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Week of 21 June 2010

Latest Update: Sunday, 27 June 2010 12:50 p.m.


Monday, 21 June 2010

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First day of summer and its hot and muggy here. Bob and I are in full production mode on the PC building. It may be hard for you to believe but doing the hand holding shots is not an easy task. I often have my hand, fingers, and arm all going in different directions to get the shot Bob needs while trying to be still. About the time I get the pose just like he needs it I am standing there with something sharp digging into my finger that I must hold until he gets enough pictures.

Don't be misled, I love being part of the process.

Haircut after work then a quick stop at the grocery store. We are watching the first episode of Lark Rise to Candleford, a period piece. A nice change of pace from murder and mayhem.

I am reading a the first book in a new series by Carola Dunn of the Daisy Dalrymple series. Her new series is set in Cornwall. The first book is Manna From Hades which came out last year. I finally had Bob order it for me because the library never did get it. I think the second one has just released.


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Tuesday, 22 June 2010

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Wednesday, 23 June 2010

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The hot and muggy weather continues. We had pop up storms all around Winston this afternoon and evening but not visited our house. I went to the Y last night. Tonight Bob and I are trying to shoot as many pictures as possible for him to have material to work on for tomorrow. After dinner I gave Malcolm a quick out before taking a few minutes to water the flower beds. The grass is starting to look a little brown in patches. We have not had rain since Scott's put down the lime. The Bermuda grass is growing but that's about it. I will wait to mow until this weekend which, by then, I hope we have had some rain. Perhaps it will also be a bit cooler.


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Thursday, 24 June 2010

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Friday 25 June 2010

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It has been a long, tiring week. Bob and I are both going at full speed ahead. I did make it to the Y last night for a quick workout, then home, dinner, pictures, etc. etc. The weather remains the same, hot, muggy, and dry. All week we have had rain/storms around us but not a single one made it to our house.

Work is busy as well with several big projects going at one time again. Tonight I picked Bob up after work to go to Zoe's for dinner.

I am reading another book in the Gaslight Mystery seried by Victoria Thompson, Murder on Mulberry Bend. Now to relax and watch some more Pushing Daisies. We watched three more episodes of Lark Rise to Candleford last night.



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Saturday, 26 June 2010

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Up early this morning. Bob helped me dismantle the grill removing the gas tubes from the tank and switches. I pulled out the rusted burner, bricks, and grates. With old burner in hand and measurements for new grates I took off for Lowe's. They no longer sell the type of burner from our grill but they sell a universal one. Same problem with the grates. They do not make the small one that goes over the burner at all or the cooking grate in out size. I left Lowe's and drove to Home Depot, just around the corner, to check out what they had. Same exact stuff. I bought the burner and grate and a new weed sprayer.

Retrofitting new stuff into old hardly ever works. It is a plot by the manufacturers of goods to make you just buy a whole new "whatever" instead. The screws/bolts that came with the burner kit did not fit into the holes designated that hold the burner extensions in place. We dug out a jar of screws to find two that fit. Once Bob got the burner feet and gas hoses attached we fitted it back onto the grill. Using a wire brush I cleaned up the grate that holds the bricks as best I could. After reinstalling it, I added new bricks, and the new cooking grate. I was a bit narrower so it did not fit on the ledge but fit just as well with the sides of the grill holding it in place. I cleaned up and saved the old cooking grate just in case. One of the reasons for replacing the old burnder was the lack of flame on one side of the burner. After all that, Bob fired up the new one and we still have very little flame on one side. The burner needed to be replaced but it did not solve the original problem. I can still cook on it but at some point perhaps Bob can see what the problem is with that one side.

An hour later we were ready to drive over to Frances' house to install her new PC. Bob had to go since it required installing printers and stuff. That took about an hour. Back home, I put away the rest of the stuff from the grill project, housed out the yard cart, and did a few other things. We were supposed to start shooting pictures on the next system but, thankfully, Bob decided to take a break. By this point I was hot, tired, and ready to call it a day which we did.

Grilling steaks and chicken tonight to try out the new/old grill to see how it works.


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Sunday, 27 June 2010

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It's almost one o'clock. The temperature is 91 feels like 95. I did the house cleaning this morning. Bob sorted and cleaned up some of the PC stuff and boxes left for the remaining builds. The rest of the day we will be shooting hand pictures and building another PC. I was out long enough to spray the Euronymous bushes for powdery mildew that forms with all this hot, humid, dry weather. In summers past I did not notice it until it was almost too late and nearly lost my bushes. This year, hopefully the early spraying will prevent it from starting.

No way am I mowing the lawn in this heat. It's high enough in a few large areas but can wait until next week when temperatures are supposed to drop back down into the 80's. Even if we do not get any rain between now and the middle of the week I will go ahead and mow. Since I plan on catching it does not matter if it gets a little high. Of course with me being home Malcolm thinks we should be outside working. I took him out long enough for him to realize he did not want to be outside.

In between shooting pictures I can organize things at my desk and do some other inside chores



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