Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 1 September 2008
Latest Update: Sunday, 7 September 2008 1:40 p.m.
Happy Labor Day. We are going out later this morning to Lowe's and a
Kitchen and Bath place to look at kitchen stuff and schedule someone to
come out for more quotes. Otherwise, not sure what I will get into the
rest of the day. I have some chores on my to-do list.
Here are a couple of pictures from our trip out to the Childress Winery we took yesterday.
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
Bob and I spent a couple of hours out at
Lowe's yesterday getting quotes on the kitchen upgrade: counter top,
sink, dishwasher, range top. Today Bob went back out to purchase the
appliances and get everything set up. The bottom line is that my
kitchen will be in various stages of mess for next few months. It will
be worth it when it's finished.
I started a new book/author today that is not a mystery. I cannot
remember where I saw this series mentioned but it tweaked my curiosity
enough to get the first book in the series from the library. The
series, The Lumby Books,
written by Gail Fraser is set in a upstate New York. The first book,
The Lumby Lines brings the main characters of the series into the town
of Lumby to rebuild a burnt out monastery into a bed and breakfast.
Check out the web site if you are interested.
Wednesday, 3 September 2008
That six inches of rain we got last night has
brought my lawn back to life. Although I just mowed Saturday it was
getting high again. With the chance of tropical storm Hanna coming to
pay a call over the weekend I decided I better mow tonight. I mulched
it instead of bagging to make it go faster and because the yard cart
was already full from Saturday's mowing.
Even with all the rain the areas where I do not have grass are really dry. I was creating some fantastic dust clouds.
Thursday, 4 September 2008
Friday, 5 September 2008
A local restaurant sent me a $25 off
invitation in the mail a couple of weeks ago. I tried to line up dinner
with my friends Nancy and Betsy to share my "wealth" with them since we
go to dinner every few months. It expires Monday but can only be used
Sunday - Thursday. Betsy could not make it but Nancy and I met for
dinner last night. We had a nice meal with dessert which ended up
costing us about 5 bucks each not including tax and tips.
The only other news is tropical storm Hanna. The predictions right now
are for her to go up the coast of NC staying well west of us. She has
not made landfall off the coast of either SC or NC as yet. We are
getting some winds and rain from the outer bands. The only watch we are
under is flash flood. Depending on how far in and where she comes in
that could change.
I am really enjoying the Lumby Lines book. Very funny depiction of
small town life. I am sure it is set in the midwest somewhere rather
than upstate New York. Interspersed in some of the chapters is the
police log and stories from the local paper.
Saturday, 6 September
My project for today was to start taking down
the back splash tile. We decided we could remove the tile and counter
tops ourselves rather than pay someone to rip it out by the square
foot. Not knowing what was behind the tile I expected the worse. When
we have tackled past projects in this house we found some things done
well and some things done rather shoddily which we had to fix before we
could do the new stuff.
In this case I was pleasantly surprised when the first few tiles
literally fell off the wall after a couple of good hits with the hammer
to the screw driver along the grouting. Instead of wall board we have
wood making removal fairly easy. By the way, for you tool guys, that is
NOT a good screw driver. It took me roughly two hours with a couple of
short breaks to remove the tile and clean things up. I brought the shop
vac up from the basement. It will be living up here for the next few
months while we are under construction.
This afternoon I'll start emptying the cabinets below the counter. We
will not rip the counter and sink out until closer to time they will be
coming to start installing stuff but I want to get the stuff out and
sorted. Most of the tile came off undamaged. We have a Habitat Restore here in Winston I am going to donate the tile to.
Tropical storm Hannah has moved on past us. We only got about 3/4 of an inch of rain.
Sunday, 7 September
Yesterday I started reading another Tapply
mystery. Brady Coyne has gone off to the wilds of Maine to assist his
client with stopping the buy out of his wilderness camp from an Indian
Tribe. When he arrives one of the guys in a fishing party has been
missing for five days.
This morning I did the usual weekly house cleaning chores. Later in the
morning we went back to Lowe's to pick our a faucet for the kitchen and
pick up some tar to fill the cracks in the driveway.
I am now working on the mountain of ironing in my basket.
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