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Week of 20 October 2008

Latest Update: Sunday, 26 October 2008 3:45 p.m.


Monday, 20 October 2008

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I worked 8 to 12 then left to go pick up the folks for dad's Dr. appointment at Baptist Hospital. His regular doctor ordered a pulmonary test to check his breathing. His test found no problems. I was pushing dad in a wheel chair since it was too far to walk. While at the hospital after his appointment we made the rounds of the departments where mom and dad volunteer. I was touched by the number of people of who were as delighted to see them as if they were long lost relatives. I think it did dad a lot of good to get out and visit with his friends at the hospital.

After dropping them back off at home I drove out to get the oil changed in my car making it home by 4pm. I then vacuumed and mowed the lawn which took about two hours. Lots of leaves down and I did not even touch the natural areas. 

We've had to finally turn the heat on with the temperatures dipping down into the high 30's at night. We had a light frost last night but then it warmed up nicely this afternoon. 


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Tuesday, 21 October 2008

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Wednesday, 22 October 2008

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I am now reading another Kate Ellis mystery from my TBR pile, Plague Maiden.

We are still having unseasonably cool temperatures at night with lows still hitting the mid to low 30's. Normal for this time is year is the mid 40's. It still warms up nicely during the day to our normal low to mid 60's. We've had a pretty good frost every morning this week.

The dogs are good. Duncan falls down a lot, both inside and outside. But he is still enjoying life. He greets me every evening when I come home waiting at the top of the stairs for me to open the door. He enjoys playing ball though he does not run up and down the hall much anymore. We devised a game where I he lays near enough to me I can give him the ball with the gripper. We use one of the long reach grippers for retrieving the ball. He takes is from the gripper and then rolls it back to me using his tongue and/or off his leg.

Malcolm, of course, is still bouncing off the walls. Just in case you do not read Bob's page, he posted a picture yesterday of the sand paper Malcolm thieved from the dinning room floor where I have all the painting stuff stored. I did not even think of blocking it off not realizing he still likes to go thieving. I have all the paint and dangerous stuff closed up but I blocked it off so he can't get back in there.

The doctor's office called today to finalize things for my surgery next Wednesday. I go for my pre-op on Monday. I hope to finish the rest of the painting this weekend except for the kitchen cabinet doors which I can paint after my surgery. 



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Thursday, 23 October 2008

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Friday 24 October 2008

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Yesterday after work I had to make a library and grocery store run.

Today it left work at 3pm to pick up mom for her weekly beauty shop appointment then went back to sit with dad. He is walking around the house without a cane. The home physical therapy sessions have ended. He starts next week at Comp Rehab with the hospital. I picked up mom then we drove to Texas Roadhouse to pick up takeout for everybody. We got back to the house about five minutes before Frances showed up.

I was telling Bob about the two young girls who were working in the takeout room at the restaurant. They have a separate little room to order and pick up food. One of the girls told the other one she brought her book to read. The other girl answered, she brought hers too. I asked them what they were reading. They named titles/authors I am not familiar with but I was even more impressed when the one young girl said she liked to read over watching television. Being away from the library world for ten years now and not having being around young people a lot it was refreshing to have that particular conversation.

It has been cloudy and cool all day. We were to get rain starting late this afternoon, heavy rain, but so far we've only had off and on light showers.



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Saturday, 25 October 2008

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The first order of business this morning was the house cleaning. I let it go last weekend because I was painting. I finished vacuuming about half the rooms when Bob was ready to go to Home Depot. I wanted to look at their cabinet hardware and some other things for the kitchen projects.

I finished the vacuuming before stopping for a lunch break. The tile installer that was coming this afternoon to give us a quote called to say he was on his way just as we finished lunch.

After he left I started getting the kitchen stuff back on the walls to clean out the dinning room. As I went to pick up something from the dinning room floor I looked over to see a dead chipmunk lying on the floor. I was so shocked, I am not used to seeing dead things lying in my house, I made it to the kitchen before I let out a very loud ughhhhh! Bob came running asking what was the matter. I have no idea how he got in. We have them all around the house. I suppose he could have come in the front door when we had it open. I can't imagine Malcolm bringing it inside without us seeing it in his mouth. Furthermore, I can't believe it was running around live in the house without Malcolm knowing it. That is the same room where he thieved the sand paper. It cannot have been in there too long since it surly would have started to smell. I am lucky Malcolm did not bring it to me and drop it in my lap.

While my heart rate returned to normal Bob, after taking pictures, disposed of it. Since it is close to getting the living room ready for the holiday decorating I am going ahead and taking everything down in preparation for painting it tomorrow. I had intended to paint that room last year while it was torn up for the holidays but never got around to doing it. I thought it would take more than a gallon to do the kitchen and dinning room so I bought two gallons giving me enough to go ahead and get that room painted while I am in the painting spirit.

We got close to an inch of rain, mostly overnight, with a good steady drizzle falling most of the morning. The sun is trying to come out now. It is back to being  warm with highs close to 70.



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Sunday, 26 October 2008

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I've just finished up another full day of painting. The doors, windows, and trim plus the living room are finished. All I have left are the doors and drawer fronts from the kitchen. There are only three rooms left in the house that have not been repainted; my office, Bob's office, and the extra bedroom we use as a workroom.

For those of you interested in seeing a picture of the dead chipmunk from yesterday's post, Bob has one up on his page today.

Bob is cooking his chicken casserole for dinner. And, before you even think it, yes, he did throw the chipmunk out yesterday!


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