Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 7 September 2009
Latest Update: Sunday, 13 September 2009 2:30 p.m.
Monday, 7 September 2009
Labor Day. This morning I caught up on my ironing and helped Bob do
some cleaning up in the lab and finished area of the downstairs. I did
some clean up and organizing in my office this afternoon.
That's it for today. Rest, reading, and watching some golf and tennis. Cookout later on.
is another nice day with cool temperatures and a nice breeze. Sadly, no
major rain in the immediate forecast, which we really need.
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
We had a great time at Frances and Al's for
our Labor Day cookout. Lots of good food and conversation. I met my
friends Betsy and Nancy for dinner last night leaving Bob and Malcolm
at home enjoying leftovers from Monday. Tonight was gym night. We
finished up the what was remaining of the macaroni salad, baked beans,
and slaw for dinner.
Very busy yesterday and today playing catch
up from being off Friday. I am trying to wrap up several ongoing
projects because I have a couple of new ones to dive into starting
I am still reading Dialogs of the Dead. Hill's books,
which are usually 3 to 4 hundred pages anyway, always take me a little
longer to read than some of my other authors. This one features a
couple of librarian's as main characters who get involved in the
investigation of a serial killer via a short story contest put on my
the local newspaper.
Still cool weather for this time of year
and no rain. It rained all around us last night and again today but it
missed us completely.
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Bob and I have been married 26 years today.
We decided not to do anything special. I fixed one of our favorite
meals, fried chicken and mashed potatoes. We started watching a movie
during dinner. Now that we have walked cleaned up the kitchen and
walked Malcolm we can continue. We may have time to watch an episode of
one our ongoing series before bedtime.
Friday 11 September 2009
Saturday, 12 September 2009
Finally! First thing I tackled this morning
was what remained of the red tip I had been trying to dig up for the
last month. Actually I had not worked on it for several weeks. One of
the problems I had early on was it being so muddy and wet it was hard
to dig around and get the mattock into the root.
little more digging out and a couple of chops to the now exposed tap
root I was able to wiggle it like a loose tooth back and forth until I
finally broke it off pulling free. I drug it up the hill to put on the
curb to be picked up by the brush truck then ran in the house to
announce my triumph to Bob who declared a picture was in order as if I
had landed a huge fish. Malcolm is equally as pleased. It it now only
9:30 and we both look as if we have been going at it for hours.
Note the dried grass in the neighbor's yard and at my feet. After that
triumph Bob bravely put the extension ladder up to the kitchen window
to crow bar off the house the two rotted shutters. When Bob
painted them for me last year one of the slats was already loose and
hanging. Last weekend when I tried to wash it down two more slats on
the one came loose. With that being the only window on that side of the
house it looks better without a shutter than with the rotten one
hanging. At some point we will replace them all.
Malcolm and I
continued in the yard. I pulled up most of the leggy, dying annuals in
two front gardens. I left some that looked good enough, once I water
them later this afternoon, until I pull everything up for fall
planting. I edged and did a few other minor tasks before taking a lunch
break. I decided whatever seed was still on the ground was about dried
out by now so I mowed the lawn with the bagger to get the leaves and
dead grass. Once, and if we get a couple of days of good rain, I will
hand throw out some more.
Now, time to rest, read, and watch some tennis, golf. Later I need to sweep the walk and water the plants.
Sunday, 13 September 2009
House cleaning this morning before heading
off to my parents house. They had some yard projects needing taken care
of. I pulled up his tomato vines, dug up a couple of dead bushes, and
planted some bulbs. It was yet another beautiful day to be outside
especially in the shade. The temperatures are still in the low 80's,
though the humidity is around 40%, with a really nice cool breeze.
finally finished the Reginald Hill and am getting ready to start a new
Rhys Bowen, Royal Flush, in her Royal Spyness series this afternoon.
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