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Week of 8 June 2009

Latest Update: Sunday, 14 June 2009 2:20 p.m.


Monday, 8 June 2009

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I picked up a book from my TBR shelf yesterday that I had purchased sometime back at the bookstore. I had heard of the Miss Zukas librarian mysteries before I started reading mysteries. The series is written by Jo Dereske. The first title Miss Zukas and the Library Murders introduces librarian Helma Zukas as a public librarian in Bellhaven, Washington. I almost bailed after the first 25 pages of the book. Dereske obviously is or was a librarian. I enjoyed the scenes with the patrons in the library as being all to real from my 20 year career. Her writing is not all that great and she makes Helma out to be a bit more eccentric than I would like in representing my calling. At one point during the book Helma mentions the favorite line I heard many times when introduced as being a librarian, "you don't look like a librarian". 

Anyway, I plowed on finding things getting better as I went along or I was getting used to her writing. At this point I am intrigued enough to find out who killed the transient found in the fiction section of the library and why he was murdered. 

Hot and humid weather continues. In was already warm by lunchtime when I walked up to the drugstore at lunch to pick up a few things.  It is still currently 83 degrees and feels like 86 at almost 8pm.


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Tuesday, 9 June 2009

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No update.


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Wednesday, 10 June 2009

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I did finish the library mystery. I will not tell you "who done it" in case you do want to read the book. I am now reading the second and last Tapply book in his Stoney Calhoun series, Gray Ghost. I hope he writes more in this series.

Tonight instead of going to the gym I came home and mowed. With evening thunderstorms in the forecast I was not optimistic about the weather holding so I packed my gym back too. Had it rained I would have gone to the gym as usual. When I checked the radar at 4 things were still clear in the immediate area. It was pretty high having just been mowed Saturday but I was able to mulch. We had a brief storm last night dropping only 1/4 to 1/2 inch of rain from the fringes of a major storm. The small town Clemmons, just to our south west, got nailed again. They get more storms with trees down and/or small tornadoes more that any area around here.

I have had my knee brace roughly two months now. For the most part it does what it is designed to do; support my knee to allow me to put full weight on my leg to walk almost without a limp. Some days, even with the brace, I have trouble walking and some days it is just aggravating to have on especially in the hot weather. But, I could not do my job, yard work, or go to the gym without it. As one of my co-workers said to me one day, "it is what it is" and it will stay that way so I might as well learn to live with it.

We are watching another episode of The Murdoch Mysteries.


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Thursday, 11 June 2009

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We had a pretty bad storm last night dumping 1 1/2 inches of rain. The power blipped a couple of times but never went out.

Talk about ridiculous. Our Firm received an FYI directive today to warn anyone going to the nearby Hall of Justice (where the courts are) not to wear their retracting string badge holder. The courthouse was confiscating them and not giving them back. They said they could be used as a weapon by strangling someone with the string. A. what right do they have to confiscate them and B. who came up with that scenario? I have broken several in the short time I have been with the Firm from pulling too hard or the string frays and breaks. If you pull hard enough to strangle someone I imagine the string would break first.

I was at the gym roughly half an hour when a huge thunderstorm rolled over us causing part of the gym to loose power. I quickly grabbed my stuff from the locker room to head home not wanting to be in a large, metal building with possible severe weather on the way. The bottom fell out just as I started out the door for the car. It was pouring buckets quickly adding yet another inch of rain. It went through while we ate. We quickly fed and walked the dogs because we have another line of storms on the way.


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Friday 12 June 2009

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Saturday, 13 June 2009

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I picked mom and dad up after work, make a quick stop at the library, and then picked up Bob to meet Frances at Zoes for dinner.

This morning I gave Bob a haircut before doing the house cleaning while started the laundry. He washed my work clothing and sheet loads first before starting the darks and white loads. Since I threw the bedspread in the sheet load it needed to get dry so we could remake the bed this afternoon and I wanted to iron my work stuff this afternoon too.

I took the dogs out after I finished the housework. No yard work today. Since I just mowed Wednesday it is not all that high today. I picked up sticks and pulled a few weeds while I was playing ball with Malcolm. 

After I finished the ironing I took the dogs back out again. The temperature is in the mid 80's but the humidity is still less than 50%. With no yard work I have to be outside doing something at least part of the day when the weather is nice. And of course, Malcolm thinks anytime I am home we are supposed to go out and play. I don't like to let Duncan lie outside too long when the temperatures start to get up in the mid 80's unless there is a breeze.

Golf and reading this afternoon. I think we have the final episode in the The Murdoch Mysteries to watch tonight.

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Sunday, 14 June 2009

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We had another thunderstorm hit last night around 9 just as we were ready to take the dogs for last time out. We finished watching the last two episodes of Bones on the disc while we waited for the storm to move through making it 10:30 before we took them out. I read one chapter of my book before turning out the light.

I was up at normal weekday get up time this morning to pick dad for golf. It was good to get out again. We only played nine. Dad did very well considering his age. I did okay. I am still not trysting myself to fully shift my weight onto my braced left leg. It is more a mental than physical thing I need to get past. The course was wet with some standing water in a few of the fairways but overall very playable. The weather was perfect, sunny and cool with a fairly good breeze.

When I got home I played ball with Malcolm out back before going ahead and mowing the lawn. With afternoon, evening thunderstorms in the forecast all week I decided I might as well mow it this afternoon and get it over with.


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