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Week of 4 May 2009

Latest Update: Sunday, 10 May 2009 1:00 p.m.


Monday, 4 May 2009

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As I mentioned yesterday I am reading another Brady Coyne mystery by Tapply. After thirty years Brady's uncle Moze has contacted him to look for his missing daughter, Cassie. Though they had been estranged since she married a rich dentist for over a year he had recently been trying to get in contact to mend fences. After two weeks of not being able to reach her via her cell phone he tried her home number. Cassie's husband was not only rude but evasive about where she was and when she would be home. 

Soon after Brady's visit to Maine to talk over the situation with his uncle Brady learns his uncle had a heart attack. When Brady and the local sheriff try to talk with Moze in the hospital he whispers it was Cassie who attacked him. Brady learns Cassie her husband's third wife, the first two dying under strange circumstances. When he visits the house he gets a less than warm welcome from both the husband and a son from the previous marriage. According to a neighbor Cassie's car has not moved in two weeks nor has he seen her about.  Her cell phone says her mail box is full. Another riveting and well written story.

Among other things we watched over the weekend was The Secret Life of Bees. Excellent movie.

It never did rain last night. We had some bad weather around us including a possible tornado touching down in a community not too far from us. It finally started raining while we were walking the dogs. This rain looks like it might amount to at least a measurable amount. More of the same all week. I may not get the lawn mowed again until later in the week. Right now it needs it about every five days.


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Tuesday, 5 May 2009

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Wednesday, 6 May 2009

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Girls night out last night with at BigShotz Tavern. The food was good as was the service. I had Veggie Pasta Romanesca which was excellent.  I a little over half and saved the rest for my lunch today.  Not overly expensive for the amount of food you get.

We've had something over an inch of rain. It was foggy and drizzly all day as far as could tell from looking out the window. Bob said it rained pretty hard at one here today. We have been under tornado watch since late this afternoon until 9pm today. A nasty storm was coming this way while I was at the gym but it ended up going south of us. It was raining lightly when I left. Right now the sun has come out.

I am taking a break from reading mysteries to read It All Started With A Dog. The author, Leigh Somerville McMillan lives in Winston-Salem and writes the society column for the paper. As you know I am not much on some southern writers but I saw a review of this book somewhere that made me want to try it. For one thing it is set in Georgetown/DC. Rachel Springer, a DC lawyer in the mid sixties runs her own practice with the help of one secretary/assistant. One day walking home from work she finds a stray dog. After medical treatment for mange, worms, and lots of food and TLC Ralph has grown into a wonderful sleek coated companion. Rachel's best friend since law school talks her into moving out of her apartment and into a three story house across the street from her with an apartment in the basement, a beautiful garden, and a full empty third floor for her meditation and piecing together quilts from fabrics she scavenges from antique shops and yard sales.

Having never been married Rachel enjoys her single, independent life she now shares with her dog Ralph. Upon another suggestion by her best friend she rents out the apartment to a widow from NY who is living in DC working with her friends husband as a consultant on a project. Last night after I finished the Tapply I decided to pick up this book to read the first couple of chapters to see if I was going to like it. I was hooked immediately. I read a few more chapters at lunch today. 



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Thursday, 7 May 2009

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They extended the tornado watch until 2 am this morning. Around 10 pm I heard thunder. We had a brief storm come through with some heavy rain but that was it for the rest of the night. Duncan slept all night again without any problems.

With all the rain and warm weather the grass just grows and grows. This morning I told Bob if the forecast held up for just a slight possibility of a shower this afternoon I would come home and mow before fixing dinner. I kept checking the radar off and on and by early afternoon thunderstorms were once again starting to pop up with the chance of rain steadily rising from 20% to 50% depending on whose weather web site you checked.

I ended up leaving work at 2:45 to get what I thought was a head start on the weather. The sun was shinning with some big white clouds as I started. As I finished the front it started to rain big drops. I continued on to the back. The big drops turned into a light sprinkle then quit when I was about halfway finished. With a lot of the back under trees the grass did not get too wet to finish mowing.

There is a chance of more severe weather this afternoon and tonight again for the next several days. This mowing will at least get me through to Sunday or Monday when there is a chance it may clear up.

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Friday 8 May 2009

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No update.



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Saturday, 9 May 2009

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House cleaning chores this morning followed by some outdoor time with the dogs. Around 10 am it was about 70 degrees with 69% humidity. It was cool enough in the shade to let Duncan lay outside for awhile. I have spent most of the day doing inside projects. I reorganized two of the kitchen drawers and one of the cabinets. I pulled out a lot of utensils and stuff I never use that was just taking up space in the drawers.

I've cleaned off my desk, paid some bills and balanced the checkbook. Last night I started reading the first book in another series by J. A. Jance. Bob and I have read all the J.P. Beaumont and Joanna Brady series. There are three books in her Diana Ladd series. I think Bob has read them all or two of the three. We have all three checked out from the library. The first book in the series is Hour of the Hunter, 1991. As with the Brady series, this one is also set in Arizona. Ladd and her son Davey are being stalked by a serial killer just released from prison for the torture and murder of a Native American basket-weaver's granddaughter six years ago. He set up a murder/suicide frame of his accomplice, Ladd's husband.

Storms in the forecast once again for this afternoon and tonight. With the soupy air and a cold front coming through that creates the scenario for some bad weather.



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Sunday, 10 May 2009

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Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there. It goes without saying I have one of the best moms in the world.

 After last night's rain and cold front came through we have a very nice morning. Cool,clear, with a breeze. I had the dogs out playing for awhile then put Duncan on his rope in the front yard. I had several yard projects I wanted to tackle that kept me busy for a couple of hours.

Lots to do this afternoon. 



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