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Week of 15 February 2010

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Monday, 15 February 2010

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Costco run yesterday afternoon with Paul and Mary followed by dinner. I watched the Olympics for a little while until time to take Malcolm for second time.

Very busy Monday. It was not a holiday for us. The weather forecast was for rain this morning, possibly snow in the mountains and north of us, with it all moving out of here by noon. HA! It started raining sometime around mid-morning when I had a minute to look out the window. By the time I left work it was coming down pretty hard. By the time I got to the Y it was pouring big snow, wet snow flakes. By the time I left the Y the skies had cleared.

We are watching more of the Touch of Frost series. I may catch some of the Olympics depending on what they are running.

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Tuesday, 16 February 2010

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Wednesday, 17 February 2010

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Gosh, it's only Wednesday. I've spent all week working on a very, very big project. We hope to wrap it up tomorrow. In the meantime all my daily work is piling up. And, I have two other big projects in the wings.

Last night I started another Charleston, SC tea shop mystery, Blood Orange Brewing. These are very light compared to some of the other authors I read by I enjoy Child's characters and the Charleston history she throws in with her storyline.

We've been trying a new British show, Gavin and Stacy along with watching some of the Olympics depending on what is on.

It has been cold but dry though the mountains are still getting snow. One of the paralegals I work with has a daughter at Appalachian in Boone, NC which I attended back in the dark ages. I am amazed that they have canceled classes due to the snow four or five days since they went back to class in January. We never had classes canceled due to snow, rain, or otherwise.  I know, now I sound like my folks when I was younger with their stories of walking uphill to school in six feet of snow both ways!

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Thursday, 18 February 2010

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Friday 19 February 2010

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It has been brutal week for me at work. I did get finished with my project on time by late this afternoon. Now I have mush for brains but the weekend to recover.

And, for the first Friday in well over six weeks we have sunshine, temperatures in the low 50's, and little if no wind. Bob and I went to the pet store, the library, and then on to Zoe's for dinner.

I am reading another Sister Frevisse, The Sempster's Tale. It really is important to read this series in order. Frazer uses a lot of real historical characters from the 15th century  for her plot development.

Relaxing tonight with another Frost mystery, some Olympics, and reading.

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Saturday, 20 February 2010

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Errands this morning. I wanted to pick up another garden flag pole for my mom for her birthday. The garden store I had planned on stopping at was supposed to open at 9. When I got there at 9:40 they were not open. That turned out fine. Instead I went back up the road to Lowe's where I picked up the pole and remembered both dad and I needed more ice melt. From there on to the Mall, where I never go on a weekend. But, I needed something from Penny's and Sears. While in Sears I noticed they had luggage on sale at 30% off. I needed a medium size rolling piece for three or four days. I have a big one and a small one. While I was at it I picked up a new "next size up" for mom for her birthday. She can give dad hers and dad can toss his old one.

Although mom's birthday is not until next Sunday, I gave her gifts when I got to the house rather than wait. I put her new pole out with one of her many garden flags. Now they can have two flags out to enjoy, one on each side of the yard.

I had told them earlier in the week I would take them to lunch today. We met Frances at Panera's for a nice lunch then dad and I went down to Wilshire. I played nine holes while he rode along in the cart. His knee and legs are not up to playing. After the first two holes I had worked out most of the kinks in my game to hit the ball fairly well. It was not as wet and muddy as I thought it might be.

With the temperatures in the high 50's it is almost like summer out there compared to all the cold and bad weather we've had. It was good to outside to some fresh air, sunshine, and exercise.

As I was pulling down the driveway I spotted something waddling along the front of the house toward the porch. Yep, it was an opossum. I told Bob perhaps we had a baby opossum dead in the house and live on the front porch rather than a mouse. I need to read up on where they nest to see if mother has a nest somewhere around the yard or the house.

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Sunday, 21 February 2010

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I spend an hour or so this morning putting away the stuff from our Costco run last week and organizing several cabinets before getting started on the usual house cleaning chores. Since we are having another warm and sunny day I decided to give Malcolm his mid-winter bath. Even though I bath him in the downstairs shower I don't like to do it when the temperatures are too cold.

We went for a nice walk up and down the street afterwards to let the sun and breeze help dry him off. He will not let me use a hair dryer. While I had him out I did some more picking up of sticks.

Reading and watching some of the Olympics this afternoon. Grilling out steaks and chicken tonight for dinner.



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