Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 21 July 2008
Latest Update: Sunday, 27 July 2008 1:00 p.m.
morning while I was sitting on the front porch taking a rest break from
yard work a female hummingbird flew right by nose to feed from my lantana
plant. The by the front porch looks exactly like the one in the picture
on Wikipedia. While they are listed as being hardy up to zone 8, we are
7, my dies off in the winter but comes back every summer. It gets about
three feet high and two feet wide. I just planted a red one in another
bed in the front where I moved a camellia bush. It was not doing well
in that spot so I moved it to the bed along the house. I also get a lot
butterflies at the lantana. The hummingbird flew off but came back for
some more food a few minutes later. It was fun to get a good upclose
look at how fast their wings beat.
I am reading the new Donna Andrews, Cockatiels at Seven. Just
started it at lunch today. I will update you later in the week.
The hot, muggy weather has returned. I think it reached close to 97
today with 40 to 50% humidity. Needless to say I did not walk at lunch
but I did hit the gym on the way home.
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
Duncan has morphed himself into our previous dog Kerry.
When Kerry got to be about Duncan's age, 13 1/2 he too had hip
problems. He would lay on the hardwood floor and thrash around with his
front paws trying to get up on the slippery surface. We were constantly
going around helping him to get up, he would move to a new place, lie
down, and start all over again.
To combat the problem for Duncan, or so we thought, we have various
size scatter rugs with rubber backing in the den, the foyer, the
kitchen and the bathroom. Places he likes to lie down. Do you think he
lies on the rugs? Of course not. He will lay down between the rugs in
the den, in the hall where there are not rugs, in the middle of the
kitchen, etc. Everywhere but on a rug. Bob spends all day listening to
his scrabble, scrabble, noises. When we finally had to make the
decision to put Kerry to sleep was when he could no longer get up at
all and started having accidents while sitting in them. Not quality of
life for a dog.
If Duncan gets in places where he can brace his back legs he can still
get up as well as on carpet. He falls down a lot just walking around
but seems to take it all in stride. He is on a joint supplement and
Previcox. Yesterday I talked with our vet about trying a new type of
NSAID. They were out of stock on one I asked him if we could try which
he recommended, Metacam. It is a liquid. Since we have to give Duncan a
few days of break between going off the Previcox and on the new stuff,
I am doing that now while I wait on the Metacam to come in. As I told
one of my readers who I exchange mail with about our dogs; she has an
old dog too, Duncan is stubborn as a mule. As was Kerry. I am certain
Kerry lived to be almost 16 due to his strong constitution.
Hot as heck today, with temperatures and heat index over 100. I had a
haircut appointment after work. When I left to come home it was raining
large drops in some spots and pouring in others. I was just east of
where we live about 15 minutes away. A very large, dark storm with lots
of thunder and lightening was following me home but when I got to our
house it had stopped coming this way. Although we did not get the rain
or the bad storm they got on the east and south side of town the
temperatures here dropped from 95 to 85 in less than an hour. Where it
rained it dropped down into the high 70's.
If you read my page a couple of weeks ago I told you about my mom and
her bad experience at one the hospital emergency rooms before we
finally got her in the other hospital. Last Monday I mailed a letter to
the hospital. Today my mom and I both got response letters stating a
complaint has been filed in my mom's name to the emergency room. We are
to hear something in several weeks. Guess we will see what comes of
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
One of Those Days at work. We had a drop dead
deadline which meant I was running back and forth from the scanner and
copier helping to prepare documents. By noon things were still under
the gun so I worked through lunch to be available as needed. Late this
afternoon I had to read through and compare two documents for sameness.
By 4pm things were pretty much under control. In between I found a
batch of files in the wrong place. Had to shift files again to make
room for where they belonged.
At 4:30 I called it a day. I had to return something to Lowe's and make
a quick Wal-Mart trip to pick up a few essentials to last until we make
a Costco run this weekend. Just as I arrived home the skies were
getting dark to our north and west, where we generally get our rain
from. Last night the storm that sat over the middle and south of the
county dumped four to six inches of rain, felled trees, knocked out
power, etc. We had a small storm later in the night that brought a
little rain. Tonight, the storm was coming in while we ate dinner.
After we checked the radar for severity we started watching The Tudors.
I have read several different opinions of the show but wanted to give
it a try. As Bob mentioned on his page we are bagging the remainder of
Robin Hood. The storm finally went through allowing us to feed the dogs
and clean up the kitchen. The temperature and humidity had dropped
considerable when we walked the dogs.
