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Week of 8 September 2008

Latest Update: Saturday, 13 September 2008 3:40 p.m.


Monday, 8 September 2008

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I 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 landfall. 

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Tuesday, 9 September 2008

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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.


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Wednesday, 10 September 2008

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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.

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Thursday, 11 September 2008

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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 certainly helps.





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Friday 12 September 2008

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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 restock.

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 gas.

Today at lunch I started the newest Rhys Bowen, A Royal Pain, the second book in her Royal Spyness series.

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Saturday, 13 September 2008

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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.



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Sunday, 14 September 2008

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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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