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Week of 2 February 2009

Latest Update: Sunday,7 February 2009 4:50 p.m.


Monday, 2 February 2009

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I guess there is no use in trying to outsmart the weather. It was just sprinkling as I left work with the temperatures somewhere in the 60's. By the time I left the gym the temperature had dropped about 20 degrees and it was raining. The forecast overnight is snow with no accumulation. The cold weather comes in tomorrow night. I am not sure how many more times we can dodge the moisture/cold not getting here the same time. Oh well. if they don't salt the roads I will still come out ahead on the car washing.

Another hectic Monday at work. Fortunately my library training comes in handy in being able to juggle doing two or three things at the same time. 

We watched the Super Bowl to the end last night. It was one of the better games going down to the wire. Bruce did good with his halftime show changing the words of Glory Days to football from baseball. 


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Tuesday, 3 February 2009

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The rain last night never did turn to snow but stayed on the roads long enough to become patches of black ice by this morning. School in most areas was delayed two hours except our neighboring county to the east. They had more precipitation.

Late this afternoon the clouds rolled in and by the time I left work it was pouring snow. The roads had warmed back up enough for them to be just wet but we had about 1/4 an inch on the grass and bushes. Right now it is clear out but we are supposed to get more snow tonight with cold temperatures by morning. Should be great commute to work either way.



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Wednesday, 4 February 2009

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More snow during the night did not materialize but the cold came in behind it. Today the high barely made it out of the 20's with 15 to 20 mph winds. Tonight temperatures in the teens with wind chills close to 0. One more day/night of cold than we get another shot of warm weather to tease us into thinking spring is around the corner. I have some early, small crocus' up.

I finally had a sane day at work without six things going on at one time. It was too cold to walk at lunch. The real cold air makes my knee stiffen up too much. It was gym night anyway. I may try to walk tomorrow since it will be cold but not as windy.



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Thursday, 5 February 2009

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No update.


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Friday 6 February 2009

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No update.


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Saturday, 7 February 2009

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It's been a slow week for news which is the reason for the two days of not posting. Other than work, gym, and the usual shopping that's about all that has been going on this week. I finished reading the Stephen Booth and am currently reading a very strange mystery written by an Irishman, Ian Ransom. The Case of the Missing Books is the first in  his Mobile Library mystery series. Israel Armstrong, Jewish vegetarian, arrives in the small, northern Irish town of Tumdrum to began his career as the branch librarian. After a very long journey from his home in England he finds a sign announcing the library branch has been closed.  From the closed library he proceeds to the Department of Entertainment, Leisure and Community Services per the sign. There he finds a plump lady in charge who, after some wrangling, convinces Israel to take the newly opened job of Mobile Library driver.

The plot sounds normal but the continued bumbling around by Israel in various circumstances created by the very strange people in comes in contact with. The bookmobile is an old, rusted out van, his sleeping accommodations are in a chicken barn, and when he finally is allowed in the closed branch of the library where the books are being held to go in the bookmobile he finds the books have gone missing.

Israel is somewhat of misfit in society to begin with. He has a lawyer girlfriend back home but has never been able to hold down a job after his mediocre college performance. He left a job working in a small bookshop after having had several temporary library jobs to take what he had hoped to be his first real job.

In the weather news, Mother Nature has decided to bring us an early taste of spring. I did the usual house cleaning chores this morning before taking the dogs out for some backyard playtime. Today's high is to be in the 60's with more of the same tomorrow and lows tonight only down in the 40's.




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Sunday, 8 February 2009

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Another beautiful springlike day. I went over to the folks house around mid morning for a visit and lunch. After lunch dad and I took off for the golf course. Yes, we actually did a little golfing. I will not call it play golf since we sort of just hit the ball around the course. We started out on the first hole driving to about 125 yards out from the green and hitting short clubs in to get warmed up. It has been almost a year since we last hit balls at the driving range and longer than that since we actually played a round. As we progressed along each hole  we dropped the ball farther out to hit longer clubs. We both finally took the driver from the short tees on 7, 8, and 9.

Dad and I both did well considering the long layoff. The course was packed so we had to wait a long time before being able to hit our shots which gave dad time to rest. He said his knee felt fine, my did okay. I very careful not to take a full, hard swing.  As the weather gets warmer we may be able to go back to playing at our regular Sunday morning tee off time.

I have a summons for jury duty for tomorrow. We have to call the night before to see if our number is included in those jurors who need to report. I'll check later on tonight.

The red potatoes are on the stove boiling while I got a quick shower and updated here. Steaks and chicken on the grill for a nice easy dinner.


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