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Week of 15 December 2008

Latest Update: Sunday, 21 December 2008 2:20 p.m.


Monday, 15 December 2008

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Pictures of my tree and Christmas village and the new shelves Bob installed in the kitchen.



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Tuesday, 16 December 2008

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I shall add some to Bob's story about cooking his dirt on his journal page today. Actually when I arrived home from the gym last night I opened the door from the garage into the finished area of the basement where the stairs are to find Bob standing there with a paper plate of dirt. I said to him "gosh dear, thanks for having dinner ready".

After dinner last night we were cleaning up the kitchen. I asked him where the dish towel was that usually hangs on the stove. His answer " I used it to carry my hot dirt downstairs". Welcome to my world.

We shot some more hand pictures last night after we walked the dogs first time.

It was a really nasty day today with drizzle and wind. Not nearly as bad as what they have going up with the ice storms up north. I have seen many of those in past winters down here.

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Wednesday, 17 December 2008

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Thursday, 18 December 2008

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Gym last night. When I got home we shot a couple of more pictures for the chapter Bob was trying to finish up. By the time we finished, ate a light dinner, and I checked my mail it was already going on 8pm.

I am reading a new Peter Tremayne, the Sister Fidelma books set in 7th century Ireland. As I have mentioned before I do not read a lot from this time period but I do like this series. As with most of his books, the novel is set on a real event which took place during this time. Tremayne, whose real name is Peter Berresford Ellis, is a Celtic scholar. I think the main reason I like the books is the historical aspects as well as his characters. I think this series would make an interesting PBS television show.

Earlier this week we started watching The Pallisers, an excellent British series based on a series of books by Anthony Trollope. Made in 1974 we recognize a lot of our favorite actors at an early age. Susan Hampshire from Monarch of the Glen plays the lovely Lady Glencora Palliser. There are 26 episodes. We are doing two a night.

Today is the fourth day of either rain, fog, drizzle, clouds, or all of the above. We have not seen much of the sun since last weekend.  The middle of the week it was cold and wet, today and tomorrow is to be warm and wet.



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Friday 19 December 2008

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Saturday, 20 December 2008

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I have spent the day catching up on washing and ironing my work pants and shirts and doing little odds and end jobs that needed done. My ironing basket has not been empty since my knee surgery because I have been unable to stand long enough to iron more than a few pieces at a time. Last weekend I told Bob to skip washing that load and I would get it all caught up this weekend.

While I had that load washing I ironed what was already in the basket. I organized the pile of stuff on my desk, paid some bills, and wrapped a couple of presents that came in the mail this week. I still have a couple more to arrive. I hope they get here before Thursday.

This afternoon I ironed the load of stuff I washed this morning. With an abbreviated work schedule during the holidays the work washing/ironing baskets will not get filled up as quickly. I don't have enough shirts and blouses to let things get too piled up or I will run out of things to wear. Having a lot of clothes hanging in the closet has never been my style. As I wear it out, I throw it out, and buy something to replace.

This morning was once again overcast/foggy but I had the dogs out back for playtime anyway since more rain is due in this afternoon and tonight.



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Sunday, 21 December 2008

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We had another inch of rain over night. The ground is really saturated with all the rain and lack of sun and wind to dry things up.

This morning I vacuumed up the dog hair and leaves from the corners and middle of the floor and cleaned the bathrooms.

We started hanging the lower kitchen cabinet doors. Bob had to measure each door frame to see where to drill the holes. We went from hinges mounted on the front of the doors to hinges mounted behind the doors. Once again it is hard to retrofit stuff to a 40 year old house. While Bob was taking a break between doors I pulled out the stuff on the bottom shelves to pull up the contact paper. It needed to be pulled up before we can mount the new catches. All the bottom cabinets now have doors which is all we will try to do today.

I finished reading the Sister Fidelma last night. I still have a backlog of library books to get caught up reading that Bob has already read. 

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