages. The radar
shows some green still west of us so perhaps we will get a little more
The new job continues to go well. I am very,
very busy. My old job was about 50% each of brains and brawn. The new
job is about 80% brains and 20% brawn though I do get in a lot walking
during the day. My office, right now, it pretty far away from the file
room where we keep the files I am working on and the office of the
secretary I work under. I spend a lot of time back and forth looking
for files, filing, etc. I may be moving offices. I am in a secretary
office which they will need at some point when they hire a new
secretary for one of the attorneys.
I have almost finished the Anne Perry, Half Moon Street. What an
interesting "offshoot" of her Pitt novels. It is one of the Charlotte
and Thomas Pitt series books but does not feature Charlotte, her sister
Emily, or much of Pitt. Instead, Perry features Charlotte's mother
Caroline, her actor husband, and Caroline's cantankerous mother-in-law
who is staying with Carolina while Emily and Charlotte are away in
Paris. Charlotte and Thomas' children have gone to the seaside with the
Pitt finds himself investigating the murder of a photographer while at
the same time trying to locate a missing French ambassador. While Perry
brings Pitt in and out of the story line to keep us update on the
investigation, the major storyline rests on the sudden appearance of a
long lost brother-in-law of Caroline's from America. Things quickly go
sour for Carolina when her mother-in-law tries to prevent Caroline from
learning the truth about her half brother. Instead of having Charlotte
available to help solve Pitt's Caroline makes a contribution to his
case which helps to solve the murder which has close ties to Caroline's
We got somewhere around half an inch of rain over night. It has now turned cold and windy.
Last night after work I grabbed a bite to eat
before meeting my friend Nancy and her husband at a Fiddle and Bow
concert. I have been a member of F & B for 25 years. They started
out as an organization support local Celtic music groups. They played
in the a small room at one of the local restaurants. As they grew in
membership they started sponsoring Folk Fest's by bringing in national
and international Celtic groups for a one day event. Over the years I
have seen some very good well know and obscure individuals and groups
by attending their concerts. F & B has had to move around a lot to
find venues for their concerts. The original place had to close when
they tore down the buildings in that area to expand I-40. From their
they have moved to several different small restaurants which, when
closed due to lack of business, F & B lost their home.
Now they have a really nice place in a renovated old building used to
sponsor other non-profit groups who wish to hold workshops and meetings
of social and cultural nature. F & B holds concerts in the building
every Friday and/or Saturday night. It will hold 50 or so people, which
is about the size of the crowd. Last night, Gerry O'Beirne
from Ireland was featured. I first saw Gerry at a F & B concert
five or six years ago. I have his first CD, Half Moon Bay. He is
currently working on another solo album and a joint venture CD with Rosie Shipley. He played a few new tunes and some from his CD.
It has been a very busy morning. First I wrestled my 70 pound gorillas
(dogs) in the shower for their fall bath then took off for Wal-Mart.
Even at 10:15 the place was already packed with people. On the way home
I made a quick library stop to pick up some books.
I finished reading the Anne Perry and started a new Cynthia Riggs which are set on Martha's Vineyard.
Another beautiful day in the Triad. Instead
of playing golf dad wanted me to help him plant some bulbs. I went over
around 10am after it warmed up into the mid 40's for dad to be outside.
He had 80 tulips and daffodils to plant. Before you groan, I did not
plant them individually. Instead we picked spots where he wanted them
to go and dug six inch deep trenches or holes to hold 5 or 6 bulbs
each. It did not take all that long. Then I used his electric blower to
blow the leaves off his driveway to the curb. After we ate lunch I came
on home to start my yard.
A lot of leaves fell this week with those couple of very windy days. I
used the vacuum to get the drive, lawn, and natural areas instead of
blowing them off first. I still have leaves on the trees which means at
least one or maybe two more times before I am finished for the season
plus I need to mow at least one more time. I was too tired to mow today.
We have been watching another season of Midsomer Murders. The first one
we watched last night was the first time I had watched an episode of
the show I thought was not very good. The second one was much better.