Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 13 October 2008
Latest Update: Sunday, 19 October 2008 4:40 p.m.
had my six month dental cleaning appointment at 8 this morning
making it work by 9. I spent most of the day working on a spread sheet.
My brain was just about mush by the time I left at 5. Then on to the
gym making it a rather long day.
Last night I started another Ann Purser, Lois Meade mystery, Fear on Friday.
is back with highs today reaching the high 70's. Highs in the mid 80's
the next couple of days though the night time temperatures do drop back
down into the 50's.
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
We almost reached a record high today of 87. Missed it by two degrees. Not much in the news. Gym again tonight.
I continue to be very busy at work. I should finish up my spreadsheet tomorrow.
had one guy out this afternoon to give us an estimate on the tiling
job. The other guy Bob called is getting back in touch with us next
Thursday, 16 October 2008
Friday 17 October 2008
Nasty day. The weather report earlier this
week predicted 40% chance of scattered rain showers with the
temperatures falling from the high 80's all week to the low 60's. They
got the temperature part right but it has been rainy and windy all day
with u p to half an inch so far.
I took short lunches as week
in order to leave today at 2:30. I had intended to get to my folks
house early enough for mom to show me where she wanted some bulbs
planted then I would take care of that while I waited on her to call me
to pick her up from the beauty shop. It turned out too wet and messy to
do the bulb planting.
The physical therapist had just arrived
when mom and I left to take her to the beauty shop. I watched dad do
his therapy sessions while we chatted. Dad is doing well for only four
weeks out from his surgery. They did find some fluid in his lungs when
he went to his regular doctor this past Tuesday morning. Otherwise,
everything else checked out good.
After I picked up mom and took her back home I went to pick up the take out for dinner. Frances came from work to join us.
I finished reading Fear on Friday. Not sure what I will start tonight from my TBR shelf.
Saturday, 18 October
This morning we prepared the kitchen and
dinning room for painting which was mostly just taking down things
hanging on the walls and stacking counter stuff on the kitchen table. I
moved the dinning room table into the living room to hold stuff, etc.
While I drove out to Lowe's to get the paint he finished up a few things in the kitchen.
started with the cabinet sides of the room. He cut in behind where the
fridge goes while I started painting cabinet frames then he did the
cutting in on the other two walls. We have pine paneling in the kitchen
like we have in the den. The paneling in the kitchen was painted when
we bought the house. It runs vertical above the chair rail and
horizontal below. In addition to cutting in along the crown molding and
chair rail we also had to paint the groves between the panel boards.
While I finished rolling the kitchen Bob started cutting in the dinning
Between breaks we still managed to get most of the
painting finished by 3pm. This afternoon the ground finally dried off
enough to take the dogs out back for a short playtime. The highs never
did get out the 50's today since it was mostly cloudy all day. We did
see the sun off and on.
Sunday, 19 October
By the time I drove out to get the paint and
did a few pre-painting tasks it was 9:45 when I got started on the
blue. After doing the crown molding and the chair rail it was obvious
the blue would need two coats. We did go from a dark, Williamsburg blue
to an almost pale, baby blue. I hate those paint claim that one coat
covers; and I did not buy cheep paint. Since I knew I had to do two
coats I brushed on the first coat in the kitchen while doing the
cutting in below the chair rail and above the floor molding. Other than
a couple of breaks, one to play in back with the dogs and another one
to walk them down the street I have painted all day. I first coated the
kitchen side of the door into the dinning room and the one into the den
but I did not do the window frame over th sink or the dinning room side
of the door. That can wait until I next weekend or when I start on door.
painting taking up the day the yard and house have been neglected. Bob
took time out from working to do the toilets and sinks for me.
With the walls finished we can get the kitchen back into some
semblance of order to make it functional for cooking. I can't put
things back on the counter permanently until we get the back splash
I am reading a Lee Harris 2005 mystery from her
Christine Bennett series. I had read all this series except for the
last two in print which I had not been able to find for a long time. I
finally picked them up at the used book store the last time Bob and I
went over. This one is the Silver Anniversary Murder. Harris does
holidays and special occasion themes in this series. Bennett is an
ex-nun married to an NYPD Superintendent. They have a little boy five
years old. Bennett met her husband while solving one of her first
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