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Week of 6 September 2010

Latest Update: Sunday, 12 September 2010 2:20 p.m.


Monday, 6 September 2010

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Tuesday, 7 September 2010

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We went up to Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia on Sunday. On Saturday night Bob had dropped me off around 6  to pick up the truck and then go to the store. It was not finished when we arrived but would be ready "in a few minutes" Long story short those few minutes turned into three hours because they could not find the noise it was making when they cranked it up. I called Bob to come back and pick me up.

Sunday morning I finally made it to the store. When I got back we called to make sure my truck was fixed then went to pick it up before heading up to the lake. We had a good observing night including seeing Jupiter as the brightest I have ever seen it. We stayed out until about 12:15.  We took Malcolm along with us. Last time we left him with Linda and he howled and barked the whole time. He slept in the back seat from the time we got to the observing site until waking up around 10 making whinning noises. I gave him a drink of water and a chance to walk around then put him back in the truck. Two hours later when Bob opened the back for us to start putting away our stuff Malcolm had made a nest of the blankets and pillows that we use for padding the scope and gone back to sleep.

Yesterday morning we were up around 8. Linda wanted to take me out on the jet ski to give me a tour of the lake. Their place is at one end of the lake in a cove. We rode out several miles into the main part of the lake. My first ride on a jet ski. It was a lot of fun. Of course when we got back Malcolm started howling from the deck of their town house. I called him to come down to the dock and he headed straight for the lake. He got in about up to his belly by the time I had called him to come out. I did not want a soaking wet dog riding two hours on the car seat.

I caught up on my ironing yesterday afternoon then relaxed and read. With no rain in the last two weeks the lawn has almost gone dormant. It was not worth cranking up the mower to mow the high spots. Some of the trees are already starting to shed leaves from all the dry weather.


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Wednesday, 8 September 2010

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Thursday, 9 September 2010

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Although it is still warm, mid 80's, we have very little humidity. Today was such a nice day I walked up the street for lunch to Mellow Mushroom. It was a nice day to sit outside eating and reading. We had about a tenth of an inch of rain yesterday around the middle of the day. I drove over to the upholstery shop to pick up the kitchen table bench cushions. They look really nice. I go by the place every morning on my way to work but the don't open until 9 and close at 4. It had just started sprinkling when I got to the shop. It rained enough to wet the sidewalk and settle the dust but that's about it.


I went to the Y after work. I am reading another tea shop mystery by Laura Childs, Oolong Dead.  We are watching True Blood based on the books by Charlaine Harris. I have not read the books but the tv show is similar to the Twilight series I am reading but with a great deal more sex and violence. One of my friends at work has read the books and watched the show. Her opinion was the show is not that closely related to the books other than the characters.


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Friday 10 September 2010

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Happy 27th Anniversary to Bob. We went to Zoe's for dinner.

It has been a long short week. I was not all that busy Tuesday and Wednesday but yesterday and today the work load about doubled, especially this afternoon. It seems like Fridays are a whole busier for me than Mondays.

Time to relax, play some ball with Malcolm and watch something until time for bed and reading.

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Saturday, 11 September 2010

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Sometime before day break we had a brief rain shower but tt was not enough to spoil my yards plans for the day. I edged then mowed getting mostly leaves and dead grass. I had to mow down the liriope by the bedroom window under the sliver maple to make it easier to get the leaves up. The silver maples always loose their leaves early. We  have another one in the back by the deck. The red maples don't start dropping theirs until early to late October. With all the dry weather it will be interesting to see what color the leaves turn. Sometimes they deep red, other years more orange and yellow.

I was just finishing up around 12:30 when the real rain started. When I checked the radar it looks like we have some decent rain coming in this afternoon.

I still have a couple of inside things to do this afternoon then relax and reading time.


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Sunday, 12 September 2010

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House cleaning chores this morning. Before I took off for my folks house I vacuumed out my truck. Mom, dad, and I went to IHOP for lunch then I went by Frances and Al's on the way home to pick up some stuff she had for me.

It's a nice day, a little warm, but there is a good breeze blowing.

This afternoon I cleaned off my desk, balanced the checkbook and paid some bills. Now time for golf and reading.

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