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Week of 10 May 2010

Latest Update: Sunday, 16 May 2010 2:00 p.m.


Monday, 10 May 2010

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We had a nice dinner last evening for Mother's Day. I brought Bob home take out and a piece of the cake Frances and Al bought for mom to celebrate the day.

Last night we watched the last of Madmen out on DVD. The current season is now airing.

My friend Bonnie came downtown to meet me for lunch. We walked up to Mellow Mushroom. It was fairly cool, mid 60's and sunny. A very nice day to be outside. Y after work and left over pizza for dinner from an earlier meal. Hopefully some rain will come in tonight and tomorrow.


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Tuesday, 11 May 2010

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No date.


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Wednesday, 12 May 2010

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With the document production project finished and some other things caught up I have spent the last couple of days doing another back burner project that inventories our files. This project requires taking batches of files off the shelves to bring to me desk, tagging them, and returning them to the shelves. Some files already have tags created. For these I stand at the shelves putting tags on. Both methods require a lot more physical work at one time, much like when I have to shift files. All in all, rather tiring with all the up and down, lugging files, and standing. I'm only about a third of the way through since I only work on this project when I am caught up on other things.

I still managed my 45 minutes at the Y tonight. We've had off and on showers but not enough rain to amount to anything. I told Bob when we were walking Malcolm tonight after dinner I guess I will have to wash my car this weekend to make it really rain. I have been holding off until the yellow stuff goes away.

The city picked up my brush pile today. Hopefully I can get the rest of what is in the back hauled up to the street this weekend.

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Thursday, 13 May 2010

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Friday 14 May 2010

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Saturday, 15 May 2010

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In the yard by 9am this morning. Bob helped me by hauling the big brush limbs to the curb while did the wheel barrow loads. The small stuff filed up the yard cart. It was a beautiful morning, not real hot but very humid. By 10am my t-shirt was soaked with sweat. I came in for a dry sleeveless  shirt then continued with the brush clean up.

At one point when as I came up the driveway with a load of brush I saw Bob talking the our neighbor's friend who owns five old cars he is restoring. He had just pulled out of the driveway in his 1951 Packard. In the past when we get a chance to chat with him he always comments on how much he loves border collies and that Malcolm is such a cool looking dog.  As I got closer to the top of the driveway and the car Bob was just about ready to seal a deal with Malcolm being traded for the Packard. I put a stop to that in a huarry. He then offered me two cars for Malcolm. I don't think so.

With the brush all hauled away and cleaned up I brought out the electric string trimmer to hack down the liriopi under the trees along the front of the house and in back at the end of the driveway. I cannot remember it ever being as high as it grew this spring. I try to keep it mowed to a decent height because it covers so much area but it had grown too high to get with the mower. Keeping it mower height makes getting the leaves up easier in the fall, too.

After lunch I mowed, hosed off the trimmer and the mower and called it a day. In addition to the regular laundry loads Bob did two loads of throw rugs. In other excitement for the day, when I opened the cabinet door a mug came flying out crashing onto the counter and busted into several pieces. Then I spilled my tea when I sat down to eat my lunch which required mopping up the table and floor and initiated the rug washing campaign.

I am reading another Laura Child tea shop mystery Dragonwell Dead. Something light at the recent Dalziel and Pascoe.

We had a thunderstorm pass through last night but only brought about 1/4 of inch of rain. Time to rinse my brace and put it out to dry.

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Sunday, 16 May 2010

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Up at 8am. I brushed Malcolm, caught up the ironing, cleaned the bathrooms, vacuumed and mopped the floors and swept off the porch and sidewalk; all by 11pm. After a shower and a lunch break I cleaned up the paperwork on my desk, paid the bills, and emptied the loose change jar into rolls for the bank and filled the bird feeder.

The pavement was wet when I got up this morning so we must have had a brief shower sometime earlier this morning. Last night I heard a lot of thunder while I was in bed reading but the storm went south and east of us.

That's it for major chores today. I still have a few minor things I want to get done before the afternoon is finished.

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