Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 15 June 2009
Latest Update: Sunday, 21 June 2009 1:20 p.m.
Monday, 15 June 2009
I am reading the third book J.A. Jance's Diana Ladd/Brandon Walker series, Day of the Dead.
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
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.
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
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
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.
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Friday 19 June 2009
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.
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.
Saturday, 20 June 2009
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
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.
Sunday, 21 June 2009
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.
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.
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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