Fritchman Thompson Diary
of 14 December 2009
Latest Update: Sunday, 20 December 2009 2:20 p.m.
Monday, 14 December 2009
Costco yesterday afternoon with Paul and Mary. The rain had stopped but
when we came out of Costco, around 5:30 we had dense fog. On to dinner
then take them home to unload their stuff. We had a bigger than usual
load since we had run out of a lot of stuff. Even so, I still had to
make a quick grocery store run tonight to pick up milk and a few other
things. We are now pretty much restocked.
Bob finally had a
minute to download my pictures. I really took this picture to show off
our new lamps. That's the floor model behind where I sit. Bob's look's
just like it but shorter for a table top. The other floor lamp is by
the love seat. Next down, the living room, and last but not least, Bob
the penguin before I got the leaves up. He's very cute lite up at night.
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Foggy again this morning. I also warmed up nicely, low to mid 50's when Marcy and I walked up the street for lunch.
I finished the Margaret Maron last night. Tonight I am starting another Sister Frevisse, The Prioriess' Tale.
night we were watching, or trying to watch, a DVD when it started
skipping again. This time we knew it wasn't the disc. Sunday was
swapped out both the old DVD players and Bob hooked up the new one he
ordered as a Christmas gift for us. Works like a charm. We've been
watching more House and Kavanagh QC.
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Thursday, 17 December 2009
Busy, busy at work as we try to finish up
stuff before the holidays/end of the year. I have started walking at
lunch time again. I quit because my knee. Oh well, too bad. I told a
friend at work today that I am going walking at lunch regardless of
whether or not my knee wanted me to. With no yard/lawn activities for
the next few months I need to get more exercise than gym twice a week
and walking Malcolm up and down the street.
The weather folks
started predicting yesterday a mix of snow/rain for Friday and maybe
into Saturday. The forecast today has gone from a winter storm watch to
a winter storm warning with totals in the piedmont any where from 5 or
6 inches to 10 to 12 depending on where you live. Early forecasts had
it starting tomorrow morning others have it waiting until later in the
Friday 18 December 2009
No precipitation when I left for work this
morning. The schools had already announced a two hour early dismissal
to get the kids home before the "weather" started coming in. Again, the
weather folks could not decide when it would start and how. Turns out
snow started falling a little after noon in some places. It was coming
down pretty good downtown around 1pm. Those who showed up for work
started panicking and left in droves to get home. That is actually the
worst time to head out on the roads.
Looking out the building
windows the streets were wet and mushy some still down to pavement. Bob
called periodically with updates. Around 2 they changed the forecast
from some possible sleet and light snow to 1 to 3 inches this afternoon
and up to 15 over night with 15 to 30 mph winds. If we do get any sleet
or freezing rain with the wet snow we could loose power. Thankfully we
have the weekend to stay home and enjoy the snow without having to
worry about heading out tomorrow to work.
With only an hour left
of my PDO time beyond what I need for my three days between Christmas
and New Year I decided to work through lunch and leave at 4pm. That
gives me the extra hour for next week just in case.
time I left the roads were covered but drivable. Traffic was not too
bad until I got to the main road to our neighborhood. I took the back
way in to avoid the cars on Reynolda even though it would be less
traveled and have more snow. I had the Trooper in 4 wheel and had no
problems. It took me the usual twenty minutes to get home.
changed and took Malcolm out for a walk in the snow. He doesn't love
snow as much as Duncan but he will enjoy it better tomorrow once it
quits falling. He's not a big fan of wind and wet. We walked down to
the corner to watch the neighborhood kids sledding down the hill.
Saturday, 19 December 2009
only had around 5 inches instead of the the promised 10 but it was
still more than we've had in many years. I cleared the snow from the
bird feeder and filled it plus scattered some on the ground.
took about 15 minutes to shovel the walk. Malcolm and I played some
ball then went for a walk down the street. Not sure what I'll get into
Sunday, 20 December 2009
I started off the day by giving Bob a haircut
then ironed up all my work blouses and pants. A quick run through the
house with the vacuum was followed by a start on my deep cleaning
projects, the worst two rooms in the house, the bathrooms. Our bathroom
is really not as bad mainly because it is so small. I took the curtains
down, cleaned the inside of the window and vacuumed the blind and
washed all the walls down. I just put up a new curtain liner and had
washed the shower curtain so I didn't do it. I took all the other
window curtains down from the other rooms and had Bob wash all of them
instead of waiting to do room by room when I cleaned. They are all
basically the same style that I bought years ago from Country Curtains.
The ones in our bedroom and bath are white with blue trim, the living
room are off white with blue trim and bathroom has rose trim.
a lunch break I started on the hall bath. The walls are all tile from
about five feet or so from the floor up then plaster board. The trend
now is to not tile the walls but it was back when we redid that
bathroom. I wish now we had not except around the tub. The tile gets
grimy from the gas heat and Bob's pipe smoke. I try to wash the walls
down more than once a year but they had really gotten grimy. Other than
using the tub to store the dirty towel basket, we don't use the tub or
the shower but of course the tub still needs to be cleaned periodically.
had been pestering all morning to go out and play. He finally got his
wish once I finished up the hall bath. He played while I shoveled the
flat part of the drive a wide path for the car. They had come by
earlier with the scrapper to do the streets in the neighborhood. I
tossed the ball in between shovel loads. After a while he finally laid
down in the snow and watched. Once I had the snow cleared I threw out
snow melt to help dry it off and hopefully prevent black ice in the
morning. It's a nice warm 42 degrees unless the wind is blowing making
it feel like 38. Regardless I was soaked from sweating by the time I
got finished. Lots of sunshine today will help melt off the roads but
27 degrees tonight will refreeze any wet on the road.
finished the Sister Frevisse yesterday afternoon and started another
Dalziel and Pascoe, Good Morning Midnight. It is such a shock to pick
his books up after reading anything else. From the beginning you really
have to think when you read his stuff to follow what it going on. He
starts from page one forming plots and character relationships for the
entire book. Looks like we are going to get some Emily Dickinson in
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