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Week of 24 May 2010

Latest Update: Sunday, 30 May 2010 3:20 p.m.


Monday, 24 May 2010

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My parents belong to the Amici Club with Carrabba's restaurant. Several of the people they volunteer with at the hospital eat there and are members. Every few months they have events for members of the club. Frances usually takes them but tonight I picked them up after work to take them. Frances picked up my cousin and his wife then they met Al at the shopping center where he was dropping off passengers from a trip he drove. We are with the group, they ate seperatly, then we joined up to talk for awhile.

Tonight was a complimentary dinner for everyone in the club that included appitizers, main meal, wine, and dessert. The food was very good.


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Tuesday, 25 May 2010

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No update.

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Wednesday, 26 May 2010

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I am off from work today. Later this morning the folks, Frances, and myself are going over to nearby Greensboro to attend the funeral of my uncle. He is my mom's brother-in-law and lived to be 100 years old.

Last night I went to the Y then decided to mow the lawn after we ate dinner. I was going to mow tonight but was afraid it may be late by the time we get back from Greensboro. I could not believe how high the grass had grown since last Thursday. I caught it instead of mulching because not only was it about two and half inches high but also a little damp. We've had rain showers off and on since Monday, one earlier in the afternoon. I think it grew an inche from the time I left to go to work yesterday morning and when I got home last night. Bob mentioned when I came in he thought it was pretty high, so you know it must have been if Bob noticed. He normally doesn't take much notice of the status of things in the yard.

I am reading another book in the Victoria Thompson Gaslight Mystery series, Murder on St. Marks Place. This series does remind me a little of Anne Perry's Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series set in Victorian London. Thompson's character Sarah, a midwife, has met up with a police constable who is widowed  and left with a deaf, crippled three year old son. In this second book she goes to him to help solve the murders of young girls being picked up at dances. At this time in history the New York police are as corrupt as the London ones.

Last night we tried another episode in the series, Without a Trace but found it to be as bad as the first one so we bagged that series.

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Thursday, 27 May 2010

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Friday 28 May 2010

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Well, the end of a long and busy week. Last night I had dinner with Nancy and Betsy. We tried a Japanese Steak House none of us had tried. It thought the food was much better than we had back in March at Arigatos. From there we drove a couple of miles down to the Blue Ridge Ice Cream parlor for a cup of ice cream and to sit outside to visit some more. There was just enough of a breeze to offset the hot muggy conditions so that we could enjoy the courtyard area by the ice cream parlor.

Today Marcy came uptown to meet me for lunch. I took a few short lunches early in the week so we could have longer than an hour for lunch. It was a little warm but walked a few blocks over to a Celtic Restaurant for a nice leisurely lunch. I still have enough time left over to leave at 4:30 this afternoon. Most of our group was working today rather than take today to make it a four day weekend.

It's a good thing I left early. I arrived home at 5 instead of my usual 5:30. About 5:15 the bottom fell out with heavy rain and pea sized hail. That storm has been sitting over us for the last hour and half or so. We've had almost 3 inches of rain. On the radar it looks like the storm that is just sitting over us is getting ready to be joined by another even bigger one. We could potentially get another two to three inches. For the month of May we've had almost a foot of rain. I guess I won't work in the yard tomorrw. It looks like a lake out back at the end of our property where it dips down and joins the neighbors.

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Saturday, 29 May 2010

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With this crazy week I forgot last night when I went to bed that it was Friday night and to turn off my alarm. Bob and I both went back to sleep then he got up a little later on with Malcolm and let me sleep in. While Bob was downstairs putting in the first load of laundry he cleaned up the lab stuff he had been piling in front of the fireplace in the finished area so I could clean down there. I vacuumed all the corners to get spider webs, did the stairs and the floors, and dusted. SEveral years ago I bought a used Bissel upright vacuum from our neighbors  yard sale. The middle part lifts off to become a carry around canister. It makes it easier to do the ceilings and stairs.

After a brief rest I started on the upstairs weekly house chores; bathrooms, vacuuming, etc. The storms and showers forecast for today never did materialize. It will be much hotter tomorrow with a slight chance of storms so I decided to go ahead and mow. It was almost too high again to mulch and not as dry as it should have been. It clumped up a couple of times especially in the front where it is so thick. There are so many outside things I need to get done this weekend now, at least, the mowing is out of the way.

Grilled beef short ribs and hash browns for dinner.

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Sunday, 30 May 2010

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I went over to my folks house mid-morning to do a few things for them in the yard and eat lunch. It's a rather warm day with temperatures in the mid 80's.

This afternoon Bob raked the mable seeds and other debris caught where the roof over the porch meets the flat portion. He tried getting it with the rake from the top of the ladder but ended up having to go up. I then used a power nozzle attahced to the hose to do the edge of the gutter covers, the shutters, and the windows front and back. The sap from the trees gunks up the edges of the gutters.

Next up, Malcolm got his spring bath. We took a walk down the street and back to help with the drying process.

I have started reading the third and last book by Donna Ball, Gun Shy. Raine Stockton is investigating the suicide of a woman in a cabin. People in a nearby cabin reported a dog barking for several days but no one seemed to be home. Police arrive to find a yello lab protecting the front room preventing them from getting to the woman in a back room. By climing through a back window a police officer confirms she was dead from a single gun shot to the head. Raine is called in to capture the dog instead of having to shoot it. Once she finally mangages to get close enough to get a leash on the dog she is surprised at how well trained he is. After a complete checkup by the vet she takes him home until a family member is located or to turn him over to rescue. Upon closer examination Raine discovers a small tatoo on the back of one ear indicating the dog is a service dog. Now the big questions. Who is the women, where is her car, why was a service dog abandoned in a cabin with no food or water for either the person or the dog?

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