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Week of 26 April 2010

Latest Update: Sunday, 2 May 2010 3:40 p.m.


Monday, 26 April 2010

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We have lived in this house 22 years. Other than a bad ice storm one year and a couple of summer storms we've hardly had any power problems to speak of until the last year or so. We are always having glitches and burps, usually when there is not bad weather. Last week we had a five hour outage with no storms. Last night, just as I got ready to fix dinner about5:25 it went out again. When Bob called 1-800-Poweron we were told it would be 8:30. Not wanting to drag out the camp stove and with nothing thawed to put on the grill I had Bob pull up the garage door so I could go in search of food. Not knowing if the outage was as far as Reynolda where all the eating places are located, I had no idea how far I would have to go to find food. The upper part of our neighborhood and Reynolda had power.

After we ate I sat on the front porch to read by what was left of the natural light then used Bob's old booklight. I had bought him a new one a couple of months ago. 8:30 came and went, no power. At nine we walked Malcolm and headed back to bed to read. I opened the bathroom window to get some fresh air in the house. Fortunately it was only in the low 70's outside but the house was getting stuffy. When the power came on at 9:45 I had about 20 pages left in the Rhys Bowen.

I am starting a book from my TBR shelf, the latest Diana Killian, Docketful of Poesy that came out in 2009.

It was a rather normal day for a Monday. I am back on the document production project but can work on it in between doing my other stuff. Off to the Y after work. Late dinner and watching some more of the Touch of Frost.


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Tuesday, 27 April 2010

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Wednesday, 28 April 2010

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Work is busy but not crazy. Tonight I mowed after we ate dinner. It was not all that high but I want to go to the Y tomorrow night. If I have to mow during the week I would rather do it by Wednesday night since our yard cart pickup is on Thursdays. We have had really nice weather but very chilly at night. Frost warnings for tonight for those folks who have put out tomatoes or warm weather bedding plants.

The guy behind us has been having some of his tall trees around his house topped after one fell during the winter. Fortunately it fell away from their house. We have one tall white pine in the back that leans a little to the left and has started growing out to the left instead of up at the top. I would hate to have it fall on someone's house causing property damage or, worse yet, someone get hurt. During bad weather from ice storms or summer storms it always looses a lot of big limbs.

The tree cutting guys offered to top it out for us a very reasonable price. He will cut out the dead limbs and take off the top to keep it from getting caught in the wind and going over. I thought they were going to do it yesterday so I came home from work with plans to start hauling brush to the curb. Fortunately the tree sits at the edge of one side of my yard that is natural area. I told Bob to tell them to drop the brush on there to keep from killing the grass until I can get it all cleaned up. Depending on how much there is I will haul it out in batches for the city to pick up instead of creating a big messy pile.



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Thursday, 29 April 2010

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Friday 30 April 2010

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I had intended to go to the Y last night but stayed until 6 at work to help get one of the paralegals get a project finished. Today I was able to leave at 4. I did a library and quick grocery store run on the way home.

Since it is a very warm, sunny day afternoon I decided to haul three or four loads of pine brush up to the streetfrom where they took off the top of the pine yesterday. There are two fairly large stacks of limbs and brush to haul to the front. They left a lot of small pine branches and limbs lying around everywhere that will have to be picked up. It will be awhile before I get it all cleaned up. I heated up the leftovers from last night's cassarole Bob had made for dinner.

Rest and relax the rest of the evening.

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Saturday, 1 May 2010

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It hss been a very busy Saturday. I got out in the  yard around 9 to start hauling more brush to the curb. I moved one of the two large piles, the one that was mostly on the grass. The other one is in the natural area. I will wait to haul it out after the city hauls of what's out there.

Using the electric blower to clear the driveway and sidewalk under the deck of the carpet of helecopter seeds then watered my ground cover I put in a couple of weeks go, the pansies out front and my new bush. It was really nice working outside this morning. Cool, breezy, and not much in the way of humidity.

After a quick shower Bob and I headed off to Costco. We went by ourselves this time because we had such a long list of stuff we needed. We were out of pretty much everything in the way of meat and staples plus Bob wanted to look at 42 inch tv's. Our old one was about shot anyway and Bob will need the new one when he builds the entertainment PC for the book.

It took a while to get everything unloaded when we got home. I had to repackage the steaks, chops, and short ribs. The chicken thighs and breasts, and pork tenerloin can go right in the freezer. While I put the dry foods away and repackaged meat, Bob sawed off the short side of the TV stand. The little top can be used as a matching table.

Malcolm had a busy morning helping me. I am sure he slept while we were gone then he had to help unload the car when we got home.

I'm glad I got the  yard work out of the way. It turned hot and humid this afternoon though it is still pretty windy.

Bob has the new TV set up so I best get out to the den and see how it looks.

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Sunday, 2 May 2010

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House cleaning this morning then off to the folks house. Dad did his annul geranium planting. I bring the pots to him, he removes the old dirt, and put in the new plants then I put the pots back where they belong. While he did that I pulled some weeds from the upper garden and put preen around the new plants he had his lawn guy put on the bank. Once he finished the geraniums I brought him his hanging pots to put plants in those. I put in his four tomato plants for him and a another plant that we put up on the top of the hill.

It was well after one o'clock by the time we finished up. We went to Pizza Hut for a late lunch then I dropped them off at Frances and Al's. They were taking them to Costco.

Time to jump in the shower.



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