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Week of 19 July 2010

Latest Update: Sunday, 25 July 2010 1:00 p.m.


Monday, 19 July 2010

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I was not too far behind when I got back to work this morning after being off Thursday and Friday of last week. In between clearing up the backlog of filing and e-mails I had some "need to get done now" stuff to take care of.

I went to the Y after work and then fixed left overs for dinner.

We are watching more Lark Rise to Candleford tonight.

No rain or storms today. It was not too bad today, mid to upper 80's but hot weather is on the way back to quickly dry things out again.

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Tuesday, 20 July 2010

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We had a late afternoon thunderstorm come through downtown after it left our area of town bringing rougly a third of an inch of rain. Now it is cool but really muggy.

I leave first thing in the morning for a four day road trip with Bonnie. We have things mapped out and planned and are ready to go. Hopefully it will be cooler up there than it will be here. I think temperatures here are supposed to get close to 100 by the end of the week.

I spent today getting things as wrapped up as I could. I very large project landed on my desk late this afternoon that will be waiting for me when I get back on Monday. Bonnie and I will be back Saturday afternoon.

I finished the China Bayles. I am taking along another Margaret Maron, Deborah Knott mystery, Hard Row. Time to pack and then watch some more Eureka.



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Wednesday, 21 July 2010

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Thursday, 22 July 2010

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Friday 23 July 2010

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Saturday, 24 July 2010

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I'm back. We got to my house around 4:45pm. After greeting Malcolm and Bob(Malcolm made it out of the door first, then greeted Bonnie before coming to see me) and getting my stuff in the door I mowed the lawn. The Bermuda was at least three inches high. The green/brown areas were about an inch high and I still have some burned out areas. I don't think we had much in the way of rain while I was gone.

We had a great time, covered a lot of ground, and saw some wonderful sights. It was pretty hot up there, even up in the higher elevations in the Joyce Kilmer National Forest in the Smoky Mountains. We got up there around 2pm on Wednesday and did the 2 1/2 mile hike into the forest. I had to change clothes when we finished all the way down to my underwear from sweating. We saw a lot of butterflies and fortunately, no snakes.

We had a couple of hit and miss thunderstorms while we were gone but all of them either while we were in the car driving from one place to another. We were in Black Mountain this morning doing the shops and galleries. It was already in the 90's up there. The folks in the shops said it has been unseasonably hot up there this summer too. A lot of those places do not have AC because it is normally not that hot except a for few weeks out of the summer mostly in August.

Here, it is currently 96 feels like 103. We are under a heat advisory the rest of today until 8pm and again tomorrow.

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Sunday, 25 July 2010

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Happy Birthday to my dad who turns 88 today. We are meeting some friends of my mom and dads for dinner at a Chinese restaurant this evening to celebrate.

More trip updates. Friday Bonnie and I did toured a really nice gallery at Grove Park Inn in Asheville than drove across town to the Biltmore Village to check out the shops and a couple of galleries there. We finished up around 2pm with our planed events for the day. Our plans for Saturday had been to go to the Bele Chere festival. I booked a hotel near that put us the near the mall because we were catching the shuttle instead of trying to find parking downtown. We ran by the hotel to check on the way to the mall. The festival is a very large street event with arts, crafts, music, vendor booths, etc. The festival is free. It was $2 round trip for the shuttle which let us off right at the festival entrance. We spent about 2 1/2 walking around the booths and going in some of the downtown stores. Many of the local stores set up a booth outside their store. The big lure to get people in the stores was, of course, air conditioning because of the heat. We finished up around 5, went back to the hotel to freshen up and drove a mile down the street to an Olive Garden for dinner then back to the hotel. Between the walking at the galleries and the Village that morning and then the festival my knees and legs were pretty tired.

The hike at the forest we took on Wednesday was the first major physical activity I had tried since both knee surgeries and wearing the brace. I took my time, especially on the steep hills, around the roots, and in the places where wood steps had been put in. For hikers it is classified as an easy hike. For me, it was a challange but I am glad I tried it.

On Thursday we did the Smoky Mountain Railway excursion. That was 2 hours our from Bryson City, NC into the Smoky Mountains near the Fontana Dam and past the Nantahala Outdoor Recreation center. That is where they do white water rafting, kyaking etc. We had a little over an hour layover there to eat lunch and walk around before boarding the train back to Bryson City. That was a lot of fun and gave me a day of mostly sitting to recover from Wednesday.

I have some pictures that Bob said he will post on page tomorrow of the hike and the train ride. Between last years trip and this one I have seen a lot of the far western parts of North Carolina I had never seen before. Thursday night we stayed in the little town of Waynesville as our layover between Bryson City and Asheville on Friday.

I finished reading the Deborah Knott and started a new author from North Carolina, Maggie Bishop. Her first book that I am reading, Appalachian Paradise, is not a mystery but more of a romance. Her books are set in and around the NC mountains.

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