Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 4 February 2008
Latest Update: Sunday, 10 February 2008 1:45 p.m.
had really only intended to watch the first half of the game and the
halftime show. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers did not let me down.
They played four of their old standby rockin' hits. But, the game was
so close at the end of the first half I decided I wanted to see what
would happen in the second. The Giants played a brilliant defense in
both halves shutting Brady down almost completely. The game had to be
the first time in a long time it was not a blow out by one team.
Bob was not happy I was watching the game. I grew up watching all
the sports on TV from time I was old enough to understand the rules and
what was going on. I knew all the pro football players by name for each
team as well as baseball. I was a die hard Redskin fan and liked the
Green Bay Packers. My sister was in love with Joe Namath. We often went
to Atalanta for Braves games. I was never much of a pro basketball fan
but followed college ball especially Duke since the 60's and
Rusty Clark days. I loved ABC's Wide World of Sports which back them
covered the big auto races and the Olympics as well as the other
sports. During the bowl game season we often had two TV's set up in the
den so we could watch more than one game. We had season tickets to the
Wake football games from time I was in elementary school. Dad I used to
go to all the games back when they played at the local city stadium
before they built their own stadium on campus. In collegeI never missed
an ASU football or basketball home game and went to a lot of the away
In the mid to late 80's the pros started making too much money in
football and baseball. I started watching NASCAR racing again and
stayed with golf and tennis. During the ACC tournament and NCAA
playoffs I still like to watch college ball.
We had a little rain overnight then a very heavy rain moved in this
afternoon giving us close an inch of rain with what we had overnight.
It was raining pretty hard when I left work to walk to my car. By the
time I got to this side of town and the gym it was pouring buckets.
Tuesday, 5 February 2008
Wednesday, 6 February 2008
The severe weather that hit south and west of
us was supposed to get here by this afternoon. Fortunately for us once
it came over the mountains the storms just became rain. There are still
a few bands of showers west of us that could get to us tonight but
hopefully not turn into anything nasty. We just walked the dogs in 25
mph gusts and blowing rain but the temperatures are still in the mid
60's. This morning I could barely make it up 4th street with the wind
blowing so hard down the hill.
Gym tonight after work. I am still reading the Anne Perry. Between
being busy at lunch and not being able to stay awake very long at night
it is taking me a little longer to get finished. Nothing else to
report. The dogs are fine. Duncan continues to amaze me with his ball
playing activity at his age.
Thursday, 7 February 2008
Friday, 8 February 2008
The end of a very long week. Last night I did the weekly grocery
shopping. I did finish reading the Anne Perry last night in bed. I
started a book by Cathie Pelletier that I reserved from the library.
Last fall I had picked up a book at the library book sale. Last week I
went to pick it up to read and realized it was the second book in a
series. The book, Funeral Makers, is not a mystery but another small
town family series much like the Adriana Trigiani series I have been
reading. This is Pelletier's first novel written back in 1986 set in
Maine. I am not very far into the book yet but I can tell you it is
centered around three sisters and small town family feuds.
Saturday, 9 February 2008
Malcolm woke me up around 7:15 this morning
washing. Yes, my dogs are much like cats in that they groom their legs,
paws, and belly regions. Each time he put his head down to lick his
tags were hitting the hard wood floor which woke me. Then he came over
to make sure I was awake by sticking his nose in my face.
Since I was now fully awake I got up to take them out and let Bob sleep
but he woke up too. I did the weekly house cleaning before taking a
shower and heading off to my folks. I called them Thursday evening and
told them I would take them out to lunch today. Mom chose Olive Garden.
We had a nice lunch and visit.
It is a beautiful day with temperatures in the low sixties. When I
got back home I left my car and opened both garage doors. After giving
the dogs some backyard playtime I used the electric blower to blow the
leaves and dirt from the big part of the garage where we park the cars.
Then I cleaned up the inside of my car and washed off three
months of winter grime. Tomorrow I will tackle the other part of the
unfinished area where the heating/ac unit is and we store stuff.
That's about it for today. My left knee is not holding up very well. I
have an appointment with my knee doctor on Thursday.
Sunday, 10 February 2008
It's a good thing I washed my car yesterday.
Today we have winds of 20 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Right now it is
not cold, 58 degrees. Once the front finishes coming through the temps
tonight are to be back down in the low 20's with 10 to 15 mph winds.
I worked some more on the basement this morning and after lunch. I have
the area where we store stuff somewhat more organized. Once we do the
upstairs two rooms I will call Goodwill to come haul off the pile of
stuff I pulled out of there plus whatever we haul out the tech room and
Bob's office. After the junk gets hauled off I can finish the basement.
With Lenore living with us for ten years we accumulated a lot of
geriatric assistance products. Canes, walkers, bedside potty chairs,
wheelchair, etc. I think the crutches actually belong to my dad from
when he broke his hip back in 1978. Last year when we loaned out
the wheelchair to Kim I we discombobulated the whole mess and I never
got back in there to reorganize, cleanup, and throw out. We just have
too much junk we don't need and never use taking up storage space.
Now with dad getting ready to have his other knee replacement surgery I
had to pull out some of the other stuff for him anyway. I wanted to
clean up and reorganize the area so that when we get it back it will
easier to access when we need it again.
Speaking of organization. Bob finally had time to mount the last of my
kitchen organizers this afternoon. I bought a slide out basket for the
under the stove cabinet at Space Savers. They had really nice chrome
ones for up to $60 that were not as deep, simple in design, or would
hold as much at the $14.99 wire basket. I use that space to store my
flat metal cooking pans of all sizes, skillet, etc. Every time I had to
pull something out every thing on the shelve came crashing down on the
floor. At some point I may have Bob install a couple where I keep the
pots and pans. When we installed the downstairs kitchen cabinets for
Lenore we bought the roll out shelves.
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