Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 26 October 2009
Latest Update: Sunday, 1 November 2009 4:10 p.m.
Monday, 26 October 2009
it's Monday, again. The weekends are just not long enough between
house, yard, and other miscellaneous chores. I am rapidly reaching the
point where I can't wait until December when most of the yard work will
cease for a few months. I love working in the yard but leave season is
the hardest part of the year.
I started reading another
China Bayles mystery yesterday by Susan Albert, Spanish Dagger. Albert
is continuing a couple of story lines from previous novels of which she
cross references in the opening "A Note to the Reader". I found her
comments about continuing a story line, or not, by an author to be
Gym tonight. The weather has turned cool again with a possibility of some rain coming in tomorrow.
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
So far we've had an inch and a quarter of
rain. It is pouring down right now. We took Malcolm out for his after
dinner walk. He went one house down and turned around to head for home.
He does not like to be out in the rain. If it raining hard when we do
second time I guess I will have to put his raincoat on.
We are watching more House tonight.
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Yep, I had to put Malcolm's raincoat last
night for second time out. It was still pouring buckets and continued
to do so for a couple of hours. We had plus 2 inches by this morning.
work I swung by the folks house to pick them up and head back across to
our side of town. After stopping to pick up Bob here at home we headed
out to the Mexican restaurant we eat at with Paul and Mary sometimes.
Dad loves Mexican food but had not been to this one. We met Frances and
Marcy who had arrived much earlier since they are this side of town. It
took even longer than usual because of a wreck blocking the
intersection a block down from the restaurant. With it being rush hour
traffic was backed up for a mile or more.
Last night I finished
the China Bayles and started another of the Deborah Knott books,
Shooting at Loons. Author Maron has moved the plot from her fictional
small town outside Raleigh to Harkers Island which actually does exist.
She is filling in a the District Court judge and of course gets tangled
up in finding a body and a murder investigation.
A couple of
weeks ago my Sansa Clip MP3 player Bob bought for me last year quit
working. Just about a month after it was out of warranty. Bob did some
research and discovered bang for the buck, Sansa was still the best
rated MP3 player for what I wanted. He ordered me the new Sansa Fuze. It came last night, so between episodes of watching House Bob charged it and then we loaded it up with music.
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Friday 30 October 2009
Dinner out last night with Nancy and Betsy at
Cities. Great restaurant with a wide selection of choices at very
reasonable prices. I had left work a half hour early to stop at
the Thruway shopping center since I go right by it on my way. I had
several things to pick up/look for. As usual I had very little in the
way of success.
Today was dreary and warm. It looked like rain
all day but just stayed cloudy. I only had to make a stop at the
library to pick up reserve books on the way home. Time to rest and
relax, it has been a very long week.
Saturday, 31 October 2009
Yet another dreary, rainy Saturday. I think
this is either the third or fourth weekend in a row it has rained on
Saturday. It was not supposed to come in until this afternoon and/or
tonight. We slept in until 8 when I got up to let Malcolm out to pee
then I went back to bed. We dozed off and on until almost 9 before we
Malcolm decided we had been in bed long enough. When I let Malcolm out
at 8 it was already wet and foggy out making it a good morning to sleep
I went out to Lowe's to pick up two kale/cabbage plants for
mom before they all got gone. They had some really pretty pansies
potted in nice inch pots. I picked up one of those for mom and dad and
three viola plants for me. From there I went to Wal-Mart to stock up on
a few things we can't get at Costco. Between the two we are pretty well
set for food supplies except for weekly stuff.
After lunch I
took the plants over to the folks house. I have two purple shamrocks in
the little bed by the porch. I pulled the baby one up and potted it for
dad to put in the house. They die off in winter and come back each
year. He wanted one for inside. I planted the cabbage and set the pansy
container where mom could see it from the kitchen window. I stayed to
visit for awhile.
It had been drizzly all morning but by the
time I got back home it had stopped. I took my little garden rake and
racked out the leaves from the pansy bed to keep them from getting
smothered and planted my little violas in the other small bed in the
I've cleared up most of the clutter on my desk and
stuff had I stacked in the floor during the week. Time for reading and
relaxing. We get an extra hour of sleep tonight. We don't do Halloween.
We'll walk Malcolm early then wait until after 9 for last time.
Sunday, 1 November 2009
We had a quiet Halloween evening. When we
walked Malcolm around 6:30 we passed a couple of groups of kids.
Malcolm barked liked crazy at a little girl dressed up as a fairy. We
waited until 9:30 for second time. At that point we had half an inch of
I had reset the clocks and gotten to bed when it started
pouring buckets. Sometime during the night the rain woke me again. It
was pouring again this morning when we got up at 7. We went from half
an inch to over 3 inches.
I changed the linens on the bed and
did a quick run through the house with the vacuum. With all the rain
and leaves we will just track in more this week. Paul called at 10 to
let us know they would pick us up at 11: to go Blasting for Boobs, a clay shoot fund raiser for Friends for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer being held at Shane's Sporting Clays
and Paul went along to cheer us on and to take pictures. For our $25
entry fee we got a box of 25 shells, a choice of muffs, a Remington
ball cap, or a pink Remington golf towel. Of course, I took the hat. It
was cold, windy, and some occasional drizzle but we had a ball. We were
in groups of five. Each group shot five shots at five different target
stations. Remington provided the guns, the prizes, and the wine,
cheese, and pizza following the shoot. It was a great event. I hope
they have it again. Even with the ugly weather it looked like
they had a great turn out.
I am reading Hell Bent, the last
Brady Coyne book written by Tapply in 2008. He supposedly had one more
Stoney Calhoun to be published this year that he wrote just before he
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