Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 19 January 2009
Latest Update: Sunday, 25 January 2009 3:30 p.m.
Monday, 19 January 2009
woke up about 7:15 which of course alerts Malcolm who at this point had
not bothered us. I've been doing stuff in my office most of the day
including emptying my ironing basket. My office looks pretty good since
I've moved all the living/dinning room stuff out. My office wall along
the back and part of one side have floor to ceiling shelving strips.
There are short sections between the one window and two long ones
running beneath and along the entire length of the back wall. Our
hardback, non-first edition books cover halfway across four shelves.
The other shelves hold an assortment of other books. I keep the center
of the long shelves free for temporary stuff as needed. Another wall is
covered by yet another free standing bookshelf.
point I need to paint in here but removing 200 or so books and masking
those shelf strips gives me nightmares. I also have a regular hard core
door mounted to one wall that I use as my desk which I will have to
paint around. I can assure you it will not happen this year. Maybe next
Speaking of winter, I had a follow-up appointment with my
orthopedic doctor in the morning for 7:40. The weather gods are calling
for some type of precipitation to move in maybe tonight through
tomorrow. I have not had good luck with that office and bad weather.
Several times last January and February we had bad weather and I ended
up sitting the office waiting for an hour for them to open up. This
time I planned ahead and changed my appointment for later in the
The rest of the day I will be available for Bob to shoot pictures as he needs me.
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
The first snow of the year did not amount to
very much here in the Triad. We had maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch, just enough
to cover the yard good. The forecast had called for it to snow more
this morning with snow showers this afternoon and tonight. Instead it
all blew through by midday. The sun melted most of the snow but the
cold temperatures and wind stayed behind. Currently it is 26 feels like
15. Tonight is to be a low in the teens with 15 to 20 mph winds.
our driveway and street being snow covered I put the Trooper in 4
wheel drive if nothing else to make it up the driveway. By the time I
got out to Reynolda road things were mostly just wet. I hit some more
snow covered roads on the way over to University Pkwy. By the time I
left work the streets were bone dried and white with salt. I took it
out of 4 wheel when I left the parking deck.
East of us toward
the coast had as much as 6 inches and it is still falling. As the front
moved through it pulled the moisture from the Atlantic giving those
folks a nice snowfall.
With the three day weekend things were
very hectic again at work. I am still buried under several projects
that I chip away at in between putting out fires.
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Thursday, 22 January 2009
I had my 8 week follow-up appointment with my
orthopedist this morning. I am still unable to put full weight on my
knee to take a normal step. He said, and I agreed, the knee still looks
a little puffy. He injected it with another cortisone shop to help with
the swelling. He told me to continue my anti-inflammatory pills and my
gym workouts eliminating anything the knee will not allow me to do.
have a funny thing happen at work today. It is not unusual for several
of us in our group to have one a similar color scheme, khaki pants,
gray pants, and sometimes the same colored shirt. When that happens we
always kid everyone else about not getting "the memo". But today six of
the ten women in our group wore dark purple/eggplant colored tops
and black pants. So, if you wore the same thing today, either at work
or home, you must of have been experiencing the same karma as we were.
finished the Stephen Booth last night. Not sure what I will pick up
tonight. I did not start anything new last night since I knew I would
be working through lunch today to make up for being late from my doctor
Friday 23 January 2009
After a somewhat chilly walk to work this
morning it had warmed up nicely by lunchtime. I grabbed a salad at a
nearby cafe then took a long walk back to the building. The knee is
feeling much better after the shot. It was starting to weaken by the
time I finished my walk but recovered after spending some time back
sitting at my desk.
I had worn my coat when I left the
building based on the Weather Channel current temperature. It was
actually so warm I took my after lunch walk carrying my coat. I was
very comfortable in just my knit shirt with the sleeves pulled up.
work the usual library and grocery store stops. I reserved some more
Stephen Booth for Bob to get started on while I finish up the ones we
had plus ordered a couple of new authors I ran across somewhere to give
Saturday, 24 January
Dad received another 25% off through one of
his credit cards again, this time for Barnes & Noble. My folks are
not much into bookstore shopping. Still they had a good time while I
wandered around looking for titles from my TBR notebook that I cannot
get from the library. I managed to find a couple but the mystery
section at B & N is about 1/3 of what Borders carries. The
last time I was in Borders I checked several non-fiction, relatively
new titles on their computer. All were not in stock but could be
ordered. I prefer Borders if I do bookstore shopping over B & N
because I have a better chance of finding what I am looking for.
We went from the bookstore to Panera Bread for lunch then I took them back home then ran several other errands on the way home.
weather is really nice today with high's in the mid-50's which is short
sleeve T-shirt weather for me even when the wind gets up. When I got
home I headed out to the yard to do a few things and enjoy just being
outside working in the yard. Last fall I discovered some type of
powdery mildew on my euonymus bushes. Cut them back to the ground and
sprayed. The others did not look infected. I never did get around to
cutting the others back. I like to keep them from getting too
overgrown. I also needed to cut back the gardenia and my butterfly
bush. When I started cutting back one of the euonymus I discovered more
powdery mildew. I checked around and found it on two others and the
little boxwood by the front porch. Apparently it does not dye in the
winter. After cutting everything back I sprayed them to hopefully kill
Last night I stayed up until 11:30 to finish
reading Scar Tissue, the Tapply I started reading Thursday night. I
just had to keep reading to find out how it was going to end.
Sunday, 25 January 2009
I did the usual house cleaning chores this
morning and had the dogs out for some playtime. Other than that I have
not been able to get motivated to do anything else. Last night I
started reading another Dalziel and Pascoe.
I am grilling steaks and chicken for dinner. The sun has been out most of the day with temperatures in the mid 30's.
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