Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 1 June 2009
Latest Update: Sunday, 7 June 2009 2:00 p.m.
Monday, 1 June 2009
out last night with Paul and Mary at the Mexican restaurant. When we
dropped them back off at their house we hung around talking for awhile
longer. Today I met a friend for lunch at Mellow Mushroom that I met on
our Chicago trip last year. It was very nice and cool this morning with
a pretty good breeze. At lunch it had warmed up but not overly warm for
the walk but the humidity was getting up there again.
I had a hair cut appointment after work. I am still reading the Language of Bees.
had a little better night last night. He settled early then started him
usual restless behavior. Bob retrieved a brighter night light to put
where he sleeps to see if that would help. In trying to make him
comfortable, happy, etc. we thought perhaps the darkness is bothering
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
I stayed up reading last night until I
finished the Mary Russel, Language of Bees. Today at lunch I started
another Susan Wittig Albert, Dead Man's Bones. More bone stories for
me. Last night we watched more Bones episodes. China Bayles
usually only deals in murders and bodies, not bones,so it will be
interesting to see if a current day murder occurs that gets tied to the
bones. From the first couple of chapters I do know the newer bones are
from sometime around 1975. China's son Brian discovers the bones in a
cave while working on a dig being headed by a newly appointed forensic
anthropologist at the the local university.
Summer type heat
today. It was supposed to get into the 90's. I don't know if it made it
that high or not. Tonight was gym night since had my haircut last
night. It was warm when we walked the dogs after dinner but the
humidity was not too bad.
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Thursday, 4 June 2009
And the rains continue. The dry spell is
over. The rain and thunderstorms were not supposed to move in until
today. I had intended to come home last night and give the lawn a
mid-week mowing. Late yesterday afternoon the storms fired up around
4:30 They would get here well before I could get home to mow. I called
Bob at 4:45 to tell him to go ahead and start dinner. I hit a deluge
about halfway home. By the time I got to the house it was just a steady
rain. To the east of us, Greensboro had the 4 inches in an hour type
rain causing major flooding. It rained steady here all evening but with
only 1/4 inch of rain by this morning.
Late this afternoon
things fired up again. I managed to get to and into the gym just as the
bottom fell out. Since 5:30 it has dumped another 1 1/2 as of when we
walked the dogs at 7 with more on the way. Fortunately we live on
fairly high ground. However, I am thinking the purchase of a
canoe or small boat may be in order if this keeps up.
watching Weeds series 4. They moved the venue and the plot for the new
season. The first couple of shows were fair but they seem to be getting
better as they go along.
Friday 5 June 2009
When I opened the door this morning to let
the dogs out it was pouring buckets. By this morning we had another two
plus inches of rain. It was still pouring when I left for work but had
slacked off to a light drizzle by the time I got downtown. Late this
afternoon most of the rain had moved on. warm and muggy. We had a
total of 5 inches.
At least the sun had come out by the time I
left work although it was warm and muggy. I had to make the usual
Friday evening stops; library, pet and grocery stores, and I had
to get gas. In a little over two weeks it has gone from 1.99 to 2.49.
The place was jammed with cars at every pump. I'm not sure if it was
because of it being a Friday or if gas is supposed to go up again
We are watching more Bones episodes.
Saturday, 6 June 2009
Happy Birthday to Bob.
This morning I
did the usual house cleaning chores. I got up with the dogs intending
to let Bob sleep in for his birthday but he got up too. Of course the
ground and grass was soaked when I had the dogs out back to play. It
was still rather overcast off and on all morning which was not helping
to dry things out even with a good breeze blowing.
I ate lunch
and read for awhile waiting on things to dry out. It is not all that
warm, 78, but the humidity is getting up over 60%. Since I had decided
to catch the grass instead of mulching since it was so high I finally
decided to go ahead rather than sit around waiting on things to dry
completely. The grass was almost dry. The ground will not be dry to
I am done for the day. Read and watch so golf.
Sunday, 7 June 2009
I decided not try to play golf this morning.
With all the rain we've had I was afraid it would be too muddy. If the
course if really sloppy they make it cart path only which makes for a
lot of walking especially for dad.
I woke up at 6:30 anyway. I
let the dogs out then went back to bed. We got up at 8. I spent the
morning puttering around in the yard doing odd jobs. At one point
Malcolm and I helped to capture the dog across the street that got out
from the fence, again. I hacked some more on my bush making very little
progress in getting it to come out of the ground. I tried sawing it off
above the stump but sawing away sideways while standing on my head was
more work than trying to chop it out. I finally bailed on that for the
With the warmer weather and yard work I have been trying to
wash my brace on Sunday afternoons when I am usually the least active
spending most of the resting in the house or sitting on the porch. I
soak it in the sink then put it outside to dry. Even in the sun it
takes several hours. Once in awhile when the weather is overcast I've
had to wear it before it dries to go out with the dogs, utterly
disgusting. If we are going off on Sunday afternoon I either skip
washing it that week or do it late Saturday afternoon.
night we watched the first episode of the The Murdock Mysteries made in
Canada in 2004. There are three 1 1/2 hour episodes. In 2008 they
remade the series which is not yet available on DVD. Set in my favorite
time period, the Victorian era, it was like matching a
I finished reading the China Bayles last night. Not sure what I will pick up to read this afternoon.
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