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Week of 16 February 2009
Latest Update: Sunday, 22 February 2009 2:00 p.m.


Monday, 16 February 2009

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Other than a few finishing touches the kitchen is finished. As you can see, we have two doors to put up over the fridge. The shelves on the left replaced the old brown microwave cabinet. I have much more storage space and it makes the kitchen look much larger. 

Malcolm and Duncan chilling out yesterday afternoon while I was in the kitchen taking pictures.

I had a haircut appointment at five then some shopping for a few personal items. Last night we met Paul and Mary for dinner at a little Italian place around the corner, Coppola's. Bob ate his leftover's from last night for dinner and I ate my for lunch.  I started another Dalziel and Pascoe last night.

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Tuesday, 17 February 2009

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Wednesday, 18 February 2009

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Gym last night. Sunday we were supposed to go with Paul and Mary to Costco. Mary had an allergic reaction that afternoon after petting a very enthusiastic dog while running at Salem Lake. As I mentioned Monday, she did recover well enough to meet us for dinner. I had not done the weekly shopping last week since I could pick up anything we were out of except milk on Sunday. They only sell milk by the gallon which is too much. I had enough left to get me through this week. By missing the Costco run we ran out of several essential which resulted in me having to make the library/grocery store run this evening.

We had some very heavy rain come in over night and continue this morning. Once again it was warm enough to be rain. As I have talked about many times, my walk up 4th street from the parking deck is often difficult when the wind is blowing down the hill. This morning not only was the wind blowing but it was also driving heavy rain right into me. I had worn my rain slicker but from the bottom of my jacket to my feet my pants were soaked by the time I made it to the building. I don't usually carry an umbrella when it is that windy even with my wind proof one. It is hard to keep it from blowing out of my hand at the least. Anyway, it would not have done much good since it was pretty much raining sideways. I had my cap on under my jacket hood but the wind was blowing so hard it pushed my hood back and soaked my cap as well.

I knew it was raining pretty hard when I left for work but had no idea it was that windy nor which direction it was blowing. Had I known I would have work some sweats and changed when I got to work. Oh well. I dried off pretty well in about half an hour or so. I wore my water proof Merrell shoes which at least kept my feet dry.

The rain is supposed to move on through tonight and bring clearing but cold and windy conditions by tomorrow.



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Thursday, 19 February 2009

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Our friend Brian sent me a comment about the new shelves in the kitchen noticing the Alpo Snaps dog treat boxes on the bottom shelf at Malcolm level. We keep an open box on the foyer table which Bob uses to fill his pockets before we walk the dogs. They get one on start out and one on the turn around. They also get one when they come in. They are very small, about the size of a quarter. I don't do the ones when we walk but do give them one when we come in. Sometimes Bob leaves them laying on the table where Malcolm could very easily jump up and take them. He could also knock over the box to the floor and gobble them.

He has never done any of the above including stealing a whole box from the kitchen and tearing into them. When Duncan was younger he could have done the same thing but never has. As a matter of fact, their food is kept in a plastic tub in the dinning room. Malcolm or Duncan at any time could knock the lid up and dive in if they wanted to. Border Collies do not tend to be food hounds as some other breeds though I am sure there are some out there that would eat themselves to death, literally. 

Gym again tonight. It has turned cold and windy again.  I am glad tomorrow is Friday. It has been a long week.



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Friday 20 February 2009

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I sat up late again last night to finish the Dalziel and Pascoe. I have liked all of the books in this series but I thought this was better than some of his others so far. Today at lunch I started a new Louise Penny, Inspector Gamache.

Whew, Friday 5pm finally got here. I am certain someone stuck an extra day in between Monday through today. Almost everyone at work has a cold or has had the stomach virus/flu. I managed to fight off the head cold/cough with my own course of treatments all week non the worse for wear. 

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Saturday, 21 February 2009

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I had a couple of errands to run on the way over to my folks house this morning for a visit and lunch.  Bob and I had planned on working on the kitchen some this afternoon but he is feeling a little under the weather so we bagged that. He did do a couple of loads of laundry while I was gone.

This afternoon has been spent just puttering around doing odd jobs and giving the dogs lots of attention. It is a beautiful sunny day but cool and windy. We had roughly an inch of rain Tuesday and Wednesday but NC is supposedly back in drought conditions again. Weird since it seems to me all it has done is rain since the first of the year.

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Sunday, 22 February 2009

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I spent the morning getting the house cleaning chores done. My desk is cleared off and the bills are paid. I had the dogs out briefly before lunch but it is cold and windy. Speaking of windy. I often mention my trek to and from the parking deck and the building where I work. Not being very cold natured I have been wearing either my heavyweight hooded sweatshirt or my LL Bean lined jacket to work. My heavier LL Bean parka became my dog walking coat several years ago. 

It's not the cold as much as the wind that makes the trek from car to building so obnoxious. Although winter is almost over in terms of selling cold weather gear, we still have a good six weeks of cold weather possible. Lands End had their parkas on sale at really good prices so I ordered a new one to finish out the winter. I never did replace my older parka I moved to dog walking status since up until I changed where I parked I only had a short walk from car to building all within a parking deck. 

Bob has been ripping my CD collection last night and today. Several months ago when his computer blew up he lost my music files. It it now time to reload my Sansa player for my car and the one for the gym for with new music. I am sure he will explain the process on his page but this time around he is using a new program which rips them in better quality.


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