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Week of 18 October 2010

Latest Update: Sunday, 24 October 2010 2:50 p.m.


Monday, 18 October 2010

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Dinner and Costco with Paul and Mary yesterday evening. We ate at one of our usual restaurants that has outdoor seating. We had a nice time sitting outside. It was fairly warm, mid70's with the sun just about to set when we sat down. By the time we finished eating it had gone down but was still light out. After we ate we walked across the parking lot to get some ice cream and again, sat outside. Mary and Bob were wearing long pants and long sleeve shirts. Bob had bravely given up his hoodie to Mary so I know he was cold. Paul had on shorts and a t-shirt, I had on a t-shirt and long pants. I was hot while we ate but cooled down comfortably while we were eating the ice cream since the temperatures did drop some after the sun went down. It was also a little breezy at times.

Busy Monday at work followed by a workout at the Y. We've been watching Castles and Brothers & Sisters.


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Tuesday, 19 October 2010

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Wednesday, 20 October 2010

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I had my annual eye exam this afternoon. I'll be getting new glasses in a couple of weeks. My pressure was good, for the glaucoma, but I have very early development of cataracts. The doctor said nothing to worry about right now but they we will keep watch on it. Since dad has glaucoma I've always worried about that never giving any thought to cataract development.

While I was in that part of the city I ran a couple of errands then headed home.

We finally had some rain this morning, less than half an inch, but enough to water the seed and fertilizer.



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Thursday, 21 October 2010

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Marcy and I took a day trip today. First we headed northwest to the small town of Elkin, NC.  Lovely little town, everyone was so friendly. Since we got there around 9:45 it was too early for the shops to be open but the local drugstore was. As soon as we walked in an elderly gentleman, the only one in the place besides the owner and her helper, said hello. We sat down at his table to talk with him. The owner gave us a history of the building, etc. When the nice gentleman got up to leave he said he would pay for our drinks. We sat talking until about 10:15 to give things time to open. We spent about two hours going in and out of antique shops, the book store, etc. The locals recommended eating around the corner from the main street at Harry's. A small, local diner filled to capacity when we arrived. It was not long before a table became available.

From Elkin we drove the back roads to Mr. Airy, one of our favorite destinations. We spend a couple of hours going up and down their main street before heading back to Winston. For dinner we ate at a new place that just opened a mile or so up Reynolda Road from our house, Staley's Bar and Grill. A long time ago it was Staley's Steak House, one of the few nice restuarants in town back in the 60's and 70's before Winston became as large as it is now.

It was a perfect day for a country drive and being outside. Warm, breezy, and clear skies. Back to work tomorrow.

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Friday 22 October 2010

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Saturday, 23 October 2010

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Off to Wal-Mart and the pet store this morning. Malcolm and I picked up sticks and did a few other minor things outside.

After lunch I went over to the folks house to do a couple of things for them outside. When I got back I called Merchants to make an appointment to have the plugs changed in the car. It still does not have a lot of power pulling a hill. Jonathan said they could do it this afternoon if I wanted to come on over. On the way over the check transmission light came on. Not good, since we just had that rebuilt. They changed the plugs but not the wire set. That's a four day or so order so I'll replace them next time I take the car in for service. When they cranked the car for the test drive the light did not come back on. I'll run it by AAMCO Monday on the way to work to make sure everything is okay.

It was about five by the time I got home. I jumped in the shower real quick then fixed dinner. We are watching the first episode of Dalziel and Pascoe based on the books by Reginald Hill of which Bob and I both read. We had been waiting on it to become available in the US since we started reading the books.



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Sunday, 24 October 2010

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House cleaning chores this morning before spending some time at my desk. I chose some new music for Bob to load on my MP3 player for the car.

After lunch  had Malcolm outside helping me do some stuff in the yard then I used the mower to mulch the leaves. It is really dry. I was creating massive dust clouds. Once I finished the yard I used the leaf vacuum to get the natural areas. We are supposed to get rain tonight and tomorrow. Leaving down the leaves too long makes them get packed down and hard to get up.

I am reading Work Song by Ivan Doid. He is one of my favorite non-mystery authors. I love his writing and his characters. All his novels are set in Montana, mostly in the Butte area. Work Song is follow up to The Whistling Season.




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