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Week of 16 November 2009

Latest Update: Saturday, 21 November 2009 3:40 p.m.


Monday, 16 November 2009

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I am past three hundred page mark in the 500 plus pages of Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe, Death's Jest-Book. The title of the novel is the title of a book by Thomas Lowell Beddoes, who features very prominately in the book. As with a lot of fiction I read, I learn a great deal about very interesting topics. In Dialog of the Dead, Dalziel and Pascoe solve a serial killer called the Wordman and put an old foe of Pascoe's in jail. As the story continues Pascoe learns his nemesis has been released from jail on good behavior. He is now joined the world of academia studying the live of Beddoes. Hill is a mastermid of duel plots with complicated characters so there are lot more things going on than I care to write about here. 

Today is the last day of our summer like weather. Rain and cold shall be returning.

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Tuesday, 17 November 2009

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Off early enough this morning to get to the DMV when it opened at 8. The five years on my driver's license runs out in the next few weeks on my birthday. I arrived about five minutes after eight. It was a nasty morning; drizzle, wind, and chilly. I would have sat in the car instead of standing in line to wait on the door to open anyway. There were perhaps ten to fifteen people already seated in the waiting area and a couple of people ahead of me in line to get a number. I had no idea how many were ahead of me because they were using three different number sequences and the ones sitting in pairs I assume came together.

I got a number and a piece of paper to study the signs while I waited. I only had to wait about half an hour. After  answering a few questions, taking the vision and sign test, and getting my picture taken I was out of there in about 45 minutes. Instead of handing you a freshly printed license they now mail them to you from Raleigh within the next 20 days. They give you a temporary driving license on a piece of paper to use for driving and continue to use the old license for ID. 

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Wednesday, 18 November 2009

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Today was eating day. We had the Firm Thanksgiving luncheon today. Tonight I met Marcy and Frances at the Chinese restaurant for dinner. 

Weather today was more like November; cold, drizzle, wind, etc.

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Thursday, 19 November 2009

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It has been a long, busy week. We did not get much in the way of rainfall to go with all the clouds and fog.

Update on the release of those NC death row inmates who thought they were getting released early for good behavior. Officials in Raleigh have rescinded the order.

Gym again tonight since I went out to dinner last night. Bob has helped with the trash and recycling before taking Malcolm for his after dinner walk. He graciously provided a poop sample I needed to drop off at the vet office tomorrow to make sure his giardia is cleared up.


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Friday 20 November 2009

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Saturday, 21 November 2009

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The end of the year is fast approaching which means it getting time for the Thompson Deep Clean. I usually get started first on the rooms that do not get decorated for Christmas. Bob agreed we could start with the downstairs. He had mentioned Mary and Paul may come over to help shoot some videos. I wanted to get that area cleaned up plus I needed to be able to get to the closet where my Christmas decorations are stored. It had been awhile since I vacuumed the floors and squeegeed the stairs.

While we did all that Bob was doing laundry. After lunch I hauled a load of cardboard off to the recycling bin and ran a couple of errands while I was out.

I've vacuumed both the front and back and mowed. I left the natural areas for another day. All that is down are the little oak leaves with more still to fall.  I almost ran out of gas before I finished mowing the back.

Last night I finished reading the Hill. Today I am going to read the first book in a new series for me that Bob has been reading. The Sister Frevisse mysterys by Margaret Frazer are set in the Medieval period and based on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The first one is The Novice's Tale. I found the first two and two later in the series at the used bookstore. The library had most of the others but not all. Hopefully I can find the ones we are missing when we make another used book store run.



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Sunday, 22 November 2009

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