Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 23 November 2009
Latest Update: Sunday, 28 November 2009 3:00 p.m.
Monday, 23 November 2009
ugly day. Rain, wind, chilly temperatures. I am taking this week off
for the Thanksgiving holidays. I went to the gym this morning then back
home to shower and change for my 11am haircut appointment. From there I
did some running around/Christmas shopping.
My real driver's license came in the mail today. It took less than a week including the weekend. Rest,
relax, and read this afternoon. Malcolm can't understand why we have
not been outside to work or play. I haven't looked but I we must be up
to close to an inch of rain as hard it came down during the night.
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Bob has been having to work head's down on
Maker Shed stuff. Yesterday I did some more running around doing
errands and some Christmas shopping. I also finished reading the
Margaret Frazer. Great book. I will continue with the series. I am now
reading another Deborah Knott, Killer Market. Maron has Judge Knott
going to High Point during the furniture market. Twice a year small
town High Point, a major furniture showplace, become inundated with
thousands for people from all over the US and world.
Today I am taking apart the living and dining rooms in preparation for
the Christmas decorations. It is cool and cloudy but no rain. Malcolm
and I have been outside to play.
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you had a wonderful
day. Bob actually took the day off to rest and read. We watched the
first disc of Dexter to see how we like it.
I finished reading
the Deborah Knott and have started the second book in the Sister
Frevisse series, The Servant's Tale. We kept Thanksgiving dinner simple
this year, turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, broccoli, corn, and rolls.
We had a surprise rain shower just after dinner last night. Just enough to water in the fertilizer.
Friday 27 November 2009
Today is clear, cool, and windy. I am going
out at some point this afternoon to get my Christmas tree. Otherwise,
lot of reading and relaxing. Leftovers for dinner.
Saturday, 28 November 2009
I started decorating the tree this morning after the Bilbrey's
left for home after Bob helped me drag the stuff from the closet to
upstairs. I got a bigger tree this year than I have the past couple of
years in order to accommodate all my ornaments. Brian helped with
getting the tree into the house and the tree stand. They decorate
better if you let them sit overnight. The tree is now decorated as is
the little artificial one I put in the den.
We had a
great week visiting with Marcia, Brian, Molly, and Lucy. Marcia and I
had a great time yesterday at the Holiday Craft Fair. We did some
shopping locally Monday and Tuesday. On Tuesday afternoon after we
finished our shopping we picked up mom and dad to go to the Mexican
restaurant for dinner. Meanwhile, after Frances got off from work, she
picked up Bob and Brian at the house to meet us out there. We had a
good time visiting with them since they were leaving Wednesday morning,
along with Al, to go to DC. They took the folks up to see the
WWII memorial and tour the Marine Corp museum at Quantico returning
Sunday, 29 November 2009
Quick run through the house with the vacuum
and cleaned the bathrooms before starting back on the Christmas
decorating. Once I unpacked and set up my village the rest was pretty
easy. I put a few more ornaments on the tree.
Yesterday I ran
into a problem yesterday with my tree topper that Bob and I thought we
had fixed. I had trimmed off half of the tall tip branch so the tree
would go into the stand without hitting the ceiling. When I went to put
the top on yesterday I did what I always do; trimmed down enough to
allow the top to go on. I use an old topper I bought years ago at a
Russian exhibit while we were visiting our friend Alison in Jackson,
MS. The opening is pretty narrow for the topper to go on the tip
branch. When I cut the branch down the remaining tip was a little
crooked and to the side. I then did what I always do, again, trimmed
down the long part and use just the center top of the tree itself.
Sometimes I have to whittle it down a little with the cutters to make
it small enough. I did not notice the actual tree top was very thick,
much thicker than usual for the that end of the tree. I cut to no
avail, it would not get down small enough for the tree topper to fit.
came up with a good idea. We used the branch I cut from the top leaving
enough to duct tape the remaining part of the branch to the tree
itself. Once he was finished I used a couple of tree decorations to
hide the tape. It looked like it was going to work until we got up this
morning. The tree topper was almost parallel with the floor but had not
fallen off yet, branch and all. I cut the branch loose and removed the
tape. At some point I will go out to see if I can find a topper with a
Otherwise, all the decorating went as planned. Once I finished up the
living and dining rooms I ran the vacuum in those rooms. Pizza tonight.
I kept things pretty simple for Thanksgiving with the only leftovers
being ham, turkey and some mashed potatoes and gravy most of which Bob
and Brian ate Friday night. Marcia and I ate our leftover Chinese
from Wednesday night. Last night Bob had ham and the rest of the
potatoes and gravy while I ate a turkey sandwich. I bagged up a
couple of meals of ham and turkey to freeze for later.
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