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Week of 12 October 2009

Latest Update: Sunday, 18 October 2009 2:45 p.m.


Monday, 12 October 2009

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We had a great time at the beach. It was sunny and warm on Thursday when we arrived up until yesterday. We had one thunderstorm on Friday night. Yesterday was cool and cloudy most of the day but the cool temperatures did not stop me from my two walks a-day on the beach. I picked up a few shells for my every growing collection. In between I read Sorrow on Sunday by Anne Purser and have almost finished Black Ship by Carola Dunn, another Daisy Darlymple mystery.

There was a beautiful sunrise this morning over the ocean due to the partly cloudy skies. About an hour out of Winston we ran into rain the rest of the way home. It is only 54 degrees now with the rain still coming down. 

Malcolm and Bob were glad to see me. Bob started the laundry while I finished unpacking. I was sitting on the couch reading the backlog of newspaper with Malcolm laying across  my lap.

We made a library run late this afternoon and then went to Zoe's for dinner.

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Tuesday, 13 October 2009

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Back to work for me. BTW, yesterday was not a holiday for the Firm. Other than the government offices, North Carolina does not take Columbus Day as a holiday. I had three days of backlog e-mails and work piled up on my desk and chair. By late this afternoon I had handled, filed, or otherwise taken care of most of it. We continue to be extremely busy at the moment with a lot of projects to complete.

After a cool start to the morning the temperatures made it back up into the mid '70's by the afternoon. I went to the gym then fixed dinner. We've been watching more episodes of Bones.

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Wednesday, 14 October 2009

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Nasty, fall like weather has arrived. We turned the heat on Monday afternoon, setting it at 66. It did come on Monday night. I finally had to to don lightweight sweats for the first time this season. We've had roughly half an inch of rain. The temperature was around 48 when I left for work then started falling all day long.

It was not raining when I left work but had started to drizzle again when we walked Malcolm after dinner. The wind is bringing the wind chill down into the low 40's and high 30's tonight. More of the same for tomorrow.

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Thursday, 15 October 2009

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Friday 16 October 2009

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Gym last night. Tonight I made a quick grocery store stop. It was warmer today but cloudy with a light drizzle falling when I left work.

I am reading the newest in the Beatrix Potter series by Susan Albert, The Tale of Appleback Orchard.

In a rare report of local news on this site, Winston-Salem buried a fifty year old cop today killed last week in a shoot out with a man who should never have been walking around free.  And, NC is getting ready to free 20 inmates with a combined 250 infractions in prison due to an old law that says a life sentence is for 80 years. Good conduct credits shorten the amount of time served yet each one has at least two infractions. They justice system in the country has gone to hell in a hand basket.



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Saturday, 17 October 2009

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House cleaning this morning. I hate when it goes two weeks, twice as much cleaning. I first gave Bob a much needed haircut. Between the dog hair and leaves tracked in from all the wet weather, the floors were a mess.

After lunch I took of to run errands. Bob burned my pictures from last weeks beach trip on a disk. I stopped by Walgreen's to pick and choose quantities for each print and dropped off a couple of prescription. From there I went out to Pet Smart and Lowe's. I picked up winter flowers for the beds and pots and some more grass seed. By the time I finished out there the prescriptions and prints were ready to be picked up.

Bob has done five loads of laundry. I still need to put fresh linens on the bed and put away clean cloths.

Another cool, cloudy, windy day with a chance of light sprinkles through this evening. It was a good day to hit Lowe's garden shop. There was no one was out buying plants on a day like today.

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Sunday, 18 October 2009

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Leisurely morning reading the paper and doing a few things at my desk. The temperatures were in the high 30's to low 40's when we got up this morning. By 11 the temperatures had warmed up but it was very windy. Malcolm and I  planted the flowers I bought yesterday.

After lunch I mowed the lawn/leaves. The leaves were too wet to vacuum along with the grass being fairly high making it hard to run the vacuum over the yard anyway. I mowed having to dump the bag every row or two where the leaves were the heaviest. It took over an hour rather than the usual 45 minutes to do the lawn. With the wind blowing like it is there will be about as many down by tonight as there was when I started this afternoon.

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