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Week of 15 June 2009

Latest Update: Sunday, 21 June 2009 1:20 p.m.


Monday, 15 June 2009

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I am reading the third book J.A. Jance's Diana Ladd/Brandon Walker series, Day of the Dead. 

Gym tonight. Malcolm, like a lot of other dogs, catches on to things very quickly. Years ago when I come home from the gym I always gave Malcolm my gym towel to play with. Now, as soon as I come off the last step into the hallway he is looking for my towel. I have to be careful how I am carrying it because he will grab for it as soon as he sees it. Sometime is drap it over my arm or my gym bag to give him a chance to steel it. 

Another game we just started to get him more exercise is a version of pig in the middle. Bob walks Malcolm down the street while I take Duncan as far as the house next door or just across the street. We check to make sure there are no cars coming then Bob takes him off leash. When I call him to me he comes running at his highest rate of speed down the street to me for a treat. He is still pretty fast for an almost 10 year old, built like a brick outhouse, dog. I check again for cars then send him back for Bob. It took maybe one or two times at the most before he learned the game. If it is not too hot we do it twice. Even at his age, Malcolm is still a highly active, high strung dog. 

A neighbor just brought us over a harness they used for their chocolate lab when she got old. She lived to be 18. Even though it is for a girl dog we are going to try it since Duncan will not let us use the one we bought for him. One of the problems with the one we have is the design. It goes over each hip with a single strap to hold him up by. He walks sort of crab like with his bad leg causing him to walk out of one side. He fights us like an alligator when we try to put it on him. I have tried using it with just the straps around his middle but he balks at that too. Our neighbors is more like a sling so perhaps he will let us give it try.


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Tuesday, 16 June 2009

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Wednesday, 17 June 2009

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Rain, rain, rain. We had 1/2 yesterday and another 1/2 since this morning so far today. It rained off and on all day and/or looked dreary. We are under severe thunderstorm watch until 11.

I have mentioned before about this particular series of J.A. Jance's I am reading having a lot of graphic violence and torture. I don't remember there being as much in her other series nor all the crimes being aimed at torturing young girls and women. This third book is particularly gruesome in that respect.

Last night I made a grocery store run. In having dinner last Friday night with the folks I did not go at all last week. This week we needed a few things such as milk and juice and to restock a few things we had run out of but I really don't need to go every week.


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Thursday, 18 June 2009

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Friday 19 June 2009

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Another Friday, thankfully. It has been a rather hectic week. I picked mom and dad up after work to go out to dinner with them. We ate at Elizabeth's pizza out near the mall. I ordered take out to bring home to Bob.

We have been watching Black Tower, a P.D. James mystery. We watched part of an episode while Bob ate then we walked the dogs around 7:30. As we were coming in I told Bob I wanted to mow the lawn tonight rather than wait until tomorrow. Currently it is 86 degrees and feels like 93. Tomorrow is to be a high of 94. With the humidity it am sure it will get close to 100. If we get any dew tonight it will be late morning or early afternoon before I can mow which by then it will be way too hot to be out mowing.

Duncan has had some good nights and some bad. Last night we were both up and down a lot with him all night. It makes for a long week when we don't get a lot of sleep during the week.


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Saturday, 20 June 2009

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Yep, hot and steamy today with highs in the mid 90's feeling like 100+ with the humidity. I did the house cleaning this morning and had the dogs out before it got too miserable.  Other than in and out for potty breaks we will stay in the rest of the day.

I have been watching the U.S. Open golf championship and reading finishing the Diana Ladd mystery. Not sure what I feel like picking up for this afternoon. I have decided to take the afternoon off to read and watch golf. It is a good day for being lazy.


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Sunday, 21 June 2009

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Happy Fathers Day to all you dad's out there. No golf today because of a course wide tournament. Dad wanted to drive about half an hour west of here to a Family German restaurant for lunch. Once you leave the Interstate the drive is pretty much rural farm country. After I picked up the folks we stopped to get Frances.
We had a nice lunch and drive back. I took a different way home for more of a nice drive through the countryside.

The weather today is not nearly as hot. It has been overcast all day but no rain in the forecast for today or all week for that matter. Temperatures today are only in the mid 80's with 50% humidity.

Yesterday I started another Laura Child's Tea Shop mystery. Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia spots something floating in the water about 40 yards off shore while doing a volunteer watch helping a loggerhead sea turtles hatch and make their way back to the ocean from their nests. When she swims out she finds it is a dead body tangled up in seaweed and fishing net. Theo's partner makes an on the spot identification of a local antique store owner/treasure hunter. As I have mentioned before, these tea shop mysteries are light and cozy. 





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