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Week of 28 June 2010

Latest Update: Sunday, 4 July 2010 3:30: p.m.

Monday, 28 June 2010

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Costco run late yesterday afternoon with Paul and Mary then dinner. It was blazing hot standing in the parking lot loading the stuff into the back of the car. Today is supposed to be the last day of this early heat wave. We've had the third hottest May-June on record since 1959 or something.

Even though it was after five before I could get out tonight I still went on to the Y. I had a really busy day at work. We ate a quick dinner then shot some more pictures.

I am reading another Deborah Knott mystery by Margaret Maron, Rituals of the Season. Wedding bells again for Deborah, if she goes through with it. I am only into the first part of the book. The last time she was planning a wedding she broke it off. This time she is supposed to be marrying a longtime friend. Guess we will find out.


Tuesday, 29 June 2010

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It's still dry but not quit as hot and humid. I left work at 4:30 to come home and mow. I have the same feelings about my lawn as I do my house: I can't stand either one to be a mess. The Bermuda was really high and even the fescue had grown fairly high. Once again the rains/storms last night missed us and again this afternoon. The weather for tomorrow is supposed to bring cooler temperatures but we'll see what happens.

I fixed a quick dinner then walked Malcolm while Bob finished up the dishes. He's getting set up to take more pictures as soon as I finish up here.


Wednesday, 30 June 2010

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Glad I mowed last night. Even though it is cooler this evening I would have been way too tired. I am off the rest of the week. The Firm is closed on Monday. A nice five day holiday. I spent today trying to get work caught up as much as possible while handling "can you do this" as it came up. I ended up staying late to finish up several last minute things that needed done.

I fixed dinner than Bob and I cleaned up the kitchen. While I walked Malcolm and watered the flowers Bob set up for the last of the pictures we needed to shoot to finish up the system we've been working on all week.

We are watching Creation, a biography about Charles Darwin and his work, marriage, etc.

Marcy and I had planned an overnight trip to Hendersonville, NC leaving first thing in the morning. For a couple of reasons we had to cancel those plans but are taking a day trip to Galax, VA tomorrow instead.


Thursday, 1 July 2010

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No update.


Friday 2 July 2010

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We had a great day yesterday for our outting. Cool temperatures, blue skies, and low humidity, especially when we got up to Galax, VA. We took back roads from Winston to Dobson for a coffee/tea break, then on to Galax, VA. Another very cute, small town with antique stores, and cute shops including a great bookstore. Lunch at Flossie's, more walking around then back in the car heading east on backroads again with a short drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Marcy wanted to go through Cana, VA, know for their produce stands to pick up some things.

From there we drove back into Mt. Airy to walk around and go back to a couple stores then back roads to Rural Hall where we stopped at a very good fish restuaruant Bob and I used to eat at when I worked at the Rural Hall library. We got home about 6:30.

This morning I am staying home to help Bob shoot pictures for the next system we are building. Marcy has some home projects but if she and I both get finished by noon we may take off for a short afternoon trip.

I am reading a new Jacqueline Winspear, The Mapping of Love and Death. Maisie Dobbs is solving the mystery of a young American born of British parents murdered while serving as a cartographer for the Bristish in France during WWI. It is now 1932. A farmer dug up a trench with five bodies, one of which is the cartograher. The other four were killed by a bomb hitting their trench but the young man in question has a severe head wound pointing to murder. Among the effects found were his mapping tools and a bundle of love letters from a nurse. His parents want Maisie to try and locate the woman and to discover why their son was murdered.


Saturday, 3 July 2010

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It turns out we were not able to go off yesterday afternoon. Macy's home repair folks were not showing up until the afternoon instead of the morning. That's okay. When we went to Mt. Airy on Thursday we discovered several shops closed due to the 4th. You would think they would be open knowing people would be out and about for the holiday. When Marcy called to let me know we had to cancel our Lexington trip, another small town, we decided it was for the best because some of those stores might be closed for the 4th as well.

The good news is, that by staying home, we got most of the pc pictures taken. Since we had shot a batch just before Marcy called I took off for the library, pet and grocery stores while Bob worked on those pictures. By the time I got back he was ready to shoot some more. We will finish up that pc this afternoon and start on the last one tomorrow. With getting the pc's built and out of the way it keeps be from being confined to the house in the evenings or on Saturdays if I want to go out to dinner or take a day trip somewhere.

This morning I did yard projects. Edging, pulling and spraying weeds, cutting tree limbs, etc. etc. I got a lot done by noon when I took a  break for lunch. I finished up a few more things  thisafternoon then called it a day. After I rest Bob will need me to shoot more pictures. We need to put fresh linens on the bed and I have clean cloths to put away.

It was a very nice day to be outside working. Cool temperatures, blue skies, a little breeze. I will need to water the front plants later this afternoon after the sun goes around to the back of the house.


Sunday, 4 July 2010

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Happy July 4th! We could hear some pretty loud fireworks last night while watching more episodes of Lark Rise to Candleford. After a few minutes Malcolm became worried enough to jump up in my lap.

This morning I was over at the folks house to trim the bushes in the front and along the side of the house. Today is the last cool day with the 90's coming back tomorrow. It took about an hour and half to get that project done then we ate lunch.

This afternoon Bob and I finished up the last pictures for putting together the media center PC. He dressed the cables and fired it up. Worked great. Now, we have one system left to build.


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