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Week of 2 November 2009

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Monday, 2 November 2009

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Pictures from yesterday's Blasting for Boob's for Friends for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer.




























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Tuesday, 3 November 2009

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Frances had some follow-up outpatient surgery based on their findings from the removal of a mole some weeks ago. I worked until noon then left to go to the hospital. Earlier that morning she had dye injected to see what the doctor needed to look for. I got to the hospital just in time to visit with her while she was talking with the surgeon. Once she was off to the OR mom, dad, Al, and I went down to the cafeteria to grab a bite to eat then we returned to the waiting area. The doctor came out at 3pm to let Al know all was clear in the areas they biopsied. I went back to work, staying an extra half hour to make up some of my time and continue to work on another big project I have going on.

I talked with her just before Bob and I sat down to eat dinner. She is doing fine other than the usual after surgery pain and tiredness.

It was such a beautiful day it was hard to go back inside to work. Mid sixties and nice blue skies. Back to watching more House.

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Wednesday, 4 November 2009

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Thursday, 5 November 2009

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Another very busy week. Happily, at work, I've had a lot of things to do including another big project that has kept me very busy. Monday and Wednesday I was at the gym. Today I left work half an hour early to take Malcolm for his yearly checkup and shots. He was due his rabies shot and was pronounced in good health. He has even lost some weight.

Frances continues to recover. I think she went back to work today. Since she sits all day in front of a computer and talks on the phone hopefully she got along okay. I am sure her arm is still sore where they did the procedure.

I finished the last Brady Coyne. Tonight I am starting another Margaret Maron, Deborah Knott mystery, Up Jumps the Devil. It has been a beautiful week of weather. Clear, sunny days, cool nights. Frost warning again tonight. 

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Friday 6 November 2009

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Saturday, 7 November 2009

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Up and at it by nine with Malcolm helping of course.  We finally have a sunny, warm weekend after a cool start with lows dipping down in the low 30's. Frost the last two nights. Other than some gusty winds, it's a great day for being outdoors.

I brought the front and back hose reels in for the winter. The smaller one that rolls I keep handy to wheel out to wash my car. The other is one of those box type that hides the hose inside. I use the hand cart to wheel it back and forth to the basement. I raked the worst of the leaves from the natural areas along the front of the house and under the big red maple just to make it easier to vacuum them up. They were still wet underneath from all the rain we had last week.

I finished vacuuming leaves and mowing the front and side yard by 11:30 then stopped for lunch and a rest. For the back, I got the leaves off the yard but left the ones along and under the deck and under the red bud tree. They were really thick back there. I then mowed the back, calling it quits. That was two weeks of leaves with last weekend being a wash out.

While I was doing the yard Bob washed three loads of cloths and the towels, vacuumed the floors and cleaned the bathrooms. That was a big help. I had very large work load from adding some new pants and tops I just ordered from Land's End. I always order a few new things in the fall and again in the spring to replace some that get too worn looking to wear to work.  

Bob called me late yesterday afternoon. The vet's office found giardia in his stool sample. They had medicine waiting for me to pick up on the way home. With his obsession with eating and drinking stuff outside who knows how long he has had it. For the last month or so he has been having bouts of diarrhea. One of the prime ways to get is from drinking in puddles. It is not serious if treated. Bob can test his stools periodically to make sure he stays clean. I have to drop off a sample in two weeks at the vets for them to check.


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Sunday, 8 November 2009

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Off to Frances and Al's at 8:30 this morning to pick them up and then pick up the folks to drive to Greensboro for the Holiday Market. I have not been to this pre-holiday event but the mom, Al, and Frances went last year. Rather than being a craft show it is mostly vendors and small stores though you see a few booths of the same craft type stuff but on a more commercial scale. We stopped for an early brunch/lunch on the way instead of eating at the show. We arrived just as was opening at 11 and left around 2pm.

I didn't buy much but I did see some things to suggest to mom and Frances for gifts for me.

It is such a warm day, temperatures in the mid 70's, that when I got home from dropping everyone off I washed the car.

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