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Week of 31 August 2009

Latest Update: Sunday, 6 September 2009 2:10 p.m.


Monday, 31 August 2009

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We did a Costco run yesterday with Paul and Mary followed by dinner. 

It was raining when I got up this morning. We had an inch of rain from whenever it started during the night up until this afternoon. Very strange weather we are having. Other than a few days here and there we had a cool summer, especially August when we usually get days and even weeks of high 90 and 100 degree spells. 

Today the temperatures never did make it out of the 60's. The leaves are falling again as if it was the middle of September. Not sure what kind of fall we will have with all the leaves falling from the trees this early. The front lawn is carpeted again from all the rain. 

We are watching Lost In Austen a very interesting British mini series about a modern day young women who finds herself swapping places with Jane Austen's Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice. With Austen being my favorite of the classic authors of that time period this is a most interesting take on her work.

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Tuesday, 1 September 2009

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Wednesday, 2 September 2009

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The fall like weather continues with lows at night dipping into the high 50's and daytime temperatures in the low to mid 70's. Today I decided to enjoy the nice weather and eat my lunch sitting outside on the bench in front of the building. 

I started reading another Reginald Hill, Dialogues of the Dead, last night.

Not much else going on. Malcolm still looks around for Duncan from time to time.

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Thursday, 3 September 2009

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Friday 4 September 2009

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I took a vacation today to give myself a long weekend. As usual I have more chores on my to-do list than I will get to. I did the weekly house cleaning this morning then took off to run errands. My new glasses needed some adjustments now that I have worn them for a few weeks. I have been having trouble finding the "sweet spot" when I read so smaller print and they kept slipping down all the time. She tightened the frames and angled the arms a little different to move the reading spot up a little. IT will take my brain a few days to adjust to the new alignment. The eye glass place being the furtherest from home I started there and worked my way back.

Two hours later I was making my final stop at the library then home for lunch. Bob had a conference call this afternoon. While he was on the phone I cleaned up my desk and paid the bills.

We are still having fall like weather. I noticed when  had Malcolm out back playing earlier I still have a lot of grass seed on the ground. I need to get the leaves up but I don't want to disturb the seed. We still need a lot of rain. Things are still pretty dry. We only had a little over an inch of rain in August.




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Saturday, 5 September 2009

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Oh what a lovely day we are having here in the Triad for Labor Day weekend. Blue skies, mid 80's, low humidity. I don't know who has enjoyed it more, me or Malcolm. We were in the yard by 9. I started out doing maintenance stuff; trimming the long high branchs on the bushes, transplanting some more liriopie, etc. I used the blower to gently blow the leaves from the lawn and the nearby natural area into a very large pile in the middle of the driveway. Then I used the lawn vacuum to mulch them up.

I stopped periodically for rest breaks including lunch finishing up about 2. Other then when I was running the vacuum, Malcolm had a great time running around helping me, visiting with a few neighbors out with their dogs, and just generally running around or up and down the stairs from the basement to upstairs.

Time to rest, watch some tennis, and maybe sit outside on the porch reading in order to continue enjoying this beautiful day.

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Sunday, 6 September 2009

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Golf this morning. The sun was just coming up over the horizon and out behind a few stray clouds when we teed off about 7:30. Warm and humid but not too bad.

Last summer I bought a bottle of the Windex Outdoor Multi-surface Cleaner in the green bottle to do the outside of the windows and the shutters. The bottle attaches to a hose with off, rinse, and clean positions. Bob mixed up some Dawn detergent for me to spray the edges of the gutter covers. I have the high power spray nozzle they gave us when the installed the gutter but they really needed a good washing to get all the gunk off from the trees. I also did the shutters and windows. That project completed I trimmed the high geranium  bushes back. Two more projects I can cross off my list of things to do.

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