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Week of 25 May 2009

Latest Update: Sunday, 30 May 2009 3:20 p.m.


Monday, 25 May 2009

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Happy Memorial Day in honor of all the brave men and women who have or are currently serving their country in the US and around the world. 

I was off to the folks this morning to do a few more yard projects that only took an hour or so. It was not very hot with very overcast skies but the humidity was at least 60% or higher. I hit an isolated shower about midway across town. It had not rained here since sometime last night but the grass was still a little damp. After playtime with the dogs I started working on the third red tip I want to dig out. I knew this one was going to be a bear since it had two major trunks instead of one like the other two. After digging and chopping for awhile it was still not coming loose from the root. 

In the meantime the sun had been out off and on drying the grass a little better. I set the mower deck up the last notch to highest position to see if it was dry enough to mulch. If I had to catch it I would have to dump the grass in the wheelbarrow and dump in the back natural area since the yard cart is full of bush clippings. No problems. With the forecast for today and all week for late day rain/thunderstorms I figured this would be my best chance.

Now I am done for the day. The red tip can wait until next weekend.  The Coca Cola 600 from Charlotte was rained out last night. I think they are trying to run it this afternoon between rain showers. Time to hit the couch for some relaxing and reading. 


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Tuesday, 26 May 2009

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Not too bad a day back at work after a six day "staycation" as they are being called by the economic gurus. After plowing away the top layer of tasks I could get out of the way quickly I started in on the more detailed projects I needed to attend to. I enjoyed my time off but was equally ready to get back to work today. And, my friend Bonnie came to have in town to get her hair cut and have lunch with me.

We collected another 1 1/2 inches of rain from Sunday night through this morning. Most of it fell late yesterday afternoon around dinner time. When Bonnie and I left my building to find something to eat it was raining lightly. When we left the restaurant it was raining a little harder though by the time we got back to my end of town it had stopped.

I finished the Stephen Booth, Scared to Live. Once again another excellent read in the Cooper/Fry series. Booth does like a surprise ending. Tonight I will start a new Laurie R. King, Language of Bees, in her Mary Russel series.

Over the weekend we watched The Duchess, quit good, and some more episodes of Bones.


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Wednesday, 27 May 2009

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No update.


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Thursday, 28 May 2009

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I am on a Tuesday/Thursday gym schedule this week because of the Monday holiday. Busy, busy at work with lots of projects going on plus still catching up from being off.

More rain again this afternoon. We do not need any more rain right now though there is not much I can do about it. My grass already needs mowed again but that won't happen before the weekend. While we are ahead of the rest of the city due to our 4 inch rain on just this part of the city last week, other parts of the city have had rain when we did not. It all evens out in the end. Our part of town is well up over six inches for the month.

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Friday 29 May 2009

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Np update.



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Saturday, 30 May 2009

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The muggy, wet weather of the past week finally blew out of here last night. Today we have blue skies, warm temperatures, and less humidity.  I had a very busy and hectic week at work plus two nights of very little sleep because of Duncan's nightly sleeping problems. Up until Thursday night he had been being pretty good, settling down and sleeping most of the night. Late last night Bob ended up having to pen him up in the hall bathroom. This morning Bob got up to let Malcolm out. When I finally got up at 9:30 Duncan was still asleep. 

I did the usual house cleaning chores this morning while Bob started the laundry. This afternoon I mowed and edged the lawn with play time for the dogs in between, of course. Now time to do some reading while watching the golf tournament.



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Sunday, 31 May 2009

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No golf again. I'm not sure has been up for playing lately but I have wanted to. I just have not had the time on the weekends or the weather has been wet and/or rainy. I thought about playing this morning but late yesterday afternoon there was a prediction of a chance of rain or thunderstorms early this morning. It did not really matter since I needed to stay home and iron the pile of work cloths in my ironing basket. We did have a storm around 8 this morning but it went through very quickly dropping lest than 1/4 of an inch of rain.

Duncan had another very bad night last night keeping us up off and on for most of the night. He settled down until 1am then started his getting up and down routine. We tried the bathroom once but he did not settled down and brought him back to the bedroom. Finally at 4 I took him back down the hall to the bathroom and told him lie down and go to sleep. He did, and we did. We all slept in until 8:30 just as the storm had gone through and the sun had come out. I did the ironing before showering and taking the guys out to play. The little boy down the street was out front riding a new birthday toy on wheels. I stood out front talking with his parents while Malcolm ran around and Duncan lay in the grass watching. 

We left around 12 to go over to Frances and Al's. I sat and read while Bob spent a few hours getting their notebook system up and running. It has turned hot and muggy. I would not be surprised if we got another storm this afternoon.



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