Thursday, 24 July 2008
I finished the Donna Andrews Tuesday night
and started a Kate Ellis. I discovered her many years ago but have been
unable to get the most recent of her four books. She is a British
publisher that does not do much business in the US. I found her earlier
books at the library but they stopped getting them nor could I find
them in bookstores here or when I was traveling. I found one at Malice
last year at a Canadian vendor booth. I ordered a couple of more from
them this year via e-mail since I did not get to go back to Malice.
Andrews recent book, Cockatiels at Seven has Meg looking for her friend
Karen who is the mother of two year Timmy whom she dropped
off for Meg to watch for " a couple of hours". When she did not return
by the next morning Meg was hot on the trail. Meg has lost touch with
her friend after she married and did not know Karen had a young
boy or that she was divorced. When the mother's ex turns up dead things
start to get a bit crazy. Karen worked in the accounting department at
the college where Meg's husband teaches. As the FBI are investigating
an embezzlement crime within the accounting department, Meg soon learns
the disappearance of Karen, the dead ex, and the embezzlement are all
related. Meg finds taking care of a two year old more than she was
prepared for which made her contemplation of having their own little
one something very serious to ponder.
Another wickedly busy day work. I picked up Bob for a quick library
stop and dinner at the Chinese restaurant. I am writing this page while
my dinner settles before I go out and mow the lawn. Still have to get
the trash and recycling up for tomorrow as well.
Friday, 25 July 2008
Happy Birthday to my dad. He is 86 years old. I picked them up after work to go to Texas Land and Cattle Steak House.
We met Al and Frances there. Very good meal. It was my first time. Good
food, great service. Mid-price range. Both dad and mom are doing very
well. Mom went back to the doctor yesterday. He is very pleased with
her progress. She is taking a ten day high doss of antibiotic to treat
the H-Pylori. The first of September she goes back for another camera
look at her stomach to make sure the ulcer has shrunk.
TGIF! Whew! It has been a long week.
Saturday, 26 July 2008
With no yard work on the schedule for today I
decided to give the dogs their quarterly baths first things this
morning. Or mid-morning. The dogs and Bob let me sleep in. I did not
even hear them get up. After dog baths I am washing the load of towels
it takes for that project. Two on the bathroom floor, two to dry them
off, and one to dry me off. I also need to wash a load of work cloths
and iron this afternoon.
In between I had a mountain of papers on my desk to be sorted and
filed, checks to write, checkbook to balance, etc. Lots of fun stuff to
keep me busy.
I am enjoying the Kate Ellis book,
A Cursed Inheritance. DI Wesley Peterson is investigating the murder of
a young man found floating in the Trad river. Several days later
Peterson and his team learn the man was killed on the grounds of a
healing center located in an old 16th century Devon home known as
Potwoolstan Hall then dumped in the nearby river. Potwoolstan home was
the scene of a brutal murder of the family who owned the home twenty
years earlier. The housekeeper, who supposedly committed suicide after
she went on a rampage killing the family. It is discovered the young
man killed was investing the murder, his belief being someone else
committed the crimes. The daughter of the house keeper hid during the
shootings but witnessed the entire events as a young girl. Now as a
grown woman she decorates doll houses to sell. She has built and
decorated an exact replica of the Hall including the murdered family
members based on flashback from her memory of what happened. She keeps
it hidden from her husband and her father. In order to recall the
horrid events and learn who really killed the family and her mother she
books a week at the new age center. Also in residence under an assumed
name is the husband of one of the daughters of the murdered family. She
escaped being killed by being away in London overnight.
Wesley, who studied archeology in college, has a good friend who has
gone to the States to study a dig at historic Annetown. From the
description of Annetown, I feel like Ellis modeled her fictional town
on Jamestown, VA. The clue to the murders in Devon twenty years ago and
present may lie in the historic town across the Atlantic Ocean.
Sunday, 27 July 2008
Malcolm let us sleep in until 8:15 when I
woke up anyway. I did the usual weekly house cleaning chores while Bob
did the laundry. I took the guys out back for some play time but not
for very long. At 11.30 this morning it was already 87, felt like 90.
After I put the dogs back in I watered the back flowers. My black eyed
Susan Marcy gave me to transplant has bloom. The other stuff that
survived the early transplanting are doing well. I will have to wait to
water the front flowers this evening after the sun goes around to the
back of the house.
Last night I grilled steak, chicken, and yellow/zucchini squash along
with a roll of French bread. We are doing a Costco run this afternoon.
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