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Week of 23 March 2009

Latest Update: Sunday, 29 March 2009 1:10 p.m.


Monday, 23 March 2009

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Monday greetings. As I mentioned Saturday I am reading a new Dana Stabenow mystery. Her Kate Shugak series is one of my favorites. I love the Alaskan setting, the characters, and especially Kate's dog Mutt. A wolf/husky mix, Mutt is one of my all time favorite dogs featured as a regular in the mysteries I read. In Whisper To The Blood, Kate and her significant other, Trooper Jim investigate two murders associated with the new mining company coming to the Park. While it will bring jobs the locals are concerned about the flora and fauna of the Park plus the disruption to their lives. Kate has her hands full as the newly appointed chairman of the Niniltna Native Association and her adopted teenage son Johnny along with other minor problems in the Park.

Last night we watched Howard's End starring Emma Thompson. We had seen it many years ago not long after it first came out.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2009

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Over the weekend I talked things over with my folks, Bob, and my sister about my knee options. Today, after talking again with the guy that measured me for the brace I have decided that is definitely the route I am most comfortable taking right now. They will call me when they get it to come in for a fitting, instructions, etc.

Gym tonight which means a late dinner for us. We had just sat down to eat when the lawn mower guy called to let us know he was on his way. I have him come out every spring to service both my mower and my lawn vacuum. Even though I just bought the mower late last summer I still wanted him to change the oil and sharpen the blade. He also checks and cleans the air filter and spark plug  I used to change the oil and have Bob take the blade off for me to drop off at the lawn mower place to get sharpened. Then I had to haul the oil out to my mechanics to dispose of the oil, Bob had to put the blade back on, etc. This is much easier and less hassle for me and Bob.

After he left we walked the dogs. Bob wanted to talk with the folks across the street about a potential worm that is to go off on April 1 and let Kim know so he could fix their computers. After he talked with Kim a few minutes to find out when he could do her machine he took Malcolm home. I stayed down talking with Kim for about half an hour. I have not seen her much since the first of year.  We had a nice long chat while Duncan just laid in the grass enjoying being outside.


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Wednesday, 25 March 2009

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I stay up until after midnight last night to finish reading the last 100 or so pages left in the Kate Shugak. I recommend giving this series a try. It was a nice break from the darker Booth and Hill novels. I did start another Reginald Hill today during lunch. The weather was cold and damp with periods of rain, not very good for taking a walk.

I spent the entire day editing and cleaning up a large document in preparation for sending off to a client. Between ferreting out duplicate pages and typo's I had to make changes for the attorney and paralegal to the content. 


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Thursday, 26 March 2009

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Friday 27 March 2009

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Rain, drizzle, clouds, fog all of which has added up to around an inch of rain for us. Duke lost badly last night. I finally went to bed a little after midnight with Duke down 15 points. Villanova played a great game especially defensively but Duke could not put the ball in the little round cylinder. I am not sure, had it been twice as big around, they would have done any better. As my high school coach used to tell us, they were so bad their shooters could not have thrown it in the ocean.

A quick stop on the way home to drop a book off at the library and pick up milk and applies at the store. Carolina, the only remaining ACC team plays tonight at 10:00.



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Saturday, 28 March 2009

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More rain today. I've spent the day cleaning out files in my filing cabinet, organizing my desk top and working on the stuff in the work room we brought up from downstairs. Using a door as a work area is wonderful but I don't have desk drawers to store things it. Thus, they live on the top of my work area. I do have a cubbyhole  shelf sitting on one side of my work area that helps with a lot of small storage.

Carolina won last night. I went to bed at midnight with them leading by 20 points and roughly 5 minutes left to play. They play again tomorrow. The Thursday teams that won play at 4 and 7 tonight.


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Sunday, 29 March 2009

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We went out to dinner last night with Paul and Mary to Zoe's then visited with them at their house while Bob did some computer stuff.

Lots of sunshine today but very windy. I had the dogs out back to play but not for long with the chance of limbs blowing down. The weekly house cleaning chores are finished. We ran into yet another problem when we replaced the hinges on the cabinet doors. We had one of the hanging shelf units on the back of the pantry door. With the inside mount hinges the ladder track that holds the baskets would not go over the hinge and could not be moved over. Instead we took the over the door mounted one from the back of the kitchen to dinning room door down and mounted this one on that door. I moved the over the door mounted one to behind the work room door. I can use it for odds and end storage.

Bob did get the outlet strip mounted under the cabinet where the new microwave plugs in. The strip had been just lying on the counter.

I have more organizing chores this afternoon. Basketball games and golf later today.


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