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Week of 31 May 2010

Latest Update: Sunday, 6 June 2010 4:30 p.m.


Monday, 31 May 2010

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Happy Memorial Day in remembrance of all the past and present men fighting for our country.

This morning I trimmed all the bushes, hedges, etc. with the gas trimmer. While raking up the mess I pulled weeds and raked up some of the dead maple seeds still lying around including the mess Bob raked off the roof yesterday. The weather forecast had rain and thunder storms moving in by 2pm. We had off and on clouds most of the morning. When the sun was out it was pretty warm. I went through three bottles of water and a bottle of gatorade. Forturnately I got an early start because the dark gray clouds moved in around 12:30 and the wind started picking up. I had just put all the tools away and was putting Hollytone fertilizer on all the bushes when I heard the first clap of thunder.

I put my brace in to soak while I cooled off some waiting on the storm to pass so I could jump in the shower. From the looks of the radar we have more rain and storms coming in behind the first one. We are having leftover beef ribs from Saturday night for an easy dinner.

Footnote - After Bob had to reinstall things when my computer crashed the spell checker does not work in Kompozer. So, don't laugh too hard when you read the various typos and slips of fingers that previously my spell check would catch. Most are just typos but I also can't spell worth a darn.

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Tuesday, 1 June 2010

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I am reading  another book by Donna Ball that is not a mystery. She started a new series about three fifty something women who purchase a 100+ year old farm in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley to "start life over again".  I loved Ball's writing and sense of humor in her mysteries. In A Year on Ladybug Farm its two steps forward and one step back as they try to make the necessary repairs to make the house livable. Along the way all sorts of mishaps occur including the discovery of a flock of sheep they did not know came with the farm along with a crazy border collie. The scene where one of the ladies comes upon a snake in the old dairy barn had me almost rolling out of bed laughing. Good dialog along with a lot of good old fashion wisdom makes the book read almost a real life story.



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Wednesday, 2 June 2010

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A very busy day all around. It was nose to the grindstone all day going from project to project at work. On the way home I made a quick stop at the library to return/pick up books. With thunderstorms in the forecast for every evening this week I wanted to get the lawn mowed since it had gotten so high again.

I managed to  finish the lawn and get dinner cooked just as a nasty storm started rolling in. It missed us for the most part going east and south of our part of the county. While Bob cleaned up the kitchen I gave Malcolm a quick out with more coming in behind this one.

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Thursday, 3 June 2010

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The house is starting to fill up with cardboard boxes again as you can read on Bob's page today. I just love the warehouse decorating plan.

I am reading another Victoria Thompson Gaslight Mystery, Murder On Gramercy Park. Last night we watched a new show, Jonathan Creek, who designs tricks for a magician played by Anthony Head of Buffy fame. Jonathan gets roped into solving his first murder investigation when a investigative/activist/journalists played by Carolina Quentine of Blue Murder fame gets Jonathan to help out because of his extrodinary mind. The first two episodes where good enough for us to try some more.


Tonight we are watching a movie starring Emma Thompson as a head mistress in An Education, sort of a coming of age movie set in 1961 starring Carey Mulligan an up and coming young British actress.

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Friday 4 June 2010

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Saturday, 5 June 2010

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I had become increasingly unhappy with our mechanic. This last issue with the state inspection getting messed up was the last straw. For one thing, he is really pretty far out for us especially when we have to leave the car. I always thought he did good work though he was a little high. We also recommended him to a lot of folks over the 22 years he has serviced our cars.

This morning I took the car to Merchants Tire and Auto to have the oil changed and get the brakes checked. I was hearing that grinding noise again that I heard last year when we had all the work done. Part of the other problem with Tim is they are only open M-F 8 to 5. To get work done I have to leave work early or use part of a day off. Merchants has weekend and evening hours and they are only about three miles or so from the house.

I spent a couple of hours reading while the car was being worked on. They showed me the rear brakes and rotors and rusted calipers which they cleaned up while replacing the brakes and rotors. I very happy with the service. Once I finished up there I had several other stops to make on the way home.

I edged and mowed. The grass was pretty high even though I just mowed on Wednesday night. Malcolm helped a little but he stayed in most of the time. It's close to 90 but there is a decent breeze. He would run around a few minutes then come up on the porch to be let back in. Smart dog.



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Sunday, 6 June 2010

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Happy birthday to Bob and to my brother-in-law Al.

Bob had a hair cut this morning before I did the weekly cleaning. I also used the trimmers to thin out Malcolm's "pants" along the back. If they get too long and thick they get big knots in them that I have to cut out.

I left the house around 11 to met the folks, Frances, and Al at Cities for Sunday brunch. From there we stopped at a garden shop just down the road from the restraurant where I bought some very nice bedding plants for my pots and the bed out front. Before I did the planting I washed my car. When I started on the plants I forgot I had run out of potting soil. Since Bob's truck needed to be driven I took his to the nearby Roses to get potting soil then filled up the gas tank.

It is very hot and muggy. I don't really mind the hot and the muggy weahter except that I sweat so much. Regardless of what I am doing, even just standing, I am soon dripping wet. When I came in from washing the car I was toweling off my face and hair. Bob asked me if I was going to take a shower. I told him I took one already this morning before I left to go out. If I took a shower everytime I went outside and came back in I would be taking six showers a day.

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