Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 8 September 2008
Latest Update: Saturday, 13 September 2008 3:40 p.m.
finished the Tapply last night and started another Ann Purser mystery,
Theft on Thursday. Purser moves her books ahead by big spaces of time
between books. Although the books are published yearly it has been two
years since Lois helped solve a mystery. While her family enjoy the
quiet from not being involved in a murder, Lois is getting board with
just running her cleaning business.
The small town of Long Farnden has a new, young, single vicar. The
choir director has quit in disgust, or was she coerced in to leaving,
to allow the new vicar to bring in his godson as the new choir
director. As feelings start to run high murder is can't be far behind.
With the possible threat of early evening thunderstorms I left work at
4 to come home to mow. We have a chance of rain almost everyday this
week. While Ike is heading toward Texas right now it can still turn and
come up toward us. Fay came back around to get us once she made
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
Bob called early this afternoon to let me
know the guys were here to plug the yard. I don't know if was raining
when they were here but not long after I talked to Bob it started
raining downtown. Instead of going to the gym I came home to spread
grass seed. It was just lightly drizzling while I was putting it out.
We've had not quit a half inch of rain. Hopefully we will get more
tonight and tomorrow to wash the seed in. It had rained enough to make
the areas of the lawn that are sparse of grass into mud. That, plus the
little plugs sitting on top of the ground, coated my shoes and the
wheels of the spreader. After hosing both down I came in to fix dinner.
My dad has been cleared for the knee replacement surgery next Tuesday.
Hopefully this time everything will go as planned. My mom had her
follow up today. The doctor said everything looked good with just a
little scar tissue left. They took some tissue samples to make sure
there was no infection remaining.
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Happy 25th anniversary to Bob. I too, remember
our wedding day. We had a very small wedding. About 50 guests, one maid
of honor, a best man and two ushers. We left for our honeymoon in
Washington, DC directly after the wedding. Very low key,very simple.
We ate dinner tonight at Zoe's diner nearby. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago Bob gave me my poesy ring early.
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Since yesterday morning we've had close to an
inch of rain. Today was another dreary, foggy day with off and on
showers. Visibility out the 10th floor was about a mile or less at
times depending on the clouds.
I finally made it to the gym tonight.
We are finishing up the last of Duncan's Metacam liquid. After a couple
days break we are putting him back on the Previcox tablets. Bob and I
decided he did not do as well on the Metacam as he does on the
Previcox. He still has his good days and bad. The cooler weather
Friday 12 September 2008
Late this afternoon the sun finally came out.
With it came the heat and humidity. It was sultry when I walked out of
the building at 4:30.
The hot news going around the office this afternoon was gas prices.
Apparently gas stations in our area and other parts of NC announced
they would raise prices from an average of 2.59 a gallon to over $5 in
the wake of hurricane Ike and recently Gustov in the gulf. The reason
behind the hikes is the stations will have to pay more for their
incoming shipments. BAH! Stations in the area ran out of gas and/or
were limiting people to 10 gallons as long lines formed. Some rumors
were spreading gas may become scarce with stations not being able to
I passed one station on the way home which still had gas at 2.59. It
was crowded with people in line waiting to get gas. I have over half a
tank. Guess I will wait to see what happens by the time I need to get
Today at lunch I started the newest Rhys Bowen, A Royal Pain, the second book in her Royal Spyness series.
Saturday, 13 September
I think I remember Bob getting up with the
dogs, otherwise I dosed until 9. I grabbed another load of cardboard
from the basement to drop off on the way to my folks house.
Mom had bought four mum plants she wanted planted on their bank. I put
those in the ground than we left to go to Pet Smart. Dad received a $10
off coupon for a purchase of $19 or more. He had to use his credit card
for the purchase. I picked up a bag of food and a box of treat.
Afterwards we stopped for a nice lunch at Panera Bread. Back at their
house I pulled up their tomato vines and helped to stow the support
baskets and rods.
Back home I mowed the lawn and had the guys out with me in the yard
while I did a few odds and ends. I mulched instead of catching though
most of the grass seed has washed in. In the back I still have spots
with thin or very little grass. Those I left alone. The little bit
higher grass will help to keep any existing seed from washing. We are
back to hot temperatures. Right now it's 88 feels like 92. In the shade
with the breeze it feels okay but in the sun it's pretty miserable I
did not let the dogs stay out too long. I'm done for the day. I think
we will be ordering take out for dinner. Too tired to cook tonight.
Sunday, 14 September
I gave Bob a haircut this morning before
getting started with the weekly house cleaning chores. With the laundry
going, Bob got started upgrading my mail. As usual, hitches and
glitches with mail files, bookmarks, etc. I think Bob has fixed most or
all the problems now. I had the dogs out for to play. It is warm, high
80's and humid. The winds are gusting up to 20mph with some clouds from
time to time. It's not really a cool breeze, just windy. The leaves are
coming down like rain already.
A couple of months ago Bob recorded Cranford
for me when it was running on Masterpiece Theater. Last night we
watched the first three episodes. It stars a lot of British actors and
actresses we have seen in other shows including my favorite, Judi
Dench. The setting is 1840's. Cranford is a small town still stuck in
old traditions. With the threat of the railroad and new faces moving to
town, things are chaning too rapidly for the inhabitants of the town.
The young doctor, Simon Wood, played Octavian in Rome. He is a fine
young actor. This is an excellent show, you have to watch it if you
like good British TV.
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