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Week of 10 August 2009

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Monday, 10 August 2009

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Hot, muggy, and miserable. Today was the worst day of the year so far with temperatures well in the mid to high nineties and heat indexes of 100. Things have cooled off a little with the sun going down. I had a 5:30 haircut appointment then home to fix dinner. 

At one time the skies clouded over looking like we might get a storm/rain but that never materialized. Last night, once the sun was off the two flower beds in the front I gave them a good watering. The front yard is looking pretty good. The back yard has the usual places where I loose grass every year due to lack of rain but for the most part is still grassy.


Tuesday, 11 August 2009

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I am so excited. I am on vacation as of 5pm today and I will actually be going away starting tomorrow. Usually by August I have been on a least one trip and maybe two. Things haven't worked out this year for me to get away until now.

My friend Bonnie is picking me up at 9 tomorrow morning. We will be heading west toward the NC mountains; the Boone, Jefferson area. From there we are taking the Blue Ridge Parkway south which takes us past Asheville and further into the NC mountains all the way to the where it ends in NC. I have seen the entire Parkway from where it starts at Skyline Drive in Virginia all the way to Asheville. I have never done this last section.

Other than our starting point we have no plans, no reservations, etc. other than a few places we have picked out we want to see along the way. Otherwise we go where the road takes us. I will be home sometime Saturday afternoon.

Hopefully we will have good weather. Rain and thunderstorms rolled in late this afternoon dropping the temperature from 94 to 72. That ended our recent, very short lived hot spell. Storms and cooler temperatures are predicted for here the rest of the week. We may see some of the same along our way but hopefully not get a complete wash out. We hope to stop at easy walking trails along some of the national forests we pass through.

See you Saturday when I get back.

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Wednesday, 12 August 2009

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Thursday, 13 August 2009

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Friday 14 August 2009

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Saturday, 15 August 2009

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I'm back. We arrived at our house at 3:30. And, we had a wonderful time. Three days, 854 miles, and lots and lots of beautiful scenery. We had a perfect trip with no glitches. Found good hotels; delicious local places to eat seeing a lot of small town America. When it rain/stormed we were either in the car or inside eating. It was hot and muggy even in the higher elevations but the weather did not stop us from doing any of our outdoor stuff. We walked a lot, did a few easy hiking things, and a little bit of shopping in the small town shops. Things just west of us are green and lush. No drought in the mountains. I may have some pictures to post next week.

I called Bob Thursday to check on Duncan because he was not doing too well when I left. Bob knew I had the cell phone on. Had he turned worse we could have made a beeline for home. I called again this morning to find out he had perked up some yesterday. In the past Duncan has not done well when I go away. Not sure if that was the overall problem or if he is on the downhill slide. Although we drove over 800 miles we were never further than three to four hours from home via highway speed had we needed to abandon our trip midway.

I went over to the Chinese place to pick up some takeout for dinner.



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Sunday, 16 August 2009

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After getting everything unpacked and put away from the trip I did the weekly house cleaning. Bob downloaded my pictures from both digital cameras. I took two, one with the standard wide angle lens and the other with a long lens. I sorted through them for a few to post here next week and a some to print to show my family and friends. Bob also burned a complete set for Bonnie. As usual I take a lot to make sure I get at least a good set representing all the things I see.

Malcolm and I went out back to play and pick up sticks. After a lunch break I mowed. Things are very dry here. All the rain we saw while in the mountains never made it this far. Still, most of the grass was high enough to mow plus getting up the leaves. I mowed down the liriope in the front bed since it was also already covered in leaves.

I've a few things to do here at my desk. Golf and reading this afternoon. Bob and I think Duncan my have another urinary tract infection so we started him on another round of antibiotics today.

I started a new J.A. Jance while on the trip, Fire and Ice. Jance has combined her Joanna Brady and J.P. Beaumont series into one book. Right now both are working on solving murders in their respective home states of Seattle Washington, and Cochise County, Arizona. At some point the two murders will intersect taking Beaumont to Arizona where the two characters will try to work together to solve both of their homicides.

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